Who hasnít thought to save more money, lose those pesky pounds, eat better and exercise? We donít need to repeat these oft posted - and usually broken- resolutions. Instead, weíve come up with 12 resolutions, one for each month, which are easy or fun or inexpensive and, best of all, really make a difference for you and everyone around you. Remember, these are just suggestions, however, we hope youíll consider them as inspiration.
Be grateful. No matter what your situation is, somebodyís got it worse. Be grateful for the friends, family, health, work, wealth you DO have, not wistful for what you donít have.
Make a phone call. Forget social media just for once. Listen to someoneís voice. Hear the subtext, feel the warmth, realize how easy it is to dip into conversation unaware of the clock or the buzz of another post on Facebook.
Be silly. Eat soup for breakfast, wear your jammies for dinner, watch your favorite comedy instead of the evening news, put funny notes in your mateís pockets or your kidís lunch bag... more >
One of the most cherished memories for many of us is remembering how we were read to, be it bedtime stories, ghost stories around a campfire or in a library or schoolroom. Stories can enchant and delight, inform and instruct, make us laugh or cry. Thatís why books are perfect gifts, timeless and enduring.
And, whatís more exciting than adventure stories or classic fairytales from the brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, the adventures of Madeline or Babar, Jungle Jim or Just So Stories, Tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Treasure Island or R.L. Stevensonís timeless poems in A Childís Garden of Verses?
All of us at Adagio have at least one childhood book we like to share so we developed a lovely line of tea gifts just for the little (and big) ones on your list. These delicious teas, all caffeine-free, can inspire loads of activities with your children, nieces and nephews, or fire up the kid in you: more >
Around this time every year, I start thinking of new ideas for homemade treats to bring as hostess gifts for holiday parties or giving to friends and neighbors. Itís difficult to bake for everyone because of specific dietary needs, but Iíve discovered tea infused vodka or gin is a hit!
There are a few things you want to keep in mind when creating a tea infused cocktail. One of which is not to worry about buying top shelf liquor; you can buy conservatively priced beverages because they'll be diluted with flavor and won't be sipped straight.
To make the tea cocktails, pour vodka (unheated) and tea into your ingenuiTEA or other tea maker. The ratio of tea per volume is typically 1/4 cup of tea per liter, but you can use more tea leaves if you want the tea taste a bit stronger. Let the tea and vodka steep for 2 hours (or longer if you want a stronger taste) and, using a funnel, pour it into decorative bottles or mason jars!
Adagio offers several wonderful coconut teas that would be fantastic in mojitos or tropical drinks! Infuse green tea and vodka to make an antioxidant packed martini... more >