In my first blog post this year I stated I looked forward to continue working on projects and programs with Alokozay Tea. This is one of them!

Alokozay Tea began a blogger program this year and I wanted to be part of it. I got the Blogger’s Toolbox from the ad agency, so I could follow the program guidelines and pretend I was a ‘real blogger’. (I am a blogger, but not a lifestyle or foodie blogger. I am a marketing and hobby blogger.)

Most of the participating bloggers were creating unique recipes with different flavours of Alokozay Tea. (You can search them all quickly using the hashtag #TEAdays on Twitter.) Unlike the amazing foodie bloggers I follow, I feel safer following recipes vs creating my own. So I decided to host a tea party! #TEAdays Tea PartyFor our tea party (it was just Nicole and I) I selected Alokozay’s Earl Grey Tea because:

  1. it’s what Nicole would drink (won’t we do almost anything for our kids?!),
  2. and it’s the smoothest Earl Grey I have every had. (If you have followed me since the beginning, you would know I describe myself as a tea snob.)

Alokozay Earl Grey TeaFor sweets and treats I made an adaptation of Martha Stewart’s Oatmeal Toffee Cookies and’s Sour Cream Apple Muffins.

When I bake, the first time I always make a recipe exactly as written. I wasn’t a fan of the dried cherries in the cookies. This time I swapped them out for pecans. I was out of chocolate chips. M&Ms make a great substitute! (Other times I have used butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, currents, walnuts, etc.)

I am also famous for not reading the instructions properly. (Kinda like when I skimmed the rules for a contest and ended up sumo wrestling!) When making the muffins, I added the nutmeg into the batter before I read I needed to coat the apples with it. ACK! They still tasted fantastic.

Wanting to try my hand at taking beautiful pictures like the ones I see other bloggers take. I set the table, pulled out all my favorite thrift store and yard sale finds (the teapot, sugar and creamer set) along with two Alokozay Tea free with purchase cups. My best image is at the top, but this is what the party actually looked like, after the staged picture was taken.

#TEAdays Tea Party My daughter Nicole thinks tea tastes to watery. She prefers to add Half & Half to make it ‘thicker’… She also wasn’t impressed I roped her into the party and ‘dressed up’ with an oversized tuxedo t-shirt.

Nicole at my #TEAdays Tea Party

If you love tea as much as I do, or just want to try it, you can buy Alokozay Tea at Metro (in the International food section), Food Basics and Adonis in Ontario, or at any Bulk Barn across Canada. If none of those options are convenient you can shop online at Alokozay Tea has several online offerings including:

  • a free gift with purchase for every $10 order,
  • and free shipping over $39!

Plus for all my frugilites (is that a real word?), there is a $1 off coupon! (Alokozay Coupon)

Be sure to follow Alokozay Tea on Facebook or Twitter as they post all their weekly tea tasting events there.

Now, I wouldn’t be much of a Contest Queen if I didn’t give you an opportunity to #WinWithTea and have the chance to host your own tea party!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SHORT RULES: Win 1 of 3 $25 Alokozay Tea Gift Certificates. Open to all of Canada. Ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday April 7th 2015. Entries are only accepted via the Rafflecopter widget above.

DISCLAIMER: As per FTC requirements, I am required to disclose I was hired by the sponsor, to promote this giveaway and all opinions are my own.


BlissdomHeadshotsLR-37 squareCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.