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I’m sharing #NESCAFE in my life as part of a NESCAFE sponsored series for Socialstars™.
I’m not a morning person. There I said it. I loathe getting up early. I’m guilty of hitting snooze one too many times. And I have the hardest time making myself get into bed at a decent hour. I much prefer staying up late, sleeping in, and then pressing repeat the next day. But over the last couple of years of being my own boss I’ve worked my hardest to wake up earlier than my norm. Not quite the 6 or 7 a.m. wakeup times that I wish I could manage but more like 9 or 10 a.m.
The biggest help for me in that area? Quick and easy morning routines. First and foremost, food and coffee upon waking up. And my new NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® has made my mornings 100x easier because I know a hot, delicious cup of coffee is just the press of a button away. Gone are the mornings of groggily filling up a coffee pot and making too much coffee. Because now I’m able to make just the right size, from a short cup to a full 12 ounce pour. My first cup of the day is usually the full 12 ounces while subsequent cups are between the 6-8 ounce mark. Seeing as I’m the worst at never finishing up my third or fourth cup of the day. Not because I don’t set out to do so, but because I end up going about my day and completely forgetting about it. Three cheers for not wasting any more coffee!
Speaking of wasting, with their superior blends and 6 morning varieties you’re going to want to savor every last drop. And another amazing feature that helps me be less wasteful? The ability to make hot or iced drinks from the same machine. While I’m a hot coffee fan through and through when I’m around the house being able to make an iced coffee before I head for the day has been a godsend. Which means if I’m about to leave for the day I make my next cup iced vs. hot.
And when it comes to food I’m trying my hardest to eat every morning, no matter how busy I am. My go-tos include Green Smoothies and English Muffins with Almond Butter and Blueberries. Both quick and easy, but also healthy and filling. What are some of your favorite on the go breakfast options?
Dolce Gusto’s professional-grade pressure system extracts deep, rich flavors, and aromas in each and every cup. Meaning that your kitchen can smell like your favorite coffee shop morning after morning. And now all of you lovely folks can get 40% off one machine with the code KentuckyGent! So if you’re looking to simplify your morning routine head on over dolce-gusto.us and start shopping.
Even though the weather in Louisville isn’t quite Spring like at the moment, as we’re expecting 10-12 inches of snow this weekend. There have been several days where I’ve had the windows open airing out the stale winter air. Like this past weekend for instance. The temperature reached nearly 80 degrees, all my windows were open, and I was in full on Spring cleaning mode.
First up on the agenda was my bedroom. Sorting through old clothes, tossing dirty sneakers, and throwing away the junk is always at the forefront of spring cleaning. But an aspect of bedroom spring cleaning that’s easy to overlook happens to be our actual bedding. From spot cleaning the mattress (note to self: no more coffee in bed) to tossing sheets that are past their prime.
If you’re washing your sheets once a week, and only working with one set of sheets it’s safe to say they’re ready to retire. I’m guilty of holding onto things for too long. I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of it also. Take my old mattress for instance. I happen to be just as bad with sheets. Bad habits are hard to break after all. But I’m working on it. That counts for something, right?
When Authenticity 50 reached out about their bedding a few weeks back I took it as kismet. An excuse to cycle out my old bedding and support a Made in USA business in the process. It was literally a win, win. Finally, I’ve got two sets of sheets to work with. Like an actual adult. Because there’s nothing worse than wearing out your favorite sheets with weekly washes.
Authenticity 50’s sheet sets are made with California-grown Supima® cotton. Also know as American-Egyptian cotton, which is 35% longer than regular cotton making it 45% stronger and a lot softer. They’re easily the softest sheets I have slept on. Imagine your favorite hotel sheets. Then imagine being able to sleep on those sheets in the comfort of your own home. That’s the beauty of what Authenticity 50 has to offer.
They are also the ONLY company making 100% Made in USA luxe bedding. Every part of their product has been sourced from America, and they take great pride in the fact that we are reviving a dead manufacturing industry and bringing hundreds of jobs back to the States, from coast-to-coast. Their Supima® cotton is grown in California, then their fabric is spun, woven, cut & sewn across the South, their boxes are from the Midwest and their product tags are from the East Coast.
Up until the 1980’s, America used to spin and weave MILLIONS of yards of high quality fabric. However, as the lure of cheap overseas labor became commonplace with companies & corporations, virtually ALL domestic bedding manufacturing left our shores – taking many thousands of jobs away as well. For example, one of their partner mills used to employ 1400 people – now they have 60 employees left. 60. Their products are made from the highest quality materials, by the best workers.
Besides swapping out my bedding this past weekend I also made a trip to one of my favorite flower stores in town, Mahonia. They were celebrating their one year anniversary with 20% all plants Friday and Saturday. An offer that I took full advantage of and filled the empty rail behind my bed with a few new plants, and I’ve still got room for a few more. Stay tuned!
I read somewhere last week that having plants in your bedroom can help relieve stress and promote a better night’s sleep. Fingers crossed the internet isn’t full of liars after all! Any of you have any personal stories on this or plant recommendations to add? Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email – I’m ready to put this green thumb to work.