Starbucks Six New Fan Flavor Frappuccinos! Get them before they’re gone!

Fan Flavors!!!  Six new frappuccinos!!! At Starbucks!!! I am a bit behind promoting this, but there are six new Frappuccino blended beverages inspired by Starbucks fans now out at Starbucks. They are Cotton Candy, Lemon Bar, Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Roll, Cupcake, and Caramel Cocoa Cluster.  I have tried the Caramel Cocoa Cluster (my favorite so far) and the Cotton Candy.  According to the barista in my neighborhood Starbucks, the Cotton Candy one has been super popular and she thinks it should definitely be continued, however personally she really likes the Cinnamon Roll one.

I haven’t heard how long these special frappuccinos will last, but the Starbucks website says to get ready to start voting on Friday June 19, 2015 for your favorite.  My suspicion is that the favorite will be continued and the others will be cut, but that is just a hunch.  It will be fun to vote for a favorite, and I encourage you to get one before they are gone.

One final cool thing.  The last time when I was at Starbucks, I asked the barista lots of questions about the new frappuccinos, and I told her that I blog and promote Starbucks.  She thought that was neat, and actually Starbucks related search terms are the main search terms that people use and find my blog.  Everybody loves Starbucks!  Tonight when I went through the drive-through, I got the same barista, and she said “oh, you are the blogger.”  I thought that was cool! Honestly,  I would love to be a brand ambassador for Starbucks if they ever would have me do that to promote them.  Starbucks is one of my favorite places!!!

Here is a link if you want to check out how Starbucks makes each fan flavor or in order to vote starting on 6/19:

http://frappuccino.com/fanflavors?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=summer1

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Starbucks New S’mores Frappuccino is a Hit! Check it out at 1/2 price Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks May 1st-10th!

S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Coffee

S'mores Frappuccino® Blended Coffee

S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Coffee. Photo courtesy of Starbucks website.

The Starbucks new S’mores Frappuccino is a hit!  I had it for my first Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour drink of 2015.  The Starbucks website gives this mouth-watering description: “Marshmallow-infused whipped cream, milk chocolate sauce, a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk and ice finished off with more marshmallowy whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.”

(http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages/s-mores-frappuccino)

If you hadn’t heard, Starbucks widely anticipated event, their 1/2 price Frappuccino Happy Hour has come to town! It is 10 days of bliss for Starbucks lovers far and wide.  Details are as follows.

What: 1/2 Price Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour

Date: May 1-10, 2015

Time: 3-5 pm (but a special bonus hour is 5-6 pm for Rewards members)

Why: YOU LOVE STARBUCKS!!!

If you aren’t sure which frappuccinos you want to try, then check out Starbucks website for their vast frappuccino options. Note: they have more frappuccinos that aren’t even on the menu, and the Starbucks iPhone app lists them slightly differently and even includes an OPRAH one that was created in partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Teavana teaologists that is called Oprah Cinnamon Chai Crème Frappuccino.  Here is the Frappuccino menu:

http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages

#gottaloveStarbucks

Redbox 12 Days of Deals!!! (Day 9) and Redbox 411

I am a definite fan of Redbox.  I love the concept of being able to rent movies on the cheap at locations that are essentially like movie vending machines all over town.  Redbox has a plethora of locations in my city and surrounding area, and you can find Redbox locations at places like Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, and Ruler Foods.  All you need is a credit card to rent a regular DVD, Blue Ray DVD, or game.  They typically send receipts via e-mail, and if you rent regularly, then they often send you promo codes (that you use before putting in your payment information) to get a free rental on a particular day or rent 1, get 1 free.  I signed up to get notices by text to be in the loop, and they are doing a fun 12 days of deals promotion currently that I want to give a shout-out to.

It is now Day 9 of the 12 Days of Deals (I am slightly behind promoting it, but I still want to get the word out).  All you have to do is reply NICE for a promo code rental discount to 727272.  You can text DAILY thru 12/10/14.  Since I have done it, I have gotten promo codes for 75 cents off, 50 cents off, and rent one & get one free.  While Redbox did raise their prices recently from $1.20 to $1.50 for regular DVD’s (and I believe Blu-Ray movies are now $2 and games are slightly higher, too), however, this Christmas deal promotion is pretty sweet.

“Don’t let your friends & family miss out on the 12 Days of Deals fun! Click to share via Facebook or email: http://m.rbx.me/12dd” (promo quoted from Redbox).

Starbucks and Starfield: The Perfect Combination (I checked out Starbucks NEW Chestnut Praline Latte)!

I recently heard that Starbucks has a NEW seasonal drink, the Chestnut Praline Latte.  I was intrigued and eager to check it out.  While uncertain if I have ever had pralines before  (yeah, maybe I have led a sheltered life), but I was game to give it a try.  Call me a fan of Starbucks, which would be a true understatement.  So, I got a Chestnut Praline Latte on my drive back home from visiting my family for Thanksgiving.

It seemed appropriate to pair the latte with a cd from one of my favorite bands, Starfield, a Canadian praise and worship band with a slight rock edge, who is not very well known in the United States.  A quick side note: I once road-tripped to support Starfield years ago when they were nominated for rock/contemporary album of the year at the Dove (GMA) Awards for Christian artists.  I did a lot of music promotion “back in the day,” and I was always going to concerts and volunteering at promotional tables for Christian radio in multiple cities.  I’m kind of surprised Starfield still flies under the radar today, but sometimes that can be kind of cool to me.  I am definitely not one who is into things because other people are; while sometimes I can be influenced,  I think it’s important to follow your own drumbeat, too. But, since I am going on a tangent, I’ll get back to my story.

So, I sipped my Chestnut Praline Latte and listened to songs like “Everything is Beautiful” (which is an AMAZING song to listen to when you are feeling down), and “Love is the Reversal”, which I can listen to on repeat and never get sick of it.  I pondered deep thoughts with songs lyrics like “Yeah I believe our secret longings Tell us that we’re not at home. But grace reclaims what the world disowns” and “Yeah, nothing here’s as good as it should be ‘Cause this is the rehearsal” (song “Love is the reversal” on “Beauty in the Broken” cd by Starfield, copyright 2006).  While I must say that the Chestnut Praline Latte is not one of my favorite Starbucks drink, it is worth checking out at least once.  As their seasonal drinks typically go, you can only get them for a very limited time, so check it out before it’s gone.  And, if you couldn’t already pick up my extremely subtle plug for the band Starfield, you may want to check them out if you are looking for a new band.  Some of their older cds are harder to find in Christian bookstores, but you can find them on Spotify and see what you think.  You can also check out some more info on them on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfield_(band)).  I highly recommend their debut album “Starfield” (with has probably their best known song, “Filled With Your Glory”) that came out in 2004, as well as the more slight rock edged “Beauty in the Broken” from 2006.

***For those who are curious what is in Starbucks new Chestnut Praline Latte, here is that info courtesy of http://www.starbucks.com: “Espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices. Topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.”

Starbucks 2014 Happy Hour Edition (May 1-10, 2014 from 3-5 pm)

Starbucks Happy Hour is back for Half off Frappuccino blended beverages from May 1-10, 2014 from 3-5 pm.  Woohoo!  I’m definitely behind the times promoting this awesome special due to the busyness of my life of late (re: an exciting new car purchase and some vacation time largely without internet), so my apologies to all the people who have scrolled through my old Happy Hour blog posts trying to figure out the date for the Starbucks 2014 Happy Hour Frappuccino special.

But an exciting new twist this year is for My Starbucks Rewards Members!  If you are a My Starbucks Rewards Member, then you can get an extra hour of Frappuccino Half off Happy Hour from 5-6 pm during May 6-10, 2014.  This is great for working people who would largely miss this amazing promotion if not for the extra hour.  Since I am a big fan of Starbucks, especially of their frappuccino blended drinks,  I have a Starbucks gold card, but you can also register ANY Starbucks gift card that you have and become a My Starbucks Rewards member.  Then you can use the gift card (and reload it) and receive the aforementioned special during the alloted time period.  Please see the Starbucks website for Starbucks Rewards member information for this free program which has some cool perks, or if you want any other info about the Half off Happy Hour for Frappuccinos.  Enjoy!

http://www.starbucks.com/

 

 

 

Starbucks Shout-Out: Starbucks Half off Frappuccino Happy Hour May 3-12, 2013 from 3-5 pm

Even my snowman cookie jar likes Starbucks! Mocha frappuccino from Starbucks at Happy Hour special promotion (Credits- Logo on cup courtesy of Starbucks & cookie jar from Hallmark; Photo by Julie A. Smith).

Even my snowman cookie jar likes Starbucks! Mocha frappuccino from Starbucks at Happy Hour special promotion (Credits- Logo on cup courtesy of Starbucks & cookie jar from Hallmark; Photo by Julie A. Smith).

Two weeks ago I was pondering if Starbucks was again going to have their half off frappuccino happy hour this year, and my Google search ended up with nada. But it seems I was ahead of the curve (for once!) and wouldn’t you know it that I recently received an e-mail from the Starbucks mailing list I belong to telling me that their AMAZING promotion is happening again this year. Since I want to spread the word, I’ve been texting my Starbuck’s loving friends, as well as pinning it to my Pinterest Starbucks board, but I also want to spread the word to the blogosphere dome, in case you haven’t heard.

Here is my Starbucks Shout-Out: Starbucks is having Half off Frappuccino Happy Hour May 3-12, 2013 from 3-5 pm in participating locations!!! Starbucks is amazing, and if you haven’t ever tried their blended frappuccinos, you are missing out. My personal favorite is the double chocolately chip, because I am a huge chocolate fan, but I have been on a caramel kick lately. While I will note that I wish that Starbucks would expand their offerings and add a peanut butter frappuccino, blueberry frappuccino, and a Andes mint frappuccino to their menu, I must admit that curently there seems to be a frappuccino that will make everyone happy, whether you are desiring hazelnut, mocha, caffe vanilla light, strawberries and creme, green tea, or a good list of other flavors. Hot news off the presses is that Mocha cookie crumble frappuccino has returned for the summer season, which I highly recommend. Also, caramel ribbon crunch is the new debut flavor, and I tried it on Saturday, and it rocks!

Check out the Starbucks mobile app if you want to explore your frappuccino options and see helpful information like drink description details and calorie and nutritional content. You can also find out more info via http://www.starbucks.com.