Sharing a cool site for bargain hunters

So about 2 months I came across a site called Hollar.  I’m a big fan of bargains as I have stated before.  So because I had free shipping on a $10 order I decided to look around the site.  Some cool stuff there.  Some you can find at your local discount stores so not everything is a great deal but some stuff was fun.  This was one of them…

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Isn’t that cute?  It stands 20″ tall!  It is also mirrored.  Unfortunately this one is sold out at the moment but if you sign up I’m sure you could keep an eye out for it.  Now…here is the other one I want to get.  It’s the same size with a mirrored back and it’s cute.

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Guess what?  They are only $5!  That’s it!  Now if you sign up I think you get some sort of bonus like free shipping or $ off your first order.  Use my link here or above to sign up please.  https://www.hollar.com/share/2mb3phjv

There is a little kickback for me if you do of $2.  It’s not much but it would be nice.  Then when you sign up you can get family or friends to sign up with your link and get a little love back.

Well I just wanted to share these with you.  Hope you sign up and by the way if you sign up and just put a search in for “COFFEE” there is one more wall plaque in there for $5 too.  A coffee and friendship mirrored one.  So if you need a $10 purchase to get free shipping then there you go!  Two awesome wall hangings for your coffee nook.

045748-00On a side note…my hubby signed up and he got $10 free the other day in an email.  I only got $5 but hey better than a poke in the eye with a sharpie right?

Let me know in the comments if you signed up!

Oh and I also got this cutie pie since I do love Peanuts.  We are moving soon and if all goes well I will have a nice laundry room so this will go in it.  This too is sold out at the moment but typing in Peanuts in the search will get other character wall hangings.

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Yea it’s been a while…

So as almost all of you have experienced real life somehow seems to get in the way of having a bit of downtime to appreciate the things you enjoy…such as a good cup of coffee, time to read or just sit and watch the rain.  My reality hit at the beginning of the year and it’s been busy since.  I can also say that it won’t end until late this year…possibly October or November.  I may not be posting much.

Well on to my first subject.  Coffee.  A while back Starbucks was giving away free samples of their coffee in pod form.  I sent away for it and got it the other day.  I was so excited when I got my free samples (oh yea by the way I love getting freebies in the mail.  Who doesn’t?)  So in my pretty little package I received Caffe Verona, French Roast and Sumatra.  This morning I tried the Sumatra.  Wow does this cup of coffee pack a flavor punch.  It is strong yet not bitter.  I think strong isn’t the correct word…bold!  Bold is the right word.  Packs a punch of flavor.  Keep in mind that I am a creamer gal.  I am using, as usual, Coffee Mate French Vanilla.  I’m not shy about how much goes in either and this cup of coffee is still awesome bold!  I am seriously thinking about reusing that pod one more time since I think it will give one more cup of coffee.  Ok off to try that and I will be back to let you know….and the test results are…a big no, you can not get a second cup out of a Starbucks pod of Sumatra.  Worth a try.

So if you enjoy a bold coffee flavor then Starbucks Sumatra blend is totally worth a try.

And now to my second subject for today.  I am a total bargain hunter and enjoy going to the local thrift stores.  I have wanted to get a pod holder but really haven’t found one I like much.  I have been using a pretty wire and wicker basket.  A few weeks back I was in our local thrift with three of my boys and I spotted this thing, wasn’t sure what it was but knew it was something I wanted or needed.  It just looked familiar but I was having a total mind burp.  One of my twins came over and I asked him what he thought it was and he said that it looks like a coffee pod holder.  It was chrome and it spun and had these holders in it.  By George!  He’s right!  OMG I totally kept hold of that little find.  $5?  Umm…ok.  It looks brand new and it feels expensive.  It had weight to it and was shiny and pretty and it spins!  I bring it home, wash it thoroughly and set it up at my coffee bar.  Sure enough those little pods fit right in it.  I spun it round and smiled at my little find.  Then the sleuth in me wanted to know how much of a find I truly had made.  Went and did a bit of homework on the net and found out I had saved about $20.  SCORE!

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Yep you see some decaf in there…lol…I filled this up so I could take a nice pic for you.  Those decaf came in a box of pods we bought a while back.  They were in the drawer of my coffee bar so I pulled them out to fill this up for the pic.  We keep them on hand as a just in case company comes by and they want a decaf or if..gulp..we actually get lazy and don’t run out to buy coffee and use these.  Don’t judge…you know you get a little lazy once in a while.

Ok I will review a couple of books later, talk about the heat here and our little trip to Vegas.  Off to do some chores, read the news, read my e-mail, put together my menu for the next 2 weeks, get my shopping list done and putter off to do the shopping.

Thanks for taking the time to sit with a cup of coffee and read all this.

I got it! I got my Kcup!

Well it’s been a while since I posted anything.  My bad but I figure no one reads my blog anyway lol.  Here is an update on the goings on just in case I get a reader or two.

February was my birthday month.  My 49th.  Wow I truly feel like it on the outside but on the inside I’m still 17.

For my birthday we decided to get the coffee maker we have been eyeballing.  I checked the reviews of the one we wanted and finally went to Target to pick one up.  We chose the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew® 2-Way Coffee Maker.  It has a carafe for up to 12 cups at one time or the Kcup on the other for single serve.  You can use any brand Kcup so far as I can tell.  I researched online to find that there were less expensive places to purchase but I wanted to use my Target Red Card since I get an additional 5% off.  Target has a price match policy and so thus began my quest to find the least expensive place to buy the coffee maker.  If you go to the Target website they have a list of competitors they will price match with.  Open up that document and highlight each store then just right click and go to website.  I copy/pasted the name and started my search at each and every location listed.  The coffee maker at Target is normally $79.99 but it was on sale at $69.99.  I found a price online for $59.88.  Saved it to my phone so that when I brought it up to the customer service I could show them.  Super easy.  Time consuming?  Not much really.  I figure if it had not been on sale I would have saved over $20 but as it sits it was $10 savings plus 5% off total purchase since I used my Target Red Card.

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The coffee maker is easy to use and works beautifully.  If you choose to go with it make sure you run about 2 carafes of water through to clear out the plastic taste, maybe 3.  Then run at least two through the Kcup side with some cheap Kcup.  Don’t drink those!  They will taste gross and plastic flavored.  This one is also programmable for either side which is a plus since hubby wakes at 2:45 a.m. for work.  By the time he is dressed he has his travel mug filled with enough coffee left in the carafe for me when I wake at 6:15 a.m.  If I end up wanting more coffee after that then I get to use the Kcup side vs making a whole pot.  Or we just feel like having a cup after dinner.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I have to tell you that after trying out the The Original Donut Shop® Coffee K-Cup® Pod I am in love!  It has a bold coffee flavor and is just so tasty.  Puts any other one I have tried to shame really.  I told my oldest son and his fiance they could use the machine and although they are not big coffee drinkers they have bought some Kcups and use it too.  I also told him that I love the Donut shop best so far.  So as a little late birthday gift they went out and bought me two boxes of it!  Happy happy joy joy!

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Well that is it for now.  I will update with my current reads later today or tomorrow or this week or next month…..see ya then!

Happy New Year 2017

Well of course my plans to get a KCup coffee maker fell through.  One day.  For Christmas I did however get myself a gift of a Mr. Coffee electric cup warmer.  My coffee goes cold while I sit at my PC and I thought this was way better than having to get up and warm it in the microwave.  It really is an awesome little thing in life.  I went on Amazon and looked around for a coffee cup warmer, did my research, and came across this one.  Great price and fantastic reviews.  So I chose it.  My gift to myself.  I highly recommend it if you find the same thing happens to you.  I don’t work outside the home but if I did and was still working in an office I would get a second one for there for sure.

I finished my third book in the Nora Roberts Guardians Trilogy, The Island of Glass.  What a fun series to read.  Full of fantasy, romance, paranormal characters, comedy, adventure, mystery.  It truly was a great series and I enjoyed it very much.

Currently I am reading three books.  One is another paranormal.  It is a cozy mystery called The Werewolf Meets His Match by Kristin Painter.  I read the first one in the series called The Vampires Mail Order Bride.  It was a freebie by Amazon so I downloaded it and enjoyed it quite a bit.  I don’t normally read these types of books but it looked fun and was.  This is book two in the Nocturne Falls series.

The second book I am reading is Lauren Graham, of The Gilmore Girls show fame, Talking As Fast As I Can.  More or less a biography of sorts.  Just started it and am only a few chapters in and so far it’s also been a fun read.

The third book is The Light on the Water by Olga Lorenzo.  A mystery.  Only a few pages in since I just started last night.  Looks like this will be a good one.

Now the other day I was out of creamer and went to the store.  They had some Bailey’s creamers on sale.  I am normally a French Vanilla creamer type person.  I’ve tried other flavors but always go back to French Vanilla.  I saw an Irish Cream by Bailey’s on sale for just $2.99 so I thought I would give it a try.  Not for me.  I actually find it a bit bitter.  I went and got a small French Vanilla to mix with it.  Got to remember never to try anything new when it comes to creamer.  I’ve tried most and keep going back to my standard.

Well that is all for now.  Have to put away Christmas today.  Tree, village on the mantel and misc decor around the living room.  Didn’t do the outside this year so only the inside of the house needs putting away.  Shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.

Just put the bread maker on and making a simple onion flavored white bread to go with my Faki, Greek Lentil Soup.  Mine is fairly simple with lentils, whole basil leaf, lots of garlic and vinegar at the end.  Some call for celery or shredded carrot but that isn’t how it was made for me as a kid, so I am a bit of a purist and got my Thea’s recipe (Greek for Aunt).  My boys love it!

What are you all reading at the beginning of this year?  Share your books and recommendations!

The best laid plans….

Well my day of sitting in the living room in front of an open window listening to the rain and reading my new book are broken.  I have too much to do today so that will just have to wait.  Not to mention the “rain” (I put that into quotes because here in CA the weather people always make such a big deal out of sprinkles that they call it rain…sometimes go so far to call it a storm!  Ohhh) didn’t really come down as I would have loved it to.  A bit of sprinkling off an on this morning but it all ended too soon around 9 am.  Not supposed to “rain” again till around 4 pm.

My day you ask?  Well my middle son (just turned 16) needs a new bed.  Last night we went here in town and looked at beds for him.  $$$$ dang they are pricey but hey he really needs one.  You see my baby was born with Cerebral Palsy and severe club feet.  He is partially paralyzed on his left side from the CP and has had 4 surgeries on his feet.  His body isn’t built like “normal” (yep there I go with those parenthesis again) people’s bodies.  He is weaker on his left side and the muscle mass is so much lower.  He hurts.  He often hurts when he wakes up because his bed is older and the springs are tough little buggers.  So we went down and he tried out many beds and finally settled on a pillow top.  It’s by Sealy and really pricey for us but we will work it out somehow.  Also getting him a new dresser.  SOOOO with those being delivered tomorrow I have to go into a teenage boys room and clear it out and change it around to make room for the new stuff.  Going to have my oldest help me out today to get it done.  It’s a big job, it’s a big mess in there.  So wish me luck!

Maybe I can get to my book in a few days if the “rain” comes back.  Not that I don’t read when it isn’t raining but it’s always nicer when it is raining.

Oh Happy Day, The New Nora Roberts book is out!

So today I am a happy gal.  The third book of the Guardians Trilogy by Nora Roberts is out.  Island of Glass was just released and I have the e-book just waiting to be read.  I am going to finish my current Nora book first.  And by the way after reading a little bit more yesterday and this morning I am enjoying where it is going, see my notes on it in yesterdays post.  I am about half way through the book now.

So the new book!  I read the first two and they are great fun!  A real adventure.  Magics.  Supernatural beings including a Mermaid, a Lycanthrope, a Seer, a Magician and more.  It really is a fun read and now all three books are out so if you have not read them and you enjoy adventure, magic and some romance then rush out and pick them up from your library or book store.  Giving you the link to Amazon so check them out there too.

Stars of Fortune is the first book.  Bay of Sighs the second and now Island of Glass.

Oh and even happier when I look at the forecast and see that there may be rain on Thursday!  Think I will snuggle up on the couch with my coffee, fuzzy blanket and new book on Thursday after dropping boys at school and open the window, listen to the rain and indulge myself for a few hours of reading and peacefulness.

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What I am currently reading

So the other day I mentioned that I wasn’t totally thrilled with the current book I am reading.  First I will say I have a few favorite authors who are my go to.  Nora Roberts is one of them.  I am not a huge romance reader but I enjoy her books when they are supernatural in nature.  Witches and ghosts and all the like.  It makes it fun.  I became a fan many years ago while perusing the book section of the local thrift shop.  I can’t remember which book it was.  Anyway I now have all of her books, including her mystery writer books under JD Robb, in ebook format (except the one that will never be put in ebook).

Right now I am reading Enchanted :: The Donovan Legacy.  It is book #4.  The first three I flew through and they were great fun.  All different but connected and you get to revisit the characters from the previous books.  Another reason I enjoy her books is a lot are trilogies.  Anyway so I am on book 4 now.  Character is still a Donovan but not one I am familiar with per the first three books.  In this one it seems the other 3 Donovans (cousins) are not part of this, or at least not yet.  The reason I am not that thrilled with this one is the way the main male lead, Liam Donovan, is portrayed.  He can take shape as a wolf and has not told the female lead, Rowan, of his true self yet.  Anyhoo he has at times gone to her in wolf form and been there while she undressed, bathed and while she spoke to him about Liam the human or about her personal feelings/secrets.  I just don’t feel that is in character for Nora in this book and it is throwing me off.  She usually has much more respect for non magical persons and not harming anyone with their gifts.  Although he is not harming he is taking advantage and that is one of the reasons I am not enjoying this one as much as the others.  Still a nice story and her writing always takes you to the place and puts you right there.  She has an easy way of description that always makes you feel as if you are there and can picture all the scenery as well as the people.

I will at a later date tell you who my other favorite authors are.  For now maybe check Nora out if you haven’t already and try a trilogy of hers.  I would recommend the Donovan Legacy since it is fresh in my mind.  Your local library should have them.  If you read or have read them let me know what you thought.