I don't quite remember when I fell in love with tea but I do remember the most special moments of me drinking tea. I was eighteen years old and I went to live with my biological mother for four months. I had just met her months earlier and it was awkward for both of us. She and her ex-husband lived a very quiet life in Boulder, Colorado. He was a professor at one of the universities and she was a housewife. After years of drug addiction and being in and out of jail, she deserved the break. I was homeless so she and her husband agreed to let me come live with them. Each evening my mother and I would find a spot in the living room with a cup of tea and a book.

Now, years later, I'm a self proclaimed tea expert. I start each day with a wonderful English Breakfast tea to get me going. As the day progresses, who knows what wonderful tea I will crown queen. But for sure, I have at least three cups of tea a day. And yes, when I can, I have tea everyday at about 3:00 P. M. I love to invite my friends over for tea and cupcakes and so far everyone thinks it’s a delightful experience. I am always in search of the best blend of tea. Yes, I’m a tea snob, I prefer loose tea but I do like some bags also. I have learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. Some bags can be quite nice. And yes again, any Diva knows, what you drink your tea out of is very important.

Tea for me is a way of life. It's wellness for the mind body and spirit. Here, I will explore every expect of tea possible, with a high concentration on wellness. I will review the best teas, the best places to have tea, the best ways to brew tea, the best tea accessories, what tea goes best with what foods, and the list goes on and on. I plan to share my passion for tea with you. And I've been told, nothing I do is ever boring so be prepared to go on this tea journey with me.

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Mint Medley by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

About This Tea:

Until recently I had never drank Peppermint Tea made with loose leaves. And Honestly, I will probably never go back. The freshness of loose Peppermint Tea cannot be denied. When I open the can of Mint Medley, From The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, I feel as if I stepped into a garden of peppermint leaves. It is a perfect blend of organic peppermint and spearmint leaves grown in the US.

Mint Medley has become a favorite and I find myself reaching for this tea tin almost everyday. It is great for on-going nausea. The health benefits and endless. It relieves muscle aches, headaches, migraines, stress. And now that it feels like someone is sitting on my chest and I have a mean cough, I'm sure it will help to relieve some of this congestion in my chest. Mint Medley has been in my tea cup more than any tea as of late. It has really helped with my winter cough, congestion related to this bout of pneumonia. You can read my full review on The Persimmon Tree Tea Company Mint Teas.

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Welcome to my world of books! As an pre-teen books changed my world. I fell in love with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance period and the more I read the more I wanted to read. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It spoke to my own degradation and gave me hope for a better tomorrow. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

I love to read! Inside a book I escape into someone else's life. There is something wonderful about turning to the next page of a wonderful story. Something intoxicating about the smell of the book and the story it brings to life. Reading brings me joy, and these days with my health in the balance, I find solace in my books.

I spent hours in my bedroom sequestered with the door closed reading the classics from the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes, Larsen, Hurston, Wright and Baldwin. Books became my escape and my salvation. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

Reading is the one thing that the pain of my life could never take away from me. It was the thing that helped to make it better. And even today, living with AIDS, books continue to be the safest place for me. It’s the one thing that belongs to me that AIDS cannot take away from me.The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS.

The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS. I have read hundreds of books from many different genres and I will pick the best of my reads over the years. I warn you, it will not be exclusively white or black, male or female, fiction or non fiction, it will be all of them.

I’m so excited and I’m grateful to everyone who wants to be a part of this venture. We already have 110 Book Club Members. You can email me @ RLTReads@raelewisthornton.com. The Twitter hashtag is #RLTReads. We can make this book club as wonderful as we want to make it. Who says that Oprah has to have the only ownership to a wonderful book club?

This Month We are Reading In My Fathers House by E Lynn Harris

Read along and join our discussion July 19th at 7 pm CST

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Monday, January 7, 2013

What's Up With RLT Brands!!

Just a quick update on RLT Brands

RLT Collection is 20% off for the month of January;the entire collection of bracelets and tea balls.. The Coupon Code at checkout is NewYear2013

I am currently working on new designs for the Pearl Collection, For The Love of Black with Silver tones per request.. LOL and Tea Bracelets!  Click To Shop

I'm proud to announce that one of a kind designs from RLT Collection can be purchased at Shell Ryes Designs.. An exclusive Antique, Jewelry and Interior Design Shop on Chicago's Gold Coast, 104 West Oak Street. Nothing from my website can be purchased at Shell Ryes. The designs are exclusive to her shop and are priced equal to what's on the website.

I'm currently accepting new Clients for Life Coaching! The areas are, Balance, Confidence, Dating and Relationship, from Mother to Divorce... Click Here to learn more and your First Free Consultation..

Set your Calenders! For The Month of February I'm Speaking at the following

Feb 5th Eastern Illinois University
Feb 7th-National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Florida State University
Feb 19th- Missouri State University

January is National Hot Tea Awareness Month! I will be giving away a tea ball from my collection every week so make a comment about your favorite tea or why you like tea on any of my Tea With Rae Blog Post! Also leave your twitter and facebook so I can reach you if you win.

The WINNER for last week Tea With Rae Raffle is Kisha Qualls!

If you have not purchased my latest Book, The Politics of Respectability. A new shipment just arrived... This is what one reader had to say about my book Click To Shop!

OMG, Rae! I just finished reading your book,and it is the truth! You are so strong and brave to open up about your pain,and you speak with such raw honesty about everything you've been through. Not many people have the courage to speak as bluntly as you do,but people can learn an extremely three important lessons: no matter what happens,do not quit,but fight; always trust in the Good Lord to get you through any storm; and no sexual pleasure without protection is worth your life. You deserve the Nobel Prize for your activism! God bless you, Rae!

I hope that you are putting some ACTION behind your dreams it's 2013 already!  I know I am! #GrowingRLTCollection #GrowingRLT
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