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We get it. Being a mom is full-on and full-time. Equal parts FUN and WTF. Our kids don’t come with instructions, and it’s ok if we don’t have all the answers. We’ll figure it out together. The best advice comes from our favorite experts and doctors, trusted mom friends, and learning on the job. Get your coffee — or wine! — and tune in to hear us spill it all. We got this. This is MOM BRAIN with Hilaria Baldwin and Daphne Oz.

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Gretta Monahan is the Founder and CEO of Gretta Enterprises, an award winning beauty, spa, and fashion brand. You've likely seen her as the lifestyle expert on shows like The View and The Rachel Ray Show. She's also the superstar mom to Kai and Rio. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School, but nothing could prepare her for the emotional experience of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.In this very special episode, Gretta walks Daphne and Hilaria through her journey that starts with a cancer scare 5 years ago while undergoing in vitro fertilization, then to her yearly mammogram last spring where her cancer was discovered. She eloquently discusses the complex issues of going through IVF while knowing she was at risk. She talks in detail about her journey from diagnosis to treatment, and breast reconstruction. She completed her 12th and final round of chemotherapy the day before this recording and is a proud survivor! Listen to this episode without distraction. Take Gretta's advice, stay vigilant, and be the boss of your own body.Favorite Things:Hilaria: Beachwaver Curling IronDaphne: YETI Rambler MugGretta: Toga BootsEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Sutton Foster is a Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer and yet she says the hardest thing she's ever done is getting her 2 and a half year-old daughter ready for school on time. Sounds like a perfect Mom Brain guest! Sutton has performed in 11 shows on Broadway, has won 2 Tony’s and is the star of the TV Land show, Younger. She has 3 albums out, most recently 2018’s “Take Me To The World”. More importantly, she is the mother of her 2 year-old daughter, Emily Dale Griffin. Sutton opens up to Hilaria and Daphne about deciding to be a mom later in life and the challenges she had conceiving. Plus, her difficult experience with IVF, which ultimately led to the decision to adopt. It's an emotional rollercoaster of a conversation that ends with a fun game of "How Well Do You Know Your Kid?"Favorite Things:Hilaria: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria RilkeDaphne: Quinton Isotonic Dietary Supplement Sutton: Her childhood pillowcaseEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Here's another episode of Mom Brain chock full of practical advice, so break out your notepad. Aliza Pressman, M.A., Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist certified in parent management training from the Yale Parenting Center, and a mother of 2 daughters. Among her many accolades, she earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with a fellowship at the National Center for Children and Families. She is also co-founder of SeedlingsGroup and co-founding director of the Mt. Sinai Parenting Center. Aliza helps parents, through science-based research, navigate the tricky aspects of raising kids. Be sure to check out her podcast "Raising Good Humans". In this episode, Aliza talks with Hilaria and Daphne about the importance of moms finding groups where they feel comfortable, and where there is no judgment. Plus, she tackles issues like, how to address our children's irrational fears, whether or not we need to force our toddlers to apologize, making sure our kids accomplish important milestones without overreacting if they don't, and tons more!Books mentioned by Dr. Pressman:Dr. Dan Siegel: The Whole Brain Child and The Yes BrainDr. Marc Weissbluth: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy ChildBrazelton Touch PointsFavorite Things:Hilaria: Origami PaperDaphne: Omy Signature Ultrawashable Felt PensAliza: A Baby Sound MachineEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, bestselling author, host of the television series 'Cosmos,' the podcast StarTalk Radio and father of two children. He's arguably one of the most famous scientists in the world. His new book is titled Letters from an Astrophysicist – and in it, he answers random questions about the universe from fans all over the globe.Neil joins Hilaria and Daphne to discuss sparking curiosity and imagination in our kids. Together, they talk about how to guide children's interests into math and science and how encouraging children to find answers on their own is much more enriching than giving them those answers. They also dive into how questioning the world around us is natural and that children already have an innate interest in science – but it's up to us as parents not to stifle that interest.Favorite Things:Hilaria: Sonix Phone CaseDaphne: The Game Changers film Neil: (favorite foods) Pepperoni Pizza from Joe's Pizza and Carnation Malted MilkEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
We finally found a mom with more kids than Hilaria and Daphne! Andrea Canning is a mom of six. That should be enough of an introduction, but she is also a Dateline correspondent at NBC, screenwriter for Hallmark and Lifetime movies, and wife of US Marine Lt. Col. Tony Bancroft. Born in Ontario, Canada, she became an ABC News correspondent covering the White House and the Iraq War. She also contributes to NBC's Today, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. Andrea tells Hilaria and Daphne how she juggles her hard-hitting career while raising 6 kids. She discusses how a cold email got her a gig writing movies for Lifetime and Hallmark, and how working for Dateline has shaped aspects of her parenting. You'll hear about her experience with in vitro fertilization which resulted in her 6th kid and first son. She brought along three of her daughters who participated in our Mom Brain game, "Name your kid's candy!"Favorite Things:Hilaria: Donna Salyers' Fabulous-FursDaphne: Bada Bean Bada Boom SnacksAndrea: Bubblebum Booster SeatEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Eva Chen is a mother of two and has the coolest day job, overseeing fashion as the Director of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram! Before that, she worked at Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Teen Vogue and was Lucky Magazine's youngest editor-in-chief who was handpicked by "The Devil Wears Prada" herself, Ana Wintour. Inspired by her daughter's attempts at trying new things to figure out what she likes, Eva started writing the Adventures of Juno Valentine, a children's series in which the young Juno learns about her likes/dislikes through new experiences. Make sure to pick up Eva's latest book, Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure.Eva talks about her various career paths and the lessons she's learned from her kids. Plus, being a present parent, her top travel and beauty advice, and how she pulls off those signature IG selfies.Favorite Things:Hilaria: Marc Jacobs EyelinerDaphne: Dagne Dover BackpacksEva: Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover and Reusable Paper TowelsEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
We're increasing our dad count on Mom Brain with David Burtka! He's an actor, chef, father of twins, and the husband of Neil Patrick Harris. You've probably seen him in films like "Dance-Off", "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas", the series "How I Met Your Mother", "American Horror Story," and much more. He has also been a judge for "Beat Bobby Flay", "Top Chef Masters" and "Worst Cooks in America." His new cookbook is titled Life Is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration. In this episode, David discusses fatherhood, marriage, and relearning math through his kids. Also, the incredible story of how his twins were conceived with an egg donor, a surrogate, and both his and Neil's own DNA. Plus, David talks about the elaborate imagination that goes into every meal in their table, and why fun is always on the agenda in their household. Favorite Things:Hilaria: GoMacro MacroBarsDaphne: NARS Velvet Matte Lip PencilDavid: Breathe B12 Methylated Vitamin B12 DiffuserEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Daphne's back from maternity leave and in this very special season 2 premiere episode of Mom Brain, Jeannie Gaffigan stops by to tell us about incredible life changing story. Jeannie is a director, producer, writer, and mom of 5 children. Her husband is comedian Jim Gaffigan. In 2017 a benign tumor was found in Jeannie's brain the size and shape of a pear. For the past 2 years Jeannie has dealt with brain surgery, complications, throat surgery, and recovery. Her new book, When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People, chronicles her amazing journey of family, love and what happens when a mom is faced with a life altering . In this episode Jeannie articulates what it's like to be an incapacitated mom, while she dealt with all of the issues stemming from her brain surgery. She discusses her tumor, her kids, her husband, the benefits (and trials) of having a large family, and faith. Make sure you stick around after the episode for the bonus Mom Brain game.Favorite Things:Hilaria: Curie White Tea Deodorant Daphne: Buckwheat Mushroom Rice Ramen by Lotus FoodsJeannie: Smelling her children's headsEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Nancy Colier holds many titles. She's a psychotherapist, an interfaith minister, author, mindfulness educator, relationship coach, plus a wife and mom of 2 girls. Her most recent book is 2016's The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World. You may have seen her featured on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, RT America, and the New York Times. Nancy is also a regular blogger for Psychology Today. This episode of Mom Brain is all about technology and children. How we balance our need for technology while acknowledging some of the harmful effects screens and social media might have on us and our kids. Nancy discusses how both children and adults can change their mindset when it comes to dependency on cell phones and look to be more mindful while using their devices.Favorite Things:Hilaria: Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, by Peter A. LevineDaphne: Blank journalNancy: A rubber bouncy ball Email us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
It's time to talk about eye care for your children. Dr. Emily Ceisler is a board certified pediatric ophthalmologist and strabismus surgeon in a private practice in Manhattan. Emily has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in ophthalmology at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She performs pediatric eye surgery at NYU Medical Center and the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.In this episode Dr. Ceisler covers a lot of ground. Things get technical when it comes to how to treat different forms of "lazy eye". She talks about the different ways to get kids comfortable when they have to wear glasses or even eye patches to school. A main takeaway is to remember to get your kids checked early.Favorite Things:Hilaria: Tinkle Eyebrow Razor Daphne: Healthy Vegan Twix Bars recipe from AlphafoodieEmily: Miraflex, Zoobug, or Nano glasses for childrenEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
For over a decade Jeanné Graham has been a preschool teacher in New York City for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. She is a practitioner of the Reggio Emilia approach which is based on children learning in a self-directed curriculum. In this episode, Jeanné talks about how she handles conflicts in the classroom between students and the dynamics between teachers and parents. She explains how she deals with kids saying bad words and how she doesn't encourage younger children to say sorry if they don't know what the word means. Favorite Things:Hilaria: A blank bookDaphne: Kickee Pants PajamasJeanné: Vivian Paley books and "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. SeussEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Dr. Ruby Gelman is a Pediatric Dentist in private practice in New York City and has been practicing for 19 years. Dr. Gelman is a member of the New York County Dental Society where she serves on the Board of Directors as the Chair of the Public and Professional Relations Committee, and leads the Society’s community service efforts in children’s dental health.This episode is all about answering questions regarding kids and teeth. How often should you buy new toothbrushes, when should your kid start going to the dentist, when does grinding teeth become a problem? Dr. Gelman wants to make your experience at the dentist as painless as possible by making sure you know how to take care of your child's teeth.Favorite Things:Hilaria: Philips Sonicare Electric Rechargeable ToothbrushDaphne: bbhugme Pregnancy PillowRuby: Arm & Hammer GlōbrushEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain.We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Nurses play a HUGE and very important role for every mom, and there are many different kinds. Labor/Delivery nurses help during the actual labor of the birth and delivery. Then postpartum nurses help after the baby is born in helping new moms recover both physically and prepare emotionally for motherhood. Katie Verbesy is a maternity nurse who helped Hilaria with 3 of her postpartum experiences.Together Katie and Hilaria discuss the plethora of things that moms go through and should prepare for before, during and after their labor and delivery date, including breast feeding, pumping, and postpartum bleeding. Plus, asking your doctor all the questions you can think of, what to expect if your baby has to spend time in the NICU and much more!It's a clinical, casual, frank, honest, and fun conversation you don't want to miss!Favorite Things: Hilaria: Boca Terry Womens RobeDaphne: Seedlyfe Pregnancy SmoothieKatie: Dermoplast sprayEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Part of Sarah Thomas' day is curating the wine at a fancy Manhattan restaurant while the other part is filled with getting kids to try diverse food. Sarah is the co-founder, Chief Imaginator, and Story Chef at Kalamata’s Kitchen, which is both a successful children's book series and organization that aims at transforming picky eaters into adventurous ones. Sarah has written 3 Kalamata's Kitchen books which deals with the young protagonist going on food-based adventures. Sarah deals with adult eaters at her other job as sommelier at Le Bernardin in New York City. Sarah discusses how the Kalamata book series encourages kids to try new foods, and how the Kalamata organization works with restaurants to get kids to expand their palate. Favorite Things:Hilaria: GreenPan PansDaphne: Guidecraft Classic Kitchen Helper StoolSarah: Hatch Baby Rest Sound MachineEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain.We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Dr. Arash Akhavan is back and schooling us on skin health! If you missed our first episode with Dr. Akhavan, you should scroll down and check it out, because it was chock full of information from our favorite Dermatologist. So much, that we couldn't fit it all into one episode, and we had to invite him back for part 2.He is a board certified dermatologist who founded the Dermatology and Laser group in Manhattan and started the product line, Mod Skin NYC, but his biggest claim to fame is being the first returning guest on Mom Brain. Dr. Arash is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award Winner 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. He is also member of the faculty of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he is involved in the education of dermatology residents in their cosmetic and medical clinics.This time around we delved into recent FDA announcements about toxic ingredients in sunscreens you should avoid for you and your kids. Also, skin tips for during and after the summer, the risks of too much product on your face, and dangers of at home DIY skin "repair" kits. Plus, anti-aging procedures, skin rejuvenation, and of course, botox, stretch marks and a ton more! So listen up and take notes. Dr. Akhavan Recommendations: Sun Screens: MD Solar Sciences, Blue Lizzard, Color ScienceSkin rejuvenation procedures mentioned: Fractional Resurfacing Lasers, Micro-Needling, Chemical Peels, DermaplaningFor exfoliating pores: Mechanical exfoliation, Vitamin C in products, Clay masksFavorite Things:Hilaria: San Diego Sun Hat CompanyDaphne: Mott50 Kids Swimwear and Bitty Brah Kids HatsEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for@MomBrain.We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
Elizabeth Chambers Hammer has had a busy and eclectic career. She's been a journalist, tv personality, model, actress, entrepreneur, and much more. You've seen her on E! News, and as a judge on Cupcake Wars. In 2012 at the age of 28 she opened Bird Bakery first in San Antonio then in Dallas. She's no simple figurehead, she's a hands on boss baker. Oh and she's the mother of 2 children and wife of actor Armie Hammer. Elizabeth discusses the hard work that goes into starting a business while juggling being a mom and a wife. Plus how being a good boss, helps her be a great mom. Together Hilaria, Daphne and Elizabeth share birthing stories, tips on traveling with kids, setting and accomplishing mom goals, and how it's important for moms to learn to adapt. Favorite Things: Hilaria: Earth's Best Certified Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal CerealDaphne: NailFrida The SnipperClipper SetElizabeth: Carasoin Cold Fusion MoisturizerEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
It's been a while since we had an episode of Mom Mail where Hilaria and Daphne answer your questions, so we decided to go through our stock pile of emails and picked out some of our favorite ones from the Mom Brain Tribe! We covered how to curb tantrums and breaking bad habits like bad words and nose picking. Plus, vitamins and probiotics to give to our little ones and probiotics for moms postpartum.Topics Covered:Channeling tantrum energy into positive energyTurning bad words into learning momentsMaking unwanted language fun teaching momentsWhat types of vitamins to give your kids and whenWhat probiotics are best for moms to take postpartumProducts Mentioned:Flushin' Frenzy Poop Game For KidsVitamin D Liquid Drops for ChildrenGaia Kids Defense Herbal DropsGaia Kids Echinacea Supreme Herbal DropsDr. Dünner Sambu Guard for Kids Black Elderberry SyrupCoromega Kids Omega 3 Fish Oil SupplementVitamin C Liquid Drops for ChildrenMetagenics UltraFlora Balance Probiotics For WomenFire Cider, Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic With HoneyRemember to keep the emails coming to mombrainpod@gmail.com and maybe Hilaria & Daphne will answer your question! Follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!We would love and appreciate it if you could support our sponsors for this episode:Old Navy Onward!
If you're a child of the late 90s or early 2000s, you've probably seen Christy Carlson Romano as Ren Stevens in Disney's Even Stevens, or as the voice of Disney's Kim Possible, among many other shows. She's still doing her thing but now she's doing it as a mom of 2.Christy joins Hilaria and Daphne to talk birth plans, C-sections, married life, raising kids in show business, and so much more. Plus, rat infestations, walking the red carpet while 2 centimeters dilated and Christy's new YouTube series, Christy's Kitchen Throwback, all about her love of cooking with old friends from the 90s-00s.Favorite Things:Christy: Haakaa Breast PumpHilaria: Masala Baby ClothesDaphne: Farmhouse Culture Organic Garlic Dill Pickle Kraut and BabyBiotics - Topical Probiotic Body Care for Children of All AgesEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!We would love and appreciate it if you could support our sponsors for this episode:Old Navy Onward!
Sara Foster is an actress, producer and Co-head of Creative at Bumble Biz, along side her sister Erin. You may remember her from her acting days as Jen Clark on the 90210 reboot, or from her and her sister Erin's show Barely Famous. This mom of 2 now helps women network and connect on the Bumble Biz App.Sara bares it all with Hilaria and Daphne, and together they discuss the intricacies of husband and wife relationships before and after children, and dating life vs married life. Plus, the physical effects on every mother's body after giving birth and the importance of a positive body image, post childbirth. Sara is big on accepting that you’re body is not going to be the same as before childbirth. Let's not forget boob jobs, sisterhood and the work Sara is doing at Bumble Bizz to help empower women.Favorite Things:Sara: Augustine Bader Moisturizer, Supergoop Suntan Lotion and BeBe CreamDaphne: Bunch O Balloons Water Balloons, MagnatilesHilaria: Kalamata's Kitchen Book SeriesEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!We would love and appreciate it if you could support our sponsors for this episode:Old Navy Onward!Boudreaux's Buttpaste
Dr. Shefali Tsabary gives her audience a whole lot to think about. It's not by accident she is an Oprah approved bestselling author. Dr. Shefali is a clinical psychologist, international public speaker, and author who combines Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. She is the author of The Conscious Parent, Out of Control, and most recently The Awakened Family. Talking with Hilaria and Daphne, Dr. Shefali explains what conscious parenting is and how it can alleviate suffering. Plus, parents should live in the moment and be present with their children, and avoid the desire to fret over all the things that parents worry about. These concerns in reality are insecurities we feel about ourselves that we project onto our children. There's a lot to chew on in this episode so make sure you and your inner child pay attention.Favorite Things:Dr. Shefali Tsabary: The Power of Now by Eckhart TolleDaphne: Step2 Splish Splash Seas Water Table with UmbrellaHilaria: Oliver & Rain organic clothesEmail us with your questions at mombrainpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram, just search for @MomBrain. We answer a lot of your questions on there! Check out videos of our episodes on our new YouTube channel!
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Lydia DeMann

thanks for being supportive of all ways of feeding baby 💜

Sep 12th
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Vanessa Bergman

I think this is my favorite episode so far. Tons of great tips and advice that I can use now and as my little guy gets older

Jul 25th
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Molly Daniels

where is the "favorite things" link?!!

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Lydia DeMann

I think you would love Allie Casazza in terms of simplifying kids toys and things

May 21st
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Lindsey Watt

What was the body book series called that was mentioned in this podcast?

May 18th
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krystal ortiz

I saw you on Rachel Ray and never did a podcast how does this work?

Apr 9th
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Cher

I love you guys so much. Thank you spending your days doing this for all of us. I love this PODCAST!

Jan 21st
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Kaylia

haha I come from a Jamaican background and we do the same thing. this is what I'm cooking; u eat it, or u don't eat. simple. worked for my sis and I. and it works for my child too

Dec 31st
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Dawn Myers

I love the content and the differing perspectives. You ladies shed light in places that most mom's feel they are completely alone in. Thank you!

Nov 7th
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Sarah Rogers

your show is fantastic and helps normalize the "stuff" we go through as mommas ♡

Oct 19th
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CHERI Berry

Thanks ladies,Love listening,What is the whole name of that silver spray?

Oct 13th
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Lori Wheeler

thanks love this

Oct 11th
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