Breastfeed Without A Cover

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This week on Mommalogues, the most difficult question for me to answer was the “What do you really think about moms who breastfeed without a cover?” question.

This is a topic I don’t really like to touch because I don’t want to offend women (some good friends of mine) who are true breastfeeding advocates and this is a sensitive issue.

They have been fighting for the right to nurse a child wherever we need to nurse a child and I think that’s great! Personally, however, I would have preferred sitting on the toilet of a bathroom stall while nursing then sit anywhere publicly.

I know. I set the movement back by saying that, but it’s true.

I didn’t want to do it covered in public because my babies didn’t like that and would knock the blanket down. And I didn’t want to risk being uncovered because I don’t like feeling exposed.

I didn’t even feel comfortable breast feeding in the comfort of my sisters living room while our children played…so maybe I’m extreme. It’s possible that my ridiculous need for absolute privacy contributed to my post baby anxiety levels.

So when asked to share what I REALLY think about women who breastfeed without a cover, well part of me feels proud of them for not caring because what is that like!?!

And part of me feels like if you’re going to put yourself out there like that, you can’t possibly be surprised that it makes some people uneasy. Sure, WE understand we’re a life source and providing actual food to a baby, but most everyone else sees boobs. OMG BOOBS!

Check out what the other Mommaloguers have to say about this one!:


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Also on Mommalogues this week:

What are the food rules in your house?
What is the craziest method you’ve tried to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies?
Does homeschooling put kids at a disadvantage socially?

Jack And Coke With Jess

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Cheers to the weekend!

Today I’m sharing a Friday drink that you can make from the comfort of your hotel room. This technique comes in really handy for people who happen to be staying in hotel rooms and find themselves thirsty…for…alcohol? Yes. Exactly that.

I found myself in a hotel room with Jess from Shuggilippo and wouldn’t you know we were both thirsty for alcohol? This is how we made the most of our mini bar:


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Check out Jess’s hilarious YouTube channel and pour yourself a little Jack and Coke to ring in your weekend!

31 September Vlogging Prompts

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Vlogging on a regular basis is hard enough to do on your own without any added inspiration. So here is some added inspiration, a complete list of September vlogging prompts to keep your YouTube channel happy!

31 September Vlogging Prompts

1.) Share some back to school tips.
2.) Fall is coming! Decorate your front porch or mantel.
3.) Bloopers reel…do you have outtakes from previous videos you can put together and share?
4.) Share a favorite app that you are loving.
5.) Complete the Back To School YouTube Tag (questions here)
6.) Show us what you’re wearing in an outfit of the day video!
7.) Review a product you love.

8.) Create Fall inspired “how-to” video
9.) Favorite Fall fashion…show us your boots!
10.) $1 Store Haul!
11.) I Heart Fall YouTube Tag (questions here)
12.) Make caramel apples.
13.) Tell us about something you learned this month.
14.) Ask your Facebook friends for questions to answer in an upcoming video!

15.) Day in the life! Show us what a typical September day is like for your family!
16.) Show us something in your state that we might not have in our state.
17.) Check out the top stories featured on Today and create a video response.
18.) Create a video that responds to viewer comments
19.) Share a favorite piece of Fall decor.
20.) Complete the sisters YouTube tag. (questions here)
21.) Unbox a package you received in the mail.

22.) Show us what’s in your makeup bag.
23.) Create a video inspired by something you pinned on Pinterest.
24.) Create a Fall inspired makeup tutorial.
25.) Show us what a day in your life is like.
26.) Complete the 32 random questions tag. (questions here)
27.) Half time recipe share! Create the perfect Football finger food!
28.) Show us what fall looks like in your neck of the woods!

29.) Create a Halloween inspired tutorial.
30.) Video compilation. Take a look at unused video clips from this month and compile them into a video of their own.
31.) End of the month haul! Share some of your favorite purchases from this month!

 

31 September Writing Prompts

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Writing prompts are a great way to stave off 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 31 writing prompts for September, peek back next month for a fresh October list!

31 September Writing Prompts

1.) Find a photo of your grandmother’s hometown and share it.
2.) Share a back to school memory.
3.) Talk about one thing you learned last month.
4.) Describe how your family celebrated Labor Day Weekend.
5.) Good television is coming! Share the Fall lineup you’re looking forward to.
6.) A blog post inspired by the word: falling
7.) List your favorite must-have apps…why do you love them?

8.) September is National Apple Month, create a blog post inspired by apples.
9.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: goals.
10.) Write about what it was like to live on your own for the first time.
11.) You won an award at some point in your life…what was it for?
12.) List activities that keep your kids busy on rainy days.
13.) Your top favorite dog breeds.
14.) The first name you were almost given before your parents decided on the one you have.

15.) Show us where you go for quiet.
16.) Throwback time! Share an old class photo of yourself.
17.) List the the top 6 books on your list to read next.
18.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: travel
19.) Something funny your child said.
20.) Write about a time you were wrong.
21.) If you were forced to choose a new career today, what would you choose and why?

22.) The first day of Fall is September 23rd, take a photo and share what the first day of Fall looks like in your next of the woods.
23.) Share a quote you love.
24.) Write about an embarrassing moment!
25.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: late
26.) Pinterest inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest and share the results.
27.) Share a Fall inspired slow cooker recipe.
28.) Talk about a favorite childhood toy (either yours or your own child’s)

29.) September 29th is National Coffee day. How do you like your cup?
30.) Throwback time! Share an old photo and tell us about it.
31.) List your top favorite things about Fall.

Writer’s Workshop: STOLEN During Recess

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 5.) It happened during recess….

Two Jesus inspired posts in one week…you guys are LUCKY! Or blessed. Or both.

The Catholic school I attended in 1st and 2nd grade shut down before 3rd grade and my mother reluctantly enrolled us in a public school. Since Dad died, there was a bit of financial pressure involved there and sending all of us to a public school was a heck of a lot cheaper then enrolling us in another private school.

Imagine my dismay when I got to this new public school and realized there was NO PRAYER.

No prayer??

That’s right.

No.

Prayer.

I don’t know how those heathens expected me to study in a room without Jesus, so I brought Jesus to school with me. I had received a gorgeous, shiny, glistening rosary from my mother for my First Communion. I brought my expensive looking satin box to school with me and placed it at the corner of my desk,

I smiled at my friends as my beautiful beads sparkled.

Yes friends. Unlike you, I am a child of God. Do you see my rosary? I am a chosen one.

My friends liked my rosary so much that when I came back from recess after just one day on display, it was gone. STOLEN during recess.

I was crushed. I had not expected this kind of violation even at a public school.

After some silent prayer asking Jesus what the hell I was supposed to do now that my expensive/special item was stolen (not to mention the ultimate of punishments from my mother should she find out)….I heard his voice loud and clear, “My Child, Go forth and confront the guiltiest looking person in your class”.

So the next morning I did.

It was Lonnie.

She had asked me about my rosary and I mistook her inquiry as a desire to get right with the Lord. Instead I sold her on the idea of having a rosary of her own, so she took mine.

Before class began I nestled in next to her at her desk and I was all, “sigh…today is such a terrible no good very bad day…”

And she was all, “oh really why?”

And I was all, “Welllll…my beautiful rosary has been taken. It meant so much to me because, Jesus. And also because my Dad gave it to me before he died and it’s one of the last things I had to remember him by”.

(I said a quick Hail Mary for my lie, but it was a desperate time. I felt sure God would understand.)

Lonnie shifted and I leaned in a little closer and quietly whispered, “you know Lonnie? If you thought my rosary was pretty and wanted to bring it home to show your mom, I wouldn’t even be mad at you. I would just want you to bring it back.”

And Lonnie was all, “Really?”

And my brain was all “Oh hail no girl, I KNEW it was you, PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!” but my mouth said, “Mmhmm…promise.”

Lonnie brought the rosary back the next morning without the satin case and I was so pleased to have those sparkling beads back in my clutches that I didn’t even care about the missing satin case.

Well I did care a little bit because my rosary fit so perfectly into it’s expensive looking case, but I had my rosary! I brought it straight home and never brought Jesus to the classroom again.

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.) Describe what you thought living on your own would be like after you graduated high school.
2.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: adventure
3.) Show us a before and after.
4.) 10 things you’ve learned from reality tv.
5.) It happened during recess….

Add Your Link:




Vlogging Workshop: Stitch Fix Update

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I’m taking another free day option this week and sharing a video I put together to follow up on the Stitch Fix raucous I found myself in a few weeks ago. After receiving emails from the CEO of Stitch Fix as well as the vendor Stitch Fix receives some of their clothes from, I felt like I should provide a Stitch Fix update. My final thoughts. Sort of like Jerry Springer only not nearly as classy:


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And I’m featuring Dude Mom’s back to school haul because with three little guys heading off to school, she knows exactly what we should be stocking up on:


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Check out Amanda’s YouTube channel and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s vlogging prompts:

1.) Vlog your last day of summer.
2.) Bake something!
3.) Labor Day is coming…create a video that somehow incorporates Labor Day…I don’t know. Think of something.
4.) What song has been your summer anthem?
5.) 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.) Use video clips from your camera to create a mini video compilation highlighting your August!
2.) Monthly haul! Share your favorite things from August.
3.) Film the Back to School YouTube Tag! (questions here)
4.) Back to school haul!
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts for 9.03

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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.

Vlogging prompts for the Wednesday 09/03 Link up:

1.) Use video clips from your camera to create a mini video compilation highlighting your August!
2.) Monthly haul! Share your favorite things from August.
3.) Film the Back to School YouTube Tag! (questions here)
4.) Back to school haul!
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!