I don’t know about you but I feel like I’m running around with my ass on fire lately. I can’t remember the last time I took five minutes out to do something purely for me. Work, family, friends, blogging, chores, it’s all one never ending constant on-the-go-can’t-even-stop-to-pee-merry-go-round. I’m knackered! There’s been so much on lately, from events to get togethers and celebrations and don’t get me wrong, I’m having so much fun and loving every minute of it - but I’d quite like a minute or two to myself thank you very much.
I’ve always been a firm believer that if I can’t love and look after myself, then I can’t love and look after those I care about. I’m one of these people who thinks she has to do everything. I’ll ask for help, but not until I’m about half way through a task and realise I’m drowning. Whereas the Mr might save something for later, I’m all, let’s get it done now and get it out the way - but one task leads to another, one outing makes plans for another etc etc, and now I’m dead on my feet.
I’m making a point of getting back some me time, even if it’s only 5 minutes here and there, it’s time for me to stop, take stock and recharge my batteries, after all, what’s the point if I can’t whole-heartedly give 100% of myself?
I love sitting down with a brew, a couple of biscuits and a book. Even if I only read for as long as it takes me to drink my brew, it’s long enough that I feel like I can jump right back into the chaos that is life. But wouldn’t it be nice to take a little longer? To make a less than ordinary brew that stops me in my tracks and forces me to sit down, breathe deep and wait. Wait for something magical to happen.
When The Tea Makers, London got in touch to talk to me about their *Artisan Flowering Tea Bulbs they couldn’t have landed in my inbox at the perfect time! Forget quickly chucking the kettle on, lashing in a tea bag and scolding yourself as your try to pour and blog at the same time - oh no no, these little bulbs take time. And there’s nothing that forces you to sit down and stop more than watching a tea bulb flower before your eyes.
Nothing is more fancy pants and self-indulgent than a flowering tea. Handcrafted by professional tea artisans (yes, that’s a real job title!), these little bulbs are designed to bloom into one or multiple flowers right there in your teapot, you just need to add the hot water and watch nature unfurl before your eyes. I had my first flowering tea a couple of years ago in a restaurant and all the eyes were on out table as the bulb began to bloom - I’d never even thought about recreating this magic at home!
The flowering tea bulbs collection contains five tea bulbs, each consisting of fine silver needle tea leaves wrapped around dried flowers. Inside you’ll find; chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, osmanthus, and rosebud, all individually foil wrapped and vacuum sealed with a picture on the front of how each one blooms - so you can really pick something for your eyes to feast on.
After much oohing and ahhing over the pictures I finally settled on the perfect rose bulb to try out first! I grabbed my glass teapot (the only way to truly appreciate and enjoy a flowering bulb) popped in my bulb and added the hot water. It wasn’t long before the bulb started to dance around the teapot, before finally settling on the bottom where it began to unfurl.
Slowly but surely the bulb blossomed, green leaves shooting out first to reveal the brightly coloured flower in the middle, from here sprung up two white floral rows that came together in the middle with a bright pink rosebud. In all, it took about 5 minutes for the bulb to fully bloom - and I sat there for about 10 minutes just ogling it. Me time has just gone up a level!
And how did the tea taste? Marvellous. It’s got a very mild, earthy green tea taste to it without being bitter or over steeped. It was like getting a lovely, fancy pants, warm hug on the inside. I’ve got to say, the whole thing goes down a treat when paired with a bubble bath and a YouTube binge! Hey, I did say me time had gone up a level! Throw in a face mask and you might not see me for days!
Life is crazy, so it’s more important than ever to make time for yourself and find ways to relax, unwind and ground yourself. Be it with a book and brew, or a walk in the park, find what it is that gets you back to you and make more time for yourself!
What does your me time involve?
Until next time,
The Tea Makers, London kindly provided the artisan flowering tea bulbs in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 110% my own :) For more information, see my disclaimer here.