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Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte. September 27, 2010

Posted by Leticia Rojas in Things.
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This is the best chai I’ve ever had in my life! I’ve tried quite a few, so I know what I’m talking about. This beats Starbucks by a long shot. Those “baristas” don’t make their hot or iced chai lattes with any love… more like, too much ice and too much milk. And those chai tea bags may be more authentic or healthier… but if I’m going to have a chai latte I’m going to go full force with it. Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai latte is the best, because if you follow the instructions to a tee (pun intended) it will be the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and creamy. I hate coffee, so this is my favorite pick me up… often with a side of Stacy’s Plain Pita chips and Sabra’s Supremely Spicy hummus.

Intak Hydration Bottle by Thermos September 21, 2010

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I found this little gem at Target. Often times I go to Target just to see what’s out there, which isn’t always so good for my wallet. I also enjoy comparing products and prices on my free time. I guess to some that seems like a lame hobby, but I enjoy it.

I’ve come a long way to my favorite “hydration bottle”, here’s a brief summary of my passage…

1. I went from using a Sigg Aluminum can and as pretty (and expensive!) as they are, I didn’t like it for a few reasons. One, the thing was too freaking loud, if you tipped it over accidentally it would make a huge commotion. Two, I could have purchased a sports cap but I had just spent $23.99+tax on the bottle alone, I wasn’t about to spend another $5-10 on a freaking cap and it should have come with one for convenience considering the ridiculous price tag. Three, I only used my Sigg for water but it always had this weird smell to it and gave my water a metallic taste. As cool as the designs are on these bottles and as much as I appreciate their efforts as an alternative to plastic bottles, this thing was just too inconvenient for me. Right now it’s a collecting dust on my television shelf.

2. After giving up on the Sigg, I purchased two cheap-o Rubbermaid Chug water bottles. They are “supposedly” leak-proof but I beg to differ, and so do all the damp items in my backpack! I still have them, but I only use them at home because they’re about as leak-proof as a mug.

3. I don’t even know the name of the last water bottle I used before my Intak so I’ll just describe it to the best of my abilities. You know that big chunk of plastic with a big mouth spout and a twist off cap attached to the bottle? Well, yeah, it was one of those and for anyone who has tried to exercise and take a sip knows that you’ve got to come to a screeching halt to gulp from one of these monster mouths because if you don’t you will be drenched in water.

4. I occasionally purchase bottled water, but only when I forget to fill my Intak or leave it at home because I’m running late. I feel guilty whenever I purchase bottled water, but I always recycle my used water bottles!

I took a chance on the Intak because it was pretty cheap, $9.99+tax at Target, came in fun colors (pink, blue, red, green, and grey), holds about 3 cups of water, has this cool refill tracker right on the bottle so you know how many times you’ve refilled the bottle, and my favorite part… it’s ultra leak-proof thanks to a suction like cap and a lock for extra security! It’s made me happy, so I want to spread the good news.