Friday, December 5, 2014
Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today: 3.00 miles; Running Total: 67.68 miles)
Day 147 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.
***WARNING: Christmas spoiler alert.***
I had the grand idea of making home made Christmas presents this year. I thought it would be a personal touch to a holiday that has turned very commercial.
A friend of mine recently talked me into signing up for Pinterest so I looked there for some home made gift ideas.
In the plethora of DIY gifts on Pinterest I stumbled on a post for home made bath crayons.
Well that would be awesome, I thought. I have small nieces and nephews. They’d love some bath crayons!
Pinterest has a way of perfectly spinning DIY stuff.
I saw three simple ingredients: a bar of soap, food coloring and warm water.
I saw a simple process: grate the soap, add water and color, scoop the soap, shape it into a crayon, let it dry.
And I saw the final selling point–this picture:
Oh, I thought smugly, I can so do this.
What’s the saying?
Pride comes before the fall.
Turns out it also comes before epic Pinterest failures.
I told the kids we were going to make bath crayons. Amid cheers and praise of being the best mom ever, I set up shop in my kitchen.
I set out the soap, the food coloring and the water. I grated the soap with a gadget like this, but I imagine you could use a cheese grater, too.
I set out a bowl for everyone and let them add the food coloring to the soap shavings while I mixed in the water.
When the kids deemed the soap shavings just the right shade they scooped up handfuls of the resulting goop.
“Eeewww!!!” Connor made a face and shook the soap off his fingers.
“Mommy, this is guh-ross!” Hannah held her hand up, the soap shavings dripping chunkily back into the bowl.
“Oh it’s not that bad, guys,” I said. To prove my point I stuck my hand into my own bowl.
We’re not talking Play-Doh here, folks.
Imagine a handful of runny, and oddly lumpy, scrambled eggs in your palm. Then imagine trying to mold it into a tube like shape. That might get you close.
Needless to say, my bath crayons turned out looking more like solidified baby diarrhea than the Pinterest image.
Today’s silver lining: They smell good!
I think I’m still going to give them out for Christmas anyway. Maybe make some brown ones, too. You know… to complete the poop theme.
People… beware of Pinterest.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!
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