Sip it Like “Crazy!” Flavor Your Day with Crazy Cups!

Good Sunday Morning to you, wherever you may be. Here in the Philadelphia suburbs, a cold front has swept through the region, bringing the return of frigid temperatures and intense wind gusts. Though, on a positive note, I do have something I’d love to share with all of you who might be reading: Crazy Cups! At this point, you might be wondering, what in the world is Crazy Cups? Well, given coffee is one of my favorite beverages to enjoy and one I look forward to each morning and throughout the day/evening, my recent discovery of Crazy Cups has significantly broadened and improved my coffee repertoire.

Since my last teens, I became truly vested in coffee, not only for the taste, aroma, and ability to add a bit of warmth to my day, but for the experience, noting all the vast methods and possibilities of brewing a cup of java. It intrigued me how unique each brewing process could be: everything from freshly grinding coffee beans, using a percolator, pour-over, or French Press, a traditional drip coffee-maker, instant packets, k-cups (or any single-cup brewer method), and beyond!

With that being said, I traditionally begin each morning with several small cups of caffeinated coffee, but starting the afternoon and through evening, will switch to decaffeinated blends, or occasionally will indulge a caffeinated variety. However, I often find it challenging to locate a flavored decaf coffee blend, one that is flavored in such a way that is reminiscent of dessert or something like that. With traditionally caffeinated coffee, it is relatively easy to find an abundance of flavors. Numerous months ago, my hopes were answered as I innocently perused the coffee section on Amazon.com, a favorite website of mine to shop for coffee. As I scanned through their offerings, I suddenly settled my eyes upon a brand I’d never heard of before: Crazy Cups! Their flavors and offerings appeared endless and shocking. Not only were their flavors decadent (picture: Frosted Oatmeal Cookie, Chocolate Coconut Dream, Caramel Truffle Sundae… just to name a few!), but they were available in DECAF varieties, much to my surprise and delight! No worries about their nutritional content, either, they are all calorie-free and naturally or artificially sweetened!

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Early last month, I was presented with the unique opportunity to review Crazy Cups and within a few short days, I received a Crazy Cups box filled with a variety of K-cups, lattes, ciders, and hot chocolates! In addition, a bright orange baseball cap emblazoned with Crazy Cups also made it’s way into the box – their latest addition in their product offerings, now allowing me to sport my love of Crazy Cups while out and about!

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In a bit, I’ll share my review with you, but prior to that, I thought it would be best to indulge whomever may be reading with a bit of pertinent background info on Crazy Cups and a brief synopsis of all they offer. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Crazy Cups History & Vision: (via CrazyCups.com)

  • Crazy Sol, the creator of Crazy Cups, sought to create a line of coffee and coffee-inspired beverages reminiscent of favorite desserts, candies and decadent indulgences, like Boston Cream Pie and Red Velvet Cake, just to name a few.
  • Nearly completely consumer-driven, Crazy Cups prides itself in operating based off of consumer suggestions and feedback. With that being said, they ultimately created what they affectionately refer to as: #FlavorNation.

Crazy Cups Social Media/#FlavorNation: (via CrazyCups.com)

  • Crazy Cups is extremely active and interactive on various social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. In fact, each new Twitter follower gets a personalized acknowledgment/shout-out and a thank you for their support and following of the company!
  • Crazy Cups Facebook: @CrazyCupsCoffee
  • Crazy Cups Twitter: @CrazyCupsCoffee
  • Crazy Cups Pinterest: @CrazyCups0802
  • Crazy Cups APP: Truly profess and indulge in your love and interest in Crazy Cups by downloading the official Crazy Cups app!* Learn about exclusive sales, new and innovative product offerings and flavors; communicate with other #FlavorNation members and build friendships, share and view photos and even earn prizes, enter contests and shop, all right from the app!

*Available for both Apple products (via App store) and Android devices (via Google Play store)

Crazy Cups Newsletter: (via CrazyCups.com)

  • Be sure to sign up for the Crazy Cups newsletter for the latest news and updates. Simply provide your name and email on the official Crazy Cups website by scrolling to the bottom of the page!

Crazy Cups Product Offerings:

  • Not only does Crazy Cups offer some of the most unique, decadent and indulgent-flavored coffees, but there are countless other options for non-coffee drinkers, or for those who may enjoy coffee, but like to mix it up a bit. Enjoy beverages such as lattes, hot chocolates, tea lattes, ciders and beyond! There is always something new and innovative to enjoy, no matter your tastebuds!

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  • Plus, now you can even “wear” your love of Crazy Cups, by sporting the all new, limited-edition Crazy Cups official Orange Logo Adjustable cap for $5.99! (Available for purchase via CrazyCups.com)

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Crazy Cups Flavored Coffee Flavors (*indicates Decaf variety!):

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  • Frosted Oatmeal Cookie *
  • Death By Chocolate *
  • Bananas Foster Flambe *
  • Chocolate Coconut Dream *
  • Caramel Truffle Sundae *
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Apple Pie a La Mode *
  • Salted Caramel
  • Cinnamon Churro
  • Peppermint Chocolate Mocha *
  • Pumpkin Vanilla Creme *
  • Chocolate Raspberry Truffle *
  • White Christmas
  • Caramel Pecan Cluster *
  • Italian Chocolate Cheesecake *
  • Crazy Jamaican Java *
  • Blackberry Bliss (seasonal)
  • Variety Packs
  • Pina Colada (seasonal)
  • Chocolate Chipotle Mole
  • Spiced Gingerbread
  • Root Beer Float
  • Cinnamon Babka
  • Sweet Potato Pie (seasonal)
  • Chocolate Covered Almonds
  • Rum Vanilla Rhumba
  • Coconut Bunny
  • Blackberry Meringue (seasonal)
  • Hyper-Caffeinated Vanilla Blast

Crazy Cups Lattes:

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  • Red Velvet Revolution
  • Creamy Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte
  • Green Matcha Madness Green Tea Latte

Crazy Cups Hot Chocolates:

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  • Maple French Toast
  • Salted Caramel Fudge
  • Irish Creme Cheesecake
  • Caramelized Banana Split
  • Frosted Cinnamon Bun
  • Peppermint Patty
  • Molten Chocolate Souffle
  • Dulce De Leche
  • Frosted Oatmeal Biscotti

Crazy Cups Ciders:

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  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Southern Peach Cider
  • Spiced Orange Cider (seasonal)

Crazy Cups Additional Product Offerings:

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  • Gift Boxes
  • Variety Packs

How to Order Crazy Cups:

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  • At this point, you may be thinking, okay, I’m convinced, now clue me in – where do I buy?! Well, you’re in luck, quench your thirst and cravings with liquid indulgence that is Crazy Cups by choosing one or combination of the following ordering options:
  • Via Crazy Cups.com = order directly from the official Crazy Cups website or APP, plus secure FREE shipping on orders $35 and up!
  • Via Amazon.com = Where I, myself, first discovered this unique and exciting brand. Choose from most flavors and varieties.

My Crazy Cups Review:

What I Received:

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  • Coffee: Caramel Pecan Cluster, Pumpkin Vanilla Creme, Italian Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Coconut Dream, Coconut Bunny, Cinnamon Churro, Blackberry Meringue, Peppermint Chocolate Mocha, Hyper-Caffeinated Vanilla Blast-Flavored Bold Roast, Chocolate Covered Almonds and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.
  • Ciders: Spiced Orange, Hot Apple, and Southern Peach.
  • Hot Chocolates: Dulce de Leche, Molten Chocolate Souffle, Frosted Cinnamon Bun, Peanut Butter in a Cup, Maple French Toast.
  • Lattes: Red Velvet Revolution, Green Matcha Madness Crazy Tea Latte
  • Creamy Cinnamon Chai Crazy Tea Latte

My Perspective:

  • Given the dedicated coffee fan I am, I chose to indulge in the coffees first. Without much question, I enjoyed all of them, however, there were quite a few standouts in my opinion. First off, Chocolate Coconut Dream stood out as my favorite. The flavor was the ideal combination of a creamy, decadent chocolate combined with the tropical hints of coconut, which complemented each other. The flavor, to me, was reminiscent of my childhood favorite candy – Tootsie Rolls! What a joy to have in a cup! The chocolate covered almonds was also a favorite decadence of mine for similar reasons; the creamy chocolate flavor was expertly accentuated with the nutty, aroma and taste of almonds. In addition, the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle reminded me of a chocolate-covered Swedish Fish candy and left my kitchen pleasantly scented with notes of chocolate and sweet raspberries.
  • Given my mom is a fan of hot chocolate, she gladly sampled several of the varieties and quickly determined the Frosted Cinnamon Bun was her favorite, reminding her of the Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies we both loved. As far as lattes, Red Velvet Revolution was quickly recognized as a favorite of ours, with the smooth, creamy texture and rich, crimson color. It was a satisfying taste of Red Velvet creamy desserts in a cup.
  • The traditional Hot Apple Cider was also a favorite of ours, as it reminded and took me back to the days of wandering around the local farm in my area, taking in the haunted houses and enjoying the bonfires outside, while enjoying a cup of warm, comforting Hot Apple Cider. It was easy to note the sweet taste of fresh apples, accentuated with warm notes of cinnamon spice, nutmeg and other warm spices.

* Overall, it was an incredible experience leaving me so very grateful and enthused to have been given the chance by Crazy Cups to sample and review their various products! Their hospitality and generosity is very much appreciated and enjoyed. So, for a bit of flavor and excitement in your cup, as well, I encourage you to check out Crazy Cups and enjoy the kaleidoscope of flavors!

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“Scent” the Scentsy Way: A Scentsy Guest Post!

Happy New Year, to all of you out there reading along, today! I’m very excited to kick-off this year’s set of posts with a very special guest author – my sister, Hope! She is an independent consultant for a wonderful, direct-sales company you may or may not have heard of, Scentsy! She generously offered to share her expertise and knowledge of the company with all of you today, so be sure to read along and of course, if any questions/concerns happen to arise while reading, feel free to drop Hope or myself a note and we’ll be sure to respond asap!

  • Welcome to the “Scentfully-Amusing” World of Scentsy – Courtesy of Hope, Independent Scentsy Consultant:

Hi Everyone!  I am Hope, Melissa’s sister and I am here today to talk about a passion of mine, Scentsy.  I am an Independent Consultant with Scentsy.  You may be asking yourself, what is Scentsy exactly?

Who/What is Scentsy?

Scentsy is a direct selling company and international leader in home and personal fragrance, offering stylish, innovative and customizable products designed to Warm the Heart, Enliven the Senses and Inspire the Soul.  The Scentsy Diffuser instantly fills the air with world-class fragrant all-natural and essential oils, while Scentsy’s flagship product line of scented, wax Scentsy Bars heated in handcrafted warmers provides a safe, personalized alternative to traditional candles.

Scentsy is a perfect alternative to traditional candles because they are flameless and wickless.  You can literally touch the warmer or stick your fingers in the wax while it’s warming and you will NOT get burnt!  It’s the perfect solution if you live in a home with pets or children.

Our scents come in a wide variety of products such as: Wax Bars, Essential & Natural Oils, Car Bars, Travel Tins and more.  Each of our scents are categorized into collections: New Releases, Classics, Fall & Winter, Holiday, Corner Cafe, Romance, and Scentsy Man.

I’m going to feature some of our products today and talk a little bit about them.  First up is our:

Scentsy Laundry Products:

Clothing Conditioner (Enliven your laundry with captivating Scentsy fragrance while improving fabric softness and absorbency with our exclusive, hydrophilic (water-attracting) softener. Perfect for use on dry-wicking fabric.

Dryer Disk (One Dryer Disk infuses your clothes with scent for up to 15 loads! Pack of 2 Laundry Liquid (High-efficiency and ultra-concentrated, our laundry detergent leaves your clothes, towels and linens remarkably clean and infused with the perfect amount of Scentsy fragrance)

Washer Wiffs (Add a scoop of Washer Whiffs to your washer drum and enhance your clothing with Scentsy fragrance. For best results, use with Laundry Liquid).  Washer Wiffs are a FAVORITE in my home!  We use them all the time.  My favorite scent in our laundry products is Ocean.

Scentsy has a wide array of Kids products.

Scentsy Kid’s line:

Bath Smoothie (Kids will love to watch it magically transform into foam right out of the pump! And you’ll love how this sulfate-free hair and body wash gently cleans from head to toe, leaving nothing behind but smiles and kid-friendly fragrance)

Scentsy Buddy (Every limited-edition Scentsy Buddy features a zippered pouch to hold your favorite Scent Pak. Scentsy Buddies are available only while supplies last — that means a new Buddy to love when one sells out)

Buddy Clips (Clip-on, collectible and oh-so-cute, these fuzzy friends are filled with scented beads that deliver kid-friendly fragrance anytime, anywhere. Great for backpacks and bedrooms)

Kids Fragrances & Warmers

Scrubby Buddy (This playful, puppet-inspired bath toy and washcloth will make bath time a blast! Comes with your choice of Scentsy Bath Smoothie for a complete wash-and-play bath routine)

Kids Diffuers & Oils.

-Scentsy SideKicks: Scented with your favorite Scentsy scent and ideal for teething babies! Attachable to car seats, strollers and beyond, with pleasant scents, cuddly fabric, your baby will be delighted with this cozy character!

We can’t forget about Men!  Scentsy has men covered too!

Men’s Groom Products:

– Cream Shave Soap

– Refreshing Face Balm

– Shampoo Shave & Shower Bar

– Nourishing Skin Conditioner

Scentsy Skin products:

– Fine Fragrance Roller

– Velvet Hand Cream

– Whipped Body Souffle

– Moisturizing Body Bar

 I love our Cleaning products!  I use our Counter Clean in By the Sea scent everyday in my kitchen.  It keeps the counters smelling and looking beautiful!

Scentsy Cleaning Products:

Counter Clean (This all-purpose spray forms a clear barrier on sealed surfaces that repels dirt and gets stronger with regular use)

Hand Soap and Kitchen Soap

Scentsy Fresh (Absorbs odors and fills the air with beautiful scent. Mist on hard-to-wash surfaces like carpets, furniture and curtains — anywhere you want to experience long-lasting Scentsy fragrance).

Scentsy Home Products:

Diffusers

Warmers

Accessories (include stands and light bulbs).

Scents: As the heart of the Scentsy company and product line, scents are vast, distinct, and there is always something new to enjoy! There is truly a scent/form of scent for everyone, whether you enjoy warm, bakery-like aromas, floral, spicy, fruity, etc, the possibilities are endless!

Wax Bars

Essential Oils:

Scentsy On-the-Go Car Bar: Take your favorite Scentsy scent with you on your car adventures with the Scentsy Car Bar!

Scent Paks:

Travel Tins:

Scent Circles:

Scentsy releases an exclusive Warmer or Buddy and a new fragrance each month that typically lasts for 30 to 60 days! These products are available at 10% off during their featured months. The fragrance is available as a Scentsy Bar, Room Spray and Scent Circle.  I invite you to take advantage of this special offer! 

Scentsy SPECIAL OFFER:

  • January Warmer of the Month: Stargaze (No two warmers are alike!  Your warmer will be one of a kind.  It is on backorder due to popularity so if you are interested, it must be ordered directly through me).
  • The Scent of the Month: Black Current Bubbly (Champagne bubbles stir black currant, sweet orange and vanilla sugar).  Our newest buddy is Sweetie Pie!  She is perfect for Valentine’s Day and is $30.

Additional January Deals of the Month

  • Own your very own Scentsy business for only $49!  What a steal!  The kit comes with everything you need to start your business off on the right foot PLUS, I will personally advise you every step of the way!
  • Throughout the month of January, we are offering DOUBLE Hostess Rewards for parties!  So if you would love a diffuser at half-price, all you need is to host a party of $200 or more and you can get your diffuser half-price!  Parties can be in person or virtual!  Book with me today!
  • Scentsy has brought back scents from the past only for the month of January!  Bring Back my Bar scents are 1 bar for $5, 3 bars for $14, 5 bars for $25 or all 25 bars for $105!  One of my favorite scents which I use for our laundry products, Ocean has been brought back as a bar!

So you are probably wondering how can you place an order?

How to Order Scentsy Items:

  • You may order directly on my site here ___________ under Melissa’s Blog Party. Or, if you prefer: click under Open Parties, Melissa’s blog party on http://HopeG.scentsy.us   If you order, you just may receive something special as a thank you!  Please feel free to comment or send a message if you have any questions!  I’d be so happy to help you!