Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tea Tuesdays! (14): Today's Tea is...all about the mint! ;)

I'm totally obsessed with tea, so every Tuesday, I'm sharing one of my favourites...and maybe sometimes something just totally awesome and tea-related. :D

Recently my biggest tea obsession has been loose tea! If you're new to loose tea, check out my first Tea Tuesday post and see how easy it is to brew! You can also click my "Tea Tuesdays!" button above to see my previous tea posts! :D

Today, I'm not going to be sharing just one tea...instead I'm going to be sharing my stash of Peppermint tea with you all! :D

I've always been a big fan of peppermint tea. I know it's a flavour that not everyone loves, but I personally find peppermint to be comforting, soothing, relaxing, awakening, and somehow a little bit of everything at once. I can drink it to wake up, fall asleep, help an upset stomach (or on occasion, a hangover ;P), and it just works for me. 

Here's what my strictly peppermint stash looks like: 

I've got some "Peppy Peppermint" from Steeped Tea, some "Pure Peppermint" from Tetley, and "Peppermint" from STASH. I haven't even included all of my variations of peppermint in this collection though because I really do have even more teas that have a little mint in them. Like two of my favourites, DAVIDsTEA's "Mint to be" and Steeped Tea's "After Eight" (which I have a giveaway on for right now...it ends on October 3rd, so make sure you don't miss it!).

I still haven't gotten a plain peppermint from DAVIDsTEA, but I think for now, I probably have enough to last for a while! ;D haha 

Peppermint tea is one of my favourites when I need a little comfort.

Do you have a favourite comfort tea?
If you do, what is it?
And if you just like tea in general, what's your favourite?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (28): Perfect Couple!!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!


PERFECT COUPLE (SUPERLATIVES #2) by Jennifer Echols

Hitting the shelves on January 15, 2014 from Simon Pulse

Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?


MY THOUGHTS

First, I just have to say that I am a ginormous Jennifer Echols fangirl....I absolutely adore her writing style, and LOVE her characters!!! :D Second, I DEVOURED Biggest Flirts, the first book in the Superlatives, and I loved it so freaking much! Ever since I read it, I've been super eager to read Harper's and Kaye's stories. This one is Harper's, and I am so EXCITED!!!! :D I also can't wait to get to see how Tia and Will are....I just love getting cameos of past characters in companion series!!!! :D Perfect Couple seriously CANNOT release fast enough for my liking...I can't wait!!! :P

Is anyone else a big-time Jennifer Echols fangirl?
Are you excited for Perfect Couple?
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday (28): FAMOUS IN LOVE!!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!


FAMOUS IN LOVE by REBECCA SERLE

Hitting the shelves on October 21, 2014 from Poppy

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

MY THOUGHTS

I used to follow celebrity news like crazy...not so much anymore, but since I used to be really interested in all that celeb gossip, this book still sounds seriously intriguing to me! :) I also love that it ties in with the whole love triangle aspect we're all familiar with from some more recent movie and book series. :P It definitely sounds like a story that fits in perfectly with the popular culture we're so used to right now! :P

Are you eagerly awaiting Famous in Love, too?
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (27): A Thousand Pieces of You!!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!


A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

Hitting the shelves on November 4, 2014 from Harper Teen

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.


MY THOUGHTS

I love parallel universe stories, and this one sounds really interesting! I haven't read any of Claudia Gray's other books yet, but I am extremely intrigued by A Thousand Pieces of You...and I have to admit that this cover really caught my eye! I've actually been smitten with this book since I first saw the cover and read the blurb months ago! I can't wait for it to come out in November! :D

Who else can't wait to read A Thousand Pieces of You?
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tea Tuesdays! (13): Today's Tea is...After Eight!! #Giveaway

I'm totally obsessed with tea, so every Tuesday, I'm sharing one of my favourites...and maybe sometimes something just totally awesome and tea-related.

My biggest tea obsession is definitely loose tea! If you're new to loose tea, check out my first Tea Tuesday post and see how easy it is to brew! You can also click my "Tea Tuesdays!" button above to see my previous tea posts! :D

Today's Tea is Steeped Tea's AFTER EIGHT!

Steeped Tea's catalogue describes AFTER EIGHT as "Just like the rich chocolate thin mint, this tea is great after a meal!" 
I have to agree with that! It is great after a meal, but it's also delicious at pretty much any time. It's a black tea, and it definitely has a rich chocolate flavour with a subtle hint of mint. I absolutely love this tea, and for the last couple of weeks, I've been having it as a latte...and boy is it gooooood!!! :D I've also had it just by itself, and that's fantastic, too...but I'm definitely enjoying it as a latte!

Here, take a peek:

I've only recently started drinking Steeped Tea, and already I love some of their flavours! I still love DAVIDsTEA, too, but I'm definitely enjoying trying out more and more of Steeped Tea's teas!!! :D

I first got to try Steeped Tea when my friend Kristilyn (from Reading in Winter...and she's recently become a Steeped Tea consultant, too!) had a party, and the lovely consultant who told us all about Steeped Tea was Christa Jones!!!

You can follow Christa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and you can check out her Steeped Tea website, here. I'd definitely recommend her Facebook and Instagram at the very least...she has some awesome posts and shares some really great pictures! :D

Just like me, Christa's also a huge fan of the delicious AFTER EIGHT, and she has been generous enough to donate a 100g bag of AFTER EIGHT for one lucky winner!!! The giveaway is limited to Canadians though! Sorry about that, but it has to do with restrictions on shipping, sales and all those customs and duty mumbo jumbo. :P

So, I'm not gonna make you wait any longer, check out the giveaway I've got where you can win some After Eight for yourself! It ends October 3rd...so you should have lots of time to enter! ;D

GIVEAWAY

* 1 Winner will receive one 100g bag of Steeped Tea's AFTER EIGHT tea
* Canadians Only
* Must be 13 years or older to enter
* Winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter, will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
* Giveaway ends October 3rd at 11:59 PM (MST).

TO ENTER FILL OUT THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW: 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Who would love to win some After Eight?!
And what tea are you loving right now?