My kids and I are always looking for fresh, new smoothie recipes.  And I, as mom, am always looking for ways to make smoothie recipes a tad healthier and nutrient full.  I feel the recipe I am about to share combines all those factors: it’s delicious, fresh, and full of hidden veggies and other good-for-you ingredients!


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 6-oz. cups Chobani blueberry Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. ground golden flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup milk
  1. Assemble all ingredients in a high powered blender (like a Vitamix).
  2. Blend for one minute, or until smoothie is consistent and chunk free.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

My kids also love to help me assemble the smoothie, which is another win.  I hope your family enjoys this smoothie as much as mine has!!

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Day 22: French Braids into Pigtails

Like the side-accent braid, French Braids into Pigtails have a lot of fun variations.  You could try one French Braid into a ponytail, or a bun, or an inverted updo…or you could braid 2 French Braids into a single ponytail, dress it up with a bow, a flower…really the possibilities are endless!

My oldest, T, graciously let me braid her hair before school (although if you were anywhere near our house when it was happening, it probably sounded like the poor child was being tortured!).

Check it out:


Quick, cute, and it took all of 5 minutes!  (Which is good, because most mornings we only have 5 minutes to give to hair, if that.)  If you missed the first post on how to do a basic French Braid, just click here for a refresher.  Once you master a few basic braids, it really opens the door to a limitless amount of hairdos!

Happy braiding!!



Day 21: Tucked Braid Updo

So…here we are on Day 21 of the 30 Day Hair Challenge…8 months later.  In my defense I have had a lot going on, like growing another human being, among other things.  He recently decided to come out, and boy, is he cute!

I really should be sleeping, not blogging, but I have found a renewed interest for hair as of late, and decided that it really was time to finish off the 30 Day Challenge (better late than never).

So let’s get on with things because I really do need to catch a few zzz’s before my adorable little baby milk monster wakes up. 🙂

I present to you, the Tucked Braid Updo:

tucked braid updo

This one really is a lot easier than it looks-no French braiding (no really), just a lot of ‘caking’ the braid and bobby pins!

For the full tutorial, which can be found on A Beautiful Mess, just click here.

Okay, we’ll keep my first post back quick and painless, mostly because I am pretty tired and as such prone to rambling…so better just to sing off.

Until next time!


Day 20: Lace Dutch Headband (and Headband Braids in general)

The title of this braid sounds fancy, but all ‘lace’ really signifies when you are referring to a braid is: you only pull in hair from one side.  (Before you go and get all impressed-I just learned this last week.  Prior to that I had no idea what a dutch headband vs lace headband was.)

Once again, I used V as my model because she lets me get the braid tighter than my 4 year old!

lace headband 1

lace headband top view

A top view of the braid. My one gripe is that I wish I had been able to get the part straighter (wiggly 2 year old). Sorry the photo is a touch dark-now you see why I have to photo shop these pics a tad lighter!

This is actually a hairstyle that I finished up last week, but I have been feeling terribly unmotivated to do…well, pretty much anything.

Two tutorials I highly recommend for this hairstyle (or similar ones):

Lace Braid Headband (CuteGirlsHairstyles.com)

4 Headband Braids (MissySue.com)

Good luck-and may good hair be with you!


Day 19: Dutch Accent Ponytail (or can go into a messy bun-so many options!)

The marvelous thing about fixing hair, as I am finding out, is once you know how to do the basic different braid types, the possibilities are limitless.  There are so many different variations of each braid out there-it sometimes makes me go a little crazy when trying to pick out the next hairstyle to try!  I am trying to cut myself off on Pinterest and not pin any new hairstyles before I go through a few more of the older pins…but there are just so many darn cute hairstyles out there I can’t help myself!

I was actually able to do the Dutch Accent Ponytail (or Messy Bun) on both of my girls.  It’s nice because my middle girl, V’s, hair is finally getting a little bit longer (and she’s the one who lets me pull on her head a little bit more)!

dutch accent

There’s my little V-getting so grown up it almost brings a tear to her mama’s eye! Can’t believe she will be starting preschool this fall! And here is a previous effort on T’s hair:

dutch accent 2

I used a slightly different technique on each of these.  On V, I separated a section out at the top which I then braided in right before her ear; on T’s I omitted this step.

To see the technique(s) depicted, click the two links below:

Dutch Accent adding in hair later into Messy Bun (MissySue.com)

Dutch Accent Ponytail (cutegirlshairstyles.com)

For my next project (which I let T pick) we are super excited to be trying some lace headbands! If you have absolutely NO idea what I am talking about, you will just have to subscribe so it pops up in your feed when I get it posted!

Wishing you much success in your hair endeavors-


Day 18: “Elsa” Hair

So to start off, I just want to give y’all my mini-disclaimer: to do “Elsa” hair the right way-to really “do it up right”, if you will-would have been REALLY INVOLVED. Like, I would have had to put extensions in my kids’ hair to thicken and lengthen the braid, and curled the hair beforehand, and ratted it out…it makes me exhausted just thinking about it.  I mean, who has time for that? I only have a short window of time to get these hairstyles done, and it usually involves my kids simultaneously moving while I try to do their hair, and my one year old hanging onto my leg and screaming.  Good times.

Another thing: there are A LOT of different versions of “Elsa Hair” out there.  Don’t believe me?  Do a search on Pinterest.  However, in my quest, 2 in particular stood out-and I’ve put links to both of them in this post.

Option 1: Dutch Fishtail

dutch fishtail

This one is a tad time consuming-but worth it (if you can get your kid to sit still long enough). I didn’t put extensions in T’s hair (as I previously mentioned)-but a thicker braid would have looked even more “Elsa”.

2. Option 2: Side Mega-Pancaked French Braid

side french

So I know this doesn’t look very “Elsa”-ish, but just imagine it if V had more hair (which is the problem we ran into).  Anyway, check out the tutorial, because the result on the tutorial is amazing (and this is the one that has about 400 steps-but a great result).

Maybe this might have to be a hairstyle reserved for Halloween only?

Braid on-


Day 16: Four Twist Ponytail

Let the hair rampage continue!  For some reason, I have been super motivated to continue to add to my hair repertoire.  Usually it takes me a few days to get a new hairdo/tutorial link up, but at this rate we may actually be done by the end of the month!  (Don’t quote me on that!)

This next hairstyle is unique, but VERY simple!  Again, no braiding, only twisting.

I give you, the Four Twist Ponytail:


We wore it to the local swimming pond-a perfect summer beach ‘do!  Here is a different angle that lets you see the twists a little better:


I am thinking of tackling a new braid next…it most likely will be the “Elsa” braid OR this really cute Bohemian braid I happened to come across.  So it really may be a few more days before I get that posted as most of the braids I like (read NEED) to practice for a few days before they are post-worthy.

I also have been working on writing down my testimony of how I came to faith in Jesus Christ…so look for a post on that sometime in the near-ish future (still in the tweaking stage at the moment).

Enjoy your weekend!