Making a super-girl costume

I’ve never been into Halloween, it’s never been a holiday I look forward to. That said, now I have a daughter, who for all I know may end up loving it, so I’ve had to get in the spirit of it for her.  For weeks leading up to today I went back and forth about what to make; will she be a ghost, how about a cowgirl…she had to be something. Not just anything though, her costume had to be, HAD TO BE, homemade. A little crazy right?! But truth be told, I like making costumes, especially one’s that involve tulle, sequins, elastic and fun colors. So last Sunday I looked on-line and discovered that Hobby Lobby was having my sort of sale: Tulle, Ribbon, Elastic….eeeekkkkk!!!!

This is probably what my “excited by tulle” face looks like, or what you could go ahead and imagine it to look like!


Right, there is the squeal that happens… every time.

So I loaded up my soon to be costumed wonder and got to Hobby Lobby just as they opened. Seriously, I was one of the first in there, bright eyed and bushy tailed, B-lining for the tulle. That’s when the idea for a super-hero/girl hit me. Right in front of the neon green tulle. I quickly picked out bright blue, purple, yellow and pink rolls of tulle to go with the green, grabbed some frilled pink, blue and bright green elastic, a 1/2 yard of some exceptionally shiny blue light weight fabric, some bright colored pink sequins and black and pink felt along with a crochet head band and off I went like a mad woman possessed by the DIY monster…oh the lame factor there.

I worked all day on it, enjoying every moment, knowing that this costume was going to rock; it had no other choice. And, well if I do say so myself, it did…TOTALLY!!! This was so easy to put together (really it was) and this morning as we walked around Old Town for the Tiny Tot Halloween I got so many compliments, and amazed looks when other mama’s found out this was all homemade! Nothing beats hearing your stuff looks professional!! And my cupkeiki enjoyed playing in it! A great Halloween indeed, and maybe I’ve decided Halloween isn’t so bad after all.

My super-girl!



She’ll climb the tallest mountain!


Somewhere there is a dog who needs this ball!


Striking a pose…too busy to smile, serious stuff is going on in her super-hero mind!!


Come this way, if you want to live…or where’s the party?!…


I’m just glad I had the opportunity to make a unique and fun costume for my cupkeiki, and have her enjoy it as much as I do! Have a great and safe night everyone!!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign



This Indian Lotus was shot in Hawaii, a foreigner to the ʻāina (land) clearly. I was privileged to go and observe an entire swamp on the North Shore of Oahu blooming with them. It was truly magical, beautiful, breath-taking and probably the only time I would ever get to do something very few people living or visiting there would. Funny thing though; I considered the North Shore my home and now, nearly 5 months after moving away, even the North Shore seems foreign to me…


Guaranteed Gone Cinnamon Rolls

The weather has been, oh how would I put it…..FREEZING. Hey, this mama has spent the last eight years in Hawaii, where the coldest it gets is 65 degrees (F). I feel like we somehow missed those fall days where the temp is supposed to be in the low 70’s. Moving on….


I decided what was most needed to warm things up were cinnamon rolls! So my cupkeiki and I got to it. 



Couldn’t have done it without my mixer! Such a time saver and, well, a blessing for a mama with a keiki who loves to be held!




Dough, ready for kneading.






Dough, ready for rising!!




I thought pictures afterward of how delicious they looked would happen, and they didn’t primarily because hungry hands got to them first, which I am totally ok with!!

So here is the recipe:

Makes approx 18 rolls


1 cup 2% milk

3 Tbs butter

31/2 cups (divided) unbleached flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 1/4 tsp yeast (or one packet)

1 tsp salt


3/4 cups packed brown sugar

3 Tbs cinnamon

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature


Combine milk and butter in small sauce pan. Heat on Med-low until butter melts and mixture is just warmed to 120°F to 130°F. Pour into bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Beat on low speed 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add 21/2 cups flour. Beat on low until flour is absorbed and dough is sticky, scraping down sides of bowl. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to form ball and pulls away from sides of bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky. Form into ball.

Lightly oil large bowl with nonstick spray. Transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl.

Punch down dough. Transfer to floured work surface. Roll out to 15×11-inch rectangle. Spread butter over dough, leaving 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over butter. Starting at 1 long side, roll dough into log, pinching gently to keep it rolled up. With seam side down, cut dough crosswise with thin sharp knife into 18 equal slices (each about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide).

Spray two 9-inch square glass baking dishes with nonstick spray. Divide rolls between baking dishes, arranging cut side up (there will be almost no space between rolls). Cover baking dishes with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, 40 to 45 minutes.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake rolls until tops are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and invert immediately onto rack. Cool 10 minutes. Turn rolls right side up.

My rolls didn’t turn out gooey, which I appreciated a little, given sticky hands and tiny tots can be a tricky combination.

Oh Those Moments When…

I laugh (not out loud) at those moments when you’re crouched over because you’ve just put your little one down on floor to sleep, after not napping all day, and find yourself in an awkward position. You know the one where every little move you make causes a creak and every creak leads to; even if only for a moment, open and curious eyes. So you hold your breath and move a millimeter at a time, hoping you can get to standing, and then wait another five minutes (an exaggeration of course) to make your way out of the room. And then the dog jumps at the door because he wants in and you think to yourself, “it’s lucky others in the house like you dog, otherwise…”

At least I can laugh at myself for the silly measures I go to for nap time!

Bubble Painting

I saw, on Pinterest, a creative craft for bubbles. Simple in it’s ingredients: Bubbles and food coloring. I thought, why not! So I invited my grandma over, because she loves making and playing with bubbles and we got crafty.


First, we just played around with all the different bubble wands grandma brought with her.


This one was a favorite of my cupkeikis.

Then we mixed up some Neon Food Coloring with our bubble mixture and got to work creating a masterpiece.



We tried various sized bubble makers to make it interesting. In the end we got a fun piece of art!


My cupkeiki also had a blast swishing in the bubbles!



However, we did not go with pre-made bubble mix. We made our own, using Dawn dish soap, glycerin, water and added food coloring. In our attempts to make brighter, firmer bubbles we altered our recipe heavily and eventually lost track of measurements. I would look online for a recipe or just buy the pre-made solution. It was a fun project and a neat way to add bright art to any room.