Thursday, January 28, 2016

JCPenny's Valentine's Day Look Book 2016 and Keurig® K250 2.0 Compact Brewer review!

Every Valentine's Day, hubby and I would celebrate the special day with a nice dinner, flowers and gift exchanges. This year, I managed to surprise hubby with an early gift, thanks to Alana and William for sending me a sample from the JCPenny's Valentine's Day Look Book 2016!

Such sweet and thoughtful products! Needless to say, I am naturally drawn to the home products such as the fabulous Kalorik Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker, the fantastic Keurig® K250 2.0 Compact Brewer the pretty Chantal® 2-qt. Enamel-on-Steel Vintage Teakettle, the lovely Cake Boss™ 12-Cup Molded Nonstick Cookie Pan-Heart, the charming Nostalgia Electrics™ Coca-Cola® Series Kettle Popcorn Maker and the whimsical Tabletops Unlimited® 5-pc. Popcorn Serving Stoneware Bowl Set

Picking a Valentine's Day sample to surprise my hubby in this case is definitely a no-brainer! The Keurig® K250 2.0 Compact Brewer is an obvious choice because hubby is such a big coffee drinker. I have also noticed that he has been checking out these awesome units in the stores recently so getting one for ourselves is only a matter of time. I have been thinking of gifting my hubby a Keurig brewer for Valentine's Day or in his upcoming birthday so receiving this sample to review is truly a blessing!

One of the best thing about the Keurig® K250 2.0 Compact Brewer is it comes in 8 colors so you can select one that matches your decor and appliances. I picked the white unit to lighten up my not-so-bright kitchen. Here it is!

A sleek, compact and wonderful brewing machine that won't take up a lot of counter space, a perfect size for my small kitchen.

As a bonus, a water filter starter kit, a Keurig descaling solution and these goodies were included with my Keurig brewer.

This brewer comes with a touch-screen LCD to make operation simpler.

There's a removable water reservoir at the back of the brewer to allow easy refilling. Additionally, there's also a water level window that lets you see how much water is available. The drip tray is easily removable to simplify cleaning.

When the water level is low, the LCD display will remind you to refill water.

After the water is refilled, you will see a "Lift to Begin" message, indicating it's ready for you to place your K-cup inside the unit.

Once you have put your K-cup inside, it's time to pick the size of your cup (4oz, 6oz, 8oz or 10oz) and beverage "strength" setting. After you have made your selections, you can start brewing your beverage by clicking on the blinking brew button.

Hubby loves his coffee strong so he selected the strong option. 

Just push the brew button and let the brewing magic begins!

Brewing in action!

Brewing almost complete!

Mission accomplished!

Ta-dah! Hubby's cup of freshly brewed coffee is ready!

My hubby loves his brand new Keurig brewer! Usually, he only limits himself to a cup of joe but I saw him having two cups of coffee over the weekend because the Keurig brewer makes everything so easy and convenient for him.

Because hubby is the sole coffee drinker in our household at the moment, this unit is perfect for brewing a single-serve cup. This coffeemaker is quite efficient, taking less than 3 minutes to heat up the water in the reservoir or brew a cup of great tasting coffee. 

I also like how the sleek and compact design doesn't take up much counter space, ideal for tiny kitchens with limited counter space like mine. By incorporating a smart and user-friendly touch-screen LCD, it takes the operation guesswork out of you with its easy step-by-step instructions. The strength control setting for brewing is a wonderful addition. If you need a cup of hot water, you can activate the process without inserting the k-cup in the machine, which is a plus. 

The only downside of the brewer is it splashes a little on the unit every time you brew a cup of beverage but it can be easily fixed with a quick wipe from a damp paper towel, a minor inconvenience I would say.

Overall, I think this brewer is a brilliant product especially for coffee drinkers leading a fast-paced, busy lifestyle. Easy to set up and clean up, offers great flexibility for your preferred beverage (with over 50 brands and 350+ varieties to choose from), convenient to use and delivers a great tasting coffee (according to hubby), what's not to love about this well-designed coffeemaker? 

*I have received this product to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Are you a Keurig owner too? I would love to know your experience with Keurig brewer!

Don't forget to get your own Keurig brewing unit here! Check out the rest of the products in the look book here.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Countertops are the perfect way to add stunning beauty to your kitchen!

Kitchen renovation is an exciting as well as a difficult task on the part of homeowners. However, when done properly with the help of professionals, the work can be truly beautiful and of course, long lasting. So, has the number of family members increased and you feel that there is not adequate space for accommodation? Well, if you answered yes, then installing countertops in the kitchen can be of great help for your loved ones. This is a great way to increase space and value to your property. In case you want to sell off your home, you will be able to make good profit in future.

Adding countertops- Choose the right shape and size for your kitchen

Are you planning to add countertops in the cooking area? Well, if your answer is yes, then it is extremely important that you find the right one for your needs. Since they are available in different shapes and sizes, you should be careful before buying them for installation. Countertops should complement the color of the cabinet in order to provide a cohesive look to the kitchen. 

Installing quartz countertops by Caesarstone is a great option because they add stunning beauty to the kitchen and are meant to last for several years. Find the right one for your kitchen so that you will not need to replace them within a short span of time. 

Unique design- Select one that complements your cooking space

When installing countertops, homeowners should consider a design that will complements the interior décor of the space. You can pick up the same color that has been used for the cabinets and countertops. However, if you choose a different color, then you must pick a design that is compatible with your kitchen. You should consider countertops with your kitchen’s theme to give a sophisticated look to this particular area. Installing Caesarstone countertops will change the entire look of your kitchen!

More about Countertops

Adding countertops is a great way to have more working area in the kitchen and additionally, you get more space for storage. 

Great countertops will increase your property’s value if you want to sell your home in the future. More often than not, buyers prefer to purchase houses where countertops are already installed since this will lessen their cost and they do not have to take on the trouble to install them themselves.

You will find innumerable designs and styles of countertops in the market these days. However, it is essential that you consider its price and durability factor. It is advisable to select countertops that suit your budget and lifestyle. Research is key for finding your dream countertops.

Friday, January 1, 2016

And the winner of the giveaway is ..........

I am excited to announce the winner of the recent giveaway brought to you by Betty Crocker!

I used to pick the winner and here it is! The lucky winner who will be receiving a $20 PayPal cash is

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys!

Congratulations! I will email you soon. Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway. Happy New Year, my lovelies!