Cooked Play-Doh

I’ve made some great non-cooked play-doh in my years as a mom. Non-cooked is quick and easy to do with kids, but I had always wondered if cooked was better. During a quiet moment while the kids were occupied in another room, I decided to try a cooked recipe by Goopy Gal.

cooked play-doh

Cooked play-doh felt more like name brand Play-Doh than any other recipe I’ve tried. Excellent texture and impressive longevity.  Continue Reading…

Easy Hawaiian Vacation: Part 2

“Look, Mommy! Dots on my arm… from the rain!” Things desert-dwelling California kids say when they go hiking in a Hawaiian rain forest.

iso valley, mauiIn the ancient tribal grounds of the Iao Valley the land was lush and the rivers beautiful. We hiked to a view of the highest point (the needle) and swam in the river. But the best part was getting caught in a rain shower. Our Maui trip was full of adventure. Continue Reading…

Easy Hawaiian Vacation: Part 1

My eldest overcame her fear of the water this summer. My youngest overcame her fear of dogs.

hawaii, vacation, maui, ma'alea bay, maui ocean center, royal lahaina luau, travel with kids, glass bottom boat, haleakala, iao valley,But my husband and I made the most progress this summer as we overcame our fear of flying with small children.

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Accidental Vagina

My daughter had a great idea: she wanted to start a book club! She decided the first book would be Junie B. Jones, 1st Grader: Aloha-ha-ha, perfect book to read the summer before heading into 1st grade.

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I printed a list of discussion questions, planned on rainbow kebabs and Hawaiian-themed crafts, and at the center of the shindig… there would be a cake. A glorious volcano cake. How difficult could that be? I’d simply use the Wonder Mold we already owned— you know, the one you use to make the dress and stick the doll torso in the top? Only we’d stick sparklers in the top, frost it with chocolate, get some molten lava flowing down its sides and boom, done. Right? Continue Reading…

Pearl’s Wizard of Oz Bedroom on Apartment Therapy!

When I submitted Pearl’s Wizard of Oz bedroom to Apartment Therapy a few months ago, I didn’t hear back. No biggie. I figured they get thousands of submissions daily.

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I’d been a loyal fan for years and would remain so. When the kids or the traffic or the evening news gets to me, I dive into AT’s world of styled vignettes and pretty things. A world where all objects coordinate. If there is a comfort food of blogs Apartment Therapy is mine.

 

Then, this morning, a friend posted a link on my Facebook timeline. Apartment Therapy posted the room! MY room! I mean, um, my daughter’s room…

 

I’m excited and inspired and ready to share more of this crazy house with you all. Thanks for the shout out, Apartment Therapy.

 

Most of all, thanks for all of your support, my lovely readers!

 

Brownies, Dresses and Rare Comets

Bigs went back to school this week, which is crazy— it’s still summer! But I’m not complaining. Smalls and I have been spending a lot of special time together. She’s always been a daddy’s girl but I’m determined to make her mine, all mine.

foodstirs, summer popsicle kit, brownie popsicles, bubba n boo boo, apron dress, cooking and crafts“How about we make some brownie popsicles today?” [Squeals]

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DIY Washtub Bass

Last weekend we were invited to a Hootenanny by my good friends Shannon and Stacie of Mommytonk. They are silly and southern and swear a lot so I knew it would be a good time.

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I felt inspired to bring a little extra somethin’. But I was all outta moonshine…   Continue Reading…

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