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May 30, 2012

Two Days and Counting

Hello friend,

I've been out of touch for a bit, haven't I?

The big show has had my attention for the last little bit, and it really is ever so exciting.

Beautiful things just waiting to unfold.

I do hope to see you there.

Love,

me

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Image courtesy of Katelyn Foutch, Kate Jennings Photography

May 27, 2012

The Campers

Each year, for The Farm Chicks Show weekend, lots of cute little vintage travel trailers pull into Spokane.

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Sisters on the Fly.

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And although I've never had a chance to scoot on down to Riverside State Park and pay them a visit during the show weekend (too busy!), I hear they have a hootin' and hollerin' good time. And who doesn't want to have a little bit of fun?

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But each night that weekend, after the show, I think about these ladies and their comradery and it makes my heart happy.

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Shouldn't we all have a chance to surround ourselves with the ones we love?

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All images courtesy of Karen Bates, The Vintage Bag Lady blog.

You can read more about their weekend last year here and here.

May 24, 2012

Intuition

I've always believed that a special gift women are born with is their intuition and it's something I've relied on all my life. I will say that I think it's something that drives Colin crazy from time to time. "How do you know that?", he may ask. And sometimes I'll respond that I just trust my intuition. For a very smart, level-headed man with an accounting degree, that just doesn't make sense. And honestly, I know it sounds crazy, but it's what I believe. And after the summer of our incident, Colin believed it too. At least for that one day anyway.

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It was the middle of summer and our home that sat nestled into the hillside on Golden Hills Lane was roasting hot. With no air conditioning and cement siding, it just soaked in the sun and radiated heat. When the sun went down, the best solution was to open all the windows and doors and let the cool evening breeze blow off the prairie and through the house. But in addition to being a self-proclaimed intuitive sensei, I'm also a bit of a worrier (another trait we women are born with, right?!) and it freaked me out to have unlocked doors and windows. And because Colin is the wonderful husband that he is, he'd suffer through the heat and locked doors most nights.

On this particular morning, when Colin awoke, the house was unbearably warm. So he went throughout the house opening all of the windows and doors. And then he left.

At 7:00am I lay fast asleep, having a nightmare about two bears in the garden. It was one of those dreams that seems so real that I was awoken with a start. I sat straight up in bed and a sick feeling in my stomach pushed me to go look out onto the garden. I jumped out of bed and could feel the cool breeze on my bare feet.

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I made my way through the kitchen and to the sliding doors that lead out onto the deck that overlooked the garden just below. As I peered through the screen, I could make out the figures of two blurry men.

My heart stopped. And then it raced.

My contact lenses weren't in and I couldn't see well. I could see however, that their backs were turned to me and I had to make a split-second, half-asleep decision. Shut and lock the sliders? Run across the room and shut and lock the other sliders? Then all of the open windows too? Were the downstairs sliders leading to the boys rooms open too? I decided that any movement would draw their attention and I knew that I couldn't possibly close everything up before they could get into the house.

So I tiptoe-raced back to the bedroom and into the bathroom to put my contacts in. Hands shaking, feeling as if I'm in slow motion, feeling as if I'm in a dream.

Contacts in and seeing clearly now, I race to grab the phone and quietly race back to the sliders in the kitchen. I can hear Colin's voice in my mind, assuring me that I'm worrying unnecessarily. Surely they won't be there. Maybe it was just a dream.

They're still there.

Two scruffy men in flannel shirts.

They still have their backs to me and they're looking up the hill towards my neighbor's house.

I start to dial 911 and then I hear Colin in my mind again. What if they were meeting our neighbors husband that morning (he was always helping people with their cars) and for some reason they were just accidentally by our garden? So, I decide to call my neighbor instead and see if she's expecting company.

My neighbor answers the phone and I can immediately hear that I've woken her up. "Leilani, is Jeff expecting company this morning!?", I ask, in a loud panicked whisper.

Half-asleep, she answers no.

By this time, the two men are making their way through our field and up the hill towards her house.

"There are two men walking through the field from our house to yours", I tell her.

She groggily tells me that she's going to call her husband and she hangs up.

Heart pounding, hands shaking, I watch and wait for Leilani to call me back. It feels like a hundred years.

As the men reach the edge of her lawn, they immediately drop down on the ground and begin crawling towards her back door.

I race to call her back.

"CALL 911!!! CALL 911!" She screams into the receiver.

I call 911 and begin to explain our situation. And just as the men reach her back door, I can see something has grabbed their attention and they jump up and begin running for the trees and then towards the prairie below.

Before I know it, the hills are swarming with police from every direction. And they catch the men.

Turns out, there was a third, in a car, on the road between our houses. He had a police scanner and when our calls came in and the call was dispatched out, he radioed the two men who had just reached Leilani's back door.

The two bears men were arrested and it turns out they had long rap sheets and many weapons on them that day. The third man got away. But most importantly, we were all okay.

And, even if only for one day, Colin believed in my intuition too.

May 23, 2012

Meet Harry & David!


373047_107320312648019_1972596316_n-1Last year I was lucky enough to visit the wonderful folks at Harry & David in Oregon. Not only was my visit to their company fantastic (and delicious!), it was eye opening as well. I love the fact that this company creates so many jobs and has such a commitment to being green - from their sustainable farming practices to daily operations and recycling practices within their facilities.

You can read about my visit through their amazing kitchens here and my tour through their orchards and packing facilities here.

And now, I'm so happy to announce that Harry & David is a sponsor of The Farm Chicks Show

We have some delicious surprises in store for the first 500 general admission ticket holders through the gates both days of the show, courtesy of Harry & David. And, Harry & David will be offering a special promotion to Farm Chicks show-goers and Farm Chicks readers! (I'll be posting their special promotion here on June 1st).

For now, I thought you might enjoy seeing this tour through the spring blossoms in the orchards at Harry & David:

and this video on Harry & David's extensive recycling program:

Stay tuned for more from Harry & David!

May 22, 2012

Collecting: Honey Tins

One of my favorite collections is my honey tins. They're my go-to source for flower arrangements in our home. The old graphics are so cheery to me.

I found this tin at a yard sale in Spokane:

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This one from my friend, Dena, at the Mad Hatter Flea in Spokane:

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And this special tin was a gift from my good friend, Heather:

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You can read more about my favorite finds and collections here.

May 21, 2012

Lilacs

I'd been dreaming of a lilac scented home. There's nothing quite like it really. So I headed out with my picnic basket to fill to the brim.

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And then, a sprinkle.

Drip. Drop. Drip.

So I wandered back home.

A canning jar and a pretty tin were all I needed.

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A little dream come true.

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May 17, 2012

Hello From World Headquarters!

Hello there! Things are hopping here at World Headquarters!

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Spring is in full swing here on the bluff and the view from my windows always makes my heart skip a beat. This is one of Byron's tractors that I was so happy to see he parked just outside my doors today. Byron farms our property for us and we adore him and his beautiful work. Farmers are such a gift to our world.

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I've been busy getting ready for The Farm Chicks Show. It's fun to see the old show posters isn't it? They're all here, except for the first two which were handmade by my sister and hang in a special place of honor in World HQ.

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Farm Chicks Show tickets all boxed up and ready to go!

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This final countdown to the show is always a busy one, but I love it!

Lots of love from World Headquarters to you!

~ Serena :)

May 15, 2012

Our Walk

The sun's been lingering late into the evening, sort of like an old guest we love from time gone by, but just getting to know again. These warm nights bring happiness and hope for the season that's to come.

Tonight we set out past Byron's strawberry fields,

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past the old tree needing support in its old life,

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past the old fruit stand,

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and around the bend where we see our shadows cast by the sun.

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And then, the sun sputters out as the trees loom large as we walk on. Past the babbling brook,

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past Robles Orchard drive,

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and around the pond with its water so rich and glassine.

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The trees are loaded with apple blossoms now. The wild roadside trees pull at my heartstrings - the underdogs - surviving, blossoming, and producing, year after year.

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The trees begin to thin as we make our way up the hill,

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and back into the sun.

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The air feels soft as a feather here, with wafts of fresh sprouting fields. This is the land of the free.

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And dreams are safe here.

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May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

Mother's Day on the Bluff was beautiful. I love those days when we're all home, just tinkering around.

I re-potted my gardenia plants. The smell of these beauties creates instant happiness.

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Colin cleaned the patio,

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helped me get the garden beds ready for planting,

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and labeled the plantings with his own special system. We're a team.

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One of the boys mowed the lawn and left mohawks everywhere. Sometimes teaching yard work takes special parental patience.

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We nibbled on roasted pistachios - it's been our official family snack this month.

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I set out the bouquets we picked up from the store earlier in the day. I love their colorful messiness.

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My Favorite Find from the weekend found a new home on the kitchen shelf. (You can read about it here).

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We feasted on enchiladas with fresh tomatoes and avocado

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and strawberry shortcakes for dessert.

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It was a beautiful, homey sort of day.

May 11, 2012

My Favorite Find Friday!

Happy weekend!

I wanted to share these events, happening this weekend, as discovered on My Favorite Find!

125357327_136_1333082705_1409297573Eugene, OR: Vintage Marketplace Garden Party - Through May 12th

Portland, OR: Home & Garden Show Monticello - Through May 28th

Spokane, WA: Sister's Annual Sale - Through May 12th

 

 

 

543162869_162_1336343079_1706734990Broken Arrow, OK: Rooster Days Festival - Through May 13th

 

1989035933_160_1335276447_1983135873Spokane, WA: Sweet Things Tag Sale - May 12th

May 10, 2012

The 2012 Map Release!

I'm so happy to share The Farm Chicks Show Map for 2012!

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(Once you click on the map, it may take a few minutes to load). And as always, we'll have plenty of maps available for you at the show).

The Farm Chicks Antiques Show is coming soon - June 2nd & 3rd at the Spokane County Fairgrounds. You can find more details here.

May 07, 2012

The Winners Revealed!

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I had such a fun time with all the giveaways last week and am so excited to announce the following winners, which were randomly selected using the random integer selector:

Day 1: Shelley, who says this year will be her third trip to the show.

Day 2: Jillian, who is graduating from college in 6 weeks!

Day 3: June, who will be camping with the Sisters on the Fly group during The Farm Chicks Show this year.

Day 4: Victoria and Lisa. Lisa says she will be inviting her sister to the show this year!

Day 5: Heidi

Stay tuned for lots more fun leading up to this year's Farm Chicks Show!

May 04, 2012

The Grand Finale Giveaway!

What a fun week it's been! If you haven't had a chance to enter the other giveaways going on this week to celebrate the lead-up to The Farm Chicks Show, don't worry! You still have until Sunday night to enter each one.

Today's giveaway includes 8 tickets to The Farm Chicks Show (4 Saturday and 4 Sunday):

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$100 Farm Chicks Funny Money to spend at The Farm Chicks Show:

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$50 jewelry gift certificate to spend on jewelry in Lisa Souers booth at The Farm Chicks Show:

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2 Farm Chicks coffee mugs:

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Signed copies of both Farm Chicks books:

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A surprise treat from Farm Chicks Show sponsor, Harry & David!

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1 set of my Farm Chicks recipe cards:

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2 yards of my special Farm Chicks tractor ribbon:

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And 1 set of my special edition framed apron prints available for a limited time at Cracker Barrel restaurants, nationwide:

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You have lots of ways to enter this week:

1) Like Harry & David on facebook, then leave a comment here on this blog post telling me you've done so.

2) Like The Farm Chicks on facebook, then leave a comment here on this blog post telling me you've done so.

You have until Sunday night, May 6th to enter each of the giveaways that have been posted this week.

You can find out more about The Farm Chicks Show here.

You can RSVP and invite friends to join you at The Farm Chicks Show here.

P.S. Although today's giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, the Harry & David surprise gift and the Farm Chicks framed prints are only available for shipment within the U.S. If you live outside the U.S. and win this giveaway, those items won't be included.

Special Note:

The Farm Chicks mugs, recipe cards, and ribbon are only available at The Farm Chicks Show.

The Farm Chicks framed apron prints are available at any Cracker Barrel Restaurant in the U.S. or by calling Cracker Barrel direct at 1-800-333-9566. You will need to ask for item number 388095. The framed prints are $29.99 each and are only available for a limited time.

Image of Lisa Souers by Samantha Cabrera

Image of coffee mugs by Samantha Cabrera

Image of Serena by Christina G.

Image of framed prints courtesy of the Hi There Cupcake! blog

May 03, 2012

Day 4 - A DOUBLE Giveaway!

Today's giveaway, the fourth in this week to celebrate the lead-up to The Farm Chicks Antiques Show, is a double whammy! I'll be giving away two sets of today's goodies to two lucky winners.

First up is a copy of Heather Bullard's beautiful and amazing Souvenir. This is the first print edition - Spring 2012 - and it's filled with amazing home decorating, food, projects, and creative inspiration. You can see a free preview here.

And great news! You can meet Heather at The Farm Chicks Show! She'll be making an appearance there. Details coming soon.

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A signed copy of each of my books:

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And a $50 gift certificate to your choice of one my favorite locally owned Spokane restaurants - perfect for your time in Spokane after The Farm Chicks Show!

Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop: The most delicious cupcakes and treats. Kid friendly. Downtown Spokane.

Madeleines: Wonderful cafe and patisserie. Kid friendly. Downtown Spokane.

Skyway Cafe: This will be your husband's favorite spot for breakfast. Have him drop you off at the show so you can shop while he enjoys a hearty huge-portioned meal! Kid friendly. Felts Field Spokane.

Rockwood Bakery: Delicious baked treats, coffee, light meals. Kid friendly. Southhill Spokane.

Manito Taphouse: Hipster setting. Great lunch and dinner. My favorite is the Curry Wrap with tofu substituted for the chicken. Gluten free options. Southhill Spokane.

Downriver Grill: Wonderful atmosphere. Delicious lunch and dinner. Gorgonzola Fries are sinful. Kid friendly. Spokane.

The Flying Goat: Delicious handcrafted pizzas. My fave is the Kiernan. Kid friendly. Spokane.

South Perry Pizza: Delicious handcrafted pizzas. Wonderful rotating seasonal pizza specials. Gluten free options. Kid friendly. Spokane.

The Elk: Casual brewpub-type setting for lunch or dinner. I'm a fan of the Black Bean Burger. Kid friendly. Browne's Addition Spokane.

Picabu Bistro: A neighborhood bistro with a good, varied menu. I love their Vegan Phad Thai. Kid friendly. Southhill Spokane.

Catacombs: Great intimate setting, in the cellar of the Montvale Hotel. Can't miss the tabletop S'mores!

Luna: Delicious, creative menu. A bit fancy. Spokane Southhill.

Latah Bistro: Great atmosphere. An emphasis on a local farm to table menu. Check out the chocolate dessert menu! Vegan options. Few miles outside of Spokane.

Mizuna: Lovely atmosphere. Creative menu with many vegan and vegetarian options. Sure to please meat and non-meat lovers. A bit fancy. Downtown Spokane.

Moxie: Nice menu, great atmosphere. Save room for the Caramel Banana Tart. A bit fancy. Downtown Spokane.

You have lots of ways to enter this week:

1) Leave a comment here on this blog post, with a link to your blog or website, to spread the word about you.

2) Invite a friend or neighbor to the show, then leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me you've invited someone!

3) RSVP for The Farm Chicks Show on Facebook by clicking this link here and clicking if you're going, then leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me you've RSVP'd.

Each day you'll have several ways to enter, and you're welcome to enter each giveaway. You have until Sunday night, May 6th to enter each of the giveaways that are posted this week.

You can find out more about The Farm Chicks Show here.

You can RSVP and invite friends to join you at The Farm Chicks Show here.

This week is all about celebrating The Farm Chicks Show! Hooray!

P.S. These giveaways are welcome to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Farm Chicks Show is for everyone and you're all invited!

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May 02, 2012

Day 3 of Giveaway Week - A Happy Assortment!

Colin and I were in Seattle last week and I made sure to stop by Daiso to pick up some fun things, just for this giveaway. Why? To celebrate the upcoming Farm Chicks Show, of course!

Here's today's fun assortment - ready to be won by one of you!

1 set of sturdy little "Handmade Cake" baking cups. Simply place on your baking sheet, fill with batter, bake, and you have darling little cakes.

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1 set of mini sauce containers with pastel lids:

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1 fun little card holder:

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1 set of 26 flowery little gift bags:

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1 little chick correction tape. Who knew correction tape could be cute?

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1 piece of cake:

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Just kidding. Just kidding. It's two sponges and a little scrubby!

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1 set of gingham origami:

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And four tickets to The Farm Chicks Show - 2 Saturday, 2 Sunday!

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You have lots of ways to enter this week:

1) Leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me about your favorite find ever.

2) Share your favorite find on My Favorite Find, then leave a comment here on this blog post with a link to it. For example, here's a link to my favorite find ever: https://myfavoritefind.com/find/98

3) RSVP for The Farm Chicks Show on Facebook by clicking this link here and clicking if you're going, then leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me you've RSVP'd.

Each day you'll have several ways to enter, and you're welcome to enter each giveaway. You have until Sunday night, May 6th to enter each of the giveaways that are posted this week.

You can find out more about The Farm Chicks Show here.

You can RSVP and invite friends to join you at The Farm Chicks Show here.

This week is all about celebrating The Farm Chicks Show! Let's go!

P.S. These giveaways are welcome to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Farm Chicks Show is for everyone and you're all invited!

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May 01, 2012

The Great Giveaway Week - Day 2 - Kate Spade

We're continuing our celebration of the lead-up to The Farm Chicks Show. Day 2 brings us this fantastic giveaway from Kate Spade.

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1 Kate Spade "Twirl" Perfume:

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1 Kate Spade "Supercalifragilipstick" in Fuchsia Fete:

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1 darling "Henrietta" case, in the soon-to-be-released pattern, "Do the Polka Dot":

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and, of course..... 4 tickets to The Farm Chicks Show (2 Saturday and 2 Sunday)!

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To enter, leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me something positive, happy, or good. Anything at all, because when you express happiness, you feel it too!

You have until Sunday night to enter. And don't forget to enter the other giveaways happening here all this week!

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You can find out more about The Farm Chicks Show here.

You can RSVP and invite friends to join you at The Farm Chicks Show here.

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As always, this giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Farm Chicks Show is for everyone, and you're all invited!



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