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“Hilarious. That is so darn ugly.”

“haha agree with above.”

Those are two of the glowing reactions I’ve received regarding my latest episode of Crafty Mom’s Weekly Challenge. And to that I say poo. Poo to all the haters, because this craft is so weird that I actually really love it. It’s one of those things that you decide you love so much even criticism from respected members of your own family would be shrugged away. This is my garden hose wreath, I made it with my own two hands, and it will stay on my door until the next time Crafty Mom demands a homemade wreath.

You can watch the full Garden Hose Wreath episode and more delightful, Pinterest inspired crafts over at The Stir!


Who’s Your Daddy?

April 12, 2014 · 0 comments

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There were a couple of fun Mommalogue questions this week that made me laugh, but the one that made me reflect on my marriage the most was a question about pet names we have for our spouses.

I had to give this one some thought because I’m not the type of person to use “babe” or “honey” unless I’m pretending to be the kind of wife who calls her husband those things.

So what IS my term of endearment? I figured out what it is and then decided I needed to stop calling him that as soon as possible. “Babe” or “honey” is probably preferable to the name I call my husband:

(video here)

Also on Mommalogues this week:

What’s the creepiest thing your kid has ever said or done?
What’s one thing single people don’t really understand about being married?
Describe a typical school day morning at your house?


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2.) Have you ever been fired?

I’ve never been fired, but I have been put in the awkward position of having to quit without giving any notice which is so unlike me that I STILL feel guilty about it to this day.

I worked at a popular and well known childcare center when I was in college and it was one of the worst centers I’ve ever been affiliated with. I was on the 6am – 3pm shift, but often stayed as late as they needed me because we were so low staffed.

We would literally have people show up for their first day on the job only to have them disappear on their lunch break. One teacher called it Children’s Hell because the kids behavior was so outrageous. I felt really pleased to have been a lead teacher in the school age classroom within my first year of working and when I was asked to take over the 4 year old classroom for the first half of the day I really felt like my ability to tame rowdy children had finally been recognized.

Parents, when a 19 year old girl is your child’s lead teacher let that be a red flag to you. I did a fine job, but most certainly the head teacher of a classroom should have some kind of experience under her belt.

I was over worked and under appreciated at this daycare, but I liked having a paycheck and I really liked working with some of the other head teachers in the building.

My problem occurred when my college volleyball season started and we were scheduled for a tournament in Arizona that I simply forgot to give notice for. The trip crept up and my boss had no idea it was on the horizon. I knew she didn’t have any staff prepared to cover my absence…so I quit.

Common sense says I could have “done the right thing” and just told her that I made a mistake, hadn’t thought things through and that I had to leave, but would be back in a few days…but that would have been too…honest.

Instead, I managed to pull up all the angry feelings I had about the job and on my way out confronted my boss about how I just couldn’t do this anymore, I wasn’t appreciated, everything was too hard, people were rude, etc etc “I’m OUT OF HERE!”

I wasn’t prepared for my boss to beg me to stay and deep down in my fake angry little heart I felt terrible. I wanted to tell her the truth, but I was in too deep…I had to stick to my guns.

“No, I’m just…I can’t TAKE IT anymore. I have to go.”

It was the worst self firing ever and I’m still embarrassed about it, but the Grand Canyon was 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.) A memorable Spring Break.
2.) Have you ever been fired?
3.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: Reflection
4.) Tell us about a blog post you didn’t publish.
5.) Write a list of things kids say that adults can’t get away with.


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4.) Film yourself doing something (anything) with one of your kids.

We started off spring break with a weekend road trip to Idaho. We were excited to hit the road, but there is something so excruciating about the drive back. I was tempted to pull over to the side of the road and pitch a tent in a field of grass. I don’t know what it is about Eastern Washington, but you really don’t see fields of actual crops. Our farmers just grow grass apparently because that’s what was stretched before me for four hours of the drive. I’m partially joking, I actually really enjoy the country-like scenery…I would have appreciated an occasional corn stalk is all I’m saying. Maybe those don’t grow in “winter like conditions”, I don’t know, I only grow children.

Get a load of the recap of our trip and you might want to consider putting Couer D’Alene on your list of future stops!:

(video here)

I’m featuring Jendi from Jendi’s Journal this week because she’s a fellow VEDA participant (vlogging everyday of April) and I love her organized approach to this challenge!:

(video here)

She has a goal of gaining 300 more subscribers this month, so pop over to Jendi’s YouTube channel and help her out!

It’s your turn!

Today’s prompts are:

1.) Local fun? Capture some fun you had in your community recently.
2.) Share an embarrassing moment.
3.) Why did you start vlogging? What has been the biggest challenge/reward for you in video?
4.) Film yourself doing something (anything) with one of your kids.
5.) Put together a tutorial…show us how to do something.

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

1.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.
2.) What are your kids really into right now?
3.) March Favorites!
4.) Pinterest Inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest and let us know if it really works!
5.) Spring Break recap! What did you?


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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 04/16 Link up:

1.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.
2.) What are your kids really into right now?
3.) March Favorites!
4.) Pinterest Inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest and let us know if it really works!
5.) Spring Break recap! What did you?

Now go make that video!