Month of Holiday Giveaways: Ultimate Keurig Starter Kit – CLOSED

Aaand, we’re back! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for the Keurig deets!)

Thankfully this year we didn’t have any freak snow storms to deal with, so Saturday morning we were able cruise from my house, where my Mom picked me up at 6:30am, to Starbucks for a hot cup o’ Joe, and pull up to the Mall of America at precisely 11am…just in time to inhale Chipotle burrito bowls to fuel us for, gulp, FIVE STRAIGHT HOURS OF SHOPPING!

(pic borrowed from last year’s post because it was super foggy in MSP this weekend!)

The mall was decorated to the nines, per usual, and after lunch we quickly got our shopping underway. 3 floors + 400 stores = a lot of road to cover!

In addition to crossing some gifts off my holiday shopping list, I couldn’t help but keep my eyes peeled for a few items I’ve been eyeing online, including my beloved Sorel Joan of Arctic boots, which I spotted from 50 yards away as we were coming down the escalator at Nordstrom’s! I couldn’t have been more jazzed to pull on a pair of the warm and fluffy boots, and was admiring them adoringly in the full-length mirror when, I took a step. And cringed.

They are so uncomfortable! There was this hard, ridge-like thingy that was stabbing me in the back of my heel/calf, and I couldn’t figure out what it was. I even tried on a couple of different sizes to make sure it wasn’t me or the boot, but no dice.

Fellow Joan of Arctic owners – do these break in at all? I hope so because they are SO cute, and SO warm. They’d be absolutely perfect for the brutal Midwest winters, though by the looks of today’s temps (63!) you’d never know it was December ’round here!

Anyways, later I consoled my sad tootsies with a rub in a foot/calf massager at Brookstone. I know. Gross. I hardly cared though. 5 hours of shopping in flats (what was I thinking?!) will convince you to give anything a try! Totally worth it.

A Coldstone Oreo Ice Cream with Brownie mix-in snack helped too. :)

After all the Christmas gifts had been bought we headed to our hotel to relax before heading off to dinner. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, which was less than a mile away (you could see it from the mall,) and had clean, nice rooms for a great rate. We’d definitely stay there again!

We had to nearly peel ourselves out of bed an hour later to go feed our grumbling stomachs. The beds were oh-so cozy, but our appetites were oh-so strong. I know some people pssht at this, but shopping seriously takes it out of you.

Not wanting to drive any further than necessary, we headed to a nearby Friday’s because it was close and, gosh darn it, I have a not-so-secret love for the chain. Once seated we proceeded to order everything on the menu…!

They have this 2 for $10 meal where you can get an app and entree for, well, $10, and of course we had to add a cup of Friday’s famous French Onion Soup (perhaps my favorite soup, ever?!) In the end, our eyes proved to be bigger than our stomachs and I bet we ate 1/3 of what we ordered. Luckily our hotel had a fridge!

We fell fast asleep back at the hotel circa 8pm while watching Inception, but it was probably for the best as we had one last stop to make on Sunday before heading home. IKEA! :D

IKEA might be my most favorite place ever. I love their designs, and wandering around their ingenious showrooms for dream-home ideas. This modern-yet-cozy kitchen with dark wood, and stainless steel accents had me drooling.

Nothing in the showroom gets me quite as excited as kitchen utensil alley though! I have had so many stainless steel IKEA utensils, gadgets, and gizmos last me for yearsThey really are of high quality – and for so cheap!

Including these DARLING mini stainless steel prep bowls. CAN YOU EVEN HANDLE THIS?! :D

After checking out at IKEA, we headed on home. Another year, another successful mother/daughter holiday shopping trip in the books! (PS I axed my hair a few weeks ago and am never looking back!)

Month of Holiday Giveaways Begins!

My Mom’s and my annual holiday shopping trip post seemed like the perfect way to kick of my fourth annual Month of Holiday Giveaways, where I give away fun products, gift cards, and yummy goodies on the blog all December long! I’ve got some great giveaways lined up this year, which I think you’ll really love, and am especially excited about the first one:

The Ultimate Keurig Starter Kit!

I have been a Keurig devotee for YEARS. Their single-cup brewing system is absolutely genius, and perfect for when you don’t want a whole pot of coffee, or are the only coffee drinker in the house. I know you’ll love this ultimate starter kit, which includes a Keurig® MINI Plus Brewing System, perfect for small kitchens, dorms, or the office:

Packs of holiday-inspired Gingerbread K-Cup® CoffeeSpicy Eggnog K-Cup® Coffee, and Golden French Toast® K-Cup® Coffee (one of my faves!) PLUS a K-Cup® Countertop Storage Drawer to conveniently store them all in!

Enter to win the Ultimate Keurig Starter Kit by leaving a comment on this post (not on an image, nor by email or Facebook) telling me the gift you are most looking forward to giving this holiday season, by NOON central time on Wednesday, December 5. Good luck!


In addition to regular and flavored coffee, Keurig also has tons of other options to brew like teas, apple cider, lemonade and, one my faves, Café Escapes® K-Cup® packs like Chai Latte, Hot Chocolate, and Café Mochas. Lately I’ve been enjoying Café Mochas with a mini peppermint-stick stirrer as a satisfying snack at night, which makes it taste like a peppermint mocha. Mmmocha… :)

In addition to the giveaway, Keurig is offering an additional 15% off all Café Escapes® products to EVERYONE through December 4th, with promo code: ESCAPE8131. These would make great stocking stuffers, btw!

Full disclosure: I am a non-paid Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup Ambassador, which means I am sent Green Mountain Coffee and K-Cup varieties to sample, then pass my opinions and product saving codes onto you.

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  1. ppp 12.03.2012

    looks like fun! Question – where are your cute tan flats from? Been looking for ones just like that! thanks! :)

  2. gabby 12.03.2012

    I’m looking forward to giving my puppy her gift :)

  3. ppp 12.03.2012

    oh! and i am looking forward to giving my three year old the ‘peppa pig’ toy she asked santa for… she’s been wanting it for MONTHS so she will go bananas! :)

  4. Colleen 12.03.2012

    I am most looking forward to giving my MIL a Michael Kors watch that she has been eying for MONTHS. She deserves it!

  5. Leslie 12.03.2012

    Oooh I am so looking forward to seeing my kiddos faces when they open their Wii U!

  6. Trisha 12.03.2012

    a trip for my husband!

  7. Rebekka 12.03.2012

    My friend is having a baby and I made them a quilt. I’m pretty excited for her to unwrap it!

  8. Josh 12.03.2012

    Definitely a the Hallmark recordable, “Charlie Brown Christmas” book to my niece and nephew.

  9. Anna B. 12.03.2012

    Looking forward to giving my kiddos their presents from Santa. Santa hasn’t purchased them yet though.

  10. Angela I 12.03.2012

    I really want to give my mom yoga blocks!

  11. The gift I’m most looking forward to giving is cookies, to my grandfather. He always tells us not to buy him anything, but he’ll never turn down a cookie!

  12. Stephanie 12.03.2012

    I’m looking forward to getting my California-raised boyfriend a warm cozy fleece jacket now that he has relocated to the East Coast!

  13. Michelle Moy 12.03.2012

    Two gifts I’m looking forward to giving this year:
    1. a Trip to Great Wolf Lodge on New Years Eve to my kiddos
    2. a sock monkey jack in the box to my 7mo old niece

    Have a fabulous Holiday yourself!!!

  14. Amy M 12.03.2012

    I’m looking forward to giving a few fun photo gifts including framed pics, a calendar, and photo book!

  15. Hillary 12.03.2012

    That Keurig looks perfect for our tiny little kitchen!

    I’m most looking forward to travelling to CA (from NC) to see our niece and nephews for Christmas.

  16. Joanna 12.03.2012

    Looking forward to giving my husband a flat panel tv!

  17. Mackensie 12.03.2012

    I am most excited to give my mom the Mood fabric store bag. We are complete addicts of the show “Project Runway”, and she will be totally surprised by it!

  18. Jaima 12.03.2012

    A much deserved massage gift certificate for my hard working husband!

  19. kristin 12.03.2012

    I’m looking forward to the gift my husband and I are giving each other, another bathroom!

  20. Anne 12.03.2012

    Yah for a successful shopping trip! I’m most looking forward to giving my daughter a play kitchen – she’s a future foodie in the making!

  21. Joanna 12.03.2012

    Looking forward to giving my mom a new cell phone!

  22. Tiffany A 12.03.2012

    I’m looking forward to giving my husband the XBOX 360 that he has been wanting!

  23. Bridget 12.03.2012

    Not sure, I haven’t started shopping yet!

  24. Caitlin 12.03.2012

    I’m pregnant and due right around Christmas…so I’m looking forward to a new baby as my big gift :)

  25. Esther 12.03.2012

    I can’t wait to give my fiance the book Dinner: A Love Story. We love to cook together, so I know he’s going to enjoy it!

  26. Molly 12.03.2012

    I am looking forward to giving my niece a baby cradle for her beloved doll

  27. Jennifer C 12.03.2012

    My daughters Barbie doll house… I had one as a kid so I might get to play a little too!

  28. KellyK 12.03.2012

    I got my sister an awesome heavy duty stock pot with glass lid. I know she will love it.

  29. I am most looking forward to giving my Dad vintage ads of his 1975 porsche! he will love them!

  30. Erin Y. 12.03.2012

    Excited for the time spent with family!

  31. Liz 12.03.2012

    I am most excited to give my dad a gift of health (a gym membership)!

  32. Melissa 12.03.2012

    I am most looking forward to leftover prime rib sandwiches. For real. :D

  33. Katie Cox 12.03.2012

    I am looking forward not to MY gifts but to my kids. I can’t wait for them to open all that Santa brought them on Christmas morning!

  34. Katrina H 12.03.2012

    I am making so many of my Christmas gifts this year, and I can’t wait for everyone to open them! Especially the engraved casserole dishes with personalized insulated carriers.

  35. amy doherty 12.03.2012

    can’t wait to give my kids their karaoke machine!

  36. Kayla 12.03.2012

    I’m most looking forward to giving my daughter these little stuffed cats with their own pet carrier. She loves kitty cats so much and will just freak out at this! I cannot wait for Christmas morning!

  37. Becca 12.03.2012

    I am looking forward to giving my soon to be in-laws a great gift! They have really helped us out over the past year, and deserve something special! But more than anything, I am happy to have my brother home for the holidays after he has been deployed and living in Alaska for the past 3 years!

  38. Caroline Helmers 12.03.2012

    Love your blog – looking forward to time with family and enjoying my two year old daughter during the Christmas season!

  39. Kelly 12.03.2012

    I am most looking forward to giving my sister the baby blanket that I knitted for my soon-to-be neice.

  40. Stacey N. 12.03.2012

    I’m looking forward to giving my mom a cute pink pea coat (like the one you’re wearing in the first picture!).

  41. Stef 12.03.2012

    This is completely lame, but I am most looking forward to getting new sweatpants! As a stay-at-home mom I basically live in them throughout the winter.

  42. Marie 12.03.2012

    I’m hoping for this super cute chevron circle scarf. Looks so warm!

  43. Meghan L. 12.03.2012

    The gift I’m most excited to give this year is to my boyfriend- he’s only ever been to one concert, so I’m surprising him with tickets to see one of our fav bands (The Tragically Hip) in January.

  44. Lindsay H 12.03.2012

    I can’t wait to give the cutest onesies to my sister who is pregnant with her first. Baby clothes shopping is the best!

  45. Sarah P 12.03.2012

    I am so looking forward to giving either of my neices their gifts! The baby doesn’t quite know what it is all about yet, but the 4 year old could not be more excited. She’s obsessed with sparkly things and I cannot wait to see her open the sparkly red Toms I am getting her!

  46. Raela 12.03.2012

    I’m not quite sure yet! I have something fun for a couple coworkers that I think will be a blast to give. But hopefully I find a bunch more good gifts for the rest of my list!

  47. Stephanie 12.03.2012

    I am most excited to give my mom a bike!

  48. Hannah 12.03.2012

    I got my aunt and uncle a print celebrating my cousin who was adopted from Guatemala. It has a outline of Guatemala and below it is printed Love Makes a Family.

  49. Linda 12.03.2012

    My parents are actually gifting my son with the gift I can’t wait to see opened. His eyes will pop out of his head when he opens the package and discovers the Kindle!

  50. Kelsey M. 12.03.2012

    I’m looking forward to giving my cousin’s husband a Zombie Apocalypse Survival ‘Kit’! I can’t wait to see his face! :)

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