Reading is one thing, but when my current read is one about tea, then that's another. I love reading about tea and in "Infused", not only does Henrietta Lovell, best known as The Rare Tea Lady, introduce us to rare and delicious tea but she also takes us along on her wonderful tea adventures. "Infused" is one for the bookshelves, for sure, and I am so happy that I have the opportunity to review it here on Tea End Blog! In this article, I review "Infused" by Henrietta Lovell.
Cell phones have become so intertwined in our lives, we can’t even fathom the days when we did not have them and applications such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat help us connect with people in ways that we could have never imagined. Should we embrace digital domains without reservation or should we tread intentionally? Cal Newport explains the art of knowing how much is just enough and how a new concept called ‘digital minimalism’ is helping people live more focused liv
Don’t you just love a good book that has the ability to take you through several emotions? Trevor Noah’s “Born A Crime” is absolutely hilarious, perturbing, and inspiring all in one and I am ready to share some of the parts of the book that I really enjoyed. In this article, I review "Born A Crime" by Trevor Noah. Click play to see my honest Book Review. Be sure to also subscribe to be automatically entered to win FREE tea/books/stuff during Tea End Blog Give-Aways. Already s
What religious beliefs did the first president of the United States of America hold and how have they influenced American culture today? Who was Washington's God, did he have a name? I recently finished reading a wonderful book entitled, "Washington's God" that helped me answer these questions and many more about the father of these United States. In this article, I review "Washington's God" by Michael Novak and Jana Novak. Click play to see my honest Book Review. Be sure to
I love love! I also love being happy which is, contrary to popular opinion, a choice more than a happenstance. Being happy and fulfilled in your relationship is the aspiration of all and I’ve just finished a book that gives practical assistance in the matter. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman is a quick and comprehensible read that will leave you with practical tools to make your love more loveable. In this article, I review "The 5 Love Langauges - The Secret To Love Tha
I speak French but who knew that I am also a French parent at heart, that is, sans le kid. My husband and I don’t have children yet, but I am almost 150% convinced that I will be raising them à la française considering that, according to Pamela Druckerman in her book entitled, "Bringing Up Bébé", French children eat well-rounded meals, play nicely together, express themselves clearly to adults, and have an anonymity that helps them understand that their parents have social li
How often do you think about reading when you’re doing some other activity? A true bookworm would probably answer: always! I truly would rather be reading than participating in any other form of leisure and it seems that author and Modern Mrs Darcy blogger, Anne Bogel, feels exactly the same way; her book, “I’d Rather Be READING” details the delights and dilemmas of the reading life. In this article, I review "I'd Rather Be READING" by Anne Bogel. Click play to see my honest
Sometimes I have no idea what to look for when I’m purchasing wine and I just go with something that I have sipped before or the prettiest bottle, hoping that it tastes good. Marissa A. Ross, "Wine. All the Time." author and blogger, told me that I could confidently drink wine in no time! After reading her book, I think I am convinced. In this article, I review "Wine. All the Time" by Marissa A. Ross. Click play to see my honest Book Review. Be sure to also subscribe to be au
It is almost impossible to be obsessed with tea (and that I am) and not eventually want to dabble in your own blending. Recently, I have been learning about herbal and natural remedies so that I can eventually create my very own apothecary of healing teas. A book entitled, “Healing Herbal Teas” by Sarah Farr has helped me exercise my novice herbalist skills and that is why I am sharing it with you! In this article, I review "Healing Herbal Teas" by Sarah Farr. Click play to s
Did you know that one out of three medicines prescribed in Germany is an herb? Herbal medicine has taken the world by storm as an effective method for healing. The book I am reviewing today holds its own to the practicality and effectiveness of natural medicine. In this article, I review “Nature’s Remedies” by Jean Willoughby. Click play to see my honest review. Be sure to also subscribe to be automatically entered to win FREE tea/books/stuff during Tea End Blog Give-Aways. A
It’s not everyday that I read a book that actually motivates me to make real change in my life. However, when you can take inspiration from off the page into reality then you know you’ve found a good read. “In the Company of Women” by Grace Bonney is an inspiration and advice book composed of short interviews of over 100 female makers, artists and entrepreneurs, all of whom are super motivational and encouraging. Click play to see my honest Book Review of “In the Company of W
NOTE: This article was previously posted in 2015 and revised on May 19, 2017. Some content in this article may allude to events on or surrounding the date of the initial post. One of the most captivating stories that I read as a teenager remains one of my beloved and cherished novels. “Forever Amber” by Kathleen Winsor, hands-down, ranks undoubtedly high amongst the best written novels of 17th-century England and the Royal Court. Winsor’s writing style is the reason why I fel
Did you know that “Alice in Wonderland” was banned in parts of China? Attributing human abilities to animals was supposedly offensive. I certainly hope that none of my favorite children's books are offensive because, to show my appreciation for Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week, I am sharing 4 beloved children’s books that feature talking ravens, bunnies, bears and amphibians! Click play to see my honest Book Review of “Pierre Lapin (Peter Rabbit)” by Beatrix Potter, “
Do you ever experience guilt when drinking a cocktail and feel as though you are cheating on tea? No? Yes? Well, I surely hope that I am not the only (weird) one. We tea sipping bookworms like a cocktail every now and then, however, now we can leave the guilt behind! The Owl’s Brew makes teas crafted for cocktails and they are all so very delicious! In this article, you will find 7 Recipes made with 7 different tea cocktail mixers from The Owl’s Brew and my take on each. I’ll
There are plenty of books about tea on the shelves. Some that are quite descriptive and precise. Others that boast tea culture and proper tea preparation. Yet there are still other pieces of literature that reveal tea’s unique history. It is quite pleasant, however, to finally stumble upon a tea book that is personal and simple, detailed but delicate and grounding. This is exactly what I found and more in reading Tea-spiration by LuAnn Pannunzio. Click play to see my honest B
"Little Victories" by Jason Gay is an absolutely hilarious read! This book manages to make fun of self-help books while still remaining a sort of self-help book itself! Jason Gay, columnist for The Wall Street Journal (where I discovered this book) talks about subject matters of life and teaches us all to not take ourselves too seriously while simultaneously taking the right things seriously in a less dramatic way; these accomplishments, Gay likes to call, "little victories".
Oh my goodness! Was anyone else super excited to hear that Harper Lee had published another novel? What's better is that Go Set A Watchman is a sequel to the known and loved To Kill A Mockingbird. Scout has grown up and is visiting her home town of Maycomb, Alabama having lived in New York for some time. The young woman is baffled by her discovery and slowly comes to realize that she has out-grown seeing the world through the eyes of the adults that she believed to trust and
This book is one of my favorite books from my childhood and this article is very special to me because it was the first article that I posted on Tea End Blog in December 2014. I have decided to update this article so that it can be cohesive with the new Tea End Blog website. Not only did I have the privilege of reading this book as a kid and then again as an adult, I have also recently had the immense honor of interviewing the award winning author of "Afternoon of the Elves"