PMS 101 (For My Husband)

pms 101Dear Husband,

When I look at you and tell you I’m feeling nauseous and like I might throw up, I appreciate your look of concern, but please do not follow it up with, “uh oh, are you pms-ing??”.

Just. No.

The look of concern is plenty.

Thanks.

And for future reference, the following are side effects I might experience due to PMS:

  • Irritation caused by noises made by children
  • Cramps
  • Irritation caused by nobody bringing me dinner
  • A slow aching in my uterus
  • Irritation caused by look at your face
  • Low tolerance
  • Irritation caused by irritation

Things that I do not experience as a side effect of PMS:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

May you take everything you have learned in PMS 101 today and choose your responses wisely in the future. Asking me if I’m PMS-ing when I’m clearly coming down with a severe form of Bird Flu was a rookie mistake.

And the answer is yes. I am.

Please bring home dinner.

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Coconut Strawberry Daiquiris!

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri
HAPPY WEEKEND!

We’re drinking coconut strawberry daiquiris this weekend because it’s the perfect drink to welcome our upcoming Valentine’s Day and we’re so HAPPY!

Or maybe not if you stayed up until 2am soothing a panicked child. Again. For the third time this week. Maybe you’re losing your mind because you’re out of ideas to help your own child and you thought when they were half grown all of their sleep issues would be resolved.

Maybe you can’t really blog about it because your kids are too old to air any sort of private struggles they’re having. Maybe you’re pulling your hair a little bit instead of celebrating another weekend like you should be.

Not saying this is happening to me right now, but MAYBE IT’S HAPPENING TO YOU.

All the more reason to pour a stiff one:


(video here)

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri!

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri!

Ingredients

  • 2 Shots Coconut Rum
  • 1 Shot Spiced Rum
  • Juice of One Lime
  • 2 TB Sugar
  • Frozen Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Dump everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with whip cream and sprinkles!
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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND, I KNOW I WILL!

Writer’s Workshop: My Past Life

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3. If the way you spent your New Year’s Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?

I spend my New Year’s Eve at home every single because Y2K.

I don’t always live in fear, but I do on New Year’s Eve. What if something blows up? What if a drunk driver hits me? If there were such a thing as a “past life” I believe mine probably ended on a New Year’s Eve somewhere.

And in another past life I was probably smashed between two semi trucks.

And I’m convinced in another past life I accidentally drove myself right off of a very high bridge which explains when I drive over them now thinking, “everything is fine, just look straight ahead…nothing to see anywhere else. Hundreds of people drive across this bridge everyday and never accidentally drive off of it. EVERYTHING IS FINE.”

In yet another past life I was attacked from behind while distracted on a phone call, which is why I’m always prepared to shove an elbow into anyone who sneaks up behind me. Don’t even!

I also think I may have been swallowed whole by a giant whale in my past life, which is why I can’t go in the ocean without fearing for my life.

If I believed in past lives I would believe this is my last life because usually in your last life you’re really centered and wise and…obviously. So I’ll probably die and turn into an angel and take my seat in heaven at the right side of the Father.

It’s also possible I need to go back to church this year and get my sh*t together.

So if my 2015 party of five is any indication of the year to come then I’d say it’s going to be spent feeling completely content, happy, and full on sushi and champagne.

And I’m definitely okay with that!

But will still steer clear of whales, bridges, semi-trucks, and attackers just to be sure.

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. Share your 2015 New Year’s Resolution. How did last year’s turn out?
2. Did you pick a Word Of The Year for 2015? Share!
3. If the way you spent your New Year’s Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?
4. Share your top 12 blog posts from 2014.
5. Share your top 12 photos from 2014.
6. You know the stories that are retold a million times at family gatherings? I call them Life Stories that you just never live down. List your Top 10 Life Stories. Example here.
7. 7 best ways to spend Winter Break.
8. Book review time! What winter read has you snuggled in and turning pages?
9. Describe a New Year’s where you would have been better off just staying home.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: December Dollar Store Faves

1. December favorites haul! Share some of your favorite December finds.

I’m really excited to share some of my dollar store faves from December. It’s amazing the things you can find at the dollar store. I shop at Daiso and I believe the selection at that dollar store chain is really special compared to other dollar stores. Just look at the loot I walked away with this month!:


(video here)

And I want to share Sarah Joy’s entry from last week because I love the spin she took on the “Best of 2014″ style videos. She highlighted her top tweets of last year. It’s fun to see how much just 12 short sentences reveals about your life over the course of that year!


(video here)

Check out Sara’s YouTube channel and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. December favorites haul! Share some of your favorite December finds.
2. Compile short clips, Vines, and Instagram videos and make a video that highlights your favorite December moments.
3. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Why or why not? And if so, what are they?
4. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates champagne.
5. Complete the 2014 Look Back 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. Attempt a pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. Review Anything! Your kids toy, makeup, a local restaurant, a current trend, book, movie…ANYTHING. Review it.
3. Share a great football party recipe!
4. 10 things people should know about you.
5. Complete the New Year Resolution YouTube Tag! (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 01.14

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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 01/14 Link up:

1. Attempt a pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. Review Anything! Your kids toy, makeup, a local restaurant, a current trend, book, movie…ANYTHING. Review it.
3. Share a great football party recipe!
4. 10 things people should know about you.
5. Complete the New Year Resolution YouTube Tag! (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 01.08

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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. Share your 2015 New Year’s Resolution. How did last year’s turn out?
2. Did you pick a Word Of The Year for 2015? Share!
3. If the way you spent your New Year’s Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?
4. Share your top 12 blog posts from 2014.
5. Share your top 12 photos from 2014.
6. You know the stories that are retold a million times at family gatherings? I call them Life Stories that you just never live down. List your Top 10 Life Stories. Example here.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I have tried, for days to UN-choose the word TREE as my word of the year.” -My Memory Art

“In May, Seraphine and Romulus gave us the sweetest little cria, and we loved him instantly.” -The (not always) Lazy W

“I sat and thought for a few moments about what I had accomplished here… and the resounding answer was… NOT A DAMN THING!” -Smiffbib

“I recounted an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction story from my youth and probably offended PETA a little in the process.” -OldDogNewTits

“And with all of the twinkling lights and positivity around, everyone can put aside the horrors of the world for just a bit and enjoy all the season has to offer.” -Lisa’s Little Bliss

Caffeine Triggered New Year Manic Mode

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I’m not a New Year’s Resolution type person because marching into a New Year fills me with more fear than it should. It’s just a day. I shouldn’t overthink it. But I hate rocking the boat. What if 2015 brings bad things. I don’t like bad things.

But there is something contagious in the air this year and I have suddenly become ALL ABOUT resolutions.

I’m not kidding when I tell you in the past week I have made the following statements to my husband:

“This year is all about drinking more water for me! Time to clear up that face!”

“Oh watch out, because I’m talking Salad every. night. Definitely going to make that a staple in our dinners this year!”

“2015 is going to see me in the kitchen! I definitely need to make home cooked meals more of a priority.”

“I am so tired of slacking on household duties. I’m going to organize this closet right now and it’s going to be the start of a cleaner home around here!”

“I would really love to focus on my YouTube channel more this year with more consistent video uploads. I like my Friday drink videos, but I’m thinking how about a “Throwback Thursday” series? Then my Vlogging Workshop Wednesdays and perhaps save Mondays for sponsored content, YouTube Tags, and free days. Tuesday will be a good day to have off.”

“No more dilly dallying at the computer for me. I need to work for an hour and then do something active before sitting down to work for another hour. Definitely need to be taking more walks and moving a bit more. I want to lose 10 pounds this year!”

“This is your year Pat! New Year, new YOU! I’m going to be a really good wife to you!!!”

(Followed by an insult within an hour and he totally called me out on it.)

Let me be clear that I’m operating with the same number of hours in a day that I operated with last year.

You know…2014.

The year of me feeling “spread too thin”.

I have the same number of jobs requiring the same amount of attention, the same number of kids, the same home business…but somehow 2015 is the year I magically turn into a superhero and do all the things.

How long until my Caffeine Triggered New Year Manic Mode crashes and burns?

I’m not crazy enough to take on the Whole30 life change though. I have to draw the line somewhere.

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