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Earth Day 2017 Reduce Our Footprint

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Happy Earth Day readers! It’s a grey, semi-rainy day here in middle Tennessee, but that won’t stop us from doing a few things in our own piece of good earth. I’m weeding my front flower beds in between rain drops while enjoying my Primroses and thinking about how best my family can reduce our footprint for our Earth Day cause this year. 


Primroses



Footprint Facts:


According to Earthday.org, “Humans are consuming natural resources at an alarming rate. For the past couple of decades we have consumed more resources annually than the Earth can replenish. Today humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources every year and, unless something changes, we are expected to consume 2 planets’ worth of resources by 2050! If we don’t act now to reduce this unsustainable behavior, we will cripple the planet and threaten the living conditions of future generations.”


Reduce your footprint


Where to Start:

  • Take the Ecological Foot Print Quiz here
  • Select your location on the Map.
  • Taking the quiz took just 5 minutes.

Select your location on map



Here are my results:

It would take 4.5 Earth’s to provide enough resources for our lifestyle and 20 global acres of land! Wow! I had no idea our ecological footprint was this large. You can see all of our numbers on the graph below.




My ecological footprint quiz results


Even though my family and I do well with our reduce, reuse, recycle plan of action; 44% of our footprint is in services. 



My Take Away:

It looks like this Earth Day, my family needs to discuss and brainstorm ideas of how we can reduce our consumerism. Some ideas off the top of my head are:
  • Reduce our shopping trips
  • Think of long term use of clothing and accessories
  • Reduce paper consumption by reading papers and magazines online
  • Buy clothing accessories from Consignment shops more often


I plan on working on reducing our footprint throughout the year and will be taking this quiz again next April. I’ll share my numbers again next Earth Day



Join Us:

I hope you’ll join us today as we make global strides to better our Earth. This is the only home we’ve got and it is our responsibility to leave it in good standing for future generations! Find several causes to plug in to at EarthDay.org.



How do you celebrate Earth Day? 



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Easy Al Fresco Dining with Good Food Made Simple

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April is the perfect time of year to clean off your deck, porch or patio and take mealtime outside. In the south, the first burst of pollen has subsided, it’s not too hot and the bugs aren’t matching us bite for bite yet, so we call that a win. Today, I want to share how easy Al Fresco dining can be with our sponsor, Good Food Made Simple combined with a healthy dose of spontaneity.  There’s a giveaway too! 


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Good Food Made Simple. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 


Easy Al Fresco Dining with Good Food Made Simple #ad #foodie


Turn on the TV and you’ll likely be bombarded with perfection. Perfect homes, perfect food, perfect kids, and perfect pets. Go online and again you’ll find perfection, I’m looking at you Pinterest and Instagram and dare I say it- blogs! But here is the thing, nobody really lives like that! Our true lives are messy and imperfect, so I for one have decided to embrace imperfection, starting with our impromptu Al Fresco dinner! Here’s how I did it.



Don’t Stress:



  • The setting- Pick a clean, well-lit, or sunny spot in your yard or on your patio/porch making sure you have a nice view of nature or other focal point. Use your existing furniture, like your patio set.  We brought out a long table we use on game night so we could set up dining closer to our pond. A card table will do!


Dining Al Fresco pick the setting #outside



  • The Tableware- Now is not the time to break out the company is coming place settings. Keep things easy yet pretty by selecting plates, glasses and flatware that make you happy when you use them. Throw a pretty tablecloth on the table; add some candles and a plant or flowers and you are good.


Setting a simple Al Fresco Dining table



  • The Food- This may be the hardest part of the Al Fresco dining experience for many of us because food to us is a love thing. I get that and the old me would have planned and fretted this idea until I was stressing the details. Since I’m embracing imperfection now, I was totally okay with heating and serving Good Food Made Simple Entrees!




Good Food Made Simple entrees #food #ad #giveaway




Have you heard of them? I’ve been seeing (and drooling) over their Facebook shares recently and was thrilled when asked if I would like to work with them, try their food and host a giveaway for my readers. 



About Good Food Made Simple: 






Good Food Made Simple offers chef crafted frozen meals using clean, simple ingredients. They believe when it comes to food, less is more. They believe simplifying food is the key to goodness and they want us to eat simply with good food for all. I love that! Who among us doesn’t want to serve up wholesome meals?


Options:


They offer several breakfast, snack and entree options at several retailers. You can find a retailer near you by visiting their website to use their Where to Buy tab. While there, be sure to check out their ingredient list. I was happy to learn they make everything from scratch with simple ingredients like antibiotic-free meats, cage free eggs and real cheese! The real cheese was a deciding factor for my entree choice; Cavatappi Bolognese



Cavatappi Bolognese from Good Food Made Simple #food #giveaway #ad



My Thoughts:


The cream and mozzarella were quite tasty as was the beef sauce. Honestly, this dish went above and beyond my expectations! If I were to serve this to you just like I served myself, I think you would never believe this was a frozen entree! I will definitely keep some of these on hand for those busy nights when I need to feed my family, but don't want to hit a drive through. And another Al Fresco dining evening may come again soon!



I hope you found my easy tips for dining Al Fresco helpful and the idea of embracing imperfection encouraging! That’s my new motto and will be top of mind as I share posts from now on. 



Win It:



Good Food Made Simple prize #giveaway #ad


Thanks to my awesome sponsor, Good Food Made Simple, one lucky reader will receive 9 free product coupons! Retail value $35.00. 



Terms:

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.



Good Luck!


Which Good Food Made Simple entree would you most likely purchase and why?





Disclosure:

This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. My WAHM Plan was compensated/and or received promotional products to share this information

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Color of the Month - April 2017 - Lilac

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I adore lilacs of all colors and varieties, but there is just something so nostalgic and perfect about the classic light purple lilac. I'm singing its praises for my April color of the month once more.


purple lilacs


My Instagram followers seem to agree that they smell heavenly and remind us of our grandmothers. Here's to grandmothers and lilacs!







Here is my Pinterest board for the month. I hope you enjoy it and will take time to go outside and smell these gorgeous blooms before they leave us once more.





Do you love flowers? Why not follow me on Instagram and Pinterest? I share nature pics often.



Please share in comments: Do you have lilacs in your yard? Which picture from my collaboration Pinterest board are you drawn to?



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Pan seared Potato, Bacon and Green onion Salad recipe

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My daughters and I are in the midst of planning their graduation parties. In May, my oldest will graduate from high school and my youngest will graduate from middle school. While both are causes for celebration on their own, my girls have decided to have a combo BBQ/Bonfire with both sets of their friends. That means cooking good food and lots of it, but we don't mind that.  You can’t have a BBQ without serving salads, so I’m going to make this tasty no mayo potato salad recipe I’ve been perfecting for a decade. I think you are going to like my pan seared potato, bacon and green onion salad as much as we do!



Pan seared potato bacon and green onion salad recipe



The great thing about this potato salad, besides its delightful taste, is how well it holds up at events. It is the perfect next day left over too- if you’ve made enough for there to be leftovers. Here’s what you’ll need.



Ingredients:


green onions and celery with lots of leaves



  • 8 russet potatoes
  • 2 bunches green onions
  • 3 large stalks celery (use lots of leaves)
  • 3 large dill pickles (optional)
  • ½ pound thick cut Apple wood smoked bacon
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Heavy splash of Balsamic vinegar if you omitted pickles




Directions:


chopped Applewood smoked bacon


  • Peel and cut potatoes into bite size cubes, cover with water, add salt and bring to a boil. Boil until just fork tender, drain potatoes let rest.
  • Start frying bacon in large skillet on medium heat. Remove cooked bacon to paper towel lined plate.
  • While bacon is frying, chop up celery, celery leaves and green onions into small pieces, set aside.
  • Once all bacon is fried, drain bacon grease, but leave pan drippings. 
  • Turn skillet to medium low temperature and add chopped celery, celery leaves and green onions to pan, lightly saute. 
Saute celery, celery leaves and green onions in bacon grease drippings



  • Salt and pepper veggies to taste.
  • Once veggies are done, pull from pan and place in large mixing bowl.
  • Add drained bowled potatoes to skillet.
  • Cover potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, cook until lightly brown. Don’t overwork potatoes in skillet. You want them to retain some of their form.
  • While potatoes are browning, wipe off excess grease off cooled bacon and chop into bite size pieces.
  • Add to chopped bacon to sauteed vegetables in mixing bowl.
  • Once potatoes are lightly browned, add them to your mixing bowl and lightly toss all ingredients together. 


pan seared potatoes in mixing bowl


  • Add remaining olive oil.
  • Add pickles or Balsamic vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


You can serve this Pan seared Potato, Bacon and Green onion Salad warm, or chill for later if you’ve made it earlier in the day. This versatile potato salad will probably become a favorite go-to salad like it is in my house; especially as the days get warmer.


Enjoy!



Pan seared Potato, Bacon and Green onion Salad recipe



Do you have a family member who loves a more traditional potato salad with Mayonnaise? My husband eats this salad both ways. When he wants the more traditional texture and taste, he simply adds mayo to his serving.



Please share in comments: Do you have an upcoming spring event this potato salad would be perfect for? 

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SMURFS: The Lost Village swag giveaway and DIY SMURF Blue Metallic lips

Saturday, April 1, 2017

It may be hard to believe, but the Smurfs will be 36 years old this September. I can remember watching the Smurfs cartoon on Saturday mornings with my nieces. While they liked Papa Smurf, it was Smurfette that my little nieces adored.  Fast forward to 2017 and Smurfette is getting ready to go on an epic adventure in Sony Pictures Animation 3D movie SMURFS: The Lost Village coming to theaters April 7th



This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Sony Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


SMURFS:The Lost Village movie #swag giveaway






About SMURFS: The Lost Village movie:

“In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!


This sounds like a fun movie to go see with my daughters. Even though they are teens now, they still love a good animated movie with a strong female character and Smurfette rocks that role! As a matter of fact, my daughter, Melissa was inspired to create this super cool, on-trend DIY SMURF blue metallic lip


DIY SMURF blue metallic lip #beauty



DIY SMURF BLUE METALLIC LIPS



Step 1:

Apply a clear and moisturizing lip balm





Melissa moisturizes lips first for SMURF Blue Metallic lip look #beauty




Step 2:


Begin applying a dark blue eyeshadow into the outer edges, layering until you get desired intensity.


Melissa applies dark blue eye-shadow next for SMURF Blue Metallic lip #beauty



Step 3:


Begin adding light blue metallic eyeshadow over top and focus layering in the center of your mouth.


Melissa adds light blue metallic eyeshadow next for SMURF Blue Metallic lips #beauty



Step 4:

Line your lips in blue to finish off the look. (I used starry night blue eyeliner.


Melissa finishes her SMURF Blue Metallic lips look with starry night blue eyeliner. #beauty



I think Smurfette would love Melissa’s look inspired by her and SMURFS The lost village movie! You can learn all about the #SmurfsMovie by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter




Win It: 

SMURFS The Lost Village swag #giveaway prize pack


One lucky reader will win a SMURFS: The Lost Village swag bag. It includes: activity pages, bookmark, planter, t-shirt - please note- sizes shipped vary, at sole discretion of prize fulfillment and tattoos. Retail Value $20



Terms: 

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 




Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway





Please share in comments: If you win, who will you share your SMURFS: The Lost Village movie swag prize with? 






Disclosure:



This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. My WAHM Plan was compensated/and or received promotional products to share this information. 
If you shop want to shop the DIY SMURF Blue Metallic lips look by using the handy links provided, you will be shopping at my Avon e-store. As an Avon Rep., I will receive compensation on your purchases. 


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The Underground Culinary Tour by Damien Mogavero book review

Friday, March 31, 2017


We live south of the newest “IT” city, Nashville Tennessee. Our local news station has a series on the boom in growth Nashville is having and one of the most interesting area of growth to me is the plethora of new places to eat. From fine dining to food trucks; Nashville is making a name for itself as a foodie city



Demos Restaurant downtown Nashville


Demos in downtown Nashville has been one of our favorite places to dine for years now. To us, Demos is doing everything right-from the friendly, helpful staff, to the excellent food that never disappoints. If you are visiting Nashville, check out Demos and try their blackened chicken


While my family and I have our go to places, we also love exploring new places to eat and new types of food; we enjoy the whole experience, most of the time. As the price of a lunch or dinner out for a family of four has steadily increased in our area, the lack of true hospitality and service seems to be diminishing, that’s what led me to reviewing today’s book:


The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America eats with a foreword by Danny Meyer



The underground culinary tour book by Damien Mogavero



Book Synopsis:

“Dining will never be the same again, thanks to data expert and food lover Damian Mogavero.  

“Mogavero offers foodies and industry insiders an entertaining, behind-the-scenes narrative about how the restaurant business—an industry historically ran by gut and intuition—is being transformed by data. 

“The book takes readers from Montauk, to the exotic Creole cooking of New Orleans, from the impeccable choreography of the Brazilian restaurant Fogo de Chao
 to kitchens of such celebrity chefs and restaurateurs as Danny Meyer, Daniel Boulud, Guy Fieri, Giada and Tom Colicchio. 

What Mogavero describes as "New Guard" restaurants—those making decisions based on insights gained by the systematic collection and analysis of daily homegrown data—have been quietly revolutionizing how they run their businesses, compared to the old guard that relies on gut instinct, and a hit or miss approach that can misread the desires and expectations of today's demanding foodie generation.




My Thoughts:

As a blogger, I have to look at stats, data and trends within my industry often if I want to remain relevant. Creative people like myself usually don’t like hard numbers and spreadsheets, I certainly don’t! I’ve long considered cooking as a creative outlet as well, so I found the idea of meshing the creative with the technical intriguing

This book takes you inside the restaurant business, not just the glossy, magazine ready side-but the very heart of a restaurant.  I enjoyed the personal stories and how Mr. Mogavero demystifies several key areas of being in the restaurant industry.  

Mogavero states “we are in the midst of a grand foodie revolution. A burgeoning foodie economy in which the New Guard restaurateurs are eagerly embracing both data and trends. “   


This New Guard, which is radically different in their approach than their predecessors are doing things more nimbly and efficiently by embracing data and adapting to the new trends of today’s demanding consumers.

For instance, how many of us are guilty of snapping a photo of our food to share on social media before we eat?  As Mogavero points out- that’s great fun for us, the patrons, but what if the food wasn’t quite ready for that close up and share? The restaurant may very well suffer from this type of sharing, or become innovators and embrace the new way we eat and share our foodie finds.



The Take Away:

I found this book highly insightful and a true learning experience. This is an enjoyable read- especially getting to see parts of the New York City restaurant scene unfold in an authentic way

If you have ever dreamed of opening a restaurant, or a food truck, this is a must read. Even if you're just a passionate foodie, I think you would enjoy seeing things from the other side of the table. You will have a better understanding of what all it takes to run a profitable restaurant. You can learn more about the author, Damien Mogavero and read more praise of this book here


Have you ever considered opening a restaurant? If yes, what type of cuisine would you serve?



Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Blogging for books. No further compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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The Gospel of Mark DVD Giveaway

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring is knocking on the door here, not only in the beautiful Tennessee landscape I adore, but in my heart as well. To me, spring is always a time of renewal, reflection and rebirth. As a Christian family, it is an important time in our lives with Lent and soon, Easter. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to share a Christian based movie with you today.



This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for The Lumo Project. I received information to facilitate my review and will receive a copy of movie to thank me for my participation.


I am really excited to have an opportunity to watch The Gospel of Mark, but as luck would have it, my package hasn't arrived yet. Since the movie became available March 14th, I'm choosing to host my giveaway first and come back and share my review later. 



#TheGospelofMark DVD giveaway #RWM

About The Gospel of Mark:

Following last year’s The Gospel of John comes the second installment in the renowned Gospel film series, The Gospel of Mark. Just in time for Easter, the second book of The New Testament comes to life for the first time with a truly unique, word-for-word adaptation that uses the Gospel narrative as its script. Shot on location in Morocco with consultation from expert theologians and biblical scholars and produced by the Lumo Project, the film was given the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12+. The Gospel of Mark DVD is packed with behind-the-scenes bonus features like:

  • Deconstructing a Scene 
  • Building Jerusalem 
  • Composing the Gospels 
  • Filming the Gospels 
  • Narrating the Gospels



Official Synopsis: 

According to The Gospel of Mark, Jesus is a heroic man of action, an exorcist, healer, and miracle worker — the Son of God who keeps his identity secret. This critically acclaimed, epic production — five years in the making — is based on the latest theological, historical, and archaeological research, and offers an unforgettable, highly authentic telling of the Jesus story — ending with the empty tomb, a promise to meet again in Galilee, and Jesus’s instructions to spread the good news of the resurrection. 




Sneak Peak:








I invite you to learn more about the Lumo Project by visiting their website and by following them on Twitter and Facebook




Win It:


The Gospel of Mark DVD Giveaway

One lucky reader will receive a DVD of The Gospel of Mark courtesy of Review Wire Media for Lumo Project. No purchase necessary to enter.



Terms: 

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!




Who will you watch this movie with if you win?




Disclosure:


This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. My WAHM Plan was compensated/and or received promotional products to share this information.

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Wordless Wednesday: Spring blooming trees

Wednesday, March 15, 2017






Bradford Pear bouquet #spring #blooming #trees







Pretty in Pink blooming Hawthorne tree #spring #gardening







Apple tree blossom #spring #blooming #trees



Are any trees blooming in your yard or neighborhood yet?

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Got clutter? Tidy Living organizers can help

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Have you ever taken a step back and looked at your home the way a stranger might view it for the first time? What do you see? Do you see a warm, clean and organized home- you know, the type of home we all strive for? Or, do you see a home that needs a bit of help with clutter control? 


Got clutter? Organizers can help! #springcleaning


I’m all for cleaning, but lately; I’ve found myself in dire need of more organizers to help me corral my clutter! That’s why I was excited to work with our sponsor, Tidy Living today. They have all sorts of organizers that can help us get and stay organized this spring.  While I will receive compensation for introducing Tidy Living to my readers and hosting a giveaway, I only share information I feel will benefit you. All opinions and love of organizers are my own. 


About Tidy Living:

floating shelves home decor from Tidy Living
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If you have drop zones and hot spots of clutter in your home too, you are going to love all the helpful organizing solutions Tidy Living can provide. They are your one stop shop for affordable home organization! Tidy Living is located in Ontario California and has been in business for almost a decade now. They have one simple mission in mind- to make our lives better and easier by delivering innovative designs that help us make our home efficiently organized, all at affordable prices. They offer everything you need for smart storage like:

  • Wall shelves
  • Hanging and under bed shoe organizers
  • Garment racks
  • Storage bins
  • Containers
  • Cubby organizers
  • Stackable wire baskets
  • Laundry bags
  • Hampers
  • Drying racks


Today I'm sharing two of my hot spots of clutter, the laundry room and my foyer closet, but as you can see from the list above; Tidy Living has organizing solutions for every room and space in your home!




1. Laundry Room Fixes:

laundry room storage solutions #springorganizing
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For me, everyday is laundry day! You would think with a family of four, I’d stay on top of this chore. Try as I may, my laundry room isn’t as neat and organized as I’d like it to be making me dread going in there.  Tidy Living offers a variety of laundry room solutions. Everything from laundry bags and hampers to foldable drying racks, which I’ll be purchasing soon!


2. Corral runaway shoes:

Shoe pile up in the foyer #clutter #organization #help


See that pile of shoes? That’s what my foyer is going to look like off and on during the warmer seasons when my teen girls and their friends hang out. I need to find a better way to store and organize our shoes because what we have been doing is no longer working!  
The foyer closet simple can’t hold all of our shoes being worn in one season, so the girls have been taking their shoes to their bedrooms. That leads to messes, so I’m looking at the under bed shoe organizers for them and Tidy Living offers one I really like. It holds up to 16 pairs of shoes, which should be plenty of room for each girls out of season shoes. They also have this handy blanket organizer I could use in my bedroom.


under bed storage solutions #spring #cleaning
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For the foyer, I’m looking at the stackable shoe racks.  Tidy Living offers several affordable options like the 3 shelf stackable one shown in the photo below. I invite you to learn more about all their organizing solutions by visiting their website and following them on Twitter and Pinterest.   


stackable shoe rack for easy #clutter control #organizers
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Win It: 
Thanks to today’s sponsor, Tidy Living, one lucky reader will win these floating Oak shelf set, retail value of $40.00. I could use these shelves in my den and home office to help organize my papers and books.  You can learn more about their dimensions here to make sure thet will fit in your space properly.  



Terms: 

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 


Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


What is clutter zone will you be working on first this spring? 

Disclosure:

This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. My WAHM Plan was compensated/and or received promotional products to share this information.

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