Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Happy first day of July all! It's that time of year where we are halfway into the summer. BBQ's and pool party's are starting to pick up. Kids are on vacation. The weather is warm. Except for N.Y. N.Y.C seems to be extremely moody lately and only wants to rain. I love the rain but even I'm like come on now. My allergies have been acting up. Rainy days mean sinus headaches and sneezing :(. I am off to a busy start today. I got up and made banana/bluebery/protein pancakes for breakfast with pumpkin spice coffee for me and the hubby. Then I made the bed, and immediately started cleaning. I vacuumed the floors. I am on a mop binge lol. My steam mop died a few months back and I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't mopped since then. I have vacumed the floors at least. Problem is I really hate old school mops. I had to break down and buy one. I can't have anything not clean in my apartment. I'm a bit OCD. Especially that I am working from home now. I get even more obsessed. The house is spotless. Everything is compulsively organized lol. It makes me feel great. I already did one coat in the kitchen, hallway, and bathroom. I'll probably go over a few times since it's been a while. I'm also cleaning the trim of the walls. I usually always use white trim to make the paint color pop. After a while the white gets dingy and doesn't "pop" as much. I figured mine as well I'm already doing the floor.
I purchased a SodaStream about two years ago. Unfortunately it broke one day it was windy in the kitchen and I didn't have a chance to do a review. Or really use it that long. The time I did have it I really loved it. To me it saves money and is healthier. I love the flavored water. Or just using sparkling water with fresh fruit. There also are tons of diet options and healthier natural sodas as an alternative to regular. Less calories half the sugar. My husband surprised me with a new one last Friday. I was so happy. I went with the white one to match my kitchen. It doesn't plug in so you can keep it out whenever you want. Doesn't take up much space. They also have mixed drinks now that you can make with the Sodastream. Cosmopolitan and Pina Colada mixers. I haven't tried yet but I love that idea! I purchased mine at Bedbathandbeyond. They had the cheapest price. With the coupons it was only $60. It came with a full size Co2 cartridge.
Well I will be doing my cleaning for the next hour. Have to fit in a work out after. More emails and work. Organizing with my calendar for the month ahead. Food shopping later tonight. It will be a busy one. I hope you all have a great month!
Do you guys have a Sodastream? Do you like it? Do you want to purchase one?
Signing off a "Sparkly" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
It's Tuesday. The weeks seem to be going by at super speed. Before we know it, it will be September. I know crazy right? Well I want to wish everyone a belated Happy Father's Day. I went to Queens to spend father's day with my in laws. It was very nice. We always have so much fun. I love them. Usually I would just be home by myself while Anthony works. It's been nice he's had off on the weekends as well as our new car to get us around. I am very thankful everyday for all we have. Not one day goes by I don't think of that.
It was very hot so the day called for a comfortable outfit. I like something that I can wear in the summer that is cool but chic. I have shorts and bermuda's but sometimes I Feel they are too "casual". I just happened to find these floral pants as I was cruising the clearance section in Target. I honestly didn't know if they would look good on my body. Normally I am not a florals person either. I have been coming around to the trend. I've seen them on girls and they looked cute. Although I am clearly not a skinny size 4. To my surprise they looked amazing. They made my legs look skinny and long. They were even lighter than wearing shorts. They look trendy. The best part, they are $7.49 on clearance from $25. I am definitely going back tomorrow or Thursday to pick up more. They had in other styles and colors. My best tip when shopping at Target is SIZE UP. Even my mom who is about a size or two skinnier than me has to size up. I don't know why but all of their stuff is so small. I guess because it's cheap. I don't care. I always believe in wearing the proper size or else you will look bigger. I see so many girls smaller than me, stuffing themselves into a size they were when they were 11 years old.. and looking twice my size! No one looks at your tag. Buy what fits. You will look thinner. You will feel more comfortable. Plus who cares? We all grow up. Love the size you've become. Wearing something too tight won't make you feel better anyway.
So that's my rant on pants sizing lol. It's extremely hot and humid today. I pulled my hamstring really bad yesterday so I am scared to work out. At least for today. Most of the pain went away but I figured I would take it easy. At least for one day right lol.
Do you guys shop at Target? Do you agree their stuff runs small? Clearance shopper? Do tell!
Signing off a "Flowery" Coffee Diva ;)
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Good Saturday morning my lovelies. It is dark here in N.Y.C. I have been awake for a good two hours. I didn't sleep well last night. My hubby got in late from visiting his grandmother in the hospital. I know I'm a huge cornball for saying this, but I can't sleep if he's not next to me. I've grown used to that loud lumberjack snoring that accompanies his being next to me. His freakishly hot body that I say is like having a furnace next to me lol. Needless to say I really didn't sleep. Then I was up early in the morning just lying awake trying to sleep. Telling myself sleep in it's the weekend. Yet my mind wonders to sad places at times. The only thing that will help is if I get up and brush it off. I get in depressed "spells" from time to time. It's natural and normal for all of us to feel like that. I try and work through them now that I am older.
I love the quiet on the weekends. Before anyone has gotten up. The building is silent. It's as if I'm the only one here. The husband is still in bed. I love the stillness and brainstorming that occurs when I first wake. I'm drinking a Folger's Black Silk K-Cup. It's very dark and bold which I love. I froth up half and half then brew the coffee on the 4oz setting. It's like having a cappuccino. I'm starving for a big breakfast. I don't know what it is about Saturday that always has be craving a big breakfast. Maybe because it's the one day if I do "splurge", I will. Sundays I usually always make a nice meal for me and Anthony. Saturday's we eat out. The rest of the week I basically cook healthy for myself. He eats at work.
Well if you thought Keurig had every machine that could take over the world. You probably were right. Get ready to add another machine to their roster. The Keurig Kold is the newest machine they have come up with. It is just like Sodastream where you can make all cold fizzy drinks such as soda and flavored waters. The difference is aesthetic. How the machine looks. Price. The Keurig Kold is a whopping $300. It will work with pods just like the Keurig coffee makers. But the biggest reason for price will mainly be because it brews the drinks cold! No need to add ice. And no need for that Co2 canister like the sodastream needs.
This loooks pretty amazing. A lot to splurge on. I actually have a sodastream. I love it. It broke by accident. I can still use it. I just can't keep it on the counter like i used to. Which sucks. The whole purpose of having it was to be able to keep it out. This one seems like it could be a better buy in the long run depending on how much the pods are. They would have to be cheaper than sodastream for me to think about purchasing. I do love my gadgets!! When I was using sodastream I really did save money on flavored waters. Plus it kept me from drinking diet soda too much. It was all natural. Cheaper. Yeah You have to chill the soda or add ice. But that was never a deal breaker for me. An average Sodastream machine goes for about $80. If you go to bedbathandbeyond to purchase it will be even cheaper with the coupons. That's where they have the most variety for flavors as well as bottles and accessories.
The more news I hear on this I will be keeping you guys posted! Here is a link to delish.com to read the article further.
Do you guys have a Sodastream machine? Would you be interested in purchasing a Keurig Kold?
Signing off a "Kold" Coffee Diva
Friday, June 19, 2015
T.G.I.F Ya'll!! It's humid. I hate it. But we can't let it ruin our days. Yesterday had me feeling very sad with what is going on in this country. The hatred that exists. It's funny how people don't even care. I wrote a long caring message on facebook. Instead of people liking it because it was loving and hopeful, it got maybe 5 likes. Mainly from my family members. God for bid it was a dumb quote, or something hateful you better believe I would have had more hits. Here is what I wrote in case anyone reading is a loving person like I am and would like to hear:
"I'm so sad to see the events that have been taking place even more common than usual. There will always be hate in this world. It's very scary to know that there are men out there that would kill me in a heartbeat because of my religion. I've had people discriminate against me. Speak ill of my background. I can relate to others. I empathize with their feelings. I refuse to let people, horrible people take my love I have for others away from me. I will continue to be a good person to others. To care. To help. Not all of us are bad. There has to still be good human beings in this world. After all, if we don't then these savages have won."
I will leave it at that. This is a cute picture I took of me and Anthony from this past Sunday. It was so hot out. We didn't know what to do. We were going to go see a movie, but then I lost my will power to be around people. (LOL). So I decided to do a hot coffee run in 95 degree weather. That seemed to make way more sense. We went to our local dunkin donuts. I usually purchase a French Vanilla Latte Skinny. I don't know why I didn't even realize that Dunkin made tons of other latte flavors. They have caramel latte light, french vanilla light, pecan swirl, vanilla latte lite, latte light. So many. When they are made light there is no sugar and they use skin milk. I don't believe in using my calories up in liquids. I like food too much! Plus i'm always dieting. The caramel light was pretty good. Not bad for skim milk sugar free. Plus not for nothing but dunkin has a special 2-6 pm you can get a medium latte (which to me is a large) for $1.99. Same price as a small. Starbucks is like $4 for a grande cappa mocha overpriced crap. I only go to Starbucks if there are no other coffee places around. Just saying. Or if I have the extra $2 to splurge lol.
Do you guys go to Dunkin Donuts for Latte's? Do you like? If so which flavors do you get?
I'll be signing off to make dinner now. Hubby will be home soon. I'm making a grilled lean steak marinated in soy sauce and brown sugar. With banked potatoes, fresh veggies and a side salad!! Yumm. Have a beautiful weekend my lovely readers :)
Signing off a " Latte'd" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
If I have to tell you guys that it is raining here in N.Y.C one more time, I swear. I'm done. lol. But it really is raining here all day today here as well as it was yesterday. Humid and nasty. New York summers can be tough just like the winters.
I had a great weekend with the husband. Friday night we finally put up the bigger T.V. in the bedroom with the help of our neighbor. It went really well. Thank god. We actually were able to use the existing screws that we had in the old wall mount for the smaller t.v. Which made it a lot easier. Now we can see in there!
Saturday we had to get the new tires checked out at Nissan. Everything was good. Also thank god. Then we headed to the mall after. Bath and Body Works and Victoria's Secret had their Semi-annual sale. Needless to say I wasn't impressed. The underwear Victoria's had was basic. I wasn't impressed. I have a whole drawer full of their underwear. I love bold patterns and styles. All they had was plain black cotton. They didn't have any bras in my size at all. I guess a lot of women have big boobs lol. I just walked out. Bath and body works was a zoo. Which is always the situation when they have their big sale. Everyone was crazy rude and bumping into everyone. The one in the Bronx mall is very small. It is weird being that the mall itself has 3 floors. Go figure. I was also not that impressed. The most they had was nice candles. Body wash was cheap. I just got one new body wash in a summer fragrance that smells amazing. As well as a wallflower, and a candle. I should have bought more but I couldn't stand to be in there. I shop there year round. But the problem is there are people out there that only shop when it is on sale. Those are the people you don't want to be around when there is a sale. It's uncomfortable and I get pretty annoyed. You're best bet is to order online. I might try and go back in another weak maybe. Or order a few things online. I'll see.
I had to return an eye shadow in Sephora. So I exchanged for a mascara and eyebrow pencil. That was it. We ran out after. Me and Anthony hate crowds. This one is always packed because it's huge.
Do you guys shop at those stores when they have the sales? In person? Online? What are your thoughts...
Signing off a "Semi Annual" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Good Tuesday evening lovely readers! I am reporting from my porch again. It's really windy and the sin is setting. It feels amazing. I had a very low key Tuesday. The most I got done was scrubbing the hell out of my bathroom! lol. I had mopped the floor and scrubbed the wall tiles from head to toe. Shower. Tub. Toilet. Needless to say it was about an hour of my life spent sweating. Especially in this humidity. I have a meeting and a few errands in the city tomorrow so I just wanted to get my mind focused.
In my bedroom, my father in law installed a computer screen we had on the wall. We actually have a 32" screen T.V but
I thought it would be too big for the bedroom. I guess I underestimated how blind I've become at my ripe old age of 29.
You can see where this is going right? The hubby wants to put the big screen T.V up which I actually agreed too. I have a cabinet that I have been using under the T.V. I purchased it at Ikea. I loved it's modern sleek design and it literally fit right into this tiny nook that we had. Now with our huge Queen sized bed and headboard it is coming out too much for my OCD liking. I want something very narrow that will be flush to the wall. This way I won't feel it while I am walking around the bed. Having a small space has been the most challenging thing to deal with. Worth it in the end when I see my creative results.
I found a beautiful lucite table that will fit being that it is small. It is a lucite so it will be as if the table isn't even there but it can double as a desk when I want. I can even fit a stool underneath. Or I can use it as a table to put my makeup on. Now with the big T.V up on the wall I can make it happen!
So wish me luck I am waiting for my husband to arrive home with our neighbor to put it up. Who knows how long this will take. I am not handy at all, neither is Anthony. I wish we were. I can decorate the shit out of a room! But not really mount a T.V lol.
Here is a link to the table. Let me know what you guys think