Goodwill Lamp Makeover

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I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, but here’s the most fun little Friday fun I was able to make using just a few Goodwill lamps! I realized after painting them that the lighting in one didn’t work (I think it worked when I first started the project?) but one lamp for under $20 works for me. Here’s what I did . . .

Bought 2 Goodwill lamps, each $4 (if I do this again, I’ll only purchase ones without any decoration on them – the decoration somewhat bled through the paint of the blue lamp.)

Cleaned them really thoroughly with Dawn dish soap.

Used Krylon Looking Glass spray paint to paint them (it did take several coats spraying very carefully so that the paint didn’t run.) I bought the paint using a coupon at JoAnn’s, but this price on Amazon is the lowest it’s been priced at. (One can would have been more than enough to do the lamps, but I didn’t want to run out so I grabbed two.)

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Added a $10 shade I’d found at Ballard Designs Outlet (love that store!)

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Set it next to my Dollar Tree jelly beans jars. ;)

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Considering this lamp costs $179 at One King’s Lane (yikes!), I’m pretty pleased with my little Goodwill fun!

 

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Looking for more Goodwill ideas? Here are a few of my favorite updates:

 
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

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Dollar Tree Easter Craft

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Did you know today’s the first day of Spring? Woohooooo!!! 
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(Yes, that’s coming after a long, cold winter up here in Ohio . . . I can’t wait to get out and start planting around here!)

 

In the meantime though I am so excited to get ready for Easter, and found this super cute easy Dollar Tree craft that’s just a fun little happy for your Easter table. You could give these away as teacher gifts or treat your kids to them as a little surprise – nothing fancy but just a little fun.

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Here’s what you’ll need . . .

 

  • mason jars – $1 at Dollar Tree (may be able to find those less if you purchase them in a larger box at Walmart)
  • small ceramic or even plastic Easter shapes – $1 at Dollar Tree (I was looking for something smaller but the ceramic ornaments were all I could find – my kids have already used the extra paint to paint a few pictures, so the paint didn’t go to waste!)
  • spray paint
  • glue gun
  • candy to fill jars with

 

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Here’s how to make these in less than 20 minutes . . . 

  • hot glue the mason jar inner lid to the ring to hold it in place

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  • hot glue Easter shape onto mason jar (I had to remove the hooks from the ornaments using needle nosed pliers, however if you can find a plastic Easter shape you can skip that step)
  • spray paint the lid and let dry
  • fill jar with candy ~ that’s it!
Note – mine were all a little crooked because my seven-year-old Reagan was absolutely determined to help. Hopefully next time we’ll get them on a wee bit straighter! :)

 

 

 

Are you making any special crafts this year for Easter? I’d love to hear what you’re up to! You can also join the PPP Easter Pinterest board, and be sure to see how I made these centerpieces at the Dollar Tree last year as well. Here are a few other ideas to get you thinking . . .

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Thanks for the inspiration, Hearts Desires at Home! I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

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Headlights, Cleaned Up Cars & Toothpaste

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Here are the supplies I used

Folks, I spent a solid 83 minutes yesterday scrubbing my poor minivan out.

 

Ugh. 

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G.R.O.S.S. 

It must have been Midlife Crisis Monday at the carwash, because every man over the age of 50 was there buffing their fancy sports car out while I scrubbed, vacuumed, and scoured mine.

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It was bad. 

 

As I was slaving away at least twelve cars came in and out around me (clearly they didn’t have french fries from 2012 stuffed neatly between their seats), and I thought about just how much moo-lah is out there in cars. 

 

My minivan looked pretty pitiful next to all those fancy cars, but it’s paid for, gets us from point A to point B without any problem, and can haul just about anything we need.

 

The thing I love most about my minivan? Because it already has some wear and tear on it, I don’t stress completely over spilt drinks (although they do frustrate me!), and my kids climbing in the car with muddy shoes isn’t the end of the world. (I spend enough time stressing over my house staying clean ~ having a fancy new car would mean I’d have to worry over it staying perfectly tidy too!)

 

But.

Choosing to give it a deep cleaning made such a difference as I drove kids all over town, and it cost me just $5 for the bargain car wash. (I’m all about paying for the drive thru carwash, as long as it includes a free vacuum!)

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Today I decided to try out the toothpaste trick on my pitiful headlights, and while they’re not perfect, five minutes of work definitely helped. All I did was grab a tube of toothpaste, rub it into the headlight with a rag, then rinse it off with water.

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Success!

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(Well, it was a success until the dog decided to race across the street to the people who are laying a sidewalk – my puppy’s food prints are now all over that sidewalk, but at least the headlights are clean!)

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Have you tried anything else to shine up dulled headlights? I’d love to hear what you’ve tried, and goodness, if you just want to make your life a little more peaceful this week block out an hour and get your car clean.

 

No matter what you have, whether it be ugly vinyl flooring, cabinets from 1968, or horrendous carpet that needed to head to the dumpster 18 years ago, giving the space you’re in a really deep cleaning will make it feel just a little brighter. 

 

{promise.}

 

I’d love to hear what you’re projects you’re tackling today!

 

 

 

 

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The Friday Fluff Up: Simple (Free) Paper Crafting

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Here’s just the tee-tiniest little fluff up project that I was able to put together this week! My husband has been working hard on adding some molding in our home as we’re finishing up our breakfast room (I can’t wait to show you the finished results) . . .

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so in the meantime this is just fun little proof that you really can craft on next to nothing. :)

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Last weekend when I was scrapbooking with my friends (I had to just work on digital scrapbooking because I couldn’t haul my scrapbook stuff on the plane), there was a table for everyone’s “leftover stuff” they weren’t going to use. Every time I went by I saw so many cute things, and finally decided I had to at least tackle something crafty because I spend way too much time on the computer and doing something with my hands always feels so good!

 

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So, I grabbed some super cute paper and decided to make a little banner for Caroline and Reagan’s bathroom. Because I was worried I’d run out of paper too quickly I made the flags way too small, but it’s a fun little Easter happy even the way that it is . . .  I’m good with that.

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(For the record, I’m soooooo not a paper crafter . . . pretty sure I painted an entire piano in less time than it took for me to schlep this little baby together.) 

 

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All I did was use one of the pennant die cuts on the Cricut machine, then take string and tie everything together using the buttons. Nothing fancy here, but it’s a fun little happy to brighten up their space! If you don’t have a Cricut you could so easily cute triangles out and use a hole punch for to string them together.

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Simple!

 

(I had to take pictures on our chalkboard because it’s so hard to get a good picture with the light from the window.)

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There you have it . . . nothing fancy but a lot of fun. ;) 

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Are you doing any crafting this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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Looking for more paper crafting ideas? Here are a few of my favorites . . .

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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$35 Metal Pendant Shade Update

 

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I’m so excited to share this little $35 update to my kitchen that I found a few weeks ago at the Ballard Designs Outlet in Cincinnati! I’d been eyeing these Metal Replacement Shades in the Ballard Designs Catalog, but at $45 a piece, there was no way I would make the change.

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The original light shades in our kitchen were fine, but just kind of builder grade and I loved the idea of something a little more custom looking. There was no way I’d convince my husband to switch the light out completely, and really they were brand new lights!

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So when I found these for just $17.39 each at the Ballard Outlet Store, I knew I found the perfect solution! I just did a quick search on Amazon, and even their metal shades were $35+. So for $34.78 I got a bit more custom look for a fraction of the cost. Yay!

 

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I just unscrewed the old light fixtures, put the new ones in place, and in about five minutes the project was done. Love that!

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And, while I was there I also found this fantastic chair at the Frontgate Outlet. (Frontgate, Ballard, and Grandin Road Outlets are all their together near Ikea ~ I love that!)

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This chair was originally $600, marked down to $174. While I know it’s not nearly as penny pinched as my $2.50 Goodwill chair . . . ballard1

 

I absolutely love it. ;)

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And if you look closely at the top picture, you’ll see it also matches the barstools I found at the Frontgate Outlet here in Columbus when we first moved.

I’d actually been watching for chairs for awhile, and a few weeks ago almost gave in and picked up a $180 side chair at a local store similar to Garden Ridge. I knew the quality really wasn’t great on them though (I was just settling, again!), so I decided to try a little patience and am thrilled with the quality of this chair at the same price.

 

Folks, we’ve been at this penny pinching thing for years (really, almost nineteen years!), and to be able to enjoy some of the fruits of that success now on things we just love is oh-so-sweet. If you’re struggling to stick with itpromise it’s worth the wait ~ and you really never know what deal may be right around the corner.  Yay! ;)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

 

A few weeks ago I noticed these framed prints at Goodwill. 

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For whatever reason, one of them was priced at $5 and the other one was just $3. I asked the cashier what the difference in them was (and if they’d consider taking $3 for each of them), and sure enough brought them home for just $6, total.

 

I’ve seen so many pretty botanical and patterned prints in the Ballard Designs Catalog (I love that store!) , but there’s no way I could justify shelling out nearly $200 for the set. (Especially just to hide in our bathroom!) The frames were in decent shape, I liked the linen matte that they already had, so all I had to do was switch out the print to make it match our home.

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So, I took these two apart, purchased $8 in fabric at Joann’s (after my 30% off coupon), and came out with two prints that are perfect to add some color to our walls.

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(I use my hot glue gun for everything – since I couldn’t convince my husband to hunt down his staple gun in the garage, I used hot glue to put it all back together.) ;)

 

$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle Collage

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Here’s what I spent: 

  • Goodwill frames – $6
  • Fabric – $4
  • Total = $10 – woohoo!

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If you’re looking for inexpensive ways to fluff up your walls at home, I’m telling you what . . . a trip to your local thrift store is so worth it. If you’ve seen anything fun at your local Goodwill or thrift store recently I’d love to hear about it ~ leave a comment to share!

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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DIY Barn Style Door Track For Under $60

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A friend of mine has wanted to turn her laundry room door into a sliding door for a long time, so she finally got her husband on board to start the project with a little help from my husband.  This idea came from many years of frustration with a narrow laundry room and the huge presence of sliding barn doors on every DIY show out there!

 

The regular hinged door opened into the laundry room and took up almost 3 feet of space when opened.  She wanted to have more room to move in and out of the room without the door always being in the way.  She began by researching all the ready-made options available online but decided to try to create a less expensive design based on many DIY versions.

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With most DIY “Barn” style sliding door projects the DIYers build a door and a track system, but she wanted to give it a try using the regular old door.  This did add a few challenges when it came to finding hardware that word work because there was more space between the track and door, but after a couple trips to the hardware store (ok, maybe 15 trips…) she was able to come up will all the pieces needed for the track.

Here’s a list of exactly what they used:

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If you are considering a project like this, here are a few links to help you get some more ideas:

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Free Room Design Planner & How Dreaming Big Helps Me Stick To A Budget

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Here’s just a fun little freebie if you enjoy dreaming big for your home (like I do!) My husband and I are working on getting my office put together (you can see my wild-and-crazy-ridiculous-dreams over here), and I found this handy room planner over at Ballard Designs that I’m in love with. 

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I’ve had a lot of fun just imagining (even though I don’t think any of these will quite work because the room’s pretty small, but we’re getting there?) Honestly, dreaming up the big stuff helps me focus on why I want to save every single day, so for me dreaming is just worth it.

 

It’s easy to forget when we’re pinching pennies on a daily basis that the reason saving on groceries and eating out and just about everything else each day is so that we can choose to spend that money on things we just love (which for me are home updates, traveling and giving.)

 

While we may not get all those things right this very minute, it’s a great way to stay on track, and such a fun gift to be able to just imagine! Even more importantly though, it helps me remember that it’s not worth sacrificing what I really want for what I want right now.

 

If you love fluffing up your home like me, try it out and see what you think.  And be sure to stay focused on your big long term dreams, rather than settling for the short term stuff you just really want right now.

 

I promise, it’s worth it.

 

 

(Anyone else think dreaming is just fun?) 

 

 

 

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My 20 Minute Kitchen Makeover

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I’d really hoped to share you with you some awesome Valentine’s craftiness today (if you need some ideas, you’ve got to go check this out . . . I love how Saidah planned this Valentine’s party for less than $50!), but I’ve had a ton of tax-time-why-do-I-run-a-small-business-little-things to deal with this week. (I don’t have a good handle on business stuff at all, and business stuff in addition to moving this year has pushed me a wee bit over the edge.)

 

In addition to that we’ve had frozen pipes (twice), so I now have a lovely torn up dining room while we’re getting the situation fixed. Honestly, moving is hard, and while I love our new home it’s just taking a little while to figure out all the kinks!

 

I did tackle a tiny project though in our kitchen yesterday (um, really tiny), and thought it might be something that would encourage you today too.

 

Yesterday morning I happened to see my copy of Ballard Designs in the mail pile (I love that catalog!), and as I was thumbing through while eating breakfast I looked up at my kitchen.

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Yikes.

 

(yes, my daughter is sitting up on the countertops, because in the morning our puppy is a little too excited and constantly nips at her feet. she doesn’t always sit on the countertops though. promise.) ;)

 

I decided to spend about 20 minutes really cleaning things up, and pulled out a few items from the cupboards to “fluff” our kitchen up.

 

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It’s amazing how much better our kitchen feels after just a few minutes of work, and it didn’t cost me a penny . . . just a little time to really look over what was there and consider how I was using the space!

 

Could your kitchen countertops use a freshened up look today? Determine to take a few minutes this weekend and really look at the space you already have . . . you’ll be so glad you did!

 

 

Because I just can’t stand it, here are a few of the deals I’ve scored in my kitchen:

  1. Bar stools were $50 at Frontgate Outlet
  2. Lamp in the back corner was a gift this Christmas from Sugar Babe Antiques (love that store!)
  3. Kitchenaid Mixer total splurge but crazy good deal at Christmas
  4. Dollar Tree fruit in glass jars bought at Walmart :)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Friday Fluff Up: Update For A Plain Alcove

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Goodness it seems like it’s taken forever to finish up with this little project, so I’m oh-so-ready to show you what my smart-amazing-uber-talented-sweet husband has been up to! 

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When we bought our home, it had this weird dark alcove at the top of the steps upstairs. It didn’t have any electricity nearby (I wish we could have plugged in a lamp at least?), and while I knew I was probably supposed to put a long skinny picture in there (or maybe two or three?), I just wasn’t loving it.

 

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So, for months I’ve hemmed and hawed over different ways to make it just right.

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James (and my 14-year-old Jackson, pictured working above) were finally ready to tackle it a few weeks ago, and we debated putting beadboard in back of it to kind of give it more texture. He was pretty adamant that he didn’t love that look (I really thought it would be fine?), but on a whim I mentioned that it might be pretty fun if we had brick in the back half. (Y’all, I did not think he would go for it.)

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We looked at the trim work in other areas around our house, and James managed to match it exactly. I’ve got to say, I was pretty impressed (and honestly I think he surprised himself too!)

 

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We measured the space, headed down to the basement where all the extra odds and ends from our home builders were, and sure enough had just enough brick left from the brick on our kitchen backsplash to finish the project (with eight pieces of brick to spare.)

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You know what? That smart husband of mine was actually excited about the project (he loves to tile), so now I’m dreaming big for our next laundry room project! ;)

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I decided since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I’d add a little pink ~ Kroger had their bunches of flowers on sale for $3.99 and they were worth clipping a few coupons for this week! 

 

I’m guessing we spent around $100 in wood, grout, and paint to do this project (I should have kept better track), and I could not be a bit more pleased with the results. I’m still working on finding exactly the right “stuff” to go on those shelves (chalkboard writing is clearly not something I’m gifted at), but am so pleased with it even the way it is right now. Love love love it! 

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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