Tampa Bay Coffee Tour

Sunday, July 30, 2017

My friend Donna and I consider ourselves coffee/tea connoisseurs. We love spending our lunch hour visiting coffee/tea shops rather than actual lunch. I mean who doesn't like a pick me up at lunch time? Finding a quaint spot and having a coffee/tea and a small treat, cheese, and crackers, etc. is our favorite.

We have not found one yet that we will not return. 

Here are a few of our favorites - and more will follow shortly:

1. Ginger Beard Coffee, Channelside
2. The Bunker - Ybor
3. Blind Tiger - Ybor
4. TeaBella - Davis Island
5. Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails - St. Pete

Ginger Beard Coffee located in Channelside - we had yummy donuts from Datz in Tampa and Donna had coffee, and I had an iced tea. - The place is adorable, the guy who served us was so personable, and we will certainly return. 

The Bunker Ybor is one of our favorites that we frequent weekly. They have an amazing assortment of coffee and tea as well as a small menu.  My favorite lunch is the Bunker signature salad. Mixed greens, goat cheese (my favorite), almonds, cranberries and creamy Italian dressing. 

Blind Tiger Ybor is simply adorable. Great coffee and teas and a great assortment of macaroons, cookies, pastries. Small gift area with the cutest arrangements of succulents. This is another place we visit weekly.

TeaBella - David Island. The best tea ever. They have so many teas; it's seriously hard to pick a favorite. Donna is a Jamaican Ruby red girl and my go to is Mango Melange. The girls are so friendly, and the gift shop is adorable. They have a "punch card" where you earn rewards for free tea. Cannot say enough good about this place. 

Donna and one of our favorite girls at TeaBella

Intermezzo Coffee - St. Pete. We have only visited once as it was quite a drive, but I must say it was awesome. The employees were so friendly, and the customers sitting at the bar were called by name. Apparently a great spot for the locals. The tea was brewed perfectly. A bonus was the restaurant Bodega on Central across the street. We were lucky to grab the last two seats at the bar. It was incredible to watch them create their fresh squeezed drinks. They have so many varieties of veggie and fruit drinks. The food was fantastic, and I'm voting they open in Tampa! 


Nothing makes visiting these places as much fun as with Donna - we never go anywhere she's not complimented for her red hair. She is an absolute blast and makes the coffee/tea so much better as she thoroughly enjoys our visits.

More to follow.....


Clean Start

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017

Always nice starting with a clean slate.
So many ideas and thought floating around in my head.
Be more intentional.
Prayer Journal.
Gratitude Journal.
Surround yourself with good people.
Intend to be happy everyday.
Start the day in HIS word.
Weight Watchers.
Jesus Calling.
Essential Oils.
Gather Around the Table.
Cheese Boards.
Boat Rides.
52 New Recipes.
Date. (My husband of course)

2017 - Loving you already!


Wake up, be awesome, rest, repeat! 

Staying Stress Free This Holiday Season

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Here are a few tips for staying stress free this holiday season.

Stay Organized/Clean/Prepared 
Take a few minutes each morning and night to do a quick clean up and keep your house tidy in case unannounced friends or family stop by. Keep some cheese, crackers, fruit and wine on hand. It will come in handy and takes little to no effort to serve. 

Wrap It Up
I collect those adorable little white boxes from Anthropologie all year long - they come in handy at Christmas time to just tie some twine or a bow on and you are good to go - and adorable looking too. Wrap as you go, do not wait until the last minute! If all else fails, I've been known to call my mom to help with last minute wrapping.

Give A Little - Get A Little
Almost every store is asking for donations for charities at Christmas time. Every time I go to Publix or Home Goods I always add a few dollars to the total to help families in need and St. Jude's research. You can also adopt families in need or keep items in your car to hand out to homeless people that you see on the streets. Your holidays will be a lot merrier if you GIVE. 

Be sure to meal prep and not leave all the holiday cooking to Christmas morning. Shop the week before Christmas to avoid the last minute shoppers at the grocery store. Be sure to visit Aldi for your cheese and cracker needs. You will thank me for this! They have the best assortments and the best prices.

Party On 
Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends but do not be afraid to say no. You cannot attend every event you are invited to. Don't overbook your calendar and end up stressed and not enjoying the most wonderful time of the year. 

Remember the Reason For The Season
And last but CERTAINLY not least, let's all remember the reason for the season. Without HIM, none of this would matter. 
Happy Birthday Jesus 

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