French Press Coffee | Chambord Bodum French Press – Review

1923-16So I finally did it. I bought a French press coffee maker. I never really realized how much people actually use a French press until I did a little research. The carafe to my drip coffee maker needs to be replaced, so I have not been able to use it for quite some time. Huge bummer. Rather than try to find a replacement, I decided to look into a French press. Number one – it is so cute and small, easy to take with you. Number two –  I had read that it was the absolute best way to make coffee. Number three – it’s quick, simple, and easy to clean.

I caved in and bought one after checking them out online. I obviously did not want to spend a whole lot on one, yet I didn’t want some cheapy French press either. I decided on a Bodum 8 cup press, and I purchased it at Target. It looked like better quality than some of the cheaper ones. I took it home and immediately tried it out. First off, let me say that this French press feels like quality. It has a glass carafe and a stainless steel holder. I didn’t have coarse ground coffee beans hanging around, so my first go at it didn’t quite work out well. But after a few tries, my coffee came out great. It is definitely trial and error to getting the right cup that suits your taste. I like mine strong, but not so strong that it tastes bitter. I don’t recommend using 1 TBSP. of ground coffee per 4 oz. cup. That is too strong for me! But I have figured out what works for me, and let me tell you, it is amazing. After a while of drinking drip coffee, you start to get the coffee maker taste, if you know what I mean. This method leaves you with a pure, smooth coffee and it’s delicious.

If you love coffee, then you should try this. While it doesn’t make as much in quantity as a drip coffee maker can, it is perfect for those who only need to make a few cups at a time. That was another big reason I liked the French press. I always felt I needed to make 1/2 a pot in my drip maker for it to taste okay. I then ended up throwing half of that away and felt so wasteful. The French press is perfect for making anywhere from 1-3 cups at a time. Just be careful not to let your coffee sit in the carafe for too long with the beans… it gets really, really strong and bitter after a while.

Coincidentally, Ali from Gimme Some Oven pinned a tutorial she wrote recently on her website about French Press coffee. Along with her beautiful photos of the process, she explains some good tips on how to get the best cup of coffee. Check out her tutorial here.

I am still learning, and I’m sure it will take more time and tricks to getting a better cup of coffee. But here is my take on the whole French press thing, and I hafta say… I LOVE IT!

The Happy Homemaker

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Giovanni Shampoo & Conditioner Product Review

TTS-8Not too long ago, I was checking out the “natural beauty” section at Target and came across Giovanni brand shampoo and conditioner. At the time, there were $1 off coupons on each of the bottles, so I was even more motivated to try them out. Over the last year and a half, I have really tried to be careful what I bathe and wash my hair in, especially avoiding anything with sulfates, parabens, dyes and fragrance. Straight from Giovanni’s website, they state that their products contain: “no parabens,  sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or animal by-products. Cruelty-free-never tested on animals, pH Balanced and biodegradable formulas with recyclable packaging”.

Both my husband and I use this shampoo. We use the Tea Tree oil blend and love how invigorating it makes your scalp feel. 

“Giovanni was one of the first “natural” salon hair care products and today is the #1 selling Natural Hair Care brand in the United States Natural Products Industry”. 

While it can seem pricey for a 8.5 fl.oz. bottle of shampoo at $7.95, it is worth every penny because of how it works and what it does not contain. Believe it or not, I found a huge bottle of this shampoo at the Marshalls just down the street, and it was HALF the retail price. We were so excited to find such a great buy, because we love this shampoo. They do have quite a variety of other types of shampoo and conditioner to choose from, as well. We stuck with the Tea Tree Triple Treat because we loved it so much. It makes your scalp tingle and feel so clean!  

I am recommending this product to anyone looking to go more natural, but not break the bank. There are so many other products out there that are over-the-top expensive. This stuff is quality, and you know you are doing yourself a huge favor by keeping it natural.

The Happy Homemaker