I Tried The “Pokémon GO” Frappuccino

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When the “Pokémon GO” app was released in the summer of 2016, Starbucks shortly after came out with a sweet, fruity drink inspired by the game to generate hype around it. Living in Canada, the drink was never released here, and since then has been discontinued in the United States. But I really wanted to try it! Being both a Starbucks and Pokémon fan, I loved the collaboration and was disappointed that it never made its way into Canada.

However, many of Starbucks’ discontinued and fan-inspired beverages end up on the infamous “Secret Menu“, a place where coffee lover’s imaginations run wild and the possibilities are endless.  After researching exactly what makes up a “Pokémon GO” Frappucino®, I headed to my local Starbucks and placed my order.

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If you want to try ordering this drink, ask for—a venti vanilla bean Frappuccino® with 3 pumps of raspberry syrup and 2 scoops of berries. If ordering a tall or grande size, ask for only 2 pumps or raspberry syrup and 1 scoop of berries. 

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The verdict? This drink was absolutely scrumptious! The sugary sweetness of the vanilla bean powder mixed with the tartness of the berries delivered a sweet and fruity beverage, perfect for a hot day or an afternoon pick-me-up. Give it a try—you won’t be disappointed!

And if you want to take a look at every Starbucks Frappuccino® ever released, click here (this is what I use to order drinks that are discontinued because it tells you what syrups and flavors go into them!) →
https://refinery29.com/en-us/starbucks-frappuccino-flavors


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Starbucks’ Cold Brew with a Chocolaty Twist

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For all of the Starbucks lovers out there:

Looking for a refreshing new drink to try this spring? Starbucks has a delicious cold brew coffee beverage, and you can add different kinds of flavor shots to customize the drink to your liking. Hazelnut, vanilla, and my personal favorite, mocha. The mocha gives it a chocolaty twist, and for chocolate lovers like me, it makes the drink taste a million times better. Also, for a lighter taste, ask for your cold brew to be made with milk. Next time you’re at your local Starbucks, ask the barista for a shot in your cold brew! (Flavor shots may vary depending on your location).

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Frappuccino With Cake Pop Blended In: REVIEW

Hey everyone! I hope you have all had an amazing summer. I haven’t made a single post since April and it’s because a lot of crazy stuff has been happening in my life lately. (Which some of you may know about if you follow my YouTube channel). Some bad, some good. Anyway, enough about that, that will be in another blog post!

So anyway, you guys know I am obsessed with all things Starbucks, right? I’ve always loved frappuccinos and cake pops and always hear about cake pops being blended in to the frappuccino to create some kind of super drink yet I’ve never tried it myself. But this summer I tried a lot of different things at Starbucks, including, (but not limited to), Affogato style shots, bananas blended in, espresso shots, different powders, and different syrups. Therefore I decided tonight would be a good night to try a cake pop blended in to my favourite drink.

Now normally I do get the venti size (because go big or go home), but since I’m not made of money and cake pops are $2.00 I decided to go with a grande mocha frappuccino and get a chocolate cake pop blended in. Total = $7.80 

But totally worth it.

I know a lot of people prefer vanilla bean frappuccinos with a birthday cake pop blended in, but me being a lover of all things chocolate and coffee decided to get the mocha frappuccino and blend in a chocolate cake pop. I am so happy I did, it was delicious. However if you do go for a venti size, it will take 2 to 3 cake pops to get the same effect as a grande with 1 cake pop did.

Similar to java chips but a lot better in my opinion. There’s no cake chunks as it is thoroughly blended but every last sip is loaded with delicious, cake flavour, and once in a while you get the odd cake bit to enjoy. My final verdict is: You need to get out there and try one. 

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Rude Girls At “Tim Horton’s”

Hey bloggers and readers! So it’s been over a month since my last post. But I post weekly on my YouTube channel, which you can check out by clicking here! One of several videos that I uploaded recently was a story time video. It seems to be quite a popular category on YouTube nowadays, these “story time” videos. Mine is 100% true and it made me so angry. I made a video about it and I will link what had happened below. But the main story is these girls at “Tim Horton’s” called me stupid as I drove away from the drive thru after they got my order wrong and I had to correct them. Once I arrived home after telling the manager, I noticed they cut down the side of my drink and it spilled everywhere. Bitches.

UPDATE AS OF 2016-04-26: I haven’t seen them working there recently and I go there almost on a daily basis. Here’s hoping that those evil bitches got fired. To listen to the full story click on the video posted below:

I love you guys! Have a great week! xoxo

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Keurig Brewing Systems

So I have officially found my new drink obsession. Typically I go to Starbucks or Tim Hortons daily to grab a drink, but I just got a home brewing Keurig 2.0 system and I have to say, I am in absolute love with it. There is an endless amount of possibilities. Chai lattes, different styles of hot chocolates and coffees, cappuccinos, teas, and more. From brands like Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Laura Secord, Folgers, and more, you literally never have to buy coffee from the outside world again (which I will anyway though because of course there is a slight difference.) I can’t get over how much I love these though. I probably have like ten a day. No more messy chocolate mix or waiting for your coffee to be ready in the morning. You take a pod, put it in, and in seconds the warm aroma fills your room. It’s especially handy for people who live by themselves or only with one other person. 

As well as the overall awesomeness of it all, it isn’t too pricey either. So with all of the speciality coffees, hot chocolates, lattes, teas, and the simplicity of it all, you’d be crazy not to get this. Click here to check it out and order one for yourself! You won’t be disappointed! 

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Last Meal Ever

Your Last Meal Ever: What Do You Pick?

Let’s hope this isn’t the case, but let’s pretend that tonight for dinner, it’s the last meal you’ll ever get to have. So you get to pick whatever you want! If it was my last meal ever, I would not waste it on vegetables. Gross. This is what I would pick . . . 

1.) McDonald’s (Big Mac, 2 Double Cheeseburgers, 6 Piece Chicken Nuggets, and Large Fries)

2.) Cheese Filled Perogies with Sour Cream

3.) Shrimp with Seafood Sauce


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I don’t even think I’d be able to eat all of that. What a shame. But yes, those are pretty much all of my favourite foods put together. But there’s so many yummy foods out there that it’s hard to pick what ones you’d want if you could never eat again. But this is where I’d start.

Cheers to many meals left to come in the future!
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A Thank You Note To Coffee

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Dear Coffee:

Thank you for always being delicious. Thanks for always brightening my mood. Thanks for coming in many different flavours and types. Thank you for making me more perky in the morning, and more lively at night. Thank you for helping me with homework, while writing my book, and even while writing this blog. Thanks for being at a Starbucks so close to my house. Thank you for being a caramel, hazelnut, mocha, and salted caramel mocha frappucino. Oh, and thanks for being an iced cap at Tim Hortons. And that occasional double-double during cold days. Thanks for warming me up in the winter; thanks for cooling me down in the summer. Hey, thank you for being there even in spring and fall! I don’t care if you’re $1, or if you’re over $5. I will buy you Coffee, because we are meant to be together. Thanks for always looking pretty, and thanks for always bringing a smile onto my face. Thanks for giving me a nice place to sit down with friends to laugh while you’re there with us, making the times grow even better. Thank you for making me happy and never disappointing me. Even when you’re not in your best state, you still give me a little boost. Thanks for being all sorts of things . . . Bitter, sweet, salty. Coffee, even your plain self is delightful and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love you Coffee in all of your forms! I couldn’t go a single day without your presence!

THANK YOU COFFEE!

Love,

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❤ ~ True Confessions of a Coffeeholic ~ ❤

Travel Blog ✈

Hello bloggers! So I’ve been thinking for a few days now: how am I going to write my Toronto/Niagara Falls blogs? I did and saw so much that it would be hard to put it all into one blog. After all, I’m not a travel blogger. (They travel the world lots then write about all they see/do.) I’m more of a, book/quotes/tips/reviews, etc blogger. And of course I didn’t want to just pile everything into one blog. Whenever I see an extremely long blog, I begin to yawn and immediately close the page. I know how tiring it can be to see a long blog, and overwhelming—sometimes, you just don’t have the time to sit there that long. Because of this, I decided to divide my blog up into three parts: travel and hotels, sights and attractions, and food and miscellaneous. Thank you, and thanks to all of the wonderful Torontonians out there. ❤ 

Click below for the following blogs:

 Travel and Hotels ✈

→ Sights and Attractions ☼

 Food and Miscellaneous ♨

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10 Reasons To Get Up In The Morning ↑

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Sunset.110 REASONS TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING:  

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1.) LAUGHTER

A lot of people say that “laughter is the best medicine”. They’re right! Whether it be something your read online that you found funny, or if it’s chatting it up with your friends over hot chocolate, laughter is a beautiful part of life that instantly lifts your mood. That feeling of being outside with the wind blowing against your face while spending time with friends, or laughing so hard that you get an actual ab work out from it. Whatever the case may be, you can never go wrong with laughter. Check out awesome facts about laughter, provided very kindly by http://www.velutions.com!

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Laughter, is the best medicine.
Laughter really is good for your mental and physical health, say researchers who have studied its benefits. Here’s what some of what these researchers have learned.
Laughter strengthens the body’s ability to fight disease.
Laughter increases the body’s ability to produce and release a bacteria- and virus-fighter known as salivary immunoglobin A (S-IgA). Researchers studied two groups of students. One group tended to use humor to cope with stress and another didn’t. After both groups viewed a comedy routine, the group that relied on laughter to fight stress had higher S-IgA levels than the other group.
Laughter fights stress in another way.
Stressed individuals have higher levels of a hormone called cortical. Studies show that laughter lowers cortical levels in the body, which makes laughter a natural stress buster. Much of the stress we experience is related to how we think. Laughing after an embarrassing mistake you made, for example, is far less stressful than losing sleep or remaining stressed over it.
Laughter can lower blood pressure.
An ability to laugh at your own mistakes also is a good way to lower blood pressure. In one study, researchers first measured what made people laugh. Then, each person was subjected to experiences that normally raise blood pressure levels. People who tended to laugh at their own mistakes had the smallest increases in blood pressure. However, people who tended to use humor that attacks other people or things had the highest increases.
Laughter increases energy levels.
Feeling tired or run down? Have a good laugh. Laughter is a natural pick-me-up, which may provide the energy and time needed to do things that might otherwise be avoided.
Laughter helps us bond with others.
Ever heard the expression “Laugh and the world laughs with you”? Research shows that when we laugh, we tend to talk more, make more eye contact and do more of the things that help us connect with others. Laughter also lessens tension. It’s hard to feel angry, tense or anxious when you’re laughing.
Laughter is good exercise.
Laughing 100 times has the same effect on the body as being on a rowing machine for 10 minutes or a stationary bike for 15 minutes.
Little Known Facts About Laughter.
Children laugh about 400 times a day. Adults laugh an average of 15 times a day.
Laughter is infectious, which is why most TV sitcoms have a laugh track. Laughter is so contagious, it can even reach epidemic proportions. In 1962 in the African country now known as Tanzania, a few schoolgirls began laughing uncontrollably. Their laughter soon spread to people in neighboring communities. Schools were closed to keep others from catching the laugh bug. The epidemic subsided after six months.
Laughter isn’t just about jokes and funny stories. One researcher eavesdropped on conversations in malls, noting why and how often people laughed. Less than 20% of the laughter followed a joke or humorous story. Most laughter took place as people were greeting one other or saying goodbye.
Laughter sounds the same across cultures, leading some researchers to believe that laughter helped bond our ancestors together. In fact, the sound of laughter is so common and familiar, it can be recognized if played backwards on tape.

 

2.) MUSIC 

Another fact, is that music can be very therapeutic. Something awesome about music is the type of genre can actually depict your mood. Whatever genre you’re into, this is definitely something to look forward to every morning. Can you imagine a day without music? Nope, neither can I. Music has been around ever since human’s couldn’t even talk. We just made weird noises. Yeah, it’s a good thing that genre isn’t around today . . . A lot of people turn to music when they are depressed or feeling down; and when they’re happy, BAM!  We tend to play lots of loud upbeat tunes and dance around. Life would not be the same without it.

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ALSO, CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT YOUR MUSIC TASTE SAYS ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY! 🙂  

 

3.) ANIMALS 

Now, where would we be without our little furry, or scaly, or slimy friends?! When we are feeling ashamed of the human race, or lose all faith in humans, we all turn to hamsters, dogs, fish, or anything else that can’t say stupid things like we can. They are great companions to have and to hold. Personally, I have: a dog, a hamster, 2 frogs (well, one died last week, but I’ll count him in his honour), and 2 fish. I can’t possibly imagine waking up every morning and not having one of our little furries to turn to. Point being, animals are awesome, and an amazing part of life that makes waking up in the morning definitely worth it.

This is Victoria Hecnar's hamster, Hammie. She's a cutie-pie, we know.

This is Victoria Hecnar’s hamster, Hammie. She’s a cutie-pie, we know.

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4.) WRITING

This may not apply to all of you whom are reading this, but to all my writer pals out there, you guys all know how this goes down. You wake up, a mind full of ideas, the characters are basically shouting to you, you go across the street to your local Starbucks, sit down at your laptop, and write for hours. Okay, well, that’s my schedule for it. Or Tim Hortons. Maybe even McDonald’s. The beverages switch, but the writing stays the same. 

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There’s just something so euphoric about being able to create your own world. All of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions can be transformed into something that moves people, or just makes you feel happier. Along with music, this is another great way to get off that steam. (Oh, this won’t be one of them due to my eating habits making it seem hypocritical, but working out works too. I actually went to the gym for the first time in weeks today. Weeee.)  Sitting down with a drink in a quiet room with your thoughts is such a beautiful part of life. Without writing, I don’t know what I would do. I treat my books like my babies. I feel like Oscar winners would do the same with their awards.

 

5.) SUMMERTIME 

Maybe it’s just been such a hard winter that I am fantasizing about summer, but, c’mon now. Even summer haters have to agree that there’s just so much fun to summertime. (And in the summer I am thinking about Christmas. But that’s besides the point.) Now this is a main topic, but I will post many of the subcategories that makes summer just so darn fantastic.

  • Beaches
  • No school, time off work
  • Vacations
  • Staying up late, waking up late
  • All those BBQs….yum.
  • Spending all the time you possibly can with friends
  • Sitting outside and not freezing to death
  • That awesome wind that picks up when you’re hot and cools you down
  • Summer drinks
  • Summer love (for those of you not in a serious relationship)
  • Blasting music outside
  • Having pool parties
  • Going out for late night walks…..the feeling of that is awesome.
  • The river, the walks, and that fountain that you’re not supposed to swim in but everyone does anyway! (in my city)
  • More that I can’t think of at the moment. It will come to me, just wait.

LOOK FORWARD TO SUMMER GUYS, IT’S COMING, I PROMISE 8) ☼ ☀

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6.) FAMILY/FRIENDS

This one is pretty self explanatory. Friends and family are the apple of our eyes. 

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7.) GREAT FOOD/DRINKS

How do I post awesome food pictures without making anyone hungry? This will be difficult. Okay, how thankful are you to be alive when there’s FOOD present??!! Come on, people. Food. And I’m not talking about food that you secretly pass to your dog under the table. I’m talking about the food that you are craving right now; which I probably brought on. I apologize. Food is awesome. You know what they say.

Eat great food and spend quality time with friends.

 

BRING ON THE FOOD! 

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ALSO, CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD SAYS ABOUT YOU! 🙂

 

8.) FASHION

This also may not apply to all of you — although I think it should. Two important things are hygiene, and a sense of style. Having good fashion actually gets you places. Sounds crazy, right?? But it’s actually a proven fact that when you’re dressed your best, you’ll do your best. I think fashion is a great reason to get up in the morning, because it lets me plan out how I will be presenting myself that day. Do I want to look classy, lazy, or professional? The possibilities are endless; and remember, how you’re dressed also sends out a message to people, just as anything else. Except fashion is fun! 😆   :mrgreen:

If I put too many pictures it will take up the entire Internet, so I better play it safe and only post a couple.

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9.) LOVE

Clearly, I am saving the best ones for last. Love is the B-I-G-G-E-S-T one out of all of them for me. I believe love is the only reason that the entire world does not fail; that there is still hope; that there is still happiness; and that there is still a reason to wake up in the morning. I think it’s sad because a lot of people rush love. A lot of people think they need to be in a relationship to be happy. And a lot of people don’t realize the beauty that love has when you find it. And that’s the key: finding it. Don’t rush true love, it will come.

 

My boyfriend, Jacob, and I. Yes, it was definitely true love at first sight. ♥

My boyfriend, Jacob, and I. Yes, it was definitely true love at first sight. ♥

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Also, when I talk about “love” being my favourite part of life, I’m not just talking about love relationship-wise. Love is a beautiful part of life. Whether it be your love for another person, love for your family, friends, love for a certain movie, TV show, or song, or whatever else that you are in love with. Think about it: love really does make up the entire world. If I think about a world without love, it is absolutely terrible. In short: my love is the reason that I wake in the morning. ♥

 

And last, but not least . . .

10.) HOPE

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I saved this one for last. I think it has to do with every single one of us. If you searched this up because you are sad and you wanted some reasons for why you should be thankful to wake up in the morning, let me just say that everything will get better with time, and never forget how valuable you and your life is. ♥ You’re so special, and there is always hope out there. Hope (and love) are the things that keep us going, and keep our faith alive. There may be many negatives in life, but there are always more positives. That is a fact. Every day, count 10 things that you are thankful for or blessed to have. These are my ten biggest reasons. But hope is so broad, and it can relate to anyone and anything. Whatever you are hoping for, try hard and it will happen. Remember: you don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for. Anything can happen in life, and anything will happen in life. Always keep your head up, and remember who you are and where you came from. Thanks for reading this long blog. ♥ 😛

 

Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you live.


 

Love,

Victoria Hecnar

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