Creating family

I met Ariel at age 9 and today here she is with her family, four beautiful little girls who call me “tia”. Lily ran up to me giving me the biggest hug and said, “Tia! I missed you sooooo much!” I’m about to place a pony order for her.

I don’t regularly photograph young kiddos, but posting this is simply to share to my “little sis” from Big Brothers and Big Sisters, all grown up. Our relationship is evidence that the time you spend with anyone can continue to throughout your life, and friendship that’s like family, is such a beautiful gift. I wasn’t blessed with sisters, but thankfully God has placed so many incredible women in my life who I consider my family.

I half kid that because I met Ariel at such a young age, I already feel like I experienced a bit of the parenting (which is why I am passing on having our own)  – but let’s be honest I hardly parented Ariel. I was more of the fun big sis who mentored her, attempted to set an example, give wisdom, all that big sisterly stuff. What I’ve learned from our bond is that true friendship and unconditional love is proven over time, through ups and downs, through trials and triumphs and in the end, a good friend (and sister) is one that sticks by you through it all. Ariel has been a great little sister who has talked me through some difficult times and takes care of me as much as I take care of her – which I can only assume is what sisterhood is all about. ❤

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I love it a latte – 3 easy steps to an instant latte

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The little break I had was so wonderful, lack of posting on social, just getting life in order and feeling my feelings – I needed a week – or two – of mental health days! Now that the new year has started, it’s time to – do the things. Yep, all those things.

I drink the coffee and do the things – I love that little quote I see floating around the internet, it sounds about right. I fell in love with lattes a many years ago when I needed a pick me up before corporate work. Truthfully, staying motivated and showing up on time for work was difficult, right before I left to be an entrepreneur full time I was dragging! The little lattes made me happy, it was my real introduction to coffee.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, have time to make it through a drive-thru, or just want a latte like right now, International Delight® One-Touch Latte™ available at Walmart, is so perfect – it’s the first frothing coffee creamer!

You can make a latte in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Fill cup 2/3 with coffee to leave room for froth.

Step 2: Shake the One Touch Latte™ can.


Step 3: Press and hold the can above coffee for 5-7 seconds and enjoy!

Available in three flavors – vanilla, caramel and mocha.

It sweetens, creams and it flavors – on top of the real froth! If you own an espresso machine you know how long frothing takes, like talk about patience and working for your latte! So this is nice at the touch of a button, your everyday coffee turns into a foam-topped latte.

You can put it in a nice to-go cup too if you need to head out the door. Find more great Latte Made Easy inspiration here.

Each can gives 7 uses, and can also be used on hot chocolate as well. It provides great value for at-home lattes.

Also some great ideas if:

  • You don’t have an espresso machine to make a latte for yourself or guests
  • While traveling and there’s only a coffee machine and you must have a latte (like myself)
  • Camping or glamping
  • Unattended drink area so guests can make their own drinks without having to teach them them how to use an espresso machine.

Hope you do all the things you need to do this month. *wink* and turn your everyday coffee into a sweet, frothy latte! Find International Delight® One Touch Latte™ at Walmart stores.

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