$0.70 a Cup

COFFEE. Because crack is bad for you.

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Who new I would find love in a cup-a-Joe? Well it happened, I’m head over heels for coffee. Literally. If I don’t have one to start my day I trip head over heels because I’m probably still half asleep. I’m trying to imagine what that would even look like…am I falling backwards in order for my head to go over my heels? This is besides the point, the fact is, I dig coffee but not like a true coffee lover who looks for that bold aroma in their black, bitter coffee, no, I enjoy my flavoured coffees…you know, for those weak ass b*tches. Don’t take any offence to that, I’m one of you, we just don’t do bitter, we like flavour in our beverage as we do in our lives ūüėČ

When I was younger we had a Daisy Mart right near my house, its where I bought all my candies…and pirated DVDs (when that was a thing). Today, it has become a little piece of heaven, allow me to introduce you to¬†Personal Service Coffee

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I’ve only ever been in this store once before and that was because I was being chased by a bee. I decided to give this place a shot since I’ve been buying my Kcup pods from my local grocery store and already tried everything they had to offer. Immediately entering the store you get a burst of vibrant coffee scents…thats great! I wouldn’t want to be walking into a coffee shop and have it smelling like something else.
I swear I have never seen so many Kcup pods before…for those of you living under rocks, Kcup pods are little cups filled with coffee or tea, some even have apple cider or hot chocolate and you use them in a Keurig machine. With a simple push of a button you have a single cup of coffee/tea/cider/hot chocolate or whatever hot beverage your little heart desires…you can even brew over ice to make it an iced beverage…Keurig, are you hiring? I sound like I already work for you.

The showroom was a lot larger than I expected, or maybe its because Kcups really don’t take up that much space. You get a complimentary cup of coffee (or other hot beverage) while you shop around, I decided to try a coconut flavoured coffee. Instead of carts or baskets you get a¬†Keurig Carousal¬†that you can fill up as much or as little as you like.
While picking out my flavours, sales associate¬†Irene, comes up to me with a tray of freshly baked cookies…um, what have I been doing going to coffee shops when I could have been coming here for fresh cookies and unlimited coffee flavours?!

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I spent a good 35 minutes in the showroom just looking at all the different products they offer, I’m never buying a box of the same coffee again, mixing and matching is totally where its at!

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I’m hoping they do seasonal flavours because eventually I’m going to have tried everything they offer! There are boxes of coffee as well for those people who love a specific brand, I have commitment issues so I can’t stick to one coffee, I need them all so I can have options.

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They even sell Keurig machines…probably a good idea because those cups are useless without them (duh).

I really loved the little sitting area, I wanted to sit and sip my coffee with a cookie but I didn’t want Irene to think I was weird just chilling out in a coffee showroom all alone…I will imagine myself sitting at one of the tables every time I look at this photo. #SameDifference

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All in all I’d say it was a great first experience! The atmosphere was a solid 9/10, I think some music could have really set the tone in there! If you are a fan of coffee or tea, maybe you just like hot chocolate or cider, I recommend you check this place out, it will be worth your wild (I know this is not the correct phrase but why would it be¬†worth your while, your while?! Its worth your wild because caffeine will add that wild kick into your day that you obviously need because you are drinking coffee) *Change Approved!*

I bought 24 pods of coffee, I drink two coffees a day, so Irene, I will see you in 12 days!

 

-A

 

Fruit Filled Chia Seed Pudding

Chi..Chi..Chi..Chia (Like those clay heads that grow plant hair – Chia Pets) but this is the Chia you eat.

Sick of toast and cereal? Looking for a healthy option for breakfast? *said in an infomercial voice* Allow me to share my Fruit Filled Chia Seed Pudding recipe with you, its easy…kind of quick depending on how fast you chop fruit…its delicious AND healthy.

I started with the chia seed pudding mix – I put about four tablespoons of chia seeds into a mason jar then filled the jar half way with coconut milk and let it settle in the fridge while I got myself ready for work.

Theres no limit as to what chopped fruit you use, today I decided on a plum, nectarine and apple mix. I like my fruit chopped up really small, its cute, easy to eat, and makes you feel full faster because there are so many little pieces for you to chew. I added all my chopped fruit into a container big enough for all the fruit with enough space for the chia seed pudding to mix in. This is something you can do before hand and just keep in the fridge.

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Time to add the pudding…I like a bit more flavour in my pudding so I add a bit of honey and cinnamon.

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Time to get mixin’

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Okay lets just say what we are all thinking..”this looks gross” maybe so, it looks weird and almost mouldy but I’ll be straight up honest with you, this was AMAZING. Sometimes I like to go crazy and add crushed pecans or crushed walnuts…you could even add dried fruit if you wanted like dried cranberries, maybe even add some granola. I like recipes I can change up on a whim depending on my mood that day – this is something that is easy, healthy, and convenient to grab and go, just prep before hand and you’re set!

 

-A

 

Layers

“Jacket on, jacket off” – Mr. Miyagi even knew how to layer

Layering is one of the easiest things you can do with old wardrobe pieces. I have this issue with re-wearing outfits so in order for me not to break the bank by constantly buying new clothes, I’ve learned the secrets of layering.

I actually got inspired to write about this topic because of yesterdays outfit, a simple slip dress. Its alright on its own but to some it could be interpreted as too dressy, maybe even too leisurely as its something that they are used to wearing when they go to bed…keep with the time friends, theres no limits as to what you can wear in public these days. I decided to wear the slip dress because in all honesty, I was running late for work and didn’t have time to pick out a bunch of pieces, so I grabbed the easiest thing to throw on. Layering is a big deal where I work, we inspire people to get the top they want and the bottom they want, but not to stop there, turn that outfit from day to night by adding a topper. Toppers could be anything from a hat to a jacket – just an extra piece that transforms your look. I started my day with a suede jacket on top of my slip dress to give it more of a casual appearance then towards the evening, took the jacket off and rocked a more sexy look.

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I am probably every sales associates favourite type of customer, I am so easily persuaded into buying crap I don’t need…I also like to spend money I don’t have – these are problems I am trying to overcome…slowly. When I first saw the slip dress I was on the fence, it was cute but did I need it? Probably not. Its not like I was in love with it, it wasn’t even really my style…well I bought two. That being said, I’ve had two slip dresses just hanging out in my closet for the past 5 months with only one of them ever being worn before, thats why I decided to wear the black one yesterday. Keeping with the layering topic, the last time I wore the other slip dress I wasn’t comfortable wearing it on its own so I threw a cropped ripped hoodie over top with an obnoxious sparkly choker and went on with my day pretending to be a basketball players girlfriend…thats what you see when you see the outfit too right??

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The idea of layering always felt unnecessary to me because I was fine going out in a t-shirt and jeans on the reg (I’m so casual like that *eye roll*) once I discovered that I can change my look without having to throw clothes away because I’ve already worn it once was my saving grace!
Suddenly the cute little flower bralette could be worn out more than just at raves, I could layer that baby and wear it out under other pieces. I could throw on a blazer or some fur maybe even a deep V t-shirt, the world is literally my layering oyster!

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I still love my jeans and t-shirt look, that will always be an easy go-to, but on those days when I don’t want to be ultra simple, I can throw on a leather jacket to edge up the look or even a hat to really change it up. (Same shirt, different looks!)

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Bodysuits are a great way to layer, I never used to wear bodysuits until I found one that I absolutely fell in love with, now I’m #TeamBodysuit. Their such easy pieces to layer with, you can wear them on top of something (like I did with the flower bralette) or under something like I did here with a caged mesh bodysuit and my off the shoulder button up blouse. Its all in the details, little things like layering really give personality to your outfit.

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At the end of the day, its easy to go out in a shirt and pants, but you are a creative person, why not let that shine through your wardrobe…you don’t need to be extra, don’t onion yourself by wearing layers upon layers, I’m just saying why not grab a cute vest or jacket for your t-shit and jeans look…bad hair day? Grab a hat. Dudes used to do it in the early 2000s (and 80s), why wear one polo when you would wear two…or eight? #Layering

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You know Superman does it too…He wears underwear over top a skin tight jumpsuit, a belt to keep the underwear up, then adds a cape! #Layering

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Show your creativity, let the world know who you are, make they outfit yours! If you layer, theres less of a chance you will run into someone wearing the exact same thing as you!

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Jackets, vests, hats, belts, blazers, bodysuits, fur…theres no end to what you can layer! Take my secrets and share them with loved ones, allow yourself to save some money by layering your favourite pieces you already have, don’t throw out pieces you’ve only worn once then buy more (like I used to do), recycle your looks, make them new again by layering!

Reading that last part over, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who would throw out clothes that have only been worn once… I’m learning!

-A