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Busy Bigelow Tea Fan Of The Month Ondria Witt Relaxes With Vanilla Chai

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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Ondria Witt, our May Fan of the Month, is a mom on the move. We mean that quite literally! As a successful blogger, mother of a 2-year-old, homemaker and church volunteer, Ondria’s daily schedule is jam-packed with activities. We are impressed by all that she accomplishes and so glad to know that she somehow finds time to enjoy her favorite Bigelow TeaVanilla Chai!

As Ondria explains, she is up every day by 6 a.m. to squeeze in a few hours of work on her Mommy’s Block Party blog before breakfast. The blog has many devoted followers who depend on it for tips, recipes, product reviews and engaging personal stories geared to other busy moms and families. Once breakfast is finished and her husband heads off to work, Ondria is off and running. “I spend the morning hours doing several things at once, like checking email, returning phone calls while entertaining/playing with my son, and doing light housework. Let’s just say I don’t sit down very much,” says Ondria.

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Spending time with family both near and far is a top priority for Ondria. She makes sure to take a break for nightly family dinners before she rushes off to music rehearsals or meetings at her church. Her evenings typically include more blog work, bedtime stories and cuddling with her son.

No wonder this busy lady enjoys a Vanilla Chai break now and then! “I never, ever thought that I would be a chai tea drinker, because I love coffee so much. Once I tried the Bigelow Chai Teas, though, I was hooked!” says Ondria. “It’s so delicious and I love the spiciness to it. It’s wonderful to enjoy with breakfast/brunch, or anytime!”

We couldn’t agree more!

 

Watching The Kentucky Derby With Bigelow Tea

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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We are huge sports fans here at Bigelow Tea, and one event we like to watch every year is the glorious pageantry of the Kentucky Derby! From the thrilling sounds of “My Old Kentucky Home” to the sights of the ladies’ hats and the colors adorning the dashing horses, this tradition-laden event is a must-watch!

The Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky.  At Bigelow Tea—where some of our favorite teas include rose hips—we were interested in the origin of the roses that are now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby, which is often referred to as the “Run for the Roses.”  Here’s what we learned:

The roses were first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party. The roses were such a sensation, that the president of Churchill Downs, Col. Lewis Clark, adopted the rose as the race’s official flower. The rose garland now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby first appeared in the 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush, received a floral arrangement of white and pink roses. … In 1925, New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.”

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Several of our favorite Bigelow Teas are made with rose hips, including Chamomile Mango and Orange & Spice herbal teas! Those tasty teas are two that we love served over ice on a spring or summer day. In fact, we think they’d make a perfect accompaniment to a viewing of this year’s Derby!

So, on May 4th, join us in raising a glass of iced tea as we watch the horses line up and take off in this year’s Run for the Roses!

Image by kyngpao via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Announces Our Pinterest Sweepstakes Winners!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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We are so excited to announce the winners of our Pin To Win Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes.  Congrats to all!

 

Claudia from KS

Andrea from CA

Dawn from OH

Christina from MI

Gary from WA

Please note that all winners will be contacted by Bigelow Tea within 2 weeks in order to confirm your contact information so the prize can be awarded.

Enter Our Bigelow Tea May Sweepstakes To Win A Spa Gift Basket!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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May is for honoring mothers, but we think you’ll agree that this month’s Bigelow Tea sweepstakes prize will make every day feel like Mother’s Day for our three lucky winners! Each of the three winners will take home an Organic Tea Spa Basket filled with luxurious treats to delight the senses!

Everyone needs a bit of pampering now and then, and this carefully edited goody basket ticks off all the boxes for items to soothe body, mind and soul. It’s perfect for moms, moms-to-be or moms-at-heart! Each Organic Tea Spa Basket contains the following:

  • Tea-infused 6-oz glycerin hand therapy
  • 8-oz body silk lotion
  • 8-oz shower gel, plus moisturizing balm
  • Travel-size hand cream
  • 2-in unscented candle
  • 2, 3-oz jars all-natural Savannah Bee Tea Honey
  • 2 clover honey spoons
  • 6 blends of Bigelow Organic Tea Flavors, 48 tea bags in all

To enter for a chance to win, “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on May 31. Be sure to check our Bigelow Tea blog for the names of the three lucky winners. Good luck, and best wishes to all the mothers who enrich the world with love and care!

 

Bigelow Tea Shares Plans For Our 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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Bigelow Tea is revving up some exciting plans for the upcoming 2013 First Flush FesTEAval! Yep – it’s on its way and it’s never too early to plan, so be sure to mark your calendar for this annual bash, held on Saturday, May 18th. You’ll want to make a day of it at the Charleston Tea Plantation when you enjoy our grand tradition of celebrating the first flush—the first harvest of the year’s tea crop.

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You may remember that the First Flush FesTEAval was named one of the top-100 events in all of North America! You can’t beat the old-fashioned goodness of the event, with family fun, food and music—and of course lots of the plantation’s home-grown American Classic Tea! Tickets are available in advance through TicketFly.com and the Music Farm Box Office.

If you’re a music fan, you’re in luck. We’re proud to announce that the FesTEAval will be headlined by the popular Folk Rock band OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW! Some of the other musical acts slated to appear include The Luke Cunningham BandGaslight StreetQuincy MumfordSun Dried VibesSouthwoodTyler Boone and Stop Light Observations. Plus, a special surprise guest will be there! With the great music, the tea, food trucks and a kids’ area, you have the makings of a fantastic day!

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The Charleston Tea plantation is made up of 127 acres of pristine grounds and an amazing gift shop, located on Wadmalaw Island and located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. It was recently named one of the top destination cities in the world! Tens of thousands of tea lovers travel to America’s only Tea Garden every year to visit and tour, and of course to attend our First Flush FesTEAval! The gates open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 2. We hope to see you there on May 18th!

For The Perfect Mother’s Day, Bigelow Tea’s Got You Covered!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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It’s never too early to start planning a party … especially one for Mom! Yes, Mother’s Day is coming soon, and Bigelow Tea wants to help you make it a great day for the mothers in your life.

Starting the day with a decadent brunch is one way to go, and we’ve got a recipe (below) for Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast—featuring our Cinnamon Stick and French Vanilla teas!—that is unbelievably tastyand easy for the other family members to put together. No, Mom, you’re not allowed in the kitchen today!

After breakfast, pamper Mom with a few thoughtful cards and gifts. Handmade items from young children will turn into treasured keepsakes, and a tin full of Bigelow Tea will keep her heart warm for months! Our I Love Mom Tin of Tea (pictured at top) filled with 128 tea bags is a great way to go!

So don’t wait till the last minute; start preparing for your Mother’s Day extravaganza now. With a little advance planning, the day will go off without a hitch! By the end of the day, she’ll be sipping her favorite Bigelow Tea and thinking about just how lucky she is!

Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast

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Ingredients:

12 slices of Challah bread, cut in half on the diagonal
½ cup of hot water
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick Tea Bags and 2 Bigelow® French Vanilla Tea Bags

6 eggs
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 – 8 oz package cream cheese, cut into small cubes
Non-stick cooking spray (preferably plain or butter flavor)

Yield: Serves 6-8

Instructions:

This do-ahead dish makes a perfect breakfast for overnight guests. It can be completely assembled the night before, and will bake while you’re brewing the morning tea. Serve with a fresh fruit salad for a delicious start to your day.

Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Steep 5 tea bags in ½ cup of water for 5 minutes, and allow to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and salt. Add cooled tea and whisk to combine.

Arrange a layer of Challah bread in the prepared baking dish, and evenly distribute half of the cream cheese cubes on top.

Add a second layer of Challah bread, and slowly pour egg mixture over the top, allowing it to completely soak all the bread.

Top with remaining cream cheese cubes, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours).

The next morning, remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the dish is completely set and lightly browned.

Cut into squares and serve with maple syrup if desired.

Take a Virtual Tour of Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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With Charleston, South Carolina designated as a must-see destinationBigelow Tea is sharing a video featuringanother wonderful reason for taking a trip down south: tea! Located on Wadmalaw Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, our Charleston Tea Plantation is the perfect place for a day trip. If you’re thinking of going and want a preview … or you can’t make it there in “real life,” take a “virtual tour” around our 127-acre property.

Your tour guide, Cindi Bigelow, will take you through the factory and show you how our American Classic Tea is made. You’ll also see a gazebo used for weddings and other special events, and an antique trolley you’ll be dying to ride! Come join us and see what makes Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and gift shop so special!

 

Bigelow Tea Salutes The Bold Attitude Of The Red Hat Society

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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If, as they say, fortune truly favors the bold, the ladies of the Red Hat Society are a lucky bunch! And we at Bigelow Tea say, “deservedly so.”  After all, the group was launched 15 years ago with a tea party full of epic fashion and fun! Inspired by Jenny Joseph’s poem Warning, its founders defied convention by pairing bright red hats with purple dresses to gather with friends for tea. Now more than 40,000 chapters strong, the organization still embodies the same feisty attitude of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness among women of a certain age. Bigelow Tea salutes these fabulous women on Red Hat Society Day—Thursday, April 25—and every day for their style, moxie and, most especially, their love of tea.

In fact, this year’s annual Red Hat Society meeting, themed “Southern Hospitalitea,” is a re-creation of the tea party that started it all. Members from chapters in 50 states and 30 countries will gather in Atlanta for three days of fun, frivolity and—of course— tea. The event’s centerpiece is “The Teapot Pavilion,” where red-hatted “sisters” will enjoy such activities as a tea-themed comedy revue and even a teacup exchange (because, as these savvy gals know, matching is highly overrated).

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Bigelow Tea recommends something special to put in those cups: the bold brew of “Constant Comment”® Tea.  Created by our very own amazing woman—Bigelow Tea founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow—“Constant Comment” marries mountain-grown black tea with oranges and sweet spices. Like the Red Hat Society itself, nothing can compare!

Top image by Photos by Mavis via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Thinks Administrative Professionals Get The Job Done

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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We all have people in our lives we lean on just a bit; our family, our friends … and in the business world it’s our Administrative Professionals. These are the folks who really help us get the job done.  During Administrative Professionals Day (which is tomorrow) and Administrative Professionals Week (which is this week), we at Bigelow Tea would like to take a moment to thank all of those great people who make the world of business go round! They are the people in the work force, the coordinators, the office managers, the assistants, and the secretaries, those who can truly be considered the backbone of the organization!

So how do we show administrative professionals the gratitude they deserve during this special week? How about letting them unwind with a cup of Bigelow Tea? We think there’s no better way to show appreciation than with Bigelow Tea Personali-Tea Gift Basket! With a glorious array of teas and nibbles, this is a special gift for any hard worker. And check out the quote on the mug that comes in the basket: “Bigelow Tea Drinker: Works harder than most, but knows how to let loose.” Perfect!

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In addition to tea, how about giving your “admins” a little something else to soothe and recharge? Pass out our American Classic Glycerine Hand Therapy lotion! It’s a perfect lotion to have the office and keep right in the desk drawer to use on a daily basis. We bet that your administrative professionals will appreciate this gift.

Whichever way you choose to thank people on Administrative Professionals Day—and there are many more to choose from too!—Bigelow Tea is there to help send the message of gratitude!

Image by Highways Agency via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea: Green on Earth Day and Every Day

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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It’s Earth Day, and at Bigelow Tea we welcomed spring this month with an ongoing celebration of all things green! We adore the color green, and on Earth Day we especially love green living through Sustainabili-TEA, our initiative to reduce our environmental impact on the Earth. Of course, any discussion of “greening” puts us in the right mood for a cup of Bigelow Green Tea.

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With Earth Day upon us, we’re encouraging everyone to up their “green game.” Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has mobilized citizens across the globe to embrace and advocate for sustainable environmental change. As a grassroots movement, Earth Day rallies individuals to commit to making a difference in their own homes, businesses and communities. For us at Bigelow Tea, this includes everything from composting to land preservation to adopting eco-friendly shipping methods.  We’ve even appointed a dedicated Green Team to manage our production, warehouse and recycling efforts.

So this Earth Day, take a moment to think about what you can do to live more gently during your time on our planet. Recycle. Compost waste. Plant a tree. Walk to work. And when you’re finished, take a moment to reward your body and soul for the effort with some delicious hot or iced Bigelow Tea. Choose from more than 35 varieties, every one infused with finest flavors Mother Earth has to offer.

Top image by bterrycompton via Flickr.com