Monday, August 17, 2009

Monkey Business

Banana Cupcakes

Check out the frosting on these banana cupcakes. Super smooth and creamy, cream cheese buttercream … so delicious and creamy. Did I mention creamy? I also used a little added yellow to tint the otherwise cream colored creamy cream cheese frosting … you know, just to enhance the senses. I’m tricky like that.

Banana Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large ripe banana (or almost 1 cup)
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tray with 12 baking cups.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl with a wire whisk.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixer for about four minutes.
  • Add banana and mix until combined.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add half the flour in three additions alternating with milk in two additions. Scrape down the sides with each addition.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until done.

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box (1lb) of confectioner’s sugar
Buttercup yellow icing color (optional)

  • Cream butter and cream cheese in mixer until thoroughly combined
  • Add vanilla. Then Add sugar in small batches until combined and creamy.
  • Add a small amount of buttercup yellow icing color to frosting and mix.

Now you can eat them just like this or …

Confetti Cupcakes

Party them up a little bit with small pastel colored confetti sprinkles … just because it’s that kind of day.

But, these banana cupcakes need something else… something to keep them company.

A little friend maybe?

IMG_3315

Yes definitely.

But my little monkey needs a friend, too.

Cupcake Toppers

So this little piggy and teddy joined in on the fun.

Cupcake Toppers

And so did my favorite martian, robot and bumblebee.

My head is actually going to explode from all this cuteness.

Bumblebee Cupcake Topper

Could these be any more adorable? Look at that bumblebee bottom.

Cupcake Towers from Lollipop Workshop

Why yes, yes they can! These cupcake toppers are also candleholders. I’m officially in love here.

Cupcake Toppers from Lollipop Workshop

And it gets even better. They want to be your friends, too. Not these, they’re mine. All mine.

Cupcake Toppers

But these could be all yours.

When I bought these cutie pies from the Lollipop Workshop on etsy (also be cheery on flickr), I bought enough for two more sets. And I want two of you to have one. Well I want all of you to have them, but I only have two sets to give away. (Martian and Robot colors may vary from above.)

All you have to do to enter is give me some advice.

You see, Lollipop Workshop also sent me something else … A surprise … when she mailed the cupcake toppers.

I’m 10000000% certain it will be crazy cute!

From Lollipop Workshop

It’s in this box and I haven’t opened it yet.

Why?

Lollipop Workshop Goodies

Because she also sent this box for my little helper. So sneaky and sweet of her.

So the question is…
Should I wait until my niece visits again so we can open them together?
Should I rip open mine now and show you what’s inside?
Should I open both of them? I could re-wrap ‘em and no one would be the wiser.
But I do like surprises. Hmmmm… tortured by sweetness.

Okay, so you know I’m really gonna wait, right.

But, I’m just curious – what would you do?

  • Leave your answer in the comment section below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a set of assorted cupcake toppers from Lollipop Workshop.
  • Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 18th at 5 p.m. TIME’S UP!
  • Two winners* will be picked at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening on this post.

*Winners will be chosen using the random.org integer generator.

Good Luck!

And, here’s some more cuteness from Lollipop Workshop. Custom cake toppers, lollidolls and candleholders. The store sells out quickly when she adds new products, so just send her a message if you need a custom order.

Okay, Time’s up and here are the two winners

#1619 – Elle
#831 – The Pettit Family

Congrats! You’re getting some super cute cupcake toppers!

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Anonymous said...

As hard as it would be to wait–I would wait for my sweet little niece. :)

aimeesteward(at)yahoo(dot)com

August 18, 2009 06:31 PM
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Anonymous said...

i'm in the wait for your helper group…how exciting for you both!!
cant wait to see what it is…did you shake the box?!?!
~julie
anydayjay@yahoo.com

August 18, 2009 06:34 PM
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Bethany said...

I would wait. I love surprises and it is always better to share a suprise with someone else!

August 18, 2009 06:35 PM
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tx_meghan said...

The evil part of me says open it and then re-wrap it and no one will be the wiser, but yet the best part of the gift will be seeing the expression on your sweet niece's face. Good always prevails…wait.

August 18, 2009 06:36 PM
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Anonymous said...

Wait for your niece…it will be much more fun! And if I win I will wait to open my box with my niece too! She's 5 and would get a kick out of that!
-Erin
egb923@aol.com

August 18, 2009 06:36 PM
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Danielle said...

You should wait for your little helper. The surprise will be so much sweeter watching her face as you both open them. Plus, I love surprises.
couchtd@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 06:39 PM
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Caitlin said...

Open it together :)
and she'll enjoy it more!
And those cupcakes are too cute!
-Caitlin
cai_schulz@yahoo.com

August 18, 2009 06:40 PM
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JessCo said...

You should definitely wait and open them together – surprises are way more fun that way!

August 18, 2009 06:40 PM
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Amanda Mac said...

Wait until your niece comes! I love to surprise people as well as be on the recieving end! It would be a fun event for the both of you, and plus she would be excited to hear you specifically waited for her.

amanda.macs.email@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 06:43 PM
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Anonymous said...

I say open yours ever so gently and peek, then rewrap and open together when your little helper comes!
JJ
jamaicanlips@yahoo.com

August 18, 2009 06:45 PM
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Brittany said...

I would wait too, or at least my husband would convince me/hide it to help me resist temptation.

August 18, 2009 06:47 PM
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The Besecker's said...

I would open and rewrap, but I can't stand to wait.

August 18, 2009 06:48 PM
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melonbelly said...

how about "accidentally" tearing a corner? I love surprises too, but sometimes i just can't wait!

August 18, 2009 06:48 PM
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Brianna and Andrew said...

I would wait. It makes it that much more exciting to open them. I love suprises…and it kind of drives my husband crazy seeing a wrapped present sit there for weeks. But I love it!

August 18, 2009 06:48 PM
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jaimi rasmussen said...

well… I am not that nice of person and can't wait the curiosity kills me. so.. Should I open both of them? I could re-wrap 'em and no one would be the wiser.

August 18, 2009 06:49 PM
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Benjamin said...

I would make sure to tell the little helper right away about her surprise. Then I would not be as tempted to ruin the surprise for her.

Linsey

August 18, 2009 06:51 PM
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Virginia said...

You should definitely open them . . . and then re wrap them. Sorry . . . that's just what I'd do. :D

August 18, 2009 06:52 PM
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Caprichos said...

I say wait… It seems like the surprise would be more fun if you guys open it together… by the way, those packages look so cute! love it… etsy sellers make some really amazing stuff!

August 18, 2009 06:54 PM
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Brandie Lynn said...

I think you should wait until she comes over & open them together! That way, if it's something you can use together, you won't have to wait to do it after opening it since she will already be there!

bhunter50@charter.net

August 18, 2009 06:58 PM
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Johnson Family said...

I would try to wait and open them up together, but knowing me would probably end up opening mine before!

August 18, 2009 06:59 PM
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Anonymous said...

Wait! Those are too cute to enjoy just by yourself… double the fun!!!

August 18, 2009 07:01 PM
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Anonymous said...

Am I the only evil one who says to open yours???? = )

kellyroska@hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:03 PM
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Melissa said...

Definitly wait! It will make you niece love you that much more! especially if you open one with her. :)

August 18, 2009 07:08 PM
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Stephanie said...

I'm incredibly impatient so I would probably go the opening and re-wrapping route, but waiting for your little helper is probably the best idea.

August 18, 2009 07:08 PM
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TallieAnn said...

I would rip them open and rewrap them but that's because I'm terrible. You however, should wait for your niece to open the presents. That's the proper thing to do ;-)

August 18, 2009 07:10 PM
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Jessica Mc said...

I'd wait and open it together. It's always more fun ripping open presents with someone else! :)

Jessica Mc
shesaidyeahyeahyeah@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:14 PM
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Lori Gail said...

I say you should open yours, but then tape it back up so you can open yours again with your niece. That way, the suspense won't kill you but you'll also have the surprise of finding out what your niece gets. :) Love the candle holders/toppers!

August 18, 2009 07:14 PM
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hudson6803 said...

I'd have to say wait. Although the suspense would kill me.

August 18, 2009 07:16 PM
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Willow Withy said...

The right thing to do is wait, but the suspense would kill me. I'd have to sneak a peak.

August 18, 2009 07:16 PM
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Becca said...

For me, part of the fun is the anticipation–so I would recommend waiting until your neice comes. Not that you can't shake, smell, weigh, and poke the presents all you want until you can open them. :)
Becca
seventhdwarf81@yahoo.com

August 18, 2009 07:17 PM
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m.vivian said...

I think you should wait until your niece comes- but if you really want to open yours, ship the package to your niece, but keep yours here and rip it open to show everyone!

Love your blog, and please PICK ME! because those cupcake picks are ah-dorable!

August 18, 2009 07:18 PM
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Karina Marianel said...

Oh my God, the chandeliers are so pretty, and this beautiful bumblebee!
I loved!
The Cupcakes are delicious! the fix this week, because the banana is also my favorite fruit.
Thanks for the recipes and for giving us so many ideas, good and beautiful!

Greetings from Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

God bless you always.

Karina Martin

P.S. Your website is the best!
Thanks!

August 18, 2009 07:19 PM
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Micah said...

Oh boy, that's a tough one. I don't think I could wait any longer to open my own present! I say, have at it and enjoy! Save your Little Helper's for next time she has a craving to make goodies with you. You can enjoy what your box contains in the meantime, then look forward to her opening her box in the future! Win-win situation!

http://captainmicah.blogspot.com

August 18, 2009 07:19 PM
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Karina Marianel said...

Oh my God, the chandeliers are so pretty, and this beautiful bumblebee!
I loved!
The Cupcakes are delicious! the fix this week, because the banana is also my favorite fruit.
Thanks for the recipes and for giving us so many ideas, good and beautiful!

Greetings from Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

God bless you always.

Karina Martin

P.S. Your website is the best!
Thanks!

August 18, 2009 07:19 PM
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andi said...

don't open them! they're so lovely wrapped let your niece see!

August 18, 2009 07:20 PM
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Cassie said...

As HARD as it would be to stare at that polka dot paper and NOT rip into it…your nieces would probably appreciate you waiting…I know mine would be ECSTATIC to open a package so cute.

August 18, 2009 07:20 PM
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Laurie/CJ said...

I would open it very carefully, squeal over the joy inside, and then seal it back up and try to pretend that you have no idea what's inside later!

August 18, 2009 07:21 PM
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Puth Family said...

Definitely wait…the anticipation will make the surprise that much sweeter!

August 18, 2009 07:22 PM
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kaldonia said...

For sure you'd have to wait for your helper – seeing how thrilled she'll be will be definitely worth the wait!!

August 18, 2009 07:23 PM
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cassie12348 said...

I think you should wait until your neice comes. The longer you wait the better the surprise is :D

cassiemiller-xo@hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:24 PM
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Christina said...

Depends on how long I'd have to wait! LOL Nah, really, I like to think I would wait ;)

August 18, 2009 07:26 PM
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Cursing Mama said...

Send them to me. I'll open them carefully see whats inside, re-wrap them for you – and if I think you MUST KNOW! I will tell you whats in them before I send them back.
Seems like a win-win for me!

August 18, 2009 07:26 PM
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Cassykins said...

I say you wait. I don't know why, but I loooove the anxious feeling when you know you have a present, but it's not time to open it. I do the same with Christmas presents that come early in the mail. They go right under the tree and wait for the big day!

<3 Cassy
ohyoustealher@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:27 PM
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Jennifer said...

I'd wait. But I would shake it several times a day in anticipation!

August 18, 2009 07:27 PM
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life is sweet said...

I would wait.

August 18, 2009 07:29 PM
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lindsay said...

You've got to wait! Think of how sad your little helper would be if she found out you opened them w/out her!

August 18, 2009 07:30 PM
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sherri said...

I think you should wait and open them together!

August 18, 2009 07:34 PM
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Nancy said...

i say wait and open together! LOVE your blog
xo

August 18, 2009 07:35 PM
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Angela said...

Alas I would have to wait, where is the fun in the surprise if YOU already know!?

Angela

August 18, 2009 07:35 PM
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Margie said...

I'd wait, surprises are better when you can share them!

misintx@yahoo.com

August 18, 2009 07:35 PM
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soifua said...

I would wait for my neice to come over. But if it was a while before her next visit I would put it away so I wasn't tempted and THEN, either: 1-forget where I put it, or 2-forget about it all together and come across it next time I was spring cleaning :)

August 18, 2009 07:35 PM
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Christina said...

Just wait until she visits. That way, you'll both be surprised! :)

August 18, 2009 07:36 PM
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Anonymous said...

wait and open them together, that would make the surprise worth waiting for.
Becky jcf277@aol.com

August 18, 2009 07:38 PM
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Debbie said...

Wait for you niece to come back and visit. Very fun to open them together.

August 18, 2009 07:38 PM
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Jamie Jensen Hill said...

Things are always so much better if you wait :)

August 18, 2009 07:40 PM
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Gingy Cookies said...

I think you should only open it up with your niece because even thought you are curious, it will be so much more fun to open it with her!!!

August 18, 2009 07:40 PM
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d8t8k said...

Wait. And then post pictures of the grand openings! I love the anticipation of waiting for the surprise.
Karen
d8t8k@aol.com

August 18, 2009 07:41 PM
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katherine said...

I say open yours but not your neice's. It's too much anticipation otherwise.

graphickat@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:42 PM
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Chris Schlarbaum said...

I would wait. I love suspense and thinking about what could be in the package

August 18, 2009 07:42 PM
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Michelle said...

I would wait – but that might be hard so maybe I would peek a little and then seal it up again!

August 18, 2009 07:43 PM
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sofistafunk said...

Definitely voting for waiting. When you get to share a fun moment with your niece, I think you'll be glad you waited.

August 18, 2009 07:43 PM
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HamiHarri said...

I vote wait for your niece!

hamiharri at gmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:44 PM
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Nicole said...

I think you should open them with your niece – but don't wait – make a special trip! Nieces and nephews can never be seen enough :)

contact: thalia_y@hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:44 PM
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katherine said...

I say open yours and take lots of pictures. It's too much anticipation otherwise. Give your niece the extra lollipop and i'm sure she will forgive you:)

August 18, 2009 07:44 PM
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PunkiePie said...

I would wait and open them together. Just seems like the right thing to do. Can't wait to see what you got for a surprise!

August 18, 2009 07:47 PM
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Michelle said...

I would wait … it's the right thing to do. You can be surprised together!
rainbow_brite00 @ hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:48 PM
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HDJ said...

I vote for opening and then re-wrapping it-ha ha-jk-not sure you can read this many comments, but you are awesome-thank you for sharing all you goods!

August 18, 2009 07:48 PM
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Wendy C said...

Oh my hard call – I just love ripping presents open but I would wait if it was my niece!!

August 18, 2009 07:49 PM
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Mary Helen said...

I think opening them with your niece will be loads of fun, AND will make for an adorable "thank you" picture for the Lollipop Workshop. :)

Mary Helen
maryhelenorama@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:50 PM
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Anonymous said...

You should wait for your "little helper". Everyone loves surprises!

antoniavelo@hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:51 PM
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Nama said...

I couldn't wait to open mine! But I would definitely let your niece open hers when she gets there.

Is that too selfish? :)

namabanana.blogpsot.com

August 18, 2009 07:52 PM
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gooeyfingers said...

Open yours and wait for her to open hers it will be two surprises. One now and one later!! Good compromise!

spenceramanda@hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 07:54 PM
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Darcy said...

Wait until your niece comes. The cupcakes are adorable!

August 18, 2009 07:55 PM
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Kelli said...

ooooooh while I'd love to say "I'd wait and open it with my uber-cute niece!"…the reality is that I would probably open mine, and then rewrap it and act surprised when we opened them together. I don't wait well…

August 18, 2009 07:57 PM
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Anna A. said...

The fair person in me says wait… but then I remember that I was the one who ALWAYS knew ahead of time what the Christmas and birthday presents were. So I give no advice. I would only lead you astray. ;)

August 18, 2009 07:58 PM
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Jen said...

I would try to wait for your helpers next visit….but the reality is, I would open it NOW! I have no patience for cuteness!!!

August 18, 2009 07:58 PM
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Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

unless your niece is coming soon…I would send it to her, and tell her to call you so you two can unwrap together…

August 18, 2009 08:01 PM
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Jodi said...

Well, I'd open mine and then re-wrap it for when your neice comes. There's no way I could wait!

jpogue56@hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 08:01 PM
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Anonymous said...

just wait…. you know you will be happy you did!
amyleigheld@yahoo.com

August 18, 2009 08:02 PM
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Rach said...

Wait for your niece! She will never forget it.

August 18, 2009 08:02 PM
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Teresa &amp; Brian said...

Open them together.. The surprise will be better!
superteresa@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 08:05 PM
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Nine by Thirteen said...

I guess you should probably wait.

August 18, 2009 08:08 PM
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Aimee said...

I would wait until your neice comes. The anticipation and wondering might kill me, but kids love it when you do stuff like this, unravelling the mystery as it were, together.

August 18, 2009 08:09 PM
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Patti said...

Take a peak, rewrap, and then open again with your niece…that way you can be surprised TWICE!!

August 18, 2009 08:10 PM
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Anonymous said...

I love surprises! Open them together! It will be cute and much more fun. :)

jollyhones@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 08:11 PM
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Anonymous said...

You have to wait for your niece. Imagine her excitement when you open them together!!
ginasanchez68@hotmail.com

August 18, 2009 08:14 PM
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Molly said...

HOw long until she comes again? I would probably have to open just mine because I'm easily tempted like that. But it will be a sweet moment opening together. Have fun!

August 18, 2009 08:16 PM
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Sara Cross said...

I might sound like a little kid…but I would RIP IT OPEN NOW!! Then find some cute wrapping and wrap it back up! I love presents and I can't stand it just sitting there!

Enjoy your gift!
saraccross@yahoo.com

August 18, 2009 08:18 PM
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st3phkn33 said...

I definitely think you should wait to open them together

st3phkn33@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 08:18 PM
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Becky said...

I think the guilt would just overcome me, so I would have to agree that waiting to open them together would be the right thing to do (even though I'm one of those people who has a NEED to know things and it would make me ache inside!). So….invite your niece over TONIGHT….there, problem solved. :)

mbisaacs at yahoo dot come

August 18, 2009 08:19 PM
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Christine said...

It will be hard…but wait for your niece! That way it will be a special surprise for the both of you!

chrstnmllr@gmail.com

August 18, 2009 08:21 PM
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Kayren said...

Definitely open together! Such fun to be surprised together. :)

August 18, 2009 08:23 PM
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SarahBfromMN said...

wait until my niece visits again so we can open them together!

August 18, 2009 08:24 PM
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Britney said...

I think you should wait and open them together…it would make it so much more special…thanks for the giveaway…the candle holders are TOO CUTE!

August 18, 2009 08:24 PM
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tammy said...

WAIT!! I love surprises.

August 18, 2009 08:25 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I think you should open them together, especially if you're going to see her soon! Surprises are best when they're shared!

August 18, 2009 08:25 PM
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amo87 said...

You should definitely wait for your neice. She'll love you more for it. You will enjoy the fun of opening it with her more also. Patience is a virtue…<3

-amo87@bellsouth.net

August 18, 2009 08:27 PM
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Wil Roepke said...

I vote for waiting until she arrives.

August 18, 2009 08:28 PM
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Shannon said...

I really want to say "open it" mostly because everyone else is saying "wait" BUT… I think your niece would think it is so special that you waited for her…

August 18, 2009 08:28 PM
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alana said...

well, wow, I have never been good at suprises..I don't know why, I do like them though. I like the feeling it gives me inside- brings me back to being a child again on x-mas or my birthday. I think as hard as it is, I would personally wait, although honestly I would shake the box, maybe even sniff the box to see if I could figure it out. Suprises shared with one you love are few and far between. It would take all I have but I know waiting and sharing in that joy would ultimetly bring me the mmost happiness!!

August 18, 2009 08:30 PM
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