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April Project Life® Blog Hop


Welcome to the fourth of 12 BLOG HOPS from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Life® Creative Team! We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015.

Because I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on MY NOVEL over the past month, I didn’t have a lot of extra time to work on my physical Project Life album, but I really wanted to go back and put together some layouts from my annual camping trips with my friend Jen. Most of the time, I use Photoshop to design my layouts and then print the photos for the pocket pages. This time, I knew the Project Life App would help me create more pages and get through the photos faster. So, I went through my folders of photos and chose the ones I wanted to use, edited them in Photoshop, then copied the edited images into the Dropbox folder on my desktop computer. I’ve got the Dropbox app on my phone, so all I had to do was open that and save the photos I had added to my account right to my phone. Then I was free to play with them in the Project Life App. I sat down for a couple hours one afternoon and whipped out 6 pages. The most timely part was editing the photos. The app does have built in photo editing as well, so I probably could have skipped that step and saved myself some time, and I just might do that next time.

All of these layouts are from the first year (2005) that Jen and I took a trip north. We didn’t actually camp that year. We stayed in St. Ignace, MI and took a little day trip north to check out some of the sights on the east side of the U.P. The Upper Peninsula is so beautiful and peaceful. We have gone back many times in the past ten years of our camping trips.

So, here are the pages. If you have yet to try the Project Life App, jump on over and get it now. It’s SO EASY and FAST! You won’t regret it. And you can even have your layouts printed right from the app now. I haven’t tried that option yet, but I know I will. Maybe when I finish all the layouts from the camping trips. ;)

JULY 22-23, 2005

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For more CREATIVE TEAM INSPIRATION, hop over to some of the other 2014 team member blogs today:

Annette
Autumn
Donya
Jess
Tara

Please note that these are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favorite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up to!

We hope you enjoyed this hop!

Project Life® is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can find out more about her system and products HERE.

All layouts in this post were created using the PROJECT LIFE APP. Get it TODAY!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

March Project Life® Blog Hop


Welcome to the third of 12 BLOG HOPS from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Life® Creative Team! We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015.

This past month was pretty busy around here and, while I hoped to squeeze in more time for my Project Life, it didn’t happen. That’s just how it goes sometimes. I was in the midst of finishing the final edit on my soon-to-be-released second novel, Goodbye, Magnolia. I’m SO EXCITED about this book. I’m absolutely giddy! And I spent some time putting together info for a LAUNCH TEAM that will help me to promote the book when it releases in a couple months. Want to help? CLICK HERE.

I also had a great big BLOGIVERSARY to celebrate TEN YEARS of writing on this blog! That took up a ton of time for two weeks out of the month and was a lot of fun. :)

But I did get one little layout done for the month of January. :) The warm tones of the table, the K-cup, the small restaurant photo, and the flowers on the book cover all made me lean toward yellow for this layout. And I liked that the Stampin’ Up Love Story cards are all neutral black and whites and greys, so I chose some black and white cards for the journaling. The black painted lines go well with the handwritten title on the Dear Mr. Knightley book, too. All the cards I used this time were actually from Stampin’ Up kits (see the list at the bottom of this post). I love those kits. :)

JANUARY 19-25, 2015

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For more CREATIVE TEAM INSPIRATION, hop over to some of the other 2014 team member blogs today:

Autumn
Bobbi
Donya
Jess
Krista
Rachel
Tara
Trisha

Please note that these are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favorite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up to!

We hope you enjoyed this hop!

Project Life® is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can find out more about her system and products HERE.

SUPPLIES USED and mentioned in this post:
(note: all links below are to the digital versions of the kits. If you are looking for physical kits, go to shopbeckyhiggins.com and click “shop physical”!)

Design A Pocket Pages Template
Stampin’ Up Everyday Adventure
Stampin’ Up Playground
Stampin’ Up Love Story

Thanks so much for stopping by!

so many pages



These are just some of the scrapbook pages I’ve shared here on the blog over the years. I love this hobby. I’ve gotten away from the traditional style of scrapbooking in favor of the simpler Project Life way of documenting our life, but it’s all good. I love that I’ve got those old scrapbooks that show my style at that time and that it keeps changing as I grow and change. It’s been a big part of my life and a big part of this blog from the beginning. I’ve shared many traditional scrapbooking pages, digital layouts, pages I made when I was on Heather’s design team, and layouts from my time on the Project Life® Creative Team last year.

Because of this hobby and this blog, I have found many wonderful ladies that encourage and bless me with their friendship. Each one documents their life in creative ways that inspire and motivate me to do the same. Some I have met in person, some I only know online. All are so special and I’m thankful for each one of them.

If you’d like to see all the posts I’ve written under “scrapbooking”, click HERE and when you get to the bottom of each page, just keep clicking “Older posts in this category”. There are like 15 pages of posts, so grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy.

On to the giveaway …

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

This year for me is all about the one little word LEARN and one of the things I wanted to learn to do was design a scrapbook kit that would work for my Project Life albums. So a couple weeks ago, I sat down at my computer and gave it a go. This kit was totally inspired by a Bible verse I read recently, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24. As soon as I read it, I thought it would make a great theme for a kit, so I took the honeycomb idea and went crazy with it. This kit is what I came up with!

I’m giving this digital kit away to 5 WINNERS! This is not a physical product. It is digital, but you can print the cards to use in physical albums if you want.

Enter below. Tell a friend!


CLICK HERE to see more images of the cards!
 

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CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page!

Hope you’re having a wonderful week! SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

a few numbers


In looking back at ten years of blog posts, I’ve written about all sorts of topics. The big ones have been my family, my kids, photography and scrapbooking with lots of other things throw in. I’ve posted in recent years about my writing and publishing my books. There are always annual posts about camping trips and “girls days” and any vacations we take. Some days I’ve shared what was on my heart, struggles I’ve had, and how my faith in God has seen me through many situations. Music and movies and television pop up every once in a while. And the weather. There are probably far too many posts about how much I hate the snow. ;)

I thought it would be fun to put together a few stats for you.

There are 105 posts about faith, 62 holiday posts, 55 posts on writing, 50 about healthy living, 21 throwback thursdays, 18 posts about my “one little word”, and many more.

So many words typed. So many thoughts shared. Seeing it by the numbers was interesting. Some years I posted a lot. Some years not so much. There were times when I was very busy with my photography business that I posted twice in a month and times, especially in the past couple years, when I posted every weekday, Monday to Friday, without fail.

The most important thing to me is that this blog is here as a record of our life. It’s a document of us and lots of things that have happened in our life since 2005 and that’s what I love most about it. I don’t often sit down and read through my old blog posts, but putting this Blogiversary stuff together has pushed me to do that. And what I’ve found is that I’m very familiar with the photos I’ve shared here, but I’m not always clear on the exact things that were going on in the photo or at the time I took it. So many posts I stumbled upon told the details of the photos, something the kids did or said, what they were doing when I took it. Like this post I shared last week. I’ve looked at those pictures a ton of times, but I had forgotten that Chloe was making “snow angels” on the kitchen floor. And the picture of Zach playing video games, well, that’s a very familiar site, but I recorded what he was playing that day here on the blog. I love that.

I also love that this blog has brought me new friends – scrapbookers, photographers, writers, readers. It’s not something I expected when I started this, but it’s been a wonderful gift.

Now, on to today’s giveaway …

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

I posted on Friday my latest entry in my ING Journal and I wanted to give away a copy of the journal to one of you! I’ve designed them in three colors, so the winner will get to choose the color of their choice. Grey is my favorite!

Enter below. Tell a friend!

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CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page!

SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

10 YEARS!

You’re here! I’m so excited! On February 26, 2005, I started this blog, and for the next two weeks, I will be looking back at the past TEN YEARS of blogging!

Ten years has gone by in the blink of an eye. At least, it seems so at times. I’ve been browsing back through old posts and, while the style of my photos (lots of borders and filters in the early days) has changed, the core of the posts has not. It started with a few posts about my kids and that’s pretty much the same today. I wrote about things we did, places we traveled, movies I loved, following my love of photography into a business, family, friends, parties, scrapbooking, memories, happy times, sad times, publishing my novel. So much of our life.

Ten years is a really long time.

So, for the next TEN DAYS, I will be looking back, sharing old photos and favorite posts, and there will be GIVEAWAYS!!!

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a paperback copy of my first young adult novel ready to sign. The Truth About Drew was published last May.
It’s a sweet, uplifting, heart-warming story full of friendship and family with a journey to faith and a mystery surrounding a boy and his notebook.
Enter below. Tell a friend! :)

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If you have any questions at all about the giveaway, feel free to ask.

SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

February Project Life® BLOG HOP


Welcome to the second of 12 BLOG HOPS from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Life® Creative Team! We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015.

This month, Jess asked us girls, “What supplies, techniques and equipment are you loving in your Project Life album right now?”

• PRE-DESIGNING in PHOTOSHOP – It’s been all digital for me lately. I use Photoshop to plan out my pages and save all my photos and cards in a folder on my desktop to be printed later. It helps so much to choose the photos for the week, lay them out in the Design A Pocket Page Template (FREE in the Project Life digital shop, by the way), then pick the cards to match.

• PROJECT LIFE DIGITAL KITS – Obviously. I’m all about the Project Life kits. This month, I used cards from the Kiwi, Sunshine, Midnight, Cherry (FREE HERE), Aqua, Cobalt and Honey kits. I seriously spent hours going through all the digital cards I’ve collected and mixing and matching ones that went with these two layouts. Spent way more time than I usually do on layouts, but it’s been a while since I really looked through all the kits, so that was the fun part. So many great card designs, which totally inspired me to create some of MY OWN.

• PROJECT LIFE CORNER ROUNDER – I couldn’t live without this Corner Rounder. When I print cards from the digital kits, I like to round the corners just like the cards that come in the physical kits. I tend to keep all the corners of my photos square, though.

Well, as you can see below, I decided not to type out any journaling this time around. Last month, I did it digitally just to see how it would fit and come up with what I wanted to say ahead of time. This month, not so much. Once I get the cards and photos printed in a month or two, then I will sit down and do all the journaling in my own handwriting. I like the clean look of typed fonts, but I’m a fan of writing things out as well. Seeing the handwriting of the people I love always makes me feel very connected to them so I always want to use lots of hand written journaling on my pages.

On to the layouts:

JANUARY 5-11, 2015 • A quiet week. Getting into the groove of the new year. Stuck home because of snow days. Didn’t take a ton of photos, hence my first try at a 6×8 broken up. I like it. It looks a little crooked in this digital version (oops! didn’t notice that when I saved it), but when I get the actual photo and cut it up, it will be lined up right. ;)

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SUPPLIES USED: (links to purchase at bottom of this post)
Sunshine Core Kit
Midnight Core Kit
Kiwi Core Kit
Helen Keller Quote Card – my own design
Design A pocket pages

 
JANUARY 12-18, 2015 • Back to school after the very long snowy weekend. Chloe’s BFF came home with us on Wednesday to go to youth group with Chloe. Love that. Had a gymnastics meet on Saturday, then movie day at my parents’ farm on Sunday. A good week. Had to use that “balancing act” card as soon as I saw it. Went perfectly with Chloe on the balance beam. ;)

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SUPPLIES USED: (links to purchase at bottom of this post)
Cherry Core Kit
Aqua Core Kit
Cobalt Core Kit
Honey Core Kit
Design A pocket pages

For more CREATIVE TEAM INSPIRATION, hop over to some of the other 2014 team member blogs today:

Tara
Rachel
Krista
Jess
Donya
Bobbi
Autumn

Please note that these are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favorite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up to!

We hope you enjoyed this hop!

Project Life® is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can find out more about her system and products HERE.

SUPPLIES USED and mentioned in this post:
(note: all links below are to the digital versions of the kits. If you are looking for physical kits, go to shopbeckyhiggins.com and click “shop physical”!)



There is no link for the corner rounder. I couldn’t really find them anywhere available on line. All out of stock. If interested in one, check your local Michaels or Joann.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

something new


Happy weekend, guys! This is rare since I don’t usually post here on the weekends, but I got the itch to create something and I decided to share.

Last month, I read through the book of Proverbs. A chapter a day. One of the verses I came across was Proverbs 16:24, which says “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” I loved that and jotted it down in my notebook. And it crossed my mind that the verse and the honeycomb theme would be a cute idea for cards for my Project Life album. It’s been in the back of my mind for a few weeks now and on Friday evening, I dove in.

This is my first time designing cards to use in my albums and it was fun. Slow at times with lots of mistakes and scrapping things I didn’t like and redoing cards that needed a little extra something, but I enjoyed putting this together.

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I’ve had an Etsy shop for several years, but haven’t really done much with it. Recently, I listed my pocket calendars and The ING journal and a print I designed there. So that’s where you’ll find this kit and any other future creations. :)

I put together this layout using my cards and pictures from my cousin Sarah’s wedding. The colors went so well together. I love how it turned out.

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SUPPLIES USED: (click the product name to purchase)
Honeycomb Pocket Scrapbooking Kit
Project Life Design A pocket pages

Have a wonderful Sunday!

prepping and editing


Yesterday, we had SNOW DAY #7. It was actually an ice day. Freezing rain covered everything in the morning. Our driveway is like an ice rink right now. It’s ridiculous. It snows, then melts, then freezes, then repeats the cycle. We look crazy walking to our cars and trying to step only in the spots with crunchy snow because under the light feathery stuff, it’s a sheet of ice.

All of us were home for the day. Even Jake chose not to risk the roads and worked from home. It’s so nice that he can do that when needed. Most of the ice on the roads was melted by late morning, so we were able to get out.

I spent a good chunk of the afternoon sorting through photos from the past few weeks, choosing the ones I wanted to use for my Project Life album, editing, resizing, laying them out in Photoshop, then browsing through my digital kits to see which cards looked best with the colors in my photos. A few I chose for Week 2 are in the collage above. I will be sharing more pages in a little over a week for our next Project Life® Blog Hop.

IN WRITING NEWS …

I am getting into a serious groove editing Goodbye, Magnolia. My goal is to finish the big edits by the end of February (maybe sooner if I can keep it up!) and share it with my family and some friends for their input before I do more edits. Still no concrete release date yet. If you want to be the first to hear about the book release, SIGN UP for my NEWSLETTER! :)

Also, over on my Facebook author page, I will be sharing photos of some of the locations in the book in the weeks to come. I already shared one – the location of the final BIG WEDDING. If you aren’t following me there yet, hop on over and click “LIKE” to get all my posts in your news feed.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! May you take time to be with your loved ones, really be with them, not just on your electronic devices the whole time. I’m going to try to take my own advice as well. ;)

hello, monday


Morning is my normal time to blog. But it’s hard to blog when you’re away every day. Last week was one of those weeks …

– Mom and I visited our friend Erinn and her two adorable boys on Wednesday.

– Thursday was one of those “gotta get groceries” mornings that takes for-e-ver followed by bills and budget and balancing the checkbook (all those oh-so-fun things).

– Then on Friday, my hubby had an outpatient surgery very early in the morning, which required me to get up at 5 am, take him to the hospital, go home, take the kids to school, come back to the hospital and wait, wait, wait. My mom was so helpful to go get the kids for us since they had a half day of school. She and my brother Rick took them to lunch at Applebee’s before bringing them home.

OTHER HAPPENINGS:

– After school on Thursday, Zach went right out and got the shovel and cleared the porch off for me. I didn’t even have to ask. I was so proud.

– The kids played in the snow. They never do that anymore, but they went outside on Friday afternoon after they got home from lunch and ran around the yard, tried to make a snowman, did cartwheels and back handsprings (Chloe) in the snow.

– Jake sliced his thumb open while working on his mini terrain stuff. Ick! Thankfully no stitches were needed. We keep teasing that he shouldn’t craft while on pain medication.

– Started reading Dear Mr. Knightley. I’m liking it so far. The entire book is in the form of letters from the main character to a mysterious benefactor who gives her a full scholarship to college. Very interesting so far.

– Carved out a little time on Sunday afternoon to work on my Project Life album. There’s nothing like getting a big order of photos in the mail and slipping them into the page protectors along with all the cute Project Life cards.

– I’m really loving the She Reads Truth app‘s “The Bible In A Year” plan. I’m 7% through the Bible. Yay! Chloe even downloaded the app so she would have the Bible on her device, but she has also started reading through the Bible following along with the plan. Best thing about the plan … I love lists and being able to check things off as I complete a task. This plan lets you cross off each day’s reading as you go, so you can see what you’ve finished and it keeps track of the percentage of progress as well. Love it!

– Chloe spent the night at her BFF Mackenzie’s house. Just before bed, I was browsing pics on Instagram and I saw this video of Chloe singing while Kenzie’s sister’s friend played the ukelele. I could listen to that all day long. Here’s the 15 second instagram video she shared:
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Happy Monday, everyone!

January Project Life® Blog Hop


Welcome to the first of 12 BLOG HOPS from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Life® Creative Team! We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015.

The wonderful Jess Forster, who took it upon herself to set this whole thing up, asked us girls the other day what we plan to do differently with our Project Life this year and what we’re going to keep the same.

What do I want to keep the same with my Project Life album this year?
A couple things. I want to keep documenting our year in a weekly format. I’m a lover of keeping our stories chronological, so I’m sticking with what I know and love.

Also, even though there are a zillion different pocket page designs available now, I am still in love with the original Design A format and will continue to use that style for the weekly layouts.

What do I want to change about my Project Life album this year?

TELL MORE STORIES
Along with the weekly layouts that tell the basics of what happened each week, I’d also like to do more “day in the life” or “week in the life” spreads that tell more about our days and the little stories along the way. I know that one day we’ll look back through all these albums and love seeing what we did every week, but there is more to the story than gymnastics practices, birthday parties, camping trips, etc. I want to dig a little deeper with my journaling.

USE MY BIG CAMERA MORE
I love my iPhone and the ease it brings me, but I miss the quality of the photos I get with my DSLR. So, I want to challenge myself to carry it around with me more often, to keep it on the dining room table where I can grab it when I need it, to play with different lenses more often. I tend to stick with my 50mm most of the time.

KEEP UP
I really want to keep up with my album better than I did last year. I didn’t get very far into the year when I got sidetracked catching up on some previous years’ layouts. Not that that’s a bad thing. Pictures were being printed and weeks were being documented, they were just from a year or two back.

This year, I’d like to stay a little more up to date. I’m not making any grand resolutions that I will do layouts every week because I know myself and what I’ve got on my plate right now and it’s just not realistic, but I hope to at least plan out my pages digitally once or twice a month, choose the photos, and prepare them for printing. Then every couple months, I’ll have all the photos printed and fill in the journaling.

I just placed a big photo order this week, so the prints for the layout I’m sharing today aren’t here yet. I whipped up the digital version in Photoshop to share here, but these first pages of my 2015 album will be actual cards and photos and handwritten journaling.

On to my first layout of the year!

JANUARY 1-4, 2015 • Week One of 2015. First four days of the year were spent at Jake’s sister’s house for New Years Eve and for our family Christmas. It was a nice relaxing start to the year and special time spent with family.

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SUPPLIES USED: (click the links to purchase)
Aqua Core Kit – physical kit // digital kit
Design A pocket pages – physical pages // digital template

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For more CREATIVE TEAM INSPIRATION, hope over to some of the other 2014 team members’ blogs today:

Autumn
Bobbi
Donya
Jess
Krista
Tara
Rachel

Please note that these are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favorite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up to!

We hope you enjoyed this hop!

Project Life® is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can find out more about her system and products HERE.

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