Share a Cup & a Story With a Veteran

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Folger Coffee Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

Share a Cup & a Story With a Veteran

My dad is retired Air Force so my family moved around a lot when we were kids – from base to base or to the next duty station. It was hard to move every couple of years but it was also good for us in a lot of ways.  It helped us learn to make friends quickly and to acclimate to different environments and cultures. Three of my siblings have also served in the military (one brother in the Air Force, one in the Navy and my sister served in the Army Reserves) and I currently work for the Navy on one of our local bases and absolutely love my job.

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Remix Your Coffee with Folgers Flavors and a Giveaway!

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Remix Your Coffee and Wake Up to Flavor with Folgers Flavors

I’m sure we all have our own special morning routine that helps us get ready to tackle the day. My mornings are insanely busy with five kids to get ready and off to school while getting myself ready for work. Those crazy mornings require something stronger than pancakes or a bowl of cereal but I sure don’t have the time to do anything fancy. That first sip of morning coffee, you know the one that brings you back to life, usually happens on the run around here.

Remix Your Coffee and Wake Up to Flavor with Folgers Flavors

For that reason I was really happy to hear about the new Folgers Flavors, they help you customize your coffee any way you like it, and they do it fast and conveniently!  With Folgers Flavors you can remix your coffee on the go – they come in portable squeeze containers that don’t have to be refrigerated and they’re available in four great flavors – hazelnut, vanilla, mocha and caramel. My favorite is the hazelnut but my dad really likes the mocha so he already stole that one from me.

This Mike Tompkins video could also help get you going in the morning with the catchy tune, a remix of the iconic Folgers jingle, but the best part is when he shows you how easy it to use Folgers Flavors to mix up your favorite flavored coffee. What they don’t show you is how easy it is to throw your favorite flavor in your purse and take it with you to work or on the road so you can mix up great coffee flavors wherever you are.

I’m very excited to be able to giveaway some Folgers Flavors to one lucky reader. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Tuesday, November 10th.

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Need Some Diner Coffee Mugs to Serve Your Espresso?


Perhaps you are looking for barista tools, various parts for your espresso machine, sock pots, diner coffee mugs or other things related to the making and selling of espresso. If this is the case, there are certainly many places to choose from where you can obtain your supplies. However, not all retailers of espresso products are created equal. In fact, the quality of the products they offer can vary greatly. Before you start making purchases, you must do some research on your own to make sure that your decision is the correct one. Here is how you can discover where to find the best espresso products.

1. Ask people who work for coffee shops

It makes sense that people who work in the coffee business will know the best places to buy products that have to deal with espresso. All coffee houses will have an espresso machine, so ask them where they bought it, as well as where they buy parts for it when it needs to be serviced. With any luck, they might tell you about a source of espresso products that you were previously unaware of. You should visit as many coffee shops as you can to get a wide range of references.

2. Do a search online

If your inquiries at some of your local coffee shops do not give you the results you were looking for, there are other methods you can try in order to get the information you seek. One of these methods is simply to search the Internet for places that sell espresso machines, as well as the parts for them. Many of these places will also sell products related to the sale of espresso, so you might be able to buy everything you need from one place. In any event, you should take some time and visit many different sites. Their inventories will vary greatly, so it might take some time to find some of the more obscure items you are looking for. You should also compare prices so you can get the best deal possible.

3. Read some reviews posted online

It should not be very difficult for you to find some reviews that have been posted by people who have purchased items from some of the online stores that sell espresso products. Read these reviews and use them as a guide to determine which stores you should use, and which ones you should avoid.


Get $5 in Dunkin Donuts DD Perks Program thru 12/5

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Dunkin Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

DD Perks

Have you heard about the Dunkin’ Donuts loyalty program? It’s called DD Perks, it started in January of this year and by June there were over a million members. With the DD Perks Rewards program guests can earn points towards free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages and if you sign up between now and December 5th you’ll get $5 added to your account when you use promo code BLOG at signup. You’ll also get a free beverage in any size when you first sign up for the program. Once you’re enrolled you’ll earn five points for every dollar you spend when you pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or through the Dunkin’ Mobile App. After you reach 200 points you’ll receive a coupon for a free beverage of your choice.

DD Perks

Once you get to 200 points you’ll earn your first reward but I felt rewarded already when I got these Perks in my account right away – double bonus points through December 8th and mobile coupons for a $1.99 medium hot or iced latte and a free turbo shot of espresso with any coffee purchase. Download the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app to your smartphone and it’s simple to enroll in the DD Perks program and receive offers right on your phone. You can also keep track of your points and rewards.

DD Perks

The Dunkin’ App offers guests a new level of speed and convenience by allowing you to pay for your in-store purchases with the app. My phone is always on me, in fact it’s usually in my hand, so I love that Dunkin’ Donuts has integrated this technology into their existing systems, it’s so much easier than digging around in my purse for cash.

DD Perks

Another thing that I really love about the Dunkin’ App is that you can send people virtual cards via text, email or through Facebook connect. What a great way to buy a friend a cup of coffee no matter where they are and I think it’s also a wonderful idea to send gifts to loved ones that you know they’ll enjoy.  Sign up today and download your Dunkin’ App and don’t forget to use the promo code BLOG to get $5 added to your account right away.


Freebie: 6 Flavors of Taster’s Choice


Nescafe Taster’s Choice wants you to join the taste test – sign up here and they’ll send you samples of six different flavors to try.  Thanks to Money Saving Mom for this tip!


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