#ADAGIOTEA | The Zodiac Series: LIBRA

Okay, I don’t really know how to explain the relationship I am currently growing with this tea, but I feel… You know how people say that when they find “the one” that they just know. Like someone will ask a married woman, oh when did you know that he was the one for you?.. and they say.. oh i just knew. That is exactly how I feel about this tea. I know, it’s ridiculous. But it just gets me. I knew it from the moment I opened up my package, and found this little tin box staring back at me. And get this! The picture on the tin, is a girl.. with pink hair.. in pigtails. How. Did. They. Know?! *shifty eyes*

Seriously, let’s get down to business. The tea I am talking about is this one right here. It’s LIBRA from The Zodiac Series, by Adagio Tea. The Libra tea is a black tea backed by chocolate and strawberries, with a hint of rose and cream. Steep at 212° for 5 minutes is what they recommend on their website, however it can be hard to adjust for the temperature depending on where you are making your tea (like at the lake!). I just keep an eye on it, and it usually takes about 4 minutes for my preferred flavor.

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The smell of this tea is quite honestly one of the best. I can be having the worst day.. come home, smell this tea, and it’s like my whole body just relaxes. They should think about making a body spray in that scent blend. I want to bathe in it. Oh wait.. maybe I should try that! – Stay tuned lol.

The first time I made this tea, it wasn’t even half way done steeping and I was already sold. It’s romantic. It’s kittenish. And it’s the perfect dessert tea. Yes, I know, we all love and want dessert every single day, but that’s not good for anyone. Now, it doesn’t matter! This tea is so perfect for after dinner that you won’t miss out. I really enjoy the strawberries and cream feel it has, and the rose with the cocoa nibs are a good addition to balance it out. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s rich, but not too rich. Yet, light. I prefer to drink it straight up – some people like to add cream and sugar (or honey) to it. I have also heard that this tea makes a killer latte. Have not tried it yet. Imagine it would be amazing. I will get back to you on that.

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The price point on this tea I find not too bad either. A 4oz tin is $9, while a 16oz refill bag will getcha for $29. I should also mention that Libra is a part of their Zodiac Elements: Air package, which also include Aquarius, and Gemini.

This tea has easily made it into my regular rotation. It has become one of my most favorite go-to’s. I had just found out about Adagio Teas recently, yes I live under a rock, but if this is just one of the first ones I have tried, I can not wait to taste more!

I also wanted to include the description of the tea straight from their website:
A balanced blend of black tea and sweet strawberries, chocolate and creme will appeal to Libra’s sense of harmonious beauty. Libras have mastered the art of diplomacy, and enjoy bringing people together over a cup of tea. Rose petals and cocoa nibs are stylish details in a blend that will complete Libra’s sophisticated tea collection.

Since I love this tea, and refuse to share it with anyone, you should head over to Adagio dot com and get some for yourself! I would love to know what you think after you try it, so make sure you let me know!

 

Disclaimer: I am not getting paid money to write this, I just really do love this tea so much. Also, I most certainly scooped up every last bit of the tea from the photos, and put it back in the tin. No tea was harmed in the making of this post. (Except the serving that I added to my mug!)

 

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“AH-DA-GEE-OH” – Say it with me now.. AHHH-DAAA-GIO.. and get used to saying it because after you get you some of what they are offering… you’ll never look back. I know I haven’t! Okay, let’s get serious.. I am talking about ADAGIO TEAS. If you haven’t heard of them, now you have. They recently reached out to me and I am so happy that they did. I don’t know if I live under a rock or something, but how I did not know of them sooner is well beyond me. I received my package of choices I had made and upon arrival I was impressed. I must say that when I pulled out the Libra tea – and it had a picture of a girl with pink pigtails on the front – I knew it was meant to be. I mean, it’s basically like looking in the mirror! 😉

I have spent the past few weeks putting these teas through all my tests! Drank them hot, drank them cold, incorporated them into recipes, smeared them on my face and used them as a mask, and I even have a tea party planned so I can share them because they are too good not to.

Over the next couple of weeks I will let you in on what I have been up to and more about why I have fallen in love with this company, so stay tuned! It’s way to much to fill you in on all at once… but in the mean time.. head to http://www.adagio.com and take a little peak! And!..Let them know I sent you 😉

 

 

 

Q&A: STEFANIE: YOU NEED HER IN YOUR LIFE.

 

Have you ever met one of those people who can lift your spirits just by being in the same room?.. That person who is always in a positive mood (and not in the annoying way!!).. Even when something awful happens, they find a way to find the light, pick themselves up, and come out stronger? Well.. I have. .and not only have I met one.. I am lucky enough to call her my best pal! And guess what?.. On top of being positive, outgoing, and one of the most caring people I have ever known, she is also gorgeous, AND brilliant! That’s what I like to call a Double  Triple Quadruple Whammy! And because I love everything she stands for, and all of her encouraging words.. It’s a complete no-brainer that I MUST introduce you to her!  Stefanie Baranowski from Tea Time Talks is someone you are sure to fall in love with. She is a yoga teaching, tea drinking, vegetarian lover, and once you do, you can head over to her blog so you can stay up to date with her and all of her lovely adventures!

 

 Okay my dear, now IIIIII know why you started your blog, but for those who don’t… will you spill your guts on the What/Where/How/Why you decided to pour your heart out to the world?

I started my blog when I made my move to Vancouver. I felt I not only needed to go on a life adventure but I also wanted to share my new adventure. What started off as a blog to record my adventure opened up to a blog of various topics that were running through my mind. I then changed the layout and the dynamics of my blog to be open to a wider audience. My blog posts now are a reflection of my continuous life adventure and include a variety of topics that are honest, relatable and thought provoking.

When you say you are honest and relatable, you are not lying! This is one of the many reasons women and girls all over the place look to you as inspiration and advice during those times in life that we want to scream and rip our hair out, or curl up into ball and cry until our eyes are swollen shut! On top of your honesty, you are one of the most positive people I know! You can find the light even at the worst of times. Seriously, what’s your secret to being able to live such a positive lifestyle?..And will you let it out of the vault for us?

LOL! I’m told that a lot. Be present with where you are. Take time to get to know yourself and ground yourself. There is always going to be the next thing we want or the next goal we want to achieve; rather than thinking of what we want and where we want to get to, take a moment to feel grateful for all that you have and be exactly where you are. When you can learn to master your thoughts and become present, you can master your emotions.

When you feel great, you look great!..Is it safe to say that your positive outlook, is also responsible for your flawless skin? I mean, it’s gotta be connected somehow.. right?! – So tell us.. What are your must have skin care items?

I don’t wear foundation, instead I wear a tinted moisturizer (my favorite is the BB cream 24H intense moisture by Marcelle) and I also can’t go without mascara. Every girl has their insecurities, mine just happens to be my eyelashes due to the fact that they are so blonde. I just started using a combination of mascara’s that help make my eyes pop and look bigger ( I put Extra Lasting Mascara by Avon on first followed up by Lash Lengthening Mascara by Mary Kay)

Since I have known you, you have always been so motivated to be successful and you ARE achieving your dreams! What advice do you have for others trying to figure out their own life?

Ahh Yes! The secret to success… When I make choices, I always mull over not just how it’s going to benefit me in the present but how it can help me bring me one step closer to my long-term goals; Be conscious of your choices and how they will affect you in the short-term and long-term. Set goals: Set a 1 year goal, set a 5 year goal and go ahead and set a 10 year goal. Once you have set your goals, now you need to break down those big goals into steps/smaller goals (breaking it down from the top to bottom). Keep that list of small goals that are achievable and check off each goal as you accomplish it. Success doesn’t happen overnight, it takes patience, consistency and courage to go after what you really want!

You have done and seen a lot in the past year, from moving across the country, to becoming a certified hot yoga instructor.. So many things to be proud of! What has been the highlight for you?

Wow, I just found myself reminiscing over the last year and it always surprises me to look back at how much I did in a year. The highlight of my year would have to be the change that occurred within myself that I wasn’t expecting as I went through my adventure. Each experience created a new facet of change in my life.

Okay, no more serious stuff! On to the celebration!You recently got engaged, so a HUGE congrats to that! And I get to be a Bridesmaid!! What’s your one best love life/relationship tip that you can share with us so everyone can become as happy in love as you? 

Yes, I did get engaged! Don’t believe everything you see on Facebook and social media. Just because we look like the Golden couple doesn’t mean that we haven’t had our trial and tribulations. Always love even through the difficult times and remember that you are both in it together.  Work through your problems together and keep those challenges between the two of you (keep the dirty laundry at home where others can be free of judgments and biases)

This one is Rapid Fire! List 10 items/habits you absolutely positively cannot go one day without?! Fast! Go!

Lol! Oh boy!
If I asked Graham (my fiancé) he would say:
1. Leaving half full drinks everywhere in the house
2. Sniffling and not realizing I need to blow my nose

My answer (the first two are probably right)
3. My phone (checking emails and messages and reading articles to keep up to date on things)
4. Walking my dog (It forces me to go outside even when it’s really cold outside and animals and exercise are a great stress reliever)
5. Reading (I love to continuously educate myself)
6. Morning tea/coffee (depends how much of a kick start I need)
7. Meditating/quiet time
8. Fruit/vegetable infusing my water
9. Making the bed in the morning
10. Doing my hair and my make-up (I like to always look presentable when I leave the house)

Okay, now I’m just being nosey.. tell us.. good or bad (we wont tell anyone if you cheated).. what was the last thing you ate?!

This morning for breakfast I had my yogurt concoction I always make:
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
a handful of assorted trail mix (unsalted/ no chocolate)
1/3 a cup of granola
1 Table Spoon of Hemp seeds
2 Table Spoons of Honey

(Because I’m vegetarian, it allows me to get all my essentials nutrients to give me a good morning boost for the day)

Now head over and show this girl some serious love!.. HERE!♥♥