Today I am grateful for… (8/10/11)

Today I am grateful for…

*quiet time – I can here the kids giggling in the bath while I am relaxing with a cup of tea made by my awesome man.

*giggles – music to my ears

*good news – so glad to hear good news for my dad



I have always loved reading.
There is nothing like picking up a book and immersing yourself in another world. A world where you are merely a bystander. Where you can just look on and watch as someone else’s story unfolds. Where you can use your imagination as the characters world unfolds.

I don’t get much time to read these days… I don’t really have much time for me. I think every parent understands what I mean. Before I became a parent I thought that my life was busy. I so didn’t know what busy was and boy was I surprised to work that one out πŸ˜‰ When I do get time I love to get out my kindle and just read.

I have the keyboard kindle and a hot pink Kindle case which my man bought me. Every time I use it I find myself thinking how truly awesome it is. The other day I was asked what type of books I like and I honestly couldn’t say. I seriously like a bit of everything, kind of like my music taste, it varies depending on my mood and what is happening in my life. Lately I have been favouring modern chick lit (aka trashy rom com books). You know the ones you can pick up and just read. You don’t really need your brain, they don’t really toy with your emotions, they don’t stir up repressed feelings or make you dwell on bad/sad things that are happening around the world. Children don’t get hurt and the family pet rarely dies. If cancer is bought up it is usually lightly touched on and it doesn’t really make you dwell on what is lost. You can just giggle along and cringe when the overly sickening soppy bits happen. I find these style of books a quick read which is much easier to do when you have a toddler and baby.

I have signed up to an awesome blog called Pixel of InkΒ and if you have a kindle I suggest you do too. I get an email everyday with a list of free and/or bargain books available to download straight onto my kindle. You can’t get any easier than that πŸ™‚
From time to time I think I might post about a book I am/just finished reading. Currently I am trying to finish Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.


MAP Coffee Machine

Before Charlie was born our ALDI coffee machine started to break. The frother stopped working but we could still get the machine to brew us a shot which we would add milk to. Until it decided that enough was enough and fully packed it in. Marty and I love our real espresso coffee so this was a very dark, sad day for us and began the search for a replacement machine.

Since we are both coffee snobs we knew that replacing our machine was not going to be an easy task. We were hesitant to go down the coffee pod direction but after trying a Nespresso coffee we were pleasantly surprised but not sold, the flavour wasn’t quite what we were after. We didn’t like that Nespresso pods were difficult to buy. It annoyed us just thinking about not having the option to just duck down the road to pick up some more pods. Then our good friend Kate introduced us to the MAP pod system.

Straight away I loved the look of the machine. Super cute, funky and neat. After researching MAP coffee we found that heaps of people preferred the taste of MAP over the Nespresso pods. What sold me was the fact that we can buy the pods locally from a store. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE LOVE LOVE internet shopping but if I have friends over and we are running low on coffee pods internet shopping really doesn’t help. I am impatient and the fear of running out of coffee and having to WAIT for snail mail to deliver my coffee stresses me out πŸ˜‰
Another selling point was that they sell hot chocolate and decaf pods.

MAP hot chocolate is BLISS!
They have the chocolate to milk ratio perfected. Never again will we be disappointed in the flavour of our hot chocolate because it is just perfect every single time!

The decaf pods allow me the option of an espresso coffee without regret. I am currently breastfeeding so if I risk a proper caffeinated coffee I have to deal with the overtired, fussy baby aftermath. I enjoy the decaf pods and if I’m feeling a bit indulgent I pop a chocolate pod through and treat myself to a mocha.

So the other day we welcomed our little MAP Coffee Machine into our lives. We got a great deal on the machine and the cute little silver milk frother that you see in this photo. Now deciding on what to drink takes longer than actually making the drink. I just put my milk in the frother and press start. Place my mug under the machine, select the pod I want to use, drop it in the hole, lover the lever and press the short or long coffee button. Then seconds later hot espresso is in my mug. Once the milk is ready (it takes 90 seconds) I pour it over my espresso and I’m done. Cleaning up is super quick and easy, every now and then you just flush the machine with water and empty the waste container. Obviously you have to clean the milk frother after you have used it.

No more worrying about milk temperature, grinding coffee beans to order, packing the filter and scraping the used ground beans out. This means more time to spend with my boy and more time to relax. WIN!