|Iced tea with mint, fresh from my garden|
Tea is a great incentive to take a 10 minute relaxing break, and while I won't say it's anything close to a spa treatment, it is a nice bit of respite from the chaos of a day.
When I was an undergrad, my college had a gorgeous Japanese tea house where they hosted traditional tea ceremonies. There was also another Japanese tea house and gardens in Philadelphia (Shofuso in Fairmount park) that for me was a place of quiet transformation. As a 20-something, I loved walking around the grounds, enveloped in a sense of calm after living in the middle of the busy city.
It's amazing how sensory experiences like place, smells, music and food can transform your mood, which is probably why many of us take breaks for coffee and tea.
One brand of tea that I treat myself to, Mighty Leaf, is crafted with high-quality ingredients, including whole leaf teas. You can actually see the whole tea leaves in the pouches, not just dust from who-knows-what remnants you get in cheap tea.
Mighty Leaf is teaming up with Spa Week for an incredible sweepstakes--free tea for a year, a two-night luxury getaway to San Francisco and a Michael Graves tea kettle. You'd be foolish not to enter! And five lucky runners-up will receive $100 gift cards to Mighty Leaf. ENTER HERE!
One lucky Katydid and Kid reader will win a Taste of the Tropics Sampler ($30) and a Tea Top Commuter Brew Mug (a great way to drink perfectly-brewed tea on the go)
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Disclosure: I received samples of tea from Mighty Leaf in exchange for sharing information about their sweepstakes. All opinions are my own.