What You’ll Experience When You Take a HITT Class

What You’ll Experience When You Take a HITT Class

In January a local trainer was having a promotion for their HITT Class. 6 classes for $6. This gave me the opportunity to give this HITT thing a try, while also having my first experience in a group fitness setting.  The classes had to be used within a certain time period, meaning I would miss a week because of my trip to Maui, but it was still an awesome deal that I couldn’t pass up.

What is HITT Training?

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. The idea being that your heart rate is kept up, and you burn more fat in less time. It then creates an afterburn effect, where you continue to burn calories, and fat, long after your workout is complete.

The Class

My first day of class, my anxiety tried to convince me not to go. I generally work out alone, with headphones, and in my own world. But I made it there. After filling out some quick paperwork I took a look around. I could see 4 stations set up. Each for a different type of exercise, working different body parts and muscle groups.

The instructor introduced herself and she was friendly and FULL of energy. If I had to make a comparison, I would like her to my 7-year-old, after he drank a Redbull (hypothetically speaking of course). She started off with a light warm-up, jogging in place, then worked in some punches, and jumping jacks to get the blood moving. After this, she demonstrated each of the exercises. Then it was our turn.

For the next 30 minutes, we worked through each of the different exercises. They were all easily adaptable for anyone who couldn’t do a certain move because of injury or whatever the case may be. We did each exercise for 45 seconds, moved on to the next, and repeated each twice. Following the final rotation, we took a quick water break while we learned the next ones. Repeating this process until we had completed all the exercises. Afterwards, we did a cool down with some stretching.

First Impression

I left the class feeling a little disappointed. I had heard that this was going to be one of the most intense workouts I had ever had, and while I was sweating I didn’t feel like I had gotten everything I could have out of it. So, even I returned, I vowed to push myself harder.

The second class was set up identically, because obviously this is what HITT is, and so I tackled it with everything I had in me. This time when I left the class I left feeling satisfied. I had actually gotten what I wanted out of this class. The next day I was a sore. My muscle groups had received a good workout during the class and I finally felt like I got what I had expected.

My takeaway

Overall, for my first class setting, I walked away satisfied. I am not ready to commit to a class long term but I learned a lot of different exercises for different muscle groups and have started I have implemented HITT into more of my regular workouts during the week.

Should you take a HITT class?

If you’re looking for a class setting to get a good workout, that doesn’t involve a bike, then yes. Like any other workout, you’re going to get out of it what you put into it. The harder you work, the more results you will see. All the exercises are easily adapted to any body type and fitness levels.

 

What You'll Experience When You Take a HITT Class
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A Comprehensive List of the 40 + Job Titles of Being a Parent

A Comprehensive List of the 40 + Job Titles of Being a Parent

It’s no surprise that being a parent is a lot of work. Day in and day out you wear a ton of different hats. My job title is official “Mom”, but unofficially, it carries many more job titles than that.

  1. President: My husband might argue this point a little, but even he phones and clears things with me before planning things. I run the household.
  2. Secretary: Yes, I carry both titles. If I don’t make the schedule things just won’t happen.
  3. Chef: Maybe not gourmet, but any day that I don’t cook boxed macaroni and cheese or serve cereal for dinner I am probably winning. 3 kids; 1 who is going through a stage where everything has to be plain, and an adult male under my roof mean it’s hard impossible to please everyone most nights.
  4. Cheerleader: Kids in sports (or any activity) means that I am at EVERY game, and EVERY practice cheering them on and cheering them on loud enough to make sure they hear me. Especially those where my husband isn’t able to because of work. I never want them looking into the stand and wondering who is there for them.  I will always be there.
  5. Housekeeper: Cleaning the entire house every day. Sweeping, mopping, dishes, laundry it literally never ends.
  6. Laundromat attendant: All the laundry, all the time. With only one washing machine. At least I get all the pocket change out of the dryer.
  7. Maid: Different than a housekeeper, I am expected, it would seem anyway, to wait on my children hand and foot.
  8. Janitor: Also different from the housekeeper, I also get to clean up all the spills and messes.
  9. Taxi Driver: I have to drive everyone everywhere, usually with no time to spare.
  10. Judge: When all the little arguments happen, guess who decides who is right.
  11. Referee: Scraps happen, I’m the one who has to climb in the middle, or hopefully diffuse them before they start.
  12. Secret Keeper: While we don’t keep secrets in this house, they have found a loophole when it comes to “surprises”
  13. Personal Assistant: Forgot something? Need something done? Don’t worry mom will get it done.
  14. Teacher: Colours, ABCs, spelling words, all of the above.
  15. Coach: In all things sports. Even if you know next to nothing about them.
  16. Art Critic: Of course that looks like a dinosaur!
  17. Potty Trainer: Two kids down one to go.
  18. Bum Checker: Even though they are potty trained, wiping is still something that needs working on.
  19. Diaper Changer: And counting down!
  20. Search and Rescue: A toy or a blanket always seems to be missing.
  21. Tickler: My boys loved to be tickled
  22. Tickle me Elmo: Who needs the toy when I can tickle mom?
  23. Day Care Provider: Someone has to take care of them.
  24. Government: Someone needs to make the rules.
  25. Police Woman: And then they need to be enforced.
  26. Stylist: No you can’t wear shorts when it’s -30 degrees
  27. Personal Shopper: Groceries, clothes you name it, I buy it
  28. Dentist: Gotta make sure all the teeth are clean.
  29. Breath Smeller: How else am I going to know if they actually brushed their teeth?
  30. Volunteer: Field trips, councils, hot lunches, as often as possible.
  31. Play Date Organizers: Back to that scheduling we talked about.
  32. Event Planner: Birthdays, and holidays.
  33. A Conductor of Sleep Studies: Overnight, in a bed that is far too small
  34. Monster Patrol: Under beds, behinds doors, the works.
  35. Librarian: Complete with storytelling.
  36. Singer: Specialising in nursery rhymes and theme songs.
  37. Doctor: Kisses and cuddles are my specialities.
  38. Paramedic: Breaking out the big guns with fun band-aids when needed.
  39. Nurse: I administer the medicine when they’re sick.
  40. Cuddle Expert: Because sometimes all you need is a good cuddle session.
  41. Speech Therapist:  There are a lot of words to learn how to say properly.
  42. Councillor: For the days when being young is just too much to handle.
  43. Barber: I can’t be the only one who has had to cut their kids’ hair.

There is no sugar coating it, being a parent is hard work. My job as a mom is ever changing and ever evolving. Would I give up any one of them? Not a chance, they bring be closer to my kids and that makes me a better parent. It is rewarding in a way that you will never be able to explain.

Are there any job titles you feel you carry as a parent?

A Comprehensive List of the 40 + Job Titles of Being a Parent
A Comprehensive List of the 40 + Job Titles of Being a Parent

 

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What You’ll Love at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park

What You’ll Love at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park

When it comes to raising my children one of the most important things, to me, is to give them experiences. I know the boys will remember these types of things over the material objects. If those experiences include being active all the better. Visiting the West Edmonton Mall World Water Park allowed us to give Hunter both of those. We have visited the water park a few times in the past as a family but, during a recent trip to Edmonton, we were able to take advantage of a private rental and check it out without a baby in tow. Because of the private rental, there is the possibility that not every feature was available to us as would be during a regular day.

West Edmonton Mall

If you have never been to West Edmonton Mall  (WEM) I highly suggest it. It is the largest mall in North America.  Not only does it have the water park but also an indoor theme park, a sea lion show, an aquarium, a skating rink, an arcade, bowling alley, hotel and oh so much more. There is something there for literally everyone.

The Water Park

Anyone who has ever been to West Edmonton Mall can tell you that they have HUGE windows overlooking the water park so that people can get a glimpse of what is inside. Hunter stared at it in awe and asked: “how did they get the ocean inside the building?!”

The waterpark itself is the second largest indoor park in the world. It features the world’s largest wave pool – more on that later. This place has 17 indoor slides and a tonne more features. Some were new to me and I can’t wait to go back just the adults.

The change rooms are large and feature a number of private change areas for people to use. The lockers were available to rent for only $12 for an entire day – great if you’re there for more than just a few hours – and they used an awesome wristband instead of a lock and key, so no worry about losing a key in the water. You can also load your wristband with money to purchase snacks, drinks (adult or not), or even rentals.

The Pools

During past visits, the first stop we made was the Dolphin Kiddie Pool which has three little slides and some water toys. This is where both Hunter and HD were in the water for the first time. This is the area made for the smallest kids. Due to the large around of children using this area, it is not necessarily the best place for babies, however during a normal day, I could see this area being a tad quieter. The water is generally warmer in this area so sitting with the little ones is pretty enjoyable when you’re not getting splashed.

The wave pool is the biggest attraction to me. It has always been my favourite thing. The water is warm and the waves are fierce. The closer to the edge of the pool it is much calmer. We easily spend the majority of our time in this areas. Jumping and riding the waves is great, but if you can get your hands on a tube, then riding the waves is even more fun. Even when we have had babies with us we enjoyed the wave pool.

Kids Areas

Another exciting place for kids to spend their time is Carribean Cove, a Multi-level play structure to climb and crawl around on. The boys LOVE it there and squeal with delight every time the dump bucket dumps the water. There are a few slides, a tone of sprayers, and water cannons. The water is quite cold, but it doesn’t seem to bother the kids at all. There are tables and chairs next, so it is somewhere for parents to sit while the little ones run around.

Hot Tubs

The West Edmonton Mall Water Park offers a large double sided hot tub. It has powerful jets and plenty of sitting room. Soak your body, your legs or even just your feet.

The Slides

If you noticed, I haven’t even spoken about a single waterslide. That is because in the multiple trips we have made in the last 5 years we have gone down one water slide. That’s right, one. Why in a place that has so many waterslide options? Because we had so much fun and spent so much time playing and experiencing everything else the park has to offer. Even with that, there are things we didn’t get a chance to try, that we will have to save for a later trip.

It was a late night but it was a great one, still, the kids are asking when they can go back to the “ocean inside the building.” These are the activities we love doing as a family. Things that keep their bodies and their brains active. Things that they will remember for years to come. We can’t wait to go back.

What You'll Love at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park
What You'll Love at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park

 

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Four Reasons Why TeeBall Was Good For My Son

Four Reasons Why TeeBall Was Good For My Son

When I was growing up we didn’t do sports. I remember swimming lessons, a year of gymnastics, and my brothers played a bit of hockey or football. My husband was much the same, a little bit but nothing to carry forward, and nothing to encourage him to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. We are, determined that would not be the case with our own children. So when Levi was three we registered him into soccer, the only sport available for that age. He loved it for the first year, after that he quickly lost interest. At that point, we put him in TeeBall.

TeeBall was the way to this boys heart. From the very first time he hit the ball off the tee, he was sold. There was no looking back. All winter he checks to see if the snow has melted;  because he knows that when spring comes baseball starts again.

It is March, which means spring is technically right around the corner. I say technically because where I live the snow often falls well into May. However, spring brings baseball to this household. Levi is obsessed, much like Hunter love of hockey.

Levi has now finished two years of TeeBall and has now moved on to the next level of the league, known as Rookie. While I am not sure what the coaching or skill level difference there will be between the two here is what we loved about TeeBall.

TEAM ENVIRONMENT

Working together to achieve a common goal is a lifelong skill that everyone needs to have. While at the TeeBall there is no score keeping it is still a team sport. They work together, and there is the “no man left behind” spirit when they make sure everyone gets a chance at each position.

LEARNING THE BASICS

They are going to learn how to play the game regardless of what age they start playing. But, in TeeBall they learn how to hit a ball without it flying at their face. Fear of getting hit in the face is exactly why I still flinch and often cower when a ball is flying my direction. – I probably look ridiculous flinching every time the ball even comes in the general direction of the stands – Towards the end of his second year, they started to try it without the tee, which will be an advantage in the next season.

The very first time Levi hit the ball off the tee he didn’t have a clue what to do, when he finally started running he brought the bat with him. This was a similar story for nearly every kid on his team. By the end of the season, you would never know they were the same kids, their skill level and knowledge had increased so much.

TEEBALL TOURNAMENT

We have one local minor ball tournament a year. Each team plays the other local teams in the same division. It is one jam-packed baseball filled day. They don’t keep score in our local TeeBall league but that doesn’t stop the fun. It gives them a great idea of what to expect when they move on to the next divisions where they do keep score. At the end of the tournament, they hand out medals to all the teams. I am not a huge fan of “participation medals.” I am, however, a huge fan of anything to keeps kids interested. As they don’t keep score the kids play hard all day and they earn their medals in the most basic of ways.

More on my views of participation medals coming soon!

Last but the most important:

ENJOYMENT

If you can find a sport or activity that your kids love you will not have to fight with them to participate.  It took two years before we found TeeBall. When we did it was clear that it was a sport he wanted to play year after year. When it comes to practice he is waiting at the door ready to go.  That being said if the time comes in which he wants to try something else he will absolutely be given the chance.

At the end of the day, the only thing I really care about is that my children are happy. Baseball makes him happy and is one of the few things that can him smile like this:

What age did you put your kids into organized sports?

 

Four Reasons Why TeeBall Was Good For My Son
four reasons to sign your child up for teeball

 

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March Goals – Goal Reset

March Goals – Goal Reset

If you read my last post you know that February was kind of a right off for me. I didn’t do a whole lot, and I certainly didn’t get a lot accomplished. Between repeat migraines and a cold that just wouldn’t go away, I spent a lot of the month doing as little as possible. While I didn’t get everything accomplished I had hoped to when I set my February goals,  I won’t let that discourage me for the rest of the year. March brings spring and with spring brings new beginnings. Goals need to be constantly adjusted and reevaluated.  Not accomplishing them in the time frame I set out to do a goal in does not mean failure, it means adjustment. This is why my February Goals have now become my March Goals.

If you’re looking for fitness goals, they can be found here.

Let’s look into last months goals

Read a book
After successfully meeting Januarys goal of reading a book, I hoped to continue it and I stated Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. I didn’t quite finish it yet but I hope to get to get it done this week.
 
My February goal was to Stop Procrastinating.
 
Clearly, that didn’t work out, but upon reflection, I realize that it wasn’t entirely realistic. I can not make such a drastic complete life change overnight. So For March, I am adjusting this a little. Okay, a lot.

In March I will stop procrastinating my writing. I will get all my posts for the month written and posted on time. Seems easy enough, but you haven’t seen my schedule. So far I am succeeding so here is to hoping that I can keep up my momentum for the rest of the month.

That’s it for my March goals. Have you set yours for the month yet? If so what are they? What do you think of my goals for the month?

 
March Goals

March Goals

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March Fitness Goals – February Reset

March Fitness Goals – February Reset

March. I want to blame the fact that February is a short month as the reason it seemed to fly by. But realistically, February was a month plagued by illness and migraines. With those, my fitness goals fell by the wayside. I was incredible for the first two weeks, followed by two weeks of about nothing. So I think we can all safely say I failed in my February achieving my February goals. However, I will not let this discourage me, as my February goals have now become my March Fitness Goals, with a slight edit.

If you’re looking for lifestyle goals, they can be found here.

Refocus on Fitness

If you read the beginning of this post, or even last months goal, you will know that this is, word for word what I set at my February goals. But, as I view goals as a “living thing” constantly growing and changing my March fitness goals are the same.

In February I said I just didn’t have to motivation to get back into the gym after vacation. In March, while it has a different cause, the end result is the same. I don’t want to do it. Not because I don’t want to be dit and health, but because I am a lazy person. My want is rarely overpowered by my drive.

Everyone has goals that they do not achieve. They point is to not get discouraged by them. reevaluate and reset your goals. Which is exactly what I did when I set my March fitness goals.

What are your fitness goals for the month? Or, if you have already made them, what are your fitness goals for the year?

 

March Fitness Goals
March Fitness Goals
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February Goals

February Goals

Better late than never right? Maybe these February goals should be to get my posts written and posted when I originally intended to.

January has come and gone, and if you’re with me on this monthly goal setting changed then you know it is time to set your February goals now. Regardless of any potential failure on your January goals, these monthly goals give you the opportunity to reflect tone adjust and reset as necessary. Without some sort of accomplishment, you will always fail. That is why I am always preaching small achievable goals.

If you’re looking for fitness goals, they can be found here.

Let’s look into last months goals

Read a book
Last months I set the goal to read a book. A book that will make me learn something, or a classic. Under the suggestion of a reader, I went with Linda Blair’s book, Birth Order. This book gave me a  surprising outlook on how our birth order influences everything from our personalities to the type of partner we choose and even our careers. I was surprised, that not only do my kids, Levi specifically, matches his “birth order description” almost to a tee; but also that my own personality matches a combination of both middle (which I am) as well as oldest and surprisingly the only. This is probably due to the 7-year age gap between my older brother as well as the fact that I am the only girl in the family.
After successfully meeting this goal, I hope to continue it and I have already started on a second. Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers.
 
I also completed a goal that I didn’t put into writing. I set up my Facebook Page! Please stop by and give it a like!
 
Happy to report that I completed my goals for January; I am now ready to dive into February goals.

Stop Procrastinating

If we look at the fact that this post is already 4 days late, you will see not only have I already failed this goal, but I have also every reason to set it. I should possibly set my goal to be to limit my procrastination, but I am going to attempt to stop it all together. This should, in theory, allow me to finish everything I want and need to do, and give me the same amount of, if not more, time afterwards to do what I please to do. This should also allow me to enjoy this time even more than normal because I will have a sense of accomplishment having completed all my so-called tasks.

That’s it for my February goals. Have you set yours for the month yet? If so what are they? What do you think of my goals for the month?

 
Set your February goals
Set your February goals
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February Fitness Goals

February Fitness Goals

Well, here we are, welcome to February. Were you one of those people that let their fitness goals slip away just a few weeks into January? If you were you aren’t alone. That doesn’t mean all hope is lost. February is a new month. This gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate, refocus, and adjust as necessary. Let us check in with last months goals.

 

If you’re looking for lifestyle goals, they can be found here.

January I had one goal.

Stay Active While on Vacation

I will give myself a passing grade on this, but definitely not an A.

During my week in Maui I had hoped to get a bunch of swimming, hiking, walking, and hopefully trying some paddleboarding. I did get TONS of walking in. More than doubled my average daily steps so that was a win. I also did a little but if hiking, not as much as I had wanted, but with the hiking, I also got to try some scrambling. Scrambling opened up a whole new world for me one that I hope to explore a little more in these coming months. I didn’t do any running or try any paddle boarding. BUT, I got a whole lot of recharge time and I most definitely needed that. I did get myself back into the gym after coming home so I there was a mark in the win column for that.

Refocus on Fitness

As much as stayed active during holidays, and I found my way back to the gym right after my holidays were over it wasn’t easy. After a week of relaxing and recharging, fitness wasn’t high on my priority list anymore. I want to continue relaxing and recharging. My HITT Class I took wrapped up (keep an eye out for that post as well) and I just don’t have to motivation to get back into it as much as I did before. Maybe it is because I don’t have a beach vacation in the foreseeable future to motivate me. It doesn’t matter the reason, we will refocus on our fitness together.

January is a promising time for most people, with their newfound dedication to fitness, or whatever their goals end up being. But it is also an overwhelming time when so many people are in the gym. Now that it has started to die down you can get in there, get on the machines and the equipment that you are comfortable with and refocus on your goals without being overwhelmed.

In February I will get back on track. I will get to the gym at least 4 times a week and hit my step goal daily. It is a short month, and I can hit my goals harder for March.

What are your fitness goals for the month? Or, if you have already made them, what are your fitness goals for the year?

 

February fitness goals
February fitness goals
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Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind

Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind

Sometimes I struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Not because I didn’t get enough sleep, but because I can’t bear to think about what the day might bring.

Sometimes I struggle with getting dressed. Not because I am in pain, but because I can’t be bothered to care.

Sometimes I struggle with being a mom. Not because  I don’t love my kids, but because being a parent is HARD.

Sometimes I struggle with driving my son to school. Not because I don’t want him to go to school, but because I am sure I will get into a car accident.

Sometimes I struggle with grocery shopping. Not because we don’t have the money, but because there are too many people at the store.

Sometimes I struggle with being a good housekeeper. Not because I don’t want a clean house, but because there is not enough time in the day.

Sometimes I struggle with being active. Not because I am lazy, but because I just can’t be bothered.

Sometimes I struggle with being a good friend. Not because I don’t want to see my friends, but because I don’t want to see anyone.

Sometimes I struggle with driving my son to nursery school. Not because he shouldn’t go, but because I might have to interact with people.

Sometimes I struggle with taking my baby for his checkups. Not because I think he doesn’t need them, but because they might ask me how I am.

Sometimes I struggle with being a good wife. Not because I don’t love my husband, but because I am already so frustrated with the rest of the day.

Sometimes I struggle with cooking dinner. Not because I’m not hungry, but because the kids probably won’t eat it anyways.

Sometimes I struggle with going to sleep. Not because I am not tired, but because the weight of the day plagues me.

 

Sometimes I get out of bed, get dressed, drive my son to school, do the grocery shopping, play with my kids, clean my house, work out, visit with my friends, take my son to nursery school, take my baby to his checkups, great my husband with a kiss, cook dinner, and have an early bedtime. 

But sometimes I struggle. 

January 31, 2018, is Bell Lets Talk day. For every applicable text, mobile and long distance call, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, Bell Let’s Talk Day video view on social media, use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate 5¢ to Canadian mental health initiatives. Let’s work together to create a stigma-free Canada! But more than just today let us work towards a world where it is easier to talk every day. If you or someone you know needs help, please get it.

On January 25, 2017, Bell raised more than $6.1 Million Dollars in support of Mental Health Awareness.

 

This post originaly was written In January 2017.
Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind

 

Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind
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Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.

Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.

January. Despite the fact that it brings my birthday, the word itself almost makes me shiver. January statically is one of the most depressing months of the year. Deep in the middle of the winter. One of the coldest months we endure. At least here in Alberta anyways. If you get the winter blues you’re not alone.

Have you started to feel like nothing is going to get you out of bed in the mornings, and already planning tomorrow nap? Here are some ways to help to lift your spirits on those winter blues.

Let Some Light In

Winter brings shorter days and longer nights. Open the blinds and let some light in. Sit closer to the window to get an extra dose of sunlight. If that doesn’t work, consider a light box, an artificial sun, to give your body the sunlight it is craving.

Crank It Up

Ever just listen to a song and immediately feel your mood boost? It works in the winter too. Turn up some tunes, and maybe have a little dance party. Get a little of this and the next one all in one go.

Work It Out

You knew I was going to say that, didn’t you? Inside, outside, in a gym, or at home. Wherever, whenever you can get it in. It can give your body the boost that it needs to keep going.

Plan A Vacation

Even the simple act of planning a vacation can boost my spirits. Of course, actually taking the vacation helps, but even if you can go away; pick up some travel brochures and dream away.

Help Someone

Big or small helping someone makes you feel good about yourself and helps boost your mood.

Get Outside

Easier said than done, I know. Especially when the winter temperatures dip well below freezing. Stepping outside even for a brief walk can bring a new alertness, and focus on your day.

 

Doing even one of these can help. Make an effort to do one or more of these each and every day and with any luck, you’ll be moving away from Winter blues and into Spring showers sooner than you know. Do you have anything you do when you feel the winter blues coming on?

 

Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.
Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.
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