Friday, October 10, 2014

October 10: Samhain's Sirens 2nd Fearless Friday!

Welcome back fiendish friends!

It's another Fearless Friday here at the Siren's Cove. We have some Spooktacular Specialties to share! You lucky people get TWO giveaways today!

Don't forget to send us your forget-me-nots tributes and photos by Thursday, October 23rd! Email Serena

Have a wicked weekend!




The winner of the Fortune Teller box from Hemlock and Garnet is...

Spooky Dead Girl!



Judy Harrow (March 3, 1945 – March 20, 2014) was an author, counselor, lecturer, and Wiccan priestess. Harrow graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1962. She then received a B.A. in American Government from Western College for Women in 1966. In 1977 she participated in the La Jolla Program in Group Facilitation. In 1979 Judy Harrow graduated from City College of New York Graduate School of Education with a M.S. in Counseling with honors. udy Harrow was a member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and of the American Counseling Association.
She began studying Witchcraft in 1976, and was initiated as a Priestess in September 1977. She founded the Inwood Study Group in June, 1980. After Harrow received her third degree Gardnerian initiation in November, 1980, this group became Proteus Coven, which thereafter affiliated with Covenant of the Goddess in August, 1981. She served as convening First Officer of Northeast Local Council of CoG in 1983, National First Officer of CoG in 1984, and Co-chair of CoG Grand Council in 1985. She has held various other positions on the CoG National and Local Boards of Directors, most recently National Public Information Officer from 1993-1995. In January, 1985, Harrow became the first member of CoG to be legally registered as clergy in New York City, after a five-year effort requiring the assistance of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Harrow was the Chair-emerita of the Pastoral Counseling Department at Cherry Hill Seminary. She founded the Pagan Pastoral Counseling Network in 1982, and served as the first editor of the Network's publication. She co-created a workshop series on Basic Counseling Skills for Coven Leaders, which has successfully run many times. This grew into a series of intensive workshops for Pagan elders on a range of topics. Judy also founded the New York Area Coven Leaders' Peer Support Group. She served as Program Coordinator for the first Mid-Atlantic Pan Pagan Conference and Festival and for seven other Pagan gatherings.

For two years, Judy produced Reconnections, a weekly feature on the activities of religious progressives of all faiths, for WBAI radio in New York.

Harrow contributed two essays to Modern Rites of Passage (Book 2 in the "Witchcraft Today" anthology series), and one to the anthology Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, published in 1996 by SUNY Press. One of these essays has since been reprinted in The Paganism Reader (Routledge, 2004). She has also written for AHP Perspective (the Newsletter of the Association for Humanistic Psychology), Counseling and Values (the Journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling), Gnosis, and such small Pagan publications as Dayshift, Harvest, and the CoG Newsletter. Harrow was a regular contributor to PanGaia, writing a column entitled “Mind and Magic.”

Her first book, Wicca Covens, was published in 1999. Her second book, Spiritual Mentoring, was published in 2002. Judy also edited (and contributed to) Devoted to You: Honoring Deity in Wiccan Practice, which was published in 2003, and coordinated the 50th Anniversary reissue of Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner, published in 2004.
She crossed over the veil in her sleep on March 20, 2014.
May we remember her fondly and with gratitude for her contributions to the world.














We’re all getting into the Samhain groove but if you want to add a dash of something scary, how about something “bloody” tonight?
Blood Orange Sidecar
1½ ounce Cognac or Brandy
¾ ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur (you can substitute Triple Sec)
Dash of Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients except bitters over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. (Some recipes call for sugaring the rim. I don’t think it needs it.) Add a dash of bitters on top.

The above recipe is out of Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist. If you haven’t read it, you should – there’s lots of …interesting… recipes and information. One lucky person will get to read their very own copy, signed by Ms. Stewart! The Drunken Botanist retail value is $19.95.

Description:
“Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet?  In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries."






ules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made on Monday's post. You have until Sunday night at midnight to decide.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)


CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given the same number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):


What is 2 x 4?


U.S. Residents and all qualified others: EACH ENTRY MUST BE SEPARATE to count.

1. Follow DJ's blog:http://www.herbylady.com/herb-blog Come back and let us know in the comments that you did.

Additional entries:

2.  Follow Dj on Twitter: @herbylady. Come back and let us know you did.

3. Follow this blog. Comment and let us know you did.

4. Like the Sirens Facebook Page. Come here and tell us that you did.

5. Blog about this book giveaway!

6. Tweet about this Giveaway. Come back and tell us that you did.




Day of the Dead Candy Molds with Jennifer Andrist Rasmussen

If you’re like me, you love candy, and Halloween is a candy-lover’s paradise. That being said, I decided to try my hand at candy molds. I’m certainly no Martha Stewart when it comes to these, but they are fun to make, especially if you have young children who are looking for something fun to do. To make these you will need:

Bags of candy chips (I use Wilton brand) in any color(s) you choose
A pan for melting (I use a double boiler)
Funnel (optional)
Icing bags or tubes to squeeze the melted candy into the molds
A watercolor-type paint brush
Molds of your choice
Cellophane wrappers, twist ties, and sucker sticks

Photo Credit - Jennifer Andrist Rasmussen

Start by filling the bottom of your double boiler with water. Fill the pot until it is just below the pot that sits on top and bring to a simmer. Remove the heat and place the other pot on top. Dump the candy chips into the pot and stir continuously. Be careful not to whip the candies. Keep stirring until the candies have melted completely.

Photo Credit - Jennifer Andrist Rasmussen

You can also melt the candies in the microwave, but make sure to start with about 30 seconds on the timer and then melt them in 15 second intervals. Be sure to stir in between. I don’t recommend this method because it gets to be too much of a pain.

Once candies are melted, begin spooning them into your icing bags or squeezable tubes. I recommend only melting one color at a time because the candies harden quickly when removed entirely from the heat source. If you have molds like the skull molds I used, melt only small amounts of a different color candy to use around the eyes. Grab your little paint brush and place some of the melted candies around the eye sockets before pouring in your main color.

When you are ready, squeeze your main color into the molds making sure to tap the molds to remove air bubbles. Place a sucker stick in the slot and put more melted candies on top of it to hold it in place.

Photo Credit - Jennifer Andrist Rasmussen
Never add liquid to the candies. It will cause them to clump. You can add a candy-flavoring of your choice once melted, but I have not tried that yet, so be careful.

After a couple of hours in the fridge, carefully move the mold into the refrigerator to cool. I usually wait a few hours to give the candies plenty of time to set. Once cooled, you can gently pop the candies from the mold and slide into the cellophane wrappers and twist tie them shut. Now, you have quick and cute goodies for Halloween parties!



Photo Credit - Jennifer Andrist Rasmussen



Battle of the Bands Giveaway






Happy Friday! Kallan and I have a special treat for you! We could not agree on which version of “I’m Your Boogie Man” was better, so we decided to turn things over to all of you! If you prefer the Rob Zombie version, you will be entered to win this adorable little Witch and her sweet familiar from Leave Them in Stitches. If you prefer the original by KC and the Sunshine band, you will be entered to win an amazing totem report from Imramma.com!

ROB ZOMBIE VOTERS:


The witch measures 17" tall and the cat is 6" tall
The witch is made from 100% acrylic yarn
The cat is made from 100% acrylic yarn, but the eyes are made from lavender-scented cotton yarn
Both are stuffed with 100% polyester fiber fill
Retail value: $75.00



K.C. AND THE SUNSHINE BAND VOTERS

You will receive a full Medicine Wheel/Totems report from Imramma.com:
To many of the indigenous people of North America, animals have always been our teachers and guides. It is said that each of us is born with certain ‘medicines’ to help heal others and the earth itself, on both a physical and spiritual level. Medicine, in this respect, is not pills, prescriptions, diagnosis, etc… but the gifts you bring with you to the world. You are assigned 9 totem animal spirits to help you on your path. Each of them brings a specific tool, wisdom and guidance, and are there for you to tap into and commune with whenever you like. Each of these 9 represents a direction on the medicine wheel of life. Through a process of divination, Kallan will locate your totems and present you with a visual and explanation of each totem on your Medicine Wheel. Value: $75.00



Rules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made on Monday's post. You have until Sunday night at midnight to decide.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)


CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given the same number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):

Which Canadian writer won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature?


U.S. Residents and all qualified others: EACH ENTRY MUST BE SEPARATE to count.

1. Comment below and tell us which one you prefer.

Additional entries:

2.  Follow this blog. Comment and let us know you did.

3. Like the Sirens Facebook Page. Come here and tell us that you did.

4. Like the Leave Them In Stitches Facebook Page. Come back and tell us you did. (Rob Zombie Voters)

4. Like the Imramma Facebook Page. Come back and tell us you did. (K.C. and the Sunshine Band Voters)

5. Blog about the Battle of the Bands Giveaway. Come back and tell us that you did.

6. Tweet about this Giveaway. Come back and tell us that you did.

See you tomorrow for Craftacular Saturday!

107 comments:

  1. I of course follow the lovely DJ on twitter!

    email: curtincall89@gmail.com

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  2. And I have to say, I'm with Jenn on this one: I like the Rob Zombie one better! (also that witch is the cutest thing ever!!)

    email: curtincall89@gmail.com

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  3. I added The Herby Lady to my Feedly. Now I know how I'm going to spend this weekend...catching up on all the posts!

    I'm a sucker for good blogs lol.

    Bohowitch@gmail.com

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  4. I'm following @herbylady on Twitter. (@BohoWitch)

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  5. I vote for the Rob Zombie version because KC blinks too much. brevsmom@aol.com

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  6. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/HemlockGarnet/status/520571334904930304

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  7. Although I love Imramma, us B-movie horror freaks gotta stick together. Rob Zombie for the win!

    I like Leave Them In Stitches on FB.

    As for KC and the Sunshine Band... KILL IT WITH FIRE!!! lol

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    2. I do like Imramma on FB, though. Good stuff!

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    3. I <3 all things Rob Zombie! I have to admit that I still dig the KC version, though. ;-)

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    4. I still love you bunches, Hex ;)

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  8. I like the Leave Them In Stitches Page!

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  9. I blogged about it! http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhains-sirens-october-10-samhains.html

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  10. I follow the Sirens blog via Feedly.

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  11. I have to go with KC and the Sunshine Band!

    shellleebrooks@hotmail.com

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    1. You are a woman of good taste, refinement and striking beauty!

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  13. I do like Leave them in stitches on FB!

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  14. And I do like the Samhains Sirens page!!

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  15. I added the Herby Lady to my FB 'growing' list & to my RSS feed. Still waiting for the blog to show on my feed at jlalexia@yahoo.com. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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  16. I have now added a new blog to my stalking list. The Herby Lady. I might just have to buy some rock seeds ;) On a different note - I had to delete my previous post because I was so excited about the rock seeds I forgot to add my email address. LOL Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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    1. Bwahahaha! I have *plenty* of rock seeds! ;)

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  17. I Tweeted! https://mobile.twitter.com/BohoWitch/status/520574745822392320?p=v

    Boy, finding that URL on mobile was a pain in the dupa! :-)

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  18. I follow the Herby Lady on twitter @jonquilsgrdn

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  19. I am now twitter-stalking the Herby Lady (DJ). I still don't know much about Twitter, but I guess it is time to learn. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  20. I follow the Siren's on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  21. I am a current stalker of this blog. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  22. I am also a current stalker of the Siren's facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  23. While Rob Z. is awesomely cool, I have to go with KC because that version my grandchildren can learn to sing from. Watching your grands shimmy down the sidewalk yelling 'i'm the boogeyman': priceless.

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    1. That IS priceless! I dig both versions, but RZ's version is the only one we take with us on Harley rides. My husband wouldn't be caught DEAD listening to disco! LOL

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    2. You are a woman of good taste, refinement, and striking beauty!

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  24. I follow Imramma on FB under Jonquil Alexia. (as well as Leave Them in Stiches, natch).

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  25. I tried to follow the HerbyLady but can't find the follow link....
    tampaix@yahoo.com is it just me, or is the page a bit mixed up today?

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  26. I prefer the Rob Zombie version
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  27. I LIKEd the Leave them in stitches FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  28. I LIKE the Samhain's Sirens FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  29. I tweeted the giveaways, I hope I did it right! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  30. I am a follower of this blog (see if the seventh time is the charm and this comment publishes)
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  31. ROB ZOMBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  32. I am a stalker of this blog. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  33. I am a stalker of the Siren's Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  34. I am a stalker of Leave Them In Stitches Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com LOVE the Farmer's Hat by the way!

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    1. Thank you! My sister is pretty darn crafty, isn't she?

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  35. Rob Zombie! The answer to who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2013 is Alice Munro
    The answer to what is 2x4 is 8
    Would love the cute stuffier and the fab book.
    Debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

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  36. THE ANSWER TO WHO WON THE 2013 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE IS; ALICE MUNRO....THE ANSWER TO:
    2 x 4 IS 8...ALTHOUGH I LOVE BOTH VERSIONS OF BOOGIEMAN, MY VOTE IS FOR ROB ZOMBIE!!! LOVE THE DARK TWISTS HE ALWAYS WEAVES THROUGH HIS WORK!!!! I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THAT WICKED AWESOME WITCH & CAT BY MISS "TALENT" HERSELF, JENNIFER ANDRIST RASMUSSEN! snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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    1. Thank you, Snow! We have great taste! I love both versions, too! Plus, both giveaways are AWESOME!!!

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    2. THIS PROJECT IS SO COOL, I THINK WE SHOULD DO A 'YULETIDE SIRENS'...!!! STOCKING STUFFER SATURDAYS,,,,????!!!!! AND YES! WE DO HAVE GREAT TASTE...(; LOL

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  37. GREAT PIECE ON JUDY HARROW! WHAT AN AMAZING STRING OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!! JENNIFER, I AM A "WILTON FIEND"....!! I BUY THEIR PANS, FOOD COLOR PASTES, YOU NAME IT!!! CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THE "SKULL LOLLIES"....!! (: THE BLOOD ORANGE "SIDE CAR" SOUNDS DIVINE, AND THE BOOK LOOKS VERY INTERESTING!! HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF THE YEAR, I WILL BE ABLE TO ORDER A FULL TOTEM SPIRIT READING FROM KALLAN K......THAT WITCH HAS A NEVER ENDING LIST TALENT & "MAD SKILLS"....( : HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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  38. The Rob Zombie video was cute but I'm not ashamed to admit that I like & listen to disco. KC has kept me bouncing in my seat while stuck in horrible traffic more than once. (The radio doesn't show his blinking...) ;) dj@herbylady.com

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    1. DJ, there is NOTHING wrong with disco! My husband would be to differ with me on that, but well, let's just say he lacks in the taste department (except for his taste in ME, of course)!

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    2. :strikes John Travolta pose: :D

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    3. You are a woman of good taste, refinement, and striking beauty!

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  39. Gotta go with KC and The Sunshine Band! Love that sound!
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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    1. If I hadn't already received an awesome totem reading from Imramma, I would have entered and voted for KC myself! ;-)

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    2. Angie, you are a woman of good taste, refinement and striking beauty!

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  40. Following DJ on Twitter :)
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  41. Tweeted (love that word hehe) about the giveaway :)
    https://twitter.com/AngieCrabtree3/status/520680673108303874
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  42. I'm a Siren stalker on FB ;)
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  43. I not only like I LOVE Imramma's FB page!
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  44. I prefer the KC and the Sunshine Band's version. Just not feeling the Rob Zombie one.

    orionova[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Orion's daughter, I knew I loved you for a reason.. you are a woman of good taste, refinement and striking beauty ;)

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  45. I follow DJ's blog! wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  46. I adore the Samhain's Sirens blog!

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  47. And of course I am a longtime admirer of the Samhain's Sirens FB page!

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  48. I'm with Jen! Rob Zombie! And, Jen, I love the craft! I can't wait to make these!

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  49. I follow DJ's blog! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  50. I follow DJ on Twitter! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  51. I follow this blog! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  52. I like the Sirens on Facebook! rapoewll4@gmail.com

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  53. I like the classic KC and the Sunshine Band :) rapowell4@gmail.com

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    1. Rebecca, you are a woman of good taste, refinement and striking beauty!

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  54. I liked Imramma's page on Facebook! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  55. I follow DJ's blog or I at least hope I did. I subscribed to the feed. If I'm not following the right thing, please let me know!

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  56. I follow DJ on Twitter.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  57. I still follow this blog.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  58. My blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/double-giveaway-o.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  59. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/520824471599734784

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  60. And of course I still love the Sirens Facebook page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  61. I actually like the KC and the Sunshine Band's version better - which I was not expecting. Maybe it's my mood today :)

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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    1. Mood can definitely influence our choice of music for the day. There are times I'm not in the mood for Mr. Zombie. Those times are rare, but there are a few. ;-)

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  62. I'm following imramma on facebook.

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  63. I follow Samhain's Sirens.

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  64. For giveaway #2: I follow this blog

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  65. I still like the Sirens Facebook page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  66. I like both Leave Them in Stitches and Imramma on Facebook.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  67. My blog about this giveaway:http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/double-giveaway-o.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  68. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/520846169808076800

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  69. Oh it's so hard to choose! I absolutely love Rob Zombie and his version. However... I don't always listen to KC and the Sunshine Band but when I do, I'm listening to "I'm Your Boogie Man". So my vote is for KC and the Sunshine Band. Sorry Jennifer :-( but I have to side with Kallan on this one.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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    1. You are a woman of obvious refined tastes, high intellect and unbounding beauty!

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  70. Rob Zombie for this song for sure. Love KC but not this time. Alice Munro won the peace prize. Email is vball.chic14@gmail.com

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