The New Keurig 2.0 K550 #HelloKeurig

This product was provided to me at no cost by Keurig and Influenster for testing purposes. All ideas and opinions expressed are solely my own, and I am NOT being paid for this post.

Now that we got THAT out of the way…


Obviously, I had to post it on my Instagram account ASAP.

Fresh outta' the box!

Fresh outta’ the box!

Then two weeks later, I actually set it up. I’m told that’s the most effective way to use it, and all. LOL.

New home on my counter!

New home on my counter!

This machine is pretty amazing. It’s got a larger water reserve, and not only does it make that one perfect cup of coffee… this one makes a CARAFE with a 4 cup capacity!

So, when you have friends over and wanna make them coffee? No more taking turns at the fancy coffee machine station on the counter.

Fire this baby up with a K Carafe pack, and boom! Steaming hot carafe of your favorite flavor, and everyone is happy!

I went on a coffee hiatus for a long while, but given the fact that I’ve been working varied 12 hour shifts between Fire and General Transport dispatch, plus a second job on the side, sometimes I need caffeine! I can still brew tea in this machine, and I can even use the touch screen display to set it so that I wake up to my beverage already hot and ready!

No waiting for the machine to prime and heat up before I can get it and go! TOO COOL!

Also, it comes with a few K-Cups and K Carafe cups for you to try when you get it! I haven’t seen the K Carafe packs in many stores yet, but I suppose it’s still early.

Want to know more? Check out the Keurig Website for more info about the design and features, and where you can buy.

I think I saw one of the models at Costco, Walt-Mart, and on QVC (for easy pay, too!).

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What are your favorite K Cup flavors?

If you’ll excuse me…I have a cup of green tea waiting for me!



SlimFast Goes…Sexy?!?!

Yeah…you totally read that right!

I am so excited to be a part of a new website called Influenster. Influenster is an invite-only site that promotes word-of-mouth marketing and product reviews. Part of their deal is that they send out VoxBoxes to qualified members that meet criteria for certain products. I joined just a few weeks ago, and received my first VoxBox over the weekend! The cool package contained products and recipes from the SlimFast company at absolutely no cost to me, for me to try and share with whoever I so choose. Bonus points for Slimfast making my day by replying to the tweet I twitted (is that even a word!?) after receiving my box! So cool!

I choose YOU!

I will never forget being a kid and living in a triplex with my parents and little brother. We had upstairs neighbors named Bev and Rick, who were always so kind and would invite my brother and I up to bake cookies, hang out, etc. Bev once invited us up and due to not going grocery shopping, she was raiding the pantry for something fun to make with us. It was pretty hilarious, because we ended up making SlimFast popsicles (did I mention I was a 7 year old who weighed like 100 lbs?). We used cut up straws, an ice tray, and chocolate flavored SlimFast powder from the big tins people always used to buy!

Were they better than fudgsicles? I don’t even recall. But it’s still a fun memory!

This box not only reminded me that the SlimFast brand exists…it reminded me of Bev and the crazy culinary SlimFast creations from my childhood.

But this? This is serious! SlimFast sent me the following in my free VoxBox:

1 10 oz Strawberries and Cream shake (10 g protein, 5 g fiber, 180 cals)

1 Awesome martini glass with a red stem and “Get What You Really Want” printed on the lip

4 awesome recipe cards to use with the variety of flavors available in ready-made shakes.

Big thanks to Influenster and Slimfast for the awesome freebies!

Big thanks to Influenster and Slimfast for the awesome freebies!

Using the strawberry shake, I made the suggested “Sassy Strawberry Colada:”

3 oz SlimFast Strawberries and Cream shake

1 oz coconut rum (I substituted pineapple rum, because I am allergic to coconut)

2 fresh pineapple chunks

2 fresh whole strawberries

3 ice cubes (I used 5….my magic bullet blender gets all excited, and you can use more cubes to smooth as necessary)

Ahhh....low cal a cocktail!

Ahhh….low cal perfection…in a cocktail!

Blend all ingredients. Pour in fancy glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. Get outta town! It was actually really good…and fun to make! And I’d bet money it’s got less cals and fat than a drink made with pre-made sugary drink mixes/bases! SlimFast ready-made shakes don’t just come in strawberries and cream flavor. You can also try Rich Chocolate Royale (and make a ‘Tall, Dark and Handsome’), Cappuccino Delight(to make a ‘Cinful Iced Latte), and French Vanilla(for a ‘Very Sexy Vanilla Sunrise)!

Check out all the other fun recipes here!

So…spill! What flavors would you choose, and what is your fave idea for a low cal cocktail? Slimfast, Influenster, and I want to know!

That’s all for now, but thanks for reading, and be on the lookout for more fun reviews and product info coming at you soon!

‘Til Next Time!