About Blythe

A Healthy Breakfast Starts with Fruit & Oats

A healthy breakfast starts with fruit and oats
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I have never been a morning person. I don’t wake up the sun or jump joyously out of bed no matter what time my alarm goes off. One way I help improve my mood is by eating a healthy breakfast. Typically, this means whipping up a green smoothie, unless I’m short on time. In those cases, instead of going without breakfast, I now turn to Breakfast Ovals from Enjoy Life.

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How to Protect Yourself From Summer Bugs

One of my least favorite things about summer are the summer bugs. Usually, I avoid them like the plague. Unfortunately, I decided to move, during the summer, to a new apartment, which requires me to take Coda for walks outside. As much as I love being outdoors, I hate getting attacked by the myriad of bugs the warmer months bring. Thankfully, I was sent Stay Away Mosquitos, from Earth Kind, to keep those nasty bugs at bay.

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Goodbye Summer Bugs

Before you think, “great, another stinky bug spray,” think again. Not only does Stay Away Mosquitos protect you from summer bugs, but it also water-resistant, non-flammable and unscented. So, it won’t stink up your house, or for that matter, your clothing and your family.

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Mushroom Superfoods for Brain & Body Support

Mushroom Superfoods for brain & body support
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Ah moving. It can either be full of excitement or full of massive amounts of stress. In my case, it’s been a mix of both. I’m happy to be in a new state, but tired of the issues related to my apt and the movers. Thankfully, I’ve been getting the boost I need thanks to some mushroom superfoods.

Mushroom Superfoods Fuel Your Brain

A few months ago, I tried Om Beauty-Full, a supplement powered by Chaga mushrooms and biotin. I really enjoyed the glow it gave my skin. When OM asked if I wanted to try their reformulated Brain Fuel, I immediately said yes.

Mushroom Superfoods Brain Fuel

Powered by Mane and Reishi mushroom superfoods, as well as folate, Brain Fuel is formulated to “calm your mind and spark clarity”. I don’t know about you, but I could use more calm and clarity in my life. It’s been an exceedingly stressful and emotionally draining several years. With my recent move, the craziness has only increased.

Strangely, all this stress and insanity hasn’t felt as overwhelming as one would expect, thanks to Brain Fuel. The boost my mind is receiving from these mushroom superfoods has been immensely helpful.

The change in my cognition was noticeable as so as I began taking this daily supplement. I feel more calm and clear each time I take the three little pills.

Om Brain Fuel - Lion's Mane and Folate

I also like that all of Om products are vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, and kosher. There are no fillers or sugars added, so I know I’m getting the purest form of superfood I can get. I plan on continuing my usage of Brain Fuel even after I finish this bottle.

Guard Your Wellness with Immune Defense

In addition to the Brain Fuel, Om also sent me their Immune Defense. This supplement contains mushroom superfoods designed to support gut and immune health.

Mushroom Superfoods Immune Defense

It is powered by a blend of Reishi, Turkey Tail, Maitake,  and Agaricus, as well as Vitamin C. Like Brain Fuel, Immune Defense is also gluten-free, vegan, grown in the US, and free of added sugar.

I haven’t started using Immune Defense yet. However, I will be traveling more starting in August, which means lots of planes, trains, and automobiles. It also means exposure to various germs.

Om Immune Defense - Reishi and Vit C

To help boost my immunity, I plan on incorporating Immune Defense into my daily routine before, during and after my travels. Since I don’t want to get sick like I did last year, I need all the help I can get. (I will update you on the results later this summer.)

If you’re looking to incorporate mushroom superfoods into your daily routine, I highly suggest trying Om supplements. They offer a variety of products for a variety of needs, including cognitive and immune support. Their all-natural formulations will help give your body the extra superfood boost it needs.

Do you use mushroom superfoods? Which formula would work best for your body?

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Allergy-Free Pockets Certified Delicious

Certified Delicious Allergy-free Pockets
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When it comes to choosing frozen foods, I’m extremely picky. Regardless of convenience, I don’t want fillers, preservatives or processed ingredients in my food. I prefer to eat as clean and possible and with products from Mikey’s I can. Their allergy-free pockets are not only free from dairy, soy, and grain, but they’re also certified delicious.

After trying a selection of their products, I was curious to know more about the name behind the brand, Mikey. It turns out, he is a classically trained chef, who worked at restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in NYC and French Laundry in Napa. While these culinary stalwarts are known for their incredible cuisine, they don’t really offer a chef the chance to share his food with diners everywhere.

Hence, Mikey’s was born.

Clean, Allergy-free Pockets
Mickey's Pockets Packaging

Mikey’s allergy-free pockets come in seven varieties, including two breakfast pockets. Since I don’t eat red meat or pork-based products, the brand kindly sent me their cheese pizza pockets and cauliflower curry pockets. Regardless of whether you are a meat eater or not, all of the pockets are soy, milk & lactose, and grain free. Additionally, they are also Paleo-friendly and low in sugar.

I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about trying a pizza pocket featuring plant-based mozzarella. Although, plant-based cheeses have come a long way, mozzarella is still hard to pull off. This is not the case with the Mikey’s Cheese Pizza Pockets. I couldn’t even tell that the cheese wasn’t real. It was just delicious.

Mickey's Plant Based Pizza Pockets

I also really appreciate that you get two pockets in each package. At 310 calories each, they make for a great lunch or dinner option. Pair them with a salad and you have a very healthy, balanced meal.

In addition to the pizza pocket, I also tried the allergy-free Cauliflower Curry Pockets. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Indian food, nor is Indian food the biggest fan of me, I was also a bit apprehensive.  Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. These pockets were also extremely delicious. The curry flavor was not overpowering. Instead, it complimented the cauliflower and other veggies perfectly.

Allergy Free Cauliflower Curry Pockets

It is important to note that the cauliflower pockets are vegetarian and not vegan, as they do contain egg and honey. Perhaps in the future, Mikey’s will add more plant-based pocket options to their offerings. At 230 calories per serving, the Curry Cauliflower Pockets are also a great, healthy option for lunch or dinner, or even as an afternoon snack.

More Mikey’s Please

After trying out these delicious, allergy-free pockets from Mikey’s, I want more. More of the pockets, including giving the Egg and Cheese a try, as well more of their other products. The brand also makes tortillas, pizza crust, English muffins, muffin tops, and bread. All of which are made from simple, clean ingredients. I highly recommend testing them out for yourself, especially if you are looking for allergy-free foods.

Have you tried Mikey’s before? Which certified delicious, allergy-free pocket would you try?

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Have You Tried Superfood Supplements?

The world of supplements always seems to be evolving. This is partly the result of consumers being more open and curious about the possible benefits of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it’s also driven by how many new options are available to us, including supplements formulated with superfood ingredients.

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Give Your K-Beauty a Super Fruit Upgrade

Give Your K-Beauty a Super Fruit Upgrade
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Every now and again a surprise package shows up at my door. It makes me feel like a kid on their birthday. You can imagine my excitement when FaceTory unexpectedly sent me their Lux Plus box to review. Because I had so much fun with their March 7 Lux Box, I couldn’t wait to try out some new Super Fruit infused K-Beauty products.

Get Your Super Fruit Glow On
K-Beauty Super Fruit_Facetory Lux Plus Box

When I opened my Lux Plus Box, I was intrigued by array of products. We have a full size cleanser, serum, and konjac sponge, as well as three sheet masks, and a mini hand cream set. All of which feature super fruit botanicals as part of their ingredient lists.

In addition to the products, the box also comes with a handout guide that provides details about each item. I especially like the key ingredient and direction sections.  It is a nice, helpful bonus.

The Lotus Jeju Botanical pH Balancing Cleanser
Super Fruit The Lotus Cleanser

One of the first products I gravitated towards was The Lotus Cleanser. I’m a sucker for beautifully designed packaging like the one featured on the cleanser box. I was also intrigued by the key ingredients of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract and Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract. I had a sneaking suspicion I was going to love this cleanser thanks to my previous use of aloe vera based products. They are so hydrating and nonirritating on my sensitive, dry skin.

My instincts were correct. This gel to foam cleanser leaves my skin balanced and free of impurities without feeling stripped of moisture. It’s so gentle and works exceptionally well with the konjac sponge.

Dr. Lola Jeju Nature Cleansing Tool
K-Beauty_ Dr Lola Konjac Sponge

Like the aloe based cleanser, I’ve also used a Konjac Sponge before. It’s such a unique tool. Made from the konjac root, the sponge naturally cleanses and exfoliates your skin. While it’s ideal for acne prone skin, it can be used on all skin types because it very mildly exfoliates and removes dirt and oil.

K-Beauty Super Fruit_ Cleanser and Konjac Sponge Use

I use it once or twice a week to help give my skin an extra boost of dead skin removal and cleansing. You can use the sponge alone or add a cleanser to it. I like to pair it with The Lotus Cleanser for a nice super fruit treatment. Once I’m done, I rinse out the sponge and place it in a konjac container I have from Julep. This helps keep it protected and from drying out.

Puregen Multi Collagen Power Lifting Serum
Super Fruit Puregen Serum

Next up in the land of super fruit, we have the Puregen serum. I don’t know how I lived without serums before incorporating them into my skincare routine. They really do make a huge difference, and this serum is no exception. It’s both lightweight and very nourishing.

Puregen Super Fruit Serum Use

With key ingredients like Hydrolyzed Collagen and Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, my skin gets a boost of hydration, as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. My skin absolutely loves this serum, and I love how soft and nourished it feels all day and all night.

Super Fruit Sheet Masks
Super Fruit Infused Facial Masks

As I mentioned above, in addition to full size skincare products, the Lux Plus box also comes with 3 sheet masks. This time I received the Ariul Juice Cleanse Mask 2x Raspberry Lentil, Huangjisoo Centella Repairing Mask, and the FaceTory Let’s Talk Vitality Mask. I enjoyed treating my skin to all three.

First up, I used the Centella Mask, which features Centella Asiatica and Tremella Fuciformis Extract. These ingredients help heal and protect, while also brightening and evening out skin tone. The mask does have a strong floral, fruit scent, but it’s not so overpowering that it makes hard to wear for the suggested 15-20 minutes. It fit my face well and left my skin feeling refreshed, hydrated, and very soft.

Next, I used The FaceTory Let’s Talk Vitality Mask.  This mask features Punica Granaturn Fruit Extract and Shea Butter. These ingredients help soften the skin, while also delivering anti-oxidant rich properties that help reduce the signs of aging.

K-Beauty Facetory Mask Wear

Of the three masks I tried, this one was my favorite. I like the thick consistency of the mask, which helped it adhere well to my face. It was also very cooling and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated and looking plump.

Finally, we have the Ariul Juice Cleanse Mask. This unique mask features a nourishing Raspberry and Lentil filled essence, which helps your skin fight off free radicals. The essence also works to brighten and tighten skin, while increasing hydration.

Though it does take a little more effort to mix the essence with the mask, it’s also kind of fun. I did have some issues getting the mask to align and adhere to my face. While the mask was soothing, it did feel a  little intense on my skin. However, I did love seeing how glowy my face looked after I took the mask off.  

Duft & Doft Mini Hand Creams Set
K-Beauty Mini Hand Creams

Finally we have the super fruit packed mini hand cream set. As someone who can’t be without hand cream, most of the time, I am happy to have these in my collection. I keep one in my purse and another in my car.

The set includes four hand creams in four different scents. There is a nice range of fruity, floral, and musky, which I like. What I appreciate most is the texture. Formulated with shea butter and collagen, all of the hand creams are super hydrating without being greasy. I especially appreciate this when I’m in the car. I know I can apply my hand cream and not have to worry about my hands sliming up the steering wheel.

And bonus, they also help to reduce the signs of aging. I really like this because your hands are one of the first parts of your body to show age.

I’m so glad FaceTory sent me their Lux Plus box to try. It’s an affordable way to try unique K-Beauty products. I’m really loving the Super Fruit theme of this box and the results I’ve experienced with all the products.

Have you tried FaceTory before? Which Super Fruit product would you like to try?

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Discover Eco-Friendly Clothing That’s Super Comfy

I work from home, which means I prefer to spend most of my time wearing comfy clothes. Of course, they also have to be stylish. Instead of turning to fast fashion, I look for brands that are creating eco-friendly clothing. They’re more conscious of the environment and of working conditions of those who make the clothes.

Super Comfy Eco-Friendly Clothing
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Start a Delicious Morning Routine

Start a Delicious Morning Routine
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Whether my alarm goes off or not, I don’t meet the morning with glee. After untangling myself from the sheets, I stumble out of bed with messy hair, blurry eyes, and the inability to create coherent sentences. As you can imagine, breakfast is not always on my mind. Counting down when I can go back to sleep is more my speed, unless I have something delicious to get my morning routine going.   

My Plant-Based Morning Routine
A Delicious Morning Routine with Puffins and Elmhurst

A few years ago I switched to a more plant-based diet. One of the easiest places to make this change came at breakfast. Usually this in the form of a green smoothie of some type, but this isn’t always convenient. Let’s face it, when you’re not a morning person, busting out the blender and the measuring cups can be a chore.

This is why I was so excited to add Barbaras Puffins Cereal and Elmhurst Milks to my morning routine. They’re a quick, delicious healthy way to help me start my day.

Cereal + Milk = Delicious

One of the reasons I begrudgingly ate cereal as a kid was because I never liked the taste of milk. Most of the time, I would eat my cereal out of the box or pour it in the bowl plain. This is how much I don’t like dairy milk.

I was so excited when dairy alternatives started arriving at my grocery store. Back then, there was only one alternative option. Today, I can choose from Oat, Almond, and Cashew.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Plant Based Milks

Before Elmhurst kindly sent me some of their milks for review, I had tried their Oat Milk and was already a fan. One of the things I like most about these unsweetened plant-based milks is how few ingredients they contain. Their Almond and Cashew have two ingredients, nuts and filtered water, while their Oat has three, water, oats and salt.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Milks

These milks are rich, creamy and free from fillers, artificial flavors, and sugars. They are also the perfect pairing for Barbaras Puffins Cereal.

Another reason I gave up on the traditional milk and cereal was because of how mushy my cereal would get. If I didn’t eat it quick enough it would become a bowl of yuckiness. So, I was a bit skeptical about adding Puffins to my morning routine. Would these bite-sized puffs hold up to the Elmhurst milk?

Morning Routine_Barbaras Puffins Cereal

In reality, I had nothing to worry about because they are made for mixing with milk. They stay crunchy, while also absorbing just enough of the milk creaminess.

The brand was kind enough to send me two of the cereal varieties, Peanut Butter and Honey Rice. Not only do I enjoy their crispy texture, but I also love the taste. They are just right amount of hearty and sweet.

Morning Routine_Puffin Cereal Bites

Another Puffins perk is that they are low in sugar and available in vegan and vegetarian options. Their peanut butter (6 grams of sugar per serving) is low fat, vegan, and made from corn and whole grain oat.  The Honey Rice (5 grams of sugar per serving) is vegetarian, low fat, rich in fiber and made from gluten-free whole grain brown rice.

Did I mention the also have cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate, and pumpkin cereals? I can definitely see them making an appearance in my morning routine very soon. I wonder which version of Elmhurst milks I should pour over each first? Something tells me all of their milks would pair oh so well with all of these cereals.

If you looking to add some delicious to your morning routine, try the fabulous combo of Elmhurst planet-based milks and Barbaras Puffin Cereal. I can’t promise they will make you a morning person, but they’ll at least make getting up a little easier.

What’s your morning routine? Are you a cereal and milk fan?

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Allergy-Free Milk and Cookies + More

It seems like everyone is allergic to something these days. Unfortunately, even I’ve developed a few food sensitivities as I’ve gotten older. This can prevent you from enjoying the foods you love, but not always. Thanks to brands like Planet Oat and Enjoy Life you can have your allergy-free cookies and milk, and so much more.

Allergy Free Milk & Cookies + More
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The Perfect Gift for the Tea Lover

The Perfect Gift for the Tea Lover
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I may not be a coffee drinker, but I am a tea lover. It’s my go-to hot, and sometimes cold, beverage. As a result, I can accumulate quite a lot of tea boxes/tins/containers. A girl needs her pumpkin spice in the fall and some refreshing mint tea in the spring. I’ve always wanted a better way to organize or display my tea and I found it in the Mijenko Tea Boxes.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I knew I had to share these gorgeous and well-made boxes with you. After all, they would make the perfect gift for yourself or the tea lover in your life.

A Tea Box for a Tea Lover

When my package from Mijenko, named after founders Mick and Jen, arrived I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew the box would be made from wood and have separate slots for loose and bagged tea. I was not expecting the boxes to be beautifully packaged and stunningly crafted. They are true works of art that make you want to display them in your home.

Mijenko Tea Lover Box Packaging

This is another reason why I think these boxes makes such great gifts. Opening them up is a true sensory experience. First, they come in a heavy duty, exquisitely designed cardboard box. The box alone is worthy of display. I love the dark tea color and striped, foil design.

Additionally, I’m impressed by how well each tea box is packaged and protected. It’s nice to know your tea lover gift will arrive at its destination without getting damaged. Even if you do have any damages or issue, Mijenko makes contacting them to fix the problem extremely easy. It’s very apparent how much they care about their products and their consumers. H

Stunningly Handcrafted

Each Mijenko Tea Storage box is handcrafted from trees around the world. As a result, every box is unique and equally stunning. You can feel the craftsmanship that goes into each 8 pound Rose Gold or Silver Tea Storage.

Mijenko Tea Lover Box

The glass on the box is tempered to prevent breakage, while the metallic fixtures feel very solid and of high quality. It really is a dream for any tea lover.

Inside each box you will find eight extra-large dividers, which you can use to store loose leaf tea or tea bags. As nice little bonus, you also get a cute tea diffuser that looks like a tea kettle.

Tea Lover Tea Diffuser

As you can tell, there really isn’t anything I don’t like about my Mijenko Tea Storage Box. They are a true statement piece that is also highly useful. It makes me want to host my own high tea party.

They are perfect for the tea lover that entertains or for someone with a growing tea collection. I think they would also be a nice gift for Mother’s Day, a Bridal Shower, Birthdays, the Holidays or really any time. I know my own mom would have loved one.

Are you a tea lover? Would you store your tea in a wooden tea box?

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