September Favorites

Though it is still blisteringly hot outside, fall IS coming! I think… This month has been all about trying to create a schedule for Clint. I likely would not have survived without a few of my select favorites featured below. A large dose of comedy, followed by some good old workout endorphins, and a new coffee treat are my key players at the moment!

Drink

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Starbucks Chile Mocha – I love a little spice. Starbucks new fall flavor doesn’t pack quite as much heat as I was hoping, but it is seriously flavorful. If you’re wanting to switch it up from your usual autumn PSL, give this one a go.

Home Item

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Pumpkin Pecan Waffles candle – I am unbelievably ready for fall this year. This summer was way too hot and fall means apple cider and delicious new candles. Plus I have my eye on a cozy sweater or two! As fall approaches, snuggle up with this candle. Surprisingly, it’s not too sweet and floats through the entire house wonderfully.

Netflix

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John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid – I really didn’t think I would have anything new for this category. I’ve been watching my go to shows: Poirot, Parks & Rec, The Office… But after putting Clint to bed one night I was scrolling through the comedy section and saw this stand up special. I don’t often find stand up funny. The comedians tend to lean toward the vulgar and extreme just to get a few laughs, but this was hilarious! Plus, this special was Emmy nominated. Highly recommended.

Insta

We Rate Dogs (weratedogs) – I admittedly will follow as many funny animal accounts I can find, but this one is my favorite. Whoever writes their captions is my humor twin. They feature dogs, not dogs, and dogs they claim not to be dogs. You have to scroll through to see what I mean. We Rate Dogs never fails to act as a pick me up at the end of my day.

Way to Stay Fit

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Pop Sugar Fitness – I’ve followed their YouTube channel for years, but haven’t done too many workouts until the past month. I like how they break them up by time increment (20, 30, and 40 minute workouts). I typically click the first one in line based on how much free time I think Clint will give me that morning. Then I work my way through the line up! The variety has allowed me to lose a few pounds, they feature a number of top fitness instructors as well as their own routines. Modifications are always included and the time does, thankfully, pass really quickly when you’re doing these routines!

Enjoy!

 

Mocha Cold Brew

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Sleep hasn’t exactly been happening around here lately. At least for me it hasn’t. While I have to watch my caffeine intake due to breastfeeding, I did mention previously my latest favorite thing is Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Concentrate. This stuff is my ultimate one cup of coffee for the day. Relaxing mornings are, understandably, hit and miss based on Clint’s sleep and feeding schedule as well as how many things I have on my ever present to do list. Meaning, enjoying a hot cup of coffee is an unlikely expectation. I’ve found taking a couple of minutes to make my favorite cold brew recipe, often while inhaling my breakfast, is well worth the effort. I can sip on my iced coffee throughout the morning without worrying about my coffee “going bad”. I hate the way hot coffee tastes when it’s been sitting out too long and goes cold, you know what I mean?

Ingredients
Ingredients

Here’s what you’re going to need to precisely replicate my recommendation:

  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Concentrate
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • A splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 ice cubes (exact, yes, but it is the best ratio)Mix together the concentrate and water in a cup, stir in dark chocolate sauce. Mix very well. Add your dash of almond milk and your three ice cubes and you’re ready to take on your day!

Tips:
– I enjoy my coffee black, if you’re not a fan of strong coffee, adjust the water ratio or increase the ice cubes or milk.
– Use the milk of your choice. I am not a huge milk fan, I’m all about the milk substitutes. However, adding whole milk will make for a creamier iced coffee.
– Switch up your syrups, want a Nutella iced coffee? Add a teaspoon of hazelnut syrup to your cup!
– Any brand of cold brew will do the trick, I do recommend sticking with cold brew concentrate rather than the bottles of iced coffee you see in stores. Why? Cold brew is less likely to have that bitter aftertaste you sometimes experience with iced coffee. It also has a stronger flavor, aka more bang for your buck!

Final
Ta da! The delicious finished product.