Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kusmi Teas - Review

One of my absolute favorite things to do in the evening after my son goes to bed and I've cleaned up the effects of the tornado (my husband and my son) that blew through my house that day is to make myself a cup of tea and relax for at least ten minutes while doing absolutely nothing. In the perfect silence of the house I can hear the buzz of silence around me and I can FINALLY unwind. I'm always on the lookout for a great new tea that I can add to my collection. I have my basics in my pantry which always include ginger, chamomile and peppermint but I love to experiment with a new flavor. Kusmi Teas makes  great line of teas that are basic enough for a daily cup but fancy enough that you can gift them to people you love or feel like you're treating yourself to something indulgent!

Some of Kusmi's flavors include a detox blend with green tea and lemongrass, a chocolate and orange blend, frosted strawberry, rose green tea and a nice lengthy list of decaf flavors (I unfortunately can't have caffeine and am often disappointed with the lack of tasty decaf flavors). Prices vary depending on whether you want standard tea bags or loose leaves. A box of twenty bags will set you back just under $13. Not too shabby for high end, unique flavors.

You can look at Kusmi's menu of teas by visiting

Natural Vitality Foodiceuticals: Premium Plant-Sourced Bioavailable Nutrition + Coupon

I started taking a B complex vitamin supplement about 3 1/2 years ago after I went through my first heart procedure. After doing some extensive research of my own I determined it was going to be my best option for reducing the fatigue, anxiety and decreased immune response I was having as a result of my procedure. After finding that it worked wonders I was on the search to find a B complex supplement that was safe to take on a daily basis, free of chemical additives and nothing but high quality food / plant-based sources. The energy I was feeling was great and the results of taking a daily supplement was something I wanted to incorporate into my daily routine.

Natural Vitality makes a whole line of plant-sourced products that promote adding the nutrients to our diets that used to be part of the food source on our planet but no longer are because of decreased nutrients in the soil where our food is grown. We somehow have to fill those nutritional gaps and Vitality B and C Complexes from Natural Vitality do just that. The products used to make these supplements are organically grown in nutrient-rich soil.

B Complex vitamins are incredibly important for mental and physical function. They aid in reducing stress to the body as well as keeping the heart and other organs healthy. Natural Vitality's B Complex comes from organic guava, organic holy basil and organic lemon. I was happy to see that the holy basil was in there because I think that's another wonderful product to keep on hand in your medicine cabinet but be advised it's in there. Some people have allergies to holy basil or are not pleased with it's effects.

Vitamin C Complex is another product that's great to keep on hand especially for people who have kids that are constantly bringing home germs. This powerful antioxidant helps ward off oxidative stress and helps build and maintain tissue in the body. Natural Vitality's product comes from organic Indian gooseberry.

For more information you can visit All products are cruelty free, alergen free, yeast, dairy, egg, wheat and sugar free. No artifical colors or artificial flavors are used in the making of this product.

Keeping My Home Neat With Neater Feeder

I have three cats. They're wonderful but you'll hear my husband and I complaining often about the fur that seems to accumulate everywhere and the food and water that makes it's way out of their bowls on a daily basis. Heck, my 4 year old seems to be neater than those darn cats. I was very skeptical when I came across Neater Feeder's products but I decided they were worth a try. At this point, anything was worth a try.

Neater Feeder's concept is pretty simple. Two stainless steel bowls fit into a plastic tray that has some indentations and holes in it. That tray fits into a larger tray with legs on the bottom that can catch any water or food that makes it's way out of the bowls. The entire feeder has raised sides that prevents my three trouble makers from flinging anything out onto the floor. The water bowl has extra capacity for helping to keep your pets well hydrated while the normal-sized food bowl prevents overeating.

I immediately switched over from our wire food bowl rack to the Neater Feeder. I wasn't thrilled because I like the style of my Boots and Barkley set but the Neater Feeder is extremely practical and it's been working very well. I haven't had to wipe the floor around the bowls at all since I first set them out. Cleaning should be very easy as well. I'll literally be able to wash the trays and bowls out in the sink or even take them outside and hose them out.

To take a look at the variety of sizes available through Neater Feeder you can visit I ended up using the medium sized feeder for my three cats who are roughly 9 to 13 lbs in size. They haven't had any trouble reaching into the feeder for their food or water.