Winter, Warmth and Tea

The impending snow storm here in Rochester NY is making me dream about spring and brighter days. I have always resisted this time of year. In January I start counting the days until the official day of spring. Spring is a joyful time of year. I love watching the first crocuses and daffodils peak out from the mulch in our front yard. The best part is watching our tree lined street bloom into a gorgeous green halo.

During my practice of meditation and mindfulness, I’ve learned that the downside of resisting the here and now, is it that we miss the here and now.
Instead of wishing for spring or an island vacation, I’ve started practicing a new tea ritual for wellness. This ritual has made winter feel a bit more charming, cozy and colorful. It has also given me a new sense of winter joy I have never felt before. I hope it does the same for you!

Tea & Warmth
Tea Tip: At the end of a long work week, take a tea bath, light a candle and sip a cup of Tumeric Tulsi to soothe tired muscles and joints.

Turmeric Tulsi
This soothing blend is made with certified organic tumeric root, certified organic green rooibos, tulsi(holy basil), unsulphured apple, orange peel, certified organic ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon and Brazilian rose pepper.

Light a Candle
Light a candle and run the water for a tea bath! During the bath, sip your tea. Breath slowly and deeply. Use this time for silence, meditation and introspection. When anxious thoughts creep into your mind, focus on your breath and continue to sip your tea.

Try this lovely candle from The Serendipitous Soul

DIY Bath Tea Sachet
In the early days of Tealightful we had a gorgeous line of bath tea. We were a bit ahead of our time, DIY bath tea recipes are currently all the rage. Enjoy our simple recipe and DO try this at home.

Peace Potion

Lavender Peace Potion Bath Tea 
Ingredients:
2 cups Lavender Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Tealightful Peace Potion (Made with three certified organic herbs: Peppermint, Raspberry Leaf and Chamomile)

Directions:
Mix Epsom salt with dry tea. Fill extra large tea filter with 1/2 cup of bath tea. Tuck the flap so the tea does not leak or tie it with a small rubber band. Soak the tea filter in your bath. Inhale the beautiful herbal aroma while you sip Turmeric Tulsi or any Tealightful herbal tea.

Warming rituals have a unique perspective in the winter. It’s a time when sipping hot tea, in a hot bath by candle light might just be what the doctor ordered. I hope that you will take time to embrace tea, embrace warmth and find your own winter joy!

10 Day Joy Challenge!

Tea + Simple Pleasures = JOY!

10 Day Joy Challenge!
There are 352 days left in 2019! How’s it going so far? If you’re like me, you aren’t quite sure. You have real intentions of making lifestyle changes that will bring you joy, yet somehow you haven’t figured out how to start.


Getting Started
What if starting was as easy as blocking out time for a cup of tea? Could you rearrange your planner to find time in your day for lunch and two mini tea breaks?

I’m Booked!
We have all heard the suggestion to schedule less. The idea is that if you schedule less, you will have more time for what you want to do vs. what you have to do. Sadly, extra time seems to magically disappear when it’s not booked. Instead of scheduling less could you book time with yourself for a few mini tea breaks?

Tea + Simple Pleasures = Joy!
Join our journey! For the next 10 days, I will share tips about how to use tea and simple pleasures to create moments of JOY in your everyday life. Invite anyone who would like to take this journey with you.

These tips will …
– Give you something to look forward to everyday!
– Help you live intentionally.
– Help you embrace the season of winter.
– Give you tools for more a restful sleep.
– Help you make healthy choices!
– Help you choose…JOY!

The Good News…
1. It’s Free
2. It’s Easy
3. It’s going to be empowering, rewarding, and fun…(we promise)!

Join me on our official Facebook page each day starting Monday, January 14. I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

Mother’s Day Recipe Idea: Flash Chilled Sun Fruit Sangria

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th and we are sharing a video with one of our favorite warm weather recipes! Check it out and serve it alongside your brunch.

Other Mother’s Day Ideas from Tealightful

Mother’s Day is about gratitude.

Mother’s Day is not about big ticket gifts or an elaborate arrangement sent from the florist. The greatest gift you can give a person is your gratitude. Making someone feel loved and appreciated is not something that can be ordered online and shipped through Amazon Prime. Don’t wait for “later” or a “more convenient time” to show your gratitude for the people you love.

What can you do? I have some ideas I would like to share today.

1. Give the gift of time.

You are busy. I am busy. Life is full of hustle and bustle and sometimes that takes away from what is really important in life: the people in our life. It’s experiences — not things — that truly matter. Do you live in an area with festivals? In Rochester, New York there is a wonderful annual event held at Highland Park called the Lilac Festival. Bring Mom a vase full of fragrant cut lilacs and spend the day with her strolling the festival grounds looking at arts and crafts. Does your mother enjoy art? Spend some time with her at the local art museum. Does she like to read? How about taking her to your favorite book store so you can leaf through books and then go for dessert. Spending time with those you love will be much more meaningful than material objects.

2. Give her a jar of gratitude.

Get a Mason jar and some pretty paper. Cut the paper into strips and write a favorite childhood memory on each one. Fold the papers and fill the jar with memories. Similarly, you can write qualities you admire about your mom or something you would like to thank her for on each slip. Once you have filled the jar, adorn it with a beautiful bow and gift tag.

3. Do a bit of gardening.

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Perhaps it is getting harder for your mom to get to the garden center and plant her flowers. I know that my own mom doesn’t garden these days because of a recent hip replacement, but she does enjoy hanging baskets and potted flowers.

Something you could do would be to purchase her favorite flowers and then plant them for her in her garden while she is out and about. When she gets back home, she will be greeted by beautiful new flowers. Do you have teenagers? Have them mow the lawn for her, too.

No matter how you spend your day, make sure it is spent well and with those you love.

Green Tea’s many benefits may make it your perfect iced drink!

Did you know that green tea may just be the IDEAL summertime drink?

Green Tea isn’t just for a healthy cup of tea to warm you up. Did you know that chilled green tea makes for a delicious spring and summer beverage? Another reason to make the switch from lemonade and other chilled drinks is because green tea contains many health benefits.

 

cherry berry tart
Cherry Berry Tart is just one of many Tealightful green tea blends.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

1. Green Tea contains an abundance of antioxidants.

Think of the term “antioxidant” as a shield against harmful flying objects. In reality, these “flying objects” are free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause tissue damage and aging. These could be things such as cigarette smoke, radiation, UV rays, pesticides, various drugs, smog, and other forms of environmental pollution.

Picture these harmful microscopic contaminants swirling around you. Antioxidants will help shield you from harm, essentially. Think of them as superheroes! They are special molecules that can help stop those free radicals — they are able to neutralize their effects.

2. Green Tea can help you feel relaxed.

 

Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which was discovered in green tea back in the late 1940’s. L-theanine is believed to help enhance brain chemistry and may help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. In fact, there have been many scientific studies on this amino acid, which has been shown to possibly help reduce stress, help with sleep disturbances, and promote a sense of rejuvenation and calm.

3. Green Tea may boost your metabolism.

Multiple scientific studies suggest that green tea may increase fat burning as a metabolism booster. This is because of a catechin called EGCG that is present in green tea. EGCG may help increase the calorie burn rate in the body, although studies are not yet 100% proven.

4. Green Tea may help you concentrate a bit better.

The caffeine in green tea is believed to have a positive cognitive effect. Multiple studies show that everything from mood to memory and reaction time can be improved by caffeine. We mentioned L-theanine earlier. That also has an impact on the brain. L-theanine is believed to work in synergy with caffeine to increase alpha waves and dopamine in the brain. Study subjects have reported improved concentration and productivity after consuming green tea.

Go ahead – make yourself a cup (or a pitcher) of chilled green tea. We have so many new varieties from which to choose and enjoy! Let us know how you feel after adding more green tea to your day!

We’re not your ordinary tea brand

There are hundreds — or, more realistically, thousands — of tea brands from which to choose. Something we are often asked is what makes us different so we wanted to share a bit more about our tea.

Tealightful is truly different than other loose tea companies.

Tealightful small batch blended tea

At Tealightful, everything is small batch blended, right down to our baking mixes. Let’s think about something. At big tea companies, you will find a large warehouse (or warehouses) with row after row of shelves full of products. These products sit for months — or longer.  Everything that you will receive from us has been manufactured fresh within days (or weeks, in some instances) of shipping to you.

Tealightful is different and natural

At Tealightful, we thoughtfully source all of our own organic base teas and herbs for our original Tealightful blends. Have you ever looked at the ingredients labels of what you eat and drink? There are so many artificial, chemical-laden ingredients and that goes against our process. We use only the best natural organic compliant flavors in our original blends. In layman’s terms, this means that these flavors are free of preservatives or chemicals. We also choose flavors that are not extracted with chemical methods. This is important, as some “natural” flavors used by other brands actually are extracted via chemical methods.

Tealightful offers the best quality natural ingredients

We all have heard the expression “you get what you pay for” and this is very true.  Cheap teas are just that — cheap in terms of quality. At Tealightful, we carefully source the highest quality, certified organic teas and herbs. We never opt for less expensive quality tea that is simply masked by flavor. Yes, our ingredients do cost more, but it is important to note that our ingredients are fresh and of superior quality. Charlene, our CEO, shared a really great story about one of our herbs:

An example is our certified organic Peppermint. This Peppermint was just harvested in August. A lot of care goes into organic herb farming in the USA unlike herb farming in other countries where herbs are treated like crops that are mass produced and stored in warehouses for sometimes years.”

Be an informed consumer. You and your family deserve the best and we are so happy to share it with you.

Starting a Bullet Journal

Hello and Happy Friday. Today, while enjoying a hot cup of Tealightful Turmeric Tulsi, we’re going to be talking about a trend that seems to be creating lots of buzz: the bullet journal. 

What is a bullet journal — or BuJo as they are often called on social media? To be frank, it is a game-changer.

journalbook

Do you wish you could be a bit more organized to make life just a tad easier? I know I do!

Do you TRY to be more productive, but when you read about simplifying, the articles make it look like a chore and it feels completely overwhelming?

Sometimes it seems like everything we read might as well be called “Simplify your life in 101 easy steps!” – I think things are made to be too complex. I mean, if you are trying to get more organized so life can be simpler, should it really be that hard? I used to think that a planner would solve everything. It didn’t. Here is why: I have a wall calendar with appointments and birthdays on it. I have the calendar from the school PTSA with all of the school activities on it. I have a gratitude journal. I have the standard spiral notebook type of planner. I have post-it notes sticking to my planner and calendars.

That is so overwhelming to me to have multiple “planners” and organizers to keep me organized. The reality is that it makes things unnecessarily complicated. And guess what? I am still not organized.

I had seen Pinterest pins about bullet journals and never gave them another glance. It wasn’t until our very own Charlene here at Tealightful mentioned them that I decided to give it a look. We can do this together, friends. If you decide to start one of your own, I would love for you to stop back and share photos of what you have done.

What is a bullet journal?

Can I make a confession? When I read that a bullet journal is an “analog system for the digital age,” I almost ran the other way because it sounded intimidating to me — I almost thought it was just another complex way to “simplify” my life like everything else.

I first watched the You Tube video on the bullet journal and, again, I felt intimidated. It all seemed like such a daunting task until I re-watched the video and read more on the Bullet Journal website.

Ryder Carroll, the man behind this creation, says on his website that “all you need is a notebook and a pen.” He is right. I just needed to see that little reminder and read on to the part where he says that the bullet journal is “an evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you.”

I tailored my bujo so that it will work for me. That is the beauty of a bullet journal. You need to do it in a way that works best for YOU, but when you do, it will be a game-changer in your routine!

  • The bullet journal is a simple and effective way to stay on track today and in the future.
  • The bullet journal is going to be your go-to book. It is like a day planner, personal diary, to-do list, sketchpad, and place to jot down ideas and inspiration all in one place.
  • The bullet journal focuses on being brief. Instead of long sentences, the idea is to use bullets and be a brief as you can to save you time.
  • The bullet journal is great for people who love stationery, pens, and who are visual. Because of its “systematic” nature, it also works for those who are more logical and who like repetition.

What are the parts of a bullet journal?

  1. Index – This is a really important part of your journal, but it makes things easy. Do not fill this out until you set up the rest. You will want to know which page numbers (if your journal is not numbered, just do it yourself) go with which section. Again, this WILL make things go more smoothly.
  2. Future Log – Have a designated space in the journal for each month. In the video, it has the next six months broken into three equal parts. It is a great way to keep your future events in one place. In my future log, for example, I have birthdays, concerts at school, and an August wedding written down. I like to mark down things I know are not for quite a while (like the half marathon my son will do again in September), but that need to be logged for my own sanity.
  3. Monthly log – After you have carved out a couple pages for your Future Log, it is time for the monthly log. Write one month on the left page. You are going to write down the dates in the month (If you start with January, you would be doing 1-31 going down the page). On the opposite page, you can add tasks that you have to go with that month.
  4. Daily Log –  I like to do two days per page, but that is up to you! Write down the things that you need/want to do each day.
  5. Collections — This would be things you want to keep track of such as grocery shopping lists, wishlists, projects, etc.
  6. You can also track habits — exercise, meals eaten, how well you slept, water consumption, savings/spending, your mood, etc. in this journal.

The key to your journal?

The key. What? Yes, you will need a key in your journal too. Again, there is a suggested key on the Bullet Journal website, but you need to make your system work for you. I have seen hundreds of key ideas on the internet. Mine is pretty simple and I also added color coding just because the colors really help me stay organized.

Here is a look at my key page:

bulletjournalkey

 

To be continued…

I just started bullet journaling this month. I am already seeing the benefits. I am saving QUITE A BIT of time by having my day to day life pretty much in this one book. What I would like to do is share with you how the process goes and stop back here and share any more tips I learn as I go.

I also do not want to overwhelm you. This should not be overwhelming — it should help minimize that feeling for you.

Next week, I am going to be back with more photos after I tweak mine a bit so it feels even more comfortable to me. Let’s make this something that we can do together and share!

Have you tried starting a bullet journal? How has it helped you? Any tips?