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Amy Roloff of “Little People, Big World” TV fame had a grandma showerin Aprilwhen her two daughters in law were expecting her first grandchildren. According to TLC,friends of the grandmother to be organizedthe shower, which featured champagne, a game of “pin the panties on the granny” and gifts like diapers and strollers.
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