Vlogging Workshop: I Don’t Mind

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I know the cycle of life is that kids will listen to music that horrifies parents. My parent’s did not appreciate my sister’s love for Madonna’s Like A Virgin and my Mom was disgusted when I cranked up Salt&Peppa’s Let’s Talk About Sex. Now I get to be the horrified parent and the tricky part is that I actually LIKE the music I’m horrified by. Bruno Mars is my guy. I just love him. But “make love like gorillas” really? The latest gem comes from Usher in a song called “I Don’t Mind” about…supporting a woman’s choice to work outside the home. Or…something like that:


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Sarah Joy made me smile with her “Anti Rant” entry last week. Her first anti rant is about Wednesday. Perfect insight for your day today!:


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Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Pick up your Ipod or phone or whatever stores your music and press shuffle…what comes up first? Tell us about that song choice.
2. Attempt a pin you saw on Pinterest…was it a win or a fail?
3. Show us something fun in your community.
4. January 23rd is National Pie Day. So make one.
5. Complete the Happily Married YouTube Tag! (questions here)
6. 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. Show us the top 9 things that bring you joy.
2. Share a favorite January purchase.
3. Create a blooper reel!
4. Review a book you read this month.
5. Get crafty! Show us something you made.
6. Complete the Me Time Tag! (questions here)
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 02.04

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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 02/04 Link up:

1. Show us the top 9 things that bring you joy.
2. Share a favorite January purchase.
3. Create a blooper reel!
4. Review a book you read this month.
5. Get crafty! Show us something you made.
6. Complete the Me Time Tag! (questions here)
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writer’s Workshop: My Past Life

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3. If the way you spent your New Year’s Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?

I spend my New Year’s Eve at home every single because Y2K.

I don’t always live in fear, but I do on New Year’s Eve. What if something blows up? What if a drunk driver hits me? If there were such a thing as a “past life” I believe mine probably ended on a New Year’s Eve somewhere.

And in another past life I was probably smashed between two semi trucks.

And I’m convinced in another past life I accidentally drove myself right off of a very high bridge which explains when I drive over them now thinking, “everything is fine, just look straight ahead…nothing to see anywhere else. Hundreds of people drive across this bridge everyday and never accidentally drive off of it. EVERYTHING IS FINE.”

In yet another past life I was attacked from behind while distracted on a phone call, which is why I’m always prepared to shove an elbow into anyone who sneaks up behind me. Don’t even!

I also think I may have been swallowed whole by a giant whale in my past life, which is why I can’t go in the ocean without fearing for my life.

If I believed in past lives I would believe this is my last life because usually in your last life you’re really centered and wise and…obviously. So I’ll probably die and turn into an angel and take my seat in heaven at the right side of the Father.

It’s also possible I need to go back to church this year and get my sh*t together.

So if my 2015 party of five is any indication of the year to come then I’d say it’s going to be spent feeling completely content, happy, and full on sushi and champagne.

And I’m definitely okay with that!

But will still steer clear of whales, bridges, semi-trucks, and attackers just to be sure.

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. Share your 2015 New Year’s Resolution. How did last year’s turn out?
2. Did you pick a Word Of The Year for 2015? Share!
3. If the way you spent your New Year’s Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?
4. Share your top 12 blog posts from 2014.
5. Share your top 12 photos from 2014.
6. You know the stories that are retold a million times at family gatherings? I call them Life Stories that you just never live down. List your Top 10 Life Stories. Example here.
7. 7 best ways to spend Winter Break.
8. Book review time! What winter read has you snuggled in and turning pages?
9. Describe a New Year’s where you would have been better off just staying home.

Link up!:



Caffeine Triggered New Year Manic Mode

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I’m not a New Year’s Resolution type person because marching into a New Year fills me with more fear than it should. It’s just a day. I shouldn’t overthink it. But I hate rocking the boat. What if 2015 brings bad things. I don’t like bad things.

But there is something contagious in the air this year and I have suddenly become ALL ABOUT resolutions.

I’m not kidding when I tell you in the past week I have made the following statements to my husband:

“This year is all about drinking more water for me! Time to clear up that face!”

“Oh watch out, because I’m talking Salad every. night. Definitely going to make that a staple in our dinners this year!”

“2015 is going to see me in the kitchen! I definitely need to make home cooked meals more of a priority.”

“I am so tired of slacking on household duties. I’m going to organize this closet right now and it’s going to be the start of a cleaner home around here!”

“I would really love to focus on my YouTube channel more this year with more consistent video uploads. I like my Friday drink videos, but I’m thinking how about a “Throwback Thursday” series? Then my Vlogging Workshop Wednesdays and perhaps save Mondays for sponsored content, YouTube Tags, and free days. Tuesday will be a good day to have off.”

“No more dilly dallying at the computer for me. I need to work for an hour and then do something active before sitting down to work for another hour. Definitely need to be taking more walks and moving a bit more. I want to lose 10 pounds this year!”

“This is your year Pat! New Year, new YOU! I’m going to be a really good wife to you!!!”

(Followed by an insult within an hour and he totally called me out on it.)

Let me be clear that I’m operating with the same number of hours in a day that I operated with last year.

You know…2014.

The year of me feeling “spread too thin”.

I have the same number of jobs requiring the same amount of attention, the same number of kids, the same home business…but somehow 2015 is the year I magically turn into a superhero and do all the things.

How long until my Caffeine Triggered New Year Manic Mode crashes and burns?

I’m not crazy enough to take on the Whole30 life change though. I have to draw the line somewhere.

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Writer’s Workshop: Best Of 2014

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4. A year in review! Compile a years worth of your best blog posts and pictures.

It’s my favorite time of year! Time to look back and pick out the best of 2014 in terms of blog posts and favorite pictures. I always love looking back at the fun we survived together and sort of want to hang on to the year a bit longer when it’s been a good one. My only wish for 2015 is that I hope I end it the same way I’m ending 2014…happy and in one piece with my entire, great big, healthy family!:

January.
Obviously my favorite post of 2014 has to be my best of 2013 recap, but as far blog posts that mean something to me I enjoy this one about  a why it bothers me that I can’t fly.

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February.
I thanked a stranger who helped my toddler down an escalator after I stranded her at the top.

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March.
I shared my preparation plans to flee the country and was not taken seriously enough.

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April.
I listed the many wonderful things that make me happy in life.

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May.
I talked about Laina’s traumatic birth and the affect it didn’t have on her. I also shared something Anne Frank’s father said that made me do a double take at my own tween.

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June.
We spent our first day of Summer in Hawaii and if it’s possible to be jealous of my past self…I am.

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July.
My little great dane turned seven and we were still in Hawaii and I’m still jealous. But super relieved Kainoa didn’t develop a taste for alcohol after cracking open his first beer while we were there.

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August.
I learned my husband keeps a knife in our bedroom and my children got into an argument that made me want to tackle them. Old habits die hard.

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September.
In a sick twist of fate my Granny passed away just 15 days after I wrote about digging into her fascinating life, not a great month, but she lived a full, beautiful life.

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October.
My girl turned 11 and my husband took on a personal challenge for himself that turned out to be more of a personal challenge for ME.

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November.
My husband and I celebrated 12 years of marriage and I spent some time reflecting on my own parents marriage.

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December.
Merry Christmas from Santas pictures of our past is always my favorite December throwback.

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Onward 2015!

Happy New Year!!!

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. Look back at the resolution you made last year at this time, how did you do?
2. 7 best ways to spend Winter Break.
3. Book review time! What winter read has you snuggled in and turning pages?
4. A year in review! Compile a years worth of your best blog posts and pictures.
5. Describe a New Year’s where you would have been better off just staying home.



Merry Christmas!

We’re taking a break from Writer’s Workshop this week. Partly because I suspect many of you might be paying attention to your families today and partly because I still haven’t caught up on all of LAST week’s entries. I guess this week was busier than I had anticipated.

Instead, today I’m sharing our life in Santa pics as I do every year. I think it’s safe to say Maile and Laina really aren’t believing in the white beard any longer, but I haven’t come right out and admitted anything. I guess I just don’t want them to start running their mouths to people about it, not that it stops them.

I caught them bringing it up to the daycare kids and one of the kids was all, “If our PARENTS are SANTA CLAUS…then HOW do they fit down the CHIMNEY!?!?”

God bless’em.

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Merry Christmas!

Writer’s Workshop: Best Gift Ever!

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4. Best or worst gift you ever received.

It’s hard to nail down the best gift ever since in my lifetime I’ve experienced so many wonderful Christmases.

There is the white kitten my Mom got me so that I would finally stop begging for it.

My step-dad dropped a tiny black lab into my lap when he came home from a hunting trip one year. I can only compare the sheer joy and shock I felt at seeing the dark bundle tumble out of his zipped up jacket to the birth of my firstborn child. Overjoyed to tears in the midst of my hormonal teenage phase.

I purchased myself a small figurine of a husband, wife and small baby for our first Christmas after Maile was born, but since I wasn’t working at the time I felt guilty and returned it. On Christmas Day, my Grandma (who was known for some odd gift giving) had the exact figurine wrapped in a gift bag for me without knowing anything about the one I had taken back to the store.

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My sister spent hours upon hours crocheting a gorgeous blanket one Christmas. Every evening she would be watching TV in a recliner near our fireplace and row by row made progress on that blanket. Until one day I was all, “your blanket’s on fire”. It wasn’t actually on fire, but it had been scorched pretty badly and we both stared at each other in disbelief that she had spent so much time on that blanket for nothing. But it wasn’t for nothing. I was the lucky recipient of the scorched blanket and proud owner of it still.

My older brother had a very special gift for me one year and I unwrapped it to find a ponytail of hair. His hair. I had encouraged him to cut it all of for Locks Of Love, so he did…and I still have it.


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And this year I have already opened a wonderful gift from Kainoa. He purchased it for me at the school’s Santa Shop and insisted I open it early. Last year I received a gorgeous bejeweled compact and I wasn’t sure he could outdo himself, but when I opened this heart shaped diamond ring it became clear I am raising this boy right.

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He is going to grow up and become a rap star and buy me a new house and car, I just KNOW IT.

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. Complete the “Where I’m From” poem. (template here)
2. Share a favorite holiday inspired recipe!
3. Create a list of must-have gifts you’ve got your eye on this Christmas.
4. Best or worst gift you ever received.
5. Describe how you would celebrate the holidays if it was totally up to you and money was not a factor.
6. Write a blog post inspired by the word: icy