Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

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It’s a little amusing that I’m sharing this recipe, because I’ve been to Starbucks once in my life. I was given a gift card so I went to get the Passion Tea and a cookie!

I’m not a coffee drinker, and I can’t afford $5-6 drinks anyway, so my money goes to other things that make me happy, like chocolate. Ha!

The one time I ordered the Passion Tea I fell in love with it, and then my mother in law started making it for our family dinners.

Do you have any idea how easy it is to make? It’s incredibly easy, and it would be a fun recipe to let your daughter make!

You only need two simple ingredients for this recipe. I’ve seen other recipes on the web that call for sugar to be added to the tea, but I totally don’t think it’s necessary.

So here you go.

You need the Tazo Passion tea (you can find it on Amazon if you can’t find it locally), and lemonade.

That’s it!

Here is how I make it.

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

Boil 6 cups of water and add 4 tea bags of the Tazo Passion Tea.

Turn down to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. You want the water to become really dark red.

In a pitcher, pour 8 cups of lemonade, and then add the 6 cups of tea.

Let chill in the fridge until cold.

That’s it!

My mother in law told me that she has added sprite to this if you want a punch. I’ve had it both ways, but I think I prefer just the basic recipe!

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

I normally use Simply Lemonade for this recipe, and you can use either the regular lemonade or the raspberry lemonade. I grabbed the lemonade at Costco this time and I don’t like it quite as well as the Simply Lemonade, but in the recipe I couldn’t tell a difference.

Make it on a hot summer day and enjoy!

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I can’t tell you how much I love Sundays right now. All week long I feel so yucky. I’m exhausted, I wear paint clothes, no makeup, and I eat way to much pizza and junk food. This house project! But then comes Sunday. We try really hard to keep Sunday set apart as the Lord’s Day, and we don’t do work on Sunday unless we have to. I get to curl my hair, wear nice clothes, put makeup on, I take a long nap when I get home from church and feel normal again!

I love using the Conair hot rollers on Sunday morning to curl my hair. As soon as I get up I plug them in, so they can be warming up while I get children up and ready, and get dressed. After I get dressed I put my hair in curlers (it really takes just a few minutes) and then I put my makeup on. I used to think it took forever to use hot rollers, but once I got used to using them I realized it only adds a few extra minutes on your morning routine.

I wanted to put my hair up before evening church, so I used the Tudor Rose clip along with the hair stick. Lilla Rose is releasing quite a few new leather clips that I’m so excited about!

It’s our final week to work on the house before we move in. Actually, we are still not sure if we can actually move in on Saturday, but we need to be out of our rental house so our belongings will be moved in. It’s the week of finishing our wood floors, so I’m hoping the smell will not last a long time!

What I Wore

Maxi Dress – Eloge brand, found on Zulily quite often

Blue Navy Lace Tank – Deborah & Co.

Flexi Clip – Tudor Rose Clip from Lilla Rose

Shoes – Nude pumps from Zulily

Makeup – Younique

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How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House!

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I know it depends on the area that you live in, but here in Missouri the housing market is really crazy right now. A house can be put on the market and go under contract within 24 hours! Obviously this makes purchasing a house pretty stressful. You have to look at a house and decide right away if you like it enough to put an offer on it.

How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House

 

When we looked at the house that we ended up buying, it was the same day that it had been put on the market. We went over that evening, and ended up being there with another couple and their realtor the whole evening. We stayed over an hour, looking, talking, thinking, and talking with our realtor some more. We could tell the other couple was going to put an offer on the house, but we told our realtor we needed to go home and sleep on it, and pray. We ended up calling him first thing the next morning and said we wanted to put an offer on it. Because of the interest in the house, he suggested we write a cover letter that would be submitted along with our offer, for the owner of the house to read.

That cover letter ended up being a huge part of how we got the house!

My husband wrote the cover letter, and here is what he said:

Hello!

My family has been looking for a house to buy for several years now and we’re very excited to be putting an offer on this particular house!

(We then put this photo in the letter so they could see our family)

We’ve been living in a rental home with less than 1000 square feet of living space and one tiny bathroom for 4 years now. This might now be so bad, but we’re a young family with 6 children ages 13-2. As you can imagine, we’ve been a little cramped. We have looked and looked for a home with the combination of space inside and outside that our growing family needs. We’ve found a lot of large houses with small cars, or small, poorly kept houses on large properties. Then there’s the issue of the neighborhood the house is in.

Imagine how amazed we were by how quite and peaceful it was as we walked in and around your home! It has more than enough room for our family, and our children immediately fell in love with the yard (they loved the long driveway in the back! Bike riding!). What’s more, when we looked at the house online, we discovered that it’s just adjacent to some very dear friends of ours; in fact the yards nearly touch! Our children quickly discovered this and were running around with their friends. It was a wonderful scene.

There are so many reasons why we would love to be able to purchase your home, but these are a few of the most important ones. In short, my family has patiently endured a cramped living space while I returned to college to finish up my degree. My wife and I have looked high and low for the property that would meet our needs and be a blessing to our growing family. Not only would your home do this, but it would serve as just the sort of ‘thank you’ I was hoping to offer my family in exchange for their patience and sacrifice over the past 4 years. Thank you for considering our offer!

Sincerely,

Sean Allen

As you can see, the letter contained personal information. We have a large family, we’ve been in a super small space for 4 years, my husband was in college which explained why we were in a rental house….and then it also touched on why we loved the house we wanted to buy.

There ended up being around 5 offers put on this house, but we won the bid and the realtor said it was because of our cover letter! The lady that was selling this house wanted a large family to buy the house and we definitely fit that description! We ended up meeting her and she even mentioned our cover letter and how much she liked it. Obviously our offer had to be comparable with the other offers given, though we have no way of knowing that for sure.

If you have your heart set on purchasing a house, take a little extra time to write up a cover letter to submit with your offer! It might just be the tipping point to guarantee that you win the bid!

Here are five tips to consider when writing your cover letter.

  1. Make it personal. Introduce your family and give some sort of personal information. Help the home owner visualize your family and how you could fit into their home. Even though they will be selling their home and moving on, many people are concerned with who will next be living in “their house” and if they will take care of it. Give the owner assurance that you are not buying this house just to flip it, you are a real family who wants to move in and love this house.
  2. Inclue a photo of your family! This is super helpful for the homeowner to visualize what your family looks like. If you have little children, they might just fall in love with home. 🙂
  3. Tell them what stands out about the actual house. Why do you like it, and why would it be perfect for your family?
  4. Talk about the location of this house. If you are buying a house it has to be in the right location for your job, church, school, etc. Let the sellers know why you need to buy a house in this exact area.
  5. Finally, be as respectful and considerate as you can be! You are not demanding to purchase this house, you are letting the seller get to know your family. You can’t demand someone to be friends with you, nor can you demand someone sells their house to you. Write your letter, pray, send it off, and pray some more!

Like I said above, this is just one step in the whole complicated process of buying a house, but it’s a step I’m so glad we didn’t overlook!

 

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I’m in love with this outfit! I’ve been looking for a tunic type shirt, or a short dress to wear with jeans for awhile now. Stitch Fix finally came through for me! The capri and top both come from Stitch Fix, and I love them!

This is actually a short dress they sent, along with a note that they hoped it would be long enough. Um…no. It’s not going to work as a dress for me, but as soon as I saw it, I knew it would work for wearing with my Capri pants that I got from the last Stitch Fix box.

The Capri pants are amazing for a mom who has had several children. They have a wide elastic band, which makes them so comfortable and supportive.  They are soft and stretchy. They are not cheap though, I had credit through Stitch Fix which is why I went ahead and got them. You can find them with a little darker color on Nordstrom.

I wore this top without a cami under it when my hair was down, but since I braided it I went ahead and wore a cami under it to cover up the open spot.

Converse Shoes for a casual look.

The Flexi of the Month clip from a few months ago!

What I Wore

Capri Pants – Stitch Fix Box or found on Nordstrom here

Dress – Market & Spruce brand from my latest Stitch Fix box.

Shoes – Converse Ballet Shoes 

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

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