My $1,100 Thank-You Giveaway For My 10,600 Twitter Followers!

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 20, 2011

Ten days ago I got the idea to have a big thank-you giveaway to show my appreciation for my 10,000 Twitter followers.*

I reached out via Twitter and the response was overwhelming: 24 companies donated wonderful prizes worth over $1,100!

The power of social media never stops to amaze me and I’m already thinking about using this kind of success to help out a nonprofit or charity next time, like McKMama. She offered an iPad and asks for a small donation in return — and raised $30,000. Now that is just plain inspiring!

By now another 600 people have joined my Twitter followers — you guys amaze me and I can’t wait to say thanks.

This giveaway has grown so much that I decided to cut it into six parts so that more of you have a change to win:

1. For an expecting mom (~ $138)

2. For a new mom/breastfeeding mom (~ $250)

3. For a breastfeeding/working mom (~ $208)

4. For parents with babies, toddlers, or older kids (~ $223)

5. For bookworms and/or bloggers (~$119)

6. Just for fun/kid’s birthday pack (~$205)

I was wrecking my brain about how to find out the winners. I usually use Random.org to decide my giveaway winners, but I can’t just put 10,600 in there. Let’s say it spits out No. 2,387, how am I going to find that person among my many Twitter followers?

Letting my little son point at six Twitter pictures didn’t seem the right and fair solution either.

What did make sense is to give Twitter followers who want to be entered in this giveaway a chance after they leave a comment on my blog with their Twitter name. Simple.

How to enter: *closed

Congrats to the winners! Becky (Willis), Shari, Kim (James&Jax), Summer, Kelsey V, and Laurie!

  1. If you follow me on Twitter, you are eligible to enter this giveaway.
  2. Leave me a comment on this blog post with your Twitter name. I’m not asking you to also enter your e-mail, you might not want the whole world to see it, but make sure you enter the correct e-mail address when you write your comment. That will be the e-mail I’m going to contact if you win.
  3. If you have a preference, also mention which prize package you would like to win in your comment. I will try my best to accommodate your wish if you win but make no guarantees.
  4. You can earn one extra entry by subscribing to Dagmar’s momsense updates (under “Welcome”). Leave a separate comment that you subscribed.

Go!

A big thank you to all the generous donations by these amazing companies:

 




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*I was inspired by the great success local photographer Brannon Conza had with her idea to offer extra goodies with her current special.

Rules: This giveaway will end on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011, at 10 p.m. I’m going to use Random.org to determine the six winners and notify them via e-mail. I need to hear back from you within three days or I will draw another winner.

 

 

You can only enter twice: once per Twitter account and person, plus one more if you subscribe to Dagmar’s momsense. I’m not responsible for incomplete or incorrect entries.

I’m not responsible for the fulfillment of the prizes. All of the prizes have been donated by companies who have contacted me and I have taken every precaution to list all the prizes here correctly, but I make no guarantees. All prize donors will send out the prizes or codes directly to the winners after I provide them with the e-mail or physical addresses of the six winners. You might have to pay for shipping charges for some of the prizes. Open to U.S and Canada residents.

 

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Cristi Comes February 15, 2011 at 1:36 AM

Are vendors ok to enter!? I wasn’t sure since one of my necklaces is in the giveaway! :) Thanks much!!

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Amy Anderson February 14, 2011 at 5:27 AM

@TheAmyAnderson
Congrats on the press and all the Twitter followers! I’d love to win prize pack #4 as I have a 3.5 yr old. Thanks!

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Becky February 14, 2011 at 4:20 AM

Same becky as 127, I subscribe too!

Prefer 3 or 2 but all are nice! ;)

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Becky February 14, 2011 at 4:17 AM

Hope this isn’t a multiple entry…issues with commenting.

I follow you on Twitter as @mrsgregwillis

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Emily February 13, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I follow :) @babydickey – great prize packs! I think I’d like #5!

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Shell February 13, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I follow you on twitter @shellthings

I like #4 or #5.

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Caryn B February 13, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I subscribed via email!

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Caryn B February 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I’m @rockinmama
I like the baby/toddler/kid package!

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Brea February 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I am a subscriber! :)

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Brea February 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I would love to win 4, 5, or 6. :)

Twitter: becomingbrea

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Heather M February 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Prize 1 or 3
hmahan_0529 is my twitter handle.

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Alexia February 10, 2011 at 1:19 AM

I am a subscriber!!

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Alexia February 10, 2011 at 1:18 AM

So glad to have recently found your blog & Twitter!!

Would LOVE to win the Bookworm/Blogger or the Breastfeeding/Working Mama package.

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Jenn S. February 6, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Twitter follower: jashelep

I would love to win #4,#5 or #6. :)

Thanks for a super giveaway!

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Julia February 6, 2011 at 4:38 AM

I am a new subscriber too and pkg 4,5 or 6 would be best for me (if you can) since I am no longer going to be having babies or nursing. :)

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Julia February 6, 2011 at 4:35 AM

Following @nugglemama :)

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Meghan February 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Forgot to mention my Twitter name: @ImAMomToo. Oops! Fingers worked faster than the brain. ;) #4 and #5 for me please! :)

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Meghan February 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Just discovered you and your website through Twitter. What a great idea! I’m putting my name in for #4 and #5. Best of luck!

http://www.blogher.com/member/imamomtoo

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Cassie February 5, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I’m Cassiethedoula on Twitter (been following you for ages! )

I like the package for breastfeeding/working moms & the one for new moms. But, honestly, all these packages rock! Would be thrilled to win any of them!

(I’m having some issues getting my comment to post, so if this accidentally posts twice – I’m sorry! Not trying to cheat, promise!)

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Lessie Scott February 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM

I’m @douladilly, and I’d love to win #3 or #5!

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Kim February 4, 2011 at 7:13 AM

@mama2LSA
Signed up for the emails!

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Kim February 4, 2011 at 7:10 AM

@mama2LSA
I would love either the #4, #5, or #6 giveaway. I am really enjoying following you.

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Alexis February 3, 2011 at 1:01 AM

I am subscribed to your updates!

@tsubi

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Alexis February 3, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I’m @tsubi and I’d love to win #4 or #5!!

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Annie Haven/Authentic Haven Brand February 2, 2011 at 1:00 AM

I’m not entering to win I just wanted to extend my Kudos to you on reaching 10,000 followers and say what an amazing thing your doing with these GIVEAWAYS for moms You ROCK! Annie

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Becky @mrsgregwillis February 1, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I follow you on Twitter, @mrsgregwillis. Couldn’t find my comment here when you tweeted regarding removing comments w/o twitter IDs so I must not have entered right before (or meant to enter and forgot, oops!). Thanks for the awesome giveaways, and congrats on your followers. Glad to be one of the growing masses!

#3 or #2 would be great for this about to return to work #bfing mama…but all are great!

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Laura @ SuperGlueMom February 1, 2011 at 9:37 PM

@SuperGlueMom follows you on twitter!! #4

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Jessica January 31, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Hi there! I’d like to enter! I think gift 4 or 5 would be best for me. I like 5 best, but as mom to a toddler, 4 would also be awesome! I’m joining the momsense newsletter too!

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barb February 5, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I’d go with #5 I guess since I’m a blogger. barb g. directorylanesuperstore(at)gmail.com

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Bree Miller January 31, 2011 at 7:39 AM

@pirateisapirate
I’d love 2 or 4 if I win.

Thanks!

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Terri Henry January 31, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Wow Dagmar, congrats on such success! I’m @onelovelivity on twitter. I’d jump for joy at any win but 4,5 & 6 are especially relevant to me. Wishing you well in your ventures from here on!

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Natalie January 31, 2011 at 12:43 AM

and I am a subscriber!!

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Natalie January 31, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Hey! what a fabulous giveaway! so excited for your and your twitter following!! how exciting.

i would loveee to win either package 3 or 4!!

i follow you on twitter @busybudgetingma

:)

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Little BGCG January 29, 2011 at 12:49 AM

@LittleBGCG

I would love 1, 2, or 3.

Thanks Dagmar!

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Milehimama January 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I’m @milehimama and I’d love any of the breastfeeding, babie/toddler, or blogger packages!

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Leah January 28, 2011 at 6:54 AM

I also subscribe to your magical blog via e~mail and reader! : )

leahita(at)gmail(dot)com

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Leah January 28, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Dagmar, CONGRATULATIONS! : )

I love following you on TWITTER! : )

And, which package would I love if I win? #3 or #4 would be magical.

Thanks so very much for this fabulous giveaway!

Love,
@mamaleahita

leahita(at)gmail(dot)com

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Natasha January 28, 2011 at 4:59 AM

tashsparkles

I’d like #4 (or 3)

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becky January 28, 2011 at 4:44 AM

I’m @lolagoetz on Twitter. I could be good with pkgs 2, 3 or 4.

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Anne January 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I follow you on twitter, lunaj1456. My kids are older, so prize packs 5 & 6 would be what I’d like.

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Monica @MacaroniKidNYC January 27, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Hi! I follow you on Twitter @MacaroniKidNYC.
Would love to win #4.
Thanks!

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Kimberly January 26, 2011 at 10:02 PM

I follow you on twitter. I’d love to win #1 or 3. :)

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Samantha @ Mama Notes January 26, 2011 at 7:45 AM

You know I follow you! @MamaNotes :)

Congrats on your followers girl!

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Stephanie January 26, 2011 at 5:17 AM

I follow you on Twitter @Mammamoiselle
I would love any of the packages, but really like #1

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Kristi {at} Live and Love Out...Loud January 26, 2011 at 3:47 AM

I’d love to win numbers 4, 5 or 6. But really, free is free! lol Great giveaway Dagmar! I’m in awe of the number of followers you have. Really. :)

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Melissa January 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Twitter: @PBinmyHair

As an expecting mom (due 2/17) that plans to breastfeed, 1 or 2 for sure!

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Laurie January 25, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Awesome prizes – would love to win any of them! My Twitter ID is @LSAS1 and I follow you! :)

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christy January 24, 2011 at 7:25 PM

hi there! what a generous set of gifts. should i ever be so lucky to win, I’d LOVE the #5 package! thank you!

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Odie Langley January 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM
Suzie Cheel January 24, 2011 at 2:48 AM

What an awesome idea- would love Alison’s book Blast off @suziecheel

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Daria January 24, 2011 at 2:45 AM

I am done having kids and the youngest is 3, so any of the gifts other than for pregnant and nursing moms would be great!

My twitter is @mominmanagement . Thank you!

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Nikole Gipps January 24, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Nikole, #5, @nhgnikole

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Mary Beth January 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM

@mbvisor

Thanks Dagmar, you are awesome! i appreciate all the hard work and long nights you put into this blog.

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Mandy S January 23, 2011 at 10:21 PM

@amschotter

:)
For a new mom/breastfeeding mom (~ $250)

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Tabathia B January 23, 2011 at 7:17 PM

email subscriber

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Tabathia B January 23, 2011 at 7:16 PM

twitter follower @chelleb36 and I like package #4

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Angela (Toucan Scraps) January 23, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Hello, great giveaway. My preferences would be something from lists 4,5, or 6. But if it was sonmething else I could always gift it.
Angela Coles @ ToucanScraps

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OurLittleAshley January 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM

@OurLittleAshley

I love following you on Twitter! :)

I like packages 2, 3, and 4!

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katie Chavanak January 23, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I am a subscriber… I would love any of them, but since I don’t have kids yet, my guess is only a few would apply for me

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Kerri January 23, 2011 at 4:22 AM

I now subscribe

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Kerri January 23, 2011 at 4:21 AM

I think package 4 would be the best for me. The girls would love the Tada Youth theater package :)

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Mrs.Mayhem January 23, 2011 at 3:57 AM

Wow! This is a spectacular giveaway!

I’m following you on twitter.
@motheringmayhem

I’d like to win #4, #5, or #6. Sadly, no more babies or breastfeeding for me.

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Alyssa January 22, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Following! @LyssLovingLyla

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morgan January 23, 2011 at 2:51 AM

@mrs_spiker I’m a stay at home mom to my 19 month old daughter, expecting my 2nd in 3 weeks!

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megan January 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Just subscribed! :)

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megan January 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM

following you on twitter! @itsm3g4n
anything from package 1 or 2.
due in june with baby #2!

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Suzanne January 23, 2011 at 12:18 AM

What a great giveaway! I would love the breastfeeding mom package or the mom of a toddler package – since I’m both now and having a newborn plus a 21 month old is certainly hard work!

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Hayley January 23, 2011 at 12:16 AM

My twitter name is @TheSmallGal. I would love any of the prize packages, except for the Kid Birthday Pack. I don’t have kids but have lots of pregnant friends that would love any of the other packages as a shower gift! :-)

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Jill @BabyRabies January 22, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Bonus- I subscribed to your updates :)

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Jill @BabyRabies January 22, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Congrats, Dagmar!! That is so amazing. And what an awesome giveaway! I would love anything from package 2, 4, 5 or 6. I follow you on Twitter :) @BabyRabies

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Erica @ ChildOrganics January 22, 2011 at 9:14 PM

@ChildOrganics
I’d love the blogger or mom of toddler giveaway package, awesome!! thank yoU!

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Carina lyall January 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

No matter what, I Am Amazed of What is possible through Twitter. And you are very inspiring for doing What you have!!! :)@mindfulground. Thank you.

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WeeMasonMan's Mom January 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Been following you for a while now! @weemasonsmom

I’d be interested in 3-5 :o)

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Anna January 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

what a fun giveaway and congrats on 10,000 followers!

i’m @randomhandprint on twitter

would love to win #4, esp. the tickets!

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Divina January 22, 2011 at 2:40 AM

Dagmar, this is a great giveaway. You are too cute. I would love to win the working mom breast feeding giveaway.

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MyFeminineMind January 22, 2011 at 2:11 AM

If I win the giveaway, I’ll let you choose which to give me. They all sound good to me. I have a four-year-old, a two-year-old, and I’m pregnant with my third!

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Chicago Ma Musing January 22, 2011 at 2:03 AM

Love following you…and it looks like I’m not alone! If I win, I would love the expecting mom gift to share with my SIL. She’s expecting twins after a very difficult pregnancy, and I would love to give her some things that can help her enjoy the end of her pregnancy and welcome her preemies. If that gift is gone, my second request is for the new mom/breastfeeding mom…

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Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas January 22, 2011 at 2:03 AM

I follow you on Twitter @ABCGP

I’d love to win #3, but any of the packages would be great! Thanks so much for a great giveaway!

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Lauren @ Hobo Mama January 22, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Congratulations to you on your phenomenal number of followers! That’s awesome. Do you have a post about how you got there?

I follow (@Hobo_Mama) and would love any of the pregnancy & breastfeeding packages. They all look fabulous!

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Julie January 21, 2011 at 10:23 PM

I also subscribed – and as I’m no longer planning, expecting, or nursing a little on, I’d prefer one of the prizes for older kids if I’m selected.

Thanks!

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Julie January 21, 2011 at 10:20 PM

I follow you – @CrunchyMom :)
(prefer 6 or 4 or 5…)

Thanks for doing this! :)

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Jacqueline Presley January 21, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I’m interested in the “For an expecting mom” gift. We are expecting our second child, a boy–Jackson David Presley–April 6th : )

Thanks for doing the giveaway!! God bless you!! xoxo

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Brannon January 21, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Wow, you are gonna make some very happy mamas out there! Job well done – looks great!! :)

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Kelsey Vigil January 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

would love prize pack 4! I subscribed!

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Kelsey Vigil January 21, 2011 at 3:23 PM

follow you on twitter @crazyvigildays

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Kelsey Vigil January 21, 2011 at 3:23 PM

follow you on twitter @kelsvigil

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Rachel January 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

RachelR77

Have a great weekend!

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AJ Cecil January 21, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I would be happy with any of the awesome packages! Congrats on 10,000+ followers! I know I enjoy your tweets! My twitter name is @emandelsmom

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Amanda January 21, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Oh what a great giveaway! I am a twitter follower @itchinstitchin – Love prize pack number 5 !!

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Crystal- Domestic, But Not Martha January 21, 2011 at 6:31 AM

(I follow you on there btw.. LOL forgot to add that) I also RT’d (@’d you) @DmstcBtNtMartha

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Crystal- Domestic, But Not Martha January 21, 2011 at 6:31 AM

(I follow you on there btw.. LOL forgot to add that) I also RT’d (@’d you)
@DmstcBtNtMartha

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Crystal- Domestic, But Not Martha January 21, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Hi! Tysm for hosting this! My Twitter handle is @DmstcBtNtMartha

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suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} January 21, 2011 at 3:12 AM

i follow @ShoutLaughLove

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Holly January 21, 2011 at 12:57 AM

I’m a follower on Twitter @hbfoley! I love prize #4 although #2 is tempting because I could never have enough bamboobies!!

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Shandell January 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I follow you on twitter via @ShanLeAnn

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Amanda P January 20, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Annalise January 20, 2011 at 10:25 PM

I am a follower! @completedelish

And I love package #1, I just found out I’m expecting!

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Sarah M January 20, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I follow you on Twitter! @elliemahar
#4 would be my choice if I win. :)

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Mama P January 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I also follow your blog of GFC :)

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Mama P January 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

mama2_3penguins is my twitter handle, and already follow you on twitter, I would like to win the bookworm/blogger package :)

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sara January 20, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I am also an email subscriber
@cookwith5kids

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sara January 20, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I follow you on twitter.
I love prize #6

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Cara R. January 20, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Already a subscriber. :o)

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Cara R. January 20, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I follow you with Twitter as TotallyTember. My top pick is #5, but #4 is OK too. (I’d have loved the first 3, but I don’t have babies anymore!)

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Amy T. January 20, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I also subscribe to your email updates.

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Amy T. January 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I’ve very much enjoyed reading your blog–your tweets are often what lead me here. My twitter handle is @ohsosavvymom. 10,000 followers! Wow, you inspire me! I’d love to try for package 1,2,4, or 5.
Thanks so much!

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James (@ James & Jax) January 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM

My Twitter handle is jme814, and I’ve been following you for a while now (yikes, that sounds stalkerish!). I’d love to win either the toddler/older child package (my kiddo is 17 mos), the working/nursing mom package (still nursing at 17 mos, yay!), or the blogger package (just started mine in Sept)! All 3 sound great! Thank you!!! Congrats on reaching over 10K followers!

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jacksmom4life January 20, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I am so excited. There is a lot of cool stuff. I would love package 4 or 5.

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Becky January 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

You are one awesome lady!

I follow you on twitter as jensen3r

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Melaina25 January 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

@Melaina25

I’d love 4 or 5! Thank you :)

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Soccermom434 January 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM

I’d love to win the blogger/mom one. My kids are older so breastfeeding isn’t something I do … but it’s still fun to enter contests :)

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Amanda January 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Wow, what an awesome idea! I’m following you on twitter @ugottafriendnme ;)

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Stephanie @ Our Marriage Adventure January 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

@mrsourma is my twitter id and I’d love the blogger package!

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Amanda P January 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM

I follow you! My Twitter name is AmandaPunaro. :) Thanks and good luck everyone!

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Mama in the City January 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Yeah! Well done on the amazing amount of Twitter readers Dagmar. I’d love to win any of your prize packs. I’m @Apartment_Mama on Twitter.

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Whitney January 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

@thepaleochild is my Twitter name. :)

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Tina M January 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM

follow you as happytina0115. I would like the #6

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Heather L. January 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I subscribe via RSS

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Heather L. January 20, 2011 at 2:19 PM

@Heather_KS

My top choices would be #4 then #5 then #6. Thanks!

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Pragmatic Mom January 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM

What a great idea to mark a milestone for your blog! I’d love to win the bookworm/blogger package! Congrats!

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Shari January 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I am also an email subscriber~Shari

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Hannah January 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I started following you after you followed me! Thanks for the follow!

@hannaxor

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Shari January 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Following you on Twitter (@ShariAlligood) prize number 4 sounds great^~^ Thanks for the giveaway~~Shari

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Alison January 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I sub via email already. (I think that’s the momsense updates!)

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Alison January 20, 2011 at 12:28 PM

I follow!! @BeingAlison I would love prize pack 5.

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MamaBennie January 20, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I already subscribe to updates.

@MamaBennie

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MamaBennie January 20, 2011 at 11:52 AM

This is @MamaBennie on Twitter. Thanks for the giveaway

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Summer Robinson January 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I would love to be entered into the giveaway! I would prefer #4.
Thanks,
Summer =)

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Kathy Morelli January 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Hi Dagmar! Might as well enter the contest as well as giving something away!
I’d love to be entered for the gemstone necklace! I breastfed my son altho that is long past now!

Twitter Name = KathyAMorelli

see you!
Thank you so much!

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Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead January 20, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Great packages! Congrats again.

Been following & tweeting with you (@txblond)

I’d like the 5th package for bloggers & bookworms!

Thanks

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