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Olson Homes Model Grand Opening Event for Single-Story Villas in Orange on 8/12

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Are you looking for a new home in Orange County? Olson Homes is bringing 37 brand-new single-story villas to Orange in their new community Orchard Walk!olsen-homes-single-story-villas-in-orangeHome seekers far and wide are invited to the Olson Orchard Walk Model Grand Opening event on Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Attendees will be treated to a tour of four fully-furnished attached model homes showcasing Olson’s expertise in home design and livability. Attendees can also enjoy an assortment of delicious food, amazing Front Porch Pops, beverages, live music, and an awesome balloon artist the kids are sure to love – all while exploring the new homes! It’s an event you won’t want to miss out on! You can RSVP for the event here.
Orchard Walk will present two and three-bedroom attached residences featuring Spanish architectural styles and modern style open layouts. Homebuyers can choose from four different floorplans ranging from approximately 1,340 to 1,566 square feet. Select floorplans have the added bonus of exterior patio spaces and varying room options!olson-homes-orchard-walk-hallwayEach Olson Home includes energy efficient toilets, faucets, and other Energy Star appliances along with auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths and space saving tankless water heaters. Key safety features include automatic fire sprinklers, low VOC interior paint, and carbon monoxide detectors. See the full list of individual home details HERE.olson-homes-orchard-walk-floorsOrchard Walk boasts a prime Orange County location! Residents will be about 3.5 miles from Old Towne Orange, a hub for artisan style dining and shopping. Other popular attractions like Disneyland, Angel Stadium, Honda Center, and The Outlets of Orange can all be accessed within a 12 mile radius!olson-homes-grand-opening-villas-1Orchard Walk’s Welcome Center is currently open to help visitors get to know the neighborhood. Home Advisors on hand are ready to help prospective buyers learn about the qualifying and buying process. All interested buyers are encouraged to register for the Orchard Walk Interest List to receive information and updates about this community and future phase releases. Register for the Interest List HERE.Giveaway-time

Olson Homes is also hosting a fun giveaway right now in celebration of their upcoming Orchard Walk Grand Opening event. You can enter for a chance to win one of 5 gift cards to Orange Hill Restaurant by doing either or both of these things:
1) Following Olson Homes on Instagram and also tag 3 friends on this Grand Opening Post for Orchard Walk.

2) Go to this Olson Homes’ Facebook event and say that you’re GOING to the Facebook event and also tag 3 friends on this Facebook event post.

Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only and entrants must be 18 years of age or older. No purchase is necessary to enter. Entries will be accepted through 8/11 at 3:59 p.m. . Entries will be verified and winners chosen on 8/11 at 4 p.m.. Winners may pick up their prize at the Grand Opening event on 8/12.  Giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Instagram or this blog. 

Orchard Walk is located at:
4700 E. Washington Avenue
Orange, Ca. 92869

Connect with Olson Homes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too!

About Olson Homes
Recognized as a leader in providing affordable urban housing throughout California, The Olson Company is dedicated to developing outstanding and long-lasting partnerships with the cities with which we work. Our approach to problem solving continues to be successful because we listen to the suggestions of city planners and officials and ultimately recognize that we are all committed to the same goal — serving the local community.

Images and logo are property of Olson Homes and used with permission. 


American Girl Branches Out with New Body Book for Boys

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For the first time, American Girl, a decades-long leader in helping millions of girls navigate through adolescence, is extending similar advice to boys and their parents with Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. american-girl-guy-stuff-coverWith boys facing many of the same questions and concerns about their changing bodies as girls do, the brand felt it was important to collaborate with Dr. Cara Natterson, New York Times bestselling author and mom of a 2 for this new book. Dr. Natterson is also a board-certified pediatrician and author of American Girl’s wildly successful The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls series has sold nearly 6 million copies and is considered the “go-to” resource for parents and health-care professionals alike.american-girl-guy-stuff-1

Using a down-to-earth tone and illustrations that deliver just the right balance of facts and humor, Guy Stuff helps boys ages 8 and up prepare for the changes their bodies will go through as they grow and develop. Topics cover everything from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice cracking, pubic changes to moodiness, peer pressure to bullying, and everything in between.

“Parents have written to me for years, asking for the boy version of The Care and Keeping of You. And while we’ve done a good job of educating girls on puberty and their changing bodies, boys have been left behind on this topic—and that’s simply not fair. Boys go through puberty, too, and they deserve the same information that girls get about how to grow up in a safe and healthy way. It’s time we change the social norms and start including boys in discussions about puberty, health, and wellness, beyond what may or may not be taught in the classroom once or twice a year.” – Dr. Cara Natterson

Guy Stuff addresses boys directly with age-appropriate and practical information that answers their questions about how their bodies work, what will change through puberty, handling new emotions and feelings (and that it’s okay to express them!), and how to adopt healthy living strategies for a lifetime. And just like its girl counterpart, Guy Stuff empowers boys to take control over their health, while also encouraging open conversation with parents and other trusted adults about questions or worries they may have.american-girl-guy-stuff-book-2
Guy Stuff is a head-to-toe guide, covering a wide range of physical and emotional topics, including:
Body Basics: Breaks down basic facts about boys’ bodies and explains the common changes of puberty (“You Will: Grow taller, sprout hair, sweat more, develop muscles, see changes in skin and hair texture, get a deeper voice, see changes to private parts, and experience new emotions.”) and discusses the importance of establishing healthy habits and having a good attitude.
Heads Up: This chapter covers everything boys need to know to keep their heads and face in tip-top shape, including hair care, acne, sun protection, and oral hygiene.
Reach: Explains the essentials of nail care and maintaining healthy hands, underarm hair and controlling body odor, plus breaks down the changes boys’ chests will undergo.
Belly Zone: Acknowledges that bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and shares detailed information on healthy hydration, food, nutrition, and essential vitamins and minerals.
Big Changes: Tackles changing hormones, private parts (including erections), moods, and voice.
Get Going: Covers legs, height and growing pains, feet, fitness and exercise, sport safety, the importance of good sleep, and even bed-wetting.
Your Inner You: This section delves into new feelings and emotions boys may be experiencing during puberty, including topics on peer pressure and bullying, plus letting guys know that it’s not only okay, but healthy, to express their emotions.

Guy Stuff  is priced at $12.99 and is now available through the American Girl catalogue, at americangirl.com, at American Girl retail stores, and nationwide through retail and online booksellers.

Images are property of American Girl and used with permission. 


{Giveaway} Support CHOC Walk Wednesdays at Chick-fil-A + Enter to Win

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 


There’s a whole new reason to be excited about Wednesdays this August – CHOC Walk Wednesdays at Chick-fil-A!  In honor of the upcoming CHOC Walk in the Park, being held this year on Sunday, August 27 at Disneyland Resort, Chick-fil-A has teamed up with CHOC Walk for CHOC Walk Wednesdays. Chick-fil-A cookie fans can stop by their closest Orange County Chick-fil-A for a cookie on CHOC Walk Wednesdays in August and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to CHOC Children’s Hospital.Choc-Cookie-Fundraiser To join in and support this great cause, just stop by any Orange County Chick-fil-A location on the four Wednesdays leading up to the CHOC Walk and purchase a Chocolate Chunk Cookie, a six pack or a catering tray of 12 or 24 and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to CHOC Children’s Hospital. 

  • Wednesday, August 2nd
  • Wednesday, August 9th
  • Wednesday, August 16th
  • Wednesday, August 23rd


I’m also hosting a great giveaway where one (1) of my lucky readers will win Free Chick-fil-A for a Year! Prize includes 52 Meal cards valued at $380.00! What a great prize to win!
The giveaway is sponsored by the Orange County Chick-fil-A locations, but redeemable at any Chick-fil-A location in Southern California. You can enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!
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To find a participating Chick-fil-A location near you, visit here. For more information about CHOC Walk in the Park or to register, go here.

Images are property of CHOC Children’s Hospital and used with permission. 


{Giveaway} Summer Self Care with Burke Williams Day Spa and H2V Skincare

I received spa services in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own. 


Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather outside, especially here in Southern California. For me, it’s also an opportunity to put more effort into my own self care and give myself some extra TLC and pampering. I’ve learned that the better I take care of myself, the happier I am and more able I am to care for those I love. (a.k.a my family)burke-williams-entryBurke Williams Day Spa is one of my favorite places to get pampered. Whether it’s with one of their amazing massages, a facial, or a pedicure, I live for my special trips there because in addition to the services I’ve booked for myself, I can also spend as much time as I’d like, relaxing in the spa area, which includes the whirlpool, sauna, steam room, cool misting room and a vanity area. It’s amazing!
burke-williams-jacuzziDid you know that Burke Williams has its own, exclusive skincare line called H2V? This signature skin care line proves lasting beauty is a marriage of art and science. H2V products combine natural herbs and botanicals with tested scientific ingredients. Burke Williams’ team of experienced scientists, estheticians, and industry professionals have created an effective, results-oriented line of products designed to repair and enhance your skin. Constantly evolving to incorporate the most advanced technology, H2V is a custom-formulated professional skin care line that is designed to enhance your natural beauty.burke-williams-facial One of the line’s best selling products is Buff, which is a refining exfoliant with microdermabrasion crystals and cornmeal, that provides even and complete exfoliation. Bentonite clay assists with detoxifying to maintain fresh looking and healthy skin. Buff is great for teens, men and women. It’s a fantastic product that could be an ideal (and affordable) gift for yourself or special someone in your life. burke-williams-buff

I’m so excited about this product that I’m hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my lucky readers to be able to win their own jar of Buff, one of Burke Williams’ top selling products, and a 3 Day Spa Pass. (spa pass good for three trips to Burke Williams to use the amenities and receive 20% off services). im-having-a-giveawayTo enter my giveaway, just go to my Instagram. look for the photo above, showing a girl receiving a relaxing facial, and leave a comment telling me what your favorite spa service at Burke Williams is. I will accept comments as entries on the Instagram post until 11:59 p.m. on 8/10/17, when I will close the giveaway. I will then draw a winner using Random Number Generator. Winner will be contacted via DM on Instagram. Good luck everyone! Thanks for reading!

All of Burke Williams H2V products are available for purchase in their online store. You can check them out here.

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Back to School Savings with Groupon

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Summer time is such a great time to enjoy doing things together as a family and is just so relaxing. However, as it starts to wind down, moms like me can’t help but to have “Back-to-School” on their minds. Aside from the holidays, this time of year must be one of the busiest for shopping.back-to-school-with-groupon-2This year, I’m all about saving as much as I can on my back-to-school expenses so I”ll be hitting up Groupon. Have you heard of Groupon before? Groupon works with over 9000 national retailers with the goal of passing savings to you. It offers 1000s of FREE coupons, exclusive promo codes, and deals to shoppers to save you money on things like restaurants, travel, shopping, entertainment and more! I love shopping with Groupon because I can use the money I saved towards something else. It’s a win-win!back-to-school-shopping-with-groupon-1There are so many things to buy for the upcoming school year. Whether your children wear a school uniform or regular clothes to school, outfitting them can cost a pretty penny, especially as most of them have sprouted over the summer and can longer wear much from last school year. Then there are school shoes to buy, new backpacks & lunchboxes, and a ton of school supplies. This year I also need to purchase a laptop for my daughter. It seems like the list goes on and on. Here’s just an example of some of the stores I’ll be back-to-school shopping at with Groupon:

  • Nordstrom
  • Macy’s
  • Finish Line
  • Sears
  • Forever 21
  • Nike
  • Walmart
  • Best Buy
  • Amazon

groupon-envelopeGroupon offers savings at tons of the stores and sites I shop at.  You can check out their site and search for the best deals, even from your mobile device. Why wouldn’t you want to save money on things you’re already purchasing?


Armstrong Garden Centers Offer Free Kids Class Series in July

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Armstrong Garden Centers will debut its kids class series in July at select stores. The new, interactive sessions will engage the minds of children while helping them learn about critters that are important to gardens. Open to all ages, but ideal for kids grades kindergarten through third grade, topics include wiggly worms, bold butterflies and beautiful birds.

The July kids class series will only take place at Armstrong’s Carlsbad, La Cañada, La Habra, Temecula, Thousand Oaks and Torrance store locations. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.armstrong-kids-classesArmstrong Garden Centers July kids class series schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. – Wiggly Worms – Learn why worms are important to the soil and how they help plants grow. Kids in attendance will get to meet these wiggly creatures in a hands-on setting and take a worm home, too.
  • Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. – Bold Butterflies – This class will allow children to learn about the life cycle of butterflies and how they help flowers bloom. Each child in attendance will make a butterfly feeder to take home and enjoy.
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. – Beautiful Birds – Gardens provide food and habitat for birds and birds help gardens grow. Kids attending this class will learn how along with planting a sunflower seed to take home.

California gardeners of all skill levels are invited to attend Armstrong’s community classes in July. Each workshop will encourage attendees to nurture their green thumbs with a wide range of topics to get ready for summer.Watering-gardenAdditional scheduled events for the first full month of summer include:

  • Saturday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. – Healthy Plants: Fertilizing & Water – Different soils and plants have different nutrient requirements to stay in balance. Learn simple techniques to ensure that you have healthy and beautiful blooms and foliage all summer long. No registration required for this free class. Class not available at the Irvine Outlet location.
  • Saturday, July 22 at 9:00 a.m. – Growing Citrus in the Home Garden – Participants will learn tips to grow bounteous crops of juicy citrus fruit and hear advice from Armstrong’s experts. The Pasadena and La Habra locations will host a tropical fruit tree class during this time. Class not available at the Irvine Outlet.
  • Saturday, July 29 at 9:00 a.m. – Colorful, Flowering Water-wise Plants – Waterwise gardens can be full of colorful flowers. Armstrong’s experts will show attendees perennials and shrubs that provide blooms and beauty all year-long.Class not available at the Irvine Outlet.armstrong-garden-centers-flower

Each class is instructed by a nursery professional who will offer timely gardening advice and hands-on demonstrations.FreeGardenTalks Armstrong Garden Centers also offers free garden talks from its team of experts for local gardening clubs, homeowners associations and other community groups. For more information or to register for a class, please visit their here.

Images are property of Armstrong Garden Centers. 



Celebrate July 4th at Dana Point Harbor

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OC Parks invites the community to spend July 4th at Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy waterfront dining, ocean activities, boating, sailing, and experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza.Dana Point Independence DAyThe July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will light up Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views from the harbor, Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries located within the harbor. The display begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and early arrival is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to bring a personal FM radio to tune into KSBR 88.5FM and listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks display.dana-point-harborSpend the week of Independence Day enjoying Dana Point Harbor’s many waterfront restaurants and ocean activities, or take a cruise in the harbor on July 4th to view the fireworks display. The Ocean Institute, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari are all offering 4th of July Fireworks cruises.dana-point-harbor-whale-watchingVisitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle services on July 4th to avoid traffic jams. The shuttles will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shuttle service will suspend at 9 p.m. until after the fireworks and will resume until 11 p.m.dana-point-harbor-trolleyThe Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stop #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the inter Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.dana-point-harbor-baby-beachCelebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor and experience the spectacular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information visit http://www.DanaPointHarbor.com.doheny-state-beachPlease note: Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks.

Some images are property of OC Parks. 



5 Reasons Why Parents Need the Screen Time App This Summer

This post is in partnership with The Motherhood and Screen Time, but all opinions are 100% my own.


Technology is a wonderful thing. It’s brought our world up to light speed and has made many things so much easier and efficient. With that being said, I also feel that technology is a double-edged sword, especially when it comes to kids.screen-time-app-kids-on-technologySince our children are growing up in the digital age, many of them are using technology to open up their worlds. My own daughter uses her devices for a variety of things on an everyday basis, including communicating with friends, watching YouTube videos, playing games and using apps, doing homework, and going on social media.screen-time-app-technology-2As a parent, it’s one of my main responsibilities to protect my child and keep her safe from any physical and/or emotional danger – so I’ve always been cautious about her use of technology, especially when it comes to The Internet. Parents 10 years ago never had to consider the added responsibility that comes with having a child in the technology age because you also have to protect them from the dangers associated with being online – and the disadvantages that come from too much time in front of a screen (such as obesity, irregular sleep schedules, loss of social skills and less time for play).screen-time-app-dashboardEspecially during the summer, there’s so much for kids to explore beyond their screens, which is why I’m sharing 5 reasons why parents need to download the Screen Time app (You can click here to sign up now – there’s a free basic version, but the premium is worth the $3.99/month and includes a free 14-day trial).

Here are some of the advantages of the premium version of the Screen Time app:
Time limits – As a parent, I feel it’s important to set time limits on my child’s use of technology. It’s vital when she has things like homework and bedtime, and in the summer, I try to encourage outdoor play and discovery that doesn’t always involve a screen.

App blocking – With that being said, I also recognize that certain apps are necessary (and even required), especially for homework during the school year. Screen Time allows me to free up those apps she needs for homework, or apps we can use together to enhance quality family time, while making the others unavailable until later.

Remote management – I also recognize that technology time limits should be altered for weekends, vacation times and summer, and there are plenty of apps out there that can enhance playtime and outdoor/offline discovery (see a great list of them below). It’s so convenient that I can set the limits of my child’s usage of her iPad from my phone or any browser by just logging in.screen-time-app-2

Pause & Play – We all know how kids can become entranced by their devices – just one more video, one more game. Screen Time can help break that cycle by allowing you to pause onscreen activity without endless nagging or bargaining, so you can sit down to dinner as a family, take a walk through the neighborhood, enjoy your summer together. On the flip side, play, you can also add bonus screen time without changing any settings.

Daily web and app use reports – I’ve had a couple of months to test out this wonderful app in my own home, with the use of my iPhone and my daughter’s iPad. Since she spends time on her iPad on a daily basis, I’d always tried my best to monitor and supervise what she was doing – but when I was introduced to Screen Time, these daily reports enabled me to better keep track of her activity and set reasonable limits.

Screen Time is already running on over 1 million devices, and it’s obvious just how that came to be. It’s a great app that households everywhere should be using to keep control over their own children’s usage on devices. To try it now, visit screentimelabs.com.

Grand Opening Celebration on 6/24 for New “Tapestry Walk” Townhomes in Anaheim

Olson Homes will host its Model Grand Opening of Tapestry Walk on Saturday, June 24. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Interested home shoppers may tour new model homes and learn more about exciting amenities to come in this brand-new neighborhood that offers easy townhome living and a desirable South Anaheim address.tapestry-walk-anaheimGuests at the Model Grand Opening will enjoy summer BBQ and music and have the opportunity to win Anaheim-themed prizes in the We Love Anaheim giveaway, including Disneyland passes, Angel game tickets, and gift cards to local restaurants. RSVPs encouraged for this event and can be made HERE.

Tapestry Walk is a collection of new, three-story townhomes that offers a small, close-knit community in a bustling location in the heart of Orange County. Homeowners will enjoy the benefits of residential design by Olson Homes, known for:

  • welcoming contemporary and traditional architecture
  • an impressive selection of floor plans to accommodate a number of lifestyles
  • green building features
  • a location within walking distance to a number of dining and entertainment destinations.

tapestry-rendering-2Eleven floor plans feature spacious, open designs with up to three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and range from 1,296 to 1,741 square feet. Tapestry Walk homes include large master suites with walk-in closets, impressive kitchens, and two-car garages. Second-floor decks in most floor plans provide lovely outdoor living opportunities, and a number of amenities will encourage connection and relaxation, including a private community pool, dog park, bocce ball court, and outdoor fireplace gathering area.tapestry-renderingTapestry Walk’s South Anaheim location presents abundant opportunities for work and play. The neighborhood’s convenient access to I-5 and multiple public transportation options, as well as its proximity to employment and business centers, make it appealing to commuters and busy professionals. Residents will enjoy an impressive variety entertainment opportunities, many within walking distance, including the Outlets at Orange, Angel Stadium, and Honda Center. The Disneyland Resort, numerous restaurants and shopping centers, and many Anaheim-famous attractions are only minutes away.

Tapestry Walk is located at
2337 South Manchester Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

To learn more about Tapestry Walk and to sign up for the Interest List, visit http://www.tapestrywalk.com/contact-us/.

Images are property of Olsen Homes. 



Great Gifts For Dads and Grads at Brea Mall

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June is a busy time of year, especially when it comes to celebrating Dads and Grads! Brea Mall is the perfect place to shop for great gifts for all of them. With 5 major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Men’s, Children’s & Home, JCPenney, and Sears, plus more than 175 specialty shops, you’re sure to find something for every dad and grad in your life! brea-mall-directoryWe spent a fun afternoon out at Brea Mall, looking for the best gift options for all of the dads in our life. With a dad, a couple of grandpas, a step-grandpa, and several uncles to shop for, I found something for everyone in each of the shops we stopped at. We found a ton of gifts for Dads at The Art of Shaving, Tommy Bahama, Apple Store, and Bose.

dad-shops-brea-mallthe-art-of-shaving-1the-art-of-shaving-2tommy-bahama-clothingtommy-bahama-2apple-store-macbose-headphonesFor the grads on our list, we browsed through stores of all different types for the graduates on our list. Some of our favorite ones included Urban Outfitters, Sephora, Apple Store, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Typo. grad-shops-brea-mallurban-outfitters-giftsapple-store-mactypo-journalsdaisy-shoppe-grad-giftsBrea Mall also features several popular restaurants and a recently remodeled Food Court.Whether you’re looking to sit down and have a meal with table service or just grab a quick bite, you have plenty of options to choose from there. What a great place to go and “Dine With Dad” this Father’s Day or bring your family to enjoy a celebratory meal after a graduation. One of the places we enjoy dining at when we’re there is California Pizza Kitchen.cpk-menucpk-lunch-pizza-and-saladHave you finished all of your shopping for Father’s Day and Graduations? Brea Mall is a great center to stop by for a shopping and dining experience. For mall hours and a complete directory of shops and restaurants, go here.brea-mall-sign




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