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Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Orlando, two young ladies began an internship at The Most Magical Place on Earth. Strangers upon arrival, they became fast friends. Lady Lisa called Georgia home and was a perfect Southern Belle – full of charm, sophistication and hospitality. Lady Natasha had made the journey from California and was very pleased to be living with such a warm, inviting soul. The pair enjoyed every second spent together and were very sad to part ways at the end of their four-month program. Since returning to their respective homes, the two stayed in touch and have seen each other a handful of times, always wishing they were closer. They are forever friends, and, thus far, their story has no end…
I know, totally cheesy intro but I couldn’t help myself. Lisa is seriously so sweet, thoughtful, authentic and hilarious, she’s almost too good to be true – just like a fairytale! I am thankful everyday that I met her while doing my internship in Florida. We often joke about moving our families to the same place so that we never have to be separated again.
And while I would LOVE to move to the south to be closer to Lisa and have a big wrap-around porch furnished with rocking chairs that are perfect for iced tea drinkin’ that isn’t really a possibility right now. Buuut it’s nothing a little technology and imagination can’t fix 😉
Last time Lyla and I were at Walmart, I picked up a pack of <rel=”nofollow” a href=”http://cbi.as/bgld” target=”_blank”>Bigelow American Breakfast tea so that Lisa and I could have a virtual tea party. I always appreciate American-made products but it was on my radar more than usual this week as we get ready to celebrate Independence Day.
Bigelow Tea is all American – it’s 100% made by an American Family, their Tea Plantation in Charleston is America’s largest working tea garden, and they have an awesome Tea for Troops program. Almost 4 million bags of tea have been sent to troops overseas already! (learn more here) Pretty cool, huh?
You can use the tea bags to brew either hot or iced tea. I chose iced because (1) it’s been about 15 billion degrees in the shade lately (2) Lisa despises hot drinks and (3) is there any drink more southern than iced tea?!
Lisa is currently on a beach vacation with her family and I didn’t want to intrude with a FaceTime call so, instead, I brought one of my favorite framed photos of us outside and put it on the table next to my drink. That might sound totally lame but it really made it easy to imagine that she was sitting right across the table from me like old times. We may not have been able to swap stories and share lots of laughs that evening but I did get to do a lot of reminiscing.
It was so nice and I knew that she would have loved it so I decided to send her a little tea time package (surprise, Lisa!) filled with everything she needs to join me at our next virtual tea party. It’s definitely not a replacement for the real deal but it’s an awesome substitute that will hold us over until we meet again. I can’t wait!
Who are you going to share your iced tea with this holiday weekend?!