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WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE: Ok to make matters worse with our weight loss contest, a wonderful woman I work with in Sales and Marketing just lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks using Jenny Craig. Meanwhile my friendly Vice Presidents (VP HR and VP S&M) have lost 2 and 5 pounds respectively in 14 weeks.

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I will tell you that by venting my frustration on our blog about the lack of progress, the VP Sales and Marketing seems to be much more serious about this endeavor. Maybe that is the piece of the puzzle I needed to better motivate them. He read what some people said on our facebook fan page and felt re-engerized, so thank you to you guys. You are obviously carrying more influence than I am, but it is all for the same good cause.

Keep up the comments…

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Encourages Heart-Healthy Habits, Highlighting American Heart Month


Photo: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Photo: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

February is American Heart Month, a great time to remind ourselves and the ones we love about heart-healthy habits! During American Heart Month, thousands of American Heart Association volunteers visit their neighbors to raise funds for research and education, as well as to share information about heart disease and stroke.

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Thanks to nhlbi.nih.gov/for image of the Red Dress Pin

In addition, Friday, February 5, 2010 is National Wear Red Day®, where Americans nationwide will take womens’ health to heart by wearing red in support of fighting women’s heart disease. The Red Dress® symbol was created by The Heart Truth® in 2002 as a wakeup call to American women; heart disease is the number one killer of women, just as it is for men.

A healthy diet is one of the best weapons we have to fight cardiovascular disease – whether male or female. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole-grain and high-fiber foods, fish, lean proteins, fat-free or low-fat dairy products – is important. And what is a more perfect complement to delicious and healthy food, than a great cup of Bigelow Tea!

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Punxsutawney Phil’s Predictions – Happy Groundhog Day!

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Picture of Punxsutawney Phil Courtesy of Groundhog.org

As we begin to tire of winter (enough, already!) we also wait anxiously for the answer to a crucial question: “Will there be six more weeks of winter or will we soon be singing Spring Fever?” Well, we at Bigelow Tea can’t answer that question, so we’ll defer to the professionals – Punxsutawney Phil and his like-minded brethren.

Each year on February 2nd, Phil (and his geographic network of groundhogs in the United States and Canada) ventures out of his burrow.  If he sees his shadow, he scurries back into hibernation for another six weeks; if however, the lovable four-legged muse fails to see his shadow, he will leave his burrow, indicating that spring will soon be sprung!

Groundhog Day is celebrated with gusto in many locations, especially in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – which, fittingly, was the set location for the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. Each year in Punxsutawney, crowds of people gather before sunrise to begin their annual all-day celebration featuring county fair themed events, food, libations and dancing.

Image Courtesy of Donnan.com

Image Courtesy of Donnan.com

The Groundhog Day tradition dates back to 19th century Pennsylvania and the influx of German immigrants, whose European weather lore and customs were adopted. The annual celebration is also reminiscent of the medieval Catholic holiday of Candlemas.

Today, communities across the country have named their official groundhogs. Sadly, in Bigelow Tea’s home state, Connecticut Chuckles VI (a.k.a. Arnie) died last year at the ripe old age of 12. However, the title has been passed on to Molly, heretofore known as Connecticut Chuckles VII.

Happy Groundhog Day! And be sure that that when you come in from the cold, that you put the kettle on and enjoy some tea!



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Bigelow Tea Has Super Tasty Super Bowl Recipes!

Tired of devouring the same old game-day snacks, year after year? Bigelow Tea to the rescue!

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Bigelow Tea has all sorts of tasty, fun, and unique recipes, including several appetizers and snacks for every occasion.  The recipes combine your favorite tea flavors with your favorite foods, to create what may become your favorite recipes! Who says football isn’t refined?

This year, while you cheer on the New Orleans Saints or the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, why not try Bigelow Tea’s “I Love Lemon Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon” recipe! Enjoy the tastes of asparagus, salmon, and Bigelow® I Love LemonTM Herbal Tea in an easy finger food. ‘Wow’ your friends and your taste buds at the same time – everyone will love the food, no matter which team wins the game!

Bigelow Tea’s “I Love Lemon Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon”

Ingredients:

8 Bigelow® I Love LemonTM Herbal Tea Bags
4 cups water
1 lb fresh asparagus (approx. 30 stalks), peeled, and tough ends trimmed away
4 oz. light cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
8 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon

Yield: Serves 10


This elegant hors d’oeuvre is surprisingly simple to prepare, and is as delicious as it is beautiful. By parboiling fresh asparagus in Bigelow® I Love LemonTM Herbal Tea, it becomes subtly infused with flavor and the perfect complement to smoked salmon. A touch of herbed cream cheese holds the wraps together for an impressive presentation.


Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, return saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and 1½ teaspoons of salt to the pan.
  3. Parboil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water (to stop the cooking).
    Drain and pat dry. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, fresh herbs and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture (about ½ teaspoon) on each slice of smoked salmon.
  6. Roll up one stalk of asparagus in each piece of smoked salmon, leaving the tips of the asparagus exposed (making it easier to pick up).
  7. Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.


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No Bones About It: Studies Show That Green Tea Can Help!

At a time in many women’s lives (menopausal and  perimenopausal) when your bones may become compromised, there are many practical and organic ways to help prevent bone loss.

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Image Courtesy of Thenakedscientists.com

Recent studies have measured the effect that the three major catechins found in green tea have on osteoblasts (bone-forming cells). The trio of catechins used for the study: gallocatechin, gallocatechin gallate and epigallocatechin (EGC).

The results, recorded in American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, were astounding. When the bone cell cultures were exposed to the green tea compounds, the bone strength and growth showed significant increase within the first 72 hours. Much of this improvement can be attributed to the EGC component.  So, there you have it…move your bones through daily exercise and nourish them with three or more cups of green tea each day.

The thing is, many studies show that the antioxidants in green tea are good for you – not only do they help with the prevention or treatment of bone diseases like osteoporosis, but they may also help prevent other serious diseases and may even help reduces stress!

We have always been health conscious at Bigelow Tea. Our selection of green tea runs the gamut from the pure and simple to green tea with fruits like peach, mango and pomegranate or with herbs and flowers like mint and jasmine. Whatever your pleasure, just sip and savor your green tea. Your bones will thank you!

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Update on Our Weight Loss Challenge

Well you might have noticed it has been some time since I have updated you on our famous Vice Presidential weight loss challenge. There is a good reason for that….they are doing terribly! I am so bummed, we have been doing this for weeks and weeks and my VP S&M has lost just 3 lbs and my VP HR has lost only two….I cannot figure how to motivate them, I have tried cheerleading, scolding, humor, terror and nothing is working….help!

This challenge is over soon.

Oh well, I guess that means they will both be making me a nice meal (that was what they committed to if they lost, I was to donate money to charity of their choice). Who knows, maybe they will get aggressive and fool me (I hope so!) :)

Cindi Bigelow


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Terry Francona Hits Another Home Run for Bigelow Tea

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(From L to R): Mary Ann Gurevich (Mansfield, MA) Terry Francona, Joanne Hack (Barrington, NH) Angelo Mazza (West Springfield, MA) Renee Gelinas (Dayville, CT) Kimberly Converse (Hampden, MA)

Despite cold weather across the United States it felt like Opening Day at Fenway Park a couple of weeks ago. That’s right, Bigelow Tea hosted five lucky winners and their guests from a Stop & Shop/Bigelow Tea contest to drink Bigelow tea and talk baseball with Boston Red Sox Manager, Terry Francona, at Fenway Park. And what an exciting event it was! Our friends from the Boston Red Sox were wonderful hosts, setting up a terrific gathering at the historic Absolute Club at Fenway Park. Winners came from as far as Springfield, MA and New Hampshire for the event.

As expected everyone was delighted and captivated when Terry arrived! The first thing we all did was brew up our favorite cup of Bigelow Tea and then settled into a great Round Table discussion and questions & answers on a variety of baseball topics with Terry.

After the round table discussion, Terry was gracious as always and took pictures and signed autographs for everyone! Our winners and their guests left Fenway Park feeling like they were in the dugout with Terry for the first pitch on Opening Day.

-Bob Kelly



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Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll, from Bigelow Tea!


“Take some more tea,” would be the best way to celebrate the anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s birthday, born January 27, 1832. After all, those were the famous words the March Hare spoke to Alice “very earnestly” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during what is probably the most famous, certainly the maddest tea party ever.

Image Courtesy of Alice Magazine

Image Courtesy of Alice Magazine

For more on that never-ending tea party, including clips of several movies that were made about the story, see here. The best-selling book about Alice launched the writing career of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote under the pen name of Lewis Carroll. Prior to that, the tall, brilliant but quirky Englishman was an accomplished but relatively obscure instructor at Oxford University.

In addition to being a major literary figure of his day, Dodgson was one of the world’s first noted photographers, a master mathematician, an expert gamesman and a clever humorist.

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Image of Lewis Carrol Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Dodgson must have been powered by some strong tea!  He was an ordained deacon residing at Oxford until his death at the age of 65. People still read his works and research his life, many aspects of which remain mysteries. There are many Lewis Carroll Societies around the world.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been translated and distributed to more than 80 countries, and Carroll is one of the most quoted authors in the English language. One reason he is so beloved is his association with one of the world’s most popular beverage: tea. Therefore, let’s end with one of his most famous tea quotations:

“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.”


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25 years! It Just Doesn’t Seem Possible That Much Time Has Passed.

Dave's 25th 004It’s hard to stay in any one place for 25 years without overcoming a roadblock or two along the way. At a recent celebration for my own 25 year anniversary, I was reminded of my own roadblock on the way to 25 years at R.C. Bigelow.

After my 3rd year of employment, I was offered a job at a manufacturing company much closer to home. It was a national company and the pay was very good. After thinking it over, I gave R.C. Bigelow notice that I would be leaving. Little did I expect that my decision would reach the owners and that I would find myself sitting across from a table with Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow.  They let me know that they cared that I was leaving and that they wanted me to stay. Mr. Bigelow took time to write out on a whiteboard regarding the company’s future and what he was going to do to keep good people, which I guess included me. As he was speaking I informed Mr. Bigelow that I would stay.

Some years later an employee asked me, Dave how did you last so long here at Bigelow. My reply was this; you have to like what you do, you have to click with the people you work with and you have to click with the company.  All in all I like what I do, I click with the people I work with and I click with the Bigelow family and the Company. I feel it’s important to know that we share the same work ethics, that we take pride in what we do and that we work with an honorable and compassionate family. These ideals inspire and define the character of our company.  I’m proud of the quality product we make and I’m proud of the people here at Bigelow. We are a true American Company. I feel both honored and grateful to contribute to the success of Bigelow Tea.

Dave Marsh

25 Year Bigelow Tea Employee

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Bigelow Tea Social a Success!

Twitter_Party_12110 006Just had my first Bigelow Tea social in New York City (an event to which we invited bloggers along with followers on Twitter and Facebook fans) and I have to tell you, I could not have been more happy with how it turned out! Everyone who came was so gracious and kind and interested in learning about tea. They love tea! It was such a wonderful audience for me to be around and very energizing.

I was quite apprehensive going into the event because we had never invited our online friends to an offline event before, but I just could not feel any better about how the tea party turned out. And I really hope to remain friends with the people who came, including Karen from TheNibble, Jessica from FoodMayhem, Stephanie from The Tea Scoop, Grace from Grace Notes NYC, Cherie from World of Cherie, Jackie Gordon, Tanya from Twitter, Annette from Facebook and Kennedy, Rohit and Victoria from Ask a New Yorker. I was hoping to give them something they enjoyed and felt good about…I know they did that for me for sure!

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From my perspective, the first Bigelow Tea Social was a fantastic event!

Cindi Bigelow

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