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I am artist/owner of Lisa's Art & Horses.  I offer a variety of artistic gift items of animals and nature.
I'm a wife and mom of two beautiful girls.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Moved to Wordpress

Hello,

This blog has been moved to a wordpress blog.

Latest posts posted at:

http://www.lisasart.com/blog

Thank you for visiting and reading.

Lisa Wald Guarino
Lisa's Art & Horses
181 West Forest Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
lisa@lisasart.com
www.lisasart.com

Thursday, October 02, 2008

A Smiling Jack-O-Lantern

Happy October


"A Smiling Jack-O-Lantern"







Carving a pumpkin for Halloween was a family tradition in our house.

Mom would pick up a large pumpkin at a local farm. At home we’d gather around to help clean the pumpkin out and carve a face. Mom would cut a clean circle around the top. Then we’d take a large spoon and gradually spoon out the stringy insides and seeds. Once it was clean, the face would be carved. The last part was placing a flashlight inside to make the face glow.

Now that we have children of our own, we are carrying on the tradition and fun.

We go to a local farm and let the girls pick out a pumpkin for themselves. One night before Halloween we gather around to clean the pumpkins out and I carve a face into each. Last year our oldest daughter wanted a smiling jack-o-lantern while her younger sister wanted a scary face jack-o-lantern. We placed a battery light inside each. It was so fun to turn out the lights and see our Jack-O-lanterns glowing.

Holidays are a great time to do family crafts and have a lot of fun.

Find some great arts and craft tools at my Kids Corner.




Feature Art/product





"Sleeping Fox"

“Sleeping Fox ” is a pastel painting of a fox at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton.

The Blue Hills is a beautiful nature reserve just south of Boston. There are many trails to explore as well as The Trailside museum where one can get an up close look of animals in the Northeast region, and learn about them. One day I did some sketching of some of the animals there.

At the Arts in the Park in Randolph, I decided to do a demonstration with my fox sketch, and made this pastel painting.

I have this fox image available as prints and on a lovely pillow.

Sleeping fox prints at imagekind.com.

Sleeping fox pillow at my cafepress store.

Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasrt.com


Art News



The Equine Art Guild’s newest Art Show online



Best of 2007
the fourth in a series of virtual Art Shows by the members of the Equine Art Guild

The Equine Art Guild is proud to showcase the best of the best of artworks created by our members in 2007. Whether it be horses or otherwise, this exhibit shows off the best works that each of the participating artists created in 2007.

Visit The Equine Art Guild website.

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.


Lisa Wald Guarino
Lisa's Art & Horses
181 West Forest Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
www.lisasart.com

Friday, September 05, 2008

Turning a new Leaf

“Turning a new Leaf”



Ah yes, September is here. September is a month of endings and new beginnings.

The Summer is over. The girls had a great time this summer learning to swim and enjoying the warm days of summer. But as the seasons change so does our routine.

Schools are opening once again for the school year. Our oldest daughter, Emily,is now in the 1st grade. She likes her teacher this year (Mrs. McDonald) and is enjoying school. Our youngest daughter, Amanda, will start her second year of preschool this coming Monday. She’s looking forward to going to “her” school as she calls it . She loves playing and learning.

Days change with the seasons. There are beginnings and endings yet the circle of life is continous.
We recently experienced that more so than usual.
From Fall to Spring our girls go to dance classes at this local dance studio. The studio has a “community/family feeling” to it. Well the oldest daughter of the owner of the studio developed ovarian cancer 3 years ago at age 17. After a 3 yr. fight with cancer she passed away last Friday. The out pouring of love was monumental. We cried and comforted each other. This young woman touched, taught and inspired many through her love of Dancing.
I saw her first dancing on stage when my niece was first involved in this dance studio years ago. When she danced on stage she shined. Everyone around her could feel the love she expressed through her dance. She was an inspiration to watch. Through the ups and downs of life she showed others how to “dance” through it all.
I can’t imagine the pain the family has had and pray that they find peace. I can only imagine her dancing in heaven now.

The cycle of life is an amazing journey. We can do our best to take in each step of the way: Learning, Teaching and Inspiring each other.

To find out more about Ovarian cancer you can visit, www.ovarian.org



Works-in –progress:



I promised to show my progress in creating images from our trips to the zoo.

I created some first drawings from some of the photos I took on our trips to the local Zoos.
Drawings: Zoo



Feature Art/product




"Two Horses Playing " is one of my newest images. There's something special about watching horses out in the pasture playing together. Horses exhibit a power and free spirit.
This image is available on a travel mug, T-shirt and a wall clock at my café press store.


Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasrt.com
Please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends and family. Just click the"Forward to a Friend" at the bottom of the page.


Art News



The Equine Art Guild's newest Art Show online

"The Best of 2007"
the fourth in a series of virtual Art Shows by the members of the Equine Art Guild
The Equine Art Guild is proud to showcase the best of the best of artworks created by our members in 2007. Whether it be horses or otherwise, this exhibit shows off the best works that each of the participating artists created in 2007.

Visit The Equine Art Guild website.


Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much."
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Other Events
Women Business Owners
Convention Theme: "Free To Be Me"
Convention Information:
WBO National Business Convention in Houston, Texas on October 10-12, 2008. Women from around the world will be joining together for business connections, business growth, and personal connections. We will have 500 women entrepreneurs share in the knowledge and benefits from our 23 seminar, key note and motivational speakers.
We are offering eighteen (18) seminars for our attendees. Our attendees will benefit from live interaction with six speakers on Saturday, and the opportunity to view all eighteen seminars for up to three (3) months following our convention!
“Learning how to work effectively and efficiently so that your personal life does not suffer in the beginning years. Learn how to join together and make mastermind groups, support groups, and other related teams of women that support, guide, and stimulate each other. It is a phenomenal experience to join together and share wealth of knowledge and to know that you�re not alone. ”


Lisa Wald Guarino
Lisa's Art & Horses
181 West Forest Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
www.lisasart.com
lisa@lisasart.com

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Friday, August 01, 2008

E is for Elephant

“E is for Elephant”





We are members of the local Roger Williams Zoo and take some time to visit the zoo when we can. They have a wonderful assortment of animals to see.

Our daughter Emily’s favorite animal is the elephants, because their name begins with “E”.

When we first got to the elephants they were outside and sort of far away in a fenced in area. The zoo is going through some reconstruction. They’re expanding the elephant and giraffe (who live next door) exhibit spaces. They’ll have a lot more room to roam and a bigger pond to enjoy.

The zoo has an indoor pavilion. Inside we saw the giraffes, which I’ve gotten to like. The giraffes had a couple of babies this year, which we got to see on our last visit. The baby giraffes have since moved to a zoo in Chicago. The adult giraffes enjoyed the cooler space in the pavilion.

In the elephants area I couldn’t help notice one of the walls. It has paint strokes on it. Apparently they give the elephants some painting time. One way they keep them active. One sign described each elephant’s individual paint strokes. Imagine, they each painted (if you care to call it painting) in their own way. I thought that was neat.
It reminded me of a site I saw in a message where an elephant learned to paint. Apparently it gives the elephants something interesting to do besides the usual routine. Interesting for sure.

Here is a link to an elephant that paints.

Later on during our visit to the zoo , we stopped by the pavilion again. The elephants were in having “lunch”. The girls loved them. One can’t help but marvel at their size. They’re the biggest land animal living on our planet.
Their trunk is amazing too. They can not only breath through it, but can spray water into their mouth or on themselves . They can use their trunk to lift heavy logs or branches. The end of the trunk has a finger like muscle. It can delicately pick up a piece of hay or grass. Just incredible really. Nature holds many wonders and the elephant is sure one of them.

I naturally got some pictures to add to my collection of photos. I’ll have to take some time to create some of my own art images of them from the photos.

I’ll showcase them here, when I get them done.




Feature Art/product




"Giraffe" is a pastel painting of a baby giraffe. I posted this work while it was in progress at wetcanvas's Animal and Widlife forum.

It's available for sale at animal&landscape paintings.





Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasrt.com
Please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends and family. Just click the"Forward to a Friend" at the bottom of the page.



Events:



Lisa Guarino, Lisa's Art & Horses: Interview at WAHFamily talk radio
August 11, 2008



Art News




The Equine Art Guild's newest Art Show online


"The Best of 2007"
the fourth in a series of virtual Art Shows by the members of the Equine Art Guild
The Equine Art Guild is proud to showcase the best of the best of artworks created by our members in 2007. Whether it be horses or otherwise, this exhibit shows off the best works that each of the participating artists created in 2007.



Visit The Equine Art Guild website.





Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much."

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.



Other Events



Women Business Owners

Convention Theme: "Free To Be Me"
Convention Information:

Register for the WBO National Business ConventionWBO National Business Convention in Houston, Texas on October 10-12, 2008. Women from around the world will be joining together for business connections, business growth, and personal connections. We will have 500 women entrepreneurs share in the knowledge and benefits from our 23 seminar, key note and motivational speakers.

We are offering eighteen (18) seminars for our attendees. Our attendees will benefit from live interaction with six speakers on Saturday, and the opportunity to view all eighteen seminars for up to three (3) months following our convention!

“Learning how to work effectively and efficiently so that your personal life does not suffer in the beginning years. Learn how to join together and make mastermind groups, support groups, and other related teams of women that support, guide, and stimulate each other. It is a phenomenal experience to join together and share wealth of knowledge and to know that you�re not alone. ”




Lisa Wald Guarino
Lisa's Art & Horses
181 West Forest Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
lisa@lisasrt.com
www.lisasart.com

Monday, June 09, 2008

Horse stories that touch our hearts

“Horse stories that touch our hearts”



There’s an incredible connection that can happen between a man/ women and a horse. The old saying “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man” rings true.

I’ve watched horse shows as well as ridden myself in shows to know the statement is true. There’s something special when we connect. As we learn to work with them we discover how we can work to create a better connection.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to see one great trainer, Monty Roberts, present at an event. It’s was amazing to see him work with the horses there and witness the changes with the horse and the rider/owners. It solidified for me that with patience and an open mind we can find the way to connect in the right manner.

Even yesterday, Big Brown’s jockey made comments that he sensed that the horse may have been off and “took care of him”. Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Yet he didn’t make history and become another “Triple Crown Winner". But that didn't matter as much as taking care of Big Brown.

Throughout history there has been an amazing connection with horses and people. To read or watch those stories that touch our hearts brings out the best in ourselves.

I’ve selected a number of horse stories, books and movies, at my site that bring the connection between man/women and horses together in wonderful ways.

Books on horses



“Warming up to changes”




I’ve been able to sit outside and watch the kids enjoying their new swing set (thanks to family), and the warmer weather. The purple and white irises in our garden have now bloomed and the large tree in our yard gives us ample shade since the leaves have opened.

I’ve taken on a few new things too in my business.

I bought an entrepreneurial book, “The Way of the Accidental Entrepreneur”, and signed up with the coaching group to help me brainstorm, and get clear on the things in my business that need clarification and feedback.

I recently revamped my site too. I changed what I wasn’t happy with and what didn’t seem to be working and placed what I wanted to focus on more to the forefront.

Now that I’ve done that work, I would love to have you explore my updated site and tell me what you think.

Lisa's Art & Horses

Please feel free to email at: lisa@lisasart.com.




Feature Art/product



"Midnight Race"

"Midnight Race" is a lithograph I did when I was at Southeastern Massachusetts University. I learned a couple of techniques used to make lithographs in the Lithography course I took. I wished to capture the beauty and power in horses, yet I didn't want it so realistic. I experimented and came up with this image. Later, I entered it in "The Okterfest" of the Taunton Art Association. I received Second Place. Another day I met the artist who was one of the judges at that show. She was excited to meet me and told me she thought the image was real good. With that I entered it with only some hope, of course, into the juried show at "The Harborfest" in Cohasett. Much to my surprise and joy, I received notice the image got into the juried exhibit and received an Honorable Mention award. It was a hightlight in my art career.

Available in prints $65.



Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasart.com
Please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends and family. Just click the"Forward to a Friend" at the bottom of the page.



Events:



Lisa Guarino, Lisa's Art & Horses: Interview at WAHFamily talk radio with Sandra on Monday at 10am.



Art News




The Equine Art Guild's newest Showing


"REFLECTIONS"
the third in a series of virtual Art Shows by the members of the Equine Art Guild
The Equine Art Guild is proud to showcase this special 10th Anniversary Virtual Art Show for members of the Equine Art Guild.

In our spirit of equality and comraderie, we have helped each other grow in our artistic skills over the years. This online exhibit showcases our proud achievements that we have accomplished through our association with the Equine Art Guild. Each artist was asked to submit a piece they created before they joined the EAG as well as a current piece to be able to reflect back on our growth over the past ten years.



Visit The Equine Art Guild website


Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much."

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.





Other Events




WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ANNOUNCES JULY EXPO

April 4, 2008 Houston, Texas: Join Women Business Owners (WBO) online at our JULY EXPO as we learn, shop, laugh, and network. Women from all walks of life will be joining to grow their business, meet other women, and share what they have learned through networking.

This year’s event runs for three days: Thursday, July 17 - Saturday July 19, 2008

Thursday & Friday 7:30am-6pm PST/10:30am-9pm EST

Saturday 7:30am-2:30pm PST/10:30am-5:30pm EST



The JULY EXPO is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information on the vendors and sponsors of the event, or to join in the festivities on July 17-19, please visit the JULY EXPO site at www.womenbizowners.org/july.




Women Business Owners (WBO) is an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in February 2004. Our organization provides education and support for more than 3,000 women business owners throughout the world with online and offline resources. Please visit www.womenbizowners.org today to find out more information about Women Business Owners!


We offer our members online networking chats, online classes, online seminars, online events, and offline (local) networking groups, annual offline convention, and more! WBO's mission is to help more women succeed in business.



WBO Events Director Anita Bruton says, “WBO is open to all women business owners. Your personal life and business will benefit from being an active member in our group. We believe that through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and direction, our members will find their path on their own business and personal journey.”



WBO is currently seeking sponsors for their upcoming convention to be held October 10th to 12th, 2008 in Houston Texas. You may find more information through their website www.womenbizowners.org. You may also contact the Events Director, Anita Bruton by phone 877-889-5011, or email info@womenbizowners.org or anita@womenbizowners.org.


Lisa Wald Guarino
Lisa's Art & Horses
181 West Forest Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
lisa@lisasart.com
www.lisasart.com

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

It's here, Who's Who of Women in eCommerce Directory

The **International Who's Who Directory of Women in Ecommerce** -
//Showcasing Women Who Promote Their Businesses on the WEB //- has hit
the Net!



The **Who's Who Directory of Women in eCommerce**
is an annual publication
recognizing women who promote their businesses to a global marketplace
via the Internet. It's THE Directory for Business women providing
links to women's business ownership, business owners, business
service, women's business advice, business enterprises, shopping,
jewelry, fashion, beauty, wedding, and much more. This registry serves
as an outstanding resource for networking and consulting as well as
cultivating strategic alliances.


The mission of The Who's Who Directory of Women in Ecommerce
is "to support and promote women
entrepreneurs around the globe."

You can get your own copy here: http://www.whoswhoinecommerce.com/ NOW!


Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher
Founder, Women's eCommerce Association, International

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Gifts Shared

Happy Mothers Day


"Gifts Shared"



Mother’s Day is Sunday.

I’m reminded how time passes and our roles change as our lives move.
I’m not just a person, but am a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin, a woman, a wife, an aunt and a Mom.
The memories in time never completely fade and new experiences are always on the horizon.
My art has always been a part of my “time”, my life.

When I was in my teens, I took some oil painting lessons. I’ve always love creating art. I also enjoyed sharing it. One Mother’s day I presented my mom with an oil painting of daisies in a vase. She loved it. Today the daisies are still there on the wall above the desk in their bedroom.

When I and my hubby were getting a little more serious in dating and our relationship, He gave me an idea for a painting. He had this rug from Italy with two lions on it. As a gift to him, I did my own painting of the painting on the rug with some slight variation. Once we were married the painting was placed in our bedroom.

When I was pregnant with our first girl and moved into our new house, I planned out a special mural for the child’(s) room. I painted a Noah’s ark theme, which included the animals, a huge boat and a rainbow. Our first daughter was born midst the time of this creation. I remember putting her down for a nap and going to paint. Since that time she’s enjoyed looking at it from time to time.



This past April my oldest daughter turned 6. One of her birthday gifts was an art easel. She likes to paint. I make sure to place her art on the wall to enjoy too.

There’s a powerful love that comes from sharing with family thru the years.



Happy Mother’s Day



Feature Art/product





"Foals at Play"

There is a joy in watching foals out at play, running and kicking about.

"Foals at Play" image is available on T-shirts.


Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasart.com


Art News




The Equine Art Guild's newest Showing


"REFLECTIONS"
the third in a series of virtual Art Shows by the members of the Equine Art Guild
The Equine Art Guild is proud to showcase this special 10th Anniversary Virtual Art Show for members of the Equine Art Guild.

In our spirit of equality and comraderie, we have helped each other grow in our artistic skills over the years. This online exhibit showcases our proud achievements that we have accomplished through our association with the Equine Art Guild. Each artist was asked to submit a piece they created before they joined the EAG as well as a current piece to be able to reflect back on our growth over the past ten years.



Visit The Equine Art Guild website


Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much."

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.





Other Events



Celebrate Spring at the Spring Fling

The trees are budding,
the flowers are blooming
What better way to celebrate
than by giving your business a tuning

Networking is one of the Best tools for tilling your business.

Come network.
Come to receive great advice from a great speaker
Come for fun and great prizes.

Come one and all to the WINning sisters Spring Fling

"I had so much fun. I met some great people. We each shared our businesses with each other. Their was great advice shared. I learned a lot.
By the end I couldn't wait for the next one."

by Lisa Guarino



Mark your calendar

May 19th, 5pm -10pm

at WINningSister.org









Are you ready!!??

The Business and Learning WAH Expo is less than a month away!

We have some awesome speakers lined up for the upcoming Expo! Speakers include Kelly McCausey, Shannon Cherry, Jennifer Gniadecki, Patrysha Korchinski, Kristine McKinely just to name a few! Make sure to check out the full list of speakers and their topics by viewing the Schedule page at htttp://ww.businessandlearning.com/schedule.html

We are gonna have some awesome exhibitors showcasing their products and services at the Expo! Many of the exhibitor spots are filled already , they include :

* Business Moms.Net - EXPO SPONSOR
* WAHM Talk Radio - EXPO SPONSOR
* CL Consulting Services
* Blog Stop Book Tours
* Tastefully Simple
* Allcot Media
* Tupperware
* Delaney Imaging
* The WAHM Magazine
* Documeant Designs
* Better Parenting Coach
* Queen of Kaos

Exhibitor spots are being snatched up fast so if you haven’t booked your spot yet you better do it soon! Visit http://www.businessandlearning.com/exhibitors.html to register.

See you at the Expo ~ June 3rd - 6th!

Tammy & Wendy
http://www.businessandlearning.com


Lisa Wald Guarino
Lisa's Art & Horses
181 West Forest Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
lisa@lisasart.com
www.lisasart.com

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Inspiring horse

Kentucky Derky Day proved to be a trying day. Tho we could cheer for Big Brown as he crossed the wire, we were dis-hearted by Belle's injury and passing.

Brought to the attention of many since Barbaro's wins and injuries there has been some medical improvement for equines.

It was inspiring and hopeful to receive this email and photo today.



Subject: If this doesn't inspire you, check to see if you are breathing.






Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana, USA . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a dog, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weigh t, and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.

"This was the right horse and the right owner," Moore insists.
Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood (that) she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana . The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg. The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports. And she asks for it ! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too." And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. "It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse", she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had a good time doing it.

"It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life", Moore said, "She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others."
"She's not back to normal," Barca said, "but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself."

Molly's most recent prosthesis, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind!

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