~ Starbucks ~ Easley, SC ~

On a cold and rainy night in Easley, SC, my daughter and I decided to stop into Starbucks for a hot coffee beverage.

I have been to Starbucks half a dozen times in my life. My main take away was that the drinks were either too bitter or sweet for my taste.

The decor is great at this location. It feels like you’re in the place to be. We had a lot of drinks to choose from but chose pretty readily. I ordered a hot butterscotch latte. The barista asked about my taste. From my reply, she said she would use one shot of syrup instead of two in my drink. It was tasty and the right amount of sweetness for my palate. My daughter loved her caramel macchiato, as well. Great job with the drinks.

The place had a fairly steady stream of customers, but it was not overcrowded or uncomfortable. Speaking of comfortable, we took the two comfy chairs at the front.

The two of us were enjoying our drinks, talking to each other, and I was leisurely writing on my laptop. I was feeling pretty inspired, which I think was mostly to do with the change of environment. We were appreciating this visit tremendously.

Before long, a woman sat beside me and started talking to us. We started talking about the coffee and the location. We talked about a variety of subjects. Before we knew it, it was about closing time and we’d conversed for hours!

Before we parted ways, we exchanged phone numbers, so that we could keep in touch and go for coffee again sometime. How many places do you think you will get a hot beverage and come away with the bonus of friendship.

I cannot wait to go again.

 

 

 

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~ Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers ~ Easley, SC ~

My daughter and I have been to Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Easley, SC several times in the last six months. We have had a great experience whenever we’ve stopped in.

The place is a bit retro like an old-fashioned burger and ice cream establishment. The other patrons seem to be having a wonderful time too. It’s a fun place all-around.

The employees are friendly and helpful.

The food has a bit more going for it than most burger places. The burger has a Steak-Umm quality to it. Our normal order is either the Double Steak Burger or the California Steak Burger. Both are delicious.

The fries are thin, almost like matchsticks. My taste on fries runs to liking them as thin as possible. My daughter enjoys steak fries, however. We both agree that they taste excellent. The seasoning that comes with them adds to their flavor. We both enjoy the regular and the jalapeno fry sauce, too. We tend to mix them together for more of a kick without it being too spicy. One of these days we will buy a bottle for at home. It’s that good.

I think the real star for us, though, are the custard sundaes. The coffee syrup is my favorite topping. You will find a number of them that appeal to you I am sure. They also sell concrete, but we have yet to try them. Maybe next time.

 

 

 

Sleep Number Pillow ~ Smiley 360 Mission

2016-03-14 00.55.24editI received my Pillow compliments of Sleep Number via Smiley360.

I am about to try it! Very excited!

I will update later. 🙂

#Sleep Number #Smiley360

 

This pillow has exceeded my expectations. It is much heavier than I expected. It has some heft to it. It feels as soft as a cloud, however. It is a pleasure to sleep on.

For years, I have slept with multiple pillows underneath my head to avoid reflux sickness. That was a nuisance because they might shift during the night. The quality of my sleep was often affected. Many times a week I woke with pain as a result.

Now, I do not need to stack anymore. This one pillow works perfectly. It is neither too thin nor too thick. I highly recommend one of these or any which fit your particular sleep style.

Sleep Number Store Visit – Smiley 360

I recently visited my local Sleep Number store in Anderson, SC as a result of an assignment I accepted from Smiley 360. Who knew it would be fun and informative!

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It had been years since I had been in a Sleep Number store. I soon learned that if you haven’t been to one lately, then you have not been to Sleep Number.

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I did the whole tour. My guide was the amazing Ned Lovell, who is the store manager. The big question I had was answered in no time flat. My sleep number is 35! Good to know!

The technology they have now is amazing. They call it Sleep IQ®. It rates your sleep, tells you your best sleeping hours, and can communicate with your fitness and sleep apps.

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Other advancements include feet warming (yes!) and a light under the bed for those late night trips to the bathroom.

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The sheets there can make a difference in staying at a comfortable temperature overnight.

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The pillows are amazing. I tried one that has a curve or cut-out at the neck. I have never tried a more comfortable pillow. My next one will definitely have this feature!

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The entire store is summed up by the message on their doors. If you want to improve the 1/3 of your life spent sleeping and impact your overall health and well-being, then visit your local Sleep Number soon.

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So, what is your sleep number? What is your experience with your Sleep Number bed or accessory?