Stress Free Holiday Ideas & Win with Stressfreeprint

I adore the summer holidays. To me they are almost as good as Christmas! The joys of turning the alarm off for 6 whole weeks, the bliss of lazy breakfasts and long dusky evenings. However I suspect I’m one of the few who view it with such delight. In fact half the parents at pickup were up in arms with what to do with their children this holiday. 


Well I’ve been very lucky that StressFreePrint sent me a lovely hamper of things to do with the boys this summer. They immediately dived in to the Usborne 365 things to do and fast started book marking what we could do. And due to the huge heatwave we had fruit juice and lemonade were immediately put in the moulds (and then pulled out again ten minutes later to show their friends) These have been great as we have tried everything from frozen yoghurt, juice with fruit pieces, lemonade and oooh pretty much anything we could pour in them. This weekend we have tried the funky vegetable….

Wonderful hey? In fact growing veg for the kids does feature in my top ten of stress free holiday ideas:

1, Build a fort! Free and it can be made inside or outside depending on the weather. Why not as an added extra make a little picnic to take and eat within the fort too? We used binoculars to make our way around the garden and keep out of sight of Tigers & other deadly hunters back to the safety of our tent!

2, Frozen Chalk Paints, The perfect thing for hot days frozen chalk makes for a great art project! Reading Confetti blog has some amazing ideas for her chalk paint from making frothy ones to treasure ones but for a simple recipe:  Make up half corn-starch to half water (add a little more water than corn-starch) food colouring and freeze! Either into ice cube trays or into popsicles.

3, Head to a museum! I know this sounds boring but boy are there some amazing ones out there! From the science museum in London to our local one which displays a mummy they are not free and many run free event s throughout the holidays.

4, If its raining why not build your own Marble run? Use anything you find in the house from lego to toilet rolls! It’s amazing what you can make when you start playing and trying! Just make sure you have plenty of tape in the house!

5, Head over to the National Trusts 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 and see how many you can complete. National Trust are running lots of events through the holidays so you can take part of any you're missing.  
6, Plant a veg garden! Failing that why not a window garden? So many plants can now be grown on windows or even on the fridge? Get a light flower pot and glue some magnets on the back! As you can see we have chilli in ours!

7, Have a water fight! If you don’t have water pistols in the house why not use nerf guns or even plastic jugs? We have friends who regular go up on the local common with their nerf and water pistols and spend the day acting each other (they’re in the thirties!)

8, Scavenger Hunt! Head out side and start collecting. When you have a bag full why not take them back home and make a picture with what you’ve found? Even in summer there’s leaves on the ground or flowers to be pressed.  Sticks and stones to be glued or if by the sea, sea weed and shells!

9, Sledding! Grab a plastic bag or even a tin tray and head for the hills. I had a few misspent summer sliding down the hills in our local park on plastic bags! Its just as tiring as when it snows only a lot warmer!

10, Look around at local stores! Waterstones, Homebase, Garden centres all have fun free events on your kids throughout the holidays! Have half an hour of peace while someone else organises the activities!

If you like any of these ideas why not start up a “mum I’m bored jar?”

StressFreePrint have offered us a hamper to share with you too. So enter below & good luck & enjoy the break!!

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211 comments:

  1. We love to get crafty and make things. Go on picnics and the park

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  2. Going for walks in local country park ( Melanie M )

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  3. We live by the beach so picnics on the beach, exploring rock pools, building sandcastles, painting pebbles and shells....

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  4. We like having picnics with friends and family at nearby parks

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  5. Family days out and picnics!

    Ashleigh

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  6. I like going for long walks.

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  7. We like to get out and about - down the beach or up the downs on nature hunts are our favourite.

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  8. We love to go out even if it's just to the park in the afternoon.

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  9. we like to have picnics in the park in the summer

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  10. Relaxing with a good book in a hammock.

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  11. Love when the weather picks up we go camping, love it x

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  12. Picnincs in the countryside :) x

    Hayley Green

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  13. We like visiting Holland Park in West London as they have a big adventure playground for the kids and the park itself is lovely.

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  14. laura jayne bates13 August 2014 at 15:15

    going to theme parks

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  15. Spending quality time with the kids. Long evening walks, visits to the beach, BBQs and exploring new places. Love summer.

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  16. Visiting historic sites, oh and drinking local wine/beer :)

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  17. going to long walks
    olga carpenter

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  18. spending time with family and friends

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  19. the beach here in Caister has lots of little pools on the beach so it is the perfect place to paddle. Tara Clover

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  20. Visiting parks and museums

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  21. Getting outdoors into the summer sunshine when possible. For picnics, walks in th park etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  22. Going to the seaside or walking in the woods
    Claire D

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  23. we like going camping in the back garden or at our family's camping park and have bonfires and roast marshmallows :)

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  24. watching lots of films on a rainy day and park when its sunny xx

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  25. taking the time to do things together as a family x

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  26. Looking in rock pools with the kids

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  27. We like to go for picnics in the country park x

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  28. We go to our local park which is huge and always has a lake so we can feed the ducks (with strong supervision of course). If it's race day we watch the horses gallop past as well. All for free. :)

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  29. long lies, lounging about & theme parks

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  30. chilling with my babies & doing lots of family things together

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  31. spending time with my kids
    kinseyemma@yahoo.com

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  32. Going to the beach, shopping, day trips, spending time with friends and family.

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  33. Baking and spending time outside when I can

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  34. THE THREE R'S -- RESTING, READING AND RELAXING

    KATHY D

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  35. I love going to the beach and going rock pooling

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  36. Amazing me and my son Jamie love to back cakes, craft, making loom bands hehe also love to plant seeds and watch them grow x

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  37. We love exploring the local area going on long walks, baking, playing berry picking

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  38. I love spending time with my grandchildren whether playing at home or going on days out.

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  39. Lots of time with the children. Park play areas, day trips out to the beach. Arts and crafts at home xx

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  40. I like to relax and spend time in the swimming pool. I also like to explore new places

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  41. Days out, picnics or trips to the beach

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  42. We love climbing the massive sand dunes and having a picnic on top of the highest one x

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  43. A family picnic is always a good way to spend a day.

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  44. Spending time together exploring the area around our home

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  45. Going to the beach with the puppy

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  46. we go camping somewhere new and explore the river and woodland. favorite activity is bug hunting and fishing using jars in the river or lakes followed by a picnic

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  47. having day trips to theme parks

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  48. We like swimming and going for picnics

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  49. Catherine McAlinden16 August 2014 at 19:48

    Spending time together as a family.

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  50. spending time with the grandchildren

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  51. Visiting the beach and water fights in the garden.

    @rachiegr

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  52. days out going on the train seeing where it takes us

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  53. we are very lucky living 30 min walk from the beach, and bournemouth gardens behind our flat. plenty of picnics, building sandcastles or just going to the park. making the most of the sun

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  54. Spending time with the family.

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  55. Going on picnics and playing with my daughter.

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  56. BBQs, and a beauty spot just around the corner. How lucky is that!

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  57. my children love to collect leaves and bits from walks then craft with them later

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  58. We're having days out with friends my dd doesn't see often

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  59. I like days out exploring castles & National Trust gardens.

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  60. we have been enjoying picnics x maria blythin

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  61. bouncy castle in garden,waterslides,park,picnics,beach,days out etc

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  62. Get out in the fresh air - picnic - then plenty of energy release time

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  63. I love having day's out, preferably somewhere with lots of space for them to run wild

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  64. Rainy days- crafts and painting. Nice days - exploring

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  65. We love trying new things and visiting new places :)

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  66. Cycling together and lots of picnics.

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  67. Walking in the countryisde and seeing wildlife

    trevor linvell

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  68. we spend a lot of time down the beach collecting shells, seaweed and anything that takes my grandsons fancy

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  69. Visiting new places

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  70. lots of days out with picnic lunches

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  71. Having lots if days out. Playing in the garden with water, sand. Going to,the park. Eating outside and using our garden as an extension to our house.

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  72. taking my children out for the day @bexallum

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  73. Picnics at a country house (with an adventure playground)

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  74. spending as much time outdoors with my little one as possible, sun is rare here in scotland! we make the most of it!

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  75. Making the most of the outdoors (when the weather permits!) having picnics, going to the beach and a good old bbq

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  76. going to farm parks

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  77. I like to have at least one day at Shibden Park near Halifax.

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  78. Whatever the kids want to do - less arguing then!

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  79. Picnics by the lake
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  80. Playing in the garden with my grandsons

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  81. Heading out to the woods or beach with a picnic and a list of things to try and find or see.

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  82. We like to do anything that does not involve looking at our watches! We love the break from routine over summer and enjoy lots of walks and adventures with our 3 boys

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  83. enjoying time with the children

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  84. LOTS OF TRIPS TO THE PARK!

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  85. Getting out and about to interesting places (when it isn't raining too much!).

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  86. beach days, play dates with friends, enjoy not having to do the school run or pack lunches!
    Helen booth

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  87. lots of picnics in the park

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  88. Going to the park, and just being all together. x

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  89. Going to the beach

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  90. Spending quality time outdoors with the family being just the garden or park

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  91. spending time with my daughter xx

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  92. Crafting,cooking,long leisurely walks with our 3 dogs,popping corn in a big saucepan then drawing the curtains and having 'cinema night' at home!

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  93. Going swimming, long walks with the dog and making things with bits we pick up in the woods.

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  94. Spend time with family members that I don't get to see very often

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  95. rock pooling at our lovely north east coast

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  96. Going to the park and feeding the ducks

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  97. I like going for walks in the hills here @JamieGalcomps

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  98. Long walks in the South Downs - we're very lucky to have them on our doorstep!

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  99. Picnics and BBQs in the garden with all the outdoor toys and paddling pool out

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  100. We love the beach whatever the weather, we take a picnic and once you're there the kids are happy and no expense other than an ice cream!

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  101. We like to take trips to the beach - which luckily we are only a short drive from

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  102. Day at the beach with the kids.

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  103. we live at the coast walking along the beach seeing all the different wildlife and birds swimming and relaxing bliss

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  104. Lots of day trips to great places in the Cotswolds

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  105. Rockpooling with the children is fun

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  106. spending time with my kids

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  107. bike rides and picnics

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  108. Going to the park and local museums :)

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  109. getting the kids to help with clearing out the garage- the reward is a day out at Thorpe Park

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  110. I Love teaching my little Angels how to bake cakes and Bread,they love it too!!They in turn Have Taught me how to make Loom Bands!!We are very arty and crafty and Use Finger Paints,and lots of Drawing and colouring in!!I Find we are always Busy and I Treasure the Holidays with them!!XXBest wishes and big Hugs X(carroll marsh)

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  111. Having the Grandchildren come to stay :)

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  112. Going for a Picnic in the Forest and playing at the beach

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  113. Den building in the woods with the kids :)

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  114. Craft,Baking,going to the Zoo,reading

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  115. we love to get out and about walking. We live in the highlands so there are loads of wonderful scenic walks. Although trying to pry the xbox controller from my sons hands is always a problem!

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  116. Getting out and about in the sunshine

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  117. Spending days outside in the countryside with my 3 boys :-)
    Karen Jones

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  118. picnics and water fights

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  119. Playing outside in the garden :)

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  120. spending quality time with my children doing a variety of activities, picnics, parks, playing in garden/at home, train trips. It's the simple things that they like best :D

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  121. Just getting the chance to hang out with my kids as they are growing up so fast!!!

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  122. Going out for LOTS of picnics and spending more time with daddy when he takes his leave =)

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  123. Going for walks in the woods

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  124. as much as I possibly can, baking, walks, beach, visiting the many local national trust places, bike riding

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  125. When the weather is kind we love to spend the time by the sea, looking for seashells and building a castles otherwise we love crafting.

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  126. we love going on bike rides and adventures, and when it is a horrible day we make alot of craft things or make cakes x

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  127. laughing drinking,sunbathing and fun xxxxx

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  128. karen hutchinson30 August 2014 at 09:15

    parks and picnics , daytrips and paddling pools

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  129. We like to go for lots of picnic & day trips :)

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  130. Playing at the park and lots of crafty activities.

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  131. Making the most of what sun we get and going out to see new places

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  132. Only time I will get to relax and read my books and chill watching the children enjoy themselves

    Gul C

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  133. we love going on walks having picnics and spending time with friends :D

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