2.13.2013

For The LOVE

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

non-recent photo I took for Rob one Valentines Day. Not sure this is even appropriate to share here, but if it isn't, I'm sure my mom, dad, sister or Gunners pre-school teacher will let me know.

I'm just gonna keep this short and sugary sweet on this V-day:

Myself and 30 other amazing bloggers have all come together to offer one of YOU a $1500 Visa Gift Card. Just for being the awesome loyal readers that you are. I could buy three iPads with that. Or two pairs of Louboutins, or in my case, lots and lots of vodka. Basically, it's a lot of money.

Also, if you are just looking for some new good reads? The below ladies are, in the exact words of Erin, circles upon circles of all my favorite people.




Gussy Sews | Living in Yellow



The Shine Project | The Wiegands | JustLove.ly




Saturated Canary | Sugar & Dots | La Vie Petite




Running on Happiness | Cupcake Mag | Oh Sweet Joy




House of Rose | Because Shanna Said So | The Pleated Poppy




Don't Quote the Raven | Wonder Forest | KV's Confessions




Across the Pond | Tales of Me & the Husband | Crowley Party




Julie Ann Art | Take Heart | Sparkling Footsteps




Aunie Sauce | My Keep Calm & Carry On | Rags to Stitches





The Chiffon Diary | The Daily Tay | Life of Bon





Eat Yourself Skinny | I Wore Yoga Pants to Work



a Rafflecopter giveaway



Good luck and kiss your favorite thing extra hard today!

202 comments:

  1. Love this! I will pay off my credit cards--and I will buy VS out ;)

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  2. Ohhh so much! I'd pay off a bit of debt, buy myself something pretty and donate a bit to my fav kitty cat organization!

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  3. Get rid of debt once and for all...boring yet practical! happy v-day raven! love the pic :)

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  4. All of this...for vodka. and Maybe a side of Victoria's Secret :)

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  5. oh crap....just realized you can't pay debt w/a visa gift card....so in that case, id buy tons and tons of lulul clothes b/c i'm fairly convinced i'm going to meet my lover at the gym.

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  6. Oh boy...wIth $1500 I'd probably take a trip somewhere with sand and seashells and pina coladas.

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  7. I would book a trip to a really warm place seeing as where I live in upper michigan it's freezing!!

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  8. I'd spoil the husband! Letting me stay home with Pierce while he works full time & goes to school full time is a huge sacrifice....he deserves it

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  9. Definitely a new summer wardrobe! Preferably all in the bikini and sandals section ;)

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  10. I would totally buy new clothes. I haven't treated myself in SO long!

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  11. Uhm, holy generous. I'm in. You can find me in Sephora or Vicky's if I'm the lucky winner:) Good luck to all!

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  12. Vacation! $1500 would be niiiice for a vacation.

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  13. i would probably buy me some botox....don't judge me :-) and put the rest toward some new spring items my closet is craving.

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  14. $1500 would pay a few bills! With enough left over for some long-overdue shopping :)

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  15. With $1500, I'm thinking a nice trip with the boyfriend.

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  16. I would pay a few bills and then buy a couple plane tickets, one to see my sister in Louisiana and the other to visit my oldest friend in Southern California to celebrate her recent engagement properly! And I would DEFINITELY go shopping for clothes! :)

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  17. Wahoooo, what a great giveaway! I would definitely take a vacation!

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  18. This is so generous of you all! I have a couple of friends' weddings coming up this year and I would use the money to pay for bridesmaid dresses, bachelorette party trips, showers/gifts. You know how expensive everything with weddings can be! And I want it all to be special for my girls! :) Happy V-day to you!

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  19. 1,500, what wouldn't I do? In reality, it would go in to savings for a downpayment on our house. SO boring, I know.

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  20. um hello new Louis Vuitton!! And a little towards the good ol credit card!

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  21. WOW! Smoking pic and crazy give away!!

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  22. Shopping shopping shopping & maybe take a family trip

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  23. HOLY CRAP! Please pick me rafflecopter! While I would love to pay off student loans, I might just have to go buck wild and shop! Holla atcha girl! :)

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  24. I would probably pay off some of a loan, but I would DEFINITELY buy myself some clothes!! I'm losing weight and I have the worst wardrobe EVER. I live in a town that only has a Wal-Mart and my outfits include jeans and plain tshirts. I want to be a fashionable hottie. No more "mom jeans". - Nicole from insidethemindofnicole.blogspot.com

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  25. HMMM... there is so much I could do with that money. I could buy some new shoes or save it but I would love to use it to pay for another fertility treatment. Please pick me rafflecopter.

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  26. I'd probably buy some new clothes, get a few tattoos..ya know, totally selfish things that a mama never gets to do!

    xo

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  27. Wow this is awesome! You ladies rock.. I'd say date vacation with my hubby!

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  28. as your sister I'll do as you wish and call you out---that picture......i'm pretty sure if I looked long enough I'd be able to see your nip.....but after last weekend we know you are the one that likes to look at those......

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    1. I guess I should say how I would spend the money...I am planning a wedding after all and YOU are in it..... =)

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  29. Totally following you now sweet thing!! Happy Vday, love your blog!!
    xoxo

    www.McKennaBleu.blogspot.com

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  30. This is awesome! I'd book a trip for my husband and I :)

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  31. I'd buy a new wardrobe!

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  32. $1500... holy shiz I would go on one amazeballs trip! Most likely hawaii... and pay for one hell of a trainer before so I can get my booty in shape for it ;)

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  33. I have a baby on the way so I could totally use an extra $1500!

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  34. just had a baby and there is a LOT i could do with that money!!! You ladies are amazing!

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  35. This looks awesome - Im all in :)

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  36. I would use this right now for our house, we are really in need of extra money right now and that is where it would go.

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  37. I would definitely buy some new summer clothes! Then use the rest to take a vacation somewhere warm and sunny! :)

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  38. Totally would pay of my Nordy's card, and pay the rest of my car off!!!!

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  39. What an awesome giveaway!

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    1. Forgot to say what I would do with it. I would use it to buy a new mattress. Ours is 13 years old. Definitely time for a new one.

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  40. Just entered to win! I would buy more sparkly, crystal chandeliers. I need two for my pantry.
    Cortne

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  41. Shopping, alcohol, vacation, etc... need I say more?

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  42. Take a little vac with the hubby to some place warm!

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  43. Oooh, pick me! I'd buy a new camera. Er, more realistically, pay off some debts too.

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  44. so many fun things I could buy with this!

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  45. I would use it to buy my boyfriend a nice guitar and to go shopping of course! Can't remember the last time I bought new jeans!

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  46. Buy wine, by the case. And shoes, lots of them. And then get a closet makeover for all my new shoes.

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  47. Momma wants to go shopping! Oh and the pic is totally appropriate! No nip slips ;)

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  48. It may be the booze, but I'm feeling lucky!

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  49. Amazing give away! I probably should put the money towards the credit card but a little retail therapy would be too tempting! :)

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  50. A makeup shopping spree and than a new kitchen table. Yup, so practical but I DESPISE my current kitchen table.

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  51. um hello retail therapy... victoria secret.. here i come.
    orrrr get a personal trainer.. lets be real... i need to hit that gym up...fast

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  53. I would use it to visit my brother in Florida. I haven't seen him in over a year.

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  54. I would use it to buy myself a hotel room by myself for a few nights. Mama needs a break from some babies.

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  55. {insert inappropriate whistling here} both for the photo and the freakin' awesomeness of the giveaway! I would totally use it to make my house a tad prettier, and send my ass down to Disney for a few days!

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  56. oh my goodness...$1,500. how awesome would that be? i would use it for a new lens for my camera and a new computer...exciting!

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  57. I would buy the diamond band I've been obsessing over for the last few months!

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  58. Love the pic! I could def. do some damage with $1,500! :)

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  59. WHEW! that's a lot of moola! i would go on a little shopping spree for post-pardum clothes. due next month, so how appropriate. :) cant wait to check out all these lovely ladies.

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  60. Happy Valentine's Day!

    Add it to my back yard paradise fund!

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  61. I would get a new macbook since I just spilled a beer on mine!

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  62. Wow! Crazy cool giveaway! I would totally use it and force my husband to finally take me on a honeymoon! I mean, it's been over 2 years of marriage, I think I deserve a break no? ;)

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  63. OMG..the things I would do with $1500. I would finally buy myself some new clothes. Maybe go away for the weekend. Go to a nice fancy dinner. And whatever the hell I wanted, actually! Haha.

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  64. I so love your blog-read it everyday!

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  65. I would use for my trip to Hawaii this summer!

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  66. Have fun shopping for the fam and updating the wardrobe a bit.

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  67. I'd use it for my Zibabwe trip! Happy Valentines Day!

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  68. Pay off the damn credit card I used to buy my husband surprise 1st row Dave Matthews tickets for his bday! He is going to shit his pants come April but I am going to shit mine when I get the bill :)

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  69. I would put this towards new windows on our house, that we need so desperately.

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  70. I would use the money towards student loans.

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  71. Great idea on the giveaway! I would use the money towards paying off my car or buying some things to fix things in our home.

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  72. I would shop, shop and more shop!

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  73. I'm pretty sure I'd just blow it on random stuff. :)

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  74. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this. I left my answer on Saturated Canary. Hugs, Robin

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  75. The pic is totally approp! You look hott! Hmm I would buy new workout clothes and then save the rest for our trip in May!

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  76. I would definitely put it towards an awesome wedding dress for my NYE wedding!

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  77. Pay off my credit card!!!

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  78. Haha! Happy Valentine's Day!

    I love your realness Raven :)

    oh the things I could do with that $$$$

    new clothes
    camera lens
    new clothes
    pay off a debt
    yep, the smart thing would be to pay off a debt.
    That's what I'd do...
    :)

    Have a great day!

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  79. Ooh the things I could secretly do with $1500 as I would hide it from my children and spouse! :)

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  80. I would buy myself a new wardrobe...I am still dealing with pregnancy weight and im back to work and none of my clothes fit properly!

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  81. It would go either towards a trip to Ireland, a breeding for my mare, or a new colt!

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  82. A camera lens and a pair of loubs for sure!

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  83. Wow what a giveaway! I would put it in the vacation fund for this summer!

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  84. LOVE this. I would use it for a vacation and shoes of course!

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  85. both of my kids' birthdays are this month...oh the special things i could for them with some extra $$$$!!

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  86. My birthday is coming up so I would use it to spoil myself!

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  87. I have lost 70 lbs since having my son and I would use it to buy new clothes!

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  88. I would buy something for myself for once!

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  89. Hi Raven! I would use the $1,500 on my upcoming wedding on April 20th!! Your blog rocks!! =) Casey

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  90. Amazing! I'd use it for a vacation!

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  91. I would shop without regret :)

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  92. VACATION! My husband and I haven't been on vacation since our honeymoon!

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  93. Well Thant could Turn a Girls Day Around!

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  94. I would buy some new clothes, some new workout equipment, and then save the rest for a rainy day! :)

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  95. Oh boy! I'd spend some on my new baby, then my husband and I'd make sure and indulge a lil of myself. :)

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  96. That's a nice lump of money. Sadly, I'd either put it towards my car loan or my credit card debt, but I might use some of it on some bedroom furniture for my room or the little one's room. And ice cream cake. We are so obsessed with ice cream cake.

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  97. I would buy a new headboard for our master bedroom! Love this!

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  98. I hate valentines day because it always brings me sickness or bad luck. This year? my Valentines gift to myself is going to be paying my mechanic 1100$ for a brand new clutch. The 1500$ would cover this nicely, and buy me a few gallons of wine to ease the pain of now being unable to go south this year. I live in Canada. It's cold dammit. I need a yearly trip south to keep me sane! LOL

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  99. I would get something totally amazing for my husband...maybe a vacation!!!

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  100. A nice vacation would totally be used with this! I haven't been on one in 3 years!!!

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  101. Is it bad of me to say I would spend it on a girl's weekend! Well, maybe I'd buy my daughter some nice new things too:)

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  102. Ohhhhh I would start a whole new wardrobe with this!!!

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  103. I'd pay off some debt then start building a nice spring/summer wardrobe for my son & I!

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  105. Holy sh*t!!!!! This is the most amazing giveaway in all of the blog lands!!!! I'd definitely splurge and get some new clothes, makeup, nail polishes .... seriously I don't know where I'd start!!!!

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  106. Ohhh best giveaway ever! I think I'd treat myself to a little shopping spree.

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  107. Hi Raven -

    I would take a trip to see my Dad who just got out of the hospital. That would be a great way for me to spend $1,500.

    Thanks,
    ~MARIA~

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  108. With a baby on the way and living in an old crappy, country home...we could find many ways to put this money to use! Baby items, a new ceiling, carpet...the list could go on!!

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  109. $1500? Vacation for me and the husband! For sure :)

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  110. I would pay off my credit card debt!!! :)

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  111. Hi,
    I would love to win! I have no idea what I would spend it on tho.

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  112. $1500?? WOW.. I would def pay off some of my credit card debt just to be able to plan a vacation!!

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  113. Oh how awesome that would be! I would pay off one of the three credit cards I have! One step closer to being DEBIT FREE.. yeah!!!

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  114. I would spend it on renovating my bathroom! It needs it... desperately.

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  115. whoa. hmmmm i suppose debt would be a good place to start... but this sounds like the perfect amount of cash for this momma to take a LONG overdue vacation.

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  116. first, i would buy my husband an ipad, since he has been drooling over one for years now & won't buy one for himself... then, who knows? i mean, that is a LOT of money.

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  117. You are right...your sisters will tell you that picture is inappropriate!! >=\ and since I know you wouldn't let me win anyway I am not bothering saying what I would do with $1500, but I know what I would do with a VS gift card...

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  118. Who wouldn't like $1500!

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  119. Oh my goodness, this is great! I would buy a plane ticket home to see my family, since I haven't seen them in over 3 years now. They still need to meet their grandbaby! This would be the best gift to receive. Thank you for your generosity!

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  120. Happy Valentine's Day!!! This post is great! If I won the $1500 I would spoil the heck outta my boys!

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  121. I would use it to help pay off my car....and buy diapers. Always diapers.

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  122. Happy Valentine's Day! What an awesome giveaway! <3

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  123. Wow, what a giveaway! I think I'd use this money to buy the sectional I've been eyeing for years!

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  124. I would use the money to take a trip to Vegas with my boytoy

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  125. What wouldn't I do with $1500?!? vacay...lasik...furniture...

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  126. I would take a few days off work and stay home with my husband and little girl. I would take time to just enjoy them. Go for a day trip and eat treats. All the fun things we don't have extra time for.

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  127. One word......VAY KAY SHUN.

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  128. I'd go somewhere sunny and sandy with no kids.

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  129. I would definitely pay off some debt and save some for my hubby and myself to do something fun. Something which we never get to do anymore due to our opposite work schedules. (insert sad face here)

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  130. OMG amazing! I would probably spend it all on goodies, no bills. Let's be honest.

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  131. LOVE this! The money would totally go to our honeymoon - first class? yes please!

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  132. Well the smart thing to do would to be pay off my credit card. But a lovely shopping spree or a lil stay cation in Waikiki would be nice too.

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  133. $1500!! Amazing!! I would totally go crazy buyingstuff to decorate my place!

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  134. I would definitely put it towards school. And maybe go to the mall and do just a little bit of shopping...

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  135. Birthday presents for the kids and a purse for me!

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  136. This picture cracked me up. I'd use the money towards something I totally don't need. Like a celine luggage tote.

    Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

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  137. I can dream of a few awesome $1500 vacation options...

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  138. Thank you so much for being a part of this - I would use the money towards a new MacBook! Happy Valentine's Day!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  139. Oh man... i SHOULD pay off a credit card with that kind of money, BUT being that i'm having a baby any day now I would probably want to either buy a riduculous amount of booze or new clothes :)

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  140. New clothes for my upcoming vacation!

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  141. Once I found out the baby is, I would use the money to decorate the nursery!!

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  142. Goodness that's a ton of money!!! I would split it with my hubby and we would finally buy something fun instead of diapers and groceries. Haha

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  143. Wow quite the giveaway ladies!!! :)

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  144. whoops...I would most definitely go shopping and put the rest towards paying off cc.

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  145. yay! Shopping spree!!!

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  146. Wow, that would come in handy!

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  147. I'd move out of my terrible apartment sooner rather than later and I might just buy this cute Frida Kalho shirt I've been looking on etsy. :)

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  148. Remodel our bathroom! Or, vacation...yeah, vacation!

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  149. I would put the money towards my nursery and baby gear - for our little guy due in May! :)

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  150. We are moving in 2 weeks and the new house has no window coverings. We need blackout curtains!

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  151. I'd pay off the credit cards and find a new rug for the living room... so boring!

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  152. I would use it to start my Stella & Dot business!

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  153. I would buy some new clothes. I am pregnant and desperately need some new clothes. I would also decorate the nursery.

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  154. Go on a Beach Vacation!!!!

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  155. My son's graduating this year so I'd use it for a gift he needs-I'm just not sure what lol, maybe I'll let him pick. Great giveaway-thank you!!! (Raine on the rafflecopter)

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  156. The right thing to do is to pay a handyman to come fix a few things that have been neglected in the house. The fun thing would be to use the money to book that much needed beach vacation I want to take with my love in May.

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  157. I would put it towards my tuition!

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  158. I would buy some new clothes, and then save the rest!!

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  159. gahaha,,
    love the photo. i would put the money on my brother's tuition fee and save.

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  160. I would put it towards moving closer to my fiance and paying off student loans!

    ... and a new Coach purse. They're amaaazing.

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  161. I've been thinking a lot about giving back, so I think I would buy shoes and coats for the homeless kids in Indy with most of it, but I would also use about $300 to make a double student loan payment!

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  162. So many things to do with this money, probably a little shopping spree for myself since i have lost 20lbs!!!

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  163. With this $1500 I would put down an extra month on my rent to keep my anxiety levels low :) and probably take a few dollars to take my kiddo to dinner.

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  164. Well since we're talking EXTRA, free money, probably something I don't really need, like an iPad. Probably something fun for my two kiddos, too.

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  165. Awesome giveaway!!
    Found your blog through the giveaway we're doing next week for ad space! = )
    walkinginmemphisinhighheels.com

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  166. Fingers crossed super hard! So many student loans!!!

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  167. just had a baby,if i win ill def be buying some much needed clothes for her n I n the hubby too :)

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  168. i'd pay off some debt and buy a patio set!

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  169. With $1500, I would buy a Louis Vuitton purse, orrr pay some of my grad school tuition. Priorities, right!?

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  170. Raven!!!! I don't just want the $1500, I NEED it :). Like you said, that's so much vodka, which means sooo many martinis for me! And while I'm enjoying those martinis, I guess I could use some of the money to pay off my college loans. I work at a nonprofit children's museum and let me tell ya, the job is tons of fun, but the pay, not so great.

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  171. Wow this may be the most awesome giveaway EVER!

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  172. Well, I'm a young college student on my own, working full time, and taking the bus every. single. day, so I think I could put this for good use buying a car!

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  173. I am in desperate need of this!

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  174. I'm feeling lucky, i hope I win!

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  175. cute picture! and yay for giveaways

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  176. I would for sure use the $1500.00 to decorate our new house!! :)

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  177. We bought the house I grew up in almost 4 years ago. It still looks pretty much the same as when I lived in it. We finally bought a new couch and it should be coming soon. I'd love to be able to buy some great accents and a new coffee table to make our family room our own.

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  178. I think it's totally appropriate...I see worse on Facebook e'rday. Plus you look HOT. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  179. I could really use that money to pay for car repairs.

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  180. Holy crap, what would I do with $1500?? Well, I just bought a house and I'm getting married in October...sooo the possibilities are endless. I would buy things we need for the house and maybe a few things for our wedding. :)

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  181. I would use $1500 towards either my student loans or to buy a new kitchen table...maybe both!(the kitchen table would be a little more exciting)

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  182. I would TOTALLY use this money for baby #2's (a girl this time!) wardrobe and carpet in her bedroom - the people we just bought our house from had Pergo flooring put in this specific bedroom, so I want that gone ASAP! :) Hope I win, ahhh! Thanks to you amazing bloggers!! <3

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  183. I'm sure it's the most boring answer ever...but $1500 would be $1500 less of my student loans!

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  184. My family could really use this!

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