I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Teavana. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
It’s fall, and I’ve been indulging in just a few of the accompanying flavors, much to my family’s delight. I’ve been making pumpkin brownies and apple cider donuts. I just might have made some homemade pumpkin scones, too. And of course, with the cooler weather, that means my crockpot has been getting a workout, too. It isn’t just the foods that I’m enjoying though. With cooler weather, I’m drinking more tea and of course my tea (from mmm Teavana) has the fall flavors associated with it, too.
I used to be the main tea drinker in my house, but last year when Mister Man was sick and coughing a lot, I gave him some tea with lemon to calm his throat. He loved the peppermint tea I gave him, and at night the chamomile tea I shared with him to help him fall asleep was a winner. Not surprisingly, Little Miss wasn’t about to be left out of the mix either, so we now have an entire tea drinking family on hand.
When Teavana sent me their seasonal fall releases – yes, Pumpkin Spice Brulee and Spiced Apple Cider are back! – I knew I wasn’t going to be the only one drinking them. In fact, Little Miss was outside (and no, she won’t wear a coat – yet) playing Harry Potter this weekend with her new handmade “elder” wand. As much fun as she had casting her expelliarmus (a disarming spell, of course), she eventually got chilly since hello, Chicago, fall.
And what did she do? She immediately begged for some of the spiced hot apple cider she knew I could brew up in just a few minutes. Teavana also sent me the coolest loose leaf tea infuser ever (my preferred kind of tea). You simply heat your water as you normally would to the recommended temperature for your tea type, add the tea leaves to the infuser, and pour the hot water over the leaves. Let it steep for the recommended time for the tea you’re making (and don’t over brew your tea – it gets bitter; if you want stronger tea, add more leaves), and then comes the coolest part. Simply set the infuser on top of the mug you’re going to use, and it automatically drains out into your mug, leaving the leaves behind (pun intended).
I have a feeling that my children may or may not have wanted the hot cider simply because it is so cool to watch the infuser drain the tea over and over again. And yes, it does work on my square topped mugs, surprisingly. Regardless, I’m content to let Little Miss take her mug of hot cider and sit on the front porch to warm up just a bit before returning to her play. The more I can get both the wee ones to enjoy their time outside, the healthier they’ll be – and I love that the cider needs no sweetener to enjoy!
When it comes to me, I’ve been going back and forth between enjoying the Spiced Apple Cider myself (definitely one of my favorite flavors of fall!) and the Pumpkin Spice Brulee tea. It is a perfect balance of flavors with the elements of pumpkin spice mixed with a delicate oolong tea. When I’m on the go – like today when I had Mister Man’s track meet that involved me sitting in bleachers for two and a half hours – this tea in a mug was the perfect way to stay warm when the wind started to blow. The mix of pumpkin, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla had me the envy of the parents in the stands.
These flavors are available only for a limited time at Teavana stores, Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bars, and Teavana.com. Pumpkin Spice Brulee is $12.98/2 ounces, and the Spiced Apple Cider is $8.98/2 ounces. Want to save more? You can use the promo code Prudent10off30 at Teavana.com to get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more through 10/31/14.
So what are your flavors of fall?