Home Maid Simple: August 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Tip - Eggs

Welcome to another Tuesday Tips!

I have a lot of eggs in my fridge right now. My mom has been buying them fresh from a neighbor. When she asked me if I would like to take a few home this weekend, I said sure. I was a little surprised when she brought me 18! Whoa, that's a lot of eggs. My kids have been in a non-egg mood lately, and I don't get up early enough to fix some for Mark's breakfast (althought I should try harder). So what am I going to do with all these eggs? 
Devil them of course! I love deviled eggs! Plus these pregnancy hormones make me feel like I need to constantly eat, but I don't always feel like cooking. So I decided I'm going to make a large batch of deviled eggs to eat as I need (and probably send some to work with Mark).

While I was looking around at what to do with these eggs though, I came across this great article.  Did you know you can freeze eggs? Oh yeah! You just can't freeze them in the shell. So if you want to freeze the whole egg, beat them up until well blended, and seal in an airtight container. If you just want the egg whites, do the same thing, just without the yolks. However, if you just want the yolks (I'm not sure what you would for, but you never know) you need to add a little sugar or salt. It doesn't matter, except for what you plan on making with them.

Now you can buy your eggs in bulk and not worry about them going bad!! Because we all hate finding bad eggs.

Flirty Aprons Under $10 SALE!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sentimental Sunday - ultrasound

Last week I had my first ob visit for baby #4. Up until now we had really been guessing at a due date and didn't know for sure. But now we do. I was surprised that we had an ultrasound on our first visit, since I've never done that before. It was really amazing to see the baby at such an early stage for me. It somehow made it all more real.
Our due date is officially April 4, 2012.
Sit Relax and Read

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thai Salmon Fillets with Cucumber salsa


Mmm, it's what's for dinner tonight! Well, was for dinner, I should say. It turned out so good. I am a salmon lover. I could eat a good cooked salmon every day. Unfortunately Mark is not, so it is a rare treat for me. When Grandma P was in town she took me grocery shopping and insisted I get some Salmon...I wasn't going to say no to that!
The recipe comes from Pampered Chef. I'm not sure what gadget I bought to get this recipe, but it must have been a good one.
So without further rambling, here is the recipe. Enjoy

1 TBS peeled fresh ginger root, finely chopped (I substituted crystallized ginger and just crumbled it)
2 TBS sesame Oil
1 TBS snipped fresh cilantro (I used basil..why is there no cilantro in my house?)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 lbs salmon fillets
1 cup Cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (I left this out)
1 garlic clove, pressed
3 TBS Rice Vinegar (I used white vinegar)
2 TBS vegetable oil
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt

Combine Ginger root, sesame oil, cilantro, salt and pepper; mix well. Place Salmon Fillets in a resealable bag, and pour in marinade (I just put them in a bowl, and drizzled the marinade on top). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 6 hours. 
For Salsa, place all the vegetables in a small to medium sized bowl. Press the garlic into the bowl. Add vinegar, oil, sugar and salt; mix well.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the salmon from the bags and place in a baking pan (I used an 8X8 pan). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the Salmon is opaque and easily flakes with a fork.
If yours is still frozen like mine was, you may need an extra 20 minutes to completely cook. Serve with Cucumber Salsa.
I made mashed potatoes for a side, but I served mine on top of the potatoes. It was extra yummy!

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Appliance Art

Have you seen these? Oh my heck I want one so bad!! 
Wouldn't it be fun to change those dull appliance looks for something funner looking? Or more classy? Hide away the appliances under some art!
My personal favorite is this chalkboard cover
The kids would have such a blast!
Or maybe do some seasonal art....

To top it all off, they're having a 40% off sale right now too! Just enter code FLASH0817 at checkout.
Must *hint* to the hubby that Chrsitmas is just around the corner....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SaveMore Deal on Vases

Clear Flowers Vase

It seems everywhere I look these days there is a new deal site popping up.  There's totsy, zulilly, groupon and more.  Have you seen the deal site  Savemore ?  I haven't actually found a site I really liked, or a deal I just had to have yet. My friend told me about Savemore though, and I thought I'd give it a try. Until today, none of the deals were very appealing to me, or were at a price I could afford even with the deal.  Today though, I just had to share this deal with you!  
You can get 2 vases from The Vase Store for $6. Each vase is normally $6 so you are getting 2 for the price of one. Or you can get 6 for $14.  Not only are these vases cute, but they are collapsible! You really don't want to see all the room my vases take up. Having a collapsible vase would save so much space in my cupboard!  The Vase Store makes there vases out of durable plastic. You just add the water to expand them, and it holds them down. When you're ready to put them away, just rinse with soap and water, let air dry, and fold away.  
Plus, these things are going to be unbreakable! Ok, I'm sure they can break, but if my children knock them off a table, I'm not going to be worried about glass shards lining the floor, and worrying if I missed any little pieces. Another plus to these very cool vases!
Now personally I don't really need another vase in this house, but I could get rid of some of my older vases, and replace them with these. Plus I think they are going to make some very nice Christmas gifts to my mom friends!  Head on over to SaveMore to get this deal! 
(Did I mention the free shipping? Whether you buy the 2 or the 6 you also get free shipping!!! Now that is a deal that can't be beat!)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Okra

Out of about 50 seeds, we got one Okra to grow.

Supposedly (from my research) once it blooms we should see okra within 6 days! Whoohoo!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tuesday Tip - Teaching children

Welcome to Tuesday Tips!
Every Tuesday I try to bring you my readers a tip to help make your house into a home. It doesn't matter if you rent or own, where you live should feel like a home.

Today I want to share a fellow bloggers post. While I was browsing the blog world, I visited
Raising Homemakers
As a mother of 3 Princesses I really appreciate much of the insight found on Raising Homemakers. However, one post today I just knew I had to share here. It was too good not to spread around.  So please, go read A Girls First Domestic Domain.
It is inspirational! The point of this article is to show us how we can begin teaching our daughters how to make their future house into a home. I just love it. I'm especially in love with the binders she made her daughters. One for homemaking - things they could potentially use in their future home, and one for Things I like - just a place to keep the love alive, but not cluttered on the bedroom walls. Since we are remodeling our basement, and the Princesses will eventually be sharing a room, I plan on creating some binders for them.
Really I insist, you must go read this article. I even had a friend tell me she was going to use some of the same ideas for her son. So don't think you mom's of boys can benefit here, you can! I'd love to hear your thoughts on A Girl's First Domestic Domain.

This will be a weekly link up. I'd love to read about what you do to make your house a home!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Asbestos testing

We just had a very exciting and crazy 2 days! Our insurance adjuster came by last night to check out the flood damage. We showed her where the pipe broke, the replaced carpet, the torn up vinyl, the knocked down wall, and the insulation that might have asbestos.
Asbestos? You heard that right. Apparently you can put some asbestos in front of a blow torch and it won't get through. Pretty cool! Not so cool if that stuff gets in your lungs though.  The adjuster was very friendly and got right on top of everything. Since there was a possibility of asbestos she sent us to a hotel, and dinner.  We packed up some things for overnight, and headed out. The Princess' had a lot of fun "going on vacation".
Waiting to check in.

more waiting.

Not sure why it got blurry, but we're still waiting.

Once we got a room Princess R thought the drawers were the coolest place ever! I debated having her sleep in one! Of course I didn't let her, the hotel had a decent pack n play we used.

Mmm, breakfast! I just love those faces, lol. It was really a great breakfast! Fruit loops, muffins and juice for the kids. Bagel with cream cheese, and a strawberry danish for me. I should learn how to make danish's they are morning goodness!

This morning I woke up after Mark had left for work. I was a little upset because I like to be up when he leaves, and I couldn't find our bag with my clothes in it. I thought he took it with him.  After some accusations on my part, I found the bag in the bathroom, whoops. My apologies were accepted with laughter and a comment that he knows how to make me crazy.
In truth, I was getting close to some kind of panic attack. My phone was dead because I left the charger at home, and I didn't really know what I was supposed to do today. I felt out of the loop, and slightly abandoned. I packed the kids up and drove home to get my charger, and of course grabbed the wrong charger, grrr! So I gave them a bit more down time before we packed up again, and got the right charger. We then went to the mall and Target to get some lunch and new coloring books and crayons. That kept them well entertained until my phone was charged.

Mark called after lunch to let me know we DID NOT have asbestos! Thank goodness, but now what? Since the hotel was paid for for a week, I left our things there and headed home so Princess R could actually take a nap (it just wasn't working out in the hotel). We've now met with a contracted Restoration company and feel like we're on the path to home living again. I feel like our basement is more a house then a home right now. Tools everywhere, with no place to really comfortably live. By next week we should know the costs to us, and what the insurance is covering. Then it's off to construction and a nice finished basement! I can't wait.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

List Plan It

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Do you love lists? I do. Unfortunately I tend to make a list and forget it, or continuously add to it, never getting anything crossed off. I also always feel like I'm forgetting something on my list, and that's not helpful if you're list isn't complete.
Today I found this great website! ListPlanIt.com has Hundreds of Lists to Put Your World in Order.  Browsing through all their different lists would take all day!  They've got Back to School Planners, Christmas lists, cleaning lists, gardening lists, moving lists, and hundreds more! If you're a list lover, you'll want to check out this website!
They even have eplanners! From baby to meals, school memories to travel planners. You can even make your own Custom Pages!  For a 1 year membership, it only costs $20 just to be able to print any lists you want!  Want more than that? for $30/year you can download the lists to your computer!
I really think this is going to become a great tool in my home organization.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Tip - Dishes

Do you have a dishwasher? I don't. Some days this can be very frustrating as the dishes start to really pile up. I love cooking, and I do find washing dishes to be semi relaxing. When the get this piled up though, it just becomes overwhelming.
That's right! I'm showing the real, almost every day look of my kitchen sink! You know what is crazy though, I just did all the dishes yesterday afternoon, to end up with this halfway through today. We made cookies, chicken cordon bleu, and had cereal for breakfast.

So how do we stop this nonsense? Today's tip comes from my mom. Before you start cooking, fill your sink with hot water and soap. Than as you cook, toss each dirty dish into the prepared sink. The get a soak while you finish the cooking. Now a lot of foods require some "wait time" where you have nothing to do. Start on those dishes!

I really need to put this advice into effect over here. It would make such a huge difference in the feel of our home.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Chicken Cordon Bleu


I'd have to say this is one of my absolute favorite dishes ever. I could probably live off this goodness. Growing up, we shared a duplex with my Aunt, Uncle and Grandma. Holidays were great because we had so much family under one roof. Every year for New Years, my Aunt would make home made Chicken Cordon Bleu. 

When I was in high school we moved, and no longer lived near my Aunt. We still had CCB for New Years, but it was the frozen kind. It worked, but just wasn't the same anymore. So when I got married, a few weeks before New Years I called my Aunt, and got her recipe.  Now 6 years later, I make it more often than just New Years. Tonight for example, it was just what was needed to overcome my evening nausea (and thank goodness it didn't add to it, or I would've been very sad!)

*Updated 11/2/2013  The picture has been updated. We also decided to try topping it with a fresh avocado, and oh my. You will enjoy!  Also served on top of stuffing, which completely enhanced the flavor of the whole meal.  

Menu Plan Monday 8/15


I'm back to menu planning. We've had some crazy fun this summer, and some interesting dinners. I'm ready for set plans, so that it's easier for me to have dinner on the table each night. Morning sickness (which happens at night for me) has not helped in the food making process, but Mark has been a trooper! I am very excited about this weeks line up. I may actually feel good enough to eat, just because of these recipes!!

Monday - Chicken Cordon Bleu, recipe from my Aunt J!
Tuesday - Hot dogs and burgers with my Sister-in-law and her new boyfriend.
Wednesday - Chicken scalliopine (ok it was turkey, but I'm making it chicken)
Thursday - Thai Salmon Filets. I'm hoping the mix of ingredients on this one, will help Mark overlook the Salmon part of it :)
Friday - Chicken Fajitas
Sunday - Lemon dill chicken popovers (can you say YUM!)

Also throughout the week we'll be eating Sesame Onion Braid Bread, and chocolate cream cheese cupcakes.  

Flirty Aprons Flash Sale 8/15


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*This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

The 'ings of life Party

I'm linking up this month to Quilted Euphoria's "Ing's" of life party!  Just a fun way to get to know each other better, and well, I needed something to post :)  Sorry for being such a slacker lately, I haven't been feeling too good lately.
Ok with that said, if you'd like to join up, head on over to The Quilted Euphoria to grab the button, and link up.  And on to my "Ing's" of life.

Making : A baby :)  Oh, and attempting at making our lawn green again. Ugh, this heat and holey sprinkler system has left it a little dead.  See when the previous owners put the landscaping in, they poked these really long nail poles right through the sprinklers.

Cooking: Not much these days. Too hot for one, and too nauseous for another. Thankfully Mark has really stepped up and helped me out here this week!
Drinking : water, water and lots more water.
Reading: Right now, Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Really great book! I mean this is probably one of the best I've read for awhile. Oh and Richard Paul Evans new book Michael Vey. It's also really good, and Mark actually got to meet the author and had the book signed to me! Awe, isn't he a sweetheart?

Wanting: For the nausea to leave, and this constant head cold to leave. That would be the best thing ever right now!
Looking: At the pile of dishes still needing to be done from the flour fiasco. It's only times like this that I do wish I had a dishwasher.
Playing: words with friends on facebook.
Wasting: away. lol, just kidding. I feel like I'm wasting my time everyday because I don't have the energy to get up and do. Ah, I just need to tough this out!
Sewing: nothing :( I wish I was! But time has been against me in the sewing department. Next on the list though, is some nice curtains for the windows.
Wishing: that I didn't feel so drained every day. Wishing that I could be more help to Mark as he gets ready to start another school year. Wishing I had more motivation to do everything.
Enjoying: My kids playing happily.
Praying: That we all can live in peace, and show kindness to everyone even our enemies.
Waiting: For my first dr's appt...Not for another week!
Liking: That tomorrow is Sunday, a day of rest. 
Wondering: What in the world to make for dinner tonight.
Loving: Mark. He's amazing in every way, and he has stepped up a ton lately. I just love him to pieces!
Hoping: I can get dishes and laundry really caught up, so I can focus more on the fun stuff!
Marveling: That my Princess V is going to preschool at school this year, and if her birthday had been just a month earlier, she'd be starting kindergarten!
Needing: Food that doesn't make me feel really sick. oh and a nap. Those would be great.
Smelling: Heat. Can you smell heat? I think you can.
Wearing: Holey jeans, and a yellow tee.
Following: Oh you don't want to know! I actually had blogger tell me I hit my limit of blogs to follow. I might have a problem....
Noticing: That it's about time to figure out dinner and get it going!
Knowing: That this too shall pass, and my energy will eventually return
Thinking: blank. haha! My mind has felt so empty lately, lol. no, I'm thinking I need to get a move on decorating this house so it looks awesome!
Bookmarking: My scriptures. It's the only book that has an attached bookmark, so it gets bookmarked :) Everything else I go by memory.
Opening: A can of worms with my friend in politics. Ok, I closed it too. I just don't do drama people.
Giggling: At Princess R's climbing abilities. Way too advanced her age!
Feeling: Happy I finally got another post in!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

5 minutes alone, what will your children do?

This morning started out pretty nice. Princess V woke me up and then went to read stories to Princess R in her crib. It was really cute. We had a relaxing breakfast and let Mark and Chloe sleep some more. Once Chloe was up and fed, I headed back downstairs to wake up Mark and get dressed. I checked on the Princess' first to make sure they were playing nice, and not into anything they shouldn't be. Then down I went. It really doesn't take that long for me to get dressed, and I talked briefly with Mark before heading back upstairs. I was shocked, awed, and horrified to what I came up to.

Yes, friends, that is flour. About 3lbs worth of it too, I'm guessing. That was not fun to clean up. I pulled out the vacuum, but of course, the Princess' also love to play with the attachments, so I had no attachment to get this stuff out. I got as much up as I could, and then remembered my sewing machine attachment. It's the same attachments for a regular vacuum, but on mini scale. They worked thank goodness, it just took double the time!  I finished up the cleaning, wiping the whole couch down with a damp towel. I really hope it got it all!
The next question is, what is the consequence? I know Princess V instigated this adventure, since she has tried it before (just caught a lot sooner). And I know she knows she's not supposed to touch the flour! So what's a parent to do?
We emptied her room. Every last toy is out of there! We threw it in garbage bags and hauled them downstairs. She now has to prove to us that she can obey rules, and slowly will she get her toys back. Now don't think we're unfair parents. Princess V had had warnings before. Princess C on the other hand, was more a joiner, so her consequence this time, was to sit in her room until the mess was cleaned, and Princess V's room was emptied.  Princess R is too small to understand fully, so her consequence was being blocked from the "fun room" while mommy was "having fun" cleaning it. She hates being blocked from a room.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

First Aid Kit #TuesdayTips


One thing every home needs is a first aid kit. How many times have you grabbed your first aid kit, only to find you used the last bandaid, or you're out of antibiotic creams?  I know it's happened to me quite a bit. I suggest going through your first aid kit about once a month, and adding any items running low, or missing, to your shopping list.

Now where do you start when putting together a first aid kit? To get you started here is what I keep in ours:

- bandaids, different sizes
- gauze
- gauze tape
-antibiotic cream
- vaseline
- anti-itch cream
- tweezers (I still need to buy some new ones)
- small scissors
- cotton balls or swabs
- hand sanitizer
- any medications your family takes

The last one is where you're First Aid kit will differ from others. We don't have any regular meds to take, but I do like to keep ibuprofen and infants and children's Pain Reliever in ours.

Once you have all the items for your kit, you'll want something to put it all in. I love my carrying case. It's pretty similar to one my mom kept in our cupboard growing up - but until I found one for our family, I didn't realize it's meant to be a makeup box. That explains the mirror. Everything fits so nicely in it though!

What's in YOUR First Aid Kit?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Giveaway for my fans!

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Trapped bird

What do you do when your house starts making strange noises? I was convinced we had burglar in our back yard this morning! I even got up the bravery to go check it out. After the noises continued through out the day I came to the conclusion they were coming from the wood burning stove.
Yep there was an animal in there alright! Before Mark got home, I bravely opened the doors to it, fully expecting to be mauled by an angry raccoon (I don't even know if they live around here, lol). Thankfully for me nothing came out. So I left it for Mark, and then completely forgot to tell him when he got home, until he asked me if I knew there was an animal in the stove. I told him, that yes actually I did know, and it had been there all day.  So he got to work, and finally got that poor raccoon bird out.
Once he managed to get it out of the pipe, the bird decided to lodge itself behind this back piece of metal. It just couldn't find it's way out. Granted it had been there for a good 12 hours almost, I'd probably be disoriented too. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the birds flight out the open back door, but if I had, you'd have only seen a blur. It's stories like these that start making our house more like a home.

Fly home birdie, fly home!

FoundIt.net Review


*I received product for my honest thoughts. All opinions are 100% my own*


 Have you lost an item recently? Are you worried your kids stuff is going to get lost at school? No fears! FoundIt.net is here!
No joke, never worry about your lost items again. I'm going to start here with a story.  This story takes place on two plane rides, on the same trip.
A couple years ago, Mark's mother decided she wanted to retire teaching and work for the Department of Defense Education system. They sent her to Japan, and we jumped on the chance to visit. Really, I mean travelling the world is like a dream come true for me! After months of planning we jumped on board a plane and headed to Japan! We were off. Now we knew we couldn't use our American cell phones in Japan, but we felt we needed them in case we missed a lay over flight, and on our way back to coordinate our pick up, so the cells went in the carry ons. We had a very nice flight considering the young age of our children. When we arrived in Japan, Mark's cell was gone. We figure it must have fallen out of the carry on. There was no getting it back since we had no idea which plane it had fallen out on (we switched planes twice, and airports once).  Oh well we said, good thing we brought mine too! We enjoyed a wonderful vacation in Japan, and after a couple weeks, boarded the planes again to head home. As we were landing in Salt Lake, Mark pulled out my phone to get ready to call my parents who would be picking us up. We got off the plane and almost immediately found my phone gone! We had just had it. I know it was on that plane! So I ran back and asked if I could go search the plane. They were a little hesitant, but decided to trust me. I searched that plane with no luck! Someone must have picked it up!

We did all we could and told the flight agency, and filled out their form. I've never seen the phone since. In comes FoundIt.net! Seriously I wish these people had been around 3 years ago! They make labels for all your items, and provide a text or email service to get your lost items back to you! Imagine if our phones had had those stickers on them! We'd have easily gotten them back. Take a look at these cool tags!
They make stickers you can place anywhere! I've got one on my phone, camera, stroller, and itouch!

They also make tags, that can attach to key rings, zippers, you name it! I absolutely love the fun sayings they put on the back of the tags too!

So how does FoundIt.net work? When you sign up, you give your cell number, and email address. As well as mailing address. FoundIt assigns you one ID for all your items. Wait a couple days, and you'll receive your stickers and tags in the mail. Start labeling you items! Each tag has instructions to either text the ID to a number, or to go online where they can enter your ID. Once FoundIt receives info that your item has been found, they will contact you within seconds of it being reported, and reunite you with your lost items!

One other reason I love FoundIt is their concern for your safety. Instead of writing your address on everything, you just have an ID. Once you've been informed your item has been found you can meet up in a public place to get your items back. FoundIt has a page specifically about keeping you safe, and tips on how to safely get your belongings back.

Now thankfully I haven't lost anything since signing up with FoundIt, but I've got a 4 year membership, and knowing me, something is going to get lost in that time frame! I just know it.


*I was provided with a MacDaddy package from FoundIt.net to review. All opinions are my own. Thanks to Business 2 Blogger for this opportunity!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day 1 - Basement Remodel

I've mentioned our basement remodeling ideas before, shown some pictures of tearing out the cold storage that was there. We have finally commenced on the actual remodeling part! Mark decided to take a day off from school prep, and work on the basement instead.

This is what it used to look like:

Here is what it looked like throughout the day yesterday:
 Wall torn down
 Door removed

And finally, the framing has begun!

This is going to be a long process. We are on a budget (who isn't) and so will be doing a little each month. We had originally thought we would wait for tax season, but with the impending arrival of a new little one, we really wanted this project completed and out of the way. Plus, we are going to be rearranging bedrooms, and we didn't want the Princess' sleeping downstairs by such a mess (although they both ended up on our floor last night anyways!).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Child friendly House Rules #WordlessWednesday


While searching for some preschool curriculum, we found this wonderful poster! Now the Princess' know the house rules and can understand what we mean when we say these phrases.

Tuesday Tip - Cockroaches

Nasty little creatures. Thank heavens we haven't seen any in our house! We did have a scare a couple weeks ago though. There was a large bug that in the dark looked just like the cockroach above. Hubby was sure it was the biggest cockroach he had ever seen! Turns out, it was just a moth. Yeah laugh it up, but when the moths wings were closed and it's sitting by the shower drain, you'd think it was a cockroach too!

Mark's Mother was in town visiting during this occurrence and she gave me today's Tuesday Tip!

To prevent cockroaches, pour bleach down the drains, about once a month. So next time you're cleaning your bathrooms, just pour a little bleach down those drains. Keep those cockroaches away from your Home!

Monday, August 1, 2011

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