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Keurig Tips

I love coffee.  The hotter and stronger the better.  I love trying different kinds, blends, and flavors.  That’s why I love my Keurig!

I got it as a Christmas gift from my wife and daughters a couple of years ago.  At the time I was grinding beans and making a half pot every morning.  I was wasting a lot of coffee and time.  Now, I brew a cup on my way out the door each morning.

To keep your Keurig running great be sure to keep it clean.  Wipe down the outside often and descale it every couple of months.  I have a reminder set up in my phone so I never forget.

As I mentioned earlier, I like my coffee hot.  Whenever I order it at a coffee shop I’ll always order it extra hot.  If that’s how you like yours be sure and set your Keurig to the hottest temperature setting. Another thing I do is to “pre-warm” my mug by microwaving some water in it for 2 minutes.  It takes the chill out of the mug and will keep your coffee hotter longer.

One of the best things about having a Keurig are the the many different varieties of K-Cups out there.  Pretty much any kind of coffee you could want, teas, iced teas, hot cocoa, apple cider, lemonade, and many more.


With so many choices it’s best to find a few friends that also have a Keurig and start an informal K-cup club.  You can each buy a box of something different and share with each other.  Having a group of 3 works out great because many are packaged in boxes of 12 and 18 making it easy to divide.

By doing this you can try more varieties quicker and if you find something you don’t like you’ll only be stuck with a few instead of a whole box.

Some of my favorites include:

Dunkin’ Dark

Obsidian from Caribou

Dark Magic from Green Mountain


Dark Sumatra from Starbucks

Snapple Iced Teas

What are some of your favorites?  Have any Keurig tips of your own? I’d love to hear them.

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Work Can Wait

Yesterday I was reminded of something pretty important… there are times that work can wait.

I had lunch plans with a former coworker (and now good friend).   We had been trying to do lunch for weeks but work and life always got in the way.

Work was crazy busy, so as I texted to see if we were still on to meet, in the back of my mind I was hoping it wouldn’t work out.   No dice.  He was free and “looking forward to catching up.”

I left the work behind and spent a great hour in conversation with a friend.   It was nice to get away and talk about things other than work.

Here’s the funny thing.   I actually think I ended up getting more done by taking that lunch break.   I returned more focused and my spirits were definitely lifted.

That’s how I was reminded that there are times that work can (and should) wait.  I was also reminded just how important having good friends is.

Is there a friend you need to have lunch with and catch up?

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My Standing Desk

A little over 6 months ago I switched to a standing desk. It’s been a good experience so far. Every time someone new walks into my office and sees it for the first time I always get the same questions. I thought I’d take some time to share those questions and my experience with you. You can find some of the furniture at Ikea, some of the items you may see were also assembled by products from Tradefix Direct.

Here are before and after pictures of my desk.

standing desk

Why did you switch to a standing desk?

A lot of what I do requires spending large chunks of time working on a computer. At the end of most days when I’d get up to leave at the end of the day I’d feel like a slug. There were times when I wished I could stand so I started researching standing desks. I also read that sitting down all day doesn’t help your internal organs any good so I wanted to find a way of preventing these conditions. Sometimes if you sit all day, every day then you can develop lower urinary tract symptoms that can really affect your bladder and urinary tract. This can cause you to need the services of places like Advanced Urology to help cure the symptoms.

Isn’t it uncomfortable to stand all day?

I’m not going to lie. The first 2 weeks were a little rough. My legs hurt and I was really tired at the end of the day. With each day that passed it got easier. Now I don’t even notice it. I kept thinking about all the jobs and professions where people don’t have the option of sitting. I figured if they could do it so could I.

Have you lost any weight? Do you notice any benefits?

Right away I started sleeping better. It’s because my body was working harder than it previously had. I’m not really sure if I’ve lost any weight but I can tell you my legs are definitely stronger and I feel much better.

Do you think that other people and businesses should invest in standing desks?

It is quite strange to start off with and people say it looks rather odd seeing someone standing at a desk working. However, once I got used to it I did feel much better after working longer desk hours. I think that offices should start implementing this technology into offices because although they might find it strange to start off with. They will get accustomed to the change rather quickly and feel much better. This doesn’t just apply to office jobs though, many people working in the industry sector actually already use stand up desks without thinking about it. Industrial PCs, like ones sold on, do not tend to have a desk or a seat. Instead, the monitor and keyboard are attached to a wall or pole meaning that the employee has to stand up whilst using it! I believe that office jobs need to rethink how they design their desk spaces to keep their employees happy, healthy and productive.

How did you do it? How much did it cost?

When I first started researching desks I found they could be a bit pricey. We’re talking a thousand dollars or more. That’s when I ran across an online article where someone had turned a few things from Ikea into a standing desk. Something simple that you sat on top of your current desk raising the height of your workspace. It was just what I was looking for and we already had a vacation planned to a city with an Ikea.

I followed the guide buying the Lack Table and shelf at Ikea and the bolts and shelf brackets at Lowe’s. It cost right around $20 dollars and took less than a half hour to put together. If you can drill a hole you can do this easy project.

That’s a little bit about my standing desk. Let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t cover. If you use a standing desk I’d love to hear about your experience and see pictures of your desk. Post them over on my Facebook page.

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