Yesterday I posted about narrowing my original long list of resolutions. I also shared a resolution from my new shorter list about sending handwritten letters to friends instead of texts and emails. My new stationery kit from Paper Source is pretty cool. Win your own -- enter the Hello!Lucky Bird Stationery Kit giveaway.
Today I'm sharing my resolution of self care -- I'm a relationship, too -- and it dovetails nicely with Teavana's new line of seven wellness teas. The company provided a package of two teas of my choice* from the new line plus two macaron tins, a Matte Contour tumbler, a Rifle Paper Co. notebook, and an Earth Therapeutics sleep mask.
The teas I selected are Rev Up and Recover. The latter blends vitamin C, green tea and mint. I chose this tea because the ingredients reminded me of a Moroccan mint tea (minus the citrus). The blend tastes strongly of citrus followed by mint. I don't think I would drink this tea regularly, but Recover would be a good candidate for drinking after meals. The green tea is Chinese but province and style information are not provided. The dry blend itself is pretty with large half slices of dried orange.
Rev Up is a triple blend of black, oolong and green teas plus tropical fruit. Have you ever drunk a blend of three teas? This blend is also aesthetically pleasing. The black tea is a Darjeeling, the green tea has been scented with jasmine, and the oolong is of Chinese origin. Although no province or style information was provided for the oolong, the leaves are green so its not heavily oxidized and roasted. Since the website describes the oolong as high quality, it could be a tieguanyin. The liquor is slightly sweet owing to the dried fruit. I could taste, and in the case of the jasmine green tea, smell, the contributions from each of the teas in the blend. There is a noticeable astringency from the Darjeeling and rounded mouthfeel from the Chinese oolong.
Of the two teas, my preferred one is Rev Up. The Contour Tumbler is also a success. It is double walled so tea remains hot. I prepare my tea outside the tumbler and pour it into the tumbler before leaving home. There is a "hot" button which you depress before drinking; you push it again to seal the tea inside the tumbler. The plastic washers in the mouth of the tumbler do not impart a taste and the interior of the tumbler is stainless tea.
Drinking good tea is an obvious pathway of self care. Another is sound sleep. The sleep mask delivers. It completely blocks out light. The pouches below the eyes are effective. When I wear the mask and open my eyes, it is pitch black. The mask is soft and the band is not irritating. Part of my self care ritual has always included journaling so the notebook will be put to good use.
Wellness package courtesy of Teavana.
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