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Bigelow Tea Supports The Imus Ranch For Kids With Cancer

 

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The Imus Ranch, founded in 1998 by Don and Deirdre Imus, is a unique organization that provides kids with cancer, and other serious illnesses, the opportunity to have fun again and regain their perspective.  More than just a respite, it instills pride, restores dignity, a sense of achievement and self-esteem through a real life “cowboy experience.”

Bigelow Tea has been a proud supporter of the Imus Ranch Radiothon, the ranch’s annual fund raiser, for each of the past 15 years.

“It’s always great spending time with Don and Dierdre Imus on the Radiothon,” says Cindi Bigelow. “I love the event because of all the amazing stories about these kids and their experiences on the ranch. They are doing some fine work.  Bigelow Tea is glad to be a part of it!”

To watch today’s segment of the Imus Radiothon which includes Cindi Bigelow pictured above, visit here and click on “Cindi Bigelow on Support for Imus Ranch.”

 

 

 

 

During Family Wellness Month, Bigelow Tea Gets Moving

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Families often lead scheduled lives. So, during Family Wellness MonthBigelow Tea promotes engaging a specific form of motion with our loved ones: exercise! Studies indicate that children are more likely to be physically active if their parents are. Plus, it’s recommended that youngsters get 60 minutes of active play everyday. Get started with these fun fitness tips:

Make chores challenging. Chores can be dull, so turn them into a friendly competition.  Have the whole family pitch in with tasks like vacuuming, lawn care, washing the car or room cleaning. Reward efforts with a movie or a dinner at a favorite (yet healthy) restaurant.

Pick up a pedometer. Children of all ages have gadgets, so they’ll love this idea: buy pedometers for yourself and your relatives. Start a group challenge to see who can lead with the most weekly steps. Tally up the results or even set a team goal for the whole family to contribute their results.

Add in some variety. Mixing up exercise routines can help keep interest levels up. Try out seasonal activities like summer swimming or winter skiing, or year-round fun like bowling or hiking. Change up your location by going to different places to exercise or exploring local parks.

Cooking together is another group activity, and having regular family dinners promotes better eating habits. Assign simple tasks to younger cooks like whipping up our Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette, flavored with our Wild Blueberry Acai Tea, to go on a nice salad. Or, for any indoor or outdoor occasion, create a batch of iced tea with one of our Bigelow Tea recipes.

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Exercise and eating together are great ways for families to bond and adopt healthier habits. No matter what you do together as a family, get healthy in Family Wellness Month!

Top image by vastateparkstaff via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Makes It Easy To Be Gluten Free For Celiac Disease Awareness Month

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May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, an important time to educate the public about an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 3 million Americans who are unable to digest gluten. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness believes 95 percent of celiac sufferers remain undiagnosed.  The good news is that many people with celiac disease—and those found to have gluten sensitivity—are finding that following a gluten-free diet is not nearly as difficult as it once was. Here at Bigelow Tea, we’re happy to see so many gluten-free products on grocery store shelves and want to assure you that all of our current teas are formulated to be gluten free!

We also have an extensive and ever-growing archive of gluten-free recipes that get a major flavor boost from several Bigelow Tea varieties. Try Chamomile Braised Chicken made with our Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea for dinner tonight! Yum!

Eating in restaurants poses additional challenges for anyone trying to avoid gluten. Alice Bast, founder of NFCA, offers several tips for eating out and informing your servers. For instance, some chefs may not realize that a pot used for boiling regular pasta should not be used to boil gluten-free pasta.

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And, of course, it’s a good idea to bring along your favorite individually wrapped Bigelow Teas when dining out. Right now, with spring in the air, we’re craving fruit-infused teas, which are so refreshing after a meal. Green Tea with Mango or I Love Lemon Herb Tea would make the perfect gluten-free finale!

Image by Ongjulian via Wikimedia.org

Bigelow Tea Appeals to the Savvy Traveler!

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The first full week of May is recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition celebrated now for 30 years. During this week, May 4 through May 12 in 2013, events are held in cities nationwide, celebrating the power and excitement of traveling. Bigelow Tea loves the opportunity to travel because there are so many fascinating places to explore, especially right here in the U.S. of A.

One of the best things about travel is that it contributes to our national economy; the travel and tourism industry supports millions of US jobs—in fact one out of every eight jobs in the U.S. depends on the industry! This adds up to $2.0 trillion, making a major economic impact in nearly every state. We all contribute to those numbers, whether we’re constant travelers or “Staycation” tourists.

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When it comes to traveling and enjoying this beautiful country, Bigelow Tea is pleased to remind you that our very own Charleston Tea Plantation is a premier destination for the savvy traveler, and for so many great reasons. Located on the beautiful Wadmalaw Island near Charleston, South Carolina,  the Charleston Tea Plantation is the cherished home of our American Classic Teas as well as the First Flush Festival, which was named one of the top-100 events in the US! And we’re also proud to point out that the city of Charleston itself was recently named a top city in the world destination!

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And of course when you do travel, Bigelow Tea is happy to come along in a Tea Wallet or your bag! Remember that wherever you are, if going out for tea isn’t an option, Bigelow Tea is portable and always convenient, perfect to take along with you. Enjoy your tea-time, anytime! What could be better?

Logo Graphic via ustravel.org

Bigelow Tea Offers Last-Minute Mother’s Day Suggestions

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For a mom on the go, how about our brand new “Find Your Balance” hoodie? Luxuriously soft with a flattering shape, this hoodie will accompany Mom to the spa, on errands or on any casual day at home. Best of all, it has a tiny pocket on the front that’s just big enough for a key or your favorite Bigelow Tea bag!

Don’t stop there! Surprise her with another delight: a delicious treat everyone has a hand in making. Cook up family-friendly recipes like our Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh Fruit or Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies. Happy Mother’s Day … and enjoy your time together as a family!

Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh Fruit

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Ingredients:

1 cup (250mL) plain yogurt (non-fat yogurt not recommended)
¼ cup (60mL) boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb Tea Bags
3 tablespoons (45mL) powdered sugar
Chopped dried cranberries for garnish (optional)

Prep time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 10 minutes.

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Pour boiling water over Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb tea bags. Let stand for 10 minutes. Mix yogurt and powdered sugar. Add 4 tablespoons (60mL) tea mixture and stir well. Place in an attractive bowl and garnish with cranberries (if desired). Place a variety of fruit such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya and bananas around the dip

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea Bags (or Bigelow Mint Medley® Herb Tea Bags)
½ cup water
1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Yield: One 9″ x 13″ pan

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Instructions:

These chewy brownies are packed with intense chocolate and mint flavor, thanks to Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea. If you prefer a caffeine-free tea alternative, substitute the same amount of Bigelow Mint Medley® Herb Tea.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting.

Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags.

Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Yield:  24 Servings

 

Bigelow Tea Takes Time To Honor Teachers

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Odds are you remember your favorite teacher … his or her name, what grade you were in, what was special about that person. We at Bigelow Tea know how one great teacher can make all the difference in a world of learning. During this first full week in May, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’d like to take the time out to honor all teachers who try to make a difference in every student’s life. Inspirational, devoted, and always striving for the best for each scholar, the teachers in our lives are a cornerstone of our education and our thirst for knowledge.

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So how do we show our appreciation for those who go that extra mile for us, push us to do our best, and help us discover our hidden talents?  We give them a moment to themselves and time to relax of course—and what better way to do that than with our Chai Personali-Tea Basket. It contains the perfect assortment of Chai tea flavors, some fabulous chocolate covered graham crackers, and the cutest personali-tea mug that reads “smart, thoughtful, and full of spice.” That fits some of our past teachers to a Tea!

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Another gift that will help our teachers unwind is our Charleston Tea Plantation Green Tea Candle Tin. What a nice way to help them relax their minds and spirits at the end of any long day at school. The vision is clear to us … a lovely cup of Bigelow tea, a scented candle and a favorite book. It’s the perfect combination for any educator!

We know the job of being a teacher is no easy task. But we also have learned that a wonderful cup of Bigelow Tea and a moment to relax can make the job just a tiny bit easier.

Image by woodleywonderworks via Flickr.com

Watching The Kentucky Derby With Bigelow Tea

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We are huge sports fans here at Bigelow Tea, and one event we like to watch every year is the glorious pageantry of the Kentucky Derby! From the thrilling sounds of “My Old Kentucky Home” to the sights of the ladies’ hats and the colors adorning the dashing horses, this tradition-laden event is a must-watch!

The Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky.  At Bigelow Tea—where some of our favorite teas include rose hips—we were interested in the origin of the roses that are now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby, which is often referred to as the “Run for the Roses.”  Here’s what we learned:

The roses were first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party. The roses were such a sensation, that the president of Churchill Downs, Col. Lewis Clark, adopted the rose as the race’s official flower. The rose garland now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby first appeared in the 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush, received a floral arrangement of white and pink roses. … In 1925, New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.”

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Several of our favorite Bigelow Teas are made with rose hips, including Chamomile Mango and Orange & Spice herbal teas! Those tasty teas are two that we love served over ice on a spring or summer day. In fact, we think they’d make a perfect accompaniment to a viewing of this year’s Derby!

So, on May 4th, join us in raising a glass of iced tea as we watch the horses line up and take off in this year’s Run for the Roses!

Image by kyngpao via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Announces Our Pinterest Sweepstakes Winners!

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We are so excited to announce the winners of our Pin To Win Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes.  Congrats to all!

 

Claudia from KS

Andrea from CA

Dawn from OH

Christina from MI

Gary from WA

Please note that all winners will be contacted by Bigelow Tea within 2 weeks in order to confirm your contact information so the prize can be awarded.


Enter Our Bigelow Tea May Sweepstakes To Win A Spa Gift Basket!

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May is for honoring mothers, but we think you’ll agree that this month’s Bigelow Tea sweepstakes prize will make every day feel like Mother’s Day for our three lucky winners! Each of the three winners will take home an Organic Tea Spa Basket filled with luxurious treats to delight the senses!

Everyone needs a bit of pampering now and then, and this carefully edited goody basket ticks off all the boxes for items to soothe body, mind and soul. It’s perfect for moms, moms-to-be or moms-at-heart! Each Organic Tea Spa Basket contains the following:

  • Tea-infused 6-oz glycerin hand therapy
  • 8-oz body silk lotion
  • 8-oz shower gel, plus moisturizing balm
  • Travel-size hand cream
  • 2-in unscented candle
  • 2, 3-oz jars all-natural Savannah Bee Tea Honey
  • 2 clover honey spoons
  • 6 blends of Bigelow Organic Tea Flavors, 48 tea bags in all

To enter for a chance to win, “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on May 31. Be sure to check our Bigelow Tea blog for the names of the three lucky winners. Good luck, and best wishes to all the mothers who enrich the world with love and care!

 

Bigelow Tea Shares Plans For Our 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

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Bigelow Tea is revving up some exciting plans for the upcoming 2013 First Flush FesTEAval! Yep – it’s on its way and it’s never too early to plan, so be sure to mark your calendar for this annual bash, held on Saturday, May 18th. You’ll want to make a day of it at the Charleston Tea Plantation when you enjoy our grand tradition of celebrating the first flush—the first harvest of the year’s tea crop.

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You may remember that the First Flush FesTEAval was named one of the top-100 events in all of North America! You can’t beat the old-fashioned goodness of the event, with family fun, food and music—and of course lots of the plantation’s home-grown American Classic Tea! Tickets are available in advance through TicketFly.com and the Music Farm Box Office.

If you’re a music fan, you’re in luck. We’re proud to announce that the FesTEAval will be headlined by the popular Folk Rock band OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW! Some of the other musical acts slated to appear include The Luke Cunningham BandGaslight StreetQuincy MumfordSun Dried VibesSouthwoodTyler Boone and Stop Light Observations. Plus, a special surprise guest will be there! With the great music, the tea, food trucks and a kids’ area, you have the makings of a fantastic day!

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The Charleston Tea plantation is made up of 127 acres of pristine grounds and an amazing gift shop, located on Wadmalaw Island and located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. It was recently named one of the top destination cities in the world! Tens of thousands of tea lovers travel to America’s only Tea Garden every year to visit and tour, and of course to attend our First Flush FesTEAval! The gates open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 2. We hope to see you there on May 18th!