Giveaway: Two $10 Starbucks cards.

th-1Seems that we finished our vacation just in time, escaping the Lower 48 barely ahead of a serious heat wave. (And I thought it was hot while we were there…!) Sorry for all of you whose feet are sticking to the softened asphalt.

This week’s giveaway won’t make the hot weather go away, but it’ll help you cope: I’m selecting two winners to receive $10 Starbucks gift cards. I’m not a coffee fan myself, but I understand the iced variety is quite cooling.

Coffee isn’t the only option, of course.

The Starbucks drinks menu includes flavors like Green Tea Peach Lemonade, Valencia Orange Refresher (which is also flavored with cardamom, jasmine and apricot), Strawberry Smoothie, Iced Chai Tea Latte, Shaken Iced Passion Tea and Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.

Just getting out of the sun for a little while and sipping an icy beverage can give you the boost you need to keep going. Last week we were wilting in the Manhattan heat and humidity while waiting for the Megabus back to Philly. A round of mango-pineapple smoothies changed all our attitudes.

Those drinks were, in fact, from a nearby McDonald’s. But the theory is the same: the shock of the cold is a delightful antidote to a sticky day.

Two of you will get a $10 head start on that relief. Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, July 23. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, July 24, I’ll pull another name.

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  1. Rita Phillips

    Love a good Starbuck’s break.

  2. Kenzie

    I love Starbucks Frappachinos on a hot day! (With a gift card, earned through points, of course). =)

  3. Lindsay

    Who can resist Starbucks when it’s this hot outside?

  4. would love to have coffee!

  5. yummy

  6. Veronica A.

    I love an iced Starbucks beverage – especially on these HOT days!

  7. Veronica A.

    I subscribe via email.

  8. Veronica A.

    I also follow on Facebook.

  9. A Starbucks beverage would be a most wonderful break for the bench! Thanks for the opportunity!


  10. Angela Stone

    Three words: Vanilla Bean Frappuccino!!!

  11. Jennifer Lautz

    Yummy, yummy Starbucks!

  12. Oh Starbucks! I actually enjoy their hot chocolate more than anything else!

  13. I follow on twitter.

  14. I subscribe via RSS.

  15. Sarah VanDeventer

    I tried the Valencia refresher and it was like eating a spoonful of Tang. My friends like it but I find it difficult to like.

  16. Mami2jcn

    What a sweet summer treat! Thanks!

  17. Mami2jcn

    I subscribe to your emails.

  18. Mami2jcn

    I follow you on Facebook as Mary Happymommy.

  19. Yum!!!

  20. I am already an email subscriber.

  21. Teinegurl

    I’m subscribed via email

  22. Teinegurl

    And I follow you on Twitter

  23. Teinegurl

    Please pick me I’m not a coffee drinker but a frappe sounds so good right now!

  24. Teinegurl

    Please pick me I’m not a coffee drinker but a frappe sounds so good right now!

  25. Get emails and facebook posts. I’d like a card. Would give it to my autistic nephew who loves it when his caregiver takes him to Starbucks. (I also get him tokens for beer at the local watering hole) He understands these gifts better than money. They actually have anticipation value for the big guy!

  26. Mary Ann

    My daughter loves her Starbucks especially the frappes.

  27. Kristy

    Sweet giveaway, brosephina!

  28. Barbara Calder

    A Starbucks break would be welcome.

  29. Barbara Calder

    I follow on Facebook.

  30. Barbara Calder

    I subscribe to emails.

  31. Meghan

    I almost never splurge on Starbucks, so winning would give me a chance to treat myself. Thanks for the opportunity; it’s sweltering here in DC.

  32. Meghan

    I follow you on facebook.

  33. CarolH

    Would love to win a Starbucks card. It’s definitely the weather for a cold treat in New England.

  34. CarolH

    I follow Surviving and Thriving on Facebook. Thanks for offering the Starbucks gift card.

  35. Maggie

    I love that new Valencia Orange Refresher by the way! I would use this to treat a friend going through a difficult divorce.

  36. Maggie

    I follow via Facebook.

  37. Maggie

    I subscribe via email.

  38. Thanks for the opportunity! Some iced Starbucks would be great!

  39. I subscribe by email.

  40. I follow you on FB.

  41. a delicious treat! thank you!

  42. I get your emails

  43. I subscribe via Feedburner

  44. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  45. I get your updates on fb (Moey Shay)

  46. mom2mcd

    Crossing my fingers.

  47. Christine


  48. Christine

    I’m an email subscriber 🙂

  49. Christine

    I follow you on Facebook!

  50. Thanks for the chance! I love their caramel fraps 🙂

  51. I subscribe via email.

  52. I like you on fb as Dee G.

  53. Joansie

    I am now a new email subscriber

  54. I also subscribe to your emails – would love a sweet treat! Thanks for the opportunity!

  55. thanks for the giveaway! i’m just about running low on starbucks fund =)

  56. i follow on twitter @oshkoshbgosh321

  57. i follow by rss

  58. i like you on facebook

  59. sounds delicious…

  60. I’m subscribed via e-mail

  61. Julianne Smith

    Yummy Starbucks -Never a bad idea no matter what the weather!!

  62. Julianne Smith

    I am an email subscriber!!

  63. vickie jean

    What a great giveaway -just recently started drinking coffee would love to try some starbucks

  64. vickie jean

    I subscribe to your emails

  65. vickie jean

    I follow you on twitter-grandmasreading

  66. vickie jean

    I also follow you on facebook

  67. Iced Coffee ! Yea !

  68. Kelly McMillen

    Yay Starbucks! Thank you Donna

  69. Pamela

    Thank you Donna! Would love a decaf frappe!

  70. My favorite is the Tazo iced Passion herbal tea!

  71. Jackie

    Thank you for the giveaway! I’d love to try the Valencia Orange Refresher.

  72. I follow you on Facebook.

  73. I subscribe via email.

  74. Jackie

    I am an email subscriber

  75. Jackie

    I follow on facebook (Jackie Villano)

  76. Lake Livin

    I’m already thirsty!

  77. Julie Wood

    What a great giveaway to win a Starbuck’s Card, could get me some cold drinks!

  78. Julie Wood

    I am an email subscriber.

  79. Kathleen

    I’m not a fan of their coffee but their cold concoctions are great and would really hit the spot here in almost 100 degree central NJ.

  80. Julie Wood

    I follow you on Facebook!

  81. Debbie

    What a treat this would be for me and my two girls 🙂

  82. a cool drink on a summer day– sounds wonderful!

  83. I do not drink coffee but love the Green Tea Cappicino. Due to cost and calories I only treat myself once in a while.

    You are lucky you headed home as the weather in and around Philly has been horrible.

  84. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  85. Ro In San Diego

    I follow you by email

  86. Ro In San Diego

    I follow you on Facebook too and would love to win. Happy you had a pleasant vacation.

  87. Katherine

    Missed you while you were on vacation, but it sounds like you had a blast!

    Starbuck’s is awesome. Especially the Strawberry frap!!

  88. Mary W.

    Thanks Donna! I would love to win!

  89. judyyy

    Thanks for the chance.

  90. judyyy

    email subscriber

  91. judyyy

    facebook fan

  92. Love a good Starbuck’s break.

  93. Not a coffee drinker either, but I’ve heard Starbucks has tasty baked goods!

  94. Facebook too.

  95. Starbucks is a great place to meet friends to chat

  96. Joan V.

    These would be great as gift for a friend who loves Starbucks and lives close to one.

  97. Joan V.

    I also follow you on Facebook.

  98. Subscribe by email

  99. Follow on Twitter

  100. Like on Facebook

  101. Would love to win! Thanks.

  102. I subscribe via email.

  103. I follow you on Twitter.

  104. Jessie C.

    I like iced soy latte!

  105. Jessie C.

    I am a subscriber

  106. Jessie C.

    Facebook liker
    jessie c.

  107. I like their smoothies and iced tea. Thank you for the giveaway.

  108. I subscribe with Feedburner.

  109. I subscribe to your emails.

  110. Pamela

    Sounds so refreshing!

  111. I never win anything, but hope springs eternal. 😉

  112. Barbara A

    I love Starbucks!

  113. Jessie

    Sounds great, thanks!

  114. Christina N

    This would be great, thank you for the chance!

  115. Christina N

    I am an email subscriber.

  116. Christina N

    I also follow on facebook under Ann Nelson cnelson2093@gmail.com.

  117. Samantha

    Could use some nice cool drinks…!

  118. Samantha


  119. I love their green tea frapps, they are so so expensive, would love to win this contest, mary from momanddad00@clear.nt!

  120. I meant to state from mary at momanddad00@clear.net not nt.oops just dreaming of those green tea frapps! ciao!

  121. Joanna

    I would love to win. Thanks!

  122. KHBride

    Would love to win. I love Starbucks!

  123. KHBride

    I follow on facebook and twitter

  124. I like the berry refresher!

  125. KHBride

    I subscribe via email

  126. What i wouldn’t give for an ice starbuck thingy today.

  127. I get your emails.

  128. I receive your rss feed.

  129. And I’m a facebook fan.

  130. Frances

    I pass by a Starbucks twice a day…on foot…on hot pavement. An iced beverage would be good in this hot Texas summer.

  131. Frances

    Follow on Facebook.

  132. Frances

    Follow on Twitter.

  133. Madeline

    A Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino sounds delicious!

  134. Madeline

    I “like” your Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).

  135. Madeline

    I subscribe to your feed on feedly.

  136. Who doesn’t love a Starbucks card!

  137. Stephanie Phelps

    I had a chance to try a sample of the Iced Chai Tea Latte oh my gosh it tasted like Christmas.

  138. Stephanie Phelps

    I Subscribe via e-mail my4boysand1@gmail.com

  139. Stephanie Phelps

    I follow Surviving and Thriving on Facebook Stephanie Phelps

  140. Beverley

    I love the Chai Tea Latte. Thanks for the opportunity.

  141. Beverley

    I receive your posts via email.

  142. Beverley

    And follow your on Facebook!

  143. Melissa


  144. Vero A.

    I LOVE an icy Starbucks!

  145. Kimberly Mueller-Malone

    Coffee is the only thing that gets me to work on Wednesday mornings. Can’t get thru “hump-day” without it!

  146. Kimberly Mueller-Malone

    Just “liked” your page on Facebook!

  147. Kimberly Mueller-Malone

    And just subscribed to your email!

  148. Elis B.

    I like starbucks mocha frappuccino

  149. Elis B.

    I subscribed via e-mail .

  150. Elis B.

    Following Surviving and Thriving on Facebook.

  151. Alissa A

    I’m an email subscriber.

  152. mom2mcd

    Fingers crossed again.

  153. Carolsue

    I love Starbucks, especially their Iced Chai Tea Lattes!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  154. Carolsue

    I subscribe to your newsletter via e-mail.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  155. Carolsue

    I like you on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson
    I follow you on Twitter as @MsCarolsueA
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  156. If it’s free …it’s for me!!! Would pass this along to the DD…

  157. I would love to win a Starbucks gift card. It’s always nice to be able to stop in for a little treat.

  158. Holly Wert

    i could win this in time for my sister’s bday

  159. Holly Wert

    rss follower on my yahoo as annatiffany2@yahoo.com


  160. Holly Wert
  161. Love your blog

  162. follow you on facebook

  163. Alicia

    Yum, <3 Starbucks!

  164. Sonja J

    Thanks for sharing!

  165. Sonja J

    Facebook follower too!

  166. I love Starbucks! I never tried anything there until my husband took me there almost a year ago, I love the black tea lemonade, it’s perfect in the summer as well!

  167. Tracy Stone

    I do like Starbucks, even though I haven’t been in awhile, because of calories and money, in whichever order you prefer. This would be a nice treat.

  168. Tracy Stone


  169. Tracy Stone

    twitter and facebook 🙂

  170. Sylvia

    Would be great to win the Starbucks card for a special summer treat!

  171. Sylvia

    I subscribe by e-mail too!

  172. nadya kotik

    i love starbucks but it’s expensive. these cards would be great to have!

  173. Samantha

    Woohoo, love Starbucks. But I’m on a diet, I wonder if they have any low-calorie? I would typically enjoy the frappucino which I know ain’t diet friendly!

  174. Samantha

    I subscribe via email.

  175. Samantha

    I subscribe via RSS.

  176. Samantha

    I follow you on Facebook.

  177. Samantha

    I follow you on Twitter.



  179. I’d love to win – thanks for the giveaway!

  180. Larisa

    I follow on Facebook, Starbucks can improve any day really

  181. Larisa

    Also an email subscriber

  182. Kathryn

    I don’t go to starbucks often but it would be a nice treat.

  183. Kathryn

    I subscribe via email.

  184. rachel

    Icy drinks help so much in the summer!

  185. Molly Davis

    Would love this treat during a long work week!

  186. I now follow on email.

  187. Jennifer R.

    A Starbuck’s drink would be such a treat. I do like their frappuccino’s when I can get them.

  188. janine

    I love starbucks, I’m partial to the strawberry frappucino

  189. Melissa M.

    I love starbucks, it is only a treat now and then.

  190. Melissa M.

    I “like” Surviving and Thriving on Facebook.

  191. Melissa M.

    i am an email subscriber.

  192. I love Starbucks! I’m a frequent visitor!

  193. Jamie R

    I could use an iced beverage right now!

  194. Jamie R

    I liked your Facebook page.

  195. Suzanne

    I’m one of your e-mail followers.

  196. Suzanne

    I also follow you on Facebook…

  197. Thank you for your giveaway. I love iced chai lattes.

  198. Vunda V

    i love starbucks! this would be great to win

  199. Vera K

    Oh yes I’d love to try the Green Tea Peach Lemonade.

  200. Chiquita

    Starbucks rocks! Try coffee. It will take over your life; like a newborn child. You will not know you are hooked until it is too late. 🙂

  201. Cindy Williamson

    I am to frugal to buy anything from Starbucks….but, winning would be the whipping on a nice cold coffee!

  202. Cindy Williamson

    I am a faithful follower on Facebook too!

  203. Cindy Williamson

    I also receive your great info via email…..you rock! 🙂

  204. Alison

    They also have a green tea frapachino that is quite tasty and slushy…

  205. Alison

    I also follow you on FB.

  206. Barbara

    Our feet are not sticking to the asphalt in Seattle. You know how it can be, high 70s and beautiful sunshine. Would still love a cold drink from Starbucks.

  207. Sydney D

    What a great giveaway! Thank you!

  208. Sydney D

    I like you on FB!

  209. Susan Christy

    Follow you on Twitter – susitravl

  210. Susan Christy

    I am sad the whole spring and summer when there is no Pumpkin Latte at Starbucks.

  211. Valerie

    Who wouldn’t want to win a Starbucks gift card? 🙂

  212. Valerie

    I subscribe to Surviving and Thriving via email.

  213. Valerie

    I follow Surviving and Thriving on Facebook.

  214. Thank you for your giveaway! A drink from Starbucks would be a real treat.

  215. Thank you, Donna. Gift card arrived today!


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