Thursday, May 17, 2012

Time for Tea!

I love drinking tea - from the wide range of flavors, to all the health benefits - I'm just a big fan!

Over the last couple of years, I've tried to learn more about different types of tea and the health benefits each one offers.

Here's what I know (so far...):
- Green tea  has a high concentration of antioxidants, which helps protect against many different kinds of cancers, it revs metabolism to help burn fat and may reduce the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
- Black tea (of all varieties) has the highest concentration of caffeine among all teas and helps reduce the risk of stroke.
- White tea is the least processed of all teas and some studies say it has the highest concentration of cancer-fighting compounds among all teas.

I love preparing my tea using organic loose leaves and a stainless steel mesh tea strainer. However, I also really love bagged teas by Yogi Teas, Heath and Heather and Simon Levelt. The first two are available globally, Simon Levelt is available here in Europe.

Of course, no tea party (solo or with friends) would be complete without a cute tea cup to serve it in! Here in the Netherlands, I love everything from Blonde Amsterdam. I also like Emma Bridgewater and The Teapot Shoppe.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Healthy Gift Ideas for Mom

I love giving gifts! I don't really need much of an excuse, so I absolutely love it when a holiday rolls around that lets me honor one of my favorite people, my Mom, with something extra special.

If you're looking for a healthy gift for your mom, check out my list of favorites:

Products:
- Life Factory glass water bottles
- Graze Organics reusable snack bags
- Green Bee reusable shopping bags
- Emma Bridgewater "Mum" mug
- Blonde Amsterdam "I Love Mama" tea cup

Fitness: 
- Ugi Fitness at Home Kit
- Exhale Core Fusion Collection

Books:
- The Mom's Book by Alison Maloney
- Your Best Life Now for Moms by Joel Osteen
- Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
- Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman

And, of course, what would a Mother's Day gift list be without a few jewelry pieces? I love these Etsy finds:
- Letter and photo stamped necklace
- Hand-stamped sterling silver ring

Happy Mother's Day, Moms! Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place!   

Introducing...

Joscelyn Colleen Adeline!

The newest member of our healthy family arrived on April 23 at 9:56 a.m. She weighed just over 8 pounds and was just under 19 inches long.

We're all doing well and enjoying life as a family of four.