September's Tea of the Month: Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea


I know, I know.  I just shared a Tea of the Month post with you on yesterday.  Maybe it's the hint of Fall/Autumn in the air, the cooling temps, the chilly rains that have me running to my tea cabinet to find something warm and soothing for days like today.  Or maybe it's because I have so many teas that if I only shared one per month, surely others would expire before I could share them with you in confidence.  Maybe it's a bit of both.  At any rate, just know I love tea and I love sharing my teas with you.

If you recall, Full Leaf Tea Company gifted me four tea samples.  I shared the Sweet Matcha Green Tea with you earlier, but today I'm sharing their Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea.  This tea is such a beautiful blend of the flavors that make chai teas so unique and a hint of chocolate.

When I prepared my cup...ahem, cups, I added a teaspoon of sugar and a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  I know many prefer their teas unsweetened, but as for me, I prefer mine with a hint of sweetness.

I've already had two cups today.  Of course I had to make a little video to share my tea-making experience with you.  I really wish you could smell the beautiful aroma from this tea, but since I can't, you'll just have to take my word for it.

So, what's your favorite Fall drink?

To Tea!

September's Tea of the Month: Victorian Earl Grey Tea


Hello my lovelies,

I recently have been sipping on some delicious tea - Simpson & Vail's Victorian Earl Grey Tea.  It was gifted to me by one of my Youtube followers, and I must say that it's quite a delicious tea. Although I've heard of Earl Grey teas, I'd never tasted any before.  This particular tea is a rich blend of black tea, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, and a high quality bergamot oil.  According to the company, it's a perfect tea to pair with pastries.

Because this is a black tea, boiling temp waters are to be used.  To save time on busy mornings (i.e. all of them) I place the loose tea in my one-cup coffee maker.  I just take the K-cup component out and used the other filtered section.  Works like a charm!

I know some prefer to drink their teas as-is, but me...I have to add a little sweetener.  To me, it brings out the flavors of the tea.  To each his own.  :-)

Is it just me or when I think of cups of tea, my mind immediately goes to My Fair Lady where Eliza repeats, "Cup, cup, cup, cup, of, of, of, of"?  I love that musical!

You know I have to share my Tea of the Month video.  :-)

BTW, if you're interested in joining Stephanie's Teacup or Mug exchange, head over to her blog and sign up.  Her exchanges are so much fun!

To Tea!

Life Update - August 2016

Can you believe that August is almost over?  When I reflect back over my August, it's hard to imagine all of the events that have taken place in nearly 31 days.

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Although my Belize trip was technically in the latter part of July, my return home was in August.  Right after I returned, I attended my family reunion (on my dad's side).  Then, I officially got home
during the weekend.  The following Monday, I was voted in as the assistant principal of my school! Yeah, so I never mentioned that.  But at the end of the school year, I applied for an assistant principal position.  I interviewed for a position right before I left for Belize.  After I returned, the celebration began!  If you're reading this post on Tuesday, then I have just completed my first official day as an AP (with students).  I'm really excited about this new segment of my journey in education, and am looking forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of students from a different vantage point.

Along with the celebrating, there's been a lot of reflection around these parts too.  I've been thinking about my dad a whole lot lately, and I know in part, that it has to do with this new position I have.  You see, he finished up his career as an AP in the same district where I currently work.  I found these black and white yearbook photos of him sitting at his desk and I knew that at least one of them had to have a place in my office.  Although I haven't had time to truly make the space my own, the one personal item in there is a picture of dad.  I'll add some more photos later but the rest of my family doesn't take pictures as frequently.  I'll find the perfect ones though.  No one will be slighted.  :-)
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Yes, I'm still taking classes in the doctoral program.  I'm down to 11 credit hours left in the coursework component of the program.  Six of those hours, I'm taking now.  So this Fall semester I'm taking a course in politics in education and a course on global and comparative education.  I'm hoping, in particular, that my internship in Belize, this global education class, and the immigration class that I took this past summer will mesh together really well and give me better insight on what specifically I want to study for my dissertation.

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Oh, let me not forget that Grandma B turned 84 in August.  She could not be more thrilled!  We had a birthday celebration at her house and yes, she wore her princess tiara!

I think that's it for a little while.  I am always trying to work on a house project or plan my next move. Now, to find time to execute said plan.  Just know that the chest of drawers that I bought from the Habitat Restore is finally sitting in my craft room, ready for a makeover.  The idea is that if I keep seeing it there, staring at me like it is right now, that when I figure out my schedule, I'll feel the need to chalk paint that baby.  heehee

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Ok, folks.  That's all for now!

Stay tuned,