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Transitions: How to Grow and How to Challenge Oneself

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Just wanted to share my thoughts on this sunny, beautiful Tuesday. We’re in a transition time. Baby is already over a year old and is off of bottles, which has made life easier. #DrBrownBottleswith1000pieces.  It’s just been a whirlwind of a year. We’ve been married for over two years, baby is mobile, talking, changing, and exploring more each day and our life is chaotic but so rewarding and fulfilling. 

Have kids they said, it’ll be fun. 

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Haha, well it is fun. They were right.  It is also exhausting and tests your limits. And your limits with your spouse. BUT.

That look in your child’s eye when they are happy or the sound of their laugh.

Seeing a grandparent or spouse playing with your child and seeing them smiling ear to ear, how that makes you happy and smile the same way.

That’s the fuel that keeps me going everyday, even on those days that every liquid around is somehow spilling and the house is a mess.

That smile is what dreams are made of.

So for now how do we adjust with transitions in the meantime?

  1. Keep making your family a priority
    • Take a step back and look at the big picture. These changes as a family helps up persevere together. Whether it is returning to work after maternity leave or adjusting to a new job, new house, new city. A new developmental stage for a child. A new sibling. How do we take this head-on? Game plan for hard days?
  2. Make more quality time a priority.
    • Trying to limit distractions when with friends or with children or with family. Eye contact, hugs, high fives, family games, floor time with toys, swimming, museums, zoo, cards, walks. I’m challenging myself with this all the time, it is so difficult to NOT be distracted. What I have been doing is finding the balance- I try to check social media a few times a day briefly, then putting the phone away to focus on spending more time in the NOW with those around me.
  3. Reflect
    • Take time to journal or just doodle while reflecting on how far you have come. Write down all you HAVE accomplished and be proud of that! Nothing amazing was built in one day, let yourself be vulnerable.
  4. Consider relationships a priority
    • Do you brush your teeth at least everyday? Hopefully right? 🙂
    • I sometimes have  a hard time remembering that relationships need upkeep like daily checking in about the weeks events, short term goals, and so on, but it is just as important as the other things we do daily like brushing those pearls.
  5. Nurture friendships
    • Near and far, remind those friends you think of that you are still thankful for the friendship. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Set a date, even if someone might have to cancel because of an unforeseen circumstance.
  6. Try to give yourself some dang grace as your grow and are challenged
    • It’s okay to feel like this is a hard time. Call a friend, call a sibling or relative, call your closet work pal. There is always someone that has likely gone through something similar. Exercise. Find some out that lets you find freeing.
  7. Let all that drama and negativity out the BACK door. No one has time for that
    • Seriously.  YOU can do this. Transitions are temporary. ❤

I’m definitely going through a transition right now just STILL adjusting to this very busy life of a working mom. I’ve been using all these things to remind myself to enjoy these moments and the chaos. It is made me adjust so much easier. Change makes us stronger and keeps us on our toes. It can be hard but thankfully we never have to do anything alone.

Keep on being awesome, all you lovely people out there

We are all in this crazy, beautiful life together

❤ Hope

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Easy and Quick Oven Baked Chicken

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It is SO nice to have cooked chicken breast for a quick meal with sides, on salad, for a sandwich, to use in another recipe, for tacos, quesadillas, with pasta, in a wrap, or another way. I could go for a while : ) . This chicken is not only fast to make, it is delicious with lots of flavor from seasonings and is versatile.

What you’ll need

Chicken breast, spices (I used oregano, basil, garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper), and olive oil

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First get those spices measured and mixed up

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Coat the chicken with olive oil and then seasoning. Then pop on a parchment lined sheet and bake!

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Bake until internal temp is 165 degrees.

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Pair with sides and dinner is ready!  It is that easy and great! Read on for details ❤

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Easy and Quick Oven Baked Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Chicken breasts
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions;

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix spices together in small dish
  3. Apply olive oil to chicken breast, then add spices, coating top and bottom evenly
  4. Place seasoned chicken breasts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Cook for 21 – 27 minutes, with small pieces of chicken cooking faster and larger pieces taking longer. I use a digital meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is 165 before I allow it cool.
  6. Pair with your favorite sides.

Note: If I know I am making this chicken for dinner, I sometimes double this recipe so I have extra for cooking with and leftovers later in the week for other quick meals.

Happy cooking!

❤ Hope

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The Best Roasted Red Potatoes and Onions

Perfectly caramelized roasted red potatoes and onions. Oh my yum. This is the perfect quick side to make. It is one of my go to recipes that I know always delivers. I got the right cooking times and oven temp for you, that is always the tricky part with roasted vegetables. I GOT YOU COVERED ❤

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First wash and chop the veggies and then place on parchment lined baking sheet

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Toss with olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper

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Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the vegetables with a spatula to the other side and continue baking. Remove from oven and enjoy!

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Full recipe below > > > > > >

Roasted Red Potatoes and Onions

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs red potatoes, washed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I typically use a dash of pepper and about 1/4 tsp salt)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. While oven is preheating, wash and cut potatoes and onion
  3. Place potatoes and onions on a parchment lined baking sheet
  4. Toss with 2 tbsp olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and flip, bake for an additional 13-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, let them cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy!

Happy Cooking!

Let me know what you think, did you make them? Plan to try them?

❤ Hope

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Oven Baked Nachos

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy weeknight or weekend dinner recipe that EVERYONE will like?! Give yourself 10 minute to preheat the oven while you get the ingredients ready to go, 8-10 minutes in the oven and dinner is ready. REALLY. 🙂

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Let’s get started

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Ingredients needed are your favorite tortilla chips, bell pepper (any color), and a can of pinto/black beans.  Feel free use garnish like cilantro, salsa, avocado, or sour cream if desired! You can always add shredded chicken or another protein on top as well!

First layer the main ingredients: Chips, beans, chopped bell pepper, and cheese on parchment paper

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Bake until cheese is perfectly gooey but not burnt

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Garnish and enjoy!

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Oven Baked Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 1 bell pepper, I prefer red, yellow or orange (chopped)
  • 1 can pinto or black beans, rinsed or drained
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend
  • optional garnishes: cilantro, salsa, avocado, sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. While the oven is preheating, wash and chop a bell pepper, rinse and drain the beans and get the cheese ready to layer.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  4. Make an even layer of tortilla chips on the pan (You might not use a whole bag)
  5. Layer beans, bell pepper and cheese on top
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown, keep an eye on them while baking.
  7. Remove from oven, garnish with cilantro, salsa, avocado or sour cream and enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

❤ Hope

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Chicken Enchilada Bake

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My husband requests this often. It is that good. A quick, easy take on chicken enchiladas baked in the oven in layers.  This is my take on it, I’ve seen other recipes use refried beans but I love using whole black beans and frozen corn, which bakes in the oven and goes so well with the dish. You can make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken if desired.  My mouth is watering just typing about this recipe. Let’s get started.

1.Get your ingredients ready

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2. Place sauce to bottom of pan, then place two tortilla pieces on top,

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3. Layer tortilla pieces to the sides

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4. And then the other side to form one solid layer of tortilla.

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5.  Layer with 1/2 half cup of frozen corn and 1 cup of black beans (1/2 can)DSCF1681

6. Layer with chicken, cheese and 1/3 cup enchilada sauce

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7. REPEAT to make another entire layer of tortilla, corn/beans, chicken/cheese and sauce.

8. Final layer is tortillas, enchilada sauce and then cheese

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9. Cover with foil, made to a point to prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil

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10. Bake for 30 minutes while covered with foil, remove foil and then bake for 5 more minutes. I always put the baking dish on a cookie sheet to catch anything as it bakes.

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FULL RECIPE BELOW > > > >

Chicken Enchilada Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans (15 0z) rinsed and drained
  • 1 can enchilada sauce (I like the red mild best but the green is great too)
  • 2 cooked medium chicken breasts, shredded or diced
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese
  • 6 Tortillas (small or large) – each cut in half
  • Optional to use for garnish: Cilantro, sour cream, avocado, salsa

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Using a square 9X9 pan, first place several spoonfuls of enchilada sauces to the bottom (6-8spoonfuls).
  3. Arrange tortillas (4 of the ½ pieces) overlapping to form a layer.
  4. Place ½ can of black beans (about 1 cup) and ½ cup frozen corn on top of tortillas.
  5. Arrange ½ of cooked shredded chicken and 1/2 cup cheese, followed by 1/3 cup enchilada sauce.
  6. Repeat layer 3,4, and 5  (So you have an additional tortilla layer, corn/bean, chicken/cheese and sauce layer).
  7. Last layer will be the last of the tortillas, rest of the enchilada sauce, and 1 cup of cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes with foil made to a peak on a baking sheet.
  9. Remove foil and back for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, let sit for 10 minutes, cut into pieces, garnish with cilantro, sour cream, or avocado if desired and enjoy!

Let me know what you think! Do you plan to make it? Did you make it?

❤ Hope

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Happy cooking ❤

Don’t Blink: The parental advice you always hear

Seriously parents out there, it does make sense why people say that.

Don’t Blink.

The children do grow up so quick. I’m tearing up as I write this. It’s such a precious and beautiful experience to see a child look into your eyes,  smile so big, and look for assurance, approval, comfort, safety, and love. I feel myself so full of love and purpose. Every dang day.

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Don’t Blink.

One night after everyone is asleep, I’m reflecting on the last year. A whirlwind of changes. Life after a baby is so different. I no longer care if Friday night is now relaxed movie night after baby is asleep. Much different from the life out around town, late nights, and sleeping in.

Those little fingers and toes. That contagious baby laugh. The baby words that just melt you. I wouldn’t change it.

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Don’t Blink.

I’m trying not to but shoot,

I blinked.

It was between the cozy newborn cuddles and the first walk around the neighborhood and the first times trying a food. The first words. The first everythings. The hard long nights. And the first sleeping-through-the-night MAGIC that also happened.  The first time leaving the baby with a family member or babysitter for a date night but just wanting to leave early to see baby again. We tried not to blink but we couldn’t help it.

And it’s okay, mama. We all blinked.

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They did too.

And they want to play outside and go on adventures and explore the world. Make a mess and have a blast.

Together with us.

While the baby is small we will be hugging them tight or if they are big, we will still be hugging them tight everyday. Mindful of each day, the rollercoaster that it can be. We recognize being along for the ride with our eyes open is the best way.

So, there might be an occasional blink in this don’t blink world.

Hey, no one likes dry eyes. : )

❤ Hope

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Momshaming NEEDS to stop

Momshaming NEEDS to stop

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CAN YOU BELIEVE SHE WAS FEEDING HER DAUGHTER THAT? CAN YOU BELIEVE SHE TOOK HER BABY OUT SHOPPING IN PAJAMAS? CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY LET HIM WATCH THE PHONE? CAN YOU CAN YOU CAN YOU CAN YOU…

Everyone parents differently.

Some are no electronics and some are electronics and TV from early on. Some children have been only in cloth diapers and some wear whatever diapers are available. Breast or bottlefed. To self soothe or rocked to sleep. The lists of differences go on and on.

You might ask, HEY SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Here’s the beautiful thing about this all …

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These kids will be friends and will still play on the playground together and still do art in class together and still be children together. They might not know their parents had such different ways to raise them. Each of them will still have strengths and weakness. Each of them will still have good and bad days, just like we all have. So did it matter if baby boy never nursed because his mom chose not to and only slept after being rocked to sleep? NO. Or that his friend was nursed 2-3 years? NO. Both mamas love their baby and made choices for a reason.

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I AM JUST SICK OF PEOPLE BEING NASTY TO ONE ANOTHER. I CAN’T HANDLE IT. LET’S CHANGE THE CULTURE AND COME TOGETHER.

 

I feel like the scene from Mean Girls right about now. When Tina Fey’s character says “Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Regina George”. Everyone raises their hand. I feel like as mothers we can of course share our opinions and experience with others but let’s be open and nice about it, not victimize mothers who are trying to find their way. BECAUSE for some things THERE IS NO RIGHT ANSWER and DIFFERENT THINGS WORK FOR DIFFERENT MAMAS and BABIES.

Motherhood is HARD enough, lets stick together and empower each other, not tear each other down.

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❤ Hope

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Best Turkey Burger Recipe

Now that is getting warm out, I like to cook QUICK, TASTY, and EASY meals. Emphasis on QUICK. When it is nice out there’s so many things to do outside, plans with friends and family, and really just other things I want to do besides following LONG recipes. I use this recipe to get the most juicy and tasty turkey burger in minutes. I have been pinpointing the ratios of ingredients over the last few years and I found the best combo. The turkey burgers give me the satisfaction of a hamburger but not so heavy! I usually pair it with roasted vegetables, a sweet potato, or a side salad. Let me show you HOW EASY THIS is.

  1. Get your ingredients
Ground turkey, parmesan, and spices (oregano, salt and pepper)

2. Mix

I mix the ingredients right in the container

3. Form burgers

I form turkey burger patties on a separate plate

4. Cook over medium heat

I cook over medium heat after preheating the pan with oil

5. Add cheese

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6. Pair with favorite toppings and a veggie side

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Hope’s Tasty Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (I use natural parmesan that is stored in fridge but any will work)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp Oil for cooking (canola/olive oil or other cooking oil)

Instructions:

  1. Mix oregano, salt and pepper together in small dish.
  2. Mix spices with parmesan cheese and ground turkey, forming 4 patties
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes (LETTING THE PAN HEAT UP IS KEY TO GET A GOLDEN BROWN)
  4. Add turkey burger patties to the hot pan, browning for 4 minutes, then flip to other side, all while the pan is uncovered (no lid).
  5. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, until other side is brown also and then flip the burgers one last time. Next, turn off the stove burner, cover with the lid and continue to let cook in pan with the burner off and for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Then uncover the lid to add cheese and let sit another minute. Then top with your favorite burger toppings and enjoy!

Happy Cooking!

❤ Hope

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Working Moms: How to pack a pumping bag

This might sounds silly, but I was STRESSED out about packing my breastpump bag prior to going back to work. Weeks before returning to work, I practiced a few times to ease my fear of forgetting anything. The first weeks were a little choppy just figuring out what to bring and how to store it, but I have been pumping at work now for 6 months and have MASTERED the organization of it and how use less bottles(aka less to wash). Let me help you! We will talk about the components of what to have in the pumping bag (purse or book bag), how to organize the bag, and a typical flow of the work pumping sessions to get an idea of planning it.

Alright, no matter what type of pump this organization can help anyone really. I have used both a spectra and medela, both were great. I chose to buy the Spectra S1 and LOVE that it is rechargeable.

What you’ll need:

1. The Two Plastic Containers

It helps to have two plastic containers so you can put the flanges in between pumping sessions in the fridge and then the bottles that you had poured milk from in a separate container so you can wash at home later. It is a personal choice but I chose to refrigerate my pumping flanges during the 12 hr shift and reuse them. If you have glass containers that serve the same purpose, go for it!

2. A Pump Bag or Bookbag

No matter what type of bag you use, just make sure it has enough room for the supplies needed. Some pumps come with their own bag, so you might be covered in the bag department in that case.

3. The Pump and Charger/ Batteries

Of course no pumping bag is complete without the most important component, the pump! I have used both the spectra and medela and really liked them both. I know there are lots of of other brands that people do well with too! I chose to get the Spectra S1 which is rechargeable with a cord outlet, however remember to always bring the cord. I one time forgot my cord and had to run home over lunch to get it, made the day much more stressful than in needed to be. : )

4. The flanges/ bottles/filters

Alright, so everyone of course has their favorite bottles. Ours are the Dr Brown Bottles. They make handy little attachments to help pump directly into the bottles that I got from Amazon. So when I use the Spectra, I pump with a spectra bottle on one side and then one side attached to the Dr Brown bottles. After I am done, I combine the milk from the spectra side to the milk in the Dr Brown bottles, put in the blue Dr Brown air filter and top and store in the lunch bag to refrigerate, along with the flanges in the plastic container in the bag. The other spectra container that was just used emptied I put in the second plastic container in my pump bag to wash later.

*Note —> To reuse flanges, they need to be refrigerated between uses

5. The Lunchbox

I bring a lunchbox to work that makes my trips to the break room to store my milk in the fridge a little more coy, even though I am a proud working mom that will gladly talk about breastfeeding and pumping and all with coworkers and strangers alike. ha : ). Just make sure it is large enough for one of those tupperware containers to hold the flanges and how many bottles you plan to pump. The picture above is an example after i’ve pumped twice at work.

6. Pumping Bra/ Cover (Optional)

So I love my handsfree pumping bra so I can be reading a book, finishing up work, journaling, looking at my calendar, snacking or really doing anything versus holding those dang phalanges while pumping. This of course is optional but some of the best money well spent. Also I pump with a cover on, I think depending on the scenario where you pump, it might not be necessary especially if you can lock the door. I pump in a medical office outpatient clinic in a spare exam room. Even with the do not disturb sign, I have had one surprise visitor but I was covered so it was nothing!

7. Bag in help store clean bottles/filters between uses (Optional)



I have so many little makeup/traveling bags from over the years and I found that using one in my pump bag really helped keep thing organized. I stored my pump extra things (extra bottles and the filters) in this bag to make it easy and convient to switch parts out quickly and efficiently. You can see that between the spectra bottle, blue filter, dr brown bottle and then the two assembled flanges, I come home with two bottles ready for baby.

But wait, how do I pack the bag?

Let me show you how I pack it quickly and easily every time

  1. First layer is the two plastic containers and bag with extra bottles.

2. Next layer is the pump and the flanges with attached bottles, ready to go


3. Last layer is the pumping bra and cover (again optional)

Typical flow of pumping during workday

So here is a typical set up — > for the first pump of the day, the flanges are already ready to go. I have them at the top part of the bag for a quick start. Just have to put on the pump bra, flange up and BOOM. After I’m done, I combine the milk to one bottle, I put on the lid to the bottle and place in lunchbox, rinse phalanges and place in container in lunchbox, then take to fridge.

For the second pump of the day, I get the flanges in the lunch bag from the fridge, and I add a new bottom to them (one spectra bottle, one Dr Brown bottle), place the circle filters back on and pump. After I’m done, i put the lid to the second bottle, place in lunchbox on and place the flanges back in the container for the fridge.

When I used to pump 3 times during the work day I would repeat the second pump steps (along with of course bringing extra bottles)


YOU GOT THIS

Having the opportunity to breastfeed a baby is great bonding and provides the baby and the mom with wonderful health benefits. Give yourself a little room to get in the groove but with determination, it can just just become second nature and not a headache at all.

RANDOM FACT—-> Lastly, I just usually pack the night before I have to work if I have time and just make sure I have all the essentials. It makes the mornings more smooth to just grab it and go, knowing that all the components I would have already double checked.

Happy breastfeeding and happy pumping!

❤ Hope

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