Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hello all. Happy belated Memorial day weekend. I hope you had a great one. It was very hot here in N.Y.C. Mine was good. My husband's birthday was the 28th so we went out to eat and celebrated. I am catching up on work today. The past few weeks have been so busy I barely had time to post. I did a few cute DIY's last week. I painted the bottom of my kitchen chairs and also I made little vases out of old perfume bottles that I wasn't using anymore. They were just too pretty not to use anymore. I used Philosophy and Marc Jacobs. I had them out to display and style my shelves with. I decided to kick it up a notch and turn them into mini vases. And by kick it up a notch, I meant take out the pliers from the tool box and go to town on your perfume bottles lol. It took a little elbow grease but after the top broke I put the flowers in and they looked so cute! An easy free way to turn what you already have in your home into a new item. No money needed. Well I hope you enjoyed my post and have a wonderful Tuesday. Stay cool in the sun.
Do you guys like to DIY? What is your favorite DIY project that you have done. I love to DIY. It's a great way to decorate on a budget or when you have no money. As well as to put your personal touch on your stuff.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Good morning, and happy Sunday all. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I am up as my husband sleeps in. He deserves it. He had to work all day yesterday. I am pretty exhausted myself. I was busy all yesterday and sore from switching up my workout. It's worth it though.
I wanted to share a great sale going on now with you guys. I am a total candle lover. I buy candles pretty much anywhere. I love Yankee Candle of course. But they can be pricey. When they have their sales you can make out really good and stock up for a while. They have a summer sale going on now. Select tarts are $1. Votives. $5 small jar candles. They also offer a flat rate of $5 shipping. Any order. $100 or more is free shipping. They still have a lot of scents in stock. I looked yesterday but hurry and order fast because their stuff goes really quick!
What are some of your favorite Yankee Candle scents? So many to pick. I would have to say my all time favorite is Storm watch. I love so many. Hard to remember all the names lol.
You can order online here. Let me know the great items you were able to get!
Also there is a sale on bathandbodyworks as well for $3 wallflowers! Not sure how long it will last but that's a steal. I actually need to order some more. If you have coupons you can combine and make out even better.
Have a great Sunday all.
Signing off a "Sale" Coffee Diva
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Good afternoon my coffee addicts! I hope you are having a positive day. I wanted to share a review on a new item I found recently. Califia "better half" almond/coconut milk. It's dairy, soy, gluten, and carageneen free. The unsweetened version has no added sugar. I thought it tasted really good for an almond milk version. I have struggled for months on whole30 without any avail at a good tasty almond milk. This one has coconut so I feel it balances the almond flavor. And sweetens it a bit. Let's face it almond milk is pretty dead. Unless you are drinking one with sugar. This is a nice alternative. It is $2.50 at your local whole foods. I think it's not bad. Real milk had become so damn expensive. And it's unhealthy so I don't get it. This will go quick. That's the only con. I believe they sell a big bottle but I wasn't sure if I would like. Hence why I bought the small version. I wish they sold it all over. Its not easily found. My other con. (Lile with most whole30 items). I would love to try the other versions they offer even if they have a smidgen of sugar. I am 98% whole30 5 months later. I will not go back to dairy or any bread. But for me a drop of sugar in a drop of almond milk is not bad. I've changed my whole lifestyle. I give the califia better half 4 coffee cups out of 5.
Have any of you tried almond milk? What are your favorite brands?
Signing off a "better" Coffee Diva
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Happy Weekend Friends! I hope you are all happy and healthy. I have had a very rough past week. I haven't had one like this in a while. It was just one bad thing after another. I am glad I have my husband to always put my mood in perspective. He doesn't get as depressed as I can. I also suffer from bad anxiety. It's sad that it isn't as recognized as other conditions. A lot of people thing you "over react". Or you can just stop whatever you are feeling. If only they knew that at times you have no control over it. I try and reel myself in from letting it get worst. I usually am a hopeful positive person. But if I get down, I get horribly down.
When I am feeling anxious or sad I usually look for projects to do. Or I "nest" a lot. It makes me feel better and keeps my mind occupied. I decided to cleanmy balcony this morning after coffee. The weather finally has turned warm here in N.Y.C. It's dark and gloomy but I am enjoying it. I Rearranged my table and chairs. Cleaned the windows. Added some flowers. A rug. I just need some lights now. I have so much to do this weekend and a very big day ahead of me on Monday. I am nervous and hoping it's some better luck next week. I will need it.
On my whole30 journey I have had the pleasure of trying so many healthy food items that I probably would have never tried if I wasn't on whole30. I stumbled upon this bottle of Kombucha at my local supermarket and thought to try it as a treat. I have read so many health benefits in drinking Kombucha. It is said to be healthy and regulate your gut. Boost your immune system. Aide in weight loss. As well as ward off cancer or heal during. I tried the "Trilogy flavor". I found it very tart and bubbly but invigorating. I usually drink half the bottle then save half for the next day. I purchased two at Trader Joe yesterday. I was excited to see they carried them as well them being on sale for $2.99. The supermarket was $3.99. I really love how I am drinking something that is very healthy for me, and tastes great. It only has 30 calories so people who aren't on whole30 can enjoy.
I have never felt this healthy in my entire life. It really is empowering and feels great. There are days I struggle like any woman, but the good outweighs the bad. I am proud. I've been on whole30 probably 5 months now. Give or take.
I would definitely try if you are looking for a healthy drink. An alternative to ice tea or that bad sugar habit you have. It's very tart and sweet at the same time to me. Also if you are looking for good ways to nurture your gut/stomach issues. It's a nice treat to splurge on once a week. It's the simple things in life that make me happy. I give it 5 coffee cups out of 5. P.S. If you try don't shake and be careful the Kombucha shoots everywhere lol. I learned the hard way. Have a beautiful weekend all.
Have any of you ever tried Kombucha? This brand? Thoughts..
Drink in good health all :)
Signing off a "Fizzy" Coffee Diva
Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
T.G.I.G everyone! Oh hey it's raining again wow what a shocker lol. I have been running around all morning and now I am in the process of doing loads of laundry. When I was sick the other week I guess it piled up a bit. I like to get everything done before the weekend so I can rest as well as be able to start the next week on a positive note. If you are like me and you love Ikea, I'm sure every summer you look forward to the coveted Ikea cataloge. It usually is hundreds of pages which stuns it's readers with the most beautiful styled rooms you can imagine. I get so many good ideas and inspiration from their books. I started collecting them a few years back.Even months or years after I receive the magazine I keep re-reading to get good tips on how to decorate. I continually am in awe of Ikea's ability to bring such design at an affordable price. I have my eye on so many pieces for the summer time. I really need to get overhead lighting. That's the one area I have neglected over the years. In apartments they don't really offer many overhead options. Anywhoo, here is a sneak peek at the new VIKTIGT collection from Ikea. Minimalists and modernists are going to flip out! I am in love with pretty much every piece they have. Especially their new rugs and lighting :)This collection will hit stores May 23rd so get crackin!!
Take a look and let me know what you all think. Do you guys shop at Ikea? What are your favorite pieces? Have a happy Friday all.
Signing off a "Minimalist" Coffee Diva
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Ciao! How are you all doing this week? Sorry I was sick the past week so I have been a bit M.I.A. Now it's already May! That is crazy to me lol. So many birthday's and holidays this month. It's a peaceful rainy Wednesday here in N.Y.C. I was in the city all day yesterday. It felt good to be in a different area then where I used to work. I'm always networking and connecting for work. Never a dull moment!I have so many reviews and posts to catch up on, I wanted to start with an empty sample I just finished. Glamglow gravity mud firming mask.
I've been using this for the past two weeks or so. I used it once a week as instructed. It is a peel off mask which usually I find annoying to be honest. This mask however left my skin in really good condition after using. You have to put a decent layer of the mask on or else it will not peel off properly. The first time I used it I applied a thin amount and it was hard to get off. From then on I used more and it worked perfect. You let the silver mask dry for about 20 mins give or take. Then just peel off. I don't know about any firming properties but it cleaned out my pores great. I would definitely buy again. The price is $69 for a 1.4oz. Yes Glamglow masks are very expensive. But for good skincare, and only using once a week it should stretch a while. I will give it 4 coffee cups out of 5. You can purchase online here at sephora.com or other retailers that sell Glamglow.
Have you guys ever tried this mask? Or any other Glamglow products? Please let me know your thoughts.
Signing off a "Peeled" Coffee Diva ;)