Does Your Morning Coffee Affect Your Confidence?

Does Your Morning Coffee Affect Your Confidence

Coffee, oh how I love you. Would we really get out of bed without it? Probably not. This little gem can clear bags from our eyes better than any high street day cream ever could. Most of us are incoherent messes when we roll out of bed, not to be spoken to until we’ve had that caffeine fix. In fact, the majority of us need that boost so badly that we head to the Keurig before changing out of our PJs. Only with a cup in hand is facing the day even a possibility.

Dramatic? Maybe. But seriously, coffee is awesome.

What you might not realize, though, is that your coffee also has downsides. Namely, it can do more to harm your early morning confidence than you know. This can be problematic, given how much you rely on that first cup of the day. But, fear not; you don’t need to cut coffee if you don’t want to. All you need to do is learn how it harms your confidence, and how to stop it from doing so.

Coffee Breath

Hands up: who hates coffee breath? No matter how much you love it, the aftertaste is not the best. In fact, you probably find yourself turning away during conversations, and avoiding getting close. So, you might want to hold off on your supply of milk and sugar. Sugar especially leads to bacteria, which is what’s making that awful smell. Drinking water before and after can also stop bacteria from building up. And, of course, a quick mint afterward is a good idea.

Coffee Stains

Most coffee drinkers worry about stains on their teeth. While this isn’t a daily issue, it is something you’ll face over extended periods of coffee drinking. But, that doesn’t need to be the case. If you already find you hide your teeth whenever possible, get a whiter smile by turning to teeth whitening services. Once your current stains are gone, you can stop their return by rinsing your mouth after consumption and keeping on top of dental hygiene. If stains still build, you could even consider drinking through a straw from now on. Just make sure it’s cool enough before you do!

The Dreaded Caffeine Crash

Coffee can also knock your confidence by causing you to crash mid-morning. It may help boost you out of bed, but that isn’t going to help if you’re dead on your feet by ten. Luckily, there are ways around this, too. For one, you may want to stop rushing for coffee before anything else. Getting breakfast before consuming caffeine ensures your energy levels can stay more stable. It’s also worth curbing how much you drink. A strong cup first thing is sure to lead to trouble. Instead, have a mild coffee which releases just enough caffeine to get you going without crashing later on. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day to help with your energy levels.

But First, Coffee: How Is Coffee Made?

But First, Coffee

My day doesn’t start without a  great cup of joe. It’s what this Mama needs to conquer the day with a house full of kiddos. You’ve heard the saying, “but first coffee”.  For better or worse, we are addicted to that glorious mug of dangerously dark liquid. It’s the elixir of life — dramatic? Maybe, but it’s pretty dang awesome!

But what does it take to make a great batch of coffee?

We’re not talking about whether you use one teaspoon and milk first or go straight up black. No. We’re talking about the beans, in which your coffee crop can only be as good as your coffee trees.

Of course, there’s much more to it than just planting good trees. Growing strong, healthy, and super-productive plants mean paying attention to several critical variables. So, without further ado, here’s the secret process behind your favorite mug of the good stuff. Who would have thunk it, right?

But First, Coffee

Location Location

Yup. Location is the most important factor in the whole process. No ifs or buts. It’s about being somewhere that offers up the optimum conditions in terms of climate, precipitation, temperature and sun intensity. It’s about finding a pocket of the planet where the temperature is between 21°C and 22°C, there are 1800 hours of sunshine a year, and the rainfall dances somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000mm annually. That’s perfect.

Throw Some Shade

It’s pretty darn important that coffee trees get no more than 1800 hours of sunshine per year, which is where shade slips into the equation. But it’s not as simple as saying, “well, we get 2,300 hours of sunny days, so we need to use 42% shade cover,” because it’s there are other elements that need your attention, like drought or a lack of rainfall. That’s where shade plays a role in water retention. Crazy, huh.

The Secrets Of Soil

Nutrition. Weed management. Preventing diseases. Fighting off fungi. It’s the challenge that never stops. The trick is preparing the soil before planting the seedling, quickly followed by maintaining it with due care and attention during the first growth phase, as this will continue to impact the tree throughout its life. It’s no wonder so many coffee growers have to save the ‘contact us’ page of the fertilizer suppliers website and make sure everything is at optimum levels on that side of things – soil acidity is just too important to ignore.

Don’t Be Too Dense

When it comes to planting your trees, you need to know what sort of climate and soil conditions you’re playing with. Good sun exposure means you can plant more, lots of shade means you need to be a bit more conservative. Then there is the sort of tree your planting, the size of the variant, the layout you opt for and the spatial arrangement.

Coffee Is Life

All that dedication (and more) just so you can kickstart your day with a grin. Crazy, right? Thanks to those

vremi kitchen bundle review and giveaway

My Review of Vremi Kitchen Bundle + A Giveaway!

Now that I’m a grown up, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Honestly, I never knew how important that room was until I had my own family. Nonetheless, kitchen items have become a pretty big deal to me. I love kitchen gadgets!

The nerd in me was pretty stoked to try out some new gadgets from Vremi.(Stay with me so you can enter the giveaway!)

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First of all, I love colors, so this knife set definitely got my eye. Vremi is super witty when it comes to their packaging too. With all the cooking and meal prepping that I do, I use my existing knife set (that we got as a wedding gift 5 years ago) a lot. Two of the knives broke, so I have been on a hunt for a replacement set.

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I have never ground my own coffee beans, but I have always wanted to do it. I’m also putting together a little coffee bar on my kitchen counter, so this coffee grinder goes perfectly.

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My review of vremi kitchen bundle

Do I Recommend These Kitchen Gadgets?

So, I know that you can’t buy kitchen items based on witty marketing and pretty colors. However, I totally recommend these products. The knives are sharp and obviously serve their purpose while being aesthetically pleasing. They are stainless steel, BPA free and lead free.

As for the coffee grinder, I had no idea how easy it would be. The sharp blades grind the coffee quickly. It also has little silicone feet so no need to worry about it sliding around. Plus, it only takes seconds to grind the coffee. Easy peasy!

Here’s The Giveaway!

Enter the giveaway below to win your own Vremi coffee grinder and knife set!

Win the Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set #9Disclosure: Laura was given these items for an honest review. All opinions in this post are her own.

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5 healthy tips for busy moms

5 Healthy Tips for Busy Moms

Looking for some healthy tips for busy moms?

I get it. I totally get it. It’s easy to run through the drive thru. It’s easy to sit and eat chocolate covered almonds (my vice) and watch Netflix. It’s easy to eat your kids leftovers. It’s easy to stay in bed an extra 30 minutes than get up and work out.

I get it.

Whether you work in or out of the house, you are busy.

The tough truth that I have had to face is that you make time for things you want to do. Whatever it is, you will make the time if it’s important to you.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. No one gets more. And it’s up to YOU how you spend those 24 hours.

Now this post isn’t about time management. Instead I’m going to give you 5 healthy tips that I have learned while being a busy mom!

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5 healthy tips for busy moms

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1) Meal Plan

Before you go to the grocery, make a meal plan and include snacks for the family. (This is something that’s easy to forget until I hear the dreaded “I want a snack!”)

Get fruits and veggies. Hummus. Yogurt. Applesauce. Whatever healthy snacks that you like and have it readily available so you don’t always head for the back of chocolate chips.

By meal planning, you don’t necessarily need to know what you will make on each day, but you need to know what you will be cooking so you can be sure you have all the ingredients. This keeps you from saying, “pick up a pizza. We have nothing to cook.”

Tip: Do an inventory of your kitchen and pantry prior to making your grocery list, so you only get what you need!

2) Meal Prep

Not to be confused with meal planning. Meal prepping is actually prepping the foods. If you are new to meal prepping, start small.

Don’t overwhelm yourself. This is meant to be helpful not stressful.

Depending upon how much work you want to put into it, this could take a half hour or it could take a couple hours. You can clean and cut your fruits and veggies so they are ready to eat or cook. Make overnight oats for breakfasts, so all you have to do is grab and go. Make crockpot chicken for protein throughout the week. Mix up some salads. Your choice. Do as little or as much as you want.

3) Skip the Sodas

You already know they are bad and if you are wanting to make a quick healthy change, this is a great place to start. Instead, drink water. If you want to add taste, infuse with fruit and herbs.

4) Replace Your Coffee Creamer

I don’t know about you, but I used to be one of those coffee drinkers that would drink a little coffee with my creamer. I would always get a caramel macchiato when I went to Starbucks.

Now, I have traded my macchiato for black coffee with some stevia and almond milk. (It’s half the price too!) This does take some getting used to so play around with ingredients.

You can get liquid Stevia like this and it’s great in coffee. You can add pure vanilla extract and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Try some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for a Fall coffee. Adding coconut oil to your coffee and blending it is delicious and makes it super frothy!

If you still want a creamer, just be sure to check the ingredient list and avoid a sugar overload and ingredients like corn syrup (which is sugar too) and all those crazy ingredients that you can’t pronounce. So Delicious makes a great coconut milk creamer. Thrive Market also has some great options like a French Vanilla Dairy Free option and for those who want to get the benefits of collagen with their morning coffee, you can add Collagen Peptides.

5) Get Moving

Get moving! You don’t have to do an hour of Insanity everyday, but do something. Take a walk on your lunch break. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Get a fitness tracker and track your steps.

Aim for 30 minutes of activity a day. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s good for your mind. Find an activity that you like and if you need to enlist a friend or join a group for accountability. That can be a game changer. Let me know if I can help you with accountability! I’d love to be your cheerleader!

If you want to start moving towards a healthier lifestyle, these 5 tips are a great place to start. Also, check out these great health & fitness products that will help you on your journey! Want a free $10 Health & Wellness card? Get that by signing up for my newsletter here! (Don’t worry, I don’t spam!)

What are you favorite healthy tips for busy moms?

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