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Cindi Bigelow Asks How Nice Are People Really?

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I have had to do a fair amount of traveling lately for business and maybe I am just on a good roll of meeting people, but I have to say people are really nice. You just have to give them the opportunity. Everyone is alive and everyone cares but maybe they get caught up with the day to day, maybe they are completely preoccupied…whatever the thing that is going on in their life, I am convinced more than ever, if you give them the chance, you give them the benefit, they are really nice.

Tonight I flew back from a sales call out west. When I walked into the waiting room of the retailer earlier in that day and the receptionist could not have been more kind and with a bigger smile.  I thought I walked into someone’s home.

Then, the person in charge of social media for this account appeared in the lobby to discuss something with the receptionist. It piqued my interest as that is a part of my job and has required a significant amount of time lately.  I asked her a question and the next thing I knew we got into the most energized conversation. You would have thought we knew each other for quite some time.

Then I went into the meeting room with the buyer. Okay, the woman could not have been lovelier. At this point I was starting to pinch myself.  What is going on here?  She was intelligent, sweet and just plain real. She allowed me over an hour (rare in today’s fast paced environment). When I left I wanted to hug her (okay that would not have been appropriate, so I held back).

Then I rushed to the airport in my usual just barely making it style. While waiting in the terminal I witnessed some interesting human transactions. An attendant who sees a long-lost friend (also a flight attendant coming off an earlier flight), gives her the most beautiful “hello.” Her joyous greeting was so sincere.

Another woman who had just gotten off the plane but had lost her phone on board and was waiting to see if they could find it, was holding her young son but was so preoccupied she paid almost not attention to his sweet antics. There was a line of people starting to board the plane but were annoyed that they had to move over to another lane in order to get checked in. I decided to engage that line of people on the wrong side with a cute little comment about how lucky they were that being in “zone 1,” which meant they had to get into the sky priority line.  After thinking about it, they all felt pretty special and happily moved over.

I then boarded with them to find the most engaging young man as my “row mate.” He introduced himself, “Hi.  I am Kelvin”. Okay, I thought, he seemed nice enough but I had lots of work to do. Well, I did end up getting a fair amount of work done but at the same time we ended up having the most outstanding conversations. We talk about everything from religion, to child rearing, to business, to discussing how nice people really are.  With that, our flight attendant Carol joined in (yes, the same one that greeted her friend with such a huge hello). And then we started the debate, just how nice are people?

I thought about the day.  I thought about all I had experienced and I really have to say, I think all people have such a huge capacity for being nice. We just all have to give people the runway to do it. With the use of a warm smile, the sound of a kind word, the true look into someone’s eyes and the caring ear to really listen, everyone can be the best they can be. We just have to take the time to create the right environment.

Yes Carol, Kelvin and I all agreed in the end, people are really nice…we just have to let them know we care and let them know we see them with eyes that invite them to be nice.

 

-Cindi Bigelow
 

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Red—And Pink!—Hatters

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The Red Hat Society sure knows how to throw a tea party and has been dubbed the largest “play group” for women. This fabulous Society of ladies is all about fun, friendship, freedom, tea and of course those amazing hats! While the red hats are reserved for those over the age of 50, ladies who embrace the values of the Society—and love wearing lavender!—are called The Pink HattersBigelow Tea is thrilled to mark National Red Hat Society Day on Friday!

Here are a few beverage suggestions for your next Pink or Red Hat gathering:

  • The Society is all about color coordination, and these women will appreciate Bigelow Tea’s Darjeeling Tea. Not only is it known as the “champagne of teas,” but this Himalayan-grown tea has been packaged in lavender, making it a match made in Socie-tea heaven.

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  • Sweeten the Bigelow Tea with rock sugar … because, as Tuesday Cooper on Pinterest notes, Pink Hatters Rock!

Happy National Red Hat Society Day! @RedHatSociety on Twitter reminds everyone that the “Sisterhood is all about living life to the fullest!” Bigelow Tea lovers will sip to that!

Image by Joel Eckman Maus via RedHatSociety.com

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Happy Earth Day! Bigelow Tea Celebrates Sustainabili-TEA

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Happy Earth Day! Today isn’t just about celebrating our planet and going green for the day, but maintaining or even creating a green conscience throughout the year. From business practices and participating in the Ethical Tea Partnership, to carefully crafted packaging, Bigelow Tea and the Bigelow family has a history of newsworthy sustainabili-TEA. These practices make it that much easier for Bigelow Tea customers to help the environment as well.

How much has Bigelow Tea conserved since 2007? Here are a few Earth shattering numbers:

  • Electricity: Savings of 6,429,534 kwh; the equivalent of 527 homes being powered for a year!
  • Water: Savings of 363,181 gallons of water; the average yearly water usage of 2.8 homes!
  • Gas: Savings of 6,466,199 cubic feet; the average yearly gas usage of 92 homes!
  • Waste: Savings of 1,133 tons; or the waste produced by 354 homes annually!

On top of living sustainably, Bigelow Tea’s philosophy boils down to the pure love of tea! Toast Mother Earth today with a giant glass of iced tea made with a bag of Certified Organic Green Tea—like the one Bigelow Tea lover @aprilibanez posted on Instagram. Or, choose from any number of Bigelow Tea Green Tea flavors!

What’s your sustainabili-TEA plan this year?

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates The Mighty Herb!

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If you love layers of flavor in your food and beverages, you know that herbs make everything better! A pinch of oregano in pasta sauce. A dash of dill in potato salad. And, of course, herbs like mint, chamomile and hibiscus in your mug of tea. Saturday is International Herb Day and May 3rd is Herb Day … so Bigelow Tea says “let’s hear it for the herb!”

To celebrate the herb, here are two fun “herb facts” that will impress your friends:

*First, there’s no “tea” in herbal tea. A “tea” leaf is actually the leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal teas—including Bigelow family favorites like Sweet Dreams and Orange & Spice—are made from ingredients like rose hips, peppermint leaves, chicory and orange peel. Not with camellia sinensis.

*Second, herbs for herbal teas have to be carefully harvested, cut and then protected to ensure that their natural volatile oils are protected. It is the volatile oils that provide the active ingredients that are so good for you!

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All of Bigelow Tea’s herb teas are full of tantalizing flavors and contain no caffeine. That way, they can be a part of your mornings, afternoons and even nights!

Top image by david.dames via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Treasures National Garden Month

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This month is National Garden Month, a celebration of flowers, vegetables and herb gardens everywhere! Bigelow Tea joins communities, organizations and individuals across the country that are celebrating gardening and the good green earth. But you know, Bigelow Tea shines in gardening all year long. From its successful Community Garden last summer (which will happen again this summer) to America’s largest Tea Garden the Charleston Tea Plantation, Bigelow Tea is “one” with Mother earth!

The Bigelow family’s herbal tea selections are among the most popular with blends of fine herbs, fruits and spices. In fact, herbal teas prompt fans like @ShineDeluxe, to tweet that she always starts her day with Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea!

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And here’s a fun fact for all you gardeners out there: remember that Bigelow Tea’s tea bag filter is 100% compostable – just a part of the important commitment to “sustainabili-TEA programs!

Cultivating nature during National Gardening Month (and all the year ‘round!) is Bigelow Tea’s way to the perfect cup. So get your garden in gear and honor the cycle of life while you enjoy being greener, healthier and happier!

Top image by James Feller via Flickr.com

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The Beauty of Bigelow Tea

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In case you were wondering what’s in your daily cup, Bigelow Tea wanted to take this opportunity to give you a quick Tea 101 lesson!

If you’re sipping a cup of “tea,” you are sipping the brew of the steeped leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant! All true teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant. It’s the varying amounts of time the freshly-plucked Camellia sinensis leaves are exposed to air (oxidation) that determines whether the leaves become black, oolong, green or white tea.

Black Tea, or just plain “tea” as it is often called, comes from Camellia sinensisleaves that are first crushed, then exposed to air for several hours. The amount of oxidation produces a brew that is robust in flavor and rich in color that can be enjoyed as you start your day, or as a pick-me-up any time of day.

It is the Bigelow family recipes, lovingly passed down from generation to generation, that make Bigelow Tea particularly special for so many loyal consumers. Ingredients like orange rind in Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea, real oil of citrus bergamot fruit  in Bigelow Earl Grey and refreshing spearmint in Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea are used to create some of the Bigelow Tea family’s most-loved blends. But the Camellia sinesis plant is the foundation for all Bigelow black teas.

So whether it’s from the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where some of the finest teas in the world which are grown and carefully hand-picked—or the southern part of Italy where the Bigelow family buys real oil of bergamot (carefully crafted by families that have been performing this delicate process for generations), Bigelow Tea has never and will never compromise on its ingredients—or on its family recipes.

So, when you drink a cup of tea, you’re really sipping the brew of a plant and all the goodness that goes with it. Bigelow Tea uses only the best because it’s what our consumers expect and is at the centerpiece of a three-generations-old family tradition.

(Picture features third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow visiting tea fields in Sri Lanka)

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Bigelow Tea Gifts For Easter Giving!

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Bigelow Tea makes an excellent  gift to tote to any gathering with friends and family—even an Easter brunch or dinner! Here are a couple of options that will have your host or hostess running to turn on the kettle!

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A perennial favorite is Bigelow Tea’s Trio of Chamomile Tea gift pack – providing a most delicious way to relax. The three-box set includes 60 tea bags of Bigelow Tea’s Chamomile Caffeine-free Herb teas in mint, mango and traditional blends!

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 Another idea is the Bigelow® Tea and Honey Gift Set. It features a keepsake gift box and everything needed to make teatime sweeter: a 44 tea bag assortment of individually-wrapped herbal teas, designer 3-piece Set Beehive Honey Jar with Dipper, matching tea towel, plus two jars of Savannah Bee Company® Honey.  And it includes Bigelow Tea’s popular Lemon Ginger Tea … so delicious that it moved @ShineDelux to tweet that she enjoys Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger all day long!

From the Bigelow family to your family, happy Easter!

Top image by Macfarlandmo via Flickr.com

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Passover With Bigelow Tea!

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Spring is in the air and Passover starts today!  If you’re attending a Passover gathering, take a few boxes of Bigelow Tea, tie them up with a pretty bow and bring the package as a vibrant hostess gift! Most Bigelow teas are certified Kosher, making them the perfect ending to an abundant feast. Here are a few favorites!

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In packages the color of your spring flowers, traditional English Breakfast, rich and fragrant Darjeeling and delicate Cozy Chamomile are three of the many Bigelow Teas that are Kosher for Passover. Take your pick, and enjoy the flavors!

From the Bigelow family to your family, enjoy your Passover gathering … and welcome the spring. As Bigelow Tea assured @AmandaCram on Facebook, it’s finallyhere! #Bigelowfamily

Top Image by Anita Martinz via Wikimedia Commons

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Quick Flicks Featuring Bigelow Tea!

 

Bigelow Tea fans are bringing the funny today in two comical videos! First (above) dougannajordan shows some comic wizardry. The clip will have you chuckling when you see what happens when he notes that Bigelow Tea has “a taste so good, it really knocks your socks off!” (And his toupee too, apparently!)

Next, check out what happens when “Daddy” brings his big—and we’re talking seriously big—mug to his daughter’s quaint tea party (below). It seems he just can’t get enough! “Big Taste. Bigelow.” That’s right. Thanks, gibbydog3, for the great video.


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“Tea” Off With The Masters And Bigelow Tea

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TEA-time takes on a whole new meaning for Bigelow Tea as The Masters golf tournament kicks into high gear.  Whether you’re lucky enough to attend the actual event in Augusta, or are simply watching it on the big screen at home, the cheering and excitement will make you thirsty! In the spirit of the sport—and to honor the man who has won 4 green jackets at the Masters—you may be in the mood to swig a few Arnold Palmer-inspired drinks (beverages that use both lemonade and iced tea). With a few bags of Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate, you can enjoy a wonderfully chilled pitcher of oh-so refreshing “Sangri-Tea-ahh.” Tea lovers like @PatrickEhland enjoy Bigelow Tea either hot or iced, so give this recipe a try with some friends and tweet all about it!  #JustAddBigelow!

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

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Ingredients:

4 cups boiling water
2 bag Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh fruit including oranges, lemons, peaches and apples (Red, Fuji, or both) cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup Brandy
½ -1 liter of any flavor sparkling seltzer water
1-750mL bottle of Merlot

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 4-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add brandy and fruit to tea concentrate. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to one day for a stronger flavor).  When ready to serve, combine chilled mixture with wine and sparkling seltzer water. Pour into ice filled pitcher.

Yield:  4 servings
Prep Time:  15-20 minutes
Chill Time:  1 hour or overnight
 

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