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I tried the new Starbucks Pineapple Refresher

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  I had stars that were going to expire so I decided to try the new refresher. I have seen some reviews of people that love it and others of people that hate it. It’s often sold out but I was in a location where they had it.  I am not really a fan of pineapple flavours. I like other refreshers from Starbucks and I love passion fruit so thought it might be good. There are options to add coconut milk or lemonade. I always get coconut milk in my coffee but I don’t like it in refreshers and I always like lemonade. The drink at first seemed okay but it had a strange bitter aftertaste after each sip. I am not sure the addition of the lemonade made it like that but my mom and I both didn’t like it. It was drinkable but not something I would order again. I will stick to the the Mango Dragon Fruit refresher as my go to refresher from Starbucks.  Let me know if you have tried it in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal.

December 25 2016 Christmas Day Adventures

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Growing up my family never celebrated Christmas but as an adult I will celebrate any holiday that has anything to do with chocolate. The last several years my aunt has hosted an extended family get together at her house and enjoyed seeing my younger cousins celebrate. This year the get together was cancelled due to snow and ice still being everywhere. My mom was working so I had the day to myself. I made myself a Christmas dinner unfortunately everything started with a package so no recipes; however I did get homemade rum cake for dessert courtesy of my best friend's step mom. veggie wings, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, greek salad Jamaican rum cake made with lots of love and lots of rum  I remember many years ago I can't remember exactly probably about 10 it had snowed on christmas day and this was before home coffee machines I was at my parents house and neither of them drank coffee. I had a coffee addiction at the time I only drank one cup a day but

Tasty Easy no flour pancakes and snow days - December 18, 2016

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We have had many snow days in Coquitlam in the last few weeks. This is not normal usually it snows once a year and its gone the next day. The temperatures are remaining low this year and although pretty it makes commuting difficult. I have cancelled attending a few things as it is too difficult to commute we get wet snow here so there is a lot of ice everywhere.  Downtown Vancouver was a little different you can't even tell there was any snow there some days were even nice and sunny with temperatures of -1 or -2 compared to -7 or less in other areas. I am grateful that we now have a skytrain close by as the path to get to the skytrain is cleared so I am able to commute much easier than before. lights and snow at Lafarge lake Coquitlam lights and snow at Lafarge Lake Coquitlam As it is holiday season with lots of eating and treats here is something that feels luxurious but is actually easy and healthy. I saw the recipe in a magazine and I went fr

New skytrain, Soup, and Shaun T live workouts

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The new evergreen or millenium skytrain extension which connects coquitlam to other skytrain lines in Vancouver is finally open. This has been in the works for around 30 years. I live in coquitlam for me the new line is great. The trains are only two cars compared to much longer ones on the other trains so they run more frequently. The ride to the connecting skytrain is only 15 minutes and this used to take over half an hour by expres bus. I am going to save at least half an hour each way on my commute and no more worries of not making connecting buses or missing the commuter train. It is also going to be a lot easier to get around coquitlam some areas that required long walks from bus stops before now have central skytrain stations. The new stations are very nice they have electronic boards telling you how long until the next train today on a saturday I got off at a few differnt stations and my wait was never longer than 2 minutes. I always worry that something is going to go wrong w