Wednesday, May 16, 2012

it's my birthday! {let's have a giveaway!!}


Today I am 31. 

I am going to go buy myself some birthday shoes.  Because, how cute are those shoes in the picture?

I am going to get some fancy cupcakes.  Red Velvet is my favorite.

I am going to have cute hair and wear lots of jewelry.

I am going to smile big every time someone says "Happy Birthday!"

And...I am going to be thinking about what I want 31 to look like.  I am a dreamer, but I am also a planner.  My plan is to make 31 awesome.  My plan is to make 31 the best year of my life. 

I want 31 to be a year filled with being a giver and not a taker.  A year filled with being in other people's business and not just my own.  I want it to be a year filled with being concerned for others.  

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike

I want 31 to be the year I make a difference.

That is what I really want 31 to be about.

So that is my theme word for this year of my life.  DIFFERENCE. 
I want to be it, live it, make it, create it.

So, today, I am going to whoop it up.  I am going to celebrate the start of 31 and the beginning of everything I am so excited about being and doing and accomplishing this year in the spirit of difference.

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And, since I am celebrating today, I thought it would be fitting to host a giveaway to kick it off!

I am going to give 3 {Yes, 3!!} of you $75 to spend in the shop!!

Want to enter?  Please leave me a comment below and tell me....
what one word would you want to describe the next year of your life??

You don't even need to be a blog follower to enter.  You can leave a comment anonymously {just be sure you leave your first name and email address in your comment so I have a way to contact you if you win!}

The winners will be chosen via random.org and announced here next Monday, 5/21.



113 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! It's a Good Age:-) I would like my next year to be full of: Quality Time (as in time spent with loved ones)

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  2. Happy Birthday!!! The one word that I would like to describe my next year is HEALTHY!

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  3. REJOICEFUL (Even if it's not in the dictionary)

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  4. Full. I want to feel like I've done everything I can do and be content with that. Happy Birthday!!

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  5. Happy Birthday Amber! I would like my next year to be described as Adventurous, because I want to go out and travel more :)

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  6. Happy Birthday to you! I would like my next year (also 31!) to be filled with CONTENTMENT!

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  7. Happy Birthday! I would like "intentional" to describe my 32nd year on this earth. ...love watching your journey unfold. :)

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  8. My word would be "calm". I just had my second child and I'm a little nervous about managing life with 2!

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  9. I think I'm going to have to go with "chaotic" - we have a baby coming in September and I know it is going to turn everything upside down (in the best way, of course). ~ Andi T.

    andreatrautman812@gmail.com

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  10. I would live this year to be stress-free. I'm getting married soon, we just moved, both got new jobs and I'm ready to slow down and just enjoy being engaged and then married! Thanks for a great giveaway and the happiest of birthdays to you today!!!

    Ashley.peavler@gmail.com

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  11. Happy Birthday! I want my next year to be described as 'FUN'!! I have a 3 1/2 year old and a 3 month old and want to spend my free time with them doing as many fun things as possible.

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  12. Happy Birthday!!!! Ever since I've read your knowing your neighbor post, it spurred me to know more of my neighbors. It's been so fun! Thanks for the encouragement!!!
    japayton@yahoo.com

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  13. Happy Birthday! FUN Mommy:)
    Nicole nloberle@gmail.com

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  14. I absolutely love this post. You are already living this word with all the kindness acts your boys and you have been doing lately. And you have been affecting me and influencing me to make a difference with those ideas. My word for 2012 is relax!

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  15. I absolutely love this post. You are already living this word with all the kindness acts your boys and you have been doing lately. And you have been affecting me and influencing me to make a difference with those ideas. My word for 2012 is relax!

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  16. I absolutely love this post. You are already living this word with all the kindness acts your boys and you have been doing lately. And you have been affecting me and influencing me to make a difference with those ideas. My word for 2012 is relax!

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  17. Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife. The way i want this year to be is AMAZING. You make everyday amazing. Your husband I love you.

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  18. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Hope Reid gives you lots of love and hugs today (I will remind him!)

    The theme for this year is FREEDOM.

    27 is about FREEDOM.

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  19. Happy Birthday! My birthday is in 2 weeks, and my theme for the year "Joyful!"

    beckywood@dailyminutiae.com

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  20. WONDERFUL! I turn 31 this year too! I was pregnant for 30.

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  21. Happy birthday Amber! It is difficult to choose just one word, but a few that come to mind are JOY, Relax, content, calm

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  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY my beautiful sis in law. Wish I could be there to celebrate and shop with you. We'll have a girls day soon. Have a beautiful day. Love you very much. Sis 🎂🎉🎈

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  23. Happy Birthday! I would say RELAXING would be the word i would hope for:)

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  24. Happy Birthday! It's my birthday today too (I'm 25)!

    I want my next year of life to be full. Full of family. Full of friends. Full of happiness. Full of joy. I really want to LIVE.

    Hope your 31st birthday is awesome!

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  25. Happy Birthday! Blessed! Lauren lrushing@fa.ua.edu

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  26. Happy Birthday!!! One word for this year would be "present." Trying to focus on being present in day to day life, especially when I'm with my four munchkins. Enjoy your day!!

    Amy
    amy@fenelli.com

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  27. Happy Birthday!! My one word for this year would be PEACE!

    -Shannon-
    Slh327@gmail.com

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  28. Happy, Happy Birthday! :)

    My word for this year is CHANGE. (Change is good!)

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  29. Happy birthday! This next year I would like it to be PATIENT. I have three kids and a wonderful husband but I feel like my patience for them, myself, and others needs to be amped up and injected into every facet. The world is always telling us now and I need to start thinking with a more patient, pensive mindset. Have a great birthday!

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  30. Happy Birthday! My word for this year is thankful..I have soooo many things to be thankful for especially my 3 wonderful children!

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  31. Happy birthday!! What an awesome giveaway! As a new mommy, I want this year to be full of happiness & joy! My word would have to be JOY because my baby brings me such joy daily!

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  32. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My word for this year is JOY. I am trying to step back and enjoy all little moments that happen!

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  33. Transformation. I'm trying to lose weight and get healthy. Lost 20 pounds so far.
    ginellebaskin@hotmail.com

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  34. Happy 31st! I think the 30's are the best years in a woman's life. The one word to describe me is "possibilities." I just graduated from college with the support of my husbands and two sons: Caleb, 8 & Gavin,6. It would not of been possible without them, and due to this change a whole door of possibilities have now been open. POSSIBILITIES that describes me and my life in so many ways! Thanks Amber!

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  35. Glass-half-full (ok so I cheated) So many days I get down or stressed and I have to stop and think about everything I have and how some people don't have even half of what I do. See the good in things and be thankful everyday! Happy birthday to you and hope you enjoy your day! Birthday's are the best day of the year :)

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  36. Hope you're having a wonderful birthday! I think my word for this year will be compassion. I want to show compassion in every aspect of my life: my family, my job, my church, my friends.

    Kathryn Mancini
    mancinibk@msn.com

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  37. Happy birthday! I turned 31 about a month ago. So far, so good! I want this year to be "purposeful."

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  38. One word for my next year would be "courage." The courage to bloom where I'm planted, and the courage to uproot myself when the time comes.

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  39. Happy Birthday!!
    The word I would choose is...grateful.
    Thank you for sharing your blog. I love your creations!
    Kathy Villaflor
    K8villaflor@gmail.com

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  40. Driven. This year I turn the big 40! I want to be driven in every aspect of my life and live my life with no regrets and to the fullest extent possible rewarding.

    Happy Birthday! Have a fabulous year being 31! Make a bucket list and choose 31 items to conquer this year!!

    Nancy Moklestad
    luvmylifemykidz@gmail.com

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  41. Happy Birthday. My one word for this next year would be "Appreciate". I hope to appreciate everything that I have and every moment I get with my family.

    c_kaminsky(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. happy birthday! hope this year is your best one yet! my one-word wish: hopeful. kristinmik at gmail

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  43. I would like this year to be FULFILLED!! I am turning 30 this year and have been a little anxious about it ;) I love my life and know that great things are coming!!

    Amber, happpy happy birthday!!! You are an amazing human being and I'm so grateful to know you...I just wish I was closer!! Thanks for sharing such a big part of your life and inspiring me to be a better person!

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  44. Rosie Alicea-zinkMay 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Happy Birthday!! My one word for my next year : Appreciate!
    Thanks for your blog, I love reading it! Sillyrosiegirl at yahoo dot com

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  45. I'm turning 24 next month! My word is going to be "advantage" because I want to take advantage of every opportunity with my husband, two year old son and my baby girl that's on the way! I was want to take advantage of every opportunity to be a great friend, to lift someone up, to make someone smile, but most of all to be the women God wants me to be!

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  46. Happy 31st! I turn 31 on the 22nd... Yah May babies!
    My word for the year is "fresh"!

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  47. Happy Birthday! I just turned 40 and it makes me feel old reading your blog and others' comments! But I have a 3 year old and an 11 month old and they keep me young. :)

    My word would be ALIVE.

    Cathryn
    cathryn_adams@yahoo.com

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  48. HaPpY BiRtHdAy!! "PATIENCE" is what i am striving for, especially with this crazy next year. i start dental hygiene in aug. i have a 2 year old and a newborn and i am expecting loves of changes. so i am going to try and be patient through all the new changes

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  49. Happy Birthday!! My word is purposeful. I want to be purposeful about how I'm spending my time, my money, my thoughts...I want to soak up these little years with my daughter with purpose as the days are flying by!

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  50. Happy Birthday to you! I would also describe myself as a planner and dreamer! I turned 38 last week, and have decided that this year for me will be one of GROWTH. I have had some mighty big challenges rear up in the last 12 months; I have an action plan in place, and some dreams to fulfill!! Kate xx

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  51. SIMPLICITY! Ah, so nice of you to do this...thank you & happy birthday!

    Vicky T
    vicky042009@live.com

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  52. Happy Birthday! I want my next year to be AMAZING in every way!

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  53. Very Blessed is the word I'd like to described myself for any time of the year.

    more_virtuous(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. Happy Birthday! I would choose healing for my word.

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  55. Happy Birthday Amber!!!! Love your feelings about this year and I have no doubt you will accomplish it all!!! One word for my year....HAPPY. I figure it's all encompassing and I have SO much to be happy about!!!

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  56. Vibrant...And I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

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  57. Happy Birthday!!! Hope you are having a great day! My word for 2012 is BASIC. I am going Back to the Basics. Trying to save our family money and starting a garden. Showing my girls, mostly my 3 year old how to run outside, feel free, and use her imagination. Living happier more fulfilled lives but living on less.
    stacy21g@yahoo.com

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  58. Happy birthday! I was to have this year be about faith...having faith instead of fear.

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  59. Happy birthday! Yay!

    This year is full of change for us. We are moving back to our hometown near old friends and family. I hope this year is lifegiving not only for our family but how we outpouring ourselves to others.
    I am so excited.

    Enjoy the rest of your special day!
    Xoxo
    Sarah
    Thebirdspapaya@gmail.com

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  60. Happy Birthday! One word...peaceful...with a new baby, life can get real busy at times and we forget to simply relax and enjoy!

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  61. Happy Birthday Amber. My word for this year is balance. What else could it be since I am the bookkeeper at home and work and for the Soroptimist Club I belong to. I think you are doing a wonderful job with your boys.

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  62. Happy Birthday! This year I want to focus on what is important - my family. No more worrying about other people and their drama. :))
    erincyoung (at) yahoo.com

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  63. Happy Birthday to you! My one word.... hopeful

    Thank you for a fabulous birthday giveaway!

    jodi

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  64. Happy birthday! My word would be: FULL. Full of love. Full of thanks. Full of adventure. Full of fun!

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  65. Happy Birthday!!! My word would be ... Exciting.

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  66. My word would be peaceful! Happy Birthday to you!

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  67. Happy Birthday! 3 is my lucky number, and I'll be 33 this year, so I have vowed to make it the best year EVER! Have a wonderful year yourself!

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  68. My birthday is in May too! It's a great month!

    My word is BLISS

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  69. Happy birthday Amber! I hope this year for you is what you want it to be! Love you lots. As for me... their are too many things I hope for this year so I guess it would be two words, HOPEFUL CHANGES ;)

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  70. Happy Birthday!! I hope it was wonderful!
    This year I'm really trying to focus on being THANKFUL. In all that I do, in the big and little moments, in the mess, in the pain, in the beauty.

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  72. Happy Birthday!! :) Thanks for the chance to win! Let's see... one word for an entire year... I'm going to go with JOY!

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  73. Happy Birthday! My word for this next year is contentment.

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  74. Committed!!!! to everything I do 100 percent. Happy Birthday:)

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  75. Happy Birthday!!!!!
    My word for this next year: patience.
    REALLY need to work on this!!
    ~Jazzmine~

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  76. Happy birthday!
    For next year I wish "Peace", in the world, and inner peace for me.

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  77. Happy Birthday! =) My next year is going to be : BLESSED. I have a feeling.... maybe the last addition to our family??? ;)

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  78. Happy Birthday!! My next year I am planning to be more 'present'. It's so hard to get caught up in technology, life and planning what's to come. I want to be better about living in the moment and creating memories with my girls.

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  79. Happy Birthday! I just turned 32....31 is a nice age :) My word for this year is Serenity.....even as we try for baby number two....and plan a move.....I hope that I will find this and in turn so will my sweet little family.

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  80. Happy Birthday!!! My word for this year is, patience! Something I need a lot more of :)

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  81. Fulfilled...is my word - hoping for a fabulous year ahead! Happy Birthday!!

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  82. Happy Birthday!!! my next year will be BLESSED

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  83. Happy Birthday ! My next year will be humbled :) I sure hope so at least !!

    Rachel G
    poshspaSD@gmail.com

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  84. Happy 31st birthday! I'm 31 now and as I look ahead for my upcoming birthday and year the one word I want to describe the year is GRATEFUL (for my health, family, roof over my head, food on the table, etc.) I want to have an attitude for gratitude. Thank you for such a lovely giveaway on your birthday!

    Jenn S.

    jlserrano7(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  85. I'm turning 30 this year and I'm BESIDE MYSELF with excitement. This year's word is "full". I've just had my second and last baby, I'm finally going to be 30, and my life is feeling full in so many ways. Good ways. Happy Birthday!

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    1. Hope u had a great birthday! My word is simple but true: happy. Doesn't everyone just want to be happy? : )

      Stephanie
      StephanieTaran@aol.com

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  86. Birthdays are so much fun!! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed one :) I would say this next year will be FULL :) Full of fun, blessings, busy with my boys, trying to organize every area of my life, new business strategies and prayerfully living every day to the FULLEST!! :)

    Devon
    DevonSpires@mac.com

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  87. My word is CONTENT! I want to truly find contentment in my current situation and count my blessings (though I do) but learn to be happy and not always think there's gotta be more in order to be happy. : )Happy, Happy Birthday!

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  88. My word is GENEROUS. I want to be generous with my time, my talents, my treasure, and my testimony! God has blessed me incredibly in so many ways, so that I can share it with others. I want my friends, family, neighbors, and total strangers to benefit from God's goodness as much as I have!
    Melissa
    melissabrianne@mac.com

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  89. I would love my word for the next year to be serendipitous! Happy birthday!!

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  90. HAPPY is the word I choose for the next year of my life. Happy Birthday!

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  91. Happy birthday Amber. My word for the year is balance.

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  92. Am I too late? My word for next year is: LOVE

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  93. Happy Birthday!! "focused" - hard for me to choose one word!;) looking forward to more inspiration from you as you share your year!

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  94. Happy Birthday!!! hope you had a great one. My word is LOVE.

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  95. ADVENTUROUS! I want to travel more and explore new places. Happy b'day Amber!

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  96. تنتشر الحشرات صيفا بسب ارتفاع درجة الحرارة والرطوبة فاغلب مناطق المملكة تعانى من انتشار عدة انواع من الحشرات للتغلب عليها لابد من الاستعانة بشركة مختصة باعمال
    مكافحة الحشرات المختلفه فكل حشرة تحتاج الى مبيد خاص بها ليتم القضاء النهائي عليها
    يمكنك دوما الاستعانة بافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياضفهى تقدم افضل مكافحة للحشرات باستخدام افضل المبيدات وبدون مغادرة المكان

    وتعد الاول الاشمل في مكافحة الحشرات فهى تعد افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بابها و افضل واحسن شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالاحساء وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بينبعوافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة و افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بمكة وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخرج وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيموافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبر وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة

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  97. تقدم كشف تسربات المياه بالمدينة المنورة الخبراء الفنيين المختصين لاستخدام كشف تسربات المياه عن طريق احدث معدات لتحديد مكان التسربات بدقة لنوفر لك المال والمياه وتجنب الاضرار في الممتلكات كشف تسربات المياه الشركة الرائدة في الدقة والكشف عن تسرب المياه الخفيه والصرف الصحي وتسريبات الغاز في المطابح والحمامات ووقف الغسيل النازف لصنابير الماء ونتحقق ايضا من الاحواض المطابح والحمامات
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالمدينة المنورة
    ومن المعروف ان عملية كشف تسربات من العمليات الصعبة والتي تحتاج مجهود شاق ودقيق،حيث لا يمكن للشخص العادي أن يقوم بتنفيذ عملية كشف تسربات المياة ،فإذا حدث لكم مثل هذه الأمور وظهر تسريبات فيجب اللجوء إلي شركة كشف تسربات المياة المتخصصة فى المجال لمساعدتك على حل هذه المشكلة بأسرع وقت ممكن،ومن هذه الشركات شركة تسربات المياه فهي تعد من أفضل المتخصصين فى هذا المجال نظرا إلى الأدوات والمعدات التكنولوجية الحديثة التي تتبعها كشف تسربات المياه بدون تكسير فى تنفيذ عملية الكشف عن مشكلة التسريبات
    كشف تسربات المياه بالمدينة المنورة
    والعمل على تصليحه بدقة كاملة على إيدي خبراء فى المجال.

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