Monday, January 15, 2018

Four Star Find: Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

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Last winter when I visited my good friend, Carole, she served me Good Earth’s Sweet and Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea. It’s absolutely delicious, and I love it! I was going to write about this tea last year, but then the weather warmed up, and it just didn’t appeal to me. About a month ago, when it became very cold, I suddenly craved this tea and have been drinking a few cups of it every day!

While this tea contains many flavors, the main one is cinnamon, and I can also taste hints of ginger and orange. Because it doesn’t contain caffeine, I can drink it throughout the day and even in the evening. It’s the perfect hygge beverage!

As always, I receive no compensation for endorsing this product.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: “The Little Book of Hygge”

   The Little Book of Hygge
   Meik Wiking

Last year I wrote about a book titled How to Hygge (click here to see that post) that explained the Danish concept of cozy togetherness. Perhaps because this winter has been brutally cold, I wanted to explore the topic further and who better to read a book written by other than Meik Wiking, the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wiking explains that Danes are usually rated as the happiest people in the world and attributes this happiness to hygge.

In The Little Book of Hygge, Wiking has a lot of suggestions for bringing hygge into one’s life-some of which include having low lighting, showing gratitude, consuming foods and drinks that bring pleasure, sacrificing for the good of the group and, most importantly, spending time with friends and loved ones. I love the concept of hygge, and in future posts, I’ll be writing about activities and things I’ve incorporated into my life that bring more hygge into it!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Travel: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas

Hanging our in the Oval Office
Click here for more information on the LBJ Presidential Library

Since I recently went to the Kennedy and Bush Presidential Libraries, I thought it would be fun to tour the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library while I was in Austin, Texas. This outing turned out to be a fun, educational experience. Because while I was alive during his presidency, I was too young to remember anything about him.

Unlike some presidential libraries, this one chronicles his entire life and provides details about his education, military service, teaching job, family, and eventual move into politics. It also provided some insight to his character.  I’m sure history buffs know this, but Lyndon Johnson was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and created the “War on Poverty,” policies that improved the millions of Americans’ lives. Something I learned that people may not know is that Johnson used his formidable size and encroached into peoples’ personal space to intimidate them into supporting his policies!

Even if you’re not into history or civics, I recommend visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library!

On the day we visited, there was a special exhibition for Madeleine Albright's pins

a campaign poster

gifts fron foreign dignitaries

Lady Bird's office

Monday, January 8, 2018

Home Comforts: Philips Hue LightStrip

This is what it looks like when the Philips Hue LightStrip is installed
behind a television. For more information on this product, click here

Like most people, we’re into binge-watching television series and are always looking for something interesting to watch. To make our viewing experience a bit better, Kevin installed this Philips Hue LightStrip around the back of the tv.

This kit, along with dimming the room lights, makes the experience so much better! The blacks are blacker, and the picture just seems to pop! They’re easy to install, can be controlled with an Echo or Echo-like devise device or with the app, can be trimmed or extended (with the purchase of additional light strips) and can be used for other purposes.

For people who are into watching television and tech, this kit is a gem!