Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Don't Laugh at My Faux-Bucks


Georgia's morning schedule really throws a Debbie Downer on how I thought I'd spend my mornings as a SAHM.  I honestly thought we'd somehow magically wake up and appear at my favorite Starbucks looking like we just stepped out of a Ralph Lauren ad.

Here's how things actually go: Georgia is my alarm, I feed her, change her, we play, I put her in her highchair while I (still in my PJs) get our breakfast together, then we eat.  Or she eats & I drink my Faux-bucks since by the time we make it to the dining room, it's prime coffee time for this momma.  You know - that perfect minute when you're awake enough to get dressed and leave the house, but you're not yet awake enough for a real buzz?  So that's when you hit Starbucks before you day begins.  It used to be on my drive to work.  Now it's usually right when I'm feeding Georgia some yogurt, oatmeal and apples.

I tried a few times to get us into the car and hit the drive through but it did nothing but screw up the day. If I go too early, Georgia falls asleep during the ride but then wakes up when we get home and totally skips her morning nap, which means she's usually grumpy and doesn't want to do anything but be held.  If I go after the nap, it's already time for lunch and I personally don't drink caffeine after noon.

So, at the risk of totally being judged by anyone who reads this, I thought I'd share my little secret:
-about 1/8 or 1/4 cup strong espresso (and I'll be honest and gross - I use the Folgers instant because I can't figure out how to work our espresso machine and it's so loud it gives me a headache, anyway)
-3 packets Splenda
-some sugar free Torani vanilla syrup if we have it
-fill the rest of my glass with fat free milk

If I'm craving a Frap, I just add ice and throw it all in the blender.

I'm saving calories (because if I go to the real deal, I always get a cake pop) and about a bazillion dollars a year, not to mention keeping our day running smoothly.  With no meltdowns from either of us!

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5 comments:

Amy Drinkie said...

ITA about a morning Starbucks run totally screwing up the day. It gets easier when the kid can self-feed though. Now I can throw Ian a Nutrigrain bar and some milk while I get dressed. We've got the morning STBX/Kolache Factory/Shipley's run down now, but still working on the "going out for a sit-down breakfast." That always seems to end in disaster...

Amy said...

I've been buying the Starbucks beans and brewing them at home. Best way to start the day is sipping my quasi-Starbucks while the little man plays!

The House of Witz said...

I can totally relate! Somehow I thought that being a SAHM was going to go more smoothly and be a little more glamorous! Now, I realize that the people who make it look so easy, must have a full time nanny. Ever notice how those women always look so rested???

The House of Witz said...

I can totally relate! Somehow I thought that being a SAHM was going to go more smoothly and be a little more glamorous! Now, I realize that the people who make it look so easy, must have a full time nanny. Ever notice how those women always look so rested???

Kate said...

I remember thinking prior to pregnancy that when I had children and "worked " less I would have time for all this stuff... Boy was I wrong! I feel busier then ever! Errands, meals, pumping, laundry etc. Although its not nearly as glam as I once thought ... I'll take the fake Starbucks if it means a good nap for my daughter and keeping her on schedule!