Meet the Mediterranean at Olive Garden!

I love Olive Garden. I mean ... their bread sticks, am I right?! When I was invited to the #MeetTheMedi VR dining experience, it was a solid HECK YEAH. I had no idea Olive Garden had a section of the menu featuring entrées that have 600 calories or less. We sampled dishes that can be enjoyed both in store, AND to go.
How COOL is this?! We dined in a train car with video screens and sounds mimicking a train trip across the Italian country side. SO clever!
Shrimp Scampi is one of my FAVORITE meals. I could have had seconds ... and thirds. Angel hair pasta topped with shrimp, tomatoes and asparagus, YES PLEASE!
Chicken Piccata was our next sampling, AND it did NOT disappoint. Don't miss the Parmesan Crusted Zucchini. #DELISH.
Of ALL of the dishes we enjoyed, the Linguine di Mare was my absolute FAVORITE! I could not have been more delighted and I will be enjoying it over and over. I simply can't believe ALL of these dishes are under 600 calories. With so many options ... I'll be back again and again. Thanks SO much to Olive Garden for the preview. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

Beauty and the Beast = PERFECTION!

I have a little trick when it comes to big motion pictures and opening weekend. If we can get to the first show in the morning downtown, we never have a problem getting a seat. No crowds, no rush no matter what the picture. The truth of the matter is, if I don't make it opening weekend, I usually don't make the show. Maggie and I were determined to make it to Beauty and the Beast and we are SO glad we did!
B and the B is EVERYTHING Disney thrives on. We are talking pure movie magic. The cast is perfection in every way. It amazes me Emma Watson is the little girl from the Harry Potter flicks. She plays a smart, confident, strong, self aware Belle. Really, is there anything she can't do? Luke Evans was a wicked Gaston and wonderful at it. Josh Gad as LeFou ... you can't look away from him. Remember Belle's father Maurice? He's that doughy, clownish tinkerer. Kevin Kline is sweet, sympathetic and truly lovable in the role.

 My favorite part of the movie is the castle staff. Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts all meticulously magnificent. Be Our Guest, which I expected to be a highlight did not disappoint. It was literally the reason we have Disney in our lives. I had read nothing leading up to the movie about who was cast as the castle staff and I'm not going to mention it here because when they turn back into people it is quite a treat to see who played who. BTW ... could I love Stanley Tucci any more?!

GO, see Beauty and the Beast and let me know what you think!

Santa Clarita Diet Party! #StreamTeam

My best friend is a romantic comedy fanatic. She could watch Love Actually EVERY day forever. I on the other hand can NOT resist a good zombie show. Walking Dead, ALL. Day. Long.

When Santa Clarita Diet came out ... I knew it was perfect for the both of us! It's a ZOMBIE RomCom. It's like it was made for the both of us to binge together. PLUS, who doesn't love Drew Barrymore?! Don't even get me started on Timothy Olyphant, I literally could not love him more. OK, so we can't just snack on our bestie binge date... I had to play up the zombie ya know?
How hilarious are these hot dogs?
I served up Berry Smoothies with beet root, carrot, apple lemon juice and honey.
AND for dessert, Red Velvet Rice Crispy Treats. Simply add 3/4 cup of red velvet box cake mix to your regular Rice Crispy recipe and you are ready for the perfect zombie dinner party!

In case your wondering, not only can you catch up with The Walking Dead on Netflix, you can also watch Love Actually OVER, and OVER, and OVER. That should hold you over until Santa Clarita Diet season two ;)

*As a member of the Stream Team, I do receive free Netflix, BUT all opinions are my own.
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