5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in Long Disneyland Lines

Hello friends!

If you follow along with Mine for the Making on social media (icons at the top of this page), then you know we sold our home a couple of months ago, down sized a ton, bought an RV and are currently living and traveling in it while we buy land and build our next home. We are loving the RV lifestyle so far and have enjoyed lots of trips together as a family. This Christmas we decided to take a trip to California for a family adventure in the RV and while we were there, we visited one of our most favorite places… Disneyland.

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Typically we like to go to Disneyland during off peak times to avoid the large crowds and long lines, but this year we decided to bite the bullet and experience the Disney magic at Christmastime. Though the lines were long, we made the most out of it! I wanted to share 5 ways to keep kids busy in long Disneyland lines, because I am certain many of you have found yourselves in that situation.

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1.Family App Games

There are lots apps you can play with while in line at Disneyland, but we like to play the games that get our entire family (or at least all of the kids) involved. Here are a few that we really enjoy… feel free to leave a comment with your favorite family app games too!

  • Heads Up
  • Scrabble
  • Ellen’s Know or Go
  • Ultimate Movie Trivia: Disney Edition
  • Charades! Kids

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2. Bring Snacks

Believe it or not, snacks can take up a good portion of the wait time in lines. We bring our own snacks in a backpack, but we also like to indulge on Disneyland treats too. My daughter always goes for a churro and I always go for a Dol Whip! What’s your favorite Disneyland treat to take in line while you wait for a ride?

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3. Disneyland Mapping

While you are waiting in line, it’s a great idea to check your Disneyland map and decide on the next couple of rides you and the kids want to go on. This is a great way to get to know the park, organize your time, pick out which characters you want to visit, and teach your kids about reading maps. We utilize this time to find the nearest bathrooms, treats we want to try, and a place to meet at if anyone gets lost.

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4. Counting Mickeys

This is one of our favorite games to play in line at Disneyland, and surprisingly it never gets old. We play “Counting Mickeys” and it’s so fun! You and the kids try to ‘spy’ as many Mickeys as you can while waiting in line. They can be on the decor, on peoples’ clothing, Mickey shaped food… as long as it’s a Mickey, it counts! It’s funny because the longer the line the more time you have to find Mickeys and this seems to be what the kids focus on rather than the ‘boring’ time spent in line. Try it! Let us know if your kids like it too.

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5. Old School Games

When all else fails, you can resort to some of the ‘old school games’ that we used to play as kids… you know, before electronic devices and smart phones! Some require a small pad of paper and pencil, but that can easily be stored in your backpack with the snacks. Here are some of my favorites… feel free to leave comment with any that your family likes to play!

  • I Spy
  • Paper, Rock, Scissors
  • Thumb wars
  • tic-tac-toe
  • Hangman
  • Celebrity/Character Alphabet game
  • Rhyming words game

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There you have it! 5 ways to keep those kids occupied in the long lines at Disneyland. The busier they are, the less likey you are to be answering the “are we there yet?” and “how much longer?!!” questions. Don’t forget to utilized the Disneyland apps for wait times and be sure to stock up on those Fast Passes for your favorite rides!

How do you keep the kids busy in the long Disneyland lines?

 

My family was given tickets into the park to share our experience. All opinions are 100% my own.

Simple Plush Toy Bin

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Hello friends and Happy Friday!! I’ve been busy getting our home ready to list on the market. So we have been renovation, packing, purging, organizing, and cleaning like crazy for the past few weeks. I noticed that my daughter’s stuffed animal collection was taking over her bed (do you have a child like this?). This is not eye candy for a potential buyer, so I created a quick and simple solution. A simple, yet adorable Simple Plush Toy Bin. Complete with glitter letters of course. 

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Since we will be having people walk through our home, I need easy quick ways to pick up toys and clutter on a moments notice. Bins and baskets are great for that! When my relator calls, my daughter can easily put her plush toys into her labeled bin and we can be on our way.

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Here’s how you can make your own! You will need:

  • Fabric bin 
  • Iron on vinyl letters
  • Iron

I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut out my vinyl glitter letters, but you can easily purchase the letters done for you if you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine. Here’s how I made mine…

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1. Design your label on your Silhouette software, making sure to measure the surface you are going to apply it to first. 

2. Once you get the text how you like it, select the text and left click on the image. Then select “flip horizontally” so that your text is backwards.

3. Once your text is backwards (mirrored), you can cut the heat vinyl according to Silhouette and heat vinyl directions.

4. Weed your heat vinyl so that only the letters/words remain.

5. Make sure the surface of your bin is clean and lint/dust/hair free. Iron over the surface to heat it up a bit.

6. Apply the vinyl and press it down really, REALLY good. You can use a credit card or driver’s license for this too.

7. Iron over the top of your vinyl (leaving the plastic on). Some vinyls suggest you lay a towel over the top, but my iron doesn’t get hot enough to go through a towel, so I iron right on it very carefully.

8. Peal the clear plastic sheet off slowly, making sure all letters are secure on the bin. If not, run the iron over it again.  

Fill it with stuffies and that’s it! This organization project is so versatile too. You can change the color of the bin, vinyl, and even the wording. We are thinking of doing this to all of my daughter’s bins to make organization a breeze!

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Have you taken the kids to see Disney’s new movie, Inside Out, yet? My daughter absolutely LOVED it and hasn’t stopped talking about it all week. So of course when we were at Walmart the other day, she noticed her favorite characters (read: all of them) as stuffies and even fruit snacks. 

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We started her collection off with the three ‘girl’ characters from the movie, but her bin has room for the other two so I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

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Head to your local Walmart and grab some of the Inside Out toys. You can even stash them away for future birthday or Christmas gifts (sick that I’m already thinking abou that, right?). 

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So tell me friends- Who was your favorite character from Inside Out? Joy, Anger, Saddness, Disgust, or Fear? 

Cinderella Spring Prints

Hello friends!!
It’s Kelsey from Tattered and Inked again!! I have such a fun printable for you guys today and it was inspired by my most recent girl’s night out date with my little girl. We had a rare night out and were able to see the new Cinderella movie & LOVED it. It was exactly how the classic fairy tale should be and there were so many beautiful dresses, and shoes and music!! Of course, the fact that Frozen Fever was on before Cinderella was a huge hit too. 
 
When sitting down to create a spring print, I couldn’t get Cinderella out of my head…and here we are. Two spring-filled, gorgeous prints with the sentiment that Cinderella’s mother left with her daughter. To have courage and be kind. Such a great message! So I created these Cinderella Spring Prints!
 
 
Don’t they just burst with all things spring?? With a touch of Cinderella blue of course!!
 
There are two different designs to choose from below so to get your free print, find the link below & click to download. 
 
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Quick tips for printing in case you’re a newbie…
 
1. Click the download link below for the print you’d like to get. Then follow the prompts to download and save to your computer. 
2. Print your printable as you would any regular picture. I like to print them on white cardstock or picture paper- they tend to print better and with more vibrant colors this way. 
3. These prints are sized to be printed as large as 8×10 and will look best printed as a 5×7 or 8×10 size. 
 
That’s pretty much all there is to it. So get at it…just click. print. frame!!
 
 
 
{Quick Disclaimer}
Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked/Mine for the Making readers only.
As with all my free printables, these are for personal use ONLY. Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
 
Hope you enjoy bringing a little bit of Spring into your home!!
Have a great week! 
 
 
If you loved this Cinderella inspired post, check out these Cinderella & Prince Charming Peg Dolls and this adorable DIY Cinderella Tee!
 
 
 
 

Cinderella and Prince Charming Peg Dolls

Have you been to see the new Cinderella movie?! We are SO excited to see it this weekend for my daughter’s seventh birthday! And as a fun birthday present, I made her these adorable Cinderella and Prince Charming Peg Dolls!

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Aren’t they cute? I made them one night after I put Luci to bed. You need about an hour, a few supplies, and patience. LOL! 

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Grab paints and paint brushes, paint pens, and a black Sharpie. Then you’ll need to buy a package of wood peg dolls from your local craft store… I bought mine at Michael’s. 

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I looked at a picture of classic Disney Cinderella and a picture of this year’s Cinderella and I thought they looked pretty similar in their blue ball gowns. So I chose to paint my Cinderella like that… in her sparkly, fancy blue ball gown. I used glitter paint for her gown and then hot glued the gem on after the paint dried. I used the Sharpie for her eyes and you could use the Sharpie to make a black choker necklace if you choose. New Cinderella didn’t wear one, so I opted not to draw one on. 

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For Prince Charming, I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to paint him like the new portrayal of the Cinderella’s prince or classic Disney’s. Obviously classic won in the battle. And to be honest, it’s because I thought he was a bit easier to paint. I used paint/brush for all of the prince except for the gold (paint pen) and eyes/black lines (black Sharpie).

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After they both dried, I sprayed them with clear paint to seal them. They are by no means perfect, but they are made with love and I think they turned out so cute! Normally I would post pictures of my daughter playing with them, but they are a surprise for this weekend when we see the movie for her birthday!

You can totally make your own versions just by pulling up a Google image of a favorite character and painting a peg doll replica! You can also use them as cake toppers for birthday parties or simply for play.

It’s a fun toy to play with in the car on the way to Disneyland too! Rather than spending a bunch of dough on toys in the parks, make a few Disney character peg dolls for on the road and in the hotel room! I plan to make more of these cute peg dolls before our next Disneyland trip. Check out our last trip to Disneyland…we had the BEST time! 

 

Teach Me Tuesday: 10 Big Hero 6 Crafts

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved!

Have you taken the kiddos to see Disney’s Big Hero 6 movie yet? If not, I highly recommend it. We LOVED it so much… especially Baymax, the sweet hero of the movie. Since we’ve seen the movie, my daughter has been begging to see it again, so to hold her off I thought I would round up 10 Big Hero 6 Crafts that we can do right at home. We thought you would enjoy them too!

10 Big Hero 6 Crafts

Baymax Rice Krispie Treats

Baymax Bandage Tin

DIY Baymax Mug

DIY Baymax Bookmark

DIY Baymax Shirt

Baymax Brownies

Big Hero 6 Character Corner Bookmarks

DIY Baymax Balloon

Big Hero 6 Party (with Baymax Marshmallows)

Stuffed Sock Baymax Craft

 

So fun, right?! Be sure to click on the links above to take you right to the original tutorials! Do you love Disney’s Big Hero 6 movie too?

DIY Baymax Mug

Hi there friends!

If you’ve been around MFTM a while then you know we are HUGE Disney fans. We saw Disney’s new Big Hero 6 movie in theaters and we just fell in love with the story line and characters. Especially sweet Baymax! Since my daughter can’t stop talking about this movie or cute Baymax, I decided it was a good time to make her a little something. Check out this DIY Baymax Mug I made!

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Super cute, right? Well it will only take you a couple of minutes to make some for your kiddos too! All you need is a white mug and a black Sharpie! Later on I added the cute red heart, so you may want to add a red Sharpie to your supplie list too. 

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Simply draw Baymax’s eyes and heart after wiping the mug clean. Then bake it in the over at 350* for 30 minutes to seal the design you created. 

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Now your kiddos have a cute DIY Baymax Mug to fill up with hot chocolate on those cold nights or to dunk cookies in milk after school. 

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What do you think? Did you like Big Hero 6 as much as we did?

Teach Me Tuesday: Olaf Snow Globe

Hi there friends! Only a couple days until Christmas…I can hardly believe it! In case you are looking for a fun winter craft or a quick gift your kiddos can make for their friends, you will love today’s post. Michelle, our Kids Crafts contributor, is back today to share the sweetest winter kiddo craft. Check out this Olaf Snow Globe! If you have a Frozen crazed kid like I do, they are bound to love this one!

Can you believe that we are right smack in the middle of the holidays?? Nothing is more amazing and stressful than the holidays and this is for sure a time that you want to keep those kids busy and amused so you can get some secret work accomplished! This is a great, quick and easy project that older kids can easily do with young kids and younger kids will get a kick out of for a while- Avery loves hers! Check out our new Olaf snow-globe!

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This started in two ways, first I found these fun fill-able snow globes for half off at Michael’s, super fun but any jar would work great for this too. I just liked this one because it was plastic and round.

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The second piece to this puzzle was found while cleaning Avery’s classroom, I was putting stuff away and located one of her MANY Olaf figures and I thought that she would love that in the snow-globe and it is obviously out of the current toy rotation so we can pretend I just picked it up for just such an occasion. Once you have your items for the inside of the snow-globe, you just want to hot glue them inside the lid. An adult or much older child (like teen) should do this step.

 
 

After that, I handed over the top to Avery and a few different glitter options to throw inside, natuarlly because she is my daughter, she chose them all. Good girl.

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I had a finer glitter, a bigger glitter and some snowflake sequins- all of them went in and I am pretty sure that she enjoyed this part!

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After that, add water and you are done! Time to glue on the lid and for this you can easily use a glue like E600 that takes longer to dry, just make sure it doesn’t get on the outside so that it can be played with immediately!

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Thanks Kara for letting me come over again today!

Michelle {Delicate Construction}

 

Peter Pan Inspired Directional Sign

Hello there friends!

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law asked me to make a Peter Pan Inspired Directional Sign for my nephew’s first birthday party. My SIL is a superb party thrower and her husband gets in on the fun also. If you know me then you know a few things… 1) I’ll do anything for my nieces and nephews, 2) I love a good themey party and 3) I LOVE Disney. How could I possibly say no??

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Since Peter Pan is one of our favorite Disney movies, my husband and I had fun brainstorming and designing this directional sign. We included London, Neverland, Mermaid Lagoon, Indian Camp, Lost Boyz Hide Out, Pixie Hollow, and Skull Rock. Each wooden piece had it’s own unique character to it… from the cut to the paint. 

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Many of the signs we’re done free hand by my husband and I (Pixie Hollow, Lost Boyz Hide Out, Indian Camp, and Mermaid Lagoon) and I used my Silhouette machine to create stencils for the others. Once they were all finished, we screwed them into a stake to put into the ground at the birthday party. 

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The fun part about this sign is that it can be used as bedroom decor after the party is over! And just for fun, check out my cute nieces and birthday boy nephew… 

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Aren’t they the cutest humans? We’ve got Tiger Lily, Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tink. Ha! Love them. Check out more of the party details (coming soon) on To Entertain

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Five Princess Tips and Tricks

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Friends! Have you heard? Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD has been re-released! If you know my daughter then you know she LOVES Sleeping Beauty (Aurora is her personal fave!) and we check out the DVD from our local library *often.* To say that we are excited for the occasion is an understatement! So, in honor of such a glorious occasion, my princess is helping me out with this post by sharing Five Princess Tips and Tricks. 

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We are very familiar with Disney princesses in this house (can’t wait to share our recent Disney trip with you!), and we often make references to their etiquette, bravery, and loyalty. After heading to Walmart and picking up our copy of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition DVD gift set and a few other princess supplies, we made our list of Five Princess Tips and Tricks (keeping princess etiquette in mind!) to share with other princesses out there. 

1. Be a good hostess. Invite friends over for some fun!

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Since my little princess was not feeling well (you can hardly tell in the photos…she’s a natural), she decided to invite some of her doll friends…you may recognize them.  ;)

2. Set the table with cute dishes and napkins.

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The princess table, plates, napkins, and cups can all be found at Walmart in the party and toy sections of the store. This is great for the busy mom who loves cute decor, but doesn’t have the time to craft something up!

3. Serve yummy snacks with cute picks, little cups, and tiny silverware.

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This part is just plain fun! My little princess loves using cute picks and utensils, and I’m betting your kids will too! She picked the menu which was turkey rolls, olives, string cheese, a fruit smoothie, and chocolate pudding with pink sprinkles for dessert. 

4. Drink fancy drinks with fun paper straws. Pinkies up!

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We made berry and spinach smoothies to put into the cute princess cups we got from Walmart. Put a cute paper straw in it, and stick that pinky out, princesses! Now you’re fancy. 

5. Have a fun activity planned!

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Since we are celebrating the release of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD, our activity was watching the movie! The gift set also came with a bonus DVD that we plan to check out today. You can design your own Disney fashion adventure! How cool does that sound?

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Pretty simple right? And with these Five Princess Tips and Tricks, you and your little princess just can’t go wrong.

Need to see those one more time? Go ahead and print out this printable for your princess!  Just remember that all freebies are for personal use only. (Thanks to We Lived Happily Ever After for her free digital downloads!)

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Head on over to your local Walmart to pick up Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD for your #DisneyBeauties! There’s a terapad coupon affixed to the shelf front of American Greetings/Disney product displays for $3 of f $10 spent on Disney themed party supplies (at participating Walmarts) for the month of October. 

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Now go get your princess on!

Teach Me Tuesday: FROZEN Sensory Tub

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved!

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Hello sweet Mine for the Making friends! It is Michelle again and I am back with another fun kids activity for you! Has FROZEN become a staple in your house like it has mine? If it is has, I have the perfect sensory tub activity for you! My daughter loved this and played with it for days, I would classify that as a successful project! Check out this FROZEN Sensory Tub:

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Doesn’t it look fun?! I have to say, I had as much fun setting it up for Avery as she did playing with it. It was super simple to put together and is something that I classify as ‘toddler safe’. By this I mean, besides the glitter, it is all edible ingredients. When it comes to glitter, if children eat a bit of it, it wouldn’t be a huge deal. I used flavorless gelatin for this sensory tub and while of course you can use flavored gelatin, I don’t like for kids to get used to eating sensory experiences. I feel like that can be a hard habit to break so, especially with the little ones, I make sure they wouldn’t get hurt if it goes in their mouths, but I don’t want it to be an appetizing flavor. Ok, I will step off my soap box now and show you my ingredients- gelatin, food coloring and glitter (you will also need water).

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I made the gelatin according to the box directions (I just used water instead of juice) in one big bowl, then I separated that into 3 tubs and added food coloring and glitter.

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I mixed that up and while it looks great for the picture like this, I thought it was a little shallow in the container. I think these three containers would work great if I had doubled the recipe (I would have needed two of those small boxes, though, I need to just invest in the big one because Avery loved it!).

Isn’t it pretty?

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Yeah, this is much more appropriate in my bread pans, just not nearly as cute. Oh well. Function wins!

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I put these in my fridge over night and pulled them out in the morning. I noticed that the glitter mostly sunk to the bottom, next time I will add some more on the top. But, I found that my plastic spatula worked well to keep the glitter stuck to the gelatin squares. I just cut them with a butter knife into semi square ish shapes.

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Once they were cut up, I arranged them on a tray, added Avery’s little plastic Elsa and let her have a blast! She built castles, made a floor for her to dance on, made her clothes and eventually just squished up all the blocks. I still don’t think she is done yet, even squished up, it still looks awesome and inviting!

Plus it is cool to have a cold sensory activity when it is very hot outside, perfect!

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I hope you all have as much fun as we did with this activity!!

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If you love Frozen, check out my FREE Printable Alphabet Cards

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And my FREE Frozen Birthday Printables!

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