Scoring sweet swag, reviewing awesome products and living the rad mom life.


As busy moms, we don’t always take care of ourselves or get the sleep we so desperately need. This often leaves us with tired or puffy eyes covered up with concealer and bronzer so the world doesn’t see how truly exhausted we are. This is why I was excited to try out an eye serum from Naturel Commodity! I typically use some sort of eye cream, but haven’t dabbled too much in the serum world so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect.

This product is available through Amazon Prime (let’s all have a moment of silence to praise the awesomeness of Amazon Prime.) and goes for about $50. I was able to try this product for a deeply discounted price in exchange for an honest review through Tomoson. If you’re not familiar with Tomoson, it’s a cool website where you can try and review products in exchange for your honest opinion.

So, I received my serum and immediately put it to the test!



It comes in a cute little bottle with a nifty little pump function which makes it easy to use!


There you can see the consistency of the formula. And just a reminder to always use your ring finger (the weakest finger) when applying products around your eyes so you don’t tug too hard on the most delicate area of your face.

So what did I think of this product? Well, I originally came into this thinking that I wouldn’t see a big difference after only using it for two weeks. Here is how the company describes the product per their Amazon page:

“The BEST Eye Serum For Dark Circles & Puffiness – Reduces Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Lifts & Brightens Tired Looking Eyes – With Powerful Vitamin C, Plant Stem Cells & Triple Peptides. Try Risk Free Today!”

Since I don’t have super puffy eyes or a ton of wrinkles (yet-knock on wood), I was putting all my eggs in the “brightens tired looking eyes” basket. Soooo…did it really do that? Well, after using twice a day (morning and night) for two weeks, here’s how it turned out-


Ta-daaaa!! I will say I did notice a bit more brightness around my eyes, but probably not $50 worth of a difference. I probably would have the same results had I drank $50 worth of water and had a good night’s sleep. I do like that this product is plant-based, paraben-free and doesn’t test on animals…but I don’t see myself spending $50 on it. I’ll most likely stick to my $10 eye creams for the time-being!

If you’re interested in checking out this product, you can find it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ZD3EFC

Note: I was offered this product at a deeply discounted price in exchange for my honest review.

Can’t wait to test out the next product!

~SM

 

 

 

 

 

Periwinkle Earring Review

I recently had the pleasure of trying a really awesome product for little girls!  Periwinkle is an earring subscription service that provides not only adorable earrings, but encouraging quotes for little minds as well…all shipped right to your door each month!  Can we say, “GGGiiiirrrrlll Powwweerrrr”??!!

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Each set comes in a cute box with an uplifting quote that you can put on display or keep in your bag if you need to arm yourself with some daily inspiration.  I posted my quote on my fridge low enough for my almost 4-year-old daughter to see everyday!  Although she can’t read quite yet, I still like her to know that she is surrounded by encouragement and positive vibes.

With Periwinkle you can choose between the Heirloom collection, which are sterling silver post earrings or Editor’s picks, which are super cute themed earrings. There is also a Now or Never option, which are a small selection of specially chosen earrings.

I received a set of Heirloom and a set of Editor’s Pick earrings for review.  I asked my daughter which ones she wanted to try first and she wanted to try the Heirloom collection.

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She loves animals so I’m not surprised she wanted to try out these cute little sharks.  She put them on and immediately started playing in the yard.  I also liked that the backs of the earrings are comfortable and soft which is great for tiny ears.

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She really seemed to enjoy these earrings and told everyone she met that day that she “had sharks in her ears”.🙂

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Next, we tried the Editor’s Pick earrings!

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Yep!  Tiny oranges!  How adorable are these?!  These particular earrings were made of a different material than the shark earrings.  They were softer and more flexible, almost like the texture of an eraser.  My daughter also seemed to do better with these.  She wore them for a few days straight, even sleeping and bathing in them.  I was really surprised at how well they held up and that the backs stayed on the entire time!

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So what’s the pricing like?  Here’s the breakdown:

Editor’s Picks – $40.00 for 3 months, $72.00 for 6 months, and $95.00 for 12 months

Heirloom Collection – $69.00 for 3 months, $119.00 for 6 months, and $195.00 for 12 months

I think the pricing is reasonable considering you are getting a different pair of earrings delivered to your door each month.

Overall, I was pleased with this product!  I found that the Heirloom Collection is probably best for younger girls since they are bit more cutesy, whereas the Editor’s Picks seemed to have a more mature feel to them since they are sterling silver.  I think these would be a great addition to any little girl’s jewelry collection or the perfect gift for that sweet young lady in your life!

Sign up for Periwinkle here! You can also follow Periwinkle on social media for updates and specials!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/perwinkle.me

Twitter: www.twitter.com/periwinklestyle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/periwinkle.me/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/periwinkle9145/

As an added bonus,  This week I will be giving away a free pair of the orange slice earrings on Instagram!  So make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out!

**Note: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

Can’t wait for the next review!

~SM

Buff® USA Review

One of the perks of being a BibRave Pro from Bibrave.com is that I get to test out running products for free in exchange for an honest review.  How cool is that?!  The first product that I had the opportunity to try was the Buff® USA.  You might be asking yourself, “What’s Buff®??”  Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s awesome and it will change your life!  Yes, your life will forever be altered.  It has many uses and is great for all outdoor activities.


***Checkout this video  from  BuffUSA.com demonstrating all of the ways to sport your Buff®!

Before discovering this little gem, I was always on the search for headbands that would properly stay in place during my runs.  I would get frustrated when they would fall out during a run or stretch out quickly and no longer be of use.  But then I found Buff®!  I can wear it so many ways and not have to worry about it falling out.  The first place I wore this baby was on a run at the lake.

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It was a beautiful day to use my Buff® as a headband and I liked knowing that my hair was being protected since I had just gotten it highlighted a couple of days before.

The next time, I tried my Buff® out as a wristband.

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Although, this is not one of the official ways to use the Buff® per the website, I still liked using it wipe my face since it was pretty warm this day.

Then, I took my Buff® on a little trip to the trails!

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The Buff® USA can be used as a dust mask for dusty trails OR you could use it to disguise yourself from a sneaky mountain lion!😉

After the trails, I brought my Buff® to the beach!

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This time I used it as a cap which served as protection from the September, SoCal sun and the salty air!

I even took my Buff® to a theme park!

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That’s right, LEGOLAND pirates also enjoy using the Buff® while performing outdoor activities on their Lego pirate ships.😉

The Buff® USA comes in allllll types of color combos and patterns.  As you can see from my pics, I chose a National Geographic® print in a pink/purple color.  Go checkout the website to see all of the beautiful colors/patterns to choose from!  You could even choose a Survivor® Buff® and pretend like you’re on a desert island with your own tribe.  The sky’s the limit!

I also liked that I could put my Buff® in the freezer before going out for a summer run to keep my neck and head cool.  You can’t do that with a headband, ladies!  So that’s what I did before going out on a sunset run…

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Look how adorable it is next to a flower bush…It’s like a work of art!  A functional work of art and well worth the investment!  I’m really excited to use my Buff® during the winter when it’s cold in the mornings and evenings and my lungs are on fire from inhaling the cold air.  I will be able to cover my neck and mouth…and presto!  My run just became more comfortable and I might even be able to extend my normal run by a few miles!

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this product since I was so unfamiliar with it.  I kind of thought it looked a little ridiculous and never really considered adding it to my running gear toolbox.  I was pleasantly surprised at not only the comfort and functionality of Buff® USA, but also the ease of use and the fashionable look that it provides.  I would definitely recommend this product to all of my friends and I can’t wait to add some more to my collection!

Also, if you plan to run the Marine Corps Marathon next month, stop by the Buff® booth at the Fitness Expo to grab your official Marine Corps Marathon Buff® headwear!

It’s way more fun to run…in the Buff®! ;)  What’s your favorite way to wear your Buff® USA??!

Again, I received this product as part of the awesome BibRave Pro program.  Don’t forget to review all of your races on Bibrave.com


And join BibChat every Tuesday on Twitter at 6 pm PST for your chance to score free and discounted running gear! Thanks, Buff® USA

~SM

 

2016 WOW Summit!

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the Moms Meet WOW Summit here in San Diego.  The event was so much fun that I actually posted TWO blogs about it!  Here are the links so you can relive the fun: WOW Summit Review – Part 1  WOW Summit Review – Part 2

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Sadly, this year I am unable to attend since the event will be held in National Harbor, MD and my tiny humans denied my request to travel across the country.  But that doesn’t mean that YOU can’t go! So I’m here to give you the deets on the event and share some of the awesome reasons why you should attend this year!

So, what is the Moms Meet WOW Summit?  Well, it’s a two-day annual event that gives health-minded moms and bloggers the opportunity to network and learn from like-minded women and experts in the health and wellness fields.  The first day is all about the bloggers!  It’s a special opportunity for mom bloggers to learn from experienced writers as well as network with other bloggers and brands.  There is also a cocktail party and comedy hour following the event!  How rad is that?!

The second day is even more fun because you get to listen to awesome speakers, breakout into informative workshops and sample tons (seriously, tons) of awesome products.  Each attendee also receives a fully-packed SWAG BAG!!  So much swag!  Just to give you a better idea of how amazing this event is, checkout the video below with some sweet highlights!

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And there will be even more generous sponsors this year-

Solgar

National Geographic Kids

Tasty Bite

Mary’s Gone Crackers

And so many more!  Like, I’m seriously getting a major case of FOMO over here!

So since I can’t attend this year, I’m going to mentally bask in all of the swag that I scored last year.  And in case you forgot about the massive haul I scored, here is a little reminder:

Yep, that could be you…rolling in the swag dough.  So, if you or your friends will be in the D.C.area on October 7th and 8th, I highly recommend this fun conference.  It’s not only a great way to connect with other moms and bloggers, but an opportunity to learn about health, wellness and green living all from experts and great companies!  I recommend running, not walking, to register for this event because it will sell out!  Get your VIP tickets so you can score even MORE SWAG!  You seriously won’t want to miss out!

Register HERE!

And just for being one of my rad swag readers, you can use the code “SWAG15” to save 15% on your tickets!  So go register, have a blast and take pics for me!

See you at the next swag event!

~SM

 

 

 

Joggin’ for Frogmen

Last weekend I participated in the Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k here in San Diego.  It’s a great event because it’s available in multiple cities around the country and it benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation!  They also offer a Tadpole Trot where the little ones can earn their very own tshirt and mini medal!

Price: The registration price runs between $25-40 depending on when you register, but there was a Groupon available for this run for $25.  I actually won a race registration, but I’ll elaborate more on that later.  The Tadpole Trot runs $10-$15 also depending on your registration date.

Expo: Packet pick-up was the day before at Road Runner Sports or you could pick-up the morning of the race.  I attended the packet pick-up at Road Runner and it was a pretty simple process.  I picked up my bib, tshirt, and coupon without waiting in a line and off I went!  And I got to stand in Meb’s footsteps!😉

Parking: Like many other 5k’s in San Diego, this one was also held at NTC Park in Point Loma.  The course isn’t the greatest (more on that later), but there is plenty of free parking…which is amazeballs because seeing the words “plenty” and “free parking” associated with anything in San Diego is like seeing a unicorn playing a violin.

Course: The race started at 9am which is bit late in the day, but luckily it didn’t get too brutally hot until a little later.  I ran with my single BOB so I started towards the back.  The course scenery is nice as it’s situated near the bay, downtown and the airport; however, the course is a bit narrow with some uneven terrain which can be difficult when pushing a stroller through busy crowds.  If you want to attempt to get a decent time, I recommend starting at the very front. It’s also mostly flat with only a slight hill going over a bridge.  There were also plenty of friendly volunteers, signs and water stations throughout the race.

And since the course is near a Naval Training Center, there are lots of flags, statues and a patriotic vibe throughout the whole park.

We were met at the finish line with medals – they even gave one to my mini in the stroller! – water, and hand towels.

Post Race: There was a big table of bagels, granola bars and other snacks near the finish line.  There was also a beer garden where the participants were offered a complimentary adult beverage.  And there were a ton of sponsors and vendors giving out swag!  There was also a raffle opportunity and a DJ playing some pretty energetic tunes.

Tadpole Trot: I didn’t get a chance to collect as much swag as I wanted because I had to get my little one ready for the tadpole trot.  This was my only peeve about the whole event.  The tadpole trot didn’t start until 10:30 which I thought was quite late.  Also the distance was a bit shorter than I had imagined.  It was probably only about a 50 yard dash whereas many races do a 1 mile or 1k run for the kids.  But the little ones still had fun and my daughter even placed in the top three of her age group!

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Another cool element of the race were the skydivers!  3 jumpers dove out of an airplane while “Proud to be an American” played over the speakers.  Vice Admiral Robert Harward held the American Flag while flying through the sky which was a touching effect.  Then he posed for pics with all of the little tadpoles!  Andy Stumpf (retired Navy Seal/Kill Cliff ambassador) was also another awesome jumper!

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Now, how did I run this race for free?!  I answered a question on Instagram from an awesome patriotic organization called The Freedom Rev.  Check out their page and social media channels!  Social media is a great way to win free race entries, so follow your favorite race ambassadors and search for event hashtags!  You may win a free entry of your own!

Shortly after the race I got an email with my official race results and a link to preview and purchase my race photos.  Overall, this was a very organized and well run event that benefits a great organization!  Checkout Jogginforfrogmen.com to find an event near you.  It’s a great event for the whole family and I enjoyed running with not just my mini, but also some fellow Stroller Warriors! My only suggestion would be start the race an hour earlier and organize the tadpole trot a little better.


So what was the SWAG?!

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~A super dope medal! It’s a lanyard, magnet, bottle opener and medal all-in-one!

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~Again, I missed out on some swag opportunities since several of the vendors were tearing down by the time the tadpole trot ended, but I did manage to snag a few items!  And the technical tshirts are super soft and comfortable!

This really is a great event!  If you are unable to run in the race, consider volunteering your time so you can still snag some swag!😉

See you at the next event!

P.S. Please vote for me over at Top Mommy Blogs by clicking the badge on the side! Thanks!😉

~SM

Legoland California

“Everything is awesome…everything is cool when you’re part of the team!”  If you love hearing this song on repeat, then you will LOVE Legoland! ;)  So I had the pleasure of visiting Legoland California (there is another one in Florida for those who don’t know) and I wanted to share a few of my experiences in this “awesome” themepark!😉 See what I did there?

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Tickets: We purchased our tickets at the ticket office on the military base, which gave us about a $30 discount per ticket.  I also had a coupon for a buy one adult ticket, get one child ticket free…so we purchased that ticket at full price – which was about $117.  This was a hopper ticket where you can choose between the water park and the aquarium.  We chose the water park since it was a hot day and my tiny humans love splashing in the water.  The tickets we purchased on base also included a free second day to be used before the end of the year.

Parking: Parking is $15 for regular parking and $25 for preferred (upfront) parking.  The preferred parking was sold out this day so we parked in the general parking.  It wasn’t a long walk so it wasn’t too bad, although I was surprised there wasn’t a golf cart or shuttle service for those who may have a harder time walking long distances.

Season/Hours: We went on a Thursday and got there around 1pm.  P.S. it’s July…in California soooo I was melting by the time we got to the gate.  The park hours are 10am-8pm so keep that in mind when planning your trip.  They stay open until 9pm on weekends, but it’s still an early closure time compared to other theme parks.  Even though it’s prime tourist season, the parking and park itself wasn’t too crowded.  We got in pretty quick and moved easily around the park.  Also, unlike many theme parks, they don’t do fireworks here unless it’s during Fourth of July.

First Impressions: Everyone was very friendly and cheery and eager to help.  I would almost venture to say they were friendlier than the Disney staff (maybe everything really IS awesome in Legoland).  We headed to the information booth to get maps and our “First Time Visit” pins so we could plan out our day.  The attendants were super helpful and explained which rides the kids could ride as well as how to decipher the map.  You can also download the app to help navigate the park and view the wait times at each attraction.

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Food: We got some food at the Pizza buffet and again, the staff was super friendly with helping us find the right spot.  We also discovered that several of the restaurants offered free meals for kids (with the purchase of an adult meal) after 5pm.  We were a little early to take advantage of this deal, but I was surprised that many of the eateries offered so many healthy options and salad bars.  It was great to have choices other than fried foods and greasy pizza.  I ended up purchasing one of the collector cups for $9.95.  Sometimes I think these are a scam, but since it was an excruciating hot day I knew we would be drinking lots of fluids.  The cup included $1 refills at any restaurant, but next time I will know to bring lots of water and drinks for the kids.  And if you download the app, you may receive 10% off your refillable collector cup purchase.

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Water Park: The water park is much smaller than typical water theme parks, but it’s great for smaller kids.  There are also a couple of splash pads placed throughout the main park which is a great way for everyone to cool off when it’s super hot.  The tiny kids loved the water park and the bigger kids (my husband and bro-in-law) liked the water “thrill” ride.  They also have a lazy river type ride but the line was too long so we didn’t check it out.  They have plenty of beach chairs and benches for you to rest as well as lockers/showers, concessions and towels for purchase.  They also offers cabanas for $250 a day.  They include a private area with chairs and a mini fridge.  This is a great option if you plan to spend the whole day at the water park with family or if you wanted to split the cost with friends.

Legos, Legos, Legos: So the park is literally made of Legos.  Like everything!  I really enjoyed seeing all of the Lego sculptures.  There is a work of art everywhere you look!  My favorite exhibit was Miniland – tiny cities made up of…you guessed it – Legos!  Take special note of the One World Trade Center Lego building in the New York City sculpture – it’s the tallest Lego tower in the country (26 feet)!

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And this is where the magic happens!

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I can’t even imagine the time and effort it takes to strategically place each one of these Lego pieces!

Rides/Shows/Play areas: There were several rides for smaller kids and a couple of thrill type rides.  I will say most rides are geared for ages 12 and under so don’t expect any crazy adrenaline-pumping rides when planning your visit.  There is also a 4d Lego show, but we didn’t get a chance to attend this day.  They have a few outdoor play areas for smaller kids as well as indoor play spaces filled with Legos.  You can literally bathe in Legos if that’s your jam.  I took the opportunity to make my own creation….a Lego apple martini!

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Ninjago:  This is the new area for 2016 so it’s pretty hyped up (it’s mentioned in every Legoland commercial here).  It’s actually a fairly small area, but there is a rock climbing wall, some sculptures and the Ninjago ride.  The ride is an indoor virtual reality experience where you are given 3d glasses and then you use your hands to fight ninjas that pop up on the screen throughout ride.  You score points for each ninja you take down and the goal is to get the highest score in your four-person car.  This really was an arm workout more than anything, but I’m sure that a ninja aficionado or a six-year-old would find this to be a more exciting experience.

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Souvenir Shops/Extras: I will say that there are lots of things to see at this theme park!  So much that we didn’t have a chance to see everything!  There are plenty of souvenir shops so that you can remember your day at the park and you will see Lego characters periodically walking around although we didn’t have time to get photos with them.  There is also a face painting station and lots of gaming areas.  We stopped by the ticket table on the way out where we received a free extra day!  It can only be used between September-November, but it’s still a nice incentive!

Hotel: I will also note that there is a hotel on site – within feet from the entrance of the park.  This is something that we may invest in on the next visit so that we can get the full experience.

SWAG:  There wasn’t really any obvious swag besides the 1st Visit pin…but we did get an extra free day as well as the souvenir cup.  My brother-in-law also played one of the basketball games.  It was $20 for 9 balls and he’s a pretty amazeballs basketball player.  He ended up making two goals so he received two stuffed animals…and like a good uncle, he generously gave them to each of my kiddos.  I was surprised at the awesome quality of these toys!  They were huge, full-sized stuffed animals made of a soft, plush material – not like the cheap, carnival stuffed animals you typically win at a county fair.  This was a nice surprise and again, the young man running the game was super friendly!

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And we received a coupon from Shutterfly for a free photo book! Can’t wait to cash this in!


Overall, it was a great day!  I can’t wait to go back and see all of the exhibits and rides that we missed on the first day.   Stay tuned for part two the Legoland California experience!  I’d also love to hear about your Legoland adventures!  Please comment below!

“…Everything is awesome when you’re living out a dream!”

~SM

 

Recently I became a blogger for Moms Meet! This means I receive products for free to try and share as well as review on my blog. The first sample I received to review was from Light Life Smart Dogs


These are similar to hot dogs except they are completely plant-based, which means not one stitch of meat. Great for vegan hot dog lovers as well as those who are looking for a healthier alternative to a summertime favorite. One great thing I like about Lightlife is that they are easy to find in your local grocery store by searching the online Store Locator. You just enter your zip and a list of stores carrying the product will pop up! Keep in mind, vegan items are usually stocked in the produce section so don’t be surprised if you don’t see them sitting next to their meat-filled companions. They also run about $4-$5 (Southern California pricing) depending on the location.

I decided to prepare my hot dogs on a hot dog roller machine (think food court/gas station)…I also cooked them along with some regular beef hot dog. Can you spot the Lightlife hot dogs?


As you can see, there is a bit of a difference in appearance compared to beef dogs, but I cooked them both for the same amount of time with no issue. They also rolled just fine. ;) 

So then it was the moment of truth!


Once you add some toppings, you could barely tell you were eating a veggie hot dog. They were less plump than regular hot dogs and also had more of a smoky taste to them. I would say they weren’t as juicy as regular hot dogs as well, but the taste overall was not much different. Interestingly enough, the kids had opposite opinions. My 3-year-old daughter was not a huge fan and only took one bite. My 18-month-old son finished the whole thing no problem. So I’ll have to work on the 3-year-old a bit more as she is quite picky. 

I did ask a few vegetarian/vegan friends how they felt about veggie hot dogs and their overall opinion was that they did not like the taste of hot dogs in general, therefore, they had no interest in trying plant-based hot dogs. I have tried other brands of vegan hot dogs and I will honestly say that Lightlife is the best brand so far! Check them out and let me know what you think!

They also pair well with Mac-and-cheese!


*I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

~SM

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