Coffee Beans

Happy National Coffee Day!

If there is free coffee I WILL FIND IT.
And now I will share it with you all!

Happy National Coffee Day!
Here’s where you can get the goods:EXCITED!!

Caribou Coffee
Customers can get FREE SAMPLES¬†of their newly released Amy’s Blend coffee on Monday, September 29. Plus, ten percent of Amy’s Blend purchases through October 31 will be donated to the CancerCares organization.

Dunkin’ Donuts
Guests can walk into any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant across the country and receive a FREE¬†medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot Dark Roast Coffee, with a limit of one per guest. Also, starting September 30 through October 5, customers can purchase a medium cup of Dunkin‚Äô Donuts hot Dark Roast Coffee for the special price of 99-cents.You're Cute

Eight O’ Clock Coffee
Visit Eight O’Clock Coffee’s¬†Facebook page¬†to participate in a Coffee With Friends Scratch & Win game. Enter every hour for a chance to instantly win a coffee & Friends themed prize pack and be entered to win the grand prize – a trip to the Warner Bros. studios in L.A.!

Kangaroo Express
At any Kangaroo Express location, get a hot, fresh cup of Bean Street Coffee for just ONE-CENT between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. One per guest, while supplies last.Productivity

Krispy Kreme
You can get a FREE 12oz cup of Krispy Kreme¬ģ House, Decaf or Dark Roast coffee, or treat yourself to a 12oz Mocha, Latte or iced coffee for $1 at participating Krispy Kreme locations.

McDonalds
Guests can get a FREE¬†small McCaf√© coffee during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

Addicted?Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Buy 1 bag of Peet’s Coffee and you’ll get your second bag FREE.

Wawa
Sign up here for an emailed Wawa coupon for a FREE 16oz hot coffee.Multiple Cups


And I hope you¬†do get multiple cups of¬†FREE COFFEE¬†today! I mean, after all, this is a celebration, right?! Don’t forget to cash in on these awesome freebies! Enjoy your day and¬†stay¬†caffeinated!

#NationalCoffeeDay

Skyebird Smoothie

East End Market

Call me Captain Jack because I just found treasure.
That line was disgustingly cheesy, I know, but you need to understand how incredible this place is.East End Market

Rejoice! Calling all foodies, yoga moms, and business men on lunch! Plus, everyone in between. East End Market, located in Audubon Park District in Orlando, Florida, is absolutely a hidden gem.

The Market showcases some of Central Florida’s top food entrepreneurs, tradespeople, artists, and chefs. The two-story structure is home to a dozen merchants, a large event space, a demonstration kitchen, an incubator kitchen, offices, retail shops, a full-time, award-winning caterer and a world-class restaurant.

East End Market is not only a hub for local food and culture, but also a community space fostering creativity and collaboration.

Inside the MarketThe entire property was stunning. There seems to be something for everyone: coffee, sushi, smoothies + juices, a bookstore, craft beers, local farm produce, bakery items, floral + plant gifts, and MORE. Seriously, something for everyone!

Of course, I had a few of my own favorites that I would LOVE to share with you all.

Skyebird

SkyebirdSkyebird 2This place was my favorite (with a close runner up).¬†Skyebird captured my attention immediately– the colorful display of produce and teas, the mouth-watering menu, and the fresh atmosphere. I simply had to give it a try. After checking out the menu, and getting a few recommendations, I went with the¬†Skye’s Favorite Smoothie. Skyebird's FavoriteNot only do you get the opportunity to pull up a chair and watch the magic happen, but the beautiful part about the “magic” is that they actually are slicing and dicing the fruits and veggies in front of you! How many smoothie/juice places have you seen that just pull out a container of pre-sliced produce that makes you wonder how long it was sitting there?¬†Now that is¬†fresh. I would also love to add that the adorable glass jar it comes on is your to-go cup! If you bring it back for a refill, you get $0.50-off your drink!All Things DeliciousThe staff was amazingly friendly and happy to help with decision-making, which I often need help with. My smoothie tasted wonderful and from some of the “regulars” I talked to agreed that the menu items were always fresh and delicious. I highly recommend swinging by¬†Skyebird when visiting the East End Market.

Lineage

LineageIf there is good coffee, it will be found. I am a coffee¬†fanatic¬†and as soon as I walked into the market,¬†Lineage was the first place I stopped. Lineage serves all kinds of coffee in various styles:¬†French press, cold brew, pour over, and Chemex. Fresh BrewTheir incredible roasted coffees take on an art form when being brewed. The aroma lures you in as your walk by and begs of you to stay. When you stick around you’ll meet wonderful staff and down amazing brew. Relax and enjoy the experience.¬†ahhhhh. :)

 Porch Therapy

Outside PorchSucculentsWhen first arriving to the market, I was greeted by the loveliest of plants and flowers sprinkled throughout the patio area. I noted the signage that indicated¬†Porch Therapy was responsible for the beautiful display and that customers were welcome to pick any plant of their choosing and bring it inside for checkout. The abundant array of plants and flowers were such a colorful greeting into the market and Porch Therapy’s interior was no different. I had a wonderful conversation with the owner, chatting about her business, along with the ins and outs of the market. This place makes my “Top 3 of East End” with ease.Indoor Porch Therapy


East End Market¬†was an experience. I love when places capture all your senses and allow you to enjoy the present moment! This is a place where community gathers, feasts, and learns.¬†Speaking of learning, East End also has fun events and cooking classes for the public, if you’re interested!¬†I¬†highly recommend you check out East End if you’re local. If not, whenever you happen by Orlando and are sick of the theme parks, a stroll over to East End Market will not disappoint!East End Outdoor 2

I hope you find a local gem of your own! And if you have a favorite in Orlando (or anywhere really) leave a comment!

Cheers!  :)

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Fitness Blender: Tank Top Arms

I’ll tell you a secret… I favor my legs.¬†Thanks to my genes (shout out to you, Dad), a strong lower body came naturally. Thanks to gymnastics and running, they stayed that way. No thanks to those things when it comes to my arms. Let’s just say, I’m working on it.¬†This video targets strengthening those chicken wings arms and adds in a splash of cardio too. Now let’s see what that upper body can do! WORK IT.

Suja’s Organic Juices Review

Suja‚ĄĘ, meaning Long Beautiful Life, embodies the promise that flows from the cold-pressured beverages it delivers in each and every bottle.

Rainbow of JuicesI first discovered Suja Juices through the Ibotta App (which gives cash back on purchases and I highly recommend) and was instantly intrigued. I love fresh juices and smoothies, especially when I make them at home, but I wanted to give this cold-pressed juice phenomenon a shot.

Mango MagicI noticed while grocery shopping that Publix was having a sale on Suja Essential Juices. On top of that, Whole Foods was having a sale on Suja Elements Juices. And since I am a coupon-crazy person, I had several coupons and combined them with my Ibotta cash back.
I walked away with 5 juices for just over $2.
Man, I impress myself.

Likes:
- Taste: Man, oh man these are DELICIOUS. It was VERY hard to put the silly bottle down. It tastes significantly different from juices using the conventional pressing method. I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted so fresh; it was as if I made it in my own kitchen (possibly even better than that).
–¬†Packaging: This may seem ridiculous, but I’m all about presentation. Maybe it’s due to my artistic nature. I love when products’ packaging catches the eye and makes your mind go, “Oh! I wonder what this is!” Quality packaging is functional and¬†draws in the consumer at first glance. The colorful array of juices on the shelf instantly causes you to gravitate towards them. I believe God made all that colorful produce and Suja displays it beautifully.Beets Me
–¬†Variety: So. Many. Decisions. This is one of those cases when you stare at the shelf, pick one up, read it, put it back, pick up another, and then another, compare the two, etc.¬†Or maybe that’s just me? Whatever you’re in the mood for, including tea or coconut water, it’s here.
–¬†Charity Work: It is awesome when a company gives back to its community. Suja has created a specific line of juices for that exact cause:¬†Suja Elements. Each individual juice has a designated organization that Suja will donate $0.20 to for every one of those bottles purchased. For example, each bottle of¬†Blutrients bought will result in a $0.20 donation to¬†Whole Foods Kids Foundation, an organization that is devoted to children’s wellness and nutrition.

Colorful SplendorDislikes:
- Price: Oi vey! The price: $3.99 – $11.99 depending on the bottle size & variety. I know fresh, cold-pressed juices are stupid expensive. There is a lot¬†of organic produce squeezed into those bottles. It is good to know that¬†Suja was not the most expensive cold-pressed juice on the shelf. In relation to other juices, I’d say Suja is about average in price. As for Victoria, I am broke as a joke, so this isn’t something I would purchase on the reg. This situation was perfect because I sales on top of coupons on top of cash back deals.¬†SCORE!¬†Unless that occurs again, or I hit the lottery,¬†Suja Organic Juices will be a special treat for this gal.Sweet Beets

Now, I understand there is some controversy over whether juices are okay if you’re Paleo. For me, when making juices at home, I do my best to use not only the juice, but the fibrous pulp that is typically left behind. This can take place in the form of Paleo muffins, pancakes, or breads. Also, I constantly drink water, so fresh fruit juice is a nice way to get a new flavor, but not in the form of sodas or energy drinks. The choice is yours, from my stance I would usually go for a whole apple, but the fresh juice from one is a delicious treat! :)

Overall, I became an even bigger juice fan in just a few sips. Incredibly refreshing and nourishing, these juices are a fresh, organic take on liquid fruits and veggies!


On another note, does anyone have any input on whether or not barley grass is considered Paleo? I’ve read both sides and haven’t come to a final conclusion. Let me know! Have a wonderful Wednesday! ;)

 

Gold Star

TWENTY DAYS: A Whole30 Update

BOOM. DAY TWENTY.
It’s not over yet, but I am pretty darn proud of myself so far, PLUS all these great things are happening…

But first, can we talk about the irony of my calendar?
Thanks a lot Betty Crocker…Cinnamon Roll Calendar1)¬†I feel like a super hero.
I am a pretty energetic person in general,¬†you know those crazy extraverted types, but this is a different kind of energy. I am not as sluggish or tired during the day. I don’t feel like sitting for hours after eating a meal. When I workout I feel like I can actually tackle the workout rather than just¬†get through it. Overall, I feel energized and able to enjoy the day that I have been given! And that feeling¬†rocks. :)Super Duper

2) My hair and nails are growing fast.
And strong too! I first noticed in my nails due to their lack of breakage. Usually my nails will grow nicely, but they break or peel the second I bump into anything. Currently, that’s not the case. So… that’s pretty neat. Then, someone complimented how long my hair was getting and after taking a good look in the mirror I was actually surprised to notice the same!¬†Nails!

3) My rest is quality rest.
First, concerning my sleep. I¬†always need an alarm clock to tell me when to pop out of bed to press snooze 6 times on every morning, but now not only do I sleep through the night, but I also wake up every day at 6:30am like clockwork.¬†Not that I enjoy getting out of bed (hello, I’m not crazy), but at least it is a much easier process. Secondly, resting during the day. After reading the importance of the “play hard; rest hard” mentality, I have done my best to take some time to read, draw, journal and listen to music– even if only for 15 minutes. This time has also made a difference in the way I mentally, emotionally, and spiritually approach the day.

4) I feel a need to be outside and move.
What first started out as dragging myself outside to run or workout, then turned into a wonderful experience. I used to be an avid runner, but once transferring from college to “the real world”, that motivation dissipated. When making my Whole30 goals, I wanted to be active¬†at least half of the days during the challenge. Maybe its something about putting a little gold star on the calendar that makes me feel proud of myself. Although now, I actually¬†want to get in a run or workout. On top of that, I¬†want to head outside to do it, or drive down to the park. I¬†want to¬†experience God’s handiwork and move those muscles.¬†Great Outdoors Tree View¬†Splash of Color

And the best for last…
5)¬†I don’t really want the sugar, breads, or junk foods anymore.
With the exception of dark chocolate, I now look at pasta, rolls, sugary cereals, and baked goods and¬†cringe. CRINGE, I TELL YOU! What is happening?! Something about knowing all those ingredients (especially the chemically created ones) and what they do to our bodies makes me think twice about my food choices. Better than that, I am able to look at a plate of cookies or basket of bread and not want it. It’s like we’ve broken up and I no longer feel anything for them.

Ooooo... Look at all the artificial colors and flavorings!

Ooooo… Look at all the artificial colors and flavorings!


And this is only day twenty! I can’t wait to get to Day 30 and shout “Hip! Hip! Hurray!” Perhaps not those exact words, but you catch my drift. I hope you all are well and enjoying your week! If you’re participating in the Whole30 don’t forget to celebrate each of these milestones! :)