Pinterest Success – KitKat Cake for Moe

Moe saw a picture of a KitKat cake topped with M&Ms somewhere. I didn’t pin it and I don’t see the exact picture on Pinterest, but there are enough similar cakes there that I’m going to classify this as a Pinterest Success. Here is our version and Moe on her 13th birthday. I was impressed the cake stood up after slicing, I was sure it would collapse.

One slice. Sooooo rich, I had to eat it in parts.

One slice. Sooooo rich, I had to eat it in parts.

After slicing a piece out.

After slicing a piece out.

Moe with the fire of 13 candles.

Moe with the fire of 13 candles.

KitKat and M&M cake

KitKat and M&M cake

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Pinterest Success – Giant poster

So many things on Pinterest have caught my eye. I am trying some of them and will post if they are a success or a failure. This giant poster looked easy and super cool. I count it as a success. I took the picture at the Atlanta zoo. An office store made the engineer print for $5. The gal working at the print counter said she makes 2-3 a week for pinterest creators.

Giant poster of Manny, Moe and Jack.

Giant poster of Manny, Moe and Jack.

Bathroom “Remodel”

When we moved into this house, we let the kids decorate the bathroom and help paint it anyway they wanted. The result of dividing up the walls among three kids was the following:
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So when my daughter expressed an interest in redecorating the bathroom, I jumped at the chance to help her and we went to work on the bathroom. We stuck to a paint color we already had at home and chose to whitewash the accessories (towel bars, new thrift store towel cabinet, sink cabinet and picture frame). We even covered the old green counter in white marble contact paper. I think it turned out super cute and by using stuff we had at home we did it all for very little money. The big splurge was the shower curtain rod that curves out and gives the kiddos more room in the shower. A new shower curtain and floor mats and it’s awesome!
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Love at Home

HPIM3403My husband and I have three children. A boy, 13, and two girls, 11 and 8. Almost daily¬† More than several times a day, they do things to annoy each other and when it gets really annoying, sometimes I sing Love at Home. This usually makes it worse so I try not to do it very often. Although it can be a little fun, when it’s just one kid mad at us as parents and the parents are just smiling singing the song. This is probably the wrong thing to do as parents.

Anyway. The other night my children were arguing again and I just really wanted love at home. I started singing. Just for me, not so loudly that I was singing SO they could hear me, but they could hear me. The arguing stopped. One of my children started singing too, not with me, just to themselves. Amazing.

Since I was in a signing mood, I got on the church’s website to the interactive Hymns player. I love this thing, it will change the tempo of the songs so I can sing them the pace I like with music. I sing Love at Home, slower than the regular tempo and hold notes it doesn’t call for. But that’s part of the fun of the interactive player. It lets me practice my part and the more I mess with that, the more I find, that I really like switching from soprano to alto in the middle of the song and back again. And so I do. Who cares, I’m not in the choir and the Lord likes my singing even if it is off-key. Oh, you can change the key of the music too. I put The Star-Spangled Banner in a key low enough for me to hit the high notes. Love that.

Teaching Math

IMG_0078That is what I do every day. I do love teaching math. If you’d like to read more about what I’ve found awesome in math, check out my math wiki.

If you’re interested in learning about math, regardless if you’re in school or out, you may be interested in open source textbooks. Education for free! What an excellent idea. Textbooks are horribly overpriced. It’s not like math solutions are somehow proprietary. Sure, the way an author describes out to solve the problem may change slightly and the video and support structures change from publisher to publisher, but really 1+1 is still 2, no matter who is selling the book.

Frugal Friday – Vinegar Toner Tip

Beauty products can be costly things. I’ve known that vinegar has multiple uses for years, but I was a little skeptical when I read about using apple cider vinegar as a facial toner. But facing the need to buy a $7 bottle of toner again, I decided to try it out. I have used apple cider vinegar as my toner for months and I have very good results. I think it’s better than the stuff I was paying a lot more for. It does make my skin feels softer and I break out less often. There is a down side, I use full strength vinegar and it does have a smell. Fortunately the smell dissipates quickly. If my husband kisses me right after he can tell I’ve just put toner on. If there is a 30 second lag, then he doesn’t notice. I use what he notices as a point of reference since I have a greatly diminished sense of smell, so really there is no downside of using this for me. Just like all toners and the like, they make your skin a little thinner. So remember to apply sunscreen on your face even in the winter time. I use a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it – no,¬† I don’t have a recipe.