Summer is Here! Summer Must Haves!

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Here are some of our Favorite Must-Haves for the Summer!

Family Game Nights are a real must-do!

Camera Roll~
The  iPhone is one of the most popular games in the world, but how often do people look at those pictures? Do you really know what you have on your camera roll? Do you have a snapshot from a BIRTHDAY PARTY? How about a picture from your VACATION? Maybe now you’ll find a reason to show off that SUNSET pic you took 6 months ago! You have 30 seconds to find it. Every player is involved in every round! Just find a photo to match the description on the card – which means some images could be left to your interpretation! Will YOUR picture best fit the card description? Will you have the winning Camera Roll?

This one is a lot of fun for Teens and Adults! I like that it is focused on photos since taking photos is one of my favorite things to do!

Name 5 ~
Name 5 is the cool new party game that asks the easy questions most people know the answers to. Sure you know one Tom Hanks movie, one Tina Turner song…Maybe even two…But can you name 5?  This game will have players picking their brains to Name 5.  More info on both games at

This one is a real fun game for the whole family! I like that you can have fun and learn at the same time!

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Drinking More Water in this heat is also a must-do!

Healthy High pH Water is new to me and I am impressed with the taste!  I like the health benefits from drinking Alkaline88 Water!

Many athletes and celebrities included are attracted to the benefits of an alkaline diet as balanced body pH results in greater energy, more restful sleep, improved digestion and fewer colds according to some medical authorities.

Alkaline88,, favored by Brande Roderick and Tim Tebow, achieves its 8.8 pH level through a state-of-the-art, completely chemical-free scientific process.


Dr. Jamie Koufman, an internationally renowned expert on reflux, and researcher Dr. Nikki Johnston studied how alkaline water destroyed pepsin, a stomach enzyme that when activated by acid causes painful reflux symptoms that can lead to cancer. According to the findings published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, July 2012, natural artesian alkaline water with an 8.8 pH instantaneously inactivated human pepsin in laboratory studies. Ordinary tap and bottled waters had no such effect.

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Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month? I love Iced tea in the Summer!

Celebrate With Choice Organic Teas!


To Celebrate Iced Tea Month right, here are easy steps to brewing perfectly balanced iced tea:

  • Start any cup of tea by boiling fresh, filtered water.
    • For best results, black and herbal teas should be steeped with water right off the boil (around 212°).
    • Green, white, or oolong teas are best brewed with water just before it’s boiled (180-190°).
  • For every 8 oz (1 cup) serving of iced tea you wish to brew, you’ll want one tea bag or 1 tsp (2-3 g) loose leaf.
  • Make a double strength concentrate by steeping the tea bag or tea leaves in half the amount of water as you would for hot tea, for an 8 oz cup you’ll brew a 1/2 cup (4 oz) concentrate.
  • Now, steep your concentrate! Here is a quick guide to steep times:
    Black: 3-4 min, Herbal: 5 min, Green: 2-3 minutes, Oolong: 2-3 min, White: 1-3 min.
    See chart below for a great reference for steep time and temperatures.
  • Once your tea has steeped, remove the tea bag or strain the leaves with a sieve or brewing basket, then add cold or tepid water to create 1 full cup of tea.
  • Pour over ice, and enjoy! If you like, you can add your favorite sweetener or a twist of lemon.


First up in our Iced Tea Month recipe series is Berry Peach Rooibos. This is a fruity, refreshing, caffeine-free iced beverage to please kids and adults alike! Summer fruits pair perfectly with the vanilla and honey notes of rooibos creating a subtly sweet, refreshingly cool drink. This iced tea calls for relaxing in the shade with family on a hot summer day.

Berry Peach Rooibos Iced Tea:
– 1 peach, thinly sliced
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– 1 1/2 -2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
– 4 Rooibos tea bags
– 4 cups of water
– ice
1. Start by boiling fresh, filtered water.
2. Place the tea bags in a heat safe measuring cup and pour 1 cup of boiled water over the tea bags; steep for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the tea bags and add the honey to the hot tea, stir until the honey is dissolved.
4. Put the peach slices and blueberries in the bottom of a pitcher and pour in the tea and honey concentrate.
5. Add the remaining 3 cups of water, make sure it is tepid or cool, not hot!
6. Stir up the fruit and tea to combine.
For a stronger fruit infusion, refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Serve over ice.
Makes approximately four 8 oz servings.

This one is my favorite new Iced Tea Recipe! It tastes delicious and is super easy to make!

Fresh summer berries and herbs highlight this bright, earthy Chinese green tea, Dragon Well. Delicately flavored, aromatic, and a lovely red hue make this iced tea a hit at a summer time lunch or dinner.

Blackberry Basil Green Tea Ingredients:
– 6 cups water
– 6 tea bags of Dragon Well Green Tea
– 3 Tbsp agave (or to taste)
– 4 stems fresh basil leaves
– 1 cup fresh blackberries
– ice
– lemon slices to serve (optional) Instructions:
1. Begin by boiling fresh, filtered water
2. Place tea bags in heat safe measuring cup
3. Remove the water from heat just before it starts to boil (around 190 degrees) and pour 2 cups of hot water over tea bags.
4. Steep tea for 3 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
5. Add agave to hot tea and stir to incorporate. Set aside to cool.
6. Place blackberries and basil in the bottom of a pitcher or serving container, set aside a handful of each for garnish.
7. Pour tea into pitcher over blackberries and basil. Muddle the blackberries, basil, and tea gently for 15 seconds to release juices and flavor.
8. Add the remaining 4 cups of water to the pitcher.
9. Add ice to pitcher to chill.
10. Serve over ice
11. Top each glass with basil leaf and a few berries, serve with a lemon wedge if desired.
Makes approximately six 8oz servings.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Summer Round Up of Favorite Summer Products! Photo Credit: The above companies. Recipes provided by Choice Organic Teas.

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