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You know what the most challenging thing is? Believing in yourself.
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In a conversation the other day I heard another female CEO talk about the issues she was having and my jaw dropped. It’s like as if she blue-printed all my problems, how could they possibly be HER problems too?
And then my jaw dropped even lower when other women tuned in sharing what helped them to resolve those SAME issues too.
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I was dumbfounded. I was certain that issues I was dealing with SURELY must have been because I was not good enough and I was doing something wrong. Turns out, every single woman and man who walked a path similar to mine, had those issues too.
Most remarkable thing? Each and every one of them doubted themselves, too. Every single one.
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So, when it comes down to it, guys, turns out, yet again, that our biggest obstacle is US. It doesn’t matter what we do, if this is something that is new to us, we doubt ourselves.
Just think!
When you treaded into a new relationship, you probably doubted if you were “good enough” and worried about messing things up, right? Think about having the first baby and those first few hours, days, months and a year - you doubted if you were doing things the right way, yes? When you start a business, go on an entrepreneur path and something goes wrong, you wondered what YOU have done wrong, right?
I did. Many times.
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So, here are my biggest takeaways from that day:
 those, who fly higher than you, don’t have it figured out either, but they have more experience that can be very helpful.
 it’s not you, it’s LIFE.
 you have to prioritize and cut the fluff. EVERYTHING is important, but if you try to do it all, you will get nothing done.
 when you think you are “the only one”, talk to others. 100% certainty there is someone in your surroundings who already dealt with a similar thing.
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What do you think? Does this ring true to you? Do you doubt yourself when something goes wrong?
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PS: on the other note, tell me what your thoughts are on running this platform in two
languages again. I get a lot or requests, but I am trying to understand if YOU all really want it and if you need it. I am trying to find the most optimal solution.️
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You know what the most challenging thing is? Believing in yourself. . In a conversation the other day I heard another female CEO talk about the issues she was having and my jaw dropped. It’s like as if she blue-printed all my problems, how could they

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Riding out the stress waves: everyone has them, nobody wants or needs them.
Understanding the difference between stressors and stress themselves is important.
We can remove triggers and they will be gone, but the STRESS RECEIVED from these triggers still needs to be worked through so that it doesn’t have an effect on health.
Stress comes in ALL areas of life. A SAHM can get just as high on a stress-level scale as a CEO, working mom or an Olympic champion.
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These things I’ve learned during my (highly stressful) prof. dancing days and are essentials that actually have scientific backing behind them. Hope they help you too!
getting out and doing some sort of physical activity.
This is a must.
Activity, via different effects, helps to reset the body back to the state of calm and normalcy. Ground zero, if you will.
If you don’t have time, try just tensing/contracting all your muscles for 4-8 seconds. As hard as you can. Then release.
This is a small, but a VERY helpful trick. It helps to reverse negative physical effects of the stress. .
VISUALIZATION while doing physical activity.
Huge. And immensely helpful.
We used to be taught by different art directors to channel the emotion and “dance it out”. Turns out, this is not only helpful in art expression but has GREAT physical benefits too for dealing with stress.
Visualize however works best for you. I heard some people who love boxing visualizing the problem and beating it out. Others imagine the stress and how they crush it with their feet while running.
Do whatever works for you.
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good nutrition and supplementation.
My body, brain and everything just works best when nutritional needs are met, and I can definitely see the difference when I wasn’t as diligent about my nutrition as I usually am.
I also believe that supplementation is essential. I alternate what I do through the year, but there is always something.
Again, in times when I experimented with skipping/relying on food only, I could see the difference, not in the best way, too.
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 sleep.
Sometimes you just have to “sleep on it”, you know? Things are always better in the morning.
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How do you deal with stress?
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#wellness #health #stressrelief
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Riding out the stress waves: everyone has them, nobody wants or needs them. Understanding the difference between stressors and stress themselves is important. We can remove triggers and they will be gone, but the STRESS RECEIVED from these triggers s

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#Sponsored 3 months after I came to the US I lost my grandfather unexpectedly to a heart attack. Ever since that time in my life I have made it a goal and dedication to be committed to and sharing about the importance of heart health.
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I have close friends whose babies have undergone open heart surgeries, and have loved ones who are dealing with serious heart conditions.
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This month I am partnering with @Stage to help spread awareness about healthy heart habits that can start from home. .
There are two things I want to focus on today:
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One- on the blog there are two heart healthy recipes that my kids absolutely love. So, head on over there, especially if you have picky toddlers and struggle on how to get them to eat healthy.
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Two- is a cause that I am very passionate about: Stage has pledged to donate $1 to the American Heart Association for every photo that is posted on Instagram and Facebook with #BringHeartHome. This will go towards all the good that is done by the Association.
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I’ve read somewhere that if each person on this earth makes just one other person happy, the entire world would be a happy place. If each of you who are reading this will take part in this cause, then together we can make a big difference. Think about how many lives, how many children can be saved.
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Let’s do this thing. Who is with me?
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#BringHeartHome #OnAnyStage #health #wellness #recipes #healthykids #citykids #familyovereverything
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#sponsored 3 months after I came to the US I lost my grandfather unexpectedly to a heart attack. Ever since that time in my life I have made it a goal and dedication to be committed to and sharing about the importance of heart health. . I have close

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TODDLER-LAND, or how to work and manage toddlers when you don’t have family or nannies around.
Question number one that tops all questions I get. What I will say is, probably, different than what you’ve read before, but it WORKS. Guys, before you say “I can’t do this”, just try.
So, here are a couple of things:
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 TODDLERS ARE NOT AN EXCUSE
This is step one, guys. Babies, toddlers, kids - they are not excuses for anything. They are not obstacles in our lives. WE are our own obstacles.
One phrase: “single mothers” proves the point. They get it done and do a great job.
If there were no options and you had to do it all, HOW would you do it? Think. The answer will bring some possible solutions.
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 KNOW YOUR TODDLER. 
Really know them. Know what triggers them, know what calms them, use THAT to both of your advantages. Toddlers, all of them, calm and active ones, all have high-energy and low-energy times. Schedule for work accordingly, it will help with the flow immensely.
It is not a toddlers job to perfectly behave, it is OUR job to provide them with environment without unnecessary triggers.
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 QUALITY TIME
is everything.
Again, KNOW your toddler. They ALL have different needs. They don’t need YOU 24/7, but they are clinging because they are trying to get whatever need they have, yet they are not getting it. Allow for this quality time throughout the day. 5-10 minutes of dedicated time when a toddler is asking for it won’t ruin the project, but it will save the entire day and boost toddler’s confidence and independence.
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MOM GROUPS.
I guarantee there is at least 2 moms in the same situation around you. Get together. Help each other. Saved my life when I needed someone to watch little kids in earlier years.
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BASIC,
But make sure the toddler is getting good nutrition and is actually EATING. Simple, basic, but it’s easy to lose the track of time.
Believe me, they are a LOT more content  when well-fed.🤗
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Moms, how do you do it? How do you manage? What helps you?
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#family #familyovereverything #toddlertips #baby #workingmom
@sashaandlucca #sashaandlucca
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TODDLER-LAND, or how to work and manage toddlers when you don’t have family or nannies around. Question number one that tops all questions I get. What I will say is, probably, different than what you’ve read before, but it WORKS. Guys, before you say

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MAXIMIZING EFFICIENCY : let’s talk!
“Doing it all” is a real life mirage that doesn’t exist, but being efficient - that is a whole other story.
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Being efficient is important for all.
It’s essential for me.
This is what keeps me sane, balanced and moving forward. Few things that I’ve learned over the years on how to increase efficiency and maximize productivity
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NEVER 100% COMFORTABLE.
Sounds ridiculous, but what I mean is being 100% transparent with what you CAN do, and then adding 10-20% MORE to a “must-do” list, keep going until it feels comfortable and do +10% again, the cycle repeats.
This can be applied to anything, from working out to hit a health-goal to getting things at home done faster to business to whatever else, you name it.
This +10% is what prevents stagnation and keeps things moving forward.
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 80/20 principle.
It applies to everything for me. For example:
I have 5 insanely intense days a week that are overbooked, and then have 2 flexible ones. It doesn’t matter WHAT days they are. Sometimes my weekends are crazy, so I will take 1-1 1/2 days out of the week to recharge. That’s what prevents burn-puts for me.
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Then, my daily schedule is filled but there are about 20% of things that CAN be moved around and I have about a 2 hour block sectioned off for emergencies. They happen all the time. If, on rare occasion, they don’t, that time won’t go wasted because of point one above. 🤗
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In my day I devote 80% to everyone and everything and then take 20% for just ME.
Again, that’s how I recharge and work the most efficiently.
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 WEED OUT
all that which you don’t need.
It’s insane how much time can be wasted.
I evaluate what works/what doesn’t every few months, weed out what doesn’t seem to work best, find different solutions, substitute with what is most important and then do +10% rule from the first point above.
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 PRIORITIZE
I have several “non-negotiables”, the rest gets filled around them.
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Should be keep talking about this? It’s such a huge topic, I just touched the tip of the iceberg. What do you say?
Also, what helps you be most efficient and productive?
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#productivity #familyovereverything #citykids #summertime #family
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MAXIMIZING EFFICIENCY : let’s talk! “Doing it all” is a real life mirage that doesn’t exist, but being efficient - that is a whole other story. . Being efficient is important for all. It’s essential for me. This is what keeps me sane, balanced and mo

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Praising all Target gods today for a drive-up service and for saving the busiest day of my month so far!
Ladies and gents, take NOTE! There is an awesome promotion at Target right now: when you purchase 3 qualifying Charmin, Bounty and Tide products at Target you’ll receive a free $10 gift card when you shop using Drive Up. I shopped on the Target app and ordered with Drive Up. Check if it’s available near you. 
Basically, it saves your time and you get paid for it too. 🤗 Awesome, right?!
Also, make sure to check Cartwheel for extra promotions, I always do.
I linked details in stories - go see!
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PS: Why do all essentials seem to run out at the same time, and, usually, at the most inconvenient time too? Anyone can relate?!
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PPS: Groundbreaking. Went to target and DIDN’T buy anything in addition to what we needed. Drive-up, I LOVE YOU.
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@target @charmin @bountypapertowels  @tidelaundry  #ad #linkinbio #familyovereverything #target #family
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Praising all Target gods today for a drive-up service and for saving the busiest day of my month so far! Ladies and gents, take NOTE! There is an awesome promotion at Target right now: when you purchase 3 qualifying Charmin, Bounty and Tide products

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“The moment you receive success, you want more and those are unfulfilled desires that lead to unhappiness.
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The source of peace is to want nothing and to accept what comes.
We should not look for food. We should take what we are blessed with in gratitude and move to a higher level of spirituality.”
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Heard this on a radio today.
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I agree, we should receive ALL with gratitude.
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But WHO is going to bless others with bread, clothes, and other things necessary if ALL of us drop everything and start seeking a higher level of understanding and spirituality? It’s not that simple, right?
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If it comes to a simple separation, then, I, probably, belong to the world of sinning, less-spiritual people, because the last time I checked, my rent, bills, food and diapers required money for me to pay for. 🤗
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If I accepted what came, I would never even move from a small town I grew up in across the world.
I would have nothing.
It didn’t come easy, and every experience I am grateful for. I’ve learned a lot.
Despite of all, I always was and am happy. .
I do not belong to the mentality of waiting for what comes.
I believe in chasing dreams, setting goals and aiming high.
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What do you, guys, think? Wait for what comes and accept it the way it is, because that it the only way to grow spiritually? Do you think one can be spiritual, happy and achieve things too? Or do they cancel each other out?
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“The moment you receive success, you want more and those are unfulfilled desires that lead to unhappiness. . The source of peace is to want nothing and to accept what comes. We should not look for food. We should take what we are blessed with in grat

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FASHION. It’s all about ATTITUDE.
Happy Friday, guys!
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PS: dying over Elia. Fashionista in the works? What do you think?
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#fashion #style #attitude #citykids
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FASHION. It’s all about ATTITUDE. Happy Friday, guys! . PS: dying over Elia. Fashionista in the works? What do you think? . #fashion #style #attitude #citykids

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Upside down or a different prospective?
What do you think?!
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That pic just about sums up my life right now. Ever planned things just so that EVERYTHING would change 100%?
#thestoryofmylife 
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But all in all, it’s a REALLY GOOD thing, guys, and here is why!
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 these moments force you out of the comfort zone. It’s a good thing because we would hardly ever choose to do that ourselves, am I right?
Comfort is, well, comfortable! 🤗 why change?
When we are forced to step out of the comfort zone, great things happen, though. Do you agree?
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these situations help to see things from a different perspective.
That’s so important. No need to explain why.
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 EXPERIENCE.
This is gold just on it’s own.
I used to hate when things I feared happened. And then I realized that THE BEST thing to do, for me, is to face them, break them down, and look at different outcomes as if something did happen.
All of a sudden it’s not a fear any more, but a challenge. Challenges are solvable!
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 And... all and all, if there is one thing I know for sure: for as long as **** happens, we are ALIVE, guys!!! That’s a GOOD thing too! Even if you just stepped on a Lego.
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Cheers to Wednesday! It’s all good!🥂
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How’s your life at the moment? The HONEST truth?
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#upsidedown #life #familyovereverything #positivity #lifehack
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Upside down or a different prospective? What do you think?! . That pic just about sums up my life right now. Ever planned things just so that EVERYTHING would change 100%? #thestoryofmylife . But all in all, it’s a REALLY GOOD thing, guys, and here

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10 parental commandments ( according to Elia):
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I AM THY CHILD, the ruler of thy universe.
Thy shall always remember that.
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Thy shall get a kinder-egg.
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Thy shall remember THE RITUAL of getting the kinder egg.
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Thy shall not forget money for it.
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Thy shall not wish for another child during the meltdown of your own.
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Thy shall NOT try to steal the joy of the kinder-egg by offering an apple sauce!
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Thy shall NOT LIE that the store doesn’t have them.
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Thy shall not pretend this isn’t important.
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Thy shall ALWAYS remember to take a different route now.
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Thy shall ALWAYS carry an emergency kinder-egg from now on.
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Just about sums up my Saturday last week .
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Ok, moms! Who even KNOWS what kinder eggs are?
These were a staple of my childhood and I introduced them ( made a mistake of, it appears ) at a local cafe to Elia.
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PS: Nikola snapped this at the said cafe mid-moment. We can’t just simply pass by that cafe anymore. 
PPS: love @yevatube face!
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#citykids #familyovereverything #momlife #family #lifeonthego @bugaboostrollers @thebucketlistfamily @kinderus
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10 parental commandments ( according to Elia): . I AM THY CHILD, the ruler of thy universe. Thy shall always remember that. . Thy shall get a kinder-egg. . Thy shall remember THE RITUAL of getting the kinder egg. . Thy shall not forget money for it.

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@leannebarlow I have no idea what a kinder egg is! 😂 But now I want one!

I said that it should be his LinkedIn profile picture. This is J in his element.
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So much can be said about him, but things that only I know is that he will always give 110% of himself for the benefit of the person he loves. He sacrificed his dreams to make someone else happy. And nothing made me happier than making it possible for him to go after that which he wanted most, and seeing him sincerely smile again.
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Can’t wait for Ford v Ferrari and For All Mankind to hit all types of screens. So well done. We will be in the first row, cheering!️
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#fordvferrari #forallmankind #fordvsferrari #appletv #20thcenturyfox
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I said that it should be his LinkedIn profile picture. This is J in his element. . So much can be said about him, but things that only I know is that he will always give 110% of himself for the benefit of the person he loves. He sacrificed his dreams

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Look who made it to official IG!
Follow @yevatube on her own page.
You guys, this girl is DYNAMITE!
You’ll love her.
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PS: she comes up with some pretty awesome recipes. Those of you who are on LivingNotes newsletter email list already seen ( and tasted ) some in 2019 issues.
Isn’t she so good?!
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#newtoIG #friyay #citykids #family #familyovereverything
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Look who made it to official IG! Follow @yevatube on her own page. You guys, this girl is DYNAMITE! You’ll love her. . PS: she comes up with some pretty awesome recipes. Those of you who are on LivingNotes newsletter email list already seen ( and tas

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