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

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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 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

 

laina 10

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!

Writer’s Workshop: Where The Future Is

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3. You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?

Eighteen years ago I told my high school History teacher, Mr. Taylor, that I wanted to become a teacher. I expected to see pride sweep across his face. I wanted him to understand that he had inspired this calling in my life. He made learning something to look forward to and I wanted to do the same for future teens.

But instead of congratulating me on my wise decision, he seemed…worried?

“Teaching is a pretty good job,” he said, “but have you considered something in the field of technology at all? I really feel like if I could do things over I might choose to go in that direction. Just look at the progress we’ve made so far. That’s where the demand is going to be. That’s where the future is. You could probably make really good money if you start learning everything you can about technology and computers right now.”

Technology?

Why would I ever be interested in learning about computers? Or Internet? Or websites? Who really cares about that stuff?

So I became a teacher.

It took me four years to learn everything I needed to know to inspire the youth of America. I earned my degree, secured my position and was ready to change lives! It took less than one year for me to slowly…back away…from the teenagers.

What was this, a school for ants?? How the heck was I supposed to inspire kids who didn’t even come to school? I wasn’t inspiring. I was jaded. I was annoyed. The kids who COULD be inspired by me were already college bound. They wanted to be inspired. They were on a successful path.

But when you’re not open to being inspired and you don’t want to learn and you don’t do your work and you don’t come to class…those were the kids I wanted to reach. They didn’t care.

How do you force someone to care? How do you force someone to show up?

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So I started to think about how statistically a (too) large percentage of my freshmen would not graduate from school. They would argue that they didn’t need to know what I was teaching to get a job. Vocabulary and The House On Mango Street and essay writing was not necessary in the real world.

I would go through the lip service of attempting to convince them that these skills would serve them, but actually the opposite was happening. They were convincing me that maybe they were right. Maybe school wasn’t for ALL walks of life. Maybe they could be perfectly happy working a blue collar job that never once references To Kill A Mockingbird.

And was there anything so wrong with that? We can’t all be college graduates…and even those kids often end up struggling to secure a job that will support their family and pay off student loans. We need all the workers…the lawyers, the pizza deliverers, the garbage collectors, the doctors…everyone has a valued place.

Looking back, I wish I had not allowed myself to become so discouraged by those few struggling kids or with the content I had to cover. A good teacher probably would have taken the required work and weaved in topics relevant to their lives, our community, the WORLD. Who knows if that would have been enough to save the strugglers, but at least it would have given me a little faith in my own purpose.

I work with three year olds now because baking cakes together is so much more fun than college prep and I get to eat their leftovers.

If I could go back and choose a new career path for myself, maybe I would take a stab at Mr. Taylor’s convoluted idea of “technology”. Maybe he was on to something.

Smells like dirt? They were such good little helpers. #tbt

A video posted by Kat Bouska (@mamakatslosinit) on

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. Write a blog post inspired by the word: guilty
2. Write a poem for your mother.
3. You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?
4. I know my kids really love me because…
5. Describe a home cooked meal that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: Weird Food Taste Test

4. Invite a friend or relative to collaborate on a video with you.

When Marci comes over for a “friday drink video” I actually corner her into doing as many videos as possible with me because she’s so entertaining to me. For this video I was inspired by my friends Wendy and Megan and all of the taste testing they do! I picked up some snack in the hispanic aisle at the grocery store and we embarked on a very weird food taste test:


(video here)

Lisa from Atypical Familia shared a video entry about why she chooses not to earn to drive. She has such an interesting perspective and watch why she calls herself a “triple non-threat”!:


(video here)

Check out Lisa’s YouTube channel and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Tutorial time! Teach us how to do something.
2. May 13th is National Apple Pie Day. You know the drill.
3. Buyers remorse! Show us something you regret buying.
4. Invite a friend or relative to collaborate on a video with you.
5. Complete the Mother’s Day YouTube Tag (questions here)
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 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.