Razzy Blue Lemonade!

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I had high hopes of recreating a red, white, and blue drink for the 4th of July, but as luck would have it…no.

The Razzy Blue Lemonade did not want to have any red in it whatsoever. I did manage to add my own decorative spin and salvaged my festive drink!:


(video here)

You can find the full recipe here!

Or you can just pour a shot of vodka and blue curacao into a glass, add a bunch of lemonade and top it off with that raspberry liqueur you don’t own.

On second thought…a bottle of wine goes a long way and is a heck of a lot less work.

Cheers to the weekend!

Writer’s Workshop: Britain Is In England

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5. The last thing that made you laugh.

“Mom? I know you’re going to say no, but…”

This almost always result in me saying no to something, but I like to entertain the question nonetheless.

“Erica says I can go to a Little Mix concert with her, but it’s not in this country.”

(Quick pop culture lesson for my fellow old people. Little Mix is the 2015 version of The Spice Girls)

“You’re not going to Canada for a concert.”

She’s TEN.

“No, not Canada!”

I look at her like there isn’t possibly another country she could be talking about, because if not Canada then WHERE?

And she was all, “It’s in Britain.”

And I was all, “No.”

And she was all, “Mom!!!”

And I was all, “Laina, Britain is in England.”

And she was all, “Soooo!”

And I was all, “Well if Erica’s Mom wants to take you then that’s fine with me.”

And then I texted Erica’s Mom to thank her for the overseas invite that she was completely unaware of.

Laina and Erica were soon discouraged from seeing the concert in Britain, but about 30 minutes later Laina approached me again, “Mom? Is there a “United Kingdom” around here somewhere?”

God bless her.

She inherited my knack for Geography.

Maybe this can be one of those things where she grows up to take her own daughter to Europe for a teen bop concert because her own mother never did it for her.

I hope she takes me with her.

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 June and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Create a summer playlist and share it.
3. Share a lesson you learned from your Father that still sticks with you to this day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: prize
5. The last thing that made you laugh.
6. List 10 hotels you wouldn’t mind living in.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: My Guilty Pleasures

Today I’m sharing all of the things that make me feel guilty, but I love too much to stop in the guilty pleasures tag. Thankfully there are only eight of my guilty pleasures to sit through and truth be told, I don’t feel THAT guilty about them:


(video here)

And I’m featuring Mrs. Marriage-N-Stuff’s fitbit video that shared last week. I’ve been wanting one of these and she highlights some of the competitive perks I had not considered as well as some really great cheating ideas. Can I add cheating ideas to my list of guilty pleasures?:


(video here)

Check out Mrs. Marriage-N-Stuff on YouTube and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Create a Summer Survival Kit.
2. Share a product you are loving lately.
3. June 24th is National Pralines Day. Incorporate them into your video!
4. Share a recipe that incorporates less than 5 ingredients.
5. Complete the This Or That Summer 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. How is your garden growing?
2. Make a summertime treat and share it with us.
3. What can bored kids do? Create a video listing some favorite go-to activities this Summer.
4. Review something! (movie, book, product, song, anything)
5. Take us to the beach!
6. Create a video inspired by the 4th of July!
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 07.01

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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 07/01 Link up:

1. How is your garden growing?
2. Make a summertime treat and share it with us.
3. What can bored kids do? Create a video listing some favorite go-to activities this Summer.
4. Review something! (movie, book, product, song, anything)
5. Take us to the beach!
6. Create a video inspired by the 4th of July!
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 06.25

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 June and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Create a summer playlist and share it.
3. Share a lesson you learned from your Father that still sticks with you to this day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: prize
5. The last thing that made you laugh.
6. List 10 hotels you wouldn’t mind living in.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Who I am, who I’ll be, will always be, a reflection of all the good you’ve instilled in me.” -It’s Gonna Be Okay, Love

“The silence is deafening when you actually listen to it.” -Mommy Of A Monster

“I want my daughter to have a day she remembers forever as one of the happiest days of her life.” -Velezita

“Hate is winning. Listen.” -Jennifer P. Williams

“I do not understand why I struggle with your choice.” -Simply Brittany

A Really Terrible Looking Father

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Laina came home after school last week with a Father’s Day gift for Pat. It was a cut out of a giant brown man that she had drawn herself, but it was too big to fit in her backpack so she carried it home.

By the time she arrived she was in tears because Maile had been teasing her about the gift and I was all, “Well, that wasn’t very nice of her…”

I threw Maile a look that said I’d be dealing with her later, but first I wanted to make Laina feel better about her artwork.

“I think it’s a wonderful chef!” I said.

And Maile threw Laina a look that said, “I told you it looks like a chef.”

And then I threw a quick please let that be a chef prayer to the Lord and was all, “Is that a chef Laina?”

And of course Laina sunk into a puddle on the couch because Maile had been calling it a chef all the way home and now here her own mother also called it a chef when it definitely was NOT a chef, but rather obviously it was Pat with a chef’s hat on.

Naturally, I assured her it was a beautifully accurate portrait of her father.

And then I told her a relatable story about how when I was ten I was crying about Father’s Day too, not because I made my Dad look like a chef and was in denial about it, but because my Dad wasn’t even alive to give my chef portrait to.

I had to give my Father’s Day chef portraits to my mother and she was actually a really terrible looking father.

So…see how the glass is half full now?

I definitely turned my Mom Fail into a winning lesson in feeling grateful your dad is alive.

And Pat loved his gift.

Everyone wins.

Except for me.

Because my Mom still makes a really terrible looking father.

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Bridesmaid’s Punch!

You don’t have to be a Bridesmaid to enjoy this week’s Pinterest drink! Marci and I tossed together Moscato, pink lemonade and 7 up and the results were perfection. I would keep the Bridesmaid’s Punch in my refrigerator at all times if it didn’t look like something my kids would want to get into it:


(video here)

Have a great rest of your weekend!