6.05.2013

Summer Inspiration Via Before & After's {+GIVEAWAY}


Warmer temps = happy Katie.

Who can agree, ladies?
The sun comes out...you get a little bit of a tan...you feel happier and inspired. Inspired to do what, though?
To try new flavorful and fresh recipes, pull out the neon skirts/sandals, and to incorporate more colors in your home decor...that's what!

Since I gave up pop (or soda to some of you) many, many years ago, I'm always searching for different flavored waters or new flavors of Crystal Light Liquid to add to my water (or for my mixed drinks on the weekends!) Regular water can get boring to drink, who's with me? When Crystal Light asked me to review their new Crystal Light Liquid flavors, of course I said YES! They are a much healthier (and more tasty, in my opinion) option versus pop.


I tried the Pomtini and Mango Passionfruit flavors (loved both), but they also have Blueberry Raspberry, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Bellini, and Iced Tea (for the tea lovers!) They have ZERO calories, are refreshing, and actually inspired me to "spice up" some areas of my life. It's true. Here's how...

1. Add in bright colors to our deck with cushions, lanterns, chairs, and gardening pots for when we have friends over, or are just enjoying a night out there!    

and if you want to see the before & after picture-here it is.
Such a big difference I'd like to think..

2. To bring the colors inside, I like to swap out our 'winter' pillows with bright, fun patterns for the spring and summer. It's an easy way to brighten up the space.


3. Lastly, I decided I loved the pink + green colors from the Pomtini and Mango Passionfruit flavors so much that I wanted to combine those colors into a work outfit. 

So long black work pants! Time for some color...



So, who wants to have a drink with me on our deck?

{pictured is the mango passionfruit flavor with a slice of a lemon}

Doesn't that look so refreshing?
Trust me, it is. 

Oh, and the Crystal Light Liquids are the perfect size to pop in your purse for a night out. 


If you're looking for some inspiration to add around your home, outfits, or just to get new drink ideas, you can head to their website to get some ideas!

Now, for the awesome part.

Who wants to win a $100 Visa Gift Card? Yeah, me too. But I can't even enter, boo. 

Answer this question for your chance to win....

What inspires you to jazz things up in your home or outfits?

Easy as pie!
 
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 6/5 - 6/30.
Be sure to visit the Crystal Light page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!


 

117 comments :

  1. I love your summer before and afters! It'd be so fun to have a drink with you! ;o)

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  2. These Crystal Light flavors are so good! I have tried a few different ones and so far I have not been disappointed! Your summer couch cushions are to die for and I envy your deck and back yard. It looks so fresh and fun!

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  3. Love Crystal Light!! Hmmm what inspires me to spice things up? All the coral & mint def makes me happy & want to decorate our whole house in it! Would love to even paint our kitchen cabinets white to brighten the space up even more!

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  4. WOW I love those couch pillows. I think I may head to pier 1 this afternoon! I get inspired from nature. I love seeing flowers and green grass and need to bring those colors inside and all around me whenever possible!

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  5. I've been meaning to try these!!!! Now I'll definitely pick some up when I'm at the store :)

    I love bringing plants and flowers indoors (and outdoors on my tiny little apartment front step) -- something about bringing nature inside with the bright flowers and leaves makes me feel cheerful and summery!

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  6. Reading blogs makes me want to update and jazz things up. Being able to see how other people use different pieces inspires me to revamp my current wardrobe and decor, especially your SPD posts :)

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  7. Blogs and, of course, Pinterest! I love changing things up each season.

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  8. I love to spice up my outfits by adding color or updating my fingers/toes with a bright color. Can't wait to make my new patio very bright this summer!

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  9. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/AshVoyles/status/342279560584368128

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  10. I love adding a pop of color with fun accessories. Since we are on a budget, I can't always buy a new wardrobe for spring and summer, but a few fun bright necklaces and bracelets do the trick! :)

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  11. Love all the bright colors! And WOW, your deck looks AWESOME!!!!

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  12. I get inspired by bright colors and patterns. I tend to go for classic looks with a pop of something fun!!

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  13. I love bright colors, especially in preparation for summer bbq's!

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  14. best sponsored post i've read in awhile.

    what's inspired me lately, is floral prints. i can't get enough of it in my summer outfits, and i've been looking for different ways to splash it in my home, too.

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  15. I get inspired by all the great blogs I follow!! Even if I'm not feeling risky enough to copy a full outfit, adding a pop of neon or a little pattern on pattern helps me to live (& dress) outside the box! :)

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  16. Tweet tweet! :)

    https://twitter.com/kathydee93/status/342311176581025793

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  17. What a fun post/giveaway ma'am! I get inspired by your blog on a daily basis! I've also been inspired by all the gorgeous flowers and plants coming to life in our backyard.. makes me want to spend much more time out there!

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  18. Seeing your pics is my inspiration!

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  19. I love the Crystal Light liquids! I'm currently enjoying the Iced Tea flavor - yum!
    I get inspired to jazz things up by nature - in the spring and summer the bright blooming flowers and trees inspire me to add pops of color to my outfits and my home. In the fall and winter, I'm inspired by the beautiful foliage, green pine trees and white winter wonderlands.

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  20. I'm excited to get rid of the black boring work pants too. Hello dresses and cute sandals.

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  21. I'm going to need to try this! It sounds delicious!
    Love the pop of color you gave to your deck!

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  22. Your summer before and afters are so cute! I really need to try this, because this is about the 7th post I've seen about it. Looks so delicious! Fresh vegetables in warmer months inspire me!

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  23. Reading your blog and seeing your outfits always make me want to add more color!

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  24. Definitely Pinterest! It has inspired several of my home decor and outfit decisions!

    email:
    celeste@mail4me.com

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  25. The spring time inspires me. I always want to change my surroundings, at this time of year.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  26. 2nd entry tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/342345266680197120
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  27. I love using bright accessories! Scarves, funky necklaces, or shoes. My wardrobe is pretty classic aka basic, so the accessories help brighten it up a lot.

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  28. The weather actually inspires me! If it's bright and sunny, that's how I want to dress! If it's rainy and nasty, I am just not thinking about dressing up. Naturally, summertime is when I tend to look my best..whatever that may be. :) haha

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  29. I get inspiration from Pinterest and magazines

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  30. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/342390434850545664

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  31. I find color inspiration from home & gardening magazines.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  32. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/342397378080428032

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  33. Pinterest, Instagram, and Catalogues always inspire me to spice up my wardrobe....and im currently drinking the mango passionfruit :)

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  34. Flowers inspire me to jazz things up around the house!

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  35. I've become totally Pinterest addicted, so I get tons of inspiration there from home decor and fashion photos.

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  36. guests visiting during the summer make me want to make sure my home looks its best!

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  37. PINTEREST!

    After browsing around on there, I want to overhaul my WHOLE LIFE!! LOL

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  38. This is such a nerd answer, but television. So many of the shows I watch have beautiful backdrops that inspire me to try new things in my own house. Thanks for the giveaway! (mer.marty@yahoo.com)

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  39. Definitely Pinterest :) Kylee204@gmail.com

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  40. I take my inspiration from Pinterest, magazines, and outdoors! In the summer I want bright colors! In winter, I want a warm and cozy feeling.

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  41. I get inspiration from pinterest, blogs, tv (news anchors have great fashion!), and friends!

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  42. I am loving the new Crystal Light flavors!! Currently having a glass of their Iced Tea. Being anywhere around the water inspires me this time of year! Beach, lake... you name it - it has me wanting nautical pieces, bright colors, cute bikinis and a good tan!

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  43. I love seeing the colors from flowers and nature!

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  44. I tweeted https://twitter.com/FloydSara/status/344821815878766592

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  45. Warm weather and sunshine inspires me! However right now my house is on the market so instead of being motivated to redecorate/update it, I'm pinning what my dream house should look like! :p

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  46. Pinterest inspires me the most recently, so many great and doable ideas to find. I also love home decor ideas from Restoration Hardware stores.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  47. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/345394567165669376

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  48. A fresh coat of paint inspires me to jazz up things in my house! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  49. https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/346092304811061248
    tweeted sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  50. My life, my family, friends and Pinterest! Essentially almost everything inspires me! :)

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  51. Tweet!
    https://twitter.com/KaizenFashion/status/347215813163483136

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  52. Seeing posts like these inspires me! I have been dying to make some new pillows for my couch and I now have the perfect inspiration! Pinned! :)

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  53. I usually find inspiration on blogs or Pinterest!
    Crystal (at) lovemanythings.net

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  54. My moods, those of my children and my environment inspire me! Some days I feel bright and sunny so wear more dramatic colors and others I feel tired so tend to wear more pastel shades. Of course when the sun is shining I find myself wearing much more vibrant shades as well.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  55. Tweeted

    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/349250321933012992

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  56. Pinterest gives me so many ideas for home decor and fashion.

    email in Blogger profile

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  57. https://twitter.com/CarlyHobart/status/350171066657816580

    Email in Blogger profile

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  58. I get inspiration from magazines.
    austma7@aol.com

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  59. Seeing ideas on tv or magazines inspire me.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  60. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/350408503271239681
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. I have to say that I get inspiration from magazines, Pinterest, and a montage of how I think the room would look good.

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  62. For decorating inspiration, it's blog posts like this that inspire me.

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  63. tweet
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/350420429581721600

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  64. wildflowers in our mountains!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  65. I'm inspired by looking at pictures in magazines. They are really full of good decorating ideas.

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  66. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/350581738411536384

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  67. My husband inspires me with his artistic visions!! ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  68. The desire for change inspires me

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  69. Looking at new styles in magazines, inspires me to make changes in my home decor
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  70. I like variety so I'm often looking for new looks.
    Follow Pinterest mags and google a lot.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  71. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/350760876661420034

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  72. The seasons inspire me to change it up.

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  73. Magazines inspire me a lot! :)

    HilLesha(at)twc(dot)com

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  74. I get inspired by my kids :) I like to borrow from their style & décor :)

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  75. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/350837837412835329

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  76. Friends and family also pinterest and blogs inspire me

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  77. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/350875079162347521

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  78. The thought of traveling on a vacation inspires me to try out a new look.

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  79. I love the summer colors and clean look. Makes me want to freshen up my house.

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  80. tweet
    https://twitter.com/silanti1/status/350990353203085313

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  82. https://twitter.com/sarohioan/status/351001270003310593

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  83. Watching HGTV inspires me to jazz up my home.

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  84. Pinterest never fails to give me some inspiration to jazz things up when i need it :)

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  85. The seasons inspire me to change ::))

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  86. Inspiration is everywhere. I saw a hand painted photo frame that had such wonderful colors I had to use it as a theme to redo the guest room.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  87. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/351081604426371072

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  88. I love to change up the paint color on my walls every couple of years.

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  89. Celebrities and movies inspire me!

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  90. Pinterest, I could spend hours and hours on there looking up or seeing great ideas I want to try!

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  91. My handbag & earring collection.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  92. What inspires me is checking out local thrift stores for fun accessories for our home. I also found this awesome pillow for our living room in the garden department of all places. http://hillhouserock.blogspot.com/2013/05/jesus-made-me-buy-this-pillow_5.html

    I love bright colors and fabrics for summer!

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    1. oops my email is hillhouserock (at) GEEmail thanks!

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  93. I get inspired by art, fashion and nature, and I get bored quite easily with the same old stuff all the time.

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  94. New colors, usually, and peer pressure ;)
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  95. If I want to add color to my decor I paint, change pictures or add different color throw pillows

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  96. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/351378160035708928

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  97. I get inspired from friends and magazines.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  98. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/351386870489415680

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  99. the weather does inspire me sometimes and helps create my look and what pieces of clothing to wear

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  100. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/351414873839775745

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  101. Trolling Pinterest. I always find ideas there

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  102. https://twitter.com/bittripfan/status/351455058547843074

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  103. Im inspired by fun blog pictures and pinterest

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  104. https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/351461538193866753

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  105. Special earrings jazz up my outfits.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  106. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/351475413471596545

    slehan at juno dot com

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  107. Wanting to be more organized.

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  108. Seeing all the new summer clothes out in the stores.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  109. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/351536810075226112
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  110. google pics is such an inspiration to me it's so all encompassing :)
    classy_mommie@yahoo.com

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  111. tweet: https://twitter.com/cancer_free_me/status/351544676714684418
    classy_mommie@yahoo.com

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