Converted Tea Lover

Monday, October 26, 2015
Flash back a few years, and I would have told you plain and simple, tea just did not suit my fancy. I had tried it here and there, without a very open mind I may add, and decided it was just not something that I desired or needed in my diet. Flash forward to the present and a few more years of wisdom, and I have changed my tune. I would now describe myself as a converted tea lover.

So what changed?

I realized many of the benefits that drinking tea provides. Did you know that tea contains antioxidants which may help reduce risk of cancer. It has also been shown to help our bones (ladies, you know we need this), reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues as well as acts as an anti inflammatory among other things. As one who values a healthy lifestyle, I was determined to give it another try.

I experimented with some different types and flavors and soon came to realize, I actually kind of like this stuff. I now love me a good cup of tea in the afternoon as the work day draws to a close. Particularly on cold days like those ahead!

Something I would absolutely enjoy as I continue on this tea-loving journey is a Tea Maker. And while I don't have one yet myself (something that may have to change here in the near future I think), I am excited to share that you my dear friends have the opportunity to potentially own one for yourselves for free. Some fabulous fellow bloggers and I have joined together for a giveaway of a Teavana Perfectea Maker. Coupled with that, the winner will also receive a Teavana tin filled with high-quality, loose leaf tea. This one's for tea-aholics and newly inspired tea converts such as myself alike all. The giveaway runs through November 6th. See details on the rafflecopter to enter.

Just Bee Teavana October Giveaway
Emily from [EM]POWERED Blog // Kylea from Life After 5 Mariam from The Petite Bijou // Laura Jean from According to Laura Jean Krista from HAPPy as We Know It // Hannah from Just Bee // Alexis from Chemistry Cachet
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone! We can't wait to bless someone with this awesome product!

(You'll have to let me know how you like it ;)!)


How to buy Organic Without the Organic Price Tag

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Groceries at your door step without breaking the bank. Sign me up!

I don't know about you, but we try our best to eat and use the most nutritious foods and products in our household, but the price tag can sometimes be a bit of a killer. For a couple on a budget, sometimes it's tough to remind ourselves that the large dent made in our bank account each grocery trip is worth it. A few months ago I was introduced to Thrive Market. It has quickly become my favorite way to shop for organic groceries and beauty products.

Thrive Market is an online store that offers these natural products at wholesale prices. Their mission is to make healthy living affordable and accessible to all. You can shop by specific interest such as paleo, raw, vegan etc. or by the specific type of product you are looking for. They have everything from granola to coconut water to vitamins and deodorant. While they do not offer produce or frozen items, pretty much anything else you usually purchase is there and they are adding new things all the time.

Even better, they often send you free samples to try out new products as well. This last order, I received the chia and hemp seed packets and facial scrub below.

If you, like us, are a family striving for both a healthy lifestyle and a healthy bank account, I would highly encourage you to check out Thrive Market. Click on any of the links throughout this post to see what it's all about and earn 25% off as well. And while I am just a girl vying for a company I enjoy and am not directly being compensated for this post, each person who signs up helps our family earn money toward future grocery bills at Thrive as well. Happy Shopping (from your couch)!


Fall Farmer's Market Date

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This fine Sunday morning, the mister and I took the opportunity to embrace these fleeting days of blissful fall weather to head to our local Farmer's Market. We absolutely love perusing the aisles of the market for delicious local finds, and while we live incredibly close, the hustle and bustle of life doesn't allow us to get there as much as we would like. Thus today, it was time, and I woke the hubs up plenty early and told him we were going on a date.

Getting all of our produce at the market and planning our meal menu around what is in season is such a fun challenge for us. It encourages us to try and explore new foods and recipes, and we love seeing the variety of new items that each week brings.

Not to mention the colors of fresh foods and flowers are like no other. We love pointing out vibrant, large (see broccoli below) and interesting finds to each other as we walk along.

After we finished our shopping, we decided to head to brunch at a local restaurant around the corner from the market. This particular restaurant serves food made from local ingredients, many coming straight from the market themselves. It was a great way to top off our date and start our day off on the right foot - together.


Inspirational Fall Desktop Wallpaper

Sunday, October 4, 2015
The trees are changing, leaves are falling and pumpkins are officially on our doorstep. Fall is here is full force, and I am loving it. I was feeling inspired by the season today and decided to create a few new desktop wallpapers to give my computer a little fall flair as well. Feel free to click on any of the images below to use them to spruce up your space for the season too.

Fall Wallpaper
Fall Wallpaper 2
Fall Wallpaper 3
Clipart by GraceGraphicDesign.