Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Puzzingo Kids Learning Puzzles App

I received the pro version of this app for free to review.

About Puzzingo Puzzles
Puzzingo Kids Puzzles is the top ranking kids puzzles app in app stores with over 6 million downloads and 500 million puzzles played. Puzzingo was inspired by the classic Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles. 
Key features/benefits of Puzzingo include:

      --Over 100 beautifully illustrated learning puzzles
      --Helps kids develop spatial recognition, matching, tactile, and fine-motor skills
      --The ability to learn vocabulary in one of five different languages: English, UK English, Spanish, Chinese,           and Japanese
      --Over 40 mini-games that complement the “fantasies of play” for many of the puzzles
      --Perfect for bilingual parents, or foreign parents who want their kids to learn English
      --Carefully designed and tested to be accessible for kids 5 years or younger, and for children with special           needs
      --Popular children’s themes including: dinosaurs, pets, cars, fairies, space, and more

My 4 year old son has been playing Puzzingo for a couple years now. We only had the free version which he already loved so we were excited to get the chance to try out all the puzzles. My son loves puzzle games and Puzzingo is one of his two favorites (his other favorite is a car puzzle game that I can't remember the name of at the moment). The puzzles are easy enough for my 2 year to do them and fun enough to keep my 7 year old entertained for a while. It's really cool to see that my children love puzzles just as much as I do. I would recommend Puzzingo to children from 2-9 years old.


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: X-Chef Multipurpose Herb Shears with 5 Stainless Steel Blades and Cover

I received these X-Chef Herb Scissors through Tomoson for free to review. All opinions are my own based on my own experience with the product.

* Snip herbs directly onto pizza, salad, casseroles and soups
* Cut herbs without crushing, tearing or bruising
* Retain fresh flavors and healthy benefits of fresh herbs
* Save time with no hassle meal prep time and easy clean-up
* Five 3 inch stainless steel sharp blades cut perfectly sized pieces
* Sturdy plastic handle with protective, anti-abrasive TPR interior lining for soft, comfortable and cut-resistant grip
* Hard plastic cover protects the 5 blades and gives safe storage
* Cover doubles as a cleaning comb to brush away any herbs clinging to blades
* Dishwasher safe
* Use with Basil, Dill, Parsley, Rosemary, Chives, Mint, Cilantro; works with Onions, Mushrooms-even deli meat or dried fruit
* Good for arts, crafts, and shredding fabric or paper, too.
* Professional chef results with no mess or hassle!

My opinion:
I have only used these herb scissors a couple times but have had a good experience with them so far. It took me about a minute to figure out how to use them because I was trying to cut a big chunk of cabbage and then realized it needed to be thinner. After that it was pretty simple and I was able to cut more cabbage quicker and in thinner pieces then I would have been able to with a knife. I don't have a dishwasher so I just washed real quick in the sink and it was easier than I was expecting. So far I am really liking these herb scissors. They are probably safer for me than a knife too.

Cabbage cut with X-Chef Herb Scissors

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Blitz and Giveaway: On The Fringe by Courtney King Walker

On the Fringe by Courtney King Walker

I'm so excited to be taking part in Courtney King Walker's ON THE FRINGE 4th birthday celebration blitz! Check out the book below, and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway!

On the Fringe by Courtney King WalkerA YA ghost story, where your first embrace could be your last…

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she’s still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn’t helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel’s face in the murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them must decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.

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Chasing Midnight by Courtney King WalkerCourtney King Walker's third novel, CHASING MIDNIGHT, will be published January 12, 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing... and it's a Cinderella retelling!!


Sixteen-year-old Mackenzie knows life is always better for the lucky ones—the problem is, she’s never been one. But when Mackenzie finally gets her wish, she quickly realizes the royal life isn’t exactly what she had in mind. And her dream prince is nothing close to charming! With running shoes as glass slippers, this modern retelling of Cinderella is an enchanting and entertaining read.

Courtney King Walker
About the Author
Courtney King Walker grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area building rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard, hoping to make it the moon or at least Niagara Falls. But a trip across the border to Tijuana was as exciting as it ever got, so she decided writing about adventure was the next best thing. She now lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and four children, and still dreams of flying to the moon. She is the author of the young adult novel, ON THE FRINGE, and middle grade novel MOLLY PEPPER AND THE NIGHT TRAIN. Her next YA novel, CHASING MIDNIGHT, will be published January 12, 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Lonely Planet Kids - You Rule! Create Your Own Country

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Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the new titles recently released by Lonely Planet Kids (an imprint from Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher), from October 15 to 31, 2015.

Lonely Planet Kids aims to enhance learning, interaction and appreciation for the planet’s rich diversity of people, places and cultures. Immersive, engaging and educational, the new Lonely Planet Kids books continue to explore the world and inspire a whole new generation of travelers as only Lonely Planet can.

About You Rule!: Create Your Own Country

You Rule Title: You Rule!: Create Your Own Country
Authors: Scott Forbes & Emma Laura Jones
Publication Date: September, 2015 
Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids 
Pages: 96 
Recommended Ages: 8+ 

Description: Think you can run a nation? You Rule!: Create Your Own Country by Scott Forbes and Emma Laura Jones shows ambitious young leaders (ages 8+) how to create a new nation completely from scratch. Decide on laws, establish borders, design a flag, gain citizen support and more. Be king, queen, chief, emperor, president or dictator – you decide, because right here, right now, you rule!

About Lonely Planet Kids

LP Kids Logo From the world’s leading travel media company comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children’s imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. We’re kickstarting the travel bug and showingkids just how amazing our planet can be. We will inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We promise to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is. It’s going to be a big adventure! Come explore.

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My opinion:

I read You Rule! Create Your Own Country to my daughter and we loved it. There are so many ideas to help you decide everything about your country and some fun quizzes too. The book is set up in little sections with plenty of pictures that made it easier to read and for my daughter to ask questions and tell me her plans/ideas for her country.

I loved that this book is fun and educational at the same time.  We learned some really cool things about different countries. We still haven't done the activities but my daughter can't wait to draw a map of her country, make a flag, and so much more! I wish I had found books like this one when I was in elementary. My daughter loved it and so did I so we give this book 5 stars!

Lonely Planet Kids Blog Tour Schedule

October 15
Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Giveaway)
Cherry Mischievous (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)
Rockin' Book Reviews (Review: How to be an International Spy)

October 16
Domestic Chanteuse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)
Reading Authors (Review: You Rule!)

October 17
Adalinc to Life (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Geo Librarian (Review: The Travel Book)

October 18
2ReadBook (Review: How to be an International Spy)
Tea Time and Books (Spotlight: You Rule!)

October 19
The Blended Blog (Review: The Travel Book)
Icefairy's Treasure Chest (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)

October 20
Bookworm for Kids (Review: You Rule!)
Mami Tales (Review: How to be an International Spy)

October 21
Here's the Story (Review: The Travel Book)
Alwaysjoart (Review: You Rule!)

October 22
Tina the Bookworm (Review: How to be an International Spy)
Sunshine Girl Blog (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)

October 23
Fuonlyknew (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Books for Books (Review: You Rule!)

October 24
Jemima Pett (Review: The Travel Book)

October 25
Published Bestsellers (Spotlight: How to be an International Spy)

October 26
K&A's Children's Book Reviews (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Christy's Cozy Corners (Review: The Travel Book)

October 27
My Soul Called Life (Review: How to be an International Spy)
I Read What You Write (Review: You Rule!)

October 28
Blooming Brilliant (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Writer With Wanderlust (Review: The Travel Book)

October 29
View From the Birdhouse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)
Kevin Gerard, Author of Diego's Dragon (Review: You Rule!)

October 30
P is for Preschooler (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
The Logonauts (Review: The Travel Book)

October 31
Oh My Bookness (Review: How to be an International Spy)

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: November 8, 11:59 pm, 2015
Open to: Internationally
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Lonely Planet Kids and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Glittering Shadows (Dark Metropolis #2) by Jaclyn Dolamore

Check out the promo event for the second book in Jaclyn Dolamore's young adult fantasy series hosted by Itching for Books

Title: Glittering Shadows
Series: Dark Metropolis #2
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore 
Release date: June 16th 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Synopsis via Goodreads:

The revolution is here. 

Bodies line the streets of Urobrun; a great pyre burns in Republic Square. The rebels grow anxious behind closed doors while Marlis watches as the politicians search for answers—and excuses—inside the Chancellery. 

Thea, Freddy, Nan, and Sigi are caught in the crossfire, taking refuge with a vibrant, young revolutionary and a mysterious healer from Irminau. As the battle lines are drawn, a greater threat casts a dark shadow over the land. Magic might be lost—forever. 

This action-packed sequel to Dark Metropolis weaves political intrigue, haunting magic, and heartbreaking romance into an unforgettable narrative. Dolamore's lyrical writing and masterfully crafted plot deliver a powerful conclusion.


Originally, the antagonist of this book, Ingrid, was Freddy’s long lost sister! And Sebastian, the revolutionary leader, was originally the spoiled son of a wealthy man whom Ingrid fell in love with, and the true antagonist was a creepy traveling sorcerer. It was an utterly different story. And also a story that was not working at all! It took me some months to figure out what the real story was. Thank goodness for revisions. And time.

The key to figuring out this book? Marlis. Once the character of the Chancellor’s daughter walked into my head, the rest fell into place.

“Dark Metropolis” was inspired by Metropolis, the German silent film by Fritz Lang. As an homage to Lang, in the opening scene of “Glittering Shadows”, Marlis is watching an opera that is basically Fritz Lang’s “Die Niebelugen”, the silent film he made before Metropolis that is a retelling of Wagner's Ring Cycle and Norse mythology. 

The battle scenes in this book were so hard for me! I knew I had to write them, and I wanted them to be good and realistic. But I simply can’t conceive of how a battle ought to go, despite all the time I’ve spent playing Dynasty Warriors games... Luckily my guy is a military history buff. I made him draw me detailed maps and write very involved battle plans!

One of my favorite things about this book is that Freddy gets a new kitten. I want to put that out there, for everyone who was traumatized by the cat death in book one. I would never write an EXCESSIVELY sad pet death, but I still really, really wanted to fit a new kitten in there. At one point I wasn’t sure it was going to work, and I was like, “NOOOO, MUST HAVE KITTEN.”

Many of the names of minor characters and places in this book come from the anime “Legend of Galactic Heroes”, and there are two airships in the book named after Final Fantasy airships. 



Sigi messed with the camera for a little while, her lips pressed together thoughtfully. She looked up and caught Nan’s eyes.
“Stay like that,” she said softly. “Just like that.” She took one picture, told Nan to look toward the dining table for a profile shot, and took another. “Maybe put an arm up over your head. Lean back?”
After a few more shots, Sigi stopped and regarded Nan for a moment. “I don’t usually take photographs like this. I’m a street photographer. I like to look for the beauty in ugly things, but you’re just. . .beautiful. I don’t know if I can do you justice.”
“You can certainly flatter.”
“I mean it,” Sigi said. “You don’t seem real. A photograph might ruin you, might turn you into an ordinary girl.” Then she suddenly looked pained. “I’m sorry. That’s actually what you wanted, isn’t it?”
“If you see that in me. . .I don’t mind. I don’t see it. I see that I’m different, but not the beauty.”
Nan didn’t know how to describe the way Sigi looked at her. The word “hungry” sounded too crude. Closer to awe, but also more than that. She felt as though in giving Sigi permission to look at her so closely and capture her on film, she had offered Sigi some of her power.
“You know,” Sigi said, “the thing about art is that it’s like a quest that never ends. You always have something in your head that is so beautiful, and you never manage to create it. Sometimes you come close. And that moment. . .is madness. It’s so fleeting. If you’ve tasted it once, you have to keep searching. You look like that moment.”
“Like madness?”
Sigi just looked at her.
Nan stood up from the couch and kissed her hard. She kept her eyes open. Colors flashed in her vision—gold and brown furniture and the blue sky out the window. Her heart hammered. Just let me hold onto this. . .let me feel.
Sigi’s mouth was yielding and tasted like tears. Her eyes were closed and Nan heard a little catch in her throat. She touched Nan’s back, lightly, like she didn’t want to trap her. Nan ran her fingers through Sigi’s wild hair.
Nan was afraid to stop because she didn’t want to lose the colors. Or this feeling.
Sigi was the one who pulled away. “Nan. . .” She looked like she knew it was about more than her.
“I don’t ever want to go back,” Nan whispered. The colors in the room had muted, but they weren’t gone, and Nan couldn’t stop staring. The room was so different now. There was the gold upholstery and a blue vase and a green houseplant. Everything was brighter. “I don’t want to see Ingrid again.”
“I understand,” Sigi said. She didn’t need to say but. It was already in the room with them.
Nan walked over to the crumpled dress, picked it up and slipped it back on. When she poked her head through the collar, the room was gray again.

About the Author

Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting. |

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Blast and Giveaway: The Pledge Trilogy Box Set by Kimberly Derting

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October 20th, 2015

Author: Kimberly Derting

Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Margaret K. McElderry

The complete Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy, is now available in a collectible paperback boxed set.

In The Pledge, seventeen-year-old Charlaina lives in Ludania, a country stratified by a caste system divided by language and ruled by the cruel tyrant Queen Sabara. But Charlie has a secret skill, and as clashes escalate between the totalitarian monarch and the rebel forces, Charlie might be her country’s only chance for freedom. And though Charlie lays claim to the throne in The Essence, the influence of the evil Sabara does not disappear. Faced with the ultimate betrayal, Charlie must turn to an unexpected resource for help—and to an unexpected ally for love. Then when peace negotiations go awry in The Offering, it seems the only option to secure Ludanian freedom is for Charlie to sacrifice herself. But things aren’t always as they seem. Is Charlie walking into a trap?

Full of danger, intrigue, and blood-rushing romance, this gripping trilogy is sure to satisfy and makes an ideal gift.


Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Review: Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha

I received this product for free to review. All opinions are my own based on my own experience with the product.
100% Organic and Kosher Certified Matcha Green Tea Powder
USDA Organic Certified, JAS Organic Certified, OU Kosher Certified, Vegan Certified

There are infinite health benefits when it comes to consuming Matcha. Some of the key health benefits:
  • Great energy boost without the jitters.
  • Reduces stress and improves mental alertness.
  • Increases metabolism and supports weight loss.
  • Boosts immune system and reduces inflammation.
  • Helps the body detox and cleanse harmful elements.
  • Research has shown that drinking Matcha can help prevent cardiovascular diseases,  decrease the risk of cancer, reducing arthritis, and so much more.

Matcha is a great energy booster due to the combination of caffeine and other natural properties but it does not give you the jitters compared to coffee or energy drinks because Matcha forms links with a variety of nutrients so that it enters the bloodstream in a time-released manner.
Matcha is also nutritiously superior to loose leaf green teas because you are consuming the entire leaf and not just the infusion. Research has found that Matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.

You can add Midori Spring Emerald Class Matcha in: baked goods, smoothies, mixed drinks, raw treats, oatmeal, ice cream, yogurt and so much more! Use 1/2 tsp to 2 tbsp of Matcha (depending on recipe).

My opinion:
The first time I tasted Matcha was almost two years ago and I have been a fan ever since. Since then I have tasted Matcha from different companies and in different flavo
rs. The first Matcha green tea powder I ever tasted had a very strong green tea flavor that I loved to add to my orange juice. Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha is a little different because it has a lighter smoother flavor which is good when you use in recipes. Another thing that is different about Midori Spring Matcha is the packaging. All other Matcha products I have tasted came in a pouch and Midori Spring Matcha also comes in a pouch but it is inside a tin can. I love the can because it's cute but also because it is supposed to keep it fresh for longer.

From my experience different types of Matcha are good for different recipes. My favorite way to drink Midori Spring Matcha is in a tall glass of water with some honey and lemon added whenever I need a little extra energy. It's simple and it works for me plus I like the taste of Matcha so much more than most energy drinks. Even though Matcha has so many health benefits and I love it Matcha is not for everyone. My sister says it tastes weird my mom says it's good, it all depends on your taste preference. 

The only thing that would make it better would be a little scoop/spoon and whisk like in this tea set!

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Book Promo with Excerpt: The Cypress Trap

The Cypress Trap
by JC Gatlin
Date Published: August 16, 2015

A good vacation delivers you home alive.
This is not a good vacation.

When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect. 

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. 

Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means -- including a posse led by a killer dog. 

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive. 

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Rayanne heard the kids’ voices, and she looked again at the old cars in the bottom of the ditch. The first thing that came to mind was rattlesnakes. But she knew she couldn’t think of that right now.
         She got up and headed for the rusted jeep. The hood was gone and it looked like a corpse left to rot in the sun. She glanced at the other cars. There was a hatchback with no doors. A pickup was off to one side, on blocks. The wheels had been removed and the driver’s side door thrown open and left to hang. There was a yellow Volkswagen Beetle half buried in the dirt.
         Brown and yellow weeds sprouted up between the wrecks, but the ground was hard and Rayanne knew she had no choice. She raced past the rusting jeep, watching where she stepped.
         She moved to the shell of a Volkswagen Beetle. It had two doors. She forced the passenger side open and looked into the dank interior. The overhead lining draped down like a misty shroud. Weeds had grown through the undercarriage and overtaken the floorboards. But two front seats and a long backseat remained. It could be a hiding place, she thought, and squeezed herself into the backseat. She cowered as low as she could.
         She held her breath and prayed there was nothing living inside.
         She shut her eyes and listened. The teens’ voices grew louder. They sounded like they were coming down into the hollow and she could hear Scut—or was it Roddy—say something about the cars. He sounded excited.
         Dru was farther away. Rayanne could hear her calling the dog. Perhaps she didn’t want to walk down into the dump. It didn’t matter. Rayanne knew Scut and Roddy already had.
         Their voices echoed, slipping between the cars. One of them said something about the pile of tires and the other laughed. She could hear them moving about, throwing rocks on metal remains, until they stopped right in front of the Volkswagen.
         Rayanne stopped breathing.
         “She’s hide’n here somewhere,” Scut was saying. He threw another rock and it hit the bumper. The sound reverberated through the Volkswagen, and Rayanne shivered.
“Naaaah,” Roddy said. It sounded like he was walking away. “I don’t think so. She’s a woman. She ain’t gonna come down here.”
         “We’re not leav’n till we search every car.” Scut sounded like he was stepping away too. She could hear him throwing rocks at other cars now.
            Rude Roddy was saying something when one of them screamed. For a second Rayanne thought Dru had made her way down into the dump. She was surprised to learn it was Scut.
         “There’s a rattler! There’s a rattler!” Scut’s high-pitched wail echoed through the hollow, and she heard what sounded like some kind of skirmish. Perhaps an avalanche of gravel rolled down the slopes of the hollow, like marbles beneath their feet.
         “I hate snakes! I hate ’em!” Scut’s voice rapidly moved away, and it sounded as far as Dru’s now. The girl asked them what was wrong.

            They had to have climbed out of the hollow, Rayanne thought. She opened her eyes. She wanted to poke her head up, but didn’t dare.

About the author:
Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC Gatlin grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a small town outside of Dallas. In 1999 he moved to Tampa, Florida, where he now resides. JC’s fishing trips help him breathe authenticity into his stories, which feature the rich landscapes of Texas and Florida as backdrops.
He has written a monthly column in New Tampa Style magazine and penned several mystery-suspense stories. His first, The Designated Survivor, was published in 2013. JC invites you to visit his mystery writing blog at

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