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Winner of Gretzky Fantasy Sweepstakes Celebrates in Las Vegas!

Just had the most precious photos sent to us from the winner of  our Gretzky Fantasy Sweepstakes!  His name is Paul Dennett and he is from Hawaii.

Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Sweepstakes Winner, Paul Dennett

Well, first of all he (as you can imagine) is a huge Gretzky and hockey fan, so the trip was something he was incredibly excited about.  But then he took his wife, Donna, and they ended up making the trip a 42nd wedding anniversary celebration.  When you see the two of them together and you see Paul on the ice, well to me, life doesn’t get any better than that!

Paul and Donna Dennet in Las Vegas

Of course working with Wayne is a treat-he is such a professional but also such a good man.  But getting to put together this event and seeing how much it meant to Paul and Donna-well, hard to describe how it made me feel…congrats Paul, not just on winning the trip but for 42 years with your lovely wife, Donna.  A wonderful accomplishment by anyone’s standards!

Sweepstakes Winner, Paul Dennett with Wayne Gretzky

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Highlights African-American Icons During Black History Month

Each February we look at the African-Americans who have shaped life in the United States, as part of Black History Month. From Harriet Tubman to Barak Obama, our country has moved forward, thanks to these civil rights leaders, musicians, poets, athletes and educators. Here are just a few who have made a great impact:

Rosa Parks (above) was a seamstress who refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Through that action a movement was ignited, and Rosa Parks is still recalled as “the mother of the civil rights movement.”

Frederick Douglass was born a slave. Against the laws of the time, he learned to read and write, eventually publishing his autobiography and becoming an adviser to President Abraham Lincoln. He said: “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

Maya Angelou is one of America’s most respected authors and poets. Her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is a milestone of African-American literature. At the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton, Ms. Angelou recited an inaugural poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” the second poet ever to read at an inauguration.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball for a non-segregated team, and to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jackie Robinson’s quiet dignity paved the way for the integration of MLB, even while suffering mistreatment from ballplayers and fans alike.

Bigelow Tea salutes these pioneers during Black History Month and encourages everyone to brew a cup of tea and learn more about these influential men and women who have helped make America a better place for all people.

Image via, commons.wikimedia.org

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Reach Out and Lend a Helping Hand – Sustainabili-TEA Ideas from Bigelow Tea

February is a month resplendent with celebrations of the Heart.  From the emotional (St. Valentine’s Day) to the physical (American Heart Month and National Women’s Heart Week), these celebrations honor people and their relationships with health and love.  At Bigelow Tea, we think that February is a great month to take this celebration one step further – to extend your heart to your community, whether to a family in need or to your local animal rescue center.  If you have children, bring them along; it’s an opportunity to help them understand how important other people (and animals) are in the world around them, and the role that empathy plays in human interaction. Encourage them to keep the spirit of these celebrations in their own hearts every day of the year!

Here are some other ideas for giving and sharing:

1. Local Outreach Programs and Community Centers

Outreach programs and community centers with their dedicated volunteer workers make it their mission to help families in need. Drop by and see how you could be of service in your community. You’ll be welcomed with open arms.

2. Retirement Homes and Geriatric Care Facilities

Visit the elderly in your community. Read to them. Chat with them. Listen to their stories. They’ll appreciate the company, and you’ll value the experience for a lifetime.

3. Animal Rescue Centers

Help out at your local pet rescue center or even adopt a pet! Animals need advocates, too. They give us such unconditional love, and we can return their love in kind.

As we embark on our own personal journey of Sustainabili-TEA, you may want to chronicle the experience in a journal. It’s worth remembering and sharing your stories with others so that they, too, may reach out to someone and lend a helping hand.

Photos via Houndsgood.com, Freedomb.org, Dailymail.co.uk, Petside.com, and Patmarproperties.com

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Bigelow Tea!

Love is in the air at Bigelow Tea!  To set the mood, we thought we’d share some of our Valentine’s Day favorites with you, just in time for the big day.

Nothing says romance like chocolates and champagne, so you’ll love our Darjeeling and Dark Chocolate Pots and our Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch!  And you can curl up by the fireplace with your significant other with our winning combination of Green Tea and Sweetheart Cinnamon Iced Tea. Or perhaps our spectacular Naugh-TEAS: the cupids at Bigelow Tea have concocted some ‘take-me-to-the-moon’ Mar-TEA-nis for all you romantics out there on Valentine’s Day!

A little chocolate…

Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots

Ingredients

½ cup whole milk
2 tea bags, Bigelow® Darjeeling
¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao content) or semi-sweet chips
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions

  • In a glass measuring cup, heat milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until very hot. Alternatively, this step can be done in s small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stovetop.
  • Place the tea bags in the hot milk and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze out teabags into milk before discarding. Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a blender and process until finely chopped.
  • Pour the hot tea infused milk over the chocolate and blend until smooth, about one minute. Add egg and a pinch of salt and blend again to incorporate fully. Note: It is important that the milk is hot to ensure the chocolate melts completely and creates the right consistency.
  • Divide mixture evenly between four tea cups (or individually sized ramekins) and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. During this time, the mixture will firm up to the consistency of pudding.
  • Serve chilled, with any combination of the following garnishes: whipped cream, fresh raspberries, or fresh mint leaves.

… and some champagne

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water
6 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz™ tea bags
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

Yield: Serves 6-8

Instructions

  • Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove.
  • Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
  • Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir.
  • Serve immediately.

Top photo via Eyecandy.nankaze.net

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Bigelow Tea and Valentine’s Day = True Love

It’s February, a time of year that tends to bring some dreary days and cold nights. Yet there’s at least one bright spot this month – Valentine’s Day! Everyone enjoys celebrating love on February 14th. Telling people that you care for them warms your heart and soul…much like a good cup of Bigelow Tea.

Whether you are sharing the day with a sweetheart, a grandmother or a friend, Valentine’s Day is definitely made for tea lovers. Let’s count the ways tea is used to express love: a child can bring a gift of Bigelow Tea to a teacher, definitely making his or her day; a husband can mix a White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni for his wife to get the Valentine’s celebration started, and a son or daughter can greet a parent with a cup of green tea in the morning to show they care. (Or perhaps one of our special Valentine’s flavors – Sweetheart Cinnamon and White Chocolate Kisses! The heartfelt possibilities are endless!)

So this year, let Bigelow Tea help bring you together with those you love for a memorable and delicious February 14th.  Be generous with your feelings and with your tea! We wish you all a happy and warm Valentine’s Day!

Photo: Image by Claudia Assad www.flickr.com/photos/


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Bigelow Tea Takes Heart In Promoting American Heart Month

February is a month that Bigelow Tea really takes to heart.  The heart is not just a symbol of love and romance celebrated on Valentine’s Day; it’s the living, beating pump that breathes life into our body, keeping us alive. It’s not a coincidence that this month has been proclaimed American Heart Month too,  spearheaded by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about the importance of  heart disease prevention.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.  It’s also the leading killer of women over the age of 34 – mainly because the symptoms, which differ significantly between men and women, are often overlooked.  In an effort to emphasize the severity of this disease to women, the Women’s Heart Foundation has named the first week of February National Women’s Heart Week.  The Foundation partners with local organizations across the nation, to provide women with information on prevention, symptom detection, and early intervention.

When we talk about prevention, what we really mean is that we should, collectively and individually, make it our mission to live healthier lives to help avoid the onset of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, or stroke.  Here are a few suggestions:

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t also suggest regularly enjoying Bigelow Tea’s green tea. Cheers to healthy living!

Photo via Vegan.sheknows.com.

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Bigelow Tea Is Counting the Days Until Spring Training

Manager (and Bigelow Tea Spokesman) Terry Francona’s Red Sox had a
busy offseason, bolstering their roster for a championship run in 2011

Warming our hands over the embers of baseball’s hot stove this winter, there’s been talks of trades, offseason moves and last season’s transgressions. But now all the passionate judgments are wrapped in a fresh coat of spring optimism. You know that Bigelow Tea loves baseball, and even though the parks’ verdant grass is still buried in snow, we’re feeling that giddy anticipation for the day when they declare “pitchers and catchers report!” Welcome to Spring Training 2011!

Soon the boys of summer will return, as equipment managers pack semi-trailers for travel to the sunny confines of Cactus and Grapefruit play.  Much has changed in the great game of baseball. In the past, many ballplayers farmed, sold cars or peddled insurance in the off-season while waiting for spring. Today, fall and winter leagues prepare the up-and-comers (and the still-hopeful) for the rigors of the game and the new season, while the full-time professionals can’t just show up at spring training intending to ‘get in shape’ for opening day. Instead, they make a year-round commitment to physical excellence.

Spring Training games are also big draws for clubs, often selling out facilities such as the Met’s home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Added drama to this year’s spring training are the rumors about Bigelow Tea favorite (and spokesman) Joe Torre; we know he won’t be sipping his green tea on the dugout steps this season – but perhaps he will be in the Baseball Commissioner’s office!

The 1921 New York Yankees, Spring Training in New Orleans’ Pelican Stadium

And amid all the buzz every February, we also remember those who’ve passed away in the last year, like “The Boss,”George Steinbrenner. Also gone forever are Sparky AndersonBob Feller, and many other baseball greats.  In their stead are the tide of fans, players and coaches, each of whom believe, deep down, that this is “the year.” Hope springs eternal at spring training, on and off the diamond!


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Bigelow Tea’s Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes Heats Up February

Nothing warms a cold winter night like a favorite cup of Bigelow Tea…and what better beverage to share thisValentine’s Day with your loved one!

This February 14th, as part of our ongoing Bigelow Tea Facebook Sweepstakes, 14 winners will receive two boxes of these delicious seasonal teas, a total of 40 tea bags of sharing! This month’s gift is a befitting assortment of Bigelow Tea’s Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea and White Chocolate Kisses Tea – the perfect pair, just like you and your sweetie!

Bigelow Tea’s Valentine’s Day Sweeps will run from February 7th to February 13th, with the winners announced on Valentine’s Day. To enter: visit Bigelow Tea’s Facebook page, and “Like” us by clicking the icon next to our name at the top of the page. Then visit the sweepstakes tab and enter your name for a chance to win this great Valentines gift duo from Bigelow Tea!  (A $6.59 retail value.)

We hope you enjoy this month’s sweepstakes, and take advantage of the chance to spend some time with a lovely Tea CUP-ple on Valentine’s Day!

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Constant Comment® Moments with My Mother

My name is Louise, and I live in Illinois. I grew up in Rockford, in a totally Swedish community, but my mother was of English descent. Even though she enjoyed coffee with all our friends and relatives, our special time together was always over a cup of tea.

When I was very young, she introduced me to Bigelow’s Constant Comment. The spices and orange flavor made it especially yummy to my young palate.

When I was still in grade school, my mother baked a huge assortment of Christmas cookies every year, and I proudly carried a written invitation to my teacher for afternoon tea and cookies on the last day of school before the holiday break. I would dress in my finest new Christmas dress, and my mother would have the house all decorated, with the dining room table set for just the 3 of us. We would enjoy polite conversation, cookies, and of course, our favorite Constant Comment tea.

I eventually moved away from my home town, and my mother passed away 2 years ago, but I’ll always cherish those “grown up” moments with my mother over cups of Bigelow’s Constant Comment tea.

Louise

Bigelow Tea Drinker

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Constant Comment Way

What a huge complement!

The Town of Fairfield (CT) just had an opportunity to name a new street near our building while they are building an added train station in our neighborhood. And the name of the street is…”Constant Comment” Way. It doesn’t get any better than that.

We have been in this town for over 20 years, and we love Fairfield. We love doing things for the community and its residents. The fact that the Board of Selectman wanted to go above and beyond to recognize our commitment to this town by naming this new road after our flagship brand is truly heartwarming and humbling. As one of the three selectman stated when voting on this amendment, “Bigelow has never asked anything from this town, it only gives. It is our pleasure to say thank you for all their efforts by naming this street ‘Constant Comment’ Way.”

Wow, that was truly a magical moment for me and all of us at Bigelow Tea. Thank you Fairfield, we are proud to be a resident! We plan on giving back for a very long time….

Cindi Bigelow

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