This is an awesome deal on Vita Coco Coconut Water! It’s only $11.25 for a 12 -pack of 11.1 ounce containers! Some of the flavors/sizes are available for Subscribe & Save so you would save an additional 5%!!
I just bought 2 12-packs of the plain 11.1 ounce for my husband to bring to work instead of Gatorade or Powerade. That stuff has too much coloring and additives and sugar.
I’ve tried many of the different flavors but I found I like the plain coconut water best!
I’ve been following real food bloggers for some time now and within the last year learned about Kombucha. It’s a delicious fermented tea beverage that is said to be a great probiotic to add to your diet.
At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like this drink because I’ve tried fermented drinks before and didn’t like the taste. I read that health food stores usually carry commercially made Kombucha so I went and bought a bottle from my local store. When I found that I actually enjoyed the drink, I wanted to start to learn to brew my own. Each 16 oz bottle of Kombucha at the store cost over $3 so it would definitely be smarter to brew my own.
Cultures for Health had a special where their Kombucha starter culture was free and all I had to do was pay for shipping. So I took advantage of that freebie and was all excited to start making my own drinks! I had to wait 30 days for it to rehydrate. It was a long 30 days so when it came time to brew my very first batch, I was excited. It brewed for a few days and I looked at it to check on it and I saw a small white fuzzy patch on top of the liquid! I was so upset to see mold on it! I immediately got online and went to the Cultures for Health website and chatted with a rep via Live Chat. I found out I had to toss the entire thing out including my SCOBY (starter culture). I was so upset as I would have to start ALL over again! Cultures for Health was so awesome in that they sent me a brand new starter culture at no charge and even included pH strips so I can make sure the pH level is correct when I start again.
I waited another 30 days and it was ready to brew the first batch. I let it brew for 7 days and then tasted it. It was ready! Success! I transferred into a bottle that had a little grape juice in it for flavored Kombucha and let it sit for another 2 days. I tasted it after that and it was pretty good! That quart of Kombucha was gone in no time. I had already started another quart but it still had 4 days to go. When time came to check on it after the 4 days, I lifted the covering off the jar and what did I see? Not again!! Mold! Arggh! I didn’t understand how this could happen again! I made sure to hand wash each jar in hot soapy water and even swished the jar with some vinegar to make sure the jar was completely clean! So, again, I had to toss everything out!
I went to Amazon and ordered a live organic SCOBY instead of a dehydrated one this time. I didn’t want to have to wait another 30 days for it to rehydrate before being able to brew Kombucha.
And then I went to research if there were some preventative measures so I don’t get mold yet again! From what I read, the kitchen is the worst place to leave the Kombucha to brew so now I need to figure out where in my house I should leave it. So my journey to brewing my own Kombucha continues and I hope I can keep my new SCOBY mold free!
Any readers out there a seasoned Kombucha brewer? Where do you keep yours as it brews? Have you had issues with mold?
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In the 12 years that I’ve been married, my husband and I have moved five times! That’s right, five times that we had to pack up everything and go through the expense of moving to a new place. Everytime we moved, it was because we wanted to be where the grass was greener. We wanted to upgrade.
The exception for that was the last time where we were forced to move because our landlord failed to tell us that their townhouse was in foreclosure! We were notified by the Sheriff one night when he came to our door. We were so thankful to have been notified ahead of time. The landlord even called us asking if we’d like to renew the lease thinking we had no knowledge of the situation. And even after confronting them with the fact that they were in foreclosure, they tried to say we were breaking the lease by moving out. Thankfully, the lease had already ended a few months prior and we were renting month to month. Anyway, we’re at a much better and more roomier place and are thankful for the house we’re renting now.
If we did need to move again (crossing my fingers it won’t be for a long time) and wanted to go with apartments instead of renting a house, apartments.com would be the first place I’d go to. I remember using those big thick apartment guides to help us find a place back in the day. Now it’s SO much easier to hop on the computer and visit Apartments.com to find a new place. They even have an iPhone/iPad and Android app so you can search on the go.
The website is super easy to navigate. Searching with my zip code I pulled up 60 apartments in my area I could look at. I can easily filter my results depending on how many bedrooms, bathrooms, sq ft, etc. that I want. Each listing has all the amenities and what’s available in the neighborhoods in regards to the local park, schools, public transportation, etc.
I almost wouldn’t have to go each apartment complex in person because of all the great photos and sometimes video walkthroughs that are provided. The video walkthroughs are so helpful and give you a better sense of what the units look like inside. I think this would be extremely helpful if you are moving far from where you are currently and aren’t able to drive there to see it in person.
Apartments.com is a great tool for finding a new place to live so I recommend you check it out and follow them on Twitter.