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The Tea Spot Handcrafted Tea Review

This is a review of The Tea Spot’s tea and tumbler.

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About the Tea Spot:

“At The Tea Spot, we handcraft teas as timeless as the Colorado mountains that surround us. Our innovative Steepware® designs make the premium tea experience effortless and accessible. With one foot steeped in tradition, and the other outstretched toward a healthier future, we infuse the goodness of whole leaf tea into your everyday.

Our company’s focus has held steadfast since the philanthropic business was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of leaf tea during her recovery. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders premium flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco–friendly. Our 10% Pledge incorporates the company’s mission to foster health and wellness through whole leaf tea. Ten percent of our sales are donated in–kind to cancer and community wellness programs. The Tea Spot is a Colorado–based Certified B Corporation, woman-owned and operated business.”

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Pink Rose Lemonade

About:

“Pink Rose Lemonade is a swirling collage of flowers with a hint of lemon and wintergreen. Like a fancy floral confection, this delicately handcrafted tea will refresh and soothe your palate. Pink Rose Lemonade is totally guilt-free, as it has no caffeine and is naturally sweet. Lemon, rose, mint, chamomile, and lavender spring to life in this absolutely fabulous herbal tea. Pink Rose Lemonade tastes distinctively wonderful brewed hot or cold.”

Ginger Peach

About:

“Our rendition of America’s favorite flavored black tea is an elegant and authentic twist on the conventional. We handcraft this tea on a premium blend of two full leaf black teas, which gives added dimension to the peach flavor and the depth needed to provide the perfect balance to the real organic ginger root. You’ll find our Ginger Peach tea to be the warming comfort tea of our flavored tea collection, and absolutely fabulous served over ice!”

Cold Buster

About:

“Back in time for cold & flu season, is our caffeine-free immunity blend to relieve stress and promote health. Our Cold Buster with Tulsi Leaf, aka holy basil, is based on a recipe for a natural cold cure from Europe. This rooibos-based tea is packed with an array of healthy constituents to help warm and fortify you from inside. High in Vitamin C, with lemon and orange peel, hibiscus and rose hips, it also contains herbs and Tulsi to soothe cold symptoms and control coughs.”

Grasshopper Green

About:

“This refreshing blend consists of peppermint and Hojicha, a roasted Japanese green tea. Chocolate mint grasshopper confections capture the essence of this tea. There’s no flavoring involved, but the peppermint leaves pull chocolate notes from the roasted tea resulting in a guilt-free decadent taste and aroma. Hojicha is naturally lower in caffeine than other green teas, while peppermint aids with muscle relaxation and digestion. Together they create a crisp body that is relaxing when hot and refreshing when iced. This brews into a clean, amber liquor with an inviting smell. The roasted green tea creates a nutty base that is brightened by the vibrant peppermint leaves.”

Big Chill

About:

“This mouthwatering hibiscus mint blend is the large leaf version of Chill Out, now available in bulk! It’s truly amazing made either hot or iced. It can also cold brew within just 10 minutes – made easy with Steep & Chill or Steep & Go! The tart hibiscus petals are sweetened with licorice root while peppermint adds a refreshing lift to this well-rounded, full-bodied brew. Naturally caffeine-free, the Big Chill offers a great way to stay hydrated any time of day!”

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My Thoughts:

I am a seasoned, enthusiastic coffee drinker, but have only recently really gotten into tea as the occasional substitute to my coffee habit. I was stoked to hear from The Tea Spot thru Instagram and though I loved the sound of their teas, the Tea Tumbler REALLY got my attention–it’s such a cool way to take tea on-the-go in a glass + stainless steel container. You can get one for yourself here. They come in several other colors–which make awesome gifts for your favorite tea drinker (or non-tea-drinker-that-you-convert).

In regards to the teas, I find myself reading the ingredients in the blends and getting excited for what they’ve put together. There are some really delicious flavor combinations and many that are caffeine free–which I find is perfect to drink at nighttime before bed.

I have created my own hibiscus + peppermint duo at home before, so was stoked to see that the Big Chill celebrates those two flavors. It’s my favorite of the bunch as a caffeine free option. For a caffeination kick, the Ginger Peach is my favorite–as I could drink peach tea until I’m blue in the face.

All of the other blends are awesome and provide their own set of health perks–pretty much all of them boosting detoxifying effects on the body. Who doesn’t want/need that? Each of them has their own set of flavor characteristics–& when you’re shopping for you perfect tea on their site, check out their descriptions. They do a great job of breaking each tea down for you to help you decipher which one suites you best.

It feels good to drink something tasty and feel how positively it impacts my body. When I am drinking herbal tea regularly, I can definitely tell that my energy is sustained throughout the day, my skin is happy & glowing and my digestion is soothed and regulated.

Not all of the teas they sent me appear to be organic, but on their site there is a plentiful amount of organic options (even a Chocolate “O” Tea–whoa!).

I’m amped to have discovered this brand–what a good find!

Here’s how to find them:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theteaspot/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theteaspot

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeaSpot

Website: http://theteaspot.com/

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Jholie London (Jupiter, FL Based) Ballerina Pant: Review

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Jholie London Ballerina Pant

Overall Rating: images

About Jholie London:

“My interest in fashion started when I began freelancing for British Vogue as a backstage artist. During this time I had the privilege of working with the very best fashion stylists, models and photographers. My love of fashion and design had begun.

Inspiration for the Ballerina Pant came to me during my time traveling the Caribbean Islands. I was living out of a suitcase and needed to simplify my wardrobe but still look stylish, I found my “go to jeans” very uncomfortable in the hot humid weather. After searching without success, I decided to design my own perfect travel pant, one that is classic in shape, soft to the touch with a flawless fit. I have designed a pant that will be suitable for Yoga, as a beach cover-up or for simply relaxing at home. Also one that will take you from day to evening by just replacing flats with heels. This is the versatile “Ballerina Pant.”

I am so happy to be able to launch this ALL-IN-ONE Resort Pant designed to fit all body types for any time of day. The unique integrated belt design, which can be wrapped, sashed or tied as a bow enables the pant to be worn low on the hips or high on the waist. In the very near future it will be my pleasure to offer a selection of colors to suit the changing seasons. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

JL.”

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My Thoughts on the Ballerina Pant:

First off, I must say–I’m so stoked to support a brand that is based in my hometown of Jupiter, FL. Jholie Lawrence, founder & designer of Jholie London is a vibrant, beautiful, passionate woman who has been a joy to work with on this collab.

In two words: chic comfort! These pants are so unique because they have the feel of the most comfortable lounge pant you can imagine, yet they have this beautiful tie-waist detailing that enables you to look cute while you’re comfy–and you can dress them up! It also allows you to adjust the waist to suit your figure (I foresee myself living in them especially when I’m pregnant!)

I just love everything about them–feel, comfort, versatility and fit (besides one small detail). The only problem I’ve faced is that when I have to drop my pants to use the restroom (haha), the tie waist gets a bit discombobulated and requires a re-tie–which means I have to rewrap it around my body several times and get the right positioning and fit again. It’s totally a small detail, but it comes to mind when I think of these pants.

I look forward to experimenting more with pairings (dressing these pants up!). The versatility is amazing and I think Jholie has created a lovely piece in the Ballerina Pant!

Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus Review

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Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Eat Well Embrace Life:

“Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus was founded in 2011 with a simple mission: to create premium products that celebrate the idea that good taste and eating well go hand in hand.

The parent company, Tryst Gourmet, was founded in 2007.

Made from the finest ingredients and with the greatest attention to detail, Eat Well Embrace Life has Americanized the hummus category by creating hummus from Other Beans. What makes us different and better is our commitment to product innovation, resulting in new, exciting flavors with the Wow! taste and healthy attributes you’ve come to expect.

Thanks to the groundswell of support we get from foodies like you, we’re the nation’s fastest growing hummus company today.

Greater than 90% of our product line is non-GMO, including our beans, tahini and oil. We do not make the claim for non-GMO status because some of the spices used in our toppings have not yet been certified non-GMO. We expect our products to qualify for non-GMO status in the near term and following the formal non-GMO certification process.”

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These are the flavors I tried:

Black Bean

Spicy Red Lentil Chipotle

Wasabi Edamame

Tuscan White Bean

Spicy Yellow Lentil

Zesty Sriracha Carrot

Beet

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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Sample ingredient list from the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus:

“Ingredients

Non-­GMO Edamame, Canola and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend, Water, Sesame Tahini, Roasted Red Peppers, Salt, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Garlic, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Citric Acid, Onion, Spices, Potassium Sorbate To Maintain Freshness. Contains: Milk.”

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My Thoughts:

All other details aside, this hummus selection was delectable. I loved trying each new flavor each deciphering the unique flavor profiles in each of them. There are many snack options out there, and I like how hummus is a healthy, convenient option amongst them. If I had to pick one, I’d say the Wasabi Edamame hummus was my favorite of the bunch. I am a sucker for that wasabi punch–I couldn’t gobble that one up quick enough. Instead of chips, I like to eat hummus with carrots. That way, I’m truly making it a healthy, nutrient packed snack/meal.

In regards to quality, I was hoping to see a bit more of an encouraging ingredient list. As you can read above, above 90% of the ingredients are non-gmo. While that sounds good, that’s the “best” part of the ingredients. None of them are organic. Such a bummer. I know of an organic hummus brand (that’s in my local store) that I can look to thus, this brand would not be my first choice if I’m looking for a healthy, great quality hummus.

Ingredients are tops to me. Regardless of how good something tastes, I won’t go back to it if I don’t believe in the ingredients. I look forward to when Eat Well Embrace Life starts using organic ingredients. At that point, I’d be on board with them.

 

4 Things That Your Dog Can Teach You

Patience

We leave for hours to run errands, go to work, etc. and our dogs have no choice but to be patient and wait for us to get home. They wait and wait and wait. They are professional patience practicers, making them a perfect reminder that we too should be diligent in being patient and not pushy.

Don’t Overeat

When I am in the kitchen grabbing a snack, I often look down at Kona, who always follows me in there, and think about how she only eats when we feed her, essentially. That is the ultimate disciplined diet, in which you only eat specific portions that are given to you, versus roaming freely all day. Silly as it sounds, I even feel a “guilt” that I am eating and she is eagerly looking on. Needless to say, I quickly ditch the guilt tied with that, but I do ponder that it could be helpful to adopt the same similar discipline that dogs portray.

Gratitude

You won’t see a dog more eager to eat her bowl of food than sweet Kona. She never fails to be excited and grateful for every last morsel of food. It’s so easy to slip into a pattern of taking little things for granted, like the food we eat.

Unconditional Love

It doesn’t seem to matter what each new day brings, your dog(s) are always happy to see you and are eager to show affection and love. This is perhaps the best lesson of all that I have learned from my dogs growing up and especially our dog Kona, who inspired me to write this.

Always having love in your heart and expressing it is so paramount, regardless of the times–regardless of any negative situation you’ve endured that day.

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Just the Goods Organic Skincare Review

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Just the Goods Skin Care

Overall Rating: 4 Stars/5 Stars (4.5 Stars)

About Just The Goods:

“Just the Goods seeks to offer affordable vegan products to help them become more widely available, therefore facilitating healthier living as part of increased consciousness about kind living, environment protection, and consumerism in general.

Just the Goods does not test any of its products on animals, nor does it commission such testing, because I believe it both unnecessary and unproven to make cosmetics safer for human consumers. Instead of testing Just the Goods on animals, I test all products on myself, and I am joined in this process by many great friends eager to try out my recipes. I am very concerned with how my products rank at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com, so the spectrum of ingredients I use have known safety records. The Compact for Safe Cosmetics has acknowledged my choices by granting Just the Goods Champion Status. Beyond that, be assured that I would never include in a product something I wouldn’t consider putting on my own body, or giving to people I care about =-).”

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Vegan Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin

Just the Good’s Description:

“Just the Goods’ face wash for acne prone skin begins with a gentle organic castille soap base plus kaolin clay to help absorb impurities. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils provide a deep, antibacterial clean.

This product is available with our without exfoliating jojoba beads.

This product is handcrafted without the use of artificial preservatives. Please store in a cool, dark place for maximum longevity.

Ingredients:

Distilled water, saponified organic sunflower oil + organic coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, salt, citric acid, kaolin clay, tea tree oil, eucalyptus and lavender essential oil,  jojoba beads (where applicable) 
Note: 

Not recommended for highly sensitive skin.”

My Description & Thoughts: 

This cleanser worked great on my acne prone skin. You can feel this wash thoroughly cleansing and purifying skin. The consistency is a bit watery and suds up as you lather it into the skin.The use of the tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender have a calming and clarifying affect on skin. The only improvement would be if these essential oils were organic–along with the other organic ingredients.

Overall, I am very impressed with this face wash. It’s not easy to come across a product with good ingredients that targets blemishes without drying out skin.

I would recommend this face wash to anyone, regardless of gender, who struggles with acne. It will help clear your skin and will act as a catalyst in helping blemishes go away.

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Vegan Facial Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin

Just the Good’s Description:

“A quick look at the ingredients in conventional moisturizing lotion can be disconcerting. Petroleum is problematic enough without a whole bunch of other chemicals such as parabens and carbomers, not to mention artificial fragrances and colours, added to the mix. Yet, those elements constitute the basis of most widely available products and we simply can’t understand why.

It seems the sky is the limit when it comes to selecting oils for use in cosmetics, so our goal when creating a moisturizing lotion was to balance healthier choices and affordability. This is what we came up with:

Ingredient highlights:

Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E, as well as potassium, proteins, beta-carotene and numerous essential unsaturated fatty acids. It also contains a high quantity of sterolins, which is reported to help reduce age spots, help heal sun damage and scars. Avocado oil is furthermore said to increase the amount of collagen in the skin, which facilitates regeneration, particularly in the case of skin that is dehydrated or otherwise affected by difficult climates (i.e. Winnipeg’s dry winters). Some claim that avocado oil can even help to relieve the dryness and itching of psoriasis and eczema.

Apricot kernel oil has a high content of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acid. It is considered gentle enough to be used in products for babies, and is thus also suitable for mature and sensitive skin. It is well absorbed without leaving a greasy feeling, and can be helpful in calming the discomfort associated with conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

Aloe vera gel is a powerful moisturizer that simultaneously helps to remove dead skin. It also stimulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin and is known to have a healing effect on burns and other wounds, all of which translates into assisting regeneration.

Tea tree oil helps fight bacteria and keep pores clear.

Distilled water gives this lotion a smooth, fluid texture while ensuring a non-greasy finish,vegetable based emulsifying wax holds everything together, and vegetable glycerine provides staying power.

Complete Ingredient List:

distilled water, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, exthxylated sorbitan ester (vegetable based emulsifying wax), aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf gel, vegetable glycerine, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, tocopherol (vitamin e).”

My Description & Thoughts: 

I followed up the wash with this moisturizer and found that it restores the moisture balance on skin nicely. Some might think acne sufferers should shy away from moisturizer, however, this is not founded. I find that the opposite is true–skin needs to have an adequate amount of moisture to heal itself. The only fragrance noticeable is from the essential oils, thus, it smells fresh and herbaceous.

Anyone who tries the wash should get a bottle of this as well, as they work well together to tackle problem areas on skin.

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Vegan Acne Spot Treatment

Just the Good’s Description:

“After months of testing and many positive reviews, Just the Goods is pleased to finally launch a simple yet effective vegan acne spot treatment.

Combining the clean healing benefits of aloe vera with the antibacterial properties of astringent essential oils, this gel treats blemishes without overdrying skin in the way products filled with petroleum and alcohol are known to do.

To use, add a small dab/thin layer to affected area on freshly washed skin. Allow the gel to dry sightly before applying make-up, if desired. The gel may be re-applied as necessary.

Feel free to combine this product with Just the Good’s other facial care products for oily/combination and/or acne-prone skin, including face wash, toner, and moisturizer.

This product is handcrafted without the use of artificial preservatives. Please store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight for maximum longevity.

Ingredients:

aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf gel, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium bourbon) essential oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) essential oil.”

My Description & Thoughts: 

This stuff is great!! I am happy that I’ve had this on hand through times of the month when my skin breaks out. Like with the wash, my only scrutiny of this spot treatment is that the essential oils are not organic. However, they are naturally derived, which is a good thing. In regards to effectiveness, I can see a noticeable different in my blemishes after applying this treatment a few times–my skin reduces in redness, puffiness, and irritation.

I recommend applying it a few times a day to problem spots, as well as right before going to sleep for optimum effectiveness. This is a product that is great to have in your beauty cabinet for skin “emergencies.”

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Vegan Lip Scrub

Just the Good’s Description:

“Beat the effects of dry weather with this gentle lip scrub available in a range of delicious flavours including: cinnamon, peppermint or orange essential oil, vanilla absolute, or unflavoured.

To use, place a small amount on your finger tip and rub gently onto your lips in a circular motion. Rinse off or, if you can’t help yourself, licking is okay, too 😉 Follow with lip balm if desired.

This preservative-free product lasts longer when exposure to the elements (i.e. air, humidity, sunlight) is kept to a minimum. Please store in a cool, dark place and keep tightly sealed between uses.

Ingredients:

sucrose (brown sugar), deodorized simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, vegetable glycerine + essential oil / absolutes where applicable.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This lip scrub tastes good enough to eat. I have not consumed it, but when applied to my lips, I want to lick it off! The brown sugar provides a fantastic grittiness for exfoliation but also makes this concoction amazingly tasty and sweet. Add in the vanilla and this lip scrub is seriously phenomenal stuff.

I recommend this to anyone and everyone–who doesn’t want to make their lips softer, healthier and scrumptious? As a gift, I see this product being perfect as well. I keep my jar in the shower and apply and rinse, making clean up simple.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.