Iced Coffee At Home (Keurig/Truvia Giveaways)

I reviewed the Keurig last month and shared that, while I loved it, I wished it made cold drinks. Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Keurig about reviewing their “brew over ice” k-cups. Yes, brew over ice which means that I can use my Keurig to make iced drinks! I made one the other day and wanted to share with you all about the yummy iced coffee drink I made.

How to make an iced vanilla coffee drink at home:

Ingredients needed: ice, water, Keurig “brew over ice” k-cup (French Vanilla flavored), Truvia sweetener, and milk

Directions:

1) Use your Keurig machine to brew coffee like normal (use the manual for step-by-step directions). Make sure to choose the 6 or 8 oz. cup choice on your brewer.

2) Put ice in a travel coffee mug (it can be in any cup but I used a travel mug because it has a lid)

3) Pour milk over ice (fill 1/4 of the way up the cup)

4) Add hot coffee

5) Add 2 packets of Truvia sweetner (I love this because it is natural and calorie free. It’s also not gritty like plain sugar.)

6) Put lid on the mug and shake. Pour into a cup of your choice and enjoy! :)

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More about Truvia:

  • It is the first, great tasting, natural, zero-calorie sweetener.
  • It is a natural sweetener is made from rebiana, the best tasting part of the stevia leaf.  Stevia is a plant native to portions of northeastern Paraguay. It has been used to sweeten foods and beverages for more than 200 years.
  • It is a natural sweetener is available nationwide at grocery and retail stores
  • One packet of Truvia™ natural sweetener provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar.
  • More information can be found at www.truvia.com

Enter to win:

1 sample box of “Brew over Ice” k-cups for the Keurig Brewer and 1 box of Truvia sweetener

How to win:

Tell me what your favorite hot or cold drink is.

Giveaway ends on July 10, 2010 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received samples of the “Brew over Ice” K-Cups and a box of Truvia sweetener from the companies in return for an honest review. I also received the Keurig Brewer previously which I used to make the coffee.)

Touch’d Review and Giveaway

I wanted to share a new line of beauty products with you called Touch’d which launched yesterday. Touch’d bath and body was founded by Rachel Ferrucci. Rachel created the products when she couldn’t find what she was looking for in the stores.  She says, “one product specifically, the organic sugar scrub, was created when my daughter had eczema and the doctors were giving us medicated creams that seemed to be drying out her skin. I wanted to give my daughter relief without slopping medicated creams all over her delicate body. I researched and read every book on natural oils and how they can benefit our skin. I was successful in making a product that was 100% organic and alleviated her eczema.” Being a mom of a child with eczema myself,  I understand completely where she is coming from.

I had the pleasure of reviewing the “Moisture Myst” in the Tropical Paradise scent. The website says that the “convenient spray on moisturizer will revive and hydrate your skin with oils containing natural vitamins to penetrate rather than coat it. Moisture Myst contains no waxes, leaving silky smooth skin with none of the grease.” I love that the spray made my skin feel soft without feeling oily like a lot of other lotions do. I also love the floral smell of the myst which is one of six different scents that the products come in.

Rachel says that the myst is great to use right after a shower so your skin will soak it up. Another great use for the spray is as a moisturizer after too much time in the sun. She says if you get a sunburn and use Moisture Myst three times a day, you won’t peel.

To try out the Moisture Myst or any of the other products you can visit the Touch’d online shop and buy one. To receive 25% off your order you can use the code “TimeforMommy” (valid June 7th-July 15th). You can also win one here!

GIVEAWAY

Rachel is offering a Touch’d Foaming Salt Soak to one lucky reader.

To enter to win you can do any of the following (leave a comment for each):

1) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy blog

2) Go to the Touch’d website and tell me which scent is your favorite

3) Like Touch’d on Facebook

4) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow @touchd on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

7) Tweet about this giveaway (please leave link to your tweet). Must include link to this post in your status update.

This giveaway will end on July 8, 2010 at 11:59pm. Please make sure to include an email address so that I can contact you if you win.

(Disclosure: I received the Moisture Myst from Rachel at Touch’d to review. All opinions given are my own.)

Fun In The Sun (And A Giveaway)

Jacob and Lucas recently had a playdate with their cousins, Camden and Maddie. They spent most of the time outside in the sun.

Jacob and Camden in their matching swim trunks

Jacob and Lucas eating lunch

Lucas playing in the water

Jacob and Camden eating cupcakes

Jacob playing football

Cousin Maddie

As you can see, all four children are very fair skinned. It’s really important for them to wear sunscreen when they are in the sun like that. Usually we just use a child lotion sunscreen and my boys fight with me to put it on and wiggle around so I end up missing spots or they walk around looking like ghosts because I don’t rub it in all the way. That won’t be a problem anymore with this new sunscreen we received.

KINeSYS sent me some sunscreen to review. I used it the other day and love it. The sunscreen that they make is easy to apply because it can be sprayed on. It comes either unscented or scented (the one I tried was mango scented- yummy).

Here’s a little bit more about the sunscreen from the flyer that came with it:

  • UVA/UVB protection with Parsol 1789
  • Oil-free/ Alcohol-free/PABA-free
  • Preservative-free
  • Very water-resistant and sweat-resistant
  • Hypoallergenic/ Non-comedogenic
  • Over 700 sprays per bottle

Sunscreen for kids

WIN IT!

One winner will receive a bottle of KINeSYS Kids SPF 30 sunscreen.

HOW?

Leave a comment telling me your favorite outside activity. That’s it! (Of course if you want to subscribe to this blog that would be great, too, but not required.)

This giveaway ends July 7, 2010 at 11:59pm. Good luck! :)

(Disclosure: I was provided two bottles of sunscreen in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.)

Birthday Shirt Review and Giveaway

On Wednesday Jacob had some of his friends over for a birthday playdate. Here are some pictures of Jacob from the celebration:

See the cute shirt he was wearing at the playdate? Mimi from Mimi’s Babies Etsy shop made it just for him. To customize the shirt I was able to choose what fabric I wanted, what number I wanted, and the name I wanted on the shirt. I loved having a special shirt for him to wear and it will make a great keepsake.

I’ve spotlighted Mimi’s Babies Etsy shop before and I am doing it again because I absolutely LOVE their handmade items. You can order one of these shirts from their shop or enter to win one here. I’m excited that Mimi’s Babies will be giving one lucky winner a customized birthday shirt of your choice.

Mandatory entry: To have a chance at winning you must leave a comment below letting me know one other item you love from their shop.

Extra entries: For extra entries you may do any of the following (be sure to leave one comment for each):

1) Subscribe to Mimi’s Babies blog

2) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy blog

3) “Like” Mimi’s Babies on Facebook

4) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow @mimisbabiesetsy on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

7) Tweet about this giveaway (please leave link to your tweet). Must include link to this post in your status update.

This giveaway will end on July 5, 2010 at 11:59pm. Please make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

(Disclosure: I was provided a birthday shirt by Mimi’s Babies Etsy Shop. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mimi’s Babies will send Birthday shirt directly to the winner.)

Loving My New Keurig

I was given the opportunity to review a Keurig-Special Edition Brewing System in exchange for sharing my honest opinion about it with you all.

I have to tell you that I was super excited to try it out because of all the great reviews it had received. When it finally showed up on my doorstep the other day I just had to set it up and try it out right away.

Because I was busy with my two little guys, my 14 year old sister, Morgan, set it up for us. The brewer comes with step by step directions so it only took my sister about 10 minutes or so to set up.

Once the Keurig was setup we had to decide what we wanted to try first. The company generously sent me four boxes of their k-cups- two sampler coffee boxes, one box of teas, and one box of Timothy’s white hot chocolate. We both chose to try out the hot chocolate first.

Now for the review:

What I loved- I loved that the Keurig had a LCD screen that told me “ready” and “not ready”. It really made it easy to know when it was ready to use. I also loved the fact that there is no messing with coffee grounds and filters or hot chocolate powders. The Keurig uses K-cups and all you do is pop the K-Cup in and close the lid. There is nothing to open as the Keurig has an internal needle that pokes holes in the K-Cup and lets the water seep through.

What I would change- The only thing that I don’t love is that it doesn’t make cold drinks. If this Keurig made hot drinks AND cold drinks I would be head over heals in love! :)

Don’t you think this would make an awesome Mother’s Day gift? I would have shared with my mom but she already has her own :) More information about the Keurig brewing system and their other products can be found online here.

(Disclaimer: I was provided a Keurig brewer from MS&L in exchange for my honest review and opinion. Like always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.)