Yes, I've been on a blogging break - though somewhat unintentional.
My days are so full, with work (I'm away from home at least 11 hours a day) and exercise (I try to hit the gym several evenings a week for either special classes offered or track time) and family (date nights with my husband, helping our kids with different things or just spending time with them, or out of town to visit extended family). Sometimes I have to figure out what is the important parts and leave the not-so-important parts behind for the time being. Like blogging.
Life is going to get a lot more chaotic in our house over the next couple months as Ed & I embark on a much needed remodel project. I just need to take a deep breath and go for it! More on that later.
A little thing that keeps me balanced each day is my tea time. Every morning I prepare a travel mug of tea (like some people prepare coffee) to drink on the way to work and it is a comfort beverage for me.
I really like different flavored teas, especially green tea and chai tea. I've found some wonderful leaves to blend:
Remember my Teavana infuser cup? This makes a perfect cup of tea every time with loose leaf tea. I found this Masala Chai to be very strong (chai flavor), so I "tone it down" a bit by putting 1/2 of the chai leaves and 1/2 of the Kyoto Garden green tea (1 tsp of each) into my infuser cup. Add hot water (not boiling) and steep for 3 minutes.
Since I love the taste of Chai/Green tea latte, but need to be careful of the extra calories (I never add sweetener to my tea), I usually heat a small portion (about 1/3 cup) of vanilla flavored almond milk and stir it into my tea when it is finished steeping.
A full cup (8oz) of almond milk is 90 calories, so I only add 30 calories to my morning tea latte by adding this. So much better (and healthier) than those options from Starb*cks. And cheaper, too! Give it a try - I'm sure you'll enjoy it even more, knowing you're saving money and choosing something healthier!