Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dear Soda Stream, I Love You

Growing up, we rarely had soda in the house. Two liters of Pepsi were reserved for special occasions like birthdays or holidays.

Then…I started dating Parrish in college and QUICKLY became a Diet Coke addict. When he and I first moved in together, we would always pounce on the Buy 2 Get 3 Free deal at Harris Teeter. I’ve talked about my addiction on the blog here, and I’m happy to say that I’ve kept that habit kicked.

What did it take? Three things.

1. Advice from my very smart auntie (she knows brains) who looked me straight in the face and told me I was killing my brain <— When she gives you advice, you listen

2. Sometimes a can of the dark temptress backfires and makes me feel awful! Headaches, etc.

3. Fizzy Water

Fizzy water really made the difference. The bubbles mimic what I love most about Diet Coke, and they seem to quench that addictive thirst.

But Fizzy water ain’t cheap y’all! I even joined Costco to get big packs of La Croix (and the toilet paper!) but the costs still add up! And I didn’t feel great about going through all those aluminum cans…and one can just isn’t enough!

Enter MOH and her Soda Stream. Alex bought the Soda Stream just after Christmas and was CONSTANTLY touting how wonderful it was…

and making me jealous!

But I couldn’t get over the price tag. $80 bones at Target! I would go to Target and wheel by it and grumble under my breath. I wanted one but I couldn’t pull the trigger.

And then one day I was at Target and I just did it. I put it in my cart. I tried not to look at the price. I mean how often do I drop $100 at Target on seemingly nothing?!

Oh boy. I am SO glad I did.

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It’s the best! Seriously.

All you have to do is insert the CO2 canister into the back! I was excited that it didn’t require any electricity.

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Once your canister is in, you’re ready to go! Fill the provided bottle with water to the fill line, screw it into the Soda Stream and press the button on top.

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Keep pressing the button until you hear a buzz sound. You’ll know it when you hear it. Then wait about 30 seconds and unscrew your bottle. OR if you’re like me, you press the button on top a few more times until you get a second buzz. I like it REALLY fizzy!

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Voila! Fizzy water in a BIG ol’ reusable bottle! Definitely wait 30 seconds to a minute before you unscrew though! If you get antsy like me, then the water can leak a little from the air being released too fast.

You can drink it from the bottle or pour it in a glass. I recommend keeping your bottle full of cold water in the fridge until you’re ready to fizz. Ice cold fizzy water is the best!

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Dear Soda Stream, I love you. You make my water fizzy in an instant and give me all the bubbles I could ever want. Love- Gluten Hates Me 

What about you?! Soda Stream: yes or no? Diet Coke: yes or no?