Tiffany Anne

Meet the Boss Behind the Brand: Interview with Moira and Badseed Studio

We made it. It’s Friday. {YAY} And what makes today even better than the average Friday? Well friends, today I get to share an interview I did with aftcra artisan, Moira. AKA artist, boss babe extraordinaire. {smile} Moira is so great and her work is amazing, but I’ll let her tell you more. All yours, Moira!

Please introduce yourself and your business.

My name is Moira McAdams (hi!) and I’m the creator of Badseed Studio, a line of handmade concrete home décor. I’m a Wisconsinite, and recent graduate of UW-Madison where I studied landscape architecture and environmental studies. It was during that time that I discovered decorative concrete and I’m still seeing where it will take me! Being an artist was never part of my plan but I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue it.


Where are you physically located and where can we find you online?

I work between my home town of Milwaukee, and Madison, where I currently reside and work out of my one bedroom apartment. Online I sell on Etsy at and aftcra at My website,, features some of additional projects I’ve worked on and is currently under construction.
You can also find me on facebook:
and Instagram @badsseed


How important has social media been for growing your business?

Social media was intimidating at first (and still kind of is?!), particularly facebook and twitter because I just didn’t know what to say! Instagram was the easiest way for me to grow my brand and build a following using photos from my life, without feeling like I was indulging in too much shameless self-promotion. I feel like I’m connecting with customers as myself rather than as a business. It’s even been helpful in developing my target audience, as I follow people with such great taste that I find myself thinking ‘would this person buy this product?’.


How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

I actually bought my first bag of cement to make a concrete tabletop for a woodworking class about a year before I opened my business. What was left over I quickly used up by pouring it into pretty much any usable vessel I could find – including old Tupperware, milk cartons, and even empty toilet paper rolls. Decorative concrete is awesome because there’s not a whole lot of precedent (read- no rules!) and experimenting is still my favorite part of the process.  The industrial elements of concrete are influential to me, but I’m especially inspired by the challenge of creating something delicate and beautiful that contradicts the traditional aesthetic.


How did you get started making your products?

It took about a year of practice and learning on my part before I felt comfortable opening my shop on Etsy, followed by a lot of improvement in the next few months. I’m still evolving my business all the time – its definitely a work in progress!


What was one of the challenges of starting your company?

The biggest hurdle to overcome was my own perfectionism. It was so tempting to keep putting off my grand opening until everything was just right – if I had, I probably still wouldn’t be open! My advice to anyone with an idea they believe in is to go for it. Things may never be quite perfect, but the experience of putting yourself out there is the best way to learn and get better.


How many employees do you have? Do you outsource any aspects of your business? (i.e. accounting, legal)

I’m a one woman show! It’s been an adventure in this first year of business learning to do everything myself from design and creation to photography, packaging, marketing and most recently, taxes. I think it’s important to be involved in all the ins and outs. That being said, one of my goals for the next year will be to relinquish some control and give myself more time to make!


What is one of your favorite parts about being being your own boss?

Being my own boss is a dream come true. I’m a very self motivated person and it’s a great feeling waking up every morning to work hard on something that I care about. It is hard work, but totally worth it. Plus I get to hang out with my pooch and take lots of walk breaks!

Thanks, Moira! I LOVE the minimalist look of concrete planters and coasters. And since those coasters come in many colors, they’d make the cutest wedding favors. Just think, mint painted coasters pulling double duty as table decor and favors. {ah sigh}

What are your thoughts about this interview with Badseed Studio? If you have any other questions for Moira or thoughts on on future interviews I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


Running a Handmade Business: Interview with Ginger & Juniper

Ever wonder what it takes to run your own craft business? I recently had the opportunity to interview Gabrielle of Ginger and Juniper and got her take on the subject. No doubt she’s good at what she does, selling both online and in stores. I’ll let Gabrielle tell you more…

1. Please introduce yourself and your business.

Hi, I’m Gabrielle. I am the designer and owner of Ginger and Juniper, a fabric accessories brand for women and children. I focus on small batch production by buying limited quantities of natural fabrics in colorful prints {and wow do I have a lot of prints!}. This ensures that customers are getting a unique and sometimes one-of-a-kind item. Custom orders are always welcome.

A sneak peek at some of the #gingerandjuniper goodies that will be available at the @7thpublicmarket tomorrow. #7thsipshop #handmadeclt #madeinnc #graduationgifts #mothersday #shopsmallclt

2. Where are you physically located and where can we find you online?

I work out of my home studio in the Charlotte, NC suburb of Matthews. I sell online at, and at brick and mortar shops Sanctuary of Davidson in Davidson, NC and Trashed Studio in Concord, NC. I also participate in numerous local arts & craft shows throughout the year. Ginger & Juniper is no stranger to social media, and can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.






Bunny Ear Teething Rings


3. How important has social media been for growing your business?

Social media is an important part of selling in a tech savvy world, and it’s a great way to boost my brand’s visibility. Regular postings of new products, events, or a glimpse into my personal life helps me to connect with both customers and makers alike. Social Media has been extremely useful in building relationships with other creators, and sharing ideas and support.


Crayon Wallets

4.  How did you get started making your products?

My mother often made clothing for my sister and I when we were young, so I was familiar with the general workings of a sewing machine. It wasn’t until my step-mom gave me her rarely used machine in 2010 that I realized I had a passion for sewing. I hadn’t touched a sewing machine in more than two decades so my skills were more than a little rusty. Thank goodness for YouTube, and its plethora of how-to videos! For the most part I am self-taught, and when I first started out I spent a lot of time flipping bags inside out to learn how different gussets, zippers, pockets, etc. were created.

Foldover clutch - Patricia (model)

5. How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

The idea for my business came from the need to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags used by my family. We live in a disposable world, and I wanted something that could not only be reused, but that was natural, and could be kept clean easily. I started making reusable, washable market bags for family and friends, and then just kept going from there. Today I make everything from teething rings to clutches. And as all my fabrics are washed and pressed prior to construction {time consuming, but oh, so worth it!}, every item that I create is machine washable!

Padfolio in Peackock Blush

6. What was one of the challenges of starting your company?

The biggest challenge was in researching the laws and requirements for owning and operating a small business that makes products for children. There is a lot to know and the information isn’t always easy to locate. Luckily, there are a lot of small makers on Etsy who are more than happy to share their knowledge. But there’s still a lot of digging and prepping involved such as product tracking, testing requirements, permanent labeling, etc., The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is steadfast in its requirements. You have to make sure that you’re covered in the event of an accident, so product liability insurance is a must!

Southwest Foldover Zip Clutches
7. What is one of your favorite parts about being your own boss?

It’s difficult to pick just one thing, but I’d have to say flexibility. Being in charge of my own schedule, and not having to abide by a typical 9-5 routine is a major plus. I love having the freedom to play with {my!} new ideas without feeling pressured to stick to someone else’s timeline.

Southwest Zip Pouches

9. Can you share a fun fact about yourself?

The exterior shots from the sitcom Roseanne were filmed in my home town of Evansville, Indiana. I attended after school daycare {known as The Yellow Cottage} in the house used as the Connor family’s home.

Tea Pouch

10. Sending snail mail can be a great way to personalize a message or stand out from your competition. When do you use snail mail in your business? 

As I create physical products, I use the postal system on a very regular basis. All purchases are wrapped, tied with fabric, and include a hand written note. One of the wonderful things about running a small business is being able to have a more personal connection with the customer. Personalized touches make the experience more special for the buyer.

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Thank you, Gabrielle, for taking us behind the scenes of Ginger & Juniper! It’s always great to get another perspective… and see cute products in the process!

I especially love your comment about the importance of sending customers a hand written note with their order. Taking that extra 5 minutes to tuck a note in a package can go a long way in improving a customer’s experience and increasing the odds of repeat business. If you’re a handmade business owner I’d recommend trying this if you haven’t already and you can find a range of artisan stationery on or right here on the site.

What are your thoughts on Ginger & Juniper? Do you have a favorite product?




Engaged? Matching Suites from Save the Dates to Saying Thanks

Calling all engaged couples!

Woohoo! We’re launching our wedding invitation suites this summer. Think modern calligraphy and brightly colored roses. And not just pressed roses my friends, digital images and perhaps some watercolors, too. (hint!) If you’re getting giddy just thinking about all those scattered rose petal designs and ALL of your wedding stationery matching down to the very last hand lettered envelope, you’re not alone.

And rather than design our first invitation suite for a make believe wedding, we’re inviting real couples to share a few wedding details with us for a chance to participate in one of our design demos for promotion in our shop.

To participate simply email or comment below with your info: 1. Bride/groom first names 2. Wedding date/time 3. Venue(s). No purchase necessary. Of course, if we choose your entry you’ll have the chance to order the suite (as is) at a steep discount. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @raleighcalligraphy to tag your bride-to-be friends.

Okay ladies and gents, congrats on getting engaged and good luck!

Celebrate Motherhood + Free Downloadable Art Print

Watercolor art: Phylogeny Art | Calligraphy: Raleigh Calligraphy & Design


“I exist in two places; here and where you are.” -Margaret Atwood.

To me this is one of the best quotes to sum up parenthood. If you are a parent or a parent to be then this quote probably hits home. Once you become a parent so many things change. And one of the biggest changes: It’s not just ‘you’ anymore. There’s someone else that’s a little part of you, a big part of your heart and likely the entirety of your world.

My little one is my everything, whether we are together or apart. And though I don’t yet know the path of his stars, I do know that no matter where in the world his feet lead him, a part of me and my love will be with him.

Now maybe you don’t have a son or daughter. Well, that’s okay the quote still applies to you because you are someone’s son or daughter. You are (or were) someone’s little one. A mother’s love – whether it’s your’s, your mother’s, or your grandmother’s – that love is unceasing and matters not about the distance between her and her child.

This art print is available for free download by a special collaboration with Phylogeny Art to help you celebrate mothers in your life this Mother’s Day. Stephanie of Phylogeny Art hand painted her gorgeous tulips and paired it with my calligraphy of Margaret Atwood’s beloved quote. To download your copy head to


Meet A.J.: Wedding Photographer and Entrepreneur

Finally, the fourth edition of the RC&D mini series: Meet the Boss Behind the Brand! And I’m thrilled to have A.J. with us to share her passion for photography and her wisdom from years working in the wedding industry. If you’ve ever had an interest in turning your photography hobby into a business, this is a great place to start. Take it way, A.J.!
1. Please introduce yourself and your business.
Hi, I’m A.J.! Half of a husband and wife wedding photography team, mom to the cutest little girl (and dog!) on the planet, encourager to women creatives and founder of Darling Wedding Workshop! Nothing makes my heart happier than images you can feel and seeing other women achieve their dreams!

2. Where are you physically located and where can we find you online?
I’m based out of my home office in Wake Forest, NC, and my website is :) We love to travel though, so you’ll find us on the road several times a year heading somewhere fun to explore!
Follow A.J. on Instagram:
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3. A. How important has social media been for growing your business?  Social media is what launched my business!! Thanks to some personal photos posted on Facebook years ago, people started contacting me for portraits and eventually weddings! I’ve run a 98% word of mouth business thanks to social media and happy clients :)



4.  How did you get started photographing weddings?
Believe it or not, photography was never an interest to me! I studied math and science in school! But then my older siblings started having babies and I desperately wanted to freeze time. I saved up, bought a camera and started sharing their pictures on Facebook. That’s when people started contacting me to take their family portraits. Soon after I got my first wedding request, and it was during that wedding that I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life! And I haven’t looked back!

5.  A. What was one of the challenges of being a photographer?
The biggest challenge of being a photographer has been balancing my schedule. When you work weddings your weekends are gone. It’s important to make sure I balance that work time with time off during normal working hours or else I’d have no life. Especially now that we have a daughter! Spending time with her is much more important than spending time with my computer :)


6. How many employees do you have? Do you outsource any aspects of your business? (i.e. accounting, legal) No employees, just me and my hubby on wedding days. But we do outsource our editing and taxes!! It has saved me so much time having someone else edit my weddings. Time that I can now spend with my daughter or on other more enjoyable aspects of my business like running my workshop!! Accounting I outsource, because that stuff is confusing, haha!

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7.  What is one of your favorite parts about being being your own boss?
I love being my own boss, because I set my schedule! If I want to take my work on the road I can, or if I need a sick day, I take it! If my daughter needs a little more attention I can give it to her. That freedom is priceless!! The life of a work at home/stay at home mom is challenging, but fun! I have to balance short bursts of work with meal times, diaper changes, and play time! Having her at home with me, helps me break up my time just sitting at a desk, which is really nice!

8. What advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own business?
Find someone who is doing what you want to do, and ask them to mentor you! I chose the hard road of figuring it out on my own, but let me tell you I could have saved a LOT of time and energy by asking someone more established! Hiring a mentor will be worth every penny! That and spend money on branding!!! It’s so worth it! Having a brand that reflects the personal side of you will go so much farther than just taking pretty pictures.

9. Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I love to paint! Not art, but furniture!!!! I almost always have some sort of house project going! My husband keeps asking me when we’re going to stop spending money on the house, and I keep laughing at his silly question :)

10. Sending snail mail can be a great way to personalize a message or stand out from your competition. When do you use snail mail in your business? I’m always mailing my couples!! From welcome gifts to thank you letters and Christmas presents. I love the personal touch that snail mail gives to my brand :) Who doesn’t love a surprise in the mail?!

11. What can you tell us about Darling Wedding Workshop?
Besides photography, my passion is helping women run successful creative businesses! Especially photographers! It’s why I started Darling Wedding Workshop. Empowering women to be artists, and do it successfully makes my heart soar!!!


Thank you A.J. for sharing the details of what you do and how you do it! Photos from your studio are always so stunning.

I don’t know about you, but this boss babe’s got me wondering if even I could be a successful wedding photographer! Just sign me up for a Darling Wedding Workshop and I’ll be on my way! Speaking of A.J.’s workshop, I’ll be posting some of the incredible photos from the shoot. You may even see a few pics of my lettering in there. Hint hint!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this interview in the comments. And if you’re an entrepreneur and want to share your wisdom, I’d love to hear from you, too.



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Turing My Art into Wearable Fashion with VIDA

Here is the reason why I am SO excited today: I am turning my art into wearable fashion with VIDA.{YAY!} Most of you know I run a calligraphy and paper goods studio out of my home in addition to running this blog. (If you’re here for the first time, welcome!) I do a lot of hand lettering for local weddings and incorporate real roses in my stationery and imagery whenever possible!


Above is an image I took of rose petals before preserving them. Once preserved, the petals are used to make stationery and artwork that retail in stores here in the US. Pressed roses are so pretty- I just love them! But that moment right before roses are pressed, well it’s just as beautiful. {smile} I love snapping a photo of work in progress like this one to share on social media. I mean, when the process of creativity is just as striking as the finished product, why not share it?
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Then out of the blue, VIDA approached me about turning my art into wearable fashion. I was blown away because wow, what an honor! I spent this past weekend sorting through my images, pulling out the ones I thought would look incredible as clothing. And now, my first official SIGNATURE COLLECTION of Scarves and Women’s Tops has gone public: See it now
Notice the image on this top is the the same as the scattered petals photo above. So far I have transformed 20 plus images roses, calligraphy and mixed media into scarves and tops. Sure, wedding season is in full swing and the orders for calligraphy services have been non stop. But I am so much fun designing with VIDA that I will continue to add more products over the coming weeks.
I’m really excited to partner with VIDA for this collection. VIDA is a new kind of fashion ecommerce company that connects artists like me all over the world with producers to bring our work to life. And for every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with. Which of course makes collaborating with them that much better. Preorder my designs and Vida will transform them into wearable art in a responsible, sustainable way. (Tip: search for me by name, Tiffany Anne, on the site and click on my headshot)
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Thank you for your continued support of my blog, my art and my passion. I can honestly say, I would not be able to do it without the support of such awesome readers and fans! Yep. Y’all rock. {wink}



I’m really proud today to share this work with you. Simply click over here to buy any one (or more!) of these scarves, and don’t forget to include coupon code Welcome15-0403 to get 15% off (that’s just $34 for the Modal scarves!). But remember, this offer only lasts until 4/10/2016, Midnight PST. PLUS customers who buy my first 10 pieces each receive a $25 VIDA gift card! How awesome is that?

Below are some of my favorite items from this collection with many, many more on the way. Enjoy! (I know I can’t wait to receive my own!)



Behind the Scenes of a Dream Wedding Planner: Her Company. Her Story. Meet Stephanie.

So here it is, the third edition of the RC&D mini series: Meet the Boss Behind the Brand. And I’m beyond excited to have the boss behind Viva L’Event with us to share her story and her passion for event planning. Okay, the floor’s all yours!
Please introduce yourself and your business.
I am Stephanie, Owner and Creative Director of Viva L’Event a wedding planning and design company specializing in destination weddings.  I was born and raised in the Windy City of Chicago and moved to the south in North Carolina 8 years ago.
Photo Credit: f8 Photo Studios |
Where are you physically located and where can we find you online?
I am located in Raleigh, North Carolina a perfect central point from the beach to the mountains.
An apple a day keeps the doc away...or at least an apple place card that is! Photo by: @photographyjandj
Photo credit: J & J Photography |
How important has social media been for growing your business?
Social media is a great way to get your brand out to the public in a quick visual way.  A way to not only showcase your work but also your personality, travel and my companies work.  I don’t separate my personal and business Instagram or instance because I want my viewers to see not only what is going on in my business but also show my personal life too.  Now I don’t show it all but it gives a look into my life day to day.  As a destination planner and designer it’s also a way for me to showcase and look into other vendors all over the world.
Happy Fall Y'All as you say here in the south!! Love this picture by @littlewhale3 from @gncipollfoschi and Tommy's wedding! #vivalevent #fallwedding #maconphotography
Photo credit: Macon Photography |
How did you get started as an event planner?
I went to school with a passion in marketing and advertising and minored in graphic arts but I always had a passion for event planning.  Back when I went to school hospitality wasn’t an option but in total I am happy that I went with a marketing communications degree.  I think this has helped me overall in running my business.  I would encourage other students to look into having a business background too.  After graduating from college in 2002 I worked at a Media agency in downtown Chicago and even though it was great I knew there was a passion still in event planning.  I started just networking and found a friend of a coworker that did corporate event planning so I reached out to her through Facebook.  We talked for months and one day she said “would you be interested in interviewing for a event planning/promotions position?”  I was worried because more promotions positions just seem like this sales position but I went for it.  Two interviews later I was now managing and planning events for the 7 states in the Midwest and part of a National travel destination planner in the US and Caribbean.  I met my significant other at a meeting in St. Louis and we ended up moving to NC together as he had received a promotion.  Long story short I left the business I was working for due to new parent company ownership and not wanting to move back so I started working  for a planner in Raleigh, NC and then was hired back to work from home by previous company.  The company I was working for was selling off and then I began my business 6 years ago.
GIVEAWAY time!!!! I hope we hit the "Target" with our new site. The time is here for our special contest following our exciting news this Monday for our new website launch. In order to participate in the contest: •••must like this post and @vivalevent and tag a friend in post below and something you love about the new site. Good Luck to all those who enter, random drawing will take place live on Periscope (follow us at @vivalevent) Monday for the $50 gift card to Target!! #vivalevent Love this picture of my team by @f8photostudios!!!
Photo Credit: f8 Photo Studios |
What was one of the challenges of starting your company?
When I started my business I had a partner and unfortunately after one year in business something happened that I didn’t see coming and I had to separate from the partnership.  It was like starting completely over but in the end it was for the better for many reasons.
How many employees do you have? Do you outsource any aspects of your business?
I currently have 4 employees and some with me from the beginning.  I always have wonderful partnerships with the schools and offer internships throughout the year as well. I also outsource my legal, part of my accounting currently.
I scream from the rooftops today with excitement for our special launch on Monday!!!! What is the launch for you ask...check back on Monday to see! We will also be doing some fun things with the launch too so be sure to check back in. I can't express to you how blessed I am to do what I love for my job, I never think it's a job because it's what I love! I thank my wonderful #teamhive @laurennicolefreas @kristin_holland @jamiejay1005 @jacklinw @sefloraldesigns and my amazing past and current clients and their families for trusting in Viva for their events. I couldn't do what I love without them all so THANK YOU! Thank you to @f8photostudios for this team picture (missing Lauren and Anna in this one) and beautiful @merrimonwynne. #vivalevent #vivalaunch thank you to @mrsmartinson54 for the gorge makeup.
Photo Credit: f8 Photo Studios |
Can you walk us through a typical day running your business?
There is no typical day to what I do.  Everyday is different which is something I love.  Some people prefer to have the same and routine this always keeps me going.  Now this doesn’t mean I don’t have a routine in what I do.  Each week there are To Do’s and items I need to do.  There are meetings I set and some weeks we have our events on the weekends too.  I also have clients that live out of state and out of state weddings so some weeks I am also traveling to see them and have meetings.  I start off my day at my computer every day and sending out updates and emails.  Everyone always asks me how do you keep your clients straight and how do I do what I do.  For me it’s easy because every couple is so different and each special day is so drastically different.  I love that!  Different couples, different families and different guests.
So excited to have @andreacalhoun and @dsurovchak wedding featured on Wedding Row @charlestonweddings online blog! One of my favorite weddings to plan and design with this super fun couple at @boonehallweddings. Amazing pics by @michaelmossphotography. Rentals by: @oohevents @snyderevents @event_haus
Photo credit: Michael Moss Photography |
What advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own business?
Think of what you want your company your brand to represent.  What is your true passion, not necessarily what will just make money but to make you happy.  I truly believe if you do what you love and love what you do you will make money but that won’t be what’s important.  This is how I feel so blessed today, I don’t make millions but I LOVE what I do!
My #wcw is @misshayleypaige! Gotta love a this gorgeous crop top dress!!! Photo by: @heathergracebeerman and @jakestephenbeerman, Hair/Makeup: @makeupbyashleymooney Flowers by: @sefloraldesigns Venue: @merrimonwynne Planning & Design @vivalevent Bridesmaids dresses: @bellabridesmaids Check out the feature is the most recent @trendybridemagazine.
Photo credit: Jake + Heather |
Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I love Muay Thai and I used to train in it, it’s an amazing sport!!  I also played soccer and was in gymnastics and dance growing up.  I am  also HUGE sports fan in general specifically the Steelers and the Chicago Cubs.  I know weird mix right but my significant other he is from Pittsburgh.  I became a huge fan growing up with NFL season tickets to the Chicago Bears with my family and I just got sucked into the Steelers amazing team!!!
Use the natural beauty of your venue, simplicity is so elegant and stunning in this setting. I love this photo from my clients @andreacalhoun and David Charleston wedding at @boonehallweddings by @michaelmossphotography.
Photo credit: Michael Moss Photography |
Sending snail mail can be a great way to personalize a message or stand out from your competition. When do you use snail mail in your business?
I send items in the mail from my welcome packages to say thank you for selecting working with me and vendor thank you notes.  I think it’s very important to still send a hand written note.  These days sometimes with everything in social media and online we lose the face to face or hand written in the mail notes.  I love receiving pieces in the mail still to this day!
Cheers to #internationalwomensday to all the hard working boss ladies!!! Photo by: @heathergracebeerman and @jakestephenbeerman. Styled and designed by: @vivalevent Published in: @trendybridemagazine
Photo credit: Jake + Heather |
We’re all loving this, Stephanie! What else can you share with us?
I have wanted to adopt a french bulldog and hopefully one day I will be able to.  If you meet me I look taller sitting down so don’t be surprised if you meet me sitting down and I stand up, at 5’0 tall!  Pretty funny right!
A little prettiness to brighten this gloomy day. Photo by: @annkamphoto
Photo credit: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema |
Thank you Stephanie and Team Hive for letting us explore your world of creating beautiful weddings! To keep up with Stephanie and her top notch team, you can follow them on Instagram and Twitter and like them on Facebook.

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