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… was a Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa from The Wormhole coffee shop in Chicago! Peanut mousse, local chocolate, espresso, almond milk. STOP. IT. For those of you who like peanut butter and chocolate… and coffee, this is the best thing ever. I took this photo while D and I were working on our laptops there last summer. I have yet to find a latte like this one since… it’s like, the unicorn of drinks. (Apparently PB is really hard to work with. I did find this Peanut Butter Torani syrup though, which is super delicious in a pinch!).

Do you have a favorite drink that reminds you of a special time somewhere? I think of Piña Coladas on the beach with cigars and Dugan at my sister’s wedding in Rivera Maya, Sharon’s famous Egg Nog at her Christmas party, homemade hurricanes with our best friends on Fat Tuesday, sun tea every summer growing up. I love it all… every sweet, satisfying memory. I’m feeling a little homesick for our old neighbor Chicago today… for our friends there, for the skyscrapers and shopping and diversity. But mostly, in all honesty, for that peanut butter latte. xo

  • May 9, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    Rachel - Not to make you too jelly, but I live right around the corner and this is our drink, too! So good, right?! With a pretty rad atmosphere as well :)ReplyCancel

    • May 10, 2014 - 7:29 pm

      lindsay - what a small world?! have one for me, will you? and next time we visit, let’s meet up! xoReplyCancel

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Some days, I am the coolest mom ever. My imagination and energy and time are in endless supply, and I can give just about any inanimate object a funny voice and keen sense of humor.

On the other days, I add sprinkles to things.

There are tons of recipes floating around for little energy bites and no bake cookie balls and I’ve tried many many of them. For our household, this one (originally adapted from Gimmie Some Oven) takes the cake. Er… ball. We call these guys “Energy Balls” and Eva and I love making them in the morning – this last time we went crazy and added sprinkles. Black coffee for me, juice for her and you have the perfect “I just won your love through shared experiences and sugar but hey at least you just ate flax seed” breakfast. Donezo.

(Sprinkly) Energy Balls

In a medium size bowl, mix together:
1 C Organic Quick Cook Oats
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1/2 C Enjoy Life (or other dairy-free option) mini chocolate chips
1/2 C ground flax seed (or sub in rice krispy cereal!)
1 capful vanilla
1/3 C honey (I know most vegans don’t eat honey. I do. It’s my one caveat and I’m fine with it. The bees are fine. However, if you don’t think the bees are fine, you can use maple syrup).
Pinch salt
Sprinkles, a couple shakes – *best if administered by toddler or fairy

Form in to bite-sized balls and then stick in the fridge for a bit and to store, or enjoy right away with a steamy cup of coffee or tea or a cold glass of ice water. YUM! xo

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I came across these beautifully lettered and designed desktop wallpapers from Cocorrina on Pinterest today, and I just can’t stop looking at them.

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She designed 3 words in this series: Believe, Inspire, and Create. The first best part is that they’re positive and gorgeous. The second best part is that you can download them for free, right here on her blog!

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Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful gift with us all, Corrina! Enjoy, everyone! xo { DOWNLOAD HERE }

 

 

  • May 6, 2014 - 1:34 am

    alicia - is there an email subscription that I can follow you?ReplyCancel

I’m going to go ahead and say it. I’m addicted to: iced coffee and buying glasses. I can’t stop. Honestly. I’m totally a free agent, and in an uncommitted glasses relationship. No pair is ever safe. I don’t know why, but I just love the way changing a pair of glasses changes my whole mood or look. Ever since my first ever pair of pink, sponge painted glasses in 3rd grade, I. Was. Hooked. Go big or go home, people. #yougottariskittogetthebiscuit.

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(You’re welcome)

So fast-forward 20ish years, and probably no lie 50 pairs of glasses later, here I am – still addicted. I’ve Warby’d, Rivet & Sway’d, and my previous personal favorite used to be LensCrafters. That was, until the online places started popping up and were WAY less expensive. (But oh, the immediate satisfaction of only waiting an HOUR for glasses!! Now THAT is my jam. It’s hard to pass up getting to walk into the mall and, in the time it takes to down an Auntie Annies pretzel and pass on the one shoulder tank at Express, find yourself with a whole new look). However, thanks to a recommendation from Melissa, my newest favorite is Coastal. Tons of styles, great customer service, and your first pair is FREE.

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Read my lips: F R E E. No catch or hoops, you just pay shipping. So, I got the glasses in the photo above for $13 dollars. And I LOVE them. I got them just for fun, but now they’re my favorite pair to wear. Super super comfortable and (especially now that my hair is platinum!) they make a statement without appearing as though I’m trying to look ironic. The frames I’m wearing are the Derek Cardigan 7004 in Ice.

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You can buy them here, but be sure to click the f r e e link above so you can be walked through the process of almost stealing them! Check out this eye candy below from the Coastal Style Blog. Isn’t it cool how her look has so much going on, and the glasses still work?

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(Incidentally, that little cutie is wearing a different style than mine, 7008). And yet, I love how the clear look super cool even if your style doesn’t have a ton going on. (Especially if you’re a model). Click here for the full blog post about Blair’s look, below.

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On my less clear, more ironic days you can find me in a few different pairs from Rivet & Sway: Punchline in Neapolitan and Moss Landing (these are perfect for a retro look without being oversized. Perfect for beginners) | 5th Avenue in Downtown Tortoise | Director’s Cut in Confetti Pink. If you are in the market for new frames and see some R&S ones you love, use code LINDSAYRIVETS at chekout and you’ll get $10 off!)

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So if this post has taught you anything, let it be this: if you’re in 3rd grade and you look like the photo above, don’t worry. It gets better. Secondly, glasses buying is not what it once was. If you’ve been wearing the same pair for more than 2 years, do yourself a big fat favor (Laura, I’m talking to you) and get yourself a new pair. Whether your daily uniform is yoga pants and a tee or a tasteful pantsuit, you will not believe how a new pair of glasses will raise your self confidence. Trust me. xo (Also, if you’re wearing a tasteful pantsuit… don’t).

  • May 3, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Linnea - Great post! I’ve been on the hunt for some new stylish glasses. Love that R&S will send you 5 to try on. Those pink and brown ones above are to die for!!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Emily - I’m catching up on reading blogs but I’m now so sad that I waited because I just clicked your Rivet & Sway link to find out they no longer sell glasses! And it’s been less than a month since you posted about them! Shouldn’t have fallen in love with that brown and pink pair gosh darn itReplyCancel

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