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HotelSpa® European 36-Setting Luxury Shower Head Review

Yes, of course, it would be lovely to have a luxurious bathroom.  To feel like you have a spa in your own home would make getting out of bed in the morning a lot easier! (For me, anyway.)  Recently I was able to give our shower a quick update, kind of like a little “remodel”, and my family is loving the results.  I installed the HotelSpa® European Designer 36-Setting Luxury 3 Way Chrome Face/Shower Combo Shower Head.

HotelSpa® European 36-Setting Luxury Shower Head Review - Ann Again and again Reviews

You can use the two Showers Heads separately or use the shower head and handheld shower at the same time for a choice of 36 full and combined water flow patterns!  Whee!  We are a tall family, therefore we needed to add an extender rod to increase the height of the shower head.  With this addition I was concerned the water pressure might lessen however, there was no change in the water pressure, and the shower head works great.

The features of the HotelSpa® Designer Collection Ultra-Luxury 36-setting French Designer Combo include:

• Designed in France! Use each shower separately or both together
• Choose from 36 full and combined water flow patterns
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Shower Head
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Hand Shower
• 7 settings include: Rain, Power Spray, Massage, Rain/Spray, Rain/Massage, Eco Rain
• 3-zone Click Lever Dial with Rub-clean Jets
• Soft-Grip Rubber Dial Rim and Handle
• Patented 3-way Water Diverter with Anti-Swivel Lock Nut
• 5′ Super Flexible Stainless Steel Hose with Conical Brass Nuts for easy hand tightening
• Tools-free Installation. Connects in minutes to any standard overhead shower arm, no tools required
• Lifetime Limited Warranty

The mixture of sprays and jets feel great, and I like the fact that it also has a hand-held shower which makes for easier cleaning of the shower walls and tub.You can find the HotelSpa® Designer Shower Combo at Sears.  Recently it was on sale $79.99 29.99 smile for Shopify.

(*Disclosure:  Thank you Giveaway Service for inviting me to participate in the review. I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

 

Keurig 2.0 Now Takes Reuseable Filters!

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In our house we have coffee drinkers, hot chocolate connoisseurs and tea enthusiasts.  And with all of these preferences it would be great if we had counter space/cupboard room to accommodate all of these tastes.  Well, we have it now with the Keurig 2.0!  Not only can this brewer create individual coffee, hot chocolate and tea options it can also brew a full size carafe of coffee at the touch of a button. (And Keurig has made a massive improvement regarding K-Cups with the 2.0!  *hint = It’s Reusable!* See below!)  Keurig 2.0 – Now We’re Brewing!

 

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews
I’m ready!

 

I was selected by Influenster to try the Keurig 2.0 Model 550 brewer.  The features of model 550:

K550 FEATURES

•  Extra Large 80 oz Water Reservoir
•  Large Color Touch Display
•  Programmable Clock
•  Hot Water on Demand
•  Customizable Night-Light in Water Reservoir
•  Strength Control
•  Water Filter and Cartridge
•  Starter Carafe Included
•  6 K-Cup® packs and 4 K‑Carafe packs

The first thing I learned from trying to use this new brewer is that it doesn’t accept older K-Cups (those produced before 2014 – I didn’t realize I even had “old” cups.  Hmmm.)  The lovely display screen said “Oops” and showed a number for me to call.  I was told about the old cup situation and was given a code to order newer cups on the house.  Nice.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  A terrific update with the Keurig 2.0 is that it has become eco-friendly.  It now has a reusable my K-cup Coffee Filter!

Keurig filter

You can brew what ever brand of coffee you want. Perfect! It’s sturdy, easy to fill and can brew 4 oz. to 12 oz. (depending on your brewer). Also, a great solution for those that enjoy tea as well as coffee, with the reusable K-cup you’ll receive what ever amount of hot water you choose, not the 6 oz. that is it’s default setting.  (Which is odd, don’t you think?)  This reusable filter retails for 14.99.

 

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews
Note the ring around the label stating “Keurig Brewed” and “For Use In Keurig 2.0 Brewers”. These are recent K-cups.

 

I think the set-up was easy.  Along with the handy-dandy “How To” book included, the large display screen prompted me to set-up the brewer quickly and gave some pretty fun options as well.  You can choose the color you want in the water reservoir,  choose a color or pattern on the display screen and select an analog clock or digital display.  Change colors to go with the holidays! I like to find any kind of fun where ever I can ;->

 

For carafe use you have the option of using the built-in timer.  This way you can have a carafe holding up to four cups of coffee waiting for you when you wake-up.  (We all have those mornings, don’t we?)  A pot of coffee is welcome at dinner parties and on those hard-to-wake-up mornings too.

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update!  Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

I’m very pleased for the ability to brew more than one cup of coffee at a time.  Fewer K-cups are used which makes me happy, that has always been an issue with my conscience.  I came across a fun list titled “25 Creative Ways To Re-Use Your Keurig’s K-Cup’s“.  Many ideas for kids holiday crafts are included.

The performance of the Keurig 2.0 was is great and I am very glad that I was able to share my experience with you.  So, what do you think of Keurig?

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update!  Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

 

(*Disclosure:  As a member of Influenster I was chosen to participate in this review.  In exchange for my review I received the Keurig 2.0 Model 550 brewer as compensation from Influenster.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Keurig 2.0 – Now We’re Brewing!

Ann Again and again Reviews - Keurig 2.0 One Cup and Carafe Brewer

In our house we have coffee drinkers, hot chocolate connoisseurs and tea enthusiasts.  And with all of these preferences it would be great if we had counter space/cupboard room to accommodate all of these tastes.  Well, we have it now with the Keurig 2.0!  Not only can this brewer create individual coffee, hot chocolate and tea options it can also brew a full size carafe of coffee at the touch of a button. (And Keurig has made a massive improvement regarding K-Cups with the 2.0!  *hint = It’s Reusable!* See below!)  Keurig 2.0 – Now We’re Brewing!

 

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews
I’m ready!

I was selected by Influenster to try the Keurig 2.0 Model 550 brewer.  The features of model 550:

K550 FEATURES

•  Extra Large 80 oz Water Reservoir
•  Large Color Touch Display
•  Programmable Clock
•  Hot Water on Demand
•  Customizable Night-Light in Water Reservoir
•  Strength Control
•  Water Filter and Cartridge
•  Starter Carafe Included
•  6 K-Cup® packs and 4 K‑Carafe packs

The first thing I learned from trying to use this new brewer is that it doesn’t accept older K-Cups (those produced before 2014 – I didn’t realize I even had “old” cups.  Hmmm.)  The lovely display screen said “Oops” and showed a number for me to call.  I was told about the old cup situation and was given a code to order newer cups on the house.  Nice.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  A terrific update with the Keurig 2.0 is that it now has a reusable my K-cup Coffee Filter!

Keurig filter

You can brew what ever brand of coffee you want. Perfect! It’s sturdy, easy to fill and can brew 4 oz. to 12 oz. (depending on your brewer). Also, a great solution for those that enjoy tea as well as coffee, with the reusable K-cup you’ll receive what ever amount of hot water you choose, not the 6 oz. that is it’s default setting.  (Which is odd, don’t you think?)

 

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews
Note the ring around the label stating “Keurig Brewed” and “For Use In Keurig 2.0 Brewers”. These are recent K-cups.

 

I think the set-up was easy.  Along with the handy-dandy “How To” book included, the large display screen prompted me to set-up the brewer quickly and gave some pretty fun options as well.  You can choose the color you want in the water reservoir,  choose a color or pattern on the display screen and select an analog clock or digital display.  Change colors to go with the holidays! I like to find any kind of fun where ever I can ;->

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

For carafe use you have the option of using the built-in timer.  This way you can have a carafe holding up to four cups of coffee waiting for you when you wake-up.  (We all have those mornings, don’t we?)  A pot of coffee is welcome at dinner parties and on those hard-to-wake-up mornings too.

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update!  Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

I’m very pleased for the ability to brew more than one cup of coffee at a time.  Fewer K-cups are used which makes me happy, that has always been an issue with my conscience.  I came across a fun list titled “25 Creative Ways To Re-Use Your Keurig’s K-Cup’s“.  Many ideas for kids holiday crafts are included.

The performance of the Keurig 2.0 was is great and I am very glad that I was able to share my experience with you.  So, what do you think of Keurig?

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update!  Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

 

(*Disclosure:  As a member of Influenster I was chosen to participate in this review.  In exchange for my review I received the Keurig 2.0 Model 550 brewer as compensation from Influenster.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

 

How Did The Instyler Tulip Do? My Review

 

I’ve loved playing with lotions and potions for the face and body, make-up and hair products since I was oh-let’s-see, maybe since I was 13 and started wearing Maybelline roller ball lip gloss and giving my friends facials at sleepovers.   Now that I’m in the blogging world I’m happy to share with my lovely readers products that will help us spruce up our looks.  Today I’m sharing a hair styling tool from Instyler called The Tulip.  Let’s see how it does, shall we?

First observation, this is a sizable handheld hair styling tool:

Ann Instyler image

It comes with clear instructions and advises you to watch a YouTube tutorial if you’re not comfortable with the written instructions that come with pictures.  Next thing I notice were how many options the machine had.  You can vary your curl from Beachy Waves all the way to Tight, Striking Curls.  Each curl has a different heat setting and time according to hair length.  You also choose which direction you would like the curl to go.  Nice.  On we go to curl!

Ann Instyler Before
Scary! Just washed and air-dried. Only product added was anti-frizz cream.

I have layered hair that is naturally wavy.  (I’m also growing out my bangs so we’ll see how this curling session goes.)  The Instyler Tulip is quite a machine!  Once you place your hair in the curling chamber you click the button and your hair twirls for the selected time frame.  The timer gives notice with 3 beeps and you release your curl.  To be honest, once a small portion of my hair tangled BUT it stopped automatically and my hair removed easily.  Nice.

Ann Instyler Curling
My giant hand!

Although the chamber of the Instyler Tulip looks daunting I’m showing this picture to prove that both hands aren’t tied up while using it.  I’m right handed and was curling the left side of my hair while taking a photo with my iPhone in my left hand.   (It can be done!)  It does take some getting used to to place your hair properly in the chamber but honestly, after a couple of curls, I had the process down.

Ann Instyler During

 

At this age I feel like my hair is thinning but I actually have more hair than I thought!  Yes, one half of my hair took me around 12 minutes, but most of that time was in the beginning figuring out the technique of properly placing my hair in the curl chamber.  I was much faster as the process went on.

Ann Instyler After

 

Here I am.  All curled!  As I said earlier, you have choices in the curl type you want and I chose medium body curls.  (I should have fluffed it out more, but, oh well.)  To note, this machine beeps throughout your use.  About every 2 seconds you’ll hear a *beep* until your chosen curl setting is finished then you hear 3 quick beeps to note it’s time to take your hair out and go to the next section.

The Instyler Tulip gives you so much guidance with proper use that you shouldn’t feel intimidated at all.  The User Manual included with the tool is very clear, with lots of directions and pictures and they also advise checking out their video, tips and tricks at InstylerTulip.com.  This product is good.  I like it!!!

The Instyler Tulip retails between $79.99 to $99.99. You can find the Instyler Tulip at Target, Ulta, Walmart and online at RSVPInstyler.com.  

They offer other fun hair styling tools that I’m sure will be a perfect fit for you, or someone you love this holiday season.  Check out their MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron.  This machine looks like a combo rotating curling iron and hairbrush.  Your thick or curly hair can become smooth and polished while it glides through the bristles.

Instyler MAX
color choices: purple or black

Or how about the Ionic Styler Pro.  This is a round hot brush while closed and a flat iron when opened.  Cool!  This tool creates volume at the roots and creates curl or beachy waves, depending on your hair length.

Instyler Ionic

 

If you’ve used one of these Instyler tools, tell me how they worked for you.

 

(*Disclaimer:  I received product to facilitate my review through my membership with VocalPoint.com.  My opinions are truthfully my own.  I’ve used this product 3 times now and really enjoy it!)

 

Brew A Cup Or A Carafe – Keurig 2.0 Brewer

Ann Again and again Reviews - Keurig 2.0 One Cup and Carafe Brewer

The holidays are coming.  Don’t shake your head!  Accept it and get prepared.  We host dinners and parties at our house with the holiday’s being the peak entertaining season.  Now Keurig has created a coffee maker that fits my individual coffee needs and the needs of my guests – the Keurig 2.0 – brew a cup or a carafe at the touch of a button.

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Why We Bought A Keurig

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When it comes to making any kind of purchase my inner voice says “Don’t”. I am not someone that spends money easily and if the dollar amount is over $20 I have a tiny panic attack and ask ‘Do we really need this?’ My husband and I both drink coffee and tea so, of course, we have a coffee maker in our home, along with a tea kettle. Our Mr. Coffee is working just fine, so why spend hundreds of dollars on a bright and shiny Keurig I’ve been hearing so much about? The more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion that this purchase would save us money.

I take care of our home and I work from home as well. I know how many cups of coffee I drink a day so in preparation for our morning routine I’d scoop the proper amount of coffee into the filter the night before, set the timer and my coffee is waiting for me in all its glory when I wake-up. But, some mornings it turns out that my husband will be working from home. We make more, but most likely we find that there are at least 1 to 2 cups of coffee still sitting in the pot at the end of the day. Wasted money. We also host gatherings at our house and would find half a pot, or more, of coffee sitting in the carafe at the end of the night. The amount of coffee being poured down the drain was ridiculous, coffee is not cheap, and the waste needed to stop.

Why We Bought A Keurig - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

Sure, I’ve made coffee ice cubes.

And I’ve stored coffee in a thermos to pour over vanilla ice cream.

 

 

But honestly, the old, cold coffee is not used and gets tossed out. How much coffee do you pour down the drain? How much money do you waste? Since we’ve brought the Keurig into our home we haven’t brewed more coffee than what we want to drink. This is the model we purchased:

Why We Bought A Keurig - Ann Again and again Reviews

One point that concerned me about this system were the cups – all that plastic filling my recycle bin and the garbage dump. Too much waste! To fix this issue we bought My K-Cup, a reusable filter that you add your own coffee too. With this tool we buy our coffee from what ever source we please and don’t end up with massive little plastic cups filling our recycling bin.

Our Keurig has also replaced our tea kettle. Just push the “brew” button and *ta-da* hot water. This machine is also an energy saver due to not needing to leave our stove on to heat the kettle. Have you ever forgotten about having your tea kettle on only to find the water completely dissipated and the kettle burnt? “Someone” has done that in our home. Hmmm, I can’t remember who. Oh, it’s not important.

Anywhoooo

Since we’ve had this Keurig we haven’t been throwing our money down the drain. We’re really happy with it. (And I love the blue light showing through the water reservoir. So pretty!)

Do you have a Keurig? How’s it working out for you? Or, have you been thinking of buying one? If you have questions, I’ll do my best to answer :->

 

(*Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. We bought our Keurig and I have received no compensation for this post.)

 

Giveaway – Soda Stream Starter Kit!

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Giveaway time!  Wouldn’t this be a great gift!  As much as I don’t like to rush the holidays I think this giveaway comes at a perfect time to start planning your gift giving.  Could the gift be for you?  Of course!  Enter today for your chance to win a Soda Stream Revolution Starter Kit – valued at $199 !  Good luck :->
 
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Happy Mother's Day Giveaway!

Welcome to The Mother’s Day Event Giveaway! It’s hosted by Jyla’s Three Of Us Giveaway.  Thanks to the sponsors for providing awesome products for this prize package giveaway.  This event begins April 15th and will close on April 30, at 11:59 PM EST Time.  Good luck!  

Awesome companies that Jyla’s Three Of Us Giveaway has been working with to sponsor prizes for this event:

Black & Decker has offered a 12-Cup Rice Cooker to one lucky entrant.  
This is the Black & Decker 12-Cup Rice Cooker.  No more rice sticking to the bottom of your pans!   And this is also an excellent vegetable steamer.  To view the review post and information about the 12-Cup Rice Cooker visit here.   


Black & Decker has also offered to giveaway an InfraRed Quarter Heater to one lucky giveaway entrant.
This is the Black & Decker InfraRed Quartz Heater.  (Retail price $98.99)  To view the review post and information about the InfraRed Quartz Heater visit here.   
This is the JJ Cole Collecton Broadway Stroller.  To view the review post and information about the Broadway Stroller visit here.   



JJ Cole Collecton has offered to give the lucky winner a Broadway stroller! 

Lovely offering from Genie.  This is the Milana Bra and Slim & Tone Legging by Genie.  To view the review post and information about the Milana Bra and Slim & Tone Legging by Genie visit here.   

Genie has offered to give a reader the option to pick one as the prize giveaway.  The option is a Milana Bra or Slim & Tone Legging by Genie.  


Good luck to you at the “Happy Mother’s Day Giveaway”!

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Disclaimer:  Jyla’s Three Of Us Giveaway was not compensated for this post. Jyla’s Three Of Us Giveaway received products from the  sponsors to review and giveaway. They have sponsored The Mother’s Day Event Giveaway. An honest opinion was given on the products reviewed.  Ann Again… and again Reviews is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Thank you to the sponsors for sponsoring this event.