Tea Time – Winter Edition 2017

The holidays have come and gone, but I’m still enjoying the holiday teas that are currently in rotation.  I also have a new favorite tea that I received as a gift for the holidays – Argo Earl Grey Creme.  Not as strong as your traditional earl gray tea, with a hint of creme flavor that really balances the tea.  Perfect for an afternoon curled up with a good book!  (and it should be noted that I drank an entire pot of tea one evening while reading over the holidays!)  😀 I’ve underlined the teas that are currently in rotation.

  • Adagio Citron Green Tea (loose leaf)
  • Adagio Cream Black Tea (loose leaf)
  • Argo Earl Grey Creme
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane
  • Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime
  • Harney & Sons Black Currant
  • Harney & Sons Paris
  • Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro
  • Lipton Decaffeinated Honey & Lemon
  • Simply Balanced Organic Chamomile
  • Tazo Calm
  • Tazo Refresh
  • Trader Joe’s Green Tea
  • Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea
  • Trader Joe’s English Breakfast Black Tea
  • Yogi Detox Tea
  • Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea
  • Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint Tea

What are some of your favorite teas or do you have any other tea recommendations?

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Tea Time – Fall Edition 2016

It’s been a while since I talked tea…  🙂  And now that the weather is turning cooler, it is the perfect time to take an inventory of my current tea selection.  I’ve noticed that my tastes and preferred teas have changed over time, with a few longtime favorites still in the mix. I’ve underlined the teas that are currently in rotation.

  • Adagio Citron Green Tea (loose leaf)
  • Adagio Cream Black Tea (loose leaf)
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane
  • Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime
  • Harney & Sons Black Currant
  • Harney & Sons Paris
  • Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro
  • Lipton Decaffeinated Honey & Lemon
  • Simply Balanced Organic Chamomile
  • Stash Moroccan Mint
  • Tazo Calm
  • Tazo Refresh
  • Trader Joe’s Green Tea
  • Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea
  • Trader Joe’s English Breakfast Black Tea
  • Twinings Earl Grey Tea
  • Yogi Detox Tea
  • Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint Tea

What are some of your favorite teas or do you have any other tea recommendations?

Downward Dog

I am long overdue for an update on my “goals” for 2015.  Goals, you say??  Yes, the goals I have not mentioned since January.  Whoops.  Unfortunately, not much to report for the first quarter of 2015. I did get my act together starting in April and have really embraced yoga again. I’ve been consistently doing a yoga routine 3 or 4 times a week for a few weeks and can honestly say that I notice a difference.  I am really trying to be present during my yoga time and have really noticed a difference in my range of motion and flexibility – I can finally touch my toes!

I would really like to maintain a consistent yoga practice (3 times a week) as I think it is good for my mind and body.  However, I also need to refocus my efforts on improving my eating habits as I think that will increase the benefits of yoga and my overall health and well-being.  I find it fascinating how I can be very disciplined in certain areas of my life, but seem to lack control when it comes to my eating habits.  I will start off really well and then I tend to give in to stress-eating or cravings.  I need to have more balance as it relates to my eating habits.  I will have to figure out my game plan for May.  Wish me luck!

Yoga, the second time around

A few weeks ago, I dusted off the yoga mat and started doing some yoga at home to DVDs (love Tara Stiles!) and videos online.  It is amazing what a difference 10 years makes.  The last time I tried yoga (I took a few classes) was a completely different experience — while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t really feel the “connection” or love it (or understand what all the hype was around yoga).  After a decade, I decided to give it another go.  I’m not sure what it is, but I’m really enjoying it the second time around.  It could be that I am at a different place in my life where I am more open to the yoga experience (and the benefits of yoga) after setting at a desk for 8+ hours a day, stressed, and looking for ways to relax and recharge.  I plan to incorporate it into my daily life (hopefully practicing 3 to 4 times a week).

I would also like to incorporate meditation into my daily life.  I’ve been reading up on all things yoga lately, and I really see yoga and meditation going hand in hand.  For a Type A who has a hard time shutting of the brain and constantly thinking about a million things, I am really hoping meditation can help me bring focus and be more present, which I’ve expressed as a goal in the past.

Finally, with a new yoga lifestyle, I think healthier food choices seem easier.  I have noticed that after doing yoga, my body wants healthier food choices (smoothies, fruits and veggies, etc).  This is something I would like to continue to observe and I will keep you posted…

I’m currently reading an interesting book that seems to complement some of my recent experiences and focus:

Do you practice yoga or meditation?  If so, any recommendations?