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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

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.

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!

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.

iHeartTeas Sneak Preview… iHeartBubbles

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Check out whats cooking at iHeartTeas.com

More information coming soon!