Back-To-School Party Time!

Horizon Organic Back To School Party

There is nothing quite like gathering a group of your favorite local bloggers for a Horizon Organic back to school party and I had the pleasure of co-hosting this snack filled party with my favorite Jenny On The Spot, fellow blogger and vlogger extraordinaire. She showed up with a teenaged helper, sunflowers, washi tape. If anyone knows how to bring the party…it’s Jenny.

Jenny On The Spot And Mama Kat

To kick off our party, Horizon Organic sent boxes and BOXES of their new snacks. In fact, when Jenny arrived the boxes were stacked all over my dining room table and I was all, “please make this pretty? I don’t have a clue.” AND SHE DID!

Horizon Organic Back To School Party

And then 14 of our closest Seattle blog friends showed up with little ones and we had a really fun, gigantic play date. We encouraged kids to get their snack on at the lunch  making station and provided lunch boxes for them to fill with sandwiches, fruit, veggies, and all sorts of Horizon Organic goodies including my personal favorite the Apple Crunchers. So good.

Horizon Organic Party

We also had Horizon Organic Sandwich Crackers, Snack Grahams, Super Squeezes, and so much more. It was fun to taste test some of their newest items and of course the tried and true favorites as well, as Maggie here is demonstrating.

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Since making Butterfly Snacks was a hit with my kids awhile back, we also decided to create a butterfly snack packing station for the party. Some of the bigger kids had fun beautifying those little critters and I dare say they entire afternoon was a smashing hit. Take a look at the 15 seconds I managed to capture on video:

A video posted by Kat Bouska (@katbouska) on

A huge thanks to Horizon Organic for providing a fun opportunity to talk shop with friends, eat great food, and gear up our kids for another great year! Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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

Writing Prompts for 08.27

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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. Write a blog post in exactly 12 lines.
2. Write a post where the first and last sentence contain any form of the word “creep”
3. Write a blog post from your dog’s perspective about he/she feels about your kids going back to school.
4. Find a brunch recipe on Pinterest and try it out! Was it successful?
5. Share the story behind your current Facebook and/or Twitter profile photo.
6. What is sabotaging your plan to drop 5 pounds?

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

” The day-to-day struggle of how to navigate a broken world without losing hope is something I feel very deeply.” –Crystal Paschal

“I was born practically in the Alexander Polder in Rotterdam, which is the lowest point in the entire country, being six meters below sea level.” –Blogging Astrid

“We try to beef up the interest by offering the Amish subculture and gabbing about William Penn, but the cold hard fact is that Pennsylvania is not Florida or California, and is most certainly not Hawaii or even South Dakota.” –About 100 Percent

“I find peace in the place that once offered only panic” –Ordinary Moments…Extraordinary Memories

“Deep… in cool cotton sheets of my bed. That’s where I want to be.” –Balancing Mama

Writer’s Workshop: Kids Rule The World

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We should wise up and just let kids rule the world. The older you get, the more you complicate everything, but kids see things so simply.

I remember complaining to my 6 year old niece once about how I felt annoyed with my (then) boyfriend for missing an important volleyball game I had played. She was all, “Did you ask him to come?” and I was all, “well no, but I feel like he should have known.” And she was all, “I don’t think you should be mad at him if you didn’t tell him you wanted him to come.”

Tell people when you want them to show up at your volleyball game.

Brilliant.

More recently, I was getting frustrated with one of my kids and a little girl I watch heard me grumbling and calmly muttered, “It won’t work out if you yell at her.”

Don’t yell at people when you expect action from them.

Brilliant.

Kids are deep.

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They have all the answers.

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They don’t need us for anything.

kids have all the answers

Okay…maybe allowing them to rule the world is overkill.

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But I do appreciate their accidental pearls of wisdom at times!

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. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous August and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Who needs a vacation when you can spend your summer doing this…
3. List 8 things you’re looking forward to and/or list 8 things you are dreading about sending the kids back to school.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: deep.
5. Your childhood neighborhood.
6. List 10 things you love about the state you live in.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: How (not) To Pitch A Tent

I think today’s video can fall into the parenting (nearly) fail category. I thought we were going to take our kids camping and give them a lifetime of memories. What I underestimated was what a difficult time my husband and I would have actually putting a tent up. I set up my camera to capture a fun time lapse video of what should have been a really simple activity, but I ended up with this tutorial on how (not) to pitch a tent instead:


(video here)

And I was so excited to see my friend Kerry from HouseTalkN share a video of back to school tips last week. Kerry is hilarious. She’s one of those people you feel like you’ve been friends with forever. Her tips were spot on:


(video here)

Check out Kerry’s HouseTalkN blog and find her all over the great wide internet!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Participate in the Dance With Your Kids YouTube Challenge. (found here)
2. Parenting fail! Describe a time you feel like you really messed up!
3. Take us to the pool with you!
4. Pinterest inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest.
5. What song has been your summer anthem?
6. Wednesday August 19th is National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day. Take us on a trip!

Link up!:



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

1.  Complete the Most Likely To… Tag (found here)
2. 10 things you most dread about Summer ending.
3. Try your hand at TieDye!
4. Review a movie you love.
5. Wednesday August 27th is National Pots De Creme Day. Do something about that.
6. Vlog your last day of summer.

Vlogging Prompts For 08.26

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 08/26 Link up:

1.  Complete the Most Likely To… Tag (found here)
2. 10 things you most dread about Summer ending.
3. Try your hand at TieDye!
4. Review a movie you love.
5. Wednesday August 27th is National Pots De Creme Day. Do something about that.
6. Vlog your last day of summer.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 08.20

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. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous August and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Who needs a vacation when you can spend your summer doing this…
3. List 8 things you’re looking forward to and/or list 8 things you are dreading about sending the kids back to school.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: deep.
5. Your childhood neighborhood.
6. List 10 things you love about the state you live in.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I longed for the comforting grasp of my sibling’s hand.” –Balancing Mama

“The recurring answer I hear when I let myself relax and listen is this, I am not cheap.” –Musings And Meanderings

“Sometimes, we all need a push, or someone to yell “snap decision NOW” as I do with the kids when the act of choosing lunchbox contents becomes too much to handle.” –Momma On The Rocks

“I savor the stillness, though too often I forget to include it in my day.” –Achieving Clarity

“Don’t Call Me Basic” Sandwich Contest

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Foster Farms All Natural Turkey Slices

I’m excited to work with Foster Farms again, this time to share the “Don’t Call Me Basic” Sandwich Contest they’ve got going on. Aside from the brilliant contest name, I love the premise, which is to create your most unique turkey sandwich recipe using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey and post it on Instagram. The grand prizewinner will walk away with either a luxury weekend trip getaway for two to Napa Valley or $4,000 cash.

Dont Call Me Basic

This contest is being driven by Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey and it’s anything BUT basic. The lunchmeat contains no chemical or preservatives and is raised without hormones or steroids (thank you!). You can find Foster Farms at your local Safeway, Vons and Raley’s stores and be sure “Save A Dollar Now” by downloading the coupon found here.

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I got a little help making an anything but basic turkey sandwich from my kids, who also happen to be anything but basic:

A video posted by Kat Bouska (@katbouska) on

So what are you waiting for? Foster Farms wants to see its All Natural Sliced Turkey on some original sandwiches and I want you to take me on a luxury weekend trip to Napa Valley with you when you win.

Here are the simple steps to enter:

  1. Create a turkey sandwich using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat and other creative ingredients of your choosing.
  2. Post a photo of your sandwich to Instagram. In the caption, include the list of ingredients and tag @FosterFarms and #DontCallMeBasic. Make sure your profile is public!

Entries may also be emailed to [email protected] if you don’t have an Instagram account. The grand prize includes a two-night stay for two at a Napa Valley luxury hotel, travel to/from and a gourmet picnic lunch ($4,000 value) or $4,000 cash prize. Random weekly drawings will be held every Friday to give all participants a chance to win. Prizes for the weekly drawings will include high-end Panini presses or gourmet picnic basket sets. The contest will last the month of August (National Sandwich Month) and is open to all U.S. residents over the age of 18.

Sandwich concoctions will be selected and judged by a panel of culinary and food industry professionals, who will identify five recipe finalists. The grand prizewinner will be selected from the finalists by a panel of five food and lifestyle blogger judges. The winner will be announced in early September.

For more details on the contest and the official Rules & Regulations, visit www.fosterfarms.com/dontcallmebasic.pdf

Kidtastic Turkey Sandwich

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey.