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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

Some Summer Days

Wow, how Summer has flown by! I have to say that this Summer has been one of the best Summer’s in my life. I haven’t even done anything so fantastic either. I think it’s because since moving, I’ve actually experienced a pretty pronounced seasonal change. Since moving to the East Bay, I have felt the differences in Winter, Spring and now Summer temperatures. The temperatures around town have really heated up! I think the warmest day was 90 – 93 degrees. I like warm days. I like hot days. I love the sun. I don’t, however, like the reactions I have to the sun … I’m kind of allergic. I actually get an allergic reaction on my skin, I easily over heat and I sweat easily and lots. (SIGH). This does not change my love for the sun. I just have to be very careful when I’m under it. What’s funny is that my muse, my girl, Monchichi, is the very same way!

Rat Terrier Chihuahua Mix Sprawled on Couch

Monchi Too Hot

Since my skin is generally very sensitive, I can’t even use regular sunscreen. I can only get the topical stuff with way less chemical ingredients. That’s all fine and good but that means two things: I don’t have many choices when it comes to buying and since it’s topical (not absorbable) it stays pasty white on my skin. So, yeah, a really nice look. Surprisingly, what’s helped a lot is a straw hat!

While I’ve always been into wearing hats, the straw hat has been a godsend. Let’s just say: Life. Saver. I’ve been wearing it since Spring and almost every weekend this Summer. Feeling so lucky to have found it and even more glad I bought it because a good affordable hat isn’t the easiest to find believe it or not.

Wide brim straw hat by Roxy

not the most clear picture, but you get the idea…

The hat is from Roxy and I bought it at the Sport Basement for between $30 and $40.00. This is a wide brim hat, very breathable because there’s no lining.

This is an older one, it’s a Dakine hat, but it’s a smaller brim hat and it’s lined with cotton, making it too warm for me to wear in hot weather. Too bad.

summer straw hat by dakine

you can see this one is not as wide, therefore less protection, and fabric lining.

 

With the way I’ve been using the Roxy hat, I’m considering buying a higher quality hat with a bit more refined of a look. Here’s what I’m considering . Both are panama hats.

Capas Panama Fedora Blue Brothers

Capas Blues Brothers Panama Straw Hat Fedora

Stetson Forty-Eight Panama Fedora, Neutral Straw

Stetson Forty-Eight Panama Fedora

 

I’ve been doing other things this Summer besides finding excuses to wear this hat. One of the best things that happened this Summer was being promoted to the next level up in my Aikido training. I’m now on what would generally be brown belt. In the Aikido I practice we don’t have belt colors. It’s just white and then black and then white again. This is after about 8 years of training…so, it’s not a quick thing.

I also cut my own hair for the first time. Well, bangs, to be specific. They’re side swept bangs. You know how you can get tired of your hair looking bad? I couldn’t even wait for the hair stylist. Sometimes, you just gotta take matters into your own hands. Thanks to YouTube, I didn’t have to go at it alone, alone.Rosebud143 helped me. “How to Cut Perfect Side Swept Bangs at Home” https://youtu.be/G-4rQmE8MJs

What do you think for my first time?

DIY side swept bangs

not as angled as possible but I’m totally an amateur

Side Swept Bangs at Home, do it yourself

Same side swept (or swide swept) bangs, natural wave, not straightened

It’s been a lazy kind of Summer and an exceptional one; the best part is there’s still some left. Oh and can’t forget one of the best times of all, our Indian Summer coming in September.

‘Til then, enjoy your days, ‘cuz it’s all about the little things in life!

Be Flexible and Keep Going!

I’m sure you would agree that there’s never a shortage of stuff to tinker on and there’s almost always a shortage of time.

Over the course of the last 5 years, I’ve gone through many changes. There’ve been many interruptions and disruptions during this time. When I stop to consider this, I realize that the so-called disruption is just life happening. I mean, hey, life happens ya know?

I admire the qualities of being focused and driven to achieve whatever creative endeavor you’ve got going on. But, here’s what I wanted to say in this post — it’s important to be flexible with life, especially for the beginner artist. The pursuits we chase can seem to evade us. This is life and this is part of the creative process. It’s on us to go with the flow rather than against it.

We can’t control life. We can only control ourselves. I can get frustrated with myself when I wish I’d already have completed this project or have already begun that part of the project. Sometimes, I think I should be better at something than what I actually am. Here’s where flexibility is a must when it comes to living a creative life.  It’s usually a positive thing to push yourself or work with some pressure, but flexibility is a key ingredient to going the distance for what we’re creating.

It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves, thinking of the finished project. Starting or working steadily to a middle point can be hard because we can get in the way of ourselves. Flexibility can help us come to the finished project, being flexible with life as she unfolds before you. It can be that we need distance from our work, sometimes shit just happens and we have to start fresh, sometimes there is no time, other times there are too many options. Being flexible lets us stick with our creative adventures, ideas or projects. Things can be up in the air sometimes. Regardless, we just keep at them!

Girl with blue hair and her dog hugging her

Monchichi, my girl, my muse, keeping me going with an encouraging sweet hug!