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Snow Day Buzz With Bigelow Tea

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Hey, it’s snowing and everyone wants to talk, tweet and text about it! Yep, whenever Bigelow Tea posts something about the snowy weather on Facebook, the response is great as everyone shares details with us! Lots of tea talk and chitchat about wearing cozies and snuggling by a fire—with tea of course. Here are some share-worthy weather-related comments from some of our worst storms of the season!

Tina Adams reported on January 28th that “In Knoxville Tennessee it is 19° with a wind chill of 9° and snow. Sitting on my couch (place of employment closed due to weather) having a cup of Bigelow Vanilla Caramel tea.” Good plan, Tina.

Later that day, Shelly James noted that “It was-14 when I got up today…Earl Grey and I are in a very hot steamy relationship!” Well, well, well.

Earlier in the month, Terry Duncan shared that he “Just finished a cup of Cinnamon Stick Tea & looking out the window watching the snow come down.” Beautiful image, Terry!

And back in early January Peg Ripley posted: “My Vanilla Caramel and I are cuddled up right now!!” Niice!

So whether it’s warm or cold where you are, don’t be shy! Post your weather-centric tea thoughts anytime!

(image from Instagram via @tarametblog)

Wedding Dreams At Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation!

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So you’re engaged to the guy or gal of your dreams (congrats!), and now it’s time to plan your dream wedding! February is National Wedding Month—a reminder that it’s not too soon to begin preparing for that spring, summer or fall celebration. Deep breath! Did you know that Bigelow Tea has a fantastic venue? It’s the Charleston Tea Plantation, tucked away on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry!

How romantic to exchange vows under the branches of “The Wedding Tree,” the plantation’s largest live oak. Or you could have the ceremony out in the open surrounded by acres of lush tea plants. Picture your wedding party making a grand entrance shaded by a canopy of oaks that form a charming archway. And for the reception, get the party started at the covered pavilion, which has overhead lighting and ceiling fans to keep things cool on warm summer days. Dress the tables and decor up or down to suit your style! As for your guests, treat them to a trolley tour of the grounds, home to the largest working tea garden in the United States.

Need a bit more inspiration? Grab a mug of Island Green Tea (grown on-site!) to set the mood and check out Bigelow Tea’s Wedding board on Pinterest, where you’ll find more gorgeous wedding photos. And be sure to follow @charlestontea on Instagram to see pics like this one of Mr. & Mrs. Bigelow (which @stardusthippie declared “Charming!”) and of the tea garden’s stunning natural beauty … truly a magical place where wedding dreams are made. Clearly, as a family-run company, Bigelow Tea is more than excited to help you start your new family! Cheers!
 

You Know You Want To Go Green With Bigelow Tea!

btmonHey, did you know that February 10th–16th is National Go Green Week? Go Green Week is an annual week of action to promote awareness of carbon emissions and climate change. All across the country hundreds of schools, colleges and universities participate with a week of pro-green happenings. Why is Bigelow Tea interested in Go Green Week? Because the company breathes green 52 weeks a year! In fact, there are progressive “stainabili-TEA programs” ingrained in the culture of the family-owned company.

Bigelow Tea follows a simple but powerful idea: “do the right thing and good things will follow.” It walks the walk on all things green at both its manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters. The Bigelow Tea Green Team has helped it achieve the designation of a “Zero Waste to Landfill” company!

Even Bigelow’s tea bags and strings are 100% compostable. Bigelow Tea fan @Tammy Litke pinned that the tea bags are: “Baby steps to a more Sustainable Lifestyle by learning from Bigelow Teas SustainabiliTea Program!” Well said, Tammy!

Yep, everyone who’s anyone is going for the green. Even the totally cool Constant Comment is available in green!

Image by bfick via Flickr.com

A Sweet Bigelow Tea Valentine Sweepstakes!

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Hey Bigelow Tea lovers, it’s time for a sweet Valentine Sweepstakes! A total of 14 lucky winners will take home this Valentine Gift Duet featuring one box each of White Chocolate Obsession Tea and Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea—both tasty any time of year but especially during the season of amour!

White Chocolate Obsession blends the taste of rich chocolate and robust black tea for a guilt-free indulgence. Add a touch of milk and sweetener and we’re talkin’ dessert here! Sweetheart Cinnamon is a tantalizing cinnamon and sweet apple herb tea inspired by the flavor of those yummy cinnamon hearts … and it’s all natural and caffeine free!

Each box comes with 20 tea bags, so the “duet” has a total of 40 bags of Bigelow Tea! Score!

To enter, simply “Like” the Bigelow Tea Facebook page (if you haven’t already!), click on the sweepstakes icon at top of the page under the large cover photo, and follow the instructions. Share on Facebook and Twitter to get more entries! The sweepstakes ends on Feb. 27. Look for the names of the 14 winners on the Constant Comments blog.

Good luck, and happy Valentine’s Day from the entire Bigelow Tea family! #BigelowFamily

Get Green For The Game With Bigelow Tea

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For those diehard football fans who are actually attending the big game on Sunday, please, for the love of all that is good, bundle up! Fortunately, they’ll be giving ticketholders earmuffs and hats for this first non-dome NFL championship game in a cold—seriously cold—city. For the rest of you, stay toasty in front of the TV with a cup of Bigelow Tea!

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Bigelow Green Tea is the tea of choice for Sunday. Why, you ask? Because it’s a favorite of Phil Simms (one of Bigelow Tea’s favorite football players!) and there’s kind of a “green” theme going on at the stadium this year. Yep, MetLife Stadium is home to Gang Green, the New York Jets, during the regular season and (this just in!) the dining there is going to be the “greenest in history.” Niice! The venue is the first Certified Green Restaurant stadium from the Green Restaurant Association and is the largest food service operation ever to receive this certification. (They compost, they recycle, they’re proud of their accomplishments … hmmmm … this sounds like a certain family-run tea company and and it’s Sustainabili-TEA initiatives!)

Simms has been busily analyzing the season in his Bigelow Tea Sports Report, (thanks for the retweet Bonnie Stewart!) and picks Seattle to go all the way over the Broncos.  Do you think he has had a change of heart?  What do you think? And which variety of Bigelow Tea will you be drinking on Sunday? #Bigelow #GreenTea #PhilSimms #BigelowFamily

 Image by 19Melissa68 via Flickr.com

Wednesday at Midnight Is The Last Time To Enter the Bigelow Tea Video Contest To Win An iPad Mini!

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Have you submitted your awesome video explaining why “Bigelow is your cup of tea”? You have until Jan. 29, midnight EST, to enter the Bigelow Tea Video Contest. The top two videos with the most votes will win amazing prizes. The grand prize is an Apple iPad mini with Wi-Fi 32GB and a Wooden Chest with Flavored and Herb Tea containing 64 tea bags! A second winner will take home a year’s worth of tea of his/her choice—120 tea bags per month!

Thank you to all those who have already submitted videos, and remember to vote daily for your favorite YouTube, Instagram or Vine video (and tell your friends!) to boost your chances of winning!

Here’s what to do:

  • Create a YouTube, Instagram or Vine video … read a poem, sing an original song, do a Bigelow Tea dance, submit original artwork—anything goes!
  • “Like” our Facebook page and click on the Video Contest icon under the large cover photo and follow the directions for adding the link to your YouTube, Vine or Instagram video.
  • Vote once every 24 hours until Jan. 29, midnight EST. Check our Facebook page to view the latest videos!

Look for the names of the two winners on the Bigelow Tea blog on Jan. 31. Selection is based on public voting and input from a panel of Bigelow Tea judges looking for creativity and originality. Good luck, and Happy Hot Tea Month from all your friends at Bigelow Tea!

 

Update:  we are so excited by the wonderful videos we have received!  Thank you everyone for your great efforts!  We are running a verification process of the video content so please be patient with us while we discover the winners.  Happy Hot Tea Month!!

On Tap: Getting Savvy About Saving Water With Bigelow Tea

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Pour, steep, stir … repeat often. We’re guessing you appreciate your daily cup of Bigelow Tea as much as we do. So let’s take a moment to recognize the major role water plays in making your favorite brew. Without H20, your tea bag is, well, a bag of leaves in need of some love. Thankfully, there are a few super-easy ways to conserve water, ensuring that there will always be enough for your mug and the rest of the planet, too!

Some conservation tips are familiar but worth repeating. For starters, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and while scrubbing the dishes. But here’s something you may not know: if you cut your daily shower by just one minute, you could save 1,000 gallons of water a year! Seriously. Then there’s your toilet. It might have “silent” leaks from worn hardware, dripping away several gallons a day. Who knew? Text your plumber, pronto!

Check out even more tips from the Mother Nature Network or visit our SustainabiliTEA  board on Pinterest for more water-saving and eco-centric ideas. Then snag your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor and fill up that teapot with newfound confidence!

Image by gocarts via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Has The Ultimate Question: Which Is Your Favorite Bigelow Tea?

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Let’s face it, we all love tea. And we absolutely couldn’t do without our Bigelow Tea on a daily basis. Some of us like it this way or that. But what if you could have only one kind of Bigelow Tea (shudder to think!)? Which would be your tea of choice? Would it be our uniquely spiced “Constant Comment”®, our stately Earl Grey, our Cozy Chamomile or our mellow Green Tea?

Tell us! We want to know! Which is your favorite Bigelow Tea?

If your favorite wasn’t listed, let us know either here, on our Facebook page or via Twitter!

 

Thank You Begins With Bigelow Tea

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1. Even if it was a six-pound fruit cake, a gift’s a gift and a “thank you” is still in order. So whether you send a tweet, a paperless message or even—gasp!—an actual  handwritten note, say “thanks” during National Thank You Month! And, hey, slipping a foil-wrapped Bigelow Tea bag into the envelope would make your “thank you” so awesome that the recipient might even thank you for your thank you. Wait, now we’re getting confused.

2. During the month of January offer a little shout-out to the people who hosted you, gifted you and made you smile over the holidays. And while you’re in the thanking mood, hop online and express your gratitude for tea! Bigelow Tea lovers aren’t afraid to proclaim their love for the drink. According to @twolinepass  I love lemon is the “greatest hot beverage” ever. Anyone in agreement?

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3. Thanking others is really a year-round deal, but this month in particular, a little “thank you” will go a long way.

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Determination And Collaboration: Stories Of Success At Bigelow Tea

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Bill Hall and Cindi Bigelow at the Charleston Tea Plantation

Yes, Hot Tea Month is in full swing, but why not enjoy it with some cool family stories from Bigelow Tea! Here are three tidbits about collaboration and good old-fashioned stick-to-it-ness. Check out more stories on Bigelow Tea boxes and in previous posts.

• Back in 1955, just after Ruth C. and David E. Bigelow moved their 10-year-old tea company from New York to Connecticut, they were hit with back-to-back hurricanes. The new factory was flooded and all the tea washed down the Norwalk River! Fortunately, the determined couple worked with employees and patient creditors to get the factory up and running again.

• Much more recently, in 2003, the amazing Charleston Tea Plantation faced a developer’s bulldozer. The Bigelow family purchased the land and worked with local farmers to preserve 127 acres of beautiful tea bushes and the American Classic Tea line.

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• Collaboration was also key to the creation of Bigelow Tea’s signature Earl Grey recipe, a favorite of many tea lovers (#besttea, according to @danielledhein and #FavoriteFallDrink says @NickChancey!) The secret? Unparalleled oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy. The Bigelows discovered it 40 years ago and loved it so much, they bought the whole crop and have used it ever since!