Thursday, May 28, 2009

Let's Talk Tea by Barb

Barb of SBS Teas has published her second "Let's Talk Tea". I didn't have a clue about Rooibos....I do now! Barb takes the time to explain tea in terms that anyone can understand. SBS Teas has a wonderful variety of teas and accessories. Go by, check out their website....try some tea! Their tea brewers w/teas make excellent gifts. If you're a tea lover....join the tea club and you will experience different flavors of tea monthly. Now that would be a great present....a tea club membership!

If you have any tea questions, Barb will be more than happy to answer them. Send her an email...she has a great wealth of knowledge on teas. Barb is "The Tea Experience Lady".

Now settle down with a nice hot (or iced) cup of your favorite tea and read Barb's ezine on Rooibos.

What Is This Tea Called "ROOIBOS"?

How would you feel about drinking a tea that is naturally caffeine-free, low in tannins and known to prevent age-related oxidation of the the brain? Sounds too good to be real? Well, it's not!
The beverage is called Rooibos (pronounced Roy Boss) and it comes from the Aspalathus Linoraris plant which is grown in the rich, very fertile area of the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa.
It is harvested from the needle-like leaves and stems of the plant. The leaves are harvested in the summer and oxidized giving the tea a distinctive reddish-brown color. Hence, it is often called "Red Bush."
After it's initial discovery generations of South Africans simply enjoyed it for its sweet, refreshing taste.
In 1772 it was re-discovered by botanist Carl Humberg, who brought it back as a beverage.
In 1904 a Russian immigrant named Benjamin Ginsberg realized Rooibos' untapped marketing potential and began to offer it globally. It was then called "Mountain Tea."
But it wasn't until decades later that Rooibos teas' real success began. In 1968, South African mother Annique Theron fortuitously stumbled across Rooibos for her baby, releiving the infants colic and insomnia.
In 1970 she published her findings in "Allergies: An Amazing Discovery" and with that publication Rooibos became famous world-wide.
But what can Rooibos do for me???
Benefit #1: Naturally caffeine-free. .

Benefit #2: Soothes your skin. Rooibos has a soothing effect on the skin. Use a weak solution applied topically as a face wash or use to soothe sunburned skin. Toss some tea bags in your bath. The combination of naturally occurring phenolic carboxylic acids (antibacterial & antfungal properties) combined with alpha hydroxyl acids help revive skin. For infants, use as relief for diaper rash.. Apply topically with a clean cotton ball to the rash at every diaper change. Put used Rooibos tea bags in the refrigerator or freezer. After a hard day's work put on tired or red eyes to soothe and realax.

Benefit #3: Contains no oxalic acid. People who are suffering from kidney stones can safely drink Rooibos.

Benefit #4: Use after workouts. Rooibos is popular among athletes after they work out as it is a rich source of vital minerals and Vitamin C which are depleted during workouts When used as fluid replacement, it is said to provide measurable amounts of minerals and electrolytes. For this reason, Rooibis is used by South African athletes as a sports drink. It is especially thirst quenching and refreshing during the hot humid months of summer.

Benefit #5: Stronger teeth. Rooibos helps give you strong teeth and bones because of its calcium, manganeze and flouride content.

Benefit #6: Stress Relief. Have a cup of Rooibos before bed to ensure a good night's sleep. It helps with insomnia, disturbed sleeping patterns and headaches. It contains no caffeine and has a relaxing and soothing effect on the central nervous system.

Benefit #7: Polyphenols and Antioxidants. Rooibos contains significant amounts of polyphenol antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic acids. These antioxidants play an important role in preventing age-related oxidative damage as well as damage caused by free radicals. Green Rooibos is said to have 10 times more Aspalatin, which is a flavanoid found only in Rooibos.

Benefit #8: Easy on your system. Rooibos is completely safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as young children. It can be enjoyed regularly and freely. It is 100% caffeine free, calorie free and is a healthy alternative to other teas, coffees and alcohol. It is also extremely effective in combatting iron depletion during preganancy and breastfeeding as it contains no tannins which affect iron absorption.

How to Make an Enjoyable Cup of Rooibos

Pour boiling water over the leaves and steep as long as you wish--up to 10 minutes. The longer steeping time will result in higher antioxidant activity. Unlike real tea, Rooibos never grows bitter from over-steeping and unlike most herbals Rooibos will never become tart from over steeping.
Rooibos is very verasatile--drink it hot or cold, with or without milk, sugar and honey. Add lemon or mix with fruit juices for a lovely blend.
Rooibis tea is also used in cooking and baking. It can replace the liquid content in recipes for soups, marinades, sauces, bread and cakes for added flavor and nutrition.
Rooibos can be stored for long periods of time without "aftertaste" buildup because of its low tannin content.
It makes a great iced tea.

It is clear that tea, the world's most popular non-alcoholic drink, should be a part of your healthy recipe for healthy living. Now that you are aware of many of the healing and therapeutic benefits of Rooibos, I hope you will join me in raising your tea cup in a toast to good health!!! You should consult your own physician about the health benefits for you.

P. S. Barb Recommends

Rooibos Tea

If you are excited about trying Rooibos teas for yourself --I have the perfect sampler pack for you. We have put together an assortment of different Rooibos teas for you to try! Yes, that is a year's worth of Rooibos teas--Twelve Month Rooibos Tea Club.

The Twelve Month Rooibos Tea Club includes 2 4 ounce bags of your choice of Rooibos flavors every other month. We also are including our Magic Brewer to help you make the perfect cup of Rooibos and a bag of our famous purple haze sugar. After the charge for shipping your first shippment you will not be charged any shipping for the remainder of your club.

Remember, SBS Teas has many varieties of teas and accessories. If you're shopping for a new tea, an old favorite, a gift for someone....go by a visit them. They will be more than happy to help you find what you're looking for.

Mystery Prize Donor For This Month

Teresa of The Soap Corner has donated one of her full-sized products for our mystery prize drawing this month. You may wonder how to be entered. It's very easy....everyone who purchases a sample box from Snowberry Creek Sample Boxes is automatically entered into the drawing. Also, you are automatically entered into a drawing for a free box to be shipped out the following month.

The Soap Corner has a new website. If you have a chance stop by to visit Teresa at her website, or

Looking foward to shipping out the mystery prize to one lucky winner! Sorry, I can't tell what it's a secret!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Take Me Away ~ Just For A Moment!

In these days of fast living, hectic paced lives…stop; take the time to coddle your self. If you are feeling rushed, stressed, and overwhelmed, you will not be at your best. How can you expect to be the best role model for your children, the perfect partner for your mate, the best employee or employer when you are feeling out of control? Take the time out of your busy schedule and do something for yourself. You will feel re-energized and ready to go again! I’m not promising that the products of our e-tailers are a magic fix…we both know there is no magic fix. But, it does not hurt to take time out and pamper your self.

Perhaps, you need nothing more than a quiet moment with a relaxing cup of herbal tea. Maybe you need a tub full of hot water, a fragrant scrub, a moisturizing, full-lathering, aromatic bar of handmade soap. Many of our e-tailers have sent in full-sized bars of soap – you will receive at least two or more full-sized bars. Wait….I forgot the bath salts and bath teas; you may want to start with one of those. The products in this box presents so many possibilities that you won’t know where to start. Just jump right in! Oh, the candles, tarts, and melts are sure to satisfy your senses and the enjoyable aromas wafting through the air will be most pleasurable while you are immersed and soaking in your tub of delightful products.

Once you have completed your marvelous bathing extravaganza, you will be ready to slather your body with the many massage oils, lotions, body bars, or creams that are included in our box to soothe your skin. By this time, you should be relaxed and feeling gorgeous. Maybe it’s time for another cup of tea. Or perhaps, you would like to try some of awesome mineral eye shadow or a bit of the fantastic smelling perfume. Full-sized items abound in this box. There are many items in our boxes – they are FULL of outstanding, impressive, awesome, marvelous, glorious, beautiful, delightful, enjoyable, splendid, remarkable products created by our e-tailers. I think I did an ample job of describing their products – if not feel free to add your adjectives to this post.

Remember….lock the door….let Snowberry Creek Sample Boxes take you away from the hassles of daily life! Take a moment to reflect, get a new outlook or attitude – you will feel better and be able to deal more effectively with whatever comes your way. Now, this is not a proven fact – just my opinion and observations of my own life. Sample Boxes on Sale Now.

Memorial Day - Honor your Servicemen/women

Take time to honor the men and women who died serving our country so we can enjoy the freedom that we have. I know many people will say that we are not free today, but I personally disagree. We enjoy many freedoms and take most of them for granted!

Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day and started with the Civil War. The tremendous loss of life on both sides led to women decorating the graves of their loved ones with flowers. It was a way to show honor to the men who so bravely fought and a healing process for the women. You may read more about 10 facts of Memorial Day on CNN.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sneak Peak

The Soap Corner sent us some pictures of some of the full-sized items she sent in for the May box. Some lucky people will receive one of these in their box. I think she sent in 5 extra nice products, along with her other items for the box. Wishing everyone luck in receiving one of these fantastic products! All of the products from The Soap Corner are very nice - but the extra nice ones are her from new line of gift sets.

This Pink Sugar Candle and Body Bar set is packaged in a pink organza bag. It is ready for gift giving. This set will make a nice thank you gift.

I don't have pictures of the other items, but I can tell you about them.

The Lemon Chiffon Set is packaged in a peach-colored organza bag. Items include: 8 oz. candle, a sun-shaped soap and a 1 oz. melt.

One Sweet Pea Set is packaged in a purple organza bag and includes a 8 oz. candle, a .60 body bar, 3 heart-shaped melts and 2.5 oz. molded soap.

One Sweet Pea Set packaged in a peach colored organza bag and includes a 8 oz. candle, .60 body bar, 3 heart-shaped melts and a 2.5 oz. molded soap.

If you're not lucky enough to receive one of The Soap Corner's gift sets, you may receive a full-sized bar of handmade soap (various fragrances), melt, or tarts.

Hope you've enjoyed the sneak peak of The Soap Corner's products. You may visit The Soap Corner at at

Monday, May 18, 2009

Announcing New Fragrances

Ye Olde Chandler has a fragrance that will please everyone. They offer well over 70 fragrances. And they are adding to their fragrance line up. Below is a list of the newest additions to their fragrance line and a brief description of each.

Bird of Paradise: Strong scent, tart and fruity.

Dogwood: Delightful floral with a hint of woodiness.

High Maintenance Type: Upscale woody blend of mush, patchouli, with floral notes.

Rain Garden: Clean, soothing, serene nature fragrance.

Violet Musk: Light beautiful scent of violets with soft musky undertones.

If you are needing a candle, some tarts or soap - head on over to Ye Olde Chandler. They are certain to have a fragrance pleasing to you.

Positive Feedback Makes Us Happy!

We are so appreciative when a customer takes the time to let us know that they are happy with our e-tailers products. It makes the day even brighter when they tell us they intend to shop with our e-tailers.

Below is an email we received from a customer that purchased a box in April. This email is from LaDell of MS.

I purchase every sampler box that I can find because I love them. Yours was definitely the best of the best. It was filled with so many treasures. I love everything. There were so many large sized products that I could not believe it. It was awesome. I will surely shop at your e-tailers.

Thank you LaDell for choosing to purchase our box! We are so very happy that you were pleased with it and that you are enjoying your treasures. Thanks for supporting small business owners of America!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Lucky Winners for April!

Congratulations, Robert of MS! You have been selected as the Mystery Prize winner. I think you will love your surprise that was generously donated by Faye & Lesli of Ye Olde Chandler. We know you are probably wondering "what in the world did I win". Well, sorry but we won't tell you and ruin your surprise. Your package will be delivered within 2-3 days as we are rushing it right to you!

Congratulations, Diane of NV! You are the lucky recipient of a free May Snowberry Creek Sample Box. You will receive the lastest creations, concoctions and delectable goodies from our talented, creative e-tailers. Your free sample box (will include many full-sized products) ships out of here on May 25th. Your box will be delivered within 2-3 days after that date.

Hope you both enjoyed your April sample boxes and the fabulous array of products that was included for your pampering pleasure. It is our hope, that you found a new product, a new e-tailer or maybe you found several...if you have the time leave them a post to let them know how much you enjoyed their products. Visit their websites as they have much more to offer. What great deals to be had...handmade, handcrafted and/or small business entrepreneurs. You will receive special attention, customer service as it should be and you aren't just another order. These craftsmen/craftswomen are in business to please their customers and take pride in their products!

Congratulations, again to both of you. Thank you for choosing Snowberry Creek Sample Boxes!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Winners of the Mother's Day Giveaway!!!

Due to a thunderstorm, we were delayed in generating and announcing the winners. Below is the list as picked by

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The Winner of the Pink Sugar Set donated by The Soap Corner is White Iris.

The Winner of the Sweet Pea Set donated by The Soap Corner is Mommyof2Girlz.

The Winner of the tea brewer and teas is donated by SBS Teas is The Muse.

The Winner of the western soap set donated by Delightfully Wed is Sarah HC Bates.

You may contact me at and I will get your items on their way. Ms. Muse, yours will be sent directly from SBS Teas.

Congratulations to all of the winners. Thank you very much to everyone who participated. We appreciate you taking time to stop by and leave a comment.