Remembering Niski

I hope you don’t mind the diversion from DIY.  I just wanted to share some Niski photos.  I love doing a search for her name on my own blog and remembering my little girl.  It still hurts so much. I just miss her.  
My daughter had these ones on her cell phone.  Some I actually haven’t seen.  She was a cutie. 
Her little pjs…

 Crazy long tongue!

Smile!

When Mr. DIY got his Big Green Egg (he LOVES that thing and uses it in the snow!), he thought Niski would be interested in hearing all about grilling, smoking, BBQ and it’s features.  I think she was relieved when she discovered it was just an introduction and not an invitation to a wienie roast…

Niski and her alpha dog.
Julia (our foreign exchange student) & Niski

Naptime…

The scar on her belly was from surgery to remove a push pin that she ate when she was a puppy. Thankfully she recovered nicely and we had a few more years with he
r and liked to joke that the surgeon should have installed a zipper.  Fortunately she outgrew the habit of eating everything except food quickly after that experience.
Christmas morning 2009
Let me in!
Bathtime…
Happy Girl!

Doxie block.
Ali & Niski


Niski Nogi (what we interpret to mean ‘short legs’ in Polish even though it’s not quite correct).  I miss your snore.  I miss your yawns and sighs.  I miss your begging. I miss praising when I see that there isn’t an accident and for a brief millisecond, I forget why there isn’t.   I miss the loving welcome greeting when I walk in the door, the treat bribe when I walk out the door.   I miss the playing and snuggling and burrowing.  I miss scratching behind your ears and rubbing your belly.  I miss your wiggle dance and tap dancing toes.   I miss our dinner time ritual.  I regret that there isn’t one single picture of me with you because I was always behind the camera. Seeing the doggy aisle in the store makes me cry.  Remembering last Christmas morning opening presents has me longing that we’d be doing the same this year.  Every occasion, every season, I’m just going to miss having you by my side.  My little shadow.  My heart just aches.  But I know you’re not suffering.  You’re resting in  p
eace and peace will come for us with time.  For now, we just miss you so much and our hearts are filled with so much love. 



A Pretty Kitchen Nook Makeover and more!

Melissa from Pink Satin Sashes and her husband did a major demo and beautiful job with their kitchen nook.  Here is their kitchen nook now:

This renovation has been a two year progression.
They removed aluminum windows and found two matching old ones to replace them at the demolition store (wish we had a local one!).

Her husband did the electrical work, stuffed the walls with new insulation and drywalled.  Melissa made the inside frames for the windows, added more of the beadboard and made the window seats with storage in them.
I love Melissa’s Christmas sheep too (she thinks the cat ate an eye off of each one!).  After:
Before:
After:
Melissa is so resourceful!  Limited budget makes for being creative.  The cushion on her banquet was made from foam from a boat ($8).  
The seat cushion covers are so pretty and sewn from cotton sheets!
The outside looks amazing too!

The old salvaged windows.  They were 65 dollars for each set, and magically fit perfect!!!!!!
Beautiful after:
For the exception of trim around the windows , door and corners the exterior is almost done. 
Melissa and Mr!  You’re one heck of a DIY team!  You did a fantastic job! I look forward to seeing more!  
Want to follow along and keep posted of their progress?
Head over to 
Pink Satin Sashes
She has some beautiful Christmas tree you don’t want to miss!

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DIY Holiday Highlights Linky Party

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Here are few last minute holiday ideas from some creative DIY bloggers!  Please visit the links to see the original post and more pictures!

Uniquely pretty!

Lucy Designs has some cute holiday ideas!
What a clever idea – I love pretty presents!
Looking for some ‘last minute’ gifts that you can create yourself this holiday season? Well, Michele Beschen has you covered!  She has put together 50 FUN and RESOURCEFUL gift ideas that are sure to please anyone on your list.

Holiday / Gift Wrap Ideas:
For the guys:
Tools:
For the girls:
Wearables:
Art Supplies and Projects:
Kids:
Home:
Food:
Plants and Gardening:
Summerland Cottage Studio = beautiful inspired creativity.
DIY Glam – I love these!



Design Loving Mom – easy DIY holiday touches!

Dear Santa, I want one a flower pillow just like the one made by Charlie at Attempting Aloha…(I’d also like to visit her in person – Hawaii = no snow!)


Beautiful handmade Paris tealight holders at Sandy’s Space

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See ALL of the DIY Holiday Highlights party links for TONS of Christmas and holiday inspired decorating and DIY projects!



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Be Still My Beating Heart – a barn door table!


Melissa from Mason Bay is a new blogger and she’s off to an big bang of a start with showing off this DIY project.  She turned an old barn door into a beautiful table.  It’s lovely and the painted chairs add even more farmhouse charm.  I love it.



Beautiful old door and white washed legs.  


She loves the imperfections and so do I – it’s one of my favorite things about farmhouse style.  Look at the old hinges! 


Melissa is still looking for old chippy folding chairs but to hold her over, she painted her existing chairs…so fun!





She has DIY plans for the burlap table runner but I’m loving the turquoise stripe.    Her new old table and chairs have so much charm!  Thank you so much for sharing your cute makeovers, Melissa!  Welcome to blogging!  We look forward to seeing more! 

See another one of Melissa’s cute projects here




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DIY – Just Between Friends

Jonie at Just Between Friends has some great DIY projects to share! 
These scrap wood shelves are adorable!  Perfect for story time storage or…if no little library is needed, how about organizing magazines?  Super cute!
I love this gift idea…I think I Niski clock might be added to my list of projects.  Personalized gifts and decor are so special!  


Looking for an easy DIY mantel option for your fireplace?  This one is awesome! View her original post here
Fireplace before:
Fireplace after:
There’s still time to make this gorgeous winter wreath before the holidays!  Gorgeous!
There are so many great DIY ideas over at Just Between Friends (including a clever and cute paint-stick snowflake)!  
Thanks for sharing your creativity, Jonie!  Merry Christmas!
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DIY Project Parade and patching holes

Mr. DIY installed recess lighting in our kitchen and one of the holes was put in the wrong spot.  No biggy.  Patching drywall is easier than it sounds. Please ignore the fingerprints. I always joke with Mr. DIY that he would not make it in a life of crime…he leave his prints everywhere!  Our ceiling is plaster and lathe.  We patch using drywall.

How to patch a hole:
1.  Insert a scrap piece of wood into the hole (for new drywall to attach to). If you’re patching a hole in the wall, you’ll need to add support or cut around the hole to a stud so that there is a way to support and attach a new piece.

2.  Screw the wood block into place.
3.  To get an idea of the shape/size of the hole, use a piece of paper to do a rough trace and cut small matching piece out of drywall (we have a lot of scraps).
4.  Secure the drywall into open hole using screws into the wood.
5.  Thanks to our friends at True Value, we used a drywall patch kit which consists of aluminum sticky mesh tape to help the drywall mud adhere.  
6.  Smooth on drywall mud (joint compound) in two even layers, allowing time to dry in between skim coats.
7.  Once dry, sand smooth.
8.  Apply a coat of primer and clean fingerprints if necessary. 
9.  Paint.
Can you tell where the mistaken hole was?  We can’t!
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If your project is holiday related, please feel free to link up to the DIY Holiday Highlights party as well!
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If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:
1.You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.
2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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Once again…thank you for sharing our sorrow and comforting words for us during our loss of our doxie, Niski.  It means SO much to us!

Dirty Floors no More!

I don’t know about you but with our DIY passion, I’d LOVE for Santa to bring me a Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner.  There’s often sawdust or just dust that I don’t have time to get to.  I do craft projects in the dining room and a lot of times, I’m sweeping up scraps.  Oh, and you know how Mr. DIY loves to cook? Imagine the crumbs! 


Do you have a Mint Automatic Floor cleaner?  What about a floor that could use one?

Winter foot-traffic brings dirt into the house.  Hosting holiday parties, kids, holiday family visitors, etc coming in from outside with their dirty, slushy, wet boots and shoes on = dirt. Actually 70% of carpet soil is tracked in from outside. I’m sure you know the hassle that is to keep clean. …Enter the Mint Cleaner to do it for you ;)

I wanted to share a weekly giveaway going on at dirtyfloorsnomore.com!  I’ve signed up to win and you can too!

Comfort

I just wanted to thank you again for your words of comfort and patience during our loss. I wanted to share a little story that warms our hearts.  Reenie sent me this and I shared it with Russ…

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. 

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 


All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 


They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

Author unknown… 

I was in the basement painting cabinet doors, trying to keep busy but still crying off and on, just missing her.  Russ called me up to dinner.  He made a yummy 3 cheese tomato and spinach tortellini dish.  He lit candles and opened a bottle of wine.  I know. He cooks.  A fancy dinner for a wife with a red nose, puffy eyes in doxie lounge pants and painting sweatshirt.  He’s a keeper.  We said a little prayer, toasted Niski and were eating when I noticed that the candle light shining through my wine glass made a little dancing rainbow prism on my dinner plate.  Both of our eyes filled with MORE tears.  It felt like a sign that Niski was okay.  :)

I read your comments over and over.  Blog friends are the best “hug”. 

We like to think that Niski is happy, healthy and pain-free in heaven, burrowing in fresh fuzzy blankies straight from the dryer.   

I love the Rainbow Bridge poem.  It’s a comforting fairy tale type story.  I believe my Niski is in heaven and that HE sent the little rainbow prism while the Rainbow Bridge poem was fresh in our minds.  God gives us the biggest comfort at all, listening to our prayers and healing our broken hearts.  

Today when I checked the drying painted cabinets, once again – a prism where the sun shining through the cut glass window.  It feels so special and I know God is sending us signs that Niski is at peace.  2 rainbow prisms in 2 days?!  
And your words of comfort, your hugs, sharing your stories and comments have helped us tremendously.  I appreciate every single comment.  I’m thankful for bloggy friends.  I love that we can share projects but I love that we feel connected enough to share happy times and comfort each other through tough times.  Niski was a huge part of our blog.  She will be missed.  And I’m happy that you got to know and love her.  

This is my favorite blog post this year.  This post is my reminder that God is always present.  Whether in the form of rainbow prisms or sending blog friends for comfort…we’re so blessed. 

It's a Purdy Awesome Party!

Did you know you can enter any pretty paint project into the Purdy Party?  You didn’t even have to use a Purdy Paintbrush – you can win one so that you can give it a try!
ENTER ANY PRETTY PAINT PROJECT!
1} Show off your PRETTY PAINTING PROJECTS. Even if you didn’t use a Purdy paintbrush.
2}Write up a post showing off those PURDY Projects and post it at the PURDY AWESOME PARTY.
If you already have a Purdy post, you can post it to the party.  Just do a new post telling people that you are entering the PURDY AWESOME Party, add the button below and provide a link to the original post.
3} Follow the DIY Club
4}Add the PURDY Awesome Party button to the post, linky back to the DIY Club.


Guest Bathroom Makeover

Amanda from Tall Glass of Water has the sweetest boyfriend (my kind of guy!). An anniversary bathroom makeover. Yes! Even if you’re not a DIY’er or renovator – who doesn’t want THAT for an anniversary present?  I already have my wording down pat – “honey, 2nd anniversary is cotton, 3rd anniversary is leather, 6th anniversary is bathroom”.  Sound okay?  :)

Here is Amanda’s bathroom before…


The guest bath now is so pretty.  I love Amanda’s thrifty finds.  She pulls everything together so prettily! 











I love the green glass tile accents…



So what do you think?  Anthony did all of the work himself and Amanda decorated.  What a great team!  Get the details at Tall Glass of Water.

And congratulations to Amanda again – she was the winner of the $100 tileshowroom.com gift card!  LUCKY GIRL! Want to see her plans for that?  See her excitement at:  http://tallglassofh2o.blogspot.com/2010/12/one-hundred-smackaroooos.html




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Thank you all so much for your overwhelming hugs and words of sympathy…that have given me so much comfort the past day.  It means the world to me!  I know it takes a while but it’s the little things that just make me break down.  Coming in the door today just felt so ‘empty’.  I miss my little greeter.  

Niski

Niski is no longer in pain or suffering. She’s at peace.  I, on the other hand, have the biggest heartache.  We will miss our little tap dancer, vacuum-wiener, happy baby, doxie girl forever.  Thank you so much for your hugs, thoughts, prayers and support.  

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More DIY Holiday Ideas

So many creative and fun holiday ideas!  Here are a few I’ve seen this week that really have me wanting to give handmade! Please click the links to see the full tutorial.  I hope you’re as inspired as I am!
From Stephanie at Home – Cute NOEL DIY coasters. I want a set of these for our own home!

Christmas decorating at Percolating Projects is so pretty!
I love this Anthropologie inspired sweater skirt at Your Homebased Mom!  To cute and without the Anthro price tag!
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How fun is this holiday window decor from Vintage Wanna Bee?  Inexpensive, easy and festive!
Singed flower tutorial at Creative Little Daisy!  Look how gorgeous!
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I love your creativity and clever ideas!  Thank you ladies!

Niski's Blue Christmas

Since I know a lot of you love our little doxie girl and your thoughts and prayers worked this past summer – helping her to recover and giving me the strength, patience and encouragement for her care, I wanted to give you an update. We had a few amazing months of being recovered, walking and running but this morning her little back legs were weak and by this afternoon, it was all she could do to drag herself around.  Thankfully our wonderful vet squeezed in an appointment for her today.  Back to a couple of months of strict bed rest, muscle relaxers and steroids.  She’d appreciate your thoughts and prayers again and so would I. I think things are worse this time.  Lifting her (properly) hurts her. She cries out in pain and it breaks my heart.  Here she is today…a little sad but she wants you to know she’s hanging in there tonight and we’re hoping for another full recovery.  

Moo Memory Card Game

Wanting a cute, easy child’s personalized gift idea?  Head over to the DIY Club to see my Moo Memory Card Game tutorial.  I created these for my niece using family photos from all year long…

Hurry – get your projects entered at The DIY Monthly Project Party! 
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Get the details here:
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And once again, I wanted to tell you…thank you for your sweet comments and support.  Having you stop by, reading your kind words and thoughtful emails, seeing you share your projects and celebrating mine is just so encouraging and just those little things make me smile, can take a bad day and make me remember the good things like friends and creativity and sharing.  That’s all.  Just wanted to tell ya.  :)

DIY Deer Head Tutorial

I think this is so cute!  Danielle Oakey Interiors has a great tutorial for a DIY deer head.  I have these little deer in my Christmas decor stash.  Hmmmm!

Take these…

Cut off the heads and spray paint…

Danielle covered the backing with fabric, glued on the deer heads and added hooks for hanging…

The gold Christmas reindeer are now super cool trendy wall art!

Clever, cute and easy!  See the FULL DEER HEAD TUTORIAL HERE at Danielle’s blog – she has a lot of fun budget friendly DIY projects you’ll want to check out!  

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Thanks for sharing your creativity Danielle!  

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Winner!!!  The winner of the Tileshowroom.com $100 gift card is Amanda from Tall Glass of Water!  Woo hoo!  Congratulations Amanda!  Please email me for details!
Blogger Amanda @ Tall Glass of Watersaid…

There once was a girl and a guy
who loved to DIY.
But their kitchen looked so bare
with still no tile there!
Poor room was so full of gloom :(
Untill…
surprise!
They won a prize!
From the lovely Tile Showroom :)

For our kitchen backsplash I would buy the Glacé Collection Solid Glass Tile in Fern. Love that color!

Christmas at our House…and a DIY Holiday Highlights Party!

I love decorating for the holidays and here is a tour of what it looks like at our house this year…

The dining room (there are still a few DIY projects ‘on the list’ like securing the mantel, hanging the door, painting the vent cover on the wall but see my before and after transformation at the DIY Club using Mythic paint, Dremel and my Purdy paintbrush!)

Here was that same doorway before:

Before:

After:  that dang vent is being camouflaged soon! I’ll also do a proper before and after/reveal soon.

When we bought the house…

This is how it looks today…

DIY Club

Now back to Christmas!

The apothecary jars with ornaments was inspired by Sarah at Th
rifty Decor Chick
 (thanks Sarah! I hope you don’t mind).  Okay, not just inspired but completely copied but they were PERFECT for my mantel too and if you can’t believe that your home decor is an inspiration and that copying is the best form of flattery…then we all wouldn’t be sharing, right?  That’s my story!  However, our similar holiday color combinations however are a complete coincidence! 

The living room in red and gold (same as previous years)…

The back entryway (with tomato-cage Christmas tree):

And just a little Christmas cheer in the kitchen because I’m crazy and decided that not only would I attack a dining room DIY-style, but I’d tackle a kitchen makeover during the holidays (or maybe it’s really just taking longer than anticipated.  Still!) …
I am happy to be linking to
Holiday Home tour at 


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See ALL of the DIY Holiday Highlights party links for TONS of Christmas and holiday inspired decorating and DIY projects!



Please share your holiday posts below!


The DIY Show Off
  1. You must use the button above (or html code on left side bar) and link to this post to share the linky love.
  2. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your holiday project post url which is the web address that goes directly to your holiday project blog post, not your blog address). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
  3. Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
  4. If you notice your link has disappeared -please check the content of your post. Is it holiday related? Add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today with a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Links not related to DIY holiday projects or holiday decor for inspiration will be deleted. Please make sure you follow the above steps.

Christmas Trees at the DIY Show Off

I‘m excited to attend this Christmas party hosted by Sarah at Decor Chick. I didn’t dress for the occasion but our Christmas trees are all decked out!
So, here are our Christmas trees!  We have 3!
Our dining room reveal and room for a tree… using greens and browns (and Sarah, if you’re reading…I copied ‘borrowed’ your apothecary jar for my mantel.  Thank you!)



Our Christmas tree in our living room is decorated in red and gold….
Now…click Sarah’s party button above to see HUNDREDS of beautiful glowing Christmas trees or link up your own!

Tomato Cage Christmas Tree and The DIY Project Parade

I know this is nothing new but I love this idea – a DIY Christmas tree using garland and a tomato cage.  I headed to my favorite local True Value for my supplies to make one for indoor use.  

  • Tomato cage.  Ask a store associate.  They should have them in the warehouse/storeroom since it’s not garden season.I got the largest they had. 
  • 3 – 9ft. lighted garland
  • Thick rubber band
To make the tree:
Using a rubber band, gather the “stakes” to make a tee-pee top and secure together (sorry for the bad picture! I must not have checked it before going to the next step…too late now!).
Starting at the bottom (with the plug end of the garland), start to wrap the bottom wire circle with the garland. Wrap a few branches here and there around the wire frame to secure.  
Working around the frame, continue wrapping.
When one garland ends, plug in another and continue wrapping to the top. 
Fluff.  If there are gaps, fill in by twisting branches around the frame or fluff branches to fill ‘holes’. 
All done!

We don’t have a live tree and I love the smell of pine. So I headed out to the backyard and clipped small pieces of real pine.
Just tuck them in open areas for a fuller ‘real’ look with pine scent! (Mine are only tucked but you can use floral wire to make things more secure if needed.)
Here it is all complete!  I love it!
Need more height?  
This works great for a base:
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • fabric
  • large rubber band
Take the handle off of the bucket.  
Stretch a rubber band around the top of the bucket.
Sit bucket in the center of a piece of fabric and tuck under the rubber band.
It’ll look like this:

Add a round tray (aluminum cookie tray or rattan works) and it’s the perfect base to add height to your tomato cage tree.  If you have an out of the way spot, it can just rest on top. Otherwise attach with wire into the holes were the handles were removed.  
You could also paint the bucket instead and fill with stones for weight to use outdoors.  The base was a little to high for my purposes so I didn’t end up using it…oops!
Again…my tomato cage Christmas tree:
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If your project is holiday related, please feel free to link up to the DIY Holiday Highlights party as well!
The DIY Show Off
If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post
to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:
1.You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.
2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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