Time saviors – Surviving as a new mom

The one thing I remember from being a new mom last time is the strange way your days feel.

On the one hand, they seem endless. Constant feeding, sleeping for short periods of time only and the frequent need to nappy change make your days feel like they never end. Maybe because they never end. There is no bedtime, no end-of work, no weekend. It is just the same stuff over and over again.


Time saviors - Surviving as a new mom
Time saviors – Surviving as a new mom


On the other hand, there just isn’t enough time. Even though you wake up at 5 am and don’t lay down until late, you never seem to get anything done. Except feeding and nappy changing, of course. But in the blink of an eye, the day is gone and you are still wearing yesterdays PJs and haven’t showered.

Now if you ask me, it is non negotiable to get showered immediately and change into a new set of clothes in the morning to feel remotely human throughout these first few weeks, and with the loving support of your family you will accomplish that task, but what about the other stuff?

Like moisturizing after the shower, washing your hair or even shaving your legs?

Well, none of them are absolute necessities, but they really add to the human feeling. So for all of you looking for short cuts, I compiled a list of my favorite ways to make these tasks possible, even if you just have one minute to spare.


Time saviors - Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk
Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk

Dry shampoo

Most of you have seen that coming, so I will address it first. If your hair is long and takes a while to wash and dry, try washing it less often. With a good dry shampoo I can go up to five days without washing my hair, and that should see me through the week until the husband is home and I have more time on my hands.

Now I have tried several ones in the past (the Batiste original one, the LUSH „No drought“ one), but my favorite at the moment is the Klorane Dry shampoo with oat milk.

I discovered it at Melissas lovely blog (Kiss & Makeups Beautyblog), and even though I cant vouch for the nourishing part I do feel like it is non-drying on my scalp, I can apply it several days in a row without getting the feeling of build-up in my hair and the smell is fresh, but subtle.

Needless to say I stocked up on a few bottles already.


Ro´s Argan Body Conditioner
LUSH Ro´s Argan Body Conditioner

In-shower moisturizer

As much as I love my body butters, they do take some time to apply and sink in. Time I usually don’t have. Really, babies do wake up from their naps exactly the second you are in the shower and turn on the water. It is a general law of nature.

And while many options I have tried didn’t convince me at all (the Nivea ones did nothing for me), the LUSH Ro´s Argan Body Conditioner (buy here) is enough to keep my skin from feeling tight after a shower. plus it smells lovely of roses. I just apply it all over my body, rinse it and pat dry. Ready for another feed in minutes!


Braun Silk epil
Braun Silk epil 7


Of course, shaved legs really aren’t top priority for the first few weeks with a baby. But if I can get that sorted out and be done with it for a long time, why shouldn’t I?

Epilating my legs has been my method of choice for many years now, and while I really appreciated the convenience of not having to think about it for at least two weeks, I really learned to love it once I had my first child. It takes me five to ten minutes, probably just as long as shaving would, but leaves my legs silky smooth for two weeks and at least presentable for four. That is the puerperal period almost sorted!

My weapon of choice is the Braun Silk-épil 7, but there are many other options out there to try.

And yes, there are body parts I wouldn’t touch with an epilator, but prefer waxing or shaving. I haven’t found a short cut for those, but I guess you can´t have it all…


So even if you are not a new mom, but pressed for time for other reasons, I hope these things will come in handy.

What do you do to feel yourself even if you don’t seem to have a minute spare?



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  • These are great recommendations! I had a few sample bottles of the Klorane to try and although I prefer the scent, formula wise I prefer the Batiste dry shampoo. I find I can straighten my hair and use a dry shampoo the next day and not need to style it again so I’ll be using that trick a lot. Assuming baby naps for long enough for me to straighten my hair in the first place 😉 Hair has gone unstyled so far!

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    • I don’t straighten my hair, if I do anything to it, I´ll curl it, but I don’t think i will find the time soon. And with my son spitting up a lot, I don’t dare to wear my hair down anyway…

      • aww hope he grows out of the spit up phase quickly! I tend to wear my hair up a lot in the early days too. especially when they get grabby. haha!

        • oh yes. And no more dangly ear rings or necklaces. Learned that the hard way…

          • Oh yes! My ‚outfits‘ (and I use that term loosely as we all know it’s just wearing whatever is closest and cleanest….) look really bare without any accessories but it will be that way for a while, grabby hands don’t play nice with accessories, haha! Once it’s cooler I can get my scarves out at least, they are soft for baby 🙂

          • Very loosely. As long as it covers you, it is an outfit.

  • I used Klorane’s products before and they worked wonderfully for my hair. I haven’t tried their dry shampoo but now I definitely will 🙂 And I was thinking of getting an epilator recently just not sure if I’m ready for pain, haha 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • It only hurts the first few times, but you quickly get used to it. I don’t even feel it anymore.

  • I love shower oils that moisturise the skin & eliminate the need for a separate body lotion and I also love L’Occitane Supple Skin oil because you can feel it’s moisturising effects for 48 hours after applying it so saves having to apply daily. Dry shampoo is a saviour too, although I haven’t tried this one xx


    • The L´Occitane one goes straight on my list then, moisturizing my body is something I hate to miss. Which dry shampoo do you use?

  • Love the look of the shower moisturiser Anne, it’s a great idea to save on time. Gemma x

  • Even though I’m not a mum yet hihi I still enjoyed reading this!! Dry shampoo is definitely a life saver for me too♥ and the shower conditioner sounds perfect! I definitely get my hands on that one!! This is such a great time saver!


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    • There are many reasons to be pressed for time, not only being a new mom. Which dry shampoo do you prefer?

  • Whoa, balancing a child with everything else sounds so difficult! I’m glad to learn these time saving tricks, I always use dry shampoo and will check this brand out!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • Iris y Send child, so I am already seasoned at balancing, I guess.

  • Pisa

    I’m not a mum jet, but these tips are great and helpful! I never used dry shampoo before, but I think you save on time using it, when you don’t have time to wash your hair. I also love shower oils 🙂
    Have a wonderful day!
    XO Pisa ❤

    • I started using them mainly because I wanted to give my hair a break from the constant washing, but now that I am pressed for time I am glad that I discovered them.

  • Christine K

    These are such great tips – anytime I chat with a new mom they say the same, they never have time for themselves. It’s tough, but everyone should take a small amount of time per day for themselves!
    I think I’m using dry shampoo wrong! I’ve tried a few brands and although I’m spraying and combing, my hair still feels gross and looks greasy! Is there a technique that I’m missing?


    • Depending on the brand, you should spray it and then wait a little for it to absorb all the oil before you brush it out. Or apply it at night and brush in the morning, that way it will have more time to work it´s magic. Or simply try another brand. I have tried several that were a fail for me and did literally nothing.

      • Christine K

        The night before is such a great idea! I’ll have to try that out – thank you!! 🙂
        I was hopping around brands for a few months and finally gave up, I might try brand hopping again soon!

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  • Hi ♥ its so important to still find that time to pamper yourself, but I can imagine its not always possible 🙂 I have tried the shower conditioner and remember loving the smell of it 🙂 xx

    Have a great week!
    x Josune @ Your Beauty Script


    • The smell is amazing! Trying to make some time for yourself really is important, otherwise you´d go completely insane.

  • oh ja, solche produkte braucht man wirklich immer 😀 trockenshampoo ist da doch eine großartige erfindung 🙂

    • Welches benutzt Du denn? Ich könnte mir lange Haare ohne gar nicht vorstellen.

      • Ich nutz immer das von Batiste 🙂 Ich war von anfang an begeistert als ich die ausprobiert hab 🙂

  • thefashionsalt

    These are great products. I’ll have to keep these in mind for when I have a little one. I can imagine it would really bother me not to have time to wash my hair. I’ll have to start trying the dry shampoo ahead of time to see how that works.

    • How often do you wash your hair at the moment?

      • thefashionsalt

        I’ve been washing it everyday except once a week. Mainly because I workout 6 days a week so I wash it after my workout. I’m not sure if I’d feel clean after a workout with just the dry shampoo, but I probably should try it.

        • After a sweaty workout a full body shower really is great. My hair is so dry in the ends, washing it every day would destroy it.

  • I’m always running around like a maniac in the mornings, I can only imagine how my mornings would look like with a newborn…but I’d gladly take a healthy pregnancy any day. I really like that dry shampoo, really good!

    • I really hope you don’t feel like I am complaining, I love my two little ones and feel very blessed to have them in my life. But yes, life get´s a lot more stressful and everything takes around three times as long s it did before…

  • oh wow i’ve never heard of epilating. how interesting!

  • I’m obviously no where near as busy as you but I definitely appreciate these! I actually really like the Klorane Dry Shampoo as well but I only have a small size, so I save it for travelling.

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

    • There are so many reasons to be busy, saving some time comes in handy for all of us. I stocked up on the dry shampoo before I gave birth, just to be prepared. My mother was in France and got me the double value set.

  • I can’t even find time for myself when all I do is working full-time, so I wish you good luck with dealing with two kids and taking care of yourself. I hope your sleep routine will be better and sleepless nights will be over soon. Epilating is way better than shaving, at least then I don’t have to worry about the hair for a while.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • At the moment we are sleeping two hours straight, no matter if it is day or night, but that will change someday. It isn’t as hard as the first time, at least now I know it is only temporary…

  • Sarah Laird

    I don’t have kids of my own but I know how little time I have when I care for my nephews and niece. These are fab tips I’ll have to bear in mind for the future 🙂 x

    Viva Epernay

    • It is only for the first years, the older they are the more they will do on their on, and before you know it they won’t have time to spend it with you.

  • I’ve never tried an in shower moisturizer but it sounds fabulous – definitely the perfect time saver. :]

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  • I love Klorane’s dry shampoo and also my epilator! I’ve always been skeptical about in-shower moisturizers, but might consider the LUSH one now.
    I rarely apply nail polish these days, but if I do, I HAVE to have a quick-dry top coat on hand.

    • I don’t think I will be painting my nails an time soon, but which quick-dry top coat do you use?

      • I use Mavadry from Mavala. It’s great, it dries my nail polish completely in 5 minutes.

  • My first child would sleep 8 to 10 hours per night plus 2 long naps of 1.5 or 2 hours each during the day, that until his first year! I tell you I even studied for my MA degree while he was still a baby!! So I had time to wash my hair whenever I wanted and do everything I wanted, I even started my own blog 😉
    My second child… OMG, for the first three months she would sleep maximum 4 hours per night and plenty of short naps during the day. Her total daily sleeping time would amount to seven hours, and the rest of the time would be CRYING. A LOT. I though I was going to lose my mind after three months sleeping around 3-4 hours per night. It was then when I discovered that I could totally go out of the house without makeup, not washing my hair, not epilating. also I stopped doing a lot of other stuff! I was not sitting down for eating, not having my hot cup if tea or having it cold, not having a bath… ever, having the baby in the bathroom to be able to take a 3 minutes shower, wearing my clothes without ironing, boy the list is so long it is annoying!!
    I have learnt some multitasking, but the most I learnt was renouncing to myself. Now, she’s still a difficult child, but at least she’s learnt to sleep 8 hours by night. She never naps unless I take her out, that’s why I still get nothing done at home! My me-time waits until the weekends 🙂

    • Your second one sounds right like my daughter. Always crying, never napping unless I carried her around. I thought I´d go insane, especially my husband works long hours and the weekends too, so I was alone with her most of the time. It got better when she was proud four month and now that she is two she sleeps through the night and around 1.5 – 2 hours a day. I started my blowback then because I felt like I needed an escape and I could type when she was napping on me…
      I really hope my son will be easier. So far he is sleeping a lot more throughout the day, but he is only three weeks, so who knows what will come.

      • wait, only three weeks? when did I missed that? Of course, I guessed you were a new mum but I didn’t know you were THAT new!! (I miss a lot of my blog reading, that’s another thing for mums)
        In my experience if he naps during the day, that’s very unlikely to change 🙂

  • Haha oh man, it sounds like a lot of work. It’s amazing that you’re able to keep up on all this. (Also, I can only imagine the bad things to come from using an epilator in sensitive regions. Did you know that the rise in hospital visits occurring from that is consistently rising? Ouch. Granted it’s more commonly razors…) Anyway, I’m not here to spread random information I shouldn’t know lol. Great tips! I’ll try to keep in mind if I ever become a Mum!


    • Hospital visit due to epilating? I never heard of that, but then again I assume some people don’t have common sense when using these things.

  • ive used an epilator before but man oh man they hurt! i haven’t quiteee worked my way up to doing my legs but i’ll have to give it another go since you recommend it so much!


    • It only hurts the first few times, the more often you use it, the easier the hairs are removed. It barely hurts anymore on my legs after years of using it.

  • Do you use the epilator under your arms?

    • I did, but not at the moment. It worked very good, but right now I am only doing my legs. Shaving the underarms takes so little time, and my hair doesn’t grow back that fast as well, so I kind of got lazy.

  • Some parts really made me laugh. I loved reading this post and suddenly realized how much I would have annoyed my mom when I was a baby, lol. Moms are really true blessings. I always wanted to try the Braun silk epilator but never got round to it. I will try it now. Thanks for sharing everything. 🙂

    Chaste & Beautiful

    • You never realize how much your parents did for you until you have children yourself. I guess part of the grandparents proud smile is knowing that you will finally understand…

  • I don’t have a newborn but I need an epilator, I’m sick and tired of shaving! In France I used to do waxing only because I found low-cost places, but it’s just too expensive for me here, especially considering I have to go every 10 days or so for the underarms… So an epilator would be a great investment!
    I have friends who told me they couldn’t find time to shower in the first few days/weeks after their baby was born, and I can believe that!

    • I totally can as well. You can do a lot of stuff when carrying a baby around, like laundry, eating, typing on your laptop, but taking a shower isn’t one of them. I shower when my husband is at home most of the time, and he works crazy hours and the weekend…
      I sued to do waxing as well, but they don’t do it when you are at the end of your pregnancy (weird safety reasons, totally unnecessary) and I never found the time to go to an appointment after I had my daughter, so I stopped and started using my epilator again. Shaving is way too much effort for way too little results.

  • Really want to try out epilating especially since it is almost summer and short season 😛

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  • Wait… I reviewed that dry shampoo? O_O I used to have the shampoo and conditioner, but I don’t think I ever reviewed the dry shampoo. As a matter of fact I ended up giving it away since I disliked it…oops! But I’ll take the lovely blog compliment though 🙂 X

    • I checked back and you are right (obviously), so I must have seen it somewhere else. Strange, when I first bought it I thought I would have read about it on your blog.
      Oh well. I like it.

  • Love your tips! I’m going to need these pretty soon although, I tried epilating once… and well… it was absolute agony! I can’t remember what brand I used, maybe a better quality one wouldn’t hurt as much? I have to shave my legs everyday, so it would definitely come in handy to find one that works for me.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

    • I have been epilating since I was 14, which makes for a total of 23 years now. It did hurt more in the beginning, but the hair gets less and more loose, so it gets easier every time you do it. These days companies promise to make it less painful with cooling devices etc, but I didn´t find that to be true, honestly. Maybe try waxing? It is as painful, but as someone else is doing it, you are surprised by it and it is over before you had time to realize it hurts.

  • Pam Scalfi

    Im so lazy when it comes to moisturising, need to that try that body conditioner from Lush!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • I love body butters as well especially from Lush.
    It keeps my skin hydrated.
    Thanks for the tips, i just cant wait to welcome my baby.

    Have a great day!


  • it is true–babies know when you sit down to eat alone, go to the bathroom, or shower. they sense it! great tips for mamas! i need to check out that epilator.

    • I guess they have a mommy radar that alerts them whenever we leave the room.

  • I’ve often heard my friends who are mommies wishing for more hours in their days so I can imagine having some beauty shortcuts really helps. I’ve always been curious to try an epilator. I didn’t realize it takes the same amount of time as shaving.

    • To be fair, it will take much longer when you start epilating, but once you have done it for a few times, the maintenance is quite quickly done. The hair stops growing eventually, so you have less and less hair to deal with.

  • I love using dry shampoo on days I just can’t be bored with washing my hair. I currently use the Tresemme one but its starting to leave those annoying white lines. And I’ve always wanted to try epilating but I’m too scared of the pain haha, I think I’ll stick to waxing, although that pain is pretty unbearable ♥


    • It hurts less than waxing, because the area affected is much smaller. Do you go to a waxing place or do you do it yourself?

      • I used go to a lady but then my mum brought a waxing machine, so I pretty much do it myself! And get my to wax my arms 🙂

        • That is convenient. And it saves money in the long run I imagine.

  • Erica White

    This is such a great post for new moms! Congrats again!

  • I love LUSH, but have not used that body conditioner, I like to use in-shower moisturisers though. I will have to try that one with argan oil. Although, I’ve no children of my own, I can only imagine how much you have to plan and save time with beauty/skincare regimens. When I watch my two toddler nephews they are a handful and I have to plan ahead and do short cuts, and I am always thinking about how some mums do it?

    • You get used to multi-tasking and not having a lot of time to yourself. And when you cut out all the reading, watching shows and lounging in bed on a Saturday morning, you actually do have a lot more hours to your day…

  • I have a sample of that dry shampoo! I was hesitant about trying it because all of the others I’ve tried weren’t all that great. Good thing I held onto it! I’ve never used an epilator. I hear they are pretty painful. Is that true? I do like the 2 week deal though. I hate having to shave so often.

    • They are painful in the beginning, but once you have done it a few times, the pain gets a lot less. After doing it for years I barely feel it anymore.
      The one downside to the dry shampoo I can see is it probably leaving a white cast on dark hair.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, das ist wirklich gerade eine ganz besondere Zeit, in der Du lebst – und ganz sicher nicht einfach. Ich finde es gut, dass Du dennoch auf Dich schaust und für mich macht hier insbesondere auch das Trockenshampoo absolut Sinn. Du erinnerst mich daran, dass ich mein Trockenshampoo auch mal wieder benutzen könnte, ich habe es eine Weile geliebt, und jetzt irgendwie gar nicht mehr auf dem Plan 🙂 Alles Liebe für Euch!

    • Ich habe auch Phasen, in denen es regelmäßig benutzt wird, und Phasen, in denen ich es nicht brauche. Im Augenblick aber ist es unersetzlich.

  • Oh yes, I remember those days and nights that feel like one and spending more then 5 minutes in the shower, especially if having another small child, like an impossible task 🙂 Epilating legs is definitely a life saver in the long term although I haven’t done it in months, need to get my epilator out 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I love that you can do it and then don’t have to think about it for days, or even weeks in the winter.

  • I love all the mommy posts on your blog recently 🙂 I used to try and get out of the house at least once a day (once I was recovered) because that forced me to get dressed and get some air, which is so important 🙂


    • I promise i will be back to beauty soon, but the next one will be a mommy related video. I guess it is just such a big part of my life right now it influences everything.

  • I love the Bruan Silk Epil 7 – epilating legs saves so much time in the long run as it takes quite a while for the hairs to grow back! 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Trang Do

    Great tips! Love this post!

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  • Rosanna Briguglio

    I love that Lush body conditioner, I used it yesterday! And using an epilator is much better than shaving!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • I can understand why dry shampoo becomes a new mum’s best friend, when time becomes a luxury in some ways! The Braun epilator sounds like a good idea too, I’ve been wondering lately whether to switch from waxing…

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Pros are that you can do it from home and there is no messing around with wax, so it saves you time after the initial investment. And you don’t need to have an appointment if you are going somewhere for waxing, you can step out of the shower and decide to do it. I prefer doing it in the evenings though, as it leaves red dots on your legs for a few hours (depending on your skin), so not ideal before you want to rock your dress with bare legs.

      • Thanks for the info, very helpful! x

  • That lush body conditioner sounds amazing. I also don’t like the Nivea one so will add it to my Lush wish list which is getting longer every day.


  • Such a helpful post 🙂 All the moms out there will appreciate it… I bet it’s super hard having a baby and having so much to do at the same time… I love epilators, too… I’m not hairy, really, so when I use an epilator, I can go 3 months without shaving 😀 it’s awesome 🙂 xx


  • Such great tips! <3



  • C A M I

    These are such great tips and I bet being a mom can get very exhausting!

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  • Shower and makeup are a must for me too, i need to feel good about myself every time i glance in the mirror.

    • Absolutely. If you are tired you don’t want o be reminded of that everytime you pass a mirror!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Said it before, but I’ll say it again – CONGRATULATIONS and I hope you’re doing well, hun. <3 This is a super helpful post for me not because I'm busy, but because I tend to be a little lazy when it comes to my skincare routine, and always look for new shortcuts, haha! x In-shower moisturisers are a blessing, although I've never tried the one by Lush – I love their products, so I will definitely be checking this one out. 🙂 x Also, I tried using an epilator once but man did it hurt sooo much… I stick to in-shower hair removal creams these days. 🙂 <3 x


    • Which creams do you use? I never found any that really worked myself.

      • Kay (shoesandglitter)

        I like the Nivea in-shower moisturiser 🙂 <3 Super affordable & really works for me

  • Shower and hair are musts for me. I can’t live without dry shampoo. Batiste is my favorite but I’ll have to try the Klorane. Love Lush products!

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  • Oh gosh, I remember those early days with Little Tyke but very lucky for me, hubby works from home and my brother and his gf lived with us so I always had help. There were a couple of weeks when hubby had to travel for work and I was alone at home and I remember having to rush for everything. Thank goodness Little Tyke slept a lot so I had time to shower and eat but then again, I didn’t have a toddler with me, it was just him alone. You’re a super woman, Anne. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Mr. Loca is out of the house most days, even at the weekends. Luckily our son is a very content child, I just use a baby carrier and carry him around when our daughter is at home, so I have my hands free for her. Just putting both of them to bed is a struggle, either one is crying every day…

  • That body conditioner sounds wonderful! When you’re in a rush, waiting for body lotion to sink in can feel like an eternity.


    • Yes! But not moisturizing isn’t an option as well, my skin is so dry on my legs!

  • Super helpful post for new moms out there. Have fun with your new chapter of life!!
    x, Ivana

    • It is our second, so I already know what to expect, but thank you.

  • I am currently on my „waiting for long enough length to wax“. I tried using an epilator and omg that pain! and I am one who waxes her own self…every where. LOL.

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    • I didnt feel it was more painful then waxing (tried it), and it really gets better over time (just like waxing).

  • Toyas Tales

    I was extremely lucky that when I had my son he was just a serenely calm baby. He slept all of the time. I had to wake him up to keep me company lol. he slept all through the night so I was never sleep deprived. I do agree though it is important for new mothers to take the time to take care of themselves throughout the process.

    • Wow, I have heard about such babies, but thought they´d be a myth to encourage people to try again! My daughter was a horrible sleeper for the first 18 months, and perfect ever since then. I am hoping for better luck with my son!

  • I can imagine it must be really hard to look after yourself with a newborn at home. You’re lucky to have a family to support you. I hope your baby boy sleeps better than your daughter. 🙂

    I tried using epilators but can only manage them under my arms. lol I prefer waxing.

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • He is a better sleeper, at least so far *knocks on wood*.
      I like waxing to, but getting out of the house for an appointment is close to impossible with two kids running around.

  • Seriously, I salute you! It’s amazing how you’ve found simple life hacks to pamper yourself despite having a busy schedule. I also love the Lush body conditioner; I’ve used it in the past and it makes moisturising your body so much easier 🙂

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