Why Organic Products Matter When it Comes to Your Baby

New parents want the best for their babies, which is why they often turn to baby lotions, creams and other products that promise it. But, many times, the companies that make these skin care items don’t actually intend to source the best. Sometimes, they don’t even know what it is.

Baby product ingredients on a bottle or jar shouldn’t be synthetic or harmful and still be referred to as “best for a baby.” Yet, that’s what’s happening. Organic and natural baby care products, on the other hand, really do have baby (and baby’s environment) in mind.

What’s In Non-Organic Baby Skin Care?

Non-organic baby skin care often contains artificially fragranced and colored petroleum gel, mineral oil, mineral gel and even detergent. It frequently has antibiotics and antiseptics in it, and sometimes it incorporates disinfectants like pure-chemical boric acid. All of these typically do one thing: entice a parent to combat fears of dirt, germs, rashes and other not-always-harmful things with a product that’s effective on the surface but actually too harsh for a little one’s body.

It Comes Down to Chemistry

If you’ve spent any time in a chemistry lab, you know that prolonged contact with the chemicals we’ve mentioned, even with an adult’s skin, is damaging. On a baby’s skin, which is new and not able to protect itself as well as a grown person’s, these ingredients can be even more toxic. The skin is our largest organ. It breathes and soaks up what we put on it like a sponge. If we load it with chemicals, it becomes clogged and poisoned, causing a myriad of health conditions.

Organic Skin Care Ingredients

With organic skin care for your baby, you have a safe and gentle product made with natural and safe ingredients, such as hydrating pure water, soothing plant oils, healing botanical essences and calming nut milks. Nothing is made with dangerous chemicals because it can’t be if it’s going to be called organic, and because it shouldn’t be.

Baby Mantra only makes organic baby skin care. We formulate all of our products with the intention of giving you something that’s gentle, safe, effective and enjoyable to use. That’s all you need and that’s all your baby needs.

Lovely Beards: Why Beeswax Is An Essential Beard Care Product

When you are looking for the right beard care products for your everyday needs and budget, Lovely Beards has you covered. Their organic beard oil and beard balm include top-notch ingredients such as beeswax. Beeswax can be the perfect supplement to ensure your hair grows evenly.

Beeswax Plays a Vital Role in the Health of Your Beard

When you are looking for organic beard balm, check out Lovely Beards balms that include beeswax. Beeswax in a balm can help your beard with hold and styling. The typical beard balm that includes beeswax will lock in moisture when combined with other natural ingredients.

Using a beard balm is the perfect supplement to your beard grooming routine. You do not need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to have a healthy beard. Products that you already have, including a trimmer and comb, can stimulate hair growth and even straighten your hair.

How to Find Products for Your Needs and Budget
Lovely Beards’ line of organic beard oils is perfect for any type of facial hair and skin type. The beard oils include ingredients such as Hempseed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Jojoba Oil. You can easily use these products on a damp or dry face.

When you are growing your beard, make sure to be patient. Typically, facial hair needs at least five weeks to grow out. You will also want to make sure you know your facial type. This will help you pair your face with the right beard for growth. Washing your hair regularly will help your hair grow quicker.

When you need to have affordable and reliable beard care products, check out Lovely Beards’ line of balms and oils. They have excellent ingredients that can protect your facial hair from everyday wear and tear.

Check out https://lovelybeards.com/

TWIMC: Unslurpable, Nonslurpable, Aslurpable Pt 1 of 2

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I’ve been to the mountain top, I’ve seen the promised land…and I can you tell you this, its condiment station is adequately stocked!

As a consumer rights crusader, I have a keen sense for when “THE MAN” is putting one over on the general public.

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pass go and collect $200 but then pay administrative handling fees of 36%.

 

Corporate malfeasance keeps me up at night, as does heartburn and indigestion.  My years of public service have taught me that we must stamp out injustice ANYWHERE lest it appear EVERYWHERE. Today’s post is a case-in-point.

The following exchange between Big Brown Dad and Edwards Theatre took place a few years ago.  Enjoy!

To Whom It May Concern

I’m writing this letter as a long time patron of the Edward Ontario Mountain Village Theatre. While I have several choices with regards to movie viewing options, I’ve found the staff at Mountain Village most helpful. Regrettably, the staff was unable to help overcome a problem my wife and I encountered this past week when we visited to watch the bromantic comedy, I Love You, Man.

Once we entered, I purchased two Freeze Frames at a cost of $6.25 a piece. As you know, Freeze Frames are very similar to the more popular Slurpee and Icee brands.

While the price was exorbitant, I figured the icy relief of a Freeze Frame would make our movie going experience more comfortable. But we were both flummoxed by the lack of Freeze Frame specific straws at the condiment rack. Both Slurpee and Icee provide a straw with a shovel-tip feature in order to access those parts of the drink too frozen to travel the full length of the straw.

Drinking a Freeze Frame from a traditional straw is akin to eating sushi with one chopstick or a salad with a spoon. While we were able to access some of the icy cold relief, approximately 15% of each drink was non-consumable.

I’m confident legions of Freeze Frame drinkers the nation over have struggled similarly. I’ve taken the time to write this letter in hopes you might redeem our experience and work towards preventing future Freeze Frame travesties from happening.

P.S. Our disappointment in the Freeze Frame was rivaled only by our disappointment in the movie.

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Regal Entertainment Responds:

Hi, Mr. Aguilar. Thanks for your concern about no shovel straws for the Freeze Frame drinks. Our food service dept. gives us an order form to use. Our order form does not have the shovel straws, so I cannot order them. I have passed your request on to our food service dept.

Sincerely,
XXX

Big Brown Dad Responds:

Thank you for your note. I appreciate the time it takes to write a letter. As you might have noticed, my letter took some time to write and it took almost 4 months to get a response letter from Regal. Thanks, again.

I have a couple of questions I was hoping you can answer:

1) Do all Regal Cinemas have the same order form? Will the change in the order from take place at a corporate/national level or just locally?

2) On what date will this change be made by?

3) Can you send over two free movie tickets and a voucher for two Freeze Frames with shovel straws?

Regal Entertainment Responds Again and Again

Our Food Service Dept at our corporate offices in Tennessee, create our order form that we use. It is an online system we use. Most Regal Entertainment theatres have the same order form for the managers to use, but one is created foreach theatre individually. It is up to the food service dept. at our corporate office as to what is on the order form. The Manager cannot order anything that is not on the form. I have not heard back yet from our food service dept. as to if they will decide to put the straws on our order form. I will let you know what they say when I hear from them. I do not have vouchers I can hand out for freeze frame drinks, but if you are ever at my theatre here in Ontario again, just ask for me, and I will be happy to give you two Freeze Frame drinks.

Sincerely,

XXX

Hi, Mr. Aguilar. I just heard back from our food service dept. They told me we cannot order those spoon straws for our Freeze Frame drinks. We normally do not give refills on our Freeze frame drinks, but the next time you are at my theatre, I will be happy to give you a free refill on your Freeze Frame drink.

Sincerely,

XXX

Big Brown Dad Responds:

Thanks again for the speedy reply. Did they give you a reason as to why they wouldn’t provide spoon straws? Who can I contact at corporate regarding this matter?

And thanks again for your offer on a free refill but I am bit confused now. Initially you offered me free freeze frames and now a free refill. I’m confused, please help.

Regal Entertainment Responds:

Hi. Mr. Aguilar. I am still willing to give you two free Freeze Frame drinks on me, but I also offered the free refill, because I can only do the two free drinks one time. I offered the free refill, for if you come to my theatre on a different occasion. As far as who you could talk to, you could e-mail Teresa Welsh in our customer service department, and she would help you out.

Big Brown Dad Responds:

Cheers. The GM at Edwards Mountain Village has been very helpful in answering questions regarding the lack of shovel straws for your Freeze Frames. He notified me that the reason his location lacked shovel straws was because the standard supply order form does not list them as an item available for (re)order. He checked with corporate to see if they might add it as an item on the purchase order form. Corporate said, ‘no.’ Your GM could not provide the reasoning behind Corporate’s decision. This is why I’m writing to you.

Can you provide me a reason for failing to provide this convenience?

Thanks again for your assistance in this matter

 

This exchange took place nearly 5 years ago and I’ve never received a response.  I believe I’m due a free refill or a free drink, hard to tell but I will follow up this week to see if the pressure I applied was enough bring Goliath to his knees. I will post their response in Pt. 2.

TWIMC: Spelling Be ?!?! Pt 2 of 2 (Their response)

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Little known fact: during the renaissance they used Jujubes to extract loose teeth.

 

Click to read the letter that prompted Farley’s and Sathers to reply.

Their response:

The following is a copy of the letter you will receive in the mail, along with a replacement coupon. Please allow 4-5 days for processing and delivery.

Thank you also for the product suggestion, although, the spelling of Jujubes is almost as nostalgic as the flavors and texture so a change in the name is highly unlikely. But I will certainly pass your comments along to our Marketing Department as they are always glad to hear from our consumers.

Thank you for writing Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. regarding Heide® Jujubes®. Hearing from our consumers better enables us to continue to provide quality products and services. Consumer feedback is very important to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond.

Your experience concerns us, since we work hard to produce top quality confections. We carefully monitor the production of our products throughout the entire process. Our goal is to ensure that each and every batch of confections meets our high standards for quality and consistency.

The information you provided will be helpful in our efforts to continually improve our products. I sincerely apologize for any concern or inconvenience this incident may have caused. I assure you, your comments will be brought to the attention of our Quality Assurance Management.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your comments. We hope our products will be completely satisfactory in the future.

Sincerely,

XXXX

While I wasn’t successful on this campaign, I will have you note that in 1997 I played a central role in having Laffy Taffy change the color of ink their jokes were written in bc they were illegible most of the time.  So, take that.

 

BBD

 

TWIMC: Spelling Be ?!?! Pt.1 of 2

hooked on phonics

hooked on phonics

To Whom It May Concern:

I’m writing to express my disappointment over a stale box of Jujubes and my concern over the prospect of mass mispronunciation of Jujubes as a result from the current spelling.

First, I purchased a 6.5 oz box of Jujubes from Blockbuster Video at the inflated price of $1.99.  As a long time fan of the Jujube, I stomached the price gouging in hopes of enjoying my treat while watching DVDs I’d rented.  To my disappointment and surprise, I found the Jujubes to lack their trademark flavored gel pellet appeal and instead found them to be stale and utterly devoid of flavor.  It was as if I was chewing on a handful of empty pistachios.

I’m hopeful that you might redeem my experience.

True candy lovers know the popular pronunciation of Jujubes is ‘Jew-Jew-Beez,’ but is it correct?  it’s come to my attention that an alternative pronunciation, given the rules of grammar,  is ‘Jew-Jewbs.’  Jew-Jew-Beez would require an additional E in the spelling of JujubEEs.  I’m inclined to agree.

Would you please consider adding an E to the spelling of your candy so as to avoid any future confusion?

Thank you for your consideration.

Big Brown Dad

Hip Hop Pops: MC Red Cloud

Hip Hop Pops is a series of profiles highlighting fellas who’ve carved out careers in hip hop while raising a family.

See our first installment with Humble Beast Recording Artist, Propaganda here.

It used to be the case that parents and hip hop just didn’t mix; the regal Fresh Prince of Philly taught us as much.

Even today, some people wrongly assume the spirit of hip hop and the spirit of fatherhood are antithetical.  Hip Hop Pops prove that assumption wick, wick, wack!

Today, Big Brown Dad sits down with Red Cloud, a west coast rhyme maven with Native American and Mexican heritage.   Red Cloud has toured North America with his partner in rhyme, Crystle Lightning, as Lightning Cloud.  Lightning Cloud recently won Power 106 “Who’s Next? Battle for the Best,” beating out over 1,000 submissions from across the country.

Check their video profile here. 

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Even more, Red Cloud is the current Guinness Book of World Record holder for the longest freestyle: 18 hours w/o stopping!

Read about his incredible accomplishment here and peep his training footage.

 

BBD: Tell us about your son.  Did you think about naming him after you?

I have a 5 year old boy (6 next month). His name’s Isaiah Hawthorne and he’s the love of my life! The kid is a genius. Extremely into monster trucks, dinosaurs, Plants Vs Zombies and football! I didn’t want to give him my government name – Henry belongs in the 1920s! But his middle is my hometown, so booya!

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kisses > disses

What’s his favorite food?
My son loves grilled cheese, pizza and plain old bean and cheese burritos from Taco Bell, kinda like a lil baby stoner.
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Eat Street > Beat Street

 How is your son most like you?
He’s very particular and can be a little obsessive compulsive and anxious when he doesn’t have control.  But he’s most like me when we are drawing – loves drawing and that’s one of my things.
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What does he think about his Dad being a rapper?
He’s been to 3 of my shows and he loves it!! He’ll go up there on stage with me and Crystle and hand out CDs to the crowd for us! He’ll jump around and dance- he really likes it when he can go to his dad’s rap concerts!
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microphone friends > microphone fiends

Who fathered your rhyme style? 
Shock G of Digital Underground and Brother J of XClan. I have two Dads… Is that a lil gay?
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I’m Your Father, Red!

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Man, I named your Red, BLACK AND GREEN Cloud! What happened?

Favorite TV Dad? 
Homer Simpson bro! Hands down!! Best TV dad ever!
Big Daddy Kane or Father MC?
Big Daddy Kane !!! Better MC, better discography  and better performer! Plus me and Crystle Lightning love doing “Very Special” when we go to karaoke!
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Be sure to  follow Red Cloud & Crystle Lightning (Lightning Cloud) on Facebook.

Hip Hop Pops: Propaganda

Hip Hop Pops is a series of interviews profiling dads who’ve carved out careers in Hip Hop while raising a family.

Ed OG, in nineteenth hundred and ninety-first year of our Lord, said it best:

Some people wrongly assume the spirt and posture of hip hop is antithetical to the spirt and posture of fatherhood.  This series will prove that assumption wick, wick, wack.

First on the mic is  Humble Beast recording artist and San Gabriel Valley’s very own, Propaganda. He’s kicked rhymes from Cameroon to Cameron Park, and has helped pack out venues all across the country. His firebrand delivery and lyrical dexterity has proven him to be one of the dopest spitting out of the west coast.

Today, we’re chopping it up about our favorite hood, father hood.

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Tell us about your daughter.

Luna’s 9, high energy and loves to laugh.  And she’s never, I repeat, NEVER at a loss of words. She’s passionate, affectionate and admires her mom.  She’s a music lover. If I were to predict, she will live out of a suitcase touring the world.

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What makes your relationship special?
We share a love for the arts. I’m her ‘step-dad’ but we don’t use that type of language in our home. We say ‘birth dad’ and ‘home dad.’ But there was a time when she called me her real dad and her birth dad step dad because it just made more sense to her like that.
What’s your favorite thing to do together?
We love to make-up songs.
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What has she taught you?
She taught me to slow down. I have a way of not letting people finish their thought because “I know” what they are trying to say. She taught me that people need to know they are being heard.
What does she think about your hip hop career?
She doesn’t really know anything different.   But when I showed up on Pandora, it hit her that her Daddy was for real a professional artist.  She definitely enjoys the benefits and unique opportunities she gets. But my traveling is a little tuff for her.
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Is there a song or verse on a song where you mention her?

Who would you say “fathered” your rap style?
Foundation Funkollective, Project Blowed and Native Tongues.
Who is your favorite TV dad?

This one is tough…maybe Hank Hill from King of the Hill. I think he’s the most dynamic in the sense that he learns and also stands his ground. He’s just doing his best to lead his family while maintaining his identity. Plus he’s funny.
Big Daddy Kane or Ol Dirty Bastard?
Kane for bars and moxie and ODB for confidence.
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ODB purportedly has a fatherless style.

Download Propaganda’s entire catalog FOR FREE and stay connected with him via Instagram @prophiphop.

 

BigBrownDad

TWIMC: A Quickie

To Whom It May Concern:

First, all due propers for capitalizing on the name  Quickie.  In the spirit of the name, let me pump this out quickly.

I bought a Quickie.  It faded…you guessed it…quickly.

the straws that broke this donkey's back.

the straws that broke the donkey’s back.

Quackery?

No!

An error at the factory, fa’sho.

But I’m hopeful that you might redeem my experience by replacing it with a version that best lives up to your company’s standards.

Sincerely,

Carlos Aguilar

BigBrownDad.com

 

writing wrongs.

writing wrongs.

 

Mt. Zion 2014, Pt. 1 (of 2)

This is our 2nd family trip into Zion National Park.  We had a blast last year and couldn’t wait to go again.

360ish days ago.

She ain’t heavy, she’s my daughter. (2013)

The kids and I tag along for three days as big. brown. mom leads a group of Upward Bound students on a series of hikes.  The students have spent 5 weeks living at Harvey Mudd College, taking college-prep courses in Literature, Chemistry and Math, and participating in non-traditional learning experiences, like this bomb-ass trip.  Many of the rising sophomores from the San Gabriel Valley are camping for the first time. (Bassett, make some noise!)   This trip will convert many of them into lifelong lovers, nay, WORSHIPERS of nature–and that’s just they type of pagan, quasi-religious experience Zion can summon.

onward. outward. upward.

onward. outward. upward.

Zion is about 350 miles from greater LA County, basically a straight shot up I-15 N, a familiar route for you degenerate gamblers.  The sojourn zips thru Vegas, skirts into NW Arizona and then delivers you unto Utah’s promised land.  It’s a well travelled route with rest stops, restaurants and restlessness aplenty.

Life Elevated

Live Life Elevated

The internets is rife with road trip tips.  To my chagrin, I couldn’t find a site that endorsed mixing Nyquil w/ Kool-Aid.   And most of the suggested games don’t work for both a 2 year-old AND a 4 year-old. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that Joaquin can’t play ‘Eye-Spy,’ it’s that Maya is playing games designed for tweens like, ‘Daddy, why did God make people with bad teeth?’

Alas, music Pandora saved the day. We sang along to dozens of Disney tunes. Then we had a dance party. Yes, it’s possible to execute the Running Man from the driver’s seat.  And then we played some word games with Maya while Joaquin zoned out and texted his homies.

Once we arrived, Angie and Maya met her students for an evening hike up Watchman Trail. Last year, Angie had to carry Maya for a portion of the hike. But this year, Maya was determined to tackle the two-mile hike without assistance.

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She did it!

Once the group reached the end of the trail,  the students had an opportunity to reflect    collectively about their summer experiences. They talked about wanting to quit but deciding to persevere. They talked about learning skills and gaining confidence, making friends and gaining independence.  50 high schoolers spillin’ some guts.  They laughed and they cried. And after each of student had a chance to share,  it was Maya’s turn.

It took her a second to gather her thoughts.

“I’m happy that my Mom and Dad are alive.”

And that’s when I had my first spiritual lesson of the trip: if you smile while crying you can drink your own tears and be reborn.

 

 

Coffee Battle: Jack in the Box vs McCafe

It’s 5:30 a.m,  the wife and kids are asleep and  in between tossing and turning all I can think about is the first cup of coffee filling my gullet.

eye need coffee, now.

eye need coffee, now.

But I can’t get up and make my own.  I’ll make too much noise.   The click, click, click of the stove and the  electro-whir of the grinder is reportedly, ‘…too damned loud right now.’  Reportedly.

So, where should I go for my fix of Joe?  I had two choices: Jack in the Box or McCafe?  Since I’m a baller, I decided on both.

Jack In The Box

As it happens, In N Out isn’t the only spot with an off-menu, menu.  At JITB, you can order the unlisted, discounted Senior’s Coffee for $.75 instead of the MSRP of $1.19.  And they (usually) don’t ask for ID!  And if they did, you can say (as some reportedly have) ‘…it’s for my Grandpa!’

My Grandpa put the G in Grandpa...b/c he thought Randpa sounded wack.

My Grandpa put the G in Grandpa…b/c he thought Randpa sounded wack.

Now, I drink my coffee black, Jack.  Adding sugar and cream is like drinking a pink, mixed-drink….at a club named Metro…while wearing skinny jeans, nahmean?  But a friend of a friend likes sugar and cream and to my, er, his, er, her chagrin, JITB refuses to add them directly into the coffee.  They’ll only hand you the packets.  Now that’s some ol’ un-American bullshit if I’ve ever heard it.

Sip.  Sip.  Swish. Spit.

Judge Judy ain't bout that life.

Judge Judy ain’t bout that life.

The Verdict:

I regret to inform you that this cup of coffee tastes like it was made at a Motel-8, biked over in the rain and then microwaved.  And I didn’t know microwaves had a lukewarm setting.  Keep your $ .75.  You might need it for later.

McCafe

First things, first.  The McDonald’s drive-thru menu is a beauty to behold.  The colors, the images, the layout, the packaging…it’s mesmerizing…as if they’d spent millions and millions of dollars researching which layout compels us to spend more money [insert sarcmark here].

While the McCafe doesn’t offer a senior discount their Dollar Menu has fed more old folk than the local Elk’s Lodge.  Never mind Ronald McDonald House, the Dollar Menu was Ron’s  greatest gift to the world.

Strike that.  Putting cream and sugar directly into your coffee is Ron’s greatest gift to the world.

I grab the coffee, place it between my legs and drive-off while pumping my brakes intermittently.  Now this feels go000od.

I pull my first sip.  And then a second.  A third.  And then it hits me.

This is why they invented Starbucks!

 

 

Covina Eats: P&G Super Burger

Chris. Tommy. Jim. Victor. Manny.

Chris' sign is here rather than P&G because I have a disease called representationitis.

Chris’ sign is here rather than P&G because I have a disease called representationitis.

If you grew up in the San Gabriel Valley then your neighborhood had a local burger joint named after a fat uncle from Crete.

My gyro!

My gyro!

My approach to these greasy spoons (wait, that IS grease…right?) has always been to eat at the one nearest  you.  For us, that’s Covina’s P&G Super Burger on Citrus.

Now let me just come out and say it because I can’t restrain myself for much longer: these mofux straight charged me $.50 for a second 1 oz container of salsa.  My face turned redder than their watered down Tapatio.  I wouldn’t have been so upset if their salsa wasn’t so…damned…good!

With that said, the primary problem here is at the register. The women who know most about the menu knows least about the English--and that’s not a xenophobic, nativistic diss either.  It’s just the sober analysis of a former long-term substitute instructor for BUSD Adult Ed ESL  1-2 who had an impossible time adding bacon to a cheeseburger, nahmean.  I’d recreate a conversation below but I never know what in the hell any of them are saying–and that’s not a xenophobic, nativistic diss either.  It’s just the sober analysis of a former long-term substitute instructor for BUSD Adult Ed ESL  1-2 who had a hard time adding bacon to a cheeseburger, nahmean.

Peep game, I will not post pictures of their food.  You’ve seen a $3.00 hamburger before, right?  Same thang, right here.  Chili-fries, onion rings, pastrami…everything an artery needs to call it quits can be had here…or at Chris’, Victor’s, Jim’s…ad nauseum.

So, if you’re in the neighborhood and craving a burger….drive another two miles to IN N OUT on Grand.

Big Brown Dad

 

 

 

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