The Easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hey, hey, HAPPY Tuesday!

So I’ve really been craving coffee lately, like everyday I need my coffee fix. It’s something I don’t really prefer to crave but it’s damn good so we’re just going to stick with it. I blame my mom because she got me a Keurig for my birthday!

Anyways, I was at the store in the coffee aisle last week and saw overly priced “Starbucks Via Instant Latte” – Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor, and I was immediately intrigued so I put them in the cart! There are only like four packets in the package and they’re totally overpriced, but I figured it’s just a one time buy and I’ll conserve the packets throughout the entire Fall season. Because if I’m being honest, there’s way too much sugar in these little boogers to have every day or even every other day. I’m also not crazy about the ingredients- the first ingredient is diary powder (I think I just gagged even typing that out). If you know me, you know I really am not a huge fan of dairy, especially milk.

I’m sure you get it by now, but just in case you don’t- not a fan of the ingredients or the amount of sugar that’s in these, BUT they taste so damn good and even though they’re expensive, it’s still cheaper than buying a single drink from Starbucks! Also, the pumpkin spice flavoring is seriously incredible, it’s not overwhelming at all, and I figured I needed to start getting into the Fall season because my mind is still 100% stuck in summer mode. Can you blame me, though? I love summer. I love sunshine. I love hot weather. I thrive the most in the summer, but seasons evolve so I need to, too.

I almost forgot! The main reason I love these packets is because of how efficient they are. All you have to do is heat up some water on the stove for roughly five minutes, pour the water into a cute water bottle or mason jar, and then pour the latte packet into your cup! It’s literally as simple as that. I do add a dash of coconut milk creamer to give it some flavor, but you do NOT need to add any sugar to these.

See? I told you, the easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Now, go live a little and buy these super efficient packets. And remember, don’t use them daily! Treat them as a little dessert but for in the mornings.

Talk soon!

xx, Aubrianna

Delightful Moments – A Friday Morning Well Spent

To start off, I apologize for not posting last week!

I’ve been feeling a little uninspired because I’m so busy with school and work. It’s hard to have my blog be my first priority when the majority of my time needs to be spent on school.

The good news is that I have around one more month left of this semester, then it’s Christmas break. Christmas break means I’ll have all the time in the world to create blog posts, so I can’t wait for that!

Yesterday morning, I had the morning off. Meaning I didn’t have to be to work until 3 pm, so I wanted to lay in bed all morning & just watch SOA. Like, I was seriously considering it, I did not want to be productive. Instead, I forced myself to do some minor chores around the house, made a really great breakfast, and took some pictures for a blog post. I wasn’t planning on doing a blog post, it just ended up that way for whatever reason.

It was like, me forcing myself to be productive gave me a little inspiration. The moral of the story is that, whenever you’re feeling uninspired, lazy, tired, or you just don’t want to get out of bed, I think the best thing you can do for yourself is do the complete opposite. Don’t hide out in bed all day. Make yourself get up & make your bed, make a really nutritious breakfast (oatmeal, fruit smoothie, or  healthy pancakes), go for a walk/jog or get a good work out in, and then do an activity you love. Whether that activity includes reading, scrapbooking (THIS IS ME 100%, love to scrapbook), watch a good movie, or explore the city!

I know sometimes it’s so much easier to lay in bed and not face the world, but I felt so much better after choosing to not waste my day by laying in bed all day. & I got so much done that I wouldn’t have otherwise, which is such a refreshing feeling.

I do totally get that everyone is different & we all need balance. Sometimes we DO need that day where we don’t do absolutely anything, which is TOTALLY fine. I’m more referring to when you have a good amount of days where you don’t have anything going on, and for all of those days you choose to be unproductive. Am I making sense? Hopefully, LOL!

On another note, who wants to see the gorgeous breakfast I made yesterday morning?

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Seriously, how perfect are these pancakes!? Not to mention, they were delicious AND healthy. That is a serious win win in my book.

Adding fruit to any breakfast meal is the prefect addition. Fruits are filled with antioxidants, which are so healthy for you. Trust me!

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I also included a cup of warm water with fresh lemon juice squeezed into it. YUM.

I had a very satisfying breakfast yesterday, along with a very eventful day. There’s not much better than those two things combined.

Oh yeah, & it was Friday. What a Friday well spent!

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How do you spend your days off? I’d love to know!

People responded really well to my first fashion post, so I’m thinking I’ll be doing another one very soon! Should I go with a more casual look again or a special occasion look?

Let me know in the comment section below, please!

We’ll talk soon.

XX, Aubrianna

Banana & Mango Smoothie That is too Bomb

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Happy Wednesday!!

Half way through the week already. Time sure does fly by as you get older. I literally start my fall semester in a month. Like, HOW!? Didn’t I just finish my spring semester? Guess not.

Some time last week I asked my followers on Instagram what they’d like to see more of. Certain people responded saying they’d like to see more of heathy recipes and fashion posts. What you ask, you may receive, because I decided to feature my fav smoothie as today’s post! A fashion post will come soon, promise! Also, to the people who actually told me what they’d like to see more of – THANK YOU. Getting people to give me feedback on my blog is like trying to pull teeth out. So I seriously appreciate when people are willing to answer a few questions and give suggestions. It means so much when people on social media support my blog, and when they support me. The gesture of sharing or liking my posts on any of my social media platforms, or giving suggestions does not go unseen! The people who do this, you are truly the best. XO

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Ingredients Needed:

+ A couple bananas

+ Handful of frozen mango chunks

+ Half cup of Almond Milk

+ Spoonful of  all natural Peanut Butter – it thickens the smoothie (optional)

+ Chia and/or Hemp Seeds (optional)

+ Cacao Nibs (optional)

Directions:

Put everything in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. So quick, so easy, so healthy, and soooo good!

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I’ll have this smoothie for really any meal. I usually have the smoothie in the morning to kickstart my metabolism, along with a bowl of fruit or toast with avocado spread on it. If I double the smoothie, so I use three of four bananas and extra mango chunks, then the smoothie will really, really fill me up. Regardless, the smoothie seems to be more filling than you’d expect. The measurements I use are what work for me. I’ve been making this exact smoothie for like two years now, so I know what I like as far as how much of everything. Do what works for you. If you don’t like mango, then try pineapple or blueberries, just experiment!

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Thank you for reading, everyone!! Let me know how you like this smoothie, because I literally just made this smoothie up one day. Yes, I’m sure there are hundreds of “banana/mango smoothies” out there, but I created this one in my own kitchen without having to search online. I think it’s delicious but I’m curious as to what you think!

Talk soon!

XX, Aubrianna