Gif Interview on Kate Tilton

Gif Interview on Kate Tilton

Well I tried something new.  Kate Tilton, author assistant and host of #K8Chat, offered to inerview me in an unusual way.  That’s right with GIF’s.  You know GIF’s are those little moving pictures everyone uses to make their blogs look way more interesting.

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Gif Interview on Kate Tilton

Well, Kate asks the questions and my only reply can be a GIF.  It is more challenging than it sounds.  You have to find the perfect picture that would fit your personality and the answer at the same time.  Anyhoo, it took me longer than I thought it would.  Check it out at the link below!

Gif Interview on Kate Tilton

 

 

Big Indie Author Giveaway

Big Indie Author Giveaway

Big Indie Author Giveaway on Platypire Reviews

I am part of a Big Indie Author Giveaway that is running on a Review/Book Blogger Friend’s Page.  Platipyer Reviews is having their One Year Anniversary Party Giveaway going on right now from January 4th until February 4th.  If you don’t take things too seriously I think you will like her page.  She has giveaways running on her Facebook Page and a rafflecopter!!!  There is over 50 prizes for you to enter to win including a signed 1st edition of Moonlfower!  Chances are high so get on over to the CONTEST WEBPAGE.

Big Indie Author Giveaway

 

Cloud Dough Toddler Activity

 

 

Cloud Dough Toddler Activity

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So if you are anything like me you may just be desperate to find activities that your toddler can do without ingesting something toxic, choking, and will manage to keep her attention for longer than 5 minutes.  Yeah, good luck.

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Well I went on the hunt for various activities and honestly I couldn’t tell you who to credit because I found this idea on several pages, Cloud Dough.  Cloud Dough can be made nontoxic, 100% organic if you would like.  It is as safe as it can be.  Your baby can eat this stuff, and chances are she will try at least once, and be completely unharmed.  To top it off this is a great example of sensory play that little developing minds need to grow.

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You can use as little as two ingredients, or rock this DIY like a boss and make it scented with only one more ingredient.  So EASY!

 

 

Cloud Dough Ingredients

Flour

Oil

Artificial Drink Mix (Optional)

*If you use all organic ingredients then, hey, it’s organic Cloud Dough

 

I wanted to make a small batch so I used what I had found to be the easiest recipe 8:1 ratio and cut it in half.  I did 4 cups of flour to 1/2 cup of olive oil. 

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Mix in the oil, I just used my hands, until it has the proper consistency.  I discovered I needed to add a bit extra.  You don’t want it wet, but you don’t want it too dry either.  The best way to test it is to get your hands in there and try it out.  If you take a handful of the dough and squeeze it should hold its shape, but if you poke it with your finger it should crumble again.

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Now if you want to make it scented then you should NOT use olive oil.  You will want to use an unscented oil such as grape seed oil or sunflower.  There are others but these are probably the top two I would recommend.  Now add a drink mix packet such as koolaid or other generic drink mix.  I tried both.  The generic worked just as well and I also wanted to use it since it is unsweetened.  I totally recommend using UNSWEETENED drink mix.  I believe it will be a lot less likely to attract bugs if you want to save the Cloud Dough Toddler Activity for another day.  And trust me, you will totally want to save it. 

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Here are some pics of my daughter enjoying the Cloud Dough Toddler Activity at around 12 months.  The bonus feature of this activity was that our 75 pound lab who is frightened of the new little person running around the house joined the fun.  This intoxicating scent was to tempting to resist.  I think it was a real social break through for my two girls. 😉  If you like this Toddler Activity you may also like my Handmade Wrapping Paper Tutorial.

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Fairy Fun First Birthday Party

Fairy Fun First Birthday Party

 

My Fairy Fun First Birthday Party was inspired by my heritage, Irish, and my daughter’s birthday March 18th. Labor started on the 17th, but she missed that birthday by several hours. That’s okay; we still wanted to add a little St. Patrick’s Day fun to our party, minus the leprechauns.  Fairies quickly became our theme and I scoured Pinterest for various ideas but many featured parties seemed unobtainable (many with big budgets I couldn’t afford) I set off to make DIYs that any mom can tackle for a tasteful fun at home party.

I created my own fairy costume for my daughter, baked/assembled many treats, created decorations and a fun art activity for the littlest guests. The sweet treats I created included chocolate mint shamrock pretzels, chocolate caramel acorns, fairy berry brownies, rainbow cupcakes and shamrock sugar cookies. There was also a plethora of purchased candies in glass jars, decorated with vinyl cut by a Cricut, DIY candy dishes (made from thrift store metal candlesticks and empty glass candle jars), DIY lollipop flower pots, and disguised Tic Tacs.  Burlap goody bags were stenciled with my daughter’s initial.

Many special food items were neglected during picture taking, but there were such items as rainbow fruit wands, snail pinwheel sandwiches and toadstool boiled eggs with tomato tops. You can also see the other special items such as the DIY fairy costume, the number one fairy wreath, and the decorate fairy home art activity for the kids.My Fairy Fun First Birthday Party was inspired by my heritage, Irish, and my daughter’s birthday March 18th. Labor started on the 17th but she missed that birthday by several hours. That’s okay DIYs that can really be done by one mom for an at home party.

Feel free to ask me questions.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Elizabeth McTeague Photography:
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I put pudding in between the layers of cake.  I thought it would smash better.  Well, it became the leaning tower of cake.  Oh well, it still smashed well.

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