Drink Up, It’s Olive Oil!

by April on September 9, 2016



The benefits of olive oil are well-known: it’s heart healthy, lowers your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reduction of inflammation, to name just a few.

I recently partnered with Evergreen Life to try out one of their new products- OLIFE, which is an herbal olive leaf water extract supplement, aka water with some herbal extracts. It’s not really drinking olive oil! It’s touted benefits include: antioxidants, maintaining normal blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol levels, and restoring mental alertness when experiencing fatigue or drowsiness. All of those sound like things I want, especially the maintenance of cholesterol levels because my triglycerides have been slightly high the past two times I had my blood work done.

evergreen life olife olive leaf extract supplement drink

The directions say to take a 1/4 cup daily, preferably in the morning before breakfast. The first day that I tried OLIFE, I tried to sip it like a beverage, but discovered that it needs to be treated more like a liquor shot. So in that spirit, I’ve been measuring out my daily amount in an actual shot glass and tipping it back like it was 11 p.m. on a Saturday night instead of 7 a.m. over the kitchen sink.

evergreen life olife olive leaf extract supplement drink

The liquid itself has a pleasant, fruity aroma, like a really good olive oil. It has almost a citrusy bouquet but don’t be fooled, this doesn’t taste like orange juice. It’s the most pleasant of tastes, it’s very “green” and herbal. So taking it like a shot is the way to go if you’re willing to endure the taste for the touted benefits. One good thing I can say about the flavor is that there isn’t any gross lingering aftertaste like some health drinks can have.

After using it for a few days, then taking a break for a long weekend, then returning to it the morning after Labor Day, I have to say that I can only really attest to the mental alertness claim, as I don’t plan on getting blood work done again anytime soon to test to see if it’s helped to maintain those levels, because ouch! But after I finish this quart bottle, I’ll update with any further information on how a daily dose has affected me.

Quart sized bottles can be purchased on their website, where you can also find more information about Olife and Evergreen Life.



Radar Update

by April on August 31, 2016

I just realized that after writing the post about the reality of owning pets that I hadn’t updated with how Radar is doing! But in a phrase, back to normal.

radar love

In mid-July we took her to have a suspicious lump cut off of her right front arm, and as of that time we didn’t know what it was. But we did a week later, and though it turns out it was cancerous – soft tissue sarcoma – to be precise, the prognosis seems good. We had decided to remove the lump and just watch closely to see if any others appeared, rather than going through the drastic measures of removing her whole leg, or the financially impossible chemotherapy.

She’s doing wonderfully and is back to her normal ways. The fur has practically regrown over the affected area, and knock on wood, but no new growths have appeared. I’ve been running my hands over her whole body a lot more frequently these days just to be proactive.

radar love

We are optimistic that she’ll be just fine if not better than before, and that we made the best choices that we could. Now it’s back to opening the door for her to go in, and out, and in, and out and taking her out (with me) for some delicious craft beer at our favorite places.


A Jaunt Up to IKEA, Plus A Stop at Crepe Cellar

August 29, 2016

When we renovated the kitchen earlier this year, we bought a ton of extra stuff for “just in case” because I figured it would be easier to return a bunch of stuff at once than need to run to IKEA in Charlotte on a Tuesday night from Columbia. So overbuy we did, and we ended […]

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Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers

August 17, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Healthy Choice. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog!   Lunch is something I take very seriously, especially when it’s during the workweek. It’s a glorious hour to indulge in not working and not thinking and just […]

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Puff Pastry Tomato Pie

July 20, 2016

Summertime is for tomatoes, hands down. Whether it’s plain, big red ones or every color of heirloom under the sun, I’m finding myself unable to resist the siren song of tomatoes at the farmer’s market each week. But that ain’t a bad thing because I can turn them into one of our favorite, favorite summer […]

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The Reality of Owning Pets

July 16, 2016

This isn’t a food related topic but it’s one that I think a lot of people can empathize with: pets. I’ve always, always had at least one pet in the home for my entire life, fish totally not included. There was always at least one dog around as a kid. Often there were multiple dogs because […]

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After the Pin

July 13, 2016

If you’re like me, which is to say, a late 20s to mid 30s female that has access to a computer or smartphone and enjoys doing things with your hands, you probably have indulged in Pinterest sprees. Yes, sprees. Maybe it starts out innocently with wanting to see how a bunch of things will look […]

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Summertime Has Arrived

June 12, 2016

The mercury is up there and people are posting photos of their wildly inaccurate in-vehicle thermometers like we don’t know it’s toasty outside. For the record, some people are posting that its 109F and no, they are wrong. Though I love the warm weather, I’ve been staying in for the most part this weekend, mostly […]

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Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream

June 7, 2016

While in DC last month, we went to a tapas place in Georgetown called Bodega and stuffed ourselves silly with so many types of Spanish dishes. But I still had to end the night with a little sweet in the form of a coconut sorbet that was pure and rich and amazing. It’s the kind […]

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Palmetto Pinball Club — An Underground Aboveground Gaming Experience

June 1, 2016

To prep yourself to read this post, go ahead and click on this YouTube link and get the song going before proceeding. We’re getting some pretty cool things happening in Columbia, including a semi-secret pinball club. Patrick and I had an impromptu date night Friday that started at The Whig for some drinks and bites […]

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