Writer’s Workshop: You Can Fix It

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3. Share a lesson you learned that still sticks with you to this day.

I asked him to change the bulb in my headlights for me and he was all, “why don’t you come on outside and I’ll show you how to do that!”

But I didn’t want to go outside and learn how to do that. I wanted HIM to do that for me.

“This is stupid Bob!”

And he was all, “Don’t be silly. It’s easy enough.”

And I was all, “I don’t need to know this!”

And he was all, “Well what are you going to do next time your headlight goes out?”

And tears sprang to my eyes because that scar across his face filled the unspoken words between us.

He knew the cancer it left behind had a mind of its own.

“I’m taking it to you!” I said, “You can fix it every time!”

He ignored me. Popped the hood. Demanded my attention.

He was right. It really was easy.

I thanked him, but sort of hated him for making me confront what was broken.

He was not here the next time I needed my headlight changed.

I changed it myself.

Now it’s your turn!

Mama's Losin' It

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous May and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Define goodness…joy…sorrow…and anger using pictures you have taken.
3. Share a lesson you learned from your Mother that still sticks with you to this day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: fair
5. Share an interesting email exchange you had with someone lately.
6. List 10 people, places, or things you’d like to give a timeout to.

Link up!:



Getting Away With HomeAway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HomeAway.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HomeAway.

Last year as I was working to secure a hotel stay for a family reunion in Hawaii, I vented on Facebook about how I was frustrated with our hotel options. As it turns out, most hotels accommodate families of four, but when you add a fifth person to your crew the cost increases dramatically. Either you are prompted to secure a second room for your large family or you are prompted to reserve an expensive suite.

I drafted a blog post about how frustrated I was, but never published it because I felt silly complaining about hotels when I had the luxury of planning a trip to Hawaii in the first place.

My sister was the one who mentioned checking out HomeAway and when we arrived at our oceanfront, pool side condo in Maui I believe my exact words were, “I’m never leaving this place.” Had it been a hotel with that exact same layout it would have cost us upwards of $800 per night. It would have been considered a MASTER Family Suite. But because it was a condo we were paying less than $200 per night.

Maui Condo

My sister’s advice to check out that site changed the way we vacation. Here we were in a two bedroom condo, three times the size of a hotel room that could sleep up to 8 people, equipped with two bedrooms, a kitchen, wifi, a washer and dryer, a pool, just feet away from the ocean AND at a lower cost than any hotel option we had available to us. Not to mention the additional fees we would have paid at a hotel for parking and food.

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When the opportunity to work with HomeAway popped up I practically begged for it. Most recently we used the site to find the perfect staycation over Spring Break with my kids and my sister’s family. We found a wonderful cabin tucked away near the Olympic Peninsula and while the drive was less than two hours, we felt like we were on vacation.

homeaway cabin

There was hiking and beaches, s’mores and movies…the kids had a blast exploring the creek and woods surrounding the cabin and both of our families stayed together for less than $200 each night. The cousins were in heaven. I captured a quick look at the cabin we found through HomeAway here:

A video posted by Kat Bouska (@mamakatslosinit) on

I have since, created an account and filled it with folders based on locations that I want to visit with my kids. I have a folder for every corner of the Pacific Northwest. I have a folder filled with locations for just my family. I have a folder filled with locations for a girls get away. And I have a folder filled with luxury and unique properties that can sleep my family along with my sisters and brothers families. Even at a higher nightly rate it’s still affordable divided among a group of us. Since HomeAway is the world’s largest vacation rental marketplace, with more than one million listing in 190 countries to choose from…just imagine the folders I have left to create filled with some of my favorite properties.

Lake Cushman Cabin

 Win a $5,000 Stay with the HomeAway Kidfluencers Contest

This summer, HomeAway is empowering kidfluencers by giving them even more control over their family’s travel plans with a chance to win a $5,000 vacation rental stay to anywhere in the United States in 2015. To enter, travelers just need to create a 15 to 60-second video of their kids describing why their family should win a vacation from HomeAway. Upload the video to Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo, using the hashtag #HomeAwayVacation and complete the entry form here before May 29, 2015.  HomeAway will select 10 finalists that will be voted on by the public from June 8 to 12 to determine the winner. For more details on the contest, visit HomeAway on Facebook.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HomeAway.

 

Vlogging Workshop: My Dogs Kept Humping

2.  Show us a project you’re working on.

A couple of week’s ago I shared a video where I recapped our month of April and my dogs kept humping in the background. I thought I’d share my explanation and I happened to weave in my home improvement “project.” And by “home improvement” I just mean “new lamps on the nightstands.” It’s fascinating:


(video here)

Last week I really enjoyed Jenn’s vlog from Wine And Sass about buyer’s remorse. Take a look at the item she purchased that she’s now regretting. What do you think? Are they terrible?:


(video here)

Check out Wine And Sass on YouTube and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Create a rant video where you whine about one of your pet peeves.
2.  Show us a project you’re working on.
3. Share an embarrassing moment that happened in high school.
4. Share a recipe that incorporates: mushrooms
5. May 20th is National Pick Strawberries Day. Take us picking!
6. Complete the Touch My Body YouTube Challenge.
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:



Get a jump start on next week’s video! Here are the prompts next Wednesday’s Link up:

1. What advice can you give this year’s graduating seniors?
2. Share a product you’re loving lately.
3. Cover a song!
4. Current events and celeb news…talk about something that’s on your mind.
5. YouTube Mom Tag (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 05.27

vlogging prompts

Every week you’re invited to join me in a Vlogging Workshop focused on working together to create a community interested in video blogging!

  • To join, simply add a link to the Vlogging Workshop posted here every Wednesday that will direct viewers to your video (either on YouTube or your blog).
  • New vlogging prompts will also be posted on Wednesdays, so you will have a full week to create your video response!
  • I will feature a favorite video each week.
  • You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter if you’d like the video topics delivered early, along with a weekly vlogging tip.

To view more detailed instructions on how this weekly Vlogging Workshop meme works click here.

Here are the vlogging prompts for the Wednesday 05/27 Link up:

1. What advice can you give this year’s graduating seniors?
2. Share a product you’re loving lately.
3. Cover a song!
4. Current events and celeb news…talk about something that’s on your mind.
5. YouTube Mom Tag (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

I’d Rather Stay Nine

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“Can you believe you’re going to be TEN? Your first time into the double digits? The big ONE-OH!”

We’ve been counting down days to her birthday, but Laina’s reply was a sweet, “Yeah, but I’d rather stay nine.”

I’ve never met a child who consistently resists growing up as actively as Laina does. Despite the fact that she doesn’t want me coming to her school and my outfit choices embarrass her, she still has no desire to outgrow my clutches. That’s love right there.

And I just sat at the dinner table and dutifully answered which “large dog breeds” I would be willing to adopt in my lifetime if I HAD to choose one. She flipped through her book of dog breeds and took turns peppering both Pat and me. We sat there talking about dog breeds for 20 minutes after dinner had ended.

That’s love right there.

For what it’s worth Pat and I agreed on German Shepards, Bernese Mt. Dogs, St. Bernards, and Bull Dogs.

She can stay here forever…as long as someday we can start talking about something other than dogs.

Laina 9 collage

nine years old

 

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Happy Birthday Laina!

You turned three.
You turned four.
You turned five.
You turned six.
You turned seven.
You turned eight.
You turned nine.

Writing Prompts For 05.21

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Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:

  • Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
  • Write.
  • Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!

View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.

Writing Prompts:

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous May and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Define goodness…joy…sorrow…and anger using pictures you have taken.
3. Share a lesson you learned from your Mother that still sticks with you to this day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: fair
5. Share an interesting email exchange you had with someone lately.
6. List 10 people, places, or things you’d like to give a timeout to.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“My kids observed me with a focus so intense that it was hard to do much of anything away from their gaze.” -About 100%

“When you are talking about the care and upbringing of a child, your best is not going to cut it. You MUST succeed.” -Life In Left Field

“I’d love to be a speech therapist, but it’s most likely not possible for a blind person.” -Blogging Astrid

“I spent a lot of time thinking about how I was going to manage to ask one of them to go out with me, often at the expense of studying or playing guitar” -A Hypoethical Life

Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey Cocktail

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This week’s drink was a viewer suggestion. I do listen to people sometimes. After seeing my previous Whiskey Blush Sour was a fail, Willow Star pleaded with me to find a drink that incorportates Fireball Whiskey.

So I did.

Introducing the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey Cocktail!

The results are much betterL


(video here)

Make your own:

1 Shot of Fireball Whiskey
Top with 7UP
Splash with Grenadine
Hot Tamales to garnish

Enjoy!