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Starbuck’s Pike’s Place Roast Review—Bzzagent

I’m a member of  Which makes me, a bzzagent.   There are so many perks to being a bzzagent.  Number 1 is getting to try new products for free. My latest product: Starbuck’s Pike’s Place Roast ground coffee. 

As any coffee lover might agree the scent of a freshly opened package of coffee is enough to wake you up sometimes. The Scent of Starbuck’s Pike Place Roast is no different. I have to admit, I’m not an avid Starbuck’s coffee drinker but I do treat myself every now and then.  This Pike’s Place Roast however, may make me indulge a little more often. It has a very smooth flavor. Great by itself or with your favorite creamer.  ( I did try it both ways.)  I was reading the package and Pike’s Place Roast is in reference to Starbucks first store site in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. I did not know that.

As a freebie addict I also notice on the bag “Bring your empty bag (from the coffee) we’ll give you a coffee.  When this bag is out of coffee, exchange it for a tall brewed coffee (12 fl oz) on us.”  So there’s my next Starbucks trip.  Yay!

I also received a small bag of Caffe Verona ground coffee in my bzzkit.  This one is bolder.  In my opinion not as smooth as the Pike Place Roast.  The description of the Caffe Verona reads: “Inspired by Italian passion for wonderful food and coffee, this rich, well-balanced blend has a dark cocoa texture and a roasty sweetness, like the flavor of fire-roasted marshmallows after you pull off the darkened cap.”  boy do they know how to make you want to drink coffee.

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Cinderella Project helping girls to be princesses for the prom

I just learned about this last year from one of my coworkers.  The Cinderella project offers prom gowns to girls without the high cost normally associated with prom gowns. New and used gowns are donated and girls are allowed to come and try on prom gowns and borrow them for their prom.

There are Cinderella Project events going on all over the country.  I live in PA and here is a news story from my local area about the Cinderella Project:
Local PA Cinderella Project Story

I think this is a wonderful idea.  They do not ask for proof of income and anyone can participate.  Do a search for your area to see where your local Cinderella Event is taking place.

I can tell you near my area it’s happening at the YWCA in Johnstown

2010 Try On Dates are March 20th and 27th 12PM to 3PM, first come first served, same process as last year you will be giving a number when you arrive and called up to the dresses by number. 1 dress per girl. Remember we have limited space so please try to bring only one family member with you if possible.

That is directly from the Johnstown, pa Cinderella Project Facebook page

Johnstown, PA Cinderella Project Facebook

IF you have gowns that you would like to donate, you can drop them off at your local Cinderella Project event site or visit: 

for more info.  I think this is a great project.  Also a good way to clean out your closets.  I know I had a couple prom gowns I only wore once.

In my search I found sites for many other Cinderella project sites so do a search and find your area.

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Colorado Pen’s rude treatment to potential customers and mommy bloggers

One of my blogger friends had this post on her blog.  I’m shocked to hear that Colorado Pen is so rude to potential customers and bloggers.  I think anyone who thinks this is a horrible way to treat their customers should send an email, or write a letter, tweet and/or post a blog about this company.   Let’s make them realize how much influence us mommy bloggers have. This was in response to an email: 
Barefoot Mommies sent to Colorado Pen.

To see what I’m talking about please read Grissell’s blog post:
Colorado Pen’s Rude email convo with fellow mommy blogger.

Colorado Pen’s website:

Colorado pen on twitter:

Colorado Pen on facebook:

Also stop by:  Barefoot Mommies blog and let her know you support her.

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World Down Syndrome day, How can you help?

Since a blogger friend of mine, Grissell, made me aware of the great organization called:
Reece’s Rainbow
I’ve found myself wanting to help these precious children who have been dealt a tough hand in life.
Reece’s rainbow helps to raise funds to help loving families adopt children with special needs such as down syndrome.  Please look over the site  There are so many children that need loving homes and donations are always welcome.

I decided to help by becoming a 21.3.10 Warrior. World Down Syndrome day is March 21. From Reece’s Rainbow website here is a little info on it.

“Every year, on March 21 (to honor the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome presented in Down syndrome), the world comes together to raise awareness and advocate for people living with Down syndrome.  Because Reece’s Rainbow has an international focus, we are doing our part to further the recognition of this very special day!”
I chose one child (which was difficult believe me) to help raise donations for.  I’d love to see this precious little boy find a family

Use the Chip-In widget above to donate money to help Toby find a loving family. Chip in is secure and the money goes directly to Reece’s Rainbow into Toby’s adoption fund.
Here is a little peice of information about him from the Reece’s Rainbow site:

Boy, Born October 22, 2009

Toby is another tiny one, perfect age to blend  seamlessly into a new family and benefit from early intervention.  He does have a heart murmur which will need to be followed by a cardiologist once home.


If you would like to learn more about adoption through Reece’s rainbow you can use the link above I provided or use the widget on my blog to help you get to their site.

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Got me a new Winter coat and you won’t believe what I saved!

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, I’m a frugalista. Love to save money wherever I can. I love to do the end of season clearances and stock up for the next year.

Well, I’ve been needing a new winter coat.  I’ve had the same one for about 7 years.  Each year I tell myself, I’ll get a new one next year.  It served it’s purpose.  It’s warm, ( I had got a great deal on it as well), I liked the colors and it fit.  I’ve had a hole in the Right pocket for several years but every year it gets bigger but this year the zipper started acting up. As I’m sure some of you moms out there know your kids have new shoes and coats each year but you are content with what you have lol!  So I started browsing hoping to find a good end of season clearance on a coat.  I really wanted a warm peacoat.  Preferably a neutral color I could wear for mulitple events (another way to save money, versatility).  I scoured the internet: Target, Overstock, Old Navy, BonTon, Boscovs, Sears, and then I stopped at HSN.

HSN had a lot of really nice coats on clearance.  I ended up getting myself a coat like I’ve wanted for years.  Originally $160….got it for $40…go ME!  (I also had $16 spendable K$sh left in my account from the free HSN giftcards I got from for christmas shopping).  There were other really nice coats on clearance.  Another cute one I looked at was only $30 peacoat style. But the one I got had everything I wanted: wool blend, hooded, pockets, it came in black, had a lot of good reviews and had a good price.  It had my name all over it.

Another tip: READ THE REVIEWS.  If the vast majority of the people are complaining about the product there is probably a reason. Sure there will always be 1 or 2 negatives but if the majority are negative I’d recommend staying away from the products.

So yay! I’m set for another 5 years hopefully lol! Here’s a pic of the coat on got on

And for anyone else who’s been putting off getting themselves a new winter coat, here is the HSN link.  Browse the sales people, embrace the clearance 🙂

HSN coats

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