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The best teas (plus the #1 secret to a perfect cup)

Christmas Eve: a time for good tidings, togetherness and … tea. Yes, tea! Tea may seem an unusual holiday tradition, but for me, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a cozy night in with family and friends. And ever since ditching my daily hot chocolate for healthier tea a few years ago, I’ve become something of a tea enthusiast—and not just on holidays.

I basically drink tea all day long when it’s cold out. Even in the summer, I love my tea in the cool mornings and chilly evenings. In fact, the only thing I love as much as my chocolate is my tea!

My favorite teas come from two companies in particular. I love them not only because their mint and chamomile tea is the very BEST in my opinion (and I have tried many teas!), but also because they are both socially conscious, which I love.

Here are my picks for seven of the best, most truly delicious teas:

1. My favorite tea brand is Mighty Leaf. They are a great company, and I absolutely love their Organic Mint Melange in the a.m.

2. My second favorite from Mighty Leaf is Chamomile Citrus in the p.m.

3. Their Organic Green Dragon is a fave of my friends who like their teas caffeinated.

4. & 5. My second favorite brand is Numi. I just love their Moroccan Mint and their Chamomile Lemon. They do a lot of giving back; check this out—they are a cool company!

6. My caffeine-drinking friends swear by Numi’s Chinese Breakfast tea.

7. My favorite loose leaf tea is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Their Firefly Chai is super delicious, and it’s the only chai I’ve ever found that is caffeine-free.

When Leah D’Ambrosio (my SARA co-founder) and I return to London in August 2015 for SARA teacher training, we will be looking for some great places for afternoon tea. (These look like top contenders!) London is such a hot spot when it comes to tea. This was our absolute favorite tea place last time we visited. You can bet we’ll be visiting it again!

And now for the secret to a perfect cup: According to a study commissioned by Cravendale Milk, the most important ingredient is patience. Click here for their step-by-step instructions.

I would love to hear from you! What are some teas I simply MUST try?

My new favorite beauty product

I love wearing makeup on special occasions, but on a daily basis I tend to keep it simple. So while I might not wear foundation every single day, I won’t leave the house without making sure my lips are moisturized.

Recently I stumbled across None of Your Beeswax lip balm from LUSH cosmetics, and it’s just lovely. It’s a mellow citrus wax with hints of lemon, mandarin and vanilla. In case you were wondering, yes, it smells (and tastes) amazing!

Gratitude: Five for Friday

As this week winds down, here are a few things I’m feeling gratitude for today. …

1. Jane Goodall and all the work she does for the animals. She’s the real deal, and she’s my hero. She recently spoke at the USF Sun Dome in Florida. That would have been amazing to see.

2. Jimmy Fallon’s thank-you notes. They make me smile every time.

3. The Vosges-Haut Chocolat boutique inside O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. I always go shopping here every time I’m passing through. If you haven’t tried Vosges, you must. It’s delicious! Also, the company uses organic ingredients when possible and is committed to green manufacturing practices, packaging and more.

4. Pilates. Never fond of gyms or “exercising” in general, Pilates has been a game-changer for me. It helps not just in overall health but also in my cancer recovery. My sis Charlotte swears by it, too. I practice twice a week now at Full Circle Pilates in San Anselmo (it’s practically my new home away from home).

5. Innovative thinkers: I just love this idea of biophilic cities, where urban landscapes are designed to merge effortlessly with nature. The article states, “In biophilic cities, there is more focus on well-being and health.” Sounds good to me!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. What are you grateful for today?

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