Tippy’s DIY Matcha Tea Bath Bombs

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Dearies, if you’re like Kat, you adore making DIY products. Some of her most favorite projects have been using tea for bath products, such as this one: https://thelovelyteacup.com/2015/09/02/using-tea-to-create-fabulous-beauty-products/.

Well, since I’m always the helpful teacup, I’ve come up with a fun way to create spa-like relaxation at home! Don’t you just love relaxing in a warm bath? Well, add in a fizzy, comforting matcha bath bomb and you’ll feel like you’re at a spa! The tension in your muscles will melt away after a bath with one of my matcha bath bombs. I’m sure you’ve seen these at fancy stores that sell bath products. Kat had been buying them for years until she realized she could make them herself. Well until I told her so, anyway!

I also discovered a fun way to shape the bath bombs. I bet you have a bunch of hollow plastic Easter eggs lying around the house. Use them to mold your bath bombs! Sometimes I’m a very clever teacup if I do say so myself!

Tippy’s Matcha Bath Bombs

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ¼ cup Epsom salts
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 2 tbs matcha (powdered green tea, culinary grade)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp water (more if needed)

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Mix the dry ingredients together (the 1st 5 ingredients) and make sure they are well sifted. You don’t want any clumps, especially in the baking soda! In a small bowl combine the wet ingredients. Very slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring constantly. If you see the mixture start to bubble up, mix vigorously. Only add a little of the wet mixture at a time.

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You should end up with a mixture that clumps together well when you mold it in your hand. If it doesn’t stick together, add more water (slowly) and mix. Add the mixture to your mold of choice- we like to use easter egg halves but you can also purchase bath bomb molds, or even use the bottom of mini muffin tins.

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Leave the mixture in the molds for about an hour. Then remove, and let them dry for 3-5 hours, or even overnight to make sure they are fully set.

Once you are done you can wrap them in cellophane or pretty paper and give as gifts. Or just set them out and use in your own bathroom! Trust me, once you realize it’s this easy to get a spa-like bath experience at home, you’ll be hooked!

If you have any other bath bomb recipes, or other tea DIY bath products, send them my way! I’d love to try them out.

Teas for Dad on Father’s Day

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Father’s day is almost here, and I’m sure many of you are in the middle of brainstorming what to get for Dad. I’m going to bet many of you have tea-loving fathers! Even if Dad hasn’t had much experience with tea, a tea-themed Father’s Day gift could be just the thing to start him on his tea adventure. I just happen to have a few suggestions on what teas to select and gift to Dad.

If Dad is a coffee drinker, a nice strong black tea is a nice choice. You can go with a malty, sweet Assam, slighty smoky Keemun, or perhaps for something with more punch, like an Irish Breakfast blend. Strong black teas are always a nice tea for coffee drinkers to start out with. They get that brisk flavor they crave, but with different nuanced flavors.

If Dad is a scotch drinker, how about something with earthy nuances like a puerh? This tea is aged and produces leathery, and wet earth notes that always reminds Kat of scotch. It also can cost far less than an aged bottle of scotch! Kat is seriously considering a puerh for her father, who likes to end a busy week with a small glass of scotch.

If he’s a fan of camping how about a lapsang souchong? The smoky flavor will bring him right to the campfire. It’s a strong black tea blend that brews up nice and strong. It’s also a good choice if he’s a fan of smoky meats like bacon! Perhaps a breakfast pairing of pancakes, bacon and lapsang to surprise Dad on Father’s Day!

One of my most favorite choices for dad is Chai. The blend of earthy black tea and strong spices are sure to please a father with a refined palate. This is an especially great choice for the foodies! Kat is a big fan of chai, and often makes her own homemade version from black tea and fresh spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. But usually she is pressed for time, and reaches for a packaged blend. Lately she’s been especially fond of an organic chai from True Goodness. Kat’s mom knows she loves a good chai, and found this one in her local Meijer store. Her mom is so sweet, she’s always looking out for new teas for Kat to try! She tries to find adventurous blends that Kat may not have seen before. But it’s hard to stump my Kat- she tries as many new teas as possible. Her mom likes that this tea has no artificial flavors (you’d be surprised at how many tea blends have artificial flavors!) and contains organic ingredients. She decided to send Kat a box, and it’s been our go-to for months now. It has just the right amount of malty, earthy tea, warm cinnamon and ginger, spicy cardamom, clove, and pepper. I just know the Dad on your list is sure to love this tea! Won’t Kat’s mom be surprised when she sees this tea included in her husband’s Father’s Day gift!

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If you have young children, I just adore the idea of a special father/child tea party! Create a special tea time just for dad and his little ones. Wouldn’t this be the perfect way to get some quality time together? You can work with your children to pick out everything from the menu, the teas, and the décor. They’ll enjoy being so involved in the process. I love the idea of creating special time for Dad and his children, it’s so hard to find time to slow down and enjoy family.

Don’t forget the teaware! There are many fun mugs out there, something to match your father’s style. You can even custom make a mug with a loving message, or a lovely picture of his children. Or how about a clear glass mug with infuser, so he can watch his leaves dance and steep. This will let him get more involved in the tea making process. If he’s interested in gadgets, a variable-temperature kettle would be a fun gift. This way he can choose the exact temperature for his tea, depending on tea type. There are even tea-makers on the market, which you could choose if you’re looking for a fancier gift.

What do you think of these ideas, Dearies? Do you have any to add? Feel free to contact me through twitter or Instagram if you need any further suggestions! I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Tea Themed Holiday Gifts

vsco-photo-2.jpgIt’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in our house! Kat has started pulling out garlands, poinsettia plants, and there is silver and gold everywhere you look. The house looks so festive! She is also starting to create her holiday gift-giving list. Of course she’s adding tea themed items to as many gifts as possible. Here are a few tea themed gift ideas for the various people in your life!

For a significant other: If you have a significant other that enjoys tea, a special oolong tea is a wonderful choice. I love gift sets from Eco-Cha tea.These are high quality oolong teas personally sourced by the founders. The teas are produced by small farmers that ensures a high quality artisanal oolong tea.

For college students: Matcha is a trendy and delicious way to boost energy and concentration, two things that any college student can use! Fuel late night study sessions and early morning classes with the delicious green stuff. A matcha starter kit is a perfect gift to give the matcha newbie all of the essentials to making a great bowl.

For the little ones: Any child would be excited to get a little tea set and tea of their very own to put in it. Kat loves to comb the antique stores for vintage tea sets for her nieces and nephews. She also found the most wonderful tea to add to the gift, so they have everything they need for a tea party! Her local Sprouts market is selling a Candy Cane flavored herbal tea, that is perfect for this time of year! This tea is Christmas in a cup!  Kat went to the store to do some grocery shopping and noticed the festive candy canes on the box. She couldn’t resist such a fun Christmasy tea! When she brewed a cup at home, she was instantly hit with the peppermint aroma. It was as if she was sitting next to a tree decked out with candy canes. This festive tea is minty, with a kick of licorice root and cinnamon. Perfect flavors for gathering around the fireplace after a big holiday dinner. This is an herbal tea, so it can be enjoyed any time of day!

For friends: A lovely teacup of their very own, and a flight of teas would make an elegant holiday gift. You can choose different types of tea (Green, black, white, oolong) or pick different varieties of one type of tea (different flushes of Darjeeling tea, different types of green teas, various oolong teas, etc). For the teacup, Kat likes the visit antique stores and flea markets. A hand selected vintage cup has an extra special feel to it. Plus, us vintage cups have a great deal of wisdom and lots of stories to tell!

For co-workers: A DIY kit to enjoy tea in the office. A small teapot that fits about 16-18 ounces is the perfect size to enjoy at a desk. Various teabags in a beautiful box, a small jar of honey, and a teaspoon would round out the perfect gift for an officemate. I also like to include a small tin of loose leaf tea.

For parents and grandparents: A useful but beautiful teapot and cups. You can do a delicate vintage set, or a sturdier modern stoneware set. Kat is eyeing a beautiful glass teapot and cup set for her parents. They enjoy tea every afternoon, and a glass set would let them observe the colors of their tea while sipping and relaxing.

For teachers: Kat likes to select tumblers for iced and hot tea. These are easily portable items that can be taken to and from the classroom. An insulated tumbler keeps tea hot for an entire school day and is perfect to keep on a desk for a much needed reinvigorating sip. Or a tumbler for iced tea is the right choice for teachers that prefer sips of cool, refreshing tea.

Get creative and be sure to include tea with your holiday gifts! Be sure to visit my pinterest page for many other holiday gift ideas!

A Flavor For Every PersonaliTEA

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Dearies it’s the time of year for selecting gifts for friends, family, and associates (and teacups!). Kat is creating extra-special packages for all of her friends, and of course she’s including tea with every single one. She came up with a genius way to decide what teas to give to each person. She paired the flavor with their personality! Shall we say, she’s considering their personaliTEA? Hee, I do crack myself up sometimes. But, not literally, I’m a mint condition teacup!

For her sweetest friends, she going to include Hy-vee’s chocolate mint herbal tea. The cool minty freshness and sweet chocolate flavor is sure to please. Who wouldn’t love the combination of chocolate and mint? One sip and you’ll feel like you are sipping rich hot chocolate after an invigorating winter hike. Comforted and relaxed. Kat’s aunt serves this tea after wintertime dinner parties. It has no caffeine so it’s perfect for the evening. The mint and chocolate makes it a delicious way to end a meal all on its own. But it could also be paired with chocolate, coconut, or custardy desserts for an outstanding finish.

For her peaceful yoga bunnies, she’s going for a green tea and ginger blend. The subtle, grassy green flavor is relaxing and mellow to enhance that post-yoga meditative feeling. The ginger gives a restorative zing they can enjoy before or after a vigorous yoga class. Kat likes this idea so much, she may just bring a large thermos of it to share with everyone after her next class.

For her ambitious friends that love being on the go, she’s gifting them a large package of yerba mate. It’ll give them the caffeine they need to keep going all day long! Not only that, but the mate will allow these busy friends a few mindful moments to stop and prepare the tea.

For her serious professional types, she’s including matcha. It’s delicious, and gives long-lasting energy and focus for those projects that start early and run late into the evening. She’s also going to include a few bags of chamomile tea, to help them relax after a tough day at the office.

For the nurturing mothers, Kat’s going to include a floral, high quality oolong. It’s the perfect tea to sip during a much needed break. They can take even the quickest moment for themselves to savor the oolong tea. The unique floral flavor will transport them to a misty mountain in Taiwan where the lush green tea plantation is veiled in mist. She’ll also include a few bags of rooibos, for the times when those little ones are asking for a cup of tea all their own. This herbal tea is tasty and caffeine free, perfect for little budding tea aficionados.

For her most sincere and trustworthy friends, she’s gifting them beautiful white teas. They are minimally processed, closest to the natural leaf. The taste is clean, sweet, and a little grassy. A pure tea for her oldest friends. White teas can range in flavor from floral and fruity, to more vegetal. Kat is planning on finding white teas from different regions, so her friends can taste how the flavor can differ based on region and not just processing.

For her friends that are curious about tea, but don’t want to give up coffee, she’s including a strong Assam and smoky lapsang souchong. These teas are bold and invigorating, perfect for someone who is used to the bitter notes in coffee.

I think Kat has done a great job of pairing teas based on her friends’ personalities. What would you pick for yourself and your closest friends? There are so many choices, go and get creative!