Tea 101 – Prepare, Brew & Steep

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PS Sorry for the hand-drawn sketches – my camera is officially broken and is going back to the motherland

Recently I was reunited with my best friend from high school (Hi Sammy if you are reading)! We went out for a lovely dinner, and then drove back to my place for a much needed Gilmore Girls/Best Friend session. Plus, I also wanted her to try some of my loose leaves that I have!

Everyday we make assumptions, and it so hard to break that cycle sometimes. Things that are routine for us, can be completely foreign to others. This was the case when I asked Sam which tea she wanted to try. The moment I popped the question, she looked up at me: confused, overwhelmed, and clueless. I realized, then and there, that we had to do a Tea 101. And I must say, after doing it, I realized how much I loved it! It’s so exciting to share one of your passions with someone.

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Little Life Update!

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I just felt like I needed to do a life update. I haven’t posted or interacted online in days…and it’s now beginning to feel strange!

Over the last week, I have been having some eye issues. My vision had an overall haziness to it, and it was exhausting to well…look. I would wear my glasses, but things were just hazy enough that all I wanted was to close my eyes. Thankfully, I was able to go to the doctor this Saturday. I was prescribed drops for my eyes. Hopefully this medicine will help. If it doesn’t, then my doctor basically told me that my eyes have a “cold” – meaning its viral and I just have to wait it out. I’ve been on the drops for a day now, and I notice a difference already. So fingers cross it’s not a virus!

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Time to Steep #7

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Tension Tamer Poster & Tea

Sipping on: DAVIDsTEA Vanilla Matcha while transitioning over to Tension Tamer
Watching: Sleeping Beauty (“I know what you’ll do, you love me at once. They way you did once upon a dream.”)

It’s about time to do my Celestial adoration post! Companies that I admire and that I have had positive interactions with, deserve some attention. Celestial is hands down one of those companies for me. I can honestly say there is nothing better then when you tag a company in something, and they read/interact back with you. Celestial is one of those companies! They have retweeted some of my posts, enjoyed some of my pictures, and I have even recently won a contest through them!

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Top Sips of 2015

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Teavana White Chocolate & Peppermint Latte

With the start of the new year always comes Best of 2015 videos/posts! I personally adore them. I love hearing about everything people liked over the past year. It so much fun to see if anyone liked the same things you did, and if they didn’t, you get to see new things to try.

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My Mental Health Journey – Part 2

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Time for part 2 of my mental illness journey! Find Part 1 here. I lightly mentioned my life journey with anxiety previously, and this post is a further peak through that window.

Unlike depression, anxiety has been a companion for many years. I’m at a point now where I can no longer remember when my anxiety even began…that’s how integrated it is into my life.

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Under the Weather? Warm Youself Up Inside!

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Sipping on: Peppermint Tea
Watching: Cinderella (Live Action)

With at least 6 people in the office sick and a boyfriend with strep going into Christmas week, I was doing everything humanly possible to not join this elite group. I thought I was in the clear…until I awoke on Christmas morning. I know when I am getting a cold – it starts with the body aches and then the throat. To say it is beyond upsetting to be sick over the holidays in an understatement, especially when you have the next upcoming week off from work. Long story short, and a week later, I am finally starting to enter the tail-end of my sickness.

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Divine, Delectable, Delicious… Christmas Cookies 2015

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Typically Christmas time is like…well Christmas for me! I love to bake. So, the holidays give me the excuse to make multiple goodies and not have to eat them all myself. This year, I wasn’t able to take Christmas Eve off and with work being increasingly busy, it resulted in doing all my baking on the 23rd. I was up until 3:30am and only got a mere 2 1/2hrs of sleep…it was not the best night.

Originally, I was just going to bake Black Sesame Chocolate Chip Cookies, but then I stupidly added on Sugar Cookies. The logic for the sugar cookies was actually simple: I have so many holiday cookie cutters, and there is only one time of the year to use them. Surprisingly, the start of the process was easy, and I felt very confident. It was not until the reality of icing the sugar cookies was shoved in my face that I realized my decision might not have been the best. I like to do “as proper” sugar cookies as possible – which entails making multiple batches of icing – piping, flooding and details. The ENTIRE process takes time…which was not in abundance. Needless to say, the results were not everything I hoped for…but more on that later.  (more…)

Sip of the Month – December 2015

I decided to start doing a Sip/Tea of the Month and share which tea I have been enjoying the most. Let me say that December is not an easy month to start with – there are so many seasonal teas in the competition!

After thinking about ALL the cups I have drank in the past month (and trust me this is an extremely large number), it finally occurred to me which tea shines in the spotlight! Drumroll please……. DAVIDsTEA Mint Matcha!

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Yes. Parsley is in the background, not mint. But hey, at least it’s green!

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