Nume FLASH Memorial Day Sale! Curling Wands $28 (Reg $139!)

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Holy curling iron deal, batman!! This weekend NuMe is having a flash Memorial Day sale where they are practically giving away curling wands! Okay, maybe not giving them away… but the deals are so sweet I had to let you know.

Growing up with four sisters and having a couple daughters of my own means I have been through a lot of curling irons.  Oh, the sisterly battles for control of the curling iron!  Great memories. The past few years I’ve been using NuMe hair products (got them on a big sale like this one…) and I love them so I can totally recommend them to you.

NuMe Flash SALE:

Today through 5/31, you can get any NuMe Hair Curling Wand for just $28.00 (Reg $139). Just add wand to your cart and the discount will be automatically applied. If it does not, use the promo code HMSMDAY28 to get this deal.  Note you will have to pay $12 in shipping for a grand total of $40 shipped – but that’s a savings of $99!!

Check out below some of the action shots from my latest date night hair styling session.

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I use the big wand the most as it makes a nice big waves in my hair, but sometimes I use the smaller wands to make the curls tighter so they last all day.  How much time to curl with a wand? Typically if I use big chunks I can curl my hair in only 5-7 minutes because the NuMe products heat up so well.

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With the NuMe Hair Wand flash sale this weekend you can get hair wands for every girl in the house or just spoil yourself.

Hurry over to score this deal!! It’s for only 5 days. And it’s smokin’ hot. Like you’ll look after curling your hair..right?

 

PS – you know I’m a goof ball, right? Right? 

Well I decided to be silly and make a funny short clip titled it “How To Curl Your Hair.” Because you know, curling your hair can be hard for this country girl. Hee hee. Hope you enjoy.

 

 

xoxo, Karrie

5/27 Amazon Daily Deals/ Smartwater

Today’s Amazon daily deals include Smartwater, Vtech KidiZoom camera, Our Pets interactive dog treat ball, a Flirty holiday apron, an Illy Issimo coffee drink, a Procter Silex waffle maker, a Sofia the First Lego set, and an Ethical Pets cow dog toy. Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up! Have a fabulous weekend!


smartwater

Get this Smartwater, 6 Ct, 1 Liter Bottle for only $4.37 (was $7.28) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. It also ships for free!

cam

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get this VTech KidiZoom Action Cam, Purple for only $38.99 (was $59.99). This is $47.99 at Walmart.

dog

Get these Our Pets Smarter Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy for just $5.59 (was $9.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $9.99 at Walmart.

apron

Get this Flirty’s Women’s Holiday Apron, Mistletoe for only $7.23 (was $27.95). Amazon Prime members will get free shipping. This same apron is $33.99 at Walmart.

illy

Get this Illy Issimo Coffee Drink, Cappuccino, 8.45-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) for just $11.24 (was $22.47) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 35% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free too!

waffle

Get this Proctor Silex Mess Free Belgian Style Waffle Maker for just $14.98 (was $29.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $32.99 at Walmart right now.

sofia

Get this LEGO DUPLO Sofia the First Royal Stable for just $14.39 (was $24.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same toy is $21.99 at Toys R Us.

dog toy2

Get this Ethical Pets Skinneeez Crinklers Cow Dog Toy, 14-Inch for just $3.49 (was $8.89). Amazon Prime members get free shipping. This same dog toy is $9.81 at Walmart.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

5/24 Amazon LOVE/ HONEST Kids Juice

Today’s Amazon deals include HONEST Kids juice, two movies, a Mutant Ninja Turtles water blaster, Honey-Can-Do cake carrier, a Curious Chef child pie making kit, a Wilton Easter cutter set, and a Wilton mini hearts pan. Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


juice

Get this HONEST Kids Organic Juice Drink, Super Fruit Punch, 6.75 Ounce Pouches (32 Pack) for only $10.38 (was $20.75) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 35% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free too!

cake

Get this Honey-Can-Do Round Cake Carrier with Locking Lid and Handle for $11.63 (was $23.99). It ships for free for Prime members. This is $23.99 at Walmart.

child chef

Get this Curious Chef 5 Piece Pie Making Kit, Child, Green/White for only $10.57 (was $24.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $17.49 at Walmart.

easter

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get this Wilton 7-Piece Easter Cookie Cutter Set for just $3.86 (was $8.99). This is $5.80 right now at Walmart.

heart pan

Get this Wilton Dimensions 6-Cup Cast Aluminum Mini-Hearts Pan for only $16.49 (was $30.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This is $34.99 at Toys R Us.

turtles

Get this Little Tikes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Water Blaster for just $10.49 (was $18.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This is $16.99 at Walmart.

moneyball millie

Get Moneyball for just $4.99 (was $14.99) or Thoroughly Modern Millie for just $5.00 (was $14.98). You can get free shipping on both if your an Amazon Prime member.


 

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

5/23 Amazon LOVE/ Hot Wheels Volcano Set

Toys, toys, and more toys today! Today’s Amazon deals include a Hot Wheels track set, an MiP Robot, a Chuggington StackTrack Koko, a LeapFrog Leapreader system, a Doug & Melissa Geometric Stacker, an animal finger puppet set, a Thomas the Train birthday set, and an ALEX toys headband set. Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


track

Get this Hot Wheels Track Builder Volcano Escape Trackset for just $18.62 (was $44.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This set it $44.99 at Toys R Us.

robot

Get this MiP Robot, Black for just $50.99 (was $99.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $67.03 at Walmart.

train

Get this Chuggington StackTrack Koko for only $2.98 (was $8.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same toy is $9.89 at Walmart.

leapreader

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get this LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System, Pink for only $16.79 (was $34.99). This same item is $25.19 at Walmart.

stacker

Get this Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker for just $11.85 (was $16.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same toy is $16.99 at Toys R Us.

puppets

Get this Generic Soft Plush Animal Finger Puppet Set for just $1.99 (was $4.99). Everyone gets free shipping!

thomas

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get this Fisher-Price Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Happy Birthday for just $16.61 (was $24.99). This is $22.89 at Walmart.

headbands

Get this ALEX Toys So Many Headbands! for just $16.98 (was $29.50). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $31.99 at JCPenny.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

Build a Home on a Budget: How to Save Money on Your House Design

 

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This is the second post in my Build a Home on a Budget Series. We’re talking all about which house plan or layout to choose from that will be the most cost effective.  Every step of my house building process sent me into a crazy must-research, price comparison mode. I searched on Pinterest, Googled, and read articles after articles. I wanted to get the best quality home with lots of upgrades and still keep my budget. I really really HATE wasting money and wanted to do the whole process right.  I spent way too much time trying to get everything perfect (I can admit it!) and even though I went through countless days of feeding my kids cereal for dinner and building mounds of laundry up by neglecting my daily routines for research purposes, I feel like it was worth it. I adore my new home. It’s even better than I dreamed it would be and I was able to stay within my budget.

WHO WILL BUILD YOUR HOME?

If you have the ability, know-how or connections to be your own builder/contractor you will save the most money doing it that way. However, as a newbie building my first house there was no way I was going to be able to do that. Looking back now though, it seems I could have easily done it as all it takes is someone who’s really great at scheduling and (ahem) nagging.  As I mentioned in my dream house post here I looked into all the local home builders in my area to find the one with the best prices per sq. ft. and one that had great prices for upgrades as well.

There are all kinds of builders and building companies out there.

Spec Home Builders: these builders usually purchase a large lot of land, subdivide it and build many houses on the lot with their floor plans. Often times the builder saves money doing this and so they seem to have the best prices from what I’ve found. Some of them will do a custom house plan and some won’t. Some will build on your lot and some will not. Make sure and research all the different companies, visiting them, picking up their price sheets for home base prices as well as upgrades, viewing their homes and asking them if they will do a custom layout and what the price starts at. You must do your research. Even when you find a house plan you LOVE check into all the builders in your area. Because you never know if you can find a builder that can make nearly the same plan you just fell in love with for a lot less.

All other builders: the other builders out there will usually have great reputations as making quality homes and maybe that is important to you. But honestly whether you build with a spec home builder or a “more quality” builder you can oversee every step in the building process to make sure everything is done right if you want to. You can usually upgrade your windows or doors to get the best quality you desire. Plus the quality builders seemed in my area to charge 50% higher prices per sq. ft. than the spec home builders – Yikes! I found that building my house with a spec builder saved me money, and I still have a wonderful quality house.

So, my advice is to research, research, research. Find a builder that will give you the most for your money and one you can trust.

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PICKING YOUR HOME LAYOUT PLAN

A lot of the time when you go to spec home builders they have a whole bunch of house plans for you to choose from. Sometimes they allow you to tweak their plans a little bit by adding a closet, changing a door location, expanding a bedroom etc, so keep that in mind. If the plan is almost what you want you may be able to tweak the plan and make your dream house. But those changes can cost money so make sure and check on those prices.

If you don’t find any layouts that you like in your price range, you are most likely a custom home plan person like me!

I kind of liked one spec house plan, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. So I went online and searched house layouts. There are tons of different sites out there that let you search by house type, bedrooms, sq. feet and more. Yep, you got it…more research.

Seriously, the research never ends! 🙂

Tip #1: to save money on a house layout look for house plans without too many edges. The more exterior corners, the more expensive it can be to build.

I searched until I found a layout that was almost exactly what I wanted. My dream house was a combination between the spec house and the online house layout. I went and used a free online program called floorplanner.com and started making my own layout. Here is my house layout – as you can see there is not too many edges or pop out exterior rooms. This saves money as many times builders have to pay more for framing houses with many edges.

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Tip #2: Try to find a spec home builder that will do a custom built home for a great price.

I feel so fortunate to have found my builder (Olin Homes). My house plan was around 2700-2800 sq. feet and they gave me the same starting base price of one of their homes with the same sq. footage. I would have to pay a little more for my layout having additional windows or doors, but this was the best price around by far. So I got a custom house design for the spec house builder price. Basically the best of both worlds.   The best part was that the builder took my online designed layout and for a fee re-created an actual blueprint design for building with. Bada – bing- bada- boom.

Tip #3 The more square footage of the house, the more expensive it can be. Make a few rooms smaller & save big.

When making my custom house plan with the free online program as mentioned above I reduced room sizes whenever I could to save money. Even reducing a foot off of a room can save thousands of dollars. So I made my master bedroom smaller, and had a two story opening in the family room. I could have used that space above the family room for a bonus room, but by opening it up I saved money and made my home feel much more open and spacious. I kept my master bathroom and kitchen area big however because those are usually rooms that add value to a home. So figure out what rooms you can shrink and save yo’ self some money.

Well, that’s about all I can think of right now. Do any of you out there have any other awesome tips for saving money on your house plan design? If so please leave a comment below.

5/20 Amazon Daily Deals/ Dyna-Glo Heater

Happy Friday! Today’s Amazon deals include a Duna-Glo indoor heater, Lysol wipes, an Amazon Basics duvet cover, Finish Quantum detergent tablets, a red plaid Thermos, deer antler earrings, and Airborne tablets. Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


heater

Get this Dyna-Glo Indoor Kerosene Convection Heater, Ivory for only $65.31 (was $149.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $139.98 at Sams Club.

lysol wipes

Get these Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon and Lime Blossom, 240 Count for just $5.65 (was $9.42) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. These are $9.42 at Walmart right now.

blanket

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get this AmazonBasics Yarn-Dyed Lightweight Flannel Duvet Cover – Full/Queen, Bordeaux Plaid for just $13.48 (was $49.99).

finish

Get these Finish Quantum Max Shine and Protect Dishwasher Detergent Tablets, Fresh Scent, 64 Count for only $8.27 (was $13.78) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. This same item with a 60 count is $13.47 at Walmart.

thermos

Get this Thermos 16 Ounce Travel Tumbler, Red Plaid for only $15.04 (was $24.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $22.99 at Target.

earrings

Get these Rose Gold Plated Deer Antler Earrings for just $9.80 (was $35.00). They ship for free for Amazon Prime members.

airborne

Get this Airborne Vitamin C 1000mg Immune Support Supplement, Effervescent Formula, Orange, 30 Count for only $10.49 (was $17.49) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. The 10 Count package of this same product is $6.51 at Walmart.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

5/18 Amazon Daily Deals/ Mentos Gum

Today’s Amazon deals include Mentos gum, Babyganics baby sunscreen, C2O Pure coconut water, a Cuisinart turner, Learning Resources number pops, a Meccano-Erector construction set, and a set of Geneva silicone wristwatches.  Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


mentos

Get this Mentos Gum Big Bottle Curvy, Pure White Sweet Mint, 50 Pieces for only $2.37 (was $5.26) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 40% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free as an add-on item too.

sunscreen

Get this Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50, 6oz Tube (Pack of 2) for only $11.69 (was $17.98) when you subscribe to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. It also ships for free. This is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon right now.

watches

Get this 3 Pack of Geneva Crystal Silicone Wristwatches for only $8.99 (was $39.98). Amazon Prime members get free shipping. They have surprisingly great reviews!

erector

Get this Meccano-Erector Super Construction Set, 25 Models, 640+ Parts for only $44.99 (was $79.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $59.99 right now at Target.

pops

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get these Learning Resources Smart Snacks Number Pops for just $6.93 (was $19.99). These are $19.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

cuisinart

Get this Cuisinart Slotted Turner, Blue for just $3.78 (was $17.00). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item. This same item is $9.99 on the official Cuisinart website.

c2o

Get this C2O Pure Coconut Water, 17.5 Ounce (Pack of 12) for only $13.65 (was $21.00) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free. This same item is $21.00 at Walmart.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

5/13 Amazon LOVE/ Bamboo Cutting Board

Today’s Amazon deals include a school memories keepsake scrapbook, a KitchenAid baster, a ballet Barbie, a Wilton cookies shapes pan, a Susenstone bracelet set, a Susenstone anklet, Dude Wipes, and a Totally Bamboo cutting board. Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


cutting board

Get this Totally Bamboo Cutting & Carving Board with Laser Etched Tulips, 100% Bamboo for only $15.84 (was $54.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $49.99 at JCPenny.

dude wipes

Get these Dude Wipes – Flushable Wipes, With Aloe Vera, Singles for Traveling (30 each) for just $5.84 (was $10.99) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free too! These are $8.99 at Target.

anklet

Get this Susenstone Heart Cherries Ankle Bracelet for only $3.02. Everyone gets free shipping!

barbie

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get this Barbie Collector 2015 Ballet Wishes Doll for only $15.00 (was $24.99).

bracelets

Get this Susenstone Rose Flower Pearl Rhinestone Bracelet for only $3.81. Everyone gets free shipping!

cookie pan

Get this Wilton Christmas Cookie Shapes Pan for just $3.74 (was $11.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item.

baster

Get this KitchenAid Gourmet Baster with Brush, Red for just $5.10 (was $16.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

school memories

Get this Deluxe School Memories Keepsake Photo Album Scrapbook (Preschool through 12th Grade) for only $14.95 (was $29.95). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

5/12 Amazon LOVE/ Yes to Cucumbers

Happy Thursday! Today’s Amazon deals include Yes to Cucumbers night cream, Kellogg’s cereal single serve boxes, boxes of Mary’s Gone Crackers, a Susenstone bracelet set, a Glitzi Globes dome maker, a Green Toys Seacopter, and a music note necklace. Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


yes to cucumbers

Get this Yes To Cucumbers Calming Night Cream, 1.7 Fluid Ounce for only $4.49 (was $7.49) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. It also ships for free!

glitzi globes

Get this Glitzi Globes Dome Maker and Display Unit for just $9.99 (was $24.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $16.98 at Toys R Us.

cereal

Looking for a cheap and quick breakfast option for summer?! Get this Kellogg’s Cereal Variety Pack, Single Serve Boxes (Pack of 72) for only $18.17 (was $30.29) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. It also ships for free.

necklace

Get this Women’s Alloy Love Music Note Necklace for just $8.49 (was $20.99). Everyone gets free shipping.

seacopter

Get this Green Toys Seacopter, Blue/Orange for just $9.19 (was $19.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $19.52 at Walmart.

bracelet

Get this Susenstone Set Rose Flower Pearl Crystal Bracelet for just $3.81. Everyone gets free shipping.

crackers

Get Mary’s Gone Crackers, Original, 6.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12) for just $20.63 (was $45.84) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 40% off clip and save coupon. They ship for free. They are organic and gluten free!


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

5/11 Amazon Daily Deals/ Bucket Toddler Swing

Today’s Amazon deals include a toddler swing, a Disney Frozen birthday party doll set, Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, Bai Bubbles sparkling beverage, a Vasconia bamboo strainer, an Apple iPad Air, a singing Barbie, and a Prodyne wine cooler. Don’t delay! Amazon prices can – and quite often do – change quickly. If you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


toddler swing

What fun! Get this Bucket Toddler Swing with Chains for just $39.00 (was $89.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This is $51.00 at Walmart.

dolls

Get this Disney Frozen Fever Birthday Party Small Doll Set for just $5.12 (was $25.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item. This same item is $15.98 at Toys R Us.

meyers

Get this Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap Lemon Verbena, 12.5 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 3) for just $6.42 (was $9.87) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free as an add-on item too! These are $3.99 a piece at Target.

bai

Get this Bai Bubbles Variety Pack, 5-Calorie, Naturally Sweetened, Antioxidant Infused Sparkling Beverage, 11.5 Ounce Can (12 Pack) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 30% off clip and save coupon. They ship for free too! These are a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.

strainer

Get this Vasconia Bamboo Strainer for just $3.04 (was $8.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item.

apple

Get this Apple iPad Air, Wi-Fi, Black with Space Gray for just $285.99 (was $499.00). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $399.00 at Walmart.

barbie

Get this Barbie in Rock N’ Royals Singing Courtney Doll for only $12.37 (was $24.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

wine

Get this Prodyne 2 Tone Wine Cooler, Black for just $7.28 (was $24.00). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item. This is $24.99 at Walmart.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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