Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 25, 2013

Travel the World

Napa Valley, travel

Emily came across Matthew Kepnes’s piece titled ’18 Life Lessons Learned From Traveling the World’ and we thought it was a great Friday read to share with you today.

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

See how being a mother influenced Emily’s vision of Tea on Mamalode

It’s A Golden Afternoon’s 30th birthday and she’s giving away her 30 favorite items!

Looking for a weekend project for the kids? We love Sweet Paul’s recycled robots.

What to do with your overgrown rosemary…

How dreamy is Kinfolk’s Flying High video?

 

October 15, 2013

Foreign Correspondents: Our Most Important Trip So Far…

Tea Collection's Foreign Correspondents

We have been traveling as a family since the kids were really small.  I want them to see everything and I want them to be curious about the world we live in.  Most of all, I want them to know who they are.

This last trip we took was really important because we decided to take my guys to meet my mother’s family in Japan.

After a 9 hour plane ride and almost as many hours on trains we arrived in Kochi, a little town on the island of Shikoku in the south of Japan.

Tea Collection's Foreign Correspondent

My guys were a little nervous at first.  Who were all these people?

But here we were in the very place my mom lived until she was about their age.  And it was pretty magical seeing it all through their eyes.

Tea Collection's Foreign Correspondent

We visited some neat sites; an old castle, the bustling Harume market and a famous little bridge.

We also stopped by a beautiful shrine perched high on a cliff on the other side of the Pacific Ocean from where we live now.  The boys were amazed that the same ocean touched this beach and the beach near our house.

Tea Collection's Foreign Correspondent

My favorite moment was walking the road between my grandpa and grandma’s family homes, realizing how close their families lived to one another in this little town; watching my kids run with glee.

Tea Collection's Foreign Correspondent

Why on earth did my grandpa and grandma leave all this and move to North America so many years ago?

We traveled back up north to see the boat my mom journeyed to Canada on with her little sister and my grandma.  The Hikara Maru is now a museum in Yokohama Japan.

Tea Collection's Foreign Correspondent

Traveling with all our luxuries now: cell phones, laptops, ipads and easy commercial air travel I realize how brave my grandmother was traveling alone across rocky seas to a foreign land with two small children in tow.

“Do you know that my grandma came to Canada on this boat?” I overhear one of my guys telling the other.

“So did mine!” his brother says.

And so did mine.

I’m so glad we made this journey.  In trying to help my kids figure out who they are, I’m learning so much about myself.

October 9, 2013

September Instagram Roundup

We asked you to use #teacollection in your Instagram photos and we were so excited to find that you did! Each month we’ll round up 12 of our favorites and share them with you here on Studio T.

Tea Collection Instagram

row 1 (left to right): @mrsplude, @something4sam, @ladonnawitmer

row 2: @suzphil, @treasuresfortots, @veggiemom1436

row 3: @sjyurcek, @thuyhill, @theharmons02

row 4: @bateminx, @mamagesblog, @amylnoel

October 2, 2013

September’s Activity Book Contest Winner

Congratulations to Annie! We love your colorful lion mask – he even seems to match your outfit!

Activity Book Contest

Browse all the entries and honorable mentions on our Flickr page.

Interested in entering the contest for next month? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at blog@teacollection.com with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate. To get the new activity book, simply make a purchase at Tea and we’ll send you one with your order. You can also download the activity book pages here on our Studio T blog.