Day 1 – Arriving in London

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We arrived at our hotel around 12 pm and hoped to get checked in early. Unfortunately, we had no luck at the Hampton hotel, which meant my husband and I had 3 hours to kill. All I wanted to do was sleep. But with some time to kill, we decided to make our way to Chinatown to grab my SIM card. Because I wanted London Snapchat filters during my trip… obviously.

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Keurig 2.0 – Yay or Nay?

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Funny story. When I first qualified for the Keurig program through Influenster, I had initially thought that I would receive k-cups to try out. I told my husband that we needed to get a new Keurig machine asap (ours had broken) so that I could give them a whirl. To my surprise, I received a HUGE box on a Sunday afternoon and I was very confused about what it could be. I read the words Keurig on the box, but I was certain that I didn’t order a machine. I thought that maybe I had ordered one and forgot? Highly probable considering the amount of shopping that I do online…

It was in fact that new Keurig 2.0 machine. Sweet. I never had to buy a machine after all.

The thing is a beaut. It comes with a nifty carafe that can be used to be multiple cups of coffee or tea. It brews a great cup of coffee. I’m more of a tea drinker, but the tea is fantastic as well. We went from a single cup machine to the K300, which takes up a lot more counter space, which is limited for us, so if you are considering the K300, definitely keep that in mind.

One con — a major con — about this Keurig machine is the fact that not all k-cups work. We had a ton of k-cups that were not compatible with the new machine that we had to say goodbye to. I am disappointed that Keurig decided to do this. There are a ton of k-cups that I’d like to try that just won’t work with the machine. I did come across a hack online that would make the older k-cups work, but I am a bit reluctant to try it out because I don’t want to ruin my machine.

I think if most companies eventually convert to the newer k-cups, I’d like the machine a lot more. But right now, I am getting almost zero use out of it because the teas that I drink aren’t compatible with the new machine. For coffee drinkers it isn’t a major issue – there is a lot more selection for k-cups. But tea is quite limited unfortunately.

For two people, I do think this machine is quite excessive. If I were to ever invite a group of coffee drinkers over, the machine would be useful. However, considering that I’m a tea drinker and my husband is a coffee drinker, I’m not sure if the K300 is the right choice for us. I’d probably opt for the single cup Keurig machine. In other words, our old Keurig machine was better suited to our needs. It’s a shame it stopped working after less than a year!

If you are a family of coffee enthusiasts, this would be the perfect machine for you. I would definitely consider checking it out if you are on the market for a machine that brews a quick, high quality cuppa in the morning.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Tim Horton’s Chill to Win — Who’s the Real Winner?

Credit: http://sharethesavings2011.wordpress.comEverybody loves Tim Horton’s Roll up the Rim to Win contest. You notice more people around you carrying Tim Horton’s cups, chugging their drinks down so they’re able to roll up (or bite in my case) the rim to see if they’ve won a free donut, coffee or the most coveted prize – “a brand new car!” (picture that in Bob Barker’s voice) :p

Tim Horton’s has introduced something similar for iced drinks called Chill to Win. I must say, it’s just not the same.

The first time I bought an iced cap during the Chill to Win promo (which is still going on), I peeled the sticker off the cup and saw a PIN number. I turned to my coworker and said, “It looks like there’s a code you enter on the website.”

She said, “I bet they’re gonna ask you for all of your information.”

She was right.

I decided not to enter the contest for that reason. I wasn’t too keen on giving Tim Horton’s my home address, phone number, and other personal details. I’m not sure why they couldn’t just put prizes on the stickers, but alas.

At the end of the day, Tim Horton’s is probably the real winner in this situation. They’ve scored tons of data so they’re able to use the information for marketing purposes. And what have I won? Not even a free donut! Sigh.

Have you entered Tim Horton’s Chill to Win contest? Do you feel comfortable giving your personal details to enter a contest? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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