March GREEN Challenge and Giveaway

I have a habit. A bad one. I LOVE getting a fancy cup of tea. A London fog or a chai latte. Something extra delicious to keep my going on busy days or while I run errands.


How about you? Are you a frequent Starbucks or local coffee company visitor? Do you have a daily, or even twice daily, habit? That's cool! Live your best life friend!

However, if you are getting a disposable cup every time you go then you are contributing to the 50 million single-use coffee cups used each year! But guess what? It's an easy fix.


Say NO to single-use cups! Easy, right? All you need is a cute travel mug and I've got you covered!

This month I'm giving away one of these ADORABLE Klean Kanteen travel mugs from Tea Bar.


When you win *fingers crossed for you* you'll get to pick between these two adorable designs shipped straight to your house!

If you're in for the challenge let me know in the comments & enter the giveaway below: 


With love & tea,


Why "nice" is kind of a lie.


A few years ago a friend of mine, let's call her Sally, had been dating someone for a couple of weeks when she told me she realized she didn't see herself with him long term, though he was quite smitten with her. They'd been set up by friends so she really gave the relationship time to blossom - and it didn't.

However, she was struggling with ending it. Because let's be real - breaking up is the worst!

She and I met up for drinks in the midst of all of this and she said: "part of me just wants to be nice and stick it out a little longer for him...he's so happy we're together." 

Then I said something profound - something I hadn't thought of before: 

"Nice is different than kind."

Why nice is different than kind?

To be "nice" is surface level. It's small talk. It's a glossing over of feelings. It's maintaining the status quo. 

To be kind is the harder but more impactful road. To be kind is deep. It's choosing to say difficult words. It's honest, raw, and powerful. Kindness is authentic and sincere. 

In her situation nice would mean sticking around so as not to hurt his feelings in the short term. It would be fake smiles, and projecting feelings she didn't really have.

To be kind would mean facing her feelings and telling him sooner rather than later. While it would be more painful at first - it would be fairer and the kinder choice in the long run. 

I mean, who among us wants someone to pretend to want to be with us, EVEN for the sake of our feelings. Because honestly, we'll be hurt at some point anyway when we finally find out they don't want to be with us.

Now I want to pause at this point to say: my friend, Sally, is one of the kindest and most generous human beings I know. Her hope to not hurt his feelings was born out of her kind heart. I love you Sally! <3

We can all fall into that trap!


However, I think we can all fall into the trap of choosing nice instead of kind. We choose what is easier for the moment because life is damn hard and can be a complicated mess.

And while this example is about breaking up, this lesson can be applied to all parts of our lives:

Choosing to tell a friend the truth when they ask the hard questions.

Choosing to honor commitments and not overbook yourself (my hand is raised on this one - I tend to promise TOO much of my time and have difficulty delivering). 

Choosing to do the dishes even though your partner promised they would and NOT making a big deal out of it. 

Kindness is also born out of loving moments:

It's reaching out to give words of love and encouragement when they are least expected.

It's holding the hand of a loved one in a difficult time.

It's loving each other wholeheartedly. 

So ask yourself this question when deciding on a course of action for any situation: Is this nice or kind? Because nice is kind of a lie.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. - Dalai Lama

With love & tea,



February Monthly GREEN Challenge & Giveaway

Happy February my friend!

As we celebrate love this month I want to talk about something I love a lot: clothes. I mean, not as much as I love tea - that's a tough one to top, but I love dressing in clothing that makes me feel confident, put together, and comfortable. But not clothing that was made in a sweatshop or adds to our pollution problem.

 A few photos of me in my FAVORITE sweater that I've worn at least once a week in the cooler months of the year since I bought it in December 2016.

A few photos of me in my FAVORITE sweater that I've worn at least once a week in the cooler months of the year since I bought it in December 2016.

A few years ago I discovered something upsetting: the fashion industry is the 2nd largest polluter in the world. The only industry that pollutes more is oil. Let that sink in a little. The clothes you are wearing have probably contributed to that pollution. And fast fashion has taken over the industry: inexpensive clothing intended to be worn a few times and tossed.

Buy less, buy better, wear longer!

But don't lose hope! One of the best ways you can begin to choose better for the Earth is fairly simple: buy less, buy better, wear longer.

Eco-Age, an online green marketing company, started the "30 wears" challenge. If you can't see yourself wearing an item 30 times - don't purchase it. 

So this month we're celebrating love & the Earth by saying YES to 30 wears. It's simple - if you plan to purchase any clothing this month ask yourself this one question: will I wear it 30 times? Easy, right?


And of course our giveaway! This month I'm giving away $25 to my favorite eco-conscious online retailer Everlane.

Everlane works to make their clothes ethically (no sweatshops here), and using materials and processes that reduce the amount of waste and pollution created by their products. Some of my favorite everyday items are from here: jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, etc.

Enter here:

Crossing my fingers that you win my friend! Happy February - I hope it's filled with love.

With love & tea,