Writer’s Workshop: Miss Helen L. Woods

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2.) Find a photo of your grandmother’s hometown and share it.

Well I fell down a rabbit hole in my attempt to dig up a photo of my grandmother’s hometown. I was inspired by this prompt when Granny mentioned she grew in Boulder and I was all, “HEY I’ve BEEN to Boulder!” because for some reason things get a little more personal when you’ve actually experienced a place as opposed to just hearing Granny mention it in passing.

And actually, this was the first I had ever heard her mention Boulder. I thought she grew up in Kansas, which is actually where she was born, but she says most of her childhood was spent in Boulder.

Don’t ask me how she got to Seattle or where she met my Grandpa because I don’t have a clue. How can I know so little about my own grandparents?

What started off as a Google search for Boulder in the 1920’s (here it is by the way, compliments of wikipedia):

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ended up as a paid service with Ancestry.com and a family tree filled in with a hell of a lot of people related to me that I’ve never heard of. Naturally.

My Mom gave me a little to get going, like Granny’s maiden name, and after a quick search I texted my Mom and was all, “Does Granny have a sister named Marjorie? Is her Mom Irene and her Dad Charles?” and my Mom was all, “well I’ll be…that’s them!”

And so began the fascinating process of figuring out who my Granny is.

Miss Helen L. Woods.

At 11pm.

Naturally.

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That’s just a sliver of a side of the project I decided I needed answers to immediately.

And can we please bring back names like Helen, Marjorie, Fannie, and Elma? I love these ladies.

Happy birthday Granny!

 

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.) Share a back to school memory.
2.) Find a photo of your grandmother’s hometown and share it.
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.

 

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Vlogging Prompts For 09.10

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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 09/10 Link up:

1.) Share a favorite app that you are loving.
2.) Review a product you love.
3.) Share some back to school tips. Do you have any goals for this school year?
4.) Create Fall inspired “how-to” video.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Vlogging Workshop: Island Of Lanai

This week I’m wrapping up our Hawaii trip with the last week we spent on the island of Lanai. I think everyone should make time to visit this island when planning a trip to Hawaii. It’s so beautiful there:


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I’m featuring Somer’s Redneck Vacation because after watching her video from last week she’s convinced me a vacation at Lake at the Ozarks needs to happen someday!:


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Check out Somer on YouTube and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1.) Share something to do with bored kids.
2.) Pinterest inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest.
3.) Show us something you got in the mail.
4.) Tell us about a time you were teased.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.



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

1.) Show us where you swim.
2.) Share a camping tip or memory.
3.) What were the best/worst things about being pregnant?
4.) Teach Us Something!
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Writer’s Workshop: 10 Ways To Cool Off

2.) 10 ways to cool off on a hot day.

This is about that time when we’ve all forgotten how cold and long winter was and we start complaining about scorching temperatures. I will lead the way! Because damn…it’s hot. Here are my top 10 ways to cool off!:

1. Host a pool party!

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2. Ice cream for multiple purposes…

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3. Take a cool bath.

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4. Go fishing.

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5. Take your CAT to the beach with you

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6. Find An Air conditioner.

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7. Find a sprinkler.

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8. Jump in a lake.

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9. Let your ice sister out of her room…

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10. And ask her for your own personal snow flurry.

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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.) Have you ever felt that life was getting in the way of a big goal? Did you end up giving up or pressing forward? (inspired by Crissy)
2.) 10 ways to cool off on a hot day.
3.) An app you love.
4.) If you could have any super mom power, what would it be?
5.) A blog post inspired by the word: glistening



Smarter Than A Mommaloguer

The videos for SheKnows Mommalogues got a little makeover that I really like. Instead of featuring just one person’s answer the videos now combine a variety of Mommaloguers answers. This week they had us go through a list of questions about America in a fun version of “Are You Smarter Than A Mommaloguer”.

The short answer is that you are more than likley much smarter than me, but you can see for yourself where you rank with the others:


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Also On Mommalogues this week:

Baby Butts On Facebook, Too Cute Or TMI?
What should schools do about teachers accused of bad behavior?
If you could pick a celebrity to be your own mother, who would it be?
Should preschool be mandatory?
What is the worst job you ever had?

Writer’s Workshop: Tossing Eggs

1.) Share something you learned in June.

After spending Saturday at the beach learning about my kids’ great grandmother, we stayed inland on Sunday for some good ol’ fashioned horse riding. I never realized what a huge role ranching played in Hawaii’s culture until I met Pat’s family. I just kind of envisioned everyone waxing surfboards on Hawaiian time, but these people work really hard.

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Apparently Pat’s grandfather was one of the best ranchers at Parker Ranch here and Parker Ranch is The Big Island’s bread and butter. It’s everywhere. Over 300 miles of everywhere…Parker Ranch gift shops galore. Pat’s grandmother spent time living on a ranch as well, and that’s why on Sunday it made sense to spend our day riding horses, roping fake cattle, and tossing eggs.

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Because a family reunion can’t possibly be a family reunion without an egg toss.

And there I was, excited to be filming Pat and Maile throwing eggs at each other. I was so distracted by my eagerness to catch WHO the egg was going to explode on that I was ignoring Kainoa’s pleas for a pop, “can I have a Coco-Cola like Laina mom??? Can I? Can I mom?”

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And I was all, “Yes! Just go, whatever…this egg toss is intense!”

So he ran off and came back and was all, “Mom, the Coco-Colas are all gone, Laina got the last one!”

And I was all, “Work it out dude, I don’t know.”

And he was all, “Can I have something else?”

And I was all, “OMG, yes whatever!”

So he ran off and came back and was all, “Mom I don’t like my drink…I don’t like Root Beer.”

And I was all, “Ugh! You can’t take a sip of something and just leave it laying around!”

So he ran off and came back and was all, “Mom…I drank some more, but I really don’t like it. Do I have to drink it all before I choose something else?”

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And I was all, “I don’t like Root Beer either, just save it for Daddy.” But on the inside I was cringing because these kids make me look bad when they’re wasteful or rude and I have a facade of perfection I’d like to uphold…”the mother who has it all under control, raising respectful children!”…I was tempted to teach him a lesson and make him finish his Root Beer, but the last thing he needed in his body was 8oz of sugar and toxins floating inside.

 

Pat and Maile finished the toss and I flipped through the photos I took, deleting 90% of them because photos of humans tossing eggs to one another really isn’t frame worthy material and I motioned Pat to Kainoa’s drink, “hey can you finish Kainoa’s Root Beer? He opened it, but doesn’t like it.”

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And then I sighed again at his wastefulness like a mother who cares about that stuff might do.

But Pat picked up his Root Beer and was all, “Is THIS what Kainoa has been drinking? Is THIS his Root Beer?”

Because as it turns out it wasn’t a Root Beer Kainoa was sipping from the coolers, it was a Coors Light.

No wonder he didn’t like it.

Thank GOD he didn’t like it.

Realizing I should never take my eyes off that child of mine was a valuable lesson that I learned last month. Every month, actually.

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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.) Share something you learned in June.
2.) 10 Things you hope to accomplish this summer.
3.) Show us your red, white, and blue!
4.) Share your top favorite photo you took in June. Give us the back story.
5.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: blooming



Vlogging Workshop: On The Big Island

4.) Recap a day (or week) in your life.

This week I’m recapping week one on The Big Island for you! The first couple days of our trip were spent with our wonderful extended family and then we were left to our own devices for a few days. Here’s what that time looked like:


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I’m featuring Courtney because her White Girl Sangria made me want to reach right through the screen and snatch it from her. All drinks should be made in mason jars!:


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Check out Courtney’s channel on YouTube and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

1.) Create a mini video compilation highlighting your June!
2.) Monthly Haul! Share your favorite things from June.
3.) Talk about your worst dental experience.
4.) Create a “how to” video.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.



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

1.) Talk about your worst dental experience.
2.) Share an embarrassing story.
3.) Show us water.
4.) This Or That Summer Edition Tag (inspired by dreamflight6000)
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.