2014 Libre Winners

Here at Libre Tea we love sharing #teamoments! Below is a list of our 2014 Giveaway Winners – watch as it grows!

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How to Be Successful with your New Year’s Resolutions – Marygrace

Create Healthy Habits with Tulsi Tea – Andie

Staying Healthy with Matcha – Laine

The Health Benefits of Coconut – Noreen B

Celebrating the Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse – M Bearden

Self-Reflection and Self-Love – L Gailgraith

Happy Valentine’s Day! – Maryann D.

Cultivating Self-Love – April

Cultivating love in our closest community – Donna K

Facebook – Toronto Yoga Conference and Show tickets -  Melanie Cornacchia, Suzanne Belgrave Wyman, Jammie Kangye, Nicole Jubleew, Fan Rakhim, Joanna Christine & Anne Hunt

Celebrating International Women’s Day! - Adrienne Hayes

Facebook – Tea Tuesday Mar. 18th - Angela Mitchell

What’s in your Water? - Alyssa

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March25th - Shaina Ginesta

World Water Day – Chanti Holtl

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 1st - Elizabeth Elliot

Hidden Messages in Water – Gina F.

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 8th – Mari Lyn

Let’s get out there and move – Wanda

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 15th – Hilary Andriesian

Stay hydrated with our Earth Day Sale – Leslie T.

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 22nd – Ginette Anger

Earth Day and Easter – Charmaine

Fundraising with Global Women’s Water Initiative – Amanda Alvarado

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 29th – Erin Carpenter

Facebook – Tea Tuesday May 6th – Rachel Dawson

Libre on the go – anywhere, anytime! – Carolyn W.

Facebook – Tea Tuesday May 13th – Amie Przemyslaw Myszkowski

Facebook – Tea Tuesday May 20th – Mary Forschen Montoya

Tea Moments Around the World - Jan

Facebook – Tea Tuesday May27th -  Linda Davidson-Poplees

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 3rd – Cally Tam

Keeping Cool in the Heat - Suzanne

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 10th - Matthew Welsh

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 17th - Barb Ford

Facebook – Tea Tuesday June 24th – Amy Ledesma

Facebook – Tea Tuesday July 1st - Beth Ardent

Facebook – Tea Tuesday July 8th - Linda Colley

Good Neighbour - Maryann

Facebook – Tea Tuesday July 15th - Holly Caulfield

Facebook – Tea Tuesday July 22nd - Ann Maria Mattila

Facebook – Tea Tuesday July 29th - Melba Davis Everly

Facebook – Tea Tuesday August 5th - Darrah Bailey

Libre Life Sneak Peak - 5 Winners –  Jaime Majure (Starburst),  Brittney Minor (Lively Leaves), Janie Prather (Black Brush),  Charity k (Lively Leaves) and Rachael (Black Brush)

Facebook – Tea Tuesday August 12th – Darci Paice-Bailey

Facebook – Tea Tuesday August 19th – April Miller

Summer Adventure - Krystle

Facebook – Tea Tuesday August 26th - Leslie Baxter

Check out our latest blog post and enter our current giveaway!

You might be our next winner and see your name here too!

 

Healthy Beverages for Back to School

It’s time to start thinking about sending our kids back to school and creating sustainable routines for the new season. Our Libre Leading Light Leah Goard has some great words of wisdom to enjoy these last lovely days with family and simple ways to help the young souls in your house on their journey back to school.

Inspiring healthy habits for our family and ourselves includes nutritious food and drink and the age old… ‘what to pack for lunch’. For both you and the kids an economical and healthy beverage solution can be:starburst 3

  • Tea
  • Water
  • Infused water(berries, fresh mint and herbs)

You can send them with a cold brew of herbal teas for refreshment and then when the cooler weather comes they can enjoy a warm-up tea on the way to school and for lunch and breaks! Children love having tea for lunch just like mom and dad. The delicious fruit based herbal teas are a perfect healthy alternative to sugary fruit juices or soda’s.  Many teas are as delicious cold as hot.

Try some out with your family in the last days of summer – green and white teas overnight steeping in the fridge are perfect.

Your child will love having tea moments at school in their Libre Tea glass or thermos. Their friends will be quite curious about what they are drinking.

Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness.
- Lu Yu, Chinese sage and hermit

Tea is a natural source of fluoride, which strengthens teeth. It inhibits the growth of the plaque bacteria which causes gum disease and cavities.

What teas do / have you sent to school with your children?
Share with us for a chance to win a Libre Starburst tea glass!

 

The Journey Back to School

Guest Post by our Libre Leading Light Leah Goard

Simple ways to help the young souls in your house on their journey back to school.

As a parent, I feel an array of emotions as another summer comes to a close and my son goes back to school.

I crave for the long, carefree summer nights to continue yet desire to return to a routine, the work I am passionate about and some space.

I am in awe of how fast life is moving… how big my boy is getting. I’m celebrating the incredible young man he is becoming and in the same moment want to tuck him back into his stroller.

I know in my heart, like with everything in life, all I can do is breath in the moments as deeply as I can and then release them with gratitude.

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There’s a lot of hype around going “Back To School” – shopping sprees, new clothes, fancy calendars, commitments of high achievement and super family routines… anxiety, stress and pressure.

When what we truly desire for our children is for them to thrive…to feel good in their gangly bodies, confident as they move into their new classrooms and reacquaint with friends, connect with their teachers, know that they have the power to choose how they feel and create their own experience.

So, what are some simple ways that you can help the young souls in your house on their journey back to school?

  1. Make how your kids feel the number one priority and give them the opportunity to talk about where they are at.  Ask open ended questions about their friends, the school work, teachers and clubs etc.
  2. Ask your kids to define how they want to feel this school year. Then talk about the kinds of things that they can do to help them to feel the way they want to feel. Open the conversation about how they have the power to choose how they feel – even though it doesn’t always seem that way. Have them write their words on a piece of paper and post them on the fridge. This will give you the opportunity to return to these feelings and check in with them as the year unfolds.
  3. Find out what is most important to them about the upcoming school year. Making new friends, their grades, joining certain clubs, sports etc.,
  4. Create space and time in everyone’s schedule for the transition so being present stays at the top of your list of priorities. It takes time to shift into a new routine for everyone. Do less so you can ease into the new routines. Keep everything non-essential off your list – play dates to a minimum, extra activities etc. and not just for the kids. After the summer, the list of things you plan to do in September is usually pretty huge by the time it arrives. Reminding yourself that you will get everything done and that your children need your presence and support more than anything helps to put that list into perspective.
  5. Use organization as a tool to support and enhance everyone’s experience. Sure matching baskets and fancy labels are pretty but organization is about making your life easier and giving you the opportunity to enjoy being present instead of stressed out looking for things. Before school starts, clear out the kids closets, identify where school bags and shoes go and find the tupperwear you’ll need for lunch kits. Read this article on clearing your path for step by step instructions on getting organized.

Here’s to opting out of the Back to School hype and instead creating more space for moments to be shared.

Cropped-Leah-0001Leah Goard, practices principles that embody soulful and strategic ways to nurture your ability to thrive. Her programs guide you to redefine what you want, design a road map to follow and bring alignment through your thoughts, decisions and actions. Join Leah this September for the Soul + Strategy Online Series + Live Retreat;  an 8 week program designed to help entrepreneurs create financial and creative freedom.

Summer Adventure

Have you been enjoying your summer?  Summer is a great time to adventure, picnic, swim, hike… With only a few weeks left for you and your family and friends to enjoy the holidays before they head back to school we hope you’ll make the most of it!!

Our new colourful Libre tea glasses are a great way to add colour to your picnic table and outdoor dining. And great for back to school refreshment all day long!

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Here are 10 Summer Adventure Ideas!

  1. Have a Tea Party with the family in the backyard, at the park or on the balcony.
  2. Go camping or hiking – often spots close to home are overlooked.
  3. Visit the PNE in Vancouver BC or CNE in Toronto ON
  4. Attend the Harbor Days Maritime Festival & Vintage Tugboat Races in Olympia WA
  5. Have a picnic or barbeque and share your favorite summertime recipes.
  6. Visit the San Diego Museum of Arts or take the kids to the Toy Doctor Workshop
  7. Get out that last book you wanted to read this summer and head to the beach or park
  8. Have a family walk around your neighborhood; notice the colours, sounds and smells of summer at its fullness.
  9. Pick a bunch of wildflowers on a nature walk.
  10. Make a scrap book for all your summer photos and trip souvenirs (ticket stubs, receipts, maps and postcards)

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Share with us what’s your top summer adventure so far and/or what’s your fave summer refreshment for a chance to win a Libre of your choice.

Best wishes for a great week ahead and catching that ‘summertime feeling’.

Libre Life Sneak Peak

It’s time for a Libre Life sneak peak! Introducing the Libre Life Collection!

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The new Libre Life Collection is our ode to color in our lives. You’ve come to love the Libre features so key to your fulfilled life.  And now the cool drink solution – perfect for fruit’n herb waters, iced teas, sun teas – Libre keeps it hot or cold!!

The Libre Life Collection is a medley of inspiration – Starburst Turquise, Lively Leaves Lime and Black Brush. Each is a burst of energy and handy companion for all your summer tea moments.

starburst 3The Starburst turquoise has an inspirational, pretty, blue and green palette – we are all stars when we enjoy tea moments and especially when we really settle into a tea moment to contemplate our connections to our cosmos – it only takes a concentrated minute.

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Lively Leaves Lime is fun, fanciful and full leafed! The variety of greens and our inspired leaf patterns just dance on this style of the Life Collection and truly with so many kind of teas both hot and cold to celebrate the traditional ‘leafers’ will enjoy the playful nature.

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Serene Black Brush for every occasion – 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. And now truly, a tea moment with basic black – anytime, anywhere. And with the new masculine black, the men are gonna want it as their best ‘to go’ tea drinkin tool.

The Libre Life Collection will be available August 1st in Canada and the United States. They hold 14oz/420ml of your favourite beverage on-the-go or relaxing at home.

The Libre Life is what you make it – stop for a relaxing and refreshing tea moment today

Let us know which Libre is your favourite to be entered in this giveaway for a Libre Life glass!

 

Good Neighbour Sale

Here’s to being good neighbours!!!

The Canada–United States border is the longest international border in the world. The terrestrial boundary (including small portions of maritime boundaries on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts, as well as the Great Lakes) is 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi) long, including 2,475 kilometres (1,538 mi) shared with Alaska.

We both have notable celebrations this week of our country with many festivities and fireworks and picnics – often the launch to ‘real’ summertime.

A good neighbor – a found treasure.
– Chinese Proverb

This week, here in Canada we celebrated Canada Day, our countries 147th birthday. On July 1st in 1867, we became a new federation by signing the Constitution Act.

And the USA, our neighbours to the south, celebrate The Fourth of July, Independence Day.  This commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies in 1776.

We ‘the people’ of both countries revere our freedom and at Libre we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to practice tea moments whenever and wherever we want – anytime, anywhere.  Join us this week and celebrate with a quiet moment of gratitude for the great place we live and the freedoms we enjoy.

We’d like to recognize and celebrate with a Good Neighbour Sale!

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Stay cool, refreshed and hydrated with your favourite beverage – yes Libre keeps it cold too!

 Share with us how you celebrate Canada Day or Independence Day for a chance to win a Libre Original!

Look What Libre Leading Lights Are Up To

We are pleased to share the Libre Leading Lights journeys – a little window into the world of a few we connect with at Libre who dedicate to cultivating their light and sharing with the world.

The Libre Leading Lights have been busy and we wanted to re-introduce them to you and let you know what they have going on this summer.

coraCora Wen founder of Yoga Bloom, a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training, is an international specialist in yoga therapy. She teaches throughout Asia, Canada and the United States.

Cora’s style is a funky fusion of Chinese tradition, Western humor, anatomy, and humble-Buddhist-meets-meridian-magic.  We met up with Cora in person – always a treat – her energy is joyous – and we took a couple of picks during tear down of the Toronto Yoga festival.

Cora has a YBLAB1000 (Yoga Therapy Intensives) Teacher Training workshop June 19th—22nd in San Jose, CA, an ongoing Online YB Lab and 6-Day Residential Retreat (Harnessing the Wind: Riding the Waves in the “Sea of Chi” ) June 28th-July 4th.

victoriaVictoria Maxwell  (BFA/BPP*), is the self-proclaimed Bi-Polar Princess, one of North America’s top speakers and educators on the ‘lived’ experience of mental illness and recovery, and dismantling stigma. She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis and has, for more than 12 years.

Victoria is busy this month with 3 That’s Just Crazy Talk performances and workshops She’s in Calgary and Canmore, AB this week and then heading south to Sacramento. CA.

Lilith Bailey-KrollLilith Bailey-Kroll is the founder of Yoga Is My Health Insurance (YIMHI). She was introduced to yoga in her teens to address physical discomfort from scoliosis, which has greatly improved with the regular practice of Yoga.

Lilith has been on the go this month with YIMHI Workshops. She’s already been to Austin, TX and Pittsburgh, PA and is heading to Cincinnati, OH and Erie, PA next. In July she’ll be give a workshop in Crestone, CO.

sarah j 2Sarah Jamieson  is a Movement Coach & Philanthroprenuer ,with several certifications including ACE, FMS 2, YT Level 4, NLP.

We are sending Sarah positive healing vibes as she is on the mend from an emergency appendectomy. Her next big event is the #RUN4MOM 57Km – Supporting CMHA & BWSS is July 26th. This Vancouver BC 57km run supports mental health and ending violence against women.

Leah GoardLeah Goard, has 20+ years of experience in business spanning four continents in industries including health & wellness, off shore finances, marketing and business consulting. As the driving force behind her company Define, Design, Align she is passionately dedicated to helping courageous individuals and businesses find clarity, rediscover their purpose & direction, reclaim their freedom & create a sustainable abundant lifestyle.

Leah is challenging us to have fun this summer, to create some wonderful and lasting memories. Read her blog post the power of play, summer bucket lists + the most important moments of your life, download her Summer Bucket List template and fill it with things to do this summer that ‘inspire you to play’.

JanJan Jensen is a Nia Black Belt Instructor, Writer, Artist, Synergist for Fabulous Vitality.

Jan loves to entice people into action with the pure joy of movement and the deliciousness of whole foods that nourish the body. Jan is teaching Nia classes on the Sunshine Coast and in Sechelt, BC. Watch Jan’s website for the next Get Cultu
red workshop to learn how to make easy-to-make cultured vegetables. They are full of probiotics, taste delightful and are easy to add to what you already eat as side dishes or condiments.

guyGuy Gabriel studied at The Taoist Institute, The Center for Yoga and The California College of Ayurveda. At LMU he received certification in their Yoga Therapy RX and Yoga and Ecology programs.

Currently Guy teaches Therapeutic Flow classes at various corporate, private gyms and at the Therayoga Studio. The TheraYoga Method, a heartfelt, functional approach to practicing yoga, whether you’re a beginner, experienced yogi, recovering from an injury, or living with a special condition.  Guy has been working regularly with students living with Parkinson’s and Fibromyalgia, who have had extremely wonderful results slowing the progression down.

taylorTaylor Wells, M.A., M.Ed., RYT, is an Author; founder and owner -with her husband – of Prana Power Yoga™ (5 studios in Massachusetts and New York); United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador; Boston Herald Columnist; Clinical Psychologist; Boston Herald Blogger; Master Yoga & Spiritual Teacher; Creator and sole writer of Super-mom.com; and Healthy Lifestyle Activist.

Taylor is keeping busy running Prana Power Yoga (5 studios in Massachusetts and New York), being a Boston Herald Blogger, writing on her blogs Super Mom and Best Life Ever. She is also a very busy mom raising 5 beautiful children.

helenaHelena Zera-Axelrod, founder of Vyana Yoga, is a RYT Prana Flow ® senior teacher and grateful student of the global Yogini and Sacred Activist Shiva Rea.

Helena offers several workshops at Vyana; the Hastapada Workshop (for teachers and curious students of Yoga in the Flow), Pelvic Floor Workshop (helps to alleviate pelvic floor conditions, including urinary incontinence and frequency, infertility, dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain and more) and an Ayurveda Workshop – learn about the 3 Doshas. She continues to study with Dr Lad a pre-eminent Ayurvedic doctor and share her learnings.

steffanyDr. Steffany Moonaz is PhD, RYT-500 is a yoga therapist, trains yoga teachers how to work with arthritic students/patients and is a researcher in Baltimore, MD.

Steffany is working to bring yoga to people with arthritis in communities nationwide, as well as educating yoga teachers about the unique needs of this population.  Visit Yoga for Arthritis to learn more about her teacher training programs or to find an instructor near you.

We so appreciate these Libre Leading Lights who are doing great things to evolve our world to a sustainable and peaceful place.

Keeping Cool in the Heat

The weather is getting warmer and whether at work or home we are often looking for something cold to put in our Libre Tea glasses. With the Libre glass interior and durable poly exterior they are perfect for keeping our iced tea and herbal infusions cold.

Lemon and lemon balmHerbal infusions are easy to make and good for you too. You can infuse water with any number of herbs, spices, edible flowers, fruit and vegetables!

  • apple, pears, plum and mint
  • banana and nectarine
  • blackberries, raspberries and strawberries
  • carrots, apple, lemon and ginger
  • cherries, lime and mint
  • cucumber, dill, celery, lemon and mint
  • honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and mint
  • lemon, orange and ginger
  • tangerine,  pear, green pepper and cilantro

Once you have chosen which fruits, herbs and/or vegetables you are going to use, wash them and slice the fruit and veggies.

fruit & LibreDrop them into your Libre Tea glass add water and ice and let steep. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the water will be. Some fruits or herbs will infuse more quickly than others. Citrus is pretty instant, berries take a few hours, herbs take a little longer, and vegetables a little more.

Making your own infusion ensures you’re receiving natural occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Were as store bought infused water often include preservatives, artificial sweeteners, added vitamins/minerals, artificial colourings, sodium and sugars.

Share with us your favourite ‘keeping cool in the heat’ iced tea or infused water recipe for a chance to win a Libre Tea Original glass!
Receive a second entry to the giveaway when you post a photo with fruit’n herb waters on our Facebook page.

Raspberry pomegranate ice cream float 6If you’re looking for something a little different and thirst quenching while keeping cool, why not have an Iced Tea float! Turn any iced tea into a delicious float by adding a scoop or two ice cream. Try The Daily Tea’s recipe for a Thai Iced-Tea Float.

Pictured here is Wendy’s Raspberry Pomegranate Float.  Doesn’t it look delicious – what a great way to celebrate National Iced Tea Month!

 

 

 

 

Tea Moments Around the World

Tea has a rich tradition around the world with each culture having favorite teas and or tea ceremonies.

Chai tea, Darjeeling tea and Assam tea are the most popular teas in India and tea stalls can be found on most busy street corners. They grow and drink more tea than any other country in the world.

teas varyChina is credited for discovering tea. According to legend, Emperor Shennong was resting under a Camelia tree boiling some water to drink when dried leaves fell down into his boiling water creating the first pot of tea. It wasn’t until the fourth and fifth centuries that rice, spices, ginger fruit peel and  other ingredients were added to the tea leaves to further enhance the teas taste and health benefits.

In Japan, Matcha powder made from green tea is what is used for the Tea Ceremony. Green tea (Ryokucha) is the most popular in Japan and can come in various grades such as Genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice) or Hojicha (a roasted green tea that is sweeter and less astringent). Oolong and black tea are also quite popular in Japan.

In New Zealand and Ireland, they stop for a tea break rather than a coffee break. In New Zealand, when their tea breaks were threatened to be eliminated or shortened last year, thousands protested over the proposed tea break cuts.

Britain is well known for their afternoon tea. It’s rumoured that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford started the afternoon tea tradition and what a great tradition it is! Hot steaming tea served in delicate china with a platter full of delightful sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and perfect bite sized cakes.

Learn more about tea and tea traditions at World Tea News: 10 Tea Traditions Around the World By: Marta Lopez Garcia

We are heading to the World Tea Expo next week – May 29th-31st!  If you are there, stop by booth #455 and have a sneak preview of our New Libre Life Collection.

The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness. ~P.G. Wodehouse

Where is your favourite place to have tea – at home, restaurant, city….? Share with us and be entered in our giveaway for a Libre Mug.

Libre on the go – anywhere, anytime!

Now that the weather is turning to nicer days it is time to get going and get out there!!.

Time in nature connects us to the bigger ‘what is’ and reminds us of the magic of this universe – the diversity of the flora and fauna that reappears every spring and blooms into beauty as the year moves on. Plan some outdoor adventures and activities or just go out the door and truly appreciate the nature you can spy and its generative forces. Nature is a great place to remember we are part of a much bigger picture than we can even imagine and often helps us with perspective on our own challenges. We are all connected :-)

Enjoy a tea moment ‘on the go’ the next time you head out the door.

Yes you may be thirsty and your Libre makes a great companion not only great for hot or iced tea but for a variety of beverages; like protein shakes, water, fruit infused water, and even coffee! :-)The glass interior and poly exterior help keep your beverage hot or cold for over an hour.

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And if your adventure is more rough and tumble know that Libre’s durability makes it the beverage container for ‘on the go’. Perfect for tea moments outdoors.

Remember your Libre tea glass when you go hiking or camping, have picnics at the park or family barbecues, are out on the boat or heading to the beach.

Enjoy your tea moments anywhere and anytime!

Where will you take your Libre for tea moments on the go?

Please take a ‘tea moment’ photo on your outdoor adventures – we look forward to having you share yours #teamoments on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Share your favourite outdoor adventure where you would take your Libre for a chance to win a Libre Tea glass of your choice!

We find many people like to have a couple of Libres – in a couple of sizes – so enter today for your chance to win!