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Can you remember what life was like before you had a cell phone?

Even though it wasn’t that long ago, I imagine it as a time of ease and calmness.

Maybe I’m idealizing life without a cell phone, but instead of dreaming of simpler times, I’ve decided to use my phone to my advantage.

Here are five apps I use everyday to improve mindfulness:

1- Clock/Timer
This built-in app is my savior for getting up off my butt and moving my body.

As someone who sits behind my computer for the majority of the day, this app keeps me accountable to 1) move my body 2) stay focused.

Here’s what I do (based on the Pomodoro technique): set the timer for 25 minutes and work on one specific thing in that time frame (no facebook, instagram or whatever to distract me). When the timer goes off, I set it for 3 minutes, during which time I stand, stretch, get water, go pee, etc… Repeat as necessary.

2- Spirit Junkie
From Gabrielle Bernstein, this alarm-style app sends you daily affirmations.

A few that I have “favorited” over the years:

  • I am open to infinite possibilities
  • I choose to be kinder, gentler and more loving
  • When I support myself I feel supported by the world
  • I have the power to change my experiences by changing my thoughts and words

I’ve set my alert for 1:37pm (if you know why I’ve chosen this time (hint: think 90s cult classic movie involving music + friends) email me, and I will send you something special in the mail. You rock). Everyday it’s a check-in with myself to center me and remind me “you’ve got this”.

Are you beginning to see how your phone can be an awesome tool in your mindfulness journey?

3- My MoonTime
Two things I’m obsessed with 1) the moon 2) the menstrual cycle.

Combine the 2 and what do you get? An amazing app that let’s you keep track of your period in relation to the phases of the moon. A must for any woman who wants to connect deeply with her body and the ancient wisdom of the moon.

4- Calm
I am a big fan of keeping track of what I do. This app simply let’s me keep track of how many days in a row I meditate. Great for accountability.

5- YouTube
One of my favourite things to do on my website, is include a YouTube video at the end of all my blog posts with the hope to get you up and dancing.

Being present in your body and feeling the pleasure of movement is a great form of mindfulness.

Take advantage of the YouTube app on your phone to instantly access your favorite song to dance to at any given moment!

As I wrap this post up, I want you to think about how you can bring more mindfulness into your day to day life.

Perhaps using some of these apps? Or how about joining us in the ‘Set Your Soul on Fire’ Challenge here: http://www.kristabutler.com/challenge

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8 Tips on How to Improve Your Self-Confidence

Do you have trouble building up your self-confidence? If so, you are not alone. Everybody has trouble with building one’s self-esteem in today’s world. The key is to be persistent and to find the ways to improve your confidence so you can be successful in life.

Here are eight easy suggestions to increasing your self-esteem in your life.

1. Know Your Weaknesses and Strengths: It is important to know what you are good at. Taking a skills assessment test is a great way to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Once you realize your skill sets, the next step is to focus on those things that you are good at doing. A person can’ be good at everything so don’t take yourself too seriously.

2. Accept yourself: You are unique in this world. It is important that you do not beat yourself up over the things that you have trouble doing. Instead of complaining about what your weaknesses, try to find ways to improve your life. Take a class at a local community college to learn a new skill. Accept yourself for who you are.

3. Remember Your Successes: Many people downplay their successes and focus on those things they struggle with. This is a mistake. Always remind yourself of your past accomplishments no matter how small they may be. Do not downplay the positive parts of your life. Stop focusing on the negative parts of your life and instead concentrate on your past achievements.

4. Read Positive Affirmations: It is important that you read affirmations that make you feel confident. Read a self-help book and then write down all of the things that motivate you. Read something positive on a daily basis and reflect on what you can do to improve your situation. Don’t focus on the things that make you feel anxious and fearful.

5. Think About Your Future: Take time to think about what you really want out of life. Do not live your life for others. Spend a lot of time and energy thinking through what you really want in life and decide what is you really want to achieve. Once you determine what you want to accomplish, then write it down and use it as motivation.

6. Create Goals: Set achievable goals on a regular basis and then take small steps to accomplish them. Make sure your goals are measurable and monitor your progress. Don’t get upset if you don’t accomplish all of your goals. You can always change your goals so that you can be more successful.

7. Talk To Others: It is important that you talk to other successful people in order to get a better perspective of your life. Listening to other people’s challenges and accomplishments can go a long way in feeling better about yourself. You can also learn how to find ways to overcome your obstacles in your life.

8. Be Persistent: Do not give up in achieving your goals in your life. Learn from your mistakes and try to improve on your situation. Do not make excuses on why you should quit or give up. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to be successful. The key is to keep at it until you get what you want.

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Using a Pre-Nup to Improve Your Chances of Marriage Success

In my years of practice as a matrimonial lawyer, I have twice been called upon to review proposed pre-nuptial agreements prepared by the lawyer for the potential groom. In one case the groom’s father, having gone through a “disastrous” divorce, insisted on a pre-nup as a way of protecting the large and prosperous family business. In the other it was the groom himself, a new doctor bent on insuring that his chosen mate wouldn’t get any of the upside of his medical school investment. In both cases the potential brides were staggeringly beautiful, and saw the impending marriage as a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Both showed up in my office just weeks before the wedding, pre-nup in hand, wanting me to “look it over.”

The two documents prepared by attorneys in different states, were remarkably similar. They provided, clearly and unambiguously, that under no circumstance would the wife ever leave the husband, or be left by the husband, with anything other than what she came with or was gifted with during the marriage: not money, or property, or even custody of children. These terms applied regardless of circumstance, (“Honey, I found someone I like better, so pack your things.”). They applied regardless of the length of the marriage, e.g., there were no sunset provisions and no step-downs or fade-outs. I’m not a judge, so I can’t say whether either was enforceable in Court, but getting the input of an attorney increased the chances it would be upheld. There would never be an economic partnership in these marriages. When “the best years” of these women’s lives were gone; chances were good, they would be, too. The terms were “take it, or leave it.” My advice, in writing, was RUN, while you have the chance. Neither took it.

I don’t have a postscript. Neither has come to me for representation in a divorce…so far. I’m sharing this story because pre and post-nuptial contracts are becoming increasingly popular, not because more people have family fortunes, or the prospect of million dollar a year plus incomes to protect, but rather because increasingly, couples want to avoid the economic, social, and emotional ravages of divorce.

Unavoidably, legislatures and judges don’t know your circumstances. They make and apply rules that, at best, are geared to some theoretical standard of fairness. So instead, couples are using their constitutionally protected right to contract to make their own rules — about how they will treat each other in divorce, agreeing to avoid lawyers and the courts, and committing to protect their children. However, the great majority of these pre-nups don’t take full advantage of the opportunities available, and are limited, largely, if not solely, to economics, and apply only if there is an end to the marriage.

Couples are not limited to agreements about the terms of their divorce. They have the opportunity to make agreements about how their marriage will work, how important decisions will be made, and the terms of their marital partnership. Once these agreements are made they can, and should, be reviewed and updated as circumstances change and evolve. Even though these broader marriage agreements are new, couples don’t need to do this important work alone. There are collaboratively trained professionals across the United States and Canada, and beyond, who are prepared to assist couples in making plans and building strong, functional partnerships in a process called Collaborative Marriage Planning.

The process of generating a plan for the marriage (as opposed to just planning for the wedding) stimulates valuable early communication about each person’s essential needs, interests and concerns. Like a traditional pre-nup, a collaborative marriage partnership agreement can enable couples to avoid court in the event of divorce. In addition, by stimulating communication about what each person needs and expects from the marriage partnership early in the relationship, the collaborative marriage planning process can improve the chances of having a successful, durable and satisfying marriage partnership.

Further information about the process of collaborative marriage planning; its benefits, and how to get started, is available on the web.

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How Gay Marriage Could Improve Straight Marriage

SCOTUS’s decision to make gay marriage a constitutional right in all states is a landmark victory for the gay rights movement. But could it also be a victory for the institution of marriage in and of itself? Justice Ruth Ginsberg repeatedly argued that gay marriage is part of a civil rights continuum. But could it also be part of a continuum that improves what it means to be in a committed relationship?

“Marriage today is not what it was under the common law tradition, under the civil law tradition,” said Ginsburg. “Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female that ended as a result of this court’s decision in 1982 when Louisiana’s Head and Master Rule was struck down.”

“Head and Master” laws permitted a husband to have final say regarding all household decisions and jointly owned property without his wife’s knowledge or consent, until 1979 when Louisiana became the final state to repeal them.

Ginsberg repeatedly rejected the notion that extending marriage rights would somehow weaken the institution or deprive straight couples. “All of the incentives, all of the benefits that marriage affords would still be available,” said Ginsburg. “So you’re not taking away anything from heterosexual couples.”



Ginsberg is a hero in the struggle for civil and sexual rights. But hearing her arguments my friends and I would quietly chuckle over what wasn’t being said — the possibility that gay marriage could have an positive effect on heterosexual unions. Marriage between straight people comes with a long list of rigid status quo rules and assumptions. Whereas the LGBT community have more personal equality and freedom in their partnerships but no legal equality and freedom. Heterosexual marriages have been entangled in laws that give males far more privilege and rights, with wives treated like property. Whereas gay unions historically been formed from a more equal standing.

What ultimately forced me to crawl out of my status quo, hetero marriage box was one of its primary tenets: monogamy. After 20 years of being happily married, I found myself in love with my husband and also another man. My gay friends were the only people in my life who offered empathy — and, more important, saluted my creativity when I opened my marriage. We created a newfangled Brady Bunch of chosen family — my husband, his new girlfriend, my new lover, and all our kids — my gay friends applauded my innovation and gumption. They weren’t terrified, judgmental or confused — as many of my straight married friends were — they were congratulatory.

Being creative in your relationship, having to set up your own “rules” and agreements, is somewhat banal among gay people. Not having the luxury of clear-cut rights mandated by the courts, many of my gay friends have sat down with lawyers to create legal documents to protect their property and loved ones. They wanted to have a definitive say in various what-if scenarios that hetero couples in traditional marriages are automatically awarded by the simple act of signing a piece of legal paper. That act in itself — having to secure your own liberties — raises your consciousness around your values and your relationships. Drawing up legal documents — or even just jotting down notes on a legal pad from your couch like I did — forces you to really define who you love and what your relationship philosophy is.

It took me several years before I sat down with my husband and asked him if we could open our marriage. When I finally did, I was startled by the fact that I had been following and even hypnotized by a societal set of rules that were not even a part of my authentic value system. I had been asleep, dutifully engaging in society’s presumption of what a “proper” marriage is, as if in a trance. Much of my identity, worldview, and lifestyle have origins in thinking outside of cultural norms and traditions. Why had the institution of marriage seemed so untouchable?

I guess you could say I’m bisexual, but I prefer to just think of myself as sexual. I love the ambiguity of being queer — a term which encompasses several aspects of sexuality — but I honestly don’t feel hip enough to sport the term. But when I created the above-mentioned situation in which I got to have both men in my life, I felt wholly aligned with my queer collective of friends.

They were the only group of people who really understood my decisions and thinking. Even after divorcing my first husband, they understood that he is still someone I dearly love and who will always be chosen family to me. Because homophobia is so wretched and life-threatening, many gay people remain family to former lovers. They don’t chuck them on the pile of what straight people call “failed relationships.” In the gay community, longevity is not the only measurement of a relationship’s success. And in gay culture (at least of my generation, and I’m in my 50s) there is a loyalty and understanding that love is enduring and supersedes a marriage license, or lack thereof.

Not every gay relationship exemplifies nirvana — they too are afflicted with conflicts, hurt, and even domestic violence. But, quite frankly, gay people have been thinking out of the marriage box for centuries. Although they lacked the heterosexual privileges, tax write-offs, basic rights of parenthood, and medical visits, they did have one advantage: an opportunity to create their own relationship doctrines. Ginsberg argued that gay marriage would not change straight marriage — but in my progressive enclave of friends, we all hope that it does.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Career as an Artist in the Music Industry

I was walking down the aisle of our local grocery store focused heavily on the items on the shelves on either side while my wife strolled a few paces behind looking at our shopping list. My cell phone rang a familiar ring tone of a close industry friend. “Patrick, I need you to call this number when we hang up. Are you sitting down?”, he asked. I replied, “No. I’m in the grocery store.” He continued to share that Spencer would have a shot at being in a feature film if we could work out the logistics on short notice. Of course my jaw dropped as I tried to pantomime what I was hearing to my wife who was perplexed why I was stalling our evening excursion to talk on the phone. I held my phone out so she should see who was on the line and she waited for me to hang up so I could explain why I had a look of shock on my face. “I have to call the director of a film that starts shooting this coming weekend in Baton Rouge because they requested Spencer to have a cameo and perform one of the singles off his album. I have to call them now.”

My wife had an equal stunned look on her face as she watched me dial. “Aren’t you going to tell Spencer first?” I shook my head and simply replied, “Um, no.”

There it was. A two minute phone call and a 7-day notice to arrange a 15-hour drive to Baton Rouge to appear in a film. We didn’t even know the potential pay for such a thing, but learned it wasn’t bad for a day’s work. But the opportunity, exposure and networking this would create for Spencer was all worth the time and investment to do it.

The longer I am in the ocean called the music industry, the more I’m learning about the moving tides, the sharks, undercurrents, and the opportunities to catch a wave versus the stagnant areas of a lagoon or oxbow. I’ve watched artists get pulled under, swimming too fast and too far away from shore only to not have the energy or ability to make it back. I’ve seen those who are content to build castles by the water’s edge or splash around in the knee-deep tide pools near shore. I’ve also witnessed the giant luxury liners in deep waters who represent the major stars in the industry who have enough money to have a full crew navigate them through the choppy waves to connect with many shorelines throughout their career. As far as metaphors go, sorry to be so funny, but the music industry is simply a sink or swim reality. You have to keep moving either under your own power or using some device or vessel to assist you if you want to remain in the water.

The phone call was nothing I was mapping out or planning to pursue for Spencer. But when the call came, we had to be ready to adjust our current plans to ride a wave that may carry him somewhere beyond his current area of the ocean. Subconsciously, an artist should be prepared to do this. That leads to my first tip to improving your career as an artist.

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1) Practice Being A Contortionist
The difficulty of many artist’s lives is the most valuable resource you have, which is time. Many artists are chained to a regular job or some other life circumstance that makes it difficult to respond when opportunity presents itself. Being extremely flexible (contorting) is not meaning to never commit to anything in hopes of something better, but it’s more about knowing your goals so clearly that when the right opportunity presents itself, you are able to rearrange your life to accommodate. The more you network and meet people along your journey, the more likely one or more of them will call on you someday to participate in an opportunity they refer or have for you. Be prepared to respond to a sudden wave that presents itself.

2) Become A Mind Reader
If you are fully aware of your target fan base, you’ll be more able to focus your energies to meeting their wants and needs. Even though the artistic and creative side of music sometimes causes an artist to remain inward focused, the reality is that without your fan base, you are creating for an audience of one. Take time to connect with your fans through social media, live events, or arrange meet and greets when you can. Unfortunately, knowing who listens to your music isn’t the only goal of knowing your audience. The word KNOWING requires interaction, and that is where your personality and the human side of you can trigger a deeper connection. Taylor Swift is infamous because of how hard she has worked and continues to make personal connections with her fans. That process takes time and in the end it will build a stronger loyalty for your music and artistry.

3) Define Your Makeup
I’m not talking eye shadow here. I had a conversation with a 20 year music industry A&R veteran who shared a great piece of wisdom. He explained that an artist is both creative and entrepreneurial in their makeup. Some are more of an artist than entrepreneur and visa versa. So if you had to make a pie chart of your split, what would that look like? For example, if you find yourself enjoying creating music but also enjoy babysitting your cash flows, then you may have a 50/50 split. Some are 80 percent artist, only 20 percent entrepreneur. The essence of defining this has everything to do with how you spend your time most effectively. If you are more artistic driven, then you will need a team of support around you to handle the business on your behalf. This will mean you are likely going to rely on others to make sure your cash flows are happening. But the trade off is that while you are immersed in your world of creating, you’re paying others out of your income flow to handle the business. If you’re more like a 60/40 split, then that means you’ll have to allocate more time to watching the business side of your career and less time in the studio creating. It’s a very simple formula, but once you’ve been doing your career a while, it is likely an epiphany that could really help you. A great example is if you find yourself more driven as a creative artist split, then you’ll likely want to cozy up to a record label to handle everything else. This seems obvious, but many artists that do this end up regretting the bank balance down the line because the label’s is significantly more than their own. But when you take on the indie artist route so you can keep more of your pot of gold, then you also are the one having to finance everything. So either side has it’s benefits and unfortunate negatives.

4) Develop Your Role As A Politician
As much as you may not like politics, it’s real and not going anywhere. Every business that has any financial upside has politics. It’s naive to take on the attitude that you can avoid it, because either your own team or the people involved in a new opportunity are going to have a myriad of personalities to navigate. I’ve learned the hard way that the words I use in phone conversations, emails, or even texting can help or seriously hinder a relationship. How you interact with industry people, including fellow artists and managers, can seriously impact the path to reaching your goals. It’s a people-centric industry where relationships dictate everything. Knowing how to adjust your expectations and communication role to appeal to the audience you’re in front of (whether on stage or off) can seriously affect your future if you don’t practice flowing with the current that you’re around. There’s a time to go upstream in your career, but that’s usually after you’re well-established and have enough relationships to cash-in on your chosen position.

5) Become A Sprinter
There seems to always be a season of a music journey where the ground beneath you starts to shake and shift. It’s in those times you need to quickly move to solid ground to avoid losing what you’ve built. Usually this involves carefully defining those monuments and stable things around you that aren’t necessarily going anywhere. For Spencer, it has been his faith in God, his family and a few industry peers who have been through the same journey or on the journey with him. Having the ability to quickly rely on those stable places when your career or life are being jolted by circumstances, is essential. A lot of artists become jaded and isolate themselves or burn bridges so much that when troubled times happen, they have nowhere to run. Sometimes the stable people they thought they had, end up not being so stable. Or sometimes they relied too heavily on others to handle their career and when those people are no longer involved, they don’t know what to do. Perhaps the one stable person is you. You are absolutely able to control your own choices even when circumstances may seem that you have no choice. Every choice just has a consequence you have to live with, good or bad. Running quickly to a stable place can often times avoid disaster because you steered clear of certain doom.

6) Beware Of Getting Hooked
While I’m in the midst of a trivial “ocean” metaphor, why not discuss fishing. Most artists, at one time or another, are tempted by amazing lures that many industry related people throw in the water nearby. Some industry types use very attractive bait to gain your attention and it’s very easy to get excited about what is dangling in front of you. First off, the bait has a hook. It always does. As I’ve experienced, you’ll get tempted by bait hundreds of times when you’re starting out. Sometimes it’s logical to take a bite and see what happens. However, the majority of the time you’ll get reeled in… be taken into a place completely out of your environment… and, sadly, get examined for a while and then thrown back in the water. Just like a fisherman, you go to the water with a bucket full of bait and keep fishing until you find the big catch you’re looking for. These industry people are fishing 24/7 and will catch and throw back many artists before they decide to keep a few. As a potential fish, just keep in mind that you should be particular about shiny objects trolling your water and equally be aware that if you decide to put yourself in a new and larger body of water, the bait gets more sophisticated.

While there’s never an immediate knowing of how a decision can impact your career, the longer you’re in the business, the more you learn about how to navigate choices toward hopeful results.

Spencer showed up on the movie set and within 24 hours of hearing the director declare a wrap on the scene and day of filming, Spencer was lying in his bed back at home. The picture of a music career is more of a puzzle being assembled where the shape and quantity of pieces lying in your view over time aren’t always understood at first glance, but as they are assembled, it becomes more obvious how they all interconnect.

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Ever since Sarah Maslin Nir’s piece in The New York Times exposed unsafe working conditions, abuse of workers and low wages in the nail salon industry, we’ve all been left wondering what we can do to help.

One person who’s stepped up to the plate is Pippa Lord, founder of Handle With Care. The website and corresponding hashtag has gained traction from nail artists, customers and even government officials (Governor Cuomo is a follower), who have all taken to social media to show support. Their goal is to help improve conditions not only in nail salons, but in the beauty industry as a whole.

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“I really hope that women will start thinking more about the social impact of the service industry in general,” Lord told The Huffington Post in an email, adding, “It upsets me that we let this slip and it took an article like this to bring it to light. But not every service industry will get an article like this, so what about them? What about those other cheap beauty treatments?”

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Just like many long-time married couples, my husband and I fell into a sexual black hole very quickly after our marriage seven years ago. The kids, house, our careers, the mortgage — everything, actually — took precedence over the passion that once consumed us when we were dating. For example, “BJ” no longer meant fellatio, but a pint of Ben & Jerry’s shared while watching an Ancient Alien Theories marathon. Pretty pathetic.

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1. Write an erotic story: Every couple has trouble communicating their needs and, let’s face it, during the act is not the time to break out the instruction manual. I wrote an erotic story and included every known male fantasy as well as what I wanted from my husband (as well as making my boobs perky and butt ‘ass-tastic.’ Hey, it was my fantasy, too.) Now, I have no intention of actually doing some of those things, but it drove my husband wild thinking about them and knowing I had thought about them, too. You know his buttons, so press them!

2. The carefully-placed sex toy: I am not a big fan of sex toys even though they do now come in lavender or fuchsia, are adorned with feathers and have cute names (by the way, it’s kinda awkward doing the nasty with something called “The Bunny” or an equally cute name. Just sayin’.) I did, however, buy a reasonable facsimile of the male sex organ (give or take five inches or so) and left that sucker in the shower for my husband to see. The look on his face was priceless:

“Did you just…?”

“Oh, shoot. Did I leave that in there?” As I sashayed off to make breakfast. The answer was “Yes, I did use it to get to places on my back my loofah couldn’t reach,” but I didn’t let him in on that little factoid. Let his thoughts run wild with what you may, but probably didn’t, do with sex toys.

3. Dress for sex-cess: On said night burned into my husband’s memory 10 years ago, I pulled out all the stops with my hair, makeup, stripper shoes, thigh high hosiery, etc. Funny, I don’t remember the sex being all that memorable because we were nervous, but apparently, that outfit made him forget the important stuff. So, last week I pulled the outfit back out and told him I needed to talk to him in the bedroom in five minutes about something very important. When he walked in and saw me in that outfit, he was immediately taken back 10 years to that great night. Now, he’s talking about Thursday of last week instead of a decade ago. And apparently, if the sex is good, you only need one outfit. What a bargain!

4. The perfectly-timed sexy comment: I’ve read over and over about how men think about sex a lot, but did you know it’s almost 60 times a day for the average male? And just how many of those times do you think it’s about you in your fuzzy slippers and sweats, which is how he last saw you this morning? Well, I have the solution and you don’t even need to brush your hair or teeth to be effective: Just as he’s walking out the door, pull him close and whisper “I want to do (fill in the blank according to your needs) to your (well, obviously there’s one option with a man) as soon as you get home. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll take a shower to hold me over.” Double score!

5. Pay him compliment on his body, then grab his ass: Men love compliments as much as women and adore it when we make them feel sexy, too. This one is great for when you want to keep the heat turned up without having to take another damn shower.

6. Give him a lap/pole dance: Now this is just fun! Who doesn’t like to dance and feel sexy? Jut don’t try it in shoes that you can’t even walk in. I got a cramp in my leg while wearing some ridiculous boots and, trust me, falling over screaming in pain is just not a turn-on. Go figure.

7. Go grocery shopping: The grocery store has a wealth of potential sex toys and accessories. You can use your imagination and create a sexual wonderland in each aisle. What’s the benefit? Guess who’s going to beat a path to his car the next time you need milk and coffee for tomorrow AND come back all ready to go? It’s a win-win all around.

These are just a few tips that worked wonders for me and my husband. I hope they are helpful for you, too. If you have tips of your own (keep it clean as possible, please), leave them in the comments.
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