Friday, July 31, 2015
Happy Friyay!! Woo Woo. I'm sure you guys had an actively busy week as I did. I am looking forward to some rest. We really could use it. Every weekend we have been to a new place. Although every time I say that me and my hubby wind up getting up by 9:00am and are out all day. I guess we will see. Don't tell him but I already planned to go to this beautiful local flower/plant shop I found on Instagram located in the amazing Arthur Avenue area of the Bronx. I just love that all of the local business's are still there. Family owned. As well as representing the true Bronx in a good light. The Bronx that us residents know and love. I will post any details and pics if we take a trip there.
I am a Bzzagent as I have said many times. It is really a great website and program to be a part of. The second campaign I got to try for free this month was International Delight's Iced Coffee. I received a free coupon for either an Iced coffee or an iced chai. Well I actually hate chai anything. Even though I am a tea lover. I opted for the Iced Coffee. I was dissapointeted my local grocer didn't have the diet option. I am not a fan of consuming my calories in liquid form lol. I love food. I don't want to waste 150 calories on a glass of iced anything. In the same sense compared to a Starbucks diabetes drink that probably has 50 grams of sugar and at least 300 calories, this would be a healthier alternative for anyone that loves to drink iced coffee. That being said, I enjoyed this very much. My version was Iced Macchiato. It had a nice sweet flavoring. It didn't seem too sweet to me. But there was a nice balance of coffee in the drink that you didn't feel you were just sipping on sugar milk like some other drinks. I only had about half a cup or 4oz. I didn't want to use all my calories. My stomach is a little sensitive to iced coffee. Which I find the weirdest thing being that I actively can drink up to 4 cups of coffee on a very busy day and be completely fine. And sleep at night!
The price is $4.79 for a gallon. To me that is another huge plus for regular iced coffee drinkers. People who go to Starbucks every day could spend that on just one drink. So you get a lot for your money here. I'm sure the other flavors are good too. I wouldn't really purchase more than one gallon. For me it wouldn't pay. Like I said I drink very little. My husband hates iced coffee. I guess one gallon would last most of the summer lol. We drink hot coffee even in the dead of the summer.
My final thoughts are: Three coffee cups out of 5. Good for people who want to get themselves off buying Iced Coffee at Dunkin or Starbucks. Save money and calories. Be a little healthier. I recommend. I would suggest only buying in the summer months so it won't become a habit. Think of it as a treat here and there. That's what I do :)
Have you guys purchased this yet? Do you purchase iced drinks outside the home or inside? Thoughts..
Signing off An "Iced" Coffee Diva. Again I received this #Free from #bzzagent and #International Delight
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Happy TBT ya'll! Been another busy one here. In and out most of the day running errands and appointments. Stormy weather as well. But don't worry because I have an amazing throw back for you. How about a throw back to Fall? Or Winter? Or some hot chocolate for that matter. My mom has the sweetest boyfriend in the world, Andy. He alerted me right away of this amazing deal on Keurig.com going on now. Basically any of the hot chocolates are on sale for 75% as well as free shipping! Yes you read me correctly. I will give you all the codes. You can sit down now before you spill your coffee lol. I ordered three boxes myself all for $11.25 as you see in the picture. I know it's July. I'm aware of that. But if you think about it Fall will be here soon and you can be all stocked up for $3.75 each. As if that wasn't enough for you, I'm going to kick it up another notch. The deal will give you free shipping on any quantity. You can buy one box or ten. Whatever your fancy. Plus*** This deal is on a 24 count of K-Cups. Not 12 like in the grocery store. Or even 18. But 24! That makes the deal almost as sweet as that rich chocolate Cafe Escapes K-Cup.
Any Hot chocolate Cafe Escapes(milk/dark) or Swiss Miss. Although I think this one was sold out. It wouldn't let me buy in my cart but you can try. I purchased two milk chocolate and one dark. My husband loves hot chocolate.
The Code to get the K-Cups 75% off is: AFFC15
The Code to get the free shipping is: CAREFREE
Add both codes while you are in your cart. Don't worry you can always update or go back and still use the code.
Okay guys on your mark. Get set. Go!!! P.S Say a big thank you to Andy for letting us all in on this great deal :) Thanks!
Signing off a "Sweet & Stocked Up For The Winter) Coffee Diva! P.S. Reading this is making me want to order more...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
I'm back guys! Greetings from the warm and really sticky N.Y.C area :(. I was away on vacation for the week. I spent the week with my sister and dad mostly. I have to say I had an amazing time. Every day I went out. We did something different. My dad lives in New Jersey and it's pleasant to spend time with him and get out to the beautiful area he lives in. I was able to see my cousin play in a local bar in Redbank N.J which was so much fun. He's an extremely talented drummer. Pretty much his whole life. He has played in many bands in N.J that were/are popular. I shopped way to much with my dad and sister. Including a big haul from Ikea. I got a manicure/pedicure with my mom. Went out to eat almost every night. Saw the new movie southpaw (which was amazing). It really was just what I needed.
Getting home and back on track is always tough/good at the same time. I will instantly miss my sister. She is my best friend and there is never enough time to spend with her. In the same time I know I have to get back to being an adult. Life. Responsibilities and routine. I also miss my husband terribly when we are apart past two days. I know I am a cornball lol. Yesterday I went crazy. Instead of taking a day to rest I put away all the Ikea items. Then took it upon myself to put up one of the three shelves I have to put up. I have been wanting to put shelves up for years. We have a lot of wall space for a small apartment. I felt that we weren't utilizing the wall space enough. Shelves are a great way to add visual interest to your room as well as for storage. I was lucky enough that the shelf didn't give me a hard time. It really was only two molly's and two screws. Then it was up. I re-arranged the style a bunch of times before I liked what I put up.
I love the white shelf up against the gold cart. It's exactly what I was going for. It also helps get some items out of my cabinets too. Which is a plus.
The other items that were new are in this picture are of my bedroom. As you know I have repainted the wall in the bedroom and the kitchen the same new aqua color. I felt then that I needed a new bed set. My dad was kind enough to take me to Ikea which is the best in my opinion for bedding. They have every color and style option you can think of. No matter if you are traditional or modern. I was originally going for a striped design duvet for the bedroom with beige and aqua. I decided against it after looking at the duvet more closely. I wanted something sophisticated, more grown up and romantic. The stripes to me were a little "beachy" and young. I also purchased a new light throw for the summer as well as two beautiful throw pillows. I have to say I honestly love love love it! I even put a brown curtain I had over my window to block out the street lights from my building. Now it is cozy. Calming. Stylish. Soothing. Quiet. I have fallen asleep like a baby the past two nights I have been home. I never was a brown girl. I usually go for bold colors. But with the contrasting aqua I feel it is a nice balance of a pop of color on the wall without being to bright for a bedroom.
All the items I have in my bedroom are from: Ikea, Bobsfurniture (bed), Marshalls, and homegoods.
Do you guys like the new re-do? Did you miss me :) ? I have to say I am utterly proud of all the apartment projects I have been getting done. I'd like to do one or two more so I will be good by September. Then it's my favorite time of year from September-January!! Can't wait.
Signing off a very "proud and happy" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Happy Tuesday my lovers. It is hot,humid,sticky and down right uncomfortable today. Raining on and off all afternoon so far.Yuck!
I had a big weekend (again). It was really busy and tiring. Totally worth it.
When me and Anthony first moved in here there were boring beige drab walls. We always tried our best to make the apartment look great. We have painted many times! I was really into gray and black for years. The gray color I did in the kitchen and the one wall in the bedroom came out nice. Looked good for that color scheme. However over the years the problem was the lighting issue. In this apartment, the only ceiling lighting is in the kitchen and hallways. This is one of the many reasons I buy 400 lamps lol. Anyways the color over the years started looking dreary to me. It didn't really fit my personality. The gray itself was actually darker than I had even wanted it to. That was another issue. I wanted a change. Me and Anthony also had a rough time last year. I had been wanting a fresh start since September. I also wanted to do all these home projects so by next September and the holidays it's nice and renewed. Stylish. Cozy and chic.
I truly feel that every few years we change. Physically. Emotionally. So of course our styles will change. I love ALL colors. For me it has always been hard to decorate. I can honestly love any color. Other than one or two.
The past year I have went completely opposite. Instead of silver, black, and gray. I love white, aquamarine, and gold. (side note aquamarine is my birth stone. I always have loved aquas and teals. Blues. They speak to my soul. I always reach for them before any other color). It was only fitting eventually i'd get into them. Gold has been so hot the past year or two. I've been a bit later to the boom. But I go with what I love. Not always what's "in" right now.
I find that gold is an eternally chic color like gray or black. It will never go out of style.
I have been trying to switch into my "true" style now for the apartment. Every year I find I become a better decorator. I am very proud of myself. Over the weekend I chose to do the bedroom wall. All by myself! No help from hubby :(. I finally decided on a color. My husband actually liked as well. It was Tahititan Breeze from Behr. I wanted something to brighten up the room. But be somewhere in the blue family that was calming and soothing for night time.
I lined out paper on the floor. I cleaned the walls. Cut the corners. Stood on a little stool as my legs and arms shaked. The sweat dripped down every crack. But I rolled it out as music on pandora played in the background. The blood sweat and tears were all worth it. I did the best job I ever did painting. I guess after 8 years of doing this you get the hang of it lol. (Mind you that day I hadn't slept literally in a week. I was on a bad streak for some reason. To say I was exhausted is beyond an understatement. I wasn't even sure anything would come out decent because of my state of mind. I really took my time. As I said the payoff was immense).
I still want to get a nice bedding set I saw at Ikea but that will have to wait. This week is too busy to go. I did however another DIY project. I used this gold spray paint from Rustoleum. Pure gold shade. I painting the bedroom night stands. I thought the gold would go amazing with the new color. I love it. I'm so inspired!
I even did my coffee cart that my mom bought me years ago with the gold color. I will be uploading more pics later.
I will also be using that same color to paint my kitchen as I did with the gray. Hopefully tomorrow or Thursday if it stops raining. Can't wait. I think it's going to look amazing. I hope I do as good a job as the bedroom :)
Do you guys love the colors? The tables? Do you love to DIY?
Signing off a "Painted" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
It's Tuesday Ya'll! Time for some new posts and reviews to get your day started. Seems like summer finally turned the hot switch on. It has been humid the past week or two here in N.Y.C with tons of rain. Fun right? This weather drives my sinuses and allergies nuts. Currently sipping on Folger's Black Silk coffee (in K-cup form of course). I find it to be such a good dark roast coffee.
I am a smiley360 member and I received a new campaign for free from Emergenzzz. It is a packet filled with vitamins and minerals as well as melatonin to help you fall asleep naturally. Without any side effects. Or grogginess in the morning.
I tried them twice so far. For me it didn't do anything to be honest. It relaxes you a bit. But, I take 10mg of melatonin regularly. The packet only contains 3mg. For me it just wasn't enough. The flavor I wasn't a fan of either. The berry was worst than the citrus flavor. The positive of these packets is you get your daily dose of vitamins. They are packed with Vitamin C and Zinc. A lot of times we forget to take our vitamins during the day time. These are a great way to go to sleep and wake up feeling great. I would take them if I received for free or with a discount. I would recommend you guys to try because of the health factor. They might put you to sleep just because it didn't help me. Click on the link above to get your free sample and let me know how it worked :)
Signing off a "Sleepy" Coffee Diva
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