DIY Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte

Clearly, I enjoy coffee (hence the title of my blog…) but I don’t necessarily enjoy paying the price of them at the coffee shops. Well a couple of years ago I bought Josh an espresso machine for Christmas so that we could
a.) make special espresso drinks for our friends when they come over and
b.) save money.
Well, I haven’t been the best at using it to save money; however I’ve made it a goal this Fall/Winter to make all my drinks from home.

One of my favorite drinks lately has been the iced cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks. I decided to figure out how to make this from home and to be honest, I enjoy mine better because I make it with espresso and can actually taste the coffee in the drink.

To make the syrup, all you need to do is bring the following ingredients to a boil:
1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.

Once it starts boiling turn the heat down and let it simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and there’s your syrup!

Then, head over to the espresso machine and begin pressing 2 shots of espresso.
While that’s going on, get your tall cup and add some ice and fill 3/4 of it with milk. Add two tablespoons of your syrup to your two shots of espresso and mix it in with the iced milk. Stir it up, add some whip, top with cinnamon and BOOM – you have your homemade iced C.D.L.

** I put my syrup in a container and set it in the fridge to last all week. Stir the syrup each time before use as it settles a bit.

** Also, if you don’t have an espresso machine just use really strong coffee 🙂

Let her be little…

“Let them be little” is a song that’s been stuck in my head lately. Probably because Melody is starting first grade this year and that all kicks off in a couple of weeks! In my mind, Kindergarten and Senior year would be the only two tough years. Nope. I’m still one sad momma as school is fast approaching. Anyways, this post is me being 100% transparent on battling thoughts as a Christian mom of a toddler little girl.

Mel dressing herself

The other night Josh and I had one of those “Kid is asleep, dogs are in bed, television is off, coffee is brewing, let’s talk about life…” kind of nights. I love those nights. Just me and him in the living room talking about how we want Melody’s childhood to be.

Now, here come the transparent thoughts:

I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on Melody. If you were to ask her, she’d disagree and say what a sweet mom I am because that’s just the type of person that she is. But the truth is, I have been putting un-necessary pressure on her as a 6 year old little girl.

// The demand to always have her hair done.
// The demand to make sure her shoes match her outfit.
// The demand to make sure she is always put together.
// Refusing to post a picture on social media unless it’s ‘perfect’ (whatever that means…)
… and the list goes on.

And why? That was the biggest annoyance to all of this was why?? I’ve honestly never been this way. Sure I find it important to make sure you’re decent when you need to be and to dress up for church to honor God, etc… but I was taking this to the extreme. That’s when the Lord revealed to me exactly what we preach to the students on a regular basis:

What are you watching? Who are you following on social media? Who has influence in your life? You know…the whole “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future…” Ummm yeah – that’s real!

So I kid you not – this is what I did. I pulled up my social media (starting with Instagram because I’m on it the most…) and as I scrolled through I was seeing all of these mom’s that I follow who post pictures of their daughters and their perfect life. Their hair is always done, some of them are wearing make-up, they’re wearing expensive clothes, holding expensive toys and they just flat out look perfect. Hmmmm. Interesting – exactly what I was focusing on with Melody…. Coincidence? NO.

So what? Is this another post to remind you that life isn’t as it seems on social media and don’t buy into that trap? Yes. Yes it is. Because it takes being reminded. It’s also a reminder that what you focus on you will become.

On top of that, as I was seeking the Lord He reminded me of this: What you see as important your kids will see as important. What are you highlighting in their life? What are you showing them is the most important?

So there it is – me being completely transparent on battling thoughts of wanting a perfect and well put together toddler girl.

Melody laughing in rain

And to Melody, here’s to priorities! I love you.