Target Holiday Decor

Yesterday’s post was all about fun ornaments for your home & to give as gifts (the sale is still going on – 20% off!) and today I’m back with Target holiday decor… & lots of it. Not only that, Target is having a home sale this weekend, so now is the time to gear up for the holidays with 25% off!

I love having our condo decorated for the holidays. At my mom’s house growing up, we had cathedral ceilings in our living room and would hunt for the biggest tree we could manage bringing home. That’s not possible in the city, but we still do a good job of getting in the holiday spirit over here! This year we are heading away on vacation around the time we usually decorate, so we unfortunately won’t get as much time with our festive decor as usual, but I can’t complain about spending some time on the beach in December.

Read on for my favorites from Target’s holiday decor selection – and don’t miss out on the sale!

Target Holiday Decor

Shop My Picks:

TOP (shop the whole room here):

Merry Xmas Stocking Holder / Garland

White Reindeer 1 & 2 (also in black) / Reindeer Candle Holder

Red GinghamWhite Gingham & Red Plaid Stockings

BOTTOM (shop more from this line here):

Plaid Pillow / Advent Calendar (also love this one) / Letters to Santa

side note: also love this coffee table shown above!

 

Target has SO many holiday decor options that it’s actually overwhelming. Below are several other things that caught my eye!

Target Holiday Decor

Shop My Picks:

Red Glitter Topper Bow / Wicker Tree Base Cover / Advent Calendar

Pom Pom Tree Skirt (also in off-white)Gold Lobster & Crab Ornaments

Nordic Star Blanket / Merry Xmas Garland Banner / Napkin Rings & Napkins

Unicorn Ornaments (& cutest owls!)Station WagonTruck with Tree (ornaments here)

Red Berry Wreath (also this one for 1/3 of the price)

Red & Green Dog Bow Ties / Tree & Penguin Dog Toys

Ornament Gifts from the Anthropologie Home Sale

I love decorating for Christmas – and for me, the best part of it is decorating the tree. Ornament gifts are the best way to think of whoever gave it to you or a special memory that was had. I was an only child for many years and there was always something so special about decorating the tree with my mom with the ornaments she had collected. Aside from getting dressed up for Halloween, Christmas has to be her favorite holiday.

I remember getting so excited about pulling out our ornaments – each year it was like I had forgotten about them and rediscovered them all. There was one Wizard of Oz set she still has that had each of the characters and then a mini version of the book. I would sit there and read that book to myself for hours – the whole thing is even on home video. Ever since then, I’ve collected ornaments and I get that same happy feeling filled with memories as I open up the boxes that have been stored in the attic since the year prior, whether it’s at my house or my mom’s.

Ornament Gifts Anthropologie Sale

Shop the ornament set above here

Over the years, my mom and I started a tradition that my husband I have also adopted, which is picking up an ornament everywhere you travel. It’s fun to look back on amazing trips we’ve taken in the form of trinkets on our tree. Another thing I do here and there is make ornaments out of photos – we did this with our wedding and a few other special occasions and there are lots of sites to do this on like Shutterfly.

Whether you’re into hunting for your own ornaments throughout the year or not, they make great gifts. This morning, I saw Anthropologie is having a 20% off home sale and now is the time to pick a few up for yourself and as gifts! There are lots of cute ones that can tie in well with the personality or interests of whoever the recipient is. If someone gave me the everything bagel ornament, they’d be speaking to my heart.

Here are a few of my favorites – and you can view the whole collection of Anthro ornaments here. The 20% off sale is for all full-priced home items, which also includes fun gifts for kids, along with hostess gifts and items for your own home!

Ornament Gifts Anthropologie Sale

Shop the Ornaments:

Dogs / Unicorn / Cheers / Macarons

 Everything Bagel / Palm Tree / Oyster

Camel / Mermaid / Rainbow / Hamsa

Ornament Gifts for the Last-Minute Shopper

How crazy is it that Christmas is less than a week away! I was so organized and had most of my gifts purchased before December event started… and then I had a big lull and need to finish up this week. Ornaments are such a good last-minute gift idea – and this year you can take that idea up a notch with all of the beauty, skincare and even home-themed ornaments that come with presents in them! The packaging is so fun and you can either gift them as-is by hanging them on the tree or give them as stocking stuffers.

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts - Ornament Gifts

I’m sharing details on some of my favorites below – and you can shop even more at the bottom of this post by scrolling and clicking on the ornaments in the widget. Grab an ornament gift online or at stores like Sephora, Ulta or Target. What are your favorite stocking stuffers or low-cost gift ideas that come in cute packaging?

 

Ornament Gifts

 

1. Nest Candle: You can’t go wrong with a candle from this brand. They’ll make your house smell like a luxurious spa. The ornaments come in the best holiday scents that will make you want to go back for a bigger version.

2. IT Cosmetics CC Cream: I tried this out for the first time last week and have been loving it! It’s lightweight yet still gives you nice coverage that actually stays put. Extra bonus is the SPF 50.

3. amika Dry Shampoo: I’ve always heard great things about this but have yet to try it out. Might have to grab this ornament to try it out as a travel size and take it on my next trip!

4. Too Faced Mascara: This has been one of my go-to mascaras for years (I tend to switch them up and layer depending on where I’m heading). It gives you lots of volume and people are obsessed with it.

5. BeautyBlender: Almost New Year, so probably time to either replace yours or grab one for the first time – it’s a game changer when it comes to applying things like CC cream or foundation. I just learned the best way to use it is by running under water first so it doesn’t absorb all of your makeup!

6. Clinique Merry Moisture Set: This comes with their popular moisturizing lip balm crayon and face lotion. These products are a pretty safe bet for anyone who likes to at least wear a little lip color.

7. thisworks sleep tight: This is perfect for a new mom or someone who needs a good night’s sleep. It comes with 3 essential oil products – 2 pillow sprays (one to help you fall asleep, another to keep you asleep) and a de-stressing aromatherapeutic rollerball that will relax you for bedtime.

8. Philosophy Bubble Bath, Shower Gel & Face Washes: You can’t go wrong with any of these – they smell so good. They also have some of their popular face lotions in ornament packaging.

9. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish: I always come back to this brand for lip gloss – and this one will give you a nice gloss that also works over your favorite lip color.

Shop more options below:

Thanks to Nest, IT Cosmetics, Buxom and thisworks for sending samples to try out! This post contains affiliate links.

Last-Minute Beauty Gift Sets & Stocking Stuffers

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I’m usually so organized about holiday gift giving, picking out and buying presents for everyone in my list way in advance. For some reason, this year that just wasn’t the case. But thanks to a few of my favorite stores with great free, expedited shipping policies (placed a big order at J.Crew Factory on Monday and it arrived today!) and stores that carry pre-packaged gifts, I’m still good to go.

Today I went into Sephora and there were lots of fun gift sets still available – and they’re even open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so you can still pick some up before the holiday! And I love that most brands package up their most popular products into pretty stocking stuffers. Two of my favorites are bareMinerals’ Pop of Passion, with one of their new lip launches from this year, and Precious Pearls, with their top-selling powder eye shadows – both are actually ornaments! I also love Bliss Spa’s Citrus Stars, which comes with the body butter and soapy suds that I currently use daily, and Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo, also with fun, sparkly packaging.

If you don’t have time to head to the store on Christmas Eve, I recommend you check out my gift set picks below, because some are already on sale and available while supplies last. The Sephora Favorites are always great because they include their top products and colors in any given beauty category (lips shown below), giving you the opportunity to try sample sizes before you buy your next lip color. And speaking of lips, the past few years I’ve stocked up on Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish and Creams with their gift sets because of the value – and this year the Leave Your Mark set is perfect.

Shop my last-minute beauty gift set and stocking stuffers using the links below and Merry Christmas Eve!

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Shop the Gifts:

Maison Martin Margiela Rollerballs

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm

Buxom Look All You Want & Leave Your Mark Sets

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bliss Citrus StarsbareMinerals Pop of Passion

Sephora Collection Breakups to Makeups Bag

 

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Need more gift ideas? Below are a two more recommendations – Josie Maran’s Whimsical Wonder The Complete Argan Skincare Ritual and ARQUISTE’s Holiday Candles. And you can also check out my gift guide on Fit & Fab Living!

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**Samples provided for review; all opinions are my own.**

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels

Christmas is just two days away and it’s time to finish wrapping up the presents and getting ready for the actual day with family, friends, and whoever else you spend the holiday with. My husband and I make the rounds on both Christmas Eve and Day, with four different events packed into two days.

This year, I wanted to bring along a festive dessert, but one that was easy to make since I’m not exactly an experienced baker. These Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels are perfect because you can make as many or as few as you’d like. I quadrupled the recipe and made lots to hand out at work and bring to upcoming holiday gatherings. You can use inexpensive mason jars (make them festive with these snowflake lids!), clear cellophane bags or holiday cello bags with ribbons tied around them. They’re nice and simple and all of the ingredients are found right at the grocery store!

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

 

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 25 Hershey's Kisses Candy Cane
  • 50 square pretzel snaps
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • Red and green sprinkles for decorating

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Place 25 pretzel snaps on a baking sheet. Add one Hershey's Kiss on each pretzel. Set aside the remaining 25 pretzel snaps.
  3. Bake for 3-4 minutes (test one out first, as oven times may vary), until the Hershey's Kiss is soft but not completely melted.
  4. Place one pretzel snap on top of each Hershey's Kiss and press down lightly to form sandwiches. Set aside and cool completely. Optional: speed up the process in the freezer or refrigerator.
  5. Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler (or pot with glass bowl the side of the pot opening), stirring occasionally until smooth.
  6. Dip corner of each sandwich in white chocolate, allowing the excess to drip off. Coat with sprinkles and set back on baking tray. Cool completely.
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Festive Holiday Style

It’s hard to believe Christmas is this week! Today is the first actual cold day we’ve had so far and I’m ready to kick off the festivities. I spent yesterday doing some wrapping and making some festive treats to give out at work and to friends and family (more to come on those very soon!). I need to head back over to Target for some more Sugar Paper gift packaging – it’s so pretty and easy! I love these bows that you slip right over boxes and they also have some great boxes that don’t even need to be wrapped.

While it’s fun to get dressed up for the holidays, I also love being cozy at home in leggings, a sweater and slippers with a mug of my favorite green tea.  Over the past few years, stores like Forever 21 and Asos have started selling fun, festive sweaters that aren’t ugly Christmas sweaters at all. The “Ho Ho Ho” sequin sweater I’m wearing below is nice and soft and less than $13! And the leggings are the best material ever (sold out, but you can still find the matching top and it’s also 50% off).

Shop this holiday style post using the links below and check back for more festive inspiration all week!

Festive Holiday Style

Shop the Look:

Sweater (under $13!) / Slippers (old – similar)

Leggings (sold out – similar here, here + matching sweater)

Mug (old – holiday options here + here)

 

Festive Holiday Style

Festive Holiday Style

Festive Holiday Style

Festive Holiday Style

Festive Holiday Style

Festive Holiday Style

Festive Holiday Style

This Year’s Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s been a while since I shared a recipe post, and that’s mainly because I’ve been traveling a bunch and haven’t been good about cooking on a daily basis. Now Thanksgiving is coming up this week and I’ve been busy planning out the menu for our gathering at my mom’s house. Since I’ve never hosted a big holiday with family (our condo is too small!), I’m focused on making the food prep and serving run smoothly while also being delicious – and that means not getting crazy with creating my own recipes.

This year, I’m sticking with a few of my favorite go-to recipes and then adding some others that I found on Pinterest, all of which are either simple, can be cooked in a slow cooker, or can be made ahead of time and then popped in the oven on Thursday. To make things even easier, my father-in-law is deep frying the turkey, so the oven will be free to finish off the apps and sides all day. Read on for my Thanksgiving menu and use the links to get the full recipes! And I also threw in a few tips and shortcuts for making things like stuffing and mashed potatoes even easier.

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas - this is what I'll be cooking!

1. Cheese Platter

You can’t go wrong here. Grab your biggest platter and pick out an assortment of cheeses with different textures, shapes and sizes. Then add delicious deli meats, olives, grapes, nuts, spreads, crackers, sliced baguettes, or whatever you like to pair your cheese with.

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas: DIY Cheese Platter

{image via mydomaine.com}

2. Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

This dip has been my go-to for years. It’s a crowd pleaser and has a few tricks within the recipe that make it healthier than most spinach artichoke dips. I always make this one ahead of time and put it ion the fridge until I’m ready to serve it. Then you just pop it in the oven for 20 minutes or so and you’re good to go. I’m also planning on trying out a slow cooker version of this soon – stay tuned!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

{recipe via weightwatchers.com}

3. Veggies & Greek Tzatziki Sauce with Garlic and Dill

Whip up an easy, Greek yogurt-based dip to fancy up your veggie tray. It’s healthier than the dip that comes with the pre-made trays and it’s also delicious. You can make it with or without the chopped cucumbers – I’m going to leave them out since I’ll be serving lots of different veggies to dip in it. Make this one ahead of time too, give it a stir and pour into a bowl for serving when you’re ready.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip

{image & recipe via thelemonbowl.com}

4. Baked Brie Bites

I love baked brie with the crescent roll exterior and some delicious jam inside. But the reality is, it can get messy and it will probably leave your guests with sticky fingers. This is an easy alternative that gives you the same taste but in bite-sized portions.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Baked Brie Bites

{image & recipe via feelingfoodish.com}

5. Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans and Maple-Balsamic Dressing

My sister-in-law is the best at making salads. She’s actually in charge of salad for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, but based on what she’s made in the past, I would imagine this is something along the lines of what she’ll be making. Plus I love goat cheese and walnuts in salads, so I might have to make this one soon.

Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans and Maple-Balsamic Dressing

{image & recipe via twohealthykitchens.com}

6. Deep Fried Turkey

As a Thanksgiving amateur, the turkey was stressing me out, so I was a bit relieved when my husband mentioned how much he loves deep friend turkey – and that his dad knew how to do it. Honestly, I don’t know much about making turkeys, but I do know that deep frying it makes it so moist and delicious. Just make sure you do it outdoors and away from the house to avoid fire hazards!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Deep Fried Turkey

{image & recipe via foodnetwork.com}

7. Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

The same says it all… an easy way to make mashed potatoes that are loaded with buttery, garlic goodness. For this recipe, you can even leave the skins on, so all you have to do is chop some red potatoes, add a few ingredients and let it be for either 2-3 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low. Mash them up when they’re done and you’re good to go! If you want to make things even easier, try my go-to shortcut: Ore Ida’s frozen mashed potatoes. You steam them, add milk and butter, mash up and serve, and no one will know they weren’t the real deal.

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas: Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

{image & recipe via lecremedelacrumb.com}

8. Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

Stuffing is another easy thing to make in the slow cooker – just need to borrow a second one from a friend of family member! I love the idea of sausage in stuffing, and this recipe adds a few other flavors with the additions of cranberry and pecans. Or if you want to take the super easy route, go for the tried and true Stovetop and add in whatever you like (my husband is pushing for this instead of homemade… we’ll see!).

Thanksgiving Recipes: Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

{image & recipe via damndelicious.net}

9. Green Beans with Cremini Mushroom Sauce

You can’t go wrong with green beans, and this recipe also has lots of flavors with the addition of cremini mushrooms and a delicious sauce. If you can’t find cremini mushrooms,  you can use a variety of different mushrooms instead, such as white button or chantarelle. This recipe made the list because it was a step up from regular cooked green beans but could also be made ahead of time – just let it return to room temperature and put in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it. And while I’m sure it’s delicious to make the crispy shallots yourself, I’m going to make this dish a little easier and cut out that step. Instead, I’ll top the dish with store-bought french fried onions.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Green Beans with Cremini Mushrooms

{image & recipe via foodandwine.com}

10. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

My husband tried to tell me that Brussels sprouts aren’t Thanksgiving-y, but I disagreed, and then discovered that the whole internet also disagrees. So here they are on the menu, along with bacon. Because it’s a holiday and why not make them even more delicious?

Thanksgiving Recipes: Brussels Sprouts Gratin

{image & recipe via myrecipes.com/Cooking Light}

11. Citrus-Infused Cranberry Sauce

Fancy up the cranberry sauce this year by taking frozen cranberries, adding orange juice and zest, grapefruit juice and zest, brown sugar and cinnamon. You can also use fresh cranberries if you prefer. Or just stick with the canned version. Nothing wrong with that!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Citrus-Infused Cranberry Sauce

{image & recipe via refinery29.com}

12. Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

Festive drinks are fun for the holidays, so I went on the hunt for an easy one to pull together for Thanksgiving. I was originally looking for a spiked apple cider but then came across this one. I love any excuse to use my slow cooker and this drink sounds so good and perfect for fall!

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

{image & recipe via kitchentreaty.com}

13. Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

I don’t consider myself a baker, so I like to keep it safe on the desserts. These pumpkin cheesecake desserts are easy and delicious. And everyone seems to love cheesecake, so you can’t really go wrong there. If you have leftovers, enjoy them all week.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

{image & recipe via bettycrocker.com}

14. Caramel Apple Trifles

Since I’m not an experienced baker, I love either simple desserts or no-bake desserts, and this recipe caught my eye because it looks easy and delicious! It’s pretty much cinnamon apple goodness in a dish.

Caramel Apple Trifle Dessert

{image & recipe via brit.co & lifeloveandsugar.com}

Thanksgiving Style, Three Ways

It’s almost time to kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving coming up next week. I’m looking forward to hosting the holiday at my mom’s house and having both sides of our families get together at the house I grew up in for most of my life. Right now I’m working out the details of the menu in preparation for a big grocery shop this weekend (more to come on the menu and recipes!) and thinking about what to wear.

For Thanksgiving, I usually go for a good balance of dressed up and comfort when it comes to my style. I like to be able to move around easily while getting everything ready, eat lots of food and then lounging on the couch post-meal – all while being fancy enough that it still feels like a festive occasion. So today I’m sharing three different style ideas that fit that criteria: dressed up, casual and cozy. I actually love each of these looks below that I went ahead and purchased a few items… hopefully some come by next week! Shop each look using the links below.

 

Holiday Style {Shop the Look on DailyKaty.com}

Shop the Look:

Dress / Faux Fur Vest / Bag

Booties / Earrings / Necklace

 

 

Holiday Style {Shop the Look on DailyKaty.com}

Shop the Look:

Plaid Tunic / Bracelet / Earrings

Bag / Jeggings / Boots

 

 

Holiday Style {Shop the Look on DailyKaty.com}

Shop the Look:

Ring Set / Earrings / Jumpsuit

Scarf / Bag / Bracelet / Shoes

What are your favorite ways to get dressed up for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gift Sets – Part 1 & Josie Maran Giveaway

Hard to believe that there’s just over a week until Christmas! Today I’m sharing some great beauty gift sets. They’re from well-known and reputable brands – and when you buy products like this, you can get such a deal. Better yet, QVC is giving you the chance to win a Josie Maran gift set at the bottom of this gift guide, so read on!

Beauty Gift Sets
  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light Holiday Color CollectionQVC is a great place to find presents, especially exclusive beauty gift sets. I had never tried Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Oil Light but heard great things – you can use it on pretty much everything, from moisturizing your face, treating split ends or conditioning cuticles. The set also comes with Argan Beautiful Eyes in great neutrals, and then Argan Black Oil Mascara for your lashes. Top it all off with the Argan High Gloss Lip Quench that you can wear on its own or over your favorite lip color for a pop of shine. Scroll down to enter to win this gift set! {qvc.com, $69.96}
  • bareMinerals Vision of Light: For less than $50, you get almost $150 of bareMinerals products with this set. I’ve been using bareMinerals for years and you really can’t go wrong with any of their products, and this comes with everything you need for glowing eyes, face and lips, such as the Stroke of Light Highlighter and eyeliner, eye color, mascara and more. {ulta.com, $49}
  • Benefit Sweet TintationsThis set includes some of Benefit’s most popular products – benetint, lollitint, benebalm and lollibalm. The balms give you hydration and sheer color that can be worn both on its own or over your favorite lip color. And the best thing about the tints are that they can be used on both your cheeks and lips. Just layer onto either until you get the amount of color you want and then blend with your fingertip. {benefitcosmetics.com, $26}
  • BUXOM Lip Gloss RouletteI love the lip glosses included in this set, and the packaging is so fun that it makes it a great gift. It comes with 15 mini Full-On shimmery lip polishes and smooth lip creams – so you pretty much have one to match any outfit or beauty look you can think of. {sephora.com & in-stores, $59}
  • Formula X Paint the TownIf you want nail polish for any occasion, this set is for you. It comes with 22 mini lacquers in so many colors – metallics, glitters, pinks, purples, neutrals and more. It’s a $139 value, so grab one before they run out because they’re on sale! {sephora.com, now $39!}

Beauty Gift Sets - @DailyKaty - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Giveaway! Enter to win the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light Holiday Color Collection now through January 7, 2015. There are lots of ways to enter below (open to U.S. residents only).

And in case you missed my other gift guides, you can view them using the links below. More gift guides to come now through Christmas! There’s still time to enter all of the giveaways below too.

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Holiday Sweaters for Pups

More holiday gift guides are on the way, but after spending the day off from work with Hank, I thought it was a good time to share some dog-related holiday news. The American Kennel Club (AKC) sent Hank some pretty amazing sweaters from their Pet Sweater Holiday Collection by BH Pet Gear. He’s been loving sweaters and jackets this winter, so these have already come in handy. Plus, he’s going to look so festive at all of our holiday events. You can pick these up at retailers nationwide for $12.99 each, such as Groupon and Amazon.

Holiday Dog Sweaters - more at http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Holiday Dog Sweaters - more at http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Holiday Dog Sweaters - more at http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Holiday Dog Sweaters - more at http://bit.ly/dailykaty

According to VetIQ, the vet-recommended line of pet prescription medications, 85% of pet owners say their pet was nice, not naughty this year. Hank was definitely naughty at times, but still the perfect addition to our family since we  got him in April. So let’s just say he’s getting a lot of presents this year. Check back for two gift guides just for your pup!

**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own.