Brew a Better Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  While our hotel stay was complimentary, all opinions remain 100% mine.

I am a proud Mom to a beautiful, talented and inspiring dancer.  Yes, I am a dance Mom.  No, it is nothing like the television show.  We are blessed to be a part of a studio that not only gives my daughter a fantastic dance education, but surrounds her with love and encouragement, too.

Because she is part of the studio’s competitive team, we take to the road and travel to many competitions to watch our beautiful dancer and cheer her on.  On a recent trip, we chose to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola, FL and I am so glad we did!

The hotel is very easy to access from the Interstate and we just loved the section of town in which it is located.  From the moment we pulled up, we felt “at home.”  The property was well maintained, clean and welcoming.  The lobby was nicely decorated to look like a living room in a cozy home and a full service restaurant was just to the right.

Before heading to the theater for a long day of dancing, we checked into our room (which was ready when we arrived).  The two queen room was clean and comfy but my eyes were drawn immediately to the shiny Keurig beckoning me to make some coffee.

Hilton Garden Inn and Green Mountain Coffee (the makers of Keurig) recently partnered to “brew a better stay.”  Now, more than 73,000 Hilton Garden Inn guest rooms in North America now sport Keurig K130 brewing systems plus each room is supplied with four complimentary K-Cup packs.  Our room had two Diedrichs Regular Coffee, one Diedrichs Decaffeinated Coffee, and one Bigelow Black Tea K-Cup packs but if you are craving other varieties head to the 24-hour Pavillion Pantry in the lobby where additional K-Cup packs are available for purchase.

It was so nice to be able to enjoy a cup of hot tea after arriving back at the hotel following the dance competition.  And it was a great way to save time the next morning rather than find a local coffee house and stand in long lines before hitting the road.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hilton Garden Inn!  My husband and I often joke about taking our Keurig brewing system on road trips and now we don’t have to.  What a great amenity!

 

Take a Break with Lipton K-Cup Packs {Keurig Brewer Giveaway}

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While sample Lipton K-Cups were received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Sometimes I would spend the night at my Nana’s house when I was a little girl.  Like most Granddaughters, I was totally spoiled by my Nana.  Playing cards, flying kites, learning to jump rope and watching TV in a homemade fort were a few of my favorite things to do.  Each morning, my Nana would wake up and fix scrambled eggs and toast for me and a cup of hot tea for herself.  Eventually, I convinced her to let me have a cup of tea, too…sweetened with condensed milk, of course.  From then on, I was a total tea girl.

Even now, 30-something years later, I can’t start my day without a cup of Lipton hot tea.  Not only do I love the taste, but it brings back such great memories of my childhood.  But now that life is hectic, it is hard to take time before work to grab my tea kettle and boil water before running out the door.  So, I was thrilled to learn that Lipton has released hot and cold iced tea varieties for Keurig® K-Cup® single cup brewing systems!  Now there is an easy way to enjoy my favorite cup of tea with the convenience of my Keurig Brewer.

Three varieties are now available:

  • Lipton REFRESH: This crisp and refreshing iced sweet tea is made of fresh-pressed tea leaves and sweetened with cane sugar.  This new variety joins GMCR’s current Brew Over Ice collection for Keurig K-Cup® brewers, an innovative line of beverages that are specifically crafted to brew directly over ice – great for an easy and refreshing mid-day uplift.
  • Lipton INDULGE: Tea drinkers can savor the taste of rich black tea from fresh-pressed tea leaves, blended with delicious natural flavors for an indulgent aroma and taste.
  • Lipton SOOTHE: This smooth green tea is made from tender green tea leaves, herbs, and blended with natural flavors.  The delicate taste of green tea is an invitation to relax.

As a purist, I am partial to the Black Tea and decided to make a quick cup of iced tea before heading out to run my weekend errands.  Check out how easy it was in my video below:

In the mood to celebrate the launch?  Head over to the Lipton Facebook page and check out the Lipton K-Scope app by clicking on the “Lipton® K-Cup® Packs” tab.  A prompt will appear with an authorization to pull photos from your personal Facebook library. Simply press ‘accept’ and follow the requested steps.  The application allows you to select one of three K-Scope templates depending on the fresh spin you want to bring to life, inspired by the new Lipton K-Cup® pack – Refresh, Indulge and Soothe.

Ready to join the fun?  One Experimental Mommy reader will receive a Keurig Platinum Brewing System, Pack Lipton K-Cups SOOTHE Tea, Pack Lipton K-Cups INDULGE Tea, and a of Pack Lipton K-Cups REFRESH Tea (value of $215)!  Enter below:

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Celebrate National Coffee Day with Gevalia #FoamatHome

This post is brought to you by Gevalia Coffee from Kraft Foods and The Motherhood. I received a sample of Gevalia Coffee and I’ve been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

While I am a tea lover, my husband is the coffee addict drinker in my home.  Because he is the only one who likes coffee in my home, making a full or even half pot seemed wasteful.  So, when we received a Keurig single cup brewer a year ago, I knew hubby would be instantly love….and I was right.

Over the past year, he has tried many different brands and flavors of the K-Cup portion packs and finally settled into a handful that are his “go-to” brews.  But, he still ventures out to our local coffeehouse to get that gourmet cup of coffee he craves on occasion.

When Gevalia Coffee’s new two-step single-serve café-style coffee beverages showed up on my door step, I knew I would not have to twist his arm to try them.  This revolutionary system, made from real milk, will allow hubby to enjoy a Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato or Mocha Latte right from our very own Keurig K-Cup brewer. There is no better day than National Coffee Day (September 29th) to give these new blends a whirl, right?!

How to become your own barista:

  • Choose your flavor and accompanying froth packet.
  • Pour entire froth packet (made from real milk) into coffee mug.
  • Place a Gevalia Espresso Roast single-serve cup in a Keurig K-Cup brewer and press start.
  • Stir and Enjoy!

Check out our experience with #FoamatHome:

The café-style coffee beverages come in three tasty flavors:

  • Mocha Latte — A creamy, perfectly balanced blend of cocoa and coffee topped with a velvety layer of foam
  • Caramel Macchiato — Creamy and smooth, with the indulgent flavor of caramel, topped with a velvety layer of foam
  • Cappuccino — Smooth, mildly sweet with subtle roasted coffee notes, topped with a velvety layer of foam
 After trying all three, my hubby decided to stay true to tradition by selecting the Cappuccino as the clear winner.  If you want to try the new Gevalia K-Cups and froth packets, you can pick them up at your local grocery in six packs ($8.49 SRP) and nine packs ($11.99 SRP) or at Gevalia.com.  Can’t wait to head to your local store?  Visit FoamAtHome.Gevalia.com for more information and a free sample of Gevalia Mocha Latte starting today on National Coffee Day, September 29.  Plus, you can win one box of each Gevalia variety right here at Experimental Mommy!  Enter below:
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My Favorite Things Day 3: Keurig Mini Brewer {Giveaway}

I am soooooo not a morning person.  I simply cannot function without my hot tea before getting started on the day’s agenda.  The Keurig Brewer system has revolutionized my morning routine making it so easy to prepare that first, second and maybe third cup of tea with little effort (or brain power).  So, for Day Three of My Favorite Things giveaway sponsored by Neutrogena, I am going to change your life, too, with a Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System!  The winner can choose between black, red or green.  Enter below and check out the great gifts to come in the next few days, too.

 

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This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  No compensation was received to facilitate this post. While I am a K-Cup Ambassador, this giveaway is not affiliated with that program.

National Fair Trade Month and Keurig Brewer Giveaway

Did you know that October is National Fair Trade Month?  If you are not aware of what Fair Trade means, you are not alone.  I am still learning, too!  Basically, Fair Trade practices ensure that coffee farmers get a fair price for their beans allowing them to grow their businesses and invest in their futures.

For more than a decade, Green Mountain Coffee has been a leader in the fair trade movement not only bringing you a great cup of coffee but improving the lives of the farmers that supply the product.  In celebration of Fair Trade Month, Green Mountain Coffee in partnership with two musicians, Grace Potter and Michael Franti, began the “Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Pass It On” campaign.  They traveled to Sumatra and Columbia to see first hand the effects of fair trade practices.  Through a series of free concerts, the initiative celebrates the good vibes of fair trade and even an opportunity to win a trip to Costa Rica.

With the arrival of Fall, I am happy to announce that I am giving away a new, bright orange Keurig® Mini Plus Brewing System and a box of Fair Trade Certified™ Pumpkin Spice!  Plus, if you would like to try the fair trade products, use the code GMCFTC8155 to receive 10% off your order (expires November 5). Enter below!

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Have Fun With Original Donut Shop Coconut Mocha! {Keurig Giveaway}

Living in NOLA, it isn’t hard to believe that fun usually involves food.  Every party and every special occasion (yes, even funerals) revolves around the cuisine.  It is by no mistake that most family gatherings take place in the kitchen when you live in a City known for it’s food…and fun!  Our parties are loud and our food is spicy…New Orleanians have a zest for life that is unmatched in just about any other City.

When the parties are this good, you need a fun dessert to end the night.  Here, no party is complete with some traditional bread pudding, bananas foster or beignets served with the perfect cup of coffee.  In my home, we are attached to our Keurig Single Cup Brewer which provides fast and delicious K-Cup portion packs.  Over the past year, I have been fortunate enough to be a Green Mountain Coffee Ambassador which has allowed me to try a ton of different K-Cup portion pack flavors.  Our favorite by far, has been the Original Donut Shop varieties…who doesn’t love donuts?!

This month, we tried the brand new Original Donut Shop Coconut Mocha K-Cup portion packs.  My husband couldn’t wait to try it as he has loved all of the other Donut Shop flavors, and this one was not different!  He mentioned that the coconut was the dominant flavor so if you are not a fan of that taste, this is not the coffee for you.  The Original Donut Shop Coconut Mocha K-Cup portion packs will be available this April so you can make the call yourself!

So, how fun are you?  Can you handle such a fun coffee?  The good people over at Green Mountain Coffee would love for you to take this short survey to find out (no email addresses or sign-ups required)!

Click below to find out:


How Fun Are You?

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Pamper Yourself with Cafe Escapes K-Cup Portion Packs {Giveaway}

By a show of hands, how many of you pamper yourself each day?  Take 10 minutes of “me” time a day?  5 minutes?  Anyone?  I know as a busy Mom, if going to the bathroom alone doesn’t count (which rarely happens anyway), I never get a chance to do anything for me.  Fortunately, Green Mountain Coffee has come up with a simple, easy way to pamper yourself for a few minutes a day…Cafe Escapes K-Cup Portion Packs!

With four delicious flavors, you are sure to find something you love.  My favorite, the Cafe Escapes Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa, is fa-bu-lous with some homemade marshmallows.  My husband did a double take with the Mocha as he was surprised by such a chocolatey flavor.  The Chai Latte is perfect with breakfast while you can finish the day with Dark Hot Chocolate as it tastes more like dessert!

COUPON CODE

Want to try the Cafe Escapes K-Cup Portion Packs?  Use code AM0016-3583 to receive 15% off your entire order plus free shipping (U.S. Only, no minimum order). Valid through February 29th.

GIVEAWAY

Green Mountain Coffee wants to help you pamper yourself by giving one lucky winner a one year FREE subscription to Birchbox®, an innovative, new way to try beauty products before you buy them.  Birchbox provides its subscribers with monthly deliveries of samples from well-known beauty brands.  Every month you will receive 4-5 hand-picked beauty samples form the best brands around delivered right to your door!

Did you know Birchbox also has awesome how-to videos, articles, and tips from the pros?  Go find the perfect way to pamper yourself now!

How to enter:

1. Tell me which Cafe Escapes K-Cup Portion Pack you can’t wait to try!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @CafeEscapes on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway using #YourPerfectCup. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook and Cafe Escapes on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on February 24thPrizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  Others may have a differing opinion of the product.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

 

Brew Like a Baritsa with K-Cup Portion Packs {Discount Code}

One of the things on my bucket list is to travel to Europe.  While I am a far way from attaining my dream, I am able to sample coffees from around the world with the new Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cup portion packs!  As a K-Cup Ambassador, I was sent the four varieties (Italian, French, Columbian and House Blend) from this exclusive collection of the world’s finest Arabica coffees roasted in the tradition of Europe’s most celebrated coffeehouses. Taste the flavors in easy to prepare and convenient K-Cup Portion Packs.

Before embarking on your coffee house tour, check out this video featuring Francesco Sanapo, a two time Italian Barista Champion!

In tasting the varieties, my husband noticed that the coffees were stronger, darker and more bold than other K-Cup Portion Packs.  After viewing the above video, we realized that there is actually more coffee in each pack!  After sampling all of the varieties, my hubby has settled on the Italian Roast….now only if I can get him to take me to Italy!  Can’t head over to Italy?  Check out the inspiration behind the collection in a virtual tour of some favorite European Coffeehouses!

Want to try them for yourself?  Barista Prima Coffeehouse can be purchased online, at Keurig.com and select grocery stores nationwide. As a K-Cup Ambassador, I have an exclusive discount code to share:

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At Green Mountain Coffee, use code AM0015-3583 to receive a 15% discount on the entire store as well as free standard shipping.  This code is valid now through December 15th, and may not be combined with any offer or discount including Café EXPRESS.

As a K-Cup Ambassador, I received samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

I’m a K-Cup Ambassador!

Keurig® K-Cup® Ambassador Over a year ago, I first laid eyes on the Keurig.  I was fascinated….60 seconds to a  perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate?  What’s not to love, right?  I received the Keurig Platinum Brewer for review here at Experimental Mommy and we have used it every single day since!

I was so excited to share my thoughts on the Keurig Brewer, that I even posted one of my very first vlogs.  And judging from the entries in the giveaway, I am not alone in my passion for Keurig!

Apparently, Keurig took note of all this coffee lovin’ activity and I was recently asked on behalf of Green Mountain Coffee Company (the company behind the Keurig brand) to be a K-Cup Ambassador!  As part of the program, I will be testing out a new Keurig brewer and reporting on several varieties of K-Cups each month….heaven!

For this first month, I received the Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, Gloria Jean’s Hazelnut Coffee, Celestial Seasonings English Breakfast and Tully’s French Roast Coffee.  So far, my husband and I have yet to meet a K-Cup that we don’t like.  Of this bunch, he liked the Breakfast Blend and I liked the English Breakfast the best.  Making our morning cup of caffeine in just 60 seconds is imperative to our AM routine.  The Keurig makes it easy to select a blend, select a cup size, brew and go!

I’m looking forward to trying new K-Cup varieties each month!  I am still searching for the perfect sweet tea!

COUPON CODE

Want to try new varieties of K-Cups?  Use code AM0013-3583 through June 10th in order to receive 15% off your order and FREE shipping!

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  I received a product in order to facilitate this review however all opinions remain 100% mine.  No compensation was received in return for posting.

Coffee for Less: February Giveaway!

I know many of you are experiencing record snowfall in your areas, so I know you will love this giveaway from Coffee for Less!  While we may not be getting snow down here, I bet the sale coffee has skyrocketed in the past few days.  In case you haven’t heard, my beloved New Orleans Saints won the Superbowl (still seems surreal)!  If New Orleans knows how to do one thing right, it’s PARTY!  Sunday night, the French Quarter was packed with die hard Saints fans celebrating our historic win by dancing in the streets and staying up WAY past their normal bedtime.  I can almost bet that they reached for a cup of coffee the next morning!

Some fans had to get out of bed, get in their cars and drive to their local coffee shop.  But those that are lucky enough to have single serve coffee machines could make gourmet coffee right in their own homes.  For times like these, it’s always great to make sure you have plenty of Keurig K-cups or Senseo Coffee Pods in your pantry.  Fortunately, Coffee for Less is back this February to help your panty stay stocked.  About Coffee For Less:

coffeelessCoffee For Less.com is an Internet coffee shop for your home, office or restaurant. For the past 25 years Coffee Serv Inc. of Philadelphia has established the reputation of being the preeminent office and restaurant coffee provider in the Greater Delaware Valley. Founded as a family business by Jack and Lynn Kirshner, Coffeeserv Inc. has grown to become the largest Office Coffee Service provider in Philadelphia. Our coffee Blends include Millstone, Starbucks, Green Mountain, Barrie House and our own blend, just to name a few. We also carry the leading Tea brands in the country. Celestial Seasoning, Bigelow, Tazo and Tetley offer a wide variety of flavors and blends to meet any particular liking.”

VT_BlendThis time, Coffee for Less is offering one lucky Not-So-Blog reader one 24 count pack of the Green Mountain Vermont Country Blend K-Cups! “Green Mountain Vermont Country Blend is a medium roast coffee that is both brisk and smooth with a rich, aromatic, sweet toasty flavor. It is an ideal balance of light and dark beans that has a multifaceted intrigue that most everyone will enjoy!”  My husband LOVES it!

How to enter:

1. Visit Coffee For Less and tell me a flavor of coffee you would love to try!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Coffee for Less (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and Coffee For Less on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Coffee For Less on Facebook.

5. Sign up for the Coffee For Less email newsletter.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on February 23rd. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. Thank you to Coffee For Less who provided the product for review. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary product.