Beat the summer heat with Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages

Summer heat is almost unbearable the past months because of the El Niño phenomenon. People go to the beach, inland resorts or anywhere they could cool down because the heat is excruciating. As much as I love packing our bags and bring my family to the nearest beach, we are tied at home because of work. Nati found a way to stay cool by removing her clothes and staying by the fridge’ open door. She loves to stay there! While I wanted to join her, I chose to snack on the ice candy that the neighbor is selling. At least it refreshes me for the time being.

Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages

For Starbucks patrons, we have more reason to celebrate summer despite of the severe heat. Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages now offers two limited summer flavors to keep us refreshed. The new and returning summer blended beverages – Roasted Marshmallow S’mores and Summer Berry Panna Cotta.

Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino®

Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Inspired by the distinct taste of roasted marshmallows with chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage evokes happy memories of summer outings at the beach with family and friends.

Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino®

Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

 Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is a returning favorite. It is a combination of Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a beautifully layered Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.

While refreshing with the two Frappuccino blended beverages with friends or loved ones, take photos and join the Starbucks Frappuccino® & Friends Photo Contest by uploading your photos to the Starbucks Philippines Frappuccino® website (http://www.starbucksfrappuccino.ph) from April 19 to 30, 2016 for a chance to win a pre-loaded Starbucks Frappuccino® Card.

To further provide a cool little haven from the scorching heat, Starbucks Philippines will also have a series of Meet Me at Starbucks for a Summer Frappuccino® Party from April 26 to May 31 where you can enjoy live summer music, a One For You, One To Share (Buy One, Get One) promo on the Roasted Marshmallow S ‘mores Frappuccino® blended beverage, 10% off on summer mugs and tumblers and other exciting treats. Check out the Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines/) for more details.

#Natiserye: Thank you, Mimim for the company

Nati was able to sit still (as in behave jud!) for more than 1 hour while me and Ace are having our 90-minute massage. She was seated at the massage bed next to me with just her Mimim (Hello Kitty plushie). I am so glad she insisted on bringing her Mimim plushie or else, she would definitely be bored to death. I can’t imagine having her seated for an hour without something that will keep her busy or something she can hold on to for security.

She was silent the whole time, holding Mimim with one hand, then transfers to another. She was looking at me, then to the therapist, back to me. Naluoy ko but at the same time proud that she can manage to wait that long. I realized, dili na sya baby!huhuhu. When we’re almost done, she said “Mama, dede!” and broke into tears. She’s not hungry, but needs comfort. So proud of you, bebegurl!

Nati and ama at Olive Leaf Wellness Spa

McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop for underprivileged kids

McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop

McDonald’s Kiddie Crew program has been running as the company’s flagship family program since 1992. It aims to promote children’s well-being through fun activities that help kids develop skills and gain new friends. It is a fun-filled 5-day learning workshop that consists of activities that will help harness their sense of discipline, hard work, teamwork, responsibility, and sharing.

On Giving Back

McDonald’s partnered with Davao Bloggers Society to have the kids from two chosen orphanages in Davao City – Padre Pio Children’s Home and Providence Home of St. Joseph experience the fun and exciting McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Regional Workshop on April 6, 2016 at the McDonald’s Bajada store.

Learning is Fun

Kids had a quick exposure in the three key areas of the store – the lobby, front counter, and drive thru – to at least have a grasp of the activities of a McDonald’s crew.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2016 lobby photo

Ronald giving a high five to the kids who are waiting for customers at the front door.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2016 counter photo

McDonald’s Kiddie Crew kids at the counter

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop drive thru photo

Kids at the drive thru counter

The most anticipated part (at least for me) of  the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop is the Cheeseburger making. Kids were ecstatic as they assemble their own all-time favorite Cheeseburger, putting in one ingredient after another and they were taught the proper technique of wrapping it. Of course, they had it for merienda at the end of the program.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Worskshop 2016 cheeseburger making

Make your own Cheeseburger

Other activities include arts and craft to hone the imagination and artistic skills of the kids. The workshop was more memorable for the kids with the presence of Ronald McDonald who taught everybody in the room the signature Ronald dance. 

Ronald McDonald teaching kids do the Ronald dance

Ronald McDonald himself teaches the Ronald dance to kids

It was indeed a fun-filled yet enriching afternoon for the kids and the kids at heart. 

McDonald's Kiddie Workshop Crew 2016 graduates

The graduates of the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew 2016 Davao workshop.

Thank you, McDonald’s for partnering with Davao Bloggers Society in your program to give back to the community – and that is hosting Kiddie Crew Regional Workshop to these underprivileged kids for free! This experience will surely be stored in every kid’s memory bank – and ours too!

How to join the program?

Make your kids’ summer fun and exciting as they learn. Sign them up to the program in the nearest McDonald’s store in your place. Workshop fee is Php650 that includes workshop t-shirt, cap, bag, I.D., workshop materials, pin/badge for every activity, apron, chef’s hat, meals for five days, and a certificate. Visit McDonald’s facebook page for more information.

Share and Inspire

Don’t forget to take photos of your kids! Inspire others to join by sharing your kid/s’ proud Kiddie Crew moments by posting them on Facebook, facebook.com/McDo.ph or tagging @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram.