Starbucks Red Cup

I’m Offended #StarbucksRedCup

I wasn’t going to say anything and I normally don’t chime in when it comes to random happenings on the interwebs but…

People are seriously mad about the Starbucks Red Cup? I’m still trying to understand how the color of a cup takes away the meaning of Christmas. That’s the most comical thing I’ve heard all week! I mean…why would you be offended? What did that pretty, red cup do to you? To be honest, this is probably one of my favorite cups from Starbucks. I get it. It’s plain and red—but it’s also bold and fun!Starbucks Red Cup This photo sums up my sentiments…EXACTLY!

The fact that the color of a cup is even an issue (especially to Christians) is troubling and still comical at the same time. There is too much going on in the world to allow the color of a cup dictate my Christmas, my Christian faith, my holiday experience, or my indulgence in sugary skinny coffee drinks this holiday season. Here are more reasons why I feel this whole “red cup” fiasco is silly:


By doing a little research I found some very interesting facts about Starbucks that deserve the energy (but in a positive way) that these red cups have received over the past few weeks.

Starbucks is all about Creating Pathways to Opportunity:

Bringing people together, helping provide education and employment opportunities and making a difference in people’s lives – it’s all part of being a good neighbor and a sustainable company. Starbucks, even as a public company, has always believed that we can balance profitability and a social conscience.

Starbucks opportunities include:

  • Opportunity for Youth
  • Community Stores
  • Starbucks Foundation
  • Community Service
  • Veterans and Military Support
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Starbucks College Achievement Plan
  • Farming Communities
  • Create Jobs for USA

Hey #StarbucksRedCup, it’s not you. It’s THEM! With that being said, I’m heading over to Starbucks to indulge in a “skinny” Chestnut Praline Latte. In a RED CUP!


8 Ways To Start Your Day - My Pretty Brown Fit

8 Ways to Kick-Start Your Day

I’m happy that it’s Monday! Yes, you read that right! I love the start of a new week because it gives me a fresh start and a new perspective. Last week (and weekend) was so busy. I was ready for a fresh start. Last night was also the first night I actually felt like I gained an hour of sleep and felt rested. I woke up refreshed! In honor of my good sleep, I’m sharing ways to kick-start your day!

8 Ways To Start Your Day - My Pretty Brown Fit


1.  Prayer/Meditation: Prayer/meditation will center your mind, body, and spirit. It creates an atmosphere for positive energy that will lead to a productive day.

2.  Water:  Before I go to bed at night, I place a bottle of water on my nightstand. While we are asleep our metabolism slows down and our body is slightly dehydrated—which is why I drink 8 ounces of water before my feet hit the floor every morning. This also helps get a kick-start on getting those recommended glasses in.

3.  Morning Stretches:  I get up and stretch for 10-15 minutes every morning. I also like using a foam roller, resistance bands, or even a towel to get my stretch on. I feel so relaxed and ready for what’s next! Check out these 8 stretches you should do every morning!

4. Exercise:  I love starting my day with a workout when I can say “NO” to Mr. Snooze. I feel better when I get it done early rather than late. For those who need a little motivation to start the week (especially Monday motivation), Move It Monday is an international campaign that encourages people of all fitness levels to get moving each week starting on Mondays. Check it out! Also, if you are a blogger or writer, See Jane Write shares why bloggers and writers need to exercise!

5. But first, Coffee:  Admit it. Everything is better with coffee! There’s something about it that gives that extra boost to start the day. Green tea works, too. If you are looking for ways to energize your day and clear your brain, read this post!

6.  Eat Breakfast: We hear it all the time. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it’s true. It also keeps you from becoming a Crabster! It’s best to go for a protein-packed, fiber rich breakfast that will keep you full until lunch. I like to eat every to 2 to 2.5 hours, so a healthy snack in between breakfast and lunch is a great option, too!

7.  Writing Out Goals/To-Do-ListWriting out goals and a to-do-list really help me organize my day. As I complete a task, I mark it off my list then move on to the next one. Before I know it, my tasks are complete.

8. Turn up the music:  There’s something about music that just gets me pumped up! Turn on your favorite playlist and move and groove your way out the door to an awesome day!

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How do you kick-start your day?



Monday, Coffee, and a Cookbook


I hope everyone celebrated National Coffee Day yesterday! I stopped by Starbucks and picked up a complimentary cup of their new Ethiopia Coffee (My HB is excited about this)! Starbucks coffee development manager describes it as being, “medium-bodied with soft, velvety notes of dark chocolate, subtle hints of peppery spice, and sweet, mandarin-like citrus for a balanced and approachable taste in the cup.” All I know is…it was Mmmmm good! To add a little Autumn flare, I got a shot of pumpkin spice.


I recently stocked up on some new K-cups when Publix had their BOGO sale. You can never have enough K-Cups! Green Mountain Coffee’s French Vanilla Iced Coffee and Wild Mountain Blueberry are the two I decided on.  I wanted to try something different. I’ve always been a fan of iced coffee, but I usually drink frappuccinos. I’m really excited to try the wild mountain blueberry flavor. Green Mountain Coffee tasting notes described it as, “A celebration of summer, with its sweet flavor of juicy sun-kissed blueberries baked to perfection in a buttery crust.” So there you have it! I know it’s Fall, but we can all use a little summer berry in our lives! And–thanks to a Twitter contest Tw’hosted by Keurig, I won a Cooking With Coffee Cookbook! This time of year I make more baked goods and new recipes, so I can’t wait to delve in and tell you all about them!

Hello December! Coffee Lovers


What an exciting time of year, especially for coffee lovers! I love flavored coffee so I was super excited when I found out that the Holiday Edition — K-cups (and coffee) were out for the season.


Took a trip to Bed, Bath, & Beyond and they had the Holiday Edition pack with: Golden French Toast, Spicy Egg Nog, and Gingerbread. I don’t have a favorite just yet, but I can’t wait to try them all. I purchased Pumpkin Spice back before Thanksgiving and I like those! Picking up some Mocha Mint Cappuccino today, because I absolutely love the Peppermint Mocha flavor!


You can’t forget to pick up your tin of Danish butter cookies during holiday season! I remember these from when I was a little girl. My Gran Gran use to keep these around. I found them last year after not having them for almost two decades and ’bout went into a state of shock! lol

Share with me your favorite holiday coffee or drink!

Happy Holidays!

Santa Came Early!


It is holiday season — one of my favorite times of the year! Christmas decorations, family time, peppermint bark, egg nog (Evan Williams is my fave), fruit cake, and the list goes on! I know I’ve been an “awful good girl”, but what I did not know is that Santa was going to visit me early! Glad I baked that cake (instead of cookies lol). My hubby surprised me with my very first gift — one of the best gifts ever!!! I am now officially #TeamiPad!!! I absolutely love, love, love it!

imageAnd thank you to my sweet friend, Chevy, for hooking my new baby up with a cool, purple stylus!

Santa didn’t stop there…I decided to suit up and surprise my Mom!

imageSince I (Mrs. Claus) was in the neighborhood, my Mom got her first gift! (She’s gonna get me if she finds out I posted this photo). Her surprise was…


…a new Keurig!!! I was totally planning on getting her one for Christmas, but since her other coffee pot broke…I decided to go ahead and give it to her. She was ecstatic! Welcome to the wonderful world of K-cups Mom! 

What’s on your holiday wishlist?

Monday Grind…Coffee Time!


It’s not just Monday, but it’s the Monday after the Magic City Classic Weekend!!! All of my family was in town to join in on the festivities (almost all of them are Alabama State alumni) so you know we had a blast! Post/pics coming soon.

As the struggle continues, it was a MUST that I have coffee. Well I ran across Cameron’s Coffee (Single Serve) at Wal-mart last week. I was a little hesitant about trying them because I wasn’t quite sure if I’d like it or if they would fit in my Keurig. But to my surprise they worked perfectly, taste great (Breakfast Blend), and the K-cups were half the price of most K-cups you find in the stores or online. They also work with other Single Serve brewers.

So happy I found these, so with that being said coffee mugs up! Happy Monday!

Prayers to all of my East Coast Family and Friends and anyone in the line of Hurricane Sandy and these storms. Be Safe!

My Café Escape


I was a little chilly this morning (and last night) so I decided to take advantage of the Keurig since I don’t know how long this weather will last! I decided to try out one of my new samples I received from Café Escapes via a trivia contest! I won this sample pack about 3 months ago, but I just received them last week. I guess I shouldn’t complain, because they were FREE!


I already have Café Mocha, which I love! My sample pack included Café Vanilla and Café Caramel. I guess you can see below which one I went with. Very good and the perfect warm-me-upper! Thank you Café Escapes!!!


Happy Tuesday!!!