Sunday, December 18, 2011

The last five signings and some gift sets, too.

The last five book and kit signings were such a blast. When I started the book tour the end of last year I had no idea how much fun they would be and how much I would miss meeting you guys when they were all over. Thank you so much to everyone that came out to one of the 20+ signings. Along the way I have tried to get pictures of everyone that came by to say hi and also recap each city on the site. This time I combined the last several cities in one big giant post.

San Francisco, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego and Austin.

There are a few photos from each city below as well as slideshows of all the photos from each. Feel free to use any of the pics from flickr if you find one of yourself.

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It was so great starting off the signings at Chronicle Books Headquarters in San Francisco. Say hi to Emily. She designed the kit and the notecards box sets. So so cute.

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There’s nothing like watching the excitement on little ones faces when they look through the book. It’s still such a gift for me to see.

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There were lots of fun and friendly faces in San Francisco.

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Like sweet Melissa of Best Friends for Frosting. She did a little interview with me while she was there.

Here’s the San Francisco Slideshow…

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The Barnes and Noble in Orlando brought more friendly faces.

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Like my friend Robyn from Add a Pinch. She lives out of state, but made time during her family Disney vacation to stop by. She really is the super sweetest.

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And here’s Julie from The Little Kitchen. So glad to see your smiling face!

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I just want to take a minute to thank everyone at all the signings over the last year or so that brought such sweet gifts to share.

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You guys made me feel so special through your many talents and your kind words. I can think of several right now that even brought tears. Sweet happy tears.

Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my happy heart.

Here’s the Orlando Slideshow…

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The Phoenix Barnes and Noble was a lot of fun, too.

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These girls were a blast. They were a great group of bloggers that all came to the event together.

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Cute suede shoes. Guess which ones are mine.

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I met Amy of Amy Miller Designs. She makes faux cupcake ornaments and shipped some special cake pop ornaments for me a while ago. And look at these Muppets she brought to the signing. They are faux Muppet Cake Pops. And they are fantastic! I need to take a better pic and share it on Twitter.

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This is Jennifer. Check out her site if you make lots and lots of cake pops at a time. She has a cake ball roller that could help you out.

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It’s Phoenix. We had to have some cactus cake pops of course. Excellent use of white jimmies, Arianna!

Here’s the Phoenix Slideshow…

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San Diego. Yay!

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Check out Kris. She makes the fantastic hot air balloon cake pops and much more.

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And look at these Marshmallow Treats by Alejandra. Amazing.

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Look at this cutie pie!

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Hi there little one. So glad to meet you and your mom and learn what we have in common. Big big hug!

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And sweet Julie from Jaybird Quilts. My mom and I had the most fun talking with you.

Here’s the San Diego Slideshow…

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The last book signing was in Austin at Book People.

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My friends Georgia Pellegrini, The Girl Hunter and Marla of Family Fresh Cooking came with me to the signing. Love you guys! We all had plans with several more bloggers the next day for a fun Girl Hunter Getaway hosted by Georgia. More on that soon.

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There was lots of signing. And some note taking, too.

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There were hugs…

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And even some extraordinary chickens.

Here’s the Austin Slideshow…

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That’s it for the signings. For now anyway. ; )

Oh, and big thanks for the awesome marquis sign, Book People. That was a nice surprise.

If you are near any of these stores (addresses here), I left behind some signed books and kits if you want to give them a call and see if there are any left.

If you aren’t near any of the stores, that’s ok, too. I thought I would do an end-of-the-year giveaway to anyone that wanted a chance to win some Cake Pops stuff.

I’m giving away five (5) Cake Pops gift sets that include:

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A signed Cake Pops book, the Cake Pops Kit and the notecards set, too.

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And if you’ve managed to make your way this far down on the post, that’s not all.

Did you know that Cake Pops is available on the iPad? That’s not very helpful unless you have an iPad though.

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So one (1) of the five winners will also win a brand new 16 gb WiFi iPad. Yay!

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Enter for a chance to win a Cake Pops Gift Set that includes a signed Cake Pops book, a Cake Pops Kit and a Cake Pops Notecard Set.

  • Five (5) winners will be chosen at random to win a gift set. One (1) of the five winners will then be selected at random and will also win a 16 gb WiFi iPad in their choice of white or black. (That means 4 gift set winners and 1 gift set plus iPad winner.) Yay!
  • To enter, just leave your answer to the following question in the comments section of this post.
  • What is the most recent gift you’ve purchased for someone?
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, December 20th at 8:00 P.M. ET. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winners announced below.
  • The five winners will be announced sometime Tuesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

Note: This giveaway is completely sponsored by me. Thanks y’all!

Here are the winners of the Cake Pops Gift Sets. Each of you will get a book, a kit and a notecards set. And one of you is going to also get the iPad. YAY!

giftsetwinnersShannon T, Fenny Chandra, Alicia, Jennifer B and Tara. Congratulations on the Cake Pops Stuff!

Now for the big winner. After a random drawing, Shannon T – you win the iPad, too!

Hope you have fun with it.


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Wendy said...

A baseball glove for my boyfriend. Shhh…don’t tell!

December 18, 2011 10:28 PM
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Nida said...

I bought my brand new nephew toys. :) He’s just over 28 days old.

December 18, 2011 10:30 PM
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leah g said...

serving utensils for one of my friends for Christmas

December 18, 2011 10:30 PM
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Rebecca S. said...

I bought my son his first three chapter books!

December 18, 2011 10:30 PM
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Heather C said...

chutes and ladders for my 3 year old girl!

December 18, 2011 10:31 PM
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Eva figueroa said...

I bought my husband some clothes for his recent weight loss.

December 18, 2011 10:31 PM
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debbie said...

Chocolate covered bacon for a friend for Christmas

December 18, 2011 10:31 PM
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Emily said...

I bought a nintendo dsi for my adopt a family child since it was the one thing he really wanted this christmas, but his mother was unable to afford.

December 18, 2011 10:31 PM
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melanie said...

gorgeous hand painted ornaments for my daughter’s sunday school teachers. :)

December 18, 2011 10:31 PM
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Lisa T said...

I bought some Harley Davidson pilsner glasses (with pinup girls on them) for my stepdad!

December 18, 2011 10:31 PM
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Elaine said...

A Ducks hoodie for my brother in law.

December 18, 2011 10:32 PM
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Jordan said...

A sweater! Lame, I know, but it was the last thing I needed to complete my list!

December 18, 2011 10:32 PM
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Isabel said...

A “save the wooly mammoth” t-shirt for my husband!! :)

December 18, 2011 10:32 PM
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ilona t said...

a shutterfly calendar!

December 18, 2011 10:32 PM
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Meg said...

I bought my sister in law a set of wooden coasters from France on Etsy.

December 18, 2011 10:32 PM
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Linda said...

I bought a barbie make up kit for my daughter.

December 18, 2011 10:32 PM
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Susan Schmidt said...

Christmas – a beautiful bracelet for a friend.

December 18, 2011 10:32 PM
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Jessica said...

A Stella and Dot necklace for my mom! :)

December 18, 2011 10:33 PM
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mandy Gross said...

The last gift I purchased was a set of headphones for my husband for Christmas. We celebrated our Christmas early yesterday and he loved them! He’s been wanting new ones for a long time.

December 18, 2011 10:33 PM
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Barilla said...

Fact or Crap, the game! Purchased for my VBF and her new hubby for Christmas.

December 18, 2011 10:33 PM
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jennifer said...

Disney Princess for my youngest daughter

December 18, 2011 10:33 PM
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Megan said...

Some ceramic pie pans for friends and family from the Williams Sonoma outlet (such good deals!).

December 18, 2011 10:34 PM
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Christine said...

The most recent gift I got was for my mom. I got her a nice sweater. She doesn’t go out much, so hopefully this will encourage her to out a bit more!

December 18, 2011 10:34 PM
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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray said...

I am all about the Christmas shopping right now–the last gifts I bought were ties for my boyfriend. :)

December 18, 2011 10:35 PM
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Jessica said...

I just bought this great paisley knitting bag for my Grandma – hope she loves it!

December 18, 2011 10:35 PM
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Georgianna said...

My most recent one was “It’s a Wonderful Life” for my dad. He LOVES that movie! (and so do I)

December 18, 2011 10:35 PM
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Willa said...

The very last was groceries today. Sort of special things to fill bags instead of stockings.

December 18, 2011 10:35 PM
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Erin K said...

Purchased some MEDLINE Remedy Lotion for several people, had to order it online. I’m a nurse and It’s the lotion we use in the ER on patients and on our own hands to save them from drying out. It’s the best lotion EVER so it makes great gifts :)

December 18, 2011 10:35 PM
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Rebekah said...

Just yesterday I purchased a pair of pajamas for my mom. She actually picked them out and then I paid for them. I’ll bet she will be so surprised when she opens them up on Christmas Eve! ; )

December 18, 2011 10:36 PM
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Christy said...

A camo snuggie for my video game playing son to keep warm with!

December 18, 2011 10:36 PM
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Nancy said...

Yarn! That I’m currently knitting into fingerless gloves. (Cutting it a little close, I know…)

December 18, 2011 10:36 PM
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Leah said...

I recently bought some Christmas fabric to make my friend a Christmas table runner. Your book tour photos look fun. Thanks for sharing them with us.

December 18, 2011 10:36 PM
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Lil said...

A sequined sweater for my sis. Love your site :)

December 18, 2011 10:36 PM
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Amber said...

A spy cam remote controlled airplane!

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Bethany said...

I bought a yearbook for my nephew – sophomore year of high school for him!

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Tiffany said...

A vintage Moroccan brass tray table for my parents. Kind of odd, but we’re a strange bunch :)

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Holly H said...

I bought my dad a hummingbird feeder! He’s going to love it!

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Michelle C said...

I just purchased “Being George Washington” for my husband’s grandmother, along with some white chocolate truffles. I love buying gifts for people that I would love to receive! Thanks for the chance to win!

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Trish said...

The most recent “gift” I purchased was by far the best one I’ve given this year. Ran into a young lady and her mother in the Kohl’s parking lot that were asking strangers for just $42 to get a room for the night at a hotel since they had spent the previous night in their car and just wanted a warm room and a shower. I didn’t have much cash on me, so I gave her what I had and got into the car and discussed with my roommate what we could do. We decided to go get more cash and hope that they were still there when we returned. Thankfully, they were. Their tears became my tears and that very small gift will most certainly be the best present I both give and receive this Christmas.

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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amy c said...

anti monkey butt powder for my dad since her recently bought a motorcycle, a little gag gift for his stocking

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Anonymous said...

i bought a book of vegan food for my siter in law!!

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Erin said...

I didn’t buy my last gift, I made it — a tent for an American Girl Doll for a soon to be surprised little girl!

December 18, 2011 10:37 PM
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Marina(the baker) said...

The last gift I bought fo someone was a make-up kit for my younger cousin. I have the cake pop kit on my wish list. I would love to get one!!! :) < 3 baking

December 18, 2011 10:38 PM
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Donna said...

A photo frame ornament with a picture of their old home in it. They just moved in a new one!

December 18, 2011 10:38 PM
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Jacy said...

The most recent gift was another of the numerous gifts to my 2-year old son: a racecar toddler bed! :)

P.S. Cute photos!

December 18, 2011 10:38 PM
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Haley C. said...

I bought my daughter, a niece and a nephew sweet handmade hats from a charity blog!

December 18, 2011 10:38 PM
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AC said...

A pair of huge copper statement earrings for my sister in law. I could never work them but they will look great on her!

December 18, 2011 10:38 PM
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jengd said...

It’s been a flurry of Christmas shopping the past 2 weeks but I’ve just about wrapped it up (not literally unfortunately- still need to do that.) However, I realized today I should get something small for a cousin of mine so we stopped and got him a bag of Chad’s Popcorn’s Buffalo Bleu. Chad has done quite well by us- we sent out 2 sampler packs (5 bags ea.) and picked up 5 more bags for giving. Great stuff! Merry Christmas to you!

December 18, 2011 10:39 PM
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JessW said...

Yummy coffee for stocking stuffers for just about everyone in my family! :)

December 18, 2011 10:39 PM
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Nadia said...

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker for my niece!

December 18, 2011 10:39 PM
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Kelley said...

I bought the movie “The Help” for my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift. we saw it together when it first came out this year.

December 18, 2011 10:39 PM
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Karen said...

I bought some books for our six month old grandson! So fun to read!!!!

December 18, 2011 10:39 PM
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Emily D. said...

I got my best friend a framed photo of us and baked her some super chocolatey cookies and some homemade applesauce for her birthday at the beginning of the month.
I’m way behind on my Christmas shopping but sometime in the next few days I’ll be getting my mom a new pair of sneakers and/or an electric blanket.

December 18, 2011 10:40 PM
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Tami said...

Oh that’s easy … A dolphin pillow pet fr my beautiful 6 year old!

December 18, 2011 10:40 PM
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Loren said...

the last gift i bought for someone was a beautiful soft scarf for a good friend. when we were shopping for our boyfriends she saw this scarf and fell in love with it so i had to go back without her to pick it up! I can’t wait until she opens it! :D

December 18, 2011 10:40 PM
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Sara G said...

Just last night I bought some bath and body pump soaps for my mother in law. Hopefully it will arrive before Christmas!

December 18, 2011 10:41 PM
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MacKenzie said...

Two seasons of Mad about you for my mom! :)

December 18, 2011 10:41 PM
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Jenn said...

A gift for my best friend which consisted of a wine glass, bottle stopper and still have to get the wine!

December 18, 2011 10:41 PM
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David B said...

I bought my daughter an iPad and would love one for myself!

December 18, 2011 10:41 PM
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Robin @ Bird On A Cake said...

A hand-stamped monogram necklace for my 12 year old daughter. :0)

December 18, 2011 10:41 PM
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anna penrod said...

I just bought my dad a jacket from Land’s End. I was so relief because the men in my life, especially dads, are so, so hard to shop for. If only they liked baking… :)

December 18, 2011 10:41 PM
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Jill said...

I bought a Kindle cover for my husband (shhhh…it’s for Christmas!).

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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Jessica H said...

Today I purchased a sweater for my husband. I still have so much more shopping to do.

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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Kristina said...

I purchased my sister-in-law an iHome for her iPod.

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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Stephanie L Armstrong said...

The most recent gift I bought was a Letter Leap Frog game for our son !
Thank you for all your great ideas and smiles you bring to my face as i look at your blog :) wish you could come to Michigan !!

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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Misty said...

The most recent thing (and the last thing I have to buy, I think) was a gift card for my dad and stepmom.

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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esmeralda peña said...

i bought a book of vegan food for mi sister in law!! And some perfumes!!

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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Becky said...

I just bought my husband a Blu Ray player.

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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German G said...

I bought my wife some slippers.

December 18, 2011 10:42 PM
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Lynette B said...

I got my son-in-law an iPod touch.

December 18, 2011 10:43 PM
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Ellen said...

My cousin’s baby’s name is Dylan, partially after Bob Dylan, so I had the cover of one of his albums screenprinted on a onesie. I can’t wait to give it to them!

December 18, 2011 10:43 PM
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Kirsten said...

I just ordered a “Cars” backpack for my two year old son.

December 18, 2011 10:43 PM
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Rebecca said...

Oh gosh, those book signings look like lots of fun! Unfortunately not too many end up happening up here in Spokane – we’re just too small!

I hope my husband doesn’t somehow find this, but I just bought him a sparkly 6 pack of beer Christmas ornament for our tree – he’s a home brewer, so I think he’ll appreciate it! :)

December 18, 2011 10:43 PM
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Emily L said...

I bought my little boy lots of storage for his new toys.

December 18, 2011 10:43 PM
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Melissa said...

Thanks for having a giveaway! The most recent gift I bought was a home beer brewing kit for my dad.

December 18, 2011 10:43 PM
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Melinda Brein said...

The most recent gifts are Nutcrackers for my kids. They just finished their first Nutcracker Ballet: a soldier and a party boy! The Nutcrackers will go in their stockings ;-)

December 18, 2011 10:43 PM
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Carrie said...

I bought my son some Skinny Levi’s. Twelve is such a funny age.

December 18, 2011 10:44 PM
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Jennifer B said...

I bought an iPad cover for my sister’s new iPad, and would love one for myself! Thanks!

December 18, 2011 10:44 PM
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Jaimee said...

Just bought some panties for my little (big) girl.

December 18, 2011 10:44 PM
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Redd H from Salted Spoon said...

The last thing I purchased is a gift for my other half… a tiny bottle of Pure Capsaicin extract. He loves spicy food and nothing is ever spicy enough for him. I plan to designate him his own bowl and pan to use it with!

December 18, 2011 10:45 PM
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Cheryl said...

The last gift I bought was a new little travel mug for my 4-year-old to have his hot chocolate in!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

December 18, 2011 10:45 PM
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Katharine said...

I got my mom jewelry made with with chocolate diamonds! very pretty!

December 18, 2011 10:45 PM
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Brittney M. said...

I bought two things today actually! A chronologically ordered Bible for my sister and a tall plastic popcorn cup that has the classic popcorn logo/colors (yellow with ‘Popcorn’ sitting in bed of popcorn) for my mom to go in her goodie bag. We always do a goodie bags in my family.

December 18, 2011 10:45 PM
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Angela said...

The most recent gift I bought was something for my husband (who’s sitting right next to me so I will keep it under wraps for now :), and my wonderful in-laws (book / DVD).

December 18, 2011 10:45 PM
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elizabeth said...

i hope she doesn’t read this… but the last gift i bought was a pretty purple wallet for my college roommate! she lives all the way across the country now, so she’ll have to wait til christmas for her package to arrive in the mail :) it was bright, funky and fun – just like her!

December 18, 2011 10:46 PM
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Autum said...

I just purchased a best buy gift certificate for a Christmas present. Not exciting but what they will love. Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2011 10:46 PM
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Kat said...

I bought my friend Lori a “heavy metal” shirt from ThinkGeek–she’s a ceramic artist, and a lot of the metals are in the glazes she uses :D.

December 18, 2011 10:46 PM
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Mellie said...

Picked up a Hexbug Spider today!

December 18, 2011 10:46 PM
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erica said...

cookie tins and baking materials for homemade cookie tins for friends and relatives!

December 18, 2011 10:47 PM
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Alex said...

A lotus incense holder for my friend. :)

December 18, 2011 10:47 PM
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Carmen said...

Some clothing for my husband!

December 18, 2011 10:47 PM
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Marilyn said...

The last thing I bought (co-bought with my sister) was an exercise bag for my mom’s birthday! She’s recently started getting into shape and was so happy to have such a cute AND functional bag!

December 18, 2011 10:47 PM
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Kenda said...

The last gift I bought were wooden dolls that I could decorate as power rangers and different superheros for my adorable nephews!!

December 18, 2011 10:47 PM
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Gretchen said...

Pizza gift certificates for daycare teachers

December 18, 2011 10:48 PM
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Liz said...

Most recent gift I purchased was “The Commish” entire series for my dad

December 18, 2011 10:48 PM
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Amelia said...

On the 14th, I bought a hardcover book called “Teddy Bears: A collectible history of the teddy bear.” It was a spontaneous purchase for my two little sisters (3 and 5 years old) because I thought they’d have fun looking at all the pictures. Also because it had a picture of Rupert the bear, a character from a show I loved watching as a kid :)

Earlier in the week, I bought chocolate truffles for my dad for his birthday. It was part of a set of presents from my whole family :)

December 18, 2011 10:48 PM
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Meagan said...

A heated microplush blanket for my mother-in-law! Thanks for the chance to win & Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2011 10:48 PM
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Wendy said...

Looks like you had so much fun! I love looking at your book signing pics :) The post recent gift I bought was picture frames today to be part of Christmas gifts. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

December 18, 2011 10:48 PM
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Barbara said...

The last gift I bought was a boxed set of Penzey’s spices for my Mom for Christmas – they’re all for making fancy cheesy garlic breads I guess. I hope she likes it!! Thank you for the giveaway, it’s very generous of you. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a while now, and I hope 2012 brings you great health & happiness!!!

December 18, 2011 10:49 PM
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Deanna E. said...

I bought some adjustable dumbbells for my sister!

December 18, 2011 10:49 PM
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