In 2016, I had a fire lit under me. I remember being so passionate about doing my part in the fight against racism. I thought I was saying and doing all of the right things to get through to others. But then I replied to someone’s “Black lives matter” quote with “All lives matter, stop dividing us (something along those lines).” And people started replying to me in the most negative way. ⁣
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I was honestly so confused. Didn’t they know I was on their side? ⁣
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So instead of continuing to try to prove my point, I reached out to a friend from high school and asked her if she would explain what I had done wrong. And even though she didn’t have to, she did. And I understood immediately why what I said was absolutely the wrong thing to say. Thank you, Kendra!⁣
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If you are using the term “all lives matter” in response to anything that is going on in our country right now, I implore you to research why it’s wrong. There are a number of articles and graphics out there that explain it brilliantly. One being the picture of two houses, one on fire and one perfectly fine. But a person is spraying water on the house that isn’t burning down, while saying “all houses matter”. Of course they do, but right now, we need to focus and save the one that is burning down. ⁣
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For a lot of us, this is new and as we continue to fight, we will make mistakes, as I did years ago. But as long as we are learning from those mistakes, and growing as people, it’s ok! Recognize where you’ve gone wrong. Learn why. Continue to educate others. We are stronger together. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough #loveoneanother #cometogether #antiracism #keepgoing #keepgrowing #inspirationalquotes #motivationalquotes #quotesoftheday #quotesdaily

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Yesterday, I read. ⁣
I watched. ⁣
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And even if every single other person in this country did the same thing on #blackouttuesday, it didn’t magically change the lives of black people overnight. It was only 24 hours. That shouldn’t surprise you. ⁣
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We still have work to do. ⁣
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We need to continue to read, continue to watch, continue to listen, continue to share... Continue to teach our kids and have the uncomfortable conversations with those around us that still don’t understand that this isn’t about all lives. This is about black lives. This isn’t about not being a racist. This is about anti-racism. ⁣
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Continuing to educate ourselves and others so that things will change speaks louder than any black box ever will. ⁣
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Will you stay silent or will you arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight? ⁣
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Art by my 14 year old daughter, Lucia, who has been more vocal about this situation than many adults. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough #teenartist #digitalart #loveoneanother #cometogether #antiracism #keepgoing #keepgrowing

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Like most of you, I watched George Floyd fight for his last breath on national TV, by someone whose job it was to protect people. It sickened me.⁣
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I’ve struggled to find the words to express how I was feeling. In all honesty, I was afraid to speak about it in fear that I would say the wrong thing or my thoughts would be misinterpreted.⁣
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But staying silent can be misinterpreted too.⁣
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Yesterday morning I watched an IGTV video by @cut and I knew I couldn’t stay silent any longer.⁣
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I am a white woman. I will NEVER know what it’s like to be a person of color. I will never be pulled over because of the color of my skin. I have never been afraid of the police. And knowing that so many, at a young age are taught to act a certain way around a police officer, in fear that they may be arrested or worse, killed, for absolutely no reason at all, breaks my heart.⁣
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But this isn’t about me or my feelings.⁣
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This is about the senseless killings that continue happening. It’s about the injustice that people of color face. It’s about so many families that have lost loved ones. It’s about all of the beautiful black children and their parents and grandparents and extended family, that are afraid of what could happen to them because of the color of their skin.⁣
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Imagine leaving your home every day and wondering if you’ll ever return. No one should ever have to feel that way.⁣
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It’s time we stopped the silence and did something about it. It’s time we focus on change and how we can do better. I’m sharing ways we can make a change on the blog today and I’ve included the link in my bio. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough

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Best part about having a teenage daughter? We can enjoy Lifetime Original Movies together! [ad] I'm so excited for this weekend's movie marathon! @LifetimeTV has always been one of my favorites and just like me, this year they are celebrating 30 incredible years (wink, wink)! ⁣
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Lucia and I are ready for a weekend of movies, popcorn and LOTS of commentary. Somehow, even if it's a drama or a thriller, we find ourselves laughing. She definitely shares my crazy sense of humor. ⁣
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Today we are planning on watching Death of a Cheerleader at 11am EST and Flowers in the Attic at 4pm EST and tomorrow, Beaches at 12pm EST. ⁣
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The marathon begins today at 11am EST and ends Sunday night.. so grab your popcorn and tune in with us. Don't forget to check out our stories where we'll be sharing what it's like to watch a movie with us (almost as entertaining as the movies themselves). #LifetimeLoyals  #LifetimeTV #LOM30 ⁣
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I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but this is only temporary. ⁣
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I’ve said it to myself a million times since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. And now, during this pandemic, it’s something we all have to focus on. ⁣
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We won’t always be locked in our homes. We won’t always have to wear a mask in public. Our kids won’t always be schooled online. We won’t always be out of work. Because just like anxiety, this pandemic is only temporary. ⁣
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Enjoy your family. Cherish every moment you are being “forced” to spend with them. Your kids are growing up and they won’t always be little. Having them at home with you is just as temporary. ⁣
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Today on the blog, our friend Alison @theanxietyhealer is sharing her personal struggle and how she’s coping with anxiety during a pandemic. She’s also included her favorite affirmations for you. Link is in my bio (or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #anxietyrelief #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #anxietysucks #anxietyattack #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthblogger #mystory #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #anxietyproblems #mentalhealthblog #anxietyproblems #dontsufferinsilence #mentalhealthhelp #changeyourthoughts #mindsetmatters #anxietyisreal #affirmations #positiveaffirmations #affirmationsoftheday #affirmation #positivethinking #quotesdaily #quotestoliveby #positivequotes

I don’t know who needs...

Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously I have to share my go-to slow cooker BBQ brisket recipe. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen cooking it, though it takes just minutes to prep. Best part is, you can make this recipe with any cut of beef! Serve on a plate with your favorite sides or on a roll for a delicious sandwich. Your family will love it!⁣
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Head to the blog (link in bio or swipe up in stories) for the easy to follow recipe. ⁣
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#nationalbrisketday2020 #brisket #barbeque #bbq #bbqlife #bbqsauce #slowcooker #slowcooked #slowcookerrecipes #barbecue #barbequenation #barbequesauce  #foodinsta #foodielife #foodielovers #instafoods #kidfriendly #yummyyummy #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #recipeinspo #recipes #easyrecipes #recipeshare #musttryfood #recipeoftheday #recipeideas #homegoodshappy #raedunn

Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously...

I’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe I put up on the blog last month and I just wanted to thank you guys so much! Since most of us aren’t going out, it’s fun to try to make our favorites at home. What copycat recipe do you want me to share next?
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭? ⁣
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And if you missed the Pink Drink recipe, just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣😊⁣
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#pinkdrink #starbucks #starbuckscups #copycat #copycatrecipe #strawberrymilk #coconutmilk #starbucks☕️ #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography #foodinsta #foodielife #foodielovers #instafoods #kidfriendly #yummyyummy #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #recipeinspo #easyrecipes #recipeshare #musttry #musttryfood #recipeoftheday #recipeideas #foodstagram #foodstyling #imadethis #madewithlove

I’ve gotten so much positive...

In case you missed it... yesterday I shared a free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt (link in bio). ⁣I didn’t mention that in addition to this scavenger hunt page, you’ll also receive 2 additional exclusive printable scavenger hunts! 🙌🏻⁣
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Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep busy, get out of the house (safely) as a family, get some exercise and have some competitive fun! ⁣
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Have you downloaded it yet?⁣
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#scavengerhunt #activitiesforkids #activities #outdooractivities #outdooractivity #familytime #familyadventures #thingstodo #thingstodoinquarantine #backyardfun #printables #freeprintables #funtogether  #familybonding #funtime #kidscrafts #craftymom #craftersofinstagram #imadethis #makeityourself #craftygirl #stufftodo #familyactivities #neighborhood #familyfitness #kidsactivities #kidsactivity #homeactivities #thingstodoathome

In case you missed it......

Although our city is slowly opening up, we will be staying in and enjoying family time today. ⁣
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We will also be doing a fun scavenger hunt around the neighborhood (I shared the free printable on the blog today so go and grab it - link in bio). ⁣
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#memorialdayweekend #memorialday #memorialweekend #scavengerhunt #activitiesforkids #activities #outdooractivities #outdooractivity #familytime #familyadventures #puppyface #bestiegoals #bestiesforlife #thingstodo #thingstodoinquarantine #backyardfun #printables #freeprintables #targetstyle #targetfinds #targetdollarspot #targetdoesitagain #funtogether #capturethemoment #bestfriendsforever #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #rescuedogs #familybonding #funtime #puppylover

Although our city is slowly...

Back in January, we visited @legolandflorida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny's Apple Fries. We've been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.⁣
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I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. ⁣
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After a whole lot of brainstorming and trial and error, we fell back on something that seems to save the day for us on a regular basis... funnel cake batter. ⁣
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We dipped our apple sticks in the batter, fried and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mix. OMG... HEAVEN.  Cinnamon sugar apple fries are EVERY 👏🏻 THING 👏🏻 and I’m sharing the recipe today on the blog (click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Would you dip them with caramel, whipped cream or both?⁣
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#applefritter #applefries #cinnamon #cinnamonsugar #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography  #foodinsta #foodielife #foodielovers #instafoods #kidfriendly #yummyyummy #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #recipeinspo #recipes #easyrecipes #recipeshare #whatsfordessert #snackideas #musttry #musttryfood #recipeoftheday #recipeideas #foodstagram #foodstyling #imadethis #madewithlove #snacktime

Back in January, we visited...

Mother’s Day Giveaway 2020

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Our Mother’s Day Giveaway last year was so popular, we decided to co-host it again! This is probably going to be the strangest Mother’s Day to date, but hopefully we can bring some smiles to four people’s faces thanks to this awesome group of bloggers!

Now on to the
giveaway!

mothers day giveaway 2020

We are so excited to be giving away $350 in gift cards for Mother’s Day to four lucky readers. The giveaway will run from April 23 – May 8.

The prizes are:

  • 1 – $125 gift card
  • 1 – $125 gift card
  • 1 – $50 gift card
  • 1 – $50 gift card

Each winner will choose the gift card you want. Please choose a gift card which comes from
an online store and can be paid by US dollars. EX: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Macy’s, Kohls,
etc. You may ask for more than one gift card but must add up to your prize amount.

Now its time to meet
our co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.

Come and enter the Mothers Day Giveaway! Enter for your chance to win gift cards totaling $410! Winners choice of gift card #giveaway #MothersDay #2019MothersDayGiveaway

Tammy – My Life Abundant | Ahna – Hammers n Hugs | Heather – Super Mom
Life
| Denise – This is My Everybody | Carrie – Curly Crafty
Mom
| Debi – Life Currents | Audrey – That Recipe and Munofore | Dana – Create to
Donate
| Falak – This Mama Reviews | Emily – Domestic
Deadline
| Kathleen – Our Hopeful Home | Tammy – Creative K Kids
| Meredith – The Mom of the Year | Lisa – Blogghetti | Michelle – Our Crafty Mom | Leslie – Once Upon A Time & Happily Ever After | Linda – A Labour of
Life
| Marcy – Backyard Patch Herbal Blog | Kristen – White
Arrows Home
| Trish – Trish Sutton | Zan – At Home with Zan | McKenzie – The Enser
Establishment
| Sinea – Ducks ‘n a Row | Jamie – As For Me and My Homestead & Coffee With Us 3 | Donna – Blog by Donna

Please stop by and
say hi to these wonderful co-hosts and their blogs.

The giveaway will end midnight on Friday, May 8th, a few days before Mother’s Day.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email claiming their prize. If we don’t hear in 48
hours, we will choose another winner. The giveaway is open to anyone over 18 years of age
and able to receive e-gift cards from the U.S.

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Hey Moms! This one is for you! We are giving away $350 in gift card prizes! Enter the Mothers Day Giveaway 2020.

XOXO
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  • Vasu
    May 3, 2020

    What an excellent way of celebrating Mother’s day.

  • Colleen Boudreau
    May 1, 2020

    I would probably spend my gift card at Target.

  • Laura Schwormstedt
    May 1, 2020

    Wow this is such an awesome giveaway, good luck everyone who entered

    Laura x

  • TRACY JACKSON
    April 28, 2020

    Best part of me is my children! I have learned more from them. Thank you for this opportunity for all mothers 🥳😀

  • Laura
    April 27, 2020

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Myrah Duque
    April 27, 2020

    I love giveaways and this one is in perfect time for Mother’s Day! Entering now, thanks so much.

  • Monidipa
    April 27, 2020

    Not yet a mom but can forward it to my sister in law.

  • Dream
    April 26, 2020

    What a wonderful Mothers’ day giveaway. I am entering.

  • Karen
    April 25, 2020

    Thanks for the giveaway! We need creative ways to celebrate Mothers!

  • Autumn
    April 25, 2020

    I would love to win this giveaway! I can’t believe Mother’s Day is almost here!

  • MJ
    April 25, 2020

    It will be a somber Mother’s Day celebration this year, hope this giveaway is won by a mom and family who truly needs it at this time.
    XO, MJ
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  • Erin
    April 25, 2020

    This is such a great giveaway. I entered, hope to win one of the giftcards! Thanks for the chance!!

  • Marysa
    April 24, 2020

    What an awesome giveaway! Definitely going to be entering, thanks for the giveaway.

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    April 24, 2020

    I have been wondering what to do for my mom since we are all on lockdown. I know she would love one of the giftcards. Good luck to all the participants.

  • Clair
    April 24, 2020

    What an awesome giveaway for this Mother’s Day!

  • the joyous living
    April 24, 2020

    this is such a terrific giveaway. just entered!! thanks for sharing this with all the ladies out there, Heather. Hope you have a good Mother’s Day coming up.
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  • Marina
    April 24, 2020

    It’s always nice to see a gift away. Will share your post.
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  • Monica
    April 24, 2020

    Mother’s Day will be here before we know it. This is a great giveaway!

  • Mary Kirkland
    April 24, 2020

    I would probably buy some makeup with the gift card. There are a few new things that I’ve been wanting to get.
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  • Natalie
    April 24, 2020

    Lovely giveaway! Thanks! Good luck everyone!

  • Melissa Cushing
    April 24, 2020

    I think I would probably spend it on Amazon as I have been purchasing a lot form them lately! Maybe Macy’s….. got to support one of my favorite places to shop…. yeah…. let’s make it Macys! Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to all! Thank you for the wonderful chance and I am entered to win!
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  • kumamonjeng
    April 24, 2020

    Wow, that’s a huge giveaway. It’s the time of the year again to recognize the mother’s work, effort, and show appreciation.

  • Catalina
    April 24, 2020

    Thanks for sharing this giveaway! It’s great that I can choose my gift.

  • Kate
    April 24, 2020

    This is the perfect time to be able to give back to everyone’s favourite person, Mum. This giveaway will go to someone who deserves it during this time.

  • Anna
    April 24, 2020

    I think I would spend muy very own gift card on Amazon or Etsy 😊 Either way, I would definitely buy something handmade to support a small business in these trying times. Thank you for the opportunity!
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  • Rosemary
    April 23, 2020

    This is a great giveaway especially now when so many moms can use stuff for the house. Loving the Amazon giftcard.
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  • Vicky
    April 23, 2020

    Giveaways are always a great idea but I think especially this year it would be awesome to get a gift card to Amazon!!

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    April 23, 2020

    This is such a great giveaway! I’d love an Amazon gift card or a Kohl’s gift card! I’d love to buy some new kitchen stuff and organizing stuff!
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  • kathleen
    April 23, 2020

    okay this is such a good giveaway! may the odds be in our favor haah

  • Tara Pittman
    April 23, 2020

    I would spend my gift card on some fancy coffee. Got to have my coffee

  • chad
    April 23, 2020

    I want to win this awesome prize!!! I really hope I win it, that would be so cool.

  • Brianne
    April 23, 2020

    That is a great giveaway! I love that you can pick your card.
    Brianne recently posted Quick Green Chicken Chili RecipeMy Profile

  • Elicit Folio
    April 23, 2020

    I can’t wait to share this giveaway with all of my friends! I hope one of us wins!

  • Talya Stone
    April 23, 2020

    Wow that is one amazing giveaway how generous! Good luck to all those entering.

  • Rog Willis
    April 23, 2020

    With all the craziness going on and a majority of moms are staying home with their kids, moms are more deserving of a special gift for Mother’s Day. What mom wouldn’t want to have some cash in the form of a gift card to treat themselves?
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  • littlemisadvencha
    April 23, 2020

    Happy Mother’s Day in advance to all mothers! Your sacrifices can never be compared to anything. By the way, thank you hosting this giveaway. What a wonderful present to your readers! <3 For sure, the winner will be delighted. Wishful thinking to be a recipient. (hehe). Nevertheless, this is really one of those things we all should be grateful with. <3

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