Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Whirl-O Toy Review

Disclosure: I recieved a Whirl-O to facilitate this review. No other compensation was given. The following opinions are 100% my own. Full Policy here
The Whirl-O® is a fun toy for all ages. It teaches kids about magnets, light and color, and wheel and axle. It's educational, fun, and addictive to play! It's one of those toys you find yourself picking up and getting lost in.
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Do you remember this toy from when you were a kid? My 17 year old son remembers playing with one in elementary school. It's like a yoyo crossed with a top. It comes with an instruction booklet that explains about launching the top. 
My 17 yr. old & 12 yr. old trying it out.
This would be a good item for home schooling, teachers, or anyone who likes fidget toys. Get lesson plans here. Order one now to have on hand for a gift. It really is a great toy for every age. 
My 8 year old loves the Whirl-O.
My youngest child would not put this toy down. She says it is cool and fun. Fortunately, she still shares it with her siblings, but you may want to order one for each of your kids. My husband and I even took turns playing with it. 

Whirl-o is a fun, new toy coming back to the market through a Kickstarter campaign. You can order one for $8, two for $15, or order for your whole classroom. Hurry, this offer ends in less than 2 weeks.

ORBit Relaxation Lamp Review + Giveaway


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*Disclosure: I was given a product from Tomoson to facilitate this review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own. Full policy here.
My 12 year old daughter has problems falling asleep at night. She recently asked for a calming light. So, I was very excited to review the #verilux ORBit Relaxation Lamp. I also own a Verilux light for my seasonal depression, so I was already familiar with this brand. I have been quite impressed with it, in fact. The relaxation light is very different. The light is soft and relaxing.

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Speed up your slow down with the ORBit Relaxation Lamp from Verilux. Relax as ORBit transitions through a calming array of hues of the three primary colors. Or, with its crisp, Natural Spectrum® white illumination ORBit is also a convenient mini-lantern in places where you need some extra light.
Did you know light therapy can be as effective for enhancing relaxation as it is for energy and focus? When many people hear the term “light therapy,” they think of lights that help increase energy and enhance mood, particularly during the winter months. While this is a very popular use for light therapy it can be just as helpful for relaxation,  when using the right product.

Moms, dads, and children alike can greatly benefit from this form of light therapy at bedtime to help unwind from the day. It also works great as a night light.

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I took the pictures above in my daughter's room to show the changing soft colored lights. Aren't they pretty? The colors are very calming.
The next morning my daughter was using the natural light setting to apply her makeup.

Would I recommend the ORBit Relaxation Lamp? Yes, it's small, portable, fun, and has many benefits. 
You can purchase the ORBit Relaxation Lamp here. 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sesame Street Live Review

*Disclosure: I was given tickets to facilitate this review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own. Full policy here
I took my youngest daughter to see Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend" at the Fox Theatre this weekend. This show gives children an opportunity to learn about a different culture and learn how to be a good friend, while having a fun time, too!
Sesame Street Live 2015. Click on the photos to view larger. 
My daughter is 8 years old, so she was one of the older kids there. But, I think she really appreciates the story line and music more as she gets older. Although, I did see a baby in front of us dancing along on his dad's lap. They sang some popular songs, with parody lyrics, so that was funny. 
We were in row P & as you can see we had a great view.
One of my daughter's favorite things is the confetti & streamers, she collected some to bring home as souvenirs. Another thing that was really cool is that the characters walked down all the aisles into the audience sections. Try to get an aisle seat for your little one if you can. 
This is a big stage production with multiple background scenes, impressive lighting displays, costume changes, & more. My middle child is in theater, so I know how much work goes into these shows. I can picture her some day growing up to be a character in Sesame Street Live.

While we were in Detroit we ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. I like that you can park in the Compuware garage for free when you get it validated at Hard Rock. Also, the Hard Rock offers a bus service which will take you to local events, including the Fox Theatre. I just called the bus driver when the show was over and he picked us up quickly to take us right back to the garage.
I know your family will have a fun time at Sesame Street Live, just like we did. Check out my previous Sesame Street Live post here

Tickets start as low as $10!
$15, $25, $35 Gold Circle and $65 Sunny Seats are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling 313-471-3099. For additional information, call 313-471-6611.

Detroit Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, Jan. 28 11 a.m.**
Thursday, Jan. 29 11 a.m.**
Friday, Jan. 30 11 a.m.** & 7 p.m.*
Saturday, Jan. 31 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4 11 a.m.**
Thursday, Feb. 5 11 a.m.**
Friday, Feb. 6 11 a.m.** & 7 p.m.*
Saturday, Feb. 7 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 12 11 a.m.**
Friday, Feb. 13 11 a.m.** & 7 p.m. *
Saturday, Feb. 14 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 16 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.

A limited number of $35 Gold Circle seats and $65 Sunny Seats are available. The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo! Sunny Seats are not available for the Kids Matinee shows.

*Family Night (7 p.m. performances), all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $10.

** Weekday Kids Matinee -- $8 Schools/Daycares and $10 general public.

For more information online, please visit www.sesamestreetlive.com. Become a fan of Sesame Street Live on Facebook.

Super Cute Valentine Wreath

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Here is a cute picture of, Stephanie, modeling with the Valentine Wreath she made. She made it in under an hour and all from the Dollar Store.

Here is what you will need:
Hot glue gun
ribbon
wreath
candy conversation hearts

First of all, pick your wreath. Stephanie used a foam one and I used a wood wreath. See picture below. 

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If I wasn't being cheap, I would have looked for a heart shaped wreath.

Take your ribbon and start wrapping. Make sure you over lap the ribbon, so it stays in place. When you are finished, hot glue the ends.

It's time for the hearts, or any other candy you can think of.  Just start hot gluing. Stephanie made an even pattern. I placed mine randomly.

Top it with a bow. I forgot this step, as you can see in the picture, but I think it makes it look much cuter if you put a bow on it.

PS. Keep it away from your dog. My dog spent most of her time trying to lick it. Thank goodness no one in my family can stand the hearts. I bought three bags and ended up with a bag and a half left over. So, I put them in a glass vase as a decoration.   

#BedBugFeud Game and Giveaway

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Test your bed bug knowledge and see if you are keeping a clean bed in 2015. Think you have what it takes to make it on the leaderboard? Beat the clock to make the leaderboard. Play Bed Bug Feud and be crowned the Bed Bug Champion!
 
Use the "Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite" PDF as a cheat sheet.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Stitch Fix Box 3: Preparing for Winter

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If you haven't heard about Stitch Fix, where have you been hiding? Stitch Fix is a styling company that takes you out of your normal clothing genre. Yep, I decided to call it a clothing genre! Stitch Fix allows you to have clothing boxes sent to you when you want. So, for my upcoming vacation I will have some new stylish clothes to wear. 

How does it work? A stylist picks 5 pieces to send you based on your profile. If you buy nothing you just pay the $20 styling fee. If you buy a piece that $20 is applied toward your purchase. The best thing of all is if you keep the whole box you get 25% off.

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Liverpool Rizzo Skinny Pant
You can read about my box from December here. I ended up with a black pair of pants that I loved. After washing them, exactly as stated, the elastic stretch started popping out and I had to return them. I was heartbroken. So, I asked for a pair like them this month. I was so excited to see another pair of pants in my box. I was sent the Liverpool Rizzo Skinny Pant. I immediately knew something was wrong when I saw the waist band. Upon further investigation I saw they were maternity pants. Maternity pants? I'm not expecting, not possible. My mom convinced me to try them on anyway. They fit nice, except for around my waist. Unfortunately, they went back.

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Marquis Textured Knit Sweater
I loved the colors in the sweater. One of my favorite colors on me is purple, and I actually don't have many items that are that color. This sweater is the Marquis Textured Knit Sweater. I noticed that it was 10% wool. I'm very allergic to wool, but decided to try it on anyway since it was 10%. I immediately started swelling, so I had to return it.

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Abrianna Long Sleeve Knit Cardigan
This is the Abrianna Long Sleeve Knit Cardigan. I loved the color, and that it was incredibly soft. It can be dressed up or down. I couldn't part with this one. I kept it!

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Clark Zebra Print Sweater
I asked my stylist to send some animal print. I love any kind of animal print. I was so excited to try this on, because I loved the zebra print. First of all, I was sent a medium, so it was big on me. Also, the style being shorter in the front and longer in the back did not look good. The sweater was not soft at all. It reminded me of the sweater my husband bought me as a joke for Christmas. You can read about that here. Needless to say, I ended up sending this one back.

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Tavyn Blouse
This isn't the best picture to show off this cute little sheer polka dot shirt. It also came with a silk tank. The tank was a little snug but the shirt fit well. My stylist recommended trying the purple cardigan to give it a little pop. I probably will wear a red tank underneath for a pop of extra color. I'm not a big fan of the cardigan with it. I did end up keeping this piece. It was too cute to pass up.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this box. I know I kept 2 pieces which is good, but I really was bummed about my black pants. Plus, sending me the maternity pants along with wool was annoying. I had marked no wool on my style profile. Will I try them again? Yes, I'm thinking positive thoughts for my vacation box coming in March.

To sign up for Stitch Fix, click on any of the Stitch Fix links.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thirty-One Gifts Loved Giveaway

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Disclosure: I received items from Thirty-One Gifts to facilitate this giveaway. No other compensation was given. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Full Policy Here.
You all know that I'm a fan of Thirty-One Gifts. I'm an even bigger fan of the great things they do for the community. For every heart icon item purchased, 31 cents is donated to a non-profit organization to help girls, women, and families.

How can you help? You can purchase any of the items below to help, while also receiving a fabulous product.

This heart icon is available for $10 on select styles and prints:

  • Canvas Crew Carry All
  • Large Utility Tote, Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote, Picnic Thermal Tote, Spirit Cinch Sac – Spirit Grey or Spirit Black (hot pink thread color); Spirit Pink (white thread color)
Products with the Heart Icon make great gifts, especially in February, which is National Self-Esteem month. February is also the third anniversary of Thirty-One Gives. It's a great time to learn more about their mission at thirtyonegives.org

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Mom Among Chaos has partnered with Thirty-One Gifts to bring our fans another great giveaway! We are giving away a mini-zipper pouch like the one above. US residents only! Enter in the form below. Ends 2/2/15.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Zubels Review + Giveaway


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Disclosure: I received items from Zubels to facilitate this review & giveaway. No other compensation was given. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Full Policy Here
Have you heard of Zubels? I hadn't and I was missing out. Zubels has 100% cotton, hand knit kid's clothes and accessories. Some are actually organic. As you can see from the pictures they aren't only adorable, but super comfy on your little ones sensitive skin.
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Zubels carries sizes newborn to 4 years old. They have a large selection of hats, sweaters, booties, pants, and toys, along with a new spring collection. Once you take a peek at their website you won't be able to resist the cuteness of the clothes, along with the little chubby cheeks of the babies. So precious!
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Would I recommend Zubels? Yes. I don't have babies anymore, but I inspected the quality and it is very well made. Everything I checked out was reasonably priced, too. All you have to do is visit Zubels and your baby will be stylish and comfortable.
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This is the hat we're giving away from Zubels.
Mom Among Chaos has partnered with Zubels to bring our fans a great giveaway for USA residents only. We're giving away the cupcake hat above. It is size 2-3 years. Even if you don't have a little one it makes a great gift! Enter in the form below. Ends 2/16/14.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Places Not to Take Your Sweetheart on Valentine's Day

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That special day is just around the corner. Some guys are completely clueless in the romance department. So, I decided to make a list of where not to take your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. Now, if you are a teenager and seriously lack funds I will turn a blind eye. To the grown men of the world, please don't be this guy. Seriously, treat your lady with a little class and respect.

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Photo courtesy of White Castle.
Guys, what lady in her right mind wants to devour a slider on Valentine's Day? I think if my husband told me this is where we were going that I would refuse to get out of the car. Look at the photo above of the happy couples enjoying themselves. My question to the men is why not a nice home cooked meal? If you're a lady that just loves White Castle, or maybe you were odd enough to get married there that's all good, but save it for another day. A slider can wait!

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Taking your love to Hooters for Valentine's is totally inappropriate. Let me be the first to say that I've eaten there numerous times. I really like the fried pickles, but would I be happy going there on the holiday of love? Umm, no. If you've never experience Hooters, it's a sports bar with scantly dressed waitresses. A little eye candy for the men on Valentine's Day? Only if you want to be sleeping in the dog house for the next year.

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Dunkin Donuts has a special Valentine's Day menu. Who doesn't love donuts for breakfast? I would love to be pampered with donuts for breakfast, but guys no getting all cheap and trying to make it a dinner thing. Dunkin Donuts is perfectly fine for breakfast or an after dinner treat.
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Finally, nothing says love like telling your date to super size it, since you're treating. Yes, we are talking about McDonald's. A bunch of them are offering linen covered tables with even roses on your table for the special day. Unless you're under the age of 15 this is not a good idea. And those that are under 15 better be treating their parents, since they are too young to date in my book. Men, not a good idea! Those craving a Big Mac with fries can wait another day. 

This list is not limited to the above places. Common sense is needed! Treat your sweetheart like a million bucks and she will probably do the same for you.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Disney on Ice Frozen Coming to Detroit

Disclosure: I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Full Policy Here.

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. 
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You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including "Let It Go." Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! 

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney∙Pixar's Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney's The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

My family loves to watch Disney on Ice. Every show is unique. After the show is over we always talk about what our favorite part was. Frozen looks like it will have some really cool fireworks & snow special effects. I can't wait to attend with my girls this March.

Coming to
THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS
Auburn Hills, MI

Mar 12, 2015 - 07:30PM

Mar 13, 2015 - 11:00AM , 07:30PM

Mar 14, 2015 - 11:30AM , 03:30PM , 07:30PM

Mar 15, 2015 - 11:30AM , 03:30PM , 07:30PM

Tickets as low as $25!
Please Note: Ages Two and Older Must Have a Ticket.

For more info. go here Disney On Ice & here Disney's Frozen.

K2R Universal Cell Phone Car Mount Review


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Disclosure: I received the car mount from Tomoson to facilitate my review. No other compensation was given. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Full policy here
I see more and more people looking down as they're driving. Why? Because they are too concerned about their phone. It puts not only them, but everyone else around them in danger. K2R Universal Cell Phone Car Mount is made for safety. Let's be frank for a moment, we should not be using our phone period while we are driving.

I do some local traveling for my work. My GPS has been a blessing in my life. The only thing that stinks is updating it. If I were just to use my phone GPS there is no updating. So, since I was introduced to the K2R Universal Cell Phone Car Mount my life has been a little bit easier. The car mount is adjustable to fit most phones. You can even adjust it to fit your phone case.

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  • VERSATILE, STRONG & COMPACT: Strong suction cup sticks securely on your car windshield. Compact, lightweight design and very Easy to Install.

  • The unique arms of the holder can be adjusted to safely and securely grip your cell phone by the push of a button.

  • 360 ° rotatable rotor allows adjusting the viewing to any angle you want.

  • Simple & Secure Mechanism - Flexible - Versatile, Strong & Compact - Safety First - 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!

The K2R Technology Car Cell Phone Holder has a very strong suction grip which securely sticks onto your dashboard or windscreen making sure it’s securely gripped. It is easy to install and takes less than a minute.

K2R Technology Cell Phone Holder provides you the comfort of using your cell phone with comfort and ease whilst driving. It is designed to be placed on the dashboard or windshield for the safe storage and usage of your cell phone.
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Would I recommend the K2R Universal Cell Phone Car Mount? Yes, safety is a huge concern when you're on the road. This helps with safety, so you're not one of those people looking down at your cell phone. My only concern is the mount staying in place, but so far, so good!

You can pick up the K2R Technology - Universal Cell Phone Car Mount - Black by clicking on this link. As of right now it's $19.99 on sale. Amazon changes prices all the time, so pick it up at that price while you can.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Maleficent Costume Review

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Disclosure: I received a costume from birthday in a box to facilitate my review. No other compensation was given. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Full policy here
I had the opportunity to check out this Maleficent costume. I was super excited because I wanted this costume for Halloween and it was almost impossible to find in stock. I'm a face painter. My job sometimes includes dressing up. Since I already have a ton of princess costumes I wanted Maleficent, because I find her much cooler and more magical than most princesses.

I received the costume from birthday in a box, it included the dress and the headpiece for $44.98. Here are my tips for this costume. I'm normally a size 6, this costume tends to run a tiny bit on the small size, so if you're in between sizes go up one size. The 8-10 fit me perfectly and was super comfortable. This is a quality costume. It's not super thin or see-through.

Also, if you have a ton of hair like I do make sure you use a wig cap. They're sometimes a bit tricky to put on but make costumes look so much more professional when you use them. Before you put the wig cap on your head, flip your hair upside down and make a ponytail with your hands. Apply the wig cap to the back of your head first, then slowly pull it over your crown. This takes a little practice. Any pieces that fall out just push into the cap. When you put the Maleficent headpiece on, make sure none of the wig cap shows.
As far as makeup, I took a very basic approach. I have included a YouTube video in case you wanted to go all out with your look. I wore red lipstick, which looks great with black. I also recommend using a black liquid liner. Maleficent is gorgeous, it's difficult competing with Angelina Jolie.

I completed my look with black boots. The dress doesn't come all the way down, so I think knee boots look the best.

Would I recommend this costume? Yes, it is very well made. It's not made cheaply, like a ton of other costumes are. You can find Maleficent and many other great costumes at birthday in an box. They even have really great party supplies.

To learn more visit http://www.birthdayinabox.com. For more information on Maleficent visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587310/.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center - Pigeon Forge

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We are taking a trip to the Smokey Mountains in a few months. I recently learned about some fun things to do in the Pigeon Forge area. I can't wait to take my girls to check out these fun places! Read below for more information.
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Enormous fun awaits you below the Great Ape of Pigeon Forge! But the 40,000-pound primate isn't the only star you'll see at the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum. In fact, you can pose with the biggest stars, while learning about their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments. Movie buffs, pop culture lovers, and everyone who wants to step into the spotlight with the stars will enjoy the fun, entertainment, creativity and artistry. Plus, with the Pick 3 combo deal, you get to take a ride up into the mouth of Great Ape and see the spectacular Smoky Mountains from the VIP Observation Deck (weather permitting). Are you The Chosen One? In Hannah's Maze of Mirrors, find your way through the mirrored corridors hidden inside the Castle of Savannah to save Princess Hannah from the curse of Ugly Hetty. You'll have to make your way through 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways and several sections where you see infinite reflections in every direction. Finally, join the battle against evil at Castle of Chaos, the world's first 5D haunted attraction. Your mission: help the Paranormal Professor find out what supernatural activity is lurking inside. Soon you'll find yourself in an all-out shooting adventure where the highest scorers appear on the screen.

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My Readers receive a $3 OFF PICK 3 Pass coupon here.
Please visit hollywoodwaxentertainment.com for more information.
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