I tried…presse by Bobble

The presse full of coffee and ready to go!

The presse full of coffee and ready to go!

History of coffee making – I was curious about the brewing process and the history of coffee brewing.  I’ve listed some interesting points below. (I’ve also listed my sources in case you want to read more.)

  • Early on, coffee was simply made by heating water and coffee beans, the beans were later ground up in a mortar and pestle to improve the brewing process
  • Early coffee pots were designed to catch the grinds or beans when pouring, not when brewing
  • The French are credited with inventing the filter process around 1710
  • There are numerous methods and pots for brewing coffee and everyone seems to have a preference
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeemaker
  • http://visual.ly/complete-history-coffee-making

What is it?

This is a small, single serve coffee press that uses hot water and medium grind coffee to make a delicious cup of coffee.  It’s meant to be used on the go and to keep your coffee hot for a long time.  To make, put hot water and coffee in the cup.  Wait 3 minutes, then press the inner mug in to filter and trap the coffee.  Your coffee is ready!  I was skeptical.  This sounds too good to be true.

Overview of features

How I used it

I made coffee.  Lots of coffee.  We drink a lot of coffee in this house.  In fact, that’s why we wanted to try this.  Our Keurig machine gets a lot of use and since we’ve had it for several years, it’s starting to act up.  Also, K-cups are SUPER EXPENSIVE!  Not to mention we’re severely limited on our coffee choices.  I really enjoy trying new coffee and that isn’t really possible on the Keurig without spending a fortune on a 12 pack of K-cups or using the adapter cups that don’t always work.  And yes, we’ve been burned a few times when trying new k-cups or using the adapter.  To try out my presse, I made hot coffee and iced coffee.  I tried using hot tap water (our tap gets really hot!) and hot water from the Keurig machine (lazy, I know).  Neither one got the water hot enough to keep the coffee warm for a long time.  It wasn’t until I used our electric kettle that my coffee stayed warm for a long time, so make sure you are using very hot water.  You might have to wait a few minutes to drink it, but it’s worth it to have hot coffee for a long time.

Coffee making supplies

Coffee making supplies

Hot Coffee:

  1. Place 3 Tbsp of coffee in the outer mug (note: the little basket on the bottom of the inner mug holds about 3 Tbsp so I just used that to measure my coffee)
  2. Add hot water to the outer mug (about 3/4 of the way full to leave room for cream and sugar)
  3. Let sit for 3 minutes
  4. Press the inner mug down to trap the coffee grounds at the bottom
  5. Add cream, sugar, or whatever else you put in your coffee
  6. Place the lid on and go (if you use super hot water like I do you might want to wait a few minutes to drink)
Mmmmmm...hot coffee and warm oatmeal!

Mmmmmm…hot coffee and warm oatmeal!


Iced Coffee:

  1. Place 4 Tbsp of coffee in the outer mug (if your lazy like me, this is a full basket with a small mound on top)
  2. Add enough hot water to fill about half the outer mug (the iced will melt to create a full mug of iced coffee)
  3. Let sit for 3 minutes
  4. Fill the inner mug with ice, then press the inner mug down to trap the coffee grounds at the bottom
  5. Add cream, sugar, or whatever else you put in your coffee
  6. Place the lid on and go
Yummy Iced Coffee

Yummy Iced Coffee


  • It’s really easy to use.  Seriously!  Like the instructions say: Press, brew, & go!
  • The coffee was delicious.  I think I actually prefer this to the Keurig coffee.
  • My coffee stayed hot FOREVER!  YYYYEEESSS!!


  • The first few times I used it, the lid had a chemically smell.  I washed it before I used it so this was kind of surprising.  The smell ruined the coffee.  After using it for a while, the smell went away, but it might turn some people off of using it at first.
The parts (coffee beans not included)

The parts (coffee beans not included)


It takes some practice to figure out how much hot water you need to add for your taste, but it’s worth it!   This is my new coffee maker.  It’s easy, convenient, and it keeps my coffee hot forever! Check it out below!  They also have some recipes on their website for coffee drinks that I can’t wait to try out!


*I received this item free for the purpose of my review.  Opinions are 100% my own.


**UPDATE 9-11-18**  I have been using this almost everyday since I got it and I still love it!   It keeps my coffee hot FOREVER!!  This is my favorite way to enjoy coffee.

I tried…Pagoda Snacks

What is it? A brand of frozen foods that specializes in Asian snacks.  This includes potstickers, wantons, and rolls. I found them in the snack food/appetizer section of the frozen foods at Kroger. The Their products have zero trans frats, use no artificial food dyes, and have no high fructose corn syrup, and no added MSG. Some of the varieties even come with dipping sauce, either Sweet Chili Sauce or Soy Sauce. Yay!  I’m a huge fan of anything that comes with a dip! I chose the crab rangoon because I haven’t had them in a long time.

The crab rangoon ended up being better than the rest of my lunch!

The crab rangoon ended up being better than the rest of my lunch!

How I used it I made the crab rangoon for lunch (along with some other stuff, but the crab rangoon was the best part!).  I took the package’s recommendation and cooked them in the oven.  I’ve found that this is the best method for heating leftovers and cooking anything that is fried or baked. Also, Pagoda recommends placing them on a foil lined baking sheet.  You should do this! It makes cleaning up really easy.

Getting ready to bake in the oven

Getting ready to bake in the oven

A little (very little) filling leaked out during cooking.  Lining the baking sheet with foil made for a very easy clean up.   Since this one doesn’t come with a dipping sauce I bought two sauces to go with it.   I decided Pagoda Snacks must know what they are doing and chose  a soy sauce and a sweet and sour sauce to go with my crab rangoon.  They both were great with the crab rangoon, but I preferred the sweet and sour sauce.

Crispy, golden brown deliciousness! YESSSSSS!

Crispy, golden brown deliciousness! YESSSSSS!


  • Easy! I cooked mine in the oven on a foil line baking sheet.  They cooked perfectly and clean up was a breeze.
  • The crab flavor was delicious!  I wasn’t expecting such good flavor from a frozen product.
  • They were crispy!  This was also kind of surprising.  You bake them on the top rack of the oven so they get super crispy, just like they had been fried.  YUM!


  • I would have liked it if this one came with a sauce.  I’m not sure why it doesn’t and all the others do.


I already have these on the grocery list for our next grocery run.  They were so easy to make and tasted just like the ones you get at a restaurant.  I can’t wait to try all the other varieties!  Get more info on Pagoda Snacks and all the varieties here. Pagoda Snacks

*I got this product free for the purpose of my honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I Tried…Seventh Generation Baby Wipes

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

History of baby wipes:  I was curious about baby wipes in general, so I did some research.  My source is below if you are interested in reading it, but I’ve listed some of the most interesting points.

  • Developed in the 1970s (I don’t think I need to tell you why they were developed)
  • During the manufacturing process, each component of the baby wipes (packaging, wipe, and cleansing solution) must pass a series of quality check points
  • Water is the main ingredient  in the cleansing solution
  • Made of non-woven fabric (pressed fibers)


What are they:  These are Seventh Generation’s brand of baby wipes.  Seventh Generation’s mission statement is “To inspire a consumer revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations”. They are working on this mission by advocating for toxin free products.  Honestly, I’ve never used any of their products before this so I didn’t really know what to expect. I really wanted to try these wipes because they are safe to use on your baby’s hands and face.  YAY!!!

How I used them:  I recently started Lucy on solid foods.  This means feedings and diaper changes are a lot messier!!   To help with this, I need wipes that are:

  1. Large
  2. Absorbent/Textured
  3. Not too wet (you don’t want to clean up a mess, after cleaning up a mess!)
  4. Not too dry

I used these for clean up after a meal as well as for a diaper change.  I like using wipes for meal clean up because when I used a washcloth, I ended up doing laundry A LOT!!  The food would get crusted on the washcloth and I would have to get another one for the next meal.  Ugh!!   These wipes are safe for use on baby’s hands and face so I was happy I could use them for this purpose.  Lucy was too!!

Embracing the mess

Embracing the mess

Likes:   The wipes are sold in large boxes and in smaller to-go packs.  I won’t  use the to-go packages because I have a really nice reusable wipe container that I love.  I will buy a large box because we will be using this EVERYWHERE!  The ducky design on them helps with cleaning the mess up, not spreading it around.  It’s also adorable!

Dislikes: They were really wet.  This could be the way these small samples are packaged though.  They still got the job done, but I prefer a drier wipe for my baby.  I’m interested to see if the other packaging has the same issue.

The samples

The samples

Other uses for baby wipes (besides baby bottoms):

  • Cat wipes – Buttons is not as flexible as she used to be so we have to help her out sometimes
  • Alternate toilet paper or as hemorrhoid wipes – apparently a lot of people do this
  • Wiping down surfaces – at restaurants, shopping carts, public toilet seats, etc
  • Cleaning little hands – much easier than going to a sink to wash baby’s hands
  • After work outs- great for wiping down your yoga mat, treadmill, and even yourself if you can’t get a shower immediately after your work out
  • Moistener for envelopes – so you don’t have to lick them

Conclusion: I will definitely be getting more of these. I’m hoping the wetness I experienced in the samples is from the sample packaging.  Even if it’s not, I will use them for other things besides diaper changes.  I love that I can use them for so many different things!  Check out Seventh Generation’s website below to get some helpful tips and learn more about their products.

Seventh Generation Website

*I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Starting BzzAgent

I tried…BzzAgent Welcome Kit


The BzzAgent magnet with some things that are important in my life right now.

The BzzAgent magnet with some things that are important in my life right now.


  • What is it?
    • BzzAgent is a company that sends you free products or coupons in exchange for your honest opinion about the item.  This is a great way to try new products without having to pay full price for them.  In return, they request that you post your opinion and the fact that you got it free from BzzAgent on various social media platforms.
  • How I used it
    • I gave this a try because I love trying new things, but I hate paying for something I might not like.  Also, who doesn’t like to give their opinion?  This is the first “mission” they give you.  It comes with a series of tasks to complete and you earn points by completing them.  BzzAgent focuses on quality, not quantity. They want thoughtful, insightful posts.  Getting more points means you qualify for more missions (more free stuff!).
    • The Welcome Kit includes 2 things:
      • A Welcome to BzzAgent booklet – small, but well written.  It lays out the instructions for BzzAgent missions.  All of the information in the booklet is on the website in case you have trouble keeping up with stuff.
      • A magnet for keeping your coupons convenient.  I think this is brilliant because when I get a coupon I usually just put it in my bag and think “I’ll remember to use it next time I’m at the grocery store”.  How often does that happen?  Almost never.  This magnet will keep the coupon visible and remind me I need to use it.

        Hanging on the fridge

        Hanging on the fridge

  • Likes
    • Website is really easy to navigate and I love the look.
    • Instructions are very clear and they walk you through each step.
    • BzzAgent gives you ratings based on your content, not on how many Tweets you send out or how many times you post to Facebook.  They are looking for quality posts.
  • Dislikes
    • My mission was considered active before my package even shipped.  This meant I had 28 days to complete the tasks, but my box wasn’t even on the way yet.   I know it won’t take me the full 28 days to complete them, but I did think this was kind of odd.  Also, my package didn’t say it had shipped until after I received it.  I’m curious to see if this happens for all missions or if this was just a one time issue.
Next to the weekly dinner menu

Next to the weekly dinner menu


I am so excited to try this out!  I get free products for telling people what I think!  Who wouldn’t want to do that?!   Go to BzzAgent and sign up.



Stepping Texture Hat


I’ve been crocheting for years, but I rarely step outside my comfort zone of chains, sc, dc, and hdc. But when I saw this hat, I knew I had to make it!  The Bernat Stepping Texture Hat spoke to me.  I had to have it.  The only problem: I had to step outside my cozy little crochet comfort zone and learn some new techniques:

  • front post double crochet
  • back post double crochet
  • working from the bottom up instead of top down
  • slip stitch rim
  • making a pom pom

I was nervous.  What if I put in all this work and it turns out hideous!?  The first hat turned out okay, but I still felt like I fumbled through it.  Luckily,  I made notes on the pattern as I crocheted the hat.  This is something I’ve started doing recently that really helps me out.  Basically, I simplify it and put it in to my own words.  For example, the stepping texture for the hat is just a rotation of a 3 fpdc and 2 bpdc.  Once I figured this out the pattern didn’t seem so scary.  In fact, I was so confident I made some modifications to make the hat work for me.


Made with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn

Made with bulky weight yarn

Made with bulky weight yarn









  • I used different weight yarns instead of super bulky yarn called for in the pattern.  This was possible because the patter is worked from the bottom up and the stepping texture is just a staggered repeat of the same 5 stitches
  • I made the hat a little shorter on top because I didn’t really want the extra long slouchy look
Buttons likes to help with pictures

Buttons likes to help with pictures

I am ABSOLUTELY making this hat again!  Don’t let the pattern intimidate you!  If you need help, check out this awesome article and tutorial:  Stepping Texture Hat on The Crochet Crowd


Braided Infinity Scarf

I can’t wait for cold weather!   In fact, I’m so excited about it I’m already crocheting wintery things: hats, scarves, blankets, etc.   I kept seeing patterns for cowls online, but none of them really spoke to me.  Until I saw a braided cowl/infinity scarf.  I had to give it a try.  There weren’t many patterns.  They were more like generic guidelines.  Here’s my version of it.IMG_1101 (1)



I started with three colors I thought would go together.


I made three “mini” scarves by chaining 120 (I wanted it to be longer that normal) with a 5.5 mm hook (I).  Then I dc in the 3rd chain from the hook and in each chain.  When I reached then end of the chain I chained 2 before turning.  Basically, I made 5 rows like this (not including the the chain).


I crocheted the top of the mini scarves together then braided them loosely.  When I got to the bottom and crocheted those ends together.  I then circle up the scarf and crocheted the ends together.IMG_1098 (1)









I love this project because it is so customizable.  The size, length, colors, and even the “coziness” of it can be changed to suit your taste.



I love free samples.  Who doesn’t?   It’s the best way to try new products without having to buy them (or at least pay full price for them).  The problem is, how do you get free samples?  This week I signed up for 4 different product testing/reviewing sites.  It took a while because you have to answer A LOT of questions about yourself.  This is only a one time thing for each site, so i powered through with the help of coffee and podcasts. The sites I signed up for are:

I’m really looking forward to testing new products and sharing my opinions.  I’m also somewhat inexperienced with social media so this will be a learning experience for me.  Stay tuned for product reviews!