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For The Perfect Mother’s Day, Bigelow Tea’s Got You Covered!

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It’s never too early to start planning a party … especially one for Mom! Yes, Mother’s Day is coming soon, and Bigelow Tea wants to help you make it a great day for the mothers in your life.

Starting the day with a decadent brunch is one way to go, and we’ve got a recipe (below) for Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast—featuring our Cinnamon Stick and French Vanilla teas!—that is unbelievably tastyand easy for the other family members to put together. No, Mom, you’re not allowed in the kitchen today!

After breakfast, pamper Mom with a few thoughtful cards and gifts. Handmade items from young children will turn into treasured keepsakes, and a tin full of Bigelow Tea will keep her heart warm for months! Our I Love Mom Tin of Tea (pictured at top) filled with 128 tea bags is a great way to go!

So don’t wait till the last minute; start preparing for your Mother’s Day extravaganza now. With a little advance planning, the day will go off without a hitch! By the end of the day, she’ll be sipping her favorite Bigelow Tea and thinking about just how lucky she is!

Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast

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Ingredients:

12 slices of Challah bread, cut in half on the diagonal
½ cup of hot water
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick Tea Bags and 2 Bigelow® French Vanilla Tea Bags

6 eggs
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 – 8 oz package cream cheese, cut into small cubes
Non-stick cooking spray (preferably plain or butter flavor)

Yield: Serves 6-8

Instructions:

This do-ahead dish makes a perfect breakfast for overnight guests. It can be completely assembled the night before, and will bake while you’re brewing the morning tea. Serve with a fresh fruit salad for a delicious start to your day.

Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Steep 5 tea bags in ½ cup of water for 5 minutes, and allow to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and salt. Add cooled tea and whisk to combine.

Arrange a layer of Challah bread in the prepared baking dish, and evenly distribute half of the cream cheese cubes on top.

Add a second layer of Challah bread, and slowly pour egg mixture over the top, allowing it to completely soak all the bread.

Top with remaining cream cheese cubes, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours).

The next morning, remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the dish is completely set and lightly browned.

Cut into squares and serve with maple syrup if desired.

Take a Virtual Tour of Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation

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With Charleston, South Carolina designated as a must-see destinationBigelow Tea is sharing a video featuringanother wonderful reason for taking a trip down south: tea! Located on Wadmalaw Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, our Charleston Tea Plantation is the perfect place for a day trip. If you’re thinking of going and want a preview … or you can’t make it there in “real life,” take a “virtual tour” around our 127-acre property.

Your tour guide, Cindi Bigelow, will take you through the factory and show you how our American Classic Tea is made. You’ll also see a gazebo used for weddings and other special events, and an antique trolley you’ll be dying to ride! Come join us and see what makes Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and gift shop so special!

 

Bigelow Tea Salutes The Bold Attitude Of The Red Hat Society

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If, as they say, fortune truly favors the bold, the ladies of the Red Hat Society are a lucky bunch! And we at Bigelow Tea say, “deservedly so.”  After all, the group was launched 15 years ago with a tea party full of epic fashion and fun! Inspired by Jenny Joseph’s poem Warning, its founders defied convention by pairing bright red hats with purple dresses to gather with friends for tea. Now more than 40,000 chapters strong, the organization still embodies the same feisty attitude of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness among women of a certain age. Bigelow Tea salutes these fabulous women on Red Hat Society Day—Thursday, April 25—and every day for their style, moxie and, most especially, their love of tea.

In fact, this year’s annual Red Hat Society meeting, themed “Southern Hospitalitea,” is a re-creation of the tea party that started it all. Members from chapters in 50 states and 30 countries will gather in Atlanta for three days of fun, frivolity and—of course— tea. The event’s centerpiece is “The Teapot Pavilion,” where red-hatted “sisters” will enjoy such activities as a tea-themed comedy revue and even a teacup exchange (because, as these savvy gals know, matching is highly overrated).

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Bigelow Tea recommends something special to put in those cups: the bold brew of “Constant Comment”® Tea.  Created by our very own amazing woman—Bigelow Tea founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow—“Constant Comment” marries mountain-grown black tea with oranges and sweet spices. Like the Red Hat Society itself, nothing can compare!

Top image by Photos by Mavis via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Thinks Administrative Professionals Get The Job Done

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We all have people in our lives we lean on just a bit; our family, our friends … and in the business world it’s our Administrative Professionals. These are the folks who really help us get the job done.  During Administrative Professionals Day (which is tomorrow) and Administrative Professionals Week (which is this week), we at Bigelow Tea would like to take a moment to thank all of those great people who make the world of business go round! They are the people in the work force, the coordinators, the office managers, the assistants, and the secretaries, those who can truly be considered the backbone of the organization!

So how do we show administrative professionals the gratitude they deserve during this special week? How about letting them unwind with a cup of Bigelow Tea? We think there’s no better way to show appreciation than with Bigelow Tea Personali-Tea Gift Basket! With a glorious array of teas and nibbles, this is a special gift for any hard worker. And check out the quote on the mug that comes in the basket: “Bigelow Tea Drinker: Works harder than most, but knows how to let loose.” Perfect!

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In addition to tea, how about giving your “admins” a little something else to soothe and recharge? Pass out our American Classic Glycerine Hand Therapy lotion! It’s a perfect lotion to have the office and keep right in the desk drawer to use on a daily basis. We bet that your administrative professionals will appreciate this gift.

Whichever way you choose to thank people on Administrative Professionals Day—and there are many more to choose from too!—Bigelow Tea is there to help send the message of gratitude!

Image by Highways Agency via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea: Green on Earth Day and Every Day

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It’s Earth Day, and at Bigelow Tea we welcomed spring this month with an ongoing celebration of all things green! We adore the color green, and on Earth Day we especially love green living through Sustainabili-TEA, our initiative to reduce our environmental impact on the Earth. Of course, any discussion of “greening” puts us in the right mood for a cup of Bigelow Green Tea.

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With Earth Day upon us, we’re encouraging everyone to up their “green game.” Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has mobilized citizens across the globe to embrace and advocate for sustainable environmental change. As a grassroots movement, Earth Day rallies individuals to commit to making a difference in their own homes, businesses and communities. For us at Bigelow Tea, this includes everything from composting to land preservation to adopting eco-friendly shipping methods.  We’ve even appointed a dedicated Green Team to manage our production, warehouse and recycling efforts.

So this Earth Day, take a moment to think about what you can do to live more gently during your time on our planet. Recycle. Compost waste. Plant a tree. Walk to work. And when you’re finished, take a moment to reward your body and soul for the effort with some delicious hot or iced Bigelow Tea. Choose from more than 35 varieties, every one infused with finest flavors Mother Earth has to offer.

Top image by bterrycompton via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea’s Commitment To SustainabiliTEA

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Bigelow Tea is a family owned and operated company that has always valued our place in the community and on our planet. Since Ruth Campbell Bigelow founded the company in 1945, we have worked with care and consideration for the world around us. We think this helps create positive energy, encouraging others to do good things for the earth too. That’s why we are a leader in energy efficiency programs and sustainability. It’s the right thing to do.

Cindi Bigelow has said, “do the right thing, and good things will follow.” We know that even small steps can help make the world a better place. That’s why we put so much effort into our SustainabiliTEA program, both expansive ideas (like our 1.5 million dollar solar panel project) and smaller steps, like asking employees to bring their own tea mugs to work to eliminate disposable cup usage.

Here are a few more waste reduction practices that we employ:

  • Our “single stream” recycling bins in the company cafeterias, which separate metal, glass and redeemable items.
  • Our programs to recycle electronics equipment such as computers and photo copiers.
  • Our efforts to recycle disposable batteries and replace them with rechargeable batteries.
  • Our system of sending the cooking oil from our Fairfield, CT cafeteria to a processing facility in Waterbury, CT where it is converted to biodiesel fuel.
  • Our process for recycling empty inkjet cartridges and donating them to the “Funding Factory Cartridge Recycling Program,” providing teachers with funding to buy computer supplies for students.

There’s more too … great and small efforts which are all important. We feel better doing our part and helping lead, because we value our customers our, communities, and our world!

 

Bigelow Tea Looks At High Blood Pressure On World Health Day

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 reminds us that World Health Day is celebrated this Sunday, April 7, a date that marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. All over the earth people will be celebrating the importance of living productive, happy and healthy lives. As part of World Health Day in 2013, the WHO is focusing on the dangers of high blood pressure—a global problem affecting more than one in three adults across the planet.

High blood pressure (also hypertension raised blood pressure) is often undiagnosed because it doesn’t always cause clear symptoms. Unfortunately, it leads to more than nine million deaths every year, and the WHO says that awareness is a priority for health management. So exactly causes high blood pressure? The American Institute of stress says that while the exact causes are not known, several factors play a role, including smoking, family history and diet. The good news is there are steps that can be taken to combat high blood pressure and reduce the risks of deadly conditions like heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

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So take a minute with us at Bigelow Tea as we sit down—with a nice cup of tea like our Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea—to look at ways to reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.  While there is no magic “cure,” the WHO suggests:

  • reducing salt intake
  • eating a balanced diet
  • avoiding harmful use of alcohol
  • taking regular physical activity
  • maintaining a healthy body weight
  • avoiding tobacco use

As you review the list of do’s and don’ts, enjoy that cup of Bigelow Tea! Some studies have even shown that drinking black tea or drinking green tea might help keep blood pressure in check. So here’s to your health on World Health Day 2013, and all the yearlong!

Image by C. Black via World Health Organization

Join Bigelow Tea in Celebrating Earth Month!

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Started in 1970, Earth Month has always been a time to raise awareness about the environment and to appreciate our planet in any way, shape or form! It’s a great time to get together with family and friends to do something that helps the earth! So whether you recycle, bring reusable bags to the grocery store, have energy saving light bulbs or decide to clean up trash around your neighborhood, it’s all about Sustainabili-TEA!

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Here at Bigelow Tea we love being green, not only in how we produce tea and run our business, but also in the tea itself!  We have a wonderful line of all natural Organic Teas that are grown by socially responsible farmers.  Each box contains twenty delicious tea bags with flavors ranging from Imperial Earl Grey to Moroccan Mint and Chamomile Citrus.  There’s even a White Tea with Raspberry & Chrysanthemum! But the best part is that our Organic Tea is totally earth-friendly, making it the perfect companion for Earth Month!

So, when you’re done helping the planet, sit back and relax with your favorite cup of Bigelow Organic Tea and celebrate being green with the arrival of spring and Earth Month!

 

Bigelow Tea Wins Fairfield County Business Council’s Healthy Workplaces Award

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Pictured above are (left to right) Chris Bruhl, President & CEO of the Business Council of Fairfield County, Pat Sorgenti, Corporate HR Manager, Bigelow Tea, and John King, Co-Chair of the Business Council’s Wellness Roundtable

We’ve got big news to share! The Business Council of Fairfield County recently presented Bigelow Tea with the Platinum “Healthy Workplaces Best Practices Award!” This award, which recognizes local businesses that offer health/wellness programs, marks the first platinum-level prize we’re received. 2013 also marks the fourth time we at Bigelow Tea have been honored for our health endeavors. Employee satisfaction is one of our company “prior-i-TEAs,” so we provide many wellness initiatives to our employees to keep their health and happiness in our workplace strong.

Our Corporate HR Manager Pat Sorgenti was on hand to receive the award, and Bigelow Tea owes many thanks to our entire HR Department. Their hard work is making it easier for Bigelow Tea employees to get involved in these programs. Our year-round offerings include a variety of activities that appeal to different personal interests and needs. They range from our “Lunch & Learn” sessions on various health and nutrition topics, to at work yoga programs, to blood pressure screenings and even a Weight Watchers program.

Employee participation is voluntary, but our programs have quite a turnout! “We take health seriously at Bigelow Tea,” says our President and CEO, Cindi Bigelow. “We’re delighted to provide these services to our employees. In the end we all benefit.” Yes, we do!

 

During Stress Awareness Month, Unwind With Bigelow Tea

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Even if stress seems unavoidable, it’s still manageable. During National Stress Awareness Month this April, Bigelow Tea is finding ways to cope with—and even avoid—being under pressure. Techniques that can help reduce stress and its related health risks include:

  • Finding better ways to manage your time by making a schedule or to-do list;
  • Changing your perception on how to handle stress. Be honest about what is working for you, and what’s not;
  • Letting go of the things we cannot change;
  • Learning to say “no” when it’s appropriate;
  • Getting plenty of rest and eating well;
  • Not being afraid to speak up or ask for help when needed.

Let’s add unwinding with a cup of tea to this list! And with good reason: Green tea contains L-theanine, a free (nonprotein) amino acid. According to a medical study, L-theanine produces a sense of relaxation by directly stimulating the production of alpha brain waves. In basic terms: it’s a state of feeling calm!

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So which tea to choose? Our Green Teas include “green” takes on popular blends such as our “Constant Comment”® and fruity flavors like mangopeach, and lemon. Or sip a soothing mug of our Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea. Alternatively, you might choose to end your night with our Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea.

During this month—and the ones before and after it!—make a habit of de-stressing with your favorite Bigelow Tea.

Top image by Jon Rawlinson via Flickr.com