11 movies your whole family will enjoy

Time to bond over these family-friendly flicks.


We're always looking for ways to bond with our children. When they're little, it involves lots of cuddles and hands-on activities. As they get older, you might want to share some of your favorite activities with your kids. How about movies?

Of course, many of our favorite films from our childhood aren't appropriate for kids or didn't age well. It can be hard to find a movie that both you and your kids will enjoy. That's why we're rounding up some classics with memorable characters and important messages, perfect for the whole family.

So, grab your loved ones and popcorn. It's time for a movie night, mama.

1. Legally Blonde (2001)

It's hard to believe this movie has been around for 20 years! Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is a girl who knows what she wants: her boyfriend, Warner (Matthew Davis). When he breaks up with her to attend Harvard Law, Elle hits the books in a plan to win him back. Along the way, she realizes she's capable of more she realized. We love Legally Blonde for all the memorable characters (Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Evans, Selma Blair and Ali Larter gave great performances), laughs and most importantly, for Elle's unwavering belief in herself. Streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

Maria (Julie Andrews), who's studying to become a nun, is hired to look after the children of widower George von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a wealthy Captain who keeps his estate in tip-top order. He routinely issues strict military decrees to discipline the kids, blows a whistle to beckon them and dresses them all in sailor outfits. When Maria arrives, the Captain is initially hostile toward her; however, the children warm up to her after she allows them to be happy-go-lucky and creative. The free-spirited Maria not only brings out the children's singing talent, but allows them to enjoy life, turning her into the motherly figure they've been missing. She even encourages the Captain to bond with them more. The Captain begins to notice the positive impact Maria has on the kids and eventually takes to her, opening the door to closer family relationships within the von Trapp family. Streaming on Disney +, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video

3. Annie (1982)

This classic film (there's also a 2014 remake) is based on the 1977 Broadway musical. The story follows Annie (Aileen Quinn), a precocious dreamer who yearns to find her birth parents. After having to endure living in a less than desirable girls' home run by Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett), a cold-hearted alcoholic, her life takes a turn for the better after a billionaire, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Albert Finney), takes her in for a week to boost his image. Annie arrives at his mansion filled with luxuries she's never experienced, enjoying her stay, but still hopeful her parents will come for her. Annie soon comes to realize who has her best interest and who doesn't. Although this fictionalized tale focuses on the relationship between Annie and Daddy Warbucks, and her quest to find her parents, the film will spark a real and honest conversation about foster care, adoption and birth relatives, confirming the reality that families come in many forms. Streaming on Hulu, Starz, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV

4. Selena (1997)

Selena is based on the true events of Mexican singing sensation Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (Jennifer Lopez). In the background, the movie explores the pivotal relationships of Selena's compassionate and supportive mom (Constance Marie) and her strict yet loving dad (Edward James Olmos), as the musician's singing career first takes off, the pains and struggles along the way, and her ultimate rise to fame. Although the film ends tragically with Selena's untimely passing, the film beautifully displays her life, her first love, and even her death, in a tasteful and non-gratuitous way. Moms will appreciate the special bond Selena had, not only with her mother, but with her entire family, as fame takes them all over the world together where Selena performs to loving and adoring fans. Selena made an indelible impression wherever she performed and broke down cultural and racial barriers along the way, leaving a rich legacy that will never be forgotten. Streaming on HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV

5. The Parent Trap (1998)

The Parent Trap is a remake of the 1961 film of the same name. This movie spotlights a divorced couple, Nicholas (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson) who broke up shortly after their identical twin daughters Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) were born. The sisters bump into each other at a summer camp where they initially dislike one another. When they realize they are sisters, separated at birth, they hatch a plan to switch places so they can reunite with the parent they never got to know. Nicholas lives in Napa, California, and Elizabeth in London, so the girls learn each other's accent and the adventure begins. As each daughter gets to know their parent, they share new laughs, tears and authentic joy. Streaming on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV

6. Freaky Friday (2003)

Freaky Friday is also a remake, this time of the classic 1976 movie of the same name. This fantasy comedy follows the story of high schooler Anna (Lindsay Lohan) and her widowed mom, Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) who are constantly at odds, as the two fail to understand each other's world. One night, the mother and daughter have a heated argument at a restaurant and a peculiar incident causes them to wake up in the other's body the next morning. Anna is an aspiring musician with an upcoming show, and Tess a successful therapist who's about to get married, so the timing of their switch couldn't be worse. The duo literally have to learn to walk in the other's shoes. The more they remain in the wrong body, the more problems and conflicts they encounter that they have to solve, but the more they begin to empathize and respect each other as their bond grows closer. Streaming on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV

7. Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

This uplifting movie is about a gifted 11-year-old girl, Akeelah (Keke Palmer), who goes to Crenshaw Middle School in the inner city of Los Angeles. Her principal encourages her to enter the Spelling Bee; she does and wins. One day, a visiting English professor, Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) tests Akeelah and sees that she's talented enough to enter the National Spelling Bee. Meanwhile, Akeelah's mother, Tanya, who is widowed and stressed from the weight of life, is fervently opposed to her daughter entering the contest because of her own fear of failure. As time goes on, Tanya recognizes the God-given gift in Akeelah and her daughter actually teaches her a lesson about courage. When Akeelah feels like giving up, Tanya ends up being her biggest supporter. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV

8. The Karate Kid (2010)

The Karate Kid is part of the original franchise that began in1984. After losing her job, widowed mom, Sherri (Taraji P. Henson) receives a job opportunity in China, so she moves her 12-year-old son, Dre (Jaden Smith), to Beijing for a fresh start. After Dre is confronted by the neighborhood bully, Cheng (Zhenwei Wang), a kung fu prodigy, Dre is saved by an older maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master, who teaches him how to defend himself. The martial arts drama shows the grit and determination of a kid coming of age in a new country, but also showcases the strength and courage that Dre musters within—qualities he inherited from his strong single mom. Streaming on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV

9. Miracles from Heaven (2016)

This heartfelt drama, based on a true story, shows the lengths one determined mom, Christy (Jennifer Garner), takes to ensure her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers), gets the proper medical treatment to help with her life-threatening illness. After an emergency surgery that leaves Anna on a feeding tube, local doctors exhaust all resources to help. The country's top physician, Dr. Nurko (Eugenio Derbez) is located in Boston but he has a several month's-long wait list. This doesn't stop Christy from flying out to Boston with Anna. They befriend a local resident (Queen Latifah) who makes their stay better, and due to a last-minute opening, Anna gets an appointment. After extensive treatment, Anna's outlook is dismal, and they are sent home with nothing more that can be done. When it seems all hope is gone, the family's miracle finally shows up in the most unexpected event, leaving an entire community in awe. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV

10. Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures tells the story of the African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race (a series of competitive technology demonstrations between the United States and the Soviet Union, aiming to show superiority in spaceflight.) Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) are all ambitious working moms with supportive families, yet demanding jobs, where their unit is separated by race and sex. Katherine becomes the first Black woman on her team assigned to assist Al Harrison's (Kevin Costner) Space Task Group, where she has to walk a ½ mile to the nearest bathroom for "colored people". This historical drama is not only entertaining for the family, but educational, highlighting the lesson that with the right determination moms can succeed and achieve their dreams even during the most extreme challenges. Streaming on Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV

11. The Greatest Showman (2018)

Although this film centers around PT Barnum's (Hugh Jackman) rise to fame building an immensely popular circus, this musical drama also showcases a strong and stable bond with his wife Charity (Michelle Williams) and daughters as their dad tours the world to pursue his dreams. Charity is there when her husband starts with nothing to eventually gaining immense notoriety and she supports him at every level. While Barnum travels with the circus, Charity remains a caring and stable rock for her daughters. Though history proves that Barnum was way more flawed, the fictionalized version teaches kids the importance of pursuing their dreams and loving people for their unique qualities and differences. The ultimate message moms and kids will glean from this film is hope, inclusion and acceptance, plus the catchy soundtrack will have you coming back again and again. Streaming on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV

This article was originally published on April 27, 2021.

Tirralan is a former actress with a masters in professional writing from the University of Southern CA. She is the founder and editor of Tinseltown Mom where she blogs about and interviews celebrity & boss moms. She also hosts the podcast, Time Out with Tinseltown Mom. She’s happily married to a tv producer and together they have two creative kids.

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    When you ask any two mamas to share their experience with breastfeeding, you are bound to get very unique answers. That's because while the act of breastfeeding is both wonderful and natural, it also comes with a learning curve for both mothers and babies.

    In some cases, breastfeeding won't be the right path for everyone. But with the right tools, resources and social support systems, we can make progress toward the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to continue breastfeeding through the first year of a child's life. After all, breastfeeding helps nourish infants, protects them against illnesses, develops their immune systems and more. Not to mention that mothers who breastfeed experience reduced risk for breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

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    Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

    Designed for regular use, this double electric breast pump allows mamas to customize the cycle and vacuum settings that work for them. The 100% SoftShape™ silicone shields on this pump form-fit to a wide range of breast shapes and sizes—which means more comfortable, more efficient pumping. And every pump comes with two complete Dr. Brown's Options+ bottles, giving you everything you need to go from pumping to feeding.


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    With an extra-durable design and double zip seal, your breast milk will stay fresh and safe in the fridge or freezer until it's needed. Plus, the bags are easy to freeze flat and then store for up to six months, so your baby can continue drinking breast milk long after you are done nursing.


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    Here's something they don't tell you about breastfeeding ahead of time: While feeding your baby on one side, the other breast may "let down" milk, too. With this one-piece Silicone Breast Pump, you don't have to let those precious drops go to waste. The flexible design makes pouring the milk into a bottle stress-free.


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    7 hacks for simplifying after-school snacks

    Prepping delicious and nutritious foods shouldn't take all day.

    When you're in the middle of the school year and managing a family, each minute of time becomes very precious. Sometimes that means healthy food choices in the household can take a backseat. But don't stress it, mama. Prepping delicious and nutritious choices for the kids to munch on doesn't need to take all day.

    Remember to keep it fun, simple and interactive! Here are tips for simplifying after-school snacks once and for all:

    1. Prep snacks on Sunday

    This simple trick can make the rest of the week a breeze. Tupperware is your friend here, you can even write different days of the week on each container to give the kids a little surprise every day. I really like storage with compartments for snack prep. Personally, I slice apples, carrots or cucumbers to pair with almond butter and hummus—all great to grab and go for when you're out all day and need some fresh variety.

    2. When in doubt, go for fruit

    Fruit is always a quick and easy option. I suggest blueberries, clementine oranges, apples, frozen grapes or even unsweetened apple sauce and dried fruit, like mixed fruit. It's fun to put together a fruit salad, too. Simply cut up all the fruit options and let the kids decide how they'd like to compile. Prepped fruit is also great to have on hand for smoothies, especially when it's been sitting in the fridge for a few days—throw it in the blender with some nut milk and voila.

    3. Pair snacks with a dip

    Hummus is a great dip to keep on hand with lots of versatility or you can grab a yogurt-based dip. Easy and healthy dippers include pre-sliced veggies, baby carrots and multigrain tortilla chips. Plain hummus is a great way to introduce seasonings and spices too—shake a little turmeric, add fresh basil and you'd be surprised what your kids will take to.

    4. Have high-protein options readily available

    Snacks with high protein, like cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs and jerky will fuel kids for hours. One of my favorites is a turkey stick, which is a fun addition to the hummus platter. Just slice into bite-sized pieces. I love cottage cheese because it can go savory or sweet, use as a dip with your prepped veggies, or drizzle pure maple syrup and sprinkle with berries.

    5. Always keep the pantry stocked

    Monthly deliveries keeps the pantry updated without a trip to grocery store. Many kids are big fans of popcorn, granola and pretzels. We like to DIY our own snack packs with a little popcorn, pretzels, nuts and whatever else is in the pantry so there's always something different!

    6. Make cracker tartines

    I love the idea of replicating popular restaurant dishes for kids. Here are some of my favorite snack-sized tartines using any crisp bread, or favorite flat cracker of your choice as the base. There are no rules and kids love adding toppings and finding new combinations they love.

    • Avocado crackers: Use a cracker and then layer with thinly sliced avocado, a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese topped with roasted pepitas or sunflower seeds.
    • Tacos: The base for this is a black bean spread—just drain a can of black beans, rinse and place into a wide bowl. With a fork or potato masher, lightly smush the beans until chunky. Spread onto your cracker and top with tomato, cheddar cheese and black olives. Try out a dollop of super mild salsa or some lime zest to introduce some new flavor profiles.
    • A play on PB&J: Smear peanut butter, almond or a favorite sun butter on the cracker. I like to get a mix it up a bit and put fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries and tiny diced apples) and a little bit of dried fruit sprinkled on top.

    7. Pre-make smoothie pops

    The easy part about meal prep is the prep itself, but knowing exactly how much to make ahead is tricky. Freeze a smoothie in popsicle molds to have a healthy treat ready-to-go snack. They're super simple to make: Add any fruit (I like apples, berries, pineapples and mangoes) and veggies (carrots, steamed beet and wilted kale) to a blender with your favorite nut milk until you have consistency just a bit thinner than a smoothie. Pour into your trusty reusable popsicle molds and then into the freezer to make an ice pop so good they could eat them for breakfast.

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    15 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

    They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

    Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

    So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

    From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

    Stomp Racers

    As longtime fans of Stomp Rockets, we're pretty excited about their latest launch–Stomp Racers. Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying through the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these kid-powered cars which take off via a stompable pad and hose.


    Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

    Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

    Tiny thrill-seekers will love this kid-powered coaster which will send them (safely) sailing across the backyard or play space. The durable set comes with a high back coaster car and 10.75 feet of track, providing endless opportunities for developing gross motor skills, balance and learning to take turns. The track is made up of three separate pieces which are easy to assemble and take apart for storage (but we don't think it will be put away too often!)


    Secret Agent play set


    This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


    Stepping Stones


    Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.


    Sand play set

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    For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their sand box toys and use them in the bath! This 12-piece set includes a variety of scoops, molds and sifters that can all be stored in sweet little wagon.


    Sensory play set


    Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


    Vintage scooter balance bike

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    Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


    Foam pogo stick


    Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.




    Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.


    Hopper ball

    Hopper ball

    Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.


    Pull-along ducks


    There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


    Rocking chair seesaw


    This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.


    Baby forest fox ride-on

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    Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


    Meadow ring toss game

    Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

    Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


    Mini golf set

    Plan Toys mini golf set

    Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


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    Even 5 hours of screen time per day is OK for school-aged kids, says new study

    Researchers found screen time contributes to stronger peer relationships and had no effect on depression and anxiety. So maybe it isn't as bad as we thought?

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    If you've internalized some parental guilt about your own child's screen time usage, you're not alone. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to significant amounts of screen time in children leads to an increased risk of depression and behavioral issues, poor sleep and obesity, among other outcomes. Knowing all this can mean you're swallowing a big gulp of guilt every time you unlock the iPad or turn on the TV for your kiddo.

    But is screen time really that bad? New research says maybe not. A study published in September 2021 of 12,000 9- and 10-year-olds found that even when school-aged kids spend up to 5 hours per day on screens (watching TV, texting or playing video games), it doesn't appear to be that harmful to their mental health.

    Researchers found no association between screen usage and depression or anxiety in children at this age.

    In fact, kids who had more access to screen time tended to have more friends and stronger peer relationships, most likely thanks to the social nature of video gaming, social media and texting.

    The correlations between screen time and children's health

    But those big social benefits come with a caveat. The researchers also noted that kids who used screens more frequently were in fact more likely to have attention problems, impacted sleep, poorer academic performance and were more likely to show aggressive behavior.

    Without a randomized controlled trial, it's hard to nail down these effects as being caused directly by screens. The study's authors analyzed data from a nationwide study known as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD Study), the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health in the country. They relied on self-reported levels of screen time from both children and adults (it's funny to note that those reported numbers differed slightly depending on who was asked… ).

    It's important to remember that these outcomes are just correlations—not causations. "We can't say screen time causes the symptoms; instead, maybe more aggressive children are given screen devices as an attempt to distract them and calm their behavior," says Katie Paulich, lead author of the study and a PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Also worth noting is that a child's socioeconomic status has a 2.5-times-bigger impact on behavior than screens.

    Weighing the benefits with the risks will be up to you as the parent, who knows your child best. And because we live in a digital world, screens are here to stay, meaning parents often have little choice in the matter. It's impossible to say whether recreational screen time is fully "good" or "bad" for kids. It's maybe both.

    "When looking at the strength of the correlations, we see only very modest associations," says Paulich. "That is, any association between screen time and the various outcomes, whether good or bad, is so small it's unlikely to be important at a clinical level." It's all just part of the overall picture.

    A novel look at screen time in adolescents

    The researchers cite a lack of studies examining the relationship between screen time and health outcomes in this specific early-adolescence age group, which is one of the reasons why this study is so groundbreaking. The findings don't apply to younger children—or older adolescents, who may be starting to go through puberty.

    Screen time guidelines do exist for toddlers up to older kids, but up to 1.5 hours per day seems unattainable for many young adolescents, who often have their own smartphones and laptops, or at least regular access to one.

    Of course, more research is needed, but that's where this study can be helpful. The ABCD study will follow the 12,000 participants for another 10 years, following up with annual check-ins. It'll be interesting to see how the findings change over time: Will depression and anxiety as a result of screen time be more prevalent as kids age? We'll have to wait and see.

    The bottom line? Parents should still be the gatekeepers of their child's screen time in terms of access and age-appropriateness, but, "our early research suggests lengthy time on screen is not likely to yield dire consequences," says Paulich.

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    Mom and gorilla bond over their babies at the zoo: ‘It was so beautiful’

    The new mothers shared a special moment at a Boston zoo.

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    Motherhood knows no bounds.

    When Kiki the gorilla spotted a new mom and baby visiting her habitat at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, she immediately took a liking to the pair. Emmelina Austin held her five-week-old son Canyon to the glass so Kiki could get a better look.

    The gorilla spent nearly five minutes happily pointing and staring at baby Canyon.

    Emmelina's husband captured the sweet moment on his phone, in a video that's now gone viral.

    Mother shares unique maternal bond with gorilla (FULL VIDEO) www.youtube.com

    Why was Kiki so interested in her tiny visitor? Possibly because Kiki's a new mom herself. Her fifth baby, Pablo, was born in October.

    Near the end of the video, Kiki scooped up Pablo and held him close. The new moms held their baby boys to the glass and shared a special moment together: just a couple of mothers, showing off their little ones.

    "When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could've imagined that we would have had that experience," Austin told ABC News. "It was so beautiful, and we walked out just over the moon."

    We can't get enough of the sweet exchange. There's something special about sharing your little one with the world. Mothers of all ages, races–and it turns out, species–understand.

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