Writer’s Workshop: Eight!!

If you asked me to choose a photo that might sum up the smallest human I’m raising, I might share this one.

climbing on furniture

That look of anger/irritation you’re seeing on his face is because I had the audacity to get angry at him first for breaking a rule and putting himself in danger in the process.

How dare I?

This boy is the master of flipping the issue. I send him to his room for not keeping his hands to himself and later he’s willing to forgive me for being so mean…if I apologize.

But then there’s that other side to him, the cuddly, baby-loving, mama’s boy.

So what if he likes to climb on furniture and terrorize his sisters and play video games all day. Just look at that face!

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I often joke that my greatest challenge as his mother is simply to keep him alive. I wouldn’t even call him a risk taker so much as he is just completely oblivious to any risks that might exist at all. What oncoming traffic? What cliff? He’s risky in the least intentional way possible.

I hope he continues to skirt past any significant harm for the rest of his life. Lord knows I’ll be redirecting his body back to the safer route forever…even if he retaliates with the angry staredown.

Kainoa Turns 8

Happy eighth birthday Kainoa!

You turned one.
You turned two.
You turned three.
You turned four.
You turned five.
You turned six.
You turned seven.

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. List 7 things you’d rather be doing this summer.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: challenge.
3. Book review!
4. How is Summer Vacation different for your kids than it was for you growing up?
5. Take us somewhere local spot in your city and show us what we’re missing…you’ll be saving us thousands of dollars now that we won’t need to take that trip!

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Vlogging Workshop: Better Have My Money

Ever wonder how a song was written? With so many great hits out there, the process of songwriting is fascinating! This is exactly how I imagine Rhianna’s “Better Have My Money” was written. I apologize in advance for any embarrassed feelings you might encounter while watching the video. I feel them too. But I can’t stop.:


(video here)

And I’m featuring Lisa from Atypical Familia because her entry last week showed what a morning is like in a day of her life and I’m fascinated by NYC. Can you imagine riding subways this often everyday?:


(video here)

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

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Share the books you read in May…which were must reads and which should we pass on?
2. Compile short clips, Vines, and Instagram videos and make a video that highlights your favorite June moments.
3. June favorites haul! Share some of your favorite June finds.
4. Attempt something you saw on Pinterest!
5. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:




Get a jumpstart on next week’s video! Here are the prompts next Wednesday’s Link up:

1. Tell us about a favorite camping memory.
2. Try out a life hack you’ve seen floating around the Internet. Does it really work?
3. Unbox something.
4. Q&A time! Have your community ask you questions and give the people what they want. Your answers.
6. Free Day! Link up any video you have not previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 07/15

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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 07/15 Link up:

1. Tell us about a favorite camping memory.
2. Try out a life hack you’ve seen floating around the Internet. Does it really work?
3. Unbox something.
4. Q&A time! Have your community ask you questions and give the people what they want. Your answers.
6. Free Day! Link up any video you have not previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 07.09

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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 7 things you’d rather be doing this summer.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: challenge.
3. Book review!
4.  How is Summer Vacation different for your kids than it was for you growing up?
5. Take us somewhere local spot in your city and show us what we’re missing…you’ll be saving us thousands of dollars now that we won’t need to take that trip!

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“I’m rarely ever calm but I’m always searching for it.” -Something Something

“When clothes no longer fit my kids it is because they grew taller. Not wider.” -Professional Motherhood

“Then one day, quite against her urging, he brought home a new puppy.” -The (Not Always) Lazy W

“It’s an easy sippin’ drink and while I like it with sparking lime water and a squeeze of lime, it’s also yummy with lemon” -Mommy Of A Monster

Pack The Snacks

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Dinner Camping

It has been HOT in Seattle. Sticky hot. And I have been keeping these kids busy with beaches and parks and camping and pools. I’ve been trying to keep costs down, but some of the stuff they want to do is spendy. I took them to a family fun center (arcade, laser tag, bumper boats, etc) and I know they wanted to do lunch there, but treating kids to an afternoon of entertainment AND including lunch is expensive! I’d rather save myself the $30 I’d spend on pizza and use it for a second day of fun down the line.

kids at the ocean

I made an agreement with the kids that we could do a couple more ($$) activities together this summer if we could forgo buying lunch every time we happen to be on the go. Instead, I’m taking the  “pack all the crackers, juices, string cheese, etc. you can get your hands on and have snacks available at all times” route. I know some of you have been taking that route for years now, but the temptation to eat out has always been a spendy temptation for us and I’m relieved to have it off the list of things to do.

Horizon Organic Crackers

Now my focus is to stay well stocked at all times!

Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Roman Candle Cocktail

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

None of you are going to make this drink, but just imagine if you did. It would be tasty. And patriotic. For awhile…because when you mix red and blue, eventually the drink turns purple and purple is not exactly representative of our nation.

That being said, I would totally sip on the Roman Candle cocktail all day long FOR you. Because I’m caring like that:


(video here)

To make this drink combine:

3 oz. Berry Flavored Vodka
½ Oz. Cranberry Juice
Dash of Grenadine

And then slowly drizzle ½ oz. Blue Curacao down the side.

If you want the colors to stay separated you should make it in a martini glass.

I don’t have time for martini glasses.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

Writer’s Workshop: Chomping On Dried Poop

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1. Write a blog post in exactly 15 lines.

Our adorable puppy has a naughty little habit of chomping on dried poop she finds in the back yard.

We don’t like her to stay outside for too long because inevitably she’ll begin a search for poop.

Yesterday I let her stay out a bit longer because it was a beautiful day and I wanted her to stretch her legs.

And I was on the phone with my Mom.

And I forgot I had let her outside.

She caught my eye when I saw her rubbing her face in the bushes.

I yelled for her to come to me, but could see her face was already caked in dirt.

I realized I might have to rinse her in the sink.

When I pulled her into my arms her muzzle was filled with more than just dirt/poop.

Because it was moving.

It was thick with ants and fleas.

As if she had been pushing her face into a flea infested ant hill.

I tossed her into the bath and pulled dozens of crawling bugs from her face with my fingers.

WITH MY FINGERS!

My adorable little puppy is not adorable anymore and I’m never letting her outside 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. Write a blog post in exactly 15 lines.
2. Milkshakes, margaritas, smoothies and more…share your favorite summer time drink recipe.
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: cool.
4. Share a memorable road trip story!
5. Who has it better, kids or adults? List 10 reasons why you would rather be one over the other.



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