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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve been enjoying summer time with my kids this year. They’re definitely becoming little self managers as they get older, but here are 4 successful summer morning habits I try to encourage them to follow to make sure things run smoothly around here!

1. Sleep In

THEY’RE SLEEPING IN!! Every morning I let this little nugget of goodness seep into my consciousness. They’re. sleeping. in. I’ve always been a huge advocate of lots of sleep…not just because the house is a million times quieter and they look so cute, but because so much growing occurs during sleep. It’s taken seven years, but they’re finally allowing themselves to rest.

2. Get Creative

My kids are pretty good about balancing TV/tech time with creative play, but sometimes need a little creative encouragement to put the gadgets down. There is a golden hour every morning when they ignore me completely and play on their own.

3. Get Outside

I feel guilty if my kids are inside all day so if I’ve finished working and can see they’re starting to climb the walls, we leave. Sometimes it’s the library, sometimes it’s a water park or zoo, sometimes it’s the grocery store, and sometimes it’s bike riding with friends…but I need to get those legs outside! And probably mine too.

4. Eat!

It starts in the morning, but all day long “I’m hungry” is the number one complaint here so I nip it from the start by prepping platters of food at a time and we have an open smoothie policy. Add any fruit/veggie of your liking to any healthy drink of your liking and BAM…make your own smoothie. Under my supervision of course, because they’ll destroy my kitchen making the simplest of concoctions if left to their own devices.

For this smoothie Maile is using the new Silk Protein + Fiber Almond Blend. I love that they can excitedly put a drink together using so many healthy ingredients. It sure makes morning meal planning a whole a lot easier!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Writing Prompts 7.22

July 21, 2014 · 0 comments

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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.) 9 things you’d rather be doing today.
2.) A blog post inspired by the words: growing pains
3.) Something new.
4.) Kids say the darndest things…
5.) Talk about a time you took a chance.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Friends come and go but that bag of cookies you plowed through will stick to your ribs forever.” -Something Something

I’ve determined that I really need to get to know her better, and that spending more time with her may really help me a lot.” -Musings And Meanderings

“Occasionally with parental approval we’d ride our horses up into the cedars and campout.” -The Road Goes Ever Ever On

“Here are my go-to boredom blues busters (say that 5 times fast!)” -If These Cheerios Could Talk


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Nothing says Summer Vacation more than a nice glass of iced lemonade. Today I’m adultifying that drink by by adding strawberries and vodka and wine. This weekend I’ll open my own strawberry vodka lemonade stand…not to sell…just a stand for me to sit and drink at:

(video here)



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1.) A new friend.

Laina made a new friend this year and I’ve been baffled at how quickly they claimed each other.

According to Laina, Erica just walked up to her and asked her if she wanted to be best friends.

Laina said yes and they’ve been talking on the phone ever since.

I use the term “talking” loosely here.

The other day Laina was walking around with the phone.

She set it down, poured a bowl of cereal, grabbed a spoon and a glass of milk.

She sat there eating her food in silence and finally I was all, “Is Erica on the phone?”

And she was all, “Yeah. Why?”

And I was all, “Well you aren’t even talking to her…what is she doing?”

And then Laina shouted into the speaker, “ERICA???”

And Erica was all, “Yeah?”

And Laina was all, “What are you doing?”

And Erica was all, “Skating.”

She looked at me and shrugged.

Put another spoonful of Cheerios in her mouth.

Continued to sit in silence.

Man. Some of us have to wait years for friendship to reach that comfort level.

Anyone want to roller skate while I eat my cereal this morning?

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.) A new friend.
2.) Book review!
3.) Do you “unplug” during the summer months? Why or why not?
4.) Something you got to do when you were young that you would not let your children do.
5.) List your top 12 solutions for bored children.


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I can’t wait to see Sex Tape in theaters July 18th!

Not my sex tape, the movie Sex Tape. Initially I was reluctant to write anything about ANYONE’S Sex Tape until I watched the trailer for this movie and then I was hooked, take a look:

The gist is that Cameron Diaz (who plays a mom blogger) and Jason Segal decide to spice up their passionless marriage by getting creative in the bedroom. They film the entire thing and then accidentally send it to “the cloud”.

Can you even imagine? The idea of any unwanted content making it’s way through the in boxes of everyone you know is terrifying enough, but if it was content like that I would die a thousand mortifying deaths.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this resolves itself and in the mean time am excited to share I’m being featured as a guest blogger on the Sony Pictures Who’s Yo Mommy blog that Cameron Diaz’s character owns.

I’ve written up my own list of 10 ways to keep passion in a marriage and spoiler alert, none of them include sending a sex tape to “the cloud” so I’m already winning!

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