Worst Challenge Ever

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I’m an inconsistent wife and mother. I get it.

About once a month I “turn over a new leaf” and decide I’m going to organize all the closets or I’m going to exercise or I’m going to wash clothes again, etc…

I’ll stick to my new leaf for awhile, but like all leaves, my new ones usually turn brown and die before floating gracefully to the ground. I get distracted by other goals and kids and fun projects and no longer have the time or desire to maintain what I set out to maintain.

When my husband came home from Cross Fit the other day telling me he was going to participate in a challenge, but had to think up a goal, I was all, “Cool! That’s great!”

And when he was all, “but I can’t really think of anything because I’ve already reached a healthy weight, I have large and tone muscles, and I’m all around really healthy and amazing!” (I’m ad libbing here folks)

And I was all, “Yes, that’s true honey!”

And then a day later he was all, “I think I know what my goal needs to be!”

And I was all, “Oh I can’t wait to hear more!”

And he was all, “I just really need to get consistent with my meals and maybe meal plan every week so that I have healthy things to eat at all times.”

And I was all, “Oh….”

And he was all, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal chef? That’s the dream right there.”

And I was all, “ahem. I suppose.”

And he was all, “And I need to eat as clean as possible. High protein, clean meals every night.”

And I was all, “You know Pat? This challenge of yours is starting to sound an awful lot like a challenge for ME. I mean…personal chef? Isn’t that basically what I am for this whole family?”

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And he was all, “well I don’t know…you didn’t cook anything tonight.” (Hold my earrings).

And I was all, “I mean, your goal to eat healthy meals consistently…we both know you’re not going to cook. It takes you three times as long to prep a meal as it does a normal human.”

And he was all, “Yeah I know!”

And I was all, “So if you want to succeed at your personal challenge it means you need ME to get more consistent with, not only planning your meals but planning clean eating, high protein meals, every night. This sounds like the worst challenge ever.”

And he smiled and was all, “thank you honey!”

And I was all, “A challenge is supposed to be something that is personally difficult for you to change. It’s supposed to make you a little uncomfortable. You’re supposed to feel like you accomplished something.”

He nodded emphatically agreeing.

And I was all, “personally I’d love to see you give up your daily coffee drink. It’s not clean or healthy and it’s expensive.”

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….I don’t think Pat’s participating in The Challenge anymore.

Writing Prompts For 10.23

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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.) Create something inspired by Pinterest, was it a win or a fail?
2.) Hi, my name is ______ and I am a _______.
3.) The last time someone called you a name.
4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: rusty.
5.) List 5 ways you are different as a parent than your parents were.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“The next thing I know he barks out “What? You want some sex?”” -Lala Land Mommy

“Sure you could lift yourself out of bed in the morning to face the rising sun, but could you lift your own body from the  ground if you fell?” -The Fit Bit Twist

“Catholics take their demonic possession very seriously.” -Not Just Another Mother Blogger

“He cowered as he moseyed on in and then shook off the cool fall rain onto my walls and then barreled through the kitchen with muddy paws.” -Something Something

“We could’ve been dead last and it wouldn’t have mattered. I’m hooked.” -Cactus Bloom Mama

Breast Cancer Awareness #HanesForGood

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I’ve never had a mammogram and to be honest, I get a little nervous about those kinds of appointments. Is it too much to ask that I just keep myself as covered up as possible 24 hours a day? I don’t like to take my coat off much less completely disrobe for any reason, but specifically in an office of any kind for strangers.

But breast cancer is something I take seriously. My best friend’s mother battled for her own life when we were in high school and WON and my own Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in college. Thankfully, because she found her lump early enough, she was able to have it treated with a lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month Hanes has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Awareness foundation and I have agreed to partner up and schedule my first Mammogram. Because early detection is so crucial in the fight against cancer, we need to be proactive when it comes to preventative care, self testing, and actually getting ourselves in for those important appointments.

This type of preventative care is even more important to me now after seeing my best friend selflessly undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy less than two weeks ago (she’s doing great!). It really puts into perspective how ridiculous my discomfort disrobing for an exam is. We are surrounded by beautiful, courageous, and brave women.

Buck up Mama Kat…time to be proactive! I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with you soon!



Girls Are Easier

Easier To Raise

On Mommalogues this week we were asked to share if we thought boys or girls are easier to raise, and while obviously all children in the whole wide world are different and I’m only dealing with three of them…I can say from my own experience GIRLS ARE EASIER!

My kids are still young, so I hope what they say about boys being easier as teens holds true. As it is, my two girls are perfectly trained little poodles.

My son? I love him more than anything, but I have referred to him as an untrained Great Dane. Lovable as all get out, but he will chew your couch up if you’re not paying attention. Just a little more difficult to whip into shape.

In addition to that, my Great Dane will run right into oncoming traffic. It’s not even that he’s not fearful or particularly brave, it’s more that he’s just completely clueless that he can actually be killed if he’s not careful.

So my answer to that questions was easy. Girls are easier because I don’t have to work nearly as hard at keeping them alive. Let’s see how the other moms weigh in!:

Also on Mommalogues last week:

How strict are you on swearing?
How many kids is too many?
Have you said goodbye to heels?
What are your mommy vices?

Trick Or Treat Halloween Punch

Trick Or Treat Halloween Punch

This week’s Trick or Treat Halloween Punch is for the kids!…mostly. I mean you can give it to your kids, they’ll be excited about it, but if you pour a little vodka in on the side you might want to keep that glass just to yourself.

I discovered it on my quest to make Halloween drinks every Friday of October and I can’t believe how easy it was. You just choose three different colored juices and pour them in a pitcher in order of sugar content (highest to lowest) I impressed my own self! Take a look:

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For the full, original recipe check it out on Spend With Pennies.


Writer’s Workshop: She’s Worth It

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I woke up to find giant crocodile tears running down my pig-tailed, Maile’s cheeks on the morning of her 3rd birthday, “It’s not my birthday at all…” she sobbed.

This was my fault. I had decorated the house for her party the night before her birthday every year. She knew it was her birthday because she would wake up to streamers stretching across the room and all kinds of hanging things waiting to celebrate her big day.

The birthday she turned 3 I decided to take a break from the decorating and wait until the next day because I was exhausted and I knew I would have plenty of time the next day.

Maile was anticipating a party, but woke up to nothing. It was like waking up to Christmas to find that Santa didn’t come at all.

Of course I knelt down and swallowed that sad girl into my arms. She had a wonderful day and learned real quick that there is more to a birthday than decorations waiting for you first thing in the morning. However, that vision of her at the top of our stairs, looking so sad and disappointed is one of the many sorry mom fails I own.

This year we celebrated Maile’s party a little earlier to accommodate busy schedules and when the eve of her actual birthday came upon us a few days later I went to her room to say goodnight and she was all, “Do you think you might have a gift for me in the morning when I wake up?” And I was all, “aw shucks. I wish I did, but I don’t since we celebrated your birthday on Saturday.”

She sort of blinked and I thought about how I usually ALWAYS have one gift reserved for the actual day, but I was hoping now that she’s older it wouldn’t be missed. I was all, “Is that disappointing to you?” and she shrugged the question off but I spotted that disappointed pig tailed girl blinking away disappointment. I smiled my motherly goodnight smile and kissed her goodnight, but my brain was already in emergency overdrive. I would not disappoint that pig tailed girl again!

So I raced to Target and that’s how I became The Mom Who Shops At Target At 10pm The Night Before Her Daughter’s Birthday. She’s worth it of course…just look at her. My sweet pig-tailed-girl who would never in a million years allow me to put pig-tails in her hair again. I narrowly avoided another sorry mom fail.

The m&ms I bought were also worth it.

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Happy 11th Birthday Maile!

For Maile:
Happy Fourth Birthday
Happy Fifth Birthday
Happy Sixth Birthday
Happy Seventh Birthday
Happy Eighth Birthday
Happy Ninth Birthday
Happy Tenth Birthday

Now it’s your turn!

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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 blog post inspired by the word: race
2.) Write about something that creeped you out.
3.) List 6 retired tv shows you’d like to see come back.
4.) What’s cooking in your slow cooker?
5.) Show us your pumpkin patch.

Link up!:

Vlogging Workshop: Last Minute Costume

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3.) Share a last minute Halloween costume idea.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…thank God for Martha Stewart! I had been searching the Internet for great diy last minute costume ideas and was so lucky to stumble upon her suggestion. It’s definitely a manageable costume for your whole family to enjoy and I managed to put it together in less than 2 minutes…at least, the video might lead you to believe that:

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I’m featuring the video shared by Growing Up Moon because her toddler has a lot of great plans for Halloween, one of which does NOT include wearing a hot dog costume. Take a look:

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Check out Growing Up Moon on YouTube and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1.) Create and share a craft inspired by pumpkins.
2.) Attempt Halloween inspired nail art.
3.) Share a last minute Halloween costume idea.
4.) Make a garland to hang this month!
5.) Take us to your favorite spot to see changing leaf colors.
6.) 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.) Create and share a craft inspired by witches.
2.) Try your hand at a fun Halloween makeup tutorial.
3.) Spook somebody!
4.) Try a recipe that uses candy corn or pumpkin as an ingredient.
5.) Take us to the pumpkin patch.
6.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.