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Teaching kids English and supporting local artisans July 31st 2017

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Conscientious creation and kids a winning formula! Cours d’anglais pour les enfants le samediIn our new Cours d’anglais pour les enfants le samedi – Saturday class activity DIY we try and bring value to the students. A lot of the artists we highlight use recycled material to produce the most beautiful items. Learning English with Langmobile encourages kids to think not only about the language but about the world they live in!

Supporting your local Montreal artisan local shows you CARE. Supporting local business that take time and apply their efforts to conscientious creation is something we look forward to sharing with our students !

As families raising children in an over consumerism we think its important to highlight a more conscious approach to buying goods.   Langmobile is all about encouraging creativity, community, commerce  – we’ve looked into the go to spots here in Montreal, so you can give, decorate with and wear handcrafted goodies with ease.

The Montreal Experience:

There’s no better place than Montreal to spend an afternoon shopping! Here are four of Montreal’s most popular artisan shops, and for good reason.

Raplapla – Known for their adorable dolls, this children’s shop is sure to have your little one smiling! Located on Villeneuve O, it’s a short walk from the Laurier metro.

Ethik Boutique – This company values both human and environmental resources, ensuring that everything in stock is ethically and socially responsible. If you find yourself walking Saint-Hubert, stop by for a new clothing item, purse, or hat.

Onze – Located on Saint-Denis, this charming shop carries women’s clothes, jewelry, and accessories. They’re jam packed with indie, classic and boho-chic styles!

Buk & Nola – Right on Laurier Avenue, Buk & Nola offers gorgeous objects and accessories to complete any space. They believe that adding a splash of color and style to your home will embellish your life, and we agree!

From your living room: No Matter what your style or taste, these artisans have created something for you. And the best part is, you can support them, while lounging in your pj’s. What’s not to like!

Children’s Toys and Accessories: Julie of Not Sew Strange

From plush toys to geometric print quilts, Julie’s shop is a must see. Her contemporary designs are the perfect addition to any nursery!

Clothing: Yana of Supayana

With a background in clothing design for eight years, Yana creates women’s and toddler/baby clothing in a variety of adorable styles! Most of the pieces feature digitally printed illustrations by the designer herself.

Jewelry: Celeste of Celestial Creations 4U

She creates one of a kind, jewelry pieces in a variety of styles. Whether you’re looking for yourself, or a loved one, you’re sure to find what you’re searching for!

Home and Living:  Alicia and Josiah of Beardbangs

A husband and wife duo who combined their passions of drawing, pottery, and illustration together to form a handcrafted ceramics business. Together they’re unstoppable!

Wedding and Special Events: Heather of Heather Boyd Wire

Heather is a wire artist who specializes in wedding and birthday cake toppers of exquisite detail. Her work is as impressive as it is unique!

 

 

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11 years ! Camp de jour Immersion Anglaise de Langmobile May 31st 2017

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Immersion Anglaise de Langmobile- Learning Languages has never been so much fun! Langmobile is celebrating its 11th year of Summer camp, Camp de jour immersion anglaise! It has been an exceptional journey and we have a profound appreciation for all the families that trusted us all these years to take care of their children at our summer camp.

Cours d’anglais pour les enfantsWe have had some amazing feedback from families over the years and have incorporated that into our new programming. we are happy to announce our specialty activities  and Language Labs this summer 2017.

Au cours d’une journée type au Camp de jour Immersion Anglaise de Langmobile, deux heures et demie seront consacrées à Activities de la semaine et l’autre moitié de la journée au Language Lab.

Activities de la semaine 2017

Ocean explorers

Urban explorers

Day at the museum

Yoga fitness- with special guest from Athletic Academy Adrian Davis doing animation once  week!

Circus

Cheerleading and Gymnastics

Mini chef- with special guest from Webster Café doing juicing!

Team sports

En tant qu’entreprise offrant des services aux jeunes âgés entre 4 ans et 14 ans, le Language Lab, Immersion Anglaise de Langmobile, une approche unique et dynamique pour tout les groupes d’âge. Toujours amusant et interactif, le Language Lab leur permettront de penser en anglais en plus d’améliorer leur communication orale et tout cela dans un environnement  structuré et adapté à chaque groupe d’âge. Notre objectif et que vos enfants vivent une expérience inoubliable dans un environnement ludique et bien sûr qu’ils aient un intérêt et une certaine assurance pour l’apprentissage de l’anglais.

We are also proud to announce the opening of our third camp in Rosemont in collaboration with Pensionnat Notre-Dame-Des-Anges

Join us for a summer filled with fun and learning! Our Staff will be sure to take good care of your children and ensure that learning English at our summer camp creates a desire to learn more. Be sure to sign up for our Les cours d’anglais pour les enfants le samedi avec Langmobile in Saint Lambert and Saint Bruno. Registration is happening now!

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Saturday Immersion anglaise -Cooking with kids! March 31st 2017

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After teaching English in a Mini Chef class for Langmobile’s Saturday immersion angaise classes, cooking with kids, cooking with kids it hit me just how many healthy dupes there are for unhealthy recipes that taste as good, if not (dare I say it!) better. These 3 options are sure to put a smile on your little one’s face, and best of all, you can make them together!

Our fall session is close to start so be sure you reserve your place!

We try to make recipes that encourage kids to explore healthy choices. Here are a few!

Mayonnaise VS Zucchini Hummus

I can’t lie to you. I LOVE mayonnaise. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been putting mayonnaise on everything. Spaghetti, fries, and of course, sandwiches. However my metabolism is not what it used to be, and I converted to hummus a few years ago. This recipe has a mayonnaise lover’s stamp of approval!

What you need:

-1 cup peeled, chopped zucchini

-3 ½ tbsp lemon juice

-1 tbsp olive oil

-4 garlic cloves

-1 tsp paprika

-1 tsp salt

-¼ tsp ground cumin

-pinch of cayenne

-½ cup raw tahini

-½ cup sesame seeds soaked for 4 hours, rinsed and drained

What to do:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, blend until smooth. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Chocolate pudding VS Avocado Cocoa Pudding

Pudding is a favourite of children and adults alike. It’s sweet and delicious, but what’s always kept me coming back for more is the texture. This option’s creamy, and oh so dreamy!

What you need:

-2 avocadoes

-½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

-2 tsp vanilla extract

-½ cup brown sugar

-⅓ cup coconut milk

-1 pinch cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Combine all these healthy ingredients in a blender, until smooth.
  2. Chill for 30 minutes.

SunnyD VS Popeye Juice

Whenever I think of SunnyD I’m transported back in time, to backyard childhood fun. I think of long summer days, and sweet, tangy, refreshing sips by the pool. When I think of SunnyD I think of…

CAVITIES.

Popeye juice packs a punch of citrus flavor, masking the taste of the spinach. This healthy dupe will fool the pickiest of connoisseurs!

What you need:

-Handful of spinach

-⅛ of a pineapple

-½ an apple

-Ice

What to do:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a juicer, starting with the spinach.
  2. Add ice as desired

If you have any recipe dupes that have worked for you share them in the comment section below! Until next time, keep smiling! -Celeste

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Spread love this Valentine’s Day-Gift of giving! February 10th 2017

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Let’s talk about givinggift of giving family

This holiday’s the perfect opportunity to reflect as a family, and teach your child the importance of gratitude. and experience the gift of giving as a family.

This year Langmobile challenges you to spread some love in your community and start some new family holiday traditions!

Here are a few things you and your family can do together, to encourage your child to be kind every day of the year and understand that the gift of giving -is a gift you give yourself.

!. Make a gift for a teacher – Teachers work endless hours, planning and making DIY craft projects. Why not create one with your little one for their favourite teacher? There are so many to choose from, but one of our favourites is this crayon wreath by Two Yellow Birds Decor!- The gift of giving !

2. Go through your closets – You’d be surprised just how many articles of clothing sit throughout the year collecting dust! Make an event out of donating them to the less fortunate. Start in your room, and have your child help pack up the pieces you’re giving away. Encourage their participation, and explain that now another family will get to enjoy them. Bring the donation bin to their closet next, and thank them after every article your little one chooses to part with. Celebrate by bringing the bin to the charity of your choice, and grabbing some ice cream!

3. Have a Valentine’s Day show and tell – Have each family member bring along an object that makes them feel grateful when they look at it. A souvenir from a recent trip, a piece of memorabilia, or a photograph are some great options. Let the moment serve as an opportunity to talk about your favourite times together, and why you’re lucky to have one another.

4. Create a care package – Everyone could use a pick-me-up now and then. Think of a family member or friend that has offered unconditional support, and send them a care package as a gesture of appreciation. Hunting for goodies to fill the box with is a great activity to do as a family!

Have a look at Langmobile’s older Valentines day post for some fun things to do with your family!

Comment below if you have any ideas you’d like to share!

Thank you for reading, have a LOVEly Valentin’e Day!

This valentines day we will be making Chocolates with the kids! be sure to join us next year to have a sweet time!Cour Anglaise enfant samedi

 

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Learning English is just a few beats away! December 16th 2016

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Learning english Saint lambert Saint bruno Montreal cours d anglais enfantsLearning English has never been so much fun!

It’s DIY Friday with me, Celeste, so grab your supplies, throw on an old shirt, and let’s get started!

During this week’s lessons, learning English with my little Langmobile voyagers,  I incorporated music as much as possible, which, of course, meant a new DIY was in order! After humming and hawing over which one to choose, I finally landed on a musical drum, complete with pom poms and glitter. (You can’t go wrong with a little sparkle!) For this instrument to earn its title as top DIY, it had to pass the three most important questions. Is it…

Quick? Check!…….Easy to clean up? Check!……And most importantly…Fun? Check!

Learning English through music is the most effect way! Check one of our older posts, the same principles apply to learning English! New Years Resolution! Teach my child French. 

With my new DIY drum in tow, I headed into my first class of the week eager for my little learners try it out! After playing a piece of Langmobile music what’s that sound, I gave them a little demonstration, and asked “what’s that sound?”. Wails of excitement echoed through the classroom. “A DRUUUMMMM!” The following few minutes were spent fine tuning our musical talents and learning the terms gentle, sound, loud and quiet. Interactive music activities are an incredibly effective way to maintain attention spans, and encouraging independent thought.

Learning English with this DIY project :

  • Vocabulary rich so many fun words to learn while rummaging through the house for objects to use
  • How high can you count in English? 1-2-3-4 Count the beats of your drum

To make this craft you’ll need:

-1 coffee can

-1 old t-shirt

-3 rubber bands

-2 Styrofoam balls

-1 piece of construction paper

-2 popsicle sticks or bamboo sticks

-Tape

-Scissors

-Optional: Assortment of feathers, pom poms, feathers, and/or stickers

For the drum:

Take off the lid if the coffee can, and tape the construction paper to the outside of the can.Pop the lid back on. Cut a square out of the t-shirt (a bit larger than the lid of the coffee can), and secure onto the top of the drum with a rubber band

Decorate the drum base as you like

For the drum sticks:

Push the popsicle or bamboo sticks into the middle of each styrofoam ball, about halfway up.

Cut 2 squares out of the t-shirt (enough to cover the styrofoam balls)Secure the t-shirt squares onto the styrofoam balls with the other 2 elastic bands.

This DIY was inspired by Lewis music studio blog– check it out for a visual of this project. We changed a few things but the basic idea is the same 🙂 This DIY is teacher approved, children adored. If you loved this project as much as I did share your experience in the comment section below. To incorporate music into playtime with your little one, visit our itunes library! Until next time, Celeste

Learning English  continues every Saturday at Langmobile – join us ! Cours d’anglais pour les enfants le samedi!!

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Teaching English through DIY – Langmobile October 28th 2016

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It’s DIY Friday with me, Celeste, so grab your supplies, throw on an old shirt, and let’s get started! Teaching English to kids has never been more fun!teaching english montreal

As a Langmobile animator, teaching English to children every week,  I love all things arts and crafts, so I thought I’d share my favourite project of the month with you and its just in time for Halloween!

For these adorable emotion masks to earn their title as top DIY, they had to pass the three most important questions. Is it…

Quick? Check!

Easy to clean up? Check!

And most importantly…Fun? Check!

The week before the Halloween Saturday classes were all about feelings. Teaching English to kids can be creative.  showing kids what it looks like to be sad, happy, angry, sleepy, and scared gives them a visual tool to learn another language. Allowing children the flexibility to express their emotions in a constructive way is an important part of their development, at any stage. Staying true to the Langmobile method, this project is designed to help identify the many, sometimes confusing, emotions. I was inspired by this great article open up the conversation  from the Washington post. I am sure you will be too!

You’ll need:

-1 Paper plate

-1 Popsicle or bamboo stick

-2 Googly eyes

-White glue

-Your choice of crayons, markers, glitter, feathers and/or paint

Start by drawing a face and gluing googly eyes to the front of the paper plate. Some suggestions are silly, angry, confused, sad, sleepy, scared…but my personal favorite? Good old fashioned happy!

Here is a sample of what it could look like from the The Pinterested Parent

Get creative teaching English! This is your little one’s chance to color, add glitter, feathers, paint, and anything else they’d like.

Glue the popsicle stick to the back of the plate, and that’s it! Talk about easy and fun.

This DIY is teacher approved, children adored. If you loved this project as much as I did share your experience in the comment section below! Until next time, Celeste.

Celeste is one of our Saturday English teachers! If you would like your child to learn English reserve your place in anyone of our super fun activities. Cours d’anglais pour les enfants le samedi

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Buying and Eating Local in Montreal August 12th 2016

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Food for Thought – Buying and eating local in Montreal

Fresh and local fruits and vegetables? Sounds good enough to eat!buying and eating local in montreal

Buying produce can be expensive. Often, it’s hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables at grocery chains. It’s even harder to find produce grown in Canada. The good news is that there are affordable, healthy options for feeding and buying and eating local in Montreal for families. Farmers’ basket services bring the farm to you, which means you can enjoy seasonal veggies year-round. And with farms throughout Quebec, it’s easy to enjoy fresh, local produce at home.

Best of all, supporting local farms and buying eating local in Montreal helps to build strong, sustainable food networks and communities. What’s not to like?

Here are four farmers’ basket services with produce worth sampling that make buying and eating local in Montreal incredibly easy.

As the name suggests, Second Life  gives ugly vegetables a second chance. Second Life delivers baskets of fruits and vegetables that are too small, too big, oddly coloured, and oddly shaped – but still packed with nutrition. The Family One package (recommended for four) contains 3 lbs of indoor grown tomatoes, 2 organic English cucumbers, 2 lbs of McIntosh apples, 1 lb of Spartan apples, 2 lbs of rainbow carrots, 1 lb of onions, 2 lbs of red potatoes, and 1 lb of yellow potatoes – all for $16.50. Baskets are delivered to various pickup points throughout the city, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. So if you are able to get past the look make this your place for buying eating local in Montreal.

You can find Lufa Farms  on a rooftop right here in Montreal. The rooftop greenhouse grows vegetables year-round and uses hydroponics to conserve water. Worth noting, Lufa Farms partners with local farmers and food artisans, which means you can add meat, dairy, eggs, baked goods, and pantry staples to your weekly basket. One stop shop for  buying eating local in MontrealEach week, Lufa Farms curates a basket of seasonal produce for $30. You can adjust this basket each week, or curate your own basket – the minimum order is $15.

Interested in organic produce? Les Jardins du Petit Tremble  grows organic vegetables on the banks of the Richelieu River. Summer basket deliveries begin June 14th and end October 12th, 2016. Pickup points are located in and around Montreal. Basket contents vary, but in late summer, a medium basket can contain 2 cloves of garlic, 1 eggplant, 1lb of beets, 2 lbs of carrots, 2 field cucumbers, 1 butternut squash, 1 lb. of beans, 1 bunch of kale, 1 head of lettuce, 1 bunch of parsley, 2 lbs of tomatoes, 2 zucchini, and 2 lbs of potatoes. The 18-week medium summer basket costs $558.

Ferme Cadet Roussel  is an organic, biodynamic farm located in Mont-St-Grégoire. Depending on where you live, summer basket delivery runs from June 21st, 24th or 25th to November 1st, 4th or 5th, with pickup points located in Montreal and the South Shore. An average-sized summer basket can contain 2 eggplant, 0.75 kg of carrots, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch of herbs, 0.4 kg of fresh beans, 2 heads of lettuce, 1 watermelon, 3 onions, 3 peppers, 1 bunch of radishes, and 6 tomatoes. The 20-week average summer basket costs $676.75.

Mmm… delicious and nutritious but don’t take our word for it…try buying eating local in Montreal this summer for yourself!

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5 Questions To Ask When Getting A Pet July 5th 2016

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Getting A Pet is a huge move.

Questions to ask when getting a petAh, the age-old question: Can we have a dog, please? A pet can be an excellent addition to a family, but there are some important things to think about before welcoming a new furry friend.

1.  Think carefully about whether you really want a pet.

A pet can be a lot of fun, but they also require love and attention. Becoming a pet-owner is a big responsibility!

2. Does your family have time for a pet?

If your pet needs to be walked, are you willing to wake up early every morning? What time do you get home from school at and how late do mom and dad work until? How will a pet fit into your current schedule?

3.  Does your family have space for a pet?

How big is your family? Do you live in a house or an apartment building? Do you have a big yard?

4. How will your family pay for a pet?

Pets need food and shelter, and sometimes pets get ill.

5.  What kind of pet is best for your family?

Fish are low-maintenance pets. They do not require a lot of attention and they do not need to go outside for exercise. Dogs are high-maintenance pets. They require lots of love and attention and they need to get lots of exercise outside. Cats, rabbits, hamsters, and birds require more maintenance than fish, but less maintenance than dogs.

If you’re thinking, yes, it’s time for a pet, here are ten fun facts about pets.

  • Pets help to teach children about responsibility and commitment.
  • Pets encourage nurturing and give children practice as caregivers
  • Pets help to relieve stress, loneliness, and anxiety.
  • Pets help children to build self-confidence. 
  • Pets encourage exercise and play just for the fun of it!
  • Pets are nonjudgmental listeners who can help children improve their reading skills.
  • Pets help to teach children about discipline.
  • Pets help children understand consequences.
  • Children with pets are less prone to allergies and asthma.
  • A family pet can help strengthen bonds between parents, children, and siblings.

Want to learn more about pet care? Pet Education Resources  is filled with pet-related resources, such as interactive games, quizzes, videos, worksheets, and posters. We like this educational poster  about caring for your pet.

If you are ready to take the next step check out your local pet adoption shelters.

Langmobile  hopes this blog was helpful! beep beep !

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Father’s Day in Montreal- Langmobile June 19th 2016

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Father’s Day is this Sunday! In honour of all the amazing dads out there, Langmobile has 5 recommendations for fun family events. Help dad celebrate Father’s Day weekend!

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Fuel the day!

Slip and slide!tart the weekend off with a yummy brunch. It’s supposed to be a nice sunny weekend, so find a spot with a nice patio and soak up the sun. There are many family-friendly restaurants in the Mile End, like Faberge.  Walk around and see what catches your eye! Or take your breakfast to go and taste test bagels from St. Viateur  and Fairmount  as part of a picnic.

Cool down at Mont Saint-Sauveur’s parc aquatique.  The water park is nestled in the Laurentian Mountains, about 45 minutes drive from Montreal.

Vroom vroom!

Cruisin’ at the Boardwalk  returns to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue this Saturday. The free family-friendly event brings vintage cars, sidewalk sales, and music from the 50’s and 60’s to Ste. Anne Street.

 

 

Have a laugh!

The Montreal Fringe Festival  wraps up this weekend. Before or after your play, we recommend checking out Mural Festival.  Large sections of Saint Laurent are open to pedestrians only.

Escape the city!

Montreal has many beautiful parks and gardens  worthy of a stroll. But if dad loves the outdoors, why not plan a family hike?. Just remember to be sun smart!

Make a meal!

Plan a special dinner for dad. Pick up some fresh meats and produce from a local market.  Or try out a new BBQ recipe.

 

Regardless of what you do, try to spend lots of time with dad this weekend!
For more recommendations about what to do on Father’s Day, check out our list of June events in Montreal!

 

 

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Summer Arts, Theater, Music in Montreal-Langmobile June 2nd 2016

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fun things to do in Montreal June Events for Families in Montreal -Arts! Theater! Music! Put a smile on your child face!!

 

June 20 marks the first day of summer, but Montreal is already bustling with great outdoor activities for the family! In anticipation of the summer months, Langmobile has composed a list of the best June events happening in Montreal.

Play a piano!

Want to practise Clair de Lune outdoors? Public pianos have been placed outdoors in open spaces throughout Montreal. The initiative began in 2012 in the Plateau, but has since spread to other neighbourhoods. Find a piano near you!

Discover Montreal this summer!

Pack a picnic for Tam-tams!

From noon to sunset, May 1 – September 25, drummers, dancers, vendors, and the public gather near the Sir George-Étienne Cartier monument in Parc Mont Royal. Pack a picnic lunch, frisbee, or soccer ball, and spend the afternoon enjoying Tam-tams, a quintessential Montreal event.

Have a laugh!

The Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal  runs from May 30 – June 19. We recommend checking out Plays by Kids,  sure to be a laugh for the whole family. Fringe tickets cost around $10 – $15, but there are plenty of free shows, events, and concerts.

Discover the next Shakespeare!

Pavé Poésie  brings poetry to the streets of Mont Royal, with everything from readings and performance to slam poetry competitions. The festival runs from June 2 – 5.

Celebrate the city’s urban art!

Montreal is a city of many things, including murals. Learn more about Montreal’s eclectic urban art scene at Mural Festival,  which runs from June 9 – 19 on Boulevard Saint Laurent (The Main).

Jazz it up!

Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  starts at the end of the month. The ten-day music festival runs June 29 – July 9 and hosts a variety of free, kid-friendly events.

And here is the best for last!  Enjoy outdoor theatre!

This summer, Théâtre La Roulotte  returns for its 64th season with the premiere of Déculottés. From June 28 – August 23, 49 performances will be offered for free in the parks of Montreal.

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Zoe, Langmobile camp coordinator 2014 with Megan Hawes

 

We have a personal interest in this particular event and really hope you go see it! Our very own Zoe Tremblay will be one of the cast! Zoe worked with Langmobile summer camp  as Camp Coordinator for 4 years and has recently graduated the Conservatoire d’art dramatique du Montreal and was recently signed with the prestigious Corinne Giguère – Agence artistique.

 

Bravo Zoe Langmobile loves you and wishes you all the success in the world!!

 

 

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