Giving Gifts That Benefit The Planet – prAna

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This season I’m focusing on finding gifts for my lovely family that will encourage growth, happiness and peace.  That could be as literal as giving a beautiful Amaryllis or interpreted metaphorically as sharing a product that is good for our environment.  I was recently introduced to a clothing line that checks all the boxes, and you too can give gifts that benefit the planet when you chose from – prAna.

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More than ever, people just like you and me are seeking ways to spread positivity in our country. One way to do that is to make sure every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet.  I’ve discovered a great line of clothes that fit the bill –  prAna. The cool clothing line prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that consumers feel great about the things they wear and the items they give.

I decided to take my new Mariette Dress out on my recent Small Business Saturday shopping trip last weekend.

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I’m going through that “delightful” time in my life where I could break out in a sweat in the freezing cold. Argh. I was very curious how I would handle this material and, I’m very happy to report, that I felt very comfortable in this sweater dress.  Fabric consists of Organic cotton blend sweater knit, 70% Organic Cotton / 30% Acrylic.

Please check out their website – http://www.prana.com/ –  and see their cool designs.  When you find something to add to your cart do yourself a favor and save 15% off your entire order.  Use this Promo Code:  BLOGF16ANHA

When you get your new clothes share a pic!  I’d love to see what you chose!

 

(*Disclosure:  I was provided product in exchange for this review.  But honestly, I really love this clothing line!)

 



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!

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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?

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(*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.)