This DIY But First, Coffee Mug post is sponsored. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.
Life starts after coffee. At least mine does. Okay, fine. It starts with getting out of bed and brushing my teeth — but mostly because morning breath and coffee just don’t mix. I have a really cute owl mug that I use all the time when I’m having coffee but sometimes, it ends up in the dishwasher. And sometimes, I hand wash it and make a second cup of Joe because everything tastes better from your favorite mug.
You can make your own favorite mug. I just made this “But First, Coffee” mug and I’m obsessed with it. It was pretty easy to make too.
DIY But First, Coffee Mug
What You’ll Need:
- Oil-based paint Sharpie marker
- Plain white mug
- Free “But First, Coffee” printable (below)
What You’ll Do:
Print out the free printable on a 8.5×11 sheet of paper. To get it, just right click the image above and then save it to your computer for when you’re ready to print it.
Cut it down to a more manageable size.
Color on the back of it with a pencil.
Tape it to the mug.
Then, trace the letters. I actually used to use this technique a lot when I was little. I had a pillow I loved with cartoon characters on it and I would use this method to make birthday cards with these cartoon characters. Everyone thought I had really fantastic drawing skills. I had no idea this method would come in handy years later so everyone would think I had great handwriting too. Actually, my handwriting it pretty good when I’m on paper, but I wasn’t sure how it would be on a mug. And with a permanent ink marker, you only get one chance.
Carefully peel off the tape and you’ll see the outline of the letters.
Color/trace them with the marker. Be really careful when you’re doing this. If you lean your hand down on the pencil marks, they’ll wipe away and you’ll have to freehand them.
When you’re done with your lettering, put the mug in a cold oven, set it for 350-degrees, and leave it for 30 minutes. Cool down the oven and then take it out.
Well, at least, that’s what you should do. Me? I put mine in the cold oven, set it for 350-degrees, and was eight minutes in when my little brother called me from two doors down. “Can I borrow your oven to bake one of these pies for Thanksgiving?” he asked.
“Sure,” I said. Because, when you’re an adult, part of the holiday season involves sharing your appliances. “When?”
“Now,” he said and over he came with a pie that really needed to bake at a lower temperature, but we all make sacrifices this time of year.
And, honestly, that’s the truth. We spend so much of our lives accommodating other people and making sure that their needs are met. You do it with your family all the time: hunting down that elusive toy then driving two hours to pick it up, eating the burnt pieces of the meal and giving everyone the better bites, sitting through yet another sports event when all you want to watch is trashy reality TV. And you do it with compete strangers too. You let them merge into your lane, you hold doors open for them, you let them take your parking spot at the mall even when you’ve been sitting there with your blinker on waiting for the car that there already to get out.
Tis the season, right?
But it also needs to be the season of you, when you sneak away and have some me time. Bulletproof Coffee can be your time. Have you heard of this? If you haven’t heard, Bulletproof is low toxin, high performance and full of healthy fats to fuel you. We stumbled over the concept years ago (when it seemed all my Facebook friends were putting butter in coffee), but we actually didn’t try it until Thanksgiving weekend. We received a bag of coffee, a bottle of Brain Octane Oil, and a jar of grass-fed ghee — enough to get our curiosity and coffee flowing.
It’s a little more involved than your typical cup of coffee. You boil 8oz. of filtered water, then make a cup the way you prefer (we did it in the French press because it gives a tasty and rich cup and because the bag stated that Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave prefers this method). When the coffee is ready, add it, Brain Octane, and grass-fed ghee to a blender cup. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds, which gives it a pretty great froth. Then, drink.
So, what did we end up with?
A really rich cup of coffee that didn’t need any milk or creamer (the butter fills that role). The first cup was definitely one that Pete and I could split, partially because we were both curious and also because it was a heavier than our normal cup of coffee. Let me note that the instructions do advise how you should ease yourself into this by working your way towards the full amount of Brain Octane Oil (which is made from 100% coconut oil and is a quick source of reliable energy from fat not sugar) and grass-fed ghee (a type of unsalted butter).
We had our first cup on Thanksgiving morning. Bulletproof Coffee can be used as part of intermittent fasting, which is nice if it’s Thanksgiving morning and you’re saving room for turkey and stuffing and sides and lots of pie. So that worked out for us. Of course, intermittent fasting is optional. What also worked out was that Bulletproof gives you energy. I used mine to take a two-mile walk with my brothers and their ladies; Pete used it to work out and then do some yard work. These were things that were on our to do list anyway, so I wasn’t sure if it was more the coffee or coincidence.
So we kept drinking.
We’re a handful of days in and we really are getting a taste for the coffee. It’s a great cup of coffee (especially if you add just the slightest pinch of sugar to it). It does take a little more time to make than a quick cup, which is a great thing. This is for you, a bit of “me time” to carve out of your day. It shouldn’t be rushed — and with Bulletproof, it won’t be.
Have you tried Bulletproof coffee? If not, starter kits are a great way to try Bulletproof Coffee and see if it is for you. Get yours at http:/ca.bulletproof.com. If you have already tried it, let us know about your experience in the comments below.
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