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Gardening at the House at Orange Mound

  One of our original visions for the women of Orange Mound was to connect them to  their own small tracts of land and the many joys of gardening. Most of us  volunteering were not veteran gardeners, but city girls who could google and follow the many prompts on the internet. Opening the eyes of our Sisters to the simplicity of planting a seed in good soil, watering and waiting became another noble endeavor, and we learned, with our new friends the extraordinary... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Introducing Our Neighbors to My Cup of Tea in Memphis

As we market our tea across the Memphis market, we have no lack of confidence in our product. Our tea is indeed the finest, our blenders use the best ingredients of leaf, fruit, herb and spice, and our tea recipes and pairing possibilities are unrivaled. Believing in the team behind the business of My Cup of Tea and becoming so passionate about the quality of our product has made saleswomen out of each and every one of us, no matter what our backgrounds, educational levels, or previous... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Orange Mound Ladies on a Mission

Due to a number of other opportunities in Memphis for our gifted craftsmen and brothers in Orange Mound,  we had to rethink the construction of our popular barn wood boxes (also known as our Corporate Tea Samplers ) which offer 50 tea bags for $50. Almost needless to say, we decided to embrace the challenge ourselves. Time to Tackle Tea Boxes Several trips to Home Depot later, with a "We can do this" mantra and the encouraging instruction of our lead carpenter Allison... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Different Kind of Beauty Shop

Rosalyn is a talented hair stylist and a beloved member of our community who radiates inner and outer beauty and recognizes it in her fellow women of Orange Mound. After losing her husband of 27 years, Rosalyn found in the sisterhood of the House at Orange Mound the family and security she thought she had lost.  No longer confused about her purpose for each day, she started volunteering her time to do what she loved, by styling hair for her fellow women of Orange Mound. Watch the video... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Friday, June 10, 2016

Two Visits in Orange Mound

Recently I had the opportunity to visit with two of our Orange Mound neighbors in need. I was welcomed in to offer my encouragement and a helping hand. One sister was applying Klorox to her disabled son’s bedding to stay ahead of bed bugs. The other was waiting for an electrician to turn her power on after a week of no lights, phone, oven or air conditioning. Our Neighbors in Orange Mound We are neighbors, and neighbors need each other. Both friends own their homes, which would be... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Faith and Finance: A Class for Financial Literacy

“Where does your money go?” Kim Wheeler asked her “Faith and Finance” class, made up of the women who are working with My Cup of Tea in Orange Mound. One sister might answer that it’s safety-pinned to the inside of her pajamas. The week is too long, the utility bills are too high, the flesh is too weak, and the subsidies are too small for a woman who has no experience with managing a paycheck. Through Faith and Finance sessions held at the House at Orange Mound, we are coaching our My Cup... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What Makes a High Quality Tea?

Here at My Cup of Tea, we pride ourselves on offering tea that is as authentic and full of life as the women who prepare it. To scrimp on ingredients or rush through the tea packaging process would be to disregard our values of being intentional in our actions, confident in our work and grateful for our God-given gifts. Staying true to those values consistently results in a magnificent product line to which mass-produced teas pale in comparison.  Maintaining Natural Tea Qualities Now... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tea Time in Orange Mound

Typically champagne taste is acquired, and those of us who have not sipped the nectars of the elite care little of what we have missed. Just a short year ago, I introduced the beverage of tea to many of my friends at the House in Orange Mound.  They defiantly reacted with, “I don’t like tea without lots of sugar.” My reply was “well, we are going to be serving tea here, because we have bought a tea company, and we are going to learn to drink it…AND LIKE IT!” Silence…and I wondered... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Friday, March 18, 2016

Cleanest Kids in Town

It’s exam week and once again the Nelson teens are the cleanest kids in town. They are each averaging 2&1/2 baths a day. There are bags of clothes ready to go to Goodwill. Their rooms are organized, nails are polished and I think 2 of them have begun flossing. They fill up as much of each day with hygiene and organizational tasks as they possibly can, but they will each have to take their exams tomorrow morning. While I laugh at their determination to tackle anything but the books, I’m also... Read More
Posted by Catherine Nelson at Sunday, December 13, 2015

Scent

Scent is such a memory trigger for all of us. There is a shampoo smell that reminds me of my childhood camp. The smell of the ocean lifts my spirit and makes my heart beat a little faster. The smell of Christmas comforts me and reminds me of special time with my family, and I have a new scent memory that is stamping a beautiful impression on my heart. When I open the front door of The House in Orange Mound, the aroma of citrus fruit combined with a kicky spice wafts through the... Read More
Posted by Catherine Nelson at Monday, November 2, 2015

Wedding

The House in Orange Mound is a glorious place where women rooted in affluence and poverty join to engage in friendship and life together. Mary is one of my friends from Orange Mound, and she blessed me by inviting me to her wedding. There were not any bridesmaids or groomsmen. Most in attendance wore jeans and casual clothes. The bride wore a second-hand dress and the groom wore his best khaki suit. Loving church members made the food and the cake was from Wal-Mart. At the reception,... Read More
Posted by Catherine Nelson at Saturday, October 10, 2015

Recent Tea Party

"Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." - Henry James elegance …. small bites….  silver urns…… flowers from the garden…..friends….. bonding….. afternoon tea  Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Tuesday, September 15, 2015

From China to the Mound

The House in Orange Mound has become a sanctuary for friendship and a laboratory for training. Since 2013, we have been prayerfully knitting two cultures together at the busy intersection of Semmes and Carnes. Women come for assistance in stabilizing their homes and discover a community of support and empowerment. We call ourselves “Sisters”. Our women are to us… cherished porcelain cups , fragile, forgotten and set aside. The harsh realities of poverty, single parenting,racism, and... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Thursday, August 6, 2015
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