Soft Foods to Eat After Dental Surgery & Tooth Extraction


We have probably all experienced at some point the need to eat soft food for days (or even weeks) after some type of procedure. Of course, we’re always told to eat Jell-O™, ice cream, milkshakes (without the straw!), broth, etc.


Especially boring if you’re not really an ice cream person!

I’ve been going through a series of dental procedures for awhile. Extraction, fillings, root canals, bone grafts, implants, and on and on. I’ve still got quite a few oh-so-fun visits like these ahead of me and I am so, so, so over trying to find satisfying soft foods.

If I were 10 years old or maybe a toddler, I might be thrilled about the ice cream diet, but…multiply that age times…well…some, and I really would like to have something real to eat! I’d like to avoid feeling like a toddler at every mealtime. And sometimes–believe it or not–I want something that’s not sweet.


If you are having a tooth pulled, a root canal, a cavity filled, or a dental bone graft (ugh!), I put together a list of soft, kinda grownup foods that I enjoy (or plan to enjoy when it’s mushy-food time again) and I hope you can, too.




I’d recommend pinning or bookmarking this one for your next dental visit!

Yoga for Sciatica

Sciatica. It hurts, but mostly it’s an inconvenience, right? I need to be doing XYZ, but instead I’m gulping down ibuprofen and trying ice, heat, whatever only to get zero relief. So frustrating!


Ten years ago when I herniated a disc in my lower back, the doc told me that at some point I would probably experience sciatica. I’m so fortunate that it waited a decade to get me to the point of…of…this:


It went on for several days this week without letting up one bit no matter what I did.


Yoga! When I used to do 1-2 hours of yoga a day, all of my various back pains vanished. Magic. Why did I not think about this sooner?!


Duh! I’ve done this video a dozen times before!


Within minutes of starting this video, I was getting some relief. By the time I was in savasana, the pain was gone. GONE. No meds, no ice, no heat, no pouting needed. Problem solved!

So if you deal with that miserable, radiating, down-the-whole-freaking-leg pain, do this (as long as you have the go ahead from your doc, of course). You’ll be blown away by the near-instant relief.

Also, if you haven’t heard of DoYogaWithMe, take some time to check out the site. It’s completely free and they have loads of excellent, full-length videos. Their instructors aren’t annoying like so many videos available for purchase. They know their stuff and I find them very soothing and knowledgable.

If you find yourself using their videos regularly, it’s a great idea to donate. Since their videos are free, they depend heavily on a little help from users. Just a small donation helps!

I hope some of you benefit from this video like I did!

Winner! Celebration Giveaway from Sunrise Fiber Co.!



The winner has been chosen: Monica C., you are the winner! Congratulations! I hope you adore your Sunrise yarn as much as I do. Enjoy! (And keep an eye on your inbox.)

If you didn’t win and didn’t use the discount code, you can still get 10% off if you sign up for the Sunrise Fiber Co. newsletter! Go to the site and enter your email in the newsletter signup on the left side. 
I’m ready to celebrate the completion of TGW’s new look and what better way to do it than with a giveaway of one of my very favorite things?! Yarn! And not just any yarn…


That’s right. Gorgeous, luxurious, beautifully hand dyed yarn from Sunrise Fiber Co!

Wren has been a joy to work with in putting this together and her personality is sunny and sweet, so I feel like her shop couldn’t be more perfectly named. She seriously creates some of the brightest, happiest colorways I’ve ever seen. I travel a bit and make a point of hitting every LYS across the country that I possibly can. While that feeds my yarn addiction nicely, I’ve never come across any colors quite like Sunrise colors.

Check out this Worsted Superwash in the Funfetti colorway.


So many happy colors in there!

And this Vintage DK in Holi Festival?


Wowza, right?

Or how about the vivid colors in this Vintage DK in the Lovebird colorway?



I was gifted a skein of her Classic Sock in Blue Hawaiin. So soft and squishy!


Can’t wait to turn that into some beautiful socks. YUM.

“Okay, Abbie, we get it. Her yarn is super duper gorgeous. Shut up and tell us how to win some! Gosh!”

It’s quick and easy! Take a look at the Sunrise Fiber Co. Etsy shop, decide which type of yarn/colorway (a single skein!) you’d like to win (only type not available for the giveaway is the Mega Twist MCN Sock), and tell us about it in a comment on this blog post. Use Rafflecopter below to make sure your entry gets counted and to get the chance for a couple more entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In addition to sponsoring this lovely yarn giveaway, Wren has been so kind as to offer you guys a coupon code that is valid through Thursday 7/3/14. Use the code GREENWIFE to get 10% off of your order. Perfect time to stock up for that holiday knitting that you know you’re going to get started on early, right? RIGHT? Yep. Me, too! ;)

So…what are you waiting for?! Hop to it! Shop around. And….good luck!

To be clear: The winner gets one skein of yarn in the base and colorway of their choice (excludes Mega Twist MCN Sock).

Whatever this motivational poster says…

You know when you’re on Pinterest scrolling through all the cute outfits, lovely decorating ideas, workout routines, etc., and you come across some random quote said by some random person? It’s typed out in pretty fonts, given some scrolly-arrowy elements, and then pinned…and then taken as gospel by whoever is in that mood at that time? Some of them are great, right? Beautiful typography makes them even better. I’ve certainly pinned some that I happened to find profound or relevant at that exact pinning moment.

But….a lot of them make me laugh. Theses opinions and pseudo-philosophical quotes are just some random thought some random person had some day and suddenly people are living their lives guided by these pinned messes without giving thought to whether they actually have merit.

So, yeah, while feeling silly, sarcastic, and ranty this morning, I threw one together for giggles. When you are tired of seeing everyone take themselves (ourselves!) so seriously, have a laugh with me. Pin it. Share it.

And enjoy the arrows and shit.


WordPress For Kids

This past weekend inspired me to make a post after another long period of silence, so I’m back for a moment to share my thoughts on a class I had the pleasure of teaching at WordCamp Phoenix.

I’ve mentioned WordCamp briefly before, but I don’t know that I’ve truly explained what they are, so here is an excerpt from the WordCamp site to give you an idea on what the heck I’m talking about.

So what is a WordCamp? WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web. WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc. (source: )

So now that you know that much, here we go:

Over the past two years, I have attended 12 different WordCamps.  I originally went to them to support my husband Shayne because he was presenting at them.  After 2-3 of them, I kinda fell in love with the people and the absolute passion behind the WordPress community.  Good people, brilliant minds and good times.  I began to learn more and more about WordPress, blogging and started to feel a little like a loyal part of the WordPress family.

So, fast forward to a couple of months ago when Amanda Blum–WordCamp organizer extraordinaire–contacted me about doing a presentation of my own at WordCamp Phoenix.  She asked if I would be interesting in teaching a WordPress for Kids class.  I was momentarily stunned, but she she explained it something like this, “A) You’ve been to more WordCamps than just about anyone.  B) You homeschool your children and can totally handle a room full of kids eager to learn. C) You know WordPress and you’ll be at WordCamp Phoenix anyway (Shayne was scheduled to speak at this one already).”  Amanda can be very convincing, so within a matter of minutes, I committed to teaching the class.

Fast forward again to this past weekend.  Shayne and I headed out to Phoenix on Thursday.  He taught a 7-hour WordPress for Beginners class on Friday. Saturday was packed full of sessions on all levels and the brainpower in the building was pretty incredible.  Sunday was WordPress for Kids in the morning followed by Dev/Hack day for developers & contributors.  As Sunday inched closer, my nerves kicked in.  See, I’ve got a history of being super shy and a huge tendency to blush, stutter and just generally feel like a fool speaking in front of people.  It’s just never been my thing.  However, after 2 years of observing how WordPress, being Open Source software, has become and continues to evolve into an incredible thing because of people contributing their knowledge, I realized it was time for me to buck up and get more directly involved in the WP community.

My class was held at a really, really cool co-working space in Chander, AZ (an amazing city that supported WordCamp beyond all expectations.  Very impressive city.) called Gangplank.  I arrived that morning (with Shayne by my side for moral and technical support, of course) and watched the kiddos come piling in loaded with notebooks, laptops, iPads and beautiful, eager minds.  I’ll admit that it was intimidating for a brief moment, but I went around to meet them as they came in and their blend of shyness, curiosity and excitement got me going.  I simply walked them through setting up a blog on  Baby steps.  Nothing extraordinary on my end, but I got so excited to be a part of introducing these children to blogging and creating their own sites.  That’s big to me.  Exposing them to the world of WordPress might  just change what career path they take one day.  Maybe they’ll even end up being part of the team at Automattic one day!  These little ones we’re raising are the future of our internet experience, so getting them inspired early could lead to beautiful things.

Since this was the first WordCamp session targeted at children, deciding on the best way to present to a group of varying ages and WordPress experience was a bit difficult.  Now that I have that the session under my belt, I have a few ideas on how to better accommodate each child and help them get the most out of the class.  If the opportunity arises for me to teach the class again, I look forward to trying a slightly different approach.  In the meantime, I hope that the idea of having a WordPress for Kids class spreads like wildfire through the different WordCamps.