Copycat Brew HaHa Thai Iced Coffee Recipe

Copycat Brew HaHa Thai Iced Coffee Recipe

Ever since I enjoyed that first sip of sweet, creamy coffee with a hint of spice. I have been hooked. Brew HaHa (A local northeastern coffee chain across the Brandywine Valley) has by far the best Thai Iced Coffee, I have ever had. For years I tried to figure out why it was so darn good. Theirs lacked the bitterness I found in others.

I googled and hounded pinterest for the perfect recipe. No luck. Like the three little bears and porridge, something was always slightly off.

I finally got the nerve to ask a barista one day. What is that spice? Thinking that had to be the difference. Cardamom. Nope, all the recipes have cardamom, so that couldn’t be the secret.

Thankfully, my mother-in-law was able to provide the key. She was purging her plethora of unique kitchen gadgets and gave us a cold brew coffee maker. That was the key. Perfectly created, cold brew coffee.

If your in the market, here is one that is highly regarded

 

Now that you have your cold brew coffee, onto the recipe.
Disclaimer* This isn’t Brew HaHa’s exact recipe, just my version that I think is pretty darn close!
Copycat brew haha thai iced coffee recipe

Ingredients: (Makes 1 iced coffee)

5 Ice cubes

1 1/2 cups of cold brew coffee made with your awesome brewer. (We let water sit with the grinds for 24 hours in the fridge.)

1/2 cup Natural Bliss Sweet Cream coffee creamer

1/2 teaspoon of cardamom spice I used this version.

2 teaspoons of simple syrup

Instructions:

1. Place the ingredients in the glass as listed above and mix with a spoon. Grab a cute straw and enjoy!

 

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My New Year’s Wish For Less

My New Year's Wish for Less

Five email address and over 100,000 emails were in my inboxes. Tech clutter. I didn’t even know they were a burden until they had been deleted.  This year, 2017, my wish is for less, starting with emails. Less clutter, less stuff, less scheduled activities and more freedom.

I hate to use the word minimalism because it is dramatically overused. However, my desire for less and realization for how much room is left for happiness when there isn’t so much “stuff” is thanks to the minimalism gurus.  One of my favorites is Allie Casazza. She keeps it real and is a mom as well so she understands the struggle when comes to the clutter our dear little ones bring along. I highly recommend her free Periscope videos on getting started with the decluttering process.

With Christmas came loads of new “things” and to prevent too much from entering the house I placed all of the new items on the dining room table, grabbed a garbage bag and for each new item put in its place, another item went in the garbage bag for the Goodwill.

It is a start, and I encourage you to also seek out a little less this year!

 

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Anthropologie Inspired Dining Room “Make-Under”

Dining Room Make Under Positively Glamorous

I’ll be honest, I watched every episode of Fixer Upper during my maternity leave and I got the itch to change things up in the dining room. We really were not using the space because it felt way too formal and stuffy. I decided a dining room “make-under” was in order to make the space more usable. I imagined a place for game nights, kid’s art activities and Sunday breakfasts.

I was also inspired by the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In the book, the author encourages us to only keep items we love and that make us feel good. I realized the previous dining set was not something I loved, more so something I felt obligated to have for those twice a year fancy dinners. I encourage you to also go through the process of ridding your home of things that don’t make you happy or don’t get used-in the end, it feels wonderful!

So here is the finished product. This project wasn’t complicated, it simply took a lot longer than most since it was my first project as a new mom and there were very few pockets of time to work on it! This project still wouldn’t be finished if it wasn’t for my mom and mother-in-law. Their touches make the room extra special!

Here is what we did:

  • Repainted the entire room and trim to feel more light and airy.
  • Repainted the china cabinet to a vintage green and added new hardware from Anthropologie. (This cabinet was originally a desk! I bought it at a yard sale and we converted it.)
  • Took an old Ikea painting and turned it into a chalkboard using chalkboard paint and flooring samples as a border.
  • Added new hardware to the wine rack purchased from World Market.
  • Added new curtains from ikea
  • Switched out the dining room table to a table purchased on craigslist and then distressed with an electric sander.
  • Switched out the dining room chairs to metal and wood chairs purchased from Wayfair.

dining room makeover before positively glamorous

Dining room makeover after positivelyglamorous

 

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March Favorites | What I am Loving Right Now

favorite products positively glamorous

      1.  This Himalayn Salt Lamp is being used as a night light for middle of the night baby feedings. Himalayn Salt purifies the air and there is even a place at the top for your favorite essential oil.
      2. This cardigan from Forever 21 is super cozy yet very trendy! I love pairing it with a nursing tank top and jeans.
      3. This song always takes me to a place of peace and happiness. I first heard it in a yoga class, it has been part of my playlist ever since!
      4. These fruit roll ups are the perfect grab and go snack for any mom on the run.
      5. These shoes from Payless look vintage but they are brand-new and bonus-part of Payless’s comfort collection!
      6. This book, The Magnolia Story is available for pre-order and I cannot wait to read it!
      7. Since becoming a new mother it is time to switch up my wardrobe! Check out the items I am selling.
      8. The 5 S’s from this book are an absolute lifesaver for fussy infants.
      9. I really want these Preston Maraschino glasses from Warby Parker’s new collection, they remind me of ripe cherries!
      10. This tea from the Tea Haus was so lovely and flavorful. Thanks to the Jess Lively Show for this recommendation.
      11. This bag  from the Positively Glamorous shop is a customer favorite this month!
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What I am Reading Right Now & Great Books for New Moms

Great Books for New Moms

Since nursing our first child, I have had lots of time to read! Here are some of my favorites that are great books for new moms…

This book is wonderful for new mothers, honestly, it has really brought me a lot of comfort. This is an easy, entertaining read that explains the differences in parenting between Americans and the French. It is extremely interesting to learn how much Americans make a big deal out of every detail of parenting, whereas the French take everything in stride, and do not loose their identities in the process. Whether you are new mom or have been one for years, you are sure to find this book very amusing and educational at the same time!

Another great read for moms, or anyone juggling a heavy load and feeling overwhelmed. This book teaches you the importance of making time for yourself and guides you through the process of carving out bits of your day to do things YOU love. It is a refreshing read that reminds the reader that no one “has it all together.” Personally, as a new mom, it is important for me to remember that I need to take care of myself and my passions to ensure I am 100% whole for my daughter and family.

I am breastfeeding, and still trying to maintain a somewhat healthy diet as I did in my pregnancy. This cookbook is great to get your children to get their veggies in as well as adults! Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook is full of delicious yet amazingly healthy recipes that squeeze items such as squash into mac and cheese and even veggies into brownies! The best part? You won’t be able to tell the difference between the healthy versions and the original!

I absolutely LOVE Tara Brach’s free podcasts, so I knew I would enjoy her book as well. Tara’s soothing words of comfort help us understand what is truly important in life as well as how to live in the moment, even in the most difficult of situations.

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Handpicked Vintage Items

Vintage housewares for sale

Positively Glamorous is pleased to offer a variety of  quality handpicked vintage items for sale. To view the items, simply select a category from the top menu bar. Each and every week new items are added, so be sure to check back often! To view a showcase of items that have been purchased, click here.

Special thanks to Carlie, for this review of an adorable vintage dress she purchased, “Great condition, as described. Shipped SUPER quickly. And great customer service from the seller when I had questions. Will definitely frequent her shop!”

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Inspirational Graphics to Brighten Your Home and Workspace

Framed Matted customized Prints for sale

There is no better way to brighten your home and workspace then with some fun inspirational graphics! The shop has a large variety of options to suite your decor style and design taste! Below are a few customer favorites. For the entire graphic collection, click here. 

Big thanks to the lovely Megan Garrett for her wonderful review of her graphic purchase, “I asked for customization, sent a picture of the color I wanted, and it came in looking exactly how I wanted. Like the frame too. Quick shipping. Very pleased and can’t wait to add to my new apartment.”

Remember, customized graphics are available! Simply contact me with your request.

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New Tote Bag Collection Added!

tote bags positively glamorous

In an effort to spread more positivity throughout the world with wearable art, I am thrilled to introduce several new tote bag designs! These bags feature original photography and are inspired by nature, world travel and the simple everyday joys of living. These bags make wonderful purses, diaper bags, reusable grocery bags and tote bags for books! Please be aware to complete the check out process you will be guided to Etsy.com.

To view the entire collection, click here.

A customer favorite has been this bag below featuring the quote, “Dress Like Cocoa, Live Like Jackie, Act Like Audrey, Laugh Like Lucy.”

Thank you so much to those who have purchased a bag already and a special thanks to Diane Salvator for her raving review on her bag, “Such a beautifully made bag. Each time I use it I receive many compliments. I am so happy to have found your store!”

tote bag "Dress Like Cocoa, Live Like Jackie, Act Like Audrey, Laugh Like Lucy"

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Baby Mason has Arrived! Here is How We Handled the First Month with a Newborn…

the First Month with a Newborn

Baby Mason has arrived which is why I haven’t posted in so long. She is over a month old now and was born on January 14th. Her name is Elizabeth Catherine and she is a beautiful tiny little lady. She has brought us a lot of joy as well as a large lack of sleep! I wish I could describe the feelings of becoming a mother but it is literally impossible. The best description I have heard is that it is like watching your heart and soul walk around outside of your body. She is obviously not walking yet, but you get the idea. There is a big piece of myself that I feel is completely out of my control, yet intricately aligned with the true meaning of existence and love.

While extraordinary rewarding, being a new parent is not  always glamorous. I know this site is called “Positively Glamorous”, but I don’t want you to think my life is always perfect as that would not be authentic.

As an extreme multi-tasker and someone known to hold multiple jobs and internships at once while juggling a full course load at one point, I thought this would be like my previous experiences, challenging but very doable. Nope..not.. so much. The “It takes a village to raise a child” quote is absolute whole truth. While I thought it would be nice for my mom to come into town from Ohio to help me (which she did), and I thought it would be lovely if my mother-in-law came out at some point and cooked (which she did), it wasn’t just nice, it was absolutely amazing and necessary. To my friends who brought me food, and to my mom(s) the gratitude I feel towards you brings me to tears.

Future moms out there, please, line up help before you have your child, even if it is paid. Pack your freezer with meals beforehand. Those first few weeks it is absolutely essential you take care of yourself and have proper nutrition and some sort of rest so you can heal and take care of your baby. I had some help, and I had a relatively routine all natural birth and breastfeeding came to me naturally (all things I am extremely thankful for) yet I still felt very defeated at times with a case of the “baby blues.” There were tears, lots of them and wondering if it ever gets easier. Here is the “Positive” part, it does, which is why I had the time to write this today. To all my friends who don’t have kids, I didn’t just say all that to terrify you. Just about everyone else is going to simply tell you “They are worth it and being a parent is amazing” and it is. Just know during some of those darker times you are absolutely not alone.

Please keep in mind I’m not a parenting expert, I’m simply a new mom working my way on this adventure. Your way of parenting may be completely different and that is perfectly ok too!

Here are some of the ways we handled the first month.

  1. Accepted help from family and friends.
  2. Following our intuition from the birth process to parenthood, meaning we did things the way we felt were best for our family, not just what people were suggesting we do. Similarly to planning a wedding, everyone has an opinion or a suggestion, listen to it, then do what you and your partner feel is best.
  3. Getting outside. Part of the hardest part for me was the solitude the first month. Since it is Winter and flu season, our pediatrician strongly recommends that the baby goes out as little as possible especially the first 28 days. When family and friends weren’t around it got really lonely and cabin fever set in. On the days it was a bit warmer and we could take a walk in the sunshine, it did wonders for my mood.
  4. Practicing gratitude. There are so many moments of feeling completely overwhelmed that sometimes you forget how blessed you are to have a healthy, perfect, living, breathing tiny human that you made right in front of you. So many women would do anything to have the ability to be pregnant and give birth to their very own child. Never forget that you created a miracle. Thank all those that have helped you out during this time as well so they know how much it means to you.
  5. Snuggling. My favorite part of being a new mom is holding Elizabeth and breathing in that amazing newborn sent while snuggling with her.
  6. Not forgetting, “You are going to miss this.” As trying as these times can be when I get upset I try to remember the country song by Trace Adkins, You’re Gonna Miss This  whether you are a country music fan or not, this is simply a season of your life and it is going to go by so fast. Enjoy these precious moments.
  7. Having a support network, even if it is a virtual one. Most of my friends or people I know that have children are in my home state. In order to keep in touch with them, I invited them to a parenting Facebook group my friend created, this has been a huge help for much needed advice on new motherhood adventures.
  8. Sleeping when the baby sleeps. Sleep is a basic human need that turns to gold when you have a child. Sleep when you can, but don’t count how many hours of actual sleep you got. It will just make you more upset.
  9.  Taking time for two other very important relationships: the one with yourself and one with your spouse or partner. Do one thing each day for yourself, even if it is just a shower or reading a book you love for 5 minutes (right now I’m reading The Fringe Hours.) This will make you a better mom and partner.This powerful video explains this perfectly. Also, don’t forget, as overwhelmed as you are, your partner is as well. This is all new to both of you and the best thing you can do for each other is be encouraging. Take time to show affection to your partner and care for your relationship. The better your partnership, the easier it will make parenting a team effort.

 

I hope this information is helpful to you whether you are a new mom or your future child is just a twinkle in your eye. 🙂

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DIY Vintage Window Mirrors

DIY Vintage Window Mirror

I purchased these window panes at a yard sale for hardly anything and have been trying to figure out something creative to do with them for awhile. I wanted to replace our Ikea artwork in the living room and thought some mirrors would really make the room look wider and provide more light reflection from the real windows in the space. Lucky for me, my handy husband helped turn these vintage window panes into mirrors! Here is how he did it!

 

Items you will need

 

  1. Install whatever device you will be using to hang each window pane to the top of each. Option examples include heavy duty string, industrial chain or metal hooks. Just make sure whatever you select, it can properly hold the weight of the windows as needed.
  2. Ensure the mirrors fit into the panes you have purchased. 
  3. Carefully, using a drill, install the picture frame turn buttons so they securely hold in the mirror panes just as they would work on the back of a picture frame. You will need at least four for each pane.
  4. Install each of the mirrors very carefully.
  5. After all the mirrors have been installed, your windows are ready to hang! We used wall anchors and screws to ensure the mirrors were properly supported.
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