10 STEM Experiments for Fall and Halloween


Yesterday on A Mighty Girl I read about Olivia Hallisey, a 15 year old from Connecticut who was awarded the Grand Prize at the Google Science Fair’s Finalist Ceremony earlier this week. Her research in developing a fast-acting, temperature-independent, and inexpensive Ebola test earned her the top prize of a $50,000 scholarship. Olivia told the Greenwich Time: “What affects one country affects everyone. We have to work together to find answers to the enormous challenges that threaten global health, our environment and our world.” Where did she get the idea for the basis of her project? Remembering an earlier science lesson about silk storage, Olivia wondered if silk could stabilize the reagents used in Ebola tests so they would be viable at room temperature. This story reminded me to track down some cool Halloween and Autumn STEM projects for my science (and Halloween) loving crew. Who knows what they could inspire in the future!?! Here’s what’s on our to-do list…

Halloween Crystals STEM project

Glow in the Dark Slime: A Pumpkin and a Princess shares how to use a chemical reaction to create gooey glowing gack.

Erupting-Mini-Pumpkin-Volcanos-Fall-Science STEM experiments

Mini Pumpkin Volcano Experiment: Much like our own Carbon Dioxide Project but in festive gourds! (more…)


3 Surprising, Delicious & Healthy Breakfast Recipes

This blog post is sponsored by noosa® yoghurt and SocialMoms. As always, the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own, and also really yummy.

Lavender Infused Oatmeal Recipe I’ve been making an effort to eat breakfast every morning, and in order to get myself pumped for a meal I usually skip, I’ve had to get creative. Here are three of my favorite breakfast recipes unlike any other that I make to accompany my yoghurt these days (adding yoghurt to my diet has been so helpful for my IBS symptoms, I can’t recommend it enough).

Mixed Berry Scone Recipe with noosa yoghurt When noosa® asked us to sample their yoghurt, I was excited to share how we have been making yoghurt a daily part of our diet at my house. I love noosa® yoghurt for its velvety texture and the flavor that comes from the touch of clover alfafa honey, and of course the fact that it is farm fresh, made in Colorado from locally-sourced, family-farmed milk.

Papaya Yogurt Boat Breakfast Recipe Continue reading to get my recipes for Lavender Infused Oatmeal, Mixed Berry Scones, and the Papaya Yogurt boats pictured here. (more…)


I’m Buying a House, But Not Any of These. Gah.

Jaime's Dream Kitchen…or at least trying to. I made an offer on a total run-down fixer that was built in the 30’s and hasn’t been touched since the 70’s. Fingers crossed! I want to make that kitchen above (Via The Wall Street Journal) my new reality. But in the meantime, I wanted to talk to you about something serious. Real estate photos. Listen, if you are trying to sell a house, don’t you think you might consider taking a decent picture? Alas, many people seem to miss this key point. Let’s look at a few of my choice favorite bad real estate photos I’ve come across just in my area over the last few weeks, and let’s all enjoy Jacinda’s biting commentary.

“This cozy and charming abode is walking distance from many conveniences including the supermarket.”
MLS Shopping Cart

“It’s time to sell this house 0’clock somewhere.”
MLS Wine Time

“If your house doesn’t have a walk in closet, you’re not trying hard enough.”
MLS Green Closet I told Scarlet this would be her room, and the bear stays.

What is even happening here? Did they paint half the wall and just say “Screw it. Screw this house.” and walk out?
MLS Paint

“I bet you didn’t even notice the raw hem of our curtains.”
MLS toilet

This one is my favorite, because it comes with a home office! So good for a career blogger. AND it comes with FREE KETCHUP!
MLS Home Office

Sold. Stay tuned for more updates on my home buying saga. And whatever you do, don’t post a picture of your toilet with the seat up on the MLS. I can’t take it anymore.


Come Say Hi!: Mixing Things Up at Macy’s Northpark Center in Dallas

What to do in Dallas this weekend

Hey! That’s me! No, not the model rocking the runway, the one in the side-pony mixing up some drinks, but what’s new? Next weekend I’ll be serving up some yummy mocktails with FluffPop at Macy’s Presents: Fashion’s Front Row in Dallas. Come join host, Reality TV star Catherine Lowe, blogger Trista Perot, and me(!) at Macy’s Northpark Center in Dallas.


Saturday, September 26, 2pm

Women’s Department, Level 1



Get a mini Beauty Service including make-up by Lancôme and manicures by OPI

Catch our Mocktail demo hosted by Blogger Jacinda Boneau from Pretty Prudent along with Fluffpop Gourmet Cotton Candy.

Join DIY Blogger Trista Perot from Mommy Upgrade to create a fabulous keepsake!

Plus, let our MyStylists help you find the perfect look and gift for every occasion. It’s fun, fast, and free!

Plus, with your purchase of $75 or more* in Women’s Fashion receive a special gift engraved with the coordinates of your most
significant destination!*


Hope to see you there!

We can totally tailgate with the cocktail version of the mocktail in the mall parking lot afterwards. Just kidding!