Thursday, May 8, 2014

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea at Starbucks #TeavanaOprahChai #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starbucks. I received a promotional item and a gift card to facilitate my review.

Sometimes a mom needs to take a little time out for herself to unwind. Being a mom is a 24/7/365 job with no vacation or sick days and it can be exhausting at time. A few years ago my sister-in-law and I started a mom's night out and we would meet up at our local Starbucks every Friday night. But over time, lives got busier, schedules crazier and unfortunately we let our tradition slip away. So when I had the opportunity to bring a special mom to Starbucks to try the new Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, I knew I wanted to bring her. I miss her!

The Teavana Oprah Chai Tea is a new addition to the Starbucks menu and is a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos. It can be ordered as a hot tea or iced tea and you can also purchase loose leaf tea and accessories for you to brew at home. For each Teavana Oprah Chai Tea product sold, Starbucks will be making a donation to benefit educational opportunities for youth through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. Visit to learn more about the youth education organizations that will be supported through this partnership.

Mother's Day Special!
This Mother’s Day, Starbucks will be offering a special promotion of Buy One Get One Free Teavana Oprah Chai Tea beverage. So as you are driving over to mom's or grandma's this weekend, you can stop on the way and pick up both a tea for yourself and for her.

My Experience

So this past Tuesday, after we put our children on their respective buses (we have seven kids between the two of us!), we met at our Starbucks bright and early. Let me first say how much I love our local Starbucks. It is always clean and the staff are always polite plus they redecorated last year so its just a fun and comfy place to relax for a little bit. Now tea is something I normally brew at home and usually I get a latte when I visit Starbucks. So I was relieved to see the large, yellow Oprah Chai Tea sign up on the menu board making it easy for me to order. We both decided to go with iced versions.


Now I have to be honest, I have never tried a Chai tea before. So while I knew the various spices that were in this tea beverage, I just hadn't expected how strong the flavor would be. It was definitely different and took me a few sips to get used to. While I didn't dislike it, I think it might be more of an acquired taste. I will say it was very refreshing and those spices give it a bit of a kick.

Now that we were back together again at our favorite spot in town, it was time for catching up. And what do we catch up on? Why all the wonderful books we have read lately. It was great just sitting there and having a fun conversation while not having to worry about anyone else for just a little while. We both missed this downtime so much and out little morning date has reminded us how much we loved doing this regularly. So watch out Starbucks, these two loud and obnoxious woman plan on being regulars once again!

P.S. We did attempt to take a selfie of us together for me to use in this post. However, it was 8:30 in the morning and we had just spent the past hour getting our kids ready for school and putting them on the bus. So that picture wasn't very pretty. At all.


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