10 Non-Coffee Starbucks Drinks You Need in Your Life

10 Non-Coffee Starbucks Drinks You Need in Your Life

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Starbucks is known for its infamous coffee and espresso drinks, but there definitely isn’t enough love shown for the non-coffee drinks. Being a barista myself, I’ve come to try all of the following drinks. And let me tell you…they’re amazing. So if you aren’t a huge fan of coffee or if you're just sick of the same old same old, here are some new drinks to keep your inner white girl alive and thriving.

Hot Drinks

1. Chai Tea Latte/Oprah Chai Latte

This drink is a pretty popular one. It has a chai syrup (that has a little kick to it) with a splash of hot water and steamed milk. You can get it hot or iced, both are equally as good in my opinion.

2. Caramel Apple Spice

This hot drink is my personal favorite. It tastes like childhood in a cup. It’s made with cinnamon dolce syrup and steamed apple juice, topped with whip and caramel sauce. It’s basically the best cup of apple cider you’ve ever had.

3. Zebra Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is also a pretty common thing to get, but this is a different version of the classic Starbucks hot cocoa. It uses not only mocha syrup, but also white mocha, hence the ‘zebra’ in the name.

4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate/Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

These two are a must try, especially in the fall and winter seasons. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but not thought of a lot when it comes time to ordering. Try them…you won’t regret it.

5. Sick Tea

This drink is exactly what it says it is. Sick Teas are good for sore throats, congestion, and coughs. It’s made with steamed lemonade poured over Teavana’s Mint Majesty tea, topped with a splash of apple juice.

Cold Drinks

6. Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

I’m currently drinking this if that tells you anything…it’s Passion tea and lemonade shaken up, and you can add classic sweetener if you desire (it’s better sweetened). The color of these drinks is probably prettier than me.

7. Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino

These are very chocolatey, but amazing nonetheless. No coffee, just mocha and chocolate chips. If you’re in the mood for something milkshake-like, try this.

8. The Pink Drink

These are totally worth all the hype. It’s a strawberry refresher with coconut milk instead of water. It turns out to be a baby pink color. La la la loooove these.

9. Berry Sangria Herbal Tea

These fruity drinks are packed with flavor. They totally resemble a true sangria, not just with the flavoring but also with the berries and oranges in the drink. They are tasty af.

10. Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino

Perfect for when you want that fall aesthetic but it’s still 70 degrees outside. They’re like the PSL, but with a crème base instead.
Cover Image Credit: Long Island Report

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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