Gift Guide for your Bitesize Budget & a Giveaway!*


In case you missed the Christmas trees, or were passed out through Thanksgiving, I am here to announce that the Holiday Season of 2011 has officially begun! And it has brought holiday potlucks and white elephant exchanges with it! If you are like most of America, your wallet looks a lot like it did when you were 12. Empty, except a few stray dollars that you were planning to buy a new Lisa Frank notebook with. Oh and that old/deactivated credit card that your Mom gave you to play with…but according to the liquor store it expired in 1982. In other words, if you are like me, you aren’t going to be playing Oprah this Christmas. (and you get a car! and you get a car! and you get a car!)

It’s that lovely time of year when you have to buy your overly chatty coworker something for Christmas. Not because she was on top of your list, but because she bought you something…and you don’t want to feel like an asshat for not getting her something in return. Or worse, have her hold it over your head till next year. So this year, thanks to my handy dandy gift guide, you will be prepared! To save you and your wallet, I have pulled together a list of 6 of my favorite kitchen gifts for under $25 each!

But that’s not all, over the next couple of weeks, I will be giving away one of each of the items above to one of you! I will also be giving away a few awesome cookbooks (along with a copy of The Food Stylist’s Handbook) and one big ticket item that will remain a surprise! Since all of these giveaways will be sponsored by TNCB, they will not all be handed out on the blog. Some will be given away on facebook, some on twitter, and some here on the blog! Follow along on each to win!


1. Pink Salt Pig: Everyone needs a salt pig! It keeps your favorite salt nearby and fresh. Grabbing a pinch or two as you are cooking has never been easier. And to be perfectly honest, I put it on here because it’s ‘effing adorable. If you turn it around, it even has a pink curly tail! Salt shakers are so 2010. -find on for $7.95 with free shipping

2. Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit: I swear I didn’t make that name up. It’s the real name for this awesome 6 piece decorating kit. The tips are giant and make the perfect swirls of buttercream. It comes with 5 styles of tips and a 16 inch pastry bag made to fit the larger tips. It is the only way I will decorate my cupcakes! -find on for $19.50 with free shipping

3. Misto: I have talked about my love for my Misto many, many times before. But for those who may have missed it, a Misto turns your pure Olive Oil into a spray (like Pam aerosol sprays). Anytime I find myself at the stove, I also find myself using my Misto. I never buy preservative/artificial Pam, or worry about goblets of olive oil on my salad, and it even comes in different colors now! -find on for $9.99 with free shipping

4. Williams-Sonoma Gift Card: Because who doesn’t like to walk into Williams-Sonoma and know they get to spend someone elses money on that overly priced tea towel? You can buy a traditional card or instantly mail an e-gift card to an email. It’s perfect for those forgetful gifters! -find on for your choice of amount

5. Bodum 8 Cup French Coffee Press: On a lazy Sunday morning, the only coffee that will do is a slow brewed, traditional cup of joe from your French Press. Sure I love my Keurig and it’s 2 minute coffee on Monday mornings…but nothing will beat that wonderful flavor you can get with just a little more seeping time. Plus, it’s one of the only things invented in the 80’s that is still cool today. -find on for $24.99 with free shipping

6. Silpat: It’s a step up from the classic parchment paper in every way possible! It’s green: no more throwing away all that paper. It’s cheaper: a Silpat will never go bad, but you can only use that roll of parchment paper once. It’s easier: no more ripping the parchment paper while trying to get it to cut on those silly little metal teeth. -find on for $19.99 with free shipping


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And now, because I love you guys, I am giving away (1) $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma!

Dates: CLOSED This giveaway will run from 12am (PST) Friday, December 2nd 2011, until 11pm (PST) Sunday, December 4th 2011

You have two ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me your best dance move. Are you a good booty shaker? Can you do a mean two-step like my Daddy? Or are you the best dang hokey pokey-er that ever lived? I wanna know!

2. For a bonus entry, Leave a comment with a link to a photo of you and your favorite thing in your kitchen. You can upload a photo to,,, or anywhere else you can think of. Just make sure that both you AND your favorite item in your kitchen are in the photo! We all wanna see that pretty face of yours!


Twitter/Facebook: You do not need to twitter or facebook about this giveaway, unless you want too! But you should follow along for some upcoming giveaways that will only be featured there and will not be on the blog!


Legal Crap:

-This giveaway is being sponsored by The Novice Chef Blog and no one else. There will only be one winner of (1) $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma.

-The judges for this giveaway will be me, Brody, and the 4 cats. The cats are prone to the chicken dance, but Brody tends to like the rump shaker.

-I will contact the prize winner by email and the prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.

Official Rules 



Updated: 12/05/2011


The winner of the Williams-Sonoma giftcard is Brianna!


Brianna — December 3, 2011 @ 5:37 am

I am most definitely the female version of Kevin James in the movie, “Hitch”!!



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158 Responses to “Gift Guide for your Bitesize Budget & a Giveaway!”

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 2, 2011 @ 1:14 am

    I *just* posted about an hour ago with a Baking Supplies post. I just went to BB & Beyond today…picked up another Silpat, a cookie-decorating kit, and would love love to win a $50 Williams Sonoma treat!

    NICE…thanks for the great giveaway!

    Best dance move? Slithering away from creepers on the dance floor who dance way to close for comfort. Escape artist is my best move.

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    lynne — December 2, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    Love the gift guide! Bake it pretty’s icing kit is awesome! (plus i love their cupcake liners!). Hm, best dance move…well that’s a hard one considering I can’t dance….oh! the super-awkward-jump-up-and-down-like-you-know-what-you’re-doin-dance!!

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    Jessica F — December 2, 2011 @ 1:48 am

    Mine is the twisty leg walk (technical name, clearly). You do it during argentine tango where the leader (not me) is walking forward and walks in between your legs with each move creating a motion where the follower (me) wraps their leg around the leader’s as they step backwards. Is this pattern of wrapping legs walking and kind of looks like a really cool, kind of sultry 4 legged octopus walking. Or something… Dance moves are difficult to describe.

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    Megan — December 2, 2011 @ 2:49 am

    I like dances that are enhanced accessories – I like to do the running man while wearing a sweat sweatband and some legwarmers (on top of Velcro/lace-up shoes, obviously!)

    Love the pink salt pig! It seems much more practical than the tiny bowl I have now (way to prone to spillage with my clumsiness!)

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    Jessica Lynn — December 2, 2011 @ 3:09 am

    Basically, I can rock the “shopping cart” like nobody’s business out on the dance floor.

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    Jessica Lynn — December 2, 2011 @ 3:14 am

    Funny you should ask for a picture of us with our favorite kitchen item; I took a picture a couple weeks ago with my favorite item that also doubles as a snazzy accessory. Behold, the Onion Goggles! (oh, and they are freaking awesome—I haven’t shed a single tear {while slicing onions} since I bought them)

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    amy marantino — December 2, 2011 @ 5:04 am

    the chicken dance is my forte

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    branny — December 2, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    Haha. My best dance move must be the lawn mower

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    branny — December 2, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    My apron and me! Booya

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    Emily — December 2, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    Um, my best dance move is sitting and watching everyone else dance, and wishing that I didn’t have two left feet. 😀

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    Katrina — December 2, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Great suggestions! I’m on a tight budget this year. Thanks!

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    Jeanne ODonnell — December 2, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    Disco all the way!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — December 2, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    i’m just about the worst dancer ever…but i can do the cha cha slide!

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    Francesca — December 2, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    I don’t even have a dance move! I don’t dance…not at all!

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    Katie — December 2, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    OMG, I cannot dance, so I do best with simple choreographed moves (chiken dance, shuffle, etc.). Very cool moves, indeed.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — December 2, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I’m known for NOT being able to dance. If I’m put in a situation where I have to dance with someone, I try to laugh at myself by doing something lame like the sprinkler. You don’t want to be near me on the dance floor. 😛

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    Kelly — December 2, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Haha, love it! Any move that requires me to shake and shimmy my generous booty is my best move!

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    Amy G. H. — December 2, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I can do the “Mew Kids dance” like nobodies business!

    If you need a refresher, here’s a video!

    NKOTB 4 EVA!

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    Blog is the New Black — December 2, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Haha! This is a hilarious entry requirement…. I do a mean low “dip!” 😉

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    Sarah E. — December 2, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I’m gonna pull a little lame white girl here and say my best moves are either the sprinkler or fork in the garbage disposal. 😛

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    Sarah E. — December 2, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    And a picture with me and my favorite household item:

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    Celestine — December 2, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    I’m engaged to a lovely Canadian man who is a complete danceaholic. He never stops moving. Me? I’m the “white – overbite” dancer or perhaps even “the never gets up on the dancefloor – bar stool dancer”. . I would have to say that my favorite dance is when he gets me tipsy (liquid courage) and twirls me around the room and I actually don’t look like a (or even feel like) complete idiot.

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    Heather — December 2, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    my best dance move – it’s called “The Heather.” Yes, I’m serious. I will now teach you how to do it…

    First, stand shoulder width apart, with your right foot slightly in front of your left foot. Now, pop out your right hip. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, with flat palms, as if you are giving someone in front of you “high ten!” Then move your arms up and down, opposite of one another [left is up while right is down, etc.] brining the total distance your hand moves about one foot from the highest point to the lowest point. As you are doing this, also move your arms from the right side of the body, to the left side and back again, all the while rocking your hips back and forth. Once you have made your arms go up and down all the way from the right side to the left side and back again, you “bring it back.” Basically, you bring your hands towards your body in a circular motion, grooving to the music.

    I now realize that I must make a video for my blog, explaining the heather, as this is really not doing it justice 😉

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    Karen K. — December 2, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I rock the chicken dance! :) I think it’s my German heritage.

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    Emily — December 2, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    My best move is flailing around like a moron. I seriously have no rhythm at all! it’s sad actuallly

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    Nelly Rodriguez — December 2, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Oh dear, does it count that I am not a dancer at all!? Hey, I’m a really good clapper!

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    Lauren — December 2, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    My best move is the head bob. Haha

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    kara — December 2, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Ah I love the Hokey Pokey, especially the Zumba version :)

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — December 2, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    I have always wanted to shop at Williams Sonoma but I’m sooooo cheap!

    My best move is the Sir Mix A Lot “Baby Got Back” booty pop and a rather pathetic cabbage patch.

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    courtney — December 2, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    i am a ball of ridiculousness when i dance. i’ll typically a) stomp around and/or booty shake, b) shake my mess of curly hair around like an 80s rocker bc i was born in the wrong decade, c) do some sort of chubby checker / ironically terrible fist pump, d) charlston bc i was again born in the wrong decade and i love jazz music and/or e) sing along to every word to every song with corresponding hand gestures. any or a combination of the above. with a delirium tremens in hand bc i have to be slightly unsober to unleash said ridiculousness.

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    Amanda W — December 2, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I am not a very good dancer, at all!

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    Christy H. — December 2, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    No one particular move, but I can line dance! :)

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — December 2, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Love your suggestions and I’m laughing at the “best dance move” thing. Actually I’m laughing at myself trying to think of my best dance move. I do my best dancing with small children, and the really exceptional dancing is done before they can even talk and tell anyone else how uncoordinated it was, haha. Don’t know what you would call that… The Toddler Tango?

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    Evan Thomas — December 2, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    I have the back and forth 2-step down.

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    Amanda Ross — December 2, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Thiller dance!! :)

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    Kim L — December 2, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I am a mean booty shaker – or at least I was in my younger days :)

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    Sara — December 2, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    My best dance move? To stay off of the dance floor!

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    Kelsey G. — December 2, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    the giggly disco booty shaker – tons of fun, great exercise, and just not-serious enough to be a blast!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — December 2, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    If you get my college roommate and I together, we do a mean “sandwich” dance. Just find us a guy (or a girl) and we’ll sandwich you in!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — December 2, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Hmm, I am not a good dancer at all! But I have always wanted to learn how to do the classics like swing, ballroom, and salsa.

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    E Coleman — December 2, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Being a South Carolina girl, the Shag is my best dance move!

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    brooke filsinger — December 2, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Total swing fanatic!

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    katherine d. — December 2, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    I can do a mean electric slide :)

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — December 2, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    I do a mean scuba-holding-your-nose-while-getting-down-low move! 😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Desi — December 2, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    I’d like to think I’m a pretty good dancer! I can do the booty shake or electric slide :) Oh and I’d love the cupcake kit from bakeitpretty!! Love that site.

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    Jenna — December 2, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    I rock the “hands behind the head and move elbows back and forth” move. It’s pretty epic.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 2, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    My best dance move is undoubtedly the sprinkler. (Aka one hand bent behind your head, other arm straight out oscillating like a sprinkler head. Try it–it can’t be beat!)

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    Meredith — December 2, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    My best dance move is the sprinkler! I make it rain!

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    Heather K Miller — December 2, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    I am a horrible dancer! There is no denying that. My multiple rejections from the drill team and cheerleading squad prove that! But my kids don’t know that yet and during these last few months of holiday fun, we have been turning up the song Monster Mash to full volume and dancing our buns off to that. So I will call my expert dance move “THE Monster Mash.” Its awesome.

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    Michelle — December 2, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    I am loving the fist pump….lol.

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    Kari — December 2, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    My dad was in a band in his younger years and they played straight up Rock-n-Roll. He wasn’t, however, up to date with his dancing skills and always resorted to the Oldies “twist.” I’ve been imitating my fathers goofy display for so long that I’ve mastered it. Unfortunately, it’s so ingrained at this point I can’t control myself when the music starts. I now embarrass my daughter.

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    Kari — December 2, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    I have a lot of fun gadgets in my kitchen but it’s the most simple thing I can’t live without. I love paper towels!

    • Jessica replied: — December 2nd, 2011 @ 11:43 am

      I have no idea if the reason you picked this photo was because of your Bagel Boobies…but either way, I am seriously lmao! Hahaha! 😀

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    jeannette — December 2, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    i am a pretty good flail-er 😉 i used to do ballet but i’m no black swan. but i do rock Just Dance on Wii. no one can beat MY high scores 😀

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    Mimi — December 2, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Booty shaker all the way! It accompanies my bellydancing :)

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    Dena — December 2, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    I can polka like nobody’s business, but not sure it’s my “best” move 😉 Great ideas, thanks!

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    Karen — December 2, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Love the gift guide, the salt pig is adorable. Best dance move would be the flapping arms like chicken for the chicken dance.

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    jeannette — December 2, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    my fave kitchen gadget has to be my mixer, jessica rabbit. she makes me happy. see??

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    Becky — December 2, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Hmm, i know how to do basic swing dancing! And some country line dancing of course, as a Texan! :)

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    Heather Kobi — December 2, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    My best move would have to be the ‘running man’. I have been perfecting it since the early 90’s and it gets busted out any time an awesome jam comes on the radio!

    I love your gift guide items…the salt pig is adorable, misto looks awesome (how did i not know about this), sipat is a great alternative to parchment paper…and who wouldn’t love a gift card to Williams and Sonoma!!??

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — December 2, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    My best dance move is my new favorite that I learned over Thanksgiving with my family: it’s called the motorcycle. You put two fits in the air and rotate like you’re revving your motorcycle and bop your hips. Now I pass this to you–it will be a crowd pleaser!

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — December 2, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Here’s a link to my blog post with a picture of my favorite thing in my kitchen: my puppy! He’s my cooking companion and always ready to gather any ingredients that accidently hit the floor.

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    Anne S — December 2, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    I don’t dance!! Well, maybe if nobody else is watching.

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    Lindsay {life and kitchen} — December 2, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    My best dance move is anything that is silly enough to make my daughter laugh. The arms are flailin and the hips are swayin!

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    Amy S. — December 2, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    The only dancing I do these days is what my husband refers to as “bopping around the kitchen”. I usually have music going when I cook and don’t even realize I’m doing it!

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — December 2, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Me and my favorite:

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    Tammy — December 2, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    My coolest dance move….. “The Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round and “Round.” As you know by that, I have the moves of turkey. LOL! It was the only thing and I do mean ONLY thing that would hush my son up. He cried for 11 straight months unless I sang and danced to the Wheels on the Bus! By the way, would really love, love, love to win the Williams-Sonoma gift card!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 2, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    What a fun giveaway! Winning a Williams-Sonoma give card is like the lottery for us foodies :)

    I’m not really a great dancer. I guess I would say I can really get down when I do the YMCA…haha. :)

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    katie luterek — December 2, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    I love to bust out a ballet move anytime anywhere! My friends rolls their eyes.

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    angela — December 2, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    best dance move – in my kitchen alone rocking my hips to salsa music and making the dog wonder what exactly i’m doing. love the gift guide – two pink things – my favorite colour :-)

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    Christa — December 2, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Best dance move? I love to shake it with my 3 year old daughter to mambo number 5!!! We change all the names to our own!…”a little bit of mommy in my life!”

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    Amanda — December 2, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    The electric slide!! Wooo Hooooo!! I love it…. oh and I can do a pretty good Roger Rabbit… ooooo and the sprinkler!!!

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    Megan — December 2, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    I am a totally whitey and would say I have no good moves. But my son enjoys me doing the running man. Babies find humiliating things hilarious.

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    AshleyA — December 2, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I am a sway side to side to side kinda girl :)

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    Cate — December 2, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    I am the worst dance ever. I have no moves.BUT I can still do the macarena (hello 1996), does that count?

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    Megan — December 2, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I LOVE to swing dance and aerial moves are my forte 😉

    Thank you for posting this gift guide! I’m ordering the 8 cup french press right now…PERFECT Christmas present for my coffee-holic boyfriend. He only has a 3 cup right now and seeing as he needs to drink 8 or 9 cups to feel normal…this will cut out several steps for him :-)

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    Anu — December 2, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    I’m a hip hop dancer so any hip hop dance move!

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    Tracy — December 2, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Terpsichore did not bless me. I have the deepest empathy with the contestants on Dancing with the Stars who are so capable in other areas of their life and so utterly miserable at dancing.

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    Juli — December 2, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    I have no dance moves! Very sad. Maybe the Bump????

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    Kathy — December 2, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Dance, hmmm, I grew up not being allowed to so I am not sure what exactly constitutes dancing, but I can bop to my favorite music or a song on the radio as good as anyone. My husband finds it amusing, but that’s ’cause he can’t do it! Hope that counts.

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    Laura — December 2, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    I like doing the “swimmer’s” dance…plug the nose, point a finger in the air while wiggling your butt down (like you’re going into water). = )

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    Shannon O'Connell — December 2, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Well, being the plus sized girl I am, I tend to resort to the hip roll. I took striptease aerobics and have also done burlesque, so as long as I roll the hips and shake the girls a little, I tend to blind people into thinking I can dance.

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    Krystal @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} — December 2, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    I’m proud to say that my best move is “dropping it like it’s hot” with the booty roll. I’m one of those shake what your momma gave you kinda dancers, and I love rocking it out!!

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    Erin R. — December 2, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    Oh, gosh, dancing? I don’t necessarily do that in front of people now that I know better, but I secretly love that snake move they do on the movie “Breakin'” where you kind of wiggle your body in a wave down to your feet and then the reverse wave back up to your head. No, I’m not good at it like Ozone was, but I love to try.

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    Andrea D. — December 2, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    I move more side to side. I love to dance and dance with my kids as much as I can. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Julia — December 2, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    My husband says I do a mean, “finger point’ kinda like Steve Urkel. I refuse to believe that’s my best dance move. But he says it is.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 2, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    I don’t have a salt pig or a coffee press or a *nudge nudge* gift card lol but I have the rest and LOVE them all. Great list of items. My best dance move… Oh I totally kick butt at the running man. 😉 I’m waiting for someone to say the worm!

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    Erin — December 2, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    My best dance move is being a completely awful dancer and embracing it haha

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    Katie — December 2, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    1. I love your christmas picks & the giveaway.
    2. You crack me up with your dance moves question. I would say that I am a booty shaker. I went to a very diverse high school and learned from the best. My husband decided it would be funny to learn the superman dance and did it at our wedding… he’s crazy. lol He also likes to break dance when intoxicated.

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    morgan — December 2, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    i’m famous for my one hand in the air booty body roll. i love dancing so much i started a facebook group (back when facebook started in 05 and groups were so cool) called “i like to shake my $h%! and and look at my sexy ass in the mirror”, hahaha!

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    cori — December 2, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    i can rock out the shopping cart, sprinkler, and starting the lawn mower like nobody’s business!

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    Mary H. — December 2, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    My best dance move? When I spin into the living room acting like I could be on “So you think you can dance.” The thing is…I’m really a terrible dancer! :) Thanks for the giveaway and the gift list ideas. Happy holidays!

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    Catie — December 2, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    I can Chicken Dance like nobody’s business!

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    Sareesa — December 2, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Well I’m more of a go with the rhythm kind of girl, but i love booty shaking, lol.

    Me and my favorite :)

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    Betsy — December 2, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    I am awesome at doing the polka!

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    Corisa — December 2, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    I do have to admit, I love shakin my booty in front of the mirror

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 2, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    What a great gift guide – so many fun things!
    Love the giveaway too :) Best dance move? Are you kidding? I am not a good dancer! Back in the day I did a mean running man though. Now if I am on the dance floor it would be dancing crazy with my 6 year old!

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    Cassie — December 2, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    I’m not a great dancer but I can do a mean Macarena!

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    danielle — December 2, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I am really awesome at stepping on toes :)

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    Melisa — December 2, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Is hanging out in the corner a dance move? If so, I’m all over it!

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    Bekah — December 2, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    I am not much of a dancer, but turn on the cha-cha slide or Cupid shuffle and I am a rock star! :)

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    Sam H — December 2, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    I do a pretty mean pencil sharpener…

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    Sally — December 2, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    My go to dance move is always the shimmy.

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    Amilia @justeverydayme — December 2, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Oh boy…I can’t really dance at all. I suppose the cotton eyed joe!

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    Lauren — December 2, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    I can shimmy like you wouldn’t believe. Ow-OW!

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    Elizcosta — December 2, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    The lawnmower

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    Joanne — December 2, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Hmm best dance move. That’s awkward.

    I can walk like an egyptian. Kind of.

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    Meg — December 2, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    My best dance move is, and always will be, the running man. It doesn’t get any better than busting that bad boy out in the middle of the dance floor!

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    Krissy@DaintyChef — December 2, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    I do a mean Roger Rabbit.

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    Amanda Thompson — December 2, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    I love to shake my booty on the dance floor but I’m not very good at it!

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    Lindsay Austin-Greene — December 2, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    I do a mean “Brian Austin-Green”. What is the BAG, you ask?? The sweet move he’s doing in the opening credits for 90210. I’ve won many-a-dance-off with that move…

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    Kristin T — December 2, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    I am not the best dancer but I can do the Macerena.

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 2, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    I dance like a nerdy white girl! My kids tell me I should no longer do that on account of all the embarassment they might have to endure!!

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    amy @ uTryIt — December 3, 2011 @ 4:06 am

    My best dance move? Sorry I’m not really a good dancer…but I got my skill sharpen since a few months ago when my little boy made me dance with him every day…..”Ring around the Rosie…..” Yeah…that’s my best dance move…and I felt down on the ground every time! LOL

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    amy @ uTryIt — December 3, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    Here’s a picture of me and my favorite thing in the kitchen…the FOOD! 😛

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Brianna — December 3, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    I am most definitely the female version of Kevin James in the movie, “Hitch”!!

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    Teresa R. — December 3, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    I’m not a very good dancer, and I’ll date myself with this answer, but I have to say the twist.

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    Nia — December 3, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    I do an awesome drunken giraffe 😀

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    Stacey — December 3, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    uh, i am not a good dancer at all! no moves!

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    Tiffany — December 3, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    You know the person on the dance floor who looks entirely ridiculous but dances her heart out anyways? Ya, that’s me. I’m not sure any of my moves can be considered superb, but I can line dance my little heart out and not look quite as ridiculous as normal. haha.

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    Kimiko — December 3, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    OH gosh, after reading all of the previous commenters, I don’t think I can top those. Hahaha! My dance move is pretty much just a “put your hands in the air and sway” kind of thing…I’m not a dancer. My sister got the dancing genes. I just got the baking/cooking genes…but I’m perfectly ok with that. LOL

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    Allie — December 3, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    You’re going to laugh…but my best dance move (okay…fine, my ONLY dance move) is that hands-circle-omg-I’m-at-a-rave movie. You know which one I mean!? Where you have both hands and you’re waving them around in front of your face like a weirdo trying to circle a ball that really isn’t there? I guess it probably works better when you have two glow sticks in your hands and maybe some sort of mind-altering drugs (I’ve never been to a rave or had mind-altering drugs), but I like to do it anyway!

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    tk — December 3, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    I love doing turns in ballroom and swing!

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    Athena — December 3, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    My dance move is what I call the “pretty girl”dance. Basically, you’re just moving with the beat of the music from side to side and tossing your head a little

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    Laura — December 3, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    Girl, you know I can Jersey Turnpike like nobody’s business!

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    Bianca @ bsweetdreaming — December 3, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    My favorite dance mood is the dougie!

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    tiff — December 3, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    I am almost one step away from how Elaine dances on Seinfeld. I can’t come up with any good moves.

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    Kelly J — December 3, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    My move is the booty shake, which gives my family a good belly laugh every time!

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    Sarah Jordan — December 3, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    The best move I can do…is to move right off the dance floor.

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    Heather g. — December 4, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    What a great idea…love the salt pig! Well, I start out normal enough with kind of a sway…but I inevitably end up doing this groove thing that I perfected back in my Deadhead days. =) Haven’t got my groove on in a while tho…

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    Schmidty — December 4, 2011 @ 1:15 am

    Yep, I’m gonna go ahead and say it – my best dance move is the toe-smashing boogie. LOL!

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    Katie P. — December 4, 2011 @ 1:40 am

    What a neat idea! Love the blog. Being following every since I found the egg in the waffle maker post. Geniuuusssss.

    I don’t know if you can handle it, but I am a total pro at the first six seconds of the LMFAO Party Rock Anthem shuffle.

    I know.
    I know.

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    Nicole Maki — December 4, 2011 @ 2:08 am

    I love your blog and I do a mean Time Warp. LOL. What a fun question!

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    Emily — December 4, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    Just shakin my booty!!

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    Jayme — December 4, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    I think i might need a Salt pig! So cute and i love your list! I’m a brand new reader and cannot wait to indulge daily in your blog :) I’ve got to say, i break it down to ANYTHING on ‘Just Dance’ It is so much fun, even more so after a few tasty beverages! Happy holidays!

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    Kelly — December 4, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    I used to be able to dance the night away doing them all …. electric slide, swing, two step, etc …. but these days I don’t get out much. I’m a single parent, have four children, work full time and I’m back in college. I love reading your blog and cooking in my spare time … my coworkers reap the benefits of the baking I do as my children don’t like all the new things I try.

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    pascale — December 4, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    does the hokey pokey count?

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    Meghan — December 4, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Best dance move: Throw arms in air. Bend knees and move together to the beat. I’m a good dancer, obvi.

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    JulieD — December 4, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    The shopping cart? I’m the worst dancer in the world!! :)

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    amarachi — December 4, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    my best dance move is the sprinkler!

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    Caitlin — December 4, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    My best dance move would have to be the Hand Jive from Grease! I teach special ed. and my students and I rock that one at dances! :)

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    Adrienne — December 4, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    My best dance move is shimmy. Because I have an ample…you know… area. 😉

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    casey — December 4, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    i can not dance so my best dance move is the white girl shuffle.

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    Lindsey — December 4, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    My niece just taught me the “cat daddy.” I pull it out whenever I can now!

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    Melissa — December 4, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    I love all dancing! A good two step is fun, the electric slide and macarena are faves, but booty shaking is the standard fall back dance move.

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    Abby — December 4, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    my best move is the Bernie. classic

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    Christopher Sorel — December 4, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    I need a two drink fill then dragged out there by my wife move

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    Sarah in Miami — December 4, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    My favorite thing to do is pirouette around my kitchen like a ballerina while I wait for the oven or microwave to ding. It’s usually just enough time for me to convince myself that I’ve missed my true calling, but not enough time for me to take an ungraceful tumble!

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    living eventfully — December 4, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    my best move is to throw my hands in the air like I just don’t care.

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    Andrea W — December 4, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I’m a really good car dancer. That way I don’t have to use my feet which really don’t do anything anyways when I dance. People even made fun of me when I danced with my husband and dad at my wedding – we shuffled across the floor is slow circles and stopped a lot so people could take pictures – less dancing that way!!

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    Julie Ann — December 4, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    I like the reggatone.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 4, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    I once one a vacuum cleaner by doing the “Lawnmower” in a dance-off my freshman year of college.

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    Sandy — December 4, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    The chicken dance! Not too chicken to do that move :)

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    Jami — December 5, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    Love the gift guide! My husband taught me to “drive the school bus” when we started. He also “makes the pizza”, I’m glad I can call them my fabulous dance moves now. :)

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    Emma — December 5, 2011 @ 12:17 am

    such a great giveaway! i love the YMCA. that dance gets me every time.

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    Eunice — December 5, 2011 @ 1:55 am

    Best Dance Move?
    Definitely Cha Cha Slide… I know it’s not just one dance move.. it’s still super fun.

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    Veronica @ Café con Leche — December 5, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    Whenever I do “the sprinkler” it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Even at our college parties……….. haha :)

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