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Smelling Socks #Motherhood


(Photo Credit to Where Frugal Got Fabulous)

I sometimes smell boy socks. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to yada yada. You know how it goes. Here’s the deal, though. When you tell kids to clean up their room, and most the mess is a hodgepodge of clothes both clean and dirty, all the clothes end up in your laundry basket.

Maybe that’s no big deal at your house. You’re always trying to make a full load anyway. Not at my house. Four sons, two parents, and a tiny European washer with the shortest clean time for colors at 1 h 20 m. The dryer will take  two times longer, maybe three.

Therefore, I must smell socks. Boys will have a consequence for every clean sock they’ve put in the dirty clothes. I don’t smell underwear. As a woman and a mom, you’ve got to draw the line somewhere.

And don’t get me started on the odors seeping out into the hall. I’m sorry. Once you’ve made the room smell that bad, why would you continue to sit on the toilet for another 45 minutes?


Kristin King is an author of paranormal fiction. She blogs about travel, food, living in Holland, the occasional current event, and most anything except motherhood.


Posted by on January 7, 2017 in Brings a Smile, Moments


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Japanese Words I Wish We Had in English

There’s a great list of these from Dan Dalton at Buzzfeed you might want to check out. These are my favs.–Kristin


A Word for Unread Books

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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Brings a Smile, On Writing


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Hair Color Hickey (Holland Expat)

Dream Hair - from my Pinterest Board of Hair Color

Dream Hair – from my Pinterest Board of Hair Color

The only time I’ve paid to maintain my color or cut in Europe was when I went blonde for the first time. Otherwise I do the deeds myself or wait to visit my sister-in-law’s salon in Kentucky.There are couple good reasons for this decision beyond the fact that I have four always hungry or soon to be hungry boys.

Blonde Days

Blonde Days

1) I actually paid for long layers in a highly recommended salon where the stylist made me bend upside down as she combed my wet hair out in a redwood Alf-alpha before cutting off the ends. Gee, I can do that at home, I thought. 2) Dark hair of various shades is easy for someone as not picky about their hair as I am. If coverage isn’t quite even, hey that’s low lights and highlights, right?

This is not to say that I won’t pay the big bucks for a stunning new look. Case in point, hot pink hair. You’ve never seen so many teens talking to a chaperone at church service camp. Hair is fun. Change should be noticeable–especially when you pay full price. My husband, though, could eat cheeseburgers 7 days a week (seriously, I tested this early in our marriage), and he likes my hair long and brown–or black. So I usually only experiment when he is deployed to Afghanistan or such and there is a little extra “pick me up” money in the budget.



When my adolescent son first starting commenting on how much grey my hair showed, I thought I’d found a fail safe method to determine when to color again. Unfortunately (for my hair which really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things), he came home from his church camp a changed youth.

“You should be yourself. Don’t try to be young,” he said.

“I’m not trying to be young, I’m trying to look young,” I said, not sounding quite the sage. I modified, “Or at least not look older than I am.”

He gives me that “my crazy mom” look and heads off to shoot ball in the front driveway. He’s a great kid–I’m so proud to be his mom.

How do we find balance? Is it “Be yourself” or “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Today we meet the teachers at the international school and enjoy an ice cream social with friends and new faces. How do I prepare? I color my hair. A stray dark smudge on my neck did not get the immediate soap it needed. I scrub at it a bit, pleased to see the smudge grow smaller. Uh oh. Too much scrubbing left a round red spot on my neck.

Wonder what my sons’ teachers will think of my hair color hickey?


 Kristin King is an author, publisher, mother of 4 sons, president of a nonprofit, and American expat living in Holland (Whew!). She would love to see your new cut or color, and more of her dream colors are on Pinterest. Her first book series, Begotten Bloods (BB), is paranormal romance/suspense which features very normal hair.


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Pit Bowl – From Majorca to My House

My pup with pit bowl.

My pup with pit bowl.


Host’s pup loves her bit bowl for water on the go.











What works for one dog does not always work for another. Our pup didn’t think too highly of Bella’s Majorcan pit bowl.

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Posted by on July 30, 2015 in Brings a Smile, Travel


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CIA Fresh?

Palma Airport, Mallorca, Spain ©Kristin King

Palma Airport, Mallorca, Spain ©Kristin King

(Spotted in the Palma Airport, Mallorca, Spain)

What is CIA Fresh?

Do we really want the CIA to be fresh?

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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Brings a Smile, Travel


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Baby Bunny Home Video (All Creatures Great and Small…)

I still think I’d like to write a children’s book told from the perspective of this lil’ fella.–Kristin

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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Brings a Smile


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Badge of Motherhood

IMG_0813As children grow there is a certain Badge of Motherhood most of us will wear. Well…maybe some fashionistas won’t be inclined to wear theirs. This year I received a particularly well done pasta necklace, a must share.

Hope this brings a smile to you as well. God bless all our mothers! And thanks to all the creative types who direct these projects and many more.


 Mother of four, Kristin King is an author, publisher and co-founder of the nonprofit Future Hope Africa which is based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is from Kentucky (USA) and lives as an expat in Holland.

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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Brings a Smile


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