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Winter gardening, prunes at Disneyland, & I’m teaching in Utah this month

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jan 02, 2012

It doesn’t happen often that I’m home for 3.5 weeks. I have three local classes to teach before leaving for Malaga, Spain Jan. 22 to study at the Budwig Clinic.


This past week, I did not take one single photo of my trip to Vegas for outlet shopping, then Disneyland with my kids. The only photos were the one I took with GSG reader Leah from Boston, who came and got me for a photo shoot from a gas station, ha that was funny, and some readers at a California Whole Foods Market. So unless they send those, I don’t have a darn thing to show for the past week.

While I was gone, Utah reader Dr. Michelle Jorgenson emailed me that her boys made $1,500 selling my cookie mixes in the neighborhood (recipe and idea in Ch. 11 of 12 Steps–your kids can do it, too) and that her December greens garden is going crazy! See the attached photos–I’m so inspired!

Emma and I are the only ones in our family afraid of nothing at theme parks. My youngest son won’t do stuff where the bottom drops out, you go really fast, or you do flips in the air. Cade and Libby are braver, but not that brave. So Emma and I stand in line, by ourselves, for Tower of Terror at California Adventure, and the XCelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm. That’s 205 feet straight up, at 82 mph, then you flip upside down and accelerate nearly straight down. The ride lurches to a stop. We look at each other, yawn, and say:

“That wasn’t scary.”

Our biggest challenge was entering the 90-minute-long line, where to break up the boredom, we challenged each other to a competitive game of “Toxic Mud Pits.” You cannot let your feet touch the concrete (swirling whirlpool of hot poison mud), through hundreds of feet of serpentine metal dividers. If you do, you die. Or you lose. Or something like that. Hundreds of people standing in line either helped us, by removing their backsides from the barriers, or refusing to move. (“That’s okay, we can work around you!” we’d say.)

Another convo:

Emma:   Mom, we are the ONLY weird family eating prunes in roller coaster lines at Disneyland.

Me:   I know. I don’t care. I don’t like to do stupid stuff just because everyone else is doing it.

(I said this as I stood in a 60-minute line to get into a little box and hurtle down two tracks for 90 seconds at high speed with a lot of screaming people. The irony was not lost.)

I have lots of cool stuff coming up. A series on my CANCER research in California and Mexico last month. A series with Melinda Hughes on women’s hormone issues, and using bio-identicals. Lots more cool announcements. More classes in U.S. cities. A GreenSmoothieGirl certification program. My biggest-update-ever, 400-page, 12 Steps to Whole Foods manual with tons of photos and more recipes and information, on high gloss. Readers’ Favorites recipe books, Vol. 1 and 2, coming out.

Stay tuned! I am excited for 2012!


Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Events

7 thoughts on “Winter gardening, prunes at Disneyland, & I’m teaching in Utah this month”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I CANNOT wait until your certification program! I need to be the first to know. :):) I am excited.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m soooooooooooooo excited what you are doing in 2012 and sharing with us! THANK YOU SO MUCH! And am I geek for getting excited for the update on HIGH GLOSS paper? LOL!

    I got a kick reading that your daughter called your family “weird”…..figured they were used to it all by now. Kids will be kids though!

    Happy times in Spain!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am way excited to hear more about your greensmoothiegirl certification program. About 3 years ago I heard about the benefits of a raw whole foods based diet, but didn’t know how to begin, so I just dropped the idea. Then I came across your website and blog and have renewed energy to transition my families eating habits. Because of your website I have been learning a great deal about nutrition and the effects on our health (I have read more educational books than I think I have in my entire life!). I have been telling my husband that I think I missed my calling in life, I have found a great passion in nutrition and well being. Thank you for all your efforts in helping others transition to a healthier life.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Melanie and Karen, I have been so excited, planning it. It’s going to be amazing, both the education at the certification AND the opportunity. Hope you apply!

  4. Anonymous says:

    so happy that you will be doing a certification program. i have looked and looked for a certification program to enroll in, but none of them are what i want. i can’t wait for yours, because that is what i was really looking for. 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Will you be sending your update out to those have already purchased the program?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Natasha, you can certainly request it–if you have the digital version, write Jenni telling her your purchase date/invoice number, OR just quote a paragraph of the Intro as proof that you own it. support123@greensmoothiegirl.com. And we will have a program where those with a printed copy of 12 Steps can get the new version for cost, by sending in the cover and a few pages of their old manual. That’s not available yet because we will receive new printed manuals in a week, but the new PDF is available now.

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