Honor Your Pet With Pet Memorial Jewelry by My Flowers Forever & Bellabeads- World-Wide Give-Away!

Disclosure:We were compensated by My Flowers Forever/Bellabeads in product and a review fee,  to share info with YOU our readers.  As you know, we ONLY share information about products that we currently use, have used, that we would LOVE to use, and that would be of interest and value to YOU.

When I was contacted by My Flowers Forever/Bellabeads asking if I would be interested in featuring their Pet Memorial Jewelry, the timing could not have been more perfect. As many of you know who follow our blog, we have another blog that is dedicated to the memory of my “soul kitty”, Bobo. July 2nd marked the 10th anniversary of my beloved Bobo’s passing, and I felt that featuring this special jewelry on his blog and Dakota’s  would be yet another wonderful way of honoring him.  In case you missed the give-away that Cody did on HIS blog, you are in luck! Today we are offering you yet another chance  to win a custom-made piece of jewelry that will honor YOUR beloved pet, and IT IS A WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY! 

ABOUT BELLABEADS/MY FLOWERS FOREVER.COM

Bellabeads, which began under the name Flowers Forever, was started in 1994 by the current owner, Cristina Segarra. What started out as a small business with just one employee, offering clients exceptional service and high quality designs, has flourished into a fully staffed memorial jewelry and flower preservation business, available to customers worldwide.  As Bellabeads continues to expand its services and product lines, we remain dedicated to providing customers with only the highest quality finished products. Every product sold is hand-made on location, with the utmost attention to detail. This ensures that your custom piece is not only one of a kind, but also perfect.

We are a company that makes memorial jewelry from pet ashes, pet fur and flower

petals. We have been in business over 20 years.

We ship worldwide, so it’s no surprise that we have created designs for clients as far away as Japan and from events as prestigious as The Presidential Inaugural Ball.

Photo Courtesy of My Flowers Forever Jewelry–Flower Petal Jewelry, Gates of Charleston Pendant

PET MEMORIAL &  REMEMBRANCE JEWELRY

Our friends at  Flowers Forever, understand that pets are more than just animals. They become your companion, your friend and part of your family. They share your laughs, your tears and your love.

Having to say goodbye to a pet is one of the hardest things to do. It can feel like there’s a hole in your heart that can never be filled. They believe that the only way to move forward is to reflect on the beauty of the life that you were able to share and memorialize this remembrance. 

Photo Courtesy of My Flowers Forever Jewelry–Pet Memorial Oval Pendant

That’s why they create beautiful memorial and remembrance jewelry for you. Each piece is handcrafted with love by their team of artisan jewelers and is one-of-a-kind. They use hair or ashes from your dearly departed pet to create memorial beads and pendants that you can wear, give as gifts, or pass down as treasured heirlooms.

For purposes of Cody’s review and to show you an example on Dakota’s blog, I was presented with the opportunity of having beads made that resembled Bobo’s coloring. I am unusual in the fact that I didn’t want to upset Bobo’s ashes by opening them and sending them, nor did I want to send some of his fur since I have so little of it left. That wasn’t a concern at all. The lovely people at My Flowers Forever & Bellabeads had me send a photo of Bobo that showed his coloring clearly, The picture above was done by Becart and is the photo that I chose. When my items arrived,  I could NOT have been happier with the results!!  They made two different variants of color for me.

Every memorial bead is handcrafted by their team of 5 highly skilled artisan jewelers specifically for each customer.  Each piece is completely different and one of a kind.  

This type of jewelry is made by using freeze-dried petals, which can be combined with a small amount of the ashes of your loved one if desired. This means you can use the petals of your most-loved flower or from the arrangement at their memorial. This can be further personalized by adding their initials or their name. You can pick an artisan piece that lovingly honors and celebrates them as an individual; a heart pendant, or a bracelet that is engraved with their name, an angel wing pendant or a memorial keychain with an engraved monogram. Whichever piece you select will stay with you and hopefully provide you with some comfort in difficult times. You can see more bracelets here. Questions? Visit their FAQ’S page to find answers!

Pictured above is the Double Ring Necklace Pendant which I adore. If you look at the color of the pendant and the bead above, you will see how closely it resembles the color of Bobo’s fur. 

When my jewelry arrived I wanted to cry. Not out of sadness but out of happiness. The items were sent beautifully wrapped/presented, (if you are giving them as a gift they are ready to go). The bead and pendant that I received in honor of Bobo’s 10th Anniversary at The Rainbow Bridge are items that I will wear and cherish forever. They are yet another way of somehow enabling him to still be close to me. I adore my items and you will too!

Photo Courtesy of My Flowers Forever Jewelry–Personalized Dog Bone Pendant

WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY!! YOU are in luck! The kind people at My Flowers Forever & Bellabeads are offering ONE of my readers WHO RESIDES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD a double ring pendant of their own! (An approximate $77 value). Entering is easy! Simply enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!!

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Keep your Pets Safe with the ASPCA Summer Safety Tips and Give-Away!

Hi  friends!! Today is the first day of summer here in the U.S. ! We had some crazy hot temps last week but thankfully it has cooled off a bit. With summer having arrived,  the hot weather will be setting in for good!

Many people with pets will be spending more time outside due to the warmer weather and that poses added risks. Everything from heat to fireworks. July 4th is right around the corner, (the fireworks cause many pets to escape and go missing), as a result  the ASPCA wants to remind pet owners of the IMPORTANCE of being sure that your pet has an ID. July 1st is also ID Your Pet Day. Your pet should have an ID tag with updated info, even microchips are great. Dakota has  a microchip, they are always a good idea.

The ASPCA has created this mini infographic with  super important safety tips to help keep your furbabies safe this summer:

 

GIVE-AWAY!!!

To help kick off summer, the ASPCA is conducting a GIVE-AWAY!!

 

THREE LUCKY READERS OF OUR BLOG WHO RESIDE IN THE U.S. AND ARE 18 AND OVER, WILL EACH WIN THIS COOL SUMMER GIFT PACK!!  ENTERING IS SUPER EASY, JUST LEAVE A COMMENT STATING YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ENTERED. THAT’S IT! EASY PEASY!!! THE GIVE-AWAY STARTS NOW AND THE LUCKY WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY RANDOM.ORG AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OR AROUND JUNE  28TH. GOOD LUCK!!!

 

 

Give-Away! “The Dog Bed YOU Design!” the Petoji Hybern8 (as seen on Kickstarter!)

Petoji has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

From the moment I was contacted by Petoji, (a company that specializes in premium dog gear),  asking if I would share their NEW line of dog beds,  Hybern8  (“The Dog Bed that YOU Design”) I was impressed. I was impressed with not only their products, but with the professionalism of this company. (And..they have a super cute Sheltie named Rory who is modeling in the video and some of the photos that I fell in love with!)  It is no wonder that their Kickstarter campaign met its goal in just a few days, but in order to offer more for YOU THEY STILL NEED YOUR HELP!

“Rory” Modeling Photo Courtesy of Petoji

While I did not receive an actual Hybern8 to review, after learning about this oh-so-comfy-looking bed, I knew that it would be of great interest to all of you. How could it NOT be? From everything I have read and seen, this bed looks so comfortable that I want to sleep on it. It also looks beautifully made.  It is our pleasure and honor to share information with you about this exceptional bed.

Hybern8 is “the most comfortable custom luxury dog bed ever.” It’s designed and manufactured by Petoji in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • The custom cover is removable and replaceable
    • You decide how it looks, YOU choose your favorite colors and patterns for each part of the bed. (They will provide at minimum 20 and up to 100 fabric options depending on campaign funding.) All customization selections will be chosen at the end of the campaign.
  • “It’s more comfortable that any other dog bed.”
    • Filled with Cloud9 filling, a synthetic down alternative found in high-end duvets and pillows. No one else uses a filling this nice for a dog bed, but our dog’s deserve the best!
  • Everything is 100% washable. The cover and the pillow can be washed and dried good as new.
    • Backed by guarantee. Petoji’s Stay Fluffy Guarantee ensures that if your pillow ever needs a lift, they will re-stuff it at no cost. How cool is that??? I have never, ever heard of anyone who will do that!

      Photo Courtesy of Petoji

  • Comes in 4 sizes
    • Mini for dogs up to 15 lbs, Queen for dogs up to 30 lbs, King for dogs up to 60 lbs, and Supreme for dogs up to 100 lbs.

      Photo Courtesy of Petoji

  • Petoji’s Active Breathe Shield is the “best water-resistant liner there is”.
    • The top layer is waterproof nylon, the bottom is a DWR coated polyester that lets the bed breathe. Your dog won’t even know it’s there.
    • Custom toy baskets: Petoji is also offering custom coordinating toy baskets made from the same Hybern8 materials.

      Photo Courtesy of Petoji

  • “Compared to other custom beds, Hybern8 has more customization options, better materials, at a much lower price. Other custom beds cost 200-300$ and they are nowhere near the same quality of material or manufacturing.”

 

WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?

  • Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform, and by backing their project you are buying your bed in advance which helps them buy the machines they need, the best materials they can get, and hire the right people to produce Hybern8 in their own Texas facility. Projected shipments for the first orders is August. As a backer you are getting onto the ground floor and really playing a role in making this happen!
  • Petoji needs your help to bring this project to life! Help them achieve their goal of getting their own manufacturing facility up and running in Texas to produce Hybern8 and continue to develop more great pet products.
  • Kickstarter ends May 18th

    Doesn’t Rory look handsome on this bed? Photo Courtesy of Petoji

GIVE-AWAY!! 

USA only. 18 and over. ONE winner will be able to select their bed size and colors shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends May 18th, and will receive the bed in line with Petoji’s production schedule. (projected to ship in August).By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to sign up for Petoji’s mailing list. Extra entries for Facebook sharing. Enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!!

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BE SURE TO STOP BY DAKOTA’S BLOG THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 10TH to read about the Adventure Leash that Dakota received from Petoji!!

 

Pet People LOVE Animal Hearted: “Apparel and Gifts for Animal Lovers” Give-Away!

Animal Hearted Apparel has sponsored this post, both in product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own.


 is a clothing company with a conscience

They are passionate about animals. Not only do they make fun and creative clothing and accessories for animal lovers, they are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. They donate 25% of proceeds from every order to a non-profit animal shelter or rescue. They have helped save thousands of shelter pets. When YOU place an order, you will help save thousands more!

Some of the  organizations Animal Hearted has worked with include the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Place Sanctuary, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, the North Shore Animal League, SPCA of Solano County, Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue, Yolo County SPCA, and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California.

 

Animal Hearted Apparel carries an extensive and ever-expanding collection of tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and hats/beanies in unisex, women’s, and youth sizes.

When I was contacted by Animal Hearted founder, Aaron Seminoff, asking if I would be interested in selecting some items and writing about them for both Dakota and Cody’s blog, after reading about all the wonderful things they do for animals and seeing their quirky, fun, sometimes snarky, but full of so much love, products, I jumped at the chance!

As I mentioned, Aaron Seminoff, is the founder of Animal Hearted Apparel. He is a dedicated animal lover, photographer and musician. Aaron shares his life with two rescue dogs (Link and Zelda)

Photo Courtesy of Animal Hearted Apparel

and two rescue cats (Sheba and Abby)! Aaron also plays drums in a band, and loves to take his dogs hiking. With Animal Hearted, Aaron combines his creativity with his passion for animals to provide you with the best source for all of your animal-related products.

The shirt below is one of the dog-themed shirts that I selected for my husband as a special surprise. He LOVES IT!

I also found two more that are on my “wish list!”

The T-shirts that I ordered are  100% cotton  which I LOVE!! Another thing I love? I am rather “fluffy” which is a nice way of saying I am “zaftig” or “chubby”, and Animal Hearted is one of the few sites that has larger sizes that are TRULY LARGER SIZES. They are NOT those T-shirts with a size sticker that isn’t true to size. Animal Hearted T’s ARE TRUE TO SIZE. If you are “fluffy” like me, that is often hard to find and much appreciated!

CRISIS AVERTED!!

Poor Aaron!! When I was perusing the Animal Hearted website looking for dog shirts, I noticed that they have a category where you can purchase a shirt by breed. The breeds are organized alphabetically and I went directly to the letter “S” looking for Shetland Sheepdogs. There were none. That is where “poor Aaron” comes in. I emailed him (in a rather “animated” way), asking why there were no Shetland Sheepdog shirts and he told me they WILL be added at a later date. So why was a crisis averted? Because I noticed that you can make a CUSTOM PET TEE on the Animal Hearted site! I could have Dakota’s photo put on a shirt! My problem was solved!

If you didn’t watch the video, PLEASE DO!!!! Designing my OWN SHIRT with one of my favorite photos of Dakota could NOT have been easier! One of many things I loved about the process, that is reiterated in the video, is that you do NOT need photos that are perfect for them to look great on a shirt. That is rare to find indeed.

Once you have submitted a photo, you will be contacted by the Animal Hearted designers who are super professional, polite and friendly. Below you will see the photo they sent me to approve on the left and on the right is the shirt that I received.

See? I told you the crisis of not having Sheltie shirts was averted! I just made one myself! Now, I have a shirt that is unique, there is no baseball memorabilia that I could purchase, that will have Dakota on it! Now THAT’S special!!

Animal Hearted also has  bandanas, that are intended primarily for dogs, and I selected the one you see below for Dakota, but you just might see Cody make an appearance in it too! It is generously sized and just darling!

Speaking of Cody, if you want to see the cat shirts that I selected (and for EXTRA ENTRIES INTO THE GIVE-AWAY THAT WE WILL BE SHARING BELOW), go and visit his blog, he is having a give-away too!

Looking for A Gift For You

Or An Animal Loving Friend?

Animal Hearted has shirts, and Frisbees for dogs, as well as other animal-themed accessories like tote bags, stickers, phone cases, magnets, and key chains. There is so much to choose from that I am certain you will find the perfect gift for YOU or that special someone!!! And, you will be helping animals at the same time!!! They also have FREE WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $49 !!

Shop By Animal

Know someone who has:

  • Birds
  • Chickens
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Rabbits

AND

  • Alpacas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Goats

Yep you read that correctly!!!! You can find items for those people too!

 And….you can

 SHOP BY BREED!! 

  • Bird Breeds
  • Dog Breeds
  • Cat Breeds
  • Goat Breeds
  • Horse Breeds
  • Rabbit Breeds

YOU CAN DO ALL OF YOUR 

ANIMAL LOVER GIFT SHOPPING

IN ONE CONVENIENT PLACE

AND HELP ANIMALS TOO!!

The shirt featured above, is a shirt that Animal Hearted added to my order that was a much appreciated  surprise!

I couldn’t be happier with my entire experience with Animal Hearted! From their superb communication, customer service, attention to detail, their appreciation of my business, and the items that I received, you can rest assured I will be ordering from them in the future.  You should do the same! But in the meantime,  ONE OF YOU will have the chance to try them yourselves!!!

WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY!!

Aaron is generously offering a world-wide give-away where ONE PERSON who is 18 and over will be given a $30 gift card to their site to choose what they would like. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!!!! (Be sure to visit Cody’s blog to enter there too!)

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A Valentine’s Day Give-Away! Win a Luxury Dog Scarf from “Oh Tiny Heart” !

Hi and Happy Valentine’s Day all!! A few weeks ago I was excited to be contacted by a wonderful company that “makes and sells handcrafted luxury accessories for pooches from rare and fine materials you can’t find  anywhere else.”

I thought with today being Valentine’s Day, it couldn’t be more perfect  than to feature this company that I now “heart” on this special day of love!!! Why not treat your special dog to a luxury dog scarf from:

“Oh Tiny Heart”

 

THE OH TINY HEART STORY:

Launched on September 23, 2016 from our small San Francisco apartment, our handcrafted accessories combine our love of chic design with the comfortable and stylish fabrics and materials we love to wear ourselves. If we wouldn’t wear it, why should our pets?

We hope you come to love Oh Tiny Heart as much as we love the little pooch who started it all.

The beautifully wrapped package that I received for Dakota

WHY THEY STARTED:

We started Oh Tiny Heart after adopting our little fur baby, Mylo. When we first brought Mylo home, we found ourselves unable to stop shopping for things we thought he’d like — treats, toys, accessories — you name it! When we couldn’t seem to find accessories for him that we absolutely loved (we’re picky!), we decided to make our own.

HOW THEY STARTED:

Determined to create accessories we weren’t embarrassed to let Mylo wear, we rolled up our sleeves, purchased a sewing machine, a few bundles of thread, and began chopping up our old clothing. Sewing with discarded stretchy knits and delicate cottons forced us to master difficult fabrics right off the bat, setting the tone for the types of materials we’d end up working with most.

When we finally created an accessory we were proud of, we posted a picture of Mylo modeling our creation on Instagram, and comments demanding we sell our pieces started pouring in from friends and followers. That’s when we knew we had to open our own shop.

While we are still very much a mom and pop pet shop handcrafting accessories from our much-too-tiny San Francisco apartment, we feel our family has grown so much larger thanks to the amazingly supportive customers we are lucky enough to have.

We’d love for you to take a look at what we have:

Robin Scarf from the Signature Collection. Photo Courtesy of the Oh Tiny Heart Website. Click to visit!

The Robin Scarf is the scarf that I selected for Dakota to try.  It is from the Oh Tiny Heart Signature Collection. (There is also a Gateway Collection and Rare Collection). It is super soft, light as a feather, just beautiful, so beautiful, that I want to wear it, but Dakota insisted that I let HIM wear it! Dakota doesn’t always wear scarves or bandanas unless he has just returned from being groomed, so at first he wasn’t quite sure what to make of it:

The Robin scarf is a  royal blue beautiful sweater knit scarf. It’s super cozy to the touch, the fabric is super snuggly!!! This scarf is completely unlike any other scarf I ever put on Dakota. It’s so luxurious!! Once I let him know just how handsome he looked in this scarf he allowed me to take another photo:

DETAILS:

  • 80% Polyester/15% Rayon/5% Spandex
  • Light Weight
  • Yarn Dyed Slub Hatchi Sweater Knit
  • Ultra Soft Brushed Hand
  • Fluid Drape
  • Four Way Stretch
  • Royal Blue Cozy and Warm Sweater Knit with Soft Touch Black Trim
  • Traditional Square Bandana
  • Oh Tiny Heart Hand Dyed Real Leather Label
  • Handmade in USA

    Photo Courtesy of the Oh Tiny Heart website

SIZES AVAILABLE:

  • Petite (XS) fits necks up to 10” (12 x 12” square bandana, 14” on diagonal fold)
  • Popular (S/M) fits necks up to 14” (16 x 16” square, 22” on diagonal fold)
  • Prestige (L) fits necks up to 18” (20 x 20” square, 31” on diagonal fold)

CARE:

  • Hand Wash to Maintain Longevity
  • Air Dry Flat or Iron on Low Heat
  • Do Not Tumble Dry
  • Do Not Bleach

“What I put up with for a product review! Mom I am NOT a girl Sheltie, I am a BOY!!! But…this would look pretty on a female Sheltie as a cute hat, don’t you agree?”

 

I couldn’t be happier with Dakota’s scarf and am excited for you to check out all that Oh Tiny Heart has to offer! They also have Collars and Leashes!!!

Ok, I couldn’t resist and HAD to put the scarf on Cody too….he was a little less thrilled than I was:

Don’t let Cody’s expression deter you, remember, he IS a cat after all!!!!

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Give-Away is open to those who are

18 yrs of age and older. An approximate $38 value!

Entering is super easy,

just enter on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!!

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In full disclosure: I was not monetarily compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent the Robin Scarf from the Signature Collection in exchange for my always honest review.

Lucky Friday! It’s A Vita Bone® Give-Away!

Hi All! It’s Dakota! Today might be Friday the 13th but today, is YOUR LUCKY DAY! I have been eagerly awaiting telling you about some tasty new treats that I was lucky to try!

One day, my Mom and I were pawing around the internet reading blogs, and we read about  Vita Bone®. I tapped my Mom’s arm and told her that I wanted to try them. Mom and I  were lucky when our comment was seen on Facebook and we were contacted asking if we would like to try some Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks. It was my lucky day!

When my package arrived I couldn’t believe how generous my new friends were! I was sent a box of VITA BONE® Flavors Biscuits,  a box of Vita Bone® Biscuits, (Original),  VITA BONE® Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks  and VITA BONE® Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.

Vita Bone® Biscuits

 FROM Vita Bone® Vita Bone® Biscuits are made with natural ingredients and fortified with 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Our nutritious recipe also includes omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and glucosamine from natural sources like salmon oil and chicken. These essential elements help promote healthy skin, a well-conditioned coat, and joint health in your dog. Plus, the crunchy texture helps clean teeth and freshen breath.

They come in sizes that are perfect for whatever size dog you have, (small, medium or large).  I received Medium because they are for dogs over 20 lbs and I am around 25 lbs.

 

I didn’t try the original biscuits  yet, but I will! I DID try the:

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits come in liver, beef, vegetable, cheese, chicken, and original flavors.  They are scrumptious!! As you can see in the photo below, even the medium-sized bones are generously sized so Mom breaks it up for me. It makes the tastiness last longer and makes them easier for me to eat.

Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks

As I mentioned, I received the Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks and the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.  I haven’t tried the Beef Flavored sticks yet but I DID try the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks, (of COURSE I went for those first since Shelties LOVE to “herd” lambs/sheep!). I got to experience the taste of real lamb in every bite!  The sticks are easy to break into smaller pieces, which make them great to use for training, and you could put them in your favorite treat dispenser too!

About Vita Bone®

Vita Bone®is a family-owned company through and through and have been making pet food and treats in Ogden, Utah since 1972. They are passionate about pets, which is why they craft their own recipes and carefully source each ingredient. You can find out more about their brands at americanpetnutrition.com

Vita Bone® Gives Back!

Proud Supporter of:

All of us at Vita Bone® have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of all pets because we know what joy they bring to families across the country.

We also know the joy and power pets have to change lives. That’s why we support Pet Partners, a non-profit dedicated to training and providing therapy animals to people in need.

Therapy animals give affection and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, disaster areas, and more.

Pet Partners teams interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and those approaching end of life.

 

I am certain you are going to love Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks as much as I do!  Check out their store locator to see where you can purchase them. You can also:

ENTER TO WIN!!

 Our friends at Vita Bone® are generously offering TWO of our readers who are 18 and over and who reside in the U.S. the chance to win ONE BOX OF VITA BONE BISCUITS and TWO PACKAGES OF VITA BONE CHEWY STICKS. Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!! 

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We were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent product to test in exchange for our always honest review.