Smoothie Operator: Blending With The Boy!!

20130617-203413.jpgMy son and I love smoothies.

When we’re out walking we love to stop at our local smoothie store and buy juicy treats. But the treats get expensive. As part of our effort to start eating healthier around here, we’ve taken up home juicing!

In my experience, eating healthy is easier when the food is tasty.


My obsession with the blender started a few months ago when my friend P. bought herself a Vitamix.

That thing is a high performance blending machine. It’s the Porsche of blenders.

Naturally, when she got it, I went to her house to use it! We peeled some peanuts and we made our own peanut butter.


Watching the Vitamix was mesmerizing. It has a ton of horsepower and a little wand to mush and pulverize food.

It’s incredible!


We made peanut butter.

{My family probably doesn’t know I did this, because I hid it in the back of our fridge and ate all of it}.

It was delicious!


Making the peanut butter got me excited about blending and chopping things.

What I was not excited about was the price of the Vitamix.

I needed an alternative.

I checked on Amazon and found the Ninja.


The Ninja has decent horse power and can grind quite seriously. My mom and I searched several stores and finally found the one we wanted. At 1,100 watts we felt confident it would grind frozen fruit and spinach. My Kitchen Aid was struggling to get the job done, though new. We leaned in and bought the model with the to-go cup attachment so we could blend smoothies on the go. I’m still thinking about getting a dedicated juicer, but for now, this has provided hours of entertainment for the boy and I. We’ve become mad scientist in the kitchen, and it’s quite fun.


The boy and I are having an awesome time chopping spinach, bananas, and tossing in fresh mangos and frozen strawberries. I even let him slice bananas with a sharp knife!


Because we have to disinfect all of our fruits and vegetables, our selections are very calculated. Fruits once disinfected need to be used almost immediately, lest they mold and rot. As a result, we tend to use more frozen fruit here than we would in the US because there are so many contaminants {and disinfection is sort of a headache}.


We’re particularly fascinated with using lots and lots of spinach in our smoothies! It’s intriguing because we know that greens are good for you, but the thought of drinking them isn’t so appealing. Still, because we know they’re in there but absolutely can’t taste them, we load our shakes down with spinach “just to see if we can taste it.”


Now that we’re obsessed, we’ve started pinning our favorite recipes to a Pinterest Board called, “Smoothie Operator”— if you have favorite recipes, please send them to me! I can also add you as a pinner — just let me know.

We’re having a good time using our new machinery-and we’re on the look out for tasty suggestions! Eating better is more fun when it involves good taste and great fun!

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If I’m Going To Be Athletic, I’m Going To Be Cute! Making My No-Sew Running Tutu!

Happy Monday!!

Things are nutty around here. If all goes as planned, this blog will have a new look soon. If not, I will ask for your patience and forgiveness!!! Fingers crossed!

I was checking my email this morning and saw that Melyssa, a fellow expat blogger, is challenging herself to do one positive thing each week! This week, I am hoping to complete week two of my C25K app. My other bestie in Minneapolis called to let me know she is doing it too, so I’m hoping we can check the next three runs off our app by Saturday!!

You will be proud to know that I did all three last week!!! Whew! I also have a new running skirt I want to wear, so there’s that too….



Monsters University Run!

This week’s goal will also help prep me for an upcoming 5K! DH wanted to participate in a race for his birthday. With the release of the Monsters University movie there was an opportunity for the family to participate in a run together! The boy and I said, “yes” so he signed us up for the Monsters University Run at the end of the month.

I am excited to run with my favorite little Monster!

We signed up for the run before DH got sick. Things have changed a bit: DH is healing and can’t participate in the run with us. However, the doctor is happy with his progress and he will be at the finish line waiting for us and cheering us on!!

When I checked the website, I noticed that most of the runners were families in costume! At many of Disney races, female participants wear running tutus! I did a little research and found a blogger who had a video tutorial on how to create a no-sew running tutu.

It looked cheap, fun and easy. I decided to give it a whirl!

First, I went to Pariasan and purchased tulle and grosgrain ribbon.

I decided on “Mike Wazowski green” for the tutu!

I saw differing suggestions online about the amount of tulle to purchase–somewhere between 10-12 yards. I went with 9 yards {but I’m small} and it worked great: I had plenty left over to create layers.

Securing the fabric was a snap! The word for tulle is the same in Spanish: tul!!

Then, I went home and gathered my materials: a pillow, ribbon, scissors and tulle!

Per the tutorial, the construction is pretty simple: tie a ribbon around the pillow and cut the tulle into strips. Now you’re ready to begin creating your skirt!

Begin tying the tulle into knots, circling the pillow!

20130614-034044.jpgThe finished product was much fluffier and a little longer than I thought.

I would recommend making the tutu first and trying it on when you are finished to see how it looks on your body. Then, you can trim your tutu to your desired length.

The photo below was taken by DH {he is a business person, not a photographer} as I was trying the tutu on to see how short I wanted to cut it.

I’m going to trim it {because right now it is a gigantic ball gown that might injure another runner} and promise to post photos of the finished product on race day.

The photo is a little fuzzy, but I can assure you that the tutu came out great! I was surprised + impressed with the results and ease of assembly. And even Manuela, who would pretty much rather be dead than say something nice to me had to concede that the tutu was impressive!

The good thing about Melyssa is that she’s forgiving if the goal you set isn’t reached—she’s one of those “claim it” type people. Kristen, (MLPS bestie) on the other hand is a hard customer! She’s from Jersey, and you do NOT want to tell her why you did not get something checked off the list! Off I go to get started!!!

Happy Monday!

XO, kim
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A Very Happy Father’s Day To You And The Dads In Your Life!

Today’s post is dedicated to DH and the things I love about him as a dad. Happy Father’s Day to you and the dads in your life!

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Sushi Makes Me Smile: A Nobu Birthday

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It’s been a long month around here!

I had no expectations for my birthday, given our chaotic lives lately. So when DH told me we were going to Santa Fe to celebrate my birthday I never thought about it twice. I just assumed we were going to Central Central.

When we pulled up to Nobu, I almost peed!!

Nobu, Sushi, love, birthdayI realize that admission isn’t lady-like but the truth is, I was stunned!

Like many other people, I lived in New York when I was young and poor.

I remember walking past Nobu and thinking it was so fancy and special. Even now, from time to time, I even see it mentioned in my gossip magazines.

When I realized we were going to go inside {forget eating–I was happy with entering!!} I literally wanted to break out into the Dougie, right there at valet!

Fortunately, we had to ascend an escalator before reaching the restaurant. This gave me an opportunity to collect myself.

Nobu, Sushi, love, birthdayNobu is located inside of a premium shopping mall with several other high end restaurants. The location serves its purpose: many corporate headquarters are located in Santa Fe allowing business people on expense accounts to take advantage of its proximity to various corporate headquarters. We dined on a Thursday, so there weren’t many patrons in the restaurant. As a result, we had very attentive service.

Nobu, Sushi, love, birthdayAs I always complain about, the sushi in Mexico is awful, and it’s something the three of us really miss about living in the US. {Dear Mexico, cream cheese is for bagels, not sushi! Love, Kim}

The child barely sat down before he ordered miso soup, edamame and tempura. DH and I quickly looked at the menu and ordered a spicy tuna roll and some scallops. The scallops were delicious. The spicy tuna was my favorite thing we ate!

Nobu, Sushi, love, birthday The black cod is the house specialty so we ordered that as well. It tasted exactly like the cod at our favorite restaurant in Minneapolis, and it was great!

Nobu, Sushi, love, birthday For dessert, the chef sent out a small cake and green tea ice cream.

It was a delicious end to an amazing meal.

Nobu, Sushi, love, birthdayAlthough we didn’t have pre-dinner drinks, the bar was quite lovely.

Nobu, Sushi, love, birthdayIn fact, if I had any complaint, it would be that the smoking section was incredibly nice–much nicer than the rest of the restaurant with a roaring fireplace and a beautiful vertical garden. In Mexico, it’s against the law for children to sit in the smoking section and this smoking section was stuffy and smoke filled–no non-smoker or responsible parent would want to sit there–especially with a kid in tow.

The remainder of the restaurant was basic wooden tables {nothing special} and they didn’t even have the mini table-side purse trees, which was a big oversight in such a nice restaurant. Logic would have it, that any lady dining at Nobu would have a purse too nice to sit on the floor. Taco stands have purse racks. I can’t believe Nobu
did not.

The other knock: a plumber is needed at sink two in the ladies room. I went to wash my hands and the sink exploded all over my brand new dress.

I was fuming!

Smoking sections and bathrooms aside, the restaurant was great. I was really surprised and very happy to eat at Nobu with my boys. I enjoyed the service and the food. If you go, order the spicy tuna!

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