Cuisinart EM-200 Espresso Maker – Today’s Product Pick

Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-bar Espresso Maker

Today’s Product Pick: Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable Espresso Maker
Where to buy: Overstock.com (Momscape loves Overstock.com, so we publish current Overstock coupon codes. Make sure to check here for new Overstock coupons before you make a purchase.)
Review by: ACMMom

If you love your speciality coffees, and you like to make them at home, then the Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable Espresso Maker is a great investment. You can treat yourself to delicious and perfect lattes, cappuccinos or even a sip of espresso to keep you going.

The espresso maker is very easy to use, but if in doubt, the included Instructional Cuisinart Espresso Maker DVD can help you. Use your preferred espresso coffee or espresso pods and press the appropriate button (single shot or double shot).

The machine automatically gets the right amount of water and you can enjoy a perfect cup of espresso. The espresso machine also comes with various tools, such as tamping tool and measuring spoon, and a stainless steel jug to make frothing milk a breeze. The machine is easy to clean due to its removable trays and covers. The included drink booklet gives you recipes/ideas how to make different coffee drinks just like a professional barista.

All in all, if you like your various speciality coffees in the comfort of your home, the Cuisinart Espresso Maker offers great value for money. In no time at all, you will be able to enjoy a tasty morning latte or a refreshing after-dinner espresso.

Here’s the product description, from Overstock:

Brew your own delicious lattes and cappuccinos at home with this programmable espresso maker from Cuisinart. This appliance features pre-programmed cup sizes and a 15-bar pump.
*Brews single or double espresso
*15 bars of pressure; uses either ground espresso or pods
*Steam nozzle for cappuccino or latte
*Pre-programmed cup sizes
*Frothing cup and tamping tool included
*Removable 64-ounce water reservoir with lid with two options for filling with water\
*Cup-warming plate for warming espresso cups
*15-bar pump
*Manual button: Used for a continuous pour of espresso
*1-cup button: Used for a single serving of espresso, 1.5 ounces
*2-cup button: Used for a double serving of espresso, 3 ounces
*Program button: Used to set the number of ounces needed
*Steam button: Used when making cappuccinos and lattes–will flash until ready for use
*Portafilter holder: Can be used with ground or pod espresso–has two positions, lock and unlock, for ease of cleaning
*Brew head: For easy fit of the portafilter holder *Steam or hot water control dial: Use to activate steam or hot water
*Commercial steam wand: Use to steam milk for cappuccinos and lattes
*Removable drip tray: Removable drip tray with grate
*Cleaning pins: Used to clean any excess milk that gets stuck inside the steam wand or any coffee particles that get stuck inside the filter
*Stainless frothing pitcher: Used for steaming milk for cappuccinos and lattes
*Measuring scoop/tamping tool: Use one side as a coffee scoop and the other to tamp the coffee grinds in the filter basket
*Filter baskets: Use the one cup filter for a single espresso and the two cup filter basket for the double espresso, and the pod filter basket for espresso pods


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The Nod Chair

The Nod Chair from the Land of Nod

Nod Chair

If your kids are like mine, they love

a) a chair of their very own and

b) just about anything with their name on it.

The Nod Chair (from the Land of Nod) will soon be your child’s favorite seat in the house. It’s frameless and comfy, and each chair can be personalized with your child’s name (up to nine letters long).

Fabrics come in a variety of colors and prints (from the pink toile shown above to the blue and tan stripe – at right, Kids' Personalized Seating: Kids Personalized Blue and Tan Stripe  Nod Chairas well as a number of other prints and solids) so you can find one to suit each child’s personality.

Firm, polyfoam construction gives the cozy chairs support and durability, and there’s a pocket on the back that is an ideal place to tuck your child’s favorite book.

From the Land of Nod.

About the Land of Nod: The Land of Nod specializes in everything for your kids’ rooms, from unique quality furniture to bedding, accessories and baby gear – including unique and beautiful beds, bunks, bookcases, desks, play tables and chairs, cribs, dressers, wall décor, kids’ bedding, rugs and soft seating. The Land of Nod is also a great source for skin care products, and organic and eco-friendly products.

We like the Land of Nod so much that we publish special offers, when available here: The Land of Nod Promotions Page at Momscape.

Peel and Stick Chalkboard Panels

Peel and Stick Chalkboard Panels from Lillian Vernon

Peel and Stick Chalkboard Panels

I bought a couple of these for each of my kids at Christmas this year, and we love them.

A patent-pending product from WallCandy Arts, these chalkboard panels are removable and repositionable. Because they are simple vinyl chalkboard sheets, they stick to walls wherever you need them – any smooth surface, really – and are great for the office, kitchen or playroom. My daughters each have one of the outside of their bedroom door (so we can write notes as we pass by) and one on the inside (so they can write notes to themselves.)

These chalkboards wipe clean with a dry tissue. Each set includes chalk and 4 convenient 9”x12” sheets.

From Lillian Vernon. (We publish coupon codes from Lillian Vernon whenever available, so make sure to check here before you buy to see if there’s a way you can save even more – or get free shipping on your order. This link will open in new window so you don’t lose your place.)

Things I’m loving right now: Amazon Kindle

kindle review

kindle reviewAs many of you know, books are some of my very favorite things, so I treated myself to an Amazon Kindle once the price came down to $259. And I have to tell you, I love this thing.

I thought, at first, that I might miss holding a real paper book in my hands, turning real paper pages. But I absolutely adore this gadget. I love how it holds more than one book, so if I’m waiting for the kids somewhere, I have a wide range of choices to suit my mood: books, blogs, PDFs.

It’s very easy to navigate and to find new books, and it holds a charge for a long time. It’s easy to highlight text and make notes. Many times, when I’m reading at night or in the car, for example, I don’t have a pen or a highlighter, but, with the Kindle, you always have a way to record your thoughts on a particular passage. Then you can view, delete, and even export those highlighted passages and annotations.

You can really save money on books, too. Every title I’ve looked at is $10 and under – even new releases that are available at the bookstore only in hardback.

There are a number of free and very inexpensive books, too, especially classic literature. My daughter downloaded all the Anne of Green Gables novels in a single package for 99 cents.

The downside: The Kindle shows your location in a book by “location numbers” as well as a percentage of the book completed. There are no coordinating page numbers, so my daughter, who is required to keep a log of her pages read for school, has to use percentages or “locations” instead.

Also, it’s very easy to buy books. A little too easy. You don’t have to be hooked up to your computer or anything. You just click on over to the kindle bookstore on your device and when you select a particular title, the “buy” button is already highlighted. My daughter was browsing around and bought a couple of titles accidentally. There is a “bought by mistake” link that reverses the charges without hassle, but I wish that the buy button wasn’t automatically highlighted or that there was at least a confirmation page.

Another thing, you have to use a separate book light when reading in the dark. I have one that works great and is compact, but I feel like this should be an included feature on the device.

These minor things aside, the Kindle is already changing my life. I love that I can download all those books that I’ve been meaning to read in just moments, in many cases for much less than I would pay at the bookstore. And all those books fit on this little skinny device…as many as 1,500 at a time, though I don’t have that many ;)

The Amazon Kindle ships free to most addresses. We’ll keep you up to date on the best prices on Kindles here: Kindle Wireless Reading Device >