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new site “look and feel,” and, a difficult weekend

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 09, 2009

Check out the new and improved (with more changes coming) GreenSmoothieGirl.com!

What do you think??   The site is just under two years old and needed a haircut.   Hope you like it (but want ALL your honest feedback).

What would you like to see, content-wise, in the coming year?

Thanks for all your support and comments and questions–and for not just getting yourself healthier, but encouraging others to do the same!

On a personal note, since this is my blog after all!!–this has been a difficult, reflective weekend as my children’s father and former husband for 20 years got remarried.   Last night instead of focusing on that, my friend Jon and I went to dinner and then he and I fixed all of my children’s broken bikes in the garage until late–oiling and patching and pumping and repairing.   It was the perfect thing, and also the kindest thing anyone has done for me since my divorce.   My children will be so excited when they come home today.   My girlfriend Kari and I saw 500 Days of Summer Friday night, which I highly recommend.

Being single in mid-life is a lonely and surreal place to be, but with the help of friends, I have taken some time this weekend to reflect on how incredibly blessed I am.   I always want you to get more than just information about nutrition on my site: I want you to feel love and nurturing here as you seek progress.   Thank you for being part of my journey.   I always feel I have friends here.

Much love,


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20 thoughts on “new site “look and feel,” and, a difficult weekend”

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  1. Robyn, Hang in there with your personal situation. Things change rapidly in this life.

    Love the new look of the site! looking forward to new content throughout the year!

  2. Wow. I got your e-mail today and, while I don’t know how I ended up on your list, I’m SO glad I did. I’ve become a lazy eater since my divorce – and it’s showing. I need this kind of help. Ironically, I’m a pretty good cook but in my new life, it seems like a waste to cook for just one. I love the idea of getting back into smoothies – and yours sound fantastic. (I’ll have to get a blender asap.) Thanks for finding me! Wray.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m having trouble completely opening the new site home page. I keep getting an error window that Internet Explorer cannot open it. If I click on a tab (such as this blog or the 12 step blog) it will open. But I cannot open other tabs that do not open new browser windows.

    Anyone else having this problem…or is it my pc?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The new site is terrific!! Noticed it immediately last nite. Very easy to navigate, find things, and it looks great too. Love it!! Congrats to you and your website team. (even if it’s a team of 1 or 2 ..)

    Stay strong, Robin. You are loved. I am a single mom too. You have so many blessings in your life, and even more love is on the way.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m happy to hear that you surrounded yourself with friends & took care of yourself. Your ex sure didn’t waste anytime in getting remarried! Has it even been a year since your divorce? Anyway, you are loved & respected here. I was kind of shocked to see the new site since i’m not very good with change, but it’s growing on me. It’s fresh looking and I like your new green smoothie girl lettering. It’s also neater looking and easy to get around. Your first grocery you tube isn’t working. There is no way to start the video. I will keep you posted on what I would like to see on your new site, but so far you are doing a great job!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think the new site looks absolutely wonderful! The old one was great, but this looks even more professional. I really like it.

  7. Anonymous says:


    What a difficult time this must be. I am married to a guy who found himself in a divorce, not by choice, after 13 years of marriage. There is so much RAW pain especially when there are children involved. I’m glad you have good friends. Thank you for blessing our lives during a difficult time.

  8. Anonymous says:


    I just want you to know that you are not alone. I went through a similar experience a few years ago when my former husband left me for another woman and remarried the day before what would have been our 17th anniversary. After 3 difficult years of raising 6 children, going to school, and working, I remarried a wonderful man who had 5 children. Only my children were still at home at the time. Now, 14 years later, we are still happy and enjoying our 14 grandchildren and will be spending our first year as empty-nesters beginning in the fall!! I am blessed with a wonderful family who supported me, many friends who were always there when I needed them, a wonderful church community that filled in the cracks, and a loving Heavenly Father who knew my needs and the needs of my children before I even asked! Hang in there!! He loves you too!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I’m sorry about your difficult weekend, but as always you have made a positive experience. Thank-you for all of your knowledge. I really trust you and appreciate your not 100% raw, whole food approach to diet.

    I really like your new blog and am just excited when any new information is on there. I know you are not in this stage anymore, but it would be great to see more about what to feed toddlers, babies, etc. Raw is sometimes hard to do when they are sick of bananas and avacados but don’t have all their chompers yet.

    Thanks again! Tiffany

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I really like the new and improved sit! Looks like there was a lot of hard work put into to make it as nice as it is.

    As far as your personal note – After I read your blog, I felt that I should share this with you.

    Be encouraged!

    “May there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn. New site looks great!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hang in there Robyn you are doing good things and you are loved.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hey Robyn,

    Just wanted to let you know what a blessing you’ve been in my life. Your ability to share knowledge in a way that is understandable and easy applicable has helped me and my family in more ways that I can count.

    Although this is a difficult time for you, I pray that the ‘family’ you have on this website will help you feel and know how loved and appreciated you truly are. OH and pppplllleeeaaasssseee come to Charlotte! LOL!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Just letting you know I have been a lurker for a long time. The new site is beautiful! I had signed up for your class at Classic Books in Lehi-but was so disappointed when you needed to postpone it, as I was flying in from AZ that day. But I enjoy your blog/site and I hope you can find “joy in your journey” at this difficult time. Thank heavens for good friends!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, I love the new site, but there’s some problem with it on my end hopely it will get better.

    Robyn I pray that your personal like will get better with time.

    “Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.” Epictetus

    Thanks for all you do.

  16. Anonymous says:

    You are an AMAZING woman, you stand out from the “norm” you are going to find that you are like a magnet and you will attract all that your heart desires!!!! You are such an inspiration in so many lives and you have such determination. Stay strong and know that this too shall pass 😉

  17. Anonymous says:

    You-all are simply the best. Thank you.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Just read this. May God give you strength during this difficult time. Just count your blessings – and they are many. Who knows what God has in store for you. You’ve touched the lives of so many in a positive way with your website. Be proud of that! For someone who would have loved to have a bunch of kids (doctors didn’t give us any hope) and was blessed with one wonderful child, I can only say enjoy your four great kids. That’s more than most families have. You’re an incredible woman and I’m looking forward to see what the future has in store for you:-))

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I’m sorry about your divorce. My best friend recently divorced after many years of marriage. She had been unhappy for the last few years and really tried her best to make it work, counseling, etc. It’s been a long road, but now as she’s finding her way through that journey…she’s feeling so empowered, confident and just simply happy. It’s like part of her was lost for so long and now she’s back. So hang in there, and keep your compass pointed in the right direction!!!

    I admire your ambition, you know what your passion is and it takes others years to figure that one out. You have educated and helped me, my family and friends in more ways than you know with your research, knowledge, and willingness to share. We thank you! I share what you teach me with others, and they share, and so on..

    Last, I am a professional web developer and would be happy to help you with feedback, resources, or help on your new site.

    Stay strong and focused, it will get easier!


  20. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry you had a rough weekend. You are such a cute lady. I’m sure you’ll be swept up when you decide you’re ready to be. Until then, know that you have a lot of fans out there rooting for you. You have been such an inspiration to us!!! Thank you.

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