Monday, March 19, 2012

To give back just a little

I love this blog. Seriously. I feel like I found another one of the many puzzle pieces that makes me whole. I love spitting out some of the thoughts in this racing mind of mine, and that they're then picked up by a small little community that says "Huh uh me too!" And because of that I've come to the conclusion.....we're all normal. Or else we're ALL crazy. For real. But either way, the important thing is we're not alone, we're all a little more alike!

I had this idea for my birthday. But as it is with birthdays, they never come quick enough. Well.... at least the birthday gifts never come quick enough and that's what I was focused on!

But something else did come quicker that I was all, "Wait, I don't have to wait til my birthday, I can do this now." I'm running a half-marathon this Saturday. With 100's of miles of training, I deserve a new workout outfit, right? Obvi. Or....I could wear on oldie and give one of YOU a new outfit which I've been dying to do- that was my birthday wish! So I'm more than ecstatic to announce {a gift from me to you but really from you to me because I'm that excited to give it}.....

A GIVEBACK!

Simply because I love this blog. And I love Lululemon. And I love "Intuitive Eating." And when you love, you give! And I'm hoping that you all like these three things also- OR....are open to learning to like!

So here it is:
A $100 gift certificate to Lululemon, my absolute FAVE. They have clothes for men and women, so GUYS, don't be shy! Best workout clothes EVER.

A copy of the book Intuitive Eating. The best book ever to set your wandering mind free and learn to love yourself and food the way you should!

To enter:
All you have to do is leave a comment!

Now you know I was tempted to make you become a follower to enter. But I'm not going to do that. I do my best to be completely honest in everything I write and am gonna continue in that pattern. As an extension of that honesty, what I really want is for YOU to want to be part of this blog. If you don't, no hurt feelings, keep stopping in. And if you do....click on the "Join this Site" button on the side bar. And you better believe that I'll be checking my computer every 5 seconds to see if your smiling face is up there in the corner....right next to mine. Yes, I'm a follower of my own blog!

OK, I'll draw a winner on Friday whenever I blog, so nap time-ish.

xoxo gizay

134 comments:

  1. i LOVE this blog. it makes me feel more sane. :)i love how honest you are and down right hilarious.

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  2. Yeah! I'm the first comment! I must say your blog has been a lifesaver during the middle of the night baby feedings, I'm so grumpy so I take out my phone and pull up your blog and I'm totally entertained, so a huge thank you, love your writing style. Also I can't figure out who your sister is? Also good pic on lulu lemon '

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  3. Gay, I have been blog stocking you and your adorable family. You have been quite the inspiration to me to get back in shape, because you look so amazing!

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  4. Gay, love to read your blog whenever I can. It is refreshing to read your honest stories of motherhood. If only our two groups of Lauras friends could get together more...ill see when Laura has another baby:)
    Melissa Grasteit

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  5. you know i've always been a follower, but not i'm an official "follower"!! so fun to read and relate! amazing giveaway btw!!

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  6. Do you have a birthday every month?! Haha love ya!

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  7. Yay what a fun giveaway! I'll be honest, I'm totally blog-stalking you. But I just love your fun stories!! I have a blog too and feel free to follow, but fair warning: I'm not nearly as entertaining :) Hope you're well, Gay!

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  8. I love your blog! You have a way of saying things that make sense to all of us. I don't need a give away, but love your blog!

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    1. Thanks aunt deidra! Fun connecting with you through blogging!

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  9. You know I ain't got nothin but love. Plus I'm your running bud so I need to look cute while doing it! Love this!!!

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  10. ive always enjoyed reading your blog!! and ill gladly accept a gift card :)

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  11. Oh how I love your blog...and I've been dying to get some lulu lemon stuff but I'm too cheap! Good luck on your half this weekend, I can't wait to read about how it goes! Xoxo

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  12. Oh Gay you know I need a new workout outfit!! I always follow you and love to read what is happening over at your house. Love ya!

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  13. how i love workout clothes. they're my favorite. and i don't know if i'd be as generous as you on my birthday, but good for you. and have a good birthday.

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  14. Oh Gay this is so fun!!! I may be large and in charge now but in a few months I will be needing to get my butt in gear again. Love you blog girl- keep the posts a coming!

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    1. This could be life changing if you win, Al...you might start to like working out...their clothes are that good!

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  15. Glad Ali shared the info! I have heard about Intuitive Eating so many times - but never gotten it yet. I think I'm scared my "intuition" isn't there! Would love to check it out!

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  16. Love this! You're hilarious!

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  17. Great giveaway!!!!!!!! I hope I win so I can wear my Lululemon stuff while I read the book. :)

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  18. Just found your site but it looks great, I will definitely be checking back!

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  19. Love you Gay...and would love you even more after a Lulu Gift Card. I heart Lulu. Love ya! Kel

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    1. you and me both, i feel like Lulu should just hook us all up, right?!!

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  20. Happy Birthday to you and to me! :)

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  21. Just found your site and Wednesday is my birthday and I would love a Lulu gift card! You definitely deserve a new workout outfit for all the training you have done. I definitely think I run faster when I have a cute outfit on.

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  22. I found your blog about a week ago, and couldn't look away! I love it! I totally felt like a creeper though, but now I feel like I'm invited to creep! So blog-stalk you, I will!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent! (I hope I win!!!!)

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    1. Creeper nothing! Love that you've been looking in, join on in!

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  23. well aren't you just the nicest lady on the blogosphere! I hope I win! My 5 year old work out pants and shirts and starting to look a little ratty! I refuse to buy work out clothes...they are expensive and do nothing for me.
    Love ya girl!

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  24. What a fun blog- I was just introduced by my friend Cami. What a fun give away too! I finally went back to the gym after having my 2nd kid and I discovered real quick I was not up on the gym fashion!

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  25. Wahoo! Just found your blog and already love it!

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  26. How fun, I love LULU Lemons but have never bought anything because of the cost. I hope I win!

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  27. i have been reading your blog for a while and LOVE your style!! I also love lulu and that intuitive eating book sounds like something I need to read! ha!

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    1. Ahhh that makes me feel good to know you've been stopping in! And don't be scared of the book...you'll still be able to all the Oreos you want!

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  28. LOVE your cute blog...seriously I think you need to write a book you are so talented:)I feel like I know you even more when I read it ;) I'm gettin my rear in gear trying to get off this baby weight off...a cute outfit would make me feel all the better!

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    1. Exactly why I feel like I totally know you...even though we've maybe only met once!

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  29. Love your blog too! I agree on the writing a book too! I need need.soething aka new clothes to make this mama feel better about herself!

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  30. Rock on!!! I love ya Gay Gay :) I'm truly grateful you found your "outlet" so that I can read it everyday!!

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  31. Been dying to wear a ruffled lulu skirt in boxing! Love this blog, Love you and love that we are friends!
    Christy

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    1. If you don't win, I'll let Darshan in on your fantasy!

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  32. Heard about your blog through Cami Hickox! Can't wait to start stalking another fabulous blogger out there!

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  34. It made this mama's day to stumble onto your adorable blog via Cami's blog...this would be a great win as I am starting to work myself back to feeling human again after having two babies back to back...I love my girls, but they did a number on their mom! :) Fingers crossed! josi

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  35. I love your blog! and who doesn't love lululemon?

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  36. oh Gay can you believe I dont even own that book?! I think I should ;) I would love some new Lulu to get myself in!!! Thanks Gay!!!

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    1. K if you don't win, you know what your next christmas present is... and it's not the Lulu gc!!!! haha!

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  38. Gizay! Your blog is hilarious. Would lu, lu, luv anything from Lulu!

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  39. lululemon is incredible, If I could I would replace my entire wardrobe with wunder unders and tanks! Great give-away!

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  40. Love love love your blog!! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I have heard nothing but good about Lulu!!

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  41. PICK ME PICK ME! natj621@msn.com

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  42. Lulu lemon is A-MazinG!! Would love to have 100.00 there!!!!

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  43. Rachelmoncur@gmail.com

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  44. I decided that I'd better officially follow your blog since I read every post! Crossing my fingers for some new workout inspiration in the form of a book and some cute clothes. :)

    carriewoolley@gmail.com

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  45. I love Lulu Lemon!!!!!
    skyejohansen@yahoo.com

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  46. I love your blog! You arundo fun to read! I'd love to win! Ashleyjean312@gmail.com

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  47. count me in! I am a long time follower! ...and love your writing and your honesty!
    You are your own person and I love that about you. Wish we lived closer together...but i will just have to "hang' out with you through your blog and can't wait for our next "trip" together!

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    1. becca don't give up on us. I always tell yosh is CA doesn't work out, AZ is our next stop. I would LOVE being close. Until then I hope your mom keeps having your family vaca in Newport!

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  48. Oh my goodness...I love that this what we were waiting for, the big news.

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  49. What a great give away-Lulu Lemon!!! What a fun blog!

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  50. Lulu Lemon makes the idea of working out sound good.

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  51. Hey Gay, its Ali's friend Abbie. I love to jump from her blog to yours to read about your cute family and your insightful posts. I am super interested in the intuitive eating book and am running a half marathon in April and could definitely use a new outfit to boost my efforts...I am a firm believer that you run better if you feel good in what you are wearing!! Can't wait for future posts girl, good luck on the race!!

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  52. I just had a baby and would love to win this so I could be more motivated (and of course look stylin') to workout before swimsuit season gets here!

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  53. I love lulu and I would be thrilled to win ! I'm great friends with hailey and saw her post. Jatheler@gmail

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  54. Who doesn't love LuLu Lemon?? Can't wait to browse your blog:)
    brooke-baker@hotmail.com

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  55. I would go to the gym just to wear Lululemon. By far my fav work out stuff ever!! LUV your blog Gay! I look forward to reading it!

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  56. This is my first visit to your blog and I must say I'm intrigued! Hailey tipped me to the lulu giveaway (love me some lulu), and I'm glad she did! You're a must read!

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  57. I have to say i LOVE reading your blog. Sometimes i comment sometimes not but either way you are very entertaining and it's fun to get to know this side of you. You are an amazing writer. I have you as a link on my blog too! ps who doesn't LOVE some LULU...hello!

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    1. girl i thought you stopped your blog! thanks for being part of this!

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  58. WOWZERS, girl. You straight CA-RAH-ZY...but I love free stuff. You KNOW you want me to have it, GAY!!!!!!!

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  59. You know I love your blog, but I'll say it again (with or without a giveaway!) Love me some Girl Named Gay.

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  60. Does the $100 cover a top and bottom? I would have a hard time choosing which to go to the gym without;0)
    Like Kady said with or without the giveaway, I always love reading about my sis, her baby drama, and all the crazy! I can only relate!

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  61. Can I have a double entry for the lulu lemon since I already have the book?? Maybe a triple entry because I got it because you recommended it??? Anneli

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  62. Gay, everyday I check Facebook to see if you have posted your blog yet, I absolutely love it and share your funny stories with all my friends. :) I love your blog because you are you are HILARIOUS! And inspiring to me, as a soon to be graduate I think what am i going to do with my degree?? I just want to be a mom, what does that have anything to do with exercise science? Your blog inspires me because here you are busy with 4 kids, and you use your degree doing something you love! I hope I find that balance someday. I could use some great workout clothes, wearing mine everyday in my fitness classes they are getting nasty! Hopefully this book teaches Alex and I some good eating habits. Do you know how hard it is to get a Hansen to eat healthy?? Next to impossible.

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    1. well this was sweet, mariah! you'll figure out the balance of passion and kids when the time comes. it is a tricky balance but i guess that's what keeps us on our toes! good luck on graduating.

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  63. What an amazing blog you have here, so inspirational and entertaining! Plus who doesn't love some lulu lemon, so exciting!

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    1. Oh shoot I need your name or something!!!

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  64. 65 comments already? Yikes Gay! Does it help that I check for updates every day? Or that I don't even wait for google reader to tell me there is an update waiting to be read? I'm too impatient so I just type in the blog address, it seems to save some time every once and a while. Or that I talk about you like you're the funniest girl I've ever met even though I'm pretty sure we have yet to meet (RAGNAR SO. CAL should take care of that prob)
    I'll continue 'following' and sharing your fun blog with the girls at work - win or lose!

    Lucky #66! :)

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    1. oh shoot libby i should prepare you so you're not disappointed....i'm not very funny in person but thank goodness your sister is hilarious! but i'm sure we'll find a hundred things to laugh about during ragnar!

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  65. Awesome idea!!! So fun...I want to win! :)
    Thanks for making me laugh every single time you post!

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  66. Oh Gay you are wonderful!! You know I love you and read that blog whenever I'm online! Don't know what I would do without you and your amazing thoughts you share. Guilt free mothering has changed my life! So happy you love that book and yes OF COURSE I'd die for a new lulu outfit once the baby comes!!!

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  67. So nice of you to give what you want to someone else! Such a great idea! Your blog is darling. Thanks for the giveaway, I love giveaways!
    tiffanyjhatch{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  68. Comment! Smmoches...Tinelly

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    1. girl i was about to have to send you a personal text...glad you figured it out!

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  69. Gay your blog is amazing!!! You are such an excellent writer!!! And I couldn't agree more lululemon is the best store in the world! Hope I win :) lindseypizza@gmail.com

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  70. What a great giveaway! I <3 Lulu Lemon! :)

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  71. Found your blog through some high school friends and love it...for it's honesty and good laughs to boot!

    And what girl wouldn't love some LuLu!

    heatherdemke(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  72. Wowza!!! Look at all of these beautiful comments! You are loved.
    I need to sign up for a race to motivate this post baby body of mine, I think I will. Em

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  73. Hope you feel honored this us the first giveaway ever I've entered. Happy early birthday. You won't want to miss my big give away coming up on my blog...$1 to McDonald's. You can go nuts on their dollar menu

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    1. Wow the last robins standing…I was about to get nervous that I hadnt heard from you! I'll enter ur giveaway when i run out of my McDs gift cards that I keep locked away in my purse. You know I don't mess around with them. It's like free diet cokes.

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  74. Matt Anderson wants me some new girls work out clothes to wear.

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  75. Go big or go home! This is an amazing first giveaway! Thanks for being so generous and so rad. I dont own one piece of Lulu and I think it's time.
    Rachel Cowan

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    1. it's time, rach. it'll shave at least 10 seconds off your mile!

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  76. Go big or go home! This is an amazing first giveaway! Thanks for being so generous and so rad. I dont own one piece of Lulu and I think it's time.
    Rachel Cowan

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  77. Awesome giveaway! I heard about your blog from Rachel Cowan and will now be following! Love lulu lemon!

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  78. Glad I found your blog...I saw Kady's link on Facebook. I love Lulu too...even though I'm 6 months pregnant, there is nothing like getting some spensy active wear. As for Intuitive Eating--that is a great book...kind of a no brainer right? It's interesting that our society is so insanely fast paced and completely out of touch with our bodies that we need to read books that basically say, "stop eating when you feel full," and "listen to your body, not your addictive brain." Its enlightening though. I'm working with a few clients now (I've been in a Health counseling program for the last 6 months) and it's amazing how important this concept is for my clients ( as well as myself).

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  79. Love hearing your stories about being MOM. Can totally relate to you in so many ways. Thanks for sharing your talents and keeping it real :)

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  80. New follower of your blog! Me. :)

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  81. Love lulu lemon! I came here from Brooke's blog and I'm off to read more! Thanks!

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  82. Good luck on your race Saturday! Just came back from a run myself and will be running my first half in May! That is, if I make it till then!! =)

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  83. Heard a lot about lulu lemon. Would love to try it out!

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  84. Love LuLu Lemon!!!! excited to start following the blog im new :) thx!

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  85. OHHH I love lulu lemon . WEll, from afar I do anyways! I'd love some help with my behind lookin lovely! Sign me up for the drawing and thanks so much!

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  86. I'm new to your blog, sent by my cute niece Brooke. She is right, you are a fun kinda girl... It will be fun to "visit" you from time to time.

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  87. Wow Brooke is right, you really are awesome! Your kind generous heart is something to be admired, aspired to, and inspired. Stay golden.

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  88. Just found your blog through Brookie Babble. Awesome!

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  89. I just got sent over here by the lovely Brooke Ray, and I must say, she has great taste in blogs! I'm excited to keep reading!

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  90. That's so generous of you--and 12 miles--that's awesome. You've got to write about how you got out of your 10 minute mile rut and gained some speed.

    We met at your ward's (PP) Halloween party...and at Jackie F. a long time ago. I have a Porter also.

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    1. K now that u said u have a Porter I know exactly who you are!

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  91. Wow, Gay! Aren't you just the nicest blogger around?? I would love to win your giveback!! I'm so happy for you to have found this missing peice of yourself. :)

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  92. So generous!! I love the blog. Makes me smile!

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  93. Girl. Friend. Look at you! So much love I bet you are just about ready to explode. We all want/ need some Gay in our life. You know how I feel about you & your blog. Love you & love that you are giving back. You are one inspiring mama & friend. xoxo

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    1. can I just say that I love that two of my favorite people have joined the love circle?! yes, that means you whitney and you gay! Why can't we all just be friends? I'm mean seriously! Wouldn't it be awesome if the whole world ( by whole world I mean cool people only) could all be besties? Pure bliss I tell ya! I need to get more of my friends to become lovers! ;)

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  94. How sweet! I found you via Brooke White and if she thinks so highly of you, then you just have to be all that!:)

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  95. I'm excited for this book you've got me interested.. and I can always use some work-out clothes for lounging around the house in!!!!!! and the occasional exercise.

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  96. Found you through brooke's blog too.

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  97. I found your blog from your posts on facebook after we became FB friends, and I always look forward to your posts. I seriously think you should write a book, you have a great writing style. Was your degree in something like that? Anyways, thanks for sharing yourself with us!

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  98. That sounds awesome, Gay! You are too nice!

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  99. Not sure if the winner is picked lottery style but if it's based on best comment...from the day I met you on the carnival cruise I thought you were the coolest chick ever!!!

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  100. Gay I am feeling lucky!- Dee

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  101. I love reading your stuff! I need to be better at writing things down. You're setting a wonderful example.

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  102. i want this!!! oh my gosh i want this. but do i want to post it on my blog for readers to see so they come enter this too!?! :)
    yes i will!!!!

    but pick eme K?

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  103. Is it weird that I still want to call you Hermana even though it's been more than 10 years?! Anyway, I adore your blog and admire the way you are able to express your thoughts/feelings in words - a gift that I wish I had! So keep on writing and I'll keep on reading :)

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  104. Gay! how are you going to decide? there are so many people on here. love your blog though. you crack me up... in person and online.
    so glad you're a part of all of our lives. thank you for being YOU! Crazy and fun and always smiling.
    xx Katie R

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  105. I really enjoy reading your blog... makes me feel normal! And makes me laugh of course! I remember you were a great writer back in middle school, I think I may even still have a couple things you wrote, I'll have to dig those out some time :)

    Thank you for the recommendation on the book, I bought on kindle yesterday and am looking forward to reading it! I struggle with weight/dieting and would love to give myself a break... hoping this book will help me look at things differently. Keep up the awesome blog!

    -Laurie (Brader) Watson

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  106. Happy Birthday to you! (...and happy lucky day to whomever wins this fun giveback!) I'm happy to have found your blog via Brookie Babbles! :) Michelle

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