Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Children’s Book Review- If The Slipper Fits by Lindsay DeRollo

If The Slipper Fits author Lindsay DeRollo

Lindsay DeRollo has written and illustrated an adorable children’s picture book, If The Slipper Fits, which is the third book in her Sugarplum Stars series.

The book features two little ballerina’s Emma and Pinky who are performing their roles in the ballet Cinderella. The pair along with their ballet mates auditioned for their parts and are quite excited to twinkle their toes.

However following their performance, Emma becomes quite conscientious of her height following her performance when she overhears two other dancers commenting that Emma is a talented dancer, but tall dancers like Emma never get the lead role.

This comment upsets Emma greatly as she loves to dance and longs to be a “real ballerina.” She begins to question if she is good enough because of her height. Emma makes the decision to talk about the gossip she overheard and face her fear by asking her dance teacher, Miss Linda, if it is indeed true that tall dancers never get the lead.

To Emma’s surprise and delight, her teacher reassures her this could not be further from the truth, “Nonsense… Size should have nothing to do with a dancer’s talent…” said Miss Linda to a very relieved Emma.

Instantly Emma’s spirits are lifted and her hopes and dreams of becoming a ballerina in a lead role on stage are renewed.

The story’s focus of believing in one’s self despite your size is such an important topic to be discussed for all children as to instill a positive self image in one-self. Also a lesson to others to be mindful of what you say as it could deeply hurt others.

I highly recommend this book for all the little dancers in the world as well as all children learning the lesson of the importance of building a healthy self-esteem and body image.

Lindsay DeRollo is a children’s book author and illustrator living in Central New York. Her book series is published under an independent publishing company named Two Girls and a Reading Corner https://twogirlsandareadingcorner.com/

Lindsay also has a self-published short story through Amazon, titled “Prima Ballerina”. https://www.amazon.com/author/lindsayderollo

She continues to write and illustrate children’s books which will be published later this year. 

You can follow Lindsay’s progress and updates on her social media links here:

https://www.facebook.com/shimmeringhope86

https://www.instagram.com/lindsayderolloauthor/https://twitter.com/faery86

https://twitter.com/faery86?fbclid=IwAR1IU5pmoYI7NmrjvLFwha9MW7wao51WgidHVuUagxBi0A8wS1AoT9aTZpM

-Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, freelance writer, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Chatting with Alison Paul Klakowicz – S L Hollister, author

I loved “chatting” with author Sherri Hollister last year about #writingbooks and the #authorlife 📚

Read our interview here 👀 :

Chatting with Alison Paul Klakowicz – S L Hollister, author
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/sherrilhollister.com/2019/04/30/chatting-with-alison-paul-klakowicz/amp/

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

DIY Half Bath Refurbish on a #Budget

Recently, my husband installed beautiful white bead board in our almost 30-year-old home’s half bath. The pristine clean lines of the bead board seemed to emphasize the bathroom’s dated imperfections. The multitude of other needed updates stuck out like a sore thumb.

I’ve wanted to do a bathroom remodel for sometime, but if you are like us, you live on a tight budget and timeline.

So I put my #DIY on a budget thinking cap on— and devised a plan.

When perusing pages of magazines and #Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com ideas, the rooms that always seem to pop out to me are ones with a light and airy space— whitewashed walls with vibrant artwork and unique accent pieces.

Our home already has a beachy feel to it as I was raised on the coast and spent my twenties living the beach life in a popular coastal town in my native North Carolina.

It was only natural I would choose to move our older, traditional style bathroom to a more modern, coastal feel.

I decided in order to make the small bathroom feel lighter and more open I would paint the palm green walls a bright white to match the bead board. We had a nearly full gallon of white paint on hand so it would not cost any additional money for this update. Just a bit of elbow grease.

I was tired of the older dark wood floors and wanted to make them pop. I purchased a can of Rust-Oleum gray chalk paint off #Amazon http://www.amazon.com months before to use on some furniture refurbish projects I had in mind. I felt it would be the perfect color for a #cottage-style update for the flooring as well as the bathroom vanity.

Lastly, I wanted to update the sink, #backsplash and #countertops of the bathroom. I popped into the local #DollarTree http://www.dollartree.com and purchased 12 naturally water absorbent #coastertiles with a #Grecian blue, gray and white design, as well as 2 small containers of spackling, a roll of foam tape, and a set of furniture markers.

It roughly cost me $16 for the total purchase.

The sink faucet had been an eye sore for some time as it tends to trap moldy looking residue constantly. YUCK.

I decided it would need to be replaced to do the bathroom justice and found a pretty, more farm-style faucet by #Parlos for $38.99 on #Amazon.

Steps for Applying Backsplash Tile and Painting Countertops:

1) I mounted the #tilecoasters an inch apart with foam tape on the backsplash- then used spackling to fill in the spaces and gaps.

2) I sponged on black and white acrylic paint. When the paint dried I followed up with randomly spaced markings with the brown furniture markers.

3) Then I repeated the sponge 🧽 method with gray chalk paint— and decided to add a bit more white and a light blue blue acrylic to soften the look.

4) Once dry, I used sand paper to even out the look and feel of the countertop.

5) To finish I brushed on polycryllic sealant to protect and seal the paint. This method gave a #granite look to the #countertop.

I used this same #refurbish idea on my #kitchencounters a few years ago and have been pleased with the outcome.

Steps for Faux Wood Frame on Bathroom Mirror:

1) The bathroom mirror needed an update as well. I wanted to give it a #woodframe appearance. I first taped off the dimensions of the frame space.

2) Then I painted the base with gray chalk paint. Allowed it to dry and again used the brown furniture markers to give it a #woodgrain texture.

3) I wanted the frame to appear as realistic to wood as possible so my husband suggested I use white spackling to give the frame more texture.

4) Once dry, I lightly topped with thin, light strokes of white paint.

5) Lastly, I applied polycryllic sealant to protect the finish.

Honestly, the #fauxwood frame is by far my favorite feature of the bathroom project and I’ve received so many complements on how unique and great it looks!

Steps for Chalk Painting Wooden Floor:

1) First you will want to place painters tape around the floor base molding, toilet base and vanity at floor board. Then use a small paint roller, dip in chalk paint and roll the paint even along each wood board.

2) Once paint dries and you are happy with the color and coating appearance, evenly apply polyurethane either with a brush or paint roller to seal and protect the underlying paint.

#AddAccents to create a #FinishedSpace—

I switched up home decor I already owned to replace the original bathroom pictures and decorations. The above ☝️ photo of wall hangings fit nicely with the new color scheme and cottage feel of the bathroom to create the perfect accents.

Overall I am thrilled with the weekend project that gave our old bathroom a completely new and fresh feel. It was #costeffective and the total cost of the #renovation was under $100!

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Celebrate #SpecialEducationDay Today— and Everyday

Today is National Special Education Day! This day is near and dear to my heart after spending over a decade of my life supporting individuals (children and adults) with disabilities.

I was honored to compose an article on its importance for Partnership for Children of Cumberland County.

Read my article below on the importance of celebrating National Special Education Day!

https://ccpfc.org/news/2019/11/celebrate-national-specialeducationday-dec-2-2019/

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Katlin McFadden- Marketing Virtuoso, Women’s Business Coach, Brilliant Artist

Photo by @styletobits

Fayetteville, NC-

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Katlin McFadden, Business Coach with the Women’s Business Center with NC CEED in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

https://instagram.com/nc_ceed?igshid=1lj1mzkr0j50c

Katlin is a Social Media Marketing Expert, and talented Visual Artist.

She is the owner of Katlin McFadden Studio where she is the creator and curator of her beautiful and emotion provoking artistry.

https://instagram.com/mcfaddenstudio?igshid=9kz2lkpvb0xq

Photo courtesy of Katlin McFadden
Photo courtesy of Katlin McFadden
Photo by @styletobits

Katlin brings her experience as an #entrepreneur, successful #blogger, and #artist to help #women strive toward their entrepreneurial dreams.

https://instagram.com/wbcfaync?igshid=6u2aaqubw7vt

Listen 👂 to our interview here 👇:

https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Katlin-McFadden–Business-Coach-CEED–Social-Media-Marketing-Expert–Talented-Artist-e8ss0k

Katlin McFadden, NC CEED Women’s Business Center Business Coach

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Tiffany Haywood: MilSpouse 🇺🇸, Mother, Award-Winning Blogger, Writer, Radio/TV/YouTube Personality, Business Consultant

Photo by Tysha Hallman https://www.facebook.com/tyshahallmanphoto/

Fayetteville, NC-

I was honored to speak with Tiffany Haywood— a military spouse 🇺🇸, mom to six children, award-winning blogger (The Mrs. Tee Blog https://themrstee.com/), radio host (What’s Going On Fayetteville), YouTuber (https://www.youtube.com/user/TeeLoveLifeLaughter/), technology and social media guru, and business consultant http://tiffanyhaywood.com/.

Tiffany is a wealth of knowledge and talents. I’m not sure how she does it all, but she does it well.

When asked how she keeps her focus, without hesitation she said, “prayer 🙏🏻 and coffee ☕️!”

Me too, lady.

Me too!

Enjoy our podcast interview here👇👂:

https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Tiffany-Haywood–Award-Winning-Blogger–RadioTV-Personality–Tech-Guru–Business-Consultant-e8t20h

Photo by Tysha Hallman https://www.facebook.com/tyshahallmanphoto/

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Ghost Tales of North Carolina

North Carolina is filled with ghost stories stemming from the shores of the Graveyard of the Atlantic down to the southern coast in Wilmington, up the Cape Fear River to the Sandhills in Fayetteville, and westward to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I’ve loved hearing these tales my whole life and have a collection of classic North Carolina ghost stories and legends books I cherish.

My love of ghost tales started as a child while listening to old folks, cousins and friends whittle yarns of things that go bump in the night.

I’m not much on horror films and gore, but I love a good old ghost story. So I decided today on Halloween 🎃, I would tell you all a few of my favorite ghost stories.

Listen 👂 Here 👇👻:

https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Ghost-Tales-of-North-Carolina-e6abiq

Cool Spring Tavern, Fayetteville, NC known for its ghosts

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.fayobserver.com/news/20191023/8-famously-haunted-spots-around-fayetteville-region%3ftemplate=ampart

Ghost Story Hayride by the Market House, Hay Street, Historic Downtown Fayetteville, NC

Sanford House Ghosts- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pWT9s-mVaIw

Ghosts of Old Wilmington https://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/about/news-blogs/post/ghosts-of-old-wilmington-one-of-the-most-haunted-cities-in-the-south/

https://visitncsmokies.com/blog/the-legend-of-the-boojum/

-Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.