Easy Weeknight Dinner

Easy, minimal ingredients, and tasty (like tasty enough to earn kid approval), those are my weeknight meal requirements. This easy, healthy chili ticks all the boxes. Bonus? I almost always have most the ingredients for this dish already in my house! Something to note, you’ll notice down below when I go over what you’ll need to make this dinner, one of the sections is labeled as “pantry items”. I am a big believer in having a well stocked pantry, it really does make preparing dishes so much easier. Let me know if you’re interested in my take on a well stocked pantry, there’s also many resources pertaining to this subject on Google! 🙂

I also want to quickly mention is how easy this is to make vegan/vegetarian! This time I made the chili I didn’t have any hamburger or ground turkey, but I did have extra beans! I chose to forego meat and add extra beans in as the main source of protein, super filling and delicious, not to mention beans are cheaper than meat. Omit dairy (cheese and sour cream topping) to make it vegan.

Sauté those peppers and onion in some olive oil and a sprinkle of salt until translucent.

Then, simply add all the rest of the ingredients, it’s that easy.

Finished product, so tasty. I always make a big batch of this that will feed my family of four for two dinners and a lunch.


•1 lb ground beef or turkey (omit if vegan/vegetarian)

•1-2 onions

•1-2 bell peppers (any color will do)

Pantry items:

•2-5 garlic cloves, minced

•2-4 cans of beans (if you aren’t using meat I’d go for 4 cans as this will be your main source of protein!)

•2-3 cans low-sodium diced tomatoes, un-drained

•1 can tomato paste

•1-2, 32 oz low sodium stock (chicken, beef or veggie depending on what protein source you’re using)

•little bit of oil (to sauté in)

•cumin, chili powder, oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes or crushed red pepper (I usually leave this out, my kids can’t hang with all that spice) salt & pepper to taste


•topping ideas: chives, cheese, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips


1. Sauté onion and pepper till soft (sprinkle with salt to help soften)

2. Add minced garlic cloves and ground beef or turkey (if using, otherwise skip to next step!)

3. Add all remaining ingredients and let simmer, the longer you can let it simmer the better, I like to give mine roughly 3 hours if I can. Add liquid (stock or water) as needed to reach desired consistency.

4. Add your favorite toppings and serve with fresh rolls (recipe coming soon 😉), or really good bread, and enjoy!

REMEMBER! Add and omit as you see fit, my motto when in the kitchen. 😉 There are no rules and no exacts, which is why the spices above are without a measurement or recommendation. This is really just a base recipe, add more beans if you like, less tomatoes, you name it, have fun!

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time!




New Colourpop palettes

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great week! I’m comin’ at you with a review on the new Colourpop Give it to me Straight eyeshadow palette and the IN NUDE ENDO highlighter palette. Look, I’m just going to cut right to the chase and keep this post concise… these palettes are really good and really worth the price. There were a couple eyeshadow shades that required some finessing, I will mention them when we get there, but nothing major or unusable. Colourpop products, the ones I’ve tried, compete with Sephora, or high-end products and I’m continually impressed!

*These products have been purchased by yours truly, Colourpop doesn’t know who I am, nor do they care about my opinion. With that out-of-the-way, lets swatch!

876I really enjoy the packaging, neither palette comes with a mirror, no biggie to me but worth mentioning! Lets look at the eyeshadow palette first…


Give It To Me Straight shadow palette – $16.00

Swatches are from top row to bottom, keep in mind that swatches are not a representation of performance or application, they are merely to show the color! Seemingly pigmented, beautiful shades can apply poorly on the lid and vice versa, so don’t judge a shadow by its swatch. 😉 I’m happy to report that these swatch well, apply well and wear well, YAY! Top row, left to right: Matter of Fact, Up Front, Straight Up, and BS. Middle row, left to right: Frank, Candid, Forthright, and Downright. Bottom row, left to right: Truth Hurts, Be Blunt, TMI and Actually. I had no issues with any of the shades except Forthright and Downright (middle row, two on the right, see middle picture). Forthright is kind of flaky but workable and Downright was slightly patchy but I haven’t had any issues blending it out on the eye, take a good fluffy brush to it and you’ll be just fine. The only other issue, for me, that I can see with this palette is the lack of a light, matte, highlight shade. The lightest matte shade in this palette is WAY too dark and pink to be used as a highlight on me. I think if you’re fairer than me or even slightly darker, you will find that this palette is missing that nice matte highlight shade. I’ve been using this palette for just over a week now and have gotten some really gorgeous looks, highly recommend.


IN NUDE ENDO pressed powder highlighter palette – $18.00

Next up is this gorgeous beaut, these highlights are gorgeous, reflective, glossy goodness. Top three, left to right: Fine Line, On The Loose, and Glad You Came. Bottom three, left to right: Losing Sleep, Morning After, and On Tempo. I prefer a glossy highlight over any other, I do not like glitter in my highlighter and I want it to lay smooth, without emphasizing texture. These tick ALL THE BOXES. I adore these shades so much, Fine Line and Glad You Came (top row, left and right pans) are my favorites for my skin tone, the others are beautiful as shadows (Tip: easy for travel, these plus bronzer, all you need for a gorgeous eye look!). These highlights hang around ALL DAY LONG, I will apply at 8:00 a.m. and it’s still there when I go to wash my face at night. Highly recommend this palette!


That’s going to wrap this post up friends! Leave me any questions or requests you might have and let me know if you’ve tried these and what you think! Also, be sure to check my Instagram and Facebook if you’re interested in other daily happenings. 🙂 Thanks so much for your support, we’ll chat soon. 







6 Standout Products of 2017

Hi guys, long time no see! Sorry I’ve been mia, the holidays kicked my butt and now 2018 is kicking my butt… summer is just around the corner, right? Haha! Anywho, I thought I’d share some of the standout products I tried in 2017, I had many favorites but these products really stood out to me and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying them! So, let’s go ahead and get into it. 🙂

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator 

I know, I know, who do I think I am with this fancy product, but GUYS. I went into my local Sephora, the girl helping me had it on and it looked like the most glossy beautiful shine I’d ever seen on a face and I just had to have it. When I wear this it makes my skin look healthy and glowy in a natural way but you can also build this up to be really intense. It sits beautifully on top of powder, I use my finger tips to apply and then push it into the skin with my beauty sponge. I adore this highlight!

Colourpop Semi-Precious palette

Do I even need to say anything? No, no I don’t, those swatches speak for themselves, and yes, if you apply with your finger tip, they look JUST like that on the eye. This is a full shimmer palette and I’m obsessed with it. These shadows aren’t glittery, they’re glowy and shiny and metallic and all things beautiful. I love the size of this palette for travel, pair with some bronzer in your crease and you’ve got an easy, gorgeous eye look. Love how affordable Colourpop products are and they always bring the quality, congrats to the brand for all their successful releases in 2017! **COMING SOON: a review on the newly released eyeshadow palette and highlighter palette, keep your eyes peeled!

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow

Yes, one more Colourpop shoutout. I adore their super shock formula, it is budge proof, crease proof, lasts beautifully ALL DAY LONG. If you’ve never tried this formula, it isn’t a powder, it isn’t a cream, it’s something else, feels kind of like clay but more smooth… it’s strange but boy does it WORK! These are some of my favorite shades, left to right (based on pictures above): Wattles-a satin, love to use a fluffy brush and work this all over the lid and up into the crease for a one shadow look, finish with a pop of your favorite highlighter on the inner corner and you’ve got a quick, easy and polished eye look. Muse-an ultra metallic, this all over the lid with a nice warm shade blended in the crease is perfection for a night out. Telepathy-an ultra metallic, I think this shade speaks for itself, this is a stunning chartreuse shade, love to pair this with a deep neutral brown, or black would look nice too, this shade gets attention! Smash-a satin, again, I love to work this all over the lid and into the crease with a fluffy brush, pop some highlight in the inner corner and you’ve got another easy one shadow look that will last alllllll day! TO-A-T-a matte, easily one of my favorite matte warm browns of all time, I adore working this into the crease and outer corner for an all matte eye look, or pop a shiny shade on the lid with it! I have so many favorites from the super shock line but these are a few that I use often and love. Ps. yes, I 100% cheated and counted these as one product. Haha! 

No7 Match Made Bronzer 

This was in my favorites a while back and I’m still loving it. I have this bronzer in the shade caramel, it is a satin bronzer, not matte but definitely not shimmery, it just makes my skin look healthy and warm (in a non-oompa loompa way). The shade caramel isn’t too warm or cool, it’s neutral perfection. There are two other shades (last I checked) in this line that I personally haven’t tried. I just love this formula, it goes on really smooth, blends easily and lasts all day!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

I feared this day would come… when I would have to post a pic of my face on here in the name of beauty (let’s all collectively laugh together). Ughhh, I hate selfies guys, but I really wanted to show you how gorge this mascara makes your lashes look (this pic was snapped after 8 hours of wear too)! While my lashes are decently thick and long (full disclosure, I use Neulash to help get that length), they’re also super blonde and straight, zero curl comes to the party naturally. This mascara gives me volume and length, holds my curl and lasts all day with no smudging, flaking or transferring. Tried this on recommendation by my cousin (shoutout to Ashley!) and am hooked! I know, it’s a high-end mascara, which I use to think was so dumb to spend that cash monay on, but I haven’t been able to find a drugstore mascara that does it all, especially hold a curl without being waterproof, but then waterproof tends to transfer even worse onto my lids than non-waterproof… such a struggle guys. Highly recommend this gem!

Dior Addict Eau de Parfum

9Last up is this stunning perfume! This perfume is warm, sultry and gets serious attention. I own quite a few different perfumes and this is the one I always get questions about. This is described, by Fragrantica (shoutout to Fragrantica.com for their helpful fragrance reviews), as an oriental fragrance with floral notes. Top notes are: blackberry and mandarin leaf. Middle notes are: orange blossom, night blooming cereus, jasmine and rose. Bass notes are: sandalwood, Tonka bean, and vanilla. When you first spray this on your skin, you will notice the floral notes, but those dissipate on me and the dry down is pure vanilla, Tonka bean, sandalwood warmth but in a really unique and sophisticated way. This is hands down my favorite perfume of all time, all year long, for every occasion. Highly recommend you pop into your local Macys, Sephora, etc. and take a wiff. Pro tip: if you’re interested in a perfume go to the store with no scent on (lotion, perfume, etc.) and spray it on your wrists, wear it for a few hours to get a feel for what it will smell like on your skin from first spray to dry down and beyond. Perfume is expensive, I never buy without first trying it on my skin to see how it reacts with my body chemistry. 

There you have it friends, a few things I’m loving thanks to my adventures in 2017! Thanks for hanging with me while I get the busyness under control. Let me know if you have any questions, any reviews you want to see, new products you’re interested in, etc. I’d love to chat! 🙂

Until next time, 

Brooke 🙂

Warm Toned Eyeshadows + Tarte Tartelette Toasted Thoughts

Hey guys and happy Saturday! Sorry to be mia yesterday, my family went for a little overnight outing, so we were a wee bit busy. Today we’re going to discuss warm toned eyeshadow palettes as well as my thoughts on the new Tarte Tartelette Toasted eyeshadow palette. Warm toned eyeshadows are all the rage right now, and I’m not mad at it. Warm tones are my personal favorite since they flatter my undertone more so than cool toned shadows, which tend to make me look sick. Today I’m going to show you swatches of the warm toned palettes I own. Hopefully, if you’ve been looking at getting one, this post will help you decide which might be right for you! So, let’s go ahead and get into it.

First we’re going to discuss the new Tarte Tartelette Toasted palette, let’s take a gander, shall we?

I think Tarte nailed it with this palette, it’s well-rounded, user-friendly, and easy to create complete looks with. I think this palette is suitable for beginners but in general, anyone would enjoy it. Two BIG thumbs up from me!


Next up is the Tarte Pro To Go palette. This is a mini palette but it packs a punch, with almost everything you need to create a complete look (missing a cream/white shade, in my opinion) I think this little palette is a top contender! The formula here is pigmented, smooth and the shadows blend nicely. While this palette doesn’t scream warm toned, the main crease shade pulls warm, there’s a nice gold, a few neutral shades and some nice plummy jewel tones. I think this palette is great for those just dipping their toes in the shadow game, or anyone that doesn’t wanna drop big bucks on a palette (it will only run you $23.00!).


Next is the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. Again, this palette is beautiful, pigmented, easy to work with, and has everything you need for daytime looks to dark nighttime looks. This palette isn’t primarily warm like some we’re going to discuss but there are definitely quite a few warm toned shades in it. The mix of warm, neutral and cool make it more versatile for more people. I think this palette would suit most anyone from beginner to advanced, highly recommend!


Next is another Too Faced palette, the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes. This is one of my top favorites in terms of eye shadow palettes. It’s got everything I need to create simple, light daytime appropriate looks but also, dark nighttime looks. I love the shade selection, I love the formula, it smells like a peach, I think this palette is really user-friendly and easy to work with. 10/10 would highly recommend! 🙂


Next is the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. *Le sigh* This palette is the most aesthetically pleasing to my eye, I think it’s the most intriguing and most beautiful to look at, but? This beaut is not user-friendly and I would say, not for beginners. I would actually venture to say that Urban Decay shadows in general aren’t for beginners. They are REALLLLLLY pigmented and you’ve gotta be careful and know how to blend. I absolutely love this palette, I think it’s the most unique warm toned palette that I’ve tried. The metallics in this palette are so unique and even the darker mattes, I’ve never seen anything like them. Who is this for? A makeup lover with some experience in blending. Haha! This is a palette I’ll go to for a nighttime dramatic eye, I don’t usually gravitate to it for daytime looks but I can definitely make it work… and it’s worth it for those stunning metallic shades.



Last up is the Colourpop Yes, Please! palette. Since I just did a full review on this palette (that was actually my last post! Go check it out if you want the full on nitty-gritty), I’m going to cut straight to the chase, I don’t think this palette is necessarily the best for beginners, I think this one leans SO warm that it can get “I have the flu and am sick” really quickly (haha!). Similar to the Urban Decay, this one almost leans completely orangey/red with not much else to work it and that can sometimes be challenging to work with. This palette is nice and I’ve achieved some really pretty looks with it but be careful if you’re still new to the eyeshadow game (but really, do whatever you want, there are no rules in makeup!). Bonus? This will only cost you $16.00, and the quality competes with these high-end shadow palettes (with a few small caveats… see my full review for those details), win win! Overall, nicely done Colourpop.


To sum it all up! My favorite palette of all of these is probably the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette, I reach for it almost everyday that I wear makeup because it’s so versatile and blends so easily. If I want a pop of shimmer, I just reach for the highlight I’m using that day, use my finger to pop a little on the center of the lid, and in the inner corner. My other favorite is the Tarte Tartelette Toasted palette, I think it’s really well-rounded and easy to use. If I was going to recommend one to a beginner, I’d say the Tarte Tartelette Toasted palette, for sure. I love all of these palettes here though so if one catches your eye, it’s got my stamp of approval and I recommend it! With that, we conclude this review, swatchfest, warm toned palette goodness. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to chatting again on Tuesday! Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram and Facebook, both are @mrsmombrooke or click the little icons at the bottom of the page. Thanks friends! 🙂

Colourpop Haul & Review

Happy Tuesday friends! I recently placed an order with Colourpop cosmetics. If you aren’t familiar, Colourpop is a company based out of California, they make affordable makeup and are known for their strange putty like texture. Recently though, they’ve expanded their line and now carry pressed powder products, concealers, etc and all at an affordable price! I recently ordered a few products and thought I’d share my thoughts on a few. So, let’s get into it.



First up, we’ll discuss the highlighters. I ordered one of their classic “Super Shock Highlighters” and 4 of their newer “Pressed Powder Highlighters”. I swatched them all next to each other for reference, that way you can easily compare colors, let’s take a look.

First is the classic super shock formula in the shade Flexitarian, you GUYS. This highlight is absolutely STUNNING. This is Colourpop’s classic putty type formula, it’s not a cream, it’s not a powder, it’s something strange and in between. It goes on easily over top of powders without disturbing your makeup. I prefer to apply this with my fingers, it is cruelty free, vegan and only $8.00, HIGHLY recommend this one!


Next are the newer pressed powder formula highlights, I’m going to post all the pictures, just labeling shade names and then I’ll discuss the formula.

Ruffle My Feathers, swatched under Flexitarian

Top to bottom: Flexitarian, Ruffle My Feathers, Here Kitty Kitty

Top to bottom: Flexitarian, Ruffle My Feathers, Here Kitty Kitty, S’il Vous Play

Top to bottom: Flexitarian, Ruffle My Feathers, Here Kitty Kitty, S’il Vous Play, Boujee Call

These Colourpop Pressed Powder Highlights are also $8.00, cruelty free, and vegan (I’m not sure that all their shades in this formula are vegan though so if that’s important to you, be sure and check before you order!). These highlights come separate from their little compact, when you receive them it will just be the pan packaged separate from the compact, you drop the pan into the magnetized compact and you’re good to go. The compact does not cost extra. Overall, I am happy with these highlights, they are well worth the money and the quality competes with high end highlighters. My favorites are Flexitarian (super shock formula) and Here Kitty Kitty in the pressed powder formula. S’il Vous Play and Ruffle My Feathers were my least favorite, I found the formula to require some building and they weren’t quite as smooth and glossy as the others but still, definitely not bad and if you like the color, I say go for it.

Next up we’ll discuss the eyeshadow palette I ordered (I own two of their other eyeshadow palettes too, if you’d like to see a review and swatches on those, let me know and I’d be happy to do that!).

This is the “Yes, Please!” palette (which is weird because the front of the actual palette says cute af, not my favorite packaging ever but… I actually prefer the box (outer packaging) that this palette came in, so cute with the bright yellow and what not. Packaging aside, this palette looked promising, warm shadows are my favorite and this is as warm and toasty as they come! Let’s get into swatches and then I’ll give you my final thoughts.

You’ll notice there are two swatches of each color, the top is a brush swatch (with a basic flat shader brush) and the bottom is a finger swatch. These all swatched quite beautifully! I did notice that in the second row (middle picture, second color from the top, the gold shade) the gold shade was a bit crumbly but you can see from the swatches that I was able to work with it and still achieve beautiful, shiny color payoff. In that same row (middle picture, 4th shade), the last burnt orange shade needed a little help too, I had to build it up slightly, definitely wasn’t a deal breaker for me but I did want to mention it. Last thing I wanted to note, you’ll notice in the left-hand picture, the cream shade at the top looks non-existent because it is basically the same shade as my skin. Overall, I am impressed with this palette, I have been able to achieve some really beautiful looks with these shadows, they blend easily and wear really well. This palette will run you $16.00 (which is mind blowing to me) and is cruelty free (note: not vegan due to, presumably, carmine… go ahead and Google it if you’re interested). This palette is a big hit for me and competes with high end brands in terms of quality. Very well done Colourpop!

That’s going to conclude this haul and review! All products are available on Colourpop’s website, http://www.colourpop.com (free shipping over $50). Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll see you all on Friday! 🙂


Make a Glitter Bomb With Your kids

Well well well, fancy seeing you here. Last night I made glitter bombs (what my kids are calling them) with my kiddos and their friends (it was sleepover Friday), it was such a hit, and I had a few questions from people asking how we made them. Let me preface this by saying that this isn’t some unique or original thing, if you Google “easy kid crafts”, you’ll find tons of variations of this experiment, this is just how we did it and it was super fun, easy and cheap. Let’s get started.

What you’ll need…

What you needYou don’t have to use a mason jar, this is what we went with, be sure to use something with a lid that closes tightly (we tried the plastic mason jar lids, it was a no-go), and be sure to go with glass.

Step one: fill your container just over half with vegetable oil..

add oil

Step two: add water…

add water

You should now have something that looks like this and a perfect opportunity to discuss oil, water, density, molecules, etc… 😉

what it should look like now.JPG

Next comes the fun part! Add your food coloring, keep in mind that dark colors will overtake everything a bit so add less, we went with roughly 10-13 drops in total.

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Then you can add glitter, you could probably even try little confetti pieces, whatever you’d like, we stuck to food coloring and glitter (this time).

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Then we’re going to add the alka-seltzer for some effervescence, we broke the seltzer tabs up into chunks…

add alka seltzer


Ooh, ahh…. so pretty!

end result

This is the end result, if you skip the glitter, the food coloring will hang together more and create a different effect… but who skips glitter? 😉 My kids had so much fun with this and it was educational, win win. Happy Saturday friends, hope your weekend is bomb dot com and we’ll chat again on Tuesday!

5 Favorites for October

Hey hey hey, it’s Friday! YAYYYY! We made it through another week, HUZZAH! Today we’re going to discuss my 5 favorites of October, of course I probably had more than just 5 favorites during the month of October but I had to narrow it somewhere and 5 seemed appropriate. My favorites won’t always be beauty related things but for this month they are! Can’t wait to share them with you and hope you enjoy. 🙂

First up, a blush I have loved for a lonnnnng time but just pulled out again this month and have been really enjoying it. The blush is called Madly, by Nars. It’s a beautiful satin formula, and goes on as a dusty warm dusty rose shade, it is a STUNNER and will suit many skintones. Nars makes some of my favorite powder products, they seem to always nail it, feast your eyes upon this baby…


Isn’t she lovely? Yes, yes she is. 😉

And next, we’re talking highlight. If you know me, you know I love highlight, it’s my favorite makeup product ever, I love to apply it, it livens up my dull dry skin and keeps skin looking youthful (dry, dull = aging. glowy, radiance = youth). I love to sweep highlight on the high points of my cheekbones (just under the outer corner of my eye and up round the temple creating a c shape, bring it down and blend toward the apple of the cheek but not all the way in (remember, typically, the farther toward your nose, the more visible pores are. You’ll want to keep this area more matte!). Okay, so let’s talk about my, quite possibly, favorite highlighter of ALL TIME. It’s glowy and reflective and just absolutely stunning!


Are you seeing what I’m seeing? This is Makeup Geek Highlighter in the shade Luster. At first when I received it I didn’t think I was going to be a fan, it looked REALLY pink and dark, but when you get this on the cheeks, it transforms into glossy goodness. Beautiful. Makeup Geek carries a huge range of highlight shades for very fair to deep skin tones so everyone can get their hands on and enjoy this gorgeous formula. I own a few but Luster is definitely my favorite!

Let’s talk about that base… foundation base! I have been testing a new foundation for about 2 months now, Bareminerals BarePRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, I’ve got mine in the shade Champagne 03. This foundation gives a solid medium coverage on me, doesn’t feel heavy, sets down to a nice natural finish, smooths out my skin and wears beautifully ALL DAY. I also want to mention that this hasn’t caused any breakouts or weirdness, I have really sensitive, reactive skin and this foundation hasn’t caused any reactions. A plus plus!


I’m going out-of-order here but next we’ll discuss primer. The Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer is a FAB pore and wrinkle smoother! Now, I don’t have majorly large pores and just a few fine lines but I really love how this stuff smooths my skin for makeup application. I apply it right after washing and moisturizing my face and by the end of the day, my makeup still looks flawless, highly recommend. I bought the smaller “travel size” at Sephora, you don’t need a whole lot (the amount you see in the picture is how much I typically use) so I think this should last me a while!


Last, but certainly not least is bronzer. I have been loving the No7 Match Made bronzer, mine is in the shade Caramel. This bronzer comes in 3 different shades, I have the middle shade here purely because I prefer the tone of it over the lightest. None of the 3 shades available are very dark so unfortunately, if you do have deeper skin, I don’t know that you’ll find a shade deep enough, hopefully No7 will come out with more color options soon because this stuff is stunning! It blends out beautifully, wears all day, it’s described as matte but I think it looks satin, definitely not shimmery or glittery but very natural looking. Beautiful!


There you have it folks, my 5 favorites for the month of October! I’ll be posting 5 favorites on the last Friday of each month so look for a new 5 favorites in November! The blush, primer and foundation are available at Sephora, Makeup Geek highlight is available at makeupgeek.com and bronzer is available at Target. Thanks for reading friends, we’ll chat again on Tuesday, hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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