After Seven Years Of Catholic School

I overheard Laina educating her little brother about how God is Jesus and I found the conversation interesting purely because church attendance on behalf of our family has been spotty at best over the course of Laina’s life. I felt I should probably interject,

“Well Laina, actuallllllly…God is not Jesus…well what I mean is that God is our father, the son, and also the Holy Spirit. One entity. You know what an “entity” is right Laina? Yes, one entity that is actually three very important parts. Would it be easier for you to understand if we referred to all three parts of that entity as The Holy Trinity? So you’re right in that God is Jesus…or I mean Jesus is God…well like a part of God, or that God is in Jesus. In all of us? I think. Okay wait, let’s start over, ahem, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth….”

This is a fun conversation to have with kids when after seven years of Catholic school education you still don’t really know what the heck you’re talking about.

I think I like her simplified version better. Why do we have to grow up and complicate everything?

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Writing Prompts For 08.28

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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.) Describe what you thought living on your own would be like after you graduated high school.
2.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: adventure
3.) Show us a before and after.
4.) 10 things you’ve learned from reality tv.
5.) It happened during recess….

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I have loved alfredo sauce since I was a little girl, beginning with a shrimp-and-pasta dish I ordered at Red Lobster in maybe fourth grade.” -The (Not Always) Lazy W

“because I forgot all things ordinary when I met you” -MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter

“Mom hummed while she worked, and I filed away a memory.” -May Achieve Clarity

“Precious, ordinary moments that would otherwise be lost forever are now mine to cherish (all day, in my pajamas).” -Blissfully Jeanette

“I looked out her window and saw these three guys, sitting against the post office (about three blocks away) and just looking our direction.” -Betsy’s Random Assortment Of Thoughts

Camping With Chevrolet #Chevy4G

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

I snuck away with my family on a camping trip this summer and it was awesome. We went fishing and bike riding, made s’mores and barbecued hotdogs.

One of the beautiful things about working online is that you have the luxury of setting yourself up to leave, as long as you complete your work ahead of time and have some sort of Internet connection to peek in on potential time sensitive emails. The last thing I want is to sabotage future jobs or be part of the bottleneck stopping other people from completing their jobs while they wait for a reply from me.

If I’m going away for an extended time (longer than a weekend), I’ll let people know I’m going to be gone and come up with a backup plan so they’re not waiting on me for anything. But in the case of this camping trip I thought I could sneak away and not tell anyone. I could check on my work first thing in the morning, maybe again midafternoon and one last time before bed. Surely I could complete any outstanding work from my phone while camping!

Except that my phone could not connect to anything at all.

When I learned that Chevrolet is the first automotive company to bring 4G LTE Wi-Fi into their cars, trucks and crossover vehicles I instantly began thinking of all the moments an Internet connection would have come in handy (obviously while parked) and that camping trip was the first on my list.

If I’d had the luxury of internet access from the comfort of our car I definitely feel like I could have relaxed a little more during our trip.

Apparently the 2015 Malibu and Impala (pictured below) are available with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi and can connect up to seven devices. The other 2015 models pictured will be equipped with Wi-Fi soon!

I’ll take one of each!

Chevrolet is merging the physical freedom of the car with the virtual freedom of Wi-Fi to become the first and only car company to bring built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to the largest vehicle line-up. Visit to learn more.

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

Crazy School Supply List

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This week on Mommalogues we were asked to share what our crazy school supply list looks like. Each of us chimed in with some of the weirdest things we’ve seen on supply lists and while I’m happy with my answer, I wish I had mentioned the single sock that was on my daughter’s list this year.

One sock. For the dry erase board. Am I supposed to purchase a new pair and just keep the match at home? Certainly I can’t send a used sock for the teacher to wipe with. Or can I? That’ll teach’em!

Also, number two pencils…why do they have to be ticonderoga? What even IS that? Talk amongst yourselves.

Here are what the other mommaloguers had to add:

(video here)

Also on Mommalogues last week:

What would you do if you saw a child being abused (verbally or physically) in public?
Share your breastfeeding story.
What’s the worst thing you ever did in school?

The Mr. Hash Paloma!



This Friday’s drink might very well be my favorite of the summer because it’s so incredibly easy to make and you can’t taste a bit of the tequila. I’m noticing that I like my alcoholic beverages to taste as little like alcohol as possible.

The Mr. Hash Paloma was introduced to me by Francesca’s husband when I visited for our weekend trip to Blogher. He won his way into my heart and now the bar has been set for any other of my friend’s husbands:

(video here)

Mr. Hash Paloma Ingredients:

  • Squirt
  • Tequila
  • Lime
  • Mint

Mix with ice and enjoy!

I wish it was a little longer because now that giant title seems a little anticlimactic, but that’s really all you do. So have a great weekend!

I Heart Fall YouTube Tag

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Time to get a head start on Fall! Below is a list of 12 questions for the 2014 I Heart Fall YouTube Tag! Film this season’s favorite things and share your video with your YouTube subscribers!

I Heart Fall YouTube Tag Questions

1. Favorite Fall scent.
2. Best way to spend a rainy day.
3. Favorite Fall Drink.
4. Football, yay or nay?
5. Favorite article of clothing this Fall.
6. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?
7. The scariest movie you’ve ever seen…
8. Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?
9. What will you or your kids be this year?
10. Favorite fall recipe.
11. What is your Favorite thing about Fall?
12. Who else would you like to see complete the I Heart Fall YouTube Tag?

Have fun and click here for more fun YouTube Tags!

Writer’s Workshop: Might Be An Intruder

1.) Something that spooked you.

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me: I heard the door open downstairs and I wasn’t positive it was you because I thought you were working today.

me: I blinked wide awake and considered their might be an intruder in our house.

me: But then I was all, ‘well I’ve waited too long now so I suppose if we’re going to die then this is it’.

me: I just gave up because I was too tired to get up and check.

me: I was mildly annoyed at how my laziness and lack of speedy reaction time was about to cost us all our lives.

Pat: Yeah I’ve done that before.

me: You have? You hear a noise and then you just wait to be killed?

Pat: No, usually if I hear a noise I’ll just wait and listen really hard and check that my knife is there.

me: You have a knife!?!

Pat: Well I used to, but I think you moved it.

me: I think I would remember moving a knife.

me: So you plan to attack an intruder with a missing knife?

me: We have a missing knife in the house??


Unison: KAINOA????

Now it’s your turn!

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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.) Something that spooked you.
2.) Share a favorite recipe from your childhood that you still make today.
3.) A blog post inspired by the word: ordinary
4.) Begin with “I thought I saw…”
5.) Tell us about a smell that reminds you of home.