At the Tea Table with Food Writer Mairlyn Smith

November 16, 2017 in At the Tea Table

I was first introduced to Mairlyn Smith from a blog post she wrote called Thirty Cups of Tea. She mentioned how tea makes her happy, soothes her and acts like a problem solver. Tea is always the answer. It was then that I began to follow Mairlyn online and slowly I started to notice her appearing on my television with Cityline and Breakfast TV here in Canada. Aside from being a fellow tea lover, she is also the author of several best-selling cookbooks and the host of My Left Frying Pan where she shares even more of her fun personality and recipes on YouTube. At the tea table Mairlyn and I chatted about her first sip of tea, tea memories with her Gran and Great aunt and some of her favourite teacups. Read more…

DIY Green Tea Body Scrub

DIY Green Tea Body Scrub

November 14, 2017 in Tea DIY

I will admit that sometimes I’m that person that will purchase a beauty product just because it lists tea as an ingredient. I have lotion, lip balm, face masks, soaps, and even mascara that are made with tea. There are actually quite a bit of products out there that include tea whether it’s just for the aroma or for some sort of benefit. However, the amount of tea found in some commercial skin care products may not be enough to have any benefit. So, every now and then I will try making my own tea infused beauty product, like this DIY green tea body scrub that leaves the skin incredibly silky and makes it feel like a spa day at home. Read more…

Royal Botanical Gardens Tea Festival

Royal Botanical Gardens Tea Festival 2017 Recap and Thoughts

November 10, 2017 in Tea Events

The 2nd annual Royal Botanical Gardens Tea Festival took place this past weekend. The gardens is located in Burlington, Ontario, close by Hamilton, Ontario. I actually lived in Hamilton for a few years when I went to school there, so it’s always nice to have an excuse to head back that way. An excuse that has to do with tea is even better! Last year the festival was a one-day event, but with the popularity it increased to all weekend long. I had the chance to attend and give a presentation on the Sunday. Here is how everything went. Read more…

this month in tea

This Month in Tea // October Blog Round Up

November 1, 2017 in Monthly Round Up

I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween, tea friends! I’ve been a bit behind on writing some blog posts as I have been busy working on my “Behind the Scenes of Tea Blogging” presentation for the Royal Botanical Gardens’ 2nd Annual Tea Festival this weekend. If you’re in the Hamilton, Ontario area and are interested in attending, get your tickets here (admission to the beautiful gardens is included in the price!) and you can also check out the full list of speakers and vendors. If you have a tea blog or are just interested in learning more about tea blogs, I’ll be speaking the Sunday at 2:30pm, so stop by! On that note, let’s jump into some of my favourite blog reads from last month, shall we?! Read more…

afternoon tea party

Afternoon Tea Party Planning Guide (+ free printable checklist)

October 19, 2017 in Learn

If you’re a fan of going out for afternoon tea, then you might be excited to learn that it can actually be pretty easy (and super fun!) to create your own afternoon tea party at home. With my birthday less than two months away, I started to think of how I wanted to celebrate. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful selection of teas, teacups, teapots, and other lovely tea accessories that I decided on hosting an afternoon tea party at home. Birthdays are a perfect excuse to make all your friends and family drink tea with you, right? I’m equally excited to plan an afternoon tea party as I am to actually host it so I have been in planning mode for some time now. After setting the budget, here are some things I have done so far and a few more things that will be done prior to the day. Get ready to host your own tea party! Read more…

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