The Pack is Back

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The fanny pack is back! When I brought this fanny pack home from one of my thrifting outings & showed it to my parents, I thought it was quite funny when my dad said “Hey, that is exactly like the one I used to have!”

I wish I would have had a stylish fanny pack for when I went to Norway, it would have made things so much easier! Today I am sporting a microfibre-free outfit by wearing all natural materials! I thrifted these white pants, originally they were huge flare bellbottom jeans and to make them more modern I cut and sewed them to look like jeans that are more in style today – it was ridiculously easy!
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Jacket: Zara (similar) {100% real leather & silk liner} / Sweater: Hazlewood Vintage {100% cotton} / Jeans: thrifted {100% cotton} / Fanny pack: thrifted {100% real leather} / Shoes: Last Shoes {100% real leather & handmade in Canada} / Necklace: Elizabeth.Lyn Jewelry {handmade in Saskatoon} / Sunglasses: Tres Noir Eyewear {handmade frame}
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– Tiara

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Total Tea Addict

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I guess it is pretty obvious that I am a total tea addict when my first post on my blog is about tea! Lately, I have been obsessed with peppermint tea! Peppermint tea is delightful alone or with honey & it is also quite beneficial for your health. Peppermint is known to aid in relaxation, reduce inflammation, help with stomach digestion and works as an immune booster. I drink peppermint tea every day!

The ingredients in most peppermint tea mixes are also beneficial to your health:

  • Spearmint: aids in minimizing headaches and stress.
  • Tarragon: aids in regulating metabolism & digestion.
  • Lavender: relieves stress and inflammation & helps to minimize bloating.

In addition to all these natural health benefits you also get lots of antioxidants to improve your overall health! As a sufferer from IBS, chronic anxiety & depression, I can personally tell you that whenever my stomach or intestines are troubling me, I drink peppermint tea & it helps to calm them down! Peppermint tea is also a low FODMAP and great for other gastrointestinal disorders or diseases. One caution is that since peppermint tea is so relaxing, it may be too relaxing in some people and cause your sphincter to relax and allow stomach acid back up into the esophagus (so for people who have heartburn, avoid peppermint tea).

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Now, let’s talk about the most sustainable ways to enjoy tea! Purchasing your tea in loose-leaf form in a metal reusable tin is the most environmentally-friendly option. This is because you can keep reusing these items and there is no garbage for you to throw away! Also, most teabags have some percentage of plastic in them, immediately making them unsustainable. Next, you will need a reusable tea infuser. I would recommend a completely metal option as well, just because it is safer to use and will last longer (and can eventually be recycled). Lastly, you will definitely be needing a reusable mug. A reusable mug is needed when you are leaving the house or when you are out & about and purchase tea. I have a reusable mug at home and another one in my car. Some examples of what I am suggesting are: this reusable metal infuser, this loose leaf tea, this cute reusable tin, and this mug. This mug actually keeps tea hot for an insanely long time. All of these items are easy to wash, using reusables is not a hassle whatsoever!

I hope you enjoy tea as much as I do,
-Tiara