Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Rhythm of Family is here (and a give away!)

the rhythm of family
Today is the official release date of Amanda Blake Soule's third book, The Rhythm of Family. It was lovingly created with her partner Steve and four children (now five!) chronicling their family's seasonal discoveries, whether it be in the kitchen or amidst the wide open spaces of their home in Maine. I know I'm not the only one in love with Amanda's gentle, thoughtful ways. She has inspired a new generation of families to open their eyes and heart to nature based learning and living... and pioneered an online community that spreads far and wide. Yes, Amanda is a very special woman, and I was honored (in the deepest sense of the word) when she invited me to contribute my Nature Stamps to this new book. I first experimented with pod printing exactly, I mean to the day, two years ago. I blogged about it here. And then experimented some more right here. By the time Amanda contacted me, I was deep in nature printing mode and she thought it would translate beautifully to the book she was working on. And here it is!
nature stamps
See those red hearts? They are the secret print of a walnut half. Living surrounded by black walnut trees, it was inevitable that we discover their magic centers. When I sent Amanda the printing samples for the book, I also gathered together a kit of pods and shells for the Soule children to explore some nature stamping on their own.
stamping
I was thinking more in terms of giving the kids an activity during Amanda's full day, then adding to the book... but I have been pleasantly surprised to see poppy prints peeking out from several other projects throughout the pages.
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Amanda sent me an advanced copy, and I've read it from cover to cover. It is truly my favorite of all three of her wonderful books. The photography is stunning and some of her very best. The activities and recipes are ALL ones that my family will enjoy. The essays and thoughts shared by both Steve and Amanda are wise, thought provoking and beautiful. I know that living in a similar region to the Soule family makes this kind of seasonal living very accessible to us, but The Rhythm of Family will inspire you to live more connected to the earth and your family where ever you may call home. And of course, Amanda didn't send just one copy... she sent two. She knows just how much I love giving away books! Thank you Amanda, Steve and all of the sweet Soule clan! Please leave a comment in this post between now and Thursday 8pm EST. I'll select a random winner and announce it on Friday. Don't forget to leave a trail back to you (i.e. email address, blog link, etc.). Yesterday, I shared how much we love picking blueberries and peaches in early August, I'd love to hear how you celebrate this time of year in your part of the world.

Comments are now closed. Thanks so much for joining in! 
And the winner is: 

MamaWestWind said...
I would LOVE a copy of this book! It looks beautiful. I have her first book and I treasure it. We enjoy our evening rains here in the SW. It's monsoon season and we love watching the storms roll in. Big dark clouds in an endless blue sky. It's beautiful.Thanks!
Becca
 Congratulations Becca! Please contact me with your mailing address and I'll ship your new copy of The Rhythm of Family off to you! Pin It

634 comments:

  1. It looks like a lovely book.

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  2. The book looks super. We have lots of blackberries ripening on hedgerows and love to pick them and make jam/muffins/pies etc., very yummy and free!

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  3. i love the stamps. i have her other books, would love this one! thanks!

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  4. We're looking forward to the county fair, which is always in mid August. We'll continue to visit the beach--the water is at its warmest in August and September. But in the very early mornings, sometimes, you catch a whiff of fall, and as much as I love summer it won't be long before I'm thinking apple crisp & football. I, too, enjoy living somewhere with seasons, although...I could do without single-digit temps and an iced-in driveway when that rolls around!!

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  5. What a lovely book! We don't have children yet, but being children at heart, my husband and I love to hike in the summer. We've also enjoyed geocaching in our area.

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  6. What a nice give-away... I really like her books, and looking forward reading this book too... I would a blast winning the book over here!

    anais(dot)vandenholen(@)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I'm right along with you with the Soule love. I don't even have a family and she inspires me (as do you). I'm also right along with you with the love of picking blue berries. I picked them as a child with my Papa, and I never did come to like the taste of them. I'm the perfect picker because I won't eat a single berry picked! I always give them away.

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  8. I have been patiently waiting for this book. Right now it is extremely hot and humid where we live, so we are looking forward to fall so we can spend more time outdoors. It really is hard to enjoy it right now!

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  9. Could there be anything more beautiful than a family seated together at a table full of pods, leaves, and seeds to stamp and two bowls of fresh, wild blueberries to savour? Like your blog, the book would be further inspiration for more days like this. Thanks!

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  10. I've loved her first two books and can't wait to explore the third. What a fun giveaway!

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  11. Wow, looks awesome. We love to do seed prints too. We have a few black walnut trees in our backyard, so I'll have to try those sweet little heart prints. So glad to see you in her new book. Looks great.

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  12. i have already ordered amanda's book, so don't count my post for the giveaway. but i wanted to say that i love your stamp project and can't wait to try it out!

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  13. We celebrate by going family camping with a bunch of other families. The kids run around together and the adults all get to catch up by the fire.

    (Also, I'd love a copy of Amanda's newest book!)

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  14. Having moved to NY this year, this time of year is spent trying to keep cool! But every other year was spent visiting my parents to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, picking blackberries, walking by the sea. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. We try to eat outdoors every chance we get, as long as the bees don't chase us away! Also, our town has its parade and fireworks in August, and we love participating in the community celebration.

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  16. This does look like an inspiring book! We just did some blueberry (and there were still some raspberries too) picking at our local farm. I love berry picking with the kids! Last weekend, we went to visit an old copper mine in the region (southern Quebec). That was quite an adventure!

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  17. We're enjoying very hot lazy days this time of year in southern Louisiana. Smoothies, water play and dinners that require no stove :) We would love to wander through these pages as we keep cool....

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  18. I've been wanting that book! And now that I know you're in it, I want to read it even more. Your nature stamps are beautiful. I will have new eyes on my walks to the park with my girls now that I'm on the lookout for potential stamps!

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  19. My four are grown and gone...but this would still be a lovely addition to our library.

    Thanks so much to both you and Amanda for a chance at this gem.

    xo

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  20. today we are off to swimming lessons at the beach (at one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes)
    my 3 children enjoy feeding the mallard ducks, feeding the fish, & catching the fish with nets (& later releasing the fish back into the lake water)

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  21. Lovely giveaway! I love both of Amanda's earlier books! We celebrate this time of year by getting into the woods as often as possible (city dwellers we) and having corn on the grill until it is coming out of our ears (no pun intended). xo

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  22. I've got my own copy already and am loving every page!! I think this would make a great gift and I would agree that it is my favorite of all her books. We also spend as much time picking, eating and preserving all the goodness that august has to offer!

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  23. What a pleasant surprise, a give away.
    Would love to flip through those pages.

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  24. The girls and I just experimented with nature printing from our backyard (and beach treasures) the other day. It was so, so, so fun. I can't wait to read about your exploration in Amanda's new book.

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  25. I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance!

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  26. Would love to win the Rhythm of Family book. Reading reviews and seeing sneak peaks on Soule Moma blog I have been inspired to start of rhythm of our family book to pass on to my girls including recipes, activities, gardening milestones, etc.

    Enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. oh awesome! my fingers are crossed. i love your blog and Amanda's so very much.

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  28. i have amanda's other two books and know this will be an amazing one as well. august is usually the month grandma/granpa/cousins/aunt/
    uncles visit. huge family visit month for us.

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  29. Great book. thanks for the giveaway. Here in MT August usually means huckleberries and forest fires along with a camping trip to Glacier National Park!

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  30. What a lovely book! Being August in the Bay Area (Oakland) we celebrate by trying to find some sun! ;)

    mary.maul@gmail.com

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  31. Eating fresh tomatoes with just about anything, swimming when ever we can and biking where ever we can!

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  33. very inspiring book! We celebrate the summer by enjoying the outdoors: canoing, kayaking, swimming, and this week surfing!

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  34. we would love to have a copy of that book. when each berry comes into season here were celebrate by putting up lots of berries in preserves, conserves, and jams because we all love bread and jam so much here. but even better than the preserves is eating our fill of fresh fruit everyday, nothing sweeter than little kids saying 'it's blueberry week all week long!'. Love it!

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  35. Would love a copy of the book! Thanks for the chance.

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  36. Eating saskatoon berries --which look like blueberries, but are related to apples! Would love to win this book...
    melissa55.schmidt@gmail.com

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  37. What a wonderful book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. This week of summer seems to be all about the tomato harvest. So many tomatoes!

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  39. It would be so exciting to win this book! We're just staying inside to keep cool and out of the upper 90s weather. That means we need all the craft ideas we can get!

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  40. This is the 2nd time I've heard about this book, the 1st being a from someone who said she thought I would enjoy it! Our children are all in their teens but there is still time to make memories before they are out on their own. In the past we did more things together but now they are transitioning to adulthood. BUT we can still continue to make new memories!! (and I'm looking for new ideas....)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  41. We try to eat all the fresh produce we can, especially tomatoes! It has been a long hot summer for us in WI too, but the winter is just as long!

    I just love her blog!

    hhenna73 at yahoo

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  42. I ordered my copy this morning! I've been revisiting The Creative Family ever since I bought it last fall and I can't wait to receive this one!
    Do you think you could include me in the draw, though? I'd love to give it to my best friend as a present.
    (That's the second time this happens: as soon as I order a book, there are giveaways of it; but there are always good friends to share some love with!)
    PS. In case I'm the lucky one, I'll be away till Tuesday.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  43. Here in England we are enjoying kicking back during the school summer holidays, catching up with friends, picking and eating our raspberries, bilberries (and soon blackberries)and generally relaxing!
    Wonderful giveaway, thank you!

    karen xx

    karen@bigredcar.plus.com

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  44. love your words here, maya. i haven't ordered my copy of this yet, but i'm excited to get my hands on one.
    i'm celebrating august and the upcoming fall by tending my garden and anticipating the harvest.

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  45. We're enjoying the last lazy days before school starts by harvesting from the garden and enjoying aimless afternoons (reading, building, running around the yard).

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  46. Would love to own (*and use!!) Amanda's new book (with your scrumptious addition also Maya!!)

    Enter me!

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  47. This looks like another great book from Amanda (and Steve). . .

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  48. That looks like a lovely book. Can't wait to read it.

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  49. This time of year I am gearing up for another year with new preschoolers and my children are trying to squeeze in one more fun filled care free summer week before book reports and math fill up more of their days than they would like. I love these last precious days and try to fit in as much nothing as possible. teachloveread at hotmail dot com

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  50. Hi! I'm writing form italy, and I would like to said that I really love your blog.
    You ask about what are we doing in this period of the year so...for me it's the second month of my first work of ever (exept for babysitting ^-^). But I also find time for some dyeing experiment with plants, for wolk in the wood looking for berries and interesting things to harvest and I also find some times for preparing the house for a incoming member of my family: an hedgehog, that will arrive in september.

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  51. Love this time of year! I celebrate by always going out to our fave wild blueberry picking spot, on top of a beautiful mountain here in NH. Then there is all the canning, which is a such a joy (maybe not the hot kitchen part) to have yummy food all winter! Hope to win, thanks for the chance!

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  52. Beautiful book, by a beautiful family. looking forward to reading it myself while I take my kiddos on yet another creek walk to fill our pails with delicious wild Oregon blackberries.

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  53. What a great review! I'm going to keeping my eyes open for fun items for printing...

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  54. Oh, count me in. I'd love to win Amanda's new book. We just moved into a new house with a large yard. We've been spending our time discovering all of the plants that are growing, but mostly we spend time gathered around the butterfly bush or on the patio watching the deer munch on the pears that have fallen to the ground. Okay so the groundhogs love the pears, too...and a flock of geese pass through at least once a week. You'd never know we live in the city!

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  55. Yea! I would love to have a copy of Amanda's newest book!

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  56. Love that this is today's giveaway!

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  57. I would love to win the newest book from the Soule's. My fingers are crossed. xx

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  58. We are looking forward to visiting our local Agricultural show and spending the day celebrating the countryside. The book looks great I have to say I have not heard of the author or her books but I wil be loking her up and putting them on my want list!
    Lyn
    xxx

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  59. With two kids at home this would be an ideal book. What a treasure!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  60. I have all of Amanda's books and didn't know a new one was coming out! How exciting!!!

    -Amy
    Crafting by Candlelight

    bibanon1@gmail.com

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  61. Those stamps look like such fun! I'd love to win a copy of the book... thanks :)

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  62. Count me in, please! I already bought and appreciated Amanda's "The creative family", I'd like to have all three of them.

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  63. Hello dear Maya! I love that your seed pods made it into the book as I have looked at my poppies differently since you posted about them. I would love to win a copy of Amanda's book. This time of year for my family seems to be about soaking up the last of summer and canning it all for winter. Love to you.

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  64. Awesome giveaway!! i'd love one of her books!
    Right now we are in winter so most of the time is knitting and sewing...looking forward to spring!!!

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  65. mmmm, berries and canning! is there a better way to celebrate august? LOVE!!

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  66. wow - this book looks like a treasure! I love soule mama blog and yours too! :) thanks for the chance to win.

    Jane

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  67. Maybe I have a chance too? I'd love to win ;)
    maria from austria-europe

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  68. We've been so busy this summer running to and fro, that this time of year we're relaxing with quieter days, veggies, canning (trying to) and gearing up for homeschooling come Autumn. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  69. I am SO looking forward to curling up on the couch and reading her latest book!(and now knowing that you have contributed as well I want it even more!) You both inspire me so much!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    ~ joey ~

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  70. That looks like such a great book . . . celebrating the simple life and family.

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  71. Your description of the book really touched me. I'd love the chance to win! Thank you!

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  72. What a wonderful looking book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  73. Such a beautiful book! Thank you for giveaway ♥
    We have a little farmers market within walking distance from us, so this time of the year is spent picking up fresh fruits and veg and making supper based on what we find :-)

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  74. Wow! Beautiful book! I can't wait to see more of it! I like to spend my time in the summer exploring places in and around where I live...you never know what magical places you may discover!

    lissie333@aol.com

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  75. I adore Amanda! I love her first two books and can't wait to get my hands on this one.
    We live in the desert (Utah) so August is very hot. Our favorite August activities mostly involve heading up to the nearby mountain to escape the heat. The kids and I love to run up there for a picnic lunch a few times a week.
    Thank you for the fun giveaway!
    amielep{at}gmail{dot}com

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  76. I made blackberry jam and green plum jam at my husband's grandeparents' place and I spent hours in the garden listening to his grandpa's stories.

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  77. thanks a bunch to you both! this time of year, i love playing in the river, picking blue and black berries, canning peaches, spending time with family, and barbecuing so i don't have to heat the house up to cook.

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  78. Thanks for the chance! We love to eat watermelon and corn - from the farmer's market. Yum!

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  79. I love everything about yours and Amanda's blogs, although I live in a bit the opposite environment of hers, small, crowded and with lots of planned nature in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Usually I do not try giveways on your blogs over the ocean because I know shipping might be complicated, but my mom just announced she will visit her brother in Chicago in October, so I would looooove to get a copy through your giveway, but if this is not happening, then my mom can bring a copy herself for me.

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  80. In New Zealand our oranges are now dropping from the tree as fast as we can eat them. We are starting to plant our spring seeds too!

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  81. I have already ordered mine. But I"D LOVE to have another copy. Thank you!

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  82. the book looks beatiful. at my house we pick tomatos ,can and bake tons of goodies this time of year.

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  83. Ooooooh, I would love to win a copy! I love her blog and though her blog I found yours...
    You inspire me so much, all of you!
    geschea@yahoo.de

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  84. 'Tis canning saeson here in Iowa! We spent this weekend canning salsa and beets and banana peppers. This coming weekend we are focusing on tomatoes! We love this time of year. And I would love Amanda's new book! Thanks for offering this give away!

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  85. O yes, the smells and tastes of harvest month! Busy season, both for the senses and the hands. But there will always be time to enjoy a Soule book, of course. Thanks!


    mirjamvdb (at) telfort (dot) nl

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  86. The book looks great!

    August = tomatoes, in my neck of the woods...

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  87. i too love amanda's books and am very inspired by her! i would love a chance to win her newest :) we live in oregon, so we are in full swing of blackberries (everywhere and free for the taking), blueberries, still some rasberries and marionberries. we are a little partial to how good our berries taste in our fertile valley so everyone is in full canning and freezing mode. next up from our yard are figs, apples and pears, oh my!

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  88. I would love this book!
    We are busy picking blueberries as well and enjoying the sun!

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  89. I adore Amanda and have been following her blog for a couple of years now. I'd love to get my hands on the new book!

    August in eastern PA is all about fresh corn with dinner every night, juicy tomatoes, big fat peaches, deeply-hued blueberries and ripe blackberries - all of which are available from the various farms nearby! I barely set foot in a regular grocery store during these summer months and I love that!

    Makyo1[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  90. hello, lovely blogger! what wonderful projects! August is back-to-school time for this Waldorf teacher mama, so we are loving just breathing together as we wind town our intensive time together!

    I would love to have a copy of the book, and have been waiting til I save up my pennies...

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  91. Oh wow, the book looks amazing... I love her!! And your addition to it looks beautiful as well!! I'd love a copy :)

    ~Tabitha

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  92. So much that we look forward to this time of year - summer is short in Atlantic Canada and jam packed. We look forward to exploring our beaches, visits with friends on vacations, harvesting from our friends garden (purple beans and carrots were definitely the highlights), eating fresh corn, roasting marshmallows over a bonfire, reading blueberries for sal (hope to pick some as well), lots of time in the country with the cousins in PEI, and visiting the County Exhibition that my family had participated in for years

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  93. I would LOVE a copy of this book! It looks beautiful. I have her first book and I treasure it.

    We enjoy our evening rains here in the SW. It's monsoon season and we love watching the storms roll in. Big dark clouds in an endless blue sky. It's beautiful.

    Thanks!

    Becca

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  94. Anxiously awaiting our second child whom is due this friday! I follow both of your blogs and this book would be a great addition to our growing family and related library...thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  95. Here is Oregon we are all about the berries. Currently blackberries are coming on and picking them right off the vine and munching makes for the best summer day.

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  96. Hooray! I've been waiting for this book to come out too. Fingers crossed :D

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  97. Oh how I would love to win this book!

    I have both of Amanda's previous books and we've been inspired to try many of the projects in those.

    We are inventing new Summer rituals, as we've just moved nearer the coast. Seems to me that we're marking the season by lots of visits to the beach and plenty of surfing practice!

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  98. Would love to win! Thanks...

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  99. I love SouleMama! She is doing so many things I aspire to, and I follow her with great delight.
    I live in Alberta, Canada, so I know about seasonal living. Short growing seasons and long winters. We spend our August days keeping cool and enjoying the frequent thunderstorms!

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  100. I would love a chance to win this! I am a huge fan of Amanda, and love her other books. I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  101. If I don't win it then I'm buying it. So I win either way!

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  102. This time of year is outdoor dinners and lapping up every minute left of summer by the pool. I cant wait to see this book. Thanks!

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  103. I've been so looking forward to this book, and the pictures here make me want it even more! my little one's first birthday is in september and I'm looking forward to celebrating the season with apple picking and all it's related cooking and baking!

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  104. Thank you for this giveaway!
    The book lokks so lovely!!! :)

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  105. I'm so excited to read her new book.

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  106. thanks for the chance - I cannot wait to read the newest soule book. We are enjoying summer by picking huckleberries (a small version of blueberries but tarter) and swimming at our local outdoor pool. thanks again.

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  107. I have been looking forward to her new book. It looks amazing! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  108. OHHHH- how I would love to have this beautiful book!

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  109. I would love to win this - here in the UK publication is delayed for at least a month - and I would love to see the seasonal recipes for summer before it passes! Thank you for your (and Amanda's) generosity.

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  110. What an awesome giveaway! I love the Soule family blog so much - I'd like to live on a farm just like them one day.

    emilydwalter@gmail.com
    http://lereve-et-lamour.blogspot.com/

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  111. I have enjoyed her earlier books as well and would love to have this one on my shelf! This time of year, college friends come to visit so there are late nights with lots of games and laughter, and watching our kids play together. And my son's birthday is in a couple weeks, so August is always a celebratory time for us!

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  112. Few monts ago I started to follow your blog and Amadas independently. I really enjoy reading both. It is like my bedtime book. Now I see you are connected! This has been happening to me more and more often, especialy this year....connection to connection. It fells like white witchcraft is going around....Can´t wait to get a copy of the book from whatever source. Alice

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  113. Right now, we are preparing for back to school...starting earlier bedtimes and spending as much time outside as possible. I would love to win Amanda's book!

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  114. I have the first two Soule books sitting on a shelf in my office. Very enjoyable. It would be a treat to win the third! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  115. Thanks for your wonderfull blog and the chance to win the book. I would love to have one (here in germany) in our family library when we move into our new home this winter. I know Amandas inspiring blog but not the books and long winter evenings would be great to discover it :) LennysMum

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  116. I have Amanda's first two books, so I would very much like to win the third!!!
    This part of the Earth we have a lot of plum ripening and peaches, so we are planning to make plum dumplings and peach soup :)

    Orsolya from Hungary
    borsoo.blogspot.com

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  117. I cannot wait to read this book!!

    This time of year is all about the harvest for us....fruit: peaches, plums, veggies, as well as the medicinal herbs.....as an herbalist this is the season!!....beebalm, elderberries, lemon balm, spilanthes, the whole family helps out! It's all about preparing the nourishment and medicine for the year ahead!

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  118. Oh Wonderful... I can't wait to read this!!! I love your "four seasons" part of the world: the thought of wandering through pages of icy winter, fresh spring, sunny summer and colorful autumn is just so exciting!!!

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  119. Fab give-away. If I don't win I shall be buying the book anyway :o)

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  120. We just moved from San Francisco to Portland, OR, so we are just savoring how different the outdoors is and excited for what's still to come. Thanks for the chance at this wonderful book!

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  121. We just moved from San Francisco to Portland, OR, so we are just savoring how different the outdoors is and excited for what's still to come. Thanks for the chance at this wonderful book!

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  122. oh please please! Hopefully you will post to australia, as I havent been able to access her books and would so dearly love to!!

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  123. Please please please please please!!!!! I've been trying to pre-order Rhythm of the Family from Amazon for ages, but here in the UK they've run out. Here's hoping......

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  124. what a fantastic book! i have been enjoying this time of year by soaking in as much ocean air and swimming in the sea as much as possible!

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  125. what an eloquent write-up...your words tempt me to buy this book right now...but i shall wait in hopes of a win ;)

    at this moment we are harvesting baskets full of basil from our garden to make our yearly batch of pesto for freezing to enjoy on our pasta all through the long winter. our house is full of the sweet aroma.

    xx

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  126. Oh how I would love to win a copy of this lovely book!

    We are in a different space this August than other years - new city, someone going into kindergarten - and so this early August is all about enjoying a time that we won't see again, and about exploring our new city.

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  127. Thank you so much for this opportunity. We celebrate early August in NSW Australia sitting by our wood fire. I like to knit, read and bake especially at this time of the year. xxoo

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  128. amanda has inspired me as a crafter, an observer but most of all as a parent, i love re reading her books as my children grow and gaining a fresh and inspired boost. she is truly an inspiration.
    andthetrees,blogspot.com

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  129. Thank you so much for the give-away! Such inspiration!

    We continue to collect berries of all kinds here in Maine and make lovely treats for now and to enjoy in the winter months!

    Thanks again!
    Jane (jcwah1999@yahoo.com)

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  130. Such a beautiful book. I feel like I need some help lately to get back to the 'family rhythm', so perhaps reading your post is fate? I hope so!! x

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  131. It was because of Amanda's blog that I went to Squam and took your wonderful printing class. There is something very full circle about all this for me :)

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  132. All of Amanda's books are wonderful, I'd love to add the third to my collection! It's no surprise at all that you are contributing, Maya.. you are kindred spirits. My boys are exploring more art forms now that they're a ripe 4 & 1/2 years old, this would be perfect.
    We're enjoying our little harvests, our bicycles, the White Mts, the Cape sand... for as long as we can. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  133. Thank you for sharing the book! I look forward to reading it in the near future!

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  134. This looks like a delightful book. We are looking forward to heading out on the tundra here in Western Alaska to pick blueberries and salmonberries very soon. Hoping to pick lots to freeze for delicious pies and desserts all winter long!
    Leah
    leeack080969@gmail.com

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  135. We're celebrating the last month before school begins by escaping to a cottage with a rocky shore surrounded by rich walking trails and starry skies. I am excited just thinking about it.

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  136. I've been eagerly awaiting this book. August is month of saying - what did I desperately want to do this summer that I haven't yet? Each year I seem to forget that Sept. 1 is not the end of spending time outside; it's actually the start of much more pleasant outside time.

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  137. I can't wait to get a hold of this book. We tend to spend lots time hiking, exploring and watching for the first signs of fall. Spending time at the pick it yourself farms, canning and freezing and putting away our faves to enjoy again in the winter.
    Thanks!
    hfuhriman at yahoo (dot) com

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  138. peaches, peaches, peaches ... freezing them for pies and smoothies when the days are shorter and a little bit of summer gold will be just right. it would be a hoot to win this book.

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  139. I love your stamps. Looks like an interesting book. We've just started school around here and it is so hot hot hot to be outside. Yesterday we brought nature inside. A dead bee on the driveway became our science project. We looked at it under the microscope, figured out what kind it was. There are so many ways to celebrate and explore the natural world!

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  140. congrats on being in the book! your prints look wonderful!
    Here in Texas right now.. it's a pool or the beach!! sooooo hot!
    Ciao Helen

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  141. The book looks great. Our days are quite busy right now harvesting Maine wild blueberries & making lots of jams!
    Vanessa

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  142. Swimming.. there is nothing else to do in this heat but cool off in a pool, lake, river.. puddle.. whatever water you can find.

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  143. Just in time for the end of the summer. . . and the new baby we'll be having soon.

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  144. This time of year it's all about the zukes. We're sneaking it into everything edible in this household! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  145. Looks like a lovely book - Thank you for the opportunity to randomly be chosen to receive it! Happy Summer!

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  146. This new book sounds awesome! I can't wait to glean inspiration from its beautiful pages.

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  147. I can't wait to read this book!! And it is my birthday :) Thanks for the chance!
    Michele

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  148. Very nice post! Thanks from a fellow peach picker!

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  149. Thank you for the offer of this new (and I'm sure) awesome book!

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  150. This book looks so inspiring!

    pulchrabliss(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  151. I'm in Prescott, AZ-in the mountains, so this time of year is monsoon season. No rain yet this week though, so it has been hot!

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  152. I am a huge fan of SouleMama (and yours for that matter) and would so love a copy of this book!!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    ~Michelle
    www.falafelandthebee.com

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  153. What a great success this book will be! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    As for how I am enjoying my summer - my daughter and I celebrate each night with all fruit smoothies! YUM

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  154. I will love to read it, I had the other two and love them, specially the first one.

    Here in Costa Rica we are in the middle of the long raining season, so everything it's quite slow.
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    Mother's day is aproching, on August 15th.

    Thanks for the chance.

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  155. I have loved Amanda's other 2 books, and can't wait to read the latest!
    Thanks for the chance of having the 3rd book for my own!
    Love all the stamping that you do, so beautiful!

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  156. I am so sure it is a wonderful book! Here we love to cook with local fresh fruits and vegetables while they are available. Thank you for this great giveaway!

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  157. Wow. It is an honor to be included. She is such an amazing woman and yet so down to earth - just like you and many of us mamas I'm certain. ; )

    Can't wait to try out your printing. I hadn't read about that, or maybe I forgot it.

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  158. I've read Amanda's first two books and loved them. I would love the opportunity to check out this new one. Right now in Maryland we are up to our ears in sweet corn and tomatoes!

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  159. Haven't ever commented before but this post inspired me. I am really enjoying your blog. Been reading for few weeks now and love all the creative ideas. Thank you!

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  160. Loved her first two books and this one does look super!!

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  161. For the past 5 years..all of my married life, this is the time of year we are usually packing to move to a different country!!! First it was to Egypt for a year. Then back to Canada. Then a couple years later to England. The following August back to Canada. This august we are packing to move to the US of A! Thanks for asking this question or I would have never realized our August family tradition!
    This book looks amazing, I'd love to win it for my birthday this month!

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  162. is it too late to enter? I would love to win a copy! thanks

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  163. I subscribe to the Soule's feed. They are such a neat family and so talented. I would love to win their book.

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  164. Looks like a lovely book - so inspiring. I'll be ordering a copy unless I win this giveaway of course! x x

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  165. How exciting to have read the book already! The stamps look beautiful, and such a wonderful thing to do with children. It'd be awesome to see what some of our native trees here in New Zealand look like as prints.
    We are just coming into the very very beginning of spring here, and are celebrating the returning of the light and the first buds on the trees.
    Really enjoying your beautiful blog too :)

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  166. Your point is valueble for me. Thanks!

    My site:
    rachat www.rachatdecredit.net

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  167. Summers are generally hot here in UT, and August is when we start having cooler nights and days so we try to go on hikes as a family every week. And in a few days we'll be driving to Oregon to pick some blueberries and enjoy a family vacation together. I love this time of year, when you can just barely sense subtle season changes in the air...

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  168. nice to see your stamps there
    I have to get a copy of the book,sounds so good

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  169. Those stamps are great! I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  170. I follow Amanda as well....she is a beautiful and thoughtful blogger...i love reading her everyday and I so much enjoyed her past two books! thank you for the giveaway!!!

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  171. Wonderful book! Thanks for the chance :)

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  172. So beautiful!!! The book, the stamps, your mindful friendship! Congratulations to both of you!

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  173. I would love to be able to put my hands around that beautiful book by the amazing Amanda Soule! In Mississippi, August brings dreadfully HOT temperatures, but it also brings the end of the season firefly chasing, more harvesting from the garden, and indoor family movie nights (to stay cool from the outdoor heat). Hope your family enjoyes the remainder of your summer!

    Ashley Lee
    mrs(DOT)ashley(DOT)lee(AT)gmail(DOT)com
    www.chasingfireflies.typepad.com

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  174. August brings us several things...first, it's a birthday month, which I've posted about on my blog over at http://www.river-girl.com just recently! Secondly, it is also our anniversary month! Then it's also time to get ready for teaching in September (Of which I'm lucky enough to take off some time with our newest little one born in May!)

    I can't wait to read Amanda's new book! It looks spectacular!

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  175. I would love to have this lovely book!

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  176. Great to hear it's your favorite thus far as I've really enjoyed her other two.

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  177. Wonderful tomatos on the vine in our garden is what we have at this time of year.

    I would love to win her book.

    Thanks

    edie(dot)crump @ sbcglobal(dot)net

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  178. I have really enjoyed her other books and would love to have this one

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  179. I loved this activity when you blogged about it here and would love to have a copy of the book in my library for reference! Thanks so much for the offer~

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  180. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. I have it on my wishlist!
    :)

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  181. What a gorgeous book, I can't wait to read it. We've been spending this week watching our tomatoes ripen (finally) and our kitchen is full of basil, peppers, eggplant, mozzarella, blueberries, peaches - what a wonderful time of year!

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  182. I have Amanda's other 2 books and LOVE them! Would live to add this to my collection!

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  183. Oh, I would love to win this!Either way - I'm getting this book!

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  184. I would love a chance to win this!

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  185. OH I have been waiting for this book! I just love Amanda's other two books. I return to them again and again. Thanks for the chance.

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  186. We love to eat breakfast or dinner outdoors, now that the weather is getting cooler and we can enjoy the cricket songs.

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  187. I would so love to win this book! And I never thought of using plants or pods for stamping - hmm, need to have a look in the garden and see if there is something I could use...

    I live in Germany and normally around this time of the year we are in full summer mode, going swimming, eating icecream and such, but this year, it's a rather cold and rainy summer...

    Anyway, thanks a lot for the chance of winning this book!

    Fine

    keejah(at)gmx(dot)de

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  188. In TN, it is still very hot and humid. We garden in the early morning (brought in two wash tubs of tomatoes this morning) and do a fair amount of canning or preserving for leaner times.
    I'd love to flip through the new book.

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  189. Thanks for the chance to win this book! It looks lovely, indeed!

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  190. in the desert of the wild west, we are enjoying mesquite and cactus fruit and doing our best not to melt into 115 degree days.

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  191. I love her blog! Thank you for this giveaway

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  192. How sweet of you to offer this giveaway!

    Now, in New York, I've been celebrating August as a month of transitions - preparing to move, to begin school, to recollect my thoughts and life to where I want them to be - and, of course, enjoying as much time outside as possible!

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  193. We love being able to eat meals/snacks outside! It's one of my favorite parts of summer. Thanks for the giveaway. The book looks amazing.

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  194. I am already seriously in love with this book. I've read her other two books from front to back so I know I'm going to love this one as well.

    www.starinadarkworld@comcast.net

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  195. I love Amanda and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this new book!

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  196. Oh I would love to win this book so, it is on my wish list for when the boat comes in, but to win it would just be awesome!

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  197. This book looks wonderful and I'd love the chance to win it! This time of year is spent figuring out the new year of homeschooling. I do treasure it, bc at this point I'm excited to delve in and experience all the new learning with my girls. Nature and experiencing the seasons enriches all of that too.

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