DIY Floral Boutonnieres

How to Make a DIY Floral Boutonniere

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just…

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just wanted to dance and have fun, but you have so many things to plan for and worry about. Should we get a limo? Who’s going in our limo? Should I just borrow my dad’s car? What’s my date wearing? Do we match? And what about the boutonnieres?! Getting flowers for your date was like a big deal in my day. The boys had to get the girls corsages and the girls had to get the boys boutonnieres. If I was going to prom now, I’d get all my girlfriends together that morning and make a bunch of these for our dates. Boom. Problem solved.

So simple, huh? They took me about 3 minutes each to make in real time, and if you get a mixed bouquet you can make a whole bunch of them! Totally simple and way less cheesy than the little rosebud you’ll get at a florist IMHO. 😉 In case you’re in a reading mood, see full instructions below!

Materials

Step 1: Pick a few stems and trim them to about 3 inches in length.

Step 2: Layer the blooms and wrap the stems with a few rounds of floral tape.

Step 3: Wrap a length of twine around the floral tape, tying with a double knot on the back side of the boutonniere.

Step 4: Trim the ends of the twine and trim all of the stems so that they’re even. Fasten to a lapel with a straight pin.

That’s it! Now let’s all go pretend we’re florists! xoxo

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Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

Music: Bensound

Hole in Living Room Floor

Married Life // Under Construction

How’s that for a glamorous photo? I decided it’s one of those “keep-it-real” days around here. This is an actual picture of an actual hole in our actual living room….

Hole in Living Room Floor

How’s that for a glamorous photo? I decided it’s one of those “keep-it-real” days around here. This is an actual picture of an actual hole in our actual living room.

Before we started this renovation on our house, my dad made an offhand comment to me one day about how we should be ready because construction has broken up more than a few marriages. I nodded seriously at him and giggled inside because sometimes my dad cracks me up with his sage advice. But truth be told, now that we’re in the midst of this whole shebang I can absolutely see how a marriage is tested by sledgehammers and cement mixers. It’s chaos. And sometimes the physical chaos starts feeling like mental chaos and you both just start to snap.

Right now, there’s a hole in the middle of our living room where our fireplace used to be. A giant, 6-foot-by-5-foot hole. Just hanging out. And in the three adjoining rooms, there’s a layer of dust on everything that meets the eye. So here we are, trying to go about our lives and work and entertain a toddler but not let him fall in the hole or lick the dust or anything else life threatening. And meanwhile, we’re deciding how best to plug the hole temporarily and what kind of cabinet exactly is going to go there eventually, and should it be a cabinet or closet? And what really is the difference? And will two extra feet in this room really matter? OH MAN. It gets intense.

And to top it all off, I’m pregnant now and for some reason we always end up doing these major life-changing things (like moving to a new town or a complete home remodel) while I’m with child. Because we just really like to live on the edge. All of this is to say that yes renovations can absolutely challenge a relationship. We had a little taste of it when we moved into the house a couple of years back, but this is next level.

So how do you deal? We’re figuring that one out as we go along. I think mostly you just fight tooth and nail to remember that you’re on the same team. Because as soon as one person gets a little tone in their voice, the other one gets defensive, and then all of a sudden the new dining room is a war zone. So maybe we have differing opinions about whether we need obscured glass or clear glass in the new bathroom windows, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world. We’re trying to keep our heads from spinning with all of these teeny tiny decisions, and lean on each other instead of pitting ourselves against each other with differences of opinion. It’s really easy to dig your feet in and try to stand your ground, but really nobody wins at the end of that situation.

Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that some old closet doors are now covering the hole so we can’t fall in. At least we got that one figured out. 😉 xoxo

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

Printable Mother’s Day Accordion Card

I still don’t think it’s actually hit me that I’m a mom when Mother’s Day rolls around. I still hear “Mother’s Day” and immediately think of my own sweet mom,…

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

I still don’t think it’s actually hit me that I’m a mom when Mother’s Day rolls around. I still hear “Mother’s Day” and immediately think of my own sweet mom, who I love to celebrate. It’s so fun every year to dream up a little project for her and post it on the blog and then give it to her in real life. She always makes a big deal and says something about getting a famous gift because it’s been “on the blog.” Ha! What a kook. So this year we put together a fun accordion card printable, so you can give the same little card to your mom! They’re super simple and fast to make and will work for all the moms in your life.

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

Step 1: Download the printable file here. Note: These are special files meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like they didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Wraparound Labels (product #8217). (You will be able to print two cards on one label sheet.)

Step 4: Once printed, peel off the labels and stick them to your colored cardstock.

Step 5: Cut around the edges of the labels. Cut off the excess white area from the portion of the card that reads “Day;” leave the excess white on the other portion.

Step 6: Score a line between all colored sections so that you can fold into an accordion. Fold the card to train the folds in the direction you’d like.

Step 7: Spread the glue stick on the blank white portion and adhere the top of the second half of the card to the white area.

If you’d like, fold it up and tie it with some baker’s twine so it looks like a little tiny gift! This thing is so stinkin’ cute I want to hand it out to every mom I know. But they’ll all just have to deal because it’s got my mama’s name all over it. Also feel free to put little notes in the blank spots and sign it like you would any card! I think we might have Henry help decorate this one for my mom. She just looooves that stuff. 😉 Happy Mother’s Day! xoxo

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

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How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

DIY Shrinkable Plastic Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house…

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house making those little beauties. And now that I’m older and I’m having different kinds of adventures, I think it’s only appropriate to incorporate my old crafting skills into a new project! You can make these summery little luggage tags in any shape you like, color them in, fill out your info, and hit the road! I’ve been having a ball creating these travel-inspired DIYs with Carnival Cruise Lines; now all I need is to hop on a cruise to somewhere tropical so I can use these rad little tags.

Materials

  • shrinkable plastic paper
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • baking tray
  • oven
  • hole punch

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Step 1: Decide on the shape of your luggage tag and draw an outline on the rough side of your shrinkable paper. Think fun, summery shapes or travel-inspired shapes: ships, palm trees, and more! Start coloring in your outline, completely covering the paper with color.

Step 2: With a black colored pencil, write your luggage tag info on the shape. Keep in mind that shrinkable paper shrinks to less than half the size of your original image, so write large enough so that it will be legible after shrinking.

Step 3: Cut out your shape.

Step 4: Bake in the oven according to the directions on your shrink paper’s packaging. These were baked at 325 for about two minutes.

Step 5: Remove from the oven. Let cool and punch a hole in the top of each tag. String the tags with a strong cord and knot them around your luggage.

Bon voyage, you’re ready to go! I think a tag in the shape of a ship would be stinkin’ adorable if you were headed on a cruise. Or even a life preserver! The possibilities are seriously endless, and I could make these things all day. What shape would yours be? xoxo

P.S. A gold passport cover!

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

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Rainbow of Gifts

A Rainbow of Gifts!

Party season is coming, and with it, a million reasons to give gifts! I loooove gift-giving. I think maybe my favorite gifts to buy are for showers or for hostess…

Party season is coming, and with it, a million reasons to give gifts! I loooove gift-giving. I think maybe my favorite gifts to buy are for showers or for hostess gifts. It’s just so lovely to choose something that you know the recipient will love and use in their home. With spring coming I got all inspired to put together a rainbow of gift ideas in case you’re on the lookout for the perfect gift for one of your pals. And more fun news – the team at AllModern is starting a series of curated gift guides, design to help streamline your shopping and highlight some of the coolest pieces on the site! Today’s guide is curated by (you guessed it) yours truly! The picks you see here are just a preview, be sure to go see the full guide and sale for lots more rainbow-inspired pieces!

Rainbow of Gifts

Pillow. Apple notes. Rhino eraser. Flamingo. Le Creuset. Clock. Awesome pillow. Sofa. Toast rack. Towel. Robot. Timer. Vases. Pouf. Blanket. Hourglass. Eye pillow. Dachshund.

Doesn’t it just make you want to get a little color in your life? How fun would it be to give that bright yellow loveseat to a pair of happy newlyweds? Or the little apple note paper to your kid’s teacher? And I’m just saying — maybe you could give yourself a little something fun (Awesome pillow anyone?).

Be sure to head over to AllModern and see the rest of Lovely Indeed’s curated sale. There are tons more colorful picks to help inspire your gifting this spring. Happy giving! xoxo

P.S. More gift guides right here!

This post is presented in partnership with AllModern. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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The Prettiest Florals for Spring

Hey gang! So, did you know that Lovely Indeed is a growing team? We hired the darling Erin a while back and she has been whipping our social media into…

Hey gang! So, did you know that Lovely Indeed is a growing team? We hired the darling Erin a while back and she has been whipping our social media into shape, helping me refine and grow our platforms. And I have to say it: she’s brilliant. She’s already such an integral part of the team that I wanted to have you meet her and get to know her a bit! And what better way to do that then have a little virtual shopping date together? So meet this sweet girl and see a few of her favorite picks for spring! xoxo

Happy Thursday! Erin here, the newest team member to join the Lovely Indeed family! I’m excited to share with you the things that literally make my heart sing, and since this is my first post, I thought it would be fun to gush about my current crush! Ever since spring’s arrival, I have been completely in love with anything and everything floral. This feminine print seems to be popping up everywhere–from my garden to the runway—and it has easily become my latest obsession! From fresh ideas for the home or office to the perfect blooming accessories, shop below for my favorite floral finds.

The Prettiest Florals For Spring
The Prettiest Florals For Spring

1. This anemone and roses throw pillow will brighten any space in your home.

2. The Beauteous Backup Battery Pack is the prettiest way to save your data.

3. These Floral Canvas Low-Tops will definitely add pep to your spring step.

4.  Listening to music with your swoons and tunes headphones never looked so cool.

 5. Pack your lunch in style thanks to this Garden Lunchbox.

6. This gardenbloom iPhone case gives any iPhone an instant makeover.

7. The Allons-Easy Weekend Bag is totes adorable and the perfect travel companion.

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY IKEA Desk Hack

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these…

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these desks together from a few different IKEA parts for a total steal, and they’ve been one of our best ideas ever. We each have one, and because they’re somewhat modular we can use them totally differently but they’re both incredibly functional. And best of all, they’re sleek and clean so they don’t take up a lot of bulk in a room — no eyesores here. And how ’bout those sexy desk legs? Sometimes you have to hunt around but IKEA seriously has some lovely little hidden gems.

Materials

Make Time: 2-3 Hours

Step 1: Assemble your drawer unit according to the instructions. Do not install the casters to the bottom of the unit.

Step 2: Attach the two table legs to the underside of one end of the table.

Step 3: Apply a few strips of velcro to the top of the set of drawers. Keep both sides of the velcro together and remove one side’s cover so that the sticky portion is exposed. Place this face down on the drawers. Repeat with a few other strips.

Step 4: Remove the cover of the top pieces of all velcro strips so that the top sticky portion is exposed.

Step 5: Decide which end of the desk you’d like the drawers to be on. Arrange your table so that the legs are on the opposite side, and position the blank end of the table top over the drawers. Be sure that it’s aligned on the front and outer edges. Set the table top down and press firmly (I leaned on ours with all of my body weight for a couple of minutes!) to make sure the velcro adheres. Tip! It’s best to assemble the desk in the area where it will ultimately be placed and just shift it slightly, rather than assemble elsewhere and try to pick it up and move it.

That’s it! These desks have been total workhorses for us for the last 5 years. They’re still in great shape, they clean super easily with some countertop spray and a rag, and they’re nice and sturdy. It’s been the perfect size for me, and the drawers are so nice to have to hide all my junk. This would be a perfect DIY for a college student, or someone moving into a new office or studio space! Long live the IKEA hack! xoxo

P.S. Remember our striped midcentury shell chair? Also, another pretty little IKEA hack for your bedroom!

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Remember our floral bike handlebars last year? Well, if you’re more a basket type of gal, this project might be right up your alley! I’m just dead over it. It’s so dreamy. And if you happen to be going to a music festival or something equally fun, how rad would this be to get around the place?! Pretty sure you’d be the belle of the ball.

Also, I’m so happy to say that this is our first post in another series featuring some insanely beautiful blooms from Flower Muse! We teamed up last year and it was such a blast we had to do it again. If you don’t know Flower Muse, check them out — they send farm fresh blooms right to your door, and they’re some of the best quality florals around. Because they’re so fresh they last forever! And they even have tons of special instructions on how to get the most out of your florals. Love them! And now, without further ado… Let’s make some bouts!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Step 1: Grab a large flower, trim away the greenery from the stem, and cut the stem off at about 4 inches. Cut a piece of floral wire to about 7 inches. Hold the bloom over your basket and use the wire to affix the flower firmly, weaving it through and around the basket wires. Repeat this process with large blooms across the basket, working in a diagonal.

Step 2: Once your larger florals are firmly affixed, insert a few smaller blooms (we used ranunculus and anemones). Wedge them in between the larger florals and affix with more wire if necessary.

Step 3: Fill in any blank spots with some greenery and you’re all set!

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I love it I LOVE IT! And the coolest part is that the basket is still functional because all of the florals are on the outside. So fill your basket with all your goodies and ride this baby around town. We rode downtown to take some photos with the flowers on the bike and it was quite the topic of conversation with the people we passed, lemme tell ya. It’s not every day you get to see some pretty fresh flowers riding around town! xoxo

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Plaques for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming! I love celebrating my mom, and this year I made some little plaques that I think she’ll find hilarious (after, of course, I explain what “Bae”…

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Mother’s Day is coming! I love celebrating my mom, and this year I made some little plaques that I think she’ll find hilarious (after, of course, I explain what “Bae” means). These are crazy fast to make, so if you accidentally wait a few weeks and realize you have nothing for your ever-lovin’ mama the night before Mother’s Day, whip these up and you can pretend you were on top of it all along.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Step 1: Trim your patterned paper to the size of your wooden boards.

Step 2: Spray a light coat of adhesive onto one side of the boards. Carefully align the paper on the board so that all edges and corners are even. Press the paper onto the wood.

Step 3: Decide on some fun phrases that your mom would love, and spell them out with your stickers.

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Give them to mama and make her giggle! She can place them around the house, on shelves, hang them on the wall — any old place! I can’t decide which I like best, but “Mom is Bae” is pretty hilarious, right? What would you have them say for your mom? Be sure to check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers are creating for Mother’s Day, right here! xoxo

P.S.  You are the hottest mom I know.

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Toddler Essentials

Toddler Essentials

This parenting gig is a changing game, yo! Every time you think you’ve got something nailed down, the rug gets pulled out from under ya. We’re now deep in toddler…

This parenting gig is a changing game, yo! Every time you think you’ve got something nailed down, the rug gets pulled out from under ya. We’re now deep in toddler land, and we’re developing our arsenal of tools that keep ol’ Hank healthy, happy, and entertained. If you’ve got a toddler (or will have one soon, or need some good ideas for gifts, or are just the curious type!) read on for our tried and true baby gear ’round these parts.

Toddler Essentials
Not all products are pictured.

Food + Drink

Henry started wanting to feed himself pretty early on, and that meant lots of messes. He would somehow manage to grab and toss any suction plate we set in front of him until we found these ezpz Happy Mats (we have a couple of bowls too). They’re impossible to pull off the table. We’ve also started letting him experiment with toddler utensils, and we love these because of the curved grip.

For a little while, Henry couldn’t quite get the hang of drinking from a straw. He’d tilt a cup upside down like a bottle and it just wasn’t working for him. So we used a few transitional cups to help him get the hang of it. The Boon Snug Spout is brilliant because it’s just a lid that can stretch over the mouth of any cup. We take one out with us to restaurants and put it over a water cup for him. For learning to drink like a grownup, we’re fans of the Munchkin 360 trainer cup; they can sip out of any side, tipped any direction. And on-the-go, Henry’s a big fan of his Skip Hop bee bottle.

Our other secret weapon — a cheap pair of scissors! We got a compact pair from the Target dollar aisle and use them to cut food into little chunks. So much easier than a knife and a cutting board. One pair stays at home and one stays in my purse.

Play + Wear

These days, the little dude pretty much wants to play with whatever we have in our grownup hands. But there are a few tried-and-true things in his toybench that he loves, too. Melissa and Doug tends to be our go-to for toys that are cool, educational, and easy on the eyes. This wooden barn is his current fave — he loves anything with small moving pieces that he can manipulate. These are small enough for him to grab but not so small he can eat ’em, which is perfect. This thing has been hours of fun. (We actually installed a little latch on it so we can secure it shut if we’re traveling with it.

Books have always been a hit in our house at playtime, too. Henry still loves the BabyLit books, and now that he’s older we can delve into them in a different way, asking him to point out certain things or find his favorite page, etc. His other favorite book is Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. I kid you not, he’ll read it for almost an hour, just pointing out different things. It’s awesome because there is so much content and it’s very visually stimulating, but not overwhelming for kids. It’s also a good book for little girls, too; there are plenty of female characters and lots of visuals for both genders.

The dude has pretty much worn two styles of shoes thus far in his life — moccasins and the Toms Tiny Paseos. They’re the easiest on-and-off we’ve found, and they’re good for a kid with a high instep. As far as clothing, our go-to for boy clothes that are affordable but not cheesy is totally Old Navy! They have little guy stuff that’s fun, easy to wear, and pretty stylin’ too.

Travel + Health

We’re on the go lots with Henry and I love that he’s becoming a good little traveler. We did a baby travel post here, but these days our routine is adjusting and we have a few new faves. We take click-lock bowls with locking lids, along with a couple of suction cups. They transport food and then you can suction cup them to the table at a meal so they function as a plate or bowl, too. A good travel crib is key — for a long time we used our Pack ‘n Play, but it’s a little bulky. So recently we switched to this one, which is light and small and works like a charm. We always take his Sleep Sack with us, too; we use them as blankets whenever he sleeps or naps, and so when we’re on the road and put one on him he knows it’s time to rest.

Both on the road and at home, we keep a few specific items in stock in our medicine cabinet in case little dude catches a bug. I swear by the Nosefrida for stuffy noses, along with a good saline spray. If he’s stuffy, we put Baby Vicks on his feet and chest to help him breathe a little better. And I thought they were a gimmick until I tried them, but Boogie Wipes are the best for wiping runny noses without making them red and raw.

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring Cleaning Hacks

I admit it, okay?! I’m neither June Cleaver nor Martha Stewart when it comes to keeping my house spotless. Sometimes juggling a job, a toddler, and a baby on the…

Spring Cleaning Hacks

I admit it, okay?! I’m neither June Cleaver nor Martha Stewart when it comes to keeping my house spotless. Sometimes juggling a job, a toddler, and a baby on the way makes it so that I can barely get food in my mouth, let alone have a pristine house. But the problem is that I feel best when the house is clean and tidy. It’s just better for my brain. So I’ve been trying to streamline my cleaning routine, especially now that spring is rolling around and I have a major craving for a clean space. My darling mother would probably be shocked to know that I haven’t actually vacuumed in weeks and sometimes instead of scrubbing a sink I use one of my secret weapons (which we’ll get into in a sec). But you know what? It’s all good, because we have to make the most of the time that we have. So! If you’re in the same boat, read on for my favorite cleaning hacks and get your space clean in a jiffy.

Start with the Grime If it’s gross, don’t ignore it. Sinks and toilets need cleaning, bottom line. So do the marks on my midcentury shell chair from the first time Henry used crayons, along with a zillion other little nooks and crannies around the house. This, friends, is a job for my secret weapon – a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. No joke, if you haven’t tried them you need to get ON it! You can use them to scrub sinks, clean your shoes, wipe down appliances, and a whole bunch more. (They also happen to be the only thing that will clean my ceramic. salt and pepper shakers.) They somehow clean and lift dirt with little micro-scrubbers but have zero harsh chemicals. When I’m trying to speed-clean the house, I get a few Magic Erasers and just do a quick once-over of everything. Grime = gone.

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Tidy it Up If you don’t have time to really get in there and do the kind of deep spring cleaning where you empty out all the drawers and closets, I’m here to tell you: It’s okay. Just keep it tidy. Make sure that everything has a place and put it away. It does wonders for your sanity when you’re in a tidy space. We’re in the midst of toddlerville, where no matter what you do the toys are strewn all over the house in about 5 minutes flat. But if you can at least start each day with your space cleaned up, you’re already ahead of the game.

Make it Smell Good Ever walk into a house that just smells impossibly fresh? I love that! And I always want that to be my house. There’s something about a fresh scent that just makes things feel… cleaner. My favorite trick is to toss some fresh lemon slices down the garbage disposal and run it for a few seconds. Boom! The kitchen smells lemony fresh and it’s all natural.

Add Something Pretty Maybe it’s cheating, but a bouquet of pretty flowers goes a long way to make a room look so fresh and so clean-clean. Take a tidy room, put some fresh blooms on the table, and BAM you’ve upped your June Cleaver game by a mile. It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive, either — scour your yard for some pretty florals or foliage, pop it in a container, and you’re good to go.

So give it to me straight — are you a true spring cleaner, or will you be using a few of our secret tricks? If you’re knee-deep in sorting clothes and cleaning out closets, I salute you! And for the rest of us, here are even more simple little tricks for getting your house clean in a snap. We’ll just call them our dirty little secrets! 😉 xoxo

Spring Cleaning Hacks

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