#LoveofLeaves

#loveofleavesNow a days the drink market is one of the fastest growing markets for companies in the food industry. Pepsi and Coke are constantly trying to outbid each other to diversify their product lines by acquiring smaller popular drinks. For example Gatorade is owned by Pepsi. Coke has made recent headlines by bidding for a stake in both Keurig Green Mountain Coffee and Monster Energy Drinks. What does this mean? Well the fact is the carbonated beverage market has been in decline for years while the beverage industry’s product lines are constantly expanding.

The popular brand Lipton is owned by UniLever which also owns products like Dove, Axe, Ben and Jerry’s and Vaseline. A few years back Lipton expanded their tea line to include Pure Leaf Tea. I have been a fan of this team for quite some time but have not been keeping up with UniLever’s marketing campaigns since starting work but I have to say their website looks awesome, especially the page showing off their brand’s most recent spotlights. What is interesting about Pure Leaf’s most recent campaign is that for every tweet, share and post with #LoveofLeaves, the company is donating one dollar to Wholesome Wave. You can check out this campaign, local Farmers Market and so much more on the Love of Leaves website. But hurry there is only a short time left for this marketing campaign and they are approaching the $150,000 goal!

I am really grateful that Influenster introduced me to this campaign (I had heard about the product before but had not heard about this great campaign). The idea of buying local and helping your community is a concept close to my heart and my company’s.

IMG_3399I love that my office, twice a week, is in a location where I can walk across the street to a local Farmer’s Market. It is nice to be able to hand the farmers money rather than paying for the fruits and veggies in the stores. Today was great because I was able to get 5 zucchini, 3 egg plants, 3 bell peppers, a quart of yellow and green beans and a quart of peaches for just sixteen dollars – that is simply unheard of!

I love not having to brew tea in the mornings during the summer just to be able to have it in the afternoon at work. I also like that Pure Leave Tea truly does taste like it was brewed that day and not been sitting in a bottle for months. When I bring it for lunch for that nice caffeine burst to beat the afternoon slump, I like to be able to keep it in the fridge so it really is like a nice iced tea! I recommend trying the Raspberry flavor of the tea. Just as a note I wish like Snapple that Lipton would produce more this tea’s flavors in the diet version because one bottle has 160 calories which is a lot for a drink.

***I received this product complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes. The opinions expressed in this blog are simply my own and created based on my love of blogging!***

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

The Secret to a #BikiniReadyLifestyle

#bikinireadylifestyleEvery girl thinks about that time of the year when they have to go to a pool party or head to the beach – even if you claim you don’t, you are probably lying.  Come on ladies….we all know I am talking about the summer season!

Summer is one of those times that is awesome but we know it is coming long before it arrives thats to magazine covers, stories on the news or any entertainment show.  It may come at the same time every year; however, it always seems to sneak up on us.  How is that possible?

Going from being a college athlete to becoming a NARP (non-athletic regular person) I was worried that I would loose my athletic build.  I have always had something to train for so how do I keep it up now?

Well, I love going to the gym.  One of the first things I did when I relocated to Buffalo was find a gym.  I do not need anything fancy, I just needed a gym with weights, a treadmill and an elliptical.  Thankfully I found one right down the road from the house.  I also love waking up and doing something in the morning, whether it is some Zumba, a workout DVD (yes I still use those), abs and push-ups, going to the gym bright and early (it opens at 5am but I am not typically that ambitious) or just something to get the blood flowing.  I feel so much more productive in the morning.  I also love playing tennis or going for runs around the neighborhood because I love the area that I am living in.

bikini readySo when Influenster sent me the Bikini Ready “gummies” as part of the #vitavoxbox I was a little skeptical.  Just because I do not do diet products, just the old fashion working out and trying to keep pretty healthy.  They are all right, do I believe they work as far as energy (what they claim to do)?  I mean they are pure sugar so what do you expect? They are probably not effecting my metabolism as much as working out and eating right helps but for someone who’s goal it was to loose weight and boost their metabolism maybe they give you that extra advantage.  

I am a firm believer in the idea that your mind is your biggest enemy.  If you believe something is working, you are going to imagine the effects happening.  You also are more likely to buy into healthier habits – at least for a period of time.   But I also received one of the packets with only 2 gummies in it, it may be one of those things I need to give another shot as far as a source of energy.

So how did my sumer of #BikiniReadyLifestyle go? This year I went on vacation to the Bahamas, spent time at the lake with my family, hung out by pool and made sure I got outside as much as I could once I started working because….look out Buffalo, winter is coming and they are calling for a doozy!

***I received this product complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes.  The opinions expressed in this blog are my own!***