Monday, 20 September 2021

The Essential One Baby Clothing Review

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If you are looking for adorable baby wear then The Essential One is where you should look. Their website has a huge collection of adorable baby clothing, including vests, baby grows, leggings and much more. Plus if your looking to do a shop for all the family then their website stocks clothing to up to age 13. 

We was lucky enough to be sent some lovely sleepsuits for Henry. Plus an adorable teddy bear from the Essential One toy store. 

The 3 sleepsuits that were sent were all lovely unisex colours of whites, creams and browns. The designs were simplistic and subtle but cute and so perfect for a baby boy or girl. 
We was sent sleepsuits in size 3-6 months but they can be bought from newborn to sizes 12 - 18 months. 

Henry is tiny for his age and so only just fitting into 3- 6 months although he is 6 months old. I would say the fit for these would be perfect for a average sized 3-6 months old. 

All the sleepsuits come with built in feet and also built in mittens for the hands. I'm really glad about the mitten part of the sleep suits as Henry always gets cold hands. The mittens can be so his hands are free or covering them. It is great to know that the bigger sizes also have the mittens in to as babies generally don't end up sleeping with their hands under the covers like us adults do. 

One of the nicest things about the sleep suits are how soft they are. Which is perfect for a baby to be cosy in when sleeping. They are all made from 100% cotton making them super natural. 

The baby grows all come in a cute cotton bag with a lovely logo on. These are great for storing baby items in and have been very useful. They also add a lovely touch if you was thinking of buying these as a baby gift. 

Henry looked adorable in all 3 suits. 2 were button up ones with poppers for easy fastening and unfastening. And one was a pull over one with poppers at the bum area for easy nappy changes. 

The designs were all so cute but our favourite had to be the one with brown stripes on. 

The other designs were also adorable and I thought the bunny picture on the front was super cute. They also had plenty of room for Henry to move around in comfortably and also room to grow. 

The baby grows also washed really nicely and were still super soft after washing which is always a good thing. 

The teddy that came with the outfits is adorable and I have never felt such a soft teddy bear. I love its simplistic design of a classic bear and its also a lovely size for a baby. The design has been made safe with sewn on eyes rather than beads making it not a choking hazard. It also come with an adorable little tag on that says The essential one. This would make such a lovely gift to someone for their baby or as a new baby gift. 

Henry loves the teddy and was interacting with it loads with giggles and coo's. 

The My Beary Best Friend teddy can be bought for £11.99 on the website which is a brilliant price for the quality of this bear. 

As for the baby sleep suits, on the website there are either sets of 3's or 2's that can be bought or they can be bought individually. Prices all range but for a pack of 3 you would be looking at a price of £29.99. 

If you love the look of these baby sleep suits and would love to buy some then head over to The Essential One website and have a browse of the many lovely designs. 

Which of these baby sleep suits is your favourite? 

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Baby Weaning Essentials Guide

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Weaning is such an exciting time for a baby and parent, and your baby may be heading to the 6 months mark and ready for food. But what do you need? With so many things on the market its hard to know what you actually may need. So I have put together this handy weaning essentials guide to help you out. 

Lets start with the basics, spoons, bowls, sippy cups and bibs. One company you may want to look at for this is Nuby. We have been sent this cute eco set from them. 

It is all made from rice husk which is biodegradable and earth friendly and comes in a cute froggy design. You have choice of bowl, spoons, drinks cup and bibs. 

The bowl can go in a microwave and is heatproof up to 120oC which makes it perfect for warmer meals and saves on washing up being able to use the same bowl. Plus its dishwasher safe which always makes life easier. The cup which is suitable from 4 months has a 200ml capacity and 2 handles on the side for easy grip. It is also heatproof up to 120oC so it is fine to put boiling water in to be left to cool. The pack of spoons come as a 3 and are the perfect size for your little ones mouth. 

The bibs are totally different by being disposable and also Earth friendly by being biodegradable. They are perfect for on the go as it means you don't need to carry a dirty bib around with you after. A pack of them comes with 20 bibs. 

You can buy all this separate or as a set for £14.00. Head here to have a closer look at it. 

Another great brand for baby weaning is Vital Baby. We was sent a range of items that are all perfect for the first few months of feeding. 

We was sent baby spoons, a scoop and feed set and some storage pots. In the spoon set their are 5 spoons which are all colourful in design which will attract your baby to want to eat from them. They are made with your babies small mouths in mind and have a shallow spoon end to them so its easy for your baby to scoop the food of them with their tongue, they also are designed so then they are easy for us adults to hold. You can buy a pack of these for £2.89. 

The scoop and feeding set is much more than just a bowl and a spoon, it is designed to make feeding really easy. The shape of it is made so its easy for parents to hold, it is made for easy scooping and also has a build in food mashing zone to mash up any unwanted lumps. It comes with a leak proof lid and a slot for your spoon to sit. Making it perfect for feeding on the go. You can buy this for £5.29.

The store pots are super handy, especially if you are wanting to make your own baby food and prepare in advance. You can buy them in sets of 60ml or 120ml which is the perfect size to store a meal for your baby. They have special soft bases so you can pop food out of them easily and when you are not using them, they store away easily as they stack. The 60ml pots come as a pack of 6 and the 120ml ones come as a pack of 4 and you can buy these for £5.99. 

To check out all of these products and more, head here to the Vital Baby weaning section. 

You may be really wanting to make your own baby food and so the next 2 products will really interest you. 

Vital baby have a prep and wean machine that will make weaning your baby with freshly cooked food so easy. 

This clever machine does it all for you. All you need to do is provide the ingredients and serve. It steams, and then blends, all in one machine, taking the hassle out of using different pots and pans. The great thing about steaming food is that it keeps all of the foods nutrients and it also preserves flavours. This means your babies food is the healthiest and tastiest. The machine comes so its 2 tier steaming, meaning you can steam 2 things at once. You can also make it so each compartment has 2 different steaming times, for different foods. The handy guide that it comes with helps you to know how long to steam food for. You can steam all sorts of foods and it doesn't just have to be fruit and vegetables. You can also steam meats and fish meaning you baby can have a varied diet. 
After steaming you food, you can then blend it up using the same machine. You can blend so the food is super smooth or so it still has some lumps in it and this can all be set via the simple settings buttons on the machine by choosing which of the 5 blend modes you use. 

The best bit about this machine is its ease of use. If you not tech savvy then there is no need to worry as the use of it is super simple to get your head around and you will be making baby food in no time. 

This prep and wean machine is £119.99 to buy and you can see more about it on the Vital Baby website

The next thing to look at is a squeeze machine, this is one brilliant way to be able to store food and also feed your baby. 

We was sent from Infantino this brilliantly designed squeeze station, with squeeze pouches and special spoons that attach to the end. 

The squeeze station simply attaches to pouches where you can squeeze your home made baby food into. You then pop on a lid, and take where ever you go. The handy spoons are clever because they attach to the end of the pouch meaning you don't need to take spoons with you. Infantino do a box of 50 squeeze pouches which should last a while and each pouch holds up to 4 ounces of food. 

Head to the Infantino website to see more. 

Next you may want to think about cleaning up the mess. This is where muslin cloths become very handy. 

We was sent a pack of super soft muslin cloths from Bloomsbury Mill. These are perfect to be used as a bib or along side a bib. I find that bibs don't always fully protect a baby from the mess of eating and putting one of these on a babies knee is a great way of saving clothing from stains. 

Bloomsbury mill are all about textiles and sell all sorts from bedding to sleeping bags to these lovely muslin cloths. The pack comes with a set of 6 which are in a simplistic but patterned design. You can buy the design in blue, grey or pink. They are designed to be kind to babies skin by organic cotton being used. Which means that they are perfect for wiping messy mouths. They are also machine washable and designed to stay soft wash after wash. Which is great as they are going to be needed to be washed plenty of times. 

You can buy a pack for £13.99 from the Bloomsbury Mill website.

Next what about baby snacks? Eventually your baby will be constantly snacking and you will need to take snacks on the go quite often. So you will need snack storage. We were sent some cute little snack tubs from Tum Tum tots. 

These cute nesting tubs are the perfect sizes for a variety of snacks and lunches. Perfect for tiny sandwiches, crispy snacks or chopped up fruit. Also one of the sizes is perfect as a little dipping pot or to put some home made yogurt or puree in. 

Each tub nests inside the other which also makes them perfect for storage as they take up less space in the cupboard. We got this cute design of a sloth but there are 5 different designs available. 

The lids click on super tight to keep food fresh with a flap to make them easy opening. Perfect for babies first picnic!

You can buy a set of 4 for £9.99 on the Tum Tum Tots website. 

How about if you have a very independent baby like I have? If you do then your baby may just love their own cutlery set. 

We were sent this special little set from Doddl. Inside it has a tiny fork and spoon and travel case for them. 

These are specially designed with self feeding in mind, and babies really do love to try self feeding. The little handles are designed for easy grip and are also smooth and gentle for tiny hands. The feeding ends of the cutlery is also soft and smooth so they feel comfortable in babies mouth. Making meal times enjoyable for your baby.  

These are a great introduction to cutlery for your baby, preparing them for using cutlery in the future. The pack also comes with a travel case which keeps them clean and easy to travel when out and about. 

You can buy this set for £11.95 on the Doddl website. 

Last but not least its the food itself. 

To begin with you will probably be starting with smooth textures but as your baby grows so will their appetite and their ability to handle lumps. 

We were sent a lovely selection of baby food from Piccolo. 

These meals are for babies 7 months plus and are actually especially made for cooking. It can be hard when you have a baby to cook a full nutritious meal all the time as you probably already have your hands pretty full, so with these meals all the ingredients are provided to be able to put together a healthy and nutritious meal that is the perfect size for your baby. For example the butterfly pasta is super tiny sized so its not to big for your baby. It saves having to cook big pasta and chopping it up making cooking for your baby easier. 

The stir in sauces are just the right amount to simply stir into your pasta and are full of flavours your baby will love, such as tomatoes, carrots and sweet potato. Plus the ingredients are all organic so you know your baby is getting the best freshest produce with no additives. 

All the cooking kits are free from salt and sugar, and also try to provide your baby with 1 of their 5 a day. It is all nutritionist approved so you can be assured your baby is having a healthy meal. 

You can find these ingredient sets in many leading stores such as Tesco, Adsa and Sainsbury's. But if you would like to see more, head to the Piccolo website.  

I hope this guide has helped you on your babies weaning journey. Henry and I are looking forward to trying all this out and will be posting our journey onto Instagram. 

Which of the weaning products do you like the sound of the best? 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Sequin Art Review and Giveaway

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Are you a creative person? Are your kids creative kids? Well here I have the perfect activity for you all to enjoy. 

It's called Sequin Art and it's something to get stuck into for hours of relaxing entertainment.

Sequin Art is a British brand. Everything they sell were designed and manufactured here in the UK and were made to be loved by both children and adults. 

Adults have said that Sequin Art craft projects have really helped with keeping their children entertained as well as helping themselves with boredom. But it is also said that it can really help out with depression, anxiety and stress by being a super therapeutic activity to do. 

We were sent 6 Sequin Art sets of all different ranges to try out and they were perfect for the entire family.

We were sent 2 Red sets, 2 Blue sets and 2 60 sets. All of these are at different levels of difficulty and perfect for different ages. The 60 sets are a much smaller starter set. These have easier patterns and are less intricate with where the sequins are placed. We were sent a kitten and bunny rabbit designs of these and are recommended for 5 plus. The Red sets are for 6+ and the pattern starts to be more intricate and we were sent a mermaid and a unicorn design. But the level of ease is still there with how each design is planned out. Then there is the Blue set range which is the hardest type and recommended for 8+. We were sent a fox and an ice cream design for these. I love the boxes they come in, you can clearly see the design on the front and they look so colourful and inviting to do.  

Both the 60 range and the Red range come with a pre-printed picture base to work from. This is laid out so you can see which colour of what sequin goes where. They both also come with a base, needles and sequins. All the sequins and pins come in an individual little packets and are separated by colour. The blue set is a little different and does not have a picture base to work from and instead has a separate colour guide to look at to see where each sequin goes. One thing I would recommend is getting something to pop your sequins in when the boxes are open as I do find they fall out of the packets easily, especially when you are needing to open a few packets at a time to use different colours. I ended up borrowing the kids play cups from their kitchen to put their sequins in. 

You first need to pin the picture or the black dotted sheet to the foam. This is what you will be stabbing the pins into. You then thread the pin through the sequin hole and place it into the correct spot onto the template making sure that it is cup side up which will give it an extra shine. It is as easy as that. 

I thought the kids may find it quite difficult threading the pin through the hole but they didn't struggle at all. They also found it quite easy to push the pin into the base. I was also worried them pricking their fingers may put them off but they barely pricked themselves and when they did they didn't seem to care. But if you are worried about pins, there is a Pin-free version that can be bought.

The activity kept them entertained and quiet, and it was something that we enjoyed doing together. Lily and I did the kitten, her sister Jessica decided to do the mermaid, and Emily and her daddy decided to do the fox together. 

These sets do take time to finish though and it did take the kids quite a while to get them done. Jessica is still in the means of completing her mermaid. But that just means they are perfect for rainy days, school holidays and weekend fun. 

The finished result looks lovely. They are super shiny and colourful and are going to look super pretty on display in their bedrooms. Lily was super impressed with the finished results of hers. She says she would love to do more of them which is a great thing to hear. 

Sequin Art has so many different designs on their website. I have been eyeing up an Egyptian Tutankhamun that they have. But there is sure to be a design you will love. 

To say that these provide so many hours of entertainment they are really reasonably priced. The 60 sets are only £7.50, the Red sets £12.99 and then Blue sets are £14.99. This makes it affordable to buy something for all the family. 

If you would like to buy one of these or check out the other brilliant designs then head to the Sequin Art website. If you enter Lily10 at the checkout then you will get 10% discount on your purchase. 

AND you can also enter a competition to win 3 Sequin Arts sets. 1 x 60 set, one Red set and one Blue set. 

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

My Little Goody Box - Sensory Box Review

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I am so excited to tell you all about My Little Goody Box. I am a huge fan of Sensory Play when it comes to babies development and so when I was offered a box of sensory items from my little goody box, I was more than pleased to receive one.

My Little Goody Box supplies sensory boxes and toys that support play, learning and development.

Sensory play is so important when it comes to a babies development. The way a child learns is through discovery and they use their senses to make these discoveries. Plus the find using their new found senses amazing and it is something they just love to do. Have you noticed that a baby constantly puts things in their mouth? A lot of people think this is just teething when actually it is also a great way of discovering. 

We was sent their Deluxe Sensory Box which includes a huge range of items. 

We was super impressed with the amount packed into this box and it was so exciting looking through it to find out exactly what was inside for Henry to enjoy. My partner was also super impressed with all that he found inside. 

I think it is great that it all comes prepared for you in one box with lots that you will need. Before I was approached by My Little Goody Box, I was already in the process of making a sensory box but I actually found it really hard and time consuming trying to find everything I needed. For example, could I find a little wooden hoop and ribbon anywhere in my local shops? Nope! This box means that it just takes all that hassle of shopping around and provides all you need in one box. 

So whats inside the box? 

1. Fish Shaped Mirror - Babies love looking at their own reflection. 
2. Rainbow Ribbon Ring - The colours of this babies will love, Henry loved it being dangled in front of him. 
3. Foil Blanket - This is great for them to look at or lay on, they will love the shine and reflections, also the sound it makes when they roll around. 
4. Light up textured ball. - The flashing light captures babies attention plus they will love the bumpy texture to it. Henry was mesmerized by the light.
5. Feather - The feather is super colourful to look at plus is lovely to stroke against babies skin for them to feel.
6. Organza Scarf - Babies love these, they are bright and colourful, and easy to hold. They have a great different texture to them and they are also see through which is perfect for peek a boo and looking through. 
7. Punching Balloon - When blown up this is great to baby to be able to hit and kick. 
8. Tube of Bubbles - Babies love to watch the movement of the bubbles as they float around. 
9. 2 Egg shakers - These make a brilliant sound for baby to hear. Plus when they get a bit older they will love to be able to hold them and shake them. 
10. Duck or Dog puppet - Perfect for singing songs and interacting with your baby. Plus they will love the colourfulness of it and the cute face. 
11. Bath Book - Perfect for taking sensory play to the bath, plus its waterproof for baby to put into their mouth. 
12. Cube Rattle - Babies will love the sound this makes but also the shape of it and the bright colours. 
13. Rubber bath toys or Flashing Duck - Perfect for baby to start to hold and again they will love looking at the bright colours. 
14. Scent in a Organza Bag - Perfect for introducing scent to a baby. 

Henry loved all the items in the box but his favourite had to be the duck. It was because of this duck puppet that we got Henry's first real giggle. He also really loves looking at the flashing ball, and the rainbow ribbon ring. He finds all the colours so fascinating. He finds that the organza scarf is really easy to hold and so he loves to grab this. He is only just starting to learn to grab things so its great that he has something he finds so easy to be able to touch. He does enjoy putting this in his mouth though also which is fine for exploration as long as you are keeping a close eye on them ans making sure they don't put too much in or suffocate with it. 

Sensory items are great for babies but a lot of them do pose a hazard risk and so are for adults to use with their babies rather than the babies play with them alone. 

Over all we are super pleased with this box, its perfect for a starter sensory box and you could always join other boxes with it to make an even bigger and better sensory play. This deluxe box costs just £27.99 which I think is a brilliant price to say how many items comes inside. 

If your interested in getting a sensory box and would like to see what boxes they have on offer. Head to the My Little Goodie Box website to see more. 

What items of the sensory box do you like the look off? 

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Treats from Trendhim for Fathers Day

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Fathers Day is fast approaching and falls on the 20th of June this year. That means you need to get your gift thinking head on and start shopping for what to buy dad. 

I always find that dads can be really tricky to buy for and so that's why you may want to consider heading to Trendhim to find the perfect gift for him. 

Trendhim supply all the trends a man may need. They stock bags of many different kinds, smart watches, trendy accessories, and many ranges of different jewellery. The types of trends that this store has should have the type of items to suit any preference of man, from classic and smart, to alternative and out of the ordinary. 

I have shopped at Trendhim many times and always found that their items arrive super fast. Plus you can items gift wrapped which saves you a job plus means that you can send to your dad if they live away from you. 

Trendhim have some super affordable prices and weather you want to spend a little or a lot, you will be able to find something in the price range. 

In the past I have gifted my father a washbag from here and gifted my brother a bracelet. Both were super happy with their gifts and I too was happy with them. This time I shall be gifting a necklace from their huge range that Trendhim have. They have a super cool Thor Hammer Necklace range which I just love. 

So if your on the hunt for a Fathers Day Gift, I would recommend that you head to Trendhim and have a good look around their website. 

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Monday, 10 May 2021

Lily and Ribbon Breastfeeding Bra Starter Kit Review and Giveaway

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Breastfeeding at first can be many things, exciting, beautiful, lovely, but also daunting, tricky, and sometimes painful. I love breastfeeding, but this time round with Henry I have found it all a lot trickier. It has taken him way longer to latch and when he does he doesn't always do it correctly, which has meant to at times having a screaming baby and sore nipples. 

One thing that can make your breastfeeding journey a lot easier is by having the correct kind of bra which is good fitting and comfortable. That is why you should look into treating yourself to a Lily and Ribbon breastfeeding bra starter kit. I have been sent one to try out and so here are my views to why they would be good for you. 

Firstly, this kit comes with -

Curve Bra, 
Night time Breast Pad,
Day Time Breast Pad,
Breast Pad Storage Tub,
Breast Pad Washing Bag

It all comes together presented in one box. 

The first reason you may want to look into this bra is for the support. Breasts tend to be very heavy through breastfeeding and so a bra that provides good support is a good idea. The Lily and Ribbon Bra is fitted so nicely and so really does provide that support. The material is stretchy and ive found fits around your breast instead of sitting on it like ive found some bra's do. It also has adjustable straps so you can resize your bra to fit you better. This also makes the bra really comfortable to wear as it does not feel too loose or too tight. The bra comes with padding inside which adds to extra comfort. The only thing I have found with the padding is that when moving the bra to the side to breastfeed it can get folded over inside the bra and you have to re adjust it after feeding. The material is also super soft which feels nice against the skin. This is super important as breastfeeding nipples can often be hard and sore. 

Another thing that's needed when it comes to a breastfeeding bra is easy access. This bra provides exactly that with an easy clip at the top, you then simply fold the bra down to expose the breast ready to feed. Some bra's I have tried I have found ping back up while feeding which is not great. But I have not had a problem with this bra in that sense. 

The bra comes in sizes S to XL and you can buy it in black or nude. 

Now about the day and night breast pads. These are like no other breast pads that ive have seen before. Rather than being flat and round they are shaped to fit into your bra and around your breast with a curve. I love this because I do find that the flat pads often crease up inside your bra. This also means that with these pads they they are discreet and you can't tell that you are wearing a pad as usually when a pad creases up, this is noticeable.  

The material that these are made from also provide for extra comfort. They are a soft material and also have a little area where the nipple would sit against the pad. These pads are meant to be super absorbent for leaking milk. I have actually stopped leaking milk and so unfortunately haven't been able to test out the absorbency of these but I wore them to test the comfort and I find them very comfortable. These come in daytime and night time versions and so the night time version is made so then you can wear it all night long. 

They are simply to use, as you just slip them in and out of your bra. 

The pads come in a lovely storage box, which means that when you are not using them they can be kept clean, your also not loosing them easily in your drawer, and it means you can take them with you when you are visiting family or going on holiday. It also comes with a wash bag which means you can safely wash your pads ensuring they stay the same quality. 

This full set is £49.00 and you can see more about it on the Lily and Ribbon website

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

New Geomag Supercolour Panel Set Review and Giveaway

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Who's child loves playing with magnets? Who's child also loves construction toys? 

Mine does! 

With the new Geomag Supercolour Panel set, your child gets to play with both a construction toy and it includes magnets. Best of both worlds! 

We was sent a set to test out which Lily and her half sisters was super pleased about. 

The set comes with 35 super colourful pieces which can all be connected together using the magnets to make all sorts of amazing 3D shapes! There are square pieces, triangular ones, pentagon shapes and straight ones which means the possibilities of what you can build is endless. The set also comes with magnetic balls which you can connect with the sticks, this means that you can then build in any direction.

The set also comes with a handy storage tubs which can hold your magnetic balls and rods, this is great so that they don't end up getting lost. There is also a guild to help with your constructions which gives some ideas of what you could make.

We love the fact that the set is so colourful, we can make shapes of just one colour or mix it up and make a multicoloured shape.  

One thing that I find really good about this toy, is its super easy for a child to sit by themselves and get engrossed in making things. It really does keep them quiet for a good amount of time. As soon as the kids got the hang of it they were making all sorts. Here is a cube shape that one of the girls made. It is super easy to snap the pieces together and the magnets are super powerful and so great at holding pieces together and so this cube was made in no time at all. 

The plastic pieces are really well made, super smooth to feel but also tough and so shouldn't break. Another great factor about the plastic is that it is made from 100% recycled plastic, its lovely to know that you are using products that are kinder to nature. 

These sets are great for creativity, and also thinking out of the box. You can also add this set to your other Geomag sets if you already own some, meaning you can make even bigger and better shapes. 

After you have made your shapes, they are again super easy to pull apart so you can start all over again. 

This set is recommended from ages 5 to 99 years old! Meaning your never too old to play with these. In fact, as soon as the kids end up getting them out, all the adults always end up joining in with making things. We just love them! 

But you can be too young to use these and so if you have little ones around, do make sure the small magnet balls are kept out of reach as these could be a swallow or choking hazard. 

Over all the kids love this set, and if you haven't bought a Geomag set yet then I would really recommend this one as one to start with. 

You can buy this set for £26 from

What do you think to this set? 

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