I know I’ve been a little MIA lately. Work has caught up to me and there has been a lot of changes going on. ACB in August is having a large surprise coming and I’ve been putting most of my efforts towards that. I’m a bit nervous to show you guys and I hope you like the direction it is going in. 

Lately, I’ve also been focusing on 9-5(ish) and taking a bit of a break after work. I’ve been focusing on enjoying the weekends and working on some other side projects. It was nice taking a much-needed break but I’m ready to get back to writing and enjoying blogging once again. I know that letting ACB sit idle for a while could be brutal in losing you guys and I hope I did not because I really appreciate all of you. 

I did learn a lot from my small break and the main point is writing breaks are essential. Most bloggers are thinking of new content 24/7. We’re taking pictures, thinking of new posts, reaching out to companies, designing, editing photos and doing all kinds of social media. This is all going on while most of us have our main job. I come home from work, sit down and blog. It can be hard to strike a work-life balance at times. What goes into a blog is much more than most think and I find myself working almost 20 hours a week on the blog. Blogging has become a passion for me but without resting, your efficiency goes down. And naturally, your work suffers.

I don’t want to and never have thought of giving up my blog for good but taking a break rejuvenates you and helps much more than you might think. Sometimes you need to take a step back, relax and look at it in a new perspective and that’s what it has done for me. I know some say that you should post anything to at least have content but I’d much rather not post than post content that is sub par. 

Over the next couple weeks I am going to open up my blog if anyone may be interested in guest posting while ACB is undergoing changes. I would really love to share my blog. I will be posting more content myself but as I am working on this project I’d love to have some new fresh faces on here. Send me an email at I hope you all understand and stay with me. 

xx Tia


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Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette

Mmmm muffins in the morning are one of my favorite breakfast meals. Unfortunately, they aren’t too healthy for you. BUT these peanut butter banana muffins are both good and tasty (and whole wheat)!

Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette

These muffins have the perfect mixture of sweet peanut butter and tangy bananas. You’re going to love them, I guarantee it.

Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette

Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

:: 1/2 cup butter, softened 

:: 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter

:: 1 cup sugar

:: 2 eggs

:: 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium, you can add a half extra if you like it extra banana-y)

:: 2 cups whole wheat flour

:: 1 teaspoon salt

:: 1 teaspoon baking soda

:: 1 tablespoon flax seed


1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

2. Beat in bananas. Add to the mixture.

3. Combine the flour, salt, flax seed and baking soda; add to creamed mixture.

4. Pour into a greased muffin tins. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from muffin tins.

5. Enjoy!

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Getting to know these girls (and guys) on my sidebar each month is a joy. I always have fun meeting new bloggers and having old friends come back! This month was a ton of fun and I enjoyed reading all of their blogs immensely. I get to see what life is like in California (which I dearly miss), to Louisiana and all around the country. If you fancy yourself a new read, check out their delightful blogs! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Anthropologie Giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Straight Up Z

Z is all about french fries, underground basement shows, and slugging out the last of college. Over on her blog, you’ll find anything from a trip to the zoo to reaching her summer goals. As far as her being caffeinated – She lives off of iced mochas (which gives her brownie points in my book). She loves to meet new people so head over and say hi!

Favorite post :: Behind the Blog 

Guten Blog Ya’ll

Anytime I head over to her blog my mouth waters and I get a huge case of the travel bug. If you want to go to Europe but aren’t sure where, check out Margo’s helpful list of when and where to go. It’s broken down by month and her posts give a great breakdown on the best sights and events to see and when to do it.”

Favorite post :: Europe When & Where to Go

The Skinny on Health

The Skinny on Health is a health and lifestyle blog that uses real science to mythbust diet and fitness fads, share healthy recipes, fun workouts, and teach you anything and everything about nutrition. Lisa is a masters in nutrition science and public health student, and soon-to-be registered dietitian, so she is super passionate about health and great at explaining how your body works!

Favorite post :: How to Date a Fitness Blogger

Jonathan Grado Photography

Jonathan has a huge love of burritos and if that hasn’t sold you I don’t know what else will. He was recently featured on MASHABLE , has been loving his Fuji XT-1 recently. I’ll be featuring that camera soon, but for now you can check out the camera at work in his latest post.

Favorite post :: Grado SR80e Shoot

Northern Ambitions

Northern Ambitions is a healthy lifestyle blog where Ursula shares a bit of everything, including triathlon training, DIY projects and her favourite go-to recipes. She believes living a healthy and happy life is all about balance and at the end of the day, it’s all about being surrounded by good friends and good desserts. So if you are like me and trying to live the good life, check it out!

Favorite post :: Skinny Does Not Mean Healthy

Because I Said So

Allison has pictures of puppies on her blog. Enough said. Allison makes me want to move down to the South and I love reading about her charming life and days spent on the boat. Whenever I go to her blog she makes me think about taking a break from city life and head off to Louisiana.

Favorite post :: Five Ways to Relax After Work

The Married Writer

Rebecca is a songwriter in Nashville. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Rebecca through her posts and about her adorable newlywed life. She says she has a bit too many stuffed penguins but I don’t think that can ever happen, now she just has a colony! 

Favorite post :: Rebecca Chapman Creations


Farmgirl Writes :: A Caffeinated Brunette :: Jonathan Grado :: Northern Ambitions :: The Skinny On Health :: Guten Blog Ya’ll :: Keep Calm Blog On :: Buttons & Birdcages :: The Preppy Mag


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Jun 30


It may not be morning and I might have some tea but we can still pretend right? Right. 

:: This weekend I was in the city for the first time in a while and thoroughly enjoyed being back. Summers in NYC are amazing and I intend to enjoy every drop of it. 

:: Friday night I tried to convince anyone to go see The Fault in Our Stars with Me but sorely lost. It’s still number one on my list but looks like I may be weeping by myself. We ended up seeing Edge of Tomorrow which I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. It kept me interested and on my toes for the majority of the movie.

:: Saturday I went around the city and found myself gawking over turntables (which will be my next purchase) and looking through vinyls. I just love looking through all the artwork on the front of them and discovering new artists.

:: After vinyl shopping I decided to try Big Gay Ice Cream I keep hearing about and ordered their Mermaid sundae with key lime curd. It was a tasty sundae but not worth the hype. I ended up throwing it out half way through. After, I headed back to prep for a picnic up on the rooftop with my group of friends and enjoy catching up with everyone. 

:: Sunday I headed over to Red Hook to check out their food trucks. It was a fun change from the regular Smorgasburg run and much cheaper too! I’ll be posting about them soon. 

:: I’ve also been making some delicious (and healthy) breakfast sandwiches out of my new cookbook Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches. If you ever feel like you just need to change up breakfast a bit this is a great recipe book!

:: Oh, & I hear there may be a giveaway tomorrow with one of my favorite stores! Check back :)

How was your weekend?

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