#win this Christmas with these sweet gift ideas!

Time is running out y’all… got your Christmas shopping done yet?

 

 

Don’t worry, mine isn’t done either. :) Especially after seeing this list of sweet gift ideas! Thank you crowdsocial.com and my friend Lindsey for sharing on Facebook!

 

Here are some of my favorites, but you can see the full list HERE.

 

For the Apartment Dweller in your life: Balcony Grill! 

I bet these would even fit on those super tiny balconies at The Cole!

Balcony Grill

 

For the Biking enthusiast: Bike Tire Lights!

I think I would bike more often at night too if I had these on my wheels…

Bike Tire Lights

 

Anyone who enjoys the physical fitness: Storage Water Bottle

YYAAAASSSS!

Storage Water Bottle

 

For the Literary Genius who refuses to get an e-reader: Transparent Book Weight

Why didn’t I think of this?!?

Transparent Book Weight

 

For the one who has great ideas at the most in-opportune times: Aqua Notepad!

Plan your day while getting squeaky clean! Multi-tasking at it’s finest.

Waterproof Notepad

 

And finally…For the coffee lover: Floating Mug!

This is just fun :)

Floating Mug

Approved! Online Girl Scout Cookies!

Girl Scouts are adding digital marketing to their formidable arsenal of charm, cuteness and perseverance to sell millions of boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and other longtime cookie favorites.

After years of prohibiting Internet sales, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., the group’s national organization, has approved “Digital Cookie,” a platform for scouts to sell and ship the colorfully boxed cookies to friends and relatives around the country.

They’re testing the program now, but it should roll out by the end of next month! The expansion beyond traditional selling strategies like operating booths outside supermarkets, sending order forms into their parents’ workplaces and door-to-door canvassing is expected to increase the nearly $800 million raised in annual cookie sales. More than 80 percent of the two million girl scouts sell cookies every year, for about $4 a box, the national organization said.

Read the whole article here!

One box of each please!

The ISO Men “Let It Go!”

Men from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration performed the hit song “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” at the Circle of Lights on Friday.

 

2014: The Year Without An Eggnog

Apparently the universe is telling me to give up eggnog.

 

Napoleon Dynamite shakes head

 

Since I was a kid, I loved eggnog [non-alcoholic]. It was a Christmas tradition with my mom and grandma.

 

 

• Eggnog is technically stirred custard—a mixture of dairy and eggs. It’s almost identical to ice cream, except that in most cases it contains too much alcohol to freeze.

• Although it can be cooked to kill off any possible salmonella and to thicken the mix, such thermal activity also deactivates the egg enzymes that give “real” eggnog its je ne sais quoi.

• As far back as the late 17th century, the term “nog” referred to a style of strong beer brewed in East Anglia, while a “noggin” was a small cup or mug that could be used for imbibing nog.

• Today’s serious nogsters are into aging. After nog spends six months to a year in the fridge, a curious chemical collusion takes place as egg proteins, alcohol, and milk sugars slowly join forces. The resulting elixir tastes not of eggs, milk, sugar, or booze but simply of eggnog.

• Don’t worry too much about safety. As long as your brew contains at least 20 percent alcohol and is stored below 40°F for at least a month, any microbial nasties that might haunt your innards should be nice and dead.

 

You can read more about it’s history here. 

 

 

 

First, Starbucks decided not to have it’s Eggnog Latte here in the Midwest. It opted out of the traditional fare in order to usher in the new Chestnut Praline Latte.

 

 

But no eggnog? Well, the internet, and the ENL fought back with a social media campaign [I was apart of the campaign], and Starbucks ended with eggnog on it’s face, and brought back the delightful drink. Read more about it here. 

 

Yay!

 

 

I have also been searching every single store for Coffee-mate’s Eggnog Latte coffee creamer.

 

 

I cannot find it anywhere. So I did some research…. And found out that it’s been discontinued.

 

 

 

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So, Why are we getting rid of these timeless classics? What are your thoughts?

 

 

HELP! Maybe we can get an Eggnog Latte Coffe-mate creamer back!

 

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UPDATE: 

It’s funny how coffee becomes part of our daily routines. It’s there for us when we need to wake up. It’s there for us to warm us up. It’s there for us as a just dessert. And when you add Coffee-mate creamer, it’s just makes it better. I don’t think I could ever have coffee without French Vanilla or Amaretto Coffe-mate.

My mom and I always grabbed the latest flavor to try. We would do a taste test, compare our results, and then decide whether it was a keeper or not. We were especially into taste testing when the holiday flavors came out. We loved the Peppermint Mocha and the Pumpkin Spice. However, our favorite was the Eggnog Latte.

We would make Christmas cookies, wrap gifts, decorate and sing carols, all with a cup of coffee with Eggnog Latte Coffee-mate creamer. We would buy two bottles at a time, if not more, throughout the season, and then stock up on it when the season was over. It was a memory that I keep close to mind during the holidays. I guess now, it is a true memory.

I understand that flavors come and go, but to get rid of a holiday staple like Eggnog, just doesn’t make sense. People associate the holidays with flavors, smells, tastes, and memories. I understand that it takes money to produce something that may not bring in the profit. I understand your decision to discontinue the Eggnog Latte. But I can still hope that one day you’ll bring it back for the fans.

I will still buy Coffee-mate. Because it’s part of my daily life. Because it’s part of my routine. Because I like it. Keep up the good work, and Happy Holidays!

  • Coffee-mate Thanks for being a fan, Tim! The Eggnog Latte has been retired! When a product is retired it is not done impulsively, but by taking into account many factors. Decisions to discontinue or introduce a flavor or size are made in response to consumer preferences and purchasing patterns throughout the country. We’ll be sure to pass along your interest in seeing the flavor brought back!
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