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Gigantic News!

In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, I have some REEEEEEAAAALLLLLY exciting news…..

Allure Magazine announced it’s finalists for the 2013 Beauty Blogger Awards and guess what!?

They chose me as one of them! How crazy is that!?
Thank you to the lovelies who told me to enter! I’m so glad I did!

Allure Beauty Blogger Awards

Here’s how it works: Starting next Monday we will all compete in blogging challenges, one a week for 5 weeks. All of them will be voted on and in the end (as is often the case with contests) they pick a winner!!

The winner gets a trip to NYC to go to amazing shmancy parties and fashion shows and be bestowed a suitcase full of beauty products.

So if I don’t win, I’ll probably need you all to join my lamenting upon how lame New York City is, and that fashion parties are suuuper boring and I would never find the right outfit anyway and I really don’t even want some magical makeup suitcase cause it would surely cost me extra on my flight….
Of course, if I were to win, none of the above is true.

According to my dad I’m a shoe-in. He was planning my trip the minute I entered the contest. Of course, he also told meΒ repeatedlyΒ in high school that the only reason boys didn’t like me was because they were soΒ intimidatedΒ by my incredibly beauty. So ….he might not be the most reliable of sources.

At any rate I am beyond excited to be part of it and I’m already having a blast checking out all of the other awesome bloggers. What a fun way to discovery new girl’s girls! I’ll let you know when the voting begins and all of that but in the meantime go check it out!

AHHHHHH! I’m so excited!


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    Brittany Marlor
    April 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Congratulations! Obviously I will be voting for you πŸ˜‰ Best of luck, crossing my fingers for you to make it to New York!!

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    April 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Thats great, from the look of the other contestants, not to be mean, but I think you will definitely win! I love your blog and i’m crossing my fingers for you.

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    Arnaz K
    April 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Congratulations!! How exciting! Will definitely be voting for you πŸ™‚

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    April 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Wonderful news and thoroughly deserved. Go get them girl…

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    April 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I’ve never commented before, but I just wanted to let you know that you have my vote!! I appreciate the work you put into this blog. I wish I lived near you so I could have a makeover session with you πŸ˜€

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    April 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm


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    April 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Congratulations! You deserve it!

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    April 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    congratulations, Iv been following youre blog since last year. I live in Australia. New york would be amazing to visit! goodluck to you, all the best!

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    April 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Knock ’em dead!

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    Julie Davis Rodriguez
    April 11, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Wow, that’s awesome! Congrats! You deserve it….you’re blog is amazing!

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    Erica V
    April 11, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Congratulations!! I knew your blogs were special!

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    April 11, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Great news, great news!! Time for the pee- pee dance! So excited for you Cara. You have a big heart for your followers, and are very deserving of this honor!
    Love and support from Dallas

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    April 11, 2013 at 3:14 am

    You are so in Cara! Way cool! Praying your the gal because I can’t imagine any of the others having as much heart in their posts as you put in yours, because you “Cara” about your followers πŸ˜‰ yeah! Thanks for all the good, useful info you’re always sending our way. My beauty life is so much easier with you keeping me in the know & keeping it real! Plus, the added bonuses like your recent “Love Story” let us get to know the girl behind the blog – making what you offer more personal, like getting advice from a trusted friend :)))

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    April 11, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Congrats! You got this!

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    Liza Lu
    April 11, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Congratulations Cara!!! That is so exciting! Your dad is a smart man! There is no way your amazing skills and appreciation of all things beauty can’t give you an edge πŸ˜‰

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    April 11, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Congratulations, Cara!!! So happy and excited for you. I’ll be sure to follow along and vote. πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Holy COW thats AWESOME!!! SO happy for you and its about time you get some PROPS on being so AWESOME! Apparently awesome is my word for the day! WHEWWWWWWWW to you! Congrats Cara

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:06 am

    You are hilarious! That’s amazing for you and I’m so excited that the great work you do on this blog will be recognized!! Congratulations!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Congrats! I remember this last year- good luck!

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:28 am

    umm holy crap girl!!! This is amazing! You are so winning!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:50 am

    OMG! Yay!!! Definitely voting for you!! πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Hey there… My first comment but I have been following your blog for a while and love your posts. I’m super excited for you and can’t wait to vote. Yay!

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Congrats!!! you totally deserve this! you are amazing! I look forward to your posts everyday!!!!!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Wow! That is awesome! You truly are the best beauty blogger I have come across. πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:28 am

    You’re a shoe in! (I’ve never understood what that is supposed to mean lol). Just reading a blurb or two about the others didn’t even spark my interest. You’re the best and beautiful yourself! I can’t imagine why anyone would not vote for you!! Good luck!

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:29 am

    You are a shoe in. I will be voting for you:)

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Congratulations!!! How awesome!! I will be voting for you for sure, and I agree with your dad that you are a shoe-in. Best of luck!! I follow your blog religiously; you are so talented no matter what the outcome and I am sure the contest will be so much fun for you πŸ™‚

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    Meegan R.
    April 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Yeeeeeeah Cara!!! You definitely deserve to win. Congrats!

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I’ve been following this blog for a while and I’ve never been happier with my getting ready routines! Aside from the hair and makeup advice you’ve made me more confident and comfortable in my own skin and I can’t thank you enough for that. But I can say thanks by voting my a$$ off for you! You deserve it Cara and good things happen for good people. Plus, I’m an east coaster – come show us some love by visiting NYC!

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    Debra Rhodes
    April 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

    That’s so exciting, cant wait to start the voting & of course we all know who I will be voting for :)….I have your blog as my home page for my daily inspiration, love it!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations! You deserve the win Cara! I’ve been visiting your blog daily since I found it about 6 months ago. I just spent the time and checked out every single other beauty blog and, in my humble opinion, your blog is by FAR the best! Good luck! I’ll be voting for you! xoxo

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    April 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Well deserved…so excited for you!

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    Courtney B
    April 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

    How stinking exciting!! I will definitely be casting my vote for you!! You are really amazing and I love your story. You have a beautiful family. You inspire so many of my looks and I have become a better makeup “artist” because of this blog! I am going to school for Psychology but I have an underlying passion for beauty! Congrats again and I will do everything I can to help you win!!

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    Heather Osborne
    April 11, 2013 at 7:25 am

    so well deserved!!! you can count on my vote(s)!!

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    Penny griffin
    April 11, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I am a newby on your site. I am impressed with your advise. I would like more information on we older women
    and picking makeup to enhance our older beauty. You have my vote

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    April 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Yay! That’s so great! Can’t wait to hear…it’s gonna be a long 5 weeks!

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    April 11, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Well DUH! Of course you belong on this list!!! God Bless!!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Okay so I don’t usually comment but YOU SO HAVE THIS IN THE BAG!!! I just watched all of the other girls videos and honestly, although they may be talented, you are still the BEST!! I’m not a girly girl by any means but your blog caught my eye and I have NEVER in my life subscribed to a blog before. I love all of your advice and my friends comment all of the time about my new make-up looks. I always give you credit for my new tricks I try. Keep up the great work. You are amazing, talented, beautiful and most importantly see the beauty in everyone!!

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    Lauren Jasper
    April 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

    SOOOOOOO EXCITING! Not surprised they picked you, your blog is killer! Good luck πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Aw, yay Cara! I just discovered your page a few months ago, and I’m hooked. Even though a good chunk of your tips & tricks don’t really work for my brown skin (tanning, HAC, even the haircare advice), I KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE. Will def vote for you. Xo

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    April 11, 2013 at 8:09 am

    This is some awesome news!!!! Can’t wait to start voting!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I am so excited for you!!!! You deserve it!

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    April 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Congrats Cara! I’m looking forward to watching the competition. Best of luck to you!

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    April 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

    CONGRATS! YOU WILL TOTALLY WIN! I’m a HUGE fan (all your tricks actually work!)and will vote for you!!!!!!!!! Im a beginner makeup artist and you have helped me SO much, i feel like you’re a good friend, haha, anyway AHHHH! YAY!!!!!!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Congratulations Cara! Will definitely be voting for you when that time comes πŸ™‚ Good luck!

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    Heidi Kinunen
    April 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Congratulations Cara!

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    April 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations! You have so much to offer, I’m sure you will win!

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    April 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Congrats!!!! I love your blog & I’m sure you will do great. Make sure to review each blog entry for misspellings or grammatical errors. I want you to WIN!!! Enjoy NYC. It’s fantastic with endless energy. I’ll be reading each blog and following your advice, as I have in the past. So excited for you!!!!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Congrats, can’t wait to vote for you, I HOPE YOU WIN!!! I really think you have a great shot, good luck!

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    April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I KNEW you could do it!!!! You don’t know how DANG excited I am! Actually, you do- HA! Congratulations!!!! I’m so glad you entered!!!!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Aw, congrats! Your so damn cute! I know you’ll win! Positive thoughts, positive thoughts!

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    April 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    YAY!! congratulations!! obviously going to vote for you.


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    Erma Lefevre-Lane
    April 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Congrats, and good luck! Really enjoy your blog…first one I’ve ever subscribed to and tentatively looking into starting one myself to support my Makeup Artist site. keep up the great work!

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    April 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Holy Bananas!!!!!!! This could not happen to a more beautiful person. Now come to Austin and make me over πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

    You go girl!!! You’re amazing!! πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    How exciting! Definitely want you to win!

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    April 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Seriously, you deserve this! Your blog is awesome and has helped me feel great inside and out:) good luck!

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    April 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    yay!!! congratulations! and you ARE a shoe in, you’re ridiculously talented!

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    April 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    How exciting!!! Be sure to let us know what we can do to tip the judging in your favor. Good luck!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I am so excited to vote for you. πŸ™‚ And what is the eye color you are wearing in the Allure video? It is stunning and I want it!

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    April 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    WOW!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Yay! Congrats!! You’re the only beauty blog I read and need!! You’re awesome!! hooray!!

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    April 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    You so deserve to be at the top and win the contest! I’ll be rooting for ya!

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    April 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    YAY! I will definitely be voting for you, OBVIOUSLY πŸ˜€

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Good for you! I just LOVE your blog!!!

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    Lauren Howard
    April 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Congratulations! Now more people can find out how amazing you are! I will definitely vote for you! Good luck! πŸ™‚

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    mindy kate
    April 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    This is so exciting, congratulations!

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    Susan Thorne
    April 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Seriously. I looked at the others. You are the bestest! TEAM CARA! I will be so happy for others to discover you!

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    April 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    OMG… that is so awesome. I hope someday, soon, my little blog will be just as great as yours!

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    April 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I’m certain everyone will fall in love and vote for you! You are so fabulous at what you do here on this blog, how could they not? Best of luck and I will definitely follow along to vote for you.

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    April 12, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I have never left a comment before, but felt compelled to this time. I would like to Thank You, I am a stay at home Mom, in my early 30’s, and have been in a makeup and hair rut for some time. I ‘pinned’ your HAC’ing on Pinterest a few months ago, which linked me to your blog, I think I spent hours that day checking out the tutorials(you make me laugh out loud, and I feel like I’m with a girlfriend). I have applied your techniques, and feel beautiful again. I catch my husband staring, and tells me how beautiful I am. I believe hands down you will win, you deserve it. I hope more ladies catch on to your blog, and experience the changes I have. Thank you Cara Brook!

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    Wendy Cline
    April 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

    You are absolutely my favorite blogger! I look forward to reading each new blog! Congratulations and I hope you win πŸ™‚

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    Mel J
    April 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

    How can you not win? You are the best by far! Congrats!

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    April 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    This is so cool! I read a good number of blogs, but I have to say that when it comes to beauty blogs, yours is the best. I’ve incorporated so many of your tips into my makeup routine (HACing, anyone?). Good luck!

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    April 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’m so glad to hear this. I actually wrote them a note on one of the surveys I filled out for them and mentioned how great you were and how I love to see you in their magazine. Hopefully you win this! You have my vote.

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    April 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm


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    Ashley Grissom
    April 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Yay!!! How exciting, good luck and you have my vote you gorgeous girl!!!

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    Natalie Brown
    April 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    You go Girl! P.S. I love LOVE your blog!

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    April 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I don’t know how they chose the contestants but one of the other girls literally has nine posts on her blog. Nine. Thats it.

    Anyway, you got this. in. the. bag. Have fun in New York!! πŸ˜‰

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    April 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Congratulations! You totally deserve this. Your blog is my beauty bible. I’m definitely voting for you! πŸ™‚


    The DIY Frenchie

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    April 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

    So glad you’ve been chosen! You definitely have my vote, Cara! πŸ™‚ And regardless of the outcome, yours will still be my favorite beauty blog!

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    April 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    congratulations! how amazing. you will do great and i will be voting for you!

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    April 15, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I’d LOVE to vote for you but I am in Canada:( Apparently I need and American address!!. Don’t think you need it, but good luck!!! You are awesome at what you do and 100% deserve to win!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Ahhh, I’m behind on my beauty blog stalking, so I just saw this. How awesome! I will be voting for you every week! I don’t know you, but it kinda feels like I do, in a totally non-creepy way (that’s kinda the point of vlog/blogging, I guess?) so I’m really, really excited for you! Anyhow, best of luck, we’re all behind you 110%!

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I just voted for you and I’ll keep voting! You’re the best!

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    April 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations Cara! I have been voting for you everyday! You have changed my life. Well my beauty routine that is. And that is a BIG DEAL. I don’t know what I would do without you! I have been following you for about a year now. You are the best and I am so grateful for all your knowledge and tips!!

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