OXO Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review

It’s no secret this household loves coffee. Even my daughter M has acquired a taste for coffee. I may have screamed a little when this new coffee maker showed up on our porch from Influenster.

Every single morning, the first thing I do when I get out of bed is walk to the kitchen and brew my coffee. After using the OXO coffee maker for two weeks, I can say that the coffee is way better than coffee from my old coffee pot. With my old coffee pot, the taste was never as good when I order from Starbucks or any other coffee shop. The coffee always seemed watered down and not as strong. The OXO Barista Brain boils the water at the perfect temperature which is needed for a good cup of coffee. Another perk is I can chooser either to make 2 cups or 9 cups. Most mornings, I am brewing coffee for myself but there are other times when I want to brew an entire pot if company is over visiting us. As soon as you take the first sip, you will notice a difference in the coffee. Also, the coffee stays warm for a long time in the stainless steel carafe.

The sleek design goes well in our kitchen. Check out my full video review below by clicking on the picture. You will see the coffee maker is easy to use. Scoop your coffee, pour the water in and hit the button. Great coffee every time. I have tried Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts coffee in the coffee maker. Both brewed great!

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Disclosure: I received this product for free for testing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. 

Amazing and Soft Disney Tees

Our family is a bit obsessed with Disney World. One day we will be annual pass holders. I’m just putting it out there to the universe. Disney helps us forget about the daily worries and just enjoy the magic. My oldest daughter M, is very obsessed with all things Disney. She finds the cutest Disney shops and has turned me into a big fan of these shops as well.

M scoped out these shirts for our Disney trip in May. Her shirt says, Mickey Ears, Dole Whips, Castle Selfies, Starbucks, The Disney Life. Pretty awesome, right? My shirt says, Disney Life, Happy Wife. We both got stopped multiple times in the park to receive compliments about our shirts. Both of these shirts are from CafeFortySeven. The shirts are very soft and the screen print is excellent quality. The shirts have been washed multiple times since May and are holding up great.

Walt Disney World Tees

Just this last week, another Disney shirt arrived on our doorstep because M had scoped out another amazing shop. She adores Oh Yeah Disney’s Youtube channel and they happen to have an apparel shop as well! Isn’t her Finding Dory shirt cute? “What would Dory do?” M says the quality is great as well with the same soft feeling.

Disney World Tee Shirts

This is not a sponsored post as we purchased these shirts. We are just in love with them and wanted to pass along these awesome Disney shops. Christmas is just around the corner. Perfect gift opportunities for your Disney loving friends!

 

We love supporting Team USA #LetsPowerTheirDreams

Our family was counting down the days until the The Olympic Games began airing on our television. Opening night, the entire family was gathered in the living room cheering as Team USA walked around the stadium in Rio!

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Each night after all the evening activities have been completed, the family will all gather and snuggle up on the couch. Can we freeze time. The only technology device on is the television, and the entire family is communicating about each sport in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

One sport we have thoroughly enjoyed is watching Team USA Beach Volleyball.

Team USA Volleyball

My oldest daughter M loves to play volleyball for fun. The high energy and thrill action is what excites her the most. We experience the excitement in every game but also the excitement when watching Team USA participate in The Olympic Games. It is M’s dream to have a family match of volleyball on the beach. After watching Team USA on television, I want to make this dream happen for her! M has been a competitive dancer for about 6 years now. She loves to compete but also she loves to encourage others. This has been the theme in our household this past week. Each one of us will cheer on all the USA teammates. Can they hear us through the television? Well no they cannot, but we are teaching our girls a life lesson to always encourage everyone and be positive. When you are positive, showing kindness and being encouraging, life will go so much better for sure!

We did notice one thing about the women teammates. Several have curly hair. Both of my girls and I, especially M, have dealt with curly hair frizz issues. The heat can make for a hot mess. Olympian, April Ross, uses Aussie to help keep her frizz down.

Aussie and Team USA

SheSpeaks and Walmart sent us a sample of Aussie® 3 Minute Miracle Smooth Treatment. After trying it for a week, we can say our frizz is under control in just 3 short minutes. The humidity has been very high here for two weeks straight, so you can imagine the frizz. This product is a deep moisturizing conditioner that smooths your wily locks, leaving you with soft, swoon-worthy hair. What we really love too is it is made with a touch of Olive Oil and Australian Ginseng. Another bonus is it only costs $2.97 for an 8oz. bottle. Pretty grand for living on a frugal budget.

This is just one of the Proctor and Gamble products that Walmart has in their inventory that will support Team USA when you purchase specifically from Walmart. Check out the entire list and make your purchases today knowing that you will support Team USA!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Girls Back to School Clothing Sale – Limeapple

If you are a mom of a girl, we have an amazing sale for you. As most of my readers know, L has always been a fashionista and loves putting her own styles together. Limeapple Boutique speaks her fashion language. In the past, we reviewed their Limeapple Sport Apparel. It was with great excitement that Limeapple reached out to us to review their Limeapple Boutique Back to School pack.

Beginning tomorrow, Limeapple is going to be offering three different back to school packs at over 50% off! This is incredible news for all the parents doing their back to school shopping. Beginning Monday, August 15th through Wednesday, August 17th, you can choose from the below clothing packs. Whether you are looking for, that perfect activewear set, that beautiful dress with matching items, the perfect gym strip pack for back to school, or that perfect gift, Limeapple has you covered!

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L loves the soft feeling of the clothing and I am very happy about the great quality. The clothes are not thinly made which any parent is always grateful. Let’s take a peek at L’s fashion show.

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As you can see, the styles are perfect for a pre-teen. A spin of NY fashion district for a pre-teen. This makes this mom very happy. You can be very stylish and still have conservative clothing choices. Limeapple showcases this with their different styles. To see the twinkle in my daughter’s eye, makes me smile very big. L is very picky with her clothing but has not taken off the first outfit since we got home from church. She keeps saying but it is so comfortable. We are confident when we say that your daughter will love these outfits as well.

Don’t miss out on the biggest savings this summer; all in one easy click, and delivered right to your door step!

Disclosure: Limeapple sent the outfits for L’s honest review. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Inspirational People in Life {Born This Way}

Positive and inspiring people can change your whole outlook on life. If you choose to surround yourself around these type of people, I firmly believe your day will go better. Life can throw many curve balls, and we have two choices once those curve balls hit us. The individual can drown their sorrows or develop ways to turn a negative into a positive.

Our L cannot eat food at the moment due to her having eosinophilic esophagitis. She lives 100% on a prescription formula. This has greatly changed our family dynamics in how we would do family adventures. We could choose to just stay in the house or do the opposite and create family adventures that inspire L and bring her delight. Believe me, it can get hard but we choose to surround ourselves with inspirational people. Friends will text L and myself to uplift us, encourage us, and pray for us. It really makes the days so much better.

I have teamed up with A&E Network to write about someone that inspires me. This would be Nan from A Mom Blog. This beautiful friend has been with us every step of the way since L’s diagnosis. She has been a longtime family friend but on an even more inspiring part, her family lives many states away from us. Despite the distance, the entire family inspires and loves on us. Our daughters are online best friends who we would like to reunite but distance and money have unfortunately prevented a reunion. L and Princess have not seen each other in person since 2012 but that does not stop them from sending text and skype messages to each other to encourage and inspire one another. Princess does not care that L is different. She sees past L’s disease and loves on her continuously. Nan has raised a wonderful daughter. Nan will pop up on my google chat each morning, or I will pop up on her google chat. Each weekday, we have a virtual 3:00pm tea time together. Our daughters laugh at us, but tea time really brings us great cheer and smiles. It’s uplifting and it gives us time to inspire and encourage each other if we are having a bad day or just need that little extra push to go out of our comfort zone. Nan and Princess, on behalf of A&E Network, we are sending you a $25 Target gift card so you both can pick you out a special gift for always inspiring us! We are grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives.

L and I would like to encourage you to watch a new season of an inspiring television show, BORN THIS WAY! The new season starts on July 26, 2016 on the A&E Network and will leave you feeling inspired and heart full after each episode. BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society’s expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.

Below, please find a clip that shares the heart and depth of this show. In this clip you will meet Rachel, one of the cast members. Rachel, like the rest of the young adults featured in this series is an inspiration – facing the challenges and obstacles of life with courage, grace, determination and love.

The show will easily become your new favorite television show! Please tune in Tuesday at 10EST/9CT.

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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with A&E Network. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

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