August 14, 2012

Celebrate Back to School with SodaStream ~ GIVEAWAY!


The SodaStream is a wonderful way to add a little "sparkle" to your life!

Have you heard of the SodaStream? It's an easy, convenient and money-saving machine that turns plain old tap water into sparkling water in less than 30 seconds!  It requires no electricity, little counter space and doesn't leave you with any clean-up.  You can enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade sparkling water and sodas and be kind to the earth at the same time because  SodaStream bottles are reusable  -- no more wasteful and heavy bottles to lug home from the store!

I had long coveted the SodaStream owned by a good friend.  I envied the way she was able to produce sparkling water and custom sodas on demand when last minute guests showed up.  I sought out this review of the SodaStream knowing that it was a product that my readers would love.  Thanks to the generosity of SodaStream, I've been enjoying my Genesis model machine all summer long.  It's given me ample time to live with and test the soda maker so that I can say with conviction and certainty that I recommend the product!

The verdict:  I love it!

Drinks on Demand We use our SodaStream every day.  I always have a bottle of sparkling water in the refrigerator.  The SodaStream allows me to add just the perfect amount of fizz to suit my taste.  When the mood for a cocktail strikes, we can instantly create a bottle of ginger ale or club soda.  The kids love being able to make their own sodas for special occasions.

Easy to use:  It didn't take but a few minutes for me, my husband and our two girls (7 and 10) to become pros at making our own soda water.  



Green We used to go through a case of Pellegrino each month.  In just a few months, the SodaStream has "paid" for itself and we're no longer filling our recycling bin with bottles.



For me, the biggest selling point is that I can make sparkling water in less than 30 seconds.  But if flavored beverages are more you style, there are over 50 SodaStream flavors available.  Unlike many sodas you find in the store, the sodamix flavors for the SodaStream are made without high-fructose corn syrup and aspartame!


This past week, my girls went back to school.  To celebrate the first Friday of the school year, the girls invited some friends over to make Root Beer and Orange Floats with homemade soda from the SodaStream.

The kids had almost as fun making the sodas...


...as they did drinking them!


The best thing about this little party is that it came together in a snap!  All I had to do was pick up ice cream in the morning and set out some glasses and was ready to go.  


To add to the back-to-school themed fun, I served all-natural Smiley fries as a nod to the smiley-face stickers from my childhood.


SodaStream machines come in several different sizes and models and can be found in thousands of stores all over the country like Costco, Target, Kohls, Sears, Macy's, and Williams-Sonoma.  Click HERE to find a dealer near you.

OR, perhaps you'd like to win one instead?

GIVEAWAY
The generous folks at SodaStream are giving one lucky Rook No. 17 reader (in the continental U.S.)


The giveaway package is a Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit  (value:  $99.95).  It includes:
  • Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
  • 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
  • Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice
 Entering is easy with Rafflecopter below
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck! 

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Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary SodaStream Genesis Starter Kit and an assortment of flavors for this review.  My favorite of all of the flavors was the Diet Cranberry Raspberry.  All opinions are genuine and are my own.  

61 comments:

  1. I go through tons of Pellegrino too! I gave diet coke because of the aspartme and starting drinking sparkling water for my fizz fix. So I'm intrigued both for the water and because the soda flavors don't have HFCS or aspartme.

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  2. Bubbly water is a special treat for our family. We love it! Riley campaigned to get a homemade soda cookbook, too, this summer. He would love this!

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  3. I have been intrigued by the SodaStream since a coworker told me she had one. She would make all kinds of sparkling juices and just rave about them. Would love to win this and give it a whirl!

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  4. I have been coveting one of these at my neighborhood store for the past year! What an awesome product and I love the way you styled the celebration! xo Malia (yesterdayontuesday)

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  5. I've been DYING for one of these! My boys love to have "soda" (sparkling flavored waters), and I would love to be able to make them at home!

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  6. I want one SO badly!! I've been seeing them around, and we don't buy much soda...since I don't let the kids have much...we end up wasting it. This will be a great way to make a different flavor for everybody. I want to have a float party!

    p.s...I LOVE the new look of your site. Love it.

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  7. Love this!!!! My sons friend has one and my son loves going over to make drinks. I love to win.

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  8. This would be so much so much fun to have!!

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  9. I have seriously wanted one of these for so long, but hubs won't let me spend money on it! I would totally love the diet soda and the sparkling water. Keeping my fingers crossed....

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  10. This reminds me of Germany where I first saw make your own soda fountains. I'd use it to make flavored sparkling water.

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  11. I've been wanting one of these, to make root beer whenever I want. Yum!

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  12. Great giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance, I love the "My Water" option!

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  13. We love all flavors of sparkling water, that is what we would make! Nettie from Moore or less cooking

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  14. Unlike all you healthy water drinking people, mine would be at work spitting out Diet Coke all day long :) Kind of like the coffee maker, but BETTER!!!

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  15. I'm super interested in aspartame free diet soda! I'd also love to get my fix of sparkling water. And really, I just love the idea of "fresh" soda! P.S. Love the back to school party!

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  16. I've been dying to try one with diet soda to get rid of all those chemicals!

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  17. This looks great . I have seen it selling at the foxwoods resort but it is very expensive up there . Would love to win one . Thanks !

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  18. I would get the flavors and mix them together to create my own flavors.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I've been wanting one of these, too! For cocktails, sure, but more for the fiance who goes through oodles of Coke Zero every month--I think this would be perfect for him.

    Oh, and loving the new look over here, so bright and airy :)

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  20. I have wanted one of these for a while now.

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  21. I have never been a soda drinker, but I do mix fruit juices with sparkling water or sometimes tonic to make my own "soda" so this would be perfect for me. Got my fingers crossed, this would be very handy to have with the new school year beginning soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. I would use it to make drinks instead of buying them all of the time.

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  23. Fun! I don't let my kiddos have sodas yet, but I would love to use of these guys for a moms' night out!

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  24. I've been DYING to have one of these but I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype. I can't wait to get one and make my own orange soda with REAL orange juice!

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  25. oh, man....isn't this just the epitome of summer? it's sooooo much better than kool-aid ever wanted to be! i was wishing on this allllllll those years ago when i plunked fizzies in a cold glass of water. would love to win this....

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  26. I think we would use it daily to bubble up our juice and to make pop too! It's the fizzy part that helps quench your thirst in this heat! I love all the variety they offer for flavor choices! What a cool tool! :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  27. I love sparkling water, and always get Perrier when it's on sale. I'd L-O-V-E to make my own, with a hint of lemon or lime!

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  28. I've been wondering if these were worth having. So glad to see your review and the giveaway. Here's hoping you pick me!

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  30. I love seltzer water and have been coveting Soda Stream for months!

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  31. I would use it all the time not only for myself, but for my daughter as well. She thinks that anything with carbonation is Sprite, so will always be getting a "treat".

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  32. My ils have one and I covet it. I know it would be used daily around here!

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  33. We've been wanting one to save money on soda!

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  34. Fabulous giveaway we can't do regular sodas due to allergies so I love the idea of make your own

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  35. I would be making tons of lemonade! My family loves it!

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  36. I have always wanted one of these! I'd make so much lemonade and just plain ol sparkling water for myself!

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  37. I have seen this but was wondering how it was. It sounds great:)

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  38. I have heard so many great things about these! We would love to try all of the sparkling juices, teas, and my husband would love the soda of course!

    mamavresale@yahoo.com

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  39. Would love to win one!! Can't wait to try the sparkling juices (not much of an actual soda or as I say, "pop" drinker)

    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

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  40. I'm absolutely jealous! I have been wanting one of these Soda Stream machines for a while now...but, your review totally swayed me to put it on my Christmas Wish List! Thanks so much.

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  41. I would totally love one of these--what a great giveaway! Thanks :)

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  42. I would use a Soda Stream daily! It would be nice to add some variety and wonderful for entertaining.

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  43. I want to try and make my own soda

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  44. We would make soda on our family game nights.

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  45. I would use this to make healthier carbonated beverages. I'm giving up aspartame but would love to continue to drink something fizzy.

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  46. I have four children... a Sodastream would be used to death here. lol We've always wanted to try one.

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  47. I'd love to win the Soadastream, our family is a little addicted to sodas, and I'm the worst offender. It would be really nice to have the Sodastream and not have to lug home all those two liter bottles of Coke Zero.

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  48. I would love to try some of the cola's that they have and the dr pepper flavored one. I want to be able to cut my artifical sugars and flavors out

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  49. We were looking at these a few weeks ago and commented how nice that would be. I want one!!! Pick me --Pick me.

    :}

    xo,
    Cheri

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  50. I would love it, myself, but the kids probably wouldn't let me get to it!

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  51. We crave sodas a lot, mostly just something fizzy and sweet but we try to avoid actual mass-produced sodas for health reasons. A Sodastream will be a great addition to our kitchen and can meet that sweet/fizz need!

    Like you, we'd been coveting a Sodastream too so this would be an awesome thing to win!

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  52. I would love to be able to save money making my own coke. I would love this product.

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  53. I would use it to make diet soda. Thanks!
    GFC: Kellyr78

    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  54. I'd use it to make sparkling water =)
    @vaidas4444

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  55. Oh, wouldn't this save me some money on my diet soda addiction!

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  56. I would use it to replace our soda purchases! Also, there are times I want the carbonation but not the sweetness, so sparkling water would be awesome!

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  57. i would use it to make low cal drinks for my family!

    sunnybrookdc1@yahoo.com

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