Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January 2013 SeasonsBox Review & GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

SeasonsBox is a relatively new subscription service that promises 3-5 full-size luxury products for your home, body, and spirit. The box ships out of Ontario, Canada and is available to Canadian and U.S. residents. Besides curating boxes themed with a particular season (i.e., winter, spring, summer, fall), SeasonsBox will also be curating boxes themed with specific holidays (e.g., Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween). The contents of every box are intended to stimulate your senses with the scents and flavours associated with a season or holiday.

SeasonsBox provides high quality, luxury, and full-size products (versus samples) with a focus on natural and responsible products. The products are also sourced from various places around the world and most of them are not available in commercial stores. SeasonsBox provides a preview of the products at the beginning of the month. Each box will also include a little surprise as a bonus. To access the preview, you can visit the SeasonsBox website or like the SeasonsBox Facebook page. You can also sign up for updates.

// Price //

The price of a monthly subscription or a one-time purchase is $29.95 plus $4.95 shipping. The prices per box decrease if you purchase a subscription for multiple months (i.e., 3, 6, or 12 month). The current prices including shipping are as follows:

- Bill monthly for $34.90
- 3 months for $99.70
- 6 months for $174.50
- 12 months for $250 (note that this is an introductory offer - there was a pricing error on the website but SeasonsBox will be honouring the lower price until the end of January. The regular price for the 12 month subscription is $349.)
- One time purchase or gift for $34.90

SeasonsBox confirmed that you will be allowed to skip months under the 12 month subscription plan (you just have to send an e-mail noting which month you'd like to skip).

// January SeasonsBox //



I was really impressed with the January SeasonsBox! This month, we received a box tied beautifully with a brown ribbon. The theme for the January box was "the season of cozy" and all of the products in the box were from either Thailand or the U.S.



1. Vance Kitira Handmade Woven Scarf

1 scarf // $15

This gorgeous, cozy scarf is made of 100% cotton and hand-dyed with natural products such as bark extract. The scarf is handmade by members of the hill tribes in Northern Thailand. This would be great as a shawl or a scarf and I noticed on the Vance Kitira website that it can also be used as a table runner! This was my favourite product in the January SeasonsBox because I have a mini obsession with scarves.



2. Vance Kitira Scented Cathedral Candle in Caramel Pear

one 3x4 candle // $11

This is a hand-poured candle that is made in Thailand with premium food grade paraffin from Taiwan. It is a drip free candle with a burn time of approximately 55 hours. It smells just like caramalized pear and I cannot wait to try it. I literally just bought the Brandied Pear candle from Bath & Body Works so the scent is right up my alley.



3. Unearth Malee Organic Bath Tea

two 1-ounce bags // $8

Herbal bath teas are apparently a stable in Thai spa treatments. This product contains certified organic herbs such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, mint, galangal root, and ginger. It also contains kaffir lime leaves and dead sea salt. There is a strong herbal scent - the eucalyptus and mint definitely stand out. Similar to the peppermint soap we received in the December 2012 SeasonsBox, the envelope housing the bath tea is made of seeded paper so you can plant it to grow wildflowers. :)



Even though I previewed the contents of the January box, I guess I was so focussed on the scarf that I didn't read much about the bath products. When I opened up the envelope, I was surprised (in a good way) to see what looked like two huge tea bags! This is definitely not for drinking... instead, you steep a bag for 5 minutes in your bath water before soaking/relaxing in the "tea". I love it! I am very excited about this product as I've never seen anything like it.



4. Whispering Willow Whipped Shea Butter in Peppermint

1.2 ounces // $8

Whispering Willow is a company based in North Carolina that sells natural, handcrafted soaps, lip balms, and related products. I received a whipped shea butter in peppermint, which smells divine! I am loving body butters in the winter because my skin is so dry. I really like how the body butter is packaged nicely in a little box - it's perfect to give to a friend or loved one as an I-was-thinking-of-you gift... that's if you can bear to part with it!



5. Perfumessence Breathe Shower Bath Bombs

1 bath & shower bomb // approximately $1.65

This was our bonus sample and it was also previewed on the SeasonsBox website. I was happy to receive this as I've been taking lots of baths lately and bath bombs always fascinate me when they start to dissolve. This bath bomb contains eucalyptus, mint, rosemary, and lavender essential oils. This product is neat because you can use it in the bath or in the shower. To use this in the shower, you simply place it on the floor or on a shelf but out of direct water or steam - then you can enjoy its aromatherapy properties for up to 3 showers.



// Summary //

Overall, I was extremely happy with this month's SeasonsBox! The total value was $43.65 so again there was not a huge return compared to the monthly subscription or one-time box price; however, you are getting a lovely curated box that is packed full of goodies and shipped to your home. Note that the value of the box each month will differ. The value will never be below $35 and some months will have a higher value (e.g., $50-$75).

SeasonsBox also mentioned that an online store will be available soon... past boxes will be available for purchase at the retail value.

// Giveaway //

SeasonsBox has very kindly offered to give away one of the February boxes! The theme will be "love yourself" so I think this box will be filled with a whole bunch of goodies that can be used to pamper yourself. I can't wait to see the preview. If you are interested in winning a February SeasonsBox, please enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn multiple entries - all the different ways to gain additional entries are also shown below.

Note: I want all your entries to be eligible so I just want to provide a reminder to please ensure you follow the instructions included in each option to enter:

A) Your comment on this blog post should answer the following question: What is your favourite season, holiday, or occasion and why?

B) Your comment on the SeasonsBox Facebook page should mention that Petite Pear Style sent you and also answer the following question: What would you like to see in a future SeasonsBox and for what holiday or season? Feel free to be creative! :) EXAMPLE: "Petite Pear Style sent me... for St. Patrick's Day, I'd love to receive a few varieties of green tea!" OR "Petite Pear Style sent me... it would be great to have a Back-to-School box with some cute magnets or stationary."

C) Your comment on the giveaway video should answer the following question: What is your favourite item from the January SeasonsBox and why?


The giveaway will close on February 2, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. (EST) and the winner will be selected on February 3, 2013.

Here are the giveaway rules:

1) The giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.
2) You must be 18 years of age or older or have parental permission to enter.
3) The winning entry will be validated. Ineligible entries will be disqualified and another name will be selected.
4) The winner will be selected on February 3, 2013.
5) The winner will have 72 hours to claim the prize before another name is selected.

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway! I have contacted the winner... congratulations to Nancy P.! :)

FTC: The January box was sent to me for review purposes. SeasonsBox will be sending the February box to the giveaway winner.

90 comments:

  1. I love Chirstmas! The nostalgic feeling of family and friends is wonderful! :D xx

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  2. I love fall! Just the change of the seasons...I am hot-natured so I prefer the cooler air. The look of the trees and leaves and plus...I love wearing hats, boots and scarves =]

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  3. I love this box. I am subscribing. Thank you.

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  4. I'm obsessed with autumn! Fall fashion is the best, plus it's approaching christmas, the weather is nice and everything is just beautiful with the leaves changing colours etc :)
    Lovely blog post! I will now be watching your video :)

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  5. I love Spring (especially the last few months of spring, leading into Summer) the weather is beautiful during that time and it just feels so relaxing :)

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  6. I love Christmas, because I get to spend more time with my friends/family + there's lots of delicious food! :)

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  8. i gotta say i love summer. just simply being outside in the fresh air all the farmer's markets bon fires with friends its just amazing!

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  9. I love winter. It's the most cozy season!

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  10. I love Christmas, it's definitely my favourite time of the year, because I get to be with family and friends, as well as I love bundling up in the colder months. Everything around Christmastime just seems to be more magical and festive, especially when it's snowy :)

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  12. My favourite holiday is Christmas. It gives a reason to see all my relatives, and it's a time of celebration! I love volunteering with kids and asking them what they got for Christmas, they're always so excited to share their gifts.

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  13. My favouriate season is definite summer because I love the warmness and the bright colours.

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  14. I love Christmas/winter break! I always get to see my family and friends a lot more often than during the semester. I also LOVE giving gifts to people who aren't expecting them. This year I gave away so many full-sized and sample sized products from beauty subscriptions. I basically made my own beauty boxes for everyone. Thanks for the giveaway. <3 xxx

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  15. My favorite season would have to be autumn because I love boots and scarves and layering. Snow has not arrived and the trees are in shades of green, red and yellow. And to be completely honest I also love heading back to school. I only have a few years of university left before I have to venture into the real world. Also I enjoy back-to-school shopping.

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  16. this is an awesome giveaway - thanks!!
    favorite season - fall... i love the changing colors, the weather,...
    favorite holiday would be Christmas! i love the festive feeling :)

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  17. My favorite season is summer because I love the sun and hot weather.

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  18. I love this giveaway!
    My favourite season is winter because its when there's christmas which is my favourite holiday! Also, its my birthday month :) I also get to go home to see my family and friends :)

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  19. I love spring - as it means the whole summer is still ahead of us! A wonderful season of anticipation!

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. Fall/early winter has always been my favorite time of year. There is so much going on with thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday, etc, so you have lots of opportunities to attend and host events.

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  22. Great giveaway!

    my favorite season is summer for many reasons. 1- It is hot 2- my birthday is in summer 3- summer just makes me happy.

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  23. My favourite season is fall. The colours, the fashion, and the not too cold, not too hot weather is amazing.

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  24. what great things you received! and what a great giveaway :)

    my fav season is the fall because i love wearing fall colors and it's not too hot yet not too cold!

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  26. what is your favourite season, holiday, or occasion and why?


    My favourite is surprisingly winter, because I love the look of all the glissening white snow, everything looks bright and cheerful, and i love going to the cottage in the winter, its across a lake so we have to snowmobile in the winter to get there, drill a hole in the ice for water, its just so nice to live with nature, and i think winter is the perfect time to get some warm tea and enjoy the winter while it lasts.

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  27. My favorite season is fall because the temperature is perfect for me, the trees changing color are magnificent and I always feel like it's a new beginning! The SeasonsBox looks amazing! :)

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  28. all holidays are my favorite seasons because i spend it with family and friends. i think the food is the best part of each holiday celebration. in our family we have special food that we prepare for each holiday. keeping traditions alive is very important to me to pass down to my children.

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  29. I know it isn't officially a holiday - but I love Halloween.I love the mischief and magic, the door to door old tradition, the excitement in kids eyes as they trick or treat, the fun of dress-up and being somebody else for a day, and the makeup wizardy which can be breathtaking! Candy is a nice side bonus too - :)

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  30. I love spring. The weather is warm, it smells earthy outside. My birthday as well of my kids' birthdays are in spring.

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  31. my favorite season is spring, mostly because my birthday is around the first day of spring ;) haha but i also like the light rain and flowers starting to bloom

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  32. my favourite season is fall. the colours, the fashion, and the not too cold!!!

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  33. what is your favourite season, holiday, or occasion and why?

    My favourite seasons is fall because I don't like hot weather or cold weather.
    Favourite holiday is Christmas because I like decorating and surprises.

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  35. my favourite season would probably be fall. everything about it just seems so cozy. it's not too hot and not too cold. not to mention, fashion during fall is always so lovely!

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  36. my favorite season is winter because it's festive and i layering clothes

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  37. I have to say my favourite season would be the fall time. I think that's when there's the most flexibility in the styles you can wear (like a cute dress on a warm day or a sweater to cozy up on a cold day). Not to mention the lovely shades of colour all around us!

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  38. I like Fall because of the changing leaves and crisp air.

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  39. I LOVE Christmas because of the meaning behind it and because of the general holiday cheer it brings! :)

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  40. I love summer because i enjoy spending lots of time on the beach.

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  41. My favourite season is fall I love the changing colours!I loved the scarf too! The whipped shea is to die for though!

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  42. Spring has to be my favourite season because everything starts to grow again and it is just such an awakening .

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  43. My favourite season is summer because that's when my birthday is :)

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  44. I love summer with the feeling of the hot sun on my body and the sounds of laughter and splashing from my boys as they swim in the pool

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  45. I Love Fall, I like the way the crisp air smells, the beautiful colors of leaves changing and Pumpkin spice latte from starbucks.

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  46. I love summer, because I live in Canada and I feel like I can never get enough sunshine, I crave it.

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  47. i love new years because everyone stays up late with me, but my favourite season is fall - i like pumpkin, cider, and thanksgiving.

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  48. I love Mother's Day, beginning of Spring and celebration of women!

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  49. i loveee summertime! the warm nights & fun time with family/friends xo

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  50. I love the Christmas season. The music, the lights, the decorations, the cookies, the parties, the celebrating! All of it is wonderful!

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  51. I love Christmas, spending time with my family, the lights & music, the food, and my daughter and I always go to see the Nutcracker ballet <3

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  52. My favourite season is spring because it makes me feel optimistic!

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  53. I like fall. I always have the feeling that it's time to start new projects. The cooling weather wakes you up after summer, the leaves are gorgeous, but it's not cold yet.

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  54. I like spring, because the weather is just right, and I love Easter :)

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  55. I like summer, because I don't have to bundle up as much. That is also when all the pretty flowers are out.

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  56. My favourite season is summer because I always feel cold and summer is when the weather really warms up!

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  57. I love fall because it is always the most beautiful to me with the changing colors and I love eating foods that have pumpkin in them! Not to mention apple cider, etc. (alisa)

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  58. My favorite season is Spring...This marks the beginning of new life. I love the cool morning and the warm afternoon. My favorite fruits and vegetables are now in season!!!

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  59. Winter is my favourite season and I enjoy it very much. I love white and the snow and all the stuff you can do with it. My favourite season is Christmas. I love the time spent with family.

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  60. I love Christmas! I love the smells, the (hopefully) snow, the way it brings families together. Its my absolute favorite time of year!

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  61. My favourite season is Autumn, I love the scent of autumn, the muskiness to the air, and the cool nights with lingering warmth during the day.

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  62. My favourite season is summer. I love the long hours of daylight and the relaxed feel.

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  63. My favourite season is summer. I love the long hours of daylight and the relaxed feel.

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  64. MY favourite season is spring because I love rain. I love the smell outside when it rains and I think it's just great!

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  65. I love Spring. After a cold hard winter, the fresh spring breezes and the trees budding just gives me hope for the coming year.

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  66. I love summer because there is no school and great weather!

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  67. I love Christmas because of all the family time, and summer because of the warmth. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. My favorite season is autumn. I like the amazing bright red on some of the trees, and of course the yellow and beautiful orange colors. Love the crunchy leaves, and light layering of clothes - just for looks ;) haha

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  69. summer because it is hot and sunny!!!

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  70. My favorite season is spring - the flowers blooming, everything smells fresh. It's like a clean slate. Personally, I think NEW YEARS should be in the spring :)

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  71. I love Christmas the magic of family I love!!!

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  72. My favorite season is summer. Love the sunshine, and ideally...lying down on a beach with my sunglasses. The hot summer day in Toronto is fabulous!

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  73. My favourite holiday is christmas because it is the one time of the year my family comes together, and because of the amazing food!

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  74. Christmas is my favorite time because my family from all over gets together

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  75. My favorite season is Spring. The days are getting longer and the world around you is blooming and coming to life.

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  76. My favorite season is summer b/c I love the sun and being able to stay out late.

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  77. I absolutely love fall into winter. The change in colors the smells and getting cozy with those you love. It's also the best time to cook anything.

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  78. I love summer, the hotter the better. I just find my skin gets too dry in the winter!

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  79. My favorite season is summer because I love the warm weather, going to the beach, watching sunsets, spending weeks at a time with my best friends, all of the clothes and styles during the summer... Everything! I love it. :)

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  80. I love winter. It's the only time I can ski!

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  81. i love the spring everything comes back to life not to mention that its my birthday season

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  82. I love spring, because it is the season that follow by dreadful winter~ Love the warm weather in spring time~~

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  83. My favorite season is summer, my favorite holiday is Christmas. Summers my favorite because its always warm and sunny. Christmas is my favorite holiday because i get to spend time with my family. and i get to see all the smiles on my familys faces when they open gifts i got them. (:

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  84. My favourite season is the Fall. I love the beautiful jewelled colours of Fall, the smell of apple cider, carved pumpkins and the rustling of the leaves on the grass. The smells, the tastes and the ambiance to me remind me of Family. I guess my favourite holiday would be Christmas, as I love giving gifts to others and decorating my tree and spending time with family and friends.

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  85. The weather always changes around here so it feels less comfortable than it use to growing up so now I like winter when it actually gets cold so I can cuddle with my love & layer clothes, celebrate the holidays with my nephews, eat & drink anything pumpkin flavored ^_^ enjoy the lights of christmas & getting the old year done & over with. It's kind of like slowly going through the old & starting anew. I like the every feeling about it.

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  86. My fav season is Winter. I think most people think of Christmas and for some odd reason you always see family and friends more often in the winter. You bundle and cozy up to each other and its a warm feeling :)

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  87. I love the summer, not the extreme heat we get around here but just all the sunlight!

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