September 3, 2011

Teas' Tea Low Calorie Mango Oolong -Natural Tea Antioxidants- MADE IN THE U.S.A.

   I don't think I know anyone who has never tried green tea/herbal tea, but the pure fact is all  teas are not actually the "green" or as healthy as you think you are buying.  Most of the time its after one healthy tea people give up and go back to soda or other teas because of the horrid taste.   
   You know what?   You are in luck.  

   I was asked to give my point of view on Teas'Tea Low Calorie Mango Oolong- no payment, they just sent the bottles asking for my point of view.  One reason I said yes, was because I love tea and love products made in the USA. According to  the site and google this product was... First Place at the North American Tea Championship in Ready-to-Drink Flavored Oolong Tea category!
The full taste of oolong tea paired with the bright taste of mango. 

   I had discovered they make a large selection of tea drinks, and a flavor to satisfy anyone's taste buds. 

   You can go to Teas'Tea and see all the wonderful flavors they have . They offer Classic, Low-calorie and Unsweetened.  

   I have my eye on some of those Unsweetened flavors such as the mint green tea.

   First of all they shipped out fast, and since they also send orders out by mail, I am assuming shipping is fast for all.  It was packaged with love and care.
   I proceeded to open one bottle and try it straight out of the box, and do know it was 106 outside and hot as could be.  The taste was delicious,  I could not taste the tea, only the mango. 

   Now for those of you who do not know Oolong is said to help with keeping you maintain a slender figure.  It is also semi-fermented making it unique from green and black tea.  
   For those who want to drink tea for health but cannot stand the taste this is for you. By the way did you know this contains powerful antioxidants to maintain a healthy heart and neutralize free radicals?

    After chilling, I proceeded to properly taste and was not disappointed.  My teens thought it was juice because of the mango taste.  
   Overall, I liked the taste but as a person who loves tea, I would have loved a stronger taste.  I also was surprised the 16.9 Fl oz bottle was 2 servings, and 40 calories a serving.  But indeed not a high calorie drink for the teens or any adult which is a bonus.
   Yes it is low-calorie but I like calorie free for me.  My teens loved it and that was a bonus and for something healthy, and the teens/kids liked it without holding their nose.  Oh admit it, some of those healthy teas you ask why does it stink so bad, or other unmentionable comments.  I appreciate the wonderful smell and amazing mango flavor.  The fact it uses natural cane sugar to sweeten is a big plus. 
  I do enjoy the taste of the product, and my teens/kids and I were educated on a wonderful company in the USA named Ito En. Yes, it is MADE IN THE USA click here  if you want to read about this company.   "ITO EN (North America) Inc. is well on its way to making green tea a true part of the new American culture."     We all yearn to drink healthier, and detox from soda but some of those so called healthy teas are full of chemicals and just do not make you want to come back for more.  This is one product indeed will pull you back for more.   By pure accident it actually tasted good hot  and then cold.  

  Check out the site for yourself and see the variety of products and gifts you can send. They have amazing recipes many more things such as a product find locator.  I think  this would be great to send a case or two once a month to your kids in college, or send a gift basket  during the holidays(or year round).  There are so many wonderful things on this site to discover.
     I never saw this product  in my stores but am happy I got to try it so I can share a yummy healthy drink to quench your thirst and love your body a little too.

   So if you see this at your store and wonder hmmmm,  Teas' Tea Low Calorie Mango Oolong  is it good? ..yes!!! grab one for now, a few for later. 

Teas' Tea Low Calorie Mango Oolong √

August 17, 2011


Someone recently asked me why I run...Why do I run, yes I have lost weight.  But, indeed I love good food and will not deprive myself at this point of life.

But really..why do I really run....

Why do I run?  I am in nowhere near an athlete- yes I get out of breathe, feel like I am  about to die at times but really why do I run...ok jog- sometimes walk, even out in the rain?

It is my escape in so many ways.  There is so much in my life going on that I cannot control, that I screwed up, and regret.  So many dreams broken.  Yes there are some great things too.

So why do I run, its my escape to - destress...cry and yes to even talk and at times scream at God.   I even run in the rain- easier to scream and no one hears over the booms.

Yes, someday I dream of running a marathon for a great cause.  For now, every run I take is my therapy to life...and in the end I get moving too and set a good example to move. 

August 12, 2011

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN..time for another day of school !!!!

The kids showed no show of excitement yesterday.  Oh wait I did hear a  mom I have a pimple with a bit of panic.   
We packed up supplies, labeled stress, no sign of any fears.  
Almost like ok, we had our vacation, time to go back to work.  

It may be harder for me since I am a solo parent 100% of the time, but all night I sat thinking about the first steps, the  first fingerpaints, on some the first dates.  Everything has gone through my mind and I was so excited last night, now with a little under 3 hours my babies will be at once again off.  

I am so proud of them, they have had a great fights- serious no fights, no yelling.  Maybe they sent the wrong kids home for the summer but I seriously loved being home with them.  We went camping in the backyard and watching stars, had water balloon fights(and pelting me- but I know admit I  took them because it was so hot).   But my favorite was putting on the puddle jumpers and stomping in the rain at midnight.  We had over 30 straight days of 100 plus weather so when rain showers come...we dance!  Yes midnight. 

Amazing but true, we learned so much this summer about green living, and kept check on one another.   They experienced so much life from baby birds to squirrels to death  this summer.  We all attempted to grow a garden but the extreme drought just did not agree with us, or most anyone around here, but they are determined to plant for a fall crop.  

My babies are growing, yes growing-  I tell myself don't blink too fast because they grow so fast, but its a part of life.  

One day my babies will be having babies of their own...and waiting with a bit of fear, a bit of sadness - a slight smile for another first in their long exciting lives.

 In case I have a heart attack while waiting waiting, I want you all to know I am so proud of them- and yes I tell them everyday.  My children have manners, live green and seem to have their heads on straight... I think they---nope I know they are going to be the adults in the future that make this place a better place.

  The kids have the flowers all ready to bring the teachers, the backpacks all ready and all the clothes laid out.  
Why can't I sleep?????
- I am the excited one, waiting for the unknown chaos or the unknown calm- not really sure.  

Lunches and snacks packed. Batteries charged ready for pictures.
Breakfast is even ready .  
I set the alarm clock, gotta feeling I will hit tired soon, and am in fear of them not waking up on time.  It is almost time-that time again.

I pray they love school and make great friends, love their teachers.  I pray they are safe- I have faith in God to watch over them and protect them- thank you God, and for some of you - you know I really need to have God watching over them.   I love them and I guess they are not only growing but I am too.

If you are experiencing a first day too as a parent, I am praying for you. I have been through many, and will be through many more..they survive and so do youGod Bless.

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August 10, 2011

Bubblebutt...PrincessPuddlebutt..TomTomTamale....WHAT DID YOU CALL YOURS?

   Being a parent is an adventure.  Yes, I said adventure.  I have learned through thousands and thousands of diaper changes none are never really the same.  Some are boring if you are lucky, but indeed the ones that are hard in fact are the ones that create memories.  
   Think about the ones you can laugh about are the ones that took you on an know the messy ones, and especially the ones where  it was an adventure and dare to get the diaper on.  Almost like they are saying ha ha Mom, I dare you to catch me.   And so it goes the dare is on...let the adventure begin.

   My kids have had some strange nicknames as kids my favorite name being Tom Tom Tamale, but there have been others like Princess Puddlebutt and Bubble Butt...  Now my others had nicknames too but these stand out as the biggest violators of the diaper squirms.  
  TomTom began from the first few days of bringing home. He would wiggle and jiggle while diapering him, he was even one of those who seemed to be able to piddle at you when in between diapers, boy did I learn fast with this one. As he grew a bit older, he would do the hip lift and butt wiggle while I tried hard to get a tight fit. He began to crawl and I began to think I did not know how to diaper a boy because I would turn around and he would be out of his diaper but the diaper would be intact, not undone..he squirmed out of it. When putting on diapers it seemed like he would sit still. I did learn to change the diaper on a changer on the floor for safety, and indeed with this child I had to duct tape his on.  The fact he squirmed so much might have been a clue  or maybe not but as soon as he walked, I put a potty out for the boy and he was potty trained quite quick.  I was proud I got him potty trained quick but have a feeling Tom Tom was a bit of a nudist at heart at that age.  
   I felt like I still was a beginner since I did not fully grasp the control of the squirmer- well do you ever, but felt like no one showed me or told me or helped me, or guided me.
  Now bubblebut and princess were ones where I actually learned to get it right.  Now princess was a squirmer all over of  rubbing her bottom in the diaper as she sat /laid and pooed and also loved to roll her bottom in it like it was mudd as I changed it.  Yes they squirmed like nuts, and drove me crazy. 

 What I learned.....

 I learned to have a huge changing mat- the size of a beach towel,and a smaller one with them directly on.   First thing- if you have long hair- put it in a ponytail- nothing like bending over to wipe and your hair gets a chunk of boom boom  or liquid boom boom (poo) on your hair- seriously...and worse if you do not notice it for awhile till it crusts. You need to have all the supplies in a bin  down next to me . Yes, I put them up when done- but having it all handy helps make a fast change. This allows you to change very quickly- very, very quickly.  Never ever take a hand off baby- let them feel your hand on them- calm them down.   I also learned give them a small toy that they can hold and keep their attention. I undo the diaper then  I use my left hand to hold both feet firmly  and lift the boom boom  up to clean up the boomer mess and get rid of old diaper.  I wipe and wipe it off and then  I slide in diaper with right hand. Left hand rests on tummy while securing tabs. I have gotten  quick and give baby little time to squirm. They seem to fight less in the one handed feet hold- firm grasp with fingers and hand.  I wonder if when you are lifting their legs they are worried what is she doing down there or saying- finally- you know  it was getting  pretty stinky down there.. I agree that on the floor is safer for all for a diaper change.
  Now with that being said I have had adventures with a squirmer grabbing a handful of poo, another time with a dog running in and stealing a diaper full of boom boom- what  a mess that was.  Yes, having a squirmer can be an adventure, sometimes a headache, but, remember those are the times you will remember when they are older and laugh.  Now I could have done without the  baby squirming so bad I was distracted the dog ran off with it, but it happened, so now I laugh.

  I hope you cherish the time you have before you know it, they blink and they are grown. If by chance you know a new mom, go help her out. Seriously, there are so many resources now , there were not that many even 5 years ago but share what you know, and share the booboos too.  It is hard being a mom we do learn by experience, but its great to get advice from real moms out there there. 



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