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Lipton Tea & Honey – How do you add flavor to an ordinary day?

 

I love being outside… love going to the beach, or gardening, or on long walks. Living in Oregon has afforded my family a million different getaways and adventures! I have a trusty picnic basket – and we love to load it up and head out for the day. 

I’m ALWAYS looking for good, healthy drinks to pack when I’m out on the road, and I’m so happy to have found Lipton Tea & Honey pouches! They are the perfect go-to drink when I’m out and about! They are so easy, and so delicious, they are the perfect addition to our on-the-go treats! 

At only 5 calories per serving, and the fact that it’s sweetened only with honey – I don’t feel guilty about indulging. I’ve tried the Lemon, Blackberry Pomegranate and Mango Pineapple. I have to admit, the Blackberry Pomegranate (above) is my favorite!

Lipton® Tea & Honey is a refreshing, great-tasting and convenient iced tea mix that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere. Lipton Tea & Honey is a unique line of iced tea mixes that is sweetened with honey and made from real tea leaves and fruit flavors. And it’s only 5 calories per 8 oz. serving! Lipton Tea & Honey is available in 6 delicious flavors in single to-go packs and 4 flavor varieties in pitcher packs.

  • The tea is only 5 calories per 8 oz serving
  • The tea is sweetened with honey
  • The tea is made from real tea leaves and real fruit flavors
  • To celebrate the product announcement, Lipton is giving away a limited number of Lipton Tea & Honey samples. To receive free samples you can visit www.liptonteaandhoney.com (links to Facebook where you can enter in your address)

 

Don’t forget!! To receive free samples you can visit www.liptonteaandhoney.com (links to Facebook where you can enter in your address)

Tell me how you add flavor to your life and the first three people to comment on my blog will win a sample of Lipton Tea & Honey to try for themselves!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton Tea. The opinions and text are all mine. Official sweepstakes rules.

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 11:11am
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How to decide when your family is complete

Babies, babies, babies. I’m a thirty-something mother of two wonderful boys, and lately babies are on my brain a lot lately. My sister had a baby only a couple months ago, and having a baby around definitely stirs up some weird emotions for me.

My youngest is nine years old, and the thought of having another is both exciting and scary. My husband and I have been talking at length lately about whether or not it is the right time to have another – or if it’s right for our family to have another child at all.

How do you know when your family is done? How do you know when the urges you feel aren’t just normal hormonal changes? Is my biological clock telling me that these are my last years to have another baby – if I wanted to? Do I really want another child – or is my body telling me I should do it now or never?

There are sooooo many things to consider when deciding whether or not to have another baby. Like I said earlier, my youngest is nine years old – so having another baby would literally be starting over for me. Am I ready for that? Do I want that?

Just because I want another baby – does that mean I should have one? Is wanting another baby the only thing that matters? I always have been a firm believer that money shouldn’t be a reason to NOT have a child. I believe it all works out in the end… but when I say that to myself now, do I really believe it? Should I just throw caution to the wind and go with my urges?

I had my babies early. I was 23 when my first son was born, and 25 with my second. Having another child in my 30’s would be so different. I feel like I’m much more mature this time around – maybe I could slow down and enjoy it more?

I honestly don’t know if I’m done or not – I can’t say. But I know I need to decided soon!

I feel like these feelings I’m having are totally normal for a person my age, but let me tell you, I’d give anything to know for sure – 100% if I’m done or not. I wish I knew what was right for me! Wish I had a crystal ball!

How about you? How did you decide when your family was complete? I’m curious to know: How and when do you decide your family is complete? Join the conversation and be entered to WIN the designer handbag of your choice (Up to a $500 value) from Essure!

I like the idea of using a non-surgical and non-hormonal birth control. One thing that bugs me is staying on the pill year after year. If and when my family decide’s we’re done having children, Essure is something we will definitely look into.

This post was sponsored by Essure. Essure is a proven, non-surgical, hormone-free permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to prevent pregnancy.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Essure. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Contest Rules.

I’m curious to know: How and when do you decide your family is complete? Join the conversation and be entered to WIN the designer handbag of your choice (Up to a $500 value) from Essure!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Essure. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Contest Rules.

I’m curious to know: How and when do you decide your family is complete? Join the conversation and be entered to WIN the designer handbag of your choice (Up to a $500 value) from Essure!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Essure. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Contest Rules.

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Posted Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 10:10am
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What life lessons do kids learn from team sports? ENTER TO WIN $500 for your child’s sports team!

 

Ok I’m gonna admit something that may come as a shock to some of you. I’m not into sports. I never really have been. I played volleyball and basketball in highschool, but if you blinked you probably could have missed me. I was surrounded by people who were obsessed with sports. My dad, sister and brother were all successful athletes. I just never really cared that much about sports. I could have found a million other things I’d rather be doing! But then – I had children.

I have two boys, 11 and 9, and I absolutely LOVE watching them play sports! I quickly realized the importance of sports – and for so many reasons! I strongly encourage my kids to play sports for many reasons – and here are a few!

Physical Benefits

Organized sports allows children to learn physical skills in a relatively safe environment, with adults who are charged with maintaining the rules and safety of the participants. The American Academy of pediatrics states that “In contrast to unstructured or free play, participation in organized sports provides a greater opportunity to develop rules specifically designed for health and safety.” Sports also give children the opportunity to be physically active and develop a healthy lifestyle that supports their athletic endeavors. Physical activity as children can help lessen their risk of developing adult diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Social Benefits

Children who participate in sports can learn social skills such as taking turns and teamwork. They can also learn about responsibility to a team and how everyone needs to do their part for the team to be successful. Through sports, children learn how to take direction from a coach and adapt to different situations. Also, through sports, children have the opportunity to make friends with other kids with similar physical interests.

Emotional Benefits

Children who participate in sports can also reap emotional benefits when they are given positive sporting role models and experiences. From sports children “learn the value of practice and the challenge of competition,” and these are lessons that children can learn to apply to other non-sporting parts of their lives. Given the right examples, children can also use sports to create a healthy self-image and a positive view of their body.

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  • The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating with more than 200 leagues in nearly 85 cities in the United States.
  • Through the 2009 Little League season, the Little League Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of 3,901 teams, which equals out to approximately 51,000 players, and has participated in nearly thirty field renovation/development projects.
  • At various times throughout the year, Little League provides a variety of clinics at its five regional centers and at Little League International in Williamsport. The clinic topics include instruction for managers, coaches, umpires and league administrators, with emphasis on safety, child protection, and parent orientation. Any volunteer involved with a local Urban Initiative league can attend any of the clinics at no charge and receive resource materials free or at a reduced cost.
  • The Little League Urban Initiative has recently renovated fields used by Little League programs in Portland, Ore.; the Bronx, NY; Stockton, Calif.; and Richmond, Va.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS. The opinions and text are all mine. The $500 Gift Certificate Giveaway Contest runs from August 19 – 28, 2011. A random winner will be announced by September 1, 2011. Official Contest Rules

Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 11:11am
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