Sunday, November 19, 2017

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Holiday Hearts...Review & Giveaway (3 winners!)

Good Morning and Happy Sunday readers!  I have a sweet holiday DVD to tell you about today...My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Holiday Hearts is out now and is sure to get your little one in the spirit.  Here is the scoop...

Gather around for six hearth-warming tales! My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Holiday Hearts is now available from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. 

‘Tis the season to celebrate with family and your very best friends. But you know that no holiday in Equestria is complete without a little adventure. Join Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy as they embark on six exciting adventures sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Holiday Hearts carries a suggested list price of $14.98 and is now available for order on and

Episodes Include:
Applebuck Season
Winter Wrap Up
Castle Sweet Castle
A Hearth’s Warming Tail
Not Asking For Trouble

Bonus Feature:

Our Thoughts:  As you already know we are My Little Pony fans here at Reviewed by Mom.  I am happy to report that this collection of holiday tales did not disappoint.  This collection of episodes is just perfect for this time of year and, as always, the ponies offer up sweet lessons of teamwork and friendship.  A Hearth's Warming tale was a charming take on a Christmas Carol and was a real favorite in our house.  Additionally, the songs a really well done and enjoyable. This DVD is a must for MLP fans!  You can pick up this DVD today on Amazon...

Win It!  I am so excited to tell you that Shout! Factory is giving THREE Reviewed by Mom followers a copy of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic- Holiday Hearts!  Thanks to the sponsor and best of luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pride & Predjudice & Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz....Review & Giveaway!

Who is ready for a Christmas themed book?  What if I told you it was a twist on the beloved Jane Austen book Pride & Prejudice?  Intrigued?  You should be! Pride &  Prejudice & Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz is a fun book that is just perfect for this time of year.  Here is the scoop...

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe from New York Times bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz, is a sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.
Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones―one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.
Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

My Thoughts:  I thought this book was a fun spin on the classic Austen tale.  At the core the story is the same but Melissa DE La Cruz takes it into modern times with a gender role reversal.  Darcy is an extreme work-a-holic who hasn't vacationed in eight years until she is summoned home when her mom has a heart attack (um....not exactly a heart attack!).  At home Darcy has to deal with her mom's illness, a complicated relationship with her dad and, of course, Luke.  Luke is living the opposite life that Darcy is and they have an instant draw to one another.  Reading about how their relationship fleshes out is a fun, feel-good holiday tale that I thoroughly enjoyed.  You can pick this book up today at  your local bookstore or on Amazon....

Win It!  I am very excited to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower will win a copy of Pride & Prejudice & Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz!  Thanks so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press for a great book and a great giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, November 17, 2017

Deals of the Day....Don't Miss Out!

Good Morning and Happy Friday!  If you have been a reader of my blog for any amount of time you know I am a gal who loves a great deal.  I am always on the hunt for ways to save big. Later today I am off to Shaws  to take advantage of their low priced turkeys, sweet potatoes and Pillsbury rolls.  Speaking of many of you shop there?  It is my favorite place to grocery shop and I can no longer find a good coupon match up online.  If there is enough interest, I will try and put one together for you all.

Meanwhile, I figured I should stop keeping these great deals for myself and start sharing them with you guys more often.  I will pick my favorite deals of the day and share them with you hear.  Sound good?  Great :).  Now here are my top picks for today...

I love this table and if I still had littles I would absolutely scoop up this deal!!  

2 Free Yankee Candles Coupon - a $55.98 Value

Yankee Candles make great gifts. I love to put them in a little basket along with some holiday towels and napkins.  It makes an easy hostess gift!

The Children's Place Fleece Jackets on Sale $6.78 Shipped
Last but not least, I am loving these Children's Place jackets that are less than $7 with shipping.  What?!  These are go-to layering pieces in my house. Snag some before they sell out.

I hope you are able to score some deals.  Comment below if you took advantage of any of these deals of the day....I would love to hear about it!

Snap Judgement by Marcia Clark...Review & Giveaway!

Who is ready for a new read?  How about a mystery to fill the chilly fall nights?  Marcia Clark's Snap Judgement is on the shelves now and is the perfect escape now that fall has arrived.  Here is the scoop...

In the third installment of Marcia Clark’s bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman’s investigation into a family’s deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past.
When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman’s spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he’s as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.
It’s Sam’s obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she’s prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it’s always worked…so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

My Thoughts:  I was a little nervous diving into this book because I had not read the first two in the series but I was relieved to discover that I could pick right up without any confusion.  I LOVE murder/detective/courtroom/mystery books.  My father got me hooked on the likes of Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, Mary Higgins Clark and Patricia Cornwall back in high school and it has been my "go to" genre ever since.  Marcia Clark could easily be compared to the before mentioned authors and I thoroughly enjoyed her style.

The character of Samantha Brinkman is gritty, tough and engaging.  The sub characters are a quirky and entertaining crew and Clark does a bang up job of bringing them all to life.   The story had a great flow kept me guessing.  To sum it up?  I loved it!  I will definitely be going back to read the previous two books in the series and will be anxiously awaiting book 4.  You can pick up this book at your local bookstore or on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Giveaway:  Lucky you!  The publisher is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower a copy of Snap Judgement by Marcia Clark.  Thanks to the sponsor and best of luck!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Whole 30 Completed!

Last week I filled you in on how I had been doing the Whole30 Plan and I am happy to say I made it to the end....woo-hoo!!  It was quite a journey but one I am so glad I took. After cutting out some not so healthy foods and likely triggers of food sensitivities I am feeling pretty amazing.   I am sleeping so much better and waking up refreshed.  I am no long struggling with a daily afternoon slump and I am not having many of the stomach issues that had been plaguing me.  As if all that weren't great enough, I ended up losing 11.4 pounds!  I was super happy about that as well because my eating habits were horrid and as a result I had been feeling low energy and down.

So now what?  I am slowly introducing the foods I have eliminated over the past month but one at a time.  By doing it this way, I will be able to identify foods that trigger sensitivities for me.  Even though I am officially done with the Whole30 I plan on eating in that manner about 90% of the time. I feel too great to change anything.

If you are interested in learning more about the Whole30 I would highly recommend this book....

which you can purchase at your local bookstore or by clicking HERE.  I am (of course!) always happy to answer any questions you may have as well.  Comment below or shoot me an email at

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

National Geographic Kids Books & Birthday Prize Pack Giveaway ($84 value!)!

I have three children in elementary school which means busy days and lots of fun.  It also means a steady stream of birthday parties.  It can be tricky to come up with something both unique and fun for a gift and I am constantly on the hunt for something fabulous for the kids to bring to birthday parties.  A "go to" over the years has been anything from National Geographic Kids.  My own kids LOVE the books and activity books they put out and so I have found them to be a sure hit for birthday gifts.  Lucky for me (and the kids!) that National Geographic Kids has a bunch of fun new books on the shelves just perfect for giving (and getting!).  Here is the scoop on these great titles....

100 Things to Be When You Grow Up (ages 8-12, $9.99) - No better time to think about all the possibilities the future holds than a birthday!  From beekeeper to ice-cream taster, forensic psychologist to Hollywood animal trainer, conservation biologist to Chief Happiness Officer, this book features 100 of the coolest, wackiest and most amazing jobs out there (greeting card maker?? Yes, you can!).  Hands-on projects, advice from National Geographic explorers, interviews with experts, weird-but-true facts and tips for aligning your interests and personality to your job and more, this new book in the popular "100 Things" series is a great way to get kids thinking creatively about what their exciting future has in store for them.

Our Thoughts: This books covers so many careers that are outside of the box.  It is refreshing to see a variety of jobs kids can aspire to.  How about a competitive eater?? A publicist? An astronaut?  Each page feature a cool job for kids to ponder and learn about.  This one is a big hit in our house! And, by the way, I would totally love to be a Chief Happiness Officer (yes, that is a thing!!).

Cat Tales:  True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties (ages 9+, $12.99) features cats from around the world, each one with an amazing story to tell about their compassion, ingenuity and bravery. “Ask an Expert” sections throughout the book offer insight into understanding the curious world of cat behavior, ways to keep your favorite feline happy both mentally and physically and even the trick to taking great cat photos (because the internet does not have nearly enough!:)). And are you curious as to why we love those cute cat videos?  Page 57 explains the science behind the obsession.

Our Thoughts:  My 8 year old daughter LOVES animals and my 11 year old sons love non-fiction so this one was a hit all around.  The stories included in the book are touching and will tug at your heartstrings.  The book is peppered with cool facts (did you know there are more black cats than any other color?) and absolutely adorable photos.  Who doesn't love a cute cat picture??  This book is perfect for cat lovers of any age.

Ultimate Space Atlas (ages 8-12, $12.99) — Attention Space Lovers! Blast into space to explore our solar system and beyond. This out-of-this-world atlas takes readers through maps of the solar system, the Milky Way, and deep space, giving them a close look at and locations of planets, supernovas, and other universes. Sky maps will help kids spot these objects in the night sky and maps of planets and our solar system give the kind of incredible detail that National Geographic is known for. It's the perfect book for space fans and budding astronauts.

Our Thoughts:  Kids are naturally fascinated by space.  And why wouldn't they be?? It is pretty wild to think about.  This book arms kiddos with everything their space loving hearts, maps, activities, a great glossary and so much more.  Pack this for a long car trip to keep everyone happy!

Chomp! (ages 7-10, $12.99) - National Geographic Explorer and snake wrangler Dr. Brady Barr has been bitten by a lot of creatures over the years. So this book is born from first hand – er, tooth – experience of getting close to some of the biggest biters in the animal kingdom.  It turns out that there's a lot more to biting than meets the eye. Physical features and the how (and when and why) an animal bites reveals much about the animal itself. Chomp! highlights an array of awesome creatures with a diversity of chomp styles – from shredders and slicers to grippers and gulpers. Then it shows how tooth type, bite force, jaw shape, and food source all come to together to make each an incredible member of the animal bite force!

Our Thoughts:  What a great book this is!  There is page after page of great pictures showcasing some of the toothiest creatures on the planet.  Each animal is described in depth including their "bite force" (ouch!) and what they most like to use those chompers for.  The book has a big variety of animals from hyenas to pythons and everything in between!

Awesome 8 Extreme (ages 8-12, $12.99) — Got a kiddo in mind that always wants to know the who/what/where of the coolest things on the planet? Check out the Top 8 lists in the latest Awesome 8! This lively book features 50 different topics with dazzling photo, such as the 8 most awesome Monster Fish, Dressed Up Dogs, Supersize Sculptures, Rad Replicas, Coolest Pools, Serious Stadium Snacks, Thrilling Theaters, Dazzling but Deadly, Hair Through History, Volcanoes We Lava, and so much more. It's so graphically engrossing, you truly have to see it to believe it!

Our Thoughts: My kids, like so many others, love facts.  They simply love gathering information and sharing it and this book feeds right into that love of knowledge.  Awesome 8 Extreme gives kids topics with lists of 8's.  The topics covered are a broad range of interests such as "Wacky Ways to Work Out" (underwater rock running, anyone??) and Incredible Pieces of Origami (simply amazing!).  This book is a great gift for kids who just can't get enough fun facts (all of them!).  

National Geographic Kids Thank You Cards (ages 6-9, $9.99) — Pay it forward with this big book of gratitude, filled with 30 cool pull-out thank you postcards and fun themed content. Adorable animal photos paired with heartfelt and funny captions show how much we have to be grateful for in our wondrous world. Each card leaves plenty of room for kids to craft their own messages to show friends and family how much they care. Content includes tips and tricks for writing sincere, well-crafted, and properly formatted thank you notes, as well as more cute creature pictures to spread that warm, fuzzy feeling far and wide.

Our Thoughts:  I think this is such a fun concept.  Included are 30 thank you cards featuring cool animals in vivid photographs along with fun sayings.  Additionally the book is filled to the brim with facts about "thank you's" and being thankful.  This is an excellent way to motivate kids to write thank you notes and cards.  So clever!!!

Giveaway Alert!!  I have the best giveaway to share with you all!  National Geographic Kids is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower every book listed above plus assorted gift bags and tissue plus a sheet of stamps so you can mail out those thank you cards!  This great prize is valued at $84!  Thank you so  much to the sponsor and good luck!
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

P. King Duckling Seize the Day DVD...Review & Giveaway! 3 Winners!

Have any of you seen the adorable Disney Jr. show, P. King Duckling?  If you haven't you must.  It is really adorable.  I am excited to tell you that earlier this fall a brand new DVD, P. King Duckling:  Seize the Day! became available for purchase and it would make a great stocking stuffer.  Here is the scoop...

Adventure takes flight with  P. King Duckling: Seize The Day!  which contains 7 episodes from Season One, along with an activity book, and is available for order now on and

Created by the award-winning Josh Selig (Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!) in collaboration with James Chen Gu, General Manager of UYoung Animation, P. King Duckling is a wholly satisfying family experience that engages children in problem-solving and creative thinking – all while quacking you up!

Broadcast in the U.S. on Disney Junior, where the series enjoys high ratings, the new preschool comedy series has a learning-focused curriculum created by media specialist, Dr. Christine Ricci (Dora the Explorer), that centers on overcoming challenges and inspiring creative thinking.

P. King is a slightly hapless but intrepid young duck, and his two best friends, Chumpkins (a sarcastic pig) and Wombat (who helps P. King with his schemes even though she knows better)! Together, they work to “seize the day” – which always leads to wild adventures and hilarious consequences!

P. King is a duck with a dream. Actually, he’s got a lot of dreams and his dreams change every day. One day he might see himself as an astronaut, a magician or a super hero! P. King encourages children to keep dreaming, imagining, and doing. From home-made race cars, to building robots, to re-designing the Eiffel Tower: P. King Duckling is all about arts, crafts, creativity and construction.

Our Thoughts:  This show is absolutely charming.  The bright and colorful animation is sure to catch the eye of young viewers and coupled with fun adventuress and engaging characters make this one a real win.  Parents will appreciate the strong messages of friendship and teamwork offered in the episodes.  This is a quality show for kids and one that I would highly recommend.  The episodes are just the perfect amount of time to get dinner going in peace :).

Buy It:  Grab your copy today on Amazon HERE.

Win It:   I am so excited to tell you that Shout! Factory is giving THREE lucky Reviewed by Mom followers a copy of P. King Duckling Seize the Day.  Thank so much to the sponsor and good luck!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic : Fluttershy....Out Now! Review &Giveaway! 3 Winners!

I have a DVD giveaway for you today that the kids in your life will love! My Little Pony continues on proving that friendly, problem-solving characters never go out of style! My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic:  Fluttershy is available for purchase now and is a must for My Little Pony fans.  Here is the scoop....

Not every Pegasus pony in Equestria is the same. Just ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. While Rainbow Dash is bold and daring, Fluttershy is quite reserved and caring. But that’s what makes Fluttershy such a wonderful friend to everyone around her, whether they’re her pony friends, like Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and, yes, even Rainbow Dash , or her non-equestrian friends, like Angel the bunny. Join in for five adventures that feature everypony’s lovably quiet Pegasus, Fluttershy.

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy carries a suggested list price of $14.98 and is now available for order at,, and

Episodes Include:
Green Isn’t Your Color
Flutter Brutter
Buckball Season
Viva Las Pegasus
Fluttershy Leans  In

Bonus Feature:

Our Thoughts:  My 8 year old daughter has long been a fan of the MLP characters.  Fluttershy is a real favorite with her quiet and sweet ways so she really enjoyed this DVD compilation featuring one of her favorite Pegasus's.  As always, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series offers fun and engaging programming that works in positive messages of teamwork, friendship and empathy.  This series is a hit with my daughter AND with me.  Boy do I wish I had held onto all my My Little Pony figurines from the 80's!!

Buy It:  You can buy this DVD in stores now or order today on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Win It:  I am so excited to tell you that the generous people at Shout! Factory are giving THREE lucky Reviewed by Mom followers the My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic:  Fluttershy DVD!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!
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Class Mom by Laurie Gelman...Review and Giveaway!

How is back to school going for everyone?  I know it can be a really hectic time and some days are easier than others when it comes to getting back into the grind.  I read a really fun book this fall that had me laughing at loud and was just perfect for school mode.  Class Mom by Laurie Gelman is a book you need to put right on the top of your reading list.  Here is the scoop...

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom―or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max―this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.
From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.
Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction―the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.

My Thoughts:  From the very first page I was laughing. I have been a class mom myself and Jen Dixon handled her duties in ways I could only fantasize about.  Let's just say there wasn't a lot of holding back!  Gelman does a bang up job creating characters that fit the stereotypical parents that you will meet in the schoolyard and reading how Jen interacts with them and navigates classroom politics will have you laughing out loud.  My favorite parts of the book were the emails from Jen to the other parents in her book which are truly hilarious and are all the things you might say if only you didn't have a filter!

This book is a very relatable story of parenthood, classroom politics and the demands we place on ourselves (and others!) when it comes to raising children.  Laurie Gelman's tongue in cheek humor will have you rolling with laughter and force you to look on the sometimes crazy side of school life. I highly recommend this book as an escape that promises laughs and eye rolls in agreement!  Pick up your copy today at your local bookstore or on Amazon here.

I am so excited to tell you that the publisher, Henry Holt and Company is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of Class Mom by Laurie Gelman!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Whole30 Anyone?

Earlier in the fall I had my annual checkup.  I'm not going to complain too much because I have no serious health problems, my blood work came out great, and no high blood pressure.  Life is good.

 However.... it confirmed that I had gained almost 15 lbs in the past year.  Yikes... that's a lot on a petite frame like mine.  I try not to obsess over the number but I also know I feel differently.  I was feeling sluggish, quick tempered and more anxious.  I also was feeling more symptoms from the ulcerative colitis I suffer from.  My doctor suggested the Whole30 to me as a way to help with my energy levels, mood and even my ulcerative colitis.  I was interested because it is not a "diet" plan that requires pricey shakes or supplements and it has a focus on better health rather than getting thin quickly. I grabbed the book It Starts With Food which outlines the program and did my research. The plan is pretty limiting but appealed to me as a way to reset my body and identify foods that don't agree with me.  I was also excited to get more creative with all the great foods you can have on the plan...veggies, meat, healthy fats.

 Today I'm on Day 24 and I'm noticing a lot of positive changes.  My skin is clearer and less dry.  My sleep is so much better and I'm waking up feeling rested.  I am far more energetic during the afternoon when I would hit a real slump.  The rules of the program are that  you can't weigh yourself until day 31 ( truth be told this is NOT a weight loss program but many do lose weight and I'm hoping to as well) however I'm noticing my clothes are fitting better so I am hoping for some weight loss too.

I have been fun creating new recipes that fit the program and I am wondering if there would be interest here on the blog for those?  I am happy to share my recipes (the good ones and the fails hahaha!).  I would also love to chat with anyone who is doing the Whole30, has done it or is considering doing it.  I love hearing other peoples experiences!

I will keep you all posted on my more week until I have successfully completed Round 1!

Happy Holidays Garfield...Review & Giveaway!

Just in time for the holidays there is a fun new DVD on the shelves featuring a well-known cat with attitude.....Garfield!  Happy Holidays Garfield is out now and would make a great addition to your DVD library.  Here is the scoop...
Kids and parents can join Garfield, the quick-witted orange tabby that loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control, this holiday season as he celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas in “HAPPY HOLIDAYS GARFIELD.” This special will also be available for digital download.
The DVD features these two fun-filled holiday episodes:

“Garfield’s Thanksgiving”
Jon Arbuckle invites veterinarian Liz to celebrate Thanksgiving with him, Garfield, and Odie! But Jon has no clue how to prepare a Thanksgiving meal and even worse—Liz declares that Garfield must be put on a diet… on the day before Thanksgiving! Will anyone come to the rescue and cook a delicious dinner for Jon and Liz?

“A Garfield Christmas Special”
Garfield gives Grandma love notes he found that were written by her husband, from when they first met. That thoughtful gift shows Garfield that Christmas isn’t about eating lasagna or receiving presents—it’s about spending time with your family and making others happy!

Our Thouhts:  It was so much fun to share Garfield with my kids.  I remember Garfield from when I was a kid and I just loved this trip down memory lane.  The kids loved the antics of Garfield and Odie is always a big favorite.  This one is fun for the whole family.  You can purchase it today from Amazon Here.

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