Coffee Season

Hello, hello! Summer FLEW by – and now we are entering fall, my hands-down favorite season. The cooler temperatures make me want a hot cup of coffee more than I normally do – and trust me, I want coffee just about any time of day, any time of year. Coffee is my comfort; it’s what I drink when I want to wake up, as well as when I want to relax. It’s what I share with family and friends while catching up about the up’s and down’s of life. It’s a part of who I am, and if you think that sounds silly, do a quick search of the internet for coffee memes. Looks like many other people agree with me!

Here are just a few of my favorites:

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And I am definitely not a coffee snob. I actually prefer McDonalds coffee over Starbucks, and my absolutely favorite coffee is from Einstein’s Brothers. Have you tried their Buttery Caramel blend? If not, you need to go there RIGHT NOW and try it. And if you have already tried it, well…still, you need to go there RIGHT NOW and try it again. It’s so good!

Anywho, back to the point of this post: fall kicks off the start of the six-month season where there is chill in the air that in my mind is best warmed with a cup (or two) of coffee. So to celebrate, I wanted to share some of my favorite things about coffee. I couldn’t come up with a number that I associate with coffee, so I picked five, i.e., the number of cups I’ve had today. Which may seem a bit high, but I’m doing it for the health benefits.🙂

So, without further ado, my 5 favorite things about coffee…

1. Coffee creamer. I don’t use sugar in my coffee, but I do love me some creamer. Usually my choice is plain half and half, but everyone once in a while, I’ll indulge in something flavored. Currently, I’m using Coffee Mate’s Creme Brulee, but my all-time favorite flavored creamer is a DIY version I posted about a few years ago. It’s creamy and slightly sweet – with the added benefit of being homemade. Try it out!

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2. Fancy coffee drinks. Most of the time, I’m a straight coffee kind of person, but there is always room in my heart and tummy for a specialty coffee drink, especially during fall. If you think I’m talking about pumpkin spice lattes, you’re absolutely correct! Starbucks brought PSLs into the spotlight, but you can also make something just as good at home. Here are three versions to try – or if you’re not in the DIY mood, save yourself some time just head to your nearest coffee house.

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3. Coffee makes me want to read. Personally, whenever I’m drinking coffee, the first thing I want to do is pick up a book or a magazine. I’m not sure why I associate coffee with reading, but it’s probably not a bad thing. In fact, I think it’s a very good thing!

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The list of books I plan on reading this fall are:

  • Wreckage by Emily Bleeker {Side note – I’m almost done with this book, and in all honesty, I’m only finishing it just to finish it. I’ve hated just about every page, but I have a deep-rooted need to finish a book once I start it. Can’t wait to move on to the next one!}
  • Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins {I was hoping to read this one before the movie came out, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I just borrowed it from the library, so I’m going to read this one next! I’ve heard mixed reviews from book-lovers in my life, so I’m interested to see how I like it.}
  • In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware {A nice and spooky fall read I’ll be reading with my Skim’bassadors Book Club.}

4. Coffee is comfort. I know I shared this above already, but I cannot stress it enough: coffee brings me comfort. I associate it with the people, places and things I love most in this world. It warms my body and my soul.

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5. Coffee is a shared love. My husband loves coffee. My mom and sister love coffee. Most of my best friends love coffee. My coworkers love coffee. There are so many people in my life who share the love of coffee with me – and I’ve found that some of my fondest memories are shared across a table and two coffee cups.

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go grab cup number six. Happy coffee season!

With love,

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What We’re Eating – May 23 – 27

We had a nice little surprise over the weekend: our refrigerator stopped working…for the second time in a month! We went through the whole DIY fix last time, but it was such a huge ordeal, there is no way we’re going through all that again. So until a technician can come take a look (Friday or Saturday!!!! AGH!!!!), we are surviving with a mini fridge and a deep freezer (located in our non-attached garage). Should be a fun week.🙂

Anyway, since our cold storage space is limited, we’ll be making several trips to the grocery store this week for our meals. Nevertheless, I’m excited about our menu this week! Continue reading

Healthy Babies!

To a mother, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of her children. What they eat, where they play, what their little eyes see…it’s a constant worry and factor in the decisions we make. I love learning new ways to improve my children’s lives, which is what I’d like to share with you today!

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I recently joined Seventh Generation’s “Generation Good” online community, which provides a forum for like-minded people to share tips and information on raising our little ones in a clean and safe environment. This is a HUGE priority for me, Continue reading

Stocking The Pantry

The day I’ve been dreading for almost five months is almost here: the day my maternity leave ends. I start back at work in the beginning of May, and besides the overwhelming mommy-sadness I feel, I’m getting nervous about juggling a full-time (and demanding) job and two small children. It wasn’t easy with just J – so I’m sure it’s only going to get harder with another.

Therefore, I’m doing everything that I can now to make my life easier later. First thing on the list: stocking up the pantry and freezer! I am so bad (so very, very bad) at turning to take-out when times get stressful. This is bad for our health as well as our bank account, so I’m getting ahead of the game by stocking up on pantry and freezer essentials.

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What We’re Eating – April 4 – 9

It sure it cold for April here in Northeast Ohio, so our meals this week are warm and comforting. And tasty of course🙂

Breakfasts: blueberry waffles (store-bought); oatmeal; toast with salmon cream cheese and capers (my latest obsession – it’s so unbelievably good!); fruit; yogurt

Snacks: strawberries, carrots and green peppers, granola bars

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Burlap Wreath

Happy Tuesday! How was everyone’s weekend and start to the week? We had BEAUTIFUL weather in Northeast Ohio this weekend (66 degrees and sunny!), but the cold has returned. Sigh. At least the sun has stuck around.

I’m definitely feeling like I have a case of the Mondays…a day late.  L is not sleeping the greatest after around 1:00 pm. He sleeps great for this morning naps, but he can’t seem to settle down for an afternoon one. And don’t even get me started on 4:00 am. I know L will get in the swing of things (he turns three months old this weekend), but until then, we are going to be downing a lot of coffee in this house. I’m trying not to freak out, since I don’t go back to work until the beginning of May, but we have been so spoiled with J, our little champion sleeper.

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Non-toy Gift Ideas for Toddlers

J’s second (SECOND!!) birthday is this week, and because I have such wonderful and generous family and friends, they’ve been asking what the little guy would like for his birthday. Like a lot of kids his age, J has more toys than he could ever play with, so we’ll be asking for some non-toy gifts for him this year. I’ve put together a list of gift ideas that are perfect for toddlers (and their parents) that go beyond the world of toys!

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