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Hmmm…Coffee. Whoever said ‘Love makes the world go round’ obviously didn’t need black gold to get his day going. Nothing makes an early wake-up call more bearable than a steaming cup of caffeine. That being said, I’m kind of a coffee snob insomuch as I’m definitely not a bad-coffee-is-better-than-no-coffee drinker. No day old or instant granules for me, thank you. That’s why I am positively in love with Keurig. I’ll admit, I rolled my eyes when I first saw my mom’s deluxe edition. Really, such a contraption for a simple cup of java? Yes. The answer is yes.

The exact portion, the exact flavor, the exact moment I want it. I’m pretty sure they have Keurigs in heaven.  And as much as I enjoy a great cup of coffee, what actually sold me and sent me on the hunt for my very own dream machine was the Chai Latte tea that is so good, my mouth is watering as I write this. A highlight, in fact, is trying new K-Cups.  Extra bold, breakfast blend, mudslide…it’s like a trip to an ice cream store where I can try all the flavors totally guilt-free. (Not sure where to begin? Just ask your Facebook friends. They’ll be glad to tell you their favs!)

My parents drink coffee like they need to pull an all-nighter.  I need one good cup a day, and that’ll do me, so I settled for a smaller Keurig, and couldn’t be happier with my choice.  In case you’re a customer-review junkie, here’s the comparison breakdown. 

My parents' Keurig B60 Homebrewing System constantly keeps a reservoir of warm water at the ready for multiple cups instantly.  They love it.  My Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System requires me to fill it each time with water, but sans reservoir, it has a smaller countertop footprint and environmental footprint as well, since it’s not heating water unnecessarily.  Adding the water and waiting on it to heat takes approximately 45 additional seconds; I can handle the wait. The same K-Cups work in all machines.  If you’re not able to find the homegrown roasts you love or recycle the plastic cups locally, a handy K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter is just what you need.  And the K-Cup Carousel keeps them tidy and available.  (Plus a game of caffeinated Russian roulette in the morning proves variety really is the spice of life.)

As for the cost, if time is money, the Keurig is money well spent (or time well saved!)  Time notwithstanding, the happiness it brings to have so many choices instantly on hand is Keurig-inspired heaven.  Cheers.  Shall I wait for your cup to brew?

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Beginner’s Kitchen Favorites

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Much like a car without a steering wheel, a budding cook without the right kitchen tools has the potential to go nowhere.  I’m convinced many a carry-out-on-speed-dial fanatic could become culinary connoisseurs with a little help.
One of the greatest and most unique gifts I ever received was a Beginner’s Kitchen.  The gift came with love from two friends who stand squarely in opposite corners of the love-to-cook camp.  I received the box in celebration of my first college apartment.  Thirteen years, a marriage, two children, and a solid recipe repertoire under my belt later, I still use several of these quality pieces in my home today.

Children's Books Recommendations for Story Time

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Looking for a good book to read to your child? I have my master list of books that are can't miss choices on the first go around...and many subsequent re-reads. These books will not only be big hits with your child, but they’ll also be interesting enough to entertain you as well. After two years of children’s stories, I can assure you your child isn’t the only one that can be brought to tears with the wrong story time choice; too much of a bad read can bring a parent to the brink as well.

Kids, Cats and the Toilet Paper Roll

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At one point during a party to watch NFL football on TV, one of my over-educated friends pointed out that he had “fixed” the toilet paper roll in our guest bathroom.  Evidently our TP roll was on backwards and (obviously) it should always unroll over the top, etc….  I quickly pointed out that the error of his ways regarding the installation was the simply because he didn’t have any children – or cats.  I’ve already raised my kids and numerous cats along the way too.  Now if your house is like mine, both cats and kids have an uncanny knack for spinning the toilet paper off the roll!

Fatherly Love on Valentine's Day

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Though Valentine's Day may seem like a yearly tribute to Hallmark, this holiday revolves around expressions of love. You give a card to your mom, roses to your wife, but what about to your kids? They may not be expecting a Valentine from you, but such a surprise could show them how much you truly care.

Water-bound with Toddlers

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While it may be true that “Those who are lucky enough to live on a lake are lucky enough,” for those of us who are not lucky enough, we must pull our wet and wild goodies from beach bags not from our lakeside cabanas.  Thirty-six years of being a water bug have taught me I absolutely must have these... 

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