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Slow Cooked Chicken Sliders made with McCormick

Football Sunday should be filled with family, fun and food but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in the kitchen all day long prepping the meal.  Some Sundays before heading to Church I’ll fill the Crock Pot with chicken breasts or thighs, add a sauce then top with some frozen veggies so that when I get home, I can sit back and relax with my son and hubby. 

I am not a football fan so while they are watching the game I can read the Sunday paper or work on my blog but usually I am sitting back enjoying the aroma coming from the Crock Pot in the kitchen.

 Last month before the game between the Eagles and the Giants #FlyEaglesFly (BTW The Eagles beat the Giants 27 to 7!) I used a package of McCormick Slow Cookers Sweet and Smokey Pulled Chicken seasoning and 4 chicken breasts to create these awesome slow cooked chicken sliders with homemade coleslaw.

Slow Cooked Chicken

Ingredients:

1 package McCormick Slow Cookers Sweet and Smokey Pulled Chicken

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 lbs of chicken breasts

Pulled Chicken Sliders

According to package instructions, mix together McCormick seasoning, ketchup and brown sugar.  Put chicken breasts into Crock Pot and cover with mixture and cook on high for 4 hours. 

If you want to give it a little kick, add some Tabasco or Hot Sauce.  After chicken has cooked, shred it using two forks then put some onto slider rolls and top with cheese or coleslaw.

Slow Cooker cook on high for 4 hours

I made my coleslaw using a 1/2 package of pre-made Classic Coleslaw, to which I stirred in a little mayonnaise, Apple Cider vinegar and a sprinkling of sugar then topped each slider which gave them a crispy crunch.

Chicken Sliders Served with Hot Apple Cider

Chicken Sliders Served with Hot Apple Cider

I am glad that McCormick finally came out with a Pulled Chicken seasoning pack as I had previously used the Pulled Pork seasoning however, I found it to be a bit overwhelming for chicken. 

 

Have you tried any of the McCormick Slow Cooked Seasonings?

 


72 Tips for Staying Young

72 Tips for Staying Young

Darci Maxwell, author

Every day, an estimate of 432 billion cells in your body die. Those cells are then replaced by other cells during your body’s natural regeneration process. The quality of these new cells is based on the quality of materials they have to create themselves.

You have control over whether or not the cells will have the proper food and nutrition they need in order to regenerate properly. The healthier your cells, the younger and healthier you look. Below are some tips to ensure that your cells have the proper nutrients, as well as other beauty tips to help you stay young.

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight – A healthy body weight will lower your risk for many diseases, help you feel better, and give you more energy.

  2. Drink lots of water – Water has many benefits including balancing body fluids, energizing muscles, and keeping skin young and healthy.

  3. Eat less sugar – Sugar can depress the immune system making you more susceptible to disease.

  4. Drink less caffeine – Caffeine dehydrates the body and depletes calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels.

  5. Eat your vegetables – Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that protect the body from disease and aging. eat fruits to stay healthy

  6. Eat more fruit – Fruit is also full of vitamins and minerals essential to the overall health of the body.

  7. Eat smaller portions – Eating less calories lowers the production of T3, a hormone that slows metabolism.

  8. But make sure you eat enough – Your body needs sufficient nutrients in order to survive.

  9. Eat whole grains – Whole grains are filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  10. Eat spinach – Spinach is a Superfood, full of vitamins and antioxidants.

  11. Eat pomegranates – Pomegranates are also a Superfood full of antioxidants that can prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure.

  12. Eat avocados – One benefit of avacados is that the oils found in avocados toughen and hydrate your skin.

  13. Consume more fat – Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body and boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to convert stored fat to energy.

  14. Just make sure its the right kind Fats and oils can stress the digestive system and raise cholesterol levels.

  15. Eat more fiber – Fiber helps to slow down digestion, helping you feel full longer but also helps food move through the digestive system quicker.

  16. Drink green tea – Green tea is full of antioxidants that help rejuvenate skin cells, heal scrapes and bruises, and protect against sun damage.

  17. Don’t smoke Smoking not only causes premature skin aging, but it destroys cilia in your lungs, keeping dirt, pollution, and chemicals trapped in your lungs.

  18. Reduce alcohol intake – Alcohol inhibits communication signals in the brain, depresses the nervous system, and inhibits bone marrow’s ability to regenerate new blood cells.

  19. Moisturize your face – Whether you have oily or dry skin, moisturizer is necessary to hydrate your skin and keep the moisture in balance. moisturize your face

  20. Moisturize your neck – Because most people forget to moisturize their neck, it tends to age faster than the rest of their face.

  21. Exfoliate – Exfoliation rids the skin of dry skin cells,creating a healthy, smooth appearance.

  22. Remove makeup every night – Not removing your makeup daily can dry out your skin, block and stretch pores, and deepen wrinkles.

    Avon Hair Care Products

    Avon Hair Care Products

  23. Avoid heat in your hair – Heat damage causes split ends, breakage, and dry and frizzy hair.

  24. Get a hot oil treatment – The oil treatment opens the cuticle and allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.

  25. Wash your face with milk – Milk contains protein, fat and amino acids that can reduce redness and exfoliate the skin.

  26. Baby your hands – Hands are one of the first places to show age, keep them lotioned and keep your nails manicured.

  27. Be gentle to your feet – The health of your feet contributes to your overall health. Wear shoes that fit and get heel or arch support if necessary.

  28. Avoid tanning – Sun damage, next to smoking is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. For more information about safe tanning, visit this blog.

  29. Always use sunscreen – Always protect your skin, use sunscreen with natural minerals like zinc oxide.

  30. Remember to sunscreen the back of your hands – We wash our hands many times throughout the day, washing the sunscreen right off. Reapply sunscreen periodically.

  31. Shield your car windows – On average, we get 200 hours of sun exposure a year through commuting. 80% of a person’s sun exposure is through widows. Protect your skin from the rays of the sun.

  32. Use lemon juice on sun spots – Lemon juice can help fade sun spots, dilute it with water and apply with a q-tip once a day.

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  33. Wear less makeup – Some cosmetics suffocate the skin and can make wrinkles stand out.

  34. Shave correctly – Shaving can irritate the skin, so be sure to use clean razors, never shave dry, and make sure to rinse the skin well after.

  35. Use the right kind of soap – There are different soaps geared towards different skin types, make sure you get the right kind. SSS Breast Cancer Awareness

  36. Exercise regularly – Exercise burns calories, boosts good cholesterol, improves mood and increases energy.

  37. Stretch often – Stretching helps keep joints and muscles mobile and reduces the effects of aging.

  38. Take Vitamin A – Vitamin A helps the immune system, vision, and bone growth.

  39. Get enough Vitamin D – Vitamin D is necessary for the regulation of calcium absorption and helps maintain healthy bones and teeth.

  40. Use beauty products with retinol – Retinol reduces substances that break down collagen in the skin after being in the sun.

  41. Reduce stress – Stress has been linked to cancer, lung disease, depression and other health problems.

  42. Fall in love – Passion is powerful, releasing hormones that reduce stress and anxiety.

  43. Do yoga – Yoga is designed to strengthen the inside and outside of your body, reinforcing muscles around the spine, lengthen muscles as well as reduces stress.

  44. Keep your brain sharp – Continue to keep your synapses firing to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. Do sudoku puzzles, keep up on current events, etc.

  45. Enjoy life – Focusing on positive things in life reduces stress and slow decline in physical functions.

  46. Finding the beauty in every day – Finding the beauty in every day can make us feel grateful and happy.

  47. Avoid people who complain about their age – Negativity is contagious, so avoid it whenever possible.

  48. Surround yourself with vivacious people – We become like the people we associate ourselves with, so surround yourself with youthful, energetic people.

  49. Be a part of a group – Not only will you feel like you belong, people who have more associations have less cognitive decline as they age.

  50. Travel – Whether it’s to Paris or through your neighborhood, traveling adds love, laughter, and experience to your life.

  51. Plan for the future – Having something to look forward to will make you feel hopeful.

  52. Be extravagant sometimes – Treating yourself to something special can make you feel important.

  53. Don’t feel sorry for yourself – Focusing on the negative will make you unhappy, increasing stress and anxiety.

  54. Believe in yourself – Seeing problems as challenges rather than setbacks helps us feel empowered, allowing us to accomplish more and feel younger.

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  55. Take the time to be beautiful – Taking the time to get ready in the morning will make you feel better about yourself for the rest of the day.

  56. Never say you are “too old” – Saying you are too old for something creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that will make you become as “old” as you act.

  57. Engage in positive self talk – Positive self talk can lower depression, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and create better resilience to hardships and stress.

  58. Spend time with children – Children know how to be happy and carefree. We could learn a thing or two from them.

  59. Get enough sleep – It is scientifically proven that people who sleep less age faster.

  60. Keep up on your eye exams – When you can’t see properly, you squint, overcompensating your eyesight and deepening frown wrinkles.

  61. Visit your dentist regularly – Oral health is directly related to overall health; your dentist can help make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.

  62. Get a massage – Massages regulate blood pressure, purge toxins, relax the body, and stimulate the skin.

  63. Laugh every day – Milton Berle said “Laughter is an instant vacation”. It can calm nerves, strengthen the immune system and help us bond with friends.

  64. Be grateful – Grateful people experience less depression and stress, are more likely to serve, exercise more, and achieve their personal goals.

  65. Take breaks – Taking the time to breathe can relax the body, refocus us, and decrease anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and other problems.

  66. Go outside – Fresh air reduces stress, boosts the immune system, and energizes our bodies.

  67. Take your time with life – Fast paced lives are often stressful. Slow down and take the time to relax.

  68. Avoid using mobility aids unless necessary – Depending on mobility aids actually weakens our body’s natural ability to move. reduce stress and relax

  69. Read 15 minutes a day – Reading can make you feel calm, improve your memory and can lessen your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.

  70. Learn something new every day – Learning makes you feel young and alive. It also keeps your mind active and slows the degeneration of the mind.

  71. Reduce Screen Time – Reduced screen time increases brain performance and boost the quality of sleep.

  72. Don’t act your age – Do something that you are “too old to do”; play on a playground, hike a mountain, or get a popsicle. You are only as old as you feel.

    Do you have any tips to share?

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Thank You Delaware State Troopers

Flat Tire Friday

Thank You Delaware State Troopers

Friday night my son called a cop…

“911 what’s your emergency?”

I have a flat tire

“Are you okay sir?”

Yes

“Where are you located?”

Past the Christiana Mall heading South before Route 273.

Friday night, as I walked through the door after meeting with a new client, Sandra P., owner of SPJFitnessPlus I heard my husband on the phone having a FaceTime conversation with our son, who was on the side of the road, in the dark with a flat tire.

He having never experienced this, his first reaction was to call 911 and then AAA.

The thought of my son on the side of the road in the dark, my mind immediately raced to the headlines of the most recent murder of Corey Jones in Florida by an under cover police officer as he too waited for Roadside assistance. The second thought was that of Ennis Cosby, who was also murdered along the side of the road as he was changing a flat tire in 1997.  

The Delaware State Trooper who was dispatched to the scene was there before my husband and I arrived and he waited to ensure our son was alright before being called elsewhere.  However, not more than 10 minutes had passed after we pulled up did another Delaware State Trooper arrive who had obviously been contacted because he offered to speak to AAA dispatch to make sure they had the correct location of the stranded vehicle.

stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire

Still waiting for the AAA driver, we 3 huddled together under the umbrella because it had started to rain, then my husband commented that he never knew that State Troopers would stay with a motorist who simply had a flat tire.  I was grateful that they each did because the cars were flying up Route 1 so fast that I felt safer standing outside the vehicle than sitting inside it.

Standing next to my son like a mama bear protecting her cub even though this cub is 23, I was thankful for him and for his safety.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take time to thank the Trooper who stayed and waited with us until we were safely on our way; so this post is dedicated to both of the Delaware State Troopers who were dispatched to the scene of a disabled motorist on Route 1 South, Friday, 11/6/2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you!

Thank you DeState Troopers



Indian Summer and Superfoods from Snyders

Indian Summer and Superfoods from Snyders

I don’t know about you, but I am truly enjoying this time of the year, what is normally called Indian Summer. Friday was an absolutely gorgeous day once the fog lifted so short sleeves were definitely the call for the day.

Autumn attire with it’s vibrant colors, patterns and prints should always include a little Animal Print which is why I love these Jessica Simpson Peep Toe pumps. They are by far one of the best Consignment Shop finds that I have ever purchased.

Autumn and Animal Prints

Would you believe that the rest of the outfit, excluding the earrings and bracelets was also thrifted from Goodwill…yes, the purse…the skirt…and the top #totallythrifted – gotta love it!  

Saturday it rained, so I took a few bags and boxes of clothing and household items to be donated to Goodwill then picked up a few sweaters.  Stay tuned for a mini-haul vlog,  #DonateStuffCreateJobs

thrifted outfit from Goodwill

Oh and speaking of Indian Summer, have you started preparing your harvest menu for the holidays? Early Friday morning, hubby and I stopped in at Dutch Country Farmer’s Market in Middletown.  I saw some of the freshest and most colorful fruits and veggies of the season on display at Snyder’s Produce, my mouth was watering!

Farmer's Market in Middletown

Snyder's Produce

Snyders Produce

Snyders Veggies

Snyder's Produce

wonderful produce at Farmers Market

I cannot wait to make a few batches of “good ole homemade” soup with some of these beauties and as soon as the oxtails arrive, there will be a big ole pot of Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew for a weekend meal. 

Snyder's veggies green veggies at Snyder's fruit at Snyder's berries at Snyder's

What do you like most about this time of the year?

  • Colorful foliage

  • Cooler weather

  • Harvest fruits and veggies

  • Slow cooked soups and chowders

  • Family holiday meals

  • Autumn attire

  • Football

Indian Summer Sign fresh fruit at Snyder's

juice at Snyder's

Leave a comment below then get outside and enjoy more of this beautiful Indian Summer weather!


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Casual Friday or Weekend Wear

Although I enjoy wearing dresses, skirts and heels to work, I do however, occasionally like to dress down especially on casual Fridays which is why I recently wore this outfit to work.

Casual Friday attire

These stretch jeans were purchased from Walmart #WearWalmart and the top was thrifted from Goodwill.  I also found these loafers a year or so ago at Rugged Wearhouse but hadn’t worn them often.

casual Friday attire

With this casual outfit I thought they would be a nice compliment.  Aren’t the embroidered “pink people” cute?  They reminded me of a pair of 1960s “smoking loafers”, what do you think.  

This outfit would also be perfect for the weekend, a Saturday outfit for “running the streets” or out with family and friends – what do you think?

smoking loafers

The multi-color purse is a closet staple, purchased too long ago for me to even remember where but I am going to assume it was from Ross Dress for Less

Do you have the option to dress down or have “casual Fridays” at your place of employment?  

Well I’m outta here, I’ve got places to go and people to meet so enjoy the weekend and we’ll chat on Monday.

accessories from Ross Dress for Less


Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Service

1st Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription

A few weeks ago I got an email from Blair over at Rocksbox inquiring as to if I would be interested in a 3 month complimentary trial subscription – JEWELRY and FREE, those are my two favorite words in the dictionary next to WINE and CHEESE!

Jewelry to try or buy

 

You know me, jewelry and free, of course I said, yes, sign me up.  Anywho, after completing the online style profile I received a few emails welcoming me which also included a code to share with friends who might also be interested in starting a 1 month free trial subscription.  So if that’s you and you want to try a few pieces of designer jewelry for an upcoming holiday event, sign up using the referral code: ablakexoxo

 

Rocksbox is a premium membership-based jewelry styling service that gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry including pieces from Kendra Scott, Gorjana, Loren Hope and others.  Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to this personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry which is sent in sets of three at a time. 

You can keep and wear your Rocksbox pieces for as long as you like and return them at any time.  The pieces are shipped in a re-usable/re-sealable pre-paid padded envelope so there is no added expense to return the Rocksbox. 

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The membership fee remains the same no matter how long you keep the jewelry and if you want to keep one of the pieces, simply return the box with the others and you’ll be billed at the Insiders’ Price which is shown on the packing list.  You can cancel your membership at any time, so if you want to know more about this jewelry subscription service please check their website at www.rocksbox.com

 

Wear It – Swap It or Buy It

I must have been busy when completing my style profile because although all of the pieces were nice, two of them are definitely too delicate for my taste, however, the Robyn Rhodes Taylor Necklace will be featured in an upcoming OOTD.  

My stylist Emily put together my first Rocksbox which contained the following pieces.

Gorjana necklace Gorjana – Taner Bar Mini Necklace in Gold

Gold Stud earrings

Sophie Harper – Triangle Pyramid Studs in Gold

Robyn Rhodes necklace

Robyn Rhodes – Taylor Necklace in Purple Agate

 

Check out the video of this, my first Rocksbox unboxing and if you have any questions please leave a comment below.  Try it, you might like it so sign up today to get your own 1 month free trial subscription and don’t forget to use the referral code ablakexoxo  

Disclosure, if you sign up using this referral code it will help to extend my subscription thus allowing me to try a few more pieces and subsequently make more videos!

Oh and if you do sign up, please come back and show me what you received. 

Have a beautiful day.


Living the Journey Poems of Love & Life by SuiteFranchon

Living the Journey

Poems of Love & Life by SuiteFranchon

Spending a beautiful Autumn evening with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a good book…can it get any better than that?

Yes it can!

Spending an evening with a glass of Pinot Grigio and listening to the author read excerpts from her book is much better.

Sip and Sign with SuiteFranchon

That’s exactly what I and many others did last Thursday at the Delaware Children’s Art Museum on the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington. Suite Franchon, author of “Living the Journey” took us on a sensual journey of love and beauty via her poetry and by sharing some of her life’s intimate lessons.

Living the Journey Book

The book launch was presented by Avery Group Public Relations and it was definitely a wonderful way to spend an evening with old and new friends.

Guitar accompaniment by the renowned musician Justin Graham only enhanced the ambiance of the event.  However, the hors d’oeuvres, including cheese, fruit and wine was definitely a wonderful and welcomed feature.

Justin Graham

The evening began with an introduction by Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz after which SuiteFranchon made an elegant entrance via a spiral staircase to read various sections of her book, A Soulful Journey.

Hanifa Shabazz introducing SuiteFranchon

SuiteFranchon book launch at the Delaware Children's Museum

The audience was mesmerized not only by her soulful words but also by her honesty, integrity and ability to relate to almost everyone on some level with her own life’s experiences.

SuiteFranchon is a native Delawarean who has been entertaining audiences with her unique style of poetry for over a decade. She is a writer, director and executive producer of an organic and unique show call “Soul Opera”.  

Sign up at her Fan Page and follow her Social Media networks to read more about this poet and performer who was featured at the 2015 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

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The I Love My Selfie Photo Booth was an awesome way to capture the memories of the evening as well as providing everyone with an opportunity to share their experience on social media.

I love my selfie

SuiteFranchon Book Launch 018 I Love my Selfie Booth fun

I Love My Selfie Photo

This delicious display of finger foods, cheese and fruits were provided by Walt’s Catering Services and the personalized “book cake” was an added sweet treat.

finger foods sweet treat sheet cake

I read the book in it’s entirety and am now looking forward to hearing SuiteFranchon again at the next Peace Love & Poetry event being held at the World Cafe Live on December 10th at 7:00 p.m.

SuiteFranchon and the Delaware Blogger

on the other side of fear

I want to once again thank Demia Avery for inviting me to cover another one of her great Delaware launch events #bloggerslife, and invite you all to read more about her and Avery Group Public Relations, by checking out the website http://www.averygrouppr.com/

If you want more information or are interested in scheduling SuiteFranchon to perform at your community, cultural or corporate event, please check out her social media networks.


What Daylight Saving Time Does To Your Body

What Daylight Saving Time Does To Your Body

By Kelly Fitzpatrick for Life by DailyBurn

The time shown on the clock from November to March is known in the Northern hemisphere as “standard time.” The rest of the year is considered the exception, or “saving time.” Countries in the Southern hemisphere, however, reverse this, observing daylight saving time during their summer — between November and March.

Making matters even more confusing, daylight saving time (DST) isn’t practiced everywhere in the world. Most of Asia and Africa as well as parts of Australia and South America don’t observe DST at all — nor do Hawaii, Arizona, or many US territories, like Guam and the US Virgin Islands. (Utah may also consider dropping DST, based on public outcry.) Even where it is practiced, clocks are set forward and back on different dates, leading to even more regional variations.

what is Daylight Saving Time?

Why Do We Have It?

If you live in a part of the world that experiences wide shifts in weather and daylight hours between summer and winter, you probably relish any extra time you get to spend outdoors in the summer sunshine. Moving the clock forward an hour in the spring gives people an extra hour of daylight in the evening, when they’re typically not working, rather than the morning. Added bonus for night owls: It also moves the sunrise an hour later, keeping late-risers’ bedrooms conveniently dim.

It’s not clear, though, whether all this inconvenience is worth it. One hundred years ago, when DST was first introduced in war-torn Germany, there was a case to be made for saving energy. Moving the clock forward in the spring reduces the number of waking hours between sunset and bedtime (since bedtime remains static while sunset occurs an hour later, according to the clock). Fewer post-sunset evening hours ought to mean fewer lights turned on, and less money spent on energy.

Newer studies throw this hypothesis into question, though. When DST was introduced, lightbulbs were the primary use of household electricity. These days, we use our TVs, computers and other small appliances just as much, whether it’s light or dark out. Meanwhile, lightbulbs have grown more efficient. And now that we live in a world where we can control indoor temperature (phew!), it’s possible that having more waking daylight hours could, in fact, increase our energy use, since air conditioning uses so much more power than a few measly lightbulbs and is typically turned higher during daylight hours. Studies are inconclusive, but even if it does save money, the savings are estimated to be no more than one or two percent.

more light in the morning for OOTD pics

more light in the morning for OOTD pics

How to Deal

In a perfect world, DST wouldn’t shock our circadian rhythms twice annually. “Ideally we would be able to allow our internal circadian rhythms to move along naturally with the light-dark cycles that change from season to season,” says Dr. Rosen. Since that’s not possible, try these tips to transition back to standard time with ease.

  1. Don’t Stay Up Late

When you set the clocks back each fall, “your circadian rhythms will cause you to want to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier than your external environment,” says Dr. Rosen. “One of the biggest mistakes that people make … is staying up later and thinking that they’re going to get an extra hour of sleep,” she adds. Because your circadian rhythms may wake you early Sunday morning, it’s important not to count on that extra snooze time.

  1. Use the Sun

The fall time change is easier than the spring, says Dr. Rosen, particularly for those who work standard daylight hours, since you’re able to hack your sunlight exposure. Try to get as much late afternoon sun exposure before switching the clocks back, and as much morning sun exposure as possible after switching the clocks to help ease the transition. more light in the morning for OOTD pics

  1. Take Your Time

“If you work a non-traditional schedule, or have a little extra time in the morning, it might ease the transition if you go to sleep and wake up 10-15 minutes later each day the week before the time change,” says Dr. Rosen. As always, adding a nap can help fend off drowsiness for anyone still struggling with the switch back to standard time.

I like Daylight Saving Time because it is great for early morning OOTD pics.

How are you dealing with the change?


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