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New Year, New Blog!

Hello Sweetea! Welcome to our BRAND NEW blog!

Say whaaaaaaat?!

That’s right! 2022 is going to be a year of big, awesome additions to Call Me Sweetea and this blog is one of them. I’ll be using this space as a low-key space to connect over a cuppa tea by sharing events and news for the shop, blend highlights, books/television/movie recommendations, Great Tea-ish Bake Off recipes, and more. This space might end up being more personal – especially when talking about recommendations! – so if you’re looking to get to know me (Dani!) a bit better, this might be the place for you.

On that note, there’s quite a few things to share with you!

Loyalty Points

Have you signed up for the BRAND NEW loyalty points program yet? I’m so excited to finally bring this to the shop! Points can be collected in three ways:

– Signing up (30 points)
– Referring somebody to the shop (20 points)
– Purchasing (1 point for every $2 spent)

For every 10 points you collect you’ll be able to take $1 off your order. You can save your points to use on a larger order in the future or take a dollar off here and there as you go. It’s up to you! Just signing up will get you $3 off your next order (for many people, this will mostly cover shipping for orders of 1-3 bags of tea!).

This particular points conversion system may change in the future. I’m hoping in future to be able to add social media sharing, birthdays, and reviews as means to gain points.

YouTube Book Club!

Did you hear that Call Me Sweetea now has a YouTube channel?

There will be regular content over on YouTube with behind the scenes looks at running this tea shop, small business life discussions, tea chats/discussions, and a book club! I’m soooooo excited to finally have a book club space for all of us to gather together and nerd out over what we’re reading. On the first Tuesday of the month I’ll be sharing which book we’ll be reading together. On the last Wednesday of the month we’ll get together LIVE on YouTube to discuss! (The meeting date might be a bit more flexible based on author availability as several months will include discussions with the author! Any schedule changes will be made clear in advance multiple times.)

This month we’re reading Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. This is an adult fiction novel that explores death and the afterlife in the most charming setting I ever did read: a tea shop that’s essentially a way station for people in the process of crossing over into the afterlife.

We’re meeting on YouTube to discuss Under the Whispering Door at 6pm Pacific time on Wednesday, January 26th. I’d love to see you there! Bring your book, favorite quotes, questions, thoughts, and a big mug of tea!

Upcoming Events!

I am super excited to announce two AMAZING events to keep an eye on this season!

First up, The Great Tea-ish Bake Off is coming back for its second year! Loosely inspired by The Great British Bake Off, this will be a three week challenge hosted here and on Instagram. Each week will have a different theme and you’ll have the whole week to share what you made using the hashtag #greatteaishbakeoff (if you search this tag now on Instagram you’ll see a few recipes made last year!).

The challenge? You MUST use tea in your recipe for every theme. The challenge starts off pretty easy for week one, is still doable but a little more challenging for week two, and will require some creativity for week three.

I’ll be featuring my own recipes here (and possibly on YouTube… I have a TINY kitchen so we’ll see how well I’ll be able to record what I’m making!) and, if permission is granted, I’ll share some other bakers’ recipes here as well for you to try and enjoy πŸ™‚

The second exciting event coming up is the Oregon Chocolate Festival!

Mr. Sweetea and I will be heading down to Ashland for the Oregon Chocolate Festival March 4th-6th (my birthday!) for this incredible, chocolate themed show. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED! I got into this show in 2020 but due to personal reasons I was unable to attend. Now the festival is back in person and I ready with chocolate tea and enthusiasm! If you’re looking for something delicious to do that weekend and are in southern Oregon (or willing to travel) this will be an incredible event. I’ll definitely be sharing some behind the scenes moments, stories, and photos both here and on YouTube.

Phew! That’s a lot of fun news, isn’t it! Thanks for checking out the Sweetea community blog <3 I can’t wait to share some great books, delicious recipes, and more fun as the year progresses.

May your teacup always be full.

Cheers!

Dani

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