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1.) Vlog about anything from a park bench.

Today I’m sharing a video I made last week about friendship from a park bench and how strange it is that we’re grown women still ranking each other and assigning top spots to our groups of friends. It’s kind of funny how this concept of “best friend” that starts when we’re young sticks with us through adulthood and I’m not pointing fingers. I have best friends too, but when you step back and think about it, it really is weird that we never outgrew our tendency to label them:

(video here)

From last week’s entries I hope everyone had a chance to watch Pepper and her kids have their first taste of dragonfruit. Their reactions are pretty entertaining, have you ever tried it?:

(video here)

It’s your turn!

Today’s prompts are:

1.) Vlog about anything from a park bench.
2.) Easter haul and/or recap.
3.) Take us on a tour.
4.) Justin Bieber vs. Miley Cyrus…who would you rather have a slumber party with?
5.) 20 questions tag inspired by Alissa, questions here.

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

1.) Something you recently purchased.
2.) Show us how you spend your Friday night.
3.) Your biggest mom fail.
4.) Look at the last 8 comments you’ve received on you videos and respond to them in a video.
5.) Dog IQ Test (inspired by Jendi)

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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 04/30 Link up:

1.) Something you recently purchased.
2.) Show us how you spend your Friday night.
3.) Your biggest mom fail.
4.) Look at the last 8 comments you’ve received on you videos and respond to them in a video.
5.) Dog IQ Test (inspired by Jendi)

Now go make that video!


Writing Prompts 04.22

April 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.) A time you wish you had spoken up.
2.) Easter recap!
3.) 10 things you love about Spring.
4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: late
5.) The most exciting thing you purchased this month.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“A year ago, I was writing about being at a complete loss about how to help my daughter.” -Chasing Cloud Nine

“I am a FOOL for this damn dog.” -The Kitchen Witch

“I have been so ready for color to return to my world I could barely stand it!” -May Achieve Clarity

“I stepped on poop. Inside my house. We don’t own a pet. I guess the good news is it was only a foot away from the toilet?” -Eat Clean Live Dirty

“Like everything else social media, I take Instagram with a grain of salt.” -Atypical Familia


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My 43rd episode of Crafty Mom’s Weekly Challenge was spent with Kainioa as we attempted the shaving cream egg dyeing strategy I had seen on Pinterest.

Obviously, it’s a little too late to jump on this bandwagon, but next year if you have shaving cream and food coloring on hand just remember it’s all you need to have a good time! Well…and the eggs.

You can watch me and Kainoa work through the process over at The Stir, but here’s a little behind the scenes sneak peek:

Take a look at my other Pinterest inspired projects!

And for a Happy Easter bonus, take a look at Kainoa hitting the Egg Hunt hard and making one quick lap around the yard before giving up. He gets so overwhelmed with all the people taking the eggs that he just quits before he starts. He did the same thing earlier in the morning for the Easter egg hunt in our living room with his sisters and he did the same thing LAST year during our hunt. This kid can’t take the pressure!:

Pat was able to rally him back into egg hunting mode…I feel confident he will head out next year with renewed confidence.




Awkward Family Photo

April 20, 2014 · 0 comments

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This week for Mommalogues I was asked to share an awkward family photo and I reached for a collage of family photos my Mom gave me for Christmas. It’s a collection of Santa photos we took growing up and it perfectly captured nearly every awkward age any of us suffered through:

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The fact that I didn’t have any current family photos to choose from made me realize I need to get around to scheduling those. We’ve never really had any done! When is the last time your family had professional photos taken?

Also on Mommalogues last week:

What’s one piece of mom clothing you never thought you’d wear, but do?
Fill in the blank: I’m terrified my kid is going to…
What’s your go-to kids school lunch?