Tuesday, April 12, 2011

To Bake, or Not to Bake (And an Anthropologie Giveaway)

I'm obsessed with this color right now.
As many of you probably know from my earlier posts, I recently got engaged and am in full planning mode. Planning a wedding is no easy task, especially when you are on a tight budget. My fiance and I have been trying to find ways to cut costs, and also to make the wedding reflective of who we are as a couple.

So recently I've been toying with the idea of baking for my own wedding. But not just the obvious red velvet cake. I'm thinking a whole dessert table chock full of red-velvety goodness. Red velvet cupcakes, red velvet cake balls, red velvet double doozies, red velvet trifle, red velvet cheesecake...I think you get the picture.

Here is my thought process: if the base recipe for several of these is the same (cake balls, trifle, cupcakes, etc), would it really be that difficult to make enough of these things to feed 100 people? Mind you, I'd probably need to make all of it 1-2 days prior to my wedding. I'd love to get thoughts from anyone who's attempted something like this before.

**ANTHROPOLOGIE GIVEAWAY**
Now onto the giveaway, my fiance and I have entered Crate & Barrel's Ultimate Wedding Contest, and are just 100 or so votes away from advancing to the next round. We could really use your help and support, but of course I want to offer you something in return. I love everything about Anthropologie, and I think that every baker (or cook) should have one of their fabulous little aprons. My fiance actually bought me one for Christmas and had it embroidered with "The Velveteen Baker". I absolutely love it, and even when I'm covered in flour and red food dye, I still feel fabulous in it.

So here is the deal. One lucky winner will get to take their pick of one of these chic aprons from Anthropologie. There are three ways to enter, so even if you've already voted for us you still have a chance to win.

How to Enter:
  • Vote for my fiance and I in Crate & Barrel's Ultimate Wedding Contest http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/entry/126647 (detailed instructions below),  then come back here and comment on this post which number vote you were (ie "Vote #525"). 
  • If you’re on Twitter, receive an extra entry by tweeting the below (tell me you’ve tweeted, by leaving an extra blog comment): "Win an @Anthropologie apron from @velveteenbaker: http://bit.ly/gSK5Gc #giveaway"
  • Get an extra entry if you post about this contest on your blog, or share it with your friends on Facebook asking them to vote for us. Must include this link http://bit.ly/hlTRaL (again, leave an extra blog comment here so I know you posted).

**Entries closed.**
One winner will be randomly selected. Anonymous comments, or those that don't follow the instructions will not be counted. If I am not able to contact the winner, another winner will be selected. Entries will be accepted until noon on Sunday, April 24th (EST) and the winner will be announced and contacted shortly thereafter. UPDATE: I AM EXTENDING THIS CONTEST UNTIL APRIL 29th! I'm still getting more entries come in and I feel awful not including them. Besides, we still need more votes (can you blame me?). Thanks so much for the support!! Winner will be announced after April 29th.

How to Vote (detailed instructions):
STEP 1: Go to http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/entry/126647
STEP 2: Click the pink "VOTE" button

STEP 3: Scroll down and either Login with Facebook -OR- Register with your email address.

If you login with Facebook (easiest way to vote):
STEP 4: Click "Allow" for Request for Permission. It will take you back to the contest page and a pop-up that says your vote has been counted will appear.
STEP 5: Come back to this post and comment which number you were back here (ie "Vote #525" - you'll see it on the contest page).

If you vote via email:
STEP 4: Provide your first and last name, email address and a password
STEP 5: Check your email for a message from "Ultimate Wedding Contest" and click to confirm your address. It will take you back to the contest page and a pop-up that says your vote has been counted will appear.
STEP 6: Come back to this post and comment which number you were back here (ie "Vote #525" - you'll see it on the contest page).


**WINNER ANNOUNCED**
I've picked a winner! The winner was randomly selected using random.org after any incomplete or anonymous entries were removed. And the winner is...comment #34, Krista from In Krista's Kitchen. Congratulations Krista! I'll be emailing you with details so you can pick out which fabulous apron you'd like to have!



Adorable!
Love the pleats and cute little bow!

    166 comments:

    1. I just posted, but I don't see it. Hopefully this doesn't post twice.
      I voted (#543)

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    2. woot! I just voted! # 545. I'm adding to my twitter too! Best of luck! I hope you guys WIN!!! and I hope I win too;)
      matsakisj@gmail.com

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    3. I'm vote # 546!! I hope that you guys win!!

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    4. I voted and was #549. :_ Good luck!

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    5. I voted for you and I was entry #550. Good Luck!

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    6. http://twitter.com/#!/mmalavec/status/57833034677886977

      tweeted about the giveaway!

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    7. I was vote 556! Good luck to both of you!!!
      vandango33 at gmail dot com

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    8. I tweeted here http://twitter.com/#!/egood33/status/57876503664402433
      vandango33 at gmail dot com

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    9. I tweeted about it, too. :)
      BTW, I don't think my profile has my email. You can reach me at contact @ poetinthepantry.com

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    11. Vote #571. Good luck! :) I tweeted about the giveaway too!

      xoyoungforever[at]aim[dot]com

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    12. Hey, girl!

      I was vote #573, I posted it as my status on facebook, and I tweeted to my followers! Good luck to the both of you; you're adorable! (:

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    13. Vote #572.

      I also posted on my blog: http://phototropist.tumblr.com/post/4561628050/anthropologie-giveaway-d-details-veleveteen

      Good luck!! :D

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    14. Vote #576!!!

      Good Luck. I'm rooting for you guys!

      Kat @ sensiblelessons.com

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    15. I was vote #577 hope you win!

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    16. vote number 578!

      samantha long
      gotmilk3399@comcast.net

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    17. i tweeted about it!

      gotmilk3399@comcast.net

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    18. I voted number 579, good luck!
      chatt06@vt.edu

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    19. Voted! #582....Best of luck!

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    20. Voted for you! #589 Found out about your site through my husband who is friends with Gabe. What a fun giveaway! Hope you all win your contest!

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    21. Vote 590!!! You guys look beyond adorable! I hope you win!!!!! <3

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    22. Figured you might need my email... mlindeman@flagler.edu

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    23. #594 here, #594. Best wishes and good luck!!

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    24. #595! good luck! and cute picture!

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    25. .....and I posted the info on my FB page too :)

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    26. I shared this on my facebook. sherron@shoestolose.com

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    27. Also, I tweeted your contest. Good luck!

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    28. Varshini SundaramApril 12, 2011 at 9:38 PM

      P.S. I tweeted to my followers!

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    29. P.P.S. I also posted it as my status on Facebook!

      Good luck! I hope you two win!

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    30. #598!!! I hope you win! your blog is adorable!

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    31. I voted! I'm 599! Thanks for the giveaway- good luck with the Crate & Barrel Contest and congrats on your engagement!

      sixtwelveplace.blogspot.com

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    32. #600! Hope this applies to Canadians! dv.eoit@gmail.com

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    33. I voted, and if I'm reading it correctly, I'm vote 601. Hope you win and congratulations!

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    34. I think it was 602, that was what the number said after it said my vote was counted.

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    35. Vote 604!
      Good luck if you decide to bake for your own wedding! that sounds like a lot of work

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    36. Vote 606!

      If you do bake all red velvet yumyums for your wedding... I hope you take pictures of it for your blog! It'd be a dream to see.

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    37. Are there any gender-neutral aprons?

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    38. Hello!
      Really cute pictures of you and your finance, I am vote #610!
      :)

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    39. Vote #614. Good luck!!

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    40. Congrats! I hope you win this fabulous contest! (and I hope I win a fabulous apron, those are too cute! ;) I was vote 616 :)

      yosho_13@hotmail.com

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    41. I was vote #618. Good luck! :)

      amy.coke@live.com

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    42. Fries and milkshakes wedding?! Too cute! Good luck! :) #620

      sohungaryblog@gmail.com

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    43. I just tweeted about it too! @sohungary

      Got to say I've always thought aprons were a bit silly and unnecessary, but those Anthropologie ones are so, so pretty! Completely changed my mind about aprons! hehe. :)

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    44. Found you via foodgawker. I'm #621.

      On the cake topic, I would go for it! My advice: make 2 big batches and freeze the first one. Use the frozen batch for the trifle and cake pops and then save fresh baking for the day or two before. If you're still looking for red velvet ideas, you have to try Annie's Eats' Whoopie Pies (http://annies-eats.com/2010/02/08/red-velvet-whoopie-pies/). I've made them twice now, just this weekend I made some for a bridal shower and people swore I bought them instead of making them. You can make the cookie part, freeze those before, thaw them 2 days ahead of time and pipe the icing the day before.

      Good luck with things!

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    46. vote 628 or 629...you guys are too cute!

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    47. I'm vote 630! :)
      You guys are adorable, and I absolutely love that photo!

      Meggs
      urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com
      urbakinmecrazyy@aol.com

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    48. Just voted for you guys - good luck! vote #631
      joycekul@hotmail.com

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    49. Just voted for you, #640 (acerbic_vapidity@yahoo.com)

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    50. #642! Your photos are pretty cute. I hope you win!

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    51. Hi! I voted, was #643 and hope you make the next round! Congrats on the engagement. In regards to the baking 1-2 days before the wedding: I personally think that is cutting it ridiculously close to the day. I think it will add some stress 'will I finish? will there be enough? who is going to bring it to the reception hall? what about the dress? getting ready? oh god, i think i feel a pimple' etc etc

      if you have a wonderful friend who is invited and willing to take a lot of that stress, then go for it. also, you could check out smittenkitchen.com (she did a wedding cake) and see how far in advance you can bake

      i saw one of those bridezilla eps where the girl had cakes as centerpieces (mind you she was a bridezilla and an amateur) and it was a lot of 'chicken running around with his head cut-off' ness and wouldn't want you to have that on your plate in addition to everything else

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    52. # 646 Good Luck and Congrats!

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    53. I also retweeted under AnHonestConman

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    54. #647! Good luck in the contest and good luck with the desserts! sounds like you've set yourself quite the challenge!

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    55. I voted, #650! Good luck, you two are a cute couple.

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    56. I liked you on facebook!
      -Lauren Chan

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    57. Posted link on Facebook and voted online...not sure what number I was. Good luck!!

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    58. #691. Good luck!

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    59. Vote #695
      Gchord88 at aol dot com

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    60. I'm vote number 703! Good luck!

      logans_momma09@yahoo.com

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    61. Vote #704

      Good luck! Would love to win this giveaway

      HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

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    62. I was vote #707

      demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    63. I am vote #708 ... GOOD LUCK!!

      dcheartgirl@yahoo.com

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    64. I tweeted on Twitter about your giveaway!!

      @365daysofchange

      I also follow both your twitter pages!!

      dcheartgirl@yahoo.com

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    65. I'm vote #709. Good luck!

      navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    66. I voted #711. Good luck!!
      fastkat at gmail dot com

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    67. I was vote 736! I'm so glad to have stumbled upon your blog :)

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    68. I tweeted!

      http://twitter.com/ThisIsMaggieT/status/59349373238259713

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    69. I posted about it here:

      giveawaysgalore4girls.blogspot.com

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    70. tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/rachelbacaling

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    71. I voted for you (#743).

      Angela L.
      lasitera at yahoo dot com

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    72. I tweeted:

      http://twitter.com/#!/lasiteral/status/59414364238790657

      @lasiteral
      lasitera at yahoo dot com

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    73. Vote number #745!! And I posted a link on my blog! http://cecemcgee.tumblr.com/post/4676508864/vote-for-this-couple-trying-to-win-the-ultimate-wedding

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    74. I was vote # 748

      tati.abaurre@gmail.com

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    75. I tweeted @TatiAbaurre -> http://twitter.com/TatiAbaurre/status/59462303409643520

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    76. i was vote 756 jmmccarr@gmail.com

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    77. i tweeted @jmmccarr

      jmmccarr@gmail.com

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    78. Vote #761. Y'all are too cute!

      kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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    79. I voted! #764
      Good luck :)

      Star
      sa_photo(at)hotmail(dot)ca

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    80. TEIAMARIA93@GMAIL.COMApril 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      VOTE #769

      i HOPE YOU GUYS WIN!, u GUYS R 2 CUTE

      TEIAMARIA93@GMAIL.COM

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    81. Voted for you! :)
      #770

      ka.michael97@gmail.com

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    82. TEIAMARIA93@GMAIL.COMApril 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      TWEETED, TEIAMARIA93@GMAIL.COM

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    83. Vote #772 & linked to the contest on my Facebook too! @ http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000841875008

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    84. I voted, but forgot which # I was. When I tried to go back to the site to try again, it said I already voted. Sorry!!

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    85. Also tweeted: https://twitter.com/luna621/status/59718475106627584

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    86. Thanks everyone for all of the entries so far! I have another giveaway coming up soon!

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    87. I'm vote 779!
      Good luck!
      irishdancer2459 (@) yahoo (.) com

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    88. I just voted via fb and I believe it said My vote was 791. Good Luck and congratulations!!

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    89. I believe i was vote 797.. but im not sure.. but i voted .. :) I hope you win.

      raynekitten@gmail.com

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    90. http://twitter.com/#!/Raynekitten/status/59861304118226944

      tweeted :)

      raynekitten@gmail.com

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    91. This is a great giveaway! I hope ya'll win the contest. I was vote number 803.

      shadowdancevintage@gmail.com

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    92. I voted! Number #830.
      katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

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    93. #857.. I hope you guys win!
      FortheLoveofYarn@live.com

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    94. #802. Hope you guys win!


      thegoblinshmee@hotmail.com

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    95. Number 884!
      You two are too cute I think you'll win hands down! And I also think you could totally bake for your own wedding just make sure you have all your time planned out so you aren't stressing about falling behind.
      missamannda@yahoo.com

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    96. I just voted for you and it showed 907 votes :-)

      kathiedp75atyahoodotcom

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    97. I posted it on my blog's facebook page

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Like-a-Box-of-Chocolates/154843331241625#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=114865135263437&id=154843331241625

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    98. I tweeted!

      https://twitter.com/#!/housewifekathie/status/61465619110961152

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    99. I am #916. Good luck!

      the imagine tree at aol dot com

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    100. I voted on facebook. #941
      doreen riopel

      dorcontest at gmail dot com
      GOOD LUCK YOU GUYS.

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    101. follow you on twitter and tweeted
      http://twitter.com/DoreenRiopel/status/61959104746364930

      dorcontest at gmail dot com

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    102. shared on my facebook
      doreen riopel
      http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=103195756434877&id=100000384250939

      dorcontest at gmail dot com

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    103. it just said "Thank you for verifying your email address. Your votes will now count."

      hope that's ok!!

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    104. Hi I was vote # 954 good luck guys I really hope you win you make a cute couple!

      Sarahs the name

      Sarahsarahenity@aim.com

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    105. i voted for you guys! sarahsarahjane@gmail.com

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    106. also posted a tweet @sarahsarahjane

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    107. I was vote #962 good luck
      jessicajhennings@gmail.com

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    108. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
      Have a nice day!

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    109. vote #968! good luck! that looks like an awesome contest!

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    110. Wow, you're getting up there! I was vote #1048. Good luck!!! :) Kim Pavlik Clark (info@kimclarkcreative.com)

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