Writing Prompts For 9.18

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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!

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Writing Prompts:

1.) Show us where you go for quiet.
2.) Throwback time! Share an old class photo of yourself.
3.) List the the top 6 books on your list to read next.
4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: travel
5.) Something funny your child said.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“One might wonder why we go to all this work when an apple pie can be purchased at a bakery or even at your local grocery store.” -The Road Goes Ever Ever On

It’s hard not to compare parts of your garden, you know. Difficult not to shame one plant by praising another.” -The (Not Always) Lazy W

Real life is a process, not a constant. Real life is messy. It’s a continuum.” -Musings And Meanderings

” It was very frustrating for him, this little bug of a woman right under his nose, stinging him like a bee with her sword.” -Choice Morsels

No Flowers On The Bus

Flower Garden

I allowed the daycare kids to take Dahlias with them to school for their teachers.

They waited in line for the bus with bright eyes and pretty flowers.

When the bus driver pulled up she yelled out to me, “Are you going to come and sweep up all these petals off my bus at the end of my run??”

And I had to shake myself from the cute kids with flowers moment I was having to understand what she was talking about before responding with, “Oh! I mean yes of course!”

And she was all, “There’s always ONE that ends up all over my floor!”

And I was all, “Gosh I hadn’t thought of that I apologize!”

And she was all, “I’m terribly allergic!”

And I was all, “Oh my! Would you like me to take them back? I can just grab them real quick!”

And she was all, “No, we don’t have time for that. Luckily it’s a short run to the school!”

And I was all, “Well I really apologize! I won’t allow the children to do this again!”

She huffed away, and I can’t help but feel sorry for a woman who can’t manage to muster the slightest of good feelings when she sees a troop of happy 1st graders with flowers for their teachers.

The Worst Thing Mom Cooks

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This week on Mommalogues our kids got involved to share what they think is the worst thing mom cooks. My kids reveal the very terrible meal I sometimes make them eat and in so doing, also reveal how absolutely irrational they are.

Maybe next week us moms can address the “worst thing” our kids cook. I’d love to address last years Mother’s Day “pancakes”.

The worst thing MY Mom cooked for dinner was rice pudding. Gag me with a spoon! The texture, the pudding/rice combo, the raisins…who invented that awful mean and why in the world was my mother feeding it to me for dinner?

On the flip side, I LOVED it when she made little pizzas out of English muffins. DIVINE! I could eat them forever!

What did your mom cook that you loved and hated?

And take a look at all these kids ratting us out!:

(video here)

Also on Mommalogues last week:
What were you like as a 6-year-old?
What was the biggest waste of money you spent on baby gear?
What do you do if you hate the mom of your kids best friend?
What is the worst parenting advice you got from your mom?

Hearing For The First Time

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In case you were looking for a good happy cry this afternoon, I thought I’d share the YouTube rabbit hole I fell into this weekend.

I watched this video of a little baby hearing for the first time and immediately sent it to my Mom and sisters. It is absolutely the sweetest reaction, even my sister’s husband got sucked in and now it has over 9 million views on youTube:

And of course that led me to Jonathon’s beautiful reaction to hearing his mom’s voice for the first time:

It reminded me of the video that went viral a couple of years ago where 29 year old Sarah hears for the first time. Equally tear provoking:

This little girl is shocked to here her OWN voice for the first time:

Ohhhh the things we take for granted. Pass the tissue.

Pink Starburst Cocktail

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This week I’m sharing a drink called the Pink Starburst Cocktail I found on Pinterest and traced back to Happy Food Healthy Life. Pop on over there for the entire recipe (and gorgeous drink photos).

To be honest I think it’s just pretty drink photos that suck me in every time because I’m honestly not a weekly drinker…not until I forced myself to become one on YouTube with my Friday drinks. The pictures are just so dang pretty, it would be a waste not to taste them amiright?

Watch the video to find out whether or not this one was a success for me!:

(video here)


Writer’s Workshop: Going Pant Less

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3.) Write about what it was like to live on your own for the first time.

When I lived alone for the first time I thought I would stop wearing pants. Everyone talks about how great it is to not wear pants. How wonderful to walk around your domain completely butt naked.

I wanted to try it. I wanted to join the pant less community! After growing up in a fairly conservative household, I wanted to BE FREE! I too, would be going pant less.

When I moved to Eastern Washington as a Junior in college I had my first experience living completely alone.

I had big plans for my time on my own! I planned to buy Twinkies. Boxes and boxes of Twinkies. I planned to eat the Twinkies whenever I wanted and I would have as many as I wanted when the mood struck. I planned to eat the Twinkies on my couch while watching Real World reruns, Survivor, and Dateline.

And if I wanted? I would do it all without pants! I have heard this is where my pant less friends find true joy.

Would it have killed my mother to pay for cable in my new apartment alone? Kind of hard to eat Twinkies with Keith Morrison if I can’t even get him to show up on my screen.

I gave up my Twinkie eating dreams when I realized how much a box of those cost. My very part time job certainly did not support the diet of my dreams.

And going without pants? Walking nonchalantly through my apartment naked?

Yeah I tried it.

I have determined you pant less lovers are out of your minds. I would hop out of the shower with every intention of sauntering around…taking time putting clothes back on, maybe check my dial up Juno email account…but the moment that water stopped running my brain would only think about putting clothes back on. Put your clothes back on. Put your clothes back on. What are you doing right now without clothes? PUT YOUR CLOTHES BACK ON!

I couldn’t turn it off.

I had to face the harsh reality that I would never be a naked person. I would always prefer walking around with pants on. I held on to the hope that someday I would be able to afford to eat boxes of endless Twinkies, but it has become clear that will never be a reality for me either. In a sick twist of fate I am now able to afford them financially, but am not in the shape to afford them metabolically.

Nothing is as I thought it would.

Do you wear pants?

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.) September is National Apple Month, create a blog post inspired by apples.
2.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: goals.
3.) Write about what it was like to live on your own for the first time.
4.) You won an award for at some point in your life…what was it for?
5.) List activities that keep your kids busy on rainy days.

Link up!:

Vlogging Workshop: Pike Place And More!

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The video I’ve been attempting to upload for the past hour actually hates me. My computer is in the process of dying a slow death and it’s sudden inability to publish an edited video the my desktop is proof. We’re fighting.

And then it occurred to me that I can actually put whatever video I want up here because I made the vlogging prompts with that “free day” prompt every week for JUST this sort of back up plan. Today I’m going to share my August recap and all the fun things we did (Pike Place, Great Wheel, Jumping Off Diving Boards) and if I ever manage to get this other video published I’ll link it below!

(video here)

This week I’m featuring Miriam because girlfriend knows how to do “back to school” the right way. I’m just missing a little bit of sunshine, a glass of wine, and seriously fabulously hat:

(video here)

Check out Miriam on YouTube and scubscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1.) Share a favorite app that you are loving.
2.) Review a product you love.
3.) Share some back to school tips. Do you have any goals for this school year?
4.) Create Fall inspired “how-to” video.
5.) 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.) Share a favorite piece of Fall decor.
2.) Create a video that responds to viewer comments.
3.) Show us something in your state that we might not have in our state.
4.) Day in the life! Show us what a typical September day is like for your family!
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.