Energize with Lemon Water

We are hearing a lot about lemon water, specifically honey lemon water. The health benefits of starting your day with a glass of warm honey lemon water are numerous.

lemon and tulipsHealth benefits of Lemon:

  • Excellent source of vitamin C
  • Contains citrate, an inhibitor of toxins
  • Stimulates the digestive system, helping to prevent constipation
  • Works as a diuretic, keeping the urinary tract free of infections
  • contains citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
  • helps manage your PH levels, creating healthy alkalinity important for bone and muscle health
  • helps prevent colds and flus

Health benefits of raw honey:

  • has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
  • boosts energy
  • is a great cold medicine
  • a natural source of carbohydrates
  • eliminates free radicals

 

 Honey Lemon Water Recipe

Combine:

  • Juice from ¼ to ½ of a lemon
  • 1 cup of freshly boiled, slightly cooled water (just warm enough to melt the honey, any hotter will remove the nutritional value)
  • 1 tsp of raw honey (more or less to taste)

Mix gently in your Libre glass and enjoy.

For a bit of a citrus twist try using limes, oranges or grapefruit for an afternoon refreshment.

 

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Cheerful Berry Infusion

With winter’s shorter days and all the rain and/or snow it can be difficult to stay upbeat and cheerful. Some days I’d like to hibernate like a bear. So what do we do to keep our spirits lifted? How about a creative change with inspiring and pretty fruit infused water – berries remind us of spring.

IMG_3389Fruit infused water is easy to make and a low sugar alternative – Just prepare your favourite fruits and herbs, add water and let steep for approximately 2 hours. Give a little shake and enjoy!

Tips for making Berry Infused Water:

  • Steep the berries for 1-2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 hours
  • Fruit infused water should be drunk the same day if not refrigerated. If it is refrigerated it will keep 3-4 days
  • Cold or room temperature water is best. Hot water may destroy the healthy benefits of the fruit infusion.
  • Use filtered water for purest taste
  • Organic Fruits and Vegetables are the best, alternately you can peel the skin off the fruit or wash with a vinegar water solution.

 

Fruit infused water not only looks lovely but is full of nutrients too!

IMG_3359Fruit and Herb Pairing Suggestions:

  • Blueberries (Vitamin K and C, Manganese) and Raspberries (Vitamins C, K, E and Folate)
  • Cranberries (Vitamins C, K, E and Copper) and Mint (Vitamin C, Manganese and Copper)
  • Strawberry (Manganese and vitamin C) and Basil (vitamins A and C)
  • Blackberries (Vitamin C, E and Fiber) and Oranges ( Vitamins C, A and Calcium)
  • Boysenberries (Vitamins K, A and Folate) and Lime (Vitamin C , Calcium and Iron)
  • Strawberries (Vitamin C, B6 and Magnesium) and Jalapenos (Vitamin B6, B2 and B3)

 

Add your favourite tea (green, chamomile, black) to your berry infusion for a delightful refreshing treat.

 

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Love is in the Air

February is the Month of Love, not just Feb. 14th, every day is a perfect day to express our love for those around us.  Giving the gift of ourselves, our time and full attention, is a great way to express our love to one another.

What can we do to express and feel loved? By living in the moment, become aware of all that you have (family, friends, a job, a place to live, etc.) and show gratitude for these gifts. We may not always feel like showing our love for others and at times, we may feel unloved.

I’ve had the lyrics to ‘Love is in the Air’ sung by John Paul Young on replay in my head lately.

Love is in the air, everywhere I look around
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound

Love is in the air, in the whisper of the trees,
Love is in the air, in the thunder of the sea,

Love is in the air, in the rising of the sun,
Love is in the air, when the day is nearly done,

The lyrics fit so well with having gratitude and becoming aware of our surroundings, using all senses to experience the love we share with each other as well as ourselves.

osho quoteMeditation allows our emotional and spiritual selves to connect and work together for personal growth and health. Meditation helps us physically too, by lowering blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, improves immune function and more.

When meditating, we are quieting our surroundings so that we can focus on ourselves. We can see with our minds eye what thoughts and feelings need attention, which can go on the back burner and which we can let go.

 

 

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Change your Lid, Change your Life

We all know when we change our outlook and attitudes we can change our lives.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

To change up your outlook we’ve some great news!! Libre lids are interchangeable and now they can be purchased separately.

Mix & Match 2

If you have a Classic Large you can colour it up with Turquoise of our Starburst or Green of our Lively Leaves – or perhaps basic Back is your pick for a sleek wintertime look.

Or perhaps you love the colours and would enjoy popping on a different lid colour or style it up with a lovely Classic metal trim lid.

All are now available online and launching with a
$5 sale on all Libre Filter and Lids!.

Filter and Lid Collection

 

Sale ends February 11th, 2015

 

Mix and Match Your Libre lid and filters for a whole new look

With the exchangeable filter and lids you can have a different Libre Tea glass every day. Mix and Match the filter and lids according to your mood for the day and enjoy your tea moments on the go.

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Love Thyself

As we start February – the month of LOVE – showing  your LOVE for your loved ones is important, and just as important is to show LOVE for yourself too. You need to show yourself kindness, self-care, patience and respect. Once we make a routine to practice self-care daily we feel better about ourselves and often even feel an increasing inner well of LOVE to share with our loved ones.

spirit of teaThere are so many ways to show #lovethyself. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Find a quiet spot sometime during the day (early morning, nap time, tea breaks, end of the day) and have a time out. A time to do nothing but enjoy the moment, sip your tea and just breathe. #grounded
  • After your shower or bath, take a few extra moments and give your tired feet and hands a massage. #pamper #Ilovemyfeet
  • Add a vegetable (celery/carrot/broccoli/cauliflower) or fruit (apple/grapes/kiwi/plums) snack mid-morning and afternoon #veggiepower #nourish
  • Give yourself a selection of healthy teas or a fruit’n herb infusion for the day– a herbal, green or interesting oolong will remind you to stay hydrated throughout the day #hydrate #whatsinmyglass
  • Start a new craft project and schedule a little time each day/week to work on it #mycreativespirit
  • End each day by thinking of all the little positive things that happened throughout your day #gratitude #bedtimeritual

There are many many other ways to express how you Love Thyself!

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We’ll be sharing ours all month long too.

 February – time to fall in LOVE – with yourself, that is!

Join the Sunshine Coast Yoga Festival peeps in a month long #LoveThyself Instagram event to care for & nurture ourselves. Share what you do to show yourself a little love.

Not only will we inspire each other but they have wonderful PRIZES (including tickets to our festival on September 12th) to motivate you to stay true to your commitment.

How about some time to yourself this month – curious about meditation?

Tuja Wellness  is offering their 30 day meditation opportunity and we will offer Libre tea glass prizes too!!!

We LOVE, LOVE and hope you will contribute to more loving in your life

Breathe, a sigh of relief, you’re gonna love February craigmj-heart  !!

Give the Gift of Time on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is February 14th and some of us are already looking for that perfect gift to say ‘I Love You’ in a unique and special way. We, here at Libre, like to share tea moments with our loved ones. We enjoy sharing tea and time together at home on walk or a winter getaway– really anywhere, anytime.

I know of someone who says, ‘I don’t need a calendar to tell me when to give a gift. If I feel inspired or see a special item I share it with my loved one’.

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This is a great way to share and show your love. However, with our busy schedules, we may overlook our loved ones, as we know they will be there and are forgiving. So it is nice to have a reminder of how important it is to set aside time for you both to relax, share and appreciate  each other.

 

Here are a few nice ways to give the gift of love:

  • make tea for two and share tea moments by the fire or on the porch/balcony
  • hire a babysitter and go out for dinner or maybe a picnic at the park
  • give each other a hug or shoulder squeeze when you pass in the hallway
  • foot and/or hand massages are always appreciated
  • and sincere compliments are always apprecaited

 

There are many ways to show your loved one how much you care throughout the day, week and year.

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I woke up with that crazy bubbly feeling . .

Guest post by Libre Leading Light Marlene Lowden

I woke up with that crazy bubbly feeling . . . like those butterflies when you are first falling in love.  It has happened two mornings in a row and for no particular reason – just an accumulation of events, people, happenings, I guess I’m just that excited to be part of so many things.  Excited to create the day, to make stuff, connect with others, move forward …   crazy, like I’m falling in love with life.

Tea - Thich Nhat HanhI know the other days well enough, but I’ll take these ones as a sign that whatever I’m doing, focusing on, whatever I’m dreaming, whatever attitude I’m operating with is working well for me.  I’ve got a little bounce in my step and I feel light.

I think subconsciously this question has created some small but significant shifts….

I’ve been asked a few times this past year (at workshops, in books) to imagine that I have a documentary film crew or a keen teenager following me around for the day – How would I spend my time?  How do I create my day?

Here’s a snapshot of my perfect day:

  • Up early – Hot Shower
  • Lemon tea (hot water & lemon juice from ½ lemon)
  • Meditation & Journaling (on my biomat, by my picture window looking out at the mountains & the ocean – pinch me).
  • Teach & Practice Yoga (with lovely souls who show at my door in the morning – we drink tea and laugh often).
  • Breakfast & My 1st coffee – this is an event to be celebrated because it is made by my husband, Patrick and it is divine.
  • Short check in with emails, review of tasks & appointments – over 2nd coffee.
  • Pack up healthy lunch & snacks (Vegetarian and I’m dairy & wheat free these days)
  • Go to the Studio (that I am honoured to share with 3 other amazing artists)Marleen Lowden
  • Paint and drink tea, repeat, repeat, repeat…
  • Return home (to my fireplace, friendly cat, more tea & family)
  • Write, plan and dream a little
  • Check back in with the virtual world (FBInstagramPinterest & all those fun people out there doing amazing things that inspire me daily).
  • A few chores and dinner prep (who am I kidding – Patrick is the chef) I clean up
  • Spend time with my people – a little hike or canoe, or maybe a TED talk…
  • Unwind with a good book (in the bath)
  • Early bed
(Here is a 5-minute meditation Marlene has made to help you have ‘fall in love with life’ kind of day.)

Now, this is not how I spend every day but I’m taking the small steps, making the little shifts and I’ve had few days like this one. Yippee!

To read Marlene’s complete post and her book recommendations please go here.

Namaste.

Marlene

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What needs to shift so that you too can fall in love?

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Connect with your inner self, your true desires

We are starting the New Year with new intentions to make 2015 the best year yet! When we create our intentions we need to connect with our inner self for our true desires.

Taking time to think about what inspires you, what do you desire, what are the changes you’d like to make and WHY. The why is important; are the changes for you or someone else, will they make you happier and healthier, will you be more financially secure, will they evolve the inner you for the better?

Our beliefs and values must line up with our goals or we will not have the tenacity needed to stick with them. 
Rosalind Y. Tompkins is a spiritual Life Coach

How do we do this? For starters, we can use our tea moments to pause and reflect over these questions. Make a list of intentions and rate them with the most important as #1. Contemplate how much effort you are willing to make these intentions a reality. You may even find that your want to change the rating of some intentions, And then after reflection – look at your notes and reflect one more time to see if they still ring true. Remember we have a whole year ahead of us and a thoughtful, mindful start will serve us well for an over all direction!

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Fall Libre Reviews 2014

Check out the Goodness Me ‘ Nourish’ Gift Guide!Nourish gift guide

Kay from The More the Merrier loves her new Libre Black Brush, ” I now have a new favorite tea glass! It’s the Black Brush Loose Leaf Tea Glass from the new Libre Life Collection. I am in love with the new designs on these glasses. Simple designs from nature adorn these gorgeous glasses.”

Here is what Chris from Dad of Divas  has to say about his Libre Tea glasses, “I see this valuable to a serious tea drinker! Enjoy!”

Kerrie from Family Food and Travel loves Libre Life Collection, “It doesn’t matter is you are on the road with a hot cup or tea, citrus water, or even a protein shake the practical and stylish way to drink your drink is from one of the Libre Life Collection.”

Over at Plum Deluxe they love their Libres, “You may recognize this mug from our guide on how to make iced tea, which is just one of the many uses for this fabulous mug.”

Relish.com has included the Libre Starburst in their Holiday Gifts for the Culinary Globetrotter.

Healthy Living Now MagHealthy Living Now Magazine has featured the Libre Tea Mug in their Lifestyle Section.

Vivian from Natural Mama is enjoying her Lively Leaves Tea Mug, “The tea glass comes perfectly designed and fitted comfortably in my hands, and is made BPA free safe for you to drink out of without causing any harm to your body.”

Colleen Richman says this about her Libre Lively Leaves tea glass, “If you are a tea drinker like me, than you are going to love this!”

This is what Melissa from Missy Product Reviews says about her Libre Starburst, “I love the colors of the glass tea bottle and will be taken this everywhere I go and love the eco-friendly factor to safe disposable cups and such.”

home grownTiffany from Home Grown Families loves her Libre, “The new Libre Tea Loose Leaf Tea Glass is top quality!”

Stacey and her husband  from Not Just Baby Brain like their Libre Tea infusers, “…as soon as my Starburst Tea Glass arrived, my husband tried to take it to his work on me!”

3118533515_53922ea17b Stephy from Stephs Cheers and Jeers loves her Libre Original, “The Glass is heavy duty and simply BEAUTIFUL!”

 

Amanda from Open Hands is loving her Libres, ” I fell in love with Libre months ago, but there new amazing Full Life Collection has brought a refreshing new look for this great concept.”

spiritual and healthy

Spirituality and Health Magazine has included the Libre Holiday Black Brush tea glass in their Holiday Gift Guide.

Tammie from Tammie’s Reviews, Giveaways and more has reviewed the Libre Starburst #travel mug. “I take this every where I go. I love how easy it is to make tea and how the screen that is on top of the glass filters out all the sediment and loose tea.”

Jenny at Dapperhouse has a few Libre Tea  glasses, I use Libre Tea beverage glasses for refreshment throughout the day because it is the perfect reusable glass to use on the go.

Veronica Funk loves her new Libre Tea infuser mug, “I’m so happy with my new Libre tea mug that I wanted to share.”

Coupons and FriendsJennifer from Coupons and Friends loves this about her Libre Tea Mug, “I love the fact that you don’t have to steep a mesh ball that may or may not come open in your mug (Mine went down the garbage disposal anyway), but you can also use bagged tea as well. Instant gratification! ”

week99erBecky from Week99er has reviewed the Libre Starburst, “I still love the new tumblers style and ease of use.”

Tammy's Two Cents
Tammy from Tammy Two Cents has a Libre Lively Leaves Tea glass,  “I received the gorgeous Lively Leaves Green (green is my favorite color – so I was excited)! I throw it in my work tote bag , (knowing it won’t break) and I can enjoy either iced or hot tea while at work!”

graceGrace from Blessed Elements loves her Libres, “I’ve been a fan of Libre Tea and have a first hand experience with their products. I trust the company and their products.”

starburst 2Nancy from Things that make people go aww has a Libre Starburst review. She says, “They make on the go tea simple and easy and you will always have your tea with you.”

jennbuttonJenn from Jenn’s Review Blog has reviewed the Libre Lively Leaves, “First, I love the sleek shape and the cute leaf design of this tea glass. Second this is a large tea glass so I can make tea in the morning and enjoy it for several hours at work.”

Sara from Sweet Silly Sara has reviewed the Libre Lively Leaves, “I love the vibrant green color of the durable glass bottle. I love the generous 14 ounce capacity of it too! That is just the right size glass for my tea cravings. ”

leaves 3Karen from the Kaley Davies blog has Libre reviews of the Lively Leaves and Black Brush tea glass. “I’m always on the lookout for a pretty, yet functional and reusable tea mug and I think we hit the jackpot with this one. I’d like to introduce you to the Libre tea reusable mugs.”

givingnsharing blog picTina from GivingNSharing reviewed the Libre Black Brush tea glass! I have been using Libre Tea Mugs & Glasses for about 3 years now. I’ve given them as gifts and have received comments from total strangers when I’m out and about town. ”

Ria from It’s My Party likes her Libre Original saying, “I like the original size because it’s compact enough to fit in my purse. Aside from that,  it is the perfect size for my grip and it makes about 2 cups of nice, hot and healthy tea!”

Stacey from Not Just Baby Brain reviewed the Libre Starburst saying, “Because the interior is made of glass, you can use it for both hot and cold drinks so it’s great to have year-round!”

Lady Tyrneathem is enjoying her Libre Black Brush, “No matter what your age or gender, I believe the design will suit everyone. It’s simply elegant.”

BB with teaValerie from Sweeps4Bloggers loves her new Libre Black Brush tea glass: “It’s easy to brew my tea and easy to clean up. The tea tastes great and the glass is beautiful. The whole process of brewing and drinking the tea is a pleasure.”

Kathy from Fuggs and Foach says, “Just like the ‘little black dress’ that goes everywhere so does our new Black trimmed LIbre tea glass. Its serene and delicate pattern of light brush strokes and small clusters of pale blossoms invites you into a tea moment every time you gaze at it.”

My Turn For UsEvelyn from My Turn for us has a Libre Starburst review saying, “So from now on, I am enjoying my loose leaf tea in my Libre Tea Glass.”

starburst 3Erica from  Erica Start Walking has a Libre Starburst  “I am just so in love with my other two Libre glasses that when I found out they made one in my favorite colors and bigger I could not have been happier.”

Tea moments help to keep the calm during the Holiday Season

Tea moments help to keep the calm during the holiday season. Keeping the calm and focus about what the season is about is often overlooked as we get caught up in the hectic hustle and bustle.

Green Teas and Herbal infusions are a great way to help your body physically and mentally restore its energy.

  • Green tea has a small amount caffeine and works as a mild stimulant. It’s also an antioxidant and antibiotic.
  • Ginger stimulates the circulatory system, helping to clear the mind and stimulate the brain. Perfect for uplifting the spirit.
  • Licorice has been described as ‘the universal herb’ with its many beneficial effects. It increases energy levels, helps restore worn out adrenal glands and is an anti-stress mood booster.
  • Ginseng is another beneficial herb that works by increasing stamina, reducing fatigue and minimizing the effects of stress.

A combination of any of the above is sure to help restore your body’s energy!

Lemon, Ginger, Honey and Green Teasarah m jamieson

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping teaspoon of green tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey, add more if needed
  • 1 cup of boiling water

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to your Libre Tea glass and steep for 3+ minutes.  Put on the filter and lid and shake to dissolve the honey if necessary. Remove the lid and enjoy!

winter solstice
December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. This Dec. 21st, take the time to celebrate Winter Solstice by going for a walk with loved ones through the neighbourhood, enjoying the sights, scents and sounds.  Watching the sunset and/or sharing a tea moment with family is a perfect time for pausing to reflect with gratitude for all that we have and all that we are.

 

How do you keep the calm during the holiday season?

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