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Friday, August 13, 2010

Another Seventh Generation Giveaway!

To celebrate going back to school, I got another opportunity to review some Seventh Generation products through MyBlogSpark, and we're going to do another giveaway as well!

Going off to school can also mean bringing home germs. My kids don't "go" to school, but they do manage to bring home germs because although we homeschool, we do many things away from home as well.

Seventh Generation and MyBlogSpark provided me with the following "back-to-school" kit, with 2 canisters of wipes, one for home and one for school. Since our schoolroom is our living room/playroom, I have been using the wipes to clean everything up as we prepare for school.
On another note, Ted recently did some research and found out that when you throw in a load of laundry, you WILL have e. coli on your hands! Ewww!! I always wash my hands after throwing in laundry (they just feel dirty anyway), but I wasn't always washing out my laundry baskets after every load (only occasionally). Now, after putting the clothes in the washing machine, I put the laundry basket by the dryer and ALWAYS spray it with the Seventh Generation Disinfecting spray and let it air dry while the clothes wash. It kills 99.99% of germs botanically, including e. coli. That makes me feel a lot better! As with my last review of Seventh Generation, Ted still isn't big on the smell. It doesn't bother me, so I just use the products while he is at work. :-)

So how do you keep your household clean and neat through the school year? There are always so many papers coming home (or even in the mail!), so how do you keep on top of them and keep them from turning into giant piles? I seriously want to know, because I have a hard time with this! And what do you do to keep your home and kids healthy? I definitely don't want a repeat of last spring's flu outbreak!

Want to win a gift pack like this for yourself? You have an opportunity to enter this giveaway up to 6 times!

1 AND 2. Leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL. Share a tip for keeping your house neat and clean during the school year, or anytime, really! Share a separate comment about how you keep your kids healthy during the school year. How do you keep them from picking up every little germ and bringing it home? If I don't have your email, I can't contact you as the winner!

3. Subscribe via email or RSS reader. Then leave a separate comment that you are a subscriber.

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6. Blog about this giveaway. Post a link to this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment with the address directly to your blog's entry.

This giveaway will close on Friday, August 20th at midnight and I will select one winner using Random.org. The prize pack will be mailed to the winner directly from Seventh Generation and MyBlogSpark.

Seventh Generation is providing this gift pack and giveaway through MyBlogSpark. I also received a gift pack for my review. All opinions are my own.

154 comments:

Anonymous said...

We put up backpack/coat hooks right before summer....I'm hoping they will help with school year organization!

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Anonymous said...

We all try to always wash hands as soon as coming in from anything, especially during the flu season. Now if only I could keep my kids from putting their hands in their mouth while we're out and about!

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Anonymous said...

I subscribe via e-mail. Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

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Kim said...

We starting using Seventh Generation and now I am very comfortable giving the spray bottle to my kids to "help" clean. They love it! I have actually bought little spray bottles at the store for each of them. I pour some Seventh Generation cleaner in it, and let the kids clean off their tables and even spots on the floor now. They are so eager to clean up after themselves.

Kim said...

I honestly don't have a secret for keeping the kids from getting germs from school. Cole's pre-k is really good about getting him to wash his hands. My kids have always eaten off of the floor and licked the dogs, so they probably have built up a good tolerance and immunity to some germs. ;-)

Kim said...

I subscribe via email (to my personal email, not the one with this profile) it is k-young (at) verizon (dot) net

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Anonymous said...

love these products.........

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Anonymous said...

I organize my kids shoes in the coat closet. They each have their own drawer and they have shoes, hats, mittens. They are in charge of keeping it organized and clean. Also, we use hand sanitizer quite a bit.

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Baby Coupon Mom said...

Washing Hands is a priority in our home as well : )

ellen said...

My kids take vitamins, have a really good sleeping and eating schedule and we try to eat a balanced diet. All of that combined with lysol & good handwashing really help us get through the sick seasons!

As far as organizing, we choose outfits the night before and lie them out. I have an "in bin" for each of my three kids school paper work. We just created a white board with weekly chores and big check off boxes.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I'll be honest I don't go out of my way to avoid keeping my kids germ free. I feel like if I do that they don't have the chance to build up immunities to things. It must work a little bit because my kids are rarely sick!
Sara C (Your germ loving friend!)

Anonymous said...

Our best organizational tip is to have things ready the night before so that you're not tearing the house apart looking for things in the morning. I use our laundry room as a place to keep things that I know need to go out of the house and scan through it when I leave to make sure I'm not forgetting anything.
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Anonymous said...

Oh, I would love to win this! I never thought of disinfecting my laundry basket! I never clean them! Thanks for that great tip. We keep hand sanitizer in the car, and whenever we get in the car from some store or kid's activity we use it. We also wash our hands every time we come home. We haven't had the flu in at least 2 years, praise the Lord! There are quite a few recipes on the internet too for homemade hand sanitizers.

Kristi said...

Just washing hands a lot and coughing and sneezing always into the bend of your arm. tkfenger1@att.net

Jill said...

I use hooks for the boys' back packs and jackets. I repack them right when they get home and rehang them. (They are pre-k and can not yet reach the hooks.)

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Jill said...

I use antibiotic solution on the boys' hands after visiting public places like the grocery store.

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Anonymous said...

I subscribe via email

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Anonymous said...

I always have the kids change there clothes right away when they get home from school or playdate. Germs can still live on clothing...

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ellen said...

I subscribed via email and google friend connect. Would love to win this kit to see an alternative to my lysol usage :)

kat said...

i have a hook in each kids room to hang up there bookbacks and jacket. they know that is the first thing they do when they come home. avois the mess at the front door.

kat said...

i give the kids hand sanitizer and tell them to use it often.

kat said...

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Leys said...

We love Seveneth Generation products! To keep our kids healthy we make sure they do lots of handwashing when we return from outings. We are also beginning to give our children more probiotics to build up their immune system over the winter months.

Patty L said...

When my girls arrive back home after school, I march them into the bathroom to wash their hands, and always before meals.
I remind them when they are in school to wash their hands frequently.

Patty L said...

As far as de-cluttering school papers, I found a magnetic basket for on the frig,and place any info that is coming up in there, and sign papers right away and place in their backpacks, everybody little bit helps! It is hard to prevent piles. We always try to go thru the mail right away and throw out the junk. I am getting better at not being a pack rat.

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Washing hands after going out would do the trick ..

Anonymous said...

My key to keeping everything clean is organization. Shoes and coats off at the door and hung on hooks or put in bins- one for each child.

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I try to follow a daily housecleaning schedule based on FlyLady's routine -- with a little extra emphasis on weekends :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

We stay healthy and germ free with lots of disinfectant including wipes, hand sanitizer, and hand-washing.
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Julie said...

Washing hands is a must for staying healthy. Plus we have hand sanitizer in our vehicles,my daughter and I carry one in our purses

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Julie said...

We have backpacks, notes signed, breakfast items on table done the night before to "try" and keep us organized

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Erin said...

I'm a firm believer in keeping my sink clean - which helps in keeping the rest of the house clean, too!

Would love to try these products!

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Sassy Gigi said...

Everyone pitches in during the school year so that we can maintain a clean house.

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Sassy Gigi said...

To keep my son from picking up all those germs, I try to enforce hand-wasing and hand sanitizer. Actually we all do this.

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Elizabeth said...

I try to make a quick pickup through out the house everyday.
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Elizabeth said...

wash hands an germ X..
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Melissa said...

#1 When our house gets beyond control we establish a 5 item rule. Meaning when you enter a room pick up 5 and put away 5 items and when you leave that room pick up and put away 5 items. Things get cleaned up so fast that way


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Melissa said...

#2 We emphasize washing hands both after bathroom and before eating. Small antibacterial gel bottles can travel inside backpack for when they can't get to a sink.



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Debbie said...

I keep my house looking clean by tackling a room a day. Making sure that the clutter is picked up makes a huge difference.

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Debbie said...

To keep my kids healthy, they take vitamins daily, and we make sure that they wash their hands often.

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Kelly said...

I TRY to keep our house clutter-free by remembering to take time to put things away the first time instead of laying them somewhere. This is very difficult with an infant right now, but when we get the mail it gets sorted right away, groceries get put away almost immediately, etc. If it lays around it never gets done and eventually adds to the massive cleanup project. The little things count : )
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Kelly said...

We are good handwashers in our house (Daddy took some training) after each outing, before meals, etc. There is no way to keep kids from germs altogether obviously, my kids have eaten off the floor as well, but we do our best. I hope that breastfeeding is/has helped with their immunities too.
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Michelle said...

Household tip: When your finished with an item put it away. That way clutter is avoided.

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Michelle said...

Healthy tip: Wash hands and keep counters sanitized with Seventh Generation wipes.
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JenCala said...

I keep my house neat and clean by having lots of attractive storage containers to hide the clutter.

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JenCala said...

I keep my family healthy by making sure we eat well and wash our hands frequently.

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Discovering the Me in Mommy said...

School papers go into a folder in the kitchen and get checked weekly!

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Discovering the Me in Mommy said...

Sounds simple, but frequent hand washing!

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The Perry Family said...

My friends always tease me that I am a hand sanitizer addict! We have it in the car, in our bathroom, kitchen, my purse. Whenever we come home from any place (school, church, store), we give our hands a good sanitizing. I also use alot of disinfectant spray on the door knobs, light switches, telephone, etc.
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The Perry Family said...

Keeping our family organized during the school year requires having everything ready the night before and also that everything has a place. The kids hang their backpacks in the same place, their lunch boxes, and their homework, etc.

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Jay said...

We clean up for at least 15 mins at night and pack lunches. We always wash hands when we walk in the door. We do use hand sanitizer in car before we get home.
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Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

household tip: set a timer and race to get as much done as you can! I've heard people suggest that for making it a game for children, but honestly I use it all the time myself. ;P

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Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

Health tip: shoes off at the door! Cuts down on a lot of nastiness.

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sarah said...

i clean a little everyday so the work never seems to be to much at once. I also never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. It's not fun waking up to dishes!!

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sarah said...

i keep my kids healthy by washing hands as much as we can! WE sing songs and make it a game! I also encourage them to not put their fingers in their mouths.

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Beth said...

Lots and lots of Clorox wipes!

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Beth said...

I use tons of antibacterial gel!

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Anonymous said...

I'm actually not that great at keeping things clean/organized:( But, if anything helps, it's a schedule! annejk112233@yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I try to encourage my kids not to touch their eyes/mouth unless they've washed their hands. We also us antibacterial gel and wash hands. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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lisa said...

I use the disinfecting wipes to keep my house germ free through out the year. msmith572@yahoo.coms

lisa said...

Teach kids to wash hands properly and frequently. msmith572@yahoo.com

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Our Little Group said...

I try to just go around and pick up the house twice a day, keep stuff off the floor.
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Anonymous said...

We serve lots of fruits and vegetables!
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Anonymous said...

We have the kids clean up their mess every night before they go to bed! That helps keep the house more tidy during the week.
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Anonymous said...

We have the kids clean up their mess every night before they go to bed! That helps keep the house more tidy during the week.
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Anonymous said...

The kids have to wash their hands frequently throughout the day, and always first thing when they come in from outside ...
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Anonymous said...

Clean one area of the house every day!
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Theresa said...

To keep the house clean, I try make sure I set aside some time each morning just for picking up and organizing.

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Theresa said...

I remind my kids to wash their hands all the time to prevent the spread of germs.

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peachykeen817 said...

I keep my house clean by wiping down all the kitchen counters every night after doing the dishes. I also try to regularly wipe down the surfaces that can get icky (side tables, doorknobs, etc.)
Katherine
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peachykeen817 said...

As for school stuff, I don't have school age kids yet, but I totally think it's awesome that hand sanitizer is included on most back-to-school lists now. Encouraging kids to keep germs to a minimum is great!
Katherine
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DramaMama said...

To keep the house clean, I strive to clean one room each day. I use Seventh Generation products but have never used the wipes. I also try to keep on top of organization. For instance, coats and shoes in the mudroom. Need to do a better job at paperwork though but I have a system in mind now that we are starting kindergarten!
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Deb K said...

I make the morning rush easier by setting the table for breakfast before we go to bed. Put out cereal boxes, sweeteners and other nonperishable items. Prepare the coffeemaker and set the timer.


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Kids stay healthy by washing their hands all the time.

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DramaMama said...

We always try to wash hands when we come back from errands and outings.
With school starting, I am going to add hand sanitizer in S's backpack and I am considering having S change clothes when she gets home. We talk about germs, keeping them to a minimum and all.
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Back2Basics said...

I like to keep individually wrapped anti-bacterial wipes in my purse. After shopping or playing, first thing we do when we get to the car is wipe everyone's hands...hopefully before they touch their mouth, eyes etc. We've done pretty well and had very little sickness.
We also like to use these wipes on hands before we eat & sometimes on the table when we eat out.

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Beckee said...

I do not have a neat clean house right now, but usually we try to keep it clean by getting all the kids involved in daily pick ups adn chores.
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Beckee said...

One thing to keep our kids healthy is to just keep them active playing outside, playing sports, doing whatever it takes to stay active!
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Michelle said...

My tip is just dont fall behind. I have to keep up or else I will get to overwhelmed!
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Michelle said...

My baby is only 8 months right now, but when he is old enough to go to school, I will teach him the importance of hand washing!
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Krista, Bill, Eliya & Logan Kurtzweil said...

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I try to always have a clean sink before I go to bed so I don't wake up to the mess!

Krista, Bill, Eliya & Logan Kurtzweil said...

I try not to become too much of a germ freak because I think that you can be over protective of germs and then you just constantly get sick. We wash our hands and sanitize but nothing over the top
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Baby Mama said...

I always do my dishes before going to bed
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we wash our hands alot!
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I subscribe via email.

tristatecruisers said...

I have my boys do "chores" after school and that helps a lot.

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I keep them healthy by making them wash their hands and giving them a daily vitamin. :)

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Lynn said...

I keep my house neat and clean by NEVER allowing anything (papers, clothes, chores, etc) to pile up. I keep everything organized and labeled.

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Lynn said...

I keep them healthy by putting a small pack of hand sanitizing wipes in their backpack so that they always have a way to clean their hands if they don't have convenient access to a sink and soap.

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Anonymous said...

i use a lot of lysoMy kids take vitamins
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My kids take vitamins
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Tori said...

I keep the house clean by doing extra on the weekends. I would love some tips of keeping the house clean during the school year.
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Jackie said...

I try to keep my kids healthy during the school year by making sure they get plenty of sleep, and I also buy them gel hand sanitizers to carry with them. Since I have two daughters, I take them to Bath and Body Works and let them choose scents they like so I know they will use it.
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mpierce said...

We try to keep clutter to a minimum by recycling and putting things away (right away) where they belong when anything new comes into the house.

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mpierce said...

I encourage hand washing a lot! This helps keep my family healthy and germs at bay!!

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Glenda said...

I recently started following Flylady.net to help my keep my house more tidy--daily routine is the key!

Love 7th Gen products.

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Keeping 'em healthy thru the year = hand washing, hand washing, hand washing :)

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---I subscribe via email and RSS----
Laundry: I have the kids throw their dirty laundry into the 'dirty laundry basket' in the laundry room. I wash them and have another laundry basket I put the clean launry into. I usually have dirty laundry in the 'dirty laundry basket' almost 24/7 so I don't use it for anything else.It's only empty for a couple of hours then refilled by them.

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Anonymous said...

During the school year I wash the walls with water mixed with Lysal in a bucket. Where gloves if you do this. It's bad for your hands. I have not yet tried Seventh Generation. I am curious about the smell of it.

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Jes said...

Sort through mail as soon as you get it, discard junk mail so it doesn't pile up.

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Wash hands, exercise and eat fruits!

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i do a little something everyday, dust one day, mirrors one day.

we use alot of clorox in our house to kill germs

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Robyn said...

I do all of my laudry on the weekend and organize the kids outfits for the week. That way we arent' scrambling for clothes and figuring out what to wear during the craziness of the morning!

Robyn said...

I put a tissue in the kid's pockets so they are wiping their nose with their hands and sleeve.

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