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Friday Share: Valentine Inspiration Challenge

Lots to share this week my friends!


First up, a little Valentine inspiration.  If you follow me on instagram, then you know I woke up earlier this week with my brain yelling at me that “paint chips = arrow hearts”.  I reached out for advice and people seemed to dig it… but I was too lazy to get around to doing anything with the idea.

So today I turn it over to you!  What can you do with this simple concept of making hearts and arrows out of paint chips?  Instagram or tweet your garlands, chandeliers, Valentines, etc. and let me know (@ModRentMessyKid).

Speaking of instagram and twitter, turns out #MPMK is already being used by an upcoming movie – maybe you’ve heard of it – Moonru Per Moonru Kadhal.  No?  Not familiar?  Well it looks lovely and it comes out in March.  So… back to ground zero on the hash tag search (at least until March).


Between probiotics, healthy Valentine snacks, and a new nutrition course, we’ve been in the kitchen a lot this week on MPMK.  So it’s no big surprise my favorite quote of the week has to do with what we feed our kids.


Some of my most popular pins recently have come from my Healthy Kid Food board as well as the Clean Eating board I started after completing the Prescribe Nutrition program.  These quinoa + kale patties are perfect for lunch. Also, my sister-in-law made a jumbo batch of frozen nutty banana nibblers for my kids and it’s their new favorite snack – bar none.

Finally, here’s a nice roundup of how to accomplish 5 handy things in 10 steps:

  1. I Can Teach My Child to Read: a 10 Step Guide for Parents (a new eBook from my pal Janae).
  2. 10 Steps to Starting a Leprechaun Hunt (I’m thinking new neighborhood tradition).
  3. 10 Steps to a Stress-Free Home.
  4. How to Get the Kids to Clean: 10 Steps to a Cleaner House.
  5. How to Do a Back Handspring in 10 Steps (I could actually do this in my youth – those were the glory days).

Question of the Day

Please forgive the randomness – but it just occurred to me I’ve never been able to come up with a good answer for this…

What do you say when you don’t hear someone?  

“Pardon?” seems matronly, “Excuse me?” / “Come again?” / “What’s that?” confrontational, and “Huh?” / “What?” slightly obnoxious.  So what do YOU say?

Happy weekend!



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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

April February 8, 2013 at 5:34 am

When I don’t hear someone (which, unfortunately is frequently because I seem to be lost in my own busy thoughts!), I just say “I’m sorry?” as sweetly as possible.


Sarah February 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

I always say “I’m sorry” (laugh at myself under my breath) “I didn’t catch that. What did you say?”


Gina February 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

When I dont hear someone I usually say “huh?” BUT….. I am trying to teach my 4 yr old about being polite and using manners so now when I dont hear him I say “I’m sorry, I didnt hear you. What did you say?”

Those little banana sandwiches look yummy!


catherine February 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

I always say “say it again”, it sounds awkward but comes out of my mouth pretty easy…:)


Alison February 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

I think I’d probably say “sorry?” But then I am British. Aren’t we supposed to be known for always apologising for everything?!


mpmk February 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thanks for taking the time to answer this somewhat trivial question guys…

I totally forgot about “sorry?” – I actually do like that one. Why does apologizing actually feel like the best/most polite option?


Mia February 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm

It depends on who I’m talking to. I generally go with “sorry?” It’s short but polite. With my husband, though, sometimes he’s repeated himself three times and I STILL haven’t gotten it, at which point I just go “WHAT?!”


Hilary February 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

In my daily life I usually just say “I’m sorry I didn’t catch that can you repeat it”. In my professional life. I usually say “I want to make sure I got that correctly can you repeat that?”


Zee February 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I say “I’m sorry?” as a question, to mean “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you. What did you say?” Sometimes I’ll also tilt my head and touch my fingers to my ear. I have a friend who does exactly the same tone/gesture but she just says “Please?”


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