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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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.

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?

Getting in the Groove

Call me crazy.  But after having kiddo #2 (how the heck am I old enough for 2 kids…I am certainly not mature enough…ohmy), starting my first job as an RN (and working the nightshift to boot), and purchasing our first home (what!!?!) a few little things have slipped through the cracks.  Like vacuuming.  And working out.  And while the not vacuuming does eventually drive me crazy, this whole being too tired to move makes my whole life body feel like poo.  So call me silly, but I’m doing a DietBet.

A DietBet, what’s that crazy nonsense? (that’s what I imagine you’re saying)

Well I gambled 35 dollars. Online. And made a bet that I would lose 4% of my bodyweight in 4 weeks.  That’s almost 6 pounds for the whole time or about 1.4 pounds a week…which if you know your stuff about losing weight that is on the higher end of healthy weight loss, but still healthy.  It will also get me really close to my best weight.  I say best weight because at that weight  I tend to just feel really good.  To maintain that weight I have to continue eating healthy (most of the time) and I have to move my body (more than just running up and down the halls of the hospital) a couple times a week.  This makes my body happy.  Which makes me happy.

Did I also mention that I’m trying yoga right now?  With a back that has a history of going out every few months I started seeing a physical therapist.  Diagnosis: my hamstrings are so stinkin’ tight they’re pulling my back out.  Shocking, that the person who loudly proclaims how much she hates bending has gone so long without bending that now I can’t bend…without some painful repercussions.

Needless to say, yoga!  Not so fun right now.  But my goal is to do it 3-4 times a week during this DietBet challenge.  Hopefully I’ll get flexible enough that I stop crying during class (yes, that was me with the tears in Thursday’s class, and no, I really didn’t bend that far, and no again, I didn’t injure myself) either that or going will become a habit and I’ll just keep going until it stops hurting.  Cross your fingers for me (I would but that is classified as bending, and I don’t do that).

So 1 week down. How’d I do? I dropped some weight. Whoop, whoop. Went to yoga 2 times (better than 0).  And realized how pathetically unfit I am.  Oops.  But now that I’m moving, it doesn’t feel too bad to be out of shape.  Because I know it’s only temporary and decent shape (and maybe, dare I dream? good shape) will follow!

Boggle My Mind

Ok.  So I’ve always liked the game Boggle, and recently my fiance downloaded a game called Scramble With Friends.  It is the online version of Boggle!  And it is so much fun.  I highly recommend you check the game out (in either the online form or the old fashion board game form).

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It’s a pretty simple game.  There are a bunch or random letters in a 4×4 grid.  All you have to do is find all the words you can.  The letters have to be in some way touching – so side to side, top to bottom, or diagonally.  And it’s a game that gets more fun the more you play.  Because once you get the hang of it then you can start finding some bigger and more obscure words and that’s always fun.  It’s especially fun in Scramble With Friends because after the round the computer will tell you what the highest point scoring words are.  And let’s just say it a point of pride to have found some of those top scoring words.

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– Dang, I sound a bit like a nerd.  Oh yeah, that’s cause I am!

It’s a great way to get the old mental juices flowing and crank up some competition in  your life.  Not to mention I always just feel dang smart when I win a round (and I usually just ignore when I lost, because that was obviously a fluke).

Anyways, try it.  Boggle.  Or Scramble With Friends.  Either way, you’ll have a lot of fun.