Acne Skin Care Tips

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Here are some Acne Skincare Tips , while giving yourself an at home spa facial.  An at-home spa facial shouldn’t take longer than 25 to 30 minutes from start to finish, leading to newly refined skin clarity and smoothness. More specifically, facials can deep-clean clogged pores, keep blemishes at bay for acne-prone skin types, help to fade brown spots and discoloration resulting from acne and sun damage, and deliver intense moisturizing properties to those with dry or dull skin.

Follow a few simple steps for a DIY facial, and you’ll effectively cleanse, exfoliate, smooth, and balance your skin — no matter what your skin type is.

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Step 1: Clean skin with a cleansing lotion (for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types) or gel cleanser (for normal, oily, and combination skin types). Avoid washes with sulfates, as these can dehydrate skin, try our “Moodylicious Sulfate Free Facial Cleansing Wash” , cleaning the skin thoroughly creates a blank canvas for the next product

 

Step 2: Apply a gentle facial scrub to your skin and massage in tiny circles for 30 to 60 seconds. The reason for this  exfoliation is so the scrub can physically lift off any excess dead skin cell. Be sure to use a scrub with round, gentle particles like a natural sugar scrub; avoid scrubs containing apricot kernels or walnut husks, as they can be too irritating to the skin. If you have red, fair, sensitive, or rosacea-prone skin, be sure to use the scrub very lightly when massaging over the skin, try our “Moodylicious Organic Sugar Cane Candy Flavor Mask”.

 

 

Step 3: Rinse your face with a warm wash cloth, then spritz our “Moodylicious Natural Rose Water Facial Toner Mist”, this helps set the skins tone, relieve inflammation and helps in giving pores an smaller appearance.

 

 Enjoy Your “Be-You-tiful”  Skin

 

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Paraben Free Products on Sale !

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School starts in just a few weeks….. shopping for new clothes, backpacks and haircuts. We are having a fabulous Sale on all of our “Paraben Free Gallon Spa Products”, perfect for your hair salon or home use. Our delicious candy flavors , Bubblelicious, Chocolicious, Pina, Colada, Birthday Cake, Candyland, Tutti Fruity, Creamsicle, Raspberry Splash, Applelicious, Strawberry Swirl, Silly Grape …just to name a few.

Weeks of “Summer Weather”, pool water, sea salt water will leave hair dry and course and with the winter months coming, let’s start conditioning your hair with our “Moodylicious Paraben Free Moisturizing Conditioner and Hydrating Moisturizer Hair Mask, leaving hair soft smooth and shinny in just one wash !

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DIY Hair Mask

 

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We love DIY hair care and skincare products, so when we came across this delicious hair care mask treatment for dry hair, we just had to share. This mask is packed with hair- and scalp-coddling fatty acids and enzymes from fresh ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and honey, this do-it-yourself treatment will bring your hair back to life with plenty of shine to spare.  Or add this hair treatment during a “Fun Spa Sleepover” with a few girlfriends…make sure to wrap each others heads in saran wrap for added fun .

Now let’s get down to the fabulous benefits of all these delicious ingredients…. bananas will nourish your hair and prevent the hair from getting frizzy. Avocado help in hair growth and condition while moisturizing. Olive oil just makes hair healthy and shiner. While honey is a natural humectant, which draws moisture into the hair shaft, while also adding a sheen luster to your hair.. a fabulous hair lightener.

 

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Recipe:

1 Ripe Avocado

1 Ripe Banana

1 Egg

1 tbsp. Honey

1 tbsp. Coconut Nut oil

1 tbsp. Olive oil

 

Blend… well with mixer or with a fork, you can add several essential oils to this mask, lavender or peppermint to give an invigorating clean feeling or rosemary or thyme to tone the scalp.

Rinse:…in shower, lightly shampoo and condition…. part hair dry. Let air dry.

 

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Made In America Spa Products

 

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Our Moodylicious Spa Products are Made In America, paraben free, organic skincare and hair care products. We take so much pride that our natural skincare and hair care products are made with love from America!   We love all of our vendors who want to keep supplies made right here in the good old USA !

We have found through our International customers that , American Made Products are in high demand…. and our yummy candy flavor scented spa products are harder to find Internationally.

     So Thank You for Buying Our Moodylicious Spa Products !

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Best foods for skin

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What you put on your plate can impact your skin, so here are some of the best food for skin types of all ages. If you want a smoother, clearer complexion, Jessica Wu, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles, encourages you to toss all six of these fortifying Feed Your Face foods into your grocery cart.

 

Tomatoes

Definitely one of your skin’s best defenses, tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. While studies have not yet been entirely conclusive, many suggest that lycopene may be responsible for helping to protect the skin against sun damage.

Lycopene is best absorbed by the body when it has been cooked or processed, so eating tomato sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup is likely to be more effective than just eating raw tomatoes when trying to safeguard your skin against harmful UV rays. Lycopene is also fat soluble, which means that it is absorbed more easily when consumed with fat, such as eggs, avocado, and olive oil.

 

Red Meat

Sometimes it gets a bad rap, and even though red meat does contain saturated fat and cholesterol, lean red meat is one of Dr. Wu’s favorite Feed Your Face foods because it’s so high in protein and zinc. In fact, recent studies suggest that red meat may be even better at treating acne than antibiotics.

To produce collagen, your skin needs the amino acids glycine and proline, and the protein in red meat has the highest concentration of these two amino acids. The mineral zinc is also crucial for collagen production. “It’s an essential cofactor,” says Dr. Wu. “Without enough zinc, it’s difficult for the skin to make collagen. Plus, zinc is a natural anti-inflammatory.” And vegetarians don’t need to miss out. Dr. Wu adds that high concentrations of glycine can also be found in seafood, proline in cottage cheese and cabbage, and zinc in lentils, kidney beans, and raw oysters.

 

Green Tea

It’s no secret that green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. Its strong anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects are attributed to its high concentration of catechin compounds. Studies have shown that green tea can be used both orally and topically to help protect the skin from sunburns and UV-associated skin cancers. Research also suggests that drinking one cup of green tea twice a day over the course of six months may actually reverse sun damage and significantly improve any problems you have with redness and broken capillary veins.

 

Green Beans

As long as we’re going green, let’s talk about how these low-calorie beans can help you grow thicker hair and healthier nails. Green beans are a star Feed Your Face food because they’re one of the richest sources of silicon… Dr. Wu recommends choosing organic green beans, since they retain more silicon from the soil.

 

Walnuts

Usually it’s salmon that’s synonymous with omega-3 fatty acids, but did you know that walnuts are also incredibly high in omega-3s? If you’re concerned with redness, swelling, blotchiness, acne breakouts, or wrinkles, walnuts may be your new best friend. Plant-based omega-3s, such as the ones found in walnuts, are naturally anti-inflammatory; they can help seal moisture into your skin and protect it from chemicals and other toxins. In particular, the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in these omega-3s can work to combat the dryness associated with aging that leads to wrinkles. But don’t stop with walnuts; you can also increase the amount of plant-based omega-3s in your diet by eating almonds, olive oil, and flaxseed, too.

 

Yogurt

Not only is it the main ingredient in the best smoothies, yogurt is a natural probiotic, which means that it helps replenish the “good” bacteria in your body…. according to Dr. Wu, yogurt is an excellent Feed Your Face food for dealing with acne breakouts, eczema, and even dandruff. Just be sure to choose a low-fat and low-sugar yogurt, since sugar can aggravate inflammation. And if you think your breakouts are related to dairy, Dr. Wu suggests skipping the yogurt and going straight for a probiotic supplement instead.

 

 

 

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50% Off Sale Moodylicious Spa Products

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Get “Summer Pretty Skin” with our “50 percent off Sale” on all Moodylicious Spa Products !…just use our code: Moody50 at checkout !

Enjoy your Summer with Soft Smooth Skin after a little bit of pampering… Invite a few of your girl friends over for a “Spa Party”….

Start with our Moodylicious Mani-Pedi Scrubs…. delicious flavors of bubble-licious, choco-licious, salt water taffy just to name a few of our candy flavors…

Grab a large wide mouth bowl to have your feet soak in, fill with warm water and our Moodylicious Body Wash   …make sure you get a few hand towels to place on the floor under the bowl, and to use to wipe your feet off,  before you put on our Moodylicious Paraben Free Moisturizing Lotions !

Don’t forget to give each other a manicure !……

Bring our Moodylicious Botanical Hair & Body Mist to the pool or beach for that soft “Beachy Wavy Hair”….we don’t put “Sea Salt” in our hair mist, that will just dry out your hair. Our Hydrating Botanical Paraben Free Mist is enriched with Aloe Vera, Botanical Extracts and Silk Amino Acids, rich in proteins to nourish and condition. Alcohol Free, Paraben Free this unique formulation is lightweight and oil free for moisturizing hair and skin. Leaving a fresh scent on your hair ! 

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Remember to keep your lips soft and smooth all summer long with our Our All Natural Hypoallergenic Edible Glitter Lip-Gloss ! Mending Vegetable Glycerin (a natural sweetener) and Natural & Artificial Flavorings enhanced with Vitamin E an antioxidant and skin conditioner. For those lickable moments, we created a safe yummy edible glitter lip-gloss for you !

You won’t be able to order just one of our yummy flavors, such as Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, Grape, Pina Colada, Chocolate, Cherry, Strawberry and Raspberry …our girls are having a ball collecting all of our flavorful Lip-gloss !                                                                                                     

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Where Food Allergens Lurk

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Despite your best efforts to avoid allergens, you or your child could be the victim of a sneak attack. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology in 2007 found that more than 20 percent of food allergy reactions are triggered by hidden allergens.
Allergen exposure can occur from cross contact during food prep, sharing utensils, and even kissing. What’s more, allergens are in many common products you may come into contact with on a daily basis.”People often don’t realize that food allergens can be lurking in non-food items that may trigger severe allergic reactions,” says Vandana Sheth, RD, CDE, a dietitian in the Los Angeles area and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) identifies peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soybeans as the eight most notorious allergenic foods, causing 90 percent of food allergy reactions. The FALCPA mandates that food items be labeled to clearly identify when these items or derivatives are in a food item.
But what about non-food items? Here is where those common allergens may be found.
Peanut allergies account for the majority of severe food-related allergic reactions and are among the most common cause of anaphylaxis-related death.
While peanuts are typically listed on food labels, peanuts, peanut shells, and peanut oil can also be found in a lot of non-food products. For example, beware of beanbags and stuffed toys — crushed peanut shells are sometimes used in the stuffing. Landscaping is another area of concern because peanut shells can be present in compost, potting soil, and mulch. Other items that could trigger a peanut allergy: your pet’s food, sunscreen lotion, fireplace logs, and some types of dental cleaners.

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Tree nuts such as walnuts, cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts can cause anaphylaxis. “Tree nuts and tree nut oils may be found in soaps, lotions, beauty and hair products, shampoo, bath oils, and suntan lotion products,” Sheth says. Be sure to read ingredient labels when choosing new products. If you have small pets such as gerbils and hamsters, be aware that their foods may contain tree nuts, too.

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Milk allergies are complex. There are at least 20 milk proteins that could trigger an allergic reaction — and some of these proteins are used to produce non-food items. For instance, some types of dustless chalk contain casein, a milk protein, explains Sheth. Whey, another milk protein, and lactose, a milk sugar, can be found in common medications such as prednisone, allergy drugs, and others. Certain cosmetics and bath products also contain milk derivatives. Keep in mind that you don’t have to ingest a product to have an allergic reaction — do your best to avoid all contact.

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Egg protein is used as a binder or emulsifier for many products and is in some vaccinations, including flu shots and MMR vaccines. However, these vaccinations have been safely given to people who are allergic to eggs, Sheth says. “Cosmetics, shampoo, and some art supplies may also contain eggs,” she says. Terms such as lecithin, globulin, albumin, silici, simplesse, and vitellin on food and other product labels can indicate that egg protein is present.

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Soy is used to make many different products including candles, crayons, games, cleaning products, inks, pet food, synthetic fabrics, artificial logs, and stuffed animal fillings. When reading labels, be aware of all the terms on a product or food label that could indicate soy is present: soy lecithin, miso, mono-diglyceride, natto, tofu, vegetable oil, vitamin E, glycine max, and tempeh.

Information is key to a healthy lifestyle !

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At-Home Beauty Treatments for Skin

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Fresh from your kitchen, you’ll find at-home beauty treatments for skin and hair with strawberries, lemons, blueberries, and onions – sounds like your average grocery list, right? Just as they are nutritious and important for a well-balanced diet, these ingredients can give your skin and hair a major boost, too.
 
Enjoy a “Girl’s Spa Party” with these simply skin and hair care recipes!
 
 
 
 
 

Problem: Hyperpigmentation and dark spots

Solution: Fresh lemon juice and a red onion Lemon juice and red onions are naturally acidic, and when combined together, they create a gentle-yet-effective at-home alternative to dark spot and hyperpigmentation treatments that are often formulated with harsh chemicals. For best results, Michael Lin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Beverly Hills, California, suggests blending ¼ of a red onion with freshly squeezed lemon  juice before applying it to the desired area with a Q-tip. After 10 to15 minutes, wash off the homemade treatment with a mild cleanser.

 

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Problem: Dry calloused hands and feet

Solution: Almond milk and coffee grounds For a smoothing hand and foot scrub, Lin suggests combining almond milk with leftover coffee grounds from your morning roast. Almond milk is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which helps protect skin from free radicals that can damage cells and break down collagen. Coffee grounds, on the other hand, offer exfoliating benefits that help reveal radiant skin. “Using a caffeine scrub helps to stimulate cells and elastin, and temporarily firm the skin,” says Lin. Combine 2 cups of almond milk and the coffee grounds in a bowl, then scrub the formula in circular motions on your hands and feet.

 

 

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Problem: Uneven skin tone and UV damage

Solution: Strawberries and honey Strawberries in particular are jam-packed with vitamin C and are a natural source of salicylic acid, which is often found in anti-acne treatments to help clear skin and keep flare-ups at bay. When paired with honey, which has anti-bacterial benefits, they create a powerful at-home alternative to a store-bought mask. Mash together three strawberries and 1 Tbsp. honey and apply the mixture. Wash off the mask with warm water after 15 minutes.

 

 

Problem: Dull skin

Solution: Peppermint tea Using topical treatments isn’t the only way to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin. In fact, radiant skin can be attained from the inside out by drinking a generous cup of peppermint tea. Dallas-based celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau advises her celebrity clients to drink a cup of the minty stuff before red carpet events. “Peppermint tea is known to boost blood circulation, giving skin a vibrant glow,” says Rouleau, adding that peppermint can also help decrease stress.

 

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Problem: Product buildup

Solution: Apple cider vinegar
Product buildup (sometimes confused for dandruff) is residue left behind on your hair and scalp by shampoo, mousse, hairspray, and other styling products. Additionally, dirt, natural oils, and hard water mineral deposits can build up on your hair shaft, leaving locks dull and weighed down. For a quick at-home fix, celebrity colorist Kyle White recommends a five-minute apple cider vinegar treatment.

“Apple cider vinegar is an effective clarifying treatment [because it] removes product build up, restores shine, and helps to even out hair’s porosity,” says White. “Simply comb it through your hair and leave it on for five minutes before shampooing it out. Always follow any clarifying treatment with a deep conditioner to replace any moisture loss.”

 

 

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Problem: Dry, frizzy hair

Solution: Coconut oil As the weather gets warmer, your hair can become dry, frizzy, and completely unmanageable. Because of its moisturizing benefits, coconut oil is highly effective when it comes to nourishing hair and battling frizz. For a hydrating hair treatment, New York City stylist Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City, recommends working a tablespoon of liquefied coconut oil through your hair post-shampoo. Leave the oil in for five to 10 minutes and rinse it out with chilly water, which will also help close the hair cuticle and seal in moisture, fighting frizz

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Delicious Skin & Hair at Home !

 

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Homemade Popsicles Recipes

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Blueberry & Orange Icy Pops

 

Makes approximately 9 icy pops (600ml / 20oz total mold capacity)

 

Ingredients : 1 heaped cup of blueberries 2 navel oranges 3/4 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup coconut water 1/2 cup coconut cream Icy Pop molds (600ml / 20oz capacity. Double the recipe if you have larger or more molds to fill)

 

Directions :  Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F). Place the blueberries in a small baking tray. Juice one of the oranges and pour the juice over the blueberries  Roast the blueberries for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Cut the remaining orange in half and juice one half.

Cut a slice or two from the remaining orange half, peel and cut the flesh into small pieces. In a bowl, add the coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut water, orange juice, orange pieces and roasted blueberries. Be sure to add any juices from the baking tray. Evenly spoon the fruit into each mold and top up with the coconut mixture.

Freeze overnight. If you have excess, store it in an airtight container in the fridge until your icy pops have set over night. Take the icy pops from the molds and store in an airtight container in the freezer, layering with baking paper in between pops to make sure they don’t stick together.

 

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Roasted Strawberry and Toasted Coconut Popsicles

makes 10 to 12 popsicles

 

Ingredients :

1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

juice of 1 lime, divided

1 (15 ounce) can whole fat coconut milk, well shaken

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Directions :

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Sprinkle coconut onto a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden brown.  Keep a close eye on the coconut, it will toast quickly… usually within 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and place coconut in a small bowl to cool.

Place strawberries on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Place in the oven to roast until fragrant and soft, about 18 to 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and add the strawberries to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.  Add 2 tablespoons sugar and juice of half a lime.  Blend until smooth.

In a small bowl stir together coconut milk, remaining lime juice, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and vanilla extract.  Stir the toasted coconut into the milk mixture.

Dollop a spoonful of strawberry into the bottom of each popsicle mold.  Start by filling 10 molds in case you don’t have enough to fill 12 molds.  Stir coconut milk and add to the popsicle milk, filling 2/3 full.  Spoon more strawberry into each mold and top with remaining milk.

Add popsicle mold lid and place sticks inside.  Freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.

 

 

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Blackberry Coconut Lime Popsicles

 

Makes 6 small/4 large pops

 

Ingredients :

1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups blackberries, rinsed and drained
1 lime, zested
1/4 cup lime juice
pinch salt

 

Directions :

In a medium bowl, combine coconut milk, 1/4 cup honey, salt, and vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.

In a blender, puree blackberries, then pour through a fine-mesh strainer to remove seeds. With the back of a spoon or spatula, press berry pulp and seeds against the strainer to help extract all of the liquid. Discard the seeds. Add 1/2 cup of the coconut milk mixture and 1 tablespoon honey to the strained berries, and whisk.

Add the lime juice and zest to the remaining coconut milk mixture, and stir to combine.

Pour alternating layers of the coconut milk mixture and the berry mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for about 30 minutes, then insert sticks and freeze until firm.

A couple of notes: If you’re in a hurry, you could just strain the berries and throw everything together. You won’t have the pretty layers, but you also won’t get as many bowls dirty. Your call. If you don’t have honey on hand, you could probably substitute sugar, agave, or maple syrup, though I haven’t tried it.

 

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh whole strawberries
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 cups of magic shell

 

How-To

  1. Blend the strawberries and water together to make 2 cups puréed strawberries.
  2. Pour into your popsicle mold.
  3. Allow to freeze for at least 4 hours.
  4. Dip in the magic shell.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Servings: 6 popsicles

 

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Mothers Day Gift idea to make

148667720844969Show Mom some love with this wonderful Mothers Day Gift ideas to make especially for her. Whip up a footbath by mixing simple ingredients in a basin of warm water. (These were developed by Mindy Terry of Creative Spa Concepts.) After a 15-minute soak, Mom will feel as if she’s walking on air.

All you need for a foot bath is a basin and warm water and these simply ingredients…

 

 

Hydrating Soak

1 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup honey + rose petals

 

 

Invigorating Soak

1/4 cup epsom salts + 10 mint leaves + 4 rosemary sprigs

 

 

Soothing Soak

1 cup epsom salts + 1/2 cup whole milk + 2 green tea bags

 

 

    Happy Mother’s Day !

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