You know those days when life feels one step forward and two steps back? Well my life has been a lot like that lately. But I think we just knocked off a potential back-step–which had come via my daughter’s college.
I recently got a college care package solicitation—send your beloved son or daughter something to soften the adjustment/show them you care. With a new freshman at a far (mom says wistfully) away college, I loved the idea of easing the transition! Little gifts for arrival, midterms, even Halloween! Problem is it consisted mostly of things I would never let her eat at home. What’s a mother to do?
Hmmm, how about some organic tea from Plum Deluxe?
I got the idea when the founder of Plum Deluxe emailed to ask if I’d like to do a review on my blog. Um, yes!
But even better than personally indulging in great tea, I thought it would be fun to send my tea-loving daughter something nice.
Plum Deluxe is a gourmet tea company founded in 2008 with the philosophy, “We believe that the key to living a life you love is all about making time every day for great moments.”
The teas are organic (as her sister says, “do you really want to steep pesticides in hot water?”) and are “hand-blended with love & gratitude in Portland, Oregon”. Tea can be purchased by the ounce or in sampler packages or even through a “tea of the month” club (hmmm, sounds like an option for a recurring college student gift). They carry a variety of teas: black, green, chair, herbal blends, how about some lavender with your apricot… as well as tea accessories like mugs, infusers, etc.
My daughter’s package arrived at the perfect time—right before midterms. She said she was glad to get something that didn’t make her feel guilty and that the packaging was so pretty that it felt really special (the website is lovely too.) Her favorite tea was the Self Care Blend. She said it was sweet and tangy and, while herbal, still tea-like. She announced it seemed to help her relax–a particular asset before midterms!
Because Plum Deluxe specializes in loose teas and she didn’t have a tea pot or French press (though she did go with an electric tea kettle), they included some loose leaf tea bags that you can fill yourself. (How cool is that!) She said these worked very well.
Plum Deluxe founder Andy Hayes cites his mother as the inspiration for the business. After a breast cancer diagnosis “She took the opportunity for self-care… She laughed more. She traveled more… My mom taught me that no matter your circumstances, you can choose to create moments that matter, every day. And some of the most enjoyable moments are the small things – time to sleep in, relaxing in a reading nook, … catching up with an old friend over a cup of tea.”
Wow, isn’t that a nicer message than “eat Cheetos to survive midterms”?
The company even has an inspirational news letter. Yes, next time things get rough (probably within the hour) I think Mom’s gonna’ sit down with a nice cup of tea.
Hmmm, I think that may be two steps forward.
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