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.
Spouse-ly was founded by Monica Fullerton— a determined Air Force military spouse, who wanted to make a difference in the military community that would benefit all military spouses, service members and veterans all over the U.S. 🇺🇸
Along her military journey she met many talented individuals who own and operate small businesses or have a passion to start one.
After researching social media groups where people asked for certain products or services, it was at that moment she realized how great the need was to create a company that provides a large platform for people to support Mil/Vet spouse & service member owned businesses all over the United States.
That’s when Spouse-ly was born, a one-stop marketplace shop to buy & support Military/Veteran owned businesses. On Spouse-ly you can find both products & services, creating a true one-stop shop.
Spouse-ly is unique in that it provides an option to search for local products and services.
The company’s mission is to continue to provide ongoing resources, training, support, and marketing to help everyone grow to their fullest potential whether they are buying or selling on Spouse-ly.
When you shop on Spouse-ly you are truly supporting talented individuals through a company designed to be inclusive and supportive of the military community.
SHOP & SUPPORT MILITARY/VETERAN SPOUSE & SERVICE MEMBER OWNED BUSINESSES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.
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:
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.
What better way to spend a day than in mindful reflection!?
Caring for your body and soul, eating delicious food and drinking blissful adult beverages while discussing thought provoking literature surrounded by fabulous company— AND in a beautiful setting?
That pretty much sums up the experience I had last weekend at Guiding Wellness Institute.
The holistic wellness center is masterful in curating monthly events that incorporate wellness practices into perfect weekend outings appealing to the young and old, single or betrothed, hardcore yogi or novice.
All are welcome!
AND all will enjoy!
I attended the Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub this past Sunday which fell on Valentines weekend and made for a fabulous Galentines outing!
A 60 minute gentle flow vinyasa yoga class was taught by GWI CEO Kelsey Timas. The lantern lit studio paired with beautiful acoustic music playing in the background and Kelsy’s fluid class instruction kept each student engaged and made for a perfect yoga experience.
Following yoga, guests were treated to a gorgeous brunch prepared by Brittany Moore, GWI Holistic Wellness Coach.
During our brunch, attendees engaged in an enlightening conversation regarding the Bookclub pick—Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat, Pray, Love. It was lovely to reflect on a book focusedon self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-growthandself-healing.
Overall the experience was wonderful and although most of those who attended the event met as strangers, I feel confident that we left as friends.
Mark your calendars for the next Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub May 3, 2020 from 11am-2pm.