Category : Style

Spring is the perfect time to add new life to your closet and these 10 fantastic staple pieces will let you go ahead and start transitioning your wardrobe from spring to summer. From denim dresses to pendent necklaces, each of these items will be a stylish choice for your everyday life.

10 Closet staples for spring
1. Stripes

The shirt shown is by J.Crew for Net-A-Porter, but also look at places like Target or Forever 21 for striped t-shirts, sweaters and even tanks.

2. Midi skirt

If you have not tried the midi trend yet, you’ll be amazed by how long they make your legs look! Yes, it’s true. The midi I chose for this post is a super steal at just over $14 and I love it. I can see it with a blouse or a t-shirt, heels or flats… the possibilities are endless.

3. Trench

I love a classic long trench coat, but I fell in love with this short swing trench from J.Crew as a fresh new spin for spring. It is made of poplin and is just so versatile. This jacket would be a terrific addition to any closet.

4. Denim dress

Denim dresses are everywhere this season! This dress from Zara stood out to me, mostly because of the v-neck — which is flattering on most everyone — and the beautiful embellishment on the front. I’ve also seen great choices at Gap, Old Navy, Forever 21, and Target, so be sure to shop around.

5. Gladiator sandal

Gladiator sandals are still in style. My favorite pick is the Lowell flat by Tory Burch, but if you’re looking for a steal try one of these: Mossimo Wendi, Barbados Thong by Mia, or the Selma by Circus for Sam Edelman.

6. Lace

Lace, in general, is very feminine and beautiful, making it a great choice for spring. How can you not feel gorgeous wearing it? Try adding lace to your closet with a blouse like this one from J.Crew or a pullover from Anthropologie for a more casual look.

7. Perforated flats

Menswear is still a hot item on lists of trends, including for this spring. I am not a huge fan of loafers, because I was a child of the the ’90s when Eastland penny loafers were “the thing” to wear. But, I have completely jumped on board with the slip-on sneaker and perforated flat version of this trend. They are a nice change from ballet flats, still giving us a closed toe without having to wear socks. It’s a win-win! Many stores and designers have shoes in this style out right now and at every price point, from Payless to Neiman Marcus.

8. White jeans

White jeans, I love you with all of my heart. I love you in the spring with a dark sweater and into fall with riding boots. They are a clean, classic look. Your closet wants white jeans! Try a straight, slim fit like these.

9. Pendant necklace

From shiny gold to wooden beads, you can wear pendant necklaces with just about anything! And, you can find them everywhere right now — Instagram flash sales, Etsy, local boutiques, and most major retailers. Find one you love and I guarantee you will find yourself wearing it daily.

10. Chic carryall

Over-sized carryalls give you functionality and style in one. Whether heading to the office, park, or out to dinner, you can keep everything you might need on hand without compromising a chic look.

Whether you add one or all then of these staples to your closet this spring, take the time to find a style that fits you and wear it with confidence.

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Clean up your diet with the best juice cleanses

After the onslaught of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, your nutrition plan may feel a little stalled. Even if you don’t actually celebrate Easter, it’s not exactly easy to bypass the post-Easter candy clearance aisles. A juice cleanse can jump start you back into cleaner eating, and we’ve rounded up the best juice cleanses for you to try.

Juice cleanses

BluePrint offers three levels of cleansing intensity

Moving from snacking on candy to six liquid meals a day might seem drastic, but BluePrint® makes sure there’s a cleanse available for anyone who wants to clean up their diets. Their three cleanses — Renovation, Foundation and Excavation — are designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced cleansers. The basic difference is the amount of green juices are included versus fruit juices, because moving straight into a green-juice-heavy cleanse can be difficult, and BluePrint wants you to stick with your cleanse until you’re feeling healthier and more energized.

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Make your blender work for you with Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse

Not all juice cleanses need to break your budget. Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse arms you with a shopping list and recipe sheet that can have you on the way to healthier eating for $16 a day. Fruits and vegetables deliver bursts of phytochemicals and antioxidants through three different drinks throughout the day — you can choose one of the drinks to repeat for a snack if you’re feeling a little hungry. Green tea helps start your morning if you’re used to hot coffee. If you’re unsure about a cleanse, three days isn’t a terrible length of time to try, and the site has a bunch of great information about how to transition your body in a way that keeps you energized and comfortable.
Detox Juice Cleanse

Mix and match your juicing needs

Project Juice knows not all cleanse-doers are the same, and they’ve designed a way for you to personalize your experience to meet your own needs — and tastes. With the Project Juice Build Your Own Juice Cleanse, you choose everything, from the amount of days to the types of juices you want — 6 juices per day. Project juice has recommendations on how many of each type of juice you should include and why, for example, they recommend at least one nut juice for healthy fats and protein each day.

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Going green isn’t just about the environment

Go Green from Organic Avenue is a cleanse comprised of all green juices for three or five days. The low-glycemic, nut-free cleanse is packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, giving you the opportunity to really incorporate the benefits of green juice into your diet. The juice is delivered to your home after undergoing two cold-pressing processes to maintain the highest levels of freshness and nutrition.

Best Juice Cleanses

Make juicing part of your daily life

The benefits of incorporating cold-pressed, nutrient-dense juices into your diet don’t have to stop at the end of your juice cleanse. Life Juice urges juicers to use a cleanse to jump-start a lifestyle change. They recommend a three-day diet to slowly ease into the cleanse, then a one, three or five day all-juice diet, followed by incorporating juices into your daily diet in a way that works for you. Their juices work together on the cleanse to keep you balanced and supplied with the proper nutrients, but you can choose the juices you need for daily use to meet your individual needs — like getting more green vegetables into your diet or soothing your digestive system.

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Plan your meals around seasonal foods with Pure Food

With her new cookbook, Pure Food, Veronica Bosgraaf encourages moms to clean up their family’s eating by focusing on seasonal, healthy ingredients (Amazon, $10). Bosgraaf knows trying to balance healthy eating with a busy schedule isn’t easy, but her tips — and fantastic recipes — will help you find ways to bring simple, clean eating foods into your meal plan.

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5 Meal planning tips to make life easier as a mom

Veronica Bosgraaf shared some of her favorite meal planning tips that are sure to make clean eating a little easier at home:

1. Think simple: There are days when dinner is organic pasta, steamed green beans and cut up oranges, and my family loves it!

2. Keep a few constants always stocked:  I know that if I always have fruit, baby spinach, rice and lentils I can whip up a quick meal. These thing are always in my kitchen!

3. Make more than you need: If I’m making chili I double or triple the recipe, which doesn’t add much more work. We can either eat the leftovers later in the week or freeze them to pull out in a pinch.

4. Plan ahead: On Saturdays, I make a list of meals and the ingredients I need for the week. It makes cooking much more manageable!

5. Make meal preparation fun: Turn on some music, pour yourself a treat, and enjoy your time in the kitchen!

About Pure Food, by Veronica Bosgraaf

A busy mother who was seeking solutions for healthy, organic snacks for her kids, Veronica Bosgraaf decided to make one herself, the Pure Bar. Now nationally available, the bar kick-started a nutrition overhaul in Veronica’s home with clean foods and a simple way of cooking, replacing anything overly-processed and loaded with sugar.

Organized by month to highlight seasonal produce, Pure Food shares Veronica’s easy vegetarian recipes, many of which are also vegan and gluten-free.

With eighteen color photographs and tips for cleaning your kitchen and lifestyle – from drying your own herbs to eliminating chemical cleaners – Pure Food is the ultimate resource for living a healthy life.

Plant-based recipes take advantage of seasonal foods

I genuinely appreciate a seasonal, plant-based approach to eating. I don’t eat red meat at all, and I think plant-based meals have a little more versatility as leftovers — which is important when my five-year old changes his mind daily about what he likes and does not like to eat. Pure Food focuses on clean eating, which is helpful for families trying to reduce their reliance on processed foods.

Pure Food cookbook

I’ve been tempted for a few years to try a food co-op share for produce, but I haven’t yet tried one because I worry about what to actually do with the food that comes and is outside of my normal menu plans. With Pure Food, finding the right recipes for each time of the year is simple. It’s organized by month, and I like the way the recipes incorporate familiar foods with ones that might be new ones for your family — like the watercress salad found in the May section of the cookbook.

Keep the Pure Bar stashed in your bag

Honestly, there are days when I rely on some sort of bar for at least one my meals. I do my best to get the kids fed in a nutritionally balanced way, but sometimes I find myself running out of the house without having made anything for myself to eat. I’ve tried a variety of protein bars, and I really love the ingredients in the Pure Bars. Chocolate always catches my eye, but my current favorite Pure Bar is Cherry Cashew. Organic cherries and salty cashew perfection combine for a truly satisfying bar!

Pure Bar

You can find more from Veronica Bosgraaf, The Pure Bar, and Pure Food on her website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

What’s your biggest obstacle to cleaner eating?
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The Longest Ride PosterThe Longest Ride… In theaters Friday!

Well, hello there, cowboy! We can’t say that we’re not a little excited for the premiere of the latest Nicholas Sparks-based movie, The Longest Ride, which is in theaters this Friday, April 10th. How can you resist a love story that takes place at the rodeo, for goodness sakes?

While we haven’t seen the film yet ourselves, here’s what we do know about this film, which is sure to capture your heart, just like they always do… Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.

We don’t want to give too much away, so we’ll let The Longest Ride trailer fill in the blanks. Watch it below:

The Longest Ride styles you can wear

Ariat International, the well-known, bestselling western apparel and footwear brand is one of the major sponsors of professional bull riders, as well as a partner in The Longest Ride film, helping with the development and design of Luke Collins’ bull riding gear in the movie.

Rodeo Style Boots from The Longest Ride

Trust us… You don’t have to have any bull riding experience to wear these great styles from Ariat. They are fun, functional and stylish and their selection of boots can be paired with almost anything in your closet, from jeans to your favorite maxi dress to, dare we say it?, shorts!

Top row:
Ariat Stanton H2O Boots, $290
Ariat Showbaby Boots, $140
Ariat Mesteno Boots, $240

Bottom row:
Ariat Billie Boots, $170
Ariat Baja Boots, $190
Ariat Heritage Western R Toe, $170

The Longest Ride giveaway with Ariat International

One winner will receive a gift certificate for a pair of boots from Ariat International, up to a $250 value. They will also win a paperback copy of The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.

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You must be at least 18-years-old to enter and win.
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Giveaway ends 4/16/2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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Currently Obsessed with Lemon

Lemon squeezed for spring!

There is just something so refreshing about a big ol’ bowl of lemons. It makes me happy. Plain and simple. Not to mention, it is the easiest way to brighten up your home after a long winter!

I love this time of year, all the spring trends start to get me excited for summer, and the warm weather. A hot color for spring is yellow and I’ve also been seeing a lemon trend popping up too! I love lemons so much right now… you could call me a bit obsessed. In fact, we even started a Savvy Sassy Moms Lemon Pinterest Board!

Real lemons are easy to pick up at the grocery store, but if you want to put some lemons in a room other than your kitchen to last all season, you can purchase these cute Faux Mini Sugared Lemons we found from Pier One Imports, one of our favorite stores to find new spring home decor items — it’s always filled with so many cute things!

Yellow can be a tricky color to wear, but it is one of my favorite colors for accessories. Yellow sandals, bags and statement necklaces can be the color-key to any outfit. Try adding a yellow necklace to a plain t-shirt to dress it up a bit.

1. Boden Boho Printed Dress, $53 {on SALE}
2. When Life Hands You Lemons Napkins, $7
3. Littla Glass Bubble Bowl, $53
4. Julies Jewelry on Etsy, $10
5. Hayden-Harnett Lemon Leather Pouch, $78
6. Nail Polish Remover Pads, $6
7. Cabana Pillow Lemon, $20
8. Ranger Gladiator Sandal, $110
9. Land of Nod Farmer’s Market Crib Sheets, $24
10. Sweet Lemon Body Butter, $11 {on SALE}

Do you like the color yellow? Which is your favorite lemon item?
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Welcome the morning with a protein smoothie

Mornings can be tough, and sometimes you need more than coffee to get you moving. Blending together a breakfast smoothie is a fabulous way to start your day with the nutritional punch of fruits and vegetables, but you need protein to make sure you’re not hungry again in an hour. Personally, adding protein to my smoothies helps turn them from a healthy drink into a healthy meal, and I don’t need to eat until lunch. The problem is, some protein additives aren’t very transparent about what they’re hiding inside their little scoops of powder.

protein smoothies

The Kura difference

Kura New Zealand Protein Smoothie Powder is a fantastic way to give your favorite smoothie a protein and flavor boost — while being sure you’re filling your glass with ingredients you can feel confident are truly nutritious. Filled with protein, Omega-3 and probiotics, Kura protein smoothie powder helps you create a breakfast that starts your morning right. Kura is:

  • Made from Natural Ingredients
  • rBST-free
  • 14g Grass-fed Dairy Protein
  • GMO Free

Kura protein powder for smoothies

How to incorporate Kura protein powder into your smoothies

Smoothie recipes don’t have to be complicated. With the protein powder and flavors of Kura New Zealand Protein Smoothie Powder, creating a delicious smoothie is simple. Start with your favorite beverage — any sort of milk, water or coconut water work wonderfully — add Kura protein powder, add fruits and vegetables, and blend to your desired consistency. If you have a tried-and-true smoothie recipe — we have several here! — add Kura for a little extra boost of nutrition. The protein powder is available in three flavors — vanilla, berry and chocolate — which means it can be added effortlessly to any of your current smoothie recipes.

Kura protein smoothies

Choconut Smoothie — recipe available at

My favorite morning smoothie

I’m not going to lie. Smoothie making in my kitchen generally involves checking out the fruit to see what’s dangerously close to overripe and working from there, but some I do find myself looking forward to certain flavor combinations — especially anything involving pineapple.

Kura protein smoothie

Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more coconut water if you want a thinner consistency.

What is your favorite smoothie ingredient?
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Easter side dishes
Easter side dishes for a lovely family meal

Holiday meals don’t need to be complicated. Using simple ingredients in creative ways gives you the opportunity to offer your family delicious food that seems elegant and special, without taking you all day — or involving cooking skills only seen on TV.

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Vegetable dishes you’ll adore

Lemon Green Beans with Feta and Fried Pecans will satisfy even the most stubborn non-veggie eaters at your Easter table. The recipe from The Food Charlatan is fresh, filled with the delicious addition of feta and fried pecans and delivers non-soggy green beans every time — so important for cooked vegetable recipes.

The Endless Meal brings you her Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and your Easter guests will thank you for them. Not only does roasting vegetables turn them into a delicious, irresistible dish, the inclusion of bacon makes everything better. Kristen even includes a fantastic tip for how to time the cooking of the Brussels Sprouts to help get everything ready for your holiday meal at the right time.

Fabulous potato side dishes

Seasons & Suppers offers an Easter side dish that hits many of the favorite ingredients on your guests’ lists. Creamy Stood-up Potatoes with Bacon and Aged Cheddar is a recipe that takes a classic dish — scalloped potatoes — and tweaks it into the type of dish everyone will beg you to make for every holiday meal.

Herbed Potatoes Anna uses only five ingredients, but the finished result is a beautiful, elegant side dish that will look lovely on your Easter table. NeighborFood has identified an impossible-to-ignore flavor combination — potatoes and butter — and added three simple ingredients to create a flavorful side dish that tastes as amazing as it looks.

Creamy Purple Potato Salad from Zestuous adds a gorgeous pop of color to traditional potato salad — and a burst of flavor, too. The creamy potato salad uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo, which makes it a perfect recipe to try if you’re looking for a slightly different version of a traditional side dish.

A delicious, gluten free side dish

Gluten Free Spring Vegetable Stuffing from Little Leopard Book is a delicious way to accommodate gluten free friends and family members during your holiday meal. Dealing with dietary restrictions can be difficult during holidays, but this stuffing recipe combines your favorite flavors and a cozy, favorite dish using gluten free ingredients.

What side dishes does your family love?
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10 Best Beach Bags

Spring break is here and summer is just around the corner — whoo-hoo! Whether you are headed for Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean, you’ll obviously need a beach bag. Beach bags are an essential part of hitting the pool with all the right gear, and I’m not talking about the beach gear for the kids… I’m talking about beach gear for you!  As a mom, I usually have two beach bags — one for the kid stuff and one for the mom stuff — because throwing it all together into one bag is a total nightmare and something is sure to get broken, wet, or covered in sand.

We gathered some fun beach bags for you to check out for your next beach or pool vacation — no sand toys or swim goggles in here, ladies. These beach totes are for holding all the important items like your sunglasses, wallet, tablet, cell phone, keys, a water bottle and, of course, your favorite magazines. Since these are super-stylish beach bags, they’re also perfect for daytime excursions and could even be brought to dinner.

1. Independent Reign Linen Beach Bag, $139
2. Sun Protection Hats Tobago Tote, $180
3. O’Neill Latitude Beach Tote, $50
4. TOMS Lakeside Stripe Canvas Tote, $78
5. Maaji 316Max Beach Bag, $90
6. Modern Myth Beach Bag, $45
7. J Crew Mary Sol Caracas Tote, $115
8. Echo Metallic Geo Atlantic Tote, $78
9. Splendid Crystal Cove Tote, $128
10. Billabong Even Waves Jute Tote, $45

Which beach bag is your favorite?
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St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 8 fabulous cocktails — and mocktails

St. Patrick’s Day drinks aren’t limited to Guiness and unimpressive green beer. Gather your girlfriends for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering, complete with festive St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. We’ve rounded up some delicious drinks for the perfect girls’ night in — including two mocktails for any friends abstaining from alcohol.

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Classic St. Patrick’s Day cocktails — with a twist
  • Every St. Patrick’s Day should start with brunch and a Green Bloody Mary from Platings and Pairings — or at least the St. Patrick’s Days in our dreams. Garnish this spicy cocktail with lots of veggies, and you can call it nutrition in a glass.
  • Prepare for your St. Patrick’s Day drinking with delicious, decadent Homemade Irish Cream from The Art of Moseying. Whether you’re drinking it solo or using it to add a little punch to your coffee, this recipe will guarantee you’ll never go back to store-bought Irish Cream again.
Don’t forget the Irish Whiskey
  • Kitchen Riffs knows St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete without an Irish Whiskey cocktail, and The Brainstorm is a creative twist using classic ingredients. John also has several trivia facts about St. Patrick’s Day listed with the recipe, so check them out and impress your friends this March.
  • The Irish Buck from Kleinworth & Co. is a sparkling cocktail made with Irish Whiskey. With only three ingredients, the Irish Buck isn’t complicated, but you’ll want to fill your Collins glass a few times once you see what brings the bubbles to your glass.
Light St. Patrick’s Day cocktails
Alcohol-free St. Patrick’s Day options
  • The Shamrock Chip Shake from Veggies Don’t Bite not only offers a bit of alcohol-free deliciousness, the shake is bursting with nutrition. Spinach is hidden within the creamy, minty treat. Even kids will love this method of eating their veggies.
  • Kids will love the Homemade Mint White Hot Chocolate from The Gracious Wife. The recipe is simple enough that kids can help — even if it’s just with the marshmallows — and the warm drink is a cozy alternative to the icy options for St. Patrick’s Day.
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Happy birthday to YOU, Mom!

Some moms are easy to shop for (mostly because they’re always shopping for the kids and never for themselves!), but some are trickier to buy for. Whether you’re looking for some ideas for gifts for moms in your life — your mama friends, your own mom or mother-in-law, your sister — or if you’re on the hunt for some gift ideas to leave as hints for your own upcoming birthday, these birthday gifts from one of our favorite places to shop, UncommonGoods, are the perfect place to start.

Not only do we love UncommonGoods for their carefully curated selection of gifts for moms (and for dads and kids, while we’re at it!), but we love the way they operate, with a focus on carrying products that are made in the USA and that are created using recycled and/or upcycled materials. Plus, their dedication to the charities they support makes shopping with them twice as sweet.

10 Birthday gifts for moms from UncommonGoods

10 Gift ideas for moms from UncommonGoods

1. Foldable Market Basket, $35
Fill this basket with a bouquet of her favorite flowers or stock it with colorful fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market or give it to her just as-is for the perfect birthday gift for Mom. These foldable baskets come in handy for everything mom-related, from last-minute park picnic dates to hauling her baseball game watching supplies to the bleachers.

2. Wearable Candle, $28
For the mom who loves to relax after a long day, gift her with one of these pretty candles that doubles as a solid perfume and a body butter! It’s fresh scent will be a favorite for any mom, no matter what kind of perfume or lotion she typically wears.

3. Wayuu Handwoven Cosmetics Pouch, $38
Have you ever looked inside of a mom’s purse? There’s a reason why moms are known for carrying everything and the kitchen sink in there! Help keep Mom organized with one of these bright, colorful cosmetic pouches. Fill it with some of her favorite beauty products to make it extra special!

Looking for something a little more personal for your mom? Take a peek at the personalized gifts from UncommonGoods here.

4. Cheese & Crackers Serving Board, $48
Moms who love to entertain will think this cheese and cracker serving board is the perfect gift. Add a few of her own favorite snacks to go with it… and maybe a bottle of wine, just to be safe!

5. Forget Me Not Rings, $48
Not that she could ever forget her sweet kiddos (even if she tried!), this ring is a precious gift to remind her of the little ones who love her most.

6. Wine Jelly Set, $14
Hey, Mom? Want some wine on the side of that wine? These wine jelly sets are a fun addition to her next mom’s night out and are available in two flavors — sweet or savory.

7. Mom Vase, $32
Just add flowers to make this one of the most memorable birthday gifts for moms. And, don’t forget to keep adding fresh flowers to make it a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.

Don’t stop shopping with Mom! UncommonGoods has the absolute best gifts for kids, for dads, for grandparents, for teachers, for anyone you’re shopping for. Find their entire collection of birthday gift ideas here.

8. Define Bottle, $25 (Editor’s Pick!)
With a million cool water bottles to pick from these days, this one is a standout. Add fruit or slices of lemon or fresh mint in the bottom compartment for flavored water to keep Mom hydrated when she’s chasing after her little ones.

9. Bike Tote, $48
The perfect spot to stash some snacks, drinks and, most importantly, a first aid kit, for family-friendly bike rides, this bike tote is super cute and functional. Plus, it detaches and turns into a tote!

10. Benbini Watch, $99
A watch that was designed with functions that moms can appreciate with two rotating bezels to bookmark times for feedings or nap times. Beyond its function, it’s also made of soft silicon and extremely stylish, too.

Any of these gifts for moms on your wishlist?
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