Do Your Kids Still Believe in Santa Claus?

by Janice

Still Time to Believe…

“Mom… is Santa really real???” my seven year old son keeps asking me as the magical season gets closer and closer.

I answer him with questions, “What do you think?” or “Why do you think he isn’t?”

“Well, I know Santa is real — but reindeer can’t fly…” he tries to work it out in his mind.

The sweetest part of it all is how much he still WANTS to believe.

And because I can still see that innocent child looking back at me, the precious little heart that wants magic to be real, I don’t crush his hopes. I am going to let him be a child for at least one more Christmas.

Cookie Crumbs, Empty Milk Glass… and Photographs???

Every year, we plant the proof: cookies – check. milk – check. carrots for hungry reindeer – check. And then when the kids finally give in to sleep, we play Santa, pulling presents from hiding spots and devouring cookies while making sure to leave some crumbs.

But this year, you have one more SPECIAL step to make your Santa-performance complete: Capture the Magic!

Yes, after your house is decorated and ready to go, you grab your camera, take a few photos and then log in to Capture the Magic.

Within a few minutes, you will photographic proof of Santa’s very special visit.

Santa in our living room
This is a shot I had of our house a couple years ago at Christmas. I can’t believe how well Capture the Magic works!

Your kids will be giddy with excitement and you will get to watch as their minds light up with the possibility of magic!

Oh… and Santa has a Present for YOU too this Christmas Eve

Did I forget to mention Capture the Magic has a great affiliate program too?

So, the “magic” doesn’t have to end with a photo.

You can sign up as an affiliate, spread the word about Capture the Magic to your friends and/or readers, and earn some extra money this Christmas!

A Giveaway!

320X250 BannersWell, we couldn’t write this post without adding in some extra gift giving magic.

If you want to enter to win a free photo of Santa in your OWN house, leave a comment here. We will have TEN magical winners!

As always, don’t forget to earn more entries: subscribe to our Feed, sign up for our 5M4M Newsletter, add our 5 Minutes for Mom button in your sidebar, write a post and link back to this contest on your blog, and spread the word Twitter, or email! Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our contest and giveaway rules.

This giveaway is open until Friday, December 11th. We will announce our winner on Saturday, December 12th.

This giveaway is sponsored by Capture the Magic. We are affiliates and are running an advertising campaign with Capture the Magic.

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Serendipity is Sweet
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November 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

We tried Capture the Magic last year. It was a huge hit. I think it’s a great idea. I’d love to win a free photo :D
Thanks!

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2 Serendipity is Sweet
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November 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

I’m a newsletter subscriber :D

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3 Serendipity is Sweet
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November 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

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4 Serendipity is Sweet
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November 25, 2009 at 9:10 am

I have your button on my left sidebar.
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5 Gretta November 25, 2009 at 9:32 am

What an amazing idea! I want to do this for our 4 kids and they would LOVE it. Hope I win! The “magic” of Christmas is still very much alive in this house!

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6 angie November 25, 2009 at 9:38 am

this woudl be so cool for my granddaughter Princess
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7 angie November 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

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8 angie November 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

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9 Just Playin' November 25, 2009 at 9:46 am

I hope they do! They are 33 and 36. What do you think? :)

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10 HeartsMakeFamilies November 25, 2009 at 9:46 am

I follow your blog and subscribe to your feed.

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11 Jenn November 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

Never heard of it before but it sure is neat!!

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12 Jenn November 25, 2009 at 9:56 am

Subscribe in reader :)

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13 Tarasview November 25, 2009 at 10:03 am

I LOVE this idea!! My kids totally still believe in Santa- we have so much fun with it every year :)

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14 Jen November 25, 2009 at 10:06 am

I would so love to win this! My little guy would be thrilled to have proof! He’s 4 and still believes…heck – I still believe!!

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15 Victoria November 25, 2009 at 10:07 am

My girls pretty much know that we are santa claus….:) No more, “Santa’s not coming if you don’t fall asleep.” Miss H believes a girl in her kindergarten classroom is the tooth fairy though:)

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16 Tarasview November 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

I’m a newsletter subscriber

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17 Tarasview November 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

I’m a feed subscriber.

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18 TopazTook November 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

This would be an adorable memory for my little girl!

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19 TopazTook November 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

I subscribe to your feed.

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20 TopazTook November 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

And I subscribe to your newsletter.

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21 Lisa November 25, 2009 at 10:45 am

This is sooooo neat! I’d LOVE to win a free photo!!

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22 LT November 25, 2009 at 10:53 am

What a wonderful idea! I would love to be able to do this for my kids!

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23 LT November 25, 2009 at 10:54 am

I am subscribed to your feeds!

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24 LT November 25, 2009 at 10:54 am

I am subscribed to your newsletter!

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25 LT November 25, 2009 at 10:55 am

I have your button on my sidebar!

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26 LT November 25, 2009 at 10:57 am

Spread the word via twitter here:
http://twitter.com/coloradomommy/status/6053108652

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27 Jessica Jones November 25, 2009 at 11:06 am

oh me me me!
I subscribe to your feed and follow you on twitter already!

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28 queen size funny bone November 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm

what a great Idea. I subscribe

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29 Stefany November 25, 2009 at 12:11 pm

That is fantastic! I have two kiddos so close to not believing and this would be perfect to keep it going a bit longer. Plus, my 3 year old would think this is amazing.

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30 Stefany November 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

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31 Stefany November 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm
32 Jenn November 25, 2009 at 12:16 pm

No one has copped to NOT believing yet but I expect it any year now and my heart will be saddened! ;(

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33 Jenn November 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I’m a follower

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34 Michelle Andrews November 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I would love this. My daughter is right on the verge of “not believing”, and I would love to do this to keep the spirit going.

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35 Beckie Tetrault November 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm

What a fun thing! I’d love to win!!

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36 Beckie Tetrault November 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I subscribe to your feed

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37 Beckie Tetrault November 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I subscribe to your newsletter :)

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38 Beckie Tetrault November 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I have a button up on my blog

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39 Beckie Tetrault November 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm
40 Becca November 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I have a 9 y/o that is just beginning to wonder… I know that I am lucky to have him still believing, but this would be so much fun!!

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41 Leah November 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm

This is such a cute idea! Button on my blog

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42 Leah November 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm

feed subscriber

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43 Leah November 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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44 Misty November 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I have never heard of this before! WOW! I would love to win it!!!! Thanks!

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45 Kelley Clayton November 25, 2009 at 5:07 pm

OMG! I love how you find the coolest sites… my son would go nutz over this!

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46 Noreen November 25, 2009 at 6:53 pm

We do the routine too and did you know reindeer love radishes, my oldest taught me that

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47 Noreen November 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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48 Noreen November 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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49 pam November 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm

How cool is that!! Thanks for the chance to win, I would love it to see the looks on the kids faces:)

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50 pam November 25, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I get your feed

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51 pam November 25, 2009 at 7:32 pm

and I get your newsletters

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52 Amy November 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm

My son just started believing in Santa this year. It would be great to win a free picture!

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53 Amy November 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I subscribe in Google Reader.

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54 Barb November 25, 2009 at 9:43 pm

what a fun idea!!

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55 Barb November 25, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I have your button on my blog

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56 Barb November 25, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I subscribe to the newsletter, too

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57 Heidi Polcaster November 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I would love to win!! Thanks. My 4 kids would love this!

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58 Elisabeth November 25, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this for my kiddo! What a special treat! Thanks for the chance. =)

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59 Megret November 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

Oh my goodness! What a neat idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

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60 Megret November 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

I subscribe to your feed….

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61 Megret November 26, 2009 at 9:10 am

…and I also receive your email newsletter!

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62 jakell m November 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

I would so love to win this, my daughter is the same way and I could just see her face now when she see this picture!!!!!!

what a great creative idea!!!!

thanks!! Can’t wait to capture Santa :)

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63 Brandon November 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

My kids would be in awe!

this would be fun to do for sure.

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64 JaKell m November 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

have your button

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65 JaKell m November 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

i subscribe!

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66 Sharon November 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm

With a 7 year old who’s on the Santa fence this will definitely keep her intriqued! Thanks.

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67 Shari November 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm

What a neat thing! My little almost three year old would get a kick out of seeing Santa in his house!

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68 Shari November 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I subscribe to the feed via Bloglines under the name “Southerngirl.”

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69 Shari November 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I get the email newsletter, too!

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70 Melissa Nunley November 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Feed subscriber

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71 Staci A November 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm

What a wonderful idea! My son would be speechless if he saw a photo of Santa in our house!

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72 Staci A November 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I’m a subscriber.

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73 Staci A November 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm

And I get your newsletter. Thanks!

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74 Bethany November 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm

My daughter has asked some questions this year. One of these photos could get me another year of Santa out of her!

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75 Tina November 29, 2009 at 12:21 am

Sounds like the same conversations I’ve been having with my 8 year old. :-)
I’m a subscriber.

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76 erin November 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

what an awesome idea

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77 erin November 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

subscriber

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78 erin November 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

newsletter subscriber

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79 Brandy November 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm

my kids would be so thrilled to see a pic of santa in our house

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80 Lynette December 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

How fun!

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81 Cassidy December 10, 2009 at 7:58 am

What a great idea! I would love to have a picture like that to surprise my kids with on Christmas morning.

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82 Cassidy December 10, 2009 at 7:58 am

I have your button on my blog.

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83 Cassidy December 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

I get your newsletter.

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84 Cassidy December 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

I subscribe to your feed.

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85 Casy December 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

This is so cute! This is Emily’s second Christmas but it is her first to realize who Santa is. It is funny to watch her dance when she sees him on tv! ;0)

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86 The Gang's Momma December 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

Wow, what a creative idea! Thanks for the chance to win one. I’d love that – by the time this 5th little one has come along, NONE of the others still believe. It would be a fun, fun way to re-spark a little of the holiday magic for us all :)

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87 The Gang's Momma December 10, 2009 at 8:45 am

Button on my sidebar

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88 The Gang's Momma December 10, 2009 at 8:45 am

Newsletters in my inbox!

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89 The Gang's Momma December 10, 2009 at 8:45 am

Posts in my Reader!

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90 Jen December 10, 2009 at 9:54 am

so far we have not had that conversation with our 8-year old…which is good with a 6-year old right behind….and then we have the 8-month old, to keep the magic alive for a few more years. ;)

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91 Brandy December 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

this would be so cool, my DD is only 4 and shes starting to have doubts.

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92 Brandy December 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

i have your button

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93 Brandy December 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

i am subscribed to your feed

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94 Brandy December 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

i get the newsletter

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95 Amy December 10, 2009 at 10:06 am

This is such a cute idea!

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96 Amy December 10, 2009 at 10:07 am

I’m a subscriber!

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97 Amy December 10, 2009 at 10:07 am

I get the newsletter!

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98 susan December 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

My little one would be thrilled to see Santa in our home! Thanks.

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99 susan December 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

I’m a subscriber.

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100 susan December 10, 2009 at 11:37 am

I receive your newsletter.

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101 susan December 10, 2009 at 11:38 am
102 kimberly ficorilli December 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

what a wonderful way to capture the magic….
I would love to win and show my children Santa was in there home!

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103 aimee c. December 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm

this is kind of hilarious! thanks!

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104 aimee c. December 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm

i subscribe, too. thanks!

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105 queen-size funny bone December 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm

this would be great

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106 Mary December 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

That’s a pretty hilarious idea.

I have mixed ideas about “Santa”, although I rather enthusiastically kept my sister’s belief in St. Nicholas alive long after grade school via the proper use of carrots.

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107 Emily Christie December 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Great idea! Thinking about doing it this year. So let’s see if I win.

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108 Aubien December 11, 2009 at 2:45 am

What a cute idea! I’d love to try a photo like this

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109 Aubien December 11, 2009 at 2:46 am

I’m a subscriber

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110 Aubien December 11, 2009 at 2:47 am

Newsletter subscriber!

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111 Aubien December 11, 2009 at 2:48 am

Your button is on my sidebar!

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112 Tammy Gordon December 11, 2009 at 5:07 am

Would love to win this!

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113 Tracey December 11, 2009 at 8:33 am

This is such an awesome idea! Would love to win!!

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