Every time I collect my kids from school during the warmer months, they begin bleating about the treats they hope to consume immediately, just as soon as they spot me. We're talking about the bought kind here. Forget about 'hello mum' or 'how are you?!' My hungry kids rarely care. They're more apt to ask if I brought my wallet along with me, so that they can benefit from its pathetic contents.
My own kids generally view me as a walking pantry, café and overall, money tree and I know it's pretty much the same for all parents, especially mums. I usually don't give in to their tactless demands, but on those occasions when I do, a trip to our local store on the way home from school can easily cost upwards of $20 a hit. That's ice creams, chips and drinks for six - ouch!
By the time we arrive home, there's always a whole load of rubbish strewn about my car and nobody but good-ol'-me bothers to tidy it. In fact, I can usually forget about having any sort of co-operation from this point on in my day. You see, by the time we've hit home, those wonderful store-bought treats are already forgotten and the familiar cruddy afternoon behaviour sets in.
When will I learn?!
Actually, I have made some decent progress (in leaps and bounds really) when it comes to saving my cash in these instances and getting some much needed help from my kids in the after school hours. It's all thanks to Sodastream.
Sodastream is drinks system that makes sparkling beverages in your own home from plain tap water. It's easy, environmentally friendly, tasty and convenient and over time, it can save you big bucks when it comes to treating your family in instances such as the after school period!
We have been using a Sodastream in our home for several years now and have found it to be a highly useful appliance. We've produced beverages for everything from birthday parties to the heatwaves of summer, picnics, car journeys and of course, just for the sake of it. Our kids love it and we're big fans too.
When Sodastream recently offered us the opportunity to try out their newest Sodastream Power unit, we were super-keen. Our former Sodastream unit was a manually operated one. The Sodastream Power unit is a plug-in appliance that makes home beverage production a very professional affair with very little effort. The results are a perfectly uniform beverage every time, at the push of a button.
The Sodastream Power comes with everything you need to get started. Along with the unit itself, there's also a 50 litre exchangeable C02 gas cylinder and an included reusable BPA-free soda water bottle. At this point in particular, the Sodastream system really begins to shine above the store-bought, commercial beverage equivalent.
With a Sodastream in your home, you no longer need to purchase soft drinks or soda water in wasteful plastic bottles that wind up in landfill. Just a couple of Sodastream bottles will keep you going - for years. You can continue to use, wash and re-use the bottles time and time again. At the end of their life, these bottles themselves are fully recyclable too.
Sodastream also produce a huge range of natural flavours to add to your soda water. The benefit of the do-it-yourself nature of this system, is that you can control the amount of bubbles and intensity of the flavour of each and every bottle you make.
All of Sodastream's flavours (RRP $6.95) are naturally sourced and contain no artificial colours or preservatives. The taste is fabulous too! One bottle of flavour can make up to 9 litres of sparkling flavoured water. Best of all though for me, I can get a whole load of co-operation from my kiddos after school with a bottle or two of Sodastream! These days I offer it as a reward in exchange for some assistance on the home front, and displays of good manners. It's helping me yield me some great results!
The Sodastream Power is basic to use and I am going to show you just how easy it is to make your own sparkling waters at home.
After inserting the included gas cylinder into the unit (which is very simple to do - instructions are included), plug in the power adaptor and it's ready to go. Grab your soda bottle and fill it with tap water to the fill line indicated on the bottle.
Attach the bottle of water to the Sodastream Power by pushing it into the bottle holder.
The lights on the unit will flash on to prompt you to choose your level of carbonation.
We like our drinks ultra-fizzy, so always choose the third setting for industrial-strength carbonation!
Watch in amazement as the Sodastream Power does all the carbonating work for you!
Add a dash of your chosen flavour and enjoy.
The unit is seriously simple to use and we really like the fact that the Power does such a terrific job at making the beverage carbonation uniform. (With our former manual model, getting the carbonation accurate was fairly hit and miss for me.) The Power machine is easy enough for kids to use on their own with supervision.
Our kids love the flavours which include all the regular soft drink favourites as well as a natural range with less sugar and more fruit. There are also sugar-free varieties available.
|Bubble and fizz! Sodastream Waters Fruits Orange and Mango - very delicious.|
Serving suggestion: Try freezing strawberry or fruit pieces and use these as healthy ice cubes.
I personally can't fault the Sodastream system. We were so glad when we purchased one several years back. The new Sodastream Power appliance is a brilliant improvement on our old favourite however, and an absolute winner in our household! This is so convenient to use and a cost-effective method for families when it comes to flavoured waters. Even plain sparkling water with no flavour added at all is a pleasure to drink. (I love plain soda and mineral waters and having the means to produce these at home when I want it, is a huge plus for me.)
The new Sodastream Power is priced at $249 and in my opinion, it's worth every cent. The appliance is available in black or white and has a stainless feature to match the décor of most modern kitchens. You can purchase this particular model (and others), including the full flavour range and order gas refills on the Sodastream website. It's also available at Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman and JB Home. Conveniently you can purchase flavours and exchange cylinders at Target stores Australia-wide.
If you've been sitting on the fence about purchasing a Sodastream for some time now, I would jump at this particular model! Like us, you won't be disappointed with the convenience, flavours and on-going savings you will reap, well into the future. Just love it!
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