Liquid Motivation

February 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm 21 comments

That darn Groundhog saw his shadow…more winter here we come. Although I’m not surprised, considering the crazy weather we’ve been having! Spring will come soon enough 🙂



On my way home from work I grabbed a cup of liquid motivation so I can get crack-a-lackin on some studying and distract myself from the miserable weather.


Liquid motivation aka Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte.

I pulled up to the window and the guy in the magical box said “Can I interest you in a skinny cinnamon dolce latte?”

I said, “Well that’s actually exactly what I want!!” How did he know?! hahaa. It’s my fav. I always get it, even though I say I’m going to try something new.

My tips for controlling the Starbucks habit (if you have one) so your wallet doesn’t bust:

– Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards! I always ask for them for holidays

– Register your gift cards!! It gets you discounts like free coffee refills and free syrup and stuff. This would’ve been $3.50 but since I used my registered card it was only $2.75. That adds up!

Make your own. That’s what I usually do…but sometimes things just taste better when somebody else makes them 😉


Challenge Yourself to Do NEW Things

I constantly find myself thinking of things I would like to do or try, and then promptly forgetting them. Enough of that! This month I’m going to try to knock a few things off that list!

So I came up with—->

My New-Things February List: 

1. Make my own Greek yogurt. That stuff is $$$!

2. Make my own hummus. I’ve always avoided this because I couldn’t find tahini- I’m either going to find it or make it without it!

3. Start dancing again. I’ve dance my whole life, but gave it up when I hurt my feet. I know I’m still not ready for ballet or anything, but I’m thinking I might be able to handle something that involves sneakers 🙂

So there ya have it. What are you going to try new this month?!


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  • 1. theprocessofhealing  |  February 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Ok so I had no idea you could register Starbucks gift cards. Thanks for the tip! I have a starbucks addiction but i’ve gotten a lot better. It adds up!!

    And great new-things in Feb list! I didn’t know you could make greek yogurt..

  • 2. marathonmaiden  |  February 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    ahahahah when i first saw liquid motivation starbucks was not what i had in mind 😉

  • 3. Morgan @ Life After Bagels  |  February 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I just started making my own hummus last month and its so delicious . . . I also looked like a hero at a potluck last week for it being so good!

  • 4. Kay  |  February 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    that is such a great idea to make your own greek yogurt – I should do the same because I eat it all the time!! can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂

  • 5. Karissa @ CardioFoodie  |  February 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I had no idea about registering gift cards either! Great tip!

  • 6. lindsayruns  |  February 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    my own hummus doesn’t taste as good as the packaged stuff. I take one for the team and buy it anyways. My starbucks experience is coffee with two pumps of a random syrup or hot tea…nice that nothing’s over 2 dollars for me!

    • 7. Heather  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      I need to try the coffee & syrup combo….

  • 8. whydontcharun  |  February 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Hummus? Oh, you must try this recipe!

    It is hands down, the best hummus I’ve ever had. It uses sesame oil in lieu of tahini. Let me know if you try it and what you think. 🙂 ENJOY!

    • 9. Heather  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      Oh thanks, I’ll definitely have to check that one out!!

  • 10. Danielle  |  February 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Tahini isn’t usually found with the rest of the nut butters- but making your own hummus is worth it!

    Darn groundhog

  • 11. Kara (@ Kara's Marathon)  |  February 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Making your own hummus is a great idea — I’m definitely going to try that! I’m also going to try the water aerobics class at my gym (taught by a past Biggest Loser contestant!) that I’ve been meaning to go to for months now.

    • 12. Heather  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      How cool!!

  • 13. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I was talking to my mom earlier and she was saying the same thing.. that I should try to make my own greek yogurt.

  • 14. Erin  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I make hummus without tahini…just chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. I think homemade hummus is wayyyyy better than store bought anyway!

  • 15. Anna  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Ooh! I didn’t know that registering your sbucks card gets you discounts! I’ll have to do that– thanks for the tip!

  • 16. Erin  |  February 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Registering makes a big difference — I just realized that you could recently so I missed out on like a month of benefits haha — it’s great though to cut the extra $ from soy and flavors.

  • 17. inmytummy  |  February 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve always heard that you can use peanut butter in hummus instead of tahini. I’ve never tried it though so don’t blame me if it’s bad!

    • 18. Heather  |  February 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

      Haha I’d be willing to give it a try! 😉

  • 19. Heather  |  February 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I have to make my own hummus because I’m allergic to tahini!

    Making my own greek yogurt was going to be on my to-do list for this weekend – I agree – it is so expensive!

  • 20. Laura Georgina  |  February 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    If you can’t find tahini, you can sub in a bit of sesame oil and it will still taste right!

    • 21. Heather  |  February 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

      Oh thanks, I’ll try that!


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