The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy for us, and I feel like I haven’t really had any time for blogging at all. So sorry for the radio silence, and delayed posts. But I’ve been spending it with family and friends, and we’ve been having a wonderful time. So, slightly late, but better than last week, here is week 12 of linking up with Living Arrows. Continue reading →
Anyone who knows me will know that I love a good cup of tea. What can I say? I’m British! Us Brits love our tea.
So when Newby Teas contacted me about their With Love Edition gift set of teas I jumped at the chance! We have two cupboards in our kitchen dedicated to hot drinks, so I’m all up for adding to my tea collection!
I’ve got to be honest, I’d not heard of Newby Teas before, but I was not disappointed when my With Love Edition gift set arrived. The box of silken pyramids of tea comes covered in a beautiful red rose pattern, and each tea bag is individually wrapped for freshness. This selection box comes with four different flavours of tea; Jasmine Princess, Hunan Green, Rooibos Orange, and Strawberry & Mango.
I’m a huge fan of Green teas and Jasmine teas, so was really looking forward to trying these ones. But I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive about trying the other two flavours of tea. I’d never tried a Rooibos tea before, and I’m always hesitant about fruits teas. The reason why? So many fruit teas have hibiscus in them as well as the main fruit flavours, and I hate the taste of hibiscus. If you’re not a big fan of fruit teas, I advise you check the ingredients and try one that doesn’t contain hibiscus, you may be pleasantly surprised!
Anyway, back to Newby Teas! They have lots of different types of teas, from gift sets like this (which I think would make a lovely Mother’s Day present for that tea-loving Mother in your life) to various tea caddys, and loose leaf teas, not forgetting those all important accessories – tea pots, strainers, cups and saucers.
Having tried these new flavours, I think that Jasmine Princess is definitely my favourite from the Newby Teas – With Love Edition gift set. It has such a light and fresh flavour to it. The Rooibos Orange tea suprised me by coming a close second. It has such a subtle orange flavour to it that doesn’t dominate the cup too much.
I was cautious of trying the Strawberry and Mango tea, as it suggests brewing for 6-8 minutes. In a normal cup of tea I think I’d just cry if someone let my tea brew for that long, I think I’m closer to 6-8 seconds!! I am one of those weird ones though that drink it (Earl Grey these days) very weak with no milk. If you can still see the bottom of the cup, it’s perfect! However, I followed the advise, and was nicely surprised. The flavour wasn’t too overpowering like I feared, but instead has wonderful sweet and sour notes from both the fruits. My personal preference would be to add a sweetener or two to it, as I feel that brings outs the flavours more. But as I said, that is my personal preference, and it wouldn’t suit everyone to do that.
And the final one of the set, Hunan Green. A light and refreshing cup, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Chris tried this one too, even though he doesn’t usually like green teas, and he said ‘actually, it’s not all that bad’ I think that’s as much praise as any cup of tea will ever get from Chris!
I could quite happily have a constant supply of all of these in my cupboards. I’d definitely be more adventurous in trying other tea flavours now too. I’m quite intrigued by the selection of Flowering Teas that they have on their website. They look like they would be good fun to watch open up while they brew!
The Newby Teas – With Love Edition gift set is available here for £22.
Disclosure – This product was sent to us for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.
The weeks really are flying by. As I’m sure I’ve said before, as they saying goes – the days are long but the years are short. Here is week 11 of Living Arrows. A little later than I usually like, but we’ve had my parents staying for a for a few days, which was wonderful!
I’m really excited to be able to host another giveaway on Life As Mrs D. It’s been quite a while since I last did one.
The lovely people at Tipitoe have give me a Handprint kits to give away to one of my lovely readers. Unfortunately they didn’t have any of the size that I’d requested to do Isla’s footprints, but if you would like to read what Laura at Dear Bear and Beany and Emma at Ready Freddie Go thought of the Toddler Footprint in Blue, Lucy at Real Mum Review thought of the Handprint in Pink (the same one I’m giving away) or Nicola at Nicola Says thinks of the Footprint for Infants in Pink, the click on their links.
The photos above are from the very lovely Lucy at Real Mum Review who very kindly let me use her photos so I could show you what you’re in with a chance of winning. I’m amazing at the detail that comes out in the prints, you can see all the individual lines on the palms of the hand. They’re so easy to do as well. Tipitoes do suggest taking the print when your child is asleep though if they are under 2 years old, so that you can get the best print possible. The kit comes with full instructions though on how to get the best results for the age of your child.
These wonderful 3D impression kids come in a lovely keepsake box that you can record your child’s details on. They are soon going to be stocked at JoJo Maman Bebe with an RRP of £15.
Enter the competition on the Rafflecopter link below for you chance to win a Tipitoe 3D Handprint keepsake kit in Pink.
This one is being posted a week late, as we’ve all been a bit ill over the last week or so. I think we’re all on the mend now. Anyway, here is my update on our Isla Jean at 10 months old.
I know I say it every month, but it’s going by so quickly. She’s changing so much, and it’s hard to keep up with her. Continue reading →