Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Beginning of a New Chapter

Hi all! I'm sorry about the lack of activity these past few weeks. After much consideration, I have decided to stop Hello Stephni and create a new blog along with my twin sister, Joanna. The blog is called Opal & Opal (because our birth month is October and there's two of us, haha) and will feature food, health, beauty, and fashion!

Joanna and I have lived together, went to school together, and did almost everything together for the past 22 years. However, as graduation comes up (~three more weeks!), and we go our separate ways for grad school (Joanna to Seattle and me to Houston), we thought starting a blog together would be a great opportunity for us to remain connected despite being thousands of miles apart.

As we begin this new chapter of our lives, we would love to share with you guys and with each other our stories. Thank you!

Please visit Opal & Opal!

P.S. Can you tell who's who? 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Post-Cruise Sorrows: Missing the Food

Last week, I shared about my cruise to Ensenada, Mexico over Spring break. It was a super awesome experience and exactly what I needed between the busyness of school. Although this is long overdue, today's post is pretty much a photo dump of all the heartwarming, delicious food that I ate on this cruise. Look on:
Let me just say, the food on this cruise was really good! The pictures on this post came exclusively from the Spirit Dining Room, which was the ship's more sit-down, order and serve restaurant. Although the setting was more formal, we could nevertheless order whatever we wanted and however much we wanted.
Truth be told, by the time we arrived at the Spirit Dining Room, my friends and I have already gone to the buffets twice. Nevertheless, we still ordered two entrĂ©es per person as well as desserts and an extra to share. 
The food was so good, and we ate so much that praise the Lord we didn't get diabetes afterwards. Anyhow, happy Easter and I hope I've successfully convinced you to go on your own cruise!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Decaffeinate: Dandelion Root Tea

As you can tell from my previous posts, I love starting the day with some sort of warm beverage, especially a warm, caffeinated beverage. (Check out my green tea latte and beaten coffee recipes!) 

However, I recently realized just how much caffeine I was consuming with almost a daily cup of coffee and multiple rounds of green teas, black teas, etc. Thus, I've been trying really really hard these last couple weeks to decrease my caffeine consumption. Instead, I've taken to drinking more caffeine-free teas like mint tea or what I'm focusing on today: Dandelion Root Tea with Hibiscus & Cinnamon.
A couple weeks back, I received a sample of this tea from Kiss me Organics, the same company who sponsored me to review their Culinary Grade Organic Matcha (which is amazing by the way).

I've never had dandelion root tea before. However, the packaging suggests that this tea helps support healthy digestion and aids in liver and kidney detox, and of course to go along with what I was talking about earlier, caffeine free. Some basic research revealed many benefits:
  • Hibiscus - supports normal blood pressure
  • Cinnamon - helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Dandelion root - helps improve digestion, upset stomach, inflammation
Although I can't say I've noticed a significant difference in my digestion, this tea is nevertheless a calming and flavorful way to escape the grasps of caffeine. Plus, with all of the herbal ingredients, it's a great source of many vitamins and nutrients.

If you're interested in trying the tea, visit their amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NFYLN18

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