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The Nut Job

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SYNOPSIS

Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store. The Nut Job comes to Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on DIGITAL HD one week early on April 8, 2014

If you don’t want to wait, you can also buy The Nut Job (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) on Amazon

or in local stores near you.

 

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The Tracks You Leave….

What tracks are you leaving?

tracks we leave

Son of God Movie hits films this weekend

 

Check out my interview with Roma Downey & Diogo Morgado of the movie Son of God over at my entertainment blog MamaLovesMedia.

Son of God film

The film, a 2 hour expansion on the life of Christ depicted in “The Bible” (a TV miniseries on the History Channel) hits theaters this weekend. Bible study materials are available for follow-up and study. See the trailer below:

 

Comparison Shopping: Nutribullet versus Medifast Blender

blender comparisons

Weight loss is always such a challenge this time of year when it is so much easier to simply hibernate, not exercise and eat way too much – especially with the snowy winter we’ve had this year. But, I am continuing my journey and new cooking toys help me get inspired to eat healthy.

For Christmas, I received a Nutribullet which chops, grinds, blends and makes wonderful vitamin filled shakes in an instant (which you use the right ingredients, that is). As a Medifast ambassador, I also had the opportunity to try their blender which claims the same features as the Nutribullet. I wanted to try them side by side to see which one is the better tool, if either. I broke my comparison down into the following factors: Cost, Features, Performance.

COST:

The Nutri Bullet NBR-12 12-Piece Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System runs around $100 depending on where you get it. It’s available at most major retailers right now online and in-store (Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.)

The Medifast blender is currently 20% off on the Medifast website and is currently listed at $31.95. You can also pick them up where available in local Medifast weight loss centers.

FEATURES:

As you can see pictured, both blenders show a nice selection of cups, with the Nutribullet offering one larger cup for more ingredients and a larger shake.

blender shopping

Here are the advertised features of each:

Nutribullet:

  • Effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, superfoods and protein shakes
  • High-torque power base and 600-watt motor
  • Power, patented blade design with cyclonic action
  • Includes a power base, 1 tall cup, 2 short cups, 1 flat blade and 1 emulsifying blade, 2 re-sealable lids, pocket nutritionist and manual with recipes
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

Medifast: We’ve upgraded our 17-piece Medifast Blender to offer even more power and versatility, with 300 watts of performance power that easily crushes ice and chops food. Prepare flawless creamy Medifast Soft Serve, Pudding, and Shakes in seconds. Mix delicious cold drinks like Medifast Iced Tea or Fruit Drinks in a flash! Chop vegetables by using the cross blade to prepare quick and easy Lean & Green™ Meals! Use the included cups on-the-go or any time. Dishwasher-safe cups made of BPA-free recyclable plastic.

Both offer a single two-prong blade and then both offer a four-prong blade as pictured below but you can see that the Nutribullet has a dual cutting system with a second blade below the upper one.

blender extractor blades

 

PERFORMANCE:

NUTRIBULLET: Here you have the Nutribullet pictured with a baby spinach leaf and Strawberry Medifast shake mix. It definitely works as advertised. The only thing thing that perhaps didn’t work as well as my larger standard blender was when my daughter was using frozen bananas to make a shake but she may have stuffed in too much anyway.

I do like the larger cups that comes with it and the handle that twists on after mixing. On this blender, you simply have to screw on the blade piece, turn it upside down and twist to blend; and, you do have to make sure you get it really twisted on so that it doesn’t leak.

nutribullet drink

 

MEDIFAST BLENDER: Here you see that the Medifast blender also has a screw-on rim you can add after mixing to turn your mixing cup into your drinking cup. The Medifast blender requires you to screw the blade piece onto the cup and also turn it upside down to blend. On this one, you lock it into place and then press a button to blend which I like better so that you can make sure it is properly secured before blending.

medifast blender

 

Overall, both blenders do the job as advertised and for the shakes I am mixing and the veggies I am blending, either fits the bill for me. It will be interesting to see which one lasts longer over the course of this coming year. I use each maybe 1-2 times/week so it’s not heavy daily use on either. If both are truly equal, then the price of the Medifast blender just makes sense; however, ready convenience of picking up a Nutribullet anywhere may appeal to some, despite the price and the online availability of both.

(Disclosure: I am a Medifast ambassador and I was given this blender for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

 

 

How NOT to invite Foodborne Illness to the Superbowl Party

superbowl entertainingDespite the Superbowl being a contact sport and the love of football in our country, it doesn’t mean you want to make contact with bad food on game day.

The worse thing in the world is to start having stomach cramps (and other issues if you know what I mean – *wink-wink*) when you are in a crowd – whether hosting or at someone else’s house.

To keep your dishes sanitary and clean, follow the easy four steps in the infographic (created by the USDA & Ad Council) on this page:  Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. You can also read more about the tips on Foodsafety.gov and even learn about some fun recipes in the video posted below by Martie Duncan of MartieKnowsParties.

But, the Superbowl isn’t the only game day coming up in my family. We are hosting Game Night for our church the week after the Superbowl. We are also having a host of girls prepping for homecoming this coming weekend. I don’t typically entertain on the Superbowl which is good since I am entertaining both weekends before and after and my plate is literally quite full!

I hate anyone going away hungry and so I tend to put out a LOT of food – must be the Southern in me, and I don’t want anyone going away sick!

Are you entertaining soon? Do you have people you are having over soon?

 

Merry Christmas to All!


Merry Christmas

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 ESV