Yesterday, I was one of many commuters (approx 8,000) and media who received a dose of optimism in the form of a free cup of Life is Good coffee while passing through at Penn Station.
Life is good®, the brand made famous for it's happy stick figure t-shirts and merchandise, is now in the coffee business partnering with The J.M. Smucker Company to make premium home brew coffee. Having grown up sailing, I used to always see their silly shirts being sold in the seaside towns and they would always make me smile, which is good because the company's goal is "spreading the power of optimism."
While chatting to the companies' employees, I also learned about the companies philanthropy efforts and how Life is good donates 10% of its net profits to help kids in need through the work of the Life is good® Kids Foundation. I'll raise a mug to that!
• Light Hearted – A smooth, mild, light-bodied taste is the perfect way to start the day.
• Happy Medium – A harmonious compromise of light and dark roasts crafted to help you find and savor a deliciously even state of mind.
• Dark & Daring – A big and bold blend that knocks your socks off.
• S’more to Love – A rich campfire classic that features melty chocolate, graham cracker and fluffy marshmallow flavors.
• Banana Bread Bliss – A surprising blend of bananas and brown sugar that delivers the comforts and coziness of home.
I sampled the S'more to Love and it was indeed yummy since I like flavored coffees. I also posed for the pic below, which expresses how I like my coffee (weather, men, life and so on... ;) extra HOT! lol
I hope to spread the optimism too by giving away the following gift bag for a super soft Life is good t-shirt, mug, bag and coupon worth a total of $50. Enter below and good luck!
Posted by Tara Settembre on Friday, March 7, 2014 |
I love sugar, but sugar doesn't necessarily love me or my family.
My Nona used to have to get Insulin shots administered on a daily basis and sadly she passed away when I was 10-years-old due to complications related to her battle with Diabetes. As a result, my mom always used to warn me that I had to be careful of my sugar intake and which is why I didn't grow up having soda at home. I'm also reminded every time I go to the doctor and they ask if anyone in my immediate family has had the disease. Despite my resolution to limit my glucose intake by choosing beverages without corn syrup or added sugars, I still had signs of gestational diabetes when I was pregnant. Although my husband doesn't have a family history of Diabetes, he is also passionate about not simply drinking unnecessary sugar when there are alternatives, which is why I've written about 2B Drinks before (here).
2B was developed as a call to action for an all-natural, lower calorie beverage. 2B is the first to use Purefruit, a zero calorie sweetener originating from the monk fruit, a small centuries-old fruit endowed with unique, naturally occurring antioxidants. The result is a delicious sweet taste, but without the calories of common sweeteners. I'm not a fan of "diet" drinks due to the fake sugar taste, but luckily 2B doesn't have Aspartame or any weird taste as a result, it simply tastes good, all-natural and is “slightly sweet."
Now, the company has introduced 2B Sparkling with "Healthy Bubbles," which has been approved by the NYC Department of Education and is currently being sold in over 2,500 school vending machines. I like the sparkling vanilla flavor the best. 2B Drinks are available in the Tri-State area and on Amazon.
Posted by Tara Settembre on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 |
During a lovely breakfast with other bloggers and editors at the David Burke Kitchen on Grand St. in NYC, Mom Trends gave us a sneak peek at the new HUGGIES Clutch ‘n’ Clean Wipes before they hit shelves.
Both functional and fashionable, these wipes come in three spring fashions and features a yellow handle and gorgeous prints such as color-blocking dots, stripes and florals. The wipe/clutch is refillable and easily opens up so you can place your wipes for a quick way to grab-and-go whenever you are out and about with your baby or child. I also like that it's nice and light instead of those hard plastic to-go containers.
Here are some lovely mom models & bloggers, pairing a Clutch n' Clean with their own fashionable style:
The fashionable HUGGIES Clutch ‘n’ Clean Wipes will be available in March – starting at $3.99 per clutch. And the Huggies rep hinted that their might be new fashions released in the Fall, thus a clutch for each season.
Posted by Tara Settembre on Thursday, February 27, 2014 |
I love/am addicted to monthly subscription boxes already (Graze, PopSugar and Citrus Lane), so when I heard about the Amoda Tea monthly tea tasting box delivered to your door, I couldn't type fast enough to sign-up.
Amoda searches for premium tea importers and artisan tea blenders from around the globe. Their tea tasters try each one and select the three most outstanding of the bunch to be included in each month's Tasting Box. You receive 3 different teas in each box, enough to make 5-7 cups of each. There might be a monthly theme, but there will always be a great variety to help you better explore the world of tea. You also get a steeping guide, tasting notes and stories that make each tea and its blender special.
Best of all, it's reasonably priced at only $12/month, including shipping! However, I have a special reader coupon for $6 off - half price- your first month. Coupon code: teawithtara valid for one week only. You can cancel anytime too. The cutoff for March's tea box is actually tomorrow, Feb. 25th, otherwise you have to wait to receive the April box.
Right now they do not have the option to customize what kind of teas you'd like to recieve, but they said they might build up to that. Personally, I'd love a Green Tea or Oolong-only option with fun flavors. For now, they try to find three different teas that are a wide variety. There's always a caffeine free tea in the box though. You have to like flavored teas though! Finding the best all-natural flavored, scented or blended teas is their specialty.
Disclosure: While I received my first box free in exchange for my honest review, I am continuing the subscription plan at my own expense. :)
Posted by Tara Settembre on Monday, February 24, 2014 |
During a media breakfast in conjunction with the New York Toy Fair, I got a sneak peek of the newest line from Cepia, the makers of Zhu Zhu Pets.
Meet The Happy’s, the amazingly adorable interactive motorized plush pets. The Happy’s are the only line of interactive puppy and kitty special feature plush pets that play, can be trained to perform tricks and make 25+ silly sounds. Hold the included Happy’s treat and they’ll come running. Each treat prompts your pet to perform a different trick like beg, pounce, follow, chase tail or spin. Their is also a ball accessory that the toys will chase and follow too. Take a look at the Vine I captured from the preview:
During the preview The Happy's kept coming up to my feet like real pets, it was cute. They are also super soft feeling, more so than I thought they'd be. Best of all, the line includes cats for a change and not just puppy pets. I also can't help, but think my cats would like this toy too, not just my twins.
The Happy’s pets, playsets, and accessories range in price from $5.99-$24.99, boys and girls ages 4+. The Happy's hits shelves this Easter.
Posted by Tara Settembre on Saturday, February 22, 2014 |