Product Review – Hskyhan Pitcher Water Filter

Here’s the answer to one of the most common questions I am asked – what water do I drink. Here’s the super easy answer – I use this pitcher filtration system.

Like many Amazon shoppers I looked on Amazon and chose a system with good reviews and a price that matched up with what I thought was reasonable. Lucky for me, the pitcher turned out to be a winner. On the first try!

It’s so awesome I gave one to my daughter for her place and she loves it, too.

The features I like best about this pitcher are the most important to me: the water tastes clean and the filter is easy to use. I change it once and month since it’s mostly just for me and Lucy. My next favorite feature is how fast it filters. Bonus, it looks good enough to sit on the counter or the table.

Here is my amazon affiliate link for the pitcher, which comes with two filters.

Here’s my amazon affiliate link for a two-pack of replacement filters.

Drinking a minimum of 50 ounces of water daily is important for my health.

Do you drink enough water?

 

As always, thank you for the time you spend with me!

Gina

 

P.S. You know what else helps with living a balanced life? This book!

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June 10th is National Iced Tea Day

There are sixty-one national food days this year, according to soyum.com . That’s where I read about National Iced Tea day before I saw Carla Hall’s segment about it on the June 8th edition of The Chew.

We’re losing The Chew! I’m so sad. I love those guys and that lady.

Back to iced tea. Carla Hall made a ginger, lime, and mint iced tea, which Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon said was awesome. I decided to see if I shared their enthusiasm. I was skeptical of that flavor combination. Here’s how it looks:

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It looked normal and it tasted…interesting. Different. Not unpleasant. Definitely not bland. My ginger-lime (Thrive Life Limeade)-mint iced tea experience was one of those voyages into unknown flavor combinations that can lead to eureka moments. This one didn’t, for me. It was definitely refreshing.

What is your favorite iced tea? We’ll be discussing iced tea, and all things Thrive Life food related, in our FB group, “Living The Thrive Life Super Group”. It’s an invitation-only group, so tell me if you want to join.

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Do you use lime juice in your iced tea?

 

 

As always, thank you for thriving with me!

 

Gina

 

Reiki III (ART) Retreat!

The Big Announcement!

 

We’ve been planning since early last year, and the time has now come to announce our first Reiki retreat! We will be immersing ourselves in the most transformative, relaxing healing there is!

We have five remaining spots.

 

Details:
When: Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th. In 2018, y’all. (Texas is growing on me, and I love it!)

Where: Santa Clarita, CA
(Don’t worry, my new Texas friends. There will be a Reiki I retreat for you. I’m scouting a location in Gunter, which is about an hour from Dallas).

Level: III (ART) Reiki Master! This is the class you’ve been asking for! Please note that this is a Reiki Master, non-teaching, level. If you are interested in becoming a Reiki Master Teacher, talk to us about class dates for that level.

 

Requirements to Study  Reiki III (ART)

Completion of Levels I & II. If you have not completed these Levels with me, then we will need to talk about what you learned in your Level I and/or Level II classes. We want you to get the most out of your class.

You must have completed at least six hours of Reiki treatment on a minimum of six people or animals and tell me about them.

Your Level II class must have been no fewer than 21 days ago, to allow for your 21 Day Cleanse.

Cost

$600 per person for all three days. This includes:

-Reiki Level III class
-Reiki Level III certification
– The Reiki Cafe: Reiki III (ART) Manual (paperback or eBook, your choice)
– Dormitory-style lodging on Friday, May 4th, through Sunday morning, May 6th.
– Food, drinks, and snacks. Please tell us what your preferences are and if you have food allergies.

 

Deposits and Final Payment Due Dates
A $60 deposit is due when you reserve your place in the retreat.
The $540 balance is due Friday, April 27th, or earlier.
You may pay for the entire workshop at one time if you prefer.Payment can be made through check or Paypal.

 

Schedule

Friday, May 4th

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Reiki III class begins
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.                 Lunch break
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.                 Reiki III class continues
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.                 Dinner
8:00 – 8:45 p.m.                 Guided meditation
9:00 p.m.                            Free time
Saturday, May 5th
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.                   Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.                 Chakra Balancing workshop
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.                   Reiki Share
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                   Dinner
6:30 – 8:30                            Deep Listening workshop

Sunday, May 6th

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast & departure.
The Reiki Master Teachers Are:
Gina Briganti was introduced to Reiki in 2005 and fell in love with the simplicity of it right away. Adding Reiki to her tool box as a Holistic Health Consultant was a natural step. In 2007 Gina’s Reiki Master Teacher told her she felt it was time for Gina to start teaching Reiki, and offered the Master Teacher training. Since then Gina has published a Level III (ART) manual, taught all levels of Reiki, guided meditation and Reiki workshops.
Holly Bogenholm has practiced Reiki for eight years, receiving her level one attunement in 2010. She has integrated Reiki into her daily life as a technology consultant, in an effort to find balance, bring positive connections, and to prove once and for all that technology and spirituality are not at odds. She was approached by her teacher this year about receiving the Master Teacher training and is looking forward to co-teaching her first class.
Invitation to Contribute to Gift Bags

Each student attending the retreat will receive a gift bag. If you have a book, store, product, service, business, etc. which naturally supports a balanced lifestyle and would like to contribute to gift bags for the retreat, please contact us.

If you’re thinking, “Yes, Jill (for example) makes crystal jewelry and would be perfect for you!” Then, please, tell Jill about this opportunity and how to reach me, either through e-mail: thereikicafe@gmail.com or by responding to this post.

 

Registration

Contact Gina through e-mail: thereikicafe@gmail.com, to start the registration process.

 

Thank you for the time you spent with us!

 

Gina and Holly

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Thrive Life News & Specials – January 2018!

 

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New Simple Plate! Instead of takeout, take a bite into a savory bowl of Korean-Style Beef! With the flavors of your favorite Asian restaurant, each tender bite gives you a big kick of sweet and spicy! Laid on a bed of sautéed veggies and fluffy brown rice, you won’t need to leave your house for a restaurant-worthy meal! We’ve defrosted, browned, and shredded your beef for you! Available today!

To make this healthier, use unfiltered organic apple juice in place of the brown sugar called for in the recipe.

 

New Consultant Starter Kits!

If you love to share food and you want to have your own food business, Thrive Life is an excellent option. We now have a vegetarian gluten-free starter kit and gluten-free starter kits!

Free of Gluten & Vegetarian Kits

 

SOCIAL SELLER

Free of Gluten

$129

Free shipping in the contiguous United States

This kit is for those who are looking for some additional income without a large time commitment. The Social Seller kit provides all the supplies needed to get started, including our best-selling foods for customers to sample.

SIMPLE PLATE*

2 Person Southwest-Style Chicken Quinoa (x2)
2 Person Thai-Style Coconut Beef with Rice Noodles (x2)

PANTRY CANS

Chopped Onions (FD)
Chopped Chicken (FD)

SNACKIES

Strawberries (FD)
Pineapple (FD)
Coconut Bites (FD)
Sweet Corn (FD)
Cranberry Crunch
Cheddar Cheese Bites (FD)

MATERIALS

First Things First Flyer
Join Us Brochure
Simple Solutions Flyer
Thrive Guide
Order/Application Form
Thrive Refresh Tips Fridge Magnet
A Tale of 2 Bananas Flyer
Thrive Life Product Catalog

BUSINESS BUILDER

Free of Gluten

$259

Free shipping in the contiguous United States

For those who want to start thriving immediately, and who love a great deal, this is the kit for you. It’s full of enough great Thrive products and materials for your first few tastings.

SIMPLE PLATE•

2 Person Southwest-Style Chicken Quinoa (x2)
2 Person Tuscan Quinoa Bowl (x2)
2 Person Sweet & Sour Beef with Rice (x2)
2 Person Thai-Style Coconut Beef with Rice Noodles (x2)

PANTRY CANS

Chopped Onions (FD)
Chopped Chicken (FD)
Pineapple (FD)
Sausage Crumbles (FD)

SNACKIES

Strawberries (FD)
Coconut Bites (FD)
Sweet Corn (FD)
Cranberry Crunch
Cheddar Cheese Bites (FD)

MATERIALS

First Things First Flyer
Sample Cups (50)
Thrive Life Apron
Thrive Guide
Thrive Refresh Tips Fridge Magnet
Postcard Invitations (100)
Order/Application Forms (20)
Join Us Brochure (20)
Simple Solutions Flyer (20)
Recipe Cards (3 pack)
A Tale of 2 Bananas Flyer (20)
Thrive Life Product Catalog (10)

BUSINESS BUILDER PLUS

Free of Gluten

$495

Free shipping in the contiguous United States

If you’re ever going to get a Pantry Organizer, do it with this kit! It has all the contents of the Business Builder, plus a Pantry Organizer. It’s the best way to start your Home Store.

SIMPLE PLATE*

2 Person Southwest-Style Chicken Quinoa (x2)
2 Person Tuscan Quinoa Bowl (x2)
2 Person Sweet & Sour Beef with Rice (x2)
2 Person Thai-Style Coconut Beef with Rice Noodles (x2)

PANTRY CANS

Chopped Onions (FD)
Chopped Chicken (FD)
Pineapple (FD)
Sausage Crumbles (FD)

SNACKIES

Strawberries (FD)
Coconut Bites (FD)
Sweet Corn (FD)
Cranberry Crunch
Cheddar Cheese Bites (FD)

MATERIALS

First Things First Flyer
Sample Cups (50)
Thrive Life Apron
Thrive Guide
Thrive Refresh Tips Fridge Magnet
Postcard Invitations (100)
Order/Application Forms (20)
Join Us Brochure (20)
Simple Solutions Flyer (20)
Recipe Cards (3 pack)
A Tale of 2 Bananas Flyer (20)
Thrive Life Product Catalog (10)

PANTRY ORGANIZER

Variety Can, Family Can, or Pantry Can System (Black or White)

VEGETARIAN STARTER KIT

Free of Gluten & Dairy

$129

Free shipping in the contiguous United States

This kit is for those who are looking for some additional income without a large time commitment. The Vegetarian kit provides all the same supplies as the Social Seller kit, including best selling foods that are free of gluten and dairy.

PANTRY CANS

Chopped Onions (FD)
Mushroom Pieces (FD)
Celery (FD)
Sweet Corn (FD)
Broccoli (FD)
Blueberries (FD)
Strawberry Slices (FD)
Pineapple (FD)
Peach Slices (FD)
Fuji Apples (FD)

MATERIALS

First Things First Flyer
Join Us Brochure
Simple Solutions Flyer
Thrive Guide
Order/Application Form
Thrive Refresh Tips Fridge Magnet
A Tale of 2 Bananas Flyer
Thrive Life Product Catalog

REGISTER NOW

When you join my team, you will also receive a free mini nutrition analysis (not available everywhere. If not you can have a mini Reiki session instead)  and chakra balancing. Why? Because I want you to glow!

 

January is a Great Month to Host a Tasting. Here’s Why!

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Host a tasting by mail (I send everything you need to you and your guests so you can have a fun tasting), by video chat, or in person if you are local to Addison, TX. Let’s set your date!

 

Thank you for thriving with me!

Gina

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Low-carb Roasted Vegetable Snack Mix!

Would you like to grab handfuls of an addictive, savory, mouth watering snack that’s good for you? My answer is yes, and that’s why I played with my vegetables and came up with this delicious snack mix.

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It started with a tomato and basil mini cheese ball recipe I made for a party. I didn’t want to put raw tomatoes in them, so I roasted some of my Thrive Life tomato dices by adding a hint of coconut oil, pink salt and Chef’s Choice seasoning. The tomatoes were luscious and my mini cheese balls were a hit.

Requests for low-carb recipes have been coming in lately, which has me looking at labels for new information. It turns out that tomatoes, zucchini and asparagus are all low in carbohydrate. I added them together, tossed them with a drizzle of coconut oil, some pink salt, Chef’s Choice and a bit of garlic powder. Roasting takes about twenty minutes and then…

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Oh. My. Yum!

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The tomatoes take on incredible umami. The zucchini, crunchy sweetness. The asparagus, crunchy green goodness.

I’m bringing my low-carb roasted vegetable snack mix to Fiesta Friday this week to share with Angie, the many talented cooks there and our host Sandhya@indfused.com

I’m drooling just thinking about eating this so now I have to make more. There’s no way to keep them in the house except to make more. My guests and I have a good case of Snack Mix Fever!

Here’s how you can catch it, too.

 

1 cup Thrive Life tomato dices

1 cup Thrive Life asparagus

1 cup Thrive Life zucchini

1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1 tsp. Thrive Life Chef’s Choice

1 tsp. garlic powder

 

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Gently mix the vegetables together, right out of the can. Do not refresh them. Add seasonings. Stir in the coconut oil and then gently mix to coat the seasonings and oil over all of the vegetables.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the vegetable mixture on the sheet and then roast them for fifteen to twenty minutes, stirring vegetables every five minutes for even roasting.

Allow the roasted vegetables to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. I think they will keep for a week, but I’ve never been able to keep them around for more than a day or two, so I’m not exactly sure about that one.

You know, I think they would make good croutons in my salad. Hmm.

 

 

Thank you for thriving with me!

 

Gina

Thrive Life Independent Consultant

 

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Thrive Life Flash Sale – Today Only!

Seasoned Chicken Slices - Freeze Dried

I highly recommend the broccoli for its versatility. Eat it crunchy from the can for the biggest raw alkaline impact, powder it and add it to a meal, roast it with garlic or cook it in your favorite foods. All the reasons broccoli is revered as a beneficial part of a healthy eating plan are amplified by Thrive Life’s Nutri-lock twenty-one step process, designed to keep all the nutrients in and convenient for when you want broccoli.

My love for the sausage crumbles is whole and unabashed because I can grab a handful, or put 1/4 cup of them into a recipe, and then leave the rest in the can for another time. Try doing that with sausage from the health food store. Our sausage crumbles do not contain nitrates or nitrites.

 

Strawberries are in my morning protein drink every day. Studies show that to reap the most benefits from berries, they need to be eaten regularly. I’m all for that, plus they are just plain delicious!

Seasoned chicken slices and shredded cheddar cheese give a nice roundness to  this pack. I hydrate only what I need at the time and save the rest for later. I eat very little chicken or cheese, making this the perfect solution for me. If you eat a lot of chicken and cheese, get the family size can. It’s a fantastic value!

Ask me how you can get free shipping on this sale! You’re going to love my answer!

Questions? Please ask. I’m here to help! E-mail me at the reiki cafe @ gmail dot com or ask your question here.

No questions? You can order directly from the website.

 

Thank you for thriving with me!

 

Gina

Thrive Life Independent Consultant

 

 

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The December TLC Pack From The Reiki Cafe

 

Are you receiving my newsletter? I hope so, because I love to share exclusives there. Sign up is easy and takes moments.TLC = Thrive Loving Care

December TLC

The Reiki Cafe would like to share our seasonal favorites and monthly specials with you, in the form of a free sample pack. E-mail thereikicafe@gmail.com with the details and a a sample pack will be sent to you, and to anyone you would like to share them with. Everything is easy and delicious with Thrive Life.

Any of these foods can be eaten as is, or used as a fresh ingredient by adding a small of water a time to refresh. Okay, maybe not the pretzels, but the havarti can be refreshed if you want to. Most people like it crunchy.

Are you local to Dallas, Texas? If you are, then we are neighbors! Let’s meet and I will give your TLC pack to you in person.

 

The more Thrive Life food I eat, the better I feel.

 

I love Thrive Life foods, and after a taste you will know exactly why I do! They are packed with nutrition you can taste and feel.

 

 

Thank you for sharing TLC!

Gina

 

What You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Reviews.com

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What You Need to Know About Probiotics

Since there’s still not a lot of research on probiotics, the research team at Reviews.com recently spent months studying and testing 277 top-rated supplements on the market to determine which strains are most effective for various issues. Here are some of their findings.

Although the idea of beneficial bacteria has been around since the late 1800s, and probiotic supplements have been around since the 1930s, there haven’t been many human clinical trials. We do know that probiotics produce enzymes that help break down chemicals that the normal human gut has a hard time with, such as the oligosaccharides in legumes. That digestive assistance results in less gastrointestinal distress and better absorption of nutrients.

A small but growing body of research on our gut tenants suggests that hacking your microbiome can not only improve the digestive process, but also contribute to a laundry list of ancillary health benefits. We’re talking weight loss, lower cholesterol, decreased anxiety, improved immune function, fewer seasonal allergy symptoms, and relief from a host of gastrointestinal maladies, from irritable bowel syndrome to traveler’s diarrhea.

 

The Bottom Line

The science is still young, but we know a few things: Probiotics work better in a pack; prebiotics mixed in with probiotics are just a marketing ploy because there isn’t enough prebiotic to make a difference; and shelf life matters most. Look for multi-strain products and check for a “viability guarantee” through the expiration date to make sure your probiotics will be in full force when you take them.

 

Through the course of our research, we came across a number of studies that indicated some lesser-known benefits of taking probiotic supplements, like decreased anxiety. We put together our top picks based on which strains had solid evidence backing up a connection:

 

Anxiety and Allergies

Relevant strains: L. Casei, L. Rhamnosus, Paracasei

 

Weight Loss

Relevant strains: B. Brevis, B. Lactis, L. Acidophilus, L. Gasseri, L. Rhamnosus GG

 

Lactose Intolerance

Relevant strains: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus

 

Lowering Cholesterol

Relevant strains: B. Lactis, E. Faecium, L. Acidophilus, L. Curvatus, L. Fermentum, L. Plantarum, L. Reuteri

 

Women’s Health

Relevant strains: Bacillus Coagulans, L. Fermentum, L. Rhamnosus GG

 

Take Action 

Start small. Generally, it’s best to start out with a lower CFU count and ramp up as needed. Starting out with the high-proof stuff can cause unpleasant physical side effects, like cramps and bloating, as well as monetary ones — higher potency supplements are almost universally more expensive. Of course, follow your doctor’s guidance. The verdict on ideal colony count is still out.

 

Take your probiotic with a meal. This raises the pH in your stomach, which means more bacteria will make it through to your gut, including the few non-acid-resistant strains like S. Thermophilus. And take them with plenty of water; that will further dilute the acidity of gastric juices.

 

Get your prebiotics in. There are tons of the simple carbs probiotics love in whole fruits and vegetables, including onions, garlic, bananas, asparagus, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and artichokes. If you’re worried you might not be getting between five to 20 grams per day, consider taking a prebiotic supplement, usually a powder or drink mix.

 

Keep up your probiotic routine. Probiotics stick around for a while, though for how long isn’t precisely clear. You have to keep taking them to continue to reap the benefits.

 

To see the rest of their guide to probiotics, go to http://www.reviews.com/probiotic-supplement/

 

 

 

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Gina

 

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Thrive Life News & Specials for October!

There is a new Simple Plate meal available now!
Thai-Style Coconut Beef
NEW SIMPLE PLATE

Thai-Style Coconut Beef

Dig into Coconut Beef with Rice Noodles for an exotic flavor that’s ready in 20 minutes! Each Simple Plate meal kit serves 2 or 4 people generously.
Thai-Style Coconut Beef
Seasonal Items
Be the first to try our newest fall-inspired ingredients!
Thai-Style Coconut Beef
October Product Specials
Get up to 30% off your groceries in October.*
FREEZE DRIED
Tomato Dices
Butternut Squash
FREEZE DRIED
Butternut Squash
Wheat Dough Mix
Whole Wheat Dough Mix
Veloute
Velouté
(Rich Chicken Gravy)
FREEZE DRIED
Whole Strawberries
Freeze Dried Apricots
FREEZE DRIED
Apricots
Lemonade
Lemonade
Peppercorn
Peppercorn
Freeze Dried Apricots
FREEZE DRIED
Red Bell Peppers
Freeze Dried Chopped Chicken
FREEZE DRIED
Chopped Chicken
Lemonade
Limeade
*We will no longer be offering monthly specials packs; however, you can still purchase the items that would have been in the pack individually.

Our Delivery Plan Options

Simple plate plus

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You Can Order Without Setting Up a Plan

Simply go to my website and order what you like, how you like it.

 

 

 

 

I have openings for hosts to have parties. Check with me for a list of dates. If you are not local, I will send all that you need to have a fun, successful party. Read more about party hosting and benefits here.

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I love, love, love Thrive Life. How can I join Thrive Tribe?

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Start by checking out our Career Plan, then get in touch with me to get you started! I started with Thrive Life because I love the food. Now I love the food, my team, my perks and that my commissions keep coming! There is so much room to grow as much as I want to with Thrive Life. What are your dreams?

 

 

Thank you for thriving with me!

Gina

 

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Spiced Apple Oatmeal – Inspired by Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas by Sojourner McConnell

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This chapter book charmed the socks off of me! Dolcey is so sweet, and loving! The story is relevant and moving. The illustrations are perfect for the story. I can’t wait for another Dolcey book!

While I was reading about Emily and Dolcey, I had the idea for this spiced apple oatmeal. You’ll understand why when you read this delightful chapter book.

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Thrive Life Quick Oats are gluten free.

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       Make ahead for busy mornings, camping and to give as gifts!

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That’s a family can of Fuji apples in the background!

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I’m bringing my spiced apple oatmeal to Fiesta Friday this week. It’s too good not to share! Our co-hosts this week are Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen and Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes.

 

Meet The Author

If you’re in Kentucky this October, you can meet Sojourner McConnell and get your copy of Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas signed!

Where: Karen’s Book Barn. 127 E. Main Street, La Grange, KY.

When: October 14th from 11-4.

Bonus! When you buy a copy of Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas at the signing, you get to choose one of these Snackies Singles to go with it. We call this a book and a Snackie. While supplies last.

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As always, thank you for the time we spend together,

Gina

 

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