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Thursday
Apr242014

my TEAtox results

I discovered many new and cool natural products on Instagram during the Natural Products Expo West this past March. One of them was Your Tea. Claims of a cleaner digestive system with the side effects of weight loss, reduced bloating, clear skin and increased energy definitely had my attention.

So I ordered a 14 day Tiny Tea TEXtox. An organic herbal tea blend to nourish and cleanse my digestive system.

I drank the hot tea twice a day 30 minutes before or after meals. The black tea was delicious! (However, my husband says that it tastes like incense water, LOL.) I usually maxed out my Tiny Tea by adding a peppermint and ginger tea bag after I drank a cup. I didn't change my eating or workout habits.

I also added the leftover tea to a clay mask to get the full benefits. It was kind of hard to get the tea to stick to my face without falling off all over the place! But the warm tea felt wounderful on my face as I rubbed it on in a circular motion it to exfoliate. It left my skin so baby smooth!

Although I took the tea twice a day, as instructed, but I still had 14 bags left! So I continued my two bag tea habit for another seven days, for a total of a 21 day TEAtox.

THE RESULTS:
I lost 1 pound and 2.5 inches from my waist.

I'm back down to my Zumba instructor weight. It's really, really, really, hard for me to lose weight. Since we moved to Miami I gained about 10 pounds. I've been working hard and keeping track since September 2013 and I've lost and maintained about 1lb per month on a plant-based/vegetarian diet and burning an average of 500 calories 5-6 days per week. I've lost and maintained a total eight pounds since September 2013.

As you can see my weight goes up and down at least one pound every other day.

I actually caught a little cold the day after I started the TEAtox. I NEVER GET SICK! I haven't been sick since we moved to Miami a year and nine months ago. And I can't remember when the last time I was since in Kansas City. My energy was very low and I was extremely hungry also. I'm not sure what was going on or what to attribute that madness to. But by the 7th day my cold was gone, my appetite was back to normal, and I was no longer taking afternoon naps or sleeping in.

I'm most pleased with my lack of bloating and water retention. I feel like my waist is back and I feel as light as a feather! I hate my inner thighs and I usually have a tank top covering my hips and crotch area. But towards the end of the TEXtox I no longer felt embarrassed about the extra weight that I was carrying.It was gone. I even had a pep in my step like I was walking on a cloud!

I'm about 15 pounds away from my goal weight. But that has been teh story ofmy life! I can say that I'll be ordering the 14 day Tiny Tea TEXtox again for matainence. I give it two thumbs up!

 

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday
Apr222014

the best Greek yogurt

This story was sponsored by Yoplait, but the best yogurt was determined by me.

As a vegetarian I'm always looking for ways to get protein into my diet. Greek yogurt is totally on trend right now as a low calorie, low sugar, high protein health food. So I had to see if it lived up to the hype! I did a taste-off between Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry and Chobani 100 Strawberry yogurts.

What is Greek yogurt anyway? Greek yogurt is strained extensively to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar, giving it its thick consistency. Let's compare the nutrition facts between Yoplait and Chobani.

Chobani has a bit more protein, less sugar and fiber. But Yoplait has loads of Vitamin D and it's gluten and gelatin free.

Visually the Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry yogurt has a pleasant pink color, once you stir up the yogurt, while Chobani 100 Strawberry yogurt stays white.

I have a plant based diet where most of what I eat is vegan. I normally purchase soy or coconut base yogurts. I can't remember the last time I had yogurt from cow's milk!

The Yoplait had a pleasant strawberry taste. Nothing off-putting from the lactose. It's really good! I did not like the Chobani at all. It had a very pungent, tart and sour taste. I didn't taste any strawberry flavor at all. THE WINNER IS: Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry!

Not only did I enjoy the Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry yogurt, I like it's health benefits. Women ages 19 – 70+ needs 46g of protein daily. As a vegetarian, that can be a challenge to accomplish. Yoplait Greek is an easy way to get extra protein into my diet. And it has a 40% daily value of calcium, which is awesome because I don't consume much dairy. In addition, Yoplait Greek has a remarkable 20% daily value of vitamin D! You'd have to be out in the sun or take vitamin to get that much vitamin D.

Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt comes in 12 flavors and you can add granola to it or make it into a smoothie with some frozen fruit, milk or juice!

Grab your spoon, the Yoplait vs. Chobani Taste-Off is on! Four out of five Americans agree that Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry yogurt tastes better than Chobani 100 Strawberry, but I want to hear it from you. Leave a comment below to let me know what Greek yogurt you like the best!

Thursday
Apr172014

spice up your Easter brunch with these deviled egg recipes

Easter Sunday is this weekend! Here are two spicy deviled egg recipes that I made for the spring 2014 Gift Scout gift guide that will have your taste buds humming.

The Guacamole Stuffed Eggs recipe is from NatashasKitchen.com. For an extra kick I added some wasabi horseradish!

The Sriracha Deviled Eggs recipe is from CHOW.com. I sprinkled on some chipotle and topped off the eggs with a dot of Sriracha.

Both recipes turned out delicious! I've only made, and had, classic deviled eggs before. The guacamole paired so well with the eggs. Who knew?!? The wasabi horseradish totally took it to the next level. And the Sriracha deviled eggs had that traditional deviled egg taste with a kick of rooster sauce. I also used vegenaise instead of mayo. Obvisoully deviled eggs aren't vegan, but with my plant-based lifestyle I chose vegan and gluten-free options when possible.

To make my eggs pretty I used Bake It Pretty jumbo open star pastry tip for the guacamole stuffed eggs and the jumbo French style pastry tip for the Sriracha deviled eggs.

Here is a tip when using pastry bags for icing or any kind of filling.

1. Place the icing tip into the icing bag.
2.
Place the icing bag into a glass or cup.
3.
Fold the edges over the sides of the cup.
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Fill the bag with your filling.
5. Remove and pipe away!

Check out the spring 2014 Gift Scout gift guide for the other goodies that I made and gift inspiration! And HAPPY EASTER!

Tuesday
Apr152014

gift guide: spring 2014 Gift Scout

The spring 2014 Gift Scout 2014 is here!

Dayle and I have spring fever and we've put together an inspirational gift guide filled with spring gifts and DIYs perfect for the Easter and Mother's Day celebration season.

Dayle has you covered with crafty gift DIYs. But this time I did a couple of DIYs with foodie and mani DIY!

We'll see you in June with the summer issue! If you'd like to collaborate with us please send us an email.

Thursday
Apr102014

Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean

During my last eight months in Kansas City I had the pleasure of working closely with Emily, jewelry designer and wedding florist, with my creation of the KC Blogger Meetup group.

Four years ago I told Emily's story on my blog. A lot has changed for her, including a brand new baby girl! Let's catch up with Emily and see where is is now.

Emily Jungden Walters
MAIN CRAFT:
floral and jewelry designer
SITE: emmy-ray.com
BLOG: Handmaker of Things and Middle of the Map Weddings
TWITTER: emmyray
FACEBOOK: emmyraydesign
PINTEREST: emmyray
INSTAGRAM: emmyray
LOCATION: Kansas City, MO

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When we last checked in with Emily she was working heavily with jewelry and dabbling in wedding floral arranging with her emmy-ray design business. Since then Emily's floral business has kept growing and growing! 

"I love flowers, and getting to take part in someone's wedding or special event is such an amazing (and addicting feeling). However I still dabble in all things creative, making bridal and wedding accessories mostly."

Emily's floral business has taken off because it went from a part time/weekend gig to a full time job. Unfortunately, in 2010 the school, where she was an elementary art teacher, closed.

"After the school closed it was the perfect opportunity to dive head first into the floral design aspect of my business, and I've never looked back! I never would've thought that it would have become the bulk of my business, and allow me to do things full time. I feel so blessed every day to be able to do what I love as a job!"

Referrals are 90% of where Emily receives her business.

"I am a strong believer in building relationships with other small business owners in order to help each other grow and thrive. I couldn't be successful without those relationships I created with other wedding vendors, as well as my past clients."

Emily has done a lot of styling for editorial shoots for the past three years.

"I absolutely LOVE it! My current business goals would include expanding the services we offer into styling. I'd like to expand this beyond the wedding realm into possible product or fashion styling in the future."

Blogging is also something Emily passionate about. In the last few years Emily dove head first into blogging and creative consulting with her two blogs; Handmaker of Things and Middle of the Map Weddings. And she's continued managing the KC Blogger Meetup group that we started.

"I really enjoy doing consulting for small businesses on how to use blogging and social media. I'd love to add this aspect to my business as well, sharing my knowledge about online networking with people new to the blogging and social media world. "

Emily's newest special project is a collaboration with her husband. They just welcomed their first child, a baby girl, into their family!

"I'm taking it easy for the most part in 2014 and trying to focus on being the best mom I can be. However I am hoping to do some re-branding projects later in the year, and begin offering some new services as part of my business in 2015."

Emily shows that when one door closes, several more open!

You can catch up with other inspirational stories like Emily's on Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean.