Friday, January 30, 2015

High Five for Friday



Hooray for another Friday and another link up!



This week's featured blogger is Becky from BYBMG. She was actually our gift card winner the first week, too! Lucky duck, I think the random chooser just really loves her ;)

I love reading Becky's blog, and especially loved her post on the maternity wardrobe basics this week! If you are expecting or may be in the future, definitely a good read. Make sure you check out her blog and show some love today.

Now, the H54F goodness: 

1. Today is a real high five for me because I'm done with my work week! Going back to work went a little smoother than I expected, but I am still glad that I will only be part time. I miss my little munchkin too much.


2. This week was light on posts to say the least, so to make up for it, I've got an awesome Chalkboard Tutorial planned for tomorrow! Make sure you stop by and check it out. 

3. I need more dress clothes, bad. The last time I worked in business professional attire  I was pregnant, so I think a shopping trip will be in order this weekend.  

4.  Thank you to everyone for the kind words and encouragement on Monday's post about our recent family loss. Miscarriage makes you feel like you're all alone and thanks to many who have reached out since I posted, I don't feel that way anymore. 

5. I'm excited to get back to my normal schedule today of being home with Juliet. I've got a ton of housework to do, but I may just sit down and play with her most of the morning. Who could resist that face?!


I'm also linking up with Diary of a Real Housewife, oh, Hey Friday, Meet @ the Barre and A. Liz Adventures
How was your week? I'd love to hear from you!


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Going Back to Work


Yesterday was the day. 

Yesterday was the day I officially traded in the SAHM title for the working mom title. I'm back to the working world and to be honest, I'm not super happy about it. 

With everything else going on in our lives right now, the idea of going back to work kind of got pushed to the back burner. It wasn't until the night before I went back as I started packing my bag and getting Juliet's diapers and clothes together that it really hit me that I would be gone most of the day. 

Yesterday wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  We both did as well as could be expected and I got so many wonderful cuddles with Juliet when I got home. But I know that this is going to continue to happen. Every day I will be leaving her. 

I know it'll get easier but then again I'm not sure it'll ever be truly easy when I still desperately want to be home. 

Right now, I try to keep in my mind that this is what our family needs right now. I try to remember that hopefully this will be temporary and that I'm doing what is best for my baby girl.

I have always thought working moms were so strong leaving every day, I'm just hoping that I get to that point, too. 

How do you working moms do it all? 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Loss.



My arms are bruised and unbelievably sore from all the blood that I've had drawn recently,  and even now as I write, it doesn't really seem real.

It was early, but I already felt pregnant. I had morning sickness, a weird craving for onions which I normally hate, and there were those two pink lines that mean everything when you are trying for a baby.

And now, well, the nausea is gone but some of the symptoms have persisted a little longer even though I've lost my little baby.

My pregnancy was so easy with Juliet, I got pregnant quickly and breezed through the 9 months of growing my precious baby girl. I won't get that chance with this little one.

I know--must believe-- and trust that this is all part of His plan. That my little baby was chosen to go before us because he or she was just too precious to be gone from Jesus for too long. I have hope that I will someday see a sweet little child waiting for me when it's my time to go home.

I can't help but think, to fear, and wonder if I will ever have the joy of getting to be pregnant again. If I will ever feel those tiny feet and hands moving inside my belly. Or right now, if I could handle potentially doing this all over again.

It's been a pretty isolating feeling. I have gone through such an array of emotions--at one moment being relieved that the experience is almost over, then being in such crushing pain I don't want to get out of bed.

It's really something that even now, not many talk about. I can't blame them. It's not a comfortable thing to talk about, for the person that's lost a baby or for the person who is hearing the information.

So when I've been asked in the last week or two when we would be having another child, I pause and am not quite sure what to say.

We should be having another baby right now, but we're not.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

High Five for Friday


It's Friday and time for another week of H54F!

Each week, we feature a blogger from our link up the past week. Kate at Green Fashionista blogs about a variety of things, including how she just finished an annual pass to Disney! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Now for the H54F goodness:

1. We were up a good while with an inconsolable child. I was read to go to the ER she had me so freaked because she's never cried that way and for so long. Luckily, we figured out she must be cutting teeth, and a LOT even though most aren't showing yet. Should be an interesting next couple of weeks.

2. As of next week, I will no longer be a stay at home mom. That feels so weird to say. Right now I will only be working part time, which I think is the ideal situation for us. I'll be home most of the time with Juliet still, but we will still be getting the extra bit of income that we need. 

3. I've got the house project itch. We recently did a pretty huge project that I can't wait to share as soon as we get a few small details finished. Even though I love it, I'm ready for my next one! I may have to settle for a few organization projects for now, so stay tuned the next few Tuesdays for some great projects as part of my Project Organization series. 

4. I scored big time at the JC Penney clearance earlier this week. Two sweaters and a top for $15!  You really can't beat that.  

5. I went to a party for the Ava Anderson cruelty free products last night, and wow. I seriously want to throw everything I own away and use her product line. You should check out her products and more info on all the toxins in our daily products here.

How was your week? I'd love to hear from you!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Reese's Spread Review

I have found a new love and it comes in a little jar.

This stuff is awesome. Like, I could sit and eat a whole jar without stopping, awesome.


I was so excited when it arrived at my house that I tried it immediately and was not disappointed at all. I'm definitely a sweet and salty type of gal, so my first choice was pretzels. I smeared that yummy goodness on there and there was dancing on my tastebuds.

It's also been a great addition to graham crackers and apples. I didn't think I would like that much sweet together, but the spread is a great mixture of peanut butter and chocolate (just like Reese cups) so it wasn't too overpoweringly sweet.

Plus, a little bit of tart with a green apple and it really makes for a great combo.

But my favorite way to use this delicious spread? In a spinach banana smoothie! You're getting your peanut butter and chocolate fix but in a healthier way. You even get in your greens without even tasting it. Defiinitely a must try!

**Influenster VoxBox sent me the Reese's spread for free, but all opinions expressed are my own. It really is that delicious.**

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Cloth Diaper in 3 Easy Steps



Let's get real for a minute, cloth diapers are just extremely dirty laundry. Pee and poop on cotton. Would you use a tablespoon of detergent on your clothes or dish soap? Nope. So why would you with your diapers?

If I had been that rational when I first started using cloth diapers, I would have saved myself a whole lotta heartache. But alas, I used the very very weak "cloth safe" detergent that only had me using a tablespoon of detergent to clean my very dirty laundry.

I think about it now and I'm embarrassed that I allowed myself to be brainwashed into thinking that would clean it.

Are you in the throes of the diaper deception? I was there, too. And I hope this helps you out! Are you thinking about cloth diapering or maybe always thought it would be too much work? It's really not hard at all!

How to Cloth Diaper in 3 Easy Steps


1. Find a good detergent that works well for your regular clothes and use that for your cloth.
Contrary to popular belief, if you can use the detergent without it affecting your child's skin on their clothes, then it will be fine on their diapers. No, you don't want fabric softener, but you do want a really good detergent that will get things cleaned well.

2. Invest in a diaper sprayer.
Ok, so you can dunk and swish and all that jazz, but seriously, yuck! I did it for a little while and it was no fun at all. You can get one for as cheap as $15 at Home Depot, and it's a game changer. No poop or pee ever really needs to be touched with this baby.

3. Check out Fluff Love University.
This website was my saving grace. After just a few months of cloth, I was ready to throw in the towel because I had stink, and I mean bad. As soon as I changed over to a main stream detergent, that all went away, as did any rashes or issues we had ever had and I cut my wash time in half. They will help you troubleshoot and it teaches you just exactly how to wash based on your type of washing machine. Plus, if you're totally new, they explain all the basics.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Project Organization: Finding the Right Tools

Welcome to the next  installment of Project: Organization 2015! This week I have compiled some of my favorite places to shop for affordable organization pieces.

Ikea
Seriously one of my favorite places to find organization pieces (not to mention basically anything else  for my home!) They've got great prices and pieces that can be used in so many different ways.



Not only do I want this for our bathroom, but I"m also planning on using it for scarves in my closet! It could also be great inside a cabinet.


This cart is amazing. I've seen it used as cloth diaper storage, a bathroom organizer, and it's perfect for the laundry room.


And of course, where would you be without some adorable bins and totes? I love these for organizing in my closet drawer set and under my bed.

Hobby Lobby


Fake books are perfect pieces to decorate parts of your house you don't want a ton of bins in, like your living room or bedroom but still add much needed storage. We use ours for computer cables!

Plus, they've got all kinds of cute baskets and bins to pick from, just make sure you wait to get them 50% off! They are always running deals.

Target



Basically, you can find anything you want or need at Target. Now, to get the best deals you really have to keep an eye out for great deals. My fave part of the store is the $1 and $3 section right at the beginning of the store because they always have amazing finds for so cheap right there. Love the wire baskets and buckets I just found there recently!

The Dollar Tree

If it's a dollar, I'm all over it. When you need cheap storage the Dollar Tree is the place to be. The bins definitely aren't the fanciest and probably aren't things that I would necessarily want out on display, but I absolutely love them for the pantry, the laundry room, or even in closets. You can organize for extremely cheap and stuff will still be cleaned up and you can still feel accomplished.

Where is your go-to place to find affordable pieces to keep your life organized?

Friday, January 16, 2015

High Five for Friday


Welcome to High Five for Friday--hosted by Caitlin, Katie, Tif, and Della. Want to learn more about High Five for Friday? Read about it here.

First off, congrats to Becky over at BYBMG for winning the $100 Target gift card giveaway! I have to be honest, pretty jealous over here.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last week, we had such a great time getting to read everyone's posts. We're all looking forward to getting to read some more of your posts this week, too.

This week we have decided to feature Amanda over at Kids and Cabernet. I have loved getting to know Amanda over the past few months and funny enough I found her through the H54F posts. She always has awesome posts so make sure you go and check her out!

Now, let's get into the regular High Five for Friday post!

1. This week has been killer. I am dead on my feet. Juliet is teething and it's worse this time around. She's having such a hard time sleeping, even if I give her some medicine before bedtime, so it's been lots of nights up rocking in the glider. Hence a little bit lighter schedule on the blog this week.

2. I had such a great time getting to know everyone that linked up this past week! I've got to be honest, I was running a little behind since I was trying to catch up on sleep, but I'm so glad we were able to get to know all of you.

3. I'm finally getting my phone fixed later today and I can't wait to have a camera again. I miss it so much and I'm excited to have something to actually post on Instagram again. Plus I always feel like I'm missing something cute Juliet is doing. What did we do before smart phones?!

4. I've been binge watching Friends on Netflix, and wow, I never get tired of it! It's hilarious. I especially love Phoebe the more I watch it. Her character is so ridiculous and outrageous and I love every moment of it.

5. I found some more amazing coffee from Trader Joes at my run earlier this week. I got decaf this time because with the colder weather, I've been wanting coffee more but it's been waaaaay too much caffeine. It's a great medium body coffee and at $6 it's definitely worth a try!

Thanks for stopping by! If you are a veteran H54Fer, thanks for still linking up with us, and if you are new welcome!



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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Project Organization: The Pantry

Project: Organization 2015 is back! This week, I am sharing with you guys how I cleaned out and reorganized my kitchen pantry.

This project and post took way longer than anticipated because of a little teething toddler that was up all night the past few nights and attached to my hip during the day. But it's done! There's a bigger sense of accomplishment when you deal with all of that and finally finish a project.

Our pantry really isn't a pantry, as much as it's a bunch of cupboards on the side of one wall. This makes it a little more difficult to keep organized.

First thing I did was take everything out of the cupboards and placed them out on the counters, grouping like things together and pitching anything that had expired. I tossed a lot more than I like to admit, mostly because I can't believe we wasted that much food!

After I finished that, I was ready to give everything it's own place back in the cupboards.



Cheap bins and cardboard boxes (made for Valentine's Day, thank you Target!) were the perfect options to keep the little things that end up in the pantry at bay and where they are supposed to be.

I also taped a clipboard inside the pantry and am working on getting my pantry list together so I know what I have and don't accidentally end up with extras when I go to the store. This piece is really key to keeping your pantry organized and in working order.

So, really just a few cheap little tweaks and we've got an awesome looking pantry!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When Your Breastfeeding Experience Isn't so Easy


14 months ago, I had no idea what kind of journey I was about to embark on. Not only was I becoming a first time mom, but I was determined to nurse my new little daughter for the first year of her life.

I read all kinds of books to prepare myself on the breastfeeding process. I knew how they were supposed to latch, where the tongue was supposed to be, how to get them to detach without hurting you, and that the first few weeks might be a little painful.

I was nervous but I felt ready. Fast forward a few hours after her birth, and I was totally at a loss.

All she wanted to do was sleep the moment she got near me. I know part of that had to do with us being separated early on because she was admitted fairly quickly to the NICU.

She wasn't latching properly and she had no desire to. We had 4 nurses and 2 different lactation consultants attempt to help in a matter of 8 hours. I was frustrated, I was worried, I was tired, and I was pumping around the clock so my milk would come in even if she wasn't stimulating the process.

I made the hard decision to put her on formula until we got the hang of breastfeeding so I could get her blood sugar levels to even out and just get her discharged.

I dealt with the ridicule from the lactation consultants about that, but at that point I didn't care about "nipple confusion" or anything of that sort, I just wanted my little one out of that incubator and in my arms permanently.

Our breastfeeding relationship at home wasn't any better than those 3 days in the hospital. She didn't want to latch on, and if she did, she would nurse slow and long, making it both painful and useless because she was burning off all the calories that she was taking in.

I was frustrated and tired. We were attempting to nurse then I had to pump, no matter the time of day, which meant I was barely sleeping. Even taking a bottle after attempting to nurse didn't prove to be helping the situation. Juliet was not gaining weight the way she should be. In fact, she didn't even get on the growth scale until 9 months old.

To say I was stressed out would be an understatement. It was some of the hardest and scariest times in my life. And looking back now,  she was so, so skinny. If I had another that was that tiny, I would without a doubt be extremely worried.

I look back at that time, and I can't believe I didn't give up. I don't know how I did it for 4 months, pumping and bottle feeding every other feeding. I don't know if I could do it again, but I do know that I am so happy I was able to have that relationship with my daughter. I'm so glad that I pushed through those 4 months to get to the good part of our nursing experience.

I miss nursing her now. Sometimes I wish we had done it longer, more for my sake than for hers. I miss those moments at night up in her bedroom, looking down at her sleepy face and feeling her body completely relaxed against mine.  But I know deep down that she was ready to move on from that part of our relationship. And let's be real, I'm pretty pumped not to have to wear those nursing bras anymore!

But when I think about this time of my life more and more, I find myself focusing less on the struggles and more on the little body that used to be snuggled up so close to me 4-6 times a day. I remember how much she needed me and how nursing was the perfect way to calm her down and give us both a break.

It may have a been a struggle, but it's something I will never regret.

Did you breastfeed or are you breastfeeding? What do you think about the benefits and struggles that come with it?

****Today was supposed to be the next installment of Project: Organization. But, life happened this weekend and I just didn't get nearly as far on my project as I wanted to. Instead of giving you a rushed project, I decided to bump our Organization post back a day this week. I hope you will check back tomorrow for some awesome organization tips and tricks!****

Monday, January 12, 2015

Walmart Beauty Box Review

A few weeks ago I received my second Walmart Beauty Box, and I think it was even better than the first!



If you haven't heard about the Walmart beauty box, you should check here. It's free products to try with just a $5 shipping fee. Some of the products are even full size. 

1. Olay Fresh Effects Makeup remover wipes: I've never really been a fan of makeup remover wipes because they always seem to cause my sensitive skin break out, but this stuff is awesome! I used one every night until they ran out and I'm definitely getting more!

2. Loreal Paris Olio Shampoo and Conditoner: This stuff is pretty amazing also. I love sulfate free shampoos and used their volumizing shampoo and conditioner for a while last winter. I like that it doesn't weigh down my hair or make it too greasy too fast. 

3. Jergens CC Body Cream: this stuff is the best thing I have ever used! I thought it would be too light for my moisture needs in the winter, but oh wow does this stuff work and make your skin look absolutely perfect. This will be especially amazing during the summer time. 

4. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Maple Kiss: I'm iffy about this color still. I like the texture and wearability of it, but I'm thinking it's a little too brown for my skin tone. 

5. Maybellin foundation: I don't use this because of my sensitive skin. There are just certain things that I'm not willing to attempt, simply because it takes me forever to get back to square one. 

This was absolutely a win box. I got some great products and some new go-to faves. 

Have you tried the Walmart Beauty Box? Any loves for you this time around? 

Friday, January 9, 2015

High Five for Friday--New Home!



Welcome to the new home of High Five for Friday - hosted by Caitlin, Tif, Katie, and Della! A HUGE thank you to Lauren at Lauren Elizabeth, who has been hosting this link up forever!  And thanks to all of you who have decided to continue to pop over to join us! You can read more about our announcement here.

Are you completely new to Coffee with Caitlin? Welcome and be sure to stop by here to get to knowme a little bit better!



Fellow bloggers - ready to join in the link up AND be automatically entered to win a $100 Target giftcard? Scroll to the end of this post to read what to do. If you're a #H54F regular, it's business as usual, and you know what to do!


Now, onto our regular High Five for Friday goodness!


1. Of course,the first for this week is that we're the new home of H54F! We're so excited to be hosting. I met some great bloggers there, including my lovely cohosts, so don't forget to check their blogs out too! We are hoping and working hard to keep this tradition going, and we're so excited to have you as a part of it! 

2. We had a wonderful rescheduled Christmas party for my church's Mommy group. It's so great to get together with other women that get what you are going through. We also exchanged handmade gifts and I got a yummy organic coffee and coconut oil scrub. Can't wait to use it!


3. Monday was Jay and I's 2 year wedding anniversary! We had a great time celebrating on Sunday, and even though Monday was full of interviews and various work, we were still able to spend a little time together in the evening.

4. Juliet is officially dropping her 2nd nap. For all you mamas out there, you know what that means. A lot less productivity around here. Plus, quite honestly, any milestone she reaches always makes my heart hurt a little. I love watching her develop, but man, can I keep her tiny a little while longer?


5. I've got quite a few job interviews and opportunities lined up right now that would allow me to have some creative scheduling when it comes to being home with Juliet more. This is helping with the sadness of having to go back to work after staying home for a year. Thank you to everyone who has been so encouraging throughout this journey! I appreciate it more than you know!


HOW TO LINK-UP
Fellow bloggers - ready to join in the link up? In case there's anyone new to the game, here's what you do! Just write a blog post about 5 things that made this week awesome! It could be 5 memories, 5 pairs of shoes you wore, 5 "good job" comments you got, or 5 pieces of chocolate you scarfed down when no one was looking.

Add your link to your blog post down below. Then be sure to link back to the link up by grabbing the H54F button!

Tif, Katie, Della and I want to put our own spin on H54F. We are planning on visiting each and every one of you and saying hello! We want to get to know you all, and find some new blogs. Each week we'll be featuring one of you as our blog pick of the week.


Also, bloggers, you have a chance to enter to win $100 Target gift card! (open to US residents only - sorry!!) Simply link up to this week's H54F, and then we will randomly select one winner using a random number generator. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, January 9, 2015. By linking up, bloggers agree to the full terms and conditions, which can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by! If you're a veteran H54F-er, we hope you'll continue to link-up. If you're new to the H54F game, we hope you'll join in every week! Happy reading! Don't forget to grab a button:


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Huge Announcement! -- H54F Link-up's New Home



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I am now part of a group of lovely blogging ladies that are taking over the High Five for Friday link-up!

Tif at Bright on a Budget, Katie at Cup of Tea, Della at Della Devoted, and I are so excited to have this opportunity.

If you have been around the blog for a while, you probably noticed that I almost always link up to a few different blogs on my Friday post. One of the first I found, and that ultimately led to meeting these ladies, was the High Five for Friday link up over on Lauren Elizabeth.

I was so sad to hear that she would be discontinuing it, but when she said she wanted to pass on the torch, we all knew this is exactly something we wanted to be a part of!

To be honest, although we all wanted it so bad, I was bracing myself for a let down, mostly because it just seemed to good to be true! Luckily, I was completely wrong and I couldn't be more happy about that.

We hope you all join up with us this Friday as we carry on this wonderful tradition, and I know it'll be just as great as before. Plus, all bloggers that link up with us will be entered in $100 Target gift card giveaway (US residents only). Make sure you stop by Friday for more details!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Project: Organization 2015

It's a new year and rather than making a bunch of resolutions that I know that I will fizzle out on before the middle of the year, I thought we could join together to get some organization projects rolling.

I have to be honest, I'm not the most organized person. It's not something that comes naturally to me, or something that I necessarily enjoy. But I also cannot stand not being able to find what I need. 

Today will be the first part of my new Project: Organization 2015 series running for the next few Tuesdays. 

First, let's talk about how to to set yourself up for success with your organization projects. 


1. Make a list of the projects you want to finish. 
The best place to start I've always found is to get down on paper or on your phone the projects you want to get finished. There's something gratifying about crossing off those things as you get them done. 

2. Prioritize your list. 
Figure out the projects that are the most important to your living arrangements and start there first. Getting a main project done will keep your motivation going. 

3. Break your large projects down into smaller, doable pieces. 
It's so easy to get overwhelmed by the bigger tasks in your house. Mine, personally, will be my bedroom closets. I know that will be completely overwhelming to try to do it all at once. I'm planning on working on it in small pieces to keep it manageable. 

4. Get on Pinterest and find some awesome ideas for your organization solutions. 
As I've talked about before, I've got a love affair with Pinterest and I don't care who knows it. Check out my Organization board for some great ideas. 

What projects are you hoping to tackle this year? 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Two Years Down...Forever to Go



I cannot believe that it has already been two years since my husband and I got married. Some days it seems like it was just yesterday that I was nervously walking down the aisle, and there's others that I feel like we've been together our whole lives.

So much has happened in the two short years that we have been together. We started living together, having to get used to each others ins and outs.

We got pregnant with our first child, seeing all the ups and downs that come with pregnancy. We faced the fears that come with raising your first child. We experienced together the journey of an eventful delivery and a stay in the NICU.

We worked together as Juliet didn't want to breastfeed, and as I transitioned from working to being a stay at home mom.

We've faced opposition from others not understanding our choices to stay home, cloth diaper, and breastfeed for a year. We've confronted the struggle of not quite having enough and what our options for that will be.

We've laughed, we've cried, and we've fought more than I would like to admit. But in the end, I wouldn't want anyone else by my side forever.

Friday, January 2, 2015

High Five for Friday

Happy 2015! Is it just me, or does it seem like these last few months have completely flown by?

1. Jay put away all our Christmas decorations while I was laid up with the flu yesterday and I can't believe that it's already that time! I feel like we literally just put them up. 

2. I'm working on some new series and a few collaborations that I'm so excited to share with you all! One in particular would be my organization series I will be kicking off next week. I'm especially excited because truth be told I'm not the most organized person by nature, so I'm looking forward to taking this journey with you! 
Her fave Christmas gift: her very own mug! 


3. We had such an amazing holiday season. We were truly blessed that it was a pretty stress-free and that Juliet was basically an angel the whole time. 

4. I'm slowly but surely coming around to the idea that I need to work to help my family right now. Does that mean I am just resigning to having to work outside the home even though I feel I need to be home? No, but I do know realistically it may be a season before I can make an at home business work enough to help pay our expenses. It's definitely a roller coaster of emotions to say the least. 

5. Although I'm not necessarily making resolutions, I did choose a word for my 2015 year. Read more about that here. I'm also planning to be more intentional about what I'm eating. I did so well eating clean for a while, then completely fell off the wagon. I'm hoping in the next few days we will be back on track and not eating much processed foods at all. 

Are there any special things you are looking forward to this coming year? Or any special memories to carry with you from 2014?

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