I make my own diffuser jewelry to sell at craft shows and vendor events. Displaying the jewelry was taking up soooooo much space on my table, that I wanted to come up with another way for a jewelry display. Below are some of the necklaces that I have made.
You put a piece of felt or those little pom poms inside the locket and then add the essential oil to that. Read more about essential oils here. Read why I use essential oils instead of perfume here. I really like having them on the card stock for transporting and selling, but was struggling with displaying them for sale. So, I decided to make my own display.
Make Your Own Jewelry Display
I wanted to make something that was cheap (meaning using things that I already had laying around) and easy. I had some extra wooden frames, clothespins and this floral wire.
First, carefully remove the glass from the frame.
Then, use pliers to cut the wire length. I just held it up to the back of the frame and guessed.
3. Next, thread the wire through the spring part of the clothespins. They will hang but still be able to spring open.
4. Use a hot glue gun to attach the wire ends to the back of the frame, making sure the little clothespins stay on.
Almost finished! Jewelry display DIY at its best.
5. Finally, add decorative paper – this is scrapbook paper – to the back, in addition to the backing of the frame. Push down all those annoying little metal pieces to hold the frame back on.
6. Attach desired jewelry. Or whatever you want. I designed this to hold jewelry, but the options are endless. You could hang pictures, notes, mail, etc. Just decide what you are using it for before you create it, so you know where to put the wire and how many clothespins you will need.
Here’s another one that I made going landscape. They were a big hit at the vendor event and helped draw people to my table. The jewelry is usually a great seller.
Homemade pizza is a weekly tradition in my home. Over two years ago, my family decided to get healthy for real, after reading The Daniel Plan. Um, can we say #LifeChanging ?! Read more here.
I started researching the ingredients in most boxed/packaged foods and they are not good. Most processed items purchased in stores do not contain food; they contain food-like ingredients. Our bodies are amazing creations with lots of abilities and processes in place to pull nutrients out of food. However, when you are fueling your body with food-like substances, the body does not know what to do with the food. Plus, eating food-like substances is not getting you the nutrition that you get from eating FOOD. It’s really not difficult to make food from scratch; it just takes time and planning.
Steps for Making Homemade Pizza
Make the dough. I love making dough in the bread machine, because I’m not a fan of the whole kneed thing. Dump ingredients into bread machine and press start. The one drawback is time here. My machine takes 1.5 hours to make dough. Early afternoons on Sundays, we start preparing for dinner. Our favorite recipe is from Mom on TimeOut. Find it here.
Of course, I also love our Pampered Chef pizza stone. You can let the dough set for a few minutes – I have left it in the fridge for 30 minutes – one hour. Here recently, I have baked it right away and that works fine also. So, either put it in the fridge for later, or jump to the next step. Make sure you preheat your oven! I do 400 degrees.
3. Roll out the dough. I am definitely not an expert with this! Each time, it comes out differently. I roll it and pick it up and stretch it out. Anything that works, right?! With this recipe, I’ve not had to use flour because it doesn’t stick to the roller. This is my least favorite (and most time consuming) part of the homemade pizza making process.
The Crust is Ready
4. Next comes the sauce. I just pour some in the middle and spread evenly with a spoon. How much you use depends on your sauce preference. I enjoy more sauce!
5. Cheese is next. I mean, what is pizza without the cheese?! Now, dairy is not really good for your body, so I have tried to cut back on my family’s intake of dairy products. The pizza dinner is really a treat. We buy mozzarella in bulk and shred/slice it ourselves. (Shredded cheese that you purchase in the store sometimes has not-so-great ingredients to keep the cheese from sticking together. You know, like saw dust and other chemicals. Yum-not!) Shred and slice your own cheese. Seriously, how has the food industry been allowed to get away with this nonsense?! But, I digress. Here’s what the cheese looks like:
Happy with just Cheese? Skip Step 6.
6. The final prep stage is the toppings. Here’s where you can really get creative. This is probably one of my favorite reasons to make homemade pizza in the first place. My family loves Hawaiian pizza with pineapple and ham, sausage, veggies, banana peppers, etc. The possibilities are endless! I have even made one with ketchup and mustard instead of sauce, with ground beef. Cheeseburger pizza. For this baking session, I didn’t have any fun ingredients, so I just stuck with the staple, pepperoni.
Yes, we slice our pepperoni also. I try to prep as much as I can at home. The less that the food company does, the better.
As you can see, hubby likes pepperoni more than the girls. This is another perk! You can completely customize the toppings to fit your family’s needs/wants.
7. Put on the bottom rack for 9 minutes.
8. Spin pizza and put on the top rack for another 9 minutes.
Always Use Caution!
Confession: I forgot about how greasy pepperoni can be and put some a little too close to the edge of the stone. Enough dripped over the side to make quite a mess in the oven. Don’t make the same mistake! Line the bottom with aluminum foil, or don’t go so close to the edge. On a side note, this pizza had a slightly smoky flavor from the small fire I caused in the bottom of my oven. It was not intended, but unexpectedly good. I don’t think it’s worth the fire hazard, but I was glad that the pizza was not ruined!
9. Optional: I like to make a crust oil to spice up the crust. Olive oil, salt and spices. I think this is Oregano. If I don’t have any spices on hand, I will use my essential oils. Read more about those here. When the pizza is finished cooking (Again – learn from my mistake. AFTER the pizza has cooked, not during!) brush the oily goodness on the crust. Experiment with different flavors and spices. It will only enhance the homemade pizza experience.
Here is the oily crust topping ready to go!
Compliment Your Homemade Pizza With…
I usually pair this meal with a nice, green, leafy salad topped with seeds and veggies. For salad dressing, I enjoy mixing 2 parts olive oil with 1 part basaltic vinaigrette. For an extra nutritional punch, I will cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and bake with sliced onions, sea salt and olive oil. 375 degrees until sweet potatoes are soft, usually 30 minutes.
This is a great way to bring the family together to wrap up the weekend. J is still a toddler, so she “helps” make dinner, but as she gets older, I will give her more responsibilities. Education is key. I want her to know where her food comes from and that it’s important to prepare as much as possible from scratch. The detachment so many people have with food is alarming. Here I go rambling again. Enjoy the pizza!
Interested in another laborious but lovely recipe? Click here to read about my homemade applesauce.
Natural scents say exactly what they are scents that come from nature. Fragrance is an ingredient in many cosmetic, hygiene, and household products. Companies market the bottle like it contains natural scents, but read the ingredients. I bet you will find fragrance in the list. Natural scents that I use with my family include using Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils. Read more about that here and here. I use these essential oils to make all kinds of products for myself and my family. Perfume is one thing that I ditched as soon as I stated researching fragrance. I now make my own 🙂
Why is Fragrance a “Bad” Ingredient?
According to EWG (Environmental Working Group – a great resource if you haven’t already heard of them), companies can legally use the word “fragrance” as a cover for any number of chemicals used to create a scent. Many of these chemicals have been linked to weight gain, respiratory problems and other minor – but unnecessary – issues.
Using products with these chemicals is not good for your body’s endocrine system. This is the system that controls your hormones, which have a direct impact on many things that happen inside your body. Even more disturbing, these companies are not always required to test their products to make sure that they are safe for human use.
Here’s what EWG’s website states: “under U.S. law, the term fragrance is defined as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne its distinct scent.”
I’m not sure if this image is clear to see, but it shows that after testing many perfumes, it was found that they contained MANY chemicals.
This is not something that I will voluntarily expose my body to!
What are the Natural Alternatives?
I choose to say no to chemicals, especially ones that will be sprayed onto my skin and clothes! I don’t want to breathe in chemicals all day! Instead, I make my own diffuser jewelry and add pure essential oils to fabric inside the locket. The scent is pleasing to the nose, and packs extra body benefits. Joy is what I commonly use to boost my mood throughout the day. Smelling a scent is a great way to gain access to your body’s cells. There is a direct path from the nose to the brain. Scents are a powerful thing, and I want to steer clear of chemicals whenever and wherever possible.
Do your own research. I bet you will be surprised at the information that you find. First, the food industry’s complete lack of concern for the consumer, now the cosmetic industry carries that same integrity (or lack thereof). You must be educated and seek the knowledge out for yourself. It seems like we are doing so many things wrong! Any small change that you can make is for the better.
Interested in taking the plunge to get healthier? Find lists and explanations of many different things that you can try in previous posts. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Try to cut out one major source of fragrance in your home today! Candles, body wash, lotion, scented cleaning products? Remember, your family’s health is at stake!
This is my first real experience making homemade applesauce…and going through the entire process…. yum! Let’s talk about why you would want to start this process in the first place. If you haven’t done any research about the food industry, let me just shorten it down for you.
Sugar is relatively cheap to use and is very addictive. For the company who is trying to make a profit, that’s great news, however, for the consumer, it is NOT. Sugar feeds cancer and makes your body crave more sugar. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find products without sugar in the ingredients – be careful; there are tons of different names for sugar!
Think that’s bad? Here’s more:
Also, if there is a small enough amount of something, companies don’t have to list it as an ingredient – thanks a lot FDA! So, knowing exactly what is in the applesauce (hello, apples!) is very appealing to me and my family. If you’d like more information on foods and why I read the ingredients, click here.
The process of making applesauce – Part I – Preparation
First, get jars – I prefer quart sized because my family of 3 loves applesauce and we go through quite a bit.
2. Second, get apples and wash them. I prefer Staymen apples, but got Golden Delicious and Jonagolds which were also good.
3. Since you will be cooking these apples, make sure you cut them and remove any bad spots.
The process of making applesauce – Part II
4. Then, cook the cut apples. This may take a long time, depending on the kinds of apples that you purchase. Stir as needed. Smells of homemade applesauce filling your home = bonus!
5. Once apples have cooked and are soft, dump into a bowl to cool (if you’re making tons, you will need to refill the pot on the stove and keep cooking). If you added water in Step 3, you will need to strain the juice out of the cooked apples now.
6. Run cooked and slightly cooled apples through Victorian Strainer. You will need something to catch the peels (we used a glass bowl inside of this steel one) and something else to catch the applesauce.
The process of making applesauce – Part III – Packaging the Goodness
7. If you have help, have someone sterilizing lids while you are straining apples. Cover with water and bring to a boil on the stove. Keep the lids in the hot water until you are ready to put on the filled jars.
8. Once your applesauce has no peels, fill up those jars! Be careful not to make a mess!
9. Now, take care to remove any residue from the very top of the jar where the lid will go. It is super important that the lid seals in the next step, or all of your hard work is wasted when the applesauce goes bad.
10. Put the lids on!
11. Add the screw top (sorry, I forgot to snap that picture!) and tighten just with your hands. No tools needed.
The process of making applesauce – Part IV – Preparing for Storage
12. The vibration of the water boiling can cause your jars to crack if they are sitting directly on the bottom of the pot. They sell bottoms specifically designed to hold jars, or you can just use extra screw on tops. Once water is boiling, time it for at least 10 minutes. This seals the lids.
13. Carefully remove jars and set on a towel with a little space in between jars. If you are making lots, fill pot again, adding water if needed, and repeat. Once finished, cover jars with towels to help them cool slowly. Do not move jars for at least 24 hours! This ensures the seal on the lids is not broken!
14. Once your jars have set for 24 hours, you may move them into your cupboard or pantry. You could even give them away. Who wouldn’t want freshly made applesauce?!
Now that it’s finally over
I purchased 4 bags of seconds apples and was able to make 39 jars of applesauce and 3 jars of apple juice. It takes a lot of work and is exhausting, but it is so worth it! I would definitely recommend doing a lot of jars. It would be too much of a pain for only a few jars.
Overall, making homemade applesauce is super tiring, but when I consider all of the benefits for my family combined with the fellowship of friends during the process, it’s a win-win.
It’s hard to believe that it is August already! In thinking about the upcoming school year, (thanks Walmart for putting your Back to School stuff out in July) I wanted to share ways that my family (hubs and I are both teachers) stay healthy using essential oils. There are many products available through Young Living that help boost the natural immune system of your body.
Thieves for Back to School
Here’s what Young Living posts about Thieves:
“Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves is one of Young Living’s most popular products.”
There are so many Thieves products to choose from, including soaps, hand purifiers, detergent, and the essential oil. Incorporating as much as possible will definitely help your immune system! We diffuse Thieves oil every day using a diffuser that has a timer and runs sporadically throughout the day. At night, we diffuse Thieves in J’s room to boost her immune system as she sleeps.
Why Oils Work
Essential oils are the natural essence of plants. They were created by God. Perfect. Our bodies know exactly what to do with them and can instantly recognize them, unlike many other things in our environment. The body is an amazing group of organ systems that work together to perform necessary life functions to keep us alive. Oils are able to interact with the body on a cellular level, many able to pass through the blood-brain barrier. This means that they can travel quickly through the body and aid the body in maintaining homeostasis – which is where everything is balanced.
Watch a YouTube video about Essential Oils & Back to School here.
Why Young Living?
Young Living is a company that has been around for over 20 years and is known as a world leader in terms of essential oils. They have high standards and hold their products to them. My family has benefited over the last 2.5 years that we have used the oils and oil-infused products. If you’d like more information about the company, click here.
Young Living has a special for the month of August. If you sign up for a Premium Starter Kit, you get a bottle of Cedarwood oil for free! If you sign up under me, you also get a diffuser necklace to fit your personality. Click here if you are ready to begin your oily journey.
Here it is! The last part (for now) of getting your health in check. If you missed the other posts, you can find Part I here and Part II here. So, without further ado, here are some more ideas to try that will benefit the health of your family:
-Cut out plastic. Replace with glass.
-Use Essential oils to support your body’s systems. For more information on essential oils and the company that I recommend, click here.
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-Educate yourself on Emotions & how they can affect your body. Click here to view this book.
-Make your own products using natural ingredients. Check out my store on square here. Here are the spray bottles that I use.
-Get rid of candles, scented soaps, lotions, etc.
-Cut out as much sugar as you can. Sugar feeds cancer!
-Research oil pulling
-Research dry brushing
-Drink half your body weight in fluid ounces, but drink 15 minutes before eating, NOT during, and 30 minutes after.
Click here if you want to watch a video explaining all of this in more detail.
Why I Changed For My Family’s Health:
When I was expecting my first child, I really started thinking about how I was living. Having a child really does change things. First, I looked at our diet – which wasn’t great, but not terrible either! Then, I started using Young Living essential oils and LOVED them. The company sells other products, too, which are infused with essential oils. That made me start to look at the products that we were using: shampoo, lotions, candles, soaps, etc. To top it all off, my small group started a Bible study on The Daniel Plan. This book is used with the study book that is very informative and explains a lot. Lastly, there is a cookbook with some great recipes!
Information about Health Comes From:
I have two friends who are studying homeopathic ways and they have shared lots of great information with me. Much of this information is available online. You just have to know what you are looking for and go find it! I like to find the same information on several different reputable sites to confirm that it is accurate.
So, we’re on this journey of de-cluttering and downsizing for financial purposes among other things. When you think of de-cluttering, you usually think of getting rid of stuff. Read: Get rid of your junk. That’s really only the first step. It is the most difficult to get started, but once you get going, it does become easier. Although it is not the only step, it will be necessary to start there.
Step 1:De-cluttering your belongings.
We found it easiest to tackle this one room at a time, but do whatever is best for your personality. We started listing high dollar items that we knew we could sell on Amazon. Hubby got rid of his Starbucks mugs – we don’t support Starbucks anymore, so it worked out well – and I got rid of my Willow Tree figurines. I loved collecting them, but they do not serve a purpose. I would get rid of a few each week. Slowly winding down my collection until I had one left. Have a yard sale, give to family members, or just donate if you don’t want any hassle.
This is very difficult, especially if you are a sentimental person. I found it helpful to give yourself realistic challenges, like within one week, reduce the game collection from 25 board games to five. Each day, remove two, and so on. We found it helpful to go through areas more than once. We’ve gotten rid of kitchen items and clothing probably once a month.
Step 2: De-cluttering your mind.
You do not NEED the thing that you are about to purchase. Go home. Think about it. Decide if it is a necessity or just something that you want. Will you still want it in 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years? There are many things that we feel like we need, when really it is only what we want. Watching shows like the “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House Hunters” helps you get a perspective.
We have tried to downsize over a period of months instead of days like the people on those shows do. It is not as stressful when you know you’re not fighting a clock. We will put items in a pile to see if we really need/use them or not, then after a few days/weeks, we will get rid of the items.
Step 3: De-cluttering your technology.
E-mail messages should at least be organized in folders and not cluttering up your inbox. Sort through your other accounts like Pinterest and see if you really need to hold onto all of those pins that you saved. I couldn’t believe how many pins I had saved more than once!
Everything has a place in your subconscious mind. Clutter that has no purpose only clutters up your mind. No one needs that!
Step 4: De-cluttering your calendar.
Many of us think and do so many unnecessary things! I just started reading this book called “Simplify” as part of a Bible study. There are so many great points in it! There can be too many good things. Learn to say no when you feel overcommitted.
Get your priorities straight! I know as a mother, it can be easy to not take care of yourself, but it is necessary. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Schedule yourself some “me time” doing things that you like to do. Go for a walk, take a bath, write, get alone with God. This will help you be your best and ultimately benefit those around you.
These are the main experiences that I have had on our journey to becoming more minimalistic. Anything that you can do is an improvement!
Ahh, digital organization. I know this doesn’t exactly fit with healthy living. Or, does it? Being organized digitally or electronically can become very freeing. I am a type A personality when it comes to order. Work better under organized circumstances? Yes! Hate having files saved everywhere? Yes! My documents on my laptop, my documents on my desktop, downloads, in e-mails. Argh. Then, when you modify one version of the same document, you have to e-mail it to yourself and then save it in the three other places. How do you keep up with all of the updates? It’s not fun having three copies of the same file in different places and trying to figure out which one is the most recent. Let’s stay organized while we work smarter.
I’m not a fan of spending time doing something that I don’t feel like I should have to do. My school pushed us to use our Google accounts (created by our tech department) and share files using Google Drive. Now, I have a master’s degree in technology, but I’ll be honest. I was not a fan of having to do “just one more thing” at school. After fighting it, I decided to give it a try.
There are many perks to Google Drive:
There is a ton of free space! I used to use DropBox and would constantly have to go through my files and delete because I ran out of space. 15 GB of storage will last a while.
Going along with the type A personality, you can create folders in Google Drive. You can even create subfolders in your folders.
Just like other cloud storage options, you can have one account linked to multiple devices. This means that you can pull up your files anywhere you have Internet, which is basically everywhere today. I saw Burger King now has free WiFi. Really?! If you’re eating “fast food,” do you really have time to use the Internet? You really shouldn’t be eating that food-like substance, anyway! See more info in my post here.
You can link it to your computer so it becomes one of the applications that you can open and save to. Yes! No more saving to My Documents and then having to e-mail it to my work.
So, my family has been using Young Living essential oils for over two years now. It has become so much a part of my daily life that I don’t even think of them anymore, it’s just become part of my routines. I thought I would share what I use during a typical day.
I have made roll-on bottles with some essential oil and jojoba oil. Diluting the oils helps the body absorb the essential oils better.
Topical Application of Essential Oils
When I get up, I apply ProgessencePlus on the sides of my neck and Joy over my heart. Progessence Plus helps balance hormones and Joy uplifts. Juniper goes over my bladder to support its function. I use this deodorant recipe with Lemongrass and Cypress essential oils.
We have a diffuser that automatically diffuses Thieves every 20 minutes. This helps to clean the air in our home.
I have started oil pulling to help pull toxins out of my mouth using this recipe with my Young Living essential oils (at least three times per week). Make sure you drink a glass of water before oil pulling because it dries your mouth out. I drink one as soon as I go out in the kitchen and then oil pull (swish around in my mouth) while I get breakfast ready, pack lunches, empty the dishwasher, change out clothes from washer to dryer, etc.
Toothpaste – I make that too. Here’s a recipe that I use to start. I don’t always put stevia in because hubby doesn’t like the taste. I add water if needed to make the consistency right.
Diffusing Essential Oils
Next, I wear diffuser jewelry almost every day. I make my own, but love everything that I have purchased from Sacred Arrow. I use different oils based on my needs that day. Lately I have been using White Angelica at work because it helps block negative energies. Joy is another good oil to wear on jewelry.
At work, I diffuse Stress Away for obvious reasons. Teaching can be very stressful. I apply White Angelica to my neck and wrists. I have a spray that I use behind my desk with a blend called Clarity and water.
Using Essential Oils Internally
Another great Young Living product to try is Ningxia Red. It’s made with wolf berries and is loaded with antioxidants. My family takes a shot of NingXia Red every morning.
I drink water with citrus oils in it throughout the day, such as Tangerine, Grapefruit, or Orange. I apply Stress Away directly to my wrists throughout the day during intense moments of stress.
When cooking, I use essential oils in place of herbs and spices sometimes. Rosemary, Basil and Thyme are the most common.
Personal care products I either make using Shea butter and coconut oil or order from Young Living. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, and acne cream are a few examples.
At night, I like to diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender to help me calm down and relax. I make a Lavender spray that I use on linens in the bedroom. Every night, I alternate between Surrender, Rutavala and Tranquil before bed, applied to the back of the neck and bottoms of feet. Valor goes on my jawline. Lavender and Valerian go on my big toes. A relaxing cream is applied to my feet. I use a lotion to moisturize my skin.
I know this is a lot of information, but that’s what I do on a daily basis. Any change you could make is for the better!
If you are interested in signing up for Young Living, check out this post.
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What are Essential oils, you ask? Oils are called the “life blood of the plant.” I like to think of it this way: if a plant had blood – which it doesn’t – it would be essential oil. So, think of everything that your blood does for your body: carries nutrients, waste, gases, regulates temperature, hormones, etc. Plants are a little different, obviously, but that gives you an idea. Plants survive in the wild, amidst weather and extreme conditions. Furthermore, essential oils tap into that knowledge and apply it to the human body.
What’s Different about Essential Oils?
Our bodies are a network of natural systems designed by a wonderful Creator. Since essential oils come from plants – which were also designed by the Creator – they are the most natural option for our bodies. So, our bodies know exactly what to do with them!
Think about eating an apple. Your body recognizes all of the components as sugar, vitamins, minerals, etc. Next, think about eating apple flavored cereal that was created in a food factory. There are dozens of ingredients that you cannot even pronounce on the box. If you can’t say them, chances are, your body does not know what to do with them!
Why Young Living Essential Oils?
Young Living is a great company! They have been in business for over twenty years. The founders are believers who have spent much of their lives learning about plants, essential oils, growing conditions and educating themselves on health issues.
There are many great recipes online – mostly I find them on Pinterest – for using essential oils to make other household and personal care products. I would like to make a master list of all of the links for recipes that I have used. Stay tuned for that.
Here are a few items that I have made using my oils:
Bath salts infused with essential oils
Interested in becoming part of a team who loves essential oils? If so, please research the company. Just as the oils speak for themselves, so does Young Living.
Want to Become a Member of my Team?
If you’d like to sign up under me, click here. Then, you are added to an informative Facebook group and get a diffuser necklace with a sample of an essential oil of your choosing.
Not sure you want to commit yet? Sign up for a retail account (click the link above and change the Membership Type from “Distributor” to “Customer”). You are not required to order and will pay retail price, which is one major drawback of this kind of account.
Order Peppermint and/or Lavender essential oil(s). Those two oils have so many different purposes. Check out Pinterest. Lavender supports the Cardiovascular system, emotional balance, skin and nervous system. Peppermint supports the following systems of the body: digestive, nervous, respiratory, muscular, skeletal and integumentary (skin).
A little background…..
My family signed up over two years ago and we are very pleased! Young Living’s products are high quality and cost effective in the long run when you price out other alternatives. We use essential oils every day to support the natural processes in our bodies and we have never felt better! In addition to lifestyle changes -mostly diet and exercise- essential oils can make a huge impact on how you feel.
Once you sign up and fall in l-o-v-e with essential oils, you will need to think about storing large quantities of oil bottles. Purchasing storage containers can be expensive, so check out my post about a DIY option.