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How to Use a K-Cup in a Vue Coffeemaker

Good morning! Happy Saturday!


Yesterday morning, I worked for a while and then I ran a bunch of errands. Friday is the only day that I don’t watch my niece so I try to get all my errands done before my kids starting getting home at 3 pm.

My first errand was looking for new exercise shoes – shoes for classes and teaching. I can’t even tell you how many stores I went to without any luck – two Sports Authoritys, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Famous Footwear, and Shoe Carnival.


The problem is that I have big feet – I wear a size 11 in Asics. I love wearing Asics for fitness classes so that’s what I want to stick with. Stores either didn’t have a size 11 or if they did the color choice wasn’t what I wanted.

I’m trying not to be too picky but the one size 11 that Shoe Carnival had was bright purple, with neon green on the side, and hot pink laces. I like bright colors, but that was a little too much.

I bought the pair of Asics that I wear now at Famous Footwear and I actually found the same exact pair yesterday on clearance…in a size 10. I was so bummed. I can fit into the size 10 but I know they’ll really hurt my toes down the road.

My current shoes:

I love them.

I think my next step is just to order a pair online. I hate ordering shoes online because I really feel like I need to try them on. The shoe search continues…

I also stopped at Target yesterday and wandered down the coffee aisle. I was so excited to see my favorite Gloria Jean k-cups – Macadamia Nut, Butter Toffee, Brown Sugar Cookie, Hazelnut. I love Gloria Jean’s coffee.

Then I remembered that I have a Keurig Vue.

Talk about a sad moment. The Keurig Vue doesn’t take k-cups like the regular Keurig coffee maker. Not only that, but I checked two Targets and both stopped carrying Vue cups. Why?!

So, when I got home, I googled “Gloria Jean vue cups.” I wasn’t able to find any but I did come across something interesting – a way to use the k-cups in the Vue coffeemaker :)

I know there is a little filter you can buy to add your own coffee to brew, but I wasn’t able to find the filter and it requires opening the k-cups and pouring them in the filter.

This is what I did instead:

I used and rinsed out a travel-sized Vue cup. I was lucky that I had one travel sized cup left from the samples that came with the coffeemaker.


Then, I took a regular K-cup and poked a little hole in the cup near the bottom. (I used a toothpick.)


I put the k-cup in the travel-sized Vue cup with the hole lined up with the spout.


I put the whole thing in my Vue coffee maker and viola!! Macadamia Nut coffee!!

I read mixed reviews online about it working for some people and not working at all for other people. It worked perfect for me. The only small problem that I had was that it left a few coffee grounds in my cup of coffee. I just fished them out with a spoon. Problem solved.


Lunch yesterday was a roasted veggie flatbread pizza.


I go through stages where I’ll make flatbread pizza for a long time and then not eat it for a long time. They are such an easy, healthy, and delicious meal.

If I have time, I usually roast the veggies in the oven before adding them to the pizza. Then, I add cheese and cook it – it only takes about 5 minutes in the oven.

Halloween Fun

Tonight, we have an interesting Halloween activity planned with my family. We wanted to add a different Halloween activity this year, so my dad came up with an idea – Make Your Own Scary Movie Night.

We spent the last few days making our own scary movie – and it’s going to be soooo cheesy! I am looking forward to it. I have never filmed a movie before or used any kind of editing software so it’ll be interesting.

We’re using the iMovie app on the iPad to film the movie so we’ll see how it turns out!!

Have a great weekend!! Good luck to everyone running the Chicago Marathon tomorrow!



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Art Projects and Pizza with my Brother

I woke up this morning feeling a lot better than I did yesterday. I still have a cough but I am not wheezing at all, which is a relief. That medicine is no joke! The doctor actually told me that the medicine would give me a lot of energy and make it hard to sleep. And sure enough, I tossed and turned all night.

But my wonderful husband went out and got me a pumpkin spice iced latte from Dunkin Donuts this morning with my free latte coupon.

Art Project

I have been watching my niece for a few days while my sister-im-law is out-of-town, and yesterday I decided to do an art project with her and my son.

We made hand print wreaths and footprint trees. I tried painting my niece’s hand but it didn’t work out. For some reason babies like to clench their fists, so we painted her little feeties instead.

I made a fall tree out of her footprints as a surprise for her mommy when she comes back home tonight.

My tree trunk is kind of funky – but it’s the only brown paper that I could find. Aren’t her feet so tiny and cute?!


My brother came over this morning to hang out with his baby McCutie, while me son and I went out to run some errands.

At the bank:

I am in love with all the fall leaves that I see out driving around. I wish I could stop and take pictures of all of them. They are so beautiful and they last for such a short time.


Since I have been sick, I haven’t been as hungry as usual, and I totally forgot to eat breakfast this morning. Instead, I just ended up eating a Honeycrisp apple in the car.

By the time I was done with my errands, I was starving. When I got home, my brother and I made veggie pita pizzas. Yes! Someone else who will eat a veggie pizza! It was nice to have company for lunch today.

Paul’s pizza:

Heather’s pizza:

The pizzas had red onion, green & red pepper, feta & mozzarella cheese.


Tonight I am going to hang out at my mom’s house until my sister-in-law gets back (they live super close to each other). I’ll have three kiddos because my husband is going to Statesville Haunted Prison.

I love Halloween and everything, but I hate haunted houses. I have no desire to go. My dad keeps trying to get me to go, but there’s no way that I am spending $30 to keep my eyes squeezed shut and trying not to pee my pants.

I realize that it’s all for fun, but I just don’t enjoy it, so I’ll hang out with my mom instead. She’s funner than a haunted house.

I am excited for tomorrow though – we’re going to a huge corn maze. It’s 11 miles total. We weren’t able to make it last year because my son got sick on the way there and was hospitalized for three days. So, I am looking forward to it this year.

Do you like haunted houses? Do you do other Halloween activities?

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