Atman Tea Co. Relaxes The Body

I have the pleasure of smelling the relaxing aromas of the tea from Atman Tea Co. as I write this. The smell reminds me of a health spa and I find my mind drifting to scenes of zen gardens. In this day and age it is more important than ever to take a few moments to relax and enjoy life. The Atman Tea Co. promises a stress-free experience when you drink their teas.

The brand itself is focused on providing a product that is beneficial to the customer. I am also happy to report that their teas are completely all natural and organic. I drink a lot of tea and have found that more and more companies try to trick their customers into thinking that they are getting a wholesome product, but in truth they are tricking them into buying processed ingredients. The Atman Tea Co. is very transparent and honest with their customers, so you don’t have to worry about the quality of the ingredients.

They also take the frustration out of making a cup whole-leaf tea by packaging their teas in biodegradable pyramid tea bags. There is much to be said about a company that takes special care of their product and customers to provide an all-around unique experience. Their teas are hand blended, that means a machine isn’t preparing your blend for you, and their whole business is personable. If you are looking for a product to help you relax, look no further. I highly recommend checking out their website for more information.

Atman Tea Co. – Click here to learn more!

Kendama Co.

Kendama Co.If you don’t know what Kendama is, let me explain. It is the traditional Japanese ball and cup game that has been received by people from all around the world. This game has taken off rapidly, and it’s not hard to see why! It’s a game that is simple enough that anyone can enjoy it, but it also offers endless possibility for how the game can be taken on and played by professionals.

Kendama Co. is one company that is taking the game of Kendama and producing high quality products that allow players globally to enjoy playing the game with affordable and quality Kendama. When I say that this is a game for anyone, I mean it, you won’t believe how easy it is. One added benefit of the game is that it helps improve your hand eye coordination each and every time that you play it. This game will have you physically moving and figuring out new ways that the game can be played.

Kendama Professionals worldwide enter and compete in competitions to show the world just how far the game can be taken. It’s a game that is truly limitless, and in order to fully enjoy it, you will want to have a truly high quality Kendama. Kendama Co. really puts time and effort into making some of the worlds best Kendama. Everything from the variety of designs and types of Kendama, to the engraved logo, speaks to the time and effort that goes into making each Kendama. Check out their official YouTube channel to see just how extreme this game can get! For more information, check out www.Kendama-Co.com.

ArtfulTea

Artful TeaIt’s hard to find a good cup of tea in a market full of mass produced products. ArtfulTea is one company that is changing that. With a vast variety of teas to choose from, there is a blend of tea for just about everyone. This company takes the art of tea making and tea drinking and focuses mainly on that, rather than trying to sell you a cheap product. Each of their teas and tea accessories is of the highest quality and it truly is evident in the taste and smell of their teas.

There are some really cool features on their website ArtfulTea.com that help their customers better understand the art of tea and how to choose the tea that is right for them. The Tea Wisdom section of their website shares insightful information about their teas, how to prepare the perfect cup of tea and even information on how long you can store tea. Aside from a variety of tea offerings, they also have a nice selection of tea related accessories, everything is obviously designed to suit any tea lovers needs. It’s a one stop place to get your tea, accessories, and information about tea. Spend $75 or more and you even get free shipping!

ArtfulTea is one tea company that is making their name known by providing high quality teas that anyone can enjoy. They focus on their customers and providing a unique tea experience every time. Their slogan is “A creative mixture of luxury loose leaf teas and tea accessories” and they live up to that! This fall and holiday season be sure to get the tea lover in your life some ArtfulTea and bring back the true art of tea.

Starbucks Secret Ingredient: Beetles

I am a huge supporter of Starbucks and their amazing selection of coffee and coffee related products, but when news came about that they were using crushed beetles, yes, crushed beetles in their strawberry and red colored products, I almost got sick to my stomach. Don’t fret, not everyone has been drinking these beetles, just those of you who have been drinking their strawberry drinks and smoothies, eating their red velvet pies or cake pops, and snacking on their pink colored pies.

Now let’s get down to the facts. There are these exotic beetles that when frozen and crushed make a red liquid that the FDA has even approved. Starbucks, along with many other companies and manufactures including cosmetic brands, yogurt companies, and even ice cream makers, have been using this dye material for quite some time. Recently Starbucks was petitioned (thank God) by a group of Vegans and Vegetarians. Now Starbucks claims that by the end of June they will have replaced the beetle based dye in their products with a tomato based product. It’s hard to believe all of this, but it’s all too true. Now only is it gross and sickening to think about, but it’s very inhumane to take thousands, possibly millions, of beetles and just grind them up into a juice for us to enjoy at around $5 a cup at our local Starbucks. I am just glad to hear that Starbucks is doing something to change this, though it does make you wonder what is in all of the food we eat and drink, doesn’t it?

Paperwallet

If you’re like me, you have a hard time finding a wallet that works for you. I myself am environmentally conscious but hate to sacrifice great style. Surprisingly, not many companies are looking into ways to make accessories and functional items, environmentally friendly, with the exception of one very cool company called Paperwallet. This company is true to its name, they make wallets made out of Tyvek, a material that is 100% recyclable!  How cool is that!? We think it’s probably the best idea we’ve herd in a very long time. Now, Paperwallet is all about keeping the green going, so that’s why they offer a really cool program where you can send in your old wallet and get a 15% coupon from them to use towards a Paperwallet!

Sounds pretty good right? It is, but we aren’t just saying they are awesome, we are using their products. The best part for me is the room and space in the wallet for all of my cards and cash. The quality of these wallets is another big point of discussion for new buyers. They look fantastic, but do they stand the test of feeling and using as high quality? Yes, they sure do. Upon first touching one of these artistic wallets you get the gist that it is a very durable and thick paper stock. A great company that is moving forward for our environment always deserves support, and that’s why we fully support Paperwallet 100%!

 

Check out the pictures of our Paperwallets!

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Primula

You hear lots about coffee anymore, but what about tea? There is a large number of people who love tea, just as much as coffee drinkers love their coffee. Primula is one company that takes those people into mind, in fact they take it a step further. Their shop offers a wide variety of teas and tea products, while they do offer a few coffee related items such as a coffee press, their main focus is on teas.

This family owned business has been around since 1946, creating unique and memorable items that make any cup of tea or coffee special. For so many people teas and coffees are more than just a drink, they are something much more special. The cool thing about Primula is that they feel that teas and coffees are very special drinks as well, therefore you can only imagine how wonderful an experience they make it to fix a cup of your favorite hot beverage.

They offer many different and unique takes on the process of making and drinking hot drinks. A lot of their individual drink making and preparation items are clear, glass, and see-thru. One specific reason for this is that they offer some very special blooming teas that you can see better when they are in a clear container. That is just one more way that Primula is making hot drinks something worth talking about and they have been doing a fantastic job at it since 1946, and no doubt will continue to do so for many years to come.

Karmin Crash Your Party

It’s always great to see talented people get recognition, and that is why it is so great to see the online YouTube sensation, Karmin, finally get the credit that they deserve. This duo began showing off their musical talents through YouTube videos, and their obvious musical gifts were easily recognized and they now boast a hit single, Crash Your Party, which is available on iTunes, as well as a fast paced music video to accompany the song.

Nick an Amy are the two that make the music possible. Their single has even been featured recently on Amazon as the hit song of the day. They met each other while attending college and began writing music together and collaborating, and well, the rest is history! Most of their early music that they showed off online were covers of popular pop songs. With a huge fan base that is ever growing and a promising career in the music industry, you are sure to hear a lot more from Karmin in the near future.

Solé Bikes

Solé Bicycle Co. was created by two best friends in college who were fixated on making things more simple, and better yet using the small things that were accessible already. They wondered a simple question that they soon found the answer for, why were these simple and elegant bicycles so expensive and not easy to obtain? They wanted to change this and make a bicycle company that offered simple, unique, and affordable bicycles to the entire world. To this date they have sold and shipped bicycles to all every single state in the United States and to over 20 other countries.

When you think of bicycles, the image of a clunky and expensive bike usually comes to mind, Solé Bikes are unique in the fact that they are designed simply and made to accomplish everyday tasks such as getting you where you need to go with some of the highest quality materials available. It goes without saying that Solé Bikes have much more “sole” than most other bicycles in the market today. It seriously comes down to making a product that we all know and love easier to use and better looking, which is something that Solé Bikes accomplish with pride!

It’s not only healthier to ride a bicycle everywhere you go, to work, shopping, school, etc., but it is also much more particle and inexpensive! Think about it, would you rather spend time getting in a car, starting it up, shifting gears and doing all of that complicated stuff just to go down the road for one thing you may be needing, or would you rather grab your stylish bicycle and ride it, not using any gas at all, and get the same results? I think the answer is quite obvious. Solé Bicycles make affordable and good looking bicycles for the masses, it’s a no brainer, if you want a bike with “sole” then Solé is the way to go!

Nanoblock

Sometimes the older crowd misses the days when they were able to play with building blocks and get away with it. One company recognized that and decided to do something about it! We all used to love building crazy creations with blocks and wasting countless hours making intricate structures out of blocks to then just take it apart. Nanoblock is all about the building of smaller block creations only not to be taken apart afterwards but instead collected and displayed! Nanoblocks are the building blocks designed for those more skilled than the average child and more patient. These little blocks are really quite small and measure smaller than a coin. Patients and time is no doubt a factor required when building with Nanoblocks, but one that pays off in the end with an individual piece of collectable art!

It makes sense really, why spend time building something only to take it apart? You don’t have to with these tiny building blocks, in fact they come packaged to where you have enough blocks to build the specific design that you buy. It’s not hard to build with them, but it does take some time compared to throwing a few big toy blocks together. So if you fall into the category of those “too old” to play with blocks, then Nanoblock are most certainly for you! With plenty of designs to choose from and a continuously growing catalogue you are sure to be entertained with these little blocks for a big amount of time!

Moleskine

There are very few things that we get in life for free, and one of the most valuable is the opportunity to have good taste. I truly believe and live by that sentence spoken in my own words. I believe that design and a taste for it can be acquired but is best if you are born with it. There are very few people who understand how fundamental it is for something to look good, but the people at Moleskine really understand!

Moleskine is a brand of book that can be used for writing, sketching, watercolor, planning, etc. They have many different lines that suit the users needs. These books have a professional and high quality feel and an obvious perfection when it comes to the overall look of these books. I myself have multiple Moleskine books that I use for sketching, writing, and other various things. They not only look good, but are some of the most functional products of it’s kind on the market.

Very few companies pride themselves in achieving such quality, but the ones that do deserve recognition, and Moleskine is one of the most prominent. It even shows in their offices. Simplicity is not overrated and too many companies and products feel that it is. When you go back to the beauty in minimal efforts you truly achieve a good taste in design.