David’s Tea Goji Pop

Pop. That is the feeling I get from this lovely tea blend! Sorry, I’ve been a little late on my reviews for teas but during the passed summer, this was my go-to-tea for the season.

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David’s Tea Goji Pop is by far one of my favourite teas to use for iced teas. It has so many lovely fruit ingredients such as apple, goji berries and honeydew melon that makes it a wonderful tea to drink in the summer.

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At only $8/50g, you can really get a lot out of it. With only 1-2 scoops of this tea and a steep time of 5 minutes, this lovely pink drink is a beverage that is hard to pass up on a hot summery day.

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I was really lucky to have had this tea gifted to me because I don’t know if I would have tried it if I saw the name on of the various tins in David’s Tea. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m never going to stop drinking it!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Dollar Rule

Ever have trouble deciding whether or not you should buy an item? Do you regret buying something that you’ve only worn once or twice? I have the solution to your problems!

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I’ve always followed The Dollar Rule. An acquaintance of mine explained this to me and it has turned my life around in terms of my buying habits.

I’ve always had difficulties in justifying buying an item and this was a great way of deciding whether or not an item was worth the price that you pay. If you buy an item, you have to ask yourself if you would get a certain number of uses out of it. For example: A jacket is worth $250. Would you get 250 uses out of this jacket? If it was a winter jacket, I think you could easily get 250 uses (assuming that you live in the cold country like myself).

Now whenever I hold an item in my hand – may it be a shirt or a beauty product – I ask myself, “Is it worth the cost?” I go into stores now asking this question, and it has helped me immensely. I used to go into a store and buy whatever items were to my liking. I did not have a price range and I thought it was a very unhealthy buying habit. By following The Dollar Rule, it can cut costs and you won’t have to feel bad for any items that might be collecting dust in your closet.

This rule is also very applicable to beauty products. I find myself spending more money on high quality brands because of this. I do not mind spending $30-$40 on a blush compact because I know that I will be using it 30-40 times. Blushes tend to last for longer periods of time (at least two to three seasons) and by investing in a higher quality brand, you know you are not harming your skin. I hope this little piece of advice has helped you! Take care in the meantime!

~Miss Happy Penguin

*Believe.inspire.love.dream.optimistic.*

David’s Tea Buddha’s Blend

Nirvana. This is the state in which Buddha had reached when he was on his search for inner peace. This tea is inspired by Buddha’s calming nature and perseverance for peace.

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David’s Tea Baby Blue Tin

David’s Tea was offering a deal of receiving a free tin with a purchase of 100g of tea. Once I had saw this baby blue coloured tin, I had to buy some. I was also in the mood to try a new tea blend and the sales associate suggested Buddha’s Blend.

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Buddha’s Blend Close-Up View

This tea was a blend of both white and green tea. If you know it is a green tea,  you know immediately there was a soothing and calming aspect to it. It also has both jasmine pearls and white hibiscus blossoms. The white hibiscus blossoms bloom after being steeped.

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Blooming White Hibiscus Blossoms

The instructions recommend the user to steep the tea 2-3 minutes for both hot and cold. I like to steep mine for 6 minutes as I prefer my tea to be a bit stronger. I find the flavour is much too light if I steep it for the recommended amount of time. If you grew up drinking strong teas, I recommend steeping it for longer to really get the flavour. Any longer than 6 minutes, the tea becomes bitter.

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Once steeped, the tea leaves give off a yellowy lemony tint. The tea blend is absolutely beautiful and I feel so calm after a nice cup of Buddha’s Blend. I recommend trying this tea if you’re looking to try a new green tea. It’s not as bitter as regular green teas, as it is a mix of both white and green tea, but you still get the herbal benefits of one.

If you like my post about teas, please let me know. I would love to write more blogs about them. Thank you!

~Miss Happy Penguin

*Believe.inspire.love.dream.optimistic.*

Nike Air Max Thea

Run and Be Happy. A good pair of runners has always been the number one thing on my list of essentials for work. My regular daytime job consists of literally running around with young children. I was eyeing these pair of Nike Air Max Theas for the longest time and I finally purchased a pair. A friend of mine helped me get a pair at the store he works at and I’m happy to have gotten it for the price that it was.

This specific style is the Black/Anthracite/White coloured Nike Air Max Thea shoes. My boyfriend was the one that got me interested in getting a good pair of shoes; he’s been wearing Nike Air Max shoes for several years so I knew this was a good series to try. I have very flat feet so I thought it was about time for me to invest in a good pair of shoes to improve the arch of my feet. Since I’m always on my feet with the kids, I felt these were perfect to wear daily.

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These fit perfectly snug the first time I tried them in stores. They were a simple black that I felt were both professional yet stylish. Air Max Theas come in an assortment of different colours so if you prefer to look for a more colourful pair, the Nike store has a bunch.

These shoes can be easily slipped on and off, especially when the kids and I are moving between the indoors and outdoors throughout the day. A lot of teachers that I work with tend to wear heeled or flat boots for work, but I found that they were a drag to take on and off.

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I’ve been wearing these shoes nearly every single time for the entire month, and I’m completely satisfied with this purchase. I plan to wear them until they are completely worn out. These shoes are a great buy and if you are in the market for a good pair, definitely take a look at these. Thumbs up for Air Max Theas!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Fall Favourites

Fall is the season where we think about Halloween, changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice and all kinds of autumn-inspired items. Clearly I was a tad late in posting this but late is better than nothing!

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Fall colours are my favourite

Thanksgiving is probably one of my favorite holidays because of the amount of the various foods served at the table. For my Thanksgiving dinner, my little sister and I were given the task of preparing it. We had a number of different items for this meal, and here is what we had:

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Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, turkey, corn, carrots, celery/carrot stuffing , escargot and sauteed mushrooms.

 

My family typically does not have cranberry sauce or fruit cake. We find it a little on the sweeter side so we opt it for savoury side dishes such as escargot and sauteed mushrooms.

While food is one aspect of fall that puts a smile on my face, I enjoy the scenery that we get for when the leaves change colour.

I was fortunate enough to drive around this lovely neighbourhood during the fall season. All the yellows, reds and oranges were simply breath-taking. I wanted to rake up all the leaves, put them in a pile and jump in them. That was one of my favourite things to do as a child.

Some other key items that I look forward to every fall season are boots, toques and fuzzy socks.

All items above were purchased from Ardene. I walked into the store and immediately had my hands on these items. Warm clothing and accessories scream autumn. I already have a bunch of toques but not in these colours. I’ve been wearing these all season so far and I don’t plan to put them away until flowers are budding in spring.

Feet require comfiness; boots and fuzzy socks will do the trick! My old boots were getting so worn-out, so I knew it was about time to pick up some new ones for the season. I’m currently wearing the grey ones (they somewhat remind me of Roots) and my feet are ever so happy. I bought the brown ones since it was a “Buy One, Get One for Free” deal. The fuzzy socks came in a pack of two. I wear a pair of them along with my boots for added comfort.

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Bath and Body Works

Other than Ardene, I love venturing into other retail stores such as Bath and Body Works. If you have not been to a store like this, it is a must! It has the best scented candles, hand soaps, lotions, body sprays, etc. It’s one of my favourite stores. If I go into these stores, I am never empty-handed walking out.

Ho0rah to this lovely season as it is nearing its end. I find it kind of surprising how warm it has been in my city and how it does not seem like it’s almost mid December. Let’s see if the snow holds out until Christmas Day! Here is to the fall season!

~Miss Happy Penguin

*Believe.inspire.love.dream.optimistic.*

Changing of the Leaves

I apologize that I’m so late in writing this post! The fall season is nearing and winter is fast approaching!

Leaves begin to change from the bright luscious green colour to the warm reds, oranges and yellows we see on the trees during the fall. The following are some of the things that I associate fall with and the things I look forward to during this season.

Outfits:

For this season, I am often found in:
– Big comfy sweaters
– Fuzzy socks
– Sweatpants
– Beanies
– Blanket scarves
– Knitwear
– Boots

Drinks:
– Tea (been loving David’s Tea cardamom french toast tea)
– Hot chocolate (with little marshmallows of course!)
– Hot apple cider
– Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

Buys:
– Fall scents from Bath and Body Works (pumpkin everything!)
– Berry- and wine-toned lipsticks and nailpolishes

Special events:
– Thanksgiving
– Apple picking
– Halloween (includes carving pumpkins!)

Fall is such a wonderful season. I do hope you all have been enjoying the rest of it! I’ll try to make sure I post a bit more. Take care and thanks for reading!

~Miss Happy Penguin

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Finding Audrey

By Sophie Kinsella

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During my most recent trip to New York, I picked up this book. I have always known Sophie Kinsella for her Shopaholic series and some of her other books such as The Undomestic Goddess and Twenties Girl, but this book was much different. Most of the books she writes are a lot more chic-flick inspired, and that’s the types of books I enjoy the most (I fully admit it!), but it was nice to pick up a book that was not.

The synopsis of this book is a little misleading but the ending of the book is not what you think it is. The main character, Audrey, is an inspirational character and you step behind in her eyes (and her camera!) to see her progression.

*SPOILER ALERT: I loved that she acknowledges the fact that progression requires both time and effort. Improvement doesn’t happen in a linear line but one that goes up and down.

I highly recommend this book and it has inspired me to continue looking at life through this scope. Positivity outweighs the negativity in the world, but by concentrating on the positive do we continue to progress in life.

~Miss Happy Penguin

*Believe.inspire.love.dream.optimistic.*