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.

RLT Collection Tea Ball Frosted Clear Beads!

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.

RLT Collection AIDS Awareness Tea Ball!

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

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tea with Rae: Four Basic Teas

I'm so excited about my first Tea "official" Tea With Rae Video! Today I talk about the four basic teas that all come from the same plant Camellia sinensis. The Four groups are White, Green, Oolong and Black.

Special thanks to ESP Emporium for the tea to shoot this video. I love their teas and remember they give a 10% Discount to you being my followers... Coupon Code at Check out  #TeaWithRae

Happy Cuppa!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tea With Rae: Fighting Depression with Tea

The winter months are tough on people: late mornings, early nightfalls, maneuvering through the snow and the cold. Sequestered in the house with no sunlight takes it's toll. And with this economy, everyone seems to be struggling. EVERYONE. Being depressed and sad is one thing and having depression is another. Sometimes depression is clinical, bi-polar, manic and schizophrenia, to name a few.

Like yesterday, a friend of a friend's brother killed himself. He had been battling clinical depression for some time. Oh God, that's the ultimate and my heart was heavy for this family. That is the extreme end of depression. He needed clinical help but said no. And yes, each of us have the right to make a bad decision about themselves, even if it effects others negatively, but man, that's messed up all the way around. But I hope that the family members get the help they need to process the pain.

And sometimes life hits you so hard that being depressed and sad turns into a physical depression. Yes, I said physical depression. Your body is then impacted. It renders headaches, sleepless nights, too much sleep, a hard time getting jump started, loss of appetite, and the list goes on. I have battled with this type of depression. Shit, 27 years with HIV, 19 years with AIDS, and  let's not even begin to talk about the demons of my childhood. So I will admit that yes, I struggle with depression. Not being depressed but DEPRESSION!

Over the years I have learned to recognize the signs and I don't stay in denial about shit. I go get help because I don't want a damn thing to take me out of here before my time. Yes, God is in control of life and death, but you can hurry things along with how you use your free will. So back in the fall I was on over load. After four rounds of IV medication and my tummy issues, life was getting way to hard. I started back on antidepressants. I take Zoloft. I take an antidepressant because that brings back into balance that which the depression had knocked out of whack. And yes, it gives me a pick me up and slowly you see the physical side of depressing leaving.

But for me, I need more then antidepressants, like therapy, a neutral place were I can process my pain and losses without someone telling me to pray about it or that everything is gonna be alright. Sometimes things are never right and you have to learn to live with what it is. That's a fact! Also, in the summer I take long walks and let the sun beam down on my face. I know it may sound silly, but it feels like God talking to me. But anyway, the sun is also great for depression as is exercise. I've been trying so hard to get back to a gym routine. They both increase serotonin and dopamine and I need all the help I can get. #ForReal. The best use of the free will God has given you is to do all that you can to be the best that you can. 

So I seek out everything I can to help me live better. And on my tea journey, I have learned that tea can also help with depression. Honestly! Remember my first installment, The Power of White. Well, I'm gonna give you some more options today. I'm not saying that they will "cure" you of your sadness or clinical depression. You need to get the professional help you need. But I am saying that it can.

It's like this, white tea contains a compound called L-theanine. It's an amino acid that enters the brain and has shown to reduce different types of stress. It's a natural compound that works much like antidepressants by increasing the serotonin, dopamine, and gamma aminobutyric acid levels in the brain. And guess what, you can drink as much as you want, it's harmless. And white tea has a lower amount of caffeine.
First up is a wonderful tea, Nirvana. While speaking in Charlotte I discovered this wonderful Tea Lounge, Urbana City Spa and Tea Bar, I will be blogging about them soon. But this one particular tea I gotta tell you about now. Nirvana Tea is a perfect blend of white and green tea leaves, which give you even more anti-oxidants. It is blended with mango, pineapple, orange zest, apricot, strawberry, current and cherry. It's a wonderful exotic taste with no single fruit over shadowing the next. I find myself reaching for this tea quite often. You can also check out their other white tea blends.

I've already blogged about Amore  by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company in a peppermint tea blog. But let me say this, this tea is a wonderful blend of white tea, peppermint, rose and bontanicals. I love this blend and typically reach for Amore when I still want the power of peppermint for my tummy but with a milder taste. The botanicals balance the peppermint rendering a soft floral taste with peppermint overtones. With Amore tea, I have the power of white and peppermint rendering a lot of goodness to match the taste of the wonderful blend. Check out their other white tea blends. Their tea is fresh and I have never been disappointed.

Esp Emporium has not disappointed me yet either. This White Grape tea they sent me is simply divine. What Steve didn't know when he sent this tea to me to try was that I'm a big big fan of white grape juice and I was way skeptical that this tea would not meet my standards for the taste of white grape. But boy was I pleasantly surprised!

When I opened the bag the smell of grapes jumped out at me. I had to take a double look at the ingredients to see if grape pieces were included. For Real! The rose hip peel, blackcurrents, mallow and cornflower blossoms help to create the perfect taste of White Grape. For about a week I found myself reaching for this White Grape blend for my afternoon tea. This is another winner!! I love ESP because they never just send one tea, they send 3 or 4. Along with White Grape came Macabeo and Sunny Passion, both teas are white/green tea blends which doubles the health benefits. You can take a look at ESP Emporium's other white teas. And remember they will give you a 10% discount, your coupon code is TeaWithRae.

No, I'm not saying that white tea will "cure" your depression. What I am saying is that there are powerful anti-oxidents that can help increase the serotonin and help to make you feel better overall.

But if you can't shake the blues, move beyond denial and shame and get the help that you need. I said last night that life was worth the living. Yes, life is hard and sometimes it's even harder... But keep holding on. And like one of my twitter followers told me one day when I was at the end of my rope, "Tie a knot and the end of that rope and hang on to the Bitch with dear life."

You never know what tomorrow holds! But I do know who holds tomorrow! God! And God's plan is always bigger than your plan. Think about it. If I had killed myself when I found out I had HIV, or when I was at my lowest point with AIDS, I wouldn't be here to write this blog.

No, there are no quick fixes. But don't deny yourself the things that will help you live better and be a better you!

Friday, February 11, 2011

It Is What It Is!

I had so much to say about Valentine's Day. I had a well thought out blog in my head. But my body has totally shut down and I've been in bed all day. Truly all I can say is that there's no fancy dinner or gift worth your life. If he can't respect you enough to use a condom then maybe you should find you someone who does. Instead of spending all your time, ladies, concerned about what he wants, spend that time thinking about what you really want in a man. I hope you have a fun but safe weekend.

In my second "Day In A Life" video I share a little of myself as I have been all day. It's not what I want for myself at this moment, but It Is What It Is!! And Please don't forget to support my video project by subscribing to my YouTube Channel.. #IcannotdoitAlone

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tea With Rae: Valentine Shop Guide

Yes, tea can say love in so many ways. I believe the best way to end the day is with a cup of relaxing tea such as chamomile or lavender and cozy up for a great conversation with your significant other. But don't worry about having another in your life. For me, single now, a cup of tea at the end day is taking care of me in the best of ways. I sip on one of these relaxing teas and snuggle between my sheets with great book. It takes me away from the stress of the day and prepares me for a necessary good night's sleep. Tea is loving the self in the best of ways. So here are my recommendations to say I love you, whether it's to yourself or someone else.
I simply love these teapots! The one on the top is great for one person. I love the matching cup, saucer and teapot combo. It's Diva Fab! The one with the hearts is just too cute. I would pair this combination teapot/infuser with solid red cups. Both of these teapots are from The NecessiTeas, and while you are there, pick up some of her Black Beauty Tea; a black tea infused with maple flavors and roses. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds delightful. And don't forget when you make a $10.00 purchase from NecessiTeas they will send you a few of my favorite samples. Just write in #TeaWithRae in the note section.
One of my favorite teas is The Republic of Tea's Double Dark Chocolate Mate Tea. OMG! This anti-oxidant rich tea is made from South American Yerba leaves and infused with organic dark chocolate. Now, I know some people don't like dark chocolate, but don't get sidetracked by the name. It's the perfect blend with a rich chocolate flavor. Double Dark Chocolate Mate is the perfect dessert tea. I typically drink it in the evening after dinner when I'm not going to have a heavy dessert. But if you want to be decadent, I suggest that you stop by Kilwin's Chicago and pick up their chocolate covered strawberries in a chocolate martini glass. These two items are a perfect combination and a wonderful way to end your Valentine celebration at home. *smile*
I fell in LOVE with this tea cup and saucer set from Nordstrom. They speak for themselves. This glazed porcelain set of six comes in a wonderful mixture of colors. They are simply beautiful! I wanted them so bad but my funds are so tight. My blogger friend Kim also wanted them but didn't want all six so we went in together. I guess three are better than nothing.

So what do you put in these fabulous tea cups? Glad you asked. Here's a few more Valentine tea picks. This wonderful blended tea Strawberry Rose, by Esp Emporium is a mixture of floral and fruit, and it's caffeine free. (Also, Esp Emporium offers a 10% discount to my followers, the coupon code is TeaWithRae.) Another caffeine free tea that I love is Honeybush Hazelnut, a perfect blend of sweet honeybush blended with chocolate and hazelnut. Now, I love Earl Grey tea for after dinner. This bergamot flavor combined with red tea creates a unique Herbal Grey, both by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company. Last, you know how I simply LOVE black tea. For a smooth tasting premium black tea with a sweet, malty, chocolaty taste, I recommend Teavana's hand rolled Black Dragon Pearl.

And let's not forget my all time favorite treat, cupcakes. Patty, the owner and chef over at More Cupcakes, outdid herself with this Passion Passion Passion Cupcake! OMG!! The cupcake is just what it says, a passion cake, with a passion center and a passion frosting, finished with a white and dark chocolate heart.
Now if you have no time to do any or all of these, I'm gonna recommend the ultimate treat, High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel. I've done it twice and it is worth it and so much more. If you have never experienced high tea, take this time to do so!
And let's not forget my product. I design these wonderful Tea Bracelets. They are fabulous tea balls to strain your tea. Some have a dual function, they can be disconnected from the tea ball and worn as a bracelet. But mostly, they are Diva approved tea balls each one designed and handmade by me from gemstones. You can also checkout my wonderful line of bracelets, RLT Collection.
I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! And remember to keep yourself safe. There is no love or sex worth your life. Wrap it up!!! Condoms come in many colors and sizes...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tea With Rae: What's In Your Tea Cup?

Just like with chocolate everyone has a different taste in tea. Like it took me years to acquire a taste for dark chocolate, now it's what I prefer and the darker the better. Same with tea, my preference has always been black, but now I find myself reaching for white and red teas more often than I would have ever imagined.

And just like with taste, there's a difference in each brand. I don't just love one brand, I choose from the best of the bunch. Yes, I'm a bit of a food snob. I much prefer La Maison and Godiva chocolates, but I go to Teuscher for my Champagne Truffles and no one will ever be able to dethrone a good old fashion Snickers Bar. It's the same with tea. I love Esp Emporium's White Grape, Teavana's Lavender, The NecessiTeas' Orange Creamsicle, Tea Gschwendner's Bossa Nova, and Tea of Republic's Double Matte Chocolate, but brewed Lipton makes a mean iced tea!

As I make my way through different tea companies and tea blends I'm learning that the world of tea is much larger than I could have ever imagined. Each day a new tea company reaches out to me about my Tea With Rae project, and let me tell you in just four weeks it has been an amazing journey.

I hope that with me you will venture out of your comfort zone and try new tea blends and new brands. I will let you decide what makes your taste buds say #HappyDance, and I will keep sharing with you as honestly as I possibly can as I travel through this wide world of tea.

But, no matter what tea you choose, remember that tea is more than a beverage. It's a way of life. A strong breakfast tea in the morning will give a jump start to your day, while at the other end, a cup of chamomile before bedtime will signal the close of the day.

Confucius said, "Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties."

I agree with Confucius. What I know for sure is that tea is wellness for the body, the mind and the spirit! What's in your tea cup?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tea With Rae: The Power of White

Without a doubt white has always been the color to symbolize purity, sacred, freshness, cleanliness and for the most part all things good. And without a doubt, this describes white tea. And while that sounds all good, in my mind white foods are always bland and sometimes boring. I mean take white rice, I don't know about you, but good Lord, it needs salt, sugar, butter, or a wonderful sauce to stimulate my pallet.

For that reason alone I never paid much attention to white teas. I'm such a black tea lover that white seems so opposite from black. For one, I love the strong bold taste of black and I assumed that a white tea could never compare to black, so what would be the point? But as I broaden my horizon's on this tea journey, I'm learning to never judge a tea by it's color.

So for the very first time, I tried a white tea last week. Well, I tried two white teas last week and I'm on a mission to find more. I'll tell you about the taste after I tell you a little about white tea and it's power. Looking at this picture of a camellia sinensis plant you can see it's natural beauty. And believe it or not, it's the same plant that harvests black, green and oolong teas. For Real. But there are a few differences. For one, white tea comes from the more delicate buds and younger leaves of the plant.

But the real difference is in the process to make this tea. After being picked, the buds are placed in natural sunlight to wither before they are lightly processed. This is done to prevent further oxidation and/or fermentation. In this scheme of things, this process preserves the color, the light delicate taste, and most of the antioxidants that give us health benefits from white tea.

And the health benefits are off the freaking chain! The thing that stuck out the most was the benefit for depression and for me that is important. It is no secret that I struggle with depression. I mean, shoot, if some of you lived one day in my shoes, it would be enough to send you over the edge. For Real. But depression is very common in people with HIV. That's why I have always been a big advocate of therapy and anti-depressants if needed. Meaning, if the physical effects of depression are present that may be a route one needs to consider.

But shoot, isn't it great to know that something as simple as tea can also help you on this journey. And don't act like it's just me. The winter months alone make us sad and decreases the serotonin in our brain. The shorter days with less sunlight has an effect on EVERYONE! I aint gonna bore you with all the details but here is a snapshot. White tea contains a compound called L-theanine. It's an amino acid that enters the brain and has shown to reduce different types of stress. It's a natural compound that works much like antidepressants by increasing the serotonin, dopamine, and gamma aminobutyric acid levels in the brain. And guess what, you can drink as much as you want, it's harmless. So when you are feeling blue, put that darn bottom down and have a cup of white tea!

Now to the good part. Did I like it? Yes! Yes! Yes! It was a much milder taste than black tea for sure. And if you are looking for that caffeine boost, look another way. It has about 1% caffeine. Sorry. But I tried  Pai Mu Tan from ESP Emporium. This particular tea is a sub category of white tea and comes from the plant white peony.

It's a light airy tea with a very mild spice taste. I always add a half packet of Splenda to boost the flavor. It will be a great tea after a long day at work. The color is more amber which throws the black tea drinker off a bit. The impulse is to brew longer, but please don't. Also, the hot water for white tea should not be as hot. Once you turn the tea kettle off, give it a minute or two. If the water is too hot it will scorch the tea leaves altering the taste.

I also had a blended white/green tea from ESP Emporium which was a tad more exciting. It's Pai Mu Tan: green tea, cinnamon rods and apple pieces. Snowflake reminded me of cinnamon, spice and the holidays. I also think those who find Chai Tea, like me, too overbearing with the spices, will find that they enjoy this blend of sweet caramel and spice. ESP Emporium have a host of blended white teas, I'm hoping they will let me try them to report back to you.

The thing about a white tea such as Pai Mu Tan is that the taste is so mild that you can mix it with another tea to get a bolder taste, or more caffeine and still have the health benefits! And did I say white tea boosts your metabolism and that's great for weight loss, lowers your cholesterol, lowers your blood pressure, has free-radicals that fight cancer, boosts your energy, and it has fluoride, huh? Yes, to help your teeth, relieves stress and the list goes on and on. Enuf Said!!!

ESP Emporium offers all my readers a 10% discount. The coupon code is TeaWithRae. Give them a try. They have one of the largest online tea selections I have ever seen. The teas are fresh and customer service is great!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tea of The Week!

ESP Emporium
Ginger/Pepper/Orange Rooibos Tea

Product Description: A lavishly decorated and appealing tea, tempts you with the taste of extraordinarily intense, fresh gingerbread biscuits and sweet oranges. Exotic ingredients like pepper and coriander add the extra touch of finesse. 

This Tea was chosen as the Tea of the Week because it has been a blessing to me. I don't particularly like the taste of ginger; But this tea is the perfect blend, giving me the benefits of ginger, but not the strong ginger taste. It has helped me with my on going issues of nausea. It is also the first tea I officially reviewed. It has become a staple in my Tea Cabinet! 

ESP Emporium is offering my Blog, Twitter and Facebook followers a 10% discount. The Coupon Code is - TeaWithRae. They have one of the most complete and fresh loose tea selections I have encountered; And customer service is wonderful! 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tea With Rae: The Perfect Ginger Blend Tea!

No matter what kind of stomach problem I was having, Grandmama would say, "Get you some ginger ale girl." I would just laugh. But honestly, there are some truths to this old wives tale that ginger ale is good for the digestive system. Since I've never been much of a soda drinker, I only drink it occasionally as a natural remedy to my digestive problems.

When my GI system first became out of whack, my girlfriend and fellow blogger Dwanna was on a mission to get me better. She went straight to Chinatown, no less, and got me some pure ginger tea to help settle my stomach. Yes it helped, but boy was it strong. It wasn't that I disliked the taste of ginger altogether, but it was clear to me that I needed a ginger tea blended with other flavors. Now, with a sick tummy for five months, (Yes! Five months of being nauseated everyday, all day, off and on diarrhea with misses to the bathroom and the feeling of bloating after I eat, no matter how large or small the meal.) I needed some relief. The doctors are working on it, but they have not solved the problem.

My OCD kicked in and I started my mission. I knew that pure ginger tea was not a taste I could acquire. I decided in the early days of taking HIV medication that only if they told me it will save my life would I eat, drink or take anything that didn't agree with my taste buds. Let me tell you, after taking first generation DDI for two years, you would agree with me.

So I tried teas from some of the popular tea companies that I frequent and, honestly, I found some that I liked, but didn't love. Then I started tweeting with ESP Emporium one of the largest on-line tea companies in the U.S. Reading my timeline, the owner of this company sent me a link to all his teas with ginger. I love Twitter!! It started a conversation that has led to a relationship and he wanted to be a part of my Tea With Rae Blogs.

This husband and wife duo gave me an exclusive on one of their new premium Oolong teas (the review is coming). And, they sent me enough tea to do my first tea video. #HappyDance. In addition to those teas, they were thoughtful enough to send me some ginger blends for my stomach. One I liked, but oh boy, one I loved!

That Ginger/Orange/Pepper blend gave me life. OMG! When I opened the bag to have that first smell, the mixture of orange, pepper and almond jumped straight up my nostrils. It was heavenly. The perfect mixture of nuts, fruit and spices. This is a Rooibos tea, which is a red tea grown primarily in a provence near Cape Town, South Africa. The Rooibos tea began conquering the world in the 1990's because of it's naturally sweet taste.

This particular tea is blended with almond pieces, pistachios, orange peel, coriander and pink peppercorns. You can definitely see the mixture of all the ingredients. The tea has a wonderful taste. The notes that I taste the most are almond, orange and nuts. Which is great for me because I can have the benefits of ginger without the taste of ginger. The ginger is an anti-nausea remedy and has helped to reduce the sick feeling in my stomach. When you drink ginger tea the digestive juices are secreted, which relax the muscles of the intestines and also reduces the acid in the stomach. It is often used as a natural remedy to reduce nausea for pregnant woman. There are also claims that ginger is an anti-inflammatory, and ladies it can help reduce menstrual cramps. Rooibos is an added plus because it is rich in antioxidants. It's not only enriched in vitamin C, but a host of minerals. Some say it even supercedes green tea in antioxidants.

I have had a cup of this tea every night since it arrived. Typically after dinner, which is perfect for me. It's caffeine-free which means I can even have a second cup and not worry that I will be up all night. But most important, it helps my digestive system. After I eat, my stomach is upset. I feel bloated and my nausea increases. This tea has definitely helped to calm my stomach. It is at the top of my tea list. In fact, I love it so much I ordered me some, because what was sent is almost gone.

As a testament to this tea the night before last when my girlfriend Alicia and her mother came over to visit, I let her mom smell seven different teas and she chose this one because of the fragrance. Primarily a coffee drinker, she asked if I could give her some to take home. And yall know I'm the hostess with the mostest. I sent her home with some ginger/orange/pepper Rooibos tea and this wonderful tea bracelet.

ESP Emporium is fast becoming one of my favorite tea companies, and for sure this ginger/orange/pepper has become a staple in my house. I highly recommend this tea!! #DivaApproved!

Note: I'm excited to announce that ESP has created a 10% discount for all of you who follow my blog. Your coupon code at check out is TeaWithRae. And if you'd like, you can follow them on Twitter. They always tweet great health benefits of tea and Steve will answer any questions you have about tea.

And don't forget to enter the raffle to have High Tea with me at the fab Peninsula Hotel. I'm so excited about meeting one of my many supporters and spending an afternoon in conversation, fancy tea and food.

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