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I'm loving the candy-colored and lolita-themed new video from Los Angeles pop artist Lola Blanc! I'm all for the twinkly pink prom tinsel, metallic balloons, and 90's school-girl style in her new "Shut The Damn Door" clip, which premiered on Refinery29 yesterday. It's totally cute and reminds me of Marina and the Diamonds meets the 90's high-school film Jawbreaker: girly, colorful, eccentric, and provocative!
Also, check out her debut music video "Bad Tattoo" for even more of a 90's fashion explosion, with a little bit of a retro techno-rockabilly in there to twist things up! Platform Spice Girls shoes, checker-print dresses, candy-colored faux furs, and big sparkling jewelry... I'm obsessed.
Ever thought of running away to the circus? Okay, it's probably not the most realistic dream, but what about winning a three-night trip to London, complete with round-trip travel to and tickets to Cirque du Soleil?
Fashion designer Ted Baker is giving away a circus-fun trip to London during his Spring/Summer 2014 "Get In On The Act Campaign," where YOU have the chance to win!
You can take your fun circus personality quiz here http://9nl.be/sx3c to see which circus character represents you, and then post your results on your social media using hashtag #ZolTed and tagging @ted_baker on Instagram. Participating automatically enters you into the giveaway to win a trip to London and Cirque du Soleil!
You can also perform "Ted's Challenge," where you can "Get In On The Act" by posting an IG video of yourself performing a simple circus themed act using hashtag #ZolTed with handle @ted_baker. There will be six circus acts to try, demonstrated via short videos compiled by Gifford's Circus members. Plus, the first 50 submissions for each act using the #ZolTed hashtag will receive a limited edition Ted Baker bag. Check it out here: http://9nl.be/sx3c
Good luck and have fun!
Check out my exclusive playlist for Ladygunn Magazine!
We’ve teamed up with pink haired Spin Media style editor and social media goddess Audrey Kitching on an exclusive Good Vibes’ playlist just for you guys. Find out which tunes are constantly on repeat for Audrey during her days as a model, designer, and style icon. Let the good vibes roll.
Photo by Alley Lindsey
Friday November 22 at 8pm ill be working on a positive energy seminar with Alex March at The NJ Spiritual Center! If your around or in the area come out! Well be going over how to release and block other people’s negative energy, empath’s + more! Location: 285 22nd Avenue and Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ
While having a brutal women cycle earlier this week it prompted me to do some hard core serious research. Im so thankful I did because now instead of dreading it horribly, im going to embrace it and all the teachings, healing, releasing and cleansing that's ment to come forth. This is one of most important reads for any girl! I hope you guys can take as much wisdom from this as I did.
THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OF MENSTRUATION
There is so much more to the menstrual cycle than the biology lesson given to explain it, in the same way that there is so much more to sex and childbirth than the mechanics. The menstrual cycle is a cycle to base your life around, in fact your life is based around your menstrual cycle whether you realise it or not, whether you pay attention to it or not. And everyone who lives under the same roof is under the influence of the menstrual cycles of the women who live there.
So, why not pay attention?
So much more will make sense and you will make more sense to yourself!
With the introduction of drugs to suppress menstruation completely - "Feel the same every day", is their catch cry, with the wide spread, almost epidemic use of The Pill by our young women, with the Earth, the feminine, in crisis, now more than ever we must seize our birth-rite and know our bodies and reclaim the 'women's blood mysteries'.
There is magic inherent in the menstrual cycle. Each cycle provides a woman with the opportunity to understand and read the messages her body gives her for any specific healing she needs. Each cycle creates the opportunity for as much spiritual growth and personal development that she could want. All a woman has to do to connect with that potential is simply to be with what is, her cycle, happening over and over.
The distressing symptoms that so commonly surround a woman's menstrual cycle in our day are often due to women simply not being connected with their cycle and ignoring their body's messages or symptoms, messages there to indicate specific emotional, or physical needs or imbalances. Our menstrual symptoms are usually 'wake up calls' about the amount of toxins in our lives, whether that be in the food we eat, the company we keep or the stress levels we create from our lifestyle.
Some basic and stunning facts
Women's cycles are effected by the moon.
A women's cycle and the lunation cycle (moon phases) are the same cycle.
Before electricity, women ovulated when the moon was full, and bled when the moon was dark. The pineal gland in our brain sends messages to our ovary, by hormones, to release an egg based on the amount of light our brain senses in the night when we are asleep. At the point of most light in the night, the full moon, we are programmed to ovulate.
Women who live in the country are more likely to be in synch' with the moon, as are women living in primitive cultures.
Ovulating at the full moon means we bleed at the dark of the moon, the time when the energy is more inwardly focussed anyway. The average menstrual cycle is the same as the lunation cycle 28 days.
Modern life with the artificial light and constantly bright nights has disrupted our natural inclination to be in synchrony with the moon. The biological blueprint for our fertility cycle is very different to how it happens now. Imagine the disruption this creates. Not only are we meant to be synchronised with the moon phases, we are also meant to be synchronised with each other.
Like we are sometimes.
Many women have no connection with the moon and no idea what particular phase it is in. When they begin the practice of regularly observing the moon, tracking its path across the sky, noticing its waxing and waning, most often their cycle begins to synchronise with the moon phases. They ovulate with the full moon and bleed at the dark of the moon or the opposite, depending on their phase in life. And sometimes they change again, depending on external influences.
You can ovulate twice a month.
Each woman has the potential to ovulate a second time in her cycle when the phase of the moon is the same as it was when she was born - her lunar return.
This is called the Lunar Ovulation and explains all those pregnancies that happen when women think they are not fertile.
This second ovulation happens unless the lunar return occurs at the same time as your normal cycle's ovulation, or you are fully breast feeding (although that's not the case for everyone), pregnant or on The Pill. Its easy to find out your lunar return and so when you ovulate the second time each month. You just need to find out the phase of the moon on the day you where born.
Many books have that info, such as an ephemeris and you can find out on menstruation.com.au.
The World's first Shamans were women.
Shamans are medicine men and women. In ancient cultures they were the healers who used their special talents to access the hidden realms to receive information to facilitate the healing process.
They used trance and drumming to communicate and connect with nature to receive information. It has been supposed that the Shaman was a man's role but in fact anthropologists and archeologists have discovered that the first shamans were women.
This is obvious when the tendencies of women at different times of their cycles for prophetic dreams and other worldly communications are considered.
The Sanskit word for ritual and menstruation is the same - r'ku.
The word root for menstruation mens, is the same for moon, month and measurement.
The first measurement of time, the first calendar was based on the menstrual cycle.
So, the cycle:-
The menstrual cycle is a cycle within a cycle. The bigger cycle is the woman's life cycle, her life seasons, which are just like the Earth's seasons.
Spring - Maiden, Summer - Mother, Autumn - Maga, Winter - Crone.
Every cycle is the same as very other cycle, just different lengths.
The cycle goes - birth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, rebirth.
The menstrual cycle is the same cycle.
And it is also divided into four quarters like the Earth's seasons.
Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4.
If you have a cycle that is consistently longer or shorter than 28/29 days it's the first half of the cycle that is shortened or lengthened.
Provided that you are ovulating, the second half of the cycle is fixed and is always the same either 13, 14 or 15 days.
Each week of the fertility cycle is as different to the other weeks as the Earth's seasons are different to each other.
It's the characteristics of each of these weeks that are the opportunities for the spiritual practice that I speak of.
Week one resembles spring energy.
Week two summer.
Week three autumn and week 4 winter.
Each week our inclinations, energy levels etc and the messages from our body are different. They speak of the physical situation of that point in the menstrual cycle and the related emotional situation.
So if you know where you are in your cycle you can much more easily 'go with the flow' so to speak. You could even manage your life around it. Start new projects in the first and second week of your cycle. Express you creative urges when you have them.
Have parties when you're ovulating, finish off things in your third week. Stay home, and be on retreat when you're bleeding.
You'll have a lot less strife in your third and fourth week if you know you will be retreating when your blood comes, you'll actually be looking forward to your blood coming, and be ready 'to let go'.
Here's an outline of the emotional and psychological energies of the cycle, week by week that you are dealing with, or if you aren't consciously, give it a go. If you are aware of the specifics of the lunation cycle you will see the direct connection.
Week One (day 1 - first day of bleeding - day 7): Death Rebirth Phase Inwardly focussed, quiet. On retreat or wishing you were or creating situations in your life so people will leave you alone (for example fights).
Visions of how it might be this new cycle.
Letting go of ways or beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve - both metaphorically with your prayers and intentions and literally with your blood.
Spring energy, building as your blood stops flowing.
A time for metaphorically planting seeds for the new cycle.
During bleeding: "I feel quiet, inward", "I don't want to be disturbed".
After bleeding: "I feel soft, a bit vulnerable", "I feel as if I'm peeking back out at the world " "Here I come again".
Week Two (day 8-14): High Energy Creative Phase.
Increasing physical, sexual and creative energy building to a peak at ovulation.
Urgent creative feelings.
Heightened awareness of self and others.
More interested in physical appearance.
"I feel happy, excited, full of energy", "I can do anything!"
Week Three (day 15-21): Coming Down and Harvest Phase.
Post ovulatory descent - can be positive or negative, a sense of pride or failure.
May experience feelings of failure or elation depending on what you achieved from your creative peak in the few days after your egg has died unfertilised.
"I lost my chance", "I feel useless".
"I am so awesome, look what I did!"
May feel relief or regret (at not being pregnant, literally and metaphorically).
Feelings of wanting to get rid of unnecessary things around you or in your life.
Things or ways of being that are no longer working for you show up.
This may be confronting or a relief or both.
Depending on how long you've been ignoring these promptings will depend on how you react to them showing up again.
This happens to get your attention so you can let go of them in this and the next phase.
"Everything seems to be hard", "Nothing feels like its working".
"I've been so busy, I'm so glad I can rest now".
Week Four (day 22-28):Distillation and Clarity Phase.
Lessons from this cycle are available to be seen and felt.
Either glad of the where you're at with your life or fed up (again).
Feeling ready to let go and surrender or feeling frustrated and annoyed.
Less interested in everyone else, less available emotionally to others.
"Don't ask me to do anything, leave me alone"
"I get it now, I'm letting go of this and not taking into my next cycle."
And of course this all goes for the corresponding moon phases and the seasons as well.
Understanding the way of cycles brings with it an awareness of the flow of energy, the wisdom in that flow and the opportunity to be in synchrony with that flow.
I believe, honouring her fertility cycle is a woman's responsibility.
It is in fact one way she can participate, in helping to correct the imbalances that have been created through not honouring the feminine. An issue that we must address so that we can live harmoniously on our planet. Through honouring your menstrual cycle, you help heal the "wounded feminine" the symptoms of which ravage the Earth and most of her people. By honouring her cycle a woman honours the feminine, the dark, the juicy, the mysterious, the feminine power of creativity, sexuality and our Mother Earth.
Symptoms of the Menstrual Cycle or rather messages from your body.
I was talking to a young woman about her cycle, starting to lead into the flow of the energy in our cycles and how she could be with that to best suit her life and I asked her 'Are you on the pill?' 'Yes', she was 21 and had been on it for seven years because she had bad period pain at 14. I suggested the concept that her body was giving her a message that she wasn't heeding, that maybe she needed to rest in bed with a hot water bottle. She said nothing had worked, her mother even needed to take the day off work to look after her. I didn't feel I had the license, so to speak, to take the conversation deeper, but if I did I would have asked her about what she needed to do at 14 to get her mother's attention, to get her needs met? And I would suspect that her whole story would unravel and she would 'see' that what had been going on in her life regarding her needs being met or not, was manifesting through her cycle, her period pain. Instead of taking the opportunity to 'hear' her body speak to her of her needs - physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and any imbalances, she was subjected to the enforced regulation of The Pill. The fake version of a cycle, in fact when you're on The Pill, you're body 'thinks' its pregnant. I've heard also that when you're on The Pill your inbuilt pheromone radar system that checks out likely mates for their suitability ceases to work.
The different physical and associated emotion symptoms that you experience through your cycle, are your body, your Self alerting you to a particular need you have that requires meeting. If you chart your cycle you will see that the symptoms happen at different times that have different needs.
The crankiness, impatience or annoyance so infamously called Premenstrual Syndrome, that we may experience in the last two weeks of our cycle, is really more about the feelings you have because you are not flowing with what you body really wants you to do - that is slow down, withdraw from the busyness of the outside world and look after yourself, not everybody else.
In your premenstrual week you feel less interested in the outside world and desire quiet time to yourself. If this doesn't happen or isn't possible because of your living arrangements, you may become very edgy, easily upset and in a 'bad mood', this serves its purpose and usually drives others away from you anyway.
There's one sure way to get some space to yourself and that's have fights, so no one wants to be around you!
Often times, the bad moods, so to speak, associated with the end of the cycle are due to the woman knowing that even though she'll be bleeding next week, and would really rather be having sometime to herself to do that, she will have to carry on regardless, looking after everybody else and not herself. If she knew at this time, that next week she was going to have 3 days to herself, to rest, read, write, draw, whatever, her moonlodge, red tent time she wouldn't be cranky, she'd be looking forward to it.
The other thing that happens in the third and fourth week of the cycle is that everything that's not working in your life shows up.
Like, ways you've been behaving in relationships, ways you've been meeting your needs, or not, old patterns, anything, everything. Its Nature's design that at this time, you notice outmoded ways of being so you can let them go with your blood and replace them with their evolution next cycle.
Each month when you bleed you can consciously let go of old ways, patterns and beliefs that no longer serve you. You can do this for yourself and also "for all your relations", the collective feminine.
It's the contemplative and reflective energy of this phase of the cycle that facilitates this great opportunity, your inner autumn pruning, as it were.
Cramps at bleeding time are to get you to apply some heat to your belly or back, and to get you to withdraw, from the outside world, so you notice what you're feeling and thinking. You will hear your inner wisdom and have new ideas about how to do things differently for those outmoded ways you let it go of with your blood.
When we bleed we are more tired and when we sleep, when we bleed we may dream more than usual and it is common to have prophetic dreams at that time. So that's why your body sends you messages of tiredness, so you will sleep more, and have those dreams.
When you emerge from your raw bleeding state, hopefully you will bring with you what you have learned from listening to her inner wisdom.In the tradition of the Native American's Moonlodge, the community waited for the wisdom that the women returned with from their moontime retreat. They would come back with information about when and where to move camp, about where the buffalo were etc.The community valued this highly and made their plans around it, they honoured the wisdom of the feminine.
Watch the cyclical nature of your libido, your sexual desire and your body awareness.
Women usually experience increased libido around ovulation for the obvious reason that there's a chance they will conceive, and that's the case even if that's not their plan.
They pay more attention to the clothes they wear and how they look, leading up to and during ovulation.
Sometimes women feel more sexual just before they bleed too.
This is because their vulva and vagina is more filled with blood in that fullness we feel around our pelvic area, just before our blood flows. And because relative to the lower levels of oestrogen and progesterone at this time of the cycle, our testosterone level, responsible for many things including libido, is high.
The severity of symptoms you experience throughout your cycle will be a direct result of all the things that influence your state of health. What you eat, what you think and what you do with your body. Eating a good diet, and a regular yoga and meditation practise are the best things you can do to regulate your system and ensure it functions from a harmonious space rather than out of balance.
Ways to honour the menstrual cycle
The flow of the energy through the cycle gives us the clues for how to honour it. It's a good idea to let the people you live with know if you are going to change the way you do things at your bleeding time. Their support will be important to the success of you implementing these life changes.
Retreat from the busyness of the world, even just for an evening.
Have a relaxing bath by candle light with essential oils. Try geranium and rose.
Create your moonlodge or red tent, this is as much a state of mind as a physical space.
Wear particular clothes or jewellery when bleeding, red stones or appropriate crystals. This can also serve the purpose of notifying the people you live with that you're bleeding.
Suggestions from Cassarne, my crystal advisor:
Two crystals resonate with the bleeding time and the choice can be made depending on which the wearer is more drawn to.
Carnelian: this relates specific to the sacral chakra and our creative centre, it brings balance to the female sacred organs and empowers the feminine in its process.
Moonstone: provides a balancing healing energy, especially of the emotions which may be in a vulnerable and fragile space. It assists in the balance and awareness of our hormones in their "dance" through our cycle. It is also a lovely stone to wear when its one's bloodtime as it reminds us of our connection with the moon and all her & our rhythms. Moonstone reassures us when we are in retreat at this time.
Garnet could also be worn purely because of its deep blood red hue and its resonance to our physical experience at this time. Plus it keeps one grounded and strengthens the healing energy of the Earth with our heart.
Experiment with dreaming by asking particular questions of your dreams.
Invoke a particular Goddess archetype to be with you during your bloodtime, perhaps Maeve or Kali.
Draw or paint.
Meditate - with or without questions and perhaps focussed on what it is you will let go of with your blood this cycle.
Do gentle exercise such as walking in nature and consciously connecting with it.
Feed yourself well.
Use special linen at bloodtime, like red coloured!
Use red towels.
Be kind to yourself - go with your flow!
The bleeding phase of the cycle is as if a monthly enactment of a vision quest. On day 3 of your cycle, just like in a vision quest, do a meditation and ask for a vision. You will be gifted with a vision to inspire and fuel you for your next cycle, write about it, draw it and refer back to it.
Once you've stopped bleeding, when you are ready, gently reintroduce yourself back into the world.
Use your creative energy, make something (make your own pads).
Express your sexuality, beautify yourself, be indulgent.
Celebrate the energy of your ovulation (just like you would the full moon).
Dedicate your egg to something you wish to give the creative life force to.
Celebrate what you have achieved, created, succeeded in this cycle and let go of what you haven't. Don't be hard on yourself.
Start to notice the things that aren't working in your life in readiness to let them go with your blood.
Don't start any new projects, rather finish things off.
Be ready for your approaching bloodtime, adjust your plans around it.
Cook in preparation for your retreat time.
Make a pot of hearty soup that you can easily feed yourself and everyone else from during your bleeding time.
Start to imagine how you want your next cycle to go.
"The whole menstrual cycle is an alchemical process in itself, during which every woman who bleeds goes through a transformation inside herself. To menstruate means to live through a cyclical transmutation in which the past is shed and the new in embraced. Experiencing this transformation through conscious ritual awakens us to our connection with the cycles taking place all around us and to our relationship with all life." Lara Owen - "Her Blood is Gold"
Honour the Rites of Passage
Welcome your daughters to womanhood with an honouring ceremony, as little or as much as she will allow you! What happens around a rite of passage teaches you about what's expected of you in your new role.
Think about what happened around your menarche - What did it teach you about being a woman? Maybe you want to re enact your menarche.
Honour and understand peri-menopause and menopause - it is a time of transformation, a labour of sorts with a birth of a new you.
So, there you have it - the menstrual cycle is such a gift if you bring your awareness to it. It's that extra special thing about being a woman, not only can we create new life but we can re create ourselves anew each cycle. And its so important to get this, because this happens whatever the energy is, whatever thoughts and feelings you start your cycle with will be what sees you through that cycle, it will be the theme (just like at a new moon).
So if that's negative, like yuk, here I am bleeding again, I'm so tired, what about me, I'm in pain etc etc, then those thoughts are the metaphoric seeds you've planted at the start of the cycle that will grow, full bloom, harvest, decay, die and then be reborn again. So make sure you spend time at the start of your cycle, and on the new moon, setting your intentions for the new cycle, planting the metaphoric seeds that will nurture and feed you as they grow to their fullness during your current menstrual cycle or as the lunation cycle takes its course.
So in closing I shall say again, there is so much transformational magic available to women through their cycles. Such opportunity.
And I'll leave you with a thought..
You know, if we, all the women, got it together with our prayers and intentions maybe even resynchronise our cycles with the moon and with each other - we could use this energy to heal the planet.
Looking for some last minute spooky stylish digs? Topshop has you covered, kinda drooling over almost all of this!
I had the honor of going to Boston a few weeks ago to shoot exclusively for Miss KL / Karmaloop's women site! I had such an amazing time and these are some of my current favorite images! Hope you guys enjoy the interview and video as well.
Can you tell our readers who you are you and what you do?
I’m Audrey Kitching and I am a style editor, fashion writer, model, designer, I work and embody different things in the fashion industry.
How did you get started on Buzznet, and what drew you to Buzznet as opposed to other platforms?
Buzznet actually contacted me! I’ve been blogging for over 10 years. I started on MailoDrama and Xanga which were AOL dial-up style when I was in like 7th grade. Eventually Live Journal came around which more people knew. When I was on Live Journal, I gathered a following from posting photos in clothing I would make and doing fun photo shoots in my kitchen post-Myspace era. I kind of just got a weird little following, then graduated from the Aveda Institute for Beauty and Wellness. I started doing hair for a bunch of big bands in that time and would post photos. Fans of the different bands would look at my blog which made my following start to organically grow. That was when Buzznet reached out to me, before they were a big full blown site. They wanted to fly me to Los Angeles and met with me. They wanted to build a social media site based around me and my fans and I was fully onboard. Now Buzznet is this huge multimedia outlet. It was very exciting to be with them from the beginning.
How would you describe the fashion scene from New York compared to Los Angeles?
New York likes black A LOT. It depends, there is your club scene kids which is very draggy – big hair, make up, and glitter. There is also your sophisticated hipster fashion scene. Then there are also your high class society people who wear YSL, Chanel, Prada, etc. There are definitely different levels to New York. I would say NY is more down-to-earth and high fashion. L.A. is more casual and clubby; a lot of the girls in L.A. at night wear tight little dresses and heels.
What are your favorite spots to hit in NY?
I love Sacred Shell, it’s this amazing little vegan spot. Topshop is also great. St. Mark’s (Place) is the best to get really great sushi. When I’m working in New York, I’m really into the corner Thai massage places you can go to for like 30 bucks. I’m a foodie so I also like to hit up all the vegan spots.
Can you tell us more about your personal style?
My style is kind of a mix of tomboy casual; I wear a lot of leather pants and lace up boots. But I also love fake furs. I say it is something like tomboy meets Barbie!
Branding yourself through the web and social media is huge right now and you’ve obviously been able to successfully make a name for yourself. What is your advice to young people looking to get into the industry?
I feel like it is consistency and hard work. It’s not something you do every two weeks for fun, it’s something you take serious and you have to put dedication and time into it. If you are willing to do that, I think you will succeed. I also think experience is important. Not necessarily a degree from a fashion institute, I think it’s important to intern for companies, stylists, and magazines to learn firsthand what it takes to be in the industry.
Even though you’ve already made waves in the industry, where do you see yourself in five to ten years?
I feel like I’m going more towards designing. Modeling and writing has obviously been amazing but I have three capsule collections in the works right now. I am also currently working on my own collection. I feel like over time, as I get older, and modeling is less of my forefront I think I will definitely be focusing on design.
From designing to modeling, and blogging, it seems like you have a lot on your plate! What does a typical week for Audrey Kitching look like?
A nightmare - I get up every day at 7:00 a.m. and roll out of bed to make tea and breakfast. From there I’ll go to my office where I’ll do emails, social media, and blogging. I’ll browse the web for articles to write about and come up with concepts from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., and from that point on it could be a phone interview or working on a design collaboration or photo shoot or having to go to the city for an event. It’s always different depending on the day [but] almost every day I’m working from 7:00 in the morning to 9:00 or 10:00 at night.
Although there are hundreds of thousands of people who ADORE you, how do you deal with all the negativity that gets thrown your way?
To be honest, it used to really bother me. I used to feel like the people saying things didn’t know me as a person because I don’t think I’m a shitty person. I feel like the people who would say things would be jealous or didn’t want to take the time to know me which was upsetting. I used to try to defend myself but at this point I feel like my work speaks for itself and if people still want to hate me, that’s fine. I’m so comfortable now that I don’t give a shit.
Knowing what you know now, would you do any things differently in your career?
That’s like once of those mind fuck inception questions… I want to say “yes,” but if I had done things differently I probably wouldn’t be where I am now. There are people in the industry I wish I didn’t date... there are photos in Google that I wish didn’t exist... There are hairstyles, makeup, and Hot Topic photo shoots I wished never happened… but if all that stuff didn’t happen, I might be serving coffee somewhere. I don’t regret things because I think mistakes are important for growth - but my ego regrets them.
Im one of those people who goes seasonal overboard I think it's such a beautiful thing! Weither your one of those people or not, you probably still love pumpkin spice lattes! I use to always go to local coffee cafe's and Starbucks to get my craving. This has changed my life and I haven't been to a coffee shop in months! The best thing about this syrup is you can make it all organic with no additives and chemicals.. and it's so cheap! Add up having 2-3 lattes at Starbucks a week and you end up spending $65 a month! Plus this is at your own convenience.
I mix this with cold or warm almond milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon and it's amazing! You can add this to coffee, tea and milk!
1/3 cup of pumpkin puree
-2 cups water
-2 tsp. vanilla
-2 tsp. ground cinnamon
-1 tsp. ground nutmeg
-1/4 tsp. ground cloves
-1/4 tsp. ginger
-1 1/4 cup maple syrup or maple sugar
Combine the water and maple syrup in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the remaining spices and the pumpkin puree. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, without letting the mixture come to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and store in your container of choice. Store in the refrigerator up to three weeks.