Enjoying the last moments of Summer and Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As excited as we were to shop for school supplies, model our back-to-school-outfits, and meet our new teachers, we have been equally sad to see summer days dwindle away. While school may officially be back in session, it will still feel like summer in Texas for several more weeks. We decided to find ways to enjoy every bit of sunshine and summertime we can get.

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The kids are inside a good portion of the day, so we decided to take homework outside! Each afternoon I make a few refreshing snack for them while they do their homework. To help me refresh and relax, I bring out a Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk.

Gevalia Iced Coffee Summer

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk are conveniently packaged and come in a variety of flavors. They are great to take along on a road trip or even when I am just running out the door in the morning. A mama MUST have her coffee, ya know.

Homework tends to getting boring in a hurry. For moments like that I created a tray of sand and a few smaller beach toys to play with and use the creative side of the brain moving too. If that doesn’t work, I let them go run in the yard for a minute or two before getting back to work.

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It’s so nice to spend the last little bits of summer outside, enjoying each other’s company, and reliving all the memories we made. It’s often so nice they can even pull out the water hose and it feels like the beginning of summer all over again.

Find a your way to enjoy the last few moment of summer and enjoy a Gevalia Iced coffee with Almond Milk while you are at it. Find out details like where to buy at www.GevaliaExperience.comFacebook, and Twitter.

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk : Easy Iced Coffee for More Summer Fun

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

I am a firm believer that everything about summer should be carefree, enjoyable and easy. No rushing. No pressure. No homework to help with (Can I get an “Amen”?!). I am also a firm believer in good coffee. During the school year right after morning drop off, I often stop to pick up a steaming cup of java and chat with a friend at a local coffee shop.

(Note: “Often” as used above can also be substituted for Every. Single. Day….. truth. We are an honest blog.)

The thing is our summer schedule looks a lot different from the way it does during the school year. We’ve designed it that way. The kids sleep in. I let them. No packing lunches or prepping for the school week. We stay up later and swim at all hours of the day and evening. We go on vacations in the middle of the week and I drink my coffee in the middle of afternoon. Afternoon coffee is best served cold. Iced, in fact. I have recently discovered an iced coffee that is perfect for summer!

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk has made more time in my schedule for summer fun.

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First off , it is available in three flavors: Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel. I loved the flavors on these none of them had an aftertaste or were overly sweet. Just perfect for pouring straight into an ice filled glass on a warm summer day.

Cool Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk has nine grams of protein per single serve carton. Combined with creamy almond milk and just enough sweetness, it is a delicious iced coffee I can feel good about.

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The other thing I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvee about is this packaging. Remember how I said we are at the pool swimming all hours of the day & night?? Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk is so easy to grab from the fridge, throw in the pool bag and we are out the door! I can recycle the single serve container before we leave. No dishes to wash…. See, this is the way summer was meant to be lived!

My husband loves to grab one of these on his way to the office too! No judging, somebody’s gotta work, right?! Whether you are poolside or at the office, EVERYONE deserves great coffee!

Happy Summer Y’all!!

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What flavor of Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk are you most excited to try? 

National Coffee Day with Eight O’Clock Coffee & Friends

Thank-you to Eight O’Clock Coffee and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring today’s discussion.

National Coffee Day Eight O'Clock coffeeIt’s no secret that the Chases love their coffee. If you’ve spent any amount of personal time with us, most likely we’ve offered you a fresh brewed cup of java as well. Friends and coffee always seem to be the perfect setting.

I totally think that’s what made the setting for Friends so relateable for me. A group of friends discussing life in coffee shop = My.Entire.Life. Working at a coffee shop while I was in college or pursuing other careers made me feel like I could have walked onto the set of Friends and fit right in at any moment. In fact, several of the characters even worked part time at Central Perk in different seasons of the show too.  For instance, this scene could have been me and my friends:

Now that my days of working at a coffee shop are behind me, I brew coffee a lot at home and invite my friends over. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Friends premiere ( What??? Can you even believe its been TWENTY years?!?!), Eight O’Clock coffee Partnered with Warner Bros. to create the first ever Central Perk Roast- a limited edition inspired by the coffee shop that was the backdrop setting for so many memorable scenes that we all connected with.

In addition to the Limited Edition Central Perk Roast (available in stores and online for 6.99), Eight O’Clock Coffee fans can join in on the National Coffee Day celebration by visiting the Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Facebook page for a chance to win coffee prizes and a trip to L.A. to visit the Warner Brothers Studio.  If you happen to be New York, there will be a pop-up replica of Central Perk located in SoHo at 199 Lafayette Street ( at the corner of Broome Street) serving free cups of Eight O’Clock Coffee and featuring authentic memorabilia including the iconic orange couch and improve musical acts reminiscent of Phoebe’s “Smelly Cat”. The pop-up shop will open to the public Sept 17th- Oct 18th.

Make Sure you are following Eight O’Clock Coffee on Facebook and Twitter all year long for great promotions and deals! Other awesome Eight O’Clock Coffee Special Offers Available Now:

  • Save $3 when one Eight O’Clock Coffee bag (11oz. or larger) and one complete season of Friends on DVD are purchased together.
  • Purchase any three bags of Eight O’Clock Coffee and receive a FREE special limited edition Eight O’Clock Coffee Central Perk mug.

I think the best way for us to wrap up this post is with a round of “Smelly Cat” together! Also tell me which Friends character you most related to and why in the comments below!

Enjoy a Cup of THRIVE Farmers Coffee at Chick-fil-A

THRIVE ChickfilaThere isn’t much I enjoy more in the morning than a good cup of coffee and talking with a friend. That is unless,  it is a GREAT cup of coffee, and conversation with SEVERAL friends!  This morning Chick-fil-A of  Waxahachie invited several friends and I out for breakfast  to try their new coffee blends and tell us a little about their partnership with THRIVE Farmers Coffee.

Did you say Coffee? I’m in!

Thrive Coffee dateWe started off sampling the iced coffee, everyone choosing to add the option of french vanilla.  Being that the weather is warm most seasons in the south, having an iced option on the menu is very important.  We were all pleasantly surprised by just the right amount of sweetness in the iced coffee.  Next, we sampled hot coffee with the option of  fresh cream.  We found the hot coffee was a nice medium roast, not too weak or overly robust.THRIVE CollageThe THRIVE Farmers Coffee created this blend just for Chick-fila-A to pair perfectly with their menu offerings. Our group found both the iced and hot coffees were a great match with both the sweet cinnamon clusters and the more savory Chick-fil-A chick-n-minis. Both the hot and iced coffees are available in a range of sizes ranging from $1.59- $2.59.

Chick-fil-A is a favorite in our community because they are consistently exceeding expectations in customer service and food quality. I was already expecting a delicious cup of coffee, but once I had the opportunity to learn a little more about the story behind Thrive Farmers Coffee I was really impressed with this partnership.

Who is THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee?
THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee is a specialty grade coffee company, headquartered in Atlanta. THRIVE Farmers created a unique, farmer-direct model that means farmers directly share in the revenue generated by the sale of their coffee. This can increase farmers’ profits up to ten times more than traditional coffee models and allows farmers to give back to their communities, reinvest in their crops, and grow their family farms.

What exactly does “farmer-direct” mean?
Farmer-direct is a growing trend in food service, but a completely new model in the coffee industry. The THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee farmer-direct model gives coffee farmers direct ownership of the coffee from the time it is picked to the time it is sold to Chick-fil-A. The model allows Chick-fil-A to know exactly where our coffee comes from in each country. It also allows THRIVE Farmers to establish relationships with the farmers and invest in them by helping them with best practices to produce better crops.

What is specialty grade coffee?

THRIVE Farmers Coffee is a specialty grade coffee. To be labeled as specialty grade by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the coffee requires an industry score of at least 80 points. THRIVE Farmers blend for Chick-fil-A consistently scored well above the 80-point threshold.

Did you know coffee is actually a fruit? Every wondered just how much it takes to make a great cup of coffee? Here is a beautiful video of few  Thrive Farmers and some of the coffee process.

You can learn a more about The THRIVE Story here. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you are local, be sure to keep up with all the latest happenings at Chick-fila Waxahachie and stop in just to say “Hi” sometime and enjoy a cup of coffee with them. While it has already been released in some, THRIVE Farmers Coffees will be available in all markets by August 4th 2014. I know they would love to see you! You can stay updated by following them on Facebook here.

*Today’s breakfast, as well as this coffee discussion were sponsored by Chick-fil-A Waxahachie.