Wednesday, March 18, 2015

:: healthy sweet teeth ::

I'm not really one for sweets. And if I do have a craving, it's likely for chocolate covered pretzels or something that mixes a little salt in with anything sugary. It makes me feel less guilty. And if I can tuck a little organic-ness and locally sourced ingredients into my treats, then I really REALLY have no shame in stuffing my face.

So here are a few truffles that totally fit this bill. They're delicious, and raw, and one will totally kill any dessert cravings you have. They're made in Rhode Island and while they're healthy, healthy, they taste good, too. I got mine at Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square:

 I chose the Chocolate Almond Butter Cups because peanut butter and chocolate is my most absolute favorite combo of anything ever. And almond butter is just the healthy version of peanut butter, so it's a compromise that had to be made. With coconut oil, cashews, maple syrup, almonds and Himalayan salt, it's a salty sweet lover's dream.

And while blueberry has never been my thing, the Blueberry Lavender Bliss truffles are amazing, too. Both lavender buds and lavender extract make it taste like the real deal and it surprisingly refreshing for a dessert.

There are plenty of other flavors as well, from chocolate mint to espresso to raspberry. Check them out in the refrigerated aisle, hopefully somewhere near you.

Or, visit their website here!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

:: Tees by Tina, Redux ::

I was in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina over the weekend and if 80 degree weather and sunshine weren't enough, I stumbled into a Tina Stephens store! I've written about Tees by Tina before here, but I had no idea that there were actual stores I could go into! (There are two more--Sarasota and Martha's Vineyard).

So, aside from buying a pair of basketweave leggings and a ANOTHER tank in calypso green (for spring!), a sweet sales girl gave me some laundering tips for keeping all my Tina items fresh looking. I've had a bunch of them for at least a few years and they're starting to look a little bit ragged. But now I know I wasn't caring for them right either.

Here's my new regimen:

1. Hand wash cold separately or machine wash cold in the delicate cycle IN A LINGERIE BAG (I wasn't doing this).

2. Turn everything inside out (I wasn't doing this).

 3. Don't bleach.

4. Hang to dry (I wasn't doing this).

5. Don't iron.

And now, I'm off, to wear more of these fabulous tanks and leggings. In spring colors like this:

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