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Save on LUVS: Coupon In This Sunday's Paper #SharetheLuv #sponsored

4/28/17
This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.


It's hard for me to believe, but I have spent the past six years changing diapers between my two youngest children.  That is a whole lot of diapers!  The cost of diapers for your child from birth until they are potty trained is pretty astounding, especially if you have multiple children.  That is why I know the value of clipping coupons and saving every penny.
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There’s really no way around it, parenting is expensive! But Luvs is offering great money-saving opportunities for parents with little ones.  


Save with Luvs Coupons

Keep an eye out for this Sunday’s paper {April 30,2017}; there will be a high-value coupon offering $2 off any one pack or box of Luvs diapers in the P& G insert.  The coupon doesn't expire until 5/13/17 so you have time to stock up! All Luvs diapers are included in this offer, with the exception of trial/travel sized diaper packs.  

Also, this week, visit http://spr.ly/luvscoupons16 to print out a Luvs coupon for $1 off any one diaper pack.  (The print-at-home coupon expires 30 days from the date of printing)


You can use these coupons at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.


Experienced Moms Choose Luvs



Luvs is a brand that I trust and have used with all three of my children over the past 17 years.  My children have sensitive skin, and Luvs has always been a great choice for us that hasn't irritated their eczema.  Plus, they have provided features that my babies need at a lower cost than premium brands.  

Luvs in sizes 1-6 feature super absorbent Leakguards, large stretch tabs for easy fastening and a secure fit, and new NightLock Plus™, to lock away wetness and and absorb even more.  Luvs feels so strongly about their diapers they offer a money back guarantee.  {See www.luvsdiapers.com for details.}


I hope you'll take advantage of these great savings!


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Spirit Riding Free Comes to Netflix May 5th, Printable Activity Sheets Plus Giveaway #SpiritRidingFree #sponsored

4/27/17
I received a Spirit Riding Free activity set from DreamWorks Animation in connection with my review.  All opinions are mine.


Netflix Series for kids

May is almost here, which means it's time to "saddle up" for the premiere of DreamWorks Animation's newest series Spirit Riding Free, available exclusively on Netflix Friday, May 5th

Netflix Series for kids
DreamWorks Animation Spirit Riding Free

You may remember the Oscar-nominated film "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" which introduced the world to a resilient mustang named Spirit.  This new series was inspired by the film, with all new characters and a new story, set to enchant the next generation of fans.

"Spirit Riding Free" follows the heartfelt journey of a gutsy 12-year-old girl named Lucky who befriends a wild mustang whom she aptly names Spirit. With her two best friends (and their horses) by her side, Lucky and her friends explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and and never ending fun! Together they’ll push their own limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it truly means to be free. 

My two girls and I recently binge-watched the first three episodes in about an hour.  The episodes are short enough (about 23 minutes) to keep the attention of both my six-year-old and my two-year-old, both of whom adore horses.  Once we began the first episode, my girls were hooked and couldn't wait to watch more!


DreamWorks Animation Spirit Riding Free

About Spirit Riding Free:

Each episode of Spirit Riding Free will be filled with frontier adventures and fun — from inclement weather like flash floods and blizzards, to human malfeasance from train robbers and banditos, to kid-centric capers like treasure hunts and secret sleepovers. And some stories will even be told from the horses’ point of view!
Even the most action-packed episodes will be grounded in the emotional realities of being a kid — stories that will resonate with any kid, anywhere, in any era, whether they go to a one-room country school house or a mega modern high school; stories about fitting in, finding your place, figuring out who you are and who you want to be, and all the other weird, wonderful, alarming, and amazing parts of growing up.
Spirit Riding Free is a coming-of-age story for Lucky, but also, in a very different way, for Spirit. Over the course of the series, each will realize their truest selves. Lucky will learn she is far more than just a city girl with a wild streak, and Spirit will learn that his freedom is only as real as the choices he can make. Together Spirit and Lucky will illustrate both sides of the same theme: only by doing, can we truly become what we are meant to be.

My oldest can relate to Lucky, as we moved to a new town not that long ago.  While we aren't in the frontier, where we live is very different from what we were used to back in Maryland.  AK has had to go to a new school and make new friends just like Lucky.   

This family-friendly series has lots of great themes about friendship, getting along with others, hard work and determination. It has lots of action, adventure, and of course, beautiful horses.  We can't wait until May 5th to watch more! 





In addition to checking out the "mane" event on May 5th, you'll want to download these craft and activity pages for your equestrian enthusiasts.  Just click on the link below for DIY Friendship Frames & Friendship bracelets, a word search, maze, and coloring pages of your favorite characters from Spirit Riding Free.




Giveaway:  

One reader will win a Spirit Riding Free Friendship Activity set 

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Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 5/11/17 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  I received a Spirit Riding Free Friendship Activity Set from DreamWorks Animation.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  DreamWorks Animation is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road June 2017 Giveaway @sgumina @thomasfriends @strasburgRR #sponsored #DayOutWithThomas

4/26/17
I will receive tickets to Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road in exchange for promoting the event.  All opinions are my own.

Do you know a Thomas the Tank Engine fan?   Then you will be excited to hear about this upcoming family-friendly event!


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Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend, Percy, for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children everywhere are invited to spend the day with their friend Thomas, when the #1 Engine and Percy pull into Strasburg Rail Road June 17 – June 25, 2017.


Day Out with Thomas, presented by Mattel, is a nine-day event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy, and participate in Thomas & Friends™ themed activities. In celebration of this year’s theme, Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 will feature an array of friendship-inspired activities, including photo opportunities, crafts, and a fun activity that invite kids to collect passport stamps throughout the day to receive a trio of Day Out With Thomas friendship bracelets.

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Event Activities:
  • A 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • A 12-minute ride with Percy (Percy Package)
  • Pictures with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables and coloring sheets
  • Thomas & Friends video viewing and storytelling
  • Fun extras including rides aboard Strasburg Rail Road’s vintage Cranky Cars, Pint-Sized Pufferbelly train, and LO&S motorcar train


Thomas trains depart every 30 minutes:
  • Saturday: 9:45 am – 3:15 pm
  • Sunday: 10:15 am – 3:15 pm
  • Monday – Friday: 10:15 am – 1:45 pm
  • Percy rides run between Thomas trains


Tickets for Day Out with Thomas are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb at 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/dowt or www.strasburgrailroad.com/train-schedule/events/day-out-with-thomas.

Ticket prices are $21.00 (plus tax) for Thomas, and $27.00 (plus tax) for the Percy Package. Ticket prices are for age 2 and up; service charges may apply.  


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When:  June 17-June 25 2017

Where:  Strasburg Rail Road
               301 Gap Road
               Ronks, PA 17572

For more information and directions, contact www.strasburgrailroad.com or 866.725.9666


Thomas the Tank, Thomas, Strasburg Railroad


My two girls are huge Thomas & Friends fans! We visited Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road last year, and they had such a fun time riding on Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy. My two-year-old was especially in awe of their moving eyes and mouths! There are so many great activities under the white tents too, including a visit with Sir Topham Hat. They can't wait to visit again!


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Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017
Now in its 22nd year, the tour makes 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2017. The 2017 tour theme is in line with this year’s Thomas & Friends global brand campaign, ‘Set Friendship in Motion’ – a campaign that ties together content, social integrations, and event activations across the entire Thomas & Friends franchise to highlight the importance of first friendships and the development of key friendship skills in toddlers.





Thomas the Tank Engine™ is the star of Thomas & Friends, the award-winning global brand franchise enjoyed by families in 133 territories and in 33 languages across multiple touch-points and formats, including: 400+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; 14 websites in nine languages; apps; toys (ranked number one property in the pre-school toys category in the UK and Australia and number two in the US); consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more. Thomas the Tank Engine is the star of Thomas & Friends which airs on PBS KIDS® in the US and Family, Jr., Télémagino, Télé-Québec and TVO in Canada. 


For general information about the tour or to find a Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 event near you, visit www.dayoutwiththomas.com.  


Follow Day Out With Thomas #DayOutWithThomas




Giveaway:

One winner will receive a 4-pack of tickets to Day Out With Thomas for  Thursday, June 22 (Ride at 1:15 PM) at the Strasburg Rail Road (Thomas ride only).  

Please only enter if you are available for this date and time.

Just use the Giveaway Tools below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

Thomas the Train

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 5/9/17 at  1:00 AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **24 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Winner is responsible for their own travel costs.

Disclosure:  I will receive tickets to Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road in exchange for promoting the event.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy. 

Dutch Wonderland Savings 2017 Promo Code @funatDW #sponsored #Dutch Wonderland

4/25/17
I will receive tickets for my family to Dutch Wonderland as a Dutch Wonderland blogger.  All opinions are mine.

Looking for some spring or summer fun with your family?  We love Dutch Wonderland because of the fun rides and attractions that are geared toward younger kids.  


Dutch Wonderland

We always have a great time and our girls love the characters like Merlin, Duke, the Knight and story time with Princess Brooke!  Exploration Island with the animatronic dinosaurs is also a big favorite.


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I am excited to let my readers know that I have partnered once again with Dutch Wonderland this summer to share savings on tickets!


New Summer 2017

This summer, we are really looking forward to the opening of  Merlin's Mahem, Dutch Wonderland's first suspended family roller coaster!  Merlin's Mahem allows riders 39" and taller to soar through the sky with Merlin on a quest to find his beloved dragon.  
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This coaster will rise 60 feet in the air at its tallest point, with two helix turns, twists and dips.  Merlin will give clues and encouragement through on-board audio within the seats plus hidden clues during the ride.  It sounds like a fun adventure if coasters are your thing!

Get a sneak peek on Youtube:  https://youtu.be/8AZ5y7QpFBE



Dutch Wonderland Savings Promo

If you're looking to save on admission to Dutch Wonderland this summer, then look no further.  I have a great promotion for you!


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Save $4 on Admission to Dutch Wonderland with Promo Code:  AtticgirlSBlog17  {expires Oct 8 2017}  

or simply click on the link: 

https://www.dutchwonderland.com/blogreader?promocode=AtticgirlSBlog17


Dutch Wonderland is a kingdom for kids to make lots of fun summer memories!   I hope you'll take advantage of this discount and make some family memories of your own.


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Tuesday #Giveaway Link Up 4/25

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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

How is your week going? So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! 

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway

MARS Blu-ray US only Ends 4/28

Thank you for linking up!


Time for a break.

World Vision Global 6K For Water: You Can Make a Difference! #WorldVision #sponsored

4/24/17
I received promotional items in partnership with World Vision's Global 6K For Water.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Water is a vital need to sustain life.  Clean drinking water is something we probably take for granted every day in the US.  All we have to do is turn on the faucet and water is available to us to drink, clean our dishes, take a bath or a shower, and do our laundry. But people in other parts of the world are not as fortunate. Some have to walk miles to find fresh water every day.

Did you know that the average distance people in the developing world, often women and children, have to walk to find water is 6 kilometers (approx 3.7 miles)?    The walk can be tiring and dangerous, and the water is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases.  It's unfathomable!


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Photo Credit: World Vision

Just take a moment to think about having to walk nearly four miles just to have a glass of water.  Imagine that water not being drinkable, and causing diarrhea or other worse health problems. The death of any child from a lack of clean water is unconscionable. 

World Vision is having a Global 6K to help bring awareness to this issue and raise money to support people who live in struggling areas.
World Vision Global 6K For Water

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, 40,000 people from around the globe will join together to walk or run 6 kilometers to raise awareness of the global water crisis and support World Vision's water initiatives through the World Vision Global 6K for Water.   

Each participant's $50 registration fee supports World Vision's water programs.  Participants will receive a Global 6K for Water t-shirt, a race bib with a photo of a child he or she can sponsor, and a race medal by mail.



Make a Difference

Why am I sharing this with you?  In the hopes that you will join your church group, friends, or school to make a difference.

World Vision believes the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetime. World Vision provides a new person with clean water every 30 seconds as part of a full solution to end poverty. In 2015, World Vision provided access to clean water to 2.3 million people, and the organization’s goal is to provide clean water and sanitation to one new person every 10 seconds by 2020.







How Can You Help?


  • Become a Global 6K Host Site: Work together with your church, school, community center or run club to register as a host site (it’s free!) and spread the word about how fun and easy it is to support clean water programs around the world! Whether your goal is 10 or 100 people, World Vision will equip you with all the marketing materials, race day signage and staff support for a successful race day. If you can’t become a host site, considering running or walking with other Global 6K for Water participants at a host site near you.

  • Start a Global 6K Virtual Team: Invite friends and family all around the country to join your “team” even though you will each be walking or running from your own neighborhoods on race day. Even those who wish to participate individually, whether on a treadmill or around the neighborhood, can take part in a global effort to support clean water!

  • Turn Coffee into Clean Water: Even small amounts of money can make a big difference for families around the world. Once a week, put the money that might normally be used to purchase your morning latte toward a “clean water fund.” Over the course of a year, you could set aside as much as $250 to support World Vision’s water programs.

  • Change a Life Through Child Sponsorship: Poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention. Sponsoring a child is a long-term way to get involved with World Vision and help a child – and his or her entire community – benefit from things like clean water through new or renovated wells, school fees and supplies, better education due to restored schools and teacher training, improved nutrition due to agricultural training, and healthcare clinics and immunizations.

  • Become a Part of Team World Vision: The Global 6K for Water is just one event organized by Team World Vision, a group of passionate people who run, walk and race to help children get clean water. Join Team World Vision for support in reaching your own fitness goals while helping others around the world.


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I hope you'll consider joing the Global 6K for Water in your community.   Click here to sign up.

To learn more about World Vision’s water programs, visit: https://www.worldvision.org/our-work/clean-water?campaign=108929307.



Giveaway:  

One reader will win a Global 6K Water Bottle & T-Shirt to raise awareness and participate

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Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 5/8/17 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  I received promotional items in exchange for sharing this important information.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  World Vision is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

National Geographic's MARS Now on Blu-ray #MARSDay #sponsored

4/19/17
I received MARS on Blu-ray and a book about MARS for review purposes as a Fox Home Insider. All opinions are my own.


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MARS has recently released on blu-ray from 20th Fox Home Entertainment and National Geographic.  My family recently viewed part of this dramatic series from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.  


About MARS:

National Geographic, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky
MARS follows a crew of courageous international astronauts on its exhilarating maiden voyage to Mars and quest to colonize the fourth planet from the sun.
In a unique blend of scripted drama intermixed with documentary sequences and feature-film-caliber visual effects, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, featuring Big Thinkers like Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Petranek. Experience MARS in breathtaking high-definition.



The must-own National Geographic sci-fi docudrama is jam packed with two hours of extras, including prequel BEFORE MARS, Living on Mars, Cast & Crew Interviews and more.


Special Features Include:

  • Making MARS
  • BEFORE MARS – A Prequel
  • BEFORE MARS Behind the Scenes
  • Getting to MARS Featurettes
  • Living on MARS Featurettes
  • More MARS Featurettes
  • Behind-the-scenes Featurettes
  • Cast & Crew Interviews


This series mixes facts with fiction and imagines what it would be like in the year 2033 to travel to Mars and begin a colony there.  

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that if you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you only weigh 38 lbs on Mars?  I think I like this planet!
  • Because of its orbital speed, one year on #Mars is equal to nearly two years on Earth.  So you weigh less but look older.  Guess you can't have it all!  
  • Due to the difference in gravity, a person can jump 3 times higher than they can on earth!

I've always been fascinated with astronomy, ever since I watched Christa McAuliffe try to become the first teacher in space.   I really enjoyed learning more about the technology that is in progress to further explore Mars.   The special effects were pretty cool too.  

National Geographic
photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky

You feel like you are experiencing what the crew is going through at each step on their journey, but in a unique way.  While the episodes may not have the quick action of Star Wars movies, MARS really makes you think about why space travel is important and what the future may hold.  I can see this being a great tool in science classes for middle school and up.

National Geographic
photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky

National Geographic


Will people be living on Mars in the future?   Is interplanetary space travel going to be a normal reality in the future?   It's crazy to think about the possibilities.  


Prepare for Your Life on Mars

While watching the series, we had to think about what we would take if we were going to Mars.  I tend to overpack, so my list would be pretty long!




National Geographic MARS on Blu-Ray + Packing List


My Mars Packing List:


  • Plenty of Space Suits  {do they do laundry on Mars?}
  • Comfy Socks/Slippers
  • Baby Wipes {many uses!}
  • Portable Potty {we are potty training!}
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up Kit
  • Personal Women's Care items
  • Sunglasses
  • Emergency Kit {band aids, compress, neosporin etc}
  • Water Supply
  • Freeze Dried Food {allergy safe for my youngest}
  • Seeds to plant veggies, fruits, etc.
  • Chocolate, Gum, Mints 
  • Mountain Dew {my caffeine habit}
  • Apple Juice {my girls can't live without}
  • Medicine for the family  {including a stock of epi pens for my daughter}
  • Glasses Cleaner {gotta be able to see!}
  • Blankets, Sheets, Pillows
  • Batteries
  • Cell Phone/Satellite Link/Laptop something to communicate with Earth
  • Flashlights 
  • Power source ie. generator or other device depending on the technology available
  • Portable TV/Blu-ray Player
  • MP3 Player
  • E-Books 
  • Toys for my girls {favorite stuffed animal, doll}
  • Art Supplies
  • Camera to take photos of all the amazing things we'll see!
  • Scrapbook


Interested in seeing what other bloggers would pack?  Follow #MARSDay on Social Media to compare lists!

What must haves would you take for survival?

Giveaway:

One reader will win MARS on Blu-ray
National Geographic, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 4/29/17 at  12:00 AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.


Disclosure:  I received this DVD for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Fox Home Insiders is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

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