Monday, January 30

Clutter Control #2: Beauty Products

"Order is the shape upon which beauty depends."

Pearl Buck

Let's talk about order and beauty all at the same time with my second post in my Clutter Control series, where we will tackle our beauty products! (Yes, "we".)

I should warn you that the first couple of steps in my Clutter Control series are pretty much always going to be consistent: Dump everything out, and start pitching.

More specifically:

Before you even worry about expiry dates, make a pile of any products you don't like or use anymore. (If you can't remember the last time you used it, it has probably expired anyway.)

The Real Simple website shares a fairly comprehensive list of Expiration Dates for Beauty Products. I follow their guidelines for most part, except for perfumes. (I still have a bottle of Lancome Poeme, circa 1998.)

Obviously some beauty products can't be shared, but I put nonperishables like accessories or new(er) nail polishes in my classroom treasure box. Unopened goodies (in my case, a skincare line I decided I didn't need) can certainly be passed along to others. I often bring bags of such things (along with freebies I have received through the blog) to my book club meetings to share with my friends. It's hard for us to take a break from discussing the books long enough to think about something else, but somehow we manage. Because I get a high from getting rid of things, I do it fairly frequently so these purges aren't major for me. (I had also tossed a lot of eye stuff after the pinkeye incident of '10, so I didn't have a lot to worry about there.)

Now assess what you still have. Is there anything you can live without? Pare down to the bare necessities. Then decide where things need to be stored. There are great cases and systems available for makeup and beauty products, but since I have a pretty low-maintenance beauty routine, I find what works for me is keeping the special occasion items in a makeup bag and a couple of trays in my dresser drawer, and keeping my day-to-day products more accessible.

Some people swear by tackle-box type portable makeup cases, while others love a tray system kept in the vanity (with like items kept in the same tray), and I know several who use one of those plastic drawer system on wheels.

I recently simplified my routine so that I could keep my daily essentials displayed. I am normally an extremely efficient person, so don't ask me why I was carrying my makeup and contacts paraphernalia back and forth from my bedroom dresser to my ensuite washroom every day for 9 years. Well, actually I know why...I didn't want it out on any surface looking junky, and there was more room for storage in my dresser than bathroom vanity. When I went through it all I pared things down and repurposed a lovely tray (originally a wedding gift with a cream and sugar set) which actually looks quite nice.



So, now that you're organized again, a couple of tips to prevent getting overwhelmed:

If you want to use the last bit of shampoo or toothpaste, you actually have to use it at the time. You can't use three quarters of each bottle and then stash the last quarter away to "save it", and then open another bottle/tube. Finish one thing before opening another.

As for all of you makeup junkies out there, I firmly believe in the in-and-out rule. If you're buying a new lipstick, an old one has to go. Unless maybe you're a makeup artist and you can blame your hoarding collection on "work".

Some organizational gurus recommend putting a little sticker or label on the bottom of perishable products so you can remember when you purchased it and know when it's past its prime. Again, because my collection is minimal, I don't find this necessary, but for those with an entire arsenal, it might be something to consider.

Next up in This Mom Loves' Clutter Control series? The Linen Closet...with pretty impressive before-and-after shots.

Click here to catch up on Clutter Control #1: The Underwear Drawer.

Saturday, January 28

Delicious Cookies and Cream Dessert

Since I'm really getting into this macro photography thing, I wanted to share with you a pic of a delicious dessert I made over the Christmas holidays:


I also made it for a staff "Treat Day" recently, and when several people asked for the recipe, I promised to post it on my blog.

Here are the steps to making it yourself:

1. Purchase the box below.

2. Follow directions.

:-)

Thursday, January 26

My Blogiversary, and Should I Wear It? Results

Can you believe that my first post here at This Mom Loves was written two years ago today? Neither can I!

As a gift to you on my second Blogiversary, here are the results of my recent (and very popular) Should I Wear It? (Legwarmers Edition) poll (no, this photo isn't really me, though one of my friends will be much more impressed with these boots.):



Yes:  57%
No:   43%

There you have it! Thank you to everyone who voted and commented. It was a lot of fun to get your input. I'll have to see what other questionable items I can pull out of my closet to ask you about!

And just to show you how supportive all of my friends are of my blog, here is a man, dressed in his daughter's legwarmers, in solidarity with my cause:



I refused to post the full-body shot where you can see that he is also sporting an "I heart Kate" t-shirt. I am not kidding.

Monday, January 23

My New Dining Room Centrepiece

After all the Christmas decorations were cleared away, my house looked refreshingly minimalist. However, one cannot go without a centrepiece on one's dining room table.

I decided to repurpose my glass trifle dish, but I needed something to put in it. At my mom's recommendation I got a bag of, well, decorative balls and stuff (not what it said on the label) from Home Sense for $9.99, randomly dumped it in, and here are the results:




The one downfall, of course, is that I can't serve trifle until I put out the Easter decorations, but I am confident that none of you come here for the cooking-related posts. I'm sure that now, with a post like this, I will be overwhelmed with requests to focus more on decorating. You just never know what you'll find at This Mom Loves...

Friday, January 20

This Mom Loves' 2011 Stats

I thought some of you might be interested in seeing where my traffic came from in 2011, and which were the most popular posts.

I'll tell you right now though that I won't be divulging actual traffic numbers (though maybe I should have saved that piece of info 'til the end, to improve my "time on site" stats!)

I'll gladly announce that my age is 34, and I would be open to revealing my weight (although I am under the impression that a thin woman sharing her weight is not seen as helpful). I will not, however, tell exactly how much traffic I get, because I don't want to be compared to anyone else! My blog continues to grow in readers (my visits increased 250% from 2010 to 2011), subscribers, Google follower, and Twitter followers, and for someone with a full-time-plus job away from blogging, I have to be satisfied with that.

Traffic Sources:

#1 Google (organic)
#2 Direct
#3 Win-Free-Stuff.ca
#4 Facebook (I'm not even on it, but when celebs link to my momterviews there my traffic shoots up)
#5 Google (referral)

Search Terms:

#1 Marci Ien pregnant
#2 Marci Ien
#3 Marci Ien husband
#4 Laurie Gelman
#5 This Mom Loves

Top Giveaways (I won't link to them since they're all closed)

#1 Christmas Extravaganza
#2 Pampered Chef Bar Pan
#3 KitchenAid Food Processor
#4 $50 CSN
#5 BIC Prize Pack

Top Momterviews (links provided in case you want to catch up)

#1 Marci Ien
#2 Sarah Richardson
#3 Laurie Gelman
#4 Jamie Salé
#5 Gail Vaz Oxlade
#6 Cheryl Hickey
#7 Tracy Moore

Top Posts (not Giveaways or Momterviews, links provided)

#1 They Searched What?
#2 Marci Ien Welcomes Baby Number Two
#3 Perfect Parties Theme Five: The Rock Star Party
#4 Wednesday Words From Michael J. Fox (I think when people search images of his family they quite often end up here)
#5 Perfect Parties Theme One: The Polka-Dot Party
#6 New York City Day 2: Live With Regis and Kelly

If other bloggers have done similar traffic posts, feel free to leave the links below. I'd love to check them out!

And on a final note to the several people who have asked me how my posts can be e-mailed out at 9 a.m. when I'm supposed to be teaching: they are preprogrammed!! I usually have my posts set to go on at 8 a.m., and I have my Feedburner settings such that my e-mail subscribers receive them shortly after 9 a.m., when I am diligently working with my students!

Wednesday, January 18

My Holiday Season, By The Numbers

Here's a quick breakdown of how I spent my holidays:

Books read: 3+1 (not a huge number, but we're not talking about light and fluffy reading material)
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver): A- Kevin went on a killing spree at his high school. The book is letters written by Kevin's mother to his father, reflecting back on their time together right from the beginning. Very heavy, as the author seems to shun the adage that you shouldn't use a long word when a short one will do. Movie coming out this year. No way will it compare to the book.
  • Girl In Shades (Allison Baggio): B+ My latest book club selection, also serious (written from the perspective of Maya, whose mother is dying of cancer) but also a bit of a flashback for those of us who grew up in the 80's. This one would actually make a good movie.
  • Writing Essentials (Regie Routman): A This one's a teacher book, and I consider the author to be my educational soulmate. (She also wrote the equally brilliant "Reading Essentials".) In a nutshell: for kids to become good writers, they need to spend lots of time doing authentic (e.g. non-worksheet, non-prescribed-program, non-narrow-prompt) writing. One would think that would be obvious, but it isn't to everyone.
  • Since the holidays I read one more that I have to add: Sarah's Key (Tatiana de Rosnay) A-, which is a powerful bestseller about a fictional child in an unfortunately nonfiction situation: Sarah is a young Jewish girl in France during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of 1942. When the police come to get her and her mother, Sarah locks her younger brother in a cupboard to keep him safe, vowing to come back for him later. Her story is intertwined with that of a modern-day Parisian journalist. (Just Googled it and realized it was also a 2010 movie...how did I miss that?)


Movies seen at the cinemas: 4
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked: B- If you have to see a kids' movie, this one isn't too painful.
  • Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol: B- Entertaining, but not as good as we had hoped
  • New Year's Eve: B- This is cute, but certainly not necessary on the big-screen. Rent it next New Year's.
  • The Muppets: B+ I had 4 kids coming home in my car and they all said they preferred this to The Chipmunks. I love Amy Adams and Jason Segal, and for all of you who have always wanted to see Chris Cooper rap, your time has come.

Movies seen at home: 7
  • Columbiana: B- But my husband would rate it much higher. I'd dial down the action a tad and beef up the backstory to improve my score
  • The Sound of Music: B+ A Christmastime tradition, and my girls love it. I learned what it feels like to swoon as I watched Captain Von Trapp's reaction when he realized Maria had returned...and I pretended that he was really looking at me. If only Christopher Plummer weren't 81. However, he is Canadian, which makes him seem that much more attainable.
  • Stealth: C+ 2005 war/sci-fi-ish movie with Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel. Didn't fall asleep.
  • I Don't Know How She Does It: C  I have a habit of watching bad chick-flicks despite all warnings. It was still fine for some holiday fluff, but didn't come close to doing the book justice (you can't just combine different characters into one in order to simplify the plot), and as reported, SJP was very Carrie-Bradshaw-but-with-kids-and-a-demanding-job. There are also too many cheesy freeze-the-action-while-the-protagonist-talks-to-the-camera scenes.
  • The Bourne Series: A- We PVR'd them all, and watched them in the evenings (or, admittedly, on lazy afternoons). I'm excited that a fourth is coming out, but less than enthused that Matt Damon isn't it in.
Meals Eaten at Restaurants:  4

I swear, this is true. Now, I had several delicious meals at my parents' house and at at friends' homes, a potluck with my husband's family, and a couple of Tim's bagels, but we didn't technically "eat out" at restaurants a whole lot. I ran the dishwasher almost every day, which is always a good barometer of how much I am actually cooking.

Oh, and just to randomly end things on my new share-more-with-my-readers note:

Number of grey hairs plucked: 2

So far I have maintained that any hair-colour changes are strictly for fun. Those days may be coming to an end.

Monday, January 16

January Jingles: $100 Paypal Cash Up For Grabs!

Giveaway open worldwide.

What better way to warm up this winter than with some retail therapy? I've teamed together with some other great bloggers to offer you a $100 Paypal Cash giveaway!

Please read the information below and use the Rafflecopter form to sign up (this is the first time I've used Rafflecopter here, so bear with me). You only need to enter this giveaway on one of our blogs, as we are all using the same form.

This contest will run until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 23rd.


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Saturday, January 14

Valentine's XO Frames Craft...and My Intro to Pinterest

I should have listened.

Three of my coworkers were the first to try to convince me to join Pinterest, with a caveat: "It's really addictive!" they all warned. I resisted for a while, but finally gave in, and were they ever right.

I'll post more about Pinterest in the future, but already I love it. It's a great way for me to organize the wealth of information I gather online, and to find great stuff that others recommend.

Case in point: I went on Pinterest and searched for Valentine's Day ideas. Originally I was looking for something cool I could do with my class, but when I came across this "pin" for an XO Frames Craft from Tatertots and Jello, I was inspired to try it myself: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/175288610466308681/

So, first I "pinned" it to my "Valentine's Day" board, so I will always have it handy when I'm looking for it. Next I hit the dollar store and picked up supplies: 4 frames, 2 gift bags (I couldn't find wrapping/scrapbook paper that suited for me so I went with Valentine's-y bags, which make my product a little cheesier and less classic looking, but oh well) and a bag of clear glass beads. Total cost: $7 plus tax.




Then I grabbed my glue gun and made magic! (Okay, Jen from Tatertots and Jello made magic. I made a reasonable facsimile. Or a cheap replica, whatever; I still did it myself!)



The moral of the story is that Pinterest inspired me, and just might inspire you too! Click the button below to follow me on Pinterest.



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Thursday, January 12

Guest Post: Heather, Mesothelioma Survivor

When I first heard Heather Von St. James' story I knew I she needed to share it with my readers. The specifics may be helpful to some, but the underlying message is inspiring for all.

I'll turn it over to my guest blogger, Heather Von St. James:

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A characteristic I possess that family and friends have consistently pointed out to me throughout my life is optimism. I take that as a compliment. My rose-colored glasses help me see the world in a better light. My half-full cup takes little to runneth over. I took my positive outlook for granted until I was diagnosed with terminal cancer when I was 36-years-old. The diagnosis came just over three months after the birth of my only child and optimism pulled me through it.

The diagnosis came on November 21, 2005. That day, my doctor told me I have malignant pleural mesothelioma. I was shocked. Caught up in the joys of newfound parenthood, no one would have been prepared for that. Nonetheless, there I was, listening to my doctor tell me, "You have cancer." The obvious choice faced by everyone going through what I went through that day is to throw your hands up in defeat or tackle the problem before you. I was lucky. I had a pair of rose-colored glasses and a half-full cup. I decided to utilize them and fight. I had a baby girl that needed raising and I was determined to do it.

Those who have never been diagnosed with cancer will find the following odd, but it is true that cancer is both a good and a bad thing. Yes, it was horrifying. It was a worst-case scenario at the worst possible time. However, my life has taken on an even more positive spin. I have become stronger. I have become a fighter. I have perfected the art of making light of devastating circumstances. My rosy glasses are now rainbow-colored and I found the pot of gold. I found that even the most heartbreaking of circumstances could lend a person purpose -- purpose that they can share with others.

What saved me from fear and self-pity was not only optimism. It was an oath to help others like me. I wanted to give some of my hope to others. First, I went to the world's leading specialist on my disease. I joked that my tumor was Punxatawny Phil, given that my scheduled tumor removal surgery was on Groundhog Day in 2006. My family and I now celebrate Lungleaving Day in lieu of Groundhog Day. My lung left, but I made it through that day. We are celebrating the hope that comes with treatment and fighting.

Heather and her family


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Heather Von St. James is a guest blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Monday, January 9

Me, In Macro

I've always been jealous of the clear, up-close photos I've seen on other blogs. My old point-and-shoot camera (a Canon PowerShot A75 purchased seven years ago) has a macro setting, but the results are pathetic. I decided to use my Christmas money (thanks Mom, Dad and Grandma) to buy a new camera that would allow me to take nice close-up pics.

The guy at Black's was very helpful. I told him I wasn't ready for an SLR, so he first showed me a point-and-shoot model in the $399 range. I asked what the next step down would be...and the price went way down to $209 (on sale for $139). He assured me that the macro quality was excellent, and that in fact he had used it to take wedding photos, including the essential close-up of the rings.

The display model had a dead battery, so he took a camera out of a box, inserted the battery, and let me try it out. Looked good to me (my tendency to overanalyze doesn't seem to apply when it comes to making purchases) and minutes later I was the proud owner of a Canon PowerShot Elph 100HS.

You will now be treated to a selection of close-up shots taken around my home which all represent me in one way or another. I will spare you any commentary, as they are pretty self-explanatory, and allow you to just enjoy my first attempt at macro photography. (Clearly I need to work on lighting and backgrounds, but cut me some slack.)














Sunday, January 8

TANGLED EVER AFTER Short Film Premieres on Beauty and the Beast in 3D

Disney's brilliance never ceases to amaze me.

When The Lion King came out in 3D in the fall, I debated whether to take my girls, considering we have the video already in the cupboard. I love the theatre so much that we went ahead, and the big screen and 3D magic really did add to the experience. (But let's face it, movies are expensive to begin with, let alone adding on the 3D cost.)

I've been excited about Beauty and the Beast being rereleased to theatres in 3D this Friday, and since it's one of my all-time favourite Disney movies (Belle is the absolute best princess, in my opinion) I had already planned on taking my daughters. I know there are many others out there, however, who have the same "Is 3D worth it when we own the DVD (or in my case, VHS)?" question in their minds.

To add a little incentive, When BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Disney Digital 3D hits theatres on January 13th, moviegoers will also get their first look at TANGLED EVER AFTER, a new animated short film from TANGLED directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. The new short spotlights the royal wedding of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn Rider – a.k.a Eugene (Zachary Levi).

Greno and Howard bring back some of Disney’s most beloved characters when TANGLED EVER AFTER picks up where TANGLED left off. The Kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway. As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time? And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?

Frannie and Maggie loved Tangled, and I know this will be a definite bonus for them.

Catch a clip of Tangled Ever After here:







Catch the new Tangled Ever After short film before Beauty and the Beast in 3D, in theatres this Friday January 13th.

Thursday, January 5

Should I Wear It? (Legwarmers Edition)

Okay, here's a quick post, but it requires reader input! (Just two clicks, I promise.)

In the fall I posted about all the great goodies I received for review from Secret, and mentioned that I didn't think I was ready to be the one to bring the legwarmer look back to my community. Here are a couple of quick pics of my attempt (for the purposes of this post only) and I want to know if you think a 34 year old woman (specifically me, not Sarah Michelle Gellar, Liv Tyler or Shakira) can and should go out in public like this.



Admittedly it's kinda hard to see the charcoal-coloured legwarmers, but the photos are still valid because I would only ever pair them with something that would keep them from standing out anyway. (The plum-coloured pair I received will never see the light of day.)



All you have to do is answer "yes" or "no" and submit. I honestly won't take any offense; this is purely for fun! I'll share the responses as soon as possible...which really means whenever I get around to it.

(Email subscribers: if you can't see the form, click on the title of this post which will take you directly to its web version where you can place your vote. Come on, people, humour me here!)

{Revised to add: In defense of my footwear, I did do a quick search for what sort of shoes/boots were being worn with this look, and went with the closest and handiest similar thing that I owned. It's more the legwarmers I'm wondering about!}


P.S. This post could also be called "Bloggers Without Makeup". I sacrificed vanity for your entertainment.

P.P.S. When I roped my husband into doing the photography, his first question was: "Isn't this an 80's look?" then "And it's back in style?", "Are you sure?" and finally "Do I get to vote on this poll?"

Wednesday, January 4

Clutter Control #1: The Underwear Drawer

This year, I'm drawing on my issues strengths and launching a new series on Clutter Control. I'll warn you in advance that if you're of the "Thank God I don't have OCD tendencies like Kate does" school of thought, you'll want to skip over these posts. However, many of you have asked me about organizational tips and tricks, so for you, I offer my words of...sure, let's call it wisdom.

Personally, I find that it feels good to get rid of things. Very little actually goes to the landfill, as I recycle whenever possible and donate when appropriate (which won't be today) and I passionately subscribe to the theory that when your "stuff" is under control,  you really do feel more peace.

Every couple of weeks I'll tackle a different spot, and if you follow along with me, I promise you'll feel  better too. (You don't have to actually do it; you might feel better just making fun of me. Either way we all win!) Ready?

Clutter Control #1: The Underwear Drawer

For this challenge, you shall organize your underwear drawer, and those of your children (with their help if possible). It's up to you whether to tackle your partner's or not...or hey, maybe you can bring him in on the fun. There must be some sort of related reward you can work out.

Ready for a big This Mom Loves revelation? One of my New Year's resolutions is to take advantage of all of the nice "matching sets" kicking around in my dresser, instead of pulling out whatever is on top. Whew, I said it. As far as bloggers go, I'm not exactly an oversharer, and I am aware that sometimes my posts are lacking that personal touch because I am too private to go there. (A private blogger...is that an oxymoron?) So, talking about underwear is a big step for me...and if any of my student's parents make reference to this resolution, I will immediately have to remove this post.

Anyway, if you believe women's magazines (yes, people still read those) starting from the inside out, as far as garments are concerned, is supposed to make you feel more confident and attractive. I figured it can't hurt, and thus was inspired to begin my New Year's declutter with this area of the house.
 
Here's what you need to do to get yourself organized:

1. Dump the contents of the drawer onto a bed or floor.

2. Throw out anything faded, ripped or stained. Period. (Ha ha.) Actually, when I refer to stains, of course I mean kids' undergarments. I am blushing right now just at the thought that I am implying adult underwear could ever be marred in any way.

Now, if you want to darn your socks, go to it. I feel the guilty need to always acknowledge that some people's financial situations do not allow them to treat pantyhose as disposable (hey, I've used WiteOut at school to keep a run from spreading, but just long enough to get home) but I believe most of my readers can handle the financial implications of restocking the underwear drawer.

3. Throw out anything that no longer fits. (For the girls' underwear, I sorted it all by size, and then gave them instructions to let me know if anything feels tight in the future. My scientific method for determining what tights they should keep was that I grabbed the ones they wore on Christmas Eve, since I knew they fit, and used them as the benchmark beside all of the others to see what needed to be passed along.)

4. Throw out anything you don't use. If that sports bra has been in your drawer for five years and never seen a workout, perhaps it could go in your donation bag (which you keep in a designated spot in your home, of course), but unfortunately most of today's castoffs aren't worthy of passing along.

I just pitched a pair of garnet tights that were purchased to match my high school uniform kilt. Seriously. As the opposite of a hoarder, I can't even fathom how they have stuck around for 16 extra years. (Some might call them burgundy, but our school colours were the much more distinctive garnet and gold.) The only thing I can't seem let go of, perhaps for sentimental reasons, is the prescription support hose for varicose veins during pregnancy. (Apparently once I start sharing there's no stopping me.)

5. Replace everything that you're keeping in the drawer(s), grouping like things together. I sort socks by colour, and pair up matching "items". (I can bring myself to write "bras", but just can't bear to type the "p" word.) You can buy more expensive organizational systems at specialty stores, but I usually use shoe boxes or dollar store trays to keep things sorted.

6. Make a list of what you now need. Did you throw out your last pair of black tights? Is your son down to three pairs of wearable socks? (I don't know about you, but that would so not work with my laundry schedule.)

7. Go shopping! (Didn't I tell you this would be fun?)

8. Maintain. If you remove items carefully, and replace them after they're laundered, it shouldn't be hard to keep things under control. When folding clothes, do a quick scan for rips or stains that didn't come out in the wash, and pitch the items before they even make it back into the drawer.

As I mentioned in an earlier post about organizing my girls' rooms, I struggle with giving over control to them, so at this point I still put away their laundry and lay out their clothes each night, which means their drawers pretty much stay the way I put them. Another goal for me is to start to release some of this responsibility to my daughters (getting out their own underwear should be pretty easy) and I have already begun getting them to put their clean stuff away. How old should kids be to do this? I don't know.


I am showing you a photo here of one of my daughter's drawers...not my own. I am now making an effort to share more with my readers, but while I am running the risk that people from work will now be aware of my new resolution, I don't think they really need the visual to go along with it.

Feel free to send me your before and after pics or links to similar posts so we can all share in the drawer-organizing joy!

Yes, I am for real.

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