Category: diy

The Voice

My Day at 'The Voice' Auditions http://chasingayden.com/the_voice

I have been meaning to write this blog post for weeks, but we have been in the middle of a big move, end of school year, dance recitals, swim lessons, a visit from my mom (and that was just last week!) Needless to say, I am happy to be sitting down in one spot for long enough to type this post!

Some of you know that I recently wrapped a 10 week seminar course on Commitment. It was pretty eye-opening, but I think most importantly, it allowed me to once again, reconnect with parts of myself that I have kept hidden from the world. It always seems to boil down to the fear/doubt/question, ‘who am I to… (__fill-in-the-blank__)? Thankfully I have started to talk back to that voice, (yes, I talk to myself), and answer with, ‘who am I not to?’

I grew up in a music house. My mother being a trained opera singer, music major and music teacher, was constantly singing and playing the piano. We almost always found ourselves gathered around the piano having a sing-along, (if you came over to our house in the 80’s – 90’s, you know this to be true.) Music was our love-language, and there was lots of it to go around.

But something happened as I got older. I became inhibited, and afraid of what you might think about my singing. I knew I could carry a tune and even harmonize at times, but at some point letting you hear my voice just felt way too vulnerable. I developed a ‘stage-fright’, that co-signed a story that I shouldn’t sing for people. And I definitely shouldn’t tell people that I sing, because then they might want to hear me do it, and then they might think I suck.

So what happened? What happened is, I recently grew a (figurative) pair, said ‘eff it’ to the booing crowd in my head, and signed up to audition for ‘The Voice’. I told no one, (not even my husband), for weeks. I think I needed that incubation period to let my impulsive choice set in. With every person I told, I anxiously awaited their judgmental laughter, but it never came. Instead, I was met with encouragement and support. And with each person I told, I felt a little braver and took more ownership of my choice, (and my voice).

The day before the audition, I ‘decided’ not to go about 50 times, each time coming up with a different excuse as to why I couldn’t or shouldn’t go. I waited until the very last minute to print my pass. I told my close group of girlfriends at the eleventh hour. It hit me. Once I told everyone in my life, I would be held accountable to show up for myself. With my pass in my hand, and nothing left standing in my way, I set my alarm for 4am.

The day-of was exhilarating. I pulled in to the LA Convention Center at 6am. The line of musical hopefuls wrapped around the building. At each turn, there were guitars playing, groups of people humming and singing, and lots of nervous chatter. It. Was. Awesome. All of these people had woken up before the sun, and showed up to their lives, that morning. I was already inspired.

Throughout the morning, we were moved in to several different waiting areas, each one filled with more and more electric energy. By this time, our neighbors were our friends. And once we were seated in the largest waiting room with hundreds of chairs, it was a full-blown party. The room would spontaneously and consistently break out in collective song. It was beautiful. It was the morning-sing-alongs from my childhood, a thousand fold. We sang ‘Journey’ classics, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Adele’, and everything in between. It was a collective of fully self-expressed Artists, and it was one of the most moving experiences I have had the honor of being a part of.

To be honest, the audition part of the process felt secondary to everything else. 10 of us waited outside of a room. When we entered the large, empty space, a small Asian man with glasses sat behind a large foldout table. In front of him was a semi-circle of 10 chairs, and a masking tape ‘x’  on the floor in the center of the seats. Enter: every single nerve in my body. I was filled with the feeling of “I don’t wanna’. I had practically forgotten that this is why we were here. I became very present to the fact that I was completely untrained and barely prepared for this. But it was too late, and as he pulled our names lottery-style, I awaited my fate.

After several vocally choreographed and incredible performances, it was my turn. Little old me, who’s recent vocal training consisted of a YouTube warm up tutorial. (Seriously). I got up. I sang (imperfectly), and I sat back down. It was done. I had completed my mission. I knew this wasn’t my best performance, and I didn’t care. The victory was in showing up, staring my fear down in the face and making it my Bitch. No one in my group passed through to the next round, not even the guy who had made it through the two previous years.

Walking back through the convention center, past all the hopeful artists I could not wipe the smile off my face. I felt a sense of pride in myself–in all of us, that I can’t properly put in to words. I think being surrounded by thousands of people honoring their artistic gifts, and choosing to live out loud for that day, filled me with the most beautiful sense of adventure. I wish this feeling for everyone, because it is an unparalleled feeling.

So here is what I am proposing. I am proposing that just for today, you honor that secret gift that no one knows you have been hiding from the world, (we all have them). I propose you affirm to yourself “I am an artist”, and allow yourself to play. I am proposing that you make your fear(s) your Bitch, just for today. Sometimes we feel like we need permission to live from this space, so here it is, I am giving you permission to Play Big, today. And I hope that you will report back to let me know how it goes.

xo, Em

Faux Fireplace DIY

We are renters. There, I said it. Living in Southern, Coastal (expensive) California, we are in good company though. Renting has forced me to get extra-extra creative, when it comes to decorating our home. I have found some clever ways to transform our space, without actually transforming the structure of our place. It is a challenge, but I am typically up for it.

One thing that I have really and truly missed having, is a fireplace. We don’t have what I would qualify as a ‘real’ winter here in SoCal, but it does cool down for a few months, and we even get the occasional rainy day. Let’s just say it becomes winter-like. And during those months I crave nothing more than to curl up with my family, a cup of hot cocoa and a book by our non-existent fireplace.

Faux Fireplace DIY | Create ambience and coziness with this chalkboard fireplace tutorial http://chasingayden.com/faux-fireplace-diy

This year I was determined to make all of my dreams come true, and after some poking around on Pinterest and tapping in to my imagination, I was able to deliver a Christmas Miracle to my self! Here is how you can create your own Faux Fireplace, just in time for the holidays:

What you will need:
-A bare wall
Chalkboard Decal/Contact Paper (I got mine on Amazon for $6.75)
3 ft. Crown Moulding (Home Depot only charges for the amount cut; Lowe’s will charge for the entire piece which runs around 12 ft. The moulding I selected was $1.99 / ft, so I paid $6.00 total.)
-Mounting Tape
-Faux or Real Garland
-Lights
-Chalk
Chachkies

  1. Clean and dry the wall surface you wish to stick your contact paper. You want it to be dust-free, so it will stick nice and evenly.
  2. Cut your contact paper. I cut mine in half length-wise, and stacked the two pieces on the wall to create the desired size for my fireplace. I used my giant Stendig Calendar which hangs above, as a guide for how big the fireplace surface should be. (Across, my fireplace is about 3ft; while the height is around 2ft 2 inches.)
  3. After you have applied your contact paper evenly and without any bubbles, you can draw your fireplace, or lettering or whatever you desire, directly on to it with chalk. (This is my favorite part because I love to draw.) You can find great reference ideas on Pinterest, if you aren’t much of a draw-er.
  4. Line the backside of your moulding with mounting tape. I made sure each corner had a rectangular piece, and then staggered the additional pieces. Once you have the back of your moulding lined, you can just press it against the wall where you like it.
  5. Twist lights in to garland (or buy a pre-lit faux garland), and hang it below moulding, but above fireplace. I used small nails to hold my garland, and attached a bit of bakers twine to the top corners of the garland, so I could easily hook it on and off of the nails. I also strategically placed my fireplace next to an outlet, so I would be able to plug and unplug my lights as needed.
  6. Add chachkies! Another favorite part for me. I love, love, love styling. I ordered these teeny-tiny bottle brush trees from Pick Your Plum during their Black Friday sale, so I scored big time. But these holiday deco-staples are popping up EVERYwhere, and are easy to find. They fit perfectly on top of the teeny ledge of my ‘mantle’. I also added a small, guilded moose figurine I made last year and secured some loose pieces of Christmas Tree branches to make the mantle extra festive.
  7. Hang stockings This part was hard for me. Because the fireplace is faux, it is not scaled to real size. I didn’t want our stockings to over-shadow the fireplace, so I hung them under the calendar, and justified to the left.

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Viola! Fireplace goals achieved, and I couldn’t be happier! If you make a faux fireplace, I would love to see it, so be sure to tag me on social media!

xo, Em

Little Messengers

Gooooood morning ladies and gents!

Today is going to be a fun and exciting day! I have teamed up with the fabulous babes over at Little Messengers, and I will not only be taking over their colorful Instagram for the day, butttt we also have a rad giveaway for you. Before we get to any of that, I want to tell you a little bit about the backstory of Little Messengers, because it is truly a unique and inspiring story.

A look inside the shop Little Messengers, and Instagram Takeover and a Giveaway! Click here to learn more.

In March of 2013, Mercedes (founder), and husband Andy, began the adoption process. After a Mission Trip to an orphanage for children with special needs in Haiti, Mercedes felt moved and spiritually-driven, to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. Andy was on board, and 4 months later in June, they met their sweet baby girl, Sunflower.

Initially, Little Messengers was created to help raise funds for the adoption of Sunflower. It has evolved, with the help of amazing business partner, Paige, in to a full-fledged, mama-operated, successful small business. Little Messengers continues to be inspired by colorful, bubbly, beautiful Sunflower, (Sunny for short), and each vibrant blanket carries a piece of her incredible spirit. You can follow Sunny on instagram, where she uses her beautiful life to bring joy and Down Syndrome awareness, to others.

Watch this vide for the full, beautiful story. (Prepare to cry your eyes out).

AYDEN & SUNNY GIVEAWAY:

Win this Turquoise Risa Blanket, and this Multi-colored PomPom Boho Hoop!

Win this turquoise Serape blanket here! http://chasingayden.com/LittleMessengersWin this Multi-colored, boho PomPom banner here! http://chasingayden.com/LittleMessengers

How to Enter:
Follow:
@LittleMessengers
@hooray4Sunny
@aydensmommyy
@shopaydensrose

Comment on this post that you have followed ALL Instagram pages, (we will be checking). *Include your Instagram name in your comment.

bonus: Regram a photo from any of the above feeds and hash tag with: #AydenAndSunny for 5 extra entries

Contest ends Monday, October 26 at midnight PST

(Winner announced Tuesday)

***Keep an eye out for additional ways to enter on Instagram.

xo, Em

 

Upcycled Bar Stool DIY

Something about this time of year makes me feel seriously inspired. Maybe it’s the barrage of Fall-time Pinterest DIYs that flood my feed. Or maybe the pumpkin-flavored everything has magical, creative powers. Does it really matter why? Probably not. Fall is here (despite the lingering hot weather in Southern California), and I am excited.

Let’s talk about this project, and more importantly the art of ‘upcycling’. Upcycling is simply taking a piece(s) of furniture that you already have, and revamping it, thus creating a new piece of furniture. It is a growing art-form, and not only does it save boat-loads of money (cue cheering section), but it allows you to create a completely one-of-a-kind, custom piece of furniture. Needless to say, I am a huge fan.

Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful piece of modern furniture via http://chasingayden.com/upcycled-barstool-diy

Mike and I have had these bar stools since we first moved in together like 8 years ago. They were free, (from a friends garage). They have always been just sort of blah; there to just serve their purpose of hosting people’s bums. I have recently been in a ‘cleaning house’ tizzy, meaning, if I don’t love it or need it; it goes. It is actually very therapeutic. I highly recommend inventorying the items and clothing in your house, and gutting anything that you don’t love. But I digress, (thank you a.d.d.) So the stools. The stools and I came to a crossroads. I certainly did not love them, but I also didn’t want to just get rid of perfectly usable seating. Conundrum!

And then this DIY hit me like a ton of bricks. A simple upcycle-project would save these stools from imminent banishment. The stools and I sighed with relief, which brings us to this bar stool makeover project.

Here’s what I started with:

Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture

(Not great, right?) Obviously, these chairs were just screaming for a makeover, and here is how I gave them a second–actually, third life…

Find the FULL DIY at Shoes Off Please, for The Bannerie.

And here is the finished product:

Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture Bar stool Upcycle DIY || Learn how to convert an old chair or stool in to a beautiful, modern piece of furniture

 

Did you like this DIY? If so, please share it with a friend, because sharing is caring! Also, are you an upcycling goddess? I want to hear about your favorite upcycle project, and I may just feature you! As always, thanks so much for reading and following along in my blogging/creating journey!

xo, Em

 

The Best Green Bean Recipe Ever

The Best Green Bean Recipe EVER. This recipe uses one SECRET ingredient that will forever change how you cook veggies. Click here to find out what it is: http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever

Guys, the title of this post is no joke. I know what you’re thinking… green beans? Really? But in all seriousness, green beans are a staple side-dish for most holidays, and they typically leave much to be desired; until now. This is an original recipe of mine that I created many years ago. I make these all the time, and people always rave about mah beans. So today, green beans are bringing sexy back, and here’s how.

The Best Green Bean Recipe EVER. This recipe uses one SECRET ingredient that will forever change how you cook veggies. Click here to find out what it is: http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever

Ingredients:
Green beans  These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever
Olive oil These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever
*Braggs Liquid Amino Acids (the secret ingredient to these epic green beans)These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-everSliced Almonds
These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-everSalt & Pepper
These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever

One:

Put washed green beans in to a large skillet or pan, and sauté with olive oil over a medium – medium-low heat.

Two:

Once beans appear evenly coated with the olive oil, add a generous amount of the Braggs. (I don’t do exact measurements when I cook. Add enough that the beans are evenly coated). Sauté for 5 minutes. These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever

Three:

Add sliced almonds to the mix, as well as a few grinds of the pepper mill and a bit of salt, (not too much because the Braggs has a natural salty flavor). *Optional: Add cherry tomatoes sliced in half. These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-everFour:

Serve & Enjoy! These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever These green beans are bringing sexy back! Click here for the best green bean recipe ever! http://chasingayden.com/the-best-green-bean-recipe-ever

Thanks for tuning in to my shenanigans! Happy eating!

xo, Em

10 Minute, Healthy, Gluten-Free Pizza

I love to cook, and I love to come up with healthy alternatives for delicious foods. One of those delicious foods is pizza, and while I am aware that many pizzerias are starting to offer gluten-free crust options, I wanted to create something that I could make on the fly, (and without having to order an entire pizza). This 10 minute, gluten-free personal pizza totally hit the spot for me, so I decided to share this super easy recipe with you.

Healthy, Gluten-free pizza in 10 minutes! Here is a great way to 'treat yo-self', without any guilt! Click this link for this easy DIY recipe at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza

Stuff you will need:

Tin Foil
GF Brown rice tortillas10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza
Tomato sauce 10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza
Mozzarella cheese 10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza
Oven or Toaster oven

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Step One:

Set oven to broil.Step One of 10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza

Step Two:

Set one tortilla on a sheet of tin foil, and using a large spoon, spread sauce evenly on surface.Step two of 10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza

Step Three:

Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella on top of the sauce. Step Three of 10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza

Step Four:

Place pizza (on tin foil) on top oven rack, and broil/bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are golden, and cheese is melted and/or bubbling. Step Four of 10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza Step four of 10 minute, gluten free pizza at http://chasingayden.com/10-minute-healthy-gluten-free-pizza

Step Five:

Enjoy!! (I meant to take a photo of me ‘enjoying’, however, I was hungry and was almost done eating my pizza when the thought occurred to me. So trust me when I say, it was yummy.)

I hope you enjoyed this little cooking DIY, and I hope that you will let me know if you give this one a try! As always, I love to hear your feedback!

xo, Em

How Motherhood Made Me More Creative

When I was a kid I loved to draw. I loved to sing. I loved to act. I loved to dance. And the beauty of it all was that I did so with reckless abandon. I had no fear about being judged, I just created because it was what I loved to do. It’s part of what makes children so pure, I think. The complete lack of awareness that anyone might be watching or worse yet, judging.

How becoming a mom made me a more creative person, and reconnected me to my authentic self. Are you blovked creatively? This is a blog post about how I became unblocked, and about how motherhood was the channel that allowed me to become my creative self. http://chasingayden.com/how-motherhood-made-me-more-creative

As I got older, [insert puberty], the perils of insecurity and self-doubt began to take their toll on my ability to create freely. I continued to create in the ways that I loved, but I did so in secrecy and in the confines of my lavender-painted bedroom walls.

As I emerged in to adulthood I became busy and preoccupied with silly things like paying the electric bill and holding a job. I found some creative outlets like working in film production and joining an improv / sketch comedy theater group, but eventually drifted away from it again and stopped creating with the reckless abandon that I once had.

Enter motherhood. For me, early motherhood looked like a lot of ‘down-time’, something I was not used to. Nothing could have prepared me for how much downtime and alone(ish) time I would have as a new mom, and at times I felt a little crazy-town. Also, when you are home a lot, you begin to critique and dislike everything about your house. Which led me to the endless tail-chase of home improvement ‘projects’.

In a sense, I began nesting again. I would find little projects on Pinterest, and do them. I would try to do the projects while Ayden was asleep, but she would inevitably wake up mid-crafting sesh. I started to notice that when I was creating, her energy was super calm because my energy was super calm. It was like my creativity was soothing for both of us, so I started allowing myself to create in ways that I hadn’t in years.

What has happened is that in allowing myself to be the creative being that I was always intended to be, I have gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of who I am at my core. It has also allowed me to see others as creative beings, and to appreciate their abilities rather than feel threatened by them.

I firmly believe that my creativity is directly related to my spirituality. When I create, I feel connected to the Universe. When I feel connected to the Universe, I am at peace. And when I am at peace, I am a better human.

So I started this blog. I started doing little DIY projects. And in creating this space in which I allow myself to be vulnerable and imperfect, messy and reckless; I have found a wonderful little creative outlet. I urge you to find an outlet, if you haven’t already. I urge you to let go of whatever holds you back from being the creative being that you were born to be, because we are all artists in our own right.

If you feel like it, drop a line in the comments below sharing how you create with reckless abandon. Or about what holds you back. Or about anything really; I would love to hear from you.

xo, Em

Mini Pallet DIY

Lately I am seeing some really cool creations made from wood pallets. Everything from bookshelves, outdoor furniture, coffee tables and even wall art. I am really digging all of these reclaimed wood deco-ideas. My issue is finding space in our home for such large endeavors. Which brings me to this DIY; a scaled-down version of the pallet craze.

Mini Pallet DIY

You will be amazed at not only how inexpensive this project is (under $5), but also how simple. Click here for the full tutorial.

You can use your mini pallets as wall art or even as a tray or trivet. There are a gazillion possibilities, and I would love to see what you come up with! Let me know what you thought of this DIY in the comments below, and be sure to tag me on social media if you create one of these! (Instagram: @aydensmommyy)

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xo, Em

Painted Spring Pots DIY

Love is in the air, and so is Spring time! When I think of Spring I think of flowers, bright colors, warm weather, the smell of fresh-cut grass, sunshine days and all-around cheeriness. Did you just have a moment? Me too.

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

These DIY flower pots are the perfect way to welcome Spring, and they are not only fun an easy, but super cost-effective (my favorite). If you have little ones, buy a few extra pots so they can play too.

For the full DIY with step-by-step instructions, head on over to one of my favorite blogs (by one of my favorite ladies), Shoes Off Please.

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

 

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY  Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

 

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

 

 

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

 

xo, Em

Acrylic Tray DIY for Under $5

Today’s DIY has been brought to you by the Frugal-Franny in me, and it honestly couldn’t be any easier.

Clear acrylic / lucite tray DIY // for under $5 // http://chasingayden.com/acrylic-tray-diy

Have you noticed the sudden burst of acrylic / leucite / (clear) furniture and home decor? I am in love with it. Acrylic accents add the perfect touch of modern to any space, and to quote Martha Stewart (my spirit-animal), ‘that’s a good thing’.

I found this fab DIY on Rain on a Tin Roof , and decided I needed one (or ten) of my own. So here it is folks, the easiest DIY you will ever do:

Stuff you need:
*Cheap plastic frame (I got mine from Michael’s for around $4).
*Wrapping paper or scrapbook paper
*tape
*scissors

1. The Frame

Remember those cheap, plastic, box-frames with the cardboard backs, from the 80’s? My mom used to put all of our childhood art in them. (I would put money on the fact that some of said art remains in said frames.) Anyhoo, go get one at Michael’s, (I got one for under $4.)

DIY Lucite tray tutorial for under $5 // http://chasingayden.com/acrylic-tray-diy

Removed the cardboard backing and flip it face-down.

DIY Lucite tray tutorial for under $5 // http://chasingayden.com/acrylic-tray-diy

(Are you having an ‘a-ha’ moment yet?)

2. The Lining

Originally I thought I would use scrapbook paper for my tray lining, but ended up finding inspiration in the discount wrapping paper area. Score! Either way, pick your poison.

DIY Lucite tray tutorial for under $5 // http://chasingayden.com/acrylic-tray-diy

Trace the frame on the back of the paper, and cut to size. Once this is done, tape the back sides of the paper to the bottom of the tray, and boom! You have your beautiful new tray.

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Disclaimer: I wish I could have styled the tray a bit more to my liking, but we are still displaced and not living in our home, and thus not amongst our own stuff.

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xo, Em

 

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