Saturday, April 9, 2011

I Spy Another Giveaway!

I Spy is one game that I have used while teaching at school and with my own kids. It’s a great transitional activity game, or a way to get a class to regain some focus. I’ve also made I Spy bottles and read many I Spy books with kids over the years. They  never tire of playing this game!

Awhile I go, I purchased an I Spy bean bag for my little girls. I wanted a quiet activity that I could have them do in the car or take with on outings (dr. appointments, older kids’ activities etc.).  They enjoyed moving the pellets around in the bag to try to expose the various treasures. Little did they know that they were working their finger muscles too!
Well Jaime from Baby Love Blankies has graciously agreed to babyloveblankiesgive one of you your own 5”x5” I Spy Bean Bag from her store! These Itsy Bitsy I Spy Bags are approx 5"X5" and are filled with over 20 fun treasures for your child to find. They are created out of Snuggly Flannel fabric, because it shows less signs of wear and tear. The bags are filled with non-toxic poly pellets  so your child will have to shift their way through the pellets to reveal the hidden treasures. This toy is not only educational but fun too and helps with fine motor coordination.
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Giveaway Rules:
This giveaway is for one 5”x5” I Spy Bean bag from Baby Love Blankies (You get to pick from the many options in her store!)
Giveaway Ends Friday, April 15th
Leave one comment below per entry. Please make sure there is a way I can contact you. Winners will be picked via Random.org. and will be notified by Spell Outloud. Winners have 3 days to get back to me before another winner is chosen.
1. Mandatory: Does your family have any special birthday traditions?
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124 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

Birthday traditions....we always have cake/cupcakes and the special birthday person gets to pick whatever they want for dinner...does that count? :)

April 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

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April 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

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April 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

With my older kids they got to pick what was for dinner.

April 9, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

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April 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

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April 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Michelle - Blessed Mom of 4 said...

We don't have any traditions other than making the day special for the birthday person!
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April 9, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Michelle - Blessed Mom of 4 said...

I follow your blog
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April 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We make a special breakfast for the birthday person of there choice. Sally May shane1135@yahoo.com

April 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow Spell Outloud .
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April 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger April said...

This would be ideal for worship services!

April 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger April said...

Liked on FB too!

April 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

We follow you.... :)

April 9, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Our birthday boy or girl get to pick out all the meals for the day, plus the treat they want to celebrate... Way to much fun planning especially when they where little and wanted pancakes for all the meals.... lol

April 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I liked Baby Love Blankies on Facebook....

April 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Better leave this.... kkmonday@sisqtel.net LOL

April 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Savannah said...

birthday traditions..for the kids, my stepmom (who is from china) usually offers to make a traditional chinese birthday meal

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April 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Savannah said...

following your blog :)
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April 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Savannah said...

liked the FB

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April 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I would love to enter. We don't really have any traditions besides choosing what's for dinner.

April 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Caterina said...

We like to put candles in our breakfast that morning.
Thanks so much
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April 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Caterina said...

I follow Spell Outloud via email
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April 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Keya said...

This year I am trying to start a tradition. I made a birthday for the first birthday of the year for my son. He liked feeling special all day wearing it! skjbus@hotmail.com

April 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Keya said...

I liked your page on FB...skjbus@hotmail.com

April 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Keya said...

I am now a follower of your blog! skjbus@hotmail.com

April 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Jackie H. said...

My dad is a germ FREAK so our birthday tradition was always that we couldn't blow out the candles (might get spit on the cake) we had to fan them out with a paper plate.
Ps. I let my kids blow out their candles!!!!
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April 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Jackie H. said...

I subscribe through GFC
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April 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Jackie H. said...

I followed Baby Loves Blankies on FB.

April 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Crickett said...

One birthday tradition we have is the birthday person gets to have the birthday pillowcase the night before and the night of their birthday. We have a boy themed birthday pillowcase and a girl themed one. :-D

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April 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Crickett said...

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April 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Val said...

My girls always got to go out with their dad and one special friend for a "grown-up" lunch at a fancy restaurant-they still remember those special days alone with their dad. . . and the carnation dyed 'their' color that was presented at the table :)

April 9, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Val said...

I already subscribe through GFC

April 9, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Val said...

Liked BLB on FB

April 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

After my little girl's 1st b-day party this past year, we made a short trip to a well-known garden to view their Christmas light display. We plan on making this one of our family traditions every year after her party.

April 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger T said...

I subscribe! Thanks!

April 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I follow Spell Outloud.

April 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger T said...

I just liked Baby Love Blankies, too!

April 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I like Baby Love Blankies of FB.

April 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger hellocupcake said...

We wake one the birthday person up by singing to them and jumping on their bed.

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April 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger hellocupcake said...

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April 9, 2011 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Stewart family said...

My kiddos get to choose their favorite dinner either eating out or homemade, usually they choose homemade.

April 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

The birthday kid gets to choose where we go for a special birthday dinner!

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April 9, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I subscribe to you on my Google reader!

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April 9, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger mommy days said...

Our birthday tradition is cake cutting and a nice dinner out.
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April 9, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger mommy days said...

I follow ur blog.
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April 9, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger seeZworld said...

For our birthday tradition the birthday girl or boy gets to choose the menu for their birthday meal and dessert.

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April 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger seeZworld said...

I liked Baby Love Blankies on FB.

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April 9, 2011 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I usually make a special breakfast (like homemade cinnamon rolls) and I like to do special things all day, including their favorite dinner. Of course there's cake and ice cream!

April 9, 2011 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I follow through Google connect.

April 9, 2011 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I like BLB on Facebook!

April 9, 2011 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Ktribe said...

I follow u!

April 9, 2011 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Jenette said...

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April 9, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Jenette said...

A special family tradition that my family has is celebrating our half birthdays. We call it our "happy day" and do things that make that person happy.

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April 9, 2011 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

We just let the birthday boy chose what special meal they want for dinner and do the typical cake and present thing. loveadealio (at) yahoo (dot) com

April 9, 2011 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger The Wille's said...

I just started a new birthday tradition in our family! As we count down the days to my sons birthday I have a countdown with little pieces of paper that tell him things I like about him such as talents or things he does that I appreciate! He is turning 3 so they are really simple but I hope to continue the tradition and they will get more elaborate with time:)

April 9, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger The Wille's said...

I follow you:)

April 9, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son has a summer birthday, but always wanted to celebrate with his classmates at school. We would choose an unbirthday. We tried to choose the last day before Easter and would send in cupcakes decorated with spring decorations since he was in a public school that didn't celebrate Easter since it is considered to be a religious holiday.

April 9, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Katrina said...

We make our kids pancakes on their birthday and place chocolate chips in to make a face.

April 9, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Katrina said...

I just signed up to follow you on email.

April 9, 2011 at 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have lots of fun birthday traditions but one is that daddy (by himself) buys the birthday girl a special dress that she sees first thing when she wakes up on her birthday and gets to wear the whole day. My girls are all very young so who knows what they will think of this tradition as they get older...but for now it is their birthday highlight.
Monica
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April 10, 2011 at 3:52 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

The night before we take a 'last picture' with the birthday child holding up fingers showing the current age. The kids think it's funny, even as teenagers. We take the day off school and all meals are birthday kid's choice. They get measured on the doorframe. Cake is *always* homemade dark chocolate with dark chocolate icing from family recipes. Grandpa calls first thing in the morning to sing Happy Birthday, but Grandma doesn't say it until your birth time. Luckily, all were born during normal daylight hours. lol Birthdays are a BIG deal here.

April 10, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

We don't have any really special birthday traditions other than cake and ice cream, and the Birthday girl or boy gets their favorite meal served on an "I am special" red plate.

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April 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
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April 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

We always make a big celebration out of the kids' birthdays. We cater to them and usually head to the park (depending on weather). We select a theme for their party based upon their interests and always try to do something unique. Nana and Poppy come to make it extra-special! brandyferrell@yahoo.com

April 10, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
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April 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

I liked Baby Love Blankies on FB

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April 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger sandsmertz said...

Birthday traditions: We make a banner and hang it in the front hallway so that it is the first thing the birthday person sees in the morning. Everyone else in the family puts something on the banner and helps decide on the theme. Thank you! sandsmertz@gmail.com

April 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
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April 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger cooperkelly4 said...

love these! my favorites are the itsy bitsy give a hoot owl one or the itsy bitsy silly little frog one.

April 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Mom of Many said...

Our birthday tradition is allowing the birthday boy/girl decide what they want to eat for their special day and Mommy cooks it.
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April 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
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April 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen this before it is adorable, i really like the monkey one's
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April 10, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Christi said...

On each child's birthday I take a picture of them (girls in my wedding dress, boy in dh's suit) and we put them in a book to watch how they will grow into them.

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April 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

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April 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

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April 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

We actually don't have any birthday traditions, but reading all these other posts is making me want to start a few!

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April 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I follow Spell Outloud via email!

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April 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I liked Baby Love Blankies of fb.

April 10, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger tami said...

We go out to dinner the night of the person's birthday - the birthday person gets to choose the restaurant.
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April 10, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger tami said...

I subscribe to your emails.
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April 10, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger tami said...

I like Baby Love Blankies on FB.
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April 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

We don't have any specific traditions. I like traditions but my husband likes to be more spontaneous.

April 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

we don't have any special birthday traditions in our family yet but I definitely want to start some, just have to figure out what!!

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April 10, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

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April 10, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
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April 10, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Momma Raindrop said...

our tradition is the birthday person gets to choose anything they want for dinner, plus the other family members pick out a very special birthday cake to surprise them!

April 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Rachel Hoggan said...

We usually make a homemade crown for the birthday person.

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April 10, 2011 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

for us it's all about dress ups :) we're a huge fan of dress ups and each year we decide on a different theme - this year the boys are having a dirtgirl/garden party. Oh and we try to make everything outselves from food, decorations and part packs

April 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Well, the tradition for the adults in the house is to try to take vacation with the family before anyone can force us to admit a birthday! :)

For the kids, apple picking with a pile of friends has been the tradition with my oldest since he was five; then we come home and bake an apple pie instead of the traditional birthday cake.

The other two pick something new to do every year, but there's always chocolate cake for breakfast!

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April 11, 2011 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I'm a FB fan. :)

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April 11, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger MamaKolb said...

These are toooo cute!!! I have a couple of baby showers coming up, could be great gifts. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

April 11, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger MamaKolb said...

I am getting your emails!

April 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger MamaKolb said...

I follow on Facebook.

April 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger MamaKolb said...

Growing up we would celebrate with grandparents. No special parties or anything. Now with 3 kids, I want to be sure their special day is special. We let them pick out what they want to eat for the day, like a restaurant for dinner or pancakes for breakfast. Stuff like that. To make other family members feel special, I have been calling them and having the kids sing. Many look forward to that, and some friends have said it is the best gift they have gotten! Just a few of the things we do on birthday days!

April 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Precious Treasures said...

We only throw 2 parties a year, one for the boys and one for the girls...but they are BIG. We have family parties...instead of inviting individual guests (children), we invite their entire families and get everyone in on the fun! One year for my boys' farm party, we had all the dads be escaped cows and the kids had so much fun trying to lasso them with hula-hoops. The one thing that remains the same for every party though, is making a themed pinata together. I love making memories with my children!!

April 11, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Precious Treasures said...

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April 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

For Birthdays in our Family we celebrate Birthday Week. The birthday person gets a specialized poster expressing their interests. They pick dinner all week and activities. We also do some surprise activities. One present per day is opened, we sing and have cake every night for birthday week.

April 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

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April 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger The Hills said...

This is the first time I have seen your website. I love the creativity. How fun!!! In my family my husband and I take our birthday child out for lunch during their school day. It is very special for them to leave school and get mom & dad alone.

April 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

we buy the birthday girl/boy their very own box of whatever (sweet) cereal they want. All theirs!

April 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

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April 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

We usually have donuts for breakfast the day of the person's birthday. Then we put a candle in their donut to blow it out :-)

April 13, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I am a follower :-)

April 13, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks so fun and creative!
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Elisa

April 14, 2011 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

I love these.

April 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Shayla said...

Our family's birthday tradition is birthday cake and dinner of choice.

April 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Shayla said...

I Follow Spell Outloud via Google

April 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
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April 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

We usually have the birthday person pick where they want to eat or what they want for dinner.

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April 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I follow you

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April 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Bryn said...

Does your family have any special birthday traditions? We go out for dinner, just the two of us. A sit down family meal place.

April 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Bryn said...

I follow you!

April 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Jolly5 said...

At our birthdays, it is a MUST have for my husband to make homemade chili to go with grilled outside (no matter the weather)hamburgers and hot dogs, plus Mom (me) has to make the cake.

April 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
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April 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Jolly5 said...

I also follow Jaime on Facebook...

April 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Bryn said...

I follow Baby Love Blankies on Facebook. My favorite is http://www.etsy.com/listing/44157228/royal-skull-i-spy-bag This would make a great 'fidget' for my 8yo Pirate w/Aspergers.

April 14, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

We always go out to eat at a local japanese restaurant - we do the habachi! The kids just love it (and so do mom and dad).
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April 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I follow via Google Friend Connect!

April 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

For our birthday tradition, we let birthday person choose what we eat for dinner.

April 15, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I follow you through google reader.
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April 15, 2011 at 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I like Baby Love Blankies on facebook.

April 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Angela W. said...

When I was little, my grandmother would always get my brother and sister and I a small gift to open if it wasn't our birthday. She still does this today for my kiddos.

April 15, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Angela W. said...

I follow Baby Love Blankies on Facebook.

April 15, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
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April 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM  

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