Beth’s Picks: Zhena’s Gypsy Coconut Chai Tea

We live in one of the coldest places on earth now: the Sunset district. Ok, I may be exaggerating a little, but it is pretty foggy and chilly out here for a good part of the year. I was so depressed to leave sunny Potrero Hill, but alas. They just want too much money for that sun.

But, I think we’re settling in ok. I’m the weird kind of gal that would much rather put on a sweatshirt and make a nice hot cup of tea than sweat to death on some beach. So I suppose this is really the perfect place for me.

I drank a lot of tea before, but now I’m drinking probably 5 or 6 cups a day, especially when I’m powering away at my desk. For everyday cups of tea, I usually stick to the basic Earl Grey, but when it’s really cold and I need a little treat, I like to throw something a little more exotic in the mix for a change.

I recently stumbled upon Zhena teas, and let me tell you what, people. The coconut chai flavor is out of this freaking world. The coconut provides a smooth, tropical flair and the chai warms you up from the inside out. You would swear you were sipping tea in some remote Indian street market or something. Absolutely hands down the best chai I have ever tasted, and I mean that. It becomes a luscious treat with milk and honey but is also still spectacular on its own.

And sometimes with a fruity or sweet tea, the fruit or sweet flavor is just too much. Not so with this tea. There is just the slightest hint of coconut, but enough that you can still taste it. Amazing.

If you’re a tea lover like me and you also like the spicy warmth of a good cup of chai, you gotta get your hands on this stuff! So good!

Beth’s Picks: Mimi The Sardine Lunchbugs

I did more shopping around for Bowie’s lunch box than I did when we were buying our car. I just had a very clear picture of what I wanted, and it had to meet a few requirements:

It had to be eco-friendly, because…well, it just had to, okay?

It had to be affordable, because we are a family on a budget.

It had to be durable, because I am generally not easy on my stuff.

It had to fit in my purse or the diaper bag, because the whole point was eating on the go.

It had to be able to house a whole bunch of food, because Bowie’s tastes change daily.

At first I resisted the Mimi the Sardine Lunchbug because every single other kid in our neighborhood had one. I was hoping for something that would stick out in the crowd, for school purposes down the line. But, the more hunting and shopping and researching that I did, I figured out that every other parent was buying these bags because it turns out, they really are a great product.

The Lunchbug met every single one of my criteria, and was cute to boot. You can also so easily clean it by just tossing it in with the laundry, and it really doesn’t get much easier than that. I hadn’t thought about ease of cleaning as a requirement, but that is an important one too, am I right?

We happen to have the Hybrid Cars print, because the kiddo is wild about anything with wheels. But, this was a tough choice, because I thought the Propeller, Stripes, Bugs and Jungle prints were also completely adorable.

This bag has turned out to be an invaluable product for me, and I give a big recommendation for any busy mama who packs lunches.