NEW Samsung Front Load AddWash Washing & Front Load Dryer Review

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There are so many new fancy appliances on the market these days. Many of them are loaded with technology to the point where you ask, “Why do I need it to do that?” Recently I got the chance to check out the brand new Samsung Front Load AddWash Washing Machine and Front Load Dryer. Let me tell you, they are filled with lots of fancy features and none of them have left us asking why.

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First, I want to start with the delivery by hhgregg, which was seamless. They removed my old washer and dryer and put it in the garage. They installed the new machines and cleaned up after themselves. All in 15-20 minutes AND with a smile. Easy, peasy! So now let’s talk about the washing machine – the Samsung WF7500 Front Load Washer with AddWash. You see the fancy buttons and screen? I was overwhelmed at first thinking it would be complicated. Not so! It took seconds to figure out how to get a load going. Super easy and every feature has a meaningful purpose.

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The AddWash feature is quite simply a small door on the front of the washer that allows you to add something mid-cycle. Brilliant! You don’t know how many times I remember something else that needs to be added to the wash a few seconds after starting a cycle. Of course, with a front loading washing machine like I used to have, you can’t simply toss something in without making a huge mess on your laundry room floor.

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Another feature we love? The washer is also 5.0 cubic feet making it extremely large. This means you can wash comforters and lots of towels and pretty much anything you want to. This washing machine can take it.

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When you combine the capacity with the Super Speed Feature, you literally have a super washer. It will wash any size load in just 30 minutes. That’s pretty awesome!

PowerFoam is another cool feature that mixes the right blend of water and air to basically supercharge the cleaning power of your detergent. The machine also has a self-clean feature that eliminates the need to use chemicals to keep your washer clean. Yep, that means no more smelly washer!

Next up is the Samsung WF7500 Front Load Dryer. This dryer has almost as many features as its washing counterpart! At 7.5 cubic feet, this dryer has a huge load capacity. It will efficiently dry anything you put in there! One feature that I really appreciate is the vent sensor, which can detect issues and blockages with your vent line and helps you to remember to keep it clean. There are so many house fires that are started from dirty or blocked dryer vents. This vent sensor is a must-have!

And finally, our favorite feature is the Multi-Steam Technology, which steams clothes to remove odor and bacteria and wrinkles and static. There are other dryers on the market that have a steam feature, but most of them have a water reservoir that you have to refill. The Samsung WF7500 Front Load Dryer is cool because it hooks up to your water line so no refilling needed.

Watch Mike’s video about both the washer and dryer below!

We have been using this washer and dyer for a few weeks now and we LOVE, love, LOVE them. Both the washer and dryer have programing features that allow you to set up your favorite cycle so its quick to get a load going. Plus, the Samsung’s Smart Care app allows you to sync your phone with your machines and diagnose any issues or concerns. All the features make sense, they are simple to operate, and our clothes are cleaner and better cared for than ever before.

Buy It: Get the Samsung AddWash Washer and Dryer at hhgregg for $1,099.99 each.

12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 10 Give Back #12JollyDays

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One of the most important lessons that we want our kids to learn throughout their lives is the importance of community and helping one another and giving back. While these are lessons we encourage year-round, we also make it a point to include several give-back activities during the holidays. Whether it’s running over a batch of cookies to share with our neighbors or picking out a few toys to give to a child in need or baking a batch of treats to deliver to our local fire station, we make sure that Lucas (and Amelia will too when she gets older) is fully involved in the process.

This year, we put together some treats for two of our local fire stations…

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and then hand delivered the treats right after school.

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It was a great experience for all of us and a wonderful way to show our gratitude to the men and women who protect us every day. The firefighters were awesome – they gave us a tour of the station and invited Lucas up on the firetruck and let him try their uniform on. He was so excited!

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Make some time to give back in some way this holiday season. Your family could sponsor a family in need, buy a few toys for a child-in-need, volunteer at a food bank or drive, deliver treats to your local fire station, write letters to active or wounded military men and women.

 

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Personalized Baking Pans by Personal Creations. Several designs and styles. Metal pan heats evenly, browns food beautifully and will never rust.

Make sure to visit PersonalCreations.com for lots of great Christmas and holiday decor and gift ideas! Save 20% off your entire order when you enter PCSM20 at checkout!

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 6 Holiday Dinner by the Fire #12JollyDays

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During the holidays, it’s fun to take every day moments and make them a little more special. One thing we like to do is have dinner in our family room right by the fireplace and Christmas tree. It’s cozy and festive and we get to enjoy the tree and each other!

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To make it feel extra special, I set our coffee table with a tablecloth, chargers, and cloth napkins.

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I also add special touches with cute personalized bowls…

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festive holiday platters and personalized drink glasses…

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The menu is typically something like chili with all the fixings or a comforting bowl of soup…

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and of course, we always have Christmas carols playing in the background. Dinner by the fireplace and Christmas tree is the perfect holiday family activity to do during the week especially. It’s a wonderful way to make the every day dinner…extraordinary.

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Soup and Spoon Set by Personal Creations. This brightly colored set makes sure everyone gets their own hot lunch, and never misplaces their spoon.

Naughty or Nice Mason Jars by Personal Creations. It doesn’t matter who’s been naughty or nice–everything looks and tastes more festive in these holiday Mason jars.

Holly Berry Wreath Throw Pillows by Personal Creations. Add a dramatic burst of color to your holiday home with this inviting accent pillow. It features an embroidered wreath of brilliant red holly berries. I love bringing in festive pillows, blankets and accessories to really tie the holiday theme together. 

Make sure to visit PersonalCreations.com for lots of great Christmas and holiday decor and gift ideas! Save 20% off your entire order when you enter PCSM20 at checkout!

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(VIDEO) @Rayovac Portable Mobile Battery Power Pack

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One thing that I can’t live without? A Rayovac Portable Mobile Battery Power Pack to charge my phone while I’m on the go. I can’t tell you how many times per week I use this thing. It is a lifesaver (and quite literally could be). The last thing I want is to not have a phone when I’m out – whether it’s out running errands, at the pediatricians office, at the park, picking Lucas up from school, anywhere – my phone is my lifeline. If something were to happen, I need to be able to call Mike or a friend or family member. I always keep one in my diaper bag or purse so that if my iPhone ever runs out of battery – I have a way to charge up no matter what.

 

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The Rayovac Portable Mobile Battery Power Pack has so many awesome features – I’ll let Mike tell you about it in the video below!

Features and Benefits

• 800mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable mobile device charger
• Charger holds enough power to recharge your mobile phone for 150 minutes of talk time
• Recharge the Phone Boost power pack 500+ times by using a USB charger
• Holds charge up to 6 months
• Integrated USB and Apple Lightning device connectors with protective caps
• Compatible with Apple Lightning devices
• MFi certified – Made for iPhone & iPod
• 4 LED battery gauge indicators show charge and discharge status
• Keychain attached for convenience and portability
• Instant power once your device is plugged in
• Push button switch turns charger on – if inactive for 30 seconds, charger will automatically turn off to save battery power
• Limited product warranty

(VIDEO) Our New BFF! iRobot Scooba 450 Review

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OK, so there’s a new member of the household that I’d like to introduce you too…it’s the iRobot Scooba! He is my new BFF. For real. You wanna know why? Scooba vacuums my floors AND washes them while I…do whatever I want to do. I can be out shopping while Scooba is doing the dirty work. I can watch a movie, read a book, play with the kids while someone or someTHING else is cleaning. Yeah, it really doesn’t get better than that, right?!

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The Scooba hard at work cleaning the floors while hubby and I watch a movie

How The Scooba Works

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Mike aka “Jolly Dad” aka my husband put together a little video below that shows you exactly how Scooba works and the results that we get.

Our Thoughts

I have been eyeing both the iRobot Roomba and Scooba for years, but was skeptical about how well it worked. I am blown away by the power of the Scooba. Truly. We have a chocolate lab, Aries who sheds constantly. The Scooba vacuums up the floor including all of her fur and then washes it. No prep needed from me! We run it once per week now in the kitchen, family room, and our bedroom (the room our dog sleeps) and it has been such a timesaver. We are already saving up to buy the new Roomba, which vacuums carpets and hard surface floors (doesn’t wash) so that we can use it every day. I.can’t.even.imagine.

Scooba 450 will automatically sweep, wash, scrub and squeegee away dirt, grime and bacteria, neutralizing up to 98% of common household bacteria and leaving only clean floors behind.

Where To Purchase

The iRobot Scooba 450 retails for $599 and can be purchased online, Bed Bath & Beyond (use their 20% off coupon and get a great deal!), and other major retailers. For additional information, please visit iRobot.com.

A Personalized Easter Celebration

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One of our favorite holidays is Easter. We have been hosting our annual Jolly Family Easter Egg Hunt and dinner for family and friends for several years now and it is so much fun! I was very excited when I discovered all of the cute and personalized Easter products that Personal Creations offers.

My favorite find is the personalized Egg Hunt Banner – it is perfection! It is large and it is scratch, tear, wrinkle and water/weather resistant. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. At only, $16.99 it is also a steal! We can’t wait to set it up for our Egg Hunt this year!

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The personalized Happy Easter Flag is the perfect way to greet guests!

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Another thing that I love about Easter is putting together a fun basket for Lucas. You can’t go wrong with the personalized Easter baskets at Personal Creations! They have so many cute styles! We went with the All-In-One Boy’s Easter Basket, which come in three different sizes and several basket liner options (we got the sports).

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It also comes filled with lots of Easter goodies such as a chocolate bunny, bunny plush, Peeps and more. You can customize these in many

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I was kind of stumped about Amelia’s basket though. She will be 1 year old by the time Easter rolls around so she is too young for candy and the typical basket fillers. We got her a couple of books, but didn’t know what else to do until we found the Baby’s 1st Easter Basket. It comes with a super cute bear that’s dressed as a bunny and personalized bib that all fits nicely into a personalized wooden caddy that can be reused later. LOVE!

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I also fell in love with the personalized Hoppy Easter Bunny – (also available as a boy) this is also going in Amelia’s basket. It has a very vintage shabby chic look to it that I love. Isn’t it adorable?!

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Personal Creations has a wide variety of Easter products – baskets, gifts, decor, and more! Visit PersonalCreations.com to see for yourself and make sure to use coupon code JollyMom at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

Enjoy the Scents of the Season Every Day! (#Giveaway)

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You know how I know that fall has arrived in Atlanta? It’s a smell in the air outside. It’s the aroma of burning leaves. I don’t know why, but I love that smell. It equals the beginning of fall. That’s the thing about scents. They are so powerful. They can evoke emotion and bring up memories. That’s why I love to surround myself with my favorite scents year-round – especially during the holiday season! So when Glade® asked me to partner with them over the next few months and show them how scent inspires my home life, it was an opportunity I could not pass up! Throughout the year I will be posting how different fragrances help bring comfort, joy, cooking, craft and décor inspiration for me and my family.

For instance, in our home Thanksgiving will forever be tied to the aroma of apple pie baking in the oven. After our annual apple-picking in the fall, we have lots of apples to use up!

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We make a version of apple pie for every Thanksgiving and every time I smell apple pie – I think about Thanksgiving. It could be in the middle of the summer, but I still think about Thanksgiving. It’s the warmth of the apples mixed in with cinnamon. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!

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So while I can’t bake an apple pie every day, there are other ways that I can surround myself with my favorite scents throughout the holidays and year-round.  That’s why I love the new Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Warmer Customizables™ in Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ & Sparkling Spruce™! First of all, I love the pretty faceplate with snowflakes, which not only looks great in my home but is also festive. More importantly, this new, scented oil warmer is unique in that it alternates between two scents daily.

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It’s available in the following scent combinations:

  • Apple Cinnamon and Lavender and Peach Blossom
  • Clean Linen® and Sunny Days®
  • Hawaiian Breeze® and Vanilla Passion Fruit
  • Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ & Sparkling Spruce™ (Limited Edition Winter Collection)

The holiday version alternates between Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ and Sparkling Spruce™, which I think nicely encapsulates the holidays! One scent is warm and comforting (Apple Cinnamon Cheer™) – the other is clean and fresh while still being “holiday” (Sparkling Spruce™). I LOVE it! So much so that it inspired my interior décor for the upcoming holiday season. After baking a delicious Apple Pie, which is always a huge hit with my family this time of year, the crisp and outdoorsy scent of Sparking Spruce™ has inspired me to make a homemade wreath for our door – and Lucas can help! Everything you need is right outside! Just gather some pinecones and acorns, spray them with silver and gold paint, attach to an evergreen wreath and voila! It’s amazing how scents – like Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ and Sparkling Spruce™, have the power to uplift, inspire, and help us get into the holiday spirit!

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As you prepare your home for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I highly recommend that you try the Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Warmer Customizables™ in Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ & Sparkling Spruce™. It’s the perfect scent combination for the holidays!  Visit Glade.com for more information and Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter for all the latest news.

To help get your home ready for the upcoming holidays, Glade® is offering one lucky reader a fun holiday package! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter to win a mix of the Glade® products and fragrances, as well as a $100 gift card to Shutterfly.com – just in time for holiday greeting cards!

Contest ends on Monday, December 9th at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Best of luck!

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Get Your Family’s Sports Equipment Organized with Rawlings! #Giveaway

A complimentary sample was received as part of this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own. Please see this site’s Terms of Use for additional information.

So as you guys know, Lucas is sports-obsessed. Baseball. Basketball. Soccer. Football. Tennis. Karate. Yeah – Lucas is into ALL of those sports. As you can imagine, we have tons of balls and bats and helmets and athletic gear. Keeping all of that gear organized? Not so easy! That’s why I was very excited to try out the new line of Rawlings Flexible Sports Organizers.

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This organizer is designed to hold most sports equipment. It has pockets for balls (think baseballs, tennis balls, whiffle balls, etc). It also has extra large pockets and bungee straps to hold bats, hockey sticks, etc. There are also a couple heavy duty hooks that allow you to hang helmets and tennis rackets (this is what we use them for). It’s made out of a durable vinyl and mesh so it can withstand the weight of the equipment (up to 25 pounds, actually). What’s really nice is that it hangs on the wall so it will only take up vertical space in your home. We actually keep it in the garage and it’s freed up some much-needed space on Lucas’ outdoor toy shelf. Love it!

To check out the Rawlings Flexible Sports Organizers, please visit Rawlings.com.

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Revolutionary Air Purification Developed by NASA: Airocide Air Purifier Review #samp

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that Lucas has asthma and allergies. He’s allergic to pollen, dust mites, pet hair, and more. He has extremely sensitive skin and will break out in hives for the smallest of allergic interactions. Living in Georgia where the pollen gets really bad in the Spring and Summer, it is difficult to keep Lucas feeling good. He is literally sneezing and coughing all the time, which is really hard on a kid who is sport-obsessed and loves to play baseball, soccer, basketball and just be a boy. We manage it with allergy medicine, breathing treatments, and also making sure the air he breathes inside of the house is as clean as possible – especially in his room where he sleeps. An air purifier is a must for us. However, considering that according to the EPA – the air inside the home is up to 5 times more polluted than outdoors – I’d say that an air purifier is a must for everyone. We recently got the opportunity to test out the Airocide Air Purifier and it is AMAZING. Why? Because it works and has years of results to back it up.

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The Airocide Air Purifier eliminates the following from the air:

  • Clears the air of virtually 100% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) – the harmful gasses emitted by products you have around your home, like aerosol sprays, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, building materials, paints and paint thinners, strippers, pesticides and even air fresheners.
  • Eliminates all mold, fungi, viruses and bacteria (all major causes of allergy symptoms) that enter the chamber. All that exits is clear, crisp air.

The Airocide Air Purifier is different from any other purifier we’ve used before because it is NOT a filter. That means there aren’t any filters to clean or replace, which is a real pain to remember to do. Lucas’ previous air purifier, we had to clean the filter on a monthly basis. Plus, it made all sorts of sounds any time a particle got stuck in the filter – a kind of zapping sound. Not only was it annoying, but when Lucas was younger – the sound scared him and we’d end up having to turn it off. With the Airocide, all you have to do is remember to replace the chamber once per year. And, it doesn’t make any zapping sounds. LOVE.

How It Works:

Airocide draws in harmful airborne pathogens and forces them into a densely packed matrix of highly reactive catalysts that are activated by a high intensity 254-nanometer light. The reaction destroys these harmful pathogens on contact. Nothing is captured so there is nothing to clean. All that exits is crisp, clear air, with zero ozone emissions.

The Airocide technology is FDA approved and was actually developed by NASA. They needed to eliminate ethylene gas so NASA engineers and the University of Wisconsin partnered up to find a solution. The result was the Airocide technology. As a result, now food packers, florists and grocery chains have been using Airocide since 1998 to extend the shelf life of flowers, fruits and vegetables (as much as ten days) by eliminating the ethylene gas trapped in storage facilities and refrigerators.

In 2003 Airocide was introduced into hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, dental offices and daycare centers to help stop the spread of infectious disease. Further studies consistently demonstrate dramatic reductions in mold and bacteria counts.

Proven Results

The Airocide technology is backed by 12 years of scientific testing in the United States, field use on the Space Station, lab studies and case studies. You can read about them more in detail HERE.

Snapshot of Results:

  • Surgery – average results 73% reduction in bacteria and mold
  • Office – average results 72% reduction in bacteria and mold
  • Households – average results 75% reduction in bacteria and mold
  • Childcare Center – average results 60% reduction in bacteria and mold
  • Dental Private Practices – average results 81% reduction in bacteria and mold

Now, this same technology is available for residential use with the Airocide Air Purifier. We’ve been testing out the Airocide for a couple of months now and we can honestly say that we see a big improvement in Lucas. He has been sniffling and coughing less when he sleeps…even now that pollen season is in full force in Georgia. The air in his room feels cleaner if that makes any sense. I can actually notice a difference in the air from his room to the other rooms in the house.

Another great thing about the Airocide? It looks pretty darn cool too. I mean…just look at it…

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You don’t expect an air purifier to look this good, but the Airocide is a perfect example for form meeting function. Here it is in Lucas’ room…very sleek and modern…

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The Airocide is priced at $799 so it’s definitely an investment, but it’s an investment into your family’s health and that is totally worth it. You can try the Airocide risk-free for 60 days though so there’s really nothing to lose.

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Visit Airocide.com for additional information. And, make sure to follow Airocide on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with news and promotions.

 *A complimentary sample was received for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own. Please see this site’s Terms of Use for additional information.

Bold Moms Break the Rules of White with @Tide! #TideVividWhite #ad

I have a good friend from high school who loves to do the laundry. It’s her favorite household chore. I’ll be honest. I really don’t like doing the laundry. It is ALWAYS piling up. There is always another load to do. I am always looking for any way to make laundry easier, simpler, more efficient, which is why I am loving reading about other bloggers’ and their laundry tips and tricks at Daily Candy!

I am also loving the new Tide White + Bright, which takes some of the guess work out of doing laundry. You know how bleach can be tricky and it can also harm your clothing after several washes? It is such a harsh chemical! If you want white whites though – what are you supposed to do? That’s where Tide White + Bright comes in – it keeps your whites white and is also safe to use on colors. It is efficient and multi-purpose – two things that I love in a product!

 

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About Tide White + Bright

  • Tide Vivid White + Bright liquid laundry detergent brightens your whites and colors in every wash.
  • Using active enzymes, Tide Vivid White + Bright breaks down stains and whitens whites without chlorine bleach.
  • The powerful clean of Tide Plus Bleach Alternative is now called Tide Vivid White + Bright. The cleaning power you love, with a great new look.
  • Tide Vivid White + Bright reduces chlorine in the water, which keeps your colors from fading.
  • Using Tide Vivid White + Bright along with Tide Boost Vivid White + Bright keeps whites looking like new wash after wash.

Tide Vivid White + Bright keeps whites brighter longer allowing you to break the rules of white. Learn more about Tide’s whiteness regimen by visiting DailyCandy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tide. The opinions and text are all mine.