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Iconic GIRL To Know: Holly Robinson-Peete

In Iconic GIRLS on May 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Actress, author, activist and philanthropist, Holly Robinson Peete has been touched by the entertainment industry all of her life. Her career as an actress dates back more than two decades and has led her to becoming a voice for her father, her son and her community.
Robinson Peete will co-host the new CBS daily talk show called The Talk along side Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur that premiered in October. The Talk comes on the heels of the enormous success Robinson Peete had on the third season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Making it all the way to the final episode, Robinson Peete was the runner up and won the most money for her charity in Celebrity Apprentice history. Also, through her appearance on the show, she shed a national light on a cause very personal to the Peete Family: autism.
In 1996, Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, formed the HollyRod Foundation, inspired by her father’s courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, with the mission to help improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. Then in 2005, inspired by their oldest son’s autism diagnosis, HollyRod Foundation’s mission expanded to provide access to treatment, support and other resources to disenfranchised families affected by autism. Through HollyRod Foundation and her family’s personal experiences, Robinson Peete has become an advocate for consistent and reliable education, outreach and support on both Parkinson’s and autism.
Her autism advocacy also extends to her book with daughter, Ryan Elizabeth Peete. On March 16th, 2010, Robinson Peete released her second book, a children’s picture book about autism from the sibling’s perspective, co-authored by 12-year old Elizabeth Peete, entitled My Brother Charlie (Scholastic). With her first book Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game: A Women’s Guide to Loving Pro Football (2005, Rodale), Robinson Peete won the 2006 Quill Literacy Award. A third book, another Scholastic children’s title is due out in 2011.
Her longevity and visibility in the entertainment community has led Robinson Peete to a successful career as a spokesperson for some of the country’s biggest brands. This year, she has partnered with Hass Avocado to support the First Lady’s initiative to fight childhood obesity as well as hosting Yahoo’s “Real Life Makeover” segments. Robinson Peete is also the new face of the Toys R Us “Differently-Abled Toy Guide” campaign and continues her work as the multicultural spokesperson for Colgate toothpaste. Additionally, she and her family have been featured in Target’s “Dream In Color” campaign as well as Skecher’s Nothing Compares to Family campaign- both highlighting her HollyRod Foundation.
Robinson Peete had her acting debut at the age of four when she appeared on television opposite her father, Matthew Robinson who served as a producer and portrayed the original beloved character of “Gordon,” on the award-winning children’s program “Sesame Street.” Upon finishing her college education, Robinson Peete’s heart led her back to entertainment. In 1986, she landed a starring role on the FOX television drama “21 Jump Street” opposite unknown cast members including Johnny Depp. She went on to star in many other successful television series including “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “For Your Love,” and “One on One.” Robinson Peete’s successful television career places her as one of only a handful of actresses to star in four shows in syndication. In addition, she also recently starred in the original Lifetime movie “Matters of Life & Dating” for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Robinson Peete’s singing talents have been displayed on theme songs for both “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” and she also did her own signing as Diana Ross in the miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream.” Robinson Peete says fondly that singing is her “first love and passion.”
In late 2008, Robinson Peete wrapped a successful run as an on-air personality alongside her husband Rodney on their daily radio program “Meet the Peetes.” Airing on the Oprah & Friends network on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, “Meet the Peetes” captured the reality of two working parents raising their four children, balancing their careers and being activists and advocates on issues which affect their lives. The Peetes were able to effectively balance issues, fun and family in a way only two people who have been married for 15 years can.
In addition to her philanthropic work through the HollyRod Foundation, Robinson Peete has become involved in other organizations as well. She currently serves as a member of the board on several highly reputable organizations including Autism Speaks, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (LA Zoo) and the Keck School of Medicine.
Robinson Peete’s philanthropic efforts have earned her numerous awards and honors including: Ford’s Freedom Sisters, American Mentor Award, The Buddy Award presented by NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, The Southern California Broadcasters’ Assoc Community Service Award, Gerald R. Ford People Helping People Award, The March of Dimes Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Award, USC Woman of Distinction Award, Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award, The Huntington Disease Society Distinguished Achievement Award, The Girls Inc Mentor Award, The A Place Called Home Humanitarian Award and McDonald’s 365 Black Award.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles from the age of nine, Robinson Peete was voted “most talented” in junior high school alongside fellow classmate and future actor Rob Lowe. She did her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College where she majored in Psychology and French. She spent her junior year studying abroad at Sorbonne University in France and became fluent in the language.
Robinson Peete and husband of 15 years Rodney Peete are the proud parents of four children. They currently reside in Los Angeles.

Take A Peek! Your Fave Celebs Cozy & Flirty Spring Season Scents

In Beauty and Hair on May 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  Are you looking for a truly memorable flirty scent this Spring?  We’ve got the perfect fragrances that will play up your sexappeal all while making you feel warm and cozy. Take a peek at these distinctive scents worn by celeb favorites like Kristin Cavallari, Lucy Hale and Garcelle Beauvais.  These are sure to get you tons of compliments.  

Nina Dobrev’s Favorite: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette; $64 for 1.7 fl oz

Nina says, “It’s subtle and not overpowering.  I love that you can’t smell it until you get close which is so sexy!”
Kristen Bell’s Favorite: Jovan White Musk Cologne Spray; $16 for 2 fl. oz

Kristen says, “A lot of women in my family wear this, so it’s extra special to me.”
Freida Pinto’s Favorite: Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis Cologne; $100 for 3.4 fl oz

Freida says: “This has a warm feel that makes it cozy to wear.”
Kristin Cavallari’s Favorite: Michael Kors Signature Eau de Parfum Spray; 95 for 3.4 fl oz

Kristin says, “I;ve been wearing this light but distinctive scent since I was 16 and always get compliments.”
Lucy Hale’s Favorite: Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Love Me Tonight; $105 for 1.7 fl oz 

Lucy say’s: It smells delicious, and I always love perfumes that have vanilla in them!”
Garcelle Beauvais’s Favorite: Burberry Brit for Women; $92 for 3 fl oz
Garcelle says, “This is the definition of a sexy fragrance for me.”
So, which fragrance will you try this spring?

Chilvary: The Difference Between A Gentleman & A Deadbeat

In Living on May 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm
It’s a common misconception that women are more attracted to bad boys types while the gentleman types get ignored and left out in the cold.  Many men have come to the conclusion that chivalry is dead because women are unappreciative of their kindness.  Well ladies, we can say without a reasonable doubt, these men are wrong! While we do love a man that has a bit of edge to him, women still want to be respected and treated like a lady.  The main difference between these two types of men is confidence.  Women have and always will love chivalry but if the gentleman does not exude confidence during the first interactions with a woman, there is a chance that she could pass him over.  Unfortunately, there are some us who have fallen for the jerk aka the bad boy over the gentleman  because we devour his confidence and overlook the respect and thoughtfulness that he should expose. Check inside to see what qualifacations we think a gentleman should posses when first meeting/dating you and what signs should make you run for the hills.


The Gentleman:

Will take charge.  He should ask you what type of place/food you like; then pick a place like that.
He’ll often smile.   Women respond greatly to positive reinforcement.
He’ll take pride in his appearance. He’ll try to wear something that makes him look like a million bucks. Not only is he representing himself, he’s representing you. 
He’ll be interested in your life.  Surprisingly, a lot of men don’t ask questions.  Women love attention and want to know that he’s curious about us.
He’s a class act.  He’ll open your door, pull out you chair and allow you to order first. He’ll offer you genuine compliments and project kindness to other people that are around you. A gentleman will portray himself with confident, be ambitious and showcase class whether in public or in private.
He’ll respect your boundaries.  Ladies, we’re typically ok with a little physical contact on a first date- a hug at the beginning of the date, the quick touch on the arm while pointing out something or a hand on the small of your back.  He should never have his hands in the red zone areas unless you’ve put them there.
He’ll pay for the date.   A gentleman will take care of the date without hesitation.

The Deadbeat:

  Shows up late.  This is a bad indication to what the remainder of the date will be like and what you’ll have to deal in the future.
Gets so drunk that he can barely stand or talk coherently.
Goes out with dirty clothes on/ or under dressed. If he won’t put any initiative into his attire to impress you on the first date, he will not do it through out the relationship.
Smokes around you.  Unless your a smoker as well, this is not cool nor does it say he’s considerate of you.
Compares your body to his ex girlfriends. This is an ultimate no no. 
Forgets to mention his children.
Flirts with other women in front of you.  It’s just disrespectful.  What more do we need to say.
Complains about everything. The date should be fun and exciting, not a time to have therapy sessions.
Does not ensure that you get home safely.  If he does not escort you to the door or even call you to make sure you made it home safely, forget giving him a second date.
  Asks you to pay or go dutch.  Sorry but we strongly believe that a man should pay on the first date. 

What other qualifications do you think distinguish a gentleman from a deadbeat? 

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We Run The World! 24 Reasons Why Being A Woman Rocks

In Living on April 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Universally women are known for being unique individuals. As women, we have amazing abilities that men simply lack.  So get ready for an ego boost ladies and see our list of reasons that women rule the world.
Sometimes chocolate really can solve our problems.
We have a thing called women’s intuition.
We can let go emotionally with our friends.
We can wear heels to make us taller.
Woman have curves…men have guts.
We can have babies.
We know the truth about weather size really matters.
Shopping is a spiritual experience.
We can drink fruity and colorful drinks in public without being laughed at. 
We can blame our moodiness on PMS.
We can conceal acne and blemishes with makeup.
We don’t have to plan our Sunday’s around football games.
We can wear men’s clothing and still look sexy.
Spanks!!!( need we say more!).
We know how to command attention without raising our voice.
It’s ok to be a daddy’s girl at any age.
We know how to use our intelligence to get what we want.
We get doors opened for us, chairs pulled out and have heavy items carried
to our cars.
We don’t need a shiny car, big house or a man to define who we are.
We can flash a smile to get out of trouble.
A woman’s best friend…diamonds.  A man’s best friend…a dog.
We were born to multitask.
We are sassy, fabulous, creative and strong.
We know how to make it through tough situations.
So, tell us what you love must about being a women? 

Iconic GIRLS To Know: To-Tam & To-Nya Sachika

In Iconic GIRLS on March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm
To-Tam & To-Nya Sachika, identical twin designers born in Paris, grew up in a large family of artists & entrepreneurs. From a young age, the duo tandem knew they would be building, crafting and creating art. Fashion & Art has always been their aspiration. The Yin & Yang Vietnamese Designers, also known as the SACHIKA TWINS moved from Montreal to New York City a few years ago to achieve the ultimate American Dream.
After only one year, SACHIKA exploded into the Fashion & Entertainment scene dressing prominent stars and public figures. Their unique approach to design, marketing, sense of style and bubbly personalities have helped them set apart as business women and designers.
Today, SACHIKA has earned a secure place amongst the stars as it proudly celebrates and embraces all body types. The brand is known to fabricate beautiful dresses that complement the female body. SACHIKA’ s feminine, flirty fashion has been featured included but not limited in publications such as Italian VOGUE, Forbes, ELLE Magazine, The Fader, Arise Magazine, Teen Vogue, Daily News, NY Times, Businessweek, Fashion Week Daily, Style.com, Elle.com, Reuters. SACHIKA was also featured on E! Entertainement, Fox News, BRAVO, Channel 11, TVOne, BET, Vh1 etc.
From being the dress specialist, SACHIKA has ventured into making outerwear, separates such as skirts, pants, tops, jackets as well as apparel for men called: TUX BY SACHIKA. SACHIKA is currently working on a denim line for both men & women in collaboration with RECO jeans scheduled to launch in Fall 2011. Now currently getting ready for their third season at New York Fashion Week and first season at LA Fashion Week, SACHIKA is ready to explode nationwide.
SACHIKA encourages women to be independent, strong, and ambitious. The Modern Woman is fierce, she’s independent and she knows what she wants. To-Tam & To-Nya are the embodiment of the Modern Women: between the two of them; all angles are covered: from sketching, creating, pattern making, grading, draping, cutting, sewing, fitting, selling, branding, marketing, pr & business. Nothing is overlooked and there is nothing that these two cannot do. To-Tam & To-Nya push themselves to be better seasons after seasons.
The SACHIKA TWINS are also currently working on several new ventures such as denim line, swimwear line and their own TV show…!

Are you an Iconic GIRL???

Yes..You ARE an Iconic Girl! We believe that every woman is unique, beautiful and inspiring in her own special way! Would you like to be spotlighted on “The Iconic GIRL”? Just email your name, location, three clear photos and why your an Iconic GIRL to iconicgirlblog@gmail.com

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Iconic GIRL To Know: Keesha Sharp

In Iconic GIRLS on February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Keesha’s latest role is starring as Gigi on the comedy “Are We There Yet?”(TBS). She teams up once again with Ali LeRoi and Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and also with Essence Atkins (Half & Half).  The lovely and talented Keesha Sharp is best known for her role as ‘Monica Charles Brooks’ on the hit CW series “Girlfriends.” Her role garnered her a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
After recurring on the comedy series for four years, Keesha eventually signed on as a series regular, much to the delight of the show’s many fans. Keesha was also on the big screen last year in the Tyler Perry hit film, Why Did I Get Married? alongside Perry and Janet Jackson. In addition, Keesha had a substantial arc on the first season of “Everybody Hates Chris,” in which she played ‘Sheila Ridenhour,’ Chris’ hot next-door neighbor, on whom Chris’ dad had an awkward but innocent crush.
Keesha was born in Rochester, New York, where she studied the clarinet, piano and cello at the prestigious Hochstein School of Music. Her enthusiasm for school theatre led her to apply to The Boston Conservatory, where she received a scholarship to study theatre.
After graduating Cum Laude with a B.F.A. from the Conservatory, Keesha set her sights on the stage. She performed in the Broadway National Tour of Carousel, debuted Off-Broadway in Michael Bradford’sLiving in the Wind and played eight different roles in the interactive comedy Eat the Runt. Other theatre performances include Abyssinia, Aida, Thunder Knockin’, Jitney, The Producers, Big Street, Suburband Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, in which Keesha read alongside playwright August Wilson himself.
Keesha’s other television credits include principle roles in “Detroit 187”, “Still Standing,” “The Game”, “Tracy Morgan Show,” As the World Turns,” “Another World,” “Welcome to New York,” “Third Watch” and “Law and Order: SVU.” Her film credits include roles in Ernest Dickinson’s Never Die Alone, the comedy Malibu’s Most Wanted, Pootie Tang with Chris Rock, American Adobo and Bull Run.
In addition to her work on the screen and stage, Keesha is an accomplished writer. She has co-written a screenplay with award-winning novelist Thomas Monteleone and has several other writing projects in the works. 
In late 2011, she become a member of the prestigious Directors Guild of America after making her TV directorial debut with Are We There Yet?

Are you an Iconic GIRL???

Yes..You ARE an Iconic Girl! We believe that every woman is unique, beautiful and inspiring in her own special way! Would you like to be spotlighted on “The Iconic GIRL”? Just email your name, location, three clear photos and why your an Iconic GIRL to iconicgirlblog@gmail.com

Iconic GIRL To Know: Shelley Wade

In Iconic GIRLS on February 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Shelley Wade is one of the country’s top Radio Air-Personalities. For the last 10 years, she has been on air at Z100 New York, the biggest Top 40/Pop station in the world. She can also be heard on stations nationwide.
With the launch of “The Shelley Wade Treatment,” Shelley now puts a closer focus on one of her favorite aspects of her career, interviewing celebrities. Viewers can visually check out Shelley interviewing celebrities one on one, as they talk about their love for music. The show touches on all genres of music from Pop, Hip-Hop, and R&B, to Classical, Rock Country and Jazz. “The Shelley Wade Treatment” also promotes entertainers’ upcoming projects from non-profit involvement to album releases. This online show is a positive opportunity for entertainers to express their love for music.
In addition to being a National Radio Personality, Shelley is also a Television Personality and has made national appearances as a music, entertainment and Pop Culture expert on: CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight,” MSNBC, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, BBC Liquid News, PIX 11 New York and has been quoted in: Time Magazine, The Associated Press, The New York Daily News, People Magazine, AOL and many other publications.
Shelley Wade has interviewed some of today’s top entertainers and legendary acts–Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Dave Matthews, Pam Grier, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Maxwell, Brandy, Quincy Jones, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Jon Bon Jovi, Toni Braxton, Rihanna, Coldplay, Scarface, P. Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Kelly Rowland, Ruben Studdard, The Goo Goo Dolls, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Harry, Cedric the Entertainer, Vivica A. Fox, Akon, Daughtry, Avril Lavigne, James Blunt, Paris Hilton, Sean Paul, Carlos Santana, Jewel, Uncle Kracker, Jordin Sparks, Ja Rule, Craig David, Duffy, Vanessa Carlton, Jennifer Lopez, Spike Lee, Mick Fleetwood and countless others.
As a Voice Over Artist, Shelley narrated a N.A.S.A. documentary that played before the United Nations and also voiced national television and radio commercials for superstar artists like Beyonce, Ke$ha, D’Angelo, Barry White, Missy Elliott, Lucinda Williams and many more.
Although Shelley has accomplished many things, she still has many dreams yet to be conquered. With her wit, personality and great smile there is nothing this ambitious woman is unable to achieve!

Are you an Iconic GIRL???

Yes..You ARE an Iconic Girl! We believe that every woman is unique, beautiful and inspiring in her own special way! Would you like to be spotlighted on “The Iconic GIRL”? Just email your name, location, three clear photos and why your an Iconic GIRL to iconicgirlblog@gmail.com

Iconic GIRL Quote: Aaliyah

In Living on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm
“I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person.”
– Aaliyah

Are You Addicted To Exercise?

In Health on January 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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Want to lose weight? Work out! Want to feel better? Work out! Want to have more energy? Work out! Want to be happier? Work out! Annoyed at me? Work out! Kidding.
Exercise is often promoted as a cure-all to end all things unwanted and, for the most part, this is true. A simple walk for even 30 minutes a day has been proven to release endorphins, reduce weight gain and hypertension, as well as helping to reverse other signs of disease and aging.
But you can have too much of a good thing. At that point—when fitness enthusiast turns obsessive and exercise is no longer for just your health—the obsession for perfection (whether perfect abs or that faster mile) can potentially harm your body and cripple other aspects of your life.
Both fitness enthusiasts and obsessive exercisers love to work out. They are people who train regularly, possibly every day for extended periods of time. They find balance in their lives because they give themselves the time to work out, and they are always striving to better themselves. They love the “high” they feel after exercising, and crave it in the same way that coffee addicts yearn for their morning cup of joe. Both tend to be fit and healthy looking, and in fact, they may even be admired by their peers for their physique, dedication and will power. 
But enthusiast becomes obsessive when the love for working out becomes an absolute “do or die” need to exercise; even if it means ignoring work duties, family obligations and injury warning signs. Obsessive exercisers (also known as anorexic athletica or obligatory exerciser) put exercise above everything. They plan their entire day around it, and if they don’t work out, they feel a sense of guilt and anxiety. They watch every calorie consumed and barely ever indulge. 
The motivation behind all of this tends to be a lack of self-esteem, possible depression, and the need for control. Tailoring your life around a rigorous fitness regime provides a level of empowerment and endorphin release that maybe other aspects of your life don’t provide.
Emotionally, this can take a toll because obsessive exercisers may avoid social situations so they won’t disrupt their workout routine and may end up isolating themselves from their peers and loved ones. Physically, this obsession can lead to over-training, which can cause injury and exhaustion. An obsessive exerciser may ignore signs of fatigue, tension or soreness, and decide to power through yet another workout. Too much exercise can alter hormone balance and cause lasting physical harm. It can also lead to premature osteoporosis and adrenal exhaustion.
Through a lot of self examination and body awareness, I eventually found the balance and happiness that working out and fitness truly provides, and if you follow these tips, you will hopefully find the same.
Physical signs that you might be an obsessive exerciser:
-Body fatigue 
-Joint pain 
-Sudden lack of motivation or physical inability to finish your exercise routine 
-Change or decrease in appetite
If you are an obsessive exerciser, or you know someone who might be, please follow these tips to help scale you back to balance!
5 Ways to Overcome Exercise Addiction:
1. Recognize it for what it is
First step is recognition with no judgement attached. The truth is, there are worse things to be addicted to. But now that you know this might be a problem, it is time to own up to it and learn to find joy in other avenues of your life.

2. Rest
Fact is, your body needs rest. Take a few days off or even a week. Rest allows your body to rebuild and repair itself and it actually will thank you for the rest by making your body feel more rejuvenated. If you do workout consecutively back to back, try not to do the same type of work out twice in a row.
3. Seek Help
If you’re noticing that resting has become difficult and that you are having problems being positive, seek professional help. There might be something deeper going on in your life that you’re not addressing. Sometimes, simply talking to a friend you know and trust helps too. Either way, it’s time to be honest about yourself and the motivations behind your obsession.
4. Body Awareness
I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to your body. Every person is different and its needs are different. What works for one person doesn’t work for another. If your body is giving you all the physical signs that it is in pain and needs time to recover, please listen to it.
5. Engage in exercise that involves groups of people
Since most obsessives tend to work out by themselves, a great change would be to find a group of like-minded individuals to work out with. Try a fitness class or a bicycling group. This way it becomes more about socializing and less about the addiction. 

Four Of The Best Methods To Help You Save Money

In Living on January 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Many things that are not expected to occur in the future, sometimes when there is no money needs to be at the meet. Imagine if we want to save, set aside money from the income we get, of course, we can meet these urgent needs. Have you been saving? Save your expenses for your child’s college education, buying a new car, buy a house, or provide for an unexpected need. If indeed you want to have a future better, consider methods save money inside:
1. Open a savings account. Save money in the bank, and any time you can get it for emergency purposes, in this method you can easily gain access to your funds. Have savings you can exploit for the long term or short term, you can deposit and withdraw money to your account and earn interest, based on the daily balance of your average. Note, however, required minimum balance on your account in order to survive.
2. Checking account with interest. With this method you will benefit from the comfort of your accounts, while the deposit you get interest. You also get the ease of such withdrawals and check writing, access to ATM and bill payments that can be done online. This method usually requires a daily maintaining balance of at least $ 2,000.
3. Insured money market accounts. For long-term goals, this method is ideal, because it generally offers a higher interest rate than regular savings accounts. The interest rate usually depends on the amount of money in your bank account; larger balance means higher interest rates.
4. Certificates of Deposit. This is a savings method that requires you to “loan” your money to your financial institution for a certain period, usually ranging from thirty days to five years. Here, the longer period of time again, means higher interest rates. Usually insurance companies offer a deal at a better interest than banks, so before you invest, compare rates first!
So which method would you use to save your money?
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