I really love my role at TeaBoxExpress. I love connecting with customers and sharing sneak peeks of the upcoming boxes. I love being part of someone else's dream, ya know? I feel like I've learned so much about tea since starting my position last summer. I've also expanded my palate of teas, too. Truth be told, I never really enjoyed drinking tea until several years into my relationship with Mike. I mean I'd go to Chinatown in San Francisco a few times a year and enjoy the tea tastings and what not, but I never bought my own to brew at home. Mike started really getting into tea in January of last year. He'd buy any variety that struck a chord with him and I'd taste alongside him. There have been many mornings since that I've made my own cup (or three), and I can honestly say that I am a huge fan. So working at TeaBoxExpress has opened my eyes to so many more flavors and varieties, and it's broadened my collection of cute tea accessories. The two boxes I'm going to share today are seriously wonderful. And I'm not just saying that, I swear!
I didn't manage to get a group shot of the January box because we blew straight through the Earl Grey tea that came with it (Teapigs brand!). It was so good with a little bit of milk. Yum! The first box of the new year was British themed - with earl grey tea, scone mix, clotted cream, strawberry preserves, and a darling creamer with spoon. I kept saying I was going to make the (Sticky Fingers) scones and try them, but it seemed like a weekend thing since I wanted Mike to enjoy them, too. Unfortunately we're usually gone shortly after waking up and well past dark on the weekends. It's our only time to get things done together so we stay on the move. Well I finally decided to use what little time I had yesterday afternoon to make them, as sort of a surprise when Mike got home from school. The scone mix was nice because you only add water. Now I'm normally very skeptical of things that only require water, but these baked up perfectly! The name (Sticky Fingers) is no lie though... holy sticky when mixing! I'm convinced that stuff could help brick a house haha The part of the box that I was honestly really concerned with was the clotted cream. What?! Clotted cream?! That did not sound like something I would enjoy. I'm a bit scared to try new things but all of the reviews for the January box were stellar so I put on my big girl britches and laid it on a scone, then topped it with strawberry preserves. Mike and I tried a bite at the same time. WHOA! So. Freaking. Good! Toby came in and asked for some and loved it, too. Between the three of us the two containers of toppings were scraped clean in merely minutes. Then we said we'd be going to World Market this weekend to try and find a non-sample sized jar. The scones were perfectly fluffy, and the clotted cream and preserves were deliciously sweet. And now I wish we were British!
The February box was so intriguing to me because I knew there were some fun teas included. Andrea came up with the theme for a Valentine's Day box and instantly I was sold. It was going to be great! In the February box was: two SerendipiTea teas (a rose and green tea variety as shown above) and a fun peppermint, chocolate tea. They both smell divine, but I've only tried the rose tea so far! Also included was a bar of Taza coconut dark chocolate, Earl Grey lip balm, a Tea, Spice and Orchid soy candle, and a mesh tea infuser. I loved how many of the February inclusions were about the physical aspect of enjoying tea. Calming and relaxing - I wanted to take a bath with a cup of tea and eat chocolate and burn my candle haha Mike isn't a fan of green tea, but I am. I loved the rose tea so much, and the candle smells divine. The only part I didn't love was the chocolate, which is rare for me... because chocolate! But I just don't love coconut. Luckily Toby was eager and willing to devour it, even with the more bitter taste of the dark chocolate.
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My favorite part about TeaBoxExpress is that it really is all about the experience of drinking and enjoying tea. You're not just sent five samples of random teas. You're sent one or two teas with well thought out assortments of matching treats and accessories. I feel like TBE is unlike any other box on the market for that very reason. Andrea does such an amazing job putting these boxes together.
Now the super fun part! The giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a TeaBoxExpress shipment of their own! You'll get the March box delivered straight to your doorstep! (A little birdie told me the March box is full of fair-trade and sustainable/eco-conscious brands!)
To be entered to win:
Leave a comment below sharing your favorite kind of tea
(or if you don't drink tea and would like to win this box for someone else:
leave a comment sharing why you think they'd like it!)
leave a comment sharing why you think they'd like it!)
For additional (optional) entries, do any of the following (and leave a separate comment for each in order to be counted!): Like TeaBoxExpress on Facebook // Follow @TeaBoxExpress on Pinterest // Follow @TeaBoxExpress on Twitter // Tweet about the giveaway (include a link to the post and tag both @kaelahbee and @TeaBoxExpress)
A winner will be drawn at random next week and contacted shortly thereafter. If you'd like to sign up for TeaBoxExpress yourself, you can get the March box by signing up before the end of the day on March 5th! (If you sign up and win the giveaway, your payment with either be refunded or applied to the April box!) You can use the code CLUELESSGIRL20 to get 20% off your first month's box when you sign up for a recurring subscription. And if you want to shop boxes from the past months, you can do so via the TBE Shop! (The coupon codes don't apply to past boxes however. And they're limited to inventory so you gotta get 'em while you can! But really, go buy October, January and February! They have been my favorites!)
PS; Check out the TBE Blog for a sneak peek at March's tea inclusion!
PPS; Mike just said to me "So we're going to World Market today right? We have to get some clotted cream. I had dreams about those scones last night." I can't make this up. They're that good!