May 29, 2013

Congrats Graduating Class of 2013! Here's A Song Just For You!

Happy Wednesday KorKers!
     I hope you’ve all had a safe and fun wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Mine was pretty good- I spent time with my family and Godparents up in the mountains and relaxed some, which was nice. Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment to talk about two major events that are occurring all over the nation- summer is slowly arriving, with warmer weather in tow, and more importantly for some high school [and college students] (and their parents)- GRADUATION!

     To all of the members of the Graduating Class of 2013- CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! You’ve earned your high school (or college) diploma!

     But…what’s next for you? Go to work? Go back to college? Enlist in the military? Are you going to move out on your own? These are just a few of the many questions that you may find yourself asking or being asked.

     Well, this funny, realistic, and utterly awesome song by two of my favorite YouTubers, Rhett & Link, might help you understand what it’s really like once you graduate. (It was like this for me when I graduated from high school a few years ago and moved on to college- to a tee!)

     Well, whether you’re going off to college or on your own, Graduates, I wish you all the best- go on out into the world and change it for the better, and do something that you love! If your career is what you love, then you’re not really ‘working’, you’re just having fun- which is an added bonus! Take chances, make risks, work hard, follow your dream- and try not to regret anything that happens, they’re just small stepping-stones on your journey and will make you who you will become in the end.

With that in mind, Graduates- enjoy the rest of your life!
-Until Sunday KorKers! –Katie <3

May 22, 2013

D.I.Y. Sidewalk Paint: Kool or Katastrophy?

Happy Wednesday KorKers!
     I hope ya’ll have had a wonderful week since I posted last- I missed you guys! I couldn’t post this past weekend due to some rainy and mucky weather, which ruined my plan for a wonderful sunny day project.

     When I was interning this past summer with a wonderful organization called The Preschool of the Arts (located in Kannapolis/Concord, NC) and helped look after Preschool and Elementary students, I had a blast. 

     One of the several projects that I did with them includes this one: D.I. Y. Sidewalk Paint. The kids had a ton of regular chalk, but I wanted to do something that would be simple and easy to do, not to mention fun! Needless to say, the kids ADORED it.
Water, Cornstarch, Some Containers (for the Paint), Food Coloring,
Paintbrushes, & Skewers to Stir With.

     What you need: corn starch (powder), food coloring, water, paintbrushes, and containers to place the paint in (you’ll need one for each different color you want to make) [if you want white paint, don't add any food coloring]

     The process is simple- just mix together cornstarch and water in a 1 to 1 ratio (e.g. 1 cup cornstarch to 1 cup of water) before adding in the food coloring for color (the more coloring, the darker the color, but it will be slightly pastel regardless due to the whiteness of the powder). 
     Mix it well!!! It will probably be thick when you first stir it together, but keep at it until it is runny in texture. And VOILA- you have sidewalk paint!

     Note: The cornstarch is notorious for settling down into the bottom of the containers often, so make sure to stir the containers of paint often as you use the paints, so you won’t get just the colored water that’s sitting on the top.

     This project is still one of my favorite go-to projects when I’m babysitting or just want to be creative. It’s simple to put together, you can choose and make your own colors, the paint dries just like chalk does, and it easily comes off with water!

KorK Rating: KOOL
Until Sunday KorKers! –Katie <3

May 15, 2013

Pinterest Experiment- Chocolate Bowls From Balloons D.I.Y.: Kool or Katastrophy?

Happy Wednesday KorKers!

     I’m finally done with my third year of college (WOW!) and now I’m enjoying some free time relaxing and hanging out with some friends before I start interning and working a leadership camp later on this summer. So, in order to celebrate, I really wanted to try out something I originally saw on Tumblr, then later on Pinterest: Chocolate Bowls made from balloons. These are the pictures (and link) to the pin, which links to BLOGHUNGRY's post on how to make these cool treats!

     So, seems simple enough, right? My original thought: “Sure! This looks awesome- not to mention, chocolate is amazing with any kind of ice cream.” Here's what I did.

     What you need: Parchment Paper, Chocolate or Candy Melts, Balloons (Latex or Non-Latex); Non-Stick Spray

     Directions: Spread out some parchment paper on a flat surface. Inflate your balloon(s) to the size of your palm (or however large you want it to be) and make sure they are clean. 
     Take the chocolate, placing it in a microwavable-safe bowl, and melt it until it reaches a smooth consistency.
     Apply some non-stick spray to the balloon (to supposedly make the removal of the balloon easier later on). Once the chocolate is warm in temperature (not hot- it may burst the balloon!), carefully coat the balloon bottom (not where the knot is) until it has a consistent thickness/layer of chocolate and place it on the parchment paper (chocolate side down to make a flat bottom). 
     Once you’re finished with the balloons- wait for the chocolate to harden/solidify. Once it’s completely solidified, pop the balloon with a pin and carefully remove the rest of the balloon from the chocolate “bowl”- it will most likely be REALLY FRAGILE- before you can place ice cream inside of it and make an edible masterpiece! 
You Could Say We Had Fun With This Project ;)
This was the closest that I could get to a bowl.
Seriously guys- this is the result of the first attempt...A large pile of chocolate madness.
(I still had ice cream and just piled on numerous pieces of this chocolate, just because!)
Voila- you have a chocolate ice cream bowl!

     This project was pretty great, but what I didn’t realize was how challenging and slightly frustrating it turned out to be. It was pretty fun, but my expectations didn’t meet up with what resulted- however, I still used the chocolate with my ice cream regardless (from the first attempt). 

      My main problem though, was trying to get the chocolate separated from the balloon- it’s harder than it looks. I ended up using my fingernails to try and scrape the balloon from the chocolate itself-which was bothersome and slightly time-consuming. 

     Anyway, I hope you guys give this one a try- it’s pretty fun to do, and delicious. If you guys end up finding another method that works better-- please let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

KorK Rating: Meh
Until Sunday KorKers!
-Katie <3

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day KorKers!

Happy Sunday & Happy Mother’s Day KorKers!

     I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend so far, and a fantastic Mother’s Day- each and every Mom deserves today for all of the things they do. Just think about it for a minute- our Mothers have not only brought us into the world, but they have also provided love, care, advice, and support throughout our lives. So if you haven’t taken a chance to thank your Mom, Grandmother, and all of the Mothers in your life (biological or even if you’re ‘adopted’ into another family as one of their offspring)- DO IT- just a simple card, some flowers, a nice lunch or dinner, play or sing them a song, or even just a small gesture to thank them for what they do and have done for you throughout your life so far- I’m sure they will love it.

     For Mother’s Day this year with my family, I took some time and got some really nice things for my Mom, including a gift card to one of her favorite places and my sisters and I also got her some flowers. Sometimes the simple things mean more than anything, but every now and then you can give her something that resembles your appreciation for what she’s done for you. Heck, even this amazing YouTube video from two of my favoriteYouTubers, Rhett & Link, was something I showed to my Mom (she loved it) on Mother’s Day- and it sums up how amazing I know she is.

      Well KorKers, I’m sorry to cut it short, but I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and I’ll see you guys on Wednesday!
-Katie <3