Mighty Tea and a Mighty Food Gal Giveaway

Mighty Leaf Iced Tea blends. (Photo courtesy of Mighty Leaf)Iced Tea pitcher to make quenching your thirst a breeze. (Photo courtesy of Mighty Leaf)

Might you be getting just a bit parched on these toasty summer days?

Then, you might very well enjoy a glass of quenching iced tea, wouldn’t you?

Mighty Tea makes it a snap with its hand-blended, whole-leaf tea leaves in eco-friendly pouches.

Enjoy a sip of Sunburst Green Iced Tea (with low caffeine and the burst of orange flavor), Ginger Peach Iced Tea (made with black tea), Calypso Mango Iced Tea (with tropical fruit flavors and South Indian black tea), and Organic Black Iced Tea.

Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win samples of each of those iced tea flavors plus a 50-ounce Bodum Iced Tea Pitcher with a removable infuser to hold tea pouches or tea leaves.

Contest is open only to those in the continental United States. Entries will be accepted through midnight PST July 2. Winner will be announced July 4. How’s that for a Fourth of July bonanza?

How to win?

Just tell me about a time when you felt especially mighty — either physically, mentally or emotionally.

Here’s my own answer:

“I felt anything but mighty when my Dad unexpectedly died of heart failure in 2007. I felt even more destroyed when just two months later, my Mom passed away from complications of a stroke, and no doubt, a broken heart over the loss of her husband and companion of more than 50 years. And I felt at my very lowest, when just a year later, I was laid off from the newspaper job that I loved. To lose in succession the two people who had been in my life the longest, as well as the job in which I’d worked the most years in my career, was unbelievably and undeniably devastating. But I told myself I would not let any of that define me nor get the best of me. I set out to reinvent myself in a new chapter in my life that I hoped would continue to do my parents and family proud. That chapter is still very much a work in progress. But I feel mighty at having come so far already.”

Levels coffee. (Photo courtesy of Seattle's Best Coffee)

Winner of the Previous Contest: In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me something you’re a wimp about and something you’re totally intense about. The best answer receives samples of the new Levels packaged coffee by Seattle’s Best Coffee.

Congrats to:

Krystal, who wrote, “I am a huge wimp about stray cats. It seems weird…and absolutely wimpy but I once had this cat that adopted my backyard as its new home (probably since we gave it food…oops) and it would terrorize me! It was hide in my backyard and wait for me to come out and pounce at my feet and hiss! It would also hide under my car and wait for me to go to the drivers seat and jump out from underneath. Ever since whenever I walk by a stray cat or see one I get totally freaked out and think it will pounce!

On the other hand I am super intense at homemade birthday cards and cakes. I will never buy someone a homemade card or cake and I have the best time creating totally unique and delicious cakes to give away! I love making new birthday cakes decorated to each person’s personality and hobbies! Birthdays are a really special time and I am always intense about making them super special for the ones I love. It is a fun intense nonetheless.”

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  • That’s a very touching story Carolyn. You are definitely making your parents proud. A mighty moment for me came when I left the 9-5 working world to strike out on a new professional path. It’s a difficult but fulfilling journey!

  • Mighty Leaf Tea is my most favorite tea! In fact, just before reading this post, I placed an order. How weird is that?
    I hope to have time to submit my story to your current context. I’m so sorry to read about you losing your parents so close together and then your job. It’s amazing how a disaster makes us stronger.

  • The first time I was given a solo in my choir, I was petrified. The director had accepted me into the choir a couple years earlier telling me I really wasn’t good enough but I had other qualities of use. Now she had finally given me a very small solo showing that I had made some progress. My voice teacher counseled me to remember that singing is a gift to the audience, that they are on my side and, rather than judging a performance, just want to receive the beauty of the music. Keeping these thoughts as in mind, I got through it and felt mighty indeed! Overcoming fear is a beautiful thing.

  • what sticks out is the the first time i sold a photograph. i wasnt even trying to sell my photos and boom i was asked to sell 2 prints. i felts super mighty 🙂

  • What a sad, touching, inspiring story, Carolyn. Thank you for sharing.

    Last September I left a staff job writing for a successful online food magazine in New York to move to Israel while my husband attends medical school. Everyone thought I was nuts and completely blowing my career. But in a short time I was able to get a number of gigs freelancing for publications that I respect, have a blog that is growing every day, and have built a life here that I love. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, and I feel mighty every day for taking the risk and succeeding.

    Thanks for hosting yet another great giveaway!

  • I lost both parents and my best friend all within a year. I didn’t feel particularly strong and I certainly sympathize what you went through, Carolyn.
    Probably the strongest I’ve felt was moving to Florida after a divorce with 3 little kids and starting my life over. It took guts. I was proud of myself then and even prouder of the adults they all became.

  • I really need to start drinking iced tea more! It always looks so good!

  • I felt pretty might after my second marathon!

  • I sat in front of my computer for a long time trying to think of the last time I felt mighty. This year has been pretty hard on me, since I have been going through a tough rehab (including back surgery) following an injury. I needed to stay in bed for days to heal, which was very hard since I am usually constantly in motion. The first day out of bed, every movement seemed mighty, because it was such a blessing to be able to be physically active. It is unfortunate that it took an injury to make me notice and appreciate my health, but I am grateful for the lesson.

  • I feel mighty when I am working on my blog/my illustrations or pretty much anything in my business. I have finally found the “piece” for work that makes my heart sing. It is combination of things I love, gardens, flowers, photography, art and illustrations: with the cause I care the most about- the environment. It has taught me so many things in so many ways. I feel mightier all the time with my “gang” of Beauties and Beasties near by!

  • I love this thirst quencher on hot summer days on the beach or after a session at the pub. I’m still drinking ice tea even though it’s winter here in Sydney at the moment coz we have been having warm sunny days and our winters are so mild compared to those in the northern hemisphere. 🙂

  • I love iced tea in the summer and definitely spend too much money on it at cafes! This giveaway is awesome!

    I felt mighty after my first marathon…nothing like running 26 miles to prove that you’re physically capable!

  • I’ve been drinking iced tea like it’s going out of style lately and this sounds great — thanks for introducing us to it!

  • A time when I felt especially mighty — was when I experienced my very first Watsu Massage at Rancho La Puerta. I was going through a major life change at that time and the trip to RLP was a transition to enable me to accept the loss of my husband and learn to live fully with his blessings. it was challenging to sort out how to be single; but the restorative & nurturing environment that RLP provided was soothing even if all my questions were not answered . . . I felt some relief from not having to think about much and to just enjoy what the Ranch had to offer. About half way though the Watsu Massage, a release of all the pent up emotions flowed through me and I realized that I am mighty with his spirit and my strong will . . . that life going forward is good only if I make it good by remembering all that I’ve learned from everyone I’ve encountered because there is always something to learn from everyone I meet! That emotional revelation is a constant reminder to me to live fully and to treasure how ‘mighty’ we all are in spirit and to practice that ‘mighty-ness’ is not easy in everyday living

  • For 25 years I was an avid backpacker, but in 2003 it all came to an abrupt halt. Within 6 months I went from walking 3 miles a day to needing help to get out of a chair. I was finally diagnosed with scleroderma and polymyositis (autoimmune diseases), but by then I had already developed several irreversible complications. Once diagnosed, I learned as much about these diseases as I could. This allowed me to work with my doctors to get the best treatment for me and to make the necessary lifestyle changes to have a normal life.

    I feel mighty because I did it – I beat the odds. In 2010, after years of physical and emotional stress, I was “officially” declared in remission. Climbing stairs is still difficult but playing in the kitchen and doing less physical things are easy. My husband has always been there for me. In fact he was the one who encouraged me to pursue an outlet for my passions of cooking and teaching. So this year, we started a food blog. It’s a lot of work, but I can do it, and I’m having a blast!

  • I have to say that I felt my mightiest 3 times in my life, and that was when I birthed my children. I guess the answer could be very cliche, but honestly it is awesome (and not like surfer dude awesome) I mean like awesome and mighty.
    I can’t think of any other time where I was amazed with something I created. To hold the small child and realize you did this will really put you back on your heels…but it will also make you feel like you can do anything if you can create another human.

  • I felt mighty when I walked across the stage to be “hooded” and receive my PhD. I’d dealt with a lot of obstacles during grad school– from the normal grad student troubles of being broke/searching for funding and dealing with difficult advisers, to much tougher challenges (including cancer and a severe back injury). So I felt pretty good the first time someone called me “Dr.” Pretty darn good.

  • Contest is now closed. Come back on Monday to see who won.

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