Writer’s Workshop: When They Hug You

when they hug you

5. Share one piece of great advice you’ve received from someone who knows stuff…

When I met my husband, I knew it was a little odd to be dating someone 11 years older than me and that perhaps my former volleyball coach wasn’t exactly who the world pictured me with. When I expressed my concerns to my Mother she gave me some very wise advice as always:

Mom: Finding love and knowing who “The One” is has nothing to do with how big they are or what they look like and it has everything to do with the way they make you feel when they hug you.

Me: I never thought of it like that.

Mom: You can feel protected and small in the arms of whoever it is you love.

Me: Gee, thanks Mom!

Mom: True love has nothing to do with great big muscles.

Me: Right, got it.

Mom: A handsome face…

Me: I get it.

Mom: (looking dreamily into the distance) A great smile…

Me: Mom?

Mom: Athletic stature….

Me: Mom, snap out of it!

Mom: Ahem I’m sorry, where was I? Oh yes, it’s the soul connection that matters!

The soul connection! I told you she gives great advice!!

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. Find a photo of yourself taken 10 years ago and display it on your blog along with a current photo. How have you changed since the day that photo was taken?
2. If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? Why can’t it change?
3. Choose the 7th picture you took from last January and write a poem.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Scarred
5. Share one piece of great advice you’ve received from someone who knows stuff…
6. Welcome to the most shocking rose ceremony in writing prompt history. Please award roses to the ten people (or items) in your life that you’d like to continue pursuing a relationship with.



Vlogging Workshop: What You Missed

This week I highlighted some of my finest moments on YouTube in 2014. In retrospect I wish I had added in some of my most popular hair tutorials and dance videos, but oh well. There’s no recreating that kind of beauty and here’s hoping for plenty more to come in 2015! Take a look at what you missed:


(video here)

This week I’m tossing it back to Nancy who has been a dedicated addition to this weekly vlogging workshop forEVER. Even on the quietest days I can always count on her to pop over with a video to share. Last week she shared a video about whether or not she’s rude. You be the judge!:


(video here)

Pop over to Nancy’s YouTube channel and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Attempt a pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. Review Anything! Your kids toy, makeup, a local restaurant, a current trend, book, movie…ANYTHING. Review it.
3. Share a great football party recipe!
4. 10 things people should know about you.
5. Complete the New Year Resolution 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. Film one of your favorite winter activities.
2. Organize something in your home and show us the before and after!
3. Tell us about a must have beauty product you happen to be loving.
4. How do you handle your money month to month? Share some bookkeeping and/or money saving tips.
5. January 17th is National Hot Buttered Rum Day…give it a try!
6. Complete the Husband Tag! (questions here)
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 01.21

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 01/21 Link up:

1. Film one of your favorite winter activities.
2. Organize something in your home and show us the before and after!
3. Tell us about a must have beauty product you happen to be loving.
4. How do you handle your money month to month? Share some bookkeeping and/or money saving tips.
5. January 17th is National Hot Buttered Rum Day…give it a try!
6. Complete the Husband Tag! (questions here)
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 01.15

Weekly Writing Prompts

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. Find a photo of yourself taken 10 years ago and display it on your blog along with a current photo. How have you changed since the day that photo was taken?
2. If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? Why can’t it change?
3. Choose the 7th picture you took from last January and write a poem.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Scarred
5. Share one piece of great advice you’ve received from someone who knows stuff…
6. Welcome to the most shocking rose ceremony in writing prompt history. Please award roses to the ten people (or items) in your life that you’d like to continue pursuing a relationship with.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I’m an unabashed book nerd.” -The Latchkey Mom

“I hope that her image stands so still in my mind, that when I see her again it will be as if we never were apart.”-Birds Of A Feather

“How was I supposed to know that putting my apple in the fish bowl would result in them going belly up?”-Snapshots Of A Life

“Needless to say, the entire kitchen was covered in a one foot deep lake of bubbles.”-It’s A Mom’s World

PMS 101 (For My Husband)

pms 101Dear Husband,

When I look at you and tell you I’m feeling nauseous and like I might throw up, I appreciate your look of concern, but please do not follow it up with, “uh oh, are you pms-ing??”.

Just. No.

The look of concern is plenty.

Thanks.

And for future reference, the following are side effects I might experience due to PMS:

  • Irritation caused by noises made by children
  • Cramps
  • Irritation caused by nobody bringing me dinner
  • A slow aching in my uterus
  • Irritation caused by look at your face
  • Low tolerance
  • Irritation caused by irritation

Things that I do not experience as a side effect of PMS:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

May you take everything you have learned in PMS 101 today and choose your responses wisely in the future. Asking me if I’m PMS-ing when I’m clearly coming down with a severe form of Bird Flu was a rookie mistake.

And the answer is yes. I am.

Please bring home dinner.

pms 101

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiris!

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri
HAPPY WEEKEND!

We’re drinking coconut strawberry daiquiris this weekend because it’s the perfect drink to welcome our upcoming Valentine’s Day and we’re so HAPPY!

Or maybe not if you stayed up until 2am soothing a panicked child. Again. For the third time this week. Maybe you’re losing your mind because you’re out of ideas to help your own child and you thought when they were half grown all of their sleep issues would be resolved.

Maybe you can’t really blog about it because your kids are too old to air any sort of private struggles they’re having. Maybe you’re pulling your hair a little bit instead of celebrating another weekend like you should be.

Not saying this is happening to me right now, but MAYBE IT’S HAPPENING TO YOU.

All the more reason to pour a stiff one:


(video here)

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri!

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri!

Ingredients

  • 2 Shots Coconut Rum
  • 1 Shot Spiced Rum
  • Juice of One Lime
  • 2 TB Sugar
  • Frozen Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Dump everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with whip cream and sprinkles!
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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND, I KNOW I WILL!

Writer’s Workshop: My Past Life

me and laina

3. If the way you spent your New Year’s Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?

I spend my New Year’s Eve at home every single because Y2K.

I don’t always live in fear, but I do on New Year’s Eve. What if something blows up? What if a drunk driver hits me? If there were such a thing as a “past life” I believe mine probably ended on a New Year’s Eve somewhere.

And in another past life I was probably smashed between two semi trucks.

And I’m convinced in another past life I accidentally drove myself right off of a very high bridge which explains when I drive over them now thinking, “everything is fine, just look straight ahead…nothing to see anywhere else. Hundreds of people drive across this bridge everyday and never accidentally drive off of it. EVERYTHING IS FINE.”

In yet another past life I was attacked from behind while distracted on a phone call, which is why I’m always prepared to shove an elbow into anyone who sneaks up behind me. Don’t even!

I also think I may have been swallowed whole by a giant whale in my past life, which is why I can’t go in the ocean without fearing for my life.

If I believed in past lives I would believe this is my last life because usually in your last life you’re really centered and wise and…obviously. So I’ll probably die and turn into an angel and take my seat in heaven at the right side of the Father.

It’s also possible I need to go back to church this year and get my sh*t together.

So if my 2015 party of five is any indication of the year to come then I’d say it’s going to be spent feeling completely content, happy, and full on sushi and champagne.

And I’m definitely okay with that!

But will still steer clear of whales, bridges, semi-trucks, and attackers just to be sure.

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 your 2015 New Year’s Resolution. How did last year’s turn out?
2. Did you pick a Word Of The Year for 2015? Share!
3. If the way you spent your New Year’s Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?
4. Share your top 12 blog posts from 2014.
5. Share your top 12 photos from 2014.
6. You know the stories that are retold a million times at family gatherings? I call them Life Stories that you just never live down. List your Top 10 Life Stories. Example here.
7. 7 best ways to spend Winter Break.
8. Book review time! What winter read has you snuggled in and turning pages?
9. Describe a New Year’s where you would have been better off just staying home.

Link up!: