Not Quite Narwhal | Paper Plate Craft!

Would you rather be a Sea Unicorn or a Land Narwhal?

Like Kelp in Not Quite Narwhal, the boys had some trouble deciding! So, we set out to make our very own Kelp masks to see if it would persuade their choice!

If you haven’t seen or read Not Quite Narwhal, you’re missing out on some super sweet fun! The illustrations are beautiful, the pages are shimmery, and this easy-to-read, short-story is intriguing for children of all ages!

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To get started on your mask you’ll need:

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Instructions:

  1. Cut the center out of your plate.
  2. Decorate with gems + glitter.
  3. Cut a tall, thin, rounded triangle out of card stock and attach to the top of your paper plate.
  4. Cut your laminate sheet in a circle, the same size as your paper plate.
  5. Flip your plate over and attach your laminate sheet circle to the back of your plate with adhesive squares.
  6. Attach your lollipop stick or dowel.
  7. Use your mask to pretend you’re a Sea Unicorn or a Land Narwhal!

 

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Once we finished our masks, K had made his decision: He would rather be a Sea Unicorn than a Land Narwhal! So, once the Florida rain cleared away, we turned him into a Sea Unicorn with Crayola sidewalk chalk!

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HYATT REGENCY | Sarasota, FL

Last year before having our newest little guy, we decided our fam jam better take as many family trips as a quartet as we could!

One of our favorite Florida trips ever has been our stay at Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL! We spent the weekend Kayaking (included in resort fee), shark tooth finding, shell picking, pool splashing + swimming under waterfalls, aquarium visiting, and digging into some really amazing bites (hello, room service!)!

The resort sits above a beautiful waterway and has an amazing breeze when you walk into the lobby! The boys of course were itching to get in the pool or to the closest beach so, after check-in we headed straight for the pool!

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Once we let them get their feet a little wet, we had a super fun surprise! They had never been kayaking in the ocean before so, I knew with the option to do so included in our stay, we had to take them for a swing out to the resort’s private beach!

K was a little timid at first and had to sit right on top of me but, after we got to the open waterway from the canal he was totally into it!

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The private beach was amazing and there wasn’t another soul in sight! We collected seashells, swam, and caught some rays!

After our drive down, pool play, and private family time kayaking, we were ready for some serious grub! Room service is always our go-to when we’re ready to just shower, chill, and fill our bellies! So, we ordered the kids pizza, and shared a Shrimp + Grits dinner and some yummy dessert!

One day two of our trip, we visited Blind Pass Park on Manasota Key to shuffle through the sand for Shark Teeth! We left with a cup FULL of shark teeth of all different shapes and sizes and the boys still bring them out to play, examine, and count them often!

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The water on Florida’s West Coast is stunning! We could have stayed forever if the world would have let us!

Once we had our fair share of sun for the day, we went to visit the MOTE Aquarium back in Sarasota! The boys spied on some super strange and really amazing sea creatures, touched a baby crocodile, watched manatees kiss their tank, played with otters, and saw caimans for the first time ever!

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We wrapped up our trip from the MOTE Aquarium with another order of, yet again, in room dining, and made our way back home bright and early on day 3! This was such a beautiful memory that we made as a family of 4 and I can’t wait to see what this same adventure will bring now that we are 5!

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Little Blue Truck Party on the Farm!

Last month, K turned 4. I can’t believe it y’all. My baby is FOUR!

To celebrate, we had a Little Blue Truck themed party at our favorite family-owned farm!

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For good reason, our local family farm is K’s all time favorite place. So, it came as no surprise that he wanted to have his party here this year!

The Little Blue Truck books are a huge read in our home. The illustrations are beautiful and the story line always teaches a great lesson. To give K the ultimate farm party, we combined his love of the farm and Little Blue Truck to make a totally  awesome party!

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For good reason, our local family farm is K’s all time favorite place. So, it came as no surprise that he wanted to have his party here this year!

The Little Blue Truck books are a huge read in our home. The illustrations are beautiful and the story line always teaches a great lesson. To give K the ultimate farm party, we combined his love of the farm and Little Blue Truck to make a totally  awesome party!

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When we decided on the theme for his party, I started collecting decor pieces as I came across them. Last Spring, Target carried these ceramic berry baskets in the Dollar Spot that I couldn’t resist storing in our party closet until the big day!

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I designed all of the printables for the party myself. I couldn’t resist adding blue gingham to totally tie in our theme with the table covers I found online!

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One of K’s favorite things about his party design were the jumbo animal balloons we tied to a chalk painted IKEA children’s easel that we’ve had for years! I found all of the balloons on Amazon! His favorite was the Jumbo cow but, I couldn’t choose between the horse, frog, pig, sun, pig face, and cow head!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, we did bring them home as pets until the air fully let out, which was longer than either of us were comfortable with. Imagine waking up to a huge pig face balloon staring you in the face every morning for over a week. Yeah, That was my life.

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These adorable cookies were made by the amazing Sarah of Aloha Cookies & Cakes. She designed these perfect animal cookies for our food table and created a perfect replica of Little Blue for each kid in their lunch baskets!

I’ve learned over the years, and about a million kids parties later, pre-assembled lunch packs are a life saver! It keeps fingers from smashing into snacks on your food table, and encourages your tiny guests to fill their bellies before playing and begging for cake time!

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When I saw these berry baskets and linen napkins on Amazon, I knew they would be exactly what we needed to build the kids’ lunch packs! I assembled the packs with their cookie, a portion cup filled with veggies, a smaller portion cup with fruit, and a wooden fork tied in a napkin with light blue twine!

We served pulled pork in a crock pot so, I left the slider assembly to the parents!

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After the littles ate, each of them were free to play! The family who owns the farm brought out their big farming toys out to take each kid on rides in their cow barrels! It was totally adorable and the hit of the party! K got out of his cow only a handful of times (for cake and presents, duh)!

They took the ride all around the farm, down to the orange groves, and back through the picking farm where everyone was able to pull up carrots to bring home in their plastic berry baskets that I found by Spritz from Target! (These baskets are only sold near Easter but, these are just as cute!)

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Before we wrapped things up, each little adopted a wind-up baby chick and went home with a board book of K’s favorite in the Little Blue Truck series (Little Blue Truck + Little Blue Truck Leads The Way)!

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Cookies: Aloha Cookies & Cakes

Blue Gingham Linen Tablecloths

Fabric Napkins

Berry Baskets

Wooden Forks

Wind-Up Chicks

Printables

Books

Plastic Mason Jars

Plastic Portion Cups 4 Oz.

Plastic Portion Cups 2 Oz.

Balloons: Cow, Pig, Frog, Horse, Cow Face, Pig Face, Sun

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FREE Doctor Play Set Printables

Does your little one love to play pretend?

It seems like everytime I come around a corner, there’s another set of dress-up or pretend play out of it’s basket in our home! We’re always using our imagination to be Dr.s, Astronauts, Construction Workers, Teachers, you name it! To make their set up more fun, I created this adorable Doctor play kit!

Add this free printable set to your little Doc’s kit for free!

*Laminate for best results!

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Download your free Doctor Printable Set HERE!


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FREE Mexican Felt Food Pattern

Hey guys!

Did yesterday’s Secrets to DIY-ing Felt Food post have you itching to start creating your own?

Because our entire Mexican Felt Food set turned out to be such a hit, I knew a post all of it’s own would stand strong on it’s feet. So, scroll below to get your FREE Mexican Felt Food Patterns!

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Before you begin, make sure to read the entire post from yesterday if you haven’t already! (It will save you time + frustration!)


 

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what you’ll need:

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Next, download your FREE Mexican Felt Food Pattern Set !

For any questions, comment below!

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The Secret to DIY Felt Food! + FREE Taco Shack Printable Set!

In recognition of Cinco De Mayo last week, the boys and I dedicated our lessons to all things Mexico!

We had tacos for dinner, salsa with lunch, and of course, what’s a little celebratory play without matching felt food?!

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After a quick trip to our favorite place, cough, Hobby Lobby, cough, and loading up on every felt color imaginable, I thought I’d be able to dive right in and come up with these really awesome, totally easy felt munchies in no time. WRONG. There were a few things I wish I’d known BEFORE wasting literally 10 sheets of felt. So, to save you from making the same small mistakes I did, keep reading!


  • Tip NUMERO UNO: SCISSORS. DAMN GOOD SCISSORS.

Before you even think about starting to cut your felt, for the love of all that is Holy, please invest in a good pair of scissors. I like these and these (<< Pinking Sheers) best! A good pair of fabric scissors will save you from hours of misery while trying to tear the felt apart with dull scissor blades, your children hearing you shout inappropriate words at said felt, and raggedy edges that make your food look more like frazzled blobs than tacos and burritos

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This is a life saver. When it comes time to sew your felt pieces together, this stuff works wonders. Cut a piece of Heat N Bond to the size you need, flip it onto the backside of your felt sheet, and iron with a home iron. Next, just cut your shape out from your felt and iron it onto your backing piece! (For the onions you see here, Heat N Bond went onto the white felt and the white felt was then ironed onto the purple and trimmed!)

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When creating felt anything for littles, I always spend the extra few cents on the heavier felt sheets (2mm-3mm). It stands the test of time, gives your food a more realistic and 3 dimensional feel, and of course, doesn’t necessary need to be doubled up if you’d rather not put a stitch in every single piece of food you create.

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There you have it!

Now, you’re totally prepared to dive in and make your own DIY felt food.

Actually, wait! I take that back.

First, download this FREE Taco Shack Printable Set: Taco Shack Play Labels   Taco Shack Menu  Taco Shack Open + Closed Signs to occupy your littles while you’re making their felt food! (*Print on heavy card stock + laminate for long lasting results!)

Next, grab this FREE Mexican Felt Food Pattern to use as a guide when creating your felt masterpiece!

Alright, now you’re ready, and TOTALLY prepared to knock the socks off your kids’ feet when they see what you’ve made with your “I Can Do All The Things” mama hands!

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Pop-Oh-Ver | BEST Kids Toy for Pretend Play! + a GIVEAWAY!

Calling ALL parents of the world!

Role call, roll call!

I have come across something spectacular, something amazing, something that will make your kid’s pretend play hour 1 MILLION times better for YOU!

I know, you’re already dying to know what it is, sitting and waiting for me to tell you all about it. Here’s the thing: this magical chair-covering toy is so awesome that I probably don’t even need to tell you WHY we love it so much. Just look and see for yourself!

(enter the sound of ascending drums…)

Introducing, Pop-Oh-Over!

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Check this out- all you have to do when your kids are ready for pretend play is grab a couple dining chairs from your kitchen table, tie a few bows, and voila! You have a mess-free, space-saving, mythical creature of a toy!

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So, what did I tell you? This thing is awesome, right?!

SAVE the space a huge, plastic, noisy kitchen set would make with this simple, easy to store, folding kitchen!

Not only does this adorable set fold up and install with ease buttt (HUGE BUTT-see what I did there?1 bahaha) it’s made with high quality fabric, magnetic doors for the microwave and oven, clear pockets for all of the appliances, and it keeps the littles entertained for seriously long lengths of time. Yep! You’re welcome, I’ve just turned your 60-minute max pretend play distraction into several hours of busy fun!

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So, what’s our scoop? Do our kids prefer it over the bulky kitchen set they’ve had for years from IKEA?

Well, does an image in your mind of it currently sitting at the end of our driveway with a sign that says FREE on it, answer your question?

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We’ve had this beauty for about 2 days and K has woken up and gone to sleep standing in front of it SINCE DAY 1. At this point, I think I may actually need to get a set of chairs to delegate for his kitchen play since I don’t see us using the space-saving option any time soon!

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Now, I know you’re convinced and any parent-kid duo would love a FULL set of their own!

Want to know how you can win the Pots + Pans set, Oven + Stove Pop-Oh-Ver, and Microwave + Countertop Pop-Oh-Ver?!

(*Chairs, food, and other items not listed on the pop-oh-ver website are not included.)

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First, make sure you comment on this post and tell us the single most reason you would like to win!

Second, grab additional entires by following all of the Pop-Oh-Ver and The Happening Housewife social media pages via the Rafflecopter link below!

Third, for even MORE entries: See that Pin down there? Give it a click and save it to your favorite Pin Board!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER! Pop Oh Ver | Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Baby’s Best Friend + A Giveaway!

Hey mamas!

This one’s for you and that sweet, squishy-cheeked little baby you have!

Read below for the deets on an amazing online boutique and your chance to win a $50 credit for yourself or your little!

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Have you ever purchased an outfit or plush for your baby that is just PERFECT all around? Everything about it screams, “I have to have this in all of the available sizes and colors!” That’s the exact thought I had when we opened our box from Picket Fence! It was like Christmas all over again for our baby Linc and the packaging alone made me want to hop online and order everything available in baby size from their shop! I know you’re dying to know-what was in our box? A charming romper with fish on it’s front and my personal favorite, a Woodland Jelly Cat bunny!

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The fabric of his adorable romper is soft, stretchy, and breathable (making it the perfect match for our on-the-move little guy!). The colors are vibrant and even the tag on his butt puts that extra stamp of “feel good” on it!

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And check out those fish! Aren’t they great for summer? We’re going on a family vacation this July and I can’t wait to show Linc off in this newest addition to his wardrobe!

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I know I know, I could go on about his darling romper and I may be biased because I have my own but, seriously-who’s heart doesn’t melt for a baby in a romper?

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Now, for my favorite item in our box: Linc’s new Jelly Cat bunny. It has him cuddling and kissing all day long! If you have yet to feel a Jelly Cat plush, you’re totally missing out. These things are like the Messiah of stuffed animals. A Jelly Cat bunny has the softest fur you’ll ever pet and the most floppy, easy to hold arms and ears! Linc has carried his bunny around the house since it found it’s new home and it’s ears have become his most prized teether these days!


I know what you’re thinking now, “how can I get my hands on a Jelly Cat of my own or one of these rad rompers?” (For your baby, right?) Here’s the scoop:

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I’m giving away a $50 credit for Picket Fence to one of my followers! All you have to do is head on over to their site and let me know what YOU would like to see in their shop! Once you browse through their collection, I know you’ll want to give them a follow and BONUS, you’ll get extra entries into our giveaway just by following!

HEAD HERE TO WIN!

 


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Give Your Kids The Greatest Summer Of All Time In Clearwater!

I know what you’re thinking, “SUMMER of all time in Clearwater?! We’re only right smack in the middle of Spring Break!” but, Summer will be here in no time and you’ll be looking for anything to get the littles out of the house while wearing down all of their batteries!

So, to help you cross one more thing off your long, daunting, never-ending parental to-do list, I’m giving you 3 totally awesome bucket list ideas to help give your kids the Summer of all time in Clearwater!

For all my Florida parents who follow along and even those just coming to our beautiful Sunshine State to visit for the summer, Clearwater is a must as your Summer vacay spot this year! Clearwater is home to one of our most beautiful beaches but, too much fun in the sun can get exhausting quick and a break from the rays does us all good. So, these bucket list ideas are sure to keep the fun rolling without burning you and the littles to a crisp while continuing to strengthen their brains!

Before adding these awesome spots to your summer bucket list, check out what Barbara over at Edutopia has to say about Summer Learning Loss! I like to encourage our boys to always do something fun but, stimulating for their brain…Something that will continue on the knowledge after the school year has ended!


1. Snapology

First on the list is Snapology! They just opened a brand new franchise in Clearwater and it will get your kids’ minds working as they play! Let them free to tinker, build, and experiment!  Snapology’s mobile service makes the fun super easy and they offer AMAZING summer camp opportunities! Need a break to get grocery shopping done or just want to lay on the beach solo?! Maybe a camp class is more up your alley! Enroll them in one of the totally rockin’ Summer programs offered at the Clearwater location!

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Your littles are guaranteed to leave wanting more so, once you’ve arrived home from your visit, check out more about Snapology online to stay up to date on classes, programs, and more! Better yet, live the Snapology way and open a franchise of your own! Check out more info on Snapology in my previous post HERE!

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2. Heritage Village

Once you’ve gotten their brain gears turning over at Snapology, go back in time at Heritage Village Museum. Wander around the grounds to get a feel of life back in the early 1900’s. Take in the school house, sugar mill, water tower, and over 15 other historic buildings! While you’re there, think of some fun questions to ask them as you explore! (i.e. “What do you think that does?”, “What would you say this cost back in the old days?”, “How do you think life has changed since this was used?”, etc.)

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3. Whimzeyhouse

Ready to zoom forward in time after your visit at the Heritage Village Museum? Slap on a yin-yang necklace with some bell bottoms and take the littles to see the coolest bowling ball collection you’ll ever lay eyes on! Todd and Kiaralinda Ramquist are owners of the super rad bowling balls and have an abundant collection of other quirky, unique gifts, art, and items on display! You’re guaranteed to leave here inspired!

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Well, there it is! Can you tell we like to carry on the whole “learning vibe” even after the school year has ended and we’re enjoying the summer off!? Take it from Morgan and David over at Brookings: Summer learning loss can significantly change the way a child starts their following school year! We don’t want that now do we? So, add these spots onto your list and keep that craving for knowledge strong!

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What’s one of your favorite spots to continue education while having summer fun?

 

Comment below to let us know!

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 Marvel LIVE! Age of Heroes | Save on tickets!

I am super lucky to be a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador! In exchange for sharing my love and thoughts about their super fun awesomeness, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities! Without their generosity, I would not be able to provide my readers with such fun giveaways and/or discount codes like this one!

The time has come…We’re all in full fledged holiday shopping mode and Christmas is right around the corner! Save yourself from the hustle and bustle of downtown traffic to find stocking stuffers for your favorite little heroes by purchasing tickets to see Marvel LIVE! Age of Heroes! Add a few capes and accessories to their stocking with these SUPER awesome tickets, and you’ve got yourself a gift even Santa would love!

This action-packed show for kids of all ages plays Amway Center in Orlando for SEVEN totally rad performances January 12-15, 2018 and features The Avengers, Spider Man, and our personal favorite: The Guardians of the Galaxy! With tickets starting at just $15, it’s an affordable and fun event for us mamas to gift our littles this holiday season!

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Save on tickets by using code: MOM20 at checkout when purchasing online and save 20%! What a SUPER awesome gift idea, #amiright? *Not valid on VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires January 11, 2018!

Want more info about Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes?!

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Check out this quick excerpt from Feld Entertainment about our FAVORITE live show!

“Marvel fans, assemble for this live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes is performing at Amway Center from January 12-15, 2018 for seven performances. Tickets are on sale now. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE!”

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Marvel Live! Age of Heroes

Get the deets:

WHERE: Amway Center | 400 W Church St #200 | Orlando, FL 32801

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Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com | Via Phone at 800-854-2196 | Box Office at Amway Center, Orlando.

Make sure to share your experience using: #MarvelUniverseLIVE @MarvelOnTour @AmwayCenter #AmwayCenter!

 

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