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This summer I went to New Orleans with my Husband and our Friends. We love this town! This is our Third time visiting this fun and never-ending party town. Our trip was centered around the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Which features Music, Food and Culture.

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I love New Orleans, so much so I decided to Get Some Ink.

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Meaning Behind the Fleur-de-lis symbol link.

I had it placed on the back of my neck. Gives my neck a little decoration when I wear my hair up.

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Back to the Jazz Festival. It was packed with so many people.

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So many different venues to visit with so many live bands playing at the same time spread over the entire festival. Always something to do, see, and eat.

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They had parades and so many activities happening everywhere you looked.

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After the Festival it was back to Bourbon Street where we walked the streets and enjoyed the town some more.

515Had a few Specialty Drinks.

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Had Lots and Lots of Amazing Food.

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560 Enjoyed the view from the Balcony Bar.

573 It was an amazing trip with our dear friends. Until next time New Orleans.

Speaking of Vacations, I also wanted to share a new candle I just recently tried out for the blog. Sold on Amazon made by Old Factory . These all Natural Soy candles have a variety of scented candles to choose from, I went with Vacation.

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The prepper in me has already started my Christmas shopping list. With the list comes keeping my eye open for fun gift ideas. Well here is one I was recently lucky enough to score from Old Factory Candle sold exclusively on Amazon.

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I love opening Packages. I also love candles. I have not had too many soy candles so I am really excited to have a natural burning product like this in my home.

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Old Factory Candles are sold exclusively on Amazon.com. These candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someone’s in your life.

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A perfect size candle. With three different tropical scented jars. Jeff and I do travel quite a bit, so the fact that these are small is a huge bonus for me, because I can easily toss them into my bag and have a wonderful comforting scent to enjoy on my trip.

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It really feels like a Vacation in a box.

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The Vacation Theme Includes:

Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

017The packaging is adorable. At the bottom of each candle slot was a cute saying.

012These natural soy candles are hand poured the USA.

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So I can check one gift off my list. I know a few people who would really love the receive this as a gift. You can never be too prepared.

I gladly rate these candles with five stars, the quality soy wax and wicks, and for the nice fragrance. Great USA made product with wonderful tropical fragrances.

My Amazon Review Link Here.

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My friends over at Bestowed sent me their October Non-GMO box to review.

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So October is Non-GMO Month, so Bestowed has made their mission to choose amazing GMO-free products that everyone will enjoy. When you know more about what you’re eating and where it comes from, it makes it much easier to decide what to buy and what to avoid.

Check out the selection they made for Non-GMO Month:

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Numi Tea Indulgent Chocolate Mint 

 

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Glee Sugar-Free Gum

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Fiber Love Bar

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Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers

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Peeled Cinnamon Apple Clusters Snacks

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Hooray for Spinach Puree

Did Bestowed just read my mind for my need of Spinach? I just made a batch of Spinach Ice Cubes. I feel like over the winter I really need to make sure I get as much good greens as possible into my daily meal planning. While I don’t mind making my own Puree or Ice Cubes this sure is a convenient and  easy way to have it on hand when you need it.

Bestowed Suggestion Tip: Mix into your favorite baked goods recipe to replace the oil, also blended with fruit and juice for a nutritional breakfast smoothie. 

 

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Little Miracles Organic Energy Tea and Fruit Juice Beverage

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Loving my latest Bestowed Box!

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Thank-you Bestowed for the Healthy Box of Non-GMO food and snacks.

Bestowed has offered me a 10% code for any reader interested in ordering a subscription. Use the discount code LOVEHEALTHY to get 10% off when you sign up for Bestowed. This code is valid for their one, three and six-month auto-renewing subscriptions. What a great gift this would make for a Healthy Conscious Friend or Family Member. 

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

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I have a few other Bestowed Box Reviews under my belt; check them out here, here, here, here, here and here! What can I say, I’m a Bestowed Box Groupie.

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On August 18th., Jeff and I celebrated Our 19th. Wedding Anniversary. We had just gotten back from a long weekend of camping and fun with friends and decided to hit up our favorite restaurant for dinner. Talk about a perfect meal from start to finish. Also 19 years, WOW. We are still as crazy in love with one another as the day we met. When we started our life together our main goal was simple: Have fun and travel as much as possible. Well I think were doing a damn good job of keeping up with our goals.

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Here is our Celebration dinner.

Love when they give you crayons at the table..Wink..Wink!

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Started with calamari.

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Had some drinks.

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Ordered our favorite salad.

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Jeff ordered glazed salmon over asparagus rice with a fresh vegetable garden side

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I ordered the shrimp and lobster fettuccine.

Wait; we also had dessert.

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Fresh Berry Panna Cotta with Caramel Drizzle. Seriously, it was a perfect meal.

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Some other fun highlights from recent to share:

Ice Cream Date for Ginger and Stuart.

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A day at the beach.

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I had a wonderful Lunch out at Paneras.

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I also received the Back to School Bestowed Box to Review! This box was filled to the Rim. It had so many amazing snacks. I love this company. The box has such variety and I love that they always include coupons for items to purchase later. Even though I do not have kids, I was super excited about this box because I pack my lunch daily and love to find new healthy items for my lunch box. Lets face it sometime the highlight to a work day other than punching out is taking a break and eating lunch. So lets take a look at the latest goods Bestowed has to offer.

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Funley’s Super Crackers; Cheddar n’ Stuff and Cornbread n’ Stuff.

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Good Green Bars; Chocolate Mint

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Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips; Hot and Spicy

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Orgain Kids Nutritional Shake; Chocolate

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Plum Organics Mashups; Berry

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Peeled; Apple Clusters

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Mrs. Meyer’s; Clean Day Dish Soap

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Unburn;  Sunburn Relief

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My Coupons!

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Such variety, such Yum. Hello Yum.

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Bestowed  has also offered me a coupon code for any reader interested in ordering a box, you can click here if you’d like.  Subscriptions are $19 a month, and for a limited time (9/15/14), you can use the coupon code BST5 to get your first box for $5 off!

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

The Founder

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

 

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How it works:

  • Select your membership type (monthly or annual), then click Join!

  • Our boxes ship to arrive on the 15th of every month.

  • Shipping is FREE.

  • We currently ship via USPS and within the US only

Membership Options:

  • Monthly Membership – $19 billed monthly, cancel any time

  • Annual Membership – $209 billed annually, transfer any time

        Thank-you,

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You are the best healthy monthly subscription offered and I sure do appreciate the care that is put into each and every box!

Previous Bestowed Box Reviews herehere, herehere and here

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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I love new Healthy Foodie Items. I search them out, and I always score big at Trader Joe’s.

223I love coconut, but this bag of crunchy coconut takes it to a new level. It is sweet and so satisfying. It is almost impossible to share this snack.

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Goat Cheese Medallions! Wow perfect for my mid day get me to lunch snack. Yep, I eat it right out of the package I love goat cheese so much.

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My new favorite go to freezer snack/small meal. SO good but definitely not enough to make a full meal. Can you see my slight obsession for cheese!

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Goat cheese. Yes, please. Told Ya.

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Dip or Dunk? Trick question: It’s both.

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Stocked up on some new Teavana Tea.

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There is a tea infuser attached to the insulated tumbler, it just twists off and your on you way with a Tea break when ever you need it.

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I am beyond in love with his tumbler. So cute and I love the orange color, plus its insulated which is perfect for afternoon tea at work. This mug keeps it warm for 6 hours.

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My Best Friend Jody sent me these Rachael Ray cook wear pieces for my birthday this past February.

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Ordered this incredible snack Greenola. Wow. This stuff is amazing, and it has my favorite ingredient Kale! I love Kale.

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I found this on Open Sky and I am so glad I did. It has become my favorite go to snack. It is sold in 5 ounce packages and sold as a 3 pack so you have plenty on hand.

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I am also super excited about my Tieks. I had a $50.00 coupon from a KLUTCHclub box I received last May. I have been waiting for a sale to combine with my coupon ever since, and I finally found a pair for the right price.

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I went with the Navy Blue pair. So cute and comfortable.

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Stocked up on my favorite GoPicnic boxes at Target. They were having huge sale.

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I really love these boxes. They come in handy when I travel or for long car rides.

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Finally going to try the Apple Cider Vinegar morning cocktail. I am a regular reader of Laura from Sprint2thetable and she starts her day with a morning cocktail and I really think I can benefit from starting this healthy routine.

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Found this bottle of hotness at Target! Loving it.

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Got these goodies at Whole Foods.

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I also received the latest Bestowed Box to review and they certainly out did themselves this month! Check out this Haul.

Bestowed  has offered me a coupon code for any reader interested in ordering a box. Use the coupon code HELLOYUM34  to get your first box for $10 (normally $19.00) Coupon Code is good until 6/15/14. 

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

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How it works:

  • Select your membership type (monthly or annual), then click Join!

  • Our boxes ship to arrive on the 15th of every month.

  • Shipping is FREE.

  • We currently ship via USPS and within the US only

Membership Options:

  • Monthly Membership – $19 billed monthly, cancel any time

  • Annual Membership – $209 billed annually, transfer any time

Thank-you,

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you are the best healthy monthly subscription offered and I sure do appreciate the care that is put into each and every box!

Previous Bestowed Box Reviews here, here and here.

Check Ya Later.

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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bestowed. My Favorite Monthly Subscription Box, has offered me a coupon code for any reader interested in ordering a box. Use the coupon code HELLOYUM73  to get your first box for $10 (normally $19.00) Coupon Code is good until 5/15/14. 

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  — delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

How it works:

  • Select your membership type (monthly or annual), then click Join!

  • Our boxes ship to arrive on the 15th of every month.

  • Shipping is FREE.

  • We currently ship via USPS and within the US only

Membership Options:

  • Monthly Membership – $19 billed monthly, cancel any time

  • Annual Membership – $209 billed annually, transfer any time

Love this months Earth Day Box! So many new and fun items.  I love the variety in the bestowed box. So many new snacks to try out.

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3B Bags

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Luna Protein Bars

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Little Ducks Tiny Fruits

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Glories Sweet Potato Chips

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With each box you can always count on some really good coupons for free items or special pricing for bestowed customers.

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Numi Organics Tea

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Also look for bestowed on Twitter.

Check out all my bestowed Box Reviews here and here! If you want to subscribe to bestowed Box, don’t forget to use the coupon code: HELLOYUM73  to get your first box for $10 (normally $19.00). Hurry the offer expires on 5/15/2014.

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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Let me tell ya about something New. Recently I was asked to try this lovely Organic Matcha Powder from Kiss Me Organics sold exclusively on Amazon. 

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Matcha Green Tea Powder – ORGANIC – Amazon Exclusive

Green Tea Lattes – Smoothies – Matcha Baking – 4oz – All Day Energy – Superior Antioxidant Content – Improved Hair & Skin Health

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  • ALL DAY ENERGY & FOCUS: Lift your vitality and concentration with the slow release natural energy from Organic Matcha
  • CALORIE BURNING BOOSTER: Support your weight loss goals with an all-natural way to increase your body’s metabolism
  • LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder arrives in an easy-to-use airtight health grade packaging allowing for as much or as little use as you need for any occasion. Enjoy a relaxing latte in the morning, bake a dozen cupcakes or simply add a small boost to your morning smoothie
  • 137x ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA: USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content.
  • FREE MATCHA RECIPE GUIDE EBOOK WITH PURCHASE: 50+ Recipes All Yours – Emailed After Purchase.

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I love a quick and easy smoothie in the morning to drink on my commute to work, so I whipped up a Fresh Green Goodness Smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Soy Milk

1/2 Banana

4 Large Strawberries

1 Tablespoon Organic Matcha

Makes 1 Smoothie. Blend and Enjoy!

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So refreshing and clean tasting. I really enjoyed the smooth green tea flavor. I look forward to baking with Matcha. I found some really great recipes.

Here’s another recipe I found that is on my Matcha Must Make List.

Berry Good Morning Smoothie

Ingredients:
½ cup cold orange juice
1 tsp. Matcha
2 tsp. warm water
1/3 cup chopped strawberries
1/3 cup blueberries
½ banana, sliced
Instructions:
1. Mix Matcha and warm water until blended.
2. Add all ingredients into a blender and run until smooth.
3. If needed, add more orange juice or water for a thinner smoothie.
Makes 1 cocktail.

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If your interested in purchasing the Organic Matcha powder, please follow this link on Amazon.

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I did it I tried fish oil for the first time. Well actually I have been taking it for three weeks now.

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I love supplements, but I was afraid of fish oil. The only reason is simple. “Fish Burps”  Yuck right. Well Body Vega Fish oil eliminates the fear of fish burps, here’s why. “Carefully crafted from deep-sea, cold water fish and molecularly distilled for purity from all toxins, BodyVega is designed to have maximum potency without the nasty fish taste or burps.”

Well I am proud to say I am now a fan. As a 45-year-old woman I need certain supplements now to aid me in my senior years. I DO plan on living a very long life and I want to stay as healthy as possible.

BodyVega Fish Oil

Product Description

Body Vega fish oil has Amazon’s highest concentration of DHA and EPA, so it supports many of the body’s processes for overall health and thriving well-being, including: -Brain function, so you’ll be more alert, focused, and happier -Healthy eyesight, including reducing tired, dry eyes -Reducing pain and inflammation -A healthy heart -Boosted mood

 With so many positive reviews I felt certain that I was going to like this product, but I let the product speak to me and here is my Amazon Review:

Like most people I was worried about the Fish Burps..but am happy to say after 3 full weeks of taking the fish oil I have not experienced any! I would recommend this product for anyone looking to take Omega-3 fish oil. I take it every day and it helps me feel great and feel more energized. I really feel with each day I have more energy. The soft gel capsules are easy to swallow and again DO NOT leave a fishy after taste like many other fish oil products. This is definitely a quality product for the price. My skin feels moisturized and fresh, and I have not changed any of my beauty routines. I also have noticed my hair has a bit more shine to it. Excellent Product, Quality Product.

Here are some additional information about this product:

  • 4.9 / 5 STAR AVERAGE RATING: Happy Customers Agree That BodyVega Fish Oil Is The Best Fish Oil Available Because It Is Potent And Has NO Fishy Burps! Just Read The Reviews, And You’ll See That BodyVega Fish Oil Has Unmatched Customer Satisfaction.
  • #1 CLEANEST AND PUREST FISH OIL: Sourced From Deep Sea, Cold Water Fish for Maximum Omega-3 Potency. Tested For Over 250 Contaminants, Including Mercury, And Molecularly Distilled For Guaranteed Purity.
  • STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE: From Chile and Norway, The #1 Recommend Source, So It Is Free Of Pacific Toxins Caused From Nuclear Fall Out.
  • MAXIMUM OMEGA-3 POTENCY: Doctor Recommended 1,500mg Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Up To 50% More Than Competitors’) For Guaranteed Reduced Inflammation and Less Joint Pain, And High EPA and DHA Levels Support Long-Term Eye, Heart and Joint Health, While Boosting Mood, Focus, and Productivity.
  • 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Love It Or Leave It. If, For Whatever Reason, You Don’t Love BodyVega Fish Oil, Just Return The Empty Bottles For A Full No Questions Asked Refund

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My Friends over at BodyVega have offered a coupon code for $5.00 off a product order by using the code: BODYFIVE.

 

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