Things That Make My Life Better – My Favorite Teas

My commitment to both blogging and reading blogs has changed quite a bit in the last year. When I started blogging I was a new stay-home mom, my kids were 2 and 4, and we spent a lot of time at home. We were also new to San Antonio and didn’t know too many people. Blogging provided me an outlet to share, connect and learn. It gave me a hobby and provided a nice break from stacking blocks, doing laundry and potty training.

Now, about 4 years later, life has {obviously} changed. My kids only get more active and we aren’t home too much. With kindergarten on the horizon for my youngest, I’m pondering going back to work or maybe going back to school (eek!). We have a great group of friends here and I cherish face-to-face friendships, play dates, meals and connections.

I also got jaded with several of the blogs I once enjoyed reading. While I’m all for optimism (even if I’m not the most optimistic person around), I’m not for sugar coating, bragging and misrepresentation. Thus I cut my blog reading way down (and hid several folks on Facebook) and voila, I felt better. The whole line about ‘comparing your behind the scenes reel with someone’s highlight reel’ was very true for me and I needed to step away and focus on my {really pretty nice}  life that’s happening right in front of me. And not share every minute of it. I still take a lot of pictures but they go to the family photo books, not facebook or the blog. It feels good. I capture my #blessed/lovemylife/sohappy moments in my head or say them out loud to my kids/husband. They are the ones who need to know when I appreciate, cherish or extra adore them – not the world wide web.

With all that said…..

One thing I do appreciate about blogs is the peak into other’s lives and the sharing of what works (and what doesn’t) in that blogger’s life.  {ps – I’ve updated my Links page with the blogs that I still frequent} I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from blogs and I have added many tricks to my parenting repertoire, many recipes to my binders and sweated through a few blogger workouts.

I thought that I’d share some of the things that I love and am starting a new series called Things That Make My Life Better. I’ve already written a few posts and they aren’t all food. I’d LOVE if those 3 of you that are still reading (hi!) would add your favorites in the comments section.

I’m kicking off the series with my favorite {bagged} teas.

I drink a lot of hot tea. All the time. I pretty much always have a cup going. I use each tea bag twice and drink out of a 16oz cup, so I’m drinking pretty watered down tea which would certainly horrify any proper tea expert.

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My Favorite Bagged Teas

  1. Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint – If you go to an Aveda salon or store, this tea tastes just like the tea they serve.  It’s minty, almost sweet and has an awesome licorice flavor.
  2. Numi Chinese Breakfast – My go-to black tea.  Slightly aromatic and more complex that an regular black tea.
  3. Good Earth Super Green Tea – Great orange notes and really good hot or iced.
  4. Allegro Thirst Tamer – My kid’s favorite tea.  Caffeine free and a dreamsicle like flavor.  They like it with a little honey.
  5. Guayaki Yerba Matte – My favorite Matte brand.
  6. Central Market Organics Green Jasmine – This.  This is my daily tea – each and every morning I start my day with this tea. It’s light, doesn’t upset my empty stomach and I just really love jasmine.
  7. Numi Chocolate Pu-erh – A new discovery and it’s a great afternoon pick-me up.  Very subtle chocolate flavor and good with a little almond milk stirred into the hot tea.
  8. Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat – It’s a little like the licorice mint tea in flavor and it works wonders on a sore throat.
  9. Pukka Three Ginger – If you like ginger, this tea delivers in a big way.  Spicy and healing.

Your turn – What’s your favorite tea??

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