Saturday, May 4, 2019

Ninja Professional 1100 Watt 3 Speed Blender (BL660) Review.

The Ninja BL660 was the second blender I have bought myself.   Before I owned the Ninja, I used to have a Baby Bullet blender.  The Bullet was good for convenience as it had small cups for blending with.  The reason I ended up purchasing the Ninja was because the Bullet had lost most of its power and took forever to blend a smoothie, and after that it wouldn't even be blended to perfection.

Investing in a good blender was a must for me.  I looked into a couple other blenders of higher price points such as a Vitamix and Blendtec.  I wanted to buy a high quality blender that would last me years.  However I didn't want to spend nearly $500 on a blender. You may be in the same boat yourself.

Today I want to share with you why I ended up going with the 1100 Watt Ninja BL660 and couldn't be happier with the blender that I chose!

Inside the box.

Although I don't have the box anymore, the blender came with the blender base (which controls all the speed settings, a 72 oz. pitcher, two 16 oz. blender cups (with lids), the blade attachment for the pitcher, as well as a blade for the 16 oz. cups, and the manual.

Personally I find that the 16 oz. cups are the most useful as I am rarely making a smoothie for multiple people at a time.   The 16 oz. cups are convenient (I never have to dirty any other dishes, and the blending process is quick and easy.

Ninja Professional BL660

Everyday use / reliability.

I use the blender nearly every single day. Having owned it for about 3 years now, I can confidently say that the Ninja has never failed me when making a smoothie or protein shake.  However, as I am writing this blog, the only problem I have noticed is that it seems that it may have lost some power over the years.  That being said, it might take only 3 more seconds to blend a smoothie than it used to when I first purchased the blender.

The Ninja is caplable of chopping up frozen fruit into a perfect thick smoothie in a matter of just a few seconds.  This is a huge reason I still love the blender to this day, and believe it is an amazing value for the money.

The blender is also super easy to use.  If you are using the 16 oz. cups you only have to press one button for blending.  If you are using the 72 oz. pitcher, there are 3 speeds to choose from as well as a pulse button.  As I stated before, the blender can create the perfect smoothie within just a few seconds.

Pros & cons.


- Easy to set up
- Easy to use
- Blends fast
- Convenient
- Reliable


- The pitcher blade must be washed with care
- Although it still blends up a smoothie quick, it does take a couple seconds longer than it did when it was brand new.

Ninja Blender 3 Speed Buttons

The importance of a good blender.

I am a huge believer in investing money into a good blender.  This is because when I lost most of my fat, I was making smoothies every morning before school.  I was able to make a quick healthy breakfast smoothie within just a few second with the Ninja.

Most of us also want to save time.  The problem with a blender with only a pitcher, or that blends slow (or both) is that they can take a long time to clean or take a long time to blend your smoothie into a smooth consistency.

With the Ninja you have the convenience of choosing between a 72 oz. pitcher and a 16 oz. cup, as well as blending the perfect smoothie in seconds!


I have blended everything from a simple protein shake (milk and protein powder) to nuts (nut butter) in the Ninja and have never been let down.

Owning the Ninja for about 3 years, I can confidently say that this blender has paid for itself and will continue to again and again.  It doesn't take up much space and is used nearly every single day.  It is versatile as it can be used for individual use or for multiple people (with the 72 oz. pitcher), and will blend anything (within reason).

The blender has served me well for about 3 years and will continue to.  I know it will for you as well.  This blender is a no brainer and an investment into your very own health!

Make the best of today,

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Why You Should Meditate Daily.

Over the past month or so I have been meditating nearly every single day.  I have also practiced meditation over the past couple of year on and off.  Whenever I do meditate there are certain beenfits that I notice during my day to day life.  Today we are going to discuss why you should be meditating daily and how meditation can benefit you!

You will notice more peace of mind.

I realized this after meditating every weekday and then not taking the time to meditate on the weekend last week.  Although I meditated nearly every single day over the past month,  I noticed that I actually was more in my head over the weekend when I didn't meditate, as well as feeling like I could get stressed easier than usual.

I am not claiming that meditation is going to solve all your problems and eliminate stress from your life all together.  I still experience stress, but from what I have noticed, I don't stress over little things as much as I used to in the past.

You may have a similar experience when you begin to mediate on a daily basis.  If you take a day off you really start to notice how much it affects your peace of mind.  Rather if you meditate everyday you will notice that you have a more calm, present mindset for the rest of the day.

You will be more centered & present in the moment.

By far one of the biggest benefits I have received from meditation is the ability to be present more in my day to day life.  This is something most of us struggle with today.  It is nearly impossible to be present when we are distracted by phone notifications, TV, etc.  Although I wouldn't consider myself even close to 100% present in the moment I have noticed that meditation has helped me be about 20% more present than I used to be in the past (as well as being aware of when I am not present).

This especially helps everything from when you are talking to people, to when you are stretching / doing yoga.

You will notice your breathe throughout the day.

This may not seem like a big deal to you, but how often do you notice how you are breathing?  How do you think your breathe affects your life as a whole?

By being mindful of your breathe throughout the day, you actually start to develop a gratitude for each and every breathe.  Being mindful of your breathe throughout the day can actually help you be more calm and present as well.

You will be more inclined to spend time in nature or outside.

By far this has to be the point that is the most enjoyable in my life.  Getting out in nature is so important to our health, and meditation actually has inspired me to get into nature more often.  This section here is just my opinion and personal preference, but I know that many of you will feel the same when you start to meditate daily.

If you are someone who enjoys the outdoors meditation can act as a massive influence in your life to get outside and in nature even more.  As a bonus you will be able to enjoy nature even more as well as notice a calming sensation when in nature!

Meditation will help you build healthy habits.

Maybe right now you want to implement healthier foods into your diet, but you are having trouble.  I have noticed that by meditating, it seems as if the more I do it, the more I eat healthier foods.  I especially find it useful if you want to implement greens into your diet.

Eating greens alone can be a meditation.  Just by being present with all the flavors you are tasting, and feeling the life that the greens are giving you can help you to be extremely present in the moment.  And it can almost seem like the more you meditate, the more you will be drawn to these healthy foods that you want to start eating.

I know this point may be a little out there, but I am a huge believer in the philosophy that if you feed your mind good stuff, you will be more likely to feed your body good stuff as well (or vice versa).

You will notice how outside influences impact your life (such as tv, and the food that you eat)

Most of the influences that we have been brought up around can have a massive negative impact on our lives.  Whether it be from TV shows that are likely to keep us in a negative state, or the junk food that is considered normal today.

Just by taking 10-20 minutes daily to mediate you will be more conscious of the entertainment/media and food that you consume on a daily basis.  The good thing about this is that you will become aware of your lifestyle, and it will help you grow in the areas you need to grow in!

Closing thoughts.

These have been the benefits that I have noticed in my life that I hope you will notice in your life as well.  Meditation is very beneficial, and I really wanted to share this message with you to hopefully be a positive influence in your life and help you to start your very own meditation journey!

If you already meditate which benefits do you notice in your own life?

Make the best of today,