Month: June 2014

Review + giveaway: MatchaDNA Black Matcha Tea

(Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.)
 

I have another review and giveaway for you guys! MatchaDNA was kind enough to send me a package of their Black Matcha Tea for review. A blend of organic black and green teas, this powdered matcha is perfect for smoothies, lattes and more! Less bitter than traditional brewed green tea and with ten times more antioxidants per cup, it’s also a great metabolism booster and offers increased energy without the crash you get from drinking coffee.

I find that I only use about a half teaspoon to make a latte, so the package will last me a long time. You can add a bit of sweetener if you like, though I find that this tea has a slightly more floral note than straight green tea, so you might be able to skip this step. (And honestly, I’m trying to get away from sweetening all of my drinks anyway!)

If you’re trying to kick your coffee habit or just cut back a little, this is a really nice replacement. I feel like this gives me a much more sustained energy burn, as opposed to a quick pick-me-up and then needing more caffeine shortly thereafter. It also doesn’t leave you with the jitters you expect from drinking too much coffee or energy drinks, so if your caffeine habit is leaving you tossing and turning instead of sleeping soundly at night, give this a try instead.

If you’d like to pick up your own package of Black Matcha Tea, head over to Amazon.com; this product typically retails for $39.99/10-oz., but it’s currently on sale for $12.71. Or enter my giveaway below using the Rafflecopter widget! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents through June 30th; a winner will be drawn and notified on July 1st. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

(I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)
 

Ten on Tuesday: ’90s fashion and the DMV

1. Officially on vacation and I could not be happier.

2. It’s horrifying, but I totally dressed like this way back when. Gawd.

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3. Renewing my driver’s license this year was a toss-up between a mail renewal (but no new picture) and waiting in line at the DMV (but getting a better picture than last year). I chose to renew in person, obvs.

4. I think my next tattoo will be a series of Viking runes. I also really love this one, though I don’t think it’s for me personally.

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5. It’s been about a month and the plants on my deck are still alive. I call that a win.

6. What happened to summer? It was so hot and sunny, and now it’s cold and rainy. Yeah, I know I’ll be complaining about the heat later.

7. My desire to eat healthy is being thwarted by my deep love of carbs. I could give up dessert and sugary drinks if only I could eat bread and noodles without gaining an ounce. Yum.

8. And also, this:

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9. Isn’t this an amazing apartment?! (Click on the picture to go to the full article and see more pictures. It’s in Sweden and is just beautiful.)

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10. I had a coworker like this, and I was so tempted to say something similar to him. The dude literally acted like he swallowed an encyclopedia before he came to work. But luckily Captain Britannica quit before I could get myself into trouble.

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Thought Questions, day 101: What is your number one goal for the next six months?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too! 

Day 101: What is your number one goal for the next six months? To get in the best shape of my life. I really slacked off exercising and started eating way too much junk food this spring just because I was stressed, and not only did I really get out of shape, my mood went way down as well. Now I’m back on a super-healthy diet and trying to exercise daily instead of sitting on the sofa watching TV. It’s working–my energy is back up and I’ve dropped ten pounds in a month. (I know that sounds like a lot, but it isn’t when you look at how I was eating before and after. The liquid calories were especially terrible.) I want to be back down to my pre-wedding weight by the end of summer (fifteen pounds to go) and I want to maintain that through the holidays instead of sliding into a junk food coma like I always do. That way I can ring in the New Year happy and healthy, instead of sugared out and not feeling good because I’m snacking on garbage all day long.

Thought Questions, day 100: If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too! 

Day 100: If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Writing and snuggling kitties, of course! “Cat cuddler” is a job title, right?

Thought Questions, day 99: If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too! 

Day 99: If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask? I would probably like to chat with George R.R. Martin about his writing process. A Song of Ice and Fire is so complex and I’d love to know if he plots everything out in advance or just wings it, and either way, how he goes about writing along the way. I’m pretty sure an afternoon chatting with him about plotting would be a dream for any book lover.

Thought Questions, day 98: What is the most important thing you could do right now in your personal life?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 98: What is the most important thing you could do right now in your personal life? Take better care of my health, by working out more and eating healthier foods. I’m working on it, but it’s hard! I know this will ultimately make me happier and improve my quality of life so I’m keeping at it.

Thought Questions, day 97: How would you describe ‘freedom’ in your own words?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 97: How would you describe ‘freedom’ in your own words? Open space and running unencumbered through the woods and over the hills.

I’ve shared this song before on the blog but I have to share it again, because it sounds like freedom. I don’t know how else to describe it.