I just received this free sample from Influenster and YSL for the new Black Opium perfume. I was really hoping for a full size bottle plus this perfume is amazing! This isn't your mom or grandmas Opium like we all remember. Its sophisticated and modern. Sexy. Woodsy. Spicy. The after tones are beautifully sweet. Jasmine and vanilla with a hint of raspberry. I just love it. I wish the price was a bit less but will make a nice splurge for the holidays. This is 100% my taste and scent. I give it five coffee cups out of five!!!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Happy Tuesday/National Coffee Day! My husband always makes me laugh. I told him what holiday it was he says "I really think people just make up stuff to be a holiday now"! LOL I agree. It seems like any little thing is "national day". If you are a coffee lover like I am then you should rejoice. This past weekend into the new week has been very busy. I haven't really had a "rest day" so I know I have slacked on the posts (I hope you guys still love me). I got up today and randomly thought to paint the top of these two ottomans that I inherited from my mother in law. They are very nice and I love that the top flips up to store items on, but the brown was chipped bad. Rather than go out and buy brown paint I love to use what I already have. When I makeover an already existing item in my apartment it gives me so much joy. I feel like I went furniture shopping without actually buying anything! Cardio is done for the day as has been pretty much every morning. I am very proud of myself. Now I have to catch up on some cleaning errands as well as getting updated on my latest posts for you guys!! Stay tuned and have a beautiful afternoon all :)
*Go Into any Dunkin Donuts and get a free Medium Hot or Iced DARK ROAST Coffee.
Signing off a "Free" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
I am a member of Bzzagent.com and my latest campaign is Crest Pro-Health Advanced plus extra whitening mouth wash. I #gotitfree to say #byebyeburn!! No other mouth wash you have tried has been as effective as this one! First off, the mouth wash has many benefits in using besides just whitening. In just *7 days it can give you a more healthy smile*. Stronger teeth. Less bad breath. Restore your enamel. As well as kill germs and cavities and the best one yet, whiten your teeth. Just one minute twice a day can reserve your spot in having a beautiful but more important HEALTHY smile. Without the burn. When I use the mouth wash it does not burn. You just feel bubbles. It actually feels good. You look forward to using it knowing you are swishing your way to a healthy smile :). I usually use strips every 6 months to a year. They always make my teeth sensitive. It's never a good experience. These I would recommend to anyone looking to have a healthy mouth or whiter teeth or both! I will be buying this again instead of using the strips for now on. I give it 5 coffee cups out of 5. Available at most drug stores or online for purchase. Average price is $4.99. Definitely worth it.
Signing off a "Whiter mouth" Coffee Diva ; )
Happy Tuesday all. I'm enjoying a nice hot pumkin spice latte now while the chilly air flows in. I took yesterday off to relax my legs and body. I worked out all week straight. Then on the weekend I walked many miles. Needless to say I needed to chill. I just rested in bed. No work out. I organized a little and did a meal prep for the week. Finally got to sleep last night as well after taking a hot bubble bath and a melatonin. One more thing to add to the list of why I love fall. Hot bubble baths and showers at night 😊.
After this coffee it is back to cardio. I just wanted to share this adorable dresser my mom got me two weeks back. It is so cute I put it in my bedroom and have loved it ever since. It has three draws as you can see so I use it to hold extra beauty items and what not. I just adore it. I'm thankful she got it for me.
Well you all enjoy your Tuesday!! I will be posting details and updates later on my shopping haul from this weekend.
Signing off a "back to cardio" coffee diva
Monday, September 21, 2015
Good Monday morning to you all. I did not sleep that well, but I am up and ready to go. I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was very event filled (I think that's why I didn't sleep well. My body needs some rest). I thought my husband was supposed to work on Sunday but then he didn't have to. We took a last minute trip to the Palisades mall in West Nyack. The mall is huge. There is about 4 floors I believe. I wanted to do some fall and winter shopping. We both purchased a few nice shirts. Some other cute items. We went to dinner. It was a perfect Saturday. Sunday I just wanted to stay home. Rest. Watch football. But I wound up tagging along with my hubby to return something in Yonkers. Of course I always find shopping everywhere I go :( so then I went to bath and body works. The list continues on until about 7pm. Needless to say my legs are sore from all that walking! I think I will skip my workout today lol.
I received a free sample shipment from Crowdtap and Aveeno for free for Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF30. I have been using them during the week. I will say I do really like Aveeno products. They are calming. They never break me out or have too harsh of a fragrance. This moisturizer just didn't do it for me. It was a little heavy. Had a strong smell of SPF. It does absorb quick as a plus. I just didn't like it. Maybe in the winter when my skin is a bit more dry or with more use. I have only used it a few times. Right now it is still in between weather. Fall/late summer. For me if I wear anything thick or heavy I will break out with little bumps I notice. I would recommend for anyone who has very dry skin and SPF is a high concern. I wear SPF25 with my makeup. So I am covered being that I do find SPF important for your skin. This one was just not my cup of tea. I give it 2 coffee cups out of 5. Maybe 3 in the winter.
Have you guys ever tried this product? Do you use SPF on your face everyday? Please let me know I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Have a wonderful week all!
Signing off a "tired" Coffee Diva
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Good evening on this beautiful Thursday night. Okay I would prefer it cooler but I don't control mother nature. I hope everyone had a great day. Mine was productive but it dragged :(. I got a very sweaty cardio session in the morning in. I love working out and sweating like there is no tomorrow before I shower and take on the world. It feels cathartic.
One of my many favorite stores is Trader Joes. I took my weekly pilgrimage there last night and found my new two favorites for September. Naturally they are food and coffee 😊. Pumpkin Biscotti and Pumpkin Spice K-cups 🎃🎃. Holy canoli right? They are so dang good. You guys have to try. Let me just preface by saying I have had my many different varieties of pumpkin spice. This one my friends is the best.
First off the smell. It smells like heaven, thanksgiving, and a gorgeous crisp autumn day when you open the package to take out a k-cup. Yes I just said all that! Second, its fresh! You can see the ground coffee and smell the nutmeg clove and ginger. When you brew a cup, even if you add milk it doesn't water down the flavor or coffee consistency like a lot of other brands do. Third the most important. The flavor. I think it is exa fly what pumpkin spice should taste like. The perfect blend of those holiday spices and a medium roasted coffee. It is divine! I had two cups today. I made my own cappuccino with my new handy milk frother 😋. Starbucks PSL ain't got nothing on J.H.C (Jennifer Hope Colon).
I highly reccomend you get a box. P.S a 12 count is only $4.49. I will probably be buying one a week until the end of the winter. Just saying. Stock up and definitely put out for the holidays.
Oh right the biscotti. The biscotti is literally identical to the coffee. Fresh spices and flavor with the backdrop of pumpkin flavor. Not all pumpkin items I like and this one is so good. I give both products 5 coffee cups out of 5 ☕☕. I can't wait to have the coffee in the morning. One before my work out and one after.
I am drinking a nice glass of malbec. If I so have a glass occasionally I like to drink red since it's healthier. I am waiting for Thursday night football. Is there anything better than fall or winter and football??? NO there is not!
Have you guys tried these yet? Did you like? What are your favorite September items? I'd love to hear.
Signing off a "trader Joe favs" coffee diva
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I know it may still be warm where you live but it really is Pumpkin Season. Some of you will either run for the hills. Some will rejoice. I clearly am one of the many who revel in the love of all things pumpkin. Pumpkin decor. Coffee. Colors. Everything. I thought it would be good to sort through any sales going on right now so you guys can stock up on your favorite flavor :)
Gevalia.com is running 20% off Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee
Keurig is running buy 4 boxes get $8 off plus free shipping. This will include all the fall flavors that were recently added.
Wholelattelove.com has 10% off for fall. Enter promo code TAKE10 at checkout.
Target.com is running buy one get one 50% off for "siptember". Also get a $5 Target gift card back when you buy three Starbucks items. They have included the fall line.
If tea is more your thing, republicoftea.com has their seasonal flavors up and ready to be ordered!
I hope this helps. If any other sales come up I will post a.s.a.p!
Signing off a "Fall " Coffee Diva :)
Monday, September 14, 2015
Hello everybody. How was your weekend? Mine was great. I went to my mom's house on Friday and stayed until Sunday. We had a nice dinner with my mom and her boyfriend. Went to do a little shopping Saturday. Then Sunday I left. But before I took the trip home I went to the local mall and I purchased a few goodies at White Barn Candle in the mall. It was great seeing my family as well as getting as getting away for a little.
Well it's Monday. It's the holiday (Rosh Hashanah- Happy new year all). It's beautiful out. I been busy all day but I think we need to do a new coffee review. Don't you? Today I will be reviewing Folgers flavors coffee enhancers. I received a free package to try out from Crowdtap and Folger's for free. They come in four different flavors. Mocha, Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla. I have tried three of them so far. My favorite is Caramel. I love to make a latte and drizzle on top. The Vanilla is also good. I'm not usually a mocha person so I have kind of left that for last. It's just a subtle flavor. A little bit goes a long way. They are in an individual bottle. You can take anywhere being that they are not needed to be kept in the fridge. They basically add a little flavor to your coffee when you are in the mood. Something different to switch up your normal regular coffee routine. You can order online here for $12.00 (Comes 4 in the pack). It has no calories or sugar. It can really be used with anything. There are no limits. I think this product is great for people on the go. You never know where you are. What you will eat or need. This is good to take to work with you because you don't have to refrigerate. I would give it 3 coffee cups out of 5. (4 for the caramel ;).
Have any of you guys tried these Folgers Flavors Coffee Enhancers yet? Would you? Why or why not?
Signing off a "Reviewed" Coffee Diva
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Happy post Labor Day everyone. I hope you had a safe and fun holiday. I got so much done over this past weekend. I am still tired. I repainted the last wall that needed a coat in my living room. (It used to be bright red. Didn't go with my aquamarine color). It was a project of course. I had to take down this huge shelving system my husband put up (that I hated). Plug the holes. Paint pretty much around a huge flat screen T.V (I didn't want to remove it). Then there were a million wires behind the desk which were driving me nuts after seeing how pretty the wall came out. I added command hooks to the back of the desk to try and corral the wires the best I could. It's not perfect, but nothing is. It's a 95% improvement. I love the color of the wall. Everything goes and has a calming open flow to the apartment now. The color on the wall opened the space.
In between that. We went shopping to a few stores. I needed a new bathroom set. Naturally I can't just do one thing at a time. So I proceeded to wipe down the whole shower rod of dust and mildew. Sprayed it down with DW40 to make it glide and not squeak. (That was another project going around the house and spraying hinges on closets so no more squeaky doors and closets lol). Then I put the new liner and curtain up. Cleaned the whole tub, toilet, added a candle. By then I lost five pounds in sweat because it was so hot and humid. But it looked way better. I had a white shower curtain up there before. Never buy a white shower curtain people. No matter how clean you are. I had to throw it away. The new one I got from Homegoods was very pretty. Nice aqua and brown but vintage. Not bright.
Let's see what else...Oh I purchased a can of white spray paint which you guys know by my last posts I am completely obsessed with DIY with spray paint. I have had this crazy idea for a while to spray paint my Keurig white. It was dark maroon before. I was over the color after even a year or two of having it. I should have gotten the silver or black. Even so I'd probably want to spray paint it lol. Everyone thought I was nuts. But I don't care. I knew my creative genius would shine through like a bright star. I taped up the Keurig. Said my prayers and last goodbyes. And Voila' the Keurig is all white now. The satin spray paint really came out great. It looks very chic. Bright. Contemporary. I adore it. I am extremely proud of how much I've let my talent and creativity come through in designing. I consider myself an "amateur designer" now lol. Each year I become more advanced and knowledgeable. I am still taking my classes online as well. It's the little things make me happy. The spray paint is about $7 at home depot. I did about 5 projects with it. Including the Keurig I spray painted two picture frames and this other decorative piece I have on my bar cart. It's a way to re-use your otherwise outdated pieces. Now I was able to add to the hallway with this adorable mirror I purchased at Homegoods. My gallery wall is finally starting to look like a gallery!
We also did shopping, took my ring to get cleaned and inspected since it was the 6 month mark, and went out to eat every night (we splurged for the holiday. .I ate healthy at least). But I've already taken up half a page so let me get to the review right?
One of the stores I had to go in was Target. Oh my god what a surprise! Me and Target???? LOL Once again I went in only for toothpaste and paper towels and $50 dollars later I was out. I always go in first and get a head start while my husband sits in the car for a little. I picked up everything I came in there for for once. Then as he was meeting me there were herds of people just pouring in. Which was really weird because when I first entered it was empty. Anywhoo I got really frantic and just stood in an aisle to hide from the people LOL. The aisle happened to be with the coffee appliances. (Again go figure?)As I am trying to direct my husband to where I am (mind you I was whistling so he would hear my voice). I happen to look in front of me and see red clearance stickers. Aren't those the happiest sight in the world when you are in Target? It is an Aroma stainless steel milk frother. On clearance for $27.99 from $39.99. I then proceed to put half my stuff back because above all else priority is making cafe' style quality coffee at home!
My husband of course said yes to get it knowing how I am with coffee. I brought it home and immediately took it out to try.
I don't know why it only got about three stars on Target. I found it to be perfect! First off it comes with two attachments. One for making your hot steamed milk for latte's. Another for whipping and frothing for Cappuccino's. Both work perfectly. At first I didn't have the attachment pushed down enough so it came loose. But I pushed it down and it's worked good ever since. I tried both attachments. It steams the milk and makes it hot. The frother whips up so much foam and froth I had extra I didn't know what to do with it! You can add syrups to really make "coffee house" drinks. Vanilla, Caramel, etc. I used to use my handheld frother from Ikea but this is such an upgrade. The best thing is you pour the milk in to the Max line. Press the button once, and if you want it the hottest it can go you leave it for the full two minutes. It stops on it's own. So you know it's done. Even if you only use to heat the milk it's worth it. Every time I make coffee it gets cold in like a minute. This makes the coffee last longer because the milk is hot.
I have used it everyday since. I LOVE it. I know they sell ones for $100 but this seems perfect for me. The foam is high. You get a lot. The steamed milk feature is great too. I love having it on my counter. It's small and doesn't take a lot of space. The design is sleek in stainless steel. It is easy to clean. Just rinse with hot water after use. Or wipe with a clean sponge/cloth.
I give it 4 coffee cups out of 5. Here is the link if interested in purchase.
You can use it for so many things other than coffee. Steamed milk for your tea or chai latte. Hot milk for hot chocolate. Really anything you can think of with hot milk. For me it's to be my own Starbucks Barista. They are SO overpriced. You guys know I've written this many times. This ensures that I really never have to buy outside coffee.
If you are dieting, or on a budget now you can control those variables. Add sugar free syrups or agave to flavor your latte/cappuccinos. I will be trying with flavored milks to see if it can whip them up. I have only used with half/half. You can use your reusable mugs or get the chinet disposable cups for your grocery and take your fancy drinks with you anywhere now!!!!!
Do you guys own a milk frother? What model? What do you use it for?
Signing off a "Frothy" Coffee Diva ;)
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Happy Thursday guys! It is still hot and steamy here in N.Y.C. I am definitely not a summer person as it is, but I hate when it just keeps dragging on in September. I guess I wouldn't mind it as much if I could open a window at least. It is so humid though. :(.
I went to pick up my new glasses yesterday at Metro Optics in Throggs Neck. I can't say enough about them. They are so sweet. Kind. Understanding. Not pushy at all! Everyone I dealt with was nicer than the last. The lady sat me down and explained to me when and where I would wear my glasses. For me it's not really if I can't see something. It's more of a blurry issue. When I wear the glasses they just make everything seem 10X's clearer. More vibrant. No blur at all. I am supposed to wear them while on the computer. Reading. If I am on my phone a while. Definitely distance. If my eyes feel tired. Also at night or when it starts getting dark out. That's when things were most blurry for me. They feel great. I don't even feel like I have to adjust at all to them. I also found a specialist I called to go to next Thursday to double check my eyes. I hope I get in. These eye specialists have very minor hours :(. I'm sure the day of I will be nervous. I will try to stay as calm as I can as the other eye doctors said not to worry. I talked to my dear friend from work and she advised me also not to be upset. The doctor actually told her the same thing. She has a astigmatism like me. They said you just have to make sure to go once a year. I felt like a weight was lifted off.
I have been on a major health kick lately. I am working out all the time, counting my calories and steps. I just feel great. I purchased some more vitamins last night at Trader Joe (Eye formula & super greens powder) as well as my weekly shopping. I am very proud of myself. Today I did a few minutes of jogging. Abs. Squats. Then proceeded to my usual 60 minute cardio workout. Made myself my favorite egg and turkey bacon protein breakfast with coffee. Here I am working. How do you guys stay fit? What are some good protein packed breakfasts you eat after a workout? I'm always looking for new recipes.
Hope you all have a wonderful day. I will be catching up on a lot of work. Blogging. Oh and more coffee but of course ;)
Signing off a "Clear Eyed" Coffee Diva :)
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Happy First day of September all!I hope this month brings positive opportunities. Good health. Love. Great coffee. And everything your heart desires for this month. Sorry for the few days absence. I had a bit of a health scare you can say over the weekend. I went to get a routine eye exam on Saturday with my husband. Me and my husband will both have to wear glasses. He was definitely more blind than me lol. I will just be wearing mine for distance and on the computer when they start bothering me. The doctor did inform me that I had slight pressure in my eyes and wanted me to see a specialist just in case. I naturally freaked out and started crying. I've never had an issue with my eyes or "pressure". One of the owners/doctors came over to calm me down. She was so nice and understanding and explained to me what the doctor did in a more compassionate way. She said my vision was still great and they just check things out now so god for bid in the future there will never be an issue. I felt much better after that. That doctor scared me. All I heard was "glaucoma" and "lose your sight" and I felt like I was in a fog. Turns out my dad has the same problem. Even down to the same eye. It's hereditary as are most health issues. Which kind of makes me mad because it's not something you have control over. Then again that is life right. I will keep you guys posted after my visit with the specialist. That will be a whole other issue finding someone in my insurance network. I am looking forward to getting my new glasses. My husband is like a little kid waiting for them lol. The doctors said he should have gotten them checked years ago! That's men for you.
I am a member of Crowdtap and the month of August I received a free mission from Cottonelle. They sent me a few packs of their flushable cleansing cloths. I know bathroom talk isn't something I normally do. Truth is, we all go to the bathroom. Having something as effective as the flushable cloths are helpful. I love using them at home. They get the job done. They clean you well. No residue. I also love bringing a pack with me. You never know when you are out and that bathroom you go into doesn't have anymore toilet paper. When you have a "not so fresh" feeling. There are so many different ways these cloths come in handy. Especially the summer time! I would give them 3 coffee cups out of 5. I'd give a higher review if the scent was better. Which I wasn't a fan of. Other than that I recommend for busy women and moms.
I am trying to still keep my busy routine and not think too much into things. I do from time to time, but I know everything will be fine and I'm most likely over reacting as the doctor told me. I am going to be rummaging through my fall items. See what I have. What I need to get the apartment ready for the fall season. I'm changing the sheets in the bedroom and the kitchen products as well. It's very hot here so I will try and get a work out in later.
Signing off a "Scared but clean" Coffee Diva