Babydoll Beauty: Simplified Summer Beauty

Beauty Simplified for Summer

Summer is all about lightening your beauty routine— such as ditching your foundation and blush in favor of a swipe of bronzer and letting your hair succumb to their natural waves. The flip side to warm weather’s unbuttoned ease is its ability to make your whole look melt. If you are looking for a simplified summer beauty routine considering trying some of the following tips:

Tinted Moisturizer

Using a product that multitasks, like a tinted moisturizer with SPF, turns three steps into one. Choose one that is a little bit darker than your skin tone. It adds a warmer glow to your skin immediately while protecting you from the suns harsh rays.  Plus, you can apply it with your fingers the way you would your moisturizer — much easier than foundation.

Cheeks and Eyes

Use the same product on multiple areas instead of individual blushes and eyeshadows. Choose something that has a bronzy tone to it but stay away from anything peachy.  Our pick is Nars the Multiple Bronzer, $39.  Finish the look with a waterproof (aka sweat proof) mascara that will add volume to your luscious lashes. Try MAC’s Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash, $23.

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Kissable Lips

A tinted gloss is a girl’s best friend during the summer.  Loaded with mango and shea butters, our favorite tint is not-sheer but not-opaque which means it delivers the right amount of soft, subtle color to your pout.  Clinique Chubby Stick, $17.

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Ask Sabrina: Preparing Skin for Your Wedding Day

Dear Sabrina: What is the best way for preparing your skin for your wedding day?

There is a saying that goes something like “no amount of paint can cover a bad foundation”.  We don’t know where it originated from, and maybe it was just something that is said to those folks in the cosmetology industry but we heard it and it stuck with us. The exact same goes for makeup.  No amount of makeup can fix bad skin.  A prime canvas is necessary to paint and prime skin is necessary to a {relatively} flawless look.  So, it may be understandable why we did a happy dance when we opened Jackie’s email asking how to prepare her skin for her big day.

While makeup artists can work to create a smooth, primed foundation to work with but there are many steps that you can take as well.


Babydoll Weddings Facial Good Skin Wedding preparing your skin

It’s great to have a few facials leading up to your big day.  Be sure to start them a couple of months before as facials tend to detoxify the face and you don’t want any blemishes to show up unexpected just before the wedding.  While an at-home facial is an option, we strongly recommend a professional facial to ensure that any areas prone to problems are addressed.  Be sure to use a good skin-care system daily (morning and night) to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and moisturize.  Follow the recommended exfoliation schedule (generally not more than twice per week).

I love Embryolisse and babydolls, it is available at Target!

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sunscreen babydoll weddings preparing your skin

Sunscreen is your friend.  Be sure to apply an SPF (we recommend a 15) before applying foundation.  This will protect your skin from the suns harsh rays which cause wrinkles and freckles that could related to further damage or skin cancer.  Click here to read our blog “Here Comes the Sun” and find our top sunscreen picks.


babydoll weddings hydrate preparing your skin drink water

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Our bodies are approximately 60% water (the percentage fluctuates based on age and gender).  Drinking water helps to flush toxins from your body which includes your face.  Grab a glass of water and capture a natural glow!

xoxo, Sabrina


Babydoll Weddings Beauty: BB Cream

Why You Need To Add A BB Cream To Your Beauty Regimen

BB Creams, or Beauty Balms (also known as Blemish Balms), were originally developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments. They are formulated to do the job of five or six other products: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer, and foundation while providing sheer to medium coverage. South Korean beauty bloggers first discovered this wondrous all-in-one product and it quickly spread throughout Asia before finally making its way to the Western Hemisphere approximately four years ago. Today, just about every makeup brand carries a BB Cream.

Why You Need a BB Cream

Aside from the multi-purpose functionality of this product, a BB cream will help you achieve fuller coverage without having to move up to a heavier foundation. A pea-sized dab of BB cream can provide just the right amount of coverage for a casual day.  Add a foundation on top of it for a slightly heavier, flawless look.

Most BB Creams come in light to medium shades (medium tends to be the darkest shade available). For this reason, we recommend color matching at your favorite makeup counter to be sure the shade is right for you.

We are MAC lovers and so it is a no-brainer that our favorite BB Cream is MAC’s Prep +Prime:

MAC Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 35:   A beauty balm that blurs imperfections and evens skin tone immediately. Provides medium coverage, satin finish, and is available in 12 shades. $31.00

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Try it, we guarantee you will love the results!  Oh, and guys, believe it or not, there are BB Creams available for you, too!


Wedding Traditions: Part 2 – The Veil

Veil or No Veil?

The veil first made its debut in Rome. Fearing evil spirits were jealous of her happiness, the bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from them and avoid any ill will they would bring upon her. Today, more and more brides-to-be are ditching this once sacred tradition.  Is it right for you?  Only you know the answer to this question!

History of the Veil

Wearing a veil is a custom dating back centuries to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who believed this headpiece protected the bride from evil spirits.  It was also used to hide the bride’s face from her groom who most likely had not seen her before.  Today, when worn, the veil has become a symbol of the brides style usually making a classic traditional statement.

Many modern brides are choosing to wear jeweled hair accessories, such as tiaras, flower crowns or something that better depicts their personal style and/or the theme of their wedding.  But if your wedding day wouldn’t feel right without a veil, don’t fret, there are plenty of styles available as noted below.


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shoulder wedding veil


elbow wedding veil


hip length wedding veil


fingertip length wedding veil


floor length wedding veil

chapel length veil

Cathedralcathedral length veil

photo credits: Pinterest, Bel Aire Bridal, Coco Melody, The Fashion Brides 

Choosing to wear a veil on your wedding day is strictly your choice. You don’t have to toss a bouquet or wear a garter either.  This is about your personal style.  If you choose to wear one, YOU decide the style and whether it covers your face or not.  Try out a variety of veils when you shop for your dress before making your final decision. When a bride finds one that truly expresses and amplifies her personal style, it’s a perfect accessory to the perfect dress.  Just remember, the choice is yours.

{Real Bride Series}: Meet Tessa

This issue of our Real Bride Series features Tessa and Michael who were married earlier this year at the Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, AZ.  Tessa offers great advice while reminiscing about her wedding day.

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Getting to Know Tessa & Michael

What is your name and your groom’s name?    Tessa Mallette & Michael Lara

What was your wedding date? Saturday, January 28, 2017

How did you and your groom meet?   We met online and it did not take long before we wanted to meet. Our first date was at a sushi restaurant and didn’t want the night to end. We had so much in common; both of us are the oldest child with younger brothers and we enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and experiencing local attractions and farmers markets.

We are dying to know, how did he propose?!   Michael and I were supposed to go on a double date with my best friend and her husband. We were running late and parking was challenging as he wanted us to park in a busy mall parking lot across the street. Little did I know, my family was waiting out of sight. We walked near the waterway up to the restaurant, Michael stopped by a fountain and got down on one knee. I was so surprised! What surprised me even more was that my family, my best friend and her husband came around the corner just after I said “yes”! Michael and I are both planners so it is hard for Michael to surprise me but he had emailed my friends and family the location spot including where they all should park and hide so I wouldn’t suspect a thing! So romantic and perfect!

The Details and the Dress

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Tessa MakeupWhat were your wedding colors and why did you choose them?  My wedding colors were blush pink, gold, and mint green. I always knew I wanted a pink wedding but I wanted a more classic look, so I added the gold accents and added the mint green for an extra touch.

Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult?   I found my dress at David’s Bridal. It was a relatively easy process and I found it in one day. I was discouraged at first due. I wanted tulle but each one I tried on seemed so itchy.  Finally, I found the perfect dress with pearl buttons running down the back and lace details on the top.  It also had  a flattering neckline and the bottom flowed just like Belle’s dress from Beauty and the Beast.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)?   Our ceremony and reception were at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona. We fell in love with all the water and the beautifully manicured green golf course which was perfect for our dream of an outdoor ceremony site.  The reception site was beautiful as well. The architecture of the building featured a wooden ceiling that made you feel as though you were on a boat. It was just the right size for our 80 guests.

From Flowers to Cake to Favors    Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Tessa Bouquet

What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and at the ceremony/reception?  I had a mixture of different color roses and additional flowers in my bouquet. For the ceremony, we had baby’s breath in metal buckets down the aisle.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?  Our wedding cake was lemon cake with raspberry buttercream. We also had chocolate cupcakes with a pink buttercream.

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Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they?   We did s’more’s kits with mini Hershey’s chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers.

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Tessa Favors

What details from your wedding that made it unique to you?   We purchased two wine barrels for either side of the ceremony aisle and they really created the rustic style that we wanted. Also, our DJ offed up-lighting options which enhanced the reception and added just the right touch.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?   We honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii which is an amazing island that is mostly undeveloped. We had great weather and enjoyed traveling around the island, kayaking to the secret falls, and flying on a private plane tour of the island.

A bit of Advice…

Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?   Just watching all of our family and friends enjoy dancing and getting to know each other. It was so fun to see everyone in the same place and all the love in the room.

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides?
Do NOT stress yourself out on the details. Make sure you choose the best vendors who want to make your vision come true. Also consider adding some personal touches that you love. When the day comes it all seems overwhelming but once your vision has come to life,  you will be able to enjoy each moment. The ceremony and reception fly by so fast so be sure to take time to enjoy each and every aspect.

The Vendor Dream Team

Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team?  Lia Photography was such a great choice for us. The husband and wife team shot our engagement shoot and we were sure that they would shoot our wedding with the same professionalism and quality. We were so right! They know which photos will make anyone who sees them feel like they are there and a part of the whole experience. We have many options for printing and our photo book  is almost done. Can you imagine how excited we are to see it and relive the day?!

Rock Around the Clock Entertainment/Jeff Marcus was also such an amazing selection. Jeff was so engaging from day one to make sure that we were on the same page for music selection, up lighting, and interaction with guests, which was very important for us to make the reception run smoothly. Jeff thought of everything and sent over a questionnaire to make sure that he know as much as possible about our guests and music preferences. He also took photos and videos of the ceremony and reception and sent them to me the same night. Hands down, Jeff is absolutely the best DJ that I have ever experienced. We were so lucky to find him for our big day!

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Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Sexy Summer Feet

Wedding plans are falling into place, you are getting closer to the big day which means that your honeymoon is getting closer as well (we can hear you sigh from here!).  Whether you have picked a tropical beach honeymoon or not, you want to be sure that you have sexy summer feet ready to dance the night away or snuggle in bed.  Here is our DIY guide to soft and sexy feet.

Babydoll Weddings Beauty Sexy Summer Feet

Smooth Supple Feet

Feet don’t have many oil glands which leaves them prone to dryness.

Fix it:

Moisturize feet daily.  Restore softness by applying a foot cream immediately after showering, while skin is still wet. For maximum benefits, look for one that also contains exfoliators such as lactic acid to improve its ability to soften your skin.

Babydoll Weddings Sexy Soft FeetThick Toenails

Fingernails grown thinner with age but toenails thicken and harden due to the pressure from shoes.

Fix it:

Trim and file correctly: Using a nail clipper, trim toenails into a square shape. This will eliminate splits and ingrown nails. They should be even with the tips of your toes.  Smooth rough edges by using long strokes with an emery board.

Overgrown Cuticles

Excess skin builds up over time and attaches to the nail, shortening your natural nail.

Fix it:

Soften cuticles every 2 weeks: Rub on cuticle oil and immerse feet in warm water for 10 minutes to loosen skin. You can also apply a cuticle remover.

Push cuticles back and trim: Gently ease cuticles off the nail with an orangewood stick, and snip hangnails using a nipper.


Calluses are a result of so many things – pressure and friction from shoes, walking barefoot and even genetics (something else you can thank your parents for!).

Fix it:

Exfoliate daily: Use a pumice stone in the shower to buff away dead cells. Water softens skin, making it easier to remove so, if your balance isn’t perfect enough to do this in the shower, soak your feet in warm water first. Also, don’t get too carried away with sloughing (calluses protect feet, so don’t file them down entirely) and razors, which can cut skin and lead to infection.

Yellowing Nails

This discoloration is usually residual staining from red or darker polishes.

Fix it:

Buff superficial stains: Lightly filing nails erases surface marks.

Bleach nails: Remove stubborn stains with the natural citric acid from a lemon (do not use household bleach).

Use a base coat: Applying this clear polish before painting nails creates a stain-fighting barrier. Try alternate shades: If you wear dark hues, go lighter every 3 weeks.

See your doctor: Persistent yellowing could be a sign of health problems.


Ask Sabrina: Summer Wedding Makeup

How to Make Your Wedding Makeup Last During a Heat Wave

Summer is in full swing in Arizona! We officially hit triple digit temperatures earlier in May and we have had many brides concerned about the resilience of their summer wedding makeup in this heat.  Imagine our surprise when we opened our email box last week and found yet another question about this subject!  The topic must be on every bride’s mind.

Kara M. in Scottsdale emailed “I’m getting married on Memorial Day weekend in an outdoor ceremony.  I am a little worried about my makeup as each day gets hotter. I’m worried that I will have sweat lines down my face.

How do I keep my makeup fresh and streak free in this 100º+ heat?”

Well, Kara, you are lucky that my team of stylists, comprised of many AZ natives and long-time residents, are experts in dealing with the heat.

Here are 9 things to remember:

  1. Skip the powder. Toning down shine with powder can create a chalky look that exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles. Use blotting papers instead to absorb excess oil without messing up your makeup.
  2. Cool off before application.   Let your skin cool down before applying any makeup as warm skin absorbs makeup.  Remember blotting papers in lieu of powder!
  3. Carry a facial mist. A facial mist delivers a fine spray that will cool your skin and will make your makeup last longer. Tip:  Our go to facial mist is MAC Prep+Prime Fix+.
  4. Use a primer. Primers are made to help makeup cling to the skin a little longer and they cut down on shine. Apply before putting on your foundation, but after your moisturizer.
  5. Avoid heavy foundations. Heavy, full coverage foundations are more likely to melt and slip on hot, sweaty skin. In the warmer months, switch it up to a lighter product that is oil-free and won’t be heavy on your skin. Try to stay away from powder foundations to avoid caking should you start to glisten or sweat.
  6. Switch from powders to creams. Powders can cake in the heat, which is super unattractive. During the summer, if you’re noticing caking, switch to cream blushes and eye shadows. Be sure to use an eyelid primer if you are concerned your shadow is caking (be sure to apply before shadow).
  7. Go water resistant. Mascara that’s water resistant or waterproof is better able to withstand summer sweating. Liquid eyeliners also last longer than pencils when your lids are moist.
  8. Avoid dark colors. If you’re going to be out in the sun, stay away from smoky eyes, dark blushes, and the like. These are a bit harsh in the bright summer sun, and are also more likely to be noticeable if they drip or smudge. Look for softer colors, particularly for the eyes.
  9. Drink! Keeping your body cool from the inside out is the best way to keep your skin dry. Carry a stainless steel water bottle with you, and sip frequently. Add ice often to keep it cold. This can also double as a neck and face cooler when you need it!  Tip:  We love Hydro Flask for their insulated abilities!

Till Next Time – Sabrina

Ask Sabrina Summer Wedding Makeup

Wedding Traditions: Part 1

What is the meaning of the wedding tradition

“something old, something new,

something borrowed and something blue?”

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

This wedding tradition comes from an old English rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.” It describes the four items the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries on her wedding day as tokens of good luck.  You shouldn’t stress too much about them — they are the little tokens of love your mother, sister, other relatives, and your bride tribe will give you as the wedding approaches. However, don’t be afraid to provide any or all of the items yourself.  Here’s a quick breakdown of what each means:

Something Old

represents continuity

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photo credit: Andy Delisle

consider adding a charm or locket containing a photo of loved ones to your bouquet

Something New

offers optimism for the future

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photo credit: Etsy

many brides opt to have their engagement and/or wedding ring symbolize something new

Something Borrowed

symbolizes borrowed happiness

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photo credit: Walker Goldsmiths

your something borrowed may be a family heirloom such as jewelry 

Something Blue

stands for purity, love, and fidelity

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To purchase Etsy:

you can get creative with this one – from jewelry to shoes to garters – the options are endless

Sixpence in Your Shoe

is a wish for good fortune and prosperity

 (largely a British custom; American’s use a penny)

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photo credit: White Tree Photography

{Real Bride Series}: Meet Angie

Meet Real Bride Angie and her husband Greg.  They met in 2011 and tied the knot in 2016 at Schnpef Farms.  What did Angie love most about her wedding?  Read on…..

In Angie’s Words

What is your name and your groom’s name? Angie & GregBabydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Angie 1

What was your wedding date? Saturday, September 10, 2016

How did you and your groom meet? Greg and I met through mutual friends at the University of Arizona in 2011.Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Angie 7

We are dying to know, how did he propose?! We spent the day doing things we hadn’t done before. This included hiking new trails in familiar areas. We were on top of a peak at sunset at Papago Park. I was completely taken by surprise.

What were your wedding colors and why did you choose them? We chose navy blue and yellow because they were appropriate for the season and everyone looks good in navy blue!  I wanted to carry sunflowers so the yellow was a natural fit.

The Dress

Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult? I found my dress at David’s Bridal. My mom and two of my three bridesmaids were with me. It meant a lot to have mom there because I rarely see her since she lives out of town. I chose the second one I tried on which is funny because I didn’t like it on the hanger. My mom picked it out and insisted I try it. I came out of the dressing room and got the dream reaction! After trying on the next dress I realized that Mom knew best and nothing compared – I was hooked!

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Angie 6Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)? We had our ceremony and reception at Schnepf Farm’s Red Barn. We got a phenomenal deal through the bridal expo and it was located perfectly equi-distance between where our two families (Greg’s are from North Phoenix, mine from Southeastern Arizona).Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Angie 5

What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and at the ceremony/reception? My bouquet was composed of Sunflowers and white carnations (carnations are my favorite). My bridesmaids had sunflowers and white daisies.

The Cake

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? We had a marble cake, made by one of my best friends.

What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? Instead of numbering our tables, we chose to name each of them after a location we’d lived or visited and shared a story about an adventure we had there. It made it a lot more fun and interactive for our guests. Each table also had different topics to make suggestions for i.e. Date night, funny jokes, books to read, bucket list ideas, etc.

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Angie 2Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day? I absolutely loved my flower girls reaction to her dress. She is 2 years old and upon seeing her dress her eyes got big and she whispered “princess?” She reacted the same to my dress too, it was adorable!

The Honeymoon

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go? Yes! We took a 5 day, 4 night Carnival Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. It was so fun!Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Angie 4

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides? There will always be one member of the bridal party that let’s you down. Remember, this is your most important day, not theirs. Lower your expectations of everyone and you’ll truly be dazzled by those who do show you extra love.

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Angie 3Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team? DJ Philo:

Hybrid Duplexity Photography:

Schnepf Farms:

See our wedding website for full list of vendors:


Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Put A Ring On It

He Put a Ring on It…. How Do I Keep My Nails Beautiful for My Wedding?

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We all want strong, thick, beautiful nails but sometimes it seems that, just going about our daily lives, we are damaging our nails rather than strengthening them.  Most what we do, from washing our hair to filing at work to cleaning our homes weakens and dries our nails.  Our beauty experts offer the following advice for making sure that your nails are in tip top condition when your husband-to-be slides your ring on your finger.

7 Tips for Stronger Nails 

  1. Watch the water.  Believe it or not, some people absolutely love watching dishes (can I get a “holla”) but all that water isn’t good for your digits.  Wear gloves when you wash dishes, and don’t soak in the bath tub (or Jacuzzi) for too long.  If you must indulge, keep your nails outside the water (clasping that glass of red wine, perhaps?) for most of your tub time. babydoll weddings beautiful strong nails
  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  We can’t say this enough….hydration is key for beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Drink lots of water throughout the day (we suggest half of your body weight, in ounces, so 130 pounds is 65oz of water), and you’ll feel and look better, all the way down to your hydrated cuticles and nails. A balanced diet that includes plenty of protein will also help improve your nail health.
  1. Keep your nails short.  If you’re nails are weak, consider cutting them shorter while working to make them stronger. Shorter nails are less prone to breaking. This is because there are fewer exposed edges to tear and less surface area where water and chemicals can be absorbed. Just be sure to file your nails in one direction. Don’t saw back and forth –  this can cause your nails to split and peel.
  1. Creams and cuticle oils are your friend.  Dry cuticles can lead to hang nails, cuticle picking and even peeling. Don’t cut your cuticles—which, when done incorrectly, can be painful and could lead to infection —use cuticle softener to gently push them back, and apply cuticle oil regularly to keep them soft and moisturized. We love Mavala Cuticle Oil (available at Ulta) because it absorbs quickly, is moisturizing, long-lasting and has a great scent.  It is definitely worth the price!  Hint: A little goes a long way.babydoll weddings strong nails
  2. Avoid alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Alcohol-based sanitizers can be especially drying for your nails. Wash your hands with soap and water. After, follow up with hand crème or cuticle oil to keep your nails and cuticles in pristine condition.
  1. Be careful when cleaning.  Why clean? Just hire someone to do it!!  But if your bank account won’t support the added expense, wear gloves as chemicals and detergents can weaken your nails.

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  1. Strengthen with a Supplement.  Taking 2.5 mg (2,500 mcg) of Vitamin B-7, or Biotin, daily will increase nail thickness and reduce splitting. If you prefer to steer clear of supplements, biotin is found naturally in cauliflower, beef liver, eggs and fish.



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