Wake Up And Live With Marley Coffee #StirItUP

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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host some local bloggers at my house this past weekend to taste Marley Coffee because Seattle bloggers + Coffee + Reggae Music = yes please.

There are a few really awesome things about this coffee that I think are amazing, aside from the great taste:

1. Founded by Rohan Marley.

I’m kind of a sucker for Bob Marley’s music, so it was really cool to learn that his son, Rohan Marley, is choosing to keep his legacy alive by aligning himself with things that were important to his Dad. Bob Marley had dreamed of returning to farming one day and that dream was honored when Rohan purchased a coffee farm in the Jamaica Blue Mountains in part to help support farmers and the economy of rural Jamaica.

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2. Marley Coffee Gives Back

I’m also a sucker for companies that have a mind for the greater good and use their platform to give back. Every single serve capsule of Marley Coffee purchased gives back (.01 cents) to the Waterwise Project, an initiative to help clean the river in Sidamo region and improve lives and communities in Ethiopia where Marley Coffee sources beans.

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3. Marley Coffee Making The Eco-Friendly Transition

AND they care about the environment? This one is a big deal because with the introduction of pods and keurigs came this crazy increase in waste. Over 10 billion capsules are consumed and go into landfills annually in North America alone! That’s enough waste to circle the earth over 12 times. Each year. Marley Coffee will transition all existing K-cup compatible products to the EcoCup Capsule in Summer 2015 and will be one of the first brands to market with an easy to use recyclable single serve solution.

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4. Buying Marley Coffee

I’m happy to share this $2 off coupon if you’re interested in trying Marley Coffee. A complete list of retailers who sell this coffee can be found here and you can order it at Amazon.com as well.

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Grab a box and invite me over to stir it up with you, because I am always game for a coffee break!

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

Writer’s Workshop: Best Gift Giver!

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My little sister opened the gift I had carefully wrapped just for her and quietly glared at me.

“Go on!” I smiled back. “Show everyone what I made for you!”

She flipped the mirror around and everyone oohed and ahhed. “Kathy, did you MAKE that!?!”

“Yes. Why yes I did.” I replied smugly.

I made it in shop class, just. for. my little sister. It was a mirror with a beautiful rose etched into the glass and a frame made of wood that I cut and sanded myself in shop class.

Who knew I had such a knack for carpentry?

My sister, on the other hand, failed to take in the beauty of my hard work, because she saw what I wanted her to see…her initials etched into the mirror just beneath the thorny stem of the rose.

ALBM.

Most people have three initials. A letter for the first, middle, and last name. When my Mom and stepdad were married they gave us the option to take his last name. Since our last name was really the only connection we had left to our Dad, we all kept it, but I think my sister sort of felt bad about nobody taking it so she stepped up to hyphenate her last name just like my Mom had. Approximately six months later she changed her mind.

But I was not going to allow her to flip flop. No no no…when you remove your hand from your game piece your play is complete. You may not take your hand away, see your mistake, and then move back.

NO. FLIP. FLOPPING.

By carefully etching the first letter of her new last name into glass, I was basically flipping her the proverbial bird. You switched your name, you made your choice, and oh yeah…you’re no longer my sister.

I all but dared her to call me out after opening the gift. Our entire family was together, it was Christmas morning for crying out loud…would she actually take a stand and cause a scene over her new last initial in front of our stepdad? Isn’t that what I was daring her to do? Wasn’t that the awkward moment I was SO looking forward to creating as I spent hours at school etching the rose and each of it’s letters?

Was this not great fun!?!

Unfortunately, my sister did not see the humor in my denouncing her from her biological family. But ultimately, she wins. Because all these years later she’s still a member of the family (as hard as I tried) and she gets the added bonus of looking like a sweetheart for so openly accepting our stepdad’s last name in an attempt to make him feel loved and welcome.

I, on the other hand, was a mean mean girl. I intentionally put her on the spot with high hopes of embarrassing her in front of our step dad and with no consideration for my stepdad’s feelings (whether he even picked up on any of it I sincerely doubt. I’m pretty sure he thought the mirror was brilliant. He loved me.).

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know that my sister was ever as offended by that mirror as she let on over the years, because you know what?

Nearly twenty-five years later, she’s still using it.

Pretty sure that makes it the best gift ever!

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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. Share a quote you love.
2. Take a line from a song you love and turn it into the title of your next blog post. Let the content follow.
3. Saturday morning at your house…
4. Best or worst gift you ever gave.
5. Something someone did that put a smile on your face.
6. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?



Vlogging Workshop: Pet Rescue Mission

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I’m a tad late on my review of the month of November, but  you know what they say…better to upload the footage late than to let it rot on your hard drive. Or something like that. It was a pretty quiet month for us, but I did capture a little fun in the snow, my next pet rescue mission, and a favorite family past time. Take a look!:


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If you’re interested in finding out what chocolate covered potato chips tastes like, look no further! Wendy and Megan from Long Story Short are giving them a try:


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Check out Wendy and Megan’s YouTube channel and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Create a time lapse video of your family putting up your holiday decorations.
2. Time to put up your Christmas tree!
3. Make a wreath for your front door!
4. Film yourself (or your kids) making a Gingerbread house.
5. Complete the Sweater Weather 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. Attempt a holiday pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. Capture some fun in the snow (we want to see you sledding down a hill…make it happen).
3. Sing your favorite Christmas carol!
4.Create a holiday inspired makeup tutorial.
5. Complete the Merry Christmas Tag (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 12.17

Weekly Vlogging Prompts

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 12/17 Link up:

1. Attempt a holiday pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. Capture some fun in the snow (we want to see you sledding down a hill…make it happen).
3. Sing your favorite Christmas carol!
4.Create a holiday inspired makeup tutorial.
5. Complete the Merry Christmas Tag (questions here)

6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 12.11

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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. Share a quote you love.
2. Take a line from a song you love and turn it into the title of your next blog post. Let the content follow.
3. Saturday morning at your house…
4. Best or worst gift you ever gave.
5. Something someone did that put a smile on your face.
6. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Hoping they will actually adhere to my rule, though I don’t care enough to wander in and enforce it.” -Stacey’s Mothering Moments

“Just sit down and write. You can edit garbage. You can’t edit nothing.” -Mama Writes Words

“But, alas, my fragile/ heart knows {oh so well} how/to recoil beneath shadow and ice.” -My Memory Art

“Long before the first juicy piece of fruit formed on a branch, I wanted the know-how to safely “put up” my harvest as generations of savvy women have before me.” -Achieving Clarity

You Have An Unhealthy Relationship With Food

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It occurred to me  that my relationship with food was a little different than my sister’s, when after a late night of partying someone suggested stopping at a hot dog stand. We both answered simultaneously. Mine was, “OH HELL YES!” and hers was “Ew…no way!” It was then, in my 2am drunk stupor, that I realized our brains operated differently in regards to food. How could you “EW” to a hot dog after a night of dancing and drinking? It’s almost mandatory as far as I’m concerned. Although the two of us are equipped with the same group of genes and identical childhoods, my relationship with food is a happiness inducing love fest while her relationship with food is purely based on sustenance. She needs it to survive. That is enough. She doesn’t get emotionally involved.

So aside from stuffing your face with hot dogs after a night of drinks with friends, here are 12 additional signs you have an unhealthy relationship with food:

1. You crave Taco Bell at 2am.
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2. During sleepovers your main concern was what your friend’s mom would prepare for breakfast.
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3. Food makes you dance.
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4. You can hear food calling you from the refrigerator.
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5. You choose your dinner based on the leftovers you’d like to eat for lunch the next day.
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6. Leftovers. Lolololol
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7. You bake cookies for your kids but only allow them to eat one apiece. You polish the batch off while they’re sleeping.
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8. All you can think about while your kid munches on their happy meal is how you hope he doesn’t finish his cheeseburger.
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9. You’ve considered taking someone else’s order to avoid a long wait.
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10. You reward your hard work with food because apparently both you AND your dog are motivated by bacon.
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11. You stay up past midnight writing lists about food for your blog.
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12. You’re writing the list to keep from eating donuts.
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mmmm…what did I miss?

Writer’s Workshop: I Can’t Escape It

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4. Listen. Write about what you hear, right now.

One of my biggest pet peeves is the sound of chewing. It makes me crazy…and I felt so validated to learn this is an actual condition that afflicts people. It makes me feel a lot better to know I’m not the only one who gets ragey over mouth sounds. I’m actually a victim. It’s not my fault I want to punch you while you sustain your life by chewing food in any sort of audible fashion.

In an ironic and sad twist, it seems someone is playing a cruel joke on me and it comes in the form of our two dogs. Everything started off okay when we adopted them and their only job was to be adorable puppies. But now that they’re older they’ve take to chewing and licking themselves all. day. long.

And because I am the pack leader and I’m home with them all day, they follow me everywhere I go…chewing and licking. I can’t escape it.

It’s so bad that my husband, who is not afflicted with my mouth noise disease, is ALSO driven crazy by it. In the middle of the night, if I’m not already hearing the slow, steady dog chewing, I am often startled awake by my own husband going, “SSSHHHHHH!!!!!” in a shushing voice that isn’t quiet at all.

Unfortunately, his SHUSH tactic has worked once or twice so now he SHUSHES the dogs throughout the night.

What do I do? Well I kick wildly. Perhaps if I nudge the dog at the end of my bed sternly enough he will snap out of his self-lickinng trance and fall asleep. Or he’ll fall off the bed, which brings me an evil sense of satisfaction.

Between the dogs constant licking, my husband’s loud SHUSHING, and my wild thrashing…I don’t know if maybe we should start our own band of some sort. Jimmy Fallon uses classroom instruments, I can’t help but feel like we may be on to something here.

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. Share a diary entry from when you were younger…feel free to make one up!
2. You saw it on Pinterest…does it really work?
3. Write a poem, post or story where the last two words are ‘my friend’.
4. Listen. Write about what you hear, right now.
5. Share something you learned, bought, read, and cooked in November.