Think Pink for Awareness

Posted Oct 05, 2017
Ribbon Notebooks for Breast Cancer Awareness


As a family-oriented company, Gotcha Covered Notebooks is proud to support the Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. Breast cancer affects over 200,000 women per year in the United States alone. It’s our goal to show support to mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends and anyone else affected by the disease.

What causes breast cancer? In a healthy body, natural systems control the creation, growth and death of cells. Cancer occurs when normal cells divide and grow without their usual control. When there is more cell growth than cell death, the excess growth can form a tumor. Luckily, there has been a 38% decrease in breast cancer mortality since 1989 due to the awareness initiative and greater efforts involving the research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease. 

Some facts about breast cancer:

  •  Not every warning sign is the same for all women. The most common sign is a change in the look or feel of the breast which could include a lump or thickening inside the breast or underarm area, swelling, warmth, redness or a change in size or shape of the breast.
  • The two most common risk factors for breast cancer are being female and getting older. Direct family history, genetics (carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes), and breast lesions are also factors.
  • Breast cancer in men is rare, but does occur. About 1 in 1,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed, compared to 1 in 8 U.S. women.
  • It is the most common form of cancer among women worldwide.
  • Breast cancer awareness month was created to spread the word about the disease and encourage discussion with doctors and women to provide steps on early prevention and detection.
  • A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes.
  • The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. The series of 5K runs and fitness walks raise significant funds and awareness for the movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
  • More than 3 million survivors and counting are alive in the U.S. today!

How to protect yourself:

  • Begin an annual mammography screening every year starting at age 40-50 (women ages 20-40 should be screen every 3 years).
  • Be aware if you are “high risk.”
  • Examine yourself monthly for any abnormal changes in your breasts, including a mass or lump, change in size or shape, etc.

With early detection and knowing what to look for, breast cancer is treatable. Be sure to share your knowledge with family and friends this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Sources: Statistics and facts provided by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

 



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Kickoff to Football

Posted Sep 14, 2017

Football Tailgating Party Tips

Football season is now upon us! Whether you’re a diehard fan or just a casual watcher, football lovers can all agree that tailgating is an integral part of game day. In fact, some would argue that it’s almost as important as the game itself. No longer is tailgating simply enjoying a sandwich and soda in the back of a pickup truck before heading into the stadium. Nowadays, parties are much more elaborate! To make sure you’re prepared for game day, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you make the best of your tailgating experience.

  1. The first thing you need to do is prepare as much as possible before leaving for the stadium. Party planning can get stressful, but our checklist paper can help make the job so much easier for you. How else will you make sure you’ve got all the proper food items, beverages, equipment, utensils, and clean up materials without a checklist?! You don’t want to make it to the stadium only to realize you forgot napkins or paper plates!

  2. Call the stadium or check out their website before you go for rules and regulations on tailgating in the parking lot. Every stadium has their own rules when it comes to tailgating and you want to make sure you are prepared in order to have the best party possible.

  3. Check the weather report before heading out so you can make sure you are prepared for whatever type of weather is coming your way. If rain is in the forecast, make sure you have the proper containers to keep your food from getting wet! Nobody likes soggy potato salad.

  4. Cook as much as you can before heading to the stadium, especially if you don’t have a portable grill. Designate separate coolers for both warm and cool foods to help keep them at their proper temperatures. For cool foods, freeze bottles of water overnight to use in place of ice in your cooler. With this, the cooler stays cold and you can also drink the water as it melts to stay hydrated! For warm foods, use aluminum foil over your containers to help keep the heat in.

  5. With tailgating comes limited surface area, and the difficult task of finding a place to set your drink without it spilling. To avoid this kind of drink fatality, attach magnets to the bottom of can koozies so that canned or bottled drinks can stick safely to the truck bed or other magnetic areas of your vehicle without tipping over. Here’s a great DIY guide with instructions.

  6. Tie balloons onto your vehicle so that your parking spot is visible to your friends who are meeting you there. You can even coordinate the balloons to your team’s colors so everyone else can easily tell whose side you’re on.

  7. If you’re feeling stumped on what to serve, try out some of these fun and easy treats such as pigskins in blankets, baked jalapeno peppers, and chocolate dipped football strawberries!

Did you find these tips helpful, or have anything else to add? Let us know below! And, check out this customizable football notebook with checklist paper to help you prepare for all your tailgate parties this season. Hut, hut, hike!

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Back to School Lunch Ideas

Posted Aug 30, 2017

Healthy lunch blog


With the kiddos back in school, the struggle becomes so real trying to get them to not only make them a lunch, but for their lunches to be healthy. While school lunches can be healthy, it gets to be expensive! That’s why, after lots of research, we have compiled a school week’s worth of inexpensive and healthy lunch options that doesn’t require you to be a master chef to make.

 

Day 1:

Protein: Turkey and Cheese Pinwheel

Fruit/Vegetable: Apple Slices

Snack: Cucumber slices with a small cup of light ranch

Drink: Skim Milk

 

Day 2:

Protein: Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

Fruit/Vegetable: Cracker Crowns (Ritz Crackers with dollop of blueberry greek yogurt and blueberries to make it look like the jewels of a crown)

Snack: Trail Mix

Drink: Juice Box

 

Day 3:

Protein: Turkey and Avocado wrap

Fruit/Vegetable: Apple Slices

Snack: Celery and carrots with a small cup of light ranch

Drink: Skim Milk

Day 4

Protein: Homemade Lunchable (Turkey and Cheese Slices with Ritz Crackers)

Fruit/Vegetable: Cracker Crowns

Snack: Ants on a log (Raisins from trail mix)

Drink: Juice Box

 

Day 5:

Protein: Tuna Salad with Ritz Crackers

Fruit/Vegetable: Celery with a small cup of light ranch

Snack: Trail Mix

Drink: Skim Milk

 

All of these lunch options are quick and can be made the night before so all the kids have to do is pull their lunch from the refrigerator and they have a delicious lunch that does not break the bank. Living a healthy lifestyle is a very important habit to instill in our kids. A great way to make eating healthy fun is using our Fitness Tracking Paper. This type of paper is available for all of our notebooks!


Fitness tracking paper, healthy lifestyle

 

For all of these ideas and more, head over to Gotcha Covered Notebooks’ Pinterest board to check out more ideas for healthy school lunches!

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Back to School

Posted Aug 08, 2017
Back to School Tips: Getting back into a Routine

Summer is a time for our kids to kick back and relax. However, as the season winds down, the anticipation for new teachers, classmates, and classroom builds. To help ease the excitement and stress of a new school year for our kids (and, let’s be honest, ourselves), we’ve gotcha covered with some easy tips to make the transition from summer to the school year a breeze!

 Tip 1: Move back bedtimes

One of the many perks for most kids in the summer is to take advantage of the extra hours of sun with a late bedtime. But with school around the corner, late nights can equal yawns and sluggishness both when getting ready in the morning and in the classroom. I recommend about a week or two before school starts, gradually begin pushing your kids’ bedtime back by 15-30 minutes until you reach their target bedtime. That way, when school does start again, your kiddos will be well adjusted to going to bed early and they will be able to wake up rested and ready to go to school.

Funky Fox Notebook with school supplies

Tip 2: Follow the Back to School deals and stock up on school supplies

This goes without saying, but this is crucial in the process for getting kids prepared for school. Around this time each year, I watch out for the deals online and at our local stores in order to stock up on TONS of school supplies. This way, you do not have to break the bank to get everything on the list and can have a couple extra supplies on hand when they inevitably run out or lose supplies midway through the year. Also, kids love having their names and personal style on things. Personalizing your kiddos supplies will help ensure they won’t lose them, saving you money in the long run. Having all the necessary materials your kids need will help make the first day of school go much smoother.

Pink Zebra Notebook with checklist paper and a bracelet and sunglasses

Tip 3:
  Set aside 15 minutes before bedtime to get ready for the next day

Real talk - mornings are the worst. Between waking the kids up, feeding them, making sure they have everything they need and getting them to the bus stop in time - it’s a miracle I’m able to make it out the door myself. (Thank goodness for coffee!) I’ve found one way to make the mornings less stressful is setting aside 15 minutes before bedtime for you and your kids to complete a checklist of tasks to prepare for the morning. Have each list full of manageable tasks they can do, such as: laying out their own clothes for the next day, reviewing their assignment notebook with mom and/or dad, and having their sports bags or musical instruments packed and ready to go. This will help save everyone time in the morning and ease them into good organizational practices as they grow up.

Summer is coming to an end, and while we will always treasure the memories of summer, we cannot wait to have our kids back to school. Think we forgot anything? Comment below with tips that your family uses for making the transition from summer to school easi

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Emoji Quiz

Posted Jul 28, 2017

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IT’S SHARK WEEK!

Posted Jul 23, 2017

It’s Shark Week on Discovery! For those who many not know what Shark Week is, during this week, Discovery Channel dedicates the whole week to different shark related programing (Gotcha Covered Notebooks even partners with the Discovery Channel to have exclusive Shark Bite Notebooks!) In honor of Shark Week, here are fun facts about the three most common types of sharks that can be found in North America.

Great White Shark- Carcharodon carcharias

Great White Sharks are the largest and most fierce predators in the ocean. They can grow to 20 feet long and 4,000 pounds. Great Whites have a white underbelly, but are darker on top. This gives them some camouflage from prey where they tend to blend in with the dark ocean floor when viewed from above and with the bright surface when viewed from below. Great Whites also have powerful jaws filled with lots of long teeth up to 2 1/2 inches long. The diet of this shark species is, of course, carnivorous. However, it does not usually feed on large species, but on smaller animals such as squids, rays, and other fish. They may be big, but they can reach speeds of 40 miles per hour while swimming!

Great White Shark

Tiger Shark- Galeocerdo Cuvier

This shark is one of the largest that inhabit the oceans. The Tiger Shark averages between 9 and 14 feet long while its weight ranges between 850 and 1,400 pounds. It is called “tiger” because of the dark vertical stripes on its body. The background color of their skin is bluish green or dark gray in the upper area and the ventral region is a yellowish color or white. Tiger Sharks have an enormous appetite and can eat almost anything they find in their path. The Tiger Shark’s diet is made up of fish, mollusks, crustaceans, sea turtles, seabirds and even mammals such as the dugong. Tiger Sharks have also been known to eat non-edible objects or junk, even without trying it first, they will just swallow their food whole!

Tiger Shark

Bull Shark- Carcharhinus Leucas

Many people consider the bull shark one of the most dangerous sharks in the world since this species has many attacks on humans registered, and according to the International Shark Attack File, it is the third species with most attacks on humans, only after the great white shark and the tiger shark. The reason why it is called “bull shark” is because of its short, sturdy body form that resembles a bull, and perhaps it is also due to its hostile behavior. Instead, its movable jaws contain several triangular teeth that measure about 3 inches long. The color of its skin is light gray, and its belly is white. Their eyes are quite small, which gives a clue about their limited visual sense and their preference for waters near the coasts where the prey are abundant. It hunts only in murky waters and compensates its limited sense of sight with a keen sense of smell.

Bull Shark

Thanks to Sharks-World for all the information. Comment below what you are most excited about Shark Week!

 

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Fun Summer Activities

Posted Jul 12, 2017
How to make this the Best Summer Ever!


As adults, we do not get summer breaks like our kids do (I would do just about anything to get a 3 month summer vacation off of work!) However, instead of my kids savoring every second of their time off of school, this is the point in the summer where my kids start to utter the three most cringe-worthy words in the English language; “Mom, I’m bored!”

Luckily, this is when I break out my handy-dandy “Super Fun Summer Activities List.” Here is just a list of 20 inexpensive things you can do with your kids to make sure you never hear “Mom, I’m bored” again!

  1.   Go to the local pool
  2.   See a movie at the drive-in or movie theater
  3.   Play miniature golf
  4.   Catch fireflies at night
  5.   Have a picnic in the park
  6.   Go fishing
  7.   Play tennis
  8.   Go for a hike
  9.   Take a last-minute road trip
  10.   Go to a baseball game
  11.   Go check out the local state parks
  12.   Stay up late and try to find constellations
  13.   Have a backyard campout
  14.   Fly a kite
  15.   Join the library’s summer reading club
  16.   Have a hulu-hoop contest
  17.   Have a water balloon fight
  18.   Set up a car wash
  19.   Make homemade ice cream
  20.   Set up a lemonade stand


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3 Easy Summer Recipes to Make with Your Kids

Posted Jun 27, 2017

Let’s admit it, with the kids out of school, it is really hard to keep them entertained; especially on a rainy day! Check out these kid-friendly recipes and record your favorites in our notebooks with recipe paper.

Sweet Treat Notebook with Recipe Paper and a cute cupcake

The first recipe is one from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe; it’s called the “Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie.” This recipe is perfect for a hot summer day.  Mel says that her kids love this on a blazing hot summer afternoon and only takes 10 minutes to prepare!

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Another delicious summer recipe is a colorful one from Food.com. A perfect snack to make with your kids is “Colored Popcorn.” This easy to follow recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. 

Colored Popcorn from Food.com
Colored Popcorn from Food.com

The last recipe is from
Food Network. This recipe is a classic summer recipe that I make every summer. Food Network’s “Fruit Pizza” is something that is super easy and fun to make. 

Fruit Pizza from Food Network
Fruit Pizza from Food Network

For all of these recipes and more, check out Gotcha Covered Notebook’s
Pinterest board. Comment below your favorite summer recipes! 

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Summer Time Fun!

Posted Jun 15, 2017
BLOG: Summer Vacation Safety Tips

To many, summer is the best part of the year. The sun is shining, the kids are off of school, and there is a lot of fun to be had. With all of this excitement, there are some dangers that you should be aware of or avoid. In order to make this wonderful time of year safer for you and your family, check out some of our tips below.

1. The sun and heat are two of the most attractive aspects of summer, but they can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. The National Safety Council suggests that wearing weather-appropriate clothing, staying hydrated, and regularly applying sunscreen are a few good ways that you and your family can safely enjoy the warm summer sun.

2. One of the best ways to beat the heat is to hop in the water. If classes are available in your area, make sure your children attend water orientation or age and skill level appropriate swimming lessons. In addition, the American Red Cross also suggests establishing rules based on each family member’s swimming ability and stress the importance of adult supervision and avoiding underwater hazards such as drains, suction fittings, and strong currents in natural bodies of water. For additional water safety preparation tips and search tools to find aquatic safety and instruction classes near you, check out the American Red Cross’ website.

3. If your children spend time home alone during the summer months or have a babysitter, make sure that they know where to find the phone numbers of emergency contacts and medical information. A customized notebook can make it easy to put all of your emergency contacts, information, and plans in a convenient and accessible location. These custom notebooks can also be a great addition as travel journals or other to document summer activities!

Beach Memories Notebook with Feet in Sand Notebook and Sunglasses

4. According to Foodsaftey.gov, a variety of factors, including warmer temperatures, tend to lead in an increase of foodborne illness cases during the summer. Simple practices such as keeping perishable items in a cooler and out of the sun, using a food thermometer to make sure meat and poultry are thoroughly cooked, and keeping track of how long perishable food sits out are easy ways to safely enjoy the tastes of summer.

5. If it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed it as a family, performing fire, natural disasters (such as earthquakes, tornados, and floods), and severe weather drills can be a key way to keep your family prepared in emergency situations. Practicing evacuations, identifying meeting places, building emergency kits, and making sure everyone knows what Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) mean are just some of the many ways to stay prepared. Visit Ready.gov’s website for more tips and to download emergency plan templates for you and your family. There’s even a site with fun games and information just for kids!

We hope you have a fantastic summer! By following the tips above, you can help ensure that you and your family will enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation.

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Find the Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Posted Jun 01, 2017


As we all know, shopping for the perfect gift for dad can be a difficult task. Since there are so many options for gifts, choosing the right one or coming up with ideas can be a bit daunting. This Father’s Day, Gotcha Covered Notebooks has… well, gotcha covered! Our team came up with some “dadegories” that your dad or father figure in your life might fall into, and found themed products that pops is sure to love!

The Hunter:


Father’s Day-The Hunter’s Gift Collection

You can find the Hunter dad in the wilderness on any given weekend, dressed head to toe in camo. He loves waking up before dawn and staying up late trying to score the big-one, chatting with his buddies about their latest outings, and revels in the peace and quiet of the great outdoors.

  1. Barska 10x42 WP Crossover Binoculars – Mossy Oak Blaze, $129.99
  2. Hunting Bow Notebook, $12.99
  3. BlackOut X5 Envy Carbon Arrows - 4'' Vanes, $34.99
  4. Cyclops Sirius 500 Camo Spotlight, $79.99
  5. Camouflage Notebook, $12.99
  6. Realtree Max-5 Antler Logo Mesh Back Hat, $16.99

 
The Handyman:


Father’s Day-The Handyman’s Gift Collection

The Handyman dad always has tons of different tools tucked away or laying out around the house, just in case something breaks. His best friends are Duck Tape and WD-40, and if he doesn’t know how to fix something, he’ll figure it out in no time. He’s the guy that will never read instructions because he knows how to put it together better and faster than any old instruction manual. And let’s be honest… his to do list will never end.

  1. Cabela's Roughneck™ 6" Ledger Work Boots, $109.99
  2. Mr. Handyman Notebook, $12.99
  3. Husky 5 ft. 800-Lumen Portable LED Work Light, $43.35
  4. MEN'S NO B.S. WRINKLEFIGHTER SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT, $49.50
  5. Milwaukee Electric Tool 2792-20 M18 Job Radio/Charger, $185.99
  6. WERNER CO PD6203 Type IA Aluminum Podium Ladder - 3', $154.65

 
The Car Lover:

Father’s Day-The Car Lover’s Gift Collection

The Car Lover dad is the man who you trust implicitly when anything goes wrong with your car. His “Boys’ Nights” are spent in the garage hovering over an engine, and can answer questions about a vintage car in excruciating detail. You can find this dad on Sunday afternoons kicking back and watching the big race. This gear-head’s Super Bowl Sunday is the Daytona 500!

  1. Vintage Car Sign, $12.29
  2. Need For Speed Notebook, $12.99
  3. CRAFTSMAN HIGH RISE MECHANICS CREEPER SEAT, $89.99
  4. AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit, $22.50
  5. In the Driver’s Seat Notebook, 12.99
  6. Men's Chase Elliott New Era Blue NAPA Snapback Adjustable Hat, $31.99

 
 The Gamer:

Father’s Day-The Gamer’s Gift Collection

The Gamer is the quintessential nerd dad. He is a pro at sneaking in nerdy jokes and constantly late due to trying to squeeze in one more level. He takes pride in geeking out over new game releases, movie trailers, comic launches, or theorycrafting on his favorite fandoms. On occasion, he has been known to spend a chunk of his paycheck on the new tabletop games or gaming systems and has probably tried to pull you in to play at one point or another.

  1. A Song of Ice and Fire Cloth-Bound Boxed Set, $39.99
  2. Destiny Galaxy Themed Custom Controller, $169.95
  3. Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth Speaker, $28.99
  4. Mens T-shirt Dad By Day Gamer By Night, $11.95
  5. Game On Notebook, $12.99
  6. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Video Game, $49.99 - $59.99

 
The Sports Lover:

Father’s Day-The Sport Fan’s Gift Collection

We all know the Sports Fan dad as the one who, on any given night, is glued to (and occasionally yelling at) the television watching his favorite teams compete. ESPN is number one with this dad, and he is always getting notifications from his favorite sports app on score updates and team news. He was always at your little league games, and “soccer mom-ed” with the best of them.

  1. Autographed Basketball, $149.99 - $2,199.99
  2. Hole In One Notebook, $12.99
  3. Aaron Rodgers Jersey, $99.99
  4. Cubs Tickets, $29.00 - $199.00
  5. Home Run Notebook, $12.99
  6. Adult Softball League Cleats, $119.99

 
The Fisherman:

Father’s Day-The Fisherman’s Gift Collection

The Fisherman is a dad who when shopping for a new truck is not concerned about gas milage or fancy upgrades, rather it’s towing capacity so he can get his boat to wherever the fish are biting. This dad’s ideal vacation is a fishing trip to Canada in search for trophy walleye, and is a master with a rod and reel. Somewhere in the family photo album is a picture of 4-year-old you beaming (or squirming) and him helping you hold up one of your first big catches.

  1. Fishing Locator, $119.00 - $3,499.00
  2. Gone Fishing Notebook, $12.99
  3. Simms® G3 Guide Fly-Fishing Vest, $249.95
  4. Plano® 787 Guide Series Box, $94.99
  5. Oakley Thinlink Sunglasses, $170.00
  6. Cabela's DepthMaster® III Trolling Reels, $49.99

 
The New Dad:

Father’s Day-The New Dad’s Gift Collection

The New Dad describes both first-time dads and ones that prefer unique and sentimental gifts. This man is extremely proud of his family; so much so, that he will gladly sport anything with his child’s (or fur baby’s) face on it. Anything handmade by his children - with possible exception to drawings on the wall - is priceless.

  1. Personalized Key Chain, $38.00
  2. Happy Hexagons Notebook, $12.99
  3. Personalized Picture Frame, $21.59
  4. Best Dad Ever Mug, $5.99
  5. Create Your Own Notebook, $12.99
  6. Best Farter Ever Shirt, $21.99

 
The Grill Master:

Father’s Day-The Grill Master’s Gift Collection

Summer is this Grill Master dad’s favorite season. Why is that? It’s because it is finally warm enough to grill every day of the week! On any given night, you can catch this dad outside cooking his choice meats and veggies rain or shine. He has both a keen nose and palate and enjoys getting the lowdown on favorite rubs, spices, and techniques other fellow grill master’s are using.

  1. Cuisinart 13-Piece Wooden Handle Grilling Set, $22.15
  2. Tasty Notebook, $12.99
  3. Funny Grilling Apron, $17.89
  4. Myron Mixon Grilling Cookbook, $33.33
  5. Carnivore Club Rub & Grilling Salt Set, $33.95
  6. Homemade Grilling Plate, Priceless

 
The Businessman:

Father’s Day-The Businessman’s Gift Collection

The Businessman dad can typically be described with two words; modern and classic. He keeps up with current tech trends and looks for the latest and greatest gadgets on the market. That being said, he also has a great appreciation for the classics. He loves the smell of a clean leather briefcase, owns at least one music record, and still subscribes to an actual newspaper. This dad knows how to clean up well and likely knows the difference between a Half Windsor and Kelvin Knot.

  1. Apple Watch Series 2 Stainless Steel Bracelet, $999.00
  2. Smooth Landing Notebook, $12.99
  3. DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter, $999.00
  4. MacBook Pro, $1,199.00
  5. Necktie Notebook, $12.99
  6. Floto Milano Leather Briefcase, $214.99

 

 While there may be all sorts of different kinds of dads in the world, none can compare to yours! Let us know what gifts we missed or your perfect gift ideas for this Father’s Day.

 

Want more Father’s Day gift ideas? Check out our Pinterest board

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