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With the Winter Olympics 2014 on the way, it’s a perfect time to remember what we love so much about the games. Most of you will agree that the main reason for tuning in and following so closely is because they motivate us. And I’m not just talking about motivation to go to the gym and get fit. I am talking about motivation to persevere in all areas of our lives, to be successful, to always follow through and learn to accept defeat gracefully.

There is also a certain magical element that surrounds the celebration of the games, it is the element of tradition, a series of days that remind us of our childhood experience of watching athletes swiftly and gracefully carry out the most unbelievable of stunts. Or simply the first time we saw the Olympic Flame and couldn’t stop wondering how it was possible for the flame to keep waving. And quite possibly, at one point, we all dreamt of one day becoming one of them – being as strong and as determined as the young faces presented with awards on the pedestal before us. Olympics have always been a symbol of determination, pride, strength, fortitude and vigor. But it has also been a symbol of moving forward – the emblem of determination and a reminder that we all have something to achieve, whether in the near or distant future. We all have our own medals to win and even if we don’t win all the time, we sure try to.

With their long history of tradition, the Olympics remain a form of extraordinary entertainment and an example of how important it is to want to achieve our goals. But behind their engaging nature an important message always resurfaces – the gratifying nature of being a part of something that is bigger than us all. So on February 7th, get comfortable with your loved ones, make some tea and let’s cheer our athletes on together!

Don’t forget to tweet us with your guess of how many gold medals Canada will win. The closest answer will receive a Travel Mug!

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Mixing and matching is in this season. Just take a look at your recent wardrobe changes, did you suddenly start juxtaposing different textures and shapes? If you answered yes, I think you are ready for the ultimate holiday switch-a-roo!

Our wardrobe is one thing, but I bet you never thought that during the Holidays, some unexpected mixing and matching can be just as exciting as the traditional approach to festivities. Don’t get me wrong, I think one of the main principles of the Holiday season is tradition, but traditions don’t have to change. The only thing that does is the perspective. Any Holiday festivities can come with a bit of a twist. For example, a combination of two traditional events, yet not regarded as a likely pair – the Holiday spirit and a Tea Party!

Yes of course, naturally you’re thinking it has been done or how is that breaking any tradition at all when most households drink tea during this season anyway? Quite simple – the rules of the tea party have to be altered. Invite your loved ones for an evening of fun, tea and Holiday related tasks. Such as decorating the Christmas tree with…you got it – tea cups! I would suggest sending out an invite requesting everyone to bring in a colorful, light or small in size tea cup in advance to avoid any breakage. Once your guests arrive, clueless as to why they need a cup, you can announce your genius idea – decorating the tree with tea cups. While your guests are decorating the tree, include some interactive games along the way – make everyone write down an embarrassing Holiday story on a piece of paper, anonymously, each small paper piece will have to be put into a hat and upon being drawn everyone will have to guess who’s card it is, let the hilarity ensue!

And obviously no Holiday event is complete without treats. Check out our journal entry on baking with matcha for some healthy inspiration, and choose from our extensive lineup of spices and sweeteners for that extra little bit of something in your treats. Stay tuned for more Holiday ideas from your favorite tea meister!