It’s time for a giveaway! Jord Wood Watches review and giveaway



JORD Wood Watches, the completely unconventional watch company, is giving some ‘wrist candy’ to Beauty Info Zone readers in today’s giveaway!  JORD Wood Watches are all about getting back to nature. Instead of the traditional metal and rubber, their watches are made from different types of wood from all over the world. Because each piece of wood has its own natural grain and color, every single watch is unique.  Their watches are unlike anything else on the timepiece market, and their products are made from sustainable material and high quality Quartz movement. They also have great giveaways each month on their website.  Here’s what happening this month:

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Hashtag your photos on Instagram & Twitter to spread the word. Show us your Jord Wood Watch in the wild and get featured on our site. Earn a chance at some awesome monthly prizes along the way…

Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia have to say about their JORD Watches and then enter to win a beautiful JORD Wood Watch for yourself or your significant other!

Lisa’s watch:

My watch is the Sully Series Black and Maple ($139), which is a larger faced watch that is perfect for the man in your life. The Sully series comes in either contrasting wood colors (maple, cherry and maple) or a single wood color (natural green or cherry). There are different options for the watch face color, mine is black. The Sully watches include a Citizen Miyota Quartz movement.

Jord Watch

Jord Watches Sully Series Black and Maple watch

In the handsome packaging

In the handsome packaging

the face is made of wood

the face is also made of wood

Here are the specific dimensions:

  • Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 33mm diameter
  • Frame / bezel: 41mm diameter
  • Band width: 25mm
  • Lug ends: 51mm
  • Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
  • 3-hand Citizen Miyota Quarts movement
love the side detailing

love the side detailing

the band is completely made of wood

the contrasting colored band is completely made of wood

The Jord Watch

The Jord Watch Sully Series Black and Maple Watch

a big enough watch face to fit my husband's rugged Popeye hands

a big enough watch face to fit my husband’s rugged Popeye hands

It is beyond difficult to find a watch that my husband can wear. He has HUGE hands and Popeye forearms, so he dwarfs most watches and they end up looking silly on him. The Sully Series in Black and Maple has that large 33mm watch face so it is perfect for him. And boy, has this been a conversation piece! He tells me he gets all kinds of questions about the watch and people are simply fascinated that it’s made from maple wood. This is a really neat departure from typical time pieces and it is an accessory that gets all kinds of attention. I have bought my husband watches that cost five times the amount of this one, but he loves his JORD Wood Watch most of all. High praise from a very picky man!

Marcia’s watch:

I’m the one lucky enough to receive the smaller version that’s meant for women mostly. This is so unlike any watch I’ve ever owned that it makes it that much more fascinating.

Ely series of the Jord Watch

Ely series of the Jord Watch

The ELY Series is available in 4 finishes: Maple, Cherry, Black and Natural Green & Maple (the one I have). This is the smallest face design of the watches that JORD creates. This watch fits me absolutely perfectly. There is nothing I need to do other than to clasp it on my wrist and enjoy it.

the clasp on the Ely series Jord Watch

the clasp on the Ely series Jord Watch

The specific dimensions are:

  • Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 26mm diameter
  • Frame / bezel: 34mm diameter
  • Band width: 21.5mm
  • Lug ends: 40mm
  • Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
  • Premium Citizen Miyota movement with date window
Ely Series from JORD in Natural Green & Maple

Ely Series from JORD in Natural Green & Maple

The watch is surprisingly feminine. At first I wondered what a wood watch would be like to wear and look at but I like the look for my very casual everyday lifestyle. If you saw me I’d be wearing jeans, a tee shirt or no-iron blouse, sturdy shoes and the jewelry I never take off (wedding band and 2 necklaces that my DH gave me over the years). Therefore this watch works perfectly for me. Very casual and a little rugged.  Plus the color looks good with all my nail polish choices.

Lisa didn’t really mention the packaging but it deserves to be mentioned since it is extremely well done and would help make this a gift to be admired.

JORD box

JORD box

inside the box

inside the box

One thing worth noting is that this is the first watch that I’ve been able to wear for a full day. I developed an allergy/reaction to most metals and get rashes normally. But my Ely Series JORD watch hasn’t produced any of that. I’m happy to be able to comfortably wear this watch since I’m always watching to see what time it is when I have my new granddaughter (naps, feeding etc).

JORD Ely series - no numbers

JORD Ely series – no numbers

Both Lisa and I are thrilled with our watches and we are excited that the JORD Watch company has offered one BIZ subscriber one of these in a giveaway. This giveaway is open for US only through 4/4/14 at 11:44 p.m. EST. The winner will be able to pick between the two watches shown in our review. Good luck with this great giveaway. Don’t forget to come back daily to tweet for more entries too.

 
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Amping up my style with the Wantable March Accessories Box

The March Wantable Accessories Box is inspired by the iconic Marilyn Monroe: Wantable March 14 How can you not love Marilyn? Her words are just perfect for this box, which is all about taking your look to another level with bold styles, stunning colors, and interesting textures. You may love or hate the pieces I got in this month’s Wantable Accessories Box, but I can guarantee none of them will bore you!

Hair bands and earrings

Stasha Headbands and Django Earrings

earrings up close

Django Earrings up close

wearing my earrings

wearing my Django Earrings

The Django Earrings (retail value $22) make my boho heart skip a beat. I am crazy about the lava lamp-style stone center with the feathery looking metal pieces. While these are a style I love, they are much more over the top than earrings I usually wear.  I definitely feel like I am ‘amping it up’ a bit when I wear them. Since they are extravagant, I pair them with simple hair and makeup and still feel like a star.

Hair bands

Stasha Headbands

Yay, yay, I literally jumped for joy when I found hair accessories in this box!! Even more exciting, there are actually three different headbands that can be worn together or alone.  The Stasha Headbands (retail value $18) have a variety of textures and colors, and they have a stretchy elastic so they don’t hurt my head by the end of the day.

Gold Hair Band

Gold Headband

Patterned Hair Band

Patterned Headband

Leather Hair Band

Leather Headband

My selections include a shiny gold metallic headband, a colorful southwestern print headband, and a camel-colored braided faux-leather headband. It’s a fabulous array that ranges from dressy to casual, and I am beyond thrilled that I have three of them to play with.

Ear Cuff

Pearlina Ear Cuff

Ear Cuff

Pearlina Ear Cuff

Ok, so here is where my box veered WAY out of my comfort zone.  At first, the Pearlina Ear Cuff (retail value $10) was a mystery to me. An ear cuff? What is that?? I had to Google ‘ear cuff’, for goodness sake. (Although at least I realized it was an ear cuff…I’ve read some blogger complaints that they received just ONE earring. I guess I am a little cooler than I thought.)  I still don’t really understand how to wear it, although I am fascinated that this edgy piece has the classic combination of gold with pearls. I think this style requires a piercing in the upper cartilage of the ear, which I don’t have…but I am seriously thinking about getting one.  Am I too old for this?  I mean, I saw Helen Mirren twerking, so maybe even though I am in my later 40′s maybe I can get away with it?? I’d love to know everyone’s opinion!

Sunglasses

Hullabaloo Sunglasses

love the detail!

love the detail!

wearing my sunglasses, ready for some sun!

wearing my sunglasses, ready for some sun!

The Hullabaloo Sunglasses (retail value $22) are a little more in my comfort zone, but they are definitely ‘statement’ sunglasses. I absolutely adore a retro look so I am thrilled with these – in fact, this may be my favorite item in the March box. I am smitten with the silver toned metal with black and white and the unexpected southwest print is really cool. These sunglasses are simply stunning when worn with turquoise jewelry.

Did you notice that my March Accessories Box had six different items?  There was so much fun inside!!  And with a retail value of $72, there is plenty of justification for splurging on yourself. I love all of my goodies, although I am still puzzling over the ear cuff.  What do you think, should I take the plunge and get a cartilage ear piercing? I’d love to know what you think!  - Lisa

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One day sale! tarte Shades of Clay Collection, February 4 on QVC

The tarte Shades of Clay Collection, a one day only sale on QVC, is definitely one of the best sales/collections I have ever come across. The Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. The TSV Price is $59.96, and the total value of this terrific collection is $202.00.

tarte shades of clay collection

tarte shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

The Shades of Clay Collection includes:

  • 0.68-oz colored clay SPF 15 liquid foundation and 0.51-oz colored clay CC primer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep
  • 0.31-oz clay blush bronzer in Pink Bronze
  • 0.27-oz LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love, a sheer raspberry shade
  • 0.10-oz clay eyeliner in Black
  • 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Bamboo foundation brush
  • Bonus Makeup bag
all the goodies inside

all the goodies inside

I have been using every single item in this collection every day since receiving it and it gets an A+ from me. This set is a seven-piece collection that features colored clay for a whole routine that creates a natural, glowy look. The set is pretty much everything you need for a full face of gorgeousness. It’s fantastic.

I also found a little gift inside, a crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus. Wow, is this stunning!!

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

wearing my gorgous necklace

wearing my gorgeous Crystal Cactus necklace

Amethyst is my birthstone, so I was really happy to find this jewel inside that huge raspberry makeup bag.

What else was inside?  The truly unique colored clay CC primer.

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer that includes color correcting lavender and green

CC Primer swatch

CC Primer swatch

Mine is in shade light. This is a color-correcting stick that neutralizes imperfections, brightens the complexion, and primes skin for foundation. Just smooth it on and then tap it in with fingers. The CC primer melts right in and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application.

Once you have primed with the CC primer, next up is the colored clay liquid foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (a World-wide Launch, by the way!) using the bamboo liquid foundation brush.

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation - see the mesh?

colored clay liquid foundation – see the mesh?

swatch of Light shade

swatch of Light shade

bamboo foundation brush

bamboo liquid foundation brush

The colored clay foundation with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage gives medium but buildable coverage with a satin finish. The bamboo foundation brush is stellar – just press in onto the mesh sifter inside the foundation container then buff onto skin, going from the center out.

Follow that with the colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze (yet another World-wide Launch).

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

I can hear all the oohs and aahs and this beaut certainly deserves it! It’s a combination of pinks and golds that warms the complexion and adds a natural glow. Dust it all over for instant warmth, and layer it on the cheeks as a blush.

Moving on up to the eyes, line with the colored clay eyeliner in black (woohoo, another World-wide Launch!) followed by two coats of the stupendous lights, camera, LASHES™ 4-in-1 mascara in Black.

mascara and eyeliner

lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara and cc eyeliner

CC eyeliner in black

CC eyeliner in black

eye look with eyeliner and mascara

eye look with CC eyeliner and lights, camera, LASHES mascara

For my eye look above, I am wearing a wash of MAC Painterly. I defined and lined my top lash line and waterline with the new colored clay eye liner in Black, which is a velvety eyeliner that truly glides on easily. Then, I finished with two coats of  lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascara. This is a seriously fantastic mascara, one of my top mascaras ever.  It gives great length, volume, and curl, plus it never smears on me. Love it.

The final touch for your tarte Shades of Clay look? The golden raspberry LipSurgence™ lip gloss in true love (can I get a World-wide Launch here?)

lip gloss

LipSurgence lip gloss in true love

eyeliner and lip gloss swatched

CC eyeliner and LipSurgence true love swatched

lip gloss on

true love lip gloss on

LipSurgence(TM) Lip Gloss in true love is a wonderfully flattering sheer raspberry shade with tiny golden shimmers. It has great slip and feels terrific on – this has found a permanent home in my purse.

My tarte shades of clay FOD

My tarte shades of clay FOD

I think every product is a winner and the shades are incredibly flattering. Plus, at this price you just can’t go wrong! Set your timer, leave yourself a note, do something so you don’t miss this sale. Again, the Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. You will be glad you remembered!  - Lisa

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day: Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

Fragrance is an excellent Valentine’s Day gift. Jewelry is an excellent Valentine’s Day gift.  So Lisa Hoffman’s fragrance jewelry, her ingenious combination of the two, is the perfect gift. Lisa Hoffman sent the Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet ($75) and it is really, truly stunning. Not only is it seriously practical (your jewelry and fragrance all in one!), it is gorgeous.

Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Bracelet

Lisa’s fragrance jewelry was inspired by the Victorian Era, when showing your diamonds and jewelry was considered to be in bad taste. Jewelers made ‘fronts’ that covered the jewels for elegant woman as they traveled to parties and concerts. Lisa’s earrings, pendants, and bracelets have a charm similar to those ‘fronts’ that encases small fragranced wooden beads. The wooden beads slowly release the scent as they are exposed to air for a subtle delivery of fragrance.

Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

The wooden beads retain their scent for a long time and have a great ‘throw’. For her Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet, Lisa redesigned the fragrance charm to hold even more beads for more fragrance power. The bracelet and beads arrive nicely packaged in a pretty mesh bag. You can also buy refill jars of the fragrance beads for $20 so you never run out of fragrance and can put different scents into the jewelry if you’d like.

Kerala Ashok Bracelet fragrance beads

Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet fragrance beads

Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet fragrance bead holder

Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet fragrance charm

The Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet is a striking bracelet that celebrates both the strength and the softness of femininity. The fragrance is a beautiful floral combination of Ashok blossom, Deep Violet, Ripe Pear, Velvety Apricot, and Sheer Jasmine. The silver fragrance charm perfectly complements the lovely vintage purple glass beads. The fragrance charm opens up, and you put a few of the wood beads inside then snap closed. As you move your arm, the fragrance wafts about you in a beautifully subtle way.

love the beautiful purple beads

love the beautiful purple vintage glass beads

The perfect Valentine's Day gift:  Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift: Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

The bracelet is so pretty, Lisa says it “acts as a constant reminder to inhale bliss and exhale peace.” What a beautiful message for a day that celebrates love!

While all of her jewelry is amazing, I think the Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet  is simply perfect for Valentine’s Day. Head on over to the Lisa Hoffman Beauty website and check it out – which one do you think is the perfect V Day gift?  - Lisa

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Customizable high-end jewelry at Anjolee.com

In my opinion, there aren’t many things better than fabulous jewelry with real gemstones. At the website Anjolee.com, a high-end diamond jewelry manufacturer and retailer, you can actually design your own pieces from the comfort of your home.

Sponsored Post

Sponsored Post

I love hoop earrings. However, with my long hair I need hoops that completely close, otherwise my hair gets stuck in them (not a pretty sight, and not pleasant for me either!). On the Anjolee.com website, I am able to find the style of hoops I need, then take the jewelry design and customize it by any metal type, any carat size, any diamond or gemstone and size.  It’s like being a kid in a candy store!

Here are my top four picks (plus one) for hoop earrings from Anjolee.com:

1.  I like BLING, so this one in particular is very attractive to me. My customized version of the Three Stone Diamond Hoop Earrings includes platinum metal, 2 carats of diamonds, and the best clarity rating.

Anjolee

Anjolee Three Stone Diamond Hoop Earrings

With my customization, these gorgeous hoops cost $5,145, although the set starts at $498.  I decided to go big (and not go home) with these beauties.

2. Slightly more subtle are the Essential Diamond Hoop Earrings (starting at $396).

Anjolee

Anjolee Essential Diamond Hoop Earrings

As a more affordable option, my customized version has 14K Gold metal, 1 carat of diamonds, and an SI-2 Clarity Rating (very good). My design costs $1248.

3.  My choice for a pop of color is definitely the Oval Shaped Gemstone Diamond Drop Earrings (starts at $444).

Anjolee

Anjolee Oval Shaped Gemstone Diamond Drop Earrings

I love the unique oval shape, and the alternating gemstones are stunning. I imagine these as a perfect birthday gift to myself, so my customization has the 1 carat size with amethyst as my gemstone. Again, I pick platinum for the metal because it’s my favorite and with an S1-2 rating my creation would be $1850. And I am worth every penny!

4.  I need some dainty gold diamond encrusted hoops, so my fourth pick is the Single Row Inside Out Diamond Hoop Earring Petite (starts at $484).

Anjolee Single Row

Anjolee Single Row Inside Out Diamond Hoop Earring Petite

These super sparkly stunners come in medium and larger sizes, too. For my pick, I choose 14K Yellow Gold, 1.17 carats (it’s fun going big on dainty hoops!) and S1-2 Clarity for a final price of $1240.

My bonus pick:  Here is great option for when I am on a tight budget:

Anjolee

Anjolee Classic Diamond Hoop Earrings

The Classic Diamond Hoop Earrings are only $177, and that’s with 10K Yellow Gold, 0.11 carats, and I-1 clarity. Now that is some affordable beauty.

It really is a blast to look through all the amazing base designs then customize pieces for myself.  Anjolee.com isn’t just about earrings, they also have rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Head on over to Anjolee.com and take a look – what designs do you come up with?  - Lisa

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post from Anjolee, opinions are all mine.

The October Wantable Accessories Box is a beautiful new thing

Well, this is a subscription box that just keeps getting better and better! I am talking about the amazing Wantable Accessories Box…the selection sent to me for October has once again just blown me away.

The detailed questionnaire lets you choose what you love, like, and dislike in terms of styles and accessory types and the curators at Wantable pick the best pieces for you. Each month you are sent three or four boutique jewelry selections that match your preferences. If for some crazy reason you don’t like what you get, returns are always free. Want another reason to spoil yourself with accessories? The value. This month, my selections would retail for $92, but the Wantable Accessories Box is only $36 per month for a subscription – or you can try it out for one month for just $40.  It’s a beautiful thing!

October accessories are about classic style, vintage inspiration, and unexpected bright colors. Here are the three pieces that arrived perfectly packaged on my doorstep.

Ellen Necklace

Ellen Necklace

The Ellen Necklace (retails for $36) is, in a word, stunning. Every time I wear this I get constant compliments. People are just fascinated by the intricate metal working in this statement necklace. Wantable has done it again – I don’t think I would have ever picked this out for myself, but it totally works. They are freaking magicians there.

Ellen

intricate metallic

Ellen

check out that gorgeous detail

Wearing my Ellen Necklace, on my way to a fall wedding

Wearing my Ellen Necklace, on my way to a fall wedding

I wore my necklace to a wedding this month and it was just perfect. Wantable also suggests wearing it under a button-down top with the metallic beauty just peeking through for a perfect daytime work look. This was my ‘unexpected’ item, it draws attention and in a great way.

Next up:  the Betty Watch (retails for $36).

Betty Watch

Betty Watch

This watch is a sophisticated, modern way to accessorize your wardrobe. I am loving the navy faux-leather band and the square silver face. The face has a slightly opalescent appearance this is fantastic with the sleek band.

Betty

the face of Betty

Betty

The face has a beautiful opalescent appearance

Betty band

the navy Betty band

Wantable suggests pairing this watch with a cherry red manicure for a bit of nautical fun. This is a fantastic classic addition to my time pieces.

Speaking of fun…this last piece in my accessories box is beyond fun…it’s simply shameful.

Shameful Sunglasses

Shameful Sunglasses

The Shameful Sunglasses (retails for $20) are the super fun, vintage inspired addition to all my beautiful new October accessories. Who doesn’t love an aviator frame especially when paired with that unexpected white enameled accent?

Shameful

Shameful but so fun!

Shameful

vintage love…

Wantable suggests pairing these vintage glam shades with wavy hair and bright pink lipstick to lighten up all that dark autumn drama.

My October Wantable Accessories Box is a huge hit for me.  It’s got it all – classic, modern, vintage – and it works!

I really think this is a PERFECT gift for the fashionista in your life – what a great present for your Project Runway-loving girlfriend or for your fashion-forward mom or MIL. Definitely consider gifting a subscription to someone you love…but first be shameless and get it for yourself.  - Lisa

Shameful...and shameless!

Shameful…and shameless!

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Estee Lauder BCA Campaign: Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Estee Lauder has an awesome campaign entitled “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer.  We’re Stronger Together.” Different Estee Lauder Companies are selling some beautiful Pink Ribbon products and making donations to help defeat this horrible disease through education and medical research. Here are some of my favorites that EL sent to the BIZ.

Estee Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin

Estee Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin

Gorgeous - and it reminds us that men suffer from breast cancer, too.

Gorgeous – and it reminds us that men suffer from breast cancer, too.

ESTÉE LAUDER Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin ($12.50): The Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin is a truly gorgeous way to show your support all month long. The iconic symbol shows off contrasting shades of pink with two different stones. The first is a pink stone representing the traditional BCA pink and the second is a blue stone representing that 1% of breast cancer cases that are diagnosed in men. 20% of the price is donated to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Origins Drink Up

Origins Drink Up

Wear your pin along with pretty pink lips, thanks to ORIGINS Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Pink Guava ($17): Oh how I love this lip balm! It has the most amazing slip and it is so moisturizing thanks to the Ximenia Americana seed oil, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil.

Drink Up in Pink Guava

Drink Up in Pink Guava

love the squeeze tube

love the squeeze tube

Pink Guava swatch

Pink Guava swatch

The color is a light, shiny pink that makes lips look and feel wonderfully healthy. I love it!! And Origins is donating $3.50 from each one purchased to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

My Origins Drink Up Pink Guava lips

My Origins Drink Up Pink Guava lips

Estee Lauder’s BCA Campaign is active in over 70 different countries and it has raised more than $48 million so far! Purchasing either of these two great items will help the quest to eradicate breast cancer forever.  Here are some other great ideas from EL you might want to commit to this month:

·         walking each day after work,

·         cooking healthy meals with family and friends,

·         scheduling a mammogram,

·         pledging a donation to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF).

Check out the website at www.BCAcampaign.com/StrongerTogether.

And definitely take a look at these inspiring videos that show how We’re Stronger Together.

·         A behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s We’re Stronger together creative campaign:

·         An emotional look at the intimate lives of three breast cancer survivors: mom, sister, daughter, best friend:

They can also be viewed and shared on our website or YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/BCAcampaign

Share your own photos and/or videos of your own life and ways in which you find strength, via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BCAstrength. Follow on Twitter and Instagram @BCAcampaign and #BCAstrength and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BCAcampaign.  - Lisa

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