Inner peace – we all want some :-)

We believe peace starts at home, in our own home, within ourselves. This state of inner peace will directly reflect into our world – both our close family and friends world and even to the larger world – we can make a difference!

To have an experience of inner peace can be challenging and sometimes hard to find in our busy lifestyle. This time of year brings new routines to co-ordinate our home/work/school/family time. Finding inner peace seams almost impossible.

inner peaceThankfully, inner peace can be found in many ways; that moment of completing that dreaded task on the to-do list, when we hear a child’s laughter or listen to a favourite song on the radio.

That first sip of tea, when we breathe in the aroma, feel the steam on our face, and breathe out the tension built up inside.

Increasing those inner peace moments and creating a way of being is the ultimate goal, a continual work in progress.

Most importantly how you start your day can really set the tone – when you awake, take a few minutes to count your blessings, to have a sense of your heart and your wonderful connection to your source that can keep you steady all day long. The way you start the day is so important.

Enjoy more tea moments with yourself, with family and friends.

To cultivate your inner peace further here are 4 ways we know that can really make a difference.

Here are 4 inner peace recommendations:

  1. Practice Mindfulness – take the time to notice what is around you, the smells, colours, sounds, and textures. Appreciate what you have, as there are many without
  2. End your day with gratitude – as well as a great way to start your day – pick 3 people/things/events that you are thankful for – understand your gratitude – what inspires your gratitude?
  3. Random Acts of Kindness – smile at a stranger, wave at a child on a bus, stop to watch a street performer, give a compliment, hold a door open for someone, pay for a coffee or bus fare for the person behind you in line, and the list could go on.
  4. Breathe… whenever you are feeling stressed take 3 slow deep breaths and connect with your body

Practicing these, and your own recommendations that you have found work for you will help your inner peace moments grow into a way of being.

This week’s giveaway is on INSTAGRAM, if you don’t have an Instagram account why not ask a friend or family member to post it for you

Show us ‘how your #libretea glass helps inspire inner peace during your day’ to be entered to win a @libretea glass of your choice! #libreinnerpeace

sept inst contest

Contest Rules
1. Follow us on Instagram
2. Post a photo of ‘How Libre inspires inner peace during your day.’
3. Use the hashtag #libreinnerpeace
4. Tag us @libretea
Contest runs September Wed. 2nd to 9th.
Open to residents of  Canada, the United States & Australia.

Garden Dance Pink Glasses

Introducing the new

Libre Garden Dance Pink Glasses

14oz and 9oz sizes

intro garden pink 2Our pretty-in-pink *Garden Dance style is THE colour most requested so we went to our award-winning designer and it’s gorgeous!!

A fun filigree of buds and leaves in swirls of ‘ballet pink’, dark fuchsia and silver foil, with a beautiful deep pink lid, base and filter surround.

They keep morning tea HOT and afternoon fruit’n herb water COLD – just one wash keeps it flavour fresh – enjoy a sip of freshness in every glass..

To celebrate these new Libre glasses we will be having a 3 Day Giveaway on Facebook!

1 Libre Garden Pink* 14oz glass will be given each day:

August 31st, September 1st and 2nd

Share with us where you will dance with our NEW
Garden Dance Pink Libre

Don’t want to wait? BUY your own Garden Dance Pink right now!
Canada | US | Australia

 

#LibreTeaPink

If you do not have a Facebook account please enter below.

Be sure to tell your friends so they can enter too!

*not available in UK

Enjoying the Summer Weather

summer afternoonThe summer sunshine is wonderful, especially if there is a soft breeze in the air and a cold drink in your hand – have we mentioned Libre glasses are great for all cold beverages :-) The only trouble with enjoying the summer weather is, no one wants to go inside to clean, cook or do work of any kind.

We thought this week we’d give you some quick and easy recipes and cleanup ideas so you can spend more of your summer relaxing.

5 Hot Summer Weather Quick Meals
3 sites with house cleaning tips

Now that the cooking and cleaning are done, grab your Libre, pour your favourite beverage and head outside to enjoy that beautiful summer weather.

Hit from the past – Grease – Summer Nights

 

What’s your Favourite Quick Meal or Cleaning Tip?

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5 Ways to Connect with Nature

We had a relaxing and rejuvenating time away. Delightful times to connect with nature and are back and ready to see what’s new!

Have you had a chance to get away for a week or two, or even one of the long weekends? Taking a break, doing something out of the ordinary helps us to connect with ourselves and focus on what is important to us.nadine quote

Connecting with nature is so important for your physical and mental well-being.

Here are a 5 ways to connect with nature for a week, day or a few hours:

  • Take a walk in your neighbourhood, count the flowers, listen to the different bird sounds
  • Head outside for an outdoor nap (beach, park, backyard), watch the clouds float by or count the stars at night
  • Visit to a farm or local petting zoo,
  • Go boating, drift away in the summer breeze
  • Go hiking or camping, hug a tree

Remember to breathe in the fresh air, feel the vibrations of the trees and walk barefoot as much as possible.

Here are some pictures from our time away:

paddle boardyoga in the forest

on holidays

walking in the streamsunset

How are you connecting with nature this summer?

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2015 Libre Winners

We love sharing #teamoments! Here is a list of our 2015 Giveaway Winners

Watch as it grows!

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Facebook – Tea Moments January 6th – Elaine Lindsey-Paek

Connect with your inner self, your true desires – Deborah P.

Facebook – Tea Moments January 13th – Jessica Margaret Price

I woke up with that crazy bubbly feeling . . –  Ken

Facebook – Tea Moments January 20th – Judy Lipcsak

Give the Gift of Time on Valentine’s Day – Raine

Facebook – Tea Moments January 27th – Heather Adkins

Love Thyself – Vilma Pacheco

Facebook – Tea Moments February 4th – Peter Tusa

Change your Lid, Change your Life – Claudia Ellis

Facebook – Tea Moments February 10th – Lori Baker

Love is in the Air – Megan C

Facebook – Tea Tuesday February 17th – Sharon Bauer

Cheerful Berry Infusion – amy bavier bartley

Facebook – Tea Tuesday February 24th – Amy L. Norman

Energize with Lemon Water – Suzane

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 3rd – Stacy Scott

Hot Matcha for Health and Warmth – joanna reed

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 10th – Cindy Graf

Enjoy Green Herb Infusions – Amy C.

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 17th – Rene Beaubien

Salad Water Infusion – Sally John

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 24th – Anita Oh

Energize with Cold Matcha – Melissa

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 31st – Mary Rutter

Share a Tea Moment Outing with Family – Clare Tea

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 7th – Filipa Vale-Hockley

Yogis take your yoga practice outdoor – Brenda Alden

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 14th – Anna Key

April is Stress Awareness Month – Noreen

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 21st – Rae Ramos

Mother’s Day – Spring has Sprung – Dave Levin

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 28th – Antoinette Morgan

Relaxing Iced Tea Moments for Busy Moms – Carolyn (glass) & Ellen ( 1oz of Tea)

Facebook – Tea Tuesday May 5th – Julie Mitchell

Yogi Tea Moments for Health and Harmony – Linda Fast

Facebook –  Tea Tuesday May 12th – Elizabeth Janik

Sun Tea and Iced Tea for Health and Hydration – Alana Vester

Facebook – Tea Tuesday May 19th – Maria Katie

Spring tantrums + the magic in radical small decisions – loriag

Facebook – Tea Tuesday May 26th – Judy Lipcsak

Tea Moments in Nature – Karen

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 2nd – Sandie Yearsley

Dad/Teacher Appreciation – D Johnson

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 9th – Miriya Lauren

Intro to LLL Grace Bullock – Dee Schwark

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 16th – Ewd Schn

Tea Moments with Zhena Muzyka –  Marthalynn, Loriag and Dani G – Facebook winners Christie Love and Peter Tusa

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 23rd – Peter Tusa

Canada Day and Independence Day – Carolyn

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 30th – Kari Wagoner

Facebook –  Tea Tuesday July 8th – Carolyn Wilman

Cold Brew for a Hot Day – Rick F.

Facebook – Tea Tuesday July 14th – Linda Laming

Introducing Libre Leading Light Tanis Frame – Joanne

Facebook – Tea Tuesday July 22nd – Sarah Frank

Take Time to Play – Dee Schwark

Facebook –  Tea Tuesday July 28th – Linda Henderson

We’re Enjoying some Longer Tea Moments – Elizabeth P.

Facebook – Tea Tuesday August 11th – Diane Guarracino-Cosmo

We’re Enjoying some Longer Tea Moments

We’re taking a break with some longer tea moments to relax and rejuvenate.

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We’ll be away from August 1st, returning August 10th enjoying some of our own summertime favourite tea moments.

We’re all goin’ on a summer holiday
No more workin’ for a week or two
Fun and laughter on a summer holiday
No more worries for me or you…..
Summer Holiday – Cliff Richards

Sneak peek – Garden Dance Pink – a swirl of pinks – ballet, fuchsia and silver for sparkles – girls you’ve got this :-) click here for photo

Share with us your favourite summer holiday tea to enter the giveaway while were gone for a chance to win a NEW Garden Dance Pink!

 

 

Take Time to Play

Marlene LowdenGuest Post: Marlene Lowden is one of our Libre Leading Lights. She is an abstract painter and creative yogi living on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Play is powerful food for your soul – it makes you forget who you should be so that you can be who you really are.

When was the last time you lost yourself in play? The kind of non-structured, no purpose, for no good reason kind of play with no specific outcome or result desired, expected or required.

I know it’s hard to justify spending time being unproductive, especially when there’s always something pressing in your life.

A little playtime this summer can give you mini holidays from your schedule, make you feel happier, healthier and ultimately, help you discover what your true priorities are.  When you are creating and playing, time disappears – your brain rests, you let go of what you should be doing and saying and find yourself deeply engaged in the present.  There are very few activities in life that engage you more fully in the now than pure playfulness!

The long summer days are the perfect opportunity to get outside your lines and explore new ways to play…

Marlene Tea MomentYour body loves to play and it will delight in the simplest pleasures. Try yoga (maybe even on a paddle board), go dancing, swimming, hiking or go jump on your neighbour’s trampoline, (you know you want to).  Move your body but put down the timers, the measuring tapes, the scales and set aside the schedules too. 

We are well acquainted with the benefits of moving our bodies but how about playful exercises for our minds?  The benefits of doodling, drawing and colouring are bountiful.  Studies are showing an increase in creativity and creative problem solving, stress reduction, and improved focus.

Making and creating for the fun of it strips away all the “shoulds” in my life, I feel lighter, refreshed and more keenly focused on what is really important to me.  Here are some summer specific ideas to try; chalk drawing on the sidewalk, building a sandcastle with friends of all ages, painting rocks from the beach or making collages from old magazines.

Having fun is not a waste of time.  It is about giving yourself a break from productivity and your to do list so you can actually reveal what you deeply care about.

You serve your family, your friends and the world best by being all of who you are and doing what inspires you – play is a powerful key to discovering exactly what that looks and feels like. 

Play is liberty!  Enjoy getting to know yourself a little more this summer.  I can’t think of any other pursuit more worthy of your time.

Namaste
Marlene

Marlene Lowden Signature

 

 

p.s. If you need help getting started – I have created a FREE ebook for you called – Outside Your Lines, it’s an all ages colouring book, enjoy and share with others!

Click this link to access the download (no strings or shoulds attached)!

Show us your summer play or download and colour a page today.

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Introducing Libre Leading Light Tanis Frame

We are honoured to introduce to you Tanis Frame our new Libre Leading Light.

 Tanis Frame is a science-geek, soul-sister, thrive-catalyst, play-evangelist, world champion, and mom to two fierce young girls. She is also the powerhouse behind the DECIDE to THRIVE REVOLUTION– inspiring women to live their lives in full colour and to make the daily choices that lead to them and their families deeply thriving. Tanis offers several programs, in Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and online, that will radically transform the way you live.

As an environmental health scientist and relentlessly curious mom, Tanis is charmingly obsessive about discovering the science and soul behind what cultivates thriving in our lives and what gets in the way.  She shares insights and wisdom from leading edge science, ancient and modern wisdom traditions, and thriving women, and translates them into ridiculously simple tools that radically transform the way you live.  And her Libre glass is definitely one of her simple yet powerful tools that cultivates thriving, not solely for her, but also her family. Yes, her daughters both love their Libre glasses too.

Happy tea glass toting girls, makes for a happy tea glass toting mama!

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“As an eco-health scientist, entrepreneur and mom who is on a mission to support women and their families to thrive, I’m thrilled to introduce people to Libre- healthy, functional, beautiful and a serious multitasker that supports thriving on so many levels.”

We often loose ourselves with our busy lives at home and work.

How do you find time for you, for you to thrive?

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Cold Brew for a Hot Day

Nothing better than spending the day in the outdoors – hiking, or camping, or just a lovely nature walk and relaxing with a delicious cold brew – cold brewed tea that is :)

re-energize quoteDid you know? Cold brewing tea gives you less catechins and caffeine, which helps eliminate any bitterness taste and keeps a peaceful feeling yet fully refreshed.

How to Cold Brew Tea:

1st – choose your tea – better quality tea does give you a better cold brew taste – white, roasted green or oolong, favourite herbal infusions are often the best choices.  Cold Brew using black tea doesn’t seem to quench the thirst as well.

2nd – quantity – place 3-5 grams (approximately 1 level teaspoon) into your Libre glass. Taste preference plays a big key and it may take you a few tries to find what works for you.

3rd – add cold water to your Libre glass and place on filter and lid.

4th – add any garnish you like, such as lemon, lime or mint (optional)

5th – steep your tea 4+ hours or even overnight and enjoy.

Wait, don’t throw away those steeped leaves yet, add more cold water and let it steep a second (and possibly a third) time!

In our area Vancouver BC Canada, we have smokey air from forest fires and so please be very aware If you are heading out hiking or camping be sure to keep an eye out for forest fire risks, such as broken glass or plastic that can magnify the sun, paper garbage, cigarette butts, smouldering dry grass, etc.

If you are able to and would like to help out the Fire Fighters financially donations can usually be made at your local Fire Station or search ‘donation firefighters + your city, state or country’ online. Many folks in our area are donating lots of food and home baked goodies – it is a tough job and so many are volunteers from other areas who’ve come to help – we are so grateful.

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And as it is a dry season for most of us please do your part to conserve water – many here are using dishwater to water plants, or enjoying a ‘golden lawn’ – it will revive well with the next round of rain.

Unusual conditions require new innovative responses and each of our contributions make a difference.

 

 

What’s your favourite place for an outdoor tea moment this summer?

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Enjoying Canada Day & Independence Day

This coming week is going to be a busy week with Canada Day July 1st and Independence Day July 4th. Whether we are working or celebrating, let’s take a break and have a tea moment to reflect on how the past has brought us to today and how all change starts with one thought, one act, one person!

We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.”  ~ Dalai Lama

Most are planning to celebrate these days with family and friends enjoying picnics, parades, barbeques, and watching the fireworks. Maybe there are a few new fruit infusions to help you stay hydrated and have fun throughout your celebrations! Try out the new crop of fresh berries with an iced tea, or water with lemon or lime as a refreshments.

To help you celebrate here are a few summer time tea recipes:

fruit iced tea recipes

Here are a few other ‘BBQ with Tea’ recipes:

 

How will you hydrate this Canada & Independence Day?

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