Monday, May 7, 2012

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles {Review & Giveaway}

I'm fairly certain that I've never met a child who doesn't love bubbles. There is just something about the light, magical way that the shiny clear bubbles waft into the air and float around that draws kids to reach and grab for each one.

Over the years we've played with bubbles at home, at the park, on vacation... there really isn't a place that these laughter-provoking, portable little puffs of science can't go. And each time the results are smiles, giggles, jumps, and all-out awe as my girls have enjoyed every minute of chasing or blowing the bubbles themselves.

bubbles
Big Sister E, age 8 months
So, considering that my kids have never said no to bubbles, I had no doubt that they would be thrilled to see the next generation of bubbles in person: Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles. What better way to take an already much-loved outdoor activity and give it a surprising colorful and unique twist?

colored bubbles

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles aren't ordinary bubbles, as they contain color that results in a fun, messy time for all involved. After the initial launch, Crayola found that some parents loved the idea of bubbles in different colors, but were surprised at the temporary colorful marks left on skin, cotton and cotton-blend clothing and outdoor surfaces.

After receiving that feedback, Crayola created a new version that keeps all the fun for kids and makes clean up easier for parents. As my kids always love a mess that leaves me cringing, I was happy to hear that the color from these new bubbles magically rubs off skin, hoses off of many outdoor surfaces and washes out of cotton and cotton blend clothing. It was time to play!

Crayola Colored Bubbles

Pulling the Outdoor Bubble Launcher and Outdoor Colored Bubbles 3-pack out of the packaging, we were all eager to see just how much fun these items could provide for the whole family.

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles

It took only a few seconds to have the handle snapped into place on the Bubble Launcher (I was thrilled to see that Crayola allows users to select which side to install it on so that both right- and left-handed kids can use it easily) and we were ready to head outside.

Before heading out, we took a look at the simple tips that Crayola had included to make playing with their Outdoor Colored Bubbles even more enjoyable and fun:
  • Dress for Mess. Wear washable play clothes and shoes. It's best to not wear suede, leather or any other material that can't be washed.
  • Play Outside. An open grassy area is best away from new concrete, decks and porous surfaces like marble. Don't use at formal events like weddings.
  • Rub skin to remove color.
  • Launder clothes promptly with water and detergent. Repeat washing may be needed.
  • Hose off outdoor surfaces like sidewalks and driveways to wash away color.
Easy enough!

After having the girls change into old clothes, we headed into the yard with our selection of bubble products. As the Bubble Launcher seemed to have the most appeal, I was appreciative to find that it was extremely easy to screw one of the bottles of colored bubbles right onto the end so that we were ready for play.

bubble machine

As the Bubble Launcher thankfully doesn't require batteries, all it takes is turning the crank to cause a stream of colorful bubbles to come flowing out - so it didn't take long before we were watching fuchsia bubbles come streaming out into the air and down onto the grass.

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles

Big Sister E and Little Sister B were thrilled at seeing the pink bubbles and giggled uncontrollably as they ran after them to pop them with their hands or step on them with their feet.

Of course it didn't take long before they wanted a turn with the Launcher as well, and I was happy to see that they didn't have difficulty turning the crank and producing their own colorful display.

Crayola colored bubbles review

Between the Bubble Launcher and the individual Outdoor Colored Bubbles (which can be used with the included wand and blown like traditional bubbles), the girls had a great time with all of the fun colors and entertainment that these products provided.

When it came time to end the playtime for the day, I turned to see that these indeed did cause quite a bit more of a mess than our time outdoors usually provides. Just about everything was covered in the colorful bubble solution. From the Bubble Launcher...

Crayola Bubble Launcher

...to our clothes, shoes, hands, faces and hair...

Crayola colored bubbles mess

...we were clearly bubble-fied.

While I was slightly skeptical that there wouldn't be leftover spots and stains, I was shocked to find that by the time we had made it back inside that the majority of the bubble solution had already disappeared. A quick wipe of the girls' faces and hair really did remove the residual goo and they barely had to wash their hands for them to be clean.

Their clothes went into the wash just like normal and came out looking absolutely no different than they had prior to playing, and any tint of color on the grass evaporated (or washed off in the rain) right away. Cleaning out the Bubble Launcher was also fast and easy, as I simply removed the container of solution and cranked tap water through for a few minutes.

how to clean Crayola Bubble Launcher

When it comes to bringing wonder and adventure to a day of outdoor active play, Crayola has come up with yet another unique, innovative way to do so. For any kids that enjoy creative, messy play (are there any that don't?), they'll be sure to watch in awe as the air becomes filled with bunches of brightly colored bubbles in Purple Pizzazz, Fuchsia and Unmellow Yellow varieties. Check out this great video from Crayola to see just how much kids love 'em!

Retailing for $19.99 for the Bubble Launcher (or slightly less on Amazon) and $17.99 for the Colored Bubbles 3-pack (also available on Amazon), Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles are a great addition to outdoor summer fun - particularly on a hot day when a swimming pool or sprinkler is involved! No cleanup required!

Thanks to the generosity of Crayola, one person is going to get to see just much laughter and mess these products are able to provide, because...

One lucky person will win a Crayola Bubble Launcher and a Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles 3-pack!


(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below - if you don't see the form, click here! If you have any problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)


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190 comments:

Heather McDougle said...

they love playing in the sprinkler

crboyd said...

My little on loves to swim in the pool.

J @ IHeart-Motherhood said...

My Big Guy Just Started Swim Lessons & He Loves It! :)

Delicious Delights said...

My son's favorite outdoor activity right now is bubbles. He can't get enough!

Sarah Lynne said...

My boys love to play tag. That is the big thing now. Every day after school they beg to play tag outside. They also love to ride their power wheels!!

wigget said...

playing catch with dad

Anonymous said...

swimming is there fav around here!hiselbobbie @yahoo .com

Linda W. said...

They both love shooting on net whether it be lacrosse, hockey or soccer.

Debbie said...

The boys love to play baseball outside.

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

sliding is a big hit right now and chasing butterflies
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Mrs. Bacon said...

hiking with puppa, playing in the rocks, playing at the big big big big park....
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Mrs. Bacon said...

hiking with puppa, playing in the rocks, playing at the big big big big park....
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mrs. bacon

Elizabeth Groves said...

Playing with our bubble mower!

blessedintexas said...

My kids love digging in the dirt!
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Dreams Do Come True said...

my favorite thing to do outdoors is taking pictures of barns, trees and flowers.

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Sandy VanHoey said...

My grandsons favorite is going to the park or playing on his bounce house
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Miss Jenn said...

Our kids' favorite right now is the sandbox!

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Anonymous said...

My son's favorite right now is actually bubbles. julierupert@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Since my son isn't quite here i have to say my favorite outdoor activity is probably swimming, or walking.

Frogger101 said...

playing in the yard.

SueZH said...

My grandniece plays dress up inside and out.

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

my son loves to ride his bike and scooter.

Jennifer Rote
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Jessica said...

Biking!

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Jennifer Van Dahm said...

Swimming in our pool!
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Lloyd Family said...

playing in our step2 water table
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captainliss40 said...

He loves pretending he is mowing the lawn with his kid mower. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda said...

We like to ride our bikes.
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Gina F. said...

My kids like playing tag and climbing the tree in our backyard.

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Nebraska Fillemans said...

My kids LOVE the trampoline!
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AngelWinner said...

He loves to swing on his swing set, ride his bike and practice t-ball!

Unknown said...

bike riding

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nickieisis3 said...

my son loves swimming

April said...

driving his powerwheel to the park!

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Sonya said...

My toddler's favorite activity is drawing with chalk on the sidewalk.
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kelley said...

jumping on the trampoline

Anonymous said...

The Sandbox! We made a gigantic sandbox, and they spend hours in it.

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agatewood1 said...

My kids love to ride bikes!! thanks!

Lauren U said...

Love the swings!

carol said...

my grandkids love to ride their bikes

Ann Fantom said...

My daughter loves to swing on her swing set.

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betty baez said...

They love bubbles and sidewalk chalk

Janice said...

My daughter loves riding her tricycle!

Janice said...

My daughter loves riding her tricycle!

ColleenMarie82 said...

Playing with her water table

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Jessica M. said...

They are loving the sandbox and riding bikes right now!

Kendal said...

My son loves to pull around this small wagon all over the yard!

Lavonne said...

My daughter loves to blow bubbles of course!!!

Harold D said...

Hula Hoop - tannerboyle12@hotmail.com

Katrina said...

we love swimming in our pool

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Lena said...

My son loves to draw on the sidewalk with chalk right now.

virgomomwriter said...

My (now 21 year old) son loves all outdoor activities, but used to be especially fond of bubbles.

Anonymous said...

WE HAVE A TRAMPOLINE AND A SWING SET THAT MY KIDS LOVE.


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Shannon Palmer said...

His swing set!

Anonymous said...

My daughter loves the swings!
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Anonymous said...

My nephew loves being at the playground, but also loves running around outside and playing soccer and tossing a wiffle ball. He would love this!

Helen Keeler said...

My current favorite outdoor activity is walking.
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Lane Mahnke said...

Swimming is their absolute favorite!

Melissa said...

my daughtwer loves to jump on her trampoline and she loves to swim!

Kerry said...

My kids like to play hide and seek in our backyard

Nikki said...

My daughter loves to water the plants! I don't have to worry about forgetting about them this year :)

Selinda said...

Currently it is daily tag sessions at recess!

Thanks,

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mverno said...

mine is walking my kids are all grown up now
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Kristy Thiel said...

my daughter's favorite right now is playing on the slide :)

Karen said...

Hiking and camping :)

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Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

Running in sprinkler or riding his bike
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Sugar Mama's Sweet Bowtique said...

She loves playing in the park with other kids

r said...

Oh, what a great toy! I'd love to win this for my nephew!

Laurel said...

Love swimming and playing at the park.
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Anonymous said...

Playing in the park
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Rowell Reviews said...

Jake loves basketball. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

Rowell Reviews said...

Jake loves basketball. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

littleangel_mw said...

drawing with chalk on the sidewalk

Lo said...

My kids love the sandbox.

Shelly said...

we one is really into sidewalk chalk and bubble blowing things outdoors right now

Brenda Callahan said...

hoola hooping

latanya said...

playing on the slide

Unknown said...

My daughter loves to swing at the park.

Jeni said...

swimming

Joy said...

We love swimming right now.
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Carrie Phelps said...

Right now my grandchildren are in love with their new sandbox.

ChosenToBeFree said...

They love helping us in the garden.

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Stephanie said...

My little one said she likes swimming and swimming.

Kelly Grant said...

swimming

Anonymous said...

They love digging in the sandbox right now.
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Laura Jacobson said...

Bubbles for sure!!!! With playing in the sandbox a close 2nd! LOL
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slylady said...

My grandkids are enjoying the great weather by swinging, hiking and sleeping out.

D C said...

The love to play in the sprinkler!

lana said...

favorite outdoor activity is riding the bike

Terra H. said...

My oldest son's favorite is running and my youngest son's fave is riding a bike or swimming. Thanks.
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LaurKnotter said...

My kids love going to the park!

JoMoni10 said...

Throwing the baseball around

Brooke M Adametz said...

My kids are 2 and 4 and love to just simply be outside. It doesn't matter what they're doing, as long as they're outside they're happy!

Annie said...

they love kickball

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Melissa Shirley said...

My son loves to catch bugs
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Tracy said...

Playing at the park is our favorite thing to do!

JSweeps said...

We love to camp!

Brandi Elam said...

They love playing outside with our kittens.

Angela Holland said...

Riding bikes and coloring on the sidewalk

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A Godly Homemaker said...

the trampoline!!

Ashley said...

My daughter loves when we take her for rides in her wagon! Especially when we walk out to our neighbor's cabbage patch to see their progress

Aralynlove said...

Swimming

Reeva M. said...

playing on his jungle gym

Dreams Do Come True said...

my favorite thing to do outdoors is taking pictures of barns, trees and flowers.

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Christine Jessamine said...

my kids love to ride their bikes!

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Alicia Kaye said...

sliding, swinging, and hunting bugs lol

price21100 said...

Swimming when it's warm enough!

Kimberly said...

Sidewalk Chalk
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Diane Zielinski said...

swimming!

Stacey said...

My brothers likes baseball

kroch said...

My daughter loves helping me pick produce from our garden.

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Jodi Kershuk said...

My son loves to play in his water park.

Elizabeth Ehlen said...

swimming

Anonymous said...

throwin a ball
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Ryan said...

They like bike riding.

dario moniz said...

my daughter loves to go geocaching


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Maggie said...

We spend lots of time at the beach. My two little ones love chasing bubbles down the beach.

Patricia said...

Riding their bikes

Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

Playing basketball-horse especially!

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Louise Brimsley said...

My son has currently renewed his love for his bike!

shopannies said...

ours love the swingset

amanda nicholson mrsamanda@ymail.com said...

We love the summer reading program at the library but for outdoors its blowing bubbles!

NwHome steader said...

gardening

Teresa H. said...

My kids love playing "blooper ball"!

Tatum said...

Riding their bikes

alicia zirjacks said...

Soccer is my sons favorite

Rachel said...

being outside, running aroud, she's 2

lgm52 said...

They love playing in the sandbox

Amylynn said...

My son's favorite thing to do outside right now is play in his sandbox!

CHELESA sims said...

my children love to play on their swings and going for a walk.they just love being outside.

gloria mckellar said...

Playing basketball.

Emmy Coffee said...

Anything involving water!

Tamar said...

My son likes to explore and run around.

virgomomwriter said...

He loves it all, but especially shooting buckets.

Brittney said...

water balloon fights!
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Jennifer said...

drinking my coffee on the patio!

kyonac1 said...

My son loves to blow bubbles outside.
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KatieRox4You said...

drawing with chalk!
Thanks!
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(Josh)Lesli Kerfien said...

Jumping in puddles

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Caryn said...

Sidewalk chalk

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Candice said...

We have a dirt pit that I hose down with water. My boys love playing in mud.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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HomemadeBaby said...

My kids can't get enough of their water table and riding bikes!
I'm glad to hear Crayola changed their formula. I bought these when they first came out and then read some nightmare reviews of how the bubbles stained everything, including decks, siding, etc. Nice to hear they worked on their product as a result of feedback.
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Leslie Galloway said...

they both love to play soccer

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Jessica said...

We love to blow bubbles and swim!

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My Xi Hu said...

My sister is in my care.
She LOVES bubbles, and she loves going to the park and being outdoors. :)

C.P. said...

My kids and I both love swimming!

Christie said...

kind of funny but right now it's blowing bubbles and riding her new tricycle.

clynsg said...

My grandson likes to take his trucks and cars out on the porch to play.

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C and C girl said...

Anything to do with water, playing inthe sprinklers digging up my garden and filing it up wit water, the slip and slide.
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Donna Timmerman said...

My kids like to swim. We taught them to swim really young. And now we can't keep them out of the water. OCPacific10@aol.com

Tim Stephens said...

We love to go to the local water park as a family

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reddon30 said...

I love it that my kids play outside almost all day. They LOVE being outside, not inside playing video games.

polly said...

our 3 year old grandson loves bubbles more than anything. our 4 year old golden retriever jumps up and pops them...quite a scene...the 2 have a grand time together!

Renee said...

She loves to ride her bike.

Tricia K. said...

My 3 1/2 year old son's favorite summer activities are playing in the pool and riding his bike.

Jennifer M said...

My kids love riding their bikes.

ltlbitone said...

Our favorite is taking the dog to the Dog Park..

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rah267 said...

Swimming

Alisha L. said...

My son loves playing with his water table.

amy16323 said...

riding bikes
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Jessica Anderson said...

My daughter's favorite outdoor activity is camping.

Hotsnotty2 said...

Ours is swimming

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CAJUNMAN12 said...

They like to swim and ride bikes

Erica C. said...

They like bike riding.
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Robyn said...

My kids love anything involving water, sprinklers, pool, splash pad, ect!
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James said...

My favorite outdoor activity is gardening

Samantha Fakharzadeh said...

He loves to look and touch all of the flowers!

Cweller75 said...

My daughters most recent fun outdoors play is playing in her pool

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MELINA said...

favorite activity is to jump in the trampoline

skyrobinson said...

My kids favorite activity is riding their bikes.
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Amber said...

He loves playing on his slide

brendaelsner said...

my little ones love swimming!

Anonymous said...

My boys would love these!

Nancy said...

We love golf!


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schueler1 said...

Basketball
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Sylvia said...

playing in the pool

mightynaynay said...

chasing the dogs
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tavernie said...

Playing in the water sprinkler!
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Terri Menke said...

He likes drawing with sidewalk chalk

Nicole C. said...

My daughter loves swimming.

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mail4rosey said...

My son likes to go to the park.
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Gianna said...

Playing on playground sets.

Pat said...

They like to swing on the swings.
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daveshir2005 said...

They love the merry go round at the park. Can't get enough of it.

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Egare1 said...

We play ball in our yard, but if we make it to the park then it's all about the slide!

Paige & Casey @7kidsandus said...

right now, swimming

Renee G said...

My boys love swimming in the summer
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AndreaH said...

My favorite outdoor activity is gardening. It's not a big garden, just a couple of things but I do enjoy it.

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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

We love swimming & fishing!
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dvice12 said...

Our favorite is swimming

Anonymous said...

the sprinkler ty.
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