Coffee Talk Ed. No 30

Happy Friday and National Coffee Day to all my coffee lovin’ connoisseurs!  In case you didn’t already know…. TODAY is National Coffee Day!? Dare I say it is my favorite holiday?  I mean, what other holiday do I celebrate every single day?!  It’s the start to my every morning and the first thing I consume each day… But first, coffee, right?!

If you missed this weeks posts, you can catch up on them here and here!

Last Friday, my husband and I spent our anniversary weekend away, together, in Hermann and historic downtown St. Charles.  Though we didn’t have a set agenda, it was fun to just take it easy and make up our plans as we went.  First, we stopped at the Stone Hill Winery in Hermann.  We did some wine tasking (duh!), took a few photos, and went on a tour of the winery, which was super neat and I would highly recommend it if you’re in the area!  It was definitely one of the best winery tours I’ve ever attended.  So much history and absolutely beautiful scenery.

Next, we ventured East on I-70 to St. Charles where we enjoyed an delicious steak dinner at Lewis & Clark on the balcony.  I love the ambiance of sitting outside and enjoying drink and dinner under cafe lights at night.  Unbeknownst to us, Oktoberfest was going on in downtown St. Charles so it was extremely busy and it took us nearly 30 minutes to find a parking spot.  After dinner, we walked through what seemed like miles of venders and beer stands admiring the upbeat atmosphere and people watching (my favorite! Especially when there’s alcohol involved), and even enjoyed some live music at the miller light beer tent.  Oh, and yes, I drank an entire pint of Blue Moon!

The following morning we made our way back to the historic downtown area, once again, this time to do some shopping and a little more wine tasting!  We had all intentions of going on a bike ride down the Katy Trail, but it was a scorching 96 degrees that day, so we settled for some lunch at Hendrick’s BBQ instead!  It seemed like all we did, the entire trip was eat and drink either wine or beer!  It was a fun and much needed time away together.  I am definitely looking forward to the next adventure and excited for what the next 5 years has to hold for us and our family.


Halloween is just around the corner, so in my typical prepared and over planed fashion, I’m making my preparations now rather than last minute.  There are so many cute costumes out there and so many ideas, that I’m having a tough time deciding what to do.  Last year, we all dressed up as the Incredibles which was so fun, but also expensive.  So, do we all dress up again or do I just let the kids choose what they want to be and call it good?  Decisions, decisions…

I’m also still in need of a statement earring organizer.  I found this trinket earring tree that I may just have to purchase.  Not only is it cleaver, it’s cute and simple which is a win, win, win!

I’m definitely having my fair share of PSL’s lately.  I just can’t help but crave them, especially on these chillier Fall mornings.  If you haven’t tried the order ahead app from Starbucks, you must do so, especially on busy mornings when the drive-thru line is backed up for blocks and you’re crunched for time.  I just order and pay it, park, go in, grab it, and go.  That simple.  No standing in lines or waiting for it to be made.

Have a fabulous Friday!  Cheers to another delicious cup of coffee!

Check out these coffee deals and discounts in honor of National Coffee Day!

Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy a medium or larger cup of hot coffee and get a medium hot coffee free at participating locations nationwide.

Wawa: No coupon is needed to get a free cup of coffee — any size — on Friday. Also, get a coupon for a free cup when you join Wawa Rewards or by doing a quick survey on Wawa receipts.

Krispy Kreme: It’s a National Coffee Weekend at participating locations. Get one free hot brewed or small iced premium blend per day from Friday through Sunday.

McDonald’s: For a limited time, get a small specialty coffee for $2 at participating locations. Also, there are coupons for a free medium McCafé with any purchase in the McDonald’s smartphone app. Plus, when you purchase any five McCafé drinks you can get one free when a QR code from the app is scanned at checkout.

Starbucks: While not a National Coffee Day deal, in honor of the day and through Sunday, the Seattle-based company will “be taking over” its stores. For the three days, there will be no menu boards. Instead, the company will share information with customers about how their coffee purchases have made a difference and the company’s commitment to ethical and sustainably sourced coffee.

Keurig: From Friday through Sunday, get 20% off all pods and bagged coffee purchased at with coupon code CELEBRATE. Get free shipping with a $39 or higher purchase.

Peet’s Coffee: At participating Peet’s coffee bars Friday, get 25% off all beans and a free drip coffee or tea with bean purchase. Also, on Peet’s website, get 25% off all regular, non-subscription bean purchases with promo code COFFEEDAY17. Limit one per person.

Lyft: When you take a Lyft ride Friday in select cities, get a free can of High Brew Cold Brew Coffee during your ride. Participating cities are Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Dallas and Philadelphia.

Caribou Coffee: Starting Friday and through the month of October, Caribou Coffee will donate 10% of purchases to CancerCare, a nonprofit organization offering support, education and financial assistance to those affected by cancer, the company announced in a news release.

Atlas Coffee Club: New subscribers to the travel-themed coffee of the month club get a free bag of coffee or $14 off a subscription or World Tour of Coffee gift subscriptions Friday with discount code AtlasCoffeeDay17. Each month the club highlights a new country’s coffee and culture. Learn more and sign up at

Love’s Travel Stops: All 24-ounce coffees and cappuccinos are $1 Friday and purchases will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. According to a news release, professional truck drivers who are My Love Rewards members can use a free drink refill credit on coffee, and Love’s will still donate $1 to the hospitals.

Pilot Flying J Travel Centers: Get a free small cup of Pilot Coffee, cappuccino or small hot tea at more than 750 locations by showing a coupon from or on Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page. The coupon can be shown on a smartphone or printed. Limit one per customer.

Cinnabon: Get a free 12-ounce coffee Friday at participating locations nationwide.

Coffee Beanery: Participating locations are offering fresh brewed coffee for $1 all day Friday and $2 off a pound of coffee.

Cumberland Farms: Text FREECOFFEE to 64827 to receive a mobile coupon for a free hot or iced coffee, in any size, to use at participating Cumberland Farms Friday. The deal also includes the choice of tea, cappuccino or hot chocolate.

QuickChek: Starting Friday and continuing every Friday through Nov. 3, buy any fresh-brewed or made-to-order espresso drink and get one free. No coupon is required.

Biggby Coffee: At participating locations, get a free modifier Friday. Choose from whipped cream, an extra shot of espresso, added flavor and other options.

Birch Coffee: You decide how much you pay for coffee Friday in the New York City company’s “Pay What You Please” National Coffee Day promotion.

Minit Stop Brewing Co.: Visit any Big Island or Maui location of the Hawaiian chain 7 to 9 a.m. Friday for a free 16-ounce cup of the company’s new Premium Hawaiian Blend.

PJ’s Coffee: Get a free 12-ounce hot coffee Friday from the company’s adopted coffee farm in Honduras.

Press Coffee: Visit any location Friday and get a free small cup of drip or cold brew. No purchase necessary.

Scooter’s Coffee: Get a free small brewed coffee with any food purchase with the Scooter’s mobile app Friday. Plus there will be hourly giveaways on its Facebook page and a Snapchat filter at all locations.

Sheetz: Get a free Pumpkin Pie Latte when you order it through the Sheetz smartphone app.

Stewart’s Shops: From noon to close Friday, get a free hot, iced or cold brew coffee in any flavor.


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