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Pajama Drama Wonka Sleepwear {Review}

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Sleeping. Oh how I love sleeping. I completely wish that I could cash in all of those naps I skipped when I was little to use today! I sleep with the most coveted blanket in the house! It’s white, crisp, just the right heaviness for winter but light enough for summer, and is affectionately called the “woobie.” My sleepwear however is not so coveted. It’s made up of a old, over sized college t-shirts and old yoga pants with paint splatters on them. Did you catch the common word here? Old. My sleepwear is comfortable but certainly nothing I’d brag about. My sleepwear was in need of some serious sprucing up. Enter Pajama Drama. Not only do they have totally cute sleepwear but they’re actually launching a new line in which they’re working with Nestle and Wonka!

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Pajama Drama’s team says that “Together, we’re leading the revolution to banish moo moos and caftans from retailers across America and replacing them with pj’s inspired by ready to wear fashion & fabrics.” I feel like Pajama Drama as a whole totally lives up to this statement! They have cute and fashionable pajamas. Once you have a look at what they offer I’m wondering if you’ll feel the same way as me and want to liven up your sleepwear.

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The set is made up of 2 pieces. The long sleeve is made up of a burn out material so it’s pretty light, perfect for a chilly summer evening, and soft too. The shorts are made of similar material, it’s soft but not burnout. I absolutely love the cute little Nerd. His glasses are totally adorable!

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Pros:

Cute colors, design, and material.

Light enough for summer, and I feel like the top could be pair with a cute pair of bottoms in the winter too.

Cons:

The shirt was a bit tight through the arms.

Is your sleepwear in need of a totally cute pick me up? What’s your favorite thing to sleep in?

 

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*The products in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.*

 

Fulcrum Gallery Canvas Art {Review}

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Sometimes I feel like I am at a standstill with my interior decorating.  Especially while living in a rental where basically nothing is allowed, especially no nails in the walls, which in my mind, implies decorating the walls with vinyl decals and very lightweight prints on canvas–no heavy frames.  I knew I wanted a large canvas for one of our main, large, and empty walls, and my husband and I agreed that we needed more religious art in our home.

fulcrumgalleryWe found a real treasure at FulcrumGallery.com, and I’m pleased to show you the newest piece of beautiful artwork in our home!  First off, while perusing the Fulcrum Gallery site, I was continually impressed and really just amazed at the inventory.  You can search by room or by intended category, such as “Museum Art”, “Photography”, “Modern Art”, etc. or by topic.  I put in the search word “Boston”, and hundreds of items came up.  I could refine my search to the location, Boston MA, and my list was pared down to 74 gorgeous pictures of the city I love most right now!  If artwork like this is something you’d like to become more familiar with, I would suggest learning more about art through courses, books, and even online sites about art history.

My husband and I went back and forth emailing each other one morning with our favorites and agreed on this breathtaking print called “Walking on Water” by Melanie Ewing.  This print starts at only $19.79, put there are four different options of how you’d like this mounted/finished: print, laminate, canvas, or frame, and each goes up in price.  We chose the canvas option, in a Gallery Wrap, with .75″ bars, and no brushstrokes, so that with shipping, our total came to just over $100.

When the canvas arrived, I was really impressed and pleased with the amount of protective packaging provided, and then even more worried when I saw that there were some places where the straps actually did more damage to the canvas than intended.

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Eeek, right?!  I’ve been hoping that with time, these impressions will be smoothed out, or at least less noticeable.  These trouble areas are relaxing a little, but my eyes still zero in on these imperfections every time I look at the print, unfortunately.

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The picture itself is gorgeous, though!  I think the style and photo filter are perfect for our home, and especially this cream wall.

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The finished dimensions are 20″ by 30″, which is plenty large to make an impact, but not so much that it overwhelms a small-to-medium sized room.  The image is crisp and very detailed, and I love the fact that I haven’t seen this anywhere before.

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I really want to fill our home with religious art, but not the same standard pictures that I see in the homes of all my friends and chapels.  I love how this is unique, but still breathtaking, meaningful, sacred, and symbolic.  Besides the packaging damage, the canvas is perfectly built with a sturdy wood frame behind it.  The canvas has been wrapped with smooth corners, clean cuts, and a nice protective finish.  I really think this is a treasured work of art, beautiful and meaningful, and I hope to keep this up on our walls for decades to come!

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Blissmo Bites Box {Giveaway} – Closed

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I think a common goal many of us have for ourselves and certainly as parents is to eat good food. Not just tasty food, but food that is actually nutritious. The problem is it can be really hard to find and/or prepare healthy food, especially if you’re just starting out on a path to eating better and don’t necessarily have a mentor guiding you along.

I know as mom this is a constant struggle. I want to establish healthy eating habits for both me and my boy. However, when snack time rolls around I can be seen with a thought bubble filled with question marks above my head as I scout to cupboards looking for something not fried in oil or loaded with unpronounceable ingredients.

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My biggest problem is I don’t know what to stock my cupboards with. I want to open them and not see fruit snacks, goldfish and gram crackers, but I don’t even know where to start looking for reasonable replacements.

I contacted Blissmo, and was really excited when they offered to let me review a Blissmo Bites Box.

You see Blissmo has this awesome subscription service, where you sign up for a single month subscription, a 6 month subscription or an indefinite subscription ($19-$24/month depending on what you choose), then you get to choose the types of products you want sent to you. You’ll generally have the option of beauty products, snack products or season items, and you can change the type of box you get every month. You make your selections and they will ship a box chock full of good stuff to your door step.

Each box is loaded with organic, non-toxic and/or eco friendly products. This month they had a Blissmo Beauty Box or Blissmo Bites Box. The Beauty Box has high quality beauty and personal care items, think non-toxic, sustainable soaps, make up, shampoos, etc.

I was sent the Bites Box, which was full of delicious and healthy snacks. Snacks I didn’t feel guilty about indulging in or sharing with Dmitri. I loved that the gave me such a broad spectrum of sample to try, and it gave me a chance to taste test some things I would have blindly walked passed at the grocery store. (Now I know what brands/products to look for so I can stock the cupboards with better stuff.)

 

I was sent:
Chic-a-peas, 2 flavors of Ricky’s Lucky Nuts, a Rawr Bar, Glee Gum, Bola Granola, Mary’s Gone Crackers ‘Love Cookies’, & Gaia Herbal Energy Plus.

I love that the ingredients in the chickpeas are: chickpeas, safflower oil, and sea salt. That’s it!  I thought they tasted a bit like half popped popcorn kernel, but I loved how crunchy they were.

The Rawr Bar is made only of Sweet Potato Puree, Apple Puree, Lemon Juice & Cinnamon. It was delicious fruit leather and tasted a little spicy from the cinnamon, both Dmitri and I went to town on this one.

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts in Sweet Chai had only peanuts, cane sugar, organic masala chai blend & salt. Dmitir’s not quite old enough to eat nuts but my husband and I loved these! They were thick coated, flavored, peanuts and they were gone about ten seconds after we opened them!

The other products are not pictured specifically but they were still awesome and delicious products. (Bola Granola, Mary’s Gone Crackers ‘love cookies’, Herbal Energy Plus, and Glee Gum.)

Blissmo is a great company and reading over their about us pages and FAQ’s it seems like they are really out there to make a positive impact on the world. I know that I would rather eat something sustainably harvested, high quality, and eco friendly than some unknown unpronounceable chemicals and I love that they take care of research for me and ship only best products.

If you’re looking for an introduction to some new healthy products, or you just loving having surprise food shipped to your door then you’ve got to check out Blissmo!

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One Use the code “blissmokm” to get $10 off a new subscription, and one lucky winner will receive a Blissmo Bites Box!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 26th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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YumEarth {Giveaway} Closed

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My boys love sweets! Let’s be honest here, I love them too! However, finding a treat that they love and that I feel good about giving them can be kind of tricky. I heard that advice to only eat products if you can pronounce all of the ingredients in them; but that can be really tough when it comes to finding fun and yummy snacks for my boys. When I first heard about YumEarth and how they make completely organic sweet treats I was a little unsure about how they would taste. I think sometimes organic sweets get a bad rap; but these do not fall into that category at all!

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YumEarth sent us their organic pops, gummy bears, and sour beans. The box was dropped off and as soon as I got it open my boys wanted to try some right away. I did too! The packaging was so bright and fun! We opened the oragnic pops first. The flavors were Perfectly Peach, Pomegranate Pucker, Very Very Cherry, and Strawberry Smash.

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Munchkin wanted the “orange” one first. I told him it wasn’t orange, but he was set on it. I was worried he wasn’t going to like it. Oh, I forgot to mention Batman made a surprise appearance that day! He loved them right away! I kept hearing things like “mmmm” and “these are yummy suckers Mommy.”

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I wasn’t going to be able to give Munchkin one with Baby Cakes standing right beside me. I unwrapped a Strawberry Smash, and  into his little mouth it went. At first, I could tell that he was really trying to get a feel for the treat. In seconds I knew exactly how he felt about it!

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These are seriously yummy! I’m a big fan of all things cherry flavored. I decided to give the Very Very Cherry a try. It literally tastes like some delicious sweet cherries. It didn’t taste at all like the ‘fake’ cherry flavoring I’ve had before. It tastes like real cherries. The gummy bears are a huge hit too! They come in the same flavors as the suckers only instead of Very Very Cherry they have Mango Tango. They boys gobbled them up. The sour beans are really good but they’re a bit tart for the boys. My Man J and I like them a lot though! One of the best parts about this product is that it’s free of a lot of ingredients that cause allergies. Hop over here to see a list of the ingredients found in their products.

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YumEarth was created by two dads who wanted to create something delicious and good for their kids. They state on their website that “we believe YumEarth tastes better because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms to sweeten our lives and yours…and because we love spectacular flavor and hand craft all our flavors to make them all tart and bright and delicious!” I’ve really enjoyed these products and they’ve made me feel better about giving my boys sweets. That’s why I wanted to extend the Father’s Day spirit this week by partnering with YumEarth for a giveaway.

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The winner of this giveaway will win a pack of YumEarth products valued at $25.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by YumEarth, but all opinions are my own.

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California Kitchenware Silicone Cupcake Molds {Review}

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I love that we have reached the point in our boys’ lives where they fully grasp what birthdays are and what they mean: a party, presents, and treats!  They FLIP for the opportunity to celebrate anyone’s birthday, and will talk about it incessantly for days.  With their aunt’s birthday last weekend, good thing we had these adorable silicone cupcake molds from California Kitchenware to really make the party fun!

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I’m really into baking, and I’ve been looking for a set of baking cups like these for years and years.  Trying to get cupcakes out of a standard muffin tin intact is a pain, and the cost of paper liners can add up, so even though these require the extra effort of washing them afterwards, they much such a cute treat!  These really look like a mess, but that was all my fault.  The brownie batter I was working with just so drippy!

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Besides baking cupcakes (or brownies, in our case), these are excellent snack cups.  They’re perfect for a small serving of candy, small marshmallows, goldfish crackers, etc. and a simple rinse is all you need to keep these in rotation.  Because these are stackable, easy to store, and weigh nothing at all, they make a great alternative to storing muffin pans.  As you see above, you can place them directly on a baking pan, and they work great in a freezer or microwave as well.

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My opinion:  I love these!!  I’m a big fan of silicone, and being able to carry around these individually-sized cups and bust them out at parties is going to be so fun!  The kids think they are a special treat, and I’m going to love having these for all the upcoming birthday parties we’re going to celebrate.  I’d love to try making individual cheesecakes to bring to baby showers or something similar.  They feel sturdy and thick enough to handle continuous washings and bakings, and even though they are kind of a pain to wash, the vibrant colors are so happy and refreshing.  We’re going to get good use out of these, for sure!

This set of 12 liners is also available in all white and can be found on Amazon HERE for only $7.99.

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Little Tikes Garden Chairs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Can you tell that we like to read?

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Yes, we like to read lots.

All winter long and into the early spring we were shut ins around here.  So all of our reading took place indoors.  We didn’t even venture out to the library.  No siree.  Why is that?  First, it was super cold outside.  Second, it was super cold outside.  Third, it was super cold outside.  Okay you get the idea.  It was super cold outside.  Then… Don’t even get me started on the amount of snow that was dumped on us.  Loads and loads.  All winter long.  I thought that it would never end.  We even got a snow storm when I was postpartum in the hospital with Cache.  Oops. I think I must have left that out of Cache’s birth story.   Yes, I know that I forgot to put that part in.  Basically a HUGE snow storm decided to come rolling in the day after he was born and we weren’t sure if we were ever going to get to leave the hospital.  For some reason when it snows in St. Louis the ENTIRE city shuts down.  Does that happen in other cities?  Anyway, back to our love of books… Now that the weather is simply glorious outside (not too hot and not too humid yet) we can take our reading outdoors.

My friends over at Little Tikes sent Banjo and Ruby these adorable garden chairs.

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The chairs are the perfect size for their little tushies and are now their favorite reading spots in the backyard.

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I LOVE that my sweet littles LOVE books.

Now… for the giveaway!!!

The winner of this giveaway is going to

receive TWO garden chairs from Little Tikes

in the colors red and orange!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, June 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Little Tikes, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Grazia® Silicone 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan {Review}

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Baking is definitely my thing.  I would eat sweet breads and muffins all day if I could.  Since a chef is only as good as their equipment (is that even a phrase?), I’m tickled over my new 24-cup muffin pan from Grazia.  This little pan is going to get an immense amount of use!

IMG_0043I love this pan.  I really love silicone bake ware.  It is virtually indestructible and it can handle anything you throw at it.  You can use it in the oven, the microwave, and the freezer, and then throw it in the dishwasher when you’re done.  The flexible mold makes it ideal for storing since it can fit in odd spaces and weighs hardly anything at all.

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We tried a batch of muffins last night and just like I expected, this pan worked like a champ.  You simply spray this with oil like you would a normal pan, and cook it at the temp and time as usual.  The silicone really allows for even cooking all around, and it makes popping these mini muffins out as easy as a little squeeze underneath.

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Compared to other silicone bakeware I own, I think this is one of the thickest, which is great for durability.  I like the textured surface and how this allows for a full two dozen to cook in one batch.  I’m left with zero mess, zero scraping, and I’ll never have to worry about rust.  Thanks, Grazia!

You can purchase this mini muffin pan HERE on Amazon for $16.88 on sale today.

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Walls Need Love {Review}

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I feel like I’ve just lost the last two weeks of my life–spent entirely moving apartments!  What a pain in the butt!  What a big, expensive, horrible process of boxing, loading, unboxing, and rearranging everything you own.  However, the huge perk of a new space, in my opinion, is clean walls!  Blank canvases that scream, “Do something with me!”

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Good thing Walls Need Love hooked me up with a batch of their super CUTE gold confetti dots for my studio!!  These are the Wall Decals Mini-Pack – 2″ Confetti Polka Dots, sold for $12.

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You are provided with detailed (and witty) instructions, a squeegee card, and a cute tag.  The instructions give plenty of tips on how to get the perfect setting, regardless of whether your decals are large or small, intricate or simple.

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I received (72) 2″ polka dots so I got to work cutting these out.  You can tape these in place first to give you an idea of what the final product could turn out to be.  They peel easily, adhere excellently, and flatten without bubbles effortlessly when you use the included card.sque

I’m currently in the process of getting ALL of these cute dots up.  My mother-in-law is coming to stay in this room where I’m sticking them, so I’ve been stalled mid-project, but I can just see how awesome this is going to look!  Weeeee!

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But here’s a visual of what a finished room could look like:

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I LOVE these dots!  And for $12, you don’t have any excuses to not doll up a room of your own.  These come in DOZENS of colors to suit your style.

Take a few minutes and peruse all the super cute and trendy decals that are above ordinary.  I am being swept away by all the gorgeous stripes, prints, decals, removable wall paper, etc. etc.  I neeeeed!!

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Djubi {Review}

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Remember how I posted about those scary bunnies?  How I publicly aired my fears of creepy clowns and the Easter Bunny?  No?  You don’t remember?  I mean seriously.  How could you forget???  I’m still having nightmares about it.  This year the “bunny” brought Banjo the Original Djubi Game. (Thank you, Djubi for sending us this dandy toy for the boy’s Easter basket.) catch6   If you are looking for a fun backyard game then here it is.  This is it.   Good thing I’m posting this just in time for summer, eh? original-djubi-game

Banjo and Ruby both love it.

Here they are showing their Boompa how it’s done:

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Go HERE for the stores where you can find Djubi!

*This posting and review are sponsored by Djubi, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Kendall Jane Boutique {Review}

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My summer wardrobe kills me!

I grew up in Utah where June-Sept its easily reaches 90+ degrees. It’s hot but at least in Utah it’s a dry heat, Boston is a whole different story.  I’m still dealing with 90+ degree weather, but there’s also this thick layer of sauna like wetness, known as humidity, that coats you whenever you walk out the front door. I feel like I’m getting steam roasted.

Another big problem is I’m a fairly conservative dresser. Spaghetti strapped tank tops don’t really suit me.  So, I grudgingly pull out my thinnest t-shirt and brave the wet heat whenever I need to go anywhere. (Did I mention we’re city folk and don’t have a car? I do lots of summer walking…)

I have a handful of shirts for these kinds of adventures. Shirts that are light, but not so light that they are see through – which would force me to wear an undershirt and defeat the purpose of wearing a light shirt.  Such shirts are hard to come by.

Now I would like to Introduce Kendall Jane Boutique.

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They have fantastic, trendy clothing at great prices.  You can find shirts that range from about $10-25 with great summer styles like color block, chevron, Aztec and more.  Check out these little numbers and tell me you’re not interested:

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Want leggings, Bermuda shorts or linen pants?  How about some of these?

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And don’t forget dresses and accessories.

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I was sent the Coral Basic Dolman for my review and I love it! (My window makes it look ombre, but it’s actually a solid color)

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Guess what?! It’s currently being sold for only $15! This is a perfect spring/summer transition shirt.  It’s bright, comfortable, lightweight, and breathable, but thick enough that I didn’t need to wear an undershirt with it to keep my bra from being exposed.  It’s gathered on the sides, which works as a nice little accent and allows it to drape loosely across your stomach.

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It’s also super versatile. It easily transitions between dressy and casual.  I paired it with a skirt and wore it to church one week, then turned around and paired it with leggings for a BBQ.

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I’m thrilled to have a lightweight shirt to add to my summer wardrobe.  If you like what you saw here then you’ve got to check out them out:

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Kendall Jane Boutique has also generously offered Dandy readers a discount!  During the next week use “DANDY10” with any purchase to receive 10% off.

*The products in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.*

 

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