Wednesday, December 1, 2010

4moms gives us the BEST! (and you can WIN it!) Our chat with one of the amazing MOMS too!


When we came across 4moms we were beyond thrilled to find this AMAZING Mom company! 4moms is just that - 4 (well, really 5) real life moms! The moms - Jenn, Cindy, Kristen, Elizabeth and Erin have 15 kids between them -- they really know their stuff! We couldn't wait to share this one of a kind Mom company with you so we deicded to sit down with one of the Moms to get to know 4moms! We also HAD to rave about one of the,  no it is the BEST product on the market with you -- their famous mamaRoo -- NOT your average infant seat! 












The mamaRoo is the new, high-tech baby swing that bounces and sways simultaneously like parents do to calm their fussy babies. With 5 unique motions like “car ride” and “kangaroo”, and a hookup for mp3 players, the $200.00 swing is the must-have product for Hollywood’s new, tired parents, including Mario Lopez, James Van Der Beek, Samantha Harris, Nina Garcia, and Emily Proctor. The mamaRoo was also just featured on “Entertainment Tonight”.

We also love the removable toy mobile with the three plush toy balls decorated in the style of classical artisit, Van Gogh, Monet, and Seurat -- both in color on one side and B&W on the other. The give built-in nature sounds keep your little one ammussed for hours AND get this - you can hook up any mp3 player - so, they can listen to whatever music suits their ear....or yours! The LCD display is so easy to use and the seat reclines! Another plus - it is machine washable! Just unzip the removable fabric and throw it right in the washing machine. What's not to love? Check out the video and fall in love over on 4MOMS.com.



Well, one mom -- Elizabeth Rychcik! Elizabeth is mom to Kaitlyn (8) and Connor (5).  Before moving to Pittsburgh, Elizabeth attended Miami University of Ohio, where she majored in Psychology (and attended classes alongside Erin, though the two never met until years later!). Elizabeth went on to earn a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. She moved to Pittsburgh when she married her husband, Carl, and taught psychology courses at several colleges in the Pittsburgh area. Elizabeth's favorite part of working with 4moms is being surrounded by fun, intelligent people all working toward the same goals. In her free time, she loves reading, running, baking, and tennis.






1.) Please tell us how exactly 4moms became, well, just that.
I'm sure you've heard that quote by Plato:  "Necessity, who is the mother of invention," right?  Well, 4moms was formed because of a necessity.  As young parents, we realized that there was a necessity for cool, innovative products that utilized technology.  Since there was nothing out on the market that fit that bill, a husband of one of the moms formed 4moms with a business partner.  He asked 5 of us to be his first focus group and to give our feedback about product ideas since we were "in the trenches" with young children.  Although there are actually 5 moms, the name 4moms sounded much cooler, so that was chosen as our company name.




2.) Your MamaRoo is probably - no, scratch that - is the best baby "gear" product to have. Not only does it look good in your home, super-chic and modern but it keeps your little ones calm and content. Who can we thank for the genius idea and how was it inspired?
Thanks for the awesome compliments about the mamaRoo!  I totally agree with you - it's the best out there!  Like all of our products, the mamaRoo was inspired by our parenting experiences and our frustrations with the available products in the marketplace.  When my children were babies, the only infant seats available utilized a swinging or vibrating motion.  We all know that parents don't swing or vibrate their children when soothing them, so we thought to ourselves (and said out loud a million times) "there HAS to be a better way!"  And the mamaRoo was born!  We wanted to incorporate the natural movements that parents use, and I think we've done a pretty darn good job of it!  Thankfully, we have an AMAZING team of engineers, roboticists, designers, and business professionals that all contributed to make the mamaRoo such a great success!

3.) Being a mom, managing a company, constantly staying up on new products...what tips can you give other MOMpreneurs and parents juggling many hats?
Juggling many hats can be both blessing and a curse!  I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to attempt to do more than one thing at a time, but it can also be quite stressful.  The very nature of being a parent requires one to multi-task.  Ever try to make dinner, help a child with homework, listen to another child's frustrations with his or her day, fill out paperwork, and plan for the following day all at the same time?  Makes me anxious just thinking about it, yet that's the blueprint for every evening in my house!  I think the most important tip is to do everything you can to maintain balance in your life, whether it's work/family balance, parenting/"you-time" balance, or serious/fun balance.  Without balance, we are not very fulfilled and something in our lives suffers.  Another important tip is to surround yourself with people who inspire you. With good people around, you are bound to succeed!

4.) Do you have a favorite product in the line? If so, why?
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the mamaRoo!  I love the modern aesthetic, the mp3 player hookup, the toy balls with classical artists instead of teddy bears and puppy dogs, I love everything about it!  It's obviously soothing for babies, but I think it's equally soothing for adults watching it do its work!

5.) What is one thing, as a mother, you can't live without?
One thing as a mother that I cannot live without is tennis!  Tennis is the way I maintain the balance I spoke of earlier.  I play tennis to get exercise, get some socialization, and to remind myself that there is a piece of me that is only for me, and no one else in my family.  Parenting can be all-consuming and in order to be the best mother I can be, I need something that is just for me.  Tennis is that thing for me.  Other people might need knitting, running, photography, reading, a hot bath every night, hiking, painting, etc.  I hope that all parents find something that they can call their own and feel good about.

6.) What is up next for the company? New product launches we can only
hope.....
There is always something new going on at 4moms!  Our Origami is set to be released in the spring of 2011!  For those who aren't familiar with it, the Origami is the world's first power-folding stroller.  We are super excited about the Origami and expect it to make a huge splash in the stroller market, just as the mamaRoo did in the baby seat market.  (Anyone who’s interested can sign up for email updates on the Origami at www.4moms.com/origami.) We've got a number of other projects in the pipeline, all of which will be cool, innovative, and different from everything else you see out there so keep your eyes on us!

As you can see 4moms and Elizabeth is pretty amazing! They always have the best innovative products out there and the best part - they are moms, they know what they are doing! 









AND best of ALL -- they are giving YOU a chance to win a mamaROO! Can you say Happy Holidays? It is the perfect holiday gift for that little one in your life! AND you - because they will be so happy with the mamaRoo. All you have to do is comment below and tell us why you need the mamaRoo! This comment is mandatory. You also must be a follower of cupcakeMAG and cupcakeMAG for Littles. The more you comment, the better chance you ahve to win! Leave a seperate comment below letting us know you have done the following. 


1. Follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter
2. Follow 4moms on Twitter










3. Make sure you "LIKE" us on our NEW Facebook page.
4. Make sure you "LIKE' 4moms on Facebook! 
5. Subscribe to our updates (top right corner above) - just sign up with your email!
6. Tweet about this giveaway and include @cupcakemag -- you must tweet, not just follow.  Also, make sure you tell us YOUR twitter name. 
7. Write a blog post about this giveaway on your blog and send us the link.
The winner will be selected by random.org on Wed., December 8th after 11pm. Please make sure you live us your email in one of the comments as well!
Details: Giveaway winner to be chosen on the date above. You will have 24 hours to respond if you are the chosen winner. Another winner will be chosen if you do not respond within this time period. Open to US. The opinions expressed in this review/feature are strictly cupcakeMAG opinions & we were not paid to show our love. However, we were given a mamaRoo for review purposes. 



126 comments:

  1. I need the mamaroo because I have a baby and a toddler who both need amusing simultaneously! My baby is also a big fella and I love the big weight scale on the mamaroo!

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  2. I follow CCM on twitter! @huddyma

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  3. I follow 4moms on twitter! @huddyma

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  4. I liked CCM's Facebook page. :)

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  5. I subscribed to your email updates.

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  6. I just tweeted about the giveaway! @huddyma

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  7. I follow CCM and 4moms on twitter, and Tweeted about the giveaway!

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  8. Thanks Huddyma for entering to win! Best of luck!

    Anjali -- please make sure you see rules above -- you are missing the mandatory comment to enter : )

    Thanks so much!

    The cupcakeMAG Team!

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  9. I like the mammaRoo bc of its unique design

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  10. i foloow ccm on twitter @BranPeytLivy

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  11. i follow 4moms on twitter @BranPeytLivy

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  12. I need a mamaRoo! I love the innovative design and love that you can play your own music. Now that I've seen the mamaRoo a regular bouncer will not do!

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  13. I follow cupcakemag on twitter @akritical

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  14. I Follow 4moms on Twitter @akritical

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  15. I "like" your FB page. ~ Kendra M

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  16. I "like" 4moms on FB ~ Kendra M

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  17. I am an email subscriber.
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  18. tweeted
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  19. we could definitely use this swing because our daughter is extremely colicy. it would be amazing to have a swing like this to help us sooth her

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  20. I follow you on twitter: mommaJWoww19

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  21. I follow 4moms on twitter: mommaJWoww19

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  22. im a fan on your new FB: Jennifer Mercurio

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  23. im a 4moms fb fan: Jennifer Mercurio

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  24. I get your email updates

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  25. I tweeted:
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  26. We would love to win a mamaroo as our daughter has quite a bit of colic...some nights I have to nurse her for so long just to soothe her...having the mamaroo will be so helpful for mama and baby. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  27. Following cupcakeMAG on Twitter

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  28. Following 4moms on Twitter

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  29. "LIKE" you on your NEW Facebook page.

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  30. I "LIKE' 4moms on Facebook!

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  33. I have a baby boy (James Robert) due January 31st- the first boy in my husbands family in 20 years, and the first in my family in 33 years. We received a lot of hand-me-downs with our daughter, and she spent 18 months sleeping in a baby swing which she wore out. We don't have any more hand me downs coming, and can't really afford to buy a new swing right now.
    My mom has stage 4 cancer and 4 kids still living at home (3 adopted from Ethiopia), and she can't afford to send us money, and my in-laws are still financing the funerals for my brother-in-law (cancer, age 49), and brother-in-law (genetic heart failure, age 36). We could really use help!
    We'd love to have a mamaRoo to help keep Jimmy happy while I'm keeping up with our daughter, Natalee (2 years old). Thank you!! =)
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  39. I tweeted about the Mamaroo giveaway!

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  40. I follow @cupcakemag on Twitter

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  41. I follow 4moms on Twitter

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  43. I like 4moms on Facebook

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  45. I am a soon to be first time mom! I hurt my back early in the pregnancy and have been fairly immobile (and useless!) since. I most likely won't be able to pick up and soothe my baby once it's born, so I would love to have a Mamaroo to help. I would feel so comforted seeing my baby happy in the natural rocking motion, not just sitting in a vibrator! Not to mention being able to have my baby close to me no matter where I am in the house. Thanks!

    tristansills3@msn.com

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  46. I blogged about the giveaway http://tristansills3.blogspot.com/2010/12/cupcakemag-is-giving-free-mamaroo-by.html

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  47. Hi, I have been trying to win one of these forever it seems! I would like to have one for my baby boy, he gets so fussy and suffers with colic. This MamaRoo would make my day and everyone elses a lot better. Thank you for hosting this great giveaway and a special thank you to 4moms. Heather Lyons littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  48. I follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter at littlejsmommie Heather Lyons littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  49. I follow 4moms on twitter at littlejsmommie Heather Lyons littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  50. I like cupcakeMAG on Facebook - Heather Lyons littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  51. I like 4moms on Facebook - Heather Lyons - littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  52. cupcakeMAG email subscriber - Heather L. littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  53. I follow thru Google Friend Connect - Heather Lyons - littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  54. Tweet - http://twitter.com/littlejsmommie/status/11890879904096256 Heather Lyons littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

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  55. I need to MamaRoo because I have a lot of friends having babies and I'd love to give one as a gift!
    reynoldsmommy at gmail dot com

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  56. Follow 4Moms on twitter! (@reynoldsmom)
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  57. "Like" you on FB! (Ashley Reynolds)
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  60. I would love this because I have a bunch of friends who are preggers and I funds are super tight.

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  61. This would be awesome for my sister in expecting her first girl in May. The pink would be perfect. Crossing my fingers and everything else to win! 4moms is a great company!

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  63. Following both on twitter and LOVING you on Facebook!

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  64. "LIKE" you on your NEW Facebook page.

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  65. I need need need this swing for my babygirl coming in early January 2011. She has a very hyper 2 year older sister that will need a lot of my attention, and this swing will be the perfect thing for the baby during those time.

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  66. I follow @cupcakemag on Twitter - @chesapeake13

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  67. I follow @4moms on Twitter - @chesapeake13

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  68. I am a facebook fan of cupcakemag

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  69. I am a facebook fan of 4moms

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  70. I subscribe to updates from cupcakemag :)

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  71. I have a 4 year old, an 18 month old, and i am expecting on the 22nd, but could indeed have her at any moment. I am a SAHM and a vey busy woman with two young kids running around 24/7 and I am about to get a lot busier! I could really use this product as i will be in need of anything to help soothe a newborn/infant during those times when i must also care for the immediate needs of toddlers. This looks to be an amazing product and i would love to win it and utilize it's awesomeness!!

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  72. I like @cupcakemag on twitter!

    My twitter is @breighricketts

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  73. I follow @cupcakemag on twitter!

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  74. I follow @4moms on twitter!

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  76. I like 4moms on facebook...

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  77. I subscribe to CupcakeMag Sprinkles email

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  78. I tweeted @breighricketts about @cupcakemag giveaway of @4moms mammaroo product!

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  79. Thank you for this awesome chance and for the giveaways you host!

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  80. I need the MamaRoo because I would like to give my little one the best, and anything that 4moms make are the best. My friend has one and her baby loves it! Thanks 4moms, this would be a life saver for me, not to mention a wonderful gift! Molly B. meoleme@yahoo.com

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  81. Following both blogs. :) I need a mamaRoo because I have a baby niece coming into this world in February. My SIL is is going to be a first time mommy and I am sure she is going to need all of the help she can get, so she doesn't become too overwhelmed. I'd love to give my SIL a mamaRoo to soothe my baby niece once she gets here. Thanks for the chance.

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  84. I "LIKE" your NEW Facebook page - Amy H.

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  85. I subscribe to emails - Molly - meoleme@yahoo.com

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  86. Following 4moms on twitter at mollydo2 - meoleme@yahoo.com

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  88. I like 4moms on Facebook - Molly Ann Bussler - meoleme@yahoo.com

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  89. Following you on twitter at mollydo2 - meoleme@yahoo.com

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  90. Retweeted - http://twitter.com/Mollydo2/status/12490175397498881 Molly meoleme@yahoo.com

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  91. I need the Mamaroo with baby #2 due in early Feb!
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  92. @misspbluedeva just tweeted for you x this could really help a dear friend as she is just about to her first baby and she really wanted this x pretty please x

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  93. @misspbluedeva misspbluedeva@gmail.com pretty please x

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  94. I'm a follower. I'd love to have the mamaRoo for baby #2 due in Feb. She would be so lucky to have this to soothe her! I wish I had this when I had my son. Looks awesome! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  95. I'm an email subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  96. Following 4moms on Twitter (HY2024). tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  98. Likes CupcakeMAG | Sprinkles on Facebook (Lisa L). tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  100. I follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter!

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  101. I'm a follower! I would love to win the mamaRoo to give as a gift to one of my best friends who is expecting a new little one soon! This would be such a wonderful gift for her! hsemonick at gmail dot com

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  102. Following cupcakeMAG on Twitter! (_heatheranne_)

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  103. Following 4moms on Twitter! (_heatheranne_)

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  104. I tweeted!
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  105. I need the mamaroo because I would love to surprise my daughter with it. She and her husband are planning on having their first child soon.
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  107. I follow 4moms on Twitter - era54
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  108. I like you on your NEW Facebook page.
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  109. I like 4moms on Facebook.
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  110. I subscribed to your updates.
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  112. Thank you to everyone who entered! Shop Style Baby 101 -- you are the winner! Congrats. You have 24 hours to email us at cupcakemag@gmail.com.

    Stay tuned for more great & BIG giveaways like this one!

    xo
    The cupcakeMAG Team

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