Cutting back on Starbucks was initially tough, I would crave the thrill of getting out of the house and waiting in the drive through. If it was a special occasion I would allow myself to go inside to order and then Robert and I would sit outside and watch the cars drive by. When I say special occasion, I really mean rough day with a baby. It got to the point where I would be jonesing for a Starbucks fix, not caffeine, but a fun outing to break up the norm of my baby filled day.
The thing is, Starbucks may be just a crazy overpriced drink to some people, but to new moms (or any overwhelmed person) Starbucks is a peaceful break from an otherwise insane day. Something about being near a Starbucks makes me feel like everything is going to be ok.
Damn, I’m craving the experience right now. I realized that my Starbucks addiction had everything to do with the experience and only a little to do with the drinks. Therefor, I’m focusing more on giving myself a little “Starbucks time” everyday in the comfort of my own home. Here is how I am overcoming this little (or massive) addiction.
- I make my own latte with my Baby Gaggia espresso machine every single day. I do it as soon as Robert goes down for his first nap. This cuts into time that I “should” be cleaning or prepping dinner, but I’ve come to find that taking some extra me time everyday with my latte charges me for the rest of the day. It takes about 15 minutes to make and then another 30 to drink and I wouldn’t trade those 45 minutes for anything else, not even a cleaner house.
- Playing around with flavors and syrups has helped me recreate the Starbucks taste.
- High quality coffee and espresso are worth the extra penny. My favorites include Illy, Café du Monde, and of course, Starbucks.
- Starbucks trips are still something I do at least once a week. I don’t want to completely deprive myself. However, I am trying to cut down the amount that I spend. I no longer order the espresso drinks and I am playing around with coffee and shots of flavors instead. I find that this is much more cost effective.
Any advice for a recovering Starbucks addict?
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