Happy New Year from Mama Tea!


Happy New Year to all of our amazing customers! To celebrate,we are launching a new responsive website – www.mamatea.com. This means that you can buy your favourite Mama Tea on your desktop, iPad or mobile! Mama Tea Pregnancy and Breastfeeding herbal tea You can also buy New Mama breastfeeding tea on our new website. Hurrah! new mama breastfeeding herbal tea You can also buy our new “bump”er packs of 5 boxes of any favourite Mama Tea or a mixed pack! Get our “Bump to Buba” packs on our new website.

http://www.mamatea.com Have a fantastic 2014! The Mama x

Nesting – getting ready for baby


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Nesting is the instinct to clean the entire house and get baby’s room ready for the new arrival. It tends to kick in around the last trimester and increases towards the end of the pregnancy. It is something that is extremely powerful despite the increased tiredness at that time of pregnancy. But is there more to it than just getting ready for baby?

Adaptive Behaviour

Scientists at McMaster University are conducting a series of studies into nesting behaviour and so far have gone so far as to explain that it is what is thought of as an “adaptive behaviour”.

“Nesting is not a frivolous activity,” says Marla Anderson, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. “We have found that it peaks in the third trimester as the birth of the baby draws near and is an important task that probably serves the same purpose in women as it does in other animals.”

“It ties us to our ancestral past. Providing a safe environment helps to promote bonding and attachment between both the mother and infants,” she says.

- See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/driven-to-clean-nesting-instinct-among-pregnant-women-has-an-evolutionary-backstory/#sthash.7ot2tWEb.dpuf

Baby’s Room

So now that we understand this is no frivolous exertion, let’s have a look at some essentials for baby’s room and some stunning examples for some inspiration!

Crib

We at Mama Tea are big fans of Stokke Cribs. They go from mini crib and expand as baby grows. Perfect!

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Night Light

A night light is a fantastic way to get baby nodding off after it’s feed. It will also stop you stumbling around in the dark when getting up for night feeds! Mothercare has a good selection!

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What about this personalised Night Light from Not On the High Street – stunning!

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Open Baskets

We think this is a brilliant idea – can store nappies, wipes and all the essentials – get some plain white baskets at your local Homebase or these fancy ones at Amazon and add lots of different coloured ribbons or add colours to match your colour scheme!

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Some beautiful Baby’s Room Interiors……

The lovely Room-to-Bloom (what a brilliant name!) designs baby’s room interiors and has some amazing inspiration!

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Project Nursery is a brilliant baby room design blog with lots of great ideas!

Have a look at our Pinterest Board for some more inspiration!

Mama Tea – Make a Difference


Mama Tea – a Female Brand

I never set out to create a brand that would just appeal to women; it just developed quite naturally into that! I have always been passionate about women and women being equal to men in the world, but I am no bra-burning feminist!

The idea for Mama Tea came from two very painful pregnancies. Sorry to all the guys out there reading this but I am now going to go into the kind of details that only women will understand….

Morning Sickness

It wasn’t just in the mornings. It was EVERY DAY for 20 weeks and 24 weeks relatively. It completely took the bloom off being pregnant and made me feel awful. From what I’ve heard from other women, I wasn’t on my own….

Pregnancy Heartburn

I had never experienced heartburn before pregnancy and then it hit me like a brick! It was so terrible that it dominated my every waking moment. Balancing eating too little with eating just a little bit too much that would tip you over into heartburn hell. Drinking heartburn remedies like water and wondering what could possibly make it taste a little better?

Overdue

Like many mums-to-be, I went quite far over my due date with both pregnancies. I was going up the walls! I tried raspberry leaf tea, like many others, but hated the taste of it, so wondered if it was possible to make it taste good??

Breastfeeding

Luckily I didn’t suffer with lack of breast milk like a lot of others, but I still found it incredibly difficult to get the baby to latch on properly and found the whole experience extremely stressful and I had ENOUGH MILK!! Therefore, I wondered if I could make a tea that helped with both the breast milk production and the stress?

Mama Tea – A brand for Women – Making a Difference

The reasons above are all the practical reasons that I created Mama Tea however the fundamental passion behind Mama Tea is empowering other women. Mama Tea is dedicated to making a difference to women. If that is through a cup of tea that helps with breast milk production or through our supportive social network, we are there for other women. We believe passionately in empowering women, so we are now launching our MAKE A DIFFERENCE campaign to empower women world-wide. We are looking at several different initiatives but are keen to hear from our community for some crowd ideas!

Watch this space for more details but if you have some ideas for how we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE, we want to hear them!

To all the women out there.

Anna Louise Simpson

CEO

Mama Tea

5 Top Tips for Budgeting for Baby – Guest Blog


How to Budget for a New Baby

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There’s no doubt that having a baby is one of the most exciting experiences in any adult’s life. However, budgeting to add another member to your family can be difficult, and it does take some proper financial planning. While planning for a child can be stressful, it shouldn’t get you down. With a bit of care and some proper debt management planning, you can make sure that you and your wallet are prepared for the miracle of having a new baby.

Start Saving Right Away

Once you’re done celebrating the fact that you’re going to have a new baby, the first thing you need to do is open a savings account to put some money away. Ideally, you’ll want to look for a high-yield savings account that can help you earn even more on what you put in – even if that only amounts to a little bit of money overall. Before you open your savings account, figure out how much money you can use to fund it. From there, try to put a set portion of the money you earn each pay period into the savings account.

Pick up Extra Work

If you’ve got a good-paying salaried position, this may not be something you have to worry about; however, if you work an hourly job, picking up a few extra hours and doing some overtime can help you fund your savings account and make sure you’re financially prepared for your new baby. Taking on extra work in the first few months of pregnancy can also help you safeguard your finances for any time you may have to take work off due to complications in your pregnancy in the later months that may not be covered by maternity leave.

Have a Garage Sale

It might seem crazy to have a garage sale to prepare for a new baby, but getting rid of unnecessary items can help clear clutter and make space for a new child, while putting a bit of extra money in your pockets. If a garage sale doesn’t really seem like your style, or you don’t think you could get much in your area, online classifieds sites, like Craigslist or eBay, can be a great way to sell valuable items you don’t use. Don’t turn your nose up at the idea of a garage sale– some people make $1,000 or more in a single weekend while clearing space in their home! You can then take the extra money you earn and invest it in a debt management plan. If possible, you should try to pay off everyone you owe before the baby arrives.

Don’t Overbuy

It’s pretty natural for expectant parents to run out and by all sorts of things for their baby and begin preparing a nursery right away. After all, it’s a part of planning for a new child. However, you shouldn’t go overboard right away. Remember that you’ll be getting some great gifts at your baby shower, and some items can be found second-hand for less.

Take Care of Debt

Credit card debt can be a real problem for many new parents, and it can be a heavy burden. While you may not be able to pay off all of your existing credit card debt, enrolling in a professionally monitored debt management plan can help you get your debt under control through affordable monthly payments. Having a new child can be incredibly exciting, but without a debt management plan to pay off what you already owe, you may find it hard to handle the stress and added financial responsibility. Budgeting for a new member of the family can be difficult, but it’s entirely possible if you plan accordingly with your finances. Guest Blog by Marcela De Vivo (http://marcela.co/)

Royal Baby on it’s way! Where is my READY MAMA raspberry leaf tea?


The Duchess is in labour!

Kate Middleton is in labour! Poor Kate. Labour is hard enough, without the world watching and waiting with bated breath.

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With rumours flying around that Kate may to be induced, we thought we would share our Mama’s experience of labour.

Induced Labour

The thought of being induced terrified me. I had done quite a bit of research into the natural chemicals that the body produces to have a baby and it seemed that being induced sped everything up a bit too much. That is part of the reason why I was desperate to try some natural “methods”…..hands up who tried the pineapple-sex-curry technique (not necessarily in that order!)….mmmm……didn’t do a THING for this Mama!

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RASPBERRY LEAF TEA – READY MAMA

I was then given a cup of “hairy” raspberry leaf tea. It tasted like dishwater. I thought why can’t someone make raspberry leaf tea taste good??!?!? This MOMENT OF INSPIRATION was the inspiration for the launch of Mama Tea, a range of pregnancy and breastfeeding herbal teas!

We blended raspberry leaf with hibiscus, rose hip, motherwort and some other goodies. There are many contenders but none is as effective as READY MAMA!!! We are THE ONLY herbal tea company to use MOTHERWORT in our birth preparation tea. Move aside all other herbal teas……..READY MAMA is here! It is a fantastic birth preparation tea as it contains uterine stimulants that help to prepare the uterus for birth as well as strengthening the contractions.  It is also a good one to drink after birth as it helps to bring the uterus back to normal.

 

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ROYAL BABY

Thinking about my labour, I wish the Duchess the very best….and hope she will be holding her little Royal Baby very soon.

 

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Nature’s Way, Abergele, North Wales


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We have a lovely new stockist, joining the mama tea community, in Wales, Nature’s Way in Abergele.

Nature’s Way is an independent health and whole foods store in North Wales that has been operating for 20 years. The current owners Angie and Phill have been running the store since the summer of 2010.

The store stocks “whole foods, food and herbal supplements, products for people with special dietry or health requirements, vegetarian, vegan and raw food products, natural bodycare products and eco friendly cleaning products”, and now they will also be stocking Mama Tea. They also sell locally sourced bread, free range eggs, cakes, yoghurts and honey and offer a delivery service in Abergele and surrounding area.

To find out more about Nature’s Way visit their website, www.natureswaynw.co.uk, or email info@natureswaynw.co.uk. You can find the store at 4a Market Street, Abergele, LL22 7AA and their opening hours are: 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday.

We look forward to visiting them one day and hope their customers enjoy mama tea.

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What do you drink your mama tea from?


The Mama Tea Office

A quick survey of the Mama Tea office and there are a number of drinking vessels of various shapes and sizes around, we’ve some lovely delicate teacups, a selection of mugs and a few disposable cups, and with exception of the teacups not many of the other drinking vessels can be called attractive and they probably don’t enhance the tea drinking experience but they all serve a practical purpose of allowing us to enjoy a cup of mama tea.

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One of our pretty teacups!

History of the Teacup

Tea in China was originally drunk from a little bowl, and when tea first arrived in Europe this way of drinking tea from tea bowls continued. It was in the mid 1750s that a handle was added to the bowl to stop ladies burning their fingers (reference: www.afternoontoremember.com). A gentleman by the name of Robert Adams devised the idea of a little handle on the side of the bowl and he also introduced the saucer. Adams made these cups from a porcelain that was strong but delicate to look at.

Other Cultures

In China tea is still regularly served in a bowl, a gaiwan, with a lid is considered the best way to brew and drink green tea.

Japan is famous for it’s tea ceremonies, and tea here is regularly served in a small tea bowl.

In Morroco, tea is served in tea glasses. These are slender glasses often with brightly coloured patterns.

In Russia, in the traditional tea ceremony, tea is served in a glass that is in a silver glass holder (in effect adding a handle to the glass).

Some of these tea drinking vessels have evolved from practicality and some from ceremony but the one common denominator is that they have all evolved for the drinking of tea.

What do you drink your mama tea from?

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The Mama’s favourite mug.

Mama Tea is a Marketing Winner!


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Here at Mama Tea we’re delighted that, on Thursday 30th May, we won the Marketing award at the prestigious Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

The awards dinner was a beautiful and sparkling event held under the chandeliers of the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms on George Street, Edinburgh. The evening commenced with a drinks reception in the West Drawing Room and Ball Room followed by dinner in the Music Hall. The dinner and award presentation was hosted by Hardeep Singh Kohli.

There were twenty awards handed out on the night, one of the highlights being the Outstanding Achievement in Food and Drink Award that was awarded to Paul Grant MBE of jam makers Mackays.

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The Mama couldn’t stop smiling!

HG Awareness Day, 15th May 2013.


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Today is HG Awareness Day. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of vomiting and nausea in pregnancy. The Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation, or HER Foundation, have dedicated this day to raise awareness of this serious condition.

To find out more about the Foundation’s research and work visit their website and/or follow them on Twitter and Facebook (#HGaware).

Don’t forget, our Morning Mama herbal blend was created specifically to help ease nausea and sickness. It is a gentle blend of ginger, chamomile, lemon balm, lemon peel and orange peel and tastes delicious, even if we say so ourselves!

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