Ink Quills

I had a group blog before but unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned. Having a group blog was harder than I thought, with more work that I expected but I’m crazy enough to give it another try. I’m not looking for anything in particular, just people who love writing.

I can’t say this enough… if you love writing but don’t have a blog, please contact me. Even if you would only like to contribute once in a blue moon

I have a domain for Ink Quills but I thought I would start publishing the posts on this site to start off with for the first few months. Then I would post here and on the group site. I’d really like to put my Anonymous Parent section to use more as well. It’s for parents and others to really tell it like it is about anything and everything without the worry of people knowing who you are.

Ink Quills is still in the very early stages but I’d like to start posting in the next few months. Just know that I welcome all types of writing. Food, decorating, fashion, crafts, DIY, teaching, poetry, news, art work, photography, guest posts (for this blog and Ink Quills), short stories, humor, flash fiction, television show updates, travel, creative writing, music, book reviews, and anything else you can think of.

Basically, everything under the sun. I’m looking for about four-six people but that may change. Contact me at elle dot mommyhood at gmail dot come and please put Ink Quills in the subject line.

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Music Monday: James Bay

Planting apple trees at our new house.

Planting apple trees at our new house.

The past few weeks have been so busy. We bought our very first home after my husband retired from the military two weeks ago. I just had surgery last Monday and the packers for our move came Tuesday. Everything got moved in Thursday and here we are. It’s so weird that after all this time thinking we would be moving back to California, we decided to stay in Maine. It will be an adjustment.

Plus, there’s no way we would be able to get a house for the same price as here. Our new house sits on 4 1/2 acres and my husband has dreams of an apple orchard, which he already started planting for. The whole process of finding a home is confusing and one big mindfuck. But, after 20 years as a Navy wife, we’re finally home.

Here’s James Bay. My husband and I are seeing him in October. Squee, I can’t wait! His music’s great, he’s hot, and he has an English accent. I’m a sucker for an accent. I love true musicians that just need a guitar and their voice to create awesome music.

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Book Suggestions For Adults And Kids

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The Art Of Crash Landing – I really loved the style of writing in this book. Mattie, who’s pregnant, finds out about a possible inheritance from her grandmother and goes to Oklahoma with nothing to lose. She finds that there’s a mystery surrounding who her mother was when her mom was younger to the broken person she became after Mattie was born. I really like this one. It’s fun to read and a little quirky.

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Between You And Me – Domestic violence is at the forefront of this book so it can be hard to read because of the content but this book consumed me. It tells two sides of a married couple’s story and the ending is unexpected.

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The Dinner – Two families come to meet for dinner one night to discuss the outrageous behavior of both of their sons. It starts off as polite chatter and turns to the matter at hand. The horrific crime commited by their sons.

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Before I Go To Sleep – Christine wakes up each morning not knowing who she is. There is a wall of pictures and notes in the bathroom that helps her to see her life and her marriage to her husband, Ben, who helps her fill in the pieces. Her interest is piqued about how her accident that erased her memory came about. I loved the ending to this book.

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The Light Between Oceans – I suggested this book last year but I just had to do it again. Every now and then, a book will really make an impact on me and this is one of them. It’s beautifully written and has had a lasting impression. A married couple live in a lighthouse and have had trouble with infertility.

A newborn baby and a dead man wash ashore in a boat after the recent stillbirth of their child and they decide to keep the baby and raise it as their own. Years later, the consequences come crashing down on them. The Light Between Oceans is a quiet and emotionally charged book. It isn’t normally a book I would have read but I fell in love with the title when I saw it.

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Tiger Eyes – I loved Judy Blume as a preteen and this was one of my favorites. Davey’s father was recently killed and her mother moves them to New Mexico. She meets a boy, Wolf, who helps her feel hopeful about her life again. 12 and up.

 

the-critter-clubThe Critter Club – My 7 year-old daughter likes these books about friends and their pet themed stories. 5-8 years old.

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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – I really loved this book as a kid. I read so many Beverly Clearly books, if not all of them. 7-10 years old.

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Music Monday: Panic! At The Disco

Gay Pride Festival

Gay Pride Festival

I used to do Music Monday in my early days of blogging, years ago, and I miss it. So, I’m bringing it back. I know, who wants to watch videos on a blog when there’s YouTube, but fuck it. Music is my therapy. When it comes to Panic! At The Disco, the music got me through one of my first bouts of depression.

We had recently moved, I was in an absolutely horrible funk, and was in bed for 5 days straight watching episode after episode of Six Feet Under. During this time, I heard the song I Write Sins Not Tragedies and it brought a little light to the way I was feeling. Since then, I’ve loved this band.

I’d like to say that my heart goes out to everyone affected by the Pulse shooting. So many beautiful lives were taken too soon and in such a hateful way. Love is love no matter what.

 

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Being Four: The F*ck You Fours

If you’re still standing after four years of parenthood, or tilting over a little, congratulations. Break out the champagne! This is the fuck you fours. You should check your child’s head for 666.

This age made me feel like a ball in a pinball machine. One second, my daughter would be playing peacefully and 30 seconds later, she would throw whatever she was playing with in anger or frustration. Kind of like a mic drop.

So, here I am, the little pinball being whacked here, there, everywhere when it came to dealing with my 4 year-old’s emotions and attitude.

This was also when the door slamming started, like the hummingbird was 4 going on 14. The fuck you fours isn’t as what the fuckish as the toddler pms stage but it did seem to be more emotionally draining.

The sweet side to this age is that although they act like they want you to fuck off, they love hard. The hummingbird also started writing more at this age and seeing her write “I love you” on a card turned me into a puddle. I also love all the talking she did. It was cute.

Sure, I didn’t know most of what she was talking about and even though she’s now seven, I still don’t. It’s like this:

Mom, do you see me in the back seat? Mom? Mom?? Mom, I like this song. Do you like it? Mom, do you like it too? Why did you wave to that car? Do you know them? Mom, why did you wave? At school today, Tess and I played this game where we threw a ball and then hopped on one foot but if you don’t hop high enough, you have to take 10 steps back and then Spencer and that crazy boy came over and we decided to play chase and whoever won actually loses and then you have to take 5 jumps to the right and lose a turn while the rest of us hit a baseball and the other person has to shout woohoo each time we take a step….

I don’t know what it is about kids and games but they have 10,000 instructions.

Anyway, while the fuck you fours can be trying and I occasionally thought during this age how much longer until she’s 18 and out of the house, they are also at a very lovable age. Because they know if they weren’t, we would eat them.

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Open Faced BBQ Baked Bean Sandwiches With Coleslaw

Photo Credit: Budget Bites

Photo Credit: Budget Bites

This recipe is an “Oh My God, This Is Amazing” good. Not only is it meatless, it can also be made vegan AND my meat-eating caveman husband loves it. The very picky hummingbird says it’s her favorite dinner that I make. Well, knock me over with a feather.

We eat this open-faced since it can be pretty messy and let me tell you, the spiciness of the bbq baked beans and the coolness of the coleslaw makes your taste buds have an orgasm and give your stomach a great big hug.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of coleslaw or broccoli slaw
  • 1/2 cup light mayo or vegan mayonnaise (veganaise)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (depending on how sweet you prefer it)
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce
  • hamburger buns
  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together mayo, sugar, vinegar, and poppy seeds. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw. Mix to coat and place in refrigerator to chill while beans cook.
  3. Drain pinto beans and rinse. Place in casserole dish and mix with bbq sauce. Cover with foil and cook for 40 minutes.
  4. Put beans on bun and top with coleslaw.
  5. Enjoy!
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Guest Post: A New Character Develops

Carrie and I worked on my first children’s book, Dream Of All The Stars Above, and now we’re working on our second book together. She’s a fabulous illustrator and you can find Carrie on her site here.

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I am so excited to announce the beginnings of a new book I have been commissioned to illustrate. While I can’t give many secrets away, I do want to share my excitement. The illustrations will go along side a wonderful “easy reader” story that will apply to young readers and parents of all ages.

In the past, my illustrations have been of a distinct style. I have a realistic feel to my art that is very far from cartooning. But when researching a vibe for the main character of this story, my traditional style of art would just not work with this story. What first came to mind when reading the story was the No David books and Alice the Fairy. Oh how I love the art in these books. Also Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious came to mind. Books with lots of color and spunky personality. So onto my sketch book I go. Above you will see my initial character development sketches. The final look and feel of the main character is actually a combination of all 3 of these fairies, with a some detailed changes. But stay tuned for the reveal of her. She is coming to life by my paint brush and paper as we speak…..

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