Christmas Gift Shopping

Heelllooo World,
I absolutely love Christmas, it has been my favorite holiday since I was tiny. In fact in 34 years of my life I have never not believed in Santa.  Some of you might say I am crazy if I believe in a man in his red suit who has flying reindeer and delivers presents to all of the children of the world. That’s okay for you to believe or not believe you are entitled to your own opinion. As am I!


But let go of the object… the man called Santa and listen to the feelings. The feelings of wanting to give, wanting to make someone happy, that warmth that hits even the coldest people, the feel of magic in the air that comes with the nostalgics of Christmas. Also if you are like me and a faithful Christian than we celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Jesus is the reason for the season!


Normally I spend a few months collecting items that I think will make my loved ones the happiest on Christmas Day.. Whether it be of sincere or comic value!  This year this is not the case… Not only have I been consumed with my move and getting adapted to this state we now call home… but let’s keep it real.. I am not working and do not have that kind of money as I am a stay at home cat mom.


So I thought why not do something that I have always wanted to do.. A yearly themed gift.. And for the kids who have no use for a gift like this something different. No what should I do?  I know for those I am sending a Christmas card to I want to send an ornament to mark the change in our lives. BTW This is not the ornament! 


For the gifts.. I am thinking the theme should be “Mugs & Socks”.. I think this would be the perfect gift of coziness and warmth. Like I am giving my loved ones a hug from afar! Now we know I am not going to DIY socks because I am not that crafty lol! But should I DIY the mugs with a few Pinterest styles? 


I would love to hear your thoughts about doing Christmas presents like this… I am definitely going to try it and if it works out this way I think I might do themed birthday gifts for 2018.
Until next time my pretties,

Toria

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5 Items: Burlington Coat Factory

Hi Guys,
This is the beginning of greatness!! I would like to start a new series all about bargain shopping! I am a bargain shopper by blood from my mama… and I can clearance hunt with the best of them aka my mom and aunts!

My family loves to shop… we used to and if we can.. we will still eat our meals on turkey-day all while planning our plan of attack on the sales that are about to unleash! Maybe the love of shopping for most of us is why I truly believe in retail therapy! LOL!

This series will be called 5 items and it is really just 5 bargain items from different stores… sometimes I will give myself a challenge when buying these items or like today just great items I found at a really good price!

Today’s 5 items are from one of my favorite stores and that is Burlington Coat Factory (BFC), this store is a great place to buy clothing, fashion accessories, shoes, beauty, home goods and so much more. I almost found a bit of it all… lol!!

The first item I found was a men’s denim button up that I thought would be cute as a light throw for those days where the sun is out like summer but there is also that lovely fall breeze! This is a Guess shirt that originally retailed for 89 bucks but I was able to purchase it on clearance for just $17!


The second item I found also is an item made by Guess… but these are slides and unless you live under a rock then you know slides took over this year like never before! I was looking at the Guess slides online and when I saw them in BFC I jumped on them! They retail for 25 bucks and I bought them for $15… not as big as a deal as the first item but saving is saving!


The third item of course is a notebook because stationary, books, and journals is always a stop at every store… this notebook is cute, pink, and motivational! The notebook retails for 14 bucks and I bought it for $4!


The fourth item I found was not something I needed but something I wanted for the new place. I saw this and thought this would be so cute in my dining area with the rest of my farmhousey items! The canister retails for 10 bucks and I bought it for $5!


The last item was not actually an item for me but a gift for Lani… she turned 13 recently… becoming a teenage girl, getting into makeup, becoming a young woman and I knew she would need to find her scent! So I picked up a 1D perfume that smells divine and the bottle is so precious! If I can find another I will add one to my collection. This perfume retails for 16 bucks and I bought it for $7.


And there you have it the 5 items from BFC.. what do you think? Let’s run some numbers:

Retail Value: $145 – Purchased Value:$48 – Value Saved:$97

I will take that 97 bucks any day… this is why I love the being a Deal Hunter! I hope you enjoyed this new series.. I look forward to the future of this series of course… it’s all about shopping!! I am excited to go for other stores and challenges. The challenges can be a budget or a look alike outfit from a magazine.. I am going to try and be creative with the challenges! If you have any challenge ideas or stores you want to see me try.. Just let me know!

Love Toria

Birthday Wish List 2017

Hi Guys,

It’s that time of the year again…. MY BIRTHDAY!!!!

That means… this is my annual Birthday Wish List! Unfortunately in this day an age disclaimers are needed to hopefully avoid one of the internet trolls lol..

*DISCLAIMER* Do not read much into my list that I post it is basically my if I could have anything what would that look like. I am not one who makes a list and gets everything on it or even anything on it as gifts. I normally buy myself things on my wish list that I really want! I do not expect gifts from anyone just love and cake haha.. Also I want to know what items would be on your wish list?? 

All I really want for my bday is.. God’s blessings, good vibes, great food, and a functioning world that allows me to grow old with my loved ones!! 

Let’s get this started.. 

Fashion: I love clothing, shoes, and all things fashion. (I dream of giant two level walk in closet) I shop year round and would consider myself somewhat of a pro at shopping. I do not worry about what everyone else wears or thinks is in trend.. I simply just buy what I like and what makes me feel great!

Adidas EQT Support ADV in Lavender Monochrome $110 I have wanted these for a little while now and just think they are the most adorable sneakers ever.. I know pastel colors are technically spring colors but I love wearing what others think are “seasonal” colors all year round! 

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(women’s size 10)

Vans Mono Canvas Old Skool in Skyway (light blue) $55 I have always wanted a pair of these but never wanted to buy the basic colors and now these have arrived in my sight.

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(women’s size 10.5)

Rue 21 Plus Camo 3pc Sweatsuit $57 (for all three)- yes I know these may be lounge wear or look like PJ’s but they look amazing!

Hoodie $19

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(women’s 2X)

Cardigan Duster $19

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(women’s 3X)

Leggings $19

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(women’s 2X)

Fila Trayton Hoodie $68– I have these Fila Grant Hill’s that I wanted when I was in 8th grade and I bought them not long ago but now all I need is a hoodie to wear them with. The thing I love about this one is the brown with the other colors because I can pair with brown leggings!

 

 (men’s 2X or 3X- I love my hoodies huge and comfy like a blanket)

Velour Tracksuit $35 I know everyone had the Juicy Couture velour track suits a billion years ago now but I never had one! I think these are so cute and being cute and exercisy is amazing.. basically 60% of my wardrobe is cute as a button and athletic! 


(women’s 2X)


Tech- I feel I am always in a constant need to upgrade my tech game in order to better my blogging and YouTube work (especially if I want to make it a full time career)!

Smart Watch- I am listing 3 different ones only because there are different brands and styles out here. I want a watch that will track my steps, calendar reminders, allows me to text, and can answer/make phone calls. Not to mention I always wanted to be a Power Ranger!

Fossil Gen 3 Smartwatch $275 I love the two tone of the rose gold and navy.. it just looks classic! 


(Q VENTURE ROSE TWO TONE)

Michael Kors Bradshaw $350 I think this is the boujee one of the bunch… the most expensive for sure! But it looks like a regular watch face so kind of a disguise however it’s a touchscreen and it’s eggplant colored metal! 


(Plum color)

Apple Watch Series 1 $269 This is the most common smart watch you see on everyone’s wrist. It’s like the PSL of smart watches.. I am okay with being basic and having an Apple Watch as long as it looks semi girly like this one lol!


(38mm rose gold with pink sand sports band) 

Laptop- I need a common but specific laptop.. I found this one.. I could go for the Intel Core i7 with more memory and bigger hard drive but this is the basics of what I need to better edit my videos!

HP – 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive – HP finish in jet black $529 


(Click here for this one)  

Film Editing Software- VideoStudio Ultimate X10 for Windows $100 I could use a different one as long as it’s compatible with the laptop above.

 

Beauty- who would I be if I didn’t include beauty on a wish list.. I love reviewing beauty products.. So I kept it easy and picked my 4 top items from my Sephora “LOVES” list. And a KC product! 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $45 Doesn’t this just sound amazing and looks divine! I want watermelon all over my face!

 

Moschino Pink Fresh Couture Perfume 1.0 oz $45 I have wanted the original windex perfume for the bottle but knew I wouldn’t like the notes.. but they released this one and it’s the bottle with my scents and color!!! 


 

Farsali Unicorn Essence Serum $54 I have wanted to try these skin enhancement drops since they were released but was always concerned with oiliness.. however I heard these are quite nice and not oily! 


 

Jo LOVES White Rose & Lemon Leaves Fragrance Paintbrush Gel $55 I have always wanted to try a Jo Malone fragrance and now this will give me that opportunity and with a cool bonus aspect.


 

I love shopping for a cause! The Kylie Cosmetic item I want is the lip kit in the color “Smile” and that is because 100% of the proceeds go to SmileTrain which is an amazing foundation that treats untreated cleft lips. This color is no longer available but if Kylie Jenner happens to read my blog lol… giiirrlll bring that color back I am sure it will sell out immediately and raise more money for that amazing foundation who blesses children and parents all around the world.


 

Home- Firstly I just moved so of course there are things I want but also I am working hard on creating an ambiance for us to live comfortably and work from here productively as well!

 

Keurig 2.0 $120 I loved having my Keurig prior it is so convenient for folks who like drastically different coffee flavors! And this one is not only in my favorite color but one step up from the basic one! 

(Color: Oasis) 
 

Wall Shelves Set of 4 $25 I want to add a little bit of storage and cuteness over our writing desk! I think white is needed to tie in more if the color combo for the guest room! 

Upholstered Office Chair $170 I picked this one because it’s brown and white and goes with the color scheme of the room but technically we could do any color that goes with brown and white! PS I love animal print and cow print is no different!


 

Neon Lights $100 I just want to see my name in lights and at the same time I think it would add something special to the background of my videos.


I would want it to say ToriaLouise so I may need 2!

 

Experiences- I always list things I want do and aside from these things listed I really just want to see my loved ones in CA, PA, FL.. and break aka “eat” cake with everyone. (when I say “cake” I mean cake, pie, and or donuts!!)

MOIC SF– this is the museum of ice cream that took over LA and is now opening in SF and I am happy to say that we will be attending so stay tuned for pics! 

 

Color Factory SF– this is another museum type attraction that has beautiful rooms full of imagination and creativity.. sadly tickets for October are not available so Color Factory if your reading my blog please open it up for me to attend in October I am sure you will sell out October as well! (update- there ticket sales website was malfunctioning when I was in there to buy tickets so I in fact missed out on the tickets I needed) 😦

 

Mac N Cheese in Wisconsin.. just ask yourself doesn’t it sound amazing to have mac n cheese in the home of cheese heads… they even have this delicious place called MACS and it’s a mac n cheese shop! 


 

Have visitors here in IL.. I want to show people what I have seen and maybe find something new with them!!

 

Like I said these are gifts I do not expect to receive in anyway from anyone. Just seeing or hearing “Happy Birthday” to me or reading beautiful comments is what I appreciate so very much! 

Love Toria

5 Reasons Why I Do Not Own A Thousand Dollar Purse

 

It would be nice to eventually have all the high end designer bags that every lady dreams of.  But it just isn’t that easy to spend over 1000 bucks on a bag that I would be to scared to use it.  The 5 reasons why I can’t responsibly buy one is:

 

1.I Live In The Bay Area-

Living here in the Bay, specifically on the SF side of the bridges means that rent is double the price.  Our rent is over 2000 a month and thank the Lord we can afford it but that also means sacrifice.  Sacrifice doesn’t mean just no designer handbags (least of my worries).. but it means doing without things I used to take for granted.  Special cheese, different breads, eating out, vacations, going to movies, costly activities (which is everything).. Even having children in this economy may not be the best financial decision but if we were blessed with a bundle we would definitely embrace it and make it work.  For the most part we make it work but need to work on budgeting living here or move!

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2.I Can’t Buy Two

I have this motto when it comes to my shopping.. If it is a “need” I allow myself to buy it especially if it is something needed for survival.  If it is a “want” I am only allowed to by one of the item if there is enough money to buy two of the same item.  In the case of a designer handbag which basically starts at 1200 dollars and two of them means 2400 and as you know that is about the cost of rent.  Also with each paycheck comes bills and after the bills the amount in my bank withers away so therefore I can no longer buy one much less pay the same amount for rent to buy two.  If I wanted to go without food for the month then sure maybe but NOPE not me!

 

 

 

3.My Money Has Responsibilities

My mom is my heart and I try very hard to take care of her to the best of my abilities.  I try to make sure she has everything she needs and yes wants when I can but that gets expensive.  I never ever want her to be hungry, cold, uncomfortable, lonely, feel unwanted, or to ever feel like she is a burden on my life.  In fact I get so much anxiety because I feel like I am the burden on hers and so many others.  I also feel responsible for people that I love and the fact that I just can’t see anyone go hungry.  Therefore I feel like if I were to spend that type of money on a purse my mama could go hungry and that is just not an option.

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4.My Anxiety Is Fixed By Retail Therapy

One thing about retail therapy that makes things better immediately is the feeling of having something new.  There is much more that goes with it to.. Like for one the hunt..the going into the store and searching for something.. that is so much fun and then you leave with the item in your hand it’s like a win (same feeling for me with online shopping)..finally the styling and putting the puzzle pieces together is the grand finale and when your complimented on your items it’s even better.  I really need and want to take action to fix this issue in my life and not have to depend on shopping to make up 50% of my happiness.

 

If I were to buy a designer bag then not only would I feel guilty for reasons 1-3 but it would take away from my fun that takes the bits of money I have left from bills.

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5.My Boyfriend Won’t Be Buying Me One

I am not listing this one to sound spoiled, I am definitely spoiled by him but in ways that do include a purse that cost half as much if not the amount of rent.  He loves me and brings me flowers food and home goods.. The items that matter in the quality of life we are going for.  

 

I listed this because a lot of girls nowadays are getting these designer bags from their spouses and lovers.  Nothing wrong with that if that is what yall can afford and if not what you chose to put your money towards.. For my spouse it just is not what’s in the works at the moment when we have to worry about survival in one of the most expensive cities in the country.

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Growing My Wardrobe

I have different styles everyday and I love having options in my closet.  I have always had this bohemian, cutesy girly, and kind of sporty attire pretty much my whole life but for the past couple of years I have been trying to add in a little bit of a southern belle style.

 

Let’s see if I can put my perspective on these styles into words (I also found a few pics on Google to help get a better feel for the styles.. so please note I take no credit but an internet search for these photos):

 

Bohemian:

I see lots of tribal or aztec type prints, flowy moroccan florals, ethnic, lace and crochet, suede, a bit of the hippy type.  What I love  about the Bohemian Style is the overall carefree of it, the not having to perfectly matched and it still just goes together.  I think for me this is something I am working on for my self esteem… just not caring what others think of me if I am happy.

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Cutesy:

I know many of you are thinking “CUTSEY” is for little girls.. with cute hearts and stars, mystical cute creatures like mermaids and unicorns, animals, bows, pinks purples and pastels… But this also includes the cute dresses made up of florals and other patterns.  I think that everything has beauty has cuteness and is pretty.. holding on to this is just a way for me to hold on to my youth and keep up this life that I consider amazingly pretty and always cute!

 

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Sporty:

I would say that this is really the style that incorporates everything into it and probably the one that I wear most.  I am constantly in leggings, hoodies & crewnecks, and sneakers… I just love the comfort of this style and it honestly makes me feel hip and trendy when stepping out of the house.  Who wouldn’t feel comfy in leggings a hoodie and  sneakers.. I get all comfy inside just thinking about it!

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Southern Belle:

I am talking the chic south look that many belles have mastered.  Monogrammed everything, vest over plaid shirts, cognac boots, girly and sophisticated.  The way they wear chiffon, lace, and ruffles is always pretty and classy.  You just know when you have got yourself a Southern Belle because you can’t help but notice there overall well maintained style with manicured nails, hair and face always done, and they are always polite and smiling.

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I invite you on my wardrobe update journey.. The two things to remember are: 1) Everything in moderation.. no need to go spends thousands right now on your wardrobe it will grow in time! 2) A lot of different styles resemble each other so you may have a bohemian top but once you add the statement necklace and brown boots tada it is now a southern belle look!!  

First step to updating a wardrobe is donating the things in the closet that you haven’t worn in the past few months.  Also get rid of anything that is damage and or doesn’t fit anymore.  Once you are done cleaning out your closet and this goes for shoes and accessories too now it’s time to put pieces together to see what complete looks you already have.  
Finally Shopping Time!

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The Deli Dance Off: Little Lucas

Welcome to my food postings.. I love eating and talking about it almost as much as I love makeup.  In case you haven’t read the others come take a look.. and have no fears if you like these post there are many more to come…

 

Taco Wars: Taqueria Morida

Doughnut Combats: Rolling Pin  

 

As you know top take out foods for me are (not in any exact order)

 

  • Street Tacos
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Pizza
  • Doughnuts

 

 

I have grown up on deli sandwiches.. I would actually go as far to say this is the one thing that I crave the most.  I could eat sandwiches everyday of my life, even when I was little I used to eat a sandwich at least 4 days out of the week.  At a point in my life I ate sandwiches everyday of the week because I worked at a deli.  That experience in my life was so much fun (for the most part) and if I could when I get a house of my own I wouldn’t mind a deli cart.. haha!!

My FAVE Deli Meats:

Roast Beef – Turkey – Salami – Chicken

My FAVE Deli Cheese:

Cheddar – Provolone – Pepper Jack

My FAVE Deli Breads:

Sourdough Roll – Dutch Crunch Roll – Sliced Rye

My FAVE Toppings:

Mustard – Red Onion – Pickle

 

The place I am reviewing is a place that is a local favorite as most of the places I review.. this deli is so good that they are technically open until 5pm but usually close by 4pm because they run out of bread so early!  If you are from here you may already know but its Little Lucas.. << Click for the website and >>> there for Yelp!!

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My Order-

BBQ Roast Beef with Cheddar Cheese (Hot) with Everything

On Sourdough Roll

Everything includes:

Lettuce – Tomato – Red Onion – Pickle – Mustard and Mayo –  Garlic Pesto Spread – Jalapeno Spread

First of all when ordering from Little Lucas you need to know what you are getting yourself into.. be prepared to spend a very well worth it 10+ dollars because the sandwich is the size of my calf.  

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For me it is worth it because this enormous sandwich will be my lunch and dinner.  Or I could take half for lunch the next day!  

Judging the sandwich..

It was amazing, every time I have a sandwich from here it is just that AMAZING!! I have been eating sandwiches from Little Lucas for years now so yes this first deli review was easy yummy peasy!  The size of the bread is like 14 inches and to top it off the the width, height, and weight of these sandwiches let you know you are getting your quantities worth.  When you take your first bite the juices leak out so 1. make sure you’re eating over the paper and 2. make sure you put your chips on that paper so you get the juice from the sandwich all over the chips.  Then as you are trying not to be messy when you are taking these first bites “JUST STOP” let go and embraces all of the flavors of your sandwich.  Now that you accepted the messy tasty future you know the sandwich has quality worth! 

For me I got cream, tang, spice, and nothing but deliciousness… I knew going into the shop what sandwich I was after and this is one I have never had from here.. I know it was going to be the BBQ roast beef with cheddar.. It was literally EVERYTHING & MORE!!

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If you are in the area of Burlingame right next to Linardi’s off of Trousdale and across the street from Mills Peninsula Hospital.. and they still have bread oh and you’re HUNGRY make sure you stop by Little Lucas.. (also they have a few other locations so you should Google them)

Please come back for more food reviews and let me know if you even like these things… If you have other things for me to review please let me know in the comments.. Like the pizza review coming next!!

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Doughnut Combats : Rolling Pin

Welcome to my food review.. I love eating and talking about it almost as much as I love makeup.  In case you haven’t seen it you can read my first Taco Wars (here).  

 

As you know top take out foods for me are (not in any exact order)

 

  • Street Tacos
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Pizza
  • Doughnuts

 

 

Doughnuts are a big comfort food and like most loved things they cause memories to flood my mind.  With this one my fave memory are:

 

My mom never drove never had a license but growing up in SF you do not need one because the bus system is quite reliable.  If I lived and worked in the city I probably would not take the bus just because times are different and with my issues I do not feel comfy on public transportation. Back to the memory.. my mom would always take me to get doughnuts and it was like our thing.. now a days I try not to eat them as much and try not to buy them for her that often but they are our favorite things!

 

Some info on doughnut types:

  1. Raise- They are the bigger than your palms fluffy doughnuts
  2. Cake- Smaller than your palm and denser like a cupcake
  3. Old Fashion- Looks like a flower and is dense like a cake but dry… this one has pieces that break off..
  4. French Twist- A top for me! This one is dense and fluffy at the same time and as a creamy aftertaste.
  5. There are a few different types like filled, buttermilk, bearclaws, and fritters.. then there is Krispy Kreme and they have a type all on there own (they own zip code)!

 

The place I am reviewing is a 24hr doughnut spot in San Bruno and if you are from here you already know where I went… Rolling Pin <<<Click here for their Yelp page!!

 

The doughnuts I had:

  1. Chocolate Bar with Custard Fills
  2. Crumb Cake
  3. Technically I had a bite from a Chocolate Raise
  4. And 2 Italian Almond Cookies

 

Chocolate Bar w/ Custard Fill:

This doughnut was a little on the soggy side.. the type of doughnut you have to hold up to eat… I honestly think that I am still fighting my cold because (brace yourselves) the chocolate tasted a bit awkward.  It was not creamy and a little oily.  Then the custard was a bit liquidy and not so sweet.. so I was only able to eat a not even half before I had to give it up and move on to another doughnut.  

 

Crumb Cake:

This was choice number two and that’s because I was not ready to just go back to plain glaze raise.. I have had a glaze raise at least once a year from here for a few years.. so I went with crumb cake.  If you know what a crumb doughnut then you know I am looking for one particular flavor… Coconutty!!  This doughnut was #AMAZEBALLS!! It had the perfect consistency, the most amazing flavors including the #COCONUTTY!  This is a dough-try doughnut!!

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Chocolate Raise:

The bite that I had should have warned me against the bar.. but I had hopes for  the custard… The bite was oily and not so good chocolate…

 

Italian Almond Cookies:

Perfect.. almond, consistency, denseness, and amaretto taste!!  Not a doughnut so I will leave it at that!

 

To review the place…

 

The lady behind the counter takes a minute or two to get warmed up to you.. but she is so amazing and nice and welcoming… the cleanliness looked pretty well kept.. the shop is old and is like a mom and pop store but that’s what I love about it!  If you are going to and from the SFO airport or are just in the Downtown San Bruno area stop by at all hours they are 24hrs and get yo self a terrific doughnut… just not the chocolate raised or plane unless you like oily chocolate!!

 

Please come back for more food reviews and let me know if you even like these things… If you have other things for me to review please let me know in the comments.. Like the doughnut review coming next!!

 

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