Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Knockoff

Oh gosh, this olive garden zuppa toscana healthy knockoff soup is absolutely amazing.

In fact, I was a little bummed because my husband gobbled it down so fast that there are no leftovers. Sigh. But the other good thing is that it is really easy to make, so guess what i’ll be making again very soon, lol!Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

olive garden zuppa toscana healthy knockoff soup

It started out with a few extra potatoes from Sunday dinner, and turkey sausage that was sitting in the fridge. I always have kale on hand, and then a brilliant idea came to me–“could I make a healthy version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup?! So I started playing and this is what I came up with.

Oh, and it If you’ve been following us, you’ll know that we are BIG fans of the benefits of making organic bone broth at home. So of course, I will have to say that this Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Knockoff is the perfect recipe to use our Homemade Chicken Broth in as well, so you can get the most health benefits from this soup!

K, so long story short, lol. YES! This is a delicious recipe.

Sometimes life seems

to get in the way of living it.

In those moments

close your eyes,

connect your heart

with gratitude to that day.  

Breathe in the beauty

of even the smallest things

that make life wonderful,

running water, appliances,

shelter, the sun that always

kisses us with its love,

oxygen that fills our lungs,

a body that keeps us alive.

Open your eyes and you

will see that life

just got more beautiful.

NOTE: As always, we like to keep your pocketbook in mind as we help make that transition to healthy much easier and simple…so we’ve searched to find the best deals on quality organic ingredients for GREAT DEALS and found this ORGANIC MARKET that we are teaming up with to give you the freshest & finest ingredients at prices no one else has been able to beat! Here you go…

  • 1/4 cup certified organic avocado oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons organic fresh basil
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried organic oregano
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried organic thyme
  • 2-3 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 medium red potatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups organic chicken broth
  • 2 cans heavy coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-4 cups chopped kale

In a large pan, saute ground turkey, onions, and garlic in avocado oil over medium heat until onions are softened. 

Add all other ingredients except kale to the pot. Cover and cook for 30 minutes

Add the chopped kale and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve

That’s it!! We seriously can’t wait to hear from you, and hear how you love it! The only thing missing are those yummy bread sticks we once loved…BUT! We have an awesome replacement that we think you’ll love just as well as this delicious Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Healthy Knockoff!

Yes, we are taunting you. 🙂 Please comment and let us know if you’d like our recipe for some tasty, easy, and delicious gluten-free bready treates…hee hee hee!  If we get enough requests, we will share that one with you too!

And don’t forget to let us know how you and your family, friends, neighbors, etc. like this, lol!

And, here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE! We’ve got more on the way!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please share your comments, we love them almost as much as we love you, thanks for being the best and for inspiring us every single day! 

Be healthy–it’s beautiful! 🙂

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

We kind of set you up, lol! 🙂  Not really, but we mentioned in our Homemade Broth post that we would be happy to share a recipe for some yummy Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup and you bit! (or slurped?!)  

Anyway, we heard from many of you, requesting more soup recipes from homemade broth…so we want you to know that we hear you and care about what you are asking. So of course, here ya go…and oops, just so you know, many of the items in this recipe can be found locally, but we’ll add links to some of the harder to find items. These are affiliate links, but we have very strict standards, so if you ever see us link to an item, it’s because it has passed our test and we feel confident about sharing it with you.

how to make Real Homemade Broth, super easy and so delicious, but amazingly good for you too. I also love how it makes the whole house smell so yummy!

Some of our viewers were surprised that we aren’t vegan. We once were, but our focus has always been on eliminating as many chemicals from the diet as possible. We started to have problems with B12 absorption and studied it out and felt that the best thing for us was to add in some meats, as long as they were completely organic and not raised on GMO corn or soy. 

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There’s nothing 

quite like

a warm bowl of soup

shared with love

to warm the body

and to warm the soul

.

Making that addition has been really positive for us, but for some people, their bodies do better without. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. For us, adding real homemade broth has been an incredible find, with some really amazing benefits and results we can actually see and feel. My number 1 test is whether my R.A (rhuematoid arthrits) feels better–and that answer is YES, very much so. With that, we believe we have found something that our bodies are thriving on!

Wait, we’ve got some super exciting news to share!! If you are re-doing your pantry and needing quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH!

K, let’s get going!!

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

  • 1/2-1c pre shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 serving cooked organic brown rice or organic quinoa
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 handful of cilantro, hand shredded
  • 2 cups homemade chicken broth
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground organic peppercorns to taste

AND after your healthy and amazing Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup, you may want to top it off with some delicious and guilt free dessert! If so….

CHECK OUT OUR COOKBOOKS!

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

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“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please share your comments, we love them almost as much as we love you, thanks for being the best and for inspiring us every single day! 

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xoxo

Laurie & TIffany

Real Homemade Broth

how to make Real Homemade Broth, super easy and so delicious, but amazingly good for you too. I also love how it makes the whole house smell so yummy! 

Here is a video that shares some of the amazing benefits I’m already seeing after I’ve started adding Real homemade broth to my diet every day!

If you take a second, just look up the ingredients in store bought broth. If it doesn’t make you sick, it probably will when you eat it. I say that kind of joking, but sadly kind of not.  I have to admit that I was shocked. Even when we were eating a completely Raw Vegan Diet, we were using pre-made vegetable broth, made by someone who didn’t have our best interest in mind.

Every thought we think

frames our world.

If we’d like life to be

more beautiful,

we need to decide

to make it that way. 

If you’re vegan, this post may not be for you, although, it is possible to make some pretty good vegetable broth–maybe we’ll just do that for you, would you like that?…and we also have plenty of other recipes that also contain no sugar, no gluten, no dairy, no soy, and especially no chemicals that you will love as well. 

how to make Real Homemade Broth

I made this delicious organic chicken dinner, and from the bones, I made the most amazing and nutritious soup–stay tuned for that recipe, coming soon (like maybe next week–just let us know if you’d like that recipe too! 🙂

Cook extra and keep some in the fridge or freezer for easy prep throughout the week!! 

We’ve added a few links below to some of the ingredients that we feel are important to use organic, and also to show what we use. These links are affiliates that we truly believe in and use ourselves.

Also, as always, we like to keep your pocketbook in mind as we help make that transition to healthy much easier and simple…so we’ve searched to find the best deals on quality organic ingredients for GREAT DEALS and found this ORGANIC MARKET that we are teaming up with to give you the freshest & finest ingredients at prices that no one else has been able to beat! 

Here’s how easy the broth is to make…

Homemade Broth (from organic chickens of course)

Nutrient rich chicken Stock. 

  • 1 bones of an organic chicken (gizzards/giblets neck and feet if possible) 
  • 1 Organic onion (if possible) peeled and quartered
  • 3 organic carrots cut into 1” pieces
  • 3 Organic Celery sticks cut into 1” pieces
  • 3TBS RAW ORGANIC apple cider vinegar (WITH THE MOTHER) 
  • 1 Basil leaf
  • 2 tbsp himalayan sea salt (or more if desired) 
  • Thyme (dried or live) about 4 sprigs if live or 2tsp if dried
  • 2 tsp USDA organic celery salt
  • organic peppercorns as desired.
  • 3.5 quarts of filtered COLD water (filtered if possible) 

Pre-heat oven to 400

Roast chicken bones for 1 hour in oven and gizzards, giblets 30-45 minutes or until crisp.

When done, in a large pot or large crock pot (at least 4 qt) combine all ingredients including bones. 

Turn on high till it comes to a rolling boil (30-45 minutes) then turn temperature to low and slow cook minimum of 8 hours. I like to let this simmer for at least 72 hours (3 days) but follow the directions recommended for your stove or crockpot. (Just be smart, we want to keep you around as long as possible! 🙂 The idea is that the longer you let the water ‘Broth’ simmer, the more nutrients seep into your water and the more “rich” your broth will be! 

Taste broth and if it needs more flavor add some more vinegar and seasonings. The vinegar is a crucial element to your broth, as it helps pull the nutrients out of the bones! Plus adds a great flavor and is great for you! 

Easy Recipe for Real Homemade Broth

AND after your healthy and amazing Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup, you may want to top it off with some delicious and guilt free dessert! If so….

CHECK OUT OUR COOKBOOKS!

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please share your comments, we love them almost as much as we love you, thanks for being the best and for inspiring us every single day! 

Comment here, or on our facebook or twitter, and let us know what you try, how your day goes, how you liked it, or whatever is on your mind. And if you have questions, please ask, we love to help!

xoxo

Laurie & TIffany

Nomato Salsa

Believe it or not, there are NO tomatoes in this recipe, thus: Nomato Salsa!

But why not??? Tomatoes are amazing and contain high levals of lycopene which is a superstar in fighting cancers of all kinds. So if you can eat tomatoes, we say DO! And head over to our Best Salsa Ever Recipe for an incredible recipe.

But if you want a little different salsa twist, or need to eat tomato-free, this recipe is wonderful!

Tiffany is one of those who can’t because of her Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.), which becomes inflamed from eating nightshades. And yes, unfortunately as wonderful as these beautiful red fruits are, they fall under the nightshade family and should be avoided for people fighting severe inflammation.

So for Tiffany and all those of you who need to get that salsa fix, but also need to go the nomato route, this one’s for you.

“In the end,

it’s not the years

in your life

that count.

It’s the life

in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln

Actually, it really tastes wonderful and even for tomato eaters, it’s pretty darn great. We like it plain with organic tortilla chips, or to stir some in with a fresh avocado. My husband discovered that one (so I must give him credit or I just may hear about it, lol) and yes, that is delicious too.

This Nomato Salsa also a raw recipe, so it will naturally be full of nutrients and just takes minutes to throw together.

tomato-free nomato salsa

Nomato Salsa

WAIT! One more thing…we’ve got some super exciting news we need to share first!! If you are re-doing your pantry and needing quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH! 

1/3 cup fresh organic cilantro

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 bunches of green onions

3 cloves fresh garlic

3 cups fresh peaches, pitted and cut into halves or forths\

1/2 cup diced green chilis

1/2-1 teaspoon chili powder (depending on your heat thermometer!)

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon Dehydrated Barley Grass Powder

1/2 teaspoon Probiotic Powder or 1 Tablespoon fresh homemade water kefir

Place all ingredients in Blender and pulse 4-8 times, depending upon the texture you prefer. Serve.

That’s it, so easy, fast, delicious and tomato-free Nomato Salsa. Whether you need to avoid them or not, this is a wonderful recipe.

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Let us know how you like it and what else you’d like us to share!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

Best Salsa Ever – ready in 5 minutes!

Best Salsa Ever! Ready in 5 minutes, start to finish.

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That’s right, this is the best salsa ever! Get ready for the most delicious and by far the most nutritious salsa that has ever passed through your lips! It contains 30+ fresh fruits & vegetables and only takes 5 minutes to make!

I grew up in the heart of New Mexico, where you can find some of the best Mexican Restaurants around. So when people as what my guilty pleasures are, they don’t tend to be the typical pastries and pies, but tend to take me back to my roots…just good authentic Mexican Food.

So if I’m picky about anything, salsa would be found on the top of the list. It has to be good. I love a gently textured and bright red sauce that has the perfect little kick. So this recipe isn’t loaded with kick, but instead loaded with flavor, has a wonderful texture and did I say is loaded beyond anything you’ve ever tried when it comes to nutrients! 

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One kind word

can totally make

someone else’s day!

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In total, you’ll find that this salsa contains over tons of added nutrients through superfoods and some of the added ingredients that may sound a bit weird, but when you understand the benefits, it makes perfect sense!  We’ve added links to ingredients we know, trust, buy, and use ourselves and highly recommend. We also try to keep cost in mind as you re-build your new pantry, and will link you to some affiliates we feel will give you the best ingredients and products, while keeping your budget in mind. 

AND we’ve got some super exciting news!! If you are re-doing your pantry and needing quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH! 

So yes, this is truly the best salsa ever, and can be ready in as fast as 5 minutes!

Here ya go..

best salsa recipe everBEST SALSA EVER

  • 1/3 cup fresh organic cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 bunches of organic green onions
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 3 cups organic tomatoes (or 2 14.5 oz. cans – not drained)
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilis (not drained)
  • 1 teaspoon organic cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon macro greens superfood
  • 1/2 teaspoon Organic Aceola Cherries, Dehydrated 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Probiotic Powder

Place all ingredients in Blender and pulse 4-8 times, depending upon the texture you prefer. Serve.

NOTE: If you’d like a fermented salsa, for greater probiotic value, just place this salsa in a jar and cover with a lid. We added a probiotic starter to the recipe above, which will allow the entire product to become rich in natural probiotics!!  Leave it on the counter for 2 days, then place it in the fridge. That’s it!

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Enjoy and let us know how you love it!

To your health!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

DIY Ketchup Recipe

DIY Catsup Recipe

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Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your ketchup? If not, you may just want to wander into your kitchen and check it out. It was after I saw high fructose corn syrup, propylene glycol, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and on and on that I decided there had to be a better route.

I’ve found that some of the truly organic ketchup’s contain ingredients that I’m fine with, but if you run out, or want something fresh, or want to save $$, here is a recipe I think you’re going to love.

Today I’ll be making HOMEMADE BEAN BURGERS, SWEET POTATO FRIES, and of course KETCHUP and mustard (another easy and fast recipe I’ll be happy to add if we get enough requests–hint hint, please comment below) and I know it will be yummy. As I was getting my groceries together I thought of you, and thought maybe you’d like this simple and delicious recipe.

Empowerment:

Knowing with full confidence

that what you’re putting

into your body is good for you.

AND to make it simple, we’ve found a market with the best deal ever on quality organic ingredients. Just check them out, their prices are better than amazon, or anyone else we’ve ever found. Because they provide a way for our viewers to try incredible healthy ingredients and foods for huge discounts, we’re big fans, and have set up to be affiliates to their program, so you can get the best bang for your organic buck!…AND btw, we can make a small commission on some of the ingredients below, however we will never recommend anything to you that we don’t completely believe in, or that we wouldn’t use ourselves. Alright, let’s go…

DIY KETCHUP RECIPE

1 cup fresh tomato – chunked up
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon sun dried tomatoes
1-2 pitted dates
1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Place all ingredients in a mini blender , and blend until smooth.

This will thicken after it sets about 15 minutes. Makes 3/4 cup and will last  5 days in the refrigerator.

More amazing recipes we think you’ll love this with…

THE BEST BEAN BURGER EVER

SWEET POTATO FRIES

EGG MUFFINS

DELICIOUS VEGGIE OMELET

HERE ARE LINKS TO BOTH OF OUR COOKBOOKS THAT WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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COMMENT and let us know how you love it, what else you’d like, or whatever’s on your mind!

We wish you the very best health possible!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

 

 

Nacho Salad Supreme, an Easy Healthy Vegan recipe to love

mmmm…MoNdAy MuNcHiEs! 🙂

Nacho Salad Supreme

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I wasn’t really planning this Nacho Salad Supreme post, but I was just sitting here, chowing down my lunch – feeling both excited & emotional with the few comments I got yesterday, because the two of you mentioned you also have RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). So now I’m in a real dilema–do I post this recipe on mmmmmMonday or Friday Fun & feelings??! And then, why do I manage to complicate the simplest things, lol.

So for those of you who are counting, mmmmMonday wins.

I don’t know what exactly gets me emotional right now. I really don’t think it’s the Nacho Salad, jk, lol. Could be that Im just an emotional baby, or maybe because every now and then it hits that I am not fighting this disease alone. I know that, and we hear from so many people suffering, on a daily basis, sadly.

But for some reason, the 2 notes that came in yesterday really got me. I think because they both mentioned they felt they were the only one’s struggling like they are, and I remember those lonely, desperate feelings way too well.

I’m sure you guys have just as much to share on RA, or other autoimmune diseases, if not more. So thank you for the messages. In fact, please comment on our posts, let us know how you’re feeling, what victories you’re having, what you’re learning, how you’re growing! I would love for this blog to be place where we can all build each other up & talk amongst ourselves about our ailments… and for those who don’t have RA or an auto immune disease or anything of that sort.. hopefully this can be a place that empowers you to continue eating & living a healthy lifestyle and preserving your beautiful health!

If you are what you eat,

we hope to help you 

be pretty darn amazing.

Actually we know that you are,

because you came here,

looking for great healthy

alternatives, and that,

is a beautiful thing.

I hope you enjoy this Nacho Salad!  Do you have any healthy recipes or snacks you’d like to share? Please do! You can never have too many HEALTHY recipes! Enjoy your version of my quick and yummy Nacho Salad Supreme and I hope everyone has a good week! 🙂

Before we start with this super EASY and delicious recipe, we’ve got some super exciting news to share!! If you are re-doing your pantry and needing quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH!

 

Nacho Salad Supreme

INGREDIENTS

2 handfuls of certified organic non-gmo corn chips

1 small tomato chopped

1 bunch organic cilantro – shaved & chopped

1 avocado, chopped

1/4 chopped red onion

almond or rice milk cheese (optional)

1 scoop organic black beans – cooked and drained

1 scoop organic refried beans – cooked, drained and mashed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat up the beans.
  2. Place heated beans, chips, and cheese on a pie pan or cookie sheet and broil quickly (about 2-3 minutes) and remove from oven.
  3. Top with the remaining ingredients. (If you are a cheese lover, but trying to get away from cheese, guacamole is an awesome alternative!

 

CHECK OUT OUR COOKBOOKS!

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

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Enjoy and Please SHARE!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

mmmm…MoNdAy MuNcHiEs & Thai Coconut Soup! 🙂 xo

Thai Coconut Soup

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Before you get too far, I have a great little tip. You can save lots of $$$ by making your own coconut milk for this recipe, and really ANY recipe that calls for it. SO we have a LITTLE GIFT on our sidebar! When you subscribe, we will hook you up with just how you can make your own DIY coconut milk.

I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t love this Thai Coconut Soup–even amongst our unlovers of coconut friends! Even kids come flocking and asking for more of this soup and of course, we are happy to give them something so yummy, simple, and healthy!

And oh-did I say easy? Because if you’re into that, this low temperature Thai Coconut Soup is not only easy, it’s easy on the body and maintains many more nutrients than many recipes that are cooked to death, and holding onto very few, if any of the nutrients.

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And this Thai Coconut Soup recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and soy-free too. 

One note, because this soup is barely heated before serving, make sure that if you decide to add meat, that it is pre-cooked. We just don’t want to see you get sick eating our food! With that, get going and let us know how you love this!

NK Thai Coconut Soup, paleo

Here ya go

Thai Coconut Soup

NOTE: As always, we like to help make that transition to healthy much easier and simple…so we’ve searched to find the best deals on quality organic ingredients for GREAT DEALS and found this ORGANIC MARKET that give you the freshest & finest ingredients at prices no one else has been able to beat! We love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with them. So as you shop, just smile about the savings & especially the extra health benefits you’ll be getting! 

4 cups chicken or vegetable organic broth
3 cans coconut milk
1 cup fresh mushrooms – sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 teaspoons natural red curry paste
2 stalks lemon grass – bruised
2 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon organic crushed red pepper
Organic sea salt to taste
1 lb. cooked & diced hormone free chicken or shrimp – (optional)
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil

Pour coconut milk and broth into a large pan. Heat on medium heat until it feels warm, then add the rest of the ingredients and slightly cook for just a few minutes until ingredients are warmed. Remove from heat and stir in the olive oil.

Serve 🙂

That’s it!! If you have a starving family that’s ready to eat now, this is a great quick-fix (unless you decide to grow the vegetables from scratch 🙂

And to top it off with a yummy smoothie or healthy desserts, here are links to our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please share your comments, we love them almost as much as we love you, thanks for being the best and for inspiring us every single day! 

xo

Laurie & Tiffany