All I have to do is add hot water and sit. The tea bags claim to deliver all sorts of good things to my overtaxed, overextended system. "Get A Grip" is infused with coconut, licorice and chicory to help calm those PMS symptoms. "Get Soothed" is laced with sore throat quashers and "Get Lost" my favorite has a dose of orange and cinnamon that promises to help me lose a little weight as I sip.
I'm a little bummed I didn't get to try the "Get Gorgeous" tea, but I'm not so sure it would have worked anyway. All of the teas are Rooibos-based, which is easily the smoothest, most calming tisane on earth. The teas all come in no-nonsense purple tins and sell for $9.50 for a tin of 36 tea bags.
Time for a Skinny Dip
Beer connoisseurs may want to turn me upside down and back, but I have to tell you anyway. I like that new Skinny Dip beer. It's bright and fresh and has a nice bitter kick. And I downed the entire bottle before I even knew it had just 4.2 percent alcohol. I'm guessing men will instantly peg this as beer for women the label image of flip-flops at the side of a lake may have something to do with that but I'm thinking this is the beer I will serve at my next summer party.
Technically, Skinny Dip is a light beer, but it's nothing like that watery stuff that comes in a can. This beer has flavor and personality. And one side note: It also has only 110 calories. Skinny Dip is made by New Belgium Beer, the same company that makes Fat Tire. It sells for $8 per six-pack.
The skinny on ice cream
I love ice cream. Giant bowls of rich, creamy ice cream are not just a treat at my house, at times they are breakfast, lunch, or most commonly, dinner. The problem with these giant bowls is that after I have licked the bowl clean I feel like a fat cow.
Solution: Skinny Cow.
This week, a pair of ice cream cones made by Skinny Cow arrived in my freezer, one of which was the most decadent chocolate binge I could want; rich ice cream packed into a crispy butterscotch cone. And it only had 150 calories. The new Skinny Cow cones look a lot like the drumsticks I used to eat as a child, but they're made with skim milk and have only a fraction of the saturated fat and calories. The best part about these treats is that they're individually packaged, which means I don't eat more than a single portion, and unlike so many low-calorie treats these days, they are not laced with sugar alcohols that can cause stomach upset. Skinny Cow cones sell for $5. Secret: If $5 sounds like too much, give the company a call at (888) 442-3722 and they'll send you some $1-off coupons.