Review|Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company

I was graciously sent this TEA-licious box of Classic Tea by Simple Loose Leaf. Ya get it?! Ya get it?! Oh, my goodness! This tea is absolutely mouthwatering. They have something for everyone! From white tea, green tea, and black tea.

From Simple Loose Leaf Company:

“Each month you’ll get a box filled with teas ranging from classically savory to enjoyably trendy, you’ll get terrific, members’ only discounts for our tea shop, and you’ll get everything you need to make that perfect cup of tea.”

What You’ll Get:

  • Four hand packaged loose leaf teas
  • 40g of tea in resealable pouches
  • A black tea, a green tea, an herbal tea and more
  • Reusable organic linen tea filters

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In this month’s box I received:

  • White Tipped   Oolong
  • Lily Yin Hao
  • Tropical Black
  • Green Berry Delight

One of the many things that I love about this company is the fact that they also send you organic linen tea bags! It makes steeping your tea easy, quick, and safe for the environment.

 

They have two different types of plans they are both $9.00 a month! How cost friendly is that?! There is something for everyone!

The Classic Tea Box is what I was sent: “By joining the Classic Tea Box you’re joining a tea club that explores 4 unique teas a month. You’ll find a perfect mix of “wake me up” teas and teas that help “slow the day down” – Black tea, Green tea, Oolong, Pu’erh, Herbal, and so much more.”

The second box is the Decaf Tea Box: “When you join the Decaf Tea Box you’re joining a tea club that explores 4 amazing tea options that won’t keep you up at night. You’ll be brewing herbal blends, wellness blends, tisane teas – All chosen to highlight the season you’re in right now.”

IMG_1550The White Tipped Oolong Tea was the first of the four teas that I had in the box. I let it steep while I toasted an English Muffin with Organic Peanut Butter.

It was the perfect pair together. I am a huge fan of Oolong tea. It was an incredibly smooth drink with a little bit of Organic honey to sweeten it a bit. Something that is unique with Oolong tea is the fact that the longer that you steep it the more the taste evolves.

Another aspect of this box that I love is that they always send you a small pamphlet that tells you everything that you need to know about the different teas that they have sent you. How to brew it, what temperature to brew it at, and more tidbits that make it a more unique box subscription that sets it out from the rest of the tea companies.

IMG_1551The Green Berry Delight is exactly as its name states, an utter delight! I don’t know what it was about this tea, but it reminds me of my childhood. It makes me smile. It was a perfect cuppa for right before bed due to the fact that it doesn’t have caffeine!

If you love fruity teas, candy, or anything berry like, this is the tea for you! It’s smell is intoxicating and utterly satisfying.

It has so many different wholesome ingredients I can’t even identify them. I love that it has elements of some of my favorite things! Raspberries are my favorite fruits and it has hints of them, acai berries, and even rhubarb pieces.

I love the hints of blue flowers, red/black currants as well. It give the most amazing pop in the tea. That’s why I paired it with the blue flowers in the pictures.

 

IMG_1552If you love tropical drinks or pina coladas you will love this tea. It has a very strong aroma that reminded me of going on a cruise and spending time on the beach.

There are so many ingredients in this tea starting from Assam black tea, safflowers, pineapple, coconut, lemon, and ginger. This is a cocktail of different flavors.

It has a normal caffeine level and was made in India!  

IMG_1560Lily Yin Hao was such a beautiful tea! I brewed it in the morning right before leaving for a weekend trip and it had the perfect amount of caffeine to jump start my day.

Of course it paired nicely with my English Muffin and peanut butter, as well as a little honey to help sweeten it.

I also loved taking pictures of this stunning tea with the orange lily blossoms  in it! I had to use my own orange flowers to make it pop!

Go check them out! Your taste buds won’t regret it!

XOXO

Courtny

 

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Nevaeh Tea Company Monthly Box

I was graciously sent this amazing set of tea to review from Neveah Tea and I have enjoyed every single steep and sip. Below are my thoughts on this company and the four teas that they sent me.

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They have a current promotion going on right now if your mouth starts drooling as much as mine while typing this review! The first month free if you pay $12.67 CAD for shipping. Use the code, TRYFORFREE at checkout!
A little about Neveah Tea Company, they have all of their teas sourced ethically. They are also partners with “One Tree Planted”! Which means for every pound of tea they sell they will donate enough to plant one tree! How wonderful!

IMG_1493Coconut Green Tea. The smell smelled heavenly, pun intended. The aroma of coconut was intoxicating. I thought that it might  be overwhelming but it was extremely peaceful and calming in drinking it, even with the high caffeine content.

I made sure to let it steep 6 minutes as suggested and it was well worth the wait. Always follow the brewing/steeping instructions that you are given. If you don’t the tea might become too weak or bitter in longer steeping. 6 minutes was just perfect.

Adding a little bit of organic honey was wonderful, though I will say that this tea would be wonderful without any sweetener at all. The coconut gives the tea a little sweetness in and of itself.

 

IMG_1491Organic Starbust Black Tea. This is a wonderful tea to have in the morning due to it’s high caffeine content. I recently stopped drinking coffee and to be honest, I haven’t missed it at all.

I honestly have always loved black tea from the time I was a child. I was so excited to get a black tea in this month’s box with strawberries! If you don’t like strawberries I will let you know that it isn’t over powering. The taste of strawberries leave a little bit of a lasting taste right at the end of a sip.

This is probably one of my favorite teas in this month’s box. I am loving adding a little bit of organic honey to the mix, but this tea would still be wonderful without it. I can also see myself making this as an ice tea for the summer months. It really does burst in your mouth with flavor and it is wonderful!

 

IMG_1492This is a WONDERFUL organic herbal tea! This is a perfect tea to have right before bed with it being caffeine free. I LOVE the hints of strawberry throughout the tea. It isn’t too powerful of a flavor for those who aren’t fans of strawberry.

The smell of this tea instantly calms me down. It smells like a spa day. I start daydreaming about going to the spa, herbal tea in hand, while getting an organic facial. Anyone else get those flashes when smelling something so tranquil?!

I know that anytime I am craving tea but I don’t need to want the caffeine that I will be grabbing for this tea. It has been an absolutely wonderful tea to drink!

IMG_1494I’m not going to fib, I was hesitant of this tea. I am not the biggest fan of licorice, especially black licorice. I loves that comment that they made on the tea bag:

“We took a chance with this one. Some love it, some hate it. Which one are you?”

This is the second caffeine free tea that they put in this month’s subscription, which is always nice to have. A mixture of both.
As for my thoughts on this tea, if you LOVE licorice then this is the tea for you! I will say that it doesn’t have as strong of a licorice taste as the smell. I really did enjoy it more than I thought I was going to. I’m not saying that this is an everyday tea for me, but I really did like it! 

Nevaeh’s Tea Company has two different plans for their monthly tea club:

Explore Pack: $6.97 CAD for 4 Teas that are enough to make 8-9 cups of tea.

Monthly Tea Club: $24.00 CAD for 4 teas that will be enough to make 30-34 cups.

Each month their members receive 4 different packs of tea no matter the plan you get! You can pause, stop, resume, and cancel anytime with NO COMMITMENTS!

Go check them out! Your taste buds won’t regret it!

XOXO

Courtny

Review: The Pint of No Return

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The Pint of No Return is the next installment of the Sloan Krause Beervaria Mystery Series. I loved every single aspect of this book. From learning about the brewing process, to understanding more about Sloan’s childhood, and falling in love with the different characters within the story.

Ellie has an uncanny ability to teach her readers about what her protagonist is passionate about This brings a hint of realism and probability to what she writes. Having a Cozy Mystery or a Mystery in general be believable is the first step in getting the readers to fall into the world and be open to the murder and the ‘whodunit’ aspects of the storyline.

In this book Sloan is still trying to figure out her feelings for her soon-to=be ex-husband, her new boss, and what she wants to do with her life after the divorce happens. This however has to be put on hold as Oktoberfest has now come around and this is the biggest and more important time for the town.

An added pressure is the fact that there is a film crew who are there to make a documentary about the brewing process, how the brewers interact with each other, and everything in the World of Beer. Of course with most documentaries you must have a a host. And a host they have. An old child star here to revamp their stardom. He is a pompous jerk who everyone seems to hate.

After being as to leave Nitro from drinking too much Sloan finds him dead in an alley way. Hoping that it wasn’t alcohol poisoning from their bar Sloan calls the police to get to the crime scene. Sloan is asked my the chief of police to keep an eye our since they are shorthanded due to the Oktoberfest going on.

Sloan wants to make sure that Nitro doesn’t get a bad name and she makes it her duty to figure out what is going on with the film crew, who doesn’t seem too distraught about their star’s death, her estranged husband, and keeping everything together when she learns about her past.

This is a wonderful addition to the Sloan Krause Beervaria series and I highly recommend it if you love Cozy Mysteries!

This was an ebook sent to me by the publisher on NetGalley for an honest review. Everything in this review is my honest opinion.

 

Tea Talk| Episode 1

Video Now Available!

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a most wonderful Friday! I can’t believe it. Today is my 28th birthday! I have walked this planet for 28 years. I have breathed in the air, fell in love, made friends, had heart break, and have started new adventures! Speaking of new adventures, I am hoping that these Tea Talks will be a start of a wonderful new adventure and that you all will become apart of it with me.

I am currently drinking an amazing tea that I received in my June Sipsby box. This is a subscription box that I have been really enjoying. It has brought some AMAZING and mouth-watering teas into my life that I couldn’t be happier about.

 

This is a Super Fruit tea, if you are interested in knowing more about the tea click here. This is NOT an affiliate link, I am just loving this amazing caffeine free fruity tea. I love the name of the tea and the taste bursts on your tongue! It has a beautiful aroma and color as well.


So, you are probably wondering what are these Tea Talks going to be about? Are they bookish related? Are they going to be something that I want to watch or read about?

The short answer: I hope so.

The long answer: I have recently noticed somethings on my channel and on my blog. I have been drawn to different genres and different types of content lately. Isn’t that the way human nature works? We are constantly evolving and changing. To stay stagnant in something is to stop evolving.

I have had many people comment and question about whether or not I am going to be doing anymore Cozy Mystery reviews, books, and the like. Yes, most certainly. Cozy Mysteries are always going to be my favorite genre. There is just something about the small towns, the proud and tough women, and the mystery of it all that I love and can’t get enough of.

However, I am going to create more and new content. I have become interested in other genres and new and exciting types of videos. I see you all as my friends. I see you all as amazing people who love the same things that I love and who are also growing in their lives as well.

I have recently been reached out to by A Year of Boxes Company. They love the pictures I have been doing on my Instagram and the fact that I review tea and different types of fun things like that and have asked me to be a reviewer for some different type of subscription boxes. This is so exciting for me, because it gives me the chance to see how others think of their boxes, I am STILL working on getting The Cozy Mystery Escape up and running. It is a lot more work than I thought.

 

I’m stating all of this because I was thinking about doing unboxings on my channel and I wanted to see what your thoughts were about that. You are all part of my Bookish Family and I want to grow with you and get your opinion and what you think about the different things that I am wanting to incorporate into my channel! This is something that I am SUPER SUPER excited about and I wanted to share all of it with you! EEEK!


On a slightly more serious note, I have been having some serious thought as to whether I should bring this up or not. I normally don’t want to bring attention to negative aspects of my channel, but lately it seems as though there are a few people who have been consistently thumbs downing my videos.

Now I know that there are always going to be people who you can’t make happy. I have had to remind my students quite a bit over the years that not everyone is going to like you. That is just life. You could be the nicest person in the whole entire world and someone wouldn’t like you because you are too nice.

I once had someone tell me that I am way too happy of a person and there must be something wrong with me. That I brought them down because of my perkiness at work. Of course that hurt my feelings and I have now realized that not everyone is going to like me or my videos or the changes I have been making. But I wanted to ask a favor.

If you see yourself as my friend as I see ALL OF YOU, please let me know if there is something that I have done to upset you. Maybe give me suggestions on some videos you would like to see. I want this place to be a place of happiness and fun. I normally ignore the thumbs down and love all of the comments that you all send me every week. They really are the highlights of my week!


Well, that is the end of the Tea Talk Episode 1. I am super excited to get to know everyone more and to have you all get to know me more than what I normally film every week. I am hoping that once Summer is over I’ll be able to keep up with three videos a week, including these Tea Talks.

XOXO Happy Reading! XOXO

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Reading Wrap Up!| June 2018

Copy of Copy of June Cozy Myster Releases

Video Now Available 

Happy Wednesday and Happy 4th of July everyone! What an amazing year so far, am I right? I can’t believe that we are already halfway through 2018. It seems like yesterday that it was the beginning of the New Year and now we are already almost done with Summer break and I’ll be heading back to work later this month!
I had a pretty decent reading month! I was super exited to find new authors, new characters to fall in love with, and a new genre to read. Sometimes you have to get outside of your comfort zone to really spread your horizons and fall in head over heels with something different. This month, I would say that I stepped outside of my comfort zone! So, without further ado lets get into this!

32495444Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab was the second book in the series and I really enjoyed it. Normally with Young Adult novels you expect everything to end happy and that the main character will get what they want or are looking for.

I did not expect that this book would be so dark! Even though the title most certainly did warn me! Haha! I loved getting to know Kate and August more. Watching them evolve and become the young adults that they were meant to become was something that I really enjoyed.
I will admit, I did tear up in this book. I was more attached to these characters then I thought I would be and I am super happy that I decided to finish this duology. It was most certainly worth the read.

15810915Mayhen at The Orient Express was the first book in A League of Literary Ladies Cozy Mystery Series. It was also the Cozy Mystery Bookclub book of the month for June.

I rated this book a 4/5 Stars. I really enjoyed the different characters and the fact that it gave a nod to the Mystery Queen Agatha Christie. I loved that there wasn’t just one main character. I enjoyed getting to know the four ladies who ended up being the League of Literary Ladies.

I do anticipate reading more from this series because I am eager to see how their friendships blossom and I also want to know more about Bea Cartwright’s life from before she moved onto the island.

While I was joining in for the Library-A-Thon I picked up the Court of Thorns and Roses series. As my blog post for the readathon stated, I was originally going to be listening to Cinder on audiobook. However, once I started the audiobook I realized that I couldn’t stand the woman’s voice who was narrating it and that I needed to pick up something else in that genre and read it for myself.

Thus started an addiction to a brand new series that was totally outside of my comfort zone. I have fallen in love with the Fae world in this series. The characters are so well developed. The flaws, the strengths, the weakness, the falls, and the way they bring each other up.

I can’t explain what this series really means to me. I loved it so much that I brought my best friend Bre into reading the series and she is as in love with the series as I am, maybe even more if I’m being honest. All I know is that I will be reading everything written by Sarah J. Maas soon. If she writes this way in all of her books, then I am already in love.

51vzujA3AAL._SX303_BO1,204,203,200_As always Ellie Alexander has left my heart fluttering and my mouth watering! This was the 8th book in The Bakeshop Mystery series featuring the amazing baker Jules Capshaw. She has a lot on her plate during this book! A wedding to plan, an expansion of her bakeshop Torte, her feelings for her estranged husband, and trying to be there for her friends. To top it off someone has a grudge towards Jules herself and tries to poison her!

This book had me laughing, it had me tearing up, and falling in love with the characters over and over again. Ellie has a way with her characters, she brings them alive. She is able to weave words of meaning, feeling, and scrumptiousness like The Bard himself!

I recommend this series to anyone who loves coffee, friends, family, and a good mystery! You will find yourself lost in the world of the characters trying to figure out the ‘whodunit’. This book had me on my toes the whole time guessing and I loved every second of it!

I have always been wary of reading poetry. I have never really been able to get into it. Even in high school when I took a Creative Writing course and we were required to do a whole unit on Poetry and write our own I always felt silly. I don’t know why.

It didn’t help that all of the poetry that was required reading during school was the old and classical poetry. I know that as a history major I should appreciate and love the classics, but I personally don’t. At least not a lot of them.

So when Bre and I hung out last week and went to Books-A-Million we stopped by the poetry section. Bre is an English Major and is getting her Bachelors in English. She was talking to me about poetry and mentioned this author and her poetry books. I opened the first one up and immediately knew that I was hooked.

I bought both books on Thursday and read both of them while laying in bed on Friday. I loved this set of poetry. I could relate to all of it. Some of it broke my heart. Other parts made me laugh. I loved all of the different aspects.

download Fawkes is one of those books that surprised me. I went into it believing that this was going to be a Young Adult Fantasy novels, which is the reason why I picked it up! I have been on a Fantasy kick lately. This book was so much more than that.

This is technically a Historical Fiction novel with a fantastical twist. It was a wonderful rendition of 1600s England. An outcast of people who live by the pure way of magic called the Keepers versus the Igniters a group of people who talk to the White Light, the original color who created all other color powers. There is a war between them with the Keepers being exiled, killed, tortured, and worse.

This story is based on true events with fantastical characteristics. I loved the characters. The elements of magic were really intricate and fun. I loved the idea of having a mask that helps with their magic.

Our main character is Thomas Fawkes. He is a teenager who is readying himself for his last year in school where he will get his mask from his famous father Guy Fawkes and he will finally be able to cure himself from the Stone Plague that has swept through the country since the Igniters have taken the White Light.

Thomas’ father fails to show up to the ceremony where he is supposed to be getting his mask. Thomas is bound and determined to find his father and demand his mask. He finds himself in London and scary place for Keepers and Plague. He is drawn into a plot, trying to find his feelings for his father, whether or not he is a Keeper or an Igniter.

This was a fun, magical, and well written book about finding yourself, accepting others for their differences, and learning a little bit about history. I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley, Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Dispatch Review| On The Run: Box 1

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Dispatch by Breakout Games is an wonderfully fun and interactive mystery box that is ONLY $24.99. Whether you like to solve mysteries by yourself or with friends this monthly box is a hoot of fun and gets your blood pumping!

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According to their website Dispatch is a:

“…new kind of escape, one you can experience in the comfort of your own home – introducing Dispatch by Breakout. It’s a step apart from everyday entertainment—better than a book, more engaging than television—think of it as an immersive mystery where you wear the detective hat.

The story begins with the first delivery, or dispatch, if you will. In it, you’ll find physical clues that lead you to the web and back to the real world to unravel a mysterious crime. Grab a friend, the whole family and your thinking cap, and get ready to put your heads together for one mindbending ride as additional details are revealed with every package.”

This month’s box is ONE of SEVEN boxes that surround the theme of On The Run! Think Murder, romance, and scandal. Your best friend has gotten himself in some trouble with a wealthy family, a beautiful dame, and has secrets to keep!

Everything in this box was so well done and it had me wanting more. I waited for my boyfriend to get home and we dived into this. They have thought of everything, magazine covers, newspaper articles, instagram accounts, websites, and MORE!”

If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping the plot sure will! I loved reading through the best friend’s journal, reading through the clues on all of the sites, and trying to guess secret codes! I has me wanting MORE, I CAN’T wait for NEXT MONTH’S BOX!

Here is a look of what’s in this first box of On The Run:

Subscription Details

Subscribe – Sign up today for $24.99 for Dispatch’s monthly service and bring the mystery home with you. You’ll receive the next package in the series every month, delivered right to your mailbox.

The Dispatch team will ship your first package just a few days after you join. Then, you’ll receive a new box each month as the series continues.

JOIN DISPATCH

Subscribe to Dispatch and we will put the first package in the mail immediately. After that you will receive a new box each month.

OPEN PACKAGE

Open the box to find physical clues that lead you to the web and back to the real world to unravel a mysterious crime.:

SOLVE THE MYSTERY

Unravel the tangled web of clues found in each package, as additional details are revealed with every package.

 

Fawkes Review|by Nadine Brandes

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By: Nadine Brandes
Releases: July 10th
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Fawkes is one of those books that surprised me. I went into it believing that this was going to be a Young Adult Fantasy novels, which is the reason why I picked it up! I have been on a Fantasy kick lately. This book was so much more than that.

This is technically a Historical Fiction novel with a fantastical twist. It was a wonderful rendition of 1600s England. An outcast of people who live by the pure way of magic called the Keepers versus the Igniters a group of people who talk to the White Light, the original color who created all other color powers. There is a war between them with the Keepers being exiled, killed, tortured, and worse.

This story is based on true events with fantastical characteristics. I loved the characters. The elements of magic were really intricate and fun. I loved the idea of having a mask that helps with their magic.

Our main character is Thomas Fawkes. He is a teenager who is readying himself for his last year in school where he will get his mask from his famous father Guy Fawkes and he will finally be able to cure himself from the Stone Plague that has swept through the country since the Igniters have taken the White Light.

Thomas’ father fails to show up to the ceremony where he is supposed to be getting his mask. Thomas is bound and determined to find his father and demand his mask. He finds himself in London and scary place for Keepers and Plague. He is drawn into a plot, trying to find his feelings for his father, whether or not he is a Keeper or an Igniter.

This was a fun, magical, and well written book about finding yourself, accepting others for their differences, and learning a little bit about history. I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley, Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.by Nadine Brandes