How to Brew Multiple Cups of Coffee at Once in a Keurig: Introducing Keurig 2.0

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My BFF and her family are on their way to visit as I type this. I have not seen them in WAY too long (1 1/2 years, I think?). We will have less than 24 hours to get to soak up each other, but I am going to make the most of it and reach into the depths of my soul to pull out extra energy so that we can visit for as long as possible.

And that means that we’re going to need some good coffee.

Fortunately, Santa came early (don’t you love how he’ll do that for us grown ups?) and brought the new Keurig 2.0 Brewer. This beautiful device is ready to handle any request you throw at it. Need a 4 ounce concentrated cup of joe? No problem! How about 4 cups of hot cocoa for 4 adorable little girls? On it’s way! And where is my beloved iced coffee? Just press the button, dear!

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The Keurig 2.0 Brewer is an answer to coffee-lovers’ prayers who are currently still holding on to their coffee makers with carafes for when company is over, but who are also hopelessly devoted to their K-Cup packs for their own personal use. With the carafe option and the carafe packs, you no longer need both! Check out the four-cup carafe and K-Carafe packs.

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I’ll have a pot of coffee ready to brew as soon as my company walks through the door this afternoon, as it will likely be a welcome sight after a long day in the car. And making that hot cocoa for all the kids can be done immediately afterward with a simple switch out of the K-Cup packs. I’ll even have some fun garnishes on hand.

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The Keurig 2.0 has some extra fancy technology in it so that it can read the lid of each and every K-cup pack to know the optimal way to brew it. Just look for the notation on the K-Cup packs that it is for use in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. That’s how you’ll know if you are purchasing the right product!

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I’m so glad to have the Keurig 2.0 on hand for our upcoming visit with friends (we actually think of them as family!). But when the hustle and bustle of the visit, and even of the holiday season is over and it’s just me and my personal daily coffee needs again, the Keurig 2.0 will be ready for me. I might even stow away a few cookies just for me and my iced coffee breaks!

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Keurig 2.0: The Perfect Gift

This year Santa gave me an extra special treat in the form of an extra Keurig 2.0 Brewer to gift to someone else. I immediately thought of my friend Jessie. She is a fellow coffee afficianado and a mother of 3 little ones, so you KNOW she needs good coffee in her life. I really enjoyed surprising her with this treat following her middle child’s birthday party that she threw yesterday. That’s right, in the height of holiday madness this mama threw a birthday party. Someone get her a strong cup of coffee, stat! She’s earned it!

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Keurig offers over 400 beverage varieties from 60 different brands, so there is truly something for everyone. I think it makes an incredible gift for the whole family. You can find it available for purchase now at Target.

What are you brewing up this holiday season? Do you have a favorite K-Cups brand or flavor I should try? Leave me a comment to let me know! 

The Hottest Toy for Little Robin Hood or Merida: Air Storm Firetek Bow

Thanks to Walmart for partnering with me for today’s post on hot toys for 2014. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. 

Ok, friends, we are truly in the home stretch of holiday shopping. Just a few days left to polish off your lists (or get started, bless your heart, if you haven’t yet!). Over the past month I’ve been showing you the toys that kids have chosen as their top picks (have you seen the entire Chosen By Kids section at Walmart.com? It’s a must-see!). My girls have been trying out some of the top toys, so if you are looking for some ideas, check out our reviews for the Sew Cool Sewing MachinePalace Pets Magic Dance PumpkinRazor Scooter and the Zoomer’s Interactive Dino.

Today we are headed back outside to pretend we are Robin Hood, or perhaps Merida from Brave. We’ve been playing with the Air Storm Firetek Bow and working on target practice, hand-eye coordination, strength, and of course, our imaginations.

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This toy is recommended for ages 8 and up, and while I personally think a 6-year-old might enjoy it, I can tell you that it is too much of a challenge for our 5-year-old to master by herself. For now, we’ve been playing with daddy helping with the launching (which has been EXTREMELY fun for Tim). The girls have also enjoyed running all over the yard chasing the arrows.

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I think this is a particularly great product for this time of year, when it gets dark SO early where we live (5:30!) because the bow and the arrows actually light up with a fire-glow LED. This makes them extra fun to launch and extra easy to find.

The bow is an interesting design, as you hook the arrows into loops to launch them. I think once you get comfortable with how it works, the design is intended to make launching arrows extra quick.

While the arrows are a soft foam, do be advised that because they can shoot so far (over 125 feet!) they do go fast. We’ve already had one incident of getting smacked in the head with an arrow, and tears were shed, though they subsided after just a few minutes and with no lasting injury.

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The Air Storm Firetek Bow comes with 3 arrows and it also comes with the 2 AAA batteries needed. I have such a soft spot for any company that sends the batteries along with the toy. Thank you for saving Christmas for many people! :-)

Savings Catcher

The Air Storm Firetek Bow is currently on rollback, down to $24.97 from $29.97. The odds are really good that Walmart has the best price on it in town. But here’s how to be 100% sure: download the free Walmart Savings Catcher app, upload your receipt (for this and any Walmart purchase you make) and if a better price is found locally, Walmart will refund the difference to you in the form of an eGift card, simple as that. Sweet, right?

And if you don’t have a smartphone, Walmart does still offer an Ad Match guarantee. So if you see a better price advertised elsewhere on this or any other item Walmart carries, bring the ad into the store and Walmart will honor the better price!

So friends, I’m very curious to hear if any of the Chosen By Kids toys are under your tree this year! Let me know in the comments below.We got a few hot items for Angel Tree this year from the list! :-)  

I Love My Canon Rebel (Psst: It’s On Sale Right Now at Best Buy!)

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

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I got my Canon Rebel in March. Photography hasn’t been the same for me since, friends. I’m hoping that in 2015 I might be able to buy some specialty lenses for it and advance my skills a bit more. If you have someone who really loves photography, and/or someone for whom photography is an important component of their job, then that person is likely either saving up for a really nice camera, like a Canon Rebel, or they have recently invested in one.

Perhaps you are looking for this type of camera for your home. Let me direct you to Best Buy! The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs, and for good reason. You can do quite a bit with this camera even before you understand the ins and outs of shooting in manual mode! The image quality is spectacular, and you can also capture video (in HD, no less!). Additionally, the camera has autofocus while taking video, has an 18.0-megapixeal CMoS sensor and a  DIGIC 5 image processor, which is what gives the images that crystal-clear look. It also has a 3 inch vari-angle touch screen to make it easy to navigate between the different features for different shots. Basically, this camera is WHERE IT’S AT.

Savings!

Now through 12/20 you can save $150 on the Canon EOS REbel T5i at Best Buy! Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20.

Twitter Party!

FYI, Best Buy is hosting a Canon Twitter party on the 18th at 8pm ET. They are giving away Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes and to follow along just use the hashtag #HintingSeason! :-)

One More Reason to Love Britax: The Right Car Seat is the One that Fits

Product provided for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We are longtime Britax customers! 

Tim and I have been wondering for about a year when it would be time for Darah to graduate from her 5-point-harness convertible carseat (which she has been riding around in since she was 9 months old!). She has been eager to get into some sort of a booster seat, especially as she has watched her friends graduate to a “bigger kid” ride.

So I’ve wondered if this is just the type of thing you get when you kid turns 4? or 5? Or when they reach a certain height, maybe? The issue gets even more complicated for us because our child is very petite (she tends to be right around the 10% point on the charts for height and weight). I didn’t want to put her in a seat that was right for her age but wrong for her body size. I also didn’t want her to feel like the only kid still in a “baby” car seat.

And this, my friends, is just one more reason why I love Britax. They have a Fit My Child section of their website. You need to know things like your child’s height and weight and seat to shoulder measurements, and based on these figures, Britax will show you the car seats in their line that are appropriate for your child.

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Darah is petite enough that she was still perfectly safe and secure in her convertible car seat. But thanks to the Fit My Child page, I learned that she is also ready to graduate to certain “bigger kid” models. For example, she can now safely use the Britax Frontier Clicktight. Darah does still need a 5-point harness because of her size, and the Frontier Clicktight is classified as a Harness-2-Booster car seat. So for now, we are fully using the features in the seat that are meant to protect smaller kids. As she grows, we can safely tuck away the harness and transition to the booster mode with a shoulder strap. This is the PERFECT choice for our kid!

Other great features (also known as lots of other reasons why Britax is so awesome)

Tim has always been our resident car seat installer because frankly, installing the car seat has always been a bit of a magician’s act, with lots of waving around of the arms and muttering “magic spells” and a bit of defying gravity. We were, therefore, both totally blown away by the ClickTight Installation System.

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You simply lift up the seat portion of the car seat, run the seat belt through this section, buckle it on the other side, and then close it. The act of closing the seat tightens the belt, and it does a GREAT job, too! With previous car seats, Tim would always have to put all of his weight on the car seat and pull the belt with all his might to get it tight enough. No need to do any of that, anymore!

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For the first time (in forever….sing along!) I feel comfortable installing a car seat. Britax for the win!

This carseat also have SafeCell Complete Side Impact Protection PLUS. Y’all I take my car seats VERY seriously because I was in an accident on the interstate with Darah when she was just 9 months old. Her car seat kept her from serious injuries (ugh, that day is still hard to think about, even 4 1/2 years later). Britax is a leader in the protection it offers. The shell of the seat is deep, it absorbs crash forces and shields the child from debris. It also has an energy-absorbing headrest to keep your child’s head and neck secure. Britax goes well beyond the US federal safety standards.

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The harness is easy to get into and out of, and it makes a nice, audible click. Darah has reported back that her Frontier Clicktight is “super comfortable.” Additionally, the harness has 9 positions and the buckle has 2 positions so that it will continue to be a comfy ride as she grows.

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I’ve also already observed that the cover is easy to remove, by design, so that you can throw it in the wash (THANK YOU, BRITAX!!!). And Miss Darah has already noticed that she is rocking a cup holder on either side of her seat. This is pretty much the greatest thing on earth to her, people.

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The only trouble we ran into during installation was that we struggled to find the harness strap loosener button. Let me save you a bit of time and show you where it is:

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It took us 2 days to find it. I’m really embarrassed to admit that, but it’s true. That’s the only problem with having such a seamless design…things can actually be a bit tough to find because they are so cleverly hidden!

If you are wondering if your child is ready for a “bigger kid” car seat, definitely go to the Fit My Child page, and also check out the resource page on determining when your child is ready for a booster seat. Britax has some really helpful advice and guidelines, and they certainly have incredible products for each and every child, no matter the age or stage.  Since the Frontier Clicktight is safe for Darah until she reaches 120 pounds and 62 inches tall, we are all set with car seats from here on out for her. I’m thankful for the resources Britax provided, and I’m also thankful the journey is over! :-)

The Britax Frontier Clicktight has a MSRP price of $329 and can be found at online retailers such as Amazon or Target.

 

A Flash Sale, a Great Giveaway, and Gorgeous Jewelry!

Product samples provided for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. 

Friends I wanted to let you know about a killer flash sale happening this week at Isabelle Grace Jewelry. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, you need to take a moment to look around over there! Isabelle Grace is known for elegant, simple, unique and customizable pieces. I own a few of their customized designs (a necklace I love to wear and bracelet for little Layah). I’ve always been impressed with the quality  of their pieces. I love that they are not mass produced, but are made my artisans in the U.S.

For the past 2 months, I have been wearing a pair of earrings from the brand, and they are my new favorites, most definitely.

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Arent’ they pretty? These are the Beatrice Drop Earrings, and I’m highlighting them today not simply so that I can show off my gorgeous ear bling. These earrings happen to be on special sale this week, with the price dropping from $88 all the way down to $32 (that’s a 63% drop!). All you need to do to get this great deal is enter JUST4ME as the coupon code at checkout. Score!!!! As someone who owns these earrings, and as someone who doesn’t spend a ton of money on lots of jewelry, I think these are a GREAT buy at $32. You’ll get a lot of wear out of them because they pretty much make every outfit look more polished!

This flash sale is part of the JUST4ME Mondays program that Isabelle Grace offers to their newsletter subscribers. That means that next Monday there’s going to be another really awesome flash sale. The way to make sure you don’t miss it is to sign up for their newsletter!

Giveaway!!

One of you is going to win a pair of Beatrice Drop Earrings. What a perfect gift to give to a girlfriend or even to yourself!
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