I Vlogged My Entire Week: Eats & Downtime.

Good Afternoon!

I finally figured out the whole video situation. I spent way too many hours trying to figure out why there was no storage left on my computer but turns out the rendered files were taking up pretty much all of the space. After clearing those out, the videos uploaded perfectly.

I wanted to do something fun this week and change my recap post up a bit. This week was perfect for that because I had no plans, it was going to be a low-key week, and I could spend some time figuring out how to “vlog.” It’s funny because as you watch each video, they start awful, and then get a little better. I think I’m getting the hang of this. I’m hoping to have it all figured out in no time! All pointers are welcome. The first couple of days are pretty bad to watch, but I finally learned how to mess with the volume and sound effects. The next time I vlog, I promise it’ll be better!

Each day of last week was Vlogged, and I added some extra photos with links and recipes as well. I hope you enjoy my low-key week! It’s so important to give yourself a calm week now and then. Overfilling your week with events (even if they are fun) and workouts and drain you. This was my “off” week. I’ll have to video blog a normal week next time.


Sarabeth’s Breakfast Blend Coffee (link)
Erin Condren Planners (link)
Eleven Life Improvements I’m Making Post (link)
Maca powder: (health benefits) & (where to buy) P.S. Helps with PMS & other symptoms.
Spirulina: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
Collagen Peptides: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
Orgain Protein Powder: (french vanilla) & (chocolate)
Maqui: (health benefits) & (where to buy)—SO MANY. Anti-aging & metabolism boosts.
Acai: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
Tumeric: (health benefits) & (where to buy)–Brain performance & anti-inflammatory!
Goji Powder: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
Ginger: (health benefits) & (where to buy) FAVORITE.
Chia Seeds: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
Wheat Grass: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
Matcha Green Tea Powder: (health benefits) & (where to buy)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUPERFOODS? 

Super Duper Blueberry Vanilla Protein Shake Ingredients:
One Cup Water, One Cup Frozen Blueberries, One Scoop Collagen Peptides, Two Tablespoons Maqui Powder, One Tablespoon Maca Root, One Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, One Tablespoon Tumeric Powder, One Tablespoon Ground Ginger, One Tablespoon Acai Powder (made a mistake in the video 😉
BLEND & ENJOY!
Three-ingredient lunch: Eggs, Hummus, Chomper Seaweed Chips (SO GOOD.)
Dinner Salad: Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Romaine Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, and Homemade Dressing. Dressing: Balsamic, Olive Oil, 1 Tsp Honey. 
Late night dessert & a book! If you haven’t read The Couple Next Door, you must!
& THAT’S MONDAY!


Chia Bowl: Coconut Milk & Almond Milk, Spirulina, Matcha Green Tea Powder, Ginger, Vanilla Protein Powder, Honey, Chia Seeds, Maca Powder! Topped with turmeric strawberry granola from Oat Box!

Smoothie: 1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 1 Cup Frozen Pineapples, 1 Teaspoon Spirulina, 1 Teaspoon Tumeric, 1 Teaspoon Ginger, 1 Teaspoon Maca Powder, 1 Scoop Collagen Peptides, 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder!
Earth Fare Grocery Haul:

Zevia Energy Drinks, English Muffins (found in the freezer section), Eggs, Epic Turkey Jerky, Wildwood Tofu, Chicken Breast, Spaghetti Squash, Kicking Horse Coffee, Kale, Potatoes, Zucchini, Szechuan Sauce, Coconut Milk, Organix Dog Treats, Amy’s Pizza, Swerve, Zesty Nacho Kale Chips, and Fruit Leather. 
I prepped four flavors of chia seed pudding to eat throughout the week!

Chocolate: 1 Tablespoon Collagen, 3 Tablespoons Swerve, 2 Tablespoons Protein Powder, 1 Tablespoon Maca Root, 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocao Powder, 5 Tablespoons Chia Seeds, 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk.

Vanilla: 1 Tablespoon Collagen, 1 Scoop Protein Powder, 5 Tablespoons Chia Seeds, 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 2 Tablespoons Swerve, 1 Tsp Vanilla, 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon.

Green Tea Matcha: 1 Tablespoon Collagen, 2 Tablespoons Protein Powder, 5 Tablespoons Chia Seeds, 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 2 Tablespoons Swerve, 2 Tablespoons Matcha Green Tea Powder, 1 Teaspoon Maca Powder.

Acai Berry: 1 Tablespoon Collagen, 2 Tablespoons Protein Powder, 5 Tablespoons Chia Seeds, 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 2 Tablespoons Swerve, 1 Tablespoon Goji Powder, 2 Tablespoons Acai Powder, 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger.
Storage Bowls with Lids. Libbey’s.
Acai Jello: 2 Boxes Plain Knox, 1/2 Cup Swerve, Goji Berry Powder, & 1/2 Cup Acai Powder.
Chicken breast lightly coated in gluten-free flour, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, chili pepper flakes, ground mustard, and Italian seasoning. Bake at 350 for 19 minutes. 
Cast Iron zucchini. 
I sprinkled garlic powder over the top and adding in the potatoes. 
& THAT WAS TUESDAY!



My coffee grinder (link) 
Morning breakfast & errands with my dad! I had an egg white omelet stuffed with vegetables, fresh fruit, and coffee! Piddling before the gym. 
Dinner: Tofu, potatoes, and kale! 
Late night smoothie: details in the video, but I forgot to mention the maca powder! (cramp remedy)


Breakfast:
Kale, Applegate chicken sausages (mehhh) & eggs! Dinner: Ground Turkey & Kale! + sauce!
& Choc Zero Chocolate for Dessert (no sugar/1g of carb) Tastes so good! (link here)


Morning 🙂

Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Water, 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 1/2 Cup Frozen Peaches, 1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple, 1/4 Cup Frozen Raspberries, 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Tablespoon Ginger, 1 Tablespoon Turmeric, 1 Scoop Collagen Peptides.
Sophisticated Teal! I CAN’T WAIT to show you the finished office project. 
Lunch with Becca. 
I ordered the Apple Fuji Salad with no pecans or cheese. I added kale, cucumber, avocado, egg, and chicken. 
Whole Foods Haul: 

Flaxseed yogurt, cherry tomatoes, shishito peppers, guacamole, Teriyaki sauce, hummus, Roots mango Sriracha hummus, frozen fruit, salsa, Tom’s deodorant, chips, popcorn, Siete grain free chips (are so good & I recommend the sea salt), chocolate covered ginger, turkey jerky, and coconut milk.

*update* the mascara was $5 cheaper on Amazon! (Mineral Fusion)
Post-tennis dinner! Rice! Tofu! Shishito Peppers!
Teriyaki & Spicy Szechuan chicken. 
Added cooked brown rice to the cast iron with a fried egg, sautéed cherry tomatoes, soy sauce, and spicy Szechuan sauce.


After coffee, I finished up some more cleaning. 
Smoothie:
Coconut Milk, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Protein Powder, Collagen, Spirulina, Ginger, Maca Powder, Maqui Powder, Frozen Peaches.

And the chocolate covered ginger candy is my favorite. I freeze them and have them with my afternoon coffee! 
After tennis, we grabbed some food and headed out to my parent’s house. We were going to make wings, but we were just too tired to do it all. We decided to do them this weekend instead.

If you need a good turkey burger recipe, I highly recommend my burgers!!! The recipe is on this post! 
A great dinner for the football game 🙂 
That’s Saturday!!


Sunday morning breakfast smoothie:
Frozen Mangos, Frozen Peaches, 1/2 Banana, Coconut Milk, Water, Tumeric, Ginger, Collagen, Protein Powder & Goji!  I tried my first oat milk(never even knew this existed) cappuccino. I can honestly say it was one of the best coffee drinks I have ever had. It was creamy and full of flavor! I’m having withdrawals. 
Romare Bearden Park. 
And that’s a wrap! (not above…that’s a salad)

Questions for you!

  1. I want to start Vlogging my travels. What camera/app/software do you recommend?
  2. What’s your favorite superfood?
  3. What do you want my next video to be about?

Comments

  • Jen

    It would be great if you could do like an updated grocery list of things you typically buy and your pantry and fridge staples.
    Thanks !

    Reply to Jen
  • Allison

    More vlogs please!

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  • Anonymous

    this was so fun to watch

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  • Lacey

    So my husband actually bought the coffee grinder you suggested, but he is having trouble with the grounds sticking to the side due to static. Did you have this problem? If so, did you find a solution? Thanks!

    Reply to Lacey
  • Massae

    I loved your vlogs!

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  • Jenna

    I really liked your week recap vlog! Can’t wait to see this weeks! You motivate me to workout more and eat better!

    Reply to Jenna
  • Kate

    You should definately keep doing the vlogs! Eventually you will get better at them and such but it was great! I like them better than the blog post 🙂

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  • Susan

    hi Taralynn! Do you prefer the Ripple half & half or the So Delicious coconut milk creamer? I have a hard time finding a good dairy free creamer.. plain almond milk in coffee is just gross and I hate black coffee lol. thanks 🙂

    Reply to Susan
  • Joy

    The videos were great! Keep them coming!

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    Ahhhhh I LOVE Erin Condrin planners!! Their teacher one is to die for. It’s literally my favorite thing ever. Organizing makes me happy 🙂

    And Ben is the master video editor because of his channel, I’m in awe of his skills because I could never do it! But yours look good! He uses a mix of iMovie and Final Cut, but final cut is really fancy and honestly I think iMovie does the job!

    I love fitness videos!

    Get it girl!

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  • Katherine Sanford

    Loved this! It took a little while to get through them all but it was fun seeing your day to day routine on video! My black lab Stella is also a spot stealer on the couch and insists on having her head on a pillow in the bed I think she thinks she’s human 😉 Will you do a quick post of how you cook the shoshito peppers? I’ve never had them but they look so good!

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  • Dana

    The videoes were fun. I like both them and the traditional recap posts.
    Chomperz are the best! I’m seriously hooked on them.
    One thing that has really helped my cramps (and headaches, and anxiety) is a magnesium supplement. I was amazed at the difference. Also, soy can help with it too.
    Right now, my favorite superfood is turmeric. I love golden milk; warm almond milk with turmeric, ginger, cloves, honey. So good at bedtime!

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  • Jocelyn

    LOVED the videos Taralynn! It was fun to watch your daily routine each day. Very relaxing to watch them with a cup of coffee. I hope you do more like this 🙂

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  • Harriet

    Absolutely love the vlogs! And Your dogs are even cuter in the videos!. My favourite super food would be summer berries, in summer I pick them fresh from my garden to make smoothies. Cannon do a really good small and compact camera that can video, but I can not remember the model sorry. Have a fantastic weekend!!

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  • Brooklyn

    This was a fun way to do a recap 🙂
    I missed reading, but I loved the vlogs, so I think it evens out 🙂

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Chelsea

    Hi Tara,
    I am a reader of yours all the way from Perth, Western Australia and I adore your blogs, reading all of them since the very beginning. But I just wanted to say that I adored the Vlogs!!! After all these years of reading, being able to hear your voice and seeing Grumples, Leo and Kyle, and your interactions feels so personal (in a non creepy way), just like we are friends catching up. But of course, whatever mode you prefer is awesome!
    Chelsea 🙂

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  • Amber

    Can’t wait to watch your Vlogs!! I do have a random question for you though, as you have experienced it! Wondering if you have any advice on how to meet people in new places where you don’t know anyone? When you were moving around often (been following you for years), you always seemed to make friends- seems like a dumb questions because the obvious answer is getting involved with things, go out, etc. but it still isn’t easy!

    I am so excited to try something new and pick up and move out of state, although it is a bit frightening! I know you love where you ended up, and so far people I’ve talked to recommend giving somewhere new a try if you can.

    Thanks so much!!
    Amber

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Amber!

      Thank you 🙂

      I think it really just comes down to forcing yourself to get out there. It’s crazy because when I moved down to Charlotte, I didn’t know anyone and now I have a lot of friends here. Over time, you meet a person who introduces you to someone and so on and so so on. They all start to connect. You can make friends at the gym, meetup groups, through your job, and i’m telling you! Once you meet one person, you’ll be set. 😀

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  • Amy

    You should do cooking videos!

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  • Ashton Jury

    I agree with some of the above comments, I missed your writing. However I did love the vlogs, it was something fun to check out! I think it would be great to do some vlogs of your recipes, especially with fall here now. I know I’m a fan of those crust-less pumpkin pies or maybe a soup recipe. I do that a lot on my instagram stories with my food account. For recording while traveling I recommend a GOPro, my husband as like 5 of them he also uses his cannon 500? (I think that’s what it is, but don’t quote me I just know it’s cannon. ) You can look at some of his pic I love the way the gorpro takes photos, his instagram is @mdjury Also lastly my favorite superfoods are Salmon, pumpkin and blueberries!! Have a great rest of the week!

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  • Emily

    I might be going against the grain, but I missed your regular blog post! I personally don’t have time – or the attention span! Ha! – to sit and watch all the vlogs. They are fun, don’t get me wrong! But I hope you don’t deviate too much from your blog posts. I enjoy sitting and reading them with my coffee when I have a couple minutes!

    Reply to Emily
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Haha, that’s totally OK! I understand what you mean and I 1000000% missed all the photos and writing everything in order! I loved video, but maybe for special events!:)

      Expect the usual next week! 😉

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  • Savannah

    I recommend the adobe premier software and there’s an app for your phone! My boyfriend uses it for work and creates the most amazing videos even from his phone. It is super easy to use, but will be high quality work!

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  • Lindsay

    So, this is really random, but I just watched Beauty and the Beast last night and then watched your vlog this morning (loved them btw!) and you look exactly like Emma Watson! I’m sure you get that all of the time! 🙂

    Reply to Lindsay
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahahahaha probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said and I WISH!!! She’s 1000000000% more put together 😉 I’m lucky if I brush my hair once a month. Alos, I need to watch the new B&TB!

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  • Amanda

    With your mention of the mascara – Are you transitioning to organic beauty products? If so I’d love to hear more about your favorites.

    Reply to Amanda
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Well, I don’t wear make-up often. If I’m out, I’ll just throw on lip gloss and some mascara. But, I do use IT COSMETICS when I go all out. It’s been one of the best makeups I have ever worn. It doesn’t break out my skin and it has so many wonderful benefits. I’m an IT girl all the way 😉

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  • Chasmine

    Your Saturday vlog made my heart melt. My dogs love cows too!

    Kyle looks so cute and shy! What does he do for work? Is he a personal trainer?

    Reply to Chasmine
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Chasmine! (such a pretty & unique name)

      My dogs are so so so obsessed with cows! & fortunately, I live about six miles from the farm roads filled with cows.

      Kyle is adorable 🙂 I just love him so much lol He isn’t a personal trainer, but he certainly could be! He’s so great with fitness. I like to keep Kyle’s life pretty private 🙂 I don’t mind sharing what we do on the blog and photos of us together, but I want his life to stay as private as it can! xo Hope you understand! xo

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  • Elizabeth

    Hi Taralynn, I loved your vlogs!!! Watched them all haha. I’d love if you did more but I can imagine how much time goes into making them. It looks like you live in such a nice neighborhood. Hope you’re having a good week!
    Elizabeth

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Elizabeth!

      Hahaha thanks so much! I’m honestly so bad at video, but the more you do them, the better you’ll get for sure!

      Hope you have a great week as well!!! Keep inspiring me to get out there & run!!

      xo xo

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  • Maria

    Dear Taralynn,

    It’s the first time I’m commenting in your blog but now just couldn’t resist!
    What a great initiative with vlogging! Love it! Also very interesting to hear your voice (not the fan of snapchat ;)))

    Cheers from Ukraine:)

    Maria

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  • Em

    Is it weird that I am obsessed with your voice? It’s so cute! Have you ever thought about doing voice work for commercials or movies?

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  • Jennifer

    THIS WAS AWESOME! Unfortunately I’m not too tech-saavy or know much about apps/software/etc., however you did such a great job anyway! 🙂

    I tried an acai bowl for the first time the other day — it was pretty good! I want to try that Goji powder/berries too.

    I love the whole recap thing via video — when your house is done you could do your home tour that way too!

    Question.. do you have amazon prime? If so, what do you think about it? I’m so on the fence, because I never used to use Amazon, but I’ve used it a few times lately and have been considering it. And the amazon prime video too.. can’t decide if it’s worth it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahaha thanks, girl!!!

      mmmmmm love acai bowls!!!!

      I think a home tour will be amazing! I can’t wait to finish it all!

      YES YES YES! I order almost everything off amazon prime! even toilet paper. free shipping adds up! It’s only $90 a year and it’s 10000000000000 worth it.

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    I love seeing you in action! Do you think you can make weekly or at least bi-weekly vlogs?

    Reply to Linda @ the Fitty
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Ha! Thanks, Linda!

      I think I’ll start vlogging my trips and special moments for sure! Not sure I want to vlog my recaps! I missed my photos and writing so much.

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  • Sydney

    Loved watching the vlogs it was such a cool way to read the blog recap this week!

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  • Anonymous

    MORE MORE MORE!

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  • Carl

    I miss the old recaps. This was hard to get through.

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  • Jessica

    You look seventeen! What is your secret?

    Reply to Jessica
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Well thank you!

      I make sure to wash my face Every day, moisturize before bed and when I wake up, SUNSCREEN ALWAYS!!! Lots of water & never wear makeup when you don’t have to!

      I might do a video on my skin routine 🙂

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  • Jessica

    Your dog totally cracks me up eating laying down!

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  • April Johnson

    Love love love the vlog idea! DEFINITELY do more of them!
    All I would say as far as (constructive) criticism goes would be to split off recipes, products, recaps, etc. into separate videos and then do separate posts for those videos. I say that because when you make multiple posts on the blog in one day, they’re usually categorized into separate posts. Such as recap post, recipe post, workouts, product reviews, giveaways, etc. I think it makes sense to split those types of videos off into another post, as well. I don’t know if any of this makes sense, but I guess what I’m ultimately suggesting is a video post organization that is similar to your written post organization. Also, I don’t know about other readers, but some days I’m more interested in your recipes on one day and recaps on another day (or other combinations, obviously). All the other technical stuff (volume, etc.) you mentioned at the beginning will (as you said) fix itself with practice. But still seemed really great as is!!
    Love all of your posts, any shape or form!
    And I say all of this with love 🙂

    Reply to April Johnson
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, April! I will totally do them for special occasions.

      Love the tips!!! I’ll be keeping them all in mind. And you’re right. ORGANIZATION! Is key.

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  • Megan

    Hi Taralynn! I really enjoyed the vlogging. I’m curious, what kind of camera were you using? I recently started blogging, and I got a go pro to try to do a little vlogging with. My husband and I are headed to Mexico in a couple weeks and I plan to vlog about our trip. I haven’t played with it much yet, but I’ll definitely check back in and let you know how I like it! I’m just beginning a health and fitness journey, and have recently started the smoothies. I’ve been adding turmeric but I’ll look in to adding more of the things you suggest! Also, the area you live in looks dreamy! Our goal is to get to the Carolinas permanently in the next three years.

    Reply to Megan
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Megan!

      I just used my cell phone the whole time! Just convenient.

      You guys will have so much fun in Mexico! !

      We LOVE the Carolinas!:D

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  • Cara

    Will you and Kyle do a q&a vid?

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  • Rachiel

    You are adorable!

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  • Allison

    How do you make your tofu and shishito peppers? I’m trying to master the texture on the tofu.

    Reply to Allison
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I just add a little cooking spray or olive oil with water to a frying pan/cast iron and let them cook on medium-low for fifteen minutes!

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  • Emilee

    DO MORE VLOGS!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I’m excited to see your vlogs – added them to my Watch Later list! Just don’t stop blogging in exchange for video though! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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