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October 13, 2015


My Epic Workout at EPIC Fitness

I love being a blogger for a local Ottawa company. Not only do I get tons of tasty tea to test out and share with you all, but I also get some pretty sweet opportunities! Like, for example, the opportunity to try the newly renovated gym over at Epic Fitness with one of their personal trainers, Nicole. Through my last blog, they heard about my recent health kick and wanted to give me a taste of how the Epic Fitness trainers help their clients achieve their personal fitness goals. 

To tell you the truth, I was a bit nervous walking into the gym. You never quite know what to expect when you first enter a new gym: is it going to be chock full of big, buff men lifting ridiculously oversized...

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Summertime in the City

 (To more completely experience this blog post, ensure that speakers are turned on, cup of Cool Raspberry Mint is brewed, chilled on ice and in hand, your sunglasses are on and sun is shining on your face.. Push Play Here)

“Summertime … and the living is easy.” Ahhh, there is nothing better than listening to the ‘First lady of Soul’ herself, Ella Fitzgerald, sing about sweet summer while I sit on my balcony overlooking Laurier Ave. and sip on a freshly chilled cup of tea. Cool Raspberry Mint is my personal favourite Tealee tea to ice on a hot summer’s day because raspberries are SO in season right now, the hint of spearmint is completely refreshing, and the green tea reduces stress without putting me to sleep. There’s just enough

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This June, Tealee Celebrates Pride Month

Many countries, including Canada, observe the month of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. In recognition of this important month, Tealee has developed our own Pride Month green tea blend: Glitter Green. Combining green tea, lily and jasmine petals with a touch of glitter, this sparkly blend tastes like green tea but smells like a beautiful bouquet of June flowers. We’ve even teamed up with Bobo Academy, a queer apparel shop run out of Toronto, to exclusively feature...

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Tea for Twinkle Toes

I have 80 kids. Okay, you caught me, I don’t literally have 80 kids, but I feel like I do. I may not be their mother, but as their dance teacher, I often refer to my students as “my kids,” and I honestly love them as if they were my own flesh and blood. But, at the end of next week, these kids won’t be mine anymore because I will no longer be their dance teacher. The dance season will come to an end after our final recital and my kids will hurry off for summer break, dreaming of which classes they will take, which songs they will perform to, or which costumes they will wear next season. I’ve been a dance teacher for almost ten years now, so I am pretty used to this routine. Heck, I am often more excited for summer break than the kids by this point. With all the stress of costumes, choreography and the recital, I usually can’t wait for the final curtain call so I can go home to bed!

This year is different though. This year is bittersweet, because I am leaving...

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April 30, 2015


Tealee Infused Birthday Cupcakes

Guess what? It’s my birthday! What better way to celebrate my birth than by baking some yummy Tealee tea-infused cupcakes?!

I should warn you, I am not your typical baker. I rarely, if ever, follow a recipe’s exact instructions. I know, I know, the cardinal rule of baking is that you must get the chemistry precisely right ... but I think I have issues following instructions and I always veer off the path a little. Although, you know what? It has never done me any harm, and this afternoon was no exception!

I found this great recipe for Jasmine Raspberry Tea-Infused Cupcakes on and HAD to try it. The only problem was that I didn’t have...

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April 16, 2015


Revolutionar-Tea: The Boston Tea Party

In our last post we talked about the history of the tea party and how it became a popular way to gather people together, provide opportunities for socializing, and promoted the drinking of tea across classes. For this post, we are going to focus on one of the most important tea parties in American history – The Boston Tea Party – that was actually more of a protest than a party.

Beginning in the early 1700’s, American colonists regularly imported tea from the British East India Company. They sure were importing a lot, too, because by the end of the 18th century it is estimated that colonists drank approximately 1.2 million pounds of tea each year! Clearly, there was an opportunity here for the British Parliament to make some money, so they implemented taxation in the American colonies with a specific focus on tea. In response...

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April 02, 2015


Royal-Tea: The Tea Party

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

  • Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady Tea Party is not just a Canadian indie rock band from the 90s who will be playing BluesFest this year ... It is also one of my favourite British customs. In 18th and 19th century England, people normally ate only two main meals a day, which consisted of a large breakfast and an even larger diner. At some point in the early 1800s, Anna, the seventh duchess of Bedford, experienced a “sinking feeling” in between these two meals. So, she decided to start eating small snacks and drinking tea at around 3 pm to tide her over until dinner. Other upper-class socialites began to adopt this practice and invited their friends to come for “Afternoon Tea,” too. With a focus on conversation and presentation, Afternoon Tea became quite different from the practice of High Tea, which was actually popular amongst the British working class. High Tea was served around 6 pm when industrial workers came home for dinner. In comparison to the dainty...

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