Sunny Mother Nature Says Use Curtains

Sunny Mother Nature says if you want to help Mother Nature, use curtains instead of blinds!

I love curtains.  I think the idea of pushing back floor length curtains to reveal the sunlight in the morning is just awesome.  Yes, it does bring to mind Victorian times, or medieval times, but I’m ok with that.

My problem with blinds, compared to curtains is this~ blinds are much more difficult to clean, or dust compared to curtains.  All you have to do with curtains is just put them in the washer on delicate/gentle cycle, and then for one minute in the dryer, and hang them back up. 

With blinds?  They collect the dust as well as dirt in your home.  If you want them to actually get clean, you have to scrub them~not so easy.

Also, have you ever noticed how much quicker blinds wear out compared to curtains?  Curtains last for years!  Yet, blinds will start to bend and they will stop “opening” so your only option is to just pull them open, or vice versa.  Even the individual blinds will begin to go different directions…I mean the list could go on forever!

Not only that, but the fabric of curtains, even if you’re done using them as curtains, could be used for something else.  With blinds?  They just go straight to the landfill~there’s no real way to really reuse them.

But overall, I think blinds just do not look as beautiful as if there are curtains on the windows.  Curtains bring an atmosphere with them to a room that blinds just lack.

So, use curtains, not blinds!  Mother Nature will love you for it, and your windows will add to the design of your room, not take away.

Go out, live greener, live sunnier, and have a sunny day!

Why to Avoid Fragrance and Parfum as Ingredients

Sunny Mother Nature says to avoid “fragrance!”

Try to avoid “fragrance” or “parfum” in the list of ingredients on your body washes, lotions, perfumes, face washes, body mists, even sometimes laundry detergents, etc.!

I touched on this topic in my earlier post Sunny Mother Nature Loves Castile Liquid Soap.  The idea that the FDA does not require companies to tell you what exactly they’re placing in their products under the “fragrance” label.  If you have an allergic reaction?  Too bad, you’ll never know what the exact ingredient it was you had a reaction too.  Good luck avoiding hundreds of ingredients you don’t even know of.

Yes, hundreds.  They can use hundreds of extra ingredients not listed on their product’s label if they list it as an ingredient under “fragrance.”

Not only that, but they could be harmful ingredients, like parabens, carcinogens, etc. and we won’t know.  It really is a scary thought to think about.

How many of those unknown ingredients are really good for us, or for Mother Nature?

I’m betting that if they were “good” ingredients, like argan oil, aloe vera, fruit extracts, etc. they wouldn’t be putting them under “fragrance”~ they would be using them in their ads and advertising them to push sales!

So, what to do?  It is a simple idea, but possibly difficult to follow~ Don’t buy any product that has “fragrance” or “parfum” in their ingredient listing!

This requires every one of us looking at those labels every time we buy something.  I’ll admit that there are times where I forget to and after buying a product, I’ll look at its ingredients.  Sadly, I’ll more often than not see “fragrance” along with all those other unpronounceable words.

I think partly the companies like using fragrance as a listing to fool us into thinking that because it’s the fragrance, then that must be an okay ingredient, when really it may not be so “okay,” or even safe for us.

When products have a fragrance, it’s ok, as long as those products list all of their ingredients.  To make this easier, go for natural products~most of the time they openly tell you every ingredient that is in their products.  However, be careful~  Even some natural companies state “fragrance” on their ingredient lists!

I believe that if a company does truly care about their consumers’ health, then they will list all of their ingredients.  If they do not list ALL of their ingredients, then just walk away from that company.  Our health is worth it!

So, read those ingredients and try to avoid “fragrance” in your products!

Mother Nature will love you a little more even if you just try to avoid “fragrance.”  After all, any ingredients that aren’t good for you, aren’t good for Mother Nature either!

So, go out and live a little greener and live a little sunnier!

~Kim

Sunny Mother Nature Says Purple is for Romantics

Sunny Mother Nature says purple is perfect for Romantics!

Although it’s still the middle of January, it seems that many, including myself, are looking towards Valentine’s Day to get them through the snowy, winter season. 

I absolutely love pink!  But, I love purple just as much!  And with Valentine’s nearing, people always automatically think they must wear either red, or pink to look romantic.

But, hold on there!  If you want to wear something beautiful and romantic on Valentine’s Day, don’t feel you need to wear red or pink.

Instead, wear purple!  Purple is romantic, beautiful and feminine.  It’s a wonderful color for Valentine’s Day instead of the usual red and pink. Or, for anytime when you want to feel and look amazing!

So, here’s some of my picks from my Etsy Treasury List called “Purple is for Romantics.”

A Purple Dress (that looks like a top and a skirt) for that Valentine’s Day date, or any day to the office

From MyLolaFashion on www.Etsy.com

http://www.etsy.com/listing/57462190/beautiful-dress-in-purple-and-black?ref=tre-4d2f6b17295d8eef01197e1f-5

A Purple Flower Headband for that date, or just all day Valentine’s Day

 

From milarosedesigns on www.Etsy.com

http://www.etsy.com/listing/53904171/bendel-band-collection-no-1?ref=tre-4d2f6b17295d8eef01197e1f-1

and A Purple and White Butterfly Charm Ring for any occasion

From bellamantra on www.Etsy.com

http://www.etsy.com/listing/59012121/sweet-garden-flutters-lilac-antique?ref=tre-4d2f6b17295d8eef01197e1f-9

All such pretty purple items!  And all are perfect for Romantics on Valentine’s Day, or any day you feel romantic!  So, try wearing purple this Valentine’s Day!  Mother Nature agrees that it’s a beautiful romantic twist to the expected Valentine’s reds and pinks we’ll be seeing.

If you would like to see all the items featured in my treasury, please click here  http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d2f6b17295d8eef01197e1f/purple-is-for-romantics?index=2

Please Note: I am not affiliated, nor do I know any of the Etsy shops I featured here, or in my treasury.  They just have beautiful items.

Sunny Mother Nature Says Create!

Sunny Mother Nature says try to create something, or at least work on something creative, at least once a week!

It is often times difficult to find time in our busy lives to create, especially to create on a regular basis.  Yet, by creating you will be focusing your energy on something positive~resulting in lower stress levels!

So, to get you started (if you don’t already have ideas on what to create) here’s a few ideas:

~crochet a scarf

~paint a landscape

~make a collage

~carve something out of wood, stone, etc.

~draw your pet

~knit a hat

~Anything!

Your mind is the only thing limiting you on what you could create!  Just try to work on something creative at least once a week.  You’ll feel less stressed.  You’ll even feel sunnier and a little bit happier (along with Mother Nature) every time you finish a piece!

Sunny Mother Nature Loves Flower Headbands!

Sunny Mother Nature just loves flower headbands!

I’ve liked this trend, but it wasn’t until very recently that I fell in love with it.  It is so easy to add a cute headband, especially one with an adorable flower, and just instantly look more pulled together and on trend! So many colors look awesome as flowers on headbands, but my personal favorites are black, hot pink, and dark purple!

Like this one from milarosedesigns on www.etsy.com.  It is a  black with white polka dots flower on a headband!  It is so pretty, and so quick to add to any outfit.

Please click here to go to this headband- http://www.etsy.com/listing/63238769/the-hazel-black-and-white-polka-dot

So, go grab a flower headband you already have, or buy one and start rocking an awesome headband!  

And Mother Nature won’t mind if you splurge on one if it means it’ll make your day, and the day of others around you, more sunny!

Please Note- I am not affiliated with milarosedesigns on www.etsy.com.  I just love their headbands!

Today’s Cup of Tea is Tropical Island Getaway with Sunny Mother Nature

Relax and have a cup of Tropical Island Getaway tea with Sunny Mother Nature!

I know it is winter, but I cannot get the beach off my brain.  So to help, I’m drinking Tropical Island Getaway tea, a blend you can only get from Compass Teas.

It is a caffeine free green rooibos blend.  It has peach, mango and papaya bits in it.  This makes it a fruity rooibos tea, to help you feel like you’re at the beach, even if you’re miles away from the nearest one (like me).

Rooibos is another tea that can be found in two types-green and red.  Both kinds can help aid in digestion. 

Tropical Island Getaway tea is $7.00 for 3 oz, which makes about 40 cups of tea!

If you would like to know more about the benefits of this specific tea, or are just interested in Tropical Island Getaway tea, please visit http://compassteas.com/islandparadisewildwoodbeachblend.aspx

So, grab a cup of Tropical Island Getaway tea, and we’ll both imagine we’re on a beautiful, warm, sunny beach with cool, clear, blue water…

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note- I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company, www.compassteas.com.  The price and ounces listed here were correct at the time I posted them.  They may change without my knowledge.

How to Tell Whether a Tea has Caffeine with Sunny Mother Nature

It’s easy to tell if a tea has caffeine, or if it’s naturally caffeine free with Sunny Mother Nature!

There are people who only want caffeine.  Others who only want caffeine free.  And then there are people like me who drink both. 

Yet, there are many people from all those groups who don’t know, without looking at the package of tea, whether a tea has caffeine, or is naturally caffeine free.  So, here are the 5 things to look for:

1) If the tea is from the Camellia sinensis plant, then it has caffeine.

You’re probably wondering how science class suddenly came into a tea post, right?  Well, that’s the only science, I promise! 

Basically, the Camellia sinensis plant is where the leaves come from for white tea, green tea, oolong tea, and black tea.  So-

2) If it is a white, green, oolong, or black tea-then it has caffeine.

3) If it is a red tea, aka rooibos, or honeybush tea, then it is caffeine free. 

Basically, remember that red tea is NOT from the Camellia sinensis plant, and you’re good.

4) If it is an herbal tea, then it is caffeine free.

Any herbal teas, like spearmint, lemongrass, peppermint, etc. and tea blends that only have herbs in them, like a spearmint and peppermint blend-are caffeine free.

(Did you know? Technically, herbal teas and red tea are not “tea” because they do not come from the Camellia sinensis plant)

5) If a tea blend has some herbs, like peppermint and spearmint, mixed with any white, green, oolong, or black tea, then it is NOT caffeine free.

Remember that if a tea blend contains even one tea that has caffeine, then the entire tea blend is considered caffeinated.

That’s it!  Those are the 5 things to look for to know whether a tea has caffeine, or is naturally caffeine free!

Now you know how to figure out if a tea is caffeinated, or caffeine free, even if the packaging doesn’t say so!  (And see, there was only a little science.)

So, go drink a cup of tea- caffeinated, or caffeine free- your choice!

Mother Nature will love that you are drinking something that is natural and has so many health benefits in it too!

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note- I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  If you would like to look at the Tea for One Set from Compass Teas, pictured at the top of this post, please click here http://compassteas.com/filtersforcupsormugs100ct-1-1-1.aspx

Sunny Mother Nature Loves the Wen Saw Cut Shower Comb

Sunny Mother Nature loves the Wen Saw-Cut Shower Comb!

Ok, so a comb is nothing to get excited about, right?  Wrong!

I was surprised to find out about six months ago that your comb could be a cause of major breakage to your hair, resulting in overall damaged hair.

Think about it. Today, most combs are made by a mold- and that mold leaves a raised line running horizontally through every tooth of the comb. Your hair can then snag on this line from the mold, causing your hair to break!  So, I now only use a saw-cut comb.

It’s still taking a while for my hair to recover, but it is truly amazing how much less breakage I have just by changing my comb! 

This comb is $15 from www.chazdean.com, but saving your hair from extra damage and breakage makes it totally worth it.  It is a plastic comb so that if you want to use the comb in the shower, you won’t have problems with it.

So, try the Wen Saw-Cut Shower Comb, or another saw-cut comb.  You’ll be amazed at how much less hair is on the comb!  

And Mother Nature won’t mind because this comb will last longer than many of the cheaper plastic combs, which means less plastic waste in the long run.  Also, if using a new comb means having to use less hair products designed just to help protect against damage and breakage, it’ll be worth it for you and Mother Nature!

Sunny Mother Nature Says Don’t Watch the News-Read It

Sunny Mother Nature says avoid watching the news.  Read the news instead!

Watching the news has changed drastically since it first began in the 1940s.  Today’s news is basically 59 minutes of everything that is going bad in the world mixed in with ads telling you to buy, buy, buy!  Then, for that last 1 minute they will tell you a warm fuzzy story about a kid saving the dolphins, or something.

So, what does all that negative, bad news and all those ads do to you?  They raise your blood pressure levels and your stress levels.  And the kicker-most of the time you won’t even realize it.

What do you do?  Well, although it would be nice to live in a happy, anti-negative and anti-depressing bubble that is free of anything bad in the world-that is just not the case. 

So, read the news instead of watching it!  Read that newspaper from the library, or go online to read your news.  The results?  You will only read the news you actually want to know about, and because you are not actually watching live images of the bad news, you will be able to stay calmer.

After all, how much of that bad news can you personally, help to become less negative?  Very little of it.  So, by reading it, you will not be taking on the pressures, burdens and worries of the world as much as if you were watching it on TV.  Mother Nature understands that no one else can take the burdens that she deals with.  She wants you to have a fulfilling and happy life, and that does not involve becoming stressed and upset over things that you cannot change.

Sunny Mother Nature Loves Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters

Sunny Mother Nature loves Josie Maran’s new Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and in Vanilla & Apricot!

I have, since I was at least 11 years old, always had trouble with my hands cracking and bleeding in the winter.  My mom, my sister and I have all searched for lotions, body butters, etc. to try to help my hands.  Every now and then I would find something that worked to help keep my hands from bleeding, but I would still have trouble with them cracking.  In this journey, I have tried so many different lotions, body butters and shea butters that I lost count years ago.

But then I wanted to go more natural too.  So, the search was even more difficult.  Until I found Josie Maran Cosmetics.

The new Josie Maran Cosmetics’ Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot are amazing!  I have been using these for a little over a month.  Every time that I rub these into my hands, my hands instantly begin to feel at a normal moisture level, instead of dry and preparing to crack.

They are also not oily.  I just place a little on my hands throughout the day, rub it in, and my hands feel wonderful for hours, without greasiness.

And the scents are divine.  I love them both.   They are not like normal “fruity scents” either.  They smell like actual citrus fruits and an actual apricot!  It’s simply amazing.

My hands have NEVER looked this good during the winter (since maybe I was a little kid) as they do now.  My hands look like how they do during the summer!  No cracking or bleeding- and no sign that they will either!!

These are truly miracle producing products for my hands.  I’ve never said any other product, not just for my hands but any product, was a miracle product either.  But, no other product has given me these kind of drastic results either.  Ever.

On Josie Maran Cosmetics’ website, www.josiemarancosmetics.com, it states “This velvety, lightweight and hydrating body butter is whipped to perfection, so you can spread the love with Josie Maran’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil. This precious, rare oil is spun into a unique creamy butter to easily revitalize skin and restore softness while improving skin’s texture. Powerful anti-oxidants enrich and nourish your skin as you indulge your senses with your choice of two subtle all-natural aromas, invigorating sweet citrus and soothing vanilla apricot. 8 fl oz./240 mL.”  The body butters are $35 each. 

Another thing that I love is that the ingredients are all good for you.  Many of the ingredients are organic and most of the rest are plant derived.  Even better is what they leave out- there are no petrochemicals (like mineral oil or petrolatum), no parabens and no artifical colors in these body butters!

Also, there is no ingredient listing of “fragrance,” or “parfum”-so, you truly know what all the ingredients in these wonderful body butters are!  They even placed the ingredients on their website-so you know what the ingredients are before you buy. 

The ingredients for Vanilla & Apricot are-

Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sclerotium Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernal (ORGANIC Argan) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Beta Carotene, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruite Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Matcha Tea Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract

The ingredients for Sweet Citrus are-

Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sclerotium Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernal (ORGANIC Argan) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Beta Carotene, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruite Extract, Citrus Grandis (Pink Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Matcha Tea Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract

The little symbols they use for these body butters are (to show what they do and don’t have in them):

Argan Oil Fragrance Free Made with Love! Natural No Animal Testing Organic Paraben Free Petrochemical Free Recyclable Recycled Toxin Free Vegan

Will I be buying these again?  YES!!  I will continue buying Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters as long as they are made because of how natural they are as well as the results I have had with my hands.

So, give either one a try-I personally love both of the scents (although my Sweet Citrus is going down quicker than my Vanilla & Apricot).  And these are body butters, so try them all over your body.  I just need the extra moisture specifically on my hands.  Hopefully if you try these, they will work as good for you as they have been working for me. 

Mother Nature won’t mind you trying them either-after all, they’re way more natural and good for you, and for her, than a majority of body butters and lotions on the market.

If you want to learn more about Josie Maran Cosmetics, or their Mother Nature friendly philosophy behind the brand, please visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

Please Note-I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics, nor did they give me these products to try, or compensate me for my review.  I received these body butters as early Christmas presents from my mother, in hopes that they would help my hands.

Sunny Mother Nature Says Bribing Yourself is Okay Every Now and Then

Sunny Mother Nature says if you have to bribe yourself sometimes, it’s ok!

There are just times when you really don’t want to do something.  Whether it is doing the taxes, writing out that bill that really needs to be paid, writing that paper that has instructions that you need a lawyer to decipher, or reading that book that you would rather give away than ever even think about reading~ we’ve all been there.

So, I am here to say~ for things that you really need an incentive to get done, don’t feel guilty for bribing yourself every now and then to finish them!

It is okay! 

Buy that one purse you’ve wanted for ages but couldn’t justify!  Or that organic shirt you’ve been dreaming about.  Or anything else that will bribe you enough to get whatever you need to get done, done.

But here are the rules that you need to follow for this to really work as an incentive (and not turn into a time when you’re just buying something).

1) Don’t buy what you’re bribing yourself with, until AFTER you’ve accomplished what your goal was.

2) Don’t feel like your reward has to be very big.  After all, going into debt for a bribe is not the goal.  Last year, I bought a pair of stockings on clearance, on a site’s one free shipping day (to get me through this depressing book I had to read for a class).  My bribe cost less than $10!

3) Make sure you give yourself a specific deadline to finish whatever you need to finish, to earn your bribe, or you will not allow yourself to buy that bribe. 

4) Make sure that your deadline is a realistic one for whatever job you’re trying to accomplish.

Bribing yourself also can work this way.  If doing some specific thing always makes you upset, try bribing yourself to stay calm.  Then, if you stayed calm the entire time you were working on what you needed to get done, bribe yourself with a little reward.

Mother Nature understands that there are just some things that a little incentive is needed to get done.  Just please, for Mother Nature’s sake, try to bribe yourself with something good for her-like an organic dress, or recycled totes.  Mother Nature then will feel a little bit sunnier along with you, as you enjoy your little reward.

How to Make a Cup of Loose Leaf Tea with Sunny Mother Nature

Loose leaf tea isn’t difficult to make, with a how-to from Sunny Mother Nature!

I love, love, LOVE  loose leaf tea!  If you’ve never had loose leaf tea, you will be shocked to taste the difference!  Loose tea is such a higher quality tea compared to many (if not all) tea bags because tea bags contain the dust of tea!  With loose leaf tea, you are actually getting the leaf of the tea, not just the dust.  So, the taste will be significantly better with loose leaf tea!

Not only that, but because loose leaf tea is a better quality tea, you can infuse/brew more than one cup of tea with the same tea.  That’s right, you can place tea into your infuser, tea ball, or filters, and reuse the same tea for two to three cups of tea! (You just may have to brew the tea a little longer on the second and third brewings.)

Yet, from working a lot in a tea company, I know that many times people don’t know how to make loose leaf tea, but don’t want to admit it unless you ask specifically.  Often times, they feel silly if they don’t know how to make it, or are intimidated by the idea of making loose leaf tea.

I’m here to say fear not!  It is not difficult at all~just one more step to your tea routine.

So, with my “How To Decide Which Tea Infuser is Right for You with Sunny Mother Nature” post, you have decided which tea infuser that you are going to use to make your loose leaf tea with. 

Just scroll down to which tea infuser you are using, and start making that cup of loose leaf tea!

Metal Mesh Tea Infusers and Tea Balls

                      

For one cup of tea with either the Metal Mesh Tea Infuser or the Tea Ball, the directions are the same:

1) Heat the water, either in a cup, or in a kettle.  If in a kettle, next pour the water into a cup.

2) Take one spoonful of loose leaf tea and place into the mesh ball. 

3) Place the tea infuser into the hot water in the cup.

4) Let brew for the amount of time directed on the package of tea.

5) Take tea infuser, or ball, out of cup and either set into a empty cup for use later (to get two more brewings later), or dump out tea leaves into trash, or compost.

6) Optional: Place sugar, honey, and/or milk to taste.

Tea Filters, aka Tea Bags

 

With the tea filters, aka tea bags, the directions are almost the same as above. (for learning purposes, I will describe the tea filters as tea bags)

1) Heat the water, either in a cup, or in a kettle.  If in a kettle, next pour the water into a cup.

2) Take one spoonful of loose leaf tea and place into the tea bag. 

3) Place the tea bag into the hot water in the cup.  Rest the top of the bag down onto the side of the cup.  

4) Let brew for the amount of time directed on the package of tea.

5) Take tea bag out of cup and either set into a empty cup for use later (to get two more brewings later), or throw away into trash, or compost.

6) Optional: Place sugar, honey, and/or milk to taste.

Cup Infuser

The directions for a cup infuser are a little bit different than the two sets of directions above.  The cup infuser from Compass Teas, www.compassteas.com, (however, the amount made by a cup infuser depends on the brand and size you have) holds about a mug and half of a mug of tea, or two small tea cups of tea.

 1) Heat the water.

2) Add to the infuser. 

3) Add the a spoonful to two spoonfuls (depending on how strong you want the tea) of tea leaves to the infuser and let the tea brew. 

4) Place/set the cup infuser on top of cup and the tea will pour through the bottom into the cup. 

5) Pick the cup infuser back up after the amount of tea you wish to be in your cup, is in your cup.  The tea will stop flowing through once you pick the infuser back up.

6) Either leave tea leaves in container to brew two more brewings later, or gently pull at middle pole, to take out the mesh center piece.  Then, dump tea leaves into trash/compost, and rinse with water to get the rest of the leaves out of the cup infuser and the mesh center piece.

7) Optional: Place sugar, honey, and/or milk to taste.

You’re done!

You have now made your own cup of loose leaf tea!  Good job!  Mother Nature loves that you are drinking tea.  Afterall, you have just made a beverage that, if made by you, has no plastic bottles or containers, is good for you, and is a Mother Nature friendly beverage! 

So, sit back and relax while you drink in a beverage that is good for you and Mother Nature.

If you have any questions about what type of tea infuser is right for you, or about making your own cup of loose leaf tea, please comment below and I will answer back!

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note- I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  Also, these directions are for one cup of tea unless otherwise stated.

How To Decide Which Tea Infuser is Right for You with Sunny Mother Nature

Sunny Mother Nature will give you the basics on how to decide which tea infuser is right for you!  You may even decide to own and use more than one (like me).

Picking out a tea infuser, if you don’t already own one, is one of the first steps to starting to make  loose leaf tea (the other step is buying loose leaf tea). 

So, here are the four most used types of tea infusers to choose from and the pros and cons of each.

 There is:

1) The Metal Mesh Tea Infuser

Pros-  reusable, dishwasher safe

Cons- small pieces of tea may get through the mesh and into your cup of tea

2) The Tea Ball (which normally comes with a charm on the end, so as the chain doesn’t slide into the water as the tea is brewing) It is the same as the Metal Mesh Infuser, but has a chain instead of a handle.

Pros- reusable, dishwasher safe

Cons- small pieces of tea may get through the mesh and into your cup of tea

3) Tea Filters, AKA Tea Bags- Please do not mistake these “tea filters” as the equivalent to coffee filters.  Instead, these should be called tea bags, because you are essentially making your own tea bags.

Pros- biodegradable, chlorine-free, like making your own tea bag, no tea gets through the filter

Cons- not reusable

 

4) The Cup Infuser

Pros- reusable, does not allow tea through the mesh, dishwasher safe

Cons- more expensive than the other types of tea infusers

My personal faves are the tea filters (aka tea bags) because you do not have to deal with attempting to get all of the tea out of the metal mesh.  Also, none of the smaller pieces of the tea can slip through the filter (unlike the mesh ones) and into your tea.  However, all four of these choices Mother Nature would love because one is biodegradable and the other three are reusable.  So, you will be not harming Mother Nature while you enjoy your teatime!

You can get all of these different tea infusers from Compass Teas at www.compassteas.com, and many other tea suppliers and tea places. 

So, pick your favorite tea infuser and go see the next “How To’s with Sunny Mother Nature” to learn how to make loose leaf tea.

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note-I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.

Today’s Cup of Tea is Yerba Mate with Sunny Mother Nature

Sit down, relax, and have a cup of Green Yerba Mate tea with Sunny Mother Nature!

This tea is a tea for so many things!  The main reasons I drink it though is that it is supposed to help reduce pain, help with headaches, and it is like caffeine, but you don’t have the crash like with caffeine.

Yerba Mate is normally found in two forms-green and roasted.  If I am going to drink just Yerba Mate without any other type of tea blended with it, I go more for the Green Yerba Mate. 

If you like green tea, then Green Yerba Mate may be another tea to add to your cabinet.  It may take a cup or two to get acquired to the taste.  However, I have been amazed at how many people I know who I’ve gotten to try it, and they really like it from the first sip! I get my Green Yerba Mate from Compass Teas, at  http://compassteas.com/yerbamate-traditionalgreen.aspx for 3 oz. for $6.99.  It can be found at other tea suppliers too though.

So, if you need a little bit more energy, or help relieving some pain, have a cup of Green Yerba Mate tea with me.  It’ll help you make it through the day.

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note-I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  The price and ounces listed here were correct at the time I posted them.  They may change without my knowledge.

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