DIY Cold Brew

Happy Friday! I usually do a fashion post on Fridays. However, because the Rana Plaza anniversary fell at the beginning of the week I decided to switch my posts and today I’m sharing how to make your own cold brew coffee.

Some of you might have tried cold brew from Starbucks or another coffee shop and you might not have realized that it’s actually really easy to make yourself. It is super easy to make with supplies you probably have at home and is a great zero-waste and time-saving coffee option.

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To start you need a jar with a lid, (I use a half-gallon canning jar but you definitely don’t have to make that much) and ground coffee. If you aren’t grinding your own coffee you don’t need to worry about this but if you are, set the grinder to the coarsest setting.

Using a 1-to-8 ratio, add your coffee grounds and water. You can use warm water (not hot!!) to make it brew faster but I just use lukewarm tap water.

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Put your jar in the fridge for at least 48 hours.

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When you are satisfied that your coffee has brewed long enough pull it out of the fridge to filter the coffee grounds out. You will need some kind of bowl, it’s easiest if it has a pour spout; and a filter, I usually just use a wire strainer like in the picture but this time I decided to try to use a paper coffee filter like for drip coffee. The paper filter ended up taking way longer but it filtered the coffee much more thoroughly.

Pour the coffee over the filter into the bowl. Dump the coffee grounds into another bowl to compost them. Pour the coffee back over the filter into the clean jar. Repeat that process one more time or until you don’t get any more coffee grounds in your filter. If you use the paper filter I recommend that you wait until the last time you filter it because it does take a while.

Make sure you end up with all the coffee back in the jar, pour yourself a glass, add your favorite milk/creamer/flavoring and enjoy!

Do you like cold brew coffee? Have you ever made it before? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

What to Pack for Spring Break in the Mountains

Happy Monday!

Spring break is going to be a much-needed respite from the craziness of this semester. Between school, work, and an internship I feel like I have been working non-stop since week one. I’ll be going to a small town in the mountains with my family so I plan to leave all my textbooks at home and just soak in the fresh air and beautiful views.

I love winter hiking, and this will be my last chance this winter so I definitely plan to spend a couple of days on the local trails, but I also can’t wait to explore the town because mountain towns in Colorado are always filled with adorable restaurants, coffee shops, and hopefully a bookstore!

Colorado weather is totally unpredictable so it can be hard to know what to pack especially in the spring so today I’m going to share what I’d pack for a week in the mountains.

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For Hiking

The key to staying comfortable and safe while hiking is to dress in layers. Wear breathable pants that you can move around in like a pair of workout pants or hiking pants like these. Layer a lightweight but warm jacket over a short sleeve top. Finish with sturdy shoes and a hat and you’ll be ready to go!

For Exploring the Town

If you’ve ever been to a mountain town you know that parking is usually a disaster. For that reason, it’s always a good idea to pack shoes you can walk around a lot in. This hoodie from Everlane adds a street style edge to the basic black hoodie and pairs well with a pair of boyfriend or maybe some raw hem jeans.

Last but not least there is nothing more fun than relaxing in a hot tub surrounded by snow so don’t forget to pack a swimsuit. Just make sure you also bring a towel for the dash back inside!

What do you have planned for spring break? Travel or staycation? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

5 Easy Ways to Fight Human Trafficking Today

Human trafficking is a massive problem and if you are like me, it often feels overwhelming trying to figure out how you can fight it as just one person. Seemingly small things are actually way more significant than we often believe so in honor of End It Day today I’m sharing five ways that you can make a positive difference fighting human trafficking right now.

  1. Donate Organizations can’t run without financial support. Giving money makes prevention, rescue, and aftercare all possible. Consider giving up a few cups of coffee or maybe a meal out this week and use that money to fight for freedom. Some organizations that I love are Dressember, The Exodus Road, and End It Movement.
  2. Speak Up                                                                                                                               Write a letter or make a phone call to your state representatives and make it clear that fighting human trafficking needs to be a top priority. Talk about human trafficking with your friends, family, classmates, and anyone you interact with. Awareness alone won’t end human trafficking but people can’t do anything if they don’t know about the problem.
  3. Buy Fair Trade                                                                                                                  Human trafficking is the second most profitable industry in the world, right after drug trafficking. Buy only buying fair trade products you are chipping away at the profitability of trafficking and slowly making it less attractive to companies to use products made by slaves.
  4. Thank a Foster Parent                                                                                                           The heartbreaking truth is that children in the foster care system are some of the most vulnerable in this country to being trafficked. If you know a child or teenager who is in foster care, be their friend, support them and make sure they know that someone out there supports them and thinks they are valuable and be someone they can turn to if they need a safe place to go. If you know a foster or adoptive parent, let them know that you see how valuable what they are doing is. Buy them coffee or find a way to encourage them.
  5. Be Aware                                                                                                                              Learn the signs of human trafficking and watch out for them. If you see something suspicious, call the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP BeFree (233733)

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Human trafficking won’t end overnight, it takes everyone working together and taking steps to fight for justice. I strongly encourage you to pick one, or five of these ways and join the fight, I promise that it’s more than worth it.

~Maizy

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day with your loved ones!

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Dressember Day 1

Happy Friday!

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Dress: Thrifted from ThredUp; Shoes: Target

I am so so excited to announce that today is the first day of Dressember! Dressember works with anti-trafficking organizations to raise awareness and funds for anti human trafficking efforts. I’ve been familiar with Dressember for a couple of years but have never remembered to sign up before well into December. This year I remembered to sign up at the beginning of November and have been looking forward to it all month.

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Vest: thrifted from Clothes Mentor

Throughout the month I’ll be posting outfits and ways I’ve styled dresses for various settings and I’ll also be featuring organizations I love that are working to end human trafficking with special focus on the ones working with Dressember this year.

Here is the link to my fundraising page, please look around and consider donating if you feel led to. I’ll be posting on the blog and Instagram so follow along throughout the month!

Are you familiar with Dressember? What do you think?

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Saguaros and Summer

Happy Friday!

I picked up this adorable ringer tee from Target recently and I just had to share it with y’all. Isn’t the saguaro cactus cute?!

I paired it with some black jeggings and a pair of tribal print Teva lookalikes for a look that is totally appropriate for an indoor summer outing or a cooler rainy summer day.

My cat decided to make an appearance

 

Top Target; Jeggings American Eagle Outfitters; Sandals Target

What do you have planned for this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

My Current Playlist

Here are the songs I’ve been listening to on repeat lately.

Shine by The Newsboys

Beautiful Times by Owl City

Fine Fine Life by For King And Country

Boldy I Approach by Rend Collective

Messengers by Lecrae Featuring For King and Country

Isn’t It Love by Andrew Peterson

The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack (all of it)

Hallelujah by Lindsey Stirling

Doubt by Twenty One Pilots

Meteor Shower by Owl City (I’m learning to play this on the piano!)

Screen Door by Rich Mullins

Adam Young’s Composer Project (Listen to it here)

Heathens by Twenty One Pilots

My Everything by Owl City

Alone by Hollyn Featuring Tru

In Christ Alone by Keith and Kristen Getty (Listen to Owl City’s version on Youtube!)

Sound of the Saints by Audio Adrenaline

If My Heart was a House by Owl City

Follow me on Spotify to see all of the music I listen to. My username is Kchessinska

What music have you been listening to?

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Coffee Date

Hello!

Today I’m sharing a casual-cute look that would be perfect for meeting a friend for coffee or lunch. I paired a pale pink tank top  with some skinny jeans and a denim vest. In the photos I’m wearing black flip flops but I originally wore my black ribbon sandals from *Sseko Designs.

I met a girlfriend for coffee (just kidding, I don’t drink coffee, I got iced tea) at a cute local coffee shop. They are all fair trade (which I love) and they roast their own coffee so it always smells so good. I got a blackberry lavender iced tea (It was my first time trying it and Oh. My. Gosh. it was so good.) and an almond scone.

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The vest I’m wearing is a recent purchase and I really like it. I try not to buy things that I don’t really love and won’t wear over and over. Some things are appropriate to wear just once but it is really a waste of money and resources to buy things that you won’t wear more than once or twice, plus, shopping purposefully is the easiest and most economical way to shop ethically whether you buy fair trade, conventional, or thrift.

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great; you know I’m classier than that;). However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

All photos marked with By Quiet Waters Photography were taken by my mom at By Quiet Waters.

Giveaway Winner!

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Hello!

Unfortunately, I don’t have a post for you today. I do, however have a giveaway winner to announce! Congratulations to Alex Riggs! Contact me through the email on my about page, or on the amaizylife facebook page to claim your prize!

Have a great day!

~Maizy

Get Ready With Me: The Jungle Book!

Hello!

On Saturday I went with my sister and a friend to see Disney’s new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s book, The Jungle Book. Last week I reread the book in preparation for seeing the movie. Yes, I’m the kind of person who won’t watch a movie until I’ve read the book first haha. The movie was incredible, I’ve been super excited about it and it totally lived up to my expectations. It is definitely a must-see. Now, on to how I got ready.

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Makeup

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For my base I used the Rimmel matte BB cream in light/medium. I like, but it’s not my favorite, I’ll talk about what I’ve been really liking in next Monday’s post. I applied it with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I set the BB cream with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder using the Eco Tools powder brush. The BB cream is available here, the sponge here, the powder *here, and the brush *here.

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I lightly contoured with the L’Oreal True Match powder in cocoa using the E.L.F. small stipple brush, blended it out with the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer and the same fluffy powder brush that I used with my powder, and highlighted with the Wet’n’Wild Color Icon bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana. The True Match powder is available *here, the bronzer here, the highlighter *here, and the stipple brush here.

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I used the Maybelline Great Lash masacara on my brows, curled my lashes, and applied one coat of the Maybelling Define-A-Lash mascara. The Great Lash is available *here, and the Define-A-Lash *here.

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I used the NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake on my lips. It is available *here.

I was going to straighten my hair for this, but I taught swim lessons this morning and my hair didn’t dry in time so I just left it natural.

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Outfit

I wore some denim-look leggings, a light blue long sleeve Tshirt, and some athletic shoes with a navy blue baseball cap. Also, three cheers for spring in Colorado where we can have leaves starting to grow on the trees, and two inches of snow on the ground at the same time.

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Have you seen The Jungle Book? What did you think?

Have a great day!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great; you know I’m classier than that;). However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.