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Empower Yourself with Pure Empower Mint Tea

Today I want to share this yummy tea that I recently discovered. It’s Yerba Mate!

You’ve probably heard of it before, but have you heard of the Guayaki Brand’s Pure Empower Mint Tea? It’s sooooo goood!

No. For real. It’s really good.

It’s the best mint tea ever because it’s got the yerba mate tea mixed up in it, too. It has a rich mint flavor plus the naturally caffeinated leaves of the mate tree. That’s what I call bonus points. Mint tea doesn’t normally have caffeine since it’s typically available as an herbal tea but Pure Empower Mint has the refreshing mint flavor with the caffeine you need to help you get going in the a.m. I also like it better than just mint tea because sometimes when I have mint tea first thing or last thing in the day it can make my stomach hurt a little. I think it’s the spearmint leaves. But with Empower Mint, the Yerba Mate smooths the mint out yet keeps it refreshing.

How great is that?

Empower Mint tea is for you if you: a) love mint tea and b) aren’t afraid of or can handle caffeine.

It’s going to be a fast favorite. Trust me. So try it and let me know what you think.

By the way, you can serve it cold, too. I drink it warm in the very early morning. It serves to give me a wake up call yet it’s not as bold as coffee first thing upon waking.

Quick tip — I found the Yerba Mate, Guayaki Brand at my local Safeway. I’m sure it can also be found at any local store that sells whole foods or a health food store.

The last thing I want to say about yerba mate: it’s a dietery supplement with antioxidants.


Image of Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea Box

Image of Empowermint Tea Bag from Yerba Mate

Image of Back of Yerba Mate Tea Box

Illy issimo Espresso Coffee, Ready To Drink Coffee

I tried the Illy issimo espresso ready to drink coffee for the first time about a year and half ago. I found them at my local Fresh & Easy Store. Of course, just as soon as I fell in love with them, the store seemed to be always out of stock.

We moved across the bay and as luck would have it, there was a really close Fresh & Easy store. Lucky me, they carried the Illy issimo espresso ready to drink coffee! Life is good. Things come full circle.

About 3 to 4 months into our move, we read that our nearby Fresh & Easy store was closing. I cried a little bit … a fake cry, but still.

So here’s what happened next: I get real fast. I must accept the reality. I must adapt to the harsh ways of life. I let them go, forever.

Okay, Okay. So maybe not being able to find these isn’t the harshest thing in life, but it does dock the high life down a little bit. I’m just saying.


Illy Issimo Caffe espresso ready tp drink can

I love these!


None of that matters though when that which goes missing gets found. How dow I know? Because recently, my Honey surprised me with a 4 pack of these after coming home from work!

I love getting flowers but getting the illy espresso coffee, as a surprise and on a random day of the week made me sing!

Needless to say, I drank ’em all up real fast.

Here’s a quick Pro and Con list of the Illy issimo Caffe, Italian Espresso Style, Ready To Drink Coffee


  • It’s one of the best tasting ready to drink, to go coffees available.
  • Compared to the other ready to drink coffees available, it’s less expensive.
  • You can skip the creamer if you want. It’ll still taste good.
  • It’s the right portion (6.8 oz)
  • It comes in a small aluminum can, which is very easily recyclable
  • It’s sweetened with beet sugar
  • I think that’s enough. I’ve made up my mind.


  • There are 45 calories in each can. If you’re counting calories, you’ll probably want to pass on the illy issimo espresso coffee.
  • There are 10 grams of sugar in each. I don’t know if that’s from the beet sugar. You can get fresher iced coffee / espresso with zero grams of sugar.
  • If they get habit-forming that could be an extra expense that you might not really need.
  • It’s recommended that you DO NOT SHAKE.

Until next time, keep enjoying the little things in life!



Fun With Watermelon

I realized today that one of my favorite things about Summer is having watermelon.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy this pretty and yummy and refreshing fruit.

I used to not like the fact that watermelons can be so big and heavy, but then I discovered mini watermelons! It’s really no wonder why I love the mini watermelons better. They’re small 🙂 The mini watermelons are so much more manageable, too. This was like discovering a small box of gems.

Small Watermelon


Watermelons make me think of my beloved Grandma. When I was a little girl, she’d affectionately tease in Spanish that I seriously must have melon head because I would tear up so easily. She’d say “Cabeza de Melon!”. ♥♥♥

Ripe Watermelon

So how’d we end up with this pretty mini ripe watermelon that was ready to eat? We just knocked on it.

Picking out watermelons is kinda fun. If you don’t yet know how to pick ’em, now you do. You just knock all over them. You should hear a nice knock of a sound. It should sound hollow and crisp, with an slight echo,even. It shouldn’t sound like a thud. Your knuckles should bounce off the watermelon. If a watermelon is ready, it should make you want to play the drums on it. 🙂 !

Now this baby right here is a knock out.

Summer Watermelon

I diced up the watermelon, fit it into a glass, and decided to add some color. How about some yellow? Yellow is a summer color, right?

Watermelon & Lemon

I ended up with a watermelon & lemon fresh summer drink. I added just a wee bit of honey to it, added ice and it was so refreshing. Fun with watermelon!

Watermon Lemon Juice

You can add alcohol to this one, like Tequila and consider adding soda or seltzer water and turn it into a sexy little summer cocktail.

Simple and sweet, because …. it’s the little things.

P.s. on one last note, I found this wonderful post  on some of the health benefits of watermelons. I’m sharing it because I’m an experienced believer in the health benefits of eating alkaline foods.