Thursday, July 14, 2011

Retail Therapy and Latte Delights

Unfortunately This post is not about shopping. In fact, it is the exact opposite - retail therapy to stop purchases. I've recently found a ways to discourage yourself from swiping your credit card for impulse purchases like when you Sephora just because you feel like getting a new $40 blush (or is that just me?). Anyways, Dashing and I recently combined all of our accounts on a financial management/planner website Mint.com. Although this website provides all sorts of pretty little charts and graphs, it very clearly shows your husband how much you've been spending on items like cosmetics and coffee. Can I say self-guilt trip?

So, Dashing looked at me and said, "Honey, do you know you've spend $100 on coffee in the last 20 days?" Ouch. I'm thinking in my head, oh Starbucks venti, iced, non-fat latte how I adore thee.....so I replied, "ummm, yeah, I guess that sounds about right." I immediately got THE LOOK. I knew right then and there that my pleasant Starbucks mornings were no longer going to continue. I knew that if I swiped my little plastic card at any coffee shop, mint.com was going to tell on me. Crap. I had to figure out a new way to get my latte fix without the cost. OOOh this reminds me of a latte colored dress Kate Middleton wore! 
Source: google.com via Sara on Pinterest




..........Stay focused Sara Cate! No retail thoughts!..............

Moving on.........Iced Latte at home:

Pretend you're making your iced latte in this beautiful kitchen:


There are a lot of iced coffee recipes out there, and I've tried them. They completely work, and I think are very good. However, I wanted something I could make quickly each morning with more of an espresso taste. So finally here is my at home Iced Latte recipe:

1-2 oz. water
3 Tbl. instant expresso powder (I use Medaglia D'Oro)
2 tsp. Splenda
non-fat milk
ice














Fill glass with 2-3 oz. of water


Add 3 Tbl (or to your liking) of instant espresso

Add 2 tsp. Splenda (or as much as you like)

Add milk & ice

















Tada! Latte at home. Enjoy.


6 comments :

Sara said...

I know exactly what you mean! Now that we're expecting it seems there is SO much to spend money on and things that I used to not even blink at in the past seem so frivolous now. I miss my lunches out the most since they were a break in my day.

5th Belle Avenue said...

Ohhh I am smitten with your blog! Thank you for reading mine. I'm excited to start reading yours! :)

Emily Hester said...

BB...this is what I talk to students about every day! Chris and I have yet to join our bank accounts so I'm still free from the husband "look." You've inspired me to download MINT (I've heard so much about it forever, guess it's time!)

Perpetual Blind Date said...

mint.com sounds a little bit scary but possible something I should try! For me, the only way I will stay accountable is if someone else knows my spending habits and keeps me on track! - Alyssa

Little Pink Rain Boots said...

Thanks for the recipe, I'm gonna have to try this. Love your blog and I am now following :)

-Julie. littlepinkrainboots.blogspot.com

Sara said...

like it! :)

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