Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Are you in the market for a new stroller?

Attention all moms! Are you currently shopping for a new jogging stroller that will allow you to stay active while your child sees the town? If you're seeking a reliable stroller that won't break the bank but still looks attractive, I have some ideal choices for you!



Pish Posh Baby is the headquarters for all baby supplies from cribs and bedding to car seats and high chairs.  They have recently put all of their 2013 jogging strollers on clearance! This is a great opportunity for you to save some money on that new stroller you've been looking for. They have many makes, models, and colors to suit anyone's taste.

Even though I'm not yet a mom, I know how essential a stroller is especially for the first year or two of a child's life. 

If you want a standard jogging stroller, how about the Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2014 stroller? It will certainly let baby ride in style while you get a run in.

 
Need a sturdy stroller? The Baby Jogger City Mini GT 2014 has reinforced wheels, is light, easy to fold & push, has a large sunshade, & underseat basket.
 
 
If you want something with more color and features, why not take a look at the rest of the strollers on sale? You'll surely find the perfect stroller for you and baby!
 
*DISCLOSURE* This is a sponsored post that I received compensation for.  All thoughts are my own.
 
 


 



Sunday, December 29, 2013

Energems Giveaway

The holidays will be over in a blink of an eye.  As you look around your house, you may see a lot of work ahead of you.  You'll need to take down your Christmas tree, put the ornaments away, and any seasonal decorations too. You may also need to prep food for your upcoming New Year's Eve party.  Wouldn't it be nice to receive the burst of energy you need to get everything accomplished?



Energems is a delicious energy product made with real milk chocolate.  Energems are a bite-sized, hard-coated gems made to put an extra pep in your holiday step.  These round circles of energy contain a special blend of B-vitamins, chocolate, and caffeine.  Each convenient, portable box allows you to control when, where, and how much energy you need for the perfect pick-me-up each and every time.  Throw them in your purse or luggage for on-the-go traveling. 


While some energy drinks and supplements have many calories, you can receive guilt free energy with Energems.  Each piece is only 15 calories and available in three delicious flavors: chocolate charge, mint fusion, and peanut butter blast. If you're a fan of chocolate, Energems is the product for you.  Who wouldn't want the delicious flavor of chocolate to help enhance their energy, focus, and concentration.

One serving equals three gems, so it's up to you on how many to take depending on what kind of energy boost you'll want.  Energems is perfect for a college or graduate student who is up late finishing a paper or studying for a final.  The boost will help them get through their work.  Not to mention, it's ideal for getting through a long day of work, or maybe even cleaning or organizing your home.

Let Energems into your life and in return you'll receive the energy needed to get through the long parts of life with ease!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wow Excursions Review

Imagine going away on your next Caribbean vacation and having a wide selection of activities to choose from.  Parasailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, or even a glass bottom boat tour! Surely there's many things that you and your family would enjoy doing together.  Whatever you choose, make sure you have a ton of fun while doing it.



Wow Excursions is a professional team that has been working with travelers, airlines, hotels, and cruise lines for more than 40 years.  They certainly provide memorable experiences in Mexico to over 250,000 annual people from all over the world.  The excursions are available to Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, and Riveria Maya.  How does riding in the jungle on ATV's or visiting Chichen itza's ancient ruins sound? Maybe you'd rather swim with dolphins or visit Xcaret? There are so many activities that picking just a few could possibly be overwhelming at first! Don't worry, you can filter your choices by excursion type such as beach, water, entertainment, adventure, etc.  Also, you can search by price, activity level, and duration so you'll be sure to find the excursion that fits your needs.

Of course when you start planning your vacation, you have to start choosing activities to go along with it.  I was fortunate enough to connect with Wow Excursions who generously offered my husband and I two excursions to do while on our trip.  We chose riding ATV's in Cozumel and visiting Xcaret, an eco-park in Playa Del Carmen.  Both activities were very diverse but still provided us with much entertainment.

First on our schedule was the ATV's.  I had never been on an ATV before and wasn't sure what to expect.  I knew that it was very important to abide by all safety rules and regulations so you could have a safe experience.  We were taken to a remote wooded area that was the ATV site.  Once you got there, you were given a helmet and driving gloves if needed.  We then watched a brief safety instructional video which also told you how to drive the ATV's.  This was essential for me to watch because I had no idea how to operate an ATV.  You could choose from an automatic or semi-automatic ATV, depending on your preference.  Soon after that, our large group of about 19 was on their ATV's and we were ready to go!
Vroom, here I go!
 
 
The ATV was very simple to operate.  The whole group rode one after the other, so it was easy to all stay together.  You do have to be careful because if you don't control the gas well it's very easy to go fast and potentially get hurt.  Make sure you always have a handle on it.  It had rained for the past two days on the morning of our ride, so I knew it would be a muddy one.  You go at a fun pace, but one that is not too fast.  The ride was about an hour and 20 minutes.  We rode through a lot of wet mud puddles that were very deep so it was kind of like driving in the ocean! Halfway through we stopped so our tour guide could hand us water, and also give us a brief history lesson on ancient Mayan culture.  This was fitting after all as we were in the Riveria Maya.  The ATV session went by quickly and soon it was over. We had a great time and would definitely ride ATV's again in the future!
 
Later that week, we went to Xcaret which I was very excited and looking forward to.  This is a majestic park by the sea that features unique activities where you have fun and discover the natural and cultural richness of Mexico.  Xcaret boasts more than 30 attractions including swimming with dolphins, a butterfly pavilllion, coral reef aquarium, beaches where you can lay in the Caribbean sea on an inner tube, and much more.  It's the perfect place for all ages and your children will absolutely love it. Don't forget to check out the fabulous Mexican cuisine spots for lunch.  There's truly something to see with every step you take.  I suggest getting there early in the morning to make a day of it so you can check out everything. 
 
Did I interrupt something?

You stand so gracefully on one leg.
 
 
We stepped into the park and were greeted by parrots and flamingos.  I am a huge animal lover so I couldn't wait for our Xcaret adventure to begin.  I really enjoyed the coral reef aquarium.  There were so many things to see including many species of fish, jelly fish, sharks, starfish, stingrays and many other underwater creatures.  There were placards displaying information about everything you were looking at.  This makes it extremely educational for children and a perfect opportunity to teach them about animals.
 
Hurry up and swim away before she takes our picture!

 
I touched the starfish.  It was very bumpy. 
 
 
We saw many other attractions during our visit including butterflies, turtles, an edible mushroom farm, and a Mayan village which was very interesting and informative. 
 
I enjoyed relaxing on an inner tube on the beach and sipping on a refreshing drink in the process.  A very cool thing that my husband and I did was swim through an underground cave.  We really loved that.  It was a break from the sun and it was cool and dark in the caverns.
 

 
 
Make sure you keep your map handy and check out the attraction signs so you'll be sure to see everything you desire.  We really enjoyed our time at Xcaret and would highly recommend it to anyone who's planning a trip to Mexico in the future.  You will not be disappointed.
 
Please check out Wow Excursion's website to check out current money saving promos!
 
*DISCLOSURE* A big thank you to Wow Excursions for providing us complimentary excursions in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own. 
 

 
 

 





Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Royal at Playa Del Carmen Review

Imagine a place that combines a close beachfront location, a variety of delicious food at your fingertips, and spa treatments that will send you off into a blissful world of relaxation all in one.  No, this is no joke.  This establishment truly does exist.  Everyone needs rest and rejuvenation especially around the holidays. The Royal is there to make all of your vacation dreams a reality.


The Royal at Playa Del Carmen is an all-inclusive resort located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  For one fixed price, you're given access to unlimited food and drink (alcohol is included). There are many different restaurants serving different cuisines for everyone's taste preferences.  The establishment boasts 513 extra spacious suites including a garden, ocean view, or ocean front room.  You're just steps away from Playa Del Carmen's famed 5th avenue shopping district which offers hip night spots, trendy cafes, and wonderful shops. The beautifully maintained grounds feature many pools and rows and rows of inviting lounge chairs to hang out in.  The beach is just feet away, which makes for an excellent day of fun in the sun. If you're looking to be pampered, why not sign up for spa treatments at the luxurious SPAzul?  This is a world-class eco holistic Mayan-inspired full service spa with dual temperature jacuzzies, steam room, sauna, and a variety of out of this world treatments.  If you're looking for the stay of a lifetime, the Royal is ready to welcome you today.

My husband and I were offered the chance to review some treatments at the spa.  When I was in the beginning stages of planning the review, I knew you couldn't go on a honeymoon and not go to a spa.  It was just something that was practically required to do! When our spa day officially arrived I was very excited. What lady doesn't like a fabulous day of pampering? The Royal was only about a 5 minute walk from our hotel which was very convenient.  When we arrived, I was blown away.  The establishment was beautiful and relatively new.  It was a spacious, open air facility that was built in 2005.  The attention to detail was certainly evident in the construction of it.  The center of the lobby features a great lounge area where you can relax and enjoy a beverage of your choice. 
The Royal's ready for Christmas!


Can't you just imagine sipping a pina colada or frozen margarita and looking at this view? Heavenly!

We met with Wally Dagri, the hotel's public relations manager.  He gave my husband and I a tour of the facility and I quickly fell even more in love with it.  I wished I was staying at the Royal! He offered us both a day pass which included use of the entire establishment and also any food and drinks we wanted.  We were quickly whisked away to the spa, where I knew I was born to be. The spa features facials, massages, body wraps, manicures and pedicures, and much more.  Anything you could possibly want from a spa is available.  Robes and slippers were handed to us for us to change into for the ultimate spa experience.  The spa locker rooms featured a jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna. There was cold refreshing water and iced tea to sip on and also dried fruits to munch on and enjoy. There were plenty of seating options to choose from to relax in. While the locker rooms were not co-ed, my husband and I were given a few minutes to enjoy the jacuzzi's while we waited for our first treatment to be ready. The spa ladies were very friendly and would check in with you to make sure you were okay, and to see if you needed anything.

The inside of the locker room.  I wish I was in the jacuzzi right now!

We were finally ready for our massage.  The 50 minute massage was a couple's one and we were together in the same room for it.  The lights were dimmed, candles lit, and the relaxation started.  My masseuse was wonderful. The pressure was not too rough at all, but perfectly enjoyable.  I don't like very hard strokes when receiving a massage. I could feel all of my tension and stress just melt away.  Both masseuses checked in with us throughout the treatment to make sure it was to our liking.  My husband enjoyed his massage immensely.  It was over far too quickly and I wished for just another 5 minutes! 
Let the healing and cleansing begin!


Afterwards, the staff wanted to take us into a temazcal, which is a a type of sweat lodge.  It has cleansing and healing properties that take affect as the heat inside steadily rises.  This experience was very new for me, but I like holistic therapy so I was interested to try it.  My only concern was that I wouldn't be able to bear 100+ degree heat for 80 minutes.  We were told that we could take a break if needed, or if we couldn't handle the heat, it was no problem.  Water was provided which would certainly be needed.  Unfortunately, the temazcal was not working as normal and it wasn't getting as hot as it should.  We were told that we should get lunch and then check back in about an hour or so while they fix it.

We went to Pelicanos which is a Caribbean fusion restaurant.  I had seafood, while my husband had steak. Drinks and dessert were mandatory. We had a mojito and a frozen margarita, and shared a piece of cheesecake. Everything was extremely tasty and very fresh.  The menu also had a lot of options to choose from too.

We checked back with the temazcal soon after and learned that it still wasn't operating as normal.  In lieu of continuing our service with it, we were offered another spa treatment instead.  I thought a facial for both of us sounded fantastic.  My husband had never had one before and I knew he would absolutely love it.  A facial is the best thing you can do for your skin.

The facial was absolutely wonderful.  The lights were dimmed and soothing music was played.  Our estheticians were very knowledgeable about their craft and gave us helpful tips on improving our skin quality. They told us what they were doing throughout the treatment and made sure we were comfortable. Afterwards, my husband was completely in love with the facial and wondered how he had never had one before.  My skin felt revived, rejuvenated, and extremely soft.  Let me tell you that days later my skin still looked and felt amazing.  How's that for an excellent treatment?

Our spa day was absolutely fantastic and we enjoyed every second of it.  If you're planning a future trip to Mexico, I highly recommend staying at The Royal.  You will have a stay of a lifetime.

*DISCLOSURE* My husband and I were provided complimentary services and use of the establishment in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own.  



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mexico Update

Mexico has been really fun so far. We've seen Mayan ruins, had a spa day, and yesterday we swam with dolphins! Today we are doing ATV's. How is everyone doing? Christmas is almost here! Are you all done with your holiday shopping?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mexico

I'll be on my honeymoon in Mexico from Dec 13-23rd! I won't be posting any new reviews/giveaway during this time.  I will be active on my facebook fan page from time to time, and of course answering emails.

Look for a lot of great content when I get back!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Take Netflix on the Go this Holiday Season #NetflixKids

The holidays are now in full force.  Christmas is just around the corner, believe it or not.  Many families will be traveling with small children this holiday season.  Whether you're driving to Grandma's house or flying to see cousins, it's important that you keep children entertained.  Did you know that Netflix can travel with you? There's always room for fun in your suitcase.  Netflix is accessible on smartphones and tablets so bringing your child's favorite TV show and movie to any destination is now possible.

The best part about the holidays are the classic movies and television shows that are shown every year.  Just download the Netflix app on your smartphone or tablet and start streaming anytime, anywhere on wifi, 3G, or 4G.  Now's the perfect time to introduce your children to such timeless choices such as Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales or The Nightmare Before Christmas. 
Netflix has compiled a list of television shows and movies prepared to delight your child and transport them to planet Christmas.
Television Shows:
1. Mickey's Magical Christmas
2. Power Rangers Super Samuari: Stuck on Christmas
3. Super WHY: Twas the Night Before Christmas
4. Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular
5. DreamWorks Holiday Classics
6. Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales
7. I Want a Dog for Christmas: Charlie Brown
8. Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas
9. Kung Fu Panda: Holiday
10. Phineas & Ferb: Christmas Vacation
11. Veggie Tales: A Story of Joyful Giving
Movies:
1. The Polar Express
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Jingle All the Way
4. Little Brother, Big Trouble
5. The Search for Santa Paws
6. Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
As you can see, there are diverse selections for children of all ages.  Why not make some memories of your own by snuggling up with the kids with a holiday movie and some hot chocolate while on-the-go this holiday season?
*DISCLOSURE* I am being compensated as a member of Netflix's Stream Team.  This is my third post and all thoughts are my own. 

Let Choose Energy help your bill this Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us.  We're constantly scouring the internet and our local retail stores for the best deals for presents. 



One way I bet you didn't realize you could save money is by shopping for your energy provider.  It's time to stop paying that high bill each month and lower it for good.  Choose Energy allows you to pay a cheaper energy rate for your home or business.   Simply log onto the website and type in your zipcode to compare electricity rates to save big bucks.  When I saw the rates for my area, I was very impressed.  I'm sure I could save money by switching providers.  The best part is that you can save up to 25% by switching, and Choose Energy does the hard work for you by making the switch.

It takes less than 10 minutes to make the switch that will make your wallet happy.  Instead of spending an unnecessary amount each month, why not save that money towards a new vacation or item you've been wanting?



Why not head on over to Choose Energy today and let them help you keep that money in your pocket?

*DISCLOSURE* This is a sponsored post written for Bloggy Moms.  All thoughts are my own. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Soothie Massager Fans Listen up!

Soothie Massager would like to thank everyone who participated in one of their most popular giveaways ever!



In celebration of this, they'd like to offer my readers a 25% off coupon code.  Please use code SAMMISMILE to receive 25% off at checkout. This would make an excellent Christmas present! Free shipping is an added bonus.  Offer good until 12/17.

 
 
The holidays can be a stressful time for most.  You're running around buying gifts, planning holiday meals, entertaining friends and family, and just constantly on the go.  Some dread the chaos of the holidays and are happy when it's all over.  It's important to make some time to for yourself to de-stress and relax, even if just for a short period of time.
 
Soothie Massager offers a heatable massager made from a custom-designed, high density polymer that contains the ideal moisture content to be heated safely in a microwave.  The product applies soothing heat and pressure directly to tight muscles and painful knots.  Just lean into any wall and feel your aches and pains disappear in a flash.  The Soothie Massager offers a full body massage starting from your head and ending at your toes.  The heat will provide a more enjoyable massage.  Can't you just imagine coming home from a long day at work and massaging away all tension in your body? You'll feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle a new day! The best part is that you don't even have to leave your home for a fabulous massage.
 
Check out Soothie Massager on YouTube
 
 



Thirty-One Gifts Review and Giveaway

Have you ever stopped to think about how many items you fit in your purse or backpack on a daily basis? You transport a computer, keys, wallet, a kindle, notepad, and many more things.  Without your bag of choice, it would be hard to carry everything you need to work or school.  Make sure that you choose a bag that is sturdy and durable and fits your needs.

Thirty-One Gifts offers trendy and affordable purses, totes, wallets, stationary and more.  Their purses and totes come in a variety of styles and patterns to meet anyone's tastes.  Whether you need a weekender bag for your upcoming trip to see your family for Christmas, a large utility tote to hold your craft supplies, or a new wallet to match your purse, they have anything you could possibly want. The bags are spacious and hold your items with ease.  Don't forget to order new stationary for thank-you cards either.  Anything from Thirty-One gifts would make a fabulous Christmas present for a friend or family member.
 
I've been searching for a large weekend bag for a few weeks now.  My husband and I often go on small trips just for the weekend, and it's a hassle to pack a suitcase which is virtually unneeded.  It's much easier to have a large weekend bag to fit your clothes and essentials in.  When I stumbled upon the Retro Metro Weekender in the Big Dot pattern, I knew it was the bag for me.  I gravitate towards anything featuring polka dots.  I just love them. 
 
Behold my polka dot beauty.
 
This bag is perfect for a quick trip.  It's roomy enough to pack what you need for a short trip, but not overly large where you feel like you're carting around an unnecessary big bag.  It features five pockets to hold all of your travel essentials as well.  The bold polka dots are large and in charge.  The pattern is so fun and stylish.  You could easily pack 3 days worth of clothes in here, along with your cosmetic bag and a pair of shoes or two.  The zipper opens and closes with ease and you can feel secure knowing that it stays closed to allow nothing to fall out. The shoulder strap is comfortable and doesn't give me any discomfort when I wear it on my shoulder.  I feel that the bag is high quality and created to last.  It is also very sturdy too. 
 
This bag can be personalized if you wanted to give it as a gift with the recipient's name on it.  I chose not to have anything embroidered on it because I liked the bag as it is.  I'm very satisfied with the bag and can't wait to use it.  All I have to figure out is where to go next so I can use it!
 



 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Negotiate Your Way To Retail Bargains

It’s a funny thing, but we Americans really don’t like to bargain when we go out shopping.
Sure, we like to get the best deals on Black Friday, but we feel uncomfortable asking for a better price at any other time of the year. This is so different to other cultures – for example, you are expected to haggle if you are in a souk in Morocco. Even stranger, we only seem to have this problem when it comes to our personal lives. In business, we always negotiate, and negotiation is part of the tools of the trade for lawyers such as Dr. Shahram Shirkhani. In this article, we explore what we can learn from the world of law and business and how to apply it in our personal lives.





If you manage to build up the courage to negotiate, you would be surprised just how much you can save. It’s nothing to be ashamed of – after all, it’s your money and no retailer has the right to take it off you. As long as you follow some proven negotiation techniques, you can expect to take a considerable amount off the list price of everything from basic clothing to luxury goods.
The first thing to understand is that retailers usually have a huge markup on the goods that they sell – in fact, they generally double the amount that they paid. If they are faced with the choice of not making a sale, or taking 20% off and still making a good profit, they more often than not drop the price when you ask. In other words, the price on the ticket is completely arbitrary – otherwise, how could they give the bargains they do during sales and still stay in business?

One of the keys to successful negotiation is to pick your time. For instance, if you try to talk to a salesperson on a Saturday afternoon when there are dozens of customers in the store, you probably aren’t going to get much traction – they would rather spend the time with customers who are willing to fork over the full price. However, pick a quiet time – particularly at the end of the month when the retailer is trying to clear out existing stock to make room for new inventory – and it is often a very different story. Even if the salesperson refuses to reduce the price, if you ask nicely to see the manager the chances are that you will get what you want.
 
When you do try to negotiate, make it a golden rule to always be polite and friendly. Don’t threaten to go somewhere else, or make bad comments about what you are trying to buy. This will just get their backs up and they will say no on principle. Instead, tell them that you are really interested in buying the item, but you hadn’t intended to pay so much. Even look a little sad that you can’t afford it – you would be surprised what a little sympathy can accomplish. Don’t be embarrassed when you do this – after all, you are probably reluctant to pay the full price anyway, and in any case you have nothing to lose.



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Looq Giveaway

I'm an avid picture-taker.  Every trip or vacation I go on, my camera is always on my packing list.  I'm constantly snapping shots at any given moment.  Since I'm only 5'0, this goes against me when I want to take a picture over a crowd at a concert, or anywhere else where height is a requirement for a certain picture.  Wouldn't it be nice if there was a product created that allows you to take the pictures you want even at your current height? Looq is here to make your photography dreams come true.



The Looq is a must for any photography lover.  This device is the world's first battery-less remote shutter pole.  You simply plug your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone into the slot of the Looq and then plug the wire into the earphone jack.  After you download the free app from Google Play or the Apple Store, you're ready to go.  With a remote shutter, you can enjoy a fabulous picture from any angle, anywhere, and anytime.  Your phone fits snugly into the spring-loaded holder that will keep your phone safe while you snap away.  

You'll never have to worry about getting that perfect shot anymore.  Every shot will be fantastic.


I can think of a myriad of ways to use the Looq.  Since it's portable, it conveniently fits into a purse or suitcase for on-the-go use.  It's perfect for selfies since it has a mirror attached so you can see yourself as you take the picture.  It's always annoying to have your arm in the picture while you try to achieve the perfect selfie.  How about a cool action shot while skiing or snowboarding? Since the Looq extends up to a convenient 23 inches,  you'll have no problem taking a great picture.  Don't forget to bring it to your favorite concert or show so you can take pictures over the crowd.  

This would make a wonderful Christmas present for yourself or anyone else.  Let the Looq help to turn you into your own personal photographer. 



Monday, December 2, 2013

Tassimo Review and Giveaway

There's nothing that I enjoy more in the fall and winter than a steaming cup of tea or hot chocolate.  I like to sip peppermint hot chocolate at work during the day, while I opt for a mug of chamomile tea at night.  Warm beverages heat your bones and help to keep the chill of the cold air away.  Coffee house drinks are expensive and there's nothing like the convenience of brewing your favorite drinks in your own home.

The Tassimo Brewer will revolutionize how you enjoy hot drinks.  This home brewing system brews sensational cups of hot cocoa, flavored coffees, capuccinos, lattes, and rich teas in a matter of seconds.  Simply place a T DISC upside down in the brewer to allow the built in technology Intellibrew to scan the barcode on each T DISC.  This allows for identifying precise brewing instructions with the exact time, temperature, and water amount for a perfect drink each time.  Tassimo has partnered with fabulous beverage name brands like Gevalia, Twinings, and Maxwell House for the T DISCS to ensure the delicious taste that we all know and love.  The brewer will look fabulous on your kitchen counter and will do a wonderful job making sure you receive nothing but the best tasting beverages each time you use it.  With Christmas just around the corner, a Tassimo brewer would make a fantastic gift for a coffee or tea drinker.  Why not treat yourself too?

I was fortunate enough to receive a Tassimo T55 Single Cup Brewing system for review.  I am guilty of going to a coffee house and purchasing fancy drinks which are costly.  It's much nicer and more convenient to brew your own drinks at home.  I was also sent an extremely generous amount of T DISCS.  I had a lot of fun going through each package. The variety included chai tea lattes, espressos, peppermint hot chocolates, peppermint mochas, lattes, and more.  I really like that the peppermint drinks were sent to ring in the holidays in style.  



The machine was a little tricky to initially set up in the beginning.  My husband helped and it took some time.  You have to flush it out several times before you are allowed to make your first beverage.  The machine relies on a filter for its water supply.  Once you've completed the flushing stage, you're told to fill up the water reservoir in the back.  Make sure that you fill it up enough, or the Tassimo will blink indicating it needs more water.  I really love the look of the machine.  It's classy and sleek and gives my kitchen an added boost of style.  Who doesn't love chrome and black together?

As you can see, the machine is slim and compact.  It doesn't take up a lot of room on my countertop. 

When it was time to make my first beverage, I was excited.  I surveyed my beverage options and decided to go with a chai tea latte.  I inserted my T DISC upside down, pushed the start button and prepared myself to go into an uncharted tea latte world.  The brewing process was practically instant and about 15 seconds later I was presented with a steaming mug of something that smelled wonderful. The machine was not loud or noisy at all.  You would barely know it was on.  

The latte was sweet and full of fantastic flavor that reminded me of the holidays.  A biscotti or sugar cookie would pair excellently with the beverage for a mid-day pick me up.  I'm amazed that a small T DISC can turn into a liquid beverage.  I tried a peppermint hot chocolate and an espresso the other night and enjoyed those immensely. The peppermint hot chocolate was rich and luxurious and had a wonderful peppermint flavor that was instantly noticeable.  It was like drinking a cup of Christmas.  The espresso gave me the boost that I needed and it was truly excellent coffee.  

A Tassimo is perfect for parties as everyone can have a drink of their choice, instead of being served only one flavor option from a coffee pot.  Coffee lovers will rejoice at having so choices to delight their taste buds with. 

I'm really looking forward to trying the rest of the flavors and finding new favorites, as well as buying new options in the future.  For right now, my Tassimo is the best part about my mornings and my evenings. 





Looking to buy a Tassimo?

If you're looking for a fabulous deal on Tassimo, I have an awesome one for you courtesy of Cyber Monday. Get ready to delight your taste buds with delicious coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.



Tassimo has set up a special offer, valid only on 12/2.  The code is TACYMON3.  This code allows you to save 20% off of T DISCS.  Also, you can save 20% off brewers and get 2 free packages of T DISCS.

Please note: Valid in the US only on TassimoDirect.com.  Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit 1 coupon redemption per customer. 20% T DISC discount limited  to 6 T DISC packages. 20% brewer discount limited to 2 brewers. Offer valid only on 12/2/2013 and ends at 11:59PM PST.



This is a fantastic opportunity for you to purchase a brewer of your dreams.  It makes the perfect Christmas present too!

*DISCLOSURE* I am posting this as part of a Tassimo campaign that I'm in.