September 1, 2014

 Every now and then we need a quote that inspires us to just be a better version of ourselves. It can give us new perspectives and perhaps even stimulate a larger change with in you.
   As today is Labor Day, a day where we gain appreciation for the work we do in the world, I picked a quote that felt right. Day after day working with our co-workers or family (if you work from home) certain emotions can pop up. They pop up when we are not living in the present.
lao tzu quote positivity spirit junkie

      In that split moment that we let ourselves fall into thoughts that hurt us, whether we know it or not. You are not alone, I do this as well. It is learning and reteaching yourself to stay in the moment. when I let myself think of things from the past (regrets, pain, betrayal etc) it holds me there. The same goes for the other way, the future can be scary but it is not determined yet.

   
    Forgive yourself , its hard I know. Even I am working on forgiving my past and allowing the future to become the present by living in the moment. By living in the moment or present, you can begin the healing from a new direction. When you are at work next focus on the task at hand, not what you have to do when you get home. Enjoy working with customers or clients. Laugh often and be free.
    You will be thankful for this advice as you can enjoy the small things in life and not let small things like drama get in the way of your happiness.
   Happy Labor Day everyone!

 Every now and then we need a quote that inspires us to just be a better version of ourselves. It can give us new perspectives and perhaps even stimulate a larger change with in you.
   As today is Labor Day, a day where we gain appreciation for the work we do in the world, I picked a quote that felt right. Day after day working with our co-workers or family (if you work from home) certain emotions can pop up. They pop up when we are not living in the present.
lao tzu quote positivity spirit junkie

      In that split moment that we let ourselves fall into thoughts that hurt us, whether we know it or not. You are not alone, I do this as well. It is learning and reteaching yourself to stay in the moment. when I let myself think of things from the past (regrets, pain, betrayal etc) it holds me there. The same goes for the other way, the future can be scary but it is not determined yet.

   
    Forgive yourself , its hard I know. Even I am working on forgiving my past and allowing the future to become the present by living in the moment. By living in the moment or present, you can begin the healing from a new direction. When you are at work next focus on the task at hand, not what you have to do when you get home. Enjoy working with customers or clients. Laugh often and be free.
    You will be thankful for this advice as you can enjoy the small things in life and not let small things like drama get in the way of your happiness.
   Happy Labor Day everyone!

August 29, 2014

  Making time to see friends has been at the top of my list (right where it should be).  Wednesday Last week I treated my dear friend James to afternoon tea at the Bowmanville Museum. It was just what we needed from our busy lives of getting ourselves back on track (and taking care of ourselves). Simple, quiet and very elegantly put together.  With its wrapping front veranda  we sat together and drank our tea.


   We recalled the last time we had tea together in such a fashion was quite some time ago. While waiting for a friend to finish volunteering , we sipped some tea happily. Although we looked further back into our childhood. When we were both children we visited the museum. James with his class and participated in tours. 
   Then I came by with class and with my mom. She was part of the Bowmanville Drama Club and from what I could recall we went there to talk to a few people. We often went over and I would explore with Matt around the house.
     When Matt and I were in our early teens we went to the (back then) newly established Afternoon tea. Back then it was one option tea and scones, very simple and elegant. It was nice this time around going with James as we had the standard option and a more elaborate "light lunch" option. It suited us very nicely. 
    


Bowmanville Museum                                                  
37 Silver Street, Bowmanville, Ontario



  Making time to see friends has been at the top of my list (right where it should be).  Wednesday Last week I treated my dear friend James to afternoon tea at the Bowmanville Museum. It was just what we needed from our busy lives of getting ourselves back on track (and taking care of ourselves). Simple, quiet and very elegantly put together.  With its wrapping front veranda  we sat together and drank our tea.


   We recalled the last time we had tea together in such a fashion was quite some time ago. While waiting for a friend to finish volunteering , we sipped some tea happily. Although we looked further back into our childhood. When we were both children we visited the museum. James with his class and participated in tours. 
   Then I came by with class and with my mom. She was part of the Bowmanville Drama Club and from what I could recall we went there to talk to a few people. We often went over and I would explore with Matt around the house.
     When Matt and I were in our early teens we went to the (back then) newly established Afternoon tea. Back then it was one option tea and scones, very simple and elegant. It was nice this time around going with James as we had the standard option and a more elaborate "light lunch" option. It suited us very nicely. 
    


Bowmanville Museum                                                  
37 Silver Street, Bowmanville, Ontario



August 27, 2014

  Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread thelove of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.
   This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under "Digital Table" here.

digital table gblobal tea hut august 2014 Kingfisher Jade Tsui Yu Oolong Taiwan Three daughters of taiwan tea

  Summer has been flying by! Thankfully with this months tea I kept cool. It was such a treat to receive this oolong as I found it cooled me off (How about you?). This months tea is the Spring 2014 Kingfisher Jade(Tsui Yu) Ooolong from Ming Jian, Taiwan. This tea is very special! It is one of the three daughters are the most famous varietals that were created around the 1970's for Taiwan. Who would have known this if it were not for Global Tea Hut! The tree teas are unique to taiwan, no where else can you get these three.
      Which teas are the "Three Daughters"? They are Golden Lilly (Jing Shuan), Kingsfisher Jade (Tsui Yu) and Four Seasons Spring (Si Ji Chun). As King fisher Jade had the same cooling effect as Four Seasons, I am going to guess that Golden Lilly is similar ( I can't wait for them to send it out).  
     Going back to this months tea, King Fisher Jade, it had a lovely cooling effect on the body. With its smooth taste and floral hints it was just right for unwinding at the end of the day. The flavours of the tea came out very clear when I used the gift that was sent with it. Chinese "Medicine Stones", they are put in your water container/kettle to soften, purify and remineralize the Water. Truly the perfect addition For any tea lover. 

digital table global tea hut august 2014 kingfisher Jade tsui yu taiwan medicine stones china

 My favourite article is part of the "Eight Bowls" series :The Eight Bowls: Study, Contemplation and Prayer by Shane Marrs. It was just what I needed at that moment. A little reminder of what I have learned through Japanese Tea Ceremony.
    Its little lessons that get taught that are really lessons of life and zen. Through tea we should practice humility, gratitude, forgiveness, and  loving-kindness. Mastery of tea is the mastery of the self, strangely very similar to yoga (okay its self- acceptance but it is close to me). The brewer's heart is the most important part of tea as it becomes infused into our brew.
      During Japanese Tea Ceremony these key points are the foundations of which you learn. We express humility when we enter the tea room through a low bow. gratitude when we lift or tea bowl in thanks. Every action is a respectful loving action for not only guests but ourselves. Forgiveness when the host forgets the next step or head guest forgets their line (or we forget to slurp at the end). 
   These points mirror in life as well. Especially as we grow up, I turned 27 this year and have found these in many situations. Such as: 

Humility- Admitting to the type of person I was in the past and apologizing to those I hurt
Forgiveness- While I hope others will forgive my past, I am also ready to forgive Theirs.
Gratitude- When a friend pays for dinner or a snack. They always get a thank you and a huge hug! (and I re-pay them latter)
Loving-Kindness - Being there for a friend when they need someone to talk to

    While we hope we all are doing each of these every day though, there are times where we forget. The important thing to do is try our best and hope that we receive it in return.  Practice them in daily life and they will come through in your tea.


Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

  Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread thelove of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.
   This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under "Digital Table" here.

digital table gblobal tea hut august 2014 Kingfisher Jade Tsui Yu Oolong Taiwan Three daughters of taiwan tea

  Summer has been flying by! Thankfully with this months tea I kept cool. It was such a treat to receive this oolong as I found it cooled me off (How about you?). This months tea is the Spring 2014 Kingfisher Jade(Tsui Yu) Ooolong from Ming Jian, Taiwan. This tea is very special! It is one of the three daughters are the most famous varietals that were created around the 1970's for Taiwan. Who would have known this if it were not for Global Tea Hut! The tree teas are unique to taiwan, no where else can you get these three.
      Which teas are the "Three Daughters"? They are Golden Lilly (Jing Shuan), Kingsfisher Jade (Tsui Yu) and Four Seasons Spring (Si Ji Chun). As King fisher Jade had the same cooling effect as Four Seasons, I am going to guess that Golden Lilly is similar ( I can't wait for them to send it out).  
     Going back to this months tea, King Fisher Jade, it had a lovely cooling effect on the body. With its smooth taste and floral hints it was just right for unwinding at the end of the day. The flavours of the tea came out very clear when I used the gift that was sent with it. Chinese "Medicine Stones", they are put in your water container/kettle to soften, purify and remineralize the Water. Truly the perfect addition For any tea lover. 

digital table global tea hut august 2014 kingfisher Jade tsui yu taiwan medicine stones china

 My favourite article is part of the "Eight Bowls" series :The Eight Bowls: Study, Contemplation and Prayer by Shane Marrs. It was just what I needed at that moment. A little reminder of what I have learned through Japanese Tea Ceremony.
    Its little lessons that get taught that are really lessons of life and zen. Through tea we should practice humility, gratitude, forgiveness, and  loving-kindness. Mastery of tea is the mastery of the self, strangely very similar to yoga (okay its self- acceptance but it is close to me). The brewer's heart is the most important part of tea as it becomes infused into our brew.
      During Japanese Tea Ceremony these key points are the foundations of which you learn. We express humility when we enter the tea room through a low bow. gratitude when we lift or tea bowl in thanks. Every action is a respectful loving action for not only guests but ourselves. Forgiveness when the host forgets the next step or head guest forgets their line (or we forget to slurp at the end). 
   These points mirror in life as well. Especially as we grow up, I turned 27 this year and have found these in many situations. Such as: 

Humility- Admitting to the type of person I was in the past and apologizing to those I hurt
Forgiveness- While I hope others will forgive my past, I am also ready to forgive Theirs.
Gratitude- When a friend pays for dinner or a snack. They always get a thank you and a huge hug! (and I re-pay them latter)
Loving-Kindness - Being there for a friend when they need someone to talk to

    While we hope we all are doing each of these every day though, there are times where we forget. The important thing to do is try our best and hope that we receive it in return.  Practice them in daily life and they will come through in your tea.


Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

August 25, 2014

 Sometimes we grow apart from someone. We try to resist it and find out that (perhaps) we were at fault for the falling out.. Admitting that we were wrong is the best thing you can do. So todays post is to someone I hurt in the past. They remained quiet about it when I should have been there to talk it over. 
  Listening is key. With an open mind and owning your past faults. This letter is to them, they will know who. While I felt good writing this letter I could not help but put it out there for them to see.  I hope they reach out in return only time will telll.  

kate spade letter writing friends admitting owning faults I miss my friend

Dear Friend who I miss,
     How are you? Those few words I have not said to you in sometime now. It is shocking how little those are said.
Even in Elementary School I did not ask. I will admit that I spoke mostly of myself ( quite rude of me when I think back). It has taken a few falls to make this realization, and I am glad I have.
    How many times should I have asked when there was a dispute with those other two (and then there was that brother, such drama) during that time. Or High School where life began to really start.
    I regularly distanced myself from you because I never asked such a simple question. I just assumed I knew, or the news I was being told from various mouths was true, but I should have asked you. Things get lost when it is not from the actual person it is about. Asking you would have been the kind and friend thing to do.
    It is surprising how much we change and learn as we grow up. Leaving things in the past and laughing at it when we own our faults. I was not as kind of a person as I thought back then. It frustrates me that I did not ask such a simple question.
   We were close friends, sisters, growing closer through the songs we sung in choir and carrying tall candles down a long aisle. We grew closer and closer. But then it stopped. Where did things go wrong? How is it that we have not talked in almost 9 months?  It is such a foreign thing to me.
      So I am going to make a start towards the right direction. I am going to ask you now. I hope that you will let me listen to you and hug you at the end. Let me know how you feel and what you think. There is nothing wrong with that. I am going to be the new me :someone who listens and give support.
     Give me a chance. So, tell me...
  How are you?,

   Your friend who misses you
(and has the kettle on if you are up to talking)


Have you ever realized you hurt or grown apart from someone you consider a close friend? What key things would you say in a letter to them?

 Sometimes we grow apart from someone. We try to resist it and find out that (perhaps) we were at fault for the falling out.. Admitting that we were wrong is the best thing you can do. So todays post is to someone I hurt in the past. They remained quiet about it when I should have been there to talk it over. 
  Listening is key. With an open mind and owning your past faults. This letter is to them, they will know who. While I felt good writing this letter I could not help but put it out there for them to see.  I hope they reach out in return only time will telll.  

kate spade letter writing friends admitting owning faults I miss my friend

Dear Friend who I miss,
     How are you? Those few words I have not said to you in sometime now. It is shocking how little those are said.
Even in Elementary School I did not ask. I will admit that I spoke mostly of myself ( quite rude of me when I think back). It has taken a few falls to make this realization, and I am glad I have.
    How many times should I have asked when there was a dispute with those other two (and then there was that brother, such drama) during that time. Or High School where life began to really start.
    I regularly distanced myself from you because I never asked such a simple question. I just assumed I knew, or the news I was being told from various mouths was true, but I should have asked you. Things get lost when it is not from the actual person it is about. Asking you would have been the kind and friend thing to do.
    It is surprising how much we change and learn as we grow up. Leaving things in the past and laughing at it when we own our faults. I was not as kind of a person as I thought back then. It frustrates me that I did not ask such a simple question.
   We were close friends, sisters, growing closer through the songs we sung in choir and carrying tall candles down a long aisle. We grew closer and closer. But then it stopped. Where did things go wrong? How is it that we have not talked in almost 9 months?  It is such a foreign thing to me.
      So I am going to make a start towards the right direction. I am going to ask you now. I hope that you will let me listen to you and hug you at the end. Let me know how you feel and what you think. There is nothing wrong with that. I am going to be the new me :someone who listens and give support.
     Give me a chance. So, tell me...
  How are you?,

   Your friend who misses you
(and has the kettle on if you are up to talking)


Have you ever realized you hurt or grown apart from someone you consider a close friend? What key things would you say in a letter to them?

August 22, 2014

    Do you ever hear a ticking clock in your head when you are excited for an event? I sure do. With Blog Podium 2014 being my first Blog Conference I am not only nervous but overly excited to be going.  With that ticking clock I wanted to get something easy done from my to-do list for the event. Which one? Picking my outfit!

Blog podium 2014 Toronto Yumi clothing kate spade jo totes Katherine bellman choosing an outfit Darling clothing

      As such a choice is hard to complete on my own. I am hoping that you will be able to help me choose which outfit out of these two. Feel free to post your choice in the comments or tweet me ( @bellmanart ) to help me out. Also if you have any suggestions please feel free to share! Happy Friday my friends~

Blog podium 2014 Toronto Yumi clothing kate spade jo totes Katherine bellman choosing an outfit  Darling clothing


Blog podium 2014 Toronto Yumi clothing kate spade jo totes Katherine bellman choosing an outfit


Blog Podium Toronto Blogger Confrence


Which outfit did you like the most? Would you do anything differently? 

    Do you ever hear a ticking clock in your head when you are excited for an event? I sure do. With Blog Podium 2014 being my first Blog Conference I am not only nervous but overly excited to be going.  With that ticking clock I wanted to get something easy done from my to-do list for the event. Which one? Picking my outfit!

Blog podium 2014 Toronto Yumi clothing kate spade jo totes Katherine bellman choosing an outfit Darling clothing

      As such a choice is hard to complete on my own. I am hoping that you will be able to help me choose which outfit out of these two. Feel free to post your choice in the comments or tweet me ( @bellmanart ) to help me out. Also if you have any suggestions please feel free to share! Happy Friday my friends~

Blog podium 2014 Toronto Yumi clothing kate spade jo totes Katherine bellman choosing an outfit  Darling clothing


Blog podium 2014 Toronto Yumi clothing kate spade jo totes Katherine bellman choosing an outfit


Blog Podium Toronto Blogger Confrence


Which outfit did you like the most? Would you do anything differently? 

August 20, 2014

      This month I had the pleasure to try a different set (not that I mind caffeine), the Herbal based "Detox Collection". Christa Jones, an Independent Consultant for Steeped Tea, was a great pleasure to work with and we have a little surprise for you at the end of this post ( Hint: Giveaway!). After my yoga classes (and then working late into the night) these teas from the collection hit the spot.
   Steeped Tea is a fantastic company. Last month I had the pleasure of winning "The Classic Collection" over at A Cup Of Life and fell in love. All natural ingredients , friendly service and (best of all) a Canadian Start-up! Steeped Tea started out not too long ago and has grown thanks to the help they received at Dragons Den . Beautiful packaging and delicious teas that just make you want more (its tea so why not?).
Steeped Tea Detox Collection Canada Tea Journey

In this set there are six teas and a small packet of 50 Steeping sacks. I adored opening up the shipping box to find such lovely packaging. I am already putting it on my list to buy it again for a few people I know (I'm not saying in case they come by).

Let's get to know the teas!

Hot Yoga

 Breath in. It smells like cinnamon and it makes you want to get into your down-ward dog. I am surprised how this tea is similar to a chai but has its own zen body feel to it but also gives you energy. This one got my fingers working and practicing my yogic breathing. Why is that? I have sinus arrhythmia (meaning my heart beats irregularly, nothing wrong with it) but this tea due to the hawthorn leaves gives me a little kick to get through my to-do list and right into some meditation.
    Beautiful way to start the day (oh my I rhymed) with : Cinnamon, Cardamom, Hawthorn leaves, Ginger bits, Cloves, Black Peppercorns, Safflowers and Blue mallow flowers. Deliciously chai and you need to try ( Rhyming again~ ).

Don't Worry Be Happy

  Personally I am not a big fan of Chamomile but there is a reason, I am allergic to ragweed. Chamomile is from the same family so I tend to feel a little itchy and off when I have it. Anyhow.. this tea was a great blend over all (putting the light allergy aside). The peppermint came through perfectly and I could not help but breath out an "ahh" to express my content. 
   This guy is simple : Chamomile, Peppermint leaves and Licorice root. Totally a must if you love a good cup of Chamomile before bed. 

Stress Reliever 

  This little gem is a miracle worker. Today was an errand day and it seemed to melt away all my worries after a few simple sips. The blend contains: White mistletoe. St.John's Wort, Birch leaves, Ginko Biloba leaves, Lemongrass, Stinging Nettle and Bean Pods. 
    The whole blend had a bit of a lemongrass taste that was smooth. No need to add anything as it has a very pleasant taste on its own. It is the perfect after work or after an errand day (guilty) tea. 

Lemon Ginger Tea-tox

  This one is on my list to try iced in the morning, it is just amazing how good it makes you feel. While you think it may taste healthy, it doesn't taste that way ( I am thinking buckleys by the way). I love how simple it is with : Ginger, Lemongrass and Rose blossoms. 
   It's smooth, lightly ginger-y and has a natural floral side to it. I am personally grabbing a book , a cup of this and getting into the bath. Now that is just bliss.

Feminini-Tea

 First off I must say, yummy! This blend is perfect for those that need a tea for that once a month "blah" time. Again there was no need to add anything but I can imagine my sweet tooth getting the best of me and adding a touch of honey. 
    It was smooth and had fruity notes despite the amount of herbal ingredients (sorry but yumm). The tastiness comes from : Apple pieces, Rooibos, Ginger pieces, Cinnamon pieces, Cardamom, Fennel, Juniper Berries, Raspberry leaves, Chamomile, Lady's mantel, Cloves, Orange Peel, St. John's Wort, Black pepper and Silver weed. 
   This is on my must list for my monthly "blah" kit (a long with cookies and ice cream), I know you will feel the same.

Immunity Booster

   If there was anything starting in my system, I doubt it is around anymore. This one packed a punch that made me wish I was sick to enjoy it more. The taste for me right now (not sick) was very medical, but that means its going to be a blessing (and taste great) when I am sick. 
   Just look at what's in it: Licorice, Cinnamon, Burdock root, Ginger, Dandelion root, Fennel, Aniseed, Juniper berries, Coriander, Black pepper, Parsley, Sage, Cloves and Turmeric. It will knock any cold out of the park, large wow factor here.


Steeped tea Detox collection Canada herbal Tea Journey

The Giveaway (aka. Freebies) !

 Canadian Residents only


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thank you to Christa Jones for donating both the giveaway collection and my own Collection.
 All opinions are my own, please consult your family doctor if you have any concerns about teas (especially when you are taking prescription medication). Be Healthy. Be Happy.
Namaste

      This month I had the pleasure to try a different set (not that I mind caffeine), the Herbal based "Detox Collection". Christa Jones, an Independent Consultant for Steeped Tea, was a great pleasure to work with and we have a little surprise for you at the end of this post ( Hint: Giveaway!). After my yoga classes (and then working late into the night) these teas from the collection hit the spot.
   Steeped Tea is a fantastic company. Last month I had the pleasure of winning "The Classic Collection" over at A Cup Of Life and fell in love. All natural ingredients , friendly service and (best of all) a Canadian Start-up! Steeped Tea started out not too long ago and has grown thanks to the help they received at Dragons Den . Beautiful packaging and delicious teas that just make you want more (its tea so why not?).
Steeped Tea Detox Collection Canada Tea Journey

In this set there are six teas and a small packet of 50 Steeping sacks. I adored opening up the shipping box to find such lovely packaging. I am already putting it on my list to buy it again for a few people I know (I'm not saying in case they come by).

Let's get to know the teas!

Hot Yoga

 Breath in. It smells like cinnamon and it makes you want to get into your down-ward dog. I am surprised how this tea is similar to a chai but has its own zen body feel to it but also gives you energy. This one got my fingers working and practicing my yogic breathing. Why is that? I have sinus arrhythmia (meaning my heart beats irregularly, nothing wrong with it) but this tea due to the hawthorn leaves gives me a little kick to get through my to-do list and right into some meditation.
    Beautiful way to start the day (oh my I rhymed) with : Cinnamon, Cardamom, Hawthorn leaves, Ginger bits, Cloves, Black Peppercorns, Safflowers and Blue mallow flowers. Deliciously chai and you need to try ( Rhyming again~ ).

Don't Worry Be Happy

  Personally I am not a big fan of Chamomile but there is a reason, I am allergic to ragweed. Chamomile is from the same family so I tend to feel a little itchy and off when I have it. Anyhow.. this tea was a great blend over all (putting the light allergy aside). The peppermint came through perfectly and I could not help but breath out an "ahh" to express my content. 
   This guy is simple : Chamomile, Peppermint leaves and Licorice root. Totally a must if you love a good cup of Chamomile before bed. 

Stress Reliever 

  This little gem is a miracle worker. Today was an errand day and it seemed to melt away all my worries after a few simple sips. The blend contains: White mistletoe. St.John's Wort, Birch leaves, Ginko Biloba leaves, Lemongrass, Stinging Nettle and Bean Pods. 
    The whole blend had a bit of a lemongrass taste that was smooth. No need to add anything as it has a very pleasant taste on its own. It is the perfect after work or after an errand day (guilty) tea. 

Lemon Ginger Tea-tox

  This one is on my list to try iced in the morning, it is just amazing how good it makes you feel. While you think it may taste healthy, it doesn't taste that way ( I am thinking buckleys by the way). I love how simple it is with : Ginger, Lemongrass and Rose blossoms. 
   It's smooth, lightly ginger-y and has a natural floral side to it. I am personally grabbing a book , a cup of this and getting into the bath. Now that is just bliss.

Feminini-Tea

 First off I must say, yummy! This blend is perfect for those that need a tea for that once a month "blah" time. Again there was no need to add anything but I can imagine my sweet tooth getting the best of me and adding a touch of honey. 
    It was smooth and had fruity notes despite the amount of herbal ingredients (sorry but yumm). The tastiness comes from : Apple pieces, Rooibos, Ginger pieces, Cinnamon pieces, Cardamom, Fennel, Juniper Berries, Raspberry leaves, Chamomile, Lady's mantel, Cloves, Orange Peel, St. John's Wort, Black pepper and Silver weed. 
   This is on my must list for my monthly "blah" kit (a long with cookies and ice cream), I know you will feel the same.

Immunity Booster

   If there was anything starting in my system, I doubt it is around anymore. This one packed a punch that made me wish I was sick to enjoy it more. The taste for me right now (not sick) was very medical, but that means its going to be a blessing (and taste great) when I am sick. 
   Just look at what's in it: Licorice, Cinnamon, Burdock root, Ginger, Dandelion root, Fennel, Aniseed, Juniper berries, Coriander, Black pepper, Parsley, Sage, Cloves and Turmeric. It will knock any cold out of the park, large wow factor here.


Steeped tea Detox collection Canada herbal Tea Journey

The Giveaway (aka. Freebies) !

 Canadian Residents only


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thank you to Christa Jones for donating both the giveaway collection and my own Collection.
 All opinions are my own, please consult your family doctor if you have any concerns about teas (especially when you are taking prescription medication). Be Healthy. Be Happy.
Namaste

August 18, 2014

Opening up to publicly "let people" in is scary, but I believe in my own strength to do it. This list of 10 things you do not know about me is for you all. Who am I? What quirky things do I like or do? 
   I want to open up and let you know me. Let's be friends and give ourselves the freedom to talk about who we are. So here is some little things I do, have done etc so you can get a better idea of who I am. Some are crazy and others may be normal to you, but makes me super nervous to share (I have butterflies in my stomach right now!). This is from me to you. Namaste.


1. Love anime and manga
     Is there a certain kind I like? No idea. But I do adore any show that has super natural creatures or a cute couple that slowly come together. It just makes me feel like a kid , especially if I happen to be watching say Sailor Moon (by the way there is a re-launch of the anime that started in July, super crushing the creators right now!)

2.One of my best friends is my brother
      Being the oldest was "interesting" when I was a child. Who was this little boy that came into my life and stole my toys? He is my little brother who I am proud to say is my best friend. Being just a year apart helped with that (and liking geeky things together). My favorite thing to do during the week is chill with him at a cafe or laugh uncontrollably while watching Seananners on Youtube (YouTube gamer who has an addicting laugh).

3.Started to read self-help books at age 26
   I never understood why I was "scared" of the self-help section (maybe I watched Sex and the City too much... Charolet you should have just bought that book!). But. When I really needed help, I just went for it. Now I am addicted to a few writers (Gabrielle Bernstein, she's my go-to girl with Marie Forleo) and can not put the books down.

4.Developed my interest in Social Justice in High school
     Amnesty International. Give: Water. Fair Trade. These are a few of the efforts I supported through High School. They were fun and rewarding (nice warm feeling inside). They also opened my eyes to things that were going on in the world and kept me motivated to stay informed. There is nothing better than knowing that you are doing something for a good cause and helping someone that needs it.

5.Went to Catholic school
    Everyday while I was part of the Catholic school system but I was surprised by the difference between it and the public schools. It is hard to explain but I am glad that I grew up in such a school system. With out it I would not have got as involved with Social Justice  as I did there.
   My views have changed I no longer follow the religion but I do respect it and others who do. An acceptance grew in me that I am grateful for having.

6.Was on student Council in High School
    Applying to be in the is class was scary. But I had fun answering "How would you plan out our next school event?" where I went into detail and steps. When I got there it was the best homeroom class ever! What can I say? I just love to plan out events and get them right.

7. Was on a Dance and Cheer team prior to High School
    Although the only dance I remember was to "C'est La vie" by B*Witched, I remember embarrassing dance routines of the late 90s. Overall it was a great chance to become close friends to my classmates and dance my heart out (I still do in my room till my Cat objects).  It was great exercise and I have it on my list to do again.

8.Quarter Indonesian
   Lie? Nope. There is no way to tell by looking at me. But. When I was a child my mother would come to pick me up from school and occasionally (more often than you think). Be not allowed to take me. She tans easily (no tanning bed for her) and we did not look like mother and daughter. Look at me I am pale and I do not tan at all. My favorite food is Nasi Goreng, a delicious rice dish that is a meal in itself (when done right or I make it). I am proud of my background and I am not afraid to show it!

9. Not a party girl
   While many my age are partying or have in their 20s, I much rather going for a light dinner or watching a movie in my apartment. Its cozy and I get to spend time with a small group of friends (usually 1-2) or have me time. Shuuhei (My cat) would not approve of me being a party girl anyhow, he likes to playfully attack me when I dance. Truthfully, its just not me.

10. Love the smell of fresh books 
     Walking into a book store and picking up a new book. What do I do right after? I open it up to smell the freshly printed pages. Weird? Not to me. I love the smell and flipping through books. They are so sexy. Maybe they are my new boyfriend?


      Feel free to join in by posting in the comments or linking to your own post of "Things you don't know about me".  Open up, be authentic and true to yourself.

Opening up to publicly "let people" in is scary, but I believe in my own strength to do it. This list of 10 things you do not know about me is for you all. Who am I? What quirky things do I like or do? 
   I want to open up and let you know me. Let's be friends and give ourselves the freedom to talk about who we are. So here is some little things I do, have done etc so you can get a better idea of who I am. Some are crazy and others may be normal to you, but makes me super nervous to share (I have butterflies in my stomach right now!). This is from me to you. Namaste.


1. Love anime and manga
     Is there a certain kind I like? No idea. But I do adore any show that has super natural creatures or a cute couple that slowly come together. It just makes me feel like a kid , especially if I happen to be watching say Sailor Moon (by the way there is a re-launch of the anime that started in July, super crushing the creators right now!)

2.One of my best friends is my brother
      Being the oldest was "interesting" when I was a child. Who was this little boy that came into my life and stole my toys? He is my little brother who I am proud to say is my best friend. Being just a year apart helped with that (and liking geeky things together). My favorite thing to do during the week is chill with him at a cafe or laugh uncontrollably while watching Seananners on Youtube (YouTube gamer who has an addicting laugh).

3.Started to read self-help books at age 26
   I never understood why I was "scared" of the self-help section (maybe I watched Sex and the City too much... Charolet you should have just bought that book!). But. When I really needed help, I just went for it. Now I am addicted to a few writers (Gabrielle Bernstein, she's my go-to girl with Marie Forleo) and can not put the books down.

4.Developed my interest in Social Justice in High school
     Amnesty International. Give: Water. Fair Trade. These are a few of the efforts I supported through High School. They were fun and rewarding (nice warm feeling inside). They also opened my eyes to things that were going on in the world and kept me motivated to stay informed. There is nothing better than knowing that you are doing something for a good cause and helping someone that needs it.

5.Went to Catholic school
    Everyday while I was part of the Catholic school system but I was surprised by the difference between it and the public schools. It is hard to explain but I am glad that I grew up in such a school system. With out it I would not have got as involved with Social Justice  as I did there.
   My views have changed I no longer follow the religion but I do respect it and others who do. An acceptance grew in me that I am grateful for having.

6.Was on student Council in High School
    Applying to be in the is class was scary. But I had fun answering "How would you plan out our next school event?" where I went into detail and steps. When I got there it was the best homeroom class ever! What can I say? I just love to plan out events and get them right.

7. Was on a Dance and Cheer team prior to High School
    Although the only dance I remember was to "C'est La vie" by B*Witched, I remember embarrassing dance routines of the late 90s. Overall it was a great chance to become close friends to my classmates and dance my heart out (I still do in my room till my Cat objects).  It was great exercise and I have it on my list to do again.

8.Quarter Indonesian
   Lie? Nope. There is no way to tell by looking at me. But. When I was a child my mother would come to pick me up from school and occasionally (more often than you think). Be not allowed to take me. She tans easily (no tanning bed for her) and we did not look like mother and daughter. Look at me I am pale and I do not tan at all. My favorite food is Nasi Goreng, a delicious rice dish that is a meal in itself (when done right or I make it). I am proud of my background and I am not afraid to show it!

9. Not a party girl
   While many my age are partying or have in their 20s, I much rather going for a light dinner or watching a movie in my apartment. Its cozy and I get to spend time with a small group of friends (usually 1-2) or have me time. Shuuhei (My cat) would not approve of me being a party girl anyhow, he likes to playfully attack me when I dance. Truthfully, its just not me.

10. Love the smell of fresh books 
     Walking into a book store and picking up a new book. What do I do right after? I open it up to smell the freshly printed pages. Weird? Not to me. I love the smell and flipping through books. They are so sexy. Maybe they are my new boyfriend?


      Feel free to join in by posting in the comments or linking to your own post of "Things you don't know about me".  Open up, be authentic and true to yourself.

August 15, 2014


There was an itch throughout my body but once I clicked that last button it was gone. It was final. No way out. Paid and done. Monday August 4th was a holiday here, but that still meant work had to be done.  For me it meant getting to a sale before it ended, what girl can pass up a sale?
    Blog Podium 2014 , it was finally mine ( a seat I mean). It was a blessing that such an event exists in Toronto once a year. Blog Podium is for Design and lifestyle bloggers to come together. To learn. To grow. To connect. Then most of all create lasting friendships with other bloggers.

 
There is so much to do before the event, it is a little over whelming. Thankfully I was able to schedule my day for the event through the website. (Full day with all options can be seen here.)

Key talks I am attending:

  •  Tabletop Photography- Object and Food Styling by Giulia Doyle
  •  Bloggers and Brands  by Mara Shapiro (Brazenwoman.com) and Shannoon Acheson (AKA Design)
  • The Entrepreneur Mindset: Finding Success Online and Offline by Scott McGilivray, Monika Hibbs and Jennifer Flores
  • Bloggers and PR Workshop II
  While I look forward to all of these talks and my appointment with Nerd Station for a consultation by Camp Tech. There is so much to do before even waking up that day. Being new to Blog Conferences I am a little nervous but super eager to make the right impression. How am I going to do that? First be myself, but here is some other things that are on my list.

The To-do list: 

  • Pick the right outfit (why not be cute and comfortable)
  • Print new business cards ( Gotta share my new logo!)
  • Get to know other bloggers who are attending ( Tweet me girl! )
  • Decide what is going in my gear bag (and match to outfit)
September is quickly approaching. Preparing is just the first step, next is actually putting my plans into action. So lets get started!


There was an itch throughout my body but once I clicked that last button it was gone. It was final. No way out. Paid and done. Monday August 4th was a holiday here, but that still meant work had to be done.  For me it meant getting to a sale before it ended, what girl can pass up a sale?
    Blog Podium 2014 , it was finally mine ( a seat I mean). It was a blessing that such an event exists in Toronto once a year. Blog Podium is for Design and lifestyle bloggers to come together. To learn. To grow. To connect. Then most of all create lasting friendships with other bloggers.

 
There is so much to do before the event, it is a little over whelming. Thankfully I was able to schedule my day for the event through the website. (Full day with all options can be seen here.)

Key talks I am attending:

  •  Tabletop Photography- Object and Food Styling by Giulia Doyle
  •  Bloggers and Brands  by Mara Shapiro (Brazenwoman.com) and Shannoon Acheson (AKA Design)
  • The Entrepreneur Mindset: Finding Success Online and Offline by Scott McGilivray, Monika Hibbs and Jennifer Flores
  • Bloggers and PR Workshop II
  While I look forward to all of these talks and my appointment with Nerd Station for a consultation by Camp Tech. There is so much to do before even waking up that day. Being new to Blog Conferences I am a little nervous but super eager to make the right impression. How am I going to do that? First be myself, but here is some other things that are on my list.

The To-do list: 

  • Pick the right outfit (why not be cute and comfortable)
  • Print new business cards ( Gotta share my new logo!)
  • Get to know other bloggers who are attending ( Tweet me girl! )
  • Decide what is going in my gear bag (and match to outfit)
September is quickly approaching. Preparing is just the first step, next is actually putting my plans into action. So lets get started!

August 13, 2014

  When life throws you a lemon, wouldn't it be nice to have somewhere to go to pick you back up? Starting a gratitude journal can be that very thing to tip your day back into better and then good. I personally thought that this type of journal was well..lame, but that was before I did some research and tried it. 
      What the process does, is it takes all the good and it exists in one place. No negativity can go into this journal.  After becoming jobless and making a decision on who I want in my life, I was bombarded by old thoughts. "You can't do anything without them", "You won't get a job", "Why are they going to hire you?", "You need them", "what makes you think that you can be an entreperur?" And "no one is there for you without them".  



       It was a tough spot to be in, but when I decided to start my gratitude journal they began to dissipate. Hell , I can do what I want. I am a loving person and thats the type of people I want in my life. If I want to create my own job, I am going to do it. There is nothing that can stop me but myself, if I had let it.
   Back to the Journal.  The first entry was the following:
            I am grateful for the friends I haveI am greatful for my blog readers.  I am content with my life and wish to grow more as a person.  I am greatful for family. I am greatful for my boyfriend.  I am grateful for my path and where it has taken me.
Writing in a gratitude journal is just that simple. Abandon the stress of spelling right, getting grammar spot on and creating paragraphs that flow. It is your space and that is all there is to it.



Start your own gratitude journal

Buy a Journal
 Pick one that feels special. Mine is embroidered and from Christian Lacroix paper line (gift from mom). Alternatively you can go the digital route. Fire up a blog and set it to private (or not). Or even  use the memo app on your phone.

Decide how often you will write
Writing once a week is enough. but I have heard other writers using it every night. Personally I use it when I am in the right mind space, but is also going to become space for post-meditation free writing. Remember a journal is YOUR space, do what feels right.

What to write
What are you grateful for? Write it out and bring the gratefulness inside you out. If you want to add something extra, goals are a great addition.
    In addition to my 3-5 things I am grateful for. I strive to write a few goals for myself.

Rules of Gratitude Journals
  • Read it when you are down to lift you back up
  • Write at least 3-5 things
  • Be specific
  • Turn negatives into positives
  • Don't go through the motions. Make a decision to be consistently more grateful.
  • Don't wait for the right time
  • Think people, no things
  • Don't rush, savour every word

  When life throws you a lemon, wouldn't it be nice to have somewhere to go to pick you back up? Starting a gratitude journal can be that very thing to tip your day back into better and then good. I personally thought that this type of journal was well..lame, but that was before I did some research and tried it. 
      What the process does, is it takes all the good and it exists in one place. No negativity can go into this journal.  After becoming jobless and making a decision on who I want in my life, I was bombarded by old thoughts. "You can't do anything without them", "You won't get a job", "Why are they going to hire you?", "You need them", "what makes you think that you can be an entreperur?" And "no one is there for you without them".  



       It was a tough spot to be in, but when I decided to start my gratitude journal they began to dissipate. Hell , I can do what I want. I am a loving person and thats the type of people I want in my life. If I want to create my own job, I am going to do it. There is nothing that can stop me but myself, if I had let it.
   Back to the Journal.  The first entry was the following:
            I am grateful for the friends I haveI am greatful for my blog readers.  I am content with my life and wish to grow more as a person.  I am greatful for family. I am greatful for my boyfriend.  I am grateful for my path and where it has taken me.
Writing in a gratitude journal is just that simple. Abandon the stress of spelling right, getting grammar spot on and creating paragraphs that flow. It is your space and that is all there is to it.



Start your own gratitude journal

Buy a Journal
 Pick one that feels special. Mine is embroidered and from Christian Lacroix paper line (gift from mom). Alternatively you can go the digital route. Fire up a blog and set it to private (or not). Or even  use the memo app on your phone.

Decide how often you will write
Writing once a week is enough. but I have heard other writers using it every night. Personally I use it when I am in the right mind space, but is also going to become space for post-meditation free writing. Remember a journal is YOUR space, do what feels right.

What to write
What are you grateful for? Write it out and bring the gratefulness inside you out. If you want to add something extra, goals are a great addition.
    In addition to my 3-5 things I am grateful for. I strive to write a few goals for myself.

Rules of Gratitude Journals
  • Read it when you are down to lift you back up
  • Write at least 3-5 things
  • Be specific
  • Turn negatives into positives
  • Don't go through the motions. Make a decision to be consistently more grateful.
  • Don't wait for the right time
  • Think people, no things
  • Don't rush, savour every word

August 11, 2014


   Finding the right thing to post is hard, especially since there is no "right" thing. Funny right? Today was especially hard, I started like three other posts and eventually decided this was the one to share.
   The quote was found on a cup sleeve from Starbucks and it touched my so I kept it. I have it posted right next to where I am writing right now.
    It may be simple but to do it it does take courage. You need to those negative thoughts where they belong (in the trash aka. Banish those baddies). Take the comments from others with a grain of salt ,especially when they are along the line of you old negative thoughts (if they are then again, put. them. in. the. trash.). Then there are just life roadblocks. It makes us want to scream!
    but, if you are doing what you want then you will still be happy and that is what counts. Don't sweat the small stuff and live how you want to live! or take steps to create it.
     My small steps have been working here at Tea Journey, getting my portfolio website up and going, working with a designer to get them all sparkly and new and working on my Entrepreneurship class. The last is the hardest.  But working towards doing something I LOVE full time is my dream.
   
  What scary thing are you working on or towards that you are building up the courage to do?


   Finding the right thing to post is hard, especially since there is no "right" thing. Funny right? Today was especially hard, I started like three other posts and eventually decided this was the one to share.
   The quote was found on a cup sleeve from Starbucks and it touched my so I kept it. I have it posted right next to where I am writing right now.
    It may be simple but to do it it does take courage. You need to those negative thoughts where they belong (in the trash aka. Banish those baddies). Take the comments from others with a grain of salt ,especially when they are along the line of you old negative thoughts (if they are then again, put. them. in. the. trash.). Then there are just life roadblocks. It makes us want to scream!
    but, if you are doing what you want then you will still be happy and that is what counts. Don't sweat the small stuff and live how you want to live! or take steps to create it.
     My small steps have been working here at Tea Journey, getting my portfolio website up and going, working with a designer to get them all sparkly and new and working on my Entrepreneurship class. The last is the hardest.  But working towards doing something I LOVE full time is my dream.
   
  What scary thing are you working on or towards that you are building up the courage to do?

August 8, 2014

Since High School I have always loved Social Justice and as I got older I now LOVE Social Businesses. Justea located in Vancouver, Canada is one that just touched my heart (much like Global Tea Hut). By helping farmers be self sufficient , create a business of their own and support themselves. My favorite part is the farmers end up with a better wage when they learn how to cut out the middle man. Better wages = better support for their families.


  Farmers traditionally would grow and pick the tea themselves, before bringing it to the factory to become tea bags. Because the unfinished product is not worth the same as the tea bags, the farmers get little for their work.  The big change is what Justea is doing to change that old model. By teaching the farmers how to process the tea themselves, the farmers now obtain earnings for a finished product!

   
"...Key to any social business is informing the public of the problem you are trying to address." -Justea, Blog post Karibu (Welcome!)


African Chai was smooth,with sweet notes with a light clove-ginger bite. I drank this after dry brushing and moisturizing, it was the right tea to have for that moment. I was particularly pleased that I did not need anything in it , unlike other chai blends. 


Kenyan Black was very smooth with no astringency and a "baked bread" taste. It was very enjoyable morning tea to have before meditation (or for me it was the Global Meditation for Peace). With an empty stomach you would think that black tea would be too much, but instead it was very soothing. Waking up to this tea was a real treat.

Supporting the community
Is very important to me, it not only spreads happiness but also peace. Justea is a social business that I hope continues to grow as the years go on. I really enjoyed these teas and can not wait to try new ones.

Since High School I have always loved Social Justice and as I got older I now LOVE Social Businesses. Justea located in Vancouver, Canada is one that just touched my heart (much like Global Tea Hut). By helping farmers be self sufficient , create a business of their own and support themselves. My favorite part is the farmers end up with a better wage when they learn how to cut out the middle man. Better wages = better support for their families.


  Farmers traditionally would grow and pick the tea themselves, before bringing it to the factory to become tea bags. Because the unfinished product is not worth the same as the tea bags, the farmers get little for their work.  The big change is what Justea is doing to change that old model. By teaching the farmers how to process the tea themselves, the farmers now obtain earnings for a finished product!

   
"...Key to any social business is informing the public of the problem you are trying to address." -Justea, Blog post Karibu (Welcome!)


African Chai was smooth,with sweet notes with a light clove-ginger bite. I drank this after dry brushing and moisturizing, it was the right tea to have for that moment. I was particularly pleased that I did not need anything in it , unlike other chai blends. 


Kenyan Black was very smooth with no astringency and a "baked bread" taste. It was very enjoyable morning tea to have before meditation (or for me it was the Global Meditation for Peace). With an empty stomach you would think that black tea would be too much, but instead it was very soothing. Waking up to this tea was a real treat.

Supporting the community
Is very important to me, it not only spreads happiness but also peace. Justea is a social business that I hope continues to grow as the years go on. I really enjoyed these teas and can not wait to try new ones.

August 6, 2014

   Over the last few months  I have been reading Yoga Journal Magazine as it is such an inspiring little gem. Early July while flipping through I noticed a little advertisement that hit home for me. Deepak Chopra, a spiritual Entrepreneur, was hosting a Global Meditation for Peace in Toronto. And online. The very thought of bringing together possibly millions of people for one cause reminded me of the Lole White event I attended in June. The White event was so moving it was hard not to have a little tear in your eye and a huge smile on your face. 

#Iampeace

    I believe that this meditation will bring about the same kind of connectedness that everyone felt during Lole White, no matter where they were. I am sharing the information for this event as I believe that it will help you develop a stronger connectedness with those around you , the earth and with your tea. Last week we went over how a meditative mind effects our tea and water. The very act of learning or trying to meditate helps develop a deeper connection with yourself, the universe and things around you (this includes tea). If you have been following my Digital table series for Global Tea Hut, or have subscribed, I highly suggest that you sign up and join in. 
  On a side note, this event is also an attempt at setting the world record for collective meditation. Below is a video explaining more about the event itself.
Namaste, let me know if you sign up and, after, how you feel in the comments below.



Organized by  The Chopra Center
Special guests include Deepak, Chopra, Gabrielle Bernstein, and  India Arie.
#Iampeace

   Over the last few months  I have been reading Yoga Journal Magazine as it is such an inspiring little gem. Early July while flipping through I noticed a little advertisement that hit home for me. Deepak Chopra, a spiritual Entrepreneur, was hosting a Global Meditation for Peace in Toronto. And online. The very thought of bringing together possibly millions of people for one cause reminded me of the Lole White event I attended in June. The White event was so moving it was hard not to have a little tear in your eye and a huge smile on your face. 

#Iampeace

    I believe that this meditation will bring about the same kind of connectedness that everyone felt during Lole White, no matter where they were. I am sharing the information for this event as I believe that it will help you develop a stronger connectedness with those around you , the earth and with your tea. Last week we went over how a meditative mind effects our tea and water. The very act of learning or trying to meditate helps develop a deeper connection with yourself, the universe and things around you (this includes tea). If you have been following my Digital table series for Global Tea Hut, or have subscribed, I highly suggest that you sign up and join in. 
  On a side note, this event is also an attempt at setting the world record for collective meditation. Below is a video explaining more about the event itself.
Namaste, let me know if you sign up and, after, how you feel in the comments below.



Organized by  The Chopra Center
Special guests include Deepak, Chopra, Gabrielle Bernstein, and  India Arie.
#Iampeace