14 Things All Tea-Lovers Know to be True

14 Things All Tea-Lovers Know to be True

3. Yes, we can still like coffee, too.

First things first, tea is probably one of the best beverages that has ever come to be. You can have it hot, cold, sweet, plain. Just like coffee, there are literally endless possibilities, only these are better. While coffee will definitely get you up and out of bed in the morning, there are things that tea does that coffee just can't. Just because we love tea, doesn't mean we hate coffee, either- we understand the meaning of having the best of both worlds! Tea is just our way of life, and we simply can not help that. I have compiled a list of things that all tea-lovers will know to be true, regardless of how deep into the addiction you have come to be. Also to be noted: yes, I did, in fact, drink tea as I wrote this, and not, I do not have any regrets about it.

1. "I need to brew a cup"

There are a few things that my best friend is tired of hearing: 'Let me put this in my Passion Planner', 'What's the gossip?', and 'I need to brew a cup'. No one but tea drinkers will ever understand the sheer amount of joy that comes with brewing a cup of your favorite tea.

2. It's not just 'tea'

You have green tea, matcha tea (powdered green tea), earl grey, emperor love, oolong, chai, herbal, etc. There is no such thing as just a cup of 'tea', but a cup of happiness.

3. Yes, we can still like coffee, too.

We're not always coffee haters, in fact, a lot of tea drinkers I know will still go for the more-than-occasional cup of coffee -myself included! There's nothing wrong with coffee, just most days, brewing a cup of tea does more for my soul than just get me ready for the day (Also, yes the Starbucks addiction is real, too).

4. Buying every box of tea you find on the shelf.

You just have to try every. Single. Kind. There is not greater meaning in life than to have a conversation and impress others with your wide vocabulary of different teas.

5. Knowing what the 'good stuff' is.

From the best brands, best types, and best brand of each type, there is always one that seems to be better than the best. No, we don't care what you think of us geeking out in th tea isle, either. The struggle of not finding what you were looking for, or trying a tea and not knowing the brand is real, too.

6. Mugs. Need I say more?

All of the cut mugs. And strainers. And brewing cups. And insulated mugs. There can never be enough mugs, colors, designs. I even have different mugs for different teas.

7. Different teas for different times of the day.

Wake up and drink a black tea. Relax and drink an herbal tea. After meals or before bed, drink a green tea. Feeling happy? Drink your favorite tea. There are specific teas for specific times, something that only tea drinkers will get. Also, please don't judge us on our huge stash, thanks.

8. Carrying a baggie of your favorite tea bags.

When do I ever leave the house without at least three earl grey's, a couple greens, emperor love, and an herbal? You never know how your day will go and what you'll need to mentally prepare yourself for what's coming next.

9. That feeling when all you have left is bagged tea.

While it is easier to carry, easier to prepare, and you don't have to measure it, there is something magical about preparing your own tea bag of loose, and unground tea. Bagged tea just seems to taste different.

10. The horror of not having a filter for loose tea.

I've actually brewed it anyways and used a spoon to skim the leaves off the top. Not recommended, but it worked well enough.

11. Having all of the cute tea filters

There can never be a 'cutest' loose tea filter out there. Trust me.

12. All the health benefits.

How're you feeling today? There is always a tea to enhance or fix your emotions or physical well-being.

13. Hot water burns.

Pouring hot water and some of it spilling, grabbing a hot cup or mug, the heat guard on the Starbuck cup not being thick enough, and of course, burning the skin on the roof of your mouth or tongue. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't still worth it though.

14. Having to buy loose tea in what seems like bulk amounts.

Walking into Teavana and seeing the wall of tea, and then remembering you only budgeted so much money for tea. Then also remembering that you have to buy it in two ounce minimums (yes, I knew that off the top of my head), then remembering only as you check out how much two ounces of tea really is.

14. Listening to the gossip on detox and weight loss tea.

While some teas have shown they can speed up your metabolism, and are an extremely low calorie drink, the only way to actually lose weight is to eat healthy and exercise.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...


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