Writer’s Workshop: Boyz II Men Serenaded Me

6. List your top 6 favorite summer moments so far.

We’re only a month into our summer vacation, but I’ve definitely had some awesome highlights, here are six!:

1. I touched an ACTUAL lighthouse!

Cape Disappointment

2. I went to BlogHer with friends in NYC and we got to see Jimmy Fallon’s sign.

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3. This year’s annual camping trip was at Cape Disappointment. #NotDisappointing.

Family Selfie

4. Drinks with friends!

A video posted by Kat Bouska (@mamakatslosinit) on

5. I finished the Divergent trilogy!!

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6. Boyz II Men serenaded me (and about 100 other women, but mostly me).

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And bonus prompt! I do have a family photo I’ve been waiting to hang since CHRISTMAS. I cannot get my act together to find a frame for it, but this is the print:

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Isn’t that fun!?! It’s the only professional family photo we’ve ever had done.

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. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous July and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Describe a memorable camping trip.
3. Ask your child what their favorite part of Summer has been and then write about it.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: last.
5.Photographs can turn a house into a home. Share a photograph that is not on your wall, but should be…if you weren’t so lazy about actually putting it there.
6. List your top 6 favorite summer moments so far.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: Foot Massage Gone Wrong

This week I’m sharing about my recent experience with a foot massage gone wrong. I should know better than to listen to my husband, but he convinced me to go to this place that supposedly was giving hour long foot massages for 20 bucks. Let’s just say I go more than I bargained for:


(video here)

And I’m sharing Jendi’s video entry from last week. She’s sharing a DIY Sandal that she tried out using flip flops and an old t-shirt. Find out if this is a strategy that actually works:


(video here)

Don’t forget to check out Jendi’s YouTube channel and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. How is your garden growing?
1. Show us what you do to beat the heat!
2. Share a piece of your Summer wardrobe you’re enjoying most this year.
3. Take us through a day in your life from sun up to sun down.
4. Collab on a video with a friend.
5. Complete the How Well Do I Know My Mom YouTube tag. (questions here).
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:



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

1. Take us to the lake.
2. Share a list of your summer must haves.
3. Show us a favorite board game.
4. Film your child cooking something!
4.  Complete the Pinterest Challenge. (Example here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.
7. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. You owe it to the country.

 

Vlogging Prompts For 07.29

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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 07/29 Link up:

1. Take us to the lake.
2. Share a list of your summer must haves.
3. Show us a favorite board game.
4. Film your child cooking something!
4.  Complete the Pinterest Challenge. (Example here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.
7. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. You owe it to the country.

Now go make that video!

Selfies With My Kids

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration between RealTimes and SheKnows.

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Cameras weren’t a big focus in our family when I was growing up. We do have a good couple photo albums, but it’s nothing compared to the thousands I have on file for my own family.

I treasure the photos I have of my Mom actually BEING a mom because they are so few. When I see one it brings me right back to the moment. Her hair, her glasses, her Tab, her six kids…it’s all still there.

When I became a Mom I was determined to get myself into more photos with my kids and so began my journey to perfect selfies with my kids. I blame my need to take so many photos on four things.

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1. Death

I have too few photos of my Dad. As morbid as it is, I want to leave my kids with more than a memory to hold onto should the unspeakable happen to someone they love.

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2. The Bobarazzi.

We lovingly nicknamed our second Dad the Bobarazzi because he took his camera everywhere and would spend hours organizing the developed film into photo albums, all numerically ordered. I learned that any moment with family is a moment worth capturing.

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3. Cute Babies.

I stepped up my photo taking game big time when my kids were born because…cute. Every little expression was adorable to me and because of this I became the Bobarazzi in their life too. Or maybe the Momarazzi.

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4. The Digital Age

It’s just too easy to take photos these days, there is no reason NOT to. You get instant gratification, you don’t have to pay to develop film, and even the screen can flip around to show you exactly what you’re taking a photo of. Most of us don’t even leave home without a camera at this point because it comes BUILT INTO OUR PHONES! It’s like life is just begging for more pictures to be taken.

This month I shared 10 selfie fails with my friends at SheKnows on behalf of RealTimes to highlight some of the more embarrassing pictures I’ve taken of myself on this journey to capture motherhood with my kids. Why do I still have them? Because even ugly pictures are better than no pictures at all.

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Check them out here!

I’d love to hear about your selfie fails. :)

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration between RealTimes and SheKnows.

Writing Prompts For 07.23

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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. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous July and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Describe a memorable camping trip.
3. Ask your child what their favorite part of Summer has been and then write about it.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: last.
5.Photographs can turn a house into a home. Share a photograph that is not on your wall, but should be…if you weren’t so lazy about actually putting it there.
6. List your top 6 favorite summer moments so far.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Because here’s the thing that most American-born citizens of this country don’t know, and I don’t fault them for it because some people are luckier than others, but what we have here that is more real than anywhere else in the world is the opportunity to rise.” -It’s Gonna Be Okay, Love

“She loved reading and I want to share that love with others. Sometime this year, with the help of my awesome husband, I plan to create a Little Free Library.” -Betsy’s Random Assortment of Thoughts

“As we were questioning choices about life work, Robert was walking to Starbucks questioning his motives.” -Musings And Meanderings

“And even though it doesn’t work like it should or feel like it should, I’m thankful for this body.” -Something Something

“There are dozens of videos and other accounts of these… these… outright attacks. On friendly bicyclists!” -AbbyNormal

Writer’s Workshop: What I Like More Than Anything

3. Share something you learned in June.

In June I learned something about myself thanks to my husband. I learned what I like more than anything! It happened one day when my husband came home from work and I eagerly awaited his feedback on my new bathroom arrangement.

He went in the bathroom. He came out of the bathroom. And then I pounced with my questions, “Did you notice what I did? Did you like it? Doesn’t it look nice? Did you see this part over here?”

And he was all, “Kat, you know what you like more than anything?

And I was all…

Kittens?

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Riding horses?

riding horses

Smiling babies?

smiling babies

Cinnamon Bears?

Cinnamon Bears

Historical fiction?

historical fictions

Lighthouses?

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My Own YouTube Videos?

A video posted by Kat Bouska (@mamakatslosinit) on


Losing weight?

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Coffee Breaks?

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Cocktail hour?

cocktail hour

Charles?

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And he was all,

“No.”

Praise.

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And I was all…”so do you like your new bathroom arrangement!?! Doesn’t it look nice? Did you see this part? Do you like it!?!”

And he was all, “IT’S AMAZING!”

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: coffee
2. Tell about the worst sunburn you ever received. How did that happen?
3. Share something you learned in June.
4.  We just celebrated America’s Independence. List 7 things you appreciate most about your freedom.
5. It’s hot, the kids are home and crazy, our pets are panting, the days are long…share your number one Summer Survival Tip.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: My Family Bullied Me

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1. Tell us about a favorite camping memory.

This is not so much a memory about camping as it is a memory being shared WHILE camping. Kind of the same, but different. Just like store brand Oreos. Not that I eat Oreos anymore. When you’re old Oreos make you fat. Other things that make you fat include: anything that is not lettuce. This is what I’m learning as I age. But I digress! Today I’m exposing a secret that has been hidden long enough. My family bullied me. It’s true…watch:


(video here)

And I loved Nancy’s contribution last week. She took us on a road trip to DisneyWorld AND was united with a sister she had never met before. Pass the tissues, what an amazing trip!:


(video here)

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

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Tell us about a favorite camping memory.
2. Try out a life hack you’ve seen floating around the Internet. Does it really work?
3. Unbox something.
4. Q&A time! Have your community ask you questions and give the people what they want. Your answers.
5. Free Day! Link up any video you have not previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:




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

1. Show us what you do to beat the heat!
2. Share a piece of your Summer wardrobe you’re enjoying most this year.
3. Take us through a day in your life from sun up to sun down.
4. Collab on a video with a friend.
5. Complete the How Well Do I Know My Mom YouTube tag. (questions here).
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.