Need to Detox After the Holidays?

Sure, I’ve eaten a few salads, steamed veggies, and raw veggies during the past few days of holiday fun. But I’ve also eaten a few too many bowls of chip and dip, a couple slices of pizza, and some amazing French fries that were well worth the splurge. It seems that perhaps a detox after the holidays is in order?


Hmmm. You too?

Yesterday I went to the store and restocked all our fruits and veggies. I came home and immediately ate a half a cucumber all by myself. Never before had a cuke tasted so good. Then I dove into the carrots and avocado. Okay fine. I ate my avocado in the form of dip with chips. Whatever. I’m working my way off chips and dips slowly. It’s still the holiday season, right?

I do have to say that I am amazed at how good I feel, even with the junk food splurges, since I started drinking Javita products. Every day I start by drinking a Fiber drink. Then I enjoy a Burn and Control Coffee. Both of these have been fabulous to naturally rid my body of toxins. Since I started drinking these every day (since July of 2017) my gut is lighter, my pants fit better, my blood sugar is more regulated, and well, I go to the bathroom better. (Where is a cute little poop emoji when I need one?)

So first things first, if you’re interested in a natural way to detox every single day, read more that I wrote about Javita products here. I’ll be spending the next several days drinking extra water, eating extra greens, and being very thankful for Javita drinks and all the ways they help keep us healthy.

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Eating Better in 2018

Next, if the end of the year has you thinking about how you want to take more steps toward healthier eating in the future, I definitely want to turn your attention toward this gem being offered right now.

We created Simple Meals in 2016 as a way to save you hours of time and oodles of money every week while still putting great real food meals on the table regularly. This has been a huge help to many of you, and the price to be a member is ridiculously low! So if you aren’t yet a Simple Meals member, we excitedly invite you to become one!


Perhaps this fun (limited time) promotion will be a perfect match for your family’s food needs!

Through January 5 only, you can pick up one (or more) of these Healthy Menu Planning Mini-Bundles that are beautifully categorized and highly discounted to meet your needs and to encourage you to start the new year off right! The mini-bundle recipe categories include:

  • Budget Meals
  • Freezer & Batch Cooking
  • Gluten-Free
  • Instant Pot & Slow Cooker
  • Ketogenic
  • Meal Planning
  • Paleo
  • Quick & Healthy
  • Real Food
  • Vegan

See any in the list that you want to jump in and focus on in 2018? Each mini-bundle is loaded with ebooks, recipes, and menu plans!

I’m most excited about the Instant Pot & Slow Cooker bundle, the Budget Meals bundle, the Freezer & Batch Cooking bundle, and the Quick and Healthy bundle. Which of these would you use the most?

The beauty of how this promotion is set up is that if I buy one mini-bundle it will cost $27. But if I want more than one, I can pay just $20 more and get THEM ALL!!

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Having access to all 10 categories gives us all 100 digital resources, 3,800 recipes, and 100 weeks of made-for-you menu plans. I’m in it for the whole package, baby!

Quick review: If you have special dietary restrictions you can pick one of the mini-bundles and get recipes dedicated to your way of eating for just $27! Or for just $20 more, get all 10 mini-bundles with every single recipe, eCookbook, and meal plan!

But you have to act fast — this sale ends on January 5th! Go get yours HERE.

I’m looking forward to getting back on track with regular healthy meals, how about you? And now, I shall eat the other half of that cucumber.

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Chocolate Milk on my Grocery List (In Your Dreams, Kid.)

My 15-year old is quiet. Very, very quiet. But his sense of humor comes out in many ways every day, probably made extra funny because he sits so quietly, then suddenly opens his mouth with something so unexpected that catches us all off guard.


I laugh out loud frequently at this kid. At all my kids. I mean with them. Not at them. Well, both. What can I say?

Here’s one of Elias’ favorite quiet funny tricks, and you would think it would cease to be funny after so many grocery lists, but nope. I LOL every time, mostly because I don’t know how it is that he manages to sneak his pen to my paper before I head to the grocery store. Every. Single. Time.

I prepare my Walmart list by looking at to see what great deals I can get this week. I scratch down everything I want to look at, add anything extra we’re out of, and let the boys know I’ll be heading out.

I get to the store, start to make my way through the list, and there it is. Every time, that kid has added: Chocolate Milk.

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It’s like I take a little piece of him with me every time I grocery shop.

I mean, it never hurts to ask, right? The power of suggestion is huge. But it sure is too bad that I NEVER, EVER GIVE IN. Not once have I put the jug of chocolate milk into my cart.

I get home from the store, the boys all unload the van, and without fail I hear, “Oops, Mom. Looks like you forgot the chocolate milk again.”

Yep, sure did.

Ahh, my Elias.

Never mind the fact that I can make him homemade chocolate milk. He claims that he doesn’t like it, because sure, if you’ve had the store-bought syrupy version, a less-sweet version may not cut it when you’re 15.

A Happy Chocolate Milk Solution

We just discovered a win-win. The Javita Dollar Coffee Club we started a few months ago, which offers healthy herb-infused coffee, tea, and flavored water just reintroduced their Focus Fusion Cocoa. So in honor of Elias (and everyone else in my family who loves chocolate, which is everyone else), I added some to our AutoShip order. “Maybe,” I thought, “Maybe this will do the trick for everyone’s chocolate milk cravings.”

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It does. I win. Chocolate Milk has ceased to make its way onto my grocery list, but something else has replaced it because the cleverness of my children didn’t go away when Javita hit our home. Details below.

Confession: I am a tiny bit disappointed with the ingredients listed in the Javita Cocoa Fusion. I feel 100% good about every other Javita drink, from the coffee to the tea to the strawberry lemonade “Flex” to the very berry “Defend.” They include even-better-than-organic ingredients, and are full of wonderful, healing herbs that offer many health benefits.

The Cocoa Fusion also has healing herbs and offers health benefits. It just also happens to have sugar. So boo for that. But hey, this means my kid will drink it. And so…

I’ve decided that the Cocoa Fusion will be a compromise drink that we’ll enjoy sometimes (but not as freely as I let my family enjoy all the other Javita drinks). It’s many times better for us than any store-bought hot chocolate or chocolate milk. It contains wonderful herbs that are fabulous for concentration, memory, brain health, thinking skills, and focus.

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It tastes good hot or cold, and all of my sons love it.

So while I’ll continue to give big shout outs to the health benefits of the Javita coffee, tea, and flavored waters, and wholeheartedly endorse them with no reservation – I’ll give a “better than” wink to their cocoa. Add it to your monthly auto-ship for a fun treat that will also provide health benefits and a brain boost.

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So now that we’ve got the chocolate milk situation figured out at our house, Elias no longer needs to sneak the words “chocolate milk” onto my grocery list.

Never fear though. Now’s he’s started writing in “Ice Cream.”

Good try, Kid. Good try.


How to join our Javita Dollar Coffee Club

Want to give these great drinks a try? The least expensive option is to purchase with Auto-Delivery so that you only have to pay a dollar per drink. Each month after that you can adjust, add, subtract drink options at any time before your next delivery.

  1. Click here, then on “Experience the Products.”
  2. You can look through the various drinks and check out each of their ingredients, then click on “Order Now.”
  3. Select the country where you life (United States is at the top left).
  4. Click on “Build Your Own” to select any of the products you are interested in for your family. (If you order 2-5 boxes, shipping is free!)
  5. Once you’ve added your selections to the cart, proceed with the check-out process.
  6. Again, each month you can make adjustments to your auto-delivery to fit your family’s needs!

P.S. Read here to learn 6 Unexpected Blessings I’ve Experienced Thanks to Javita Drinks.

Are Direct Sales Companies Evil? Sharing My Heart About Javita…

Once upon a time a girl bought a Dollar Coffee Club. She was excited because she loves coffee and special drinks, and this company actually offered all healthy varieties at very reasonable prices. “What a fantastic opportunity to introduce people to delicious drinks that actually offer great health benefits!” thought the girl.

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She and her husband prayed about what they had learned. She researched the ingredients, experienced wonderful results after just a few days of drinking the beverages herself, and she looked forward to the opportunity to tell her friends about the wonderful ways these products could benefit people’s health! And so she started telling her friends. All the while, she prayed for wisdom, discernment, and guidance.

Emails flooded in as people wanted to learn more. Many said things like, “Healthy coffee? A drink to help regulate my blood sugar and curb sugar cravings? A natural and simple way to get my digestive system regulated? How exciting! Can you help me learn more?” Yes, it was just what the girl had hoped. She was able to help people!

But not everyone was excited. Some became concerned and even angry. After all, the girl had never shared anything like this before. What it a scheme? Did the girl have ulterior motives? Had she thought this through? Was she using people?

So the girl took a step back and prayed again for wisdom and understanding, asking God to make it clear once more that this was from Him. She took time to listen and reflect. She consulted with wise and trusted friends. And once again, she knew God was telling her that this was good, that she was doing right, and that God was a part of all of it.

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Dear Friends,

It is important for me to assure you that I have not shared Javita with you so that I could take advantage of my blog audience, rise to the top of a company, and “get rich.” Not one word have I shared without first praying. I tried and quickly fell in love with the products, saw that the business was simple and easy to become a part of with a very small investment, joined without hesitation, and started telling you about it!

But would you believe, this thing that I’m sharing is a Direct Sales company? I know! I didn’t see it coming either. But just because it’s different, doesn’t mean it’s bad. Just because it’s unexpected doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I hope you know that my heart is constantly in search of God’s will and never would I step in front of you with a plan to take advantage of your trust.

If you’ve ever bought a product from Usborne Books, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Norwex, Mary Kay, and/or any other direct sales company you’re familiar with, hopefully you simply enjoyed doing business with a friend while acquiring a great product along the way! If you’re going to buy a product anyway, why not support a friend who has knowledge of the product? If your friend makes a commission selling you the product, then it’s a win-win!

And to be specific about Javita, if you’re going to buy coffee and tea anyway, why not purchase a beneficial, healthy product from a person you know instead of corporate Starbucks or even a grocery store chain? If you’re used to buying Gatorade, Crystal Light, or any other sweetened beverage that does very little to benefit and quite a bit to harm (all of which are companies you’re supporting with your dollar anytime you make a purchase), why not put that money toward a product that encourages good health?

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I’ve still got the recipes and the ridiculousness and the real life encouragement to share! I just also happen to sell healthy coffee now. In addition to all the normal posts I will continue to write, I’ll probably say something about Javita once in a while as I learn more and discover more of the goodness. But if you want to skip those posts, just like you skip any of my posts that don’t interest you, that is absolutely fine!

I am here to assure you that my heart is in the right place and the business side of Javita is legit. It’s as legit as Thirty-One Gifts and Lu-La-Roe. I think it is great that God provides opportunities like this for people that want flexible work hours that will benefit their families! As for me, I will continue following God’s lead each day to run this business as He guides.

If you want a chance to enjoy these great drinks I’ve learned to love and/or have a chance to share with people about a product you love and that you have benefited from, then by all means pray about God’s direction for you in this. Keep the questions coming, or scroll right on past, and be fully assured that my cup of coffee and I are completely content with whatever you choose! :)

Answering Your Questions About the Healthy Coffee, Tea, and Other Drinks I’ve Been Sharin

The emails about our Javita Dollar Coffee Club have been flooding in and rightly so. There’s a lot to know! Is this coffee as good as I say it is? What’s in it? Does it really help people lose weight? What if I don’t need to lose weight? What if I don’t like coffee? What if I can’t have caffeine?

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I love that so many have already given these great drinks a try! And I love that so many are asking about it!

See, if I was normal (and we are all well aware that I am fAr FrOm nOrMaL) I would have you all into my home to learn about Javita. We’d sit at my table and I would make you a cup of coffee or tea, and I’d fix you a sample of all the cold drinks, and we would chat in person while I answered your questions.

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Be here I am...not being normal. I have had several very fun moments of sitting around my table with local friends sipping the drinks and sharing about Javita! But for all of you who live in other states and countries, it’s just not possible. So we’ve been partying through emails. Keep the questions coming and I’ll answer all I can! To make this process just a bit easier, I thought I’d answer some frequently asked questions here today…

Answering Your Questions About the Healthy Coffee, Tea, and Sweet Javita Drinks

What is so great about these drinks you’re telling us about?

In short, they are filled with fabulous God-given herbs and mushrooms that our bodies need for great health. We could grow these herbs ourselves and utilize them every day to help cleanse our systems, give us energy, regulate our blood sugar, and so much more. Or we can take advantage of the fact that the hard work has been done and the wonderful herbs are already prepared for us in these delicious drink packets!

Personally, I am beyond thrilled that I can enjoy my beloved coffee every day and know that it nourishes me and gives me the wonderful enjoyment of coffee too! All the other drinks are super for my health and drinking them feels like a huge treat – all day long. Javita is so much fun!

I don’t like coffee. So I’m not interested in Javita…

Only two out of the eleven drink options are coffee. Beyond coffee, there are two kinds of healing teas, a hot cocoa (that is out of stock and coming soon!), and six cold drink options that are sweet, delicious, and wonderful for our health. Each drink has different health benefits, so you can pick and choose based on your needs or the needs of your family. (I’m happy to help you with this. Email me and tell me what you’re looking for and I can give suggestions for what would benefit your specific health needs the most.

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Is there a difference between the two coffee options?

The Burn and Control coffee is great for helping a person lose weight as it reduces cravings and gives your metabolism a natural boost. But I drink it because the herbs naturally remove toxins from around my organs. Yes, yes, yes!

The Energy and Mind coffee is great to help with alertness, concentration, memory, and of course, energy. I tell you, it works!

Both coffees are wonderful because the herbs in them alkalize the coffee, which is one of my favorite perks to this. No more acidic coffee!! They both taste really great to me, and I happily drink them both daily! If I had to pick which one I like best, I would say that I like the flavor of Energy and Mind coffee just a tiny bit better. Just a tiny bit. I really love them both. :)

Instant coffee? How can that possibly be good?

I know!! I thought that was so weird when I first saw that you dump a little coffee packet into hot water and stir. You all know I love a goooood cup of coffee and avoid that cheap stuff in a red canister if at all possible!

But believe me when I tell you this is not anything like cheapo instant coffee. It’s finely ground and I’ve loved it from my very first sip. I almost always add cream to my coffee, but Javita coffee tastes so good to me I happily drink it black. Or sometimes with cream if that’s what I’m wanting that day. I love it either way!

One thing to note: The package suggests stirring the coffee into 6-8 ounces of hot water. I personally like it best stirred into 10-12 ounces of water. But you can play with it to see what you like best!

Can I doctor up this coffee with cream and such, or will that defeat the purpose of drinking “healthy coffee?”

Yes! Add cream or whatever you normally put into your coffee. No matter how you drink it, you’ll still be enjoying all the health benefits of it because you’re getting all the wonderful herbs mixed into the coffee. Now of course, if you add loads of sugar, you’ll be slowing down your health progress. But baby steps, right? At least the coffee benefits you! And I would venture to say that these drinks will likely help you break free of sugar addiction, so it’s a win-win!


I can’t have caffeine. Will these drinks still work for me?

Absolutely! The Lean and Green tea has only a tiny amount of caffeine, so that makes it a great option. You’d need to avoid the coffees, of course, and the Rush drink. But ALL THE OTHERS are free of caffeine. That leaves seven drinks that are safe for you to drink, all of which will still give you great health benefits!

I really want to lose weight. Which drinks do you recommend?

I really recommend that we drink these with only their health benefits in mind, letting possible weight loss be a fun bonus benefit to becoming healthier! But if weight loss is a specific goal you have, I’d drink the Burn and Control Coffee (or the Lean and Green tea – or both!), the Control (cold pomegranate drink that helps regulate blood sugar and provides appetite control), and the Fiber (to help cleanse your system).

I really don’t care about losing weight. Which drinks do you recommend?

All of them. :) They are all so beneficial for our health that there is not one I don’t recommend no matter your size or situation. I’m personally not drinking Javita drinks to lose weight. I’m drinking them daily to help naturally rid my body of toxins and to give my body energy and balance. They do not disappoint! I can now get to the end of the day and be tired (as in, I feel a normal tired after a hard day’s work), but not so done-in and exhausted that I can’t finish my sentences and I forget how to be nice.

What are you drinking every day, Laura?

Well…I’m plowing through about four or five drinks a day. Excessive? I don’t think so. I think my body needs these right now. I’ll adjust as necessary as I go along in this journey.

I begin the day with a Fiber drink (and it’s working so well I may write an entire post about it!). I follow that immediately with a Burn and Control coffee. Later in the morning I’ll have a Flex (if I am feeling stiff and tight) or a Defend (if I feel my immune system could use some love). In the mid afternoon I drink an Energy and Mind coffee while I’m working (fabulous for brain clarity!) and I try to just listen to my body for anything else I need before the end of the day.

I also drink one-two glasses of water between each Javita drink, so no doubt I’m getting plenty of good hydration throughout the day. And yep. I pee a lot. But what’s new?

Can you drink these when you’re pregnant or nursing?

If you’re nursing, it is recommended that you avoid Rush. But otherwise you can drink these as you wish. If you’re pregnant, you can enjoy FiberDefend, and the occasional Flex. But you should probably wait to drink the others until after baby is born. The herbs in these drinks are wonderful, but perhaps a little strong for a growing baby inside you. :)

Can I give these to my kids?

Yep! Even little ones can drink them, especially Defend and Flex. Rush is great if your kids are athletic. Fiber is wonderful for their digestion. They’ll feel like their drinking a big treat! (I hear you can give them the drink stick and let them eat it straight out of the package like a pixie stick. For real.)

Are these hot drinks or cold drinks?

Yes. Both. Either.

You can make the green tea and coffees either hot or cold. (Though I’ve found that it’s best if you add the drink pouches to a tiny bit of hot water to dissolve it first, then add cold water and ice and whatever else you like.) You can even add Control or another of the sweet drinks to your Lean and Green tea for fun flavors and extra health benefits. You can drink these however you want! (The only exception is that it is not recommended that you add the Fiber drink to anything but that you drink it as-is without stirring it into the tea or anything else. It’s more effective this way!)


I think this could be a great at-home business for me. Can you tell me more about the business side of Javita?

I actually think many of you could benefit from being a part of the business side of this if God leads you to it. Not very many have heard of this company and the products sell themselves because they are so wonderful and because so many people love coffee, tea, and sweet drinks! So this is a great time to join.

I’d work side by side with you as you get off the ground to share these products with the people in your life you know will benefit!

To become a business partner on my Javita team…
  1. Go here and click on “Build a Business.”
  2. Click on “Join Today.”
  3. Assuming you live in the US, click on United States (it’s at the top). Or click on whichever country applies to you!
  4. There you will see the package options. I recommend the $499 package as you’ll get plenty of product to share with people so they can taste it and love it with you. I can’t believe how fast I’m blowing through drink packets as I share them with people! (The $299 package is totally fine too, you just don’t get as many boxes of goodies and you may run out quickly!)
  5. Under each of those package listings you can click on “more info” to learn more about what is included.
  6. Once you’re ready, click “Continue.”
  7. Look at the options and click “Select” on the one you feel is best for you. (I went with the Variety pack so I’d have some of everything!)
  8. You can then go through the final checkout process, in which you’ll need my Member Number: 433280.
  9. Once done, you’ll need to confirm your account via the email they’ll send you and THEN YOU WILL BE IN!!
  10. You can get started sharing right away, and your products will be at your home in just a few days.
  11. I’ll help you in any way I can!

Note: The only “minimum requirement” you must have to maintain your member status is to have an Autoship of products coming to you each month. This isn’t a problem as you’ll likely be drinking them yourself, plus you want to have plenty on hand to share with people as you tell them about what you’re offering! And, you can quickly get your Autoship products for free after having just a few people sign up to purchase products through your Dollar Coffee Club!

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If I don’t want to be a business partner, but I want the products in my home each month in the least expensive way possible, what do I do?

Simply become a part of our Dollar Coffee Club. That will get each of these healthy drinks to you at just $1 each! Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here to check out our pretty new Coffee Club Shop.
  2. Click on “Learn More” or watch the video if you like.
  3. When you’re ready, click the “Order Now” button.
  4. Select your country.
  5. Click “Build Your Own.” (You can select a “Popular Pack” if you like, but I found it best to build my order specific to our family’s needs.)
  6. Select 2-5 boxes that you feel will benefit you and your family most. (I started with both varieties of coffee – the Burn + Control and the Mind + Energy – plus the Flex, the Defend, and the Fiber drinks.)
  7. As long as you select 2-5 boxes of coffee, shipping is free!
  8. In a few days your first shipment of drinks will arrive and you can have as much fun as we are having!
  9. After that, you’ll receive monthly auto shipments of drinks, but you can change your drink selections, add or subtract boxes, or cancel at any time.

Phew! After all that, you surely have more questions, so fire away! What else would you like to know about Javita drinks?

A Frequent Discussion With My Husband About Coffee: Is it Healthy or Is it Not?

As most of you know, I started loving coffee about four years ago. Yep. I went from really disliking it to totally loving it within a matter of months. Why? I’m not even sure. (Well, except that I started drinking it about the time I started to consistently dig into God’s Word each morning. So coffee time to me = Jesus’ beautiful Truth and fulfillment. So of course coffee began to taste delicious.)

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My husband has never been a fan of coffee and wasn’t sure how he felt about me starting “the coffee habit.” He questioned the healthiness of coffee because of negative reports he’d heard. So he began to read about it, especially when a couple of our boys started having an occasional cup with me in the mornings. (Indeed, I was pulling them over to the dark side…)

Coffee: Is it healthy or is it not?

Coffee Is it Healthy

As often happens when one does thorough research – Matt found conflicting articles. Coffee is good! Coffee is bad! Drink more! Drink less! Don’t drink it at all! Have as much as you want! But what we ultimately concluded was that as long as we didn’t overdo, as long as we continued to drink plenty of water each day, and as long as we didn’t load our coffee with sugar – we could settle into feeling okay about drinking coffee.

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Correction: He could settle into feeling okay about coffee. I already felt good about it because of the incredible yum factor, the time with Jesus that comes with it, and basically I just love everything about coffee (especially when it has a shot of real cream in it).

After years of coffee discussions at our house…

…our friend Nikki told us that she’d discovered a “very healthy coffee.” Matt definitely wanted me to check into it – especially because we know that when Nikki says something is “healthy” we know we can trust her. She has a significantly larger understanding of herbs, oils, and healthy living than we do and has been a great resource and friend through the years.

I already shared here that after Nikki introduced us to Javita coffee, not only did we both agree that it is a healthy option, we loved it so much we bought a Coffee Club! Matt’s conclusion has even become, “Our whole family should be drinking this. Not only is it not bad, it is very, very good.”

How about that? This is like a dream come true for my coffee-lovin’ self!

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I seriously love that each morning when I drink my cup of coffee (the perfect thing to fill my Prayer Mugs!) I have complete confidence that what I’m drinking is actually benefiting me. When our kids drink it, they are being filled with nutrients. Matt has even started to drink Javita coffee! (Finally, I can have a coffee date with my hubby. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time!)

So is “regular” coffee bad for us?

That’s a tough one to answer now that I’ve experienced Javita. I guess I would answer that it’s not necessarily bad, as long as we don’t overdo. But one of the biggest issues with regular coffee is that it can be hard on our insides as it is highly acidic. Too much acid in our bodies can cause some big time damage, and while I’ve known that, I’ve loved coffee too much to give it much thought.

Javita though. Javita coffee has a wonderful mixture of herbs included, which takes it from an acidic state to an alkalinized state. Therefore, when we drink it, we suffer NONE of the regular ill effects we typically would from acidic, regular coffee. There are more benefits (shared below), but I would say that so far in my research, the acid —-> alkaline factor is my favorite perk!

So because of all we’ve experienced with Javita so far, we’ve come to this conclusion:

If we’re going to drink coffee, why not drink what is truly good for our health?

And if you aren’t a coffee fan, I’ll instead point you to the Green Tea Javita offers. More info below! Here’s a general breakdown from the Javita website of the coffee and tea so you can understand more about why they benefit our health so much…

About Javita Coffee

Created by coffee lovers for coffee lovers, Javita understands what you want (and expect) from your coffee, which is why ours offers you MORE energy, alertness and mental clarity, We’ve infused medicinal herbs (Bacopa monnieri, gotu kola and green tea), so it doesn’t just taste great, it’s also great for you.

Based on Asian Ayurvedic medicine, these herbs have been used for thousands of years to improve mental clarity (Bacopa monnieri), to enhance memory development, learning and concentration (gotu kola) and to increase energy, suppress appetite and improve mental processes (green tea).

About Javita Lean + Green Tea

Flavorful teas and great conversation have been bringing people together for centuries. However no other tea—black, red, oolong, etc.—has the dedicated following of green tea.

Its mild taste and sweet aroma provide a combination of invigorating and calming qualities, as well as having the highest concentration of beneficial phytonutrients, not to mention the thousands of studies on the health benefits—including supporting heart, brain, immune and blood sugar health, and countless anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic benefits.

Combine the widely reported fat-burning benefits of green tea, with the incredible fat-blocking power of Garcinia Cambogia and the sweet-stopping, crave-busting control of Gymnema Sylvestre, and you have Lean+Green—Javita’s one-two-three knockout punch to fight the ongoing weight-loss battle.

The long and short of it is that if we’re going to drink anything but water, why not drink favorites like coffee, tea, and sweet flavored drinks that taste great AND benefit our health?

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Eventually I’ll go into more specifics of what each drink offers. We’ve tried almost all of them and plan to eventually have a supply of every single one!

A note about Javita coffee and the weight loss perk

I want to emphasize again that Matt and I and our family are not drinking these as “weight loss” drinks. Our goal is good health, strong immune systems, removal of toxins, clearer minds and memory, and better concentration. That’s what we’re experiencing. That’s why we love it. That’s why we’re sharing it with you.

But we know several people who are also losing weight while drinking it, so take that and run if that is a goal you wish to achieve.

Silly as it may sound…I love fun drinks!

How fantastic that these are so very enjoyable and affordable and they happen to be so very good for us too! Coffee is one of my favorite things. I’m so grateful that this coffee fills my cup, brings so much enjoyment, and benefits my health too. All for just a buck a cup.

I encourage and invite you to become a part of our Dollar Coffee Club. Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here to check out our pretty new Coffee Club Shop.
  2. Click on “Learn More” or watch the video if you like.
  3. When you’re ready, click the “Order Now” button.
  4. Select your country.
  5. Click “Build Your Own.” (You can select a “Popular Pack” if you like, but I found it best to build my order specific to our family’s needs.)
  6. Select 2-5 boxes that you feel will benefit you and your family most. (I started with both varieties of coffee – the Burn + Control and the Mind + Energy – plus the Flex, the Defend, and the Fiber drinks.)
  7. As long as you select 2-5 boxes of coffee, shipping is free!
  8. In a few days your first shipment of drinks will arrive and you can have as much fun as we are having!
  9. After that, you’ll receive monthly auto shipments of drinks, but you can change your drink selections, add or subtract boxes, or cancel at any time.

If you want to do more of your own research, head over here and click on “Our Products” at the top of the page. Then you can click around on each product to read more about what they offer. When you’re ready to order, click “Order Now,” select your country, click on “Build Your Own,” and continue as described above.

There is no risk to trying these as they offer a 30-day guarantee. You can change your Auto-Delivery at any time, switch out products, or skip a month. Truly Javita makes it easy for you to enjoy their products without giving your life away. Starting out in the Dollar Coffee Club is what made us fall in love with the products – then we signed on as members so we could share it with you. That can come later if you like, and you can email me to get more info if that’s something you’d like to do as you share this with your friends. (Our Member Number is: 433280. If you decide to sign on as a member, which is super fun, you’ll need that number to get you started!)

Let me know if you have questions. My email address is

Healthy coffee and tea and sweet drinks for the win!

The Day We Became Owners of a Dollar Coffee Club (and an Instant Pot)

Today is a big day, my friends.

I finally broke down and bought an Instant Pot (this 8-quart one!) after so many of you told me how much time and effort it would save me in the kitchen. Nothing like being one of the last people on the planet to jump on a bandwagon, huh? So…Instant Pot for the win?! Well, I’ll keep you posted. :)

After this purchase, we did something even bigger than that.

After hearing about and trying out a variety of fabulously healthy coffees, teas, and other delicious drinks with huge health benefits and experiencing wonderful results, and then after asking dozens of questions and researching ingredients and asking a double dozen more questions…

Matt and I bought a coffee shop.

For real.

It’s actually all online, so we won’t be brewing java, pouring it into mugs, and topping drinks with whipped cream and syrup, then serving them in a traditional coffee shop way. But this way is many times better because…

a) These drinks all have big health benefits.
b) These drinks cost much less than a typical coffee shop $4+ per cup, and
c) These drinks are delivered to your very own porch.

(How exciting is this?!)


During the past 11 years of our family’s health-seeking journey, we’ve been approached about dozens of “be all and end all” products that promise to heal everything that ails you. I’ve given many of them a fair try, taken time to read their ingredient list, and heard of people’s results. Some have been good and I’m happy for all who have benefited from what they offer.

But I’ve never felt much like jumping on board or sharing them with others – often because I haven’t loved the ingredient lists I read in each product. And here’s one thing I’ve noticed that has raised a big red flag to me about many of these “cure all your ailments” products:

I’ve seen people go from eating fast food every day and drinking lots of soda and almost never eating a veggie…to trying these new products while at the same time switching over to eat a healthy diet and start exercising. Sure enough, they see results. They lose weight and they feel better! Well, of course they do. They are finally eating nourishing foods and exercising after so many years of neglecting these healthy habits. So was it the product that helped or was it the good food and exercise that helped? I think it’s hard to know.

Plus I don’t believe there’s a one-size-fits-all product that heals all ailments, but that’s a whole-nother conversation. ;)

Why we bought a coffee shop

Is it enough to say: YUM! Healthy coffee, tea, and tasty cold sweet drinks!?! 

Those are certainly a perk, but there’s quite a bit more to it that that. :)

I will not say, “We found amazing drinks that will cure all migraines, eczema, diabetes, energy levels, learning struggles, focus and memory issues, joint pain, allergies, and help you lose weight too!” Many people have been helped in all these areas and more because of these drinks, but I’m not going to brag on these as “be all and end all” products.

What I will say is this: Matt and I are significantly impressed with what we have found in this company called Javita. We had never heard of it until a trusted friend (who has had many years of training and study in natural supplements and herbs) told us,

I can’t believe how much I love this and how good I feel about drinking these and giving them to my family. You could grow and harvest all these herbs in your yard yourself, or you can just drink this coffee or tea that already includes them. I know you love coffee. You have to try this.

Trying it was as easy as sitting down with a friend and sipping a cup of coffee and tea together. First things first: both drinks taste delicious. I trust my friend Nikki because she knows more than I do about herbs, but still, I read the box. I read info on her website. I ordered a few boxes of a variety of the drinks they offer just to check it out for a while. After all, I had to know, “Is this really as good as it seems?”

Sure enough.

The Coffee and Tea that can actually improve your health

Allow me to introduce you to Javita.

Beyond healthy varieties of coffee and tea, Javita carries tasty drinks pouches that you can stir into water that boost the immune system, aid in digestion, offer benefits for athletes, help regulate blood sugar, and reduce joint pain (I have a whole story to tell you someday about Flex).

javita cold drinks2

I think one of the biggest brags I can make about these drinks is that we started feeling the benefits from them while making no other changes to our lifestyle. We started drinking these after many years of already eating nourishing foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly. I believe this offers a true test of the benefits of these drinks.

And I guess the fact that I’m writing about them for you today and that other tiny fact that Matt and I invested in our very own Javita coffee shop tells you how we really feel about the goodness of the coffee, tea, and other drinks.

If I’m going to drink coffee every day, shouldn’t I be drinking one that helps keep my body and mind balanced? I sure think so.

How many ingredients?

Ah, the ingredient lists. They are gloriously short. Hallelujah! I didn’t recognize every item on the lists at first, but that’s because I am not an herbalist and have not done the research (until now). Now my research tells me that the ingredients in each of these drinks are absolutely pure, good, and beneficial for many different health needs.

My favorite Strawberry Lemonade FLEX drink supplement facts look like this:

javita flex

My favorite Burn + Control gourmet coffee blend ingredient list looks like this:

javita ingredients2

The coffee actually brags of being “weight loss coffee.” I found that interesting and am very happy to share that fact with people. But I don’t drink the coffee to lose weight and I’m not sure you should either, even though that might be an added perk for some. I’m drinking the coffee, tea, and other drinks because they are pulling toxins from around my organs, cleansing my insides, giving me pure energy, helping me to think more clearly, and helping me to feel more emotionally balanced.

I can’t wait to share what the Flex Drink has done for me, but I feel like that should be another post for another time. (Just know that Flex is my second favorite behind the coffee drinks, because of how it takes away pain in a way that has made me ask more than once, “Is this too good to be true?”)

I will not bombard you but I want you to know that Javita products are absolutely worth trying. Matt and I are sold on them for so many reasons that I’ll continue to share as we embark on this Javita journey, and we’re so glad to add them to our daily diet. Our boys are still at church camp right now but you can bet that when they get home we’ll be giving them  Rush (before their sports work-outs), Defend (for immune system health), and Flex (any time they are in pain in any way).

I guess I should also mention that we love the taste of every single drink we’ve tried. Truly, these are fun and tasty and I’d feel naughty like I was drinking kool-aid and strawberry lemonade but I’m drinking herbs and coffee and becoming healthier so hoo-rah!

How much do the drinks cost?

They are $1.00 each when you join our Dollar Coffee Club. This is huge savings if you’re used to buying coffee shop drinks. But it can seem high if you’re used to brewing coffee and tea or making sweet drinks at home.

I’m a home-coffee brewer, and here’s why I still feel that $1/drink is a wonderful price: They are taking the place of many of our other supplements (and the coffee I was regularly buying) and they are keeping us from having to go to our natural doctor as often. This offers significant savings for us. And it’s a great perk that our new supplements come in the form of fun drinks! This is so much more enjoyable compared to chugging down vitamins and swallowing pills.

javita coffee club

Let me break down my highest recommendation for you if you’d like to try these drinks.

There are other ways of going about trying these and enjoying the perks of all Javita offers, but this is what we did at first and what I recommend so you can enjoy these and see what you think. Simply become a part of our Dollar Coffee Club:

  1. Click here to check out our pretty new Coffee Club Shop.
  2. Click on “Learn More” or watch the video if you like.
  3. When you’re ready, click the “Order Now” button.
  4. Select your country.
  5. Click “Build Your Own.” (You can select a “Popular Pack” if you like, but I found it best to build my order specific to our family’s needs.)
  6. Select 2-5 boxes that you feel will benefit you and your family most. (I started with both varieties of coffee – the Burn + Control and the Mind + Energy – plus the Flex, the Defend, and the Fiber drinks.)
  7. As long as you select 2-5 boxes of coffee, shipping is free!
  8. In a few days your first shipment of drinks will arrive and you can have as much fun as we are having!
  9. After that, you’ll receive monthly auto shipments of drinks, but you can change your drink selections, add or subtract boxes, or cancel at any time.

There is no risk to trying these as they offer a 30-day guarantee. You can change your Auto-Delivery at any time, switch out products, or skip a month. Truly Javita makes it easy for you to enjoy their products without giving your life away. Starting out in the Dollar Coffee Club is what made us fall in love with the products – then we signed on as members so we could share it with you. That can come later if you like, and you can email me to get more info if that’s something you’d like to do as you share this with your friends. (Our Member Number is: 433280. If you decide to sign on as a member, which is super fun, you’ll need that number to get you started!)

Have questions?

Let me know. I’m new at this too, but I’ve tried enough products to love them and to have learned some specific recommendations depending on your family’s needs. My email address is:

I can’t wait for you to try these great drinks and I really can’t wait to hear more about how you like them!

Check out our Dollar Coffee Club here.