Category Archives: Fitness

Bondi Band Giveaway

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout:

  • Walking – 10 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Women on Weights – 60 minutes

I had a great workout this morning! They finally changed the Women on Weights class to an hour instead of 45 minutes which is awesome. With the warm-up, cool down, and explanation of exercises, 45 minutes just wasn’t enough.

I wore my new BondiBand to the gym this morning.


Suck it up! Sometimes, you really need to do need to suck it up and get that workout done!!

As a Sweat Pink ambassador, I was recently sent a Bondi Band to try out. I have a huge love for headbands.


Bondi Band’s philosophy is to make great products at a great price and deliver superior customer service. They have a huge variety of headbands to choose from, as well as other products.

I love that they have a lot of different designs and sayings on their headbands. They are also a thicker style which helps keep them in place when I work out.

I also have another Bondi Band that I have had for years that I use at night when I’m washing my face. <—-Random. The band is nice and thick so it keeps my hair off my face when I’m taking off my makeup and washing my face. And they can be thrown right into the washing machine!

All kinds of uses for these great headbands!

If you would like to purchase a Bondi Band, you can use coupon code SWEATPINK for 10% off on the Bondi Band website. The code is good for all items except bargain bin, design your own, and custom items. The code is good until June 28th, 2014.

You can also enter to win a Bondi Band! I have two Bondi Bands for two winners!


The first winner with get a black headband that says “Dig Deeper”. The second winner will get a blue Bondi Band that says “Will Run For Boston”.

Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: As a Sweat Pink ambassador, I received a Bondi Band at no charge to me. All opinions are my own. I will be shipping the winners the Bondi Bands myself.



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Apera Bags

Good afternoon!


This morning I had the perfect hot weather breakfast – cold plain Greek yogurt mixed with Truvia, blueberries, and raspberries.


Yum! I added a couple of egg whites on the side for some extra protein.

Today’s Workout:

  • Upper body strength training – 30 minutes
  • Hip bridges, single leg hip bridges, and stretching – 15 minutes
  • Arc trainer – 12 minutes

I haven’t worked out at the gym all week because of my wonderful hip and I was starting to have gym withdraws. I went in this morning without really have a plan in place. I hate going to the gym without a plan. I knew that I wanted to do some upper body strength training that wouldn’t really bother my hip.

I ended up doing the following supersets (repeated back to back with a minute rest in between each superset) three times each.

Superset #1:

  • Row Machine x12
  • Lat Pulldown x12

Superset #2:

  • Deadlifts x12
  • Deadrows x12

Superset #3

  • Cross Body Biceps Curls x12
  • EZ Bar Biceps Curls x12

Superset #4:

  • Renegade Rows (plank to row) x12
  • Hammer Curls x8 <— My arms were jello by this time and I could only manage 8 reps.

Apera Bags

I brought my new Apera Bag with me to the gym this morning.


I was recently contacted by Apera to try out one of their gym bags. After browsing their website, I jumped at the chance especially because my current gym bag is showing lots of wear and tear and it was time for a new one.

I got the performance duffel bag.


I was really intrigued with the Apera bags because they’re designed to be healthier. They have built in antimicrobial protection which prevents bacterial odors from growing on the bag.

It has vented compartments which allows air flow so your sweaty gym clothes don’t stink up your bag. It has wipeable lining which can be easily cleaned. All Apera bags also come with a washable insert bag to store sweaty or wet clothing.


As soon as I got this bag, I knew I was going to love it. First off, it’s big. I love big gym bags and purses. I like to carry a lot of stuff around with me. I love that it can fit a pair of shoes in it. I often wear boots to the gym in the winter and this bag is perfect to put my shoes in. I have been known to forget my shoes on occasion…


It can be worn on your shoulder or as a messenger bag. I love having the option of being hands-free. I also like that it has so many different pockets to keep all my different things – snack, water bottle, phone, gym towel, BodyPump DVDs, iPod, etc.

If you’re in the market for a new bag, I definitely recommend  Apera Bags.

Post Workout

Right after my workout, I had a Next Step protein shake in French Vanilla.


I mixed the packet with 8 oz of water in the blender bottle. I was surprised at how delicious it was – when it was gone, I wished I had more! It was 140 calories with 14 grams of protein.

After my workout, I went to Whole Foods and bought my weekly sushi and salad. While I was there, I was excited to see that they had the new thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber Bars.

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I bought one in every flavor to try out!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you carry a gym bag? What’s in it?
  • What do you eat/drink after a workout?

Disclaimer: I received an Apera bag at no charge to me. I also received the Next Step protein shake and bottle from Vox Box at no charge. All opinions are completely my own.



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Healthy Eating

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout:

  • Practiced BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Women on Weights class – 45 minutes

I got the new BodyPump release last week and I started practicing it this morning! It’s going to be a good one!


After practicing for a little while, I headed to the gym to take the Women on Weights class. I am still trying to be really careful with my hip since it still hurts a lot. I did what I was able to do and skipped doing the squats.

Getting Back on Track

Danny and I haven’t been eating the best lately and I know that I have gained a few pounds which is making me not happy. We decided to really get back on track with healthy eating. Yesterday, we took before pictures and our weight and measurements.

I haven’t taken my measurements in a really long time and it’s a great way to track your progress. So many people are focused on the scale, but if you’re building muscle your weight might not drop but your measurements will and your clothes will fit better. We are going to take a progress picture once a week and track our measurements once a month.

It feels a lot better to have a plan in place!

Last night, we cooked on the grill. We made extra chicken breasts to eat throughout the week. I also made grilled shrimp which were delicious.


I have never really been a shrimp fan but my aunt made them at my cousin’s house a few weekends ago and they were so delicious that I had to try out her recipe.

I also used shrimp in my lunch today.


I cooked broccoli slaw with garlic, onions, mini peppers, and light soy sauce. Then I added the shrimp and let them cook about two minutes per side.

I added some fruit and it was the perfect lunch! I will definitely be making this again.

I also roasted veggies in the oven and put them in Tupperware for the week. Eating healthy is so much easier when you prep food. I don’t always do this but when I do I am always happy how fast and easy it makes meal time!


Have a great day!

  • What you’re favorite thing to grill?



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Elgin Fox Trot 2014

Yesterday was the annual Fox Trot 5k and 10 miler. This was one of the first 5ks I have ever run and it was my fifth time participating in this race. Unfortunately, I won’t have an official time since I was only able to do the two mile walk because of my hip injury.


It was definitely hard doing the walk when I am so used to running. I was really debating signing up for the 5k anyway but I knew that wouldn’t be smart so I stuck to the walk. I missed wearing my race bib and crossing the finish line but I know it’s better for my hip.

The one nice part about not running is that it’s a lot less stressful. I didn’t have to worry about the weather and if I should dress in layers. I didn’t have to worry about drinking coffee and water and having to use the bathroom. I didn’t have to worry about my calves cramping up and running as fast as I could.

Instead, I was able to enjoy a nice two mile walk with my dad and niece.



Danny ran the 10 miler again this year. He hasn’t been running lately since he’s busy with work but still decided to run 10 miles.

My dad is such a great helper:


Of course, he did awesome. He finished in 1:27:57. Pretty darn good for not running in months.



I think he felt a lot better after the race then he did last year. He fueled a little better this time and that helps with recovery. He ankle bothered him a lot last night which is why it’s always important to train for longer distances :)

The 10 miler race started at 7:30 am and the 5k started at 7:45 am. My brother and sister-in-law ran the 5k. It was my brother’s first 5k since getting back surgery about a year and a half ago. He did awesome!


My sister-in-law did awesome too!

The 2 mile walk started at 7:55 am. My dad usually does the walk and it was my first time walking with him. The weather was beautiful and the walk was nice. My dad sure is a speed walker.


After the race, my dad, brother, and Danny had their celebratory free post race beer.


My mom watched the kids overnight since she lives close by and the race started early. We picked the kids up after the race, Danny took the kids home, and then my mom took me out for mother /daughter lunch for my birthday.

We went to a restaurant on a nearby casino riverboat and we got there a little too early so we spent some time in the casino.


Sadly, we didn’t win anything but we had fun anyway. It’s crazy how fast you can go through money in a casino!

Lunch was delicious – it was a buffet on the riverboat and there was so much good food. I think I had at least two bites of every single thing!


I loved the salads in the little cups!


Thanks, Mom, for a yummy birthday lunch!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!



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I’m Going to be Walking

Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day weekend! Does anyone have a three day weekend?

I haven’t really been working out this week, just practicing BodyPump at home. My hip is still incredibly sore. It’s a different kind of sore now which isn’t fun. I taught BodyPump today and I’ll teach it again on Sunday.

I am also doing a two mile walk tomorrow instead of the 5k that I had planned. It’s funny that even when I take it easy, I am still fairly active. I am so sick of my hip right now.

After BodyPump, Danny and I went to pick up the packets for tomorrow’s race.


I’m walking two miles with my dad and Danny is doing the ten miler!


Jaden came home sick from school on Wednesday so he stayed home yesterday also. He was feeling a lot better so we went to the store to get popsicles.


Jaden came up with the idea of making pizza on tortillas for lunch, so him and my niece set up their own pizza making station.



I got a kick out of the sticker on the tortilla package – flex before opening.


I showed the tortillas my muscles before I opened them. Come on – that was kinda funny?!! I got a kick out of it :)

We went to a local grocery store called Marianos to get popsicles. Mariano’s is comparable to Whole Foods, just not as expensive. I decided to try out their sushi since driving 25 to Whole Foods for $8 sushi is kind of a pain…and expensive.


The sushi was okay. It was fine but I’d much rather make the drive to Whole Foods.

Speaking of food…I love pickles. I bought this jar of zesty pickles the other day and it’s almost gone. Yum…pickles.


Tonight we’re going out to dinner to celebrate my step brother’s birthday. Happy birthday Jake!

  • Any other pickle lovers?
  • Do you have plans for the weekend?



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Feets of Strength 5k 2014

Good afternoon!

We had such a busy weekend! My aunt and uncle are in from California and yesterday we ran/walked the Feets of Strength 5k. My aunt recently lost 135 pounds and walked her first 5k! I am so proud of her!



The race was about half an hour from our house so we left in plenty of time to get there. It’s small race in a small town so parking and packet pickup was a breeze.


The only thing I didn’t like about the race was that if you signed up for the walk, you didn’t get a race bib. The 5k walk and the 5k run were both $25. There wasn’t a difference in price but the walkers didn’t get bibs which I thought they should have. They also had a raffle at the end of the race by drawing random bib numbers. I felt since the walkers were paying the same price as the runners and the fact that they went exactly the same distance that they should have been included in the raffles.

That aside, the race was well organized, started on time, had plenty of indoor bathrooms and post-race food. The goal of the race was to raise awareness about child abuse and to help raise funds for Royal Families Kids’ Camp.

Danny and I ran the race while everyone else walked. After we finished, we ran back to complete the race with everyone else.

I started out really good and had a good pace going for the first two miles. At the start of the third mile my right leg just gave out. The course was really hilly and partially on a trail and I think it was just too hard on my hip. My hip kind of gave out and my calves tightened up. I probably should have walked but I didn’t. I had to limp jog the last mile and it was painful.

I finished in 31:55 which is normally a time I would be happy with but yesterday I wasn’t. I started out really good and was feeling great and then my body just gave up on me. I pushed myself as hard as I physically could and I still feel like I’m not doing what I should. It’s hard when your body is pretty much working against you and can only do so much when you feel like you should be able to do more. It’s just frustrating because it’s out of my control. I was seven seconds out of third place for my age group and that hurt.

I suppose I haven’t been facing my hip problem like I should because I am scared of what the doctor will say but after yesterday’s race, I know that something is really wrong with my hip. I finally called the hip surgeon today to go in and discuss my options. I wasn’t able to get an appointment until June 16th but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Let’s talk about happier things, shall we, like my aunt kicking butt!! Her goal was to walk the 5k in under an hour and she finished in 58:54.



It was such an amazing experience for her and I am so glad that I got to be part of that with her. It’s such an inspiration to see her set these awesome goals for herself and then see her accomplish them. And that’s true for anybody – setting a goal that you really have to hard at and then accomplishing it is such an amazing feeling.



Danny did awesome finishing in 24:22 and taking second place for his age group.


Everyone did such a great job and I am so lucky to have such a close and supportive family. :)

Later yesterday afternoon, my niece had her first gymnastics show that we all attended.


She was so adorable in her little leotard doing her gymnastics. She did so good and I was so proud of her too!

After her show, we headed out to the Lucky Monk for my birthday dinner! My birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated yesterday with my family.

Danny and I have been to the Lucky Monk once before and it was really good. We started out sharing some appetizers – the pretzels were amazing and so was the tomato goat cheese fondue.


For dinner, I had the Waldorf salad and the most amazing sweet potato fries.

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I think I ate every single last bite on my plate.

My dad ordered the same thing Danny did the first time we went – a grilled cheese on a hamburger.

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Apparently, it’s pretty popular.

We were all stuffed by the end of the meal, but I still had to sample the fresh homemade donuts with dipping sauces that the waiter brought as a birthday dessert. Donuts are my weakness. :)

A big thank you to my family for celebrating with me and for the wonderful gifts.

Have a great afternoon!!


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Working Out and Eating

Good afternoon! I’ve been so busy these past few days!

Tuesday’s Workout:

  • Walking – 10 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Women on Weights Class – 60 minutes

I had a really good workout on Tuesday! I haven’t taken Butts and Guts class in a couple of months and it was tough! When I woke up Wednesday, I was sore. My right side was really sore. My left side wasn’t too bad.

I didn’t workout on Wednesday morning but I was a chaperone for Jaden’s class field trip to the zoo. Being a chaperone for four first graders is a workout itself!

The kids had a great time at the zoo. The weather was a little on the chillier side but at least it didn’t rain.

I was surprised to see that they let the peacocks roam free at the zoo.


When a kid sees a bird (or a peacock) their first reaction is to chase it. So basically, the poor peacock spent it’s afternoon running away from kids. Out of all the animals, the kids were most amused by the geese and their goslings. And they weren’t even part of the zoo. They were just geese wandering around. Of course, the kids had to chase the geese too.

Even though I brought a light lunch to the zoo, I was really hungry when I got home so I made something fast and easy to eat – a spinach and chicken wrap.


I used a Flatout flatbread and topped it with some stuff I had in the fridge – provolone cheese, deli chicken slices, spinach, and pickles. It was fast, easy, and delicious!

Today’s Workout:

  • Walking, running, sprinting – 35 minutes
  • Core and stretching – 20 minutes

When I woke up this morning my right side was even more painful that yesterday. My oblique muscles are sore but my right glute is in pain. I tried running anyway. I ran about 10 minutes before I started run/walking and then sprint/walking.

I hate when my right side gets this sore. It seems like it takes forever to get better. I have to teach BodyPump tomorrow and I have a 5k on Sunday so I don’t want to push it too hard.

After the gym, I went to Whole Foods (must feed sushi addiction). Danny and the kids got me a Whole Foods gift card for Mother’s Day so I was happy to use it :)


I got California rolls, a salad, some lettuce for dinner, and a few chocolate covered macadamia nuts and peanut butter toffees.


They were amazing. I only got a few because I could probably eat lots and lots of them and I didn’t want that. I thought I’d like the macadamia nuts better but actually the peanut butter toffees were a lot better and I wish I would have gotten more of those. Yum!

I’m glad tomorrow is Friday! Once again we have a busy weekend – work, sports games, a 5k, my niece’s gymnastic show, dinner (next week is my birthday so we’re doing dinner Saturday!).

Have a great afternoon!

  • Favorite sweet treat?
  • Favorite quick and easy meal?


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Run Like a Mother 5k Recap 2014

Good Morning!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great Mother’s Day!


Saturday morning started out with baseball and soccer games for the kids. Luckily, the weather was absolutely beautiful! It’s about time we got some nice weather!

Right after the kid’s games, we had a superhero birthday to go to! I wore a Batman shirt and Danny wore a Superman shirt.


My dad dressed up as the Hulk and the three year old birthday boy loved it!! All the kids had a great time at the party!


My stepmom’s niece threw the party and she did such a great job on the decorations and cake.


She even made superhero capes and masks for all the kids!


We went to bed a little early on Saturday night since we had to be up early on Sunday for the Run Like a Mother 5k.

Sunday – Run Like a Mother 5k

On Mother’s Day, we woke up about 6:15 am to get ready for the race. The race is about 35 minutes from our house so we left in plenty of time to find parking, walk around, and use the bathroom.

The Run Like a Mother race always has a lot of booths set up to browse before the race. We got Kind bar samples, Muscle Milk samples, and tried out some new flavors of Nuun.

There was a sign making station where both the kids made signs for me.


I like this race because it’s always well organized and starts on time. There are plenty of port-o-potties with a minimal wait.

The race started at exactly 8:30 am. It was really congested at first but then it got better after about the first quarter mile. As usual, I started out running too fast. My first mile is always my fastest and my last mile is always my longest. I’m really trying to work on that.

Since I started out a little quicker than I should have, I started to lose energy by the end. My hip was a little achy but nothing too bad. The worse part was that it started to feel really heavy about the last half mile. It’s a hard feeling to describe but it felt like I was having to work harder than I should have been to get my right leg to move.

I pushed through and did what I could. I feel like there’s sometimes when you just feel really good running and sometimes when you just don’t feel as good. For the Shamrock Shuffle, I felt great running, but for the Run Like a Mother Race I didn’t feel as great. I felt like I really had to work. I also haven’t ran outside lately which is part of the problem.

It was a lot warmer than I expected it to be. Luckily, I wore long shorts and a sleeveless shirt but I was still really warm during the race. I skipped the water station and by the end my throat was parched. Looking back, I wish I would have just grabbed a quick sip of water to wet my throat.

I ended up finishing the race in 30:40. For the first time ever, my Garmin was exactly on point with the race. Every mile matched up perfectly. I didn’t do as good as last year, but I was really happy with my time. With my hip pain, I wasn’t sure how I would do.


At the finish line, I got a flower and a finisher’s medal.


Overall, I love this race. It’s my fourth year running it and I’ll run it again in the future!

As soon as I was done, I had to stretch my legs out because my hip was really bothering me. I stretched and walked around a bit before heading to the car. My legs felt okay for the rest of the day. My hip aches a bit today but nothing more than usual which I was happy about. My calves are more tight than usual but nothing too bad.

I know I need to call the doctor about my hip but I keep putting it off. Right now I’m not in terrible pain so I’m going to see how it feels for awhile.

After the race, we went to my mom’s house for breakfast. I treated myself to a jelly donut and a Starbucks Frappuccino. Why are jelly donuts so darn good?!! My birthday is next week so I am trying really hard to eat good all week until my birthday :)

Later in the afternoon, we went to my in-laws house to visit with them for awhile. It was a great Mother’s Day and I am lucky to be a mother to two wonderful children! I am also thankful for the mothers in my life!!

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We have another 5k coming up this Sunday that I’m running with my family. My aunt and uncle are flying in from California. My aunt recently lost over 120 pounds and will be doing her very first 5k!! I am so proud of her and can’t wait for this weekend!


I started my morning out with some protein pancakes. I skipped the gym and practiced BodyPump at home instead. I still have to work really hard on my timing, so the more I practice the more it helps me!

Have a great day!

  • How was your weekend?
  • Do you have any races coming up?
  • Favorite donut?




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Vega Tropical Strawberry Smoothie

Good afternoon!

I’m so glad it’s Friday today. It has been a busy week and it’ll be yet another busy weekend!

Up first, the winner of the Reebok Spartan Race giveaway – Seth! I just sent you an email.

I started my morning out by teaching BodyPump. My arms were a little sore from an upper body workout that I did yesterday. It included a lot of push-ups which killed me!

After my workout yesterday, I picked up my packet for the Mother’s Day race on Sunday.

I love the cute reusable bag they give you, and the shirt was really nice this year. The race is being sponsored by Jockey this year, so we got a nice Jockey dri-fit shirt.



Speaking of Mother’s Day, Athletico (where I did physical therapy for months) was super sweet enough to send me a little Mother’s Day gift. They sent me a great CamelBak water bottle and a coupon for a free 60 minute massage!


I loved my physical therapist at Althletico and think they’re a great company. If you’re interested in a massage, you can click here to get a $10 off coupon on your first massage! Athletico also has great information regarding women’s health that you can check out here.

A big thank you to Athletico. :)

Vega Smoothie

Yesterday afternoon, I made a smoothie using the Vega Protein Smoothie packet that I bought at Whole Foods.


The Vega Protein Smoothie mix is plant based, has 15 grams of protein, 90 calories, and two full servings of veggies!

My smoothie was really easy to make. I used:


  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt
  • approx. 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • one packet Vega Protein Smoothie in tropical tango
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 4-5 ice cubes

I blended everything in my Ninja blender and it was delicious!


We have a busy weekend with soccer games, baseball games, a birthday party, a 5k, and Mother’s Day! Have a great weekend!!

  • Have you ever had a massage?
  • Do you have plans for Mother’s Day?





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Hello! :)

Yesterday’s Workout:

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes
  • Walking – 10 minutes

Today’s Workout:

  • 3.28 miles – treadmill
  • Stretching

Women on Weights class killed me yesterday! We ran stairs, did goblet squats, walking lunges, and toe walking. It didn’t hurt my legs as much as it did my hip. So what did I do today? I signed up for a 5k this weekend and then ran at the gym.

For the past three years, I’ve run the Run Like A Mother 5k with my stepmom, grandma, and sister-in-law. This year I didn’t plan on running it because we have two other races in May, which would mean three weekends of 5ks in a row. The running part is okay, it’s the price of all these races that starts adding up! Not to mention the increase in my hip pain lately.

I finally deciding at the last minute to sign up for the race. Unfortunately, no one else was able to run it but I look forward to having Danny and the kids there when I run it. I figure it’ll be a nice way to keep active on Mother’s Day.


I have ran the Run Like a Mother 5k for the past three years. The first year, 2011, I ran it in 37:19. Last year, 2013, I ran it in 29:22. I am proud of my progress :)

Probably the worst picture of me, but this is when I saw the clock at last year’s race and realized that if I kicked it into high gear, I could finish in under 30 minutes:


That race was the only race I’ve ever run in under 30 minutes (I have a lot of running issues), and I was so happy. I don’t expect to finish that fast this year because of my hip/quad pain, but it’ll be nice to see where I’m at.

If you need a place to find all your race results, check out the athlinks website. You just type in your name and it shows results for every race you’ve ran.

After my workout, I had a thinkThin crunch bar.


It was my first time trying this flavor and I loved it. So far, I have only been able to find this flavor at Whole Foods. I’ll have to check other stores closer to me.

New Pet

Over the weekend, Jaden got a guinea pig!


He has been wanting one for over a year, and we finally bought him one. We had a dog for a long time and after he passed away Jaden’s allergies got a little better so we’re hesitant about getting another dog right now. Danny is super allergic to cats so we went with a guinea pig.

Her name is Lucy and Jaden loves her. My niece loves her too :)


Have a great afternoon!

  • When’s your next race? What has been your favorite race?
  • Did you have any pets growing up? Do you have any pets now?


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