As we move away from the bitter chill of winter and transcend towards the cusp of spring, we find our heart settling on new product delights. From our obsession with stationary as we ponder over new notebooks and pens, to sipping on warming herbal teas, while beating the winter frost, February is a time of contemplation, self care and clinging onto comfort. And who can blame us for our fixation with feel good products during winter, when the cold can be such a driver of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma? After all with many of us affected by seasonal depression, poor sleep, ill health and lack of motivation during colder periods is it little wonder that we crave a purchase that will make us feel good, even in the height of winter? Which is where my ‘February Fantastic Finds’ come in; from Able Labels who are home to personalized sheet labels and photo notebooks, to Joe’s Tea, who have been sourcing sustainable loose leaf teas since 2012, here are 5 fabulous products that are guaranteed to turn your February frown upside down.
Able Labels: For The Stationary Obsessed
In February when the nights are dark and the hours are long, what could be a more satisfying way to spend a winters night than chronicling your deepest thoughts and emotions in a beautiful notebook from Able Labels, with the ability to personalize notebooks with photos? From personalized notebooks and pencils sets emblazoned with motifs centered around gardening, gingham and comics, to photo notebooks with the ability to create montage photos, why settle for an ordinary notebook when you could be writing in a journal surrounded by photos of all the things that make you happy? So for example if you are creating a happiness journal, why not use a montage photo notebook to become a scrapbook of all the things that make you feel happy? In my case, the cover would be a montage of food such as chickpea curry, photos of friends and family, cats and dogs and excerpts from my favourite TV shows because these are all examples of things that make me happy and would inspire me to write in a happiness journal. In colder months it can be difficult to look for positivity in the darkness , so having that reminder would definitely help.
And it’s not just notebooks; Able Labels also has address stamps, personalized sheet labels and business cards, making it a fantastic finds all rounder.
Joes Tea: For The Tea-aholic
What could be more calming than sipping organic tea during February, as you sink gratefully into a waiting chair and just escape into the moment, feeling your insides turn to liquid gold? And who better to carry the ‘tea torch’ than Joes Tea, who have been making delicious sustainable loose leafed teas since 2012? Not only have Joes Teas won 25 Great Taste Awards, but it is also stocked by leading delis, retailers and restaurants such as Ocado, Mondrian and The Breakfast Club. Having been sourced from the most exceptional and ethical organic tea plantations, Joes Tea’s quirky and colourful concoctions include caffeine free and decaf varieties such as peppermint, rooibos, lemon, mint, berry and so much more. With Joe’s passion for sustainability, each pyramid bag that the tea is encased in tells a tale of Joe’s journey in the misty hills of Dyatalawa, Sri Lanka, where his love of all things ‘green living began’…
Not only does Joe source all his tea here, but unlike other tea blends, a cup of Joe’s tea is brewed up with 100% organic Ceylon loose tea leaves – for the most outstanding, pure and fresh flavour possible.Not always one to take the ‘easy route’, Joe’s commitment to only using Ceylon tea means he goes that extra mile (well 5,399 miles to be precise) to source from sustainable plantations that make use of even the weeds that grow in the ‘farming area’ by creating a nutrient-rich nourishing feast for the soil. With his farmers committed to sustainable tea farming, they have even mastered effective non-toxic biological pest control that can keep the ecosystem balanced and healthy. By this I mean that Joes Tea’s farmers harness cultiva, parasites, predators, pheromones and herbal sprays to control unwanted pests and diseases, ensuring that all teas are sustainable and organic.
Bio Synergy: For The Fitness Obsessed
Despite it’s name, Bio Synergy’s skinny waters are not promoted towards weight loss but as part of a well balanced healthy lifestyle where fitness is part of our daily routine. What I mean by that is their low calorie waters are not designed purely to help you lose weight (although if that is your goal the waters assist to curb cravings and burn calories) but are rather nutrient fortified waters that are ideal to drink during training and fitness related activities. Not only is Bio Synergy the first water based product in the world to be fortified with L-Carnitne and Chromium, but it also contains selected essential nutrients, which combine the benefits of hydration with vitamins, minerals, and clinically tested natural ingredients that suppress appetite, block carbohydrates from converting into fat, and increase fat burning, without stimulating the nervous system. From delicious flavours like pomegranate, mojito and bellini, to other fitness enhancing products such as protein powders, Bio Synergy even has a dedicated vegan and vegetarian dedicated product section, meaning us plant eaters don’t need to miss out on a great training regime.
After all it can be difficult to know how you can get more protein in your diet when you are a vegetarian or vegan,which is Bio Synergy is committed to ensuring that your diet does not affect your training regime.
Opies: For The Snack Enthusiasts
One of the UK’s oldest family owned brands, Opies produces a range of quality specialty foods such as pickled walnuts, cocktail cherries and sliced lemon, making them an integral part of the February finds hot list. Not only does Opies foods give you an excuse to host an excellent dinner party with all the necessary trimmings (i.e. pickled walnuts with a cheeseboard and chutneys) but it can also create various delicious treats on the go, such as pickled gherkins in sandwiches and summer berry compote in tasty puddings such as apple crumble. My personal favourite? The pickled walnuts in malt vinegar for an alternative treat on the go that makes a change from munching on crisps. So why not spice up your February today with sweet and savoury toppings to tickle your fancy. There really is something for everyone.
And it is not just ideal for fantastic finds in February either; whether you are creating a kids birthday party and need some glace cherries for the cake, or are creating a ‘cheese and wine night’ and need delicious additions such as pickled onions and walnuts, this February sure wont be boring!
Rhythm 108: For The Chocolate Experts
What could be a better way to focus on self-care and treating yourself in February than with Rhythm 108 whose range of vegan chocolate bars uses super food ingredients such as coconut and chia seeds, for a treat that is as good for you as it is to eat. While the super coconut is my idea of a delicious vegan super treat, you might also like the hazelnut praline and the Swiss choc almond for a guilty pleasure that is far better for you than you may think. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or anything in between, your taste buds will be tantalized by the divinity that is Rhythm 108 whose super foods are so delicious that you will never have to miss out on the fun! But where did this glorious creatures story begin? Well, using their creativity and patisserie skills to reinvent your favourite, most indulgent treats with wholesome and nutritious ingredients, Rhythm 108 bars are made from a small bakery nestled on the foothills of the Swiss Alps where all your chocolate dreams come true.
Always organic, gluten free and vegan, who says that a plant based diet means that you have miss out on one of life’s greatest pleasures?
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