Author Archives: Priscilla

November 19, 2012

Tea and the Global Fund for Children in action

Kids in Tea clothes in China

GFC distributing Tea clothes in Feng County.

Over the past few years, Tea has worked hand in hand with the Global Fund for Children (GFC) to donate money and resources to grassroots organizations that transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.  This past summer Tea sent clothes to GFC to donate in China’s Feng County.  Many children in this area of rural China are considered “invisible” because they are neglected by the government and unaccounted for.  It takes dedicated grassroots organizations to find and help these forgotten kids.

Boy in donated Tea clothes.

One reason we keep giving. Do your part today.

You too can help GFC reach more needy children.  Every holiday season, Tea and GFC collaborate and create the Little Citizens Holiday Pajamas.    All proceeds from the purchase of these pajamas go towards the Global Fund for Children, so they can help children around the world learn, grow, and thrive.

Tea Collection's Little Citizen Pajamas

Dress your little citizen up for the holidays!

 

November 16, 2012

Activity Post: Build a Beard

Help our friendly Viking friend, Halldor, grow his beard so he can stay warm during the cold winter months.  Maybe even hide a treasure or two inside!

Create your own bearded Viking

Download your copy of Build a Beard here.

Once you’re done, submit your creation to blog@teacollection.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win!  Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!

Get your Viking beard shirt today!

 

Viking Tee

Since you little guy can't grow a beard yet, he can wear one.

 

November 13, 2012

London, Paris, Prague

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world).

Priscilla,  a customer account manager and blogger, recently returned from a whirlwind trip to London, Paris, and Prague.

Tips from a first time European traveler:

1)      Be able to carry your luggage without assistance
2)      Bring the best walking shoes you have
3)      Eat everything over there!  Stuff your face because you will definitely walk off all those calories.

After you’ve got those down, here are the highlights of my trip and things that I think you should see and do.

London: If you’re in London, you must have tea at Fortnum& Mason.  This was a definite highlight of my trip.  Their duo of scones served with Somerset clotted cream and strawberry preserve is mouth-wateringly delicious.  My picture does not do it justice.  Fortnum&Mason has been around since the 1700s and their carousel theme runs throughout the entire store.  After a duo of scones and a Jubilee blend pot of tea, stroll over to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards.  Rumor has it that the guards do not leave their post until they are relieved from their duties.

Duo of Scones at Fortnum & Mason

Changing of the guards

Paris: If you find yourself in Paris, purchase a Paris Museum Pass and have a picnic under the Eiffel Tower at night.  We grabbed quiche and sandwiches from Rue Cler, a bustling street lined with markets and cafes that locals frequent which is just a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower.  We lugged our delicious treats and situated ourselves with a picturesque view of the tower as the sun set.  The Eiffel Tower lights up every hour on the hour once it gets dark.  Sit back and watch it twinkle and shine in the Parisian sky.  The best part about this is that there are no lines, tickets, or security guards.

Twinkling Eiffel Tower

Prague: If you are in Prague in the fall, bring a warm jacket and hike Petrin Hill.  Since I am a born and bred San Franciscan, I haven’t really experienced different seasons and the leaves changing.  On two separate occasions, we hiked up Petrin Hill once to visit Strahov Monastery/ Brewery and the second time to visit the Hunger Wall.  This was a tiring ascent to the top but the views here were breathtaking.  I loved the juxtaposition of amber colored leaves to the colorful buildings that decorate Prague’s skyline.  Make sure to enjoy their dezerty there (no really, that’s how they spell it).

View from Petrin Hill.

November 7, 2012

Activity Page: Seppo, the Snow Monster

 

Faceless snowy mosnterWhat face does Seppo have today?  Draw new facial expressions for Seppo.  Maybe somebody ate all his Halloween candy or maybe he found a secret stash of bananas buried in the snow.

Download your copy of Seppo, the SnowyMonster.

Once you’re done, submit your creation to blog@teacollection.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win!  Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!

Bundle your little guy up in Seppo today before he becomes extinct!

Seppo Tshirt

Seppo the Snow Monster Outfit

November 2, 2012

Inspiring Mom Awards: Mompreneur

 

Inspiring Mom Awards- vote today

Polls for the Inspiring Mom Awards are open!  Take a look at our candidates and cast your ballot for the mother you think best embodies the globetrotting, mompreneur, and making a difference qualities.  Today, you can meet two of our mompreneur model citizens- Ali Wing and Liz Gumbinner.

Ali Wing of GiggleAli Wing is the guru behind Giggle- the one stop shop for mothers and fathers to be.  Need tips on potty training?   Want educational toys?  Ali and her team have got you covered.  In her spare time (if she has any), she wrote the Giggle Guide to Baby Gear and a column in The Bump.  Check out Ali’s empire here: http://www.giggle.com/

Read Ali’s answers below:

1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
I’m not sure I do!  But the key for me is what I call the “bookends.”  My morning routine is work out, shower & then have breakfast with and walk my son to school. I also end each day w/  family dinner at 7 pm and then reading time with my son.  Starting and stopping each day as “mom” gives me – and my son – our balance.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?
I like who I am as a mom compared to who I was before. I have more patience & acceptance, and credit my son for those improved qualities.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
Have fun with it!  It goes SOOOO fast.  “giggle” was named with that motto in mind; kids make you smile. Don’t miss out on it by focusing on laundry or clean-up!

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Other than my son & husband?  They top my list.  But right behind them are my Cole Haan Aviators. I don’t sleep enough, and am thankful for my weekend uniform at soccer games with coffee – and sunglasses (ha).

5. Who inspires you?
My father does – and even gone, still does, every day. He was a kind, gentle, hardworking, dedicated man –and he made the most of every day.  I wake up each morning with the goal of trying to be as good a person as he was.

 

Liz Gumbinner of Mom 101.

Liz Gumbinner, a mother of two girls, started her empire by blogging.  She is the Editor-in-Chief, co- founder of Mom- 101, and co founder of Cool Mom Picks.  She’s a parenting expert but she doesn’t take herself too seriously.   Many have called Cool Mom Picks the “arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd” (Parents Magazine).  Discover some of Liz’s musings here: http://www.mom-101.com/ or here http://coolmompicks.com/

1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
I think the idea of working parent “balance” is a bit of a myth. I don’t know if working mothers ever feel entirely balanced; we just do the best we can, switching priorities from day to day as we need to.
Barring emergencies, I make myself unplug after work until the kids go to bed.  It’s a special time together even if it means staying up late to catch up on other responsibilities. But most importantly, I have the help of amazingly supportive family members, caregivers, friends and colleagues. I am so fortunate to have a strong village to lean on.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?

The idea of living for something greater than yourself.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
The best advice I ever got is from my own mother: Accept that every decision you make as a parent is right, and that every decision you make as a parent is wrong.

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Good cheese.   Seriously, it’s a problem.

5. Who inspires you?
I don’t believe you have to do something grand or heroic or world-changing to be inspiring. Having recently returned from a trip to Ethiopia I greatly admired the mothers dedicated to raising healthy, educated children regardless of the obstacle they face. Like walking 8 miles, barefoot, to get their babies immunized. Or working all day in the fields with their babies on their backs so they can afford to send them to school later. It puts a lot in perspective.
I’m inspired by any mother who leads by positive example for her children, and is helping ensure the next generation is inspiring too. After all, we’re counting on them!

 

 

 

Inspiring Mom Awards: Globetrotter

Inspiring Mom Awards

This month Tea wanted to celebrate the inspiring moms in our community with the IMAs and recognize their accomplishments.  We have received over 110 nominations of mothers who you said inspire you.  To help us narrow down our semi- finalists, we gathered a panel of model citizens who we thought embodied the values.  Meet two of our model citizens today from our globetrotting category- Stella Ma and Caren McCormack.  We thought it would be fun to get to know our model citizens a little bit better, so we asked them a couple of questions to see what inspires them.

Stella Ma one globetrotting model citizen.

Stella Ma is a Bay Area native who Co-Founded Little Passports, a great way to introduce the world to your little citizen.  Each month your little citizen will be sent a suitcase bursting with information about a country’s geography, history, culture, and language. You can discover her amazing company here: http://www.littlepassports.com/

Stella Ma: Globetrotter
1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
Running a start-up while trying to raise a family is definitely a challenge. I’m driven to work hard but it’s just as important to me that I’m there for the family.  We always have dinner together, and I make sure to take time to be there for my children whether it’s attending field trips, helping with homework or taking them to extracurricular activities/classes.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?
I love all the wonderful small moments and experiences that I get to share with my children. At pick-up last week, my younger son told me that I was his best friend.  A few weeks back, my older son told me that he’s going to work for me when he grows up because he loves Little Passports.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
I’m trying very hard to live in the moment and not worry about the next thing on the to-do list or schedule.  I can’t say that I’m very good at doing this yet.  It’s so true that our children grow up so quickly.  I want to make sure to take the time to enjoy them as they are now.

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
I love green tea lattes.  They’re my pick-me-up!

5. Who inspires you?
My mom is the inspiration in my life.  She immigrated to the states from China not speaking any English and she worked incredibly hard, sometimes working multiple jobs simultaneously, to make a life for our family here in the US.  I now love seeing how my children have a wonderful relationship with their grandmother.  When one of my children was asked in his English homework who inspires him, he answered “Popo” (“grandmother” in Chinese).

Caren McCormack one of our model Globetrotters.

Caren McCormack one of our model Globetrotters. Caren McCormack worked to co-found the Kilgoris Project, a nonprofit that feeds and educates children in a remote Kenyan village.  Each year Caren travels to Kenya with her family (husband and two daughters) to work closely with the organization. Karen was previously also a Foreign Correspondent for Tea and was able to travel to Kenya with a suitcase full of Tea then came home to share her travel experience on our blog, Studio T.  We invite you to read more about the Foreign Correspondent program (http://www.teacollection.com/gothere) and discover Caren’s amazing non-profit here: http://kilgoris.org/

Caren McCormack– Globetrotter
1. How do you maintain a healthy work and home life balance?
Tame the technology. On the work/life balance front, I’m challenging myself to really be present when I’m present. When I’m helping with homework, I’m not also looking at emails. At dinner, I’m not checking texts. My kids appreciate it, and I’m saner.

2. What’s your favorite aspect about being a mom?
The best part of mothering is also the biggest challenge. I love watching my daughters change with each age, blossoming more and more as individuals. The problem? They keep changing! Just when I think I’ve figured out how to best parent them, they’re on to a new stage.

3. Do you have a piece of advice for moms everywhere?
Love the ones you’re with. I’m not sure this is advice, as much as it is cheering on the sisterhood. It’s all we can really do as moms. We just keep showing up and loving our kids as they are, for who they are.

4. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
I’m tempted to give a deep answer here. But let’s be realistic—coffee.

5. Who inspires you?
The Kilgoris Project staff in Kenya! I get to work with such terrific people. Their passion for education, community and possibility makes my jaw drop.