Thursday, November 4, 2010

Giving Back with NOVICA {GIVEAWAY}



This time of year, you often hear the phrase "It's better to give than to receive" but let's be honest - sometimes it's nice to receive too.  Luckily, by shopping with NOVICA, you can do both simultaneously!


NOVICA was started to help the artists and artisans of the world display their work to a global audience and it really does exactly that.  In conjunction with National Geographic, NOVICA sells products - home decor, jewelry, apparel, gifts and more - made by the citizens of Asia, Africa and Latin America.  What's great is that they let the artists list their products for free and allow them to remain fully independent - each seller is free to raise or lower his or her prices at any time - and I really like that they've set up a microfinance program to help the artisans finance their businesses by providing 0%-interest loans to those unable to obtain them from a traditional bank.  Just by buying, you're helping to change someone's life.  Now that's something I can get behind!

And while it's great to bean artisan on NOVICA, it's even better to be a shopper.  The site is filled with unique and beautiful pieces from all over the globe that you probably wouldn't find anywhere else.  You can read each artist's story while you browse their merchandise and it really personalizes the shopping experience.  Their products would make terrific presents for your friends and family - or even as a little splurge on yourself!  I love this gorgeous Turquoise Dazzle clutch from Radhika in India.


And the colorful Cat's Paradise bag from Brigida in Brazil looks like something you'd find at Anthropologie!


Gulam from India sculpts beautiful pieces out of soapstone, like this Moonlight Jasmine vase.


And the stunning Golden Garden Painted Glass Tray from Asunta in Peru would brighten up any party.

In addition to great gift ideas, NOVICA has a wonderful assortment of holiday decorations and accessories too.  This Ceramic Nativity Scene created by Feriburto in Peru would surely become a family keepsake.


As would the Christmas Dream Serving Tray from Luis in Mexico.


And I know the girls would enjoy hanging these Wooden Santa Ornaments from Made in Bali on the tree!


But my favorite section of NOVICA's site to browse has to be the jewelry.  There are so many amazing pieces that it's hard not to get overwhelmed.  Some of my favorites are the Midnight Express Necklace from Kalyani in India.


The Jasmine in Bloom Bracelet from Ploy in Thailand.


And the Free Spirit Cocktail Ring from Jenny in Indonesia.


When NOVICA offered me a $75 credit to use to try out their site, I added that ring to my cart immediately!  I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived within a week since I had no idea how long it would take to ship from Indonesia.  I opened the package and was so impressed with what I found!  There was a letter from Jenny with more of her story and this perfectly wrapped box.  The paper flower was so pretty.


And the ring inside the box was even prettier!


The stones are lovely and the quality of the ring is fabulous.  I wear it almost every day and always get compliments on it.



Excuse the pictures of my man hands but I love showing the ring off!


I enjoy a piece of jewelry as much as the next girl, but knowing that a local artisan like Jenny created my ring and actually received all of the money for it (as opposed to a middleman retailer) makes it that much more special to me.  So when you're doing your holiday shopping, consider visiting NOVICA and give a gift to more than just the people on your holiday list.


NOVICA is giving one lucky AFOMFT reader a gift as well, in the form of a $75 credit to their site!  To enter, visit NOVICA and post a comment here telling me what you'll put the credit toward if you win (this is mandatory).  For additional entries:
  • Subscribe to AFOMFT or let us know you are a subscriber.
  • Sign up for to the NOVICA newsletter (it's on the bottom right of their site).
  • "Like" AFOMFT on Facebook
  • "Like" NOVICA on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall telling them that A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS sent you. 
  • Ask your friends to "like" AFOMFT on Facebook by sending them this link - http://tinyurl.com/AFOMFTFBFAN - and post a comment here with the names of each one who does.  You'll earn one entry per new friend who "likes" our page and names will be cross-checked.  
  • Follow NOVICA & AFOMFT on Twitter (@novica & @AFOMFT or click the birdie icon on the sidebar) and tweet this post by clicking the graphic above or this giveaway:  It's the Holiday Happening on @AFOMFT with a giveaway-a-day all month! #Win a $75 credit to @novica now - http://tinyurl.com/AFOMFT
  • Click here to vote for AFOMFT on Top Baby Blogs and post a comment here that you did - Vote For Us @ topbabyblogs.com Top Baby Blogs.  You can vote once per day per computer so if you vote every day or on different computers, be sure to post one comment for each one.
  • Grab our button and put it on your blog or website and post a link here showing us.
  • Grab our HOLIDAY HAPPENING button and put it on your blog or website and post a link here showing us.
  • Blog or post on Facebook about this giveaway with a link to this post (worth 2 entries so please post two comments) and make sure your comments include a link to your status or blog post.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry (two if you've blogged about the giveaway) and make sure to include a link to your tweet, blog post, etc. All entries must be posted on AFOMFT as a direct comment to this post.  Comments on Facebook will not count as entries.  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and ends November 11th at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected by random.org and announced on AFOMFT on November 12th. If the winners don't contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Please note that NOVICA provided me with a $75 credit to try out their site for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation was received.  The opinions I've shared of their products are my own and yours may differ.

Images: NOVICA & AFOMFT
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217 comments:

  1. I would love to get the Eggshell mosaic bowl, 'Snow Ball' (large).

    autum22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Subscribe to AFOMFT rss feed through google reader.

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  3. Follow you both on twitter-@AutumH
    tweeted-http://twitter.com/AutumH/status/318149094277120

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  4. I love the Ruby Fantasy placemat set...that and a set of nice wine glasses would be perfect! :)

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  5. I love the Alpacan Wool swing sweater!!

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  6. I like NOVICA on FB and left a comment

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  7. I'd love to get some wall decor.
    mmayerfeld at gmail

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  8. I voted for you!
    mmayerfled at gmail

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  9. I'm actually in love with the Free Spirit Cocktail Ring you were showing in the blog. I would buy it with the $75.

    ahcastillo@yahoo.com

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  10. There are a number of items I like at this site and the Aluminum tray, 'Moorings' is one of them that I might put this towards.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  11. Novica has such beautiful things. If I were to win I would love to get the Sterling silver pendant necklace 'Angel Wings'. Fun giveaway - thank you for the chance to win! :)
    tyson 2468 [at] charter [dot] net

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  12. Following both via twitter @HeidiHMc and tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/HeidiHMc/statuses/440279505043456
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  13. Voted for you at Top Baby Blogs! :)
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  14. I like the cotton blouse 'hypnotic geometry.'
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  15. I subscribe via google reader
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  16. like you on fb bethany cardone
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  17. I'd get the Leather handbag, 'Basket of Dreams'
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  18. subscribe via email
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  19. follow you on facebook
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  20. Signed up for to the NOVICA newsletter
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  21. voted for you
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  22. I love the Orchid Shimmer Cotton Scarf!

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  23. I like you on Facebook (and off) haha!

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  24. Really?!? Just one favorite thing?!? I already fell in love with all of the photos you posted... and then I visited the site! A handbag or a clutch. A mirror or some earrings?!? What a tough decision this would be if I won...

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  25. I like NOVICA on FB and left a comment :)

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  26. Signed up for their newsletter

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  27. This is a hard decision, but probably the Mirror 'Poetry'
    myelevenreasons at gmail dot com
    Thanks, Becky Jane

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  28. Got your button!
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  29. Daily Vote for you @ Top Baby Blogs!
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    tyson 2468 {at} charter {dot} net

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  30. I liked the Sterling silver pendant, 'Shining Cross'.
    Carol L.
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  31. I voted for AFOMFT's.
    Carol L.
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  32. I am an email subscriber.
    Carol L.
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  33. I am a GFC follower under Lucky47.
    Carol L.
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  34. i would love to get this pretty bracelet:
    http://jewelry.novica.com/bracelets/favorites/sterling-silver-bangle-bracelet-balinese-weavings/176028/
    erinnicole14@gmail.com

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  35. i subscribe to your blog via email
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  36. i signed up for the novica newsletter
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  37. i like AFOMFT on FB (erin brady)
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  38. i wrote on novica's FB wall
    http://www.facebook.com/novica/posts/453478075835
    erinnicole14@gmail.com

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  39. tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/bradywadie14/status/971809998503936
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  40. i have your button on the right side of my page
    http://erinbrady14.blogspot.com
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  41. i have your holiday button on the right side of my page
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  42. i posted the link on my FB page
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=164402993582227&id=152691381437384
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  43. i posted the link on my FB page
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  44. Daily Vote @ Top Baby Blogs! :)
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  45. I would love a jewelry box for christmas. I like the Cedar and leather chest of drawers, 'Colonial Lace'. So beautiful!

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  46. Grabbed your button: http://bugger-dixonline.blogspot.com/

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  47. grabbed your holiday button: http://bugger-dixonline.blogspot.com/

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  48. blogged about your wonderful giveaways: http://bugger-dixonline.blogspot.com/2010/11/few-of-my-favorite-things-holiday.html

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  49. blogged about your wonderful giveaways:
    http://bugger-dixonline.blogspot.com/2010/11/few-of-my-favorite-things-holiday.html

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  50. I love the Leather shoulder bag, 'Milk Chocolate'

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  51. I get the novica newsletter as aleksa91 hotmail

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  52. I love the murano glass vase Tuxedo!
    haydensmommy05@hotmail.com

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  53. I subscribe by email!
    haydensmommy05@hotmail.com

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  54. I subscribe by novica newsletter!
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  55. I like you on FB!
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  56. I voted on my other computer :)

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  57. I would love to get the Soapstone jewelry box, 'White Rose' from India. That carving work is amazing.
    hotpepper71 at bell south dot Net

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  58. following you both on twitter as SnowflakeDay & tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/SnowflakeDay/statuses/1365191178584065

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  59. email subscriber
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  60. What a beautiful site! I can't wait to get some good Christmas gifts from there! I would get the Pearl beaded bracelet, 'Gift of the Sea'.

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  61. I signed up for to the NOVICA newsletter

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  62. I "Like" NOVICA on Facebook and left a comment on their wall telling them that you sent me :)

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  63. I follow both on twitter and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/jennmaron/status/1413601847934977

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  64. I'd get the Leather tote handbag, 'Modern Grape'

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  65. I like novica on fb as Dee G and wrote that you sent me: http://www.facebook.com/novica/posts/454065260835

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  66. I follow via gfc as DG


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  67. I like you on fb as Dee G


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  68. voted for today


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  69. email subscriber


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  70. I subscribe to novica's newslettter


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  71. follow you both and tweeted http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/1426610255298560

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  72. I would get the Wood Sculpture World Peace.
    missdeb1@earthlink.net

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  73. email subscriber
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  74. like you on facebook-debbie coyle
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  75. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=147345931978419&id=1449584700

    facebook posted :)

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  76. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=147345931978419&id=1449584700

    facebook posted :)

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  77. If I won, I'd use my credit toward purchasing this shawl, I'd use it for my wedding...

    Silk and pashmina shawl, 'Extravagant Lilac'

    ise_us@yahoo.com

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  78. I'm an email subscriber
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  79. I signed up for the NOVICA newsletter.
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  80. I "Like" AFOMFT on Facebook
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  81. I voted AFOMFT on Top Baby Blogs :)
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  82. I'm a twitter follower of NOVICA & AFOMFT and tweeted.

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  83. I would get Wood statuette, 'Nesting Penguin'

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  84. I like them on facebook and left post

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  85. Ifollow you both on twitter and I tweeted

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  86. I blogged http://bookskidsanimalsandmore.blogspot.com/2010/11/another-great-giveaway-from-afomt.html

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  87. I blogged http://bookskidsanimalsandmore.blogspot.com/2010/11/another-great-giveaway-from-afomt.html

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  88. I have both of your buttons
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  89. I have both of your buttons
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  90. Mahogany cross, 'Floral Grace' is GORGEOUS! I would want that!

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  91. You cute holiday button is on my blog!
    http://alililly.blogspot.com/

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  92. I would buy the Onyx and garnet waterfall necklace, 'Haven' but they have so many choices that it is hard to decide. Everything is so beautiful! Thanks!

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  93. I subscribed to Novica Newsletter under romapup at gmail dot com

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  94. "Liked" NOVICA on Facebook & told them you sent me!

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  95. Following NOVICA & AFOMFT on Twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/romapr09/status/1836926101364736

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  96. Voted for AFOMFT on Top Baby Blogs!

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  97. #1 Shared on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Roma10Max/posts/159807190722821

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  98. #2 Shared on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Roma10Max/posts/159807190722821

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  99. Love the ring idea - this one is my favorite: Chalcedony solitaire ring, 'Miracle'. It reminds me of a ring of my mothers that I've always loved.

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  100. I'd get the Citrine and amethyst flower earrings, 'Starflower'.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  101. I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  102. I'm a subscriber to Novica's newsletter/email.
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  103. I “LIKE” you on Facebook! ID: Lynda Castillo
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  104. I “LIKE” Novica on Facebook and commented on their wall! ID: Lynda Castillo
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  105. I follow you and Novica on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda
    I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/lyndadawinda/status/1871153157120000
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  106. I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs!
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  107. 1- I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
    http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/2010/11/novica-gift-certificate-giveaway_08.html
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  108. 2- I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
    http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/2010/11/novica-gift-certificate-giveaway_08.html
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  109. I grabbed your button and posted it here:
    http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  110. would go for: Clutch bag, 'Bold Elegance'

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  111. have the Holiday button on my blog

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  112. I would get the Silk handbag, 'Cinnamon Chocolate'
    alsmalu at hotmail.com

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  113. I am a email subscriber
    alsmalu at hotmail.com

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  114. I Like AFOMFT on Facebook
    alsmalu at hotmail.com

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  115. I Like Novica on Facebook and left message on wall.
    alsmalu at hotmail.com

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  116. I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs
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  117. I voted from my other computer

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  118. i like the Copper vase, 'Messenger with Llama'

    jessicacotten@gmail.com

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  119. blog follower!

    jessicacotten@gmail.com

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  120. "Like" AFOMFT on Facebook

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  121. voted on top baby blog!

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  122. blog button on blog!
    http://jessicacotten.blogspot.com/p/favorite-blogs.html
    jessicacotten@gmail.com

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  123. I would get the 100% alpaca wool sweater, 'Wine Bouquet' by Laura Anaya.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  124. Email subscriber.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  125. I am signed up to receive NOVICA newsletter.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. I like AFOMFT on Facebook (Elena Shkinder-Gugel).
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  127. I like NOVICA on Facebook and left a comment on their wall telling you sent me (Elena Shkinder-Gugel).
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  128. Follow NOVICA & AFOMFT on Twitter (@spelena) and tweteed:
    http://twitter.com/spelena/status/2509759668289536
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  129. Voted for AFOMFT on Top Baby Blogs.
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  130. I voted from my other computer

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  131. I'd put it towards the Revolution bracelet - I've been drooling over it for quite a while!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  132. Voted for you on Top baby Blogs
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  133. I like you on Facebook
    (as AdrianeCoros)
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  134. I like Novica on Facebook and posted you sent me
    (as AdrianeCoros)
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  135. I would love to get the elephant guardian bookends

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  136. I signed up for the Novica newsletter

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  137. I "like" Novica on Facebook and left a comment on their page!

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  138. I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs just now!

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  139. Voted (11/11) for AFOMFT on Top Baby Blogs.
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  140. i would like to have the coconut vase

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  141. email subscriber

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  142. like ATOMFT on facebook-lmurley2000

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  143. like novica on facebook-lmurley2000

    posted on facebook wall

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  144. follow both and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/lmurley2000/status/2791571393093632

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  145. I would love to get the pretty 100% Alpaca wool sweater, 'Winter Bouquet'. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  146. I'm an email subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  147. I'm a Novica newsletter subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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