The Ninja Ultima

While we mostly cover fun places to visit, I also like to share products that make life easier, especially if can make life healthier too.  A new year calls for new resolutions, and the Ninja Ultimate is great for helping you to eat right all year long with its ability to make nutritious snacks and meals in a hurry. We just got our own and are amazed at how easy it is to eat healthy, get our daily veggie intake and make wholesome treats even my picky husband will eat.

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Here are a couple of recipes we enjoyed lately:

Immune Booster

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PREP TIME: 2 minutes SERVES: 1 14-ounce serving

Mangoes and pineapple are both great sources of both Vitamin A and C!

¼ orange, peeled

½ cup frozen mango chunks

½ cup pineapple chunks

1 cup almond milk

½ teaspoon honey

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Skinny Belly Busting Breakfast Replacement Smoothie

PREP TIME: 2 minutes SERVES: 4 14-ounce servings

Perfect high protein smoothie to keep you full in the morning, packed with fiber, and the green tea boosts your metabolism.

4 bananas

2 cups low-fat plain Greek Yogurt

4 tablespoons flax seed

3 cups green tea

2 cups frozen strawberries

4 teaspoons agave

Place TOP BLADES in the Ninja Ultima Pitcher and add all ingredients in order listed. PULSE 3 times and flip the switch to START. Set to Speed 1 and slowly increase to Speed 8. Blend for 45 minutes or until smooth.

The Ninja cleans up real easy and is quickly ready whatever you want to throw in next.  I think tomorrow we’re going to try some green smoothies!  What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes?


*Disclosure – I was not compensated for this post but was provided a Ninja Ultima to review.

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Lady and the Tramp back on the big screen!

Here in SoCal, we are fortunate to be close to Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre. If you haven’t been, it’s quite the experience to sit inside such a beautiful old movie palace. The kind they don’t build anymore. Well, just in time for Valentine’s Day, El Capitan Theatre is thrilled to present Disney’s animated classic “Lady and the Tramp,” along with Disney’s all-new stop-motion animated short film, “Blank: A Vinylmation™ Love Story” February 14-20 2014.

Lady and the Tramp

Photo courtesy of Disney

In honor of Valentine’s Day, El Capitan Guests can “Celebrate your Valentine” with a candlelit dinner before the movie catered by Miceli’s February 14-16 at the El Capitan Theatre. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Dinner will include your choice of Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce or Spaghetti with Meatballs, a garden salad, Miceli’s famous dinner rolls and mini cannoli.

Exclusively at the El Capitan Theatre is a special VIP ticket offer which includes Create Your Own Vinylmation™. The $26 per ticket (for all ages) includes; reserved seat, souvenir tub of popcorn, 20oz. twist top drink and a packaged pair of blank Vinylmation™ characters.

The El Capitan Theatre will host Tiny Tot Tuesday on February 18th at 10:00 am. During this special screening of the film, parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a Tiny Tot-friendly way – complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

Daily showtimes are 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more will also receive one blank Vinylmation™ character. Tickets are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes subject to change.

Wizard of Oz at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts


We’re off to see the Wizard… I am so giddy! The Wizard of Oz is my absolute all time favorite movie. I grew up looking forward to watching it each Thanksgiving break on television, and I’ve must have watched the movie at least 50 times. My kiddos have also grown to love the film and I can’t wait to watch the live musical show.

The Wizard of Oz is coming to the Segerstrom Center for The Arts in Costa Mesa next month, and I can’t wait to take my entire family. This is one show I plan on splurging on. The best part is that the show is coming on Kids Night on Broadway. On Wednesday, February 12th and Thursday, February 13th, kids can watch the show for Free with the purchase of full priced adult ticket. Just use the promo code KNOB and you’re in!!! I’m so taking advantage of this deal.

The Wizard of Oz will be playing at the Center from Feb 11th to Feb 23rd. To purchase your tickets or learn more about the show head here!