Merry Christmas Eve!


Season’s Greetings! How are your Christmas preparations going? Are you up to your ears in present-wrapping, toy manual-reading, and packing like yours truly? Let’s exhale for a moment. Ahhhhhhhh. We are flying to Oklahoma City tomorrow to see family and friends for the next week. (Dear Universe, please don’t let us be buried in a freak snowstorm like last year’s holiday visit.)

Besides all of the holiday preparation, I have been immersing myself in transferring the appropriate information from my old laptop to my new one. A few days ago, as I was syncing my iPhone with the new laptop, I was asked if I wanted to download all of my iPhone photos to the computer. I clicked OK.

What happened next felt a little surreal. I watched 100 or so photos from the past two years on my iPhone briefly upload one-by-one on my screen in a mere minute or two. Photos that made me giggle, photos that made me a tad teary, and photos I had completely forgotten about.

You know the phrase, “life flashing before your eyes?” Yeah, it was definitely a miniature version of that.

I made a slideshow of the photos, and figured, what the hell, you might want to see it too.

(Disclaimer: If you would rather not see photos of my children, please RUN FAR AWAY.)

I sincerely hope all of you have a beautiful holiday season. xoxo

p.s. – My New Year’s resolution for 2011 is to take at least one photo every day for memory’s sake. Who’s in?


And the Tassimo Winner is…


#127, Beckie S! Congratulations, Beckie! Your new Tassimo will be on its way shortly.


Tassimo T20 Brewer


The Tassimo T20 and our slightly miffed French press looking on…

When the folks at Tassimo contacted me about sending one of their T20 Brewers my way, I jumped on the chance. Here’s why:

1. I love coffee. (A half cup to full cup at most.)

2. D loves coffee. (Two cups, please.)

3. I do not ingest any form of caffeine.

4. D ingests multiple forms of caffeine.

5. I need decaf. D needs regular. We like to drink coffee at the same time. This means two coffee pots brewing simultaneously. (And cleaning two coffee-making devices afterward. Poopoo to that.)

So anyway, yeah, a brewing machine that makes one cup at a time AND makes lattes, cappuccinos, hot chocolate, and tea? YES, PLEASE!

We gave the T20 a test run, and I must admit, it was awesome. You just fill the back reservoir with water (not every time- it holds enough for several drinks), put your drink pod of choice in the slot, press a button and voilá, your drink is ready in a minute. We received the Starbucks cappuccino pods and the Tassimo actually made a cappuccino with foam. (I was super skeptical about the specialty drinks, but was so pleasantly surprised.)

When I initially showed D the brewer, he totally scoffed. “You think THAT thing will replace my French press? Right.” (He’s such a snob.) Well, guess what? A certain someone is enjoying afternoon cappuccinos, made by a certain machine.  Our French press is a tad miffed. It still gets attention in the morning, but I sense some resentment. Can we talk about the best part, though? No clean up. Seriously, NO DAILY CLEAN UP. Just throw the pod away in the trash!!

I truly love the T20.

HOWEVER, I would like to make a plea. The drink choices are plenty (check out all the brands!), BUT the decaffeinated beverage choices could be better. There are several Starbucks pods, but none are decaf. BOO. What about us naturally caffeinated folks who enjoy decaffeinated Starbucks beverages? How about a Starbucks decaffeinated pod, whether it be coffee or espresso? I would love to be able to make a decaf latte in the morning, oh friends at Tassimo. Plus, I’m sure there are plenty of caffeine drinkers who would still like a decaf latte option for afternoons or after dinner…just a suggestion.

All in all, we both love this lil’ machine more than we ever imagined. I think I’ll go treat myself to some hot chocolate, but I think you should try out a T20 for yourself! Leave a comment on this post before Thursday, December 23rd at 6pmPST and you’ll be entered to win one T20 Brewer from Tassimo. I’ll announce the winner on Christmas Eve. Good luck!!

Disclaimer: I received the T20 brewer to review at no cost and all opinions are my own.


Holidays ‘Round Here


Sparkly scarf

Art lights

O Christmas Tree

Tidings of Joy

Southern California Winter

Santa baby

Brown paper packages

Felt tags

All taken with my new favorite app, Instagram. (Thank you, Metalia!) It’s all life-sharing and community and comments and awesome. Like the old school Flickr. Check it out.