7 Useful Ways Drinking Tea Can Change Your Life

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Drinking tea. I've never ever ever been a tea person. I walk briskly past the eager employees hold trays of exotic tea samples at Teavana in the mall. And trust me, I'm not one to turn down a sample. Whole Foods on a Saturday? Let's feast. Anyway, I decided to become a "tea person" and so far, it's working out -- especially because my best friend Michelle got me a gift box of a a loose leaf tea brewer (not a technical description) and a variety of new teas to try. Who knew you could get tea in strawberry lemonade flavor?! What's the point behind my transformation? You can only drink so much coffee. Even decaf at night messes with my head because I know that it has a little caffeine. I don't want anything messing with my sleep! … [Read more...]

Happy 20th Birthday Icebreaker Merino! (Wanna Win Free Stuff?)

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Icebreaker is one of the best brands for fitness lovers out there -- especially those who like to ski, skate and get down in the cold. I recently got a cozy sweater from them that I wore like crazy all winter long. Now, they are celebrating their 20-year anniversary with something very special! See that t-shirt above? That's just ONE of a ton of different designs they want to re-release, but here's the catch.... For the past 20 years Icebreaker Merino has been inspiring others to wear nature in nature - they pioneered using merino wool as a great fabric solution for outdoor apparel in 1995. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they're re-releasing two of our heritage graphics and they want to hear from you! Vote on your favorite … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned From the Most Successful Woman I’ve Ever Known

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She wasn't a CEO -- or a political leader. She never made a six-figure paycheck or secured a patent. But if you measure success by the joy you've obtained, the people you've loved and the children and grandchildren you've helped raise, she was the most successful woman I've ever met. These are are just a few of the life lessons I learned from my Grandma, Carole Allen: 1. Never criticize other people. I never once in my entire life heard my grandma criticize another human being. She never uttered a word of gossip or negativity -- at least not in front of me. She always found the one good, sweet thing in others -- even the most upsetting or irritating people. There was always hope in her words for them, grace in her voice. It's my goal … [Read more...]

Bread and Wine: A Review


For months on end, I've been hearing people say that Shauna Niequist's "Bread and Wine" was really good. But I wasn't particularly interested for some reason -- despite my friend Lynn having turned one of Shauna's other books ("Cold Tangerines") into a full-out play! I thought it was more of a cook book -- but turns out, it's a whole lot more than that. Finally, I ordered a copy -- a hard copy because I definitely wanted to try the recipes -- and because Shauna even says in the intro she hopes you will take this book the kitchen, and get it all stained up while you cook. If anything, the book is a memoir of friendships around the table. From page 1, I was hooked and finished it in less than 72 hours. It was a comfort read, for sure, … [Read more...]