Teavana Haul

Hi, I am back!

And I have sad news to tell you.

I HAVE TO QUIT COFFEE.

Sobs.

I was not well for few days past several weeks and as most of my family and friends know, I have severe gastric and acid reflux problem.

I know coffee is horrible for me. Like I can feel my tummy churn when I drink it but I just waved it off. Until I thought I was going to burp but I actually vomited.

Euw. .

It happened a couple times a day for 3 days and I got so fed up and finally admitted it’s the coffee that made me sick.

Let me tell you, my days without coffee were horrible. I had to take naps and I dont like it at all. So A and I turned to Teavana to test out their tea and we got hooked on them. πŸ™‚

We bought three different types of tea, several tea tins and also an infuser mug for me. πŸ™‚

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The tins are so cute aren’t they? But the best part is they were all on sale. So instead of paying full price for all the tins and mugs, we got them at a great discount. 30-50%.

The ones with the hearts were from their Valentine’s Day collection so they were both 50% off and I only had to pay about 20$ for both. The original price for the infuser mug alone is 24.95$. πŸ™‚

Here’s a close up to my infuser mug with my loose tea in it.

 

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And these are the three types of tea that we picked up:

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Rev Up and Strawberry Slender have strong caffeine level compared to the Winterberry and A and I plan to drink those in the morning. I dont usually take a lot of sugar in my diet (now that I have to stop coffee, no more coffee creamer for me boo) so I love my tea to be fruity.

Here are some descriptions of the teas from Teavana website:

WINTERBERRY (Price: 9.98$ per 2 oz)

Tasting note:

Sweet strawberry with delicate yet zingy pink grapefruit and citrus lemon balanced with hibiscus.

Ingredients:

Apple pieces, hibiscus flowers, rose hip peels, lemongrass, orange peel, strawberry pieces, Xue Long green tea, orange slices, natural flavor, marigold petals, apple pieces (apple, citric acid), citric acid.

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REV UP WELLNESS TEA (Price: 12.50$ per 2 oz)

Tasting notes:
Mango, with flavors of peach & apricot balanced with a blend of muscatel Darjeeling black tea, floral jasmine green & high quality Chinese oolong.
Ingredients:

Black tea, oolong tea, apple pieces, green tea, candied mango pieces (mango, sugar, citric acid), natural flavor, mango chips (mango, rice flour), mango pieces, passion fruit pieces (passion fruit juice puree, banana puree), marigold petals.

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STRAWBERRY SLENDER PU-ERH TEA (PRICE: 5.58$ per 2oz)

Tasting notes:

Full bodied infusion of bold pu-erh and sweet strawberry undertones.

Ingredients:

Pu-erh black tea, strawberry pieces, artificial flavoring. <— I just saw that they have artificial flavoring for this loose tea. Have I known it, I wouldn’t buy it. I was just assuming that all Teavana teas were all natural.Β 

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So there we go. I’m so glad I went through the ingredients with you because I just realized that they have artificial flavoring too in their tea. Meh. But that’s okay, I suppose. Adam can take it to work LOL.

To be honest, my most favourite tea is the Winterberry. It smells soooooo nice, so fruity and it tastes great as well! It’s such a treat each time I drink it.

One last thing guys, since Starbucks has acquired Teavana, you can also pay for your Teavana purchases using your Starbucks card and rack up stars! Go check out your local Teavana stores for some tea (they always have tea for samples yay!) and tell me which is your favorite!

Thanks for reading guys. Have a wonderful the rest of your week!

Much love.

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Our New Home

Hi all!

I’m running out of ideas to write, but I have made it my mission to write every week. I am on a roll here, so let’s not break that chain. πŸ™‚

Before moving here to Bakersfield, A and I went a month ahead for the interview and home searching. We looked at different places and this place that we are currently living in, we didn’t get to see it because all the apartments were fully occupied. So we only get to see pictures on the website.

We took that chance and boy, thank God we did coz we love this place! It’s quite and very clean. Most importantly, it has gas range! All my life, I have been cooking with gas range and when we were in Fort Wayne, I struggled a lot to cook due to the range being electric. I’m telling you, the taste of the food cooked on gas range is 150% nicer! πŸ™‚

This new place is definitely bigger than our previous one and since that is the case (and also being in California), the rent is about double from what we paid on our last one.

Okay, no more talking. Let’s see some pictures of our new home!

Dining area.

Dining area.

Finally we get to use our dining table! When we were in FW, we usually eat in front of the TV (so not good!). Here we get to sit and spend some time together reflecting our days at dinner time. πŸ™‚ I love having a proper sit down meal with my family.

Kitchen area. This is where I spend most of my time at.

Kitchen area. This is where I spend most of my time at.

A gets his coffee counter here, which makes him a very happy man! I set up his Verismo machine on that counter, along with his coffee bean grinder. The cabinet above it stores his cups, tea and coffee inventory.

Master bathroom.

Master bathroom.

Since our new bathroom is quite big, I let A share the bathroom with me this time! We had a separate bathroom back in FW and it was actually kind of hard for me to keep up with the cleaning. I mean I cleaned mine every week and he only cleaned his when he has time. πŸ™‚ So now that we share a bathroom together, I only had to clean one bathroom. I still have to clean the other bathroom too but it’s more like scooping the boy’s litter box. πŸ™‚

Master bedroom with the boys taking over our bed

Master bedroom with the boys taking over our bed

Living room

Living room

The single Ikea chair belongs to A / Clinton. They both love that chair while Kitty and I love the chase section of the couch. Funny our cats share our favorite things. Kitty is good tho. He let me share the couch with him but Clinton is very territorial with that Ikea chair. He’d annoy A until he give that chair up. AHA!

Vanity area.

Vanity area.

Double vanity area! It’s a first for us. It’s one of the reason why I let A share the bathroom with me. There’s no way I’d be using this double vanity are all by myself. I mean, I could but that would’t be nice, would it? πŸ™‚

The office

The office

It’s a two bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment. As usual, we turned the second bedroom into our home office where we get some paperworks (for me) and work(for A) done. I put my ironing board in here too but I dont see myself ironing clothes in here. Last week I dragged it to the living room so I could watch some telly while I get my ironing done. πŸ™‚

What do you think of our new home? I love our new home and i think one of the reasons why we are happy here is because we love our home. We have all the space for everything and we also have a garage! LOL. We didnt have one before so when we saw this on the website, we were sold!!

Thanks for reading everyone and I’ll catch you on the next post. Take care and be safe, aight!

Much love.

Fantastic Weekend

Hello!

How are we doing today? It’s Monday, huh. Always the busiest day for me but thank God, I had some time to do some cleaning yesterday while A worked. πŸ™‚ I usually deep clean my kitchen, bathrooms and laundry on Mondays. Sundays are usually reserved for washing the linen and towels so I dont get too busy during the week. Since we both go to the gym almost everyday, I usually have tons of laundry to do. Sad, to be honest coz it’s just two of us here. LOL.

Our weekend started on Friday afternoon, actually coz A reserved the afternoon off with his staff to celebrate their budget work (I think). So we went to the Firehouse here in Bakersfield and man, it was really hard to find that place. BUT, while we were looking for that place, we stumbled upon an Asian Market! Yay! We already went twice this weekend HAHA.

We played pool that afternoon and I was surprisingly good that day. I actually got 4 balls in (yes, I’m bragging about those four!) and I hit all the balls that I aimed to hit. I sucked so much at pool sometimes I dont get to hit the ball I aimed for. :p Oh, the people on A’s team are amazing! I got to speak to five of them and I quite enjoyed myself. I love great people! After Firehouse, A and I went ahead to watch my boyfriend afterwards. (Daniel Craig. *Ehem* ) Spectre was fantastic. Always loved the cars and the suits. Haha! Since it has been a lazy day, might as well go ahead with it so we stopped by Sushi Time to pick up dinner. πŸ™‚

Yum.

Yum.

I drove to the gym on Saturday evening with A by my side. And I drove on my own yesterday morning! Woop woop!

I kind of feel safer driving here in Bakersfield compared to driving in Fort Wayne. I guess because it’s rare seeing Californians driving with the cellphones on their hands. Fort Wayne on the other hand, out of 10 cars, 7 would be on the cellphones. It’s so scary to me.

Kitty got his ears cleaned and hair brushed. And both boys got their nails clipped. Kitty is more relaxed now, I’m loving it. He follows me everywhere I go all week and he started to eat his treats again. πŸ™‚ Here are some pictures of the boys from last week.

Fair warning tho, these boys are so cute!!!

Which is your pick? Clinton Ali or Tom Selleck?

Which is your pick? Clinton Ali or Tom Selleck?

Every single morning.

Every single morning.

On a night he slept with me throughout the night. We should have bought a King size bed. :/

On a night he slept with me throughout the night. We should have bought a King size bed. :/

When my bed is not made at 10 am, he is the reason.

When my bed is not made at 10 am, he is the reason.

Lazing on his favorite spot on the couch.

Lazing on his favorite spot on the couch.

Sunday afternoon after some grooming.

Sunday afternoon after some grooming.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Speak to you soon! And if you havent already, add me on Snapchat – izzafarihana. I am active on there, which is awesome coz I have thousands of pictures and videos on Instagram. HAHA.

Alright, time to go. See you guys on the next post.

Love you.

My Youtube Favorites

Hello you guys!

It’s been gloomy this week but to my surprise, I kinda like it. Shhh… Dont be telling A though coz he hates cold weather with every ounce he has in his body. :p

So anyways, I have been going to the gym Monday – Wednesday this week coz my last day was on Wednesday. Boo.

To take my sadness away, let’s talk about my Youtube favorites! Teehee.

Aside from Netflix, A, and the cats, Youtube is my life! ❀

I find that most of my favorite Youtubers are from the UK and I think Youtube is huge there compared to other parts of the world. I mean most of the Youtubers from the UK that I subscribed to have their own products. Like Zoey, Alfie, Fleur, the Saccone Jolys etc.

So to share the joy with you, here are my list of favorite Youtubers!

1- The Saccone Jolys!Β 

The Saccone Jolys upload their vlogs EVERY SINGLE DAY(!!!!) at 6pm (UK time) and aaahhhh I look forward to it every single day. The kiddos, Emilia and Eduardo are sooooo cute! The mom, Anna is gorgeous and the dad, Jonathan is silly and sweet!

Anna and Jonathan both have their own channels of their own aside from their main channel. I love Anna’s personal channel as much as I love the SJ’s. That woman is a superwoman! Weeee!

And oh, The Saccone Jolys’ calendars are ready for you to order now and I want one so bad! However, I do not have the address to our new place now so I guess I’ll have to order once we have our new place. I hope there’d still be some for me!

Here are parents’ personal channels, FYI:

Anna- Anna Saccone Joly

Jonathan- Jonathan Saccone Joly

2- Zoella / More Zoella

Zoe is actually the reason why I have been watching the Saccone Jolys! They are obviously friends and Zoe is just sooo cute as well! She’s really big in the UK, guys! I think she has like 9 million followers in one of the channels listed above. Crazy right?!

Wanna hear something crazier? She has her own wax figure in Madam Tussauds Wax Museum in London! Say whaaaattttt??!!

3- The Pointless Blog Vlogs

I found Alfie (The Pointless Blog Vlogs) from Zoella (AGAIN!). Lol. They are all related I’m telling you! Alfie is dating Zoella and I was surprised when I learned that he’s actually younger than Zoe. Probably because Zoe is so small and has a baby face!

Anyways, Alfie has his own wax figure in Madam Tussauds Wax Museum in London too, next to Zoella! Sweet!

4- Gigi Gorgeous

I think I’ve mentioned enough of UK Youtubers and time to move on to my other favorite Youtuber from around the world.

I am not too sure about Gigi’s origin though. I’m sorry. I’m not sure if she was a Canadian or an American. :/

I love her coz she has the best energy and also funny! She’s a transgender woman (I hope I dont offend anybody here, sorry!) and it’s amazing to see her transformation. She has the best body (I want her abs please and her legs!!!) and my most favorite things she does on her channel are Favorites and Story Time videos!

So anyways guys, I will leave you right here coz man, I am hungry. LOL. Fit people problem I’m telling you! Anyways, have a great weekend guys and if you have the chance to browse around the Youtubers’ channels mentioned above, hollar me and tell me what you think. πŸ™‚

Much love.

Bye bye Second Home :(

Hey guys,

If you are on my Facebook and also been following me on Instagram, you’d automatically know that my second home is the gym.

Since we are relocating, we have sent in notice to cancel our rental apartment and of course, the gym. Canceling the gym is harder than I thought it would be. Probably coz that place is my escape whenever I feel anxious and lonely. It’s also the place where I have met wonderful people here in Fort Wayne.

My last day is today. Sobs.

I have several classes that I loved at my gym and most of them are taught by this wonderful lady, Elisa. I religiously went to her Turbokick (twice a week) and Bootcamp (once a week) before committing to my 12 week program with Jamie Eason.

If I knew I’d be leaving, I would have just stuck to her classes. :/

Ahh it’s in the past now and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. I’m just happy I could go to three of her Turbokick classes and one Bootcamp yesterday.

I am going to miss Elisa and her witty self. And of course her killer workouts. Here’s a picture of us taken yesterday by D.

E and I.

E and I.

Thank you for kicking my bums in your classes and calling me out whenever my forms suck. You are the best E!

And to all my friends at the Y, thank you so much for always being so kind to me. You are all going to be missed!

As for now, I would be doing my workouts at the clubhouse til we move out end of this month.

Much love.

Mundane Wednesday

Hello everyone,

It’s not a productive day for me today. I woke up a little after 9 and went back to bed to cuddle with kitty til almost 11 am. Yep. It happens and this is the kind of morning that I dislike.

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Heck, even kitty thought it was time to get up. SMH.

I didn’t even want to make breakfast and when I walked to the kitchen, hubs left me some dirty bowl and utensils from his cooking last night. If you must know, I am a pain in the ass when it comes to my kitchen. I like to keep it spotless and every night before I go to bed, I would make sure everything is cleaned.

So I had to clean the kitchen this morning and started my cooking. I made ayam masak merah for my breakfast/lunch/dinner. LOL. And I had my vege shot this morning as well.

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Ayam masak merah yummers!

Talking about vege, my friend told me she has been consuming raw vege for almost a year now. No wonder her skin is so flawless and so awet muda! I wish I could eat raw vege but I just cannot!

My body sucks and it doesn’t take a lot of stuff very well. I cant drink green tea, eat cold vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, beans and the likes. I get gastric very easily and these food trigger it so quickly. I suck! 😦

So anyways, I was feeling bad I only got to jump in the shower at 130 pm. Yes! I was feeling terrible. But I feel so much better after the shower. I even put on my face mask and worked out. I tried Dione today and sorry to disappoint, I didn’t finish it. 😦

Maybe I should just take today as rest day. But if you are wondering about Dione and wanting to try it, I will share it here.

Here it goes:

Freeletics Dione:

75 jumping jacks

25 burpees

50 straightΒ leg lever

75 jumping jacks

50 sit ups

25 burpees

Repeat 3 times.

I shall attempt Dione again next time. I only did 2 rounds of these and already feeling like shit. LOL.

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And that’s me after failing to finish Dione. 😦 But that’s okay. This happens. I will try again next time.

Have a good one today, peeps!

Much love.