Vlogging Workshop: Mountain Dogs And Parties

Mountain dogs and parties and swimming and more parties…that is what our May was all about. I’m definitely looking forward to Summer, but as usual a little nervous about what that’s going to do to my schedule. Take a look at my May recap!:


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I’m featuring the travel video Megan and Wendy from Long Story Short posted last week as they took viewers along on a blog conference trip to Temecula, CA. It was fun to see everything that goes on behind the scenes:


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Check out Megan and Wendy’s channel on YouTube and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Name 6 things you’re looking forward to this Summer.
2. Share the books you read in May…which were must reads and which should we pass on?
3. Compile short clips, Vines, and Instagram videos and make a video that highlights your favorite May moments.
4. May favorites haul! Share some of your favorite May finds.
5. Complete the How Well Do You Know Your Dad 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. Film your kids completing a Father’s Day inspired craft.Tutorial time!
2. June 17th is National Cherry Tart Day. Incorporate it into your video!
3.  Create a Father’s Day gift guide.
4. Test a “As Seen On TV” product and show us how it works.
5. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 06.17

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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 06/17 Link up:

1. Film your kids completing a Father’s Day inspired craft.Tutorial time!
2. June 17th is National Cherry Tart Day. Incorporate it into your video!
3.  Create a Father’s Day gift guide.
4. Test a “As Seen On TV” product and show us how it works.
5. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Eight More Days

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I snapped this picture of Kainoa on his first day of school.

He had been caught up with the back to school excitement leading up, but it was like the moment he sat down in that desk, it hit him.

He knew what this meant.

Nine months of waking up early, sitting still in class, following directions and filling in worksheets.

I wish I could say things improved for my boy, but…

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It’s been a tough year.

Partly because he’s that energetic boy who wants to have a good time and really isn’t interested in filling in worksheets all day. And partly because he does not feel liked by his teacher. I know this because I picked up on her coolness toward him too. And when I told him she had great things to say about him at our conference he refused to believe me. And when I insisted, he got angry. He just could not believe she would have something nice to say about him.

I’m proud of how resilient he has been, never once refusing to go, but often making these sweeping heart-breaking statements. And it was never something he lingered on. He’d shout and run as usual and then quickly mention he’d like a poisonous slug to kill him so he wouldn’t have to go to school anymore. Nothing more to it, he’d grab his backpack and we’d be off.

Yesterday his death of choice was by airbag.

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Eight more days kiddo!

I cannot WAIT for him to have this break.

Writing Prompts For 06.11

Weekly 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. A 10th grade memory.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: vacation
3. Book review!
4. Create a Father’s Day gift guide.
5. If you had to choose a Disney princess to live the rest of your life as…which princess would you choose and why?

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“It was you who was a part of me for nine entire months and I was finally holding you and meeting you and I was supposed to feel something spectacular.” -Make Mommy Go Something Something

“I like the quiet of a movie theater in the middle of the day with just me and my shameless bucket of butter laden popcorn watching a sappy, typically Jane Austenesque, type of movie where I can get lost in the sappiness of it all.” -It’s Gonna Be Okay, Love

“They flutter about so busily, and when the stop to take a break, I hold my breath and watch them. They are so tiny and graceful.” -Mommy Of A Monster

“Purging, getting it out of my head, off my chest and on paper, so to speak. A completed blog post or piece of writing of any kind that I’m proud of makes me very, very happy!” -Letters For Lucas

“I’ve just never been one of those moms who really dreaded summer break.” -Dude Mom

Happy writing!

Fly High On Full Bellies With Horizon Organic

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

Horizon Organic Snacks

When my kids are busy, they often can’t be bothered with mundane tasks such as eating. I’ll opt to feed them full meals before we leave for a potluck or party because I know once we’re there they won’t bother with food. Who has time for eating when there is fun to be had?

I do. For the record. I always have time for eating.

But my kids are stubborn and ignore hunger until the day is over and then beg for fast food on the way home.

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During Summer, when we will spend an entire afternoon at the pool with cousins, my sisters and I cover a picnic table with snacks to keep the kids fueled throughout the day.

Along with fresh fruit, juices, and cheese, I brought along some boxes of Horizon Organic’s snack crackers on our first pool excursion of the year and even the adults seemed to enjoy option! (Click the image below to see them in action!):

A video posted by Kat Bouska (@mamakatslosinit) on

Here’s hoping a stocked table of wonderful food options will keep kids snacking when they’re impossible to sit still for a meal and they can fly high on full bellies!

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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, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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

Attracted to Candy

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My kids are attracted to candy.

They come by it very naturally.

My Mom hid king sized Hershey chocolate bars (with almonds) in our kitchen cupboards right next to her Raisinets.

I don’t care for almonds or raisins.

But the chocolate is worth the struggle, so I snuck them anyway.

To offset my kids desire for all things sugar I try to sneak healthy food into their meals as often as possible. I love to take them to the Farmer’s Market so that they can be a little more involved in that process. I teamed up with SheKnows and Dairy Pure this month to develop a fun little trivia game to play with your kids at the Farmer’s Market. It’s basically a scavenger hunt to get your kids to help you find all the good stuff.

The goal is to help my kids find nutrition that is not coated in a layer of chocolate.

I feel like I just offended chocolate covered raisins.

Check out my game over at SheKnows if you have a chance!

Margarita Popsicles!

Everything about this week’s Pinterest inspired recipe screams YES to me…until I tried it. Margarita popsicles sound like they should be awesome, especially in this warm weather we’ve been having. I don’t know if it was the texture or the taste, but they definitely did not work for me:


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But I’m not giving up. I feel like these can be successful maybe with juice instead of sweetened condensed milk. And perhaps sugar instead of tequila. I guess essentially what I’m looking for is a store bought popsicle.

We’ll get’em next time kids!