Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #Sponsored

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Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #Sponsored

keurig 2 0 Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #SponsoredEver since I got my first Keurig coffee machine almost 6 years ago, my love for good, quality coffee grew. There is nothing quite as delicious as a single serve cup of coffee from official K-Cup brands like Green Mountain. I love all their blends, and love that the my original Keurig coffee maker allowed me to brew just enough coffee for a good sized, quality cup. Sadly, a few months ago, my beloved original Keurig machine officially died after almost 6 years of use. It was a sad day, but I managed to survive.

About two weeks ago I received one of the best emails in a while that asked if I wanted to review the latest Keurig 2.0!! You bet I was super stoked because I had been in the air deciding on which model of Keurig coffee makers to get after my original machine died. I had heard the latest Keurig would be better than ever, and guess what? It really is!!!

Say Hello to the all new Keurig 2.0! 

Ok, so where to start on why the new Keurig 2.0 is a must in every kitchen?! I just love mine to pieces!! 

inside keurig 2.0  Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #SponsoredThe Keurig 2.0 is roughly the same size as the original Keurig single serve machines, but much more sophisticated. It fits nicely onto our kitchen counter, and adds some elegance with it’s color touch display and modern design. I like the added options of the new Keurig 2.0 over the older machines. You can set it to automatically turn on in the morning so it’s already warmed up and ready to go. Plus, you can set it to automatically turn off – either at a set time of day, or after a set amount of minutes sitting idle.

how the new keurig works  Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #SponsoredThe operation of the machine is pretty much the same, but now there are more brewing options. The most notable new option is the K-Carafe. The Keurig 2.0 allows you to brew a full 30 oz carafe of coffee! Obviously this feature requires special cups with added capacity, which are called K-Carafe Packs. The process is roughly the same for brewing a carafe as it is for a cup, except you need to use the carafe that Keurig provides with the brewer. All you need to do is pop in a K-Carafe Pack into the machine, place the carafe under the brewer, select the carafe option on the touch display, and start brewing. This is the simplest and fastest way to brew a pot of coffee I’ve ever experienced! Any time I can shave off from my morning routine is warmly welcomed, and the K-Carafe does just that!

keurig 2 0 reviews Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #SponsoredSome notable Keurig 2.0 features are:

  • 2.8″ color touch display with customizable backgrounds and clock.
  • Programmable controls like auto on/off and power save mode.
  • 10 different brew sizes ranging from 4 oz. to 30 oz.
  • 80 oz. water reservoir with an easy flip open top.
  • Hot Water On Demand

pumpkin k cup1 Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #SponsoredIf you are the type of person who like to buy “off brands” of k-cups, you will be sadly disappointed that the latest Keurig 2.0 will not accept them. Unlike older Keurig models, the latest Keurig will reject any “cups” that do not have the Keurig logo attached. So any store/competition, or refillable cups will not work with this machine. That is pretty much the only con when ti comes to this lovely coffee maker!

pumpkin spice green mountain1 Keurig 2.0: The Best Keurig Coffee Machine on the Market! #HelloKeurig #Sponsored=====================> Looking to buy a Keurig 2.0? Why not buy your’s at Kohl’s!? They have an AWESOME sweepstakes for all customers who purchase their Keurig 2.0 from Kohls!  Grand prize winners of Kohl’s Win Free Coffee for a Year When You Say Hello to Keurig 2.0 Sweepstakes will receive 2 free boxes of K-Cup® or K-Carafe packs every month for a year!! All you have to do is complete the entry form on the official sweepstakes site, and upload a photo of your receipt, packing slip or web confirmation, showing your purchase of a Keurig 2.0 brewing system at a Kohl’s retail location or on www.kohls.com for your chance to win. No purchase necessary (see details on site). Valid August 24-September 17th. 

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Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer

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Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer

Epson 410 Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterSpace is a commodity these days. Products that can fit more features into a smaller package are what most of us are looking for when shopping for electronics. In addition to that –  wires – nobody likes having them tangled up under the desk or hanging down the wall, they are becoming outdated and unneeded in many electronics. Compact and wireless is the way to go when it comes to electronics – this includes printers.

The Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer measures only 15.4″ x 11.8″ x 5.7″, and it packs in a ton of features. The XP-410 can print, copy and scan all your documents and photos from its small and compact package. Plus, it can print from your PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet wirelessly! It’s compatible with Apple’s AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, so your guaranteed to have it work with whatever modern device you’re using.

Before I get into my assessment  of the XP-410, have a look at its key features:

  • ISO Print Speeds of 8.7 ppm (black) and 4.5 ppm (color).
  • 2.5″ LCD screen to preview, edit, and print photos directly from the printer.
  • Epson Connect (print from mobile devices like iPhone & iPad)
  • WiFi
  • Individual Ink Cartridges
  • Borderless photo printing without a PC

Epson small in one printer  Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterThe XP-410 was super easy to setup. You don’t even need a computer to use the printer, so setup is basically plugging it in and setting up the wireless connection. With the Epson XP-410, you have 2 different wireless setups to choose from – WiFi Infrastructure mode or WiFi Direct Mode.

WiFi Infrastructure Mode connects the printer to your wired or wireless network, so you can print to it with other devices connected to the network.

WiFi Direct Mode turns the printer into an access point for your device, or uses a peer-to-peer connection, which connects the printer with another device directly (outside the network).

epson small in one Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterThese different connection options make the Epson XP-410 a great fit for most people. The setup process for WiFi is pretty straightforward. Similar to the WiFi setup of any other wireless device you might have. I was impressed, however, by the easy to follow User’s Guide for the XP-410. If you run into any snags, or aren’t that computer/electronic savvy, the User’s Guide provides great step-by-step comprehensive instructions.

Epson XL printer cartridges  Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterPrint Quality on the Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer is rather exceptional. Photos came out bright, crisp, and were accurately colorful. Documents printed accurately and at a decent speed (8.7 ppm (black) and 4.5 ppm (color)). It’s a home printer, and its purpose is not productivity, so the print speeds fit my needs well.

Epson 410 xp Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterAir Print and Google Cloud Print. Both of these features worked flawlessly for me. Plus, with Epson Connect, you have other options as well. Epson Email Print allows you to create a unique email address for the printer. When you send an email to that email address, the XP-410 will automatically print the contents of that email. In addition to that, Epson iPrint is an app for Apple devices that allow you to send and receive data from your Epson printer. From the iPrint app, you can access your saved iPhone photos and send them for printing, access your saved documents and photos from online storage apps like Dropbox, and even scan using your phone.

Epson 410 xp printer  Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterOverall, the Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer exceeded my expectations. You cant beat the flexibility and cost savings you get with being able to change each separate color ink cartridge. Plus, the connection options can’t be beat. The XP-410 can print from almost anything! Lastly, is price. The Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer only costs $69.99! A printer with these capabilities and versatility could easily demand $100 or more. If you’re looking for a great home printer for a great price, look no further than the XP-410.

Here are some examples of the printed projects that this printer was able to effortlessly produce:

Epson pics Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterVibrant 4×6 photos

Adorable chalkboard style First Day of School signs

Girls 1st day of school Affordable & Compact: Epson Expression Home XP 410 Small in One All in One PrinterI really love how effortlessly this printer printed these items. The detail is spectacular too, and has me so excited about all the printable possibilities I can now create.

To learn more about the Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer, be sure to visit their official site. The price factor, easy setup, wireless capabilities, and compact size have me using this printer the most now! I also just LOVE how I can print straight from my iPhone—amazingly convenient.

Check out the New JBL Products During August Audio Fest at Best Buy! #AudioFest

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Check out the New JBL Products During August Audio Fest at Best Buy!

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August Audio Fest Best Buy Check out the New JBL Products During August Audio Fest at Best Buy! #AudioFestLong gone are the days of boom boxes, monstrous stereos, and walkmans. My sleek tablet and smartphone now keep me musically entertained while I clean my home, or wash dishes. Complete silence is just not motivating to me when I do not feel like doing household chores. If my kids are napping, or out using headphones can easily transport me to my happy place.

Right now, my home has several wireless bluetooth speakers, tablets, phones, and music streaming devices. I am always on the lookout to add to, or enhance my audio collection, and that is just what happened recently. As a member of the Best Buy Wolfbloggers program, I was able to test out two new JBL devices that will be on sale soon during August Audio Fest at Best Buy.

JBL CLIP Speaker  Check out the New JBL Products During August Audio Fest at Best Buy! #AudioFestIntroducing the JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($49.99) and JBL Reflect Sport Headphones ($59.99). Both of these items arrived in really spiffy packaging and were so alluring that I had to open them immediately. The Reflect Headphones really caught my eyes because they have a super cool design. You see, prior to receiving these my listening devices were either uncomfortable ear buds, or puffy padded headphone that made me look like I was wearing black ear muffs.

JBL Reflect Headphones  Check out the New JBL Products During August Audio Fest at Best Buy! #AudioFestNow the Reflect Headphones are the best of both those worlds. I get the discreet benefits of an ergonomic ear tip, and the comfort of a headphone all wrapped into a sleek pair of headphones that actually stay in place. Working out is so much easier because I do not accidentally rip these out, or have to re-insert them into my ear. Reflect headphones  Check out the New JBL Products During August Audio Fest at Best Buy! #AudioFestThe best part is these produce perfect sound quality, and have zero static!

The JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker is also really cool because I can attach it to my backpack, stroller, and more! It make it so convenient to transport music wherever we go! Our’s had been getting a lot of action outdoors attached to our garden trellis. It might sound weird, but when we are gardening, we can keep it up and away from the kids or mischievous dog. The sound quality is LOUD, and clear as a whistle similar to that of our other 2 JBL products.

If you are interested in checking out these products first hand, be sure to head over to the Best Buy August Audio Fest 8-3 8-30th.

Best Buy is gathering the best offers on the best audio products throughout the entire month of August. Visit a Best Buy store to test & try the latest & greatest in audio – from portable Bluetooth speakers and headphones, to home theater solutions and car audio. Best Buy has the best selection of audio products – come in and let Best Buy teach you how to upgrade your sound.

Scratch Wireless: Free Cellphone Service? Never Pay a Penny! Check out our Review!

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Scratch Wireless: Free Cellphone Service? Never Pay a Penny! Check out our Review!

Motorola photon q Scratch Wireless: Free Cellphone Service? Never Pay a Penny! Check out our Review!

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Would you believe me if I said I haven’t owned a cell phone in 9 years? I know, it sounds super weird in this day and age but it is true! 9 years ago when my cell phone provider contract ran out, I decided to not renew it. My husband and I were on a tight budget, and I learned how to adjust to life without a cell phone. It was weird at first, but as the years passed on it got easier!

Now that I have three kids, and an email that piles up almost as fast as my laundry, I have decided that the benefit of having a cell phone would be great. Doctors appointments, errands, and family visits would all go much smoother if I could just keep an eye out on potentially important emails.

Like most budget conscious people, I have been waiting for a cell phone plan to come out that was reasonable, and had modern phones.

scratch wireless  Scratch Wireless: Free Cellphone Service? Never Pay a Penny! Check out our Review!

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No, I did not want a Jitterbug of a phone..I wanted a modern phone that had the capability of taking nice pictures, and accessing the internet.

And then I got an amazing email from the folks at Scratch Wireless. I couldn’t have been more excited to test out their cell phone plan, and the pretty sweet Motorola Photon Q.

Motorola photon q phone  Scratch Wireless: Free Cellphone Service? Never Pay a Penny! Check out our Review!

Large screen size!

Why? For starters, this cell phone company has a completely new kind of service that can possibly be 100% FREE!!! Yes, you heard me right, with Scratch Wireless you can use a cell phone FREE when connected to existing Wi-Fi networks! Free access to your email, Facebook, and even calls! If you need to make a call or use data when you are not in an area with an available Wi-Fi connection, you can purchase a $1.99 pass!

scratch wireless phone Scratch Wireless: Free Cellphone Service? Never Pay a Penny! Check out our Review!

Front View while in lock mode.

I was so excited when my Motorola Photon Q arrived! I couldn’t wait to take it out of the box, charge it, and explore it’s features. Initially, I noticed the phone is a little larger than the iPhone 5, and features both a touchscreen, and a keyboard which slides out from the side. These are some additional desirable features one woudl want in a cellphone:

  • 4.3″ ColorBoost display
  • 4G LTE speeds-connection speeds of 25 mbps
  • Optimized with SMARTACTIONS
  • 8 MP HD camera 1080p
  • Dual screen cameras
  • 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Facebook & Instagram access & more!
  • Sprint Network
  • FREE Texting regardless of connection type
  • Learn more about the Photon Q specs 

Personally, when I first saw this phone, I knew it would be perfect for snapping pics of my kiddos at the park. The picture quality is sharp, and very detailed which I love. The phone comes with a charger, and quick start guide in a recyclable box. Since my husband does have an Apple phone, I am used to IOS system. However, it is easy to adapt to the Android Jelly Bean operating system.

little girl Scratch Wireless: Free Cellphone Service? Never Pay a Penny! Check out our Review!

Picture I took of my daughter. The camera editing has tons of fun effects built in.

When you switch to Scratch Wireless you can also keep your old number, or get a new one. I myself didn’t have an old number so I received a new one. It is neat to finally have a number to give out to friends other than my house number!

So far, all my calls and texts have been 100% free. However, what if I were to go somewhere where there was absolutely no Wi- Fi …unimaginable these days, but it happens! Well, I could STILL TEXT , or for $1.99 I could buy a 24 hour call pass, or I could pay $14.99 for a monthly one! Isn’t that an amazing steal of a deal? So regardless, you would NEVER pay more than $14.99 a month!!

Tell me, what other cell phone plan offers consumers FREE service with the purchase of a phone? I know I cannot think of one!

Are you interested in learning more about Scratch Wireless? Check out their official site!

A Blogger’s Dream: Check out the Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud!

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A Blogger’s Dream: Check out the Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud!

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Eyefi 8gb card A Bloggers Dream: Check out the Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud! As a blogger, and mother to three, I take a lot of photos each day. Sometimes my photos are of food, or products, but most of the time they are photos of my three children. While I love my Nikon and arsenal of different lenses, there is something I loathe about taking pictures. This pesky issue is having to insert and extract my SD card multiple times per day. Depending on how quickly I need the images for posts, and what computer I’m on, things get tricky, and annoying!

But, and this is a great big “but” I no longer have to worry about this time sucking issue!! Whoohooo!!

Eyefi mobi A Bloggers Dream: Check out the Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud! Thanks to the Eyefi Mobi Card all my annoyances with taking images are solved! Now, when I take images they automatically load to my Eyefi Cloud storage!! That means I no longer have to worry about being on my office computer to get images. My job as a blogger, and mom is ten times easier!!

how eyefi mobi works A Bloggers Dream: Check out the Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud! There were days when I would have multiple photo sessions throughout the day. Some posts were due stat, and my husband would be working on a certain post. Now,I no longer have to email him images to edit. He can easily and conveniently access my Eyefi Cloud Storage to pull the images he needs for his posts.

Ok,so now you know how much I LOVE my Eyefi “Wifi” SD card, but here are some compelling facts and product detail:

The ultra-fast class 10 Eyefi Mobi SDHC Card works with pretty much all digital cameras. You can check the compatibility here on their site.

  • Instantly transfers all photos taken to your Eyefi Cloud
  • No wires needed
  • Access your pictures from any devices included mobile phones, tablets, and more!
  • Same size as a standard HD card
  • Cloud service allows you to organize photos by date, album, add tags
  • Conveniently priced bundles available
  • Available in 4  products with different features

Eyefi mobi cards A Bloggers Dream: Check out the Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud! Currently,the Eyefi Mobi 16GB with a one year membership to Cloud Service is is $99.00. at Best Buy stores. You can also purchase this product online on Amazon.com A Bloggers Dream: Check out the Eyefi Mobi Card and Eyefi Cloud!

Jam To Music On The SoundBlade by Altec Lansing

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Jam To Music On The SoundBlade by Altec Lansing

Altec Soundblade Jam To Music On The SoundBlade by Altec Lansing The SoundBlade is a portable Bluetooth speaker that follows a long line of quality sound products made by the respected brand Altec Lansing. There are a TON of portable Bluetooth speakers flooding the market these days, and most of the competition is in the less than $100 bracket. So how does Altec Lansing’s – The SoundBlade perform? Does it hold its own? Read on to find out…

Altec Lansing Black soundblade Jam To Music On The SoundBlade by Altec Lansing Design:

The SoundBlade sports a simple design with clean edges, a matte outer surface, and a low profile stance. The elements of its design make it an easy addition to most areas in the home or office. The outer encasement feels super strong and sturdy. This is an important attribute for portability, since the speaker has a higher potential to suffer bumps and falls. Additionally, the front mounted, easily visible buttons of The SoundBlade make it easy to turn it on or off, accept phone calls, or change the volume if the speaker is up on a high shelf somewhere, or in a poorly lit room.

Altec Lansing Soundblade equipment  Jam To Music On The SoundBlade by Altec Lansing Ease of Use:

The SoundBlade can’t get much easier to use! You have 2 different ways to listen with it – Bluetooth or Auxiliary port. The auxiliary port will accepts headphone cords, so you can basically use The SoundBlade in place of headphones. Additionally, The SoundBlade is compatible with Bluetooth, so you can pipe in your music from any Bluetooth enabled device, like a smartphone or tablet. Bluetooth is super simple to connect. As soon as The SoundBlade is turned on, it’s discoverable. Just find it in on your device, select connect, and a voice tells you when you’re paired.

Altrec Lansing black bluetooth speaker  Jam To Music On The SoundBlade by Altec Lansing Sound Quality & Performance:

I’m happy with the quality of sound The SoundBlade provides. At all volume levels, The SoundBlade played crisp highs and clear mid range frequencies. At high volumes the Bass distorted slightly on some songs that focus a lot on deep, throaty bass notes. This was only apparent on songs that use a lot of electronic bass notes. Rock music sounded great, since most of its bass notes are produced by bass guitar and bass drums. I don’t listen to dubstep, so I’m happy with The SoundBlade’s sound quality.

The battery life is quoted at “up to six hours”. While I haven’t listened to The SoundBlade for at least six hours straight, it does keep its charge for about 6 collective hours of me listening to music over a 3 -4 day period. This number can be influenced by a number of variables, like listening volume, ambient temperature, on/off time, etc…, but I found the quoted battery time to be pretty accurate.

Conclusion:

Overall, The SoundBlade from Altec Lansing is a great buy at under $100. Its durable, fits into different décor easily, and is super easy to use. With The SoundBlade, you get leading sound performance in a less than $100 package. It’s good buy! You can learn more about this product by connecting with Altec Lansing on social media sites Facebook & Twitter.

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