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Day 5 of Holiday Giveaways- Rise and Shine

Day 5 of Holiday Giveaways- Rise and Shine




Was supposed to do a 16 mile run. Didn’t. Managed to get to the gym and get on the treadmill for 6 miles at night.


Then I went to Costco. I thought I’d make it out of there within 30 minutes for less than $100 dollars. Boy was I wrong. Who the heck makes a quick trip to Costco on a Friday night? And who the heck are all those people hanging out there? I guess it’s the cool place to be.


Taught boot camp in the morning at the park.

Snuck out in the afternoon for a slow, not that fun run. My body’s been feeling really heavy the past week or so and I know it’s from lack of sleep. Ugh. I had to try out some new sneaks though.


Yes, I got some new Mizuno Inspires just the other day. More on the shoes coming up in the next few days. They get a “favorite” post all of their own. Surprise, surprise.

Favorite part of the run was here around mile 5. I finally felt good and looked up and realized it was one heck of a beautiful day.



Oh man, so Judah’s sick over here. We had big plans for the day yesterday, but Mommy duty called and all our plans changed. Sometimes it puts things into perspective a little though when that happens. My new promotion has to be number one, right?

We were up all hours of the night Friday so I was dragging yesterday. I always forget how stinking important sleep is. I’m not a friendly person when I don’t get it. I also make really bad choices to post unflattering pictures of myself and my tired face and messy hair.


Lovely. Don’t mind the line across my forehead from my Halo hat I was sporting earlier at boot camp.

Oh, and there’s my guy. Even in his sickened state he still wanted to hitch a ride in the laundry basket.


I managed to whip up this quick breakfast in the morning after boot camp yesterday. It’s Mama’s Healthy Apple Microwave Muffin made with 1/2 cup egg whites instead of 1/4 for a little extra protein. I topped it with PB2, peanut butter and a Jazz apple.


It was delicious.


We were supposed to go to Grandma and Papap’s for a little birthday party for Papap last night, but since Judah was sick, the party came to us.


Totally normal to make Papap open up his presents in the tent, yes?




Okay, enough blabbering.

The winner of the Handful bra or Handful tank from Day 3 of the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways chosen by random.org is

#281 Rachel @RunningRachel

Yay!!!! Rachel, so exciting. Email me your info (address, size, what you want, etc.) and I’ll send it along to my wonderful friends at Handful. Woo hoo!!!


Here’s Day 5 of STUFT Mama’s favorite things 12 Days of Holiday Giveaway.

kitty holiday giveaway

I’ll make it quick today.


Actually, when I’m trying to make things quick and/or running out the door today’s giveaway comes in really handy.


I found these bars at a few different race expos. We did some serious damage at their booth at one of them.

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The boys and I had about three samples each at the expo for America’s Finest Half Marathon this past August.

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Ha ha. I’m totally not kidding. We each had at least three samples (maybe quite a few more, but who’s counting). It’s a wonder why they didn’t make us leave.

Since then these bars have been making their way into our on the go snack bags on a regular basis.


They have three different varieties of bars:





and protein+. 



My two favorites are the crunchy carob chip protein+ bar and the crunchy cashew almond breakfast bar.

The protein bars are not dairy free, but the other two varieties are. All the bars are gluten free.


For you, for this “Rise and Shine” Sunday, one winner will receive a variety box of 12 Rise bars.


Leave a comment here telling me what you do to “wake up” when you’re feeling super tired during the day (I could use some tricks) or what your on the go snack is when you’re pressed for time.

Woo hoo!

*Giveaway will be open until Monday night at 11:00pm. Open to US residents only.


There’s still time to enter the GNC Probiotics giveaway from Day 4 too since I’m a day behind.

Click here to enter.

And of course there’s still time to do GNC Santa’s Slim Legs Workout. He he.

Have a good Sunday! I’m crossing my fingers we not only “rise and shine” over here, but get some time to rest too.


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  1. 1
    Renee says:

    I drink lowcarb monster about once a month when I need to get stuff done but so tired even coffee makes me extra tired or too jittery. I need help going to bed at good hour.

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    Since my kids are older, super tired = 10 minute power nap. I can say, I’m taking a quick ten and my body will just wake up after ten minutes. Or coffee. There’s always a good reason for coffee.
    I raided the Rise Bar table at AFC also, and have just one more left! Definite go to for grab & go 😉

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    Debbie E. says:

    I’ll be checking others’ comments since coffee doesn’t wake me up either. Ideally a brisk walk outside does the trick, but if I’m stuck inside I’ll take the stairs a flight or two, and if no stairs, jump up and down!! Getting the blood pumping wakes me up every time (at least temporarily). Love Rise bars since they’re gluten free.

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    suzie says:

    Coffee! Water! Peppermint! And fresh air.

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    Stacie says:

    Go to snack is homemade trail mix: almonds, craisins, and chocolate chips

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    Kathy says:

    probably not the best …but I am sure there are worse things…..lately I have been making another pot of coffee. 2 cups in the morning to wake me up before working out….then around 3PM I have been having another cup or two….I figure its better than snacking/eating and it totally picks me up…

    4 cups of coffee a day??? There are worse things in life right??? (Hopefully?!)

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    Tracy says:

    Hmmm….pre-pregnancy to wake up I drank some Diet Amp or strong iced tea. Now, its a nap and half the iced tea in the afternoon if I’m really dragging. I also try to do Tony Horton 10 minute yoga to snap myself out of it and get a little stretching in. I cut up fruit before I leave and bring it for on the go snacks or have an Odwalla or Luna bar. ALWAYS carry snacks for my son including Clif bars for kids, fruit gummies, cheez-its, yogurt covered raisins, etc.!

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    Erin says:

    i wake up at 4:30 most mornings to get my run n before the day starts, so I’ e ome to rely on 5 hour energy to wake me up. After my run and before work, I neeeeed my coffee. After that, I really don’t drink much caffeine for the rest of the day…..mainly water. So, these Rise bars look good. I’m obsessed with bars and trying new ones, the more natural, the better. I’d love to try these!

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    Jillian says:

    I usually have a huge mug of black tea to wake me up OR if it is really bad I’ll get an espresso from a cafe!

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    Jess says:

    Sometimes my “wake up” trick is going for a run or trying some type of exercise!

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    Shanon says:

    I have a few “tricks”. If one does not work (and I have time) I will try another: 1. coffee, coffee and more coffee. 2. take a quick shower. 3. Do a quick 8-10 HIIT workout.

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    Jennifer says:

    Waking up on lack of sleep is really tough….tricks are truly just that, the best remedy is sleep! I usually stick to green tea iced or hot depending on season for a boost and getting blood flowing with a 5-10 min cardiovascular boost works too 🙂 fave quick snacks include bars of all types, so would love to try these! Greek yogurt , fruit and string cheese! Also love your quick protein packed “baked good” recipes!

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    Janell says:

    I will have trader joes greens powder mixed with matcha tea and hop on the treadmill for a quick run.

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    Oh I want to get these bars!!!
    I’m nursing my second cup of coffee, so I guess you know my answer. 🙂 Hope the baby boy starts feeling better!!

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    Chelsee says:

    I’ve never heard of these bars. I would like to try them!

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    Brittany says:

    Coffee is a good way to wake up; and an easy snack for me is an apple with a handful of walnuts or almonds. Its low maintenance, you don’t have to worry about needing any kitchen equipment to make it, and its not going to spoil if you have to take it for later.

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    Tess says:

    I’m realyy not a big yogi or anything but DEEP breathing really helps. You know the kind where you breath in and your stomach expands then you push it all out slowly, forcefully and totally. Love it!

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    virginia says:

    caffeine or a quick interval workout

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    Alexandra says:

    Coffee Coffee Coffee…and a cold shower sometimes helps too! These bars look great!

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    Missy says:

    Core an apple..stuff it with pb or almond butter or some other concoction and wrap in tin foil for on the go snack.

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    Becky Przy says:

    Oh those bars look sooo good! yum! I hope Judah feels better and the rest of you stay healthy!

    I usually go for a bigger cup of coffee. Around 11 or 1, I drink 1/2 cup of coffee, pop a 20 minute Barney dvd in for the toddler and bring a pile of books for her to our bed and take a power nap. The coffee has kicked in after 20 minutes and I am sure not to oversleep since I know Addy will wake me up when the dvd is done. Sometimes working out helps, other times it drains the tiny amount of energy I do have.

    Favorite quick snacks: apples, bananas, muffins (homemade, but I freeze them right away so I don’t eat the entire batch fresh out of the oven)….I really need to work on higher protien snacks;-)

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    lindsay says:

    i love rise bar. Choose me! but first, go hug judah. poor guy.

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    Kari says:

    When I am feeling tired, I love to make a nutritious green monster – always wakes me right up and keeps me feeling energized!

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    Leslie says:

    I love apples as a go to snack – I find that their fiber keeps me pretty full and I love biting into a really juicy piece of fruit!

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    If I’m feeling sleepy, an apple and a glass of ice water always does the trick!

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    I do about 5 minutes of yoga/stretches. It is easy to neglect but it centers you and helps get your blood pumping (which makes you feel more awake!) I hope your little one is feeling better soon!

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    Linda says:

    If I don’t get enough sleep I usually have the most unproductive day. I have to get at least 8 hours. Working out helps for a short time but ultimately it catches up with me. Kind Bars have been my go to snacks when I’m out. If i”m home, it’s always hummus, veggies and gluten free crackers!

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    Melissa Witte says:

    I either have a snack or walk around….

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    Bev says:

    I work shift work so I’m tired quite often. Coffee, coffee and more coffee + movement = keep my eyes open. I think those bars would go nicely with my coffee. 🙂

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    Marcia Schultz says:

    COFFEE! And a walk outside no matter how cold it is (I’m in Minnesota and its snowing right now!) or sometimes an apple, for some reason that is a good snack to wake me up. I’d love to try these new bars.

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    Most mornings I workout right after getting out of bed and that’s my ‘wake up’ ticket–the days that I save my morning for the evening though I definitely have a harder time really waking up for work!

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    I usually drink coffee, Spark (sugar free energy drink) or when I am beyond TIRED- I reach for some candy! 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

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    Even when I am tired I can function some how, but let me sit still for too long or laydown with reason (I.e. stretching, playing with the kids) and I can pass out quick. I do dabble into the energy drink realm. Lately it has been Monster’s Absolute Zero, but Rockstar sugar free and Nos sugar free also have 0 or next to zero calories.

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    Mollie says:

    Some exercise, and a serious amount of caffeine!

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    Sherry says:

    First I want to say that Grandma and Papap seem like amazing grandparents! What a good sport Papap is for opening his gifts in the tent.

    What I do to wake up is yoga in the morning. It’s a great way to get the day started. Also, there is always my trusty coffee ;o)

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    Carlie says:

    My go to snack when I’m pressed for times is raw almonds or carrots because they’re so easy to just thrown in a baggie OR I can just take the entire bag haha

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    Sharyn S says:

    I shower and some cranked music usually gets me up and moving!

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    Jennifer says:

    coffee, coffee, coffee! Its solely the reason I get out of bed 🙂

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    Lesa says:

    My on the go snack when im pressed for time is some “Pukey Turkey Jerkey” LOOOOOVVVEEE this stuff sooooo much….de-lish and low in sodium…mmmmmmmm

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    Billie Jean says:

    My go to snack when pressed for time would be a Larabar and a pear, my favorite combo:)

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    Rachel says:

    I am one of those annoying people that arely have trouble getting up in the morning (now try to make me function intelligently after 8 pm is another story!). I do always have coffee with my husband when we get up. It is our time together in the day and we both really love our coffee. I know if I ever have to miss it I am evil.

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    Beth says:

    Showering usually helps me wake up, as does a nice cup of iced coffee!

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    Jacque says:

    walk to the cafeteria at work, and fill up my water bottle with ice cold lemon water. the movement and cold water wake me up 😀

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    Kaitlin L. says:

    I make myself a cup of green tea and do a few jumping jacks, push ups and sit ups, just to get the blood flowing and the energy flowing. No matter how exhausted I am a little movement does wonders! A few downward dog poses work well too!

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    jackie says:

    When I wake up incredibly tired, I usually just try to get my important stuff done in the morning because I know by 4:00 I will be dragging big time!

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    Carri Arrieta says:

    Coffee and a quick run are a sure pick -me-up

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    Allison says:

    Waking up is always hard to do! Sometimes I tell myself on weekends I will sneak in a nap (I never do) but it gets me up! I love the NuGo Gluten Free dark chocolate crunch bars. They’re gluten, soy, and dairy free. Only 170 kcals with 9 grams of protein!

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    Lindsay says:

    If i’m dragging during the day, I’ll go for some coffee or tea, but if my stomach is growling, I go for an apple or Nutri-grain bar!

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    Oh poor kiddo. Hope he’s starting to feel better. I’ve not tried the Rise bars yet but would love to. I find that getting up and moving around really helps me when I’m starting to hit that wall of fatigue. Hope you guys have a good Sunday.

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    Ren says:

    When I’m super tired, I close my eyes for ten minutes and do some slow breathing, then follow it up with a small cup of coffee. If I have time, I also try to breathe in some fresh air. Really invigorates me! Excited for this giveaway. I love those bars (and I know I’m Canadian, but I have a US address where I get stuff shipped to all the time.)

    Hope your little guy is better soon!

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    Jessica Simon says:

    shot of espresso and a 5-15 minute nap/closed eye relaxation period. Its a trick I heard on Dr. Oz or read somewhere a long time ago and I swear- it really works. The caffeine doesn’t kick in right away (for me at least) and by the time it you trick your mind in to thinking its slept.

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    marie says:

    A few jumping jacks helps to pep me up when I hit a midafternoon slump.

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    Nicole P says:

    Coffeee!! And A power nap of about 20 minutes always helped. Just closing your eyes for that long and relaxing really refreshes you!!

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    Nadia A says:

    Im a very busy grad student – coffee is often all that works! But if I can, a quick nap always helps 🙂

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    coffee!! 😀 Or a change of scenery with the kiddos helps break up the crankies and tired feeling of the afternoon. 🙂

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    Olivia H says:

    Drink some coffee! I know it’s bad but it works!

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    Christine says:

    If I’m feeling sluggish I try and eat a healthy snack..maybe some fruit…or I drink a ton of water! Getting up fr my desk and stretching or walking around helps too

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    Eric says:

    I wake up with coffee. Go to quick snack is a handful of nuts, carrots or a pear.

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    I love clementines when they’re in season. If not, an apple, a banana, or a Clif bar works for me. Also, have you tried a sliced gala apple sprinkled with a bit of lemon juice and cinnamon? Good stuff!

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    Crystal says:

    Apple with peanut butter is my go to snack!

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    Anna W. says:

    a little coffee and a quick walk!

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    Ha! Love the opening presents in the tent, the things we do for kids 😉 As for a quick pick-me-up — COFFEE! All the way! Getting up & moving a bit is always helpful. Hope you had a good weekend!

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    Danielle says:

    My go to snack is an apple with peanut butter or string cheese!

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    Beth Petrassi says:

    Clinically I am narcoleptic (not even kidding here – I was tested, but they said I have propensities toward excessive sleepiness when I am sleep deprived) soooo I always try to make sure I get enough sleep. BUT when I don’t and I know that I feel sleepiness coming on I drink coffee (lots of it) and walk my dogs (fresh air) or take a nap. I really like to take a nap – I do it almost every day 🙂 It was definitely more of a challenge when the kids were smaller and up at weird hours or sick and up for what seemed like days, but I do have a pretty awesome husband, so he usually took over when I was sleeping on duty 😉
    Sorry you have a sick one in the house, that is never good.

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    It’s horrible but I gotta have my coffee! I also have a little regemine of antioxidants that I take. And sometimes a quick little run helps me too. That’s why I love doing my works outs in the morning. Totally boosts my energy for the day!

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    debbie says:

    I make a good cup of coffee!!!!! YUM, gets me going everytime!
    I love Mojo bars when I’m pressed for time!

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    Whenever I’m dragging booty in the morning, my enlightened green shake always does the trick…but I’ll follow it with some coffee too 😉

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    Jill says:

    Unfortunately – my “go to” pick me up in the middle of the day is a Diet Pepsi. Or if I can arrange it – a short 10 minute cat nat at my desk.

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    Danielle says:

    I am at the gym within 20 mins of waking up. Even when I am exhausted I know that I will feel much better afterwards.

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    Caitlin F. says:

    I used to reach for my second..errr third cup of coffee when I needed an afternoon pick-me-up, but now I go for a short, fast-paced walk & do a couple of stretches before I get back to work. It helps a lot.

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    Rina Teel says:

    I enjoy a good cup of coffee with something sweet.

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    Britt says:

    During my all-nighters for school, I drop and do burpees to wake up!

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    I try to do some kind of exercise to wake me up. Even something quick like pushups or burpees!

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    Jessica Jones says:

    It’s really weird but sometimes before getting to work at 4:30 am ill either make a nice breakfast or do all the dishes so I get my mind going lol LAME I know!;)

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    Cellabella says:

    If possible, sometimes jumping in the shower helps revive me if I’m feeling slumped. Otherwise, 5 minutes of calm breathing and a glass of water helps too:) Thanks for the giveaways!!

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    i LOVE trying out different bars, and would love to try these out! my go-to in order to wake up is usually a warm cup of coffee or tea with a hearty breakfast!

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    To wake myself up, I usually brew two bags of green tea, do a few stretching routines and go for a walk outside. I might do jumping jacks some days too. Yep, and this is usually at work, in an office environment, so I get some stares. Oh well, wayyyyy better than just sitting…..

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunities, these are all great products!!

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    hillary young says:

    I have a hard time functioning before I have a cup of coffee with almond milk in the morning. Love love love. For a quick snack I usually throw a bar of some sort in my bag. Lately I’ve been eating a lot of larabars.

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    Joy says:

    My on-the-go snack of choice is a Luna bar or a Clif bar.

    When I’m super tired and feel like I’m not able to function normally, I try and make sure that I keep fueled with good food (no sugar for me at times like this) and lots of water because I feel like that makes a big difference in how I feel.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Amanda says:

    A shower usually wakes me up when I’m feeling sluggish in the afternoon hours. That or a quick ‘cat nap’ does the trick!

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    Lisha says:

    Whenever I am low on sleep, which happens all too often, my go to’s are a cup (or 10, but who’s really counting???) of coffee and some MOVEMENT!!! No matter how much I am dreading the gym/anythingotherthanlayingonthecouch I give myself the “20” rule. If I feel better after 20 min, I’ll continue or stop if its just not happening. Either way, it works out, at least I got in 20 min on a “lazy day” or, as always,, my blood gets pumping and endorphins start rushing around my crazy head and it turns out to be the best workout EVER!

    Anyway, my solution is simply this: just move and some (light, depending on your tolerance level) coffee and you won’t realize how tired you are until you crash at night 🙂

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    elizabeth says:

    I’ve been making your “pizoatie’s”. Great sugar free way to use up my frozen bananas. I haven’t added pb or chia yet, but they turn out great, today I made muffins. Thank you!

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    Lauren M. says:

    When I wake up exhausted, I hop right into the shower to wake up! Works like a charm 🙂 and my favorite snack when I’m pressed for time is homemade protein oatmeal pb chocolate chip cookies (mouthful!). So delicious!

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    Bobbi says:

    When I am feeling super tired during the day I snack on cocoa nibs!!!

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    Beth says:

    Nothing wakes me up in the morning like a spin class! Energy for the rest of the day!

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    Sherry says:

    My wake me up drink of choice is a homemade SF caramel mocchiato. Made stuftmama style ( like ur caramel mocha but without the chocolate and maybe a little extra espresso). Another pick me up during the day — I drink after I’ve worked all day at the office and then have to teach a core challenge class after work is a vega one energizing smoothie – chocolate flavored with instant coffee, strawberries and Maca added to it. The quick snack is home made trail mix – kamut puffs, raisins, SF chocolate chips and peanuts. YUM and filling (my son loves
    them, too)

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    Cass says:

    I always shoot for PB&J on toast along with a banana for my go-to morning pick me up!

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    I love bars on the go!!! I hope Judah is feeling better. Try a ACV shot.. ACV with lemon stevia and a wee bit of water. That should help wake you up. 🙂

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    Crystal says:

    Coffee is always a good option, but I typically opt for exercise. It’s hard to get going, but once it’s over I’m full of energy.

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    Amanda says:

    I ‘m a coffee gal and my go to snack on the run is almonds/ jerky.. Thanks for the chance to win..

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    Anna Akin says:

    To ‘wake’ up during the day I usually have a cup of coffee. Terrible habit but it works. Also, would love to try these bars!!

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    Christy Diller says:

    Usually exercise helps spark me, but when that isn’t really an option (or I’ve already done that…)I try Click, it is an expresso protein drink and is awesome…always does the trick!

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    Danielle says:

    I usually have some sort of caffeine if I’m tired and its before 3; any time after 3 I’ll be up all night from the caffeine. I usually go for a green tea or coffee, but when I’m super tired I’ll splurge on any energy drink. My favorite is xyience energy drink because its the lesser evil of all the energy drinks. My on-the-go snack choice is usually a hard boiled egg or a quest bar.

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    Lynn says:

    Sometimes a few sun salutations or a minute hanging out in downward dog will help peak my energy. My other weapon against dragging, though it has artificial sweeteners, are the the On-the-Go packets from Crystal Light that have caffeine in them. Lots of caffeine.

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    Pam says:

    I wish I knew a good trick on how to “wake-up”. I get afternoon energy crashes and usually just get a coffee. My go to snack when I’m pressed for time is almonds. I like the toasted coconut almonds and cinnamon almonds.

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    wendy says:

    My wake up involves caffeine…not the best I know :-/

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    Alicia says:

    I shower and put fresh clothes on and head outside or possibly take a nap…….depends on the day 🙂

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    I try to drink water for a pick me up during the day. And if that doesn’t work- Coke Zero. If I’m pressed for time I try and grab a banana!

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    Nicole L says:

    Like most folks here coffee in the morning has been my go to pick me up. Then in the afternoon diet cola cravings kick in.. sooo not the best for you either… (ha) Food pick me up’s I do partake in Luna Bars, however I’d love to try something new into my current bar rotation.
    Get well soon Judah!!

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    Rachel says:

    To wake up, I pump up my jams and teach a spinning class! My go to snack is hard boiled eggs and a piece of fruit.

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    Carly says:

    when i’m on the run i usually go for a banana + pb, freshens smoothie (if im lucky), edamame or a luna bar

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    Tracy says:

    Coffee always helps! haha I think you already knew that though! Seriously, I like to do a yoga podcast to get my muscles going and blood flowing. It always gives me energy!

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    Kim says:

    I eat a healthy snack, like an apple!

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    Emily says:

    Every morning I drink 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar mixed in 1/2c water with cinnamon, lemon juice, and stevia! It perks me right up! If I’m extra tired I add a pinch of cayenne pepper for an extra kick, but it tastes terrible so I don’t do that often! 🙂

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    Lis says:

    an apple is my go to snack! with peanut butter if I’m lucky enough to be home… if I’m away at school I don’t have peanut butter in my dorm

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    Sonya says:

    A good way to wake up is a nice war shower & if that doesn’t help a green protein smoothie helps finish off the trick. I’ve never tried these bars but would love to have the chance to try them.

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    Ashley says:

    I love rise bars! 🙂 I usually drink tea to wake up.

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    Krystal says:

    I do 20 high knees and 20 pushups to wake up!

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    Erin in IA says:

    Coffee is my best friend when I need to wake up. 🙂

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    Shelley says:

    I rarely get tired during the day but if I do…I try to get some fresh air by taking a walk 🙂

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    Deniz says:

    I usually grab a big cup of coffee with a splash of french vanilla cremer. YUM!

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    Nikki says:

    Coffee, coffee and more coffee! And exercise helps too 🙂

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    Jill Morris says:

    I agree with many others… Coffee!! What did I ever do without it?!

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    Cathy says:

    I guzzle down a bottle of ice cold water. I usually figure out I’m dehydrated when I feel tired. If that doesn’t work I stand up and do a couple sun salutations to get the blood moving. My on the go snack are Clif bars…usually the coconut one.

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    Erica says:

    My usual “on the go” snacks are Larabars or string cheese

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    I eat a piece of chocolate!

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    Caitlin says:

    Coffee and lots of water are my go-to afternoon pick me ups! And always carry a 100 cal pack of blue diamond almonds and/or a luna bar for an on the go snack!

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    Mallory says:

    I play an upbeat song and dance in my living room to it. It sounds silly but it gets all my blood flowing and walks me up!

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    Jordan D. says:

    No tricks, just coffee.

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    Arianne says:

    If I’m feeling WICKED tired when my alarm goes off, I remind myself of something really awesome that I get to do that day, like get a nice run in, or see an old friend. If that doesn’t motivate me enough, I get my butt up and do 10 push ups – that gets my heart rate up and gives me a little extra oomph to get the day going 🙂

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    rachel says:

    I drink a big glass of water, if I’m SUPER tired, taking a quick shower helps me wake up

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    Carrie C says:

    1. Stretch. 2. Cold water on face. 3 Brush teeth and 4. Coffee!!

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    Carissa D. says:

    It used to be coffee! Being preggo I can’t give in to my caffeine addiction so I just go for a walk when I hit my 2:00 crash. The healthy part of me would like to think I can stay away from caffeine after this baby comes but the tired, new mom, grad student, full time worker me knows that will probably not be an option!

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    Heather W says:

    My go to wake up is a few cups of chicory coffee from Cafe Du Monde (mmmm!) We have canisters of it shipped to our house since we don’t live in New Orleans, hehe. Snack-wise, I’m going to have to go with popcorn or an apple w/nutella! I live in FL and if it’s super hot out I might grab a “no sugar added” fudge bar or stop at a 7/11 (gas station/convenience store here) and get a slurpee 🙂

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    Allie says:

    To wake up when I’m feeling tired, I usually drink some water or diet lipton green tea, get up and walk around, do some jumping jacks or squats. Usually that helps instantly!

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    Wanda Moncrief says:

    I always eat a small morning snack and a small afternoon snack. I also drink Arbonnes energy fizz tabs every day around 3 o’clock you mixed them with water great flavor great pick me up with

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    To wake up, I go for a run. I love to run in the morning. My go to snack is an apple and a cheese stick. What a great giveaway!

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    Tiffany says:

    What I do to wake up is jump some rope! There are times when I’m doing office work and I just feel so lazy. With my jump rope sitting beside me, I’ll take about 3 minutes and get the heart rate up!

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    Angie says:

    I have to say that I usually drink some coffee if I’m dragging in the afternoon. My “go to” snack is a spoon full of nut butter.

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    Allison V says:

    I try to wake up by taking a walk around the block and getting some fresh air

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    Breanna says:

    Those Rise bars look amazing. I’ll have to go find out where I can buy them. The thing I usually do in the mornings when I’m tired to WAKE UP is to have some fruit – it always seems to help. And I take my dog to the park every morning without fail even when it’s freezing and there are 7 inches of snow like there were this morning. It makes me smile to see him so happy and the fresh air gets me ready to start the day.

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    lindsey b says:

    go-to snack is usually 1 of the following: 1. think thin bar, 2. lara bar, or 3. apple. i love “bars” so i’d love to give the rise bars a try!! best energy drink ever = advocare spark. it’s my go-to pre workout and AM drink when i feel sluggish.

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    Kristen says:

    My go-to snack used to be a Kashi Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond granola bar, but sadly they seem to have discontinued them so I’m on the hunt for a new go-to snack. Lately I would say a Luna Protein bar does the trick the best!

    So I was super excited tor read about the Rise bars and I sent a link over to my BFF who was just recently saying that she needed to find a replacement granola bar for her kids that was gluten free – and here they are!! I even see that they are available at two locations in my little town. Woohoo!!!

    Thanks Stuft Mama!!

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    Angela says:

    I often need a way to rise & shine 😛 coffee. Coffee. Coffee. If that doesn’t help I’ll do jumping jacks with my kids and run up our stairs a few times. That usually gets my blood pumping & my brain cleared 😉 and if I can convince my husband to take the kids out of the house, I’ll soak in the tub…but that is extremely rare, lol!! 🙂

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    Casey says:

    Mine would have to be coffee!! Lots!! 🙂

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    Jessica says:

    I get up from my desk and go for a quick walk, it always helps!

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    Kacie L says:

    Fruit is my go to snack

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    Cassie B says:

    I’ve never heard of these bars! Where do you buy them from?

    My little pick me up, is a BIG cup of coffee. Almost black. Gross but it works.

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    Kristen B says:

    I love coffee for a pick me up but if it’s mid to late afternoon, a quick walk with the dog outside usually wakes me up!

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    Angie says:

    Coffee and some good music usually do the trick.

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    Stephanie says:

    When I need to wake up in the afternoon: a decaf americano topped with LOTS of steamed soy milk…the decaf actually gives me a KICK~ PS- My mouth is watering just looking and reading about the rise bars. Between waking up at 4:20, working out, work, and taking care of 9 horses- this girl needs all the protein and energy she can get!!!

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    Juliane says:

    To wake up I usually dring coffee or a Monster Rehab…I know it’s not too healthy but it works 🙂

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    Katie Lee says:

    Coffee is wake-me-up! I probably drink way too much for my own good! haha

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    Tricia says:

    When I’m really dragging, I’ll end up with a cappaccino. Hope your little boy’s better soon.

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    Tiffany A. says:

    Coffee!!! Lots of it!

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    Susi says:

    Hi Kristen–good job choice!! Being MOM is always the best! My go to is caffeine and a protein bar. What did we ever do without them? And a 10 min nap or a brisk walk around the block. Sorry about Judah…hugs to him and you to get better.

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    I usually brush my teeth and wash my face as soon as I get up. That instantly kills any thought of going back to sleep.

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    Chaeley Barber says:

    Hey Kristen! I usually make myself some fresh coffee before my morning work out. Not only does it give me good energy, but I heard if you have just one cup of coffee before a run or any type of cardio workout, it prevents/tightens wrinkles. Who wouldn’t want that?! And if I happen to get sleepy during the day, I usually will take a 20 minute power nap! Also, I LOVE trying out different bars & would really want to try these!!!

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    Chaeley Barber says:

    Oh and PS… my “on the go” or “go to snack” is a think thin bar, or my home made almond butter balls! (:

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    Melissa says:

    Oh, this is so lame and not exciting, but I drink water to wake up during the day. It’s not sexy, but it does the trick!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Eat a smoothie! 🙂

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    Charity Mae says:

    I sip some strait black coffee. Hold it under my tongue to allow it to go thru my blood stream and stretch my tight muscles!

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    Melissa says:

    COFFEE and a shower and then more COFFEE! Gets me moving everytime!

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    Brent says:

    I do a few chi gung exercises, and then I’m good to go!

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    Carolyn says:

    To get me going fast I have a sprouted tortilla with almond butter and sliced banana with arugula. Sounds like a strange combo, but quite good. If I have more time, I will make a bowl of oatmeal with added fruit, chia, and honey. Delish!

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    CJ Williams says:

    To wake up? I check in with myself interiorly, and see what I really need. Sometimes, it’s a breath of fresh air, or some away-time, and I’ll step outside, or go to a room or space I can sit and meditate in for five or ten minutes. Sometimes, I’m hungry, and an apple always does the trick for a snack!

    Sometimes, I’m emotionally starved, and I’m tired because I need a hug or a phone call to a friend. All or any of those wake me up, but I need to take a few moments each time to discern which one is in order. ^_^ (Occasionally? ’tis sleep. But I can’t nap. So I just make a mental note to get to bed in a timely fashion.)

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    Bridget says:

    Shower and green tea to wake me up at 4:30 in the morning 🙂
    Go to snack-plain greek yogurt with some fresh fruit mixed in!

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    Ben Humphries says:

    i do some jumping jacks!!!

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    Sarah C. says:

    Peppermint soap in the shower helps me wake up!

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    Gloria B says:

    Bee Pollen is my favorite all natural way to perk up my day. All of a sudden you’re productive and energized and didn’t even notice the change.

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    Katie says:

    Ahh DEF COFFEE!! and also lemon water helps wake me up too!

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    Maria Belcher says:

    I drink way TOO much coffee as it is, so I try to find healthy snacks to pick me up, like almonds, energy bars, celery with peanut butter……come to think of it…BEING ABLE TO LEAVE WORK EARLY would definitely be a pick-me-upper!!!!

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    stephanie says:

    im usually not truly awake until i run, but you obviously do that. if i need some extra help waking up i chug coffee or just make sure to get in the sun, some good light always helps

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    Jennifer says:

    Coffee… Just coffee!

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    CATHY CULL says:

    I drink “Diet Coke” in the morning (instead of coffee). Is that bad? ha ha. Don’t answer…I already know that it is. I need something more nutritional.

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    Suzanne says:

    When I need an “on-the-go” snack, I usually reach for fruit or a smoothie. If I don’t have time for that, I will grab a LUNA bar (they sponsor my running team so I ALWAYS have bars around the house 🙂

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    Cole says:

    My to go snack is always a bar, crackers or my favorite chopped apples!

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    memetu says:

    During the week I just walk like a zombie ’til I do wake up. “Rise and Shine” Sunday I’ll be sleeping in.

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    julie says:

    To wake up I will have a cup of tea or hot chocolate!


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