Writer’s Workshop: I Need Summer

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6. Is it summer time yet? Dig into your archives and share some favorite summer moments you’d like to relive.

I am counting down the days until Summer.

Not because of the beautiful weather…although that’s nice too.

Not because my kids will be home all day everyday…Lord knows that’s more difficult than I had anticipated.

Not because we’re going on any beachy vacations.

And certainly not because I’m tired of snow. We’ve had ONE snow day this year.

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I’m counting down the days until Summer because about this time every year my kids stop wanting to GO to school and a couple of them have figured out that when push comes to shove, I can’t physically force them to go to school. Well…I CAN, but I’ve done that before and it traumatizes my day. So I won’t.

I have one child I hold my breath for every. single. morning. Will it be a struggle? Will she go happily? Is she okay?

Another child who goes happily, but randomly decides to try out the first child’s stay home strategy.

The third child has not caught on to the fact that playing the sick card puts me into a terribly uncomfortable guessing game. And I cannot believe he’s the one giving me the least amount of trouble at this point.

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The truth of the matter is, I personally don’t mind if my kids need a mental health day. Or if they need an extra sick day to recover from their sick days. My core personality does not feel like I need to pressure my kids to NEVER MISS A DAY OF SCHOOL. I’m pretty relaxed. Hell, if Maile wants to live in her purple bedroom for the rest of her life, I’m happy to continue vacuuming it for her.

The problem is, I have my own anxiety issues. I DON’T WANT TO TALK TO THE FRONT DESK LADY. I don’t want to explain why the kids are absent. I don’t want to email the teachers. I don’t want a letter alerting me of too many absences. I don’t want to sit down with the school counselor or the principal or the lunch lady or ANYONE.

I want to be a recluse. In my home. With the Internet.

Sure I put on my pleasant face, I wave and behave as regular adults should behave, but I don’t really want to be thrown into the position to “advocate” for anyone. That’s not my area. For heavens sake, I can’t even order a pizza without a fluttering of nerves in my stomach (or is that hunger?) that’s anticipating a pick up from the 17-year-old delivery boy.

My kids need Summer. They’re falling apart over here.

I need Summer.

I need it like a small kitten needs a lactating mother.

How many more sleeps?

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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. A memorable date.
2. How your parents met.
3. Something you learned from your child.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: shattered.
5. Something you learned in February.
6. Is summer time yet? Dig into your archives and share some favorite summer moments you’d like to relive.

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Writing Prompts For 02.26

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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. Husbands. A post that hopefully will not get you in trouble.
2. An ordinary day told by photos.
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: magic.
4. What did they get into now? Describe a time your toddler got into something they shouldn’t have.
5. Analyze a popular song you heard on the radio (present or past) what exactly does it all mean?
6. Share 7 gifs that best express what makes you happy.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“All I did was to introduce him to this universe, they gave him what I was unable to all those years ago; they loved someone else’s child as their own. ” -Another Cookie Please

“I downed the pills but/I can’t sedate the noise.” -Something Something

“I watched her.Children ran by, cars avoided her, and people walked by not noticing.”-Just The Stuff Ya Know

“And then you actually start chemo, and everything you panicked about seems…routine.” -Not Just Another Mother Blogger

“Don’t even bother painting your nails while your kids are awake.” -Mom For Less

Writer’s Workshop: Like A Loon

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3. “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” ~ Maya Angelou -Now write.

When my husband walks through the door I scream, “Honey!!! Honey!!” in the most obnoxious high pitched voice.

I do it for the dogs. Because when any of us come home they get so excited and jump all over us. It’s my way of alerting them that he’s here and sure enough they come running over to trample him in the doorway every time.

It’s gotten to the point where all I have to do is see his car and say, “honey??” and they start thumping their tales because they know what’s coming.

Pat recently mentioned how endearing he finds my daily welcoming.

Ahhhh home.

Where I can behave like a loon and be loved not just in spite of it, but for it.

No place I’d rather be.

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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. Name 8 people/places/or things you’d like to give a virtual Valentine to.
2. Share a favorite Valentine’s tradition
3. “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” ~ Maya Angelou -Now write.
4. February 12th is National Plum Pudding Day…share a recipe!
5. Write a poem to your love for Valentine’s Day.

Link up!:



Vlogging Prompts For 02.18

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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 02/18 Link up:

1. Attempt a pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. A Day In The Life: Valentine’s Day Recap
3. Share a recipe that somehow incorporates chocolate.
4. February 18th is National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day. Get cooking!
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.

Now go make that video!

Writer’s Workshop: Better Off Without It

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6. You’re better off without it…

I knew better than to start playing Candy Crush. All of my friends were addicted to the game and I’m definitely the type to get sucked in so I steered clear.

Until I didn’t.

When I finally downloaded it I whizzed through the first five levels and then got stuck on a tricky one and my brain was all, “Oh you can’t trick me! I’m going to beat you and I won’t stop until I do!”

And this went on for about 500 levels.

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The further I got, the less I could stop because I had gotten so far! Each level a new puzzle that begged to be solved! If I removed the app it would be all for nothing.

But the game doesn’t really end. You can’t beat it. And even if you could beat it, you’d only gain the satisfaction of finally defeating something that has consumed your brain every night at bedtime. And in the dentist’s lobby. And when you should be probably cleaning something.

One day, something finally snapped in me.

I need to be done with this game.

I realized time spent playing the game was during the precious time I once used to read.

I missed reading.

Delving into a book! Investing in characters and plots! Learning things! The satisfaction of turning that last page!

Now that’s a true feeling of accomplishment!

So I did it. I deleted Candy Crush on every device I own. I removed the app from Facebook and for a few days I’ll admit it was a little rough. How many times did I mindlessly grab for my phone to try to beat another level? candy crush2

But I’m pleased to announce I made it to the other side cold turkey. I no longer shed tears for all the time it took me to defeat 500 levels. I am no longer craving Candy Crush and I am better off without it!

I wonder when I’ll decide to pick up that book…

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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 10 things you love about motherhood
2. A photo journal entry…show us what winter looks like in your town.
3. Book review!
4. Take a look at your archives, what were you blogging about in a previous year at this time? What has changed?
5. List 8 solutions for bored children.
6. You’re better off without it…
7. A blog post inspired by the word: help

Link up!:



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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Check out Sarah Joy on YouTube and give her a subscribe!

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!