Don’t touch – Dettol giveaway

As I haul my overflowing shopping trolley around the corner of the frozen section and pause before I prepare to power on to the checkout, I hear a small voice beside me.

‘I need to go to the toilet, Mummy,’ says my three-year-old.

‘Excuse me?’ I say praying that I’ve heard her wrong. We are so close to the finish line I can taste it.

‘I need to do a poo!’ she shouts for the entire supermarket to hear.

‘Really? But you went before we left. Can you hold it?’ I ask her in all seriousness as I glance around to make sure no one is witnessing me ask a three-year-old to hold.

It’s not only the fact that I have a ridiculously full trolley to park somewhere, and that one-year-old Smiley is getting more and more agitated the closer to 5pm it gets, it’s (deep breaths) the fact that I detest public toilets. I open the doors with my foot, close them with my elbows, lock them with toilet paper on my fingers, and avoid touching the toilet seat at all costs.

Taking these sort of precautions when you are holding a one-year-old and helping a three-year-old pull down her undies is virtually impossible. As I attempted to kick the door open with my foot and lean my back into it while letting all three of us in, Smiley delighted in slapping her hands on the toilet door and then putting her thumb in her mouth. I nearly passed out on the spot. While I attempted to place toilet paper on the seat with Smiley balancing precariously on my hip, Miss Three dropped her Teddy on the floor. I began to feel queasy. My careful placement of toilet paper was fruitless as it fell to the ground when Miss Three climbed onto the seat. As I watched her hold onto the seat and saw her undies around her legs touch the exterior of the bowl, it was all too much.

‘Don’t touch the toilet seat!’ I shrieked as she looked at me with panicked eyes.

The last thing I want to do is pass my germaphobe ways onto my three-year-old, so I attempted to hide my concern as I explained to her about germs and toilet seats and why we should use a truckload little soap or hand sanitizer after using the toilet.

In my heyday I was a major germaphobe. These days with two kids I have no choice but to relax a little. They pick their noses and give it to me proudly, they lick me, dribble on me, they find rubbish bins curiously attractive, they share water bottles and each other’s food, and have no idea what the five second rule is. I know I can’t, and it’s not healthy to, hover over them 24 7 saying, ‘don’t, don’t, don’t’, so I’ve done my best to teach Miss Three about personal hygiene in the hope that one day she will no longer feel the desire to grab hold of the bin at the supermarket as she peers into it.

When I received an email from one of Dettol’s PR companies asking me to giveaway some of Dettol’s products, I was super excited. I am obsessed with the Dettol hand sanitizer. I have a large pump on the kitchen bench, a 50ml one in my handbag, and another on my work desk. I also had the opportunity to try the Raspberry and Pomegranate antibacterial hand wash and the Rose and Cherry foaming hand wash which Miss Three loved because of the bubbles.

Dettol is kindly letting me giveaway two packs of their products.

All you need to do is tell me in the comments below about a time when you wished you had some Dettol hand sanitizer on hand.

This giveaway is open until 5pm, Wednesday, 18 December 2013.

The winners will be announced on Thursday, 19 December 2013 via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

This giveaway is restricted to Australian residents only.

*Mummy, Wife, Me received a sample of the products mentioned above for the purpose of this giveaway. No financial compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

58 comments on Don’t touch – Dettol giveaway

  1. Susan
    December 11, 2013 at 5:19 am (4 years ago)

    Oh My Gosh- I have tears in my eyes from laughing at this post!!!!! your writing draws the picture so well- I look forward to every post. i di learn from our daughter Amy about the 10 sec rule- if it hits the floor for 5 seconds or less- it is germ free.
    She doubled the time when she had the twins – it seemed to have worked!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Sounds fair to me, Susan! Glad you enjoy the blog πŸ™‚

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  2. Toni
    December 11, 2013 at 7:54 am (4 years ago)

    Bahahaha Renee I can totally picture you in the toilet! I put toilet paper on the seat too and then when I leave after washing my hands I try to push the door open with my elbow incase other people haven’t washed their hands. And I never push the door with the metal panel thing because you can always see all the fingerprints all over it and it just makes me think I’m going to catch some god awful disease lol.

    I wash washing my hands so much when bubba was first born that my skin dried out and started peeling. I think I may have gone a bit overboard trying to protect her.

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    • Toni
      December 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm (4 years ago)

      *was I meant

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Umm yes I think so, Toni πŸ™‚ Very sweet though πŸ™‚ I’m glad I’m not the only one who detests public toilets!

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  3. Neets
    December 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh how I could relate to this. My kids do this to me every time we are out. Miss H decided that she needed to do wee wee’s at a park one day. Only thing was, she didn’t just do wee wee’s but proceeded to do a poo on the grass for all to see. I had no wipes, tissues or sanitizer. I was mortified. That cherry blossom soap is divine. My kids actually enjoy washing their hands πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh my gawd, Neets! What are they like?! I guess you can laugh about it now πŸ™‚ Yep, that foam effect sure is a winner. Very clever Dettol!

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  4. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    December 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! As a primary school teacher I need dettol constantly! I use my little pump pack every single day (about a zillion times!!) and go through tonnes of the stuff!! That is one thing I definitely couldn’t live without! xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, of course. I bet you would go through tonnes of the stuff surrounded by all those littlies all the time x

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  5. Lydia C. Lee
    December 13, 2013 at 6:01 am (4 years ago)

    Pretty much every time one of the kids picks up rubbish as a treasure. What is that?? Then we have me going nuts saying “Don’t touch your face – don’t put your fingers near your mouth” etc. So gross!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Ahh yes, they are gross little creatures sometimes aren’t they?!

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  6. Katie (@mumabytes)
    December 13, 2013 at 6:13 am (4 years ago)

    hhhhaaaa! Every mum can picture that toilet scene! It’s a nightmare, its’t it?! I’m a total germaphobe, too. Can’t stand grottiness and ickiness. But let me just say, that when I lived in South America, I WISHED I had Dettol hand sanitizer on me every time we left the house!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm (4 years ago)

      I bet, Katie! Glad to know I’m not the only germaphobe around here!

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  7. Becc
    December 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

    I am obsessed with their hand free dispenser. Absolutely the best thing I ever got. Now I need to get on to the hand sanitizer as I am also horrified by public toilets.
    With my allergies, I am always looking for a place to wash my hands. Man would it be easier to have Dettol hand sanitizer on hand for every ocassion (which includes going outdoors, shopping, public toilets and pretty much anywhere that you put your hands – oh and I am often allergic to the liquid washes in those horrible public toilets!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Things must be twice as hard for you with those allergies, Becc. How awful to be allergic to the liquid washes in the public toilets?! The hand sanitizers are definitely the way to go!

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  8. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    December 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Hee hee that is funny, I do the same thing with public toilets, eg hate touching them and especially hate it – I wish I had some for when my son decided to sit down bare bottom on the floor to put his undies back I on – I nearly died! UGH. I’m not usually too fussy but public toilets, they are public enemy No.1 in my books! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh my God! Sitting on the toilet floor with a bare bum to put his undies on!!! I’m having an anxiety attack thinking about it! πŸ˜‰

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  9. Grace
    December 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, gosh! I have to grotty almost 4 year olds!! When don’t I wish I had some Dettol Hand Sanitizer!
    One time in particular though was when one twin needed to do a poo alfresco and the other was running around in the dirt – near where his brother was doing his business! Argh!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. That seems to be a bit of a theme here with kids having to do a poo outdoors!

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  10. Lauren
    December 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Reading this post and the other comments make me feel a bit more ‘normal’ about my obsession with germs. I have sanitizer pumps in all of our bathrooms, as well as the boys rooms, laundry and kitchen. As we are attempting toilet training with our big boy, if he does a poo in his nappy we take it to the toilet to flush away and say ‘good bye’ to it. Last week he did one whilst we were out at a play centre, all was going well until we had finished and when I finished washing my hands I discover him holding onto the toilet with one hand, the other hand and most of his head in the bowl waving to his poo and saying ‘good bye’…. The one time I’d left the sanitizer in my bag outside.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol, Lauren that’s hilarious. Although I’m sure it wasn’t at the time. I would have been freaking out! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

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  11. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    December 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m not entering, but I loved this post! I can definitely relate to ‘relaxing’ my standards a little since having kids.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lara πŸ™‚

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  12. Tegan
    December 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh dear! I hate using public toilets too and avoid them if possible. Luckily Mr 4 has a pretty decent bladder. I wish I had dettol for that inevitable poo explosion that always happens when you are out and all you have are 5 wipes!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm (4 years ago)

      I hear you, Tegan. It’s always the way!

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  13. Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
    December 14, 2013 at 2:05 am (4 years ago)

    Bwaaaa ha ha, love this!
    Can so relate – with a 3yo & 1yo also. It’s certainly hard to keep their hands off everything gross. Eg my 1yo always heads straight for the nappy bin or sanitary bin when I’m helping Miss 3 wash her hands, so it’s certainly a wrestle trying to keep him close (or on my hip) to ensure he doesnt touch anything gross either.
    My fav is when they unlock or open the door for the world to see when I’m on the loo! How embarrassment! Helllllp! πŸ˜‰
    Would love to win the prize so we can at least continue to be germ free at home πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol Lauren, ahh yes the sanitary bin is so appealing to them. Gross!!!!! Unlocking the door reminded me of when Miss Three lifted up my skirt today for the world to see. Privacy is non existent!

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  14. floodproofmum
    December 14, 2013 at 9:04 am (4 years ago)

    Hilarious Renee! The toilets in Thailand were the worst. You would hang on until you got back to your resort if you could, but sometimes….you just had to go. You had to pay to use them – roughly about 1/2c, you had to make sure you had your own toilet paper or tissues ( I remember bludging some off another tourist the first time) and then….they are these awful hole in the ground things with places for your feet either side, and you have to squat over them….disgusting and god knows what germs they held. My hand sanitiser went everywhere!
    Love your post. Very funny image of you and the two kids πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Ahh yes, I know those toilets in Thailand well! I’ve seen a few bad toilets in my time. The ones on the boats in Venice were disgusting and a few long drops in USA bring back very bad memories πŸ˜‰

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  15. Jaz @ Red Dolls
    December 14, 2013 at 9:39 am (4 years ago)

    Hahaha – using sanitizer is certainly easier than trying to get a three year old to squat above the toilet seat. I had to do the same thing at woolies not long ago but the public toilets here are feral and to make it worse the lights were blown so we were in darkness as soon as the door closed….eeewww!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm (4 years ago)

      OMG Jaz! That is my worst nightmare!!

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  16. Mick G
    December 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm (4 years ago)

    When out camping with family my young nephew pulled off his nappy and proudly paraded a handful of poo for us all to admire-not

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Delightful creatures aren’t they?! πŸ˜‰ You’d definitely would have needed the dettol then!

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  17. Caroline Kelly
    December 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm (4 years ago)

    A stop over in Melbourne resulted in the need to book a hotel room. Upon entering the allocated room at the certain hotel, there was nothing in there that I wanted to touch without gloves or hand sanitiser. I was told that the room had been cleaned. After taking some photographs, I checked out shortly thereafter and complained to City of Melbourne.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

      That does not sound good at all, Caroline! I hope you got your money back.

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  18. Kate
    December 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I have a great mental picture Renee and you have a great gift in creating one! I would like some dettol hand sanitiser to replace the one that used to be in my nappy bag. I got it at Bath and Body Works in the States and it smelt delicious. My almost 2 year old thought it would taste as good as it smelt…oops. It would have been particularly handy yesterday when I caught him finger painting in fresh bird poo at the park. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Oooh nice finger painting with bird poo πŸ˜‰ That sanitizer sounds divine. It’s a shame your little one thought so too!

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  19. Pauline Stewart
    December 15, 2013 at 7:43 am (4 years ago)

    Working in retail it revolts me how many people SPIT on their money to separate it before handing over their saliva drenched money! I definitely need Dettol Hand Sanitizer on hand

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Pauline, now that is gross. Why do people do that?! You definitely need some sanitizer πŸ™‚

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  20. KARINA LEE
    December 15, 2013 at 9:20 am (4 years ago)

    Each and every time I eat watermelon.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahh yes, that is deliciously messy isn’t it?! πŸ™‚

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  21. Benjamin Travia
    December 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m a germaphobe extraordinaire. When I was in NYC, in the middle of winter (flu season!) I forgot my hand santiser one day. Although I was tempted to let myself fly around the subway rather than grab a pole, self-preservation kicked in and a held that pole with a look of horror etched on my face. Somehow, I lived to tell the tale.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol Benjamin! I can just picture you, you poor thing. Glad you made it through πŸ˜‰

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  22. Di
    December 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm (4 years ago)

    At a function where I had to shake hands with so many people, their sweaty hands that they’d coughed into, touched or adjusted themselves with….gross for so many reasons.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

      That sure is gross, Di!

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  23. DIANA O
    December 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Grocery shopping, each and every week I wish I had some Dettol hand sanitizer on hand. My hands always feel manky, grimy and plain off after touching the trolley and handling money. Oh and when I’ve had to go to the loo at the shopping centre, I desperately need some then after opening the door to exit after seeing people leave who have not washed their hands.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

      I don’t know why people don’t wash their hands before leaving the loo. Craziness. Yes, those trolleys really are disgusting!

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  24. kerry santillo
    December 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great post, thankyou I so needed that laugh :))

    Everytime I go the shops I get a craving for a wendys hotdog lol, but I wait till I get home to eat it as I have nothing to clean my hands with and going to the shop toilets is another disaster that might need a tonne of sanitiser!! Anyway, by the time I get home its cold and yukkie. :))

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahh that’s no good, Kerry. You definitely need to get your hands on some of that sanitizer, so you don’t have to wait until you get home!

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  25. Sue Bou
    December 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

    So funny Renee (I’m laughing with you not at you because I can totally relate), unfortunately I did pass on my germaphobe ways to my girls (not my son…. forget the 5 second rule, you could even tread on food and he’d pick it up, dust it off… maybe… and eat it, ugh). I definitely could have done with some Dettol hand sanitizer during one eventful trip to a petting farm. There was NO WAY my girls were going to eat my thoughtfully packed special picnic lunch with animal germ hands. I was met with outraged “you’re crazy Mum” looks when I suggested using juice, and, heaven forbid, a drinking trough, sigh. Consequently I put up with sniffles, wailing and tantrums about being starving all the way home.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm (4 years ago)

      You sound just like me, Sue! I would have been the exact same. So I guess my girls have no hope then either??? πŸ™‚

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  26. Sarah@SnippetsandSpirits
    December 16, 2013 at 12:55 am (4 years ago)

    Ps, Five second rule, the germ infestation is instant once that piece of food hits the dirty floor. Very funny and you do really have to relax with kids. I have so many poo explosion and snotty nose stories. I guess we all do as parents. I cannot right now think of one particular story as I am too tired. I think most days there is an occasion with children that you need to clean some sort of yuck of you’re hands.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 16, 2013 at 6:16 am (4 years ago)

      Lol Sarah. I know what you mean. It’s hard to get through a day without food all over them and you! Have a great week!

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  27. Sonya Nicole
    December 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Eww, it was just last week when my friend (using this term loosely right now) decided to bring her baby girl and her ‘slightly under the weather’ 4-yr-old son over for a visit. Said son proceeds to spew all over my carpet (EWWW – methinks gastro) and friend (again, remember…loosely!) promptly because too busy breastfeeding her baby so I had to do the spew clean up. Wish I’d had a bucket load of Dettol to deal with that nightmare!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm (4 years ago)

      OMG Sonya! What a nightmare and what an awesome friend you are πŸ™‚

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  28. Karla Oleinikoff
    December 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm (4 years ago)

    With four kids, one still in nappies, sanitiser is needed everyday!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 18, 2013 at 5:50 am (4 years ago)

      I bet it is, Carla! Thanks for entering and good luck πŸ™‚

      Reply

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