How to set up a sewing room: top tips to make your sewing easier!

Guest Post by Hannah @ Sizzle Stitch

I don’t know about you, but for me, a big part of being an active person means constantly having to stitch up things or work on DIY projects that imply sewing to some extent. Before, I used to have all my sewing essentials crowded up in a drawer somewhere, but I soon figured that was just impractical. Not only did my tools not fit in there, but I also got into the habit of leaving them all over the house. So the only thing that saved me from this ordeal was setting up a space where to keep all of my sewing tools and fabrics. If you are dealing with the same issue, keep on reading to learn all the best sewing tips and tricks on how to set up a sewing room.

Sewing Room tips to organizing your sewing room.

  1. Decide on the space


When it comes to the best sewing room ideas, what you need to know is that they all have a common starting point, and that is deciding on the space that is going to be used. At this point all you have to know about how to set up a sewing room is the space you are going utilize. You actually don’t have to pick a large room, but one large enough so that you can fit a desk or sewing table and a storage area.


  1. Furniture and equipment


The second step in setting up the sewing room is to decide on what type of furniture and equipment you are going to use. One of the best sewing tips you can get at this point is to make sure to go around the house and see what furniture you are not using. You don’t necessarily have to make a big purchase in furniture. A desk or a table where you can work on your projects would be more than enough. Of course, if you are set on making the sewing room look as professionally as possible then you might have to invest in some equipment and furniture.


  1. Have a plan


If you want to know how to set up a sewing room in such a way that it perfectly matches all of your needs then you should start up with a plan and go from there. Make sure to take a pen and paper and draw different ways in which every single detail could go, from furniture, to shelves and cabinets.


  1. Organize everything


I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do is organize threads, needles, pins and pin cushions. This is exactly why I believe this to be one of the most relaxing stages in setting up a sewing room. Take all of your equipment, tools and sewing notions and find a place for each and every one of them. Just make sure to save up as much space as possible so that you don’t end up with a cluttered working space.


  1. Decorate


Last, but not least, make sure to decorate your new sewing room. There are planty wonderful sewing room ideas online. You can even get your kids to help and make a fun experience out of it. All you have to do is be creative and work on it so that you are nothing less but thrilled with the final result.


There are, no doubt, plenty of ways to organize or set up a sewing room. However, I believe that coming up with a solution that fits your needs is the most important thing. This is why there should be a considerable amount of planning, sketching and trying various options before you get to do the actual work. This way you are guaranteed to create a working space that you can actually use, not just a simple storing place for your tools and materials. Don’t forget to think about the lighting and to have a perfect picture of the final result in your mind.


About the Author – I’m Hannah and I am a huge crafts enthusiast with a passion for sewing and creating cool things. I have a large interest in fashion and enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Read more about me here

Blue Sky Tag Challange

I was nominated  by Anna Kat over at her blog: Victoria Lee Home
I urge you to stop by her beautiful blog. It will not disappoint.
Blue Sky Tag Challenge
1.  When did you realize you had talent as a writer?
    I have a hard time calling it talent. I simply enjoy it. It’s been a hard road for me to put myself out there and really put some effort into blogging because I know I need to gain better skills. With that said I feel I do have something to offer other regardless.
2.  If you weren’t working as a blogger/writer, what career would you have?
I always thought I would want to be a teacher. Now I am thinking it would be something more related to web design or writing.
3.  Who inspires you the most?
Growing up I never really had the best role models. However, on the internet, I have met some amazing woman. They inspire me daily to be a better mom/grandma, writer, friend, wife, and homemaker.
4.  What is the favorite city you have traveled to?
Sadly we do not really travel but my favorite city is Apache Junction, AZ. I love being down in the valley…the sun, all the pools, the flatness, a number of things to do during any given season. I lived there for almost four years as a teen and still miss it to this day.
5.  What are your goals for 2018?
To take a writing class. To increase the following on my blog. Maybe, just maybe to make a small income from my blog. I love blogging just to blog but would also very much love to help support my family doing something I love from home.
6.  What is your hope for your readers?
That they find something they love here and they will return. That they will enjoy getting to know me and my family. Most of all though that they find something each day that makes them smile.
7.  If you could meet one blogger, who would it be?
Honestly, I could not pick just one. Thelma from Adventures as aProverbs 31 Mommy, Dana from  Luv’n Lambert Life, and Michelle from High Heels and Homework these three because they have been such a huge influence on my blogging. Oh my, gosh though there really is such a long list of women who I adore and would just love to meet.
8.  If a movie was made about your life, who would be cast to play you?
 Roseanne Barr, she is witty, funny with a nice slice of sarcastic, sort of like me.Her role on Roseanne was so much like me it’s scary.
9.  What other creative talent do you have?
I love to sew when I have the time or Little Miss is not “helping” I can also bake some pretty mean loaves of homemade bread.
10.  Name one affirmation you recite to yourself daily?
Lately, with a toddler in tow, it is “This too shall pass.” She is in the get into everything and tantrum phase. It will pass…Right? 😉
11.  If you could eliminate one disease, which would it be?
Cancer, all cancer. My bonus dad has bone cancer. It is a hard thing to watch someone you love suffer and to be told there is no cure. **As a side note even though he is terminal at this point he has stunned his team of doctors and is doing exceptionally well. He is one hell of a fighter**
Below in no special order are my 11 choices.
5) Stephanie | Diary of a Debutante
6) Emily | Emulating Emily
7) Riddhi | Wife of an Engineer
Unfortunately, I was unable to come up with 11 blogs. However, if you would like to take part contact me and I would be glad to review your blog and possibly add it to the list.
 Bloggers, here are the rules for participating in the challenge:
1.Start by thanking the person who nominated you and adding a link to their blog.
2.Answer the 11 questions I give you at the end of this post.
3.Nominate 11 other bloggers whose blog you think is amazing.
4.Give them 11 questions of your choice.
Here is your list of questions from me:
  1. What is one aspect of blogging that you love?
  2. Who is a blogger do you most closely relate to and why?
  3. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to blogging?
  4. What is a struggle or challenge you have overcome in life?
  5. What most recently made you laugh?
  6. What is something you would love to learn to do?
  7. What is something you have learned from another blog?
  8. If you have a day all to yourself to do anything you like what are you doing?
  9. Where is a place you would love to visit and why?
  10. When it comes to blogging are you a share it all sort of person, very private or someplace in the middle?
  11. What are some of your lesser-known talents?
 Thank you so much to all you readers who take a moment to drop a comment it makes doing this blog so much fun. I appreciate you all more than you could imagine.
Love Jennifer

Bipolar How I Cope with having Loved Ones With Mental Illness

I am close to three people who have Bipolar. I will not disclose who they are for privacy reasons but, let’s just say I know very well what it means to love someone with bipolar.

Bipolar is like being on a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you can predict drop offs and others you just have to hang on because the next turn sends you into an unexpected spiral. Sometimes you are laughing and throwing your hands in the air and then other times you are clinging, simply holding on for dear life screaming it the top of your lungs.

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I have:

  •  watched as someone I loved made terrible choices.
  • seen them yell over nothing or laugh uncontrollably at nothing.
  •  watched them ruin their very important relationships.
  •  sadly watched them spend money they never really had to spend.
  • experienced them loving with all that they had.
  • had the pleasure of seeing them so proud of successes.
  • watched rage over the slightest failure.
  • stood by as a mood shifted so extremely they make me feel like I was spinning.
  • heard things I wish I could un-hear.
  • witnessed them create things so beautifully that you know their soul is so pure.
  •  observed them destroy close to everything they owned.
  • been there in the happiest of times at their best.
  • celebrated them dancing like no one is watching even though everyone was.
  • loved them. Because we are all deserving of love.
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According to the source, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, “More than 5.7 million American adults or 2.6 percent of the population age 18 or older in any given year have bipolar disorder.”

It’s my personal thoughts that that number may be even higher as many do not ever seek help and are not diagnosed. My guess is if you found this you know someone who has bipolar or even may have it yourself.

Over the years living with people who have bipolar and having them in my life I have come up with things I do when it comes to my relationships with these people whom I love so dearly.

You must accept the fact bipolar is a part of their life but it does not completely define who they are.

People who have bipolar have personalities, hopes, dreams, and aspirations just like anyone else. They are not their illness they have an illness.

Bipolar is not an excuse for everything.

While bipolar does affect one’s choices you can not just use it as a way to brush off bad behavior. There was an incident where a bipolar child broke something that did not belong to them on purpose. It was very clear that they did it with mean intent and they were making clear choices. My first reaction was to brush it off as oh this happens a lot the illness causes them to act this way. No, that is not how life works. Life does not care if you have bipolar, people out there still expect basic respect. The law will also not care if you child grows up and blames bad choices on his or her mental health.We must teach them that early. Interestingly when the child was not expected to act that way and received proper loving discipline. They started working towards better behavior.

Know what their triggers are.

In my experience, both children and adults have triggers that can cause a fast shift in their mood.By no means am I saying you should tip toe around them. We all know some things simply can not be avoided. However, it if is something that does not need to be done or said it is often best just to avoid it. This cut down on so many manic episodes for us.

Appointments, medications and seeking help.

One person in particular that I am close with needed to be often reminded that their mental health appointments and their medications were so very important. Yes, everyone case is different but for us, the medications and therapy would start helping some and their response was to stop the medications because they felt” fine”. At the very least I was able to break that cycle sometimes. If a person you love is threatening to harm themselves or someone else please make a phone call to get them help right away. Please, never brush it off. Ever.

Set clear boundaries for yourself.

There are certain things I will not put up with. I won’t bend or break on them. It does not matter if the person suffers from mental health issues or they do not. My lines in the sand are there. If they are crossed there are consequences. For example, should I have a friend with bipolar (or not ) and they were to intentionally physically harm me or a child of mine. The friendship would end. That is one of my boundaries.

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Give yourself a break.

Go grab a coffee with friends, go for a walk, find a hobby you love especially when the person you love is having a manic episode. Make sure they are safe and take that time for you. Being around someone who is manic is emotionally and physically exhausting. There is nothing wrong with needing time away, in fact, it is a very healthy habit to form.

Be an advocate

If the person you love is a child or an adult has difficulty expressing themselves to their doctor, schools, family please make sure they get heard. If it is a child and a doctor will not listen perhaps finding a new practice. So many times people with bipolar or parents of children with bipolar get brushed off by the medical profession when they voice their concerns. I have stood up many times as a voice to be heard and it has ended a lot of heartache and frustration.

Know what comforts them.

For some people it is a favorite blanket wrapped snugly around them, maybe for someone else, it is just a change of scenery, a hug or even to just be left alone. Comfort and familiarness are often very needed by someone who is manic, or depressed.

Remember no one chooses to be mentally ill.

Love and compassion go a long way they did not ask for this, cause it or choose it. While someone with bipolar disorder can become extremely frustrating or worrisome try not to be angry with them, don’t beg them to change or demand they stop being this way. This is not a choice, it simply is.

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I am by no means an expert

I am simply put a person who loves and is loved by people that have bipolar disorder. For more information, you can check out the following resources. What I have written are things I have done over the years that have worked for me personally.

National Institutes of Health – Bipolar Disorder

WebMD – Bipolar Disorder Health Center

If you or someone you love is threatening to harm them self please do not just brush it off please get help.
Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours every day 24/7

My personal thoughts.

Bipolar is not all negative. Some of the most creative, smart, energetic, full of life, fun people I know are bipolar. They are wonderful people that have a mental health disorder. The stigma placed on people with mental health is very disheartening. I have been through years of ups and downs with people who I love. I have stood up for them when they could not and you know what… they have done the same for me. At the end of the day, we are all simply human… please embrace one another through the perfection and the imperfections. #Love #Kindness #Compassion

Describing bipolar disorder quote.



Love Jennifer


15 Super Huge wonderful Excuses I Use That Cause Me Not To Blog

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The 15 best excuses I use to not blog.

My top 15 excuses for not blogging yesterday, the day before that and beyond….

  1. No one is reading what I wrote. (Well boo hoo write it anyhow!)
  2. I have to clean the house in a huge circle. (Clean once and take a bloggy break!)
  3. My husband/children won’t stop talking incessantly and I can not think. (Someone please send noise canceling headphones!)
  4. There’s nothing to write about I am a boring person. ( Do something fun then!)
  5. People will judge me if I write about XYZ. (They will also judge you if you do not write it.)
  6. I can’t post what I want because the family will read it. (Oh, well.)
  7. My grammar sucks so why bother? (Hey girl it has improved so much! Be proud of that!)
  8. There are so much better bloggers than me out there than me. (Yes, and there are worse ones too.)
  9. That idea has been done 100 times over so why bother? (Who cares? Why do you care?)
  10. I hate following all these blogger rules. :/ (Why are  following these rules again?)
  11. I am too tired. (Stop staying up reading other people blogs!.)
  12. I would rather be outside enjoying life.( Yes! Then you can write about it!)
  13. I need to write that sponsored post first so I’ll be frustrated and write nothing. (Who made that rule up? Me? why?)
  14.  Someone will mistake my weird off the beaten path humor for rudeness so I won’t blog that. (Maybe that is why I write so flat)
  15. The grandchild wants me to read to her. (That’s gotta happen because <3 Books! <3 !)

Love Jennifer


15 Things I wish I Could Say To My Daughter-In-Law

Becoming a mother-in-law is not always an easy role.

Perhaps because society has labeled many of us crazy, overbearing, rude and full of terrible parenting advice.  However, that is not always the norm. I was so excited when my son met you and even more so when he told me you were the one he would marry.  If he loves you then I know I should love you as well and I do.

Thank you to for this photo.


  1. Please be patient with me. This mother-in-law role is new for me. I will make mistakes, say the wrong things, even be annoying. The hard truth is at times I will feel you have done the same to me. Our relationship is a new one. Please give it time. Don’t make up your mind about me just yet.
  2. My children will always be my children. When he walks in I will feed him, I will also feed you and any other person who walks into my home. I will tell him to wipe his feet, wash his hands and a million other things I have been telling him his whole life. It is a Mama thing. Once you are a Mama you are in fact always a Mama. I know he is grown and I am so proud of him. But, he is still my son.
  3. When he said he was getting married I was happy. Happy he found his soul mate and happy that you would be added to our family. I do not view marriage as you taking my son away but me gaining a daughter. Just as I hope your parents feel they have gained as well.
  4. I do not think my son is perfect and while other mother-in-laws do it I won’t sit there and take his side if he is wrong. Truthfully I would rather not take any side.
  5. My door is always open to my children… So if you want a cup of coffee or just some company. I am always here. However, I do respect your home and privacy and will not come over without asking. Don’t think I do not love you. I respect your space out of love.
  6. Please do not think that I feel you should be perfect. I know you are perfect for my son and that is all that matters. I do not expect you to be a mini me or even do things the way I do. My own son does not. So if I am not judging you please extend me the same kindness and love.
  7. Please do not be upset with me if my son comes to me for advice.  I am not meddling. I am simply telling him my ideas and that is all they are. Sometimes us old people have had some really good life experience and do have things to offer. Sometimes our advice sucks. So as with everything in life, it can be taken or left.
  8. I am human. I spent 18 + holidays with my son. Just like your parents did with you. Expect us not to feel joy on either side when we miss you on holidays. I know you want to do holidays your way just as we did with our children. However, if I felt joy not to be seeing you all during the holidays that would be slightly concerning in itself. Please do not think my disappointment is hate, anger, or bitterness I know you all have a life and family that extends past me.
  9. I have raised 8+ children. I know you will raise your children your way. If I open my mouth and step on your toes I apologize. Raising my children was my entire world. Sometimes my thoughts slip out of my mouth and I know, I know. My advice is not always welcome, needed, or even for that matter right. Regardless I know you are/will be a wonderful mother.
  10. Sweetheart, my house is not filthy, but it is not always (really ever) showroom clean. Please never think I expect that of you. When I come see you. I don’t care about that. What I care about is seeing the people I love happy and smiling.
  11. I am a homemaker and if you work outside the home that is wonderful. Here is the thing though. I do not look down on you in any way shape or form for working. I think we are all intended to be different and we should embrace that. Being a homemaker or a working woman does not us better than one another it makes us different.
  12. I am my own person I am not an on-call babysitter. Please remember I raised my own family and I am still raising children.  I don’t care if you ask.Please do. I even feel honored and loved when you do ask. But, please do not be offended or angry if I have other plans or simply do not feel like it. It is no reflection of how much I love you or your children.
  13. Remember that just as I am not responsible for my sons every good quality, I am also the not reason for every bad one. Please don’t hate me because of his flaws or think I caused them. As parents, we always do the best we can and it hurts when it gets back to me how you think I have “damaged” him. You do not know what is or was in my heart. Parenting is the hardest journey we all take. Along the way, I have made mistakes. Yes, I know he does not pick up after himself. So in advance, I am so sorry. 🙂
  14.  When it comes to your children I do care about how you parent. I care so much that if you tell me not to do something you can 100% be assured I will not do it. However please do not take offense if I ask questions. I am not being nosey or intrusive. I am learning from you. It really is that simple. We all have things to learn. You are valuable to me as are your insites and ideas.
  15. I never got the opportunity to meet my mother-in-law. She passed away when my husband way a teen. I didn’t get to see her tears as I promised to love her son until death do us part. I never got to watch her hold her grandbabies for the first time and love them in only the way she could have. I never got to love her or even be angry with her.  I never got to ask her things about her son that only she would know or hear stories from her point of view about who he was as a child. She never even got to know that he was loved and cared for by the gentle caring hands of another woman so she could rest easy. Us mother-in-laws are blessings just as you are to me.Thank you for loving my son in the way only you can.

Being a mother-in-law is a new role to me just like being a daughter-in-law is new to you. I will give you grace and respect . I hope you will do the same.

Love always,

Your Mother-in-Law

This post was inspired by the blog post  20 THINGS I WISH I COULD TELL MY MOTHER-IN-LAW

Please hop on over there and read her blog as well because her honesty as a daughter in law is truly refreshing.

Love Jennifer


Summer Bucket List for the Family

Finally, warmer days are here to enjoy as a family.

Enjoying ice cream cones on the first day of summer.

We are pretty simple people so we enjoy those simple moments in life.

I hope you will enjoy our ideas for summer fun.

  1. Go out for ice cream.
  2. Visit family
  3. Beach
  4. Build a sand castle.
  5. Purchase a swing set
  6. BBQ at least once a week.
  7. Visit our local library
  8. Take the city bus into the next big city over for the day
  9. Roast Marshmallows
  10. Do sparklers
  11. Go watch fireworks
  12. Attend a wedding  😉 (My son is getting married)
  13. Purchase a pool for the kids and use it!
  14. Play water balloons with the kids
  15. Make a huge colored ice block for Little Miss Toddler to play with on a hot day.
  16. Have a water gun fight with the kids.
  17. Have a bonfire.
  18. Maybe get a new pet.
  19. Pick up the yard as a family
  20. Go to an amusement park
  21. Visit the ocean
  22. Plant something
  23. Play badminton as a family.
  24. Teach the kids to play horseshoes.
  25. Purchase a fire pit and put it to use.
  26. Visit all the local playgrounds and some out of town as well.

Simple ideas for summer fun with children and family.


Tell me what will you do with your summer?

Tell us what you will be doing in the comments below.

Love Jennifer




The Month Of May

I know, I have been absent with nothing to say.  Sometimes the Internet has days weeks and months where it feels like it is weighing me down. It is strange I know.  Something that if I want this blog to work I need to sort out and get over. So this afternoon I am just going to share some photos from my May 🙂

My sweet Trev on his bike at the park

Trev, hard to think my baby will be 16 in October! We were out enjoying one of our very few nice days!

little Miss Toddler Picking Flowers at the park

Little Miss Toddler at the park picking flowers.

50 years old and can still peddle a bike.

Hubby Peddles away on Trevs bike!

Stormy days

Storms and lots of rain was the theme all the month of May

We welcomed a new granddaughter to our family . <3

table setI finally replaced my round table and folding chairs with this new to me set. Yay!

Memorial Day was celebrated with a small parade that passed by our front door.

So that is our month in a small nutshell. Tons of rain here in New England. I will be glad for warmer sunnier days!

Mother’s Day Wish List My Top Five Picks

Mother’s Day is coming right up and what mom doesn’t have a wish list? Truly just having a visit from my adult kiddos and spending the day with family will make me more than happy but a girl can dream and wish and maybe at some point I will treat myself 😉

Truly just having a visit from my adult kiddos and spending the day with the family will make me more than happy but a girl can dream and wish and maybe at some point I will treat myself 😉 Not that I will not be spoiled but you know they all have their own great ideas.

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Bath Bombs

These were reviewed on another blog I frequent and I have wanted to try them ever since. I love to take a nice long, hot, uninterrupted bath after Little Miss Toddler goes to bed. These would make it a million times even better. Do you not agree?

Love You, Mom Necklace

If there is one thing I have done in my life that makes me proud it has been being a mom to my kids. Someday maybe I will get a necklace like this. Hmmm, I wonder if my kids read my blog LOL?

Corelle Dinnerware Set

I saw this set and it is so the kind of thing I love. It reminds me of a child’s drawing. Very soft,  pretty and creative.

EpicBlog Planner

I am a Mommy Blogger. Another blogger told me this is the planner to have. So, yes! I want this planner.

Wife. Mom. Boss. T-shirt

This should have been on top.  Ask anyone that knows me, this is my shirt. 😉

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Love Jennifer


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Color Easter Eggs With What You Have In Your Cabinets!

Did you by chance forget that egg dye kit to color Easter eggs?

Food Dye red blue green yellow for coloring easter eggs

No problem!

I bet you have everything you need right in your kitchen cabinets to dye beautiful vibrant or pastel eggs. Water? White vinegar? Food dye? Good! Let’s go then!

Color Easter Eggs with food dye


Hard Boiled Eggs cooked and cooled.

For each color you make you will need:
1/2 cup boiling water

1 Teaspoon white vinegar

20 or more drops of liquid food dye

How to color eggs with food dye for easter

** We used twenty drops you could use more for a more vibrant color. With twenty drops there was less staining on Little Miss Toddlers hands.

So in a coffee mug or container of your choice add the boiling water, vinegar and food coloring color(s) of your choice.

To color, the eggs just place the in the egg dye and let them soak. Shorter times result in pastel colors and longer times will result in vibrant colors.

Easter eggs colored with food dye

We had never done them without a kit but I feel like I could control how much staining Little Miss Toddler would have on her hands by making it myself.What little staining there was washed right of in the bath.


Toddler coloring Easter eggs

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Love Jennifer

In Sickness and Health

1. Something I learned in March.

Well since getting sick three weeks ago with Bronchitis I have learned that my biggest fear in life is not being able to breathe. In fact, it gives me full blown panic attacks. Pretty sure this is the worst I have ever in my life had it. I keep waking up gasping for air. So, lucky me sleep has been super nonexisting.  To make this all the more fun…every single last member of my family has it including my two adult sons who live upstairs.


2. Yesterday I forgot to…

Call my Mom, she’s been worried about all of us.  Well, I didn’t really forget I guess my voice keeps going in and out. I try to be a good daughter.  🙂

3. Today I will…

Make that call to my mom.



Drag more laundry upstairs to my sons because my three-month-old washer broke. Gotta love that Whirlpool Cabrio. We are at week one of waiting for a part and counting. Nice timing with us all being sick.

Wash the floor while hacking up a lung. Sounds about as fun as dragging clothes up the stairs while… you got it hacking up and lung.

Rest my voice the best I can.

4. List the things you would add to your garden if you had a garden.

Carrots, potatoes, corn, peas, green beans, tomatoes, swiss chard, sunflowers, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, and squash. That would be a dream garden because I can’t seem to grow a thing. Aww this all sounds so Spring like and healthy. Mind you we still have snow on the ground here in Maine. In fact THIS was April 1st. It was a joke all right. Just what we needed more snow.

April Fools snow storm in Maine

Love Jennifer

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