Writer’s Workshop: Jesus Is Punking Me

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1. A time you were tricked.

If Jesus is punking me, He does it in the form of sending vacuum salespeople to my door repeatedly. I’ve mentioned before how these people drive me crazy. I was tricked into letting them in once and my husband let them in a second time and they do. not. leave.

Now when they come to the door I’m like “Nope, SCRAM!”

On SuperBowl Sunday a gal came to the house in SeaHawks gear and was all, “Hey I’m a Hawk fan too and can’t wait to get home to watch the game today. Here’s a free SeaHawks key chain because Go Hawks! Can I come in and clean your carpet?”

And I was all, “Mmmm…thanks but no.”

And she was all, “You mean yes right?”

And I was all, “I actually despise Kirby because in the past we have let people in and they just don’t take no for an answer. It’s really hard to get them to leave at that point.”

And she was all, “But I can come in right?”

And I was all, “See what you’re doing right there? You’ve been trained well, but please go away.”

And then she TOOK THE KEY CHAIN BACK.

One week later there was a knock at the door. Instead of answering it like an adult, I ducked down in front of it to wait for the stranger to leave. My dogs were barking like crazy and the stranger KEPT knocking. I was sure it was the vacuum people again so I stayed in the squatting position as beads of sweat formed upon my brow.

My heart was racing only to find out later the people knocking on my door were neighbor kids who had gotten locked out of their house and needed a place to stay.

Do you SEE what the vacuum people have done to me?

I apologized to them and explained that I had waited for them to leave because I thought they were with Kirby and they were all, “We stood at your door for a really long time…like 15 minutes. Were you crouched inside that whole time.”

They got a good laugh out of that but then informed me that the same SeaHawk vacuum lady had been to their house and the neighborhood watch reported her. She wasn’t even WITH Kirby. She was part of a robber ring that scopes out houses and comes back to steal things. Allegedly.

I feel super safe.

I wish I could end my story there, but ANOTHER vacuum guy came over this past weekend and he was all, “boy it’s raining like crazy. I would love to come in out of this rain and clean a room for you!”

And I was all, “Mmmm…thanks but no.”

And he was all, “If I clean 10 rooms I win a trip to Kauai!”

And I was all, “Yeah I don’t care.”

And he was all, “We’re friendly and just want to do a nice deed for you!”

And I was all, “Did you know there are people posing as vacuum salespeople, but are actually scoping out the houses to steal things? Our entire neighborhood is on alert.”

And he was all, “What!?! Well that sure makes my honest job hard to do! Hahaha!”

And I was all, “Yeah, so you might want to go to a different neighborhood since we’re ALL onto you.”

And he was all, “That’s really messed up…but can I clean one room?”

Damn tricky salespeople. They got me once…they’re not getting me again!

Now it’s your turn!

Mama's Losin' It

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The Prompts:

1. A time you were tricked.
2. I wish I could…
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Fired.
4. What was the occasion? Write about the last time you stayed in a hotel.
5. March 20th is the first day of Spring! What are you looking forward to?

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Vlogging Workshop: St. Patrick’s Day Treats

3. A St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipe.

I’ve been sharing some adorable St. Patrick’s Day treats concocted by Kainoa and one of his little friends on YouTube. They crack me up together. Last week they prepared a Shamrock Punch and Lucky Leprechaun Parfaits. This week they got to do St. Patrick’s Day Rice Krispy Treats. They’re basic Rice Krispy Treats with the addition of some optional green food coloring and Lucky Charm Marshmallows:


(video here)

I love Sarah Joy’s video entry last week because she put together New Friend Tag that turned out really cute:


(video here)

Check out Sarah Joy’s channel and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Share a piece of your Winter wardrobe that you’re ready to retire.
2. A Day In The Life!
3. A St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipe.
4. Blank # of Things You Don’t Know About Blank. (fill in the blank)
5. Grab a partner and complete the Blindfolded Makeup Challenge. (example here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

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

1. Do you workout? If not, why not? If yes…what do you do?
2. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates beer.
3. March Madness has begun…create a basketball inspired video!
4. Complete the 50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked YouTube Tag (questions here)
5. Review Anything! Your kids toy, makeup, a local restaurant, a current trend, book, movie…ANYTHING. Review it
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 03.25

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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 03/25 Link up:

1. Do you workout? If not, why not? If yes…what do you do?
2. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates beer.
3. March Madness has begun…create a basketball inspired video!
4. Complete the 50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked YouTube Tag (questions here)
5. Review Anything! Your kids toy, makeup, a local restaurant, a current trend, book, movie…ANYTHING. Review it
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 03.19

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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. A time you were tricked.
2. I wish I could…
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Fired.
4. What was the occasion? Write about the last time you stayed in a hotel.
5. March 20th is the first day of Spring! What are you looking forward to?

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I am supposed to avoid sugar. I don’t know how, it is in EVERYTHING!” -The Road Goes Ever On

“Later we will wash clothes and hang them on the line to dry.” -Musings And Meanderings

“…and the buds took over the show!” -My Memory Art

“Although my childhood was wonderful despite her absence, the times when she was there were magical.” -It’s Gonna Be Okay, Love

“If you give a mom a break…She will sit in exhilarated excitement for all of five minutes, and then will decide to run one quick load of laundry.” -It’s A Mom’s World

If You Have A Dress

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We all have our set of requirements when we’re looking for love. Things we think we have to have in order to hand our hearts over to someone completely.

He can’t have bad teeth.

He can’t have numerous children with a variety of different women.

He can’t snore or be bow legged or enjoy eating raw meat.

Mine was that he can’t be shorter than me, but I was willing to make an exception for one man in particular.

And then I married him.

Sometimes those requirements lose their importance when you really, really, really like the person.

Kainoa says you can only date him if you have a dress.

But I have a feeling he might find a girl he really, really, really likes in pants as well.

if you have a dress

Leprechauns Lunch Cocktail!

Time to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. This week’s Pinterest inspired drink is called the Leprechaun’s Lunch Cocktail and I tracked it back to the Slow Roasted Italian. I was definitely skeptical about this drink because it called for that dreaded Creme De Menthe that I used in last week’s disgusting drink, but I still had hope. Can that bottle be salvaged? Only one way to find out:


(video here)

Full recipe here.

Have a great weekend!

Writer’s Workshop: Bright Floral Leggings

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I realized Maile had forgotten a form at home that was due by the end of the day.

Typically I wouldn’t go to my kids school in a pair of bright floral leggings…

But this trip was going to be lightening fast.

So quick, that no one was even going to catch a glimpse of my leggings.

I’m not even a leggings kind of person.

I retired my floral leggings in third grade and never went back.

But by gosh, they’re everywhere now aren’t they?

So I tried some on and in the name of comfort and high fashion…I bought them.

It’s not my fault I happened to be wearing them on the Day Of The Forgotten Form.

I flew to school at the end of the day, just as my kids were loading their bus.

I caught Laina’s eye on my way into the office and waved her over, “Hey! You want a ride home today?”

But she declined and scurried to her bus.

I thought it was the company of her friends preferred, but when she got home she said, “Mom? How come you came to pick me up from school and how come you wore those PANTS?”

I guess it was the company of her friends pants she preferred.

Next time I’ll bring cheeseburgers. That should do the trick.

lainas happy

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: Embarrassed.
2. If you give a Mom a Blank…a post written in the style of the children’s “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” books.
3. You can go back to your childhood for one day. What day and age do you choose?
4. 8 things you’re putting off.
5. Write a Limerick!

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