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42 Fun Family Things to Do This Spring.


42 Fun Family Things to Do This Spring

Spring is almost here, that sun keeps peeking out behind the clouds and the flowers are starting to bloom.

Warmer weather means it’s time to throw the kids outside and get some fresh air and vitamin D.

There are lots of fun things you can all do this spring that won’t cost the earth. We have a few ideas to start you off.

In The Garden

Go on a bug hunt.
Make a den.
Camp out in your garden.
Make a fairy garden.
Make a bug hotel.
Get them weeding!
Plant a mini vegetable or herb garden.
Plant a flower garden or sunflowers and have a sunflower competition.
Make a welly boot planer. Perfect way to reuse those old welly boots. Fill with compost and plant seeds or bedding plants.
Build a mud kitchen out of recycled wood.  
Paving slab chalk art. Get artist on the pavement with chalk and it will wash away when it rains. Or paint chalk board paint on one your fences and let create on there.
Bird watching.
Obstacle course. Create your obstacle course and have a race.
Make a weather station.
Blow bubbles.
 
Further Afield 

Go to the park.
Go on a bike or scooter ride.
Go on a nature trail.
Visit your local forest and do the Stick Man trail.
Feed the ducks.
Fly a kite.
Go fishing.
Go to the beach and collect shells and stones for your fairy garden.
Play football or tennis.
Have a picnic.
Go to a car boot sale. Sell your old stuff and make money for days out.
Take a walk to the library and then sit outside and read.
Visit your local garden centre for inspiration.

Rainy Day Activities

Play Animal pairs.
Make cress heads.
Get baking.
Get Crafty.
Listen to an audiobook together. You can get a free months trail at Audible.
Make up a story together.
Have a big spring clean.
Go puddle jumping.
Go swimming.
Learn a new skill via YouTube. Try yoga, a new language or even how to crochet.
Make a spring wreath.
Face painting.
Have a dance party.
Make salt dough.

For more spring ideas visit our Pinterest board

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40 Ideas, Tips and Tricks for a Great Summer Holiday


40 Ideas, Tips and Tricks for a Great

The summer holidays are just around the corner and like many of us you are faced with trying to keep your child entertained for 6 whole weeks. While older children can often entertain themselves the younger ones are not always that easy to please.

We have some great ideas, tips and tricks to get you through the holidays with a smile of your face.

Keeping Them Entertained

Have a plan of action for each week. Possible days out, play dates, activities etc  Mum in The Madhouse has some great free printable planners on the blog. Perfect for working parents that need to plan childcare through the holidays as well.

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Don’t make plans. Make a daily decision on what you are going to do. Wing it and see where you end up.

The worst sentence ever muttered by a child is “I’m bored”, it can drive you insane. Be prepared and get a bored jar ready before the holidays start. All you need to do is fill a jar or box with activities for them to do like read a book, crafts, watch a film, go for a walk, tidy your room, make a den etc When they tell you they are bored get them to choose an activity to do.

Get them to make a summer bucket list and list all the things they would like to do in the summer holidays and then choose one each day.

Start a summer scrap/happy book.  Have your child write, draw, glue on pictures of their summer adventures. A great rainy day activity.

Go on a park crawl. Make a list of all the parks in your area and visit them all. You could either do it in one day or spread it across the 6 weeks.

Go on lots and lots of picnics.

Have a sports day. Invite their friends over and have a sports day in the garden.

Arrange some playdates.  Take turns with friends to host a play date, the kids can play and you can site, drink coffee and have adult conversation.

Set up different play stations in your garden. You could have sand & water, a shop, kitchen, balls & hula hoops, trikes & scooters, crafts, reading corner etc that way they can flit between each station and not get bored.

Bake cakes! Who doesn’t like cakes? If baking isn’t your thing but plain fairy cakes or biscuits and let your children decorate them.

Make your own ice lollies. Make them in the morning and they should be ready by lunch time. Experiment with frozen smoothies or fresh juice lollies.

These Strawberry and Banana Smoothie lollies by A Mummy Too look great.

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Psst mums here are ones just for you, Cucumber Gin & Tonic Popsicles by Port and Fin.

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All the crafts. If in doubt get the craft box out and let them get messy. Perfect for those too hot to play in the garden days.  You could set a theme for the summer and make items for an art show at the end of the holidays.

Build a den. In the garden, in the woods or in your living room.

Invent your own games.

Put on a show. Invite family and friends over for a show, get the children to sing, dance, tell jokes or do magic tricks.

Go to the seaside, eat doughnuts, build sandcastles and play to 2p machines.

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Go to the Zoo.

Go swimming.

Go to a theme park.

Visit a museum.

Go on a train ride. Choose a destination and have an adventure.

Go the cinema.

Have a home cinema afternoon. Make popcorn, snuggle up and chill out.
Go to the theatre. Check out your local theatre for children shows.
 

Top Tips and Money Saving Ideas

Have a garden box/trug/bag ready to go.  Fill it with wipes, sun lotion, towel, hats, tablecloth etc and have it by the back door. All you need to do it grab drinks and snacks to throw in and off you go into the garden. It saves you running around looking for everything you need and you can just get outside and have fun. It’s especially good if you have very young children that you don’t want to leave on their own while you keep going back indoors for things.

Have a car bag ready to go. Similar to above we have a bag in the back of the car with wipes, nappies, sun lotions, sun hats, a towel, first aid kit and bucket and spades. It means we only have to grab a few things before go out for the day.
Make sun care a part of your daily routine. We out on sun lotion every morning before we get dressed so we are protected before we leave the house.

When going on a picnic, pack everyone their own pack lunch rather than one big bag of food. That way you will have leftovers which go floppy by the time you get home.

Take your own food on days out. It can cost quite a bit to eat out at theme parks etc

Take your own drink when you go out. Costs of drinks can add up.

If you are out and fancy an ice-cream, visit the local supermarket and buy a multi pack it will be much cheaper.
Check for any offers and voucher codes before you go out for family meals.  Try sites like my voucher codes, voucher codes and Money Saving Expert.

Book online and in advance at theme parks, zoos farms etc they often have a good online discount.

Use your supermarket points. Tesco and Nectar points can often be used for money off tickets.

Find free events. There are loads out there you just have to look for them. Many museums have free entry as well. Have a little search and see what you can find.

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.  It’s free, fun and gives you a regular day out during the holidays.

Sign up for the 10 minute Shake Up from Change For Life. It’s full of activities, stickers and a free wrist timer.

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Watch films for free by setting up a trial with Netfilx, NowTV or Amazon Prime just remember to set a reminder to cancel if you don’t want to carry on.

Ditch the car and stay local for the summer. You’ll get fit and save money on petrol.

 
What are your top tips for a great summer?

Follow Wendy’s board Summer 2015 on Pinterest.

5 Fantastic Things to do May Half Term


May half term is almost here so it’s time to plan a few days out.

Don’t worry if you are stuck for ideas, we have you covered.

Kentwell

What: Storybook Trail and Heffalump Hunt Welly Walks and Family Activity Days

When: Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th May

Where:  Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9BA

How Much:  Adult £11.90/£10.70* Child 5-15 years £8.40/£7.50* OAP £10.90/£9.80* Family £35.00*

* Online price

Museum Of London Docklands

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What: Craft, drama, storytelling and art workshops

When:  Saturday 23rd to Sunday 21st May

Where:   Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL – How

How Much:  FREE

The Museum of London situated at 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN is also running many free workshops through the half term holiday.

Roald Dahl Museum

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What:  Craft workshops, trails and story time.

When:  Saturday 23rd to Sunday 21st May

Where:   81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL

How Much:  Adults £6.60, Children 5 to 18 £4.40, Children under 5 Free , Concessions £4.40 ,Family ticket £21.00(For 2 adults and up to 3 children.) plus workshop fee which varies from fee to £3.

Ightham Mote

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What:  50 things spring estate trail

Get outside in the gardens and estate to complete some of your 50 things as you follow this self-guided trail.

When:  Runs from now until the 31st May

Where:   Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT

How Much:  Standard – Adult: £10.80, Child: £5.40, Family: £27.00, Group adult: £9.00, Group child: £4.60 plus 50p for trail sheet.

World Horse Welfare Penny Farm

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What:  Spring Bank Holiday Weekend Fun and Family Fun Day with quizzes, face painting, bouncy castle and a look around the farm.

When:  23rd, 24th & 25th May. Family Fun Day is the 27th May

Where:   World Horse Welfare Penny Farm, Preston New Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5JS

How Much: FREE

Family Days Out: The Roald Dahl Museum


We were recently invited along to the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire and what fun we had!

The exterior of the Roald Dahl Museum

We took along 6 children and they all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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The Roald Dahl museum have three interactive galleries:

The Boy gallery which is all about Roald’s childhood.

The Solo gallery where you learn all about his adult life including his RAF career and you get to visit his writing hut.

The Story Centre where you get the chance to be creative.

They loved sitting in Roald Dahl ‘s chair at his actual writing table, imagining what it must have been like to come up with all those ideas!

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They loved finding out the facts they didn’t know about him during the quiz!

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Our friends said:

Jack constructed his own story on a special board; they loved looking at themselves through a mirror to see what would look like with a beard!! It’s all very well done.

The children said:

“Wow – I’m really sitting in Roald Dahl’s chair – I feel inspired to write a story” (Ellie age 11)

“I love the fact that I can create my own movies this is so fun!” (Jack aged 7)

“solo is so fun I am looking at Roald Dahl`s writing den there is a random golfball on a string! What is that for?” (Ellie Aged 11)

“I love creating these funny faces for the story ideas book!” (Jack aged 7)

We found the museum clean, tidy with informative small rooms crammed with memorabilia and facts!

A must visit for lovers of his books and for parents keen to inspire their kids!

The Roald Dahl museum run many free crafts and storytelling sessions or you can book yourself on a workshop for a small fee.

The museum is open:

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm

Museum admission:

Adults £6.60

Children 5 to 18 £4.40

Children under 5 Free

Concessions £4.40

(Concessions are for students, people aged 60 or over or for those with disabilities)

Family ticket £21.00

(For 2 adults and up to 3 children.)

A real bargain for a great day out!

It won’t be long before the May half term is here, book a workshop now.

How Do You Keep the Children Entertained at Half Term?


How Do You Keep the Children Entertained

Its half term next and we are very excited as we are off to Butlin’s for the week. This means I don’t have to worry about entertaining a 2 and 6 year old as it’s all done for me.

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However I am normally stuck at home with two children that get bored very easily. I don’t drive and there isn’t much to do close by. In the summer it’s not too bad as we go to the park and play in the garden but February is the dankest most miserable holiday of all.

We try to have one day when daddy is day off and then it’s a mixture of crafts, baking and lots of movies and popcorn!

I have run out of inspiration so I ask some bloggers how they spend half term:

School clubs, visit family, sleepover, baking, film afternoon, make dens. Same as a weekend really.  If you plan loads and pack the holiday it makes your life stressful and they never learn to entertain themselves. Snaffles Mummy

Lots of National Trust days out, loads of fresh air, lazy pj days, and a treat like bowling or cinema Rachel Lucas

Arrange a few playdates with friends. Plan craft days and baking days. Emmy’s Mummy

I usually try to book one workshop or activity per child – have failed to book anything this time, however! Antonia Chitty

And probably my favourite one..

Give them the chance to see what I do all day whilst they are at school by getting them to help with housework.  Domesticgoddesque

What do have planned for this half term?

How do you keep the children entertained?

 

 

 

Great Offers on Summer Days Out


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Yesterday we gave you 20 things you could do this summer.  We missed out the theme parks and zoos because day we have a post packed full of summer offers and discounts for you.

West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park – Save up to 10% when you book online and up to 30% on groups of 6 and more

London Aquarium – If you are traveling the London on the train then you can get 2 for 1 plus free guidebook when you show your national rail tickets and print off a 2for1 voucher from Days Out Guide.

Sealife Centre – You can save up to 40% on tickets if you book online.  The discounts depend on which venue you attend.

Drayton Manor – Save £11 off adult tickets and £7 off children’s tickets when you buy online. Children under 4 go free this summer when you purchase you tickets online saving you £5.

Thorpe Park – Save £24 off adults tickets when you buy online and £16 off a child’s ticket. Stay for two days for an extra £6!!

Warwick Castle – Save up to 30% and get the rainy day guarantee

Chessington World of Adventure-   Save up to 46% when you book online. Upgrade to a two day ticket for just £6

Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Get 3 for the price of 2 on wrist bands with Daysout.co.uk

Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers – Save up to 25% when you buy online

LEGOLAND – Save up to 30% when you buy online

20 Things to Do This Summer Holidays


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The summer holidays are upon us and it’s sometimes hard to know what to do with then children.  Don’t worry we have some brilliant ideas for you to do this summer holidays.

Days Out

If you want to get out and about this summer there are plenty of events going on throughout the country.

Mini-beastastic: 24th July

Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve, Hayden Lane, near Warnford, Hampshire, SO32 3LF

Can you jump like a grasshopper, run like a beetle, flutter like a butterfly, dance like a bee, hunt like a dragonfly? Come for our mini-beastastic activity session, play some marvellous mini-beast games, uncover some mini-beast mysteries – about dancing bees & farming ants!

Open Air Performance of Jungle Book: 6th August

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Join Mowgli on his wonderful adventures with the loveable and wise Baloo the Bear, the powerful panther Bagheera, not to mention mischievous monkeys and the terrifying tiger Shere Khan! A guaranteed summer hit for all the family.

Hungry Bug Play Day and Picnic: 6th August

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As part of National Play Day we are hosting a hungry bug play day!  Have a go at our butterfly hunt, make yourself a caterpillar hat, and enjoy our bug-themed play area.  Why not bring along a picnic to enjoy in the castle grounds – because all us bugs get hungry after a good play!

Strawberry Fields Festival:   8th-10th August

Cattows Farm, Heather, Leicestershire LE67 2RF

WOW! 2014 – and now entering our FIFTH year, Strawberry Fields Festival is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing and most exciting independent festivals in the UK.

Little Monsters Bash: 9th August

Stanmer Park, Brighton

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Little Monsters Bash is a fun festival for mini festival goers aged between 0-10 years old and their families. The event is being held at the glorious grounds of Stanmer Park in Brighton, East Sussex on Saturday 9th August 2014. Enjoy the main stage hosting a variety of celebrity live acts and shows or visit one of our many specific Monster zones which have their own entertainment schedule and activities which are free for visitors to participate in. Families who attend get to enjoy a fantastic fun day out, where children get to enjoy interactive learning and play as well as having fun!

Hobbit Adventure:  12th August

Brockholes, Samlesbury, Preston

This Hobbit themed adventure is guaranteed to excite and entertain the whole family whether they are seven or 77!

Summer Exhibition Family Workshop:  13th August

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

A visit to the Summer Exhibition is the perfect way to introduce your children to art, bringing together some of the most exciting work being created right now. From sculptures and paintings to drawings, prints and photography – prepare to be inspired! Book now to take part in a fun interactive tour of the galleries, led by our engaging artist-educators, followed by an art making session inspired by the works on display in the Summer Exhibition.

Blenheim Palace Sportive and Family Cycle Day: 17th August

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Blenheim Palace Sportive and Family Cycle Day

Enjoy this once a year exclusive family opportunity to cycle around the picturesque Parkland of Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage site. Bring your bicycles (and helmets) and cycle around the spectacular Lake and over the Grand Bridge, take in the scenery and fresh air, stop for a picnic and make it a day to remember.

New Forest Fairy Festival :  16th-17th August

Burley Park, Burley, Hampshire

Come and join us for a friendly uplifting fun weekend. Enjoy the magik in the enchanting home of the New Forest Fairies.

Live acoustic music, Folk bands, Morris dancers, story telling, belling dancing, Platform Mediumship, lots of activities and workshops will heighten our senses with love and joy. Let your spirit run wild and free!

Dress in your finest fairy and elf costumes and be sprinkled with Magik Fairy Dust!

Children’s Week:   18th – 23rd August

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Five day fun for all the family returns to Paignton Green

There’ll be fun and entertainment for all the family as Torbay Children’s Week returns to Paignton Green.

23rd August – Family Fun Day from 11am. Fireworks display at 9pm!

Closer to Home

If you want to stay closer to home then make the most of your local facilities.

Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s summer reading challenge is Mythical Maze .

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all FREE.

National Trusts 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾

Why not set your family a challenge to do at least one of the 50 things this summer. Many of them can be done in your garden or Local Park. You can register online and track your progress

Go Swimming

There is no better way to cool down then taking a swim.  Check your local authority site to see if they have any free swimming offers on this summer.

Go Camping In Your Back Yard

Pitch your tent in your garden and have camping adventure. Sing songs, tell stories and toast marshmallows on a fire (or BBQ).

Go On a Picnic

Pack a picnic and spend the day at your Local Park or forest. If you don’t fancy going too far then have it in your garden or even on your living room floor if the weather is wet.

At Home

Let’s face it you don’t want to be out all the time. We all love a lazy day at home especially when the weather is looking grim.

Get Baking

There is nothing better than baking (and eating) cakes. Try out fairy cake recipe or for something more savoury give our cheese scones a go.

Get Crafty

Get the glue and paint out and let your little ones get creative. Make your own play dough or make a flower bookmark.

Family Film Time

Pop some popcorn, snuggle on the sofa at watch a film. Bored of the films you have? Why not have a film swap with friends! You can hire films from your local library.

Sign up for a free month’s trial with one of the film streaming companies and watch as many films as you like.

NOWTV – Free one month for Sky Movies get all the live movies plus movies on demand

Netflix – Free one month trail

Amazon Prime Instant Video  – Free one month trail

Fun & Games

Get the board games out and have fun. If the weather is nice play them in the garden. Charity shops are a good place to pick up cheap games or have a games swap with friends.

Give our animal pairs game a go. Just print, cut out and play.

Free Printable Game-

Whatever you do this Summer have an amazing time!

Fun in the Sun with Kids One Stop Shop


On Tuesday we gave you our top tips on staying safe in sun.  Luckily for you we sell the most brilliant products to help keep your family safe in the sun.

Fun in the Sun with Kids One Stop Shop

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 Koo-di Sun & Sleep Sunshade

Blue Multi Towelling Long Hooded Top

Legionnaire Hat – Navy/White Stripe

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UFO Yellow Tropical Crop Pant

Bubblegum Pink Baby UPF Rash Vest

Red White All in One UPF Suit

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Naturally Cool Kids SPF25 Sun Cream

Pair of Personalised Car Sunshades

Pop Up Travel Bassinet – SUN & SLEEP

5 Brilliant Things to May Half Term


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Half term is upon us again and it’s hard to know what to do with the Children.

We have found 5 brilliant things that you could do this half term some of which are free!

1. Visit Manchester United’s Museum for Free

Throughout May and June it is free to visit the Manchester United’s Museum.  Why not pop along and have a look around. The David Beckham exhibition ends in June so if you want to see it now’s your chance!

2. Visit the New Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers

The new Cbeebies Land opens on the 24th May and it looks awesome. A must for any Cbeebies fan. It’s packed full of their favourite characters with live shows, rides and sensory areas.

Under 4’s go free and if you book online you save up to 25%.

3 . Spring Special at Willow Farm

Willow Farm are running a Spring Special programme from 24th May -1st June. Activities include sheep shearing, Ferret Fun, Horse Display, Puppet Show, JCB Young Drivers Zone, Tree House adventure and much, much more.

4 . Become Nectar Collectors at Isis Education Centre at The LookOut in Hyde Park (Free Event)

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They are hosting two open days as part of the Chelsea Fringe on the 28th and 29th of May. Walk around the gardens, visit the sunshine pond and mini-beast area. You can explore using the plant spotter sheets or take part in the free craft activities. You can make a nectar feeder for butterflies, make a recycled plant pot, paint and colour pictures of butterflies and bees or explore the gardens with their children’s nature trail.

Drop in from 11 am or 3pm. You can book a free slot to ensure you don’t miss out.

5 . Visit a National Trust Area and Work on Your 50 Things

Visit one of our top fossil-hunting spots to see what you can find.

Find your local National Trust property and get out and active. Visit the 50 Things to Do before Your 11 ¾ site and pick what you want to do or look for a family friendly event.

What ever you do have a great half term!

£50 Mitty James Swimwear Giveaway!


Summer is on it’s way - get in the holiday mood by entering our competition to win £50 worth of Mitty James vouchers to spend on kidsonestopshop.co.uk!

 

Mitty James offers a large range of children’s beach and swimwear, cover-ups, hats, swimsuits, romper suits, all in ones and towelling goodies that are all designed to keep your VIPs stylish and safe in the sun!

 

 

We’d like to give one lucky winner the chance to win £50 worth of Mitty James swimwear – in order to enter:

 

Have a look at the Mitty James products and tell us what items you would like to win by clicking here! It’s that simple.

 

 

 

 

To increase your chances of winning ‘Like’ our Facebook page and let us know you’ve done it!

 

And/or tweet (copy/paste) the following line:

 

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It won’t be long before the sun has got it’s hat on.. so please do enter and share – good luck! 

 

Open to UK residents only. Competition closes at 12.00am Monday 11th June 2013. Winner chosen by randomorg.com. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 7 days to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Prizes will be sent within 28 days of being excepted. One entry per household.  The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook

 

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