October 1, 2013

Grab A Glass & Stay Awhile. Would Ya?


 

I don't know about you but I absolutely LOVE entertaining. If I could stand to work nights and weekends again (been there...done that...) I'd quit my day job and be an event planner in a heartbeat. No questions asked.

More so than just entertaining, I love entertaining close friends and family. Since purchasing our first home, inviting parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, neighbors, new friends, old friends...you name it over to eat, drink and just downright enjoy the company of one another has become a new favorite hobby of mine.

What better way to entertain than friends and family than with a good bottle of reasonably priced wine?

Gallo Family Vineyards was established in 1933 and since then, they continue to strive to bring together friends and families closer to one another by the means of their very tasty, very approachable wines. (If you've ever read my bio right thurr to the left, you can appreciate why they had me at "less than $5 per bottle!)

I fancy white wines so I definitely favored the Chardonnay (fruity and sweet, not dry at all), while Beau, on the other hand, preferred their Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Here recently, everyone is starting to move a little closer and closer to one another and I couldn't be more elated! I moved closer to my mom and brother, Beau's parents moved a little closer to us and more recently, my aunt and uncle moved from Dallas to not only Houston, but INTO our neighborhood and now reside .8 miles away from us! Someone is always cooking something delicious, pouring something strong or just inviting people over to spend time with one another and that, my friends, is what family is all about.

At my Aunt Mary & Uncle John's birthday party this past weekend. Aren't they hysterical!?

Baby brother :) Love this kid!

Me, Aunt Mary, mom


Along with very affordable wines, Gallo has more recently launched their Gallo Family Vineyards Crest Creator; a fun and interactive site that gives you a way to create, share and download your very own personalized family crest. I had so much fun creating mine and Beau's! (Below) It's pretty clear as to what our priorities are around here: wine, traveling, our furchild and the Lonestar State.)




Alright alright...now for the good stuff...who wants a chance to wine, err-WIN, a $100 Visa gift card so that you can purchase your very own (case of) Gallo Family Vineyards wines?! 

Uh huh...now that I've got your attention, you tell me...what is your definition of family? Leave your response in the comments section below for your shot at a hundred smackaroos! (My gift to you. You're welcome.)

Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
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  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents (excluding Colorado, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Utah and where otherwise prohibited by law) age 21 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 10/1/2013-10/31/2013
Be sure to visit the Gallo Family Vineyards Brand Page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!






110 comments:

  1. All you need in life is love, vino, and family! For me, family is more than blood. Its all about the love we share for each other and the stories we create together. :)

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  2. Family to me is being with people who will love you and do anything for you no matter what you go through.

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  3. Love your dress!! Where did you get it?!?!?!

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  4. Family is everything when you have nothing left. I absolutely adore my family and would be no where without them. A little wine doesn't help either ;)

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  5. For me, family is the people who you can be yourself with, who are always there for you, and who you love unconditionally. My family is not just made up of biological parents and siblings, but includes an adoptive mom, dad, and brother, my amazing husband, in laws, my birthparents and their families and some of the most amazing friends. Family to me is everything, but that doesn't mean its an exclusive group, my family continues to grow on a daily basis.

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  6. I agree with others who have already commented- family are the people that you can be yourself with, they are always there for you, you love each other and support each other. We live in the same neighborhood as three of our family members and it is so wonderful! Like you said, there is always someone cooking dinner and hosting the rest of us to join them!

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  7. Family is getting together and eating, laughing and drink the night away

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  8. My definition for family is the people who love you just the way you are. :) Thanks for hosting the great giveaway!

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  9. For me, the definition of family is those people that represent it. While I have amazing blood relatives that encompass the meaning of family. There are also "chosen family" that certainly bring the definition of the word full circle. Family are those who make you smile when you are sad and make you laugh when you want to cry.

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  10. Twitter entry! Woot woot! https://twitter.com/AlexKeszler/status/385102603299741696

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  11. I love me some cheap vino! Gallo was the first brand of wine I ever had and actually enjoyed back in college! :)

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  12. To me family consists of the people you can run to when you're feeling up or down. They help to make you a better person and are there for you when you feel like nothing in the world is going right. Enjoy the company of those family members and have as much fun as possible....life is too short. Way too short.

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  13. Love the dress :) Family is anytime we can all get together, no matter where & just enjoy each others company!

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  14. Family is all bout being there with each other for support. And making traditions, I love those :)

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  15. Family are the people who will never leave your side, no matter what mistakes you have made. You can be yourself around them. I'm lucky enough to have a great "real" family as well as some life long friends that feel like family! <3

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  16. My definition of family is closeness and support. People you can go to when times get tough and always have someone who will care and listen to you.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  17. tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/385109376966483968
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  19. Family is what you define it as: actual family, close friends, blog friends, or community. They accept you without consideration to your flaws. Family lifts you up when you are down and celebrates in your happiness.

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  20. My definition of family is people that are there for each other through thick and thin. They love unconditionally and support each other, whether they are related by blood or not.

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  21. Love this! You look so happy and pretty in these pics!!!
    My definition of family is togetherness, traditions and support. My family is the most important thing to me and having them close is wonderful!

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  22. Family are the people that don't judge each other, love each other unconditionally, lean on each other and laugh with each other even if there is blood and genes involved!

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  23. Me and the mister and Floyd snuggling on the couch!

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  24. Family ... ahhh, rather than dictated by blood or legal relational status (ie through marriage/adoption), I believe that one's family is made up of those people who form a close and intimate supportive community, living and supporting each other through life :) It's made up of unconditional love and close, honest relationships!

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  25. Love Gallo wines! And the whole Gallo family! They live in my area and the winery is right down the road from where I work. :)

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  26. I agree, being an event planner would be so much fun, but the time thing is tricky! :) Love the family crest!

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  27. Love this! Family are the people that are at your door with a bottle of wine without questions when you need them most

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  28. I'm a new reader and would love the $100 gc. How sweet of you! I'm a recent Texan as well so loved hearing about your family :) Family to me means hours of catching up and being yourself like you can't with anyone else!

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  29. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! I think family are folks (by blood, my marriage, or by choice) that love you for you - with the only stipulation of that love is love in return.
    -Whitney
    whitney (dot) c (dot) goetz (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. Family are the people who love and support each other

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  31. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/385178046602301440

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  32. Family is anyone you hold near and dear to your heart :)

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  33. Family to me are those that always have your back, no matter what!

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  34. Family is the only thing that matters in life!!

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  35. It's so awesome that your family is close, mine is spread from Texas to Cali! To me family is anyone you would invite over even if the house isn't spotless. If I'm hosting a party or having a big group over the casa definitely is in tip top shape, but when family comes over? Well, they can deal with toys in the living room and some dishes in the sink :)

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  36. To me, family means loyalty. It also means having a feeling of belonging.
    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  37. tweet: https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/385206553520779264

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  38. Family is the people you can depend on when times are great and when they get rough. I have friends that I consider family because they are there for me sometimes better than my family could be!!

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  39. I tweeted!! https://twitter.com/dmtesch07/status/385374341795291136

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  40. To me, family is not restricted to blood... I have several friends that I consider family. Family=loyalty. Family is always there for you in your times of need or in times of celebration :)

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  41. love caring and supporting

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  42. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/385438931535163393 .

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  43. Family is everything. It doesn't matter if it is the family you were born into or the friends who became family.

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  44. My definition of family is people that love, cherish, care and think of each other. People that feel they belong together and want to proceed through life in each other’s presence.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  45. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/385484023318867970

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  46. To have love is to have family :)

    stefany21@yahoo.com

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  47. Aw! Family, to me, are the people who you love and who love and support you in return!

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  48. Where you feel love, you find family. They are always there to encourage and support you.

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  49. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/385835580124184576

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  50. The ultimate family for me? The one in this house- my daughter, son, and husband. :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Family are people who love and support you and are there for you during the good times and bad.

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  52. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/386584880013787136

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  53. To me, family means people in my life who accept and love me for who I am.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  54. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/386722009222103040

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  55. Accepting and loving unconditionally.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  56. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/387206438365302784
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  57. My definition of family are those around you that love and support you no matter what life may bring! Family sticks together through thick and thin!

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  58. Family is:
    Support, guidance, love, and understanding at ALL times, even when you don't want it or when you don't think you deserve it.

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  59. I tend to think of my immediate family -- my parents and siblings. Our family keeps growing and expanding, with spouses and babies though!

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  60. Family to me is being with those you love! Sharing good times and sometimes bad times, but always being there for one another!

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  61. I may have already answered this, if so, i'm sorry for duplicate comment. But family are the ones, blood or not, that will always be there, no questions asked, and no rules. They simply accept you, love you, flaws and all.

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  62. My definition of family has to be the people that love and support you unconditionally. The people that let you be YOU.

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  63. family for me is not just blood related. My husband is a firefighter and with that comes his "brothers" (if you know fire fighters then you know what this means) I am always the one to entertain and these young men are are amazing Uncles to my three kiddos. I know that they and their wives will always be there for us. I also love my church family as much as my own. We live less than a mile from our church and we are very involved with this growing community. I am very blessed!

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  64. Family are those you love and are there for no matter what. I adore family:))) & I'm right there with ya girl-I would so love to be an event planner!

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  65. Family to me are people who I love and who love me no matter what happens in life.

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  66. Family to me are the people that are most important and special to you. I absolutely adore my blood relatives, but my girlfriends and co-workers are equally special to me. Family is the people you most want to surround yourself with.

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  67. Family is the people closest to you, blood related or not. My kids call my closest friends "aunt" and "uncle". Family is there for you no matter what, no matter your genetic relationship!

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  68. People who will be there for you no matter what and love you unconditional.
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  69. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/388457042928619521
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  70. Family are the ones you love unconditional, faults and all and who love you back even on your worst day. Blood or not.

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  71. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/388715401573445632

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  72. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/389125413856751617

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  73. Family means listening and loving without judgement

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  74. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/389892185216122880

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  75. FAmily - those you are born into and those you choose. A circle of love and support.

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  76. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/390628641161216001

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  77. Family is anyone who loves and cares for you no matter what! They don't have to be blood :)

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  78. Family to me is my favorites in my life. The people that will be there no matter what!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  79. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/390994684895440896
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  80. family means those who are with you no matter what! family is love. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  81. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/391762557142196225 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  82. my favorite people in the whole world!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  83. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/391935199505707008

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  84. My definition is the people in your life who you can always count on and be yourself with.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  85. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/392304613988122624

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  86. To me, family would be the people who love you and accept you just the way you are...blood ties are not necessary, love is!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  87. tweet
    https://twitter.com/sleatham1/status/392334700682825728
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  88. Family is love! And that is all! Thanks for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail

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  89. My definition of family is people who I can count on, and they can expect me the same in return.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  90. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/393458318414344192

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  91. The people in my life who accept & love me for who I am.
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  92. tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/393644996034699264
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  93. Family to me is unconditional love.

    Mcantu1019 at aol dot com

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  94. Family is loyalty and kindness--people you can rely on no matter what and people that you just can not live your life without!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  95. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/394255476428263424

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  96. Family is our shared times together. The wonderful road trip with two co-workers who turned out to be wonderful friends, a holiday meal with a close neighbor and the wonderful daughter I gained when my son married. These are family.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  97. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/395231129218736128

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  98. family are the folks you share your life with, folks you can count on in a pinch
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  99. tweet https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/395634676250841088 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  100. My definition of family is unconditional love

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  101. https://mobile.twitter.com/electricstar/status/395717562300133376?p=v

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  102. Those in your life who love you unconditionally.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  103. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/395838111147515904
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  104. My definition of family is people that you love and can be yourself with.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  105. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/395940061725720577
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  106. My definition of family is people that are there for you no matter what.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  107. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/395972298328395776

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  108. My family is those that I love and put their happiness before my own. The ones that I would die for.

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  109. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/395989991043522560

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