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Raise your hand if your blood type is Coffee.

Can you see my hand raised all the way over here?????!!!!!!!!

Guys, it’s a pretty well known fact that I absolutely love love LOVE coffee, so when I say it is my blood type, I’m fairly certain that it’s the truth. I drink it as soon as I wake up…..I drink it throughout the day….and pretty much every barista in a five mile radius knows me by name and my order of choice. I’m not ashamed; coffee is my spirit animal and with it I am a magical sparkle-slinging girl boss.

Everywhere I go I try to scout out amazing local coffee shops or companies that are independently owned, have a fun story behind them, and aren’t your run of the mill corporate chain. In my world, it’s all about supporting small businesses. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts…..but if I have the choice of one of those two or a local company, I’m going with that local biz. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Awhile back I was trolling Instagram and checking out some different hashtags related to (you guessed it) coffee, when I stumbled across a business that had me at hello: Bones Coffee Company (Make sure you drop everything and follow their IG by clicking HERE!).
Another fun fact you may/may not know about me: I love skulls and skeletons, so when I saw the name and logo I just HAD to buy some of their coffee.

But then…..then I started to look through their website and the love at first sight feeling was solidified. They had a Chocolate Orange Coffee. CHOCOLATE ORANGE!  French Toast! Peanut Butter and Jelly….and so many more! Did these people jump into my brain and steal all my favorite things then go make a coordinating coffee???!!!! It sure seemed so.

Thus, a love affair was born.

Let me tell you all of the reasons why I love this coffee company:

1. The flavor selection is unparalleled. As someone who loves flavored coffee, I’ve never found an extensive flavor selection like the one that Bones offers. Besides the flavors available every day, they have amazing seasonal flavors, such as my personal fave Red Velvet (available around Valentine’s Day) and Carrot Cake (available for a few more days). Take some time and check out their website HERE. Isn’t the flavor selection insane???!!!!

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My current Bones collection. 

2. You have the option to buy a sample pack. Even though I was incredibly excited after surfing their website, I was still a little worried the coffee may not be as good as I had hoped. Luckily, they have a five pack option where you can select 5 sample packs and try a variety of flavors that you can choose. The sample packs are a decent size, which truly gives you an opportunity to determine the flavors you like best before buying the full size coffee.

3. Fast shipping. You know how to really win me over? Killer customer service and shipping. I tend to lack patience when it comes to waiting for items I can’t wait to receive…I can’t help it! The day I ordered my sample pack I had an email a few hours later stating it shipped, and just a few days later I opened a mail box with a wonderful coffee aroma. Was that an isolated incident? Nope. Every order I have placed since then has been shipped and received within a few days, and everyone who has ordered thus far on my recommendation has commented how impressed they are with the speed of their orders arriving as well.

4. You can purchase ground or whole bean. It may be weird to some, but some days I prefer using whole bean coffee and grounding it myself. I also use whole coffee beans as a base for all of my makeup brushes (I love having my makeup room smell like coffee) so I love having a wonderful flavored aroma in the air.

5. Clever packaging. I LOVE a solid marketing strategy, but when there are some clever references or pop culture humor infused, I am SOLD. Check out my personal favorite…..does this skeleton look familiar?

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Photo courtesy of BonesCoffee.com

6. You can drink your coffee in style. I love a solid handmade mug, especially unique shapes. The minute I saw the gorgeous mugs on the Bones website, I had to have one, and it has quickly become my favorite mug. If you are more of a travel mug style person, they have those as well, plus apparel.

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7. K-Cups! I was so excited when I saw Bones offered K-cups. I obviously make my own coffee at home, but when I go to my kickboxing studio I like to have coffee options on hand, so K-cups are the way to go for me. I always have them in my purse or gym bag.

8. They always have a fun deal or promotion going on. Had it not been for a recent promotion where every purchase received an additional random sample, I would’ve never fallen in love with Red Velvet or their Jamaican flavor (Kyle’s favorite). Recently I received a decal from them with a purchase and proudly rock it on my planner which goes with me everywhere.

9. New flavors happen often. Recently Bones released a Bluesberry Coffee that is beyond incredible….it smells just like a blueberry muffin. My hope is one of these days some type of doughnut inspired coffee is introduced..you guys all know that the doughnut is my second love right behind coffee.

10. The Bones staff is amazing. I have loved getting to chat with those involved with Bones and was very excited about their willingness to let me learn more about their company and share the info with you. I admire their entrepreneurial spirit and how innovative they are in an industry where a lot of companies are afraid to push boundaries.

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Cheers to this fab coffee company!

I asked the Bones crew to answer some questions I had…..here’s what they had to say:

How did Bones Coffee get started? We are a family owned and operated business with roots in the Pacific Northwest, where we were deeply submerged in an artisan coffee culture. When we relocated to Southwest Florida, we wanted to bring that culture with us and launched Bones Coffee Company with the goal of making delicious, freshly roasted artisan coffee accessible to everyone.

How did you come up with your name? We wanted to project the vibrance and edginess of our flavors on our packaging. When we were developing our first variety, High Voltage, we imagined a skeleton in a lab concocting the highly caffeinated brew. Our brand name really developed from that point and Bones, our beloved mascot, has been present on every label (in some form or another!) since.

What makes your coffee different from others on the market? We really wanted to bring our customers coffee that they couldn’t buy at the local grocery store, and we also wanted to ensure that each bag is of the highest quality – so we roast to order in small batches. I think another thing that really sets us apart is that we provide the coffee drinker a really unique experience from the aroma of the coffee when they open the box, to the distinct artwork on each label, to the robust flavor from a freshly brewed cup.

Where are you based? We’re owned and operated out of Cape Coral, Florida!

Are you only a retailer, or are you found in any coffee shops? Bones Coffee Co. is currently online only, but we just recently rolled out a wholesale program and our coffee is starting to show up in gyms, restaurants and other specialty shops.

What is your #1 selling coffee? Maple Bacon! It’s sweet and smoky – an irresistible flavor combination!

How often do you change flavors? We’re constantly trying to come up with new, innovated flavors that people haven’t tried yet with coffee. We aim to release a new one each month, but it really depends on when inspiration hits!

How do you determine what new flavors would be? We base our flavors off of things we love! Then we try and come up with a way to make it work with coffee. It’s a lot of trial and error and testing so that we bring only the best to our customers.
Do you sell anything else besides coffee and mugs? Yes! We’re always trying to expand our offerings due to high demand, but we currently carry tumblers, hand thrown mugs by Deneen Pottery, decals, hoodies and t-shirts!

Describe your coffee in three words: Ultimate. Coffee. Experience.

Thanks so much, Bones, for your amazing coffee and customer service! Now let’s do something fun together………

How about a GIVEAWAY so we can begin the quest for Bones Coffee World Domination…….
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*Giveaway Time**

Who wants to win some free coffee???? By now you probably want to try Bones, and I want to hook you up!

I’ve partnered up with my pals at Bone to give you the chance to win a $50 gift card toward any coffee you want! That means you can choose peanut butter and jelly, bananas fosters, chocolate orange, sample packs….whatever flavor you just have to try!

The giveaway begins NOW, and the winner will be announced next Tuesday, April 10th.

To enter, head over to Instagram:

☕️ Follow me @sparklefitnessbabe
☕️Follow Bones Coffee @bonescoffeecompany
☕️Tag a friend who also loves coffee (one tag per comment; no limit to number of comments and tags)

All three steps much be completed for your entry into the giveaway to be valid! No purchase necessary.

I can’t wait for you to fall in love with this coffee like I have!

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Places to Visit: All Good Things!

Things I like: eating healthy and supporting small businesses.

Living near two major cities, I have never had an issue finding great local joints that are full of healthy options or that cater specifically to a vegan/organic/non gmo kind of lifestyle. The people of Cleveland and Akron have lots of options, and I love it.

The problem has never been finding healthy options on the go here….it’s when I go back to visit my family in Columbiana County when I struggle. Lucky for me my mother stumbled across a relatively new restaurant, All Good Things, not far from her house and suggested we visit. Since her initial suggestion I have visited All Good Things every single time I have been home, some visited two or three times. I guess you can say I like it a little bit…..

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Enjoying a little Pumpkin Nice Cream to go!

One thing that I realized after visiting AGT for the first time was that this restaurant was practically in my mother’s back yard and had been there for awhile….and I had no clue that it existed! Instantly I began sharing my experience there with my local friends who I knew would enjoy the menu and items that were available to purchase, but I wanted to write a quick blog on the restaurant for those of you who are local and don’t know much about this diamond in the ruff local spot!

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All Good Things owners Melissa and Quinn

Owner Quinn Colella answered some questions I had about how All Good Things came to be!

What inspired you to open All Good Things?
Quinn: Years before the conception of All Good Things, we were both into eating clean and high quality food. We enjoyed supporting small, local farmers and would frequent the farmer’s markets on weekends whenever we could. I also spent a couple years on an organic vegetable farm learning the in and outs of farm life. We opened All Good Things in November of 2013 in hopes to fill the void of local and organic food options for our surrounding community. Since then, we have listened to the demand of our customers and have grown into a place for not only groceries, but also a place to stop for lunch and dinner.

How do you determine what items to add to the menu?
Quinn: With the adjustments on our menu we take into consideration a variety of scenarios. We have plenty of individuals who are new to organics, people who are gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and so on. We take all of our customers dietary needs into consideration when placing new menu items on our menu. Another important aspect we pay close attention to is seasonality. We use fresh, organic produce in our menu and have to use foods that are readily available and let’s be honest, more tasty as they grow in season.

How often do you change your menu?
Quinn: We like to offer food items that reflect the seasons, so we tend to offer two menus a year, a spring/summer and a fall/winter menu.

What is your favorite item on your menu?
Quinn: It’s hard to find a favorite item, but without a doubt our jackfruit has a lot of interest from our customers. We have used jackfruit in several dishes and people love it.

Do you grow your own produce? If not, do you purchase from local vendors?
Quinn: As running a business is rather time consuming, unfortunately we don’t grow our own produce. We do however have weekly certified organic produce deliveries to ensure freshness and quality. During the growing season in our area we do support local farmers who grow with organic standards.

What makes All Good Things unique to the area?
Quinn: All Good Things is unique because of the food we carry, the close relationships we have with our customers and the message we represent- to support local. In addition to our food menu we do offer local, pasture-raised meat, grass fed dairy, organic produce, natural groceries and locally made items from artisans from our community. Numerous times throughout the year we offer juice cleanses to customers. We use 100% organic fruits and vegetables and use a cold-press method to ensure there is very little nutrient loss. The cleanses consist of 6- 16 oz drinks a day which help to “reset” and balance your body.

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All Goods Things has a great shopping area with items for your pantry!


As someone who has tried the majority of the items on the All Good Things menu, I have to share my favorite: this Quinoa salad! I love eating it with one of their grilled cheese sandwiches on semolina bread! I’m also a huge fan of their jackfruit tacos and their mocha frappe smoothie! They Nice cream is also a great sweet treat….it inspired my own Nice Cream recipe that I make for myself when I’m not back at my mother’s.

I encourage you to check out this small business and grab lunch. Their menu is fantastic, their customer service is great, and whether or not your goal is to eat healthy, you will be feeding your body a delicious meal made from quality ingredients that is good for you. If you have an upcoming event and want to host it at the restaurant, All Good Things even has special event menus and rates!

I’m so thankful that my mother suggested All Good Things to me and can’t wait to hear what you think of it when you visit! Make sure you tag me in a post or send me what you tried!

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Quinoa Salad! 

All Good Things is open Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm and on Saturdays from 10am-3pm. They are located on South Main Street in Columbiana.

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