Change One Thing

growing up

Laina asked me if I go back in the past and change one thing, what would it be?

And I was all, “I don’t know…what would it be for you?”

And she was all, “Well if I were you I know what I would choose! To not have my Dad die!”

And I was all, “True…but if my Dad didn’t die you wouldn’t have your Papa B. Our lives might be different. We might not have each other.”

And her face kind of looked like she wasn’t sure that was a trade she wanted to make and I was all, “You see how it’s not that easy?”

She nodded her head yes and I said, “What would you go back and change for your own life?”

And without hesitation she said, “Growing up!” like DUH.

She said eight would be the perfect age to stay forever.

But then she said the same thing when she was eight about being seven.

This is a little girl who appreciates how sweet it is to be a kid.

Writing Prompts For 02.19

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 February and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Something that made you smile this week.
3. Write about something mean you did to a sibling growing up.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: red.
5. List 10 things you never knew until you were a mom.
6. Write a 26-line poem using all the letters of the alphabet, where the first line starts with the letter “A,” the second “B,” the third “C,” etc., culminating with the final line starting with “Z.”

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“But none of that happened because on my way home Wednesday afternoon, I was in a car accident.” -Pierced Wonderings

“I wear a jacket in the frozen section at the grocery store for frick’s sake.” -Old Dog New Tits

“Because I think Valentine’s Day is kind of hokey, kind of corny. But I still kind of love it. -About 100%

“We made it through the typically rough teenage years and came out the other side even closer than before.” -These Days Of Mine

Boozy Sweetheart Cocoa And One More

I was so excited to try this boozy sweetheart cocoa. And actually the original recipe didn’t call for booze. I came up with that part myself. I’ll let you decide whether or not it was a good idea. In the mean time, grab you butter, strawberry ice cream, sugar and get drinking. Just go with it.

boozy sweetheart cocoa

(video here)

Full recipe over at Two Peas And Their Pod.

And because it’s Valentine’s Day weekend I had to throw in an adorable bonus video of these two friends making a layered Valentine drink for two. They make me smile the whole way through and it’s a really easy little recipe for kids!


(video here)

Full recipe In Katrina’s Kitchen.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Writer’s Workshop: Like A Loon

home

3. “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” ~ Maya Angelou -Now write.

When my husband walks through the door I scream, “Honey!!! Honey!!” in the most obnoxious high pitched voice.

I do it for the dogs. Because when any of us come home they get so excited and jump all over us. It’s my way of alerting them that he’s here and sure enough they come running over to trample him in the doorway every time.

It’s gotten to the point where all I have to do is see his car and say, “honey??” and they start thumping their tales because they know what’s coming.

Pat recently mentioned how endearing he finds my daily welcoming.

Ahhhh home.

Where I can behave like a loon and be loved not just in spite of it, but for it.

No place I’d rather be.

cooking with kainoa

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. Name 8 people/places/or things you’d like to give a virtual Valentine to.
2. Share a favorite Valentine’s tradition
3. “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” ~ Maya Angelou -Now write.
4. February 12th is National Plum Pudding Day…share a recipe!
5. Write a poem to your love for Valentine’s Day.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: Buyer’s Remorse

buyers remorse

2. Share a favorite January purchase.

I wouldn’t call it a favorite purchase. In fact, it’s quite the opposite…today I’m sharing a purchase that gave me instant buyer’s remorse. I hate that feeling of walking away with something in my bag that I know I might regret later. Or even worse, getting red faced at the cash register when I realize the product is more expensive than I thought it was.


(video here)

And I want to share Talitha Haynes’s video entry from last week because girlfriend shredded up a pair of jeans in the name of fashion, and I liked it:


(video here)

Check out Talitha’s YouTube channel give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Show us the top 9 things that bring you joy.
2. Share a favorite January purchase.
3. Create a blooper reel!
4. Review a book you read this month.
5. Get crafty! Show us something you made.
6. Complete the Me Time Tag! (questions here)
7. 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. A Day In The Life: Valentine’s Day Recap
3. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates chocolate.
4. February 18th is National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day. Get cooking!
5.  Complete the Happily Married YouTube Tag! (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 02.18

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 02/18 Link up:

1. Attempt a pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. A Day In The Life: Valentine’s Day Recap
3. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates chocolate.
4. February 18th is National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day. Get cooking!
5.  Complete the Happily Married 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!

A Tooth In My Oreos

tooth in my oreos

“Mom? There was a tooth in my Oreos today, but I just threw it on the floor.” 

I know Nabisco likes to get creative with their Oreo flavors, but this is just getting ridiculous.

Also?

You threw a tooth on the floor?

What kind of ill-bred caveman am I raising?

He’s not a part of this system.