Top 5 Favorite Blogs

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Back in 2015, I made a small list of my favorite three bloggers. I intended to do it again but unfortunately forgot about it until now (five years later, I suck, I’m sorry). Some of them have stayed the same because my taste has mostly remained the same, but I have included a few new ones in there for you to check out! I mostly follow lifestyle and fashion blogs but I am always interested in broadening my blog list. If you have any blogs that you think I should take a look at, please leave the link in the comment section! I am always down to discover new favorites. 

#1.) Zoella

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Zoella (whose real name is Zoe Sugg) was first on my last list too, and she still remains there to this day. Some of you may recognize Zoella as a YouTuber with eleven million (whaaat?!) subscribers, but she began her journey to fame as a small lifestyle blogger back in 2009 when she was working a job she hated (sound familiar?). Now in addition to her online persona, Zoella has extended her brand into a makeup line, a clothing line, and even a line of products for your home! Zoella is the definition of a boss babe and I love reading her blog. She posts recipes, style and beauty tips, and everything else to appease the modern woman.

Find her at https://www.zoella.co.uk/.

#2.) Fat Mum Slim

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Another blogger that made it from 2015’s list to 2020’s list of my favorite bloggers is a woman named Chantelle who blogs under the name Fat Mum Slim. Now, I don’t have kids (thankfully) but this blogging mom can be appealing to women at any age and life experience. She does blog about a lot of family related matters but her humorous and bright personality make them entertaining to read, even for those of us without children of our own. She also posts yummy recipes, life tips, and she is probably most known for her “Photo A Day” challenge which has accumulated over 23 million participants worldwide.

Find her at https://www.fatmumslim.com.au/.

#3.) Flip and Style

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The next blog is the most aesthetically pleasing website I have ever laid my eyes on. Flip and Style is managed by a young woman named Vanessa who has a keen eye for everything feminine and pink. As someone who is quite fond of the color pink, her blog instantly stood out above the rest. I stumbled across her blog one evening while trying to find girly wallpapers for my iPhone, and ended up spending the next couple of hours on her website, fascinated with both its content and appearance. As you may have guessed it, Flip and Style is a fashion blog. One of Vanessa’s quotes are:

“My main aim in life is to make everything around me positive and beautiful.”

She is definitely accomplishing that goal with Flip and Style. Also, isn’t that name just super fun to say?

Find her at https://www.flipandstyle.com/.

#4.) Lauren Conrad

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Who remembers Lauren Conrad from the television show The Hills? Or perhaps her book series L.A. Candy? Lauren Conrad has been a fashion icon since 2004 when she first appeared in the television show Laguna Beach, and she has been shining ever since. Her lifestyle blog has a little bit of everything, so no matter who you are or what you’re into, you’ll find something interesting on Lauren’s blog. Lauren posts lifestyle tips, recipes, and is an advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. She recently posted a couple blog posts about diversity and how to educate ourselves on systemic racism. 

Find her at https://www.laurenconrad.com/.

#5.) Planner Perfect

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Just recently I came across the blog Planner Perfect, and thus far I have been really enjoying it. It’s definitely different than most blogs I read (in a good way). A woman named Jenny runs Planner Perfect in hopes to help individuals lead a more organized and productive lifestyle. In essence, the blog is literally a digital planner that can help you stay on track, also giving lots of great tips and tricks. There are recipes, tips for success, and hacks written to help you live your best life. If you want to get organized and have fun doing it, then look no further! Planner Perfect has got you covered. 

Find her at https://www.plannerperfect.com/.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully you have added a few of these on your list of blogs to read. Feel free to drop links to your favorite blogs in the comments that you think I should check out! 


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Tamagotchi On Unboxing

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If you haven’t already heard, the newest generation of Tamagotchi virtual pet toys have officially arrived. Remember as a child, struggling to keep your little friend happy and fed while simultaneously flushing its poops? Well, they’re back and better than ever!

Introducing the “Tamagotchi On” which comes in four colours―pink fairy, blue fairy, green magic and purple magic. The fairy and magic versions are different in the sense that they come equipped with their own characters and theme parks!

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So, if you didn’t know this already, welcome to my blog―I’m obsessed with the colour pink. So if you were wondering, I picked up a pink fairy “Tamagotchi On” at EB Games. Now, they weren’t supposed to be officially released until July 28th 2019 across North America, but for some reason they were released early Canada-wide, on July 10th. (Score!) I was able to purchase mine at the beginning of July. 

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A super cool feature for this Tamagotchi is the newly released “Tamagotchi On” app on the App Store and Google Play. For the first time ever, you can send your virtual pet onto your device to play games, win prizes, make friends, and get married to another Tamagotchi from anywhere in the world directly from your mobile device! How awesome is that?!

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On my YouTube channel, I posted a video of me unboxing my new Tamagotchi and discovering all the fun features it has! Please check it out, click the like button, leave a comment and subscribe for more videos!

To purchase your own “Tamagotchi On” click here →
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/search/?keywords=tamagotchi#internal=1


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Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies Recipe

This summer has been scorching hot. If you find yourself too busy to head down to the beach, try baking some beachy summertime themed sugar cookies instead! Tip: If you have different shaped cookie cutters, be sure to use them and incorporate them into your summery treats. 

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Ingredients (For Cookies):

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Cookie cutters (optional)

Ingredients (For Icing):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Assorted food colours 

Directions For Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. 
  2. With either an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. 
  3. Scrape the sides and add your egg and vanilla. Finally, add the flour and baking powder. 
  4. Keep mixing until all ingredients are well mixed into the dough. The dough may have a dry appearance but still continue to mix. You may add water if you find it becoming too dry in texture. The texture should be that of Play-Doh. 
  5. Roll out sugar cookie dough to 1/4″ (0.6 cm) onto a lightly floured surface or cooking board. If using cookie cutters, begin to cut out the desired shapes of your dough. 
  6. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown.

Directions For Icing: (Credit: Good Housekeeping)

  1. In a bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until blended. Scrape side of bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed to medium―beat until soft peaks form, about 10 minutes. Icing should be stiff enough to hold its shape when piped. Thin with more water, if needed.
  2. Tint icing with food colouring as desired―keep surface covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.

Making Your Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies:

Once your cookies are done baking, sprinkle a bit of sugar on them if desired. Then using your icing, you can let your creativity run wild and create anything you wish. This can include a beach, flip-flops, sunglasses, pineapples―literally anything you can think of!

Enjoy! Be sure to stay cool out there in this heat. XOXO 


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Lush Haul Spring 2019

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Welcome back bloggers to another haul from one of my go-to stores — Lush! This edition will be for their line of items for spring 2019. For this haul, I picked up some new releases, as well as some current favorites. Let’s get right into it. ❤

GRL PWR Bubble Bar

Just released for Mother’s Day, spice up your life and your tub with this flower-scented bubble bath. Blue and pink hues swirl together to create frothy purple perfection perfumed with uplifting bergamot, sensual ylang ylang and grounding cedarwood.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bubble-bars/grl-pwr/09295.html

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Pop Bubble Bar

Get bathing down to a fine (pop) art by crumbling this fruity buchu and Sicilian lemon bubble bar under the tap. Fans of sweet citrus baths will love the stream of bergamot bubbles and popping candy that crackle as you soak. Delight bathing enthusiasts and bath artists alike with a bubbly treat that’s sure to make a big splash.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bubble-bars/pop/09340.html

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Hunny Bear Massage Bar

Just for Mother’s Day, this warm and fuzzy massage bar is packed with cocoa and shea butters that melt effortlessly into skin to make a silky smooth massage oil or skin-conditioning moisturizer. It smells sweet like sugar and vanilla and is insanely cute.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/body/massage-bars/hunny-bear/09312.html

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Sushi Bath Bomb

When your skin needs some sustenance, roll into the tub with this fizzer for a creamy, uplifting soak. Sink into soothing, opaque waters while the zesty Brazilian orange and Sicilian red mandarin oil work their wonders on your tired senses. The middle of the bath bomb can work as either a moisturizing center, or can be popped out and held under running water for a bubble bath experience. Don’t forget to drop the rest of the bath bomb to your water once the tub is filled up!

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/new-bath-bombs/sushi/09230.html

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Sakura Bath Bomb

When the cherry blossoms burst forth in springtime in Japan, it’s tradition to take a picnic to the park and enjoy the gorgeous, fragrant display.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bath-bombs/sakura/02159.html

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Guardian Of The Forest Bath Bomb

Find the spirit of the forest, dappled with mossy greens and soft with the shimmer of luster. Prickly on the senses at first, the scent of calming cypress and mystical oakmoss absolute will embrace you, drawing you into the bright, sunlit heart of this woodland bomb.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bath-bombs/guardian-of-the-forest/05992.html

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The Olive Branch Bath Bomb

Sink into this citrusy cocktail filled with fragrant, hydrating oils to soothe your skin and invigorate your mind.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/new-bath-bombs/the-olive-branch/09238.html

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Lamb Bath Bomb

After scouring Lush’s website, it appears that this little cutie was a limited edition for Easter and is no longer available to purchase on their website. Still, it was too adorable not to share. The Lamb bath bomb is two bath bombs in one — one for the head and one for the torso. Also I got a super rare one, both sides of the head had a face on it! The employee told me it was a manufacturer error, as it was supposed to only come with the face on one side. 

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Monster Bath Bomb

Unfortunately this one also seems to be a limited time item, as it is no longer for sale on their website. But, look at how adorable that little face is! Similar to the lamb, the monster is also a bath bomb duo consisting of two bath bombs to make up its body.

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Scrubee Body Butter

This is one that I have gotten plenty of times before, as it is one of my favorite items that Lush carries. The Scrubee is a little bee shaped tool that acts as both a body scrub and a moisturizer. Use the front of the bee to exfoliate and the back to massage the butters into your skin. The scent is a warm vanilla and honey combination that you will enjoy thoroughly.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/shower/body-butters-conditioners/scrubee/07188.html

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Cherryish Body Scrub

This is another stock up for me! Ever since they released this deliciousness for Valentine’s Day in 2017, it was such a big hit that they decided to bring it back permanently. It’s a chocolate cherry scented body scrub after all — what’s not to love?!

Purchase here →  https://www.lush.ca/en/shower/body-scrubs/cherryish/07917.html

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Carrot Cake Lip Scrub

The new carrot cake lip scrub is so delicious. It’s packed with lots of vitamins and moisturizers to give your lips the treatment they deserve. The scent is full of cinnamon and ginger notes, with a hint of carroty cake. 

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/face/lip-scrubs-and-balms/carrot-cake/09285.html

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❤ Lush Valentine’s Day Collection 2019 ❤

It’s that time of the year again! Hugs, kisses, chocolates, candies, flowers, stuffed teddy bears and Lush’s Valentine’s Day products! This year Lush used plenty of innuendos that emoji users are sure to understand, such as the eggplant bath bomb and peach bath bomb. Both naughty and nice, these awesome products for Valentine’s Day 2019 are going to make sparks fly from your bathtub. 

The ones I tried are all awesome and unique. The fragrances are unlike anything you’ve smelled before, with spicy notes and fruity notes of peach, cherry, and strawberry. 

❤ Love Boat Bath Bomb 

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  • Made with rose oil.
  • Soothing, balancing, and fragrant.

❤ Eggplant Bath Bomb ❤

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  • Made with bergamot oil.
  • Adds shine, is cleansing, and has an uplifting fragrance. 

❤ Peachy Bath Bomb ❤

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  • Made with real fresh peach juice.
  • Cleansing and refreshing.
  • Reminds me of Fuzzy Peach candy! 

❤ Strawberry Whip Soap ❤

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  • Made with real fresh strawberries.
  • Calming, adds shine, and is rich in antioxidants. 

❤ Six And Nine Bubble Bars ❤

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  • Made with ylang-ylang oil.
  • Fragrant and relaxing.
  • Two colors available: yellow and pink, and yellow and green.

❤ Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub ❤

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  • Made with organic jojoba oil.
  • Moisturizing for your lips.
  • Reminds me of Sour Cherry Blasters candy!

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To purchase these and view a complete list of products, click here to visit Lush’s website.

Have fun and be safe this Valentine’s Day! XOXO


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Christmas Cake Pops Recipe ✶

Happy holidays! With only nine days left remaining until Christmas, it’s the perfect time to bake some holiday goodies for you, your friends, and the whole family. These peppermint cake pops are perfect, as they serve up to fifteen people. They are delicious and easy to make, so turn up the Christmas tunes, and let’s get baking!

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of butter (2 for cake pop batter, 2 for frosting)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of milk
  • 3 candy canes
  • 15 cake pop sticks
  • 200g of white chocolate
  • Cupcake or cake mix of your choice 

Directions for Cake Pop Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch cake pan.
  2. Combine cupcake or cake mix, butter, water, and egg. Using an electric mixer, beat only until well-combined. 
  3. Distribute batter into prepared pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  5. When cake has cooled, cut into quarters and crumble by hand into a large mixing bowl.

Directions for Frosting

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter on high for one minute, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix just until combined.
  3. Add milk and beat on high for one minute.

Directions for Cake Pops

  1. Add frosting to cake and mix together using an electric mixer util mixture can easily be shaped into balls.
  2. Roll cake into 15 balls and place on a waxed paper-lined plate before setting in a freezer for 20 minutes to firm and make assembly easier. 
  3. When freezer time is almost finished, heat white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl just until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. 
  4. Immediately remove cake balls from freezer. One at a time, take one cake pop stick and dip the end 1/2 inch into the melted white chocolate. Insert into cake ball.
  5. Dip cake pop into melted white chocolate and gently tap against side of bowl to remove excess. Work quickly as cake balls may start to soften. 
  6. Crush candy canes into small, fine pieces into a bowl while coating is still warm and dip the top of the cake pops in to cover. Serve and enjoy!

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Merry Christmas!

Have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the holiday season.


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Verified On Google And Famous Birthdays ✔★

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of my name appearing on Google in recognition for my work. I was really excited to find out that I now have a knowledge panel on Google, as well as a profile added to the website Famous Birthdays. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in the past, and continues to support me today. It feels really cool now to be a recognized author, blogger, and YouTuber across the web when people search my name. 

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Also, a little self-promo, you can visit my Famous Birthdays profile and click on the “Boost” button to rank me higher in certain categories. Click here to visit the Famous Birthdays website: https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/victoria-hecnar.html

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Now that Christmastime is quickly approaching, I plan to do some fun posts that will be sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Christmas baking, anyone? 


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Social Media: Stars on the Rise

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Ten years ago, the terms “YouTuber” or “social media influencer” didn’t seem to exist. If you told someone your career was uploading weekly videos to the world wide web, or that posting a photo of yourself would earn you thousands of dollars, it would seem almost impossible to believe, wouldn’t it? Fast-forward to 2018—now, there are thousands upon thousands of people who call social media their full-time job, some of these people achieving fame and fortune for their content. How did the internet create so many possibilities for these individuals? Why are so many of these social media enthusiasts becoming idolized by viewers they’ve never met? And how likely is it that your videos can become the next viral hit?

            The majority of these content creators are found from posting videos on the popular website known as “YouTube” (where virtually anyone, anywhere can publish a video of almost anything). YouTube was founded in the year of 2005 but didn’t become the worldwide phenomenon we know of today until late 2006 when it was purchased by multi-billion-dollar company, Google. The type of content published on YouTube varies. Some popular YouTubers who started at zero subscribers and earned their way up to being in the top percentile are as follows: Shane Dawson, a comedian on YouTube who posts conspiracy theories, vlogs, and sketches began his YouTube career in 2006 and currently sits at 15,000,000 subscribers; Tana Mongeau, a twenty-year-old female who posts videos telling stories of her life, started posting videos only three years ago and is now at over 3,000,000 subscribers; and newcomer 17-year-old Emma Chamberlain who has only been posting videos for one year, is set to pass 4,000,000 subscribers by the end of the summer. Other notable YouTube celebrities include Rosanna Pansino, who earned over 10,000,000 subscribers posting cooking videos; Zoella, who earned over 12,000,000 subscribers by creating beauty and fashion videos; and the most subscribed to person on all of YouTube, PewDiePie, who has a whopping 64,000,0000 subscribers and over 18,000,000,000 views on his channel by posting gaming videos.

            How did they do it? How tangible is it for your channel or Instagram page to hit these astronomical numbers? A lot of the time, these social media stars have one thing in common—luck. Luck isn’t the only factor, though, as hard work, motivation, and determination also have a key to play in creating your social media success story. Each of these internet celebrities kept goals and achieved them by doing simple things creating a weekly posting schedule (and sticking to it), opening other accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay relevant on each platform, and most importantly, being consistent in the content you create. For example—an Instagram star who is in the fitness industry is not likely to create content about video games, and vice versa. Developing a niche and expanding on it is the best way to find devoted and dedicated viewers for your content. Some social media influencers appear to grow big numbers overnight, whereas others may take years of developing their skills and content to see their audience expand.

            The last and final question is, why are these people earning so many viewers daily and what sets them apart from mainstream celebrities? Social media stars—like previously mentioned—start from zero subscribers, start from zero followers, and start at zero views. They are regular people who were able to make something out of their zany, sarcastic, funny, and likeable personalities. Musicians and actors may have all these traits too, but one main reason why so many people are developing a fondness to a social media star over a mainstream celebrity, is that of the personal connection you can feel with the person. Social media stars make videos for their viewers about their lives, especially by filming vlogs—some YouTubers even make their videos feel like a one-on-one chat with their viewers. A social media star is more likely to reply to comments, like “tweets” on Twitter, or follow their fans on Instagram. There’s some sort of indescribable bond between stars on social media and their viewers—perhaps because the viewer is what makes it all possible for the social media influencer. After all, without the viewers, there would be no platform for social media stars to post on, would there be?

            Whether you are a creator yourself, are on the bandwagon and support social media stars, or still don’t really understand the concept, one thing can be said—social media stars are on the rise, and it seems like there’s no stopping the demand for them anytime soon.


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The Last Visit

Happy November everyone! I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I wrote a last post. I used to write at least once a day, sometimes even over that! But I guess other things have grabbed my attention lately. However, I did want to post about a video that I uploaded onto my YouTube channel recently! My grandma sold her house in October, and I wanted to document that last time I ever went in it. Why? Because I love that house, that’s why. 

I hope you guys liked the video! And I promise that I will make an effort to start blogging more again. :o)

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Top 5 Bath & Body Sets ♡

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Hey everyone! Today I uploaded a video on YouTube telling you guys about my five favourite bath and body gift sets of all time. Along with the video, I will also be sharing with you guys the links to go check out and purchase these awesome products. 

CHOCOMANIA: http://www.thebodyshop.ca/en/shop-by-line/chocomania.aspx#/chocomania.aspx
HERSHEY’S: http://www.hersheysstore.com/search/1_1_12_3/set
LITTLE BLACK DOG: http://support.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/beauty/personal-care/gift-sets/details/9331308032648?lang=en
LOVE AMOUR: *Currently Unavailable*
PINK CHIFFON: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=12573739

All of these gift sets are perfect for:

  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Candy Lovers
  • Your Girlfriend/Wife/Partner
  • Friends
  • Family Members
  • and You!

These gift sets are all in the $10 to $40 price range. You can get them at the stores in which they sell them or online. Click the links provided for more information. Have a lovely day everybody! 

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