31 May

Heading West

I will be out west for the next week.  My Mother-in-Law is graduating from university as a mature student (her son is 30, so you can do the math to figure out how old she probably is).  So we will be attending the ceremony and celebrating with her.

I think this is such an amazing accomplishment.  Getting a degree as a young person is hard enough – without any responsibilities such as a family.

See you guys in a week or so.  I will pick winners and such when I get back.

29 May

Link up your Giveaways – May 29

If you have a giveaway that you would like to link it up, please do so below!
This post will stay up on my main page until next Saturday so it is easy to find. Make sure to link straight to your giveaway.

Happy Blog Hopping and Giveaway entering

29 May

Build a Beautiful Blog Week

Simpy Stacie

Hey Everyone,

I get regular questions about ways to build and make a blog – well, my friend Stacie over at Simply Stacie has a whole week dedicated to building a better blog and has a tonne of giveaways that include entire blog makeovers!

There are also interviews with PR and other blogging tips (I wrote a guest post about how great Gmail is).

Head on over to Simply Stacie– learn some great blogging tips and enter to win a bloggy makeover too.

27 May

Fun Follow Fridays – May 28

Welcome to the first Fun Follow Friday hosted by Simply Stacie and My Wee View. The goal of this hop is to get new Google Friend Connect  Followers for your blog and be introduced to new blogs to follow! We wanted to keep it fun and easy so all you have to do is add your blog link and start blog hopping and following away! You aren’t required to write a post for your blog for Fun Follow Friday unless you want to (you can also copy the blog hop code and put it on your website).

When you visit a blog that you like and want to follow, leave them a comment with your link telling them you are following from the Fun Follow Friday. Of course, we would love you to follow both hostesses blogs, Simply Stacie and My Wee View, but it isn’t mandatory. If you do follow us, just leave us a comment and we will follow you back.

The main goal is to have fun and follow the blogs that interest you! Happy hopping along!

27 May

Keurig – Special Edition & K-cups

I love tea, cappuccino and hot chocolate and pretty much anything else that is warm to drink – well everything but coffee!  So, you are probably saying to yourself, alright why did YOU review a Keurig single cup coffee maker, if you don’t even drink coffee?!?  Well, I have wonderful news for all of you, who are like me (non coffee drinkers), Keurig also caters to us, their single service coffee maker also has k-cups for a variety of teas, hot chocolate and cappuccino – YUM!

For review, I received the Special Edition brewer from Keurig and 4 packages of k-cups, and I love it!  The Keurig machine is so easy to use, is always ready to go, it’s convenient and very fast.   Since I enjoy a nice cup of tea, I tested out the Keurig with an English Breakfast tea.  Tea can be a hard thing to get just right, beucase if you leave the bag in too long it will be too strong, and if you don’t leave it in long enough it’s too weak.  The Keurig made my tea just right, not too strong or weak.  So, I wondered, how does the system work to get it perfect?

Each little k-cup has either loose tea or coffee inside along with a filter.  The Keurig machine has a reservoir of hot water just waiting to be used.  When you place the K-cup into the machine it pierces a hole in the top and bottom of the k-cup.  The hot water passes through the coffee and filter and straight into your cup.  That is one of the biggest benefits of this machine, you can go from coffee to tea without having to clean your machine because the machine itself never touches the coffee.  This means no staining the machine and no coffee taste for tea drinkers (hurray, finally a cup of tea that tastes only like tea, not tea with a hint of coffee).

I thought it would be interesting to bring this machine to work to get some input from my co-workers, and everyone that tried it loved how easy it was and also loved the variety of choices.  Everyone got to pick their favourite coffee or tea, french vanilla and caramel cream were probably the most popular choices.  I even tried the caramel cream coffee because it smelled so good, and although I don’t drink coffee, with cream and sugar it was actually delicious, but all the caffeine makes me anxious.

One thing that my co-workers did mention is that the system isn’t terrible environmentally friendly because there is a lot of waste with each cup.  The good news is there is a reusable coffee filter currently available called My K-Cup.  It fits into the K-cup holder and coffee drinkers can fill it with their own ground coffee.  So for the environmentally friendly type – you can use the Keurig too and not feel guilty.

A few people also noted that this would be a little more expensive than brewing a pot of coffee which a few people could all drink from. K-cups around here cost about 50 cents each.  If you drink 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day, or just want something extra special once in a while, the Keurig system would be for you.  However if you are a regular coffee drinker (like my husband 3 or 4 cups a day), the price tag could start to add up.  On the other hand, if you are spending money at designer coffee shops, the Keurig would be way less expensive.  You just have to put things into perspective.

The machine that I received has 3 different size setting, small medium or large.  The small is more for a cup of tea  like my grandmother would drink about 200 ml, the medium is a little bit bigger at 250 ml and the large is just a little bit bigger at 300 mls, which I would say is just a little bit smaller than an average coffee cup.  I did find the large setting not quite large enough.  So what I do is brew a large tea and then use the same k-cup and brew a small cup it fits perfectly in my stainless steal travel mug this way.  (I had to remove drip tray out for my travel mug to fit – it simply slides out).

Last week when I brought the Keurig machine to work my Mother kept  asking me when I was planning on bringing my machine back home.  I found this to be a rather odd question because my Mother doesn’t drink coffee, tea or anything other than water for that matter.   However, she was planning on having a few friends over to my house (for those of you who aren’t regular readers – my mother takes care of my daughter at our house) and really wanted to give them their own personal cup of whatever they wanted.  This is probably my favourite part of the Keurig system – it’s great for entertaining!  It’s more than just a cup of coffee – it’s an experience.

Buy it: To purchase, visit Keurig online

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Giveaway closes June 25th @11:59 pm PST.  Open to US & Canada

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27 May

SlimPerfect – $50 GC – CLOSED

I had the opportunity to review SlimPerfect last year.  I was quite surprised that the top actually fit me (I have a hard time finding swim wear “off the shelf” that actually works, you can read the full review here.  Not only does it fit, it also sucks in all the right places around my tummy too.  Since last year, SlimPerfect has grown tremendously and has even been featured on Oprah!  I love how thier products are helping women feel good about themselves again – especially at the beach.

Right now most of their store is anywhere from 40% – 65% off the original price – so there are some great deals to be had.

Buy it: To purchase, visit SlimPerfect online

Giveaway: One lucky is going to receive a $50 Gift Certificate

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26 May

kuki kids – Winners Choice – CLOSED

Kuki Kids is back again on My Wee View!  They are a regular sponsor.  Last time I featured their Fresh and Fabulous Dress, you can read the full review here.  Kuki Kids clothing are fun and unique, with bright, vibrant and funky patterns.  Their clothing sizing starts for newborns and goes up from there.  They specialize in modern day clothing for babies, toddlers and kids.

For review I received a few items from Kuki Kids.  The first is a pair of pajamas in the Taka Three all over print.  This orange, pink and red spotted pants and long sleeve shirt duo is nothing like any of my daughters other jammies.   These pajamas are very bright and have lots of charater (just like my daughter), so they seem to fit her outgoing personality perfectly.  The pj set is size 23 months (yes, 23), and I do find that it’s a little on the smaller side – this is because it’s Australian sizing vs USA.  I should have asked for 1 size up.  The legs are starting to look like flood pants on my 21 month old daughter. Despite being tall for her age, I think she would have gotten more use out the the jammies if she had the larger size.  The jammie set is still adorable, and really doesn’t have to be worn just at bedtime.  The leggings and shirt can be worn anytime, but I tend to like them as jammies.

The second item we received for review was another Kuki Kids dress, this time it was the Dada dress.  This dress has large swirls in red and yellow and was perfect for our vacation (you can read about our Cuban vacation here).  It is made with a heavy cotton canvas, but isn’t rough.  It’s a thick dress.   While wearing this dress down south, everyone seemed to notice that it’s not just a dress from your big box store.  It’s a fresh and cute dress that is special just for kids with lots of personality.  Any my little socialite fits that bill!  She was wearing this dress while a band was playing at one of the buffets.  She was up in front with all musicians dancing away.  She looked adorable and was having a ball being the center of attention.  This dress is also size 23 months, but seems to be larger than the pj’s.  I have no issues with this sizing of this dress.  It should fit her until her 2nd birthday this summer and probably a little longer as well.

I am in love with Kuki Kids!  The clothing line is just so fun and matches my daughters outgoing personality so well.  But, Kuki Kids isn’t just for the girls, there is also a fun clothing line for boys as well.  The colours are bright with stripes and spots.

Buy it: To purchase, visit Kuki Kids online

COUPON CODE: ‘BLOG10″ for 10% off your order

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