Smoothies: Beginner’s Luck

Ladybean73 of Adrift in Crafts has been doing a lot of green smoothies and poor Liisa has been doing a lot of juicing and smoothies. And green smoothies seem to be all the rage right now. So, through some sort of weird internet osmosis, green smoothies sounded like a good idea one day.  I’m not sure what possessed me to do it, but I finally took the leap and blended up spinach.

And it wasn’t terrible.

It was actually kind of good.

And Rex loved it.


I started with the Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie off of Simple Green Smoothies.  It is easy and tasty.  I followed the instructions to a T, even blending the spinach and water up first for better texture.  I used frozen mango and pineapple, because that’s what I had on hand.  It came together quickly and hit the spot.

And did I mention that Rex loves this smoothie? Yep. It is toddler approved!  He actually makes this smoothie with me. I wish I had a picture, but I didn’t think to take one. He stands on his chair at the counter, putting in the mangoes and pineapple, one piece at a time. He takes a while, but when he’s finished, he looks to me and says, “Boop dis!” and points to the blender. He loves to push the button and especially enjoys the finished product. These smoothies have been serving as a stop-gap between quiet time and dinner time. They give my little man enough to keep going without ruining his dinner. Often he cries for more when his cup is empty.

Seriously, if you’re thinking of braving that first green smoothie, this is the one to try.



We got back home yesterday and today I’m hunkered down inside. It’s nearly a triple digit temperature day and I’m just not up for it. In fact, I was in my jammies until after lunch and Rex has spent most of the day naked or nearly so*. I’m in the process of uploading pictures and sorting through them. I’ll try not to bore you with too many vacation photos, but fair warning, a few are coming.


*Rex showed an interest in his little potty today, so he went nude for a bit.

Big Boy Bed

Yesterday, we removed the side from Rex’s crib, turning it into a toddler bed.  We purchased a Gulliver bed from IKEA with the intention that it would eventually be his toddler bed, before he graduated to a regular bed.  After his nap yesterday, we observed him trying to figure out how to climb out of his crib while saying, “open!”  As with everything he does, he tends to give little warning, so we took this as a sign and converted his bed to avoid head trauma.

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He is quite thrilled by this new transition and did quite well going to bed without confinement. Let’s hope the trend continues. I also suspect more toddler-proofing in our future…

Randomly on a Friday

Rex has mastered the word “no”. He uses it at every opportunity.  My formerly compliant child has turned into an opinionated two-year-old and I’m having trouble coping. We’re working on Mama taking lots of deep breaths and Rex saying “yes”.  It’s a process for sure.  In the meantime, he’s making up for his new, uncooperative attitude by being extra cute.

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We took Rex to a Mr. Hoo show in the Woodlawn neighborhood this morning. Afterwards, we wandered down the street and hit up a little coffee shop. I was surprised to see a Jack Rose on the cocktail menu.  It was too early for cocktails, but the coffee was quite good.

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On our way out of the Woodlawn neighborhood, I saw some cool graffiti.  I love the little space ship.

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Also, how the heck is it August?


Awesome Parenting

Sunday and Monday, Sam is at OSCON.  But I think I’m doing a pretty good job as a single-ish parent.

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Coloring outside in your jammies at 10am? Check!

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Watching Netflix until your brain drips out of your ears? Check! (For anyone wondering, that’s his favorite show Signing Time and his favorite episode “My Favorite Sport”.)

Yeah, I got this parent thing down.


OCF 2014

Last weekend, we made our annual trip to Veneta for the Oregon Country Fair.  It is an amazing and magical place with an event like no other.  You spend all day there, but it seems like you hardly were there at all. When it’s over, you’re exhausted and dirty and can’t wait to go again.


Like last year, Rex especially favored the drum circle.  Sam was kind enough to lug his little drums around with us, so our little musician could drum along. He found the half-naked, painted, horned woman and aged tie-dyed hippie dancing together to be just fascinating.  I felt like it perfectly embodied the Fair.

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The weather was quite warm, and while his cheeks were rosy, we kept him pretty cool. Multiple applications of sunscreen and bug spray kept our little guy protected and we poured water down and on him as often as he would tolerate.


Of course, what he really wanted was to play in the dirt. He came home with a piece of grass, picked from the field we parked in. His favorite souvenir.

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We are very lucky because we know folks who work and camp at the Fair.  Because of this, we were able to take a couple quiet breaks, off the path.  This allowed Rex to air out a bit and stretch his legs (we packed him the Ergo for most of the Fair).

This was Rex’s third fair and he seemed to really enjoy it. We can’t wait to go again next year!

Food & Attractions

As an aside, we stayed in Eugene and visited several nice local places. Obviously, we had breakfast at Off the Waffle (we like the new downtown location). We were pleasantly surprised at the delicious menu of Falling Sky Brewing.  We were less than wowed with the menu at Hop Valley Brewing, but the food was good and the beer was excellent. Don’t waste your time at Morning Glory* unless you’re a vegan who enjoys a pretentious atmosphere and terrible service.

*I could write an entire post ranting about that restaurant, but I’m going to take a deep breath, pull out my polite card, and leave it at that.