Detox Popcorn Recipe

It’s time to *POP* into a healthy, new year! Read more to find out how this Detox Popcorn Recipe will fit into your life in more ways than just a healthy snack!

I’m guessing many of your New Year’s resolutions, like my own, include something along the lines of making healthier choices.  Maybe they’re related to nourishing your body, moving more, or being mindful.  Whatever it may be, I’ve got something to foster your healthier intentions.

For the record, when I speak of being “healthy,” I like to refer to one’s whole self.  There’s not just one aspect that makes a person healthy (ie: diet).  Being truly healthy is being able to balance all aspects of one’s life.  Yes, it’s important to fuel your body with wholesome foods.  Yes, it’s important to be active.  Yes, it’s important to get enough sleep.  Yes, it’s important to manage stress.  Yes, it’s important to check in with yourself and give yourself what you need. It’s a balancing act and something that everyone can always improve upon.

Each day is a fresh start with new opportunities.  Wake up and remind yourself of that.  You’ve got to believe it in order for it to happen.  I talk to my fourth graders about having a growth mindset, and as adults, it’s much harder to make that shift.   Simple mantras can really pay off and change the way you think.  Reflect on the past in order to grow.  Don’t dwell on what has already happened; learn from it.  What went well?  What didn’t?  Move forward with positive intentions.  What will you do differently next time?  The more positive you are, the happier you’ll be.  Negative people generally are not happy people.  Be the best version of yourself.  Plain and simple.

So how in the world does Detox Popcorn fit into this post?  Well friends, let me tell you how.  This detox popcorn recipe doesn’t only deliver as a healthy snack, but it offers a physical cleansing, as well as a mental cleansing.  Before we get into those details, let’s first discuss popcorn as what you eat as a snack.

Popcorn is a seed which was discovered in the Americas thousands of years ago where it has captivated people for centuries with its mythical, magical charm.  Popcorn is a year round snack, but National Popcorn Day is January 19th.  Here are a few corny facts:

  • Popcorn is a healthy, whole grain snack food. Popcorn is a whole grain, which makes it a good carbohydrate choice.  Whole grains contain fiber, providing the roughage needed in a daily diet. Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives and is sugar- free.
  • Popcorn is non-GMO.  There has never been, nor is there currently, any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) popcorn or popcorn seed for sale.
  • Diacetyl was removed from microwave popcorn in 2006, and since then most companies have removed PFOAs from their packaging.
  • Popcorn is gluten-free. Popcorn does not contain wheat, rye, or barley gluten – the types of gluten most associated with gluten disorders.

Check out Popcorn Central for tons of popcorn recipes!

Ready to read about the benefits of and how to make Detox Popcorn?

Lemon essential oil has a multitude of uses and benefits.  It’s known for its purifying properties.  You can diffuse it, ingest it, or use it topically.  (You do want to make sure you are using a high quality essential oil.  There are many brands out there, but dOTERRA is a trusted brand – I used to be a consultant, just not anymore – and their oils are certified pure therapeutic grade.)  Lemon essential oil can aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function.  Specifically, it supports your liver which promotes detox.

So how can you infuse your popcorn with lemon oil?  Simply melt coconut oil and stir in several drops of lemon oil!  Coconut oil has several health benefits that support detox, too!  Coconut oil is mostly composed of medium-chain fatty acids which go straight to the liver.  These fatty acids play a critical role in cleansing the body from toxins. Coconut oil helps to flush your body of toxins.

The last ingredient of Detox Popcorn is black pepper.  You have two options here: black pepper essential oil or real black pepper; you’ll reap the benefits with either.  Black pepper oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which are known for their antioxidant activity.  Black pepper is good for the stomach and helps facilitate digestion, important in detox!

While the physical cleansing of detox popcorn has been explained, now let’s discuss the mental cleansing.  As aforementioned, having a positive mindset and reciting mantras can have a grand effect.  The affirmation to foster your mental cleanse to accompany the detox popcorn is as follows:

I am reminding myself of this opportunity to have a fresh start where I can rid my body of impurities and nourish it to thrive.

Repeat as often as you’d like allowing yourself to fully believe the words and acting upon it to support a detox, both physically and mentally.

Detox Popcorn Recipe 

  • Melt coconut oil.  Stir in 5 drops of lemon oil per tablespoon of coconut oil.  Stir in 1 drop of black pepper oil per tablespoon of coconut oil OR grind black pepper throughout popcorn.  Drizzle coconut oil on top of popcorn.

This recipe is not set in stone.  For a stronger taste, use additional lemon oil or pepper.  For a milder taste, use less.  Simple as that, just as life should be at times.

In what ways do you detox, both physically and mentally?

~Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALIVE Influencer Network on behalf of The Popcorn Board.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jack Link’s Jerky {giveaway}

As a busy mom, I’m always on the lookout for new, easy, healthy snacks.  Shoot, I feel like everyone is always looking for new, easy, healthy snacks!  Men, women, mommas, college kids, everyone!  Let’s be real – EVERYONE needs to eat – it’s all the better if a snack is easy and healthy!  Being home with my William this summer has been amazing.  We’ve had so much fun and have stayed very busy.  He is an incredibly active little guy, barely ever sitting still which means my food choices – meals and snacks – have got to be fast!  And of course, I do want them to be healthy.

I was recently introduced to Jack Link’s jerky.  The best part?  William is too young to eat it, so I don’t have to share!  Ok, I’m just kidding, but not really.  William was all like #SayYestoJerky!


He really was trying to get in there!

Chicken is a staple in this house.  And it’s one of the few foods that William will eat, so I definitely always have chicken around here!  Chicken is so versatile, packed with protein, and healthy.  Taking chicken on the go?  Not so much.  I’m totally not going to be the girl that hauls around a chicken to eat.  Wouldn’t fit in my diaper bag anyway.  But now there is a solution!  Chicken JERKY!

jack links chicken

Jack Link’s chicken jerky is BRAND NEW!  It’s portable chicken for on-the-go, uses white-meat chicken breast, has 11 grams of protein and 80 calories per serving, 98% fat free, lean, and tastes good.  It’s seasoned and marinated with cracked black pepper along with sweet and savory spices.  Never did I think that I would be carrying chicken around as a snack.

The other two varieties, Jack Link’s turkey original and sweet teriyaki, are both winners, too.  The sweet teriyaki is my favorite – such good flavor!

jack links turkey

  • Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky: Solid strips of lean, white meat turkey breast seasoned and smoked over mesquite.
  • Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky: Soy, ginger, a little onion and a whole lot of perfectly smoked turkey. The very best of East meets West.

On the back of every package, there are different sayings that have been cracking me up.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Eat like nobody is watching.
  • No more cheesy fingers.
  • A balanced diet means having Jack Link’s in both hands.

Haha. There were other funny ones, but I’m pretty sure I finished the packages before I typed this post.  They gave me a good chuckle.

Now… for the best part of this post: Jack Link’s Jerky GIVEAWAY!!!!  One lucky winner will receive a gift pack that contains:

  • Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky
  • Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky
  • Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky
  • Water bottle (it’s glass and I’m obsessed!)
  • Headband
  • Sweat towel
  • EOS lip balm

(as pictured below)

jack links giveaway

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to #SayYestoJerky. Additional optional entries include:

  • Follow Itz Linz and Jack Link’s on Twitter, and tweet the following, “I want to #SayYestoJerky with @JackLinks NEW chicken jerky! Giveaway at @ItzLinz — #FitFluential”
  • Follow Itz Linz and Jack Link’s on Instagram.
  • Tag two friends on my #SayYestoJerky Instagram post.

Be sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for each entry. This giveaway will be open until Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 8:00 pm CST. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, August 7th, 2015.  Closed!

Congratulations to #43 Rae! Please email me your shipping information so we can get your prize pack sent! Thanks to everyone who entered!

Be sure to check out Jack Link’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Jack Link’s.

Snack SMART With A Detour SMART Bar

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m trying to find balance in my life these days as a new working momma.  One thing that I’ve got the hang of is healthy snacking, and a big thanks to Detour Bar for that.  I’ve been loving on Detour SMART bars for awhile now, and they’ve come in handy, especially this summer as I’ve gone back to school (work).  They’re the perfect size to fill me up, curb my hunger, and provide the energy I need for a busy day.

detour pump

Snacking SMART while pumping at school.

Detour SMART bars really are smart.  (Haha, no, but for real.)  They’re perfect for summer because they’re not chocolate.  Hear me out.  I love chocolate.  However, I feel like heavy, melted chocolate protein bars in the summer just aren’t that awesome, not to mention they make a mess.  SMART bars are everything you want in a healthy snack bar, and they don’t melt.  I keep all my bags stocked: my pumping bag, my diaper bag, and my purse.  That way, when crazy hunger strikes, I have my emergency snack no matter where I am.  Hanger is never a good thing, people.

One bar contains 130 calories, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, and 10 grams protein.

detour smart bar

A contemporary approach to healthy eating, that’s SMART.

  • Gluten Free: Detour SMART bars are independently certified to confirm they meet strict gluten-free standards.
  • Whey Protein: The right protein to nourish and replenish your body, whey is a SMART way to support a lean body and to satisfy hunger.
  • 4 grams of Sugar: Switching to a low-sugar diet may be one of the best things you can do for your body, your appetite, and even your mind.
  • Good Source of Fiber:  The grains and fruit in SMART bars are a balanced source of fiber and a nutritious foundation for maintaining good health.
  • Organic Whole Grain Oats: Wholesome and delicious, whole grains are an essential part of a complete diet.
  • Naturally Sweetened with Stevia: A zero-calorie, natural sweetener, Stevia is a sensible choice for those looking to reduce sugar intake without sacrificing taste.

No artificial preservatives. No artificial flavors. No artificial colors.

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detour smart bars

They look like pie.  They taste like pie.  Well, protein bar pie.  No kidding.  When you open the package, there is a strong aroma of either Apple Cinnamon or Blueberry, and itz just delicious.  SMART bars also come in Cranberry Flax and Peanut Butter Chocolate, but my heart is sold on Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry.  So is William’s.

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Don’t. Even. Think. About. Touching. My. SMART. Bars. Or. I’ll. Scream!

How do you snack SMART in the summer?  Are you team Apple Cinnamon or Blueberry? (Or Cranberry Flax or Peanut Butter Chocolate? So many SMART choices!)

Cheesy Buffalo Bean Dip Recipe

I’ve got a delicious post for you today! Let’s jump right into it. After all, itz What I Ate Wednesday over at Peas & Crayons, so make sure you pop over there.

Breakfast: Plain Chobani Greek yogurt with Muesli Fusion & peanut butter

chobani muesli fusion

Healthy blend of fats, protein, and carbs! Itz mighty tasty, too!

Lunch: Peppers & celery with cheesy buffalo bean dip & roasted red pepper hummus


Lots of snacks were eaten before and after, which is why lunch was on the smaller side.  But it sure is pretty, isn’t it? Colorful meals are the best! (And the healthiest!)

Cheesy Buffalo Bean Dip Recipe is below!

Snack: Fiber Love Bars for Wellness Wednesday at school


Wellness Wednesday at school is back which means I find different sponsors to provide healthy on-the-go snacks for our staff. We need to lead by example as we teach the kiddies, and properly fueling our bodies is definitely important. Fiber Love Bars are my favorite fiber bars ever. Not only do they provide 48% of your daily fiber needs, but they come in absolutely AWESOME flavors!  Check it out: Peanut Chocolate Chip, Banana Walnut, Blondie Bar, Blueberry Cobbler, Chocolate Brownie, and Cinnamon Raisin.

Mmm, so good!  Also, they’ve got a Fiber Love Club that you can sign up for free to receive 30% off regular priced bars and free shipping.  Fiber Love bars are also kosher and Non-GMO Project verified. All Fiber Love bars – except Blondie, which contains whole milk powder – are also vegan.

Dinner: cheese tortellini with peas and Parmesan cheese

tortellini peas

The tortellini came from Trader Joe’s and I feel like peas and parm compliment tortellini so well.  There were about fifty-five bowls of this eaten last night. 😉

And now for that recipe….

The Superbowl may have passed, but our love for dips certainly has not!  This cheesy buffalo bean dip recipe is sure to please – itz packed with protein, flavor, and spice!

Cheesy Buffalo Bean Dip Recipe

cheesy buffalo bean dip


  • 1/2 package (4 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 can (16 oz) refried beans
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese mix


  1. Combine all ingredients in small pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, pour in serving dish, garnish with additional chili powder.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy!

Itz so easy to make!  (Those are always the best recipes.)  And it can be considered lightened up.  I used light cream cheese and Mexican cheese.  (I would not recommend nonfat cream cheese or Mexican cheese.) I used nonfat plain Chobani Greek yogurt, and I suppose low fat or full fat would work just fine, too.  Use more or less chili powder and buffalo sauce depending on your preference of spice.

What would you dip in the cheesy buffalo bean dip? (Face or fingers don’t count!) 😉

balanced eats

You guys.  We had a snow day here in St. Louis yesterday again.  Not cool.  I’m so over the snow.  Yes, usually I’m over the moon happy about snow days, but this was our sixth snow day (not consecutive) for the school year.  That means we have to make them up.  If it were just at the end of the school year I wouldn’t mind (this year anyway) since I’ll be on maternity leave with Baby Itz.  However, itz not.  We’re saying good-bye to President’s Day and/or possibly a professional development day.  Come on, warm weather, where ya at?

Since I was home all day yesterday for the fourth day in a row (thanks to the weekend, MLK day, and aforementioned snow day), I wanted to focus on eating balanced meals.  I knew I’d have the time to prepare them, so I figured there weren’t many excuses.  Usually when I’m home all day, I’m a huge grazer and rarely put together actual meals.  However, I did a better (not perfect) job yesterday.



One whole egg with two egg whites cooked in coconut oil, topped with plain Greek yogurt, nutritional yeast, and red pepper flakes.  Steamed spinach on the side.  I LOVE this combination and could probably eat it everyday.

Linking up with Peas & Crayons’ What I Ate Wednesday.

Mind you, I didn’t take a picture of everything I ate yesterday.  Not even close.  I still did plenty of grazing, but let’s blame that on my pregnancy, mmmk? 😉



I actually made this salad the past two days and felt really good about all the veggies it included!  The base was spinach and kale, and the extras were beets, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, sunflower seeds, cottage cheese, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic.  I love love love everything about it.

Note: this is not the only thing I ate for lunch; however, itz the only thing I plated around lunchtime.  This salad alone would not normally satiate my hunger for very long because of the lack of protein (small amount of cottage cheese).  Be assured, there were plenty of snacks eaten in addition.  Just wanted to throw that out there…


nuts fruit chocolate snack

aka BEST SNACK EVER!  Now this is a balanced snack, eh?  Cashews (a very underrated nut, in my opinion), an apple, and a couple squares of Theo’s dark chocolate.  Clearly I’m joking about it being balanced, but it is kind of balanced.  Itz always best to pair fruit with nuts, so you get the healthy balance of carbs, fat, and protein for longer staying power.  And the chocolate?  Well, that’s just a bonus!  And itz dark… so it must be healthy!



I write all the time how Jonny and I eat with his parents and my parents on an almost weekly basis.  Both of our parents almost always send us with leftovers which is very much appreciated.  This week, we ate at Jonny’s parents’ on Sunday, and my parents’ last night.  The dinners are also usually pretty balanced.  The dinner I have pictured is a bit heavier and more carb heavy than usual, but ehhh it sure was tasty!  It was a burger, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon sauteed in olive oil, and fettuccine.  Heavy, but darn delicious once in awhile!  Just being real here!

Dessert / Another Snack:


Freshly cut pineapple!  Pineapple is Jonny’s most favorite fruit, so when I spotted it at the store for just a dollar, I was quick to drop one in my cart.  Pineapples can be a bit of a pain to cut, but using my Kyocera ceramic knife makes it way easier.  That bad boy cuts through anything!

What is your favorite balanced meal or snack? 

Tomato Kick Bean Dip Recipe

Juice is good.  Juice is great.  I want to take juice on a date.  Uhhh what?  Ok fine maybe rhyming poems are not my forte, but you know what is?  Super duper easy peasy recipes that include minimal ingredients, are healthy, and taste delicious!  So that is exactly what I have for you today, my friends!  Itz a Tomato Kick Bean Dip recipe.

In working with Glam Media, I was selected to participate in a recipe creation contest with Naked Juice.  Naked Juice is known for their juices, smoothies, and coconut water, but most recently they came out with two brand new flavors in their Power Garden juice line – itz Tomato Kick and Berry Garden.

Naked JuiceIn both of the Power Garden juices, there is a POUND of veggies in every bottle.  Itz an incredibly easy way to get your nutrients on a daily basis.  The website is a lot of fun, too, because it tells you exactly what goes inside each bottle.  For example, in the Tomato Kick bottle there are 2.5 tomatoes, 1/4 red bell pepper, 3/4 celery stalk, 1/5 carrot, 1/2 orange, and a hint of lemon.  So they are literally telling you how to recreate their juices!  Pretty cool, eh?  Itz much easier just to buy a bottle though – heh heh.  Anyway, without further ado, I introduce you to… Tomato Kick Bean Dip!

Tomato Kick Bean Dip ItzLinz

Itz easy like I promised.  Itz healthy like I promised.  And itz delicious like I promised!

Tomato Kick Bean Dip Recipe


  • 1 can Great Northern Beans (or any white bean)
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Naked Tomato Kick Juice
  • juice of half a lime


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor in the order they are listed.  Pulse until desired consistency is reached.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Itz perfect with any and all vegetables, pita crisps, or tortilla chips.  And five ingredients that all get thrown in a food processor, how much easier can you get?  Plus, itz nutrient-dense!

Tomato Kick Bean Dip close up

It gets even better.  This recipe (and several others) will be pinned to Bliss’s Power Up Pinterest board, where anyone can vote for their favorite submission by visiting the custom, voting platform. Voters will be entered in the “Pin It To Win It! Win A Naked Juice Garden Gift Basket” sweepstakes.  You’re eligible.  I’m not.  You’re lucky!

Check back on Monday, June 17th for information on how you can enter the Pinterest Sweepstakes contest with Naked Power Garden by voting for your favorite Tomato Kick Bean Dip.

Power Garden is Naked Juice’s new veggie drink lineup with 1lb. of veggies in every bottle*.  With delicious flavors that only Naked could blend, Power Garden offers one of the easiest ways to get your daily servings of veggies and fruits, along with good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Learn more at

*weight of vegetables, prior to juicing

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Naked via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Naked.

Healthy Weekend

Itz been a healthy weekend over here, my friends; how about for you?  I think that the term “healthy” refers to so much more than merely exercising and eating right.  While those factors are definitely incredibly important to living a healthy life, being “healthy” also involves taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically, and fostering relationships with those you choose to surround yourself with.

All of such which are, of course, marvelous, which is why we’re starting the week off celebrating Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in my Monday! #MIMM


Healthy is… spending time with your family.  On Friday night, we went out to dinner at The Pasta House to celebrate my nephew Jackson’s fifth birthday!

jacob jackson

Of course Jacob had to help hold the cake and blow out his candles.  Those two boys do everything together!  Best of cousins, best of friends.

Healthy is… nourishing your body with healthy food and fueling it when itz hungry.


Apple Cinnamon Chobani topped with more cinnamon and almond butter makes the most delicious and satisfying snack!

Healthy is… hanging out with your friends and sitting around a newly built backyard fire pit enjoying each other’s company.

fire pit

On Saturday night, our good friends Stevie and Whitney invited us over for dinner.  They grilled flank steak, asparagus, and potatoes.  Very delicious!

Healthy is… moving your body.  Exercise IS important!  Don’t forget to enjoy the beauty nature offers when the weather permits, too.


Diana and I headed out Sunday morning for a five-mile walk around her neighborhood.  While it was a simple walk, we got in our workout for the day, kept a brisk pace, and took in the views along the way.

Healthy is… doing things you love with people you love.  Jonny, his parents, and I went to the Cardinals game on Sunday afternoon.

jonny cards

My Running Skirts red and white headband and my Oakley sunglasses match perfectly with the rest of our Cardinal red!  While we didn’t exactly bring home a winner, we certainly loved the hot weather and sunshine on our faces!

Healthy is… rooting for the best baseball team ever – the St. Louis Cardinals!

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis IS Cardinal Nation!  The atmosphere is always a blast at Busch Stadium as St. Louis fans are constantly pumped up and cheering on our team.  I love how you can see the Arch in Busch Stadium; it makes for a very pretty backdrop.  Now how many cities can say that about their stadium?  That’s what I thought.  Go Birds!

What was healthy about your weekend?  Favorite baseball team?  Cardinals…

Honey Vanilla Protein Dip

Are you ever short on time in the morning and looking for a quick breakfast that you can grab and go?  belVita Breakfast Biscuits are specially baked to give you stead energy throughout the morning.  Each individual package of four crunchy biscuits is portioned for breakfast and provides 18 – 20 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.

belVita pic

belVita Breakfast Biscuits were created in France more than a decade ago and are the first of their kind in the U.S.  They are available in five flavors to satisfy any palate; U.S. varieties include: Blueberry, Golden Oat, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Chocolate, and Apple Cinnamon.  They can be enjoyed as part of a balanced breakfast with a serving of low-fat dairy and fruit.  Fast, easy, & healthy!

belvita breakfast

Or they can be eaten with this absolutely fabulous Honey Vanilla Protein Dip I created.

Honey Vanilla Protein Dip


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Serve with belVita Breakfast Biscuits.

Honey Vanilla Protein Dip

This dips packs a whopping 33 grams of protein!  Paired with the belVita Breakfast Biscuits and you’ve got a darn good breakfast that will keep you full and energized throughout your morning.  The dip is perfect for dipping (well, duh!), or maybe you prefer using it as a shmear?

belVita protein spread

Either way, itz marvelous!  I first enjoyed it with the Golden Oat biscuits, but the Apple Cinnamon paired nicely, too.  Tina made a brilliant recipe of Lightened Up Protein Chocolate Cookie Crumble Ice Cream made with the Chocolate biscuits which looks awesome.  Jonny made a sandwich with the dip and wanted to stick it in the freezer to make an ice cream sandwich, but it didn’t last long enough for that…

belvita sandwich

You can find the biscuits for about $3.69 per box at your local grocery store, but I’ve been seeing them everywhere – even gas stations!  They’re definitely fast breakfasts, convenient snacks, and a healthy way to curb a sweet tooth.

Pick a belVita Breakfast Biscuits flavor: Blueberry, Golden Oat, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Chocolate, and Apple Cinnamon.

*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign.  All opinions are my own.