Pumpkin Spice for Not-a-Latte {In Under 60 Seconds!}

Here's a Pumpkin Spice Latte DIY that you haven't seen yet! Transform your regular cup of joe in under 60 seconds and for less than a quarter!

Here’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte tip that you haven’t seen yet!  Transform your regular morning cup of joe in under 60 seconds and for less than a quarter!!!

I keep seeing posts about “sweater weather” but we’re in Texas currently where we’re still running our air conditioners everyday.  However, the power of suggestion is strong and I’ve been sucked into pumpkin spice hype yet again. 

You may have read about how I got my Starbucks Gold Card for free and I love my free lattes, but I also love a good homemade cup of joe.  While I’ve read all the recipes for making your own DIY Pumpkin Spice creamer, I just can’t get there.  I’m not willing to put quite that much effort into it.  I almost worked up the energy to make a pumpkin spice infused simple syrup, but then I had a brilliant idea when I saw the box of Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai tea sitting in my pantry…

Here's a Pumpkin Spice Latte DIY that you haven't seen yet! Transform your regular cup of joe in under 60 seconds and for less than a quarter!

Y’all… this was legit. 

Just plunk a pumpkin spice tea bag into your freshly brewed coffee and let it steep for a minute.  Not only do you get all of those delicious pumpkin spice flavors, but you can drink it black or add your normal amount of cream & sugar to it and totally control the sweetness and calories. 

This really is the Pinterest trifecta – it’s super easy, super cheap, and super amazing.  And really, it would work with any fall-inspired tea!  Not to mention that the black tea gives your coffee an added caffeine boost for those days when even your coffee needs coffee, if you know what I mean.

Happy fall, y’all!

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Freebie Friday – Motivation & Inspiration

Happy Friday,  y’all! Here’s a little printable motivation to carry you through…

As always, double click to open the full size image, right click to save. 🙂Free printables! Free printables! Free printables!

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Watch Animated Shel Silverstein Poems

Shel Silverstein poems have a special place in my heart.  We used “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light in the Attic” to introduce our children to the world of poetry during our first year of homeschool.  They quickly grew to love our poetry time together. Even our youngest, who wasn’t “in school” yet, would scamper out of her room to join us when she heard them being read, and she would cry alligator tears if she thought that she had missed “silly poems” for the day.

Naturally, I was over the moon when I found out that Shel Silverstein had a youtube channel where, not only are the poems animated, they are narrated by Mr. Silverstein himself!  If your family loves these books the way that we do, head on over there now to check it out!

The Shel Silverstein Youtube Channel

 

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The 5 Stages of Sleep Deprivation {Mourning the Loss of Sleep)

The 5 Stages of Sleep Deprivation - a hilarious take on "mourning the loss of sleep" from a mother's perspective

Once upon a time, I had twins that were teething for 18 months straight.  Seriously.  Every once in a while, we’d get a brief reprieve. But from the time they were 6 months until they were two years old, they were teething.

All my sisters had babies who popped in teeth like they were checking their Instagrams. As if it was just no big deal.  But for me, the only one who was dealing with two babies at once, growing in each new tooth was a near apocalyptic crisis.

Frozen washcloths, amber teething necklaces, homeopathic teething tablets, baby ibuprofen… we pulled out all the stops.  I’m pretty sure that they only helped by making us feel like we were doing something, anything, to ease their pain.

I would go for months at a time sleeping in 20-45 minute spurts throughout the night.  When I was totally desperate for a decent REM cycle, my husband would take the babies out to the car and drive them around in the middle of the night until they fell asleep in their car seats.  Then he would bring them back in once I’d gotten a couple hours of uninterrupted slumber.

So whether you’re a first time mom with a newborn that has her days and nights mixed up or a frazzled mom of a teething toddler – I feel your pain.

I feel that it’s my duty to brief you on the 5 stages of sleep deprivation.  Learn to recognize them and justify your near insanity. 

Denial

You hear the baby babbling at an hour far too early for brain function, after a night that can best be described as consecutive napping.  You think to yourself: “The baby isn’t really awake for the day.  There’s barely any sunlight out there and I can only hear one or two birds chirping.  We’re going to fall back asleep soon for another hour (or four).  If I just lay here long enough with my eyes closed, she’ll take the cue and go back to sleep too.  The night’s not actually over yet.  It can’t be…”

Anger

You finally give up on getting that extra hour of sleep and stumble out of bed with your babe (who seems magically well rested after sleeping for what seemed like  90 minutes total last night).  You realize that you’re out of coffee beans, your phone is dead, and even if you had coffee to make, you can’t find your favorite mug… and this all fills you with an unspeakable rage. Unfortunately, this anger is typically directed at the unsuspecting husband, because it needs to be someone’s fault and it can’t be yours because sleep deprivation disables the part of the brain that is capable of logic and reason and JUST LET ME SCREAM AT SOMEBODY RIGHT NOW!!!!

Bargaining

Okay, it’s okay.  We can figure this out.  Coffee will make everything better.  And the baby loves car rides, so a trip to the Starbucks drive thru is a win-win, right?  All I need is a little caffeine.  I’m really not going to feel like this for the rest of the day, I just need to spend $7 on as much espresso as I can get. Yes, a quintuple shot  latte is all I need to get this day going.  I’ll feel totally fine once I’m caffeinated…

Depression

It’s 9am.  We’ve been up for how many hours now? Did they give me decaf on accident?  Does it even matter?  I’ll probably never sleep again anyway.  This is just my life now.  How long until nap time?  I don’t care.  It won’t help.  Nothing will ever help…

Acceptance

Wait a minute… the baby’s asleep.  I can SLEEP?!?!  We can do this.  It won’t be easy, but we will survive it.  I will sleep when the baby is sleeping (even when it isn’t nearly long enough). I will accept the fact that this season of life may be characterized by impaired brain function and occasional crankiness. And at some point in life, hopefully this decade, she will sleep.  She will sleep through the night.  And so will I.  And my sanity will return.  I hope.

And mothers?  Let your dear husbands read this.  Encourage them to learn and recognize these signs. That way they can support and comfort you while you mourn the loss of sufficient sleep for this chapter of life. 

(By the way, my twins did eventually sleep through the night.  Getting a sufficient amount of sleep felt so amazing, that I decided it was time to have another baby.  We just never learn, do we?)

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