23 Nov

Another road trip was taken to Philly with my kids and friend Geanine and her son for the Mom Mixer with CVS Holiday Showcase. This year it was held at The Franklin Institute which is beautiful. There’s so many exhibits to see. We love museums and getting our education on. We will definitely return to check out the Sesame exhibit (The Body), Yoga with Elmo, Kitchen Science and Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out.

As always Colleen @ClassyMommy and Whitney @WhitneyMWS know how to get awesome sponsors to come out and meet a room full of bloggers for a fun filled day to gear us up for the holidays.

It was rainy and cold this particular day but that didn’t stop us. The kids were just as excited as we were and I couldn’t wait to see lots of familiar faces and new ones.

Sponsors in attendance and or gifts in gift bags included:
@Morphmallow -Spaghetti Headz

It was a room full of gift and stocking stuffer ideas from toys, lotion sets, coffee mugs, chocolates, cookies, even the famous North Pole communicator. CVS had me hooked with their delicious cookies and candy from their Gold Emblem line. I even won the CVS North Pole giveaway prize pack. I love to sparkle on holidays and Stella & Dot had beautiful sparkly jewelry and accessories. Stride Rite has cute comfy boots, sneakers and shoes for little feet. Spaghetti Headz had their famous hair accessories for the girls. Mixed Bags Designs provided everyone with their awesome huge reusable colorful bags to carry all of our gifts in. Wicked Cool Toys always bring along cool toys for the kids like Vrum the toy box that children ride on. Toys are packed inside while kids take a ride. Hasbro News is one of my kids favorite. My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Nerf, Transformers just to name a few. We love our board games like Monopoly and thanks for giving my son Battleship. TeleBrands amazed me and my kids with their Wow Cups. These are spill-free cups. Every family with kids should have theses. Kids can jump, run, roll and the drink always stays in. Amazing! Paul Frank gave out cute t-shirts in the gift bags. Love Paul Frank! Just Play Toys knew what they were doing when they had a display full of Care Bears, Puppy Surprise, Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile and Doodle Bear Toys. My daughter was extremely happy to win the Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile. Mcdonalds was happy to show everyone fresh ingredients used in their foods. Rodan and Fields a skincare company came with samples of their products for softer lips and face samples. My son spun the wheel at Sahara Sams table and won a pass to visit this amazing indoor/outdoor water park located in Berlin, NJ that’s open all year. We need to be there right now. We also want to visit Diggerland the only construction theme park located in West Berlin, NJ. Love water and theme parks. Elmo even made an appearance for the kids.

I’d like to thank everyone who made this event possible. My kids and I enjoyed ourselves. Will see Whitney and Colleen next year. We also had to make a stop at Geno’s Steak for Philly steaks. Yum.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100%. Gift bags were given.








22 Nov

Single Edition Media invited women to #CelebrateInStyle at their holiday preview event at Glasshouses in NYC.
Sponsors came out for a wonderful night to show their holiday products and fashion trends.
As soon as I reached the 21st floor I was greeted by the first sponsor of the night DSW. One of my favorite shoes stores I couldn’t wait to see what holiday gifts they brought with them. They had everything from animal print shoes, sparkly jewelry and tights, even hats that sparkled with rhinestones and dressy clutches. Of course I wanted it all. Check out @DSWShoeLovers on Twitter.

Vigoss Jeans treated attendees to a free pair of jeans to take home when you stopped by their table. I loved the new styles. I picked a shiny black pair. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @VigossUSA

Diamonds are my best friend and Bulova was showcasing their amazing watches. Slim watches are what’s in now. Bulova gave away three watches. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I will own a Bulova one day. Check out these watches on Twitter: @Bulova

Sears Style knows that a woman doesn’t have to pay a fortune to look like a million bucks. With their new Metaphor line where everything is under $100. Lace, faux leather and tweed my favorites were a big hit. Attendees walked away with small prizes after posting a pic on Instagram with their hashtag and waiting for the vending machine to drop a little something. I won a gift card. http://www.sears.com/style

Silk ‘n Solution the professional aesthetic devices for home use was giving away gift baskets to five lucky attendees worth $700 full of their products. Thirty attendees won a ReVit or Flash & Go device. I won a Flash & Go permanent hair removal device which is great. No more disposable razors. Yippee! Who wouldn’t want spa products in their home compared to going to an actual spa and saving so much money. I want the Sonic Clean Plus which is a deep skin cleansing device that removes dead skin cells on your body and face with vibrating or pulsating modes. It removes 6 times more makeup and dirt than hands alone. Attendees also had a coupon for a free Silk ‘n Pedi in their gift bags. This can be used for dry callused skin. Check their website: http://www.silkn.com

Jergens Skincare knew every woman would love their BB body cream for all skin types. I was already a fan of Jergens products but this just sealed the deal. This lotion goes on sheer, dries quickly and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use. Available in 2 shade fair to medium and medium to tan skin tones. Samples were given out at their table and a bigger sample was in our gift bags. Twitter: @JergensUS

Elizabeth Arden had me blushing for their new perfume Untold Absolu. This sensual fragrance is perfect for the winter season. Florals, red plum, ginger and bursts of raspberry is what makes this perfume my pick of the season. There was also a makeup artist who gave guests lipstick touch ups. On their website you can see all their collections. http://www.elizabetharden.com Twitter: @elizabetharden

Gardein hooked guests up with their healthy meat-free foods. We had their fish & fries, tacos, chicken and turkey cutlets. Amazing! Nothing wrong with vegetarian food. I love spicy black bean burgers too. Twitter: @gardein and on the web at http://www.gardein.com

In Style is known for fashion, beauty and celebrity buzz you need to know. They showed everyone love at their table with jewelry to take a sneak peek at and copies of their magazine. Web: http://www.instyle.com @InStyle on Twitter.

GlasshousesNYC is one of the best event space for any venue in NYC with spectacular views of Manhattan. Located at 545 West 25th St. I love events at night because the pictures of the background are breathtaking. Fir more info visit http://www.glasshousesny.com or on Twitter @GlasshousesNYC

There was also a presentation with all of the sponsors talking about their products. Also, In Style beauty director Kahlana Barfield talked about trends for Spring 2015. I’m still fascinated when it comes to makeup and learning how to apply bold or pastel eyeshadow, bright red lip and the winged mascara look. I’m loving the matte lip personally and the amazing smells of some of the perfumes.

Big shout outs to @Tagspire and @SingleEdition (Single Edition Media) If you’re a blogger or social media fan or brand you must check them out. Thank you for inviting me. It was wonderful!!!

These were just some of the sponsors that were present. More sponsored products were included in the gift bags. I’d like to thank all of them and everyone who made this event possible. Can’t wait till the next one.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine. We were given samples, and gift bags.






22 Nov

When it comes to Thanksgiving I’m a beast in the kitchen. Ok, I’m a beast in the kitchen regardless because I love cooking. I love trying new recipes and letting my kids help me cook. I’ve gotten better prepping the night before and even making a few side dishes or appetizers to save me time the next day. I’m up at 4 am everyday regardless so this is perfect time to have the kitchen nice and quiet, Keurig is programmed to pour me coffee and house smelling like good home cooking. What I also like is this year I have 2 crockpots which saves me even more time because I just put whatever I’m cooking in and let it do it’s magic. I don’t have to keep checking, just leave it alone. Once everyone gets up breakfast is served and kids are ready to help me in the kitchen.

I notice my local supermarkets start putting main products on sale weeks before Thanksgiving and a week before they rack the price back up. Stuffing always sells out, turkey’s are too high and so frozen you need a few days just to thaw it out, macaroni that’s on sale sells out, cheese is priced so high if you don’t get it when I said it goes on sale and you know you can’t use just one type of cheese in your Mac and Cheese. Green beans also by the pound can be priced high and sold out if you’re not quick. Also, the lines in my supermarket are ridiculous as if were having a snowstorm and everyone is afraid to run out of food so the entire neighborhood decided to shop on the same day. Geez Louise. I love a 24 hr supermarket because while everyone is sleep I shop or just go very early or do it when the sales are on.

Some people don’t have to worry about cooking because they either eat at a restaurant or go house hopping to relatives. That’s where bringing a dish or gift comes in. If I am invited to my relatives house or anyone’s house I always bring a dish or gift. Usually a pie, wine, or platter of cheeses and or meats is good to give as a gift. If I cook I bring whatever I had time to make.

I attended Walmart Holiday event and found amazing gifts at amazing prices. There was a Columbus Salame Gift Pack that include 3 varieties of salame for $15.98. (That’s how it’s spelled). This can be served as an appetizer with crackers and cheese. Rembrandt Aged Gouda Cheese that has been aged for one year. Ideal for cheese boards and pasta dishes for only $5.98. Looka Desserts- Macarons are an assorted box of French meringue sandwich cookies in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, pistachio and raspberry. Come on, who doesn’t love a macaron? All this deliciousness for $7.96 a box. There’s also a Butterball Cajun Spiced Turkey. Yeah you heard me, CAJUN!!!! This 3lb boneless frozen turkey breast is great and comes with Cajun seasoning and gravy packet for only $9.98. Doesn’t hurt to have boneless meat knowing that all of it won’t be wasted. No bones!!! Yippee!! With baking you either got it or you don’t. If you don’t and want to bring a great pie with you pick up Walmart’s 10″ Apple Pie made with Apple slices and a dash of cinnamon. This pie contains gluten, nuts and dairy so read labels first. Only $5.98.

You can buy a gift basket and combine a few of these things and Mae it look like you spent a lot.

That’s just half of what Walmart has to offer. There’s also great appetizers, liquor gift sets with glasses included, Cinnabon has a baking kit your house will be smelling great. From crustless quiche to spanakopita. You can never have enough appetizers while the main course is cooking. Check out all the goodies at your local Walmart and see how much you save and all the great gift ideas and food you can purchase. Also check Walmart online: http://www.Walmart.com

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to their Holiday Event.opinions are 100% mine as always.









@clarksshoes SPRING 2015 COLLECTION PREVIEW #clarksSS15

21 Nov

Comfortable, affordable, stylish shoes should be in everyone’s closet. There’s so many shoes to choose from but not all are worth it. Clark’s Shoes have been around since 1825 and have great styles for the whole family. I am a big fan and was very pleased to attend a preview of their Spring 2015 Collection. I started with the kids collection from infant up to kids. I attended their kids fashion show at Petite Parade and adored the spring collection on those small feet. Soft bendable soles for infants and toddlers is something I always looked for when my kids were smaller. I also loved that the girls collection had an espadrille type sandal where the heel wasn’t too high. Also the cute Birkenstock type sandal in silver, polka dots and a nice plum color are on my daughter’s must have list. She loves her sandals. Velcro’s also played a big part in the kids collection and the blinged out sneakers in pink and silver had me wanting a pair for myself. There were also funky chevron polka dot high top and low top sneakers that boys and girls could wear in my opinion. Maybe the low tops for the boys. My daughter wants the high tops. Boat shoes every kid and adult should own a pair or two. Color blocking in the sneakers, sandals and boat shoes were also very stylish. I saw lots of 4th of July colors. Water sandals are a must have too. The little wallabees and desert boots for infants/kids were so cute.

Heels, heels and more heels is what the woman’s collection was showing in neutral colors. Lots of creams, blacks, and a few pinks, navy, reds, yellows and oranges. I even saw a great pair of snakeskin flats. I love strappy heels and the Oxford shoes were a must have. Clogs, mules, and wedges were also on point. Sandals in silver, white black and snakeskin as well. T-strap dress sandals in yellow, orange, and a crocodile two tone flat was beautiful. The heels with daisies from the Orla Kiely collection were colorful and fun. Need the whole Orla Kiely collection.

Wallabees and Desert Boots are the original shoes from Clark’s and I remember almost every man wearing a pair. These are still very popular as I see on men’s feet till this day. Comfortable, look great and you can choose from suede or leather in both. I always loved the dark brown in the wallabees. The desert boot comes in amazing colors for men like the denim, khaki and chili. Great casual sneakers in leather or suede and slip ons with breathable mesh material. The wing tip dress shoes in color block styles are very stylish. I love to see a man dressed up with a shoe like this. Espadrilles, boat shoes and sandals perfect for that getaway.

Visit Clark’s on Twitter:@clarksshoes and on the web at: http://www.clarks.co.uk
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but was given an awesome pair of desert boots with pink sole. So chic!! Opinions are mine 100% as always.












@BestBuy It’s #HintingSeason for the LG OLED TV #OLEDatBestBuy #spon

19 Nov

When I moved into my new house in the Bronx the first piece of technology I had to purchase was a flat screen tv and I knew it was going on the wall. With kids I didn’t want any accidents and it looks so much better off the ground. I also knew it had to be from Best Buy because they had the latest in televisions and best prices. That was in 2010. So much has happened since then with new televisions coming out with high definition, to the thinnest surface, most clear, colorful pictures you’ve ever seen. For the non tech person it’s probably hard to keep up with everything out here. I make sure I go to Best Buy when I want to find out what new and hot.

Don’t get me wrong I still love my tv but my kids keep saying we need to upgrade. That’s when I heard about the LG OLED TV.

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: http://www.LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV:

*Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

*4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

*Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

*Find content faster with webOS

Don’t that make you want to upgrade?
Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500). What a deal!!

Pencil thin, 4 color pixel and curved screen are my top 3 favorites. Can’t wait for our family to go shopping together and we all agree on this amazing LG OLED TV. They are going to love it!!

Disclosure: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




@MAKEcolour and @BirchBox #birchbloggers breakfast #makeup #cosmetics

14 Nov

Today I was invited to attend a BirchBox breakfast for #birchbloggers in the only BirchBox store in Soho, NY 433 West Broadway. MAKEColour the colour cosmetics brand that finds beauty in inspiration were here to show everyone their cosmetics line, talk about their products and give makeovers.

MAKE believes there are no beauty rules. MAKE believes in make-believe. Each woman is driven by an artistic approach to her own personal reality. It’s beautiful to be inspired by your imagination, to be outspoken, intelligent, confident.

Each season MAKE Will pair two unlikely artists to create their palette and collection. They will then ask emerging make-up artists to share theirs too. Their vision is to incite a continual never-ending journey of collaboration.

For every purchase you make at MAKE , one-third of the sales will be donated to the We See Beauty Foundation that will fund next generation cooperative businesses in America, women-led, worker-owned. We See Beauty is the first social enterprise in the beauty industry dedicated to the advancement of the cooperative movement. Check out this (non-profit organization) at http://www.weseebeauty.com for more info.

Eyeshadows come in Matte or Satin Finish and no filters. The crease-free formula can be brushed on dry, or try wet for a lingering, intense glaze. Water resistant Brow Pens with special felt tip point or Brow Sculpting Duo is also available. Long lasting Gel Eyeliners that are vegan and Defining Mascara is a must have as well.

I’ve always loved matte lipstick or lip pencil. These lipsticks are creamy with hydrating formula, Vitamin C and goes on smooth for a luxurious look that lasts. Apply over lip primer and after using lip pencil. MAKE lipsticks are NOT tested on animals, paraben-free, fragrance-free, preservative-free and hypoallergenic. Lots of gorgeous colors to choose from and only $25 with 33.3% of all sales on http://www.weseebeauty.com donated to the We See Beauty Foundation.

I love mascara and MAKE’s Defining Mascara is going on my wish list. All you need is one coat of this high definition mascara to create long, lush lashes. Smudge-proof and stays on flake-free for hours. The plush brush separates and curls lashes with just one sweep.

I also enjoyed how soft the makeup brushes were. The powder brush is made of goat hair and designed to grab powder for an even, flawless application. The blush brush is also made of natural goat hair. The lip brush with synthetic bristles provide excellent color coverage great for both gloss and lipstick. Need the whole collection.

MAKE launched in January, 2013 and is manufactured right here in NY.

I had a great time listening to how this brand MAKE came about and can’t wait to use my freebies that were provided in the gift bag.

Don’t forget to check out http://www.birchbox.com for the best way to shop for beauty. Twitter: @birchbox
@MAKEColour on Twitter

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. As always opinions are 100% mine. Breakfast and gift bags with product was given.




@Nina_Shoes Spring 2015 Collection #boys #girls #women #shoes

11 Nov

I recently visited Nina Footwear Showroom to preview their Spring 2015 shoe collection. Elements by Nina debuted new pieces for their boys collection. Sizes are from Toddler size 6 through youth size 5. Love the slip on shoes and sneakers in camo, also noticing vegan leather a lot in the collection, lime colors, velcro and canvas high top sneakers and suede bucks. Too bad these don’t come in bigger sizes for my son.

The girls collection had sandals in lots of prints in bright colors, glitter and leopard slip on, sneakers and dress shoes in sequins, shimmer ballet flats, dress shoes in patent leather, metallic and satin, heels just right size for small feet, denim or lace espadrilles, wedges and crochet sandals. I have my eyes on quite a few pairs for my daughter. I definitely want to see her in the espadrilles and small heels.

I also got to take a look at the women’s collection. Nina did not disappoint with lots of sparkle, bling, bejeweled high or low heels, sandals, wedges, dressy, sexy amazing shoes. Floral, gold, silver, pink, royal, pastel colors were beautiful. Shoes for all occasions. I’ll take a few dozen please.

If you think the shoes were sparkly the clutches and the jewelry were just as hot. A clutch to match your shoes and sparkle on any red carpet, holiday party or opening night on Broadway. Satin purses were also beautiful in bright colors. The jewelry blew me away. People will think you spent thousands when you walk in blinging. Beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings. Swarovski pieces as well which I also could use a few dozen pieces from the collection. My favorite piece was the sparly choker necklace with strands of chains that hang to your waist. Gorgeous. Here is the picture.


I don’t know about you but if my closets looked like this showroom stocked with tons of jewelry, shoes, purses and clutches I wouldn’t know how to control myself. I already don’t have room for the shoes I currently own but with these I would need to rent storage or move.

These were my favorite sandals and sparkly heels. Love the patent leather. All these sandals I must have and those heels are screaming my name. Here are the pictures.





Follow @Nina_Shoes on Twitter
Website: http://www.ninashoes.com
What’s your favorite? Holiday parties, weddings, graduations, vacations. What do you see in your future?
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. A gift was given to my daughter. Opinions are 100% mine.
Enjoy the pics!









9 Nov

I was invited to preview Lands End Women’s Spring 2015 Collection. I was excited to see what was in store for the women since I’ve always been a fan of Lands End because of everything they have to offer for the entire family from apparel, outerwear, footwear and home items. This collection is exactly what I’m looking for. Lots of stripes put with khaki or red, white and blue stripes for the 4th of July. Loving the ballet flats, sneakers, paisley tote bags, boat shoes, denim jeans in dark and white, dress shirts with the Lands End logo, polo shirts with printed shirts, floral and cable knit sweaters with shirts, loved the rain coats and the butterfly shorts, beautiful dresses from lace to to floral prints, stripes and amazing neck lines. Accessories a woman could never have enough like the handbags, totes, hats, gloves, scarves and stripe belts. Love the nautical theme look. V-neck sweaters and cardigans with trenches, shorts and sneakers or boat shoes look casual but chic,. The workout clothes colorful and comfortable.whether you’re in a gym, running errands, or bike riding Lands End has the right pieces for you. Lightweight jackets also available.

I own about 3 or 4 Lands End totes but could definitely use more especially with the new colors and styles. I saw at least 5 totes that I want.

I want you to really take a look at the prints in the shorts and dresses. Beautiful. Of course, I loved it all. What do you like?

Basically with Lands End their apparel, outerwear, footwear and home items will never go out of style. My family and I will continue to be fans. I will be sporting a few of the items from this collection on my cruise.

There was also a collection that supported breast cancer called the Pink Thread Project. For more info on that go to their website: http://www.landsend.com/pinkthreadand http://www.breastcancer.org

Twitter: @landsend web: http://www.landsend.com
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but was given a cashmere sweater and cozy warm socks. Opinions are mine 100%.








@BOUNTY & @GIANTS HOST MOM’S FOOTBALL CLINIC #football #sports #nutrition

9 Nov

Sports are the ultimate classroom where kids learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, respect for authority and rules and how to win with class and lose with dignity.

The New York Giants and Bounty NFL Prints teamed up to host a mom’s football clinic at Quest Diagnostic Training Center at MetLife Sports Complex to promote those ideals and reinforce the importance of exercise, character and nutrition to local moms. In addition to learning basic football skills attendees also had the chance to meet New York Giants Safety Stevie Brown and watched and enjoyed a healthy cooking demonstration led by Giants chef Angelo Basilone, Executive chef of FLK a International. Chef Basilone transformed some favorite game time meals into healthier options.

Bounty is my favorite paper towel and the NY Giants is one of my favorite teams. I am a New Yorker. I definitely was interested in learning more about nutrition and learning basic football skills. Tailgating foods are so good and if I could still make them but in a healthier way then I had to be in attendance to learn more. Stevie Brown, his mother and chef Basilone cooked a delicious vegetarian chili and a turkey chili. Both were great and there were baked potatoes to add the chili on and other toppings like sour cream, cheese, salsa, etc. They also showed everyone how to make amazing whoopie pies.

We sat and listened to a panel of Giants staff professionals talk about getting your kids into sports and keeping them active and how to prevent injuries and know the warning signs when injured. Also, not forcing your kids to take on a sport just because it’s the parents favorite sport. Your kids will know what sport they enjoy. There was also a Q&A. On the panel were:

Karla Brown (Stevie Brown’s mom)
David Tyree (Director of Player Development of NY Giants)
Mike Haynes (USA Football Heads Up Football Manager)
Presenter: Steve Kennelly, New York Giants Assistant Athletic Trainer)

Info on Football Camps: All info can be found here: http://usafootball.com/ the info talked about during the hands on seminar in the training room was the Heads Up Football approach.

We were taken to the the training center where the actual Giants practice so we could run a few practice sessions as well. It was fun. We had to come in our activewear so I knew we were going to go through a few drills and needed to be ready. They also demonstrated how to properly be fitted for uniforms. I learned so much and had a great time.

Equipment Fitting Presentation – Education on Proper Equipment Fitting (Helmet and Shoulder Pads) (Presenters: Ed Skiba, New York Giants Assistant Equipment Manager or Vincent DiGaetano, USA Football)

Drills on field (Led by USA Football Master Trainer, Vincent DiGaetano) (Field House)

Check out the new Bounty NFL Prints available at Walmart.
Online : http://bountypapertowels.com/
Twitter: @Bounty
Giants on Twitter: @Giants

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are always mine 100%. Gift bags were given at the end of the event.
Enjoy the pics!












4 Nov

Let the countdown begin! We are just a couple weeks away from the Lalaloopsy World’s Largest PJ Party!

We are going to attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for most slumber party participants in multiple locations. The current record is 34,000 girls. We are hoping that with your help, we can smash that record!

Lalaloopsy’s World’s Largest PJ Party will be held on November 15th from 7-10 ET (4-7PT). We will be live tweeting (Twitter.com/lalaloopsy) and Facebook posting (Facebook.com/lalaloopsy) from the event. Join the fun using the hashtag #LalaPJParty. You will have the ability to win prizes, answer trivia questions & have the chance to enjoy all the Lalaloopsy activities.



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