Since Spring is just around the corner, it seems right to try out a frozen drink. Building off the Vanilla Bean Latte recipe is the Vanilla Frappuccino – a deliciously frozen blend of coffee, ice, and sweetness. Serves two.
6 oz chilled espresso for a bold flavor, or 1 cup chilled, double-strength coffee
I find it helps to crush the ice in a blender, first. Next, add the milk, vanilla syrup, and coffee. Blend on low speed just until it’s thoroughly mixed. Pour into two glasses, and top off with whipped cream, if you wish!
Want to try different flavors? Instead of milk, use 1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate silk (soy milk). For plain, coffee flavor with sweetness, switch the vanilla syrup for 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.
Ashley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titledEtsy shop.
well, today we close another week! friday’s always creep up on me. did your week go by quickly? as i was browsing through the blogosphere earlier, i found this darling diy over at poppytalk, and thought you might like to embark on a craft this weekend. do you journal? occasionally i’ll find myself jotting down ideas or notes, and sometimes i’ll sketch little flowers or patterns out on a piece of paper. notebooks are the easiest way to do that.. and well, let’s just admit it- they’re pretty to have just sitting around. don’t you think? head on over to poppytalk to to get the full diy instructions on how to make this perfectly bound journal.
i had so much fun here with you this week, and always love creating conversation and getting to know each of you better. here’s a little wrap up of ghtr from this week and a few articles i think you might enjoy from around the web.
really? the talent i find in the handmade arena never ceases to completely amaze me. these gorgeous gowns are handmade by tatyana merenyuk- a new york based ukrainian designer. aren’t they stunning? some would be perfect for a big event (going to the red carpet, anyone?) while others are just sweet enough for a summer cocktail party. visit the reddoll shop to see more, or visit her website for the full collection.
hello, lovelies! today we have an inbox inquiry from katie henderson about organic hair care products. see my advice below and share your own advice in the comments section!
hi katie! i have curly, frizzy hair as well. AH! i have a few recommendations for you (see below) but more than just guide you to a specific product, i wanted to share with you a list of ingredients that i avoid at all costs. that way, you can take the list with you into the store and find several different products that you can feel good about purchasing and using!
below you’ll find my pocket resource guide for which ingredients to avoid. you will be able to find products that are free from these ingredients, you’ll just have to look for them. you can try at your local store, but a better bet would be to head to a health food store. but remember, just because it’s in a health food store, doesn’t mean it’s good for you! always double check the ingredients. you can click on the picture below to download a pdf format, with three different sizes in it choose from. i just keep a copy in my wallet for easy access at the store!
now, the discussion on ingredients in general, is a whole different topic in itself (of which we won’t go into today), but you can either take my word for it, or research the following links to learn more:
some of the products that i’ve found to ‘fit the bill’ have come from the companies listed below. however, you still need to double check the ingredients, as not all of the products from these companies necessarily apply.
mother, crafter, painter, blogger, pyrographer. lauren from the haunted hollow tree is a mutli-talented gal and her work shows it. i love the feeling her art gives me, one of whispering neutrals and serene scenes. i decorated my last home in whites, beiges, browns and neutrals and i find myself missing the palette deeply. i think one of lauren’s paintings would have looked lovely hanging on the wall.
do you have a dream? i know you do. we all do. i have some so big that i’ve never even shared them with you. dreams can be scary, right? what if i can’t do it? what will people think? how do i even get started?
if you’ve followed tara gentile and scoutie girl for very long, you know she’s a master of action. she takes her dreams and turns them into realities. quickly!
after reading so many of your stories from the do what you love giveaway, i can tell so many of us are struggling to get started on our big dreams. you’ve been laid off from work, don’t like your job, or are just too tired from it when you get home to even think about your dreams.
there’s an art to action, and a way to accomplish your goals, one step at a time. that’s exactly what tara’s goals are for the art of action. it’s an e-course where you’ll learn step by step how to act on you big dreams and goals in life, and put them into action.
“Your big dream is your art. Your idea, a brushstroke on canvas. Together, we will set up your easel, get out your paints, ready your brushes, and begin.” – Tara Gentile
it’s all about execution. the art of action will help you put what you learn into practice. it will help you define your goals, finalize your concepts, and move forward.
it will help bring your dreams into reality.
visit the art of actionto learn more, get inspired and register today. spots are limited!
you know i love a good story. i think you’ll enjoy this one:
these paintings are by the amazing artist, sophie blackall and are part of her missed connections project. it’s an ongoing series of paintings based on real, anonymous messages posted online by lovelorn strangers, and i can’t help but get my heart strings all wrapped up in them.
hello, friends! i have to share with you my latest discovery (via tara gentile). in fact, i’m writing to you from it right now! it’s the most amazing program for writers, bloggers and those of you who just want to focus while you work. as tara puts it, omm writer turns your computer screen into a low contrast, high focus zen wonderland of creative flow.
with options for different backgrounds, texts, writing sounds, saving options and music choices, it really does create an exceptionally concentrative space. i like the zen music so much, i’ve found myself leaving it to play while i’m around the house, or even eager to practice some yoga to it! just watch the video above to see what i mean.
right now, i have twelve tabs and about 4 programs running on my computer. how many do you have? normally, while i’m trying to write or focus, my eyes are always jumping between my twitter and e-mail inbox bar, or i’m being notified that someone just came or went online via skype.
serisouly?it’s an overload.
how am i supposed to get anything done? i can’t believe i have accomplished anything before now (at least in a timely matter) without omm writer. i have a feeling it’s going to increase my productivity ten fold. i find that it calms me down and helps me escape from the craziness that is today’s online world. it helps me focus tremendously.
omm writer offers a free version or their latest version, in which you decide the price you want to pay for it. how yogic! i’m in love.
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