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RaceTrac’s #CrazyGoodCoffee and a giveaway.

Ok. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest RaceTrac.

Over the summer they hosted the ever popular SodaPalooza and they’ve got something else up their sleeve now that it’s fall. This week (October 12-18th) you can grab FREE coffee, any size, any kind, without any coupon or any purchase. Cha-ching. Money in your pocket and crazy good coffee in your hand.

RaceTrac's Crazy Good Coffee

As the new RaceTracs have been popping up in our area, I’ve kinda fallen in love. You walk in to these huge stores (I hear 6,000 square feet) with tall ceilings and themed stations all around them, including their coffee bars (to top all coffee bars). Not only do they have six different kinds of coffee to choose from (including pumpkin for the everyone-wants-everything-pumpkin-in-fall season) but you can customize your coffee with every kind of sweetener or creamer imaginable. I’m a make-my-coffee at home kind of person for the most part, and when I make my coffee at RaceTrac it’s just like if I were making it at home because they always have what I want for my coffee.

So, don’t worry about brewing up your own coffee tomorrow (or any other day this week) and head on in to your local RaceTrac.

Oh. & to make your day even brighter, RaceTrac is giving you the chance to win a $25 RaceTrac gift card just for being a loyal reader here. Double cha-ching. You could have $25 more dollars worth of free coffee or fill that gas tank up on them, you pick. Wanna win? See below.

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This post was written by me on behalf of RaceTrac. I was compensated for the review, however all views and opinions are 100% my own.

wiww: A Trades of Hope review & giveaway.

Last month, I attended one of those home parties. You know, the kind where a bunch of ladies are invited, good food is served, small talk is had and you end up buying some sort of product at the end?

Well, this kind of home party was a little different than your normal home party. It was one that you not only walked away from with something pretty for your money spent, but you served a greater purpose in making your purchase.

Trades of Hope

Trades of Hope was started by women for women. But not just for any ordinary woman. It was started for women living in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Their website says,

We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have AIDS. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.

Trades of Hope partners with over 20 artisan groups from around the globe to sell handcrafted jewelry, scarves, bags and home decor. Some countries these ladies come from include India, Uganda, and Haiti. The items made are consider fair trade products, meaning the artisans are paid fair prices for their products and services. With fair trade, Trades of Hope artisans make approximately 6 times more than they would normally make in the context of their own country. I also love this information about who is being helped through Trades of Hope.

And if that’s not enough of a difference on our world, Trades of Hope also does something called, “Gifts of Hope” where they give donations to programs that promote long term business and education. For the party I went to last month, if the party reached a certain amount in sales, a goat would be donated to a family. From this goat, they would then not only have milk for themselves, but a business of their own through selling milk to others in their area. The hostess of this party made sure that we were able to give that goat, and it was really neat to hear when all was said and done that we raised enough money in sales to achieve that goal.

The item I ordered was a gorgeous metallic scarf. I had actually got it just in time for my trip to Boston and wore it on my first day (travel day) there. It was a great way to dress up a simple pair of jeans and long sleeve shirt. I cannot wait for the fall weather to arrive here in Florida (for more than just a day!) so I can wear it more!


Trades of Hope

Trades of Hope scarf

Trades of Hope artisans


Now, want to know what you could win?! In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my friend Shelby (the Trades of Hope entrepreneur who my other friend, Katie, hosted her party through) is offering up the Triumph Bracelet to one lucky reader! It is handmade in Haiti using cereal box and clay beads (say what!? cereal boxes??? so cool!) and 50% of the net proceeds will be given to three different organizations who support women battling breast cancer. triumph bracelet breast cancer awareness

This is near & dear to me because my own grandmother fought breast cancer (and triumphed!) many many years ago.

So, how can you enter (and hopefully win!?) Just follow the steps below!

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Firmoo: a review.

Firmoo is a Global Online Optical Store that offers fashion glasses at a great price. These glasses can be ordered in lots of options. You can order them for prescription, non prescription, just frames or as sunglasses, too! I love that their goal is to provide vision & fashion the frugal way. Who wouldn’t love that?

The glasses I picked out for this review I can’t seem to find on their site anymore. The style is there, but just not the color. The color of the ones I picked out are a bluish-black with gray wood-grain sides. I LOVE them! I am regretting now that I didn’t get these with my newest prescription in them. I did however find this pair that I really like when I was searching, same style, just a different color. I’m totally going to order them.

The thing that makes Firmoo so great (besides the frugal prices-including free shipping on orders over $39 right now! Be sure to find the code on their site) is the fact that they have a virtual look viewer. You can either use a picture they already have (one that might mirror your face shape/features) or you can upload your own. It is fun too “see” what a pair of glasses looks like on you before you even have them in hand.

Be sure to also check out a special they offer, the Renewed First Pair Free, that offers a free pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses or safety glasses to new customers who choose from a selection of frames and as long as you pay for the lenses and shipping.

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Have you used Firmoo before?! I’d love to know what style glasses you chose! Leave a comment…it might help me pick another pair to choose when I order my new prescription glasses soon!

Essential Oil Review: My Life’s Essentials

A few months ago I was contacted by Julie at My Life’s Essentials in regards to checking out some essential oils and doing a review on them. I’ve been wanting to try essential oils for sometime now, so this review was meant to be. After eagerly jumping on this, I gave Julie a rundown ofContinue Reading

wiww: French Toast School Uniform Review

This is a little different spin on my usual What I Wore Wednesday post, the kids are taking over and what they are wearing for back to school this year is what we’re serving up. School’s out for summer, but we all know how fast the summer can come to an end. I’ve got schoolContinue Reading

Seattle’s Best Coffee at Publix: a review.

Today is the first day, in two weeks, that we have nothing to do. Summer started and we were busy. The kids had two back-to-back weeks of VBS and I was cramming in as much work at Reach as I could during that time. So for two weeks straight, we got up every morning justContinue Reading

Fill ‘er up for free all summer long with RaceTrac’s Sodapalooza!

I mentioned last month that RaceTrac’s Sodapalooza FreeFill event was back for the summer. Spend a one time fee of $7.99 for this special mug and get free refills on all fountain and frozen drinks all summer long?! What is not to love about that? The kids and I finally had our chance to swingContinue Reading

RaceTrac’s Sodapalooza FreeFill is here!

I don’t know about you (or where you live) but here in Florida it’s reaching summer-like temperature’s already! I have a feeling this summer is going to be a hot one if we are in the 90’s in May with the heat index being much higher! What better way to cool down than to enjoyContinue Reading

Scotties Care Package + Gift Card Winner!!!

I was sitting at my computer tonight doing a little #itsjustreach work and realized I never picked a winner from the giveaway. When I looked at the clock it was 11:17 pm, so I’ve decided to be super high-tech tonight and count down the list of comments to no. 17 for the lucky winner. So,Continue Reading

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