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Decadent double chocolate chip and blackberry muffins

Food & Drink

This recipe for double chocolate chip and blackberry muffins is provided by Food For Thought, a Fair Trade baking brand that has added new...

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Stressed-out skin – expert tips to combat eczema and psoriasis

Fashion & Beauty

Dr Toni Phillips shares her expert advice on recognising the tell-tale signs of stressed-out skin and how to help keep stress-related skin...

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November garden checklist – expert tips

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

John Kane prepares for winter with a roundup of maintenance jobs to be done around the garden in November.

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Tell tale signs that your dog is in pain

Pets

Changes in behaviour and temperament could be signs that your dog is in discomfort. Here is how to spot the tell tale signs....

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Mouth-watering organic soup recipes

Food & Drink

Here's our pick of the best organic soup recipes on 50connect including hearty lentil soup, a rich minestrone, black bean and chilli...

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Super foods – Mediterranean soup with cavolo nero

Food & Drink

A rich, warming soup from table to tummy in just 25 minutes. The perfect comfort food to follow an afternoon gardening or a winter walk....

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Giving a pet as a gift – important considerations

Pets

Thinking about giving a pet as a gift in the run up to Christmas? Don't ignore the many responsibilities that come with animal care....

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Vegetable patch excellence – Essential maintenance for November

Gardening

It’s cold and wet in the veggie patch but there’s still work to be done!

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Kale mac and cheese – exquisite winter warmer recipe

Food & Drink

There are few things more welcoming than coming home to macaroni cheese on a cold autumn night....

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Rose colours: The hidden meaning of roses

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Have you ever considered the meaning or symbolism of why we use different rose colours for different occasions? Read on and find out ......

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Divine Drambuie soaked apple tarte tatin

Food & Drink

TV chef James Martin shares this luxurious autumnal dessert treat – apple tarte tatin.

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10 tips for pet wellbeing and happy dogs

Pets

Use these 10 tips to keep a wellness routine for your dog and safeguard future health. ...

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Scotland’s top 10 winter walks for foodies

Outdoor leisure

Work up an appetite with our pick of the best 10 winter walks for foodies in Scotland. ...

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Autumn walks and dazzling displays of colour

Home & Lifestyle, Outdoor leisure

National Trust parks and properties boast some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery, enjoy them in their autumn splendour with our pick of the best

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Leek and feta roulade – an irresistible treat

Food & Drink

Creamy leeks and tangy feta marry together with light, crispy filo in this surprisingly simple dinner time treat. ...

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Winter hand care: expert tips

Fashion & Beauty

Dry, chapped skin and wrinkles? Dull brittle nails? These are just some of the hand care issues we face in winter. Find out how to protect...

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Common cat parasites: Easy ways to keep puss happy

Pets

How to rid your pet of common cat parasites such as fleas, ear mites and walking dandruff.

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Roast chicken with pomegranate – no guilt all pleasure

Food & Drink

Discover this irresistible sticky roast chicken marinated in pomegranate molasses, sumac and lemon juice....

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Clearing garden clutter – painless maintenance tips

Gardening

Don't put off your autumn gardening jobs. Do them now, before winter sets in and makes them a real chore. ...

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Essential October gardening tips

Gardening

October is the month to start preparing the garden for the onset of winter.

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Angela Langford’s dream a little dream – indulgent bespoke skincare

Fashion & Beauty

Dream a little dream with this indulgent offering from bespoke skincare specialists, Angela Langford...

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New research reveals top 30 daily rituals Brits swear by

Home & Lifestyle

Brits have revealed the top 30 daily rituals and habits they swear by to get them through the day, including yoga, calling loved ones at a...

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Happy pets: understanding your dog

Pets

Do you know what your dog is thinking? Here’s an insight into the world of canine communication.

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Harvesting apples

Gardening

September is when your apples become ripe for harvest, Carol Ann Burtness share her tips for how to store them....

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Scrumptious apple and blackberry crumble

Food & Drink

Dig into this recipe for a glorious apple and blackberry crumble. ...

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Winerist – enjoying the world of wine

Travel, Food & Drink

Michael Edwards indulges in some blue-sky thinking for days when travel is easier.

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Overcome empty nest blues

Relationships and dating, Relationships

Your little angel has flown the nest and left for a new life at university. After years of looking out for someone else, you're free to...

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Efficient, affordable September gardening tips

Gardening

There's bargains at garden centres, plum trees to prune and plant flowering bulbs for next year. Check out our September gardening tips....

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Step up with these age-defying beauty tricks

Fashion & Beauty

Our Aesthetics & Skincare Expert, Amish Patel at Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic, shares his age-defying beauty tricks and tips in this article.

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Heavenly hazelnut chocolate truffles recipe

Food & Drink

Hazelnut chocolate truffles recipe that is easy to follow and quick to create. Leaving you plenty of time to put your feet up and relax....

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Grow your own mushrooms

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Mushrooms are easy to grow at home and they provide a delicious, nutritious source of protein....

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Super vegetable souvlaki with a feta and roasted pepper dip

Food & Drink

Irini Tzortzoglou shares a vegetable souvlaki recipe steeped in her Cretan roots.

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Proactive pet health

Pets

Pet expert Charlotte Reed makes recommendations on how to take great care of your pet and get the most out of having a pet....

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Fool proof August garden checklist

Gardening

Paul Ward reviews our August garden checklist and provides a nudge on the jobs we ignored last month....

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Indulgent walnut, aubergine and mushroom keema

Food & Drink

Nutritionist Sian Porter dishes up a delicious meat-free walnut, aubergine and mushroom keema.

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Healthy homemade treats for older dogs

Pets

Homemade treats for older dogs: Canine Nutritionist Kristina Johansen shares her recipe for chewy, easy-to-digest dog treats, rich in...

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Blooming wonderful August gardening tips

Gardening

John Kane highlights the main jobs in the garden in August from deadheading to pruning....

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Delicious stuffed courgettes

Food & Drink

Lightweight, low maintenance vegetarian option for any occasion.

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Create simple water vole habitats in your garden

Gardening

It's easy for gardeners to create a refuge for the UK's declining water vole population and other wildlife....

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Discover body confidence: Hair loss in women

Fashion & Beauty, Women's Health

Hair loss in women is neither serious, nor life threatening - according to doctors. For the sufferer, though, it is stress inducing and a...

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Create a stunning wildflower haven in your garden

Gardening

Wildflowers in your garden offer a low maintenance pop of colour throughout summer and help nature too. Here are four tips to help you create your own haven.

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Delicious, light goats’ cheese tart

Food & Drink

Beat the heat and enjoy a satisfying dinner, lunch or supper with this scrumptious goats’ cheese tart with Sticky Fig Relish. This...

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From tired eyes to bright eyes: our top tips

Fashion & Beauty

Amish Patel, Aesthetics Practitioner and Skincare Expert at Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic talks tired eyes, the causes and how you can...

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Scrumptiously easy banana flapjack balls

Food & Drink

Helen Burgess of Little Cooks shares a recipe for banana flapjack balls that grandparents and children can make together.

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The garden in July

Gardening

Your garden is probably looking pretty good right now. July is a month of colour and a chance to put one's feet up but as Paul Ward points...

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Indulgent New York-style Cheesecake

Food & Drink

Unleash your inner Bake Off demon with this sublime New York-style cheesecake....

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Active over 50s embraced technology during pandemic

Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

The pandemic has accelerated the use of online learning for the over 50s whether to pursue an interest, broaden horizons, unlock creativity or simply for fun.

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Easy BBQ ideas for dinner

Food & Drink • One Comment

To celebrate 25th National Barbecue Week, here are some delicious, but reasonably easy to prepare gastro BBQ recipes...

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Delicious child-friendly fishcakes

Food & Drink

Helen Burgess brings another recipe to help encourage grandchildren to cook and enjoy new foods....

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Happy hearts jam tarts

Food & Drink

This recipe for happy hearts jam tarts is designed to bring joy in the making and happiness in the eating!

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Caring for larch bonsai trees

Home & Lifestyle, Gardening

The very beautiful Larch or larix varieties are the staple diet of bonsai growers around the world over....

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Winning July gardening tips

Gardening

John Kane talks borders and watering in his rundown of July gardening tips. Plus, how to keep your perennials at their most colourful....

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Delicious Japanese roast cauliflower in Dengaku sauce

Food & Drink

Chef Yuki Gomi presents five delicious recipes, to encourage you to discover the benefits of growing and cooking from scratch.

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The magic of deep-shaded gardens

Gardening

Having a large tree casting its shadow across your garden isn't the end of the world according to expert Maxine Farmer....

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Walking Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail

Outdoor leisure

Walker and author, David Bathurst, scales Cromer Ridge - the highest point in Norfolk...

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Amazing Arnside – scenic seafront walk

Outdoor leisure

Enjoy this fabulous seaside walk in Arnside in the Lake District this summer.

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Diabetes-friendly recipes

Food & Drink, Nutrition

To help raise awareness for Diabetes Week (14-20 June), California Walnuts have shared five delicious diabetes-friendly recipes....

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Highway code at 90. Savvy pass or woeful fail?

Motoring

How would you fare if you were reassessed on your knowledge of the Highway Code? Take our quick quiz and find out. ...

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Simple steps: discover the meaning of integrity?

Relationships and dating

Dr Lynda Shaw explains the meaning of integrity and offers tips for bringing it into your daily life

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Fool proof summer gardening tips

Gardening

Your outdoor space will never overwhelm you with these simple summer gardening tips....

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Allotment etiquette expert tips

Gardening

Planting and growing your own vegetables can be a hugely rewarding experience, here's our guide to allotment etiquette...

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Can dogs drink beer?

Pets

Woof & Brew come up with a range of non-alcoholic tipples for well behaved pooches.

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The secret to delicious tomato salads

Food & Drink

Most of us are aware of the advice to eat ‘five a day’, but as Irini Tzortzoglou shows you can enhance flavours to make the most humble...

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Sustainable gardening

Gardening

Sustainable gardening is all about making the most of what you have, working with the natural environment and bringing a diversity of...

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Why are there so many text scams all of a sudden?

Home & Lifestyle

Fraudsters are increasingly targeting older people through text scams sent to mobile phones. Gareth Norris and Alexandra Brookes examine some of the most common frauds.

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Keeping hair healthy

Fashion & Beauty

Being careless about what you eat or choosing a fad diet can have a real impact on the health of your hair, writes nutritionist Fiona...

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Reader recipes invitation

Food & Drink

Share your favourite recipes with the 50connect community and see your culinary triumphs published as a reader recipes of the week....

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Helping grandchildren with anxiety

Relationships and dating

Lockdown has taken its toll on us all but for young people it has been particularly tough. Here’s what we can do to help

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Why eat seasonally? Top tips for a healthy sustainable diet

Food & Drink, Nutrition

Most of our favourite fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed year-round but they are only really at their best in season....

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How to build raised beds

Gardening

Raised beds have aesthetic value as design elements in your garden but they are extremely practical too as this short guide illustrates. ...

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Outdoor activities for families

Home & Lifestyle

Dr Sam Wass talks about the importance of creating quality cross-generational outdoor family time.

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5 Ways to save water in the garden

Gardening

Water wastage is a huge issue in the UK and our garden could be huge drain on our water resources. Here, Scott Hawthorne shares five tips...

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Six natural pest removers

Home & Lifestyle

As warmer weather arrives so do those annoying bitey, stinging crawling and flying pests. ...

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Best rhubarb recipes: Baked rhubarb compote

Food & Drink

2019 Masterchef winner Irini Tzortzoglou pays a visit to her neighbour’s garden before creating a delicious compote.

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Dating after 50

Relationships and dating, Sponsored

Are you ready for a Senior Dating Website? Check out this guide for mature singles ...

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It’s a sustainable fashion revolution

Fashion & Beauty

We are addicted to cheap and disposable fashion - a habit that has been difficult to break. Designer Bozena Jankowska has tips on how we...

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Meat free treats: Curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie

Food & Drink

Concerns over red meat and increased cancer risk are encouraging more to be creative at meal times. Check out this curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie.

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Create a beautiful pet-friendly garden

Pets

Make your garden a safe haven for friends and family, including the furry kind. Here are seven tips for creating the ultimate pet-friendly...

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What not to throw away during the spring clean

Home & Lifestyle

TV antique expert Antony Charman, reveals some surprising ways to maximise your return when clearing out or selling heirlooms and antiques....

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Woodland walks and bluebells near you

Home & Lifestyle, Outdoor leisure

Now that we can enjoy outdoor spaces and spring at its finest, get your walking shoes on and find your nearest bluebell wood.

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Guilt free seasonal produce: Asparagus recipes

Food & Drink

British asparagus will soon be at its peak as May approaches, so here are some recipe ideas to get you in the mood for a spring treat....

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April in John’s garden

Gardening

Take advantage of the warmer weather to sort out your perennials, borders and April gardening jobs....

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Luxurious gluten free popcorn cheesecake

Food & Drink

Gluten-free Drambuie butterscotch popcorn cheesecake, you say? Don’t mind if I do.

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Create your own ornamental kitchen garden

Gardening

Planting a kitchen garden is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to embrace spring....

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Bring your relationship back to life

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Is your relationship going a little stale? If so, follow our top tips and bring your relationship back to life....

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Cheats quick chicken ramen

Food & Drink, Recipes

A super simple Japanese ramen, packed with greens and goodness that put lukewarm, tasteless takeaways to shame!

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Why you should detox from Social Media

Relationships and dating

As we tentatively emerge from lockdown now is the time to detox from social media and focus on improving your mental and physical health,...

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Vegan South African sponge

Food & Drink

This vegan plum sponge cake is sweet, fluffy and studded with vibrant tasting South African plums! This cake is completely plant based,...

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Smartphones will never catch on … will they?

Home & Lifestyle

In 2008 we ran a story about the first Android phone, the brick-like HTC Dream. How times have changed and how quickly, as omnipresent Android is in our cars, TVs and even turns off our lights.

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Masaledar Aloo

Food & Drink

Masaledar aloo cooked at home ... and in under an hour. It's time to ditch the expensive takeaways and treat yourself to a homecooked taste...

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Top tips: starting an allotment

Gardening, Hobbies

If you're starting an allotment take time to plan before you start. Gavin Keir outlines the importance of planning when approaching your...

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How to tell if your dog is a genius

Pets

New study reveals dogs learn the name of a new object after hearing it only four times, an ability previously thought to be confined to humans.

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Encouraging abuse victims to recognise toxic relationships

Relationships and dating

Many victims of coercive control do not realise that such behaviour from their partner is controlling. ...

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Delicious fruity treats for Pancake Day

Food & Drink

Two flipping delicious pancake day recipes the whole family will enjoy. Leave the lemon juice and caster sugar in the cupboard and treat...

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Attract birds to your garden this February

Home & Lifestyle

With some garden bird species sadly in decline, now is the ideal time to put up nest boxes to help protect a variety of wild birds throughout the breeding season.

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Gardening – February spring clean

Gardening

Gardening – February spring clean. All jobs that will ensure your oasis of calm is in tip top shape for spring...

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Fool proof creamy chicken pie

Food & Drink

A rich and creamy pie the family will love & that's ready to go in the oven in 10 minutes!...

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Spring skin care

Fashion & Beauty, Beauty

The seasons change and so do the needs of our skin. Here are a few tips to help you transition from winter to spring.

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