October 24, 2014

Share the Health Expo

Mark your calenders!

The Vitamin Shoppe® will host its popular “Share the Health” Expo on Saturday, October 25, from 11am-2am ( local time) in more than 650 stores across the country.

 Each store will offer its own specialized festivities, including free product samples and consultations with local wellness partners.
 Here's the great part in getting to the events on time! - The first 50 shoppers at each location will be treated to a complimentary gift bag with great product samples from top health and wellness brands.  So be sure to head out early and get there before the gift bags are all gone!  

 Each store will offer its own specialized festivities, such as free product samples and consultations with wellness partners in their communities. Got spesky questions about those vitamins you're looking at? Health Enthusiasts, who strive to be the most knowledgeable associates in the industry, will also be on-hand to help answer any product-related questions you've got. Don't be shy, step up and ask, it's the perfect time to get the answers you need about some products.

Don't know where your local Vitamin Shoppe is? Check out this link and enter your zip code
http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/content/en/stores/index.jsp?intsource=header
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Romancing My Love Book Tour



NEWLY RELEASED........

Book #9 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #18



After months of caring for her terminally ill mother, Rebecca Rivera is left all alone in a world she doesn’t trust—but she’s determined not to let her mother’s death define her. Losing her job, having to pummel some jerk for being too handsy, and living in her car are just temporary setbacks to an otherwise solid plan in finding her footing. Full of pride and used to being in control of her life, she’s certain she can make it on her own. The last thing Rebecca needs is a man to fix her troubles—even if that man is strikingly handsome, wealthy, and charismatic Pierce Braden.



Pierce is a powerful real estate investor on the verge of a major acquisition. As the eldest of six siblings raised by a single mother, he’s spent his life protecting those he loves. He’s used to being in charge and making things right, and although he’d give his life for his family, he treats the women he dates as expendable—until he meets sexy and stubborn Rebecca Rivera, a woman who is as strong as she is vulnerable.



Passion ignites between them, and the two share their most intimate thoughts and desires. It doesn’t take long for Pierce to realize that Rebecca is as determined not to be saved as he is to find a way into her heart. As their love grows, Rebecca must face fears she didn’t even realize she had—and Pierce must learn the hard truth that sometimes less really is more. Is the power of true love enough for Rebecca and Pierce to learn to give up control and allow their hearts to take over?



My review


 We meet Pierce Brandon  a powerful real estate investor who’s used to being in charge and making everything right. He will do anything for his family, and is a protector to those close to him. When he meets fiery and stubborn Rebecca Rivera sparks are flying and he just can’t walk away.

   Rebecca is unlike any woman who’s crossed his paths, though there’s fire in her eyes she wants nothing to do with him at first.  He doesn’t know that she’s grieving and trying to get her life on track and trying to move forwards, only problem is  he finds her crossing his path again and this time he just can’t let her walk away.


Rebecca has to find a place to live and a job , after her mother’s passing she’s left with needing to get her life in gear and fast. Determined not to let anything get in her way, or let her down she heads straight forwards with priorities and they do not include a handsome man at a bar. Meeting Pierce ignites some heat she can’t afford to deal with, can’t even considering her situation. She’s in a tough place in her life but they soon end up crossing paths once again and this time she doesn’t turn away. Problem is, secrets start coming out making  things get more than a little tricky testing out a path they barely even started to head down. Will they survive or will their fiery passion sizzle out before it gets a chance to really heat up? 

For the amount of books that Melissa Foster is pouring out you would think ( I'm being honest now, don't get mad! Stick with me it's good)  that there'd be a few repeat story ideas, or something that repeats, sounds familiar, a twist, a plot anything! If you thought this, you'd be wrong. Just as wrong as I am each time I pick up one of her books for review. Never a repeat, never a "I know what will happen" . Nope, Foster once again deliveries a wonderful read that grabs you from the first chapter. If you need a pick me up or a nice enjoyable read, I highly recommend Romancing My Love.


THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, this is the third of six books.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult romance, LGBT romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.




Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.


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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





Books 7 - 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 - 20




Books 1 - 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 - 24





NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive Taken by Love ebook

the 1st book from the Braden cousins series !!
Ending on Sunday 26th October at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

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October 1, 2014

Jack-o'-Lantern Chili and Cornbread Skillet


I love Halloween! It's a fun time of year, not just because I get to play with my food but yes that's a part of it. Besides getting creative with the food, Seasons are changing  , or should be changing. We're expecting 90-100's temps this week. Fun eh? We keep waiting for that nice cool weather, the days in which we're not sweating down our backs, the cool down, the big breeze. Where is it I ask, where!? On to the recipe-


Welcome to the October! 
 I have one of those awesome one skillet wonder dishes for you. A dish in which everything is made within one pan. Don't have 45 minutes on your hand? Cook the beef before hand, the night before maybe and you can cut cooking time down to about 30ish minutes. All my kids enjoyed this, but I think I would like more onions and tomato next time I cook it. 




 My daughters helped make the face, 


Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 15 oz can black beans

1 15 oz can chili seasoned tomatoes

1 15 oz can chili beans

1 10 oz can sweet corn

1 10 oz can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 recipe for Cornbread ( see below)


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a cast iron skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain. Add everything else into the skillet and mix and simmer for about 10 minutes. While this is heating through you need to mix together your corn bread.

Once you mix together your cornbread turn the heat off and pour batter over the meat mixture in the skillet. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or so. To test to see if cornbread is cooked, stick a knife or toothpick into center. If it comes out clean it's done, sometimes it needs just a few more minutes. Edges will be slightly golden brown.

Once done, you want to carve out your Jack-O'-Lantern face if you want , just use the extra pieces as you serve. Serve with cheese, sour cream or even salsa.
 You can double this recipe, use a larger skillet as I had for this, and it will feed a larger crowd. Recipe above feeds 4-6 people. Great for a Halloween party :)
Enjoy!


Ingredients  For Cornbread

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil or melted butter

Directions
Stir everything together in a bowl. Follow directions above for the skillet bake or if you wanted to make plain cornbread here are the directions -

Preheat oven to 400F.
After mixture your batter today add the 1 tablespoon butter to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, a 9x1 1/2-inch round baking pan, or an 8x8x2-inch square baking pan.
Place the pan in the oven until butter melts. Make sure you get the butter to coat the entire bottom and the sides of the pan.  Pour your batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes.

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September 28, 2014

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Been taking a long break from blogging lately, there just hasn't been time to dedicate towards it for a couple months. Planning on kicking things back up and I hope to pull off the Halloween Challenge this year. Last year my hard drive crashed so it was stopped days into the Challenge, which was pretty devastation. I lost half a years work ( yes I didn't back up, and yes I've learned my lesson)
This year I'm prepared,  back up drives, and backup-backup drives lay in waiting in case anything happens. Funny thing, it crashed just this weekend but it was a no fuss thing because it's all backed up! I'm telling you BACK UP YOUR FILES! 

On to different things...

 Halloween Challenge will Start October 1st, and if you follow any of my recipe challenges you know it's filled with a lot of fun new things so be sure to come back and check it out each day. There will be main meal ideas, side dishes, crafts and of course sweet treats, don't miss it! 

Onto the recipe..

Today's recipe is an easy one for busy days. So many people keep asking me for more slow cooker recipes so here you go. A friend gave this to me, and 

Slow Cooker Meatloaf


1 cup bread crumbs *( Italian seasoned is your best bet, and you can skip adding the Italian dried season )
3/4 pound ground round
3/4 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 cups sliced  mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves minced
*1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning ( skip if using the Italian seasoned bread crumbs)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Sauce
1 cup favorite BBQ sauce
1 cup brown sugar

Directions

 Combine the first list of ingredients, bread crumbs-eggs, together into a large bowl. Shape meat   the crumbs, beef, and next 7 ingredients (beef through garlic) in a large bowl, and shape meat mixture into a 9 x 6-inch loaf. Place loaf in the slow cooker.
Combine the ingredients for the Sauce and pour half of it over the meat. Cover the crock and cook on low for about 4-5 hours or until meat is done. Serve with remaining sauce.

Enjoy!

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September 18, 2014

Seaside Dreams Book Tour



NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK #1 

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.



SEASIDE DREAMS

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.



Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.



After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

My Review

In Seaside Dreams we meet Bella, who’s hit a tough decision in her life.  Taking the summer to help figure out which direction she’ll go she doesn’t expect to meet a man that may just twist her up even more. With a head set going after she wants Bella will avoid any and all relationships until she’s made up her mind. Sounds like a plan, but you know how well set plans end up going half the time – not in the direction you planned on and one handsome cop mixes things up even more.

Cade has devoted the last fourteen years of his life all towards his son. Like any loving parent, his son comes first but as he stumbles across Bella he can’t help but notice the sparks between them. As a single father though, to a rebellious teenager he’s got to figure out the balance if he really wants the one things he’s been missing in his life . Through the struggle to deal with both a moody teen and one mischievous Bella, Cade has to figure out what he wants before he loses it.


I liked this one, loved the drama Evan brought into the book. You often read about younger kids woven into stories, so it was a nice change. The characters grew on me, loved seeing how both Bella and Cade faced not just their fears, but grew as the book went along. Cade was painted as a perfect father, could handle everything, but could he? He had things to face in this book and I enjoyed reading his journey along with Bella.  They seemed to both let logic or plans override everything, and in the end well you’ll just have to read Seaside Dreams and find out what happens. 

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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About the Author
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.


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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





Books 7 - 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 - 20





Books 1 - 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 - 24






NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive Taken by Love ebook

the 1st book from the Braden cousins series
Ending on Sunday 28th September at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

Enter Below & Good Luck !!




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September 9, 2014

Time to Play!

I was recently able to review an awesome game by Carrom, the popular Nok-Hockey Game.

I remember playing this as a kid at summer camp, and loved it, even better that this is wood. The one I played as a kid was solid plastic and easily got dented amongst hard play. Wood holds up better and it looks great too . This Nok-Hockey game is all wood, with a wood frame and hardwood playing area. It’s really smooth all the way around, no nails, or screws to catch on anything. I always look for that when we get a game for the house, so this was put together nicely.



My kids really got into this, we used it and have been using it pretty daily. The board is 23.8W by 1.9H by 35 inchesD , and is a nice solid build which is always important. You can place it on the ground like we normally do or use it table top. The game comes with two red hockey sticks, and two pucks.



The object of the game of course, is to score the pucks through the goal line. What I like is the solid blocks before each goal, we've had two previous games like this and they had these thin short plastic dividers as a barrier, not only had they come off but the pucks would just go flipping over it. This game is nicely built, and does what it should. We like to mix it up, put the two pucks on the board and just go at it, really fun.


My kids are learning how to get the angle shots in there so they've beaten me several times and earned bragging rights for game night. Loads of fun, great gift for any young kid or a great addition to your family game night as well. I think what I like best, besides keeping my kids entertained is it isn't that heavy ( less than 10 pounds) so I pick it up and slid it behind the couch when not in use. Though big, it's still thin enough to find a place out of the way.

So far the graphic writing which is lead free ink, hasn’t faded. When the kids play it, it ends up in front of a window directly in sunlight but I haven’t noticed any sun spots or fading. Scratching hasn’t happened either, so it’s holding up really great so far and will keep giving my kids hours worth of entertainment.
You can check out Carrom’s website and the Non-Hockey Game at their website and add some Nok-Hockey fun with the family http://www.carrom.com/
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September 3, 2014

Coupons

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August 5, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy Activity sheets

Have you seen the previews for Guardians of The Galaxy yet?  It looks awesome, I can't wait to see it!


Here's a quick Preview



Looks good right? While you wait to go see it you can download these activity sheets for the kids to enjoy! Just click this link and head to my Google Drive to download and then print


Enjoy!
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Fated For Love Book Tour



NEWLY RELEASED........

Book #8 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #16



FATED FOR LOVE is the second of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.



Librarian Callie Barnes has visions of reading and relaxing—and maybe having a few too many drinks—on her girls’ weekend away. Her hopes are crushed when her friends pull into a dude ranch instead of a spa, and she refuses to stay longer than one night. That is…until she realizes the ranch is owned by sinfully sexy, and dangerously rugged, Wes Braden—the subject of her late-night fantasies.



Fearless rancher Wes Braden thinks he’s the luckiest guy on the planet when the sweet, sexy librarian from his hometown shows up at his ranch. Their connection is white-hot, making it impossible for either to ignore their carnal desires. Wes is more than willing to convert sweet Callie from chick lit to a world of erotic romance, but Callie ties sex to love, and Wes avoids commitment like the plague.



Callie is thrust into physically demanding activities that ignite her deepest fears. Luckily, Wes is as tender as he is strong, and he’s there every step of the way to help her find her inner strength. With Callie’s influence, Wes might even discover that he’s been nursing a few fears of his own. Passion pulls Callie and Wes from their safe, comfortable lives into each other’s arms, and they’re about to find out just how alike they really are.

My Review

Melissa Foster does it again with Fated For Love.  We meet Callie Barnes and Wes Branden ( yup another Braden, cue the sexy hunk alert)

 Callie Barnes is no outdoors lady but it doesn't stop her from at least trying.  Along with her friends local Librarian Callie heads to a ranch for a fun weekend which is owned by non other than Wes Braden. She lives a quieter life in a small town but has a little flutter of excitement whenever Wes steps into her library each week to borrow some books, the current man that takes up her dreams at night. It's no surprise when she lands on his property she decides maybe the outdoors aren't so bad after all. Perhaps a little fun and adventure is just what she needs instead of some quiet laid back spa. Will she be able to face all her fears and move past her comfort zones without losing her heart to one sexy cowboy?

Wes doesn't like mixing business with pleasure but that all goes out the window when Callie shows up at his ranch. He shouldn't even be looking at her let alone thinking about her, she's the kind of woman that ties sex to love and commitment which he avoids at all costs. He can't help himself though, and really who can blame him. Sweet and sexy Callie pushes her limits, faces her fears and starts to bloom before him catching him by surprise. A woman willing to leap over comfort zones certainly is worth it, and Wes is right there by her side as she tackles on new adventures but is she worth facing his own personal fears? You'll have to read to find out what happens!

 I thought this would be the one Foster book that I wouldn't like ( pfft yeah right, like that would ever happen) Two people seemingly very different. One worked with horses, one was afraid of horses, they just seemed unmatchable at first, but the sparks were flying and I enjoyed seeing both Callie and Wes grow together.  They had a lot more in common than I first thought so this book was a wonderful surprise and I really enjoyed it.




THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



Buy the book from...... 


About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.




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ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON......




NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive Game of Love ebook

the 1st book from the Remingtons series !!
Ending on Sunday 7th August at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

Enter Below & Good Luck !!




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July 3, 2014

Easy No Bake Cheesecake

 Cheesecake takes a lot of time to prepare, first the mixing, and of course if you over mix you're already set up to fail in the end. Bake it too little, bake it just a little over, temperature to the oven isn't right? Fail!  Cheesecake is one of those challenges I can never pass up, it's too good to pass up. Even when it fails it's still worth eating. So what if it's too thick, so what if there's a huge crack straight down the middle of it. There's no way I will pass up a cheesecake and hog it all to myself - which I do. Don't ever try to take my cheesecake, I will fight you for every last bite.

Now, as for the challenge of making it, sometimes there's just not enough time for all the fuss ( but again I will claim it's totally worth it in the end)  Someday's though it's too hot, really no choice but to find a way around that long process and still end up with a treat to enjoy. This Mock Cheesecake is no bake, and you can mess with the flavors all you want. Feel like being lazy? Open a can of pie filling and dump it on top of the sucker, slice it,  share it, enjoy it.  My kids enjoy this , and it's a good treat for hot summer days.

Cherry Pie Topping
Ingredients

2 pkg. (8oz each ) Cream Cheese Softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups  whipped topping
1 ready to use graham cracker crust (9in)
* Optional-  1 cup of fruit, I like using crushed strawberries, or crushed raspberries . I have even used about a half cup to a cup of jam, or jelly within the pie to spruce it up just make sure it's sugar free.
* Additional Fruit for topping, any berry works, you can use one can pie filling as well. Your choice

Directions

Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in bowl till well mixed. ( If using jam or jelly, make sure you beat this in with the cream cheese and sugar, move on to the next step)
 Fold in your whipped topping. If using fruit within the pie fold it in well now.  When mixed pour into your crust and spread evenly.

Perfect for the Fourth of July! This one has the crushed fruit inside. 

Arrange fruit if any on top of the pie, set it fridge for about 2-3 hours till set. If you plan on using pie filling for topping, pour this on right before serving.

Enjoy!
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