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SamanthaMarie

SamanthaMarie

Joined February 2018

INFP, Enneagram 9, Human, Ravenpuff. Wife, Mom. Cooking, reading, writing letters, friend dates. Florida Panhandle.
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Lady Audleys Secret by M. E. Braddon
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The Edge of Lost | Kristina Mcmorris
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Can't wait to discuss this with #overbookedclub It was really good. @sblbooks

I also got the new Kindle Paperwhite!! I've never had one before, I've always had a fire but I don't like the distraction of all the other things on it. So I really love it, with nothing to compare it to. ;) I got the Paperwhite for Kids deal and it is a great deal! Definitely recommend both the book and the device! Beats using my phone app for all of my books haha.

sblbooks I've never had Paperwhite, I've only had a Kindle fire myself. I'm glad you enjoyed the novel. 7d
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Meet Your Baker | Ellie Alexander
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Thank you for the tag @Crazeedi and @TheRiehlDeal :)

I don't think I've read a book with an unreliable narrator 🤔 I'll have to fix that sometime.

I have to agree with Diane. I love my Kindle!! (And I know Amazon is evil, agh! 😬)

This is my favorite cozy mystery series and what I recommend to people who want to try the genre.

Care to play @BookBosomed1 or @Jari-chan ??

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

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DEATH OVERDUE | Allison Brook
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At first I wasn't very interested in this book. But then she got a cottage on the river and a cat showed up and I mean 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 it isn't my favorite ever by any stretch, but a decent beginning!! I already have the second from a Kindle deal so I'll be reading the next installment. Carrie works in a small town library where she is one of two people who can interact with a ghost. Two murders to solve, two love interests, oh my!

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Lady Audley's Secret | Mary E Braddon
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📖 I just started this last night and I'm only 3 chapters in, and ooo it's good y'all!!! I have the Penguin Classics edition from a small subscription box from the Tea and Ink Society. A singular woman run subscription box, it's cute and fun!
🍁My two boys, my husband, our home in beautiful Florida, Litsy, friends, all the good stuff. ♡
📚Typos 😬 I know it's a mistake but they are distracting!!

Thank you for the tag @erzascarletbookgasm

SamanthaMarie #thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94 and I tag @MallenNC if you'd like to play. 🥰 3w
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I have the tagged book on my tbr, should get to it soon! Enjoy! 3w
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Books-A-Million #750 | Panama City, FL (Bookstore)
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1. I tend to love any bookstore but I'd definitely like to go to some in the UK whenever our family goes on our big bucket list trip there 🥰
2. I do often yes! I kind of always have a list of books in my head I want to buy that I add to continually. Plus my son is into series now so we often are looking for the next in his different series as well.

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TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ❤📕📖📘 3w
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This was a slow read for me. I am passionate about healthy family culture and rootedness at home. So, I appreciated a lot of her thoughts and suggestions. However, some of her metaphors or examples of each subject were extreme, such as an abduction her friend experienced of her own children to discuss how there are so many different things vying for our kids attention. No thanks. I don't like emotional manipulation like that. But some decent info.

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Thank You for Your Thoughtfulness | Various, Howard Books
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Thank you for the tag, @Crazeedi

🎃It was a good month. I read some good books, our family got to come home after a month away for my husband's job, and we hosted a lovely Harvest dinner with new friends!
🍁Our best friends from Oregon are coming to visit us for a week over Thanksgiving!
🍂A cozy at home week doing projects, loving checking off the to do list haha!

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📖🐿🍁🍂🧡 1mo
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Another book that I had bought on a Kindle deal, well over a year ago. 😅 It was so good!! Tugged at the heart strings. I enjoyed living in their world for a bit very much. ♡

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We spent yesterday cleaning and cooking and having two of my husband's coworkers/friends and their families over for a Harvest dinner. It was so much fun but a lot of work too haha. So our family of introverts are settling in for a day of cozy before trick or treating tonight!!

Looking forward to catching up in this series. I got behind with the move. Happy Halloween 🎃

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I was having a hard time with my current nonfiction read so I decided to switch gears with this book that I had bought on Kindle well over a year ago and had never gotten around to reading. I stayed up late and finished it this morning; it was a wild ride. Having grown up in Idaho, I felt a sort of kinship and investment. I have many thoughts, but here are two. 1. Trauma and abuse can really seem so normal to the ones experiencing it. ⬇️

SamanthaMarie 2. It begs the question, are some people unfit to be parents? But how can you tell? Who should intervene? When? To what end? 1mo
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Hello!!! Since I was last on a year ago 😱 I had a baby and we moved to Florida from Georgia. I've read a ton of books (well a ton for me as a Mom of 2 haha.) I've also gotten off IG and FB because they are awful. With that...

How do you make Litsy best work for you? How do you not get overwhelmed? What do you do to have it bring you the most joy? Would love all the tips! I sure miss getting on here and interacting with you lovely Littens!

DrexEdit Welcome back! I find you can do a lot on Litsy in just 10-15 minutes once or twice a day. Also I find the hashtags and games I can commit to and stick with those, usually on a monthly basis. Weekly or daily games don't work as well consistently for me. 1mo
BennettBookworm Welcome back!! ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Hi 👋 comment on books, people or tags you like. Set a limited time to scroll. Don‘t stress, it‘s fun 😁 1mo
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Kdgordon88 Welcome back! There are lots of group/buddy reads across genres if your looking for a book club. Some days I scroll a lot and others not so much. Just pop on when you can. 1mo
squirrelbrain Welcome back! This is the only social media I do, so I can‘t comment on how it compares, but I love it! You can do a little or a lot, and you don‘t have to join in with anything you don‘t want to. You can play games and follow hashtags or you can just post about books you‘ve read and like other posts. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome back!! You can comment on posts, join in the photo challenges, Buddy reads, and join in the readathons! 1mo
Kayla.Adriena I took a year and halfish hiatus after having a baby/moving/continuing to navigate the pandemic as well! I just told myself I would ease back into it, no pressure. I avoided signing up for anything with deadlines that can be stringent. 1mo
SamanthaMarie @DrexEdit Thank you! And thank you for these tips. I think daily or weekly things are a hard commitment for me to make right now so that's good advice. With being on just 10 to 15 minutes at a time do you feel like you see enough? Are you ever worried you miss out on anything?? 1mo
SamanthaMarie @BennettBookworm Thank you 😊 🥰 1mo
SamanthaMarie @TrishB I probably do put a lot of unnecessary pressure on it 🤣❤ 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Kdgordon88 I think I have to remember that Litsy is a lot more calm than other social media haha. Thank you so much!! 1mo
SamanthaMarie @squirrelbrain I like this practical approach!! I think on things like IG I used to be worried about missing posts or whatever. But Litsy is more chill I think!! Thank you 😊 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much!! ♡♡♡ 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Kayla.Adriena Ahhh fellow life is wild friend 🤣❤ I think you are right, I need to ease back into things. Though of course the holidays have all the fun everything 😏 ha! Have things settled down for you and all of your big life changes? 1mo
DrexEdit @SamanthaMarie not at all. I see a lot of stuff in just a few minutes of scrolling. And the hashtags I follow either have regular, repeating schedules or are very forgiving. I can pop in and out as I have time. 1mo
Crazeedi How are you my dear friend? Congrats on you new blessing! 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Hello Diane!! It's so good to "see" you. ♡ I am doing well, so much better these last few months. The move to Florida has been really good for us. My husband should deploy a lot less often here, so that will be nice. And the beaches aren't terrible ;) how are you?! I need to get a letter sent your way ♡ 1mo
Crazeedi You are blessed, and it's so good to hear things are going so much better. The last couple years have been challenging for sure. Your children are beautiful! Please write, I'll do the same, update me on your life! Sending my love to you❤ 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Thank you, thank you! My love right back to you. ♡ 1mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie I just had surgery and can't put weight on one leg, so I'm kinda limited right now! So I'm trying to read and write, though I'm going crazy looking at my house!! My hubby is really being good, but he's not a housekeeper, lol 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Oh no!! I'm so sorry. Was the surgery successful?? I also get overwhelmed when the house is a mess. The same thing happens whenever I'm "out of commission" for any reason. My husband is a great cook and great with the kids, but a housekeeper he is not ? Just put those books right in front of your face so you can't see anything. ??❤ How long is your recovery time? 1mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie long story, I'll tell you all about, long recovery. Thanks for coming back, I'll be writing you soon. Have a wonderful fall. I wish I were in the sun right now, lol 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi I am really glad to be back! If you ever want to visit these gorgeous beaches, we'd be happy to host you!! ♡♡ I'll try to get a letter off to you this week!! Looking forward to yours. 1mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie TY!! 🥰 1mo
BethM Welcome back! @Chrissyreadit has some tips and tricks links. Remember - no pressure! 1mo
BookNAround What a sweet babycake! You are definitely in a busy stage of life for sure. I say just check in when you can/want to and don‘t worry about what you might miss. No one is taking attendance or holding you to account for anything. People will be happy to see your posts whenever you get to them. 1mo
Chrissyreadit Hi!!! I agree with @BookNAround , there‘s no pressure!! Litsy can be whatever you choose- a visit with friends, or a space to post your books and see what else is there. The link in my bio has many of the activities that go on- sometimes I “visit” specific pages or tags. If there‘s an Activity you really want to do just check in under the tag. This is a no pressure space! So glad you‘re back! 1mo
Crazeedi Dummy me Samantha! Email me your new address could you? crazeedi73@gmail.com thank you! Want to get a letter to you💗 1mo
SamanthaMarie @BethM Thank you! It's good to be back! 1mo
SamanthaMarie @BookNAround Thank you ? he's a sweetie. I think I "see" lots of other people post a lot, but I just have to remember everyone is in different seasons of life. I laughed at no attendance taken, that is a good point ? 1mo
SamanthaMarie @Chrissyreadit Thank you so much!! I'm really glad to be back. And thank you for your resource!! I know that takes time and effort. I really appreciate it. ❤❤ 1mo
Librariana I don't know if I'm necessarily the *right* person to hand out Litsy advice (especially since I'm not on very frequently!), but I like to believe I have good intentions about being a more active member 😌 I like to remind myself that this platform is very low-key and relaxed. I appreciate the advice that's been given ⬆️ about following hashtags or participating in low-pressure activities without deadlines. 1mo
Librariana Also, I loved what someone said earlier about no one taking attendance 🤣 and the tips regarding reciprocal interaction and chronology vs. popularity. I like to approach Litsy as a bit of a community board where I'm just sharing with a bunch of friends what I'm up to (i.e. reading, planning to read, books I've picked up, etc.) 1mo
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Truly loved the first in this series, Death by Dumpling. Vivien Chen did the cozy mystety genre justice. Her setting was well written, the characters enjoyable, and the mystery was multi-faceted. I am diving into the second next!!! 😊
I believe this is my 9th #CozyintheSun I will have to go back and check. Will edit if wrong.
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Librarybelle I believe this is your 9th book! Glad this one was better than your prior cozy read! 1y
MallenNC Yay! I‘m glad you liked it. I need to get the second book 1y
ferskner Oh good! I'm glad this lived up to your expectations. 1y
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I think my reading rut is over!!! Or maybe it is the fact that our Air Conditioner is broken and it is too hot to do anything else. Haha! But either way, a third of the way through this and really enjoying getting lost in a book again. (:

LisaD I loved this book 📚 ❤️ 1y
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The Winner | Elizabeth Levy
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Congratulations!!!!! @BennettBookworm You are the winner of my #SM10KGiveaway
Life was very lifey this week so I just got to picking the name, so sorry about that! Send me an email at samanthathorson at hotmail.com and we will get going with getting you your winning package!! 🥳🥳🥳

I am so thankful for Litsy and for all the Littens who make it such a special place. Thank you for your kindness and book loving ways ♡

wanderinglynn Congrats @BennettBookworm 🎉👏🏻🥳 1y
Cinfhen Congrats @BennettBookworm 🎉🎉🎉 1y
slategreyskies Yay! Congrats!! 🎉✨ 1y
BennettBookworm OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Wow!!! 1y
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Reader's Block | David Markson
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I have had a serious reading block the last 8 or so days. 😔😫 Maybe flipping through a magazine will get me going again. 🤞🏻

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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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About 24 more hours to enter my #SM10KGiveaway (: Repost, tag me and use the hashtag and let me know your top 3 books on your TBR that you have most been wanting to own. I will randomly select a winner and you will get at least one of the books that you choose! :)
I have so been enjoying seeing what people choose as their top 3. A lot of new to me books :)

Open to International as well! I will be choosing the winner sometime tomorrow.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎊🎈🎉🍾 1y
SilversReviews CONGRATS!! So exciting!! 1y
JackOBotts 🥳🙌🏼🤗 1y
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Gissy Congratulations!!! 🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍 1y
slategreyskies Congrats!! 🍾🎈🎉!! :) 1y
PaperbackPirate Congratulations! 💃🏻 1y
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Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport | Richard Scarry, Huck Scarry
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My son has been on a Richard Scarry kick, ha! A Day at the Airport happens for Huckle, Sally, and Lowly because it is raining too much for them to go sailing. Rudolf Von Flugel offers to take the kids to the airport to show them how much is going on, even on a rainy day. It has some fun humor and as per normal with Richard Scarry, very detailed pictures that my son enjoys looking at and examining for the hidden treasures. Not incredible but solid!

runswithscissors007 I know “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” off by heart still. My youngest is 14. 1y
SamanthaMarie @runswithscissors007 That is amazing!! It is on order from our library system (: Goodnight Moon is the one I know haha. 1y
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runswithscissors007 If you have trouble finding goldbug on any page just let me know! 1y
AmyG @runswithscissors007 Ha! My son is 34 with a new son of his own. Cars and Trucks was his most favorote book as a child. I passed our worn copy on to him for his son. May he be so fortunate to read it multiple times....EVERY day....for a long, long time. 🤣 1y
LibrarianRyan I too loved these books as a kid, but many times I look back and think “what did I like about them?“ 1y
Sarahreadstoomuch I always found these books so overwhelming! 1y
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Word Search 10K | Chris Newman, Katherine Gordon
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Last night, I missed my transition to 10,000 Litfluence by 1 😭🤣 To celebrate all the Litsy fun and love over the years, I'd love to host a giveaway.
Make a post telling me your top 3 books from your TBR that you've been most wanting and I will randomly draw a winner to receive at least one of those books!!! Open to International Littens!
Tag me and use the hashtag, #SM10KGiveaway to ensure that I see your entry. I will draw the winner July 22!

SamanthaMarie July 22nd is my son's 5th birthday so I think it will be the perfect time to spread some Litsy love. 🥰 Can't wait to spoil a fellow Litten! 1y
Avanders 🥳🥰🥳 1y
wanderinglynn Congrats on your milestone 🎉👏🏻🥳 1y
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Librarybelle Congratulations! 1y
JackOBotts Congratulations @SamanthaMarie - and thank you for spreading the love! 🥰 1y
Jas16 🎉📚👏📖 1y
QuietlyLaura Congratulations! 🎉👏📚 1y
DHill Congratulations! 🎉 1y
VeganCleopatra Congrats! Not to be terribly particular but would a kindle book be an option? I'd hate to take someone's spot or win when I'd prefer kindle. 1y
SamanthaMarie @VeganCleopatra Kindle is just fine!!! :) 1y
NeedsMoreBooks Congratulations! 🥳 1y
Butterfinger Congratulations!! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats on your Litsy milestone! 👏🎉 1y
SamanthaMarie @Avanders @wanderinglynn @Librarybelle @JackOBotts @Jas16 @QuietlyLaura @DHill @VeganCleopatra @NeedsMoreBooks @Butterfinger @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you so much everyone 🥳 This is the best book loving place on the Internet, thanks in part to all of youuuuu!!! 1y
Moonprismpower Wow impressive litfluence CONGRATULATIONS!!🍾🎉🎈 1y
UwannaPublishme Wow! Way to go! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Crazeedi Congrats Samantha!!🎉🎉 1y
SamanthaMarie @Moonprismpower @UwannaPublishme @Crazeedi Thank you so much!!! Litsy is the best 😊🥰🥳 1y
PaperbackPirate Congratulations! 🎈 1y
britt_brooke So nice! Congratulations on your milestone - happy you‘re here! 1y
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Murder by the Book | Lauren Elliott
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Oooof. I really didn't like this Cozy. I wasn't sympathetic to the main character at all (just because someone has experienced a lot of loss-ridiculously so, does not immediately endear a reader to that character.) What I love about Cozies is the world building-feeling part of the towns and the community. Very very few people had any good qualities. Super one dimensional tropes. And I could care less about the setting and community. Painful read.

Librarybelle At least you could continue with both the readathon and conquered another cozy! 1y
SamanthaMarie @Librarybelle Yes, absolutely!! And I think it is only the second book I have read all year that I didn't like, so that is not so bad at all. :) 1y
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Andrew65 2 books is great 👏👏👏 A shame it wasn‘t better. 1y
SamanthaMarie @Andrew65 Yes! And now I know I can clear off the other two books I have on my Kindle in the same series. So it was a lose-win. 😉😆 1y
Crazeedi Hi there! How are you?? 1y
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Hi Diane! I am doing pretty well. How about you??? I loved seeing your garden on your post. Looks like magic and respite. 🥰 1y
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie yes its therapy! 1y
ferskner Oh no! I had high hopes for this one. 1y
SamanthaMarie @ferskner I see that other people really like it on Goodreads and Amazon. So it definitely could be just not my cup of tea. 1y
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Murder by the Book | Lauren Elliott
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I have a chunk of Cozies on my Kindle that I have bought or downloaded the last several months, so I am going to clear some of those out. Hopefully. 🤣 Starting with this new-to-me series.

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Book 7 for #CozyintheSun finished! This is the latest installment in the Book Retreat Mystery series; I am now all caught up. The choice that I didn't like in the prior book was resolved in this book so I am looking forward to seeing something new for Jane in the next book. Now I need to pick my next read!

Carrying on with #JubilantJuly as well. Book 1 of 6 finished! So 5 more to go over the 8 total days.

@Librarybelle @ferskner @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
Librarybelle Indeed, well done! 1y
ferskner Good job on a great run of this series! 1y
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Woohoo!! Another fun readathon to help me continue on with #CozyintheSun. Thank you @Andrew65 for hosting this excellent Readathon. I am hoping over the 8 days to read 6 more cozy mysteries. Fingers crossed!! Looking forward to reading along with everyone.

#JubilantJuly

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck with your goals. 😊👍 1y
SamanthaMarie @Andrew65 Thank you so much! Looking forward to some good reading ahead. :) 1y
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Wow! I couldn't put this one down today. (Sorry to my husband and child, ha!) It was by far the most fast paced out of the series. I was, honestly, disappointed with a decision Jane makes near the end of the book, but I am looking forward to reading the next one to see how that choice plays out. Still such a fun and different take on Cozy Mysteries!

My sixth #CozyintheSun is now finished! :)
@Librarybelle @ferskner

Librarybelle I love when a book is that good that you cannot put it down! 1y
SamanthaMarie @Librarybelle Me too! Especially since I was having a hard day, so it was extra nice to get lost in another world. 🥰 1y
ferskner This is a very intriguing review! 1y
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YES YES YES! Such adventure. I really had a blast reading this book. I enjoy this spin on Cozy mysteries with an added touch of fantasy and adventure. It is so fun!
My fifth book done for #CozyintheSun and onto the next. :)

@Librarybelle @ferskner

Literary_Siren This book is only $1.99 on kindle right now. 1y
SamanthaMarie @Literary_Siren Yes!! That's what I got it for, well worth $2 for sure haha! 1y
Librarybelle Yay! Glad you enjoyed this one! 1y
ferskner Permanently checked out! Haha! 1y
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My fourth cozy for #CozyintheSun and #CYOReadathon which means I accomplished my #CYOReadathon goal! Yay!
This third installment for the series by Ellery Adams sees heroine Jane hosting a wedding and a botany group at Storyton Hall. This one felt even more adventurous than the last two books as we went away from the inn for parts of the mystery fun. There was more development between Jane and an important relationship which I enjoyed as well.

SamanthaMarie I have already begun the fourth installment of the series and am looking forward to the next Cozy Adventure ride that Miss Adams has created. 1y
Librarybelle You‘re really doing well! 1y
SamanthaMarie @Librarybelle It helps that I'm pregnant and very nauseous 🤣 I can't do too much else right now. 1y
ferskner You're in the lead! 1y
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Third cozy down for #CozyintheSun and #CYOReadathon. I loved the first so much I had to buy the second on Kindle. It did not disappoint, even though I guessed the baddie early on, the story and characters are all such a joy. I really like a Cozy Heroine with kids, it adds another dimension. And what I wouldn't give to be a guest at Storyton Hall. 😍
@Librarybelle @ferskner @Sace

Librarybelle It‘s so exciting to find a new favorite series! 1y
SamanthaMarie @Librarybelle Yes! I love a good series binge read. There is nothing like it 🥰 1y
ferskner You know, I don't think I've ever read a cozy with kids! I will have to try it. 1y
SamanthaMarie @ferskner This is my third! She has twin younger boys. I like their age because she still has to be around enough to actually parent but, they can go off with trusted loved ones and it is then feasible for Jane to do her sleuthing. I've read one with an infant and that was interesting... and one with a teenager and that is less of a problem as far as the sleuthing goes. It is interesting to see how authors handle those relationships! 1y
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Breakfast in bed thanks to my loving husband. 😍 A great way to start Sunday!
I love breakfast salads, he thinks they are super weird, he makes them for me anyway. 😄

UwannaPublishme How sweet! 1y
johncadams That looks very tasy. 1y
slategreyskies I‘d try that! It looks scrumptious! 1y
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35% of the way through my third #CozyintheSun. My sweet cat, Remy is keeping me company. He is the cuddliest cat I have ever had. I love it. 😻

Soubhiville Aw, sweet baby. I love kitty snuggles. 1y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1y
TheDaysGoBy So cute! 1y
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wanderinglynn Aw, so sweet. ❤️🐱 1y
Scochrane26 ❤️❤️ 1y
maich Lovely😻 1y
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My second #CozyintheSun and #CYOReadathon book! It was a new to me cozy series and I am HOOKED. Jane runs a fabulous book lovers retreat resort that her Aunt and Uncle own. The place is in need of some financial income so Jane comes up with an idea for a special Mayhem and Murder themed week for Mystery lovers. Books, food, delightful friends, sweet family ties, and a surprising twist. Diving into the next, now!
@Librarybelle @ferskner @sace

Librarybelle Excellent progress! 1y
ferskner Ooooo I think I have this one! 1y
mdm139 I love the idea of a book retreat! 1y
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SamanthaMarie @Librarybelle Thank you! It has been nice to settle into some books. June was a hard reading month for me. So glad for this challenge! 1y
SamanthaMarie @ferskner It is a great cozy!! 😍 1y
SamanthaMarie @mdm139 Right?! I would sign up in a heartbeat haha! 1y
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Nothing Bundt Trouble | Ellie Alexander
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Finished my first #CozyintheSun read! An absolute wonderful addition to my favorite Cozy Mystery series. I enjoy that this installment references an old diary Jules' dad kept, such a fun spin on a mystery and a beautiful look into what makes Jules who she is. I admit I got teary eyed a few times, following this character for now 11 books has been an investment-a worthwhile one. Can't wait for the next installment!
@Librarybelle @ferskner

SamanthaMarie This also means that I am doing well with my #CYOReadathon sponsored by @Sace I got my first cozy finished. Now onto the next! :) 1y
Librarybelle Reading with a kitty is the best! 1y
SamanthaMarie @Librarybelle He is a true cuddle bug too!! We got really lucky with him 😻 1y
ferskner Yay!!!!!! 1y
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Nothing Bundt Trouble | Ellie Alexander
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I have decided to participate in the #CYOReadathon that @Sace is doing!!
My readathon will be today, July 3rd through Monday July 6th. I want to finish as many Cozy Mysteries as I can for #CozyintheSun. I am hoping for at least 4, so one a day. I have been reading for nearly 3 hours and have less than a hundred pages left in the tagged Cozy. Love this idea! Thank you @Sace

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#ThoughtfulThursday
Thank you @Butterfinger for the tag!! 😊

I prefer hamburgers 😍

My son loves fireworks just like I did when I was younger. So that is fun. But you know. I'm older now and worry about all the negative things about fireworks 🤣

I love a good all fruit popsicle. A good run through the sprinkler. And staying inside. Georgia's heat and humidity is no joke!

Thank you for the questions @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Popsicles are delicious 😋 Thanks for playing 🎇⭐️☺️ 1y
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Signed up for the #BBRC again. This year I am DETERMINED to finish and keep up on updating the form. We read two great books today for the A to Z picture books. My son laughed HYSTERICALLY over The Supermarket Mystery. Highly recommend. Can't wait to keep going! 😊

@LibrarianRyan and @Sarahreadstoomuch

LibrarianRyan ❤️😁👍🏻 1y
Sarahreadstoomuch 😊❤️ 1y
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The Starbucks line wraps all the way around the building and out to the road. But we have new library books (first time 4 year old wore his mask and he did so great! in and out in under 5 minutes too.) So we will wait and enjoy our books haha! Looking forward to starting this new cozy series for #CozyintheSun!

Librarybelle Yay! 1y
ferskner Lucky you!
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While my 4 year old isn't reading yet, it doesn't stop him from "reading" all day, every day. I am so glad he loves books as much as his parents. ?

Gissy Cute!! That's so important! Good job mom!!! 1y
Cheshirecat913 That is so awesome! My little kiddo does the same. It is so fun to see. 1y
SamanthaMarie @Gissy Thank you!! He is so much fun. I really enjoy his personality. ♡ 1y
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SamanthaMarie @Cheshirecat913 Aww yes!! I love that 🥰 It really is fun to see their love for books begin so early. 1y
BeaG This is awesome! 1y
SamanthaMarie @BeaG He is the best! 🥰 1y
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Nothing Bundt Trouble | Ellie Alexander
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I am SO excited for this new Ellie Alexander. This is book 11 in the Bakeshop Mystery books. I love them all. 😍 Glad it came earlier than we normally get our mail. Reading away the day!

mdm139 I am going to look into this series for #cozyinthesun 1y
SamanthaMarie @mdm139 She is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors! Her IG is lovely. I am newer to the genre but I sped through these last year. Ooo what is #cozyinthesun?? I will check the hashtag and try and figure it out 😍 1y
SamanthaMarie @mdm139 Thank you for letting me know about it! I am definitely going to join in. I think a month of cozies is exactly what the doctor ordered 🥰 1y
ferskner Gah I want to read this too! Too many books!!! 1y
SamanthaMarie @ferskner Hahaha that is seriously true!! 1y
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I obviously haven't been on much, but I've definitely been reading!! I am enjoying almost everything I read. I am hoping to post some highlights soon.
Quarantine and self isolation has been interesting. But with my 4 year old already home with me all of the time (we homeschool), it didn't really change too much. We have spent more time reading chapter books to him and that had been a really fun shift. :)
I hope you are all well!!!

Scochrane26 Glad you‘re having fun with your kid! ❤️ 2y
Crazeedi Welcome back, so glad all is well with you! 2y
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Saying goodbye to this year and hello to 2020 with this new release from Ben Guterson. I love this series so far and am eagerly anticipating this next installment. Anyone else a Winterhouse fan??

#mg #middlegrade #kidlit

Crazeedi Hey there been thinking of you, hope all is going well❤️ 2y
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Ahhh!!! Thank you @Kaylamburson ♡ That was SO incredibly thoughtful of you to gift me TWO books and THREE goodies. I love the planner stuff. Thank you SO much. That is right up my alley. And I loooove the bookmark. Truly a huge delight. I can't wait to read the tagged book and I'm so sorry about buying the other book like a dumb dumb 🤦🏼‍♀️🤣 she's my favorite cozy mystery author and I just couldn't wait. But I love the memory this made haha!

SamanthaMarie #LitsyLove Swap. Really appreciate all the work that went into this!! Thank you Litsy Love ♡ 2y
Kaylamburson I'm so glad you loved it all! I got a bunch of blank bookmarks like that so I can design my own. I'm glad you love it! And don't even worry! Haha. I'm sure you'll find someone who will appreciate that copy lol. I second your note to #LitsyLove. Thanks for organizing, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
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Been beyond busy. But getting a day to be cozy finally. Finished the tagged book and now onto the next!!
Missing all of you lovely Littens. I'm hoping with the upcoming holidays that I will be on more often. :)

Kaylamburson Did you just buy the new one? If so you mayyyy want to consider not breaking the spine, opening the similarly sized package inside #litsylove winter swap and returning it, lol. 🙈🙊 2y
SamanthaMarie @Kaylamburson LOL! I did just buy it 🙈😭🤣 I'm so sorry!!! That is hysterical!! 2y
Kaylamburson Hahaha no worries! The struggle of having too much time between receiving and opening. I had even preordered it since I figured it was brand-new you wouldn't get it before the swap 😂🤣 2y
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Kaylamburson Maybe you'll be able to return one and buy something else?? Luckily I don't follow directions and I sent more than one book 😂🤣 2y
TheAromaofBooks Cracking up about your swap situation. This is always my biggest fear with swaps!!! @Kaylamburson 2y
Kaylamburson Hahaha I know! It's so hard not to buy any books for like 2 months because of the chance someone might buy you that specific one for a swap. @TheAromaofBooks or if you sign up for more than one swap and two people decide on the same book 😂🤣 2y
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The New Kitten | Joyce Carol Oates
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I know I'm really behind on Litsy things. But Litsy, meet Remy. 😍🥰😍

LouBeth Adorable!! 😻 2y
Kaila-ann Awww 😍😍 2y
Alfoster Sooo cute!!! 2y
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tournevis 👋👋👋 2y
Soubhiville So cute! 💕 2y
LauraBeth Awww - look at that sweet tabby baby! 😻 2y
throwmeabook Cuteness overload 😍😍😍 2y
Scochrane26 😍😍 2y
Lcsmcat Awwww 😻😻😻 2y
Jas16 Oh the adorableness!! 2y
Slajaunie Awww! 2y
OriginalCyn620 So cute! 😻 2y
Dragon 😻 2y
SW-T 🥰🥰🥰 2y
BookwormAHN So cute 😻 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Eeeeeeeeeee!! Congratulations on your new family member! 2y
Tamra Too cute! 2y
TheSpineView Hi Remy!🤗 You are beyond cute!💜 2y
Redwritinghood 😍😍 2y
readordierachel Cute!! 2y
Kaylamburson So cute!! Also I got your package! Can't wait to open it 😊😊 Yours should have arrived yesterday. 2y
SamanthaMarie @Kaylamburson Yes!! I'm so glad you got it :) and I did get yours as well. Can't wait for the end of the month 🎉🌲🎁 2y
Kaylamburson Me neither!! I'll have to wait for the 1st as I'll be coming back from out of town Sunday. @samanthamarie 2y
SamanthaMarie @Kaylamburson That is all good!! I hope your travels go well :) 2y
Crazeedi Your new kitty is sooo precious! 2y
Gissy What a cute kitty😻❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Friday night ♡

Crazeedi Hey girlfriend, a letter coming your way!! 2y
Crazeedi Did you get my card? Are you doing ok?? Sending a hug!❤ 2y
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi I did get your card!!! It was so lovely. Thank you Diane. Been some hard stuff going on, then Jacob was gone for 23 days then my best friend from Idaho visited and now we have friends from Oregon visiting. Hoping to catch a breath/break soon and get back on Litsy and write my return Litsy Love letters. I miss you!!! 2y
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie sounds like you've had special company! And no worries! I hope the hard stuff has passed now, and you are doing well, and sweet Jonathan too! 2y
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I got talked into one of these pairs of glasses at the eye doctor from the receptionists. Which one do you think they chose for me/which one would you choose?? I'm nervous!! I hope I like it when they come in.

Soubhiville I like #4 on you, but they all look good! 2y
Megabooks I like 2 and 4 the most, but you‘re beautiful in all of them! 2y
TheLudicReader I like 3 2y
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Readergrrl I like 4 best! #1 is next... all adorable! 2y
ozma.of.oz I really like the looks of 1, but I was seriously distracted by your Mona Lisa smile in 4! 😁 2y
Branwen They all look great! 2y
Lcsmcat They all look good, but 4 brings out the color of your eyes. 2y
Amiable #2 would be my pick, but they‘re all nice! 2y
Maude You look nice in all of them, but I think you look happiest in #4 pic. 2y
Texreader 3! 2y
TheLibrarian I like 3 and 4 but all are super cute! 2y
Laura317 2 or 4 look great on you! 2y
Eyelit You look fab in all - if I had to choose one it‘s be #4 2y
SW-T Partial to #4, but whichever one‘s you got, hope you like them when they arrive 😊 2y
JoScho I like them all but 4 is my fave. New glasses are always exciting. 2y
TheSpineView #4 is my pick.😎 2y
ljuliel 2 2y
shellleigh33 I like #4 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I like 4, but they all look good. 2y
batsy All look fab, but I particularly like 3 & 4 :) 2y
DaveGreen7777 They all look lovely, but for my favorite, I‘m torn between 3 and 4. 😍 2y
Tanisha_A 2 and 4! 2y
Anna40 Same as @Tanisha_A : 2 and 4 2y
Crazeedi I like 4!! 2y
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Curating a list of Mysteries and Cozy Mysteries for my October book club's poll. I figure, who better to ask then all of you Littens!! So favorite mysteries, cozies, even true crime!!! That you think would be good for a MOMS Club Book Club :)

Thank you!!

Mollyanna What about Agatha Christie‘s 2y
SamanthaMarie @Mollyanna Excellent suggestion :) 2y
Texreader I‘m really enjoying Ellis Peters‘ Brother Cadfael series 2y
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MicheleinPhilly Elly Griffiths‘ Ruth Galloway series. First book is 2y
SW-T Currently reading Laura DiSilverio‘s The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco which isn‘t bad, but a fav was the 2y
Scochrane26 Lady Sherlock series—sherry Thomas!! 2y
BookNAround David Handler‘s Stewart Hoag mysteries are fantastic. He wrote a bunch back in the nineties and then quit. Just in the past couple of years he‘s started writing them again, still set in the nineties, and they are great. The early ones are expensive so just start with #9 The Girl with the Kaleidoscope Eyes. I am a read in order kind of girl but I started there and I don‘t think it made any difference. 2y
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Homicide in Hardcover | Kate Carlisle
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Oh my goodness @PatriciaU !!! I am feeling so spoiled. What an amazing #CozySwap package!!!! FOUR BOOKS?! THANK YOUUUU. They all look so absolutely fun. And the scarf, shirt, socks, tea, story sticky notes, and vintage library cards are SO fun. Also, that bag, it ZIPS!! That is marvelous. Thank you so much. ♡♡♡♡

Thank you @Avanders for such a perfect fall swap!!

Avanders Ooh fun fall package!! ♥️🎃🍁☕️📖🔪♥️ 2y
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I'm very excited for the #LitsyLoveWinterSwap

1.) Yes it is!
2.) Bookmarks ♡ Book logs ♡ Stationary ♡ Everything ha! ♡
3.) Candles, socks, book bags, book related paraphernalia
4.) CHOCOLATE. I am sadly allergic to dairy and soy so it has to be dairy/soy free. But I looooove chocolate!

I'm easy going!!!

@Kaylamburson I'd love to know your answers though I already thoroughly stalked your Litsy and I'm pretty sure I know what I'm getting you 🤣

Kaylamburson Ohhh I didn't realize we had each other, ha! I've stalked you, too lol. But this is extremely helpful! I'll fill this out and post 😊😊😊 2y
SamanthaMarie @Kaylamburson Hahahaha yes!! Misty made it easier on herself since #LitsyLove is so big :) I'm excited. (Also, I saw way back when that you met Peter Hermann!!!!) 2y
Kaylamburson Hahaha some serious stalking. And I did!! He was so friendly and crazy TALL. And I definitely don't blame her! 2y
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1.) A favorite cozy Mystery series set in Savannah, GA. I'm currently reading this but I think I'll have to push the rest off until October. So many books to read this month 😅 but anyway. My favorite part of living in Georgia is that Savannah is only 2.5 hours away!
2.) Hot. Muggy. Bleh.
3.) The one where the guy talked THE WHOLE TIME. Tim 🙄
4.) Both! One 🐶 One 🧒🏼
5.) @AkashaVampie ♡♡♡

AkashaVampie Thanks sweetie. I will try my best to get it done today. 2y
SamanthaMarie @AkashaVampie Take your time! Just thinking of you this morning :) 2y
myellenbee I really like that series of Bailey Cates books! 2y
SamanthaMarie @myellenbee They are really fun!!! 2y
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This morning I just want to read something cozy. I woke up at midnight with an anxiety attack and I'd just gotten back to sleep when my little guy woke up at 4 and started throwing up. He's been doing so every hour since. We are off to a rough start of the school year and he isn't even in public school 🤣 we just catch things from friends with older kiddos in school. Oh well. Builds the immune system... right? For now? Tea and this relaxing book.

Laura317 Poor little pup! Hope your son feels better quickly. 2y
Eggbeater Aww That's miserable. I hope he feels better soon and I sympathize with the anxiety attack. ❤ 2y
cobwebmoth Hope everyone is feeling better soon! 2y
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DivineDiana Sending lots of good wishes for you and your son. ❤️ 2y
SamanthaMarie @Laura317 Thank you!! He seems to be mostly good. ♡♡ 2y
SamanthaMarie @Eggbeater They come at the worst times, don't they? 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
SamanthaMarie @cobwebmoth Thank you! We both slept through the night and we are in good moods!! ♡ 2y
SamanthaMarie @DivineDiana Thank you so much ♡♡♡ we are better today for sure. 2y
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We started our first day of Homeschool Pre-K yesterday! I think it is going to be a total blast. The curriculum I chose (The Peaceful Preschool) uses lots of fun books based around a letter of the alphabet each week(s). This week we are reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Ten Apples Up On Top, and any alphabet book. We will also bake an apple crisp together at the end of the week after using 10 apples to count and sort. Such fun!

Cinfhen A-dorable ❤️ 2y
Soubhiville So cute! And excited looking. 2y
AmyG How cute! 2y
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Chrissyreadit Hooray for homeschool! 2y
batsy Too cute 💖 2y
Whimsical.Curiosity Look at that cutie!! 2y
SamanthaMarie @Cinfhen Hahaha!! Thank you!! ♡ 2y
SamanthaMarie @Soubhiville He LOVES it. Warms my heart. Thank you ♡ 2y
SamanthaMarie @AmyG Thank you!!! 2y
SamanthaMarie @Chrissyreadit Yes!! I'm excited to be starting. :) 2y
SamanthaMarie @batsy Thank you!!! 2y
SamanthaMarie @Whimsical.Curiosity Thank you!! ♡ 2y
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Just Say Boo! | Susan Hood
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1. I love reading Halloween books with my little guy in the Fall :)
2. Yes! We are going to Savannah in October. Definitely a happy place of mine. And one of my favorite Cozy Mysteries is set there!
3. I just started homeschool Pre-K yesterday with Jonathan. He LOVED it. I'll have to post his picture.

@TheAromaofBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lovesbooks87 @Crazeedi

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🍁🍂 thank you for the tag!! 2y
Eggs 👍🏼👏🏻 homeschool!! 2y
Crazeedi Thanks for the tag!❤️ 2y
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