Aveeno Active Naturals #Giveaway

I honestly believe in natural beauty. And I believe natural beauty comes from many different things: your actions, your beliefs, your priorities, your self-confidence, your love, your gifts, how the world takes care of you, and how you take care of yourself. Which is why you should take a minute and treat yourself to this Aveeno Active Naturals #Giveaway…

Aveeno Active Naturals


Aveeno Active Naturals

Like the name suggests…Aveeno has, among its components,  natural ingredients. Oats. Grown from farmers. Milled. Integrated into their wide array lotions and soaps which I love. Being a digital gal, I watched this Aveeno Active Naturals video showing how the develop their products…from farm…to lab…to your skin. (Trivia: the oat farm pictured in the video is right here in Canada! and yes, those are real Canadian Oat farmers).

You will know I’m an longtime Aveeno fan. From including Aveeno suncreen in Tips To Prevent A Sunburn to confessing my  Aveeno hand lotion daily need What’s in your diaper bag? (seriously, I wash my hands over and over throughout a day…I would be lost without hand lotion). And everyone in my household is welcome to share my Aveeno at any time (I trust it on my skin, as well as my teen, right down to my toddler). My experience has been that Aveeno lotions and washes – sooth my skin, moisturize my skin, making me feel better about the skin I’m in. Which is a HUGE factor in natural beauty n’est pas?…

WinAveeno Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win an AVEENO ACTIVE NATURALS  prize bundle (approx. value $100). This is a great gift to give your skin (or the skin of someone you like very much). This giveaway is open to Canadians only, excluding Quebec. [Read more...]

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Cereal #Giveaway

Some products just “click” with your family. This this the true story of how much my kids like Nature’s Path Envirokidz Gorilla Munch cereal…and why I as a Mom choose to buy it…and oh…a little Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Cereal #Giveaway to make your breakfast and snack time a little easier…

Nature's Path Envirokidz giveaway

Why I buy EnviorKidz…

My kids aren’t big cereal eaters for breakfast…but they are HUGE cereal eaters for snacks (they eat it dry – like popcorn – probably a habit I built during our many car rides as I always found dry cereal an easy snack to pack).

I discovered  Nature’s Path EnviroKidz cereal  while I was searching for a new cereal to try several years ago (I was specifically looking for cereal which did not have “refined sugar” in the ingredient list). Nature’s Path EnviroKidz cereal is Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Canada Organic, Verified Non-GMO (Non Genetically Modified Organism)…all of which impacts our health and food systems.  No additives. No preservatives. Just organic, real food, ingredients. Oh, and it’s has granulated sugar cane juice NOT refined sugar. #WIN.

The Nature’s Path Envirokiz box was then…and is still now…a huge hit in our house. The back of the box has a fun quiz and facts about animals. I don’t buy products based on packaging…but I think taking advantage of box space to share added-value learning is smart. Nature’s Path EnviroKidz cereal boxes offer intelligent and engaging activities on their packaging as well as presenting a great “teachable moment” opportunity for kids to learn about the habitats, animals, and the world around them.

Nature's Path Envirokidz

My kids like to eat it by the handful. They count it. They sort it. Truly, a favourite in our house.

Nature's Path Envirokidz

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz makes delicious organic options that the whole family can feel good about. Kids love the yum factor and fun animals on the boxes, and moms love it because they’re certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, whole grain, and made without toxic pesticides and artificial flavours or colours.

Because EnviroKidz is a 1% For the Planet member, every time you buy one of our EnviroKidz products, 1% of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids worldwide. As a 1% for the Planet member, to date Nature’s Path Envirokidz has raised over $1.6 million to help our partnering organizations with their educational and protection efforts.

Specifically, EnviroKidz Choco Chimps Cereal supports The Jane Goodall Institute, global leaders in chimpanzee protection, andEnviroKidz Jungle Munch Cereal supports Fauna & Flora International, acclaimed heroes in Sumatra elephant conservation.


Just in time for Earth Day, Nature’s Path EnviroKidz has introduced two new whole grain cereals, including chocolate Choco Chimps Cereal, and cinnamon Jungle Munch Cereal. Your family could be one of the first to try them by winning this EnviroKidz prize pack full of organic cereal and bars, valued at $100! This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, excluding Quebec. 

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea – Hatchery #Giveaway

I love gifts that keep on giving…which is why you should have a look at Hatchery for your Mother’s Day gifting this year. An exclusive, monthly, tasting box for Mom to discover. TEASER: there is a #giveaway below…

Mother's Day Gift Idea - Hatchery #Giveaway

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – Hatchery

Give Mom the gift of discovery. Hatchery is a monthly food subscription service (great for foodie Moms – and even foodie Dads – if you want to think to Father’s Day).  This gift is like no other…unique artisan cooking ingredients like condiments, spreads, cooking sauces, jams, honeys, syrups, oils, vinegars, salts, spices, seasonings and specialty baking ingredients. It is a great solution for buying for the tough-to-buy-for person in your life.  Personally, I love getting new honey…it’s kinda like a hug…in food form ;-)


For $20 per month, sign up and receive a delivery of curated, sample-size artisan ingredients and condiments to your doorstep every month. We’re here to help you discover flavors you would have never discovered on your own.

  • Only $25 monthly (free shipping)
  •  5-6 hand selected artisan ingredients
  • Exclusive member promotions and discounts
  • Culinary concierge support team

Sometimes I don’t have the time (or energy) to browse the grocery store shelves for something new. And though I’d like to shop at the farmer’s market – it’s a seasonal venue. Hatchery offers the chance for foodies to discover new tastes and products – delivered right to your door. Break the routine and try a new taste or smell right in your own kitchen.

I’m inspired by the Hatchery recipe for New Potato Salad with Argula and Mustard Vinaigrette (using  Mustard & Co. Mustard Sauce - by the way – Hatchery includes a write-up on each of their producers. It’s a great way to learn – and support – emerging small business). And if you love something which you stumbled upon in your Hatchery box – you can easily order another on their site.


Enter for your chance to win a three month subscription to Hatchery. This is a fantastic Mother’s Day Gift Idea! Open to residents of U.S. and Canada, excluding Quebec. 18 yrs and older.

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P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Challenge #Giveaway

When I heard about the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water challenge I knew I had to share it with you. Why? Because I know my own kids often take for granted important things…like clean drinking water. They don’t realize that their are kids who don’t have clean drinking water. It’s about building awareness, and empathy, and global citizen responsibility. So I’m sharing some Tips On How To Teach Kids To Give Back – at home, in the community, and on a global scale. Oh, and there is a #Giveaway below which ties it all in.P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water Challenge #Giveaway

Approximately one billion people do not have clean drinking water, many of which are children in the developing world. As a result, thousands of children die every day. The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program helps provide clean drinking water to these people through a water purifying technology developed by P&G. One small P&G purification packet quickly turns 10 litres of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean, drinkable water.

This April, for every P&G product purchased at Walmart in store or Walmart.caP&G will donate one day of clean water to CSDW to help a child in need. 

The challenge:  Involve your family to do one or more good deeds in the month of April to showing how small gestures can make a big difference in the lives of someone else. 

Here are my Tips to Teach Kids…How to Give Back

Tips to Teach Kids How to Give Back


Enter for a chance to win a prize pack from P&G (but don’t forget you can also buy these products at Walmart during the month of April and give back on a global scale! Follow the hashtag #cleanwater to see how others are giving back. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. 

  • Tide Pods
  • Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo
  • Always Radiant Infinity
  • Dawn Ultra Original Scent with Active Suds Dishwashing Liquid
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor
  • Mr. Clean Antibacterial Multi-Surfaces Liquid Cleaner

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #Giveaway

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael…the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back (were they ever gone…really?!). Consider this a public service announcment for an awesome free family event in Toronto…oh, and there is a little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #Giveaway to help you get your mutant-ninja on…


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Toronto – FREE FAMILY EVENT

Nickelodeon Canada and Walmart Canada partner to celebrate the global phenomenon of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with an inspired Street Art Challenge event. If you are in the G.T.A. on Saturday April 5 – then you won’t want to miss this event.

First introduced in a comic book series, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have  become a household name and a top selling toy action brand around the  world. Nickelodeon and Walmart are celebrating all things Ninja Turtles with the launch of a national voting contest and Street Art Battle at Yonge-Dundas  Square.

Four talented graffiti artists will be put to the challenge in a live  competition to channel their “inner Ninja Turtle” and pay a fitting homage  to each of the Turtles – Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo – named after renaissance artists.

Fans of the series that airs on Nickelodeon and YTV can watch their favourite Turtles come to life on 7X7 ft. canvases, and then vote online to determine the winning design that will be made available for purchase as an exclusive t-shirt at Walmart Canada this fall (you can vote up ’til May 2 at www.innerninjaturtle.com).

PLUS there is more! Face painting, instant prizes, and photo ops with the Turtles – family field trip in Toronto.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle prize pack (approx. value $50). One lucky Parent Club reader will be getting their TMNT on with a T-shirt, book, Toy set and TMNT masks!

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Harlem Globetrotters at Ricoh Coliseum #Giveaway

When I think of the Harlem Globetrotters I think of fun. The treat of breaking the routine and going out to an event. The entertainment of the jokes the players play (on each other, the fans, the refs!). And the connectivity a family gets by going to a family friendly event. Which is all why I am so excited for one lucky Parent Club reader to get a chance to win this Harlem Globetrotters at Ricoh Coliseum #Giveaway…Harlem Globetrotters at Ricoh Coliseum #GiveawayThe Harlem Globetrotters are playing at Ricoh Coliseum (Toronto, ON), April 11-12 (they are also playing playing Oshawa, Kingston, Barrie, Sudbury, Kitchener, London, Ottawa, and Windsor in April).

Here are the Toronto deets:

Fri., April 11 @ 7pm
Sat., April 12 @ 2pm & 7pm
Ricoh Coliseum
Purchase tickets here: www.ticketmaster.ca

Discount for Parent Club readers…
Offer: Save 25% with promo code BALL
Note: Valid on select seats

Basketball isn’t Globetrotter basketball! Check out some of the crazy cool new rules (voted on by Harlem Globetrotter fans)

  • Hot Hand Jersey – A player wearing this jersey gets double the points when scoring.
  • Make or Miss – The quarter starts with 2 players on each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the court. When they miss, a teammate must leave the court.
  • Trick Shot Challenge – The team’s challenge each other to make trick shots, with 5 points awarded to a team the makes a trick shot, and 5 points given to the opposition if the shot is missed.

The Harlem Globetrotters have been around for generations – and you KNOW this is going to be a super-fun family outing.


Enter for a chance to win 5 tickets (for you and your family) to go see the Harlem Globetrotters LIVE at the Ricoh Coliseum!

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Hockey Mom Survival Kit #Giveaway

I am not a hockey Mom. I am an outsider looking into the hockey-Mom world…and I am in AWE. The dedication. The commitment. The joy. The laundry. Hockey Moms…I. am. in. awe. Which is why you deserve this Hockey Mom Survival Kit #Giveaway…

Speak English French and Hockey

I notice how when I talk with my hockey Mom friends – there is a bit of a language barrier. I know nothing about cages, guards, pads, or tape. And when the conversation switches from house to rep…well, I am lost. But wow am I impressed.

On March 17th, P&G launched The House that Mom Built website where Canadians can celebrate minor league Hockey Moms, showing the carpool queen, the tournament manager, the official cheerleader and after-game snack maker how important they are by virtually raising their name in the rafters. Send your favourite Hockey Mom a  personalized Facebook cover photo banner for her to show off proudly (click The House That Mom Built link above – it’s totally FREE!).

As a cheerleader, coach and mom she takes on many roles – even equipment manager – so TideDownyFebrezeBounty and Puffs are here to help. To help out all athlete moms, P&G created the ultimate tip sheet to take you from the change room to the laundry room at home and help make caring for your athlete a little easier.

(and you know I’m a big supporter of making life easier for busy families!). 


This Hockey Mom Survival Kit #Giveaway is for the following products…

That car cup would certainly come in handy for drippy noses from chilly ice rinks. The Bounty DuraTowels can wipe down skates; preventing rust. The Down Unsptopables will keep that sport gear smelling fresh and clean. The only thing missing from that Hockey Mom Survival Kit is a banner (but I mentioned above how you can get that!).

Join the conversation & celebration

On Thursday, March 27 at 9 pm ET, Canadian Hockey Moms blogger, Theresa will host a hockey mom Twitter party to celebrate hockey moms, share tips and reflect on the season past. She’ll be joined by P&Gmom blogger hockey moms: Maija @MommyMoments, Stacey Kazmir @diduknowcanada and Sheri McDonald @kidsumers.

Visit their sites on March 21 to RSVP and use #hockeymomCA to share your athlete mom tips, tricks, and advice!


Enter the Hockey Mom Survival Kit #Giveaway via the rafflecopter form below…this giveaway is open to residents of Canada excluding Quebec. [Read more...]

Lays #dousaflavour #Giveaway

Do you love chips? I did. (yes…past tense…I ate an entire bag of salt & vinegar one afternoon last pregnancy. Public service announcement: no one should ever eat an entire bag of chips in an afternoon. Pregnant or not). I’ve been off the chip wagon since but I completely understand the love of the salty goodness (in appropriate servings…not whole bags). Anywho…if you love chips…you will love this Lays #dousaflavour #Giveaway…

Lays #dousaflavour

Lay’s – Canada’s favourite potato chip brand – announced the return of its Do Us a Flavour Contest, which invites fans across the country to submit their flavour ideas to be the next great potato chip flavour.

Guys…you could win $50,000.

Until April 23, consumers can submit their flavour ideas at www.Lays.ca/Flavour for a chance to win $50,000 CDN plus 1% of their flavour’s future sales (after a voting period). Building on the success of last year’s program, the 2014 edition of Do Us a Flavour features a new twist – Canadians can also select a chip style for their flavour ideas: Lay’s Original, Lay’s Kettle Cooked and/or Lay’s Wavy.

So what do you think? Pizza chips? Maybe popcorn chips? What about chocolate dipped chips?


Lays #dousaflavour

Lays Chips wants to inspire you to #dousaflavour – enter for your chance to win this $50 prize bundle from Lays chips.

  • a copy of James Cunningham’s book Eat St.
  • spices
  • a cutting board
  • cooking utensils for “flavour inspiration”

Awesome n’est pas?! Enter via the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.  [Read more...]

Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner/Odour Reducer #Giveaway

Allergy season is just around the corner making this Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner/Odour Reducer #Giveaway timely! If you suffer from the sneezes and sniffles allergy season brings…then this giveaway is for YOU!

Honeywell AirGenius 5

The Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner captures 99.9% of microscopic airborne allergens (smaller than the diameter of a single strain of hair!) from the air that passes through its filters.  When you think of what goes airborne when you do your spring cleaning (it’s not just dust bunnies!)…this can be a handy item.Honeywell AirGenuis 5 Air Purifier

The Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner takes the guesswork out of air purification with SMART CONTROLS that DO THE THINKING FOR YOU with five intuitive operation settings: Sleep, Germs, General, Allergen, and Max.

Quieter filtration than other models - The AirGenius 5 uses the QuietClean® ifD® technology, a  patented fan-forced electronic filtration system only available with Honeywell Air Purifiers, which features a honeycomb style filter that does not resist airflow like paper filters do, allowing quieter and efficient operation.

Easy and low-cost to maintain – just wash the filter - Simply rinse the primary filter in a sink only 4 times a year – no need to replace it.


Enter for a chance to win a Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner/Odour Reducer. List price: $249.99. Enter via the rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.  [Read more...]

A World Without Dieting & #Giveaway

I do not talk, blog, or parent about diets. I wrote about why – in the post Mom’s weight, eating and body image (it’s pretty personal). I have body issues, food issues, issues out-of-my-control…and I own that. However, when my girls started imitating my eating choices I realized I had to make a real effort to live with a healthy balance.

Which is why…when I received an email  communicating “Multi-Grain Cheerios has launched “Generation Healthy”, a program aimed at encouraging women to recognize their self-worth and become part of the solution as a role model living a healthy, balanced lifestyle“…I responded YES!…because for me…for my girls…I want to share a world without dieting. TEASER: #Giveaway below to encourage you to take the oath to a world without dieting too!


Infographic stats according to a recent survey commissioned by Multi-Grain Cheerios examining young women ages 10-17

True story: tween daughter asks (often) “Am I fat? Should I go on a diet?”

See my issue with “diets“?!!! Why does a healthy, beautiful, active, healthy 10 year old feel the need to ask if she requires a diet?! Obviously, the answer is the messaging she receives from ads, T.V., pop culture. And I am ready to battle against those messages. It’s time for a new key phrase…A World Without Dieting.

I encourage my girls (and myself) to live with healthy balance. Eat well (starting with a healthy breakfast everyday). Stay active (walk, play, karate). Manage stress (we talk about our days at our sit-down-family-dinner every night). Have a set schedule (school, homework, chores) and break the routine with fun activities (reading, movies, music, play dates). This is how we live with healthy balance.

I am proud to say I took the “Never Say Dieting Oath” this morning and here is my badge for proof…

a world without dieting

What is the Never Say Dieting Oath?

To help create a world without dieting, Multi-Grain Cheerios is encouraging Canadians to take the first step in being a positive, healthy role model by taking the “Never Say Dieting Oath” at WorldWithoutDieting.ca

A World Without Dieting

The Oath is simple. It’s a click. Yet, it is a promise to yourself and the ones you love to help promote good role modeling and a healthy balanced lifestyle. And yes, authentically chez moi, we do eat Multi-Grain Cheerios as part of that lifestyle (they make family breakfast and toddler snack time easier!)


Enter for a chance to win a $100 Loblaws gift card and vouchers for Multi-Grain Cheerios – that would make living a healthy balanced lifestyle easier wouldn’t it?! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. 18+yrs. End date: Thurs. March 6, 2014.

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COVERGIRL Makeup Tips & #Giveaway

Feel beautiful and you will look beautiful – a philosophy I truly believe.  Now do I follow it every day?! No – which is why you won’t find selfies of me on twitter. I don’t always feel beautiful…and I should…shouldn’t I? So this is the post where I share some COVERGIRL Makeup Tips to truly feel beautiful and get those #covermoments…COVERGIRL make up tips


noun: The moment one feels her most beautiful and empowered self and wants to share it with the world.

In my experience, applying makeup is the final stage to my feeling beautiful. First, I have to relax. Taking care of kids, laundry, errands, and writing Boredom Busters made me feel rushed and anxious – now I relax – well, I’m trying ;-) . Next, I need to have a plan (if I am organized I feel more in control). Lastly, I need to give myself the permission to have a minute or two of Me-time (from just putting on lipstick before I start my work-at-home day to the full-make-up-routine for going to a media event – Me-time is great for making me feel empowered). These three points are my #covermoment triangle. If I can get all three in a day…I feel awesome. Like that day I met P!nk…

Caroline Fernandez and Pink

Caroline Fernandez and P!nk

Lipstick, eye pencil (smudged – more on that below) and some eye shadow. That was all I needed to say yes to a taking a photo next to a rock star. Here are a few COVERGIRL Makeup Tips to feel like a rockstar yourself…

COVERGIRL Makeup Tips*

Foundation Tip: Don’t wear the same foundation with a summer tan as you would in the winter. Skin colour changes with the seasons, so your foundation should change, too.

Eye Tip: Smudging pencils and liners can create a smoky look. It can also soften your look.

Lip Tip: Quiet pinks and sheer textures are ideal for warm weather; creamy dark wines and plums are ripe for winter.

  • Olive skin looks best in light browns with warm tones, or dark brownish-reds. Stay away from pinks or orange-reds!
  • Fair complexions fare well with shades that have a warm pink or peachy glow, or dramatic reds with a bluish tint.
  • Dark skin is flattered by deep reds with blue or purple tones, or deep reddish-browns. Avoid pinks or orange-reds!
* Courtesy of COVERGIRL


Enter for a chance to win a COVERGIRL makeup bundle to make you feel empowered like a rock star (and even take that selfie and post it!). Enter via the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win…

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This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.

By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.
This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program.  However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.  If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto #Giveaway

With Family Day, March Break, and P.D. Days in the near future (hmmm…do you call them P.D. Days or P.A. Days?!) – I know we are all on the lookout for fun family destinations in the G.T.A. Well…wouldn’t a Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto #Giveaway come in handy to enter…by chance win…and take your family on a little Lego family field trip?…Yes Yes Yes!

The map above of the Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto doesn’t seem to do the experience justice. Imagine taking your kids through the Lego Factory Tour (to see how that turn colourful plastic into Legos), rides, play areas, and more. My son is just getting into Duplo and I can imagine how much kids aged 3-10 will LOVE a visit to the Lego Discovery Centre (actually in Vaughn Mills – good to know when you plan your visit).

Rides & Attractions

  • LEGO® Factory Tour (the inner science-gal in me would love this tour)
  • LEGO® 4D Cinema (who doesn’t love a 4D cinema?!)
  • Kingdom Quest Laser Ride
  • LEGO® Racers: Build & Test
  • Merlin’s Apprentice
  • LEGO® Fire Academy
  • LEGO® Construction Site
  • LEGO® Master Builder Academy
  • The LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Shop
  • DUPLO® Village (my pre-schooler would love it there)
  • Earthquake Tables
  • LEGO® Friends (my girls would love this area)
  • Café

As a Mom who likes to be prepared – I appreciate it when you can avoid line-ups – so extra points to Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto for offering the option to buy tickets online ahead of your visit.

Remember most family destinations get busy on Family Day and March Break so plan ahead by checking sites for opening times, facilities, getting there, and food options (personally, I always have snacks with us just in case).Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto #Giveaway

Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto #Giveaway

Enter to win 4 tickets to Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto (approx. value $100). This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a great family destination in the city.

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Transportation to Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto is not included. 

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