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A Space For The Kiddos

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  • January 25, 2016

Confession, guys: I have been guilty of house-envy. Ya know, it’s that thing where you’re watching Chip & JoJo design a perfectly flawless home, and then you look around your home and suddenly hate everything about it.

I have a wish list of things I would like in our next home, but the truth is, we’re not in our next home, We’re in THIS one. And there is NOTHING WRONG with our house. We have enough space and it’s not ugly or outdated. The one thing that’s always at the top of my list when I think about what I would want is more of a play space for the kids. Other than their rooms, we just don’t one. But instead of wishing for something that’s not happening in this house, I decided to make it a priority to find the space. I’m going to stop thinking about a house we may have in the future, and start focusing on making the one we’re in work for us.

Our house is a very open floor plan, so I decided to dedicate a wall at the back of our living area and in between our entry and kitchen to creating a space for our kiddos to draw, color, read, and create.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

The first step in this makeover was painting the lower half of the wall with chalkboard paint. What kid doesn’t love being allowed to draw on the wall?! I then hung a line of picture ledges down the wall separating the chalkboard from the top half of the wall.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

I’m nowhere near finished with this makeover, but for now I’ve got a couple of children’s tables from IKEA there, along with the art display station I redid a while back. In the future, I want to add a place for books/reading and some storage for art supplies. And then of course, I will hang some more art above the picture ledges.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

Roarke has already taken quite the liking to this update.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

So, what do you guys think? Do you have a designated space for your kids in your home?

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Oil Infused Sleepy Cream

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  • October 22, 2015

Hello, loves! Another week is almost done, and I can’t believe we’re rolling towards the holidays! This time of year is really busy at our church – our ladies group makes between 750-1000 pumpkin rolls to sell as a fundraiser so I’ve been spending a LOT of time in the kitchen!

I shared something recently on IG and FB, however, and got a lot of questions and comments so I thought I’d post here as well!

I’m sure we all appreciate a good night’s rest. But, if you’re anything like me, that’s not always so easy to come by – especially with kiddos. The key to ME sleeping soundly is getting THEM to sleep soundly. And after some experimenting, I found my secret weapon.

Oil Infused Sleep Cream | Lemon Drop Life

It’s a cream I made using some of my favorite essential oils. So here’s the scoop on what you’ll need to make it:

  • 1/2 cup raw shea butter
  • 1 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 15 drops Lavender
  • 15 drops Cedarwood
  • 10 drops Gentle Baby
  • 10 drops Peace & Calming

You’re gonna start by melting your shea butter and coconut oil together, and to do that, you want to use a double boiler method. If you don’t have a proper double boiler, never fear. Fill the bottom of a pot with water and get it boiling. Then get a bowl that’s wider than the pot, put the shea butter and coconut oil in it, and rest the bowl on top of the pot. And make sure the bottom of the boil isn’t actually sitting in the water – there should be a bit of space between the two.

Once they’re melted together, pop that bowl in the fridge until the mixture turns solid again (it will take 45 min-1 hr.). Once it’s solid, put it in a mixer and whip it for a couple minutes. This helps make it nice and fluffy – like a body butter.

While it’s whipping add in your Tbsp. of grapeseed oil. You could also use almond oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil – whatever you prefer. This helps emulsify the mixture and keep it smooth.

Mix for another couple minutes, and then it’s time to add in your oils! Once you’ve added those in, let it mix for another minute or so.

As far as application goes, here’s what we do: I apply a dab of the cream (a little goes a long way!) to the bottom of my kiddos’ feet and then rub some on their chest. It doesn’t take very much at all to get good coverage, so I’m predicting this jar will last us a few months! Meanwhile, I’ll be sleeping easy… 🙂

If you want more info on how we use essential oils for our family, shoot me an e-mail! And if you’re looking to jump in and order, follow this link.

 

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Baby/Kids Shopping/Thrifting/Fab Finds

Etsy Crush: Winnie Cole

Hi lemon-droppers! Popping in today to share another one of my favorite Etsy shops: Winnie Cole. This particular shop is owned by a gal that’s local to me, and I discovered her through the photographer I use for our family photos. She makes some ADORABLE baby/kid items – seriously guys, Megan is WAY talented. Let’s have a look at some of her past inventory.

winnie cole diaper clutch

I love these stylish diaper clutches – that’s one thing I would NOT be embarassed to carry to the bathroom in a restaurant, amiright?

winnie cole teethers

These sweet little rattles would be the perfect thing to top off a shower present for a new mom!

winnie cole slingsMegan also makes custom fabric ring slings and they’re pretty awesome. I can say that honestly because I own one. In fact, that one pictured above is mine 🙂

winnie cole cowl

Is this cowl not the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?! Holy cow, I don’t think I could make that if my life depended on it. Megan does lots of hand crocheted items and each one is SO beautiful.

My favorite thing is that Megan is so willing to do custom orders, so you may not see something listed in her Etsy shop, but I can pretty much guarantee that if it’s something she’s able to make, she’ll probably do it for you. And make sure you go like Winnie Cole’s FB page for shop updates and giveaways.

Oh, and for any photographers out there, Megan has also launched a second business, called Olive & Elm (also see the Facebook page here), specifically geared towards photography props, like this sweet floral headpiece she made for me for Everly’s newborns.winnie cole headband

Look at my sweet angel girl 🙂

Go check out Winnie Cole and Olive & Elm today!

 

 

 

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DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites

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  • March 20, 2015
Hello, lovelies! I hope you’re all enjoying some spring-like weather today! It’s gloomy here today, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ve seen the last of the snow for this winter!

My baby boy is turning 2 on Sunday (how did that happen?!?), so I’ve been deep in the midst of party planning. If you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife) you know that we’re doing a Mickey Mouse party, as my guy is obsessed with that little mouse. He can sing the Hot Dog song with scarily accurate pitch. I’ll be sure to share all the party details with you guys next week, but for now I thought I’d show you the adorable invites I made.

DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites | Lemon Drop Life

Forgive the iPhone photo, but I realized after I started this post that I forgot to take any pictures with my good camera before I mailed all the invites out. Whoops.

These were pretty straightforward – cut the Mickey Mouse head shape out on black card stock, cut a half circle from red card stock, glue together and add a couple buttons! But remember: don’t glue the top of your half-circle down, so that you can slip your invite inside!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and get to enjoy some sunshine!

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Diaper Bag Organization: Two Under Two

This post is not sponsored by Skip Hop or Periea, but it does contain affiliate links.

As I alluded to in this post, two babies is a totally different ballgame. And in the spirit of my word for the year (‘discipline’) I’ve been trying to make our lives as organized and streamlined as possible.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

One area that needed some improvement was our diaper bag. When Roarke was born, my mom got me this Coach diaper bag and it worked great – spacious enough for everything I needed, and lots of awesome pocket space (pockets = really happy momma). But when #2 came along, I found that it was bursting at the seams with all the stuff I had to carry.

So, I briefly transitioned to a tote I got from thirty-one (this one, in case you’re wondering), and while it has five pockets on the outside of the bag, it only has one small zippered compartment on the inside, so it was like a black hole of all the baby things. Plus, I was still having to carry a purse for all of my stuff. Two bags + a toddler + a baby in a carseat = momma can basically NEVER go anywhere without an entourage of helpers.

My mission became to find a bag big enough for everything, but that looked less like a traditional diaper bag and more like a large tote, because, well I’m vain and don’t want to carry an ugly bag. Oh, and did I mention I also didn’t want to pay an arm and leg for it? I started searching Amazon and quickly discovered finding all those things in the same bag was not an easy task. Until I came across this one:

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

It’s the Skip Hop GRAND CENTRAL bag. I was immediately drawn to the look of it, and when I clicked through and saw more details about the bag itself, I was sold. So let me give you the rundown on the bag (plus the little secret weapon) that has been a game changer for me.

Let’s start with the outside. The bag is made of a nylon-polyester blend that’s easily wipeable in the event of any spillage. There are two large bottle pockets on either side. I use one for Roarke’s sippy cup and the other for Everly’s bottle. The pockets are quite roomy so I’m able to also slip a bottle of water alongside Everly’s bottle.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

The bag also has two clips that you can use to attach the bag to a stroller – no more trying to stuff the bag down into my stroller’s storage compartment!

Inside, there are 3 main compartments, which is my happy number, because 1) Roarke, 2) Everly, 3) ME! I can keep all of our stuff separated and organized so there’s no more digging around for Everly’s diaper cream and pulling out Roarke’s granola bar.

I think I’m a peeping Tom at heart, because I TOTALLY love seeing inside people’s purses, closets, pantries, etc. I just really enjoy seeing the products people use and how they organize their stuff. So, I’ll give you a closer look at the must-haves I carry with me.

Let’s start with my littlest bebe: Everly. I corral all her stuff in the compartment closest to the outside pocket that houses the changing pad (which was included with the bag), since she’s the one I would use the changing pad for. That probably seems like a ‘duh’ thing, but that’s how my brain works. I store her diapers in the pocket with the changing pad so that I can grab both quickly when needed. Inside her section, I keep the following

  • Diaper cream and some plastic bags for dirty diapers/clothes (both stored in the clear zipper pocket for easy access)
  • A formula dispenser
  • A burp cloth
  • A toy
  • Baby powder
  • Extra change of clothes

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

One other feature worth mentioning is the snaps on the two outer compartments. I don’t know if this was intentional, but I’m able to slip my finger behind the snap, so that I can easily close it up with one hand, which makes me happier than it probably should. #momsdoeverythingwithonehand

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

The compartment on the opposite side of the bag is Roarke’s. I carry a few snack things for him in the built-in zipper pocket, and inside the main pocket I pack the following:

  • A diaper clutch containing his diapers and some wipes. Again, I can quickly identify it (it’s the green chevron pouch) in my bag and grab it for those on-the-go diaper changes.
  • A small zippered pouch that contains a notebook, stickers, and crayons for those times when I need a distraction, like, NOW.
  • Spare change of clothes

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

Last but not least, the middle compartment is for moi.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

In it, I carry all of my essentials (more on that in a minute), plus a zipper pouch with some general first-aid items.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop LifeKleenex, band-aids, Neopsporin, thermometer, sunscreen, Tylenol (adult and children), ibuprofen, and teething tablets.

And now for that little secret weapon I mentioned earlier:

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

My Periea Handbag Organizer. This baby has been total gold for me. One major pain of trying to simplify and carry everything in one bag, is that when I go to work or somewhere else without the babies, I switch to carrying a smaller purse for just my stuff. But, inevitably, my chapstick, for example, would be buried somewhere in the diaper bag and wouldn’t get switched over. {If you know me, you know that I will turn around and go home, no matter where I am, for exactly 2 items: my phone and my chapstick. It’s that important.} But now, that problem is totally solved. I keep all of my essentials in this adorable organizer and I can easily lift it out of the diaper bag and drop it down inside my purse! It saves me so much time and changing bags is no longer a hassle at all!

I’ve been using this bag regularly for about a month now and even took it on a small roadtrip – I still have no complaints! I’m sure some of you might be thinking this bag weighs as much as a small horse , and it’s definitely heavy. But, everything that’s in it is stuff that I would’ve carried with me one way or another, so I’d just prefer to have it all in one bag!

So because I’m nosy, please tell me – what’s in your bag?

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Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources

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  • January 29, 2015

First of all, thank you guys for all the love and kind words on the nursery! So glad you guys like it as much as I do!!

Today I’m going to share the sources for everything. First off: the paint colors. We painted the walls with Silver Sky by Behr, which is a lovely cool white. We added crown molding but we dropped it down about 10 inches below the ceiling and then we used a pale purple (Lavender Lace by Behr) above the crown. It’s tough to capture in photographs, but we also carried the same shade of purple onto the ceiling.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

The shelves (actually intended to be picture ledges) are Threshold from Target. I scored them on sale for $10 a piece!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

As I mentioned in the reveal post, the rocking horse is vintage – I found it at an antique store in Indy (Midland, for all you locals). The curtains are from Target.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

The rattan hamper (that I’m using as a side table) is from Wal-Mart, along with the cute little geometric lamp.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

 

I ordered the glider online from Walmart. It’s the Baby Relax Hadley Double Glider and I LOVE it. The throw blanket and geometric pillow are from Target (sensing a theme here?) and the round pancake pillow is from the Etsy, shop HappyCosmos.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

The pouf is (surprise!) from Target. The rug is from Rugs USA.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal

If you’ve been around very long, you’ll recall this crib since it was the one we used in Roarke’s nursery. Well, Roarke has officially been transitioned into a toddler bed, freeing up the crib for Everly. It’s the BassettBaby Ava Convertible Crib – we bought ours at Babies R Us, but I can’t find it online. I actually couldn’t find the white one like ours online anywhere – the only ones I found were the dove gray option. The paper flowers were a DIY – I’ll be sharing the tutorial for those next week!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

 

The blanket was made by the fantastic WinnieCole – she’s a local gal and she makes seriously awesome stuff!

The dresser was a Craigslist find that I painted a very pale pink. I used Heirloom Traditions Chalk Paint in Blushing and mixed it at about 35:65 with some white chalk paint I had. The changing pad was from Babies R Us. The little purple vase (being used to hold things like lotion and diaper cream) is from Target and the geometric decoration is from Hobby Lobby. As I shared previously, the two animal prints above the changing table are from a burnett and the print in the middle is one I made myself. Picture frames are from Target.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

If there is any other specific things you saw or questions you have, comment on the post and I will be sure to address them! JP and I are currently out of the country (ooh, see how sneaky I am? London & Scotland!) so I may be a bit slow to respond, but I promise I will!

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Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal!

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  • January 27, 2015

Today’s the day! I finally get to show off my little girls’ nursery and I couldn’t be more excited! It took me quite a while to get her room to a place where I’m finally satisfied with calling it ‘done.’ Mostly because I’m trying to keep two munchkins alive and happy now instead of one. It takes work.

My vision for this nursery was something I’m calling ‘sugar and spice.’ I wanted to keep things mostly sweet and simple but with some bold moments and colors sprinkled in.

But enough with the pomp and circumstance, let’s take a look at the goods! This post will be mostly pictures, but I’ll be sharing all the sources for you guys later this week!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

I love this vintage rocking horse – isn’t it so adorable?!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

This corner has quickly become my favorite spot in the room. The glider is AMAZING – I love sitting in it with her, and it’s nice that Roarke can get up there with us too. I’ve found him in her room several times reading in this chair (cue my heart melting). It’s also where I take her weekly pictures.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

In case you’re curious about the little round pancake pillow, there is a story behind it. Sometimes when I’m drifting off to sleep, my dear sweet husband plays this game where he whispers weird, random things to me just to see if I remember the next morning. Shortly after we found out Everly would be a girl, he decided to play this game and whispered, “I think Everly’s nursery should be pancake-themed.” And I remembered. So of course I had to find a pancake pillow for her nursery as a nod to my hubby.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

My next favorite thing besides the glider corner has got to be the paper flower wall behind the crib. I love the bright pops of color against the white wall. I’ll got a tutorial for these flowers coming next week – they are super easy!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

The dresser was a Craigslist find that I painted. Is it weird if I tell you that 85% of the reason I bought this dresser was for the delicious hardware? I mean, seriously, check out the amazingness this gal is sportin’.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

Ya know what else I love? (In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, just about everything in this nursery is my ‘favorite’ thing.)  The prints I shared with you guys last week. They look so perfect over the dresser/changing table.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

I am so happy to have finished this room that my sweet girl can call her own! If you have any questions about where I got any specific item or the room in general, be sure to leave it in the comments and I will address it in the source post later this week!

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Tips for Taking Weekly Kid Photos

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  • January 12, 2015

Today I’m going to give you all some pointers on the question consuming the minds of soon-to-be-mommies everywhere: how am I going to photographically document the growth of my peanut? Earth shattering, I know.

Tips For Taking Weekly Growth Photos | Lemon Drop Life

 

This is my second go-around with this and I think I’ve picked up some tips along the way.

Choose a spot with good lighting. Unless you have the professional grade gear to diffuse it, you want to avoid using the flash on your camera. It can wash-out your subject (in this case, your adorable offspring), and cause harsh shadows. So try to pick a spot that gets good natural light for some portion of the day. In my case, there’s a large picture window right next to Everly’s glider that provides lots of yummy light.

Wait for consistent conditions. To get the best results, it helps to keep things as consistent as possible. So this means trying to take your picture at roughly the same time of day each week. Everly was born on a Friday, so I usually try to do it mid-afternoon (between 1-3) every Friday. But if it happens to be really overcast or raining, I usually wait until the next day. I would rather have good natural lighting, than take the picture the same day every week.

Have something in the picture for scale. Obviously the point of these photos is to document the growth of your little sweetie, so having something in the picture that you can measure that by is nice. It can be anything. A stuffed animal, a chair, a toy, a chalkboard – the options are endless!

Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be. With Roarke, I decided I would take all of his pictures in a white onesie for consistency. Mistake. For me, anyway. I quickly found myself dreading Friday afternoons (Roarke was also born on a Friday) because it meant I had to take Roarke out of whatever clothes he was wearing and put him in a white onesie. Anyone that’s dressed small children knows that it’s just a straight up hassle. Seriously, getting them dressed once a day is hard enough, so changing their clothes in the middle of the day (unless certain bodily functions require it) is pretty much not going to happen. Again, this is my preference – I know lots of people who do the white onesie thing with no problem, but it’s just not realistic for me.

Pay attention to your settings when editing. No matter what program you’re using to edit your photos, make a note of the adjustments you make. Whether you’re applying certain actions in Photoshop or using a specific filter in PicMonkey, it’s important to keep your photos looking as consistent as possible, and that goes for post-processing, too. I’ve been using PicMonkey to add the ‘week’ labels and I have a little screen grab on my Desktop to help me remember the specific color of the banner.

Tips For Taking Weekly Growth Photos | Lemon Drop Life

That way, I don’t have to spend 20 minutes every week trying to remember what color I used. Because, trust me, when you’re a sleep-deprived mother of a newborn, you’ll be lucky to remember your name.

Don’t just leave the photos sitting on your computer. It’s so much more fun to have a tangible album to flip through, especially with photos like this! So put them all together in a photo book (I use Shutterfly) or get them printed at CVS or Walgreens and put them in a pretty photo album. Just do something with them!

And, most importantly, don’t stress yourself out about getting things perfect! Even if you miss a week for some reason, just pick it back up the next week! The main point is to take photos documenting your child’s growth that you can cherish for years to come!

 

 

 

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Best Black Friday Deal. Ever.

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  • December 5, 2014

You guys are probably all like, “Um, Dacia, Black Friday was last week. All those deals are WAY over.” But I’m talking about something that is soooo much better than 50% off shoes. Yes, there IS something better than 50% off shoes. And it’s this:

Everly Ann

 

Our precious little miss made her grand appearance one week ago, and it was quite a whirlwind! To make a long story short: I started having contractions around 4:30 Friday morning, got the hospital around 7:00am and she was here by 8:30am! I was in labor for 20 hours with Roarke, so this was quite a different experience, but I am beyond thankful for a wonderful nursing and hospital staff and most of all for a healthy, wonderfully sweet baby girl!

I’m sure my posting will be spotty for the next few weeks (like it hasn’t already been for the last few months), but I do have some good Christmas stuff coming up so be on the lookout for that!

I’m off to go sniff a sweet baby head – can you even believe all that hair, I’m totally gaga for it!

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Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery

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  • August 12, 2014

Howdy, lemon-droppers! We’re currently on vacation in Alabama, but I’m stopping in to share the mood board I put together for our baby girl’s nursery.

For Roarke’s nursery, we had a pretty clear theme. Baby girl’s nursery is a little more eclectic. In my mind, it’s going to have a somewhat natural, bohemian feel with little touches of sweetness. And when I say “sweetness,” I was inspired by the phrase “Sugar and spice and everything nice…” and I love the idea of whimsical touches of sweet treats (cupcakes, candy, etc.) as a nod to our sweet girl.

So without further ado..

Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery | Lemon Drop Life

 

A couple of these items are things we already  have and are incorporating into the nursery design. Our plan is to use Roarke’s crib in her room eventually…she’ll just sleep in a bassinet in our room for the first couple months. So for the sake of this mood board, just imagine a white crib as part of the plan.

We already have the over dyed purple kilim rug that we used in the guest room, and I found a vintage wicker and cane rocking horse at an antique mall a few weeks ago that I am totally in LOVE with.

The rest of the mood board is just made up of things that I’m obsessing over, like some tie-dye curtains (I’ll probably DIY some) and a large scale macrame wall hanging (possibly a DIY also) for behind the crib. And I envision a series of these fantastically whimsical animal prints by Anna Burnett over her dresser (that will likely double as a changing table).

I may not have all the details hammered out, but one thing is for sure: this sweet little baby’s nursery will be filled with LOVE!

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