Thursday, February 28, 2013

Easter Gift Ideas -- Roma Downey's Little Angels Prayers for Every Day - Review and #Giveaway

About the Book

"Little Angels Prayers for Every Day features more than 50 simple rhyming prayers that cover a typical day and the typical worries of a young child. From waking in the morning to going to sleep at night, from thanking God for a meal to praying for His comfort when afraid, the prayers here will help little ones to see that any moment is a good moment to talk to God. Relevant Bible verses are scattered throughout the book as well! 
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) has given their seal of approval and I do too! The faith-based series focuses on eight Little Angels who are guardians, teachers, and companions to twins Alex and Zoe. Throughout each book, children will learn practical lessons, values, and Biblical truths in an engaging and appealing manner. 

This book is the perfect way to teach children about prayer and the ways God cares for us each day!"
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My Thoughts:
Even though Savannah is still too young to read, we still make a point to try to teach core family values and share faith-based books and movies with her.  And, each night, she kneels down in front of her bed, as we pray as a family.  But, I have been searching for age appropriate books that I could share at bedtime that would help me in talking to Savannah about all the ways God cares for us, and why we thank Him every night with our prayer.  
Since Roma Downey introduced her Littlest Angels series, I have been reviewing and collecting her DVDs to share with the girls, and they have become one of Savannah's favorite faith-based educational ls.  So, when I heard that Roma Downey was adding a prayer book to her popular series, I just had to check it out.  And, this afternoon, I received a review copy to share with my daughters.  I took advantage of them both napping to read this upcoming release (arrives in stores on 3/1) cover to cover, and fell in love with the more than fifty rhyming prayers that cover day-to-day worries a young child may experience.  This new release is a board book, which is great for my little ones, as I don't have to worry about them ripping the pages, or Arabella causing damage from stepping on or trying to chew on the book, now that she is teething again and putting everything in sight into her mouth.

I have always loved the illustrations and animated Littlest Angels characters, and this prayer book follows suit with twins, Alex and Zoe, the Little Angels and the adults in their lives, as they give thanks and pray to God for all that he does to care for us each day.  The prayers are short and sweet, and with the rhyming feel, make it fun for young children to want to learn and recite.  Parents can choice to read this prayer book as a story, and discuss each prayer, which is broken down into categories likes: prayers for bedtime, prayers for others, prayers for thanks and prayers for forgiveness.  Or, they can choose to cover a particular section each day/week, and help teach the children these prayers to incorporate in their bedtime or mealtime prayers. 

However you choose to use this book with your little ones,it will definitely be a great addition to their library, and a great way to teach them about prayer, relevant Bible verses (which are scattered throughout this board book) and to let them know that God is always there and is listening. And, with Easter right around the corner, this would make a great gift to share in your child's Easter basket. :-)


One lucky reader will win a copy of Little Angels Prayers for Every Day from Roma Downey, to share with their little one(s).  To enter this giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About the Illustrator

Lisa Reed has been drawing pictures since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She began her career as a graphic artist for a screen print company and has been illustrating books for the past 15 years, including dozens of children's books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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#GoingBananas: NEW Glazed Banana KREME Pies From Krispy Kreme (Review)

 #GoingBananas: NEW Glazed Banana KREME Pies From Krispy Kreme
New Krispy Kreme Glazed Banana Kreme™ Pies at participating grocers. Just in time for National Banana Cream Pie Day-March 2. 

"Love banana cream pie? Then you’ll love Krispy Kreme’s sweet and creamy take on this classic homemade treat. Krispy Kreme GlazedBanana KREME Pies are available for a limited time at participating mass merchants, grocery and convenience stores. While supplies last. Not available at Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shops. 

“We are always working to bring new and exciting flavors and treats to fans of our snack products,” explains Mark LaBrecque, Krispy Kreme’s Senior Director - U.S. Marketing Activation. “The Glazed Banana Kreme Pie is the perfect seasonal complement to our popular chocolate, apple and cherry- filled pie assortment.”

Glazed Banana KREME Pie blends fresh banana tastes with smooth KREME filling inside a crust topped with Original Glaze. SRP $1.09.


March 2 is National Banana Cream Pie Day! Follow @KrispyKreme and tweet #BananaKREME throughout the day for a chance to win a sweet treat from Krispy Kreme. Get National Banana Cream Pie Day updates and pics from Krispy Kreme on Facebook.

Krispy Kreme’s signature Original Glazed®, Iced, KREME™ filling, and cake doughnuts, as well as, a variety of honeybuns, mini-crullers, fruit pies, and other snack-sized doughnuts are available at over 10,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the United States.  

Look for the NEW Glazed Banana KREME Pie, and the popular Glazed Cherry, Glazed Chocolate and Glazed Apple pies on Krispy Kreme displays at participating grocery stores, convenience stores and mass merchants. Glazed pies are not available for purchase at Krispy Kreme doughnut shops.
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My Thoughts:

One of my sweets weaknesses has been Krispy Kreme donuts.  Since trying them a few years back down South, I was hooked.  And, then when we moved to CT and saw one at the local casino, I knew I was in trouble. :-)  Even though my husband and I don't go as often to the casino, when we do, we make sure to park in the garage that leads you to the Krispy Kreme store on the way into the casino.  And, like a kid in a candy store, I can't help but look to see if their "hot donuts" sign is lit up 

Either way, the smell of fresh glazed donuts lures us in and we always walk away with a dozen assorted donuts.   :-)  But, like I said, now that we have the girls, we don't have the luxury we used to, to enjoy a night out at the casino.  So, when a craving for Krispy Kreme donuts hits, I head to my local grocery store and pick up an assortment of Krispy Kreme products to enjoy. :-)  

It must have been hard on my husband while I was pregnant with the girls, as I always craved Krispy Kreme, and even had him drive me to the casino late at night on a few occasions, just for donuts, or hit up our local 24-hour supermarket to satisfy my sweet tooth and cravings. :-)

So, when I heard the other day that Saturday, March 2nd, is National Banana Creme Pie Day, I first thought, Mmm, sounds tasty, and then wondered why I didn't know about it earlier.  Then, the news got even sweeter, as I found out that the folks at Krispy Kreme would be offering a limited edition Glazed Banana KREME Pie, in honor of this national observance.  These pies are only available in participating mass merchants, grocery and convenience stores, while supplies last.  Thankfully, I don't have to track down these tasty pies, as I was sent two today to try out.  Mmm, were they good.  Yes, I know that I am on a diet, but I couldn't resist -- it is National Banana Cream Pie Day coming up and all. :-)  The girls even got in on the fun and helped me with the taste test after lunch, as we split one pie.  You should have saw them both licking their fingers to get up every last drop of the banana KREME.  And, just like Mommy, they loved sucking the banana KREME out of the glazed pie, before devouring the crusty pie outside. :-)  I surprised myself in that I didn't sneak and have the second pie sent.  Instead, I saved it to share with my husband, who also loved it!

So, when you are out and about this Saturday, why not take a few minutes to stop in at your favorite  grocery or convenience store and see if they have these limited edition Glazed Banana KREME pies from Krispy Kreme available, and join the masses in celebrating National Banana Cream Pie Day? :-) 

About Krispy Kreme®
Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Today, Krispy Kreme can be found in more than 730 locations around the world as well as approximately 10,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit us at

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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Toss the Take-Out Menus – Shrimp Spring Rolls are Here From SeaPak! Review and #Giveaway

"SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. has a brand new product – something both kids and adults will love!

Always a restaurant and take-out menu favorite, spring rolls have just been added to SeaPak’s lineup of tasty, easy-to-prepare seafood products. The new Shrimp Spring Rolls are handmade with tender shrimp and crispy vegetables tucked inside a crunchy wrapper.  A delicious Sweet Thai Chili Dipping Sauce is also included!

They’re quick and simple to heat-and-eat, baking to golden brown perfection in less than 15 minutes. To top it all, one serving of three rolls contains only 170 calories and 9 grams of fat. No guilt here! 

Both Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and Good Housekeeping have applauded the product."

How to cook up these Shrimp Spring Rolls:

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Arrange frozen spring rolls on baking sheet.
  • Bake on middle oven rack
    • For 8 rolls, cook for 13-14 minutes.
    • For 16 rolls, cook for 16-17 minutes.
  • For best results, turn spring rolls over after 7–8 minutes.
  • Preheat oil to 350°F.
  • Fry spring rolls for 6-7 minutes, until internal temperature is at least 165°F.
  • Drain on absorbent paper before serving.

*Due to differences in appliances and quantity prepared, cooking time may vary and require adjustment.

Here are two quick and easy recipes you can whip up for a creative and tasty way to serve these new Shrimp Spring Rolls from SeaPak:

Ramen Noodle Salad with Spring Rolls


PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 14 minutes
MAKES: 4 servings


8 SeaPak® Spring Rolls
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons honey
4 cups broccoli slaw mix
2 packages Original Flavor Ramen (noodles only)
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oils and honey. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add slaw mix and onions. Break up noodles into slaw. Pour dressing over slaw mix and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours.
Cook Seapak® Spring Rolls according to package directions.
Just before serving, stir sesame seeds into slaw. Serve slaw on the side with warm spring rolls. 


Crunchy Oriental Slaw and Spring Rolls

 PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 14 minutes
MAKES: 4 servings


8 SeaPak® Spring Rolls
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
1⁄2 cup rice wine vinegar (can substitute white vinegar)
1 bag cole slaw mix
2 cups thinly sliced snow peas
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1⁄2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1⁄3 cup sunflower seeds, toasted


Cook SeaPak® Shrimp Spring Rolls according to package directions and keep warm.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the canola oil, soy sauce, honey, vinegar and pepper.
In a large mixing bowl, add the slaw mix, snow pea slices, sesame seeds, almonds and sunflower seeds. Toss together. Pour dressing over and toss until coated. Serve alongside warm spring rolls.


During my recent Girls' Night In Oscar party, I ended up trying out the first recipe.  I thought it would be fun to try as a few of the girls who were coming over lived with me in college, and would always prepare Ramen noodle meals.  I couldn't believe how easy this recipe was to create and just how tasty it was.  If I hadn't told my girlfriends that these shrimp spring rolls were frozen, they would have thought I had made them myself or bought them fresh at a fish market for the occasion. :-)  But, when one of them stumbled across the empty box, I couldn't keep a secret. :-)
And, since my get together, I have picked up a couple more boxes of these spring rolls to store in the freezer, so I would have them on hand if my husband and I find ourselves craving seafood or shrimp spring rolls -- like tonight, when he arrived home late and wanted to order out to save time cooking in the kitchen.  I told him to entertain the girls for about 15 minutes, and I would have a meal put together.  I ended up making the Ramen Noodle Salad with Spring Rolls recipe again, as he hadn't tried it.  Like my girlfriends, he loved it and couldn't believe the Shrimp Spring Rolls were cooked from a frozen state.  He thought they were full of flavor, and loves the chunks of shrimp he got with each bite.

So, if are a fan of shrimp spring rolls, or always find yourself reaching for the phone to order out in a pinch, why not pick up these or other SeaPak products to have on hand in the freezer.  Prep and cook time is quick and easy, and within 15 minutes, you will have a delicious meal.

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I have a fun giveaway for you, thanks to the folks at SeaPak.  In celebration of SeaPak's new line of shrimp spring rolls, as well as their other popular frozen products, they are certain that you don't have to order take out anymore to enjoy fresh, delicious tasting spring rolls.  Instead, you can shop your favorite local retailer, or better yet, Sam's Club, to pick up SeaPak's new Shrimp Spring Rolls.

So, go ahead, throw out your take-out menus and put together a grocery shopping list.  And, to help you with your grocery shopping, the folks at SeaPak have put together a great prize pack, which will include: a year-long Sam’s Club membership, a coupon organizer, a discount SeaPak coupon and a weekly meal planner guide to one lucky winner. The Sam’s Club membership will make shopping a breeze and the coupon organizer is a great way to keep up with the grocery list, coupons, recipe clips and more! 

How great is this prize pack?  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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Introducing Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser - Review and #Giveaway

 Closed.  Congrats to Natalie!!!!

"Replace your arsenal of cleaning products with Soft Scrub Total® All Purpose Cleaner, the one product that is powerful enough to clean and degrease your entire kitchen. The patented trigger allows you to easily switch from a fine mist to a thick foam and even sprays upside down. The unique angle-neck bottle helps you get into those hard to reach places like the inside of the microwave. - See more at:"

Replace your arsenal of cleaning products with Soft Scrub Total® All Purpose Cleaner, the one product that is powerful enough to clean and degrease your entire kitchen. The patented trigger allows you to easily switch from a fine mist to a thick foam and even sprays upside down. The unique angle-neck bottle helps you get into those hard to reach places like the inside of the microwave. - See more at:
Do you find yourself using cleaning products from brands that you grew up watching your Mom use?  I always laugh when my Mom comes to visit and says, "Oh, you also use so and so", or "I used to use that when you were litte," as I still remember telling myself that I would not do the same things she did when I got older.  Well, I was wrong on this account, for many things, including cleaning products.  I guess having seen her use brands like Soft Scrub, I have grown accustomed to knowing that they this brand really does get the job done when cleaning.  So, whenever I am shopping for cleaning products, my eyes always gravitate to familiar products/brands I remember seeing my use.  And, one of these brands was Soft Scrub, which she still uses today.

But, for the first time, when she came to visit last week, she said, "wow, I have never seen that product," referring to the new Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser.  I had received the new lemon scent cleanser, as part of the Purex Insiders program, and couldn't wait to show it to her.  Usually when I have family and friends visiting, I postpone my weekend cleaning to spend time with them. But, this time, I wanted to put this new product to the test and see how it worked in cleaning the bath and kitchen surfaces. 

My mom followed along as I began my cleaning.  She, too, wanted to see if this new cleanser would be able to tackle tough stains and grime.  And, the verdict is in -- it did.  The new Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser passed with flying colors, and was approved by mother and daughter. :-)  The best feature of this cleanser was that you didn't need to use much elbow grease to clean surfaces, especially bathroom tile and toilets. Not only were the surfaces in both the kitchen and bath, that were cleaned with this new cleanser sparkling, but they smelled of a light lemon scent.

I will definitely be buying more of this cleanser and know someone else who will stock up, too.  And, when other family and friends ask how I get my kitchen and bathroom surfaces so clean, I will not hesitate and tell them I used Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser. :-)

You can find out more about Soft Scrub on Facebook at

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In conjunction with the Purex Insider Kit, Soft Scrub® is proud to introduce the One Surface At a Time® Sweepstakes, featuring Soft Scrub® Total All Purpose!
One lucky grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a year's supply of Soft Scrub, while 250 second place winners will receive free Soft Scrub.
Click here to enter the Soft Scrub One Surface at a Time Sweepstakes now for your chance to win --


The first person to email me and let me know which habit they picked up from their Mother or a cleaning or cooking product they use because of their Mom, will win (3) FREE coupons to purchase this new cleanser from Soft Scrub.  You can share a coupon with your Mom and/or a friend. :-) Good luck!

Disclosure: Soft Scrub provided a free sample of their Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser, so that I could review it.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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Midnight Stallion - Arrives to DVD on March 5th (Review)

 Midnight Stallion

"A charming, coming of age story, Midnight Stallion centers on a young girl and her family who are rescued from their financial struggle by an unexpected guest. This inspirational family film stars Kris Kristofferson (Joyful Noise, Dolphin Tale), Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, ParaNorman), and Chelah Horsdal (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Jack Shephard (Kristofferson) and his wife have tried just about everything to stay afloat through tough economic times. As they struggle to find new ways to keep their farm from foreclosure, their daughter Megan (Ferland) discovers a mysterious, wild stallion in a nearby meadow. Quickly forming a bond with the horse, Megan and her family soon realize that this fast and free companion could be the answer to their prayers. Celebrate the power of courage and determination when Midnight Stallion races onto DVD March 5. Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, the DOVE Foundation approved film will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.93."   


Price: $14.93
Street Date: March 5, 2013
Language:    English  
Running time: 91 minutes                                   
Rating: Not Rated

My Thoughts:
Anything with Kris Kristofferson is a must see movie for me.  Like a fine wine, he seems to get better with age. :-)  Shh, don't tell my husband. :-)  This heartwarming film is one that the entire family will enjoy.  Even though you start to predict what will happen, it is nice to see this wholesome family movie play out.  And, like all movies that deal with families in financial hardship or turmoil, you find yourself rooting for them and hoping that there is a happy ending.  Don't worry, I will not ruin the ending for you. What I will say, however, is that the movie flows nicely and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Definitely a film worth picking up and adding to your family's collection, as it will be watched over and over again.
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The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Escape From The Kitchen - Arrives to DVD on March 12th (Review)

The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange (2012) Poster

"Prepare for some especially ripe comedy when the outrageously funny series, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Escape From The Kitchen, peels out on DVD March 12, 2013 from Salient Media and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment.  Featuring an abundance of guest stars, including Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and the late Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), the hilarious YouTube sensation Annoying Orange made its television debut on Cartoon Network in 2012, drawing more than 2.6 million viewers and consistently winning its time slot in key demos.  With more than 1.3 billion views, Annoying Orange has become a true pop culture phenomenon.* The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Escape From The Kitchen follows Annoying Orange and his band of produce buddies as they navigate the time-space continuum in their magical fruit cart.  From the Prehistoric Era to Colonial Times, Orange and the rest of the crew are dropped into random adventures and forced to squeeze their way out. The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Escape From The Kitchen DVD includes the first 10 episodes of the hit series and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.93.  Volume two and three, as well as the complete first season, will be available later this year in 2013."

Price:   $14.93
Street Date:   March 12, 2013
Run time:   110 minutes 
Rating: Not Rated  

My Thoughts:
Like the Rocky Horror Picture Show and other pop culture hits, Annoying Orange ranks up there for must see television for the Gen. X and Y viewers.  I have only watched a few episodes, but get the bulk of my Annoying Orange fix from You Tube clips family and friends share via email.  Either you love or you hate these types of shows.  But, the Cartoon Network, which airs this popular series, is drawing more and more followers with each new episode.  And, with this and upcoming releases in the series, I suspect more new followers and those curious to learn about the show and its hype will be tuning in. 

If you have heard about but have never seen an episode of Annoying Orange, or are a die-hard fan, then this upcoming DVD is worth picking up.  

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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The Hallmark Movie Channel Original, Duke, Arrives on DVD March 12th (Review)



"Witness the heartfelt drama about one man’s life struggle in the Hallmark Movie Channel original Duke, arriving on DVD March 12 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Crown Media Family Networks. Steven Weber (“Wings,” “Leaving Las Vegas’), Sarah Smyth (“50/50”), and Allison Hossack (“Christmas Miracle”) star in an uplifting story about overcoming personal hardships and reconciling with the ones that mean most. Duke is the second highest-rated Hallmark Movie Channel original film to premiere on Hallmark Movie Channel.* Terry Pulaski (Weber) served his country well as a marine sergeant fighting in Iraq, but when he returns home to his family he is overwhelmed by the challenges of being a good father and husband.  Devastated by his personal, mental, and physical struggles, Terry leaves his wife and daughter behind with only his trusted companion Duke by his side. After years without a home, illness overcomes Duke and Terry is forced to leave his best friend at the care of a veterinary clinic.  On his own, Terry must conquer his struggles to save his best friend and reconcile with the love ones he left behind.  An inspirational story about redemption, Duke arrives on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.93."

Price: $14.93
Street Date: March 12, 2013
Language: English
Running time: 86 minutes
My Thoughts:
Does your family like to sit down together and watch Hallmark Channel movies?  This was one of my favorite things to do as a child.  I always looked forward to that once a month Sunday Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, that my brothers and I would watch with Mom, while my Dad was working a police detail.  Even though my brothers mainly watched the movies to stay up later -- and, to see my mom cry at each and every movie, I thoroughly enjoyed these heartwarming movies, that always taught wonderful lessons that you could apply to your life.  
And, as I got older, I continued to tune in on Sundays when a new Hallmark movie aired, and was giddy when I moved to CT and saw that we received the Hallmark Channel in our television lineup.  I have lost count on the number of Hallmark movies I have seen over the years, but each and every time I have a free moment, I flip to the Hallmark Channel to see what is on, or pop in a DVD of these films, I have acquired over the years.
Even though I saw this upcoming release when it aired on television, it was nice to watch it again -- and, yes, I cried just like my Mom used to, from start to finish.  Luckily, my brothers or husband were around to see me. :-)  I am not going to bore you with a thorough review of this film, as you probably have already seen it, or can get the gist of what it is about in the synopsis above.  All I will say is that this is a great film to watch with the whole family, and that dog-lovers like myself will fall in love with Duke. :-)
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 
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