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What to get Mom for Christmas … The Breville Tea Maker

There are a few brands that are consistently amazing no matter what they do or create, and Breville is one of them. My Mother introduced me to the line awhile ago - she's purchased their kettle, milk frother and I'm sure a few other items I can't think of off the top of he head. It's the brand that is on her counter at home, and is always gorgeous and fits into her beautifully styled kitchen. The other week she called me up and told me about a new toy she had found while out doing some Christmas shopping - A Breville automatic tea brewer. (I'll get to what that exactly means shortly) She was captivated by the concept and was debating the purchase. She was like most of us would be - is it really worth it to spend a few hundred dollars on a tea maker? Well. I'll spoil the surprise. Yes. It IS worth it. 

I hadn't heard her so excited over something in awhile (other than when she sees me, obviously) so I reached out to Breville to see if Mom and I could review the tea maker. And, we got to! So if you have a Mom like I do, that loves tea and entertains her lady friends, you HAVE to get this. I'm not kidding. You'll think I'm being ridiculous (I mean, I initially thought the concept of an automatic tea brewer was ridiculous) but it's NOT. It's a game changer. I now want one for myself, when I went into it thinking it was just a gadget for the kitchen. Nope. It's not. Ok, so first things first. This is how it looks... This is Mom opening it when it arrived!

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The design is beautiful, from the glass handle to the shape and design of the kettle portion.  Now to make tea. Mom poured the water (cold water, but she's using her kettle as a dispenser here) into the pot.

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If you're making tea you're not to go over 1200 as shown below.

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Next is the tea portion. You put looseleaf tea into the little canister "bucket" that will go into the water shortly. Breville provides you with a sweet little measuring spoon.

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Pop on the lid and place it into the pot, on the rod that is in there. You're not "steeping" the tea yet. The tea is still sitting out of the water.

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You're now going to select the type of tea, black, green, herbal, White, Oolomng or custom - and, the tea strengh and then press the tea button. All of these options determines the optimal water temperature and, how long the tea should steep for. It's serious about making the perfect cup of tea.

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So now the water is reaching it's optimal temperature...

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And when it reaches the temp it needs, it starts to lower the tea basket.

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And you will have an audience, because it's ridiculously fun to watch. 

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After the tea has brewed, the tea leaves raise again so they aren't sitting IN the water anymore and, you have the PERFECT cup of tea. I kid you not. It's perfect.

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So why is it perfect? Once you have one, you suddenly get it. First of all, it brews a tea at what they've researched to be the perfect temperature to brew and, perfect length of time. And how often do we stick a bunch of tea bags in a pot, only to let it sit too long or serve one cup and the the rest are uber strong (and lukewarm) The Breville Tea Maker solves all of that awkwardness because after brewing the perfect pot, it removes the tea, so it doesn't get too strong AND it keeps the tea warm, with a warming sensor. It also tells you how long the tea has been sitting there, since it brewed. This is PERFECT for when your Mama has guests over because she brews the tea, it beeps at her when it's done, and she can serve the tea and then place it back on the warmer - without worrying about it getting cold or, steeping too long.

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Now I'm just going to save up MY pennies because my tea from a regular tea bag dunking ritual doesn't have the same effect. Totally, 100% recommend this and get it for your Mom if she likes tea. xo
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Disclaimer, As mentioned in the post, my Mom was given a Breville Tea Maker for review.
All photographs and opinions are that of my own, and of my Mom. 

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A few awesome holiday finds

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I do a loooooot of online browsing – part in search of inspiration, part obsession, part retail therapy. If you’re looking for out of the box ornaments this year, Urban Outfitters has a ton of awesome ones (I’m going to go out and get that rainbow one!) and so does Anthro and Indigo has an awesome collection of ornaments too. xo


Anthropologie


Indigo


Urban Outfitters


 

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2016 Etsy Gift Guide

etsy-gift-guideIt’s that time of year again when I find great fun in trying to find the perfect gift for family. Oscar’s pretty easy. I mean, he tells it as it is – Wii U games. Pokemon. More video games. Slime. But others aren’t so easy to read. In the end, it’s not about the gift at all, it’s about the fun you put in putting it together and, showing love for that person. You needn’t spend anything to do that. However, if you’re like me and find great fun in searching online for the best gift, this gift guide roundup is for you. Check out the gift guides I’ve been curating over on Etsy here.  Or go directly to Gift Guide Babies / Gift Guide – For Her / Gift Guide – For Him / Gift Guide – For Kids

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Etsy / Holiday Cards


Tis’ the season (almost). I’m not ready for decorating for the holidays yet – I typically wait until after the Santa Claus parade has happened, my official kick off to the season. But some things need advance planning, like Holiday cards. Here are some of my favourite cards from Etsy for 2015. And this year, I kick off the list with two which are near and dear to me … 😉

via The Penny Paper Co. 

via The Penny Paper Co. 

via The Penny Paper Co. 

via The Penny Paper Co. 

Obviously I’m a sucker for my own designs above, but I’m also a sucker for stationery in general, and adore other people’s work so below are some of my favourites from Etsy this year…