Tried and Tested: Carmien Tea Mamma Range

Carmién Tea recently sent us some of their fabulous teas to try out – and as we had one mom on our team nursing her baby, and one mom pregnant, (both with other children as well) this proved to be the best team to try their new Mamma Range, and kids tea.

Carmién Tea’s story started in 1998 in an old farm shop on the historic Brakfontein Estate near the small town of Citrusdal. This is a family-run business, and a lot of love and dedication goes into the day-to-day running of the farm. They’re committed to keeping their company safe and healthy to both the customer and the environment. They offer quality products, it is a customer and market driven company, they invest in their own people and support the local community to ensure production stability and a rewarding future for all involved…for future generations!

We were very excited to try this range as Carmién believes in using the best ingredients in every teabag. It is conveniently packaged in tagless teabags for easy steeping and drinking. Carmién Mamma Tea was designed and blended for mommies by mommies. (A cup of comfort from bump to breastfeeding and beyond.) Seeing that For Moms. By Moms. is MonaLisa Mamas’ own logo, we knew this would be an excellent fit.

Firstly, Marilize tried the Carmién Morning Mamma while pregnant with her second little baby boy. This tea has especially been formulated to assist mommy-to-be with nausea and heartburn associated with pregnancy. Marilize was still experiencing some nausea, but the heartburn was a real killer!

Our favourite thing about the Morning tea, was that the ginger was not an overwhelming taste or smell. In fact, none of the ingredients overwhelm the senses in any way, and with pregnancy hormones increasing our gag-reflexes, this tea was perfect. On certain days, the ginger helped tremendously with the pregnancy nausea, but it certainly helped a great deal more near the end of the pregnancy (3rd trimester) with the near-constant heartburn.

With a variety of beautiful flavours combined, the main ingredient here is still the rooibos, and we all know many of its benefits, but a quick refresh never hurt nobody!

Rooibos

Contains natural anti-oxidants which help prevent cancer and combating free radical damage in cells. Rooibos alleviates allergies – asthma, hay-fever, eczema. Rooibos has anti-spasmodic qualities and alleviates colic and stomach cramps in babies. Rooibos replaces essential minerals, iron, potassium, zinc and sodium. Rooibos is soothing on the nervous system – excellent for hyperactive children. Rooibos is naturally caffeine free and safe to drink during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Ginger

Helps with morning sickness, circulation stimulant, anti-septic, relieve spasms

Marshmallow root

Eases digestion and nausea, helps heartburn

Lemongrass 

Has a calming effect, sooths digestion, rich in Vit A and Vit C, and anti-inflammatory

Cherry-Orange Flavour

For added freshness to ease and sooth nausea and heartburn

Mommy Simone tested the nursing tea with her baby girl only a few months old. Simone is also a great tea-lover with an extensive range of regular, green, and flavoured teas. The first reaction to this tea was “WOW”.  We did not expect such a sweet, smooth, flowery taste to this amazing tea. We’ve had many other nursing drinks in the past, and almost always the fenugreek taste and smell was too overwhelming to properly enjoy the cup.  So naturally, we had to tear open a teabag to see what it looked like inside.

Not being a huge fan of vanilla, I was a bit sceptic at first. But even with the torn open bag, the box’s description of a soft “creamy vanilla” was exactly what we experienced. Each flavour is exactly balanced to create a beautiful drink that can be consumed any time of the day. We tried this tea as a warm cup with a teabag seeping for a couple minutes, as well as an icetea (boiling a couple of teabags in a pot of water, cooling, and then adding apple/grape juice and Vitaforce Schlehen Blacktorn Berry Elixer.)

The Nursing tea’s main ingredient is also rooibos, but added the following ingredients with these benefits:

Fennel

Helps with digestion, anti-septic, treat colic and stimulate lactation (also used in Gripe Water to help relieve colic and other gastrointestinal ailments and discomforts of infants)

Aniseed

Anti-septic properties, relieves colic in babies and increases milk production in breastfeeding mothers (also used in Gripe Water to help relieve colic and other gastrointestinal ailments and discomforts of infants)

Fenugreek

Excellent for stimulating and increasing milk production in breastfeeding mothers

Vanilla Flavour

Adding a delicate taste to create an easy drinking cup of rooibos

 

Then we both used the Woman’s Support tea for 10 days, every day. This gorgeous-looking tea helps with hormonal health, relieving symptoms of PMS and irregular menstrual cycles. Ingredients include raspberry leaf to help improve sleep, being high in magnesium, potassium, iron and B-vitamins and is extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system.

Now, I have to be honest…I’m not sure what it did to my hormonal health – my (very observant) husband said I was pretty much the same emotionally during those two weeks. But it was wonderful tea. And with both of us nursing our babies through the night, we both didn’t necessarily sleep more or sleep better, but we did feel more calm and restful towards sleep-time, and could fall asleep quite easily. I am quite a fan of any berries, so this tea tickled my tastebuds with that slight raspberry and strawberry feel.

This tea is highly recommended by midwives to pregnant women in their third trimester in support and preparation of labour.

Please note: Carmien Woman’s Support tea should not be taken before your third trimester. Always consult with your practitioner/midwife before taking any supplements.  

The last little gift we received was the two babies and kids tea that seriously got our kids excited. We are quite big tea and coffee drinkers in our family, and our kids are strongly following our example. (Don’t worry, when they ask for coffee, we still give them tea and tell them it’s coffee.) #permittablewhitelie

We made a habit of drinking the Sleepy Time tea every evening (the youngest one drank it without milk), and because each tagged teabag comes in its own envelope, the children felt involved in making their own tea as they tore open their own packet to reveal the teabag. It has soothing tastes of camomile and strawberry soft enough to calm even my busy little boy, and bring him to a restful place before bedtime.

Carmién’s Kiddies Tea is naturally anti-spasmodic, it relieves colic, stomach cramps and diarrhea. It is soothing on the nervous system – excellent for hyperactive children.

 

Our kids loved having their very own tea party with Carmién’s Rooibos Tea for Kiddies and Babies. The flavour had just the right hint of sweetness to keep the attention of their tastebuds, and keep them coming back for more! With the additional benefit of loads of very good and healthy anti-oxidants makes for very happy kids AND mommies!

We are also very big on healthy foods/drinks with our children, and they are used to drinking keifer and water instead of juice. Rooibos is caffeine-free and sweet tasting with no added sugar, making it not only the perfect drink, but an ideal ingredient for other recipes.

This is why we decided to try this tea in more ways. Our favourite was Jelly Babies! You can find the recipe HERE from our fellow local SA Mila’s Meals. (We replaced the juice with Carmien’s Kiddies and Babies Tea) DELISH!

Carmién’s Tea Range is available from most of our local grocery stores, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can easily shop from their online store here, where you can also find a large variety of teas, accessories and gifts (and it gets delivered right to your door!) Also, did you know you can sign up for their newsletter and join the Carmien Tea Club for free? You get exclusive offers & discount, be the first to know about new tea products & accessories, receive invites to exclusive Carmien Tea Tastings and Tea, Food & Wine pairing events in your area, and lastly, every year, you get a TEA-riffic  Carmien Tea Surprise on your birthday!

If that’s not enough to get you running for your perfect flavour box of tea right now, I don’t know what will!

So whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding mom and beyond…if you’re a woman, Carmién has got the tea for you!

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You can find them on online here, or on Facebook here, or even Instagram here! Go ahead, go show them some love.

 

All our love,

MLM

Tried & Tested: Homemade Happiness

As a small business ourselves, we love supporting other local businesses (big and small!), and look for ways to help them make their dreams a reality by helping them build their support, expanding their brand, and create excellent products. Over at Homemade Happiness, this is exactly what they are doing; making their own dreams a reality!

Tamsin, the founder and owner of Homemade Happiness, has a background in marketing and although she loves it, it wasn’t scratching the creative itch that she had. She is a serial crafter and thoroughly enjoys design work, so Homemade Happiness became a physical expression of that and a practical way to offer products to the market.

Homemade Happiness provides a custom printing service for events, gifts and small businesses. They launch items for different times of the year and events, but also work with individuals to design items they want to create. There are no minimum orders, they print on a range of material items (such as clothing, pillow cases and tea towels), and also makes vinyl wall art, stencils, stickers, labels. (Recently adding foiling to their repertoire!)

Tamsin’s inspiration has always been her son, Luke, and she derives much of her ideas from what works for her own child. She started working on a range of designs (launching soon!) that will be called “The Jellybean Range” (Inspiration behind the name was the decision not to find out the sex of their baby while pregnant, and referred to baby as Jellybean until he was born). These designs will be printed on clothing, as well as a range of vinyl wall and car art.

We recently received an amazing box with goodies from Homemade Happiness for our (not so) little family, and my kids immediate got excited about the Easter-themed goodies and wanted to celebrate Easter right away. They have such an amazing range of clothes for babies and toddlers. The options are limitless. Seriously.

This is one company that should be on your speed dial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each child received an outfit to try out and they were all so excited, everyone put it on immediately and my youngest two actually ended up sleeping in it. True story. Baby A’s onesie was so soft, it felt like pyjamas! We loved it.

 

The clothes are a really good quality, which is quite big deal for my kids. And I love not being able to see that there was printed on the fabric – it should look completely natural – which Homemade Happiness got right 100%

Because the fabric is so breathable, it makes playing so much more comfortable. They are also perfect for crawling and walking and most importantly, easy to clean! The colours are beautiful and bright, and without knowing it, Tamsin choose the perfect colour for each of my children.

And then lastly, my ABSOLUTE favourite part of our surprise box, Mini-eggs packaged in a beautiful glass jam jar, with our name and a cute turquoise bunny, was the little gift for Mommy (apparently it was for our whole family, but this mommy needs all the sugar she can get – so you can currently find the half-empty bottle in the back of my closet…) #sorrynotsorry

Head over to their Facebook page – Homemade Happiness – and order these personalised Mini-eggs Easter jar (one for each member of the family) for only R70 each!! TOTALLY worth it!! Don’t miss out on the amazing current Easter specials. They courier right to your doorstep, but if you’re a local, arrange collection as an option as well.

So go ahead, spoil yourself and your family, get those printed mugs, vinyl stickers, pillow cases, variety of clothes etc. you’ve been wanting to do. Your only limitation is your imagination (and even then Tamsin help!) You will NOT regret it!

Lastly, in our interview, we asked Tamsin a bit about herself. Here’s a little look at the person behind the business!

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES:

  • The most courageous thing I’ve ever done as an entrepreneur is… to quit my job and take this business thing full-time.
  • If I could go back in time to when I started by business, I would tell myself… that it was going to be harder than I initially imagined, but so worth it.
  • My favourite business tool/resource/book/podcast is… Mommy Mall for the amazing community and business opportunities.
  • My favourite quote is…  “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney  
  • My greatest fear is… failure.
  • Myself in one word… tenacious.
  • Something few people know about me is… I love tattoos. I’ve had to come up with a plan to spread them out so I don’t get covered in them, because I don’t like that look.
  • My very first job was… working as a waitress at a plant nursery tea garden.
  • My biggest pet peeve is… the incorrect use of the ellipsis.
  • If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be… Jane Griffiths

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Feel free to contact Tamsin directly for your custom ideas.

tamsin@homemadehappiness.co.za

 

Remember, when you support local, small businesses,

you are supporting someones dream and hard work.

 

*Please note these reviews are done free of charge so there is no obligation on my part to write a biased review. These are my honest feelings and thoughts.