An Iced Coffee Date In August

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I love coffee dates, so I am back with Amber and Erin for their monthly link-up! Today, I am going with a Starbucks secret menu iced beverage instead of coffee though, because oh my has it been HOT here in Baltimore. Have you tried these yet? This was the orange one with vanilla bean powder and it was pretty good. The pink is my favorite so far.

If we were on a coffee date, I would ask if you paint your nails and what your favorite brand is. I am obsessed with essie polishes, I have at least 75, but I need a topcoat that makes the polish last longer. After about 2 days (if I am lucky) my nails look terrible and I have to do them again. Who has time to do their nails every other day? Gel manicures are amazing, but I hardly have the time (let alone money) to have them done.

If we were on a coffee date, I would ask you about the insecurities you have. Sometimes it’s nice to be honest with others about what you don’t like about yourself. I would then pray that you find a way to love this part of you and know that you can cherish it. Beauty is from within, and we often are so hard on ourselves. I am noticing this more about myself and trying to change it.

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you about the weekend I had and how wonderful it made me feel. I want to do a recap on this weekend, but I honestly just wasn’t ready to admit that it was over. We spent so much time with friends from near and far and it made my heart so full. I love seeing a group of people together that normally wouldn’t be in the same location. It reminded me of our wedding festivities.

If we were having coffee, I would ask what you are doing to follow your passions. We all have dreams about something, but are we all working towards achieving those dreams? I would guess that most people aren’t. I can’t blame anyone because it can take a lot of work, time and money, but I am here to tell you just how worth it, it is! In fact, we have been entered to win a photo on the BACK COVER of a magazine. A real live magazine that we can hold in our hands. All we need to win is YOUR “likes” on Facebook. It would mean so much to me and my mom to win this, and all of the other vendors involved as well. So if you would like, check out this link and like the Facebook photo. THANK YOU in advance <3

If we were on a coffee date, I would ask if you heard about the crazy rules that businesses can’t talk about that certain things that are happening right now for about three weeks. If you don’t know what I am talking about, check out this article. I am so bummed because I had so much to share, and many people to cheer for!

If we were on a coffee date, I would ask what you normally eat for breakfast. I am lacking in healthy, quick breakfast ideas, and I love learning what others choose to eat. It’s such an important meal but it is often skipped. I am been banking of lots of fruit lately, but switching it up will help me to not get tired of it.

If we were on a coffee date, I would confess that I have over-indulged in the off-the-shoulder trend. I have 4 dresses now and I love them all. It’s such a cute trend and I hope it stays around for a while, at least so I can wear my new dresses. I am looking for a chambray off-the-shoulder shirt now, and can’t seem to find one anywhere. Target had them in stock for a second, but it was before I thought I could pull it off.

If we were on a coffee date, I would ask how you budget. This is something I am terrible at doing, but really need to start. We have some big things on the horizon and I need lessons. So PLEASE share how you do it! If it’s big on saving, less shopping and building for the future with a spouse, I am even more interested!

So let’s have coffee, shall we?


  • Megan

    Ohhhh I haven’t heard of the orange one! What do I say to order it? Pink drink is my favorite go to summer drink when I’m out and about in the harbor. Its so refreshing! I feel like I’m one of the only people who is not totally obsessed with Essie polishes. I have a few but my favorite is the Sally Hansen quick dry because it dries SO QUICK. I mean as I’m polishing the other hand, the first one I did is dry. So insane. And I agree, long lasting is key. Chris and I were so sad to miss your party this past weekend. When I showed him the snapstories he was super bummed, but we needed a weekend of relaxing so much and so did my parents. I”M SO EXCITED FOR YOU AND THE MAGAZINE COVER! I voted and have my fingers crossed for you my love! On the breakfast note, I’ve been making the most amazing smoothies with soy protein powder! I’m sharing it on the blog soon! I’ve also been doing quick overnight oats and have been making yogurt parfaits. Girl I looooove breakfast. Don’t even get me started on budgeting. Traveling every weekend this month is killing me. I’m literally eating whatever is in my pantry to save money! Adulting sucks. ps. I love this link up. Such a fun way to start multiple conversations and clearly I had some things to say haha. LOVE YOU

    • Macy Volpe

      For the orange drink you say- Orange mango juice, 2 scoops of vanilla bean powder over ice with coconut milk. It’s different and refreshing! I don’t have of the Sally Hansen quick dry, I am adding that to my next Target trip! I have had good and bad soy protein powders, so I need to find a good one that I really like.

  • Emily Abernathy

    My husband and I are not very good at saving, but we have tried to budget for years. I feel like we are finally on the right track by using the You Need a Budget (YNAB) program to track spending. You should check it out! It’s so easy and reveals a lot about our spending habits. And, I totally struggle with the nail polish chipping issue. While I love Essie, I think they are one of the brands that chip the most easily, but it really differs with each individual polish.

    • Macy Volpe

      A few people have recommend YNAB to us! We are going to sit down this weekend and give it a go to see if we can really get on track with saving and spending. Thank you for the suggestions!

  • Lauren

    I am having the WORST time trying to figure out breakfast ideas. I would love to make smoothies, but I never think ahead of time to get the ingredients!

    • Macy Volpe

      I might spend some time this weekend getting together ingredients in zip lock bags and putting them in the freezer, that way all I have to do is empty the bag add ice and water and the smoothie is done!

  • Annie

    Love this post! We are definitely kicking ourselves in the butt right now with budgeting. We have SO MUCH DEBT and we are sick and tired of it looming over our head. So we’re getting super serious. In the past month, we’ve already paid $1000 off of our debt by getting a budget. We use the app YNAB which stands for You Need a Budget. It’s been an awesome tool to use and it syncs to both of our phones so we always know what money we had. We’ve also been selling things we don’t use like crazy. I would say the biggest thing that has helped us budget and pay off our debt was to look at our spending. Where is our money going and why? We realized we were spending so much money on frivolous things like eating out a ton and little random things that I pick up while I’m out. We realized that all those little purchases add up and now we both give ourselves an allowance for the week. It’s been working wonders for us!

    • Macy Volpe

      THAT IS AMAZING!!! I can’t believe you guys were able to pay off so much in one month, please teach us how to do it haha. We are sitting down this weekend and going over things and hopefully we’ll start using YNAB or something similar. I need to go through things and sell them, I never have time to go to the post office though since they are only open while I am at work.

  • Amber Thomas

    I am a HUGE nail painter because otherwise I bite them… Bad habit that I can’t seem to kick… I have always been an OPI girl, but have recently fallen in love with Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure. It has a thicker brush that makes application easy and it’s thinner, but not see through so I don’t feel like I mess it up as quickly. (Also Target sells it.)

    Insecurities. Lately I’m fighting body feels. The feels that say too big, not strong, too fat, not pretty. But, I’m working hard to temper them with a reminder that my body is an important and blessed tool, that I’m more than my size, and that no reflection can indicate all that’s within me. 🙂

    • Macy Volpe

      I randomly kicked the nail biting habit over a year ago and have stuck to it for the most part, it’s my cuticles that bother me now though. I will have to try that SH Complete Manicure polish!

      You are SO MUCH MORE than your size and your outside body. You have one of the kindest hearts I have ever encountered.

  • Abby Howe

    Yay about the magazine cover!

    I only ever do gel manicures because nothing else stays on my fingernails so long. I started with OPI’s UV-cured gel but now my local beauty supply store carries several different brands and I use them interchangeably. My current fave is gold sparkles.

    I love saving money both by finding discounts on things we need/want anyway and by curbing spending. My best apps for saving money are RetailMeNot and Ibotta as well as the specific store apps for the places I shop most. Other family members use Checkout51 and Flipp a lot, but they haven’t helped me as much.

    • Macy Volpe

      We just got a new beauty supply store so I am going to check out their gel options, I would much rather have gel for a little higher price tag but less time to do my nails all the time.

      I use Ebates and Swagbucks a lot for cash back, I will have to look into Checkout51 and Flipp. Thank you!

  • Mary Bolster

    Girl, you should invest in a gel kit for at home. I have one and love it, and it saves SO much money. Maybe try out Essie’s new gel (sans UV light) polish they came out with. So yeah, I always use gel on my nails, I just skip the salon and do it myself. Breakfast I eat one of the Special K Pastry Crisps, brown sugar flavor. So so good, quick and easy!

    • Macy Volpe

      I actually have one, but I never remember to buy the nail polish for it. I almost bought one of the Essie gel kits the other day but I couldn’t handle the price tag with Dave over my shoulder 😉

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