Claire Justine

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Summer Bucket List: W.T.T.W Blog Hop..


Friday has come around so quickly again. Don't you think? From 3.20pm this afternoon all 4 of my children will be broken up from school and Uni for the Summer holidays!!!

Yeah!! Schools out for Summer..

Well I say broken up from school and Uni but my eldest 2 boys both have Summer jobs and they will be at work!! Awww...

W.T.T.W Blog hop or should I say; Welcome to the weekend blog hop? Too long to fit in the title!!

Looking for new blogs to read and comment on? Why not join us?


Me, my youngest 2 and Mollie the Collie are planning what to do over the holidays. Also my husband has got a few weeks holiday from work so it will be fun, fun fun.

Hopefully the weather will stay nice!?
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Beautiful day : The Wednesday Blog Hop...


Have you been enjoying the beautiful weather?

Today I am worn out !! Starting with an early morning run before it got to hot with my son and Mollie the Collie. Then my daughter wanted me to take her on an early morning run too, once I had stepped back inside!

Later leavers assembly for my daughter who is leaving primary school on Friday :(

A walk into town this evening to take my son to a bowling event with his school friends and a long walk in the park before fetching my son back.

When we got home I had planned to cook something from the freezer as it was getting late. Only to find out the freezer door was left open and everything inside was half defrosted...

Grr.. I could sit and cry as I am worn out; but I am starting to try and think positive!!

It must have been meant for the freezer to have a clear out!?

Sharing some pictures today from our walk in the park:

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Monday, 18 July 2016

What I Wore : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.


Today I am sharing some pictures from a night out with my husband last week in Nottingham. We had a meal out and a few drinks before catching the train back home. It was lovely spending a few hours on our own, especially now everyone but me in the house is Pokemon mad!!
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Mr Bumble Bee : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


Happy Friday. My daughter is off school today for teacher training, so we are hoping to have lots of fun..
"Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop. Happy you are here and hope you have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on."


I took these pictures on Sunday when we went on a nature walk. I took them on my photn and love how the photos turned out.
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Who Where When What!? : Wednesday Blog Hop...


Time for a blog hop!!

Can you think of a caption!?


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Monday, 11 July 2016

What I Wore : Creative Mondays Blog Hop..


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.

This week I am sharing some things I been wearing :


How sweet is this bag my mother in law gave me!?
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Me And Mollie : My Sunday Photo...


My Sunday photo this week is a collage of me and Mollie messing around taking pictures and trying out my selfie stick.

I have had this selfie sitck about a year now and only used it once or twice.

I though it was now time to experiment with it!!

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

BerryWorld Strawberry Daiquiri...


A weekend cocktail anyone?

This refreshing and easy cocktail is bound to be a show stopper. Perfect for parties, summer barbecues or any occasion this fruity number will definitely impress.


Makes two
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Friday, 8 July 2016

Wimbledon To The Weekend Blog Hop..


Wimbledon Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop :) Hehe, see what I did there!?
Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop. Happy you are here and hope you have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Oasis Chelsea Floral Skater Dress : House Of Fraser ..


Happy Thursday! Hope your having a good week so far? The weekend is almost here...

I am looking forward to this weekend as my Husband has promised to take me out for a date night!! We might as well make use of my older two Sons free babysitting, before they go back to Uni. Plus it will be an excuse to dress up.


Everyone enjoys a good night out. My two eldest are full of stories of nights out, proms, parties and more parties.!!

We never had anything like a Prom when I was at school!! A roller disco or teacher supervised school dance was about it!!

The only time I remember a reference to Proms was in movies such as Grease. Rather like trick or treating for Halloween it is a American influenced modern phenomenon. That is no bad thing as far as we are concerned as my older Boys both have fond memories of their school prom nights. My younger two love Trick or Treating.!


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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

London :The Wednesday Blog Hop..


Welcome to the Wednesday Blog Hop. Link up and have fun hoping around. Today I am sharing some more pictures from London a few weeks ago. Nothing much has happened around here lately. I cannot wait or the school holidays!! That reminds me, I need to write our Summer bucket list!!

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Maple Sundae...


I love sweet treats with fruit and ice cream in them. Knickerbocker glory's, chocolate ice cream sundaes or also my own creations always have added biscuits crumbled on top!!

Today I have a Maple Sundae to share with you full of fresh fruit, ice cream covered in a maple syrup sauce. How yummy!?


Maple Sundae

Makes : 4 portions

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Monday, 4 July 2016

What I Wore In June : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.


Its was a fun month in June but how quickly did it come and go!?
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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Fun In London :My Sunday Photo...


Last weekend when I was at Brit Mums blogging conference, my husband and 2 youngest children were having run in and all around London. I love this picture my husband took of our son!!

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

What I Wore : Flowers And Birds..


Happy Saturday! How has your week been? I have been busy doing nothing and getting nowhere fast! Still buzzing from last weekend away and hypo from all the cakes and chocolate I had eaten! Also a bit of an headache from some sparkly wine...

It was so good getting back to the gym over the last few days! Weights one day, spinning the next. I really need to get back into a regular routine.


Today I am sharing another outfit from our holiday. Yeah another rainy day outfit! My daughter also picked me this top to wear when I picked her up from her new school this week, as she loves me wearing this one.
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Friday, 1 July 2016

Congratulation Son : Weekend Blog Hop...


Happy Friday everyone!!


Really proud of my eldest son Thomas who has just graduated with a 2.1 in Bsc Sport Management from Loughborough University. He is doing amazing. Must take after his dad! Not me, ha!
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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Blackcurrant, Pear and Apple Lolly...


Yes the sun is out today and it is beautiful. It has got me thinking of making some healthy and yummy treats for the children to keep them cool.

Today I am sharing this fun Blackcurrant, Pear and Apple Lolly recipe from The Blackcurrant Foundation.

Keep some of these in the freezer for instant summer chill!


Blackcurrant, Pear and Apple Lolly:
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Fun Morning In Hyde Park..


Sharing some more photo's from London, when we were in Hyde park on Sunday. 

The weather was amazing! Beautiful clear and sunny skies, really warm and nice and peaceful!! 

Just like Summer should be. 

Perfect weather for a lazy walk around a park with the children.

 Thank fully in my Brit Mums goody bag from Saturday, was some sun cream!! 


We played in the park, ate some treat, watch the ducks and hired a bike.
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Strawberries, Banana And Peanut Butter Milkshake..


Another day another yummy milkshake!! I love making fun milkshakes. I think they taste so much better when they are presented nicely too.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Hyde Park : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.


How has your weekend been?

I have had a great, mad, nervous, fun, exciting crazy and fun filled weekend. Starting in London on Friday. A evening in Camden Town for dinner, a walk around the shops and a party with The Brit Mums for a Fringe party before their blogging conference all-day Saturday.
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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Busy Bee, Birthday And Weekend Blog Hop...


Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop. Happy you are here and hope you have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.


Today we have been very busy!
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Worlds Worst Snooker Player!? : The Wednesday Blog Hop..


I could probably be the worlds worst snooker player!?

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Monday, 20 June 2016

How Do You Handle A Compliment? Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.


In a recent survey commissioned by George at Asda, they found out that 41% of women feel unsatisfied with their body shape, and only 13% of women find compliments about their body shape to be believable. 

I think we can all find something we don't like about our bodies, especially as we get older. I could easily write a list of things I would like to change. If somebody does pays me a compliment though, I would be smiling all day and believe them ;)
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Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Boys Are Back In Town..


How is your weekend going? It is still raining here!!

Only a few more days until the longest day of the year and so I'm hoping Summer will arrive soon!?


Today I am sharing an outfit I wore on holiday a few weeks ago. It is a lot easier getting photos when your away. Maybe it is because I have everyone are with me, who I ask to take my pictures!
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Friday, 17 June 2016

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop..


Hello everyone. Friday already! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop. Happy you are here and hope you have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.

Today I am sharing some pretty pink flowers we seen at the train station last week.
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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Rain Rain Go Away!! Real Mums Real Style..


Really fed up of the rain now.

Aren't you!?


I do like the rain and I do like going out with Mollie on 2 hour walks in the rain. I don't like the fact I have no dry trainers left to wear!!

I keep wearing a nice dry pair every time I go out. Now they are all soaking wet through. All under the kitchen radiator waiting to dry but its too warm to put the heat on!!
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Wednesday Blog Hop : Butlins..


Sharing some of our holiday snaps from Skegness. Even though the weather was horrendous, we still had a great time and made the most of our holiday. 


The strong wind's, storms and really cold weather didn't stop much only a trip to see the sea!
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Fashion Over 40 : Creative Mondays Blog Hop..


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.


I brought this dress a few weeks ago for my holiday. When I seen it in the shop I loved it straight away. It screamed buy me! When I got it home and tried it on, I hated it! Far to wide, too baggy around the top.  So it was take it back to the shops and not have a new dress for my holidays or pack it in the case..
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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Polka Dots, Rain, Sunglasses And Holidays...


When you go on holiday and pack only summer clothes, you have to wear them even in the pouring rain.


Thankfully I remembered to take some jeans with me!!
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My Sunday Picture: I Just Love A Bit Of Cake...


My Sunday photo this week is a cake I made for the Queens 90th Birthday. It took me hours to make and us minutes to eat half of it!! Ha!!


You can find my recipe here: Queens 90th Birthday Cake
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Friday, 10 June 2016

Five On Friday : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...


Hello everyone. Happy Friday!

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop. Happy you are here and hope you have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.

This week's 5 things I'm loving:


The large daisy's we spotted yesterday...
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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Pimms Cake Queen's Birthday...


Today I am sharing a few idea on different recipes to celebrate the Queens Birthday...


Fancy trying out these Pimms Cakes?
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Real Mums Real Style : What A Different A Week Makes...


What a difference a week makes!!

Can you believe how quickly the weather can change. Last week when we were away I packed a suitcase full of summer clothes and it was freezing, gale force winds and raining. Now we are back home, this week it has been red hot and sunny.

Typical eh!?


I wore this dress on Monday on a trip to Meadowhall. We took our oldest son with us before he headed back to Uni, to pick himself something nice for his birthday. 

Talking of birthdays, I still have my birthday money burning a hole in my pocket. When you do not have any spare money you see lots of things you want to buy. Then when you have some, you don't see anything.
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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Me And Mini Me :The Wednesday Blog Hop...


Mini me decided she wanted to do my hair before we went out for the night on holiday last week. All was going well until she put the back of the hairdryer to close to her own hair and it suck some of her hair in. A few strands of hair got stuck and I had to cut it out. 



Then she said "you can do your own hair now"!!
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Horrible History Break At Butlins..


We have just come back from a fun filled week at Butlins Skegness. All as part of my Butlins Ambassador role. We got the chance to try out a Horrible History themed break. Perfect for Spring Bank Holiday. The only thing during our week, which was not perfect however, the weather! Although as it turns out, if you stay at Butlins, come rain shine or gale force winds the fun really never stops!!

Read on...


We decided to travel by train. So a nice early walk to the station was needed. Everyone up with a smile, with a spring in their step? Not likely!! After a few tantrums (mainly the Hubby;-) we are on our way. A few hours after getting up we arrive in Skegness to be greeted by the Jolly Fisherman.
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Monday, 6 June 2016

Flamingo Fashion : Creative Mondays Blog Hop..


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Bank Holiday Half Term Holiday Blog Hop..


Happy Bank Holiday Half Term Holiday Blog Hop! 

This week I am taking a little blog break to spend time with my family. Creative Mondays, The Wednesday Blog Hop and Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop is all rolled into one!!

As always, link up and have fun hopping around. Please leave a comment if you have a minute and I will hop by throughout the week. 

Have a lovely week!!

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Parkrun Fun In Gedling..


On Saturday mornings we like to travel around different parts of Nottinghamshire and beyond. Finding somewhere fun for our morning family runs. When my husband has a morning off work that is!

We love to try out different Parkrun courses. We are really lucky to have a variety of Parkrun's that we can go to. This way we never get fed up just going to the same one. Some are flat and fast, some hilly, all challenging!!

On Saturday morning we can all decide if we want to run through the woods, run up hills or try and get a new PB.

A few weeks ago my Husband found us a new one to try out. Gedling Country Park. We all love this one but it is very challenging. Two long hills and one really short steep hill. Wow though, when not gasping for breath, What lovely views.


My Daughter woke up feeling poorly. She wrapped herself up and said she was not doing Parkrun.

Does this look the face of someone poorly or someone who did not want to run up the hills? Lol.

Somehow once the race was done, she felt loads better. Think she wanted to stop with her big Brother who was home from Uni that day. She enjoyed cheering us on instead.
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Friday, 27 May 2016

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop..


Happy Friday! Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop.  I am so looking forward to the children's half term holidays. I can not wait for us all to have some family fun and spend time together!!


How has your week been? I have had fun this week making Crown Cupcakes for the Queen's birthday celebrations.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Floaty Maxi Skirts..


I have a thing for long floaty pleated skirts. Especially in Summer. They keep you warm when it is windy and cool in the sunshine. I brought this skirt a few weeks ago with some of my birthday money. Talking of birthday money, I can not believe I haven't spent the rest of it yet! I think I need to go shopping, before it burn a hole in my pocket!



I actually have the same skirt from Primark that I brought a few years ago, only the other one has a splash of colour on top. Trouble is I have gain a few pounds since then so I have to lose weight before I will be wearing it again!!
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What Diet!! The Wednesday Blog Hop...


New Diet..

One step forward...

And...

Two steps back!!


Want to join us at The blog hop?
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Monday, 23 May 2016

Lazy Sundays: Creative Mondays Blog Hop...


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.


I love lazy Sundays. A time for chilling, wearing comfy clothes, catching up on ironing. Also when my husband is not at work, junior Parkrun!!
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Friday, 20 May 2016

Coffee Break Reads : The Weekend Blog Hop...


Happy Friday! Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop.


Grab a drink and have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.
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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Strive Footwear Review...


A few weeks ago I was kindly asked by Strive Footwear, if I would like to try out a pair of their new premium Health and Wellness sandals. Strive sell functional, healthy footwear and they are the World’s leading foot heath care supplier to the medical market.

Think fashion meets comfort. They sell a lovely range of sandals proven to correctly support your feet with Biomechanical Footbed Technology.


I picked a lovely pair of black patent tee- post sandals. I thought these would go well with everything I wear this summer. As long as the rain stays away.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Close To Me!? The Wednesday Blog Hop...


When we go out in the car, Mollie has now got to big to sit on my knee in the passenger side. We are trying to find the right place to put her, safely. 

We tried the back seat but she tries to get into the front. 

We tried the boot with the top off  and me sitting in the back but this happened!! 


Any one who has a dog got any good tips to share?

Want to link up?

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Polka Dots And Flowers : Creative Mondays Blog Hop..


Happy Monday everyone. Hope you had a lovely weekend?

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas. Link up, have fun reading other posts on the hop and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post.


Today I'm sharing some of my favourite things, polka dots and flowers. I wore this outfit yesterday for a walk into town with the family. I forgot to ask someone to take a full outfit post though!! Doh!! 
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Me And Mollie..


Me and Mollie loves walkies. It's a good job too as she needs at least 2 hours of walking time a day! Once she has her first walk she just chills, sleeps and eats until her next walk around 2 oclock. Sound like the perfect life eh!? 


We love to walk through the woods. It really chills me out, not Mollie though, she is obsessed with her frisbee!
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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Weekend Flowers...


Yesterday when my husband was at work, I cleaned the car for him. Inside and out. Today he brought me this beautiful bunch of flowers. Just goes to show, what goes around, comes around :) 

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop..


Hello everyone. Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the weekend blog hop. Happy you are here and hope you have fun hoping around and finding new blogs to read, follow and comment on.


It has been great having one of my son home from Uni today. He brought me some lovely belated birthday presents from him, his girlfriend and my other son. It is a busy time of year for them all with their exams looming but soon my sons will be breaking up for the summer holiday.
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