Friday Follow Up – It’s Fall When…

This week has definitely, unequivocally felt like FALL IS HERE!

The PNW has had serious downpours for days but with those last fleeting bits of summer still trying to hang on by making things feel muggy all around you.

This weekend signals the last bits of the 2013 summer with Labor Day events in America as a kind of bridge into the changing of seasons. I have to say that I’m a little bit sad that this summer is already over because what an AMAZING SUMMER it’s been for me with Starbucks!

But I have so many more exciting things to be shared with everyone that this summer has led up to, that I’m just bursting at the seems to move into fall and keep the super-awesome momentum flowing into one of my favorite seasons!

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

And apparently Starbucks is on this wavelength of both celebrating the last days of summer with their hosting of the VIP Gold Card area at the internationally known Seattle music festival Bumbershoot this weekend! (Which of course I will be attending)

And at the same time Starbucks is helping the fall season get their party started by PRE-launching one of my most favorite drinks ever… The Pumpkin Spice Latte!  Have you seen the new special-limited-edition Starbucks Swarovski mug to celebrate???  This is super-SWEET!

Early holiday present for me?!!

Limited Edition Swarovski Starbucks mug

This year marks the 10 year birthday of this beautifully-fall-flavored drink and to celebrate they released it early (in select stores so call ahead) before the entire roll-out right after Labor Day. The hashtags for this seasons so-utterly-fall beverage of choice are #PSL10 and #ItsFallWhen both of which I’ve been following and retweeting heavily because again… Starbucks and I are on the same wavelength about bridging summer and fall and finding ways to celebrated BOTH right now.  (like that MUG, and yes… I’m mentioning it AGAIN!)

So go celebrate your Labor Day weekend Americans (and International end-of-summer holidays too!) and then go get yourself ready for fall with the birthday celebration of PSL…

First PSL Pumpkin Spice Latte of Fall

All I have to say is that this summer has been simply amazing!  That my fall is quickly becoming even MORE amazing and that I feel #ItsFallWhen there are CELEBRATIONS to be had by all, and Starbucks is there every step of the way!

GoodBye Summer of 2013 and Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!!!!

Weekend Wrap Up – BeauTEAful!

This weekend was the last open weekend before Labor Day then Back-to-School events, high holy days, and next thing you know Halloween, Thanksgiving and the end of this Starbucks challenge year! (sad face)

So I made the most of my time and ran more, meditated more, spent time with loved ones more and definitely explored more! I got to explore my new Starbucks store and I explored an article in the Huffington Post that I discovered last week via Twitter about using tea as a beauty product!

My first use of my morning Tazo tea bags (after steeping once for my morning tea) was to use them to reduce under eye bags and dark circles…

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This idea definitely worked! And after being a model since I was the age of 14, I’ve tried and used LOTS of tricks to amp up features… especially pre photo-shop! My old tried-and-true under eye trick was using (non-scented, clear) Preparation H ointment to reduce puffiness. This trick is still being used I’m sure all the time, but I’ve stopped wanting to introduce more chemicals to my body years ago so to trade out Preparation H for a good old bag of tea after you’ve enjoyed the taste is even better! Keeping your tea bags is going to become a common occurrence in my household now just for this trick alone!

But read on because I tried three of the Huffington Post tips…

The second tip I tried was using steeped black tea as a hair rinse to soften & add shine to my hair.

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This tip worked SO WELL! I followed the HuffPost piece and kept the chilled, tea on my washed hair for 10 minutes (actually a couple of minutes more) and then washed, conditioned and VOILA! My hair felt like it just came out of a salon! It’s still so soft and shiny today, as I run my fingers through it 24 hours later. Here is yet another reason to not throw out those tea bags! One thing I found out last week at my Tazo tea tasting is that you can steep tea bags more than once, and usually up to 3-4 times each bag, which is not only cost-effective but now can save you even more money on beauty supplies!

The third trick we used was to try out a tea bath to cure stinky feet. I will not disclose the name of the accused, but just know that stank-foot is a very common problem for this person…one we waited to try this tea-bath on until a full, long day of activity was had to achieve full effect!

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And again… This trick really works! Not only did his feet stop stinking (with the antibacterial agents) but we used two teas, one was mint… and his feet still don’t stink today, 24 hours later!  I’m taking this new found knowledge to some other areas and applying them to see if they work just as well?!  You can bet I’ll be back talking about what worked with tea (and this isn’t even talking about coffee beauty benefits yet!) for our home and life.

Like I posted, this weekend was about exploring new things…like using your tea for beauty remedies and exploring the amazing benefits of having a Starbucks store within walking distance! I’ll end on what my mornings now always look like… Tazo tea (or the occasional clover) in my street view of the mountains of Western Washington and of course my siren which I am in love with more and more as she helps me explore more knowledge, more community, more EVERYTHING as each wonderful challenge day passes!

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Friday Follow Up – Late edition

Like that title?  Ha-ha… yep, my Friday Follow-Up is 24 hours late, I guess the unwind of no college classes and the end of summer laziness has just finally set in with me.  So here is my follow-up since last weekend at the farm which by now you know is gonna be FULL of Starbucks!  (I sense a pattern going on here?!)

We stopped by Seattle’s Best Coffee to pick up goodies for our train trip to the farm…

Bubs with Seattles Best Coffee at train station

Have you checked out SBC lately???  I mean that little drive thru in south Seattle is just the BEST (thanks to awesomesauce partners like Valerie!) but come on… even their website is SUPER CUTE!

Check out these awesome animations on their home screen… LOVE THEM!  They are so my colorful, fun-loving style for sure!  Great job corporate!

And yes… those SBC drinks are all super YUMMY too!

Seattle's Best Coffee screen shot

From SBC to a typical  breakfast on the farm for me.  Yum!  I LOVE that Starbucks blueberry oatmeal with some Evolution Fresh OJ and the new one to the bunch this week was the Tazo sweet cinnamon spice tea, which is lovely!

Farm Starbucks breakfast

On the way back from the farm I stopped in my little paradise town on earth… Steilacoom and enjoyed my treat-receipt frappuccino down on the beach with my youngest…

South Puget Sound Sipface

This week I’ve been experimenting with different juice and tea combos… usually from my local PCC Market because they have SO MANY varieties of both you can combine a million different summer, iced drinks!

Evolution Fresh and Tazo tea combo

You can pick up so many varieties at PCC (if you’re in the Seattle area)… just look at all these combinations!

Evolution Fresh at PCC

Tazo tea at PCC

And I’ve been experimenting with different custom dinners like this brie, crusted chicken pretzel sandwich that I made from Starbucks Evenings menu options and Bistro box packs.  I made this sandwich back in spring too and it was SO GOOD I decided I’ll be making it a couple of more times this year!

Starbucks Pretzel sandwich

This week I received my first FREE Starbucks drink at a drive thru because they had made an extra and the partners offered it to me!  It was a mocha, cookie-crumble frappuccino and boy was it good!  I’ve read a lot on the social media feeds this year about partners offering free items to customers if they are extras, I have even read about partners offering free bistro boxes or food if they are just going to throw it out?!  I guess if you are a regular and are nice to your partners, they too might think of you for many of these times.  But I haven’t experienced it this year until now.  I get the feeling that it’s more like a “right place at the right time” kind of deal, so as far as free or reduced Starbucks items I of course ALWAYS encourage signing up and using your Gold Card from Starbucks because they will keep you in the loop of wonderful, free, reduced things coming up all the time!  But I still encourage customers to be extra nice to your partners regardless (because it’s a good thing to do… not because they will give you things).

I wouldn’t normally order such a sweet drink, the regular caramel frappuccinos that were recommended to me from a Starbucks fan I’m seriously in LOVE with but they are about as sweet as I can handle.  But it was incredibly nice of the partners to offer it to me and I appreciated the different drink option that I might not normally order!

Free frappuccino sipface

And of course, if you watch any of my feeds… there is always lots of FUN in my life going on like my new oral fixation of siren-tooth picks!

Starbucks siren toothpick

Lots of great happenings are coming up once again this weekend and next week, so stay tuned!  Hopefully Winter and I can hang out again!

My Living the Goodwill Life challenge has been coming back into play with the resurgence of thrift shops into cultural norm (thanks Macklemore!) and I’m loving that… and always more Starbucks, and probably now Teavana finally!

It certainly is feeling like the end of summer to me…. everybody ready for cool fall evenings with hot Tazo/Teavana tea like me???

Here is a recent shot off the Mercer Island Park On The Lid with the Seattle skyline in the background… of course, the #EarlGreySkies needed some great Tazo earl grey tea to match!

Tazo Earl Grey Tea

Have a great week everybody!

Friday Follow Up – What a WEEK!

Okay… I think this is the first time all year that I haven’t posted anything for a WEEK?!  But with good reason, it was the end of my college quarter (a condensed summer version) so this is pretty much what happened…

I studied with Starbucks

Studying with Starbucks

And more studying and Starbucks

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And yes, again, I studied some more with Starbucks!

(but WAIT!  don’t go anywhere yet… it does get better!)

Studying with Starbucks

THEN, when I was all done… I treated myself to some much deserved goodies for finishing!  Dang these caramel frappuccinos are GOOD!  (and yes, still no firm diet on track… I might be giving up on that one)

Starbucks studying treat

And then, with the PERFECT TIMING that Evolution Fresh always seems to have in my life… yesterday they had a FREE smoothie day for the first time!

Evo Fresh Free Smoothie Day

I just adore going into the Evolution Fresh stores and speaking to some of my favorite partners!  I hope everybody got to try their absolutely wonderful products yesterday, I spoke to quite a few people who were really excited about their FREE smoothie day promotion!

Evolution Fresh Free smoothie day in Bellevue

Foursquare seemed to be buzzing with Evolution Fresh feeds as well!

Evolution Fresh Free smoothie Foursquare badge

Then, after a long two weeks… I was treated to a nice Starbucks Evening dinner for two (well, three).

Double Trouble Starbucks Evening

It really is all about the simple, enjoyable things in life… like family, friends, Starbucks and BEING DONE WITH COLLEGE QUARTER!  Please remind me to NEVER take a full-load in a condensed summer quarter again… please!  🙂

Now onto the family farm all weekend for some real R&R for the next three days!

Happy Weekend Everybody!

Friday Follow Up – Starbucks School

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For those that didn’t already know, besides being a mother to two amazing boys and an online marketing consultant I also am a full-time student looking to finish her PhD.

My challenges are not only personally motivated to live a brand for a year but they are also part of a much bigger goal…

My current thesis is about the changes in societal patterns from the use of social media platforms and my dissertation research is quickly coming together on how can we utilize the platforms towards desired outcomes in the future.

But, as you can see… Starbucks is right there besides me, helping me every step of the way towards my goal. (Which hopefully isn’t that far away!)

As it is the beginning of August a little update on two fronts…

1. My daily calorie counts… I’ve not been as diligent in July’s daily tracking as I would have liked so I decided to continue tracking into August for better results.

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2. My total spent in July went down a bit, I think because of my calorie counts and sticking to core items (bistro box, nut packs, etc.) and it only tallied up to: $480.22!

Next week is the end of summer quarter for me (yeah!) and with fall quarter over a month away, some end of summer festivities will be in order for sure!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekend Wrap Up – End of July

Can you believe it’s the end of July already?  I know I cannot!  But this Starbucks summer of mine just keeps the adventures going… so let’s get into this weekend.

First of all my older son and I went to the movies Friday night to go see Pacific Rim in IMAX 3D and beforehand I used my free-coupon to get a Frapp.  OMG!  Both my Frapp (which ended up being a Trenta because they were out of Venti sized cups) and the movie were AMAZING!  Just look at this monster-FREE Starbucks drink!

Edge and I movie #Sipface

Normally you would not get that sized cup, but it was a welcomed surprise to me and one that I appreciated in the movie (but I ran extra hard this weekend to work off!).  And speaking of movies, if you have not seen Pacific Rim, it’s a MUST to see in IMAX 3D!

Next was an early Saturday morning to drop my oldest off for Camp Orkila (lucky boy!) and my youngest and I ventured onto the SLU (Westlake) Starbucks because I love this drive-thru so much and from our sunrise over Lake Union you can see why!

P.S.  I WANT one of these “Starbucks Parking Only” signs BAD in case anybody’s thinking about holiday gifts already!  😉

Starbucks Parking

Saturday evening we ventured over to Golden Gardens park to meet up with some photographer friends but first was a quick stop at the SLU (South Lake Union) Starbucks Evening

SLU Starbucks

I am growing really fond of my two SLU Starbucks, all hustle and bustle at this Terry location during the week with Amazon on campus and our drive-thru with some of the friendliest partners you’ll ever meet!

From there we enjoyed our picnic at Golden Gardens with friends…

Starbucks Evening picnic

Sunday was another movie with my youngest… Despicable Me 2 which is also another MUST see movie!  So, so cute and going on my holiday list for sure!  I’m just calling it “Minion Nation” now because even though all the other characters are great the minions make this.

After the movie we decided to spend our Sunday evening at the shores of Lake Washington with our Boston Terrier, Sake Eno (yes, a nod to two favorites… Japanese cuisine and anything Brian Eno!) at the dog park.

My Starbucks, Sake and I at Luther Burbank

Our Puget Sound waters are seriously amazing and we spent our evening watching the sun set over the Seattle skyline…. I love my life as a PNW native!

With views like this who would not?!!

Seattle at Sunset

Friday Follow Up – Starbucks Bloggers Activate!

I always loved the cartoon characters the Wonder Twins, I think I originally seen them on Scooby Doo… another staple of my childhood.  But the whole thing about the Wonder Twins was their phrase “Wonder Twin powers ACTIVATE!”  That concept of two people coming together to activate into a super power was EXACTLY what Dylan M Austin’s adventures with me on Wednesday felt like.  We were a Starbucks force for sure because our day’s worth of adventures were POWERFUL to say the least!

And when I say adventures, yes… we pushed the bar to get as much Starbucks and Seattle sight-seeing in that we possibly could take in one day.  Which we successfully achieved and which I had to take a day of rest (yesterday) to catch my breath from!

After a whole day spent with Dylan I have so much appreciation for his love of the siren, his youthful vigor and mature demeanor, his visions and goals both personally and professionally and when I tell you he is an absolute joy to be around I am not kidding.  This young man is certainly on his way in life and Starbucks is all the better for having people like him under their wing!

So, let the following pictures guide you through the adventures we had on Wednesday and if you get a chance to check out his videos along with the other Five Awesome Baristas please do!  Also, Dylan can be found at his Twitter and Blog pages… and hopefully at a Seattle location near us SOON!

First of all, we drove to the SBC (Seattles Best Coffee) drive-thru only blocks away from corporate.

SBC Seattles Best Coffee Drive Thru

I had not visited this location before but learned SO MUCH about new menu items for me (YEAH!) and a LOT about the Seattle’s Best Coffee (@SBC) expansion in Texas and where they are headed.  We learned all this and more from the super-friendly partner, Valarie, who was just a pure joy to begin our day with!  Valarie (and partners) I will be back to try MORE of those wonderful SBC pies!  (probably today!)

SBC Valarie

From there it was a quick hop, skip and a jump down to one of my favorite Starbucks stores, the container store!  Boy, do I ever want a tour inside that place someday!

Dylan Starbucks Container store

From south Seattle we started our “loop” back and drove up to the infamous Viretta Park memorial for Kurt Cobain next to his home.

Kurt Cobain's home

I haven’t made a Seattle “pilgrimage” for a long time considering I’ve pretty much lived here my whole life.  The experience is pretty neat to relive and even if you are a local, I would suggest doing these touristy things sometimes so you can reflect on what we are surrounded with everyday that is special!

From Montlake we headed over to University Village Tazo Tea.  Partner Travis was again a pleasure to learn from, and this visit I decided to try his last suggestion… a Sultry-Strawberry Tea Italian Soda.  OMG, this drink is SO YUMMY!  Here is part of the process of hand-making this creation, the carbonation station.

Tazo Carbinator

We both had a plethora of information to contemplate concerning tea, and it’s a product that is very much on both our radar’s to explore for sure!  We were greeted by the store manager, Meggan, who also had a visiting partner from Toronto in store… it was really turning out to be a fabulously, sunny, Seattle adventure!

Tazo TeaLicious Italian Soda

But we were not through yet… OH NO!

From there we walked over to the University Village Evolution Fresh store so Dylan could try out their store.  We were sorry to miss the wonderful new manager, Lena, but we were greeted by her super friendly and helpful, knowledgeable partners Nate and Molly who helped Dylan sample so many wonderful items from the Evolution Fresh menu!  I’m sure by now most readers, partners, SSC and anybody I can speak to know how much I LOVE this Evolution Fresh brand, and hopefully the rest of the country (world?!) will one day too because it is really amazing!

Evolution Fresh Lunch with Dylan

With full tummies from our Evolution Fresh lunch and juice tasting (that sweet burn ROCKS!) Dylan and I decided to go for a walk because I had been hearing rumors that a NEW Starbucks CONCEPT was in the making.  I’m not sure where the new store will be housed by my sources tell me that it is a “re-evolving the store (Tazo) to be a new concept store under the Teavana brand name.”  Apparently the new store will open in November and “will represent a cafe’-style experience to include hand-crafted tea beverages and tea inspired food pairings in addition to the portfolio of Teavana’s world-class loose leaf tea and merchandise.”

Um, YES PLEASE!  More Tazo, more Teavana, more Starbucks concepts coming SOON!  I am truly the LUCKIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD this year with this challenge and I am so happy to help spread the word about everything amazing that Starbucks is doing… Living in Seattle truly is an experience of a lifetime!

From our little walk we decided to first check out Gasworks park and then make our way over to the infamous Fremont Troll.  But before we could go trolling we had to make a quick stop at the Fremont Starbucks and pick up our #treatreceipt goodies…

Fremont Starbucks

So, with refreshers in hand we ventured over to the troll and did the ULTIMATE Seattle #Sipface (thanks to Dylan’s BRILLIANT idea!)…

Fremont Troll #Sipface

There seriously isn’t anything better than troll #sipface!  EXCEPT maybe…

Dylan in Seattle

A Kerry Park #sipface?  I had to show Dylan this memorable spot of Seattle photo-taking since I already did my version this summer (back in May) too…

Seattle Starbucks Sipface

Were we done yet???  OH NO WE WERE NOT!  Dylan and I quickly realized that there was ONE MORE stop left on his list, my cozy little fav up on the hill… Roy Street Coffee!

Roy Street Baked Goods

I know I’m on a diet, I KNOW I am on a DIET… but really?  This sign, this case, THESE Strawberry Rhubarb Bars RIGHT HERE!  Yep… “what diet?”

Of course, just having the pleasure of sitting down with Winter at Roy Street Coffee last week, Dylan and I had to take the (soon to be iconic) photo in front of the Roy Street Coffee sign!

Dylan and I at Roy Street

Okay, Okay… this was the end (not really, but only Dylan knows the “rest of the story”) of our day’s adventures.

Like I said, the day was a whirlwind of Seattle, Starbucks and getting to know this up-and-coming talent in the Starbucks and Internet communities which was truly a real pleasure!

Dylan I hope your trip back home was nice and RELAXING, especially after the amazing day we had on Wednesday!  I hope you liked my hand-made card, that you have grown to LOVE my home even more and that our city will be lucky enough to have your presence in it soon!  Our Wonder Twin powers definitely activated the Starbucks social media feeds all day!

I am so excited for another Starbucks, Tazo, Teavana concept store this fall… OMG!

Have a GREAT WEEKEND everybody!

Weekend Wrap Up – Garden Party Style

This weekend was all about Sunday, and the Garden Tea Party in honor of the #RoyalBaby (who is due any minute now)!

I started out by getting all my crafty materials together in order to make a great hat for the party.  Of course my Starbucks was there, inspiring me on…

The making of the Mad Hatter Hat with Starbucks

Sunday started out great with lots of the Starbucks siren sightings all over the garden…

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Starbucks in the garden

And of course VOILA!  Here is my finished Mad Hatter Hat for the Garden Tea Party…

Starbucks Mad Hatter

We had the pleasure of having a wide variety of Biscottea products courtesy of the company’s owner, Laurance, and he even included a BRAND NEW product, their savory collection that was a HUGE SUCCESS at the event!

With their traditional tea (and coffee) flavored shortbreads like: Chai, Earl Grey, Blueberry, Traditional, Mocha, Cappuccino, Espresso, Mint and Rooibos all of our teas were pleasantly paired with the perfect tea party shortbreads.

Biscottea Table

But when I introduced the new Biscottea savoury collection, eyes and mouths POPPED!  With new flavors (coming to a store after October 1st, 2013) like: Spinach & Nutmeg, Blue Cheese & Black Pepper, Roasted Onion & Jalapeno, Rosemary & Red Chili and Smoky Sea Salt… many guests raved about them all!  One guest wanted a couple of packages of the Roasted Onion & Jalapeno right now for her Walla-Walla tart recipe, which after hearing what she would create with it… sounded absolutely DELISH!

I think one tea-partier summed it all up when she said… “Oh My!  I could eat all of those!” which was quite the compliment indeed considering it came from the Master Gardener, Jessica, who owns Pea Patch Gardens and has a plethora of food available everyday to choose from!  She was definitely not alone in her love of the Biscottea new savoury options… you have a captive audience for sure with your new collection Biscottea!

Our Garden Tea Party was a great hit with the help of Biscottea but those beautiful little shortbreads wouldn’t have been complimented and the tea party could not have been complete without the help of Tazo Tea!  Thanks to the team at Tazo Tea in University Village our tea party was PERFECTLY tied together with their absolutely lovely tea flavors!

Whether it was hot tea, iced tea, caffeinated or decaffeinated tea, as soon as you opened up the Tazo Tea canister and smelled those wonderful blends you knew it was going to be a great party!

As you can see, Tazo Tea was front and center at our Garden Tea Party with choices like: english breakfast, vanilla rooibos parfait, earl grey blanc and bramblewine.  We used the Bramblewine for the iced tea and I made some pre-packaged options of each for all the tea pots with the tea filters which you can pick up in the store as well as their tea scooper and many more tea-related items to make your own tea experience complete!

I for one will be enjoying many more blends this week with my trip over to the  Tazo Tea University Village store with Starbucks vlogger, Dylan Austin from Five Awesome Baristas!

Tazo Tea Table

The tables were all set, Tazo Tea and Biscottea’s were out, now we were all ready for the #RoyalBaby to be born and of course for all the ladies to show off their hats, gloves and Tea Party attire…

Garden Tea Party The Group

What an absolutely fantastic time we all had with our fascinators, the lovely products from our friends at Tazo Tea and Biscottea, the wonderful company of all attendees and of course our garden, and it’s summertime beauty.  From the fresh sprigs of garden mint we placed in our water and on our table settings to the strawberries the children picked and our bee hive buzzing full of honey-making activity that makes our garden a reality everyday…

Thanks again to all the wonderful women (and men) that planned, donated, hosted, attended and helped in every way with this weekend’s Garden Tea Party.  It truly was a Sunday, summer day that will not soon be forgotten!

My day started in the garden and ended in the garden with a family movie night with my youngest to wrap things up…

Movie night Starbucks ready

I might not have predicted the #RoyalBaby date of birth but it’s happening RIGHT NOW, as I type, so I’m still possibly gonna get the name (Middle name has to be Diana) right?!

This week is full of more Starbucks adventures again so stay tuned, support your local garden and…

KEEP CALM and DRINK (Taz0) TEA!

Friday Follow Up – Staying Starbucks Cool

The hotter weather has my taste buds all about staying cool right now, which means I’m getting creative again with my Starbucks combinations.

I’ve been taking a lot of different Evolution Fresh juices from my local PCC Market and trying them with all the wonderful Tazo teas they stock.

Evolution Fresh and Tazo summer blend

These creations keep my taste buds going with new flavors, which is nice since my regular menu choices lately are my staple Starbucks Protein Bistro Boxes, Starbucks Cheese and Fruit Bistro Boxes, Starbucks Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad Bowl to help me stay on my calorie-counting goal.

Always first on my list to keep calories down and balance out my diet with lots of natural goodness is Evolution Fresh!  And with lovely, cool creations like their Smoothes (in a variety of options) you have the best of both worlds!

Evolution Fresh Smooth Goodness

But every once in a while at Evolution Fresh I splurge my calories and go for their absolutely delicious Chocolate Coconut Mousse!

Evolution Fresh Chocolate Coconut Mousse

And while I’m shopping at University Village I usually try to pop by the Tazo Tea store to pick up a wonderful, carbonated Sangria like this Darjeeling yumminess I had the other day…

Tazo Sparkling Summer Sangria w: Darjeeling

The wonderfully informative partner, Travis, had me wanting to purchase two or three more Tazo summer drinks when he spoke about all the wonderful creations you can explore with their tea!  Next up is an Italian Soda Tazo for SURE!

Another of our latest “keep cool” craze-ations is made with the fabulous Zipzicles… our Starbucks Chocolate Pudding Pops!

Evolution Fresh and Starbucks Pudding Zipzicles

As you can see I take the Starbucks hot cocoa (we like the salted caramel variety) and then we add those wonderful Evolution Fresh Chocolate Coconut Mousse to the mix to give it an intense chocolate flavor, which helps make the Zipzicles smoother too.  I’m gonna try out a coffee & chocolate variety next week, maybe I’ll test it out on incoming Starbucks blogger, Dylan M. Austin from Five Awesome Baristas, to see how he likes the Starbucks varieties we cook up in our Seattle kitchens???

I am really looking forward to this weekend’s Garden Tea Party which should be quite the event!  So stay posted to my social media feeds like Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to see the updates as they roll in… in all their big hat, Biscottea, white glove, Tazo Tea and “Royal Baby Watch” greatness!

Which date, time and name are YOU picking?  I’m predicting this Sunday, around noon PST and a baby girl given the royal-historical name Hyacinthe.

BOOM!  I just called her into the cool-name-club… well besides that obvious royal thing she’s gonna have going on too.

Cheerio Everybody!

Friday Follow Up – Summer Starbucks Drinks

We now have officially been surrounded by summer in the Seattle area for weeks (well, besides today) and my drink choices are feeling it!

First I had to try out all those Starbucks Discoveries that I purchased last weekend on our farm trip.  Which turns out are a great addition to Starbucks Iced Coffee VIA packets!

Iced VIA and Starbucks Discoveries

And because I always have to balance out my Starbucks coffee with some great Evolution Fresh juices and Tazo tea (Teavana you are on my serious radar now) I also started making my custom “Arnold Palmers” with a variety of choices between the brands.

Perfect mixing for these hot summer days!

Tazo and Evolution Fresh blend

This is pretty much what you feel like when you blend Starbucks products together to customize your summer drinks… rays of sunshine lighting up your day!

Starbucks Sunshine

And for all those that gave me a heads up about the Starbucks BOGO this week, and all those that “thought of me” when they got theirs… I hope you enjoy(ed) your Starbucks mouth-watering choices this week!

Next up… treat receipts, YEAH!  Keep those cool summer offers coming Starbucks, WE LOVE THEM!

Starbucks BOGO
I know the Seattle area is going back into a sunny weekend, but it’s kind of a Winter-y looking weekend for me!
I look forward to meeting this Starbucks legend in person!

Have a great weekend everybody!