6.30.2015

Product Review: Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster


I received this product to try in exchange for my honest opinion thanks to BzzAgent and Paula's Choice Skincare.

Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster is a thick, clear liquid that looks like water and has no scent or color so it can easily be applied by itself or mixed with your favorite moisturizer. It's a 'plumper' so it hydrates and smooths fine lines. 

I have been using it now for a few weeks and honestly love it.  No horrible smell, no need to wash my fingers of fake colors after applying it and I can put it on any time of day - it's easy so I've been able to continuously use it without forgetting or putting it off because of the smell, color, time of day, mixture with other products, etc.

The hyaluronic acid binds with skin to hold in moisture and plump up wrinkles while hydrating and reinforcing your skin’s barrier function.


Product Information:
What’s great about the liqui-gel treatment is that it can be applied directly to skin or mixed with any serum, moisturizer (without SPF) or eye cream to increase that product’s hydrating and smoothing properties. It can also be used before or after AHA or BHA exfoliants, retinol treatments and other anti-aging products.
  • The formula is suitable for all skin types — even breakout prone skin
  • Like all Paula’s Choice Skincare products, the ingredients in this formula are proven effective by published, scientific research
  • It’s also 100% fragrance- and colorant-free, with no added dyes or irritants






Product Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Adenosine, Cholesterol, Panthenol, Silanetriol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.














I've been using it primarily around my eyes and between my brows and feel my 'fine' wrinkles around my eyes are less noticeable.

The Paula's Choice skincare line isn't too badly priced, especially if you are using the code PRBZZ20 at checkout for 20% off, (plus you get free shipping) at PaulasChoice.com. 








6.23.2015

Coffee Donations to our US Troops Serving Honorably All Around the World: Donating Coffee to our Soliders (Boca Java)



This morning I was sipping my coffee and thinking about what 'coffee' themed post would be good for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.  As I brainstormed in my head, I remembered a coffee company that donated coffee to our troops when you purchased a bag.  (I actually did a sponsored post for them back in 2006 or 2007 in which they sent me a coffee mug and a hat and a bag of coffee. That's how I originally heard about them!) This is not a sponsored post though.  

I did a quick web search and found they are still in business, have grown quite a bit in the last 10 years and are still donating coffee to our troops.

Since 2005, Boca Java and loyal customers have donated over 8.1 MILLION cups of gourmet coffee to our U.S. Troops serving honorably all around the world.  It's a 'matching' program, meaning: They match each bag donated by customers.

From their website:  Information about the 'Send Coffee to the Troops' program:
  • Why did Boca Java start this program?

  • In Oct 2003, one of the troops in Iraq contacted us requesting a coffee donation. The letter went on to explain there were many things the troops have to go without, but a few things, like a good cup of coffee would really be appreciated.

    We mailed out several boxes and received a nice email back in Nov 2003 that showed us how much they appreciated it. From that point forward, we have been sending regular shipments to the troops and we continue to get tremendous feedback on how much they appreciate it.

    In 2005, we expanded our donation program to invite our customers to send an 8 oz bag of coffee to the troops. The program has been such an overwhelming positive experience for both our military serving honorably overseas, and for us internally as a company; and the results speak for themselves. Over 7.9 Million Cups Served!

  • How do you get the troops addresses that you ship to?

  • We get them through a variety of sources. We have established an amazing professional relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO). Professional military personnel, friends, spouses and extended families of troops, will often email us directly. Troops that have previously received coffee, will often request it again when they get re-deployed.

    In addition, we started asking our customers to send us addresses for any troops that are stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and other active areas overseas. To send us an address of a troop that would appreciate some coffee, make a donation of at least one bag of coffee and you will be prompted for an address after you check out. Please make sure the address you provide is complete, verified and current. We will do our best to honor the shipping address requested but cannot guarantee which unit/base it will go to.

  • Do any troops qualify?

  • Any troops that are active in any of our branches of service qualify.

  • If I provide you an address of a troop, will you guarantee a shipment?

  • Unfortunately, we cannot ship coffee to a specific troop location. We have partnered with the USO and, per their requirements, we send all troop coffee donations directly to them. The USO re-distributes to active duty soldiers around the World.

  • How do you ship?

  • We ship through a variety of methods, depending the shipment's timing, size and destination. Fresh roasted troop coffee can leave the roastery in cases, pallets, and truck loads. For smaller military coffee drops, we ship through the United States Postal System using priority mail so they get it quickly. We only ship to valid and current APO and FPO addresses.

  • How do you know if the shipping address is valid?

  • We require an email address for every APO/FPO shipping address we receive. We send the troop an email asking them to verify their shipping address and to let us know how many troops are in their unit. The number of troops helps us determine how many bags to send.

  • How many bags of coffee do you send to each troop?

  • The number of troops in a unit determines how many boxes we send. Most addresses we ship 3 - 5 boxes (over 5,000 - 10,000 cups) and replenish the supply when they contact us letting us know it is out.

  • What type of coffee do you send?

  • We typically send a variety of ground coffee, including medium-roasted, dark-roasted and flavored (all in regular and decaf).

  • Can I specify the type of coffee I want to send?

  • Not at the moment but if that is an important concern, send us an email through Contact Us and it will be forwarded to our program coordinator. Please include ''COFFEE FOR TROOPS'' in the subject line.

  • Do you only donate coffee to the troops?

  • No, in addition to our great gourmet coffees, we have also donated our hand picked loose leaf teas, delicious gourmet hot cocoas, chai lattes, coffee grinders, mugs, coffee makers and more.

  • Is my donation tax deductable?

  • Unfortunately, at this time, your donation does not qualify as being tax deductable.

  • Does Boca Java make money on this program?

  • No. Boca Java does not profit from this program. We are doing this to show our support of our troops and give them a taste of home while they are making the sacrifices to protect us and be away from their families. We purchase, roast, pack, ship and manage the program and all logistics associated with providing consumable products for our military.


Visit Boca Java for more information.







You might also be interested in some patriotic coffee mugs or color books;
Color Your Own Patriotic Posters (Dover Art Coloring Book)
Old Glory American Flag Stoneware Pottery Mug, 14-ounce, Red, White + Blue
Stars & Stripes American Flag Ceramic Coffee Mug Cup

   




*Note:  I especially love the middle mug - the rustic, stoneware pottery mug.  Just FYI - 

  • Individually handmade on the potter's wheel in the USA
  • The Old Glory Collection celebrates the symbols of our American flag with contemporary shapes, muted colors, and a rustic handmade style
  • Permanent finish that is lead-free, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe
  • Holds approximately 14 ounces

6.22.2015

Dear Mom - thanks for putting up with a spoiled, ungrateful, messy, bratty child like my sibling. Love, Your Favorite (FUNNY COFFEE MUGS!)


This afternoon I'm taking a break and hanging out online looking up random things on Amazon.
I saw this and LOVE IT.
I'm thinking I should buy three of them; one for each of my kids.





Dear Mom: Thanks for putting up with a spoiled, ungrateful, messy, bratty child like my sibling... Love. Your favorite

From the news: Keurig launching a single serve soda machine: The Keurig Kold (confusing small children everywhere just learning to read...)

Keurig will launch a single-serve soda machine called the Keurig Kold in partnership with fizzy drink giant Coca-Cola this summer. Making one sugary glass of Coke, Dr. Pepper or Sprite at a time -- will it be a hit?  Or will it fizzle?

From the news;   The company disclosed in a meeting with analysts Thursday that the expected retail price for Kold is between $299 and $369.

{OUCH! That's wicked.  Did they not learn their lesson from the failed Keurig 2.0 on over pricing their products!?}

That's much more expensive than the products from SodaStream. The cheapest SodaStream model sells for just $79. And it's not as if SodaStream is doing all that well.

SodaStream's stock has plunged due to sluggish sales. The do-it-yourself carbonated beverage craze is starting to look like a fad that has peaked.


So Keurig may be getting into this market way too late and with a product that's overpriced.

Shares of Keurig (GMCR) plunged 8% Friday to a 52-week low and are now down nearly 30% for the year.

The shift in sentiment has been stunning.

The K-Cup coffee maker was one of the hottest stocks of 2014. It was at an all-time high as recently as November.

Keurig added Kraft, which owns Maxwell House and Gevalia, as a K-Cup partner in August. And Coca-Cola agreed to buy a 16% stake in Keurig last year. It is also working with the company on the Kold.

But consumers and investors have turned against the company in the past few months.


Keurig angered its customers by forcing them to use only licensed K-Cups with its newest machine, the Keurig 2.0.

That's a change from previous Keurig models. There are several companies that make cheaper private label single-cup pods, such as TreeHouse Foods, that were not compatible with the 2.0.

TreeHouse actually sued Keurig, alleging unfair practices for locking out competitors.

Still, some people have figured out ways to hack the Keurig 2.0 so other pods can be used.

But the damage has already been done.

Keurig reported sales for the first quarter earlier this month that were as weak as a watered-down cup of coffee.


CEO Brian Kelley admitted that the company made a mistake with the 2.0. Keurig now plans to bring back the My K-Cup reusable pod that it had discontinued. Kelley also said that the price of the 2.0 may have been too high at $149.99 and that the company was working on a more affordable model.

If that's the case, why is Keurig pricing the Kold at nearly four times the cost of a competing product at SodaStream?

Kelley defended the pricing during Thursday's conference call, saying that it's a new piece of technology and that consumers have shown strong interest for the Kold despite the price.

The Kold, which produces chilled beverages, is a lot different from SodaStream's machines. You won't need carbon dioxide canisters for example.

Keurig is also clearly hoping that consumers will flock to the Kold because it has relationships with Big Soda. In addition to Coke, Dr Pepper Snapple has signed on as a partner.

No Pepsi though. Pepsi  actually did a test of homemade beverages with SodaStream last year, leading to speculation that it may want to invest in SodaStream or buy it outright.


But even though Keurig has deals that SodaStream doesn't, you still have to wonder why it's worth buying a Kold when you can just purchase regular cans or bottles of Coke and Sprite?

Customers that own the Kold will also have to shell out 99 cents to $1.29 per pod.

So the soda better taste really good because it sure isn't cheap. You can get a pack of two dozen 12-ounce cans of Coke online at Staples or Office Depot for just $12.99. That works out to 54 cents a can.

It's no wonder then that investors are nervous. Keurig is going to have to convince skeptical consumers and Wall Street that the Kold is not going to be its New Coke -- an epic flop.

Source




You might also be interested in;
Sodastream Metal Edition-WHITE-Starter Kit
SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit, Black and Silver
Sodastream 1l Carbonating Bottles- Black (Twin Pack)
 

 
    


 


From the morning news: Americans are drinking less coffee than ever

Americans Are Drinking Less Coffee Than Ever. Here's Why.


Americans are blowing unprecedented amounts of cash on coffee -- $11.9 billion last year alone -- but they’re sipping much less of the buzzy stuff for the first time in six years, Reuters reports.

The decline is a major buzzkill for those in the bean biz. Coffee intake in the U.S. is anticipated to dip for the first time in six years in the forthcoming 2015/2016 season, from 24 million 60-kg bags to 23.7 million bags, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mostly to blame for the coffee consumption drop: Those wasteful Keurig Green Mountain K-Cups. Thanks to the popular single-serve pods, people are “brewing only what they intend to drink,” Reuters reports. Then they toss the spent plastic coffee pods in the trash, billions of them per year.

"People used to make a pot of coffee, now they make a cup," Pedro Gavina, owner of coffee roaster Gavina & Sons told Reuters. "Right there we're losing the sink as a consumer."

John Sylvan, inventor of disposable Keurig K-Cups, recently admitted that he basically rues the day he invented the eco-unfriendly coffee brewing system. He doesn’t even own a Keurig, a machine he likens to “ a cigarette for coffee, a single-serve delivery mechanism for an addictive substance.”

Addictive is right. Keurig brewers now grace the countertops of an estimated 20 million American households. And, today, the beast that Sylvan started with his roommate in college in the early 90s is a $4.7 billion dollar global juggernaut.

Love them or loathe them, K-Cups aren’t the only reason Americans are drinking less and less coffee. The National Coffee Association (NCA), also per the Reuters report, says our nation’s aging population plays a role in the the slump as well. Additionally, the NCA found that U.S. residents throw back only 1.85 cups of coffee per day on average, the lowest level since 2010.





News: Israel minister's wife sorry for 'Obama Coffee' gag



"Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak,"


Jerusalem (AFP) - The flamboyant wife of Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom published an "inappropriate joke" Sunday about US President Barack Obama on her Twitter account, only to later delete it and apologise.


"Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak," Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes wrote to her 74,400 followers.
Online shock, condemnation and accusations of racism later led her to delete the incriminating tweet.

"I apologize, that was a stupid joke somebody told me," she wrote on her @JudyMozes Twitter account in English.
"President Obama I shouldnt have written the inappropriate joke I heard," she also wrote, addressing the US leader directly. "I like people no matter about their race and religion."

"Sorry if I caused any offence to anyone. I hope I will stay married when my husband will land and hear what I did," she added.

6.18.2015

Reposting the Father's Day Post - now that it's almost Father's Day!


I posted this in May and then a new Keurig post took top-of-the-page and I completely forgot about Father's Day.  Yep.  I did.  So this morning I'm bumping this one back up.  :)

Reposting:


This morning I'm sipping my coffee, reading the news, when suddenly I think "Hmm. Father's Day is coming up" because until that second, I really hadn't thought about it. So I hopped over to Amazon to see what coffee themed t-shirts they have - because, believe it or not, I've never got him a coffee themed t-shirt before.  Beer yes.  Calvin and Hobbes yes. Coffee cups and coffee, yes.  But t-shirts?  Nope.  So this year I'm checking out the Black Label Society/Zakk Wylde coffee (Valhalla Java Ground Coffee by Death Wish) and I'm checking out the t-shirts. 

And that my coffee loving friends, is how this mornings post came about.  

   


Here is a list of the same shirts by funny coffee sayings;

Starbucks Junkee
No Talkie Before Coffee    
Coffee - The Most Important Meal of the Day
I Love Guns & Coffee T-Shirt
Drink Coffee Do Stupid Things Faster
Descendents
Coffee Lovers - Beans Front and Back
I Just Want to Drink Coffee, Create Stuff, and Sleep
Star Wars Coffee
Structural Formula-Coffee
Caffeine System
All I Need Is Coffee And Jesus




*June 18, 2015 - For some reason, currently all the "I Love Guns & Coffee Adult T-Shirt" images are blocked.  None will show up and sometimes they show up as a blue raincoat.  Possibly it's Amazon being "Politically Correct" by blocking them?  Strange.  I've tried 3 different Guns and Coffee images and all are blocked as of this morning.






6.09.2015

Everyone hates the Keurig 2.0 - And They Have Valid Points! Keurig is bringing back the My K-Cup for the 2.0 (begrudgingly but they are doing it)

  Once upon a time, Keurig came out with a new way to brew coffee.  The little individual one-time use cups in their specialized brewers delivered an amazingly good, fresh, hot cup of coffee and changed the way Americans brewed their home java.  Within a couple years it was "the" coffee brewer to have and sales were through the roof.  As soon as they could legally do so, competitors finally got the chance to come out with their versions of the k-cups and reusable, non-disposable cups in which consumers could use their own coffee grounds - any brand.

Keurig didn't like that much.  They liked being the big dog and got more than a little cocky (and somewhat mean) when they turned against their own consumers. 

In the late summer of 2014, Keurig introduced its “2.0” line of coffeemakers.  While the idea of being able to make more than a single cup of coffee at a time was great and good for it's consumers...  it got greedy and a little sneaky.

It made the machine incompatible with any K-cups already in existence, as well as with any unlicensed disposable K-cups made by other companies and they stopped making a "My K-Cup" re-sueable cup for it

You bought their specialized, overpriced cups or you got nothing.  That coffeemaker you spent almost $300 to purchase was worthless if you didn't invest in their cups.  No other options existed.

The reaction was at first, confusion but quickly followed by anger.  Social media (Amazon and even Keurigs own site) was filled with angry comments from consumers stuck with paying $50-$60 per pound for coffee or their machines were useless.  And those who had boxes of k-cups already on hand were out of luck.  There was no way to use them in the new machines.



Keurig then did something really stupid.  They tried to spoon feed them the line it was for their own good.  Yep, they really did.

The company explained on their Facebook page;  “The My K-Cup accessory and other reusable filters are not compatible with Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology because the brewer has no way of determining what beverage is being used or how much coffee is being added, and therefore cannot adjust to factors such as brew strength and amount of water, which could represent a safety concern.”

Thankfully, ingenious consumers and bloggers figured out ways to get the cups to work and the internet was a buzz with people explaining how to carefully cut off the rim of a 'new' cup and lay it over the old cups they already owned and trick the machine to brewing a cup of coffee.

(They were obviously being very "unsafe" according to the money hungry Keurig company.)

Although Keurig tried to push their 2.0, sales were down and they literally were giving them away.  The internet was filled with bloggers holding contests to win a Keurig 2.0 and the price on the shelves of retailers fell and fell.  Huge numbers of machines were on the shelves and going no where fast.

Keurig finally had to publicly say something.  For CEO Brian Kelley, apparently when lack of sales hit his own pocket and those of the investors, he had to admit they screwed up and explain it to Wall Street.   It was kind of 'back-handed" and rather passive-aggresive. 

“We heard loud and clear from consumers,” said Brian Kelley, “who really wanted the My K-Cup back. We want consumers to be able to bring any brand and bringing the My Cup back allows that." “My K-Cup was a terrific addition for the consumer. It wasn’t used a lot, but for the consumer it was a nice element to have if they were given coffee as a gift. . . . We took it away because My K-Cup” wasn’t going to work with our new system."  "Quite honestly, we were wrong. We underestimated the passion the consumer had for this. We missed it. We shouldn’t have taken it away. We’re bringing it back.”




You might also be interested in;
Keurig K350 2.0 Brewing System
Eco-Carafe for Keurig 2.0, K300, K400, K500 Series
K-cup 2.0 Freedom Stickers for Keurig 2.0 Series Brewers
Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0, K300, K400, K500 Series


        




 


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