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Printable, family-bonding board game

Let me start from the beginning, and explain why this board game is actually a bonding family game and why it’s so special for me and my family.

So two weeks ago, I’ve learned that an average Canadian family spends a total of 14% of their time at home together! Now if you think about it, it’s really not a lot! So Leon’s have conducted a social experiment, and have helped one family track their family time, with Project Smart Furniture! They have got a sofa, that was tracking all family members time spent together! My girls were very intrigued with it, and honestly it got me thinking a lot too.

printable family board game

So first, I really encourage you to watch this video! It’s fascinating how it all worked out! And secondly, I think I have found a solution! I was really trying to think about a way to get a families together more, and it hit me: by playing more together!

Of course, any type of game that makes you spend time together as a family is good, but imagine a game that lets the family bond? That gives everyone an opportunity to talk about how they feel and how they see other family members. And what they love about each and every one. A game that leaves everyone with that felling-good emotion, when you look around and think, yes, this is my place, and these are my people. A game that let’s kid see how parents see them, and parents see how their kids describe them. A game that makes everyone listen when others speak.

So as you know, I studied psychology, and one of my favorite things was group therapy sessions. So this game is based on that principle of a group bonding session.

But what kids will see, is a dice and roll board game, where the winner get’s a doughnut! A game with cute tokens and a Popsicle for the person loosing his tour.

family bonding board game

So here’s what you need:

  • Download and print “Donut you want to win” game. I suggest using thick paper, so the game can last longer!
  • Use duck tape to glue the pages of the board game together. ( If you’d like to make it prettier and thicker, print the last page 2 more times, and glue them at the back of the board game page)
  • Cut out the question cards ( again, if you want them thinker, print the last page 4 more times, and glue it in together with the question page, wait until it dries, and then cut out the questions)
  • Pick out the tokens you like, and cut them out
  • Cut out the doughnut and the Popsicle , and glue them together.
  • Let your kids help you with all the steps!

Free printable board game , a family bonding game!

Family bonding board game

family bonding board game

Family bonding board game

family bonding board game

Now, It’s time to play! Grab the page with rules, and read them aloud. Let everyone choose their token. Prepare a dice. Place the cards on the board, and the doughnut and the Popsicle on their spots. Have fun!

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

You can add your own questions if you wish! And of-course, helping each other is encouraged!

Seeing my family bonding together, my kids laughing at my hubby’s imitations, and my daughters making up songs about us, makes my heart so happy and full. I hope you’ll feel the same after playing with your family! And it’s funny how it all started with Project Smart Furniture!


disclosure: This post was brought to you by Leon’s, all opinions remain my own.


Can you afford a spring adventure?

spring adventure

I believe the beginning of spring is the time for adventure, exploring new places, and leaving the coziness of home. It’s the time for discovering the outdoors once again, enjoying the fresh air, and reconnecting with nature! Except that in Canada, spring comes late and often teases everyone for a couple of weeks with sunshine, and then it snows on repeat. And when you have young, growing kids, spring is also the time to shop for new clothes!

Most of you know I’m very budget-conscious, but what you may not know is that I’m also a sucker for soft cotton and sweet prints. And my kids will wear anything as long as it’s girly, comfortable, and easy for them play and run around in.

So in effort to enjoy the first few spring days, we went to the Montreal Botanical Garden. It was a perfect day for the girls to also try on new dresses from Giant Tiger. The dresses are soft, cute, with fun prints and in my daughter’s favorite colours! And hear me out mamas: for five dollars each! This spring shopping left me with extra money to go out afterwards on a small adventure with my kids! At these very affordable prices I don’t feel like I spent too much on new clothes that now we should just stay home and stop using credit cards!

Je crois que le début du printemps est un bon temps pour partir à l’aventure. C’est le temps pour finalement quitter la maison et redécouvrir les journées de plein-air et de soleil. Mais ici au Canada, le printemps a l’habitude d’être un peu coquin. Il nous donne quelques journées de soleil puis nous surprend avec une dernière tempête de neige!

Et comme les enfants grandissent toujours un peu trop vite, le printemps est aussi l’occasion de magasiner de nouveaux vêtements! Je fais de gros efforts pour être économe, mais je craque toujours pour les designs mignons et les cotons tout doux. Et mes filles, elles aimes tout ce qui est confortable et mignon.

Alors pour avoir une avant-goût du printemps, même ici à Montréal, on a décidé de visiter les serres du Jardin Botanique. C’était une occasion parfaite pour essayer les nouvelles robes printanières de Tigre Géant! Elles sont confortables et adorables. Et en plus, et c’est vraiment génial, elles coutent 5$ chaque!

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring adventure

And while some adventures inspire you more than others, the funny thing about kids is that you never know what will strike their imagination the most. Next day, after my daughters ran around the cacti and palm trees in the Botanical Garden, they kept telling me how they loved these big plants. So I made a little cactus colouring page for them, and they ended up spending all morning on it! If you’d like to print it for your kids, you can download a free printable version by clicking here .

Alors, après notre visite au Jardin Botanique, je me suis rendu compte que les enfants sont vraiment imprévisibles. On ne sait jamais ce qui va les marquer et nourrir leur imagination. Eh bien mes filles ont adoré les cactus. Alors je leur ai préparé une page à colorier pleine de cactus (et vous pouvez la sauvegarder et l’imprimer pour vos enfants).

free printable Cactus coloring page

Also, can you tell how happy they were to be wearing new spring dresses? These two sweet and girly dresses are also from Giant Tiger,and for only five dollars each!

Et bien sûr, elles ont voulu porter leur deux autres nouvelles robes Tigre Géant. Voyez-vous combien elles sont contentes de les porter? Et ces robes sont aussi 5$ chacune.

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

And if you’d like a little inspiration on how to style them for special occasions, a hair bow and some little girl jewelry would be just enough to transform these cute spring dresses!

Et si vous voulez des suggestions pour savoir comment les porter, je pense qu’une petite boucle, avec un collier pour enfant seraient parfaits pour transformer ces robes de tous les jours en robe d’occasion spéciale.

kids spring fashion

Now, with these prices, everyone can afford a spring adventure! And so, where will you go?

Bref, avec du magasinage à ce prix, tout le monde peut s’offrir une aventure pour le retour du printemps. Et vous, où voulez-vous aller?

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Giant Tiger, all opinion remain my own.

Feeling better from the inside out

Probiotics for the win

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”

― William Shakespeare

Centuries have passed and this quote is as accurate as ever before! And in our busy modern lifestyle, being a gardener to our inner garden is one of our biggest daily challenges!
Because while we try to take care of our body and our mind, it’s never really easy to find time for self-care. We may try to exercise and eat healthy, moisture our skin, and nourish our soul. But none of that will really work in our benefit if we forget about our inner garden: our gut and it’s unique bacterial flora. With the processed food surrounding us and with our sterile environment, there’s less and less good bacteria in our diet and in everyday life. And newest research shows that the right bacteria can help us with our digestive health, boost our immunity, our skin, and even mood!

Probiotics for the win

So while each of us has its own highly diverse ecosystem – the intestinal flora – most of us don’t know that we have less diversity in it then we should! And that in order to flourish it needs a balanced biodiversity!

So even though I’m still figuring out the balance of self-care while caring for my crazy little family, I did make some changes that help me feel better. I drink more water starting from the morning. I take try to slow down a bit, and go outside daily. And I start everyday with my probiotic!

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

And I chose Advanced Gut Health Probiotic 15 billion CFU daily care because they have the highest strain count, targeted delivery and their shelf stable blister pack ( meaning that they don’t need to be refrigerated!) . Also, the friendly bacteria that are in these advanced health probiotic don’t simply add 15 bacterium for the short period of time: they actually allow other depending on them bacteria to flourish! Plus, they are non-gmo, gluten-free, vegan and soy free, so basically everyone can take them!

So now, even when my mornings are always busy and my kids seem to always want something from me (like another chocolate chip muffin, a different color of a cup or a batch of home-made play-dough before breakfast! ) I try to remember about my body and my self-care too. So I teach them to drink water with me, and I take my Advanced Gut Health Probiotic.

Probiotics for the win

If you’d like to try them too, and start to feel better from the inside out, you can find them in your local health food retailer and here online . I’m sure your inner garden will thank you!

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by Genuine Health, all opinions remain my own.

Everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

I believe in the beauty of the simple everyday moments. I really think that instead of searching for happiness far away, sometimes we just need to look around us with gratitude. And while life is full of ups and downs, and my life with young kids is definitively far from picture perfect, our happiness is right here, in the everyday simple moments.

It’s about time spent with family and friends. It’s about nurturing your senses with colors and textures. It’s about choosing the right glass, and changing your mind three times. It’s having a three year old cook-in-training,  following your steps wherever you go, and washing your herbs with the biggest commitment ever seen. My everyday moments of happiness are about simple, real ingredients and discovering new tastes. It’s my afternoon tea with a friend during a play date – while the kids have their tea time with dolls. And it’s listing to their giggles taking over the house.

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

And this Pure Leaf Peach Tea is perfect for those exact moments. It’s a bit sweet but not too sweet. It’s peachy and refreshing. Made from simple ingredients, and brewed with real tea leaves. And it’s finally available in the large 1.75 L bottle, perfect to share with friends and family!  And If you ask me, I think it’s simply amazing served with some fresh mint and mixed berries!

All you need to make it at home is;

– Peach Pure Leaf Tea

– Fresh mint

– Frozen mixed berries

Wash mint leaves, place frozen berries, mint and ice cubes in the glass, and pour over the Pure Leaf Peach tea. And share it with a friend or two!

everyday moments of happiness

So next time when you’ll feel like all you do is rush and stress, try slowing down a little, remind yourself what is it that you’re grateful for today, and have some tea. I’m sure you’ll feel better and happier right away!

Disclaimer: this post was brought to you by Pure Leaf, all opinions remain my own.

Valentine’s day ideas that you can really make with your kids

Valentine's day ideas that you can really make with your kids: toddlers and preschoolers! Easy a valentine,s card tutorial and other doable ideas! ,

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and it means that Pinterest is flooded with cute and perfect ideas to keep everyone occupied! If you’re single, you might be organizing a Galentine party, if you’re dating it’s time for a super romantic get-together, and if you’re a mom it means that you’ll be cutting out heart-shaped sandwiches, filling in your kids cards and baking complicated desserts all nigh long!

Or, we can just take it easy.

So while I really want my kids to feel special, and to enjoy the change of the seasons with their distinctive holidays, I thing it’s important to plan activities that they can actually make on their own!

And so these here, are three doable, easy and fun ideas that you can really make at home with toddlers and preschoolers alike:

1. Easy DIY Valentine’s day card

2. Home made Valentine’s day play-dough hearts

3. Simple Valentines day brownie bites

We have actually made all of these more than once, and here is how:

The DIY Valentine’s day card:

Every year we make our own cards (you can see the evolution of our ideas here and here!) This one is equally simple as fun, it leaves space inside for some sweet wishes (or scribbles!) and can be made with pre-cut by mom pieces, or made from start to finish by a bigger kid.

What you’ll need:

– Black pink and purple crafting paper
– Scissors and glue
– Glitter

Cut two long rectangles out of the black crafting paper, and fold them in two, so you have two little square booklets. Cut out 2 different sizes of hearts in two different colors ( I suggest purple and pink) and leave the smaller cut out paper aside (to glue it inside of the card) Let your bigger kid cut hearts out, and prepare it all for the toddler. Glue the bigger heart on the first page, then glue the smaller one on top and decorate with glitter. Inside glue the cut out rectangle with a heart-shaped hole, and write in your wishes on the empty side! ( Or let your toddler scribble something they think looks like a sweet note!) Here’s how my daughters did it:

Valentines days ideas to do with kids, that they can actually make alone!

Valentine's day ideas : easy DIY card that your kids can really make!

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine’s day home-made play dough:

This is the activity that Lili wants to make every year! Some years we would just play with it as with any other play dough. And some years we would make garlands. Here’s the recipe for my simple salt dough, perfect for cutting out hearts!

And here’s what we did this year: a dough without salt, so it would feel more like a real baking dough, and we pretended to be baking pink cakes for dolls with it!

Play dough that feels like a real dough:

– 1 cup flour
– 1 cup cornstarch
– 1/4 cup warm water
– 1/4 cup oil
– pink food colorant ( or some beet juice)

Mix it all well, if the dough is too sticky, add flour, if it’s too dry, add water and oil. For more sensory fun, you can add some dry pasta like we did!

Valentine's day ideas

easy Valentine's day craft ideas for kids

Valentine's day ideas

This dough keeps well in the fridge for 2 -3 days. Lili wanted to make some hearts and give them as her tokens of love, so we made these and baked just as you would bake any other cookie.

Valentine’s day brownie bites with cream cheese frosting:

Now this is so yummy and looks so festive, while being really simple.
Of course I encourage you to make your own brownies ( you can even find an amazing healthy version here) but you can also use a brownie box mix just like we did!

easy Valentine's day ideas that you can acctuale make: like these cute brownie bites!

What you’ll need:

– baked brownies
– heart shaped cookie cutters
– 1 cup cream cheese
– 1/2 cup icing sugar
– pink food colorant (or beet juice!)

Bake your brownies. Wait a bit until they cool down, and cut out hearts: we found that in order for them not to break it’s best to cut out bigger rectangular pieces, and then cut out the hearts:

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine's day ideas for kids activities

Now prepare your cheese cream frosting ( combine everything in a kitchen-aid mixer and mix well for around a minute) and decorate your brownie bites!

simple valentine's day dessert: brownie bites with cream cheese frosting!

easy to make Valentine's day brownie bites with cheese cream frosting!

Wishing you all a lovely and uncomplicated Valentine’s day!

Winter pastel birthday party

Winter pastel birthday party , ideas and tips for busy moms!

While celebrating Lili’s 5th birthday, I felt stronger than ever before how “the days are long but the years are short”. I just couldn’t stop thinking about all of the birthday parties I made so far, for this not-so-little-any-more girl of mine.

The first, over the top, with a hundred or so home-made cupcakes and all our friends, the second with boxes everywhere right before moving to our first home and while pregnant with our second girl. The third and fourth, with way too many kids high on sugar and me feeling all stressed after baking and cleaning like a mad woman.. Actually every year I would bake way too many cupcakes and stress too much over the the little things.

So this year I decided that I wanted to be more present and not in a rush and stressed. I planned this birthday party differently. I asked my big girl what party theme she liked, and this winter born baby said she wanted a winter party, with all the rainbow colors. So we decided to make it a pastel winter themed party, with pastel tassel garland and confetti’s and the colorful, rainbow-like birthday cake!

And for the first time since my girl was born, I decided to let someone else do the baking!

Winter pastel birthday party

I got cake and cupcakes at Le cake Studio , cookies at Johanie Creative and party decor at Genwoo Craft. I felt a bit more than usually like a Lazy Mom, having it all done for me, but I think that every one loved it nevertheless! And Lili, well she was so happy!

Winter pastel birthday party

Winter pastel birthday party

Winter pastel birthday party

Winter pastel birthday party

The cake and cupcakes where melt-in-your mouth pieces of art. With rich buttercream frosting and all-the-decorations, they have made my little girls birthday feel so special!

And the cookies where simply the sweetest little winter themed animals and snowflakes, that all kids and adults likewise, where fighting for !

Winter pastel birthday party

Winter pastel birthday party

Winter pastel birthday party

Winter pastel birthday party

So here’s my recipe for a simple winter pastel birthday party for kids:

1. Decide on a color theme.

We went for pastel rainbow. But it could be as simple as blue and white, all white or white and pink. Decorate with tassels and add confetti.

2. Get or make your cake and cupcakes, and decorate them with all things pastel and winter.

It can be a simple one layer cake, with buttercream frosting, but if you’ll decorate it with lot’s of white candy, lollipops, feathers, and pastel white chocolates, it’ll look gorgeous and winter-themed like mine!

3. Get or make winter animals shaped cookies.
Or just stars. And tell kids it’s snowflakes. They shouldn’t mind!

4.Let them listen to Frozen.
Yes, once they’re high on sugar, and after they have run around and broke things and screamed, let them listen to Frozen. They’ll remember they watched a winter Disney movie and will be saying for days what a great winter party they had!

5.Serve blue milk.
I called it the Elsa drink, and it was simply milk with some blue food colorant. ( I know it’s not pictured, and I know it’s not healthy.. but kids loved it!)

And lastly, don’t stress to much. You kids will love the party even if it’s not picture perfect!


3 things you didn’t know about cork bags

3 things you did't know about cork bags and why you really need one1

Recently I was finding myself in front of my closet full of clothes and accessories, with an overwhelming feeling to have nothing to wear. A closet full of items bought on sale and online, without trying them on, of spontaneous finds and of trendy yet already out of style pieces. A wardrobe full of bad quality made in China clothes and cheap purses and accessories. A wardrobe that didn’t make me smile. And I’m sure you can relate, you must have been there too!

We all buy too many of the bad-quality-made-in-china-things that we don’t really need.
So I finally decided to start my year right with a cleaned wardrobe and a new attitude! I purged my closet from everything that didn’t make me happy. And I decided from now on to only buy pieces that are beautiful, made to last and preferably ethically made!

And so when when last month I found EveCork I really fall in love! Their accessories are beautiful, made to last and are made from cork! Yes, just like the one in the vine bottles. But I bet you didn’t know that they are also:

1. Fashion forward and functional.

With plenty of beautiful styles to choose, from satchels and totes to cross-bodies and wallets!

2. Sustainable sourced and vegan.

Which means that no animal suffered during the process of making these.

3. Ethically handmade in Portugal.

And for me that means a better quality, made to last product and a piece of mind!

So while I added to my wardrobe this gorgeous Black Shanxi Tote and a new lovely Pink Reza wallet, I made sure to get rid of the clutter and keep only what I really love.

And if you still don’t have a cork bag, then I’m sure you’ll love discovering their quality and texture! I couldn’t be more happy about mine!

Waiting for The Gingerbread Cake

this gingerbread cake is a perfect winter dessert,so easy to make with this one simple hack!

One of my most important family traditions that I want to pass on my kids, is the importance of festive food that you do only for the special occasions and the holidays. So every year for Christmas I bake the traditional Polish cake: Piernink. And every year right before Christmas Eve, my daughters and I cuddle in my bed while reading Christmas stories and waiting for our gingerbread cake to bake.

Except that I’ve “upgraded” my grandma’s recipe, by using a cake mix and some spices! Now it’s so easy to make, that it leaves me more time for doing what’s most important; reading about Santa.

Because let’s face it, even though baking is a great winter pastime, sometimes in the mists of last-minute Christmas preparations its good to have a shortcut recipe, as I like to call them. And with a couple of tricks, a boxed cake can taste just like a secret grandma’s recipe!

gingerbread cake

And if you’ve never heard of ” Piernik” aka, The Gingerbread Cake, it’s a traditional Polish Xmas cake, made with lots of spices and dark honey. In some families, it’s filled with a sweet prune filling, and in others it’s covered with chocolate ganache. My version is easier, and it involves much less preparation. Which is perfect with these little monkeys.

Now, I don’t use the prune filling ( although it’s pretty good) and I don’t make a chocolate ganache, instead I choose the simplest solution, that my kids love, which is decorating my cake with melted milk chocolate. Honestly, the reason why they can’t wait for the Piernik to be baked, is because they can’t wait to help me decorate it: that is, lick all the chocolate!

waiting for the gingerbread cake

That’s why we read and play in my bed. Because it’s their second favorite thing to do, on a snowy afternoon, after they’ve already played outside, and right after licking spoons fool of chocolate! Actually, to be completely honest, they always love playing in my bed, gathering their stuffed animals and pretending it’s their little vet clinic! Ever since my bedroom makeover, my bedroom is more of a mom sanctuary, but when I do let them in, they’re making the most of it!

You can find the recipe in our Hello Holidays look-book here, on page 81, just click on “make it”!

I’m not saying you have to curl up in your bed while you’re making your Piernik, but then again, why wouldn’t you?

gingerbread cake

Photos in this post where captured by Donna Griffith.

Gift wrapping station

Gift wrapping station

One of the little things that eases up my holiday stress in making sure that all of my wrapping papers are all in one place and ready to be used! That’s why every year I try to set myself a gift wrapping station! It’s a real life saver during the busy holiday season!

And one of my early childhood memories, is sneaking on to my grandmother wrapping gifts, always last-minute on the Xmas eve, in her tiny little bedroom. She would keep all her gifts hidden there, underneath the bed, and the bed itself would be all covered in colorful papers, ribbons and gifts. And when she would spot me, hiding there behind the door, she would hush me out, saying she’s only helping Santa, since he’s so busy with everything else. And of course I would believe her.

So of curse, when my own kids became these little gift-searching creatures, me too I started hiding my gifts underneath my bed.

And this year, after may bedroom makeover, I decided to  to organize my gift wrapping station in my bedroom! Especially that not only I have space underneath my bed, for all those big and long wrapping paper rolls, but my new Leon’s bed has 6 drawers too! Perfect for all my wrapping essentials and all off the gifts!

Gift wrapping station

So starting in early November, I collect all of my wrapping papers in one place: the old and recycled, the new and freshly bought, and the hand-made and whimsical. I separate the ribbons, and keep all of that colorful mess in the drawers underneath my bed. And since I like dong my Xmas shopping ahead of time and I usually aim for having all of my gifts wrapped in early December (so I don’t stress about them any more) every time I get a new gift, I wrap it in my bedroom right away , and store in the drawers until Xmas!

I’m sharing even more tips on make Xmas shopping and gift wrapping easier in Hello Holiday guide! Just go the the page 107 and click on the photo to read more!

And where do you wrap your gifts?

<em>Photo of me in this post was captured by <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Donna Griffith</a>.</em>

Boho gift guide

What you might not know about me, is that I have a bohemian soul. Seriously, I love all off the ethnic inspiration, the vibrant colors and the rich textures, and so this Christmas season I decided to help you with your Christmas shopping by creating this little boho gift guide. Because,I believe that the perfect gift is hand-made and one of a kind!

Also, you can find all of these gifts on-line, so within a couple of clicks you can have your Christmas shopping finished! You’ll find direct links underneath the mood boards!

So first, let me share my boho gift guide for her: aka, best gifts for your sister, BFF, mother in law, sister-in-law and your own mom!

Boho gift guide for her, great gift ideas for ladies on your list!

1. Ceramic ring dish 2. Colorful graphic pouch 3. Argan oil 4. Tasel necklace. 5. Ceramic ring holder 6. Wall hanging

I think all of these would make for sweet and thoughtful gifts, because I don’t know a lady who doesn’t like a pretty necklace, or a ring holder, or a pretty wall hanging! I know I’d like to get all of these!

And since I discovered Argan oil a month ago, I think it should be on every gift list to be honest! It’s an all natural, hypoallergenic moisturizing oil, that leaves skin hydrated like nothing else (I use it instead of my night cream and body lotion now, and I even use it on my kids sensitive skin after bath time!)

Now, let me share my boho gift guide for kids, aka best-gifts-for-kids-of-difficult-to-shop-for-parents!

I know, there’s a lot of pompoms here, but that’s because I love them for their playful and natural vibe, and I think they can add the whimsy charm to any kids space!

boho gift guide for kids, great finds for original gifts

1.Whimsy clips 2. Animal print 3. Pompom slingshot 4. Pompom garland 5. Pompom basket 6. Wooden balancing game

A pretty pompom basket for toy storage, a sweet print (there is many more to choose from on the site) wooden toys and a cute hand made garland, are just some of the gift ideas that’ll stand the test of time while making everyone happy!

And lastly, let me inspire you with some boho gifts for the home, aka, for all the homebodies in your life!

boho gift guide  for the home

1. Black cat ceramic planter 2. Kilim pillow 3. Stripped pillow with pompoms 4. Handmade pendant lamp 5. Gold pouf 6. Pink pompom throw

Because in my opinion, everyone needs new pillows and throws! And a pretty cat planter or a hand made lamp makes for great conversation starters!

So grab yourself a mug of hot cocoa and go get these boho gifts for someone special on your list! I’m sure they’ll love how cheerful and unique they are!

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