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The Cozy Mug Tea Box Review

A while ago I received a message from a new company, called The Cozy Mug. They are a monthly subscription service that sends you a box full of tea or coffee samples every month, along with some bonus surprises. They asked me to check out their tea box, to see whether I would like it. This idea is right up my alley so as you can probably guess, I fell in love. Here I am, sharing my experience with you.

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First of all, the packaging of the box was adorable. Everything came packed in layers of pink, cream and mint tissue paper, with little sparkly stars inside.

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The first thing I found inside were three packets of bagged tea. I got Masala Chai (black), Peach Oolong (oolong)  and Fruit Sangria (herbal) tea. 

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Then I found three packets of loose leaf tea (woop! Loose leaf is my favourite!). I got Mango Black Tea, Citron Green Tea, and White Blueberry Tea. Being a blueberry tea lover, I immediately opened the packet of white blueberry tea and the smell that came out was just amazing. I brewed some right away and it tastes just as good as it smells!

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Lastly I found my three surprise items. The first one is a delicious chocolate chunk cookie (that didn’t survive for long after this picture was taken… omnomnom). There was also an all natural lipbalm, in a peppermint lemongrass flavour (yes please!!). It melts right onto your lips and tastes delicious.

The very last thing were these funny looking sticks, that turned out to be filled with delicious honey.

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Can you imagine receiving this box at work? Best coffee break ever!

The box also contained this little leaflet, with a little introduction and all the brands of the items inside the box, so you can get big sizes of everything you love.

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A big thank you to The Cozy Mug for providing me with all this deliciousness! It’s a tea lover’s dream.

If you guys want to get your very own tea or coffee box, check out The Cozy Mug’s website.

Fresh Salmon Risotto

Risotto is one of my favourite dishes to make. I’m sure you’ll love this fresh version with salmon and mint!

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Ingredients:
– Risotto rice
– Vegetable broth
– Light veggies of choice (I used canned peas and baby carrots)
– Salmon filet
– Fresh mint
– Red onion (diced)
– Lemon juice
– Herb butter (or regular)

In a pot, heat up some butter and sautée the onion. Add the risotto rice, and stir until it becomes clear. When the rice turns clear, add the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Keep stirring the risotto regularly to prevent burning.
Meanwhile, in another pan, bake the salmon on some herb butter.
Keep stirring and boiling the risotto until it becomes slimey. When it’s almost done, add the vegetables. Turn off the heat, and add the lemon juice. Tear or cut op the mint leaves and add to the risotto.
You can serve the salmon whole, or shred it up and stir into the risotto (I prefer it that way, saves you the usage of a knife 😉 )

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I absolutely love how fresh, light and delicious this dish is, while still filling you up nicely. I really hope you try it out and love it as much as I do!

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Below is an exerpt from one of my vlogs of me cooking this dish, for those of you that prefer a visual walk-through. Please excuse the unprofessionalness of this clip, I literally took it straight out of a vlog!

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Anyone who’s been following me on instagram will be familiar with these: healthy oatmeal breakfast muffins! They are my favourite snack ever, healthy and delicious! I love to make a batch on monday and enjoy them all throughout the week, whenever I get hungry.

The measurements:
200 g oats
300 g apple sauce
1/2 tsp salt
stevia to taste
320 g water
22 g vegetable or coconut oil
heaping tsp vanilla extract
Toppings of choice!

Place into a pre-heated oven on 190 degrees C for about 20 minutes.
Enjoy!

I adapted this recipe from my favourite healthy desert blog, Chocolate Covered Katie. Here’s the link to the original recipe:
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/01/08/breakfast-oatmeal-cupcakes-to-go/

DIY Granola Bars – Chocolate Forest Fruit

Ah, granola bars… Can we just talk about how amazing they are for a moment? They are sweet, healthy, delicious and nourishing. When there’s chocolate involved too, WOOH! Does it get any better?
You guys have to try out this recipe for homemade chocolate forest fruit granola bars. Homemade means you know exactly what’s going in there- no nasty surprise ingredients!

Eco Emi Unboxing & First Thoughts

You guys know I love my organic products. Eco Emi is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box filled with organic product testers, ranging from makeup to candles, and from food to cleaning products. In this video I open up my box and share my first impressions with you!

This month I recieved this in my box:
Foam Bath by Aura Cacia
Dark Chocolate Squares by Sweet Riot
Lip Gloss by Marie Natie
Evenly Radiant Brightening Skincare by Dermae
Chocolate Raspberry Candle by Natures Natural
African Black Soap
Aquanatural Sponge
All-Purpose Cleaner by Natural Flower Power