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11.07.2011

Traditions and We Love Citrus Mason Jar Lid Giveaway

First of all, a big huge THANK YOU for everyone's sweet comments on Aubrielle's 4th birthday party! It was so fun to hear all of the great plans that lots of YOU have for your kids's birthdays coming up too, and even see pictures of your awesome themed parties :)
I have to admit, I have ONE more thing to share before I let all this party business die down. Something that I wasn't necessarily going to post originally but thought twice about, once I realized how many comments I got from Mom's out there saying that they never have enough time to do 'fun' birthday things for their kids. As much as I enjoyed throwing together Aubrielle's crazy over-the-top birthday party... that is definitely NOT the normal protocol for around here. So I wanted to share a couple of simple and small things that we love to do as a family, that make birthdays important around here... and that have a lot less "flash", if you will.
:)

First... Breakfast in bed.
ALWAYS breakfast in bed at our house, on special days. This tradition started on my side of the family, and I loved it so much, that I carried it right over to my little family.
For some reason, there's just nothing that says "I feel important today", quite like eating your favorite breakfast on a plain ol' paper plate and dish towel-covered-cookie sheet. ha!
:)


And Second... The Balloon Fairy.
Yup, you read that right. The Balloon Fairy. This is a tradition that we started on our own.
During the sleep of your 'birthday-eve' the Balloon Fairy comes to visit and leaves gobs of balloons in your favorite colors, ALL OVER your room!

I'm not quite sure how we thought up this idea, but I can't tell you how fun it is to hear that first gasp and ecstatic squeal of an excited birthday girl, once she wakes up and sees that she is surrounded by a sea of balloons. Cason and I never fail to give each other a little hand squeeze or high five, once we hear the pitter-patter of little feet running into our room, ready to burst out into the story of how the "Balloon Fairy" came to visit during the night.
:)

I guess I just wanted to share those few things to show you that there are still small, fun moments and memories that even the busiest Mom can make, on their kiddos special day!
(without spending hardly any money or throwing an elaborate party)
So, in the light of small and simple (yet fabulous) things, let's get to this weeks giveaway!
The #1 talked about detail in Aubrielle's Fairy Ballerina party post HAD to be those adorable flower cut-out mason jar lids. So what better way to kick off this week, then with a fabulous giveaway to the store where I picked MY set of 6 up! We Love Citrus!
We love citrus is a lovely blog and shop written and owned by Ana. Her blog is all about good design, good food, good trips, good fashion, good people and good times. Ana's blogging style definitely reflects onto her fresh, creative approach that she has taken with her adorable shop.  We Love Citrus offers a diverse line of home goods, paper products and unique gifts that are refreshing, inspiring, and down-right fabulous.
This week, We Love Citrus is offering up 2 of their pewter mason jar lid 6 packs to some lucky House of Smiths readers! 

Here's how to enter:

Head on over to the We Love Citrus shop, take a peek at all of their fresh products and then come back and leave a comment here, letting me know which products YOU love!

For and extra entry:

Visit We Love Citrus on Facebook, like their page to stay updated on new products, deals and news and then come back here, and leave me a comment letting me know you did so.

When entering giveaways please make sure to leave your email/contact information so that I can get back to you if you're the winner! Please also take a quick minute to subscribe to The House of Smiths blog  for lots of inspirational ideas, tutorials and projects! Having awesome readers like YOU is what make all of our great giveaways possible!
Also, real quick, I wanted to let you all know that today I'm over at the SNAP blog sharing my family favorite, incredibly yummy party-go-to-snack recipe, Creamy Artichoke Dip, in a sourdough bread bowl! There is an adorable printable that I included too! So head on over and check it out!

Happy Monday!

349 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, what's not to love? I love the divine twine collection, the mason jar lids..everything!

    nystrom.jen@gmail.com

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  2. I can think of about a million uses for those cloth bags-- I Love 'em!

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  3. I love the mason jar lids... they are adorable!

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  4. I love the Tiny Clothespins in a Jar! I am in need of those for my new inspiration board I just DIYed!

    stefanik108@frontier.com

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  5. I "Liked" We Love Citrus on Facebook!

    stefanik108@frontier.com

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  6. Love the "divine twine collection" with the holidays coming up, can never have enough twine for special wrapping and packaging ideas. Thanks for the opportunity! =)

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  7. I LOVE all her stuff but my favorite thing has to be those mason jar lids. I loved them at your little girls BDay party.

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  8. I love those mason jar lids, I love the bakers twine!!! They are awesome! Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    Nat
    doodlecraft.blogspot

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  9. I can't pick just one....the bakers twine, mini mason jars and of course the flower lids!! Ill definately go back there to purchase some fun stuff!! Nicole Nicco19@MSN.com

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  10. Love the wooden spools! mostly, love those mason jar lids though!!

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  11. We love citrus and I are now friends on fb. Thanks. Nicole Nicco19@MSN.com

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  12. The Mini Clothes Pins are adorable!!!

    reneepetermann@gmail.com

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  13. Aw, so sweet! We had the balloon fairy visit my 3 year old this year, but he's so not a morning person (like his mommy) so he didn't really appreciate them until after breakfast. lol!

    What a cute shop! I think the lids are by far my favorite thing there, but I love the fabric tags, too!

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  14. Love the vintage garden markers.

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  15. We Love Citrus on FB!!! Thanks for the giveaway . . . I LOVE your blog House of Smiths!!!!!!!

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  16. My favorite item are the paper straws!!! May order a few for my Holiday Open House
    -Shannon Crossin
    BowMakingMama@hotmail.com

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  17. Also am now following on facebook!
    -Shannon Crossin
    BowMakingMama@hotmail.com

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  18. Oh my dear I have to pick one favorite?! Impossible. I love the "hand made" stickers, and Mason Jar lids the best!

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  19. I "Like" We Love Citrus on FB

    And I LOVE your blog!! I wonder if my 16 year old son will like a room full of balloons on his 17th BD???

    reneepetermann@gmail.com

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  20. I liked citris on Facebook

    heidiparson@me.com

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  21. LOVE the lids and straws!!!!! Such a Darling party!!!

    heidiparson@hotmail.com

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  22. Absoultely LOVE the adorable 'flowered' mason lids of course- would love to use those for an upcoming bridal shower, also love the super cute kraft gift tags, and the gift boxes!

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  23. 'Liked' We love citrus on facebook!
    -brittloadman@gmail.com

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  24. for sure the lids, i also love the kraft gift tags those are great for presents you don't want to buy a card for!
    kellybishop1(at)hawaiiantel(dot)net

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  25. I love the simple brown gift boxes wrapped with divine twine. The simplicity makes my heart happy. Thank you for introducing us to such a great company. I'm happy to find them on facebook!

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  26. My favorite item is the fabric clothespins. How cute!

    tekishacherne@yahoo.com

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  27. First- I love your blog, you are so happy, positive and you are so creative! I want to make all of your tutorials and have a girl just to throw a cute fairy party! Thanks for such an awesome blog!
    I love The mason jar lids, bakers twine and air mail envelopes!

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  28. I follow Citrus on Facebook! :)

    tekishacherne@yahoo.com

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  29. My favorite are the Mini Mason Jars!

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  30. I love the baker's twine collection they have!

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  31. So sweet! She is adorable! Her birthday party was absolutely beautiful!!

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  32. I love the cloth bags....I am orginally from Newfoundland and there we use cloth bags for puddings we put in with our salt beef dinners ..Long story lol

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  33. I like We Love Citrus on FB

    katbair@gmail.com

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  34. I would love to have their pewter mason jar lids!!
    And I liked "We Love Citrus on Facebook" too!

    huitinglow(at)gmail.com

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  35. I liked on facebook, Looked at the site, super cute mason lids & twine &
    paper straws! Love it :)
    modixon72@yahoo.com

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  36. oh man I can hardly wait till my daughter's next birthday (she'll be 2!) so I can start doing some fun traditions!!!
    I LOVE the mason jar lids - and the twine!

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  37. I LOVE your traditions and think they are absolutely fabulous and thoughtful!

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  38. I love the mason jar lids, was actually going to get these for my daughters 1st bday party, so this would be perfect!

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  39. I love the straws! My youngest was just looking at a PB kids catalog with me (we like to dream shop LOL) and he loved the red and white straws used in a table setting! I'll be ordering some for our holiday break!!

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  40. LIKEd them on Facebook!! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  41. I've been pining over those jar lids ever since you posted about the party! Their striped paper straws are so cute!

    curtinfamily07@gmail.com

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  42. I like We Love Citrus on facebook!

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  43. For some reason I can't fully explain, the divine twine collection makes me giddy!

    Your family traditions are sweet. Our tradition is that the birthday kid gets to pick what they want for dinner...they get to choose *almost* anything they can think of! This year my little girl chose pancakes!

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  44. I love the gold stork scissors!

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  45. I love the jars and the lids and love the twine. Great site.

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  46. Well, I love Divine Twine, but I have been looking for mini wooden spools everywhere!

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  47. Too much coolness on the We Love Citrus shop page. Some of my favorite things beside the lids are the straws, Tiny clothespins, mini canning jars and the striped paper straws. All too cool I'd just want to sit and stare at them instead of use them!

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  48. Jars and lids. Two of my favorite things. There are so many things you can do with them! ~www.oneshoeparenting.blogspot.com, keepasteadybeat@gmail.com

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  49. I am now proudly following them on facebook! ~~www.oneshoeparenting.blogspot.com, keepasteadybeat@gmail.com

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  50. I love the mason jar lids and all the beautiful twine!

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  51. I love her shop! I have a ton of mason jars and need some of those adorable lids!

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  52. Love those vintage garden markers!

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  53. We Love Citrus...I Love Citrus...Everyone Loves Citrus!! It's the cutest little shop!! The paper straws, the glassine bags, the twine.... I could go on & on. Love the mason jar lids that are being given away. What a fun way to drink out of a jar :-)

    Keep up the great work!
    Lynne
    Cincinnati, Ohio

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  54. I definitely want the clothespins. the covered ones, the mini ones. looooooove. how cute would your clothes be hanging outside with fabric covered clothespins?

    aerobabe33@hotmail.com

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  55. I love the divine twine and the mini clothespins!

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  56. I really love the mason jar lids!

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  57. I loved the straws and mason jar lids! love them. perfect for my daughters birthday and plenty of things year round.

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  58. I love the striped paper straws! Too cute!

    IBLYNERD@yahoo[dot]com

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  59. I Love Love the mason jar lids and the stripe straws!

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  60. I also 'liked' their FB page! Darling!

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  61. I love, love, love the mason jar lids- would be so cute for a party.

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  62. There is a whole-lotta things I love, twine, mason jar lids, spools, straws... I could go on and on.

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  63. I love the breakfast in bed, never too late to start a new tradition. I love the lids.

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  64. Never too late to start a new tradition, breakfast in bed is too cool.
    I love the lids!

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  65. I L-O-V-E the mason jar lids!!
    Melissa
    melissafarmer@live.com

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  66. I Liked them on Facebook!
    -Melissa
    melissafarmer@live.com

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  67. I would LOVE the twine or I've really been digging paper straws lately :o)

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  68. Oh wow, she has really cute things! I like the sewing kit a lot. :)

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  69. I LOVE the straws and the Mason Jar Lids!!!

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  70. I "Liked" them on FaceBook:))

    Tiffany

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  71. I LOVE LOVE the mini clothespins and the small and brown paper bags. I think I could use these for my wedding favors. Thanks for sharing! ccreten@gmail.com

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  72. Beside the flower lids I love the mini mason canning jars. dinaepitcher@hotmail.com

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  73. Love their Mason Jar lids, I can see so many uses for them! Also love the twine.

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  74. love the mini canning jars and the twine balls. They would be pretty just sitting in a bowl!

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  75. Now a fan of Citrus on FB. Thanks!

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  76. I would go with the Devine Twine for sure! So many uses for that :)

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  77. I really love the twine collection also and the lids would be perfect for my little girls' birthday!

    starrburton@hotmail.com

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  78. I liked them on Facebook!

    starrburton@hotmail.com

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  79. I could die for those jar lids! Liked'em! ashley.gotschall@gmail.com

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  80. I love the gift boxes and the "handmade" stickers. But of course I really love those mason jar lids too!

    Christine

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  81. My favorite product on the We Love Citrus website is the flowered mason jar lids!! They would be great for any party or get together, and I love the vintage vibe they give!
    I also liked We Love Citrus on facebook, wish there was a love button! Fingers crossed for this give away!!
    bodenhagen_d@yahoo.com

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  82. I like 'We loe citrus' on FB. How great to read that she loves Amsterdam, as seeing I am living in the Netherlands! I also checked out the shop, such cute stuff. Would love to have it all. Especially since must of these things are not available over here.

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  83. cute traditions!
    I am loving the paper straws and the mason jar lids! Too cute!

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  84. The tiny clothespins in a jar are so adorable, but the mason jar lids are incredible!

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  85. I'm wrapping all of my Christmas gifts in brown paper and twine this year. The mini spools @ We Love Citrus are little cutie patooties!
    thebreiers@gmail.com

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  86. I love all of the products, but especially the mason jar lids

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  87. Liked them on FB and left a little HoS love!!

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  88. I love it all -- especially the mason jar lids :)

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  89. Love the balloon fairy. That is so cute. Also, I love the citrus mason jar lids and the devine twine!

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  90. The mason jar lids are so unique! I would love to own a set!!!

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  91. I LOVE the mason jar lids and have been searching for them online!! And the paper straws are great to go with them :)
    Kristina
    kwatilo@lwsd.org

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  92. I have been waiting to for 7 long years to throw a party for a child of my own and I finally get to. I am planning a small party to celebrate the finalization of his adoption. I would LOVE the mason jar lids! They would add that special touch to our already special day!!!

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  93. Love the mason jar lids and cute striped straws...so cute!

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  94. Love the mason jars and striped straws....so cute!

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  95. Thanks for sharing these. The balloon fairy is such an awesome idea.

    And I love the straws!

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  96. LOVE the little sewing kit in a mason jar! That is too cute!!

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  97. love the twine and handmade stickers

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  98. I adore all of her twine and the mason jar lids!

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  99. Follower of we love citrus on FB!

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  100. i love the mason jar lids, tiny clothespins and spools! so cute! thanks for the giveaway!

    amber @ adctd2qultng@gmail.com

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  101. The paper straws are so cute!! (getcraftin@live.com)

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  102. What a wonderful give away... I will use the mason jar lits for summer parties!!!
    jillosielski24@gmail.com

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  103. I love the pewter lids and the wooden spools. Their little spools of twine are so cute too:)

    bossysprocketsshop@gmail.com

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  104. I don't know how to pick! I love straws; so classic for any party. But I can't get enough of those tiny clothespins in a jar!

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  105. I heart We Love Citrus on FB!

    hunna2 at gmail

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  106. My favorite item from the shop would be the citrus mason jar lids and the striped straws! As soon as I saw your party post last week, I put them on my Pinterest wish list!!

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  107. Such a cute shop! I love the vintage garden markers! And the pewter lids!

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  108. Oh my Heck! I LOVE the mason lids, wooden spools and the twine! So cute!
    jesva10 (at) aol (dot) com

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  109. LOVE The DIVINE twine. HA! Adorable name too.

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  110. Okay, not only did you blow me away with the adorable birthday party in all of its fabulous glory.. but then you went and shared your family traditions (which are incredibly fun ides) and I definitely think you deserve mom of the year. Not to mention the most thoughtful and creative momma :) I love your traditions, thank you for sharing!

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  111. I have been looking for lids like these FOREVER. WEll I just wanted plain ones you can put a straw in and these are even BETTER!!!! oh my i looooves them soooo much!!!!

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  112. I want so many of their baby wreaths for my Christmas tree! I would also love to use the twine for so many craft ideas!

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  113. Oh, what a wonderful shop! I just bookmarked it...;) I adore the Air Mail Envelopes! I think I'm gonna get me some...;)

    Thank you so much for the chance to win!!!

    msgirlblog@hotmail.com

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  114. I "like" We Love Citrus on FB! yay!!!

    msgirlblog@hotmail.com

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  115. I love the twine - the red and white is my favorite. Those air mail envelopes are sweet, too.

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  116. Love those lids, the mini-canning jars and those striped straws! :)

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  117. Oh I love the colorful twines!

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  118. and I liked Citrus on facebook!

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  119. i love the mini mason jars and lids, the amazing twine, and the mini wreaths!! lovely!!!
    p.s. I am a fan on FB!

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  120. I like the mason jar lids...very cute!

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  121. I love everything at We Love Citrus! WOW! Buut if I have to choose "Spools of Trimmings". :)

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  122. I love the twine! Such awesome colors.

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  123. What a darling little girl! I like that tradition!

    Great shop!! I LOVE it all....these lids are to die for!

    Thank YOu!

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  124. I love the Mason Jar lids!!!
    wellsk@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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  125. I love the mason jars!!

    wellsk@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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  126. I "like" We love Citrus on facebook!

    wellsk@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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  127. Love their products! Of course, I love the lids, but also the tags and home made stickers!
    reneevenegas@hotmail.com

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  128. Great shop! I love the mason jar lids, but how cool are striped paper straws?!

    cratebeginnings@gmail.com

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  129. I like the garden markers in the shape of a spoon, but my absolute favorite are the jar lids. Sooo cute!

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  130. I love the mason jar tops!
    marcia3345@gmail.com

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  131. Love the spools of trimming and the airmail envelopes.

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  132. I liked we love citrus on fb yay

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  133. I love the cute little wooden spools. I can see creating lots of cute things with them. I also like the jar lids and the paper straws. The idea of putting lemonade into jars for a party really appeals to me.

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  134. I LOVE EVERYTHING in their shop, but especially the jar lids and straws. So darling!

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  135. Love the devine twine samples, the mini canning jars, and the striped straws! Oh so cute!

    kari (dot) vannoy (at) gmail (dot) come

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  136. I love the mason jars lids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  137. So excited that your sweet daughter had such a cute birthday and that you shared all of your cute birthday party ideas! Loved the We love citrus website-- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the mason jar lids. How awesome would it be to win those! :) So to help my chances of winning, I liked their FB page. Fingers crossed. Thanks for having such an amazing giveaway! <3

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  138. I am loving those Mason Jar lids!!! So cute and what a fabulous birthday party<3

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  139. I love the twine, and the trimmings, and the mason jar lids of course.

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  140. i like the gift boxes...adorable as is, no wrapping required, perfect!

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  141. the straws and mason jar lids are my favorites.

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  142. Love the twine and the paper straws!

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  143. I love the mason jar lids and the striped paper straws.

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  144. I love the fabric paper gift tags.

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  145. I LOVE the We Love Citrus site!! ...the tiny clothespins, the mason jar lids, the cloth bags. Oh so many uses for all of their sweet little crafty things!!

    chrystal.wineinger@gmail.com

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  146. I also liked them on FB.

    chrystal.wineinger@gmail.com

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  147. I love the Vintage Garden markers!

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  148. So much cute stuff. I love the lids and love the baker1s twine collection! Bookmarked the shop for later

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  149. LOVE the vintage garden markers!

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  150. Those Mason jar lids are my favorite! I was trying to convince my husband to drill holes in regular canning lids for serving lemonade at my daughter's 4th birthday party next April (yes, I start planning parties WAY in advance.). Now he can leave the drill in the garage! Thank you for introducing me to this FABULOUS company!!!

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  151. And now I "like" We Love Citrus" on fb!

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  152. How do I pick A favorite thing?....there is so much to love about that site! The mason jar lids of course....the wooden spools....the home made stickers....

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  153. Love the paper straws and the kraft paper gift tags. Oh what a great website that is.

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  154. The lids are adorable, but those gift tags and everything else is great too! Thanks!

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  155. I LOVE those flower mason jar lids so much! Wow what a great site, so many products. Going on my list of favorite sites!
    (Mary Lozano)

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  156. I became a FB fan of We Love Citrus (Mary Muhlherr Lozano)

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  157. i love the mason jar lids and garden markers!

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  158. I'm in love with the mason jar lids, hands down!

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  159. I also went to Citrus FB page & Liked & left a msg stating u had turned me on to them!

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  160. I so could've used those cute striped straws for my daughter's carnival party!!! Love those lids too! Awesome stuff.

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  161. I love the jar lids, but the gift tags and everything else is so cute too! Thanks!

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  162. Thanks for sharing this giveaway. I LOVE the jar lids and straws, so cute!!!

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  163. Definitely the Divine Twine Collection. That would make everything in my life prettier!

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  164. Wow. Such amazing, beautiful things she has. I love the straws and all of the twine. So fantastic!!!

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  165. Love those mason jar lids! And the twine collection! And the paper straws!! :)


    tmt678@gmail.com

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  166. I liked "We Love Citrus" on FB!

    tmt678@gmail.com

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  167. Oh wow-- it's hard to pick my favorites because I love everything! I'm especially loving the fabric clothespins and the striped paper straws right now.

    laurenafunk at gmail dot com

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  168. I love those jars and lids. It's all about them.

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