All posts by Candace Woesch

9 Must-Listen Podcasts

If you know me, you know I’m one of those “Type A” humans. Always looking for perfection, hates the thought of wasting time and never goes without a to-do list. Yep that’s me! Despite some of the disadvantages of being labeled a type A personality, I truly enjoy goals, deadlines and self-improvements tactics. In fact, since graduating college, I’ve made it a point to never stop being a student. A life student that is.

Being a forever student, to me, is fullfilling! I’m constantly filling my “free time” with little things to push me to be a better person in all aspects of my life, learn more about the world and strive to be more educated on a wide variety of topics. One of my favorite ways of doing this is through podcasts.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t addicted to podcasts. I listen to them as I’m getting ready in the morning, on my way to work, at lunch and even on my way home from work. You get the point – if I can plug in and listen, I do. They just suck me in. Can you relate? I feel like I just learn so much from simply listening to someone else’s thoughts on certain topics and it allows me to form opinions of my own on topics I may have never thought of otherwise.

Now, if you are a podcast listener, you know there are thousands out there to choose from. I’ve cruised many that weren’t for me and others that I just can’t get enough of. I’m here today to share with you a few of my current favorites.

If you like mysteries listen to:

Serial / If you enjoy shows like 20/20, you’ll surly love this podcast full of criminal mysteries. They walk you step by step through cases as they research and test different theories. In the first season, you will listen to a case involving the murder of a high school student and her ex-boyfriend is the target. He claims he is innocent, but the witness stories keep you guessing.

S-Town / I was hooked on this podcast after the first episode. It’s apart of the Serial and This American Life podcasts, which I also love! The story line is twisty as a reporter sets out on an investigation of a family touting that they got away with a murder, but as the investigation progresses someone else ends up dead and causes a family uproar and a fierce hunt for hidden treasure.

If you need some financial advice listen to:

The Dave Ramsey Show / Oh, Dave. He’s an honest guy with a big personality and not afraid to tell people how it is. But when it comes to finances, sometimes that’s what we all need – the honest truth. Dave does a fantastic job giving financial advice to callers in regards to all different types of financial issues. I’ve learned more about buying a house, saving money and paying debt than I ever have before listening to this podcast.

If you need fitness encouragement and wisdom listen to:

Live Farmgirlfit / These ladies are something special and I sure wish there was a Farm Girl Fit gym near me so that I could be more apart of their culture. They are two gym owners who break down fitness and nutrition myths and tell the truth about how we should be treating our bodies when it comes to working out and eating clean. They provide encouragement and wisdom that frankly just gets me jazzed when I need it most.

If you need to declutter your life and reorganize listen to:

The Minimalists Podcast / This might be one of the most intriguing podcast I listen to. Their views and lifestyle make so much sense, but come with challenges in today’s society. If you are interested in de-cluttering your life in more ways than cleaning your closet this podcast is for you!

If you are an entrepreneur or interested in business listen to:

Christy Wright’s Business Boutique / Hearing success stories from other business owners is so encouraging to me. It’s so easy to get frustrated with my  little side hustles, but this podcast helps me stay grounded and understand that success doesn’t happen overnight. Christy interviews those business owners and provides some stellar business advice. This is a must-listen.

If you are a fellow blogger listen to:

Boss Girl Creative / Let’s be honest, there’s a LOT to know about blogging. How to start, finding your community, writing techniques, quality photography, legal regulations, sponsored posts. Oh the list goes on. This podcast breaks it all down for you in a way that is easy to understand. If you want to learn more about blogging – this is for you!

If you need a good laugh listen to:

Millennial / This one really hits home for me. Being a millennial can be hard sometimes, am I right?! I enjoy listening to Megan Tan’s real-life adventure of maneuvering her 20’s that we all can relate to.  It’s funny and raw and I just can’t get enough.

What the Crime / Ok, this one was a little far out there for me for the first few listens, but sometimes I just need a good laugh about random things other people do. They really have the darnedest stories on there.

What podcasts are you listening to right now? I’d love to add some new ones to my list!

Senior Session | Paige 2017

Every time I photograph a new senior it takes me back to when I was graduating. It’s almost like reliving those moments all over again. Graduating high school or college is such an exciting milestone in life. A time to reflect on how you’ve grown,  relationships created and the future ahead. I feel like this quote embraces what it’s like in that moment of being a senior.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

I had the honor of photographing senior Paige K. this season and she was a blast! Her style was classic and simple, and her personality was so confident and fun. And we both agreed that those graduation caps are less than glamorous, but she totally rocked it!

Thank you for a great session, Paige! Congrats to achieving another milestone and chasing those dreams.


The Weekender Ft. Vanity Planet

These sunny days bring out my spontaneous side and I just can’t help but to reach for my nearest bag, camera and sun dress for a weekend adventure. I love the thrill of exploring all of what a new city has to offer. The food, shopping, entertainment, history, architecture – you can sign me up every time!

You know what the most challenging part of a spontaneous trip is? Being a little ball of excitement AND trying to pack your bag at the same time. Talk about a mess. More often times than not, we make it to our destination and I’ve left some of my most important items back at the house. Ugh.  Its usually either my concealer, matching shoes, makeup brushes, the right bra for the outfits I picked out. The list can go on… can you relate?? And as much as I hate to admit it, I can be such a perfectionist that it just throws me off. Cue the not so exciting spontaneous trip to the nearest store in town to pick up those forgotten items, leaving us with less time to explore. Ugh.

I think after many failed attempts of successfully packing for a weekend trip, I’ve got some things going right for once. Let me tell you one of my little secrets. It’s a glorious thing I like to call my weekend brush set. That’s right – pretty simple. Nothing is more annoying than packing all your makeup and forgetting to grab your makeup brushes. Yep. (rolling my eyes) Thanks to Vanity Planet, I’ll never have to remember to grab each individual brush I think I might need, I  can just toss in my Palette makeup brush collection call it a day! It’s my special weekend pack of makeup brushes keeping me a happy little camper.

Here is Vanity Planet Palette Makeup Brush Collection I recommend.

It has 15 extra-soft brushes and a sweet little rollout pouch to protect them. Pretty darn good brushes too! Whether you are a proclaimed professional makeup artist or just an average everyday gal like me, this collection will get the job done! Helping you look great on that weekend trip! You are welcome!

To make these brushes even sweeter, Vanity Planet is offering a few deals just for you!
SpinSpring70 — 70% off the spin brush
SpringHair25 — 25% off anything hair
MakeUpSpring70 — 70% off the make up brushes

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A Review: Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

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A Review: Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster and Marc Jacobs for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. #sponsored #complimentary #contest #ad #review

Ever since my last vacation, which was my honeymoon last fall, I can not stop thinking about where we will choose to go for this year’s getaway. We’ve made a list of top 10 places, but how will we ever choose?! If you have any recommendations – send them our way! Until we decide, I’ll just keep dreaming of the sun to escape our dreary rainy days we’ve been having lately.

Speaking of a getaway, I recently received a complimentary bottle of the new Marc Jacobs “dew drops” coconut gel highlighter from Influenster for review and it immediately made me think of the beach (seriously, it smells like a pina-coloda and that’s my go-to on summer vacay). I couldn’t help but share my review with you.


I’ve always wondered how to get that natural, well blended summer glow…hello dew drops! This formula is made up of coconut extract that helps smooth, hydrate and perfect your summer skin for a radiant look. I was surprised at the size of the bottle (24mL or 0.08 FL Oz), but even more excited because I know this should last me a while – a little goes a long way! The consistency is light-weight and I love it’s versatility to be mixed with a liquid foundation or primer for an overall glow or simply just applied to the skin directly where you want a little extra dewy glow. (Um heellooo summer!)

One to two very small drops is all that is needed to get this perfect glowy effect. I applied one pump to my hand to show you how much it really is. It blended it well with my fingers  and it dried nicely without smear on my hand.

This will be a must have for your summer makeup bag! You can find this at your local Sephora along with the other items within the Marc Jacobs coconut collection.


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183 Things I Love About My Husband After Six Months of Marriage


“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” – Maria Edgeworth

6 months | 22 weeks | 183 days | 4344 hours | 260,640 minutes | a million + seconds

I still have to pinch myself sometimes, because it just seems unreal, being married. This week we will officially reach our 6 month milestone as a married couple. For some that may seem insignificant, but for me, it’s special. It’s special because when I look back on my life before I was married, I can whole-heartedly say that every single struggle, times of loneliness, heartbreak and times of doubt were worth it.  1000% worth it. I thank the Lord everyday for my husband and you know what? It’s true when they say that you will love them more with time. Within this short 6 months I have fallen in love with with him a hundred times over and sometimes for reasons I’ll never be able to explain.

In honor of this sweet little milestone, I wanted to share 183 things I love about my husband. I choose the number 183 because that’s about how many days are in six months and because 22 (weeks in six months) is just not enough and let’s be honest, 4344 (hours in six months) might be a stretch. 🙂 Well, here it goes…

Cheers to six months of marital bliss and re reading this again on our 10 year anniversary, October 8th, 2026.

183 Things I love about my husband in our first 6 months of marriage:

  1. He’s my #1 fan and supporter in every crazy dream or idea I have
  2. He’s the most kind-hearted man I’ve ever met
  3. He is a man of integrity
  4. He makes me laugh every single day
  5. He loves his momma
  6. He loves my momma
  7. He compliments me on my average cooking even when we both know it’s debatable at best
  8. He has a heart after the Lord
  9. He always keeps an open mind when I encourage his sense of fashion in clothes and hairstyles
  10. He loves to travel just as much as I do
  11. He’s a future dreamer and we could do that all day together
  12. He makes coffee way better than I can
  13. He is oh so forgiving
  14. He is a lawn king when it comes to shaping up the yard
  15. He is the best dog dad I could ever ask for
  16. He accepts me for who I am
  17. He never complains about helping out with house chores
  18. He challenges me in sports, but we both know that I give him a run for his money playing racquetball
  19. We’ve eaten more dessert together than I have in my whole life combined
  20. He insists on surprise mani/pedis
  21. He has a spontaneous spirit that I can’t get enough of
  22. His baby brown eyes are perfect
  23. I love how he puts his arm around me while casually shopping
  24. He tells me I am beautiful everyday
  25. He kisses me goodbye in the morning even when I am still asleep
  26. He never lets a change of plans dull his day
  27. He is the master of the thermostat and keeps our  techy internet, TV things working
  28. He keeps me calm in times of stress and chaos
  29. He sleeps on the side of the bed closest to the door because it makes me feel protected
  30. He is my best friend
  31. He always shows me he loves me
  32. He likes to try and sneak out of the bed on Saturday mornings to get a head start on cleaning while I’m sleeping
  33. He always keeps his promises
  34. He’s ok eating Mexican food for our date nights every single week
  35. His face on our wedding day
  36. All kids freaking love him
  37. He is always rubbing my feet
  38. He doesn’t even flinch at my crazy family
  39. He is smokin’ hot
  40. He sacrifices and works hard to support us
  41. He always makes time for just the two of us
  42. He laughs at my jokes
  43. He is so charming
  44. He keeps my car in tip top shape
  45. He makes dreaming about our future family incredible
  46. His beard is always on point
  47. He has a million nicknames for me
  48. He speaks in his own made up language and it’s hilarious
  49. He almost always takes out the trash
  50. He is passionate about his favorite sports teams
  51. He will always choose me over a sports game
  52. He has made it a point to keep my gas tank full
  53. He never hesitates to run out to get chocolate for me at night
  54. He enjoys my quirks and I enjoy his
  55. I love when he wraps his arms around me while I’m cooking
  56. He finds humor in my rap/singing skills
  57. His cologne gives me all the heart eyes
  58. He is good at weighing pros and cons and giving solid advice
  59. I can be myself with him
  60. We are a team in all things
  61. He never complains about me showing him cute animal videos all the time
  62. He loves shoes
  63. His sense of decorating is just about as good as mine
  64. He’s the best handyman
  65. He is amazing with numbers (thank the Lord for that)
  66. He’s dedicated to our marriage
  67. He is a loyal friend and brother
  68. He is a natural leader
  69. His hugs are incredible
  70. He puts me first in every decision
  71. He has a sexy voice
  72. We have special dances to Taylor Swift songs
  73. He always reminds me that I snore and he doesn’t
  74. He makes conversation with any and all strangers
  75. He lets me dictate the direction of the toilet paper roll
  76. He piles the warm laundry on me when I am cold
  77. He’s 98% goofy and I love it
  78. He’s already committed to changing all the dirty diapers of our future children (score!)
  79. He has a HUGE heart
  80. He wears his wedding ring with pride
  81. We finish each other’s sentences often
  82. He brags on me to his friends and coworkers
  83. He is my rock
  84. His relationship with my mom is adorable
  85. He loves Taco Bell just as much as I do
  86. His forehead kisses are perfect
  87. He’s not afraid to cry with me
  88. We were instant friends the first time we met
  89. He is a perfect nurse when I am sick
  90. When he calls me just to hear my voice
  91. He remembers the little things
  92. He tries to carry ALL the groceries in one trip
  93. He always has my back
  94. He’s adventurous
  95. Have I mentioned his sense of humor?
  96. He always ensures I have beef jerky on road trips
  97. He is down to earth
  98. He stands up for what he believes
  99. He’s a great listener
  100. He always lets me pick the movie
  101. He is the most thoughtful person
  102. He leaves me little notes
  103. He loves when I check in on him in the middle of the work day
  104. He never lets us go to bed angry
  105. He is the luckiest person when it comes to winning stuff
  106. He doesn’t try to change me
  107. He keeps a picture of us on his desk at work
  108. He helps me bring my dreams to life
  109. He is proud of me
  110. He can read me really really well
  111. He enjoys evening walks with me and the pup
  112. He loves to dance
  113. He begs to put Christmas lights on the house
  114. He thinks he needs to clean the garage every weekend
  115. He is never without chapstick
  116. We share a love for black socks
  117. He’s constantly helping me spruce up my office
  118. He loves bike rides together
  119. He makes seasonal bucket lists with me
  120. He supposedly loves reading my blog
  121. He is always supporting my Instagram
  122. He let’s me browse pinterest on his big iPad
  123. He loves lamps – all the lamps
  124. He tries to turn on the car’s seat warmer without me knowing
  125. He is generous
  126. He  has a way with words
  127. He hardly ever rushes me
  128. We both love baseball
  129. He answers every question I have about sports and their rules
  130. He hurries home from work to see me
  131. He likes me even when I’m hangry
  132. He works really really hard to avoid me getting hangry
  133. He makes everything fun
  134. He is down right loving
  135. He loves athletic clothes as much as I do
  136. He is always the driver on road trips
  137. I know that I can tell him anything
  138. He is a hopeless romantic
  139. He knows what he wants and he works hard for it
  140. He is so smart
  141. He always puts up a fight when it comes to using sunscreen
  142. He is forgiving
  143. He is so handsome
  144. He looks great in a pair of jeans
  145. He’s willing to pick up some of my favorite hobbies, like running
  146. He introduced me to bread & butter pickles
  147. He fights for us in every disagreement
  148. He doesn’t care what others think of him
  149. How he tries to impersonate me with a retainer in (this is the funniest thing ever)
  150. He is a lover of surprises
  151. He’s always trying to get the mail before I do
  152. He’s open to trying new fitness and meal plans with me (except that one time we tried juicing – hah!)
  153. He loves me more when I am looking my worst
  154. He is fully involved in planning everything – wedding, vacation, weekend getaways, date nights
  155. He is a thrifter and a saver
  156. He always has a cute background picture of us on his phone
  157. He is genuine
  158. He is a family man
  159. He always insists on carrying my luggage
  160. He is impossible not to love
  161. He makes me the happiest girl in the world
  162. He’s my forever summer concert date
  163. He looks sharp in a sports coat
  164. He loves taking pictures with me
  165. He’s great at picking out clothes and shoes for me without my help
  166. He has an infectious love for life
  167. He makes me feel so safe
  168. He is comforting after a hard day
  169. He never passes up an opportunity to binge watch Netflix with me
  170. He is the cutest in a ball cap
  171. He is competitive at every card game or board game we play
  172. He was the one that taught me my favorite card game
  173. He loves a good home/furniture project
  174. He is a master at selling stuff on Craigslist – I’ll never know how he does it
  175. He knows a good deal when he sees one
  176. He is my yardselling partner in crime
  177. He saves me from all the spiders
  178. He makes me want to be a better version of myself
  179. He is dreamy
  180. His personality is out of this world
  181. He is always teaching me something new
  182. He appreciates me and us
  183. He is my forever

There you have it – 183 things straight from the heart. (Whew!)

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3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life


Hello, Spring! (finally)

The sun is shining, the windows are down, the flowers are blooming and I just can’t get enough of this beautiful Spring weather we are having here in the south! I sure did miss these longer days. How about you?

For me, the season always brings with it the urge to spring clean. Carpet shampooing, closet purging, garage organizing….and go! It just feels so darn good to clear the clutter and freshen up the house after hibernating all winter. But today I want to go deeper and I’m not talking about adding the baseboards to your list to clean. I’m talking about spring cleaning for your life.

When was the last time you took a closer look into your personal health, your business, the time spent with your family…or how you are using your spare time? Maybe that was just a few months ago when looking for new year’s resolutions or maybe it’s long overdue for a refresh. If this is you, join me this Spring as I take a few steps to declutter my own life. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Health

Finding balance in a healthy diet and consistent workouts is a never ending struggle for me. My routine is often different week over week leaving me feeling burnt out, tired and lacking motivation. I’ve noticed that changing habits to healthy ones is more effective when I take baby steps.

A few weeks I opened my fridge and you know what was on the shelves? Hardly anything and what was there was either expired or unhealthy. (um, gross!) This tells me two things:

  1. I hate grocery shopping and my husband is probably always starving.
  2. We eat out way too often because of the lack of food in our house.

I’ve decided to not only keep my fridge clean, but to make sure I am stocking it with healthy options. Fruits, veggies and natural foods. I’ve been binging on Pinterest lately looking for nutritious recipes to keep us focused throughout the week and putting those into a simple meal plan. TIP: Make a Pinterest board for weekly meal plans that has 7 breakfast recipes, 7 lunch ideas, 7 dinner recipes and 1-2 healthy dessert ideas. This makes it even easier to make your grocery list and choose a meal each day without having to sift through millions of Pinterest recipes 5 minutes before you are already hangry.

Now for the workouts. I get bored with the same ole workouts week after week. I’ve got to have some variety. How about you? I like to keep my workouts fresh by trying different programs or finding new fitness professionals to follow. Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. Daily Burn
  2. Cassey Ho – Blogilates
  3. Nike + Training Club App

Making small changes like replacing potato chips with kale chips or changing up my workout routine help me choose healthier options each day and before I know it, I’ve got a healthier lifestyle than I did a month ago. What small changes can you make to slowly improve your health? Whatever it is, never stop pursuing a better version of yourself. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Spare Time

This one is HUGE in my life. When I say huge, I don’t mean I have a never ending supply of free time (seriously, what is this “free time” people speak of?), I’m talking about the way I spend what little free time I have is down right silly. (SILLY STUPID!)

I often times associate free time with relaxation. Do you do that? I’m surely not alone here. I get 30 minutes of down time and what do I do?… I grab the nearest device I have and scroll those social feeds. For what? To see how others are enjoying their life and being productive? I could be spending those extra 30 minutes doing things I need to do. Like organizing my desk, finishing the book that’s collecting dust on my nightstand or going for a walk with the pup.

Now don’t get me wrong, relaxation is a thing, a very important thing. Believe you me, I make time for some quality relaxation time. But those other down times that are not classified as relaxing, I want to improve those minutes or hours by being  more productive and less “scrolly”. (Definition of “scrolly” (adj.): when one uses their spare time to exercise their thumbs for no apparent reason) Yep – just made that up. Are you with me here? #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Finances

Here’s the thing, I’m spoiled and my husband is a grade A spoiler and I love every bit of it. (Did I just say I was spoiled out loud? Forget you saw that) Another fun fact about me is that I love love love trying new things. I’ve always been an early adopter to new techy things or test out those pesky subscription based apps or workshops. I think being a forever student is just my thing. With that, I often times find myself with of list of fees that are billed every month over and over. Now that doesn’t include the Netflix and Hulu fees. Those are a must-have, can’t live without kind of subscriptions, am I right?

The feeling of knowing your finances are in order is one of the best feelings in the world. Here’s some things to consider when sprucing up those dollars.

  1. Cancel all those app based subscriptions that you never use and delete those apps from your devices. Trust me, you will never miss them.
  2. Cancel that gym membership you never use and try a free workout plan that you can do from your garage.
  3. Before you buy something ask yourself:
    • Will I use it?
    • Do I want to store it?
    • Do I want to clean it?
    • Can I use the money to buy something else that is more important?
  4. Download the Dave Ramsey podcast. It has truly shaped my ideas and opinions on managing money. Life changer.

I bet you, after decluttering those finances that you sleep a little better! I know I sure will. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Whew! I already feel better knowing that there are a few goals in place for spring cleaning in my life. Now if I could just finish up the list of house cleaning that needs to get done.  🙂

Do you have other ways of decluttering and spring cleaning your life or planning to try out some of these ideas? I’d LOVE to hear about it! Leave me a comment below or share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #SpringCleaningtheLife and I’ll stop by and check it out!

Senior Session | Lily 2017

I have been blown away by the talent and beauty of this year’s senior class. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing miss Lily’s senior portraits and what can I say, the camera just LOVED her (so did I – I mean, look at those eyes!) Not only is she gorgeous, she is just as beautiful on the inside.

Lily totally rocked her senior session from beginning to end despite the crazy wind we had that day.  Now, let’s take a moment to admire Lily’s sense of style. She brought two adorable outfits that worked perfect for a few new downtown locations I had scouted for this year’s sessions.

Thank you do much for the best afternoon, Lily! Congrats on your Senior Year!

Contact me to schedule your senior session!

January Session Featuring J+J

I absolutely adore spending time with other couples that truly love each other. Its the kind of love that is infectious and it surrounds you like the sun. Lucky for me, I got to spend a whole Saturday afternoon  capturing all the lovey vibes. Meet J & J.

You never know what to expect from Arkansas weather in January, but this day was especially cold. J & J drove all the way from the central part of the state to do this shoot and by golly we made it happen – rain, shine or 30 degree weather. They were such good sports!

I met this pretty lady through a childhood friend of mine and instantly loved her. She has a sweet spirit and a fun personality. Not to mention, she is just gorgeous.

Now this guy, not only is he handsome, but I kept us laughing the whole time.  These two were made for each other.

Here are a few of my other favorites from the shoot!

Looking to capture those special moments with you and your love? Send me an email at

Until next time! Bye!

A Review: BITE Lip Pencils

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster, but all opinions are my own. #sponsored #ad

Bite Lip Pencil Vox Box

I got a little beauty surprise in the mail from Influenster this week that I can’t wait to share with you! As a member of Influenster, I received the new Bite Lip Pencils box. It included lip pencils in shades O20 and O44. It also included two corresponding Amuse Bouche lipsticks, honeycomb and whiskey.


The Lip Pencil

The lip pencils are made of a weightless formula and come in 22 neutral shades inspired by natural lip tones. I tested the #22 pencil first since it’s shade was great for an everyday natural look. It applied smooth and it’s texture was creamy. I then applied the corresponding lipstick, honeycomb. The combination gave my lips a very natural matte look.

Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

The lipsticks are also available in a wide range of colors . 34 shades to be exact! Like the lip pencil, I defaulted to the more natural shade, Honeycomb. It is a light pink that was just perfect for that everyday classic look..

Although the Whiskey was a little darker than I’d like, I blended it with the Honeycomb to make a custom shade and loved it. I will be using this combo for an evening look.

To try these product for yourself, head over to your local Sephora or go online and get them today!

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