I had the opportunity to review Dottie’s Cool Bean Gift Set for our holiday gift guide. Dottie Clendenin is a resident of Orlando, whose love for music started at the age of 5. With the support of musical mentors they sparked a passion and ignited a talent that turned a hobby into a competitive craft. She is a former Disney executive who studied at the Hollins University and her junior year at the London College of Music in London, England and has performed recitals on three continents. Dottie is committed to enriching the performing arts so a portion of the proceeds from her Cool Beans gift set will benefit the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Notes in Your Neighborhood” program for elementary students in Title 1 schools.


The Cool Beans Gift Set is the perfect way to enjoy some great coffee and some timeless music this holiday season. Admit it, you get stressed during the holiday season. There is so much to do whether it be organizing family get together or getting presents together. Why not take a moment for yourself with a nice cup of joe and listen to some classical music from the pianist, Dottie Clendinin. This gift set is the perfect way to get away from all of lifes hustle and bustle that has your nerves in a frenzy.

This holiday gift set features Dottie’s newly released holiday CD along with a 6 ounce bag of gourmet roasted coffee beans. You will also receive a customized mug along with the set. You have everything that you need to take a moment to yourself and slow life down a little. This is Dottie Clendinin’s second released CD and has classics that you will enjoy from the 1940s to the 1990s. There is something that everyone will enjoy and possibly discover for the first time. You never know your next favorite could be discovered during this much needed time of relaxation.


There are timeless pieces such as Moon River, Love Story and Over The Rainbow along with others that you will recognize from Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Dottie was brought up Georgia and so it was no surprise that Georgia on My Mind was included along with the ballads that you can sit back and enjoy. Anyone can value a little time away even if it is in their own home so make sure that this CD is part of that routine and enjoy. But why stop there, share these classics with your family as well. I am sure that they could use an unwinding just as much as you and will appreciate the great music as well.

This set is a steal when you can get it on Dottie’s website for a price of $27 for the CD, mug and roasted coffee beans. Get it for yourself or maybe for a gift for someone else that you know that could use a little relaxation.

Take it from Dottie herself: “Cool Beans is the music of my life, and it’s a life defined by the people in it. My hope is that listeners enjoy this music with a cup of coffee and a gathering of their favorite people.”

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Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received one or more products mentioned above for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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