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13 Patriotic Pops of Fun for the 4th of July

1044348_744784056757_764909587_nThe Celebrate Everyday team is here to add some Patriotic pop to your holiday. Below find our tips on everything from decor, arts and crafts to cocktails. Enjoy and Happy 4th to all of our readers!

Holly’s Star Spangled Banners & March Worthy Mason Jars 

Your very own Star Spangled Burlap Banner makes for a fun display on your windows, fireplace, fence or front door. Check out my January post on DIY Burlap Penants for how-to instructions on making your own burlap penants.

Painted Mason Jars  make awesome display containers for  flowers, candles and/or patriotic treats. If you are looking for DIY tips on how to make your mason jars unforgettable, check out my post on Mason Jar Love for how-to instructions.

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Rae’s  Praiseworthy Fashion Finds

Snag some praiseworthy and super comfortable kicks at Toms.com. My favorite festive pair are the American Flag Women’s Classic Slip ons and BONUS, for every pair you purchase the company donates a pair of shoes to children in need. 

The Blue Water necklace from Jewelry for Cause provides a great pop of blue color and BONUS 20% of each purchase is donated to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami disaster relief efforts.

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Becky’s Firework Fun for the Kiddos 

What better way to celebrate the 4th with a three-year-old than with firework themed experiments and fun. The Tuesday before the 4th was rainy here, so I threw together some indoor activities to keep us busy and get us excited about the holiday.

Fireworks in a Jar was a bit of a science experiment, which my son loves. This one is not very heavy on the science, but you can talk about the properties of oil and water. Supplies you will need:

  • Clear Vase or Jar
  • Water
  • Any kind of oil (olive, canola, etc.)
  • Food Coloring

He loved watching the colors break through the oil and explode through the water like slow-moving fireworks. Again can’t take credit for this one, came from a blog called “I can teach my child”. Here’s the link: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/fireworks-in-a-jar/

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Water Dot Fireworks was another idea I found on Pinterest (love it!). Would love to give credit, but I can’t find it! All you need for this one is Do-a-Dot Paint Markers, paper and water. You dip the Dot Paint Marker into water, then let your child bang it down onto the paper as hard as they can. It creates an explosion like a firework. My son loved this one, too!

Pipe cleaner sparklers was another fun themed activity we did together. I don’t know about your kids, but mine loves beading. So we got three pipe cleaners and made a star burst shape, like an exploding firework and just added beads. Super simple, but enjoyed by all (me included!)


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Rae’s Forefather Flicks and Decorated Thank Yous

In the mood for some fast paced, treasure and alien hunting entertainment that all ends well? Check out these Forefather Action Thriller Films this weekend: “Apollo 13″ (1995) , “National Treasure” (2004), “Top Gun” (1986) and “Independence Day” (1996).

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Do you may have a military veteran or service member attending your 4th of July barbecue? If this is the case, consider recognizing them with a toast at your event or if they can not be there to celebrate with you, perhaps have a thank you card available for guests to sign and then send it off the next day.

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 Celebrate Everyday’s Monumental Menu Tips 

If you are hosting this 4th of July, it is imperative to serve a signature cocktails. This year our team votes for the Super Patriot Sangria. You’ll Need the following to serve around 6 guests:

  • 2 bottles white wine (ie Pinot Grigio)
  • 6 ounces of blueberries
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 8 ounces strawberries
  • 1 red apple thinly sliced
  •  4 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Directions Combine fruit and wine in a pitcher and place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Remove from fridge and add Grand Marnier and sugar. Stir thoroughly and serve immediately.

Thinking about doing Corn on the Cob  on the grill? Fantastic. Mix up with toppings that showcase different parts of our amazing country and do a full “from sea to shining sea” Corn on the Cob bar. Country Living.com has some fantastic recipes to try out.

Finally if you are looking to serve sweet treats that are kid friendly, consider serving Marshmallow Sprinkle Pops. You can find all kind of recipes on Pinterest.

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A final tip from the CE’s Puppy Squad

Don’t forget to include your pets in the festivities and because let’s face it they are doggone proud to Be American too!


With Love, Fireworks and Pride,

Holly, Becky and Rae

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mint chocolate memories and neapolitan nostalgia

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For those of you who love ice cream as much as my nephew (above) and I do, you will embrace today’s post. It is all about celebrating those special scoops that bring us back to that one wonderful moment, vacation or time in life that make us smile.

Below please find the ice cream memories I uncovered after chatting with family, friends and fellow bloggers. Enjoy my super “sweet” findings:

Holly’s chocolate smush…

“My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate stirred up until it’s like chocolate soup. The memory is when I was little I was being bad so my mom took my ice cream away and pretended to put it in the microwave – except she actually did and then she melted all of it and felt really bad. Turns out I loved it! And to this day I prefer my ice cream practically melted.” - Holly

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 Bethany’s camptime color wars…

“Neapolitan ice cream bars always bring me back to great memories of summers spent at Camp Pembroke, competing in Color Wars, summer musicals and most importantly building friendships to last a lifetime. My girlfriends from camp and I still organize regular reunions and were all an important part of my wedding day”. - Bethany 

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Mom’s best friend moments…

“Sharon and I grew up together in Bethlehem and have stayed best friends for more than 50+ years. Even though we live states apart, Sharon makes a trip back to Pennsylvania every summer. During our visits, we finish most of our days with ice cream (usually Espresso Chip) and conversations about our childhood. Thanks for all the great memories. Sharon.” – Mom (Ann)

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Kristian’s little league victories…

“Ice cream reminds me of Little League baseball. Every time we won a game, coach took us to the local ice cream spot for an ice cream cone with one scoop of our favorite flavor. For me that was and still is Mint Chocolate Chip.” – Kristian

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Becky’s hugs and sprinkles…

“When I think of ice cream and memories, it is not a certain flavor but certain feelings that come to mind. As a kid, my mom loved to surprise us with dinner at the local ice cream shop. It made us feel like we were breaking the rules… and having so much fun doing it!

When my son completed his first day of preschool last year, I treated him to a big sundae with every topping he wanted. And when we recently moved, one of our first family nights out was to our new local ice cream joint. And it was a huge hit! So I guess, ice cream to me means fun time with family. Sitting around, talking and laughing as ice cream drips down your cone or off your chin. They are times I’ll never forget… and I hope my kids won’t either.” - Becky

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Pete’s ultimate summer sundae…

“For me its all about the banana splits at The Bethlehem Dairy Store (aka the Cup). Growing up, my mom would take us to the cup for sundaes in the summer.” - Pete

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My beach time treat…

“Ice cream reminds me of my love for New England in the summer and all the adorable ice cream stores that come alive along the coast in June. Kristian and I discovered Rockport, MA 5 years ago, after a day trip up to Good Harbor Beach. We instantly fell in love with the town and an adorable ice cream shop in town called Molly’s. My go to flavor always and forever will be chocolate chip cookie dough. The following 3 summers we may have convinced my family to rent a little cottage in Rockport and made Molly’s a family affair. Thank you Molly’s! ” – Rae

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With Celebration & Sprinkles,

Rae, Becky, Holly and Company

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Nothing to cry aGrout!

I know I’m not the only one to weep about dirty grout. Grout that, no matter what any website says, you just CANNOT get clean. I have tried tirelessly to clean my bathroom grout with home remedies and professional strength chemicals that promise sparkling clean grout. None of it works. So, I quit.

I moved on to greener pastures, folks. Instead of spending hours on your hands and knees trying to scrub a 12 inch line of grout clean- I instead spent 2 hours making my entire bathroom floor grout SPARKING white! And for only $15 and minimal elbow grease.


Are you wondering yet how my bathroom went through such a transformation with really, truly minimal effort?

The answer is Grout Refresh! I found it on Amazon.com, made good use of my Prime membership and had it in my mailbox in 2 days. It’s paint for your grout. It comes in a pretty substantial collection of colors and it’s so easy to use! Hands down, 100% worth an afternoon of your day off to do.

The only tools you need are:
– Your Grout Refresh
– old toothbrush
– old damp rag

Before you start, make sure your floor is clean. Then apply the paint per the instructions. Use your toothbrush and put an even coat on the grout (it’s OKAY if it gets on the tiles!)


Wait about 30 minutes and then use a damp rag to wipe it off of the tiles. The instructions say mist the floor then wipe up but I found when you do that it takes some of the paint off the grout. I preferred using a damp rag wrapped around my finger to more precisely get it off of the tiles.


Beautiful! I love covering a problem up instead of just fixing it (haha kidding! 😂)

Here is a close-up picture of the difference this stuff can make


Hope this can help a few of your grout woes and prevent endless days and nights of crying aGrout it 😉

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No Bones About It…Dogs are da Bomb!

  263871_573778418427_6861147_nWe (Holly and Rachel) put our blogging heads together for this one. This post is dedicated to celebrating our dogs (Wren, Sadie, Gracie and Gryphen) and sharing why we love being dog parents.

Their Big Hearts

Holly - As a veteran dog owner, I can attest to the fact that owning dogs changes your life. Not just the added daily chores of caring for a dog, though that is true as well. It’s a much deeper feeling of love and responsibility. Responsibility of living up to your dogs idea of you. It makes you a better person, a more compassionate person.

Rae – They are filled with love that they want to share with us. Sadie leaves bones in our sneakers to remind us that she is thinking of us.

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They Help All of us to Stay Calm and Bark On

They reduce stress, make us laugh and keep us moving. Long walks are good for all of us.

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Our Hounds Love the Holidays

They love celebrating the holidays and participating in family traditions!

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Their Exceptional Sense of Emotion

They love to see you laugh, snuggle with you when you are crying, sit at the bar with you after a long day and they always protect you from the the “buggy” man when you are home alone

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The Important Life Lessons they Share

Holly - They teach you responsibility, love, compassion, friendship and a million other things. They teach you to be young again. And they unfortunately teach you about loss, as well.

Rae – They teach us to breath and enjoy the simple and beautiful parts of life.

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Their Unwavering Spirit for Adventure

They can turn any trip into an exciting, memorable and photo worthy adventure

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Napping is one of their favorite past times.

They are always up for a midday nap or to stay in bed when you are sick

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And Bonus - Turns out they love going to the cabin as much as we do!

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A Final Note from Holly -

I read a quote somewhere once, and it again changed my perspective on owning a dog. I don’t remember the exact quote word for word but it was something to the affect that dogs may be just a part of our lives, but we are their entire lives. We get up in the morning and pat their heads and go off to work. Then we have all of these experiences throughout the day and possibly sometimes don’t think of them or what they might be doing or thinking for a little bit. When we come home we rub their bellies and give them treats.

What they do between that time is anyone’s guess but I doubt they go off to a corner and completely forget about us. They spend their entire days waiting for us. Excited every time they hear a neighbors car thinking it’s us. Waiting for us to feed them or let them out.

We are everything for them. We are a scratch, a treat, an open door, a walk, a friend, a kiss and a hug. We are their survival. We are their family. And the more time I spend around my 3- the more I’m certain they are mine as well. Be the best dog owner you can be! They are only ours for a short while!

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With Celebration and Dog Love,

Holly and Rae

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10 tips for the workin’ travelin’ and cocktailin’ lady



Business, bachelorettes, family and weddings have provided me the amazing opportunity to travel across the country over the past 2 months. I have had the honor of visiting and experiencing the culture, food and locals in NYC (twice over), LA, Philly and St. Augustine. After 8 weeks of being on the road, I am now best friends with JetBlue and can say I learned a lot about myself and the importance of embracing travel regardless of the challenges. Here are my top 10 tips for any workin’ travelin’ and cocktailin’ lady:

1. CHOOSE A GOOD HOME AWAY FROM HOME – Research and return to hotels you trust and love. They will make your trip more restful, efficient and simple. This goes hand and hand with #2

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Photos of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Palomar Hotel in Philadelphia

2. BE A GRACIOUS HOTEL GUEST – Do not underestimate the power of being a gracious guest. Between free car service, the best table at the restaurant for a business meeting, late night toothpaste deliveries and a much needed hot chocolate after walking through the polar vortex this winter, words can not express my thanks to the assistance I received from my temporary homes these past few months. Thank you Kimpton Hotels, the SLS in Beverly Hills and Casa Monica in St. Augustine.

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Photos of the Casa Monica in St. Augustine and the Hot-chocolate station at Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia.

3. FOOTWEAR – Pack the right footwear for the city and weather patterns you are up against. For me this meant modeling serious water proof Sorel snow boots in New York, my gold, peep toe wedges in LA and my gladiator sandal’s in Florida. Choose footwear that is comfortable, versatile and chic. And remember your running sneakers for #5…

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4. HYDRATE & PILLOW-UP – For the plane, train, bus or car ride remember to pack items to help fight dehydration, germs and exhaustion. Fight dehyrdration with chapstick, mosturizer and a bottle of water. For germs, pack hand and face wipes. And for rest, definitely invest in one of those neck pillows – seriously my neck pillow changed my life!


5. GET YOUR MOVE ON – Make time for exercise, even if it means walking to appointments in the city, taking an early morning run or hitting the hotel gym. It always keeps me calm and helps manage the inevitable stress that arrives when you realize your flight is delayed or you are lost in your rental car.


6. SNAG SOME ZZZZ’s –  Ok so staying up late is sometimes the fun and necessary part of bachelorettes and wedding festivities, but with any other days in between try to get your beauty sleep.

7. PACK UP UR POWER BAG – Similar to #3, excellent and durable bags and purses are imperative to successful travel. Make sure you have one chic, structured handbag for meetings and to serve as you carry on. It needs to be a big enough to carry your labtop and InStyle Magazine but cute enough to take to lunch meetings. You also need at least one multi-purpose, cluth for evening events. The right bag can add all the confidence you need for a night out on the town or a power lunch.


Photo of my power pink bag! Thank you Cole Haan :) 

8. COLLECT FOOD REC’s – Talk to locals about their choice of restaurants, bars and snack locations. This is how I came to love Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, Nonna’s Pizza in lower east side and the Taco Shop on Saint George’s Avenue in St. Augustine – yum.


 9. EMBRACE THE HERE & NOW- Whether you are traveling for work, family or friends remember to embrace the moments that make you smile and dedicate time to taking a breath. Remember it is ok to take 5-10 mins to enjoy the view from your run along the beach or from your hotel room in NYC.

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10. TOAST - There is always times to take a few minutes to toast to the good things in life. Toast to your friends, family or a job well done! It adds a little touch of celebration to any trip.

With Travel and Celebration,
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Wood Floor Remix

GREAT NEWS! spring is on it’s way! BAD NEWS! it’s not coming fast enough. Recently, I have definitely had the “end of winter blues.” Since it’s still too cold to do any updating on the outside of the house, I have been super busy on the inside. One of the projects I did at the end of last month was an update on the wood floor in our hallway. I have to say, this is easily my favorite update thus far.

Ever since I could remember, I have always wanted a checkered floor. I don’t know what it is about them but I just absolutely love them. Pete has never been too thrilled about a checkered floor in a larger place such as our kitchen or laundry room. Trust me, I have tried, tried, and tried. Normally, I know exactly what I want and if I know it’s going to look good I will make the executive decision and just do it. But honestly, I wasn’t exactly sure and I didn’t want to spend the money on a new floor and not absolutely love it.

So I decided to change up our small area of hallway floor. And I was going to do it with paint I already had. And it was going to be a free update which us my favorite kind of update. And I was certain it was going to look GREAT. So I told Pete I was going to paint the floor and he nearly shi-….well, we can say he looked a little scared. But I reassured him it would be fine. With the help of Pat Benatar, everything would be fine.


Wash the floor and gather your materials first. I decided to use a Pat Benatar record to trace because for my project a record was the perfect size. You will also need painters tape and paint (and paint brush, obviously.)


Next, draw your lines with a pencil. When you get closer to the edges of the wall, a ruler or yardstick is super helpful to make sure your lines all match up and then you can take it right to the edge.


Depending on how dark the flooring is, it might be helpful to take a little painters tape and mark the squares you will be painting. Trust me, when you only have pencil lines on the floor things look trickier than they are.


Begin taping out your first square. Place the tape on the outside of the line. This may seem stupid to say but I’m telling you the pencil lines are a little confusing when you first start out.


Begin painting! I had absolutely NO bleeding issues. I don’t know if it was because of the tape I used (it specifically said for use on wood floors) or if it was because of the painting technique I used. Either way, it could not have come out better.



Remove your tape and look at a job well done! I only did one coat on each square because I would eventually be sanding it. Also, I taped out and painted 1 square at a time to ensure the best results. You can place the tape on the painted squares when they are dry to the touch (about 5 minutes.)


I let the floor dry 100% overnight and then the next night I sanded the squares for a more worn look.



All done! Now, I have the supplies to put a sealer coat on but I haven’t done that yet for 2 reasons. 1. I have three dogs and I don’t trust them or myself to make sure they don’t walk on the floor for 3 hours. 2. This paint has been on the floor for 3 weeks and I have had no issues with it. Although I want the worn look- the dogs nails haven’t even scratched it. It’s the best! Hope this inspires some if you to take a chance! Don’t be afraid, it’s just a little paint!


Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

IMG_7097IMG_7096Since I’ve had kids, Valentine’s Day has gotten a lot more fun. I try to come up with creative ways to celebrate with them… but also fun crafts that they can make and share with family and friends. Last year,I shared with you our Handprint Valentines and Tissue Paper Hearts.

To get my son excited for Valentine’s Day, we usually make a special box to put his valentines in. Then I use the box for the rest of the year to store all the cards, notes, etc. that he gets from friends and family. A fun activity and a way for mom to keep some of the clutter around here organized;)

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As for presents, this is my favorite Valentine’s Day gift I’ve ever received. Silas made this when he was 2. All you need is a toilet paper roll, pipe cleaners, glue, and construction paper. The wings are two hearts. You can either glue or staple the wings on to the TP roll. We chose to staple, since my son doesn’t typically like to wait for things to dry. For the antennae, we cut a pipe cleaner in half and attached with tape (again, no patience for glue). Then decorate to your heart’s content.


This year, my son is 3, and we took on a slightly more complicated craft… but still one that could be done in 10 minutes or less. My son loves art but it has to be quick project to hold his attention. We made these candle holders with baby food jars, tissue paper and Mod Podge. My son painted the Mod Podge all over the jar, then he put/threw small pieces of tissue paper onto the jar. We let that dry. Then I went over the paper with another layer of Mod Podge. And voile, a beautiful valentine’s day present for grandparents, our nanny, and a keepsake for me, too:)

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Chocolate Chip Bacon Pancake Dippers. Yeah, they exist.

Here in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, we are experiencing a bit snow. It’s minor, really.

That means, Pete and I are happily snowed in. While we have plenty to keep us busy, before we started any of that we had breakfast on our minds. For the last week I have been dreaming of this breakfast idea I saw on Pinterest. This was going to be the first thing I tackled today. Enjoy! No, seriously, enjoy this!

Chocolate Chip Bacon Pancake Dippers:

I think baking the bacon in the oven is perfect for this purpose because they don’t curl and get all squiggly.





Now, you want to pour some batter in a straight line, add a strip of bacon and press gently. Take your squeeze bottle and squeeze some on top. Now, in the recipe I found they didn’t add chocolate chips. I don’t know why, I think it was a huge oversight on their part. I would suggest putting just a few on top of the batter when you pour. You don’t need too many of them.






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for the *love* of decorating

Quick Post! Today I decided to decorate for Valentine’s Day. I love Valentine’s Day and all it represents (and it’s not just because it’s also our address- but how cool is that?!) It’s a day devoted entirely for the sole purpose of showing ALL your loved ones how much they are loved (boyfriends, girlfriends, family, friends and yes….even dogs!) Since I had off from work today, it was decided I would use what I had in the house already and make some decorations. Quick updates and some switching around and a few hours later, and no money spent, I was finished. Enjoy! Happy decorating! And crafting! AND HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!





Why Mason Jars and Nail Polish may be the perfect touch for your Superbowl Party Plan

Happy Superbowl Sunday 2014! In honor of Celebrate Everyday’s love for football, festive food and DIY flair, I thought I would combine a list of tips and unique sports themed party ideas I have seen pinned and posted about this year. I deem the following list simply fan-Superbowl-tastic!

MASON JARS - Check out these football glasses you can make with strategically placed white tape, mason jars and paper straws.


BEER TASTING anyone?  For your beer connoisseurs try displaying a collection of stouts, ales and lagers for their enjoyment during every quarter of the game. On a budget? Check out Trader Joe’s or Wegmans for unique and well priced beers at grocery store prices.


DESSERT and SNACK BUFFETS – Popcorn, baked potato, hot pretzel and chex mix bars all rank high on my fun activity meter.


NON-FOOTBALL THEMED ACTIVITIES – Ok so maybe you and your friend’s aren’t big sports fans? Don’t let football come between you and an opportunity to connect with friends. You can play Superbowl commercial bingo or even do manicures in the colors of your new favorite team.

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HAVE FUN – Embrace the competitive spirit, toast to friends and family and have some fun tonight.

With Love and Celebration,


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