When my mom gets a new gadget, she ALWAYS says to me “Next time you’re in town maybe you can show me how to use it.” As if I am some magical gadget gnome with the power to figure out all smartphones. And because I am an instruction manual reader, ALWAYS, my next question to her is “Have you read the instruction manual?” and ALWAYS the is always “no.”
I read this, but it is not relevant to my model
Sometimes manuals offer tips and really helpful functions that you may not have known about. Well guess what? Same goes with pins. I pinned 501 pins in February (my inaugural month). Yes, I counted. Now, I obviously did not read every single one of them. In fact, a few of them I saw and said “I can totally do that”, did not read the instructions and what happened? They were kind of total failures. People, always read instructions first.
This weeks “Failures”:
Earlier in the week I made shaving cream bath paint!* Sounded super easy and quick and I had been running solo for the past 10 hours and wanted something fun for bath time. Remember that thought: “fun for bath time.” We will get back to that. Right, well it was super easy and quick and fun to make. I used one bowl and a muffin tin. I mixed each color in the bowl and whatever color I had just mixed, I just added more shaving cream and a different color to make a new color. For example, I made “red” which was more pink. I then filled the muffin tin and had some extra red “paint” left over in the bowl. So I added shaving cream and yellow food coloring and made orange. When I was done with the orange, I just added more shaving cream, more yellow food coloring and it turned back yellow. That way I wasn’t constantly cleaning out bowls. I made 6 colors in about 7-8 minutes.
Now, what the original post for this did not mention is that you should probably NOT play with this at bath time. G’s bath water looked like the Ganges River. I even drained the tub twice (we will talk about me and water conservation at a later date as well….I know, wasteful, but also, gross.) I probably won’t do this again at bath time, but would recommend this activity on a day when you can just toss your kid into the tub without the intention of taking a bath…with the sole intention of playing and making a mess. I mean, how often does your kid get to play in the bath tub?!?
Notice the clean water…he had JUST started playing because as soon as this touched the water…boom, Ganges.
I also tried the World’s Easiest Boiled Eggs! trick from my heloise board (Hints from Heloise? Anyone? Anyone?) Last night was the second time trying this and for the second time, I didn’t get the results I was expecting or that the pin showed. The first time I shook the pan so hard I ended up with tiny shards of egg shell embedded in the yolk. Yum! This time:
You can’t put all your eggs in one basket without cracking a few eggs
and then, when peeled turn out like so:Needless to say, I STILL hold true to what Martha told me looooong ago. The best eggs for hard boiling are old eggs. The membrane on an older egg is tougher and less sticky, therefore will stay together easier and help pull off the peel. On newer eggs, well, we all know what happens with them (see above, I had just purchased these eggs the day before.) SO, lesson learned on this pin, you still need to use older eggs, but this method could make peeling much faster.
Next failure, the Calm Jar from my kids board. Easy, mason jar, food coloring, water, glitter. Turns out I had all of those supplies and G and I put it together quickly. I even let him pour in the glitter (because that wasn’t messy). And we shook and the glitter settled to the bottom in less than 30 seconds. Wha, Whaaa. I can tell you this right now, 30 seconds is not going to help my child calm down. A few days I was talking with one of my mom friends at Little Gym and she had made hers too, but with glitter glue and said it worked great! So I READ THE INSTRUCTIONS and promptly decided to ignore them because it calls for 1 tsp of glitter glue. SERIOUSLY? You expect me to measure glitter glue? Instead, I emptied an entire Crayola Glitter Glue pen into some hot water, 2 drops of blue food coloring, 1 package of glitter (2 grams), and shook.
20 seconds later, about 90% of the glitter had either floated to the top or sunk to the bottom. What was left was this:
It took another 2 minutes for the remainder of the glitter to settle.
Grade: B, still does not meet MY expectations, but G likes it and it works so I should just get over myself, right?
and lastly, Car Drawing: We have done this twice now. Attempt 1: miserable failure. We used the small Crayola Pip-Squeaks markers and transparent tape and for about 10 minutes I struggled to tape that damn marker on any size car I could find and I could not, for the life of me get those markers to stay touching the paper. I did not take pictures. I was somewhat annoyed at yet another failed idea and thus, the inspiration for this post. So, I recreated the scene of the crime to take pictures and wouldn’t you know it. Like a car engine that stops rattling when you bring it to the mechanic…it worked! The only thing I did different is I used the tall skinny markers instead and I didn’t pull the tape quite as tight as before (which was SUPER TIGHT!)
This car was particularly fun because it was a pull back car and could zip away and draw by itself!
The only thing I learned from actually reading the instructions after the fact is to tape down some craft paper or a larger piece of paper under the one that the drawing is taking place on or else you will be cleaning marker off your table when you’re done.
And so I leave you with this. You should always read the instructions first….but then it’s totally ok to toss them out and use them as inspiration. After all, isn’t that what Pinterest is for?
*So not a total failure, but just not what I was expecting