30 Days of Green Tea

30 days of green tea-challenge

THE CHALLENGE

drink at least 1 cup of green tea per day, for 30 days in a row.

I started drinking green tea roughly 4 years ago. I tend to prefer hot drinks in the cooler months & cold drinks in the warmer months. This means I drink more tea, coffee & hot chocolate in winter, more water in summer. I used to be quite sensitive to caffeine, I’d have to have my tea or coffee by midday or risk not being able to sleep that night. Also having the odd panic attack when I had too much caffeine. It took me a little while to find a brand that I like, it turns out I prefer green tea with jasmine. I also prefer to leave the tea bag in & too up my cup throughout the day. Unfortunately, this means that since I never actually finish a cup it’s difficult to keep tabs in how much I have had.
It’s also worth mentioning that I think green tea tastes like popcorn.

Benefits of green tea

– lowers cholesterol (Wikipedia)
– contains antioxidants
– lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s
– weight loss

While I don’t think I have noticed any of the above when I drink green tea I will continue to enjoy it.
One of the best times to drink a cup of green tea is after a filling meal. Someone once told me that it helps digestion & will make you feel less bloated. After trying it I tend to agree. I will always order a green tea after a meal at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.

THE VERDICT

After drinking green tea every day for 30 days I noticed that I feel calmer in general. I’ve actually been looking forward to it each day. I am a little surprised that I didn’t get sick of it. Usually, I can’t stand repetition, so I am surprised I’ve managed to stick this out. I’m also glad that consuming so much green tea hasn’t put me off it.

Other ways to enjoy green tea

Ice cream
Cookies, cakes & breads
Latte
Odor absorber
Fertilizer
Skincare

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YouTube Limelight: Blendtec

Each month I feature one of my favourite YouTube channels, sharing the little things I like about them & of course the video I like best. This month is Blendtec.

Blendtec became popular with the phrase will it blend?, using the blender to attempt to blend anything from Marbles to iPhones to pool noodles. The very first video was uploaded to the channel 10 years ago, posing the question Will it Blend – Marbles.

Since the success of the Will it Blend series, they have also uploaded a number of recipes, the Cookie Butter looks delicious!

Click here to see more of Belndtec’s videos.

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The Parcel: Autumn 2017

Apologies, I have been so slack with this edition. I forgot to take a photo of the outside packaging before I disposed of it. I took way too long to try everything. Then I took even longer to sit down to write about it.

FACE

Burt's Bees - Lip Crayon

Burt’s Bees – Lip Crayon 100% Natural

I do quite like the few Burts Bees products I have tried & this is no exception. The colour is a good match for me, it looks quite natural. The only let down is it smell quite waxy, like a crayon.

Biore - Baking Soda Scrub

Biore – Baking Soda Scrub

This looks interesting & fun to use. The packaging is fun & easy to use. It smells quite zingy but leaves a bit of a film on your hands & face for a moment. Have you ever hand washed something & your hands feel slimy afterward? It feels like that but it goes away quickly.

Elizabeth Arden - Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet

Elizabeth Arden – Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet

I think there is way too much liquid to n these caplets. Even after slathering it over my neck & décolletage

La Roche-Posey - Micellar Water Ultra For Reactive Skin

La Roche-Posey – Micellar Water Ultra For Reactive Skin

Another micellar water. I’m still using the Nivea one from the winter parcel! I did give this one a try. It seems to work just as good as the other brands I’ve tried. Although I don’t like the wide opening for the top, too much product comes out.

Bioderma - Sebum Pore Refiner

Bioderma – Sebum Pore Refiner

I love how smooth this makes my face feel. If airbrushed had a * this would be it. My face is generally smoother, especially across the larger surface area of my cheeks.

Palmer's - Cocoa Butter Moisture Rich Night Cream

Palmer’s – Cocoa Butter Moisture Rich Night Cream
I’ve sampled this product before & quite like it. It’s a thick, rich cream that smells the same as the other Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products. I think it’s a great cream for intense overnight repair of dry skin.

HAIR

John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo & Conditioner

John Frieda – Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo & Conditioner

This product surprised me because from what I can tell, everyone gets the same products in their Parcel. But not everyone that receives the Parcel is not blonde, let alone bottle blonde.

BODY

Jergens- Hydrating Coconut Lotion

Jergens- Hydrating Coconut Lotion

I’ve appreciated each Jergens product that I’ve tried& this one is no different. Later in the day, after applying it in the morning, I got the occasional waft of tropical that takes me a while to place. After a few days, I realized that it was this moisturizer.

Estée Lauder - Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

Estée Lauder – Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

Normally when I get perfume in samples boxes I pass them on to my mum as most don’t appeal to me. If I were to describe this to someone I’d say it’s summer, tropical & slightly floral.

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