Kombucha Workshop

I LOVE KOMBUCHA!

What is kombucha?  It is an ancient fermented tea, known for it’s many health benefits.

Digestion is the key to good health.  If you don’t have a good digestive system, nutrients may not be properly absorbed, which can lead to all sorts of health problems.  Every time you sit down to a meal you are providing your body with nutrients essential for life.  Your body has an amazing ability to get what it needs even from unhealthy foods.  But, if you are eating the right foods and if your digestive tract is working effectively, you will not only survive, but thrive!  Kombucha can help!

kombucha family June 2016

How does kombucha help digestion?  It provides a source of probiotics.  Probiotics are those good, friendly bacteria that keep your gut happy.  They help you digest your food by breaking it down and making the nutrients more bioavailable.  This means your body will be better at absorbing the nutrients that are in your food.

Sounds good, right?  Sure, you can get probiotics in supplement form and that’s often something I recommend to my clients.  Especially when there are digestive issues involved.  But probiotics can be pricey.  Kombucha is fun to make and drink!  It costs pennies a glass and once you start making kombucha, you will have a lifetime supply!  Each time you brew kombucha you will grow a new SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).  This is where the friendly bacteria come from.  Soon you will have extra Scoby’s you can give to your friends!  If you feel like taking a break, you can do that too.  Just keep your Scoby’s in a kombucha hotel and they will be fine to stay there until you are ready to start making it again.

I can show you how!

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Some of the many health benefits of kombucha include:

  • Improves digestion (as mentioned, this is my number one reason I love kombucha!)
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Naturally detoxifies the liver
  • Aids with weight loss

Join me for my next fun and interactive kombucha workshop and I will not only explain how to make your own kombucha, but I’ll provide you with everything you need to get started.  You will walk away with your very own Scoby and first batch of kombucha tea.

KOMBUCHA WORKSHOP

Thursday, October 26, 2017

6:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Promenade Retirement Residence

110 Rossignol Crescent, Orleans, ON

Space is limited so don’t wait too long to claim your spot!

I took Karen’s Kombucha workshop and thought it was great! She had so much information and answered all our questions. She showed us exactly what to do, so it was so easy to make my own once I got home. And it was fun, too!  –  Nadine.

 




 

Rosalyn’s Story – Her Baby is HERE!

Rosalyn’s baby is here.

She arrived one month ago in perfect health!

Mom and baby are doing great!  They are breastfeeding, and Rosalyn’s milk is coming in so good now that she has decided to donate to the Ontario Milk Bank!  What a wonderful gift she is giving to other new moms and their babies!

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Rosalyn and baby

What else can I say about Rosalyn and her baby?  I can tell you that I am beyond thrilled that this sweet little girl has come into the world.  In case you haven’t read the previous posts about Rosalyn, she had suffered multiple miscarriages and unexplained infertility.  I have learned a lot from Rosalyn (which is not her real name) and this experience.  I’d like to thank her now for being so open and honest with me and everyone else who is reading this blog.  It was a long journey, with plenty of frustration and heartache along the way.  When you realize what some couples go through to get pregnant, you appreciate what you have and are extremely grateful.  At least that’s what happened to me.  I have heard not only from Rosalyn, but other clients and friends who have gone through infertility treatments.  I was shocked when I learned some of the things they have to do.  Sometimes these couples never do get their babies, and I am truly sorry for them.

I don’t mean to be sad right now.  This is a happy ending!

Just look at this beautiful baby!!

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How adorable is she!?

Rosalyn is the 5th winner of my Biggest Contest Ever, a contest I created to help women achieve and support a healthy pregnancy through holistic nutrition.  It has been an incredible honor for me to work with Colleen, Denise, Melissa, Ashley and now Rosalyn as each of these women shared their pregnancy journey’s with me and this blog.

The Biggest Contest Ever is officially over.  I no longer have the time to dedicate to this contest and blog.  I thank you for reading, and sharing these stories with me.  Thank you to all who have entered past contests, and to those women who have won.

Feel free to leave a comment, should you wish to send congratulations to Rosalyn and her family.

Thank you to Jennifer Willard Photography for sharing this beautiful photo of Rosalyn just before her baby girl arrived.

Rosalyn pregnant

Eat Right, Look Great, Feel Awesome 2017! 12 week online program.

t’s back!

This is my longest running, most popular program and I’m opening it again RIGHT NOW!

If we haven’t already met and you haven’t had a chance to fully explore my website you may not know that I like to work with women who are pregnant or trying to achieve pregnancy.  But, about once a year or so, I open registration for this program which focuses on weight loss, getting into shape and maintaining a holistic diet.  Basically, eating right, looking great and feeling awesome.  🙂  I want to stress that last part.  Feeling awesome!  This is really the ultimate goal.  Because in the big picture, what you look like on the outside shouldn’t be the focus of any health and wellness plan (although it often is).  What we should get excited about is the way we feel!  It’s about having more energy and feeling happy!  It’s about living pain free!  It’s about taking care of ourselves and our bodies.  It’s about nurturing our minds and our souls.  Trust me, this is the important stuff.  And this is what my program is all about.  (Sometimes though, members lose weight too….)

 

SORRY, REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  Send an email to karen@natureprenatal.com to be placed on the waiting list for the next session. 

I have made a few changes to the program this year.  The biggest change is that I have 3 options available.  The first one is free!

In order to maintain quality support and individual attention, I have set a limit of 20 members in the program this year.  This includes 10 free spots (Option #1), 6 spots in Option #2 and only 4 spots in Option #3.

Register Today button

We start Sunday, October 1, 2017!

Here is what you will receive:

 

OPTION #1 – FREE

  • Weekly nutrition and lifestyle challenges that will assist with achieving a healthy weight, while improving your overall health.
  • Weekly recipes that are easy to prepare, delicious to eat, and feature nutritious, whole foods.
  • Weekly tips to live a healthier, happier life.
  • Unlimited online support for the length of the program (12 weeks) and daily motivation in a private Facebook group.

OPTION #2 – $55

Everything included in Option #1 PLUS:

  • A dietary plan, including a list of foods to eat and those to avoid.
  • Recommendations for daily caloric intake, including a breakdown of protein, carbs and fat.  *Based on a personalized formula for weight loss.
  • Sample 3 day meal plan complete with recipes.
  • One month supply of a top quality, professional-grade multi-vitamin or probiotic.

OPTION #3 – $199

Everything included in Option #2 PLUS:

  • A complete nutrition and lifestyle assessment, based on two detailed questionnaires and current food log.
  • One week individualized meal plan complete with recipes.

 

Here are just a few kind words from former members of the program:

I lost a total of 11 pounds since completing Karen’s online weight loss challenge and still losing! I followed all the weekly rules and was able to incorporate them very easily into our routines. Yes – I cheated and treated too lol! In the end I have not only lost weight but cut my grocery costs down by $150 for this month! Meal planning was a big part of the cost cutting for sure. It’s amazing how one month can change your mindset and make you realize that what we put in our bodies affect how we feel overall. I truly think that changes to my diet have helped me with my pain management too. Thank you!

Penny, Ottawa, ON

I lost 11 pounds and am honestly amazed! I was already in good shape. I just needed that last 10 pounds and with Karen’s help I achieved that and will surpass my goal. This morning I am 1 pound away from my ideal goal weight. Thank you so much Karen for providing me with the push and support that I needed.

Aundrea, Winnipeg, MB

I started Karen’s weight loss challenge in January hoping for the best but a little weary that I would not know how to introduce new, organic foods into my diet. Karen assured me that she would help me in every way possible. She provided me with not only recipes and advice, but with a new way of looking at food. Now I know what to look for on labels and how to cook quinoa (which I had never had before I met Karen). I took her Nutrition Assessment and found that I needed to go on a Candida diet to flush my system of toxins. I must say, I have never felt more energetic and healthy. In four months I have lost a total of 18 pounds and I am training to run a 5k in the fall. Life is good! Thank you Karen for getting me started on my new healthy body!

Erin, Halifax, NS

 

Join today and start your road to a healthier life NOW!

 

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Rosalyn’s Story

Remember Rosalyn?  She is my contest winner who I’ve been working with and posting updates on this blog.  If you read my previous blog posts you’ll know she suffered a miscarriage.  In fact, this INTRODUCTORY BLOG I wrote was one of the hardest I’ve ever written.

I took a little break from updating on Rosalyn’s story.  I did this for two reasons.  First, Rosalyn came out.  Meaning, she shared my blog with her family and friends.  When I started this blog just over 4 years ago, it was important for me to keep the identities of my clients confidential.  I mean, who am I to share personal, intimate details about these women with the world?  No, I would never do that.  But, confidentially, I wanted to share these women’s stories.  Their challenges and successes.  And if it comes to it, their heartbreak.  There have been 4 ‘Biggest Contest Ever’ winners before Rosalyn.  I am very pleased to share that each and every one of them now calls themselves mom.

Rosalyn is no longer anonymous.  It was important for her to share this story and she wanted people in her life to know what she was going through.  I feel this was a brave thing for her to do and I’m glad she did it.

The other reason I took a short break from Rosalyn’s story is because I wanted to give her time to grieve her loss.  She was kind enough and strong enough to share her story with me, and anyone reading my blog.  I was not about to pressure her into giving me monthly updates so that I could continue regular blog posts.

Until there was something important to share.

Which there was.

Rosalyn became pregnant again.

Remember, she revealed her identity to her family and friends.   So, when she received that positive pregnancy test she did not want to announce it publically.  I understand that.  And so we did not update on my blog.

Until now.

Rosalyn is currently pregnant!  In fact, she is 34 weeks pregnant today.  She and baby are perfectly healthy! 

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In the past I have written these blog posts with nutrition concerns and recommendations based on whatever the mom is experiencing.  But this time I will not be doing that.  Instead I want to share what it feels like to be pregnant after miscarriage.

It’s not the same as my own pregnancy.  When I became pregnant I wanted to tell the world as soon as I found out.  I wanted to shout it off rooftops and I was confident I had a healthy baby and that I would carry that baby to term.  I never thought for a minute that I may lose her or something bad could happen.  This isn’t what it feels like for Rosalyn.  Instead, she has anxiety.  Worry.  Fear.  She has been through more than one miscarriage and years of unexplained infertility.  She doesn’t simply accept that she is pregnant and going to have a healthy baby.  She thinks the worst could still happen.  Even now at 34 weeks.  By now her baby is healthy and strong.  There is no reason to think that something bad may happen, but it is always on her mind.  Until she has that baby in her arms she will have some doubt.  And even then, there is a possibility of the unthinkable.

Honestly, I am only scratching the surface on pregnancy after a loss.  Rosalyn asked that I share THIS LINK which is much more detailed and in depth.

If you are reading this, and experienced loss, or unexplained infertility, please remember that you are not alone.  Rosalyn is one of many who have been through this.  Her light at the end of the tunnel is almost here.  She can see it.  She is ready for it.  And when it gets here it will be the most magical, beautiful miracle you could possibly imagine.

Thank you for reading Rosalyn’s story.

If you want to be notified when I update next on Rosalyn, please sign up for my email list HERE.

Kombucha Workshop

I LOVE KOMBUCHA!

What is kombucha?  It is an ancient fermented tea, known for it’s many health benefits.

Digestion is the key to good health.  If you don’t have a good digestive system, nutrients may not be properly absorbed, which can lead to all sorts of health problems.  Every time you sit down to a meal you are providing your body with nutrients essential for life.  Your body has an amazing ability to get what it needs even from unhealthy foods.  But, if you are eating the right foods and if your digestive tract is working effectively, you will not only survive, but thrive!  Kombucha can help!

kombucha family June 2016

How does kombucha help digestion?  It provides a source of probiotics.  Probiotics are those good, friendly bacteria that keep your gut happy.  They help you digest your food by breaking it down and making the nutrients more bioavailable.  This means your body will be better at absorbing the nutrients that are in your food.

Sounds good, right?  Sure, you can get probiotics in supplement form and that’s often something I recommend to my clients.  Especially when there are digestive issues involved.  But probiotics can be pricey.  Kombucha is fun to make and drink!  It costs pennies a glass and once you start making kombucha, you will have a lifetime supply!  Each time you brew kombucha you will grow a new SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).  This is where the friendly bacteria come from.  Soon you will have extra Scoby’s you can give to your friends!  If you feel like taking a break, you can do that too.  Just keep your Scoby’s in a kombucha hotel and they will be fine to stay there until you are ready to start making it again.

I can show you how!

JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!

Some of the many health benefits of kombucha include:

  • Improves digestion (as mentioned, this is my number one reason I love kombucha!)
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Naturally detoxifies the liver
  • Aids with weight loss

Join me for my next fun and interactive kombucha workshop and I will not only explain how to make your own kombucha, but I’ll provide you with everything you need to get started.  You will walk away with your very own Scoby and first batch of kombucha tea.

KOMBUCHA WORKSHOP

Monday, July 17

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Promenade Retirement Residence

110 Rossignol Crescent, Orleans, ON

I took Karen’s Kombucha workshop and thought it was great! She had so much information and answered all our questions. She showed us exactly what to do, so it was so easy to make my own once I got home. And it was fun, too!  –  Nadine.

 




 

If you have any questions, send an email to karen@natureprenatal.com.

I hope to see you there!

Karen.

 

Mom Friends Postpartum Care Kits – Every new mom should have one.

Have you heard of Mom Friends?  Let me introduce you.

Lisa, Aviva and Liz make up Mom Friends and these 3 ladies are on a mission to help moms everywhere by providing postpartum care kits.  They know what moms need and want.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mom Friends last year when they discovered my nursing pads on Etsy.  They were looking for a local supplier to provide reusable, cloth nursing pads for their postpartum kits.  I’m thrilled they found me!

Once we met in person, I knew right away that The F Wrap nursing pads are a perfect fit for Mom Friends kits.  They have put a lot of time and research into what goes inside their kits, and it shows.  They are filled with everything from adult diapers to granny panties (that’s right!), nipple cream and (of course) nursing pads.  You can find the complete list of goodies HERE.

These three women are passionate about child birth and they are sharing this passion with moms and soon-to-be-moms everywhere.  This is obvious in the video they posted on how to make padsicles.  I personally love this video because padsicles were so helpful for me.  I want women EVERYWHERE to know about padsicles so if you don’t, please watch the video HERE.

Mom Friends photo

 

Why did you start making postpartum care kits?

We realized that we knew very little ourselves about postpartum care. So we started gifting postpartum care kits to our friends at their baby showers. When we were putting them together we found that the items were often hard to find and the quantities often weren’t quite right for products used during the first week after giving birth.  Adult diapers, for example. So really the idea came from our own struggle as new moms and friends of new moms! Postpartum rest and recovery is primarily for the mom to figure out, but she can’t do it alone. By developing the postpartum care kits as the perfect baby shower gift we are hoping that awareness around postpartum support grows.  We would like it to start a conversation between moms and all of their supports be it their partners, family or close friends.

 

How did you decide what goes into your kits?

We had some ideas ourselves from experience however we asked over 200 women to share the postpartum items that they felt were essential to their recovery.  Their input is the reason that we have formulated the Mom Friends postpartum kits as we have. It turns out, there is a core list of items which help for all kinds of postpartum recovery. We heard from moms of multiples, moms who home birthed, moms who went to a hospital or birth centre, moms who experienced vaginal birth, C-sections, and types of birth we didn’t even know were possible. From there, we developed two kits: Beyond the Bump Care Kit and Above & Beyond the Bump Care Kit.  The Above & Beyond the Bump has all the essential items that the Beyond the Bump has including The F Wrap nursing pads, adult diapers, pads, nipple cream, etc… but it also includes some nice pampering items like soap, lip balm and chocolate from local Ottawa suppliers.

 

Who can order your kits?

Anyone can order the kits!  It’s a perfect baby shower gift as mentioned, or a gift from a supportive partner, friend or family member.  Also moms-to-be can buy for themselves as it’s more convenient than running around buying all these items nine months pregnant when they can spend time relaxing before baby comes!

 

Where can people buy your kits?

People can buy our kits through our website momfriends.ca or within our Facebook page.  We also ship anywhere across Canada through Canada Post and FREE local pickup is available in Ottawa.

 

The Sleep + Nutrition Seminar for Expecting and New Moms

Are you expecting a little one soon?!  Or has your precious bundle already arrived?

Want some help with expert advice from both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant?

Nutrition and sleep are both very important during those first few months as mom and baby recover from child birth.  It’s a magical time filled with bonding and falling in love.

But it’s also a time that can be faced with challenges.  Difficulty breastfeeding, postpartum depression and sleepless nights are far too common for many new parents.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  There are things you can do to prepare yourself and your baby for a peaceful, happy time together.

We can help.

I am excited to have teamed up with Heather Sharpe, of WeeSleep!  Together, we will cover a complete list of topics on the importance of sleep and nutrition for baby and mom.

 

Baby Boy

Some important topics we will discuss are:

Sleep –

  • The importance of sleep to both baby and mom.
  • How much sleep babies need at various ages.
  • Creating a safe and peaceful sleep environment.
  • Advice on how to get your babies to sleep on the right track from day one.

Nutrition – 

  • Nutrients essential for a healthy pregnancy and where to find them.
  • Natural ways to relieve some common pregnancy symptoms.
  • Boost and maintain a sufficient milk supply to satisfy the hungriest baby.
  • Postpartum depression prevention and management.

 

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE!

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

2260 Walkley Road, Ottawa, ON

 

For more information, and to register please email Karen@natureprenatal.com or Heather@weesleep.ca.

 




Kombucha Workshop and Meditation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Moonlight Medium

928 rue Laporte St. Rockland, ON

613-446-9624

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LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN KOMBUCHA!

Kombucha, an ancient, fermented tea, has many health benefits that include:

  • improve digestion
  • boost the immune system
  • naturally detoxifies the liver
  • aids with weight loss

For this workshop, I am teaming up with Melyna Godard of Moonlight Medium in Rockland, who has offered to start us off with a short meditation session.  Because we all become better kombucha makers after meditating!

Guests will be provided with all supplies needed to make your very first batch of kombucha, which you will take home with you at the end of the workshop.  Guided by me, we will go step-by-step for  the entire kombucha making process.

I took Karen’s Kombucha workshop and thought it was great! She had so much information and answered all our questions. She showed us exactly what to do, so it was so easy to make my own once I got home. And it was fun, too!  –  Nadine.

Snacks (healthy, of course!) and kombucha samples will also be provided.

Cost is $40.

Send an email if you have any questions about this workshop.

Space is limited!

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The F Wrap Christmas Special

ALL CLOTH PADS, NURSING PADS AND WETBAGS

BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF.

Sale ends December 31, 2016.

Use code “XMAS” to place your order HERE.

Once your order is received you will be contacted with your total cost and expected wait time.  Payments may be made via Paypal or e-transfer.

Happy Holidays!

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PRICE LIST (regular/non-organic cloth pads):

  • Light/Thong – $10.00
  • Light/Petite – $10.25
  • Light/Short – $10.50
  • Light/Short/Wingless – $10.50 (New!)
  • Regular/Thong – $10.50
  • Regular/Petite – $11.00
  • Regular/Short – $11.50
  • Regular/Short/Wingless – $11.50 (New!)
  • Regular/Long – $12.00
  • Regular/Long/Wingless – $12.00 (New!)
  • Heavy/Petite – $12.50
  • Heavy/Short – $13.00
  • Heavy/Short/Wingless – $13.00 (New!)
  • Heavy/Long – $13.50
  • Heavy/Long/Wingless – $13.50 (New!)
  • Super/Long – $15.00
  • Super/Super – $17.00
  • Super/Oversize – $19.00

 

ORGANIC CLOTH PADS:

  • Light/Thong – $11.00
  • Light/Petite – $11.50
  • Light/Short – $12.00
  • Light/Short/Wingless – $12.00 (New!)
  • Regular/Thong – $11.50
  • Regular/Petite – $12.00
  • Regular/Short – $13.00
  • Regular/Short/Wingless – $13.00 (New!)
  • Regular/Long – $13.50
  • Regular/Long/Wingless – $13.50 (New!)
  • Heavy/Petite – $14.00
  • Heavy/Short – $14.50
  • Heavy/Short/Wingless – $14.50 (New!)
  • Heavy/Long – $15.00
  • Heavy/Long/Wingless – $15.00 (New!)
  • Super/Long – $17.00
  • Super/Super – $20.00
  • Super/Oversize – $22.00

 

ORGANIC NURSING PADS (available in 4.5″ and 5″)

$7.50 per pair

 

WETBAGS:

Small wetbag (6″ x 6″)  $10.00

Small wetbag (6″ x 6″) with front pocket  $14.00

Large wetbag (10″ x 11″)  $18.00

Large wetbag (10″ x 11″) with front pocket  $22.00

 

 

The F Wrap Black Friday Sale!

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Friday, November 25, 2016 Black Friday Sale!

ALL ‘SURPRISE’ PRINT CLOTH PADS AND WETBAGS.

Regular and Organic:

Buy 1 get 10% off

Buy 2 get 15% off

Buy 3 get 20% off

Buy 4 get 25% off

Buy 5 (or more) get 30% off

PLUS!

All ‘imperfect’ pads are 50% off!  (limited supply)

Use code “BLACKFRIDAYPADS” to place your order HERE.

SEE PRICE LIST BELOW FOR REGULAR PRICES.  THE APPROPRIATE DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED ONCE YOUR ORDER HAS BEEN RECEIVED.

PRICE LIST (regular/non-organic flannelette):

  • Light/Thong – $10.00
  • Light/Petite – $10.25
  • Light/Short – $10.50
  • Light/Short/Wingless – $10.50 (New!)
  • Regular/Thong – $10.50
  • Regular/Petite – $11.00
  • Regular/Short – $11.50
  • Regular/Short/Wingless – $11.50 (New!)
  • Regular/Long – $12.00
  • Regular/Long/Wingless – $12.00 (New!)
  • Heavy/Petite – $12.50
  • Heavy/Short – $13.00
  • Heavy/Short/Wingless – $13.00 (New!)
  • Heavy/Long – $13.50
  • Heavy/Long/Wingless – $13.50 (New!)
  • Super/Long – $15.00
  • Super/Super – $17.00
  • Super/Oversize – $19.00

 

ORGANIC PADS PRICE LIST (5 different fabric options to choose from):

*Available in Bamboo Organic Cotton Jersey, Bamboo Organic Cotton Velour, Bamboo Charcoal Fleece, Bamboo Organic Cotton Fleece, Hemp Organic Cotton Fleece, Organic Cotton Flannel and Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Some fabrics are limited supply.  Unless requested, the fabric used will be a ‘surprise’.

  • Light/Thong – $11.00
  • Light/Petite – $11.50
  • Light/Short – $12.00
  • Light/Short/Wingless – $12.00 (New!)
  • Regular/Thong – $11.50
  • Regular/Petite – $12.00
  • Regular/Short – $13.00
  • Regular/Short/Wingless – $13.00 (New!)
  • Regular/Long – $13.50
  • Regular/Long/Wingless – $13.50 (New!)
  • Heavy/Petite – $14.00
  • Heavy/Short – $14.50
  • Heavy/Short/Wingless – $14.50 (New!)
  • Heavy/Long – $15.00
  • Heavy/Long/Wingless – $15.00 (New!)
  • Super/Long – $17.00
  • Super/Super – $20.00
  • Super/Oversize – $22.00

 

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