Spend March Break & Passover Break with Netflix #StreamTeam

Netflix

A week of no school (or more), what is a mom to do? There are only so many programs you can enrol your child into and then what?!

This past week was March break and I had my big guy enrolled in morning programs three days a week and then figured I would have playdates in the afternoons, but it seemed like half his friends were in school still and only got Passover break and the rest already had plans so, I decided to plan a special afternoon and  have a baking and movie date thanks to Netflix.

I hyped up our afternoon plans telling him we were going to bake “nana’s amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies which were my favourite when I was little” and then I told him he could pick a movie on Netflix and we can grab pillows and a blanket and eat the cookies while watching. Honestly speaking, I have never seen him so excited! Having mom snuggling with him, cookies and a movie what could be better.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Measure: 
1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Cream with:
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
Combine and beat in until smooth:
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Sift together and add to the above ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
When beaten smooth, add:
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Beat the mixture well. Drop cookies 2 inches apart on well greased cookie sheet and bake until light brown (10-12 minutes)

Here are some great family movies for both the younger and older kids that are now available on Netflix

Netflix Family Movies - Little Kids

Titles for the younger kids

Netflix Family Movies for Older Kids

Titles for the older kids

My little man chose to watch the awesome animated movie Turbo which he didn’t last more than 20 minutes watching because he can’t sit still, but the best part of Netflix, pause it and then go back to it whenever you want.

Hope you all had a great March break with your family and for those who’s kids have Passover break, make a special movie date with your little one and enjoy your time together.

T.
xo

Kindercare Pediatrics in Toronto

Kindercare

One of the most important decisions is choosing a doctor for all your child’s needs and I wanted to highlight a great new full service clinic. I am hearing more and more that pediatrician offices are closed practices and I am happy to say this clinic is not (at least not yet).

There are four paediatricians two of which work at Sick Kids as Emergency doctors
Breast feeding specialist and lactation consultant
Two allergists
Psychologist
Nutritionist (my kid could use this)
Dermatologist

Great features about the clinic:
- What I love most about this clinic is that you can book an appointment via email or email them with questions/concerns etc – honestly this is BRILLIANT!!! Nothing more annoying than a busy signal over and over and over again (grrrrr).

- Their website is a great source for parents with babies, as they have a lot of information about baby care based on age.

- You can check the hours of your pediatrician that week and who is on call over the weekend

- They close at 6:00pm (most pediatrician offices close at 5:00pm SHARP and stop answering calls at 4:30pm)

- On their website there are virtual handouts with information on asthma, ADD/ADHD, common infections, skin problems etc

- Open on the weekends

Exciting Opportunity for Babylish Advice:

I am very excited that Babylish Advice is teaming up with Dr. Dina Kulik. She is one of the amazing pediatricians at this clinic and as well an ER doctor at Sick Kids. She will be doing guest posts about popular topics (cold/flu prevention, viruses and hopefully she will do a post about being Dr. Mom – I always wondered how they do it). She has been so wonderful helping me with my newborn issues and my older son issues … being a terrible 2! LOL!

I am hoping in the coming months to launch an “ask a pediatrician” FB chat on the Babylish Advice page so stay tuned!

For more information, click here to check out their website

T.
xo

The Latest and Best in Cleaning Services – Review and Enter to WIN

We have all gone through the “I’m just too tired to clean” phase where you just look at the rug and know it needs vacuuming, the blinds need dusting and worst of all the bath tub/shower needs a good scrubbing and you wonder WHO HAS THE TIME when all you want to do during your “quiet” time is get back into bed and sleep!!

Well someone got smart and started a cleaning service called Exec Cleaning Service where you book your appointment online, pay online and even tip online so you don’t need to worry about running to the bank. They even text you when the cleaners are on their way and you always get teams of 2 cleaners. For those of you worried about toxic products to use, no need to worry with this service since they use all eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning supplies. Best part about their service, HAPPINESS GUARANTEED!!! If your not happy with their service, they will come back and clean for FREE – now that’s a guarantee considering there are some very picky people out there especially when it comes to cleaning.

Here’s the one piece of bad news for my Canadian readers and readers outside the areas below, this service is only offered to residents of New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Seattle and San Diego!!!

Exec Cleaning Service

One of my readers, Brooke, volunteered to test out their services and she wrote up an amazingly detailed review about how everything worked and her experience (the good and the not so bad) … here is what she had to say:

“Thank you to Babylish for the opportunity to review Exec cleaning service.   This service allows you to book online in just minutes a professional cleaning job.  After putting in your zip code and  the size of the house a quote is automatically generated.  Once I booked my cleaning, a confirmation email arrived confirming the details of the cleaning.  On the morning of the cleaning I received a text message that my crew was on its way.  They arrived 3 minutes early for their 9 AM cleaning.  When they started cleaning I received another text message with the exact time they started and the crew’s names.  The 3 member crew was very nice and introduced themselves.  They immediately told me they were not sure how long it would take to clean my house because their 4th team member did not show up due to a family emergency.  They said approximately 5 hours but typically they can give a more accurate quote.
 
The cleaning itself is likely dependent on the crew that arrives.  From what I understand you cannot request a certain person or crew to do the cleaning.  The head of my crew was fantastic. After cleaning a few of the rooms she walked me through what she had done and asked if I was pleased and if there was anything she would like for me to do differently.  There was nothing I needed to change.  The cleaning was above and beyond what I would have expected – in the basement all of the ceiling lights were dusted and all of the toys in and out of the closet were organized.  Furniture and boxes were moved around so that a vacuum could be run under them.  The basement bedroom and bathroom were well taken care of.

When one crew member worked in the basement the other two worked on the main floor.  The other two team members were very professional.  I liked that one pointed out to the other that the windows should be cleaned a different way than was being done to get even more of the dirt  up.  One team member even cleaned the sliding glass door windows from the outside to make sure to get it spotless.  The outsides of the kitchen appliances were all individually cleaned and were also left spotless.  Very little instruction needed to be provided.

All three crew members cleaned the top floor which has the remaining bedrooms and three bathrooms.  The top floor was also left spotless with each bedroom cleaned and beds made.  Again, toys were all organized and blankets folded nicely.  The bathrooms appeared to be spotless.
 
The cleaning products used are all organic and smell very nice.  It appears that the organic products work just as well as the Fantastic and Windex I am used to using and they smell much nicer.  I only had to ask the crew to go over one thing – the kitchen island.  I wonder if the organic products are not as strong and do not pull up hard stains as well as the non-organic ones.  This could be a reason one wipe over of the kitchen island was not enough.  A second wipe over did the job.   One of the showers had a mildewy smell following the cleaning, which I usually don’t smell after it’s cleaned with non-organic products.  Again, this could be the nature of the organic products used.
 
During my cleaning I was not sure if tip was included so sent an email to the email provided in my confirmation.  I did receive a response back that my email had been received and received an answer in time.  I also went onto the website and found the information I needed in the FAQ section – yes, tip was included in the price of the service.
 
When the crew left I received a text message and an email.  The crew left at just after 2:30 pm. including some time to talk about what a great job they did.   Five hours is definitely a long time to clean a house, but the thorough job they did is worth spending that amount of time at home.  And, others can choose not to stay at home while the crew works.  If the 4th team member had been here it would have likely taken under 5 hours.  However, I would never complain about a family emergency coming up.
 
This service is fantastic for busy people who like to do everything online.  Within a few minutes a service can be booked and changed if needed.   The service is very dependable and extremely professional.  And, most important, the job was better than most cleaning services I have used in the past.  I would rate this as equally as thorough of a job than a move-in/move-out cleaning job that costs twice the price. The only complaint I would have is that I would like to request a certain team member to come back again, and it sounds like this is not something that can be guaranteed.”
 

Thank you to Brooke and Exec Cleaning Service for offering this test service out to us and hope that everyone who uses them in the future has a wonderful experience like Brooke.

GIVEAWAY AND REDEMPTION CODE:
After a review like that, how could I not offer my readers $40 off their Exec Cleaning service! Just enter code: babylishadvice to redeem and they are very kindly giving away a FREE cleaning to one lucky reader who lives in the areas mentioned above – enter  here:
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Exec Cleaning service has been featured in The Huffington Post,Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes

Happy zzzz’s
T.
xo

Mommiesfirst for Mommies First (Time)

mommiesfirst

As you can clearly can tell by now, I thoroughly enjoy finding the best kiddie products out there, as well as new and amazing businesses as I take pride in helping other parents, so naturally when I was introduced to this new idea I fell inlove with it and had to share!

As a new parent or an expectant parent, you have NO CLUE what to expect and what each baby stage brings, not to mention with the amount of baby products on the market (6 brands of one type of product – yikes) it can be sooooo overwhelming and Mommiesfirst helps with that by taking some of the guess work out of it. Like a magazine subscription, you select a membership plan of 3 months, 6 months or 12 months (or better yet you can gift it) shipping is free and monthly you will get a box in the mail with 4-5 great brand must-have products that will help you with all those tough stages, baby or no baby. These boxes are 100% tailored to you and your baby by filling out some information when choosing your membership.

mommiesfirst

Lucky for me, a while back I was asked to be part of the Mommiesfirst council to help test out products to make sure they are good enough for all those getting the care packages and I excitedly accepted and have enjoyed very much being part of this council. I can promise you up and down that only products that get raving reviews from the council members go in the packages and I know that because I had a pretty bad experience with one of the products to which I expressed my dissatisfaction and it was not included in the box. That shows me that they really do care and that is enough for me to stand behind this company (not to mention the founder, Lorena, is such a wonderful caring mom and business owner who just “gets it”).

Think about it as getting a fun present every month since you don’t know what is coming – YES PLEASE!

For more information on Mommiesfirst or to get prices, check out:
New Mommies: https://mommiesfirst.com/new-mommies-2/
Expectant Mommies: https://mommiesfirst.com/expectant-mommies-2/
General Information: https://mommiesfirst.com/

Best of luck
T.
xo

 

Get in the Know!


I am here to help dispel myths around insurance! Nope, I don’t work for an insurance company, but between home insurance, car insurance and life insurance (and I am sure there are many more types of insurance that I don’t know about yet), I tend to get a little confused. <awkward>

I was asked to answer a few questions about insurance and although some answers I knew, there were a lot of things I hadn’t realized until now. TEST YOURSELF: below are the questions, try answering them and then compare your answers to the actual answer and see how much you know:

Question 1: Are Ontarian’s paying more for auto-insurance, but getting less coverage?
My Answer: I remember being told about the different insurance policies and thinking that it was a lot of money for really not very much coverage. I keep reading in the news that premiums are very high and insurance companies are cutting the coverages that they offer which nobody likes.
Actual Answer is here: http://www.getintheknow.ibc.ca/explain/7_some_ontarians_think_theyre_paying_more_for_insurance_and_getting_less_coverage_
*Clearly, my thoughts were correct.

Question 2: Is the money I pay for insurance set aside just for me to cover any claims I may have in the future?
My Answer: This answer I know – NO!
Actual Answer is here: http://www.getintheknow.ibc.ca/explain/1_is_the_money_i_pay_for_insurance_set_aside_just_for_me_to_cover_any_claims_i_may_have_in_the_future
* I guess I never really thought about where all this money I am paying goes when not claiming for any injuries and well now I know that no matter what, you are still being protected in the end

Question 3: Is flood damage caused by a spring thaw covered by your home insurance?
My answer: Yes, my thought is flooding is flooding and I think we are covered for it.
Actual Answer is here: http://www.getintheknow.ibc.ca/explain/4_is_flood_damage_caused_by_a_spring_thaw_covered_by_your_home_insurance
*I am actually quite shocked at this answer! I would think you would be covered as flooding is common especially with some of these crazy rainstorms we have and therefore you would be covered, but clearly I am very wrong.

For more helpful information about insurance, check out http://getintheknow.ibc.ca/Insurance-Explained.aspx

T.
xo

Although this post has generously been sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The Name Says it All …

Treadsanity … need I say more :)

So as I have mentioned in previous posts, I have never been a big lover of working out and only recently I have been finding amazing classes that actually make me look forward to working out and this class is no exception.

I would be lying if I said I was NEVER a runner, I used to compete in track in JR school hahaha (for those who dont know me, that was a looooooong time ago – I just aged myself I know) and well I gave it up when I went to high school and only recently starting running again because of my interest in this specific class. So needless to say, I would still never define myself as a runner so dont think you have to be to try out this class.

Here’s how it works (changes every class but you will get the idea):
You either start on the treadmill or on the floor (it’s a ‘must’ for me to start on the treadmill, the one time I started on the floor was a little bit of a disaster once I got onto the treadmill) and you have 10 minute intervals. First I must say, that the music is loud, fun and pumps you up … at least for the first 5 minutes ;)
- The instructor (Jason or Alex) will call out walker, jogger and runner intervals and you start there. Every minute or two, they will change up the interval and incline and get you to push your limits. Of course, you can go as slow or as fast as you want, they just give you recommened intervals.
- After the 10 minutes is up, you swap! I am then on the floor doing an intense leg/core exercise for 10 minutes
- Swap again and I am back on the treadmill doing a massive incline walk/jog for 10 minutes
- Swap again to the floor and I am doing an arm/core workout with weights (usually 3lb/5lb/8lb weights)
- Swap again and I am now finishing my last 5-8 minutes pushing my absolute limit running as fast as I can (which I will admittedly say isnt very fast) for 1 minute and then slowing down for 1 minute and so on
- Swap one more time and I am finishing up on the floor with an ab/core workout and finally it’s time to stretch (at this point I am thinking “YES ITS OVER”).
Intense right?! It is an amazing workout and after every class I feel like I have conquered yet another class and it gets easier and easier to push your intervals further every week and this is what gets me coming back the next week. I am just so proud of myself!

Im the one in purple on the treadmill

Classes Available:
BarreSanity – Ballet meets body sculpting. Created in L.A this class is designed to sculpt and lean the body with light weights, core stability and more. Using a Ballet Barre, the class will have you feeling muscles you’ve never felt before.

TreadSanity – Explained above and you can burn between 500 – 900 calories per class.

Zumba – Self explanatory :) Everyone has fun in this class!

SpinSanity – Not your regular spin class. Getting on and off the bike in 10 minute intervals to do core work, weights and much more. This class is designed to hit every single muscle group.

TRX – They use TRX in many of their classes including TreadSanity and SpinSanity – I dont really know how to explain this, but it is quite a challenge

Thanks to our friends at Harmony Fitness, they are offering a ‘Babylish Advice’ package to my mom and dad readers that want to try something new and get into shape and lose that last bit of baby weight (you too dads). You get to try out three FREE classes (of those mentioned above), a value worth $70! Call ahead to book your spot and mention you want to try the Babylish Advice package.

There are NO gym membership fee’s, you DONT have to put down your credit card to try out these FREE classes and there is NO pressure from anyone to continue after, but I promise once you try these classes, you will be hooked if not to all, at least to one class. Further packages can be purchased for very reasonable rates and you can go when you want!

For more information on classes, class schedules or just Harmony Fitness itself, check out their website http://www.harmonyfitness.ca/

If you are trying out any of the classes, I would love to hear your feedback so make sure to post below. I am there Tuesdays at 8:00pm, come join me!

T.
xo

Who Doesn’t Love Music – GIVEAWAY

Now I am not sure if Frankie’s love for music is because I started him in music classes at such a young age (well let’s be honest, I really joined the classes for myself to meet other mom’s and to get out of the house mid winter), but none-the-less my little guy loves nothing more than dancing to music (crumping to be exact – I think that is the only way to describe it) and I truly have Mark Weinstock to thank for that. We have been in Mark’s music class for the last year and a half and my son just adores him.

I came home from work one day and quietly made my way to the basement and there he was dancing to Mark’s cd, infact he was even singing to the music … yes singing! He learned some of the words and babbled his way through the rest of the song knowing the tune. I don’t think I have laughed harder in my entire life. No joke, I actually find myself singing the music at least once a week, I even caught myself singing it out loud :)

It seems to be a routine in this household to have a morning solo music class in our basement before I go to work .. just me, Frankie and his BFF tita J.

Listening to Mark’s CD, Frankie picked up his guitar and pretended to be Mark

For those of you who don’t know Mark, he is VERY talented and his music classes are a lot of fun! There are some music teachers that don’t adapt their music to the age group, but not Mark and I can say that from experience. One of my favorite things about him is that he brings interesting musical instruments from all around the world which really captures the kids attention.

At music class

GIVEAWAY: For all the parents that don’t know Mark’s music, or those who love Mark’s music or all the Moms-2-Be, Mark has generously donated two of his CDs ‘Songs for Dreamers’ to giveaway to two of my lucky readers!!!  The contest closes Thurstday August 2nd at 5:00pm and the winner will be announced that evening under this post and on the Babylish Advice Facebook page. Here’s how to enter:

1. ‘Like’ Babylish Advice on Facebook
2. Sign up for my Babylish Advice Giveaway newsletter on the home page
3. Email me at terri@babylishadvice.com to let me know you have done both steps

For more information on Mark and to preview his CD, check out his website http://www.songsfordreamers.com/

Happy singing
T.
xo

 

GRAVITATE to Working Out

Let me start off by saying that I wasnt born with the “working out” gene! Infact, I despised the thought of working out until I had Frankie and even after then it took quite a bit of time for me to get my head wrapped around the idea of having to workout in order to lose the final pounds I had put on while pregnant.

I have been working out with a trainer for a little over a year now and as much as I love the push to have to go to workout, a girlfriend of mine told me I had to come with her to this studio called Gravitate to try a Gravity pilates class and I have to say I was pleasantly shocked how much I enjoyed the class considering I hate working out so much (hence why I needed a trainer). I have to say I am now truly addicted!!!! Can I tell you that I NEVER believed those people who said they were addicted to working out, it just didnt make sense to me … until now. The Kardashian’s (yes openly admitting I love watching their show) made pilates classes look easy, I dont even think they broke a sweat, but that is not the case, what a great full body workout and I am definitely feeling it today (3 days later).

That’s me in the middle

The Pilates Studio

Here is some information on Gravitate:
Classes they offer:

  • Gravity Strength & Gravity Pilates
  • Yoga-Hatha & Vinyasa
  • Pilates
  • TRX
  • Barre
  • Fusion
  • Pre & Post Natal Exercise

Also Available:

  • Private Classes
  • Semi-Private Classes
  • Small Group Classes
  • Private Events, Birthday Parties

New Client Specials:

  • 1 FREE CLASS!
  • 2 CLASSES $10!
  • 1 WEEK UNLIMITED $25!

Contact Them To Register For Your First Class
Gravitate Studio
1947 Avenue Road, Suite 206
Toronto Ontario M5M 4A2

Telephone: 416.783.4455
Fax: 416.783.4445
Email: info@gravitatestudio.com
Follow us on twitter: @gravitateTO
‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GravitateStudio

Hope to see all of you there
T.
xo

An Edible Loot Bag Idea! GIVEAWAY

 I know nobody is saying it out loud, but everybody wants props on a “wicked loot bag” that the kids absolutely LOVED and considering we go to a dozen plus birthday’s a year its hard to find a unique item to give out to say “thanks for coming to my birthday”

A idea was presented to me and I thought it would be great for loots bags, either alone or with a few other things – a COOKIE! We all know the kids love them (and frankly do the adults). Depending on budget, you can do a bag of little custom cookies or a big custom cookie in lieu of a loot bag or you can do a regular custom cookie to add to the loot bag. For the mom’s and dad’s worried about allergies, not to fret, they are nut FREE which is very important to me because my son has a peanut allergy.

So now lets talk cookies (mmm my favorite subject)! I like to think of myself as a cookie connoisseur because I just looooove cookies – trust me I will never turn down a cookie. I was given the opportunity to try The Dutchess of Dough sugar cookies and O-M-G they were beyond delicious! I know you all think a sugar cookie is a sugar cookie is a sugar cookie, but honestly, you say that until you try these!!! My husband and I kept sharing the cookies we were given to try so that we didnt run out of them quickly – that’s how good they were. Then when I was at Pusateri’s (of course in the desert section), I saw a bag of the cookies and got soooo excited and now when we are going for dinner at friend’s houses, we bring these instead of wine.

GIVEAWAY:
Thank you to our friends at The Dutchess of Dough, they are generously giving away a dozen 3″ custom sugar cookies with or without your child’s name on it to one of my lucky readers (i’m already jealous of the winner).
HOW TO ENTER:
1. ‘like’ Babylish Advice on Facebook (for those of you that dont have Facebook, dont worry, just let me know when you email me)
2. Sign up for my newsletter at www.babylishadvice.com main page (along the right side)
3. Email me at terri@babylishadvice.com to let me know you have done both

The contest will close on Thursday April 26th at 5:00pm and the winner will be announced on this post and on the Babylish Facebook page that evening – make sure to check in!!! The winner will be chosen through random.org – GOOD LUCK!

INFO ON THE DUTCHESS OF DOUGH:
Products they offer – custom cookies (sugar and gingerbread), edible image logos, cupcakes, cakes and cupcake towers. They also offer egg free/dairy free/nut free products in addition to their nut free products.

Where to Find - What a Bagel bakeries, Kivas, Nortown Fine Foods, Pusateris and more!

Timing – a weeks notice would be great, would even love two weeks notice, but I hear they rarely turn anyone away!

Contact - Email thedutchessofdough@rogers.com or call the bakery at 905-881-8963.
*If no one picks up, just leave a message…it means we are on the other line or busy baking and someone will return your call!

Minimum Orders – We prefer a dozen per shape, but can work with our clients if they have special requests.

Occasions: Bris, Baby Naming, Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Mothers Day/Fathers Day, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Wedding or Just Because …

For More Information: http://www.thedutchessofdough.com/

 

 

Hiring A Nanny? Wee Care!! GIVEAWAY

The months leading up to having our son, I had recieved quite a few emails from friends and friends of friends asking if anyone knew of a nanny looking for work. I actually wondered at one point if it was really that hard to find a nanny and then that got me very nervous.

A few months after having Frankie, my husband and I started talking about whether to send him to daycare or hire a caregiver and hiring a caregiver found to be the best option for us. The first question I asked myself was “where do I start”, talk about stress!!! Per usual I did my research and it seemed amongst a lot of my friends and family, there was a common theme … Wee Care Placement Agency. 

I immediately called Wee Care with my enormous list of questions and Robyn went through each one with me answering them all and then walked me through the process of sponsoring. She told me what to expect with timing and kept me posted along the way (I have to admit, I was emailing her all the time with the “are we there yet” question). All in all she found our family the most wonderful person that really couldnt be a better fit!!  The minute she met Frankie, it was if they had known eachother in a previous life, he instantly wanted to go to her and now when she leaves the room, he cries!

Daily, I thank my lucky stars for having JJ in our lives and I really do have Wee Care to thank for that.

I am not sure many people know about this, but Wee Care has a sister company called ‘In A Pinch’ which is a great company for backup childcare and babysitting services. For those new mom and dads out there, this is a great way to get a few moments to yourselves or enjoy a nice date night. 

Thank you to our friends at Wee Care, they have given me one of their AMAZING books/manuals to give away to one of my lucky readers. For those of you who have recently hired or are planning to hire a nanny (or even those of you who have someone that comes to you to babysit), this is a great giveaway for you! This book has whole section that you fill in detailed information about your child (ie. likes/dislikes with food, games, sleep and food schedule, allergies, best ways to soothe your child etc) and there are even tips on crafts to do (for those rainy days inside), songs to sing and cooking fun around the house. This really is a g reat “how to” tool for your new caregiver getting to know your child.

Here’s how to enter:
1. ‘like’ the Babylish Advice Page on Facebook
2. signup for my newsletter found on www.babylishadvice.com
3. email me at terri@babylishadvice.com to let me know you have done both

Contest closes Sunday February 19th at 5:00pm and the winner will be announced on my Babylish Advice Facebook page and on this post. Good luck

For more information on:
Wee Care Placement Agency, visit http://www.weecareplacement.ca/ 
In a Pinch: http://www.inapinch.ca/

Freel free to email me with any questions you might have
T.
xo