Tea Time

It’s totally tea season!

I grew up on sleepytime and red zinger but dove head into a long and delicious love affair with coffee by the time I was a late teenager.

Hot coffee is now a part of nearly every morning, no matter the season or outside temps, but fall and winter still leave me loving a steamy mug of tea.

When the online retail gift store Uncommon Goods, offered to send me some products to check out and share with you, my mind naturally gravitated towards the kitchen section and I found some great tea related items.

I received the Tea To Go tea infuser and the Green Herbal Tea Kit and immediately set to work a brewing.

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The tea kit is very sweet; little tins full of beautiful buds and an insert with recommendations for combinations.

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My first brew was the suggested rose petal, rose green tea, jasmine, and hibiscus.

So pretty!

The Tea To Go jar is pretty cool, one side is for loose leaf tea and then you drink from the other side.  It’s made of glass with a protective rubber sheath and at 20 ounces it’s small enough to carry with me.  I’ve been wanting/needing something like this for a while.  I try to regularly drink a custom mixed tea of nettles, red clover, red raspberry, and oat straw for reproductive health and hormonal support and Tate hates it when I brew it in our french press (he swears the coffee tastes like tea).

I was giddy checking out the tea kit yesterday, the teas are all high quality and beautiful! This would be an awesome present for a tea lover.

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Uncommon Goods was awesome to work with and I am thoroughly impressed with this company.   It’s a little bit like Etsy, they promote work from individual artists and smaller, unique companies.  My tea came with a little note about the maker;

photo (41)They donate $1 from each purchase to a non-profit of your choice (pick one of four options at checkout) and are committed to promoting an awareness of social and environmentally conscious consumerism, check out the information on B Corporation in their mission Statement.  They also have an amazing return policy (return anything anytime) and great customer service.

Gotta go make a cuppa!

P.S. Uncommon Goods gave me product but no fees were charged in regards to this post and the opinions are mine, all mine, fyi.




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If just a week ago or so I was in full fall blah mode, I am now solidly in full fall awe.

photo (25)It certainly helps that not only are we having incredible weather here in Central Virginia but I also spent a glorious weekend in the mountains with very little on the agenda besides basking in the sunshine, eating, drinking, walking, and visiting.

It was the (totally unofficial) third not-quite-annual Babes in the Woods cabin trip!

It’s totally unofficial because there have been quite a few other camping and cabin trips with different conglomerations of this group over the last two years but it was the third time that I have been included in renting a PATC cabin and heading to the hills for the weekend with the ladies.

Here are the first and second cabin recaps.

This time we rented the Robert Humphrey cabin.  It was pretty plush compared to some of the others, it has electricity and we could drive right to it, unlike the other two which were a short hike.

Robert Humphrey Cabin

It even has “running” water in the outdoor sink (gravity fed and cold from the spring up the hill).

Robert Humphrey cabin

Saturday was full of hiking, sunshine, and leaf gazing.

After an awesome and healthy breakfast, of course.

Robert Humphrey Cabin


We partnered up to plan, shop for and prepare meals for the whole group and it was such a pleasure to get cooked delicious, hearty, and healthy meals all weekend (and fun when it was my turn on Sunday to make our group of 9 breakfast tacos).

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Happy Hour, cabin-style;

Robert Humphrey Cabin

PATC cabin


I returned to town yesterday afternoon begrudgingly, all I really wanna do lately is smell like campfire smoke, drink (tea/coffee/wine), and walk or run in the woods.  *sigh*



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