Nutri Ninja Duo Blender With Auto IQ Review

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Disclosure: I received a free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

When it comes to blenders, there are so many options out there. Maybe you want to make a smoothie for yourself, or maybe you need to make a big batch of something like a soup or salsa. The Nutri Ninja Duo Blender With Auto IQ may be the perfect option for you.

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I received the duo for this review and have loved trying it out. The set comes with everything you see in the picture (72-ounce pitcher, and 18-ounce, 24-ounce and 32-ounce Nutri Ninja Cups with Sip & Seal Lids), including the wonderful Eat to Lose, Eat to Win book. It’s not only a recipe book, but a guide to healthy eating. All parts are detachable, dishwasher safe and BPA free.

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The Nutri Ninja features Auto iQ technology which means that it is pre-programmed with settings with unique blending patterns that deliver smooth consistent results, with no guesswork required. It is also optimized for maximum nutrient and vitamin extraction and pulverizes fibrous vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts to an ultra-smooth consistency. I really love making smoothies, so the first thing I wanted to try was obviously a smoothie using the Nutri Ninja. When I filled this cup as you see above, I kind of overfilled it and I also went in the wrong “stacking order”, if you will, of the fruits. In here I added blueberries, spinach, banana, apples and strawberries. I didn’t add any liquid to it at all. Because the big items were at the top, it took a couple of times blending it until it was smooth. I really should have added the big stuff last, not first. I will admit that the blending process is loud, but that’s because it’s powerful. Unless you plan on using your Ninja in a library, or when everyone is sleeping,  this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Here is what it looked like after two full blend cycles. Pretty smooth. If I had added some milk or juice to it the first try, it would have been smooth the first go-round.

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Here is what my 5 year old thought of it. She was super excited about the cup with the lid and she drank it all. She didn’t even taste the spinach! In fact, all three of my kids and my husband have been drinking these smoothies without complaints since the day I got it. I almost always add spinach or kale to their drinks too. Shhh. Don’t tell them.

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Another recipe I decided to try was a pina colada drink (non-alcoholic) that I got from the Ninja website. I just used coconut milk, pineapple and some ice. Pretty simple.

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It came out like this. I should have added some sugar, but it was still delicious and refreshing.

All in all, I have been finding that I have been using the Ninja daily. In the book that comes with it, there is a recipe for an easy broccoli soup that is amazing! It has become one of our weekly staples. Did I mention I also make smoothies every. single. day? The Ninja has quickly earned it’s place on my counter top. I don’t forsee it being cabinet bound in the near future either.

Buy it: You can buy a Nutri Ninja Duo Blender With Auto IQ at your local retailers. If you’d like to learn more about the Ninja blender, go here.

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Purex PowerShot Review & Giveaway (Ends 3/7) Three Winners

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Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Is doing the laundry a chore to you? I know it is for me. Between the amount of clothing my family of five goes through and our older washer and dryer, laundry is a MAJOR pain in the neck. It’s never completely done. Day in, day out, there is always a huge pile of laundry to be washed. There is one thing though that has made my life a little easier when it comes to doing laundry and that is the Purex PowerShot detergent. You see, it does the measuring for me.

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That’s right. This super concentrated formula automatically dispenses the right amount of soap just by tipping it over and letting it pour. Use 1 tip for regular loads and 2 flips for large or extra dirty loads. That’s it. There is no waste or mess at all. No dropping the cap full of soap by accident into the washer either. The pouring method did feel a little weird the first time I tried it, but it did stop pouring out when it was supposed to. After you pour, you flip the bottle back up and close the lid, meanwhile, the Power Shot engine refills itself for the next dose.  It’s amazing.

Buy it: Purex PowerShot can be purchased at a retailer near you.

Win it: Three of you will win a coupon good for a free bottle of Purex PowerShot so you can try it yourself! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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UMI Children’s Shoes Review & $60 Giveaway (Ends 3/1)

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Over the years, I have shared with you my love for UMI Children’s Shoes. While my boys have outgrown their sizes, they are still my go to shoe store for my daughter. They have so many adorable choices when it comes to shoes for each and every season.

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For this upcoming Spring season, my daughter and I had a fun time looking over the big girls section of the UMI website to choose a pair a shoes for her. Without hesitation, she picked the Areli II in gold. She is definitely a girl who knows what she wants. These are a very fun and practical shoe. While they showcase a bit of bling, they’re not over the top. The Areli II features durable man made linings, leather lined cushy footbeds and durable, flexible outsoles. The upper part of the shoe is soft leather with velcro fasteners. They are very sturdy and well made.

We have been having some amazing Spring-like weather here, with temperatures as high as 65 this week. While that may sound cold to some of you, it’s practically tropical to me for this time of year, which means we try to go out and enjoy the sunshine as much as possible. As soon as my daughter saw the sun she asked if should could wear her new shoes for one of our days out. Of course, the answer was yes.

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You can see in the picture that I ordered them a little bit big. I did that on purpose because I want them to fit her through the entire Spring and Summer season. Since we’ll still have cool weather for a short time, she won’t be wearing them regularly for a couple of months yet. I think these shoes are just the cutest things. They go with pretty much any of her outfits and they do not hurt her feet. I cannot stress the comfort factor enough here. UMI shoes never hurt my kids feet. They have always been super comfy in them. No breaking in required. Love that.

Buy it: If you are looking for a high quality, comfy children’s shoe, UMI is the place you’ll want to check out. They offer free shipping on most items and returns are free too. Click here to shop.

Win it: One of you will win a $60 UMI gift card so that you can try a pair for free!  (Giveaway is only open to US residents in the lower 48 states.) Enter to win through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Del Taco Giveaway: Try the #TurkeyTaco and Win $20 #EatWellWithDel (Ends 1/29)

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I try to avoid fast food whenever possible, but honestly, there are times when dinner just doesn’t get made on time and people are hungry. My family’s favorite place to dine out (fast food wise) is Del Taco. Not only is it budget friendly, but the food is really fresh and tasty every time we visit.

Del Taco has brought back their Turkey Taco to the menu and I am soooo glad. This is my favorite thing to order when I go there. Not only are they delicious, but they have 33 percent less fat than Del Taco’s seasoned beef. At only 150 calories per taco, I can easily get away with eating two without feeling guilty and I don’t feel like I am starving afterwards either.

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Del Taco’s turkey menu features the following items (price and participation may vary):

Turkey Tacos: a crunchy corn or soft flour tortilla layered with lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, all topped with hand-made pico de gallo.
Turkey Combo Burrito: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, and zesty red sauce, in a warm flour tortilla.
Turkey CrunchTada Tostada: a thick, wavy, crunchy corn shell layered with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, signature tangy taco sauce, lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese.
Deluxe Turkey Taco Salad: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, hand-grated cheddar cheese, cool sour cream, tangy guacamole, and mild taco sauce, served in a crunchy tortilla bowl.

Buy it: If you’re ready to give the Turkey Taco a try, (which I highly recommend), be sure to bring this coupon with you that’s good for one free turkey taco with purchase.

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Winter is Here: Is Your Heater Keeping Up?

 

There is nothing that makes me appreciate having a heater in my home than when it is cold outside. I mean, Oregon doesn’t get super cold compared to where some of you live. At least not in the valley, anyway. But there are times when the temperatures fall into the teens and all thoughts of outdoor activities are just plain laughable. Especially with the rain we get. For the most part, winter here keeps us somewhere between 30 – 50 degrees. It’s not exactly barbecue weather, so we mostly keep inside during the winter months. I do have to go out for a bit daily no matter what and tend to my chickens, but once I am done feeding, watering and checking for eggs, I am glad to be in the nice, warm, heated house. If you’d like to have your heater checked out, I would start with the yellow pages for your area. If you’re in the Nashville area, I recommend Halo Heating and Cooling for your energy needs.

Having a house of your own has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The advantage being that it’s yours to do with as you please and the disadvantage being that if something breaks, it’s your responsibility to fix or replace what’s broken as opposed to having a landlord take care of it. That’s where proper maintenance comes in and it can save you money in the long run.

Take your heating system for example. As you know, heaters are one of the most important parts of your home. The last thing you want is for it to go out when there’s a snow storm or freezing weather. When this happens, chances are that other people’s heaters are breaking down too and the repair company is probably out for, at the very least, a few days. Depending on the kind of heater you have, repair costs can be outrageous. Preventative maintenance is key. Knowing how to maintain your heater or paying someone to inspect it regularly can save you that headache and unexpected expense in the future.

Another thing you may not have thought about with your heating system is air quality. Keeping a clean furnace can keep your home clean, keeping a dirty furnace, well… You get the idea. The air that blows through your furnace is blowing through your house. Just imagine, bacteria, viruses, and fungus particles blowing in the wind. Oh my. Best to have your furnace cleaned if you think it might be dirty. You should also change your air filters at least every three months.

In general, having your heating system inspected yearly can give you peace of mind. Your heating professional can check for potential issues, which can not only prolong the life of your heater, but they can also give you an idea of how long your heater will last. This can give you fair warning so that you can save up for a replacement if needed. I’d say that’s much more convenient than having your heater break down when you least expect, costing you much more in the long run and leaving you freezing while you wait for repairs.

Proper maintenance can also keep your family safer. Did you know that having a heating system safety check can save you from icky carbon monoxide poisoning which can make you sick or can even be deadly in some cases? This reason alone should be the main reason you get it checked. Safety is so important! Heating professionals have all the gadgets and tools needed to seek out and find these types of dangers that could be potentially lurking in our homes.


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Awesome holiday gift ideas from Best Buy @BestBuy #HintingSeason @Xbox, @TomTomUSA and @Garmin

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Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts which are available at Best Buy are on my list for my loved ones this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:

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For the gamer: I know my kids would love to get the Xbox One as a gift. Xbox One is the place for games. What is Xbox One you ask? Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level. In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it. If the Xbox One is on your list be sure to pick one up at Best Buy.

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For the music lover:
JBL. Because who doesn’t love getting speakers and headphones? If you have a certain someone on your list who is all about that bass, they will most certainly love JBL. Best Buy has a great selection of JBL speakers and headphones. Here are some of the best for gift giving:

JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

 

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For the adventure seeker:
Garmin and TomTom- There’s nothing quite like having the peace of mind that a GPS brings when you’re out in unfamiliar territory. It’s great because you don’t have to stop and ask for directions. You’ll truly never be lost with one of these. Features include bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Also comes with lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates.   What’s really cool is that is uses Voice Recognition Technology as well.  It’ll practically make you Knight Rider. Well, sorta. Each brand has different features, so I will list them below and you can decide for yourself which one will make the best gift.

·         Garmin 52LM and Garmin 2597LMT
o   5.0” display
o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
o   Lane assist with junction view
o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

·        TomTom Go 50s
•    Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
•    Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
•    3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
•    5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

Go here to view these GPS units and more  from Best Buy.

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VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops Review & Giveaway (Ends 12/18)

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Disclosure: I received a free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

If your kids are fans of VTech Switch & Go Dinos, they will love the new VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops. It’s has all the fun features you love about Switch & Go Dinos, but it’s the first dynamic remote control dino from Switch & Go Dinos Turbo. It transforms from a fierce Triceratops to a sleek race car with the push of a button on his remote control! Your child can use the remote control to move forward, backward, left and right in both vehicle and dino modes. Then charge the turbo boost lever to give him a burst of speed! What fun.

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Your child can press the buttons on the remote to turn on his headlights, hear realistic sound effects and learn cool facts. It’s really fun to switch between the modes of race car driver to dinosaur.

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Bronco’s LCD screen displays cool customizable dinosaur eyes and driver animations, and kids can choose from four different styles.

Overall I found this toy to be fun and durable. This toy is geared for kids ages 3-8 years, and I agree that is about the right age group.  I personally feel that it’s more fun than the previous Switch & Go Dino toys that we’ve owned because of the remote control feature. It gives you the feeling of being more in control, which is just more fun for some reason. It does however require a total of 8 AA batteries to run, between the toy and the remote,  which are not included, so if you have one of these under the Christmas tree, you’ll want to buy those in advance.

Buy it: VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops can be purchased here.  (Ages 3-8 years, MSRP: $44.99)

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy @BestBuy #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason @CanonUSAimaging

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Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

For all of those holiday moments that you want to capture for a lifetime, a good camera makes all the difference. Best Buy just so happens to be the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression. If you’re anything like me, the more user friendly the camera, the better. This one seems to fit the bill.

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More info about The Canon EOS Rebel T5i:

•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
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•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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Buy it: If you’re in the market for a new camera, this one seems to be a great one. Right now you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

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