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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thrifting for Clothes

First up - I found this Old Navy wrap dress in navy and white for $5.99


Mossimo top, sheer and very fall like in color for $3.99.


Tory Burch top with gold embellished cap sleeves for $19.99.



Anthropologie pink snail top for $4.99.


Joes Jeans for $19.99 each.

True Religion Lexi Jeans and Rock and Republic for $34.99 each.



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Home Goods Happy ?!?!

I visited Home Goods twice in the last week. Most of the time I browse the store and admire many things that I love but can live without. During my last two trips to the store I found all sorts of things I loved. Some of them I bought and some of them I just took a picture of. Below are some photos I took...I will let you know which items I purchased.
 
Martha Stewart grinders for sea salt or peppercorns. They came in this lovely mint color.

I came across this awesome retro paper straws. As much as I love them I passed them up because a box of 50 was still $9.99.

Aqua...need I say more?

More aqua with green apple on the flip side.

KitchenAid aqua silicone tongs. You know I can't pass up anything aqua from KitchenAid. These were $9.99.

I also purchased this strainer/colander by KitchenAid for $9.99. These were pieces I didn't have yet!

I saw this super cool clock and I also love them white box it is sitting on for my jewelry.

It was hard to pass up these glass jars. I don't know what it is, but the chicken wire covering it really had me. This one was priced at $29.99.

There was a cheaper option priced at $14.99 because the wire was thinner.

I purchased this mirror I had my eye on for the last month. I am surprised it was still there after all that time.

A close up of the color....this is going in my entryway. It was $29.99.

I decided I really needed something else in the same navy color. After pushing my cart through a couple of aisles I saw this jar. It is actually a soy candle and it fits what I was looking for. It was $7.99 I also got a shiny silver LED candle that flickers to go next to it.

Finally, I saw a large selection of gray curtains for $19.99 each which includes 2 panels. I hard a terrible time deciding between the textures and ended up purchasing a texture that was different from the three on the cart above! They look great in our master bedroom and I couldn't beat the price.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Latte Love, Lately


I am elated that the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks is back. Fall must be around the corner, although not in Southern California.  
 

I haven't tried the Salted Caramel Mocha, but I did sample the Salt Caramel Chocolate Cake Pop.  

 

I have been experimenting with different drinks and made this cappucino pictured above. I personally don't like them although most cappucinos are flavored, traditionally they are not. This one was more traditional with espresso, milk, and foam.  

 

I met a friend for coffee at Peet's Coffee & Tea and I have never been a fan of their drinks. They tend to be hot and lack flavor. Knowing this I ordered a Chai Latte (more milk and concentrate to flavor the drink) and added Gingerbread flavoring to it. I also asked for whip, which apparently they are very generous with and that is okay with me. This drink wasn't too bad. 

 

I have been making my own Vanilla Lattes at home and taking them with me on the go. I make a homemade simple vanilla syrup for lattes that I use for flavoring. I purchase the aqua paper cups and lids at Party City (they have a wide variety of colors to chose from) and purchased the chevron sleeve from Etsy.  

 

Since it warm hot outside, I have been drinking cold Chai Lattes made at home with half milk, half chai concentrate. I am partial to Oregon Chai, but I also buy Tazo as well. I go without ice as I find it makes it too watery for my liking.

 

We stopped by a place called Jitterz Coffee & Cafe in my hometown in August while visiting. I made it my mission to try local coffee houses and Jitterz was first on my list. I was disappointed by the overall lack of flavor. My sister and I shared a "Pumpkin Spice" latte which actually tasted much like a watered down Vanilla Latte. I should not my sister works at Starbucks but is very open to coffee everywhere and felt the same way as me about this drink.  

 

Next up on my coffee house tour in my hometown in Iowa was a place called One Mean Bean that I always wanted to try. I ordered a Vanilla Latte and wasn't impressed with it as it also lacked flavor, was very hot and a bit on the watery side. The location is absolutely beautiful, situated in an old building with intricate mouldings and high ceilings. It is a great place to kick back and read e-mails or a book.  

 

My usual summer drink at Stabucks is the Caramel Macchiato. We stopped by a local grocery store that has a Starbucks inside to grab a drink and a Maple Donut from the deli.  

 

Back home in San Diego, we checked out the local farmer's market in Little Italy on a Saturday Morning. The first thing we saw upon entering the market was a bright orange coffee truck called Joes On The Nose. Upon viewing the menu, they have some crazy awesome drinks and I got the Aloha Latte. It is described as Mocha with Macadamia Nut and Coconut - topped with Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream. It was uh-mazing! I can't wait to go back to the market to try another delicious drink of theirs.

 

An old favorite of mine is the Mexican Mocha from The Upstart Crow in Seaport Village. I decided to try something different the other, a Mocha Cinnamon Latte. It rivals the Mexican Mocha for my heart!

***What are your favorite coffee drinks? Do you prefer hot or cold? Whip or no whip? Do you have a favorite place for coffee? Please share in the comments! *** 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall Pumpkin Chow

How to make {Fall Pumpkin Chow} I promise if you love pumpkin spice you will love this seasonal fall treat that is easy to make at home in a matter of minutes! Here is my YouTube Channel - House of Aqua to show you how it's done! (Click the blue link above. ;) 
 





Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gift Idea - Latte & Hot Chocolate Mix


My dear friend was kind enough to watch our cat while we were visiting family in Iowa for a week in August. I wanted to give her a little something to show my appreciation and this is what I came up with.


While at a one of my favorite local places in Iowa called The Calico Bean Market I picked up some rich hot chocolate and espresso cream latte. They come in clear baggies with sticker labels, not exactly attractive when presenting someone a gift so I decided to browse Home Goods because they always have a great selection of interesting jars.


I decided one two glass jars with gold lids. They came with plain sticker labels of their own, but I decided to break out my lovely Martha Stewart Collection sticker labels instead. The mixes just fit into the jars so I can say the size was just perfect!


Back to those sticker labels that were on the baggies...well I carefully peeled them off and stuck them onto a blank notecard. I wanted to keep the labels because they have mixing directions on them. I noticed the directions suggest water but anyone who enjoys a good creamy hot chocolate or latte knows you have to use milk! I wrote my personal suggestion of using milk on the back of the notecard.


'Voila! Done...well almost. I purchased a coffee mug to complete the gift set.
This would make a great teacher, thank you, or family gift this upcoming fall and winter. You know now that it is practically fall the stores already have some Christmas stuff out. It is just around the corner!

Enjoy!

 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Welcome To My New Blog!

My blog was formerly known as MySweetCreations. I thought it was time for some change as I was unable to consistently be "MySweetCreations" across the board due to availabilty of names and such. I believe House of Aqua is fitting since I am obsessed with aqua, especially when it comes to my kitchen.  Don't forget to check out my new House of Aqua YouTube Channel as well!