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Get Out Your Dancing Shoes – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band!

The Bean is obsessed with dancing.  Obsessed.  She ascribes to the whole “why walk when you can dance” philosophy of life.

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band’s CD, “Sock-a-Delic”, was just too rockin’ for her to be able to sit still.  She added ballet shoes to her twirly skirt and Life is Good tee and started to dance.  This video, while not possessed of her most dramatic moves, is short and has a nice big finish.  And then, yeah, then that happened afterwards.  I suggest you turn up the volume once the Bean starts to dance and turn it back down again at the end of the video.  I thought the stereo was on more loudly than it actually was.

You may recognize the irrepressible Dirty Sock Funtime Band from “Jack’s Big Music Show.”  The tune “Music Everywhere” which was featured on “Jack’s Big Music Show” is on this CD as well as “No Good Reason Party” and they are pretty spectacular.  This CD is hopping and bopping, a great dance party CD for kids with hilarious lyrics and catchy tunes Mama and Daddy can get behind as well.  “Sock-a-Delic” would make a wonderful birthday present and the new DVD is pretty fun too.  Check out their website to “meet the Dirty Socks”, watch video and listen to their toe-tapping tunes. Pick up the CD on Amazon and the DVD on their website..

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Another Genius from My Hometown

Billy Kelly The Family Garden

So…I’m from Lewisburg, PA.  Tree City USA.  Home of Bucknell University and Keeley’s Bakery, The Campus Theater and La Casa de Pizza.  And so, it turns out, is Billy Kelly.  Or at least, he lives there, according to his boring (his words not mine) “real” bio on his website and not the exciting fake one in which he claims to live in an abandoned Scottish cardboard factory where he builds record-setting snowmen and ponders Bigfoot.

I’m heading to Lewisburg very shortly for my annual summer visit with The Bean, and I’m counting on running into Billy Kelly at the Farmer’s Market.  Because he’s really really funny.  And a brilliant songwriter.  And kinda cute from what I can see on his website. And my daughter loves his new CD, The Family Garden. We played it six times in the car last weekend.  Usually she is very happy listening to grown-up radio just on the off chance Hey Soul Sister will come on.  After she heard The Family Garden it was all over. I must admit, I have been humming Why Is The Moon Following Me while I dust and Doc Hubby and I were both whistling along with The Happy Happy Whistling Song on the way to the mall.

So Billy Kelly and I have much in common.  Lewisburg, of course.  You say you haven’t heard of Lewisburg?  Well, Davy Jones (of the Monkees, my all time favorite music group ever) lives nearby.  And Billy Kellyis a Monkees fan too, because he asked Davy Jones to sing a duet with him on his last CD, and Davy Jones said yes and Billy Kelly wrote about it in his blog here (just scroll down a bit for a photo and the story).  And Billy Kelly and I will both will be in Madison Square Park here in New York City on June 28th at 10:30 if we can manage to get out of ballet quickly enough and get down there for their free concert!  Check out the concert schedule here.

This is a really fun CD.  It would make such a good birthday present.  Or summer road trip CD.  Buy it here.

And I’m not just saying that cuz he’s from the Burg.  See ya at The Freeze, Billy!

Billy Kelly

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For Smart-e Mamas & Toddlers: the Smart-e-Dog

Here’s another review from our new contributing writer, Kristin.  Thanks to the folks at Brainy Baby for sending her the Smart-E-Dog for review.

The Smart-e-Dog

Remember what I said about CW loving packages – well, Smart-e-Dog was no exception; however, the excitement faded for us both when Smart-e-Dog did not immediately compute as promised. See, you are supposed to be able to just plug in the USB cable and the software will load automatically to your computer (if you are already lost, I can assure you this is not the toy for you). No such luck. I even tried it on both a Mac and a PC, tried to access the software a different way. Nothing. So, I called on the husband (which I loathe doing, because I am technologically savvy, even have a Master’s Degree in Classroom Technology), but (I’ll admit) to my joy, he could not figure it out either.

So, upon contacting the company I was told to go to their website, where you can download the software for free. After doing that, and inserting new, fully-charged rechargeable batteries, Smart-e-Dog still did not compute. The technician I finally connected with was very kind and worked with me on the phone for awhile. His suggestion: try new batteries…not rechargeable ones. And, Smart-e-Dog worked! Finally! Lesson to the buyer: don’t use rechargeable batteries and try downloading the software from the website if Smart-e-Dog doesn’t come to life immediately as promised.

CW and the Smart-e-Dog

The thing is, CW loved Smart-e-Dog before he could talk and after. The dog is super-soft and adorable (although the voice is a little annoying…but there is a headphone jack for long car rides). Smart-e comes loaded with a number of great stories, songs, and interactive tales! CW’s favorites include “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” and “The Story of the Three Little Pigs.” We have found that the buttons on the Dog’s feet are a little difficult for CW to locate and push, but he’s improving. You can load a ton of free songs and stories from the software, or you can purchase other songs and stories that are available. And Smart-e-Dog grows with your child–you can download new age-appropriate material as your kid gets older. I figure my start-up experience was not like most, and CW does really like Smart-e-Dog now that he works properly. In fact, “The Three Little Pigs” is playing as I write this.

CW and the Smart-e-Dog

To buy or not to buy? If you are not afraid of a little USB cable (it really is self-explanatory for the most part) and have regular AA batteries on hand, then this is a great and fun toy! Just be sure to recycle those used batteries at a proper location when they die! For an interactive, educational toy, Smart-e-Dog is a definite must-have and a unique gift. And, if your child would prefer a soft, cuddly cat or bear, you can choose those options as well! Check out the Brainy Baby website to learn more about the Smart-e-Dog.

The Smart-e-Dog is designed for children ages 2 to 5.

Kristin - Babies Gotta Have It New Contributing WriterKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and anxiously awaiting the arrival of her second son.


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Sound Beginnings Review & Giveaway

Here’s another great review from our new contributing writer, Kristin.  I’ve been curious about these new music players for babies in the womb.  Thanks to Sound Beginnings for sending Kristin a sample to try!

SoundBeinnings

While my son CW was in the womb, he heard me teaching Romeo and Juliet, choreographing to the music from High School Musical, and reading countless other short stories and novels aloud to my students. Now that I’m a full-time mom, my reading of literature is a bit more limited to board books and stories about cars and trucks! Although I am certain it does not matter what I am saying, I know that the development of speech patterns and recognition of voices happens in the womb. With Sound Beginnings, I can pipe in all types of music to the growing child inside of me and allow him to hear the cadence of voices other than mine.

Even more, Sound Beginnings has a Sound Delivery program that allows the user to share her user code so that family and friends can record messages to the baby. For example, Daddy could call in and sing a song to the baby or just talk to the baby. Or grandparents and other relatives can record messages over the phone to the baby. Then, these messages are converted to mp3 files and you can download the messages onto any mp3 player. That mp3 player is tucked into the Sound Beginnings nylon/lycra band.

The band is machine washable and extremely comfortable. It is thin enough to be worn under your shirt without being noticeable. Available in black, nude, or white and in pre-pregnancy pants sizes 4-14 (more sizes available soon). There is even a headphone splitter included so that you can listen while baby listens. The high-quality speakers keep the sound level safe for baby.

This is a great way to bond with your unborn child and for others to participate in his life prior to birth, especially if your family is burdened by geographical complications or military life keeps you from the day-to-day conversations with Daddy or others! Maybe today I’ll start recording Romeo and Juliet for this little guy to listen to, or maybe my husband will ask for me to play his favorite song. Either way, this band will comfortably be around my waist for many weeks to come.

To purchase or to view an informational video, go to Sound Beginnings.

And, one lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will win a Sound Beginnings System of her own to try!  Want to enter?  Read on!

To Enter the Sound Beginnings Giveaway

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Swing by the Sound Beginnings website and check out their system. Then come back here and leave a message sharing which song or music you most want share with the special baby on the way in your life.  Maybe it’s not a song but someone special’s voice.  That’s it!  Entering is that easy!

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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Friday March 11th and ends on Sunday March 27th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very shortly thereafter,  Random.org will select the winner,  and I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Kristin - Babies Gotta Have It New Contributing WriterKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and anxiously awaiting the arrival of her second son.
UDPATE! We have a winner!  Random.org says: “ 3″ Congratulations to The Knapps!

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Meltdown-Free Birthday Parties – Tips from Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande

Bean's Birthday

So trying to raise a family New York City is kinda cuckoo. Surely I have mentioned that in the past. Our kids have to interview for Preschool.  A first haircut will run you $35.  And birthday parties…well they are nearly as legendary as NYC Bar Mitzvahs.  Tales of extravagant birthday bashes complete with moon bounces, ponies and slushy machines are legendary among moms who frequent NYC playgrounds.  I put off hosting a NYC birthday party for my Little Bean until this year when she turned three.  And even then, I must say, I felt some pressure.  Our party was small, simple (we had a “Whale of a Birthday” and met at a playground complete with a sprinkler “spout”)  and largely successful, but it did leave me with some questions.  We have all attended birthday parties in which the over-stimulated birthday boy or girl absolutely fell apart.  My Little Bean jammed her head into my legs when everyone sang Happy Birthday to her.  So what are the secrets to planning a successful birthday bash for your favorite little toddler or preschooler?

The BIrthday Girl

Meredith LeVande, educational children’s musician, singer and birthday party entertainer, has been chosen as one of New York’s best affordable children’s performers by Time Out New York Kids.  This is a gal who knows birthday parties.  I had a chance to ask her a few questions recently and got some great advice for foolproofing your kiddo’s big day.

Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande

I have attended several toddler and preschooler parties that were just enormous–so many children and grown-ups that even I felt overwhelmed.  So what is the ideal number of kids for a young child’s birthday party?  According to Meredith, when it comes to guests, less really is more.  “If I had to come up with a magic number,” Meredith says, “between eight and ten is the perfect amount of children.  I’ve done great parties with as few as five children.”  Meredith specializes in musical birthday parties for children.  I asked her why she thinks this theme is particularly effective for preschoolers and toddlers.  Traditional children’s party entertainers are clowns, magicians and face painters, but Meredith explains that toddlers are really too young to follow narrative or sit still for such events.  However, “music is universal, and even babies and toddlers can feel rhythm, dance and just experience a sense of joy singing and dancing.”

Musical birthday parties are especially good for bringing children together in a shared experience, but there are other birthday activities that Meredith also believes work well.  “I’ve seen young children really enjoy arts and crafts parties and gym parties.  I think things that are more tactile rather than narrative work well for this age.”  Activities to avoid?  “I recommend steering away from inflatable toys.  Kids usually will start hitting each other with them.  When a parent gets involved in something as simple as musical chairs or duck duck goose, kids love it.  I recently saw a mom playing pin the tail on the donkey, and the kids had so much fun.  I say the simpler the better.”

Meredith suggests that parties run no longer than 2 hours, with at least a half an hour budgeted for people to arrive, mingle and get settled. She suggests starting out with your music (or whatever activity you have planned) and then moving on to food and cake.  So how to avoid that birthday kid meltdown?

According to Meredith, “First and foremost, less is definitely more.  The more variables you introduce into a preschooler party, the more likely it is your child will become overwhelmed and over-stimulated.  Also the time of day can help you out.  If you know that your child is better at 11 am than, say, 5 pm, do the party earlier in the day.”

As for the overall feel of the event?  Meredith says, “I strive for what I call ‘organized chaos.’  You want kids having fun and getting kooky, but they can only do that in a structured environment that enables them to.”

If you think you might want to have a musical birthday party but you live outside of the NYC area, consider picking up one of Meredith’s CDs “Monkey Monkey Music” or “What Are the Odds,” throw in funny hats, balloons and a whole lot of musical instruments, and let your birthday kid lead the dancing.  Her songs are upbeat, cheerful, and many of them weave dance moves clearly and simply right in to the lyrics–your kids will be “Jumping High” and “Making Circles” to the beat (I have Meredith’s site open right now and “Hello” is playing…my daughter is currently leaping around the room following the dance moves in the song–totally unprompted–no joke).  And just in time for the holidays, check out Meredith’s new DVD, “Monkey Monkey Music: The Videos with Meredith LeVande” available December 1st.

Happy Birthday Baby!


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A CD That’s a Really Big Snooze…Cantilena Lullaby CD Giveaway!

Cantilena: Night Songs From Around the World

My favorite new baby gift idea is music.  Because once the onesies are passed along to tiny cousins and the toys have been sold at a yard sale, the music that you used to soothe your wee little baby to sleep remains.  And when you play that music again when he’s one, or two, or three, all those sleepytime sensations of that soft little baby head (FINALLY) lolling up against you in slumber come back.  For you, and I believe also for your baby.  Children make associations quickly.  Some of the best advice I got was to play the same nighttime CDs repeatedly for my little Bean so that she comes to associate that music with sleep.

The Bean still falls asleep to music.  We have cycled through lots of different bedtime albums in the last three years–many of them remarkably upbeat and un-lullaby-like.  A few weeks ago I was sent “Cantilena: Night Songs from Around the World” to review.  The verdict? Doc Hubby, a notorious music snob, said “Did you get this CD to review?  These arrangements are gorgeous.”  And the Bean has fallen asleep to it every single night since it came.  Me?  Well, our monitor picks up the music that is playing in her room and often I find I can’t sleep to it and have to go in and turn it off.  I leave Cantilena on.

This collection by award winning classical guitarist Hilary Field and vocalist Patrice O’Neill, also features virtuoso acoustic duo Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, Grammy award winning English hornist Nancy Rumbel, and principal musicians from the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestras.  So it’s got a pedigree, yes.  But this music is anything but stodgy.  It’s lyrical and lovely.  Some of the melodies I think you’ll probably recognize.  And the CD ends with my all time favorite instrumental piece “Johsefins Dopvals/Dromite Mi Nino” which I first heard as “Josephine’s Waltz” on Prairie Home Companion and immediately bought on iTunes.  This version is just gorgeous.

When you imagined your baby’s life as a movie…you rocking her to sleep with the moonlight illuminating you just perfectly so perhaps you might be mistaken for Nicole Kidman…this CD was the soundtrack you played in your mind.  It’s that pretty.  And thanks to the lovely folks behind Cantilena, a 2010 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, two Babies Gotta Have It readers will win a copy of this CD to use as a baby gift or keep for yourself.

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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Saturday October 2nd and ends on Sunday October 17th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very shortly thereafter,  Random.org will select the winner,  and I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Update!  We have two winners!  Thank you Random.org and congratulations to Kandice and Emilie!

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Happy Birthday…You’re Still Not Ages Three and Up!

Before the Bean hit that magical age of “terrific” three, sometimes it seemed like every toy I looked at brandished the warning: “Ages three and up.”  Buying birthday gifts for two-year-olds can be challenging.  However, great gifts for twos are out there!  More and more companies are taking up the call to make safe, age-appropriate toys for children ages 18 months to 2.  So never fear if all seventeen kids in your child’s music class for toddlers seem to have invited you to birthday parties this fall.  Here are a few of my pics for the best birthday presents for two year old children.

The Jimmies The Flannery BrothersBari Koral

Great CDs for Kids – Most kids are up on their feet and dancing fools by the age of two.  Kids music has come a long way in recent years.  I’m especially fond of the toe-tapping albums by the many Kindie (independent kids music) bands including  The Jimmies (“Make Your Own Someday“), The Flannery Brothers (“Love Songs for Silly Things” and “The New Explorers Club“) and Bari Koral (“Rock and Roll Garden“).


Weebles Treehouse

Weebles – Weebles still wobble and they still don’t fall down.  And they’re new and improved and appropriate for toddlers ages 18 months and up.  And they’re really cute.  I like the Playskool Weebles Treehouse a lot ($26 on Amazon).  Wrap up this set and win points with the other parents for the nostalgia factor.

Playmobil 123 Zoo Set

Playmobil 123 – I posted a video reviewing this toddler-appropriate line from Playmobil earlier this year and it’s still one of my favorites.  The sets are imaginative, age-appropriate, great for open-ended creative play, and incredibly pleasing to look at and hold.  I am a big fan of the Zoo Play Setwhich is priced right on Amazon for $12.99. If you want to splurge a bit, the Large Farm is downright awesome.

Green Toys Recycling Truck

Green Toys Recycling Truck – Every girl should have a truck.  I love that the Green Toys Recycling Truck ($21 at GreenFeet.com) is green from the recycled plastic milk jugs that were used to make it, to the ideas for play it suggests.  Looking for good “trash” for your recycling truck?  My friend Nisha filled her son’s recycling truck with pompoms to great success!

Lauri Toys Tall Stacker Set

Tall Stacker Pegs and Pegboard Set – What this toy lacks in flash, it more than makes up for in play value.  I have seen kids at preschool sit and play with these for a long time.  Terrific for developing fine motor skills and learning colors and sorting. The Lauri Toys Tall Stacker Pegs and Pegboard Setis a great price at only $14.99 on Amazon.

Blue E Racer by Hape

Blue E Racer – Okay this toy is just awesome.  Eco-Friendly.  Sleek.  Fun for girls or boys.  Or parents.  Awesome. The Blue E Racer by Hape is just $19.95 on Ebeanstalk.com

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New Music Round-Up – The Not-Its are IT!

The Not-It's

Did your kids start school today? I know that lots did.

However, and not that I’m gloating or anything, our summer vacation kicks off on Saturday. Here in the ci-tay my little Bean doesn’t return to preschool until mid-September, and late summer, even early fall, is absolutely my favorite time to go on vacation.  Still warm.  Still summery.  So much less crowded.

So come Saturday morning we’re loading up the old-man station wagon and heading for the beach.  iPod in hand.  Kids music loaded.

I’ve written a lot this summer about road trip music.  Don’t get me wrong, Bean and I rock out all the time directly in front of the air conditioner in our apartment.  But there’s something about piling in the car and turning on some sweet tunes that just makes you feel like you’re flying down the New Jersey Turnpike.  And I’m counting on the new album “Time Out to Rock” and a nice cold frappuccino to carry me from the Lincoln Tunnel all the way to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

“Time Out to Rock,” the hot new CD from the Seattle-based kids band The Not-It’s is totally “It.”  The lead singer, Sarah Shannon, was, in her pre-Mama life, the lead singer of the ’90’s indie-pop sensation Velocity Girl.  The band has an upbeat, alternative pop sound and substantive lyrics that deal subtly and gracefully with everything from bullies, to going to a new school, to not-being afraid to be different, to just having fun.  We were sent a copy to preview and my little Bean is especially obsessed with “Accidentally,” a clever tune about handling accidents and mistakes among friends.  She calls it “The Bump Song.”  I’ve got a soft spot for “Cheetah the Buffalo” who “broke out from the herd” of ordinary buffalo by proudly sporting spots.  Lyrics I can totally get behind and a melody I always find myself singing.  As I will be on Saturday.  When I’m on vacation.  Finally.

“Time Out to Rock” by the kindie rock band The Not It’s is geared for kids ages 3 – 7 and is available online at the Not-It’s website and cdbaby.

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Road Trip Tunes – Recess Monkey’s “The Final Funktier”

Recess Monkey "The Final Funktier"

A few weeks ago I wrote that “We’re Not Kidding”, the two CD collection of songs by Barry Louis Polisar was exactly what you needed for a long summer roadtrip with the kids.  So then I heard “The Final Funktier” by Recess Monkey…when you’re getting the iPod ready for the 14 hour trip to Myrtle Beach you gotta load up this CD too.  Especially if you’re traveling with a car full of boys.  Trust me, they will love this space themed, burp-laden, funky, fantastic disc.

That this trio of elementary school teachers turned kids rock band are geeks could not be more clear.  Which makes me adore them.  That they are brilliant songwriters and musicians has been acknowledged by everyone from NPR to Time Out New York Kids to Real Simple and beyond.   That they will make even your girly almost-three-year old don her pink tutu and rock out to “Beat-Box-a-Robot” I can vouch for.  And then she’ll ask to listen to it again.  This cd is funky, funny and toe-tappingly hip.  Gentlemen…and Mamas…start your engines, fire up your rocket boosters, and get ready for the best summer road trip ever.  Cuz with this cd, you’re not just going to Grandma’s…you’re putting on your “Moon Boots” grabbing your “Ukulalien” and blasting off into space!

Order “The Final Funktier” from the Recess Monkey website or pick up a copy on Amazon.com.

Recess Monkey "The Final Frontier"

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Recess Monkey for review. All thoughts and opinions about the disc are totally my own and not reviewed by anyone before posting.

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New Music Roundup – We’re Not Kidding!

We're Not Kidding

“He Eats Asparagus Why Can’t You Be That Way?”

“My Brother Threw Up On My Stuffed Toy Bunny”

“Diaper Rash”

“I’ve Got a Dog and My Dog’s Name is Cat”

“My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana”

“Never Cook Your Sister in a Frying Pan”

“The Tushie Song”

The song titles from the super fun album “We’re Not Kidding” speak for themselves.  This 2 cd collection of Barry Louis Polisar’s rocking, rollicking and hilarious children’s music is exactly what you need for this summer’s roadtrip.  The songs are funny and irreverent and cheerful and quite honestly…endless!  This 60 tune collection will take you from Maine to South of the Border and keep you laughing the whole way.  Some are sweet, like “With a Giggle and a Hug and a Tickle and a Kiss” (my favorite).  Some are a little scary like “When Suzie Sneezed.”

So how do I know this guy…? you’re thinking.  If you’re over 40, you may remember his songs from when you played his 1975 record, “I Eat Kids and Other Songs for Rebellious Children ” on your own Fisher Price record player.  But lately, he’s best known for his song “All I Want is You” which played over the opening titles in the fantastic Oscar Nominated movie, “Juno.” Barry Louis Polisar is one of those 35 year overnight sensations.  I’m hoping to be one too.  He’s been honored with Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children’s Music Web, and this tribute album shows why.   I love it.  It’s eclectic and surprising.  You will make yourself three mix tapes from this collection alone.

Order his books, cds and more from his website (which you should just check out because it’s vast and fascinating and full of free music to listen to) or check out iTunes, CD Baby or Amazon.com where you can buy “We’re Not Kidding!” and much more.

And here in the spirit of “We’re Not Kidding” is my little Bean doing a very serious ballet dance to “Diaper Rash.”  Her idea.  Not mine.

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