Wednesday, July 13, 2016

{recipe} Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Knockoff

     If you are anything like me, you love your Starbucks fix.  I'm on the *fairly* clean eating train, where I am avoiding wheat and sugar, and eating more veggies.  But frozen coffee is my weakness.

    My Starbucks card reached Gold status about three months after getting the rewards card for the first time, and don't get me wrong, I still turn into that drive through when I'm having a day out on the town, but sometimes you just can't justify the $5+ dollars it costs to indulge in that delicious goodness, even if you are close to getting that next star reward.  That's why I came up with a less expensive way to have a frozen coffee here and there without breaking the bank.

   One thing about a lot of knock off recipes I have found,  is that they require espresso.  Which is awesome, but not everyone has an espresso maker, including moi.  So this recipe just uses regular cold coffee.


10-12 ice cubes
1/2 cup of cold strong coffee
1/4 cup light cream
3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
Dash of vanilla extract
Squirt of chocolate syrup

      Add all ingredients to your blender.  Blend on high/ice crush for about 15 seconds.  Pour into glass, and top with some homemade whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.  You can experiment with how much chocolate syrup you want, or use a different flavor syrup altogether.  I use Hersheys "Simply 5" syrup, it has basic ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup.  I try and use healthy ingredients, but honestly who am I kidding, this wouldn't be a guilty pleasure if it was 100% good for me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

{review} The Delectables Eyeshadow Palette by Laura Geller

   I recently decided I wanted to change up my normal makeup routine, so I went to Ulta to see what I could find.  After trying out some different brands I came out with this Laura Geller baked eyeshadow palette: "The Delectables".  First off, love the name.  These 14 shades truly are delectable.  You can get the "Nude" or the "Cool" set, and I went with the Nude.

   For my coloring, I prefer warm colors, but I went out of the box a little and tried the cooler shades in this collection, like "Raisin".  I love how the names are mostly nature or food related, it makes it fun when picking out what you want to wear for the day.

   There really are endless combinations you can do with these colors.  You can go shimmer or matte since there is a mix of the two, and it can be applied dry or wet depending on how much intensity you want. I like using the mocha/gold shades like "Mushroom" and "Honey" and then picking out a little pop of color like "Sunrise" or "Forest".   This is now my go-to every day palette, but if I want to up my game a little for a date night the possibilities are there.

   It comes with a handy brush which works really well.  I love the packaging for this set; minimalist and earthy.

The Delectables Palette
by Laura Geller

$45 at Ulta Beauty

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Have a lovely day

Monday, July 11, 2016


     My name is Elizabeth.  I'm 21 years old, and getting ready to marry my best friend. I live in a small town in southern Pennsylvania, where it's not uncommon to find Amish buggies slowing you down on your way to the farmers market, and where many parks are historic battlefields full of untold stories and lush, peaceful hillsides.  My work week is a busy one, with mornings spent in a local bakery, and afternoons usually in my workshop, or here on the blog.  I get out and travel as much as I can, whether I'm taking a day trip to Gettysburg, DC, or NYC, flying around within the country, or planning and saving for my next trip to where I left a piece of my heart: Europe.

     I used to blog in high school, but when I reached adulthood and life smacked me upside the head I had to take a break for awhile.  Now that I have found my flow at last, I decided to start blogging once again about the things I create, recipes I try, places I see, photos I capture, people I meet.  I am by no means a professional photographer, or an expert chef, a fashion model, or a wealthy world traveler.  I don't pretend to be someone I am not.  This blog is a place for me to be honest, about my successes and failures, my strong points and shortcomings. 

     I am just a 21 year old trying new things, visiting new places, and striving to achieve her dreams, and this blog is for other young women who want to do the same. 

     If you are particularly ambitious, please shoot me an email and let me try and persuade you to write for me here on the blog. :)