Vlogging Workshop: No Snow Cone For You

I could have filmed my son making a snow cone. He got one of those “as seen on tv” snow cone makers for his birthday and it’s all he wants to do now. Who doesn’t love flavored dye and ice? The problem is, he recently asked if he could make one for breakfast and unfortunately I had to put my foot down on that idea. What followed was what I might call a telepathic death threat. No snow cone for you boy!:

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My favorite Dude Mom shared her son’s answers to the How Well Do You Know Your Mom tag, which was quite adorable:

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Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Take us to the lake.
2. Share a list of your summer must haves.
3. Show us a favorite board game.
4. Film your child cooking something!
5.  Complete the Pinterest Challenge. (Example here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.
7. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. You owe it to the country.

Link up!:

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

1. Share the books you read in July…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 July moments.
3. July favorites haul! Share some of your favorite July finds.
4. August 5th is National Oyster Day. Make some, try some, buy some…do something with oysters for crying out loud.
5. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Instagram Faves Part Three

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I’m excited to follow up with a part three of my Instagram faves to follow. I’ve been meaning to share them since I posted part one and part two . I mentioned before that my typical requirements for infatuation with certain accounts is that many of their photos contain any one of the following items: food I want to eat, animals I want to touch, places I want to go, places I have been, friends I enjoy and/or babies. Without further ado…here is part 3 of my faves:

1.) marloveandspecs. Maryal is so wonderful. I’ve been working with her for some time now via SheKnows, but she has this entirely separate creative side that is just beautiful. I love seeing her light, bright happy photos in my Instagram feed and I had the pleasure of meeting her finally at Blogher last week. She’s good people. You can just feel it when she comes into the room and pushes a mimosa into your hand. That’s good people right there.

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2.) lashawnwiltz. I’ve been waiting for LaShawn’s Instagram page to blow up. Her pictures are gorgeous. You know when you wake up in the morning and make your coffee before your kids wake up? That first sip is warm and happy and it feels so good to start a day on a fresh, clean slate? That’s what LaShawn’s images feel like to me. They capture this beautiful side of motherhood with a punch of creativity and a spot of coffee.

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3.) shugillippo. Jess is the cool girl on the block who has won the Internet over with her humor and awkward, sometimes spastic, self. Her photos interject fun and style into the world of Instagram. She always makes me smile.

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4.) 2sisters_angie. Everyone loves Fashion By Mayhem. Angie’s Instagram page is filled with homemade tissue dresses and has always been a sweet sight in my Instagram feed. But now they have a puppy! I can’t wait to see what sort of adventures are in store for Mayhem and Moxie.

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5.) projectalicia. Right now Alicia’s Instagram feed is filled with gorgeous photos of the Pacific Northwest so I may be a little biased in my love for her. But so many of her outdoor photos capture the zen of being in nature…minus annoying bugs. It’s the best of both worlds when I see her photos in my feed.

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6.) rawbeautykristi. You have to balance the happy, coffee, Pacific Northwest pictures with something bold. Kristi is a YouTube friend of mine who does creepy and wonderful things to her face and I love it. She is such a unique beauty guru because while she shares legit product recommendations and tutorials, she also does these amazing costume makeup tutorials that are so fun to look at!

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7.) thedudemom. Three dudes. Mom fashion. And a heaping teaspoon of humor. Amanda is one of my favorite Internet friends inside and out. We’ve been all up in each other’s social media feeds since our babies were babies. Her Instagram pics always makes me happy. It helps that she’s a photographer. And also that I’m sometimes in the photos.

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8.) mamamaryshow. Bringing it back with more OG love with Mary’s Instagram feed. She’s another human I’ve been loving for a long time on the Internet, but her Instagram feed makes me happy particularly because she looks happy. Last year at about this time Mary was blindsided with a separation from her husband and I’ve been pulling for her ever since. It’s really great to see her popping back into my social media channels.

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I think I’ll add “good people” to my list of reasons I love certain Instagram accounts. I have a way of finding the best the Internet has to offer if I do say so myself. So who am I missing? What accounts do you love that I can start adding to my list?

And of course you can follow my account here! Shameless plug or it didn’t happen, right?

Jam Cocktail!

The Jam Cocktail

I found the Jam Cocktail on Pinterest and was intrigued at the idea of adding a scoop of JAM to what is essentially a glass of gin and lemon juice.

Much to my great joy I was able to trace the drink to my favorite Michael at Inspired By Charm and Marci and I got to work:

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Michael did mention you can make this drink with vodka if gin is not your thing. And he also kindly encouraged the use an actual lemon. The version Marci and I made is what would happen if you left Hoda and Kathie Lee alone with hard liquor.

Full recipe here!

Writer’s Workshop: Boyz II Men Serenaded Me

6. List your top 6 favorite summer moments so far.

We’re only a month into our summer vacation, but I’ve definitely had some awesome highlights, here are six!:

1. I touched an ACTUAL lighthouse!

Cape Disappointment

2. I went to BlogHer with friends in NYC and we got to see Jimmy Fallon’s sign.

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3. This year’s annual camping trip was at Cape Disappointment. #NotDisappointing.

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4. Drinks with friends!

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5. I finished the Divergent trilogy!!


6. Boyz II Men serenaded me (and about 100 other women, but mostly me).

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And bonus prompt! I do have a family photo I’ve been waiting to hang since CHRISTMAS. I cannot get my act together to find a frame for it, but this is the print:


Isn’t that fun!?! It’s the only professional family photo we’ve ever had done.

Now it’s your turn!

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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. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous July and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Describe a memorable camping trip.
3. Ask your child what their favorite part of Summer has been and then write about it.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: last.
5.Photographs can turn a house into a home. Share a photograph that is not on your wall, but should be…if you weren’t so lazy about actually putting it there.
6. List your top 6 favorite summer moments so far.

Link up!:

Vlogging Prompts For 07.29

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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 07/29 Link up:

1. Take us to the lake.
2. Share a list of your summer must haves.
3. Show us a favorite board game.
4. Film your child cooking something!
4.  Complete the Pinterest Challenge. (Example here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.
7. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. You owe it to the country.

Now go make that video!

Selfies With My Kids

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration between RealTimes and SheKnows.

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Cameras weren’t a big focus in our family when I was growing up. We do have a good couple photo albums, but it’s nothing compared to the thousands I have on file for my own family.

I treasure the photos I have of my Mom actually BEING a mom because they are so few. When I see one it brings me right back to the moment. Her hair, her glasses, her Tab, her six kids…it’s all still there.

When I became a Mom I was determined to get myself into more photos with my kids and so began my journey to perfect selfies with my kids. I blame my need to take so many photos on four things.


1. Death

I have too few photos of my Dad. As morbid as it is, I want to leave my kids with more than a memory to hold onto should the unspeakable happen to someone they love.


2. The Bobarazzi.

We lovingly nicknamed our second Dad the Bobarazzi because he took his camera everywhere and would spend hours organizing the developed film into photo albums, all numerically ordered. I learned that any moment with family is a moment worth capturing.


3. Cute Babies.

I stepped up my photo taking game big time when my kids were born because…cute. Every little expression was adorable to me and because of this I became the Bobarazzi in their life too. Or maybe the Momarazzi.

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4. The Digital Age

It’s just too easy to take photos these days, there is no reason NOT to. You get instant gratification, you don’t have to pay to develop film, and even the screen can flip around to show you exactly what you’re taking a photo of. Most of us don’t even leave home without a camera at this point because it comes BUILT INTO OUR PHONES! It’s like life is just begging for more pictures to be taken.

This month I shared 10 selfie fails with my friends at SheKnows on behalf of RealTimes to highlight some of the more embarrassing pictures I’ve taken of myself on this journey to capture motherhood with my kids. Why do I still have them? Because even ugly pictures are better than no pictures at all.

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Check them out here!

I’d love to hear about your selfie fails. :)

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration between RealTimes and SheKnows.