Is that a lunch bag you’re carrying? (A Giveaway!)

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 4, 2008



Just recently my good friend, Lori, told me about the new lunch bag lines from Mario Batali and Elle. I was so impressed with the chic designs that I jumped on the chance to sample one of my choosing when Lori asked me.

I chose a large Elle tote from the myriad of wonderful designs, after much deliberation. They are just all so beautiful, it was hard to pick just one! Well, I received my bag today and I have to say I am anything but disappointed. This bag that I have sitting right next to me would become my new favorite handbag in a instant if it were such a thing. Honestly, it looks like one of the oversized bags I use quite often to fit all of the stuff needed for any outing with my kiddos. Do you think anyone would notice that I am carrying a lunch bag, if I chose to do so? Maybe I’ll try it!

Win it!

Would you like to win a chic handbag lunch bag from Mario Batali or Elle? I have the following three to give away. Which one do you want?



Here’s how to enter:
  • Leave me a comment on this post, by 9pm on December 12th, telling me which lunch bag you would like to win, explaining one of your favorite features.
  • For an additional entry, you can send out a tweet with a link to this giveaway (http://tinyurl.com/6brdty), telling me what you like about any of the above mentioned bags, and include the hashtag #lunchbags. Leave me a comment here with your Twitter handle, so I know to check it out.
  • Be sure you visit this post, to grab my Gift Guide button, for another extra entry!

Three lucky commenters will be chosen at random, each winning one of the above mentioned lunch bags. Winners will be notified via email, so make sure you leave a valid email address in your comment.

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Kathie December 4, 2008 at 10:44 am

great idea and giveaway! I love the black Cathe tote. i would look so chic carrying my lunch into work daily with it. :) I love that it looks so stylist and so not-lunchbag-like. :)

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valerie2350 December 4, 2008 at 10:58 am

Elle Cathy Large Tote – beige plaid. It does look like a classy purse!!! And is very roomy :)

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Jennifer December 4, 2008 at 10:58 am

I just love these bags! I love the Elle beige plaid tote. It would be a great way to carry healthy snacks that need to be kept cold for my toddler on long car trips to the grandparents. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anonymous December 4, 2008 at 10:58 am

I like the messenger bag. I like the extra pockets on the front under the flap and think it’s stylish enough for my husband to take to work.

Corinna
corinnasmith1@gmail.com

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Thrifty and Chic Mom December 4, 2008 at 11:05 am

I love the insulated messenger for my husband b/c he can carry his work stuff in the extra pockets as well. Thanks!

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PsychMamma December 4, 2008 at 11:24 am

I love the Mario Batali messenger bag and would give it to my hubby for Christmas!! What a great gift! I love the design on the internal lining, how clean and chic the exterior looks, and that there are additional organizing pockets for PDA, cell phone, etc. Thanks for the chance to enter!

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Michele December 4, 2008 at 11:34 am

The Elle Cathy large tote (like yours) looks great! This may make making lunch fun again!!

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Ashley December 4, 2008 at 11:35 am

I want the Elle Cathy Large Tote. I love the style and colors of the tote and I love that it doesn’t look like a “lunch box”!

alboston at juno dot com

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Ali December 4, 2008 at 11:35 am

The orange insulated is lovely. I just love the punch of color!!!

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Ashley December 4, 2008 at 11:36 am

I have your button
alboston at juno dot com

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carogonza December 4, 2008 at 11:38 am

I want the ELLE cathy large tote. It’s fabulous.

giantspeedy AT yahoo dot COM

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Brandon and Dee December 4, 2008 at 11:39 am

I love the Black Elle Tamara lunch bag! I take my lunch to work in a Walmart sack now, so this would be a huge step up! I love that it looks like a purse, but is insulated to keep my lunch fresh!
Dee(dot)brandon(at)gmail(dot)com

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Ashlie- Mommycosm December 4, 2008 at 11:39 am

My husband would totally love the Mario Batali messenger bag. It’s very masculine looking. He would love a spot for his cell.

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Sallie December 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

I like the Elle Mya lunch bag! They are so cute! Not sure what color I would pick though…

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thinkingmama December 4, 2008 at 12:09 pm

I love the Mario Batali messenger bag! I love the big size and all the extra pockets

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Jesabella December 4, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Elle Cathy Large Tote – beige plaid. This would also be great for carrying my sons goodies around with me!

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Dianna December 4, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I love the Mario Batali Messenger bag. I love that it has the flap to hide the front pockets.

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MelADramatic Mommy December 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm

These are really cute. I like the plaid. It’s a lot different than any of the other bags I carry.

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Andrea December 4, 2008 at 12:31 pm

I like the Elle Tamara and the fact that it has a thermal inside and the zip closure. This would be excellent for lunches while at the pool. You are right, I could easily take this as my bag for everday. Thanks.

mommainflipflops AT gmail.com

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Andrea December 4, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I have your holiday button.

mommainflipflops AT gmail.com

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Jingle December 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I love the messenger bag! I love that it has tons of room, as I often bring packages to leave at work and they would fit in there and I love how stinking cute it is!!!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

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Izzy 'N Emmy December 4, 2008 at 12:44 pm

WOW, I hadn’t heard of these! How cool and cute! I love the green insulated one. Thanks so much!

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Izzy 'N Emmy December 4, 2008 at 12:44 pm

I have your holiday button on my blog.

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Ami December 4, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I could really use a new lunch bag, so I’m crossing my fingers! I tweeted this, too. (@smtwngrl)

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Heather, Joe, Jackson and Ava December 4, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I would choose the ELLE Holly Lunch Bag – Houndstooth. Do you know how much I get made fun of when I bring my lunch to work every day in a plastic bag?? And it’s so nice that these are made so they can be wiped clean, because I have a tendency to spill. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Heather, Joe, Jackson and Ava December 4, 2008 at 1:13 pm

I tweeted about your giveaway! (@ygm_daisy)

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Mindy December 4, 2008 at 1:22 pm

I’m loving the one you chose! The Elle Cathy bag doesn’t even look like a lunch bag-it’s so chic! :)

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ang December 4, 2008 at 1:25 pm

the mario batali would be my pick of those three. i like that it doesn’t look like a lunch bag–perfect for me or my husband

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Piper Paradise December 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm

I would love to have the Elle Cathy bag. I would be the coolest mama on the playground with that bag : -)

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rachael December 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm

love the mario batali bag!

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grannyvon December 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I love all of them but the Elle Cathy one is my favorite but would take any on they choice if I won. These look like purses not lunch bags and are so unique. What a great idea. Merry Christmas and have a Blessed Prosperous New Year. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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I.W. December 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I love the messenger bag- my husband takes lunch to work every day and this would be great for either of us! What a great idea. Extra pockets and money to charity are big bonuses.

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PlusSizeMommy December 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I love the messenger bag one, it would be great for my husband. I love that it is a messenger bag first of all, but I also like the interior pockets for his phone and such. This would be such a neat Christmas present for him.

xbeth@yahoo.com

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PlusSizeMommy December 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I grabbed your button and put it on my blog,
http://www.plussizemommy.blogspot.com
Thanks for the chance to win !
Beth

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Becky December 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Oh I so need one of these. I have been toting my lunch in this really small kiddie looking lunch thing and these are oh so chic!

I really love the ELLE Cathy Large Tote – Beige Plaid because it would look good with anything I happen to be wearing. I love the fact that it is is water and stain resistant and can be easily wiped clean.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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judybrittle December 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm

I would love the ELLE Cathy Large Tote – Beige Plaid. That is so attractive. I really like that its water and stain resistant and easy to clean. Thank you so much!

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msjazzyfresh December 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm

The Elle Cathy Large Tote is to die for…now I know why you chose it!

Great bags, I love the fact that they are stylish and functional…INSULATED!!

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msjazzyfresh December 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm

oops, forgot my email poeticrevolution@gmail.com

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Jill December 4, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I love the messenger bag-my husband could use it, too! Love that it looks so easy to clean & it has interior pockets, thanks

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Amy December 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Elle Cathy bag is very nice!

Thanks for sharing this great giveaway!

My email is available on my blog profile. TY!

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independentmami December 4, 2008 at 9:20 pm

I would pick the black Elle Tamara lunchbag. I wear balck 90%of the time to work and take lunch 100% of the time to save money.

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independentmami December 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm

I just tweeted about your contest.
super_albs_star@yahoo.com

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independentmami December 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I love these bags because i usually carry a grocery bag as my lunch bag, not very professional. I like how they look like purses.
@independentmami…will tweet again.

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CC December 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm

I love the Mario Batali Insulated Messenger – Espresso. I’m excited that it is insulated to keep my lunch cold!

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Urban Mommy December 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I like the Elle bag…very professional looking.
alittleofthisalittleofthat@gmail.com

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Kelly December 5, 2008 at 12:04 am

I definitely love the messenger bag! It is perfect and SO roomy! It would be great to carry to fit all the goodies for the kids and big enough to fit all of DH’s lunch in when he takes his lunch- which is so hard to do in a regular lunch bag!

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Kelly December 5, 2008 at 12:07 am

added your button! THanks!

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Ami December 5, 2008 at 5:25 am

My internet was acting up last night and I forgot to post about the bag that I’d like. I love the Mario Batali Messenger bag in Pesto Stripe. It looks professional, but it’s still colorful!

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Bebemiqui December 5, 2008 at 8:19 am

The MB Insulated Messanger is right up my alley. I’m a sucker for the messanger bag style.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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juliesock December 5, 2008 at 8:42 am

I love the Mario Batali messenger bag! I like that it has extra pockets and a shoulder strap.

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Toners December 5, 2008 at 9:07 am

I love the Mario Batali green messenger bag. I think I’d like the effortless over the shoulder appeal! :) These are fantastic!

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Toners December 5, 2008 at 9:09 am

oh and batscott at gmail dot com :)

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FishMama December 5, 2008 at 9:52 am

Very cool. Messenger bag. Yes!

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Malaika December 5, 2008 at 10:26 am

Elle Cathy Large Tote – beige plaid. This bag could go everywhere with us and totally suit my needs. Thanks for hosting something so useful and great.

laikilu@yahoo.com

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fbartlett December 5, 2008 at 10:30 am

I really like the elle cathy large tote. It looks really nice instead of the usual plastic grocery bag I use!

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Buki Family December 5, 2008 at 11:32 am

i love the Elle Tamara lunch bag… so chic!!!

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MaggieM December 5, 2008 at 11:39 am

How did I miss this giveaway? I’d better check to make sure I’m subscribed by email….anyway, I love the large tote, Elle Cathy and would be evr so grateful to win it!

maggie@mannwieler.com

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Angela December 5, 2008 at 12:16 pm

These are wonderful. I like the Mario Batali Insulated Messenger. I love the big strap on it and the look of it! Would love to win.

Angela

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Diane December 5, 2008 at 1:53 pm

I like the Mario Batali Messanger lunch bag! It’s nice that it’s so large you can keep drinks other than for your lunch cold all day. Thanks for the giveaway!

diane@diane-anderson.com

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toohotforturtle December 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I love the grommet details of the elle Tamara bag

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Carol December 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I really like the Elle Large Cathy Tote—Beige Plaid bag.
Great giveaway.
libertythreads@charter.net

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Sara December 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I like the Mario Batali Messenger Bag. I love that it has an adjustable strap and plastic lining on the inside for easy cleaning. Plus, it looks “cool” enough that Dustin could carry it. Thanks for entering me. I would be happy with any one of the three!!
Sara

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Sara December 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I have your button on my sidebar! :)
sara

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Rosalind December 5, 2008 at 5:32 pm

I like the ELLE Tamara Lunch Bag – Black. It’s super cute and a good size.
Rosalind
rosalind.boyle@gmail.com

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Btrflywmn December 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm

I like the black Elle Tamara Lunch Bag. I like the side pockets and the short handles. bttrflies4me@msn.com

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SHANNON December 5, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I love these there adorable. I especially love the Persimmon Floral. Its so chic.

sgegutz@gmail.com

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SHANNON December 5, 2008 at 8:26 pm

I love the Persimmon Floral. Its so cute. You can’t tell its a lunch bag.

sgegutz@gmail.com

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The Schaper Scene December 5, 2008 at 8:52 pm

I like the Mario Batali tote the best. I love that it is insulated, but most importantly…it wipes clean easily inside!

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ttroy December 5, 2008 at 11:20 pm

I love the ELLE Tamara..so sleek and stylish – my lunch would look GOOD in there!! (Even if it’s not!)

Thanks for the chance!

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Ashley December 6, 2008 at 3:51 am

Mario Batali Insulated Messenger – Parsley for the adjustable photo straps.
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

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Jess December 6, 2008 at 7:47 am

I love the ELLE Cathy large tote in black!

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Jess December 6, 2008 at 7:50 am

I’ve posted your button on my blog
stealsdealsbyjess.blogspot

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Meredith December 6, 2008 at 9:00 am

I love the Elle Sadie. I just think it is super cute.

hastymel at aol dot com

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sara b December 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

I too love the Large Elle bag. I like that it is so classic looking. Thank you so much!!

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Anonymous December 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

I love the beige plaid one!

Laura

HarrisLB70 (at) cs (dot) com

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Jen December 6, 2008 at 11:41 am

I could really use a lunch bag since I currently don’t have one. What a great give away. The black tote is cute too.

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sandra December 6, 2008 at 1:04 pm

I like the Elle Beige Plaid.. it’s stylish enough to carry around town and i’m the only one who has to know lunch is inside :)

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kathemc December 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm

The messenger bag. The others are more stylish (and there’s several other Mario bags I covet), but I need something with a long strap I can throw across my shoulders. This is PERFECT, and I love that it does not look like a lunch bag. :)

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com

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mannequin December 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I’d pick the Mario Batali Insulated Satchel in Black Pepper. I like the others better but I’d give this for a gift as I would feel horrible keeping something for myself during the holidays.

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NateAndJakesMom December 6, 2008 at 6:28 pm

My favorite is the ELLE Cathy Large Tote – Beige Plaid. Too cool.

nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

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Mudpies and Mary Janes December 6, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I really like the Mario Batali Insulated Messenger in Espresso. The are lots of things I like about it including the adjustable shoulder strap and the two insulated back pockets.

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cathyhall December 6, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I love them all, but especially the ELLE Cathy Large Tote – Beige Plaid. It’s great, it looks better than my regular purse. thanks so much.

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nanja December 6, 2008 at 11:28 pm

I like the ELLE Cathy Large Tote in Beige Plaid . So fashionable doesn’t even look like a lunch bag!

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nanja December 6, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Your gift guide button is on my sidebar here

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nanja December 6, 2008 at 11:33 pm

I tweeted this giveaway
username nanja46

http://twitter.com/nanja46/status/1043126409

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ihchicky December 7, 2008 at 12:45 am

I’d really love a chance to win the Elle Cathy Lrg Tote. Thanks for the chance. What cute lunchbags!

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Chris and Maria December 7, 2008 at 6:30 am

I would love the Cathy by Elle. How cute!

mariaquackenbush@hotmail.com

Thanks!

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Jessica December 7, 2008 at 11:19 am

I would love to get a gree Elle Charlote – Black Patent. I think it is just the cutest bag I have ever seen. It looks like a purse that I love. I hope I am the lucky one.

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Our crazy life December 7, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I would love the pesto bag, it looks big enough to hold all of my stuff, including my food for my 12 hour shifts. The colors are great too, who wants a boring lunch bag, this one would definately be the talk of the break room.

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Doreen December 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm

I love the Mario Batali Messenger Bag!! I soo want one! Love the fact that it has an Insulated lining to keep food and drinks warm or cool amongst many other things!

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Doreen December 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm

I tweeted the contest! Hope to win, oh yes HOPE! :)My username at Twitter is: ‘luvcontests’. ;)Blessings!

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Doreen December 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm

I also have your Gift Guide button up!

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Claire December 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Elle Tamara lunch bag! I love them but work at home so I would give this to my mom for Christmas. She has been searching for a great lunch bag and I think this is it!! I love that it is simple yet chic!

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Dionna December 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm

The plaid lunchbag is darling. I love how it looks so classy. I don’t buy luxurious stuff for myself much so it would be fun to have a little look of pampering!

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Shannon December 7, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I like the Mario insulated bag and love that it’s easy to clean.

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Stephanie December 7, 2008 at 9:20 pm

The Elle plaid tote I’d pick too because it looks like a classy handbag. But it wipes clean inside. Very sweet!

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Angie December 7, 2008 at 9:21 pm

I like the Mario Batali bag because it has adjustable straps…my hubby is really tall and this would be perfect for him…plus, it looks so much nicer than the current ripped vinyl one we got on clearance 3 years ago..lol.

Angie

sandalsndaisies(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Loralynn December 8, 2008 at 8:30 am

I really like the ELLE Rethink Brynn Lunch Bag – Pink Stripe. I love that it looks like a handbag! How cute is that!

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Loralynn December 8, 2008 at 8:31 am

I added your button to my sidebar!

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Andria December 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I like the Elle plaid! I love that it is easy to wipe out and clean. Thanks!

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