Kari's Life

Kari’s Life: Recreating Memories with Coffee-Mate

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Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato


Compensation was provided by Nestlé Coffee-mate® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Coffee-mate®.

“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” – Bob Dylan

Our brain has a funny way of triggering happy feelings without our even realizing it. At least one integral part of our daily routine was probably adopted into our subconscious because of the feel good vibes it produces. Maybe we run a few miles each morning, just like mom did. Perhaps we eat our eggs sunny side up because that’s the way dad liked them. Or maybe we still root for the Cubs because it’s our family’s tradition. These things make us happy by reminding us of the people we love and the memories we cherish.

That’s what coffee does for me. Sure, I genuinely enjoy it, but part of the pleasure comes from reminiscing over memories I’ve collected while drinking coffee with family and friends. Before I was old enough for my own cup at the breakfast table, I remember waking up to the smell of coffee and bacon. My parents love, not just coffee, but deliciously sweet cream like the ones from Coffee-mate. When I was invited to share my fondest Coffee-mate inspired memory, though, the smell of coffee over Saturday morning cartoons wasn’t the first thing to come to mind.

Memories may be impossible to relive, but Coffee-mate has invited me to choose one to recreate and I couldn’t be more excited! I knew right away which it would be.

A few years after high school, I had the opportunity to tour Italy with two of my closest friends. That trip sparked in me a lifelong love for the country, the food, and the language. After a mix up with the hotel in Florence, we were given last-minute accommodations elsewhere. What happened next proved to be one of the most memorable moments of my life. I can’t wait to recreate that moment with those same friends over a cup of coffee, complete with Coffee-mate’s Caramel Macchiato – a flavor reminiscent of Italian cafés and biscotti.

I also chose Caramel Macchiato because the flavor is full but not overpowering. It adds just the right level of sweetness without masking the taste of coffee.

Stay tuned to see how I recreate this special moment! A big thank you to Nestlé Coffee-Mate for inviting me to do this!

Coffee-mate Caramel MacchiatoThis summer, Nestlé Coffee-mate® is celebrating the sweetest form of nostalgia with their exclusive range of fun, exciting flavors that evoke delicious memories and emotions of the past. These sweet throwback flavors include Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie, Caramel Macchiato and Classic Vanilla.

Kari Herrera is the creator of Chicagoings.com, Chicago’s indie city guide and blog. She often writes about the city’s points-of-interest as experienced by a local. She is a Social Media Marketing Manager and freelance writer. When she’s not working, Kari donates much of her time to the education of French-speaking immigrants in Chicago.

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