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Kitty Cat or Fruit? Vlogidays DITL Vlog November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014


 Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday. We are back with Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.




Here is Wednesday November 26, 2014 Day in the Life Vlog.. hope you enjoy!




I hope you have a great Thanksgiving day! I am vlogging though Thanksgiving so stay tuned. Have a beautiful and blessed day with your family and friends.

Cranberry Orange Holiday Cheesecake Recipe - Video -

November 26, 2014


Hello friends! I am back tonight with another Thanksgiving or even Christmas Cheesecake that will knock your socks off! Its simple to make, delicious and perfect for any holiday party that you are hosting or being a guest at. Its still not too late to make this for Thanksgiving! Everything you need to know is in the video and the recipe in full is below!



Here's the full recipe! 


Crust
2 Cups of Grand Cracker Crumbs
1 Stick of Butter

Filling
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 large eggs yolks
grated peel from 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of milk

Topping
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
1-2 tablespoons Orange Juice

For crust:
Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix butter and grand cracker crumbs. Using plastic wrap as aid, press crumb mixture onto bottom of tart pan or springform pan up the sides. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.

For filling:
Increase oven temperature to 350°F. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light. Beat in flour. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until blended. Beat in orange peel, milk, and vanilla.

Pour filling into crust.  Bake until filling is just set in center but still moves slightly, about 1 hour. Turn off oven, open the oven door to allow the heat to escape slowly, and let the cheesecake cool fully. Then cover and chill overnight.

For topping:
Stir sugar and water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium; add cornstarch mixture and bring to simmer. Add cranberries; cook until beginning to pop, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Stir in orange peel and orange juice. Cool completely. Cover and chill. (Cheesecake and cranberry topping can be made a day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Run knife around top edge of cheesecake to loosen. Release pan sides. Top cheesecake with cranberries and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Shopping Day! Vlogidays Day in the Life Vlog: November 25, 2014

November 26, 2014



Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday. We are back with Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.


Here is Tuesday November 25, 2014 Day in the Life Vlog.. hope you enjoy!



I'm sorry I didn't get up earlier. Its been a busy day and its going to be an even busier night. Hope you are having a wonderful night.. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Stay tuned for more vlogs & Videos in the coming days!


Pre Thanksgiving Food Shopping Haul! Video

November 25, 2014



Hello friends! I hope you are having a good evening. I am back with my Pre Thanksgiving Food Haul. I woke up tired today so shopping really wasn't something I was looking forward to but I got my recipes out...my list together, and headed to the store. I was focusing on Thanksgiving and the following weekend and to my suprise, it didn't take long to get the shopping done. Hope you enjoy!



I'll be back next week with our normal food shopping haul. I will also have vlog shopping footage that will be in today's vlog.....which will be up after midnight. :) Have a beautiful and blessed night!
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Happy Vlogidays! Day in the Life Vlog November 24, 2014

November 25, 2014


Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday. Yesterday was the start for Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.


So here is my first vlog of Volgidays! Hope you enjoy.


Thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed the start of Vlogidays! I will be back later this evening with my Thanksgiving Food Haul Video... stay tuned!  And stay tuned for todays vlog popping up after midnight.

Day in the Life: Week in Review Vlog & Corresponding Blog Post Nov 17-24, 2014 | Pre Thanksgiving |

November 24, 2014


Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. As many of you know... I post a week in review recapping what happened over the week & weekend. Its something that I have been doing off and on for years. Its just a simple way to give you guys a glimpse into our weekend. I also vlogged a little each day which you can see in the video below. I have been trying to move all my video's to my main channel including the vlogs but for right now I am uploading them to both channels. I think that is the best way to do it right now but eventually they will probably all move to my housewife life main youtube channel. I hope you don't mind but I have been trying to figure out a way to make everyone happy. I don't expect you to watch them twice but now you will be able to find my vlogs on both channels. ↓Here it is↓ Hope you enjoy! 



This Past Week: 

It was a pretty uneventful week.  I sure can't say that is a bad thing because I would rather have a slow easy week opposed to a crazy week. I stuck to my planner as much as possible and through the week, I was able to get things done. Monday night I was a little grumpy and Scott was driving me crazy. We ended up bitching back and forth but the next day I woke up to some amazing chocolate strawberries. That my friends is how an apology is done! :) It was super thoughtful and it started off the day much better than the way it ended the night before. I ran a few errands this week...but not too many. I don't like going out in the cold. Instead I stayed home and baked. Scott had his Thanksgiving at work last Friday so I baked mini pumpkin pies and some Rolo Delights that were a hit at his work. They are super easy to make and if you need to make something for your dinner or a dinner you are going to, check out the recipe! 

As I moved through the week, I worked a lot around the house trying to get it ready for the holidays. I still haven't taken down the pumpkins and fall decor yet. I just don't do Thanksgiving with Christmas trees in the background. Nope. Instead, the day after or during the weekend, I will be making the switch. I have been busy cleaning closets, getting rid of clutter, and taking everything that does not belong on the 1st floor right on upstairs. And its crazy how much stuff we have downstairs that has no business there. Today I am going to focus most of my time on the 2nd floor cleaning and organizing it more. Yesterday I woke up to the rain and went to bed with rain. It cold and wet the entire day. I took the time to do a quick pickup of our pantry while the boys napped and played video games. I am glad I got that job done. I seriously don't know how 3 of us can destroy that little room so fast! I really need to totally reorganize it again but right now its at least picked up enough that I can get through Thanksgiving and hopefully find everything I need. 

The rest of our evening we kept our toes warm by the fireplace, enjoying lots of hot cocoa just enjoying a night in. Once the boys were in bed, I finally finished my cleaning by mopping the kitchen floor. I like to do it while they are sleeping so no one walks on it but that sure doesn't stop the cats. When the light hits the floor a certain way, you can actually see little paw prints. Its funny because my car has the same little paw prints from leaving the garage door open and the strays walking all over hood. I guess paw prints are just part of our life. We love cats and I don't think there is a cat on the planet who can top Romeo. He is just the king of this house and he is so laid back. He's getting huge so he might have to go on a diet like our dog Cooper but he's big and beautiful. 


I seriously want to find a crown to prance around in. Around the first of the year we are having some professional pictures taken of him. The family has agreed that a large picture of Romeo above the fireplace would be perfect. We were going to have a big family picture put up there but they voted for Romeo! He's the Jaggers family mascot. ♥

Here's some things I need to get done this week..


  • Finish cleaning the 2nd floor today. 
  • Start Vlogging Daily for Vlogidays! Stay tuned and if you haven't already, subscribe to our Glam Gossip Vlog Channel so you don't miss any new videos.
  • Clip coupons and work on Thanksgiving grocery list. 
  • Also need to get frig cleaned out before I go shopping.
  • Get boxes together for the Post Office. 
  • Fast clean up of my closet while putting up laundry. 
  • Finally start a new book after Thanksgiving. 
  • Get mail out of the car and sort. 
  • 3pm Video Editing Online class today. I don't particularly enjoy it but I am learning so much. Hopefully you can see how I am starting to add changes to my videos. I still have a long way to go though.
  • Do something kind for someone today. Check out my Sunday Inspiration Blog Post to see what I am talking about. I would love it if you joined up. 
  • Go through emails...tons and tons of emails to respond to. 
  • Pre Record Videos for when we have family here. I think I have 4 to get done before Thursday. I can edit while they are here but I need to film first. 
  •  Paint toe nails or go get a pedicure. One or the other need to happen this week. 
  • Get Cobwebs down today before vacuuming. 
  • Make these adorable Pumpkin Bread Rolls Wednesday.
  • Look for Hotels in Louisville for Christmas. 
  • Order more printer ink. 
  • Clean chalkboards TODAY. And it's a job I don't really enjoy.
  • Change all the bedding. 


Here's some inspiration to take with you this week:


Have a beautiful and blessed week. I hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I think everything will go as planned with my normal blog post and videos the entire week. Plus we are starting Vlogidays TODAY....come back!

Sunday Inspiration ♥

November 23, 2014

 Hello friends. I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday evening. I am here a little later today with my Sunday Inspiration post. Its been raining all day long and it's been totally hard finding any motivation to do anything. Its been dark all day long and the boys have been napping and lazy most of the day.. Me too. Can you believe this is the last Sunday before Thanksgiving. This time next week, we will be through the holiday and moving on into Christmas. It's amazing to me how fast time is passing.

There are so many of us who are going to be having Thanksgiving with our families in just a few days. The grand tables with all the delicious foods, football games going on it the background, family being together and visiting each other. I also hope in that time you will make it a tradition to look at the day, the month, the year, and share what you are thankful for. I think it always means so much to actually speak it. Words have power. When you speak positive you attract more positive circumstances in your life. Plus it means a lot when you're told that your important and someone is thankful for you. I am not always the best at showing my true feelings but all of us can come out of our shell to be kind to someone else. How about just for this week, at least one time a day, you do something kind for someone else. Random acts of kindness for the week of Thanksgiving. Leave a special note for someone at work, do something extra special for your husband and kids, help a homeless person, leave an extra tip for service.....you get the idea. Lets spread the love this upcoming week. Maybe I will come back and share my 7 acts of kindness in a blog post later next week. If you want to share too, come back and leave your link daily or whenever on this blog post.  I would love it if all of you guys reading this post participated. Make a difference in someones life this week.


I have been doing a lot of praying this week. I have a friend who is not well and being treated at the Cancer Institute of America. Another girlfriend was traveling all last week and now sick herself, and so many other prayers going up to God himself. I have heard others say they don't pray for little things..only important things. I pray about everything I need to pray about and some days that might just be praying that he will grant me a favor and help me find my car keys. I simply ask God for his help. It is in these little prayers/miracles I see God the most. He's on like On Demand...available to all of us anytime. Even for the littlest of prayers answered, I am always grateful and I am always thankful. And I always say Thank you to God for his help. I have even asked God for help when trying to find a parking space on a day my ankle and knee was killing me. In a crowded store, right there after my prayer went up, a car moved out of the front line giving me the best possible spot short of Handicap. Could this be just be a coincidence....maybe but I believe it is God working his miracles even in the smallest of ways when I call upon his love and help. I say trust in prayer and trust in God. Prayer alone has seriously changed my life more than anything else. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed week. Come back and let me know your acts of kindness this week. ♥

How to use a French Press | Kona Review & Giveaway! | Video & Corresponding Blog Post

November 23, 2014


Hello everyone! Happy Sunday to you all. I am back showing you how to make a delicous cup of coffee using a French Press...along with a giveaway! I was contacted by Idylc Homes to test out their Kona French Press. This totally excited me because a while ago, I made a French Press Video that I really wanted to redo. And this gave me the perfect opportunity! Everything you need to know is in the video. You can check out more pictures and information below along with the entry form and rules for the giveaway! Hope you enjoy.



I was very happy when Idylc Homes sent me these French Presses to test out. They come in pretty standard packaging. There are some simple instructions on the side of the box that will get you on your way making coffee in a French Press in no time.


It was also really nice to send a red French Press that matches my kitchen! Who doesn't love that. And so many people have red throughout their kitchen decor. A French Press has many names from a Press Pot or a Plunger pot because you actually use a plunger to push the grounds down before pouring your coffee.



You need to use a medium grind coffee bean in this pot. If you use coffee for drip machines, its more likely to cause the mesh filter to get clogged up, it will be more bitter, and your more likely to have coffee grounds in your cup of coffee....and no one wants that! I use a simple bean grinder but if you don't have one, you can simply use the ones in the coffee isle in your local grocery store. Just remember to set it to the percolator setting or to medium grind. You will have to do the entire bag if doing it at the store, but its still better than already ground coffee.

For the water it is best to use spring or distilled water that you also also find at your local grocery store. If you have to use tap water, having it filtered through a Brita system or something similar would be best. If you are using tap water, I suggest boiling first to make sure it is safe and then letting it cool down to 195° to 200°. A instant thermometer would also work great like the one I used in the video.

Here are some great illustrations from howtobrewcoffee.com that explains in detail how to use the French Press. 

Step 1:

Remove the lid and plunger. Use two rounded tablespoons of coffee for each eight oz. of water. Note that coffee cups range from five to eight ounces. My press holds 34 oz. of water, that goes up to the bottom of the silver band. I use five rounded coffee scoops.
Put the dry coffee into the clean pot.

Step 2:

Using the proper temperature water, start slowly adding it to the pot. Most of the coffee will float. You can briefly, gently stir the water at this point and many grinds will sink.

Step 3:

The screen should be up against the bottom of the lid. Place the lid on the press. Many lids have a position that does not allow steam to escape, use this position if you have it.

After one minute, if you did not stir in Step 2, you can remove the lid, give a brief stir, and replace the lid.

Step 4:

Now this time depends on your grind so you will need to practice. Timing from the addition of the water, after a total of THREE to FIVE minutes you will need to start the plunge. The finer a grind you use, the shorter the time. I typically brew for five minutes.

Hold the lid with one hand and carefully push the plunger down, the screen will push the grinds to the bottom. If the filter screen is tilted and grinds are escaping, just remove it, give a quick rinse, and replunge. 

It should take about 20 seconds, this is not a fast push, there is resistance and it gets a bit tougher as you go.

Step 5:

Pour, add your sugar and cream if you must, and enjoy. Don’t let the coffee sit in the pot, it will actually keep brewing. Also, be aware, there will be some grinds in the bottom of your cup, it is best not to go for the last drop!
So as you saw in the video and from the directions above, making coffee in a French Press is very easy. It gives you such an amazing cup of coffee because you are not running the water through a electric system and you are also using really fresh beans. You have to play around with the amount until you find the strength that you like. 



So now lets talk about the giveaway! This giveaway will go on until Sunday November 30, 2014 @ 12am. The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. One person will win one of the Large Kona French Press Pots from Idylc Homes and another winner will win the smaller version of the Kona French Press, as I showed you in the video. You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below.  I’ll announce the winner on THIS blog post through the rafflecopter form.  I will contact the winners directly through email, as always. Good luck to everyone! Also if you are interested in ordering one for yourself or as a gift... now is the perfect time! You can use this code → 87QR4LPX ← for 15% off. This French Press would make any coffee lover a great gift... so get them ordered in time for Christmas! 


Let me know if you have any questions or comments about anything you saw in the video or in this blog post. Good Luck!

Two Easy & Delicous Thanksgiving Desserts | Mini Pumpkin Pies & Rolo Pretzel Delights | Video

November 22, 2014


Hello friends! I hope you are having a great night! I am back with not 1 but 2 easy Thanksgiving desserts that anyone can make! I am first going to show you how to make some very cute mini pumpkin pies that would work great if you are hosting a dinner or even if you are just bringing a dessert as a hostess gift. I am also showing you how to make some yummy rolo bites that are always always a hit! Everything you need to know is in the video and the recipes for both are below!


Thanks for watching. If you have any questions be sure to let me know.. Here are the recipes

Mini Pumpkin Pies




INGREDIENTS:

Frozen Mini Tart Shells ( these can vary in size...get as many as you need)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons homemade pumpkin pie spice
1 large egg
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 5-ounce can evaporated milk (small can)

Whipped cream or Cool Whip, optional garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer, combine sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, egg, pumpkin, vanilla,and evaporated milk. Beat until well combined and smooth.

3. Put mini tart shells on baking sheet. Fill each tart evenly.

4. Carefully transfer pan to preheated oven and bake for 15-25 minutes ( If it is a larger tart like mine, it will take a little longer. )  or until shells are golden and the filling appears to be set. Carefully remove mini pumpkin pies to a cooling rack.

5. If desired, top with freshly whipped cream or Cool Whip.



Rolo Pretzel Delights 




INGREDIENTS:

1 Small pretzels - Get the kind at the checkout lane or you will have to unroll each one yourself.
1 ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate
1 Pecan halves

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

2. Place one pretzel for each pretzel treat desired on prepared sheet.

3. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped ROLO Chewy Caramel in Milk Chocolate.

4. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until caramel piece begins to soften, but not melt.

5. Remove from oven; top with either pecan half or additional pretzel.

6. Cool completely. You can always put these in the freezer for 25 minutes or so to help them set up.

I used a simple mason jar to store the little treats and used Erin Condren label just to make it cute. :)

I'll be back with another Thanksgiving dessert in the coming days! I think anyone can make these desserts even with the littlest cooking experience. Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Saturday!

November 22, 2014

Happy Saturday to you all! I hope you guys are staying warm today. I feel so lucky because I was finally able to get some much needed sleep last night. I just crawled out of my bed at 11:30 but I probably could have stayed in there all day long. It was warm, cozy, and comfortable. I guess little Jackson felt the same way because he slept in today too! Too bad Scott had to be at work this morning. I guess tomorrow is the day he can sleep in. Most of the time, I don't sleep well most nights and the days I hope to sleep in and get some rest, I always wake up early. So today worked out where I feel asleep and dreamed all through the night and slept in. I feel AMAZING! :) And its cold outside to top it off. So I will probably be staying in a lot today. There is plenty to do around this house to keep me busy. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this next week. I swear, the older I get the more fast time moves. I seriously can't. I am happy some of our family is coming but that means there are even more things that have to get done before hand. Here's what's bouncing around in my head on this cozy Saturday afternoon. 

♥  I didn't do the dishes last night because I didn't cook. However, leftovers can bring lots of dishes too and they are in fact, in the sink waiting on me......and they will have to wait a bit longer but I will get to them in a while. 

♥  I am looking for a new pillow case just for our cat Gabby. She sleeps on a fluffy pillow all the time like she is a Queen or something so I think I am going to have a speciality pillowcase made for her. I can cross stitch so maybe I can try to do it myself. Idk... but want to get her one. 

♥  Scott made the coffee this morning. If it was any stronger, it would walk out the front door. I had to empty 1/2 the pot and filled it up with hot water. It's better now but I am sure after a couple of cups, I will have one hell of a caffeine high. :) → And Scott, use 1/2 the coffee next time! 

♥  My mom told me today that she is sending me something that should make my trip up north easier. I asked her if it was holy water because I feel like I am entering the gates of hell when I am in Indiana in the winter. I hate it but this year, we are spending Christmas with the kids up there so I need all the help I can get. Thanks mom for whatever it is! ♥

♥  I need to pick up cards for who is not going to be here Thanksgiving and get them sent out asap on Monday... or even today if I can get it done fast enough.... nope! It will have to wait till Monday. 

♥  Jackson is being so quiet it's like I am here alone. I can't get him to go outside much...he likes video games, you know killing the " bad guys ", and he's just quiet. I wish he would get out and make more friends. But I guess that will happen in his own time. 

♥  I should be up making a video for tomorrow. It's a new giveaway so come back and get entered tomorrow afternoon! Like I said... I still have to film it. And clearly I am running behind! 

♥  I worked a lot on some new video titles and end slates last night. I am forcing myself to learn a new video editing software and it gave me good practice. 

♥  I watched Frozen last night. I didn't know what all the hype was about so I watched it. It was totally cute and I see why so many people like it! 

♥  I am starting to work on my Thanksgiving menu. I am not going to have a huge dinner because I think its only going to be 4 adults and 1 child. So I am not making as much but we are going to have a beautiful dinner. 

♥  Omg.. one of Jackson's friends just showed up. Maybe the universe saw those typed words and helped out! Totally shocked right now. 

♥  Last night I got in my big bathtub.... started a youtube video and in walks Scott. He had already taken 2 showers but got in and proceeded to:
  • Complain that the water was too hot. 
  • Complain that the video was too loud. 
  • Thought I was splashing him...yep. I was the one actually taking a bath. 
  • He didn't particularly like having to hand me all my bath products that were located behind him. 
  • He took up a ton of space and freaked out when I turned on the jets. 
  • And fell asleep sitting up. 
I ended up kicking his ass out and finishing my bath in peace. It was nothing romantic. He just invaded the bath which is normally a place of calm and peacefulness but last night he gave me a run for my money. Tonight I am locking both doors! :)

♥  I talked to my uncle today who I think I upset when I told him I hate pitbulls.. because he just got 2 puppies. I won't change my feelings of those seriously being dangerous dogs but that is his choice and I am sure they are cute puppies. I just worry about when they grow up. 

♥  Thank you to everyone who entered the Target Beauty Box Giveaway. I wish I could give everyone a box but I have a ton of giveaways coming up so stay tuned and keep trying!

♥  I have a ton of mail that I want to sort through today or tomorrow. I have a ton of stuff that I need to take to the post office so I am hoping to get to that job sometime this weekend. 

♥  Tomorrow we are having a big family cleaning day, I am actually going to make little list for everyone including myself. I am sure the boys are going to hate it but we have company coming and I need their help. 

♥  Our internet keeps going out and they tell me it's because of the cold weather It totally pisses me off. 

♥  I feel so bad for the outside cats. I don't feed them as much because I know they are eating at tons of different houses and we have 4 of our own cats to feed but it's sad that they are having to deal with the cold weather. 

♥  My little laptop is running kinda slow right now. I am defragging the hard drive so it will perform better. Normally on Saturdays I clean up the computer because I work so much on it. Hopefully it will run like a camp when its finished. 

♥ I have taken 3 phone calls while writing this post... which is the reason its going up in the afternoon! 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful Saturday. I will be back in a bit with video showing some very simple Thanksgiving desserts that any person can make regardless of their experience in the kitchen. So stay tuned and check back later! 



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