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

Six Step DIY Hand Sanitizer- Made from supplies you have at home!

My son and I had a fun at home science project today. We decided to make our own hand sanitizer from ingredients we had on hand. With the spread of Covid-19, we felt it would be really cool to make our own without having to leave the comfort of our home. So we gathered up the ingredients listed below and gave it a whirl!

DIY Hand Sanitizer Instructions:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
  • Lemon or Lime juice and/or your choice of essential oils (4-5 drops)
  • Measuring cup, mixing bowl and mixing tool
  • Bottles with caps

Steps to make hand sanitizer at home:

Step One-

Measure out 3/4 cup Alcohol and pour into a mixing bowl.

Step Two-

Measure out 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel and pour into mixing bowl with alcohol

Step Three-

Add juice from half a lemon 🍋 into bowl mixture

Step Four-

Add a few drops of your preferred essential oil. We chose Tea Tree Oil.

Step Five-

Mix the ingredients together— preferably with a smile 😃

Step Six-

Pour the mixed ingredients into a small container.
Voila! You now have your own hand sanitizer without walking into a store— all made from kitchen and bathroom supplies you had on hand!

We were pleased with the outcome. It should be noted that the mixture comes out more of a liquid than a gel, but it smells nice and if directions are followed closely, it should be effective!

For more information on hand sanitizing best practices, visit the CDC’s website here:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf

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

Bring Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck to Your School, Bookstore, Library or Venue!!!

Alison Paul Klakowicz, Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

I just want to thank each indie bookstore, Barnes and Noble, school, library and other venue that has allowed me to visit for story-time and author events.

It is so crucial for authors to receive this exposure and welcome. I have worked extremely hard to cultivate an educational, fun and engaging program.

I would be so grateful to anyone out there with a young child, grandchild or elementary school aged child who would like for me to visit their school, local bookstore, library or other family friendly venue to reach out to me or the venue and request me to visit!!!

This would help me so much and I would be forever in your debt— and THANKFUL.

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Thanks Kindly,

Alison Paul Klakowicz

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

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

Happy Read Across America Day!

Today is National Read Across America Day!

What a wonderful way to celebrate by reserving an entire day to create awareness of the love and importance of literacy.

To learn more about how you can celebrate Read Across America Day, look here: https://www.readacrossamerica.org

In honor of Read Across America Day, I decided to share a reading of my book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck with you!

Gather your children and put on your listening ears 👂 to enjoy my super cute travel and adventure picture book here:

I hope you take time today to read your favorite books 📚 and travel to new places in your mind!

Happy Reading!

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Author of the award-winning travel and adventure picture book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

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

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

“A Good Read: Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck”- Carolina Country

An excerpt of a wonderful review by Carolina Country Magazine:

“In this colorfully illustrated book, readers join a mother and son on adventures around town, on a cross-country road trip—even abroad, imagining what the world would look like from the high perch of a monster truck.”
— Read on www.carolinacountry.com/carolina-stories/tar-heel-lessons/a-good-read-mommy-s-big-red-monster-truck

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

Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

Every kid knows that mommies are the greatest. They feed us and take care of us and love us with all their hearts. But did you know they are also so cool! One little boy sure does. His mommy drives a big
— Read on www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1525530186/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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

Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck Celebrates First Birthday 🎂

November, 9, 2019-

One year ago today, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck hit the presses!

What was a little dream, became a huge accomplishment.

Over the past year, there have been many firsts… holding my published children’s book in my hands for the first time, attending my first bookstore author events, first library events, visiting elementary schools as an official author for the first time, reading my book to children across North Carolina, and the list goes on.

The opportunity to share my children’s travel and adventure picture book has been a priceless gift to me.

I’ve driven all types of new terrain with Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck, and feel like we’ve barely hit the surface.

I am ecstatic to see what adventures lie ahead in 2020.

I would like to thank each bookstore, library, school, media outlet, and other venues for welcoming me with open arms.

To my friends and family, thanks for the amazing encouragement and support.

To my little monster truck fans, thank you for reading my book!

To everyone else that helped me find my way as a new author, who gave me advice, connected me with resources, helped spread the word… thank you.

The greatest lesson I learned this year is this— when you have a dream, follow it.

Make it happen.

Put your truck in gear and…

DRIVE TOWARD YOUR DREAMS!

– 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

Stephanie Starr: Multiple Sclerosis Warrior, Woman of Faith, Mompreneur

Today, I had the honor of interviewing one of my dearest friends in the world, Stephanie Starr.
Stephanie is a superstar whose light shines so bright. She has overcome amazing odds and blossomed during a time of struggle.
She is an amazing mother of two beautiful miracle children, a loving and devoted wife to her husband Adam, a successful and tenacious Mompreneur, a devout woman of faith and encourager, and a Multiple Sclerosis warrior and advocate.
We talked about everything under the sun to include her battle with MS, infertility issues, Christian Faith, postpartum depression, and her recent entrepreneurial pursuits in the CBD industry with a local coastal North Carolina-based company, Green Compass Global.

LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST INTERVIEW HERE: https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Stephanie-Starr-MS-Warrior–Woman-of-Faith–Mompreneur-e7tpdh

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Blog and Podcast

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.