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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22 thoughts on “Things That Make My Life Better – My Favorite Teas

  1. I feel the same way about social media/blogging/blog reading. I have taken similar steps in the last few months. :)

    I do appreciate your tea post. I am not a big tea drinker, but I would like to drink more tea and I always find myself overwhelmed in the tea aisle of any store, so I never end up buying anything. I also have been looking for caffeine free options for the kids and tea parties. So I will be looking for that one.

    Throat coat is totally my favorite tea. But I only drink it when I am sick because I have found that it does sort of numb my throat when I am not. :)

  2. Oh my, so many aspects of this post resonates with me. I could have written it myself. And your nod to hashtag usage made me laugh out loud! I don’t care how old or uncool it makes me seem or feel, I just can’t get behind the whole idea of it. I too love to read about what other people love (especially if they are people I really like!), so I am excited about this series. I have become such a tea drinker this past winter. What used to be a couple times a week has become several times a day. My favorites are Trader Joe’s organic green tea and their ginger white tea. A friend of mine brought me some green lemongrass tea from Hawaii and it is the best tea I’ve ever had. I can’t find it here, of course. I can’t wait to try some of your favorites.

  3. Glad to have you back for a bit but I agree that real life is much better than internet life! :) I hope people don’t think I’m bragging about my life when I do more personal posts. I guess I don’t share mundane things (because why) and I rarely complain because it just isn’t my style. I certainly don’t think my life is perfect though but it’s pretty darn good. :) Now I’m rambling…

    • I hope it didn’t come across that I think anything besides complaining is inauthentic! I love your blog (will be a loyal reader as long as you’re writing) and the peek into your cool CA life. There is absolutely no bragging or boasting in your writing. I don’t think (at all) that sharing some great things in your life is ever a bad thing. It shows that you’re grateful which is a wonderful thing. It’s the daily sharing of only good things or the ‘look how perfect my every moment is’ that bothers me. But clearly some of those blogs have thousands of readers so I’m in the minority. :)

      I don’t like bloggers who complain too much either, especially when it’s first world problems type of complaining…. I have a college friend who is a surgeon in Ethiopia and he complains at times about the lack of resources in their hospital which is totally legitimate complaining.

      I think I’m most drawn to bloggers who clearly have lives outside their blog and don’t feel the need to share/manufacture every moment.

      • No, that is totally not how I took it, sorry if my comment made it sound like that. I *think* I know the type of bloggers you are talking about and I am right there with you in the minority. It drives me crazy that they glorify every iced coffee, workout, etc. ….and then that they all seem to get book deals. Ugh! (That is an instance that I do get a bit jealous of, I’ll admit that!)

        And I just remembered that I was going to share my favorite tea: Choice Green Moroccan Mint but now that I live in a warmer climate, my tea consumption has gone WAY down. Kind of sad… :(

  4. Love this! I may steal the idea.

    This same thing happened to me with blogging nd blgoo reading. I love the writing aspect, so I can’t see myself giving it up, but I want to do it for different reasons. Obviously, since my blog is private now. Even before that though, I use (and still do) different social media outlets differnetly. I don’t “friend” everyone. Facebook, for me, is much more personal. I think 99% of the people on it are real, live, in the flesh friends. I recently culled my friend list there too. I use it as a sort of mass email kind of thing. A way to talk about my life to my friends and family without having to send 10s of emails (not hundreds, since I don’t have that many friends – real or on facebook!)

    The same goes for Instagram – I don’t post as much personal stuff there, becuase there is less control over who sees it and I don’t like that. My facebook is set to the max privacy. And now my blog is private.

    That’s just a really long winded way of saying I get it. Do what you want to do.

    And – work?!?! School?!?! Do tell!! (If you want.)

    Oh, and I.LOVE.TEA. Egyptian Licorice mint, you know, is a favorite (Stash makes a great licorice spice that I’ve been into more so lately), I also love the Pukka brand three fennel, and anything ginger. Have you seen the new savory teas by Numi? The carrot curry one is the only one I’ve tried and WOW. It’s GOOD.

    • Please steal the idea – I think we have similar tastes in a lot of things so I’d love to see your favorite things. Except I’m not as big into squash….

      I’ve seen the savory teas but haven’t been brave enough to commit to buying a box. I’m taking your endorsement though and will purchase next time I see them again. Are they salty at all?

  5. I’ve recently quit coffee, and have been starting my day with Equal Exchange mint green tea. I’ve also discovered I can’t drink any “real” tea on an empty stomach, though. :(

    Egyptian Licorice Mint is my husband’s favorite! I may have way too many favorites to name!

    And I agree – something about the blogging community changed. When I started blogging in 2005, it felt like such a great way to build community with other vegetarians/healthy eaters. Some blogs have grown, (not mine,) some have turned into brag-fests, some feel like constant advertisements for any product imaginable. I’ve toyed with the idea of just throwing in the towel with my own blog, but keep coming back to it. We’ll see!

    (Personally, I’d rather read fewer high-quality posts than junk daily.)

    • I think that’s why I like the green jasmine first thing – it doesn’t upset my stomach at all. Black tea (any kind) is not an option first thing unless I have it with food.

      I agree completely with your blog sentiments. I can’t quite quit (yet) but it’s different that it was when I started.

  6. Yay! I will add all of these except the licorice (NOT A FAN!) to my list to try. I love Central Markets organic green tea, but I don’t love the plastic, it doesn’t have that fishbowl water after taste like some green teas have. There is also this really awesome white tea that’s great to sip in the afternoons. I buy it from this local hippy place down the street already made. I’ll let you know what it’s called, I think you’d like it.

    • Are you still in Lubbock?

      There is a lot of plastic with the Central Market teas. I put the bags with my other plastic bags in the bag recycle at HEB, but I wish they packaged it differently. I love white tea but the ones I like tend to be a little pricey. The cheap ones don’t usually taste all that special.

      • I had moved to a small town near you for half a year, but I’m back in Lubbock. Totally forgot to look and see what the white tea was called, I’m lame. It’s kind of coconuty, very unique. They also have a green tea that has the slightest mint flavor to it. I’ll ask about it too.

  7. It really seems like a lot of blogging these days is less about the blog, and more about writing that one post that will go viral on Facebook. I liked my little blog, but eventually realized that there were too many times I was taking pictures instead of enjoying what I was taking a picture of. I do understand all the bloggers who have pulled back, but miss their posts.

    I drink coffee, but drink tea when I’m sick. My favorite is the tazo cinnamon. Very spicy!

    • You and I will have to agree to disagree on the cinnamon tea. I hate it. Yes, hate. As in the smell makes me gag. But… we have it in the house at all times because it’s the husband’s favorite. Of course it is. :) You guys have something beyond KAJ in common.

      Absolutely on the thinking more about how you can present something on the blog than actually enjoying the moment. I was guilty of that far too many times. There is a balance to getting enough photos to having the day captured for your future recollecting but not spending so much time behind the camera that you don’t experience the day.

  8. I am trying to fully move away from coffee and now I have many new replacements to sample!! Can’t wait to find some Pukka Three Ginger….thank you for sharing. I stick with Tazo Passion and it’s getting a little boring.

  9. I have been wanting to do a tea post as well! I do the same thing with reusing tea bags! I love the apple tea from Tazo – it’s good for the winter. I also do a lot of chamomile because it soothes the stomach.

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