Day Two of Smoothie Review

On Saturday, I had an 8-hour shift at my side hustle. I did NOT want to go, but I am not one to skip an obligation. 

  I decided to try the Cold Brew & Almond smoothie for my second review. 

My youngest assisted me. I’ve decided that to make future smoothie attempts easier on myself, I am going to move my smoothie of choice from the freezer to the fridge the night before I plan to make it. In the morning, it should be ready to blend without spending time in the microwave. 

Today’s smoothie looked much more like I had expected–discernible cubes in the cup. 

  
The smell that emanated from this cup once I pulled off the plastic seal was nothing short of amazing. If you love coffee like I do, this will surely be a favorite. 

I rarely have to to make & drink hot coffee before my side hustle because I tend to sleep until the last possible minute. And coffee doesn’t cool enough on my short drive. It’s for everyone’s safety that I drink coffee, though, so this smoothie is perfect. 

I used the other half of my canned coconut milk to blend with the frozen cup contents. It came out beautifully–but only after some microwave time to thaw the cup contents a bit. 

 

 
Once in the cup, I put the lid on, pushed a straw in and tried it. 

It. Was. Delicious. 

I could not taste the banana at all which was nice. I definitely could taste the cacao. The coffee tasted rich without being bitter. I definitely think either an almond milk or full-fat coconut milk is the way to go. 

The sea salt should be congratulated for bringing out the cacao!

 
This will definitely be put into heavy rotation when I re-order smoothies for next time. It gave me the boost I look for from caffeine and carried me through my physically taxing day without me becoming ravenous by dinner time. 

I would drink this every day!

Let’s Make Smoothies!

My Daily Harvest shipment arrived yesterday & I was super excited to try it out this morning. Day One of subscription service smoothies is in the books!

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How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Time may be finite, but I certainly try to bend the rules and cram as much as humanly possible into 24 hours. Sometimes this works, but eventually energy and motivation wane and the basics necessary for comfortable living take a hike. Namely, household tasks like laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning become exhausting propositions. Or, those tasks are impossible to do because I am at one job or another and not even available to complete them.

Some services realize that we all have a price and have been sending me coupons with gradually increasing discount amounts. This week, two services hit the sweet spot and our family will be giving them a try.

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Spring Trip Spontaneity

This spring is my final time of having both my girls home full-time. Once fall rolls around, my oldest will start her first year as a college student and my youngest will start the high school odyssey that progresses into her being gone more than home.

I spent months kicking around the idea of taking advantage of the girls’ tandem time off and planning a family trip. Our last full family trip was in 2011 when we went to a working family ranch in Georgia. It’s been too long and I hate the idea of missing this chance.

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5 Podcasts You Should Add to Your Playlist

In my previous office environment, I was interrupted constantly by students wandering in to my office. Some days, I felt like I was on Candid Camera or someone were playing a giant trick on me because of the sea of people that flowed in and out the door. Now that I work in a quieter work environment, I find my mind wandering if it becomes too quiet.

I have developed an affinity for podcasts–and discovering new ones– and thought it worth documenting some of my new (and old) faves.

Which of these have you listened to?

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Wanna Engage In Some Bloglovin?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

It isn’t as sketchy as it sounds! I’ve been a user of Bloglovin’ for awhile now and I wanted to share it with you! The best way I can describe it is a blog showcase, but it’s so much more than that! After I told the site what I liked, it provided me with links and previews to blog posts that fit my interests. And, every day I receive an email with 20 posts that are must reads. Most of them are also must SHARE!

I love sharing great tips, tricks, ideas, and fun with the visitors to my Facebook page and this service totally helps me find the gems of the internet.

There is even an app to use, so you can discover new blogs & read great posts anywhere anytime.

Check it out & let me know what you think!

 

Three Things I Am Adding To My Life

After having been on this planet for four-and-a-half decades, it now seems that my body is teaching me lessons I was loathed to learn in my 20’s or even 30’s. Being a hard-charger who rarely says “No” to a task and saw resting as weakness, it has been difficult to realize that my body is no longer willing to stay quiet when I abuse its many delicate systems. I’ve decided to make some changes, and keep other recent changes going, so that I can make sure my body doesn’t call it quits before I am ready to go.

Maybe you can benefit from adding some things too?

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Good Deals Are Sweet Like Honey

bitstripiconI love to use coupon codes, search for best deals, and never pay full price. Technology has helped in that so much! Today, I stumbled on something that looks kind of new (maybe I’m late to the party?!) and I wanted to share it with you.

The service called “Honey” is a browser extension and I became interested when I saw how it will help me find the lowest price on Amazon taking into consideration all parts of a price and also recognizes my Prime membership. I’ve used plenty of coupon code finding sites, but never one that works in my browser with Amazon. So, that’s new to me!

For the Amazon part alone, I was sold enough to try it. It not only identifies the best deal on the item I’m interested it, but will also apply any and all site-wide coupons/deals with the easy click of a button.

If you want to check it out, you’re welcome to use my referral link–then refer your friends with your own link and make $5!

Weekend in DC

In July, I attended a week-long conference in Baltimore. One of my dearest friends had recently moved to DC and I had not seen her in years. I realized how close I would be to her and decided if she could meet me in the District that I would make it happen. I booked a great hotel at a great price. We packed a ton of fun and great food into our weekend. Wanna see? It’s on the other side of the jump!

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Eloise Had It Right

When I am staying at a hotel, it’s because I have traveled somewhere to do something. I have a speaking engagement, a conference, a wedding or sports event to attend, or something that likely prevents me from having a good night’s sleep while I am not in my own bed–no matter how comfortable the bed at my temporary spot is.

When I used to read the Eloise stories to my girls when they were small, I always thought “living in a hotel would be pretty sweet.” I have only slightly modified my thoughts on hotels, but now I think to myself, “If I could spend a weekend every month or two at a hotel, I would have a chance to do some work, take a nap, and RELAX.”

I have a chance to test my theory this weekend as my husband had to travel not too far from home for an all-day meeting. I tagged along because our anniversary is approaching and this is one way to be sure we have a chance to go out to a nice dinner. It also seemed a lucky coincidence that this meeting fell on a weekend that was 1) close to our anniversary; 2) after the two prom weekends of my oldest, and 3) on a weekend when no soccer was scheduled.

It’s a little after noon and so far, I’ve showered, had breakfast (and a great cup of coffee is still beside me), tidied up the room, started the process to have an email for this domain name created, began on a customer newsletter for my Scentsy clients, and found an Empire marathon on the television. I have not had a chance to catch much of Season 2, so I’m binging today and will be all set for the upcoming season finale.

I still have some reading to do [book club book & Scentsy leadership group chapter] and I want to work ahead on a few projects. But, I definitely think I’m on to something–this is way better than going into the office for a day or sitting in Starbucks!