Treatise Box • Review

Treatsie

Getting the opportunity to review the May Treatsie Box was an exciting one to take.

If you have a sweet tooth or interest in unique sweets (unfortunately, there are no allergy friendly boxes at this time); I’d easily recommend that you checkout the Treatsie Box for yourself. No commitment. You can cancel anytime! Treatsie Box currently only ships within the United States, but are looking to expand to more countries.

“During the hot months, we ship orders with chocolate in insulated packaging with ice packs that keep the sweets nice and cool.”

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Included:

  • IZARD Chocolate: These are original – and absolutely delicious – caramels! They’re described as super soft, buttery bites with classic caramel valour and visible vanilla bean specks.
  • Grey Ghost Bakery: Chocolate espresso cookies: sophisticated, rich and mellow. Decadent chocolate with a kiss of espresso creates an indulgent treat.
  • Grey Ghost Bakery: Cinnamon pecan cookies: a new take on a southern tradition: buttery cookies are rolled in toasted pecans and cinnamon for a delicious crunch.
  • Raley Confectionary: An old-fashioned sour candy with plenty of flavour. Assortment contains green apple, orange, cherry and raspberry.

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Plans:

1 Month Plan $19.95/Box (billed monthly)

3 Month Plan$18.95/Box (billed quarterly)

12 Month Plan • $16.92/Box (billed annually)

So – if you’re interested in the idea of getting amazing Artisan sweets – to which most people would never discover – delivered right to your door, Treatsie Box is a subscription that’s worthwhile, and a company that’s genuine. Remember, Treatsie Box currently only ships to the United States. They’re looking forward to expanding their products to consumers, worldwide!

You Love Me Too, Right?

You Love Me Too, Right?

What is a drug?

A drug is the arms that hold you closely at night.
The soft voice that asks, “and you love me too, right?”

A drug is the ashes you flick from your smoke.
Deep inhales and exhales.
Rough stings from your toke.

A drug is that something you can’t live without.
It’s dangerous.
It’s toxic.
It keeps your love bound to doubts.

But – what is a drug?

Really.

What does it mean?

What makes one labelled “addict,”
while the others labelled “clean”.

What is a drug and why do some come with shame?
Why is one ‘happy’ true, while the others man-made?

And so we are told,
of stories and tales,
to keep us from leaving the ‘supposed’ paved trail.

These tales made us think, “steer clear and you’ll live”.
but how’s it possible to live when we have our past to forgive?

Even love itself is a misused vice.
Simply seeking the words, “hey, I think you look nice”.

But they never told us love could ache.
And someone’s words could make us break.

Love and drugs will both bring hurt.
But forever – the idea –
is an idea in which we flirt.

6 • Of The ‘Truest’ Truth’s About OCD

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I used to have – and I’m positive there’s traces of it lying within me somewhere – have OCD.

I would compulsively clean, and put the organization of my belongings before the well-being of myself. Since I started Young & Twenty, my OCD dramatically minimized and with the power of hindsight, I’ve since put a lot of thought and perspective into figuring out what exactly OCD is. How can it have such a strong mind control over us?

What I’ve discovered? Awareness is the most powerful tool you can have.

  1. OCD rituals and patterns are the way your mind manifests its disorganization and stress. It’s subconsciously using physical items – the things you have the most control over – as an anchor for when the things in your mind and the things in your life – go so awry.

  2. Whether it’s washing your hands, cleaning the kitchen, or doing basic tasks in routine, having OCD takes up a lot of time. Leaving you both emotionally and physically drained. Most of the anxiety comes with the fact that OCD is the constant fear of wrong. Wrong placement. Wrong timing. Wrong outcome. It’s a tidy chaos. Disguised flaw.

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  1. OCD is visual. It loves to be seen, and heard, and felt – and furthermore, acknowledged. Accommodated. Finding something to preoccupy your time and (positively) distract your thoughts will cause your OCD to wither away due to lack of attention.

  2. To have OCD is to consciously know that your actions are irrational. You’re aware of what you’re doing, and that’s what makes the entire concept more frustrating; because you STILL cannot stop. It’s an incredibly powerless feeling to lose control to your thoughts.

  1. The more that you surrender to your OCD, and succumb to the fact that it doesn’t make sense – it WON’T make sense. This is your mind. No parent, friend, teacher, or even therapist can read your mind better than you can. Study your OCD. Address it. Find what makes it tick. What triggers it’s explosion? It is treatable! (from my experience).

  2. OCD is such a mental condition that it likely won’t make sense to anyone around you. (Unless they have their own struggle – but even than – everyone’s different). It’s okay for you to explain it to others; but it’s not okay for you to suffer if they don’t understand.

Let it be.

BEING Young & Twenty

Being Young & Twenty

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My new website ‘BEING Young & Twenty‘ has been getting such a great response, and I can’t say I’m surprised. These stories give me such a sense of comfort and patience, every-single-time I read them.

So – my favor to you is that you keep sharing, submitting and most importantly, reading!

Thank you.

Enjoy!

Jennifer

 

Something About The Night

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I don’t know what you were to me.

I don’t know why the alcohol inside me wanted to lay beside you. My restless 3 a.m.’s thought of you. It was something about the night. The forbidden hours. The dark sky.

You confused my actions – the obvious hints of loneliness – for desperation. You felt the power. The ability to manipulate me. Now, I know you were essential for my greater plan. Pushing me closer to my lessons learned. To the strength I always needed. To the past that stabilized my once unsteady steps.

You will always be the one to leave the bed unmade, only now –
I’ve learned how to make a fort from the sheets.


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My Long, Long List Of Happiness

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Life’s not always easy. Sometimes our families bicker, our days are long, our nights feel lonely, and our minds simply can’t rest. It’s in these moments we must realize that happiness truly is the smallest things in life. So small we often miss them.

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And so – I started accumulating a list of things to do – thoughts to think – and actions to take – to hopefully help myself [and whoever scrolls through this post] to live life a little happier.

Have anything to add? Feel free to leave in in the comments, and remember to Bookmark this page so you can easily check back whenever you’re feeling down!

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  • Do cardio for at least 15 minutes a day
  • Wear a BIG, oversize sweater
  • Remind yourself that things get better
  • Find a Pen Pal to send a real letter to
  • Avoid negative people
  • TAKE IT EASY ON THE BOOZE
  • Listen to your favorite songs in acoustic versions
  • Locate and participate in a flash mob
  • Learn how to play an instrument
  • Clean up your ‘Email’ inbox
  • Delete anyone from Facebook that gives you bad gives
  • Give yourself an honest compliment in the mirror
  • Watch your favorite TV shows from the 90’s
  • Have a sense of wonder
  • Try a deep breathing exercise

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  • GO TO THE GYM! Force yourself if necessary
  • Rest your legs up against the wall for a few minutes
  • Go to an upcoming music festival or concert
  • Spend an entire Saturday lost in a game of ‘SIMS’
  • Take a “mental health” day
  • Get a pet! It could be a dog, cat, hamster, fish…
  • Set new goals that you can aspire to
  • Relax in a hot tub, steam room, or [dry] sauna
  • Call your Mom & Dad for a familiar – comfortable chat
  • Spend time absorbing natural sunlight
  • Look at the BIG picture in life
  • Make a meal using only ingredients you have RIGHT now
  • Start picking out your outfit the night before
  • Overcome your resistance to try online dating
  • Learn how to celebrate other peoples’ successes

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  • Play a game of tug-of-war with your dog
  • Pour a glass of wine before tackling your chores
  • Take a bike ride along the waterfront
  • Listen to an uplifting podcast
  • Clean your apartment and THROW THINGS OUT
  • Give up your need to always be right
  • Say “yes” to social events – even if you don’t want too
  • Splurge on something you’ve been eyeing for awhile
  • Write a letter to someone and don’t send it
  • Make a move (or just initiate) talking to the person you’ve always liked
  • Drive to a country road and spend your night stargazing
  • DRINK MORE WATER!
  • Wear colorful socks
  • Watch funny YouTube videos
  • Learn more about the political party you stand behind
  • Play a word game
  • Play a board game
  • Drive to a new town and spend the day exploring
  • Declutter your phone from any Apps you don’t use
  • Find fun and creative ways to save money

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  • GO GREEN!
  • Stop comparing yourself to others 
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Go for a picnic in the park
  • Say “thank you” a lot
  • Say “please” a lot
  • Have a meaningful conversation with someone
  • Find a way to forgive yourself 
  • Light a good smelling candle
  • Find a loved one, stranger – or therapist – to vent to
  • ^ If there is no one – FIND a way to vent
  • Face your biggest fear
  • Have an opinion about things going on in the world
  • Sing and dance – even if you can’t
  • Lay in bed amongst freshly washed sheets
  • Keep your promises – no matter what
  • Stretch out as tall as you can
  • Do a clothes swap with your friends
  • Sing up for a free class (cooking, crafting, fitness, etc.)
  • Dance and have fun until the sun comes up
  • Return all of the things you’ve borrowed over the years
  • Start to address your emotions instead of ignoring them
  • Learn how to make your own granola
  • Handmake the next Birthday [or other] card you need
  • Don’t let society tell you how to live
  • Spend time with the people who make you happy
  • Plan a fun holiday trip with friends or family
  • Make a physical scrapbook of your favorite memories
  • Let go of the idea of perfection
  • Turn off your alarm and SLEEP IN!
  • Reconnect with someone who you’ve lost touch with
  • Take the time to find the perfect perfume [or scent] for you
  • Learn how to be okay with being alone
  • Become a volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Identify your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  • Eat breakfast – everyday

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  • Be brave and take a beauty or fashion risk
  • Do a random act of kindness for a stranger and a loved one
  • REMEMBER: Quality over quantity
  • Breathe
  • Learn how to make a beautiful, unique cheese platter
  • Go people watching with a friend – or alone
  • Concentrate on good hygiene (showering, brushing your teeth, etc.)
  • Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your parents proud
  • Buy a lottery ticket and test your luck! *fingers crossed*
  • Stand out! That’s how you’ll find where you fit in
  • Go to a discount store or SALE rack and find a good bargain
  • Focus on one day at a time
  • Change up your hairstyle
  • PICK YOUR BATTLES
  • Read a book that really challenges the way you think
  • Find a way to voice your opinion on a topic you feel strongly about

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  • Always ask questions; no matter how stupid they may seem
  • Spend the afternoon alone in a bookstore
  • Add a “feel good playlist” to your iPod
  • Order a pizza (or your favorite food) for delivery
  • Listen to a sad song and cry freely – when needed
  • See how long you can go without complaining
  • Learn how to revamp your most unattractive piece of furniture
  •  Watch inspirational TED Talk videos on YouTube (or Netflix)
  • Don’t go acting a fool because of one
  • Write a haiku poem
  • Realize that everything will be okay
  • Give yourself a fancy facial and manicure
  • Listen to an old song that you haven’t heard in years
  • Find a way to organize and budget your money
  • Stop gossiping and seeking drama
  • Learn a new language (online or in a class)
  • Write kind messages on others blogs / social media accounts
  • Make a list of your goals & dreams
  • Bake something new

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  • Do a D.I.Y – Do It Yourself – Project
  • Start to wake up a 1/2 hour earlier
  • DON’T FILL UP ON BREAD
  • Make the little things count
  • Drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning
  • Pick a flower and paint a picture of it
  • Put someone up to a challenge
  • AGREE TO DISAGREE
  • Paint your own piece of pottery
  • Start to give sincere compliments to others
  • Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff!
  • Find a bakery and get a freshly baked baguette
  • Commit to your personal growth
  • Splurge on a high-quality beauty product
  • Create a new cocktail with the ingredients you have at home
  • Refresh your phone with a new case and background
  • Have an afternoon nap
  • TAKE CHANCES
  • Get a new (or your first) tattoo
  • Treat everyone how you want to be treated
  • Have a water balloon fight with a bunch of your friends
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Make more time for your family
  • LIVE IN THE PRESENT
  • Take the time to thoroughly explore your own city/town
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset at least once a year

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  • Treat yourself to brand new art supplies
  • Blow bubbles from your apartment balcony
  • Invent a new product or concept
  • Plant a tree on your Birthday – every year
  • Create a list for anything and everything
  • Keep a Dream journal
  • DON’T LITTER
  • Look through a photo album or box of memories
  • Create a ‘meditation’ spot or quiet spot in your house
  • Have a summertime bonfire with your friends
  • Pull an all-nighter for no reason
  • Browse the hashtag ‘#positive’ or ‘#goodvibesonly’
  • Never say “no” to the opportunity to dance
  • Start taking more pictures
  • Sign up for a new class or online lesson
  • Stop blaming others for your mistakes

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  • Write a positive review online for a restaurant, book or bar
  • Give money to street performer that cause you to stop and watch
  • If you don’t understand something – ask!
  • Take a break from social media
  • Read the book you’ve been wanting to – for ages
  • Buy a brand new notebook that excites you to use
  • Explore new cities by using Google Earth
  • Write a letter to your future self
  • Grab a coffee [or favorite tea] and go sit in the park
  • Make a dinner ENTIRELY from scratch
  • When entrusted with a secret – keep it
  • Get a plant for your apartment
  • Don’t lose your cool – especially at work
  • Write a poem about your feelings
  • Ask others recommendations to find a Netflix show to indulge in
  • If you’ve made your point – stop talking
  • Never give out all the information
  • Throw out every tangible item that makes you unhappy
  • Level up your skills
  • Find something to believe in

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  • NEVER have sex with someone who doesn’t want it for the right [or same] reasons
  • Eat a slice of cake – guilt free
  • Come to peace with your flaws before they take a piece of you
  • Go browse and antique store
  • QUESTION EVERYTHING
  • Start using coupons
  • Spend all day in your pajamas
  • Go shipping and buy yourself a new shirt
  • Sing – loudly – in the shower
  • Find a job you love or create a job you love
  • Train, prepare and run in a marathon
  • Learn how to let go off the past
  • Learn how to deal with difficult people
  • Write a new blog post
  • Solve a jigsaw puzzle
  • Find the perfect windy day to fly a kite
  • Don’t overthink
  • Make your own list of things that make you happy
  • Share something that makes YOU happy in the comments!

Pretty Isn’t A Look. It’s An Outlook.

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Don’t skip dinner with friends, or pass on a tall glass of wine. Don’t stand in front of the candles on your Birthday cake, wishing them gone like the trail of treats left out of love – early Easter morning. Don’t countdown the minutes on the treadmill like you countdown the bites until you’re full; and don’t let your lunch slip from your fingers to the trash, after you’ve convinced yourself, “that’s enough.”

Don’t let the things that make life and the things that make you, waste away like a number on the scale – for one day you’ll look back and this will all make sense.

One day you’ll learn that pretty isn’t a look.

It’s an outlook.


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Run Until The Pavement Turns Into Untouched Places

run until the pavement turns into untouched places

Take your steps long
and make your steps smart.

Don’t let your prints stay
in the place where they start.

Find pavement that’s fresh,
and views that are new.

Find a place that will let you
be the YOU that is true!

You True
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CoffeeBar • Review + Coupon Code

CoffeeBar • Review + Coupon Code

The CoffeeBar Story

The story of how the CoffeeBar is made, and how the entire concept of the CoffeeBar came to be, is quite possibly the most important thing to note about this product.

Co-Founders Johny and Ali were freshmen business students at Northeasten University, Spring 2013. They would dread waking up for their 8 a.m. financial accounting course as they once again didn’t have time for breakfast and, more importantly, their coffee. They needed a simpler way to keep their days going; but they didn’t want to sacrifice nutrition.

With a decided problem and a solid vision, the duo created New Grounds Food’s first product, CoffeeBar: an all-natural energy bar infused with a FULL cup of coffee!

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Available Flavors

  • Mocha Late • A full cup of coffee, vegan chocolate chips, and cinnamon.
  • Coconut Mocha • A blend of organic coconut, vegan chocolate chips, and fair-trade coffee.

Every CoffeeBar is 100% organic, vegan, gluten-free, and delicious!

 

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“Starting out in our dorm room, we were just two freshman looking for a simple way to stay energized. We created New Grounds Food and our flagship product, Coffeebar, hoping to provide nutritious and innovative products to keep you healthy and energized for all of life’s adventures. Keep on exploring!”

So, to support entrepreneurship, to support people who solve a problem instead of complain about it, and to selfishly wake yourself up in the morning’s, [tryout your own coffee bars]!

In addition: the kind and creative minds behind CoffeeBar have given the readers of Young & Twenty, 15% OFF their entire website! Just use the coupon code [ Y&T10]  at checkout.


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The Reality You Lose Yourself In

The Reality You Lose Yourself In

There’s more to life than a textbook definition.

There’s something about it that can’t be put into words – and that scares us – because we think it means  we don’t understand it. We don’t have control. Society has taught us only to love what we know. What we can see, and hear, and touch.

We know there’s more and that’s why we’re looking for something we don’t even know exists, and we’re driving our self crazy doing it.

And what is crazy?

Crazy is hiding behind fluent sarcasm. It’s the distorted reality we lose ourselves in. The dilated pupils we look through, and the humour we use to dismiss the things that matter most.

Crazy is our confidence that we can spend our life fighting the way things are meant to be. The way they’re meant to happen. It’s beauty in ways we can’t yet understand.

We’re running in circles wondering why the view is the same. We’re living our life with simple hopes to get by. Too often – we’re simply making a life out of rock bottom.


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