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This Is Why Bigelow Tea Loves The Stars From The Crown

The Crown is one of those TV shows everyone can’t seem to get enough of—especially everyone at Bigelow Tea. Telling the story of England’s longest-reigning monarch from her coronation onward, the show gives you a glimpse into Buckingham Palace in the mid 20th century. And when it comes to the Royals, who doesn’t love to hear more?? From the traditions to the outfits to the relationships to afternoon tea, it’s an experience that evokes Great Britain through and through.

And what is better than afternoon tea? Apparently, not much, as Netflix UK & Ireland got hold of The Crown’s lead actors, Claire Foy and Matt Smith to ask them about how they take their tea. If you haven’t watched the video yet – if you’d like a bit of fun – go through these questions for yourself and see how your answers line up* with the actors portraying Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

  1. How many hours do/can you go without tea?
  2. If you had to choose: English Breakfast or Earl Grey?
  3. Do you go for a teacup or mug for your tea?
  4. Which goes in your cup first: the milk or the tea?

Enjoy and don’t forget to tag #TeaProudly to share how you like your tea!

*Listen, like all of us, Claire and Matt have some strongly-held opinions about their tea, so if your answers don’t match, don’t take it to heart. You’re still #TeaProudly royalty to us.

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Is A Go-To For Fab Tanya Rad!

What’s the best way to start your day? Well, if you’re up and at ‘em before 5:00 a.m. like Tanya Rad, it’s with a huge glass of water in one hand and a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea in the other. As the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show, “On Air With Ryan” on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles’ Hit Music radio station, Tanya’s alarm goes off bright and early so that she can bring the people of Los Angeles and those tuned in worldwide some solid tunes (and humor!).

But, if you spend a bit of time with Tanya, you’ll know that the water and tea go beyond staying hydrated. Tanya is truly committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, and those early morning beverages are a great way to keep accountable throughout the day. Here are a few other tips for living your best – and healthiest – life!

  1. Make your bed. As the first task of the day, it’s a good feeling to get it done.
  2. As mentioned, start your morning off with a nice, tall glass of ice water – maybe add some lemon!
  3. While you’re sipping, start the teapot and brew yourself a cup of green tea.
  4. Schedule your day out. Take a few minutes to jot out your priorities or to-do list. It’s a great way to chart out your day and an even better way to jumpstart the productivity.
  5. On the go? Busy work day ahead? Pack your lunch! Stick to healthy habits by bringing your own food to the office.
  6. Let the natural light in. Open your blinds, soak in the sunshine. That Vitamin D is amazing.
  7. Exercise! Move your body! Wake it up!
  8. Get your thinking cap on! Read the newspaper. Or have a chat with a loved one on your commute. We also love podcasts – one of our favorites is “Tea Time with Tanya.”

In the end, living your best life is all about finding what makes you happy and makes you feel fulfilled. You can get together with friends and chat out some of your favorite habits, or do your research on blogs, Instagram and Pinterest for new ideas. But ultimately, you have to be true to yourself and do what feels right to you. After all, when we say #TeaProudly, being proud of who you are is a huge part of that.

Photos by Tanya Rad

Tanya Rad Is, Well, Pretty Darn Rad – And A Bigelow Tea Fan!

 

Music lover. Podcaster. Co-host. Tea drinker. Ladies and gents, if you don’t love her already, you most certainly will after you listen to her show(s)… it’s Tanya Rad! She’s witty, authentic and one rad lady. And, guess what? She’s also a Bigelow Tea drinker – and an awesome partner of ours.

Perhaps you’d recognize her best by her voice. Why? Well, the rad Ms. Rad is all the rage when it comes to the radio (and all things music!). As the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show, “On Air With Ryan” on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles’ Hit Music radio station, she’s up bright and early (from 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.) to bring the people of Los Angeles and those tuned in worldwide one heck of a good time. And, if you love her there, you’ll be thrilled to hear that she hosts an awesome podcast called “Tea Time with Tanya,” where she interviews musicians like Astrid S (pictured with Tanya Rad). 

What can you expect to hear over Tanya’s teacups? Well, in a lot of ways, the same stuff you’d expect to hear when catching up with a good friend over a cup of Bigelow Tea. She talks about relationships – right and wrong – with Sabrina Carpenter. Tanya and Lauv discuss turning your mess into your message, because who doesn’t love a pep talk over tea? And she doles out advice to her younger self with Miley Cyrus. You won’t want to miss these episodes – or any others!

Even if it’s after 10 a.m. where you are, it’s a perfect time to raise a cup to Tanya and her multitasking, music-mastering, celebrity chatting style – and she knows #TeaProudly! Well-worthy of “Constant Comment” (obviously the tea, but also the attention!), this is one DJ you’ll want to tune into –chances are, she’ll be your cup of tea, too. Enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Is A Fan Of These 5 Celebrity Tea Drinkers

It’s no surprise that celebs love tea. After all, they’re people, too! So when Bigelow Tea hears about famous tea drinkers, it’s easy to get totally starstruck! Shout-out to all the tea lovers out there because these timeless folks throughout history are part of the #TeaProudly movement (even though they didn’t realize it at the time)!

1. Dream as if you’ll live forever. James Dean. While his first professional acting gig was for a soft drink, James Dean was known to drink tea often and was even photographed on numerous occasions with a cup in his hand.

2. Rockstar. Guitar legend. Jimi Hendrix. Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music,” Jimi Hendrix was also a tea drinker. Actually, one of the last photos of Hendrix was taken at tea time.

3. The King of Cool. Dean Martin. Crooner, Rat-Packer and funny-man Dean Martin enjoyed tea, too. Or, at the very least, hamming it up on-camera with tea cups!

4. Pink Panther. Tea drinker. Peter Sellers. He was English, so it’s obvious that Peter Sellers – AKA Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series – drank his fair share of tea.

5. The Lion. The Witch. The Tea Kettle. C.S. Lewis. At one point, author C.S. Lewis even said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Now that sounds like our cup of tea, for sure. 

Fame and celebrity certainly come with their own stresses and plenty of busy schedules, but it’s good to know you always rely on a good cup of tea – just like these famous faces have done for decades past. Raise a cup, enjoy and #TeaProudly on!

Photos via Flickr:

James Dean by Kate Gabrielle
Jimi Hendrix by mirjoran
Dean Martin by Elissa Young
Peter Sellers by A World
C.S. Lewis by Tom Cooper

Struan Shields Spills On His Secret Showtime Ritual: Tea Of Course!

How cool is it that the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Struan Shields is a Bigelow Tea fanatic and makes it part of his pre-show ritual? When he gets ready for a performance, Struan says he absolutely must have his Bigelow Peppermint Tea before a show or else! He says he even drinks excessive amounts of it! (Is there such a thing for a tea lover?)

So what about you? Maybe you’ve found yourself facing the day of a big party, a huge career-changing presentation, or even a first date. These are all just some of the events that call for a “go get ‘em” game plan! Do you have a go-to for getting revved up and ready, or calm, cool and collected? Here are some great ways to get your very own tea ritual going!

Get glowing with tea.

You’ll feel your best when you know you look your best—try tea as a way to amp up your beauty routine! For example, green tea and black tea are awesome for all types of beautifying tricks!

Put nerves in their place.

Chamomile Is known for being a calming herbal wonder—so good when you need your mind and body to chill. Sip a cup while getting ready for any sort of event that’s got your nerves wracked!

Get moving!

If you need a bolt of energy to get your engines motored and your mind focused, try a black tea such as Lemon Lift® for a refreshing boost to the brain and body!

Keep the good vibes going. 

If it’s all good and you want something to sip to keep the mood flowing and the momentum going, Constant Comment® is your go-to. Terrific for when you’re hanging with the gang and chatting up a storm.

Wind it down. 

End of a crazy exciting day still got you buzzing? Slide into sleepiness and calm your mind with Sweet Dreams® Herbal Tea, a delicious and soothing mix of chamomile and mint. Nighty-night!

What’s your favorite tea ritual? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

Leadership, Sacrifice And Courage: Bigelow Tea Spends A Day With Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman

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It’s not every day we get to meet a hero. But a few weeks back, that’s exactly what we did. Decorated former United States Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman spent a few awe inspiring hours at the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he personally addressed Bigelow employees.   The visit was shared via live feed to our teams in Louisville, KY and Boise, ID. As founder and spokesperson of the Combat Wounded Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports combat wounded warriors and families of the fallen, and author of the memoir The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Officer, Jason spent some time talking about leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity. It was an honor and privilege to hear him speak.

Jason served 21 years with the U.S. Navy — 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and 10 years as a SEAL officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded in a firefight in Iraq after his team was ambushed. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Jason bravely faced his challenges by writing a bright orange sign to hang on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. It read:bigelow-tea-sign

Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.  

— The Management

The original sign on the door, signed by President George W. Bush, now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda as an inspiration to his fellow service men and women.

After 37 surgeries, Jason candidly shares his experiences and positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s courageous military forces and their families. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and the U.S. Army Ranger tab, along with numerous other personal and unit awards.bigelow-tea-cindi-bigelow-jason-redman

Just as Jason is committed to the U.S. military community, so are we. In 2009, we launched the “Tea for the Troops” program, which sends specially designed boxes of 100% American-grown tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation to U.S. military personnel overseas and in the States. To date, we have sent more than 5 million tea bags to service men and women. We also became an official sponsor of the USO in 2015. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices the members of our military—and their families—have made to keep our country free, and we will continue to support them, one tea bag at a time.

Thank you, Jason, for your service. You are an inspiration to us!

Top image: Jason Redman speaking to Bigelow Tea employees

Lower image (L-R): Cindi Bigelow, Jason Redman and his service dog, Kharma, and Jason’s wife, Erica.

Bigelow Tea Loves A Good Tea Party—Especially One Hosted By Sofia Vergara

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Celeb tea parties have been all the rage this year, and Hollywood A-listers Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are joining in on the fun! Both Sofia and Joe took to social media to give a sneak peek into a tea party they hosted—now that’s being a proud tea-drinker! Surrounded by close family and friends, it looked like the event was a success—smiling faces, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets, beautifully-arranged flowers, teacups, and guests happily drinking tea (of course).

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In an image captioned, “”What do u do when @clarissa_rezende brings u a @stefanbeharsucre cake from Brazil??!!!!!! Invite friends for Tea Partyyyyyyy,” the oh-so-lovely Colombian actress posed with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake that event decorator Clarissa Rezende brought back from São Paulo, Brazil.

We can just imagine being in Brazil with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake for a delicious treat—and perhaps a cup of tea to accompany a slice? After all, black tea is a popular Brazilian choice, either hot or iced, along with herbal teas such as mint and lemongrass.

Whether you’re having your cake and drinking tea, too, or celebrating good friends over good stories at a tea party, let’s keep showing how tea is such a big part of our lives. At Bigelow Tea, we love when celebrities share their tea-inspired moments, and we can’t wait to hear more of your stories, too. Show us your #TeaProudly moments and tell the world why you love to make a cup of tea part of your day!

A Bigelow Tea Tribute To Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen will always be considered a musical legend. He was iconic. He was tremendously influential. He was considered a visionary by so many. And as the world mourns his passing, the Bigelow family wants to give our condolences to his family, friends and many, many fans.

For six decades, Leonard revealed his soul through music and poetry. As Billboard noted, his songs that became radio hits were more likely to have been recorded by other musicians, such as “Suzanne,” by Judy Collins. In fact, it was the success of Judy’s cover of the song that led to his recording career—soon after, he released The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the first of 14 albums. And it was the beautiful lyrics in “Suzanne” that honored our “Constant Comment®” tea by making reference to “tea and oranges.”

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
Then he gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer that you’ve always been her lover

Inspired by his friendship with Suzanne Verdal, the evocative lyrics in “Suzanne” describe the afternoons they would spend together at her apartment by the Montreal harbor: she would serve him “Constant Comment” tea and fruit, and they would walk along the St. Lawrence River and by the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, where sailors prayed before heading out to sea.

“The song was begun, and the chord pattern was developed, before a woman’s name entered the song,” he told the BBC in 1994. What allegedly began as a song about his hometown of Montreal evolved into a reminiscent and melodic poem of friendship, a story that NPR’s The Salt shared in detail here.

While great songs last forever, we recognize that our time with people, even the greatest and most creative people, is fleeting. We’ll miss you, Leonard. To his fans in the tea community, let’s find some time today to turn on “Suzanne,” make a pot of “Constant Comment,” and reflect on the work of one of the greatest songwriters of time. Tag your reflective moment with #TeaProudly to share with other tea drinkers.

Who Doesn’t Love A Celeb Filled Tea Party? BAFTA LA Does It Right!

Celebs came out in full force a few months ago to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea held by BAFTA Los Angeles (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) the day before the Emmys. The annual event took place at the Boxwood cafe inside of the London Hotel in West Hollywood, and gave Brits and non-Brits alike a chance to relax before the big awards night – plus munch on teatime goodies! BAFTA Los Angeles is an organization that promotes British talent and bridges the relationship between Hollywood and the U.K. film industry, and the event included plenty of stars from the other side of the pond. Celebs such as Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones, and Laura Carmichael and Julian Fellowes (star and creator of Downton Abbey respectively) enjoyed a spread that included the ever classic scones with strawberry preserves and clotted cream, as well as a variety of tea sandwiches such as roast beef with horseradish sauce, cucumber, and egg salad and watercress. Of course, there was plenty of tea sipping, with English Breakfast, Earl Gray, and Peppermint being some of the varieties on pour. For celebs looking for a little bit more of a kick, a variety of cocktails also shared the menu. And what does a star wear to a tea party? A tea length dress of course! Clarke and Carmichael showed off their English rose radiance by wearing delicate tea length dresses that were right in tune with the theme.

If you’re looking to replicate the BAFTA experience at your own home, unfortunately we can’t promise that the cast of Game of Thrones will show up. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious recipes and flavorful teas to create a memorable event for your own friends and family!

Bigelow Tea Gets A Kick Out Of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Latest Tea-Drinking Adventure

If you follow soccer, then the name Cristiano Ronaldo sounds awfully familiar. One of the most famous professional soccer players in the world, the Real Madrid C.F. and Portuguese National Team player has set multiple records on the field. Off the field, Cristiano is no stranger to fame and is known as someone who loves to have a good laugh (which Bigelow Tea can certainly appreciate).

As you can imagine, life as a famous athlete is no doubt a hectic one. And Cristiano proved just that when he had a little fun by recording how many times he was interrupted with requests for pictures while drinking tea at a café with a friend. Within a few minutes, Cristiano posed dozens of times with fans while sipping. Whew… what an adventure it is to be such a high-profile celebrity! At least he was a good sport about it—with a cup of chamomile tea in hand, no less!