From Paris with JE T’AIME (Love)

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Theoder Tea Tasting

THEODER – Paris

Thank you so much Xavier @Teaconomics for sending two wonderful samples of tea straight from France for our Tandem Tea Tasting Google+ Hangout.  Currently, I am enjoying the wonderfully calming music on THEODER’s site as I write this, making this that much more pleasant.  Before I get started with my review I also wanted to thank Jackie @Jackie of Tea Trade for distributing these teas to all of us.   You two are the BEST!!!

The French Google+ Tandem Tasting Event was a special one that we were all so excited to attend.  It took weeks of planning and scheduling due time zones and availbility but we got it done.  The only person that couldn’t make it was our regular and usually only male participant Geoff also known as @lazyliteratus.  We missed you, but understand the importance of work, for if it weren’t for that where would we all get our tea money.

Today we tasted two teas.  My impressions are listed below…

*Description of tea obtained directly from THEODER’s Website

THE DU LOUP – Pretentious

History says that Rome was founded by the sons of a she-wolf.  Theodor’s first creation and enduring reputation has its own story … it’s own secrets. This tea’s success is not only due to the seductive notes of chocolate but the simplicity of the obvious. It goes without saying!

Ideal brewing time: 4 to 5′

Water temperature: 85°C (185°F) 

Review: It has a wonderful sweet and creamy flavor.  I didn’t pick up the chocolaty notes but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.  It is possible some of the flavors were lost in transit.  Nevertheless, it is was delicious blend.  The flavors are best defined as warm, and cozy.  The perfect “cozy up to warm cup while reading a book” tea.  You know what I am talking about.  The sort of tea that makes you go…”Ah” and release all the tension of the word.

JE T’AIME – Gallantry

Sparkling eyes, trembling hands, the heart beating faster, these signs are unmistakable. Even admitting it is rather personal. To the ones we love, this word is filled with gourmandise and passion. It should be, according to the rules of the perfect Gentleman, whispered and why not accompanied by an audacious cup of tea with macaroon flavours , then, ‘I love you, je t’aime’…

Ideal brewing time: 3 to 5′

Water temperature: 85°C (185°F)

Review: A fun fresh tea.  I didn’t try this during our Google+ Hangout but rather right after.  I enjoyed the bright flavors.  It wasn’t a warm tea but more of a playful tea.  It reminded me of a beautiful, sunny summer day.  Enjoying tea on the veranda while watching the kids play in the garden.

I realize both of my reviews weren’t technical and the reason why is both of these teas triggered emotional response and vivid imagery.  Note, I am a very visual person with an amateur photographic memory of certain things.  I thought it was more important to capture the moment then provide a technical review in this case.

Overall, these were both well blended and delicious.  I am happy to have tried them and grateful to both Xavier and Jackie for the opportunity.

 For Reviews From The Other Tandem Tea Tasters See Below…

Xavier of Teaconomics

Jo Johnson – Scandalous Tea

Jackie of Tea Trade

Julia of Bingley Teas

Darlene of Tea Lovers Archives

Nicole of Tea For Me Please

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A Blog With No Pictures

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A Blog With No Pictures

Why Passion Isn’t Enough

You pour your heart and soul into what you love and hope others love what you do even a fraction as much you.  Of course you have those select few that provide support and guidance.  The ones that love you and by extension what you do.   What I am talking about is those that don’t know you or are just starting to get to know you.  We all want our efforts to be noticed, remembered, and leaving them wanting more.

Unfortunately, passion is not enough.  As it turns out we all have it.  Some act on it, others let it burn within them.  Wanting someone to notice what your most passionate about is like trying to grab the eyes and ears of someone with little to no attention span.  There needs to be a better way to grab the attention of someone outside of screaming at him or her, plus it doesn’t work anyway.  It needs to be fun.  If I can’t do that I’d better just throw in the towel.

Simply put, I love tea, creating things with my hands like bath and beauty products, among other things.  Just because I love these things doesn’t mean everyone else will.  I used to think that if everyone knew how much I liked doing what I do that they would fall in love with it too.  It just doesn’t work that way.  I am now officially on a mission to make things more fun.

It is time to take a more creative role.  Let’s face it no matter hold old we get and home much our responsibilities change we all love to have fun.  We all love a treat from time to time.  We all want time to take care of ourselves and not feel guilty about it.  As adults we are always doing for others such as our kids, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and friends.  It never stops!  Well, it stops here and NOW!  It is time we all enjoyed ourselves a little more and add ourselves to the list. What’s one more right?

Although, my passion isn’t enough and truthfully only about a tenth of you reading this probably even got this far.  It isn’t your fault.  You probably got distracted or decided it was too long, got bored, probably because there are no pictures, or any other number of reasons.  Nevertheless, don’t worry I am not mad at you.  I am guilty of the same.  Like many of you out there I have way too much going on.

To finish, here is my plan.  I am going to have more fun.  If I am having fun, you will want to join me.  Everyone hates being the last one picked in gym just like everyone hates missing out on a chance to have fun.  I will start to make more fun tea blends for sale.  I will include fun recipes for you to try with them.  I will share DIY recipes to make your own bath and beauty products at home, and show you fun way to use what I have in my inventory.  My goal is if I am doing fun things, so will you, and hopefully that will inspire you to support me by making a purchase from time to time on my site, iHeartTeas.com.  When you make that purchase and share a kind word or two I will see my passion spreading and the cycle will continue.  Then I will be able to afford adding to my inventory, share more ideas, recipes, and other fun inspired projects.

Lets spread our passions more creatively.

It’s time we ALL had more FUN!

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Tea Drinking “Wonka” Style

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Tea Drinking “Wonka” Style

Alex Drinking Tea Brick

The whole experience was like being thrown down the rabbit hole not knowing what would happen.  Among the great taste, there was giggling, random conversation, the word chocolate thrown around like confetti at a party.  Silliness ensued but I am certain this would have happened anyway.  However, as memory recalls there was more than the usual amounts of giddiness.  Anytime that happens, I am assured the tea will be memorable.  For what are those moments with tea and good friends than encapsulated moments of joy and laughter.  Like memories extracted by Gandolf himself and his magic wand, preserved for later recall.   Each of these precious tea moments live within my mind and in my blog.  Though, I must admit my mind may be romanticizing it a bit more than my blog will describe.  In other words I will always look back at this hangout with fondness and it was all thanks to Geoff aka @LazyLiteratus

Tea: Compressed Black Tea in Brick Form wrapped in gold foil – NOT Puerh

Procured From: The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants

Can Also Be Found At: Yunnan Sourcing 

Feng Qing Black Tea Mini Bricks

Tea BrickTea BrickTea Brick

Steep: My Preference is a long steep at 208ºF about 3 mins and move up with each steep.

The best part about the tea is that it truly does have a chocolaty feel to it.  As any self-respecting woman I have a soft spot for chocolate but even softer spot when there is a tea that tastes like chocolate, which to me, means in no guilt!

WooHoo!!! Can it get any better than that?  I most definitely have to put this tea on the “buy” list.

 WooHoo Homer Pic Tea

Bottom-line –> RUN, don’t stop and pick yourself up some of this “Willy Wonka” Style tea.  When this arrived I knew I found the “Golden Ticket.”

To Read About the Adventures of the Other Tandem Tea Tasters

Click Below

Jo Johnson aka @jopj

Darlene-Myer Perry

Nicole Martin aka @teaformeplease

Geoffrey Norman aka @lazyliteratus

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A French Tandem Tea Tasting

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I am keeping this short and sweet as this wasn’t my cup of tea.  Not because the tea itself was flawed in anyway at all but rather it isn’t for my palette.   The tea I am referring to is a Turkish inspired green tea blend called Thé Du Hammam which was graciously provided by the lovely Jo Johnson @jopj which she purchased from Palais des Thés.  It is my understanding it is very popular and I can imagine why.  If there ever was a tea you would imagine was of French character this is it.  It is floral, slightly sweet, and perfume-like.  While sipping and conversing it dawned on me that this tea would make a wonderful addition to a chocolate truffle recipe.

THÉ DU HAMMAM green tea

the-du-hammam tea pic

The tea brought on a lot of wonderful conversation as always.  I even had the chance to introduce my newly born baby boy Ethan Asom Carter.  He played well with group but I think that is only true because I promised him tea later.  Not only did we talk about tea but life as well.  The two of which are closely intertwined for me.   I am always grateful to have so many wonderful friends both near and far, especially to have tea with.

Ethan Asom Carter

Ethan

For more detailed blog posts check out what the other Tandem Tea Tasters have written.

Jo Johnson aka Scandalous Tea 

Geoffrey Norman aka Lazy Literatus of Steep Stories

Nicole Martin of Tea For Me Please

Darlene Meyers-Perry of The Tea Enthusiast’s Scrapbook

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Tag…I Guess I’m It!!! – Confessions of a Tea Blogger

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Tag…I Guess I’m It!!! – Confessions of a Tea Blogger

 What a wonderful idea this is.  So much so I dropped everything I was doing including my now one-month-old son; in his crib of course, and told him that for the next few hours he had better fend for himself.  Of course what I really meant was, that he is taking a nap and this is the only time I have while being held hostage by his will and schedule. Believe me when I say this was put together at a feverish pace.

Ethan

First, thank you Lu Ann; of The Cup of Life, for “tagging” me.  After which I so desperately just wanted to say… “Ha-Ha you can’t catch me.” I just couldn’t help myself.

1) First, let’s start with how you were introduced & fell in love with the wonderful beverage of tea.

Defiance, not to put to blunt a point on it.  For all of my life all members of my family drank tea.  However, for those who know me I come from an Indian family and as I am sure you can assume my family is big into Chai.  I on the other hand was not a big fan of all the sugar and milk.  The spices were wonderful but still the way it was prepared wasn’t my favorite.  So I decided to venture out of the chai world and explore different teas in an out right defiance of what my family was drinking.  It was there my love and affinity for tea was born.  Funny story, I don’t mind the version my family makes now though I still don’t drink it.  I do enjoy other chai’s now and I make my own version with milk and sugar but am very cautious of how much I use.

2) What was the very first tea blend that you ever tried?

Honestly, I haven’t got a clue but my guess is Lipton as it is a vivid memory in my mind as a child.  My family often used Lipton tea bags as a quick an easy base to make their everyday chai.  However, this is no longer the case and hasn’t been for a long time.  They now strictly use a loose leaf tea blend.

3) When did you start your tea blog & what was your hope for creating it?

I am not 100% certain but I believe I started my blog roughly 4 years ago and I think I am approaching 5 years early to mid-next year.  I can’t believe it has been that long.  I started my blog as a way to keep track of what I was drinking.  Then it became more.  It was a great venue to be able to express not only what tea I was drinking but where I was when I was drinking it, how it made me feel, and what I was doing.  Not a day goes by that I don’t have a tea in hand, which in turn means so many wonderful memories to remember each of which I can review in my catalog of blog posts.  My blog continues to evolve organically and is an excellent representation of my thoughts and me.  I can’t image a better way to express myself and  love the feedback from those who read them.

4) List one thing most rewarding about your blog & one thing most discouraging.

The most rewarding thing about my blog is the number of people I have met and the friendships I have been able to foster.  I can’t believe the doors it has opened.  I never thought my ramblings were so interesting to so many.  As for discouraging, if I really had to think of one thing I would say staying on a schedule and remaining engaging to my readers consistently.

5) What type of tea are you most likely to be caught sipping on?

Most likely a black tea as I am no fuss kind of girl when I need tea and don’t want to spend a lot of time making it and worrying about steep parameters, measurements, and such.  Black tea can be so forgiving which I find a desirable trait especially these days.  Specifically, I have been drinking a lot of my blend, Winter Frost from iHeartTeas.  It absolutely puts me in the holiday spirit, which just happens to be my favorite time of year.  As for cold tea I will ALWAYS have a bottle of Ito En’s Oi Ocha Dark within arms reach no matter where I am.  I love it and it is my green tea fix when I don’t take the time to make it at home.

6) Favorite tea latte to indulge in?

Tough question, I have been experimenting a lot of different recipes using various different teas for the past couple of years now and each offers a type of satisfaction for whatever mood I may have been in at the time.  However, at this moment I am going to say a Matcha Latte and only because I didn’t feel comfortable having Matcha while I was pregnant and now that I am not I have started to slowly introducing it back into my diet. Yummy!

Matcha Tea

7) Favorite treat to pair with your tea?

I don’t often pair anything with my tea.  However, when I do I reach for some macrons, scones with clotted cream, and cookies.  Not all at once of course.  Also, turns out I like a good, bold, brisk, black tea with pizza too.

Pizza and Tea Pic

8) If there was one place in the World that you could explore the tea culture at, where would it be & why?

I would love to visit Japan.  I am fascinated with the culture and flavors of the country.

9) Any teatime rituals you have that you’d like to share?

I don’t have any rituals per say unless, it is a ritual to drink tea all the time with everything.  That and my husband as of late has been preparing tea for us every night before bed.

10) Time of day you enjoy drinking tea the most: Morning, Noon, Night or Anytime?

Anytime – ALL THE TIME!!!

Tea

11) What’s one thing you wish for tea in the future?

I wish people to have the opportunity to try some really good teas for their flavor and not get so caught up in any supposed health benefits or weight loss claims.

– Who do you tag?

I TAG:

Jackie of Tea Trade and Cups of Tea with Jackie

Darlene of The Tea Lovers Archives

Xavier of Teaconomics

Ricardo of My Japanese Green Tea

*Side Note: When you create your own tag post, please start by letting your readers know who you were initially tagged by. Feel free to use the photo above as well.
**If you end up participating in this TAG, tweet me your post so I can get to know you more too. You can tweet either accounts: @iHeartTeas OR @rachelkcarter

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Keeping up with iHeartTeas

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Keeping Up With iHeartTeas

As most of you already know I have a lot going on right now.  You would think being pregnant was enough for someone’s to-do list but as it turns out I just can’t stop myself from doing more.  I will highlight a few things that have been going on.  A brief explanation of what I have been up to just 6 days 3 days away from delivering my baby boy Ethan Asom Carter.

Monthly Tandem Tea Tasting Google+ Hangout

Our last gathering consisted of a mini-holiday card project and a couple of seasonal tea favorites from iHeartTeas.  We sampled the following…

  1. Creamy Pumpkin Spice Tea – Not a chai so please expect a very spicy tea.  This is a mellow tea with essence of pumpkin, creamy sweet background, and a light flavoring of seasonal spices.  This is great straight but lately I have been making it as a stovetop latte.  I have a post about just how I did this on my blog.  I will link it here.  Pumpkin Tea Latte Recipe Creamy Pumpkin Spice Pic
  2. Winter Frost – Also a black-based tea I actually enjoy this blend year around.  I know my husband can’t live without it.  It is his absolute favorite tea ever.  It is bright, minty, with deep undertones.  It blends peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla flavors.  I would like to make is as a cold blended tea similar to a Frappuccino from Starbucks but have yet to try it.  When I do I will report back of course. Winter Frost

I don’t want to go to into these teas as they are mine and I am partial to them but feel free to read the unbiased reviews of the others that drank these on their blogs in case you are curious of their feelings.  Lastly, below is the card I put together for our mini-holiday project.  I love card making and scrapbooking so including this was a ton of fun.

Halloween Card

Tandem Tea Tasters

Lazy Literatus

Tea For Me Please

Bingley Teas

Tea Lovers Archives

Scandalous Tea

 

Tea Magazine Holiday Gift Guide – November 2013 Issue

How exciting our newly reformulated Rose Petal & Green Tea {Goat’s Milk Bath} has been selected to be featured in this year’s holiday gift guide.  It contains real green tea extract, rose petals, replenishing Epsom salt, and goats milk.  Everything you need to keep you relaxed this holiday season or give to a person you know in need of the most pampering this year.  We all know just about someone who could stand to slow down and relax a little.

Rose Petal & Green Tea New Pic 1

 

theDevotea & iHeartTeas Holiday Gift Pack Collaboration

For the last 4 to 5 months I have been working with Nicole Schwartz, owner of theDevotea-USA to come up with some natural, tea-infused products to showcase our best products and talents.  Using her amazing tea blend known as 1,001 Nights I formulated an exclusive to theDevotea only products.  The first of many adventures I hope.  The first product made is an all-natural vegan cold process soap and the second also an all-natural, vegan lip balm.  The soap is geared more towards a bright vegetal lemongrass scent and the lip balm more balance with both fragrances but a touch more towards the side of peppermint.  We used no artificial colors or fragrance and just know you will love this pairing.  Don’t’ forget we tea-infused the oil used in both products with real tea, peppermint, lemongrass, and lemon myrtle which was provided by thedevotea.  It is sure to please everyone on your list this holiday season.  Perhaps this would make a wonderful present for you as well.

1,001 Nights Tea Soap & Lip Balm Pic 1

Last But Certainly Not Least!

Baby Ethan is arriving earlier than even expected before.  Now coming in Columbus Day this Monday the 14th.  Stayed Tuned!

Happy Dance

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Pumpkin Tea Latté Recipe

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Creamy Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte

Made this delicious Creamy Pumpkin Spice Tea Latté using my tea blend and the following…

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Tea Latté Video

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Tea Latté Recipe

2 tsp Creamy Pumpkin Spice Tea from iHeartTeas
6 oz boiling water
3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Mine was from Trader Joes)
1/4 cup Half & Half (Optional – instead increase almond milk to 1 cup)
2 tsp Agave Nectar (or your choice of sweetener)
Whipped Cream (Optional)
Dusting of Cinnamon (Optional)

Directions

Steep tea in boiling water for 4 mins
Add Agave Nectar to your mug then add freshly stepped tea to the Agave.
Mix well allowing the Agave to fully dissolve into the tea
Add Almond Milk
Add Half & Half
Mix well. I used a frother
Add a couple of pieces of ice and shake until cold. I used a Ball jar so I was able to cover it and shake.
Add Whipped Cream
Add dusting of cinnamon
Pop in a straw and…
Enjoy!!!

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Fu Man Chu Time – Tandem Tea Tasting #2

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Fu Man Chu - 1st Infusion Fu Man Chu - Dry Leaf Fu Man Chu - Over Steeped

What happens when you combine friends, the Internet, a late night, and a tea made of the most unique combination? Luckily, for me I got to find out just what these combinations of ingredients really make.

First, let me start with my friends. I am of course referring to the Tandem Tea Tasting Group we started on Google+. This is a group of tea lovers that meet roughly every 3 to 4 weeks to review a preselected tea and blog about the tea and the events that transpired during our video hangout. This week I had the pleasure of being joined by Jo of A Gift of Tea (@jopj) and Darlene of The Tea Lovers Archives, and Nicole of @TeaForMePlease. You get all of us together and there is bound to be a little trouble.

Second, the tea of choice was provided to the group by no other than the lovely Jo Johnson. She sent us the following…

Tea Name: Fu Man Chu
Tea Company: SerendipiTea
Ingredients: Organic Jasmine Petals, Organic Pouchong, and Organic Pu-erh

Preparation: Gaiwan with roughly 2 teaspoons at about 195F degrees for roughly 4 mins.

Impressions: My first thought prior to even taking the first sip was just how creative the combination of ingredients were. I was thinking random tea leftovers or creative genius. How lucky for us, this was the work of a creative genius.

The flavors pulled together nicely. The liquor smelled heavenly of Jasmine. Did I mention I am not big on Jasmine flavored tea? In this case it was heavy on scent but light on Jasmine flavor. The best past is it did not at all taste like perfume in a teacup, a flavor I absolutely despise. I also left some tea to steep longer and I just loved how rust colored red the liquor turned. It was a thing of beauty. My first thought was how wonderful a color for tea staining. The brew itself was a bit to strong and far to earthy for me, which is a lot to say since I love a nice earthy tea. I prefer its lighter counterpart as it was intended to be made but I am glad I steeped it longer to see the difference as well.

All together a wonderful surprise that I feel very lucky to have tried and enjoyed.

As for next time, we are trying our hand at seasonal teas and a mini-project. Should prove a fun evening once again. I know we had a lot of laughs, and “oh and ahs” with this tea lets hope next time will be the same.

For Blogs From The Rest of The Group See Below…

Nicole – @TeaForMePlease
Jo – @jopj
Darlene – The Tea Lovers Archives

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My Recent Shenanigans!

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My Recent Shenanigans!

Not sure what is happening.  All of the sudden I have the urge to create more than I can make.  I want to make new bath bombs, facial masks, solid shampoo bars, and hair conditioner.  Of course new drink concoctions too.  Not exactly new tea blends but new drink recipes for the blends I already have.  Some cold-steeped teas with infusions like strawberries and mint.  Then of course lattes made from some of my richer black teas.

I have been on such a creative, from scratch, natural when possible, green if I can, kick lately that I have decided to embrace it and run.  Starting to think it is my version of the third trimester “nesting phase.”

Nevertheless, my tireless and creative mind can be a benefit to you too, right?  Here is what I have been up to lately.  As stated my, “recent shenanigans!”

— 1st Beer Bread —

It had to be done. I woke up in the morning and decided there had to be bread and I wanted to be sure I was the one that made it.  Simple ingredients means I can read and understand everything in the bread.  No long scientific words for me. The results were yummy.  By the way I used a dark lager as the beer base for this recipe.

Beer Bread

— 2nd DIY Natural Clay Face Mask —

Like many people I am on the search for the perfect combination of natural facial treatments easily done in the comfort of your own home without spending outrageous sums of money at the spa.  I am in search of the perfectly even toned complexion of my dreams. If not that get as close as I can.  Though don’t misunderstand the spa is a great occasional retreat.  In the meantime I want to create something you can easily include into your skin care regiment that is natural so you don’t feel guilty about what you are putting on your skin.  Of course this product would have to show results as well.  Today I tried this mask and for which I created a blend of skin cleansing ingredients.  The results even astonished me.  What is even more exciting is my six year old daughter told me I looked younger and my husband actually noticed my face looked better and smoother to the touch. Yay! I’d call that a victory.  You can expect to see this on www.iHeartTeas.com just as soon as I preform a few more tests.

Clay Mask Collage

— 3rd Crochet…Again! —

Ok I have tried my hand at crochet before.  However, I became frustrated and gave it up.  Recently my interest sparked again and I decided to pick up the “hook” as it were.  After watching several video’s on Craftsy I finally started to get the hang of it and made more than just a boring chain of yarn.  I have two functional cozies now.  The one below I gave to my daughter to store some crayons she’d like to take with her on short trips and another that I use occasionally for my iPhone.  My plan is to one day learn enough to make tea coasters, cozies, and more.

Phone Cozy

— 4th Bath Bomb Time —

I have been delaying the inevitable with making these beauties.  The problem with bath bombs is not that they are hard to make in terms of ingredients but rather just how precise you have to be.  To dry they don’t hold together, too wet and they prematurely fizz.  If that wasn’t hard enough your recipe is never the same twice so really all you can do is a have a basic recipe and only experience can guide you the rest of the way to making the perfect bath bomb.  Many people don’t realize the climate fluctuations impact results so you have to be rather cautious when creating.  I was motivated into making these because my daughter had been asking me to make them for a long while. I am glad I did because it seems I still have the knack for it.  I just need to figure out the best way to ship them so I can make them available for purchase.  I would love to add tea to these.  The experimenting would be so much fun and ultra mad scientist.

Pistachio Macaron Bath Bomb

— 5th Fresh Strawberry Infused Oolong —

Wow, I am starting to realize my daughter is truly an inspiration for what I do and create more than I had realized.  She loves tea and loves strawberries so she asked me if I could make a drink with strawberries.  I have been making fruit infused sparkling drinks but decided why not “kick it up a notch” and try adding fresh strawberries to my flavored oolong blend.  I have a great blend that stands up well on it’s own but with the infusion of strawberries only enhances it’s thirst quenching properties.  I used my Strawberry & Rhubarb Oolong blend , cold-steeped it and then added fresh strawberries to make this lovely drink.

Strawberry and Rhubarb infused with Fresh Strawberries

— 6th Peppermint Lemon Herb Infused Green Tea Soap —

Again, I am going for natural, vegan when I can, and the least processed as possible solutions for skin care.  I am applying this to every aspect of my life slowly and so far things are looking great.  For example, I have already seen a difference with managing my diabetes during my pregnancy.  Normally I have a tendency to run rampant as is the same for most pregnant mothers with diabetes.  However, with my recent lifestyle choices I have never been in such control of the diabetes as I am now.  I feel the recent changes to eat cleaner and greener is making a difference.  I believe if the same is applied to skin care I am sure to see better, healthier looking skin.  With this natural cold-process soap I used real green tea, peppermint, lemon myrtle, and lemongrass infused in coconut oil.  I then added olive oil and moisturizing Shea butter to make the bar much more nourishing and full of luxurious lather.  I used no artificial colors or fragrances at all in the making of this bar.  I won’t know of my success for yet another few weeks but I have high hopes thus far.

1,001 Night Cold Process Soap

Well, that’s all folks.  I am sure I’ll be up to more “Shenanigan’s” soon.

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Giggles, Fun, and Moonlight Tea

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Ancient Moonlight White Tea Bud Bar - Before

Giggles, Fun, and Moonlight Tea

It all started on a moonlight night, a “blue” moon to be exact. Surrounding by those equally passionate about tea we sat before the glow of our computers and shared the same tea whilst conversing about our impressions of liquor we found ourselves drinking though often we found ourselves lost in hilarity especially by the hand of our tea friend Geoffrey or as many of you may know him as @LazyLiteratus. With his double-digit infusions and technical issues we could see the tea was putting him in rather rare form. Fortunately, we were guided back to our main focus for the night by no other than Darlene of @TeaArchives with her help and diligence we achieved the perfect balance of tea and random conversation. Thank you, Darlene!

Lets go back a step. Last week I joined Nicole of @teaformeplease, Jo of @jopj, Geoffrey of @LazyLiteratus, and Darlene of @TeaArchives. This was our second gathering of sorts. During these sessions we had preselect a tea to taste and review as a group, we call ourselves the “Tandem Tea Tasters.” During this session we sampled the Ancient Moonlight White Bud Bar from Wild Tea Qi. I was thrilled to try this as it has been on my list for some time now. If it wasn’t for the lovely Nicole of @teaformeplease I may still be waiting to try this tea. Thank you Nicole!

We all used Gaiwan’s as our method of preparation and while some had more infusions I had less. I stopped at four as the flavor was starting to become lost and dryer to me. I have to say the second infusion was my favorite but even then I often find the subtly of white tea to be lost on my pallet. Nothing personal “Ancient Moonlight White Bud Bar.” I know this tea to be a favorite for many and I have been told the deliberate subtly of the flavor found in this tea is what gives it, its appeal. I can see this as an option so those who wish to slow things way down as this tea would make for a wonderful contemplative tea but alas it is not for me. The creamy notes were the highlight and surprise for me. Though as soon as it was detected it disappeared into oblivion.

Ancient Moonlight White Bud Bar - After

Throughout the evening laughs were had, good times to be remembered, and all over a cup of tea with those all over this country. Doesn’t get any better than that. Well, I suppose there is one way it could be better. Actually physically sitting around the same table, in the same place, and at the same time.

We will be having another “Tandem Tea Tasting” session via Google+ Hangout soon. If you are interested in joining please contact me via Tea Trade. Send me a message @iHeartTeas with any questions you may have. We would love to have you. Just remember there is a ten person maximum so please let me know as soon as possible of your interest.

Tandem Tea Taster Blogs of Ancient Moonlight White Tea Bud Bar

Nicole of Tea for Me Please

Geoffrey of Lazy Literatus

Jo of A Gift of Tea

Darlene of Tea Archives

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Kits, Pumpkins & More @ iHeartTeas

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Blueberry Cocoa Lip Sugar Scrub Zen Milk Bath

There have been a few things steeping here at iHeartTeas. We have been working hard to come up with new products and ways to save. First we would like to share with you some very exciting new “essentials kits” and a free shipping opportunity.

In efforts to promote healthier looking skin through the use of fresh, nourishing products infused and inspired by tea we have created a couple of new beauty product kits. Not only will you have the benefits of properly maintained skin you will save money when you purchase these items as a kit and not a la carte.

Lip Essentials Kit – Contains:
One full size tube of Blueberry Cocoa Sugar Scrub. Made with real sugar, Shea Butter, and blueberries. As a part of a regular skin regiment you will start to enjoy soft, smooth, exfoliated lips. Great for men, women, and kids.

One full size slide tin of Green Tea & Cocoa Lip Balm. Made with real green tea, decedent cocoa, nourishing coconut, and avocado oils.

Purchased together you SAVE $1.00 and take the first step to healthier looking lips.

Stop & Relax Bath Essentials Kit: This kit was created with you in mind. We all need time to unwind and as much as we’d like to visit the spa we can’t always go. This kit is the next best thing to relaxation including a massive dose of skin moisturizing goodness.

Contains:
One full size container of Zen Milk Bath. When your body needs a extra love and care never skimp on the Zen Milk Bath. It is a blend of therapeutic sea salts, pure lavender essential oil, and rich coconut milk which will provide all the nourishing oils, and moisturizing your body needs. Though you can use it all year round we highly recommend including this as a part of your beauty regiment during the dryer autumn and winter months. Your mind and body will thank you. Plus, it’s 100% Vegan!

One full size set of Lovely Lavender Bath Tea & Salts – This was made with only one thing in mind. Pure relaxation! It is recommended you use this before bed to help later drift you off you sleep. Also made using pure lavender essential oil and magnesium replenishing Epsom salts. Next you’ll be up and ready to take on the next day after a good nights rest.

Purchased together you SAVE $2.00 and soon you’ll find yourself rested and relaxed.

Mini-Pumpkin Spice Tea Soap
New for autumn we have made these adorable Mini-Pumpkin Spice Tea Soap. They smell like our Creamy Pumpkin Spice Tea. The perfect addition to your guest bathroom, great for kids, gifts, and with such a wonderful warming and inviting scent they are sure to evoke autumn memories. Consider pairing both the tea soap and tea for the perfect little gift for someone special.

Finally, for all purchases made on the iHeartTeas.com site will receive FREE SHIPPING on orders totaling $60 or more. The offer does not apply to our ETSY shop. Must use coupon code: FREE60

Enjoy!

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“Blank” Really Grinds My Gears

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As many of your know I am currently pregnant, in my third trimester, and only 10 or less weeks away from giving birth to my second child. I am having a son and my first was a daughter, in other-words… “I’m done!” Of course I was planning on being done anyway. Nevertheless, this was a very special and unexpected surprise. Seeing as the first was conceived through IVF we never expected a second the old fashioned way especially six years later. As a matter of fact we decided to scrap the idea of even trying back in January, opted to get a dog and then just like magic in February we conceive naturally and happened to find out on March third, the very same day as my husbands birthday. Basically, this is a Valentine’s Day baby we found out about on my husbands birthday that will be born roughly at Halloween, if not Halloween with an original due date that falls on Indian New Year. Lets just say we will never forget the important dates.
Angry Pregnant Lady
So here is what is “grinding my gears.” Other than the occasional and unexpected belly grab, the odd and rude comments. I have been rather upset with a few uncalled for and unnecessary rude comments from a particular family member. I won’t be specific as to who that person is but I will say I am usually a forgiving person but for whatever reason I just haven’t been able to let things go this time and don’t plan on it anytime soon.

This person asked for the one millionth time what the middle name for our son was going to be. So as always we answered. Then we were asked how to spell the name, so we complied. We pronounced it again as well so there was no confusion. His name is to be Ethan “Asom” Carter which is pronounced “Assam,” by the way this is where the tea reference comes in, in case anyone was wondering when I would tie that in. So anyway here is where it goes horribly wrong. This person starts to laugh at our name choice and makes reference to “Osama” boldly telling us that his middle name sounds just like the terrorist we all know, “Osama Bin Ladin.” I can’t believe I had to correct them but my blood was boiling and still is. So the question is why don’t people know when to shut their mouths and keep such ridiculous commentary to themselves? This isn’t the only thing that has happened since the pregnancy, there have been other unforgivable statements but this was the last straw for me. I don’t have any problem with anybody that names their child “Osama” where my problem lies is when this person was makes direct reference to a terrorist and stating to us that we were giving him that sounds just like it. I for one don’t hear the similarities but I will say this person on numerous occasions has made it their business to get my blood boiling for what can only be described as a “high risk” pregnancy.

Sorry, but this mama just needed to vent.

How would you feel if this happened to you?

Or is this all just hormones?

Also, we have set up a fund for little Baby Ethan to help with costs related to needs and medical expenses.  We are essentially starting from scratch since we never expected to have another child and gave away majority his the baby supplies from our first child.  We have so many online friends and family scattered across the globe that have expressed interest in wanting to do a little something to help.  If you are interested you can send money to…

www.GoFundMe.com/CarterBabyFund

Thank you to those who have already contributed.  No pressure just simply a suggestion as cash is always better so we can purchase what we need and when.  I am also sending “Thank you” cards handmade by me with a photo of Baby Ethan once born.

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Help Us Raise Funds For Baby Ethan

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Friends, it has been a rough couple of days for the Carter Household. Seems there was misunderstandings around a baby shower I thought was happening for Baby Ethan. My family is trying hard but it appears it just isn’t going to be financially affordable without our financial help. Though normally I would be fine with that I started looking at my finances and it appears my “baby brain” caused me to forget some very up and coming expenses that cannot be avoided.

I don’t like being a burden on anyone and I rarely ask for anything so rather than having an old-fashioned baby shower my husband and I decided to swallow our pride and ask for help. We have started a “GoFundMe” fundraiser to help start a fund for Baby Ethan and the things I need for him. Plus, I have accrued more medical bills than I realized during this pregnancy. I just figured it couldn’t be that bad since I didn’t have IVF like I did with my daughter. Turns out “high risk” is “high risk” and that means expenses. I know I am asking a lot and it isn’t anyone else’s responsibility but ours but with the limited time I have left before this baby comes I am just now realizing time is running out.

Any help would be appreciated. Only help if you can. We will be forever grateful and we will make sure Ethan hears the stores of all of our tea friends coming together to help us out.

At the very least, I’d love to send you one of my handmade “thank you” cards to all that can contribute in anyway. I know it isn’t much but it does come from the heart.

It takes us great courage to ask and if it were for us we wouldn’t ask but this is truly to make sure we get what is needed for our little miracle, Baby Ethan Asom Carter.
Baby Ethan

Special thanks to Nicole of @teaformeplease for making the first donation. It truly brought a tear to my eye.

Donate Here:

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The Inside Scoop – iHeartTeas

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The Inside Scoop – iHeartTeas

 iHeartTeas Banner

First, thank you for reading this post.  It always humbles me when I have readership on my personal blog and especially the business one too.  It is something we put our heart and souls into.  Those with small businesses will tell you, you don’t do this to get rich quick.  We do this so we can share our passion for tea.  More often than not running a business, even a small one means around the clock work.  Coming up with new ideas is the easy part, the legal stuff is the most annoying part and bringing your ideas to reality the most rewarding but don’t get me wrong also the most challenging.

Challenging, I think is an understatement.  However, if you can get past the hurdles you will find the feeling euphoric.  Imagine your creation bringing joy to others and finding a place in their hearts as well as yours.  That feeling makes it all worthwhile.  Sometime ago, lets say roughly two years ago I decided it was time I take the next step.  Without even noticing I already had a small but loyal fan base.  I had for years wanted to build my own website.  After all I do have a programing background no matter how long ago that may have been.  Once a programmer always a programmer as they say.  We programmers have an analytical mind; we see the world in flow charts, numbers, organization, and oh do I love my spreadsheets.  It is frightening to think that, but for me that is a reality.  Luckily I am also creative thus having full function of both sides of my brain.  That explains the headaches, right? Just kidding.

As for the website, I decided I better reach out to someone who has been working on them more in the recent past than myself.  I really wanted to create one myself but unfortunately I didn’t have the courage, self-confidence and honestly the time to do it myself.  I reached out to some very near and dear tea friends over at Tea Trade.  I was lucky to have so much support from the unstoppable husband and wife duo Pete and Jackie.  I believe firmly that their faith in me and that of my family, and other friends pushed me to finally get the motivation to build an e-commerce site of my own.  I have always wanted to do it all myself, this way I can see my vision, so it was my Aries stubbornness and fire that drove me to build my own site.  You can still visit me at iHeartTeas.com but now you will see a brand you shiny website built and created by me.  With the exception of maybe two or three pictures all the art, descriptions, and décor is mine.  I am proud of my accomplishments and I hope you have the chance to visit my site and offer me some feedback.

iHeartTeas News:

Tropical Green Tea Blend tangerine salt scrubIndigo OolongBlueberry Cocoa Lip Sugar Scrub

Brand New Website: iHeartTeas.com – Cleaner, sleeker, and 100% my design.

A few new product releases:

New Teas:

Tropical {Green Tea Blend} – A juicy green tea blend made with mango & apricot flavors

Apple Pie Chai [Black Tea Blend} - A spicy autumn reminiscent chai sure to warm the soul and makes for a wonderful Apple Pie Chai Latte.

Raspberry Cordial [Black Tea Blend} – Rich and sinfully creamy chocolate tea blend with sweet raspberries.

Vanilla Mint {Green & Black Tea Blend} – Cool, refreshing, and minty tea blend. Served hot or iced it is sure to please.

Indigo Oolong – A unique green oolong folded with ginseng and licorice.

New Tea-Inspired Bath & Beauty Products: 

Zen {Milk Bath} – Relaxing, calming, and moisturizing coconut milk bath with lavender essential oil, and sea salt.

Lemon {Milk Bath}  - Vibrate, soothing buttermilk milk back with lemon essential oil, black tea fragrance, sweet almond oil, and sea salt.

Blueberry Cocoa {Lip Sugar Scrub} – Designed to scrub away dead skin cells from your lips leaving them soft and smooth.

Pick Your Own Perfume Oil - Take this opportunity to choose from over 40 fragrance and essential oil combinations.  You are sure to find a blend that will best suit your preferences.

Tangerine {Salt Scrub} – Made with dead sea salt, and a nourishing combination of oils with the invigorating scent of Tangerine Essential Oil.  Will leave your skin touchable soft.

Limited Edition Yixing Teapots – Unique shapes and looks, once these are gone they are gone.

Coming soon two new summer inspired loose-leaf tea blends.

Please check out iHeartTeas.com and I am sure you’ll find something you just can’t live without.   Remember, we strive to be fresh, handmade, and unique so visit soon and visit often, as there is always something new at iHeartTeas.

Just trying to be modest though I should mention that coming soon to a brand new teashop opening in Lincoln Park, Chicago there will be a selection of teas from iHeartTeas on their shelves and being sold by the cup.  Once they officially open I will share more insight.

There is a little something else coming soon too but I can’t give it all away now.

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Changes – This Time It’s Personal

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Changes On The Horizon

This Time It’s Personal

I just can’t believe how fast the time is flying.  I am so close to entering my third trimester.  Not a moment goes by that this little boy doesn’t like to punch or kick me.  Same thing happened with my first child but with this one, his movements have more purpose.  He lets me know if he wants to me to move, turn, or adjust.  Basically this child has already made me his puppet.  We have also decided on his name.  It will be in fact, “Ethan Asom Carter” as many know “Asom” is the original name of  “Assam” tea growing region of India prior to the change the British made during their rule.

Diapers As for the baby, I just got a rude awaking during an impromptu visit to Babies R’ Us, where I started my registry, also did one on Amazon and found out that infants go through 8 to 10 diapers a day.   I don’t remember that at all the first time around.  In my defense the first time around was over six years ago, plus I am suffering from major “baby brain.”  For example, I forgot my cellphone at home a few times and almost left my wallet in my sister’s car.  I am usually attached to such things so it is hard for me to image forgetting them.  I am also starting to feel the approach of the “nesting’” phase, just wish I could get past being so tired all of the time.  Lucky for me, I had enough energy to go through my daughter’s closet, as the two kids will be sharing a room in the beginning.

Well, that is enough baby talk for now. We all know how much a change that will be but the details really won’t become apparent until after he is born.  All I know is, “bring money” I am going to need a lot to get ready for his arrival.

California

Yay, vacation is coming soon.  I have decided no major decisions unless necessary or any other projects until after we get back.  We are headed for the last vacation as a family of three to sunny California.  After arriving in San Francisco we are on our way to Napa Valley where we will enjoy the pleasures of relaxation and a slower pace.  I am most excited about riding the “Wine Train.”  Yes, there will be wine and for me either none or a spittoon by my side.  The trip was planned prior to my pregnancy and we decided we wouldn’t make a change, as there is more to do than just drink.   We are probably going to take the opportunity to visit local wineries for potential wedding locations.   The mister asked me to remarry him and we decided we would renew our vows in Napa Valley.  Most likely, the wedding will not happen for another four years when we celebrate our 20-year anniversary.  It is hard to believe it is only 4 years away.   We spend a week in Napa and then we head back to San Francisco for 4 days.  We purchased the “CityPass” so we could use all the public transportation we want plus included we get take a Bay Area Cruise, head to the Science Museum, the Exploratorium, and the Aquarium on the Bay.  The “CityPass” was such a great deal, and I am glad the concierge at the hotel we are staying at recommended it to us.

Furniture

Next, up our new furniture should finally be arriving from Ethan Allen this Saturday, take two.  This past Saturday they showed up and said they had no furniture to deliver and only an order to pick up our old sofa.  Like a hostage situation I told the delivery people, “you don’t get my old stuff until you delivery my new stuff.”  They backed off apologized and then I got a phone call today to reschedule for next Saturday.

DESPICABLE-ME-2

I know there is a ton more I can talk about like our visit to the movies where we watched Despicable Me 2 or even the new clothes I bought for baby Ethan.

Oh wait; I suppose you may want to hear about those tea samples I picked up from Tealet.  I grabbed three from their recent selection of teas for an upcoming auction.  One of which was a Japanese Black Tea.  It was amazing, full of body, smooth, and will a lot of character.  Plus, the samples arrived quickly and were very generous.  I highly recommend grabbing some.  It was delicious!

There I added my bit about tea!

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Apple Pie Chai Latte Recipe

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Apple Pie Chai

Apple Pie Chai Latte Recipe

Ingredients:

3 heaping teaspoons Apple Pie Chai from iHeartTeas

½ cup water

½ cup milk

Honey (Use as desired a sweetener of choice, optional)

Whipped Cream (Optional)

Strainer

Directions:

Using the stovetop method, in a small pot start boiling your water. Next, add your Apple Pie Chai loose-leaf tea. Allow the water to boil, next reduce heat to a medium simmer for a couple of minutes. If you are adding sugar as a sweetener this is the time to add your desired amount. I would start small, as you can always add more when you are done if needed. Next, add your milk to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow simmering for a few minutes.

Turn off the stove, pour strained tea mixture into a mug of your choice. At this time you can add honey and if you have a small handheld frother this is the ideal time to blend the honey into the latte and froth the milk. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Recommendations: Drink slowly, in a quite room, in good company and maybe a book.

Apple Pie Chai Tea Latte

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Would More Men Drink Tea If

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Girl Drinking Tea

Would More Men Drink Tea If…

Disclosure: I am not speaking of all men when I right this post so please no angry comments. This post is not serious by any means.  Though, while reading this post I am sure you know which men I am talking about.  They are not fictitious; we know at least a few even if you care not to admit it.  I am just poking fun.  Please, don’t take this post seriously and twist my words.  Pregnancy can do strange things and this blog post is a part of my way to work out thoughts, ideas, and feelings.  Please, just read, laugh, and think nothing more of it.  I welcome funny comments of course. Thank you!

I often wonder what keeps the attention of men.  So often you see them glued to the TV watching some boring sporting event or playing pointless games on the iPad or gaming console.  Could you image that same time and attention to sports and statistics applied to the everyday world?  It is shocking but there are many men out there that couldn’t remember their own wives birthdays but certainly could tell you a baseball player’s batting average for the season.  Personally, I find this unforgivable and most often wouldn’t extend my relationship to said man beyond friend, if they were even that lucky.  Then again I am picky when it comes to friends. To me is has always been quality and not quantity, just like my tea.

So we know that sporting events draw male crowds in droves, then comes the alcohol, next the waitresses in skimpy outfits and artificial conversation.  Is this the mix for success?  Would our husbands, fiancés, boyfriends, brothers, and fathers drink more tea if they were served whilst watching a basketball game and being served by some young busty scantly clade girl that giggles and hangs on your every word?  YES!!!

It is just a theory but what if we staged an experiment?  It is my hypothesis that a man would drink a considerable amount of tea if it were served by your stereotypical, busty, tight clothes wearing girl.  I also imagine that if they spent enough time at these tea establishments they would start to learn about the different varieties of tea, notice subtle nuisances in tea, and then before you knew it we would see new themed teahouses everywhere.  Our once silent partners would be start to exhibit usual behaviors, start to talk more, enjoy conversation, as tea often encourages.  You would ask your significant other where have you been all night and the answer would be…“An all night tea tasting.”  There there would be the sudden talk about which “flush” was better than the other, my puerh is better than yours since it was aged longer, etc…

Ok, so this post is more of a joke that earned the right of blog post after a rather crazy dream I had last night.  Don’t forget, we pregnant women suffer from rather wickedly vivid dreams.  This one just needed to work itself out on paper, as it were.  I wonder what Freud would say?

The moral of the story, throw men in a place with sports, beer, and sexy women who’s sole purpose is to give attention to their male patrons and you have a successful business.  These are the very men that are ready to stampede out of an Olive Garden in an hour after arriving, will now soon sit and “chat” for hours about nothing as long as there is plenty of eye candy, superficial conversation, watered down liquor, crappy food (lets face it the food doesn’t matter and the establishment is aware of it), and a bad game on TV.  Now, remove the liquor, replace with tea, keep the sports, maybe make the food taste better and perhaps we can get men to have a cup of tea once in a while.  Perhaps, I shall name this new teahouse for men… “Tooters!”  Don’t worry women, children, and families welcome. Ha-Ha!

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Chambre De Sucre “Ooh La-La!”

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Chambre De Sucre 

“Ooh La-La!”

Chambre De Sucre Booth at WTE

Being generally less a girly-girl and not quite a “Tomboy” I wasn’t sure what effect if any would I experience with sugar.  Honesty, I enjoy my tea neat which is lucky as I have to limit my sugar intact for medical reasons anyway.  So since my early twenties I have put a blind eye to all things sugary sweet, especially the real thing.

In the case of this company I had spoken with Lisa Kunizaki, the owner of owner Chambre De Sucre several times on Twitter.  She also handles social media and we decided we had to meet at the World Tea Expo and I did just that.  She is such a fun, bubbly, and sweet person.  Lisa has the ideal personality for someone in the “sweet” business.

While at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas my first contact with Lisa’s sugary confection was at a delightful “Garden Party” hosted by Beth Johnston and staff of Teas Etc.  It was Chambre De Sucre that provided the sweetener in the iced tea we enjoyed in our cute wine tumblers.  While I normally stay away from sweets I decided, “when in Rome” and it was delicious!

I found the sugar from Chambre De Sucre couldn’t be compared to your store brand granulated sugar.  The sugar enhanced the tea drinking experience while still allowing you to enjoy the true essence of the tea itself.  In my experience the sugar most of us are used to can add a syrupy taste your mouth which can often compromise a good tea.   So far so good right?  Still I was thinking this is just sugar, or is it?

Turns out Chambre De Sucre, has a rich Japanese history.  The method in which to create these wonderful treats has been mastered after many decades of practice and experimentation.  In Japan, they have now been making these sugars for over 270 years.  These are the sugars the royal family in Japan has been using since the time of Shogun.  Trust me I know this can’t be replicated at home.  As a fun experiment my six-year-old daughter and I created our own fish shaped decorative sugars and nothing compares to the flavor, consistence, design, and exceptional ability to quickly dissolve in hot or cold beverages as the sugar from Chambre De Sucre.

Here is what I learned after a few wonderful visits to Lisa’s booth and a couple of at home tea parties with my daughter.  This is more than sugar.  It is an experience both in flavor and visual satisfaction.  They have taken something as simple as sugar and given it new life and value.  No more packets of sugar for the masses.  No afternoon tea, tea party, or major social event large or small will ever be adequate without sugars from Chambre De Sucre.

Below I have included some photos from my tea party with my daughter.  By the way, even Daddy joined us for our first tea party and truly enjoyed dropping those cute little sugars in his cup too.  Psst! Please don’t tell him I told you so.

Alex with Sugar Sugar Plate

Tea Party Setup

Tea Time with Chambre De Sucre

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Baby Mama Tea – BijaBody

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Baby Mama Tea BijaBody

This “Baby Mama” wants Baby Mama certified organic naturally caffeine free tea from BijaBody.  Melissa, the owner of BijaBody was kind enough to give me first taste of her newest blend not yet even released on her site for me to sample at the World Tea Expo earlier this month in Las Vegas.  Of course being about five months pregnant myself, I had to jump at the opportunity.  Thank you Melissa and the BijaBody team!

Baby Mama Tea is an organically made with fairly traded ingredients.  On the label it states this blend is safe for all stages of pregnancy and even great to share with the little ones.   Being able to share tea with out children something so important to me.  My now six-year-old daughter is already such a huge fan of tea that she would rather grab a cup of tea than a can of soda pop.  To me that is a “proud mama moment.”

Baby Mama Tea is a blend of ginger, red raspberry leaf, rooibos, lemon verbena, orange peel, nettle, strawberry leaf, dandelion root, ashwaganda, rosehips, burdock root, and cacao nibs.  Yes, you heard right cacao nibs, like in chocolate before it becomes chocolate.  If you ever have the opportunity to try fresh cacao do it.  I was lucky to try some on a trip to Hawaii and it was an experience I will never forget and can’t wait to repeat.

The ingredients included in this blend are meant to help pregnant women “strengthen skin,” “support proper digestion and nutrient absorption,” “calm queasiness,” and “enhance precious well-being.”  At this stage of my pregnancy I can use all of these tea features.

As you can see I have included a number of photographs because I stronger believe that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and these pictures help me share with you these beautiful ingredients.

 Baby Mama Tea Baby Mama Tea Back Label

Baby Mama Tea

Review

Parameters:

Water Temp: 212º F

Steep Time: 3 minutes

Tea Used: 3 teaspoons

Thoughts:  My initial impression was that this tea actually tasted healthy.  I wish I knew how to put into words what healthy means to me but I can tell you it is a good thing.  When I think healthy I think the best freshest ingredients presented in perfect balance and harmony.  Each ingredient is playing off another and enhancing one another.  In this case all the ingredients were perfectly selected and the ingredients meticulously put together before being included and you can tell.  The experience feels scientific, and that is an experience I can appreciate.

Flavor: I couldn’t pick out a specific flavor that stood out from the rest.  I am accustomed to one flavor popping out and in this case there isn’t one to report.   I found the overall flavor profile to be balanced and calming.  Being that is a pregnancy tea I find this piece very important.  Many women experience nausea and food aversion during pregnancy.  A pregnancy tea that is too strong in any specific flavor can prove to be a problem so I am glad that this blend addresses the issue so many of us face.  Being a flavor neutral tea it will make it possible for you to enjoy your tea, gain the health benefits, and not feel nauseous afterwards.  I also wanted to note that I traditionally do not add sweetener to tea unless it is chai but I did think that a touch of honey or agave would possibly make this tea blend a bit more decadent.  I didn’t try it this time but I may just try it later.  I was lucky enough to receive a full size tin.

Baby Mama Tea Blend Baby Mama Tea Steeping

Thanks again ladies!

By the way, it’s a boy and we are naming him Ethan.

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