Blogger Spotlight #47

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link

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Thanks so much for stopping by to the Bloggers Spotlight!!  We love to share our favourite posts on social media and hope you do too!  This is a great party to help you meet new blogger friends and share each others posts!  I hope you are staying warm this winter, I am surrounded in snow and ice!

 

 

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A Year In Books by Devastate Boredom

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Mama Has Entered The Building

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FLORIDA GRAPEFRUIT AND BEET SALAD WITH A GRAPEFRUIT VINAIGRETTE

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Printable Preschool Planner Stickers

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Have you got hooked on planners and planning yet?  Searching Michael’s for planner stickers?  I sure have been!  Along with Etsy, but I haven’t quite found what I am looking for, with my daughter in Nursery School and my son scheduled to start soon I decided to make my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers.

 

If you are just getting into planning you may wonder what you need, I’m here to help you!

  • My favourite PlannerAn awesome planner.  I like the Create 365, The Happy Planner.  Personal preference, but I like how there are three slots per day. I have a home business, blogging stuff, and regular day to day kids, school, schedules to keep track of so having the three slots means I can track it all in one place.   If you go to the Michael’s website and get a 50% off coupon it makes the cost much cheaper!
  • Pens. A fun collection of fine tip markers, coloured pens, and other writing implements, I love coloured pens!  I use them to keep track of different things. Usually pink to keep track of stuff for my daughter, purple to keep track of my stuff, blue for my son, green for my blog, hot pink for my work, etc.
  • The best Planner BagA good planner bag. Like this one from Thirty-One.  It’s actually a hanging travelling case, but it fits my stickers, pens, markers, planner, etc.  Having a bag where I can keep all of my tools together makes things easier, then whenever I need to add something to the calendar or planner I grab the bag and have everything I need.
  • Stickers.   This is the best part, stickers to decorate your planner with, seasonal, inspirational, to do, etc.  You can use stickers to decorate your planner like a scrapbook, keep track of important events and holidays, whatever, it’s your planner!

 

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Who else needs Preschool Planner Stickers!

I need some very specific stickers to accommodate the events at my daughter’s Nursery School.  My daughter belongs to a co-op so I bring snack once a month, my hubby cleans toys once a month, and I am on the board and have board meetings.  They have lots of fun theme parties, field trips, and other events, so by designing my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers it made life much easier!

Materials Needed for Printable Planner Stickers

Ready to print your own stickers yet?

I discovered you can print your own stickers by getting full sticker sheets at the store!  Game changer for planning when I need specific stickers, I can make my own.  Just in case you could use them too I am sharing them!

 

Print the Printable Preschool Planner Stickers below. Or the PDF here.

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

 

What kind of stickers are you searching for to make your planning easier?

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Blogger Spotlight #46

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link

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In the gloominess of Winter we have the party to cheer you up!!!  Come join us for our weekly party meet other bloggers, help promote each other’s masterpieces.  Thanks for coming!!

 

 

 

 

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Ultimate Instagram Hashtags

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Winter Roll and Graph

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EASY MASON JAR TERRARIUMS

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The Best Drink for Cold and Flu Season

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8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing 

 

8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing - Nursing a newborn means a lot of sitting quietly, but what about your toddler how do you keep them busy. Try these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing

Nursing I found was one of the hardest things to do on my own with two kids.  Keeping toddler occupied and quiet while you try to feed baby quietly and get them to sleep is a big challenge.  It can be done, but honestly needs a lot of planning and organization.  Try these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing.

One of the big problems my toddler had was that she was left out and needed attention too.  The best activities were things we could do together WHILE I was breastfeeding so she was included but quiet.  The first few weeks I end up living on the couch with a sleeping baby to my breast.  But my daughter misses me too, so I soon learned she needed activities too!!  Please enjoy these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing, great for any new mom, or ideas on presents to get a mom to be of two or a big sibling gift.

8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing - Nursing a newborn means a lot of sitting quietly, but what about your toddler how do you keep them busy. Try these 8 Ways to keep Toddler Busy while Nursing

Activities you can do with your toddler are:

If your toddler is anything like mine be prepared before sitting down.  Sometimes that means baby has to fuss for five minute while you grab stuff, but, it’s better than starting all over again and having a crankynewborn.  Are you potty training? If toddler is potty trained make them go potty.  Even if they claim they don’t have too, do it anyway.  We had a few accidents as toddler always had to pee while feeding and I couldn’t always get her there in time.

  • Flash cards – shapes, colours, numbers, animals, alphabets, etc. go over them together.
  • Make busy books & bags so they have activities to do quietly.
  • Colouring – get a little tray so they can do it next to you.
  • Stickers – get the big stickers books, little sticker books or just regular stickers to put on paper.
  • Shape puzzles.
  • TV – I know not ideal right? Well, you have a newborn and they have needs too.  If putting toddler in front of the TV can buy you some quiet time to put baby down for their nap and nursing then that’s what you have to do.  You can always pick educational shows if it bugs you, but seriously sometimes it is the only option and that’s ok.  It won’t last forever, toddler needs a treat too and you need a break.
  • Get them a drink and snack.  Preferably stuff that won’t make a mess when they spill it like water (not juice that stuff is so sticky when they leave it to leak on the floor) and raisins or crackers (not apple sauce, yogurt or anything with peanut butter).  Pouches are great healthy snacks too, with fruit or yogurt.
  • Snuggle!  Snuggle those two babies close together, it is hard now and not easy, but it won’t last long and they will be big sooner than you know it.  You won’t always be able to cuddle with two babies together so take advantage while they are small and cooperate!

The NUMBER ONE activity?

  • Basket of books: this was the number one quiet activity to do while nursing.  Have special books they have not really read before so they are more interesting.  If you have friends or relatives close by get them to do a library run every week or two for you to get some new books.  Turning the page can take some maneuvering, but get toddler to help.  It’s a great way to keep them included and work on their fine motor skills. If you have an iPad, tablet, smart phone, kindle etc., use e-books, easier to hold and there are an abundance out there.

This too shall pass

Having two little ones is challenging, you will not always be able to handle it easily, but you will figure it out and get in your groove. It will pass and things will get easier. As kids get older things get easier too!

 

What are your tips to survive nursing a newborn and keeping your toddler from wrecking the house and waking up baby?

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Blogger Spotlight #45

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link

and Pin-it Party #45

Thank you to everyone who participated in our special extended party for the Christmas holiday, we had over 290 links!!  I hope you all had a great holiday break and are ready to get back in the swing of things this week.  Because it was a three week party, we each picked two features per week so you have a 1/12 chance at being featured!!!

 

 

 

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Quick Beef Stew

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Tips for Starting A Blog Using Your Degree

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Sweet Floral Farmhouse Cow Pillow

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31 Crockpot Recipes

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Beef Tenderloin Wrapped Pastry

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Homemade Star Wars Soap

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DIY Paw Balm

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PINECONE FIRE STARTERS

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DIY PAINTED WOOD BEAD NECKLACE

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Easy Brie Party Appetizer

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SHARE THE LOVE #1: DON’T EVER CHANGE, VALENTINE!

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SWEET GINGERBREAD EMBROIDERY HOOP ART

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My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s plus a Giveaway

My Four Favourite Baby Carrier's plus a Giveaway - Baby wearing is amazing! Having the best baby sling or baby carrier is important. Here are my top four favourite baby carriers plus a giveaway!

I am frequently asked what kind of carriers I like and which I recommend.   I have been thinking and working on My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s for a year to be honest.  I want to preface this by saying that carriers are like bra’s, very personal to shop for.  Each carrier fits each woman differently, and they also fit the baby’s differently too.  I firmly believe you need to try out a lot of carriers to find the one that fits you best.

I have a pinched sciatic nerve, which gives me a lot of back trouble, I was not sure I would be able to babywear at all.  I started with some of the cheap and free ones (Infantino stretchy and soft structure, Seven Slings free pocket ones) and found even with a newborn they hurt my back and were not that comfortable.  It did not take me long to realize I needed a better carrier.  My local baby store lets you try out carriers (for free!) for a few days and I found it really helpful.  I tried out four carriers before I found one that didn’t hurt my back.  I found that the carriers with the crossed straps in the back were the easiest on my back.

Are you looking for the best baby sling?  There are tons of amazing ones out there, but I am going to introduce you to My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s plus a Giveaway at the bottom of the post so stick around!

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Please ensure you are practicing safe baby wearing, here is a great site to remind you of some important safety rules while baby wearing.

My Four Favourite Baby Carriers

Wrapsody Water WrapWrapsody Water Wrap

Honestly, I cannot stress my love of this wrap enough.  I use it so much and for so many things!  Bee was not very tolerant of being on her own for long, even while I showered.  I heard of a wrap I could wear in the shower so she could shower with me.  I literally went out the next day to buy it.  This was a life changer!  I could have nice long showers with a baby all happy and close on me and shower every day.

I wear this wrap a lot in the water while camping.  It is REALLY hot in a tent and can be near impossible for baby to sleep.  I put baby in the carrier, put a hat on their head to protect and shade from the sun then go to the beach and hang out in the water for an hour so they can sleep in cool comfort.  It works amazing!  On vacation this summer this was Po’s main way of napping during the day, my sister would watch Bee playing in the sand and I chatted with friends and enjoyed the water.

I also used it a lot as a newborn stretchy wrap (like a Moby, Baby K’tan, or Maman Kangaroo).  I started wearing Po when he was a few days old in my Wrapsody.  It is super comfortable and worked so well for him to be snuggled up against me.

Hopefully I have convinced you of how awesome this wrap is!  You can use it as a newborn stretchy wrap, lightweight wrap easily stashed in your diaper bag, and for in the water for showering or hanging out at the beach.

Beco SoleilBeco Soleil

This is my favourite soft-structured carrier.  I prefer to wear it with the straps crossed, but I can wear it regular in the front or as a back carry too.

Po napped in here in a front carry for the first 6 months of his life while I worked.  It was super comfy for me and a lot cooler than a stretchy wrap for him (he was a hot baby) and gave me lots of room to get my arms around him to type.

I also use this while running errands as it is super easy to put on and put him in, I also used it for Salsa Babies (baby wearing Latin dancing), while cooking/baking, going for walks, watching Bee at the park, pretty much anywhere.

When Bee got older I loved having her in a back carry.  I had SPD while I was pregnant so I couldn’t carry Bee without having excruciating pain in my pelvis.   Not all stores have carts kids can ride in and using a stroller wasn’t always an option so a carrier worked great.  She was also happy being up high and seeing everything.  It was also much safer in parking lots, I could not chase after a toddler, she was a lot faster than I was and I was worried about her safety so being in a carrier made me more comfortable and her out of harms way.

Toddler TulaToddler Tula

When I had Po my hubby got me a Toddler Tula!  I was so excited!  I could tandem wear them both, which I do not do often as they are heavy.  I found the Beco Soleil was a little small on Bee at this stage so this was much comfier on both of us.

My sister tends to wear Bee in the Tula more than I do as when we go somewhere I wear Po while she wears Bee.  It makes going to festivals and events so much more convenient.  Although she can walk, sometimes she is tired and with large crowds we prefer to baby wear them both and zip through places, not to mention we don’t have to worry about escalators, elevators, rocky slopes, or tight quarters.

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Tula carrierTula

My final favourite carrier is the Standard Tula.  I didn’t get to wear this for long.  I had an amazing adventure with my son’s birth group in which we shared a Tula and it got shipped across Canada so everyone had a chance to wear their December 2014 baby in it.  You can check out my story on it here.  This is one of the most well-known brands and most popular so our group went with this Tula as the baby carrier, I only had it for two weeks (insert crying here) but I fell in love with the Tula and seriously debated getting a new pretty Tula in a fun print to enjoy with my son too.  It is similar to other soft-structure carriers too but super fun!

Have you considered baby-wearing? Here is a great site to check out on WHY you should babywear and how awesome it is.

Giveaway Time

I am super excited to announce I am doing a giveaway for a $50 USD gift card.  You can enter in the giveaway below, may the odds be ever in your favour!  We will be contacting the winner after the contest is over.

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I love this baby wearing quote on Pinterest, “Food Spoils. Babies don’t. Hold her. Wear her. Breathe her in. Keep her close.  It goes too fast.”  You can never spoil a baby by loving and baby wearing them!

 

This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate to Diapers(dot)com

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Monthly Crafting Book for December – Flip and Flop Penguins Craft

 

Flip and Flop Penguins Craft - Time for December's edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club, winter themed books from bloggers.  I am covering Flip and Flop, check out the book and craft.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book for December I decided to focus on the book Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley.  I have a two-year-old and a three-and-a-half-year-old and they identify perfectly with the characters in the book. Both my kids are sick right now so I needed an easy craft, one that both kids would enjoy and could do on their own.

Flip and Flop Penguins Craft - Time for December's edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club, winter themed books from bloggers.  I am covering Flip and Flop, check out the book and craft.

Materials Needed:

  • Po enjoying making some penguin craftsConstruction paper in various colours: blue/purple/penguin colour, white, orange, yellow
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue

How to Assemble:

  • Before you gather the kids cut out a large penguin oval (I used half a paper) for the penguin body.  I picked blue (like one of the characters), but didn’t have purple so I used pink (to my daughters delight), you can use whichever colour you want or stick to Flip and Flop’s character colours.
  • Cut out a circle for the head in the same colour as the body.
  • Next, cut out a white oval, smaller than the body, for the tummy.
  • Grab the orange paper and cut out two orange feet per penguin.
  • Lastly cut a yellow beak.
  • Bee loving making her penguin craftsNow the fun part starts, gather the kids for gluing!  I gave them the pieces one at a time, body, then tummy, then head, then feet, then beak, and let the kids glue them on independently.  Then I had them draw eyes on their penguin.  My daughter’s looked more like eyes than my sons 🙂  But both kids were thrilled with their final product.

What is the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club?  Have you seen any of our past posts?  I am a big advocate for children’s literacy and encouraging kids to read. I think that by incorporating a fun craft with the book it encourages a deeper love of reading and enjoyment of the book.  Every month a group of bloggers get together, whoever feels like participating that month and do a craft based on a specific book or theme.  It’s lots of fun and I get great ideas on activities to do with my own kids!  If you want to join our Facebook group, click HERE and you can check out other books, no obligation to participate each month.

 

Check out some of our past month’s book’s here.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

 

Next month we are doing the Ladybug Girl series by David Soman, a personal favourite of my daughters! February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for December

I love how creative everyone is in coming up with other fun crafts, I cannot wait to check them out too!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Winter themed books & crafts from awesome bloggers

 

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Thank you so much to everyone for participating and I hope you got some great ideas on Winter themed books and crafts.

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Family Movie Night

We started this new tradition of a Family Movie Night every week.  My son is almost two and my daughter three-and-a-half.  It is so much fun, we all snuggle up on the couch, put our phones away and watch a new movie together.

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Sometimes we put a little table in the living room and order in pizza or take-out food and enjoy dinner and a movie.  But more often (and to save my living room floor) we eat at the table then have a snack during movie time.

What makes a family movie night awesome?

Tasty Caramel & White Cheddar popcornThis week we had the chance to review Orville Redenbachers White Cheddar and Caramel popcorn for free from Influenster.  It was so much fun.  Neither of the kids had tried caramel popcorn before, and my son hadn’t really had much popcorn yet at all.  We all snuggled up to watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and munch on some popcorn while we watched the movie.  Although the caramel was by far my favourite, it does taste good in the same mouthful as a white cheddar, seriously, try them both in one bite, it’s tasty.   My kids polished off the whole bag with us, my son didn’t even watch the movie, just turned his chair towards the popcorn bowl to snack on it.

I forgot a lot from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer from when I was a kid, they are MEAN to him!  Even Santa.  It is sad to watch with kids and my daughter is so sensitive she notices and wants to know why everyone is so mean to Rudolph.  She found the Abominable Snowman to be a little scary though.  But we all enjoyed the movie and popcorn and snuggles.  And the kids go to bed later so anything that delays bedtime is fine by them!

 

 

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What are your favourite movies to watch during family movie night?

What movie’s to watch?

We have done all the Land Before Times, almost all Disney movies, starting Ice Age, and are now focussing on Christmas movies.  It is my favourite night of the week when I can snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie with my family.  Sometimes I can even knit if both kids are snuggling with daddy.  Maybe I will finish my daughters hat before the end of winter.

There is something about watching classic Christmas movies that you grew up with, with your own children, by the light of the tree and keeping the magic of Christmas alive.  Next up, maybe Frosty the Snowman with some eggnog!

Other snack ideas:

  • Fresh popped popcorn
  • Chips
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Warm Milk
  • Cookies
  • Nuts
  • Oranges
  • Pretzels
  • Anything that is a special treat and fun to eat!  Bonus if it isn’t too messy so your floors don’t suffer.

What are your favourite snacks to enjoy at family movie night with your family??  Comment below and let me know!

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Yule Sun Ice Catchers

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

 

It is almost time to celebrate the shortest day of the year, soon after the days start to get longer and we will see the sun more and more each day.  For this reason we celebrate the sun at the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  In our house I am always looking for ways to get the kids involved and excited in our celebrations too.  This year we are trying out these Yule Sun Ice Catchers after seeing some fun pictures on Pinterest.  What better way to celebrate the return of the sun than to make some Yule Sun Ice Catchers to catch the suns rays and make some pretty designs in the snow??

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I have a toddler and a preschooler, so my crafts have to be easy for both of them to do, but slightly challenging for my preschooler so she won’t get bored. My son likes to be right in there though so I have to be creative and adapt the Yule Sun Ice Catchers craft for each of them.

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

Supplies Needed:

    • Water
    • Food Colouring
    • Circular Tupperware containers
    • Smaller containers filled with coins or nails to weigh them down.
    • Fun shaped ice cube containers if you have, or regular if you don’t
    • Thick ribbon

 

Directions

  • Before you get the kids excited and involved (depending on the age), find some circular empty Tupperware containers.  Stick the weighted down little containers inside it a few inches from the edge (you will thread the ribbon for the Yule Sun Ice Catchers through here). I used some empty play dough mini containers, or ones for making baby food.
  • Fill with water a few inches (as thick as you want it to be) and stick in the freezer for an hour to an hour and a half to start to set.
  • Grab some ice cube trays, fill with water, and either alone or with a child helper, put a few drops of food colouring in each one and freeze for an hour too.
  • Once set for an hour, get the kids out, let them use a spoon to poke the ice a little and break it.  There are a few different patterns you can try:

    1 – drop a few coloured ice cubes inside the ice water
    2 – let the kids use food colouring and drop a few drops in to the ice or freezing water
    3 – or do both!

  • Refreeze overnight until completely frozen.
  • Let sit in hot water until it can come out of the container.  If the weighted down circle isn’t coming out put hot water in that until it slides out.   Keep an eye on it as it will melt quickly.
  • Take out the weighted down circle and thread a ribbon through.
  • Hang the Yule Sun Ice Catchers outside and enjoy how pretty it is!!!

 

 

Final Results

My daughter was much better at the food colouring drops than my son was, he just squeezed the whole bottle so he got a lot more guidance, my daughter could do it more on her own.  My son probably made most of them more coloured than anticipated as he kept poking and stirring, but I still like how it turned out!

 

 

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Blogger Spotlight #44

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