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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.

Whittard {Review}

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Our weather here on the East coast has ranged from warm days in short-sleeved shirts and shorts at the park to frigid temperature with ice and harsh winds.  I have to admit that every time I see warmer weather in the forecast, I cringe just a little.  I LOVE the cold weather (though I’m not a fan of living in the snow) because I love wearing sweater, snuggling under a blanket, and especially drinking hot chocolate.

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Whittard is a U.K.-based store specializing in hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and other accessories and equipment related to these drinks.  The packaging is classy, and these items would be perfect gifts for friends and loved ones.

How fun to have a package arrive internationally with three choices of hot chocolate that we’ve never tried (or even imagined!) before. We immediately whipped out our Cocomotion and set out to sampling our flavors. We enjoyed the smooth taste of the Luxury White Hot Chocolate and the tangy flavor in the Orange Hot Chocolate, and we were surprised to find that our favorite flavor of the three was the Lemon Meringue White Hot Chocolate (no longer available!).

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In the About Us section on the Whittard website, it explains, “Our story began in 1886 when Walter Whittard opened his first tea and coffee store on London’s Fleet Street.  His philosophy was to always ‘Buy The Best’, sourcing the highest quality teas and coffees from around the world and blending them to his customers’ specifications.  Today – over 125 years later – we still remain true to Walter’s founding philosophy. From one little shop on Fleet Street we continue to grow, sharing our innovative range and specialist knowledge across our UK stores, overseas and online.”

• We have 130 varieties of tea, and still blend our own teas and infusions, just as Walter did.

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• We are one of the few places that will grind freshly roasted coffee beans to your individual tastes.

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• We have over 18 varieties of luxurious hot chocolate, tempting chocolate lovers with everything from White Chocolate and Strawberry to Chilli.

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• We believe that preparation and serving are all part of the enjoyment. So we sell specialist china, equipment and glassware alongside our drinks.

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What a fun surprise this could be for a mother-daughter tea party, a girls’ night out, a bridal or baby shower, or a cold night at home snuggled under the blanket.  If you’re looking for high-quality hot chocolate in a variety of flavors, I can tell you from experience that Whittard is the place to shop.  Enjoy and stay warm!

**This review was sponsored by Whittard, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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