Friday, September 12, 2014

Bye-Bye Starbucks?

If you've been following me for a while or if you're a close friend/family member, then you know how much I used to love Starbucks. You know I'm a caffeine addict. You KNOW how detrimental it is that I have some kind of coffee in my system before interacting with life.

I was somewhat an advocate for Starbucks for years and years. Blinded by that little green straw that brought a smile or the intoxicating aroma that filled the air when the coffee hit your car through the drive thru window. I would be a coffee snob of sorts when it came to other brands. Turning my nose up at the thought of McDonald's coffee or dare I say, Dunkin Donuts coffee.

But oh how the tables have turned my friends. I'm not sure if it's because I was drinking Spark for three months straight or what but the last few times I've gone to Starbucks have been downright disappointing. As the majority of white girl America I was ecstatic when Pumpkin Spice came back early this year. After reading a few blog posts, like this one, about how horrible the PSL is for you, I still fought it and got one the day it arrived. To say I was disgusted would be an understatement. Maybe that post ruined me subconsciously. Or maybe the coffee has sucked all along and I'm just now seeing it. Maybe they changed something in their PSL...for the worse. (change is not always for the best people). Every time since that day that I have gone back, the coffee has sucked. This morning? It was glorified dish water.

What does Starbucks say when you tell them about it through social media? Nothing. That's right. Nada. There are still millions of people drinking their coffee so what's one more loss?
I've just gone off the company all together. I know, I know. I never saw this day coming either.

For now, I'll stick with Dunkin Donuts. They seem to be getting this Pumpkin Spice Latte thing down.

EDIT: I did receive a response from Starbucks via Twitter to email them. I emailed and I have to say that was the most pleasant customer service experience that I have had with Starbucks. She was super nice and friendly, willing to listen, and did what she could to resolve the unhappiness with their recent product. It may not be a permanent fix but the kindness and concern extended was nice. So, thank you Starbucks.

Do you feel the same way about Starbucks? What are your thoughts on the new PSL findings?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Where were you when the world stopped turning?

You're going to come across quite a few of these today. But I think it's important to always remember and to also remember that two years ago was the Benghazi attack.

I still remember sitting in my computer class in High School 13 years ago. I also remember being so scared to go to sleep that night and for the week afterwards. I wrote a "journal entry" that night, you know, because that's what girls did then. Write in their journals because the interwebz weren't big then, about how scared I was. About how every single time I heard a jet/plane overhead I would listen for screeching afterwards. Because I'm also irrational. lol

It was so surreal and the thought of something like this happening to the country I loved so dearly, when you think it's safe from everything, was something that my mind could not process. We learned about various events and wars in History class but you never fathomed that it would happen in your time. Ever since that day lives have been changed. So many lives were lost that day, the following days, and they continue to add up to this day. I alone have lost so many dear friends to those actions and the war. My husband had three tours overseas as a Combat Specialist. He still lives with what he saw over there and what he went through.

Because of that one day, lives are still impacted. And with the threat of a new, vicious group and our President letting anyone and everyone who isn't supposed to be here cross our boarders, who knows what else we will be remembering in a few years. That? Is even scarier than that day 13 years ago.

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." -John 16:33

I promise to have something fun up later this afternoon or tomorrow morning. We need some funnies around here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Knock Knock part deux

Since technically today is "throwback tuesday". Right? or is that Thursday? And today is Taco Tuesday? I'm not sure. I'm always down for tacos. But any way, we will say today is throwback so I can share an old post with you.

It's called:

Knock Knock

Per my stats, it's my highest rate post every month. Why I'm not sure. Maybe it has something to do with Beyonce' the metal chicken who is old news but always so funny.

The setting of that post was at the beginning of my divorce and it's crazy to read through old posts and "hear" how things were or feel those feelings again. I was such a different person three years ago. If I could go back and tell myself one thing it would'll be okay and man! God's greater plan for you is freaking AWESOME!

Ok I would tell myself two things. I'd also tell myself to not stop running because THAT SHIT is HARD when you stop and start again after years. WAH.

Now go on. Read about the giant metal chicken and laugh.

Oh and I still do not have many fucks to give. In case you were wondering.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The NON Fashion Blogger

There are many reasons as to why I'll never been a fashion blogger. For starters, I throw anything on that looks socially acceptable in the mornings and really hope for the best because I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to wrangle a mini and get out the door. I don't take the time the night before to plan an outfit out because I'm crashing into bed by *hopefully* 830-9p and/or hiding somewhere in the house trying to save my sanity. No one likes a well dressed crazy.

But recently, I've posted a few things on Instagram that solidify just why I won't make it as a fashion blogger.

These are a hot item right now. They are called PB&J socks. You can find them at Target. You're welcome.

Pattern upon pattern upon pattern. This ensemble is brought to you by Sunday morning laziness. You can find these items at Old Navy (out of stock), J Crew Factory, and Target. For the record, I did stay indoors this day.

There are the rare occasions where I do get fancy and feel like maybe I can pull this thing off.

But then the awkward standing, distant looking, and "where the heck do I put my hands" thoughts happen. I don't know how people do it. It's so awkward for me. I'd much rather be funny, post food, or I don't know? My kid?

Anyone else with me on this? Do you have awkward "fashion" moments that you want to share?! Let's see it!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fitness Update

If you've been following along with the Advocare journey, I thank you. Because obviously life got in the way of blogging and updating. I'm still on it! I don't know what day I'm on now but I did complete the 24 day Challenge. Results were posted on Instagram but here you again:

Big change huh?! baha. Alright I'm kidding. Here's the real one:

I think what has surprised me the most is that I LOVE lifting weights now. I want so badly to start Crossfit but I am absolutely terrified lol I also honestly don't have that kind of time to go to the gym right now with littles, a full time job, and full time school. So basically I'm going to show y'all that a super busy super mom CAN get productive workouts in AT HOME. Ahem, for FREE.

The challenge itself was pretty easy. Self explanatory in the booklet that comes with everything. It has your meal options and which vitamins are taken when. I actually notice a difference when I don't take my vitamins now. It throws my morning off and I just feel blah. Same with the Spark. I can't function without it. I haven't had Starbucks in two months and don't miss it. Y'all? You just don't understand how many calories is one of your favorite coffees! I was drinking up to three a day from Starbucks! Which is absolutely ridiculous and expensive. I can easily buy two canisters of Spark for that and be good for the next two months. Which is what I've started doing.

At first, I thought it was a lot of vitamins (pills). but I think that was because I wasn't use to taking so many at once and multiple times during the day. I quickly got use to it and it's really become second nature to me.

Now that I've finished the 24 Day Challenge, I've stayed with the Spark drink but have also added Catalyst and MNS® Max E.

I love both products! I'll be honest though I was a little worried when I first started the MNS® Max E because I was super jittery and shaky. I don't know if it was because I was just starting something new and I didn't eat a ton those first two days or if it really was the "energy part" but now that I've been taking it for about a week or so, I'm not feeling that jittery feeling anymore. I also don't know if this is something I have to buy again every 14 days since it's only a 14 day "supply". That can get pretty pricey if I do!

All in all, I have tons more energy than before, there's definition and lean muscle now, and most importantly (and shockingly) I love working out! ha!. (I'll be taking another "after" picture this weekend)

Can anyone give me some advice with the pairings of vitamins/products? I really don't want to have to buy a 14-day supply every 14 days!

Which of my ladies crossfit?!