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What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and everything in between. Thanks for stopping by; I hope you stay awhile!

7.09.2024

Healthy Soda Face Off: OLIPOP vs. POPPI

"At The Soda Fountian" (1961)

hello friends! 

We're undergoing a heat wave this week and there is nothing like a refreshing iced soda to put you out of your misery. I thought it would be fun to start a miniseries that faces off healthy sodas since they've become allll the rage!  First on the chopping block, poppi and olipop!


OLIPOP 

I went to target and purchased a can of every flavor they had on the shelf — vintage cola, strawberry vanilla, cream soda, cherry cola, classic root beer, ginger ale, and classic grape. I convinced five of my soda loving siblings to try them with me and we sat around my parents kitchen for a taste testing session. I am so sad to say, we did not find a single flavor that were worthy of a repurchase. I was super disappointed in every single flavor and so was everyone else. They had strange after tastes and none of the flavors tasted anything like what was stated on the can. It was a total bust. 

RATING: 1/10

I will say that I am curious to what the peaches and cream and the banana cream flavors. they sound delicious, but I’m a little scared to try them. I will update this section once I do — and hopefully, they can help boost the rating… because these sodas are my least favorite brand of the three.


POPPI 

I’ve tried all the poppi flavors except the wild berry, lemon lime and watermelon. I decided to not put my siblings on a taste testing session after the tragedy of the last one. So, back to target I went and purchased all the flavors I could find on the shelf that day and tasted them myself. I can that most of them are pretty good. Most of them taste like their respective titles which is a plus. 

RATING: 8/10

The only flavor I am not a fan of is root beer because that classic root beer taste is hard to match. 

 

THE WINNER

hands down, poppi is my favorite “healthy” soda brand. they actually taste good and don't have a strong after-taste, which is a big thing for me. So to celebrate their win, I thought I'd share some of my favorite flavors from poppi and what they remind me of. 

Raspberry Rose

at the tip top of the flavor tier -- it's my all-time favorite flavor. it’s giving chic, classy and sassy vibes.

Orange Cream

coming in hot for a close #1 contender is orange cream. This one is their newest flavor, and it’s the perfect blend of cream and citrus. It’s super nostalgic and reminds me of those orange cream ice cream cups we used to get in elementary school!

Doc Pop

it’s supposed to be the Dr. Pepper Dupe, and it does a good job. 

Strawberry Lemon

this tastes exactly like a freckled strawberry lemonade from Red Robin. 


Places to Buy 

you can find them at local grocery and whole food stores, but you can find them online on Amazon! I've also seen them at Costco.


and that's a wraaaaaaaaap! 

have you tried any healthy sodas lately? are you a fan? I love that they don't have as much sugar as regular soda, but if I'm honest, I'm not sure how much I buy into their marketing. It's healthier than an ordinary soda -- sure, but if your gut health is in the dumps, I don't think the switch is going to help much. regardless, they're fun to try, so what sodas should we try and face off next?  until next time, xoxo


 

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7.02.2024

Summer Themed Children's Books (+Fourth of July Books)

a church picnic by Arthur Sarnoff

hiya friends! 

I hope you're having a great week. Today, I'm sharing a little round up of children books for the summer -- think beach, ocean animals and sun! I've also included a little round up of books about America and the fourth of July, since that's a big part of summer. These are all books that I'm pulling off the shelf these next few months, so let's get to it!

*but first, a little disclaimer, some links are affiliate!

Summer in the Forest

Water Cycles

Little Homesteader : A Summer Treasury  

Over and Under the Canyon

Summer Sunflower

Earth's Incredible Oceans

Summer's Child

Ocean's Anatomy

Hooray for Summer

Over and Under the Waves

the Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation

Ocean's Planet

Curious George Goes to the Beach

The Big Book of Blue

A Shell is Cozy

whales

 


A is for America

our flag

We the People

America the Beautiful

American Revolution: A Visual History

The Little Book of Government

National Monuments of the USA

50 Adventures in the 50 States

Explore Colonial America

The 4th of July Story

God Bless Our Country

My Fourth of July

 

and that's a wraaaaaap!

I'm going to conclude this post by saying I hope you have a great summer and are doing a lot of reading with your kiddos even though school is technically out! I hope you have a very happy fourth of July! until next time, xoxo


 


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6.25.2024

Beauty Products I'd Like To Try

Woman at Vanity by Norman Rockwell

 hello hello -- hope you're having a happy first official week of summer!

I thought it would be fun to do a little round up of products that I have been eyeing, since I've opted to make the round up and review posts to become more seasonal type of posts. Today's topic is beauty products that I am eyeing this summer. I am not a big makeup girly, but that doesn't mean that I don't love an occasional splurge. So, without further ado, here is my summer wishlist.

*as I always do, placing a disclaimer here that some links are affiliate!

 

Saltair Golden Hour Body Wash

Kopari Hair + Body Mist Set

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Cheirosa 48 Mist

OUAI St. Barts Cream

ILIA Blue Light Mist

Laneige Water Bank Cream

rhode blushes

ILIA Lip and Light Duo

Naked Sundays CabanaGlow Set

Kopari Sunglaze Mist

Cheirosa 87

OUAI St. Barts Hair and Body Mist

Summer Fridays Amino Gel Cleanser

 and that's a wraaaaaaaaap!

as you can tell, it's the summer of body mists. if there is one thing about me is that I loooooove a good body mist, but the silver lining to that is that I'm super pick about scents. The only hack I have to resolve that is to buy the travel size first, that way you're not spending a pretty penny on a full size item OR try to go into the store and do a sniff test before purchase if possible. but alas, that's my little round up. I plan on slowly purchasing some of these and reporting back. until next time, xoxo.


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6.18.2024

summer mood board

summer breeze by john Sloane

 hello, hello!

summer is right around the corner, so it's only fitting that I curate a mood board to ring in the season! This season is going to be about spending time outside and enjoying all the seasonal produce. Like last time, I will adding a personal wishlist of summer items / lines that I love. I find it so fun to curate lists, so you already know ... if I see a chance to make one, I'm going to take it.

*all images used were taken from pinterest

I am so excited for summer -- the warm weather, the bonfires, and time spent together with friends! We have a really exciting plans ahead, and I can't wait to share it all, but until then, I thought I'd share a little wishlist of things I am eyeing. 

** you know the drill, some links are affiliate!

 

platter

daisy throw

market basket

scalloped tea cup

pie server

tea kettle

teaspoons 

strawberry candle holder

patio set

lip tints

patio dining set

umbrella 

outdoor throw pillow

annnnnnnd that's a wrap! 

like I said before, we have some fun and exciting things planned for this summer and I can't wait to share all about them soon, but until then and next time, xoxo



 

 

 


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6.11.2024

My Latest Endeavor -- Drawing!


"The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy" (1907) by John Singer Sargent

hello, my dear readers! 

today's post is not going to be the regular guide or round up, but rather a little share. I've been having so much fun lately with -- drum roll please -- digital drawing. I've always been so intimidated by drawing and have followed artists on all platforms with a hint of envy at their talent, but last month, I started to doodle on my iPad with my husband's iPencil. it was so fun, and I started to draw every day.

I am no artist and the drawings are mediocre at best, but still, I am proud of my work. it's the fact that they look decent for me. HAHA. y'all believe me when I say, I have always wanted to be an artist, and it was something I avoided trying because I already knew I would be terrible.

buuuut, after trying my hand at needle felting and sculpting, I decided to give it a go and I'm so glad I did! drawing is so relaxing and though I'm not amazing at it, I'm not as terrible as I thought I would be, and I'm going to count that as a win. 

I thought I'd share some of my work with ya'll and document the journey on the blog and see how I progress as I practice my art every day. I've also started a little Instagram page @fiddlemoth, if anyone is interested in following along this endeavor more closely.


so, here is some of my work ...









annnnnd that's a wrap! 

so, that's my art. I'm having so much fun drawing or doodling rather. it's been so fun and so relaxing! what should I draw next? until next time, xoxo.




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6.04.2024

father's day gift guide

"This is America" (1949) by Andrew Loomis

hello there! welcome back :)

it's that time of year again -- father's day. I don't know about you, but I have always found my dad one of the hardest people to shop for when it comes to gifts. My dad is a jack of all trades, and already has everything, so what do I get him? I spend a lot of time looking for ideas.

I've curated two little gift guides that revolve around an outdoorsy / tech obsessed dad as I hunted around for ideas. I hope they give you a little inspo.

*as always, disclaimer here -- some links are affiliate!



 

wallet

bbq sauce sampler set

hat

grilling spices

lunch bag

pocket tool

thermos 

short sleeve shirt

cooler

cologne

backpack

watch 

fly-fishing crate

sandals

pickleball paddle

duffle bag


headphones

portable speaker

apron

grill set

mug

instant camera

sunnies

massage gun

camping stove

dart board

darts

solar torch

 

 annnnnnd that's a wrap! 

Some of these gifts are on the higher range when it comes to price. I've noticed that quality gifts for men are almost always worth a pretty penny. Regardless, dads deserve some pampering too, so if anything catches your eye, I'm sure it'll catch his! Until next time, xoxo.

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