Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cleaning Makeup Brushes with Basic G

Did you know that you should be cleaning your makeup brushes? Washing them should be a part of your regular beauty routine. By cleaning them, you are not just getting rid of old makeup residue. You are also getting rid of dirt, oil, dead skin and bacteria. So much build up on those brushes can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Plus, some of those brushes are not cheap, so taking care of them is prolonging your investment. 

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It's actually a really quick and simple process. If you are a heavy makeup wearer, I'd recommend cleaning them weekly. I'm a very light makeup wearer (I wear even less in the summer months), so I clean mine monthly.  

The best time to wash them is right after you apply your makeup in the morning. That way they have all day and evening to dry before you need to use them again.  

What you will need:
  • bowl
  • Shaklee's Basic G
  • towel for excess water
  • do this near a sink for rinsing
Note: During all rinsing and soaking, try to focus only on the actual bristles and not the part of the brush where the handle meets the bristles, over time this can loosen the glue.

  1. Start out by rinsing your brushes under water to get out most of the lose makeup. 
  2. Fill your bowl with a little lukewarm water. Maybe 1/4" to 1/2" deep depending on how big or small your brushes are. I add a splash of Basic G, I don't ever measure it but it's probably about a 1/2 teaspoon. 
  3. Gently swirl the bristles in the water. Use your fingers to rub through the bristles if it's a dirty brush that needs more than a swirl. 
  4. Rinse the brush under running lukewarm water. (Sometimes a really dirty foundation brush will need a second cleaning.) I flick out as much water as I can in the sink.
  5. Use the towel to dry excess water. Shape your brushes as they should be.
  6. Lay them flat on on towel to dry. They do need to dry completely. 
Here are the picture visuals just because those are nice.

Splash of the Basic G.
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Rinsing. Got a lot of water flow here, but I'm a one women show trying to rinse and take the photo.
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Pat dry, shape and leave overnight to dry completely.
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Note: By using Basic G to clean your brushes, you will be cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing them all in one simple step. This product is very universal and can be used for many of your other cleaning and disinfecting needs. Very concentrated making a total of 64 gallons of cleaner and disinfectant. WOW. 
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Update (10.12.16) - just discovered something to make the brushes incredibly soft. After I sanitize, clean & disinfect with Basic-G, I have been doing 1 more step. Swishing the brush around on Yardley Oatmeal & Almond Bar Soap (I have also heard of using Ivory Bar Soap, but have never tried it). Oh my goodness, does this one extra step make them so very soft. Then rinse well and dry. Makes a huge difference.

Have you cleaned your makeup brushes lately? Or if you were like me several years ago, have you ever cleaned your makeup brushes.



Thursday, September 24, 2015

Caldesene Protecting Powder

I think I've posted about this on one of my old blogs, I thought I had on this one, but apparently I have not. After discussing it with some friends recently, I feel I must revisit it here for you.

They should have named this miracle powder. If you have had a baby in the past 7 years, you no doubt got this in your gift from me. If you have one in the future, you will no doubt get this in your gift from me. It's my signature gift. Now if being known for butt powder as a signature is cool, then I'm way cool. Butt powder. Maybe that means I'm an ass. Well, either way, this is good stuff. 

While Ashlyn was still in the hospital when she was born, she had a real bad diaper rash. The crabby nurse (they all have one) told me to use that really thick stuff, Gorilla Glue, wipe it off with every diaper change and reapply. This stuff was awful, and apparently quite painful on raw red skin. 

So another nurse, the nice one (good thing for the majority of them) told me to grab some Caldesene Powder on our way home, that it was way better and easier and more effective in her opinion. 

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So we did and we've never looked back.  You sprinkle this on, and by morning all redness is gone. Every. Single. Time. I still have this in the house today. It was the best thing ever to have, especially during the baby years. I highly, highly recommend it.

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You used to get it only at drugstores. These days Walmart and Target carry it as well. Obviously Walmart is the cheapest, about $4.something.  From CVS or Walgreens, I believe it was about $6.something.  But it does last a very long time. They do have a smaller one which is great for the diaper bag and leave the big one at home. 

We used it for mainly diaper rash, or any red butt issue. I also sprinkled a little on at night, just to prevent it also. Supposed to help any chafed skin issue. Truly an excellent product. Give it a try if you have not. 

Do you have any Caldesene stories? I'd love to hear them or tips you have. 


Cupcakes - Lunch - Sunrise

Lunch today was better than I expected. I had roasted peppers, tomato's and salmon. All doused in olive oil, sea salt and garlic. I usually eat the peppers and tomato's uncooked, but I've got to tell you, they were pretty gosh darn good this way.
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Ashlyn made cupcakes for her Dad's birthday recently. She made them 95% herself. Interesting combination. Chocolate cupcakes, white frosting, with pink spray stuff, shiny six-let's, topped with a squirt of Creamy Coffee Flavored Frosting.
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She definitely takes pride with each and every cupcake.
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Thankful this week for Toby's pee schedule. This may sound odd, but Toby's pee urge at this time of day makes me stop and enjoy the moment. Briefly anyway. I am one that pops out of bed, jumps in the shower, gets my coffee and starts my day. Every morning in there somewhere, Toby whines and scratches at me for a potty break. Frustrated with the interruption in my must-go-like-clock-work morning routine, I take him.  And every single morning this whole week, this is what we walk out on the deck too. Wishing I was already done, hair not in a turbine and coffee ready....I'd have sat out and enjoyed it longer. Instead, it only lasted as long as it took Toby to go potty. It's not fair that sunrises and sunsets do not last longer. Pretty sad that since they are so quick, I don't sit and enjoy them more often. That better go on a mental to do list.
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Do you ever take 5 minutes out of your day to just enjoy something like this?

Hope you are having a great week.  I encourage you to try those new foods, indulge in the cupcakes and enjoy those sunrises a little longer. I'm going to try also.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Delidge Onion Goggles - Review

Delidge Tear Free Endurance Onion Goggles - great invention. 

I am insanely pleased with these. Timing is ironic, as I've been discussing lately with friends on some helpful tips to reduce the tears when cutting onions. 

Well friends, this was the best tip yet and it didn't reduce tears, it eliminated them. YAY!!!!  I won't blab much since as you can see in the video, they simply worked.  How cool is that?

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I'm giving them a thumbs up! Style is pretty good too.
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I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion. 




Have you ever tried onion goggles? What did you think? 

They also make excellent goggles for mowing. So the grass and dirt don't get in your eyes.
 



Regal Earth Essential Oils - Review

I've been dappling in essential oils for about 2-3 years now. I am not experienced enough to say I have a preference for a certain brand yet. So I did not hesitate when I had the opportunity to try the Regal Earth brand. 

I must say, it's a great addition to my collection of oil brands.  I thought Regal Earth was just as comparable to all the big name brands. I liked the bigger size (1 fl oz) so I didn't run out as quick. I absolutely loved the dropper spout. I have had so many drop too much out too quickly. You intend 1-2 drops and you get 4-5. This one dropped them out nice and slow. I always got exactly how many drops I wanted. It was the perfect dropper spout. I thought the oil quality was just as effective as it should be. I will definitely use this brand again. Obviously I rate the quality, scent and effectiveness pretty high, I was happy with it. But that dropper dropping the drops out nice and slow, I tell ya what, it's the only brand I have tried yet to have this good of a dropper.

I tried the Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange, Peppermint and Lavender. Regal Earth oils are:
-  100% Pure Therapeutic Grade
-  1 fl oz
-  cultivated in France
-  are undiluted oils only. They do not use any fillers, dilution or additives that will compromise the quality of their oil.

All these oils have so many benefits and uses, a newbie like me could no way list them all. You can Google a great list though if you are just getting started.

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I would love to hear your experience or any opinions on essential oils.  Helpful usage tips are always helpful. 

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion.









Wednesday, September 16, 2015

InfusionPro Water Bottle - Review

After trying out the InfusionPro Water Bottle for a couple of weeks, I"m pretty impressed.

Water is your body's source of life. Infused water is especially beneficial because it makes the act of drinking water more enjoyable for the taste-buds. As an added bonus, infused water has the sweet fruit flavors without the extra calories or sugar. Plus the natural antioxidants from the fruits you choose.

This one is the InfusionPro Water Bottle, 2 pack, 24 oz.
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The 2 pack made it great to keep one in the fridge and infuse while I was drinking the other. Most of you that know me, know that my patience level when waiting for something like this is far from large.
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The fruit holding chamber was enclosed enough to hold the fruit and not release many, if any, floating within the water.
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Great size overall. Holds a decent amount of water. I loved the size, more narrow, not chunky. Fit in all my cup holders. Slim enough to slide inside your bag or purse.
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I really liked the lime green color. The drinking spout was nicely slanted, which makes the water flow nicely in your mouth, instead of looking like the corners of your mouth sprung a leak. The flip top also allows room for your nose. You know how some once you tip it up, you nose crunches against it. No worries, this one does not. I know you were worried if your schnaz was going to smush or not.
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When the lid is snapped down, it did not leak at all. I left it upside down and on it's side for several hours. No leaks!! Huge bonus since 9 out of 10 cups like this seem to leak.
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Have you tried one of these yet?  If not, and you like fruit, and you like water, you better get yourself one. Or if you are trying to like water better, it's a great way to suck it down without all that sugar from artificially flavored waters. 



I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion.


Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Not sure if eggs are good for me or bad for me today, but either way it really doesn't matter. Because I"m going to continue to eat them anyway. I like them just about anyway, but one of my favorite's is the good ol' sunny-side up with toast. And no one makes them better than the Pioneer Woman.  They are pure perfection.  Give em a try. 

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 Pioneer Woman's Instructions. 


Friday, September 4, 2015

Supplements: Back to School, Sickness, Daily Wellness

Heading back to school always makes me double check what we are taking and make sure all supplements are in stock in my cupboard.

Besides the obvious of good hand washing and avoiding people who are sick. It's nearly impossible to stay away from germs at school. So we do the best we can at home to start the day out with good health. 

So we load up on Shaklee Nutrition. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor or a health expert, I'm just simply sharing information based on what I do and what my family takes. It works for us, so I'm passing on the good work about what I think are the best products out there.



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Children's Wellness

Incredivites - Multivitamin for kids.  Most kids do not get all the nutrients they need from diet alone. A well balanced multivitamin/multimineral supplement is nutrition insurance for what they don’t get from their diet. Assortment of 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Each serving features 100% of the Daily Value of all eight B vitamins, as well as vitamins C and E. There are no added artificial sweeteners or preservatives and it’s naturally sweetened with xylitol, which does not promote tooth decay.

Mighty Smarts - DHA for kids. No fish taste. Supports eye function. DHA is important for brain development, mental acuity and eye development. Most children are only getting 20-40% of the DHA they should from their diet. PLUS, the EPA has warned that some of the very fish that are good sources of DHA are likely to be contaminated with mercury or PCBs. Mighty Smart provides 100 mg of ultra-pure, certified organic DHA in a chewable tablet with a delicious natural orange flavor.Kid-friendly, Shakleekids Mighty Smart Choice is scientifically formulated with 100% natural, ultra-pure DHA, one of the most important omega-3 fatty acids in the brain and eyes. They are 75% organic and contain no added artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Chewable Cal Mag Plus - Growing children need adequate calcium, magnesium & vitamin D for strong bones & a healthy nervous system. Most kids aren’t getting adequate levels of these nutrients from their diet.

Meal Shakes - Fast food without the guilt. With their on-the-go lives, kids don't  always have time for a sit-down good healthy meal. That's why they need fast food options that are also good for them — choices like low-fat, low-glycemic Shaklee® Meal Shakes. These great-tasting, easy-to-mix drinks pack extra nutrition into any meal or snack. They provide 19 essential vitamins and minerals, and they’re a rich source of calcium and an excellent source of protein — the fundamental nutrients that growing kids and teens need to stay strong and healthy. A non-soy protein choice.


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Adult Wellness

Vitalizer - Everything you need in one strip.Vitalizer supports heart, bone, joint, immune, digestive, brain and vision health, and physical energy.  (Contains 2 Vita Lea, 1 B&C Complex, 2 Caroto-E Omega, and 1 Optiflora Probiotic)
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or Vita-LeaMultivitamin. Vita-Lea is a high-potency formulation specially designed to support the unique needs of men, women, and adults over 50. Each serving delivers 100% or more of the Daily Value of all vitamins, including twice the Daily Value of vitamins C, D, and E—plus beta-carotene for safely increasing antioxidant protection.

Optifora - Prebiotic/Probiotic. Helps maintain a healthy digestive balance, provide nutrients to feed friendly bacteria and promote long-term intestinal health. Triple-layer encapsulation protects the live cultures against harmful stomach acid for release in the lower intestine.

NutriFeron - Immune Stimulant. Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is an exclusive, patented formula, which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support at the cellular level.  

Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps support the immune system and protect against damaging free radicals.Your body is capable of many things, but it can’t make vitamin C. Available in Sustained Release and Chewable formulas, Vitamin C has been shown to supports immune health and help maintain natural antioxidant defenses and cell integrity.

Chewable Cal Mag Plus - Promotes bone health. Optimizes peak bone mass and helps maintain bone density and slows bone breakdown.

Protein Drink - Provides energy without raising insulin levels. Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein is low-fat, non-GMO protein that contains all nine essential amino acids. Provides heart-healthy soy protein.



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Stuffy Noses and Colds

Alfalfa - Enables body detoxification and is an all natural antihistamine, thus the help for allergy and asthma sufferers. The list of benefits is long, making this a very diverse supplement.

Zinc - Supports cell growth and development. Helps support normal thyroid function
and normal immune function.  Zinc is necessary for growth and development, and to maintain normal immune function. It is also important for the synthesis of protein and the genetic material DNA.

NutriFeron - Immune Stimulant. Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is an exclusive, patented formula, which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support at the cellular level.

Coughs/Sore Throat

Chewable Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps support the immune system and protect against damaging free radicals.Your body is capable of many things, but it can’t make vitamin C. Available in Sustained Release and Chewable formulas, Vitamin C has been shown to supports immune health and help maintain natural antioxidant defenses and cell integrity.

Garlic - Is known as nature's antibiotic. Studies show that garlic promotes cardiovascular health by helping to retain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels when used as part of a diet low in fat and cholesterol. Garlic is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses and fungus.

Defend & Resist Complex - When you feel the first tickle. Defend & Resist Complex helps your body respond to environmental challenges by giving your immune system what it needs to stay strong.

Diarrhea / Vomiting

NutriFeron - Immune Stimulant. Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is an exclusive, patented formula, which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support at the cellular level.

Stomach Soothing Complex - Relief for upset stomach. Contains a unique four-herb formulation including peppermint, ginger, fennel, and anise traditionally used to provide relief for unsettled stomachs.

Optiflora -  (unless you are already taking it in Vitalizer strip) Prebiotic/Probiotic. Helps maintain a healthy digestive balance, provide nutrients to feed friendly bacteria and promote long-term intestinal health. Triple-layer encapsulation protects the live cultures against harmful stomach acid for release in the lower intestine.

Zinc - Supports cell growth and development. Helps support normal thyroid function
and normal immune function.  Zinc is necessary for growth and development, and to maintain normal immune function. It is also important for the synthesis of protein and the genetic material DNA.

Viruses

Defend & Resist Complex - When you feel the first tickle. Defend & Resist Complex helps your body respond to environmental challenges by giving your immune system what it needs to stay strong.

NutriFeron - Immune Stimulant. Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is an exclusive, patented formula, which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support at the cellular level.

Any Illness or Anytime You Need It

Performance - preventing dehydration. Supports optimal hydration and increases endurance. Shaklee Performance is clinically proven to hydrate better than water. In fact, it has more electrolytes and provides more energy than the leading hydration drink. No artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives.

Vitalized Immunity - Everyday immune support. Vitalized Immunity is naturally sweetened with Monk Fruit, and contains as much vitamin-C as 16 oranges. Vitalized Immunity includes a proprietary blend of 19 vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

NutriFeron - Immune Stimulant. Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is an exclusive, patented formula, which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support at the cellular level.


This is not a complete list, just a guideline to get you started. As much as we prefer to prevent the sickness, as opposed to treat it, it still happens. Please visit contact me for a complete list of products. 

As always, let me know if you have any questions.  chot (@) everydaysnapshot (dot) com


 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Camping & Fishing

We camped at a new place this past weekend and loved it.  It's very nicely kept, clean and pretty. But best of all....quiet and relaxing. That's what we like and it's hard to find.  Many campgrounds turn into party places. Not this one. I think we found a keeper. 

While there, Ashlyn was dying to go fishing. This was only her second time going and she ended up doing very well. She caught 7 or 8 fish, with another 3-4 that got away. We aren't sure exactly on the catch, so we are going with 7, some of them fish look so similar when you go back through picture's.  Though I realize these type of photo's get boring for the average reader, they are mainly posted for Grandpa & Grandma's sake. Grandpa is a fisherman and Ashlyn insisted each fish be labeled and documented for him. And realistically, I don't have any average readers to bore, so it's a win-win. 

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This little covered dock area was very nice for sitting & chillin out.
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She's pretty much doing it all on her own except for anything to do with the hook of course. At this point, we weren't catching anything. So we tried several more spots. That's when "a little friend" paid us a visit very, very close to us and she went running and screaming from the area.
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I have to admit...this snake was not exactly a baby.
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We got her to come back, but no feet were coming down off this bench.
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She opted for a sand break.
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This cute bridge led to one of the several trails. We didn't have time to check them out this time, but hoping to next time we are here. Well, that's not true. Ashlyn actually wanted nothing to do with the trails because of the snake. Hoping that fades by the next time.
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So pretty everywhere you look. And so many places to fish without being on top of each other.
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Here we go. All of them were caught in about a 2 hour period.
Fish #1
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Fish #1 again.
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Fish #2
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Fish #3
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Fish #4
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Fish #4
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Fish #5
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Fish #6
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Fish #7
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This made for a very happy 2nd fishing camping trip.
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Can't wait to go back.
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Physicians Formula Make Up - Review

Quick review on Physicians Formula's Organic Wear Mascara & Classic Nude Palette Eye Shadow. 

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I've used their mascara before but this one was especially nice. It covered the lashes well without blotching up. It has 2 sizes of bristles on the wand, I used the longer ones first and then the shorter ones. Seemed to cover great. I probably used them ass backwards, but I"m okay with it. It worked for me.  They also use natural ingredients, color pigments and preservatives.

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The Classic Nude Eye Shadow Palette has been great. The first 3 colors kind of go together and the then 3, then the next 3. But you can mix and match how you like. I prefer very subtle colors on my eyes, so this palette is perfect. And it's very small to be able to take along with you in a purse or bag. It's only about 4" long by about 1 3/4" wide. Give em a try if you are looking for something new. I haven't tried this yet, but you can apply it wet for a more dramatic look, I prefer dry for the more subtle look. Shadows are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free, gluten-freea and safe for contact wearers. 







I was not paid for my opinion, nor did I receive anything free or discounted. I just simply love their make up and wanted to share. 


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