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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Plan your Starbucks Dates Carefully

That moment when you're having an amazing date night with your husband. The anticipation. The joy of making yourself extra pretty. You have your Starbucks gift card and you are ready to go! This is a tale of planning ahead and knowing thy limits.

When we arrived at Starbucks, we were so excited that it was actually slow. There were maybe four or five people inside, a few others enjoying the seating on the patio. Did I mention that it was seven at night.

We were both optimistic that we would be able to enjoy our highly caffeinated delights with no late-night repercussions. My husband got a chocolatey frappacinno and I ordered the smoked caramel. We got them almost immediately and they were amazing.

We sipped them slowly in the peace and quiet, enjoying our view of the moon from the window. It was peaceful, romantic, delicious. We finished our drinks and decided to get refills. This one time, frugality was not on our side.

I ordered an iced coffee and my husband got sweetened tea. More caffeine, more sugar. We took a few sips and loaded up in the car to head home. We enjoyed our refills all the way home. It was late by then and my bedtime for the night.

We got our sweet daughter settled in and then I went to bed myself. I laid there peacefully for the next THREE hours trying to lull myself to sleep! Yes, I know, if you can't sleep, you're supposed to get up and try later. Try that advice when you're absolutely exhausted and hyped up on caffeine and sugar at the same time.

I finally went to sleep that night, and when I did, it was a peaceful sleep. When I woke up, part of me was totally saying "worth it!", but the rest of me realized that perhaps, Starbucks dates should be reserved for mornings and afternoons. So, it was a valuable lesson learned. Beware when Starbucks beckons you with its amazing coffees, and be aware of the time of day. And, although I had a wonderful, romantic time with the man of my dreams, if we go in the evening again, I will be exploring decaf options.

I hope that you enjoyed this little adventure that I had. Have you had a similar experience? Has your body informed you of new limits lately?

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Aprons - Not Just for Previous Generations

We all have those fond memories if our grandmothers or great-grandmothers going about their housework and cooking in their aprons. Somehow, aprons started becoming less important and it stopped being normal for women to make them a priority. This is a big mistake and I'll explain why.

Now, you might be thinking that there's really no point in wearing aprons because you're just wearing your "house clothes" anyway. Well, this is the point where you stop selling yourself short. I'm a big advocate of dressing well at all times. It doesn't matter if I have a million errands that day or I'm staying home. This has several beneficial effects.

By dressing well, I feel better about myself. I'm more motivated to accomplish things throughout the day. I don't have to worry about unexpected guests. I don't have to worry about the fact that we just ran out if milk and now I have to get dressed and do makeup and hair to leave the house. I'm ready for anything. There have been other unexpected results from this approach, but I will save that for another day. Back to aprons.

As the mother of a toddler, I experience a lot of messes. And sticky hands. All the fun that comes with small children learning to navigate the world. My aprons protect my clothes. They allow me to go about my day fully experiencing life without having to worry about ruining my clothes. I can cook, clean, and do crafts fearlessly!

There are so many gorgeous aprons available that you can find ones for any taste and style. I suggest having at least a few so that you can change into a fresh one if your gets really soiled. And, you'll have more available while others are being laundered.

So, give yourself the freedom to wear your nice clothes and know that they're protected with aprons. You will see such a big difference. Especially if you are the mother of young children. It is an absolute game-changer!

I hope that this gives you the confidence to be able to dress nicely for yourself and be able to protect your clothes at the same time. Do you already use aprons? Please share your apron pics on Twitter using #alacuisinellc. If not, do you plan to start now? Check out my video where I talk about the importance of aprons!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Look Your Best With this Easy Dinner Party Tip!

When you're hosting a dinner party and you're the cook, jewelry can become a challenge. You want to look your best, but rings and bracelets can get caked in ingredients. And, necklaces can take unintentional dives in that perfect casserole as you're checking it in the oven. What is a woman to do?

I was recently reading an amazing book on entertaining. The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits is a treasure trove of amazing insights to entertaining. One gem from the book that I want to share is the secret jewelry tip that is a must for hostesses. Earrings!

Yes, earrings. Big, statement earrings. When you're cooking for a special event, this is the one jewelry item that is safe from all things cooking. They add to your glamour and will dress up your outfit without getting caked in sauces and flour. They are your safe choice to be a dazzling chef while serving up that traditional secret family recipe to all of your guests.

Pick the earrings that you don't wear often because they're a statement piece all their own and don't pair well with your necklaces and other jewelry. Now is their time to shine! Skip everything else and let them have their day.

You can dress to impress and be neat and clean while cooking. With just a little planning and forethought, you can let your inner diva reign and utilize those special jewelry pieces that don't get to shine on a regular basis.

Hopefully this tip helps you at your next party! What is your go-to jewelry when you host dinners? You can purchase The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits here.

*this is not a sponsored post, allviews and opinions are my own.*

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