The Business of Tea

It’s been a little quiet here since last week’s Outlander Week (I’m STILL crazy hooked on that show … are you?) and that’s mainly because I’ve taken up a new venture, which means lots of reading and studying on my part! And quite a bit of tea drinking.

What’s the new venture, you ask?

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I’m excited to share that I’ve signed on to be a Steeped Tea Consultant!

Have you heard of Steeped Tea? Here’s my brief rundown of the company:

They’re a Canadian company that was formed in 2006 after founders Tonia and Hatem Jahshan went on a weekend vacation to Nova Scotia. Tea had always been Tonia’s go-to beverage, but it wasn’t until this trip that she really realized what tea could be, after they tried some premium loose leaf Cream of Earl Grey tea. 

Tonia loved the quality of the tea so much that her and Hatem drove to the tea shop where the tea was from and bought several bags of it to bring home. And once home, all Tonia wanted to do was share it with friends and family. Thus, the tea party was born! 

Soon, Tonia was throwing 15 parTEAs a month! She decided to quit her job and start pursuing Steeped Tea full-time, enrolling friends as consultants to help her out with shows. Steeped Tea grew from a basement operation to a small warehouse and eventually they even outgrew THAT warehouse! Tonia and Hatem appeared on the Canadian business show, Dragon’s Den, asking for money so they could expand their business and got every penny they asked for, with business professionals David Chilton (of The Wealthy Barber) and Jim Treliving (of Boston Pizza) partnering with them. They have consultants across North America now and just keep on growing! 

It was a little over a month ago that I had my own Steeped Tea party at my house. I had met my consultant, now my Steeped Tea leader, at a trade show months before that and thought it’d be a great way to try some new teas. I had tried it ALL, from the bags of tea, to various loose leaf tea from other stores, but it wasn’t until I tried Steeped Tea that I really fell in love.

In fact, what started to make me open my eyes was the science behind making the perfect cup of tea. I didn’t realize that the water had to be a certain kind or temperature, that soft and hard water really made a difference, that there was a huge difference between the different varieties of tea, that you could mix teas together, and that each kind of tea had to be steeped for a certain amount of time — not too little and not too much.

When my leader was throwing my show, I was completely blown away by how little I knew of this drink that I supposedly loved so much. We tried four different teas — two hot and two iced — and each one was absolutely delicious, and completely unique from one another. I knew then and there that I wanted to sign up and share my newfound love of the Steeped Tea brand because I really believe that they are selling a quality product.

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So, last Friday I signed up! Bright and early I ordered my consulting starter kit, amazed at the deal I was getting, since it’s a TON of amazing product and hardware. I’ve been working on my business Facebook page, reading up on the training manual, reading up on http://www.teaclass.com on everything tea, and loving every single second of it!

Originally, I thought I’d sign up and just buy some tea for myself and reach my 6-month goal that way, just reaching the minimum, but my leader is crazy encouraging and I found myself asking and asking, trying to get shows booked and finding myself excited to really get out there and spread the word about this amazing company. Thus this post!

As I’m gearing up for my first shows, sipping tea, reading manuals and books, even cracking open some business books that had been gathering dust on my shelves, I hope that you can have a look at my Steeped Tea website! Maybe you can find something you like and order it for yourself or a tea-loving friend or family member. It would really help me reach my goals and grow my business. You can even ‘like’ my Facebook page to keep on top of our monthly specials!

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And this month if you order $50 or more, you’ll get a FREE 50gm bag of tea! This month’s flavour is Mint Chocolate Chip which I hear is fantastic! Be sure to enter it using the code 2121 on your order and it will show up as $0.

I’m so excited to be doing this and I hope I can keep spreading my tea love and enjoy this journey! Hopefully I’ll have even more tea posts on the blog in the future, too!

Have you tried Steeped Tea? 

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#OutlanderWeek: My Outlander Wishlist!

Outlander Week

It’s the last day for Outlander Week! It’s been such a fun week for me and it certainly made the time pass until the next episode of the new TV show, which airs tomorrow! And did you hear? It’s already been renewed for a second season! I’ll definitely have to go back and reread all the books once I make it through these last ones! Only a few hundred pages left and I’ll be halfway through the series! Only 4 more books to go!

Did you miss any of this week’s posts? Be sure to check them out below!

Monday: What is Outlander?
Tuesday: New vs. Old Thoughts on the Books
Wednesday: The TV Show!
Thursday: Quote-Worthy
Friday: My Outlander Wishlist

Today it’s all about the STUFF I want that’s all about Outlander! Not surprisingly, there are tons of things out there and with me only owning the books, I’m just grazing the surface. Here are a few of the things on my Outlander wishlist:

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The Outlandish Companion

I wish I had this NOW! It would be perfect to read after finishing Drums of Autumn! From the Goodreads page:

Now Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her bestselling series, the book only she could write – a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never – before – published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there’s lots more in this lavish keepsake volume for the many devoted fans who yearn to learn the stories behind the stories:

• Full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
• A complete listing of the characters in all four novels, including extensively researched family trees and genealogical notes
• Professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
• A comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
• The fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel
• Frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
• An annotated bibliography
• Tips, personal stories – even a recipe or two
• Essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, and more

With the insight, humor, and eye for detail that has made her novels such an outstanding success story.

Doesn’t that sound AWESOME?

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The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

You mean I can have Jamie not only in print, but on TV and in graphic novel form? Yes, please! I do love a good graphic novel! From Goodreads:

Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir.

And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire. 

But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere. 

Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.

I was totally going to add the Lord John books and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood to my list BUT I ordered those this week. AND after I ordered the Lord John books, I found two for $1 each in pristine condition at a book sale! Win!

Are there any cool Outlander items I’m missing? What’s on your wishlist?

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#OutlanderWeek: Quote-Worthy

Outlander Week

It’s Day 4 for Outlander Week! Did you miss Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday’s posts? Follow the link below! Also, see what’s in store for tomorrow — I can’t believe there’s only one day left!

Monday: What is Outlander?
Tuesday: New vs. Old Thoughts on the Books
Wednesday: The TV Show!
Thursday: Quote-Worthy
Friday: My Outlander Wishlist

Today it’s all about the quotes! Outlander is full of great, great lines and I wish I could recall them all from memory. It’s one of my favourite things when rereading the novel, to find some of my favourite quotes!

If you haven’t read the books, there WILL be definite spoilers so read with caution!

ALL PHOTOS FROM THIS SOURCE. PLEASE EMAIL ME (READINGINWINTER@GMAIL.COM) IF THEY SHOULD BE REMOVED.

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Apparently, I’ve got Jamie on the brain — or his quotes are just the best! Or the quotes about him. :)

What are some of your favourite quotes from Outlander?

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