Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A back-to-school giveaway...for moms! Chic necklace, anyone?



The kids got new clothes and school supplies; you deserve something new, too, and I'm not talking about a pencil case. I am a huge fan of the jewelry from Lisa Leonard Designs. It's quirky, pretty and fun, all at the same time. I own one of her necklaces, and I get compliments whenever I wear it.

The lovely Lisa has generously offered to give two of you a Kisses & Hugs necklace, each worth $56. To enter, just leave a comment about what you hope to achieve this school year! Me, I'm on a continued quest for more patience.

I'll randomly pick two winners by Sunday at midnight.

UPDATE: It's best if you could leave a comment using a registered Blogger.com I.D. If you leave a comment as "Anonymous," you must leave your name and e-mail address in order to be eligible.

108 comments:

  1. My hope for this school year is no more hospital admissions!

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  2. I hope to become more organized so I can be a better mom! And to turn off this damn computer!

    Pick me!

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  3. I really hope I can get the house organized and keep it that way.

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  4. Woot woot! Close the contest now so I can actually maybe win! LOL

    My mantra this year is patience and confidence. Last year kicked my ass as a teacher, so I figured this all out on vacation right before school started. It helps, and so far so good!

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  5. Those necklaces are too cute! My goal this year is to not let my stomach turn to ice every time I get a call for a parent - teacher conference.

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  6. My hope is simple: to get through this pregnancy and the arrival of baby number 3 ;-). I am not even trying to think beyond that!

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  7. With our school schedule, we are just a week away from 1st quarter parent-teacher conferences. The goal for 1st quarter was to make sure we all got enough sleep and had things like backpacks ready the night before. We weren't perfect, but a whole lot better. For the 2nd quarter we need to do a better job of keeping the house picked up and clean and do all we can to avoid H1N1.

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  8. My goals for the year - continue to try to step outside of my safety box. Do good for others. Be an example of kindness and compassion. Get inside my 15-year old's head. Figure out how to mellow out some of those republicans!

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  9. My goal for this school year would be: to try to get my house organized so that everytime we need something I don't have to spend so much time searching for it......and to spend more time with Corey 'listening' to how his day at school was and not be so caught up on his grades.....but to appreciate 4th grade a little more!

    And Thank You for the opportunity to enter the drawing!

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  10. I hope to be able to drop my daughter off at school and have her not cry so hard she throws up. I hope we don't get swine flu. I hope my son will sit in his seat for snack time, and any other time the teacher tells him too. I hope we don't have pt/ot/speech every time the class wants to get together for a play date. I hope my hubby and I get to have our lunch dates again.

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  11. OMG...I totally love Lisa Leonard's jewelry - and her blog! But, Gavin's not in school. What to do what to do. Well, my hope for this *preparing for him to go to school* year is that I accept that he will be 3 next year...and to start looking for the school that accepts Superheroes. I want him to fit in and all...

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  12. I would like to get more involved in the schools this year.

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  13. Fabulous contest! Thanks for doing this!

    My twins just started preschool, and I just began my 14th year as an autistic support teacher, so this is a terrific question to ask myself right now.

    As a teacher, I always hope to push my kids further than anyone expects them to be able to go. The past couple of years I have been super focused on my boys' special needs at home, so I hope and I refocus on my students and really excel again at work.

    As a mommy of brand new preschoolers, both of whom have special needs, I am challenging myself to believe that they will be successful outside of the safety of our home. Due to the trauma of their premature birth and their subsequent special needs, I have somehow become so fearful that no one will ever be able to provide them with everything they need to be successful. They have come so far already with all of their therapy, and I have to trust that they are ready to enter the big wide world and show everyone how amazing they are!

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  14. AH I've wanted one of these forever. I keep going to her site and looking at all the cool stuff, but then something else comes up that I need to spend the money on!!!

    I wanna win! Pick me, pick me!!

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  15. I hope that my twin daughters have a wonderful start in school and make some friends along the way. My personal goal is to show Claudia how to be a good advocate for herself by being one myself.

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  16. Those are beautiful necklaces, but please don't pick me because I just don't ever wear anything around my neck--and I know there are folks here who really are COVETING them!

    What I hope for in this school year are no (or few) "transitional" meltdowns (when the schedule changes, we have at least one blow-up, sometimes more), a healthy and safe school year, and that the school administration gets off my "aaaahs" about their damn church, which I have absolutely no interest in joining. I do my saving at the savings bank!

    My kids (both, this year, as the youngest is now old enough for a half day pre-K program) go to a Christian school, and no offense to Christians, but I just don't go for that "organized religion" stuff and I don't feel a need to give some fat guy in a shiny suit or some man in a dress a tenth of my meager salary on top of paying the fees for the kids (which I could not do alone without the help of their grandparents) in order to get some magic deity in the sky to "like" me or listen to me--I don't need or want a phone operator or a translator, thanks anyway.

    The reason they're at this school is because I am, to be blunt, worried about bullying in our public school district (which is heavy on kids and short on teachers), the class size at the private school is really small, they're accomodating to my kids, and at least three of the teachers have special needs kids and are wired into the issues associated with that (they get a lot of "customers" because they do a good job on that score). If it weren't for the damn religion (again, no offense to those who like that stuff), it would be a great school. It's close enough to WALK to, too, which is good in bad weather or when the car is acting up.

    There are just one or two people in the administration who are always trying to save my soul, and I tell them--over and over again-- politely to back off, yet every few months they come back at me again, like they think they'll wear me down or something. I tell them they're having the opposite effect but they are totally tone deaf. We'll see how it goes this year.

    We have "Welcome Back" Day on Friday (which is also when they get the parents to fill in their volunteer forms) and then start back in earnest next week. Here's hoping for the best.

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  17. I hope to have a great LAST school year as my sons are seniors. I hope I am able to thank the MANY wonderful people that made a difference in my sons lives, many who are now my friends. I hope to forgive and forget the maybe three or four that did something totally wrong!! Last I hope to be rememebered as a parent that loved her sons, worked hard to help them be their best and was a team member with the professionals in our school system!

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  18. This school year, I hope to master getting Kendall's wheelchair in and out of the car and up the steps to pick my son up from school everyday...without dropping any f-bombs.

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  19. It's the start of the whole process for us, but my son will be homebound taught...so I hope for it to all go smoothly!

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  20. My hope for the school year is that we find a wonderful preschool for my boys.

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  21. My goals for this year:
    To make some friends outside of the realm of "special needs" (my closest friends right now are Emmett's pediatrician, his occupational therapist and his speech therapist).
    I'm also going to really work on getting myself healthy (ie, lose some weight).

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  22. My hopes for the school year (our very 1st one!) are pretty simple.

    I hope to make it though the IRPC meetings, parent-teacher interviews, etc. without tears.

    I hope to be able to one day look at all of the other JK's and not feel a bit sad.

    For Kasia I hope she: dances every time the teacher plays music, even if it's during Oh Canada, like she did on the first day; actually eats the snack I send for her; stops coming home with 3 pounds of sand in each shoe; and gets some sort of revenge on the kid in her class that keeps calling her a "baby"!

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  23. I hope to avoid the swine flu in my house.....

    Anji

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  24. I've been seriously longing for at least one of her necklaces. Winning this would be a major spirit-lifter for me in this difficult back-to-school transition. Thanks for the opportunit & love.

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  25. I hope to accomplish a sence of security with the system....Ughh

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  26. My hope(s) for this school year is to step out of my comfort zone, find my own likes/dislikes again and ok, just find myself again. I hope for more patience and understanding that its the climb thats important.

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  27. I love Lisa's jewellery and have ordered some in the past.
    My hopes for this school year is to clean and organize my house. I have great plans for the closets, pantry, deep freezer and hall closet.
    I would also hope to plan our wedding (yes we continue to live in sin) and if we get married I would hope to take a big leap and get pregnant again.

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  28. I hope for a great school year for all four of my boys!

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  29. Fletcher turns 3 in December, so will be transitioning from EI to the school system, so I guess this will be his very first school year. I am still in denial, actually, but if I have to think about it my goal is increased trust in others, by both Fletcher and me!

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  30. It's our first school year this year and I'm hoping to get the kid there on time (I am notoriously awful at arriving anywhere on time, I'm embarrassed to say) and to avoid the flu entirely! And I'm really really hoping that someday soon when I ask my little guy what he did in school, he can describe it for me!

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  31. I hope to be a better advocate for my daughter! There is a fine line between getting her what she is entitled to and not wanting to become "that" mom....you know the crazy, demanding one. Olivia is 4 and has some speech issues due to her trach. She's never really received consistent therapy and this will be her year!

    I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the TALKTOOLS website. Now she is blowing bubbles! It is something she has never been able to do (we thought because of her trach, but no it must be muscle-related). She was so excited and I was in tears! It was a good moment.

    Guess it's time to be crazy and demanding...

    Beautiful necklaces! Kerri
    bowenc@live.com

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  32. Well, I am a first time mom and have been fortunate to be a sahm for some time. My daughter begins school this year, so my goal is to find a job! I have a few prospects out there, but am not quite sure what I will end up doing ... thank you for the giveaway!

    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  33. My hope for the school year is that my grandchildren have great teachers and do well!

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  34. My hope is that Liz continues to enjoy learning and won't talk too much in class.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  35. I would love to see my youngest thrive at the deaf school this year. A vocabulary explosion would be a good good thing.

    I hope to learn how to better manage my 5th graders ADD so he doesn't come home with loads of homework.

    And... wouldn't it be nice if the oldest could find that "true" friend that he needs and deserves!

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  36. My hope for the school year is to keep things going, just that simple. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.cm

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  37. I would love to achieve the ability to pay attention better in class. I'm a college sophomore with ADD lol. ginabx(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I hope that during the course of this year, I manage to get my daughter back to school!

    Prayers welcome!!


    Thanks

    nancyrobster@gmail.com
    (in Canada)

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  39. My five year old is living strong with auto immune problems>> I live for her to stay healthy, it is my constant joy>> so my goal is as always "A healthy, happy,life" and I reach my goals...

    The necklaces are magnificent, thank you for a chance to win

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  40. My hope is for patience also...and peace in the classroom no violence.

    CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

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  41. to hope my children learn what they need to !! I home school and have for 9 yrs..thnx for the opp

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  42. Kids learn what they need to, and learn in an effective way. Kids have fun. That the house gets finished soon. That everyones health balances out and there are no panic attacks about projects and school. Toomuch to ask huh but its really simple stuff

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  43. I just want to avoid the swine flu!!!! (I don't think I'm eligible to win... since I recently won the catepillars... but if I am.. bring it on!!)

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  44. My goal this year is to let things go and move forward. Enjoy life a little more and be more organized (wait is that an oxymoron ahahaha)
    Pick me, pick me :)

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  45. I hope for health, serenity and clarity - I believe this will be a challenging year for our immediate and extended family.

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  46. I am hoping to get a part time job.

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  47. My goal is to find the basement, so my kids can have a true place to call their own....not a small goal, I assure you!

    Shelley

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  48. My goal for this year is to be more understanding of my kid's shortcomings (homework help)

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  49. Love Love Love Lisa's work! Can't wait to get a few piece's of my own!

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  50. my goal is to continue to push for the extra help my grandson needs he has high function autism!!

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  51. My goal is to survive and excel - with one out and two to go, I'm hoping for contnuous improvement

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  52. very pretty

    edq143 at yahoo dot com

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  53. How pretty! My goal is to help teach my first grade goddaughter.

    laurawins286@yahoo.com

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  54. This year I hope to totally organize my house. Thank you!

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  55. I hope to get some of my own writing done this year...maybe while my daughter is doing her homework!
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  56. Hopefully I'll be organized and ready in the morning.

    Anne D.
    adr1001025[at]msn.com

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  57. I hope this school year brings less sickness to my kiddo, and she learns more on math (Her trouble area) Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  58. My hope for this school year is to have more patience and also keep my kids healthy.


    fooks213@yahoo.com

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  59. This is a really cute, unique piece! This year, I hope to make it through it without excitedly anticipating the end! My number one goal it to maintain positive energy throughout as I know it's going to be a challenging year. I am back in school too, so there is extra potential for overwhelming stress. :)

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  60. I hope to achieve a closer walk with God.

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  61. Hmm, I hope to somehow figure out how to add a couple more hours onto the day where I could do things like take bubble baths, go to a movie by myself, read a magazine cover to cover, exercise (wait, do I really want to do that?)...

    Pretty necklace - you and I have a couple of extra hours we should share! ;)

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  62. Amen to patience! Lots and lots of patience.!

    I just found your blog. Thank you so much for your amazingly beautiful honesty. And thank you for the giveaway opportunity. :)

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  63. I hope to be able to write in my own blogger more frequently.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  64. My hope is for my children to have wonderful school year and for me to take better care of myself....gotta lose that 20 pounds!
    I love your blog and I'm so glad you're my FB friend! :)

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  65. my hope for this school year is to go back to school myself. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  66. I am learning to get organized even when I am very busy.

    rajikarthik@hotmail.com

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  67. I'm determined to learn to relax and unwind. (I'm getting a membership to a yoga class for Christmas.)

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  68. My husband is currently deployed to Kuwait for a year. I am hoping to make the time as easy on our children, him, and myself. It hasn't been the easiest time, but I am trying to keep things as normal as possible for our children. Thank you!
    jcristig@hotmail.com

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  69. I hope to volunteer my time at school this year.

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  70. My hope for this year is to teach my son how to write using a correct hand grasp....one that is challenging my patience levels!!

    Rachelle
    sstea@sbcglobal.net

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  71. better grades for them
    less drama for me

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  72. My hope for this school year is for my only granddaughter to receive enough scholarships so she will not have to do anymore student loans. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  73. My goal for this year is to improve my time management and organization skills.

    Jodie
    brownhairgirl7@hotmail.com

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  74. I don't want to miss the school bus and have to drive.

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  75. Well since I homeschool, I hope for plenty of patience and a smooth school year. I also hope that we can finish the school year a little early.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOTcom

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  76. My hope for this new school year is that I can have more patiance helping my kids with homewrk.

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  77. I'm hoping lots of teachers are able to stay patient and loving of their pupils, and more parents will get involved!

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  78. My hope for this school year is that my children are happy, safe, make a lot of friends and get the most out of their education as they can at their very young ages. I just want the best for my kids, and although I try not to stress about it, and be a worry wart mommy, I do. I want to worry less and just allow my kids to enjoy all that they can out of the entire experience. Thank you for letting me share and I truly adore this lovely necklace design by Lisa Leonard. It is wonderful.

    joannaonthelake@gmail.com

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  79. For me I am in pursuit of balance and self acceptance.

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  80. I hope to have more fun and stress less.. however, I'm thinking that it's going to be more fun and same stress.. lol

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  81. Well, I am actually a kindergarten aide & I am also in college! So, I am constantly in some sort of school! LOL

    I hope to enjoy this time more & more each day. I cannot tell you how much I love my job as an aide...but, I also have to say that I wish I didn't have to be going to college - so I want to enjoy it more! :)

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  82. I hope to teach my 4 year old grandson to read. He loves books so much that he pretends to read and makes up a story to go along with the pictures. Thanks for the giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  83. I think getting over procrastination is the main goal!

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  84. Getting good grades, and good success!

    strycker@slu.edu

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  85. I hope to achieve more organization!

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  86. im hoping i can be more responsible and organized =)


    totally_chin2121@yahoo.com

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  87. me, im hoping to have a good health this year and be successful

    totally_chin2121@hotmail.com

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  88. I am hoping good health&doing well in school!


    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. I hope my daughter discovers the joy of reading!
    Thanks
    Sarah
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  90. My goal is to actually turn things in on time and not be the parent they always have to chase down for a signature. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. I am hoping to become involved with my daughter's PTA and get some housework accomplished during the daytime hours.


    kylie8cake(at)gmail(dot)com

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  92. For the school year, I hope that I can keep my 4.0 GPA which involves passing math...eeeek

    dispatcher_kristy@hotmail.com

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  93. I'd love to get so organized that I don't spend hours a say looking for stuff I need that is somewhere in the house.

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  94. My hope is for my daughter to really understand the material rather than focus on the grades given.

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  95. My hope is for my daughter to master Algebra. This is the only subject she is having trouble with. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  96. Thanks to everyone for participating! This giveaway will be closed as of midnight, and I will post the winners shortly after that.

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  97. My hope is no body gets the flu & makes great friends & good grades!

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  98. I hope to become more organized this school year.

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  99. My hope for this school year is a
    happy attitude towards school and
    teachers and to form a nice communication with both

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  100. I hope to make healthier lunches for my brother! tHANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

    Hope im lucky!!

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  101. I'd love to be more involved with the kids school and to really get organized. Thanks

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