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My Top Packing Tip of All Time

Hello Internet!!! How are you? I’m on spring break, so naturally I am doing swimmingly. This spring break I am traveling – visiting my dad in San Francisco and my bestie in Denver. I’m gone the entire 9 days of my spring break, and while I am super excited about my visits, a 9 day trip posted a special kind of challenge.

You see internet, I am a chronic over-packer. I cannot leave the house without EVERYTHING I think I might possibly need, and when I am gone for 9 days… well that can be dangerous. I tend to just throw all of my clothes into a suitcase at that point because what if I want to wear this one shirt I haven’t worn in three months and I can’t because I didn’t pack it?!? Yes… I know I am a crazy person…

But internet, I have discovered something that has changed the way I will pack forever. Adorabeezle told me about this and I find it to be completely genius.

Before my trip, not only did I (ok, we. I made Adorabeezle help me) lay out outfits for each day, but I we picked out accessories and shoes and took a picture of them. This way I we packed exactly the amount of clothes I need and didn’t over do it on the accessories either. Plus – and this is where it gets amazing – I don’t have to try to figure out what to where everyday. I can literally get out of bed, take a shower and check my phone to see what the outfit for the day is. It takes all guess work out of it and I love it so much. Actually, I love it so much that I might just continue to do this when I get home. It truly feels revolutionary.

So here is a sneak peak of what I’m wearing this week (don’t judge these pictures too harshly internet – I took them for me, not for the general public.)

Travel Days 1 and 3

Travel Days 1 and 3

San Francisco Day 1

San Francisco Day 1

San Francisco Day 2 (ft. Ellie May)

San Francisco Day 2 (ft. Ellie May)

San Francisco Day 3

San Francisco Day 3

San Francisco Day 4

San Francisco Day 4

Travel Day 2

Travel Day 2

Denver Day 1

Denver Day 1

Denver Day 2

Denver Day 2

Denver Day 3

Denver Day 3

Denver Night 3

Denver Night 3

Denver Day 4

Denver Day 4

So that is my new packing tip and now you know exactly what I’ve been/what I will be wearing this spring break. Also you get to see the crazy amount of damage I did at Old Navy during their big sale a few weeks ago… so so so much damage…

And now I’m off to explore some more San Francisco, Internet! Happy Monday!

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Cold Brewed Iced Coffee | Method One

Hey Internet. I’m still here – my mom is still here, so I’m going to be soaking up these last two days with my mom. I will hopefully be back this weekend with a life update of some sort, but for now I’m relying on my scheduled posts. So here we go:

It should come to you as no surprised that I love coffee (maybe a little too much) and today I am telling you how to make my new favorite kind of coffee – cold brewed!

I LOVE cold brewed coffee, because it doesn’t have the bitterness that regular brewed coffee can have. I also love it because the coffee is already cold, and spoiler alert: Florida be HOT! When I brew hot coffee and want to make it iced, I am forced to choose between sticking it in the freezer for a while (waiting too long for my precious nectar of life) or putting so so much ice in it to cool it off that it gets all watered down (not great). With cold brewed, you don’t have to make that decision! (You do, however, need to be on top of your coffee game – you can make whole batches at a time, but you do need to let the coffee brew over night, so keep an eye on that coffee supply!)

Now there are two ways that I make my cold brewed coffee. Today I am telling you how I made it when I was home last month for a wedding. Fun story: my mom’s keurig broke and I had to hustle to make myself some coffee. Usually I make my coffee in a pitcher, and I will be back and tell you a little more about that later, but I love this method because you can make individual servings in mason jars and then keep them in the fridge for when you need them.

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee Method One

For this method you need:

– Some Coffee – coarse ground if you can, if not no biggie (I used a Michigan Cherry flavored coffee from Meijer – oh Meijer, how I miss thee!)
-Water
– Some Mason Jars (however many you like. I made six because that’s how many days I had left at home, but I drank A LOT of coffee and ended up making a few more later in the week)
– Some Coffee Filters
– A Mesh Strainer
– Measuring cup (optional)
– A Funnel (optional)

How to Make It:

Day One
– Put 1/3 cup of coffee in each mason jar
– Top with 1-1/3 cups of water
– Put lids on each jar and store in fridge over night.

Day Two
– Remove jars from fridge
– Strain contents of each jar through mesh strainer, and discard the coffee grounds (I did these steps one jar at a time, straining each into a glass measuring cup and then refilling them in the next steps)
– Rinse out each original jar
– Filter the coffee back into the jar, using a coffee filter placed in a funnel

Now, if you are putting it back in the fridge for later, just return the lid to the jar and put it back in the fridge.

If you are planning to drink the coffee right away, add your creamer and sweetener of choice and then top with water and ice, to the top of the jar. You can try it without adding water, but cold brewing produces a concentrated coffee and this recipe should yield some VERY strong coffee. I like my coffee strong, but I needed some extra water. You can play with it and find the best balance for you.

Have you ever tried cold brewed coffee, internet? How did you like it?