Cookie Ring Sling Review 

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I think everyone is aware of my baby wearing fixation/ obsession. I will let you call it what you want. But if you have read any of my previous posts or know me at all you are aware of my love of babywearing. Yes my name is Haajra and I love baby-wearing. I wear the Little Thing almost every day and occasionally wear the Big Thing too. And guess what, they love it too. You can ask anyone who knows me, my daughter is a baby with very high needs. She has to be around/attached to her momma, time and place just don’t matter to her. And baby-wearing has always been a blessing for me.

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 If you don’t wear your baby already, you should honestly think about trying it. I am so happy that I did and so are my children. With my ongoing pursuit of the perfect baby-wearing paraphernalia I came across the Cookie Pie Ring Sling.

When this sling came home, we were at our in-laws enjoying a long vacation. So I got to lay my hands on it only after a good week or so (I can’t remember exactly). Like they say the first impression is the best impression! I was super impressed by the packaging. My ring sling came packed in a white box with the brand logo printed over it.

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I flipped the box open and almost died seeing that gorgeous black and white chevron pattern. I have always dreamt of a chevron baby wearing gear! And there it was! I got a very subtle yet sassy looking booklet to guide me through.

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This ring sling is absolutely amazing. I love it, it is so soft yet breathable the material used is incredible. And the ease of use is indeed remarkable. I couldn’t wait any longer so I decided to try this out for a day.

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And since I have already used a ring sling before, I didn’t have any trouble in wearing it. In fact this one is way too simple and easy to handle because of the fabric at the shoulder is already pleated. So there was absolutely no need for me to work on neatly gathering the fabric. Just take it and put it on your shoulder. And your sorted! So there’s no problem of fabric bunching up and causing you discomfort.

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And honestly this ring sling was the easiest of all of my baby carriers when it comes to getting the baby in and out. Another thing that stands out is the cross cut fabric, the tail part. Since it’s cut cross it looks just the way it’s supposed to be. This end can always be used to cover up while breastfeeding or to protect the baby from sun. It can otherwise be rolled up neatly around the rings. That’s I do it most of the time. As I don’t like the tail hanging loose. And if you have a baby, who has not learnt to hold her head up, then you can neatly roll it up and use as neck  support.

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So all in all this is such a quick and easy way of baby-wearing. It has made almost everything faster, from going into the store for shopping, or doing household chores, or when the baby needs loads of cuddles on a sick day. I put the Little Thing in, her face in (which she loves) and I’m always able to get everything done so much faster because I don’t have to deal with snaps, buckles, or anything else. While I truly do love my other baby-wearing gears, I have to vote for this one definitely when it comes to ease of use and getting the baby in and out super quickly.

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Also it’s easy to get the M position for the baby, which makes her very happy and comfortable because that’s how we spent major portion of our day!

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Cookie Pie Co. is famous for their versatile range of ring slings and other accessories, so if you haven’t already started baby-wearing or if you looking for a sling that easy yet elegant then don’t forget to check out Cookie Slings on Facebook. And if you like this review, then do give The Mommy Blog a thumbs on Facebook!

**We were sent the Cookie Pie ring sling for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

ReeBaby ‘Love is..’ Diaper Bag Review

If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram you know that we have moved out of India a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit that it was definitely not a cakewalk, nor for me neither for the girls. And before this move, we did a lot of travelling with kids back in India, to see off our people staying outside our hometown. And I would have never had those ‘we-are-all-sorted’ mommy and baby moments without this beautiful and functional ReeBaby diaper bag.

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A diaper bag is definitely every mom’s essential but what if you have a super super adorable one to flaunt?? Would you not just love it to the moon and back? Well, out of all the diaper bags I have come across (Of course, the ones available in India) this one is my favourite and will remain that way for pretty long tim.

Ok let talk ReeBaby now ;) This diaper bag is named ‘Love is…” And what better name can you think of?? Well, love is..actually a beautiful black bag with pink hearts and polka dots. Isn’t it? I reviewed a diaper bag by ReeBaby earlier here on my blog. You can check it out {here…} And I have to admit that this ones pretty different from the Beige one.

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This one up here is a large spacious bag, very generously sized to accommodate almost everything you might need when you are out and about with your baby. And in my case, it very well serves for two girls.

I’m a person who when stepping out of the house will pack the ‘whole’ house thinking they may just need something I leave back at home. So generally my diaper bag is like ‘overloaded’ with pretty much everything. And with this bag, there’s always enough room for everything from toys to sippers to snacks to change of clothes to ipad to my phone and so much more.

These large front pockets can be snapped open for you to stuff some ready to grab stuff like tissue papers, baby wipes, burp cloth etc. I stuffed some candies and chocolate bars for the girls to munch on, at the airport.

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Then there are again two ultra spacious zippered pockets along the length of the bag of about 6-7″ in height. Here’s where I stored my tickets and boarding passes. And believe me it made accessing them so easy. Just slide one zip and pop you have all the necessary documents required for boarding. And yeah I had my wallet in the other zippered pocket.

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And not just those, there was also two side pouches to throw in your keys and other stuff. Though I’m yet to figure out what goes in there, for us. :)

And there this one little issue with these side pockets, and that’s – too often when my bag is overloaded and fully-packed, I can’t slide my hand inside and out of these pockets, which is one reason I generally don’t use them. I wish they were a little wider or had a mesh fabric, so I could see, right through it, which would save me the trouble of digging in it for tiny belongings.

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I also got a sassy pink changing pad along with the bag, which I hardly use, now that I change their diapers almost ‘everywhere’, on bed, on floor, on couch. So yeah I have saved it for our next baby! ;) Or may be just give it away to someone with a newborn.

The best part is that, this lovely bag comes with the stroller straps, of course it’s a must for every diaper bag but then most of the manufacturers are not really bother about it. And I’m glad ReeBaby cares for all those moms who always take along their overloaded baby bags and can very happily hang them on to their baby’s stroller. And trust me there’s no great joy then not having to carry that extra luggage.

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So yeah all in all I just love this diaper bag. Just remember, mamas and mamas-to-be, you do not have to sacrifice style after having a baby!

Also you may want to check out the ReeBaby products on their very own Facebook page. And don’t forget to give us a thumbs up on Facebook if you liked this review!

**We were sent the ReeBaby Diaper Bag for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

My First Liebster Award

This couldn’t have got any better. Yayy! I’m super excited for being nominated for the Liebster Award. Thank you Marlene of First-Time Mom at 42 for making this happen.

You can find her at here. http://1sttimemomat42.wordpress.com/

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What does this mean?

The Liebster Award is basically an award that is by bloggers, for bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to encourage connection and support within our writing community, and to aid in the discovery of new and upcoming bloggers.

When nominated, you are asked to answer 11 questions and to share the answers in blog post.

The Liebster Award Rules require that I answer several questions about myself and nominate one or more other blogs that I enjoy, so here goes.

1) Why did you decide to start a blog?

The day I became a mum, I knew I had to tell the world how incredibly awesome it feels to be one. And the pure intentions of sharing the ups and downs of my life with other beautiful people out there, who might just need that little boast to kick start their journey of being a parent. ;) 

2) What is my favorite thing about blogging?

Every night I sit down to check my mailbox and I’m overwhelmed to see those lovely messages from my readers coming in from different parts of the world. So yeah the favourite thing about blogging for me has to be my audience. Thank you readers for accepting and appreciating my crap and still loving me so much! 

3) What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?

I can only talk about being a mom and a blogger, that’s how it’s always been for me. I was never a blogger alone! And coming to the ‘challenge’ part, almost every day is a like a challenge. But the most challenging part of them all, is tucking our little humans in their beds and then sit down ‘hitting’ the keyboard!  But then at the end of the day, I thoroughly love it. 

4) What is your favorite thing to cook?

I’m not a great cook! Definitely not. But I occasionally do bake cookies and muffins for our girls. And yeah my favourite thing to cook is the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

5) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I have always dreamt of a long peaceful holiday in Venice. So yeah Venice it is. 

6) When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ok the answer is going to sound stupid to you. Because it always kept changing ‘the-what-I-want-to-be’?!?. At one point I wanted to be a doctor, then an engineer, then an air-hostess , a chef but eventually I got trained to be a teacher. And here I’m a happy WAHM blogger! :) 

7) What would be your dream job now?

This is a trick question. Well I’m still ‘dreaming’ of it for now! :)

8) What is your favorite meal to order at a restaurant?

A full-fledged Mughlai or Chinese! Or may be a little from both?

9) What is your favorite dessert?

I’ve a sweet-tooth so mostly anything will do! But in particular old fashioned Chococolate Fudge with a scoop of vanilla icecream is to die for. :) 

10) What is your favorite Holiday?

Definitely Eid holiday with family! Delicious food, happy reunions, gifts, night out with cousins, ..aahh that sheer feel of joy and happiness!

11) What would your dream date night include?

Dinner, Dessert and a long drive.

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I was born in 1990.
  2. I just can’t start any day without my energy drink—coffee ;)
  3. I LOOOVE Bollywood music to the moon and back.
  4. When I was in college I had a lot of interest in painting.
  5. I love House M.D
  6. I say more “Nos” than “Yes”.
  7. I rarely watch TV shows and new movies now.
  8. I have no idea what alcohol tastes like. Seriously.
  9. I don’t wear makeup too often.
  10. I do what I love to do and I do it obsessively.
  11. And yeah, I love being me.

I nominate Kaley of ‘So, I have two babies’, which can be found at http://nickknockedmeup.com/

Hilarie of ‘Postively Paniked’, which can be found at https://positivelypanicked.wordpress.com/

Sandy of ‘Crooked Housewife’, which can be found at https://crookedhousewife.wordpress.com/

Love,

haajra

 

 

Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway #winners

It’s been a very long time since I last wrote. I have been extremely tied up with other chores. I have loads and loads of stories to share but time is what I’m running short on at the moment.

And this particular post has been pending for over a week now. Apologies for the delay! Without any further ado let’s just get into it…Here we have our 5 winner for the Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

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Many many congratulations to the winners. Please email me your postal info in the next 3 days.

*If any of the winners fails to get in touch with me in the given time, a new winner will be selected without any notification.

And for those of you who entered the giveaway and didn’t win, don’t be disheartened because we have loads of fun giveaways coming up here on the blog.

So until then happy parenting!

haajra

When Mommies-to-be Walked The Ramp

Pregnancy for most of the Indian women means staying indoors snuggled in a warm couch or a super soft bed, munching on potato chips and watching an epic Bollywood movie! And of course how can you miss on those long phone conversations with your mother-in-law over the do’s and don’ts like watch your steps, don’t run around the house, keep yourself calm and happy, don’t leave the house unless for a doctor’s appointment etc etc.

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Well I must admit that 3 years ago even I did! When we were expecting our first child. But after this recent event that I attended, I have to say that woman have come a far way! I was actually invited to this event by BabyChakra, helps discover the best local services and products for mums and babies.

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This beautiful event was organized jointly by Mom and Me, Child Magazine, a parenting magazine, and CordLife, a leading stem cell banking organization, ‘NeoLife’ has been conceptualized to help moms in their journey to become a mother from a woman. BabyChakra was supporting the event online through sharing details of the event with mums in Hyderabad.

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This is a four-city event, which kick started in Hyderabad. The next cities being Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.

Here in Hyderabad, it was a first event of it’s kind. I personally have never heard of any such event that had happened in Hyderabad. But this was had all that it took..a beautiful venue, enthusiastic contestants, lovely audience and not to forget the delicious food.

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I arrived at the venue prior to the start of the event and that’s when I got a chance to quickly caught up with the participants. I was surprised by the amount of energy and confidence they showed! I mean I would have just shied away with such a huge belly popping out.

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The first participant I spoke to was Akshaya, who later won the title of “Child Cordlife Super Mom of the Evening”. She was equally excited about her first pregnancy and hitting the ramp. Akshaya is a digital marketing executive who was almost 8 months pregnant! Way to go lady!

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And then I spoke to a few more of pregnant women who were having a gala time just before they walking the ramp.

And here’s our chat with one of them, who was also one of the winners that evening (She’s requested her name not be mentioned)

1) Tell us a little about yourself and your pregnancy so far.

Well, I am in my 24th week now, it feels great to even be pregnant :) I can only imagine how much more fun and blissful motherhood will get!

2) How did you come to know about this event? 

Through Birthplace…

3) For a mom-to-be like you, how important are events like these?

It was absolutely fun, and for a change I did not shying away from showing off my baby bump :D I think these events can boost your confidence and make your journey more exciting. I got to meet a lot of expectant mothers from different hospitals and sharing experiences with them was great.

4) A couple of months from now, how do you see yourself? 

I will be in my last trimester in a couple of months, I cannot anticipate the changes it is going to bring, but like always I am going to take care of myself and my lil one inside :)

 5) Your definition of ‘Motherhood’.

Being responsible, because a mother will be the one bringing new life into this world, so every mother should have a good time, eat well, and take proper care of herself.
Motherhood is lovely already, and I am hoping it will only get better from here :D

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Winners of other categories —‘Child Ms Fit and Active’  was given to Akanksha, ‘Ms Twinkling Eye’ was Kajol.

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‘Ms. Lustrous Hair’ was Rishitha, ‘Ms. Graceful’ was given to Puja Agarwal, ‘Ms. Georgeous Smile’ to Chaya and ‘Ms. Congeniality’ to Himal Tiwari.

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And let me not forget to mention the adorable outfits the mommies-to-be were seen flaunting. And here we bring to you the man behind this amazing collection ~~ Navdeep Singh. Well! At least for me he’s the jack of all trades!

And without any further adieu let me share my chat with him. I asked him a couple of questions and he was patient enough to answer them all!

1) Tell us a little about yourself and WHITE-DreamWorks.

WHITE DreamWorks is a brand for those who thrive on concrete exclusivity and believe in exercise of creative freedom with strong conviction towards defying the odds eventually redesigned and restructured keeping in mind the trends of the season.

I’m Navdeep singh, the face behind the label, a fashion professional from the most prominent fashion school – Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi. 

2) Why did you take up fashion designing as a profession?? Was it your childhood ambition or did it just happen to you by chance?

Well I would say that it was actually a ‘planned’ thing for me. As I’m a very creative person, I was never into books for real. My parents never wanted me to grow up like a typical kid. They never saw me becoming an engineer or a doctor. But they knew about the my creativity and this would not have happened without their constant support.

3) Why did you chose to design outfits for mommies-to-be? How challenging was it for you? 

Yeah! It was quite challenging. This is the second season I’m doing, Ruchika Dahiya, marketing head of Child who also happens to be a friend of mine. We sat down and she propsed me the concept and seemed pretty interesting and innovative to do. A similar project had in 2013 in Delhi so I have had some experience but this time it was taken a niche higher because it was happening in a totally alien city, at least for me. This was the first time I visited Hyderabad and it was a wonderful experience.

4) What was your most favourite part of the event? 
The most favourite part of the event was the interaction, that I had with the contestants and the family. Because for a city like Hyderabad it’s pretty much a new concept where a fashion show is organised for the general people, the moms-to-be and not for the models. I feel very connected to that because I’m one from the crowd. And for me networking and socializing and getting to meet new people is something I have always loved.
 
5) What was your least favourite part of the event?
Not exactly the least favourite but I just wanted to spend some more time in the city. I was there for only two days. I wish I had some more time. But since then everything was planned by the organizers so I just had to go with the flow. But yeah I just wanted more of it, the interaction with the local people out there in Hyderabad.
6) What’s your opinion on events like these? Do you see yourself working with mommies-to-be again in future?
In my opinion, it’s a very noble cause and it’s very creative event for our country. It’s something new something that’s never been done before so it’s very original. I think events like these should be promoted on a bigger scale now, which I also believe is already happening.
In 2014-2015 we will be doing it in four major cities, after Hyderabad it’s either going to be Bangalore or Mumbai and then we will be heading back to Delhi so yeah it gives a very positive outcome and good exposure to general people us to get out there, out of their comfortzone and walk down the ramp in designer outfits, which is something they don’t get to do every day. Basically it’s to celebrate the joy of motherhood. And I personally for me my mom has been in pillar of strength. So yeah events like these are very close to my heart.
Thank you once again Navdeep for being patient with me! A huge shout-out to you and DreamWorks! :)
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Not just the fashion show, there were loads of sessions lined up for moms-to-be like a session on nutrition for pregnant moms, session on styling and beauty tips, etc. Just before the close of the event Mom N Me showcased their exclusive maternity clothes and accessories for moms-to-be to benefit from.
And the day ended going back home with goodies given to us at the end of the event. All-in-all it was a wonderful event, loads of lessons learnt and a ton of memories to cherish for years to come.And I’m sure everyone who was a part of it will agree with me!

 

 

Grand Cloth Diaper #Giveaway

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If have been following my blog for sometime now, you know that cloth diapers are probably one of the most dearest things in my life. And this month is going to be super awesome for all you cloth diapering mommas and dadas as well! And don’t worry if you are not cloth diapering already, now is the time to start building your stash! Yes! It’s time to ENTER our newest giveaway!

The Mommy Blog has come together with the Indian cloth diaper vendors to bring you this amazing opportunity.

Here’s the list of product you can win in this giveaway:

Bamboo charcoal Pocket diaper + one 5 layer Bamboo Charcoal insert from Easy Feel Products

Ladybug Pocket Diaper from Peachie Cutie Modern Cloth Diapers

Flower Pocket Diaper + one 3 layer Microfiber insert from Peekaboo Cloth Diapers

Double gusset pocket diaper from Cloth Diaper Shop – India

Minky pocket diaper + one 3 layer microfiber insert from Cloth Diapers India

So this month we are excited to be giving away 5 diapers to 5 winners in our Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway! What are you waiting for?? Just go and enter the giveaway. Let’s ditch those disposables TOGETHER lovelies!

Just click on the link below and follow the steps to ENTER!
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Rules of the Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway are listed below:

  1. To enter, follow ALL the steps listed in the above underlined rafflecopter form. *Failing to do so will cancel your entry.
  2. Once you have followed all the 8 steps, come back to this blog and leave a COMMENT on this post!  Also, please note: THE MOMMY BLOG COMMENTS ONLY. FACEBOOK COMMENTS WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
  3. The approximate retail value (INR) of the prize is Rs.2500/- approximately.
  4. Only 1 entry per person is allowed.  Must include valid email address. Open to Indian residents only, ages 18 and up.
  5. This Giveaway entry period starts on Friday, January 9th, 2015 and ends on Saturday, January 31st , 2015 at 11:59:59 PM IST.
  6. The Mommy Blog will choose 5 potential winners in a random drawing on or about Monday, 2nd February, 2015 and send notice to the winners via email.  *If you are a potential winner but fail to claim your prize within 48 hours of us sending you notice or are otherwise in non-compliance with the Giveaway rules, then we will choose an alternate winner.
  7. It will be The Mommy Blog’s decision to chose which diaper goes to who. The decision will be final and binding.
  8. We will announce the winners here on or about Tuesday, 4th February at 5:00 PM iST.
  9. No purchase necessary.  Odds will depend on the number of eligible entries.
  10. The prizes will be sent directly from the vendors to the winners. The Mommy Blog is not responsible for any loss or delay of the prizes.

Good luck!

Crane Ultrasonic Humidifier Review

Hello readers I’m back with another review for you all! :)crane

*Note to the reader: If you don’t want to see the stunts I performed with our camera, you better skip this post. Because there will be an overdose of it in this one! May be :)

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Okay now let me get this super straight. Both of our girls have always had this huge huge issue of ‘blocked nose’, right from their birth. I remember pressing the alarm like a 10 times in an hour for the nurse to come in to the room and pour in those magic drops (nasal drops) into their nose so they could sleep peaceful for another hour at least, which directly meant that I would get another hour of rest. And since then it’s been almost the same every night expect that I no longer have a nurse who rushes into my room on a push of a button!

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The other day I was more than overwhelmed when someone from Crane got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their humidifier. That’s when I selected this adorable Duckie one! Cuteness overloaded isn’t??

Here in Hyderabad, nights specially in winters are pretty freezing and at times they do get harsh on kids. So I have been using this humidifier for night time. I don’t generally use it in day for obvious reasons! This duck is just too cute and attractive to keep your kids away from it. They are constantly trying to throw it into their toy stash! Oh! Yeah!

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What’s a humidifier you must be thinking. Well is a device which increases humidity in the room. And this one is made to serve multiple purposes given it’s ultra adorable looks!

And these are the parts of humidifier before I assembled them. It did look intimidating at first but then I carefully read all the instructions and it was super simple.

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All you need to do is to fill cold water in to the humidifier and plug it. We generally set it on medium for a proper balance. Apart from increasing the moisture and helping in nasal congestion it also prevents flu and dry skin.

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The best thing about the humidifier is it has got auto shut off sensor! Now is this what we call..beauty with brains?? Well may be! My kids and I are completely in love with the humidifier. And I would definitely recommend this to you!

If you are interested in keeping in touch with Crane, then don’t forget to ‘like’ their Facebook Page. And if you like this review then do give me a thumbs up on Facebook! :)

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