Monday, December 20, 2010

Time for Me: Part 4 – Accessories and enter to win $100 Visa gift card

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Olay.

For the last 3-4 weeks, I have been focusing on spending a little more time on me.  Being the mom of two little ones (16 months) and (2.5 years), staying at home and maintaining our home, running my own children’s clothing business and blogging doesn’t leave me a whole lot of time for me.  But I think it’s important.  Isn’t it true that when we look good, we feel good?  I think so.

Last week I shared some of my favorite women’s fashion sewing tutorials with you.  Now if you are still unsure if you want to commit to making some of your own clothing either because you don’t have the time or your still not comfortable with your current weight or shape.  The next best thing is accessories!

You can instantly breathe new life into an outfit with accessories alone.  Take a plain t-shirt and jeans, add a fabulous necklace, some pretty earrings and some killer boots and you’ve got a new look in minutes.  Accessories are a very inexpensive way to spruce of your wardrobe.  And they are even more inexpensive if you make them yourself.

Here are some of my favorite DIY accessories tutorials:


1.  Girdy Belt by Katy from No Big Dill
2.     2.  Infinity and Beyond Scarf by Shannon from Luvinthemommyhood
3.     3.  Petal Clutch by Disney from Ruffles and Stuff
4.     4.  City Cowl by Annaleise from Aesthetic Nest 
5.   5.  Fall Flower by V & Co




6.     6.  Anthropologie Inspired Bag by The Boy Trifecta
7.     7.  Clutch by Little Big Girl Studio
8.     8.  Upcycled scarflett by Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
9.     9.  Ribbon Camera Strap Cover by Ashley from Lil Blue Boo

Now that I’ve taken some time out for me, I am feeling good!  I’ve got my new Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Mosturizing Lotion with Cooling Hydration that has given my skin a definite boost, my new cosmetics to accentuate my clearer skin, a list of wardrobe and accessories projects that I can’t wait to get started on.

So what will you do to take a little time out for you?  Do you have any projects on your “to-do” list just for you?

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127 comments:

  1. Like just about most other moms out there, my "to-do" list is all about stuff for other people i.e. hubby, kids or housework. It's hard to find time for just me but I'm trying to work on it. Lately it has been reading. I love to read but it has been hard to do with an infant grabbing at the book. Now that she's a bit older and will sit with her books while I read mine. soooo nice :)

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  2. I usually have a long to do list for sewing projects. As usual, my projects are stacking up. I actually got around to a me project a little over a month ago and I was so excited to make myself a new camera strap following your tutorial. Then our house was broken in into and my camera (including strap) was stolen. Back to the sewing machine I went to make a different strap. Of course I don't have a new camera yet, but the strap is ready. I have been searching for a new camera bag, and have come to the conclusion that I will need to make one for myself to get what I want, so that is my new project on my list. A girly bag for my new camera equipment- something I'll be proud to carry.

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  3. For me....this is a super hard question. I'm trying to be good and go to the gym. Alone. I've had to take Josh with me a few times and it's stressful! But as much as I hate the treadmill...half an hour....alone. It's worth it.

    amanda

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  4. I have a few things on my to do list for me, but they are on the back burner until i finish some things for my family and friends for Christmas. I do know that as soon as I have the time, I will be making a tree skirt and stockings for my house. Better late than never, right?

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  5. I have a HUGE list for myself...I am hoping to start with some cool pillows for my couch. I am just starting to sew and can't wait to add my touches around the house. Sewing has been my escape lately so even though it is sorta stressful since I don't know what I am doing, it is great to make something special and practice a new skill.

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  6. One main thing on my list right now is working on some purses and clutches :) You've got some great stuff on your list! Might have to use some :)
    kjadef(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Oh, I could so use that sweet visa card! I have a list of to-dos. I would love to do some scrapbooking, that would be for me. I am currently working on some crafty stuff to donate to our annual St. Jude Auction that we have every year during Super Bowl Weekend. But, as I have been gathering ideas for that, I have been seeing things I want to change around the house. My hubby thinks we need a bigger tv. Which means that I need a different entertainment center. That takes all the shelf space. So I would LOVE to order some big canvas' to go on our walls!

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  8. I'd like to get a haircut one of these days.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  9. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/16866578695983104

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  10. I admit with Christmas around the corner, there is very little for me on the to-do list. I have been using true free time for reading, nothing like escaping through a good book! I find nothing else can truly take my mind off of everything like that...Guess I would use the money to stock up on my book collection :)

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  11. Oh goodness, I don't even know how to answer that question! But I will say that I have wanted to learn to sew for quite some time. So now its just a matter of getting my hands on a machine and getting started. I'm really hoping to do that soon! So that is something I would like to do for "me". :)

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  12. This made me stop and think that I really don't take much "me" time. I am so busy crafting and sewing for others that I rarely make myself something, or do something just for me. Maybe I will treat myself to a pedicure this week... yes, that sounds nice!

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  13. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/utpegleg

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  14. If I cut down on sitting in front of the T.V. after cleaning the kitchen in the evenings, I could finally finish those curtains for my bathroom!

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  15. I want to learn how to crochet. My sister picked it up really fast and I hope she is going to teach me.

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  16. First off I want to get a massage, then a manicure and pedicure and then I will crochet a nice soft scarf for myself.

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  17. My to-do list usually consists of stuff for my girls. But after Christmas I am making myself a new purse! It's time to graduate from the diaper bag. :)

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  18. I'm awaiting the birth of my first child and would love to get my hair done once the baby is born!

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  19. I am planning a bedroom re-do sometime next year. Can't wait to love my bedroom as much as I love Reese's :)

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  20. I would love to buy a new home...we've been looking, and while $100 wouldn't buy a house, it certainly would come in handy. Thanks for offering! Merry Christmas

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  21. My me time is spent entering giveaways on the computer. So many great prizes: so little time
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. Lindsay,
    I, like most moms, always pick up something here or there for the little ones and never think for a moment about getting something for myself. I guess if I had to spend $100 on myself i'd probably buy some new shoes or clothes. I tend to let my wardrobe suffer and "make do" with what I have.
    Thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas!

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  23. I go to the movies or read a book.

    MCantu1019 AT aol DOT com

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  24. A manicure/pedicure and a massage. Also yoga class. :o)

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  25. I have not been spending much time for me. Now that my baby is a bit older I HAVE to find some time for exercise!

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  26. I have a few projects I want to sew for myself, and at the top of the list is a cute but easy purse I saw online.

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  27. I'd do more yoga or reading.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  28. tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/17116727670214657

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  29. tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/nellybarney/status/17106481694380032

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

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  30. i would love to start working out, but for now the thing i like to do for me is crochet or sew. it helps me relax and makes me very happy!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

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  31. I have so many projects on my 'to do list for me' but never get to them because of stuff for everyone else. But I do love to get a pedi once in a while!

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  32. I have a dress cut out. If I ever get to it that would be the project I would do for myself.

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  33. I love the petal purse. It's just soooooo super cute...

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  34. I'm hoping to scrapbook a December daily album this weekend, that's just for me. Playing with my scrapbook toys and enjoying the many photos I've taken this month already.

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  35. Now that my holiday rush is over, I'm taking some time to knit and sew some items just for me during the holiday break!

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  36. I take time out to read

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  37. http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/17375695445426177

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  38. I L.O.V.E. your blog! I too am a busy, working mommy that rarely takes time for myself. Please keep blogging! Love the recipes, accessories, all of it!!

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  39. Its kind of difficult to make things for myself after spending all day making chainmail jewelry and accessories for customers. However, I try to take a little time to make myself a new necklace or armband, particularly in Steampunk style since friends have talked us into attending some conventions this year.
    chainmail (at) iwon (dot) com

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  40. I tweeted this
    http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/17402772190138369

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  41. I like to scrapbook when I have some time to myself.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  42. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/17411865235685376
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  43. We're in the process of finishing our basement and decorating a nursery! I'm treating myself to a sewing/project area in the basement, so that will have to suffice for a while. Maybe I'll sew myself some things when I get all set up!

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  44. Thanks for all the great posts! I love the Girdy Belt, and I am definitely going to make one of them!! When I find the time. I work full time and I have a pile of movies checked out from the library that I am going to watch.. Just for me, no action here!!

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  45. I try to do small things for myself so I feel better. Happy mommy, happy baby! Sometimes it is a nap in favor of neglecting laundry, but I simply have to do it for my health.

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  46. Tweeted!http://twitter.com/vivalameaganx3/status/17607603785830400

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  47. Reading a good book helps me stay calm and relaxed!

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  48. I would go cross country skiing in the moonlight!

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  49. I make sure I get time to read (almost) every night before bed. It helps me relax!

    shaerem at hotmail dot com

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  50. What I do to take time for me is read a magazine. I just find it so relaxing! Thanks for this giveaway!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  51. I take time for me by taking a bath each morning instead of a quick shower. It's nice and warm and a great place to think without interruption. :)

    As far as making things for myself, I have two lap quilts planned out for myself. I love having a blanket on at all times. :)

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  52. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/17791637719621632

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  53. http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-do-bloggers-keep-lifes-stress-off_22.html

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  54. i take time for myself each afternoon by taking a nap!

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  55. i tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/bellows22/status/17804462546493440

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  56. I have on my to-do list these things: flower necklace, fabric flower pin, and ruffle a shirt...I do other projects for gift giving!

    leahforlove at aol dot com

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  57. http://twitter.com/#!/leahforlove/status/17913511610941440

    leahforlove at aol dot com

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  58. I get up at 5 a.m. before everyone else and go for a run. Makes me a totally different person inside and out!

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  59. I am a crafter, too, but my pleasure is in makiing things for other people! I take great joy in sewing little things and slipping them into the mail to people as surprises.

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  60. I USUALLY TEND TO SHOP @ THE DOLLAR STORE TO SAVE ME MORE TIME FOR MYSELF... WHEN OF WHICH I ENTER GIVEAWAYS- SEE HOW IT ALL WORKS OUT? LOL kytah00@yahoo.com

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  61. TWITTERED twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/18527577115205632 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  62. My to do list is getting up every morning at 6:00, making coffee, then after getting everyone on their way...I start on the housework. And I try to exercise while I work around the house. In the evening I try to cross stitch a while before bed. Paula C. paulasue39@yahoo.com

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  63. Tweet http://twitter.com/Sexyknickers68/status/18530537052315649 paulasue39@yahoo.com

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  64. I'm finally going to take an art class starting next month :)
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/18598669276155904
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. I'm retired so I get a lot of "me time" now :)
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I'm on vacation this week, and instead of focusing on the kids needs ( I need that plenty as I got ready for Christmas), I'm going to be doing things to get MY life organized. I'm cleaning out my closets, organizing my office, etc.

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  68. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/18621790733467648

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  69. i am getting a long overdue pedi
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  70. I take time out. I need time to breath and be quiet. That is for me and I need it.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  71. tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/18667375691829248

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  72. On my list of to dos is to organize my blog posting schedule for 2011 - I need to get on it :)

    gina.m.maddox AT gmail.com

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  73. http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/18683137793986560

    tweet!

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  74. I take time out to use my Olay moisturizer every day and at the age of 71 I realy need it. lololo
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  75. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/marybug2/status/18747784299544576
    marybug2 at yahoo.com

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  76. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/18885487720669185

    Thanks

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  77. I'm cleaning out closets and determined to strip down to a leaner, cleaner home in the new year.

    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  78. Tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/#!/Jayne_Martin/status/19073876646428672

    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  79. I would love to find some time for myself to relax and read. I hate to say I have a New Year's Resolution, but, I do plan on getting back into an exercise routine (which I have let go for the last few months).

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  80. I'd like to take some time out to get my hair cut. It's been a long time since I went in somewhere to do that
    ziggyga athotmaildot com

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  81. tweet
    http://twitter.com/gnwg/status/19119124902842368

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  82. The first project on my to-do list is to play with my new iPad and figure out what apps I want to load and use.

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  83. My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/19120002451898368

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  84. I love to read or go shopping "all by myself!" :)

    blondemomblog @yahoo.com

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  85. I always keep a long list of projects that I'd like to do someday. But tomorrow night, when I'll have the whole house to myself for a couple hours, I'm going to run a fragrant bubble bath, light some candles in the bathroom and simply relax.

    dogsrock at insightbb dot com

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  86. Having recently lost 100+ pounds, I'm spending more me time working out to try and undo the damage the excess weight has done to my body. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  87. If I could, I'd go dirtbiking with my family more. I also need to get a haircut.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  88. http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/19142101581168640


    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  89. I put on some jazz along with pouring a glass of wine for me time.

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  90. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/LuigiFranco/status/19175034031439872

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  91. I need to get back to my jewelry making. I really enjoyed it and while it feels like years it has only been a few months. But that was my zen time. My creative time. My relaxation time.

    mrssquigg @ gmail.com

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  92. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/mrssquigg/status/19192775639564288



    mrssquigg @ gmail.com

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  93. One of my to-do list is to organize my closet and start scrapbooking. I have started setting aside an hour a day during the holiday break to do this. Thanks!
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  94. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/mandalarctic/status/19203272636112896
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  95. What I do to get a little "me" time is I wake up earlier everyday to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and get a chance to read. Also, I go jogging Saturday and Sunday before noon! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  96. tweeted thanks so much! :)

    http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/19208069967773697

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  97. I bought some great fabric on sale about 2 weeks ago and tomorrow I have a day off....it's time to learn how to use my sewing machine and sew myself a table cloth which is about the easiest project I can think of for a newbie.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  98. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/19226834872832000

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  99. I have a list of several movies I'd like to watch.

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  100. http://twitter.com/#!/prizepuzzle/status/19237176403296256

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  101. i have a huge list of crafts, lots of sweater refashions and sewing! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  102. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/19268332100259841 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  103. I plan to do some recreational sewing in the next week or so!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  104. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/FakeGradSchool/status/19271240023801856

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  105. I would love to take the time out for a massage
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  106. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/19286987030663168
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  107. I take time out for me by spending time with my luscious tropicals, trimming and grooming them.

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  108. I seem to spend all my creative time making things for other people. I've started knitting a sweater for myself but somehow I think it will never get finished.

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  109. Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/19315877304344576

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  110. I go swimming 3 times a week. Thanks for the contest.

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  111. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/12/win-100-from-blogher-and-total-effects.html

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  112. I love getting massages when I can afford it...especially sinus massages. That may sound odd, but it feels incredible to have your face/head/neck massaged, especially if you suffer from migraines like I do!
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  113. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/19428239181094912
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  114. When I need a little time just for me, I go to bed early and read for hours. It rejuvenates me!

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  115. I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/19459978465120257

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  116. When I have time to myself, I have a myriad of hobbies that I enjoy including but not limited to: knitting, watching movies, reading, hiking, biking, listening to music, relaxing by candlelight with my partner, etc. All are a treat in my hectic life.
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  117. my tweet http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/19448376483385344
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  118. I would love to make more time to read. I used to read all the time before having my 2 kids, but I am lucky to get in a few hours of reading time a week now.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  119. tweet
    http://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/19490159468744705
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  120. i love to read books

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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  121. http://twitter.com/#!/purplelover04/status/19495094981758976
    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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  122. I like shopping sometimes (especially at thrift stores to find great deals) and buying a nice new outfit. Thanks for letting me enter the contest! - Email is in my Blogspot profile.

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  123. My project just for me is making a doll house. I've been working on it 11 years now, but I'm determined to finish in 2011.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  124. I blogged
    http://lunaj14568.blogspot.com/2010/12/blogher-and-olay-giveaways.html

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  125. My "ME TIME" is when I'm on my computer and I enter great giveaways like this one.

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  126. I like to take time to do my nails.

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