2.13.2013

WHO WANTS $1,500? YEP...$1,500! {+SPD!}


First things first-Happy Valentine's Day to you. you. and you!
However you are choosing to celebrate, and even if you aren't, 
 I hope you just all around have an amazing day. 
Let's all indulge in some chocolate, macaroons (both?), whatever you fancy tonight. 
Who's with me?

Today, in honour of this lovely holiday, 30 bloggers + myself wanted to give our loyal/really awesome readers (that we appreciate so much) something special....

a chance to win a $1,500 VISA Gift Card!

 Seriously-can you even imagine winning this?
I mean, receiving $1,500 in the form of a gift card in your mailbox..
I may or may not dream about things like this. ;)

This would be one heck of a gift, so let's get into it...


















a Rafflecopter giveaway

All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopper widget above. 
Start by making a comment below on this post (says "love notes") 
then just follow the prompt to do all entries to increase your chances of winning.

How would you spend $1,500?! Leave it in the comments below!

Please please please while you're at it...
 Take the time to get to know the bloggers featured in this because
 they are all incredibly inspiring + amazing ladies! 
A major part of blogging (for me) is being inspired by others and I can tell you that
 finding some of these blogs has been nothing but beneficial to me. 
So many friendships + inspiration!
 I kinda love it. A lot.

 So there you have it.
GO ENTER!! I mean, if you want to win.
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Now it's time to get into my Saw It. Pinned It. Did It project this week!
{if you're new here: Every Thursday come here to link-up/show off your Pinterest inspired creations with me and Steph. This can be an outfit, a recipe, or a craft-whatever you pinned and created. Would love to have you join in on the fun with us!}

This week I decided to make homemade dog treats for the other man in my life....
Rocky. Our little fur child.
(just WAIT until you see the hilarious last pic of him below...) 
 
"Did you say treats? Don't even tease me..."
Ps-Do you see the print right behind him? Looks familiar. ha! 
 
I figured it's only fair that he has some yummy treats for Valentine's Day as well
My 'pinspiration' came from this recipe because it uses few ingredients 
and you can use mostly organic products.

What You Need:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup organic or all-natural peanut butter
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white flour
3 tablespoons unsalted peanuts, chopped (I didn't use this much)
dog bone cookie cutter (I got ours from Meijer for $1)

How To Make Them:
+Preheat oven to 350.
+In a large bowl combine, oil, peanut butter, and water.
Add both types of flour and work the dough together.
+Wrap in plastic and let it sit for 30 minutes.
+Knead dough into firm ball and roll into 1/4" thickness. 
+Use a bone cookie cutter to cut out small bones.
+Place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, sprinkle with peanuts, and press them lightly into the bones.
+Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in a jar with a tight lid.


Pretty sure Rocky ate one of these bones in less than 30 seconds...

Nom Nom Nom...

Have you ever made homemade dog treats for your fur buddy?
Give this recipe a try!

Now..it's your turn. You know the drill!
 {and if not-here's the deets}

the fine print:
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+Link back to Steph and I's blogs in your post so other people can know about the link up!
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140 comments :

  1. Aww! I made dog treats for my dog over christmas break and he loved 'em! I hope Rocky enjoyed his! :)

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  2. Oh my word! That is an amazing giveaway! Although the most responsible thing for me to spend it on would be school, I would probably indulge in a nice new purse and some (much needed) new jeans! ;) Love the blog, as always! <3
    xo Katy Ford
    kdf3k@mtmail.mtsu.edu

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  3. I would sooooooooo use it for my credit card debt!! ughhh!

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  4. $1500? Hello Baby Dew# 2 nursery!

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  5. Hmmm $1500...I would go on a shopping trip for some new spring/summer clothes and use part of it to pay for my budoir photo shoot!

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  6. Easy. A plane ticket back to Sydney, Australia. I don't know why I ever left!!

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  7. Ohh my gosh, $1500?! What wouldn't I do! I would love to put it towards a wardrobe for myself and my little guy, Colton! It would probably be smarter to put it away or pay off the last bit of my debt though :)

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  8. A) rocky is a doll and I'm so happy he got sweet little valentines day treats and B) oh my giveaway! I'd die. Then go on a massive shopping spree for honeymoon attire, then die again of happiness ;) happy valentines day !

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  9. Wowsers! 15 hundo? This is amaze-balls! Perfect for a girl who is saving every penny for her up-coming wedding (not to pull on your heart strings or anything). What a great group of bloggers too! I follow a lot of them already, but excited to get to know the ones that are new to me! I'm also going to be linkin gup with SPD!

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  10. I'm stating a new job in a week and a half and need to update my professional wardrobe, this would help do that!!

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  11. Cruz loves home made treats!! I would use it towards decorating the 2 spare rooms in our house!! I have been dying to do this!

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  12. whoop! heres to hoping i win, but i probably won't:(

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  13. 1,500 dollar giveaway? That's pure insanity. Not that I mind, haha. What a great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity! ;)

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  14. $1500?? I would plan a vacation for me and the hubs

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  15. Ah winning this $1500 would take a ton of stress away and help with my wedding in May!

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  16. Ugh, I have been putting every penny towards student loans - it would be AMAZING to be able to do a little personal shopping and go on a vacation!

    jess
    Wanderlusted

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  17. $1500 would be a life-changer for me. As much as I would like to say I would buy something super cool, I would try to be responsible and use it towards fitness classes and some healthy groceries for a while!!

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  18. I would be everyday at the blo out bar until the dollas run out. Kidding...kind of..I would pay it forward a little. Blo outs and bubbly for all!

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  19. $1500!! I would totally take a vacation with the mister! Plus I cant wait to try this dog treat recipe on my fur babies!!

    Ashley
    asweetnewday.blogspot.com

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  20. I'd spend it on a vacation! And new clothes. It'd be awesome.

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  21. Wow, $1,500?? I would probably use it toward a much needed vacation and new wardrobe pieces!! I'm very recently out of a 4-year relationship, so it's been a little difficult on the $$ front! I'd spend it on ALL fun stuff! :)

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  22. The mom in me says "save, save, save!" (only 17.5 years 'til college? ahh!), but I know I would end up taking some to the mall. And Target. I could do some damage at Target.

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  23. 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! lmarion84@gmail.com BTW I will totally be trying those homemade dog treats for my Stella girl! They look great!

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

    www.McKennaBleu.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you for saying! :) happy valentines day and good luck!!

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  25. This is seriously a wonderful thing ya'll are doing. Such inspiring women. Thats what I love about blogging too... Being inspired and encouraged by so many others :)
    Umm so for real I would totally spend this money on myself before anyone else. I rarely buy myself stuff, always thinking of others...so truthfully I would be selfish ;) Then I would plan a vacation for the Hubs and I. Maybe to Napa or maybe to NC since we think about moving there :)
    Happy Valentines Day to you and your hubs and pup :)

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  26. $1500?! Umm I could do a million DIY projects for the SPD link-up!! haha ;)

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  27. WOW!! Sign me up. What an awesome giveaway. I'm excited to check out the other blogs too. I would put the money in my honeymoon fund and use if for some fun excursions on our honeymoon in June :) Can't wait to make these dog treats for my pup. Hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day!

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  28. I love the dog treate recipe! I will definitely be making those sometime soon for our dog who LOVES peanut butter. :) $1,500 would be AMAZING! I would donate some of it and then take another cruise! ;)

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  29. In all honesty the money would go to my student loans! Almost paid off!!!!

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  30. ridic giveaway!!! I'd def put that towards paying off my credit cards!!

    also, I've been meaning to make some doggie treats! I bought dog bone cookie cutter and all but just haven't gotten around to making them yet!! I'll def be using this recipe when I do! It looks like Rocky loved the treats :)

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  31. I would definitely use the money towards starting to pay off student loans! I'm going to probably be in school for the next ten years (not kidding) so it will be nice to start chipping away at it! Great giveaway and I really enjoy the blog! :)

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  32. OMG! Most incredible opportunity!! Hello paying off some credit cards!

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  33. Family Road Trip. This summer. Yay!

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  34. I've never seen a $1,500 dollar giveaway! Crazy!! P.S your dog is so cute, it's nice to see another fur parent love their furry friend as much as I love my pom!!!

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    1. Oops forgot to list what i'd do with it...probably send myself to a spa and spoil my dogs and perhaps get my husband something...he's not so bad lol jk

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  35. Katie...I heart you and your cute dog treats. My fur baby is my love so I will be making these. So glad to find your blog and will be following along!

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  36. Aw your pup is so loved as are your blog readers!! Happy Valentine's day girl!!

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  37. Love that you do so many awesome giveaways and introduce me to other great bloggers! This money would be great to use for an upcoming vaca to Disney World with my 5 year old!

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  38. I think a spring shopping trip would be in order!

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  39. I am in desperate need of a new camera, and a new laptop!

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  40. A) That is such a cute idea for your pup. I have been looking for an easy recipe to make some for my dog (he hates most people food, weird!)
    B) WOW on the giveaway. My husband and I are trying so hard to pay off debt so we can buy a house next year and that would basically take care of all of our credit card debt right there!
    C) Love your blog! I've visited before, but finally just commented :)

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  41. I wish I could say that I would use the money to pay off some stuff or donate it... but I need a vacay, like pronto. So here's hoping!

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  42. $1,500?! That's amazing! Maybe a little shopping and then spend the rest on my bar application (most likely!) The dog treats are so cute!

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  43. What a great giveaway, wow!! I love those doggie treats! I made some a few weeks ago and my dogs went nuts! I didn't have a dog bone cookie cutter though so mine were little cats, haha!! I just recently found another recipe to try ..maybe another SPD link up! :)

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  44. The dog treat idea is great! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Happy Valentine's Day!
    I love the dog treats. I will have to make those for Jax, my boxer boy.

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  46. I would use the $1500 to take a trip to Argentina with my boo! Those dog treats are the cutest. I tried to make pupcakes for Skotty on his birthday but they were so dense and nasty looking. I frosted them with peanut butter so he thoroughly enjoyed them.

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  47. I love the dog treats! I need to make some for Mr. Howie!

    If I had $1500 I'd pay of my debt and then put the rest towards an amazing 30th birthday trip!

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  48. Crazy amazing giveaway!!! :) I'd put $1k towards student loan debt (yuck) and then probably hang onto the rest for our upcoming vacation! Gotta enjoy it a lil' bit right?! :)

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  49. Finally start working on our outdoor kitchen!

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  50. This is an awesome giveway! I would book a trip to Paris I've had my eye on.

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  51. Love the dog treats! I'd use the $1500 to spoil my baby girl!

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  52. I'll have to try the treats. My dogs love getting treats. Your little is so adorable! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this. I left my answer on Saturated Canary. Hugs, Robin

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  53. Just another reason I need a dog like, yesterday! And I would lOVE that prize to help pay off my wedding!

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  54. I would use it for a vacation this summer with my husband and 4 yr old :)

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  55. such a crazy, generous giveaway!! you ladies rock! i'd love to take the money and run (okay.. fly) straight to the beach- my husband and i are in desperate need of a little relaxation!

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  56. I'm about to go steal a dog just so I can make these!!

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  57. Fantastic giveaway! I'd probably finally treat myself to a pair of Louboutins! Then use the rest on stuff for the house so the hubs doesn't get mad that I spent it all on frivilous stuff! LOL *fingers crossed*

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  58. Omgosh, those treats are adorable! And this giveaway? Amazing!

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  59. I must make those treats for my dog!

    Also, really hoping to win that gift card!

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  60. I would do a lot with $1500.... a few nice gifts for some loved ones, and a little something for me too ;)

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  61. I would put it towards our basement remodel. Also, have been reading your blog for awhile, just never comment since I don't really keep mine updated, but I love yours!

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  62. Hi Katie, thanks for this opportunity! I was following Eat Yourself Skinny and I am so happy to see all these new blogs to follow! With the $1,500 I would first support my cousin fundraising for the Melanoma Foundation of New England in the Boston Marathon, and then I would use the rest to help pay off school!

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  63. You should pick me, I'd buy a lot of cookies with 1500 buckaroos! Just kidding, heck I'd be on a beach somewhere, of course!

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  64. It's so funny that Rocky is sitting exactly like the picture behind him! I need to get one of those photos made of our little pups. And the dog treats are adorable! :)

    Happy Valentines Day!

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  65. I would totally put $1500 to decorating our cute townhome! And probably pay off my credit card. Shopping addict :)

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  66. Ive entered! Love the dog treat idea! what a fun way to pamper the little guys in our life!
    Karen Kane Giveaway!
    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  67. I'd pay some bills and do a little shopping, of course!

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  68. What an amazing giveaway!! I was going to make some doogie treats for Seamus but worried it would make him gassy. (No joke that dog can clear a room) Glad that Rocky liked them and he was the Pom "Guinea Pig". :) I will have to make them now for sure!

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  69. Wow! Those treats almost sound good enough for me to eat them! ;) I'd put that money in savings and use it towards landscaping our yard this year!

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

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  71. Those dog treats look delish AND HELLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW GIVEAWAY! Momma could really use that chunk of change right now!

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  72. Love Notes- easy it would go to my 4 month old boy and possibly a new watch for momma :)

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  73. Hello best giveaway ever?? I'd spend mine on some much needed items for the house!

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  74. Soooooo many different things I could do with $1500! If I told Cameron about it, he'd probably make me put it in savings or towards one of my credit cards I geniously opened up in college (there are multiple). If maybe I just told him half of the amount, I'd splurge on something reallllll nice for myself. Like a new purse, dress or shoes!

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  75. Your pup is so cute! Thanks for hosting :) Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  76. I would like to say I would do something really fun with $1500 but It would more than likely go to pay off my credit cards.......and maybe a pair of Tory Burch flats :)

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  77. I would put the money towards my nursery and baby gear - for our upcoming baby boy due in May! :)

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  78. I am just rubbing my little paws together over this giveaway! How amazing!!! I know exactly what I’d do…I’d take that GC right to Disney cruise lines and book a little vacation for myself, the hubs and The Little….heaven! thanks for the chance to win!!

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  79. I would take a vacation preferably to Disney (-:

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  80. I made my sweet pup the treats last night and lets just say she LOVED them, thanks for sharing!!!
    I would take my mom and sister on a vacation!

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  81. I would pay off one of my credit cards (Lame I know) and then get some new clothes since I've lost weight :)

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  82. Wow! What a generous giveaway! If I won, I would probably be practical and save most of the money (boring, I know!) but perhaps my husband and I could use some of the money for a little weekend getaway!

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  83. I would buy tons of cute things for Elise....duh! HA! :) Awesome giveaway!

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  84. Oh my gosh! I think it would definitely have to go towards a fabulous vacation!!!

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  85. That is an insane giveaway! I would totally have to buy clothes! Possibly a road trip for spring break could be thrown in there. I would love to win!

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  86. Adorable little dog biscuits. I would use the money for my trip to the amalfi coast for my best friend's wedding!

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  87. I would put it towards a trip! I need something fun to do while my fiance is deployed! :) Happy Valentine's Day, Katie!!!

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  88. I would definitely go shopping!!

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  89. Oh my! Well I just moved into my very first house and girlfriend could use some extra spending money for decor! This would be SO amazing! Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day! :)

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  90. I'd buy a pair of Louboutins. And then use the rest to buy something fabulous to wear them with on date night.

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  91. Happy V Day! Awesome giveaway! I would put it towards a trip to somewhere warm.

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  92. Those dog treats are so cute! I have to share this with my friend that has a dog, she would love this!

    If I won, I would admittedly get some repairs to my car, I know it's boring! But I would also go shoe shopping :).

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  93. I would put it toward paying off my student loans!!! Can't get rid of those soon enough!!!

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  94. I'd pay off credit card debt!

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  95. I am entering! So excited! Super cute dog treats too!

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  96. Wow! $1,500! I would definitely buy somethings for the baby, some cute maternity clothes, and probably a king size bed. We're going to need it!! haha

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  97. 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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  98. I would probably use the money to go on a shopping spree or mini vacation! & loving the homemade dog treats, I'm going to have to whip up some for my pup!

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  99. Wow... best giveaway ever! Rocky is the cutest... I hope someday I have a Pom to make treats for. :)

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  100. Awesome giveaway! I would shop for new clothes for my honeymoon!!

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  101. I would pay off some of my student loans and go on a vacation!

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  102. My husband and I are remodeling a house we just recently bought so it would definitely go towards something for that!

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  103. I would put it towards my tuition!

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  104. They seem pretty easy to make and look delicious! (well, for dogs at least lol) I will definitely give this a go for our fluffy little Bella Bear! Thanks :)

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  105. And we would put the money towards paying off our student loans quicker so we can stop working 2 jobs.

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  106. These look so cute!!!! I need to whip up a batch for Wrigley for sure. And if I won the money I would probably buy one nice thing for my husband, one nice thing for me and the rest would be put in a savings account for our baby!

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  107. What would I do with $1,500? I would visit my best friend in Colorado and put the rest to my car loan.
    This is AWESOME!

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  108. I've entered! I would use the mula for a missions trip my church is doing. Trying to do my part in paying it forward!

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  109. Ah! $1,500, I would probably put it in my wedding fund :)

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  110. I love your blog and have been following for a while. I am not a blogger currently, but may start one soon! I love reading blogs and yours is one of my favorites!! I would buy all kinds of new stuff for my new house with the gift card :)

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  111. Wow, what a fun giveaway! I Would probably make an extra car payment and then buy some new make-up brushes (dying for a set of Sigma brushes) and new eye make-up... always my weakness!

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  112. This giveaway is beyond generous! I would use the money to pay down student loan and debt and then buy a treat for my husband who so lovingly spoils me. It's his turn!

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  113. What an awesome giveaway! I'd use part of the money for credit card debit and part for new clothes for spring/summer!

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  114. Rocky is too darn cute and the picture of him in the background of him in a very similar pose makes it even better!

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  115. Hmmmm I think a shopping spree would be in order w/ winning something like this!! Spring clothes perhaps? :)

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  116. Ahh I would use the money to check an item off my bucket list - Bermuda with my mom.

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  117. Fifteen hundred smacker-ooos?! Duh, yes please. This Mama would love to go on a shopping spree for herself and her baby girl, but my hubby would want to use the money toward bills. Boo, boring :-/ So I guess I can meet him halfway and pay on my student loan and then check out the online deals. Rocky is precious as always! Hope to see you and Billy soon!

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  118. I would use the money to go towards my upcoming wedding, next April 2014! Lots of items I can think to use for our rustic low-key wedding!

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  119. I would love to simply be able to catch up on my bills! Working in the arts is rewarding creatively but not fiscally!

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  120. Id spend a LOT of it on making my baby girl's first birthday the best ever!

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  121. I'd definitely use it towards an upcoming vacation! Gotta splurge every once in awhile.

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  122. Wow $1,500!!! I would put it towards our home fund. We have a new baby and I'm dying for a home and puppy for him.

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  123. Well it for sure wasn't planned this way but if I won the money it would go straight to my sweet Daisy's vet bills that are racking up

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  124. I would pay some bills and buy myself something fantastic!

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  125. I need a new computer!! I would probably get a new Mac Book Pro. Or a Louis Vuitton bag

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  126. I would buy some lenses for my new 60D :)

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  127. I would buy some wine #yesyoureadthatright

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  128. Lets see...I need to pay off some giant debt that I so willingly gave to myself in college...but what I really will more than likely do is get my hubby a new wardrobe!!! He has been so good to me and never asks for any new clothes...so he needs some sprusing!!!

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  129. I would buy a plane ticket to Europe to visit a friend in Italy!

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  130. Hmmm with $1,500 I would probably enjoy a nice dinner with my boo and do a little shopping for spring! :)

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  131. Holy toledo...I HAVE to make my bugger some of these!

    And with money, would go STRAIGHT into the vacation fund of course! ;)

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