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Farewell, Starbucks

One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.

-Sidney Howard

I somehow doubt Mr. Howard had ‘kicking-your-soy-latte-addiction’ in mind with this quote… but hear me out.

My imminent (exciting!) move closer to the city – and the increased cost of living that comes with it – is forcing me to put on my big girl panties, and take a hard look at my budget and spending habits. But more than that, I need to cut back wherever necessary.

Tragically, my daily Starbucks has to be the first thing to go.

I’m not sure when I became a daily Starbucks customer, but I know it’ll be damn near impossible to wean myself off my daily doses of warm soy deliciousness. If you’ve met me, you know that kicking my morning caffeine habit altogether would put my coworkers in imminent danger, so now it’s just a matter of finding a more wallet-friendly alternative.

What’s that, you say? Make my own lattes?

Indeed I must. I’ll soon be investing in some quality vanilla soy milk (suggestions welcome!), a decent espresso maker, and perhaps the most exciting, an awesome travel mug that makes me feel even more fabulous than I felt carrying my daily Grande Starbucks cup. (I hate admitting that I feel cooler when I’m carrying one… but let’s be serious, I really do.)

Below are some of my favorite contenders:

Travel Mug Roundup

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Have you had to make tough budgeting choices in the past? What expenses have you cut, and what indulgences were worth keeping?


It’s the night before IKEA
I can’t hardly wait!
For 99 cent breakfast,
We must leave by 8.

The drive will be long
But worth every minute
To get lost in utopia &
The labyrinth within it.

But where to begin?
The kitchens? The bedding?
Navigating the showrooms
Is one task I’m dreading.

I’ve got to stay focused –
My list be my guide,
I’ve no need for a FLÖRT!
BJÖRKENS, step aside!

I’ll tackle my list
So quickly, it’s scary
With spare time for meatballs
And strange lingonberry.

We’ll breeze through the self-serve
And race to the checkout,
Grab some frozen yogurt
And then get the heck out.

Ah yes, the instructions
Without one single letter…
At least other languages
Will fare no better.

And each time I leave
We part with such sorrow…
If I had it my way,
I’d be back tomorrow.


Ikea-Logo

I’m not even sorry about how excited I am to spend most of tomorrow getting lost in IKEA®. As I tweeted yesterday, I feel like this little guy. (Remember him?? He kills me.)

I haven’t yet come down from my we’re-leaving-the-burbs high, and it feels great. Endless decorating ideas and brainstorming nuggets are a-swirling in my brain like an unstoppable force. This is usually the part where I get totally overwhelmed before I even arrive at the store, leave empty handed, and then drown my ironic sorrows with a glass of prosecco and some 30 Rock.

But not this time.

This time, I’m prepared. I’m staying focused, keeping my eye on the prize, and reminding myself that it’s ok to swipe that plastic and make some big moves, should I find a killer loveseat or the perfect vase.

In an effort to reel in the creativity and keep myself on track, I’ve made myself a mood board with my future living room in mind. Cheery and crisp and lovely, no? I’m a big fan, myself.

Bedroom-Mood-Board

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As you can see, I’m gravitating toward a palette of coral, sea foam, yellow, grey… maybe some navy thrown in there… and bright whites keep the lightness. I’m really excited to see what IKEA has to offer me tomorrow that’s in-theme with my new decor ideas! And of course, if I leave with any good finds tomorrow, you’ll be the first to hear about it.

How do you stay focused in the midst of your home decorating project? Do you get easily overwhelmed? How do you prioritize? Please, share your wisdom!