EAT | Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso (Just Like Starbucks!)

So Starbucks has this drink, and you know I had to recreate it at home. This drink uses espresso shots, delicious brown sugar and cinnamon, and then topped off with some foamed milk. It is so so good and has a fall vibe to it. Here’s how I make it at home!

What you need :

– 2-3 shots of espresso (or really strong coffee)

– 2 tsp brown sugar

– 1/4 tsp cinnamon

– 1/4 cup milk (any kind of milk or milk sub works)

Brew your espresso shots into a mason jar, and while it is still warm, add in your brown sugar and cinnamon, and give it a good shake. Mine got really foamy.

Pour it in a cup over ice. It already looks so good!

Now froth up your milk! You can use a hand mixer if you don’t have one of these little frothers. This thing comes in so handy!

Pour over your espresso and there you go! This drink is so good. It tastes better than the Starbucks version in my opinion.

Enjoy! What is your favorite Starbucks drink?

Thanks for reading xx

EAT | Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew! Just Like Starbs!

If you love seasonal drinks at Starbucks, chances are you have tried or heard of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. Not to be confused with the ever-so-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is where it’s AT.

I really do not go to Starbucks very often, it’s pretty expensive and I HATE drinking my calories. Usually when I go, I get iced coffee w nonfat milk, BUT in the fall I always treat myself to a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew because it is just so delicious. I’ve been trying different recipes to make a dupe for it at home, and I’ve finally found the perfect way that is better than Starbucks!

What you need:

Let’s make the cream first.

– 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

– 2 tbsp vanilla syrup

– 1 tbsp pumpkin purée

Mix all of this up with a frother. If you don’t have one of these, you can use a hand mixer/blender/food processor, but this frother comes in so handy.

It is so thick and creamy and tastes SO GOOD.

Now, fill up your cup with ice and pour your cold brew over. I do not sweeten this cold brew or add anything to it, because the foam is sweet enough.

Top with all that delicious cream.

Add a little sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to the top.

I was out of pumpkin pie spice, so I made my own using a very simple recipe.

– 3 tsp cinnamon

– 1 1/2 tsp ginger

– 1/2 tsp allspice

– 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix up and you’ll have enough to save for next time!

This drink is like pumpkin pie in a cup. It is SO GOOD.

Have you tried this? What is your favorite fall drink?

Thanks for reading xx

EAT | 3 Ingredient Pineapple Dole Whip (Just like Disney!)

It’s Friday!!! Friday is so much more exciting to me now that my girls are in school. No waiting in drop off/pick up lines and no tennis practice on the weekend, whoo hoo!!! I also just really love when my girls are home with me. I look forward to the weekends now.

Today I am sharing a super quick and easy little dessert. If you have ever been to Disneyworld, chances are you have tried Dole Whip. Dole Whip is a pineapple dessert that is basically just pineapple soft serve. They now make it in a bunch of flavors, but my favorite is the classic pineapple. It is such a delicious cold and creamy treat, perfect for a hot summer day!

Here’s how we make it at home! (And pretend we are at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom) 🙂

What you need:

• 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks

• 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream

• 4 oz pineapple juice

Just throw all of this into a blender and mix it up! I use this little personal size Ninja Blender for EVERYTHING!!!

Spoon it into little cups, and serve! This makes two small servings. My girls absolutely love this. It has the sweet vanilla flavor of the ice cream with the tartness of the pineapple. It is so good!

Have you tried Dole Whip?

Thanks for reading xx

August Beauty FAVES

It’s the end of August, and I have a bunch of beauty faves to share with you! These are things that I’ve been using pretty much all summer long; everything is super easy and are great for the hot summer months.

Honestly, I’m not really into eyeshadow anymore. I usually just do a one-wash-of-color type of thing pretty much daily. Cream shadows are awesome for the summer, they’re so easy to apply, last all day, and feel nice and cool. These NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are the OG cream shadow sticks, and for good reason. This color, Iced Mocha, is the perfect shimmer bronze color and looks so pretty on the lids.

My favorite lip gloss formula of all time is the Dior Lip Maximizer, and this color Ultra Pink, is a hot pink with golden shimmer. I’ve been wearing this gloss so much and it is just the best, non-stickiest gloss. It also plumps the lips slightly. Love it!

I’ve talked about these e.l.f. Multi-Sticks before, and I love to use them on my cheeks instead of powder blush. They have a slightest shimmer and give a pretty, dewy look to my cheeks. They last long and are so easy to apply! I have the colors Glistening Peach and Sparkling Rose, and both are gorg!

Is it even summer if you don’t paint your toes hot pink?! I recently picked up this color from LA Girl called Eden, and it is electric pink. It is so so pretty and shiny, and just the epitome of summer for me.

For fragrance, I have been loving the Michael Kors Eau De Parfum. If you love florals, you will love this scent. It has tuberose, peony, and a hint of incense to make it warm and a bit woody. It is my go-to!

Lastly, a texture spray, because I love a textured wave. I hardly ever wear my hair straight because it is so long, so I love to curl my hair, brush it out a bit, and spray this in. It gives a messy, undone type of look, and it does have some hold to it. My hair still looks great the next day when I use this, and it smells really good too.

That’s it for the faves!!! What have you been loving this summer?

Thanks for reading xx

KIDS | Back to School 2021! Must Haves + Homework Cart

Hello! My girls ages 10 and 7 are both going back to school tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun to round up some school must haves for them! We also re-organized their homework cart, so I thought it would be helpful to share that as well.

First up, water bottles. My girls always bring a refillable water bottle to school, and these from Simple Modern are their favorite. They are stainless steel, come in a ton of colors/patterns, and they are dishwasher safe! Oh, and you can get them on Amazon.

how cute, right? The water stays cold all day!

Next up, some vitamins. I don’t give the girls a multivitamin since they have a well balanced diet, but I do give them vitamin c/elderberry gummies every morning. Especially with all of this Covid stuff, I figure it can’t hurt, right?

They love the taste of these gummies. I put them into this mason jar so that they could easily open them…and it’s more aesthetically pleasing to me 🙂

Speaking of Covid (ugh), I want to share their favorite reusable masks to wear. It is challenging to find masks that are comfortable and breathable, and we have found some that they really like.

My 10-year old Allie likes the cotton ones from Cat&Jack at Target. These have a metal little nosepiece and are very breathable and comfortable for her.

It was a little bit challenging to find masks for my 7-year old Ashley. She is very small for her age, (barely 40 lbs) and so I found these toddler ones on Etsy. They are kind of like bathing suit material, very stretchy, and they have the built in ear loops. She LOVES these and wears them just for fun sometimes!

I put both kinds into a laundry bag every few days and wash them in the machine and then let them air-dry.

Let’s talk lunch! It’s the best part, right?

I love to include notes in my girls’ lunchboxes every day. They do buy school lunch about half of the time, but they love to bring their lunch too. I found the BEST notes on Amazon.

*dying of cuteness*

These come in a pack of 100, and have 50 different patterns, so they are perfect because I can give the girls the same one each day. They have the cutest little sayings and would be good for boys or girls! I know it makes the girls really happy when they get a note. I also like how there is space on the back to write something. It’s just a little something special to let them know how much I love them!

Here are some other little things I like to use for their lunches.

I love to use cookie cutters for their sandwiches, it just makes it more fun for them, and also using little toothpicks to make little turkey/cheese roll ups, and silicone muffin cups to separate certain foods. Also, these little reusable snack bags are so cool! I can put their afternoon snack in here and machine wash these. I usually don’t need to, I can just wash them out really quick by hand so they’ll last longer. I put goldfish crackers, cookies, pretty much any snack will fit inside and I don’t have to buy the plastic snack baggies anymore.

At our house, a homework cart is necessary. We keep this little cart in the kitchen, and it has everything in here that the girls will need to do their homework.

They like to do their homework in the kitchen while I am cooking dinner, so that is why we keep it in here. We have everything in here, so that they won’t have to run to their art table in the playroom to get something.

On the top here we have a little plastic caddy, two cups for each of their pencils and pens, some glue and scissors, and we use the space at the back for any important papers and homework due at the end of the week. Also up top we have a little hair-do caddy. We keep elastics, ponytail holders, hair clips, and a brush in here so that I can do their hair in the morning while they’re eating breakfast. It’s just easier than going over to their rooms to do it.

The next shelf has notebook paper, plain white paper, and their scratch journals.

The last shelf has markers, crayons, colored pencils, and then a few packages of extra pencils.

On the side of the cart I have these little magnetic hooks, and that is where we hang their face masks. They choose a new one each day to wear.

Alright, well that is all I have for back to school this year! Not only are they excited, but MOM is excited too!

Thanks for reading! xx

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