MAY 25

HOW 7 COMMON HOME PAINTING PROJECTS AFFECT ROI

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on May 25, 2016 6:06 AM as A Mum's Life




Redoing a room can be a hard decision sometimes.  It's hard to know if it's worth the effort and cost.  While the intangible benefits of a beautiful room are hard to capture, we do have a rough idea of what the financial returns are.  Greater Toronto Painters created this infographic to help you do just that.  The data is based on their experience in Toronto, so I'd take it with a pinch of salt.  However, it is true that generally the kitchen offers the highest ROI on a redesign.




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MAY 13




When it comes to bringing up kids, it can often feel as though you don't have a spare moment. If you are a working mum, you know how hard it can be to find that all-important balance. You need to be there for your children, but you also need to ensure that you work hard. There was a time when people expected women to choose between a career and a family. It doesn't have to be that way. The archaic notion that women can't have both is ridiculous and sexist. After all, nobody ever suggests that a man should choose between his job and his home life. If you are struggling to keep the balance, here are some quick tips that may help you out.

 

Never miss the big moments

One of the most important things you need to remember, as a mother, is you need ...


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MAY 5

Things You Can Buy And Do That Will Benefit The Whole Family

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on May 05, 2016 2:33 PM as A Mum's Life




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Wondering what you can do to make for a healthy and happy family? Here are a number of things you can both buy and do that will benefit all of your loved ones.


Buy: Sturdy Footwear

Something as simple as sturdy footwear might not seem like it can benefit a whole family, but it truly can. Children need shoes that fit them properly. Otherwise, their toes and ankle can rub against the material, making them sore and even damaged. They also need shoes that support them in all the right places; the ankle especially. If shoes don’t support the ankle, and your child trips or falls, there is more chance of injury to this area. Keep girls out of high heels until they are much older. This includes the plastic heels you sometimes get with costumes; they are a recipe for a twisted or sprained ankle! Adults, too, need footwear with ...


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MAY 3

Getting In Touch with Yourself After a Breakup

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on May 03, 2016 3:47 PM as A Mum's Life




I don’t need to tell you how touch breakups can be, as chances are you’ve been through one. One of the problems with a breakup is being alone after spending so much time as part of a couple, especially if you were married for many years or lived with you ex-partner for a large percentage of time. There are ways to start to heal yourself and learn to love you for who you are as an individual and not as a couple. Soon you will realise you are just as happy on your own, and remember, you can’t love anyone truly until you learn to love yourself (a bit of an annoying cliché, but I think there’s truth to it).

 

Fun

Your heart isn’t in it, I know, but you need to try and immerse yourself in ‘fun’, whatever that entails for you. It could ...


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MAY 3

10 Ways To Make Your Backyard Look Spectacular For A Party!

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on May 03, 2016 2:44 PM as A Mum's Life




During this time of the year, it’s very popular to host a garden party so you can enjoy the sunshine. Whether it’s a birthday, or you're celebrating an anniversary, consider having it outside in the back yard. It’s a great way to enjoy the sunshine and let everyone get some fresh air. There is also more space so plenty of room for everyone. However, if your backyard is not looking in best shape, here’s ten ways to make your garden look spectacular for a party.


Plant some flowers


To make sure your garden is looking in top shape, you may want to consider adding some flowers. They can help to make the garden look beautiful, and you will receive many compliments. Make sure you sort the flowers out in your yard soon as you buy them and keep them watered, so they are looking fabulous in time for the party. ...


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APR 15

How to Childproof Radiators and Furniture

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on April 15, 2016 7:01 PM as A Mum's Life




Even though your home is your child’s sanctuary and a place where they should always feel safe and secure, the truth is that there are many elements throughout your house that can actually cause quite a bit of harm to a child, especially a young child who does not yet understand boundaries. Radiators and certain pieces of furniture, in particular, can be particularly dangerous, but there are steps that you can take to protect your young son or daughter.


To get started, check out the tips below to childproof all of your furniture and radiators with ease.


Stylishly Childproofing Radiators Made Easy

Regardless what types of radiators you have throughout your house, including MHS Range radiators, there are steps that you can take to easily make them childproof and safe.


To start, you can purchase a radiator cover to suit every exposed radiator ...


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APR 15




A bath is not just a tool where you bathe – it’s an amenity that speaks of relaxation, better living, and yes, luxury. Baths don’t always come cheap, so they should be considered an investment, a conscious choice to upgrade your lifestyle. Taking your limitations of space and budget into account, it’s not always easy to choose the right bath for your needs and requirements; a lot will also depend on who, and how often, will make use of it. Here is a look at the most popular types of baths – and how to choose one according to your requirements.


The recessed or alcove bath

It’s the classic bath, the most commonly found. You’ll encounter this bath in most households because it is the most practical, space-wise. The bath is installed against the wall on at least two but often also on three sides. Whilst the typical design has ...


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APR 7

Five Great Benefits of Living in a Well Managed HOA with Children

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on April 07, 2016 3:13 PM as A Mum's Life




If you’re on the hunt for a new home, you should consider purchasing one that’s managed with an HOA, especially if you have children. These homes tend to have higher value, and the HOA helps keep that value up over time as well. But in addition to protecting your home’s value, there are several other benefits to living in a home with an HOA. Check out five of those benefits below.


1.      Community Amenities

One of the great things about living in a community with other homeowners with families is the fact that you all get to share a variety of community amenities. Oftentimes, an HOA will maintain gorgeous walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, pools, and much more so that you and your family can always have access to fun things to do both indoors and outside.


2.      Well Maintained Grounds

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MAR 11




According to The Guardian a loft conversion is the best way to add value to a property  and, as house value rises continue to stumble along, it is increasingly important to improve your property if you want your main asset to increase in value. It is not all plain sailing though, and creating a budget to see if it is worthwhile for you is important; especially as so many people are now overseeing their own projects (thanks to DIY home improvement programmes and internet planning). Here  we will look at a few of the cost it is vital that you should not ignore or forget  in your loft conversion budget.


Architect

You may feel it is possible to download plans off the internet, or leave your design needs to your builder, but the truth is that this would be folly for a project that could be costing ...


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MAR 2




Leading autism charity Anna Kennedy Online, which is based in West London has launched their International Women's Day video showcasing five inspiring mums living with autism.



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FEB 24

Make Your House Your Home!

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on February 24, 2016 2:07 PM as A Mum's Life





1. Give Your Home Some Love: We lead such busy lives these days so finding the time to be at home to cherish it and find ways to improve it, means we need to spend more time in the haven. 

2. Use Your Home: You are now at home. That's what we discussed above right? Are your sitting watching TV, or in bed reading? In this modern life we lead, we see the easy way out to relax and switch off, the auo-pilot kicks in and the TV turns on. Force yourself to break that routine and cook, paint, sew, listen to music, decorate, laugh at the table, awaken your senses to how you'd like your space to function or embrace your hobbies and habits. Otherwise the house that we've filled because void of all the things we put in it.

3. Calming: Homes are places where we go to relax, be with family ...


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FEB 24

Just in time for spring | Home Improvement Guide

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on February 24, 2016 12:13 AM as A Mum's Life




Click on the image below to view the guide provided by Sainsbury’s Bank blog, Money Matters.



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JAN 12

The Secret To Aging Like A French Woman

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on January 12, 2016 9:53 AM as A Mum's Life




Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by people who thrive later in life. Hearing about senior citizens running races, climbing mountains, or embarking on their first round-the-world trip makes my day every time.

Since moving to France almost two decades ago, I’ve been surrounded by healthy, vibrant men and women beyond retirement age. I meet them regularly, either because of our similar lifestyle choices, or because I’m on the lookout for them, and I always try (without being too pushy) to get details on how they live their day-to-day.

One thing that I’ve learned about the French lifestyle is that it’s not only how you live when you’re older that makes the difference; It’s the choices you make throughout your life. Aging well comes from living well. The French, in general, grow up with healthy habits (I’ve chronicled children’s eating here and here for example) that carry into adulthood. But experts and research have ...


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JAN 7

10 Questions You Must Ask If You're Serious About Self-Love

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on January 07, 2016 1:20 PM as A Mum's Life




How much do you truly love yourself — deeply, wholly, authentically, and beyond the superficial, ego-based definition? 

The reason this question is fundamental (and perhaps the most important question you can ask) is without knowing the answer, you may live unconsciously from moment to moment. You just go through the motions without being able to awaken to the deeper significance of your choices. You fail to see and feel the energy you are broadcasting out to the world and what you are inviting into your life as a result.

This is your life, it is your signature creation. It is your duty to live true to yourself, with integrity; and authentically communicate your message to the world.

Your life's mission is not to make a few million dollars (though that may be an achievable goal). I believe that our life's mission is to love ourselves — to learn to love what we are. ...


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JAN 7

A Mini-Guide To Setting Intentions For 2016

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on January 07, 2016 1:14 PM as A Mum's Life




As a mother, I sometimes feel as though the world of personal focus is closed to me and that women without children have all the time in the world to focus on themselves. 

In spite of — perhaps because of — this, I need to be intentional about the way I spend my time. Lamenting your lack of time is a dead-end thought. It doesn't open up any new possibilities.

As a parent with little time to myself, I need to fill my time with things that mean something to me.

Having a primary intention for creating discrete blocks of time is essential. It’s not possible to do everything. Accept that. And focus on the one or two things you can devote yourself to fully.

You can choose an area of your life to work on — mind, body, spirit, work — or you may choose to pick one very important thing in one of these ...


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DEC 24




Christmas is an amazing time of year because it is the time of year where the whole family comes together and bonds. How many other times of the year do you take to spend with your family like you do at Christmas? The only downside is trying to keep everyone active and entertained. Families have very different interests, so doing activities that everyone likes is not going to be easy. In fact, it might seem impossible at the minute. Don’t worry, though, because there are a few tricks that will keep the whole family occupied up until the big day.



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Go Shopping


What?! Okay, shopping is stressful enough without involving the whole family, but there is something for everyone. For example, there might be fairgrounds rides that the kids can go on, or there might be food stalls where they can go and have a bite to eat. While they are ...


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NOV 23

7 THINGS TO DO TO WRAP UP THE YEAR

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on November 23, 2015 9:33 AM as A Mum's Life




The year is quickly winding down and before we know it, we will be getting endless reminders that the New Year is here and we’ll be deep into 2016. However, we still have 7 weeks left of 2015.

That’s a good chunk of time to really make the final weeks count. It’s easy to write off the remainder of the year because of the holidays (and the endless parties and obligations that come with that), or because it’s cold and you’d rather snuggle up on the couch with a good book or your honey, or because you finally can slap on your dusty skis and hit the slopes.

What can you do in 7 weeks?

A lot!

HERE ARE 7 THINGS – ONE FOR EACH WEEK – THAT YOU CAN DO TO WRAP UP 2015.

 

1.TAKE A {REAL} DAY OFF

This time of year is often about giving and spending time with others. It is a ...


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OCT 21

3 Traits of Anyone Who Ever Made their Mark on the World

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on October 21, 2015 9:33 AM as A Mum's Life



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1) The Asker (Courage)

Every successful person has to start by being an asker.

Askers put themselves forward for the job, they pick up the phone and push for that interview, they seek out mentors and ask for their advice, they ask others for opportunities. Put simply, askers NEVER
wait for permission.

A successful journalist never waits for permission to write a story, she writes it first and then sells it to the editor. A successful salesman doesn't wait for someone to approach him asking about a
product. A successful writer doesn't wait to be offered work.

Most people in life fail in these endeavours because they never have the courage to put themselves forward and ASK.

2) The Decider (Determination)

Decision-making is becoming a more crucial skill than ever. In a world where we are ...

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OCT 7

Reasons Why You Might Hire a Family Law Solicitor

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on October 07, 2015 12:48 AM as A Mum's Life




It can be tricky to find the right sort of lawyer to help you through this. Legal guidance and advice are essential for helping you through the process. You also need to think about the different scenarios in which you might need to hire a family law solicitor. Here are some of the reasons you might bring a lawyer on board.



Divorce

This might be the big one for families. If you feel like you have a divorce impending you’re going to want legal guidance. Divorce proceedings can be confusing and upsetting for all concerned. So you need to make sure you have some sort of legal guidance when you’re facing this issue. A family law solicitor will be able to meet with both parties and advise them about how the divorce process will go down. They can also offer suggestions to help improve the process as well.

Separation

Now, ...


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SEP 15

8 Quotes by Angelina Jolie That Will Make This Year Your New Beginning

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on September 15, 2015 4:16 PM as A Mum's Life



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We all have that big movie star that takes our breath away. Angelina Jolie has proved to be a star on and off the red carpet. Besides being a gifted actress who can be a fearless feisty female in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or a tortured soul who makes us cry in Girl, Interrupted, Ms. Jolie is a woman in the fullest sense. Whether it be her humanitarian work, her filmmaking or her award-winning acting – we are constantly in awe of her.

But it’s not just what this bold woman has done that fascinates and inspires us.  It’s how she lives her life and her unashamed dedication to who she is, who she loves, and what she makes of her life. There are just a few of her quotes that have inspired a nation.

It’s never too late to make a new start. So as the summer leaves turn to crisp ...


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SEP 4

Downsizing? How To Make A Tough Move Easier

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on September 04, 2015 3:17 PM as A Mum's Life




Moving house with the kids in tow is never easy. Sometimes the reason for the move is the hardest thing to bear. Having to downsize your financial commitments often means we have to sell up and go somewhere cheaper. And when the kids are in a grump with you about it, the whole event can be heartbreaking.


Still, a fresh start brings new opportunities. When you are looking for apartments that might be suitable for you family, it can be a good idea to make a list. Write down what is absolutely essential for you all in the next five years. If your kids will be moving up schools, then picking an area with a good reputation for education is important.



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It could be that you need to be somewhere really close to work. Work commitments is often a reason for needing to move house. Highlight on ...


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AUG 19

These Simple Ideas Could Make Your Life A Lot Less Stressful

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on August 19, 2015 10:46 AM as A Mum's Life




As a busy mummy, my daily routine can be incredibly hectic. From taking care of the kids and keeping my house clean to ensuring that I get all the chores done, often I don’t have a spare minute in the day. I know that I am not the only mummy whose life is like this, all of us mums lead hectic lives.


Yes, we love our children more than anything else in the world and love being mummies, but sometimes, we all wish that we could have a break. Just once in a while, it would be nice to take a break from our hectic lives, wouldn’t you agree?



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Life might be hectic and stressful, but there are ways that we can make things easier for ourselves. Intrigued? Then make sure to keep reading below:


Be organised


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JUL 27

Don't Stress! Check Out My Tips For Having A Relaxed Day

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on July 27, 2015 9:16 AM as A Mum's Life




There have been a few posts on my blog recently about stress and anxiety. I know I’m not alone in feeling it from time to time. The people around me, the people I know, and the people I don’t, all have to get through life despite the ups and downs. But when you’re starting to feel ill from stress, you know you have to stop everything and do something to address it.


I’ve been checking out some different ways to help you keep on top of your stress levels. Some take a little time, others are quick and simple. All of them should both help relieve your stress and help prevent stress coming back. Let’s face it, life’s going to keep coming at us, and we need to stay motivated to tackle it head on!


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JUL 21

Foodie Mums – How To Have Your Cake AND Eat It By Julie Waddell

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on July 21, 2015 5:34 PM as A Mum's Life




Being a mum is a complete nightmare, right?

 

Not the mum bit, obviously, that’s the best thing since sliced bread.

 

But in terms stress levels it’s right up there.

 

Social life.... what’s that? And as for your work-life balance and career prospects, well, let’s just say it’s tough to do 12 hours in the boardroom/nursing ward/school staff room or on the checkout when you’ve been up all night for weeks and your boss still expects you to perform as if you’ve just come back from a month in a luxury spa.

 

But what if there was a way to have your cake and eat it …… what if you could work with your passion day in day out, in the job of your dreams and still do the school run at both ends of the day? That ...


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JUL 18

These Simple Tips Made Cleaning A Lot Less Stressful

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on July 18, 2015 9:48 AM as A Mum's Life




As a busy mummy, I don’t always have much spare time, which makes things like keeping on top of things, like the cleaning, a little tricky. The problem is that I am a neat freak and like my house to be spotless, but I have very little time for cleaning.

I may not be able to clean as much as I would like, but I have managed to workout a few simple ways to make keeping on top of the housework easier. I may not have all the time in the world for cleaning, but thanks to these tips, I can keep on top of things much better than before.

In case you are also struggling to keep on top of the housework, I thought I would share my mummy-friendly cleaning tips with you:

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Clean when the kids are napping or out of the house

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JUL 9

How To Spot Signs From The Universe When Life Gives Them To You

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on July 09, 2015 10:49 AM as A Mum's Life




Have you ever known someone who seemed to have all of the solutions to her problems? To whom all of the right opportunities and "aha” moments just seemed to appear? These people are not "lucky” or "blessed,” and they don't have some special gene that the rest of us lack.

Consider that they might just be better at seeing answers when they present themselves … which means that you can, too.

On an average day, there is more information flying around you than you can possibly pay attention to: conversations, webpages, people walking down the street, emails, radio announcements, etc.

What sets the "magical" people apart is that their minds can filter through all of this information to find the tidbits that they need, whereas for the rest of us, answers just get lost in the noise. (It’s like how those TSA dogs in airports can sniff out contraband in people’s luggage, amid thousands ...


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JUL 8

Create A Life You’re Proud To Live

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on July 08, 2015 10:25 AM as A Mum's Life



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You know what you’re capable of achieving and how your personal success can impact on all aspects of your life. Be confident in yourself and your own accomplishments. If you are happy with yourself, everyone will know, as your well-being is reflected in everything you do. By building on your own triumphs, you can create a life that you’re proud to live and of which your family is happy to belong.


What Life’s About

We all know what we want from life or do we? How many of us can say we want ‘this’, ‘this’ and ‘this’, and we want them in that order? The modern world just isn’t like that. There are too many changes and unknowns that are beyond our control. For you to build a life of which you can be proud, you need to think about the things that are important to you and your family. What do ...


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JUN 16

Why "Me Time" Is So Important For Happiness

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on June 16, 2015 9:25 AM as A Mum's Life




Most of us know that self-care is essential for happiness. But do we take the time to think about what self-care actually means for each of us? Exercise, sure. Eating well, yes. Then, of course, there's hydrating, sleeping sufficiently, meditating and doing whatever other relaxation rituals work for you.

But there's more. While socializing with friends and other loved ones is also an essential part of living a healthy, happy life, it's also essential to make time to simply be "with yourself," to give yourself love, without it necessarily being time at the gym or sleeping in bed. Let's call this "me time," time to just be,recharge and reset.

Luckily, our friends at Happify.com shared this neat infographic, detailing the importance of "me time." Take a look and tell us what you do for "me time!"


By MindBodyGreen

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JUN 13

10 Milestones To Hit Before Turning 40

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on June 13, 2015 11:30 AM as A Mum's Life




I’ve learned more significant lessons in my forties than in any other decade, and wish I'd figured a few of these things out a lot sooner. I wrote down the ten most life-changing things I've learned, in hopes that you can get a jump on creating the life you want. The rest of your life starts now, whether you realize it or not.

1. Cherish your parents.

We know abstractly that no one lives forever, but for some reason, it's hard to internalize that our parents won't always be there. Tell your parents you love them because you won't always have the chance. We're not promised anything — not even the time to say goodbye — so tell your parents, sincerely and often, how much they mean to you.

2. Embrace the inevitability of aging.

The same we way can remain in denial about mortality, part of us can't imagine getting (and looking) old. A day will ...


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JUN 10

Matthew Hussey LIVE - London

posted by VIVACIOUS MUM on June 10, 2015 5:01 PM as A Mum's Life



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Unlock the Secrets to Understanding Men in Just One Day...

Let Matthew Hussey Teach You Live, How to Attract and Keep Any Man You Choose

If you’re tired of meeting the wrong men...

Confused by guys who disappear on you...

Sick of being stuck in limbo with a guy who won’t take your relationship to the next level...

Or frustrated because you just don’t understand men…

Then get ready to have your love life transformed in one magical day.

Imagine never again being confused by men. Imagine understanding exactly how they think and feel so dating no longer feels like a winner-take-all game and instead becomes an effortless, enjoyable experience…

Imagine smashing through the self-doubts and insecurities from being hurt in the past and finally having the power to be confident and sexy with men…

Imagine that hot guy that you’ve had your eye on for so long finally approaching you, beaming with excitement, to ask you on a ...


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