Talk/Walk/Run with #TeamHutch!

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Hey friends!  I wanted to tell you what our family will be up to this weekend, and wanted to invite you to join along in the fun!

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While Jonathan was on NBC’s The Voice, we received an email asking him to be the guest entertainer at an event called the Talk Walk Run in Indianapolis, Indiana.  It is an event to raise awareness and funds for Hoosier children with hearing loss. 

Jonathan is super excited about representing and supporting the hearing impaired community during this event, but he didn’t just want to sing, he wanted to RUN in the event too!  So we all signed up as a family to support this wonderful community of people who serve to help children who are hearing impaired like Jonathan.  YES, I WILL BE RUNNING.  (or maybe walking. hee.hee.)  But Cy, Luke, Adam, and Eli will all be running too!  If you live in the area, we would love for you to run with us, or just come by to support the event and hear Joanthan sing! ;)

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THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Jonathan Hutcherson — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Here is the press release from HearIndiana.org:

Hear Indiana welcomes The Voice contestant Jonathan Hutcherson to the 13th annual Talk Walk Run fundraiser. Hutcherson will perform the national anthem and other songs at the Talk Walk Run presented by PNC Bank on April 30, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, April 20, 2016 – Hear Indiana is thrilled to announce that Jonathan Hutcherson, former contestant on The Voice, will perform at the annual Talk Walk Run to raise awareness and funds for Hoosier children with hearing loss. Presented by PNC Bank, N.A. the Talk Walk Run includes a 5K, 10K, Kids Run & Carnival. The event is Hear Indiana’s largest annual fundraiser and attracts over 1,000 attendees to Ft. Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Hutcherson, a 16 year-old from Wilmore, Kentucky, was diagnosed at age two and a half with moderate to severe hearing loss in both of his ears and has been wearing hearing aids ever since. In 2015, Hutcherson auditioned for Season 10 of NBC’s The Voice and earned the coveted “last chair” on Team Pharrell.

“Jonathan is proof that the possibilities are endless for deaf and hard of hearing children! What an inspiration he is to young children with hearing loss,” said Naomi Horton, Hear Indiana executive director. Hutcherson is set to perform the national anthem at 9am and additional songs at 12pm on April 30th.

 

 

We have created a #TEAMHUTCH fundraising page that you can donate on by clicking HERE.

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We know how expensive it can be to provide and care for a child with a hearing loss, so any amount that you can give to support this cause will be greatly appreciated! :)

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And again, if you live nearby, please stop by the event and say HI!  We would love to meet you!!

 

Have a blessed day!

 


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A Good Adoption Update!

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Happy Sunday, friends!

I wanted to pop in on this beautiful Sunday morning before we head out to church to tell you about some good news that we received about our adoption this week!

First of all, our i800 was approved and is now in country!  YAY!  So that means that all of our paperwork is over there!  This is HUGE.  (If you have been following our adoption, you know that all of our paper work was approved last fall, and we traveled in December to get our girl.  But when we came home early and our adoption was technically “ended,” we have had to re-do some of our paper work and also do extra paper work to proceed with the adoption.)

We also found out earlier this week that our sweet girl is no longer at the hospital, and is at an orphanage now and attending her boarding school during the week.   

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BUT the best news we have received so far is that we MIGHT get to talk to our sweet girl through Skype next weekend and see her sweet face!!  We have not had any contact with her since we left in December.  We have sent her a few letters, but that is it. 

Here is the update we received yesterday from our adoption coordinator:

K— is going to call the Orphanage this week, to see if possibly you can SKYPE with your little girl next weekend! I will keep you posted, as soon as she lets me know.

Also, the Orphans Court is going to make the “best interests” decision in the beginning of May. If you remember, that is that extra decision the Ministry now wants, and the one you did the letter and the pictures for. K— did not tell me the exact date, just the beginning of May. Once they do, they will send that paperwork to the Ministry. So once they get that, and once the Ministry gets the updated Health information from the hospital, the Ministry will prepare your new referral. I will warn you the Ministry has been slow in referrals, but we will see. They know this is a unique case, and everyone is aware of the situation of it.

So, while I do not think you will make your girls birthday, I think you will probably travel in June sometime. It all hinges on how long it takes everyone to do their part.. mostly the Ministry. 

So the pieces are slowly coming together and falling into place – I know its not as soon as you hoped, but I do ( and I hope you do) see the light at the end of the tunnel!

 

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We are so thankful for this update!  

I know that many of you have faithfully be praying for our girl and our family.  THANK YOU.

I hope this update gives you some more specifics that you can pray for.   Please pray that we WILL get to Skype with her next weekend.

We know that our adoption coordinator feels that it will be June before we travel, but we are still praying for a miracle that we can be with her on her birthday, May 11th.  

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This time, our boys will be traveling with us.  It was way to difficult on all of us, especially our youngest, Eli and Adam, when Cy  and I traveled last time alone.  So there will be a lot of details we will need to work out, but we will worry about that when the time comes. :)

I will keep you updated as we find things out.  Thank you for taking this journey with us.  It has been a wild ride, but we have seen God’s hand on it throughout. 

Have a blessed Sunday, friends!  xoxo

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Building Built-ins in our Den

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Hey, y’all!

I hope you are having a great week so far!  :)

Today, I wanted to share with you the new bookcases we built in our den!  

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We have had this project completed since last fall, but I never got around to decorating them the way I wanted and taking pictures. MAYBE because I spent a good bit of time in Los Angeles last fall, plus traveled across the world for our adoption.  If you follow my blog, you know that it was cray-cray in the Hutcherson House last year!  :)

I found some o”before” pictures that I snapped on my phone, and I wanted to show you where we started.  Sorry for the poor quality.  

We had this blank wall right beside our staircase that was kind of awkward.  I tried putting some furniture there, but it looked weird, so I thought I would do a gallery wall instead. 

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But I never got around to doing a gallery wall, and then when I was looking at it one day, I said to Cy, “Honey, I think we need to tear down that header that we just built last year and build some bookcases.”  (I’ll leave out his response.)  ;)

But after I showed him some inspiration pics from Pinterest, he agreed it would be a good use of space, and we got to work!

 

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Cy built a frame for our built in bookcases…

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I wanted some picture lights on the top of my bookcase, so we left some room on top for wiring. 

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This is what it looked like before we added the shelves and painted…

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And this is what it looked like painted without the lights installed yet, and random stuff from around the house thrown on the shelves.

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I ordered some brass picture lights online and Cy installed those, so our built in bookcases now look like this….

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I am SO happy with how they turned out!  I love how they fill that awkward space up and look like they were meant to be there.

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I went around the house and collected anything that I had that was navy blue or aqua.  I found several blue books that I could add to my shelves as well.

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Then I tried to stay with other pieces that were warm and had texture like baskets and candles.  I also added a lot of little touches of greenery.

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I know I will enjoy decorating these shelves throughout the seasons.  This was a very difficult project, but I think it made a big difference in the look and feel of our den.

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What do you think?  Do you like them?  Is there a space in your home that you would like to build some built-ins?

Have a blessed day!

 
 
*This post was sponsored by Lowe’s.  All ideas and opinions are 100% mine.

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Mandarin Bacon Salad

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Hey friends!  Happy Monday! :)

The weather here in Kentucky has been amazing the past few days and is going to continue throughout the week!  Isn’t it amazing how much SUNSHINE  can change your attitude and the way you are feeling?  Oh my goodness, I think what I love about days like we have been having is how it takes me back to those lazy, carefree days as a child.  When I would literally lay in the grass and watch lady bugs crawl on the leaves.  #thosewerethedays

This past weekend, we decided to have some friends over and grill out.  It was such a great time to just sit outside and enjoy the blessings of friendships. 

I made one of my favorite salads for our meal, and I wanted to share it with you here on the blog.  

It is made up of very simple, but delicious ingredients.

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Doesn’t it look amazing?!  The dressing is homemade, and you simply toss all of the ingredients together before serving, and voila!  YUM! :)

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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 T. chopped fresh basil
  5. 2 (15 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained and chilled
  6. 1 bunch red leaf lettuce, torn
  7. 1 head romain lettuce, torn
  8. 1 (16 ounce) package bacon, cooked & crumbled
  9. 1 (4 ounce) package sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the first four ingredients in a large bowl, blending well.
  2. Add oranges and lettuces, tossing gently to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and sliced almonds.
  4. Serve immediately.
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  1. Wash the lettuces the night before. Wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel, and chill in zip-top plastic bags. Cook the bacon and toast the almonds ahead too. Assemble and dress salad right before serving.
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All of our friends loved this salad, so give it a try, and let me know what you think!  
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Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh {Adoption Update}

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Happy Friday, Friends!

I am going to take a break from my fashion posts for a while because we have a lot to do around our house right now.  I am loving this warmer weather, and the chance to get outside and work in the dirt, ya know? 

Luke is going to be helping me with my garden this year.  He is super smart about stuff like that, and we are cooking up some plans for a great garden.  :)

Today, I wanted to show you a couple of changes I made last spring to our guest bathroom.  

You may remember the “unexpected” bathroom makeover we did on our guest bathroom a few years ago. 

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Well, our guest bathroom is right off the kitchen and beside our little girl’s room.  

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When we hosted her last summer, I told the boys that the guest bathroom was off limits to them because I wanted it to have the chance to stay clean!  Ha!

To make the bathroom seem a little more feminine, I added a pale pink rug from Marshall’s and a new shower curtain from Target.

 

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The shower curtain is white with small gray circles on it.  

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I added a different little picture on the wall that has a heart and says “love.”  I don’t remember where I got it, but I have had it for a long time.  The dark frame ties together with the light above the sink and the dark brown towel basket.  

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I don’t always have real pink flowers in this bathroom, but I do whenever I can.   And what is more sweet and feminine that pink tulips?!

 

Tulips make me so happy!  The little white vase used to be my mom’s, and I use it all the time.  I love the scalloped edge.

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For hand soap, I just use this old blue mason jar that I had in the laundry room in our previous home.  

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So as you see, there were not a lot of changes made in this bathroom, but it definitely has a more feminine feel, and it is perfect for our little girl and guests. :)

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Adoption Update:

I have had so many of you ask me through emails or social media for an update about our little girl, and unfortunately I do not really have one.  :(   Boy, I wish I did!

Our revised home study has been translated and submitted, which is great, but we have not received our i800 yet.  We are hoping and praying to get it sometime next week.  Once that document joins the others in her home country, then it is a matter of waiting for travel dates.  

She is not in a good place right now, and we desperately want to see her.  Please pray that the paperwork would continue to go quickly and smoothly and that we would be able to travel in May to get her. 

Her 9th birthday is May 11th, and we would LOVE to celebrate this special day with her as a family.  So if you don’t mind, pray specifically that we could be there on that day.  :)

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Have a blessed day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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My Thrifty Under $50 Desk Makeover

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Hey friends!  Today I am participating in a fun blog hop called Thrifty Under $50 hosted by my friend Beth from Homes Stories A to Z!

If you are visiting from the talented, Lauren from Bless’er House, WELCOME!  Everything she does is beautiful right?!!  Can’t wait to see her again at Haven this year in August! :)

 

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For my Thrifty Under $50 challenge, I decided to show you the makeover I did on this desk I found at the Habitat Store!!

Now, when I bought it, it didn’t look sanded down like the picture below. :)  I forgot to snap a picture before I started sanding…oops!

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But the desk had good bones and was ONLY TWO DOLLARS!!!  YES!  Only $2.00!!  I knew that with a little TLC, this desk would be perfect for a little office space that I need to create in my master bedroom. 

If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I created an office in one of our small bedrooms.  The craft closet in that room is one of my most pinned projects on my blog.  But after my son’s Blind Audition on The Voice, he desperately needed a space in the house to become his “music studio.”  So I reluctantly gave him my office and decided to create a work space in my master bedroom.

With just a little bit of paint, I transformed my $2.00 desk into a bright cheery workspace!

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Isn’t it fun?  I brought some of my accessories from my previous office, and created a great spot for me to work on my computer and other tasks.

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To make my old desk look brand new, I used these products…

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The oil based painted gives my desk surface a smooth, durable finish and is easy to apply with a small foam roller.  I applied two coats on my desk, letting it cure over night in between coats.  I used the spray paint for my drawer pulls.

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I told my four boys that this space is OFF LIMITS!  :)  They always seemed to make big messes in my previous office, so having this little space in my master bedroom all to myself is super wonderful.  

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I love to grab fresh tulips from Kroger’s whenever I go and get groceries.  Tulips make me happy. :)

The metal tray below is from IKEA.

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For the handles on my desk, I removed them with a screw driver and spray painted them with oil rubbed bronze seen above.

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 I love the pull out board on the right side of my desk that creates more work space for me.
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You can see some of the “old school charm” of this desk right below the pencil in this picture…

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I could have sanded those nicks and and scraps smooth, but I love seeing them!  It adds character!

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I found this cute little coffee cup at Marshall’s and use it when I am working here to remind me to DREAM BIG about my blog, about my kiddos, and about life in general!

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This little “It is well with my soul” sign is a new addition from Hobby Lobby.  It’s one of my all time favorite hymns and a great reminder of what is most important in my life. 

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So what do you think?!  Not bad for just two bucks, right?

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Next stop on the Thrifty Under $50 blog hop is Liz from Love Grows Wild!  You are going to LOVE her project!  

Here are the rest of the amazing Thrifty Under $50 makeovers:

Monday

Home Stories A to Z
Design Dining Diapers
Finding Silver Pennies
Anderson + Grant

Tuesday

French Country Cottage
Refresh Restyle
Just a Girl
Finding Home Farms

Wednesday

Bless’er House
Beneath My Heart
Love Grows Wild
Ella Claire


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Fashion Friday {More Stripes!}

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Hey y’all!

It’s Friday, and we have a busy day today!  Jonathan has an interview with a local tv station this afternoon, and then he will be performing at a local event this evening.  He is certainly enjoying all of these extra opportunities to sing since being on The Voice!

 

Since we were traveling a lot this week, I wasn’t able to get pictures in my Glamour Farms tops this week.  :(  So instead, I am going to share two cute tops with you from the Glamour Farms’ adorable model, Kortney!

 

First up is The Adele Striped Piko – Mocha/Ivory.  

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Glamour Farms has several different colors in these “piko” shirts, as I call them.  I love these shirts!  They are so comfortable and versatile.  They can be worn alone or underneath another piece.   Another plus is that this top does not shrink when you wash and dry it!  yay!!

 

Next up..check out this adorable Liberty Striped Tassel Tank – Navy/White!  This is one of my favorites!

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Isn’t this top perfect for spring?!  It would be adorable layered with a blue jean jacket for cooler mornings and evenings.  And those tassels!!  LOVE THEM!

 

BOTH OF THESE TOPS look great when paired with these items…

 

Abie Distressed Girlfriend Jeans                                                   Mighty-1 Wedge Sandal

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When you are shopping, be sure to check out their  new arrivals and use this coupon for $10 off your order of $20 or more!

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Favorite Thrift Store Makeovers

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Hey friends!

We are on Spring Break and have been having some fun with our family down in Georgia!  Here is Pop (Cy’s Dad) with 7 of his 10 grandsons!!  Yep!  All boys on this side!  

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These boys have a blast together on Pop’s farm!!  It’s one of their favorite places on earth!

I wanted to let you know that next week, I am teaming up with over 20 other bloggers to share our “Thrifty Under $50″ transformations with you!  I can’t wait to share mine.  It is waaaay under $50, and it turned out so cute! :)

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In honor of thrifty transformations (which is basically how my blog began,) I am sharing with you some of my favorites that I have done over the past 7 years here on my blog. 

Just click on each picture or the link below it to see how I transformed each of these thrift store finds!

 

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Office Chair Makeover

 

 

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Side Table Makeover

 

 

 

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Cane Chairs Makeover

 

Have a blessed day!

 

 


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Hide That TV! Ideas for a DIY Accent Wall That Includes a TV

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If you’re like me, you don’t really love the idea of having your TV be the focus of the living room or even bedroom… there’s so many ingenious ways to use your TV as a “piece of art” (dare I say it!) and help incorporate it into an accent wall for a room.

Here’s my roundup of best looks! Share below if you’ve seen others that make you want to leave that TV on display rather than hide it away in a cabinet. 

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Mad for Plaid! {Fashion Friday}

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Happy Friday, friends!  

Next week the boys are on Spring Break, so we are going to enjoy spending some time with family!  #cantwait

With the warmer weather making an appearance in Kentucky, the forsythias are in bloom, geraniums are getting planted, and my wardrobe is looking brighter!

Check out this colorful top called the Bright Side of Plaid Button Up {Orange/Teal} from Glamour Farms!

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This top is super comfortable and light weight.  It’s longer in the back than the front, which I love.  {wink}

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I wore mine with the sleeves rolled up, but you can wear them down if you want. 

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My favorite detail, of course, is the ivory scalloped lace!  It adds a fun, feminine touch!

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I wore my gold Merriam earrings with this top.

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Glamour Farms has many other new arrivals in their shop, so be sure to check them out! 

 

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And use this coupon to receive this great discount!   Happy Shopping!!

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