Thursday, January 20, 2011

My 2 new loves...

Working my way out of a funk but still blogging. So today's blog is about two things I got for Christmas that I just love. Fantastic products that I highly recommend to anyone reading today because they make life easier, and they are cool as hell. And before you ask, no I don't get paid to blog about them - but how cool would that be?  I simply love the way they work . 
Ahhh my Amazon Kindle. There's a lot of e-book readers out there but Kindle is consistently rated #1 on the top 10 lists. When I opened up this present on Christmas morning I was like a little kid! I did not expect to ever get it as a gift. I had plans to eventually buy it for myself either when the book published or I got my first paycheck from a full time job. Plus I  know my parents, they aren't the most computer savvy folks, and this had to be ordered online. What a fabulous surprise! 

I am an avid reader. My favorite quote that describes me to a tee is "Books are my crack, and Amazon is my dealer." My dream house will have a library with a fireplace, comfy chairs and walls of bookcases. My to speak. I never thought I would give up the paper and hardback experience of reading, and I haven't really. But I have added to that by using the kindle. 
Here's a link that you can click on that will take you to all the features and facts  Everything Kindle I won't list them all here. The ones I will tell you about tho are :

  • it weighs only 8.5 ounces
  • it's 1/3 of an inch thick
  • there's no glare with the screen
  • WiFi enabled so you can surf the web
  • w/ WiFi you can purchase books and be ready to read in less then 60 seconds
  • it holds 3500 books, magazines & newspapers
  • You can get book samples for free to see if you like a book before you buy it
  • it has tens of thousands of free books you can download - good ones! others cost as little as $7 -$9 
  • it has speech capabilities so it can read the book to you
  • it's battery last a month before you have to recharge it
Yes boys and girls, it is all that AND a bag of chips! I haven't even mentioned the highlighting feature and the built in dictionary that takes you from a word on the page in your book to the definition in 1 quick step. Can you tell I am in love?? if you are thinking about getting one... do it! You won't be sorry!

Now on to the next new love of my life. This one I hadn't really even seen before but now I use it every day all day.
The Filtrete water station! I have crappy tap water where I live. You can smell the chlorine when you run the tap and the taste is not good. But I always felt guilty buying bottled water and we would go thru a case in a few days. All those empty bottles...ugh! I don't like the tap filters because they run so slow and the filtered pitchers were a pain as well. But this little baby??? Fabulous. 4 water bottles that get filtered water and store in the frig. Reusable time and time again. Takes about 30 seconds to fill them up and they seal tight so you can carry them with you. 

We are drinking 5 or 6 or more of these 16.9 oz bottles a day which is so healthy. The water tastes great and the bottles and caps can be put thru the dishwasher. My sink is not even on the bottom, it is angled towards the drain, so I can't fill it up straight from the tap. But no worries, I fill a glass measuring cup or a tupperware container from the tap and pour it in to the filter station which stands on my counter. You can refill  1 to all 4 bottles at a time which is also a plus. It doesn't leak or make a mess. Simply Fantastic!

Here's a link for all the pertinent facts Filtrete Water Station Details but the basics are :
• Regular use can eliminate the cost and waste of up to 3,000 disposable water 
   bottles per year. 
• Filters last up to 100 gallons, or for about 3 months. 
• Built-in Filter Change Indicator lets you know when it's time for a replacement. 
• Recyclable filter housing is the same #2 plastic as a typical milk jug.

It sells for around $37.00 and is worth every penny. The replacement filters cost between $10 -$15 dollars. You can also buy extra bottles at 2 for $15.00. If you are looking to buy it I suggest Walmart or K-mart for the best price.

So there you have it - the 2 new loves in my life. I know this is a different type of blog topic for me but hopefully you have found it helpful. When I find a product I love I have to share it.

1 comment:

  1. I love the post...who says that isn't inspired!?

    I want a dream house with a library with a fireplace so bad it's not funny. I personally have a Nook and love it to pieces. I read SO much more now than I did before (and that is saying a lot)I had it...purchasing books is just so easy now.

    I love the water filtration station...but have no need of it because I happen to love my tap water which is convenient. :-)