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!

 

Let’s get out there and move

It looks like Mother Nature has finally decided to send a little sunshine our way. Feeling the sun on your face and smelling the spring air is great for clearing away the winter cobwebs and brightening our spirits.  Making us feel more alive and ready to get out there and move.

All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient and confident.
David Suzuki

nature walkSpringtime is perfect time to start up our outdoor activities again. The more we are active outside, the better we’ll breathe and sleep, and the healthier we’ll be.

What are your favourite outdoor activities? How about a new one? Challenging ourselves to learn a new activity keeps us mentally alert too. How about …

  • Trail running – the uneven ground keeps our mind active as well as our body
  • Walking or hiking in the spring we can see new shoots and buds – so inspiring
  • Bicycling and feeling the wind in our face can be exhilarating
  • Gardening is full of stretching and bending, and ‘hands in the dirt’ is so grounding and settling
  • Yoga in the park can be a great way to connect with nature too.
  • Tennis and lawn bowling can be great alternatives for connecting with buddies you’ve not seen all winter!

Remember, before starting any new physical activity to check with your physician and stretch!

Here is great video with warm up exercises by our Libre Leading Light, Lilith Bailey-Kroll, the founder of Yoga Is My Health Insurance (YIMHI). She was a physiotherapist for many years before starting her international quest to support a concept she truly believes and now provides training to yoga teachers to show how Yoga can be almost as good as health insurance!! – here is more info about Lilith and her initiative.

Staying hydrated is so important as we start to be more active – fill up your Libre with water or tea to bring along with you and stay hydrated.

Share with us what ‘get out there’ springtime activities you enjoy for a chance to win a Libre Large!

 

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.

Check out our latest blog post and enter our current giveaway!
You might be our next winner and see your name here too!

 

Hidden Messages in Water

There is nothing more powerful than water. The human body is made up of approximately 70% of water. It’s in everything we drink and eat. We cannot survive without water and yet we so often take it for granted.

Studies, by Dr, Masaru Emoto, show that water is affected by its surroundings – thoughts, letters/words, showing pictures, playing music and praying to water. He was able to capture these changes with photographs of frozen water crystals.

HIDDEN MESSAGES IN WATER

Dr. Masaru Emoto Experiment with Meditation at Brahma Kumaris HQ

Emoto believes that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness. What we think, what we feel changes the water molecules. For example, water that Emoto treated using loving and positive words and thoughts had a beautiful crystal formation versus water treated with negative thoughts and words had an incredibly deformed crystal – look at pictures or the video and see the difference for yourself.

With that in mind, imagine how much healthier and happier we would be if, before we had that sip of water or tea, we paused to truly appreciate the gift of life water gives us.

This week have a look at Dr. Emoto’s Water Chrystal Photo Gallery (or pick one from the video above) and let us know which picture you like best for a chance to win his book, The Hidden Messages in Water.

The Hidden Messages in Water is magnificent. Through his genius photography and superb scientific skill, Dr. Masaru Emoto has created a book that is truly a mystical treasure. His contribution to research in spiritual consciousness is positively masterful.
—Caroline M. Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit

‘We are all water. Study water, learn about water, then you’d understand yourself well… water is a mirror of our mind.’ Dr Masaru Emoto

World Water Day

World Water Day is March 22nd. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific topic of freshwater. This year the theme is Water and Energy – particularly addressing inequities, especially for the ‘bottom billion’ who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services.

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Nelson Mandela

Did you know?

  • 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.
  • 783 million people do not have access to clean water
  • almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.
  • 6+ million people die annually from water-related disasters and diseases.
  • Up to 90% of waste water in developing countries flows untreated into rivers, lakes and highly productive coastal zones, threatening health, food security and access to safe drinking and bathing water.
  • Due to economic growth and individual wealth our diets are shifting from predominantly vegetable/starch-based to meat and dairy, which require more water and energy

The Road that Changed Everything charity: water

What can we do to conserve water and energy?

  • Use your Libre as a water bottle – before Or after tea – the glass interior ensures fresh taste for your water ‘on the go’ too
  • Check your taps and water pipes for leakage
  • Shut water off while you brush and install lo flo shower heads – much better options these days for a great shower with less water
  • Join or donate to a water organization such as Global Women’s Water Initiative, Charity Water or Water.org
  • Attend a World Water Day event in your area and learn more
  • Turn down your heat in the bedroom during the day and the kitchen/living rooms at night. Consider purchasing Programmable Thermostats for your home

Click to Donate to water charities by clicking on Libre’s Give First page –
Click every day to start your day with gratitude!!

Share with us your World Water Day tip on conserving water for a chance to win the Libre Tea glass of your choice.

 

What’s in your Water?

What’s in your Water? Find out and then stay hydrated with the best you can find!

People often wonder why tea out doesn’t taste the same as the tea at home. Frequently the answer is the water.  Depending on your water source, the average lake or water reserve contains many different types of organisms as well as a variety of minerals, chemicals and elements.

Water is our lifeline. Without it we can’t exist. We know the importance of staying hydrated  (see the thoughts of our Libre Leading Light Taylor Wells below) and drinking clean water, but are we taking out all of the goodness in our quest to be healthier?

Here are some of the chemicals routinely added to our water supply:

  • Liquified chlorine
  • Fluorosilicic acid
  • Aluminium sulphate
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Sodium silicofluoride
  • Fluoride

Recently, tap water from Clearbrook, British Columbia, was deemed the best in the world. Last year it was Gibsons BC.  The top tap water in the U.S. came from Santa Ana, California.

Clearbrook Waterworks Administrator Etienne Van Straaten says the water is, “pumped directly to people’s homes without any additional chlorination or any other additives in the water.”

The Town of Gibsons, where our office is, does not “need to chlorinate water from the Gibsons Aquifer as it is so pure that it can meet health standards without chemical treatment.”

Unfortunately, not all water sources can be used for human consumption without some kind of treatment.

To find out what chemicals, if any, are in your water visit, call or email your local waterworks facility (or check them out online). If you would like to find out more about the water quality in your house, here is an interesting article – How to test the Water in your House -

If you are not happy with your water quality, there are several good water filters on the market that can help remove unwanted chemicals and keep your water clean, healthy and good tasting.

taylor(5x7)We asked Libre Leading Light Taylor Wells her thoughts on staying hydrated and keeping active. Here’s what she shared:

“I am a huge water – and tea – drinker. All day, every day I am drinking water, yerba mate and green tea, not only to stay hydrated and care for my body but to give my body additional energy to run five Prana Power Yoga studios and be a supermom to my five kiddos.

What motivates me to be to be active? I don’t believe in motivation, only inspiration.  So I only act from inspiration.

What inspires me?  My five kids, my Prana Power Yoga practice, and how I feel after I do cardio, practice, and drink a steady amount of water and tea. I am mindful to drink a steady amount instead of a lot all at once, as that can imbalance your electrolytes.

My inspiration comes from being able to walk the planet as my authentic self and be the best person I can be, after I have set the foundation in the early morning before anyone awakes with the cardio, yoga, and steady consumption of good liquids.

Best ever!”

Taylor Wells
www.pranapoweryoga.com

 Visit Taylor Wells’ Prana Power Yoga and check out the classes.

Tell us which one sounds the most interesting to you for a chance to win Taylor’s Prana Power Yoga Best Life Ever DVD.

Prana Power Yoga Best Life Ever Flow—is infused with the principles of Taylor’s book, Create The Best Life Ever: Real Life Stories to Get Inspired.  Suitable for both advanced and beginning practitioners.

Take the journey thousands of happy, successful, and transformed Prana Power Yoga students have taken, and create THE BEST LIFE EVER.

Celebrating International Women’s Day!

We like to support initiatives that benefit women, wellness & clean water for all. The month of March fits into these initiatives with International Women’s Day on March 8th and World Water Day March 22nd.

This week there is a special issue of CanadExport online magazine for International Women’s Day and we excited to say that an article about Wendy and Libre Tea will be in it!

We thought we’d celebrate with an Int’l Women’s Day Sale!
All orders placed online March 7th-8th will receive 10% off

I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity. -Michelle Obama

World Water Day aims to increase people’s awareness on water’s importance in life. Staying hydrated is a key factor in our wellness. The average adult human body is 50-65% water.

Staying hydrated helps keep our bodies functioning properly – removing waste through urine; controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Alternate way to stay hydrated:Gran_Trans_Ottawa

  • Enjoy a warm bowl of soup, stew or broth
  • Eat Fruit – Grapes, grapefruit and watermelon are great for hydrating
  • Have Jell-O for dessert – make with fruit for more added benefits
  • Flavour or Fruit infused water
  • Drink a smoothie
  • Enjoy a cup of iced or hot tea

Use your Libre Tea glass to keep yourself hydrated! They are perfect for all hot and cold beverages!

 

Share with us alternate ways you stay hydrated for a chance to win a Libre Large tea glass!

 

This week we are publishing a new Libre Best Performance Tips page. You’ll find it under our ‘How to’ section on our website. We know many Libre lovers have their own tips and tricks for using their Libres – share yours on our new page so we can all know.

 

cultivating love in our closest community

Tea is a wonderful medium for exchange and cultivation of relationships and community. The ‘Three Cups of Tea’ book author Greg Mortenson used this ancient cultural proverb below as a way to wend into the hearts and minds of  Afghani communities as he raised funds and built schools to educate girls – against traditional philosophies there. He has helped build more than 65 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

cups of teaAnd back here at home, often a tea moment between friends is one of the sweetest and most nourishing times we can spend. With our schedules and family activities we may not make the time we once did for cultivating love in our closest community – our support systems. Sharing time and experience is a wonderful way to cultivate more love in your world.

And as within so without – so more love in your world is ultimately more love in our world.

So cultivate love in your life – make a conscious effort – with your BFF, neighbour or community group – share, be kind and speak from your heart. For love to grow and flow it needs to circulate – be receptive – listen deeply and practice your inner smile. Your community and our world will thank-you and appreciate your conscious cultivation of love in your life and in our world.

So who you gonna call…. :-) share a tea moment with your community – the closest and beyond! If they’re not close enough to do it in person, connect virtually.

This week, share with us your intention to cultivate love – and let us know who you gonna call… and be entered for a chance to win – 2 Libre mugs – one for you and one for your tea moment buddy.

 

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