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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Delicious Coffee Treats For The Coffee Lover with Martello Café and Martello Stilista Primeo Espresso Machine, My Milky Pro Frother & Coffee Capsules Giveaway

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There is nothing better than a delicious cup of flavourful espresso topped with creamy frothed milk on a cold winter's day. We like our hot beverages in winter and we love that we can make amazing drinks right in the comfort of our home, not to mention the money we are saving by enjoying coffee treats made in our very own kitchen.  With 65% of Canadians favouring at-home brewing to take out coffee at a coffee shop or drive-thru, it’s a great time to take a look at Martello Café, a new line of single-serve espresso brewing system that brings an authentic Italian café experience to Canadian homes.

Martello Café  dove deeper with a survey to find out more about Canadian Coffee Drinking Habits and found some interesting factsIt’s no secret that Canadians love their coffee. In fact, 42 per cent of Canadians drink at least one to two cups of coffee per day, with 10 per cent drinking four to five cups.  35 per cent of Canadians say there is nothing they would give up in favour of their morning coffee ritual – choosing coffee over looking at social media, reading the newspaper, and even eating breakfast. Clearly, many Canadians love their coffee and consider it a part of their daily routine.

Martello Café brewing systems are designed with the functionality of more expensive machines but available at a fraction of the cost of other brands. Martello capsules are made with Italian roasted coffee sourced from the world’s premium coffee growing regions to ensure the best quality coffee beans are selected for Martello capsules so you get a great tasting cup of espresso each and every time.  The Martello Café line includes the Stilista Primeo, Stilista Lattelux and My Milky Pro milk frother, available exclusively at or

One of the machines included in Martello Café's lineup is the Martello Café Stilista Primeo which brews real Italian espresso in three easy steps: open the lever, insert your favourite Martello Café capsule and press the appropriate espresso button.  It is also available in two kitchen-decor friendly choices: black or white.

The Stilista Primeo can be used with  My Milky Pro frother to create smooth foam and delicious milk for your cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos and more with all of the benefits of affordability & convenience in the comfort of  your own home.

And there is a variety of capsules to choose from so your espresso can be made just the way you like it from soft and full-bodied, to balanced and velvety to classic and mild. There is also a Martello Variety pack  for people who love espresso and want to explore all the flavours of Martello espresso with their Martello machine.

With Martello Café, Canadians can skip the coffee shop line-up and enjoy a custom-created espresso beverage in the comfort of their own kitchen. If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the coffee lover or foodie on your list,  give the gift of tasty espresso in the comfort of home and  help friends and family #escapethegrind with Martello Café brewing systems. I think any coffee lover would enjoy an authentic coffee drinking experience in the comfort of home with aromatic Italian espresso blends and modern contemporary design at a fraction of the cost of leading capsule espresso brewing systems. 

The kind folks at Martello Café have provided me with this amazing Martello Café Gift Pack to give away to one of my lucky readers! The gift pack includes a Martello Stilista Primeo Espresso Machine, My Milky Pro Milk Frother and coffee capsules so you can make your own coffee treats at home!

Entry is easy! Just fill out the form below. 
Open to Canadian residents only 18 years and older. 
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Martello Café Giveaway

Disclosure; This post was sponsored by Martello Cafe. However, all opinions are 100% mine.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celery Mushroom Bake with Goat Cheese & Pecans

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With lots of get-togethers and potlucks to attend this holiday season, I love having a few fun & easy recipes up my sleeve that are delicious and different to please a crowd. This Celery Mushroom Bake with goat cheese & pecans is an excellent side dish to take to any gathering as it has a wonderful mix of flavour with lots of crunch with the mix of celery and pecans. I really appreciate that Campbell's recipes are Simple to Make, Easy to Love. You can find a whole collection of easy family recipes on the Cook With website and over the next few months, I will be sharing recipes that I have tried and made for my own family.
This is simple to put together and goes into the oven to bake for a little bit to make the cheese and sauce bubbly and delicious!

Celery Mushroom Bake with Goat Cheese & Pecans


2 tbsp (30 mL)butter
1 lb (454 g)button mushrooms, halved
1 can (284 mL)CAMPBELL'S® Condensed Low Fat Cream of Celery Soup
1 tbsp (15 mL)chopped fresh marjoram
2 clovesgarlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp (1 mL)ground black pepper
8stalks celery, cut diagonally into ½” (1 cm) slices
¾ cup (175 mL)goat cheese
¼ cup (60 mL)unsalted pecan pieces
1 tbsp (15 mL)chopped fresh parsley leaves


1. Melt butter until it starts to turn brown in large non-stick skillet at medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook and stir until golden brown. Remove from heat.

2. Combine soup, marjoram, garlic, pepper, mushrooms and celery in shallow 11” x 8” (28 x 20 cm) baking dish. Dot small portions of cheese over surface and sprinkle with pecans.

3. Bake, uncovered, at 400°F (200°C) until sauce is bubbling and cheese starts to brown - about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Recipe Tips

    If fresh marjoram is not available, 1 teaspoon (5 mL) dried marjoram leaves can be substituted. Crushing dried herbs between your fingers, as you add them to dishes, releases and distributes their flavours.
    Cream cheese is a handy replacement for goat cheese in the topping.

This is a great casserole not only for a pot-luck or  giving to a family as well. 
With it's family-friendly ingredients and being Simple To Make, Easy to Love, it's a great side dish for any occasion!

With everything that moms are busy with during Christmas, have you ever had a mishap that turned into that hilarious family legend that gets told every year?
I know one year, I made a batch of cookies and forgot to add the eggs!
The cookies turned into little blobs on the cookie sheet and I could not figure out why until I saw the eggs sitting on the counter! 

This year, Campbell’s wants you to expose your holiday secrets! You can visit Campbell’s Holiday Secrets Exposed where you can share your embarrassing holiday dinners, kitchen disasters, browse confessions, as well as find holiday hacks and recipes for making the holidays run
So grab a coffee and head over to Campbell’s Holiday Secrets Exposed  where you can read some hilarious stories and add a little laugh to your day!

Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are mine.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Great Gifts from Home Depot for the DIY Person This Holiday Season +Win 1 of 2 Wink Hubs Giveaway #HolidayGifts2014

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For family members who love DIY projects or work in the construction industry, Home Depot Canada  is the place to shop this season with a large assortment of both practical tools and tools that take advantage of modern day smart phone technology. Home Depot also carries many of the trusted names in tools and equipment that have been relied on by the trades for years. And there is something for every budget...from gloves to hammers to large tool chests that hold a ton of tools. Here are some great gift suggestions for those builder types this holiday season!

DeWALT 2-in-1 Cold Weather Gloves

The DEWALT DPG736 Thermal Gripper Work Glove has an acrylic knit shell which insulates and breathes. The foam latex dip provides grip with abrasion resistance while still maintaining dexterity.
  • Moisture Wicking Nylon Outer Shell keeps hands dry and warm longer
  • Longer Cuff Allows glove to slide into coat sleeve
  • Double dipped micro foam adds a dual layer of protection for longevity

DEWALT  14oz High Velocity Hammer

The DEWALT 15oz MIG Weld Framing Hammer is the lightest all steel framing hammer ever made. At just 14oz it strikes with the force of a 28oz hammer. The lightweight design and vibration absorbing grip minimize fatigue, and the magnetic nail starter enables easy one-handed nail placement.
  • Vibration absorbing grip minimizes damaging vibrations and fatigue
  • Magnetic Nail started for easy one handed nail placement
  • All Steel design for durability and long life
  • 15 oz weight for faster swing and minimized fatigue

DEWALT  Heated Jacket Kit - Large 20-Volt/12-Volt Max Black

The DEWALT DCHJ060C1-LC Heated Jacket can provide hours of core body warmth and continuous heat. This jacket features 4 Core heating zones; upper left and right chest, mid-back, and collar. The entire line of DEWALT 12-Volt Max and 20-Volt Max batteries can be used with this jacket. A DEWALT 1 Year Limited Warranty is included for added peace of mind. Includes DCB201 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Battery (1.5Ah), Fast Charger and DCB091 USB Power Source.
  • Durable water and wind resistant outer shell
  • LED controller offers 3 temperature settings (high, medium, low) with pre-heat function
  • Battery pocket expands to accept 20-volt max XR lithium-ion batteries which provide extended runtime
  • Adjustable waistline and sleeve cuffs
  • 5 pockets; L and R waistline, L and R upper chest plus cell phone pocket

MILWAUKEE M12 Cordless Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit

The 2696-24 M18™ cordless Lithium-Ion 4-tool combo kit includes the 1/2" Hammer Drill / Driver (2602-20), Sawzall Recip Saw (2620-20), 1/4" Hex Impact Driver (2650-20), and Work Light (49-24-0171). The M18™ Cordless Lithium-Ion System's patented technologies and electronics, innovative motor design, and superior ergonomics provide the most efficient blend of power, weight and performance in the industry. Powered by Red Lithium™ the M18™ cordless system delivers more torque, more power, and longer run-time than the competition.
  • M18™ Cordless ½" Hammer Drill / Driver with Milwaukee 4-Pole Frameless Motor delivers 550 in-lbs of peak torque, 0-450/0-1,700 RPM, & 29,000 BPM
  • M18™ Sawzall Reciprocating Saw with Patented Gear-Protecting Clutch and Counter Balance Mechanism
  • M18™ ¼" Hex Impact with the Milwaukee 4-Pole Frameless Motor Delivers 1400 In-lbs of Torque
  • M18™ Work Light Provides a Fold-Away Hook for Hands Free Use and a 135-Degree Rotating Head to Direct Light at the Work Area
  • Includes; Hammer Drill Driver, Recip Saw, Impact Driver, Work Light, M18 XC Red Lithium Batteries (2), Charger, General Purpose Sawzall Blade, Contractor Bag

HUSKY 26 inch W 5-Drawer Tool Chest

This 5 drawer tool chest offers basic drawer storage options. The chest is made from high grade all welded steel construction and finished with tough industrial powder coat paint. Ball bearing drawer slides hold up to 50 lbs and let drawers move easily under heavy loads. Oversized full length aluminum drawer pulls make it easy for fingers of any size to open the drawers. The chest features a top till area for additional easy access storage. The reinforced top lid is supported by gas struts which assist in opening and closing the lid. Lifting top lid allows drawers to unlock. The recessed aluminum side handles make it easy to lift and move the chest. Keyed locking system (2 keys provided) for added security.
  • Full-extension 50 lb rated ball bearing drawer slides
  • Gas struts assist in the opening and closing of chest lid
  • All welded steel construction with a tough, rust-resistant powder coat paint finish
  • Deluxe full-length aluminum drawer pulls are easy to grasp, even while wearing gloves
  • Internal keyed locking system, chest comes with 2 keys
  • Dimensions: 26 in. W x 12 in. D x 18.7 in. H

Wink Hub
The Wink HUB allows your diverse collection of smart products to speak the same wireless language so you can easily control them from the Wink app. Easy set up: download the Wink app, connect your HUB in matter of minutes, add your favourite smart products. Free to use - no monthly fees or contracts.
Products that are Wink app Ready have Wink technology built in and can connect directly to the Wink app without the assistance of the Wink HUB. It’s quick and easy to connect these products; the app will walk you through a simple setup. (These products use Wi-Fi to connect to your wireless router.)
Using the Wink HUB, these products can connect to the Wink app and interact with the rest of your Wink app Ready or Wink app Compatible products. They use communications like Z-Wave, Zigbee, and ClearConnect to improve battery life and extend the range of smart products around your home. The Wink HUB allows them to speak the same wireless language, so you can easily control them – and customize their interactions – all from the Wink app.

RYOBI  Phone Works Laser Distance Measurer

Transform your phone into your smartest tool with the new RYOBI Phone Works Tools and Apps. Phone Works is first of its kind in the industry, allowing consumers to use their smartphone as their most handy tool in their bag. RYOBI is offering 9 new tools within the Phone Works series: a Stud Finder, Laser Distance Measurer, Moisture Meter, Inspection Scope, Laser Level, Laser Pointer, IR Thermometer, and Noise Isolating Headphones. RYOBI is also offering a Storage Case for the protection and organization of your Phone Works tools. The convenience of Phone Works will save you time and effort, while offering more capabilities than your average competitor’s tool. Transform the possibilities of your smartphone with the new RYOBI Phone Works Tools and Apps. RYOBI Phone Works Mobile App provides instant access to all of your Phone Works devices and functions from one clean home screen. With this free app, you get more than just a read-out from a traditional, expensive electronic tool.
  • Precision laser technology provides highly accurate measurements within 1/16 in. at 90 ft.
  • Overlay measurement data in pictures taken by smartphone
  • Length, area, volume, indirect and continuous measurement functions for versatility
  • Range Finder mode- audible alert when a preset range is reached
  • Store and Share measurement data via email, text, and social networks
  • Fraction or Decimal Display

To help you celebrate this holiday season, the lovely folks at Home Depot have given us 2 Wink Hubs to giveaway to 2 lucky readers! To enter is easy! Just fill out the form below! Good luck!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are mine. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Christmas Planter Box

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I just love decorating for Christmas and not too long ago I shared my full Christmas house tour HERE. Have you ever become obsessed with something in decorating? Well...for me this year it is fresh plants. I adore adding fresh plants and greenery everywhere! And it doesn't matter if they are evergreens or succulents...I just love fresh greenery in every room. I really wanted to make something for our dining table that would last over the holiday season and take us right into January.
Sooo, using an old crate I had, along with a fresh coat of paint, I bought some small plants to create this fun DIY planter box. 
I found everything I needed for this project with a one-stop shopping trip to Home Depot, where I found the CIL Paint testing pots on sale for $3.97 {until Dec. 20 at your local Home Depot}.
CIL Paints has a full range of  1,224 colours for you to choose from that are perfect for any DIY project you might have this holiday season...whether it be painting ornaments, refreshing a wall, or painting crates or wooden boxes like I did!
{You might remember that this past summer, I was a CIL Home Decor expert on the road, and I got to help CIL customers choose colours for their homes!}
 I had a CIL Tester mixed up in yummy 'Amazing' which I thought would look fabulous with green plants.
In no time at all, I had this quick project going with two coats of 'Amazing' on this small crate I had in the basement.
When the crate was dry, I lined it with a plastic bag to make sure that it would not leak water when the plants were watered.
Then I filled it with some potting soil for the plants.
Then I added lots of beautiful succulents, an ivy, a small tree, a few bulbs and even a few sparkly ornaments and a pine cone.
And now we have a lovely fresh planter box to enjoy during Christmas.
And if you have a friend who loves plants, this would also make an amazing Christmas gift!
This newly painted red crate box adds a perfect touch of fresh green plants to our home. 
If you are feeling inspired to paint a small DIY project this holiday season, don't forget about those CIL Testers on sale at Home Depot for $3.97. For the price of a cup of coffee, you could have some beautiful new decor for your home this holiday season too!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CIL Paints. As always, I only work with brands/products that I use and love in my own home. All opinions are my true opinions.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Top Christmas Gifts for Men with Philips Waterproof Shaver Giveaway #HolidayGifts2014

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The holidays are a time I enjoy finding the gift for everyone on my list that upon opening their face will light up, their faces will flush and their eyes will twinkle. I usually have no problems finding that special gift for most recipients on my list but for whatever reason I find men are harder to shop for. Maybe it's that they like less things or nothing really excites them; that can't be it can it?   The Philips Shaver Series 9000 is definitely one of those light me up kind of gifts for men. I know from experience that my husband shaves at least every two days. Men in trades require a clean shaven face in order to wear airway gear, should they require it and I kind of love his clean shaven baby face.
The Philips Shaver Series 9000 is Philips’s most advanced system yet. The V-Track Precision Blades shaves up to 30% closer than previous Philips shavers. Plus, it has different speed settings to best fit your skin and hair type day after day and each shaving head, with Contour Detect Technology, independently moves in eight directions to follow your face's curve. It retails between $269.99 and $369.99 depending on the model.

Key Features

  • Each shaving head independently moves in 8 directions to follow your face's every curve. This superior contouring helps capture up to 20% more hair in a single pass.
  • The state-of-the-art shaving system cuts hairs up to 30% closer.* By collecting hair in the optimal cutting position, the newly designed blades shave closer and more comfortably.
  • Choose the speed setting that best fits your skin and hair type: Slow (for an even more skin-friendly shave), Medium (for a thorough shave), and Fast (for a high-powered shave).
  • AquaTec technology lets you shave whichever way you prefer. Enjoy a comfortable dry shave, or a refreshing wet shave with shaving gel or foam.
  • At the touch of a button, the SmartClean System cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges your shaver, keeping it performing at its best, day in and day out.
  • The unique dual-blade design lifts hairs before cutting to comfortably shave hair below skin level.
  • Perfect your look with the skin-friendly SmartClick precision trimmer. It’s ideal for maintaining facial hair and trimming sideburns.
  • A powerful Lithium-ion battery gives you more shaves per charge. Charge it for an hour for up to 50 minutes of shaving time. Charge it for 3 minutes and you'll have enough power for one shave
  • With a 2-year warranty, the shaver is durably built for long-lasting performance, ensuring you get an incredible shave day after day.
  • Designed for convenient travel and storage. Its sleek design takes up less space and a built-in ventilation chamber dries your shaver even when you're on the go.
 Make sure to follow Philips for more information and on Facebook and Twitter and make sure you drop by to say hello. 09-12-2014 12-18-51 PM  

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If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for more people on your list, make sure to check our the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide features and don’t forget to join us for the #HolidayGifts2014 Twitter Party on December 9th at 9pm EST where we'll will be giving away amazing prizes! RSVP HERE.


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Make Them Smile For Christmas with the Fujifilm instax mini camera +FujiFilm instax mini 8 Camera & Film Giveaway #HolidayGifts2014

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If you're like me, you've been hearing requests for Fujifilm's instax mini camera's for Christmas this year from my kids!  I can't say I blame them though; the bright colours and instant access to all those selfie's and social media photo shares makes for a fun party. In the past we have set up photo booths with props during parties which are always a blast for everyone with a lot of smiles and giggles throughout.   Personally I feel like a kid again with a bit of nostalgia using my parents old instant camera as a child. Fujifilm has definitely kicked it up a notch, or twelve, from the good ol' days with this line of instax photography equipment and accessories. Fujifilm aims to connect with and please your guests and gift recipients this holiday season and they won't disappoint. I always look for unique gifts, gifts my recipients will love. One of the best gifts are the ones you can use right away; Fujifilm inbstax will be busy in celebrations this holiday with instant parting gifts and personalized photo's for your guests. This sounds like a new tradition brewing and I love the idea!
  Sleek, stylish and compact to make the perfect accessory for any outfit or outing. I love the colours of the instax mini 8 but this one just speaks to me in it's classic more grownup form. This would make a beautiful gift for any of those trendy or hard to find recipients on your list.

Key Features

  • Double exposures, macro mode and high performance flash, making this an instant camera for every photographer.
  • The high performance flash emits the ideal amount of the light finely adjusted for the distance to the subject and ambient brightness.
  • The party mode enables the background as well as the subject to be captured brightly.
  • Capture fast moving subjects like children and animals.
  • Add a low-key or high-key effect by controlling the brightness of photos.
  • The newly equipped macro mode lets you enjoy stunning close-up photography.
  • Select double exposure mode and press the shutter button twice, you can superimpose two different images in one frame to create an artistic photo.
  • The bulb exposure mode enables photo capture that shows attractive night views and light streaks. You can take expressive photos, with more fun added to instax photography.
  • By rotating the dial, you can switch modes and functions while looking through the viewfinder.
  • A rechargeable battery is used.

Okay, okay, you've likely seen this colourful little cuties all over the place and if you have preteen or teens, they've surely put this on their Christmas list this year. Luckily we're giving one away below and you should enter for a chance to win BUT you should also run out and buy one for the deserving kiddo on your list. Emerging bright eyed and bushy tailed on Christmas morning to find this under the tree. I'd say you might even get a hug from that moody teen for this one. Snicker. We can try.

Key Features

  • Cute and compact body design available in five different colors!
  • instax mini 8 automatically determines the best brightness for taking a picture, and informs you of the suitable setting by lighting the corresponding lamp.
  • Setting the brightness adjustment dial to the high-key mode mark allows you to take pictures with a softer impression.

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 This instax SHARE Smartphone Printer is definitely on my Christmas list. Everyone takes pictures on their smartphones; these days and I know this compact little buddy would be extremely popular with all who own a smartphone, especially the teens! How fun would this printer be at parties? Your guests can snap pictures all night long and before they leave, pick their favourites, print and head home with souvenirs. I know I would love that!  

Key Features

  • “Real Time Template” takes a photo with the date, place, weather, temperature, and humidity indicated in the frame.
  • Limited Editions - Each print is numbered so it looks like a limited item. A memory shared with people you cherish will be even more precious.
  • Template for printing images uploaded to social networking (SNS) service. With the profile photo and the number of likes indicated, the print offers great fun in tandem with SNS.
  • Template that fits the photo cropped into a square. It is possible to write your feelings and messages to make the memory more vivid.
  • Different designs to fit the occasion, whether Mother’s Day, a birthday, a greeting to mark the season, “Best wishes!”
  • The Fujifilm Intelligence Filter uses an optimum processing technology, Image Intelligence™, which is based on Fujifilm’s 80 years of experience and ever-advancing know-how. The technology gives real results — for example, to brighten up a photo that turned out too dark.
  • With FUJIFILM digital cameras, you can make instax prints by sending the images directly from your camera to "instax SHARE".
  • You can now share the images that you can only achieve with digital cameras, such as children and pet images captured at fast shutter speed, or food and flower images with blurred backgrounds, by making them into instax prints on the spot.

 Point, click, upload to the instax SHARE printer....easy as 1, 2; 3 in less than 16 seconds! I have so many ideas brewing in me head over this. Thinking gifts, these instant pictures would make great gift tags or tags on homemade DIY gifts; sometimes the personal touch is the most heartfelt and special.

#HolidayGifts2014 Twitter Party

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for more people on your list, make sure to check our the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide features and don’t forget to join us for the #HolidayGifts2014 Twitter Party on December 9th at 9pm EST where we'll will be giving away amazing prizes! RSVP HERE.


For more information about instax products, head over to Fujifilm. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter @instax or @fujiguys, Instagram and say hello from us while you're there.  

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It's easy to enter, just tell us what you would take a picture of first with this camera in the comments below and enter to win in the form. Open to Canada.

  Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.  


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