Outsmart Me


I wrote a fun article for SheKnows that highlights ten moments my kids have outsmarted me, to coincide with Season 2 of Idiotest  that’s coming up on The Game Show Network. It wasn’t too difficult to come up with the moments because I swear they think they’re so sly.

Maile was the toddler who would ask if she could have a piece of candy and then dutifully accepted whatever the response was (usually).

Laina was the toddler who would throw a piece of candy in her mouth and then look at you like, “huh? what? I was supposed to ask first?”

Kainoa was the toddler you would find in a corner behind a couch camped out with a pair of scissors and surrounded in candy wrappers.

It’s very telling about their personalities, but there’s one in particular I’m most concerned about and it’s obviously Maile. Don’t get me wrong, Kainoa is a troublemaker and will full on lie to my face about what he’s doing, but he’s terrible at it. I see right through him.

Laina is an open book and her thoughts are written all over her face. It’s the complacent, agreeable one that is most likely to successfully outsmart me…but I’m on to Maile.

Unless by saying that I have now jinxed everything and it will be Laina who fools me into thinking I know her well enough before blindsiding me with her manipulations.

However, am I completely underestimating what Kainoa is capable of?


Let’s be honest.

I’m toast with all three of them.

If you have time, click over to SheKnows and read the top 10 times they have ALL outsmarted me.

Writing Prompts For 04.02

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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. List 6 favorite Instagram accounts you love to follow.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: golden.
3. Update your readers on your 2015 goals. How are things going? Are you staying on track or facing some challenges?
4. Write a blog post that ends with the line: No one ever asked me.
5. A memorable day at work.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I probably ate a little can of these water-packed meat sticks every day after school for years.” -Balancing Mama

“Or the time a publishing house stumbled across my blog, realized I was a comedic genius, declared me to be the next Erma Bombeck, and offered me a book deal.” -A Mum, A Dad, And A Kindergartner

“but when the man with the sad eyes reached out in faith to the woman with the abandoned heart, he found that she could still be trusted
with his real self.” -The Frelle Show

“Because at the end of the day, I still can’t wait to see him when he comes home.” -Mama Writes Words

“Eventually a nurse practitioner sat me down and explained that I would never get better – that my disease was progressive and the best I could hope for was to slow it down a bit.” -The Jammie Girl

30 April Writing Prompts

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Writing prompts are a great way to work through writer’s block when it comes to journal writing and blogging. Use them for yourself or share them with your kids to inspire consistency and fuel that creative mind! Below is a list of 30 April writing prompts, peek back in next month for a fresh May list!

30 April Writing Prompts

1. Something you learned in March.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: born.
3. In what ways are you turning into your mother?
4. Today I will…
5. Create a Spring bucket list.
6. Spring Break! Ask your child to name 10 things (or less) they’d like to do for Spring Break. Share the list with us and tell us…will their dreams come true?

7. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous April and write a poem or a blog post.
8. Easter recap!
9. What’s for dinner?
10. Write a blog post inspired by the word: break.
11. Tell us about a local news story that’s all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods.
12. List your top 10 most listened to songs currently.

13. Write a list of your top Spring must-haves.
14. Something your kids said that made you laugh.
15. What is an unpleasant experience you had eating? Write a poem, paragraph, or something else about the experience.
16. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Inspired.
17. Tell the story of a mistake made in the kitchen.
18. Write about someone who made your childhood bearable.

19. A moment you realized you were a grown up.
20. What is the joy in your present moment?
21. You have to move away from your state in one month. List 6 destinations you wouldn’t mind relocating to.
22. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Blossom.
23. Instagram fun! Share a photo you took with Instagram this week and tell us what you love about it.

24. An 8th grade memory.
25. Look into your archives. What were you blogging about a year ago around this time? Are you still dealing with the same thing? Your thoughts?
26. Write a blog post inspired by the word: journey.
27. Book review!
28. 10 things you love about Spring.
29. Share a quote you love.
30. Spring Cleaning! Share a before and after photo of a room you recently tackled.

Spread the love this month and enjoy munching on conversation hearts…now get writing!

30 April Vlogging Prompts

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Vlogging prompts are a great way to develop video content ideas for your YouTube channel! Use them to inspire consistency and fuel that creative mind! Below is a list of 30 April vlogging prompts, peek back in next month for a fresh May list!

30 April Vlogging Prompts

1. April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Capture a fun joke and share it!
2. Compile short clips, Vines, and Instagram videos and make a video that highlights your favorite March moments.
3. Share the books you read in February…which were must reads and which should we pass on?
4. Attempt an Easter inspired nail art tutorial.
5. March favorites haul! Share some of your favorite March finds.Create an Easter inspired craft.
6. Complete the Happy Easter YouTube Tag (questions here)

7. Taste test! Pick something up at the grocery store that you have never tried before and film yourself tasting it for the first time.
8. April 8th is National Zoo Lovers Day. Take us to your zoo!
9. Easter haul and/or recap.
10. Film yourself doing something (anything) with one of your kids.
11. Show us what you love most about your neighborhood.
12. Complete the I Heart Spring YouTube Tag (questions here)

13. Share your favorite fashion trend this Spring.
14. Things kids do that drive you crazy.
15. April 15th is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day. Make it!
16. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates peeps.
17. Show us a hidden talent!
18. Raising My Child YouTube Tag (questions here)

19. Show us something you got at the thrift shop!
20. What are your kids really into right now?
21. Look at the last handful of comments you’ve received on your videos and create a video response to them.
22. April 22nd is National Earth Day…do something earthy. I don’t know…make a compost pile or something.
23. Current events and celeb news…talk about something that’s on your mind.
24. The Pizza Challenge!(examples here)

25. Tell us who you would invite to your celebrity dinner.
26. Why did you start vlogging? What has been the biggest challenge/reward for you in video?
27. Show us how do something.
28. Make a video about anything…from a table in your kitchen.
29. April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day…you know what to do.
30. Share what you did over Spring Break.

Have a great month and happy vlogging!

Click here for a collection of more fun YouTube Tags!

I Heart Spring Tag

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What better way to welcome Spring than to share all the wonderful things we love about it! Answer the I Heart Spring Tag questions below and share all of the things making your heart go pitter patter this season!:

I Heart Spring YouTube Tag Questions:

1. Favorite spring nail polish?
2. What is your must-have lip color this spring?
3. Show us your favorite spring dress!
4. What’s your favorite flower?
5. Favorite spring scarf/accessory?
6. What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year? (Makeup, fashion or both!)
7. Favorite spring candle?
8. Favorite body spray/perfume for spring?
9. What is spring like where you live?
10. What’s your favorite thing about spring?
11. Are you a spring cleaner?
12. Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?

Tag created by Ingrid Nilson:

Click here for a collection of more fun YouTube Tags!


The Pizza Challenge On YouTube

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The Pizza Challenge!:

Grab a friend and complete the pizza challenge together!

1. Add 10 mystery ingredient names to a bowl and take turns drawing 8 ingredients each. (topping examples: marshmallows, chocolate chips, gummy bears, anchovies, cinnamon, olives, bananas, pineapples, chocolate syrup, spaghetti noodles, carrots, pepperoni, pickles, chips)

2. Make a normal pizza with sauce and cheese.

3. Take turns drawing 5 mystery ingredients each and add the ingredients you draw to your pizza.

4. Bake the pizza!

When your pizza is finished you must eat one entire slice with all the toppings!

Examples here:

Have fun!

Click here for a collection of more fun YouTube Tags!

The Happy Easter YouTube Tag

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Hippity Hop Hooray, Easter’s on the way! Okay I’ll stop. Answer the Happy Easter YouTube Tag questions below and share how your family celebrates the holiday in addition to some memories/traditions you have from your own childhood.

Happy Easter YouTube Tag Questions:

1. Do you celebrate Easter?
2. What is your favorite thing about Easter?
3. What are your plans for Easter this year?
4. Do you color eggs?
5. How old were you when you stopped hunting eggs?
6. Favorite Easter treat?
7. Best Easter memory?
8. Do you get pictures with the Easter bunny?
9. What do you typically put in Easter baskets?
10. What does the Easter Bunny typically leave your kids?

Click here for a collection of more fun YouTube Tags!