Columbus Coffeefest 2017 | Review

But first…

Last year, Columbus Underground hosted the first annual Columbus Coffeefest. Being the coffee enthusiasts we are, we bought our tickets and eagerly attended the event. This particular event is what inspired us to expand our horizons beyond the well-known coffee chains and try the local coffee-shops in our area. Columbus is overflowing with sensational local coffee spots, each very different from the last.

This year the second annual Columbus Coffeefest was held on October 1st. The event was scheduled a little earlier this year (which was greatly appreciated, because it wasn’t as cold as last year) at the Ohio History Connection. We attended the early slot time from 11 AM- 2 PM, although we got in at 10 AM because we chose to spend a little more for the early bird ticket (highly recommended). This event is already very popular, so getting in an hour before the main crowds was definitely worth it!

After our tickets were scanned to enter the event, we were given our complimentary coffee mugs and a map, and we were on our way! We took our time at each vendor learning about their special roast, taking in the different flavors each coffee had to offer, and enjoyed pastries along the way. We were already familiar with several of the roasters who appeared at Columbus Coffeefest 2016 as well as some we had visited within the last year. We decided this year that we would first sample the roasters we had not previously tried and then, stop by the more familiar roasters at the end.

We sampled many great coffees throughout the morning and found many new favorites. By the time the clock struck 2 PM, we were highly caffeinated and completely satisfied. This event is, by far, our favorite Columbus Underground event and we highly recommend you attend in the future if you get the chance. While we still love popular coffee chains, we also find it extremely important to support quality local coffee shops. We encourage you to try something new and see what these unique, community favorites have to offer!

A final glance at our experience.

Jennings Java displayed their whole beans ranging from their very lightest to their darkest roast.

 

Just two best friends enjoying a mass amount of Columbus’ best coffee.

 

Don’t these doughnuts from Tepelos Doughnuts look delicious?!

 

Lindsay found a cozy spot to relax and sip her coffee.

 

Danielle excitedly making her rounds to each roaster!

 

Last, but certainly not least, our favorite of the day: Off The Beaten Path Coffee served a delicious Bourbon Pecan Cold Brew. It was unlike anything else we tasted that day and it was amazing!

Does your city host events like this? Tell us about it in the comments below!

FabFitFun Fall Box 2017 Review

A few weeks ago, I posted my review of the FabFitFun Starter Box. As promised, I am back today to give my thoughts on my first official full box which I received last week. In the picture above, you can see I got more than double the amount of products than what I received in the starter box. We have a lot to discuss, so let’s get started!

1. Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil $12.50

This oil is designed to moisturize and soften your cuticles. I am excited to try this, as I am a big fan of all things lavender.

2. The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie $49

Beanies are perfect for the fall season. You can never have too many! I love the style and fit of this particular beanie. I’ll definitely be rocking it this season.

3. Mer-Sea & Co. Cozy Wrap $98 

I think this may be my favorite thing in the whole box. It’s so soft and warm! I can’t wait to take it on long road trips or plane rides. I’m not sure that it’s intended to be worn as a scarf, as it is a little large. However, I’ll probably wear it as a scarf!

4. dpHue Apple Cider Vinager Hair Rinse $35

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if I will like this product. I don’t know how my hair will function without shampoo and conditioner. I am curious so I will give it a try and update my experience with it. It’s purpose is to cleanse your hair without removing its natural oils.

5. Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask $48

This mud mask promises to provide smoother, softer skin while combating aging skin. I used the product the day I received my box, and I love it! I definitely felt the difference in my skin the very next day. If you’re a fan of face masks, I would recommend this one!

6.  imm Living Coxet Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder $33

The rose gold jewelry holder came in two pieces and is very easy to assemble. However, it’s just as easy to pull it apart. I may consider gluing the bottom of the heart to the white plate to avoid it falling apart. Other than that, it’s very aesthetically pleasing and I can’t wait to display my jewelry on it!

7. trèSiQue Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon $28

I love trying new lip products and this one is awesome because it’s matte and also has a BB lip balm which is really popular right now. A lot of lipsticks tend to dry out my lips so I’m glad trèSiQue has found a way to implement a moisturizer into their product.

8. Cottonelle Freshcare Flushable Cleansing Cloths (no price listed)

This products purpose, to put it bluntly, is to give you a better clean in the bathroom. If you use one of these wipes as well as toilet paper, it claims to give a better clean than only using toilet paper. I’m not sure if I would buy this product myself, but I’ll try the sample.

9. MYTAGALONGS Hot & Cold Gel Pack $15

Have you ever seen such a cool looking ice/heating pad?! This is a two-in-one product as you can heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds for a heating pad or you can throw it in the freezer to create an ice pack. I have used it as a heating pad and it works great. My only complaint is that it doesn’t hold the heat for very long. This is a great product to use on sore or achy muscles.

10. Private Party Gym Bag $59

There were a couple versions of this bag and I love the one I got! I especially love the pun on the front. It’s a good size and also features a pocket on the inside.

 

Overall, I’m happy with my fall box. I think I definitely got my monies worth. There are only 2 products I’m not sure I’ll fully use out of 10 products so I can’t complain! If my budget allows it, I will be looking forward to purchasing my winter box!

How much my box was worth: $377.50

How much I paid: $50

Do you buy FabFitFun? What was your favorite product this season? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any place or product that we write about. We are not professional reviewers, we just like to share our favorite places and things with anyone willing to listen.

 

The Ultimate Bucket List For Fall

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” –Oscar Wilde

The leaves have started to fall and change color. The coffee shops have released their pumpkin spice lattes. This could only mean one thing… Fall has finally arrived! There are so many beautiful things to celebrate during this season. We were more than eager to create a list of things we want to make time for during the autumn season. Of course, this is just the condensed version of our fall bucket list. If we didn’t limit ourselves, this list would never end!

1. Visit a local fruit farm. We love going to Lynd’s Fruit Farm in the fall to pick apples and pumpkins. They also have a shop where you can purchase their fresh produce if you don’t prefer to pick your own.

2. Create a homemade fall-themed latte. One of our favorite things about fall is enjoying a nice, hot cup of coffee, so we are inspired to attempt to create our own at-home recipe to enjoy all season long.

3. DIY Fall Decoration. We thought it would be fun to find a craft on Pinterest to make together. Once we pick one, we will document it on our social media, whether we fail or succeed!

4. Carve a pumpkin. This is a fall staple. Whether you’re a pro at carving pumpkins or not, it’s always fun to dig in and create something!

5. Find the perfect fall sweater. One of the best things about fall is the comfy clothes! We always love looking for great sweaters to wear in the chilly season.

6. Host or attend a bonfire. Bonfires are a great way to spend with friends and family. Enjoying s’mores and spooky stories around a fire is a great way to celebrate the season.

7. Enjoy a hayride. Taking a ride through the country fields, enjoying the beauty of nature while sipping some delicious apple cider gives us all the fall feelings.

8. Adventure through a corn maze. This is such a fun activity to do with a group of friends or family. Make it a contest to see who makes it out first!

We could go on and on with our list but we’ll stop here. We want to know what your favorite fall activities are! Let us know in the comments below!

How Well Do You Know Your Best Friend?

“Life (and friendship) is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forrest Gump

Recently I was watching a YouTube video titled Best Friend Challenge. It featured two girls answering questions about each other to see how well they knew each other. It inspired today’s post, as Lindsay and I have been best friends for a while now and I thought it would be fun to put our friendship to the test!

Below we’ve compiled a list of questions that we will each answer about each other.

When and how did we first meet?

Lindsay: During our symphonic choir class in high school. We had some mutual friends that helped us make the connection!

Danielle: I remember Lindsay moving to our school around 7th or 8th grade but I don’t think we started talking until 9th grade in choir. We bonded over music and crazy people in our class.

If she could travel to one place, where would she go?

Lindsay: Danielle would definitely travel to England. She’s obsessed with everything British (especially the accents).

Danielle: England! We’ve talked about taking a trip for a long time.

What is her favorite food?

Lindsay: I would have to say Mexican food is pretty high up on her list. We’re always getting queso, margs, and tacos!

Danielle: This is tough because we are both self proclaimed foodies but I’m going to guess… sushi?

It’s Saturday morning. What show is she most likely binge watching?

Lindsay: She’s either re-watching the “Sex and the City”, “The Office”, or “Gilmore Girls series… or catching up on a missed episode of her fave reality TV shows.

Danielle: I would guess Lindsay is watching Law and Order SVU or American Dad.

Do they prefer coffee or tea?

Lindsay: COFFEE.

Danielle: 100% Coffee!

Who’s her celebrity crush?

Lindsay: Andy Samberg is definitely a mutual crush of ours!

Danielle: Andy Samberg! I think our lives were made when we met The Lonely Island last year.

What’s the craziest thing we’ve done together?

Lindsay: Are we the crazy type? Our concert memories are at the top of my list. Oh, and anytime we go out in Downtown Columbus.

Danielle: We are both pretty laid back people so I would say anything we put here will sound mild. One time we waited outside for the AP Tour concert for over 8 hours in 90 degree weather without food, drinks, or sunscreen. When we finally got to the show we had our hair pulled, the back of our legs kicked, and we lost several items in the mosh pit- all for a concert. Oh, and we came back to my car to find a parking ticket. We barely made it out of that concert alive.

Describe her in one word.

Lindsay: Loyal

Danielle: Genuine

We’re going out to eat. Where does she suggest we eat?

Lindsay: Anywhere with queso. Usually, Local Cantina or Chuy’s!

Danielle: After we both go back and forth for about 10 minutes being indecisive, she’d probably suggest the Local Cantina.

What was her first job?

Lindsay: Twister’s Cones and Coneys

Danielle: I believe her first job was working at Twister’s Cones and Coneys with me!

Of all the reality shows we watch, which one is her favorite?

Lindsay: Do you have a favorite?? Umm maybe between The Bachelor franchise and Keeping Up with the Kardashians?

Danielle: When we lived together, there were very few things that kept us up past 10pm. The one reality show we watched live almost every episode was The Bachelor/Bachelorette. So that’s my guess.

What is her biggest fear?

Lindsay: She does NOT love heights. Or driving next to semi-trucks.

Danielle: She is paranoid about leaving her straightener on. I also found out she’s afraid of heights while we were at the top of the Empire State Building a few years ago.

What’s her favorite movie?

Lindsay: Despicable Me or anything minion! I’m not sure if that’s the absolute fave, but I know it’s on the list.

Danielle: I think Hot Rod is her favorite.

How often do you talk to each other?

Lindsay: Practically every day.

Danielle: We talk pretty much every day!

Do we have any inside jokes?

Lindsay: Dwight is my fusband.

Danielle: Dwight is my fusband.

On a scale of 1-10 how important is your friendship?

Lindsay: It’s off the charts! 10/10 would recommend.

Danielle: It’s too legit to quit! 10!

How well do you know your best friend? Comment below and let us know if you put your friendship to the test!

Book of the Month: Riveting Reader Reviews | The Disaster Artist

“If a lot of people love each other, the world would be a better place to live.” -Tommy Wiseau

 

Our Overview…

If you read our introductory post to August’s Book of the Month, you already know we chose The Disaster Artist. When we discovered that Greg Sistero wrote a book about his experience working on The Room, we knew we had to read it. The Room is notorious for being the worst movie ever created. Naturally, while watching it, we had a lot of questions. Our hope in reading The Disaster Artist was to gain some clarity on one of the most confusing movies we’ve ever witnessed.

Our Opinion…

We will be honest with you. This book isn’t for everyone. If you don’t find The Room entertaining in any way (or have never heard of it), you probably won’t be very intrigued in the story behind the madness. However, we really enjoyed reading The Disaster Artist. We were very curious how this movie came to be and The Disaster Artist gave in-depth insight in the film production process (and several anecdotal details about the life of Tommy Wiseau).

We learned a lot about the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, including an explanation of his acting journey and how he was able to transform his impossible script into the beloved movie we know today. According to Sistero’s account, Wiseau was very difficult to work with (his directions riddled with outlandish demands), which caused a lot of turn over with the cast and crew.

The filming process could be described as unorthodox at best. As a result, the film took longer to shoot and cost more than it should have (considering the sub-par final product). Would you believe this movie cost over $6M to create?! Nonetheless, you have to applaud Wiseau for committing to the cinematic vision he created for The Room (even if the movie was terrible). He knew what he wanted and he insisted it be completed his way.

At its core, this book could be considered inspiring. It has a way of convincing the reader that anything is possible if they keep working at it. Before Sistero met Wiseau, he was determined to give up on acting for good. His disappointment stemmed from struggling to find work and not having the support to continue with his aspirations. Wiseau encouraged him to keep going and eventually offered him work on The Room. Tommy Wiseau created a disastrous film, leaving everyone to question its success. Now, The Room has a cult following committed (to this day) to fill movie theater seats across America, watching Wiseau’s cringe-worthy masterpiece.

Did you read along with us last month? What are your thoughts on The Disaster Artist? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 September 2017 | Book of the Month:

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any books that we write about. We are not professional reviewers, we just like to share our thoughts with anyone willing to listen.

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters- German Village

“Happiness is sipping coffee while watching the rain”-Anonymous

While the dreary, cold Saturday morning atmosphere discouraged the usual lively coffee crowd on the streets of German Village, we could not be deterred from our arabica adventures by a little weather. After snagging the perfect parallel spot outside Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, we hurried inside with the excitement of a new brew. Upon entry to this characteristically, cool coffee shop, we briefly admired its aesthetic before exploring the menu.

As coffee lovers that appreciate a little bit of sweetness with our caffeine, we were pleased to see that Stauf’s offers not only flavored lattes, but creative, candy-inspired concoctions. Danielle ordered a Milky Way latte (consisting of chocolate and caramel) while I ordered an Almond Joy latte laced with almond, coconut, and chocolate. Both items are spectacular and highly recommended.

Hours ticked away as we sat in a quiet nook of the coffee shop, enjoying our lattes and life. Then, inspired by the rain and an overwhelming state of sleepiness, Danielle suggested something we have yet to do on a coffee shop spotlight… order another cup of coffee. We opted for a small drip of the light roast sans creamer. Enjoying the pleasant aroma and exquisite taste of the coffee,we realized the addition of other ingredients would have diminished the quality our drinks. Despite the sunless sky, a Saturday morning trip to Stauf’s Coffee Roasters certainly brightened our day.

Location:

627 S 3rd Street

Columbus, OH 43206

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any place that we write about. We are not professional reviewers, we just like to share our favorite places and things with anyone willing to listen.

 

The outside of Stauf’s is beautiful. We spotted many precious dogs being walked by with their owners as we sipped our delicious lattes.

 

Our lattes before we enjoyed them!

 

The menu and an array of assorted pastries.

 

Enjoying our cups of light roast as we explored downtown Columbus in the rain.

 

World Of Beer Brunch- Easton

Columbus is bursting with a multitude of delectable restaurants featuring remarkable brunch options. 

Over the weekend, we ventured to the World of Beer to experience their version of brunch (which is often referred to as “BEERunch”). We arrived as soon as they opened with eager anticipation. We were delightfully surprised to see that many others were excitedly crowding in with us. Navigating our way toward a cozy booth in the back, we settled in our seats and quickly commenced with our typical brunch chat. After making the difficult decision between the Belgian Beer Waffles and the Beer Batter Pancakes, we excitedly waited for our enticing items while catching up with our friend, Renee.

Time vanished rapidly as we discussed only the most important Bachelor franchise updates. Before we had recognized how much time had passed, the manager  approached us apologizing for the long wait for the food and assured us it would be arriving shortly. Once our food arrived, it was undeniably worth the wait. We both ordered the Belgian Beer Waffles topped with fresh strawberries and maple bourbon syrup…a confectionery combination that did not disappoint! Neither did the Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix. In all reality, what is brunch without a delicious Mimosa or a spicy Bloody Mary?

As we polished our plates (sans leftovers), the manager returned to confirm the quality of our meals. For our inconvenience and lengthy wait, he kindly offered to bring us a complimentary dessert. We graciously accepted his generous offer of Belgian Waffle S’mores. This sweet, decadent treat was the perfect way to end a delightful brunch.

 

Location:

3934 Townsfair Way

Columbus, Ohio 43219

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any place that we write about. We are not professional reviewers, we just like to share our favorite places and things with anyone willing to listen.

Danielle’s Mimosa. Side note: WOB Mimosas are only $2 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-3 PM!

 

Lindsay’s Spicy Bloody Mary

 

The Delicious Beer-Infused Waffles.

 

The Belgian Waffle S’more. Campfire S’mores Can’t Compete with this Dessert!

 

 

Do you have a favorite brunch spot in your city? Tell us about it in the comments down below!

FabFitFun Starter Box | Review


Over the last several years, it has become increasingly popular to subscribe to a box full of goodies and have it delivered straight to your door each month. The items inside the boxes can range anywhere from beauty products to products your dog can sample! The options are truly endless.

I’ve tried Birchbox and Ipsy in the past and I’ve enjoyed them and their cheap prices of $10 per month. It was always so exciting to open your mailbox and see the package sitting there waiting to be opened. They were enticing to me, as these boxes contained samples of more expensive products that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise. If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time shelling out your hard earned cash for a new product without being sure it will work . These boxes have helped me find and sample products that I now love and also showed me some products that don’t necessarily work for me.

I started hearing about FabFitFun a few years ago on Pinterest. At the time, it didn’t really interest me because it was honestly not in my budget. I also believed that it was a box that mostly focused on fitness related products. It wasn’t for me at that point.

Recently, I’ve been hearing more and more about this box mostly from many celebrities doing their own unboxing. It sparked my interest, seeing what the boxes contained. There were beauty products, coffee mugs, scarves, hair products, etc.

I decided to give it a try and order their starter box, which was on sale for $19.99. It arrived two weeks later and now I’m excited to share what I got in my box!  While I am aware that there are an infinite amount of reviews out there, I wanted to give my unbiased and honest review. I am not affiliated with FabFitFun whatsoever. Let’s dig in!

 

1. Microfiber Yoga Towel $36 

I’ve never used a yoga towel before but I am extremely excited to try it out! Especially after reading that this product is moisture-wicking which means it extracts sweat off the skin to the outside of the towel. It’s a necessity for yoga that I never knew I needed!

 

2. Marrakesh Argan and Hemp Oil $22.99

I can’t wait to try this on my hair. Argan oil and hemp seed oil has been proven to have great effects on hair. This product promises silky, frizz free shine! It also smells amazing!

 

3. Pure Cosmetics Stripped Palette $50

If you bought the starter box like me, you will either get the smoked or stripped palette. I got the stripped and it’s beautiful! I tried all 12 colors on my arm (the way all the awesome beauty gurus do!) and all but one color showed up for me which was Milky Way. My favorite is Dusk which is a shimmery gold color. This palette also comes with a mirror and a double sided brush for easy application.

 

4. Spongellé Body Wash Infuser Buffer $16

I have seen this product in a few unboxing videos and I was thrilled to see it in my own! This flower shaped sponge is a cleanser and exfoliator. It appears you can use the sponge more than once, however I’m guessing the ingredients infused in the sponge won’t last more than 2-3 uses.

 

The total value of the items in my box come to $124.99 which is amazing considering I only paid $19.99! I was worried that I would get items that I wouldn’t want or use but I plan to use each item I received. I cannot wait to get my fall box and tell you all about it as well!

 

Have you tried FabFitFun before? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

8 Essential Tips to Manage Your Daily Tasks

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” -Benjamin Franklin

 

Having your life together isn’t always as easy as it seems. Every one of us is juggling multiple tasks each day. Sometimes it can get overwhelming and difficult to manage. Even those fabulous Instagrammers you follow with the perfect looking lives, have to work daily to keep their lives as organized as they appear. In an effort to combat the stress of remembering all of our daily tasks, we’ve compiled a list of things we do to keep ourselves on track. Taking the time to plan and organize your life has many benefits. You’ll save yourself a lot of time, stress, and frustration if you give a few or all of these tips a try!

1. Invest in a good planner. Planners are essential to our daily routine. Having a place to consolidate your daily tasks is the first step to successfully managing your life. We both use a Happy Planner and we love them. However, you may not want or need a planner so large or detailed. There are so many options  to choose from so take your time and pick one that’s perfect for you.  You may also try a planner app if a physical planner does not appeal to you.

2. Make time to arrange your schedule. We find it helpful to take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to review your schedule. Take a look at your planner to see what you have planned for the day. This not only reminds you of what needs done, but also helps figure out other daily decisions like what to wear or what you need to pack in your bag for the day.

3. Keep your home organized. When everything is in it’s place, you save yourself so much time searching for it when you really need it. Try to practice putting things back where they belong when you’re done using them.

4. Prep your meals ahead of time. If you’re about to have an incredibly busy week and you barely have time to breathe, let alone think about meals to plan for the week, try meal prepping. Plan a few meals that you can portion out into several containers for the week so you can just grab and go.

5. Write down daily goals you need to accomplish. Each day, decide what you need to get done, write it down, and check off each item once you complete it. It’ll keep you on track with chores and errands and it feels great to check things off your to-do list!

6. Stay on top of your bills. Set a reminder on your phone or planner for each of your bill due dates. If you don’t want to worry about remembering due dates each month, a lot of companies offer an auto pay option so you don’t have to keep track. However, we do recommend writing down due dates somewhere so you know when to expect each bill to come out.

7. Stop procrastinating. As tough as this is (believe us, we are guilty too!), stop putting things off until the last minute. Getting things done ahead of time will save so much stress. Once you get the important tasks completed, then you can binge watch Netflix all you want. You’ll probably enjoy it more too, because you won’t be thinking of all the things you should be doing.

8. Take time in the evening to prepare for the next day. Make a list of things you could prepare for the next day. A few things we like to prepare in the evening would be our outfits for the next day, pack our lunch. and pack up our work bags.  It’s a great start to your day when you already have things prepared and ready to go.

Do you have tips that keep you organized? Comment down below and share your ideas with us!

Easy Caramel Macchiato Recipe (without using an espresso machine)

 

You wake up Saturday morning.

The sun is shinning, the birds are singing, and you’re instantly craving a delicious cup of hand-crafted coffee. Sounds like the setting of a Folgers commercial, am I right?

Then, those bright clouds darken when you suddenly remember… you don’t own an espresso machine. Not to mentioned that beloved local Starbucks is oh-so far away. We know exactly how you feel. We’ve been experimenting with how to make those fancy coffee drinks you’ve been craving (you know, like the ones they make at Starbucks) without having the expensive equipment or leaving the comfort of your kitchen.

The recipe below is our version of a caramel macchiato and, to be honest, it tastes just as good as what you can purchase at an actual coffee shop. The only struggle we faced in this experiment was getting the milk frothed properly. Other than that, it’s a very simple drink to create. Hopefully, with our detailed how-to, you’ll be able to enjoy your own homemade macchiato!

What you’ll need:

  • Dark Roast or Espresso Roast coffee (we used a dark roast k-cup)
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Caramel Sauce
  • A Seal-Tight Container

How to prepare:

-First, you’ll want to start prepping your milk as this process will take the longest. We used about 6 oz. Pour the milk into the seal-tight container. It’s important to note that your container is only half full. If the container is completely full, the milk won’t froth properly.
-Shake the container vigorously for a least 60 seconds.
-Next you’ll want to get your coffee started. If you’re not using a Keurig, you can brew your coffee first. We used a Keurig and we selected the smallest cup option.
-While your coffee is brewing, take the lid off of your container. Put the milk in the microwave and warm for about a minute. Keep an eye on it while it heats as it will overflow if it gets too hot.
-Once your coffee has brewed, add a splash of vanilla syrup and stir.
-Add the milk to the coffee and make sure to get the froth out as well.
-Top your macchiato off with caramel and enjoy!

 

Have you experimented with coffee concoctions before? Let us know your favorite recipes down below!!