5 Minutes for Books: Taking Care of Your Girls

by Jennifer Donovan


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It’s that time again. In October of each year the color is pink and we think about our girls a lot more than we usually do.

Because I have a pre-pubescent tween daughter in my house, I’ve actually been thinking a lot more about them in general. This summer we shopped for bras. They are much less bra-like than I remember my training bras being (Does anyone else remember those triangles covered with the lace mesh type material with the pink rosette in the middle?). They are really just like a smaller more bra-like cami. She needed these for an extra layer of coverage and for the social necessity of changing for gym in her new intermediate school, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that before too long, we might be moving towards cups.

I say that to say that when I got a copy of Taking Care of Your Girls: A Guide to Breast Health for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens, I was interested. I wanted to learn about what I should tell her, what she might want to know, and honestly, I thought that I might learn some stuff about breast health, too, which is more on my mind as I near forty.

It didn’t really teach me much that I need to know at my age. It’s not that kind of book. This book is formatted in the way that I believe is best for non-fiction books for or about tweens and teens: It is full of quotes and questions from the target group, and it is written by a mother-daughter team — breast-health doctor Marisa C. Weiss and her college daughter Isabel Friedman. It’s the perfect combination. Weiss gives the facts straight and Weiss fills them in with a real girl’s reaction to the facts by sharing her own stories, those of her younger cousin, or those of the many girls who were interviewed for this book.

Topics covered include

  • breast development
  • breast size and shape (diagrams included!)
  • noticing and checking from breast changes
  • stretch marks, breakouts, and rashes
  • self-image and teasing
  • bras
  • dress to express
  • and even padded bras and surgery to change your size

In reading this book, you won’t learn about the best diet to ward off breast cancer (although a general diet and lifestyle facts that reduce the risk), or when exactly you should get that baseline mammogram, but if you have a daughter from age eight or nine on up through young adult, you will find out what she is wondering about her breasts. After reading it yourself, you can pass it on to her to read, or share with her in bits and chunks.

We have 5 copies of Taking Care of Your Girls, to give away to U.S. or Canadian residents. Leave a comment here to enter. I’ll announce the winners in next week’s column.

The winners of last week’s book The Vegan Lunch Box are #45 Mia J. and #55 Diane G.

And since the Harry Potter 10th anniversary giveaway is now over, I can announce those winners as well:

The grand prize winner of a complete set of the Harry Potter books in hardcover along with the 10th anniversary edition of the Sorcerer’s Stone is #11 Darla Kidder.

And the four winners of the 10th anniversary edition of the Sorcerer’s Stone are
#160 Cythia Mccoy
#199 Mama Zen
#243 Sylvia
#32 Debbie



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Ruth :) October 6, 2008 at 6:50 am

A great resource – I’m a Mommy of two beautiful girls :)

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2 Paper Bridges October 6, 2008 at 8:11 am

hope I win :)

monica

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3 Connie October 6, 2008 at 8:17 am

This looks like a great for my 2 oldest and I to read together and discuss.

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4 Lis Garrett October 6, 2008 at 8:26 am

My daughter is nine, and I’ve noticed many of her other friends are already developing. I know she won’t be far behind. EEKS!

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5 Victoria Nemecek October 6, 2008 at 8:29 am

This sounds like a great book!

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6 Angela at mommy bytes October 6, 2008 at 8:56 am

This looks like a great book. Excellent giveaway!

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7 Ashley - The Adventures of Supermom October 6, 2008 at 9:28 am

This would be a great book for my mom. My sister just started hitting that stage.

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8 jenna October 6, 2008 at 9:57 am

a very good idea for a book! I’d love to win.

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9 GreenJello October 6, 2008 at 10:27 am

Since I have seven daughters/step-daughters, this would be a welcome addition to our home library. Thanks in advance! ;)

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10 Petula October 6, 2008 at 10:54 am

I would love to give this book to my teen daughter. I think it’ll be good for her to read for herself and for her beginning knowledge for her preparation as a pediatrician… she’ll have something to recommend to her patients! :)

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11 Buttercup October 6, 2008 at 10:55 am

I’d like to share this book with my daughters

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12 Org Junkie October 6, 2008 at 11:13 am

My daughter is 11 and this sounds like a perfect book for us!

Laura

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13 Laura October 6, 2008 at 11:18 am

I’d love to read this.

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14 Michele October 6, 2008 at 11:20 am

Sounds like a great resource!

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15 Natalie October 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm

As the mother of 2 girls this would be perfect for me (and them!). :)

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16 Mama Zen October 6, 2008 at 1:19 pm

I would love to win this for my niece!

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17 Tamara (AK) October 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I have lots of daughters I could share this with!

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18 MamaMay October 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm

I know a preteen that could use this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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19 Desiree October 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Hi! Fabulous idea for a book. I could use all the helpful information possible… I have two daughters. My 8 YO is just beginning to ask more questions about bras. I’ve still got a bit of time with my 3 YO though!
Thanks!
Ciao

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20 Tonya Froemel October 6, 2008 at 6:36 pm

great book count me in

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21 Ana October 6, 2008 at 6:39 pm

nice book

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22 Susan Smith October 6, 2008 at 6:46 pm

This book would be great for my daughter

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23 Denise October 6, 2008 at 6:47 pm

I’d love to win!

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24 Sandy October 6, 2008 at 9:01 pm

very needed book

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25 Jenn S. October 6, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Would love to win this book. Sounds very informative.

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26 Tara R. October 6, 2008 at 10:19 pm

my girls could DEFINITELY use some care :)

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27 Melanie October 6, 2008 at 10:26 pm

My DD just turned 10, and it will be “that time” all too soon – count me in!

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28 Corrie C October 7, 2008 at 1:05 am

great prize

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29 Terra Heck October 7, 2008 at 3:44 am

This would be a good book for my teenage daughter.

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30 zukppr October 7, 2008 at 5:55 am

:::sigh::: the timing of this one couldn’t be more appropriate for us. We’ve entered the stage where the girls are emerging. Where has the time gone?

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31 Michael Capp October 7, 2008 at 8:28 am

I’d love to win this for my tween daughter.

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32 Susan C October 7, 2008 at 8:31 am

My 11 year old niece has started developing-I would love to give her this book!

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33 Amy Tucker October 7, 2008 at 9:55 am

Great blog and website. Thank you for all your great reviews.

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34 Mary Marlatt October 7, 2008 at 10:43 am

This would be a great resource for our church “Day of Beauty” (inside & out) for tween and teen girls.
Thanks!

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35 Allegra Brockelman October 7, 2008 at 11:23 am

Great prize. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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36 Abby October 7, 2008 at 11:26 am

I have two daugthers who I think would benefit from this!

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37 Denise October 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

This sounds like a great book for my 8 yr old daughter.

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38 Sara Borrink October 7, 2008 at 12:58 pm

This book will be great for my two girls.

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39 Striving\Tessa October 7, 2008 at 2:14 pm

This would be great. I have 4 girls, but only one right now who is going through those most wonderful changes, (oozing sarcasm) Thanks for the chance.

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40 M.A. October 7, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Mother of three girls. Grandmother of four girls. This sounds great.

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41 Linda October 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I am a subscriber.

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42 Kathy Scott October 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I lost my mom to breast cancer at 38. I am hoping not do do this to my kids.

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43 susan varney October 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm

well ok

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44 Millicent C. October 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Wow what a great book for girls! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

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45 Martha C October 7, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I would have loved this book a few years ago. I am sad to say that she has caught up with my cup size already at 13! That’s just my luck!

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46 melissa October 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm

i would love to win this! thanks for the contest!

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47 1stopmom October 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Living in a house of three girls this book will be very welcome.

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48 Rosanne Morrison October 7, 2008 at 8:24 pm

We have the breast cancer gene in our family-would love this for my granddaughters

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49 Diane October 7, 2008 at 8:45 pm

I could so use this for my daughter.

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50 Angel October 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm

pretty cool

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51 Jill Miller October 7, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Gotta love that title! I would love to win this.

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52 Hollie P. October 7, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Sounds like an interesting book to share with my daughter! :-)

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53 Tanya Moyer October 8, 2008 at 2:17 am

This would be a great book to read with my oldest daughter. Great giveaway – thanks for offering!
~Tanya
the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

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54 sandra kao October 8, 2008 at 10:02 am

would be a great tool for my nieces entering this phase in their lives

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55 charline s October 8, 2008 at 10:53 am

What a great book would love to read it

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56 tanya October 8, 2008 at 3:27 pm

I have two tween girls so..

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57 tim brown October 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm

THANK YOU GOD BLESS

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58 Valerie Mitchell October 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm

What a wonderful prize!

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59 Teresa Iverson October 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm

What a great prize this would be for my daughter!

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60 Danielle October 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm

As a mother of 3 girls, this will be rather helpful.

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61 Kari Follett October 9, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I only have one daughter but i could really use this!

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62 Noelia Gutierrez October 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm

This is a great book for everyone, I would love it and then I would pass it on. thanks

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63 Heather Sebastian October 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

This is a great resource!

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64 Lenora Garrett October 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

I would love to win this, and pass it on to all the girlfriends when I was done.

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65 Angie P. October 10, 2008 at 8:02 am

I’ve got a daughter just at that age, so I’d love to get an idea of what’s going through her mind about these body changes. She’s not sharing when I ask!

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66 Rebecca October 10, 2008 at 11:01 pm

This would be helpful!

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67 Rebecca C October 11, 2008 at 1:30 am

I would love to win this.

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68 Virginia Murr October 11, 2008 at 1:35 am

This is such a good idea for a book! Kudos to the authors — and to you (the owners of the site) for pointing it out. Breasts are an integral part of growing up, and it is so important that our young girls know how to take care of them. I have two girls myself, and sometimes it is better for “someone else” (a book) to tell them the details that they may be too shy to ask about, or details that us moms may not think to include.

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69 Erma Hurtt October 11, 2008 at 8:12 am

I hope I win.

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70 Sherri Siler October 11, 2008 at 10:01 am

This would be great to have.

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71 Shaun Davis October 11, 2008 at 10:47 am

I have a fifteen-year-old daughter. My wife and I really could use the help in talking to her about these things. Glad I discovered this book! Great prize!!!

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72 Julie W. October 11, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I’d love to win. With 3 girls right in a row I am a little worried about how to get this all out in the open comfortably.

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73 Becky Grayson October 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I would love to win this for my son and DIL who have two girls. I only raised boys but we raised them to ask any and all questions no matter if they thought it was a dumb question or not because no question is dumb.

Thanks for the great contest.

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74 Cassandra October 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm

This is great!

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75 Ed Nemmers October 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Happy weekend!

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76 Heather C October 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm

This would be a great thing for my daughter. Poor thing. I hope she doesn’t take after ‘my girls.’

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77 Tara October 11, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Great review for what looks like a really helpful book for my and my tween.

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78 Jennifer Short October 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Please enter me.

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79 Angela Palmer October 11, 2008 at 11:24 pm

My daughter’s “girls” snuck up on her this year. I’m sure she could use this book.

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80 Julie Donahue October 12, 2008 at 12:23 am

My daughter is only 5, but I don’t think it will be long. YIKES!

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81 Zoe Lee October 12, 2008 at 1:14 am

Thanks for the fab contest…girls will be girls.

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82 Lara Aleff October 12, 2008 at 2:27 am

This is a book that every woman needs to read!

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83 Rose Roberts October 12, 2008 at 2:29 am

please enter me – my girls’ grandmother (dad’s side) died from breast cancer – what a great book!

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84 Veronica Garrett October 12, 2008 at 9:12 am

I would love to win this book. I have a granddaughter who is at this age.

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85 kathy pease October 12, 2008 at 10:37 am

PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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86 Jane Hoh October 12, 2008 at 11:11 am

I keep coming back more and more to this site..keep up the great work.

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87 Carla Pullum October 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I have 2 daughter this would be great!

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88 Gaye McGill October 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Looks like a great book for all the “girls” in my family.

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89 Amy October 12, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I’ve got 5 wonderful girls ranging in ages from 15 yrs to 5 weeks and this would be a great book to share with each of them. I actually had a guy come up to me the other day while I was sitting on a bench nursing the 5 week old and I swear his eyes never made it past the boobs. He stopped just briefly, said “Nice girls” and walked away! In today’s day and age, nothing surprises me anymore but this stunned me at first and then absolutely made me laugh.

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90 kathy pease October 12, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Erin – fresh – 1/2 pound palm container candle

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91 Renee We October 12, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I am a breast cancer survivor. I have 4 girls.

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92 Jennifer C October 12, 2008 at 6:07 pm

What a great book! I would love to win a copy for my daughter – no “girls” yet, but time goes so quickly…

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93 Janet October 12, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Great prize. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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94 Timothy Sternberg October 12, 2008 at 7:07 pm

A great resource.

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95 Karen Everrett October 12, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Being the mom/stepmom of 4 girls ages, this book would be a way to ease into talks with the stepdaughters.

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96 Elizabeth October 12, 2008 at 9:08 pm

My ten year old daughter and I need all the help we can get!

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97 Amanda Caruthers October 12, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Great book! My niece’s great grandmother, grandmother, and aunt are all breast cancer survivors!

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98 Mary Roberts October 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm

awesome book

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99 Donna Kozar October 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Please, count me in.

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100 Lily Kwan October 12, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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101 kathleen Yohanna October 13, 2008 at 2:54 am

I want to take care of my girls. I hope I win. Thanks for the contest.

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102 dawn October 19, 2008 at 10:37 am

I HAVE TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS, THIS WOULD BE GREAT

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