Friday Five – with a giveaway!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Faithful Follow-through

This was the first week of our extended Christmas break. We take off from Thanksgiving week through New Years week. Because we start in July, this is our half-way point and an extended break hits the spot. A couple of the kids will probably still do xtramath most days, everyone will still practice piano and do their chores, and we’ll have a brief Advent Morning Time so that we can sing Christmas carols and add ornaments to our Jesse Tree.

This week, though, was mostly a “catch up on all the cleaning tasks that I never get to.” Of course I didn’t do all of them, but I started with the ones that bothered me the most and the ones that were most noticeable to the public and made significant progress. Then we hosted Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family, which was a fun day of cousin play, apple fritters (my husband’s specialty), board games, and lots of food. Hans even made the layered jello salad this year, and did a beautiful job.

Favorite homeschool Instagram of the week:

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Favorites: A Third Day Naturals Giveaway!

Third Day Naturals is a family-owned artisan source for lovely soaps, lotions, lip balm, and more. They’ve graciously offered a gift set worth over $50 and in the winner’s choice to one of my readers. Just leave a comment in order to be entered to win. (FYI: I am an affiliate for this company, but I also buy and use their products myself – after they sent me a gift pack, I was sold. Plus I love supporting a family business.).

If you’re looking to do a little Christmas gift shopping this weekend, Third Day Naturals has created a discount code just for you: SIMPLY20 will get you 20% off your entire order now through December 31st, and they have free priority shipping on orders over $37. Their lip balms are my favorite, as is the facial scrub. My kids (are supposed to) use the tea tree soap for their faces.

The gift pack they are giving away to one reader includes

  • 1 soap
  • 1 lotion bar (full size)
  • 1 sugar scrub
  • 1 healthy jelly
  • 2 lip balms
  • 1 body butter

each item will be in the winner’s choice of scent.

Enter to win, try out their products, and fall in love with them. :)

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Finds

Some good reading for the weekend around the ‘net:

Bonhoeffer’s Surprising Path to Gratitude: What To Do When Disillusionment Sets In

by Michael Hornbaker at CiRCE

In Life Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that the dreams, agendas, and visions we bring to our communities are often our greatest hindrances and the sources of our crises. Yet, as Bonhoeffer points out “God’s grace speedily shatters such dreams. Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by a great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and if we are fortunate, with ourselves.”

Gratitude is the key to an organized attitude.

The One Who Gave Thanks

by Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition

I find it easy to ask God for things. I find it relatively easy to confess sin, perhaps because I have so much of it and feel guilty for it. It is harder for me to give thanks, not because I think I’m too proud to say thank you, but because I don’t have my eyes open to see all that God has done and is doing.

Thanksgiving is over, but gratitude should never be.

This Year’s Paper Plans :: Schedules, Chore Charts, Checklists, and More

by Celeste Cruz at Joyous Lessons

As usual, my organizational strategy consists of a series of paper forms that keep our home humming along.

I bet you all love a good planning post as much as I do. :)

Get Ready for Christmas!

I’m taking this seminar from Rachel Jankovic next week and I highly recommend it to you all. I’ve listened to most of her seminars, and never regretted it. She’s always good for a shot-in-the-arm of truth and clear thinking.

Leave a comment to enter to win the gift set from Third Day Naturals!

113 Responses

  1. Ann Noskowiak
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    Oh, oh, I’d love to get me some homemade soap!! I’m always looking for natural products and they look like a great company to try :)

  2. Sarah M
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    Would love to try them out!

  3. Elizabeth
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    I love natural body and skin care! Thanks for the gift code.

  4. Amie
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    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Hope your family had a wonderful thanksgiving!

  5. Catherine @ A Spirited Mind
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    I would love to try them!

  6. Kelly
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    What fun! My mom is always commenting that I have all the cool and fun stuff, so if I win, I’ll let her choose the scent and keep the prize!

  7. Jennifer
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    Actually I just want to know if Codenames is fun! But enter me in the drawing too.

  8. Jessica
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    Apple fritters and awesome soaps? I want to be there!

  9. Tara Bailey
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    I would love to try them out!

  10. RuthAnn Bamford
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    Ooh, I love natural products! I would love to win this giveaway.

  11. Crystal E
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    Love homemade soaps! What a great giveaway!!

  12. samantha
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    Love the labeling!

  13. Kathryn
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    Yes, please!! I would love to try some of their products. I too have a soft spot in my heart for family-owned businesses. :) Thanks!

  14. Katharine
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    Oh what a fun treat. I’d love to try them. Winter is brutal on my skin!

  15. Nicole
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    Would be interested in trying these out! Thank you! :)

  16. Rachel
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    Awesome giveaway!! I’d love to win!

  17. Aimee
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    I’d love to win this set!

  18. Joy
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    I’d love to try them out. I’m always looking for a good natural lip balm. Thanks.

  19. Jen
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    Love the name of the line! Would be delighted to try them.

  20. Edwena
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    I love things like this. Thanks for the opportunity.

  21. Blossom
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    What a wonderful giveaway! I’m always on the lookout for natural products and love small businesses.
    I’m looking forward to following the links you’ve shared.

  22. Morgan Vann
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    Thank you so much for continuing to give me the resources I need to get my life and home in order. You are doing us all a great service!

  23. Cindy
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    Would you be willing to share the apple fritters recipe? They are my husbands favorite and I would love to be able to make some for him!! Thanks for the give-away!

  24. Betsy
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    I’d love to try them! I’ve been on the hunt for similar stuff, especially for my kiddos!

  25. Nia
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    Looks like a lovely gift set.

  26. Melissa
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    I would love to try them. I have to say, Mystie0, (and I’m totally not butt-kissing or anything like that, this is the truth) your writing and podcasts have helped me so much lately! I can’t afford to take any of your classes, so I’ve been gleaning what I can from everything else. Thank you. I really appreciate you taking time to keep this little business of yours humming.

  27. Danielle
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    Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Veronica Fortunato
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    I’m with you! What a nice treat. I’ve been an independent consultant for Norwex.com for 4 years because their mission is to help us reduce chemicals in our everyday lives (products for the home and body) but mostly because I love using them! I haven’t used any soap on my face in 4 years because of their body cloth. And I have only bought one roll of paper towels in all that time. Looking forward to 3rd Day Naturals!

  29. Emily
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    OOH! These look lovely!

  30. Amy T.
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    I love using natural, homemade products. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

  31. Jaclyn
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    Thank you for offering the giveaway and a coupon code. These products look amazing!

  32. Lorie
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    I always want to support home business, especially those with natural products. Thank you!!

  33. Christy Saenz
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    I’d love to try the Third Day Naturals!

  34. Melissadiskin@
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    That citrus scrub looks amazing!!

  35. Donna
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    I love supporting small family businesses! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  36. Muriel
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    I’ve been trying to switch to more natural products so this would be perfect to try out. Thanks.

  37. Angie
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    I would LOVE to win this set – it looks fabulous – thank you for the chance!

  38. Kristy
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    I think the lavender and oatmeal would be great to calm my daughter’s eczema.

  39. Raquel
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    We have to do a weekly review even on Thanksgiving?! LOL. Thanks for the chance to win and for your tireless energy in feeding our minds and keeping us motivated and encouraged.

  40. Jenny
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    I love trying new natural products and would enjoy winning these. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Charissa
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    Third Day Naturals sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win some. :)

  42. Katie
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    I’m always on the lookout for natural skin care items for my daughter-in-law.

  43. Donna
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    what a great idea! I love finding more family owned companies with quality products! I live in an area with hard water, and the entire winter makes my family’s skin super dry.

  44. jennifer craig
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    love to support family owned businesses too and i love love love natural products! also love your pointers!!

  45. Megan
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    I have been looking for some natural options. Would love to try!

  46. Mary Beth
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    I only use natural products and would love to try these! Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Kelley
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    What a generous giveaway!
    Thank you for your steady encouragement to the weary homeschool moms.

  48. Kellylynn
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    I’d love to try these natural products! Thanks for the opportunity Misty!

  49. Michelle Owings-Christian
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    I’d love to try these products. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  50. Amy Hunter
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    Thank you for offering the giveaway. A blessed Advent to you and your family.

  51. Crystal
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    Thanks for the chance to win.

  52. Rhonda
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    Sounds wonderful!

  53. Becca
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    Those soaps sound fabulous! And the webinar does too. I might need to look into that.

  54. Lara Sullens
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    I’ve been grateful for the practical organization and tone of your “helps”.

    I’ve not been familiar with your friend’s company and id love to try them out.

  55. Amber
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    I bought some of the Third Day Naturals Wonder Balm and their insect spray last summer and was so impressed by both of them. They will both definitely be part of our regular household items! I’d definitely like a chance to try some of their other products too. :-)

    And I signed up the Christmas Refresher Webinar – I’m glad you mentioned it. I’m looking forward to it!

  56. Amanda Urroz
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    I love natural body care products and Third Day Naturals sound great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  57. Joy C.
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    I’d LOVE to win!!! I love me some vanilla! And I’m all about increasing the amount of natural products we use in our home!

  58. Beth
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    They look lovely!

  59. Debbie
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    These look great! Thanks for sharing.

  60. Flannery
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    Excited to enter, thanks!

  61. Patti P.
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    This is an amazing giveaway. I always enjoying trying new products, especially ones with natural products.

  62. Sarah H
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    Thanks for the great giveaway! Excited to try some of their products!

  63. Rhoda
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    Thank you for a wonderful give away. Checked out Third Day Naturals website–they have a lot of options available. Have a great weekend and Christmas season.

  64. Jennifer
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    I’d love to try these products! Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. Cassandra Brungardt
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    Awesome giveaway!

  66. Julie
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    Oh how fun!

  67. karen
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    Looks like something I would like to try. Thanks!

  68. Amy Harter
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    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. You have an amazing gift Mystie. I’m halfway through AoH and WtP…you offer so much encouragement ! Thank you!!

  69. Nancy
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    Thanks! Someone’s skin is going to thank you, too!

  70. Megan toro
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    Always looking for a good, healthy moisturizer for my son and husband who both suffer with eczema. The zinc and castor oil combo sounds promising and the magic salve definitely intrigues me.

  71. laura
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    Would love to try that product! Thanks for doing weekly wrap-ups so faithfully -saturday afternoon is the only time I have to look at blogs :)

  72. Callie
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    What a wonderful holiday giveaway!

  73. Jillian Plomin
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    I’m in! Would love to give new body products a try :)

  74. Melody
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    I would love to win! These products look so good! Thanks for the chance to get them free.

  75. Monica Kinney
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    Yay! What a fun giveaway, and the perfect products to browse through and buy during the dry winter months! Thanks!

  76. Jillian Harrmann
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    I love all natural hand made soaps. They are so much better than mass produced corporate products. I would love to try these products!

  77. Sara Bromley
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    I would love to win!

  78. Wendi S
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    I would love to win…this set looks wonderful!

  79. Katrina
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    I am so tempted to take the month off except for morning time so we can really enjoy this season…the Third Day Naturals products look wonderful!

  80. Molly
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    Thanks, I would love to try these!

  81. Nicole S
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    I don’t know if this giveaway is open to Canadians, but I love to see body products with scents I can actually use.

  82. Jeni G
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    I love Third Day Naturals soaps, lip balms, and lavender body butter!

  83. Jennifer Steele Allen
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    How exciting to have a chance to win some natural products. Thanks for sharing!

  84. Mistee
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    I would love this!

  85. Lisa Dias
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    My daughter and I love to try natural lotions and potions! Mystie, it sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for you as your classes have been a blessing!

  86. Shua
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    Thanking God for all that you do, Mystie! :)

  87. Dee
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    Always want to find new natural products to try & support family business!

  88. Elisabeth
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    This gift pack looks great! Hope I win. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  89. Tiffany
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    I think that schedule is neat! It makes sense to take a halfway break and allows you to enjoy the holidays more & fit in traditions there without the extra stress of adding them on top of everything.
    & yes, I love the link to the paper schedules, of course ;)
    Thanks for hosting a giveaway! I’m always looking for natural products, especially from small businesses.

  90. Julia
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    There’s nothing quite like feeling pampered with cell nourishing nutrients found in nature. Moms need to occasionally splurge if they can, and get away from the mass produced stuff and relish in some quality products! Also it’s great to support cottage industry! Also, I LOVE being encouraged by articles you post. and side-note- you kids will feel really blessed to have had such a beautiful childhood, 6 weeks off to be a family around this time of year… sweet!

  91. Angela
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    I love homemade soap! It is much better than any body wash that I’ve used for me. Thank you for the giveaway!

  92. Allison
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    Thank you for the opportunity! Love your site and have learned to cheerfully clean my house, at least most days.

  93. Alicia
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    Looks lovely!

  94. Tamra Lewis
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    I’d love to try these!

  95. Jonelle
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    Would love to wrap up most of them for my “giving” loved ones!

  96. Susannah
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    Thank you for the entry!

  97. Allie B
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    These look amazing!

  98. Sunny
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    What a great giveaway idea!

  99. AllyeB Sconyers
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    I’m always on the lookout for good sources of natural products for my family. I’d love to try these out!

  100. Megan
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    This looks lovely! Thanks for the opportunity to try it. :-)

  101. Amanda
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    I am always looking for effective natural products since we changed our lifestyle after my Lyme’s diagnosis. This would be a blessing.

  102. Helen
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    I LOVE natural and handmade products like these! I’ve never tried this one so it would be great to win :)

  103. Amy Poller
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    Ohh, mint and rosemary are such a nice combination. I bet that body butter is lovely!

  104. Melissa
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    You had me at “giveaway” – ha! Seriously, these look great and I would love to try them out :)

  105. Carrie
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    Would so love to win this! It’s been on my list of things to do to make my own beauty products for years now but, of course, there is no time for that!

  106. Marti Haslauer
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    I would love to try these. They are just lovely.

  107. Erika
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    Would love to try these!

  108. Jen Beggs
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    Natural skin care products are the best! I hope I can win. Thank you for sharing!

  109. Theresa Wieneke
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    May Thanksgiving stay on our lips long after the leftovers are gone.
    These products look fabuous.
    God Bless,
    Theresa

  110. Crystal Joplin
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    What a great giveaway! Thanks for introducing a company I’ve never heard of! We love natural products!

  111. Amy Wooldridge
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    I would love to try this! I also have a couple of your classes that you do and love them. I go back to them often as a reminder and a refresher course. Thanks for what you do!

  112. Sara
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    I’d love to win the soap set … looks lovely!

  113. judith
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    these look awesome