Kids' Activities, DIY Home Projects, Product Reviews, & Family Lifestyle

Author: Katie

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

It’s no secret that cloth diapering is the cheaper route in the long run for the average family, but initial start-up cost can be a little overwhelming. Thankfully, cloth diapering on a budget is possible. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Easily make this fun no borax liquid slime as a fun afternoon activity for kids! You can make sensory glitter slime in all colors and themes.

Gorgeous DIY Accessories & Swedish Fashion

Gorgeous DIY Accessories & Swedish Fashion

We love dressing up around here. My girls love making necklaces, designing crowns and running around in twirly dresses. I love dressing up too and it’s even better to find clothing that allows me to comfortably run after the kiddos. Our warm weather weeks are filled with playing in the yard and splashing in the inflatable swimming pool. I recently discovered a gorgeous clothing line, Gudrun Sjödén, which offers many tunics, dresses and accessories that are comfy and stylish.

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Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Homemade glitter cloud dough is squishy and fun to stretch and mold. It’s not salty like play dough so it won’t dry out little kids’ hands. We made fun sparkly cloud dough with just 3 main ingredients!

Interactive Kids Yard Activities

Interactive Kids Yard Activities

My kids can’t wait to go outside as soon as the weather gets warmer. Playing with water beads, blowing bubbles, and making cloud dough entertains my kids, helps them burn off energy and encourages their motor skill development!

Best DIY Pencil Cup Ideas

Best DIY Pencil Cup Ideas

A pencil cup is fairly basic right? It organizes your desk and it’s probably easy to make. These super creative DIY pencil cup ideas take homemade desk accessories to an entirely new level!

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Fun Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Fun Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is all about celebrating dad and it’s fun to treat your dad to a few surprises too! Even if your dad seems to have it all, you can always find a special way to celebrate all he does for you! Here are a few gift ideas he will love.

Super Creative Kids’ Party Treats

Super Creative Kids’ Party Treats

Are you planning a party? You don’t have to break the bank to host a memorable party. All you need is a few creative ideas and an open afternoon to whip up some fun party treats!

Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Do you have mountains of toys at your house? I often feel like my kids have more toys than they can possibly play with. Birthdays, garage sales, holidays, and spontaneous purchases all add up to create a mountain of toys. Here are my top ideas for streamlining your playroom and organizing your kids’ toys.
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10 Ingenious Dress Up Ideas

10 Ingenious Dress Up Ideas

My girls love to dress up which often results in clothes all over the floor. I try to train them to pick up their clothes but it’s also helpful to implement easy storage solutions in my girls’ room. Here are some awesome ideas for storing […]

Gorgeously Simple Dinner Party Ideas

Gorgeously Simple Dinner Party Ideas

Hosting dinner parties is a great way to teach kids how to be generous with your home and serve others too! Here are some simple tips to host a gorgeous dinner party without spending lots of time or money.

Mealtime Tips for Picky Eaters

Mealtime Tips for Picky Eaters

Do you have a picky eater? Sometimes it’s about all a mom can handle to get a child to eat their lunch. My kids have gone through stages of pickiness during meals. My oldest loved eating everything as a baby; kalamata olives, goat cheese, spaghetti, artichoke, you name it. She’s become quite a bit more picky but still is often willing to try new foods. My little guy is all about meat and cheese which he eats almost every meal. When kids go through stages of picky eating, parents can use simple strategies to encourage their kids to eat healthy food. I’m excited to share some easy ways to make meals fun and healthy and sneak in some veggies too!

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5 Delicious Meal Ideas & Leftover Storage

5 Delicious Meal Ideas & Leftover Storage

Stumped for dinner? Here are some easy meals using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. These dinner ideas are simple to whip up and kid-friendly too!

Creative Ways to Encourage Kids’ Hygiene

Creative Ways to Encourage Kids’ Hygiene

Teach kids to practice good hygiene by making it fun! Create tutu toothbrushes and a discovery soap dispenser to encourage kids to brush their teeth, wash their hands, and develop healthy hygiene habits.

Strawberry Custard Tarts For Any Party

Strawberry Custard Tarts For Any Party

These yummy custard tarts are perfect to serve at any party! You can enjoy them with fresh berries on top of the fresh homemade custard.

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Tips to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Tips to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Busy moms have so many daily activities, but that doesn’t change the fact that we all want to feel healthy and empowered to meet our goals. These simple tips are easy enough to implement into your weekly routine.

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

Boys need toys they can use to crash together, build tall towers, and explore their world. Here are some of our favorite toys and activities that are especially interesting for little boys!

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Good Friends

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Good Friends

It can be tricky for households with young kids to get along, especially as the dynamics change as kids get older or a family brings home a new baby. It’s important to teach kids hands-on values for life as they interact with each other throughout the day. Learning to be cheerful and generous during playtime will benefit kids later in life too!
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Kids’ Summer Hair Tips

Kids’ Summer Hair Tips

Keep your kids’ hair moisturized and frizz-free with a few easy tips. The summer sunny rays can often bleach your hair, frizz your locks, and give you split ends.

On-the-Go Essentials for Family Fun

On-the-Go Essentials for Family Fun

Easily pack all the essentials for family adventures with baby. Pick a perfect wet bag, pack a travel diaper changing kit, and protect baby’s sensitive skin with our easy tips!

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

Changing seasons is the perfect time to do a bit of cleaning and refresh your home and daily routines with a few easy tips. Here are the projects I’m working on to get organized for warmer weather!

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x SPRING – 7 Ways To Enjoy Strawberries

x SPRING – 7 Ways To Enjoy Strawberries

DIY Strawberry Gummies Description Strawberry Mint Tea Description Spinach and Strawberry Salad Description Strawberry Shortcake Cookies Description Strawberry Pillows “These pillows are easy and quick to make, a perfect end of summer project! The best thing about them is seeing other people’s reactions to them. […]

5 Potty Training Tips for Toddlers

5 Potty Training Tips for Toddlers

Ideas to make potty training fun! Potty training can be tricky but kids are easy to motivate with rewards, and healthy habits can be taught through regular routines.

5 Kids’ Wardrobe Basics – Cut the Clothing Clutter!

5 Kids’ Wardrobe Basics – Cut the Clothing Clutter!

With 3 kids in my home, I can tell you the clothing can pile up quickly. Now that the kids can “almost” dress themselves and undress just as quickly, clothing ends up everywhere. Here are some of the basics our family uses to minimize clothing clutter so the kids only have access to the clothes that they need.

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Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Keep your family healthy with these easy DIY ideas. With spring weather just around the corner, I’m sure we are all ready to enjoy some sunny outdoor fun and leave behind the winter sniffles. You can easily practice these healthy habits every day with your own family.

Perfect Fall Desserts & Treats

Perfect Fall Desserts & Treats

Fall gatherings always inspire treats and yummy drinks. Here are some of our favorite delicious treats that pair perfectly with coffee or hot apple cider.  Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles Chocolate truffles are one of my go-to homemade treats. They are very easy to make and […]

Creative Uses for PVC Pipe

Creative Uses for PVC Pipe

PVC Vases

Made of PVC, designed to look like plumbing pipes, the Pretty Vases Collection by FX Ballery is produced for French shop Domeau&Peres. The intent is to turn the useful into the beautiful.

Marshmallow Shooters

“Want a fun and inexpensive project to do with your kids (or for yourself if you’re still a child at heart)? Making a marshmallow shooter is easy. Materials generally cost less than $5. The main item you need is 1/2-inch PVC pipe. You can cut the PVC pipe yourself with a handsaw or pipe cutter (around $10) or take your measurements with you to your hardware or home improvement store. Many stores will cut the pipe to your specifications for free.”

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Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

It’s easy to take care of your skin with a simple and healthy routine. Moisturize in winter and protect your skin from the sun in summer. I’m excited to share my trusty skincare regimen for all seasons!

DIY Baby Sensory Bin & Helpful Essentials

DIY Baby Sensory Bin & Helpful Essentials

Easily and cheaply make a DIY baby sensory box for baby to explore shapes, colors and textures.

5 Activities for Little Mermaids

5 Activities for Little Mermaids

Life with girls can be filled with glitter, tulle, twirls, and mermaid tails. My girls especially seem to enjoy mermaids. We have mermaid pillows, mermaid tail blankets, mermaid toys, and many mermaid costumes. There’s something about mermaids that is enchanting for kids. I remember as a child wanting to learn more about mermaids; what do they do? what do they eat? The fun can be whatever you’d like because to the best of my knowledge, mermaids are pretend. Here are some fun ways we like playing mermaids in our house.

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Interactive Activities for Kids

Interactive Activities for Kids

Make homemade sparkle play dough, design and color paper character puppets, and explore fun textures with themed sensory bins.

How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

Maximize the fun and minimize the cost of your kids’ themed birthday parties with our creative interactive party ideas for treats, games, and party activities!

Healthy Kids’ Lunches & Eating Habits

Healthy Kids’ Lunches & Eating Habits

Kids can be picky when it comes to food. My oldest daughter loved eating a wide variety of foods up until she was about two years old and then she decided to only live off chicken nuggets and yogurt. With three kids now, I’ve had to set some standards for lunch time to avoid creating different meals for each child or squabbles over the kids changing their minds about what they want to eat. I agree with parents who think kids should eat the food they are given and be thankful. Moms can also creatively encourage their kids to enjoy healthy foods. We never force the kids to eat a plate of peas, but their tastes have developed for fresh fruit, some veggies with ranch, and a good variety of meats and grains. I can help provide nutritious meals too by purchasing whole grain crackers, healthy cheese, Greek yogurt, and making smoothies that include spinach and carrots. I also give the kids a Probiotics supplement to help their little digestive systems. Here are some of my fun healthy kids’ lunch ideas!

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How to Make Healthy Gummy Bears

How to Make Healthy Gummy Bears

These DIY gummy bears are made with orange juice and sweetened with honey! I don’t mind if my kids snack on these relatively healthy gummy bears and it’s fun to customize the flavors.

Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Turn the backyard into a wonderland with an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt! Encourage your kids to come up with their own games, play “keep away”, and make soup with good old garden materials.

Family Adventures with Joovy

Family Adventures with Joovy

Traveling with young kids or even going shopping can be tricky. As soon as we had our 3rd child, we knew we needed to figure out some creative ways to escape the house with 3 kids. I wasn’t eager to leave the house with a newborn and two toddlers, so for a few months I only did errands if my husband could watch at least one child. Slowly I got used to the idea and now it’s a lot easier to take all three kids with me but I’ve still experienced some near-impossible events of having to corral the kids through the parking lot or chase them down while holding my purse and a baby. I’ve found the most effective way to keep track of my two toddlers is to trap them in the stroller, or let my more responsible daughter walk and trap my 2-year-old and 1-year-old in the stroller. I absolutely love our Joovy Caboose Ultralight. It has everything; seats, platforms, secure restraints, pockets, pouches, storage areas, and it easily folds up to fit in the trunk of my Civic. It feels just as streamlined as a regular stroller except that it fits two kids! I’m excited to share why I love this stroller, a basic essential for any family who enjoys getting out with young kids!
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10 Reasons to Dehydrate Food

10 Reasons to Dehydrate Food

Does your family like dried fruit as easy go-to snacks? Preserving foods by drying is a great way to ensure foods don’t go bad for long trips or during warm weather.

5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

An organized life is often a happier life. It’s easy to take simple steps towards structuring your day for success, starting with when you first wake up! T

Shamrock Kid’s Party & Treats

Shamrock Kid’s Party & Treats

Everyone loves a party! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate by hosting a cute kid’s party and play date with friends! I love hosting friends especially when it allows my kids to play with their friends too. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a huge holiday, but we like to enjoy some yummy kid-friendly treats and delicious limeade, and let the mommies catch up and the kiddos play! Here are some yummy snack and treat ideas for a Shamrock kids’ play group (or any kids’ party)!

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How to Fix Scuffed Kids’ Sparkle Shoes

How to Fix Scuffed Kids’ Sparkle Shoes

Easily fix up scuffed kids’ shoes with a bit of fabric paint and matching nail polish. My daughter was thrilled to have her favorite shoes made sparkly again!

Cute Food Shapes & Lunch Ideas for Kids

Cute Food Shapes & Lunch Ideas for Kids

Kids love to eat food that looks fun. These cute snacks, orange hearts, and strawberry roses are super easy to make and they are healthy too! It’s easy to encourage kids to love healthy foods.

Fun Winter Activities & Treats for Kids

Fun Winter Activities & Treats for Kids

Winter can feel long, especially when your family is cooped up inside with limited available activities and even some winter sickness. It’s important for kids to have an interactive daily routine to feel active and to engage their minds. We had more than a foot of snow for weeks on end this winter, which limited our ability to play outside or even leave the house. With a bit of creativity you can find ways to help your kids enjoy the long weeks of snow and months of winter!

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Natural Baby Basics for Teething & Diapering

Natural Baby Basics for Teething & Diapering

Teething and diapering are two baby basics with many natural options to cover these needs. I’m excited to share with you some Eco-friendly alternatives I’ve successfully used with my 3 kiddos.

Motor Skill Activities for Babies

Motor Skill Activities for Babies

Encourage baby to discover new skills with a DIY baby sensory box, practice with self-feeding, and homemade textured baby board books!

How to Organize Kids’ Clothes for Changing Sizes

How to Organize Kids’ Clothes for Changing Sizes

It can be hard for moms to keep up with their kids’ changing clothing sizes, especially with changing seasons too. My girls can easily share some of their clothes and the rest of their wardrobe ranges from 2T to 5T, which adds up to lots of clothes and lots of laundry. To minimize the many clothes on the floor and stuffed into the drawers, I’ve come up with a few tips to keep our kids’ clothing streamlined so they can easily wear their favorites and reduce the extra clothing clutter.

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Mommy Fashion & Beauty Basics

Mommy Fashion & Beauty Basics

Mommy fashion can be pretty and stylish without requiring a ton of my precious time. A low-key hair routine, 5 simple go-to makeup products, and a few cute wardrobe basics are all I need to feel presentable and stylish.

Easy Maple Syrup Candy

Easy Maple Syrup Candy

My kids love playing in the snow and enjoying winter-inspired treats when they come in from the snow! This yummy DIY Maple Syrup Candy is a fun afternoon project with lots of natural maple sweetness.

Fun Kids’ Crafts for Little Mommies

Fun Kids’ Crafts for Little Mommies

My little girls have always loved to play mommy. Girls watch their own mommy and often can’t wait to have their own babies and take care of them. Playing mommy is a sweet interest to nurture, especially by encouraging little girls to help take care of their little brothers and baby siblings. My girls also love to do crafts so this week we made some little mommy crafts so my daughters could take care of their baby dolls. Check out how we made an adorable baby bed from a cardboard box and easy no-sew baby doll bibs!

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DIY Kids’ Photo Valentines + Printables

DIY Kids’ Photo Valentines + Printables

Make darling photo Valentines using your kids’ photos with our easy templates! Your friends and family will love them and you can keep a few to cherish for years to come.

Creative Kid’s Valentine Ideas

Creative Kid’s Valentine Ideas

Easily make cute and inexpensive Valentines with colored paper, glue, glitter and stickers! The design options are endless! Cut a roaring dinosaur or fluttering butterfly out of paper and personalize with glitter glue. See our ideas!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for All Ages

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for All Ages

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I love celebrating this holiday with my kids and family. It’s festive and breaks up the post-Christmas winter months. My daughter always loves having a Valentine’s Day party with her friends, complete with a post office, swapping Valentine’s with friends, and making some heart-inspired yummy treats. Here are some of our top picks for Valentine’s Day gift giving to celebrate this special day!
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Creative Activities & Crafts for Girls

Creative Activities & Crafts for Girls

Your crafty little girl will love our Beauty & the Beast Enchanted Mirror & Rose craft, recycled Rapunzel Princess Tower, painted snowflakes, moldable bath soap, and more!

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride

We are excited to introduce Gabriela McBride, the 2017 American Girl of the Year. We had the opportunity to check out this new American Girl doll’s gorgeous details and fun story that celebrates overcoming obstacles with creativity. Don’t miss our unboxing video!

5 Simple All Natural Home Cleaning Solutions

5 Simple All Natural Home Cleaning Solutions

If you have never considered using all natural disinfectants for your home, now is the perfect time to switch to green cleaning solutions. Some recent surveys have proved that about 40% of the cleaning products and disinfectants sold on the market are not efficient against microbes and bacteria. Household solutions such as vinegar and borax prove to be effective against bacteria, without all the chemicals.

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American Girl Fashion for Dolls & Girls

American Girl Fashion for Dolls & Girls

These coordinating outfits from American Girl are such a beautiful gift idea that any girl will love! American Girl is one of those brands that I know I will find something I love every time I browse their catalog or website. My daughter looks so pretty in her matching dress with American Girl doll Maryellen.

No-Sew Toddler Tutu

No-Sew Toddler Tutu

DIY tutus are fast and simple to make with a few colors of tulle, a length of elastic and scissors. These fun sparkly skirts are perfect for dress up, a party, just for fun, and toddler or baby milestone photoshoots.

Beauty & The Beast Rose & Mirror Craft

Beauty & The Beast Rose & Mirror Craft

My girls love the story of Beauty and the Beast. This classic story from Disney is a timeless tale that even preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy. My 4-year-old loves Belle’s twirling through the fields of dandelions and dancing across the ballroom in her yellow ball gown. The intricacies of the Beauty and the Beast storyline escape her, but that doesn’t prevent her from enjoying the overall story. My 2-year-old just tags along for the fun! We recently made some fun Beauty and the Beast inspired kids’ crafts so my daughters can twirl around the house as Belle, complete with her magic mirror and the Beast’s enchanted rose. I hope you enjoy our fun Disney inspired kids’ craft ideas!

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Family Day at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo

Family Day at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo

Our family loves going on adventures. We have 3 young kids which can make it challenging to find the right adventures to go on. Our recent family trip took us to Seattle where we visited one of our favorite places, the Woodland Park Zoo!

Fun Kids’ Indoor Activities for Long Winter Days

Fun Kids’ Indoor Activities for Long Winter Days

Mix up the coolest homemade sparkle play dough ever with glitter and soap fragrance or essential oils! Don’t miss our top pics for indoor interactive kids’ activities.

Sweet & Whimsical Little Girl Fashion

Sweet & Whimsical Little Girl Fashion

We know all about little girls around here. My girls love ruffles, dressing up, and accessorizing with flower headbands. They need no convincing to try on new outfits unless my youngest is feeling particularly partial to her beloved purple tutu. If so, good luck convincing her to change. I’m excited to feature some of the latest fashions from Matilda Jane Clothing’s Once Upon a Time collection and our tips for how to make easy DIY Flower Headbands!

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How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

Little girls come with lots of personality, interests and preferences, and heads of tangled hair. My little girls wake up every morning with huge teased bedhead hairdos, so we start the morning routine with brushing out their locks. Don’t miss our simple hair tips and little girl fashion picks!

How to Clean Cloth Diapers

How to Clean Cloth Diapers

Washing cloth diapers is actually quite simple. Just as many families’ wash routine for clothing is different, there are many different ways to wash cloth diapers.

Essentials for All Diaper Bags

Essentials for All Diaper Bags

Moms know, stuff seems to pile up with each kid that you add to your family. The most intense stage for me is the baby stage, when you have to carry all of the baby’s things AND carry the baby. My 12 month old is so close to walking and once that happens I will feel like I’ve finally “arrived” in some ways. My baby boy is so eager to be able to get around on his own. Up until baby begins to crawl or walk and even after, there are lots of essentials that you need to bring with you everywhere you go. After experiencing all the happenings that come along with having 3 kids, here is my list of diaper bag essentials for covering your bases without bringing too much along.

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Cool Stuff for Girly Girls

Cool Stuff for Girly Girls

Little girls bring with them lots of love, emotions, affection, tutus, and enthusiasm for accessorizing and creating pretty things. Here are some fun outfits, accessories, and toys that were designed especially for little girls!

Forever & Always DIY Wood Wall Art

Forever & Always DIY Wood Wall Art

Easily make custom wood wall art with just a few easy steps. I’m excited to share with you my homemade shabby chic wood wall art tutorial!

Mommy Wish List & Holiday Gift Ideas

Mommy Wish List & Holiday Gift Ideas

In my family, I’m most blessed when I see my kids enjoy something I did for them or with them. I love doing crafts with my girls and hanging out in the evenings with my husband, watching Netflix. I honestly don’t feel like I need many gifts because I’m already so blessed by my babies’ smiles and giggles and warmth of my home. I enjoy cooking and cleaning (when I feel especially motivated) and I love decorating in ways that are kid-friendly, easy, and pretty. My favorite colors are dusty aqua and lavender and I love dressing up my girls in cute little outfits. I have 3 healthy kids under the age of 5 (and I wouldn’t mind having another) and I’m a stay at home, work from home mom who enjoys drinking lots of coffee — God has blessed our family much more than we deserve. What more could I wish for? So I when I say, “here’s my Mommy Wish List for the holidays!”, I just mean these mommy gift ideas are fun extras for stylish home decorating, luxurious products for making a mommy feel pampered, and fun toys that enhance a mom’s hobbies of photography and coffee drinking. (yes, I’m my family’s resident barista!) I’m sure you’ll find something you love on my gift list for moms!

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