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Read on to learn about a woman-owned cleaning business that serves the Greater Cincinnati area.

There is a woman-owned cleaning business that operates out of the Greater Cincinnati area. Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC has offered affordable cleaning services to their clients, since 2019. Monique Stallworth, Owner of Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC is working solo right now, “but I soon will be looking into hiring employees,” she says.

The inspiration behind Meticulous Matters came from her late grandmother, Louise Shannon. “I made a promise to her that I would make something of myself and my life before I turned 30 (I am 27 now) and her passing away made me jumpstart my dreams to make her proud,” Stallworth says.

Meticulous to Stallworth means “extremely careful and thorough to detail,” she says. “As a cleaning company, I make sure to go above and beyond for my clients’ needs by cleaning the places they can’t see.

There are a variety of services that Meticulous Matters offers and the include: deep and general cleaning, one time cleaning, move in/move out, by room cleaning (if you only need your kitchen or just your bathrooms cleaned). “We also offer commercial cleaning to offices, barbershops, hair/nail salons, medical offices, apartment complexes, daycare centers, etc,” Stallworth says.

She takes what her customers think seriously. “I like customer reviews. Getting goof or bad feedback afterwards helps my business grow and gives me a better outlook on what people want, like and expect,” she says. “Because I take my time to understand what my customers’ needs are to be sure I get whatever task(s) done exactly the way they wanted.”

Her favorite part of her job is being able to see her customers experience relief. Stallworth loves having her customers be “able to relax, rest and not have to worry about the extra load from working hard during the pandemic,” Stallworth says.

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a mobile business that wants to help spread joy and love in the Covington and Greater Cincinnati area.

There is a flower business in the Greater Cincinnati area that wants to bring joy to people in the area. “We’re a mobile flower pop-up truck focused on sales in Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area,” Kara Acri, owner of Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck, says. “We’re based in Covington, Kentucky, and Scarlet is a Brigade Blue 1959 Chevy Apache 3100 – still in mostly original condition!”  

Scarlet Begonia is also Acri. “She’s sort of become my alter ego and I now answer to Scarlet when people ask.” 

The flower truck has regular pop-ups that are located in and around the Covington area. They work with other businesses in the area, including Cedar Restaurant, Crafts & Vines, Bean Haus, Dari-Crest, Lil’s Bagels, Parlor on Seventh, Braxton Brewing Company, The Roost Latonia and other local establishments. “We keep our website updated with our pop-up dates and locations at www.scarletbegoniasflowertruck.com. We also post frequently on our social channels on Instagram, Facebookand Twitter,” Acri says. “We also deliver on Fridays (and Saturdays when we’re not popping up) within a 30-minute radius of Covington, Kentucky, where we’re based.” 

Covington is a community that Acri, and the truck, calls home. “We love our Seminary Square neighborhood and this community,” she says. “We know our neighbors personally, as well as so many of the local business owners because they’re small business, too, just like us.” 

The businesses started February 1, 2020. “We received our local operations permits two days before the pandemic hit last March,” she says. Acri is running the truck solo, but, she says, “We have lots of helping hands and regular support from our amazing family and friends.” 

The inspiration behind starting the flower truck came from her love of a band. “We’re big fans of the Grateful Dead and followed them on tour many times way, way back in the day. The inspiration comes from Shakedown Street, which is part of the carnival/market-like atmosphere found in the parking lots at every show,” Acri says. “Scarlet herself and all of our bouquets are named after Dead Songs.” 

The flower truck offers different “groovy bouquets” that you can see on their website, including Milk Cow Blues, Tennessee Ted, Sugar Magnolia, Ramble On Rose and Masterpiece. 

“We can also do custom work, including arrangements for special occasions, small weddings, etc.,” Acri says. 

Why flowers? “I’ve always loved giving and receiving flowers. And I’ve always loved buying random flowers and creating my own arrangements,” she says. “The added bonus is helping others spread joy. It feels really good to make others smile with our beautiful creations.” 

Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck is unique because of the truck and the theme of the vehicle. “We’re certainly biased, but we happen to think Scarlet is the most beautiful flower truck out there. She’s a rare truck, for starters, especially for her year, make, and model. And she’s in mostly original condition,” Acri says. “I’m her fourth owner and she was in the same family as a farm truck for more than 50 years. When you add in the whimsically fun element of the Grateful Dead inspiration, it makes for a truly groovy experience. And our bouquets are way different than what you’d find from a typical florist.” 

Acri’s favorite part of the job is meeting and getting to know her “Scarlet Groupies,” who are her customers. “Closely followed by all the beautiful flowers I get to smell, touch, and work with every week,” she says. “You just can’t be unhappy when you’re surrounded by gorgeous blooms every week.” The flower truck’s mission is to “Share joy. Share love,” Acri says.  

If you want to keep up with what Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck is doing, follow the business on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their website

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This West Chester-based business wants to provide you with warmth and comfort during the wintertime.

West Haven Candle Co. creates hand-poured candles, wax melts, and room and linen sprays.

There is a home-based business located in West Chester that wants to bring comfort to its customers. “West Haven is a home company that creates candles, wax melts, room and linen sprays, and a variety of other products to make your home smell clean and cozy,” says Arrington Morgan, owner of West Haven Candle Company. “I am the sole operator of the business but get assistance from my family when needed.” 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a desire “to create a candle that was clean, ecofriendly, cost-efficient, and still great smelling,” she says. The name of the business came from combining the business’ location and with the idea of comfort. “The ‘West’ in our name comes from the home-based business in West Chester and ‘Haven’ was chosen as a setting for your safe, comfy come space,” Morgan says.  

West Haven Candle Company offers a variety of scents offered. The business has some seasonal scents, as well as ones that West Haven has year-round. “All are available in multiple sizes and styles,” she says.  

Customer satisfaction is how West Haven Candle Company defines its success. “It doesn’t matter how many orders or customers I have, as long as they are happy with their expertise at the end of the day,” Morgan says. “Good reviews make my day and I am always looking to gain returning customers.”  

West Haven Candle Company looks to do that staying committed to its values, which include Service, Quality, Sustainability, Growth, and Equality. 

“Our vision is to continue to grow and serve the Cincinnati community,” Morgan says. “Bringing light, warmth and joy to each personal haven.” 

While there are multiple places from which you can purchase candles, Morgan says that there are multiple items that set West Haven apart. “Some unique aspects of our products are the high-quality crackling wood wicks that we use and the coconut-soy wax blend,” she says. “ Our materials are all clean-burning, free of any additives and safe for everyone.”  

Her favorite candle is I Banana Bread. “It is the perfect kitchen scent!” she says. 

All candles are created in Morgan’s kitchen or garage. “We use a large wax melter to get the waxes to the correct temperature before mixing in any fragrance oils and pouring them into their wicked containers,” she says. “Once the curing process is complete and they are set, I trim the wicks and label them to prepare for packaging.” 

In addition to creating high-quality candles and connecting with customers, Morgan loves running her own business. “Aside from the relationships I’ve made along the way, I’ve really enjoyed learning about the marketing aspect,” she says. “I like the product photography and social media side of things, when I get to see my products come together.”  

If you want to keep up with what West Haven Candle Company is doing, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram

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Learn about a husband and wife that wants to provide locally grown items to the Cincinnati area.  

ETC is a micro local market, farm and home delivery service specializing in locally produced grocery items.

When it comes to food, local is better. Luckily for us, there is a business in the Cincinnati area that wants to help people experience locally grown produce.  

“ETC is a micro local market, farm and home delivery service. We specialize in locally produced grocery items,” Toncia Chavez, co-owner of ETC Produce and Provisions, says. ETC, which stands for Estevan Toncia Chavez (a combination of owners Toncia and Estevan’s names), first began in 2017. “We started selling eggs and produce from our fam in Felicity, Ohio,” she says. “First, with a home delivery service, mainly to friends and family. In 2018, we started at Findlay Market in the fam shed. Our Findlay Market store opened in August of 2019.” The business is located at a storefront at Findlay Market at the north entrance. 

The inspiration behind ETC Produce and Provisions came from working at farmer’s markets. “We saw the opportunity to make purchasing local food more convenient. People have busy lives, can’t always make it to the farmer’s market, but want the high-quality produce that is being grown: beef, pork and chicken that is raised by small family farms and wide and an impressive variety of health and beauty products, drinks and meals ready to eat,” Chavez says. 

There are a variety of products offered through their business including locally raised meats, health and beauty products and Kombucha. 

“Our Findlay Market location is open Tuesday through Sunday. Order online at www.etcproduce.com for next day delivery Monday through Friday,” she says.  

ETC Produce and Provisions is unique because of their local selection and customer service. “Estevan and I spent most of our lives in the hospitality industry and that translates to grocery retail very well. We both worked in the restaurant industry in Cincinnati and then moved to bigger cities to find other ventures,” she says. “This has all translated to our team – taking someone’s basket while they are in line, making sure we are anticipating the customer needs before they do, making sure the handles of their bag are placed the right way on the counter so that it is easiest for them, making sure they have the most pleasurable shopping experience. It’s like a mix of fine dining and the farmer’s market.” 

The business isn’t just a storefront, it is a job creator. “We create jobs in two communities, in Felicity where our farm is, as well as in OTR where our store is,” Chavez says. “Being able to create jobs not only for our business, but all the local businesses we buy from. When we buy more, they get to grow more, make more and eventually hire more.”  

If you want to keep up with what ETC Produce and Provisions is doing, follow them on Instagram and their website. “Lots of new items daily and come on into the store. We always have lots going on,” she says.  

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A service dog can make life with disabilities even more manageable. But the costs will easily add up between choosing the best dog and teaching it. Fortunately, there is a range of grants and support opportunities that could aid.

The service dog normally costs up to $30,000 to take and train, according to the Service Dog Certifications. Although it depends on the training it gets and the breed of dog you have picked. In certain cases, a support dog can be much more expensive.

After you have a service animal, you will still have to consider annual costs such as vet checks, meals, and grooming.

Options to cover expenses for a service dog

If you’re looking to buy a service dog, here are five financing options to consider:

Consider service dog grants, as there is a variety of types of grants, from Assistance Dog United Campaign to Planet Dog Foundation, that help people with disabilities find service dogs at little to no expense.

You could also use a flexible spending account (FSA) attached to an insurance policy to get a service dog after you receive a letter (LMN) from your doctor. It helps you to use your paycheck before taxes, making it cheaper than spending out of your wallet.

Everyone heard of fundraising campaigns on sites like GoFundMe, but in this case, it’s also a great option to raise money for your service dog. 

To start saving now is another one, not necessarily the simplest method, especially if you have little cash flow. But extra savings will make it easier to purchase and care for a service dog.

Once you’ve exhausted your other options, you may want to consider a personal loan.

How long does it take to get a service dog?

It could take 1-2 years to train a service dog if you decide to adopt and train yourself. But if you need a service dog now, you can adopt one that has already been trained. This might cost you more upfront, but you’ll only have to account for the time it takes to adopt and finance your service dog.

But don’t underestimate the application process can also be intensive. Filling out the initial application might take a few minutes or a few hours. But reputable organizations will often conduct several rounds of interviews before allowing you to adopt.

How to pay for pet care

In addition to the normal costs of maintaining a dog, there may be times when your companion will need additional medical care. There are a few ways you can get assistance. 

Pet insurance. There are pet insurance policies available for your dog in case of illness or injury. Many plans cover service dogs, and there are multiple insurers with premiums that fit various budgets.

Health savings accounts. Because your assistance dog is performing a medically-required service, its medical bills can be covered by your health savings account (HSA). 

Nonprofit funding. Some nonprofits can also help if you find yourself unable to pay for vet bills. 

VA benefits. You can apply to have your service dog’s veterinary care and prescription medication subsidized by the VA.

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Keep your hands clean and add a little glam to your bathroom with these locally made soaps.

The Lavender Sachet sells handcrafted soaps that are also serve as bathroom decor.

There is a business based in the Cincinnati area that wants to see people experience handcrafted beauty products. The Lavender Sachet is a contemporary fragrance and beauty brand that creates soaps turned statement pieces for the bathroom counter.

“Handcrafted to be admired, The Lavender Sachet is passionate about offering a distinct and inspired bathing experience,” says Alison Peters, founder and owner of The Lavender Sachet.

Peters launched the business in July 2020, and is mostly based online with some appearances at pop-ups and farmer’s markets. 

The inpsiration behind The Lavender Sachet came from Peters’ creativity.

“My first job at 15 was working at a create-your-own body products shops where we’d make anything from lip gloss, fragrance rollers, body sprays, lotions and bars of soap,” she says. “Looking back, that job had a huge impact on me; I never forgot to how good it felt to make a tangible product. I wanted to create something that was my own and tap back into that part of myself after being a luxury travel publicist in New York City for over 10 years.”

The name of the business came from a long list of ideas from the notes on her phone. “It was hard to narrow down a name. In my experience, I’ve found that fragrances can sometimes be intimidating for people – some sound strange, too fancy or completely unheard of – with the exception of lavender,” Peters says. “Everyone is familiar with lavender and aware of its calming abilities. I wanted the name to sound both familiar and approachable.”

There are a variety of products offered through The Lavender Sachet and they include all natural, 100 percent pure vegetable-based glycerin soaps and shower steams.

“I can also create custom soap orders and bulk orders for weddings and bridal showers or corporate events,” she says. “This is just the beginning – I plan on adding additional products in the months to come and once it’s safe, host workshops and teach others how to make beauty products using simple, clean ingredients.”

Other ingredients in the soaps include essential and fragrance oils, soap colorant, and mica, all of which are vegan and paraben-free.

The Lavender Sachet defines success as the customers experiencing joy.

“After all the events of last year and in the current pandemic, I define success as any moment of joy found In the every day. If someone buys soaps or shower steamers from The Lavender Sachet and a moment of joy is sparked from using my product, that’s a win,” Peters says. “Whether it be the design fragrance or minute of solitude found while using the product, if even one customer lets me know how happy their soap made them while washing their hands, I’m reassured that the work I’m contributing is not only successful, it’s meaningful.”

Her business is unique because she creates all of her products locally in Cincinnati. “Some of my absolute favorite batches of soap are so unique, even if I tried to recreate them, it would be impossible to make them again, exactly as shown on the website,” she says. “I often tell my customers, “If you like something on the site, buy it now because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.” This makes everything limited edition, in a way.”

The Lavender Sachet is important for the community because she feels that all small businesses are important. “My dad, Jim Peters, is also a small business owner (Jim’s Bicycle Shop in Deer Park) and I definitely get my entrepreneurial spirit from him,” she says. “In my previous careers as a publicist, I spent a lot of time at a desk behind a computer and it’s important to me to become part of the community, give back and provide personalized customer service to my neighbors.”

To keep up with what’s going on with The Lavender Sachet, follow them on Instagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a business that wants to provide Keto baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area.

A Greater Cincinnati business is helping people on a gluten free or Keto diet to experience delicious baked goods.

“We are a keto kitchen, providing gluten and sugar free baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area,” Natalie Marquis and Ashley Poynter, Co-owners of Carb<Less, say. “We are certified in-home bakeries with pickups available multiple times weekly in Norwood and West Chester.”

Carb<Less has been around for almost a year. “We started the ketogenic diet over two years ago, we were always baking for each other and trying to make our non-keto favorites keto. When we went on vacation, we found a place we could go and get food and snacks just for us, on Keto. What,” they say. “We kept creating and ended up having so much fun with it we decided, hey, why not share this with the public!” 

The idea of the name of the business came from names being thrown around and Marquis and Poynter thinking it was clever. “You know, less carbs are greater than carbs,” they say. The two of them decided to make keto recipes because “It’s our lifestyle and we wanted to share sugar free options that arent as easily available as the regular bakery store bought items. We are also happy to eat any extras!”

There are a variety of different products offered through Carb<Less. “We offer a variety of baked goods ranging from cheddar biscuits and cornbread to donuts and cheesecakes. We are always coming up with new recipes and offering them,” they say. “We do birthday cakes and custom orders. Our favorite item is a grab box we offer weekly to give customers a variety to try and want to come back for more.” They say that their favorite treats are: The Swiss Roll, Triple Chocolate Cupcake, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake, and Almond Cake. “Really, if we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t want to share it. It’s so hard to choose!”

Carb<Less enjoys sharing the different treats with the Greater Cincinnati area.“Success to us is getting guilt-free desserts in another person’s hand to enjoy. We have also had many people tell us they can’t even tell they are gluten and sugar free, which makes us feel like we have done a really good job with the recipe,” Marquis and Poynter say. “We joke when our children approve its really good and ‘keto kids approved.’” 

The business is unique because there aren’t a lot of bakeries like Carb<Less in the area. “We don’t offer sugar filled options and we really aim to please the customers and their bellies! We also are constantly creating new treats and will take custom orders,” they say. “We like a challenge!”

To keep up with what Carb<Less is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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When you live well, both your mental and physical health are balanced, allowing you to function well. Psychological and physical health are linked closely, so the other might soon follow if one thing changes. There are many advantages of living healthier, and doing so can give you a better quality of life.

The Advantages of Making Better Choices 

There are several advantages to making better choices. For instance, you might not have as much stress. If you exercise regularly, your body may create hormones that calm both the mind and body. Plus, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you set a goal and met it. Many people also find they sleep better when living better as well. When your body is efficient, you are less likely to have sleepless nights. One of the most tangible benefits of making healthier choices is lower life insurance premiums. 

Companies are taking a risk in giving you a policy, so the closer you are to passing away, the higher the monthly payments are likely to be. But suppose you eat right, exercise regularly, and make other good choices. In that case, you have a lower risk of potentially fatal diseases. If you are considering getting a life insurance policy, it is best to do your research. For instance, you might want to research modified endowment contracts to leave a larger tax-free amount to your heirs. These contracts are tax qualifications for life insurance policies whose premiums are higher than federal tax limits.

Increasing Physical Activity Levels

Exercise and physical activity both contribute to a healthy lifestyle. People’s bodies are made to be used, and if you do not, you might not be as healthy. That might result in weakness, obesity, poor health, and a lack of endurance. Regularly exercising might preserve your muscle strength and make you more flexible. For older people, exercise might reduce their risk of falling.

Avoiding Tobacco

It is best to avoid any form of tobacco, and if you use it, now is the time to quit. Otherwise, you might be at risk for several health conditions, such as cancer. It is often hard to stop the habit entirely, especially since tobacco has nicotine in it. It is addictive, meaning many people cannot stop immediately. It is often a lifetime commitment, and many people have to try quitting several times before they are successful. Consider nicotine substitutes, such as patches or gum, and look into counseling if necessary.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

To stay emotionally and mentally healthy, it is critical to have positiveness around you. Of course, you cannot avoid every problem. But when you face an obstacle, having a positive attitude can go a long way toward helping you deal with it. Have encouraging friends who can help you improve your outlook. Start developing a habit of looking on the bright side of things. Even if you are not in a good situation, there is likely still something good about it. You might have to look a little harder.

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We chat with a local physical therapist about mom life and her best tips for keeping a child’s development on track.

Cincy Chic: Why do you love being a pediatric therapist?
Campolongo: I love being a pediatric therapist because the kids I get to work with are amazing and they teach me something new everyday. I cherish the relationships that I have built with my patients and their families. I most of all enjoy watching these children become more independent and succeed so that their personalities can shine.  

Cincy Chic: What’s your biggest tip for parents?
Campolongo: When I first became a mom, I had a delusion that because I work with kids everyday, and grew up with kids, that I was going to have an easy time raising my own kids. Wow, was I wrong!  I thought I knew so much and yet when I brought my daughter home for the first time, I quickly realized just how much more I needed to learn.  You don’t know what you don’t know and everyone is just rolling with the punches. As a mom, I want as much information as I can get so that I can make educated decisions about my child’s care. I appreciate opinions and tips from others that may help make my life easier. I also like to talk with my doctor and peers to get more information. Luckily, there is access to gross motor, speech and occupational therapy checklists through ABC’s website so I can have it on my fridge at home and check things off as my kids are doing things to make sure they are staying on track. I also listen to my motherly instinct. If I feel something is not quite right, I go to the doctor and see if I need to be referred out for further consultation.  

Cincy Chic: What do you do in your free time?
Campolongo: I love to do outdoor activities with my family like going on walks, hiking and going to the park. I also love spending time with my extended family.  

Cincy Chic: Why is ABC the best place for therapy?
Campolongo: I think ABC is a great place to receive therapy because we listen to your concerns and work collaboratively to treat the whole child in order to achieve goals. We work with the family to make a plan of care that is realistic to the family situation and work to problem solve in efforts to help your child make the most progress. Every child is different and unique in their own way which requires an individual tailored plan of care.  I know that when I have questions or concerns about my own children I am able to get reliable, effective information that I can use immediately to help my child conquer a task.

I encourage all parents to check on their child’s development via: CincyChic – ABC Pediatric Therapy or visit Home – ABC Pediatric Therapy

Cincy Chic: If someone reading this article has a question, would you share your email?
Campolongo:  You can contact me at jcampolongo@abcpediatrictherapy.com

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If you have decided to venture into the journey of maintaining a great body shape, then congratulations! It’s not easy to achieve a sculpted body unless you put in sacrifice and dedication. This means no junk food, as well as watching Tv the whole day, and other sedentary lifestyles. The process of maintaining a perfect body shape results in many positive effects that anyone would love to experience. Do you want to begin your journey of a better body shape and a great feel? Here is what you should do.  

Physical fitness 

Get into daily exercises that last from 30 min to at least an hour. However, do not overdo it like running and jogging longer than your body can contain. Start gradually and once your body gets used to the workouts, you can increase the time and exercise intensity. What’s important is moderate exercise at least daily. For instance, take a one-hour walk, jog at intervals, and if you suffer pain in the process, drugs like kratom capsules can help relieve your muscle pains. Also, stay hydrated, and take sufficient proteins to rebuild your muscles after every workout. 

Eat right

You may get the temptation to take candy anytime you feel like it but practice hard to overcome it. Candy has sugar that will only make you get out of shape. One candy bar will lead to another until getting back into shape will take you longer than it should. Instead, eat fruits and vegetables together with exercising to get that great body shape and health. You can take green vegetables like broccoli to help clean the digestive system and keep it running. If you love meat, go for turkey and chicken. However, seafood can be a perfect alternative. Plates of seafood prepare your muscles ready for exercises. 

Watch your daily calorie intake

You should be alert about how many calories you consume daily to help you plan better during your workout routine. Most bodybuilders watch their calorie intake that’s why they have big masses. Also, they know how to manage pain after physical activities with drugs, such as kratom capsules from online shops, like https://goldenmonk.com

They plan for healthy meals, as well as balance their calorie intake. But if your goal is to lose weight, you’ll have to put in more effort in your workouts than the calories you take

Get enough sleep

No matter how busy you are, getting enough sleep contributes to perfect health. You need to recharge your body after a long tiring day and you can only achieve it through good sleep. And if you have body pains after work, you can manage it with, such as kratom capsules. At least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each day will keep you strong during the day. You can also take a nap in case you feel tired, or didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Amid your schedule, try and find some time for rest before engaging in workouts. Ensure you take short naps so that you don’t lose sleep at night. 

Bottom line

The most important key to maintaining shape is to prepare your mindset. Get to know what’s needed to achieve a healthy and perfect body. It’s not only workouts, but also eating healthy, and managing pains that might arise during exercises with a drug like kratom capsules from online shops like goldenmonk.com. In short, get informed of everything you need to kickstart your journey to a perfect body shape. 

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