10 01, 2015

Little Life Box

By |January 10th, 2015|chocolate, health, Smoothie, Tea, wellness|0 Comments|

I can’t remember where I first heard about Little Life Box but I thought it sounded like an amazing idea and was so excited to give it a try.

Basically, it’s a monthly service where you receive a box filled with samples of healthful foods, natural products, etc… It’s $19.99 per month, or you can sign up for a prepaid subscription which saves you a little bit per month.  I opted for the 3 month prepaid subscription and figured I’d reevaluate when I’ve received the 3 boxes.

My first box came in the mail a couple of days ago and I was so excited to find out what was inside.

Here’s what it looked like when I first opened the lid…

 

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So shiny and pretty 🙂

My first look at the products

My first look at the products

Everything that was included.

Everything that was included.

So, as you can see there were quite a few products, some of them were full-sized (organic roasted coconut tea, white quinoa, chocolate bar and channa masala) and the rest were samples.  Just doing a rough estimate, I’d say the products included were worth more than $30.  This makes the box very worthwhile in my opinion as I feel like I got my money’s worth but I also get to try a few products that are new to me.

I’m looking forward to trying the roasted coconut tea.  I don’t think I’ve ever tasted coconut tea!  I’m also interested to try the protein powder as I’ve never had a chai flavoured smoothie.  I usually only use coconut oil to remove my makeup, but I’m willing to give the makeup remover a try.  The quinoa and vegetables soup mix doesn’t really appeal to me that much, but I think it might be nice to bulk up a bowl of bone broth on a cold day.  I’ve had the snap pea crisps a few times and I already use hemp seeds all the time.  The chocolate bar will definitely not go to waste 🙂

All in all, I’m very happy with this month’s Little Life Box and I’m looking forward to seeing what next month’s box contains.

19 12, 2014

Fire Cider

By |December 19th, 2014|health, tincture, wellness|0 Comments|

I was listening to a podcast recently where they talked a lot about “fire cider”.  I was intrigued, so I decided to watch this YouTube video demonstrating the way it’s made.

I thought it sounded like a wonderful idea and went out immediately to buy the ingredients.  Basically, it’s a mixture of garlic, ginger, horseradish, onion, cayenne and apple cider vinegar.

Once this mixture has steeped for a month or so, it’s strained out and the tincture is mixed with raw honey.  This is something to sip all winter to ward off colds and flu or can be taken if you feel something coming on.

I put all the ingredients together about 6 weeks ago and just ‘decanted’ it 2 days ago.  I think it tastes great!  It’s very garlicky and pungent and just tastes like wellness in a jar 🙂  My dad was coughing two days ago, so I gave him one jar and kept one for us.  I see this being consumed pretty quickly, so I plan to make a bigger batch in the next couple of days.

Here’s what I did…

I chopped 1/2 cup ginger and 1 cup each of garlic, onion and horseradish.

I chopped 1/2 cup ginger, 1 cup each of garlic and onion and 1 1/2 cups of horseradish.

I didn't bother to peel the ginger as it was organic.

I didn’t bother to peel the ginger as it was organic.

This is the container I used.

This is the container I used.

First I put the ginger and garlic in the jar.

First I put the garlic in the jar.

Then I added the horseradish.

Then I added the horseradish.

I put the onion on top.

Then I added the onion.

Then I put the ginger on top of everything.

And I put the ginger on top of everything. As you can see, the jar was pretty full.

This is the vinegar I used.

This is the vinegar I used.

I filled it with apple cider vinegar to cover.

I filled it with apple cider vinegar to cover.

And I put a half teaspoon of cayenne on top.

And I put a half teaspoon of cayenne on top.

I gave it a bit of a stir to distribute the cayenne.

I gave it a bit of a stir to distribute the cayenne. Then I put it into a dark cupboard to start its magic.

After 6 weeks, I strained out the solids and mixed the tincture with a couple of tablespoons of this raw honey.

After 6 weeks, I strained out the solids and mixed the tincture with a couple of tablespoons of this raw honey.

Then I poured it into two re-purposed mustard jars.

Then I poured it into two re-purposed mustard jars.

I think it’s great as it is, however next time I may use a couple of chili peppers instead of the cayenne for an extra ‘kick’.