Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog is about ALL types of things! Join children’s book author, creative writer, blogger and podcaster, Alison Paul Klakowicz, on her journey to inspire! By way of guest interviews, travel, food, books, all things North Carolina, life as a military spouse and more!
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:
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:
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:
I’ve been witnessing (and caught up in) a pandemic within a pandemic, and what I’m calling Coronavirus & Mom Guilt— an effort that started out with the best of heart, but is escalating out of control.
Mom’s are frantically trying to figure out a new normal on the coattails of school closures due to the Coronavirus— and coming up with ways to keep their children engaged in educational ways.
Moms are uploading websites and google documents with wholesome and academic stimuli to keep their kid’s minds busy, their routines on schedule and trying wholeheartedly to support one another.
I will admit a few days ago— shoot this morning— I was completely on board to provide live streaming story time events, worksheets, etc. to help anyone out there looking for something to do in the boredom of being home bound with kiddos. I’m still willing to do so.
BUT I want to set the record straight by saying that I DO NOT WANT TO STRESS YOU OUT! You do not have to do anything right this minute except keep yourself and your family safe and at home.
I’m already seeing where this is taking a toll on many moms who are not ready to jump in feet first and take the educational reigns. These are the same women who are still trying to process the overload of information coming out minute by minute about a worldwide crisis.
They are trying desperately to keep it together and not show their children the fear, and anxiety slowly creeping in. They are just trying to take it one baby step at a time— and are not signing up for a Spartan race without training for it.
Ladies, we are stressing one another the flip out.
Take deep breaths.
We are all very different in how we process our feelings and emotions. Not all of us are helicopter parents or Tiger moms. We don’t enjoy micromanaging or overly scheduled homes. Some of us need a little time to relax. Ponder. Prepare for the days, weeks or months of what is to come.
It is COMPLETELY fine if you feel more comfortable with having a level of control in creating an orderly household and productive home. I’m surely not shaming you super women out there. I commend you. And I will be happy to provide instructional materials from my children’s book and other educational tools I’ve created.
But personally, I’m going to take some time off from routine and the busyness of our norms. And I want you to know it is completely okay if you do the same!
Wash your hands.
Try not to stress.
Whatever is cathartic.
But make sure to tell your kids you love them daily.
Help make them as comfortable as possible.
It’s stressful on their little hearts and minds too.
A Western North Carolina-based author is spreading JOY wherever she goes!
Years ago as a young mother of two sons, Joy Resor wrote a prayer daily to become the JOY she was created to be.
She is now living that JOY everyday where she strives to inspire love, peace and joy through Joy on Your Shoulders— as a spiritual mentor who offers inspiring books and Batik cotton wares for sale as well as a monthly newsletter called Go In Joy!
Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Hearther second children’s picture book has won three awards.
My son and I read Designed to Shinethis past year— at bedtime— and loved the positive messages it left us with to have a peaceful night’s rest.
She strives to create books from the heart to touch lives in rich, loving and peaceful ways.
Her first book, Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure has touched lives through her minister’s Prison Light Book Ministry, including a woman who asked the author to write her.
This is a wonderful series of books that truly inspire ALL.
“Lo and behold, I’m writing to a few prisoners who read my books and write to me…
I visit students in the Schenck Job Corps Program in Pisgah Forest twice a month. The first time, a student suggested that I create a rap video of the rhymes inDesigned to SHINE!Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Heart. My partner Michael and I intend to lean into this amazing idea…
Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud RhymesforAny Size Heart – Volume Two is being illustrated, and a second edition ofGo In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventurewill emerge.” -Joy Resor
Thanks to Joy for spreading your love and happiness to all of us!
Pam Fries, an award-winning artist and illustrator, has published a lovely children’s picture booktitled Something’s Eating the Garden.
The gorgeously illustrated book features an amazing garden adventure with a child and Papa. Papa discovers that something is eating his garden and the child tries to solve the mystery by guessing who the creature culprit could be.
The sweet (and curious) child imagines different animals— like an elephant, giraffe, pig or even a crocodile— nibbling on the garden plants.
But to no avail none are the guilty party!
With each turn of the page, the reader is greeted by whimsical, bright and beautiful, full-page illustrations.
It is a delight to the senses and will help create a curiosity of the outdoors, animal life and vegetables for every young child! A wonderful educational tool, for sure.
The Washington State author Pam Fries, published the book soon after the passing of her husband who the character “Papa” was based around. They were together for 40 years, and the book gave her purpose and a place to remember the legacy of her husband.
She has 5 beautiful grandchildren, a dog and many chickens!
Pam enjoys speaking to schools and Women’s groups, creating breath taking art— and working in the garden.
Jeremy Fiebig is the son of a preacher man who grew up in Missouri following in his father’s footsteps of an inherent love of the performing arts.
Jeremy and I recently spoke on Hodge Podge Podcast about his life devoted to the performing arts.
We talk everything from sweet tea, Shakespeare and life as a theater arts professor at Fayetteville State University.
He gives the 411 on what’s coming to the stage of Sweet Tea Shakespeare— Fayetteville, North Carolina’s beloved and wonderfully talented theater group— and their new podcast on Anchor (which is AMAZING)!
Listen to our informative and fun conversation here on Hodge Podge Podcast: