Health, Lifestyle, Tea, Uncategorized

Tea, my favourite cuppa

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One of my favourite things in life is a nice cup of tea. I drink a lot of tea! I like it strong with a splash of milk, builders tea but with no sugar! I usually make it by chucking a teabag in a mug but if I’m making it for more than just my hubby and I then I’ll make a pot, sometimes with teabags, sometimes with loose tea. I love tea but I’m not too fussy about the brand I buy and usually get whatever happens to be on special offer, be that PG Tips, Tetley, Sainsburys, Lidl or another brand depending on where I’m shopping at the time I’ll try any, tea-whore that I am! I won’t buy a brand of tea again however, special offer or not, if it doesn’t make a good tasting cuppa!

It’s a good job I’m not too fussy though because when offered a drink at a client’s house I will always ask for tea and it amazes me how a simple cup of tea can taste so different depending on who is making it. Most of my clients know how I like it and make a lovely cuppa however I do have one client who, no matter how many times I ask for just a splash of milk, always makes it one way…weak and milky, it’s horrible but I always drink at least half of it, it would be rude not to and I don’t want to offend her plus in the whole scheme of things I see her once a month so it’s not the end of the world and in summer I have a glass of water instead!

At home I occasionally drink Earl Grey, Rooibush or fruit tea for a change with Twinings andPukka doing a huge range of just about every tea you can think of! The supermarkets and big brands I mentioned before have all jumped on the tea bandwagon doing their own versions of different types and flavours of tea.

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My most favourite of all the different teas available and the one I drink the most is green tea, I love green tea! I know a lot of people don’t like the taste of green tea but I think the mistake most people make when first trying it is to leave the teabag in too long. I did the same at first so I always say pour the water over the teabag and take the teabag out almost immediately so the taste is milder, and when you’ve got used to it leave it in slightly longer and so on until you’re used to the taste and eventually like me you’ll be leaving the teabag in while you drink it!

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My favourite green tea is made by a British company called Higher Living, they have over 40 different teas (not all green) including my favourite Green Tea Chai which is flavoured with orange peel, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves giving it a lightly spiced taste. I see they have some new interesting flavours which I’m going to have to try, both green tea one flavoured with raspberry and one with coconut and as I’m obsessed with coconut at the moment (oil, milk, cream, flakes) it would be wrong of me not to give it a go! I usually get my green tea chai from Holland & Barrett who sock a small range from Higher Living but my local store no longer stocks it at all now sp whenever I see it in another branch I always grab a couple of boxes!

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Tea also happens to be incredibly good for you and almost weekly we are being told it’s good for this or that, a while ago it was all about white tea being good for you and now the latest health news is that black tea is as good for you as green or white tea, so that just about covers all teas then, like us tea lovers care, lol! I have to admit the initial attraction of green tea was, for me, the whole weight-loss metabolism thing. Does it work? I have no idea and frankly I don’t really care, I drink tea because I love it the health benefits are an added bonus.

Finally a tea-cat-related picture that made me laugh. I have a lot of clients who have cats and a couple of them have mugs that state ‘Everything tastes better with cat hair in it’ and this picture made me think of them!

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Cake decorating, Etsy, Lifestyle, Uncategorized, Work

My Etsy Adventure

My Etsy Shop

I am a beauty therapist and nail technician by trade, which I love but recently I’ve had a few issues with allergies and eczema and I’m sure it’s the exposure to all the chemicals I use that are causing them. Also while I have my regular clients and business is generally steady at the end of the day I’m just not earning that much and it’s quite a struggle at times to make ends meet so I was in need of something in addition to that I could work alongside it. I am qualified in nothing else and I like being self-employed, it has it’s ups (it’s very flexible, I choose when I work and can have days off when I want) and downs (no holiday pay, no sick pay, no pension). My regular clients know they have to book well inadvance at certain times of the year, e.g Christmas, holidays, summer etc, and so I have to be very organised with my diary and my family and I have learnt I need at least 3 months notice for any event I will need time off for so I can book it out in my diary! This is good and bad in equal measures, it means I know what I’m doing and can plan accordingly which means I’m very organised now but this makes time fly and also I rarely get to do anything spur-of-the-moment.

So anyway I recently opened an Etsy shop! For anyone that doesn’t know Etsy is an online store made up of individual shops for people to sell stuff they make! I had been thinking about it for a while, ditherer that I am, and I spent an age contemplating what I could make in order to have a constant supply of stock in the shop. Then I realised you can also sell the tools that are used by crafters to make their stuff, it was a Hallelujah moment!

Being a cake decorator that was the obvious avenue to go down.  I know from experience it can be a long and expensive business hunting down the tools and equipment needed for cake decorating. I found a supplier whose prices allow me to make a modest profit, another Hallelujah moment, and so off I went. The hardest part for me is finding the time to add things to my shop, I’m not great when it comes to technical stuff and, in my daughter’s words, ”watching me type is painful” so it takes me a while to do each individual item but I am getting quicker!

And, guess what? I’ve actually sold some stuff! Now I know it’s not going to make me rich but it’s a start, small steps and all that! If you fancy having a look the link is at the top of this post 🙂