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{bay’s christmas bedroom}

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{bay’s bedroom makeover}

May you never be too grown to search the skies on Christmas Eve ♥

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Santa Pillow

The struggle is real when you’ve got a tween.  Does Elf On The Damn Shelf even come to our house this year?  Or do you donate her?  Pack her up in storage?  I’ve hinted about the Elf and haven’t really gotten a response.

Trying to come up with new age appropriate traditions.  No more Polar Express.  Letters To Santa.  Pictures on Santa’s lap.  So, what to do to continuing making the season extra magical?

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Felt Mistletoe // Pottery Barn Stocking (Bay’s is 12 years old)

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Cyber Monday friends.  This is a sale I can get behind!  It doesn’t require going anywhere.  No lines.  A shit-ton of good deals.  All from the comfort of your own home….of office, in my case.  Believe it or not, I didn’t make a single purchase on Black Friday.  I probably would have, had we not been headed to Tahoe for the weekend.  Maybe it was a blessing in disguise?  Ha!

Is anyone else insanely happy that we still have 1 more week till December?!?!  Just a little more time till the festivities really hit!  I’m going to embrace this week to the fullest.  We are going to get all the rest of our Christmas decor up tonight.  Hoping to get it all on the blog next week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Get in 15,000 steps per day…No matter what – I lost my fitbit 🙁 
  • Pick up Trader Joe’s garland.  How much garland is too much?  Asking for a friend! – Gimme all the garland.  I’ve gone the extra mile to take all the steps to care for it too
  • Hydrate (god knows I drank wayyy too much wine over the weekend) – Kinda sorta did a good job….till Thursday.
  • Find all the best Cyber Monday deals – Did anyone score an awesome deal?  Tell me all about it.  
  • Work on all the outdoor lights + garland – They’re up.  Now to get our front porch tree lit up!
  • Dinner + drinks to celebrate Robin – Always a good time!!!
  • Get my pearly whites polished up – Bay + I are cavity free still
  • Share Bay’s Christmas bedroom decor – Thanks for all the love on Bay’s room ♥
  • Transfer dates to 2019 calendar – Didn’t even crack open the 2019!!
  • Dickens in the Valley Home Tour – Gorgeous homes….crazy inspired!!!  
  • Make turkey noodle soup with our Thanksgiving carcass (I hate that word FYI) – It’s happening TONIGHT!  

 

 

Let’s chat Cyber Monday first!  These are a few of my favorite things….and a couple are on my list:

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Click on any of the images below to shop…..

Couple other items that caught my eye today on Amazon…..

Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Echo Dot combo // AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing Ethnicity

 

 

Highlights from the weekend…..

Thanksgiving!!

“kid wine” cheers at the kids table!

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Quick photo shoot with Gram + Papa ♥

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The olive lover #olivejuice

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Real men wear women’s aprons to carve the turkey!

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I re-set my table…AGAIN!  After the rotten pumpkin fiasco.

My mom collected the most beautiful leaves while we were camping at Casini Ranch the other weekend.  These clipping lying across the table are the ones we stole off the side of the road.  Festive AF! And free!

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This is what our plates looked like.   Although, we’re all eating turkey.  I feel like everyone’s plate I saw on the ‘gram looked totally different.  And I LOVED hearing about the weird menu item each family serves.  Our’s is pretzel jello salad…yummm.

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Friday morning we hit the road for Tahoe.  With a pit stop in Placerville to pick up tree permits.

We picked up our permit at the Forest Supervisor’s Office: 3034 Briw Road.  Placerville, CA 95667.  Phone number: (530) 622-5061.

I called to confirm today and they do still have tree permits available.  They are first come first serve. $10 cash each.  2 Tree permits per family.

Once you purchase your permit you’ll get the orange permits that you attach to the tree(s).  And a map showing you all the spot for tree cutting.

Here’s more info on tree permits: Eldorado National Forest Christmas Tree Permits

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Pit stop at Strawberry Lodge.  It was raining + snowing.

My girl all bundled up…in my jacket…lol!  The struggle is real!!!

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Just a little snow….

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Dressing the cabin up for the Holidays ♥

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Avocado toast is my weekend jam  #basic

I used the leftover Thanksgiving ham.  Bomb.com

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We hit the Fallen Leaf Lake trail from the campground.  Such a pretty trail.  Great for kids too!

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Just give me all the snowy trails.

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Then you get to this.  I mean, could it have been a more beautiful day?  The sky.  The mountains.  The lake.  I can’t pick which one I like the most.

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My people ♥

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{black friday // best sales}

I’ve rounded up all the top sales + promo codes to get you the best bang for your buck! You know I’m a sucker for a good deal!

And I want to thank you all who purchase items from my blog + links I provide. I make a very small commission which keeps me on the hunt for ALL THE THINGS to share with you ❤️ happy shopping!

Abercrombie: 50% off entire store for “club members” Kids 40% off.  FREE SHIPPING on all orders!  Become a club member and get $10 off!

American Eagle: 40% off + FREE SHIPPING.  Flannels are $25 too!

Anthropologie: 30% off!!

Express: 50% off everything + FREE SHIPPING!

Free People: 50% off select items + FREE SHIPPING!

GAP: 50% off everything!  Use code: BLKFRIDAY

J.Crew: 40% off!  Use code: TOGETHER

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{thanksgiving kids table // graham cracker crust pumpkin pie}

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My dining room table isn’t large enough accommodate the whole fam-bam.  Someday when I grow up (I say this all the time..Ha) I’ll have a table that can seat an army!  Until then, we shall set up the kids table.

Not just a boring kids table though.  A fun + entertaining table is key.  They stay busy = you get to enjoy your wine + pie with a little peace…HA!  Love them to death, but let’s be real.

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I’m also sharing my graham cracker crust pumpkin pie.  Which I’m really sad to announce…I can’t take the credit for inventing.  Bobby Flay patented it about 8 fucking years ago.  What the hell.  As soon as you think you’re onto something BOMB.  Google it and it’s already been done!

Which isn’t always the worst thing.  I honestly had NO idea how long to bake.  So I followed Bobby’s baking directions, which gave me the perfectly set pies!

And how about this kids table.  The activity table-cloth is so perfect.  And the leaves.  My Mom collected each one of them at Casini Ranch while camping last weekend.  They have the most gorgeous trees that were dropping these giant leaves.  Thanks Mom!

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I kept it simple using everything I had on-hand.  Including the used to be white mini pumpkins that are now yellow-ish.  I did buy them in September, so I should stop bitching.  Coloring crayons…we’ve all got some lying around.  Poured some Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sunflower seeds…mainly for the color factor.  But, for snacking too!

This color on activity tablecloth is from the one, the only….Target.  There is a word search for the older kids.  A pumpkin + turkey maze.  Even a spot to write what they are Thankful for!  Love it so much.  It completed the kids table.

Color In Thanksgiving Tablecloth  $3.50 at Target

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Just bring on the turkey…we’re all set over here!

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Here are some of the recipes we will be enjoying for Turkey day tomorrow:

Cory has our Branigan’s Turkey in brine as I type.  He’s on turkey duty and will be cooking it in an air fryer.  I’ll be sure to snap some pictures tomorrow.

Pioneer Women Creamy Mashed Potatoes the main attraction, if you ask me!

I’ve been making these Stuffing Balls for years. I found the recipe in one of the old Kraft Magazines that used to come out monthly.  Do they still do that?  I sub the ground pork for good ol Jimmy Dean sausage.

My Mom will always be in charge of the gravy.  It’s the one thing that I just can’t get down with on the Thanksgiving menu.  Honestly I can’t even make it without wanting to gag.  Bay’s the same.

Her Pretzel Jello Salad (similar to this one) is probably our “weirdest” side.  Poop-A-Doop, my late Grandfather LOVED this salad.  Really, it’s not even a salad.  It’s a layer of pretzels + sugar + butter.  With a cream cheese center and strawberries + jello on top.  So random, so good!

Kissey will forever bring her favorite side, Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. She makes it the BEST!!!

Along with canned cranberry (the only way to serve it).  With lots of cans of whole olives to stick on our fingers.

Mom makes homemade rolls that are to die for too!

And for dessert, my Mom is trying a new recipe for mini pecan pies and I’ll be serving my, I mean Bobby Flay’s Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pie (recipe below) with homemade whipped cream (made by Bay)

What’s on your menu?  I love hearing about families one random, kinda weird, side dish they can’t have Thanksgiving without.

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{what to wear to thanksgiving}

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Two days till the biggest cheat day of the year…HA!

Therefore I’m opting for stylish yet comfortable.  You know, so that you don’t have to worry about eating that second piece of pie.

Speaking of pie, I’m baking a new one tonight.  Pumpkin pie in a graham cracker crust?  Raise your hand if you LOVE graham cracker crust too!   I have NO idea if it’s going to be good.  So, I’m making 2.  One for tonight to test and one for thanksgiving.  Don’t even trip, I’m gonna tell you all about it!

I put together two Turkey day looks that I would actually wear.  I keep seeing chicks posting dresses.  Do people really wear dresses on Thanksgiving?

 

Thanksgiving Look #1

The Canadian Tux Pie Hider //

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday Friends!  Not sure what it is about today, but it feels so festive.  I guess we are officially kicking of the first week of the Holidays!!!  I’m at work though…ha!  Just knowing we’re going to finish off the week with turkey + pie…lots of shopping!  Oh, and we’re headed to Tahoe to cut down our tree this year.  Stay tuned, we’ve never done this before.  I’m sure it will be a shit-show.  I have my heart set on a couple of trees this year.  I know, crazy.  Considering I live in a tiny ass condo!

Okay, hold on tight, this week is gonna be over before you know it!

Intentions for the Week:

  • work on some gift guides
  • cut down out Christmas tree(s)
  • american eagle try-on
  • set a cute kids Thanksgiving table
  • drink more water than chardonnay…this is gonna be a hard one!
  • tackle outdoor Christmas decor
  • a new spin on the classic pumpkin pie
  • host Thanksgiving
  • head to the cabin ♥

And here’s a little recap of some of the highlights from our weekend….

When you finally get to #chardsohard with your homegirl Nikki!

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“make us look super hot and super skinny please!” HA!  It’s been the saying for years now!

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We celebrated this babe turning the big 4-0!  Lookin hot AF + young AF!  And still a damn good time!

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Us ♥

You guys were blowin me up about my sweatshirt.  It’s full-price, which I rarely do…but I made an exception for this one.  It’s perfect for that, I wanna go out, but I also wanna be cozy AF!  This is it my friends! Ha!  Linked some other leopard-dot print items from Madewell too!

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{i shaved my face and you should too}

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Teeth Whitening // Rose Water // Facial Razor // Jade Roller // Marble Tray

I shaved my face last night.  But, I’ve decided I’m going to say I tried dermaplaning instead.  As soon as the words “shaved” and “my face” are said, peeps instantly freak the fuck out.  Ha!  It’s okay, I kinda thought the same thing too.  Then I did some research.  I’m not going to grow a beard!

I really, really wanted to try and video a portion of it.  But, once I had the razor in my hand, decided safety first and put the phone down. lol!

Just like all the fads that come out.  Charcoal teeth whitening.  Jade rolling.  Rosewater spray.  Cory always says, “do you have to try everything?”

Yes, of course I do!  #YOLO

I’m what they call a sucker.  You tell this $10 conatiner of shit is gonna make me skinny or pretty…SOLD!

I’m also too cheap to pay for Amazon Prime, so I have to ask Cory to purchase all my random shit for me.  Ha!  Hence, why he’s concerned that I’m a sucker for trends.

Let’s chat about the fads that I’ve tried…..

 

Facial Razor // We have to start with this one.  I dermaplaned my face last night.  I read so many reviews.  Amazon alone has over 1,800.  You guys would straight up DIE if you saw all the peach fuzz and dead skin that came off that tiny little razor.  So disgusting.  I didn’t realize what a hairy bitch I was.  But, the results – I’m a believer.  My face is so, so smooth.  My makeup went on so incredibly smooth this morning.  Even a little glow!  It’s like an exfoliation at a deeper level.  All in the comfort of your very own bathroom.  And it only costs $5.  I will continue doing this procedure.  Maybe weekly?

Just trust me on this one, k?

This is the video I watched: LISTEN UP GIRLFRIEND | SHAVE YOUR FACE

What is dermaplaning?

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{j.crew factory sale + try-on}

Today was going to be all about what to wear to Thanksgiving.  Since the table is set, let’s pick out the next best thing.  The outfit!  Then I got a notification that J.Crew Factory was having a bad ass sale.  So we’re gonna go ahead a switch gears.  I mean, technically these could all be great options for “what to wear for Thanksgiving” anyway.  Let’s just go with it!

The real question…..

Are you shopping for yourself?  Or for Christmas gifts?

I like to say I’ve got my eye out for others, and sometimes I need to test out the quality of an item before I buy for gifts.  Quality control, right?  That’s what I’m telling myself…FML!

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Here’s the deal……

40% off (price as marked)

PLUS an extra 40% off clearance with code: FESTIVE

FREE SHIPPING when you sign up as a J.Crew rewards member.  Which is FREE, so DO IT!  Ha!  To sign up, click here: J.Crew Rewards Member

Here are a few of my favorite things……..

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Ruffle-trimmed pullover

$39.50  NOW $22.50 – $32.50

Beyond cozy.  This is an everyday throw on and go.  It’s sweatshirt material!  It looks more like a sweater so it’s instantly more dressed up.  Really, really into cute sweatshirts right now.  Anyone else?

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Velvet Wrap Top

$39.50  NOW $22.50

You cannot pass this one up.  It’s so cute.  So warm.  I blamed my staticky hair on this top, but turns out it was the damn wind. lol.  It’s very slim fit, so you many want to size up.

I wore it here + here!!

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Faux-fur vest

$74.50  NOW $34.50

Thirty Four DOLLARS peeps!  Get one.  Buy one for your homegirl.  They WILL sale out and you won’t beat this price tag!  I know I’d be pumped if Santa stuck this in my stocking!

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Sherpa bomber jacket

$74.50  NOW $44.50

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{thanksgiving table setting // DIY centerpiece}

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Hi friends!  If you follow me on instagram, then you know my heart is 100% Christmas.  Butttt, I am hosting my family for Thanksgiving.  What do you think they’ll say when they see I have a mixture of Christmas garland + wreaths + pumpkins?  Ha!  Most likely nothing.  Nothing at all.  They know how batshit crazy I am by now 🙂

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BIG thank you to everyone for voting on my instagram poll this morning.  This setting won.  Although, it was really close.

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I threw together this pumpkin centerpiece over the weekend.  The things I do for a table setting.  It will definitely be rotten by Thanksgiving.  But, I was dying to do a little DIY.  Whenever I’m creating with my hands, I’m the most happy.  Whether that means cooking.  Rearranging.  Planting.  Organizing.  It makes me really frickin happy.

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I found these Hearth & Hand Stoneware mini pedestals at Target and knew I’d find a way to incorporate them some how.  Tealights are in Spice jars – World Market.

Found them for cheap.  6 for $6.  Pop the top off and you’re good to go.  I love the shape.  The eucalyptus clipping was the finishing touch.

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I love adding a clipping to the back of these target chairs too!  The burlap ribbon, I leave it there year round.

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These plates have seen more food.  Ha!  They are my everyday dishes.  Super affordable, I’m talking $20 and come in a set of 12.  They make a great gift for the hostess with the most too!   Along with the gold flatware (it’s 20% off).  Although we don’t use it daily, I don’t hesitate to pull it out.  Dishwasher safe and they come out like new!

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I really wanted to keep this table simple.  Mainly because, I’m ready to set it for Christmas…lol.  I’ve got too many ideas.  It’s killing me to wait.

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Here’s a little video I took to give you a closer look!

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{weekend notes // #last90days challenge}

 

I was listening to Rachel Hollis this morning.  You know the chick that wrote, Girl Go Wash Your Face?  She said something that got my attention.  I’ve actually been thinking about it all day.

Choose what you want most.  Not what you want right now!

It stuck!  What do I want the very most?  Damn.  That’s a good one.  It’s tough.  I want it all, really.  I can rattle off about 25 things I want right now.  But, one thing I want the very most?

Anyway, just those things that make you go hmmmm.

I’m also following her #last90days challenge.  Have you heard of it yet?  It’s been plastered ALL over social media, so chances are you’re very well aware.  Ha!  Let’s chat about it for a second anyway…..

What if you committed to living your last 90 days of this year as hard as you are committing to living the first 30 days of the new year? What if instead of a downhill slide into 2019, you are ramping up!

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Here’s how I’m tackling the challenge:

  1. Get up an hour early // I love to get up at the butt-crack of dawn and get my workout in.  To be honest, if it doesn’t happen before the sun comes up….then it aint happening.  I can tell myself all damn day that I’ll get it done after work.  #bullshit
  2. Workout for 30 minutes // First thing and then you don’t have to think about it!
  3. Drink your weight in oz of water // This is the hardest one for me.  I fill my yeti cup with lemon + water and try to re-fill it twice before lunch and one more time after.  Some days I straight up kill it.  Some days I straight up forget.
  4. Give something up // Sugar.  I gave up sugar again.  Added sugar.  It’s challenging.  But, I know it works for me.  I’ve done it many times and get the most + best results.
  5. Gratitude // So many ways to practice gratitude.  I’ve found the writing them down first thing when I wake up.  Before my coffee.  Before my feet hit the floor.  Before I have a chance to think about all the shitty things the day many entail.  This has been the best thing ever.  It really does shift your thoughts to being way more grateful.  Try it!

Are you doing the #last90days challenge?  Tell me how you’re doing it.  I love reading about this challenge and all the unique ways people are embracing it!

Intentions for the Week:

  • finalize Thanksgiving menu
  • get the house tidy AF
  • decorate Bay’s room for Christmas
  • work on two Thanksgiving outfits
  • pick up tree permits
  • make chicken soup
  • add extra blankets to our beds
  • set Thanksgiving table
  • shave my face…lol!  Have you heard of it?  I’m doing it!
  • pack for the coast

 

 

Highlights from the weekend:

Praying for California!

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Friday night I had margs with my homegirl Alex and didn’t snap a single photo.  I cheated and had one of her enchiladas too.  So good!

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Did you see that Nordy’s is having a sale?  I shared some shit that I have and LOVE that is all marked down.

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Leith dress // crazy flattering on any body style.  Comes in 8 color options and is only $44!!!  Get one.  Great layered or all alone.

Top Shop Leather Jacket // 40% off making it $55!  If you’ve been looking for a good classic leather jacket, this is it!  I LOVE mine.  Picked mine up last year on super sale too, and wear it more than I should admit!

Hunter Boots (in matte black) // $100!  This is a great gift!  I actually really like the matte better than my shiny black hunters.

Madewell Jeans // under $60 which is a steal.  If you’ve been wanting to try this brand of denim, now is the time.  They normally retail for over $100!

Vans // $38 and they are suede.  Love the color too.  Picked these up for Bay for Christmas…Shhhh!

Madewell glider bracelet // $20 and is one of my go-to girlfriend gifts.  Here it is on Madwell’s site too, since Nordy’s keeps selling out: Madewell Delicate Glider Bangle Bracelet

Denim Jacket + Mules (similar) pictured above but not included in the Nordy’s sale!

Picked up some TJ’s pretties for a fun DIY!  Coming tomorrow!

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Watching Benny play football.

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Go #4

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What a play!

When Martini Mama Liz invites you over for her famous martinis…you RUNNNN!

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Thanks for a fun afternoon Liz + Alex!

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