Buddha Teas – Zen Cleanse Blend

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.15.34 AMA few weeks back I was approached by Buddha Teas to try their product and give an honest review. I was a little apprehensive because I am really brutally honest and I didn’t want them to be disappointed if I didn’t like the tea. I’m a tea snob so I felt like it could be a recipe for disaster, but I eventually accepted their proposal. I will just say, I have zero regrets. I got to go pick whichever tea I wanted, that was probably the best part. Their website has such a wide selection that I wasn’t sure I’d ever make up my mind, but I eventually settled on the Zen Cleanse Blend (http://www.buddhateas.com/zen-cleanse-blend.html)

Their teas are super affordable so I was going to buy it myself, but they told me it was on them! Yay! So I waited and waited for that tea to arrive, when it did, it did not disappoint. The packaging is actually quite nice for being as simplistic as it is.

The teabags are all bleach free and the packaging is eco-friendly! In addition to that, the teas themselves are all organic. No artificial flavours, colors, or preservatives. No GMO’s. NO MSG, and they’re 100% Kosher. These guys know their stuff!

So, I wanted to wait and use it when I was done smoking, because I felt like using a cleansing tea while putting toxins into your body on the daily is a little counterproductive. I quit a few days ago and on the first day completely smoke free, I enjoyed my first cup of Zen Cleanse Blend. Oh, my, gosh! First impressions? It smelled really nice, it has some obvious minty notes and despite not containing any citrus, it has a citrus scent. Could just be the ginger root? Who knows. Anyway the tea tastes fantastic. There’s this really strong flavour that usually I only get with loose leaf teas. I was pretty surprised to have such natural, flavourful tea, from a tea-bag! Even though the tea is decaf, I really felt a burst of energy after drinking it and I could feel it detoxing my body. I had some mild stomach cramps but I know that was the tea doing it’s job. I’ve had a cup or two every day since and my body feels amazing after I have a cup. I feel warm and fuzzy from the inside out, just very relaxed, but with the energy i’d have from drinking coffee. It’s the weirdest thing. I’m also down 2lbs and have only been drinking it for a few days. It’s not intended to make you lose weight but with it cleaning out my system, I am removing a lot of poison and toxins, making my metabolism quicker. :) Oh and back to the packaging, They have little motivational quotes on every tea-tag! I squealed. The cup I’m drinking right now says “Laugh at your mistakes”. :) I just thought that was such a sweet little touch, as if the tea isn’t enough of a pick-me-up, my tea is giving me advice to improve my life, what even!

Anyway, I’m sold. I will definitely be rebuying this tea and hopefully trying more in the future. I’m not one to falsely advertise something, I even got my husband to try it and back me up (he loved it too!)

So if you’re looking for delicious, affordable, healthy teas, check them out. ;)

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Facebook Hiatus, Quitting Smoking, Wreck This Journal, and more!

So I’ll start off with the bad news and then counter it with some good news! The bad news is that I am leaving Facebook for an undetermined amount of time. Sorry to those hoping for some juicy gossip, there is no delicious reason why besides the fact that I want to take some time away from Facebook chaos to spend with my family while my husband is on Summer Leave. He will be home for 31 days and I want to make the best of it. Facebook tends to stress me out, I’d rather go outside and plant something than sit inside brooding over internet drama. So that’s what I’m going to do! That being said, I’ll probably return sooner than I plan but who knows. I am hoping to at least dedicate a few Facebook free weeks to my family and my house.

Now for some good news! I did quit smoking. It’s reeeeeally hard but I am trying my best to hang in there. When I think about it too much it bothers me so I am trying to push it from my mind most of the time. I really need to quit for my family, but mostly for myself. I want more years on this beautiful planet. I don’t want to shorten my life with something as silly as smoking. So I need to rally up all my will power and cut it out.

Finally, the most exciting part of my week! I am doing “wreck this journal” it’s a super fun, hilarious, creative, series by Keri Smith. She has done a few different versions of Wreck This Journal. I am hoping to try them all. So far I am having tons of fun with it. :) The concept is adorable and really forces you to step out of your comfort zone and just WRECK the journal. Like taking it with you in the shower, or rolling it down a hill, for example :P Here are some of the pictures so far, I might continue posting them here but I’ll more than likely stick to posting them on Instagram.

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My best friend is coming home!

My best friend, husband, partner in crime, and better half, will be home tonight around 3AM. I don’t know how I am going to sleep, or function! I am so happy to see him. He was only gone for two weeks but that’s two weeks too long for me. When you’re watching the shows you usually enjoy together, alone. Then you say something about it and realize you’re talking to yourself. When you’re laying in bed and there’s a big empty space where he’s supposed to be, or one less plate at supper time. When you think about how someone you kiss every single day, multiple times a day, hasn’t kissed you in TWO WEEKS. It’s all so overwhelming. I am so ready for him to be back, time to hit the grind and clean this house before he sees the mess we’ve made of it, though :P

My baby can walk!!

Of course she would start walking while her Daddy is in Ukraine! :P Little stinker. I am so proud of her, she’s 11 months old and growing like a weed. Here’s a little preview of what she’s been doing the last few days! Gosh it makes me want to cry eek!

Practice makes perfect!

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No-Sew DIY Yoga Mat Bag! (Repurpose your old pants!)

So I had this really great pair of pants that I bought for yoga back in January. I loved the pattern on these pants but even back then they were snug and getting a little bit of chub rub on the inner thighs, fraying the stitches. Eventually they ripped in a very embarrassing fashion. (Right up the butt crack as I was bending over). I couldn’t bring myself to toss them because I love the pattern and I am ridiculously frugal. So I kept them and toyed around with ideas of what I could do with them. I considered turning them into cushions, which probably would have worked just fine, but eventually I came to the decision to turn them into a bag for my yoga mat. I wanted to sew them for a more clean, professional look, but my son stepped on the peddle of my sewing machine just as I was adjusting the thread and with that, it became a no-sew project because I didn’t have the patience to fix the hot mess that was the thread on my sewing machine. I wish I had taken pictures of my progress but I wasn’t sure how they would turn out and honestly I was crunched for time with three kids running about.

Here are the lovely pants:
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So, moving on to the actual project! Here is what you will need:
– An old pair of pants, preferably something with elastic waistband and ankle.
– Scissors

1. I started by putting my yoga mat in one leg and cutting that leg off with a little bit of extra fabric at the top.
2. Then I cut the other leg off at the same spot.
3. After I had both legs removed, I cut a strip of fabric from around the waistband.
4. Then snipped that fabric to make a looooong strip of fabric.
5. I turned my yogamat leg inside out and put the yoga mat back inside to make sure I tied the bottom off at the right spot, and then I did just that.
6. I took the looooong strip of fabric, bunched up the bottom of the leg and tied it shut. I double knotted, wrapped, double knotted, wrapped, and continued this step until I didn’t have enough fabric to tie it again. Once you’re done that step, turn it right side out and put your yoga mat back inside.
7. Then I took the second leg and cut all along the seam, opening it up. Then I cut it into four long strips. (be careful not to cut it horizontally, cut UP the leg, from ankle to thigh).
8. I tied one strip around the mat and stuck two fingers in there to make sure it wasn’t too tight around the mat, you want to me able to fit your mat inside!
9. I double knotted and made sure it was secured and then tied another strip onto the free end of that strip. Make sure it’s secured tightly with knots.
10. Then I tied that loose end onto the WAISTBAND (which will become shoulder support!).
11. Next I moved to the other end of the mat and did the same thing with my two remaining strips, creating a strap for my bag.

Voila! C’est magnifique!

If you prefer to sew, you can sew the bottom shut, and sew the straps together rather than tying and knotting, which might provide a more secure strap, but I was happy with the DIY look of mine without sewing!

Yoga is for anyBODY

Another yoga post, shocker! That seems to be all I’ve been doing lately but honestly, I feel SO good! I have been practicing every single day. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and for once I am forming a very healthy and beneficial habit. One amazing thing I have discovered about yoga is that there is no discrimination. Yoga is for every body. Big, small, short, tall, broken, or built. I am overweight, I know a lot of people don’t consider me overweight but I am according to my BMI and besides that, I FEEL overweight. But when I do yoga, I feel healthy, and I feel as light as air. It has restored a confidence in me that I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. I follow a lot of Yogis on Instagram and my favourite tag is #curvyyoga because they are slaying! They are breaking down the boundaries and preconceived ideas of fitness that society has placed on us, I’m honoured to become a part of that. If you have thought about yoga, but talked yourself out of it because you think it’s not for you or your body type, I urge you to check out that hashtag.

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Bittersweet Sundays

I think Sunday is both my favourite and my least favourite day of the week. I find something really peaceful about Sundays, like mellowing out after a chaotic week, the calm before the storm; Mondays. However, it’s my least favourite because there’s always that cloud looming overhead reminding me that hubby has to head back to work the next morning, that our week has to start all over, that Sunday will be over when we awaken. Today we took the kids outside and Hubby practiced some Yoga in the backyard with me, we replanted a bush that was growing up on our siding, and then we all hopped in the car and went out for lunch and Ice Cream. It was awesome, sunny, and we had three happy little children. When we got home I did a bit more Yoga outside with my youngest son playing nearby and then went inside and did some more in my bedroom. It was one of those days where I took advantage of the nice weather and free time. Hopefully we can manage a trip to the beach in the next few weeks before Hubby has to go away for a few weeks for training. :(

Hope you all took full advantage of your Sunday and made it a Sunday Funday. In fact, I hope you are trying your best to make every day a funday. It’s what you make of it.


#GetYourOmBack Day 3 & 4 / Random Gibberish

I kinda forgot to update my blog with how I am doing on the challenge. Here’s a hint: I’m still doing it! It’s on day 5 now which I have yet to complete because I just woke up. So below you’ll find day 3, which was Downward Dog, and day 4 which was a Yoga Plank. Today is another plank pose I can’t remember the name of. I’m also going to throw in some randoms of me doing yoga that I have shared on my new instagram (I felt bad flooding my friends and family with Yoga pics). Instagram.com/lazylittleyogi

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How I learned to do King Cobra pose 15 years ago

Back in 4th Grade, when I was just a little ankle biter who had no idea what Yoga was, in fact, hadn’t even heard the term, I learned to do King Cobra pose. I had a classmate who was insanely flexible and she often liked to show off to us peasants. One day she laid down and formed what we know as a Cobra pose and then confidently said “Watch this!” and transitioned shakily into a King Cobra pose that most of us would take months of practice to achieve. Did I mention we were 9 year olds?

Anyway, I was the type of kid that while I had a lot of friends and I was really charismatic, I didn’t have any special talents. So I really wanted to try doing this cool thing my classmate had just done. I saw the way everyone was amazed by it and I wanted to know how it felt to have people “oooh” and “awweee” at me! So when I got home that night, I practiced and practiced and practiced. I wanted my feet to be as far up on my head as possible. I wanted to bend further than she did. I eventually perfected it and for years after that would occasionally whip out my secret talent (flexibility) when the topic of being flexible would arise, but ultimately my life didn’t change because of it.

Fast forward to 2010, my first son is born and I try to do this pose again, just to see if I still had it. Nope. Something about pregnancy really goofed my body up. Fastforward another 5 years and I happen across this pose on a Yoga site. Wait, wait, wait. I do Yoga every damn day and you mean to tell me this often times difficult pose that I cannot do now, is the same one I was doing when I was 9, flawlessly? So I got my butt down on the floor, and I tried it. SUCCESS! I actually did it. Practicing Yoga every day has clearly improved my flexibility in the last 5 years and it was amazing to reach that realization. 5 years and 3 kids later, I can do it again. Never give up.


#GetYourOmBack – Day 2

Cat’s Pose! This one feels reeeeally nice on the spine. Another easy one! Though I wish I had stretched my neck further in the first one and maybe opened my chest a little more, it still felt great and my breathing was on point.
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