Tiny Tea Review: Halfway point

Yesterday was day 7 out of 14 on the Tiny Tea Teatox, and honestly I haven’t noticed anything life changing/worth blogging for paragraphs about. I will say that I have had a little bit more energy, I just feel fresh in the mornings when I wake up, but this could be for a number of different reasons. I recently got a new gel pillow that lets me sleep at night like no other, and as of late, I’ve also been taking a women’s multivitamin, and other vitamins to aid in cleaning my body from the inside out. I will do a full review on day 14. See you all then!

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Reship Review

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I wanted to quickly review a mail forwarding service, called Reship that I used for the first time not too long ago. Reship is a service that you can use to ship items internationally to avoid high shipping costs, or you can use Reship to shop online at stores that don’t generally offer shipping to your country.

I was recently looking at a beautiful Tory Burch tote online, that retailed for $295.00 before taxes and shipping. I wanted to see what the final cost of it would be if I shipped it to Canada, more specifically, Winnipeg. So I signed up to receive the Tory Burch E-newsletters, and added the tote to my cart, and went through all of the prompts and filled out my personal information. When I got to the last step before actually paying, my total ended up being $372.00!!! That’s over $70.00 in just fees, taxes and shipping… Whereas, standard shipping from Tory Burch to anywhere in the United States is $4.00. This is what made me want to start shopping around for a reliable mail forwarding service. After looking online for a bit I finally decided on Reship. I decided that for my first order through Reship, I was going to place an order for something fairly cheap, and was only going to spend an amount of money, that I was willing to lose if, for some reason Reship lost my package, or it ended up being a weird scam. So I signed up.

There was a flat rate fee of $5.00 just for signing up. No big deal. After the sign up process, you’re given a U.S. Mailing Address, and you’re prompted to fill out your profile, which includes the address to which Reship should ship your items once they receive them, and the credit card to which they can charge their fee per package. On September 13th, 2014, I ordered a bracelet from a website called Max & Chloe for, $35.00. The Max & Chloe website charged me $4.95 to ship my bracelet to my Reship address in Portland, Oregon. Once Reship received my package on September 19th, they notified my by email. I logged onto my Reship account and by clicking on the “Outgoing Orders” tab, I was able to see that Reship had in fact received my bracelet! So, the next step was to start the shipping process to my home address. To ship this one package, Reship charged me a flat fee of $5.00 for handling the parcel, next, I had to pay for actual shipping from Reship to my home address, and for this they gave me the following six options:

  • USPS – USPS First Class International (Estimated up to 90 Days) – $11.75 (I picked this one because it’s obviously the cheapest)
  • USPS – USPS Priority International (Estimated 7 – 10 Business Days) – $30.96
  • DHL – DHL Express Worldwide (Estimated 2 – 5 Business Days) – $26.83
  • UPS – UPS Standard Standard (Estimated 7 – 10 Business Days) – $25.66
  • FEDEX – FedEx International Economy (Estimated 5 – 7 Days) – $45.78
  • FEDEX – FedEx International Priority (Estimated 2 – 5 Business Days) – $52.37

The intention behind me using a mail forwarding service was to save money, so I obviously went with the cheapest shipping option for $11.75. I received my bracelet in the mail today, October 8th, 2014, which makes for a total of 25 days (weekends and all) of waiting. I spent $21.70 in total on shipping for this one bracelet. Today I actually checked the Max & Chloe website just to see what they would charge for shipping straight to Canada, and it was $22.00 and some change… LOL. Sorry I had to laugh at myself because I thought I was saving so much money. Evidently not. Also, when I logged onto my Reship account to verify that they had received my bracelet, before shipping it, the website had me note the monetary value of the package, so naturally I put $35.00, so I’m thinking that Reship may charge you shipping and or fees based on what you’re shipping, and how much it costs. Who knows? I’m not about the ship a different items of different weight and value just to find out. All in all, the entire order went well, I just felt like I waited a long time to get my bracelet. I did contact Reship once through email to ask a question and they got back to me within 24 hours, so their response time was great.

Anyone ever use a mail forwarding service? Any suggestions on another company I could use for next time?

Your Tea, Tiny Tea Review

Hey guys!

I’ve been wanting to do a review of the Tiny Tea, by Your Tea Teatox for a while now, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. This isn’t the first time I’ve ordered Tiny Tea, but the last time that I did, I ordered the 28 day supply, and to be honest, I didn’t really take it seriously, and didn’t follow the rules to drinking the tea. I also ordered it almost a year ago, so I don’t remember what my eating or work out habits were like during the teatox.

So, to start, I placed my order for the 14 Day Tiny Tea supply on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014. On this day, they were having a 20% off sale, which was the ultimate factor in me buying the tea again. I received my tea on Tuesday, September 30th 2014… Less than a week later! Let me just say, I remember being impressed with the shipping speed the first time around, and was even more impressed this time. It just seems so quick, and to ship something in under five business days is amazing to me. Five stars for Your Tea’s shipping time!

Rules for drinking Tiny Tea:

The instructions say to boil water (I use the microwave), pour boiled water in an average sized mug and steep the tea for 5-7 minutes. You’re supposed to drink this tea twice a day, either 30 minutes before OR after a meal. The first time I did the teatox, the instructions said to drink it three times a day. I also drank the tea whenever it was convenient and I would skip a lot of days… Clearly I can’t follow simple instructions. The Your Tea website suggests that you clean up your eating during the teatox, and do some form or exercise. They even have an eating plan along with recipes on their website, which you can reference during the teatox.

For those of you who follow me, I plan on following the 17 Day Diet, Cycle 1, eating plan during my teatox, just because I’ve had success with it in the past. You can read my review on the 17 Day Diet here.┬áJust as a heads up, I already started the teatox on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, so I’m already 5 teabags in, including the one I’m drinking right now.

I don’t plan on blogging every day about drinking the tea, my eating and how much I workout, but I will blog after my first week in, and then obviously at the end of the teatox. Wish me luck!

More lifestyle change/eating plan stuff

I feel like I haven’t blogged in a really long time, but it’s only been 6 days.

So after I finished the first cycle of the 17 Day Diet, I decided that I would go on and blog about the second cycle immediately after. That didn’t happen. From the moment I finished cycle 1, up until about this past Saturday, I’ve been indulging like it’s going out of style. Granted, I did try to eat as healthy as possible the past week, every single time someone has presented me with some sort of dessert, or something deep fried, I gladly accepted. Yesterday I had a breakthrough and realized that I didn’t want to undo all my hard work during cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet, so I should probably stop stuffing my face with crap, and just eat healthy and workout. So yesterday, that is what I did. I started with day 1 of the second cycle, and I just thought I would let everyone know that I’m only going to blog about my journey through the second cycle every couple of days. And again, to keep peoples interest I will be posting ‘after’ pictures at the end of cycle 2! Yayyy!

Anyways, blogging every couple of days will leave me more time to blog about more interesting things… Like clothes, and makeup, and nails!

– E

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 17

DAY 17 DONE!

So, as promised, I’m posting my ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots today! But first, here’s my review for yesterday, which was day 17/the last day of the first cycle.

I’m going to go into too much detail right now about my body… So every month when my period comes, I get INSANE cramps. They’re so bad that I break out into cold sweats, I feel like I’m going to throw up, and sometimes the pain is so bad that I feel like I’m going to pass out. It only started getting this bad when I was 17… I’m currently 22 years old. I just suffered for years thinking that I could tough it out, or pray that the next month would be better. I finally went to the doctor two months ago and was prescribed Tylenol 3’s, Buscopan, and Naproxen. The Tylenol 3’s help with the nausea and headaches and just general pain. The Buscopan is to slow the rhythmic contractions in the stomach area, and it reduces muscle spasms. The Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory drug that is helping to reduce the inflammation in my uterus… obviously. These three in conjunction have worked wonderfully. I got my period yesterday and only took one of each of the pills and they lasted all day. Today I took one of each again and I’m feeling good. The relevance of all this TMI is that I’m not supposed to take these pills on an empty stomach, and when I’m on my period, certain foods just turn me off completely, even foods that I normally love. So I just wanted to explain why my eating pattern, and food choices for yesterday were so weird. So onto less gross things…

Yesterday I woke up, had green tea, ate carrots and tzatziki sauce, and microwave popcorn. I thought about eating poached eggs, but the thought of eating eggs made my stomach churn. I took my pills for the first time yesterday and was in a panic about whether or not they would work. Within an hour, I felt like I was having a normal period for the first time in 6 years. So far, so good (:

I didn’t feel like I could eat lunch, so I didn’t.

I didn’t workout because the pills just made me feel tired. My body was relaxed and I just wanted to be cozy in bed. So, that’s what I did. I stayed in bed and started watching Bates Motel (which I’m now OBSESSED with) until I had to get ready for work. I eventually got up and showered and went to work. For dinner at work I had a small, completely plain, piece of baked fish. I also ate frozen mangoes, strawberries, and peach yogurt. That seemed to be enough to satisfy me. At 9:30PM, I finished work and was starving, so my boyfriend took me to Subway to get a chicken breast salad. It was a variety of vegetables, chicken breast, pepper, and oregano. I never get cheese or sauce/dressing on my Subway salads. So I ate my salad, had a tiny bite of a cookie and had a couple of sips of my boyfriends iced tea. When I got home I had a bite of a pork chop filet. So that concluded my eating for the final day of the first cycle. Not horrible, but not exactly perfect.

I’ve decided to continue on with the second cycle of the 17 Day Diet! Yay! You all get to read more posts about my lack of will power when it comes to Chinese food and cookies! Thanks for following me on the first 17 days of this eating plan, and thanks for not being JUDGEY!

Finally, as promised… here are my ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. Don’t be too hard on me!

BEFORE - The morning of my first day on The 17 Day Diet, cycle 1.

BEFORE – The morning of my first day on The 17 Day Diet, cycle 1.

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AFTER – The morning after the final day of The 17 Day Diet, Cycle 1.

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 16

Day 16! I can’t believe I actually only have one day left!

Today was exceptional!

For breakfast I ate one poached egg, carrots and tzatziki sauce, and some turkey soup (I ate lunch -ish items because I woke up late)

I worked out for thirty minutes on the Bowflex! Yayyyyy! In addition to working out I was also doing a lot of house chores before work. Stuff that required moving and lifting, which was good. For lunch I ate more turkey soup, chicken stir fry, a small piece of chicken breast, carrot sticks, and strawberries.

At work, for dinner, I ate cauliflower rice with chicken breast, and mangoes and strawberries with yogurt!

My eating was on point today, and I’m proud that I pushed myself the extra ten minutes on the Bowflex. I’m looking forward to the last day.

I actually want a tea so bad but I’m too lazy to boil water. Stay tuned for the 17th day! On the morning of the 29th, I’ll be posting my ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots! EEEKKKS!

– E

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 15

Uh Oh! Two days left!

It’s safe to say that I had more bad days than good following this eating plan, but I’m not upset. I’ve just come to realize that any type of lifestyle change is going to have it’s bad/horrible days, and there are gonna be some days where you just get it completely right. Last night, after blogging, I was Googling ’17 Day Diet’ reviews, and I was completely enlightened by some of the stuff I had read from other people who had done, or are still doing the 17 Day Diet. So many people raved that by the end of the fourth cycle, they were practically eating whatever they wanted (with a few limitations, according to the book) and were STILL losing weight or maintaining their weight, happily. I read that one person had lost a full 17 pounds doing the first cycle of the book. Another person who had done the four cycles, was down almost 50 pounds, and was looking to re-start the diet to lose a bit more!

To recap my day, for breakfast, I ate two poached eggs, carrot sticks with a bit of tzatziki sauce, and yogurt with strawberries and chia seeds.

Worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex, ate cauliflower rice, baked chicken and baked fish for lunch.

For dinner, I had a lot of chicken stir fry, and some sauteed beef (<– beef isn’t allowed in the first cycle. Whoops).

My eating was pretty simple today. I didn’t really snack in between meals because I didn’t feel the need to. Of course I’ve got two nearly perfect days in a row, near the end of the first cycle. Here’s to the next two days! WISH ME LUCK! I’m going to need it!

– E

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 14

Blogging a little early today. I guess to make up for being late on all my weekend posts.

So right now nearly marks the end of day 14! So exciting. My eating today was exceptional. I tried really hard knowing that I have to post ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos in a matter of days.

This morning for breakfast, I ate two poached eggs, spinach, strawberries and yogurt. I worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex.

For lunch I had cauliflower rice, steamed broccoli and baked fish. I ate an apple and a yogurt cup as a snack between lunch and dinner.

For dinner I had riceless sushi again! SOOO GOOD!!! I also had a miso soup and salmon sashimi. I completely forgot to take a picture of my amazing sushi, even though I really wanted to. It will not be the last time I order this exact same sushi roll, so I will for sure take a picture of it the next time I order it.

I doubt I’ll be doing anymore eating for today, so I’m going to assume that I’ll be ending this day on a really good note. If I do consume anything it’ll be a piece of fruit, a yogurt cup, some raw veggies or some tea.

I started researching ‘make your own riceless sushi’ on Google and Youtube, and there are so many easy, healthy variations. It’s obviously unrealistic for me to continue buying these riceless rolls over and over again. As much as I’d love to, I’d go broke. I will definitely be blogging a how to post on how to make your own riceless sushi soon!

Thanks for the continued support and following me on this 17 day struggle!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 13

WARNING! Today, I DID NOT try.

So here’s my review for day 13.

If you read my review for day 12, you probably guessed that I woke up SOOO hungover this morning. I cannot even remember what time I woke up today. It had to have been like 9:00 or 10:00AM… My head felt like someone was setting off fireworks inside of it. I woke up on my couch, wrapped in towels and blankets from not being able to dress myself after my boyfriend had to bathe me the night before. So shameful. Anyways, I was dying of thirst when I woke up, finally mustered up the strength to put a nightgown on and down a big glass of water. I bummed around the house until my mom and her boyfriend got home. They laughed at me when I told them about the night before, and how I was too much of a hot mess to make it to the club.

Eventually I got dressed and my boyfriend, brother and I went to a nice little asian restaurant and had pho soup… Mmmm. This made me so happy. I got the noodles on the side, and my boyfriend ended up eating them with a bit of my soup. I also ate shrimp salad rolls. Eating made me feel so much better. Also I realized how drinking ice water when hungover, is like drinking liquid gold. My throat was still burning from my exquisite night. So we ate, and then we shopped at Value Village. I bought this super cute black, felt, wide brimmed hat. I came home and I took a nap. When I woke up I ate a couple of chocolate cookies, then my grandpa came over and had supper with Mom and I. We ate turkey, stuffing, broccoli, hamburger macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, baked potatoes, and mashed sweet potatoes and gravy. I had a little bit of everything. As hungry as I thought I was, I had one plate and felt super full.

Just a bit over an hour ago, my boyfriend came home with like tons of chocolates. I just ate two Kinder Surprise Eggs. I can’t help it.

I also drank a Kool-Aid Jammer, which normally, I think are gross and over-sugared. Oh well. My eating is done for the day, and as you can tell, today did not go well, and neither did the rest of my weekend. HAHA! Big time failure. I’m already over it. I did horribly this weekend but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’m sad that it sucked, but I ate what I ate, and drank what I drank and now the day is almost over and tomorrow is a new day.

Thanks for following my weekend shenanigans! Tomorrow will be amazing! Yay for MONDAYYYYYSS! A new week!

– E