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Heading Home + Eating Tea

Greetings from the sky! I’m currently en route to Salt Lake City! I can’t wait to see my friends and family; i’s been way too long. We’ll be going camping for 4 days so later next week I’ll be completely off the grid! Honestly, it’ll be good for me to get away from my computer and phone. I mean, I love you guys and all but i need to DETOX from the screen. I will try to pop in with some of the early-in-the-week happenings though. πŸ™‚ And I do have one guest post lined up for you later in the week.

Last week, I received my last (free) shipment from The Republic of Tea as part of their Tea Team. I’m bummed – I loved getting to try their new teas for the past six months. They have some seriously great products. I think this last shipment might be my very favorite though. They sent me their Harvest of the Season gift set with a cute little brew basket. I love loose leaf tea so I was excited to test these out. If you’re not familiar with loose leaf tea and/or brew baskets, the baskets are great because they fit right in your mug. Then you just add the loose leaf tea and pour boiling water over top. Let it steep the appropriate time for your tea and then remove. (I typically re-use my loose-leaf tea and brew a couple cups from it so it makes it last longer. That’s probably breaking tea purists rules but what can I say, I’m a rebel. OK, fine, that’s a lie. I’m typically a rule follower.)

Each (all-natural, certified gluten-free) herbal tea has generous cuts of real fruit blended with caffeine-free herbs and blossoms (real blossoms!) that create gorgeous, aromatic cups of complex yet smooth flavors. The natural flavoring of these teas is prepared from essential oils such as fresh fruits, lemon and almonds. Seriously, there is legit fruit in here! Can you see it?!Β 

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These are the four teas in the gift set.

  • Winter Tea – Citrus Root: Ingredients include apple bits, carrot bits, lemongrass, citrus slices, verbena, diced sweet potatoes, marigold flowers, lemon myrtle, and sunflowers.
  • Spring Tea – Fig Rose: Ingredients include fig bits with rice flour, apple bits, pineapple bits, hibiscus, figs, sliced almonds, flavoring, beetroot, rosebud bits, rose petals, and hibiscus extract.
  • Fall Tea – Apple Almond: Ingredients include apple bits, hibiscus, grapes, rosehip peels, bittle bits (sugar, hazelnuts), almonds, bamboo leaves, flavoring, coconut blossom sugar, rose petals, and safflower petals.
  • Summer Tea – Lime Strawberry: Ingredients include apple bits, rosehip peels, citrus peels, strawberry bits, sunflower petals, flavoring, and bamboo leaves.
Here’s a close-up of the Spring tea. Rose buds! Fig bits! I have a confession…in a desperate moment at work, when I was hungry and forgot my snacks for the day, I, cough, ate the figs right out of this tea. hahahahaha. I’m not even joking. I’m laughing to myself as I admit this. So I can verify, yes, this is real fruit. πŸ™‚ And yes, the tea still tasted great when I brewed a cup after eating the figs out of it. The cups I had withΒ fig were even tastier. πŸ˜‰
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If you purchase one Harvest of the Season Tea Gift Set from The Republic of Tea using promo code HARVEST8 between Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Saturday, August 10, 2013 you’ll get one freeΒ People’s Stainless Steel Tea Brewing Basket (limit one per customer).
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What’s your home state? I lived in Utah my whole life until I moved to North Carolina five years ago. And I have fantasies about living in Oregon or Northern California. πŸ™‚

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13 Comments

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    Cristina @ Pink Smiles & Miles
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    Completely off the grid? It sounds a little intimidating. I know for myself, my iPhone and I are attached to the hip. I’m always checking something, or Facebook’ing, or tweeting, or looking something up – so I’m sure the time to detox from it all is a nice treat. I’m curious to know about your experience afterwards. Enjoy camping!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I know the feeling. I’m CONSTANTLY on my phone. It will be so good for me. I even brought my regular camera so I won’t use the excuse of carrying my phone around all the time for pictures. I probably will still use it for pictures a little but am probably just going to turn it to Airplane mode so it can’t even try to get a signal. we’ll see how it goes!!

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    Melissa C
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    Have a great trip! πŸ™‚ I will miss your posts, but it is good to detox from technology every once in a while. We went on a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon in january so I was without phone and computer for a week! I thought it was going to be difficult, but it was so easy to disconnect and felt to just enjoy each others company without having the desire to check my phone or email!
    My home state is NY, but we just moved to NC.

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    Anne @ CandyCrazedrun.wordpress.com
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    Ahhhhhh I am so jealous! Have so, so, so much fun with your family!

    I can’t wait to see pictures and hear where you went. My heart is always aching for red rock!

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    amberchi
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    Being off the grid it very addicting .. and I totally recommend it! My hubby and I spent 6 weeks in Australia and New Zealand in 2010 – no phones, no computers. Just us, the locals and the gorgeous scenery. When we left I thought I would be itching to get at my phone, but it was actually quite the opposite. I did not even turn on my phone or my computer until almost a week after we got home! I LOVED being off the grid. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long to get sucked back in πŸ˜‰ Guess it was bound to happen (back to reality). Have a great time on your trip and enjoy every second!
    Oh, btw this is my first post though I have been following your blog for months. I am an avid runner and foodie, so needless to say I love your blog!
    Hubs and I live in San Diego, though we are both originally from back East. Me from NYC and hubs from Chapel Hill, NC. We are likely going to be Cali peeps for life – unless Australia will have us πŸ˜‰

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      6 weeks without a computer or phone sounds AMAZING!!!! So jealous. I only had 4 days and loved it. I want to live in Southern California. πŸ™‚

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    Lauren @ sassy molassy
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    Oregon is pretty spectacular… πŸ™‚ have fun camping!

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    Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen
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    Have a fantastic time in Utah! Where are you going camping? I wish we had done more camping while living there. That tea looks so good! I usually buy Republic of Tea tins to put in stockings at Christmas! My home state is Alaska, then lived in Utah for about 11 years and now we are in Northern California!

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    Chelsea
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    This looks delicious! So excited to have found your blog, can’t wait to read more!

  • Reply
    Peter Stokes
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    I love tea as much as the next guy but I don’t eat ’em so when I saw your blog entry title, I got so curious. That bit was too funny!

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