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:


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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: Britain Is In England

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5. The last thing that made you laugh.

“Mom? I know you’re going to say no, but…”

This almost always result in me saying no to something, but I like to entertain the question nonetheless.

“Erica says I can go to a Little Mix concert with her, but it’s not in this country.”

(Quick pop culture lesson for my fellow old people. Little Mix is the 2015 version of The Spice Girls)

“You’re not going to Canada for a concert.”

She’s TEN.

“No, not Canada!”

I look at her like there isn’t possibly another country she could be talking about, because if not Canada then WHERE?

And she was all, “It’s in Britain.”

And I was all, “No.”

And she was all, “Mom!!!”

And I was all, “Laina, Britain is in England.”

And she was all, “Soooo!”

And I was all, “Well if Erica’s Mom wants to take you then that’s fine with me.”

And then I texted Erica’s Mom to thank her for the overseas invite that she was completely unaware of.

Laina and Erica were soon discouraged from seeing the concert in Britain, but about 30 minutes later Laina approached me again, “Mom? Is there a “United Kingdom” around here somewhere?”

God bless her.

She inherited my knack for Geography.

Maybe this can be one of those things where she grows up to take her own daughter to Europe for a teen bop concert because her own mother never did it for her.

I hope she takes me with her.

Now it’s your turn!

Mama's Losin' It

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The Prompts:

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous June and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Create a summer playlist and share it.
3. Share a lesson you learned from your Father that still sticks with you to this day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: prize
5. The last thing that made you laugh.
6. List 10 hotels you wouldn’t mind living in.

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A Really Terrible Looking Father

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Laina came home after school last week with a Father’s Day gift for Pat. It was a cut out of a giant brown man that she had drawn herself, but it was too big to fit in her backpack so she carried it home.

By the time she arrived she was in tears because Maile had been teasing her about the gift and I was all, “Well, that wasn’t very nice of her…”

I threw Maile a look that said I’d be dealing with her later, but first I wanted to make Laina feel better about her artwork.

“I think it’s a wonderful chef!” I said.

And Maile threw Laina a look that said, “I told you it looks like a chef.”

And then I threw a quick please let that be a chef prayer to the Lord and was all, “Is that a chef Laina?”

And of course Laina sunk into a puddle on the couch because Maile had been calling it a chef all the way home and now here her own mother also called it a chef when it definitely was NOT a chef, but rather obviously it was Pat with a chef’s hat on.

Naturally, I assured her it was a beautifully accurate portrait of her father.

And then I told her a relatable story about how when I was ten I was crying about Father’s Day too, not because I made my Dad look like a chef and was in denial about it, but because my Dad wasn’t even alive to give my chef portrait to.

I had to give my Father’s Day chef portraits to my mother and she was actually a really terrible looking father.

So…see how the glass is half full now?

I definitely turned my Mom Fail into a winning lesson in feeling grateful your dad is alive.

And Pat loved his gift.

Everyone wins.

Except for me.

Because my Mom still makes a really terrible looking father.

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Writer’s Workshop: Don’t Worry, It Will Be Fun

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3. Share something you learned this week.

I don’t even like to hike.

I must have seen some sort of local news show that talked about Discovery Park in Seattle and how there’s a beautiful lighthouse at the beach there. I realized I had never actually been to Discovery Park so I proposed we go on Sunday evening. My family has little say when I get my mind on something. They’re at the mercy of my every adventure.

“Don’t worry, it will be fun!”

The website said the beach and lighthouse was a 1.5 mile hike from the parking lot and that sounded manageable.

A sunset hike!

How lovely!

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It was awful. The entire hike was downhill. So many stairs. So much dirt. So many complaining kids. It took us somewhere between 20-30 minutes and flip flops were a terrible walking choice.

When we made it to the bottom I made the mistake of saying, “Boy I don’t even want to THINK about how hard it is going to be to walk 1.5 miles back UP HILL!”

Laina burst into tears.

I didn’t even bother consoling her because she was right.

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There was an eclipse of time where everyone was happy. The lighthouse was beautiful. The kids frolicked in the sand. The water glistened!

But we had to hustle up and leave because while a sunset hike sounded lovely at the time, it means the 1.5 mile trek uphill will be dark.

When we finally made it the van I collapsed and cursed myself and my stupid idea, but my crossfit husband was all, “thanks for the hike!”

And then he was all, “Seriously though, does it concern you how out of shape you are? I mean, what would you have done if you were by yourself and there was an emergency?”

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And I was all, “like what?”

And he was all, “Well if a bear attacked, what would you do?”

And I was all, “I’d lay down. I don’t fight bears and I don’t like to be chased. What would you do big man? Wrestle it?”

And he was all, “Well if I had the kids with me I would tell them to run and then I would sacrifice myself to buy them more time.”

And I was all, “Oh well you don’t actually have to be in any physical shape at all to allow a bear to eat you. So I guess I’m good.”

I suppose I learned a few things this week. I learned that the thing I hate most about hiking is the walking part. Particularly if any portion of the walking is done at any sort of incline. And I learned that you don’t need to be in any physical shape at all to sacrifice your life in a bear attack. So there’s really no point in me being physically fit like Mr. Crossfit over here.

But maybe most importantly I learned that starting a hike at 7pm on a school night is the worst possible idea and that any time someone says, “Don’t worry, it will be fun!” you should definitely probably worry. Especially if that someone is me.

We got home at 11pm after a late night Burger King dinner.

It’s okay.

I’m safe now.

Next time, I think we’ll opt to park in the parking lot that was DIRECTLY NEXT TO THIS LIGHTHOUSE.

It really was beautiful though.

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Now it’s your turn!

Mama's Losin' It

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The Prompts:

1. Write a blog post inspired by the word: listen
2. Write a poem for your Father.
3. Share something you learned this week.
4. 10 Things you hope to accomplish this summer.
5. Describe a time you made things…awkward.

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Vlogging Workshop: Watermelon Smoothies For Kids

2. Show us how do something.

The adult version of this drink was a colossal fail, but would watermelon smoothies for kids be more successful? This might be a great summer treat the kids could make with minimal assistance. Every single one of the kids liked it, including the big one I’m married to. Watermelon, strawberries, sugar and ice. That’s it! I’ll let the kids show you how:


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I bet I could just add tequila to THAT for my watermelon margarita next time.

And I’m featuring the epic lip sync battle that Nancy put together with her family last week, mostly because this is exactly how I prefer to spend all of my free time. Fun idea Nancy!:


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Check out Nancy’s Channel on YouTube and give her a subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. May 27th is National Grape Popsicle Day! Incorporate grape popsicles into your video.
2. Show us how do something.
3. Make a video about anything…from the inside of your car.
4. Take us to your local Farmer’s Market.
5. Complete the 20 Dollar Target Haul Challenge!
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

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

1. Name 6 things you’re looking forward to this Summer.
2. Share the books you read in May…which were must reads and which should we pass on?
3. Compile short clips, Vines, and Instagram videos and make a video that highlights your favorite May moments.
4. May favorites haul! Share some of your favorite May finds.
5. Complete the How Well Do You Know Your Dad tag. (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Writer’s Workshop: Never Be A Real Housewife

1. Write a list of 10 reasons why you could not be a real housewife from any county.

Watching the Real Housewives of all the counties is one of my favorite past times. The things that come out of their mouths, the trips, the drinking, the cat fights…I am all about that life. Watching it. From the safety of my living room. I could never be a real housewife for the following reasons:

1. Confrontation makes me scared.

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2. I don’t have nannies to watch my kids during our tropical trips.

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3. I like to eat too much to take on any of the Real Housewife diets.

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4. I don’t throw things when I’m angry.

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5. I laugh when I’m uncomfortable.

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6. I love brunch.

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7.  I don’t know how to behave like an adult.

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8. My siblings would make fun of me.

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9. I would likely end up divorced.

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10. I would have to borrow Chanels…

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Now it’s your turn!

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The Prompts:

1. Write a list of 10 reasons why you could not be a real housewife from any county.
2. Something your kids said that made you think.
3. Share a mom fail.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: engaged
5. Memorial Day Weekend plans?? Share what you did!
6. Tell us about a time you were sent to the Principal’s office.

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Watermelon Margaritas!

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I brought my lovely friend Marci back for drink this week and surprised her with Watermelon Margaritas. Turns out, neither of us like watermelon, but I was pretty much sold on the idea of drinking a margarita out of a fruit rind.

Ultimately, it wasn’t the watermelon we had a problem with so much as it was the 1 Cup Tequila the recipe required.

THAT’S A LOT OF TEQUILA:


(video here)

Maybe a tastier version of this recipe here or here or here?

Have a great weekend!