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Easy DIY Project Round-up: January

New Year. New Month. New DIY projects!

The beginning of the month is always the best time for DIY projects because then you’re set for whatever fun occurs during the rest of the month!

January is a good month for DIY because there aren’t any holidays hogging the decor so the possibilities are endless!

January DIY Project Round-up

I searched the internet far and wide to find some of the best winter DIY projects and round them all up for you. Check out the goodies!

This DIY Marshmallow Plushie by Ann Le is just the cutest!

These would you believe these Oversized Snowflakes by Making Home Base are made out of popsicle sticks?

How about an adorable Winter Snowglobe? The team at Sew Woodsy has one you can make in four easy steps!

Ok, I know the time for tree ornaments is passed, but these Circus Animal Ornaments from Studio DIY are too good to pass up. They look good enough to eat!

And as much as I hate Valentine’s day, I couldn’t pass up this Valentine’s Day Rainbow Banner from Momtastic. It’s so cute it’s can totally be considered year-round decor!

I hope you enjoyed checking out those fun Winter DIY projects.

Let me know which ones you do!


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2017 Resolutions and Goals

Well, it’s that time again. Time for New Year Resolutions.

I have just about always hated making resolutions because they’ve always been the typical “I want to lose weight!” or “I want to eat healthier!” which work for some people but they never work out for me.

Last year, I made one resolution. It was to make an effort to be more positive and to let go of the negative. And looking back on the absolute roller coaster that was 2016, I would have to say I kept my resolution.

Sure, I had some of the lowest and hardest emotional moments of my life but I can proudly say that I survived. I made it through because I didn’t let that negativity take ahold of me. I let it go and kept looking forward to all the positive things I have in my life and all of the positive things I still want to do.

Which brings us to 2017.

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2017 Goals & Resolutions.

I have so much I want to achieve this year and it’s going to take a lot of work. So this year, I making a list of not so much resolutions, but just a list of goals I want to work toward. Some of them are boring business-related goals so I’ll spare you the details on those but some of them might be more fun the more people that join in!

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Complete (at least) 100 works of art.

I’m a part of a Facebook group called {Creative Life} with Kellee Wynne Studios and she challenges artists to create 100 works of art which I will be attempting.

Last year, I was so focused on building my business that my actual art fell by the wayside.

This year, I am making it a priority to work on my art every single day and my goal is to complete at least 100 works of art. That comes out to about two pieces each week.

I’m looking forward to working on this goal because it will be a nice way to see my progression as an artist from piece #1 to piece #100.

Blog three times a week.

So this goal isn’t really a new goal since I had been blogging three times a week for a while but for the past couple months in 2016 I hadn’t been blogging at all. In fact, I think the last blog post published was my November DIY Round-up.

I will be sort of reconfiguring the way my blog is formatted a little bit because I think part of the reason I stopped blogging was that I was getting burnt out and discouraged. Hopefully, with what I have planned I will be able to avoid that burn out and I’ll be able to stick to my goal. Plus, blogging three times a week should help with some of my boring business goals!

Participate in my first ever Arts Festival.

Last year I participated in my first ever art show (which I still need to write about #oops) so this year my goal is to participate in my first ever art festival.

This will be a lot more difficult than the art show because I have to buy a tent, I have to have tables, and all kinds of other expenses but this festival is something I have been attending as an art fan for basically my whole life, and I would just absolutely love to participate on the other side as an artist.

Read two books a month.

I used to read all the time. Last year, I can’t even think of a single book that I read completely. I haven’t even read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! (I know, I’m the worst.)

This year, my goal is to read two books a month and to assist with my other goal of blogging three times a week, at the end of each month will be a blog post about each book I read. I’ll also announce the books I will be reading so that way you can read along and we can have our own virtual book club!

For January, I will be starting with Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. The second book is undecided but you can follow along on twitter using the hashtag #itcBookClub and I’ll conduct a poll to decide!

Well, there they are. Those are a few of my 2017 resolutions and goals. It won’t be easy because I have challenged myself to keep up with quite a bit but I’m really looking forward to where this year takes me.

What are some of your 2017 resolutions and goals? I’d love to hear about them!


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Easy DIY Project Round-up: November

It’s that time again!

Another month has flown by (seriously, where did October go?) so that means it time for another DIY Round-up!

Get your home fall ready with these fun and easy DIY projects! | Ilona Toth Creative

November is probably the second best month of the year (the first best being October, of course) so what better way to get ready for all the Fall and Holiday goodness with some fun DIY projects!

I scoured the internet for some of the best projects and round them all up in one convenient post just for you!

So let’s check them out!

How CUTE are these Flannel Coasters by Juggling Act Mama?

These gorgeous Pumpkin Flower Arrangements from Garden Therapy make a fun Autumnal way to have fresh flowers in the house!

I can not wait to try out some of these Apple Pie Bites from The Blond Cook. Seriously, they look so good!

Get the kids involved in some Fall decorating with this Foil Printed Fall Tree Art project from Munchkins and Moms!

Throwing a fancy Thanksgiving dinner party? Check out these adorable Turkey Feather Place Card Holders from Almost Makes Perfect!

Every time I do one of these DIY round-ups I am blown away by how creative everyone on the internet is!

I’d love to hear about the Fall DIYs you have planned or if you decide to do one listed here! Leave a comment telling me all about it!


Have fun DIYing!


Art, Art Crawl, Creativity

Friday Art Crawl: Hamilton Inspired Paintings

Happy #FriYay!!!

Every Friday, I like to feature a different artist and their work. Sometimes you’ll even see my own artwork featured. It’s a nice way to get to know different artists, their creative process, and the story behind some of their works of art.

It’s Friday Art Crawl!

Get a load of these original paintings inspired by the Broadway musical Hamilton! | Ilona Toth Creative

Have you ever experienced something that just completely rocked your world and turned everything upside-down?

That is what happened to me the first time I listened to Hamilton in October 2015.

I’ve always been a musical fan and a hip-hop fan so when I heard there was a hip-hop musical about to start its Broadway run I just had to hear it. Luckily, the Original Broadway Cast Recording had just been released and it was even available to stream free for a limited time.

And boy, did I take advantage of that free streaming.

From the moment I hit play on that album my life changed. It was strange but the more I listened to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genius songwriting, the more I felt at home.

I couldn’t get this musical out of my head and less than a week after my first listen I had bought a ticket to see the show. I had never been to New York City before yet after listening to Hamilton for only a few days I was compelled to make a trip.

Fast forward a couple months to December when I decided to take up painting again. I still couldn’t get that musical out of my head and it showed in my painting.

Over the past year I have painted a handful of Hamilton inspired paintings and they have definitely been some of my favorites.

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It’s Quiet Uptown is an emotional song that gets me every time. When I listen to it I picture a quiet starry night which is what inspired this canvas set.

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Of course, no Hamilton collection would be complete without one of the most quoted and most iconic lines from the show. I can’t help but feel pumped up and motivated after listening to this song so this piece is a great visual reminder to go after what you want.

The Chicago company of Hamilton recently had their opening night so to celebrate I decided to offer these two paintings in a Limited Edition run. There are only going to be five of each so get them while you can!

And if you haven’t heard the album yet you can grab the two-disc set here! (This is an affiliate link.) Prepare to have your world rocked.

Thanks for stopping by for Friday Art Crawl! Make sure you check out the last feature: Custom Pet Portraits.

Have a great weekend!


Art, Art Crawl, Creativity

Friday Art Crawl: Custom Pet Portraits

Happy #FriYay!!!

Every Friday, I like to feature a different artist and their work. Sometimes you’ll even see my own artwork featured. It’s a nice way to get to know different artists, their creative process, and the story behind some of their works of art.

It’s Friday Art Crawl!

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You know what is one of my absolute favorite things to do?

Custom work.

I’ve heard artists say they hate it because they would rather paint what they feel or paint in their own style but there is something about working with a client and creating something together that is just so meaningful.

One thing I’ve come to love about doing custom work is custom pet portraits. I don’t do anything fancy, just some fun little minis on 4in x 4in canvases but it’s so much fun! I enjoy the challenge of capturing a pet’s personality in such a small space.

If you’re at a loss for what to get the pet lover in your family for the upcoming holidays, a custom pet portrait makes a great solution.

Photos are easy but it takes some great thought and consideration to commission a one of a kind portrait.

Each custom pet portrait is painted on a solid background on a 4in x 4in canvas. No fancy hanging hardware needed! Just put a nail in the wall and hang it up!

Head over to the gallery to purchase yours now! Don’t wait until the last minute for holiday gifts!

If you want something in a different size or a different custom painting all together head over to the commissions page for more details.

This week's Friday Art Crawl was short and sweet. Make sure you check out last week's featured artist: Vicki Wallis of 29andSeptember.

Have a great weekend!


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A Letter to my Younger Self: Things I Wish I Learned

The other day, I was having dinner with my best friend who I’ve known for almost 25 years. (Yea, I’m that old.)

We started talking about how we’ve changed and how we used to be when we were younger and it got me thinking about all the things I know now that I wish I would have known when I was younger to save me from so many years of struggles and insecurities.

While I can’t go back in time and actually tell these things to myself, I decided to write them out as a letter to my younger self.

Things I wish I knew when I was younger. | Ilona Toth Creative

Dear Younger Self,

I wish there was a way for me to go back in time and protect you from all the pain you are going to experience in the coming years. It’s going to be really hard for a long time but I promise you’ll make it through.

Here are a few things I wish I could tell you in person:

Don’t compare your journey to other people’s journey.

Your beginning is going to look way different from someone else’s middle or end. Even your middle will look different from their middle.

Everyone is on a different path going at different times and different speeds so there is no point in comparing your progress with someone else. You will make your own progress in your own time.

Plus, there’s that old saying “Comparison is the killer of joy” and it’s totally true.

Learn to let things go.

Holding on to anger and other negative emotions does more harm than good. That negativity will just eat you up inside.

Let go of negativity. Let go of grudges. It’s not productive and will only make you feel terrible.

Talk to people.

This is more than just having a conversation with someone. This is communicating how you feel instead of letting feelings stew.

Don’t be petty and talk one way to someone and then talk another way behind their back. Don’t say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say to their face.

Stand up for yourself.

If someone says something to you that you don’t like, tell them. You deserve respect and if someone disrespects you, you have to let them know. Just today, a co-worker talked down to me and I immediately told him not to talk to me like an idiot instead of getting angry and not doing anything about it.

Stop caring so much about other people’s opinions.

Seriously. Just stop. You don’t have to hide parts of yourself or make excuses for things just because you’re afraid of how people will react. Their opinion doesn’t matter in the long run and conforming to their expectations will only make you unhappy.

And you know whose opinions really doesn’t matter? Boys. Oh my god. Who cares what boys think?! Don’t do anything for boys, do it for yourself. Wear makeup for yourself. Don’t wear makeup for yourself. Shave your legs for yourself or don’t shave your legs. Your opinion is the only one that matters.

You are a feminist.

Don’t resist calling yourself that because you’re afraid of what people will think. (See last piece of advice.) Anyone who thinks less of you because you’re a feminist isn’t worth your time (and they probably don’t even understand what feminism really is.)

Don’t laugh at sexist/racist/homophobic/transphobic/islamophobic/etc jokes because they aren’t funny. Don’t tiptoe around people because they might call you a “feminazi.” (That’s not a thing!)

Call people out when they act like assholes. It’s hard, especially when it’s people you consider your friends, but it’s better than staying silent and allowing problematic behavior to continue.

Female friendships are the shit.

Don’t be one of those people who “aren’t like other girls” because that’s insulting to other girls and you know what, girls are amazing! Nothing is better than having a few close female friendships that help you get through all of life’s ups and downs.

Make travelling a priority.

Sure, saving money for travelling is hard, especially when it’s so easy to spend money on little things, but travelling is worth it. And travelling is fun. (And New York City is not as scary as people like to make it out to be.)

Experiences are better than things so skip buying all those DVDs and save that money for concerts, road trips, and vacations.

Be unapologetically you.

You are constantly growing and changing and finding out who you are so don’t ever shy away from that. Who you are now is different from who you will be in two months and that person is different from who you will be in two years.

Don’t be afraid to show the world who you are every step of the way.

Now, if only I could actually tell you these things instead of writing a hypothetical letter to you.

Go do great things.


Writing, Resources, Creativity

Reasons Writing a Blog Boosts Your Creativity

Blogging has kind of exploded over the last several years and for good reason. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s a way for people to take ownership of their voice. Plus, it’s so much more than just writing which makes it a great creative outlet.

So if you’re considering starting a blog but are kind of on the fence about it here are some reasons writing a blog is good for your creativity.

Ever wondered about the benefits of blogging? Well writing a blog can boost your creativity and so much more! | Ilona Toth Creative

I’m a blogger.

And if you’re reading this then you already knew that because you are on my blog.

What you don’t know is that I’ve been a blogger for a long time just in various forms. It was Xanga in high school. I think at one point I had a Blogger account. And I probably had a couple sites on

Then earlier this year, it was and now here we are with Ilona Toth Creative which is my most recent blogging adventure and even though it is difficult at times, I am absolutely loving it.

Why is that?

Writing a blog has been magical for boosting my creativity and here are some reasons in case you’re wondering how blogging and creativity connect.

Blogging is challenging.

Anyone who tells you blogging is easy is probably trying to sell you something.

It’s not easy.

Sure, it can be if all you want to do is write whatever comes to mind a couple times a week but I’d consider that more of an online journal than a blog.

Most blogs have a purpose. They have specific topics they talk about and specific content they share which is where part of the challenge comes in. Coming up with fresh topics for each blog post can be difficult and the more frequently you post, the more topics you’ll need.

So how is this challenge good for your creativity?

It forces you to think.

When I need to come up with ideas for blog posts, I head over to my editorial calendar and do what is called a “brain dump.” I brainstorm and write down every idea that comes into my head. Some of them are good, some of them are not so good, and some of them I will probably never ever write but it helps me think and clear my mind so I can find great topics to write about.

Speaking of writing:

Blogging helps improve your writing and communication skills.

The more you do something, the better you get at it. Who knew!?

But seriously, I went from blogging almost every week to blogging once a week to blogging three times a week because the more I did it, the better I got, and the more I wanted to do it. My writing and the entire blogging process gets better with every post that I publish.

I’m finding my voice in my writing. I’m connecting to people more. And I’ve found it’s even helped me communicate and connect to people more in person as well!

But blogging is so much more than just writing.

If you’ve never blogged before or are just starting to blog, then you might think that blogging is just writing a post and hitting publish.

Well, sorry to break it to you, but blogging is pretty much a full-time job. That is if you want your blog to go anywhere. If you don’t care if your blog goes anywhere or not then go ahead and write a post and hit publish. It’s totally your call!

But, if you want to grow your audience, grow your blog, and maybe be one of those people who turn their blog into a full time paid job then you have a lot more to do than writing a post and hitting publish.

Some of the things that go into running a blog include, but are not limited to: graphic design, marketing, networking, promoting, editing, research, and all the other little things that I’m probably forgetting.

That’s a lot of stuff to do even if you only plan on publishing one post a week. And unless you went to school for any of those things then you’ll have to learn how to do it all yourself (which is what I do).

It can be incredibly challenging to learn how all the moving pieces go together but once you figure it out, it’s so rewarding.

So as you can see, blogging has a lot going for it. If you’re up for a challenge I definitely suggest giving it a go!

I’d love to answer any questions you have about writing or blogging so drop a comment down below! Let’s chat!


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Easy DIY Project Round-Up: October

It’s the beginning of a new month so that means it’s time for another DIY Project Round-up!

October is here so that means it's time to get ready for Halloween with all things DIY! | Ilona Toth Creative

This month is the best month out of the year. No contest. It’s October!!! Not only is it the best month but it’s also my favorite and not just because it’s my birthday month.

It’s Halloween! (which also happens to be my birthday.)

For this month’s DIY Project Round-up I’ve gathered several awesome Do It Yourself projects just for Halloween and all things ~~Spooooooky~~

Have fun, you ghouls!

To ease you into the Halloween fanasticness how about this adorable DIY Halloween Fabric Scrap Garland from Vicky Barone.

These Simple DIY Stand-Alone Ghosts from Modern Parents Messy Kids are so cute it’s scary.

This Head in a Jar Prank is great for Halloween but I’m definitely keeping it in mind for April Fool’s Day!

What’s a holiday without some irresistible cupcakes? Best of Cooking Recipes has 30 Cutest Halloween Cupcakes.

Can’t have Halloween without creepy body parts! Check out this DIY Masking Tape Hand from Wholesale Halloween Costumes.

Those projects should get you started with your Halloween party planning. If you need more inspiration I’ve got a Pinterest board full of it!


Have fun!


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17 Inspirational Quotes About Creativity

We all need a little inspiration every once and awhile whether we are suffering from creative block or are just feeling a little down.

I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite inspirational quotes to share in case you need a little inspiration for your day.

Inspirational quotes about creativity to motivate and inspire you. | Ilona Toth Creative

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” - Ray Bradbury

“If you hear a voice inside you saying ‘You cannot paint’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” – Erica Jong

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” - Edward de Bono

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” - Alan Alda

“Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” - Nolan Bushnell

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” - Albert Einstein

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pierce

Here’s a couple from Brene Brown because *heart eyes emoji*

"Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect."

"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light."

And Elizabeth Gilbert because also *heart eyes emoji*

“Don’t abandon your creativity the moment things stop being easy or rewarding because that’s the moment when interesting begins.”

“What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.”

“Be brave. Without bravery, you will never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, your life will remain small-far smaller than you probably wanted your life to be.”

How about a few more?

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho

So there you have a few of my favorite quotes about creativity. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more creativity inspiration!

Now go be creative!


Lifestyle, Creativity

Things You May Not Know About Being Creative

Being a creative person is hard.

It’s especially hard if you spend most of your day surrounded by non-creative people*. I find it to be difficult because I feel as though non-creatives don’t “get” me so I turn to my creative outlet to express myself instead of expressing myself to my friends.

But why is that?

Creative people are different. There is no doubt about it. Creative people tend to be more complex and can show contradicting personality traits which can make it difficult to connect with non-creative people.

Here are some things you should know about being creative!

*I believe everyone is creative. “Non-creative” people just haven’t tapped into their creativity yet!

Want to know what makes creative people tick? Find out things you may not know about being creative. | Ilona Toth Creative

Disclaimer: These are some things that I have noticed about myself or other creative people I know. I would hate to generalize and say that ALL creatives are like this. Some of my observations might apply to you, they might not. I’d love to have a conversation about some things you notice and how they might be different from things I have noticed. Leave a comment at the bottom of the page!

Creative minds never stop.

There is always something running through their brain whether it’s thoughts about their current project, they’re thinking about their next project, or they might be thinking about three different projects all at once.

Their minds not only never stop, but they also move very quickly. I frequently have gone from thinking about writing one article to what painting I want to work on next, back to the article, and then on to what I want for dinner all in a matter of seconds. Thoughts move quickly in and out which can be a blessing or a curse.

Creative minds can forget things easily.

It can be seriously (Full honesty here, I started typing this sentence, got distracted by something, and forgot what was supposed to come next. 😱)

Anyway, it happens easily. If I think about an article I want to write, I have to write it down immediately otherwise, it is very possible I will forget it because of how quickly my mind will move on to thinking about the next thing. I also can’t tell you how many times I read a text message from a friend, tell myself I will respond to it later, and then completely forget to respond at all.

It can be frustrating from the perspective of a creative person and their non-creative friend. So if you have a friend who seems to forget things frequently, don’t get mad at them! They aren’t doing it on purpose! Be understanding and send them kind reminders. Unless you have the type of relationship where you can be total jerks to each other then go ahead and do what works for you! 😝

Another side effect of a non-stop mind is the ridiculous amount of daydreaming that goes on in a creative person’s mind.

I’m not sure how often the average person daydreams, but I definitely feel like I daydream way more than that. Sometimes it’s the usual stuff: winning a million dollars, giving an acceptance speech after I win the Best Actress Oscar, going on a date with that super cute cashier, but sometimes it’s something completely random and I don’t even know where it came from. I wish I could give you an example of what I’m talking about but seriously, it’s so random I can’t even think of anything!

With their minds being in overdrive so frequently, daydreaming is a great way to let the imagination do it’s thing and run wild.

They observe everything.

I have often been described as being shy from people who don’t know me very well but that is not the case. Usually, if I’m in an unfamiliar situation, or I don’t know many people, I am quiet but it’s not because I’m shy, it’s because I’m observing.

Creative people can easily fade into the background and observe what is going around them whether it’s people watching or just seeing the world around them. It helps them see all the moving pieces, helps them understand the world better and serves as inspiration for their art.

Creative people feel things more deeply.

When I was younger, I thought it was ~cool~ to refer to myself as a “robot” meaning I didn’t have any feelings. As I get older, I realize that is absolutely ridiculous.

It’s not cool to not care about things or have no emotions.

I have a lot of emotions and I often feel a lot of things at once. (If I had a nickel for every time I got emotional while listening to Hamilton, I would have a lot of nickels!) My creative outlet helps me process those emotions so I’m not just a huge emotional mess.

Feeling emotions more deeply helps creative people tap into the human experience and create a more meaningful experience with their art. Instead of just painting a picture of a flower, they can paint the feeling a person gets when they look at a flower or even make it feel as though you are there smelling that flower. Writers create more relatable characters when they write with emotion because as a reader, you have emotion and you want to be able to connect with the story.

Creative people can find ways to connect with other people they have nothing in common with. They can empathize and see different points of views.


All of those things going on inside a creative person’s mind can be exhausting which is why

Creative people need their alone time.

Being around people is exhausting. And it’s not necessarily because they hate it (although some might). I love being around my friends but I can only do it for a certain amount of time before I need to go home and recharge.

It’s part of the complexity and contradictory nature of a creative person’s personality. They can be both introverted and extroverted. A social butterfly who loves to spend time alone. (Seriously, that’s me in a nutshell.)

Being able to spend time alone is how creative people can take all of that information they absorbed from being out in the world, and observing everything, and turn it into their art whatever form it may be.

As a friend to a creative person, be understanding if they need to cancel plans on your or if they head home from an event early. They might have just run out of energy and need to recharge!

Did some of these things about creative people describe you even though you don’t consider yourself a creative person? Drop a comment below and tell me about it!


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