Weathering the Storm With Caza Trail & Grove Square

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sturm Foods, Inc. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating

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Here in my little area of the Midwest, we’ve been digging out from under nearly 18 inches of snow.  While that’s a lot of snow for any area, it’s more than we normally get in a year! As if that wasn’t enough, the temperatures outside didn’t even get above freezing for almost a week! Here we are two weeks later, and the snow has just now melted from the parking area by my house.

One of the saving graces during this ridiculously cold snap was a warm beverage.  On a normal day, a cup of coffee is necessary to get going.  But when it’s 12 degrees outside?  Yeah, I’m gonna need copious amounts of hot coffee and hot cocoa.

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MistoBox for the Coffee Lovers in Your Life


We were provided a MistoBox for evaluation purposes.  All opinions are our own.

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I have one great love in my life – subscription boxes.  There really are a few reasons why I love them.  I like to get mail.  I love surprises.  And I love to try new things.  Things I’d never consider buying.  Things that are related to stuff I already like.  Subscription boxes come in literally any idea or topic that you can possibly conjure.  One of my new favorites is the MistoBox.

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Iced Coffee Recipe at Home with Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee Recipe

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Dunkin' Donuts. I received a Dunkin' Donuts Party Kit to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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I have a group of friends that all like to get together and do stuff. We take turns hosting, or occasionally, going somewhere like a park or a restaurant, depending on what we’re doing.  Recently, my turn to host came up.  I figured we’d do some crafting, because, well, that’s what I like to do.  I also had a few projects I needed to get done, and figured if we were having a crafting party, it would help me get my rear in gear for these few projects. 

Since I was hosting this gathering at my house, I was responsible for providing some snacks and refreshments, too.  Since most of us like frou frou coffee drinks, I figured this would be the perfect time to introduce the new seasonal flavors of Dunkin Donuts coffee with an iced coffee recipe.

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How To Make Coffee in a French Press

How to make coffee with a french press

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I love coffee.   But I’m really picky.  I can’t just open a can of any old grocery store coffee and make a pot.  Oh no.  It needs to be something really delightful and exotic.  And, really, it should go without saying that fresh roasted coffee is just about mandatory.   While I often prefer an elaborate frou frou coffee drink, if I’m going to have brewed coffee, I like mine from a French Press. 

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5 DIY Coffee Recipes to Make at Home

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe

I'm not much of a coffee drinker.  In fact, i think I've only had brewed coffee from a coffee pot a couple times in my whole life.  Give me a coffeehouse coffee, though, and it's a whole different story!  Here are 5 awesome DIY coffeehouse coffee recipes. 


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The absolute best Iced Coffee – This is not only the best iced coffee, it's pretty inexpensive once you acquire a French Press.  Plus, this coffee recipe makes an iced coffee concentrate, so you can make a week's worth of tasty goodness. 

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Eight O’Clock Coffee Give It Away

Eight O'Clock Coffee Giveaway

Are you coffee mad?  Do you need coffee to survive?  Could you use a couple bags of gourmet coffee and a new travel mug?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, I have something for you!

How Was Your Day, along with Eight O'Clock Coffee, are giving away an awesome coffee lovers prize pack.  One lucky winner will receive 2 bags of Eight O'Clock coffee of their choice and an awesome brushed aluminum travel mug! 

Be sure to check out my tasty recipe for Caramel Coffee at home. 

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Indulgent Caramel Macchiato Coffee Drinks at Home

Caramel Coffee Drinks at home

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I am not much of a coffee drinker.  Drip coffee, that is.  If you're talking froufrou coffee drinks – well, that's a different story altogether.  Want to go out for a latte? I am so there! 

A fair amount of my pocket money goes to these ridiculous(ly good and tasty) coffee beverages.  It doesn't have to be that way, though!  You can make your own at home.  And you don't need a $1,000 machine, either. 

With Eight O'Clock Coffee, you can bring the coffeehouse to your house. 

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Fab Five | My Favorite Things

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1.  Starbucks.  I'm not a huge coffee fan, unless it's a fancy frou frou coffee drink.  Even then, I'm rather picky.  For some reason, I just really like Starbucks.  It may be the ease of paying with a card, so it doesn't feel like real money.  Perhaps it's the convenience of the drive thru.  And yes, I sucked it down before I took a picture.  HA!

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2. Nail Polish.  This may fall under the make-up of last week, I'm not totally sure.  But I loooooove nail polish.  Especially loud, crazy, wild colors.  Yes, I'm the girl working in the office with bright teal nails! 

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3. Paper.  I admit it, I am a huge paper snob.  Linen, laid, vellum…like music to my ears.  That doesn't even touch terms like deckle, handmade, chiyogami, florentine, etc.  I'm smiling as I write this.

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4. Ikea.  I totally want to live in their catalog. Living most of my life in an area that had multiple locations fairly close by, I took the store for granted.  Never again!!!  Now I have to plan a long weekend to visit a store.

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5. Sawdust Festival.  The absolute best fair I have ever been to.  I made my first visit when I was just a few wees old and it has been an annual event.  All handmade items from local artisans in one of the great areas of America.  Jewelers, glass blowers, painters, fashion designers, and sooo much more! The show only runs through August 28th, so go this week if you're in the Laguna Beach, CA area!

These are a few of my favorite things.  What are yours?

Images courtesy of Nars, Sawdust Festival, unknown Ikea pic.