Valentines + Snail Mail + Tea! - The Dainty Squid

Valentines + Snail Mail + Tea!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016




 One of my favorite things from middle school was giving Valentines. I loved picking them out at the store and I loved handing them out to everyone. As I got older the group of friends I had to give them got smaller (...and I wasn't required to give them to anyone like I was in school) so I eventually stopped handing them out all together. I was sitting at my desk responding to snail mail the other day when it occurred to me "HOLY COW, I have so many people I can send valentines to!" Since then sitting on the floor in my living room with some tea, and all my mail supplies, soaking up the last of the evening sun, has been my favorite thing. It's so relaxing!

Like I mentioned last week, the response to my call for postcard pals has been incredible! So many fun postcards from all over the world are rolling in. It's so cool to hear how many others have also set snail mail goals as well.  I've sent thirty pieces of mail so far this year, which is a pretty awesome start to my goal of 150 for the year, not to mention I have another twenty pieces that are ready to be dropped off in a mail box. If I keep up at this rate I'll surpass my goal in no time at all.

Look at that ear! Isn't he just the cutest!?

In my original post requesting post card pals I mentioned that I'm really bad at writing letters. I'd have trouble writing a letter to someone I know and it's even worse with strangers. I have no idea what to say! Something I picked up from Sarah, who is basically snail mail queen in my eyes, is sending tea. It is an excellent way break the ice, a fun way to share something you love, and it doesn't cost much at all. Generally, you can include a tea bag in a card for no additional postage costs to what you'd already be paying to mail a card or letter! I just tape a packet into the card, and it's ready to go.

I'm fairly new to tea which if you walked into my kitchen you would not believe. My taste buds resisted for SO long and then one day a year or so ago I was just like "I LOVE TEA, GIMME ALL THE TEA!" Since then it's basically been a constant thing for me, I'm always drinking some. So exchanging teas with people has been an amazing way to try new ones. 

Recently Lipton Tea improved and released a whole bunch of new flavors which I've happily been drinking my way through. I purchased Purple Acai Blueberry, Enticing Chai, and Apple Cinnamon. All three of which quickly made their way into my list of favorite teas. From the perspective of someone who used to be insanely picky, I don't understand how that happened but it makes me want to try even more of them. You can check out the full line-up of Lipton Green, Black and Herbal tea flavors here, so many tasty sounding flavors. I seriously can't recommend the Apple Cinnamon enough though. It not only tastes great but it smells heavenly. I've plowed through two boxes already (technically I drank one whole box, and the other got sent out to some lucky valentines!)

Tried to lure Professor into taking a nice photo with some cat nip but captured this instead. Nice...

Will you be sending out valentines this year? I sure hope so! ;) 
xoxo

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  1. What a lovely idea! Will be adding tea and Valentines to my store list this week!

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  2. If you've got pull with the Lipton company, get them to re-release their ginger tea. Currently you can't buy it individually; it's only available in the variety box. That is one yummy tea.

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    1. Oh, that's a bummer! Also, I've never tried a ginger tea. I'll have to get on that.

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  3. Oh sending teabags is such a cute idea! HAHA you're teabagging all your penpals!!! AHHH!!! Sorry. Had to.
    ANYWAY I love this post and your snail mail efforts. And Klaus is so cute I could die.

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  4. I love snail mail. :) Your writing is so cute and looks like a proper font. xo

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    1. Hehe, thanks Sarah! Getting so much mail has me feeling all self conscious about my hand writing. I can't believe how beautifully some people write!

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  5. That's a great idea! I love tea!Although I buy the herb for infusion, for me to make them, but I also buy lipton, tetley and twinnings! :)

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  6. My postcard pal sends me tea packets all the time!! I love getting them in the mail and the chance to try something new. I will say though, don't send a glitter card with tea packets. It doesn't work well lol

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  7. Have you ever heard of DavidsTea? I always liked tea but I never LOVED it until now. If you have ever wanted to try loose leaf tea I think you might find a tea that sounds good to you on their huge menu. I like Goji Pop and their English Breakfast teas

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    1. Yeah, aren't they who makes that cake one that everyone loves? I've never tried them.

      I've tried lots of loose leaf teas (and even have a cute manatee infuser!!)

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  8. I'm not actually a big fan of tea (...my parents made me try it as a kid and put me off forever) but cinnamon apple tea?! That sounds pretty awesome.
    As does snail mail, I love receiving mail!

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    1. Yeah, I think this cinnamon apple could turn anyone into a tea fan!

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  9. I have still got to send you something in the post and tea is my special...tea... ok, I couldn't resist. But I have a serious tea problem (boxes and boxes of tea, I even go to a tea shop and buy all sorts of loose leaf) so I'm thinking I'm going to have to treat you to some amazing tea in the future. Be prepared! - Sam

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    1. Hahaha. That was perfect.

      I can't wait!!! :D

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  10. Snail mail is so much fun! I have those "hello" cards, too. I LOVE getting cards from the Target Dollar Spot - makes me want to send them out all the time. :)

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  11. The Targer Dollar Spot is dangerous! They always have such awesome stuff.

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  12. Nice idea, you just give me a Valentine's present idea. Thanks for sharing Kaylah.

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  13. I was one of the lucky ones to get a valentine from you, and I wanted to sincerely thank you! The card was beautiful and the tea a nice touch. I've already got another postcard to send back! Thanks again.

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  14. yep, I'm getting ready to send out a snail mail load of custom Valentines Monday, you're on the list :) I know you must need stationary like a hole in the head, but everyone is getting 4 custom postcard valentines with their cards as a way of expressing to "PIF" :)

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    1. What?! No way, I ALWAYS "need" more stationary! :D

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  15. I hated tea for the longest time, but I wanted so badly to like it. A couple years ago I decided to give it another try and I have been hooked ever since! I have never tried cinnamon tea, but it sounds so good. I need to go out and pick some up!

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    1. Same, I wanted to like tea so bad!

      And yes, cinnamon tea is a MUST.

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  16. Thanks for sharing such a unique idea Kaylah.

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