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An Honest Post {Giveaway}

Posted Oct 04 2012 5:44pm

Happy Thursday!

Another week has practically flown by and this one has been busier than ever. But for good reason: we are now officially under contract on a beautiful home! I’m not getting too ahead of myself yet with all the details on here because we’re tackling the inspection this weekend, but I think it’s safe to say that 1) we absolutely love it and 2) we feel really good about our decision.

Perhaps that first offer fell through for a reason. We are cautiously optimistic. And superstitious.

**Knocks on every wood surface of Bender home.**

I will definitely share more once we are confident it’s a go. I’m doing my best to stay calm and collected. If you know me, you know that that is not actually happening inside my head – details! to-dos! logistics! so many logistics! – but for my lovely readers, I’ll do my best. :)

In other honest news, I recently received some delicious samples.

I’ve been a fan of Honest Tea ever since I discovered them while working in the health foods section of Fry’s grocery store the summer before my junior year of college. I practically memorized Seth and Barry’s story while stocking the shelves, so when Jordan from Honest Tea reached out and asked if I’d like to try some new to me flavors, I was very excited.

Honest Tea is an organic, fair-traded beverage company that offers a variety of beverages with great taste – and not laden with sugar – for parents and kids alike. They also use organic cane sugar, so it doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners – a big win in my book.

I tried an assortment of “ades” and “teas,” as well as some deliciously youthful kid juices.

Here are my honest thoughts. Left to right from the top:

  1. Honest Tea Peach White Tea : This tea had a very subtle peach flavor that was light and refreshing. It probably tasted the most like tea of all the samples I had – and that makes sense because it is grown from the same plant as green tea, which always has a more earthy taste, in my opinion. It probably wouldn’t be my top pick but was still delicious.
  2. Honest Ade Orange Mango : A fantastic blend of citrus and tropical flavors, this ade tasted a lot like mango-spiked orange juice. It’s great to have in the morning or on a warm day.
  3. Honest Ade Pomegranate Blue : By far my favorite in the whole bunch! I expected this one to be tart but the blueberry and hint of sweetness from the sugar balanced out the pomegranate perfectly. I will definitely be buying this one again.
  4. Honest Tea Half & Half : Fellow golfers or anyone who is a fan of an Arnold Palmer will love this drink. I especially liked it because it tasted a bit more like lemonade than it did tea (what can I say? I’m a sweet tooth!) but as with all of these samples, the sweetness is not overbearing.
  5. Honest Ade Zero-Calorie Classic Lemonade : Nothing beats freshly-squeezed lemonade, but this bottle comes close. It also felt a lot healthier to drink than the pitchers we used to sell with an inch-high layer of sugar at the bottom! The taste is slightly different from what you might normally expect because it’s sweetened with organic stevia, which is what makes it zero calories.

I also had the chance to try three flavors in the Honest Kids line: Goodness Grapeness , Tropical Tango Punch and Berry Berry Good Lemonade . I was a fan of all three, but the lemonade stood out as my favorite. The cool part about these is that they are served in a new “fruit-juice sweetened” formulation. Honest Tea removed the organic cane sugar and increased the juice content, which is now between 30-42%. Each box has 40 calories.

And I kid you not – this is, after all, an honest post – as I was writing this review, a UPS box showed up addressed to me with the rest of the Honest Kids flavors.

Honest Tea, you’ve got yourself a big fan. Thank you!

Some other honest thoughts and musings this week:

  • Buying a house is a lot of work. I know some of you have experience here, but I had no idea just how much paperwork went into the process! As someone who typically checks, checks and re-checks any form I sign, I have a feeling we’re in for a long 30 days. :)
  • Thinking about what you will do once you get into a house is fun. We’ve been able to obtain a floor plan and it’s been fun to start imagining what we can do with the space – assuming, of course, that this house becomes ours. **Knocks on wood again.**
  • Cooking falls by the wayside when you’re in buyer mode. Yet another reason to be so thankful for our gracious landlords and their affinity – and talent – for whipping up delicious meals. M. and P. Bender, I promise to repay you with countless dinners in a few months.
  • So far, fall weather in Phoenix looks like this:

…and I like it.

Any big weekend plans?

Edited to add: The team at Honest Tea has graciously offered a giveaway of Honest Kids samples! Leave a comment on this post letting me know which flavor you’d most like to try. Earn an extra entry by connecting with Honest Tea on Twitter or Facebook and letting me know you did so with an additional comment! One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, October 8 at 8:00 am PST.

Cheers and happy sipping!


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