Tag: drinks

An unsweetened tea for kids? Sweet!

When I was a kid, we drank Purple Drink and Red Drink, and then we licked the walls and hung upside down from the ceiling fan gibbering like monkeys, because that stuff was 100% sugar. Nowadays, I feel like even 100% orange juice has enough natural sugar to keep my kids wired. Imagine my surprise to discover a drink my kids love that’s all natural and contains less sugar than those we-already-added-water-to-your-juice drinks.  It’s called Little Me Tea, and it’s a mixture of caffeine-free tea, herbs, and organic fruit and vegetable juices created by a mom and dad for...

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Raise a glass of bubbly (water of course) to this neat machine

Summer may be coming to an end (noooooo!) but my family’s consumption of “fizzy water” is never going to slow down. To say we’re fans of the bubbly stuff would be putting it mildly. But we’ve got a new secret this year. A fun, eco, delicious secret. It’s the SodaStream Jet and it’s absolutely amazing. This water fizzifier (okay, not the technical name) adds carbon dioxide to plain old tap water–or filtered water if you’re feeling chichi–and, voila, instant bubbly drinks. I’s simple to use. You just attach the bottle of plain water to the SodaStream, press a button...

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Cold enough for ya?

It’s 110 million degrees in Atlanta, and the thought of heating enough water to brew ice tea is horrifying. But I’m not willing to settle for the cheap stuff at the store that’s neither green nor tea, if you get my drift. Enter these lovely bottles of organic tea, brewed to perfection by one of our favorite tea experts. The new Summer Iced Teas by the Republic of Tea are a welcome relief from the heat… and my own laziness. They’re made with all-natural ingredients and contain no calories. Let me repeat that: No calories.  The Sweet Black Iced...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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Father’s Day Gifts – For the manly man

We won’t get the 2 1/2 Men song stuck in your head (okay, so we just did) but we have to admit we have a soft spot for the manly men dads in our lives. Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas for the men in your life who just wouldn’t be satisfied with a pair of cufflinks or a bottle of cologne. The best part: They’re all things you can live with too, mamas. No WWF posters here. Skip the sterling and instead frame a photo of kids in this rough, reclaimed wooden frame (at top). Think of...

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Hey! You got your beets in my strawberries!

Our good friends at Revolution Foods have cooked up a new organic taste treat for your kids that combines the health of veggies with the sweetness of fruit. Trust me when I say it’s the best mash-up around– especially since it doesn’t include samples of Kid Rock rapping. [don’t miss a $100 giveaway after the jump!] The new flavors of Organic Mashups Fruit & Veggie Smoothies are so addictively delicious that my kids ate them in two days and still beg for them whenever we see them at the store. They come in easy, no-mess squeeze packets that would...

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Damn Fine Tea – My haven from the squalls of motherhood

For over 2000 years at least, civilizations rose and fell, wars were won and lost– all for tea. And now, it’s a just another rack of brightly colored, shrink-wrapped boxes at the supermarket. That’s a damn shame. But Damn Fine Tea is trying to bring tea back where it belongs: to the realm of obsession. Instead of buying tea in impersonal little bags and gulping it down before the kids need us and it goes cold, the makers of Damn Fine Tea want us to savor every step of the tea ritual. Their packaging is clever and beautiful. The directions are...

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Finally, a made-up holiday I can appreciate. Hint: CHOCOLATE.

Guess what, mamas? It’s American Chocolate Week! Or at least the end of it. The way we see it, you just have to suck it up and do your patriotic duty by gorging on chocolate, right? If you love chocolate as much as we do, here are some of our favorite picks from the past for every occasion. Because we’re all about helping you celebrate the very important holidays of this world. [don’t miss a deeeeelicious giveaway after the jump!] For moms who want cocoa without the calories: Crio BruThis “drink of the gods” brews up in your coffeemaker...

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The drink of the gods, now in your coffeemaker.

Before kids, I thought coffee was a charming diversion. After kids, I’m pretty sure I drink more coffee than water, and whenever I have blood drawn, I expect it to be brown and flavored with hazelnut. Therefore, when I heard that there was a new drink on the market that left coffee in the dust– or grinds– I was shocked and disbelieving. Then I heard it was made of chocolate, and I went straight to flabbergasted. And now I’m obsessed. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] It’s called Crio Brü, and it’s made of 100% pure,...

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Tie one on

I am generally a coffee drinker, mostly out of habit, but lately I’ve made the switch over to tea and I’m not sure I’ll go back. I enjoy the ritual: brewing the water, selecting the tea of your choice, burning your fingers as you try to fish the tea bag out of the scalding hot mug. Well maybe not that part. Here’s another thought, buy one of these Tie Tea Cups and anchor your tea bag around the tiny “cleat” before pouring the water into the cup. The tea steeps while the string and label stay securely attached. I’m...

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Starbucks and Jonathan Adler fight AIDS with Frappuccinos

I was in Starbucks this week–okay, a few times this week. (What? It’s Peppermint Mocha, season.) And I was thinking about how much the people in my life like getting Starbucks gift cards over the holidays. Glancing at the display, I was so excited to see the swanky looking Jonathan Adler gift cards, it took me a minute to realize the awesome charitable component to them. The (STARBUCKS)RED Gift card not only looks good, it does good –it does good. Every time you use the card, 5 cents will be donated to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS...

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Customized champagne has holidays written all over it

A lot of us are probably more used to popping bottles of milk and apple juice than champagne these days. But the holidays call for sparkle–and I’m talking fancy shoes, party dresses, and champagne, not Elmer’s glue and glitter (as much as I am totally in love with preschool art projects). So I am taken with the customized champagne from one of the great producers of the world. Via MyMoet.com, you can personalize a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial with a name, symbol, or message in gold or silver Swarovski crystals. You know–extra sparkle for your sparkler. Fancy! The...

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Saving the world, one cup of delicious gourmet coffee at a time

We’ve all heard the standard wisdom that if we each gave up one daily luxury–say, your morning latte–you could put that money towards charity and really make a difference. And I happily gave up my frou-frou coffeeshop runs for brewing at home to save money, but you can pry the coffee cup out of my cold, dead hands, thanks. Now there’s a way to both buy your beans and have your charity, too. Enter the One Cup Project. Let’s start with the coffee itself: It’s a wide variety of blends from Seattle’s award-winning micro-roaster Silver Cup Coffee, and good...

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Take your coffee habit on the go

I definitely enjoy my one plus cup of coffee every morning, but with our new busy schedule, that usually means I’m enjoying it on the go, which means I have a perfectly good reason to purchase one of these simply fabulous ceramic travel mugs from Yevgenia. I’m not one to go gaga over ceramics, but these gorgeous handpainted cups are hard to pass by. I’m coveting the baby’s breath mug (pictured), but look at the adorable buds and marigolds! Whether you’re constantly filling up your plain old mug at the office or buying stock in cardboard ones at the...

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This travel cup suits me to a tea

I’m not a coffee drinker. (I know, I know, there must be some part of the mom gene that I’m missing.) Needless to say, I kind of feel left out in the mornings when everyone else is sipping a fancy latte or iced coffee at the school drop off and I’m standing there empty-handed. Not anymore. Now that I’ve discovered the Libre Tea Glass, I’ve got a special drink of my own brewing (literally) each morning as I make the trek to school. It really is the coolest thing. I just put my favorite loose-leaf tea into the glass,...

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Tastebudding helps make mealtime my favorite time

Some like Epicurious, some prefer FoodNetwork.com. But me, I tend to head straight to Chef Google when I need help finding a specific recipe, even though it takes a decent amount of time to nail down something that’s quick, simple, and kid-friendly. But then I stumbled upon the new, fabulous recipe site Tastebudding and it’s completely changed my life–and my dinner table. The brainchild of parents Jon and Sharon Yeatman, this smart, well-organized website allows you to search for healthy recipes with only fresh, natural ingredients that are great for the whole family. Similar to many recipe sharing sites...

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Get fabulous, one delightful cup of tea at a time

I’ve heard that there are some mythical women out there who are gorgeous, relaxed, happy, full of energy, with beautiful hair and nails, clear skin, and passionate sex lives. Oh, and who never have gas or constipation issues. If you are one of those women, you can skip to the next post, because this tea isn’t for you. For women like me, the kind who need a little help now and then, The Republic of Tea has created a collection of teas that addresses the needs of us mortal women. All 17 of the teas in the Be Well...

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A good reason to Dwink up

I’m still not sure why parents with white couches and white carpets put juice boxes out at their children’s parties except maybe, they like a challenge? A few years back we discovered the awesome Dwink Boxes which keep kids from squeezing the middles and forcing all that lovely purple juice up the straw and onto everything. If you need an excuse to buy one, check out the new Special Edition Dwink Box just out today. The white color is sleek, and I love those raised bubbles. But more importantly, all of the net profits are being donated to the...

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Of finger foods, flip-tops, and fingernails

You know that whole “kill three birds with one stone” thing? Well, Zo-li, the small company offering safe, green solutions to parenting problems, has conveniently solved three of my biggest problems with one Fedex shipment. First of all, we have the Case of the Constant Snacker. My kid’s a bottomless pit, but we’re always on the road. Zo-li’s eco-friendly answer is the on-the-go, a cute and convenient 4-part snacking system that’s BPA and pthalate free and comes with an easy-pour spout for formula users. Retailing at $15, it also makes a great toy and one-at-a-time cereal dispenser when you’re...

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Green beer for every other day of the year

I may put a few drops of food coloring into tonight’s frosty beverage of choice, but otherwise, the only green beer you’ll catch me drinking will be from those innovative brewers who are keeping the environment in mind as they craft their brews. Yes mamas, we thought it would be fun to tip you off to a few ways to go “green” with your beer, that may even make the pain of a next-day headache a little easier to bear. With a model green philosophy, Vermont’s Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales considers not only organic materials, but also energy, waste...

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