Friday, February 26, 2016
Hey guys. T.G.I.F. Just catching up on some work and reviews. Been busy all day. Tired. But no time to rest! Here is my bedbathandbeyond and Target haul I did Valentines Day weekend. I used coupons and all was on clearance except the $5 cake pedestal. You guys know I'm obsessed with cake stands!
Hope you are all staying warm. Do you all shop at bedbathandbeyond? Do you make out good with coupons?
Signing off a "tired" coffee diva
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Finally a little sun on this cold February Thursday. I hope you are all doing well. I am on day 38 of my whole30 lifestyle. I can't believe how the days and weeks have flows by. Now it just seems second hand to eat and follow the standards of eating that I do now.
I'm in bed the same time every night. I'm up earlier. I work out every day or if not, I don't beat myself up about it. The mental part is the hardest. Trying to re-train your brain to think positive. It's all worth it. Knowing your body is healthy and you are doing the right thing. You are trying and working hard.
I have another picture of a T.J Maxx haul I did about two weeks ago. I must be getting old because all of these pictures I could have sworn I already posted lol. Guess not. (Must take Ginko Biloba or something). Here are my reviews of the products.
*I found some goodies. But I was disappointed with the makeup I purchased. I actually have them in my bag to exchange. Hopefully they let me. The cashier told me I could that's the only reason I actually bought makeup there. The butter London mascaras were horrible. After I tried one I couldn't get it off my lashes at all. I give it a -1 coffee cup review.
*The eyeliners were no better. I should have known. Anything that is like a crayon is usually messy and will never stay put. Which is what happened with the Ellen Tracy ones I purchased. I give those 1 coffee cup.
*The candle smelt great no problem there. ( I didn't burn yet)
*The Sally hansen eye lash curler was also good. Only need to hold down a few seconds and it gives great volume. (3/5)
*The utencil holder I absolutely love. It holds so much but doesn't take up a lot of space on your counter. It also matches all the turquoise in my kitchen. I had been searching for a while for one. (5/5).
*The kitchenaid cooking utensil is also amazing. Nothing sticks. Cleans easy. Love the pop of yellow color to the kitchen. Was very cheap. If you ever need to re-do your kitchen products/gadgets/tools/etc, I highly reccomend going to T.J MAxx or MArshalls. They always have great name brand kitchen wares but obviously everything is discounted. Plus you find colors that you wouldn't normally find at the department stores. I just love getting my kitchen items there. I knew my utensils had seen better days. I wanted to stock up that's why I purchased the yellow kitchenaid beauty there. I believe it was $2.99!! (5/5)
*The avocado slicer. Okay this look cute in theory but was really weird and awkward to use. Also cheap $2.99. But it made the avocado more into chunks. It doesn't do slices like I thought. It was actually way to big to fit in the avocados. Another negative it was really hard to clean in the grooves. Just weird. Maybe I should return it with the makeup lol. (2/5)
*Essie nail polish. Love the color beautiful for spring. Ridiculous pricing. $3.99. This new T.J Maxx I go to is the best one I've ever been to. No matter if it's during the week or weekend the place is stunning. Everything is stocked and organized. I've been to T.J Maxxs' all over and the one I go to now is by far the best. Essie gets 5/5.
Well that's all folks. Let me know what you feel about T.J MAxx and that weird avocado slicer lol
Signing off a "Sunny" Coffee Diva
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Happy hump day! Today has been another busy day. Woke up earlier to get my cardio in. Did a few projects around the house. I'm currently meal prepping potatoes and eggs for the week. Now I'm sitting to do some work and blog. I'm sleepy and those two cups of coffee with coconut milk did nothing to help! I hope you all are enjoying your day. It is dark and rainy here in N.Y.C. Soon Spring will be here before we know it so let's stay positive.
I wanted to share some photos I forgot to post from two weeks back. One of my little Target haul as well as a new vignette I did on my shelf by the kitchen. I just can't get enough of these decorative boxes! I've posted them before but here they are again. I really think they are great for bookshelves. Closets. Desks. Kitchen. Anywhere really. Target has new stuff out now. Such cute items. All pastels for Spring. I love pastels. I also scored some great clearance deals on lipglosses. As well as $4 Target candles. I just love their new collection for spring. ( I have been hoarding them. I buy at least one every time I go. Don't tell my husband) They all look like Parisian macaroon colors. Of course larabars and La Croix water were vital for Whole30.
You guys enjoy the rest of your day. Have you picked up any of these boxes at your local Target? How do you style your shelves? This is not even what this shelf looks like now because I've already re-arranged. Which I seem to do every week. Is that just me??? Please tell me no lol.
Signing off a "Re-arranged" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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