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Can you please tell me how 3 year olds suddenly lose all ability to function like a human when getting dressed? I feel like I’m wrangling a bowl of wet spaghetti just trying to put clothes on this child. And the lightning speed…what’s that all about? Literally she has raced back and forth from her bedroom to my bedroom 16 times and it’s been less than a minute. I get one leg in…gumby…sprint away like a cheetah…return, giggle uncontrollably, run into the wall, continue to sprint like nothing happened. She’s drunk. She has to be drunk.
Grandma headed home yesterday after cookie fest 2017, so I’m back to being mama full time. And, since my particular toddler is straight outta drunksville, I’m in need of something calm and totally relaxing – like this insane amount of loose leaf tea I’m about to consume.
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LOOSE LEAF TEA LOVE FEST
The wonderful team over at Teabox sent me this gigantic box of loose leaf tea to sample, and thanks to them, this mama has totally found her zen. I may be hiding under my desk finding my zen, but the zen has been found.
I have to say this is a really, really nice box. It came in a regular shipping box and when I opened that, this clean, white, branded boxity was inside waiting for me.
I felt a wave of “refresh” when I opened it. Maybe because everything was clean and white and my senses were super stoked to not be on overload. Either way, it felt lovely.
Inside the box was a boat load of tea and a couple of inserts – one, which tells you how to make the “perfect cup” of tea; and the other, which is a sweet note from the founder who explains more about the brand – including the fact that they developed the world’s first cold chain packaging process to keep out the enemies of tea – moisture, heat, light and oxygen. I thought Tea was a peaceful friend. No clue there were enemies involved!
My box included three flavors: Ivory Blossom (Aroma & Palate: Geranium, Rose & Mango), Kesar Delight (Aroma: Roses, Chamomile & Safron / Palate: Saffron, Citrus & Maple Syrup) and Rose Mist (Aroma & Palate:Pinke Rose & Sweet). When you sign up for a Teabox subscription, you take a quiz which allows the tea peeps to send you flavors suited to your palate. Your first box ships 24 hours after you take the quiz and once a month, thereafter.
I tried the Ivory Blossom first because I was super intrigued by the Mango. When I dug around in my tea cabinet (yes, I have an actual whole entire cabinet devoted to tea..and hot cocoa), I found my hubby’s Death Star difuser (he’s the nerd who owns it and I’m the nerd who put it in his Christmas stocking), so I used that.
I’m not good at following rules. While I admit, I read the card that described how to make the perfect cup, I didn’t follow one single instruction. Not only did I lack the tools necessary to test the temp, I was still recovering from drunk-toddlers-ville and needed to zen myself stat. Although this tea didn’t scream Mango in the way I hoped it would, it was absolutely delicious with a hint of citrus.
Later, I needed more tea. Um, have you ever dealt with a child who both refuses to nap and also asks for a nap at the same time? Not relaxing. After TWO (yes, my friends TWO) hours of trying to get my sweet lady to fall asleep, I steeped my second cup of R & R: Kesar Delight. I poured the loose leaf tea into a little cup before I plopped a bunch of leaves into the defuser and the aroma was literally intoxicating. I stood there and sniffed it for a while while I waited for my water to bowl (sorry perfect cup of tea instructions! I totally brought my water to a rolling boil in my teapot!).
This one had me totally wondering what it would taste like, especially because it mentioned something so near and dear to my soul (maple syrup). I think I liked this tea a hair more than the Ivory Blossom. I did in fact taste the citrus in this one, but there was a smoothness in the Kesar that I didn’t notice in the Ivory Blossom. And, that my friends was probably the maple syrup 🙂
I haven’t tried the Rose Mist yet, and probably won’t. Not because it’s horrific or anything, but because its so incredibly gorgeous! And, well if I’m honest, maybe a bit too floral for my taste. This loose leaf tea however was my absolute fave to swoon over – legit flowers in the bunch guys. Legit, little tiny adorable roses. I’m dying.
Oh, I forgot to mention these fancy little resealable bags – I received reusable bags for each flavor so after I opened the initial (super duper sealed) bags I could transfer anything I didn’t use into the applicable resealable one. AND, each bag provides instructions and additional deets on the tea, like the caffeine volume (mine were all low), add-ons (which I assume means stuff like, honey?) and actual ingredients.
Overall, this was a tea-lightful experience (see what I did there?) and I’d recommend this box to anyone who loves a good loose leaf tea and/or an entire loose leaf tea tasting adventure.
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