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A lifestyle blog for the conscious consumer


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Tea Time

I’m switching things up today. You might remember back in September I had Karrie from Karrie Oasis write a guest post for my blog and I wrote one for her. Well we’re at it again!

Every Tuesday Karrie writes a Tea Time Talk post where she reviews all sorts of teas. If you’re a tea lover, you have to check them out. I wanted to get in on the fun and thought she’d write a great tea post for my blog. Karrie discovered a really cool brand called Numi and here is her complete review. You can also head over to her blog to see my post about a photographer who’s made it her mission to spread awareness and inspiration through art.

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I was so excited when Annie asked me to do another guest blog post, and even more excited when she wanted me to write about tea! She asked me if I knew of any conscious-type tea brands. To be honest I hadn’t really thought too much about it before she asked, and I was surprised I hadn’t. When I was in Target one day, I decided to check out the tea isle to see what they offered. I was not expecting much, but to my great, and wonderful, surprise, I did find something–Numi. It is exactly what I was looking for–a brand that was conscious about their packaging, their tea, as well as the people that are apart of every step of the process.Numi 1

Numi’s vision is found on their front page: Numi inspires well-being of mind, body and spirit through the simple art of tea. Our company is rooted in the principle of creating a healthful product that nurtures people and honors the planet. In all of our company initiatives, we strive to foster a healthy, thriving global community while bringing you the purest, best-tasting organic tea.

Packaging:

The packaging of Numi’s tea is eco-friendly. They use recyclable cardboard, which is printed with soy-based inks, and natural biodegradable filter tea bags. Most items can be recycled or composted. They have even won a bunch of eco awards because of these actions.

Tea and People:

Their tea is organic, and what that means is that they don’t use chemicals. They use 100% real ingredients, and no artificial flavors. From the very beginning, in the gardens that these teas are grown in, they are nurtured and are made with love. Since there are no harmful chemicals, it means that not only is it good for the consumer and the environment, but it is also good for the workers. Numi values the people who work for them. They do this by having Fair Trade Certified and Fair Labor Practices. All the teas have different certifications and stamps on their boxes because many come from different gardens around the world, including in India, China, and Egypt. Every worker in each garden community can vote democratically on how they use their Fair Trade funds, usually for things like education, health programs and sanitation. Even if a garden may not be certified, Numi makes sure they get Fair Labor by direct sourcing, which ensures quality of the products and the fair treatment of the workers. Numi even allows their own employees to have 4 paid hours a month to volunteer-how awesome is that?Numi 2

One cool initiative that Numi is also a part of is called H2OPE. This is a charity in which they are trying to help people who are in need of safe and clean drinking water. They explain how important water is to people all over the world especially in 3rd world countries and what they go through to obtain water, which is usually not safe to drink. I think this is such a great idea, especially for this brand. Because what does it take to make a cup of tea? That’s right…water. You can donate money on their website, and you can even host tea parties to raise money as well. If you want to learn more, watch this video.

Now, on to the teas. I bought the Rooibos tea and the Chocolate Pu-erh tea. Both are delicious. The Rooibos comes from South Africa and is a type of herb that calms and has a vanilla-y type flavor, but, of course, no artificial flavors here-it’s all natural. Rooibos is also caffeine free which is great when you want a nice cup of tea before bedtime. The Chocolate Pu-erh is really good as well. Very velvety and yummy. It has a combination of pu-erh tea, organic cocoa, vanilla beans, orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s a great combination of flavors. And hey, skip that bowl of ice cream and drink a cup of this for dessert instead-you won’t have any regrets!Numi 3

I love that you can find this brand at Target. It is easily accessible to most, which is really great. Although they don’t sell all their products here, including they’re flowering teas (they look so cool), and loose leaf teas, they do have a generous selection and I definitely want to try more. Can’t find them at your Target? Use their store locator to see if they sell it somewhere in your area. You can also order other products from their website, and the prices are truly reasonable.

I am so glad Annie asked me to do this post. I will now be more conscious about learning where my tea comes from and it truly is exciting to see what companies like Numi are doing to help the people and the planet we call home!


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Be Healthy And Happy

Today I’m switching things up a bit. Meet Karrie. She wrote my post today. We pulled a Parent Trap-esque move and switched places for this post. And you can head over to her blog to see the post I wrote.

Karrie is a very positive person and writes a blog about what makes her happy and I think that’s great. I thought she would have some great insight for my blog. So without further adieu, here is Karrie’s post about how conscious eating habits make her happy:

Becoming happier and healthier is a goal I have been trying to stick to lately, and one of the best ways I know to do this is by eating and drinking healthy.  When I eat healthy, I feel happy because I know that what I put into my body is going to be good for it. How many times have you eaten fast food and instantly regretted it? I don’t know about you, but for me, it always seems like a great idea at the time because it tastes super yummy, but afterwards, I know I should have chosen a better option.

Now, I am also not saying I am the healthiest person out there by any means, because I do enjoy unhealthy snacks every now and then, but lately I have been trying to make smarter decisions regarding what I choose to put in my body. I am also not a doctor or a nutritionist. I am just telling you what works for me, and if it helps you out, then great!

Here are three things I have been doing lately to help me eat and drink healthier:

-Transition by mixing some good with some not-so-good:

I love fruit, and although eating it plain can be delicious, I also like sprucing it up by adding in some extras. Sometimes I will get a bowl full of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, or any other berries I have on hand, and put a little bit of Greek yogurt on top with some chocolate chips (just a few) and mix it all up. That little added chocolate makes it taste even better. I also like putting fruit in my cereal, for a little added flavor. I also like putting peanut butter and/or Nutella on bananas, and I also like making chocolate covered strawberries or frozen bananas. Yummm! Basically, I like adding just a little bit of something that’s not super healthy to something that is healthy, because I don’t want to crave just unhealthy foods. By doing this, I don’t just ignore the cravings completely, because eventually I will want to eat something unhealthy so bad that I gorge on that instead. This way, I enjoy eating something that is not so healthy in smaller portions and with something that is healthy.

Yogurt

-Be aware of ingredients

Earlier this year, we found out that my boyfriend was allergic to gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, so basically anything that has wheat in it is a no go for him. Since wheat is found in many things, I was forced to read labels on anything that could possibly have gluten in it. I never really paid attention to such things before, because there was no need to, but it has made me much more aware of what is in certain products. Because of this, I think I have been straying away from the more unhealthy items and attracted to the more organic and less processed items. I’m definitely not saying you need to become gluten free to be able to do this. All you need to do is read labels and understand what it in certain products so that you can decide if it is something that you should be putting into your body.

GF products

Water, water, water

You’ve probably heard many professionals, including your doctor, tell you that you need to drink a lot of water. There’s always the debate about how much you should be drinking each day, and again, I’m not a doctor, but online the consensus is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, also called the 8 x 8 rule. Sometimes it differs based on weight, exercise or other personal reasons, but that’s what is recommended. I have been trying to drink a lot more water in my daily life because I know it’s good for me (not to mention it’s supposed to be great for your skin as well). If you don’t like the taste of water, then here’s a little tip: put fruit in it! I have been doing this for about a year and a half now and I love it. When I go to the gym, I usually just drink plain water, but when I’m at work or at home I usually cut up some lemons, maybe some limes, strawberries, mint, oranges, cucumbers or whatever I think will taste good (but not all of them together) and I swear it makes me drink more water. Also, a cute water bottle is a must and makes a huge difference. Annie has actually blogged about this before, so check it out here. What I like about water bottles is that they usually say you how much they hold, for example the one I usually use is 20 oz., so I know that I have to drink 3 of them each day to get my daily intake. This rarely happens, but I like being able to keep track. Water is truly good for you. I always feel better when I stay hydrated throughout the day.

Water

Again, I am no expert nor am I super healthy, but when I do have healthy eating and drinking habits, I can tell because not only does my body feel better, but I am also usually in a good mood. And remember, if you make healthy choices, your body will thank you both now and later. Go forth and be healthy and happy!