AmazonFresh available in Northern Virginia & Maryland

Amazon Fresh

Amazon Fresh DC

Amazon Fresh

Amazon is my favorite online retailer for a reason.  Fast shipping, amazing customer service and easy returns are the standard.  Friends and family have been suggesting I sign up for Amazon Prime, a service that ships in two days ever since I can remember. But, it wasn’t until recently that I decided to make that leap from “standard customer” to “prime customer”. Amazon Prime offers perks like free music and movies, photo storage and unique deals.  With the ease of getting almost everything you want with a few clicks and a walk to your door step, it’s not hard to understand why Amazon is so amazing.

And something even more awesome just happened. Amazon has recently announced that AmazonFresh is now available in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Prime customers in eligible zip codes can use AmazonFresh for a monthly fee of $14.99 as an Add-on to their Prime membership.

After trying the service, here are the highlights:

  • Convenient Delivery Options
  • Customers can combine grocery and other shopping into one seamless experience that easily fits into their routines and improves their busy lives.
  • Customers can order from a wide range of items including everything from fresh groceries and prepared meals to beauty products and household goods.
  • AmazonFresh offers the convenience of same-day and next day delivery to your doorstep, with the choice of attended and unattended two-hour delivery windows.
  • Place a grocery order by 5pm and have it that same evening, or order before going to bed and have items on your doorstep by breakfast.
  • Delivery is free on orders over $40.
  • Customers can also easily shop AmazonFresh from anywhere they are using the Amazon Mobile Shopping app.
  • Low prices across its entire selection. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy, customers can also choose from a wide range of pet supplies, baby, health and beauty products, and more.
  • AmazonFresh also offers selection from various Northern Virginia merchants through the Local Market program, including Compass Coffee, Cake Love, Capital Kombucha, and Frontier Kitchen (a food incubator for Virginia’s culinary entrepreneurs).
  • All Local Market items are delivered as part of customers’ AmazonFresh orders.
  • Eco Friendly: Amazon doesn’t note this as one of the features, but I think it’s something that needs to be noted. The totes and coolers that food is delivered in are reused (Empty ones are picked up when your next order is delivered).  The plastic bags that come in the coolers are recyclable.  And the ice packs can either be reused or recycled.

AmazonFresh is delivering to areas including: Reston, Oakton, McLean, Fairfax, Arlington, Annandale, Alexandria, Burke, Springfield, Fort Washington, Woodbridge, Dale City, Suitland, and more.

To use AmazonFresh, Prime customers can simply go to and sign up for a free 30-day trial of the service. After the free trial, Prime customers can continue to shop AmazonFresh for a monthly fee of $14.99 as an Add-on to their Prime membership.

{Thank-you to Amazon for partnering on this post!}

DC Tot Squad

DC Tot Squad

As busy parents, it’s a challenge to find the time and energy to keep everything clean. We outsource our home cleaning to a maid service. We outsource our car cleaning to an auto detailing service. And now, thanks to DC Tot Squad, we can outsource the cleaning and installation of our baby gear.

DC Tot Squad comes to the rescue of busy parents everyday by cleaning and repairing their strollers and car seats.  They offer services at your personal residence (a service that actually comes to you), as well as a few retail locations. They offer four cleaning packages that use natural, non-toxic cleaners from the Honest Company, and can repair most stroller brands, including Bugaboo, Orbitbaby, Uppababy, and Maclaren.

They recommend parents clean their gear every three months to keep it not only looking great, but also in tip-top shape from a health and safety standpoint. Car seat buckles can get sticky and difficult to unbuckle in an emergency and strollers can harbor dangerous bacteria like E. Coli and Salmonella. By regularly maintaining your baby gear, it can extend its useful life and be passed down to siblings or families in need.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting DC Tot Squad owner Hayden Little. A former Systems Development consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, she graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Business Management. As a busy mom to Kennedy (2 years old) and James (6 months), she recognized the need for services in the Washington DC area that would help other busy parents.

Hayden of DC Tot Squad

Hayden of DC Tot Squad

Hayden and a member of her staff came out to service a lucky Clarendon Moms reader. Cheryl Householder received a complimentary service that included a cleaning of one car seat and one booster seat. To say the car seats were grimy is an understatement. If they weren’t dirty, there wouldn’t be a need for a service like Tot Squad. And I’m certain most parents will be happy that they exist!

“We decided to come to terms with our procrastination and call the experts to get the job done. DC Tot Squad came to our house and in about an hour, I could not believe my eyes (or nose) when I saw my kids’ hardly recognizable car seats. They looked brand-spanking new and smelled fresh, thanks to their organic kid-safe cleaning products. Right up there with cleaning car seats, I’ll admit to loathing installing car seats. Well, they installed them both perfectly and snugly, as the team is certified car seat installers. I could not have been more impressed with the professionalism and efficiency of the crew.

If you’re like me and so many other parents and in a perpetual state of procrastination when it comes to cleaning your children’s car seats, re-installing them–I’d highly recommend outsourcing it to the pros. It may seem like a bit of a first-world service at first, but I guarantee it is worth every penny!”

To find out more information, visit

{Thank-you to DC Tot Squad for partnering on this post!}

Where to Eat? What to Do? Ask Ouli

Ouli app

I love Arlington and going to my favorite spots, but I also like finding new places. The Ouli personal concierge app is changing the way you dine, shop and enjoy your neighborhood and it’s one of the must-have apps I have on my phone this year. Do yourself a favor and download the app! You’ll thank me when you’re out and about!

You can spend a lot of time Googling neighborhood restaurants, theaters, where to find an after school snack, and dinner options, or you could use Ouli. The app provides users with personalized offers and suggestions for local merchants and events that are based on their chosen activities, time, location and search history at “app-solutely” no charge. Ouli is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.

Ouli is currently available for use in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Mosaic District (Northern Virginia) and several DC neighborhoods.

 Whether I’m going out with girlfriends, shopping for gifts or pampering myself, Ouli has it all and can help me decide where to go. But of course, I have my favorites and some of them include: Modern Nail Bar in Courthouse, Trade Roots Gift Shop & Coffee in Westover and Osteria da Nino in Shirlington. These are all amazing spots that I may not have ever discovered, had it not been for Ouli. And I’ll let you in on a secret; you can get exclusive offers at these locations with the Ouli app.

In today’s society people are busy and overwhelmed with options when they search on the Internet. Ouli simplifies the process by providing users with three options based on their preferences. With Ouli, users can find what they want to do and then make it happen all within the app. No additional searching and planning required. Whether you want to go out to dinner, celebrate life’s events, shop or visit the theater, Ouli can help. So many options, so little time! And just recently, Ouli announced that users can add events to their calendars, set up a ride with Uber and book a table with OpenTable – all within the app!

Ouli is your neighborhood guide. A free, easy-to-use app, check it out!

For more information find Ouli online:

Twitter: @Ouliapp

{This is a sponsored post courtesy of}

6 Autumn Favorites I Found at Pike & Rose

6 Autumn Favorites

Fall has officially arrived and I couldn’t be happier! Autumn has always been my favorite season because of the warm and cozy clothing, the seasonal foods, the pretty foliage and all of the fall festivals. There’s so much to enjoy in the fall and I’d like to share 6 Autumn Favorites I Found at Pike and Rose.

Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom

Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Tap Room

Seasons has an enviable collection of balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. The tap room is an oasis for an ever-changing selection of artisanal pantry items. The store is stocked with an assortment of organic Italian pasta, sea salts, spices, mustards, jams, sauces and other covetable small-batch local foods and of course the highest quality olive oil in the Maryland area.

Yogoso Boutique

Yogaso Boutique

Yogaso features the most unique and fashionable children’s clothing from around the world, as well as the highest quality toys and accessories. This store is absolutely my favorite children’s boutique in the entire DC area. Yogaso Boutique offers a complimentary concierge service to help you dress your little ones and to assist you with picking out that perfect gift for that baby shower, birthday party or special holiday.


Francesca’s offer an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive! I spend the majority of my time at this store actually shopping for other people. I’m a huge gift giver and this is one of my favorite go-to gift boutiques.
Summer House Santa Monica


Summer House Santa Monica

One of my favorite restaurants in the DC area, this California-influenced, American restaurant features a wood-fire grill as its centerpiece and dishes out an ever-changing seasonal menu spotlighting locally-sourced produce and ingredients whenever possible. In addition to simply-prepared proteins and a large selection of market vegetables, Summer House Santa Monica boasts Chef Mahin’s signature artisanal bread program, an extensive wine list, and a wide array of pastry and sweets. This is the ultimate place for a romantic dinner for two, a girls brunch and even a family get together. I love this restaurant!

iPic Theater

iPic Theaters

Seeking the most luxurious movie night of your life, check out iPic Theaters! Kick back and enjoy your movie in plush chairs with pillows and blankets. iPic Theaters takes your movie night to the next level.



This fall festival is FREE and open to the public. Saturday, October 8th from 1 PM to 4 PM. Go out for lawn games and kids activities, including a hay bale maze, face painter, giveaways and roving entertainment. Food for sale and sampling by Carluccio’s, City Perch, Del Frisco’s Grille, Summer House, Stella Barra and Roti.

Sidewalk Sales and special offers from Gap and Gap Kids, Francesca’s, Lucky Brand, Nike, Season’s Taproom and Yogaso Boutique.

For more information, visit

And be sure to follow on social: FacebookTwitter & Instagram.  To discover more interesting and unique fall items, use the hashtag #BlogPikeandRose.

{Thank-you to Pike & Rose & Federal Realty for partnering on this post!}

Chick-Fil-A Introduces New Protein Packed Breakfast Menu

Chick-fil-A Breakfast Menu

Chick-fil-A Chicken and Egg Breakfast Burrito

Last week I was invited to be among a select group of social media influencers to attend the Chick-fil-A Seven Corners in Falls Church to sample and taste-test their newly enhanced protein packed breakfast menu. The popular chicken chain is introducing new breakfast menu items this month in the Washington D.C. metro area as well as in New York, New Jersey, San Diego, and Columbia, South Carolina.


Breakfast has increasingly become more important in the fast food sector and is a major area in which food-service establishments have seen growth in recent years.

Angelica Talan & Chilli Amar

Angelica Talan & WASH FM Radio Personality Chilli Amar

Our breakfast was hosted by one of my favorite DC radio personalites, Ms. Chilli Amar, from 97.1 WASH FM as well as the regional marketing team from Chick-fil-A and the owner of Chick-fil-A Seven Corners location.

Chick-fil-A’s breakfast menu currently includes a chicken biscuit, bacon or sausage with egg and cheese, breakfast burritos, a Greek yogurt parfait and a Berry Protein Blend made with chia seeds, ancient grains, mixed berries and yogurt. Aside from the parfait and Protein Blend, the Egg White Grill Bowl is the least calorie-packed offering on the breakfast menu, making it a great choice for health-conscious guests. Additionally, by adding it to the menu, Chick-fil-A became one of the first fast food chains to serve grilled chicken for breakfast.

You can order these new breakfast entrée items for a limited time, during regular breakfast hours (every morning until 10:30 am) at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants.

For more information, visit and be sure to follow them on social! Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

{Disclosure: This is sponsored post courtesy of Chick-fil-A. All opinions are my own.}

Amazon Prime Now One Hour Delivery Available in Clarendon & Northern Virginia

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Last month, Amazon announced that its Prime Now one-hour delivery service expanded to Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria and Springfield.

I purchased  back to school supplies for my kids as well as a few kids birthday gifts. Everything was delivered in one complete package within the time frame I selected. What’s more, Arlingtonians can order a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and get it delivered while it’s still frozen.

Prime Now allows Amazon Prime members (this link offers a 30-day free Prime trial offer) to order tens of thousands of everyday items, from groceries to school supplies to household essentials including pet supplies to electronics including laptops and get it delivered in 1-2 hours. In Northern Virginia, Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. One hour delivery costs $7.99, while two hour delivery is free.

Prime Now will also be available in Washington D.C. beginning in October.
Prime members can shop on and can also download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices.

{Special Thanks to Amazon Prime Now for partnering on this post!}

Cookology Partners With Sehkraft in Arlington to Offer Kids Cooking Camps During Month of August
From Basic Skills to International Flavors, Cookology & Sehkraft are excited to offer three weeks of kids culinary summer camps in Clarendon.

Cookology, the recreational cooking school located at the Dulles Town Center Mall, has partnered with Sehkraft Restaurant in Arlington to offer an impressive schedule of classes to keep kids of all ages busy and cooking for the family this summer!
The August cooking class schedule will run three weeks of August with classes August 8 – 12, August 15 – 19, and August 22 – 27. The young chefs will learn essential skills to prepare and execute delicious meals. They will also learn safety tips, knife and heat skills and a multitude of techniques they can use at home and beyond. Classes include Culinary Boot Camp, All American Cuisine, & Cuisine from Around the World.

Students ages 8 to 11 and 12 to 17 can attend camp Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pricing for the week long camps includes instruction and food at $330.00 per student.

“This is our favorite time of the year,” said owner Maria Kopsidas. “Our chefs love to work with the kids and see their amazing progress throughout the week. We love it when the kids and their parents come back to the store and tell us about how they are using their cooking skills at home. It is a wonderful life skill and we are so happy to inspire so many.”

For more information and the full class schedule on Cookology and their Summer Cooking Camps, visit or call (703) 433 – 1909.

Cookology is located at 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling, VA 20166.

Sehkraft Restaurant is located at 925 N St. Suite A, Arlington, Virginia 22201.

{Thank-you to Cookology for partnering on this post!}

Four Hours of Free Babysitting from Chime & Neighborhood Restaurant Group

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Chime by Sittercity & NRG

What would you do if you had four hours to spend in DC without your kids in tow? Would you go for a romantic dinner with our partner or spend a night on the town with your best gal pals? If you’re a parent and can’t remember the last time you got the chance to dress up and go out without your kids, then the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) and Chime – the new on-demand babysitting service from Sittercity – have you covered.

From now through Labor Day (Monday September 5th), NRG and Chime have partnered to offer DC area families the opportunity to enjoy a night out without their kids. With nearly 20 restaurants and bars throughout the DC and Northern Virginia area you can choose from an incredible array of dining experiences. And the best part? The babysitter is taken care of. Thanks to Chime, your children will be in good hands!

Visit and enter the code “NRG” to receive 4 hours of babysitting credits ($60 value). Don’t have any plans before Labor Day? Don’t worry, you can copy and paste this promo code: to receive 3 Hours of free babysitting credits ($50 value). Feel free to share with your friends!

Chime, a new service by Sittercity, connects you with a handpicked group of amazing sitters who parents in your neighborhood already love. Parents in more than 30 neighborhoods throughout the DC area – including Alexandria, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Takoma Park, Bethesday and Silver Spring – are using Chime as their go-to source to find their next favorite babysitter.

“As a working mom of four year old twins, I can absolutely understand the importance of getting some adult time,” commented Genevieve Thiers, founder of Sittercity. “We are thrilled to be able to offer DC parents a respite with the help of Chime so they can reconnect with their partner, loved ones or friends.”

“Balancing parenting and work is never easy and those in the restaurant industry know this all too well,” says Michael Babin founder of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. “In a world of late nights and long days, finding four hours to recharge and reconnect is critical and often rare, so we appreciate the gift that Chime is giving to our diners.”

Our Chime experience:

Finding a regular and reliable babysitter has been a huge challenge. One moved away to college, another married and began her own family and the other one was so popular that her rates were almost always on a surge and there were actual bidding wars amongst parents.

I learned about Chime when I was invited to a Blogger Dinner at Iron Gate Restaurant hosted by Chime where I met the founder of Sittercity/Chime, the lovely Genevieve Thiers, and learned more about the partnership with NRG. An app where you could “order a babysitter?” This sounded like “the Uber of babysitting services.” I was smitten! I was even more impressed at how easy it is to use the service.

I simply created a profile on the Chime app, entered the ages and names of my children, my address and credit card information.. I was able to select a date for service and watch a 1 minute video clip on each of the babysitters available for that day and time. It was so fun because I had Ella and Logan watch the videos with me and make a selection on which of the babysitters they wanted to babysit for that evening.

Chime babysitters go through a detailed vetting process that includes an in-person meeting with the Chime team. Chime sitters are handpicked from the top 1% of Sittercity’s talent pool. They all have glowing reviews from nearby families and undergo a rigorous screening process – including an in-person meeting with our team. Only one in five make the cut.

There are no subscriptions and no hidden fees! With Chime, you just pay your sitter a flat, friendly rate by credit card. No cash – or math – required! And if you’re like me and like to tip for great service–you can add the gratuity on the app. The rates are on par with what we pay in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington Virginia. Washington, DC’s hourly price is $15 per hour, and each additional child an extra $1 per hour. The rate is absolutely worth it: no transportation costs, no background check costs. I absolutely LOVE this service!

Our sitter emailed us a welcome greeting and asked if we had any particular requests or a schedule our family would like for her to follow. She arrived exactly at the time we requested with a complete understand of the schedule I planned for Ella and Logan.

I checked in with her a couple of times throughout the night and everything was absolutely perfect. The next day the kids said they had a “great time” with her and begged to have her return! I’m so happy with the service! Gone are the days when you have to ask around for a great babysitter, only to find out that they’re booked up on all the dates you need them. With Chime, you can book a babysitter in as little as 30 minutes! What are you waiting for? Make that reservation and book your sitter today!

For more information, visit

{Thank-you to Chime & NGR for partnering on this post!}

WELL NEST: A New Home Cleaning Service That Will Improve Your Life + $25 OFF

WELL NEST: A New House Cleaning Service That Will Improve Your Life (Photography by Yehudis Goldfarb),

Keeping germs and harmful bacteria away from your family doesn’t require using bleach and chemical laden disinfectants. WELL NEST is an amazing new company that cleans your home without any chemicals. The cleaning staff uses vinegar- based products that are honestly green and purely natural. The majority of WELL NEST’s cleaning products are made by Eco-Me and are comprised of entirely plant-based and food-grade ingredients. Eco-Me products received a Green Rating on the Whole Foods Market Eco-Scale™, are BPA-free, and Leaping Bunny certified™. These products are baby friendly and pet friendly.

Other cleaning companies may promise to use “green” or “natural” products, but those products still contain harmful chemicals. At WELL NEST, they take pride in really providing all natural items in their cleaning products epitomizing the “wellness” in WELL NEST. Their cleaning products can actually reduce germs, bacteria and allergens that can make you and your family sick. WELL NEST ensures the cleaning products they use are safe for everyone, including their employees. That is very important to me as we try to be as non-toxic as possible in our home. I appreciated the care they took in making sure our house was not only clean but also safe for my family, their crew members and the environment.

WELL NEST has a very user-friendly website making your booking as easy as a few clicks. The time of your appointment is followed up by a simple email confirming the window of time to expect the cleaners. The ease of being able to do everything on-line is so time-efficient and hassel-free.

The day of the service, the cleaners showed up right on time (at the top of the two-hour window of time I requested). I had done all of the usual “pre-cleaning”—picking up and putting things away, but our assigned housekeeper, Alma and her colleague had their work cut out for them!

As they began to clean I noticed they started at the top, dusting and then cleaning everything top to bottom. They wiped our windows, televisions, ceiling fans, cabinets, counters and even loaded the dishwasher—something no other maid service has ever provided in the past. My sink and faucets have never been so sparkly! I also requested the additional services of an oven cleaning and a refrigerator cleaning. And, let me tell you—this was worth everything to me! To say they did an awesome job is an understatement. They truly did the best job ever! The oven and the fridge look brand new! I was in heaven!

WELL NEST doesn’t use a “one for all” industrial strength commercial vacuum cleaner for every home. Instead, they use your own personal one. As a mother, I don’t want a company to bring a vacuum cleaner that has been used in a hundred other homes. Bacteria, pet dander, dirt and germs are actually transferrable from home to home and place to place by vacuum cleaners. “Even the best HEPA filters won’t prevent you from spreading other people’s dirt and bacteria into your home, no matter how slight,” says Phil Harper, the co-owner of WELL NEST. “We also use a microfiber mop that is Velcro-based, detachable and machine washable. Microfiber is known to be the most effective type of mop out there.” I certainly appreciated the simplicity of the cleaning as well as the lack of “ick factor” connected to communal vacuum cleaners and a mop used from house to house.

Upon entering our home following the cleaning, my husband and kids noticed that there was no strong odor of cleaning supplies. In fact, there was no odor at all. Our place absolutely sparkled, but the scent of our home was neutral. It was amazing! The fact that there was absolutely no after-scent really impressed my husband and has cemented our subsequent services!

Why YOU Should Hire WELL NEST:

  • Friendly, kind and caring staff – from booking to appointment to job completion.
  • Eco-friendly, non-toxic and non-abrasive cleaners to ensure the safety of their crew members, your family, your pets and the environment.
  • Thorough cleaning from top to bottom – no surface is left untouched.
  • Let’s face it, YOU’RE BUSY! You deserve a break from scrubbing the toilets, the stove so you can dedicate some more time to your family, your friends or even yourself.

WELL NEST is based in Arlington, Virginia and owned by a husband/wife team Phil and Nicole Harper. Phil Harper & Nicole Harper

Phil Harper is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Phil most recently served as the lead Associate on the founding team of Riveron Consulting’s Washington, DC office. He performed M&A buy-side and sell-side advisory engagements on behalf of private equity firms nationwide. He serves on the Junior Advisory Board of Compass, a pro bono strategic consultancy, and the Advisory Board and Finance Committee of Our Military Kids, a local non-profit. A Penn State alum, Phil enjoys spending time with Nicole and their son, exercise, hiking, and the Washington Nationals.

Nicole Harper is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer. Nicole is a CPA and Manager within Deloitte’s Market Development team in New York City. She was previously within Deloitte’s Financial Accounting and Reporting group, performing accounting advisory projects for real estate clients. Nicole is also a proud Penn State graduate. She is active with The Women’s Center and enjoys being a mompreneur, early morning boot camp classes, and anything involving warm weather and sunshine.

For more information about WELLNEST and to book your first cleaning, visit and use the code: CLARENDONMOMS for $25 off your first cleaning!

Also, follow them on Social! TwitterFacebookInstagram.

{Thanks to WELL NEST for partnering on this post!}

Give Back With Share-A-Haircut at Hair Cuttery



Before the end of summer, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates in time for the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country.

Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 1.89 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $30.35 million.

2016 marks the 17th year of Share-A-Haircut, with Hair Cuttery’s most recent campaign donating 55,000 haircuts to victims of domestic violence this past spring. The company has an established history of charitable giving and has supported a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run.

My family and I have been patrons of Hair Cuttery as long as I can remember. Supporting businesses that stand behind a great cause means a lot to me and my family. The Share-A-Haircut program is something my kids ask about every year and is an event that they take pride in every back to school season.

While you’re out back-to-school shopping, consider stopping by a Hair Cuttery salon from August 1-15 to purchase your child’s haircut and they’ll donate a free haircut certificate to a child in need right in your community. Make sure to take a picture with the Share-A-Haircut photo frame and post it to Instagram or Twitter with #ShareAHaircut to be featured in the Hair Cuttery wall gallery! Even if you don’t have a child, you can still take part in donating a haircut by sharing the Share-A-Haircut Facebook post to your friends and family!

For locations and more information, visit

{This post is sponsored by Hair Cuttery. My family and are frequent customers of our local Hair Cuttery Salon and all opinions are my own.}