Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Happy hump day people! It's another dark and cold day here in N.Y.C. Been busy since the moment I woke up. Always grateful to have so much to do. I hope you all are enjoying your day. I wanted to share with you a purchase I made last week. My husband happened to have an extra day off which was nice. We were running all around. Then of course he wanted to go to the city to look for something. Naturally after I wondered to the nearest Teavana. I honestly love tea but have never purchased anything there. The store was small and quaint. The staff helped me pick out two tea blends that I absolutely love. The first blend was Jasmine Oolong. I love the scent of Jasmine in tea. I probably would drink any tea with Jasmine. It's color was light. It was very strong and a little bitter in my opinion. Not much is needed for steeping.
The next blend I picked was Earl grey creme. The scent is also heavenly. All you smell is the Madagascar vanilla. It is great for a morning blend instead of coffee if you wanted something different. Earl grey creme has a decent amount of caffeine. That's why it would work great for the morning. I also purchased this beautiful tea cup. It has an insert that you steep the tea in. You can remove at any time. It also has a lid to keep hot. The cup does stay very hot I will add. It's beautiful and clear so you can see your gorgeous tea right through. I've been using everyday for coffee as well. It was $19.99. My husband thought that was nuts but I told him it was a good price. Technically it's two products in one. Which is the truth :).
I would highly recommend Teavana and these blends for anyone who is an avid tea lover. The blends are so pure and organic. You pay more but the quality is worth it. I also had to purchase two tins to hold the tea in. Luckily they were 75% off at this time and were my favorite mint color. A little teaspoon goes a long way. I purchased 2 oz for one and 4 for the other blend. It should last me a while. For the store itself 4 coffee cups out of 5. I give the Earl grey creme 4 coffee cups out of 5. The Jasmine Oolong 3 1/2 out of 4. Only because for me it left a kind of bitter after taste. I think I just used too much. I would still purchase again. You can order online here.
Have you guys ever tried Teavana? Fans? Favorite blends?
Signing off a "Tea'd" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Hi guys! Happy Tuesday. It's dark and cold here in N.Y.C today. I am beyond tired. I got a bad headache in the middle of the night out of no where which pretty much kept me up all night:(. I was going through my phone to delete some older pics and found a goodie I forgot to share. I don't know about you guys but I love the little "bullseye" section at Target. They have the most adorable finds from $1-5 the most. I had been wanting this cake stand for the longest time but couldn't find the all white. Throughout the holiday season they only had the green/red version. I almost purchased and then spray painted but I never did. Anywhoo, I found it in the middle of an aisle. Grabbed it and ran! There was a tiny chip only you can see if you flipped the cake stand upside down. I didn't mind at all. They gave me a discount. It came out to be $2 I believe. Can't beat that. I had it in the spot here in the picture but then moved it next to my Keurig.
I had an issue with my other Keurig and not only did the send me a brand new one they let me switch the color to white which I am OBSESSED WITH!!! I love it so much. I guess I always thought white was boring when I was younger. But now it just gives me life. The key to keeping it from being boring is to pair with beautiful pastels or in my case Turquoise. I think it's bright. Cheery. As well as chic. Gold accents keep it modern and trendy. I hope you guys like the switch:)
Do you guys shop in the Bulls Eye section at Target? Thoughts? Favorite finds?
Signing off an "obsessed with white" coffee Diva
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Happy Sunday my beautiful readers! It is a sunny day here in N.Y.C. Super bowl Sunday. I'm sure this is a huge day for a lot of people (including the teams). I will be rooting for Denver.I am a N.Y Giants fan but I love the Peyton brothers. Yesterday was an interesting Saturday. I was exhausted from running around doing errands. Then I went to Marshalls to exchange some stuff. Purchased an adorable little oil mist diffuser. I have to do a review during the week. After I was back home I proceeded to go through all of my house stuff. Kitchen, closets, appliances, and clothes. I will be donating tons of stuff to the Goodwill. I am glad to help anyone in need.
Now let's talk whole30 and paleo. I am still on whole30. Day 26 I believe! One of the ways I've stayed on this way of eating has been help from a few whole30 compliant ingredients. One of them being this Primal Kitchen avocado mayo. I had to order online. You can't find this mayo anywhere. Rightfully so. It is chock full of only the fresh and no bad! Sugar free. Soy & canola free. Cage-free eggs. It was about $7 give or take. I purchased 2. I wanted to be able to have tuna. Egg or potato salads. Variety is key when living a healthy lifestyle. I try to buy different fruits and vegetables every week. I think that's why I don't get bored on whole30. Plus when you are loosing weight on it's own and your skin clears up you pretty much do anything for whole30!
Let me first say I was used to regular mayo. Obviously. The taste was different to me. I don't know how to describe it. At first I didn't like it. Just had a strong flavor. I'm guessing the avocado oil that's in it. But as I kept using it, I only put very little. I started to like it. My other trick is also if you mix it in a salad or dish with something else like say Guacamole (which I'm obsessed with) you really don't mind the flavor at all. I like that it's good for my body. No bloating or lactose aftermath as supposed to real mayo. I would purchase again to keep me on whole30. I just use it sparingly or mixed in as I said. Hopefully the more I use the more I get used to it as well. I give it 3 coffee cups out of 5. For anyone looking to eat Paleo or whole30 or maybe just dairy free then I highly suggest this mayo. But again caution for the very different flavoring than regular mayo. Give it a chance. I will say the texture is identical to mayo. Creamy. Smooth. Blends very easy with tuna and other ingredients. The bottles are small for only $7, but you don't really use a lot so it should last. Good thing I purchased 2 though. You can order on thrivemarket.com which I love. They have all paleo/whole30 goodies. At the end of your purchase they let you donate to a good cause which makes me want to order more as well.
Have you guys ever tried this mayo?? Thoughts??
Signing off a "Soy free, Dairy free, Canola free" Coffee Diva ;)
Monday, February 1, 2016
Hello my roses! It is the first day in a new month. It's a dark and rainy one here in N.Y.C. Today has been great. Very productive. I did a lower body cardio session in the morning. Then cleaning/errands. Now I've been working the past two hours. I am happy to say I am on whole30 Day 20. I have felt so much of a difference it's unbelievable. I lost weight. I sleep at night. My skin cleared up. I never get heartburn or have stomach issues. I just love feeding my body with the natural foods that it was meant to be nourished with. I can't way to do whole30 always :)
Over the weekend it was pretty busy. My hubby had to work Saturday OT and then we headed to the mall for me to return some stuff he had gotten for me last month when I was feeling sick. I appreciated it but I didn't want him to pay full price knowing that bath and body works still had their sale going on. I was just going to return thinking the sale was over by now and I saw a whole bunch of bins with 75% off. Of course I had to stock up. I purchased a bunch of new scents that I had never scored during my last SAS hauls so I was really happy. Plus it was pretty much free because I used my 20% off coupon and it came to $3 for tax! Then I went to Sephora to exchange my foundation that broke. Picked up a Dior addict mascara as a splurge. Then rounded off the night with a visit to T.J Maxx where I scored a beautiful Turquoise Italian terra cotta pot. Now with all the whole30 cooking I'm doing I wanted to add some new cookware little by little.
Sunday was errand day. Car wash. Trader Joe food shopping. It was beautiful out the air felt great. That was pretty much my weekend in a nutshell. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and wishing you a positive start to the beginning of a brand new month.
P.S. Only 13 more days until Valentine's Day ;) xoxox
Signing off a "Rainy" Coffee Diva
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Hey guys. I hope you are all safe and sound. We received tons of snow here in N.Y.C. Dreading cleaning the car so in the meantime I will be drinking tons of coffee and catching up with you guys.
Here was my latest Target haul. I need to start buying a lot of bins to organize the closets. I'm buying little by little. I plan on doing a lot of projects in the spring time so I'd like to get a head start on things. I used that pretty box to organize some of my candles on the bookshelf. I will post more pics during the week.
Stay safe all ⛄❄⛄
Signing off "a snowed in" coffee diva
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
This was from last week. The final and last Semi Annual sale haul. It will be missed so much. Now I just have to wait until the summer when they have another one 😂. Also those are my new go to drink La Croix sparkling water. You can have on whole30. They taste great. You can purchase at whole foods or Target.
Happy Hump day all! Sorry I haven't spoken to you guys in a little while. I've been doing the "whole30" thang. It's pretty time consuming. As well as sickening lol. I was dizzy/nauseous/depressed as well as a variety of other symptoms the past week. Yes I understand that I was detoxing. I know the detox police were about to say something and I get it. Then I had a horrible pain in my stomach on Monday. I gave up at 11:00 at night and drank some ginger ale. Sorry not sorry. It was then that I realized I need to be good to my body. If something is too much for me it's too much. Everyone's body is different. Maybe this is great for some people and not for others. I had a decaf cappuccino yesterday but followed the eating regimen perfect breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That is my modification. I have no plans on eating bread or pasta or cheese. No snacking at night or in between which has been my biggest victory. I've always been one to nosh. I can't kill myself but I need to be healthy. As well as happy.I was actually crying last week from being in pain and sick. That's not cool. I still persevered though. I have already lost weight (well I think I have from my clothes)so that was my motivation to stay on this but just allow myself to have a drop of Organic half and half in my coffee. I read so many other blogs and articles online about other women who felt the same I did, and quit. It made me feel so much better. I didn't feel guilty. I guess mainly because i'm still doing it. I've still made huge changes to my diet and lifestyle. The way I eat. The way I feel. I will probably do a review when the moth is up but just wanted to keep you guys informed.
So this was Sally Hansen's "Sparkling Water" nail polish. Can I just say it was horrible. Thick and sludgy. Hate it. Love the color though. I give it two coffee cups out of 5 and would not recommend :(
Hope you all enjoy your day and look forward to catching up!
Signing off a "whole30butusingalittlemilk" Coffee Diva