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About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms and manages a team of creative contributors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Andrea loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram Andrea's biggest passion is traveling with her family and is currently living in Costa Rica! She is writing about her travels over at Wanderlust Living and you can follow her personal journey on Instagram

Savvy Travel Items: Savvy Sassy Moms

Travel savvy must haves

As a woman who travels frequently, there are certain things I have to bring along to help me stay completely mobile and organized. When packing up my carry on or large tote — whether I’m traveling solo for work or on a trip with the family — these are some of the things that help keep me sane on the go: Laptop, iPad mini, headset, snacks, lotion, lip gloss, facial wipes, external batteries for my phone, tech bag for chargers and cords, business cards, sunscreen stick, notebook, Sharpies, screen wipes and my new wanderlust journal. I also always have a sweater or scarf tucked in my bag and my travel socks handy, just in case I am wearing sandals, because my feet get so cold on the plane.

Jackery External Battery Chargers: Savvy Sassy MomsJACKERY

Every savvy traveler travels with at least one external battery charger and, depending on if you are traveling with family or solo, you may need more than one for all those devices! There are a variety of Jackery chargers available, both in size and charging capabilities.

Jackery Mini is the size of a lipstick and a great option that will literally fit in your pocket or a clutch for an evening out. This is really for a one-time charge on-the-go — it’s a great back-up emergency charger or perfect for your kids phones. The Jackery Bar is a little bit bigger and will charge your phone twice before needing to be plugged in. I like having these in my carry on because they are small in size and will not weigh you down. You can always pack a larger one in your main luggage.

Savvy Travel Petunia Pickle BottomPetunia Picklebottom Case Jackery Savvy Sassy Travel


Packing up the electronics means lots of messy cords and chargers. I like to put all my cords and chargers in a designated tech case and I’ve found that a cosmetic bag is the perfect fit — not only doe sit get the job done, but gets it done in style! The Petunia Pickle Bottom Cosmetic Pouch is perfect for keeping all your cords, plugs and charges all together in one pretty place.

Savvy Travelers Screen Wipes and Teeth Wipes Savvy Sassy Moms

One of my favorite new discoveries for savvy traveling is the products from Savvy Travelers. These small, disposable pouches of travel must-haves are so easy to travel with. They’re individually packaged and super lightweight, so you can throw them in your bag without worrying about it. Savvy Travelers IN THE KLEAR are lens and screen luxe sheets for cleaning all your devices and glasses — there’s nothing worse than a smudged up screen! While the SPEAK EAZY luxe wipes are the perfect alternative to packing your toothbrush and toothpaste on the plane — give your teeth a wipe and you’re fresh and ready for meeting friends or family at baggage claim!

One Truffle Travel Accessories Savvy Sassy Moms


I’ve been a fan of these clear pouches for years now. One Truffle makes clear bags that keep things organized and protected from any spills. The large One Truffle Pouches are great for protecting electronics, cords and chargers or they can be used for cosmetics or jewelry. When you have all the important items in one nice bag you can easily transfer it to different handbags in a second. The larger pouch is perfect for my notebook, iPad mini, Sharpies and my business cards!

Wanderlust Bucket List Axel and Ash Savvy Sassy Moms Travel


The latest add to my carry on is the wanderlust journal from Axel and Ash. This book is great for documenting where you are going, what your travel expectations are and for journaling about what you see and do. I realize that many of us take notes and document things by photographs and thorugh social media, but there is something wonderful about physically writing with pen and paper what you are experiencing. These books also prompt you with questions, so you might even discover more about a place then you originally intended.

Other travel style savvy must-haves

Hand cream: Kiehl’s First Class Hand Purifying Treatment  / Facial wipes:  Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes / Sunscreen stick: Sun Bum Face Stick

Travel safe & stylish!
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Hickory Traditions NEW Thurs 19th

Hickory Farms Twitter Party

Thursday, November 19th
6 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. EST

Hosts: @momtrends / @savvysassymoms / @hickoryfarms
Hashtag: #HickoryTradition

We’re kicking off the holiday season with Hickory Farms®, America’s most loved holiday specialty food gift brand and a favorite gift among holiday hosts and shoppers for over 60 years. Many of us can remember this brand playing a role in our families’ holiday gatherings and Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and authentic holiday memories. Please join us to celebrate and share your family’s holiday traditions.

Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms tradition

Hickory Farms offers a wide variety of specialty food gifts that are perfect for any budget and for everyone on your list. New to Hickory Farms this year is Simply Hickory Farms™, a line of wholesome sausage, cheeses and condiments made from all-natural, simple ingredients containing no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Simply Hickory Farms Beef Sausage features 100% all-natural North American beef raised with no hormones or antibiotics and has all the great flavor you would expect from Hickory Farms. Simply Hickory Farms Medium Cheddar and Gouda cheeses are naturally aged, handcrafted and gluten free. Also new is their decadent White and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark made rich chocolates, pure mint and topped with crushed candy cane piece.

Charitable Giving:

● Hickory Farms is proud to support No Kid Hungry®. No Kid Hungry is the leading non-profit group working to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day.

● Hickory Farms has contributed more than $4 million to No Kid Hungry since 2008. For every Signature Party Planner purchased this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to No Kid Hungry.

● As a supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces, the company provides year round complimentary shipping on select products to military addresses across the globe to ensure families can send loved ones warm wishes and a favorite taste from home.

Hickory Farms’ specialty food gifts are available at Holiday Market locations nationwide, on and at leading retailers. Visit their website for more details.

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Twitter Party Prizing

4 WINNERS will each receive:

(1) Hickory Farms Simply Savory Deluxe Gift Crate ($75)

(1) Hickory Farms Reserve Cheddar Flight with Salami ($50)

RSVP for Prizing

Must be 18 years of age and a US resident
Prizing may take up to two weeks for delivery
Cannot ship to PO Box Addresses
Hickory Farms reserves the right to replace prize with one of equal or greater value.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and party.

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Where to Stay in Costa Rica #FindingCostaRica
Finding Costa Rica

Perhaps you’ve already heard, but I live in Costa Rica. Yup, I’m “the girl from Costa Rica” as several people have told me recently. I’m not telling you this to boast or brag, I’m just telling you so that you get why I talk about Costa Rica a lot on Savvy Sassy Moms and, more importantly, why I am writing this post. To help you plan your own trip here.

Since moving to Costa Rica, I’ve started Wanderlust Living, a blog dedicated to our travels as a family, as well as working closely with the travel app Findery, which I love for sharing and capturing in-the-moment notes as we explore Costa Rica and rest of the world. Over the next two weeks, Findery is #FindingCostaRica, sharing my content about living in and traveling to Costa Rica, as well as the content of other Findery users, the Findery travel community and the Findery influencers. If you’re looking to travel to Costa Rica any time soon, #FindingCostaRica will be all that you need.

Findery asked me to create a 10 Days in Costa Rica travel itinerary and it wasn’t as easy as it might sound! I tried to highlight my favorite places as well as put together a plan that lets you get well rounded sample of Costa Rica. I should also mention that this itinerary is for the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, since this is the area I know the best. There plenty of other amazing places to visit in Costa Rica, of course, and some that I still hope to get to, but for now this is how I would spend 10 days in Costa Rica.

And as for where to stay in Costa Rica….keep reading!
10 Day Itinierary in Guanacaste Costa Rica Wanderlust Living Findery Andea Fellman

Where to stay in Costa Rica

As far as where to stay in Costa Rica, it all depends on your budget and your sense of adventure! Costa Rica offers everything from totally off-the-grid lodges (with no wi-fi) to tree houses to luxury hotels to all-inclusive resorts to small boutique hotels to luxury condos for rent. Where you stay also depends on what is on your to-do list, who you are traveling with and the ages of those traveling with you.

Here are some of the places I have stayed in Costa Rica (some more than once) and I would recommend any of these for a variety of reasons:

Westin Playa Conchal Guanacaste Costa Rica Wanderlust Living Andrea Fellman

1. For an all-inclusive resort vacation:
Westin Playa Conchal


Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica All Inclusive Hotels2. For a fun stay with kids:
Dreams La Mareas Resort in Costa Rica

Lost Iguana Resort McKenna Grandma3.  For being tucked away in the rain forest:
The Lost Iguana Resort

Buena Vista Lodge Waterslide Gigantic Tree4. For a sweet rain forest water slide adventure:
Buena Vista Lodge


La Carolina Loadge Natural Jacuzzi and River Wanderlust Living5. For the best of rustic beauty:
La Carolina Lodge


Tabacon Hot Springs Costa Rica Travel6. For true Costa Rican hot springs:
Tabacon Hot Springs


Hotel El Rodeo San Jose Costa Rica Grounds

7. For a great hotel near the San Jose Airport:
El Hotel Rodeo


Monteverde Lodge and Gardens Costa Rica - 1948. For a charming cloud forest retreat:
The Montevere Lodge and Gardens


A few other hotels to consider are the Flamingo Beach Resort, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, Andaz and The Diria in Tamarindo. There are luxury homes and condos at Las Catalinas that I highly recommend as well.

Hotels are not the only option, of course. You can also rent some pretty fabulous houses! If you want to rent a house in the popular surf town of Tamarindo, visit Tamarindo Vacation Rentals by RPM Vacation Rentals. Tell them I sent you!


Leave me a comment if I can help answer any questions about Costa Rica! I would be happy to help.
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Moodsters Twitter PartyMoodsters Twitter Party

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST

Hashtag: #moodsterschat
Hosts: @savvysassymoms @momtrends @themoodsters

Special Guest: @DeniseDanielsEQ

Meet the Moodsters

We are super excited for this Twitter Party with the Moodsters and their creator, talented parenting and child development expert, Denise Daniels. We are celebrating the launch of the Moodsters, a new line of toys and books designed to teach young children the fundamentals of feelings. At the party you’ll meet all five Moodsters — Coz, Lolly, Snorf, Razzy and Quigly — lovable little detectives who come to the rescue whenever their friends, Zach and Zoey, have a feelings emergency. The stories and toys teach simple strategies to build social and emotional intelligence skills in young children and help them with the everyday challenges of growing up.

For our chat, we’ll have a conversation with Denise about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and she’ll be on with us the entire hour to take your questions, too!

Please join us for this fun and educational chat that parents with kids of all ages will appreciate. You’ll also be able to win prizes from The Moodsters!
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About Denise Daniels

Denise Daniels is a Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist, parenting and child development expert and author who specializes in the social and emotional development of children. Her workbooks have reached more than 15 million parents and children offering practical, simple and essential advice on how to deal with grief, loss and family transitions, as well as the everyday challenges of growing up. Denise is the creator of The Moodsters, a new line of toys and books designed to teach young children the fundamentals of feelings.

Denise hosted her own daily parenting show, Parents Helper, on NBC’s cable network and has appeared on numerous TV shows including Oprah, The View and served as a regular contributor on TODAY.

For more from Denise Daniels, find her on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Have you Met the Moodsters

Twitter Party Prizing

1.  Feelings Flashlight Set
2.  Moodster Mirror Set
3.  Moodster Meter Set
4. Full Moodsters Set (3) + $25 Target Gift Card
5. Full Moodsters Set (3) + $100 Target Gift Card

Must be participating in the Twitter Party to win.
Must be 18 years of age and a US resident.
Prizing may take up to 3 weeks for delivery.

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On Findery, one person’s local is another person’s travel. The social network for travelers that invites users to share stories and explore places near and far, announced today the availability of its latest mobile app: Findery for Windows.

Findery users can discover and share local knowledge about their current location through personal travel stories, hidden histories and local tips left by the extensive and active community. Findery users can also share their experiences and leave notes and photos about meaningful places they’ve found and love, both where they live and where they travel.

I have been using Findery for almost a year now and have left 89 notes about the places I’ve been. Adding notes is easy and can be a bit addicting!  As a frequent traveler and travel blogger, I like to be able to share little secrets or tips for other travelers in my notes. I hope that when a family is visiting Madrid they will look at my Madrid Notemap to see where we went and the places I recommend.

Findery Madirid Notemap Savvy Sassy Moms

The new Windows application opens up a bright new world for Windows users, allowing them to connect with other travel minded individuals, whether they’re planning trips or just dreaming of exploration.

“We’re the social network for travelers,” said Caterina Fake, founder and CEO of Findery. “We offer a location travel discovery solution that appeals to arm chair travelers and world explorers alike.”

Since the app was formally launched for iOS back in March 2014, Findery users have posted notes to share travel stories from each of the 196 countries across the globe. The platform makes it a snap for users to discover treasures in countless places – from those they have been to those they dream of visiting.

windows available now

With Findery for Windows, you can plot all of your travel stories and travel dreams on a map and explore the world from New York to New Delhi. Pin a Findery note or notemap to your Start Menu or ask Cortana to “Explore nearby” to see interesting notes around your location.

Findery is about uncovering hidden secrets and local knowledge, all of which is entirely sourced from Findery users themselves. Members follow each other and receive notifications when those new notes or comments are posted. Notes can all be shared to Facebook, Messaging, OneNote, Mail or NFC.

Findery for Windows is available for free from the Windows App Store.

Findery Travel AppAbout Findery 

Findery, on the Web, iOS, Android, and now Windows, strives to create meaningful products for people who want to experience the world and connect with a global community. Founded by serial entrepreneur Caterina Fake, Findery is the place for people passionate about discovery, travel, personal stories and technology.

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Fringe Boots for Fall

Fringe boots are hot, hot, hot! You know you need a pair, but let me warn you — the choice will not be easy! Fringe boots are available in so many varieties — everything from fringe ankle boots to high heel stilettos with fringe, which are pretty sassy!

How your day-to-day life looks will determine which fringe boot is right for you. Since most of us are moms on the move, I featured several you can wear whether you’re in the office or at the playground.

Fringe ankle boots look great with skinny jeans and a rolled cuff boyfriend jean. Fringe knee boots work well with leggings or skinny jeans, so if you just bought yourself a brand new pair of trendy flare jeans for fall, go with a higher heel or wedge fringe boot.

Fringe Boot Wearing Tip:  Fringe makes a statement. Statement pieces will compete with the boots, so keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the fringe do the talking!

1. Rock-n-roll: Steve Madden $99
2. Peep-toe: Dolce Vita Peep Toe Fringe Boot $179
3. Leather: Matisse Leather $193
4. Casual: Sam Edelman Louie $140
5. Low Heel: Paige Ankle Bootie $109
6. Tassels: Sole Society Talisha Tassel $99
7. Color: Not Rated Flippin Fringe $65
8. Heels: Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari $169
9. Tall Boots: Steve Madden Tall Fringe Boot $178
10. Wedge: Very Volatile Khloe Wedge Fringe $75

Which fringe boots would you choose?
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Pantone fall colors 2015

We love this time of year — our kids go back to school, the weather is getting chilly and we get to shop the latest fall fashions! There are several Pantone colors for Fall 2015 that we have our eyes on and the first one is Stormy Weather, which is the perfect mix of slate blue and grey. We like this because it’s not black and it has a warmer tone then just grey. Stormy weather is a classy color that will look good on just about anyone.

Pantone Picks: Stormy Weather

Sole Society Marlena Clutch, $40
Fedora Hat, $40
H&M Sleeveless Sweater, $20
Maybeline Color Show, $5
Volcom Faux Leather Bag, $65
Sole Society Romy Boots, $89.95
BackCountry IBex Long Sweater Coat, $225
Abstract Infinity Scarf, $18
Donna Morgan Swiss Dot 2-Piece Dress, $168

Check back next week for more more Pantone Picks!
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Desigual Kids Collection Fall 2015 Savvy Sassy Moms
This summer, our family traveled to Spain for five weeks. If you are following Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram, you probably saw that I shared some of our adventures in each of the five cities we visited — as well as some of our shopping trips. One of the most popular stores in Spain is Desigual. If you have not heard of them before, you are in for a treat! The company started in Barcelona, Spain in 1985 and has since grown into one of the largest retailers in Europe.

We saw Desigual stores everywhere during our trip. They’re like the Starbucks of Spain — there’s one on every corner! Known for their signature bold prints and colorful designs, Desigual designs clothing for women and men, as well as a full kids’ collection and a coming-soon collection of clothes for infants. You’ll love their shoes, handbags and accessories.

I first discovered Desigual when I was in Barcelona 7 years ago and have been a fan for years. I’ve loved seeing their stores pop up in the United States, While we were in Barcelona, I received an invitation to visit the Desigual flagship store to see the new fall kids’ collection for back-to-school.

To say my daughter was excited would be an understatement!

Desigual Kids Fall Collection
Desigual Girls Fall Collection
POP Princess

Desigual has a clear theme for this latest collection, and it’s all about the ’80s. In fact, they took inspiration from the most famous pop star of all — Madonna, the Material Girl herself.

“Bubblegum pink, black and grey were her favorite colors to wear in those first music videos. Her denim jacket will be the next hit at school with a patchwork of knitted cut-offs and bright colours. The ’80s were characterized by the freedom of mix & match.

Create the effect of volume just like the queen of pop by wearing a down jacket over a glittery skull top. Anything is possible. Flowers with song lyrics, touches of glittery lace and denim… that’s the essence of a Material Girl.”

Desigual Boys Fall Collection

SCI-Fi Super Heros

The boys’ fall collection is a little bit comic book, science fiction and the futuristic all in one! The wild colors and bold prints for boys are certainly just as creative and fun as the girls collection.

“2015 is the year of the ’80s science fiction revival. The universe of George Lucas is back with a new edition of Star Wars. This autumn, Desigual once again brings you its characters Han Solo, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C-3PO on layered T-shirts and two-tone sweatshirts. They’ve even been turned into comic book characters using the retro design of the time.

It’s also the anniversary of Back to the Future. In 1985, Robert Zemeckis set the film in 2015. What are the similarities between film in 2015. What are the similarities between those two worlds? The famous anorak! The famous anorak worn by Marty McFly is now a reality thanks to Desigual. It’s been modernized with felt cut-offs and sporty letters.”

Desigual Fall Kids Collection
My daughter was totally smitten with Desigual and wanted everything! Our favorite was the reversible sequin shirts. We posted a video on Instagram of this amazing shirt, so you can see the full effect. We had a blast spending the morning in the colorful world of Desigual.
Desigual Store barcelona Spain McKenna


What do you think of Desigual Kids?  Have you shopped Desigual?
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The hippest baby registry

My best friend and college roommate is FINALLY pregnant!! I cannot believe I actually get to scream this from the rooftop — or at least this blog! I have been patiently waiting for this day, but was also well-aware that it might not happen.

My best friend, Christine Bean, just so happens to be the costume designer for NBC’s, The Blacklist. (Totally name dropping.) While I was off having babies and shopping at Baby GAP, my friend was working her way up in the costume departments of a variety of shows and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. A few years ago, she made the move to New York and bought a place in Brooklyn… with a spare room.

Christine Bean The BlackList

What did I do when she told me that she was pregnant? I immediately told her, “Okay… look around online and tell me what baby gear you want!”

Of course, I could have told her what she MUST HAVE, but I didn’t. Why not? Well, this was a little bit of research on my part.

A) I wanted to see what a stylish, hip mom in Brooklyn would want and register for — maybe she would find something I had missed or was not aware of!

And B) I wanted to see if our tastes, even in baby stuff, matched a bit.

When she sent me over her list, I literally laughed out loud. I knew it! She wants all things Stokke. Of course she does. She also has some other amazing things from The Honest Company, Aden + Anais, Boon, Life Factory and Nuna on her wishlist — and I had to add in a bit of StorkSak and Little Giraffe, too!

Brooklyn Hipster Baby Registry Savvy Sassy Moms

Modern baby registry must-haves

1. Nuna LEAF curv’ Baby Seat, $230
2. The Honest Company Baby Arrival Set, $50
3. Stokke by Nuna Pipa Car Seat, $349
4. Aden + Anais Swaddling Cloths, $50
5. Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket, $68
6. Stokke Sleepi Crib, $799
7. Aden + Anais Crib Sheet for Stokke Sleepi Crib, $30
8. Stokke Tripp Trapp, $330
9. StorkSak Lucinda Diaper Bag, $310
10. Life Factory Bottles, $50
11. Stokke Xplory Stoller, $1100 and up
12. Boon Naked Bathtub, $60

To celebrate this incredible BABY NEWS, we are giving away a Stokke Sleepi Crib!
You do not have to live in Brooklyn or be a hipster to win!:)

Enter to WIN the Stokke Sleepi Crib

Stokke Sleepi with Aden and Anais

Stokke Sleepi with Aden and Anais Nursery
Please enter through the Rafflcopter form below

Must be a US resident and 18 years old to win
Giveaway ends on 9/20/2015
Prizing make take up to 3 weeks for delivery.

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Flare Jeans for Fall
Flare jeans for fall

We are loving all the fall fashion trends that are popping up in stores and one of our favorites is the return of flare jeans! We can literally hear all the curvy girls and short girls rejoicing from around the country. Why? Because flare jeans make you look taller and they are much more slimming than skinny jeans. For many short girls that have curves — like myself — skinny jeans make us look short and even curvier, which I, for one, am not a big fan of, so I am very excited to see flare jeans back on-trend!

Top: Destructed Black Skinny Flare, $79 / Paige Denim Hidden Hills Stretch, $189 /  Joe’s Jeans Mustang Flare, $198

Bottom: Citizen’s of Humanity, $174  /  KUT from Cloth, $89  /   NYDJ Farahh Stretch Denim, $110

Four reasons we LOVE flare jeans

When wearing flare jeans, you should wear a heel, wedge or boot that gives you a lift and allows for the flare to hang nicely without bunching up at the bottom.

If you are short and need to hem your jeans from time-to-time, you may be able to skip this since you will be wearing heels your flare jeans! Many brands also make short, regular and tall flare jeans, so if regular is still too long, then the short might be perfect.

Flare jeans also help balance out a woman’s hips and butt, making the legs look longer. Flare jeans really accentuate a pear or hourglass shape.

Most jeans have some stretch in them and you’ll want your flare jeans to hug your hips and thighs. Be careful when buying… you don’t want them to stretch out too much! If they start out a little tight, that is okay! With wear they will conform to your body and end up being the perfect fit.

Flare Jeans for Fall 2015
Flare jeans can be pretty spendy, but we were happy to find a few pairs that were also under $100. However, if you wear jeans daily, buying a quality pair that costs a little more is worth it. It’s better to buy one amazing pair that you love and that will last longer than one season than to buy three pairs that you’re not that comfortable in or happy with.

Free People Gummy Mid Rise Flare, $78 / GAP Destructed Flare, $79 /  7 for All Mankind DoJo, $169

What do you think about the return of flare jeans?
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