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My Personal 31 Days of Tea-LC Challenge + A Tea Giveaway

I am a HUGE fan of warm, comforting drinks in the winter months.  There is just something I love about having my hands wrapped around a big, warm mug of a hot beverage. I love chai, coffee and tea, but because I am a cancer survivor, health and immunity are super important to me! With this in mind, I have been wanting to drink less coffee and more tea, and have decided to join in on Celestial Seasonings 31 Days of TeaLC Challenge.  My personal challenge is to replace my typical 2nd cup of coffee, the one I usually drink in the afternoon, with tea!

My friends at Celestial Seasonings recently sent me a bunch of their new wellness teas, just in time for my 31 Days of TeaLC Challenge.  I have LOVED trying out their new products, and have been really impressed with the emphasis their teas have on health!  I have so enjoyed experiencing their different teas that I find myself drinking much more tea than I anticipated. This 31 day challenge really isn’t much of a challenge for me because it has been so much fun!

I own an electric tea kettle, and it is by far one of my most favorite kitchen appliances, especially in the winter.  I fill it with water in the morning, then flip the button to “on.”  In just a minute or 2, I have hot water for my tea.  The kettle keeps the water hot for a long time, so I refill my mug often.  If it has been a couple hours since my last cup of tea and I want more, I simply flip the switch to “on’ again. It is a great way to have hot water handy all throughout the day. I LOVE it.

There are 2 teas from Celestial Seasonings that I must talk about.  I will start with my most favorite–Natural Detox Wellness Tea.  I was super excited to see a Celestial Seasoning tea containing Milk Thistle.  I have taken Milk Thistle in supplement form ever since I finished chemo & radiation.  Milk Thistle is known for its detoxing properties, and is great great for the liver.  Chemo wreaks havoc on the liver, which is the bodies main detoxing organ, so restoring my liver to its full working condition was really important to me.  I was hoping I would like this tea, especially if it meant eliminating an expensive supplement that I would usually take in pill form.  This tea did not disappoint. The creamy vanilla flavor is really comforting.  It is interesting for something to taste “creamy” when it is not, but it does!  I love it, have drank a ton of it already, and I’m not even close to being tired of it.

Antioxidant Max Green Tea Blackberry Pomegranate 

My second favorite tea that they sent is their Antioxidant Max Green Tea Blueberry Pomegranate.  Green tea is another really important ingredient in a healthy diet.  Green teas provide powerful flavonoid antioxidants that can help reduce the cell-damaging effects of free radicals.  This is not only good for cancer patients whose treatment is so harsh and damaging, but also for healthy people who want to stay that way.  Cancer is simply cells misbehaving that are damaged, so it makes sense that reducing free radicals that damage cells is cancer preventative.

This tea would taste great in the warm months, too.  It would be really refreshing to serve it iced.

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  • Betsy
    January 18, 2013 at 12:20 am

    sleepytime tea

  • Amanda, RD-The Nutritionist Reviews
    January 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Candy cane lane!

  • Amy V
    January 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    i love the sleepytime!

  • Amy V
    January 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    sleep time! love it

  • Ruben Glass
    January 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    My favorite lately is Honey Vanilla Chamomile! I think I’m going to go make a cup right now!! 🙂

  • Michelle's Daydreams
    January 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I’m really wanting to try the Creamy Vanilla Detox Tea.

  • Regine Gil
    January 17, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Ever since I discovered Celestial Seasoning’s line of Sleepytime teas, I’ve been less hassled on thinking of ways to make me fall asleep. I’m an insane insomniac and I don’t want to use sleeping pills. Sleepytime does it for me and helps me relax..:) My favorite in particular — Sleepytime Peach. It smells AND tastes wonderful 🙂

  • Chelsea
    January 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Definitely love all the teas, especially sleepytime vanilla 🙂 And for those looking for a coffee alternative, try Roastaroma Herbal Tea! 😀

  • Aneesa bint Lewis
    January 15, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I love their Chai Tea!

  • jennyw
    January 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I like all tea. i am a teaholic!

  • Stephanie
    January 15, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Sleepytime vanilla!

  • skkorman
    January 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    My favorite is cinnamon apple spice!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  • Katie F
    January 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I am desperately trying to find the Metabo Balance tea but now I also want to try the detox tea. Yum

  • michele
    January 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    i really want to try the detox tea

  • tara1965
    January 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    peach tea

  • Vanessa
    January 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I just bought some Candy Cane Lane on clearance at Target. It’s amazing!!! Too bad it’s seasonal. 🙁 momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  • Redbud
    January 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I really want to try the Natural Detox Wellness Tea! It sounds wonderful!

  • shelley s
    January 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    i love candy cane lane because of the milk thistle .. didn’t stock up enough this holiday time! wishing you good health and a complete recovery

  • Susan
    January 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I have so many favorites but the one I have been drinking lately is apple spice. It has a sweet taste but without the calories. It also smells amazing! I love it!

  • Anonymous
    January 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Raspberry zinger and sleepy time sinus soother.

  • Kristin
    January 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I’m not sure, but my son’s favorite tea, by far, is Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I made sure to stock up this Christmas. 🙂

  • Flowerpau
    January 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Sleepy time!!!

  • erin
    January 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I love raspberry zinger. But, would probably love the creamy wellness one. 🙂 They don’t have it at my grocery. 🙁

  • Beads and Books (Tammi Mossman)
    January 14, 2013 at 1:57 am

    My favorite is Green Candy Cane Lane.

  • Vivian S.
    January 14, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Raspberry zinger

  • latanya t
    January 14, 2013 at 1:47 am

    jammin lemon ginger

  • Nannie & Papa
    January 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I love your blog! Lately, Bengal Spice has been my favorite but I also love peppermint, chamomile, sleepytime…

  • Michelle
    January 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    My faves are Orange Spice, Bengal Spice, Sleepytime.

  • Eliza Kay
    January 13, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I love Bengal spice!

  • Cuevas77
    January 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm


  • Sarah E.
    January 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

    That’s a great idea! I’m also wanting to cut down on my coffee consumption, so I may try this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Andrea
    January 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I like the Raspberry Gardens Green Tea. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.

  • Kathy Wallace
    January 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    There are so many to chose from but I think peppermint is my favorite so far.

  • Adz
    January 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I love the sleep time teas =)
    Thank you for having this giveaway!

  • Adz
    January 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I love the sleepy time teas =) They actually do help me fall asleep. Thank You for having this giveaway!

  • Danielle
    January 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I love the rooibos…but the detox sounds like a great one to try!!

  • Connie C.
    January 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Chamomile seems to relax me!

  • Brenda
    January 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I love, love, love any of the Chai Teas, especially since they also come in decaf. That means I can multiple cups of it a day. 🙂

  • Heather
    January 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Mandarin orange spice is my FAVORITE! Yummy!

  • Peggy
    January 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    i love mandarin orange spice tea but am seriously looking into the Detox tea as my husband always has slightly elevated liver counts after a tour in the “Desert” a number of years ago (where the ground water was florescent green/purple and the shower water was non-potable… it actual made your eyes burn if you accidentally got water in them.)

  • Tracy
    January 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I love tea, my favourite tea is the sleepytime, I drink a cup every night before bed.

  • April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears
    January 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I love the Sleepy Time Sinus Soother tea!!

  • Amy
    January 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I like the Lemon Zinger, Sleepy Time, Earl Grey etc. I’m a fan of a lot of their flavors.

  • Josie
    January 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    The detox tea sounds great! I recently rediscovered the “zinger” series of Celestial Seasoning’s teas. I thought I didn’t like herbal teas, but since making some changes in my diet – like giving up black tea for a few months – my palette has adjusted, and the orange/raspberry/cranberry zinger teas are suddenly quite yummy!

  • Sam
    January 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    mandarin orange spice

  • Samantha Hatcher
    January 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I use to drink tea all the time. I don’t know why I got out of the habit, but I did. The tea kettle looks awesome and something I think I would enjoy if I had. I have been drinking more lately, particularly Red Raspberry Leaf as I approach the end of my pregnancy.

  • Amy
    January 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Sleepytime is my favorite as well, and I am super excited that Celestial Seasonings started making K-cups!

  • Anonymous
    January 11, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Been drinking mandarin orange spice lately

  • karlamcurry
    January 11, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I LOVE tea – hot in the winter, cold in the summer. I’ve been drinking a lot lately and try to use the teabags at least twice. I love peppermint and chocolate peppermint, and since I’m expecting baby #3 I’ve tried some nursing teas (I like the Yogi brand). I’d LOVE to try some of those wellness teas!

  • Deanna
    January 11, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Acaí Mango Zinger Herbal Tea

  • K
    January 11, 2013 at 12:13 am

    My favorite is the Earl Grey. Yum!

  • peggy
    January 11, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I am an avid tea drinker, and have been for years.
    I buy a ton of locally blended teas at a great place here in Portland, Jasmine Pearl. They are lovely people and will ply you with all the tea you can hold and have very reasonable prices. I love too, the wellness teas that are available from CC and other companies. It takes the guess work out of knowing what to get for what ailment.

  • Stacy
    January 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Amy…..I can’t wait to try the detox tea. Just this winter I have been drinking tea and loving it 🙂

  • Shannon
    January 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I have issues sleeping through the night… I love Sleepytime Vanilla!

  • rachey
    January 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I love Peppermint and Green Tea!! I drink them almost everyday!! 🙂

  • Jayardi
    January 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    • • • I too, like healthy, but really not a hot beverage drinker. Hoping this giveaway will change that. Thank you!

  • Acampbell316
    January 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I like sleep time, but would love to try them all!

  • mjfitton
    January 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love their peppermint tea

  • Pennie
    January 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I love the Honey Vanilla Chamomile. It is hard to beat.

  • Nichole
    January 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Love celestial seasonings holiday sugar cookie sleigh ride. Can’t wait to try their detox though, the detox brand I am using doesn’t have milk thistle.

  • Vintagesouthernlife
    January 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love the raspberry zinger

  • Katie
    January 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Just found your blog today… and it’s the first time I’ve found a giveaway that wasn’t already over. Found you while looking for freezer-bag smoothie ideas… stayed for the pretty awesomeness. Thanks!

  • judi garber
    January 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I love the Mandarin Orange Spice and plain green tea. One of my New Years resolutions is to switch from drinking coffee all day to drinking green tea. So far, so good!

  • Kathy
    January 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    so amazing that you posted this today, I JUST stopped at the store today to pick up 4 new boxes of tea! yay!! =)


  • Ruffles and Relics
    January 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I too have decided to cut back on the coffee so I bought my first Celestial Seaonings tea last week. I had a bit of cough so I bought the Honey chamomile and have been enjoying it in the evenings!

  • Gwen0412
    January 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I don’t have a favorite yet, but it is on my shopping list to buy today!!!

  • Tracy S
    January 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I love the sleeptime tea! much needed right now! 🙂

  • Melanie M.
    January 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I love Celestial Seasonings teas! Sleepy Time, Raspberry Zinger, and Mandarin Orange Spice are my favorites. I haven’t tried the wellness teas yet, but if they are yummy and good for you, it shouldn’t be difficult to give them a try.

  • Melanie M.
    January 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I love Celestial Seasonings teas! I need to start with the Sleepy Time again, and the zingers are yummy, too.

  • melissa maslbas
    January 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    My favorite is sleepytime tea! Love tea!

  • missy
    January 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    May I ask did you have any side effects with this tea? I’m curious with what they mean when they say “Promotes Natural Cleansing” .

    • Amy Bowman
      January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      it is an internal cleansing of the liver, more of a detoxifying… not the other type of “cleansing” 🙂 That would be their LaxaTea Wellness Tea http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/wellness-teas. I am eager to try that one, but my green smoothies keep me from needing it!!

      I have had no side effects with this tea.

  • i am not
    January 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve been drinking more tea lately, too, as a way to detox and try to cut down on coffee. I love having a hot cup of something in the afternoon in the winter, but I can’t sleep if I drink regular coffee after noon – tea has fit into that spot perfectly! It has been kind of a challenge to find flavors that I like (because I LOVE coffee), but I’m working on it. I love your blog and the health information that you include – going to look for that detox tea asap!

    • Amy Bowman
      January 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      If you like coffee, I think you will like this particular tea. There is something about the creamy vanilla flavor that makes me feel like I am drinking a more coffee type drink…if that makes any sense. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      January 10, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      I love the green teas since I have Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Green tea helps fight my cancer and it tastes good!

    • Chelsea
      January 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Try the Roastaroma Herbal Tea too, great taste if you’re a coffee drinker 🙂

  • Anonymous
    January 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I love their Raspberry Zinger.
    bertschbunch at q dot com

  • Ali @craftyWImama
    January 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I love the Sleepy time teas, and have become my go-to comfort for when I’m under the weather. Thanks for the giveaway!

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