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SodaStream {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

 We try not to buy soda all that often — we always have water, milk, and lemonade, but rarely do we have soda in the house.  I might try to sell you on the idea that we’re really health-conscious and don’t want sugary drinks, but the honest truth is that my husband and I will completely DOWN soda in a heartbeat!  We can easily go through a 2-liter soda in a day, and it takes no time at all to drink everything in the 12-can form.  Whenever we have friends over for dinner and they ask what they can bring, I always tell them dessert and drinks (non-alcoholic!) because I figure that those go with anything I’ll be making and because I really don’t generally have special drinks (read: soda) on hand.

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I was SO excited to have the opportunity to review the SodaStream!!  A friend of mine showed me hers a couple of months ago, and I loved how quickly we could make lots of different flavors of soda for a large group of people.  While we’ve definitely been drinking lots of this homemade soda over the past couple of weeks so we can try out the different flavors, I’ve also been pleased by how much more water we’re drinking because we make it “sparkling”
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There are lots of reasons to purchase and use a SodaStream home soda maker this summer!  Read on to find my take on these reasons listed on the SodaStream main website.

VALUE 

You might think that the initial cost to purchase the machine, the carbonator, and the flavors (and then to continue purchasing the carbonator and flavors) is a little steep, but it works out to just 25 cents per can of soda and just 25 cents per liter of sparkling water!  I like my soda pretty fizzy, so there have been a number of times that I’ve thrown out half a 2-liter bottle of soda because it’s flat — that’s not the case with SodaStream since you make only one liter at a time!  And, for those who pay bottle deposits (like we used to in California), you no longer have that added cost for the container itself.

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TASTE / NUTRITION 

Everyone in the family will enjoy their favorite flavor with SodaStream’s great tasting sodamix — over 60 to choose from! Enjoy traditional favorites such as Cola, Lemon-Lime, Orange and Root Beer, or mixers, including Ginger Ale and Tonic in both regular and diet. Also, be sure to try one of our delicious fruit creations, including Orange Mango, Diet Pink Grapefruit or Cranberry-Raspberry.  There are also Crystal Light and Kool-Aid flavors that add some pop (literally!) to these fruity favorites.  You can also mix flavors to create new soda flavors Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame.

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ENVIRONMENT 

SodaStream is an “Active Green” product, meaning that consumers  are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda  or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distributors to stores to homes.

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 And, our favorite reason to purchase the SodaStream:

CONVENIENCE

Save space with concentrated Sodamix and reusable carbonating bottles, no more lugging and storing heavy, bulky bottles and cans, and no more hassles with empties in the trash or recycling bin.  The SodaStream doesn’t require batteries, electricity, or plumbing, so it also makes an excellent food storage item!  😉

We have loved using our SodaStream, both for our family and for entertaining.  I could imagine using it for barbecues and large group gatherings, or I can see myself pulling it out for baby showers and birthdays.  It’s a fun item to have, but I also love that it’s practical.  I would recommend trying out the SodaStream, especially just in time for the summer!

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**This post and review were sponsored by SodaStream, but all opinions are strictly my own.

WOOLZIES Dryer Balls {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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We’ve had our washer and dryer set for about six years now, and we haven’t had any problems with them before.  (I until I jinx myself by writing this post, of course…)  The past few months, though, we’ve noticed that it takes a significant longer time to dry our clothes than it used to — we rarely can take a load out after only 60 minutes without having to stick everything back in to dry longer.  We’ve tried lots of different things to troubleshoot and have come to the conclusion that it’s just wearing out.  We just pray that it’ll last for one more year so that we don’t have to buy a new dryer before we head overseas…  🙁

The other day, though, I came across WOOLZIES Dryer Balls and wondered if they could help our clothes and towels dry more quickly.  An answer on the website states that “…because WOOLZIES bounce around in your dryer, they naturally separate and create space between your laundry, thereby allowing the hot dryer air to circulate better and subsequently cutting down on drying time by about 25% in large loads and as much as 35-40% in small loads. This of course saves both time and money for you and energy for the environment.”

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I was actually throwing in a load of towels when I received this package, so I was able to toss all six into the dryer and try them out immediately.  The towels were not completely dry about the 60 minutes, but I only had to dry them for another 20-30 minutes, rather than the extra 60 that I had been doing previously.

And, another bonus is that I didn’t have to use a dryer sheet!  We’ve had quite the static electricity build-up lately (which is driving my poor four-year-old CRAZY!), but I didn’t notice any static on any of the towels as I pulled them out of the dryer.  While I’ll admit that I’m not the most green or earth-conscientious person, I do love when natural products work better.

“Regular fabric softeners, both in liquid and sheet form, contain numerous harsh chemicals which are toxic to the environment and even more dangerous to many people who have serious allergic reactions to them. The elderly, ailing and small children can suffer from a variety of negative symptoms which are really just allergic reactions to the harsh chemicals contained in these commercial fabric softening products.”

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And, the best part?  They’re guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads!!  I love having them in my dryer all the time and not having to remember to toss in fabric softener or dryer sheets for my loads.

WOOLZIES is offering one set of six WOOLZIES dryer balls to one Dandy reader!  Enter below to win!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 4th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by WOOLZIES Dryer Balls, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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