Kickstart Your Morning with CBD Living Instant Coffee

It’s a universal fact that mornings are rough, and they’re 10x more difficult when you have to wrangle sleepy kids too. If you are like me, you are trying to balance the “new normal” of working from home, kids be schooled from home, and trying to keep everything going smoothly while staying sane (since everything is canceled or postponed and we are all going stir crazy, no? LOL)
Mornings, though. Impossible, even with the new, non-commute many of us now have. And getting the kids into online school isn’t any easier or faster then into real school- on the contrary, it seems to take longer, and you have to stay on top of them all day besides. Arg.
So…..what do you do to give yourself a little boost?
Try new CBD Living Instant Coffee, which has three flavors of delicious instant coffee. OriginalGolden Milk and Matcha. Each flavor contains 7mg of US-grown organic hemp and is made from 100% Colombian Arabica coffee. Even better, CBD Living Instant Coffee is vegan, gluten-free, THC-free and non-GMO.
Using CBD Living Instant Coffee is easy. Simply scoop one teaspoon of CBD Living Instant Coffee in a cup then add hot water, cold water or milk. Stir and enjoy.
Doesn’t get much easier then that.
It tastes pretty good too- my oldest son and I grab it on the occasions when the pot is empty and we don’t want to make a new one for just one more cup. It’s not that watery, blech “instant coffee” flavor that many people associate with instant- it’s totally worth trying and a really good staple to keep in the house.

Hills Bros Coffee

Coffee is serious business as is the environment.  One depends on the other and without the environment for thriving coffee plants coffee can not be.  So what can be done to help with the recent single serve coffee craze which may make for a good cup of coffee for one, but also makes for a whole lot of extra garbage per cup?  Well Hills Brothers Coffee has a solution, new Certified 100% Compost able Single Serve Pods which work with Keurig machines.  With a normal coffee pod after the coffee is brewed the cup, filter, grounds and label all go into the trash where it sits, taking years to decompose.  But the new Hills Brothers Pods are completely compost able and every piece of the packaging breaks down into soil leaving less of an environmental foot print per cup then other pods.

Not only is the packaging special but the coffee within is special as well.  There are various roasts available from the dark roast which is a unique blend of premium Arabica beans from around the world. Dark roasted for a strong, bold flavor and smooth finish to the light roast which is called Bright Roast, which is lightly roasted for a pleasant, subtle finish there is something for every taste.  Each roast is available either ground or in whole bean form.  In ground canned form there are also a few other varieties like Pacific Blend which is a unique blend of rare and diverse coffee beans from the Pacific tropics and Dark Satin which is an exceptional blend of 100% Arabica coffee specially selected for a deep, vibrant flavor, and smooth finish. Hills Bros.® Dark Satin is a rich taste of San Francisco.  Each blend is different and unique giving the drinker and adventure in a cup.  Be sure to keep your eye out for Hills Brothers available online or at a store near you.

Sugar & Spiced Coffee

Now that the temperatures have dropped, we’re snuggling up and sipping on these cold weather classics. Community Coffee Company offers seasonal coffee blends (made exclusively with 100% Arabica beans) that are deliciously satisfying on their own AND in a number of food and drink recipes.


Servings: 8
Cook Time: 15 minutes

3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
4 1/2 tsp. powdered sugar
1 cup freshly ground Community® coffee
5 tsp. ground cardamom
3 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
7 cup water

Using an electric mixer, beat whipping cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Then, add powdered sugar and continue beating. Place ground coffee, cardamom, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a coffee filter. Using spoon, mix gently. Add water to your coffee maker and brew to your liking. Next, divide coffee among 8 cups. Garnish each with a dollop of whipped cream and serve piping hot. Single serve coffee maker is ideal for this recipe, as long as you get one that has reusable pods. They are simple to use and can brew barista like coffee all day long. In case you haven’t gotten one already, check out Single serve coffee maker reviews at KitchenGuyd to find the best pick.

Life is Good Coffee Review and Giveaway

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In the morning, before that first cup of coffee I am sure many do not agree that “Life is Good”.  But after that first roasty whiff wafts out of the coffee maker, you know today is going to be ok.  With some coffees the smell and taste will bring you out of your funk better then others.  We are going to look at two of these coffees.   S’more to Love and Light Hearted, both of which are made by Life is Good Coffee.  These brews are eye opening good and one of the best ways to start your day.

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Recently, at a Life is Good tasting event at Grand Central Station (that some of you might remember from my Facebook, twitter, and instagram feed) I was able to try quite a few of the flavors.  I do have to say that they were very good, and I liked them a lot.  I am not a picky coffee drinker, but I would for sure buy these.  I loved the dark roasts and the flavored coffees best.
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The Daily Grind: What Goes Into Your Favorite Cup Of Coffee

A lot of effort goes into making a good cup of coffee. After the beans are initially picked, they need to be hulled, polished and sorted before they can be processed further. And that’s not even the hardest part of the process. Many machines are used in the making of a typical cup of coffee. The machines are used to remove layers from the bean, including the entire dried husk. The beans are then polished which helps to determine the quality of the final product.

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After polishing, the beans will be sorted. This is the stage where people can check each bean for defects. Beans that don’t have the right colour or size are discarded. The remaining beans can then be traded to companies that process them even further. It’s amazing to think that all this behind-the-scenes process take place for every different variety of coffee bean you can image, all showcased online on sites such as

Coffee from all over the world

According to Wikipedia, three billion coffee plants are cultivated worldwide to satisfy a demand of over 2.25 billion cups consumed every day. When the plants are cultivated they are loaded onto ships and transported across the globe.
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Homemade Hazelnut Creamer


Coffee creamers can really kick your morning cup of Joe up a notch, but they also cost a lot. If you are hitting up the drive-through to get your fix, the cost can be even higher. Let’s say you go 5 days a week and pay $4-$5 each time. That means you are spending over $20 a month on just coffee, alone!

You can save a lot of money by making your own and it costs less than a couple dollars to do so. Along with the savings, you can also know what is going into the creamer, so you can enjoy it without added preservatives.

This coffee creamer lasts a couple days in the fridge, but is so simple to make, you won’t mind making it more often!

To make Hazelnut Coffee Creamer, you will need:

  • 2 cups of hazelnuts (you can buy these in bulk in most health food stores)
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Cookbook: Vegan Slow Cooking For Two or Just For You


As a former vegetarian who at one time dated and lived with a vegan, I have learned to appreciate meatless meals. I also have a small family of just three of us, so I was excited to test out the book, Vegan Slow Cooking For Two or Just For You by Kathy Hester.

Vegan Slow Cooking For Two or Just for You is full of everything from entrees to side dishes and even sauces to accompany many meals.

The Good:

Vegan Slow Cooking For Two or Just for You has beautiful photos. For me, as a chef, I was taught we “eat with our eyes first”, so this is one of the most important aspects any cookbook can have. The photos really made my mouth water and my husband came in and peeked over my shoulder and didn’t even know it was a vegan cookbook.

I liked that the book also included tips for using a slow cooker as well as an explanation of some new ingredients that may not be familiar to many home cooks. There was also a section on tips for cooking for small families in general as well, which I found very useful. I think this book would be great as a wedding gift!
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Seattle’s Best Coffee

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

A good cup of coffee makes the whole day start well.  Waking up to a pot of brewing coffee has to be one of the best ways of waking up.  Coffee in our house is an odd story.  We started out as casual drinkers, meaning if it’s there we will have it.  This is usually at family functions like dinners and such, or if someone else wants coffee.  But this slowly changed into something more.  Now coffee is made every day, and at least a cup each.  Coffee in our house can last a long time or if it is good, a very very short time.  Dad usually enjoys a dark full flavored roast, black and sweet, but no milk (he likes it hot and bitter, just like Mom, lol).  Mom enjoys a sweeter approach to things, unlike in the rest of life (light and sweet, like Dad!).   Mom also gets wicked migraines, and the caffeine helps take the edge off.  True, this won’t work for everyone, and sometimes caffeine is the kiss of death for migraine sufferers, but for me?  Lifesaver. We both are quite different with what we enjoy, though we both like the odd brew every so often and like trying something new.  Luckily enough we were recently introduced to Seattle’s Best Coffee.
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