Keep Warm and Carry On – The Republic of Tea

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I’ve been a huge of The Republic of Tea for at least 10 years now. The moment I tried the Ginger Peach tea it was love at first sip. I’ve always been a fan of flavored teas and coffees, and I especially love peach.

So when I heard The Republic of Tea had a Pumpkin Spice tea I knew I had to try it. What a perfect tea for fall/winter (or anytime really). I love a pumpkin spice latte from my go to coffee joint so I figured a pumpkin tea would be lovely too.



The folks at The Republic of Tea were kind enough to send me a sample of the Pumpkin Spice Black tea bags plus they sent me some Ginger Peach since they know I’m such a huge fan.

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Pumpkin Spice Black Tea Bags
Keep Warm and Carry On – Cozy up and sip this warm blend of fine black tea and autumnal spices –cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Energizing black tea wards off the chill of the crisp, fall season, and a splash of warm milk transforms this tea to pumpkin pie in a cup.

We offered this tea at our Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it paired with their pumpkin pie!

peach tea


Ginger Peach Black Tea Bags
Longevity Tea (and my personal fave) – This best-selling tea offers the sweet lushness of a fancy peach seasoned with the tingle of spicy ginger. Exceptional over ice.

Voted Outstanding Beverage by the National Association of Specialty Food Trade.

Candied Ginger Peach Punch
• ¼ cup water
• 2 Ginger Peach Black Tea Bags
• 1 Tbs. Agave Nectar
• ¼ cup peach nectar (may substitute with apple juice, if needed)
• 2 Tbs. lemon juice
• ½ cup ginger ale
• Peach Slices, for garnish (optional)

Heat fresh, filtered water to a rolling boil. Place tea bags into a heat-resistant container, add the water and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool a bit. Stir in agave nectar, peach nectar, lemon juice and ginger ale. Fill a large cup with ice, pour in tea. Garnish with fresh peach slices. Serves 1.
Black Tea has less than half the amount of caffeine per cup than in a similar-sized cup of coffee. More about caffeine.
Steeping black tea is easy. Simply heat fresh, filtered water to a rolling boil. Then pour water over tea and steep for 3-5 minutes if using a tea bag or full-leaf.


For more info on The Republic of Tea please visit


*I was not required to write this post and thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.



Buffalo Yogurt Dip – Dannon Oikos


I’m always on the search for great new recipes. I’ve made a buffalo dip before but was thrilled when I found this Buffalo Yogurt Dip recipe on the Dannon Oikos site. Not only is it super tasty but it’s healthier than most dips. If you try it out, let me know what you think.


Buffalo Yogurt Dip




  • 1 cup Oikos® Greek 0% Plain
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
  • Vegetables, chicken fingers or pop corn shrimp


  1. In a bowl combine yogurt, blue cheese, parsley, and hot sauce, mix well.
  2. Serve dip with vegetables, chips or chicken fingers.

Yields1 1/2 cups (12 servings) Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.20,2,1

Prep Time 10 minutes

Click here for Nutritional Information


The Saturday of  Blogher ’12 Chef Amanda Cook prepared a Dannon Healthy Start Breakfast. Love muffins? Who doesn’t? And with a last name like Cook you know it’s gotta be good. Check out her healthy alternative for berry muffins.


Dannon® Oikos® Greek Yogurt Market Berry Muffins

By Amanda Cook


Serves 12



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup Dannon® Oikos® Greek nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup market berries of choice



  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line a standard size muffin pan with paper liners
  3. Combine all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl
  4. In a small bowl combine Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat vanilla yogurt, milk, vegetable oil, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla and blend well
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until barely combined
  6. Add the berries and stir until just combined; batter will be thick
  7. Scoop or portion muffins into prepared muffin pan
  8. Top with crumble if desired (see recipe below)
  9. Bake until pale golden and center is set, about 15 minutes.  Enjoy warm!


Crumble (Optional)



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 teaspoons cold butter, cut up
  • Pinch of salt



Combine all ingredients and blend together until crumbly





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I am proud to serve as Dannon’s Blog Ambassador for BlogHer and encourage you to check out their booth at the conference in NYC, August 2-4, 2012. To experience their new flavors, look for Dannon at BlogHer 2012 in NYC at booths  204, 206 and 208!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Dannon to help promote Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt.  I have been compensated for my time commitment to review the product.  However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


Blogher ’12 – Thursday Recap

Thursday was filled with off-site parties. I did not think I would manage to attend all 3 parties I wanted to, but to my surprise I did it. Woo Hoo!


First stop was the Social Luxe party at Arena NYC. Party goers could get massages, henna tattoos and more at this great event. The Social Luxe Hostesses love to pamper, polish, primp and party!

Vanessa Lachey was there (yes she’s due any minute now) and is an absolute sweetheart. First thing she said to me was she loved my Origami Owl necklace. Even the celebs love Origami Owl!



I learned from Jill Zarin that Real Housewives don’t use rags, they SpotBot it with the BISSELL SpotBot. Another sweetheart and super down to earth. She has some super cool things in the works so stay tuned.


Up next the CAbi Style Suite party at The London Hotel hosted by MomTrends and Savvy Sassy Moms. I got my lips done (no not injections, lipstick application) by Makeup Forever, had a hand and arm massage from the Mama Mio folks, drank a bellini and chatted with the CAbi people about their company. Attendees were able to shop, try on CAbi clothes and walk away with two pieces of their choice. Sweet! Here is what I selected:

My final stop of the night was the Social Soiree party held at Murals on 54 in the Warwick Hotel. Here I chatted with a number of coupon and deal sites like Fat Wallet and Ebates. I also had my first experience with bacon wrapped dates. Where have you been all my life?


I started off the Blogher festivities on a great note with these fab parties. I had the best time and made some amazing connections and new friends.



Heading to Blogher ’12?

Heading to Blogher ’12?


Being unfamiliar with a city can often be overwhelming. Which is why I thought I’d compile a few of my favorite NY city spots for you. If you end up visiting one of them let me know what you think.


Here are a few of my favorite New York spots.

Red Door Spa 

Tratorrio Dopo Teatro

ABC Kitchen

China Grill 




Feel free to check out my posts on Blogher ’10 also:

Celebrity Spottings at Blogher ’10 

Fashion with Rebecca Weinberg

Let’s Talk About Swag Baby 







Most people don’t like it. Many avoid it. Very few try and do it. Those that do… are pretty amazing in my book. I admire people that take a stand (whether I agree with it or not) on what they believe in. I took a stand in 2010 to help the unemployed community in New Jersey and get American’s back to work.


I also admire community. Towns that come together to support local businesses, communities of people who are out of work, people with similar backgrounds/beliefs and most recently… a tight knit community I was fortunate to meet while in Miami.


My husband and I love to eat with the locals when we travel and since we were in Miami we needed to have traditional Cuban food. After asking around we learned that Versailles (located in Little Havana) was the place to eat in Miami. We were also told to make sure we had a cup of coffee next door after our meal.


So on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 my husband and I left our hotel, hopped in a taxi and headed to Versailles. Where we had a pretty amazing meal. We then did as we were told and went next door (operated by the same family) and had coffee. My husband had the traditional Cuban Café, while I opted for the Café Con Leche with evaporated milk (it really does make all the difference). It was hands down the best cup of coffee I ever had. I digress.


While we stood at the outdoor café sipping our coffee and my husband smoking a cigar, I noticed all the men outside were sharing coffee. A man would have a big cup of coffee then pour a little into small cups and pass around to everyone. They were a community. I asked one of the men what they were drinking and it was just a larger version of what my husband had. Somehow this man and I began talking (although he didn’t speak much English). Despite our language barriers we were able to communicate.


He was Cuban. He began to tell me how all the men standing there were political prisoners from Cuba. Every Wednesday at sundown this group of Cuban men gather together, share coffee and host a vigil for those still imprisoned in Cuba and those who have passed.


One by one more men joined the group. A few wives were there as well. The gentleman introduced us to everyone that came over. Some spoke English, most did not, yet we were able to communicate. That man was in prison for 27 years, that man 19 years with his wife. The stories were incredible. What were the odds that I would be in this place at this time to experience something so incredible.


It came time for the vigil and they asked us to participate. We were both given a candle. The vigil was done in Spanish, followed by the Cuban anthem. Throughout our talk they stressed the importance of change. We gave our candles back and one of the men came over to me, took his white bracelet off and gave it to me. It said CAMBIO. Which translates to CHANGE.


60 students (and probably more) were arrested in Cuba for wearing this white CAMBIO bracelet. It is considered a criminal offense in Cuba as freedom of speech is prohibited. I found this video regarding the bracelet’s being worn in Cuba.

14,000 men and boys were executed in Cuba in the 1960’s and this group of men survived.


I admire their community and their desire for change.


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