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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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Last time I had this tea, I was disappointed ‘cause it wasn’t as creamy as I expected it to be, but this time around, I’m loving it. Maybe it’s ‘cause I haven’t had Santa’s Secret in so long that this one is just jumping out at me and making me just love candy canes and peppermint all that much more.

It’s very refreshing. The minty-ness is leaving me feeling refreshed and it’s just such a wonderful Christmas tea. I’m glad this one is pretty basic so I can enjoy it while pregnant.
I think this one would be great with cream. I know, I know, Cream?! But yes, I think it would even try it with cream ’cause it would make it a nice creamy goodness.

Either way, I’m going to be enjoying this tea a lot over the next few months. Another tea that I’m going to try and drink up fast. :)

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Why do I keep torturing myself with bagged tea/machine teas. Silly for me to say and very over dramatic, but still… Why do I do it? haha

I had a little bit of this one today. I remember the two weeks ago when I had this one before and it was just bad. It tasted like powder. I know that’s weird to say, but it’s true. There’s just something very powdery about this one.

Anyways, today I thought I’d try it as a latte with the steamed milk package that they had. I just had to do it! Well, I was unfortunately disappointed… again… I didn’t think to add sugar right away, so once I did that, things got a bit better and I liked the idea of a milk “froth” that was on top of it, but something just seemed so… not authentic about it all. It didn’t taste like I felt it should. I had some of it and ended up tossing it.

I won’t be at this work place again, so I’m not too concerned about the temptation to try it again. I keep hoping it’ll get better, but it doesn’t… Sorry tea… but you’re not for me!


Ain’t nobody got time for that! Don’t torture yourself. :)


Hahaha you are so right!

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I get to utter the words that I haven’t said for a long time… SIPDOWN!

I have used up pretty much all of this tea. I have a small bit left that I’ll mix with something else yummy, but for all purposes right now, it’s all gone. I love this tea. I am totally in love and will always have it in the cupboard. It’s too good not to. That being said, now that it’s gone, I’m going to try and be good for a bit and not get anymore until the Davidstea spring collection comes out ’cause I need to drink more of my other teas down first.

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I believe this was the tea I had this morning.
I wasn’t overly impressed with this one. It was very bland to me. I added milk and sugar, but it still didn’t seem to make it overly nice. I was expecting a lot more flavour as the Metropolitan Tea Company’s loose-leaf version has been so full of flavour and it has an almost slight floral taste to it. This tea though, and I don’t know if it’s the brand or the fact it was a bagged tea, but either way, didn’t have very much to say for itself at all.
Definitely wouldn’t get this one again, but it was something to start my day off with if nothing else… and it was decaf so that’s good.

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This tea isn’t too bad. I had it while killing an hour waiting for work to start. I found the chocolate subtle, and the peppermint was just right. I still had a bit of rooibos flavour come through, but it wasn’t too much.
It help up well to milk and a tiny bit of sugar. I didn’t drink the whole cup, but I did enjoy what I had.
Now to just get our furnace working…


And I think we’re finally good now with the furnace too. It’s been a good day.

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So, I went for tea yesterday with a friend who is also pregnant and the coffee shop has this as their tea line.

This tea was a favourite of mine for a long time. I had a different friend buy me this one years ago and I drank it every night as I worked 4-midnights and it was just a great after dinner wind down kind of a tea. I always loved it. Then I got introduced to the loose-leaf version and I couldn’t be happier as it’s even better than the bagged.

But this tea is very good. It’s nice and smooth. It brings back so many good memories. It was so nice to have again and even though I’m still a fan of loose over bagged, this is a great option when you’re on the go ‘cause flavour-wise it’s very very good. It’s quite similar to loose-leaf. It’s very full of flavour. It’s not lacking in that way at all which can sometimes happen. Definitely recommend this one.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I feel like my cup of this today wasn’t quite strong enough even though I did add more leaves than usual. But I do love this tea and it’s nice to see from what I’ve found about the ingredients that it’s okay for me right now.

I don’t think I can ever get tired of this tea. It’s so pretty and the cinnamon is so nice.

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I’m at a job location for a couple of days and this is the tea kind they have for their machine. Was very leary of it, but I forgot to bring something with some caffeine to work today and today I definitely need a bit of a pick-me-up. Very tired this morning…

Anyways, I had this one with milk and sugar. I don’t care for it at all. It tastes like a powder to me. I had the Chai one by this company too and same thing. It tasted like powder almost… if that makes sense. It’s a strong tea for sure. Almost knocks your socks off. I still prefer loose-leaf. I do have some caffeine-free options here at work with me so I’ll probably go to those this afternoon as I think today is most definitely going to be a day of reading and tea ‘cause it’s quiet here at work and the lady said I could read if I wanted. What a strange day… meh.

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I have had the worst luck with work the last few weeks and I believe a lot of it is because I’m pregnant. I think some funny business is going on at my job and honestly I’m not surprised… anyways, I’m getting help from the temp agency again to place me in jobs again until next year when I go on mat leave. Today I’m working at a Financial place answering phones and helping people that walk in. I’ve been here an hour and had to help one person. I think it’s going to be a very quiet day. Glad I brought some tea!

I was convinced that I would drink this one faster than the English Breakfast Decaf tea that I have, but this poor tea keeps getting forgotten, while the other one has needed to be restocked already. So, today I’m enjoying it again and it’s amazing how much I love it. You really can’t tell that it’s decaf, well other than the lack of caffeine boost. I’m quite content with it this morning. It’s malty again like it always was and handles the milk and sugar very well. I love the rock sugar btw that Teavana sells (the only thing that I’ve actually liked from them so far).

Anyways, I have to share some non-tea related news too about my pregnancy. I was able to score a $25 change table!! I couldn’t believe it. It is used and is a bit worn, but my cousin said she’ll help me out by painting it! I think that painting it will help it look really good and cover over the few rough spots it has. I’m so excited. AND I went and finally broke down and got myself some maternity clothes! Got 5 tops, one pair of dress paints (they’re a bit big but whatever) and a pair of leggings for $113! All used items (expect the leggings) but I’m so excited! I have really been trying to find deals and everytime I turn around I’m finding something. I’m so happy and I’m really excited ’cause I think I caught wind that I might have up to three baby showers! I am feeling so blessed and happy about how everything is going with this pregnancy and how loved I am feeling.

Now I just have to kill the time between now and March 6!


Congrats! such a happy time! dont let small staff bother you. make sure the paint is not toxic.


What lovely things you have to look forward to! (Baby toes…adorable baby clothes…storybooks…cuddles!) Hope you are feeling well.


awesome! congratulations!


Thanks! :)

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m breaking all the rules at the moment and I don’t care. I’m reviewing this even though I haven’t had it a long time. But the reason I feel I can and not feel too bad is ‘cause I just bought 250g of this one yesterday and I’m dying to get it here even though I shouldn’t drink it until after the baby comes… either way though… I am reviewing this and making a note…

Mostly because yesterday was the worst day ever and my retail therapy helped some and I’m hoping that tomorrow will be the end of my worry for good. I’m going to get kind of personal here… Something I haven’t really done too much on here, but here we go!

My husband and I chose to have the baby tested for Downs and Spina bifida. Yesterday I got a call from the receptionist that one of them came back positive. My world shook. I was so upset I was late for work.

I got in to see the doctor that afternoon and he told me it’s not Downs, it’s the Spina bifida that came back positive and it’s just barely into the positive range. I’m so relieved and yet so nervous. I have been worried that I’m screwing up this baby by not eating well enough or whatever. And part of this Spina Bifida can be that the mom hasn’t had enough folic acid, which I’m taking multivitamins everyday and whatnot, but still..

I’m rambling now. Okay, not really. But I can tell he’s wanting to get it all checked out and make sure that everything is okay, but at the same time I don’t think he’s too worried about it ‘cause it’s not too far into the positive range… like it’s in the lowest end of the positive range it can be. And the thing is, there’s a chance that this could be a FALSE positive too. There is such a thing come to find out…
So, I figure that can’t be too bad. And if the worst thing that happens is the child needs some assistance walking and getting around, we can make that happen no matter what. That won’t be too bad.

I’m praying the baby is fine. Tomorrow at the ultrasound they should be able to tell me what’s going on. I’m praying. Hard. My family is praying. My mom and aunt have a lot of peace that everything is going to be fine and I’m trying to take their lead on that. I know what I keep picturing as the outcome, but I’m almost too scared to say it in case I’m wrong.

Anyway, to the tea! This is a “Back from the Dead” tea for Halloween. I hate Halloween. Never have liked it. It’s a creepy, dark holiday to me. BUT! If it means that a favourite tea is coming back and I can enjoy it again for a long time, than I will like Halloween this year!

To those that are praying folks, please say a prayer for this baby. For those of you who don’t, I apologize if my openness about talking about prayer offended anyone. It’s important to me and I’m thankful that I have my faith to help me through.
I’ll update everyone once I know what’s going on.
Thanks Steepsters!


My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know it is hard waiting and trying not to worry, and I wish you the best of news tomorrow!


My prayers are with you and your baby. Take care and hoping for the best!


Thanks! I’m VERY happy to report that the ultrasound pics came back the other day and the doc said the baby’s spine is fine! SO happy!!

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Updated Dec. 14/16
I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m the proud mommy of two sweet little boys! One born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
The second one came just Monday evening at only 2 weeks early so he’s healthy and perfect!
Life just got so much more busy and crazy but I’m so excited.
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream), and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

Green teas, pu’erh, and matcha are starting to grow on me but I’m very picky about them still. I am finding I like pu’erh tea cakes much better than loose. And with matcha I much prefer flavoured ones over straight.

I still don’t really care for mate teas but there a couple that are the exception to that.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D


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