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Friday, July 6, 2012

A Country Living Inspired Bedroom Makeover

So...yesterday, I shared what a sappy mess I have been over saying "goodbye" to our nursery. (Click here to read that sob story)
Summer 2012 will be remembered as the summer Mommy lost her everlovin' mind of the great bedroom Switch-a-roo!
It seemed like a really good idea to let my four kiddos swap furniture and bedrooms...all over the course of one weekend. That's what good mothers would do, right? 
Our dining room table acted as the poker conference table for negotiations. 
"I'll see your wicker dresser and raise you a black side table."
BEDROOM ONE:
Here is a lookiloo at the weekend warrior process in bedroom one!
My nine year old daughter's room started out as a light and bright Shabby Chic space.
BEFORE:
At great risk to my mental health and fearing a call for purple swirls and glitter, I asked my daughter to provide an inspiration photo. I was shocked when she proudly presented this Country Living page. 
Suspiciously, this bedroom makeover coincided with a visit from my dad and his wife. When we have house guests, they have come to expect project ambushes. They have cracked my code speak. For example:
What I actually say: 
"Want to help me paint a bedroom?"
What I actually mean: 
"Want to paint and stencil a bedroom for the entire 36 hours that you are visiting until you curse the day that I was born?"
Game on!
My daughter was so proud to go to the paint store with her inspiration page in hand to pick out the paint!
She chose Behr "Pewter Ring" in a semi-gloss.
My dad's wife did all most of the prep work and I did helpful things like make cocktails and organize my jewelry drawer. 
"We" used a Cutting Edge Stencil and Benjamin Moore "Balboa Mist" in eggshell.
I love white walls, white furniture and white, white and more white. So, you can imagine my heart rate as this unfolded! My lamaze breathing finally came in handy!

AAAAAAND, it is finished! Come on in!









Quote from my daughter: "Every time I walk in my room, I think WOW!"
Here is a little breakdown of the makeover costs:
Stencil- donated by Cutting Edge Stencils
Base paint- $40 but paid for with a gift card
Stencil paint- $5 from The Restore
Pottery Barn curtains- $5 at a yard sale
Pottery Barn bedskirt and blanket- free hand-me-downs
Dressers- won in an arm wrestling match with brother
Light fixture- nabbed from friends trash pile
Family therapy- priceless

Link Par-taay at:
TDC Before and After

118 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I still pause every time I walk by! My girl is growing up!

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  2. I love this, Kerry! Maybe it will help you get over your "mental block" about color. What's next? A pink tropical drink??

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    1. End times must be near, huh? I'm still chuckling at your dance!

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  3. I simply LOVE this look, Kerry!! Your daughter has amazing taste ;)

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I'm so relieved that she didn't go for purple swirls!

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  4. WOW!! Can your daughter design a few rooms in my house?

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    1. She is my intern...will work for chocolate!
      Thanks, Anna!

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  5. I love it! I can't believe you got the light fixture free. I wish my eight year old had taste like that. My almost 5 and 8 year old share a room with half the wallpaper taken off because I decided one day I hated it and then I decided I had other things to do and dark purple blackout curtains (this is what I get when I shop with my then three year old and tell her she can pick out the curtains). I'm inspired and as soon as it is cooler than he** I will paint their room.

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    1. YAY! Thank you, Linda! When you tackle the room, would you like to do a guest blog for HouseTalkN?

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  6. Can you please come makeover my house? Kthanks.

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  7. Absolutely awesome, wow, she really IS growing up, isn't she?

    Well done.

    Shoulda seen my empathetic mascara-Alice-Cooper-style bawling red puffy eyes after yestrday's crying jag with y'all.

    Love the after, worth every stroke of the brush, as it were.

    Take your father's wife and your gal chum to a tea house as a thank you, perhaps?

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. It's official- you are the world's best commenter!

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  8. Love that it was a family effort. Makes it even more special!

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    1. It really was a family affair! My daughter went to the paint store with her inspiration picture and did all the negotiating and choosing of paint colors.
      Thank you, Laura!

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  9. Like your daughter, all I can think is Wow! You are inspiring me....

    xomichele

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    1. YOU inspire me, Michele! Thank you for popping by- missed your smiling face!

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  10. Love it. Very chic and sophisticated. Your daughter has some great taste.

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  11. Whoa - and Wow! It looks fantastic!!! I know you are both thrilled.♥

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    1. We were so happy with the way it turned out. I was very skeptical!
      Thanks, Beverly!

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  12. BEAUTIFUL! I'm calling you the stencil queen! All the work paid off...it's lovely! You take such beautiful pictures too! Roadtrip to TX? with your camera??

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    1. Get your rock and roll guest room ready!

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  13. It looks amazing!! I can't wait to have this girl so I can do awesome shabby chic and girlie girl things with her!!!

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    1. It's so fun to decorate for a widdle girl! There is only so much navy and red a gal can handle!
      Thanks, Holly!

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  14. This looks great! How difficult was the stenciling?

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    1. Oh, Libby. Even though the stencil folks warned me to start small, my "Go Big Or Go Home" attitude took over. It was very time consuming, especially in an old house. I'm pretty sure that my stepmother wrote me out of the will.
      Thanks for popping by!

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  15. Love how this turned out! Both sweet and sophisticated.

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    1. Thank you so much! We are so thrilled with the outcome...and happy to put the stencil away!

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  16. Kerry, can't wait to see your response to Libby, hehe. Really wasn't that hard after you get a method that works for you. Key is not too much paint on your roller, practice before on cardboard or on a garage wall(I wish I would have done this). Figure out you corners and windows I didn't do what the instructions said because old house rough walls and short on time (I had to get at least 5hrs of sleep ea night) :) also the level that came with it was awesome.

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    1. CAREN FOR PRESIDENT! Honestly, we cannot thank you enough. These shenanigans will go down in family history!
      THANK YOU!

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  17. Da*n girl! That's freaking awesome!!

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    1. Thank you, Carissa! We had a blast doing it and we are so happy with it. All that pattern and color had me calling on my Lamaze breathing!

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  18. OMG, Kerry -- she's got VISION!! I adore this makeover and even more that it's what speaks to her! Kudos for breathing through it, so now you can enjoy it together!
    xo Heidi
    PS -- there will be many more summers you will lose your mind, I promise -- think drivers licenses and more I won't torture you with now. Just hone your cocktail mixing skills, girl! :-D

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    1. Heidi, Heidi, Heidi! I'm taking deeeeeep breaths right now! I am so not ready for the teenage years!
      Thank you for being so supportive! You rock!

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  19. This turned out so great. I've done some bedroom switching too, but it's taking a LONG time! Hmm, maybe I should invite some house guests! ;D

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. ROAD TRIP! I have paint and gin, will travel!
      Thanks, Michelle!

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  20. Beautiful job!! I'm jealous! Our walls are textured and I'm so bummed I can't do this. :( Found you on the TGIF blog hop and I'm so glad I did! I love houses too so naturally I now love your blog and will follow. Come visit me, too, once you get all the paint scrubbed off your hands and fingernails. (I have painted most every room in our house at some point so I know...) http://www.notmymomsblog.com/

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    1. Thank you, Kim! My pal has textured walls and they look fantastic. Check out her house tour over there---->>>>> "A Devine House Tour"

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  21. Wow! What a gorgeous room...love the stencil!

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    1. Thank you, Mandy! We love it- can't believe we pulled it off!

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  22. My baby girl is 26...and her room is pale pink, grey curtains, shabby white dresser-your daughter's room is very chic. Love the stencil!

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    1. I love that color combination! Thank you, Susan!

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  23. GORGEOUS! I hope my daughter comes to me with an inspiration like that when the time comes fr her room redo! The stencil looks amazing...the room is just gorgeous!

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  24. The dark gray with pink is so pretty! I think I need to arm wrestle with my siblings more often if it means getting new furniture. ;)

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    1. Arm wrestling solves many disputes in these parts!
      Thanks for popping by, Erin!

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  25. Oh my goodness what an awesome transformation!! I know your daughter is just thrilled with her gorgeous room!

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    1. Thank you, Alicia! We are so thrilled...now, on to the next bedroom! Summer of the bedroom makeover!

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  26. So pretty!! I'm inspired--love, love, love the colors.

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  27. You are hilarious!! Tell you dad and his wife I have a guest bedroom that needs painted. Your daughter has STYLE!!!

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    1. Thanks, Helen! It was quite a transformation! Thank goodness for my dad's wife who has the patience of a saint. (which comes in handy in our family!)

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  28. Love the stencil and the color scheme, so girly! !

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    1. Thanks, cutie! It was still girlie, but for a big girlie!

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  29. First time visitor to your blog here...I think this room looks amazing! I love it! I definitely got teary-eyed reading your goodbye nursery post. It goes so fast!

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    1. Thanks, Carmen! I am not usually this sappy! Come back for some funny!

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  30. This bedroom is beautiful. Its the same color scheme I'm doing my dorm room, so I'm going to use it for some inspiration.

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    1. What an exciting time! I decorated my dorm room with posters...

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  31. WOW - this is stunning - designer room definitely -
    I bought that stencil to do my bedroom and have been nervous to start
    this may be the push I needed
    It's just gorgeous -
    Your newest follower - would love to have you visit and follow back
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    1. Give yourself plenty of time! My stepmom has the patience of a saint. AND, if you have an old house, know that nothing is square!
      Good luck and keep me posted!
      Thanks, SuzyQ!

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  32. Gorgeous and perfect! Would love to have such a classy room in my house! Does your daughter contract out?? :)

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  33. This is my master plan. I'll raise a whiz bang decorator to makeover my house!
    Thank you, Meredith!

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  34. I always hesitate to ask anyone in our house their opinion. Purple swirls and glitter, indeed. When we first moved in I gave my daughter's permission to choose their paint color. One was bright blood red and the other neon peacock with hot pink feather boa accents. Needless to say, they've grown up and the rooms were immediately repainted without anyone's input. Thankfully, it's just paint. But your daughter made a beautiful choice. Love it!

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    1. I love the "it's only paint" motto!
      How old are your girls?

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    2. Hey, Kerry! Another hesitation. Revealing their age means I'm not 30 like I say I am. haha! Seriously, daughter #1 is 23. Baby girl will be 20 in a few months. Yes, pour me a strong one, please. ;)

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    3. NO WAY! You can't be any older than 25!?!?
      Have vodka, will travel!

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  35. It is simply beautiful!! So fun to hear about all the killer deals you got with this makeover! Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you'll be back soon! We loved having you. -The Sisters

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    1. Thank YOU so much for hosting, week in and week out! It's a great way to start my weekend! AND, thank you for showing the comment love!

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    1. Kim! If you do not come to Haven next year, the At The Picket Fence gals and I are going to crash your place!
      Thank you for the comment love! Your blog is so relaxing and "down home!"

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  37. Wow, indeed! It looks great! I love the stencil. The pink and grey looks so great together, too.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! We had a blast doing it!

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  38. Your daughters room turned out lovely! And I think her saying every time she walks into her room she thinks wow! is a priceless satisfaction and a job well done! We'd love it if you'd share this at our link party - Home is Where the Heart is! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-1/

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    1. Thank you, Erika! It makes me smile every time I see her proud face!

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  39. ,Haha,Haha, Family Therapy: Priceless, love it, love the room, your nine year old has very sophisticated taste for her age!

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    1. Thank you! I just read your comment to my nine year old and she is beaming.

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  40. Your daughter's room is just beautiful. I love the color and the stencil!

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  41. The room is stunning...I love the stenciled wall best. Great colors. Love it!
    Would love if you stopped by my party to link this up! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacey! Thank you for the invite...on my way!

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  42. I love the room. We just painted my daughters' room a lighter gray and we have pink curtains too. Love the combo.

    Haha about getting guests to work on projects. I just had m in-laws for the weekend and for a 24 hour period we took down wallpaper in a very large room. I don't think they'll be visiting anytime soon. It's too bad a I really like them.

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    1. HA! The last time my folks came, we removed wallpaper from a long hallway. They keep comin' back for more!
      Thanks, Niki!

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  43. So beautiful! I see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the pretty taste department! Have a good weekend!

    Take care,

    Trish

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    1. Thank you, Trish. I was worried where her freedom would take her but this turned out great.

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  44. I just discovered your blog ( I know, where have I been?) and it is wonderful! This post cracked me up! You are hilarious! Your daughter's bedroom makeover is stunning! I LOVE it!!

    I will be back soon to browse more :-)

    Lisa

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  45. Love that wall stencil! Every time I see one I am more inspired to give it a try. It makes such an impact in a room!

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    1. DO IT, DONNA! The great thing is that, unlike wallpaper, it's just paint and easy to change out!

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  46. Ok... I'm a little late to the party! BUT OMG!!!! Kerry come do my bedroom! You all could come for a visit, really!! You are the MOM!!! I mean BOMB!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Lori! I wish we lived closer- we could makeover each other's rooms!

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  47. What a wonderful transformation! You sure got this right:)) Beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you, Deidre! We had so much fun doing it!

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  48. Um, wow!!! Stopping in from Funky Junk. That room is seriously stunning. Love all of it.

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    1. Hi, Mindy! Thank you for stopping by and for commenting on our adventure!

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  49. Oh my gosh, can I have a big girl sleep over? So pretty and I adore the stencil. Great copy, great inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Absolutely! Bring it on- we can blog our little hearts out!
      Thank you for hosting, Debbie!

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  50. That in ONE amazing knock-out of a room. Good pick by your daughter:) It's gorgeous!!

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  51. Beautiful.Very sophisticated taste :D Nice room to grow in. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The stenciling ensured that we will never, ever redo this room! Thanks for popping by!

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  52. Wow,what a pretty, grown-up room!!! I love the stenciled wall. Y'all did an amazing job. Super copycat!

    Linking from Debbiedoo's,
    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Thank you so much! I am still adjusting to the fact that my widdle girl has a grown up room!

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  53. Your daughter has fabulous taste! I love the new sophisticated look. Has your heart rate slowed down yet? ;) Hope you've been enjoying your summer. When does school start for you?

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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    1. Thank you, Sharon!
      Big news- I am not teaching anymore! I am terrified to say that May 30 was my last day as a teacher...18 years later! YIKES!
      Thank you for popping by!

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    1. KARAH! How the heck are you?
      Thank you for popping by!

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  55. The room turned out fab-u-licious! :)

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com

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  58. Wow, looks amazing. Also in awe of the stenciling down by your house guests - using that last word loosely as I guess it should be house workers :)

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  59. Hi Kerry!!!!

    What a gorgeous room!!!!

    Your daughter really surprised you!!! I would have given anything to have a room like this when I was a teen. Lucky girl to have great people helping her to live her dream!!!

    Pam
    xox

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