My Love Affair with Coffee and Breville’s Bambino Plus (Giveaway!)

It’s the first thing I look forward to in the morning and fuels me throughout the day. I even turn to it for an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s warm, creamy and delicious. What am I?

C – O – F – F – E – E  !

It’s no secret – I have a love affair with coffee. So, of course, I was delighted to try Breville’s Bambino™ Plus espresso machine. Who wouldn’t want to make delicious, premium quality coffee beverages at home?

I had experience using a premium espresso machine a few years back where I worked and loaded up on lattes several times a day. And since my husband is Italian, we had a vintage espresso machine passed down to us from family as well. We know what makes the perfect espresso! So we were both curious to see if the Breville Bambino™ Plus would fit the bill.

Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine

Breville Bambino™ Plus

This espresso machine arrived at our door right before Christmas, so over the holidays, I was able to set it up and try it out. I love that Breville Bambino™ Plus is a compact size as we don’t have a ton of counter space available. With a sleek stainless steel exterior, the machine is a beautiful addition to our kitchen.

Easy to use.

The Breville Bambino™ Plus is easy to use; it has three settings for temperature and frothing for milk if you’re making lattes or cappuccinos. It also comes with a single or double filter basket, along with a tamper and Razor trimming tool for easy measuring. We tend to use the double filter basket because we prefer our espresso long! The 54mm porta-filter with 19 grams is the key for full flavour and café quality coffee.

Warms up in 3 seconds.

It’s super convenient that you don’t have to wait for the machine to warm up before using; it’s ready to brew in three seconds. The Innovative Thermojet™ heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature without the wait. The coffee temperature is perfect; the machine’s Digital Temperature Control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal espresso extraction.

Froth milk like a Barista.

The automatic steam wand allows you to adjust the milk temperature and texture to suit your taste and makes barista quality foam. It’s also nice that the Bambino plus comes with a stainless steel milk jug! 

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The verdict.

So what do we think? My husband and I are impressed. The espresso has the perfect temperature, is nice and thick in texture and has the right amount of “schiuma” or crema/foam. Since I can’t have regular milk, I was surprised that the steam wand is able to froth my almond milk enough to resemble a regular latte.

I love that I can make espresso, cappuccinos and lattes within minutes. The only problem now is, trying to control how many I should drink a day! Breville has been successful at creating an espresso machine that honours Italian tradition my making café quality coffee.

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If you haven’t had any experience as a barista, you’ll want to take a Breville’s Bambino™ Plus.  And if you’re not sure which Breville’s machine is best for you,  you can answer this fun quiz.

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I received product from Breville Canada to review. As always the opinions expressed herein are my own.

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Planning for Retirement When You’re Working in Canada’s Flexforce 

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with TD, but all opinions are my own.

After graduating from university, I began my career working in the city for various companies in the entertainment industry. My typical day was spent behind a computer screen, but working with a dynamic group of people always enhanced my work experience. While the commute from the suburbs took a toll, the regular paycheque, and health and dental benefits made it all worthwhile.

Once my first son was born, I traded in the back-to-back traffic, and often long train rides, for the chance to be a stay-at-home mom while pursuing a freelance career from home. I gave up my portion of our new family’s income to start my own business. I started by first offering virtual assistant services and then eventually starting this website, as well as doing some freelance writing for other publications. I’ve found some creative ways to generate income from various streams as freelancers typically do.

Canada’s Flexforce – a term coined by TD to describe freelancers, temporary/contract workers, frequent job jumpers, and people who are gaining additional schooling or training and thus delaying their career – often comes with a great deal of financial unpredictability. Being in the Flexforce, especially as a freelancer like myself, means you must go with the ebb and flow of work volume; sometimes the work is overflowing, and other times it’s painfully slow. Getting through those dry periods financially can often be a challenge – so understandably, contributing to a retirement fund can often wind up at the bottom of the priority list.

According to a recent TD survey, Flexforce Canadians are financially unprepared for retirement and don’t feel confident when it comes to meeting their retirement goals. Specifically, nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) are rethinking retirement and anticipate needing to work into their senior years because they won’t have enough saved for retirement. In addition, nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of the Flexforce are finding it difficult to save for retirement, while four in ten (41 per cent) are not even sure when they’ll retire given their employment situation. They’re also feeling increasingly uncertain (47 per cent) and worried (34 per cent) about their financial future.

Are you a Flexforce Canadian? If so, is this causing you to “rethink”  your retirement? There’s no need to panic! With some guidance and planning, there are simple ways to feel more confident about retirement – here are a few ideas from TD.

Planning for Retirement When You’re Working in Canada’s Flexforce

Know your goals.

Whether you’ve been working for decades or are just getting back into the workforce, everyone has their own idea of what they envision their retirement to look like. Once you’ve determined your goals, establish a retirement savings plan to help you stay on track.

Know your options.

Planning for retirement can be confusing, so it’s important to learn what retirement will entail, and what options are available to help get you there. There are many variables and unpredictability if you work in the gig economy, so it’s important to speak to a financial advisor to set up a plan tailored for your specific needs and situation. It’s also key to understand spending and saving habits so you can readjust those in order to reach your retirement goals.

Manage your money.

How much are you spending on coffee per week?! Tools like the TD MySpend app can provide notifications of your spending transactions in real-time, which in turn can provide insight into your financial habits so that you can take more control over how you manage your money. Perhaps your take-out expense will have to be reduced to once a month for a while.

What does your retirement look like?

Do you see yourself working until 70 in your current location? Or would you like to retire on a secluded beach off the coast of Bora Bora by 55? Once you have a picture and plan for your ideal retirement, take steps to turn that vision into a mission. A useful tool is the online TD Retirement Calculator, which estimates how much you would need to save to retire with the desired income you need for the retirement lifestyle you want. You should also consider meeting with a financial advisor to help create and implement a retirement plan. Consider setting up automated contributions into a retirement savings vehicle that will add up over time, without any extra effort from you.

Stay accountable.

Now that you’re in a good routine of monitoring your spending, check in on your retirement investment from time to time. While it may not be necessary to check your portfolio daily, it’s a good idea to check in with your financial advisor at least once a year, or whenever you’re going through a major milestone in your life, like buying a home or welcoming a new member into your family. Starting a new business or taking on a permanent role could also be a good opportunity to meet with your advisor to ensure your retirement plan is still headed in the right direction.

Many Flexforce Canadians are financially unprepared for retirement and don’t feel confident when it comes to meeting their retirement goals. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Hopefully, these tips from TD will help you feel more confident in planning your retirement goals.

Planning for Retirement when You're Working in Canada’s Flexforce

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit

Are you planning to travel this year? While you normally may look outside Canada for travel destinations, why not explore more of the great white north? More Canadians are looking to explore their own country, since there is so much to discover.

We know the obvious choices, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal as fun destinations. But what about some lesser known Canadian travel destinations to visit instead?

Here are some destinations from each Canadian province/territory that may be lesser known Canadian travel destinations to visit this year:

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit |

British Columbia – Barkerville

Barkerville is a recreated Gold Rush Town circa 1862. The Barkerville experience combines history and fun for an interactive experience and a trip back to an important time in B.C history. Rent out traditional Victorian era costumes as you walk through this period town. Try your hand at gold panning or take in a theatrical production. Children under 5 enter Barkerville for free, and there are great deals on admission for families.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit Barkerville BC

Alberta – Abraham Lake

One of Alberta’s “hidden gems,” Abraham Lake is a great location for a summer escape. Instead of visiting Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise, which can get crowded with visitors and tourists, Abraham Lake is a great alternative.

The man-made lake’s breath taking colours and scenery are beautiful in the winter and in the summer. Summer at Abraham Lake offers swimming, canoeing, and hiking for all ages and skill levels.  There is free lakeside camping available. But if camping isn’t your thing, David Thompson Resort or Aurum Lodge are both accommodations nearby.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit Abraham Lake

Saskatchewan – Badlands

Visitors from all over the world visit the Badlands to take in the beauty and vastness of this geographical region, particularly the buttes and caves. Learn the history of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous populations, and the bandits and outlaws of North America’s Wild West – the infamous Sundance Kid came here! Walk the same paths and exploring the same cliffs and caves as they once did.

Visit Dinosaur Provincial Park, one of the richest dinosaur fossil sites in the world, where more than 500 specimens have been discovered. There are many accommodations nearby in the town of Coronach, including Bed & breakfasts, motels, restaurants and gift shops.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit Badlands SK

Manitoba – Churchill Polar Bears

Dubbed the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is one of the few human settlements where Polar Bears can be observed in the wild. Churchill offers many different ways to see the Polar Bears, whether it is by Tundra Buggy (driven tour) or by visiting a Wilderness Lodge.

In addition to Polar Bears, there are also opportunities to watch or swim with whales, see the Northern Lights, and experience other wildlife up close. Churchill also has an extensive fur trade history, great hiking, and delicious local cuisine including Elk and Bison dishes.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit - Churchill Manitoba
Photo: Ian Johnson

Ontario- Thousand islands

“Thousand Islands” should actually be called 1800 Islands. This archipelago (with 1084 islands to be precise) borders Canada and the United States, in the town of Gananoque, near Kingston, Ontario.

The islands are an authentic hub of nature, culture, and history and feature two UNESCO sites: Frontenac Arch Biosphere and the Rideau Heritage Route. Visitors may visit the Boldt Castle or the Singer Castle, both of which are open for visitors to enter and explore and learn more about their rich histories. Take a cruise of the area, swim at one of the remote beaches, or rent a cottage or perhaps even an island.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit Thousand Islands Ontario

Quebec- Whale route

Three hours north of Quebec City is designated as the Whale Route; the 1250 kilometre stretch from Tadoussac to Blanc Sablon on the Cote-Nord is home to 13 different species of whales. You can see the majestic creatures from the shore but get closer with a boat tour. Those who are adventurous can even kayak for an up-and-close encounter.

The Whale Route also offers lovely beaches, hiking trails, historical sites, shopping and dining, and great locations to observe everything from deer, to puffins, to fish.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit Whale Route Quebec

Newfoundland and Labrador – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

This small community is just 12 miles from Newfoundland and accessible by ferry or airplane, but it’s not part of Canada! Just off the coast of Newfoundland, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon are the last piece of French territory in North America, and known for its slogan: “Where France meets North America”.

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon residents enjoy a traditionally simple way of life. These islands are a great opportunity to immerse in French culture, without crossing the Atlantic. If you’re Canadian, you do not require a passport to visit.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit - Saint Pierre et Miquelon

New Brunswick- Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill has been a phenomenon since the 1800s, when people noticed their cars would roll backwards up this hill without any power! The rising and descending terrain causes cars to “roll up” Magnetic Hill, making it a huge Maritime tourist attraction.

There is also the Magnetic Hill concert site, which features a waterpark, Zoo, and wharf village. Beyond Magnetic Hill, Moncton is a city filled with rich Acadian culture with many interesting features to check out.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit Magnetic Hill New Brunswick

Nova Scotia – Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal is home to some of North America’s earliest European settlers. It’s a dynamic community with a strong present-day culture that honours Annapolis Royal’s Indigenous and Settler past.

This former capital of Acadia and Nova Scotia is rich with history. Most attractions and accommodations in Annapolis Royal are heritage sites, featuring historic gardens, a farmers market, vineyards, lighthouses, museums and a theatre. Visit the Fort Anne National Historic Site to see 1797 British officer’s quarters or take one of the historic walking tours to get a better understanding of the stories behind the local sites.Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island- Cavendish Beach

Cavendish Beach in northern Prince Edward Island, offers a beach vacation right in Canada. The 8 km stretch of natural sand gives way to calm, warm waters that are safe for swimming by all age groups.

Sit back and marvel at the red sandstone cliffs and sandy dunes. When you’re finished making sand castles, head inland to the nearby botanical garden, tourist shops or a local restaurant to try the fresh lobster.

Cavendish Beach Country Music Festival, featuring artists like Blake Shelton and The Band Perry, is taking place from July 8th-10th, 2016.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit - Cavendish Beach PEI

Yukon- Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is always a mesmerizing and unique experience. This natural phenomenon is best seen from late August to mid-April outside the big cities.

Local tour operators offer various options for seeing the Northern Lights, from evening bus tours to remote lodge stays and even organized camping trips.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit - Yukon

Northwest Territories – Nahanni National Park Reserve

The Nahanni National Park and Reserve is among the world’s first four natural heritage locations chosen as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

One of the park’s key features is the South Nahanni River, which is surrounded by huge canyons. The river flows to the spectacular Virginia Falls, which is more than twice the height of Niagara Falls.

The park is also home to sulphur hot springs, alpine tundra regions, mountain ranges, and lush forests. Spend the day hiking the foothills or canoeing the crystal blue waters.

Lesser known destinations in Canada Nahanni National Park NWT

Nunavut – Pangnirtung

Pangnirtung is an Inuit hamlet with a population of approximately 1500, located on Baffin Island. Visit the hamlet to get a real sense of modern Inuit life. And make sure to visit the Uqqurmiut Inuit Arts Centre, with its studios and shops.

Nearby Auyuittuq National Park is also a must stop. The park is home to Mount Thor, known for having the greatest vertical drop on earth – the drop from its granite peak is 1250m – that is taller than two CN Towers!

The temperature in July and August ranges between 5°C and 15°C! Trips and activities can be coordinated to several places near the Pangnirtung hamlet.

Lesser Known Canadian Travel Destinations to Visit - Pangnirtung Nunavut

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Winter is all about indulging in comfort foods, prepared with heavier sauces, creams, and of course, cheese. That also includes delectable desserts such as a rich and creamy cheesecake. Add chocolate, caramel, and pecans in this divine Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake recipe, and you’re in cheesecake heaven.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake


1 1/2 chocolate graham crackers

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup caramel syrup or homemade caramel (see recipe below)

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

3 packages (250 g each) cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 package (225 g) semi-sweet chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix crumbs and butter together, and press firmly with the bottom of a flat glass onto bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then, remove from oven. Pour caramel sauce over crust, and top with pecans.

In a large bowl with an electric or stand mixer, beat cream cheese and on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate; pour into crust.

Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes, or until centre is almost set; the centre may still appear slightly jiggly. Cool completely, then refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Garnish with additional caramel sauce and pecans.

Tip: Bake your cheesecake in a water bath to avoid cracking. How? Wrap the outside of pan in a double layer of tin foil, covering the bottom and extending up. Place the plan into a larger roasting pan, and pout hot water into the roasting pan to about halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan.

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Easy Caramel Sauce


¼ cup butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup half and half cream

1 tbsp vanilla extract


Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar and cream and whisk constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for about three minutes. The longer you cook the sauce, the thicker it will become; keep in mind it will thicken as it cools.

Add the sauce to a small jar, and refrigerate once cooled. Makes about 1 1/2 cups caramel sauce.


What is Your Word For 2019?

Another year written in the books! As we look to a fresh beginning in 2019, there is a sense of renewed energy, excitement, and hope. The first few days of January are always a time to reflect on the past year, and make plans for the new one ahead. Now is the time to regroup, refocus, and make new goals and plans.  

Making a list of goals early in the year makes it easier to crank the gears into motion, starting off the new year on a positive and productive note. What helps is creating a word for 2019, a theme word to help keep you focused on your goals, or overall state of being for the upcoming  year.

What’s your word?

A recent trend is giving the new year a theme word which will represent your focus in all aspects of your life. The idea of choosing one year to sum up a theme seems both daunting and exciting at the same time. Is it possible to choose one word that encompass all of the things you hope to be, do, and accomplish in a full year?

In 2014, my word was flourish – a time to see my business grow and expand. In 2015, I couldn’t choose one word so I opted for three theme words for the year. In 2016, my word was nurture; I felt that I had the foundation for my career, and new relationships formed, that it was time to nurture them. In 2017, my word was manifest; working to make my dreams materialize. Last year, I chose three theme words as I couldn’t narrow down to one.

What is your word for 2019?

Do you have a theme word for 2019? Narrowing your goals for the year to just one word can be a challenge. But what would your word be?

My word for 2019 is PIVOT.


1a shaft or pin on which something turns

2aa person, thing, or factor having a major or central role, function, or effect

ba key player or position

Why did I choose pivot as my word for 2019?

This past year was a rollercoaster of events and emotions. In retrospect, I learned many lessons this year, some of which were painful but necessary. Forced to look at things more intensely and analytically, while making my health and mental well-being top priority. A good chunk of the time was spent engaging in introspection; looking inward, and tuning into my feelings, triggers, strengths, and weaknesses; and putting in the work for self-growth.

This year was about letting go of the ego, listening to my inner voice, trusting in that voice, and finding the answers from within. Remembering and surrendering to who I inherently am in the deepest sense.

PIVOT for me means being grounded like the shaft or pin on which something turns, but being able to turn smoothly and efficiently in whichever direction I need to go. It means I have the foundation I need to grow and allowing myself to be open and flexible to opportunities (and challenges) that come my way. Pivot also means a person (or thing) being a key player in a major role, which is what I’d like to encompass as I move forward in my career.

This year, I continue to wish to have clarity and purpose in all that I say and do, and be clear with my intentions and goals. I wish to spend more time doing what is most important to me, and letting go of things that don’t serve me; allowing myself to let go of the people and things that cause unhappiness and stress. I also wish to continue to be gentle with myself, and while working towards my goals are a priority, being able to honour my mind, body and soul and take time for self-care.

With clarity and confidence, I feel I’m ready turn the page, and enter 2019 with openness, acceptance and light.

What is your word for 2019?

What is your Word for 2019

Rogers Wrapped in Red Event + Win a Samsung Galaxy A8!

What’s on your holiday wish list this season? Chances are there are some tech gifts on your list, and Rogers is offering some great promotions with their Wrapped in Red Event event for the holidays!

Check out all the deals here!

Since I’m a Rogers ambassador, the lovely people at Rogers sent me some of the Wrapped in Red deals to share with you. Watch my video here to check out some of the surprises…. HINT… some are for you!


To celebrate Rogers’ Wrapped in Red Event this holiday season, I’m thrilled to give one of my readers a Samsung Galaxy A8 smartphone!

Samsung A8

Make the most of every moment with the Samsung Galaxy A8. Switch between the dual front cameras for stunning selfies, even in low light. With Live Focus, you can adjust the background blur to perfect portrait. An IP681 rating for water and dust resistance means you’re free to capture moments in the rain or by the pool. The Infinity Display extends from side to side for an immersive viewing experience. Take your everyday smartphone use to the next level with the premium features on the Samsung Galaxy A8.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Her 2018

This holiday season, pamper the women in your life with these holiday gift ideas for her.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Her 2018

AVÈNE Hydrance Rich Holiday Gift Set

Dehydrated skin lacks water and appears dull, with uneven texture and fine, dry surface lines. Hydrance helps prevent water evaporation from the skin, revealing a smoother and more luminous complexion.

The gift set includes:

  • Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream – 40ml
  • 3-in-1 Makeup Remover – 100ml
  • Thermal Spring Water – 50ml
  • TriXera Lotion – 10ml

The long-lasting hydration formula is enriched in shea butter, and offers a creamy texture. In addition, its hydrating ingredients increase the absorption and diffusion of Avène Thermal Spring Water and limit water loss. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Jean Coutu, and other pharmacies. $38.00 at Avene.

Holiday Gifts for Her - Avene Hydrance Rich Christmas Set

Design.ME Hair Kits

Blow Dry Kit

This product and tools kit includes 2″ barrelled ceramic + ionic round brush, full size PowerDry.ME 230 ml, travel sized Fab.ME 100 ml, and 5 rubberized jaw clips! All you really need to get that perfect blowout! $56′

Holiday Gifts for Her - Design Me Blow Dry Kit

Puff Me

The bigger the better! Get the perfect volume with the use of our Puff.ME shampoo & conditioner to start and finish styling with

the first ever volumizing powder in a pump! Get this combo packed in a Design.ME Pouch. $48 

Puff.Me Light + Teasing Comb

Get loads and loads of volume and fun with this duo! Comes with the Design.Me Puff.Me Light and teasing comb to reach new unbelievable heights. Puff.Me Light delivers instant volume to the hair for outrageous body and lift. Works great to create texture for updo’s and braids. Works great for those with very fine hair and is both odor and mess free. $19.50 at

Available at, Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty

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MONAT’s Holiday Collections

Heavenly Hydrating Masque

Monat’s ultra-hydrating lightweight gel cream masque is perfect for dull, lifeless, thirsty hair. Supplying an immediate surge of colour-safe hydration from root to tip, this hydrating powerhouse delivers lustrous, healthy-looking hair full of bounce, body and shine. Its gentle, detangling formula is ideal for all hair types to increase hair’s manageability, smoothness and silkiness. $80 at Monat.

Holiday Gifts for Her - Monat Hydrating Masque

Five Faves Limited Edition Ladies FIGHTER F-Word-tee™

This Canadian Lifestyle brand has launched a limited edition FIGHTER t-shirt where 50% of net proceeds from each shirt sold will go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. Each shirt has a Tabono on the front which symbolizes unity of purpose and strength when working towards a goal.

I love the positive and empowering F-Words they use on their apparel; words that embrace the five tenets of the brand: Positivity, Self-Expression, Authenticity, Empowerment and Paying it Forward. $35 at

Holiday Gifts for Her - FiveFaves Fighter Tee

Holiday Gifts for Her - Fighter F-Word Tee

Thrive Diffuser

Designed to help you enjoy a gentle mist of natural aroma, Karma Lifestyle‘s Thrive Diffuser features a calming, colour-changing light. Made from ceramic and wood with a high-gloss finish, it can run for up to six continuous hours. And to help get you going, it also comes with an Essential Oil Starter Kit, complete with three samples. $95.99 at Karma Lifestyle.

Holiday Gifts for Her - Diffuser Karma Lifestyle

The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years-the man she recently married-is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail-right down to the dress she wore to their wedding-is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy’s mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma. When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she’s been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is. $19.99 at Chapters Indigo.

 The Life Lucy Knew

Biossance Skincare

Biossance is a natural skincare brand containing squalene oil, which is in our skin’s own natural moisture which declines over time. It is also found in a variety of plants; Biossance contains squalene oil that is 100% plant based from renewable sugarcane. The ultimate, skin rejuvenation set. Three skin perfectors built to bring you vital, boosted and healthy-looking skin. Noticeably refine and renew the skin’s surface with the Glycolic Renewal Facial. Visibly smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of pores with Phyto-Retinol Serum. Noticeably de-puff and diminish the appearance of dark circles and crepiness with Peptide Eye Gel. $78 at Biossance. 

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Stackable Rings by Chamilia

She’ll love these stackable rings by Chamilia. The line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features genuine Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Zirconia. The brand follows strict Swarovski guidelines for quality and aesthetic standards.

Ornamental Drift Ring—This sterling silver band with bright finish features a pattern of meandering curls with Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia detailing. $55

Holiday gifts for her Chamilia Stackable Rings

Pavé Circle Ring—This sterling silver ring, features an open circle set with pavé Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia at the top of the band $45

Holiday Gifts for Her - Chamilia Pave Circle Ring

Holiday Gifts for Her - Chamilia Stackable Rings


One lucky reader will win:

  • A copy of The Life Lucy Knew
  • Design. Me Puff.Me Light + Teasing Comb
  • Monat Heavenly Hydrating Masque
  • AVÈNE Hydrance Rich Christmas set

$160 value!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone at Indigo

Confession: I haven’t started my holiday shopping yet. But guess what? I’m not stressed, because I know where I’m heading to check off those items off my gift guide list! It’s a holiday gift guide for everyone – all in one place.

Why navigate through busy malls like an obstacle course during the holiday season? Save time and get through your gift list with one-stop, easy holiday shopping.

Indigo is the one-stop holiday shop for unique and thoughtful holiday gifts, for her, him, kids –  for the entire family. Here’s my Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone at Indigo:

Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone at Indigo


Amber Pink Swirl Coupe – Set of 4 by Indigo

Designed in a rose-hued glass with a swirled design that beautifully catches and reflects light, these stemmed glasses are classic for sipping champagne, and an elegant way to serve any sparkling wine. Set of four.  $39.50

Holiday GIft Guide For Everyone at Indigo - Pink Glasses

Poured Glass Candle – Cinnamon & Mulled Cider by Indigo

This candle’s scent will remind you of autumn in the apple orchard, lazy hayrides and mugs of steaming cider mulled with cinnamon spice and brown sugar warm hands and hearts. Crafted from premium soy wax and hand-poured into a tinted glass vessel, this candle comes beautifully boxed for easy gifting. Available only at Indigo. $19.50

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Gimme Some Sugar by Benefit Cosmetics

Look bright, bronzed, and beautiful thanks to Benefit’s bestselling faves; curling mascara, smoothing and mattifying pore primer, natural-looking matte bronzer, and liquid highlighter. These four, full-sized favourites come wrapped and ready-to-give in a delicious cake-inspired tin! $59.00 (a $147 value)

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Obama describes her triumphs and disappointments, both public and private, telling her story in her own words and on her own terms. $40

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Throw Faux-Mohair Pink Plaid by Indigo

Indigo’s own Faux Mohair Throw is woven from easy care yarns that offer all the cozy comfort of the real thing. This soft pink plaid in shades of pale pink, cream, and soft grey make it a stunning décor accent to drape over a bed or chair. Polished with blanket-stitched edges, and a twisted fringe at each end. Exclusive to Indigo.  $69.50

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Indigo Gift Box: Game of Thrones Lover

by George R. R. Martin Illustrator Doug Wheatley

This Indigo Gift Box is perfect for any and every fan of the Game of Thrones universe. It includes a hardcover copy of George R. R. Martin’s newest release, Fire & Blood as well as an official Game of Thrones house of Targaryen ceramic stein—perfect for enjoying a frothy beverage while reading Martin’s latest adventure. Indigo Gift Boxes are available in select Indigo and Chapters stores while quantities last. $58.00

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Silicone and Wood Coasters (Set of 4)

These hockey-loving Silicone and Wood Coasters are crafted from embossed wood with a dark finish and backed with puck-black silicone that offers a non-slip surface. Two coasters are embossed with, “Life is better on ice,” one is embossed with “Puck Yeah,” and the other reads, “Every night is hockey night.” Set of four. Each is 4” in diameter. Wood, BPA-free silicone. Wipe clean or hand-wash. Exclusive to Indigo. $24.50

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Hockey It Out Pillow Cover by Indigo

It’s our Canadian tradition after all, and perfect for the family room. Indigo’s graphic Expressions Pillow Cover in natural woven cotton says “Hockey It Out”, but reverses to a plain, woven back. Pillow not included. Exclusive to Indigo. $34.50

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Work Week Socks Multi-pack  by Drake General Store

Packaged in a fun ‘lil box, this gift contains 5 pairs of socks in smart colours, and classic prints. Designed locally, Arborist combines the spirit of then and now to create goods that are playful, modern, and quintessentially Canadian.  $30.00

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Skate Beer Glass by Indigo

Fully modelled in thick glass, this Skate Beer glass will be a conversation piece at your next gathering.

Be warned, however; it may be challenging to drink from!  Point the toe to the left or right as the glass is emptied! What a fun and festive way to enjoy beer, mixed drinks, sodas and more. The skate glass comes in handsome box for easy gifting. Exclusive to Indigo. $22.00

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Plush Animal Polar Bear by IndigoBaby

The IndigoBaby Plush Animal Polar Bear is super soft and extra squishy, offering the coziest of cuddles for baby. With its silky coat and extra big hugs, this snow white-coloured cub is the perfect playtime companion.  $59.50

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Vintage Ride-On Metal Car by Vilac

Your kids will love this beautiful ride-on toy, which is designed in the shape of a vintage race-car. French company Vilac has been making heirloom children’s toys with an old-world attention to detail since 1911. The car has a painted steel body and chrome grill, along with moveable front wheels that make steering easy.  $199.95

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Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella Twins

By Manhattan Toy

You’re having twins! This Wee Baby Stella doll set includes twin brother and sister 12-inch dolls that feature life-like toes, belly buttons and perfectly plump tummies. It’s double the fun with two lifelong friends who will encourage your little one(s) to role play, nurture and care. $49.95


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Play Tent by B. Toys

Your children will love their own private world inside this colourful tent. Once inside pull the cord and discover a magical light show of colourful stars projected all around. Your kiddos will want to bring their favourite books and toys and invite their friends to enjoy too. Ages 3 to 8 years. $69.95

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Boynton’s Greatest Hits by Sandra Boynton  

The ultimate set for Boynton fans, here are four of her seriously silly bestselling board books in their own sturdy boxed set. Full-color illustrations. $27.99

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Glow in the Dark Unicorn Puzzle

By Mudpuppy

Visit a magical place with Mudpuppy’s Unicorns Glow-In-the-Dark Puzzle. After you put together 100 pieces of unicorn fun, turn out the lights to see the puzzle glow!  $14.95

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Nickelodeon Slime Make Your Own Super Slimetastic Fun

By Cra-Z-Art

Make your own Crazy Slime and slime-y combinations with the different tools provided in this kit by Nickelodeon. The kit contains everything you need to make your own coloured slime, and includes 2 Neon colours, Scents, Glitter, Google eyes and Foam beads. $29.95

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Paw Patrol Ultimate Fire Truck Playset by Paw Patrol

Save the day with Marshall’s Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck! This vehicle is equipped with an extendable 2 ft. tall ladder, flashing lights and sounds. Lift open the top to help Marshall leap into action! Using the water cannon launcher at the bottom of the cab, you can send up to three water cannons (included) flying into the fire. The truck also features a mini fire hose for small missions.  $79.95

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Nancy B’s Microscope & Activity Journal by Nancy B

Help your kids get excited about hands-on science experiences with Nancy Balter’s brand-new line of scientific tools and real-life journaling activities. Microscope and Activity Journal includes 40+ piece dual microscope (2 LEDs transform the dissecting microscope into a light microscope) with magnification from 30x to 400x and twenty-two-page journal including activities and space for drawings, such as examining cells, looking at crystals, observing bugs, and viewing critters in water. For kids ages 8–11. $49.95

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Schoenhut 25 Key Melodica by Schoenhut

This beautiful, child-sized Schoenhut 25 Key Melodica is played by blowing into a specially designed mouthpiece, resulting in rich, captivating tones as notes are tapped on the keyboard. Musicians consider the melodica’s sound a great mix of woodwind and key instruments. $39.95

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Big Nate Box Set Volume 1-4

By Andrews McMeel Publishing

What’s better than a Big Nate book? How about FOUR Big Nate books in one box!  $47.00

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Winter in Central Park 1000 piece puzzle by Mudpuppy

Bring NYC’s famed Central Park to life with this 1000 piece puzzle from Galison, featuring an illustration by the talented Michael Storrings. $22.95

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Monopoly® Fortnite Edition

By Hasbro

Every older kid and tween loves Fortnite, so why not make it a family event with the thrilling Fortnite edition of the Monopoly game? Players claim locations, battle opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive. The gameplay, design, and components of the board game include elements inspired by the video game including Fortnite locations and loot chest cards. Instead of Monopoly money, players earn Health Points (HP). First choose a character: pick from 27 awesome outfits. Then, it’s time to battle. The action die lets players pick up health packs, build walls, and damage their opponents. Every time a player passes go they unleash the Storm; avoid it or lose HP. Like in the Fortnite video game, the last player standing wins! $24.95

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My Cinema Lightbox® Mini

by My Cinema Lightbox

This My Cinema Lightbox® Mini is half the size of the original My Cinema Lightbox® – and twice as cute! A perfect addition to your desk or end table, or as a unique gift for that person that has everything! Comes with 100 letters, numbers, characters and symbols + blank tiles. $29.50

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Crosley Cruiser Turntable

By Crosley

Lightweight in its charming suitcase-style shell, the original Crosley Cruiser is easy to use, and a delight to hear. Built in speakers can music-share the old fashioned way, or have one-on-one jams with the headphone jack. Choose from a rainbow of sound to start your vinyl adventure with this portable three-speed record player. $119.95

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2018

The countdown to Christmas is on! What are some of best holiday gifts for kids this 2018? Here is my Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2018.

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2018

HEXBUG’S VEX Battling Boxing Robots

Take robots and add boxing moves, and you’ve got yourself a winning toy! Assemble these “smart-tech” self-stabilizing VEX Balancing Boxing Bots by HEXBUG and get in the ring. These boxing bots are perfect for kids who love to get physical – but without anyone getting hurt (ahem, my boys for example!) I love that there are two parts to this toy; the assembly is a feat all on its own. And then once assembled, using the VEX Pilot app to control your robot’s every action. Kids and big kids (adults) have the power to control when their boxing bot can throw a swift uppercut, a jab, or when to play it safe based on your robot’s health status. Ages 8+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo.

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Air Chargers 3-in-1 Stunt Loop

Air Chargers is the only vehicle play system where kids are in  control of the race and results. The easy to use pump launcher allows kids to quickly charge up their race car and go! Includes fun racing sounds when car launches for a thrilling race experience. Three ways to stunt…height, distance, and barrel roll. Use the track in the standard loop configuration or reconfigure the separate pieces into your own custom setup. Ages 5+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $64.99

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HEXBUG Robotic Soccer Arena

Modeled after a real-life soccer stadium comes the HEXBUG Robotic Soccer Arena. It’s an epic soccer venue, with a twist – kids can maneuver the robotic athletes to push the soccer ball. Ages 8+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $89.99.

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Crate Creatures

Crate Creatures are fun interactive pets that you unleash from their cage to find out which special features they have. Break into the crate to unleash your new beast friend. All you need to do is use the crowbar to pop the lock. Pull their tongue for monstrously fun and gross noises and watch as the creature vibrates and it’s eyes start glowing. You can also turn them upside down to see what they are capable of. Record yak back phrases with your Crate Creatures. Ages 4+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $59.99

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Flushin’ Frenzy

Game night just got gross – but in a weird and yet fun way! And yes, it’s just what you think. Flush the handle on the toilet to roll the die, and when a number comes up – you have to plunge the toilet that number of times. But be careful, after any given push of the plunger the poop may COME FLYING OUT OF THE TOILET! Is this game really gross or just gross enough? So gross or grossly entertaining that the game was even featured on Jimmy Kimmel. Ages 5+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $19.99

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Work together in this colourful card game to complete a series of goals, all without communicating what’s in your hand!  Available at ToysRUs, Walmart and Amazon $24.97

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Ready2Robot Battle

Ready2Robot Battle is a collectible line for kids that lets you build, mix and match custom ‘bots and battle your friends in a robot-brawl. Add on your blasting and slime weapons to take your battles to the next level. There are over 1,000 ways to mix and match your bots. For kids 5+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $29.99

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Hatchimals Surprise

For the first time in Hatchimals history, who you’ll hatch is a total mystery! Inside one egg are four possibilities: you could hatch a super fluffy Bunwee, Pandor, Hedgyhen or Elefy! With soft fur, ears and tails, these mysterious new friends love cuddles and snuggles. Available at Walmart, Mastermind, Amazon, $59.99

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Rubik’s Race

Rubik’s fans will want to get your brain and fingers racing as you go head-to-head with your opponent to match a pattern of nine coloured squares. Available at Amazon for $24.99

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L.O.L. Surprise Bigger Surprise

L.O.L. Surprise is even BIGGER this year.  Get your video rolling with the ultimate unboxing experience. Discover 60+ never before seen surprises inside the L.O.L. Surprise Bigger Surprise with exclusive dolls and accessories. Case becomes purse, storage case and bath play set for water surprises. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart,  Indigo and Amazon.Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - LOL Bigger Surprise

FurReal Friends Furreal Ricky, The Trick-Lovin’ Pup

Ricky, the Trick-Lovin’ Pup pet is eager to perform tricks, and is sure to amaze everyone who watches him. Electronic dog full of surprises and affection, and responds with 100+ sound-&-motion combinations that keep kids guessing. He’s all about tricks, licks, and treats!  $89.99 available at Walmart, Amazon.

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#SocialStar is the only game where players must climb the social ladder and gather ’Likes’ in order to gain fame. Sounds a little like real life for some?! Have a laugh as you work to complete challenges and dares that strive to take you out of your comfort zone. Uncover whether you truly have what it takes to be the Star of Social Media. Ages 13+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $29.99

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National Geographic Slime DIY Science Lab – Make Glowing Slime

Mix your own glowing slime with this classic experiment kit. Your child will love this gooey blue slime that glows in the dark. $14.99

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Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa

How often do you take a pause in your life? In today’s hectic society, taking a pause from the daily grind for proper self-care is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Self-care is a huge part of staying healthy, in both mind and body.

I try to practice self-care on a daily basis with something as simple as a walk in nature, watching a favourite TV show, or even quietly sipping on a cup of herbal tea. But once in a while, I need much more than an hour or two; a complete reset. A pause. A chance to re-evaluate and re-energize.

Ste. Anne’s Spa is my go-to destination for that much-needed me-time. The Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa is a delightful combination of a yoga retreat and a spa experience all in one perfectly-wrapped package. It’s a rejuvenating and invigorating two-night, three-day yoga and spa retreat with a delightful blend of pampering, indulgence and mindfulness.

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Yoga Retreat

If you want to get the most of your yoga retreat at Ste. Anne’s, you must go with an open mind and heart, and be prepared to feel completely transformed.

Something magical happens when a group of like-minded individuals gather together for a yoga retreat. Firstly, you discover the astonishing serendipities; while we all have different backgrounds, we share a commonality. We are all open and ready to receive. Whether that’s receiving love, guidance, healing, validation, or clarity, we opened our hearts and souls for nurturing.

Our yoga retreat instructor, Francesca, has a warm and welcoming demeanour, allowing for guests to quickly let their guards down and open up. Francesca makes it easy for everyone to form a lovely bond – by the end of the retreat, you’ll have made new friends.

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Francesca guided our group through a series of gentle yoga such as slow flow, restorative, yin and yoga Nidra.  The yoga and meditation classes will force you to be more self-aware and self-reflect. Taking the time to stop and take a closer look at who you are, what you want and what you need, is something I encourage everyone to do at least once or twice a year.

I particularly enjoyed our meditation walk in the Meditation Garden. Even though it’s November and all the leaves have fallen, the garden and the fresh air along with the striking statues and the sound of the wind chimes made for a mindful stroll.

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Spa Treatments

In between our yoga practice, I enjoyed a Reflexology session followed by a Rose Garden Massage. Reflexology is one such old healing method in which certain spots of the feet are given gentle pressure that energizes and relaxes the body. The reflexologist can also pinpoint certain areas of the body that need attention; Penny was able to identify the areas of my body that have an issue. She was right about every single one, including my digestive issues and cervical spine and joint issues. The Rose Garden massage is a relaxing light massage using infused oil distilled from Ste. Anne’s gardens.


The cuisine at Ste. Anne’s is delectable, especially for gluten-free foodies like me. Almost everything is gluten-free – you’ll love the fresh bread they bake daily, as well as the gluten-free desserts. There are also dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options too.

Be prepared to eat… a lot. You’ll be fully satisfied with a full breakfast, three-course lunches and dinners. The Yoga Retreat guests enjoy a mix of meals in the Main Inn, and privately in the Farmhouse. You are welcome to join the group for meals, however, if you wish to have some alone time, that is also accepted.  Our group enjoyed a catered lunch in the Farmhouse, as well as an afternoon tea; but were also able to enjoy both in the Main Inn on other occasions as well. Yoga guests also enjoy a special treat – a private chef who prepares a three-course dinner for the group in the Farmhouse kitchen.

A favourite treat for many guests is the afternoon tea – so many delicious flavours to choose from- along with a gorgeous display of savoury samplers. The best part is you can enjoy high tea in your spa robe and slippers!

The Farmhouse

There are rooms in the main inn, as well as several cottages a walk or quick drive away. Yoga retreat guests all lodge in the Farmhouse, just steps away from the Main Inn. My room had a four-poster bed with a fireplace, and a claw-foot tub in the bathroom with a separate rain shower.

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The Fieldstone Grotto is one of the key features at Ste. Anne’s, with a current, outdoor hot tub, and the icy plunge pool; sauna, steam room and whirlpool (with light therapies) in the change rooms; and, my personal favourite, the Eucalyptus steam room.

The ladies locker room is very well stocked with towels, hair and body washes, and even cotton balls, Q-tips and plastic baggies for wet bathing suites. You’ll find staff always keeping the room refreshed and cleaned.

What to Bring

All you need to bring to Ste. Anne’s is some yoga clothes, undergarments and a swimsuit or two. When you’re not in your yoga clothes, you’ll be likely wearing the signature Ste. Anne’s bathrobe, provided by the front desk upon arrival. Slippers can be provided, but you may wish to bring your own. Don’t forget to bring your own wine and corkscrew if you choose to have wine with lunch and/or dinner!

If you plan on visiting the fitness centre, you may wish to bring running shoes. There are a few hiking trails as well, so you may want to bring running shoes, hiking boots, or rain boots if you wish to explore the grounds.


There truly isn’t another destination spa in Ontario that matches Ste. Anne’s atmosphere, accommodations and all-inclusive meals. Anyone who enters Ste. Anne’s as a bundle of nerves will undoubtedly leave feeling relaxed, heart full and peaceful.

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