Writing Prompts For 10.09

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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!

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Writing Prompts:

1.) October is National Book Month, tell us about the best book you’ve read so far this year.
2.) Share a recent text exchange that made you laugh.
3.) A blog post inspired by the color orange.
4.) A time you were teased.
5.) Create a fall inspired bucket list.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Mom and I had just delivered the best show and tell of the year!” -Birds Of A Feather

“They let the chicken roost at night on the back of a dining room chair, newspapers spread on the floor beneath it.” -I Want Backsies

“I was kissed in that chair once, long and sweetly, hands sneaking up the back of my sweater, and sometimes years later, I could still taste peppermint every time I glanced at it.” -The Kir Corner

“The day I decided to drink a pot of coffee at home before going out into the world where coffee is free.”-About 100%

It Is Embarrassing

Getting Ready For School

I’ve been taking Kainoa to school for the past couple of weeks even though the other kids ride the school bus because he’s a mama’s boy and because I can. In the past this wasn’t an option because I had kids in the daycare I had to stick around for and this year, aside from the occasional friendly drop in, all of my daycare kids are before/after school.

And because I get the privilege of taking him to school, I also get to swing by my daughters lines and give them one last warm hug goodbye.

Except Laina doesn’t much appreciate my warm hugs.

“Will you stop coming to my line, it is embarrassing.”

“But I’m so nice!” I said.

“Your friends like me!” I said.

“I’m going to make you popular!!” I said.

“I don’t want to be popular.” She responded.

GASP…I know.

Laina On The Big Wheel

So I stopped going to her line because I was NOT going to be that mom who can’t take a hint and I was NOT going to get hurt feelings, because this embarrassing stage is to be expected. It’s not us…it’s them.

But then she became the STAR Student of the Week!!

The STAR Student of the Week gets to be line leader!
The STAR Student of the Week brings family photos to school!
The STAR Student of the Week gets to have lunch with a parent!

“But I don’t want to do the lunch thing,” she said, “You don’t need to come for that.”

I heard what she said. I did.

But did she mean it? Did she really? I couldn’t be so sure. Maybe she thinks she doesn’t want me to bring lunch to her, but she loves McDonalds. Certainly she would love to see me if I had a Happy Meal in hand to share with my little STAR!

taking kainoa to school

No…no that would be not be enough. I was going to have to be better than that so that the kids in class would be all, “Laina! Your mom is the coolest! WE LOVE YOU!”

Bringing a Happy Meal to class for her would only make them jealous and annoyed that they didn’t get one.


You get a cheeseburger, YOU get a cheeseburger, You over there with the nose picking problem…YOU GET A CHEESEBURGER!!!

I sat in her classroom and waited for the kids to return from recess with my bags of cheeseburgers in my lap.

Maybe this was a bad idea…

My heart was pounding.

Why am I doing this? Why do I constantly put myself in the position to utterly embarrass myself. I quickly texted my sister and she responded by said, “well at least you’re not wearing a Mrs. Claus outfit this time.” Which was true. I can always make things worse for myself.

mrs claus

And then the door swung open and there stood my STAR with the entire class lined up behind her. The look on her face was a mixture of panic and that face I only see when she’s about to burst into tears.

I smiled and held out my bags of cheeseburgers while willing her not to cry. OMG please don’t cry! She smiled politely and between clenched teeth asked when I would be leaving and the only thing that saved me in that moment from a lifetime of an icy cold shoulder, were the CHEERS coming from the rest of the class.


They saw the cheeseburgers. THEY LOVED ME!

My STAR student took it in stride.

The burgers were handed out and I tip toed back to my car and high tailed my Cool Mom butt back home.

I’ll admit I was nervous about the lashing I might receive when the bus pulled up…but when she walked through the door she looked at me and the first words out of her mouth were, “Mom, everyone was so happy!”

I breathed a huge sigh of relief and then she followed up with, “don’t ever do that again.”

And I heard what she said. I did.

But I’m not so sure she means it…


Be My Manny

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This week on Mommalogues we talked about who we think would be a great male nanny and I really enjoyed watching all of the moms chime in with their input.

While I feel like I put a lot of thought into who would make the perfect manny for my kids, I have a feeling some were more more concerned in potential eye candy. That being said, I’m still pleased with my answer…Nick Lache, you can be my manny any day!

(video here)

Also on Mommalogues this week:

Did you share your baby’s name before birth?
Do you think moms should get a present for delivering a baby?
What is your favorite fall family tradition?

Best Puppy Surprises!

Best Puppy Surprises

This week’s viral video trap award goes to whoever created and shared this video surprising these kids with a puppy. Is there anything better on Earth than puppy surprises?

Watch as one parent sets the puppy surprise on the floor while the kids are doing homework and the other parent films,. The kids’ reactions after discovering him are priceless!:

puppy surprise

And then of course there is Emma who got a special puppy surprise for her birthday (and over 2 million views on her YouTube video to boot!):

puppy surprise emma

But I have to say, almost equally adorable are all the OLD people on YouTube getting puppy surprises. I never really considered the fact that such a sweet little gift could make even the veteran gift receivers this happy!

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And we can’t forget Grandma!:

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I have a feeling my own mother would be considerably less excited, but it sure makes me want to surprise someone with a puppy!

Frozen Pumpkin Mudslide

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Friday…the best day of the week and for some reason I thought it would be brilliant to ring in this month with a frozen pumpkin mudslide.

Let me just tell you, this might rank as one of the top most disgusting drinks I’ve ever concocted.


It is THE most disgusting drink. Top number one on my list of gross. And I’ll tell you exactly where I went wrong. It was with the pumpkin. I have never in my life had a problem with a “frozen mudslide”, but in walks October and we think we need to mix a perfectly good drink up by adding a cup of pumpkin puree to it and you know what? Enough of that!

No drink she include a cup of pumpkin puree…but watch me think it’s a great idea to try and drink it anyway:

(video here)

Let us instead choose to ring in the weekend with something a little more fun than this frozen pumpkin mudslide…might I suggest scrubbing toilets as an alternative? ;)

Enjoy your weekend!

Writer’s Workshop: That Friend

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2.) What were you blogging about last year at this time? How have things changed?

We all have that friend.

That friend who giggles at every inappropriate one liner you mutter under your breath.

That friend who belts out songs with you for hours during long car rides while you get lost.

That friend who helps you lift a motorcycle off a man who crashed in the middle of an intersection on a rainy night.

That friend who you told your husband probably knows you better than he does because he thinks you really want to be on The Ellen Show and she knows there is little that would embarrass you more in life than an actual response from her.

That friend who is the only friend you have still quietly reading all of your blog posts. After seven years of you non-stop writing about yourself, she hasn’t gotten tired of you.

That friend who discovered she carries a gene that makes her 80% likely to get cancer and 0% likely to produce any kind of immunity to fight it.


That’s not your friend?

Than I am the lucky one.

My friend has elected to save her life today and is undergoing a double mastectomy to help prevent a disease that could steal her from her husband and her four kids.

I am worried sick, but could not be more proud of her.

Four years ago at this time I was writing about breast cancer and I’ll be damned if that stupid disease isn’t still causing trouble around here.

Grateful to have that friend.


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.) September 29th is National Coffee day. How do you like your cup?
2.) What were you blogging about last year at this time? How have things changed?
3.) Your most favorite (or lease favorite) fall fashion trends.
4.) Throwback time! Share an old photo and tell us about it.
5.) List your top favorite things about Fall.

Link up!:


Vlogging Workshop: Make A Halloween Wreath

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There’s a little challenge happening on YouTube this month called Pintober and the idea is that you choose a pin to test in daily videos. I’ve decided I have enough spare time on my hands to participate. Which is code for “someone highly underestimated how much time a challenge like that will require and will undoubtedly quit half way through.” But let’s just see how far I get!

Today I’m sharing my first entry with my attempt to make a Halloween Wreath. There are about 50 million Halloween wreaths pinned on Pinterest, but I decided to make mine Gothic Chic just like the pin I saw that Desiree from The 36th Avenue did. Ours are…a little different…here’s how it’s done:

(video here)

I’m featuring Meaghan and Wendy who participated in the I Heart Fall YouTube tag together on their channel Long Story Short. Their answers are funny and chances are you’ll relate to at least one of them as they share their strong opinions about all things Fall. Take a look:

(video here)

Check out Long Story Short on YouTube and give those ladies a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1.) Complete the Social Media Book YouTube Tag (questions here)
2.) Half time recipe share! Create the perfect Football finger food!
3.) Video compilation. Take a look at unused video clips from this month and compile them into a video of their own.
4.) End of the month haul! Share some of your favorite purchases from this month!
5.) 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.) Share a “no carve” pumpkin decor idea.
2.) Make a Halloween wreath for your front door.
3.) Make a Halloween inspired beverage.
4.) Complete the Trick Or Treat YouTube Tag (questions here).
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

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