I asked blogger and feminist writer Rachel to describe her day in tea...

Do you have a daily routine?
It depends on my body, I have a chronic illness (lupus) with the main symptom being chronic fatigue so some days I can barely move let alone leave the house.

On a good day I get up at a reasonable time, make a coffee (I love tea but I need my morning coffee!) and get ready for the day. My day includes being a housewife, blogger, freelance social media manager and editor of an online magazine but luckily its all from home. I might have to go into uni for a few hours too, I study PR and communications and just finishing up with second year. We love cooking in our house so we usually make something simple or like pasta or a curry for dinner and sit down watching tv. We’re TV nerds so its usually the west wing, arrow, flash, archer or or latest passion- Nba!

On a bad day I cant do much, I might write a blog post, but mainly watch Netflix and catch up with friends. Its pretty crap but I need to listen to my body.

When's your first cup of tea?
Usually midday, I have coffee first thing, then some sort of fruity tea at midday with lunch. I’m loving the Teashed’s berry and orange fusion, its sweet and vesty.

What's your preferred tea-making ritual?
I have a favourite cup for tea, it’s a Doctor Who one! If its traditional tea I’ll pour the water in as soon as it boils with plenty of sugar and milk -- I don’t really let it brew for too long cos I like it quite weak. For fruity tea I let it brew for ages usually while I get dressed or doing some work. And if its green tea I add lemonade, which is weird I know but trust me it tastes great!

Did you drink tea as a child?
My parents used to give it to me luke-warm and very milky in my bottle to go to sleep with at night! Not very healthy for kids I’m sure but its how I grew to love it.

Confess. Can you say no to biscuits or cake?
I love a good biccie! But because I drink mainly herbal teas they don’t really go together. I love a good bit of cake if I’m out with a cuppa coffee though, theres a great café in Newcastle called The Great British Cupcakery and their cakes are to die for!

Which is your favourite cuppa of the day?
When my partner gets home from work, its usually the signal for me to stop working too. So we’ll just sit down together with a nice cuppa and enjoy each others company.

Is there one break that's non-negotiable?
The first one of the day, I can’t function without caffeine!

Milk or tea in the cup first?
Tea! Milk makes it all milky and you can’t taste anything else. Unless its coming from a teapot then the tea can usually be quite strong, but always tea first!

And finally, any projects or news you’d like to talk about?
I am in love with my writers and everything we do at Fem-tellectual. We’re a feminist magazine for femme folks who also love brainy conversation without dumbing down or being patronising. I am so proud of it all, it’s the magazine I’ve wanted to create for ages! We’re also always looking for writers - click here for more details.


I’m a writer, blogger, social media manager and PR student, always busy, always writing. I have Lupus, Depression and Osteoporosis and am a huge spoonie activist. I am an over opinionated feminist and all round nerd. I love spreading positivity, doctor who and gin. I write about feminism, health, business, PR and my local area.
www.happylittlesyllables.co.uk  |  @rachelcdailey