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 July 25th in Canada and August 1st in 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!

 

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

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

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

 

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!

 

 

Fundraising with Global Women’s Water Initiative

We are excited to announce our partnership and fundraising with Global Women’s Water Initiative. A portion of proceeds from every Libre tea glass sold until Mothers Day will go to the Global Women’s Water Initiative – GWWI.

Why we chose this organization?? Well we love to support organizations that advance women, water and wellness. This organization trains the women who then train their communities on building and maintaining sanitation and water projects.

As well, these women are given training to build their own economic support – a truly sustainable initiative. Since 2008, GWWI trainees have provided clean water and sanitation to over 35,000 and raised over $100,000 of their own funding to expand their projects. Their story:

Transforming African Women’s Water Burdens into Economic Opportunities

African women and girls bear the burden of water on their head, shoulders and backs losing out on economic and education opportunities. The Global Women’s Water Initiative is changing that! GWWI is transforming women from waters bearers to water providers and entrepreneurs! GWWI trains and seed funds African grassroots women to build various water and sanitation technologies like rainwater harvesting systems, water filters and toilets, all made out of local indigenous materials. They lead hygiene and health campaigns and make and sell products like soap, shampoo, chlorine and reusable menstrual pads. They get paid as masons and technicians, make money selling health and hygiene products and some have even been invited on local water boards, influencing local policies. These women are challenging gender stereotypes, implementing locally driven water solutions, improving community health and making money!

Help us make waves!

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20% off Libre Originals

April 24th-May 1st, 2014

The Libre Original are popular with our Mom tea drinkers – a guaranteed car cup holder fit for all the tireless drop offs and pick-ups they provide  as well as their work commute. And its great for summer iced drinks – the thermal double wall gives cold drinks great protection too.

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Look for these Mother’s Day shelf wobblers at participating Libre Retailers near you in Canada and the USA.

 

Share with us your Mom and me ‘tea moment’ for a chance to win a Libre Tea Original!

 

Earth Day and Easter

This year Easter and Earth Day are only a few days apart. Both alerting us to the importance of renewal and rebirth. The earth has a limited supply of water, food and other renewable resources. How are we approaching it differently to ‘save the earth’? And in the process generate a ‘new you’ with new earth friendly habits – knowing we are all connected and every action counts!

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

Ways to make a difference:

  • Support our local farmers by shopping for fresh produce at the Farmer’s Marketsrecycle leaves earth
  • Grow some of your own vegetables in your garden, window boxes, or balconies
  • Pay attention to how much water you use (instead of dumping left over water down the drain use it to water a plant)
  • Reuse whenever possible -Visit your local second hand shop before heading over to buy brand new.
  • Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can – better for your health and better for the earth
  • Recycle whenever you can – tinfoil, plastic bags and pop bottles, pop cans, cardboard, paper towels, napkins and Kleenex
  • Compost as much as possible – tea leafs, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, leftover pasta, rice and vegetables

GO GREEN: WATER WASTE PREVENTION

Help… and you will make a huge impact in the life of the street, the town, the country, and our planet. If only one out of four of each one hundred of you choose to help on any given day, in any given cause– incredible things will happen in the world you live in. ~ Tom Hanks – “The Power of Four

Give us your new idea for sustaining Mother Earth for a chance to win a Libre of your choice!

 

Stay hydrated with our Earth Day Sale

Stay hydrated while you get into action and get ready to celebrate Earth Day!! It’s coming April 22.

Its spring and you’ve got your activities at the ready – out to plant the garden in some places, and new routines with more evening light. They say making the first move is a good one and now is the time!

What does water do for youHow to sustain the busy season – stay hydrated and keep your beverage at the ready – iced teas, sun teas, and fruit waters. Keep the sugar low and the taste enticing!

6 Fruits that help you Stay Hydrated!

  • Watermelon – 91% water
  • Strawberries – 91% water
  • Oranges – 90% water
  • Grapefruit – 90% water
  • Cantaloupe – 90% water
  • Lemon – 87% water

Why not enjoy a fruit infusion in your Libre Tea glass? A perfect way to stay hydrated throughout the day!

DIY Fruit Infused Water

6 Vegetables that help you Stay Hydrated

  • Cucumber – 96% water
  • Lettuce – 95% water
  • Celery – 95% water
  • Radishes – 95% water
  • Green peppers – 93% water
  • Spinach – 91% water

These ingredients would make a delicious salad, especially topped with tomatoes which are 94% water!

Eating healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables is a great way to stay grounded – celebrate all things earth day…… and we are celebrating the earth – our great sustainer of all.

This year to celebrate Earth Day and help us all stay hydrated we are having an:

Earth Day Early Bird Special with 15% off!
Use coupon code: EarthDay2014
April 11th – 17th, 2014

This year we are also collaborating with Ethical Deal for a sweet Libre Collection Contest contest on April 11th in their #30daysgreenerchoices challenge. There will be over $4000 in prizes given during the month of April.

Be ready for an active spring, support the earth and reuse your tea glass throughout the day for all your beverages – save waste and energy – celebrate today

Tell us your favourite Stay Hydrated Earth Day beverage tip for a chance to win a Libre large for giveaway!