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Tea Steam Facial

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Growing up in Germany, facial steams were part of my weekly routine. Both my mom and grandma swore by steams. Not only is steaming great for stuffy noses, it is also an excellent beauty treatment. Steaming helps us sweat out skin impurities. I like to incorporate weekly steaming  into my regular beauty and wellness routine.  It’s a quick, simple and inexpensive treatment that can be done within the comfort of my home. Doing this, however, makes me feel as though I’m undergoing a fancy spa treatment. Win win!

While there are many benefits to just steaming with plain water, the addition of tea bags to a steam bath makes it even more therapeutic.

DIY Steaming:



Boiling water


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Boil some water and pour it over the tea bags. I use all kinds of tea flavors for my steam. At night, I enjoy steaming and drinking Bigelow Benefits  Chamomile and Lavender Herbal Tea. This herbal blend of  beautiful and fragrant flowers helps me slow down and take a moment to relax. The flavor and aroma of this tea are so beautiful; probably my favorite combo.  I like to drink this tea right before bed time.


Create a towel tunnel and steam for about 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure your towel is large enough to trap the steam. Also, cleanse your face of makeup and skin care products before steaming.


When you’re done, your face will feel hydrated and soft; your mind relaxed and calm. I like to finish with a splash of cold water.  Afterwards, I apply a high-quality moisturizer. For a full evening of skin pampering, I exfoliate before steaming. This leaves my skin feeling refreshed, clean, and detoxified. I finish my pampering with a nice cup of Bigelow tea.

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Benefits is a new line of tea that is designed to support everyday wellness. We all know how important it is to put good things in our bodies to help us stay strong. This was the inspiration for the Bigelow Benefits line, teas that fuel your body with good for you ingredients.

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tea steam facial

Did you know that tea is the most frequently sipped beverage worldwide after water? I’m not surprised. Drinking tea is part of my everyday wellness routine, and I absolutely love it. In fact, I’m drinking a cup of tea, as I’m typing this. I choose a different tea flavor almost every day. It depends on what mood I’m in and what type of “support” I need that day. The Benefits line has seven new teas with flavor combinations including Turmeric, Chili & Matcha Green Tea, Lemon & Echinacea, Cinnamon & Blackberry, Blueberry & Aloe, etc.

  • All natural green and herbal teas are made of premium quality
  • Exceptional flavor
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten free
  • Blended & produced in the USA


I’m happy my local Kroger carries the Bigelow Benefits line. Today, I drank a cup of Benefits Lemon & Echinacea Herbal Tea. I love the lemony taste and benefits of this tea. This tea is so refreshing and bursting with flavor.


Do you incorporate tea into your daily routine to assist in promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle? Also, what are your thoughts on steaming?


My Natural “Flu Shot” Recipe

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Flu and cold season is here and I often hear people talk about getting the flu shot. Not me. I like to protect myself from the flu naturally by eating a nutritious diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and drinking lots of tea. Also, during the cold season I get a little obsessive with wiping down counter tops and washing my hands a lot. One more thing, essential oils are something I use regularly. They are immune-boosting and germ-fighting and I put them to work on my body and around my home. The best way is to apply them undiluted to the soles of the feet at bedtime.

I recently made this all-natural immunity boosting concoction  for when the germs start “going around”.  I keep it in the fridge and I just scoop out a few tablespoons, add hot water and Bigelow tea and enjoy this delicious and soothing drink daily.

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Tea is one of the most tried and true methods of fighting off colds and flu. As children, my sister and I drank chamomile tea instead of juice. We loved it so much then, and still do.

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I  drink tea all-year-long. In the summer, I prefer my homemade iced tea. It’s my favorite drink to have after hours of mowing and weeding in the heat. Bigelow herbal teas are my favorite – green tea, chamomile, and peppermint. In the winter, I like a warm cup of tea before bed. It helps me relax and sleep better. On the rare occasion that I do get a sore throat, a cup of hot tea is all I want to sooth the throat and warm my body.

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Recently, I started drinking the Bigelow Lemon Ginger herbal tea with Probiotics, which supports a healthy digestion.  It’s delicious and so good for you. I like the foil pouches the tea comes in. They protect the tea and keep it fresh. I stick a couple of pouches in my purse and bring them to work with me.


Walmart carries a nice assortment of caffeine-free Bigelow teas in their tea and coffee aisle. I usually get a few boxes because I love having a nice stash on hand. As far as quality, Bigelow is a family-owned business that  prides itself on using high quality ingredients. If you drink tea as often as I do, you want to tea proudly with Bigelow.

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At Walmart, I also grabbed lemons, ginger, cinnamon sticks and raw honey for my concoction.


Lemon:  High in vitamin C, which keeps the immune system strong.

Ginger: Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. It  helps improve the immune system.

Honey: Honey contains antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that fight against the virus and bacteria to treat the cold.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is beneficial as it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.

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 Lemon, Honey, Ginger, Cinnamon in a Mason Jar

Just add hot water and tea and you have the most soothing drink.


2 lemons

2 pieces of fresh ginger

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup raw honey (or more)

12 oz mason jar


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Cut lemons into thin slices.

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Repeat the same with ginger.

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Layer lemons and ginger in a mason jar.  Add cinnamon sticks.

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Pour honey over the ingredients.

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Close the lid and store the jar in the fridge.

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This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to two months.

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When you want a cup of soothing tea, scoop 2 tablespoons into a mug of hot water and add  Bigelow tea —be sure to get whole pieces of ginger and lemon. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes.

How do you keep the flu and cold away? Any tips and tricks?

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A Sweet Celebration in Music City

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sweet’N Low. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”sweetnlowmainOur Fourth of July celebration started on July 3rd when we went downtown Nashville and took a walk on Lower Broadway. Despite the rain, Broadway was full of tourists and Nashvillians getting ready for the country’s biggest firework display. We watched them set up the main stage and listened to sound checks. We heard several Luke Bryan tunes.

sweetnolow9Yep, it was a wet day. We still managed to spend some time at the Sweet ‘N Low truck. Sweet’N Low  is launching a national sampling truck tour this summer – “Don’t Hesita(s)te” – and they stopped in Music City. Yay!sweetnlow5sweetnlow6sweetnlow1Sweet’N Low  offered us FREE sweetened iced tea, which really hit the spot on a humid day. The tea was delicious.



sweetnlowPrior to this event, I hadn’t had Sweet’N Low in a long time. I was surprised of at just how ‘sweet’ Sweet’N Low can be. You should really  sample the sweetness for yourselves.

My daughter, Christy, had a nice chat with Carlos (he is wearing the American flag bandana). Turns out, they are both huge fans of music festivals. He was so much fun to talk to and he told us how much he enjoys being part of the Sweet’N Low truck tour.sweetnlow10The entire crew was so energetic and fun.  They told us that Sweet’N Low’s  national sampling summer truck tour “Don’t Hesita(s)te” represents that moment when someone hesitates before tasting something. When this happens,  they can miss out on something delicious. I have to admit,  this has happened to me on several occasions.sweetnlow8We posed at the photo booth with our cute signs. Sweet’ N Low is currently running the #DontHesitaste photo contest. All you have to do is upload a picture of your favorite Sweet’N Low-sweetened drink for a chance to win money, prizes and more! But you must use the hashtags #DontHesitaste and #contestentry in your post.sweetnlow11I love their cute little set up – white benches and tables with pink umbrellas. You can’t miss it. And listen to this, if you mention my name at an upcoming Sweet’ N Low event, you can win a free gift. I think that’s sweet!

When I got home, I made lemon iced tea with Sweet’N Low. Ahh, so good!sweetnlowteaOne little pink packet of Sweet’N Low, made with saccharin, is about as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar.  There is a variety of misinformation available about saccharin, but the sweetener used in Sweet’N Low is safe for human consumption. In fact, many reputable organizations such as the American Diabetes AssociationAcademy of Nutrition and DieteticsWorld Health Organization, and National Cancer Institute have acknowledged saccharin’s safety for human consumption and its benefit in helping to develop a healthy eating plan for long-term weight management, as well as for maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.


Even though we didn’t get to watch the nation’s biggest firework display (so much rain), we had a fun Fourth of July weekend and we actually enjoyed a smaller firework display just north of Nashville on July 3rd. sweetnlow17I hope y’all had a fun and ‘sweet’ Fourth of July.

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