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drink it like it’s hot


If you know me, and you do, oh, yes, you do, you know I love hot beverages. I’m a poser. This is a rambling post. Brace yourselves. Teething has rendered me virtually brainless.

Hop to Olivia’s blog for the last moments of giving away a Bandit Bib. Because: teething.

I’m going to point you to my top teething solutions. Hop here. The advantage of a blog spanning multiple teething children. Right-o. But on to me.

I love hot chocolate. Above all else. I will drink it to death, if on a dessert island. I could have multiple a day til my kidneys failed me. I could never ever go full non-dairy and non-chocolate because this is my life blood. When I was a little girl I would order chocolate milk at any given opportunity at a restaurant–which wasn’t that often. I just love love love chocolate in liquid form.

BUT I also have grown begrudgingly fond of my sister’s tea. If you recall, out of us five kids, only one is really doing interesting things, Bridget. Okay, but Molly is a close second. Bridget {wave wave wave} is remarkable. And if you ask my mom what she does for a living, she will give you a quizzical look and pause, long, before responding something with computers . . . ? Actually, the sister between them is the most giving and selfless, and my brother is serving our country, so it really just leaves me doing the boring stuff.

Like talking about tea and cocoa. And not much else.

Molly is doing something with organic herbs. Not illegal herbs. Skin care products, home products (my fav soap), and my favorite tea.

Remember how I told you about her elderberry syrup kit? Go buy it and you’ll thank me when you have a sore throat this winter and your kids have the gunk forever. No, she doesn’t pay me to say it. I’ve just experienced the winter with it and without it. And I’ll choose with it.

This is how I make her tea. And store it in the fridge. And drink it hot // cold // in-between and give it to my kids too.

brooklyn herborium teaBoil water.

brooklyn herborium tea

Fill a pitcher with a tea sack of her herbal tea & pour boiling water over it.

Let it steep. On the counter, all day long.

brooklyn herborium tea

I then pour it into an old glass milk jar with a lid and store in the fridge. We go through a half gallon a week. Yum. I drink it especially when pregnant as the red raspberry leaf is supposed to tone your uterus. Good workout. Good job.

Moving on to chocolate. My fav blend is from Penzeys. {notsponsoredwishitiwas}

What’s with the mason jar craze?

I don’t know.

But in solidarity because I’m always with the times {NOT}, I tried my hot cocoa in there the other day.

Looks so pretty. Burnt my hands. WTH. It was better when it cooled. And then I looked really cool. REALLY cool.


And I’m frenetically sewing leggings. It’s all about the leggings. I’ve got these ones in the shoppe!!!

whole parenting goods leggings

whole parenting goods leggings

And this fabric is waiting to whipped into leggings. Frothing at the mouth to make them. MY BABY IS TEETHING and every night I nurse him back down about 45 times.



  1. Mandi Richards on November 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Sew yourself up a little mason jar coozy (I’m thinking ones that look like little sweaters – so knit those I guess? and then ones with cute patters like your leggings) so it will look cute and wintery and won’t burn your hands! And then sell them…to me!

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Because you’re brilliant . . !!!!

  2. sarah marie on November 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    TEETHING. I’m 99% sure Ree is working on a tooth right now. She hasn’t cut any yet, but wakes from naps SHRIEKING like she’s being murdered, and oh, I’m with you, nursing her back down 45 times a night. Maybe 46. It is rough. My husband sometimes catches me doing the “angry shushing.” Whoops. Lovelovelove to the babies, but please, let us mamas sleep sometimes!

    That hot chocolate mix looks amazing. Do you find it locally in a store, or order yours online?

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Angry shushing. YES.

      We have a shop right here literally blocks away!

  3. Rachael on November 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Hot chocolate is my favorite too. When I was pregnant with my son I drank it nonstop at work. The guy who ordered supplies for the break room had to start doubling the order. And it was summer. In Texas.

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

      BAHAHAAH a girl after my own heart.

  4. Celia on November 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    This blend is like hot cocoa on steroids: https://www.worldspice.com/blends/mayan-cocoa It’s my favorite, but not for the faint of heart. I love all cocoa, though, and if someone told me that I could never again have chocolate I would cry many bitter tears.

    Good luck with the teething!

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

      OH YUM!! Thanks for the luck– I need it!

  5. Amy @ Motherhood and Miscellany on November 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I’m going to be equally ramble-y:
    You are not boring.
    You might have inspired me to try tea (I’m a die-hard coffee girl).
    I wish you made those darling leggings big enough for my five- and four-year-olds.
    I’m so sorry your little guy is teething. Yucky for him, yucky for you 🙁
    You are not boring 🙂

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I do make them up to size 6 🙂


  6. Sydney at Twine Interiors on November 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    have you ever tried a little cayenne in your hot chocolate? Delish!
    xoxo Sydney at Twine Interiors

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

      What a GREAT idea!!

  7. Elise on November 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I drink hot tea a lot, but I’ve never made a big batch and iced it. I should try it! Thanks for the inspiration. And I’m still not over that yellow chevron fabric…what great leggings those will make!

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I know–I’m DYING to make them!!