Why you should make green smoothies?

IMG_0440Not just for yourself, but also for your loved ones.  Especially your toddlers.  Probably the biggest and best reason for this is because they are delicious.  A close second is they are super healthy.  And coming in right behind that, it’s an easy way to teach kids they like spinach!

My recipe is super easy.  And super duper delicious.  And SweetPea asks for it, on a regular basis.  And if I try to make some just for me, she won’t stand for it.  And who am I to say no when my kid asks for some of my vegetable yumminess?

If you haven’t already jumped on the green smoothie band wagon, now’s the time!

Green Smoothie Recipe

1 cup orange juice
2 bananas
2-3 handfuls of spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Put the orange juice and spinach in a blender, blend until smooth.  Add bananas.  Blend.  Add chia seeds.  Blend.  Serve and enjoy.

The most important thing when making a green smoothie is blend the liquid (juice, water, milk, whatever you choose) and the greens BEFORE adding anything else.  Or you end up with confetti in your mouth.  Now this may sound like a party, but it’s not.  It’s actually awful.  However if you blend the greens before adding in banana or fruit or ice it will turn out smooth, amazing, and oh-so-good.

The second most important thing is to make enough to share.  Or you won’t get enough.  You will, however, have a kid with a pretty awesome green smoothie mustache.  Which is pretty awesome.

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RoW80 – chugging along

This seems like a silly check-in for me.

1.  Still planning on NaNo…no real changes here.  Book 2 is becoming a more solid plot/idea/design, which I think will help come NaNo with Book 1.  I think I’m going to start reviewing my outlining for Book 1, plug in any more details, smooth out a couple hiccups.  And then maybe let it rest until November 1st.  Maybe I’ll watch a movie (on that note I watched Labor Day this weekend…I loved it, loved it!  It’s definitely not for everyone, it’s slow, it’s all about character, I think there is substantially more time without dialogue than with dialogue and virtually no action scenes…but still amazing.  My crush on Kate Winslet continues.)

2.  Whoop, whoop.  I finished this goal last week.

3.  Honestly, I’ve been writing.  Buuutttt…I write everything by hand.  And quite frankly I haven’t counted my words this week.  I got a lot written the other night…so…I’m good :)

4.  Still not rereading, going to go over my snowflake outline.  This outline is NOT the big outline I’ve been working on, more of a condensed one, so I don’t consider it cheating.  Also, I kind of need to do it if I’m going to go forward.

5.  No flash fiction so far this week.  But the prompt has been posted (I get my prompts from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple) and I feel like if I sit down I could come up with something.  So maybe I need to sit down.  No excuses, I got to get one written.

So not a lot has changed since my last check-in, but it’s still nice to actually think about what I have accomplished in the past few days.  Especially when at first thought it didn’t seem like much, but I think I’m chugging along just fine :) .  So maybe it’s not so silly after all.

Also, I’m having a really hard time naming the groups/society/city/country in my story.  I’ve named the individual characters but none of the larger groups.  Does anybody else have this problem?  Right now my names are: the Group, the Elite, the City…I’m not even kidding.  On that same train, I still have no idea about a book title…hence I refer to the books as Book 1 and Book 2.  At least I capitalize them, right?  So what advice can you give to someone who’s struggling with naming larger entities?

Who doesn’t love exploding art?

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Not me.  I love exploding art.  I didn’t know I loved it until a couple days ago.

But then I tried it and realized that hey, if it explodes it’s probably fun.  Also, SweetPea liked it.  So that means we’ll get to do more exploding art.  Which is kind of awesome.

I might be a wee bit addicted to pinterest…but in my defense I actually use a lot of the recipes and kid activities I pin.  So I justify my time on pinterest.  It enhances my life.  And my kids’ lives.  And it’s amazing.  Hold up, I need to pin something…

Anyway, I found this activity for erupting apple sidewalk chalk paint and thought it was amazing.  So naturally I had to try it out.  Fortunately it was very easy to set up.  And it was super fun.  For both kid and Mom.

I would highly recommend you try it.  I might even go so far as to suggest that those of you with kids should definitely try it, everyone else should do it just for themselves.  Because it’s paint.  And it explodes.  And that’s kind of awesome.

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RoW80 – Stop and Go

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This is how it feels to sleep in a clean bedroom. No, seriously, this amazing.

This week felt rather frustrating and like I wasn’t getting anywhere.  But when it comes down to it, I had a couple highly productive days and a couple not so productive days…but only if we’re talking writing.

1.  I’m still on track for doing NaNoWriMo.  My outlining and character sketches are becoming much more solid.  I have a very clear idea of the story, where it’s going, and how it gets there.  I also am starting to figure out what happens after the story, which is amazing, because it’s giving me huge HUGE insight into the characters during the story.  So this goal is coming right along.

2.  DONE!!! Final conflict/resolution are plotted.  Plotted, I tell you, plotted.  So, I’ve been on a bit of a writer’s high from that.

3.  1000 words, 3 days a week.  Like last week, I didn’t get 1000 words over 3 days, but I still got my 3000 words.  So I say (again) that I completed the heart of this goal.

4.  Still not rereading.  But gearing up to.  After all, now that I’ve finished the outlining, I need to start rereading to so I can start writing that first draft.

5.  And still no flash fiction.  Dang it, but oh well.  My other goals have much higher priority.  And we’ll see what this week’s inspiration is, hopefully it gets the creative juices flowing and I’ll come up with something good.  If not, eh…

But, besides writing, I spent the last two whole days cleaning.  Yay!  Except not so fun.  But now that it’s done, yay!  I love sleeping in a clean room.  And some of the stuff I got taken care of has just been sitting in boxes, hidden in rooms, since we moved in…over 4 months ago!  So it needed to get taken care of, and now it is.  And now I feel so much more relaxed in my home.  Also, is there anything better than sleeping in clean pajamas, clean sheets, in a completely clean room?  No, there is not.  Go on, try it.  It’s amazing, maybe even addictive.  Too bad I have 2 munchkins who actively try to keep things messy.  Oh well.  The door to my bedroom is closed so I’ll get one more night in a perfectly clean room.

First Birthday!!

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This post is a little late going up.  But last month we celebrated our Bub’s first birthday.

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been busy.  So getting pictures up took a little longer than I would have liked.

But on to the show!

There were presents.  And Bub loved them, so did his sister, SweetPea :) .  But even better than presents were chocolate cupcakes.  With pink frosting, of course.  And yes, SweetPea did pick out both the flavor of the cupcakes AND the color of the frosting.  Bub can pick those things next year, you know, when he’s talking.
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This next picture proves that Bub is my child.  I make that same face every time I eat chocolate.  Every single time.  It’s just so dang good.IMG_0401

This next picture proves that Bub is related to my husband.  He does the same thing whenever he eats chocolate.  Or spaghetti for that matter.  That’s actually not true, he’s a bit of freak about getting food on his hands and face.

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But this face is why we love him so!

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Also this face.

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Happy Birthday Bub!  We’re so lucky to have two wonderful kids.  And here’s to lots more crazy, messy, wonderful adventures. I hope you all are enjoying your families and your chocolate as much as I am.

5 reasons everyone should do NaNoWriMo at least once.

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I’m prepping for NaNoWriMo. To prep I used the snowflake method (after I’d already worked on an outline for a couple weeks), then I finished said outline. Now I’m percolating on that outline…as well as plotting book 2 in the series. Which is actually amazing for book 1, it’s revealing a lot about motivations of certain characters.

I was nervous that I wouldn’t be ready for November…but now I wish it was here so I could just get this thing going!

What are you doing to prep for NaNo?

Originally posted on Elena Linville's Tower of Winds:

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We are now midway through October and thousands of writers across the world are frantically preparing for the biggest writing challenge of the year – the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. Since I had jumped into it head first last November, I read a lot of blog post and articles about NaNo on the web, and I realized that there are often opposite reactions to the event. Some like it, some don’t; some swear it’s the best thing that ever happened to them, while others think it’s worthless.

Personally, I think that if you think of yourself as a writer, even an aspiring or pre-published one, you should do NaNo at least once in your life. And below are the 5 most important reasons why you should do it.

  1. 50k words is an average a professional writer produces every month, not just in November.

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RoW80 – First Week Check In

Well I’m one week into the first RoW I’ve actually started from the beginning.

As far as plotting/outlining.  I’m doing awesome.  I’ve figured out the final showdown.  I’ve figured out the resolution.  Sure, some of the details are fuzzy.  But I have a pretty good idea about where I want to go and the route I want to take.  So I’m pretty excited about that.  As in, I’m super excited.  I can’t stop talking about it.  I’m actually starting to feel sorry for my husband…he keeps changing the subject but after about 2.3 seconds I bring it right back.

My word count goal was 1000 words 3 days a week.  I didn’t do that.  I did write 3000 words, just not in 3 days…so I give myself a gold star for achieving that goal.  I definitely achieved the heart of the goal this week.

I’m doing great at not rereading/editing my work so far.  That’s definitely been the easiest goal thus far.

No flash fiction this last week, but that was an every other week goal.  So I need to pump one out this upcoming week.  Hopefully I find this prompt somewhat more inspiring than the last.  Although, if I was being honest, working with an uninspiring prompt would probably be very good for me.

This upcoming week might be a bit of a challenge.  I work the first half of the week and then my husband leaves town for the second, so I’ll have to carve writing time between work, sleep (which I don’t get nearly enough of as is), and taking care of the kids.  Hopefully my momentum at figuring out the final bit of my book can keep me going through this week!  I believe Hemingway wrote this quote: Write drunk, edit sober.  I’ve adopted that mantra…only I made it fit my life: Write exhausted to the point of delirium, edit rested.  I still haven’t done any editing, so I might have to amend the last bit…it might be more of: Write exhausted to the point of delirium, edit hopped up on caffeine.

Any suggestions on how to write when your energy tank is most assuredly less than optimal?