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Northern Pintail Ducks

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Northern Pintail Ducks

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What’s another name for a clever duck?

A wise quacker!

Interesting Fact: Like the Mallard, the Northern Pintail breeds in a variety of habitats all across northern North America and Eurasia. Also like the Mallard, island populations have splintered off and evolved into separate species. Two closely related forms can be found on Crozet and Kerguelen islands in the very southern Indian Ocean, known as Eaton’s Pintail (Anas eatoni) ( )

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Christmas Nail Art Tutorial!

Polished by Amy

Hi loves!

As promised, today I’m sharing a holiday nail art tutorial that is ideal for beginners! In this video, I’m showing you how to achieve a candy cane, snowman, and snowflake designs. These looks take one simple tool and only a couple polish colors to create. If you enjoy, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there so you don’t miss the next one coming up right before Christmas! 🙂

Thank you all so much for watching! I have all of the tools and polishes listed in the description box of the video if you’re interested. I really enjoy how these nails turned out because they are festive, yet wearable! If you decide to recreate any of these looks yourself, please tag me on social media with #polishedbyamy so I can see! I hope your day is awesome; love and light! 🙂

XX, Amy


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I Don’t Want A Lot For Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You!

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Christmas gift

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It was Christmas and the judge was in a merry mood as he asked the prisoner, ” What are you charged with? ”

“Doing my Christmas shopping early”, replied the defendant.

“That’s no offense”, said the judge. “How early were you doing this shopping?”

“Before the store opened.”

Interesting Fact: The custom of giving gifts to relatives and friends on a special day in winter probably began in ancient Rome and northern Europe. In these regions, people gave each other small presents as part of their year-end celebrations. In the United States and England, children hang stockings on their bedpost or near a fireplace on Christmas Eve, hoping that it will be filled with treats while they sleep. In Scandinavia, similar-minded children leave their shoes on the hearth. This tradition can be traced to legends about Saint Nicholas. One legend tells of…

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Zahra Beauty for Trendmood: Get Glam Tray (Makeup Organizer)


Good evening from Los Angeles! I received abeautiful package this afternoon, coincidentally, while I was cleaning and reorganizing my vanity area. Luckily I caught the sun as it is currently pouring in Los Angeles. What you will be seeing in this post is a collaboration with makeup organization companyZAHRA BEAUTY STOREand Instagram’s leading source of makeup news,Trendmood. Together they have created the “Get Glam Tray” which isdescribed as:

  • providing easy access for your go-to makeup products
  • designed to organize your next look without missing a beat

I think this idea is pretty genius. I normally layout makeup on my vanity the evening priorso I don’t scramble around my vanity area while I get ready (or rush) for work. If you own a large two drawer acrylic Muji organizer – the height of this product matches but is a tad smaller in width.

The Get Glam Tray…

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The Force Awakens Indeed, Star Wars Is New And Familiar

The Tony Burgess Blog

Wow, just wow! Star Wars: The Force Awakens did not disappoint, it was fabulous. I won’t spoil the story for anyone but this was a terrific episode to take the franchise into the future. With younger heroes carrying on a time honored movie tradition we see good things ahead. JJ Abrams could have really screwed things up but he didn’t disappoint. I wouldn’t mind seeing this again in the theatres. You should see this in a theatre on the biggest screen you have access to. It is new but is familiar at the same time. Oh, by the way, BB8 is adorable.

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