An Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Tazo tea-5229

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea. All opinions are 100% mine.

Despite the fact that my dad and my sister are super into tea, I’ve never been much of a tea drinker myself. I have enjoyed the occasional cup or two at Ladurée or Alice’s Tea Cup, but I’d never made a habit of it, despite kind of wanting to. So when Tazo® Tea approached me about partnering up for a post, I jumped at the chance to adopt a new healthy habit and expand my tea-drinking horizons. Read on to learn about how I’ve incorporated tea into a new afternoon routine that I’ve developed to make the most of my changing work schedule…

Tazo tea-5236

As I’ve probably mentioned before, my normal shift at work is 11AM-7:30PM, which is great for a night owl such as myself. Lately though, I’ve been working a lot of day shifts (7:30AM-3:30PM) – also great, because it leaves the whole afternoon available for working on blog stuff, but tough due to the aforementioned night owl tendencies. I really want to take advantage of those afternoons that I have free, but when I get home my strongest inclination is to have a snack, then lay down on the couch and take a big fat nap. Unfortunately, when I do that, I wake up hours later feeling groggy and terrible, then can’t fall asleep that night, which leads to staying up late…then it’s like a vicious cycle that just repeats itself.


Solution: Change something. So lately, instead of taking a nap, I’ve been sitting down with a cup of tea and working on the blog. Tea is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up – I don’t want to have anything with caffeine at that time because I’m paranoid that it will keep me awake, and I don’t want to eat anything because it’s a weird time between lunch and dinner. Enter: tea. It’s perfect to sip while editing photos, working on blog posts, and completing other tasks at my desk. Tazo’s Passion® blend (available at grocery stores) is a refreshing choice for that time of day when I’m trying to harness some energy without drinking caffeine. The blend is a mix of hibiscus, passion fruit flavors, orange peel, and rose hips – really fruity and unlike teas I’ve had before. Even though it’s a caffeine-free tea, the enlivening scent and taste still gives me that little boost of energy I’m looking for.

Tazo tea-5220

Tazo teas are made with some of the highest-quality tea leaves, spices, and botanicals, with a focus on creating unique and unexpected flavor blends. Plus the box is super cute and it’s pink which let’s be honest, is definitely half the reason I picked it:

Tazo tea-5213

Tazo tea-5206

Tazo tea-5252

Blogging is something that brings me so much happiness and enjoyment, and it’s great to have a little something to keep me energized and motivated while I work on it in my spare time. If you are looking for a caffeinated tea, you can try Tazo’s Awake™ English Breakfast (my sister’s fav), or their Zen™ Green tea blend. Visit to check out their full selection of teas, and let me know which is your favorite in the comments!

photography by Jacqueline Clair

Visit Sponsors Site


Leave a Comment

  1. Dorothy wrote:

    love the new desk redesign and I need to try the zen tea blend. thanks!!

    Published 9.15.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      I want to try that as well!

      Published 9.17.16 · Reply
  2. Ali wrote:

    I like this passion tea iced, with splenda, or with half lemonade. They have the iced version at Starbucks!

    Published 9.15.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Yum, that sounds good!

      Published 9.17.16 · Reply
  3. Loved reading this and seeing how trying something new has created change for the better! xo

    Published 9.15.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thank you Will! I never thought anything could compete with coffee but I might be a new tea convert 🙂

      Published 9.17.16 · Reply
  4. Ali wrote:

    I want that mug. I wish my stuff could be as nice as yours! All my mugs are different. I really, really need not to have open cabinets haha.

    Published 9.19.16 · Reply