Enjoy Joint Pain Relief In 5 Days with Genuine Health

Life is funny.

There have been so many times when projects I am working on have come along just at the time I needed them the most and this is one of those items.

I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to manage my joint and muscle pain from fibromyalgia without prescription medication for over 10 years, but I still experience flare-ups during times of stress and with big changes in weather pressure/seasons.

When those times occur I am always looking for something that will help me get back to feeling {fairly} normal quickly, but most supplements need to be in your system for weeks or months before you start to reap their benefits.

Recently things have been quite stressful in my life, losing both of our sweet kitties (one we had for 12 years, the other around 14) in less than two months. As someone who is a self professed “crazy cat lady” and as someone who could be best described as “mostly marshmallow,” I’ve felt these losses deeply. The grief and stress of the past 7 weeks has finally got the better of me and I am experiencing a full-fledged stress-induced flare-up.

My my neck hurts, my arms and hands ache, my legs hurt, my feet are sore making them difficult to even walk on in the mornings. It hasn’t helped that because I’ve been stressed and upset I’ve been having difficulty sleeping, which just makes everything – including join pain – worse.

Which is why it’s such perfect timing for me to be trying Genuine Health’s all-natural, powerful pain relief line to help me get back to feeling normal. The line features three fast-acting formulas: FAST arthritis pain relief+, FAST joint care+, and FAST pain relief+.

Genuine Health FAST pain relief

The key ingredient in all 3 formulas is BiovaFlex®  natural eggshell membrane – the most potent form of research-proven eggshell membrane that relieves pain, decreases inflammation and helps to nourish and repair damaged joint tissue – with results in only 5 days! There is no other ingredient like it on the market, making it the perfect option for people like me who may not necessarily need a pain relief supplement all year round, but who do need something that works quickly in those times when they are experiencing a flare-up.

Before I tell you what I think of the products I’ve tried so far, I want to tell you a bit more about each of them, their benefits and key ingredients.


The first of the three products, the FAST joint care+, provides effective relief from joint pain and inflammation naturally. Along with the BiovaFlex®  natural eggshell membrane, this formula provides the fastest, most effective way to improve mobility and rang of motion due to osteoarthritis joint pain and joint stiffness.

Not only does it provide fast, natural pain relief that works in 5 days, but it also helps increase mobility and range of motion with noticeable reduction in inflammatory markers like C Reactive protein. It helps build joint cartilage, while improving long-term joint health – all in one capsule per day.


FAST arthritis pain relief+ provides you with all the benefits of FAST joint care+ with the addition of two potent anti-inflammatories shown to provide superior support and nourishment to those sugaring from osteoarthritis with only two capsules/day.

This blend includes the BiovaFlex®  natural eggshell membrane, but also includes AvoVida® (from avocados) and Bromelain (from pineapples), making it the fastest, most effective way to reduce arthritis pain, stiffness and inflammation.

In addition to the benefits of the FAST joint care+, FAST arthritis pain relief+ also increase joint space lost from degenerative changes from osteoarthritis with AvoVida®  and is highly anti-inflammatory thanks to Bromelain – a natural enzyme found in pineapples.

“Compared to more traditional approaches to osteoarthritis, those taking a natural egg membrane, like BiovaFlex®, were 5x more likely to experience a 50% reduction in pain versus glucosamine, and 3x more likely to experience a 50% reduction in pain versus a leading Rx drug for joint pain.”


And finally, FAST pain relief+ is the latest all-natural, clinical strength supplement to help relieve acute pain, such as headaches, back pain, muscles aches and chronic flare-ups.

Made with a unique combination of Biovaflex® natural eggshell membrane, Devil’s Claw (a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient), and White Willow Bark (nature’s Aspirin), FAST pain relief+ gives you the fastest, most targeted and effective way to manage your pain.

FAST pain relief+ is a fast natural pain relief that works in 2 hours, targets acute pain and can prevent flare-ups. It’s non-drowsy with no negative side effects reported. Dosage for FAST pain relief+ is 3 capsules/day.

I started taking the FAST joint care+ only yesterday. I had planned to start late last week, but then I got caught up in saying goodbye to Pekoe and it slipped my mind until yesterday. Because they are suppose to start working within 5 days, I can’t yet tell you how effective I’ve found them to be, but will certainly update you once I’ve been taking them for a bit longer. What I can tell you is that the non-GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian capsules haven’t upset my stomach like many of these types of capsules have done in the past. Nor do they leave an unpleasant after taste in your mouth.

Just this morning I tried the FAST pain relief+ for the first time after a really difficult night, and honestly find that since taking it my pain has been significantly reduced. I still feel like my body is full of inflammation, but I can move my fingers with very little stiffness or pain, and it doesn’t hurt to walk anymore (which is good as I still have a class to teach this evening!) which is something I wasn’t able to say a few hours ago.


Prior to this I had never heard of this product line from Genuine Health so I am really excited and thankful to have the chance to work with them and to help tell others about these products and am excited to report back and let you know how I’m feeling after 5 full days of the FAST joint care+!

For anyone wondering where they can pick up any of the FAST line of products, please visit the Genuine Health “where to buy” page here (local friends, there are a lot of local stores on the list so you’ll have no problem finding it locally), and if you are picking it up in-store, make sure you print off this coupon for $5 off .

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Genuine Health, all opinions and personal experiences expressed are entirely my own.

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Summer Picnics Made Delicious With The PC Insider’s Collection

Summer is in full swing, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve already had the opportunity to enjoy a few fun picnic and barbecue adventures this summer. There really is little better than gathering with friends on a warm sunny day to enjoy the weather and eat delicious food!


My favourite was to enjoy a picnic outside is with lots of little tasting dishes so that you can try lots of new things and spend your time enjoying your company, and not running back and forth to the barbecue or oven to check on food that is still cooking.

Recently we enjoyed the amazing picnic you see above filled with products and recipes from President’s Choice. Some of the items like the PC Black Label White Fox Hard Ripened Cheese, PC Beet Hummus and PC Orange Cream Pie (which tastes like a creamsicle!) require little to no prep cutting down your to-do list before you even get home from the store.

Other recipes like the Pico de Gallo Guacamole and Mango Salsa  combine pre-made products with fresh items to create a whole new dish with very little work.


But I think my favourite recipe I made for this picnic was the Thai Mango Salad


or the Sweet and Salty Brittle Bars (recipe found below). The peanut brittle makes these just sooooo crazy delicious.


Not seen in the picnic photo above is the prettiest dish I made – the Grilled Sausage and Potato Salad which is a really interesting new take on an old favourite.


I don’t like traditional potato salad, but this vinegar based potato salad that you could serve warm or cold was really tasty!

I’ve linked to the recipes I used above, except for the Sweet and Salty Brittle bars which were created by Kathy Jollimore which I’m sharing below. I followed the recipe as listed except cut back on the honey (because I ran out) and added 2 Tbsp of hemp hearts to the mix.

Sweet and Salty Brittle Bars
Serves: 10-12 bars
Nutrition meets fun in these Sweet and Salty Brittle Bars, created by Halifax chef Kathy Jollimore for the summer 2016 edition of the President’s Choice® Insiders Collection. A combination of energy packed chewy granola bars and crunchy candy coated PC Sea Salt Peanut Brittle, they are the perfect road trip companion. Get inspired for more summer food adventures at pc.ca/insiders. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8” pan with parchment so it hangs over the edge. Grease with butter or coconut oil. Stir together the oats and nuts. Add to the prepared pan. In a small saucepan, bring the honey and butter to a boil. Boil gently for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully stir in the vanilla. Pour over the nut mixture. Stir lightly to combine and press into the pan. Bake 25 minutes until deep golden brown. Remove from oven. Place brittle evenly over the top and press into the bars with a piece of parchment. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Allow to cool. Cut into 10-12 bars. Best packed individually. Makes 10-12 bars. Chef’s tip: Try adding 2 tbsp. of PC® Organics Black Chia Seeds or PC® Organics Milled Flaxseed to boost the nutrition.
  • 1 cup PC® Dry Roasted Almonds
  • 1 cup PC® Organics Whole Natural Cashews
  • 1 cup PC® Dry Roasted Lightly Seasoned Peanuts
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pkg. PC® Sea Salt Peanut Brittle, roughly chopped
  • ½ - 1 tsp. flaked sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line an 8x8” pan with parchment so it hangs over the edge.
  3. Grease with butter or coconut oil.
  4. Stir together the oats and nuts.
  5. Add to the prepared pan.
  6. In a small saucepan, bring the honey and butter to a boil. Boil gently for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and carefully stir in the vanilla.
  8. Pour over the nut mixture.
  9. Stir lightly to combine and press into the pan.
  10. Bake 25 minutes until deep golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Place brittle evenly over the top and press into the bars with a piece of parchment.
  13. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  14. Allow to cool. Cut into 10-12 bars. Best packed individually.
  15. Chef’s tip: Try adding 2 tbsp. of PC® Organics Black Chia Seeds or PC® Organics Milled Flaxseed to boost the nutrition.

These are so tasty – and so full of healthy fats and also pack a good protein punch. But watch out – it’s easy to eat multiple servings of these in one sitting without realizing it (not that I’d know…)!

It’s no secret that I love President’s Choice and PC products, so I’m excited to be able to share some with you! One lucky reader is going to win a $50 President’s Choice Gift Card so that you can pick up some goodies from their Summer Insider Collection for your own picnic!

To enter, find this photo on my Instagram feed 


and follow the instructions to enter – good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided with free product in order to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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In Times Of Grief

It’s been a tough summer.

Back on June 5th we lost our sweet, love bug Ollie in a very sad and upsetting way in the middle of the night,


after that night Pekoe was changed. He never seemed really happy again. He lived at my parent’s house for weeks, and continued to migrate back and forth between our houses. And then last week his health really started to deteriorate. And on Thursday, less than 7 weeks after saying goodbye to Ollie, we had to say goodbye to Pekoe as well.


While we are thankful that we were able to make the decision and help him go in a painless way before he suffered too much, doing the right thing still hurts terribly.

After Ollie I was shattered. She was my best friend and sidekick, and not having her has been so very difficult, but at least I still had Pekoe.

And now he’s gone.

And my house is too quiet.

Friends has been streaming on Netflix during nearly all my waking hours I’m at home since Monday because the quiet is too much.

I’ve cleaned up the boxes the kitties slept in and on.

We’ve started leaving the bathroom door open now that there is no worry of a cat somehow getting into something in there.

I bought a rotisserie chicken yesterday and there was nobody there begging for pieces of it when I walked in the door.

There was nobody there at all.

If I was shattered before I don’t even know what I am now. I’m 34 years old and currently sleeping with three stuffed animals at night.

Since June I feel like I’ve become the queen of distraction. When some people turn to food, or drink in times of grief, I turn to craft supplies. I’ve made more trips to Michael’s than I can even count. Every free moment I have been filling with busy work. Painting, colouring, creating.

Friday night at Michael’s we saw a gift card box that said, “Crafting is cheaper than therapy,” Lisa said she thought I needed it. I said, “I don’t know if that’s true, but I’m certainly putting that theory to the test.”

It was such impeccable timing when my first Caring Crate box showed up right after Ollie’s death, and then I was delighted a few weeks ago when Janelle sent me a second box to let me know she had been thinking of me. I was so surprised and touched that she did that for me.


I was so excited to see a cute stitch art kit in there, as that is the perfect kind of distraction project, so earlier this week I had a chance to make it


and loved the way it turned out so much that I went to the i heart stitch art etsy shop and ordered myself two more kits!

This past week The Bloggess also launched her new book for pre-order. A book that came to fruition in a way thanks to her anxiety disorder. A book that will be perfect for Suzi’s who love colouring and keeping themselves distracted. So I pre-ordered it. And then on Friday, she announced that not only had it made it to #2 on Amazon, but that in thanks she had created a drawing for us. A drawing that isn’t in the book but just so happens to have two kitties on it. A drawing that I immediately loved and downloaded. If you’d like to see it and/or get it for yourself you can do that here.

So pretty much that’s what I’ve been doing. Trying to stay on top of work (sorta), colouring and painting and stitching while I’m home, and spending way too much time (and money) at Michael’s and the other 6 stores we have left here in the valley.

Another thing that became a big issue after losing Ollie was sleep. I haven’t been able to go to sleep unless I’m listening to something on my iPod or Netflix, which has led to some pretty terrible night’s sleep. It also didn’t help that Pekoe had been getting us up two or more times/night for weeks (months? years?) so Thursday night was the first time we went to bed not having to worry about a kitty waking us up in the night.

I was afraid I wouldn’t sleep so I took some Tylenol (my fibromyalgia has been a bit out of control thanks to all the stress) and put lavender from my Duckish Lotion bar on my chest and then took a few big inhales of pure lavender oil that Lisa from Horn Rimmed Harriet had sent me as well as added a few drops to a wool bead to make it easy to breath in more during the night if needed. I’m happy to say that the lavender has really been helping and I’ve been sleeping a lot better since I started using it.


The small sample sized bottles are perfect for keeping right on my nightstand for use at night without taking up too much space. And I’ve found the wild orange to be the perfect scent for my diffuser recently as it is a very happy scent, and we are in need of a little extra happy!

I know that most of my readers are animal people and therefore understand what I’m going through, but for those few who have made it this far and don’t understand why I’d be so upset over “just a cat”, I’m sharing this article I came across a few weeks ago, which hit me hard then, and hits me even harder now.

Pet Bereavement Is No Different Than Human Bereavement

Grief is grief, and I don’t pretend to think that my loss is the same as that of a parent who has lost a child, or losing a spouse, parent, etc. I don’t see why we should try to undermine one person’s sadness with the thoughts of how much worse it “could” be. So the next time a friend or family member loses a pet they were close to, be kind. I’ve been very fortunate that everyone has been amazingly sweet and supportive of me during this time, but I know that isn’t always the case.

Grief is grief, and there is no need to compare. Kindness is kindness and always goes a long way.

And please, take a few extra minutes to hug and kiss all your furry friends for me tonight.

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June & July Book Round Up

It seems a little odd to be posting a book round up (or any kind of round up for that matter) before the month is actually over, but since I’m only sharing the health/fitness related books I’m reading and I know I’m going to be reading what I lovingly refer to as “fluff” for the next few weeks, I think it’s safe to post this a bit early. 😀

The first book I read was The Complete 1-Day Detox Diet Plan & Cookbook by Karen Barnes, MSc, ND.

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I’ve read a lot of different detox plans and books over the years, including those with a lot of scientific merit, to those which sounded more like a good way to make yourself ill than anything else, and I’m glad to say this book falls in the scientific category.

Even if you have no interest or intention of completing a “detox” this is a fantastic resource for learning about environmental toxins – what they are, how we are exposed, and what they can do to us, food allergies and sensitivities, and then the detox plan itself as well as 150 recipes (which take up approximately one half of the book).

I found the section on food allergies and sensitivities particularly interesting. I have a serious intolerance for MSG, something that many people scoff at and say that it hasn’t been proven that such a thing exists. Those are the people who haven’t witnessed me writhing on the floor in pain and then vomiting all over kingdom come after unknowingly eating MSG. In this book Karen has a whole section on MSG Toxicity Reactions and even sites research proving that it IS a thing (I don’t know why I seem to be diagnosed with so many health issues that people disbelieve actually exist, luck I guess…).

She even mentions a study that suggests MSG and aspartame (another substance my body reacts pretty negatively towards) may be linked to fibromyalgia pain, and that eliminating both from your diet has some potential for results with those with fibromyalgia. Interesting. Now I can’t really tell you if I feel an increase in fibromyalgia pain when I consume MSG or aspartame, but that I only because I’m too busy feeling like someone has ripped my entire abdomen into pieces and replaced it with an evil hot air balloon to notice. I do find it very interesting that two things I know to be an issue for me are thought to also disrupt fibromyalgia.

The other section I really enjoyed was the section talking about Oral Allergy Syndrome. I’m sure I’ve talked about my mysterious oral allergy here before. The one that pops up from time to time swelling up my lips and leaving me with a very sore rash all around my mouth? This has been going on for a few years off and on, and last summer I noticed it happened immediately after eating a raw zucchini and wondered if I could possibly be suddenly allergic to zucchini. Well, according to this book “Oral Allergy Syndrome is a reaction to certain fruits, vegetables and nuts that occurs due to a cross-reactivity between proteins in fresh fruits or vegetables and pollens in trees, grasses and weeds. In 50-75% of adults in the US who are allergic to birch pollen, oral allergy syndrome is present.” And the symptoms? An itchy mouth or swelling in the mouth when eating an uncooked food. Sounds familiar.

More interestingly is that I was diagnosed with seasonal allergies as a teenager, but was never sent for testing to find out what exactly I was allergic to. Under the heading for Late Summer and Fall Ragweed Pollen Allergy – zucchini. There are also foods in that list I’m not aware of causing me any issues (like watermelon and potatoes), so whether or not I have Oral Allergy Syndrome or not it was a very interesting read about something I had never heard of previously.

I don’t think you need to be interested in detox plans or recipes to find this book really interesting. I’ve already told you two small sections of this 300+ page book that I found interesting, and neither are things you would expect to find in a 10-Day Detox Book. I highly recommend this one, especially if you have food issues that you are still trying to sort out as it goes over many different types of allergies and intolerances.

You can purchase The Complete 10-Day Detox on Amazon here.

The second book I want to talk about today is The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga by Amy Ippolitit & Taro Smith, PhD

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It’s not often you find a book that talks specifically about the business of teaching yoga – or fitness in general, so I was really interested to see what this title had to offer. I know that I am part of a minority as someone who started off with a strong business background who moved into the work of teaching fitness.

It’s nice to have my business training to fall back on, knowing how to do accounting and marketing and all of that have been really helpful for me over the years, and then when I moved into blogging that gave me hands on experience with web design, social media, etc. That’s not to say that I went into this book thinking I know it all, I generally like to assume I know nothing, that way I am always ready and looking to learn. And I can honestly say that I did learn form this book. Teaching yoga is such an individual thing that I believe every instructor who reads this will take different things away from it, but I do think that anyone who teaches fitness classes could benefit from reading it. While there are certainly parts that direct specifically to yoga, much of the book can be used as a guideline for any type of fitness instructor.

What’s more, is I feel like the ideas presented in The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga helped me to reconnect with the reason I started teaching yoga in the beginning. It is so easy to lose your why in the daily shuffle of life, so I really appreciated that I was able to bring that back to the surface and the forefront of my mind moving forward.

If you are an instructor – especially of yoga – whether you run your own classes or teach through a gym or studio, I feel certain there is still a take away for you to be found within these pages, or through the offerings on their website 90Monkeys.com, I definitely suggest checking out at least one or the other!

That’s it for my reading roundup for June & July. Summer tends to be when I do more “enjoyment” reading versus learning reading, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was my last round up until fall when I get back to the book learning 😉

Disclosure: I received both of these titled from their publishers free of charge. The above reviews are honest and entirely my own. 

#KiehlsHalifax Blogger Breakfast Recap

A few weeks ago Atlantic Canada got it’s first Kiehl’s location, and to kick off the grand opening they hosted a Blogger Breakfast Event which I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend.

I had only experienced a couple different one-use Kiehl’s samples in the past so wasn’t super familiar with the brand or it’s products, but was really excited to learn more about them, as well as to get a customized skin consultation.

Of course a breakfast event in the city means an early morning for this valley girl, so bright and early on June 29th, Zoe and I headed into the city to make our way to Halifax Shopping Centre where the new store is located.



The store is beautiful, and the display of breakfast goodies that were awaiting us didn’t look too shabby either. 😉


We arrived a little bit early so had a chance to have a quick look around before the event started.




After a brief welcome, we were split into groups – one group went for skin consultations while the other had a store tour and learned a bit more about the history of Kiehl’s.

For those of you who, like me, are new to the brand, Kiehl’s was founded in New York’s East Village 160 years ago as an old-world apothecary. In the early 20th century they were a full-service pharmacy, offering homeopathic and herbal remedies, essential oils, over-the-counter drugs and the first Kiehl’s products. In the early 1960’s, their pharmacists continued to develop the Kiehl’s product range, utilizing expertise gained from their experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and chemistry. Today, Kiehl’s is dedicated to serving it’s customers a quality product through its extensive line of skin and hair care formulations.

The Kiehl’s experience supports an active healthy lifestyle and have tested many of their products in extreme conditions (including Mount Everest!).

One of the most recognizable thematic elements of the Kiehl’s stores is the company’s collection of vintage motorcycles on display in their freestanding stores for customers to enjoy.


And it’s no mistake that the motorcycle is located directly across from the men’s section of the store. 😉 Way to get the dudes in a skin care store!

The two groups then switched off and I headed over for my skin consultation.


After some testing it was determined that I have both oily and dehydrated skin – which was of no surprise to me, and I was then given a personalized skin care protocol to best suit my skin type and came home with this amazing collection of goodies!


I waited a few weeks to post this recap because I wanted to have time to try all the products before posting so I could tell you which ones are my favourites. I have been using the Calendula Deep Cleansing Foam Face Wash, Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner and Skin Rescuer in place of my usual Clinique 3-step system and have been enjoying the Kiehl’s products so much more! It wasn’t until I went on vacation and took my travel sized Clinque products with me that I realized how much of a difference there was. Even after only washing my face with my Clinique Extra Mild Cleanser my face felt so dry and tight – nothing like how the Calendula Face Wash makes it feel. And since they both cost approximately the same amount that is going to be a very easy switch for me to make! I really like the toner and moisturizer as well and plan on making the switch there as well.

Zoe was telling me on the way to Halifax how much she loves the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I have to agree, it’s pretty lovely. I haven’t used the Daily Reviving Concentrate much yet as I’m terrible about a morning skin care routine, but I the few times I did use it I was equally as impressed with it.

I’m just going to go ahead and tell you that there have been no products that I’ve tried that I didn’t like. I really enjoyed the Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner, I have really oily hair and these did a great job of keeping that oil in check, and the Creme de Corps moisturizer works wonders on my skin.

But I need to take a moment to talk about the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, because this stuff is amazing. I get really dry skin on my eye lids, especially in the summer, they often are noticeably red and can have skin peeling – not something you really want to have. I’ve been using a combination of eye creams from Biotherma and The Body Shop, and while the rest of my eye area stays well hydrated those stubborn patches on my lids just wouldn’t go away. I used the Creamy Eye Treatment TWICE and they were gone, and have not yet returned. I’ve been using this every day now for 2 1/2 weeks and it was just the other day that I finished using the product that was on the inside cover of the bottle. That is how little of it you need, it is completely crazy. And I’m in love.

The other product I am dying to go back and get my hands on is the Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter,


it smells so amazing, and I think all of us who tested it that day are planning to go back and pick it up. And in case you are wondering, yes this smells differently than the Creme de Corps moisturizer I have. That too smells lovely, but not as lovely as this!

Something else to love about Kiehl’s is their “Try Before You Buy” policy, not only are there lots of “try me” products on display within the store, but anyone can get a personalized skincare consultation and receive samples of some of the products recommended for you to try at home!


With Halifax Shopping Centre being one of main shopping destinations in not only Halifax, but Nova Scotia, Kiehl’s has chosen a fantastic location for their first Atlantic Canada store. The next time you find yourself in Halifax, why not pop in and take a look around, and see all this wonderful new store has to offer.

I can assure you – I’m making Kiehl’s a regular stop on my Halifax Shopping Centre shopping list!

Not in the area? Don’t worry – you can still shop Kiehl’s online.

Thank you so much to Kiehl’s for inviting me to the Blogger Breakfast event!

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