Monday, 29 May 2017

I'm Pregnant!! (Again...)

So I haven't written on here for about...19 weeks now... I promise I have a very good excuse...

I am 19 weeks PREGNANT!! Woo! The reason why I haven't written is because of this very simple maths:

"Morning" sickness + Toddler = Many emotional breakdowns and trips to the vomit room.

(The moment we found out we were going to be a family of five... Norman the dog included)

When I was pregnant with Poppy, I had absolutely horrible morning sickness, which resulted in two trips to the hospital, many tears, not a lot of food (except chocolate ice-cream and bananas) but all this was manageable because I wasn't responsible for another human life and could easily lie on the couch for weeks at a time with no guilt.

This time around I have a little person I need to be looking after. Being pregnant with a toddler is no easy project. Whilst my husband was amazing and so supportive, there were a lot of days when he would be out working and I was left alone with this tiny human who, surprisingly, was not thrilled about just lying on the floor in silence for 12 hours at a time. Shocking I know... So there were a few weeks there where I literally just had to take it day by day, without going insane and the thought of talking, let alone writing a blog post was just not going to happen. So I apologise.

But I am alive, so is Poppy for those concerned! Now that the worst has past, I can really be excited for this new little critter. Paddy and I have always wanted to have two kids really close together, so they can be like little buddies who go on adventures and plot revenge against us together. So we were SO excited to find out we were pregnant with number two!

(Our announcement... it's not official until it's on Facebook right?)

This pregnancy has been so much different from the first, I know everyone says that, but now that I'm here I can officially agree. The morning sickness wasn't anywhere near as violent as the first time (thanks Poppy...) and it finished a lot earlier (THANK YOU ALL THAT IS MERRY AND BRIGHT). My stomach has popped ALOT earlier this time around, I was really struggling at even 8 weeks with what to wear and had to basically not make plans with anyone, because it was becoming so obvious that there was a bump (or a large cheeseburger consumption).

Poppy was very quick to move around and make her presence known, so I became little anxious the other day because this one seems to be a lot calmer and only moves every now and again. They were actually so calm, I had to make a quick trip to the hospital to check the heart rate because I hadn't felt anything in so long. The midwife was so lovely and got me in straight away and we heard the little tick tick tick of the heart! Phew, crisis averted.

My body is a lot sorer this time around, especially my hips. I think this might be to do with being pregnant and having to drag a crazy toddler around. I know they say "no heavy lifting" when you are pregnant, but how can you not lift up your baby and give them a million kisses a day? Impossible.

I really want to try and be more regular on here, and keep you updated with my Preggie journey for number 2! We have our 20 week scan next week, so I am SUPER excited to find out the gender. My money is on a little boy! Any guesses?

Sorry again for the lack on updates but I'm back, bigger (literally) and better (questionable...) than ever!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Seriously the BEST Banana bread ever...and it's healthy

I am a massive fan of the ol Banana Bread. Bananas are my all time favourite fruit, so when they are in a bread form it's a winning combination.

In my constant search of new things to make Poppy for her meals, I discovered this recipe for a healthy banana bread loaf, that I tweaked slightly to my own taste... and it's pretty damn amazing. It's super (get ready for it) moist... and full of flavour! The best part? There is no sugar! What? Liar! No for real! Most banana breads you find are jam packed with sugar and I find it so unnecessary because bananas are sweat enough and with some healthier alternatives, a sugar free loaf can and has been achieved.

So here you go... I am sharing this goodness in a loaf with you for your own enjoyment!

Go, Bake and Eat!

Healthy Banana Bread


  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Rice Malt Syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashes bananas
  • 1/4 cup milk (of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
So start by preheating your oven to 165C (That's Celsius).

Mix your oil and rice malt syrup together with a whisk.

Whisk in our banana, milk and eggs. Make sure they are well combined.

Then add your baking soda, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and flour. Mix this all together with a spoon. 

One the mixture is well... mixed... pour in into a bread tin. 

You can sprinkle the top with cinnamon, desiccated coconut, crushed walnuts (anything you like really).

Bake for about 30-40 minutes (until you can poke through the centre and it isn't wet inside).

I love eating this bread with either too much butter, or cashew butter. So yum! A great lunch idea for the bubbas or an afternoon snack for you!

(I was going to take a photo of the said Banana bread, but it was eaten very swiftly. So here is a picture of a uni-corn... get it? It's one corn... I know, Classic!)

Enjoy and let me know what you think once you have made it and eaten so much you feel slightly ill...

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

That black stuff...

Over the past year or two, I have really started to appreciate all things skincare/beauty related. I was never really into it, was it laziness?, but I think the older I am getting, the more I want to look after myself both on the inside and the out. So mature now at my wise old age of 29...

I have recently found a few new beauty related items that all have a similar theme... they are all black. Totally not intentional, but some of my favourite products just happen to be black and they are amaaaaazing.... So I wanted to share them with you.

First up:

Ms Soho - Pore Peel
(Gross but satisfying)

I, along with many of you, have seen the videos that are floating around at the moment with the face masks that you peel off your face to get rid of all your black heads and clear out your pores. I love pimples. I am one of those weird people that gets kinda giddy watching or looking at pimple related things. Except that one video on Youtube with the pimple on his back... so wrong.  Those who share my enthusiasm will understand. But hearing about a product that allows you to pull those dirty black heads from you face, instantly gave me shivers of excitement. I must have it and stare at it under the light of my phone for a good 5 minutes to see the disgusting results. I did bit of research, as there are a few dodgy brands out there that will literally rip your face off and I found the brand Ms Soho. This brand is really good because it the one big packet, you receive about 5 little treatments. Whats cool about that is, you don't actually need to use a whole packet on your face. My blackhead prone areas are just my nose and chin, so I don't need to cover my entire face. Which means you can probably get two treatments out of one packet, so the whole thing will last you quite awhile. My advice is to cover to areas your want to apply the mask quite thick. If it's a thin layer it is really difficult to actually peel off. You let the mask dry for about 20 minutes, until your can touch it and it isn't sticky and then peel away. Seriously, it is such a satisfying feeling and I must say, it works! It truly works and my nose and chin are absolutely clear after 2 treatments. I was bit sceptical at the start to be honest, but I am so happy with the results, that's why I was super eager to share it on here. I love it, I almost want to grow more blackheads so I can peel them off.

EBONiiVORY - Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitener

I have always been really keen to try a charcoal whitener, because I absolutely love charcoal products. Charcoal is a super hero in my eyes and have so many benefits for all areas of your body. How this product works is this, you get a packet of this charcoal mixture, you wet a toothbrush, dip it in the formula and brush your teeth for two minutes. They say to do this for a month to get good results. Now it's messy, there will be black powder all over your sink, but holy moly this stuff is good. After I was pregnant with Poppy, my gums were really inflamed and I felt like my mouth was bit gross. Seriously after a couple of days using this product, my gums were no longer puffy, my teeth were whiter and my mouth felt SO clean. No joke, it was truly awesome. I am now addicted and basically use this everyday as part of my skincare/ beauty routine because I think it's so great to clean and rejuvenate your mouth. Does it actually whiten your teeth? Yep, it takes a few goes to see a difference but my teeth felt like I had been to the dentist. This product also has no nasties in it, so I feel really comfortable using it on a day to day basis.

Nubian Heritage - African Black Soap

So this is a new discovery of mine, but in reality African Black soap has been used in Africa for centuries, it was even reported to be around during Cleopatra's Egypt. So it's pretty old. Basically it was used to treat a whole bunch of skin ailments like eczema, blemishes, oily skin etc. It is linked along side Shea butter, which itself has awhile bunch of good qualities, but this soap is seriously so beautiful to use. It's great to use in the shower when you wash your face and leaves your skin feeling so nourished and clean. I find a lot of soap really dries my skin out or causes break outs, so I'm super picky with what I use, but this bad boy is amazing. It's super cheap too, you can get it off and its only about $6 (AUS) and lasts you ages.

My hair

Ok so it's not black, but I made the jump from blonde to brunette recently and wanted to share. I had been thinking about making the change for a while and now that Winter is creeping closer I thought it was the perfect time. It is just a massive deal when you change your hair colour. Especially going from light to dark, because it is such a long process to get it back, so you gotta be sure it's what you want. It's not like if you go from dark to light and it's an easier fix. So I was kind of nervous, but I actually love it. I desperately wanted to change things up and my hair was in need of a break from the blonde, it was beginning to feel like it's soul was dying. So I'm super happy and just wanted to post this to anyone who is thinking about making a change but bit scared... do it, so worth it and it's just hair. It can be fixed it needs be.

I hope you guys enjoyed my little suggestions of some cool black stuff you can slop on your face (or teeth). If you have any of your own, let me know, i;m always super eager to try new things!

Have an amazing weekend (well it's nearly the weekend now) and I'll see you all soon!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

DIY Coffee Scrub

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today is a little bit different from the usual "Friday Five" that I do, because I wanted to share one of my latest DIY projects. I am all about natural products, as I have mentioned about 400 times, but I know sometimes they can be overpriced, especially if it is a 'fad' product (e.g coconut oil hair mask, charcoal face mask etc).

I am a serial fake tanner, I absolute hate being white because I feel like I need to be injected with 2 litres of blood. Whenever I have a fake tan, I feel so much more summery and confident, plus it's a much safer way than toasting my skin under the sun. In order to have a really nice, even fake tan that doesn't have blotches that make you look like a giraffe, you need to give your skin a good scrub and exfoliate. Enter my latest DIY job. Coffee scrubs... they are every where and so damn expensive. But they don't have to be. I made my own and oh mannnnn does it smell good!! Like a delicious cappuccino, with extra yumminess! Not to mention, it's so easy... like fool proof easy. I have a lot of blonde moments and tend to be abit uncoordinated, but I managed to do this and it worked out perfectly.

So here is what you need:
  • 1.5 Cups of Epsom Salt
  • 3/4 cup ground coffee
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil (try to get a nice brand if you can, one that isn't processed)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract.
So what you do is grab a nice jar (I grabbed this one for $2 at Kmart), whack all your ingredients in and stir stir stir. Then sniff... it smells AMAZING. Plus, it feels so nice when you have a shower and really gets off all that excess tan and dead skin you have on your body!

If you like these DIY kind of posts, let me know because I have a stack of things I want to try out and would love to share.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

My beauty wish list.

So if I could, I would spent a disgusting amount of money on make-up. I would. There is no denying it. I have a list on my phone of all these make-up products I have heard about, that I NEED in my life or else my life would just cease to move forward. I could also just freestyle it and go into a Mecca shop and spend what you some would spend on a private jet and not bat an eyelid.

But you need lots of money to do that. And I need to feed my child... and husband... and live in a house. With my dog. Who needs food too. So... for now at least I don't see this happening.

But IF I were to suddenly have the ability to go into Mecca or Sephora and be given a endless credit card, here is what I would get:

Mac lipsticks - Honey love, Velvet Teddy and Blankety. 
I can't help myself when it comes to Mac Cosmetics AND nude lipsticks. How many shades of nude do you need? I don't care, ALOT! Now I do understand these lipsticks are all VERY similar, like, too similar. But I have problems and I'll address them one day, but for now, give me the damn lipsticks. If I had to choose one out of the three, it would probably be 'Blankety', just because I like the lighter pink tone and it's bit more creamy... but I'll happily accept all of them.
( From right to left - 'Honey Love', 'Blankety', 'Velvet Teddy')

Milani Baked Blush - Luminoso
I found out about Milani cosmetics last year after watching some random Make-up tutorial on Youtube. I hadn't really heard much about them till then, I was in need of a new bronzer, so I got one of their baked bronzers and it is one of my most favourite products. It is just so beautiful and has an awesome shimmer, so it's almost like a bronzer and highlight combine. I was having a looks on their site and I saw all their baked blushes and mannnnn...they are so nice. One that sticks out for me the most is 'Luminoso". It's this beautiful peachy shade, that I think would look amazing if you were rocking a tan. So its on my list. I should get on to that, it's a good Summer shade and Summer is nearing an end over here. Always take my damn time...
(So purdddy)

Essie - Sandtropez
If it isn't nude lipsticks, it's nude nail polish. I am starting to sound like the blandest person alive. I swear I love colour, really bright ones with sparkles. But I do really like nude nail polish. You can't really go wrong with Essie can you? It's a really nice, creamy, nudey beige. I like it. The only problem I'm having, is bloody finding this shade. Do they not sell it in Australia? I'll have to do some deep investigations. 

Modelco - Lashxtend Mascara.
Now Modelco is a brand that I am pretty sure I have used before, but it may have been in the days when I didn't care about make-up that much. Where now, I'm a lot more interested. I have been on the hunt for a good mascara. I have found a couple, but nothing that really makes me overly excited. Rumour has it, that this mascara is pretty awesome. It's meant to give your lashes that "falsie" feel, but obviously without the effort. Also, the price is pretty good and you can find it in most Supermarkets... scratch that... From what I've seen its a Woolworths thing. I could be wrong... But this mascara will probably be the next I try out. So stay tuned.
Chi Chi Baked Eyeshadow - 'Beautiful Day'
I don't know why, but nearly every product I mention is very neutral/natural/not very colourful today. It's honestly a coincidence, but to be honest, I do love the natural, beachy look so I tend to gravitate towards those kind of shades. But anyway, this eye shadow looks like it'd be a really simple shade to use just for day to day make-up. You know the days where you don't want to put in much effort but you want to feel nice. You know? Those ones. Again, I am having trouble tracking this one down. But I will persevere. I might just resort to buying online, although I do like to see things before I buy them... I'll live on the edge and take a gamble. 
Mecca Cosmetica- Enlightened Illuminating balm
I think I have talked about this product before, but it's still on my "want" list so I had to talk about it! I absolutely love a dewy make-up look. To me it makes me feel like I have woken up after the perfect sleep, after spending the day frolicking on the beach and look a million bucks. I know some people prefer a matte look, but to me dewy is the way to go. I heard about this product and how you just apply small amounts to your forehead, cheeks, nose and just above your lip and it looks amazing! Cannot wait to grab one for myself to try out!
Malin + Goetz - Lip moisturiser
When I was going through my super dry lips stage, I was reading reviews about different lip products out there and this one kept popping up. I ended up going with the 'Lanolips' lip balm but this one is meant to be awesome because of it's super hydration and revival of your lips.  I think you can pick it up at most Mecca shops so I think this will be next on my list. 

I think that should do for now. I was just looking at the Mecca website and I feel like I could go on for hours. So I'm going to go and buy them all in my imaginary shopping land. If you have tried any of these products I'd love to know what you think. So drop me a line over on Twitter or Instagram... or Facebook, I don't want to make any platforms feel left out.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Things I've learn since becoming a Mum...

Becoming a Mum has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. Literally from thinking about having a baby, through pregnancy, child birth and now having the little gremlin in my life, I learnt something new everyday. My brain, bless it's cotton socks, gets tired from all the new information, majority is totally useless, but it's tired and full...well maybe not full, but there is definitely a notification popping up saying that "Your storage is nearly full", just like my phone, which holds about 4000 photos of my baby and Norman, my dog.

(Adorable aren't they? Watch out though, they are dodgy...)

Today, I thought I would share my new found 'Mum Knowledge', because you may be a new Mum, soon-to-be Mum, long-time Mum or just procrastinating at work and stumbled upon this, either way I have your attention and you WILL learn/agree/disagree/think I've lost my marbles.

1. Miss Rabbit and Nanny Plum are the same person. I think there may also be a few other cross contaminations between 'Peppa Pig' and 'Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom'... I watch them about 200 times a day so I'll get back to you!
2. Getting pregnant is a miracle. I watched this documentary about how sperm travels to the egg in order to make the little bubba (if you heard about some kind of stalk, meet me after class and we will have a little chat), the female body literally hates the sperm. It is like some kind of 'Hunger Games' maze for the poor little sperm troopers to make their way through. The body tries to destroy it at every corner. Typical woman hey? Always difficult (I can say that because I am a woman). The sperm that makes it really is an absolute champion and what I have learnt is this, if you have had a few attempts at getting pregnant, be patient, it is a war zone in there and those little soldiers are doing their best!

3. If you need a super stealthy spy, hire a Mum. Seriously, there is no one on this planet who can slip in and out of a room with ninja like precision and remain undetected, like a Mother of a sleeping baby can. I know every creak of her door, every noisy spot in her room, how to dislocate my shoulder and break my back in 4 places to reach a dirty bib that's fallen behind the rocking chair. I can hold my breathe for up to 20 minutes if needs be, because if my breathing wakes my child, well... hell hath no fury like a Mum who hasn't had 10 minutes to sit in silence.  Tom Cruise, you have no idea, a Mum doesn't need to catch her sweat, because she can mentally switch off her sweat glands to avoid any spluttering noises. A Mum also has the ability to detect danger within a 5 mile radius, like if someone down the street coughed too loudly, they will be exterminated on the spot (like I said... "hall hath no fury...").

4. The human body is an amazing machine. When I was pregnant, I was constantly amazed at how my body worked in order to grow a child and then look after it once they were born. For example, a woman will get a heightened sense of smell, which is meant to help her avoid foods that she shouldn't eat, you literally grow a new organ (the placenta) in order to help your baby grow, your body releases a hormone which causes you to become more stretchy in order to help your body grow to fit the baby and then squeeze it out of you. But the biggest thing of all, you are literally growing a human being inside you. That blows my mind! I watched this video a few months ago and about a baby growing from a tiny egg, all the way till birth and it seriously just amazed me. Take a look...

5. Being a parent is like multi-tasking bootcamp. Back in my pre-baby days, I would stumble through life, taking my time with the washing, the dishes, just general day to day activities. Then baby life happened. For those of you who are unaware, the average sleep cycle of a newborn baby is 40 minutes. After that they could go back to sleep...or they don't. Therefore you have 40 minutes to do EVERYTHING that needs to get done, or it doesn't happen. So you don't waste time, you don't do unnesscary jobs like sort out your DVD's in alphabetical order, or breathe. You get shit done. Quickly! I now have the ability to sort out the main priority jobs through to the "I can do them tomorrow" jobs and get them done, whilst making various small human meals, entertaining a puppy and drinking a (strong) coffee all at once. 

6. You say your baby will fit into your schedule, but that's what people with no kids say. Paddy and I said that, a lot! But then Poppy was born and the thought of her missing a nap or getting out of her routine is a torture worse than back to back episodes of, 'Two broke girls'. So not worth the stress/drama/meltdowns. I say it's more beneficial to and a compromise where you can meet half way (really it's more towards their way but you can kinda see the middle, so you feel like it's even). Happy baby, happy life!

7. You don't need to buy them toys, just give them a empty container and your car keys. I buy Poppy these adorable toys, imagining how much fun we will have together, but then the box it came in seems to be the real winner. Or a receipt she pulled out of my bag. Or my phone with all it's flashing lights and the thrill of knowing she isn't allowed it. Or a spatula. Why do I waste my money? Is it more for the inner child in me that secretly wants to play with the tiny blender that sings? Possibly. To be honest, if I could be entertained for a good 20 minutes playing with a piece of paper and a pair on sunglasses, life would be much more simple wouldn't it?

8. Apparently there are still commercial songs playing on the radio, but I wouldn't know. The only songs I ever have stuck in my head are, 'Who's in the Wiggle house?', 'Hey Duggee' and 'The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse'. Even in the car when you think you can catch a break, no, you MUST play the god damn Wiggles or else the screams...oh how they pierce your brain. So, Lachy and Emma're up.

9. You like your personal space, but you'll learn to live with without it. I have a 1 year old puppy with serious personal space issues, but now I have a crawling baby who feels the need to sit inside my ribcage. So unless I crawl up on the kitchen bench and hope for the best, I guess I'll just have to deal with it.

10. Your food is to be eaten quickly, or it won't be eaten by you at all. You know how wild animals eat their prey quickly and efficiently to ensure no other wild beasts steal it from them? This is basically a day to day event in our house. It's like "Yeah, I did just eat my own meal of delicious baby cereal and mushed up banana, but you are eating toast... and I haven't had toast today... so... give it!". You eat fast, you eat quickly, or the wolves will find you... and they WILL win.

Parent life. It's a funny thing...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

The Friday Five - Flashback to the Nineties

Happy Friday Everyone!

Say it with me - 'Lipsmackers', 'Tamagotchis', 'Rugrats'. As a child of the Nineties, I am one of those people that believe that everything was better during that time, the music, the toys, the TV shows, the fact that children had the ability to play outside for hours and not in front of a screen. In fact, the 90's were SO good, that people freaked out that the world was going to end when it turned to the year 2000... Bet you guys felt stupid that morning hey?

I thought today I would pay respect to the amazingness that is the 90's and dedicate the Friday Five to all things double denim, scrunchies and butterfly clips.

1. The Babysitters Club.

Yep, I'm starting with a BANG. If you were a girl, growing up in the 90's, SURELY you read 'The Babysitters Club' books. I was OBSESSED with these and would read these books till the pages bled (not really... they have no blood supply and therefore no actual ability to seep blood). I was definitely Team Kristy, but I did love Stacey and Dawn, I'd say they were an equal second place. I actually saw a t-shirt about 'The Babysitters club" today, which sparked my 90's enthusiasm. Did anyone read the little sister books... what was her name... it was Kristy's stepsister... let me google... KAREN! Yes! I loved these as well!!
(I need this t-shirt in my life. If anyone knows where I can find it, give me a holla!)

2. The Macarena. 
Who doesn't love a good dance song? And When I say dance, I don't mean like house music, I mean like a song where EVERYONE knew the dance moves. Like, 'The Macarena', 'The Ketchup song', 'The Nutbush', '5,6,7,8' (Steps... yeah remember Steps?). I feel like these songs don't happen anymore and I used to be ALLLLL about them! I still know the dance moves and I'm totally not even ashamed!

3. The Movies.
Now, novies these days ARE amazing, I'm not taking anything away from them... I mean we have Tom hardy now for god sake... BUT there is nothing quite like a good 90's movie. So many classics came from that time period - 'Clueless', 'Titanic', 'Jurassic Park', 'Home Alone', 'Pulp Fiction', 'Forest Gump', The Lion King', '10 things I hate about you', 'Fight Club', 'Toy Story', 'Saving Private Ryan', "The Sixth Sense'... seriously I could go on and on and on. All iconic, and I am preeeeetty sure some good actors had their big break in a few of those movies and not to mention some of the most quotable lines from ALL TIME!

4. Music.
This can be a very broad one, but for me personally, 90's music is all about Britney Spears, Nsync, The Backstreet boys, Five and of course... The Spice Girls. Who doesn't love them? I actually saw them when I was younger, they were out here to promote their movie 'Spice World' (I know, best movie ever right?) and I lined up for ages and ages (with my Dad - well done Dad! Wouldn't have been fun for you). I saw them for about 45 seconds as they came in to say hello to everyone in the cinema, but those 45 seconds were every pre-teen girl of the 90's dream! Speaking of 90's music, a good game if you are stuck in the car - Put on the 90's playlist on spotify, block the screen so you can see the song and then see who can guess the title and artist first. Seriously, best fun!

5. Fashion.
Lets me real for a second. The fashion wasn't great. I remember we all wore tops that were 4 time bigger than our bodies, pants that were super tight and waaaay to high (ala Harry High pants), scrunchies (kinda cool now), butterfly clips (about 20 at a time), double denim, overalls (kinda want them back though), matching pants and tops and of course... Jellies. All I can say is, at least it wasn't the bloody 80's. Now those guys were embarrassing.

(What I wished I dressed like...)

(What I actually looked like...)

I feel so nostalgic now. I have been googling nineties movies, tv-shows, toys, song and it has brought back soooo many memories. There is a good Friday activity for you. Go on a google time travel and be amazed.

I hope you all have a funkalicious weekend and don't forget to give me a follow on Twitter or Instagram (coz if we were back in the 90's I'd totally follow you...).
*Insert Peace sign that The Spice Girls used to do*

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