Hot Tea for Everything! + HM #217

It’s National Hot Tea Month. Find some great ways to use and enjoy tea. Plus, link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, more. #HotTea #Tea #HomeMattersParty

Hot Tea for Everything! + HM #217

There is nothing better than hot tea to make you feel cozy and wonderful. Whether the weather is cold and wet or not, tea is definitely a comfort. I love the memories a nice cuppa tea renders of lovely moments shared with my mother and grandmother, of the tea parties with my daughter and nieces, or even just some quiet “me” time cuddled up by the fire with a good book. Hot tea or tea in general also has many health and beauty benefits. The gals of Home Matters are sharing all sorts of fun things — all related to tea in celebration of National Hot Tea Month. Enjoy!

 

Sweet Cinnamon Milk Tea from Ginni @ Hello Little Home

 

DIY Paper Tea Cup Printable Template from Susan @ Oh My, Creative!

 

The Helpful Powers of Drinking Tea from Healthy.Happy.Smart

 

Tea in the Garden + 3 Tea Sandwich Recipes from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Hot Tea for Everything! Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

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Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day and All Summer Long

This post, Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day and All Summer Long, is sponsored by Michelob Ultra but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #MichelobULTRA #LiveULTRA #ULTRADAD

Michelob ULTRA helps you celebrate dad this Father’s Day and all summer long. Ice cold and refreshing, great tasting beer that allows you to balance health and happiness.

Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day

and All Summer Long

 

Sometimes dads are found in untraditional places. Rory’s real father has been far from a loving, trustworthy figure in her life–disappointment and heartache riddled their relationship and still does.

However, in Luke, Rory has found a father figure worthy of respect. Someone who cares about her, loves her, wants to see the best for her, and isn’t afraid to be a “parent.” She thinks of Luke as her step-dad, and this Michelob ULTRA moment is for you, Luke, because you are an ULTRADAD! Thanks for being there; you’re the best.

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If you’re looking to live a balanced life without compromise, you can have it all with Michelob ULTRA. Uniquely positioned at the corner of health and happiness, it offers superior taste with 95 calories and 2.6 carbs. Great news for beer drinkers who want to maintain an active lifestyle. Or maybe you just want to have some fun and laugh a little too much while hanging out with friends or family. Beat the summer heat, grab yourself a refreshing ice cold beer.

We love to BBQ all summer long (all year really, here in So Cal). Luke mans the grill and Rory and I act as Sous Chefs. One of our favorite summertime meals is barbecue chicken with Citrus, Chili, Cilantro Marinade. It is light, packed with flavor, and a perfect pairing with Michelob ULTRA. Get the printable recipe here.

We also love to work and play in our garden.

Celebrate dad this Father’s Day by spending some quality time with him and letting him know how much he means to you. Michelob ULTRA makes a great gift idea too.

Whether it’s after a bike ride, hanging out around the barbecue, or just having fun in the garden, it’s always a good time chillin’ with Michelob ULTRA!

Celebrate your ULTRADAD.

 

 

 

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Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home Clean – Tips

This post, Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home  Clean – Tips, is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #EmbraceLifesMesses #CelebratePetsWithLibman #coupon

 

Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home Clean

Get helpful tips on protecting your pets

 

It’s National Pet Month! So, in celebrating our furry friends, I wanted to share some tips on how to keep pets healthy. Part of keeping your pet healthy is maintaining a clean home.

We’ve been pretty lucky with our cats, Jinx and Josie, they don’t spit up furballs or throw up often, but when they do, we can embrace life’s messes with the help of the Libman Wonder Mop®. It has Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS™ that lift up to 20% more dirt and a power wringer to remove more water from the mop head. Best yet (as far as I’m concerned – LOL), you can toss the Wonder Mop mop head into the washing machine! Now, that makes for easy cleanup. The mop head can go through 50 washing cycles before it needs to be replaced. Awesome, right?

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Here are some other ways we keep our pets healthy:

  • Pet Medical Binder

It is important to get your pet regular veterinary care to keep their health at its best — shots, flea/tick treatments, spay/neuter, worming, etc. Pay attention to your pet and if something seems off, don’t hesitate to get it checked out. Keep track of your pet’s health records and microchip registration. Jinx and Josie have a binder with a record of all the shots they have received, the surgeries, antibiotics, and so forth. This way, if you need to change vets, or are on vacation with your pet, you have their history easily accessible.

  • Wash Food and Water Bowl Daily

Would it be healthy for you to eat off dirty dishes? No, and neither is it for your pet. Make sure to wash food and water bowls daily. Provide fresh food each day, and make sure to refrigerate leftover wet food properly.

  • Clean Litter Box Daily

Cats are very particular about their litter box. They like it and want it to be clean. This is also something that is super important to your cat’s urinary health. Cats get urinary infections easily, so be sure to scoop out the box one to two times per day — more if you have multiple cats. Completely wash the litter box and provide fresh litter at least once a week.

  • Brush Fur

Brushing your pet’s coat helps them get rid of excess fur. Not only does that help keep your home cleaner, it helps keep your pet from swallowing fur as they lick themselves. Cats are especially susceptible to furballs.

  • Play with your Pet

Play with your pet. Not only is it great bonding time and lots of fun, but it also provides exercise to keep your pet trim and healthy.

 

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You can find more fun and helpful ideas for your pets on the blog. Check these posts out…

Kitty Cakes – A Birthday Treat For Jinx And Josie

Kittens – Hijinx and Josette

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Pamper Yourself & Save With Great Deals

This post, Pamper Yourself & Save, is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are mine.

Pamper Yourself & Save

With Great Deals from Groupon

 

A few months ago, I told you of how I finally discovered the amazing savings with Groupon, and how It Feels Good To Save. I have put my Sam’s Club membership to good use, and I’ve also started exploring other facets of the Groupon site.


 

I know you’ve heard about the savings on club store memberships, travel, and such. But, did you know you can also find great deals on Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons? I had no idea you could save on things like haircuts, manicures and pedicures, and hair removal.
 


 

Plus, you can take care of your body with massages, eye care, and dental whitening. Not to mention, the hot yoga, spin classes, and indoor rock climbing. The list just goes on and on.
 


 

I just celebrated my birthday, and I received a day of pampering as a gift. It’s going to be fun to go have a special day with Rory, and make the most of it with Groupon. We finding out how much we can save on everything!
 


 

Explore Groupon for all your savings. The possibilities are endless. You can also follow Groupon on Facebook and Twitter.
 

How would you pamper yourself or a loved one with Groupon?

 

 

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Breathe Easy In Summer

Today we’re welcoming Debbie Lewis as a guest poster. She is here to give you some tips and ideas on how you can breathe easier this summer.

Breathe Easy In Summer

Simple Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Poor air quality in your home can lead to many respiratory issues like indoor allergies and asthma attacks. There are many sources of the allergens and pollutants that enter our homes mostly unnoticed. Additionally, changes in temperature can worsen the air quality in our environment. Heat and humidity in the summer months can combine with gas pollutants and chemicals lingering in the air to create an unhealthy cocktail for us to breathe. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make sure your air indoors remains clean.

First, you should make sure your home’s HVAC system is in excellent condition. You should change your air filter regularly, and don’t wait too long between maintenance appointments. Your air conditioner commands a lot of the air flow in your home, so a sluggish unit can also affect air quality. If you’ve noticed strange symptoms, like incessant coughing, or allergy symptoms you’ve never had before, you may appreciate an indoor quality assessment, which can give you insight into what is circulating in your home and the changes you can make to improve quality.

Keep surfaces free of dust and clean carpets and other dust-magnets regularly. Try to avoid the use of household cleaners that have a high toxic content. Replace them with safer, natural alternatives. If you have pets, bathe them weekly, to make it easier to control fleas and pet dander. Take a look at the infographic below. It shows more helpful tips you can use to keep your air clean and help you and your family stay healthy.

 

I hope this give you some useful ideas to help you through summer!

 

 

 

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6 Benefits of Drinking Matcha Green Tea

6 Benefits of Drinking Matcha Green Tea

 

For thousands of years green tea has been used throughout Asia as one of the most effective medicines. Today, in many people’s’ eyes green tea is just a bitter drink. However, despite such opinions, green tea has numerous health benefits, from lowering the blood pressure to preventing cancer. And if you make your tea from a powdered Matcha green tea, you are taking advantage of all of its nutrients.

 

Keeps You Calm

Japanese Zen Buddhist monks have been using green tea as a successful means of relaxation and meditation, but it also kept them on high alert. That high state of consciousness is caused by the amino acid called L-Theanine, which is present in the leaves that are used for making this tea. This amino acid encourages the production of alpha waves in your brain which can lead to the state of being completely relaxed, but without drowsiness.

Memory and Concentration Booster

Another effect of the above mentioned amino acid includes production of serotonin and dopamine. These two can boost your mood, improve your memory and provide you with better concentration. So, if you are expecting a busy day, start it with a hot bowl of Mista Matcha green tea in the morning.

Loaded with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are one of the magic ingredients of any foods and drinks. They are responsible for fighting against the effects of UV rays and free radicals, thus preserving our skin as young and flexible. That is why you should drink at least one bowl of tea each day, which contains up to 5 times more antioxidants than any other foods, and have the most perfect and healthy skin.

Filled with Catechin

Catechin is a type of antioxidants which is the most beneficial, and one specific catechin (Epigallocatechin gallate EGCG) is widely recognized as means of fighting cancer. What is more, this particular catechin makes up 60% of all the catechins in this green tea. Another beneficial property of catechins is that they are highly successful in fighting bacteria and viruses, thus curing your flu, throat infections and preventing tooth decay, as well as other dental conditions.

Burns Calories and Detoxifies the Body

If you are troubling with excess weight, than drinking green tea will help you. This tea is known for speeding up your metabolism, thus burning more fat than other foods. Also, it will have no negative side-effects, such as high blood pressure and increased heart beat, unlike other weight loss regimes.  What is more, not only will it help you burn the fat, but it will clean your body off any heavy metals and chemical toxins, due to high levels of chlorophyll.

Builds a Strong Immune System

Today, having a strong and healthy immune system is rare, due to higher exposure to stress and unhealthy foods. But, if you drink just one bowl of green tea every day, you are loading your body with vitamins A and C, iron, protein, calcium and potassium. Besides providing your body with all these ingredients, this green tea has amazing antibiotic properties, which will work on your overall health. Additionally, it will help you regulate the cholesterol levels, thus lowering the risks of heart diseases.

Stop using processed teas that come in bags, and run to the store and get your dose of this magical tea. Start each day with a bowl of health and positive energy and stay strong throughout the day.

 

 

 

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