Recently, I got a chance to try out the new line of McCafé ground coffee and coffee pods available at Walmart as a part of a sponsored post through #CollectiveBias – as always, all thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own. #McCafeMyWay
Ever since having kids I’ve become a little bit of a morning person. If you knew me before having kids then you might find this hard to believe because I was a hardcore night owl. However, after 5 years of waking up at the crack of dawn and going to sleep early, I think my body has adjusted. In college, I would get caught up in some art project or painting and stay up all night working on it. However, these days, I feel most creative in the mornings.
Everyone always talks about how mothers need to find time for yourself. I used to think this meant things like taking weekend trips, getting involved in a club, and girls nights out. However, for me, the most important thing is to find little moments of me time and things that make me happy throughout the day. Things like enjoying a great cup of coffee, or working on a simple craft seriously brighten my day and keep me from getting burned out while taking care of 3 little kids.
I made this gold confetti dipped mug to combine three of my favorite me things: making things, drinking coffee, and looking at beautiful things. Now every time I drink coffee in the mornings or get to try new coffee (like this delicious McCafé French Roast dark brew), I get to also enjoy this beautiful mug.
The french roast coffee pods I tried were especially delicious! Since I like a lot of cream (but no sugar) in my coffee, I really love the dark blend. I also got to try the French Vanilla blend of McCafé coffee grounds. I don’t always love flavored coffee because usually the flavor is too strong, and it almost tastes like it’s just there to mask inferior coffee. However the flavor of this McCafé blend is very light and natural tasting. Plus, all of the McCafé coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans for premium quality coffee.
Last week, I discovered jumbo glitter when I saw this cute post. I’m not sure how many times I’ve been to the craft store and never noticed it, or just how many pins I’ve looked at without realizing this beautiful thing existed. So of course I ran out and bought some and thought it would be perfect for my mug craft. I also used dishwasher safe Mod Podge. This is the first time I’ve used it before and it worked beautifully. What’s great is that (unlike a lot of other DIY mugs) this one will be dishwasher safe!
What you need:
1. A plain white mug
2. Rubbing alcohol
3. Jumbo glitter
4. Dishwasher safe Mod Podge
5. A soft paint brush
What you do:
1. Carefully follow the instructions on the Mod Podge. First clean your surface with rubbing alcohol.
2. Coat the bottom area of your mug with a medium layer of Mod Podge. Pour on some glitter. I wanted the glitter to be denser at the bottom and more and more spread out at the top.
3. Keep brushing on Mod Podge and adding glitter until you are generally happy with how it looks. Make sure that the glitter isn’t layered on top of each other too much.
4. Let the Mod Podge dry, then cover everything in a medium coat of more Mod Podge. Add a few extra pieces of glitter here and there to fill out your design.
5. Let the second layer dry, then add another. Since the glitter is pretty thick, I would recommend adding even another.
You can use the mug after about a day, but the bottle recommends letting it cure for about a month before you put it in the dishwasher. Since I just made this recently, I haven’t gotten a chance to test it in the dishwasher yet, but I’ve heard good things from other people who have used it.
Be sure to stop by Walmart to try the new McCafé coffee. It’s available in 8 different flavors, and comes in both pods and ground coffee bags. From December 18 – December 21, there will be special demos at many Walmart locations across the country. And if you’re looking for some great recipes and ideas, visit the Cooking Up Good website full of everything from sweepstakes, to recipes, to coupons.