vlogging prompt april4

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 04/16 Link up:

1.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.
2.) What are your kids really into right now?
3.) March Favorites!
4.) Pinterest Inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest and let us know if it really works!
5.) Spring Break recap! What did you?

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts 04.08

April 7, 2014

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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.) A memorable Spring Break.
2.) Have you ever been fired?
3.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: Reflection
4.) Tell us about a blog post you didn’t publish.
5.) Write a list of things kids say that adults can’t get away with.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I grew up with a dog who was my childhood friend from the time I was 4 until I was 18.” -Detours In Life

““April Fools, I hope you like your BROWN E’s , I love you … Mom”. -Valley Girl Gone Country

“With Easter just around the corner, here’s a treat that’s super easy and that your kids will love!” -Looking for Luck, Love, And…

“There is no perfect plan – you cannot design your life from the ground up and pick and choose when things will happen and how it will go.” -Mommablogsalot

“This label simply happens to be one I never considered until fifteen months ago.  It’s right, though.  We can feel it.” -Aimee Writes.”

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My 41st episode for Crafty Mom’s Weekly Challenge at The Stir was to create Easter String Eggs by slathering yarn with a starchy solution and wrapping it around a balloon. The yarn is supposed to dry on the balloon and when you pop the balloon it keeps it’s egg like shape.

So what do you do with string in the shape of eggs? This is a wonderful question. People on Pinterest are using them for spring centerpieces and garlands…so there you go.

Does it work? Well…it’s not my MOST successful creation, but I think if I had used more of the sticky solution, perhaps my string eggs would have been a little more stiff. I also noticed that on the balloons I didn’t double knot, all of the air deflated and ruined the whole egg.

In conclusion, yes it works…be generous with your slather and double knot your balloon!

You can catch the entire episode over at The Stir and check out my other Pinterest inspired crafts here!

My Best Prank

April 6, 2014

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Other than hiding behind corners to jump out and scare people or mewing in bushes to fake out my kids, I’m not really good at pulling off pranks. I hate the pressure of April Fool’s Day to somehow come up with something original that will really trick your loved ones. When Mommalogues asked me to share my best prank, I was happy that I had recently caught one on video that me and the girls played on Pat. I NEVER get him!:

(video here)

Also on Mommalogues this week:

Do you think there’s anything wrong with spoiling your kids?
Over-The-Top proposals: Yay or Nay?
Should vaccinating kids be mandatory?

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2.) Tell us about a prank someone played on you or vice versa.

There is a short trail near our house and when I saw my daughters exploring the 200 square feet of wild life with friends I decided it was the perfect opportunity to prank them.

It’s not unusual to see rabbits and Lord knows we’ve found our fair share of stray cats in this neighborhood, not to mention the raccoons…it’s practically a wildlife refuge.

I crouched down behind a bush and made the tiniest, sweetest sounding kitten mew.

It’s the kitten mew I’ve been perfecting my entire life.

I let out my first desperate cry, “mew!”

And it worked instantly.

Maile was the first, “Did you guys hear that!?!”

And then again, “MEW!”

I was adorable. And obviously missing my mother. A sad kitten…needing help.

“Mew! Mew!”

“A kitten you guys!!”

I heard them scurrying towards me, the rustling of the leaves on the trail, “MEW!”

And for a moment I actually wished there was a lost kitten, the look of concern and hope on those sweet little faces made me feel a little terrible about my prank, but I was in too deep.

I couldn’t turn myself into a kitten so I did the next best thing, “RAWR!!!!”

The kitten turned into a monster/mother hiding in the bushes and the girls squealed and ran away.

My prank was a success!

But now I want a kitten.

And I think they hate me a little.

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.) Write a blog post inspired by your family pet.
2.) Tell us about a prank someone played on you or vice versa.
3.) Share an Easter inspired recipe or craft.
4.) List 6 things you’ve learned from your oldest child.
5.) Open a blank blog post and “right click paste” in the body of the post…what was pasted? Explain it.