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JBL is a major brand in our house! Their quality is unmatched, and the sound supreme!

JBL E55BT

JBL E55BT wireless over-ear headphones bring the signature sound of JBL right to your ears. The E55BT is one of our most versatile packages ever, featuring up to 20 hours of battery life and an innovative, stylish fabric headband that emphasizes your fashion quotient. The ergonomic around-ear design means that your entertainment continues and your fun factor gets amped up no matter what you’re doing – working, commuting, or just making your way around town. Multi-device connectivity allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, so you never miss a call. With a sleek appearance, various color options and the added convenience of a detachable cable with remote and microphone, you’ll never want to be seen without your E55BT headphones.

My Thoughts

Like I said previously, JBL is a major brand for us. We have not found any other brand that has the same quality. The sound quality is amazing, and gives the best bass sounds. The manufacturing quality is also spot-on. The headphones from JBL last forever, it seems! My oldest son has had the same pair for 2 years, and they are still like brand new. He uses them daily, so they definitely aren’t sitting on a shelf somewhere.

The JBL EBT headphones did not disappoint! We received the beautiful red ones. They are absolutely gorgeous, and oh so comfortable! I like that they can be worn as wireless, or wired by using the cable that came with them. This is perfect for those times that you forget to charge them (in my son’s case, that would be all of the time..haha!).

The headphones fit very comfortably on his head, and they are easy to adjust. I like that they are easy to wipe off after use as well, because he sweats more than anyone should! The fact that he sweats hasn’t diminished the sound quality at all, and in fact, it doesn’t seem to affect the headphones at all in any way.

If you have someone who loves listening to music, or using headphones for playing on mobile devices, then these headphones are the ones to get! They are sure to make anyone on your Holiday shopping list happy!

 

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Thanks to Portrait Innovations, my family had the pleasure of getting our family pictures taken. I am completely in love with them!

About Portrait Innovations

At Portrait Innovations, we’ve reinvented the professional portrait studio experience at our over 100 studios throughout the U.S.

While our process is high tech, our beliefs remain simple.  We feel every customer should be treated as an honored guest and given the highest level of respect and courtesy.  We understand that our customers value the importance of capturing and sharing online, cherished family and personal memories, events and milestones and we feel honored to be the one selected to capture those memories.

Our Experience

Our experience was a great one! We arrived to the location in Carmel, Indiana on November 11. When we walked in, we were immediately greeted. Even though the photographers were with other families, they took turns greeting those who walked in. The whole time we were there, I never once saw anyone not be acknowledged. Our photographer let us know that it would be just a few minutes, while she finished up with the family she was with.

We had a seat while we waited, which gave me some time to observe. I noticed that the photographers never once made anyone feel rushed. They didn’t hurry them along, just to get to the next appointment. They made it personal for them, and kept their focus where it needed to be. While they did attempt to upsell to the families, they didn’t make them feel bad if they chose not to purchase something additional. They were very polite in this manner. I like that!

While we waited, there was an incident. A family came in extremely late for their appointment, and were told that due to this, they would have to reschedule, or they could have a seat and wait to see if they could work them in. The family was not happy with this, and kept insisting that they were being skipped over on purpose. This could have went very badly, but the photographer kept a level head, and a polite tone in her voice. She handled it with grace, and ease. She smoothed any tensions, and in the end, the family understood why they had to reschedule/wait. I was very impressed with how it was handled. It was very professional, and no raised voices were heard.

After waiting a short time, it was our turn to get our pictures taken. YAY!! I was excited because it had been about 3 or so years. Yeah, we were behind..haha. The photographer asked us what we had in mind. I really liked that, because in the past other photographers just took over and said we will do this, this and that. We did some holiday backgrounds, and the photographer didn’t make a fuss when I asked to do an American Flag background for my son. She happily accommodated! She took all of our requests and made them happen. She was super polite, and an awesome photographer!

After getting the shots, we went to a computer to make the tough decision of what to keep. I never knew it would be so hard! The photos were all so great!  We finally made our decisions, and chose some greeting cards. We were told it would take around 30-45 minutes for the pictures to print, so we went and shopped until time.

When we got there to pick the photos up, she had us check them all out to make sure they were up to our standards. She took great care in packaging the greeting cards, placing envelopes in front of them and in back of them, to protect the cards. Everything was perfect! We were even able to download the app for our phone to be able to view our photos and share them online!

We had an absolutely wonderful experience, and this is definitely going to be our go-to place for photos!!

GIVEAWAY!!!

Portrait Innovations has been generous enough to offer a package for a giveaway! The winner will receive:

6 Pose Portrait Package (6 poses,2 sheets of each pose)
2 10X13 Decortive Photo Sheets
20 Greeting Cards
CD of portraits

 

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Jord has the most amazing wooden timepieces! They are sleek, elegant, and just beautiful!

About Jord Watches

JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. We spend our days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing. Then we’ll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. We have fun. This is our journey.


Ladies Wood Watch

We are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. We value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go.

The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

About Fieldcrest Series Dark Sandalwaood

We grew up on tree lined streets with slow driving cars, and plenty of friends to play on the pavement with. No matter the season, the weather was always perfect and the sun always went down too soon. Life is good. Life is simple. No need for the bells and whistles. Just like our Fieldcrest Series. Magnify your personal style with the depth of color in the dark sandalwood; a true compliment to all skin tones.

  • scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • deployment buckle with push buttons
  • case width: 39mm
  • case thickness: 11mm
  • lug ends: 49mm
  • band thickness: 20mm
  • band length: 195mm

 The natural dark sandalwood is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. The Fieldcrest is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM). Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood. When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments.

Wood Watches by JORD

My Thoughts

My son is absolutely in love with this watch! The first thing that we loved is that they use measurements to send you the best fit.They don’t just send you a watch and make you adjust it. No, instead it is tailored to you. It’s a very simple process, and includes printing out a paper, cutting out the measuring strip, and measuring your wrist. It takes less than 5 minutes. To me, that is no time at all for a great fitting watch!

When the watch arrived, my son was in awe. It arrived in a beautiful wooden box. It has a sliding lid on it, and the watch is nestled on a pillow inside. The watch was definitely packaged with care. Inside the box was also a cleaning cloth and wood preserver.

The watch itself is crafted with great care. The wood is gorgeous, dark sandalwood. The face is quite elegant and looks amazing when wearing it.  My son said that it fits very well, and it’s not heavy on his wrist at all. He is very impressed with this watch!

Do you want to enter to win $100 to spend towards a watch? Then just click HERE! You can also use the promo code yummycrazylife to get $25 off of any purchase 🙂

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Toddlers love games! Check out these great games from Little Tikes!

Crazy Blender™ Game

The hilarious Crazy Blender game lets players test their luck as each fruit card is put into the blender! Players take turns feeding the blender matching fruit cards. The blender will randomly spit cards back out, the game ends when a player has no more cards!  Age: 5+ Price: $14.99

Crazy Toaster™ Game

Kids inside due to the weather? Get them moving and having fun with the Crazy Toaster Game. Catch the toasted bread as it flies up out of the toaster. Keep a good eye out cause you’ll never know how many pieces will pop up! Age: 4+ Price: $14.99

Farm Memory Match Up Game

Your child will love playing this Farm Memory Match Up Game.  Separate the farm animals and put each half under a haystack and shuffle them around. Whoever matches the most animals wins. Your child can play alone or with others. Age: 3+ Price: $12.99

Hot Hoops™

When kids cannot go outside and play they will enjoy this Little Tikes Hot Hoops fast paced table top basketball game. When the playing in done just fold the game up for easy storing.  Age: 5+ Price: $24.99

My Thoughts

These games from Little Tikes are the perfect gift for the kiddo on your shopping list! My niece and nephew are going to have a lot of fun playing with these. I like how each game has the recommended age on the outside of the package, so you never have to wonder if they will be appropriate. There is a wide variety of games, so you will find something that each kiddo will like. The price point for the games is very budget friendly, with prices starting at around $10. You get a great value for the money spent, as Little Tikes makes quality product.

You can find these games at most retailers, or online. Imagine the surprise on you little one’s face on Christmas morning when they see one, or all, of these amazing games under the tree! These games are designed to be played by 2 or more people, so they are not only fun, but they teach your kiddos to play with others and take turns. What are you waiting for? Go buy some Little Tikes games for those kiddos on your shopping list!

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Are you looking for that unique gift for the hard to buy for person? Guinness World Records is what you need!

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2018

The record-breaking annual is back and full of incredible accomplishments, spectacular stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting feats. Discover hundreds of new photographs, stats and facts. Also new this year is a celebration of the superlative with dazzling infographic features exploring the ultimate absolutes, such as the fastest, highest and heaviest. Does the longest sofa outstretch the longest train? Does the tallest Easter egg exceed the tallest snowman? As well as appearing in the amazing new edition of the book, these special pages are also available as free poster downloads.

 

Amazing Animals

Calling all animal lovers! Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals turns the spotlight on the most fur-nomenal creatures, peculiar pets, cute critters and wacky wildlife. Discover surfing pigs, heroic hounds and a bodacious bunny who plays basketball! As well as the coolest animal records, enjoy fun facts, never-before-seen photos, addictive activities – plus an introduction by celeb dog Jiffpom, who gives Amazing Animals his official paw print of approval.

 

 

Gamer’s Edition 2018

From the global authority on record-breaking comes the 11th edition of the world’s best-selling gaming annual. With a personal intro by DanTDM, owner of the Most viewed Minecraft channel on YouTube, and packed with the latest records, coolest stars and the biggest games, the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is the go-to bible for every gaming fan. Just ask the five million readers who’ve made it an international sensation!

 

My Thoughts

I have a son who absolutely hates to read. With these Guinness World Record books, he reads without realizing. To him, he is just learning new and weird facts, but in reality he is strengthening his reading skills.

I was very happy with these books when they came. The main edition, Guinness World Records 2018, is a hard cover book. It is super nice, and very heavy. It’s packed full of world records! You can seriously find a world record for just about anything in this book! It will keep your kiddo occupied for hours!

The Amazing Animals is my favorite! I love animals, and it is so fun to learn about the different world records they hold. This book is soft covered, but that definitely doesn’t take away from the quality. It is full of information, and beautiful pictures.  If you have an animal lover on your shopping list, this is the perfect gift!!

The Gamer’s Edition is the perfect gift for those teens that you never know what to buy. Most teens these days love playing video games, so what better gift than a book of the gaming world records? But, be prepared.. Getting this book for them might induce conversation. This might put you into shock, so be careful..haha!

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Are you constantly taking video on your phone? It takes up so much space! That’s why you should get this camcorder from Vivitar!

About The DVR 508HD

The powerful DVR packs loads of features into easy-to-carry technology. Capture the moment with dramatic stills or action filled videos- all in high definition.  When you’re done, print your photos or share your videos which are stored on convenient SD media cards. With 4x digital zoom, 3 AAA battery power source, and 1.8″ LCD, the DVR 508 is the perfect companion for those on the go!

TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • VIDEO CLIP1280X720 AT 30 FPS
  • BUILT IN MEMORY8 MB, 2 GB NAND FLASH
  • STORAGE MEDIASD CARD (UP TO 4 GB)
  • ZOOM4X DIGITAL ZOOM
  • APERTUREF/2.8 F=4.8MM
  • FILE FORMATAVI
  • LCD DISPLAY1.8″ TFT LCD
  • OSD LANGUAGEE/F/G/I/S/PO/TC/SC
  • VIDEO OUTNTSC/PAL
  • PC INTERFACEUSB 2.0 / 1.1
  • POWER SOURCE3 X AAA (1.5V)
  • SUPPORTED OSWINDOWS 2000/XP/VISTA 32 OR MAC OS 9.0 AND LATER
  • UPC681066136867

My Thoughts

I am always taking video on my cell phone. Not only does it drain my battery, but it takes all of the space up on my phone. I knew there had to be a better way. Thankfully, I was able to get this camcorder from Vivitar. It’s compact, and it takes great video.

I don’t have kids in sport or anything, but I do have 6 cats and I love to get video of them doing cute stuff! haha! They are always in the midst of crazy shenanigans, and the 508HD is perfect for catching them on video!

It has a good size LCD screen, so I can make sure I’m getting the best shots, and the battery life is great. With the compact nature of it, you can easily carry it with you wherever you go. It really is a simple click, point, and shoot camcorder.

If you have someone on your shopping list who loves shooting videos, then this is definitely the gift for them!

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About Nielsen-Massey

At Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, we have been crafting the world’s finest vanillas and flavors since 1907. Founded by Richard Massey, who later partnered with Chatfield Nielsen, Sr, our company is still a family-owned operation run by the third generation of Nielsens: Craig Nielsen, Matt Nielsen and Beth Nielsen.

Pure Coffee Extract

The rich, freshly brewed flavor of our Pure Coffee Extract is achieved through our careful distillation of premium coffee beans. The full-bodied flavor enhances frozen desserts, baked goods and cocoa as well as savory dishes, like soups, gravies, tomato sauces and salsas. Plus, this concentrated extract is easy to keep on hand, unlike ground coffee or beans, which rapidly lose their flavor.

1 tsp. Coffee Extract = 1 tsp. Dry Espresso Powder

1 tsp. Coffee Extract + ¼ cup Water = ¼ cup Brewed Coffee

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is a flavorful blend of gourmet baker’s sugar and the pinnacle of all vanillas, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. Use it in any recipe where vanilla and the sweetness of sugar are desired. Vanilla Sugar is ideal for baked goods such as cookies, cakes, pies and pastries where it can enhance the vanilla flavor, sprinkled in beverages, such as coffee, cocoas or smoothies, or as a sweet topping to pancakes, fruit or cookies.

McCrea’s Caramels

Classic Vanilla

Our original caramel generously infused with sweet, aromatic vanilla. For the purist.

INGREDIENTS: Fresh Milk, Fresh Cream, Cane Sugar, Inverted Cane Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Butter (cream, salt), Molasses, Vanilla Extract (alcohol 35%), Salt.

Black Lava Sea Salt

Rich, creamy caramel with crystals of Hawaiian black sea salt. A moment in paradise.

INGREDIENTS: Fresh Milk, Fresh Cream, Cane Sugar, Inverted Cane Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Butter (cream, salt), Molasses, Sea Salt (sea salt, activated charcoal), Vanilla Extract (alcohol 35%), Salt.

My Thoughts

I love to cook, so I was excited to get these items for review. The coffee extract is great for flavoring while baking, or as a cup of coffee. It makes a mean iced coffee! My boys like the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Sugar on toast. They say it tastes better than the usual cinnamon sugar. Who am I to question that? HAHA. It is also great for baking! It delicious sprinkled on top of fresh sugar cookies!

The caramels that came in this box are scrumptious! I had my doubts about the black lava sea salt, because, well, it sounded weird. But, boy are they delicious! The caramels are smooth, and seemingly melt in your mouth. Overall, these items are all worth trying, and if you have a baker in your family, this is the perfect gift!

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We are all searching for the perfect hat and gloves to keep us toasty warm in the winter. Heat Holders has the answer!

The Chunky Rib Hat

The Chunky Rib Heat Holders® 3.4 Tog Hat is exceptionally thermally effective, with a HeatWeaver® plush insulating liner specially developed to hold heat in.

The soft fur-like lining feels great against the skin (this is one time it almost pays to be bald!) and it’s also very efficient at using the heat that naturally rises from your head to keep you warmer for longer.

High Performance Gloves

Keep the elements out and the heat in with Heat Holders® 4.4 TOG High Performance Gloves. Every part of these protective, shower and wind proof gloves is designed to protect hands from the challenges of cold weather.

Dual insualtion system
1. Our plush fur-like HeatWeaver® lining provides soft comfort and maximizes the amount of warm air that is held close to your skin.
2. Thinsulate™ insulation provides extra warmth and breathability.

The Heat Holders® cuff seals in the heat comfortably, while a Velcro-fastening strap and roller system lets you adjust the closeness for a custom fit around the wrist. A special, textured grip on the palms of these practical and efficient gloves stops fumbling or slipping while holding items like ski poles or walking sticks.

Ladies Chunky Cable Knit Hat

The experts at Heat Holders® have developed a warmer than ever hat, now in a certified 3.4 Tog rating.

This ladies (women’s) chunky cable hat is knitted in an attractive, soft marl two-colored twist yarn with a ribbed hem and incorporates the latest HeatWeaver® thermal lining, a luxurious, plush fur-like insulating fabric, that maximizes the amount of warm air held close to the skin. It also feels so soft and silky, it’s bliss to pull on when the weather turns colder.

Ladies Cable Knit Gloves

The silky, soft lining doesn’t just feel luxurious, it also assures you of cozy fingers in the harsh winter. The gloves‘ cuffs are extra long, ensuring that there is no chilly gap between your wrists and your sleeves, with elasticated ribbing to hold them secure and close to your skin.

Men’s Twist Ankle Slipper Socks

The same warmth and comfort as the original Heat Holders® Crew sock, but in a shorter ankle length! Includes non-slip grippers on the bottom to provide better traction on indoor wood or tiled surfaces. Also available in solid style.

The inside of each sock has been intensively brushed that not only feels sensationally soft but also traps warm air close to the skin keeping your feet warmer for longer.

Heat Holders® are non-binding. They are diabetic friendly and provide relief for cold feet due to circulation problems.

Ladies Long Stripe Socks

A bold striped pattern in a splash of colors for your winter wardrobe. All the same warmth as the original Heat Holders® Crew sock, but in an extra long leg length – plus elasticated foot & ankle support. Works really well with boots and great for spending time outdoors during the cold winter months.

Keep feet warm on the coldest of days and pull on this pair of striped long length Heat Holders® for ladies (women), the warmest thermal sock.

My Thoughts

These products from Heat Holders are simply amazing! My husband works in a freezer every day, so the hat and gloves are his friend.  Both the men’s and women’s hats and gloves are lined in the most luxurious  material. It’s like touching the softest, cuddliest baby blanket you could find. When we passed out candy on Halloween, it was freezing! It was around 30 degrees or less. I wore the women’s hat and gloves while passing out candy, and I stayed toasty warm! They are super thick, and fit perfectly.

The quality is definitely something they take seriously. When we received the items, I looked them over very thoroughly for any snags, holes, etc. There were none. They were all in pristine condition. When you look online, you can see that there are different sizes of hats and gloves to choose from, so you just go in blindly ordering what you think will fit. That’s what we did. Yes, they tell you the diameter and sizes, but really, who has time to measure their head and hands? I don’t. So, you take an educated guess. Know what? They fit perfectly! Apparently, Heat Holders has the average person in mind when they design these!

The Heat Holders socks are the best things since sliced bread, seriously! The thing I like most about these is that they are able to be washed, unlike regular house slippers. These fit like a dream and they keep our feet toasty warm! House slippers just aren’t sanitary. I mean, think about it. You put your bare feet into slippers, and wear them for an hour, or sometimes all day, and you never wash them. EEW! With these socks from Heat Holders, you can wash them daily if you want, and they are better than slippers because you can even wear them to bed if you want!

Heat Holders has definitely become a staple in our house! Once you try them, I bet you will make them a staple in yours!

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Who wouldn’t love some yummy smelling body wash in their Christmas stocking??

Iced Kiss

Welcome winter by treating your senses to the festive fragrance of peppermint with the new limited edition Iced Kiss moisturizing body wash. The invigorating kiss of peppermint will awaken your senses, while the rich formula leaves skin soft and radiant all season long.

Frosted Cherry

Relish the rich scent of sweet cherry and welcome the magic of the holiday season with the new limited edition Frosted Wish moisturizing body wash. Let the smell of fresh cherries transform your shower into a sensory wonderland, while the creamy formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth all winter.

My Thoughts

I have always loved Softsoap products, so when I had the opportunity to try these out, I went for it! I wasn’t disappointed, either! The peppermint is amazing. It has that Holiday smell to it, and it just puts me in a great mood whenever I use it.

The cherry scent is equally amazing! It isn’t overly cherry, but just the right amount. They are both so luxurious, and thick. You can definitely tell they are made with the consumers in mind!

They lather so well, that it only takes a little bit of body wash. I use a natural sponge for my showers, and I use about a dime size amount. It’s more than enough to get the job done!

If you have someone on your shopping list that would enjoy these, I definitely recommend you get them! They are only around for a limited time!

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You are probably asking, “What is Corked?” Well, it’s amazing, is what it is!

What is Corked?

Corked® is a portable aromatherapy device that diffuses unique blends of vitamins and essential oils for a new approach to aromatherapy. All of our blends are made of organic, all-natural ingredients like vitamins, minerals, and essential oils. After a blend is made it is filled into our high-quality stainless steel device which diffuses the liquid that is infused with a blend of essential oils from plants as well as Vitamin B12.

  • Meditate – As our ancestors did before us, meditation and aromatherapy are used in combination to connect oneself with the spirit. Meditate uses Frankincense and Ylang Ylang to summon a pure and peaceful state of mind while using Orange to support cohesive and clear thought patterns.
  • Alive – The distress surrounding us in our ever-changing, constantly moving world will be lifted with Alive, much like the name implies. Lemon and Lime Peel take the front seat in uplifting mood and frame of mind, while Spearmint supports respiratory health and reduces stress.
  • Ecstacy – With the Corked Ecstacy Diffuser, you’re bound to experience an uplifted mood! Alongside that, you’ll be feeling the stress relief of Geranium, while fostering a healthier immune system with the medicinal effects of Cinnamon Leaf and Vitamin B12! Does it get better than that?
  • Trance – Escaping your racing mind has become exceptionally difficult in today’s age, but with Trance you’ll fall into a natural state of calm. Lavender and Sweet Marjoram have been used for thousands of years to induce relaxation, while Valerian assists in slowing down the mind and grounding the body.
  • Refresh – This blend is the perfect combination of natural sources of healing and wellness. Copaiba and Mandarin spark a pain relieving effect, meanwhile, Turmeric takes its role as a historically powerful arthritis supplement.

What do I think?

I love them! Essential oils are a big part of my life, and to have them in portable form is amazing. These are able to be stashed in my pocket book, and don’t take up any more room than an ink pen. I like that they each have a container, to keep them safe from debris and such. I will also admit, I think it’s fun to use them and see the light at the end of them light up..haha.

Seriously, though, these are the best things. The blends are done perfectly, so they don’t taste nasty or anything. I will admit, I was worried a bit about how they would taste, as I had only smelled the oils previously. It took a puff or two to get used to it, but overall, they aren’t bad tasting at all. They also have an option to make a custom blend, so you can make one that you want. Their pricing is extremely budget friendly, at around $20 each. Each one lasts around 250-300 breaths, which is quite a bit!

These come in a cute box, and they are on a bed of cork. I love that they did that! Something else that was awesome? They made me a personal video, thanking me for my order! I don’t know of ANY company that does that! If you love essential oils, I definitely think you should try these! I will be a customer for life!

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