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I Love Coffee, Not Mondays

Good morning! How are you all today? Oh really? That’s awesome!


Yesterday was Easter and I hope you all enjoyed it thoroughly. I did with a delicious meal and an iced latte finally. 40 days off of caffeine was great and all but I’m happy I can start my early morning commute with a pick-me-up. I also ate my weight in ham, mashed potatoes and everything bad for me, it was delicious. That got me back to thinking about how healthy I was living in California and that I need to get back to those days. Oh, those were the days (*sighs and starts day dreaming).




It’s almost summer which usually inspires me to get out and exercise and eat lots more fruits and veggies and less of well, everything else. New Years resolutions never do it for me, it’s more like one-third year resolutions. With all the business traveling I have planned for the next few weeks it’s going to be a difficult feat to start. Business meals tend to end up on the less healthy side of things but I’m going to keep pushing myself. 


Speaking of being inspired, whenever I head home to Connecticut on a long train ride I have uber amounts of time to think. I wrote down a bagillion things I’d like to do with the blog over the next month in my notebook. A few of them I’m OVERLY excited about but can’t tell you about them just yet. One thing I already did do was change my sponsor spots. I took out the small spots because I really want to work with my sponsors more and get to know you better. There are also more opportunities to be seen on the blog now. I hope you like them! 


Welp, that was a long introduction. Hope you have a cuppa because I do!


:: Now that it’s finally spring time out we can put away the winter jackets, I decided to grab myself a cute blue-striped trench from Gap to romp around the city in. Unfortunately, it’s sold out but I found it here to show you!


:: I started pinning a ton of healthy meals to try out this past weekend to start my health kick. I think I may have a slight obsession with quinoa lately…


:: I just finished Mitch Albom’s latest book The First Phone Call from Heaven and I really enjoyed it. He always has a great lesson at the end but I found it a much slower read than his previous books. Any suggestions for my next book?! 


:: On my commute through Union Square the other night the Drumadics were playing in the subway. Sometimes everyone is in such a hurry they forget to stop and enjoy the city we live in. I watched as people started to dance and smiles became prevalent on the crowds faces. It was infectious. If you want a morning pick-me-up check out one of their songs. 


:: Have you guys discovered The Skimm yet? Just check it out. It’s become my daily read & it’s awesome. You’ll thank me later.


:: Saturday night I had the most delicious dinner at Baoburg which I’ll recap later on in the week but it has become one of my favorite Williamsburg spots. I heard the Brunch is even better so I’m excited to try that next. 


Happy Monday!


xx Tia




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Good morning everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter. I don’t know what you all did this morning but after 40 days (!) of being decaffeinated, I went and got myself a large iced upside-down vanilla latte at Starbucks (because I’m a 20-something girl in New York). I know a lot of you have been asking how being off of caffeine for 40 days has been so I thought I’d give a little recap and answer the questions you guys sent to me throughout my time being #offthecaff.


Week 1-2: 


The first week of being off of caffeine was very easy! Except the morning I had to get to the airport at 3 a.m. That was just a big bummer all around. I felt much sleepier and had less concentration the first few days but I got through it and it wasn’t bad at all! I also started taking vitamins and the sleepiness went away. 


Week 3-4: 


I wasn’t sleeping as well throughout the night which is a very common symptom. I just started drinking chamomile tea which helped put me to sleep and made it much easier to sleep through the night. I also started drinking much more tea during my daily commute. I wasn’t really craving coffee anymore. 


Week 5-6:


I was perfectly fine and feeling much better! Not tired, no headaches, no nothing. Just A Caffeinated Brunette without caffeine. One of you had asked me what it had done to my complexion. I’ve actually been very lucky to have a pretty clear complexion throughout my life. But for some, too much coffee does have side effects on your skin. Coffee can take water and tone out of your complexion so when you are drinking your daily cup it is best to have a glass of water along side of it to keep yourself adequately hydrated. 


Did you guys & gals give anything up for Lent? Did you succeed?




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Waking up on an island just makes the feeling so much better.


The air is light, the sea breeze nestles you to sleep at night and you almost forget the concept of time. 


As you wake up and start your day, you don’t need to put together an outfit, you just need to grab the closest bikini and get yourself to the beach.


It’s a wonderful feeling. 


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On our second night in Turks and Caicos we opted to go out to dinner. I wasn’t ready to go back to the dreaded Club Med food just yet. Since most places in Turks and Caicos need a cab, we were lucky to have found a nice little restaurant nestled no further than just about a ten minute walk from us. I slinked into my dress, popped on my sandals and was ready for some food. 


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I loved the rustic decor of the restaurant. It was decorated like nothing I ever expected to have seen in the middle of Turks and Caicos but it was beautiful. I wish I had gotten pictures of the inside but my eyes were hungry.


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I just about popped out of my seat when our waiter ran off his list of sake. My all time favorite I’ve been searching for was in the middle of Turks and Caicos. Who would’ve thunk? I was so excited because I had originally discovered Banzai Bunny’s Sparkling Blueberry Sake at Umami out in Los Angeles. Since then, I’ve been looking to find it from LA to NYC and have had no luck. If anyone knows of a spot to find this delicious elixir send me a note and I’ll be forever grateful.


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Our first appetizer was up and I was feeling beyond peckish. Their appetizer special of the night was yellowtail topped off with ginger and was covered in hot oil. I popped a piece in my mouth and it just melted. Perfection.


Plates at Sora are meant to be shared so the food comes out when it’s ready rather than in a formal course. 


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Next came the main course and one of the top rolls I’ve ever had: Tuna, Avocado, Greens and Rice Crispies. One of my favorite things as a kid just got the biggest twist ever.


And it might have just beaten it’s childhood contender, the rice crispy treat. 


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And then the Funny Maki: Tuna, avocado, suzuki, topped with basil and spicy salmon. The roll was surprisingly refreshing and gave the perfect crisp in every bite.


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The next and most exotic roll came. It had some Indian flair and included a roasted coconut curry sauce with yogurt and cilantro. The roll was tasty but not my favorite.

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And saving the best for last, their T.M.T. roll which included tuna, basil and a tempura sauce that gave you tastebuds a run for their money. If they had any.


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After dessert we washed it all down with some ginger creme brûlée. Which was probably one of the most light and flavorful creme brûlées I’ve tried. Surprisingly, we found that most restaurants throughout the island served creme brûlée and almost got sick of it by the end of our stay but this one was always the winner.


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Although we didn’t want to leave after such a delicious meal, the moon was coming up and the temperatures were heading down. We tipped our hats to the chef and headed off. 


We slipped back to the resort enjoying the restless stars and sunk into some beach chairs by the pool dreaming of our dinner and what we would do our next day in Turks and Caicos.

 

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Wouldn’t you love to leave work on a sunny Friday afternoon, drive to the nearest beach with your significant other, stay in a luxurious 5-star hotel, and sit on your waterfront balcony, sipping margaritas as you watch the sun go down together? Of course you would. But if you’re like most people, it’s probably not something that you can afford to do very often.


It’s safe to say that most of us on a budget try to avoid thinking about a serene weekend getaways, simply because we think we can’t afford it. However, if you’re willing to go without a few of the comforts of home, there are some great cost-effective options for a fun weekend getaway. And best of all, as Adameve.com points out, camping can be exceptionally romantic.


Camping is a great way for couples to reconnect. It requires you both to come together as a team as you put up the tent and get situated, working towards a common goal. You may not be Annie Oakley, but with some modern supplies, a little research, and your partner there to help, you don’t need to be.


Beginnercampingtips.com has great advice for those with little outdoor experience. One of the most important things they stress is to be prepared. Make sure you know the area and have the right equipment to make your camping experience a positive one. You should also double and triple check that you have enough food and water to get you through your stay, as well as the proper supplies for safely starting a fire at night.


For those of you that think setting up a tent together could be just as detrimental to your relationship as putting together IKEA furniture, there are options out there to make the process easier. Coleman has a four-person instant tent that you can snag for under $100. The description claims the tent can be set up in under a minute and reviews confirm its sturdy, convenient construction. Remember, even if you need to buy a few different supplies, you can keep using them for years to come. Unlike a nightly purchase of a hotel room, your camping supplies can be considered an investment.


Even though you can’t bring your California king bed pillow top with you, you can still get a comfortable, restful night’s sleep. Try asking around to friends and family before hastily buying something to sleep on. It’s beneficial to try them out different options before bringing them camping. If that’s not possible, a general rule of thumb is an air mattress is a typical favorite for those who prefer a softer mattress, while a foldable cot is better if you prefer a firmer option with more support.


You also have unlimited options of entertainment, from hiking and fishing, to roasting marshmallows while sipping on some of your favorite wine. But even if none of that grabs your attention, your close quarters are sure to inspire a few different activities.


Without the the everyday distractions of TVs and computers, camping grants you the rare benefit of complete privacy and peaceful isolation. It may not be margaritas on the beach, when you’re sharing a bottle of wine with the one you love, the stars are guaranteed to be just as beautiful.

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