final london

London’s weather was out of this world…not a cloud in the sky & the sun shining. So when we arrived we quickly checked in to our hotel (Saint Martin’s Lane Hotel), freshened up & we were out the door!

Our first to-do was to locate The Original London hop on/hop off bus tour – these bus tours are the perfect tool to get to know any city like the back of your hand! After a quick loop on the bus we decided to hop off the bus & hop on the boat cruise that treks you around the Thames River (came free with our bus tour). The views on & around the river were breathtaking – The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey & Big Ben to just name a few! We popped off the cruise at the Tower of London, which not only holds some of of the most precious jewels in the world but also has numerous crowns & adornments that the Queen still wears today. Hey, how can a girl resist seeing real crowns with thousands of diamonds!?!

Seems only fitting that we rounded out our first night with a meal for a king…at Zuma. It was recommended by the one & only Gwen P. Well, it was recommended by her, on her blog in 2008 – but who really cares. It was absolutely fantastic! Their specialty drinks, miso eggplant, seaweed salad & sushi rolls were out of this world!

Keep on reading to hear about the rest of our visit in good ol’ London…

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High Tea for All!

_MG_1455I am an addict. A tea addict. I love any kind – oddly enough I just went to 2 bridal showers that were both tea party themed. First, how fun is that theme and second, yippie for me! I was able to drink myself silly with tea & leave with goodies that involve my unspeakable habit.

Although I will dabble into any kind of tea I tend to stick to a few basics in my everyday.

Tazo Zen Green Tea – I have been swigging this back for years. I drink it hot or stick a bag in a bottle of cold water & let the water soak up the goodness. Swap out your morning caffeine fix for this tasty treat.

Sleepytime Herbal Tea – Goodnight ya’ll. This tea will knock you out. On nights that you need a hardy sleep I would suggest this – drink an hour before bed & you will zonk out but wake up fresh. It is also a great tea to sip on when sick – sleep off your sniffles with some shut eye.

Loose Tea or Tea Flowers – Any of it. I guess I kind of  feel like a grown up when drinking this (uh I am pretty sure I am a grownup but I’m going with it). I like it & it is fancy looking. Either grab a mug that has an infuser or a tea clamp. The specific tea I am drinking in the picture above is a tea flower: a butterfly floret green tea with fresh jasmine. Sounds fancy, right?

Cinnamon Honey Tea – I recently tried this one for the first time – there has been lots of Pinterest hype over it, sip on it & shed pounds. I started it up a few weeks ago & now I am hooked. I personally don’t even care about the weight loss part, it just straight up tastes yummy. In mug mix: 1t cinnamon, 1t honey, boiling water & stir. Click here to read about the benefits & which cinnamon you should purchase. Yes there is more then one type!

Now, put down that soda, coffee or sugar charged drink & sip on some natural goodness one cup at a time while reading April book club!

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