Exciting News From Author Sherryl Caulfield + Book Giveaway!

Hi friends!  Earlier this year I had the pleasure of taking a literary journey to Newfoundland for a few days, courtesy of  Sherryl Caulfield’s debut novel, Seldom Come By.

When I completed reading this novel, I described it as a “startling – epic – romance”. Samuel and Rebecca’s love story has definitely stayed with me. If you missed my full review you may check it out  here.  Now, on to some exciting news….

 

Book News! 

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On September 19th Sherryl will release book 2 in The Iceberg Trilogy, Come What May! It starts close to where Seldom Come By ended and although Seldom Come By is a complete book with a satisfying ending – no cliffhanger. However,  to really enjoy Come What May, to fully immerse yourself in the story, it’s best to read Seldom Come By first. To that end, Sherryl is sponsoring an amazing giveaway for Honey Lemon Tea readers.

 

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Before getting into the details of the giveaway, here’s a short overview of what you can expect when reading this novel:  Seldom Come By is a confronting coming of age love story set in Newfoundland and the Western Front during the First World War. It tells the story of a restless teenager, Rebecca Crowe, and how her fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked sailor, Samuel Dalton, who becomes the love of her life. Rebecca’s story is universal and timeless – she could be any woman who longs to experience more of the world and through the choices she makes has to live with the devastating consequences of her actions. Seldom Come By is an exquisite tale of love, loss, forgiveness and healing.

Giveaway Time! 

After that brief overview I’m sure you are anxious to get your hands on a copy.  :) To enter the giveaway you have to do three simple things:

  1. Like Sherryl’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/SherrylCaulfieldAuthor.
  2. Comment on any post on Sheryl’s Facebook page saying you came from Honey Lemon Tea and would love to win a copy of Seldom Come By.
  3. Come back here, leave a comment saying ‘Done’ and tell me the name of another fictional couple whose love story really moved you.

I will announce the giveaway winners on Wednesday, October 1st.  Stay tuned for updates…Best wishes!

Giveaway Details: You must enter by Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:59(EST).  This giveaway is open internationally.  Only one entry is allowed per person.  Three winners will be randomly chosen and announced on this blog as well as contacted directly.  Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  The products offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary.  My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.

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Teas of the Month: August 2014

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Hi Friends!  I’ve missed “talking” to you all.  My career life has kept me super busy but I still wanted to share my August  Tea of the Month. Johnny and I have been focused on working out and improving our overall health.  I mentioned in my Summer Sweet Fruit Salad post that we work out early in the morning. Then, we follow up with breakfast and green tea.  So, the month of August was all about fitness and green tea.

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We started out drinking the Organic Superfine Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea by Tea Vivre (that was a mouth full) pictured to the right. I’ve been drinking tea from this company all year so it was easy to just steep some of their quality leaves. This tea has the freshest aroma and a mild, sweet, vegetable taste. I love that it’s organic and always packaged well.  Unfortunately, we exhausted our stash early in the month.

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Luckily the kind folks at  Palais des Thé sent me  one of their signature blends, their Thé Du Hammam, which is a fruity green tea.  It is meant to call to mind a Turkish steam bath, fragrant with roses, green dates, berries and orange flower water.  This tea has a fruity flavor that is blended quite well.  No one aspect of the blend (particular rose) is too apparent.

 

All in all, August was a great month for green tea.  We are already into September and it looks like white tea is going to be the winner this month.  Stay tuned to find out more.

Cheers!

*Disclosure:  The bottom two pictures are courtesy of http://www.teavivre.com and http://www.us.palaisdethes.com, respectively.

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Flash Sale at Jacq’s Organics + Coupon Code

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Hi friends!  I know that some of you are interested in trying safe, organic , bath and beauty products. So, I thought that you would be interested in this flash sale.  For today and tomorrow (August 26-27th) Jacq’s Organics is having a 48 hour flash sale!

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the company, Jacq’s Organics offers all natural, organic products that are safe for the environment and the entire family.  On their site you will find everything from organic soaps and facial care products to lip balms and body butters.  What’s great about this company is that they don’t leave anyone out.  The entire family is covered with products for men, women and children.

The company is offering this sale to say “thank you” to bloggers and all of their readers.  You can score some organic body care products for the entire family and save 20% off of the entire site in the process.

To take advantage of this offer visit:  jacqsorganics.com.  At checkout be sure to use the code:  bloggerlove (lower case)  to take advantage of the discount.

Have a great day!

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Summer Salad Series on Organic Bath: Sweet Fruit Salad

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You all know that I’ve shared some of my favorite salads on my Summer Salad Series.  I thought that I would spread the love over on the Organic Bath Company blog.  For this month’s post I wrote about my long time love of fruit salads and why they are great for my skin.

Fresh organic fruit is a staple in our household.  My husband and I eat fruit any time of day: for meals, snacks or dessert.  Our mornings start with a 6:30 AM workout followed by a fruit salad on a bed of fresh baby spinach.  The picture above actually features the salad we had earlier this week…absolutely tasty.  Aside from the amazing taste of this salad, it’s also great for my health.  Particularly, as I get older I try to focus more on nourishing my skin from the inside out.  I appreciate that inner glow that healthy skin gives off, don’t you?

To find out more about why my skin loves this salad and how it’s prepared head on over to the Organic Bath blog.

Have a great weekend!

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A Total Manicure Detox with Organic Scrubs & Natural Nail Polishes

Who doesn’t love a perfect manicure or pedicure? I do!  In the past I was a regular at salons, and while the salon experience was enjoyable, the negative health implications were many.  So, during my transition to safe cosmetics, I focused more on DIY manicures and pedicures, beginning with a cleaning spree.  I literally trashed a mound of nail polishes that were laden with toxic ingredients.  Since making these changes, I rely on safer methods for achieving nails that look classic and polished(pun intended). :)

Thanks to the generosity of  Shop Conscious Beauty  I had the opportunity to try some other amazing  products that make for a lovely toxin-free manicure or pedicure.   If you are new to this company, Shop Conscious Beauty is an online destination for carefully curated personal care products that promote health-conscious living.

All of the products below are  great for use at home or the salon, especially if you are unsure of whether or not your nail technician uses non-toxic products. If you are going to a salon advise your nail technician to avoid the use of alcohol, cuticle creams or lotions. You can bring all of your products with you.  Never be afraid to advocate for your health!

Now, let’s get right into my DIY manicure…

 

RefreshMINT Organic Body Scrub 

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Readers, you all know that I’m a big fan of products by Organic Bath Co.  So, I was excited to receive their RefreshMINT Organic Body Scrub.   This scrub is the perfect start to a total manicure detox.   Some of you may be accustomed to scrubs with micro beads.  Rest assured that you will not find any of those harmful plastic bits here.  This scrub uses certified organic Fair Trade sugar to exfoliate those dead skin cells away while peppermint essential oil leaves your skin feeling completely refreshed.  For my nail prep I buffed, shaped and massaged my cuticles with jojoba oil before washing my hands and exfoliating with RefreshMINT.   My hands were left smooth, soft to the touch and ready for the next phase of my manicure.

 

Scotch Naturals Detox Pack

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The second part of my DIY manicure was all about the Scotch Naturals Detox Pack. As a green beauty lover I was aware of Scotch Naturals, however this pack was my first introduction to the brand.  Scotch Naturals is a water-based non-toxic nail polish.  The polish colors aren’t only aesthetically pleasing but they nourish the nail. The folks at Scotch take health seriously and these polishes are beyond “3-free” or even “5-free”.  These beautiful colors are created without the use of: phthalates, parabens, solvents (ethyl acetate and butyl acetate), nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals. Quite clean, right?

Given that this was my first experience with a water-based formula I wanted to follow the steps provided on the informational card included in the detox packet.  As you can see this detox pack comes with a Fortifying Base Coat, color polish and Deluxe Top Coat.  I also have some other color polishes and the Scotch Natural’s soy-based polish remover as well.

 

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I applied one coat of the Fortifying Base Coat and noticed that it does leave a sticky foundation on your nails which makes applying the nail color so easy.  After the base I polished my nails with two coats of the color, ‘Kiltlifter’ which is a gorgeous classic red.  It adhered to my nails with no fuss and went on in a few strokes.  Lastly, I followed with one coat of the Deluxe Top Coat to complete the look.

What are my thoughts on this Scotch Naturals Detox Packet?  I absolutely love that this polish doesn’t give offer that offensive “nail polish scent”.  My cocker spaniel appreciates that as well (Harley avoids me when I’m polishing my nails).  I also appreciate how easy this polish applies and how true the color is to the hue that appears in the bottle.  As for the finish….well, I think the shine in the picture speaks for itself. I will definitely continue to use polishes from this line.

Whether you prefer to DIY or take your polishes to the salon, consider trying these natural alternatives.  For more information about how to get your hands on these products be sure to head on over to Shop Conscious Beauty.  You will be able to pick up the RefreshMINT Organic Body Scrub and the Scotch Naturals Detox Pack  as a part of their special “No More Dirty Looks” promotion.  This promotion starts  August 15th and you don’t want to miss out.

If you have any experiences with these products or other safe manicure alternatives please comment below.

Take Care!

*Disclosure:  The products above were provided by Shop Conscious Beauty for my consideration.  I did not receive any compensation for this review.  As always, all thoughts and comments represent my honest opinion.  The RefreshMINT picture is courtesy of http://www.organicbath.co.

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The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend and A Frankie Ballard Concert Giveaway!

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I have an appreciation for all of the local areas that influenced my growth and development.  I still live near one of those areas and it holds a special place in my heart.  My college years were spent nestled in the, small in size but large in heart, Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of N.C.  My family and friends cherish the time we spent there and always appreciated those moments when we gathered in our favorite local eateries to root for the home team (TAR-HEELS!).  This area was good to me and I love opportunities to return the favor.  So, it’s my pleasure to invite you to an inaugural weekend of events to benefit local nonprofits entitled: The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend!

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The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend, is a three-day event (September 12-14), presented by the blog Mom in Chapel Hill.  This event celebrates community and with a little music and exercise thrown in!  “Why isn’t it a normal 5K?”, you ask.  Great question!  I’m sure the idea of having a 5K to raise money for some great causes is not new to many of you.  However, I bet that you haven’t seen one quite like this one.  The organizers of this event have elected to donate the proceeds of the race equally to The ArtsCenter and the N.C.Children’s Hospital.  However, if you have a nonprofit organization that tugs at your heart-strings, the organizers have also given participants great flexibility in how they want to get involved. You are allowed to form your own team and select a nonprofit organization of your choice to support. Most importantly, 100% of the money your team raises will go directly to that organization.

What else is so special about this event? Well, beyond the 5K itself, this is a weekend is chock full of activities for the entire family to enjoy.  A complete list of events is as follows:

Friday and Saturday Night (Sept. 12 and 13):  Kids’ parties each night, babysitting options, restaurant specials, comedy shows, outdoor movie and a Carrboro Art Walk, “Meet the Merchants.”

Sunday Morning (Sept. 14):

  • The Not So Normal 5K race…well, not quite 5K. We shortened to 2.95 miles to make it flatter and a little easier. Why? Because it’s not so normal! Active families will run or walk this fun run, and strollers are welcome on the course. Registration is just $25 and all proceeds go directly to charity. Participants are also asked to bring one book for Book Harvest and/or two canned goods for local food distribution organizations, TABLE and PORCH.
  • Kids’ races, obstacles, face painting and tons of family-fun activities. Children 8 and under are free!
  • Sunday Night (Sept. 14): Frankie Ballard Live Presented by 94.7 QDR and The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend. Hosted at University Mall in Chapel Hill, the outdoor concert will feature rising country music star Frankie Ballard, and opening acts Casey Jamerson, Stereosparks and The BuzzTown Band, and DSI Comedy Theater getting the crowd ready to rock. The concert benefits The ArtsCenterNC Children’s Promise and Kidzu Children’s Museum. Tickets are $9.47 and can be purchased online here.

Obviously, this event is anything but “normal”.  In fact, I would call it extraordinary and I encourage you to come out, have fun and give back to some worthy nonprofit organizations.  For the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of N.C. September 12-14 will be a weekend of fun, family, community and philanthropy!

P.S. As an added bonus, take $5 off race registration when you use the coupon code BLOGGER14! The coupon code expires Aug. 15, so go ahead and register! Be sure to put the name of my blog in the referral box when you sign up.

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

The generous sponsors of this event have given me two tickets for the outdoor concert  to be held on Sunday Night (Sept. 14).  One of my lucky readers will have a chance to win this pair of tickets to the closing concert hosted by 94.7 QDQ and starring country music hearthrob Frankie Ballard!

Rules: 

Plead read all of the conditions below before entering the giveaway.  To enter you must send an email to hltgiveaways@gmail.com and answer the following question:  “What is your favorite charitable organization and why?”

You must enter by Thursday, August 29, 2014 at 11:59(EST).  This giveaway is open to legal residents (18 years of age and older) of the US only. Only one entry is allowed per person. A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, August 22, 2014 and be contacted by me directly via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  I have represented the sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner.  The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. To receive the concert tickets the winner will have to provide their full name, mailing address and email address to myself and the event sponsors. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

 

Good luck!

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Tea of the Month: July 2014

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This was a fantastic month (dare I say summer) for tea. At the end of June I found this tea while we were out of town. Although I am a fan of mint teas in general this one was really an impulse buy.  I’m not usually an impulse buyer but I figured I couldn’t go to wrong with tea. Oh man, I was right! I couldn’t have predicted how much I would love this La Menthe Glaciale Thé by the brand Palais Des Thé.

As the name suggests, this is a frosted mint green tea. Before I get into the taste, let’s talk about the aroma. When you open the canister and sniff, it’s like a cool breath of fresh air. No kidding. It makes me feel like I am in a York Peppermint Patty commercial. The smell is so cool and refreshing. On to the taste…the green tea base is earthy without any hint of bitterness. It’s a quality leaf but the mint is the shining star. It carries this blend adding a delicious fresh and peppery aroma.

Overall, the  flavor is absolutely invigorating, especial during our hot and humid summers.  It just opens my senses and gives me a welcomed respite from a busy day. You could brew this tea and drink warm or serve it cold. Either way, this tea was hands-down my favorite for the month of July, and a strong contender for my favorite of the year, thus far.

If you are interested I purchased this tea from Dean & Deluca but the company has a website as well.   If you try it please let me know your thoughts in the comments or tell me your favorite summer tea.

Cheers!

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