Spiced, Spiked and Dipped – A Grand Marnier and Garam Masala Chocolate Cake Truffles Recipe

I’m still eating these in shock because I actually made something this delicious and a little out of my baking comfort zone! There was a bit of a learning curve with the double boiler and chocolate dipping technique, so they may not have all turned out perfect, but I did get some pretty ones. This … Continue reading Spiced, Spiked and Dipped – A Grand Marnier and Garam Masala Chocolate Cake Truffles Recipe

Week in Review – Birthday Pancakes, Two Cosplay Events and a Review of the TYME Iron Pro

My son was sick all last week and then after a week of sleeping with him coughing in my face, it finally got me! Right before my birthday too. Then I had two big events in the same day. And to wrap things up, I got to try making curls with the TYME Iron Pro … Continue reading Week in Review – Birthday Pancakes, Two Cosplay Events and a Review of the TYME Iron Pro

5 Ways to Reduce Nighttime Anxiety without Drugs

I have anxiety. It seems like everybody does these days. I'm not surprised with all the crazy stuff going on in the world. But I've had it since I was little, when I would lie awake until 3AM, going over everything in my head, listening to every little creak and crack in the dark and … Continue reading 5 Ways to Reduce Nighttime Anxiety without Drugs

Walter C. and the Great Meltdown

Welcome to another episode of Keelan Hates to Read! This time, I torture him with a cute book by Ginny Jordan called What's Making Walter C. Laugh?, available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. OK I'm kidding about the torture part, but really that's how he acts whenever I try to sit down and … Continue reading Walter C. and the Great Meltdown

An Imaginative New Kid’s App from Playing Forward’s Stan Lee’s Kids Universe

* This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Playing Forward. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.* My son likes to play Godzilla, destroying everything that crosses his path, rampaging through the house. He doesn't realize how destructive he his, how loud he can be and how … Continue reading An Imaginative New Kid’s App from Playing Forward’s Stan Lee’s Kids Universe

Week in Review – Little Bakers, LeeLoo, Cake Truffles and InsTiles

This week we went to Panera for their fun (and super cute) bakers-in-training class, got back to work on costume making for the Halloween season, learned to make cake truffles and tried out cool photo tiles from InsTiles. Week in Review Sept. 10-16 Little Bakers - The highlight of our week was definitely the Panera … Continue reading Week in Review – Little Bakers, LeeLoo, Cake Truffles and InsTiles

10 Ideas for Maternity Costumes from a Cosplay Mom

For a long time, I had a file folder of ideas and references for pregnancy costumes, should that day ever come. I had a big section dedicated to Amidala's pregnancy outfits. Then, Halloween hit and I was 8 months pregnant with no Star Wars costume in site. I don’t know if it was pregnancy hormones or … Continue reading 10 Ideas for Maternity Costumes from a Cosplay Mom

Make Drinking Water Fun with Gululu Go

*This is a sponsored post in partnership with BraVoMark and Gululu* Do you remember Tamagotchi pets? What about Furbies? Every childhood since the 80s has had a long line of electronic or animatronic pet options.  Sure, they kept us entertained, but what if that virtual companion could also help build healthy habits? That's the premise … Continue reading Make Drinking Water Fun with Gululu Go

The Panera Bread Bakers-in-Training Experience

Today we joined a group of friends to go behind-the-scenes at Panera Bread with their Bakers-in-Training program. It's a class designed for children 5-12, to introduce them to "kitchen essential and the fundamentals of baking." Or in our experience- how to look cute while wearing a chef hat, squish your dough too much and then … Continue reading The Panera Bread Bakers-in-Training Experience

My MommyCon Adventure

I decided to do something a little different over Labor Day weekend and attended my very first “mom convention.” So I traded in my usual geek convention cosplay attire for comfy mom clothes, packed a sippy cup instead of a flask and attended panels on potty training and picky eaters. Instead of browsing racks of … Continue reading My MommyCon Adventure