I made this Creamy Spinach Chickpea soup a bit back and it was a huge hit with most of the family. This is a photo of before it was blended. I use a stick blender for this, which I love. I have been researching getting a Vitamix for a few months. I stopped researching, finally deciding to get one (after also looking at a Ninja) but I still haven't pulled the trigger. I have a blender that works fine. It's not amazing, but it makes smoothies, which is what I need it to do. But it won't blend greens and kale the way I suspect it needs to get the kids drinking them. They will eat veggies in soup, however. So, I'm feeling like I can't justify the price. I know they have them refurbished, but still.
So, I took the money I had ear-marked for the Vitamix and bought an iPad mini last week as a family learning tool. So far, it's iMovie 24/7 here. I made a lot of home movies when I was little (with a huge video camera strapped to my shoulder!) and I can't believe how easy it is now. The version of iMovie on my laptop was so old and clunky (my OS is so old I can't upgrade) and this new version is insanely easy to use, the girls are making movies non-stop all by themselves.
Any iPad learning apps you all like? I am finding a ton out there, Common Sense Media is a great resource for this.