So you’re “Shy”? Own it.

Hey beauts! I hope everyone is having a great week & I am so happy it’s Friday tomorrow thank god! Phew! It has been an up and down week but felt pretty productive so I am happy about that! I finally am starting to feel more productive with my days & that truly is a blessing. Not going to lie, some days I really just want to lounge, chill and lay in bed. I’m not sad by any means, I honestly just don’t know what to do with my days sometimes, or I just have very little energy. Anyone with me? Lately though, I have developed a “routine” if you want to call it, mainly for work and that helps me out a ton. Not only do you feel more energized, but you feel like you are actually doing something with your days. You let your body start to follow the same routine and daily tasks start to become easier. I used to find it so difficult to get up in the mornings, I would not feel refreshed at all, I would feel sluggish and I would honestly think about my nap later on. Now, my body naturally wakes up around 6 or 7 and I do feel refreshed. Of course somedays I do wake up wanting more sleep... I mean I wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t think that somedays no matter how much sleep I got.

I truly feel like I am starting to better myself in really good ways and that honestly makes me feel so happy. I am finding ways to better myself but I am still learning to accept my flaws, and that my beauts, is not an easy thing to do. I have struggled for years and years trying to accept one of my biggest flaws that I have. This flaw has literally drove me crazy for years. This flaw my beauts, is the dreaded “S” word. The word that has haunted me since forever and has always stuck with me through elementary school, high school, university and still lingers beside me even to this day. Shyness. Oh god , that word used to make me cringe and I felt so ashamed to have this “awful” trait.

I have so many vivid memories of this personality trait and characteristic holding me back from certain situations or events. I hated it. High school was a nightmare because I was so afraid to get out of my comfort zone and mingle with people. I only new my twin sister and was super new to Hamilton. I knew no one and I could not push myself to talk to anyone. I sat with my sister for lunch and didn’t really make too many friends.

Fast forward to university, for first year of university I was in residence and I hated it. I went home every weekend because I was so shy. I didn’t know anyone & I didn’t want to talk to anyone on my floor. I was secretly known as the “stuck up bitch” which I had mentioned in a previous blog post because I was so “shy”.

You automatically get judged when you are shy. I have literally heard so many times before “ why are you so shy?” Or I often have people throwing in my face that they are not shy, that talking to people is a breeze. I remember when I was going through university to be a teacher, and I was asked one question that literally killed me. I was asked, “how are you supposed to be a teacher if you can’t talk to anyone”. That shot my confidence down a ton and I hated how I was. I was often judged so bad for this trait that I felt ashamed to be known as “the shy girl “. I often sat in my room at night time, wishing and dreaming, that I would be cured of this awful trait. I wish I could talk to a random joe blow on the corner and ask what time it was. I wish I could be like Tana Mongeau and not give to shits about things!

I wish I could be the life of the party and show up not even drunk & chat up a storm. My list was big. Boy did I ever wish I could just change how I was , and be more “outgoing”. I always wondered, “why me?”, and thought that if I was more outgoing, I would have more friends. I dreamt.

It literally took me 25 years. 25 years to finally accept my personality, my traits and how I presented myself to others. Do I accept myself and love myself 110% all the time? No . Am I kinder to myself and watch how I speak to myself now? Absolutely. Although I am working on accepting some of my other flaws, the one flaw that I finally have accepted is being “that shy girl”, and you know what? I’m going to friggen work being that “shy girl”. After all these years of thinking I had some sort of disease, thinking “why me?”, I proudly can say fuck it. Fuck the feeling of having to come off as the “outgoing girl” all the time, and screw the individuals that don’t accept who you are, they don’t deserve to be in your life. They don’t deserve to get to know you or to know you better. Bye Felecia! See you next Tuesday!

I remember clear as day, my younger sister came home upset a while back because of what one of her ex’s mom had said. She apparently didn’t really like my sister because she was “shy”. I couldn’t believe it. How dare somebody dislike something like that about someone, something that makes you YOU. Of course this broke my sister and made her feel embarrassed, ashamed and upset. Do you want to know what that family ended up missing out on? A beautiful girl inside & out, someone who is extremely artistic , someone who puts others before themselves and someone who has a heart of gold. Often people who are shy are judged so easily right off the bat and this absolutely grinds my gears. Even though someone is suffering from shyness, doesn’t mean that they are stuck up or any less of a person. We so often shame people for having this trait and that disgusts me.

Sure I may have a very hard time engaging in conversations with individuals face to face sometimes, my heart may start to race when I have to speak publicly, I may stumble on my words when speaking out loud, or I may even turn down some social events because I feel like they are too much. You know what? That’s okay. I have finally learned that it’s okay. It’s okay to maybe skip out on the big social event that’s coming up if it helps you sleep better. It’s okay to pass on big gatherings if that’s not your cup of tea. It’s also however okay to push yourself when you can out of your comfort zone. Even if that means you are extremely quiet at that big huge event. Even if that means you only speak to your best friend out of 100 individuals there. It’s also okay to have that one glass of red wine to calm those nerves.

I have been so ashamed for years but I can not express the importance of taking a step back, taking a deep breath, & saying in the mirror “I love who I am, my shyness and all”. One thing I do really find that helps me out a ton when dealing with my little extra “friend” (hence I didn’t say disease!), are people around me that have patience and understanding. My boyfriend is amazing for that. I truly could not have found a more understanding and beautiful soul. My boyfriend, Dayten, isn’t really shy and sometimes tries to help me get out of my comfort zone, but without pushing me too far! At social events, he offers to grab my glass of wine and stands by my side. He knows that I struggle with interactions at times, so always ensures I am good. He holds my hand and helps me engage in some difficult conversations with others. He doesn’t push me to-attend things I am not that fond of, and never once puts me down or centres out of “shyness“. He is a breath of fresh air.

Find someone who doesn’t centre out your shyness, and find someone who doesn’t judge. You need to surround yourself with positive people in your life, ones who uplift you. So you are shy? Big deal. You are just as smart, just as beautiful and just as important as that outgoing girl down the street. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are a failure because you are a little quieter than others, I know the feeling, and trust me, you are far from that. So you were nominated as valedictorian & had to turn it down because the thought of speaking in front of your class was enough to make you puke. I get it. I would’ve done the same. But hey, girl you graduated and that’s something you should be extremely proud of yourself for. You effin graduated! Off to the next chapter! You got this and I couldn’t be more proud of you!

There are so many opportunities in this world and you have so much to be proud about. YOU DO YOU!

I’m bringing shyness back, yeah! Them other f*ckers don’t know how to act, yeah!” – que Justin Timberlake.

How to deal with a friendship heartbreak and be okay.

Hey there beauts! Yes I can’t believe it myself… I am actually here, typing, writing, present and more than ever I am BACK. I have been MIA if you want to call it for a long long time. Sometimes life gets in the way and you know what? That is quite okay. I used to see myself as a failure if I got behind, if I let someone down and now I am finally learning to not be so hard on myself, and this my dear… is a fantastic feeling. I honestly didn’t know if I would get back into blogging or not, I quite frankly don’t know who reads my blogs but tonight I felt like typing after 6 months. I know most of the time I am stressed out about something or my anxiety goes off the wall over things I can never control… anyone else with me? My motivation dies, I make excuses like “I can’t find the time”, and I push my hobby to the side. Now I finally feel back to myself, even though it has taken quite some time. I needed to heal, I needed to gather myself again & more importantly, find myself again. I know those of you who follow me on my other social media accounts kind of have an idea of what has been happening over the past 9 months of my life. Those of you who don’t know me & are now stumbling across my account welcome. Is this going to be the happiest of my blogs? No. Am I in a better place now than I was months ago? Absolutely. So grab a glass of wine, some chips and here’s my story.

You know how hard heartbreaks are? No I am not talking about that shitty boyfriend who cheated on you, or your boyfriend of two years, I am talking about a best friend, not just one but two. So imagine a breakup with your boyfriend times two. That was my life, and did I ever think this would be this hard? Never. See, growing up I never really had too close of friends, I had friends but never really really close ones. I had one best friend since kindergarten into university but after university that faded and died. I get it, people grow apart and that’s life. I accepted it.

Carefree, beautiful, high-energy and adventurous is one way to describe her. I met my new best friend in my second year of university, she was my roommate. I lived across the hall from her, and our friendship grew every single day. I was super shy but she brought me out of my shell and I really needed that push. We did everything together and she helped me get through a very hard time in my life. I had a pretty bad dark phase to say the least but I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her so I truly thank her for that. Rewind a year before that and that’s when I met my other best-friend. I met her in my first year of university in a lecture hall. I can’t believe somebody actually spoke to me first as I sat their anxiously, nervously, with hundreds of people around me. We were in the same program and we had back to back lectures. Again another friendship grew and I was finally feeling accepted. She helped me with my studies and we motivated each other. She was my partner in crime and I introduced her to my roommate. Together, we became the three amigos. We were pretty much inseparable, and we posted on instagram with our belligerent drunk pictures, where we danced goofy, laughed endlessly and enjoyed life. I loved them. I loved them like they were my family and I still do love them.

Unfortunately things happen in life, sometimes things that you never think would happen. I used to imagine each other’s lives, visiting with my children one day, and having our wine nights when the kids went down. We had matching tattoos that empowered us, I use to think I was absolutely invincible when I was with them. They made me feel on top of the world. Unfortunately, our powerful and unique friendship did not last. Things unfolded, arguments happened and things got ugly. By ugly, I mean crying nights, sleepless nights and times were I could not eat. Seems a bit dramatic you may be thinking right? I thought so but then again, I have never experienced a true friendship like that before and I was hurting. Hurting enough that things were said on both sides that were nasty, disgusting and ugly. I was absolutely heartbroken the day everything ended. When calls went to voicemail, and we all became strangers. I often questioned myself as to where this all went downhill, if we could’ve avoided all this, but then again, what’s done is done. For the first few months I was angry, angry beyond belief. I am stubborn and wanted to accept and believe the fact that it wasn’t ME who messed up and that was my first red flag. I realized that months later when I tried to reach out again, apologizing for my behalf of the arguments, where I went wrong.

That conversation went nowhere. If anything, it got worse and I knew nothing better was going to come out of this, as much as I wanted so f***ing bad for things to work. I didn’t want to throw away memories, the past, and lose this. I really didn’t want to lose this. Arguments were starting amongst my boyfriend and I all the time over this, he wanted to make sure I was okay, afteralll my mental health was going downhill and I could tell. I needed my therapist but she was booked, I needed to freeze time, I need to start over again. Finally, after endless talks and discussions with the family, I had to make a hard decision. One that wasn’t made overnight, one that took thought and courage. That was the power to let go. If there’s one piece of advice I can offer from this super long and sappy blog, it’s that YOU are in control. You do have the power to let go if you want to. You have to weigh the pros and cons of everything in life. I knew that it was not going to clear up and I wasn’t prepared to go a one way street, it needed to work three ways. Always remember to take care of yourself. Your mental health is absolutely everything, and you need to always ensure you are okay. Take the time to talk to people, talk to loved ones, and don’t keep things bottled in. Keeping things bottled in becomes hostile and slowly, you will see yourself deteriorate.

You need to live your own life. If that requires taking certain people out of your life or changing certain aspects you need to do that, after all , you owe yourself that at least. For me, it took months, more than 8 months to find my happiness again and to find myself again. I kept thinking I would never heal, and I would always be in a downward spiral going nowhere. I thought I would never let any friends close into my life again but that’s far from the truth and I can assure you that. Even though everything is far from perfect, life gets in the way, and things go wrong remember things always get better. There is always a light, even though it may take a while… mine did… you will be okay. I wanted to take the time to write this post not only to share my story and advice with you beauts, but this is a form of healing. A healing I prayed for.

Am I completely healed? Absolutely not. Will I always have a place in my heart for those girls, absolutely. Do I hate them? No. They helped me get through university which was not easy for me. I am at a point in my life where life is too short to hold on to regrets, negativity and the past. It takes so much energy to hate someone, to wish them a terrible life. It takes no energy to move on with yours, to focus on yourself and to create positive vibes. I want nothing but the best for them, and I will continue to wish that. But now, it’s my turn. It’s my turn to return to my normal life, my shy/bubbly self, my goofy dance moves, singing “poor unfortunate souls” by Ursula on Karaoke, and drinking my red wine. It’s my turn to live my life again, to meet new people and to laugh endlessly.

It’s my turn.

My Collaboration with “I Love Jewlery”!

Hello, my gorgeous beauts! I know what you guys are obviously thinking, “Alyssa, where the hell have you been on here, you have been completely MIA!”. Yes, I am quite aware that I have been gone from WordPress for quite some time, mostly have been focusing on my new YouTube Channel which you can find under “Alyssa Hotrum”, be sure to come take a peek! I have only uploaded a few videos so far as I am currently planning what ones to do in the near future & what days to post! That being said, I can’t wait for you guys to start this journey with me and I can’t wait to bring you beauts along! Be sure to subscribe to my channel for more videos to come! Thanks for all the love & support so far guys, you truly are amazing and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!

I have really missed blogging a lot and I am so glad to get back into the swing of things that’s for sure! I guess you can say in the winter time, it’s hard to find that motivation to get started again when somedays you just want to snuggle up in bed! But I have finally found the motivation again and I couldn’t be happier! I recently collaborated with a beautiful company on Instagram called, “I Shop Jewlery“, and their Instagram handle is “@shopilovejewlery“. I reached out to this company because their page completely sparked my interest. I love companies that offer a variety of products, especially unique products. One of the things that stood out to me about this company was their “personalized clothing“, which I thought was so neat! I had to reach out to this company right away and see if they were interested in collaborating!

I was ecstatic to hear that they were interested in collaborating with me on their Valentines Day items! I kept in contact with one of the store owners, Kaitlyn, who was extremely welcoming, nice and so generous! I could not wait to receive my package in the mail & was so excited to see what I had gotten! When the package came in the mail, I was in shock at how gorgeous these products were in real life and at how generous the company was. I mean, I knew all the products on the website were stunning, but looking at them in real life & wearing them…. just WOW. I am for sure one of those girls that love dressing up for special holidays & occasions, especially Valentines Day! I was stunned at how many beautiful personalized Valentines Day items there were!

I am super excited to show you beauts the “Monobox” that I received in which you can join this monthly subscription for only $21.95 which is unreal. The Monobox includes three mystery items: one monogrammed item, & two fabulous surprise items ( could potentially be earrings, necklaces etc..). You guys will not be disappointed that’s for sure! The packaging was super adorable and so cute! I even received a personalized note with the package which was super thoughtful and sweet! In the Monobox I received a super cute heart shirt with my initials on the bottom, a heart cup and a heart necklace!

(I seriously can not get over how adorable this heart top is…. like come on! Simply paired it with a red scrunchie & red sunnies to match of course!)

(Ps… this cup makes the perfect wine glass… just saying!)

(I literally wear this necklace with everything! It’s super chic and pretty much goes with a bunch of cute outfits!)

Now onto the Swag Bag! I still can not get over how cute all these products are! I received these super comfy “Sweetheart Swag Bag Pants!“. Beauts…. BEAUTS… these are by far the cutest lounge pants ever, & are perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up! Right now it’s a monthly subscription for only $10.00 guys! What the heck! You will receive one personalized clothing item per month which is fantastic! I am loving my heart pants, and yes they do have my initials on the top of them which is super cute! Love it!

(I honestly can not get enough of these pants Beauts!)

I highly highly highly recommend checking out their website and Instagram handle if you have not already! Literally, want to buy absolutely everything! Sign me up! I want to personally thank “I Love Jewlery” for collaborating with me & allowing me to blog for you beauts! You guys are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see what new products in the future you guys come out with! Be sure to come spread some love on their page and give them a follow! Also be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my home page for more collaborations & blogs in the near future!

Take care & much love xo

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My Collaboration with “Noloco Apparel”

Goodmorning my beauts, I hope all is going well and you guys are having a fantastic week so far! I can’t believe that it is already Thursday like what the heck this week flew by! I have been busy with work, and taking care of our puppy while my family is on vacation for two weeks. I am enjoying the peace and quiet to say the least but it does get lonely some days, especially when your pet doesn’t talk back to you! I hope my family is having a great time on their cruise! How has your week been guys? Recently my boyfriend and I have been really busy with collaborations lately, especially with a beautiful company I found on Instagram called, “Noloco Apparel“. This company caught our attention, ever since I have incorporated men’s fashion onto my blogging channel. Like I have mentioned previously, my boyfriend works in finance and is always wearing suits to work all the time, so he is always on the constant lookout for new fashion statement pieces like bowties and ties especially. We came across this company a bit ago, and were hooked on their pieces! I knew I had to reach out to them right away. Honestly, they were such an amazing company to speak to, very friendly and so down to earth as well. They were more than happy to collaborate with my boyfriend and I! I was super excited to be working with this new company that I came across, and could not wait to start the journey!

I was very anxious, patiently waiting for the package to arrive in the mail, and we could begin to start modelling the products and blogging. My boyfriend Dayten was super excited once the package came in, and we got working! It has taken us a bit to post this blog post because sometimes life just gets in the way at points, so I do want to take the time to thank the company for being patient and understanding, you guys are amazing.

So I know you beauts are dying to know a little bit about the company and what not right? The company is based in Oslo, Norway which is pretty neat! I love finding companies to work with all across the world, it’s so intriguing to me, to say the least! This company provides accessories to freshen up any man’s suit. The company states, “as a wedding photographer, I see a lot of different men’s accessories for suits. The thing is, I have been looking for something different that stands out for a long time, but I could not find any ties, bowties, handkerchiefs of my taste. That’s why I came up with the idea to solve the problem myself and started looking for some different and cool accessories to match with our suits, that are good looking and affordable”. I love this, and I was immediately hooked on their page! There were so many wonderful products to look at! When we received our package, we were so excited! Dayten received the package called, “Ladies Choice” which includes a beautiful tie, bowtie and handkerchief.  I could not get over how stunning the collection was, and it had a beautiful and stunning design on it! This gorgeous set retails in store for $65.00 which is great considering you get three items in the package set!

I want to personally take the time to thank Noloco Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with them and their amazing company! Dayten has received so many compliments at work from his gorgeous accessories! I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “noloco.store”, as well as their website at “http://www.noloco.store”. Thank you guys for being amazing and offering so many beautiful products! Be sure to follow my other social media sites located on my homepage for more blog posts to come in the near future! Have an amazing rest of your week, take care!

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My Collaboration with “Fairly Local Apparel”

Hi my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! Hello, my name is Alyssa and I completely apologize if I have been MIA lately, a lot has been happening over the past month! I have been working nonstop, and I am learning how to balance work and blogging altogether. I promise I will be back into my normal blogging routine again soon! I just have to get a  routine down pat and stick to it, which I am still trying to figure out. The weather also has not been the greatest for taking pictures, unfortunately! Also, I am now limited to take my photographs on the weekends now as opposed to throughout the week like I used to do. I am now living in my hometown out in the country and not living in Hamilton anymore. I love it out in the country, it is so peaceful and I get to see all my family members out here which is awesome. I want to take the time to thank companies I have recently been collaborating with for their patience and understanding, you guys are amazing and bless you! I hope you guys have been doing well and everything! I miss you all so much and can not wait to show you the companies I have been working with lately. One company that caught my attention a while back on Instagram was a company called, “Fairly Local Apparel”. I found and came across this company while browsing on Instagram one day, and what caught my attention was their clothing and t-shirts. I am a very simple girl, I do not like over the top t-shirts at all, I love ones that are stylish, simple, and ones that you can style in many different ways. I decided to reach out to this wonderful company, inquiring about a potential collaboration. They were more than happy to collaborate with me, and I was stoked!

Fairly Local Apparel’s goal for their company is to design a brand that fits your style which I adore. They are urban fashion, with unique and an artistic make to their clothing. They are a small local company founded in 2016 and is based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. They always strive for the best quality, customer service and they guarantee 100% satisfaction.

I could not wait to receive my package in the mail and see my t-shirt! When the package came in, the material of the shirt was excellent quality, and I absolutely loved the colour red, made the shirt really stand out. I received the “Red Striped Tee” which retails for $15.99. I absolutely love my shirt, it is super comfortable, and I literally wear it to work all the time. I have worn this shirt with leggings, jean shorts, ripped jeans and my jean skirt which can be seen in the pictures on this page. There are so many other clothing pieces that you can purchase as well which are adorable!

I want to personally take the time to thank Fairly Local Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with their amazing company, you guys are awesome and it was an absolute pleasure working with you guys! Again thank you for your patience! I absolutely love my shirt and wear it ALL the time. If you guys have not checked out their Instagram page I highly recommend checking them out! Their Instagram page is “fairlylocalclothing”, be sure to come spread some love! Also, check out their website over at http://www.fairlylocalapparel.com“. Also be sure to check out my social media pages located on my homepage for more blog posts to come in the near future! Take care have a great week and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Team Insane” Clothing!

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my blogging channel if you are new! Welcome and I am so pleased and blessed to have you stop by! I know what some of you guys are wondering, “where the hell have I been?!“. I just started my new job as a daycare teacher about a week ago, and have been focusing on that, trying to divide my time and spread it out evenly. I want to take the time to thank the companies I have recently been collaborating with for their patience and understanding, you guys are awesome and I apologize for the delay and wait! The past two weeks have been so hectic for me, trying to organize my room since I moved back home with my mom in our old town. I have to say, it’s quite the change from the big city of Hamilton that’s for sure! I absolutely love it here though, it’s so peaceful and quiet, love it. Recently I found a wonderful and rad company on Instagram called “Team Insane” Clothing. Their Instagram Page grabbed my attention right away and I had to reach out to them! They were more than happy to do a collaboration with me, and I was super excited! I could not wait to receive my package in the mail! Right away I loved how simple their clothing was, but it was stylish and fashionable at the same time.  The companies’ mission is to provide the highest quality designs and materials in innovative varieties at the best value.

“Staying Dedicated. Staying Passionate. Staying Insane”

I received three beautiful shirts in the mail which I absolutely adore.  I received two t-shirts, one in the colour grey and one in black as well as a tank top in the colour grey. What I adore about all of these shirts is you can style them with so many different outfits. For this photoshoot, I wanted a more grungy feel for the look, so I simply paired the shirts with a pair of ripped shorts and some converse. I have also worn these shirts to the gym as well, and have gotten so many compliments on them! The first shirt I am going to show you beauts is the “Insane Flowy Side Slit Tank” in the colour grey which retails for $24.99 but is on sale for $13.99 right now which is amazing! Guys… GUYS I can not express how comfortable this tank is, I wear it everywhere and I mean everywhere. It is so breezy, stylish and comfortable all at the same time. What I love about this tank is that if you want to choose another colour or style for the logo simply let the company know in the checkout notes, as there are other colours to choose from.

The next item I have to show you guys and rave about are the two shirts called, “Women’s Relaxed Insane Jersey Short Sleeve”, which retails for $18.99 on sale now for $12.99, again another great deal! I got mine in the colour black and grey. I love neutral colours as they are easier to style and match with other pieces of clothing. Again, another extremely comfortable top to wear, love it. Can I just say I love the font of the logo as well, it looks wicked! Love it.

I want to personally take the time to thank Team Insane Clothing for allowing me to collaborate with such a rad and insane company,  you guys are amazing and wonderful to work with. I absolutely love my shirts and love wearing them, I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “@teaminsane415“, and check out their website at http://www.teaminsaneapparel.com.  Their shirts are so comfortable and stylish at the same time! Come spread some love over on their site, and also be sure to follow my other social media sites to stay updated with my latest blog posts as well. I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post and take care! Much love xo.

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My Review and Thoughts on Trying “Toned Tea” for Myself!

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Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! Hi my name is Alyssa and I am 24 years old from Hamilton Ontario, and I am a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. I have been blogging for a few years now and absolutely enjoy what I do as a hobby, hoping to pursue it further one day. I absolutely love collaborating with different companies around the world. I enjoy meeting new individuals online and love creating new friendships as well. I recently am collaborating with a wonderful company called, “Toned Tea”,  which is 100% Natural Detox Tea, and for all my vegan friends out there, this product is vegan, allergen-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. Right away I am a tea lover, always have been my entire life, and even have my beautiful “tea shirt” to represent my strong loving!  I was drawn to this company because well first off, I love tea, secondly who doesn’t want to be fit, healthy and have a rocking body for the summer?! I know I do!  I was super excited to work with this beautiful company, and was more than stoked to receive my package in the mail!

Of course, when I work with companies, I want to be completely honest and have honest reviews for my viewers. I am an open book, and love to share awesome information with you guys, especially if I find new awesome companies and new products. I did a bit of research on the product and found nothing but great reviews and information that I have to share with you beauts! First off,  there is an “AM tea package“, and a “PM tea package”. In both packages, there are different ingredients that I am going to share with you guys. When you think tea, you think just boring tea am I right? Well, my friends, this isn’t just ordinary tea, in fact, there are so many beneficial ingredients in both packages!

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In the AM package, the ingredients are:

Green Mate- which is an appetite suppressant, natural energy, helps improve digestion, helps improve your metabolism, and helps reduce blood sugar levels.

Matcha- which boots lipolysis, as well as blocks adipogenesis which is the formation of fat cells in the belly. This ingredient is also an anti-oxidant.

Lemongrass- which helps to flush out toxins, anti-inflammatory, helps to aid in gum health as well as a liver and bladder cleanse.

Rosehip Peel- which is vitamin C as well as an anti-oxidant.

Rooibos- which inhibits the formation of new fat cells.

Ginger- helps to aid in digestion as well as improves gut integrity.

Cardamom-  helps improve blood circulation and aids in digestion.

Oolong- helps dissolve triglycerides.

Black Pepper- increases metabolism and absorption.

Goji Berry- helps to detoxify the liver and stabilizes blood sugar.

Chamomile- helps to regulate sugar levels and is an anti-inflammatory.

Rose Petals- Vitamin C,  fights digestive tract infection, also helps to reestablish normal bacterial population of the intestines.

Basil-  which is an antioxidant, as well as helps to combat stress.

In the “PM Package” the ingredients are as followed:

Tumeric- which is an anti-inflammatory, and helps to promote heart health.

Clove- which is an antioxidant and helps to promote liver health. Also helps to promote blood circulation, aids in digestion, and helps with headaches.

Cinnamon- which is an antioxidant, aids in metabolism,  helps to increase energy levels and lowers blood sugar levels.

Raspberry Leaf-  helps to detoxify soy from the body, reduces nausea, helps with leg cramps,  and boosts the immune system.

Lemongrass- helps flush out toxins, helps with liver and bladder cleanse.

Ginger- aids in digestion,  helps to improve gut integrity, as well as improves blood sugar levels.

I wanted to let you beauts know exactly what was in the two packages as I would always like to know what goes into my body, what it’s helping and what not. I also wanted to explain all the benefits for you guys as well, as sometimes I have no idea the benefits of some of these ingredients. I even learned a lot myself, looking on the website and finding out all the ingredients. I love knowing all the benefits as well, and was so shocked at how many wonderful ingredients, healthy ones might I add, were in this tea!  The ingredients are just the start! Toned Tea has so many amazing benefits that I need to share with you beauts!

Benefits of Toned Tea 

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There are so many amazing benefits that are included in the Toned Tea that I wanted to share with you beauts! As a lot of you may know I am always a tired individual and rarely have little to no energy all day every day… it sucks so much! I am always on the hunt for products that help aid in energy and help increase energy levels. That is one thing that grabbed my attention right away when reading about this product! Also, I am an individual who is literally always bloated all the time, I don’t understand!  As soon as I saw that one of the benefits of this tea was to help reduce bloating, I was all over it!  This tea also helps release toxins, speeds up your metabolism and helps to control your appetite (what I need!). The Toned Tea is laxative-free as well! So many amazing benefits that I could not wait to get my hands on this product.

How to get the Best Results 

It is super crucial and important to follow these tips and tricks when drinking your AM and PM Toned Tea.  You want to ensure that you drink your AM tea as soon as you wake up, preferably 16 oz. When drinking your PM tea,  you can drink it on your way home from work or as soon as you get home ranging the time around 5-8 pm, again 16 oz. It is also important to remain on a healthy diet as well when drinking your Toned Tea. Making better food choices helps out tremendously. I often went on Pinterest to help look up healthier choices and drank a lot more water throughout the day as well. There are so many healthy dinners and snack recipes on there that taste absolutely amazing, you would be super surprised! Eating healthier and choosing a better diet helps to quicken the results, which is what everyone wants!  When it comes to exercising and working out, it is recommended to workout 4 times per week. Again, there are tons of different workout routines on Pinterest which are amazing even fun for that matter! I usually go to the gym a couple times a week, do some machines and free weights, as well as a bit of cardio.

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My Personal Results on Toned Tea

I was more than excited to receive my package in the mail! I received two packages of tea, the AM and PM packages which were a fair size! I was also given such a cute little leaf infuser which was absolutely adorable and such a nice touch! I am not going to lie, I was hesitant as to how good the tea was going to taste and I was blown away! Both the AM and PM tea tastes amazing, and both have a unique flavour to them, which is extremely enjoyable. I am always a girl to add sugar to my tea, but actually drank my tea how it was without adding any extra flavour to it. If you feel the need to, you can add some honey to your tea which is a healthier alternative to add some sweetness to it. I usually drank my AM tea around 9 am, which is when I wake up and then would have my breakfast after.  I drank a lot of water throughout the day, often carrying a cute water bottle around with me (makes me want to actually drink water, which is hard for me).  Sometimes I even find adding a lemon to the water tastes better and makes it more enjoyable. You can purchase really cheap water bottles at Urban Planet, which is where I got mine.  I also incorporated exercise into my daily routine as well, trying to aim around an hour and an hour and a half. I noticed my energy levels right away starting to increase which is what I needed and was highly looking forward to. I felt like I could accomplish more in my day which was amazing and I was not just a slug all day laying on the couch! I looked forward to having my two teas each day which was great, it was not a chore to me whatsoever. I slowly started to notice I was not as hungry as I always am, and trust me…I am ALWAYS hungry. So this was amazing and a complete bonus! There were some days in which I would just keep eating and eating… it was terrible!

I also noticed right away that the bloating was decreasing slowly which felt amazing, making me feel more amazing and satisfied with my body.  It was not too hard to make healthier diet choices as well, as it was fun to experiment with different food recipes.  I was not only starting to feel better but I am slowly noticing slight changes in my appearance as well. I am very happy that I am seeing results and will continue to drink my Toned Tea AM and PM every day.  You can purchase the Toned Tea Detox and use my special discount code “muchlove20” for 20% off your order which is amazing!

“The teas taste amazing, honestly such a beautiful and unique taste. I actually crave them every day!”

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I highly highly recommend checking out the Toned Tea website at http://www.tonedtea.com! You beauts can find different reviews and the products there. Also, I recommend following “Tonedtea” on Instagram, the company is always posting positive vibes/pictures and information about their products for you beauts. I am absolutely loving my Toned Tea and was so fortunate to be able to collaborate with such a beautiful company whose products I adore. For all you tea lovers out there you will love the AM and PM teas. I find they taste so calming and refreshing, for sure the highlight of my day. Stay tuned in the future for result pictures and updates on the Toned Tea. I would love to hear if you beauts tried out the tea for yourself, send me a message! Be sure to use my special discount code muchlove20 for 20% off your order! You don’t want to miss out! Also be sure to follow me on all my social media sites for more blog posts in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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