16 April 2014

Ev-an-ing Tea

Hannah and Peter have taken to crafting tea and we are quite happy about it. We recently acquired three of the four varieties from their shop, which focuses on health benefits and promotes the holistic awareness of organic healing. Their experimentation with natural taste leads to creative blends infusing cups that don't require honey or milk. You'll want to drink this tea in its purest form.

Balmy Bloom was a fresh afternoon treat for Sunday's gloomy weather as we hung out inside, finishing up a few wedding tasks. The ingredients color the water a deep magenta and create a floral aroma. When I saw that this blend included elderberry, I was immediately convinced I would be a fan because I love St. Germain (I'm your girl for anything Elder), and I was right. If you're interested in trying one of the Evening Teas but aren't sure which blend to order, I would recommend Balmy Bloom - maybe its floral qualities will entice Spring to show it's face a bit more.

Slumberland is amazingly calming and will help your mind and body get the rest it needs after a busy or stressful day. We suggest having a cup while you wind down with an episode of House of Cards or Mad Men (Season 6 is now on Netflix, you guys!). I would bet your eyes will be fighting you by the time the episode comes to a close.

I am most excited to have the Stomach Be Still loose-leaf blend around the house. Whether you use it for preemptive measures or to sooth your digestive system after a big meal, this tea offers a fresh flavor to calm your stomach. I think I'll side with Hannah and say this is my favorite of the bunch.

Visit the Evening Tea shop by May 1st to get 15% off your order with the code CASHLESSCLASS. Rumor has it a loose-leaf flight is being introduced today. Top the sampler pack off with a playful tea infuser and we think it'd make a perfect Mother's Day gift!

It should be noted that we transferred all of the blends into our own tea tins. EveningTeas ships all loose-leaf orders in 100% recycled, compostable bags. Each bag makes roughly 35 cups of tea.

photo courtesy of Evening Tea

09 April 2014

Abby's Travel Essentials

We are off to Europe in one month (OMG!) so I pulled together a guide to my traveling essentials. I was absolutely determined to arm myself with only a carry on (I've drug a large suitcase up many, many flights of stairs and through enough cobblestone streets to know better) but who are we kidding? Once you call an entire picnic set a necessity, you aren't traveling light.

Travel Essentials

2. small and versatile crossbody
3. dry shampoo to freshen up after landing
4. travel wallet (I had mine monogrammed with my new initials and can't wait to break it in on our honeymoon!)
5. DSLR (I've debated bringing a  point-and-shoot but I think this will be coming with us.)
6. Emergen-C to fight jet-lag and give me the energy to get through the day without sneaking a nap!
7. journal (I'm always checking past travel journals for things like the name of a restaurant or good look-out point.)
8. earphone splitters
9. comfortable shoes (thank you, sneakers, for being so on trend)
10. Picnic Blanket (tip: also bring a few ziplock bags, a small cheese knife, a small cheese board, paper plates, napkins, and tote bag - my carry-on doubles as my picnic tote)
11. Corkscrew (Why would you ever travel without one?)
12. Kindle

08 April 2014

Art for the Heart

A few weeks ago, Abby signed us up for a one-off painting class at The Hive. Although this particular class was for adults only, The Hive has a myriad of offerings for different occasions and painters of all levels of experience. Abby did some painting in high school and college, but this was my first time! Painting (as a fine art) is something I've always wanted to try and I got lucky because doing a wine and painting class was on Abby's "30 Before 30" list.

The theme of the class was "Art for the Heart" and it was designed by Jody Tockes, who owns The Hive. Jody was an art teacher for many years before she became an entrepreneur, so it was very reassuring for a first timer like me to have her leading us. Our instructions were simple: choose a heart-healthy food and paint it in the style of pop art. We chose asparagus!

Jody showed us how to sketch our vision on the canvas, then helped us mix paint to get custom colors from our imagination. I was more nervous than I thought I would be when I first picked up the brush so it's good that we were drinking wine too. But, once I started I could not stop, or rather, I did not want to stop. Even after we finished I wanted to keep painting. Who knows, maybe we'll find the time to pick up another hobby in the next few years.

Jody was so great, you guys. Not only did she guide us through the painting process, but she prepared a heart-healthy snack for us. We talked and talked (and painted) for over three hours. We went to The Hive for a wine and painting class but we left having made a lovely new friend. Thank you, Jody, for giving us one of our best memories as a couple to date.

The Hive Studio & Gallery
305 SW Water St. – Suite 1D
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Phone (309) 360-4880