Tuesday Tidbits

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Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I’m back from my short break last week and, wow, I feel like I’ve had a month off!  I’m re-energized and ready to go!  I hope you’re all having a fabulous summer.  The weather has been so lovely here and I can’t believe it it’s already the 12th of August – yikes!  Ok, no time to think about that – it’s Tidbits time 🙂pina-colada-breakfast-011_680name

Serene from the fabulous House of Yumm has created the most delicious smoothie to help you get started on your busy days.  I am very particular about my smoothies and will confess to being unable to drink green ones, lol.  There’s something about a green drink that just doesn’t fly with me.  That’s ok though because I eat loads of greens through the day so I’m not missing out.  This delicious concoction has yogurt, pineapple and banana!  When I first spotted this, I knew I had to try it and bought the ingredients immediately.  It is now my most favourite smoothie ever!

Serene included oats for a good source of fiber and did not add any sweeteners.  She suggests adding strawberries as well as just one way to change it up to suit your tastes.  Love this.  Thanks so much,  Serene! BorderUntitled

 Since we’re starting off on a healthy kick this morning, Crazy Foods has a great list of suggestions to help you eat healthier.  These tips are good common sense and super easy.  It will add loads of nutrients to your meals and another layer of freshness.  Check it out here.EASY27-easy-ways-to-eat-healthier-19

Use avocado instead of butter?  Bake flourless brownies using black beans?  Love these ideas and they have so many more worth exploring.BorderUntitled


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The Online Central has a fascinating collection of Fantasy Inspired Cottages that will make you smile, and wonder and yearn to visit the people inside.  The homes are from all over the globe – Mexico, Thailand,  and New Zealand – just to name a few.  Some are charming, some spooky and some even romantic but they all make me want to meet the folks who had the imagination to build these places.  It`s so freeing when we step outside of the box, don`t you think?BorderUntitled

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Needing some inspiration on those chilly or rainy days when the kids are inside and you want them to take a break from their IPads ?Here`s a fun site with 25 great experiments that will amaze both children and adults.  Growing a Jeweled Rose is a great place with helpful info for kids from kindergarten to grade 11.  They have over 1,000 fun and educational activities for you to explore!BorderUntitled


Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be.  Here are some facts about the 1500’s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June.  However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.


Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children – last of all the babies.  By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”


Houses had thatched roofs – thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, rats, and bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained it became slippery, and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof, hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed.  Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.  That’s how canopy beds came into existence.CRUST10535394

Bread was divided according to status.  Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got to the top, “the upper crust.”

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey.  The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days.  Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.  They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up hence, the custom of holding a “wake.”

Who said that history is boring?!



So you know I can never resist posting about wildlife and here is one that is guaranteed to make you smile.  15 Unusual Animal Friendships That Will Melt Your Heart is a beautiful collection of how both domesticated and wildlife creatures are just like humans – we all need that closeness with another being.  This tugged at the heartstrings!BorderUntitled

And if you are in need of a stress free vacation, take 3 minutes out of your life to watch this – I guarantee you’ll leave smiling.  Have a great day, everyone!



PS….Just wanted to include this short clip on Robin Williams.  He made me laugh more than any other comedian.  He also made me cry in his brilliant performances in Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King and my favourite, Dead Poets Society.


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    Bam's Kitchen
    August 12, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Okay Robyn, I am finally on your site. Oh my goodness….check your e-mail… Welcome back and missed you dearly. Love all the tidbits and especially some new smoothie ideas as this is what my boys live on for breakfast when they are in school and they start next week. Yes, Really! Did you know the concept of the bath still exists somewhat in Japan? However in Japan they do not use the bath to clean but to soak after they have showered and cleaned. When we lived in Yokohama, we had this huge bath tube that came with a top cover to keep the bath water hot for just this very reason. Have a super week. BAM
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      August 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Seems like we’re both getting hit with tech problems, Bobbi…sheesh!
      Thanks for the welcome back and I missed you, too! This smoothie was so delicious and refreshing and I love that it has no additives.
      I didn’t know that about the bath in Japan but it makes sense – such a great way to relax. Oh, I would love a giant bath that’s always ready for me, lol.
      Talk soon, I’m sure, as we try to figure out these tech problems!
      Take care.
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    Anita Rivera
    August 12, 2014 at 7:28 am

    GOOD MORNING and welcome “home” my friend! I sure missed your Tuesday’s Tidbits because I’m always learning something new. So this is where canopys came from…to protect the bed from droppings! hahahahahhahahahah….and that pina colada smoothie sounds wonderful. I was moved to see the video on Robin Williams; the news came as a huge shock to us yesterday during dinner as a friend of Ruben’s sent a text message. My friend, thank you for sharing uplifting and smile-provoking material for this new day. Wishing you another relaxing day as you start on this 12th of August! Anita

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      August 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thanks, Anita! I really enjoy putting them together so I’m so glad you’re liking them.
      LOL, the droppings thing killed me too – ewwww – everyone was so dirty back then! lol
      I am reeling from the tragic death of Robin Williams, Anita. A man who gave us so much and obviously suffered a great deal in silence.
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    August 12, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Welcome back, Robyn! Miss you, girl 🙂 I hope you had a nice time away.

    Loved the history! I was shaking my head on a few of the things you shared just because I was amazed! I cannot believe they let the men go first for baths. . .you’d think the women would have at least had the privilege 🙂 I must say that I am thankful that has changed with history!

    House of Yumm takes such pretty and bright photos and the smoothie has me wanting one!

    It’s just terrible about Robin Williams. . .I am like you and think he he hsa made me laugh more than any other comedian or actor. My grandma and I loved Captain Hook and I must say Mrs. Doubtfire was one of my favorites.

    Enjoy your week, my friend!
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      August 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Thanks, Stephanie. I’m glad things have changed, too, I can’t imagine such a life. I sure as heck wouldn’t be letting the men go before me, lol.
      I love Serene’s site and yes, her photos are gorgeous!
      I watched Mrs. Doubtfire just a couple weeks ago for probably the 10th time, lol.
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    Serene @ House of Yumm
    August 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Robyn I am so glad you enjoyed the smoothie! Such an easy and delicious way to start the day! Also the lettuce tacos look delicious too! What a great way to keep it healthy. What a fun collection of tidbits you posted here 🙂 Hope you have a happy Tuesday!
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      August 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

      I am completely hooked on that smoothie, Serene! It’s so refreshing first thing in the morning.
      So glad you enjoyed the tidbits. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
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    August 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Hi Robyn, so glad you are back and ready to go, hope you had a nice break. Great Tuesdays tidbits, love the smoothie and her site. Your how things used to be was very interesting, love little bits of history like that. Also, so sad about Robin Williams, he was so wonderful.
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      August 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks, Cheri, it was great to just relax for a change. You will love Serene’s smoothie!
      And I am loving your soup – can’t wait to make it. Have a great day.
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    The Summer Kitchen Gilrs
    August 12, 2014 at 11:18 am

    ummmmm….i think we got lost for forty minutes in your delicious recipes and thoughts ~ lol! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog the other day Robyn! so glad you found us…and we are glad we found you 🙂
    Karla & Karrie
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      August 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

      LOL, so glad you’re having a good time, Girls! I was thrilled to find your blog and I love your unique style. I’m going to have lots of fun exploring. Thanks so much for visiting, Karla and Karrie. 🙂
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    August 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Hi! Robin!
    Great post! That smoothie seems to be delicious. Green drinks don’t fly with me, too.

    Only now Icome to understand the expression “don´t throw the baby out with bath water! LOL!
    Beijinhos. Have a great week.
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      August 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

      LOL, it’s both shocking and funny, Nina! I’m enjoying your blog, busy lady. Have a wonderful day!
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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    August 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Fascinating stuff here Robyn! So happy you got a break, I so need one. Kids are getting ready to go back to school and I’ve been on the go for weeks!
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      August 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Oh, I hope you get some sort of break soon, Cindy – I can’t believe what a difference it made for me. I am off to see your latest creation. Coconut – I’m in! lol. Have a great day.
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    August 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Robyn, welcome home. I hope you are all rested up. Getting away is a great thing to do here and there.
    Your Tuesday tidbits sound wonderful. Who doesn’t love a delicious smoothie? Very interesting facts about the baths…..LOL
    I am so saddened by the loss of Robin Williams. What a wonderful man with so many talents. He made us all laugh. He shall be greatly missed. Lots of love from WW.
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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    August 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I remember when I was little and used to go to Bar and Bat Mizvahs and they would have Pina Coladas (virgin, but of course… I didn’t start drinking until I was like 15 common now, LOL)… And man, I sucked those puppies down like an athlete sucks down water. SO GOOD – And I love that I did not even care about how unhealthy they were! LOL! Ignorance, I miss it!
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    Debbie Harris
    August 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Welcome back! I just love you’re Tuesday Tidbits.
    That smoothie sounds delicious. I will have to give that one a try.
    Great history lesson, but wow to some of those things.
    Such a loss with Robin Williams. He was an amazing actor. I too laughed and cried with his acting.
    Mrs Doubtfire was my all time favorite,I never laughed so hard.
    Have a beautiful blessed week dear friend.
    Joy! Debbie

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      August 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Thanks so much, Debbie. You’ll definitely love the smoothie – it’s a special one!
      Mrs. Doubtfire is one of his best for sure. Take good care, daffy friend. 🙂
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    August 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I do love people who use “hence” in sentences – it’s an automatic bonding word for me : ) A sad loss of Robin Williams for sure. Dead Poet’s Society is my favorite. It has sad moments but is also inspiring. And inspiring as well, that smoothie – can’t wait to try it out! Keep enjoying that sunshine friend!
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      August 18, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Dead Poets is truly a remarkable film for sure. Sounds like you’ve got some amazing sunshine too, Mindy. Thanks so much for your visit. xoxo

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