May 6, 2013

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #33 with 8 Cake Decorating Tricks & Tips!

 Cake Decorating Tips & Tricks
My husband holding my daughter's hand. The next time she wears a white dress & veil, she'll be holding his arm. ♥
We celebrated my daughter's First Communion this weekend I made her cake, of course. I thought I'd share a few cake-decorating tips that I've picked up over the years, but please know that I am a cake-decorating amateur and everything I know, I've picked up along the way, so don't expect too much. ☺

1. Use Wilton Cake Release. Forget greasing & flouring cake pans. Cake Release works infinitely better & an 8 oz bottle costs $5.00 and lasts for years.
2. Always level cakes before frosting them. I use a serrated knife & eyeball it. Close enough for jazz.
3. Purchase frosting at a grocery store that contains its own Bake Shoppe. Making decorator icing isn't difficult, but it's time-consuming and messy. I purchase my frosting from the grocery store and it tastes as good as homemade, if not better and actually costs LESS than making it myself.


4. Drop a dollop of frosting on the presentation board & spread it like peanut butter before putting the cake on top of it. This anchors the cake to the board & prevents the cake from sliding off it.
5. Place strips of parchment paper or waxed paper underneath the edges of the cake on the presentation board. This ensures a clean-looking presentation board ultimately. Remove the paper just prior to piping the bottom border of the cake.

6. Always crumb coat or "dirty ice" the cake. Cover the cake with a thin layer of icing without regard for how many crumbs the icing picks up. Allow to dry before frosting the cake with the finishing layer. The dried crumb coat locks in cake crumbs & prevents them from mixing into the frosting you see in the finished project.
Crumb coat can be seen underneath the final layer of icing in this photo.
7. Use a Viva paper towel to smooth icing. After icing has dried slightly, use a paper towel, with no funny waffling or texture and simply use your hand or an offset spatula to smooth the icing.

8. Mark cake lightly with a ruler or other straight edge where some degree of precision is required. Writing or piping in a straight line on a cake free-hand is not within my skill set. I take the help wherever I can get it!
These simple tricks can make a cake look a little more professional for special events.

This Week's Featured Blogs
Featured bloggers, you're welcome to grab the Clever Chicks Featured button!

The Chicken Chick
Anthropologie Inspired DIY Rope Bracelet by Made in a Day.
Murano Chicken Farm, Free Nest Boxes
Lemoine Family Kitchen, Slow Cooker Steak Carnitas & Sauteed Peppers over Cilantro Lime Rice
Schneider Peeps: Chicken Coop Expansion (using free shipping containers from transmission shop!)

About Featured Blogs
Some of my favorite posts and/or most viewed posts will be FEATURED on Clever Chicks next week! I will also pin them to my “Clever Chicks” Pinterest board. The featured bloggers are invited to brag about how clever they are by posting the Clever Chicks "Featured” button on their blogs!

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #33
You’re invited to LINK UP!
Despite the title, this is an equal-opportunity link party!
GRAB MY BLOG HOP BUTTON!
The Chicken Chick

How to Link-up
Share your clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, 
stories about your families, chickens, farm animals or other pets! 
** No linky parties, giveaways or items for sale please. **

Please use the direct link to your blog post, not to your blog’s home page; 
we want to be able to find your clever post!

If you have trouble linking up, please email me the URL to your post and I will add it for you: Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com




103 comments :

  1. winnie rottem5/6/13, 2:06 AM

    Thanks for the tips Kathy!!
    I have to get Viva papers

    Have a good week and thank you for another party

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  2. I would love to read that book! Please enter me into the give away! It doesn't say whether it is only for USA addresses, so maybe I am in with a chance this time. Yay!

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  3. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts5/6/13, 6:27 AM

    Kathy,

    I'm glad to join you clever chicks today. I brought a few recipes made with stuff I've usually got on hand: ripe bananas in the freezer, pickled peppers in the pantry, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Not all in one dish!

    For breakfast I've got Creamy Dark Chocolate Banana muffins. They are whole grain, delicious, and if you're not sure how to store ripe bananas I've got some tips.
    For dinner I've got a Pickled Pepper and Pepperoni Pizza, which was very fun to write up because of all the alliterative opportunities it offered. And it tastes crazy good!
    Finally I've got a hard-to-categorize post. In April I completed a 30 day challenge to Better Food Photography, and while I am not a great food photographer, I did pick up some tips that I am sharing here. If you're not interested in my tips, I've also got a Sunny Hello Dolly Bars recipe, made with pantry staples, to tempt you.


    Thanks for hosting!

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  4. Ooh does that soap look interesting! And i loved the tips on frosting a cake...mine always look terrible (but they taste good, and I suppose that is the most important) ;)

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  5. Happy Monday! Thanks for hosting and for the great giveaway!

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  6. Thank you for the link-up!

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  7. Angela LeMoine5/6/13, 8:22 AM

    WOW! I'm honored, very much appreciate being featured this week!
    Angela
    http://lemoinefamilykitchen.blogspot.com

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  8. Carolyn Miller5/6/13, 9:08 AM

    Love the name "Hog Wash Soap"

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  9. What a sweet First Communion photo!! Thanks for hosting Kathy!

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  10. You always have the best articles, thank you for sharing them with me!

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  11. These cake decoration tips are great. I really need all the help I can get in that area. - Lucy

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  12. Soap or that great book? Fun! I subscribe and follow you of course. Have a good day!

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  13. Dolly Sarrio5/6/13, 11:26 AM

    Great Hop and Great Giveaways! I follow..

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  14. That cake looks yummy! I can't wait to read once upon a chicken :)

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  15. just found your site! great blog! :)

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  16. The cake is beautiful! I would love to win this book. I've heard such great things about it :-)

    backyardchickenlady at gmail dot com

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  17. DianaRambles5/6/13, 12:05 PM

    Great job on the cake! Thanks for hosting!

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  18. Monica Baute5/6/13, 12:14 PM

    Love the cake decorating tips! Just starting to wonder if there is anything you aren't awesome at? Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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  19. Would love to win a soap or the book. I don't do cakes, but this is a good post with good tips. I wouldn't buy frosting from a store like you mentioned. I have gotten free frosting buckets to use a buckets and some will become nest boxes in the fall for my hens. have yoiu ever read the ingredients? There was some left in a bucket once and I tasted it before reading the ingredients. High fructose corn syrup I avoid like the plague. I would spend more to make it and use better and fewer ingredients. Looks like a great cake. Congrats to your daughter. Such a Happy time for all.

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  20. love your page and also your contests.

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  21. We've been using plastic cat litter buckets for nest boxes for years, and they work very well. So glad others recognize this economical, environmentally friendly and easily cleaned way to keep your hens happy, your eggs safe, and your budget under control.

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  22. Ugh, my message seems to have disappeared. What I posted has something to do with the cat-litter box nestboxes. We've used them just this way for years. They are safe, easy to clean, don't rot or attract insects, and the girls like them.

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  23. Fluster Buster5/6/13, 1:24 PM

    Thank you for hosting - see you again next week!

    Robin

    Fluster Buster

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  24. Oh my! Hogwash soaps! Yes please!

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  25. Your posts are always fun and creative. Thanks for the cake tips. I will put them to good use this weekend when we make a cake for my daughters 5th birthday. Farm themed of course, to reflect her new love of chickens.

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  26. Samantha Houston5/6/13, 2:57 PM

    Thanks for hosting, Kathy!

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  27. thank you for letting us link up!

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  28. Thanks for the party! Have a great week.. Linda

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  29. Crystelle Boutique5/6/13, 7:47 PM

    Thanks a bunch for your fabulousness at these groovy parties.... :) You rock!! Have a great week.



    hugs xx
    Crystelle


    Crystelle Boutique

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  30. Loving your post as usual! Please include me in the drawings! Thank so much for all the great info!

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  31. Karen Neal-Naylor5/7/13, 9:06 AM

    Great blog! Thanks, I'm enjoying it :)

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  32. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 9:33 AM

    Thank you, Karen!

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  33. Lisann Murano5/7/13, 9:34 AM

    Thanks so much for featuring my blog! I'm so flattered!

    ~L

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  34. I cannot get the HTML code to work properly for your blog hop button, so that I can link back.

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  35. Melinda Wolowicz5/7/13, 7:17 PM

    Thanks for the great tips today. I've been wanting to read the featured book for a while now.

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  36. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 7:57 PM

    Thank you for joining us again this week, Winnie. I always look forward to your posts!

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  37. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 7:57 PM

    You're entered, Nessa!

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  38. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 7:58 PM

    I AM very interested in your food photography tips, Kirsten. Thank you for linking up!

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  39. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 7:58 PM

    Thank you, Amy. ♥

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  40. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 7:59 PM

    Thanks so much, Lisa!

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  41. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 7:59 PM

    Thanks Lucy, I hope a few of them come in handy for you!

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  42. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 8:00 PM

    Thanks Dolly and good luck in the giveaway!

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  43. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 8:00 PM

    Thanks for joining me, Gail!

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  44. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 8:01 PM

    Thanks Diana and thank you for linking up!

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  45. Congratulations to your daughter! May God bless her always! My daughter made her FHC last year. Your cake looked absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for hosting. I am sharing my daughter's Buried Treasure cookies. She has been baking for us each week. :-) I'd love to be entered for your giveaways, as well. Many blessings, Lisa

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  46. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 8:01 PM

    LOL, Monica! Of course- there are plenty of things I'm not good at, I just don't blog about them. LOL!! :)

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  47. Thanks for the neat articles! Keep them coming!

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  48. Jacqueleen Rainville5/7/13, 8:44 PM

    SO many great tips!!! That's why I follow on GFC.

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  49. I would be interested in the book also. The soap would be nice too

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  50. To win the book would be awesome. You have a wonderful web site here. Lots of info for all. :)

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  51. Lynette Mattke5/7/13, 8:52 PM

    Thanks as always for the great information. I'd love to win the book or the soap!

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  52. Mamabirdy555/7/13, 8:53 PM

    Oh My Goodness...I would LOVE a copy of Once Upon A Flock !!!! Thanks for the cake decorating tips and Congratulations to your sweet daughter !!! May God bless her journey in faith !!!!

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  53. The book would be enjoyable to read since I am just beginning my journey with chickens!

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  54. TheChickenChick5/7/13, 8:55 PM

    Thank you Lisa. ♥

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  55. joely pentlow5/7/13, 8:57 PM

    I would love to win Once upon a Flock. Great tutorial on cake icing and I love the free nest box photo, it has given me some ideas!

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  56. Great tips! Love the photo of your daughter and husband as well. Beautiful.


    rkwr@ymail.com

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  57. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great items, but more importantly, thank you once again for OUTSTANDING information related to all things 'fowl'.......I pass along your info to my baby sister, my cousins, and to friends......a healthy flock is a LAYING flock.........


    I would ask only one thing.....my baby sister has a goose and that little girl (the feathered one) lays GREAT EGGS that are REALLY tasty (and one goose egg from her equals nearly 3 chicken eggs in that flock, size wise....no foolin, I can upload a recent pic if I can figure out how to do it.......just joined the 21st century with my very first 'smart phone'...which is really a computer), and I was hoping you could point me (and hence her) in the direction of a great 'goose source'.......thanks again and Keep on Cluckin!

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  58. hogwash soap love your blog

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  59. So much great info and so little time! Love all the recipes and chicken related reuse/ recycle info!

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  60. i am subscribed to your blog....would love to win! :)

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  61. I love your post/site! Thank you so much!

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  62. Your page has made me Hungry :)

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  63. Beth Primrose5/7/13, 11:34 PM

    Such a great blog!

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  64. Crystal Bergman5/7/13, 11:46 PM

    Either would be a great prize!

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  65. S Summersell5/8/13, 9:07 AM

    Thanks for all the good information!

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  66. Elaine Lewis5/8/13, 9:49 AM

    Long time follower. Thanks for the chance for the giveaways.

    http://sunnysimplelife.blogspot.com/

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  67. Would LOVE to win this book! Always wanting to learn and already learn so much from your site! Thank you!

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  68. We use recycled buckets for nest boxes too! Love the kitty litter colorful ones though! :)

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  69. Nice giveaways, either one would be swell!! Love your blog.

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  70. Gwendolen Mottern5/8/13, 8:51 PM

    So thrilled to have someone to follow who has a love of homesteading as much as we do. Finding everything you offer of significant value in making us the best small farm as possible. Thanks so much!!

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  71. Rachel Best5/8/13, 8:54 PM

    Great cake!

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  72. Anita Mitchell5/8/13, 9:08 PM

    Hope I win something please please oh please

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  73. The cake decorating tips are great! I'd love to try the soap. Thanks!

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  74. Gosh, I remember my First Communion (a million years ago!). I love the shot of her holding her Daddy's hand. Very sweet.

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  75. Blessings on your daughter's Communion- a special day! Thanks for hosting,,,cant wait to blog hop. :)

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  76. Joyce Zaleski5/9/13, 12:16 AM

    I would love to win the soaps. I am already a proud owner of the Once Upon A Flock Book and I love it!! Thanks so much. queenb@epix.net

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  77. Debi Bolocofsky5/9/13, 11:36 AM

    I love your cake decorating tips. Especially the paper towels. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  78. Gregoria Bacus5/9/13, 10:15 PM

    My flock loves a good book.

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  79. TheChickenChick5/10/13, 12:36 AM

    Sorry, Deborah. I fixed it. Here's the code for you: <center><a href="http://www.the-chicken-chick.com" target="_blank"><img alt="The Chicken Chick" src=" http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h402/ADozenGirlz/CleverChicksBloghop150x147_zps2ab1a684.jpg" /></a></center>

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  80. TheChickenChick5/10/13, 12:39 AM

    There's a section on BackyardChickens.com for geese!

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  81. TheChickenChick5/10/13, 12:45 AM

    Thanks for being with me, Elaine and good luck!

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  82. TheChickenChick5/10/13, 1:21 AM

    Thanks Susan! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  83. TheChickenChick5/10/13, 1:21 AM

    Thanks Rachel!

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  84. Love the Chicken Chick! Could really use some nice soap for after chicken chores

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  85. Love to have that book!

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  86. Would love to receive either generous gifts!

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  87. Jennifer Thompson5/10/13, 2:29 PM

    How fun would it be to win?????? Keep up the great work!

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  88. What a sweet memory for your daughter!

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  89. I really love all the info on the blog, and the group..thanks.. Need soap LOL

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  90. Jules Butterworth5/10/13, 8:51 PM

    Te soaps look lovely and the book would be a wonderful read, hugs to Rachel:)

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  91. I would of course have to read the book to my chickens at bedtime.

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  92. Alishia Bigelow5/11/13, 5:12 PM

    I'm feelin' LUCKY!

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  93. Thank you for the helpful links and info :) entering to win Hogwash Soap and Once Upon a Flock book. Faithy64@aol.com

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  94. I love home made soaps. I have some supplies but have never taken the plunge to make my own. I checked a lot of books out in my efforts to be a more educated new chicken Mama, but I have not seen this one yet. I would love to add it to my growing collection :)

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  95. Need soap and book .... all the info is fantastic ,,thank you

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  96. Rebecca Pfeiffer5/19/13, 10:45 AM

    Great tips, thank you!

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  97. Rebecca Pfeiffer5/19/13, 10:46 AM

    Great tips! Thank you!

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