Love Letter To My Coffee Mug

I like going to Starbucks and watching as people get their coffee. They don’t usually take a sip first. I’ve noticed they sort of “hug” their coffee. They wrap their hands around it. They may “fix it” with creamer, sugar or even just a sleeve. I find I do the same thing when I drink coffee. I am really not sure if it is the warm drink on a cold morning or if it really is the taste of coffee (although I really like mine with creamer and sugar). Somehow, my coffee tastes better when it is in a particular mug.

I have this one Starbucks mug I got from Vail. It is one from the Starbuck’s new You Are Here Collection. I want my mug to be just the right size. It can’t be too small – because then I have to get up and run to the coffee pot too often. It can’t be too big that the coffee gets cold by the time that I get to the bottom of the mug. I wrap my hands around it so that my fingers stay warm. I don’t want it to feel like my hands are simply clasped together nor do I want to feel like I put on Mickey Mouse gloves and am trying to hang on by my palms afraid that it will slip and spill all over.

I once described my coffee paradise to a friend. You know, when the mug is the right size that when you take that first giant sip and your mug is big enough that  you can kind of tune out the rest of the world and all you see is an ocean of coffee. It is your own personal 4″ of paradise.

Yes, I love my coffee mug almost as much as I love what is in it.

Do you have a favorite coffee mug? Why is it so great? Do you feel like peering in to it is a coffee oasis?

SHOPPING For The Best Deal

I recently went shopping with a friend of mine. He is as frugal minded as I am. So it was an amazingly fun day of going to different consignment stores (some of which I had never heard of and others that I had).

I have to sort of admit that the whole idea of consignment shopping is new to me. I usually have a few friends who give me their old clothes or just go to my favorite consignment store, Plum Good in Stapleton area. It feels more like a boutique than it does Good Will. Plus, I love their feature of a wish list. I can tell them what items/brands I’m looking for and in what size – then they send me an email when something like that comes in. Brilliant! And since they are on the other side of town for me, I know that it will not be a wasted trip. Other than Plum Consignment and the couple of times I’ve shopped at online consignment store like Thredup.com, I usually shop at stores like Marshall’s (my favorite), TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack.

My friend, Paul suggested that we go to TJMaxx to get coffee. He said there are great deals there on some different (gourmet) food stuff. So we headed over to TJMaxx. The store did not disappoint, they had some really yummy sounding and smelling coffee (Chocolate Decadence, Triple Truffle Carmel Happiness). The coffee was just $4.99/bag. This is about half the price I might pay for fancy coffee in a regular grocery store. But we had some other shopping to do – so we chose to leave the bags of coffee there on the shelf and head over to Cost Plus World Market. Why wait in line for one measly bag of coffee? Why actually swipe my debit card for just one thing? Cost Plus World Market had amazing coffee. But then we realized that we didn’t know what we were going to do for dinner – so once again we dumped the coffee there too and headed to Sprouts Market (in the same parking lot). Why wait in line for one bag of coffee and just save $3 when we can get everything we need at ONE store. At Sprouts, the coffee has gotten more expensive at $7.99 for fancy flavored coffees…but we could buy all the things for dinner in one location. We had decided to make hamburgers for dinner…only Sprouts didn’t have hamburger buns. So…once again we discarded the bag of coffee (and all the other stuff we had collected into the basket) and headed off to King Soopers. Kings had all of it (buns too) and the coffee was $9.99. But we only had to swipe our debit card one time!

We could have saved money by buying the coffee at TJ Maxx when we were there. We could have saved money on all the gas that we spent going round and round. We could have saved time by just going to King Soopers in the first place. But sometimes saving money or saving time isn’t what it’s all about. Sometimes it is all about the journey with a friend.

What do you shop for in consignment stores? Do you want to make sure your trip is fruitful? What do you look for in discount stores like Marshall’s? What is your best find? Is it about the find or the shopping experience?

Denver Deal: Free Days, McDonalds, Chick Fil A and More

I have to say I was a little disappointed by the ads in the Super Bowl this year. My daughter and I usually watch just for the commercials and half time show. While I sit on the couch with my son to actually watch the game (which he miraculously called at 10 am as a 28-24 score in favor of the Patriots). Although there was one great one about what it’s like to do things as a girl. It was a great message for her.

Free Days. The venues below have free general admission. Special exhibits may have an additional cost.

  • Tuesday, February 3 – Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Friday, February 6 – Denver Zoo and Four Mile Historic Park
  • Saturday, February 7 – Denver Art Museum and Denver Zoo

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Girl’s Day. Saturday, February 7 the Denver Museum of Nature & Science celebrate girls in science with a special event. Meet women scientists and experience the many diverse opportunities a future in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

McDonalds Lovin’. McDonalds announced via commercial during the superbowl that McDonalds will be randomly selecting guests to pay for their food with high fives, hugs, dancing and calling home to mom. (I guess I’ll know what’s happening if my son calls me and says he loves me unprompted).

Chick-Fil-A Coffee. Chick Fil A invites you to Come in anytime between February 2 – 28 for a complimentary 12-oz Hot Coffee or 16-oz Iced Coffee all day, everyday.

Yogurtland. Yogurtland celebrates Free Yogurt Day with free yogurt along with toppings on Monday, February 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

I Heart Free Fridays in Cherry Creek North. Cherry Creek North has some fun and FREE things planned over the next couple Fridays including:

  • NFL player Zane Beadles Visits: Former Offensive Lineman for the Denver Broncos [currently with Jacksonville Jaguars] on Mon., February 9th 11am-noon, Zane Beadles will visit the Library to create Valentine cards, decorate Valentine cookies, and read a story for children. See attached flyer for details.
  • Valentine’s Day heART walk: Sat., Feb. 14th 20 local artisans and Cherry Creek North galleries will host an art walk starting at noon. Lovers can sip, stroll,  and see the art throughout Cherry Creek North. Complimentary heart healthy red wine and walking guide provided. 

 

Lift Ticket Deals. When you visit a Smashburger purchase an Entrée and a Drink get a two-for-one certificate for Winter Park. Fill up (10 gallons or more) at a Shell gas station you can get a coupon good for a buy one get one free ticket at Winter Park, Copper, Loveland and more. Liftopia has some of the best deals for skiing on Super Bowl Sunday! Plus, since most of the lifts stop at 4 p.m. you can make it back in time for the big game.

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.