DIY Paper Tassel Garland

While helping my friend make paper tassel garlands for her event Club Mom Me Fall Family Fest, I decided to make a video tutorial so that her staff could help us when they come in on Monday. Then I thought– why not make the video public? Et voila- Home Made Mimi’s first YouTube video! My husband did a great job shooting with my phone while the kids watched Mary Poppins in another room (gotta love that woman). I hope you all find this paper tassel garland super easy to make and string one together for your next party!

Recipe for Disaster

Today I’d like to share a modern take on a recipe that has been with my family for generations. This particular form of Disaster originated in Southern Babylonia and was etched into twelve ancient tablets before going viral on Pinterest just last week. I’ve adapted the recipe to fit our gluten-free diet, but all variables can be substituted with more or less the same results.

recipe for disaster

Disaster is best served on a bed of fresh avoidance.   Continue Reading…

Toga Party. Or, Why Grown Ups Should Play Dress Up.

Despite what some people say, Halloween is NOT just for kids. Who said that anyway? Someone slap some Groucho glasses on that guy. No one has the right to say what something is or is not for any one group of people.

toga party, toga costume

OK, fine. One declarative statement is allowed: TOGA PARTY is not for children.  Continue Reading…

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.

junie b. jones, aloha-ha-ha, book club, kids party

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…

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