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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

LaVitality Wrap Top Pattern Review

I have reached that point in pregnancy where I am starting to sew clothes that will work for breastfeeding when the baby arrives. Today, I am reviewing a LAVitality top pattern that is advertised as a V-neck, but it is constructed as a wrap top; so, I know it will give great breastfeeding access. The LAVitality Wrap Top is a pattern I found on Etsy. Prior to purchasing this pattern, I was not familiar with LAVitality or their patterns. I was quite surprised at how very inexpensive they were (less than $3 at regular price!) and thought I would give the pattern a try! 

Fabric: Both shirts were made with cotton lycra from Made Whimsy. The feathers can be found here, and the cream solid can be found here.

Size Sewn and Pattern Adjustments - I was in between sizes on the size chart and ended up going with a Small. My bust is at 36 inches so I was a little over the range for small. The pattern comes in a shorter length and a long length. I chose the long length and added an inch to the bottom of both front pieces so I could have extra room in the belly. I am only 5'2" so I would not have done this if I was not going to wear it for maternity as well.


Pattern review - I really liked how both shirts turned out. They will be very easy to nurse in and yet the neckline is modest enough that I do not need to wear a cami underneath. All the points in the pattern matched up very nicely. The neckband had notches and was very easy to put on. I love a pattern that I can get the band right without having to measure my own! The instructions and pattern photos were very clear and easy to follow. The pattern came together pretty quickly. The only warning I have about this pattern is the sleeve length. I normally need to take out several inches on sleeves due to my height, but these fit me perfectly. If you are average height or tall, you will need to compare the sleeve pattern to another long sleeve pattern that you already own and add length. 


These photos were taken in September when I was 24 weeks pregnant. I was trying to plan for cooler fall weather, but it ended up being a very hot day! As a maternity top, both shirts still fit me at 33 weeks pregnant, and the bottom band still falls under my bump. It is starting to get snug, though, so I may not wear it in the very last month of pregnancy because I do not like clothes to be too tight on my stomach when I feel huge. If you are making this pattern mainly for maternity, I would size up for the belly and choose a fabric with a lot of stretch (like rayon spandex).


The pants I am wearing with my tops are my oh so comfortable Brassie joggers (blogged about here) made in distressed knit from Mily Mae Fabric.

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson

Disclosures: This post does not contain affiliate links.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sofilantjes Regem Shirt Pattern Review

Today, I am excited to share with you the release of a new pattern from Sofilantjes - the Regem Shirt. I tested the pattern on my oldest daughter, Abby, and she loves the way her shirts turned out. The pattern is a unisex child's long or short sleeved shirt that comes with two options - a simple shirt or a color blocked shirt. I chose the size to make based on her chest measurement, which made her a size 8. The only adjustment that I made to the pattern was to add 3/4 inches in length to the body because her height fit a size 9. The shirt pattern is straight down from the armpit; so, I did not grade for waist or hips. I am so happy with the fit on this shirt!

Her first shirt is Option A in long sleeves and the fabric is the vibrant vapors plush brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar. This fabric is super soft and has a great weight for a warm shirt. As you can tell, she thinks the shirt and fabric are pretty awesome!





 Next, I made her another simple Regem Shirt using cotton lycra. The main fabric is from Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. The coordinating solid black for the sleeves and neckband are from Made Whimsy. Made Whimsy is my favorite supplier for solids.



Finally, I had to make a Regem Shirt using the color blocking option. The color blocking is so fun to play around with and lets me use up some pretty small scraps. The main fabric for this shirt is from Zenith and Quasar, and the pink is some mystery blend that I had in my stash that was leftover from a shirt that I made for myself.



The Regem Shirt pattern is on sale for the pattern release until midnight Sunday (CET), which is 5 p.m. Sunday for Central Standard Time.

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Rainbow Baby Quilt

Today, I get to share with you my most recent quilt finish - a Patchwork Prism Quilt made out of only Anna Maria Horner fabric. I decided to join some fellow quilters on Instagram in an Anna Maria Horner sew-along at the beginning of September. I was so excited because the rules were very relaxed. We just needed to finish a quilt (or quilt top) by the end of October that was made entirely in Anna Maria Horner fabric. Since she is one of my favorite fabric designers, I was excited to join them. I found this as a great opportunity to actually finish a baby quilt for the baby we are expecting. The Patchwork Prism pattern that I took inspiration from is by Anna Maria Horner and is available for free here. Instead of using the templates in the pattern, I used my Accuquilt die cutter. I also added an extra row around the edges to make it the size I wanted, which is 42 square inches.


The quilt pattern is just perfect for the rainbow baby we are expecting! A rainbow baby is a baby born after a loss of a previous child. The beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages or pain of the storm; however, it focuses on the beauty and promise that God provides in the form of a rainbow after the storm. After having four normal, healthy pregnancies, I lost 2 pregnancies in 2016. One was a missed miscarriage and the other was a partial molar pregnancy. This was a part of my story that I never imagined. After the year was over, I really did not think I was ready for pregnancy again and was very happy (and busy) with my four other children. Much to my surprise, I found out I was expecting again in early May 2017! With all the excitement also came a lot of anxiety about the pregnancy. I had no idea the emotions that would come up! I was right back in the same situation where I had previously experienced so much heartache. I emotionally did not feel ready for the task. At first, I dealt with it by just not telling anyone. This did not work out very long, though, because I began showing so early!

When ignoring the obvious no longer worked for coping with anxiety, I decided to choose JOY. A fellow blogger that I follow, Rachel at Stitched in Color, wrote this blogpost at the end of May that spoke mountains to me and really changed my perspective from that point on. In her blogpost, she wrote about how she was able to go on and have another child after losing a young baby. She knew it was alright to seek happiness again. Rachel wrote about how it is our love, and not our sorrow, that blesses others. I realized in that moment that I could in no way be a blessing to this baby growing in my womb without first choosing happiness. My past did not have to predict my future, but I could enjoy the moment  (and pregnancy!) I have right now. Allowing fear in would provide no help. 


I can't wait to show you all a picture of the quilt with a little baby playing on top of it! I now have about 2 months before her arrival and am enjoying getting to make her lots of cute little things and do all the things that normal nesting mommies do. I just have an entirely new perspective this time around. I still have to fight feelings of anxiety, but I am so glad that I made the choice from so early on in the pregnancy to not give in to fear. I can take care of myself, pray, and expect the best. My worry will in no way help me or those around me. 

Now, back to the quilt. I am so excited to actually have a quilt that is finished. Summers are so hot in Texas that I start a ton of quilts, but I usually have no desire to finish them because of the heat. With that first taste of cold weather, though, I somehow regain my energy to finish some of the quilt projects I have been working on.

For the back of the quilt, I used Anna Maria Horner's Pretty Potent Echinacea Flannel. This print is no longer available in flannel but was recently reprinted on quilting cotton in other colorways.  

I just love how the binding turned out on this quilt! I used this fabric from her Fibs and Fables collection. It was as if Anna Maria made this fabric just for binding this quilt. I love how her collections all go together so well! My favorite tutorial for binding a quilt is from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company. After attaching the binding to the front, I hand stitch it to the back because I just love how nice it looks finished. I also get to watch a good movie and maybe some football while I do it, so it is a very relaxing process that I look forward to. 



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Saturday, October 21, 2017

5 out of 4 Diane Joggers Pattern Review

Hello, third trimester! To formally welcome the third trimester, today's post will be all about the comfy pants, a.k.a joggers. Over the past several months of blogging for maternity, I think my most used word is comfortable. My key to dressing for maternity is comfort, and it is always an added bonus if I look put together at the same time. I love to look good while feeling like I am wearing pajamas, and I am so happy that jogging pants are in style!

I am really excited to share with you today about 5 out of 4 patterns newest release, the Diane joggers, and how wonderful they are for maternity. I tested their low rise/maternity option, and I couldn't be more happy with how well this pattern fits and the options it includes!

To begin the test, I made a pair of shorts in a size Small. My hips measure 38 inches now, which puts me in between the XS and Small. The small will give me more wiggle room if my hips expand anymore in this final stretch of pregnancy. I made a pair of shorts first to check crotch fit on me and see if I needed adjustments before making pants.


Making a muslin is very important to check fit, and I loved all the detailed help in this pattern to get the perfect, wedgie-free fit for everyone. The only adjustment I noticed that I needed after my first pair was to go down to the XS in my legs when making pants. My leg measurements fit right into the XS size chart anyways so this adjustment made sense.  I also turned the hem up so that I could see the pretty contrast of the wrong side.

Fabric choice: I used a French terry remnant that I found at Super Textiles in the fabric district. The owner Steve is such a wonderful guy, and I always enjoy getting to visit him and all of his beautiful fabric. I used cotton lycra from Made Whimsy for the waistband on this pair.

One of the great features of the Diane joggers pattern is that it has a back yoke that does wonderful things for the bum area!



Next, I made a pants version that may be the most comfortable pair of pants I own. I need Texas to bring some cooler weather just so that I can wear them all the time! These are the full pants version of the Diane joggers that are hemmed and do not have cuffs. I used a navy cotton sweatshirt fleece that I got from Aimee Wilson. She made a pair of jogging pants last winter out of it that she loved and shared her left over fabric with me. What a treat! I used a coordinating cotton lycra from Made Whimsy for the waistband. This pattern is great for knits without vertical stretch. This means, however, that the rise will turn out higher in the back if you are using a knit with a lot of vertical stretch. 

I have a 27 inch inseam so I needed to shorten this pattern. There is one lengthen/shorten line, but I knew that it may not be as smooth if I took so much out in just one spot. So, I took out 1-1.5 inches at a time in 3 different spots, for a total of 3.75 inches of length removed. The first line I made to take out length was in the thigh, the second was at the actual lengthen/shorten line, and the third was about 4 inches below that.


For my next pair of Diane Joggers, I wanted a pair that would work for the gym since I try to stay active throughout my pregnancy. I used some athletic brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar that is so soft and works great for joggers. 


The pockets on this pattern are patch pockets and are very deep. I can fit my entire IPhone 6 in them, and it is completely covered and not falling out. Total win! I have yet to find store-bought clothes for women with functional pockets!




My final pair of joggers were in the capri length. This pair was made from Zenith and Quasar's plush brushed poly. This fabric is so incredibly soft. 



Big pockets!!



Capri length is one of my favorite because I get so much use out of them Fall through Spring. There are so many winter days that are not quite cold enough for pants where I live. Here is one of my favorite way to wear them, though, when we do have an actual cold day - with a sweater and fleece lined boots.


The only alteration I have made to this pattern since the testing period is to change the patch pockets to a pocket bag. Yes, that is right, I am already making another pair of joggers since taking these photos! 

Thanks for reading my blog! You can grab your pattern for the Diane Joggers here

Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Greenstyle Chelsea Pants Pattern Review and Maternity Tutorial

Today, Greenstyle is releasing their new pattern - the Chelsea Pants. These pants are drafted for stable fabrics that have at least 25% stretch. This means that stretch denims and stretch wovens work for this pattern as well as stable knits like ponte, velvet, French terry, and double knits. The Chelsea pants also work great for maternity! I will be giving my tips at the end of this blogpost if you need to make adjustments for maternity like I did.

It is hard to pick a favorite when it comes to jeans that are comfortable, but I think this pink stretch denim pair might just be it! This was a remnant from Joann that is no longer listed on their website, but you can find other 7 oz stretch denims just like it here. For the waistband, I used cotton lycra from Made Whimsy

Next, I wanted to see how these pants looked in a French terry. This pattern is not intended for fabrics with drape; rather, you want a fabric that holds its shape so that it bells out at the bottom. Light weight French terries with rayon will not work for this pattern. The green French terry I used is a pretty stable thicker cotton one I found at Wherehouse Fabrics in Dallas. These turned out super comfortable!


I also made a pair of Chelsea pants out of a stretch terry performance fabric that is in the loungeletics section at Joann Fabrics. This fabric is smooth on the outside but has a diamond terry pattern on the inside. These will be very warm pants and perfect for this upcoming winter!


The black tank modeled with my pink, green, and blue pants above is my Lago tank that I made very early in my pregnancy. I made no adjustments to it for maternity. I had just found out I was pregnant while making that top! The rayon fabric that I used has had the perfect stretch to accommodate my growing belly and is still holding on at 26 weeks. It is a free tank pattern and has been in heavy rotation in my closet this entire summer. 

Lastly, I made a pair of Chelsea pants out of Ponte. Ponte is a great fabric for this pattern, and I am really happy with how these turned out. I am wearing them with my Cheyene Tunic from Hey June Patterns. I made this top in testing during the winter of 2015 and think it is going to be a wonderful button down for breastfeeding my new baby this winter. 


Of course, one of my favorite parts of pattern testing and taking photos is when I get to do it with one of my sweetest friends, Aimee of Capture, Craft, and Cook


Maternity Tutorial

Before attaching the waistband, you will need to try on your pants and see where the top of the pant meets the bottom of your belly. Fabric with a lot of vertical stretch will be higher up on your waist than fabric with little to no vertical stretch. You will want to take out any excess fabric that rises over your belly. Here is a photo of me doing this with the ponte fabric. I needed to take 1/2 an inch out of the rise where I have clipped. I only took out of the front of the pants, not the back. I did not need to take out any with the stretch denim because it had very little vertical stretch and landed right under my belly.

The Chelsea pant pattern comes with the option of three different rises on the waistband piece - low, mid, and high. I did not need to make any adjustments to the waistband piece when I made the low rise. My pants were a size medium, so I used the medium waist band exactly as written on the pattern. The pattern does, however, allow you to use whichever fabric you used for the body of the pants on the outer waistband piece. I only did this if the fabric had at least 50% horizontal stretch. If it had less than this (which was the case with the stretch denim), I used a cotton lycra for both the inner and outer waistband.

Low rise waistband with ponte on the outer waistband and brushed poly on the inner waistband
Medium waistband graded to a large for the top
If you are using the mid or high rise waistbands during pregnancy, you will need to grade up a size or two to give your belly room. The bottom of the waistband that attaches to the top of your pants needs to be the same size as the pant that you made because the waistband is not stretched as you attach it. To grade up in your waistband, simply draw a line from the bottom of the waistband starting at the size of pant you made and draw the line to the size you need to grade up to at the top of the waistband. You need to do this on both the front and back waistband pieces. Also, the type of fabric you use will make a huge difference in how comfortable your waistband feel on your stomach. Stretchy fabrics with good recovery are key. I like to use cotton lycra or  nylon lycra for waistbands. 

Always try on your waistband before attaching it to your pants!! You will save yourself many ripped stitches if you get a comfortable fit prior to attaching. When pregnant, I usually go for bands that do just enough to hold my pants up without putting pressure on my stomach. Your personal preference may be a higher rise with more compression. The waistband is very easy to modify on this pattern. If you need extra height in the rise, simply add the amount of inches you need at the top.

You can purchase the pattern for the Chelsea Pants here. It is on sale until Friday, October 6. I hope you enjoy making yours as much as I do. I was surprised at how quickly they came together!

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cloth Diapering

Lately, I have been super focused on sewing cloth diapers; so, today's post will be about my adventures in cloth diapering and include my tips for helping cloth diapers work for you. I have had quite the range of experiences in figuring out how to diaper! My oldest baby will be 9 right around the time my current baby is due to arrive. Our new bundle will make five children in our home!

In the beginning ...
When I began researching cloth diapers when I was pregnant with my first child, I was so excited to find out how much cloth diapers had changed since my younger siblings were in diapers! After much research, I thought I had exhausted the world of opinions and came to the decision of the best cloth diaper. I did not sew more than a pillow at the time; so, I purchased 24 all-in-one Bum Genius organic diapers. I had received several packages of disposable diapers as well, and at first, alternated between disposables and cloth diapers. However, I quickly hated disposable diapers after many explosive poops landed all over my daughter and me. For some reason, this usually happened out in public, at a restaurant, and when I was totally unprepared. The cloth diapers held it all in wonderfully, though, so they always became my go-to diapering solution.

Next up is baby 2...

When my first daughter was 13 months old, I found out I was pregnant with baby #2. I noticed the stash of Bum Genius diapers I had acquired for baby #1 were starting to be very worn, and before my due date arrived, they were completely useless. They were full of holes on the absorbent part. I had spent close to $400 on all these diapers and was told they would last through more than one child. I was so frustrated! I completely gave up, and just switched to disposables for baby #2. Thankfully, I was more prepared and did not have as many public blow outs with this baby. 

And here comes baby 3...
When my second daughter was 11 months old, I found out I was pregnant with baby #3! I realized my family was growing very fast at this point and that I need to make this cloth diaper thing work! I had begun sewing with baby #2 but did not even think to make my own diapers at this point. I still wasn't sure what worked and had not tried many different diaper types. While I was still early in my pregnancy, I began ordering just a few of several different brands of diapers. I ordered as many brands were available from the Jillian's Drawers Gently Used section. I mainly stuck to pockets and all in one styles. I was not ready for the world of fitteds and covers. It was great for me to get a few of each brand, rather than put all my eggs in one basket as I had before. I quickly found out which diapers were the better quality and fit my baby the best. By the time baby #3 was born, I had a stash of 36 fully functioning diapers and was ready to have 2 in diapers. 

And another baby makes 4...
You know how this narrative goes - And, when my third baby was 13 months old, I found out I was pregnant with baby #4. At this point, I had been sewing since I was pregnant with baby #2 and had such a better idea of what cloth diapering was about. I had been washing diapers every other day for so long that it was part of my routine. 

I bought Jalie 2907 on paper at my local cloth diaper store. I had several different diaper brands where the elastic was shot (I learned the hard way that vinegar ruins cloth diaper elastic!) so I took those apart and compared them to the Jalie fitted pattern. Jalie was spot on with some of the better brands. For baby #4, I mainly wanted to get better at diapering the newborn stage. A lot of the diapers I had found worked did not begin fitting until my babies were about 3 months old. Jalie's pattern had a fitted diaper pattern that was broken down into NB, 0-3, 3,6, 6-12, etc. I knew this would be perfect! It takes me about an hour and a half to make one diaper, and I ended up being able to make enough 0-3 month diapers to make it through to wash day for baby #4 . I added a snap down rise so that I could get away with only making a few sizes. The 0-3 month size (with snap down rise) fit from birth until 3 months. The 6-9 month size fit from the time the umbilical stump fell off until 9 months. 

A few of the diapers I made had a PUL outer and an organic bamboo fleece or terry inner. The rest of the diapers that I made for baby #4 were fitted diapers with a knit outer and a bamboo or cotton velour inner (with bamboo fleece as the absorbency). A fitted diaper does not have PUL to prevent leaks so it requires a cover. As a cover, I raided thrift stores for large men's wool sweaters, felted them, and turned them into wool shorties using this free pattern here. I found that I liked my leg cuffs and waistbands to be taller than what the pattern called for; so, often, I would add a few inches if I had the extra fabric to do so. Here is my little Aaron sporting his fitteds with a wool diaper cover. 
0-6 month wool shorties
6-12 month wool shorties with taller bands, which help to prevent leaks



And finally, Baby 5!

My baby #4 had just turned 3, and I thought that we were surely done. I began expanding my non-maternity wardrobe and was happy to have a waistline that stayed the same size month after month. After experiencing pregnancy loss, I also felt emotionally done with everything as well. And then, after getting rid of so many baby items, we found out we were expecting baby #5! Thankfully, after baby #4 was born, his diapers were borrowed by 2 different friends and were kept out of reach from my constant purging of baby stuff! When I received those back, I was so happy to see what great condition everything was in and was excited to sew a few more for baby #5! Now onto some photos of what I have been sewing lately..

0-3 month fitted diaper with snap down rise

All-in-one style 0-3 month size diapers using Jalie fitted pattern with a PUL outer and a bamboo fleece inner
6-9 month all-in-ones
When I sew cloth diapers, I prefer to only use snaps. Velcro diapers are much quicker for diaper changes, but I learned that Velcro can become worn and also makes for a naked toddler. All my babies figured out how to take a Velcro fastened diaper off quick! To put snaps on, I used Kam Snaps with a hand held snap press. I placed each snap 1 inch apart (measuring from the center of one snap to the next).

Also, here are a few of my favorite (and not made by me) Alva pocket diapers that I purchased from A Touch of Love. They are really inexpensive and usually cost around $5/diaper plus insert. These diapers do not fit until my babies are about 3 months, but once they do fit, they last until potty training. 

Tips/Resources

(1) Diapering requires: (a) an absorbent part and barrier outside of the absorbency to keep it from leaking out. Natural fibers are absorbent (cotton, bamboo, hemp, etc.) There are also unnatural absorbent fiber blends (like zorb and microfiber) that can hold moisture. (b) a waterproof barrier on the outside of the diaper keeps it all in. PUL is a laminated polyester-type (synthetic) fabric that is the most leakproof but not as breathable. Wool is a wonderful fabric that is natural and breathable. It absorbs and does not leak liquid. However, it can leak once it is at its max. (c) You may also need a layer next to the baby that is stay-dry. This will be an unnatural fiber that wicks the moisture away from the baby and into the absorbent part of the diaper. If your baby gets rashes, she may not be able to handle moisture staying next to her skin for very long..

(2) If your diaper leaks, check that the diaper has enough absorbency and make sure the leg and back elastic fits snuggly around the baby. If it is a good fit and is not gaping, you need more absorbency. Too stiff or too wide inserts can make it hard to get the elastic to fit well around the legs. When sewing cloth diapers or replacing elastic, I always measure the area that needs elastic and cut my elastic at 50% of this measurement. This makes for very nice fitting elastic!

(3) Clean diapers do not stink. Check your wash routine if you have stinky diapers. My favorite cloth detergent brand for my hard water is Rockin Green. It also comes in a classic formula for those who do not have hard water. Do not use vinegar to freshen up your diapers! It will ruin the elastic. A diaper with shot elastic does not work. The sun is your friend and will "bleach" out a stained diaper. Just hang it to dry outside, letting the sun hit directly on the stain. Cloth diapering can be trickier in a front loader, but I have learned how to make mine work -  I add a small amount of detergent to the prewash cycle.

Upcycled wool sweaters used on baby #4
(4) My favorite online place to buy fabric for making cloth diapers is Simplifi Fabric. They have the softest organic fabrics that take all the heavy washing of cloth diapering and hold up year after year. There are also Facebook groups dedicated to buying cloth diaper supplies at discounted prices to stock up on items such as snaps and elastic.

(5) I like to buy my wool at thrift stores. I look for large sweaters that are soft and have at least 80% of the fiber content in wool. I give them a good wash and dry to felt them. Once the weather turns cooler, I plan to find some pretty pink sweaters to upcycle for diaper covers. To care for wool, I used this video from our local cloth diaper store. It made the process very easy.

(6) Don't put your eggs all in one basket. Never fully invest in one system or brand of diaper. You can end up spending lots of money on a diaper that someone else loved but does not work for your baby.

(7) Have enough diapers on hand that you can wash diapers every other day (about 24). You can get away with less and wash every day, but it is so nice to have back ups if life does not allow a laundry day. Do not go more than 3 days without washing, though.

(8) Get a diaper sprayer for your bathroom to help with clean up when your baby is not exclusively breastfed anymore. I ordered one similar to this one on Amazon. It was super easy for my husband to hook up and still works great after using it all the time for over 6 years!

If you have made it this far, thanks for reading! Please let me know if you have any questions or problems I can help you navigate.

Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.