My Pinterest Life #4: Oil Pulling…WHAT?

Hey All,

I must love you. Really, I must. Why else would I continue to use myself as a human guinea pig? Perhaps something’s off in my brain? Who knows. Either way, I’m actually enjoying trying all these gross things.

Yesterday I didn’t think I’d get any Pinteresting done. I spent the day running errands and minding children. Oh, and going to yoga. But then I got the kids into bed and, since Bug is out-of-town, had time to experiment.

First up, THIS:

FullSizeRenderThat’s egg yolk, olive oil, and honey – with a basting brush because how else do you put such a concoction on your face? At this point Pudge came down to the kitchen to check on me.

“Are you putting egg yolk on your face?”

“Yes. Yes, I am.”

“You’re weird.” And back upstairs he went.

I beat everything together and took it into the bathroom. Despite the honey, it was a runny mess. The mixture dripped into my eyes and mouth. It was gross. I literally had egg on my face.

And I looked like this:


But I was supposed to look like this:

c885ab5b8fa5ab26215d5c28c7165242I waited 30 minutes, and it still hadn’t dried, so I washed the mess off. My skin looked and felt the same. I judge this one a PINTEREST FAIL.

Next up, THE GROSSEST FREAKING THING I’VE DONE: Coconut Oil Pulling. I have no pictures of this one, but you can watch this video:

Basically, you plop a glop of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. Let me say this, I have zero gag reflex, ZERO, and this made me want to heave. I don’t know if it was the texture or what, but it was gross. Still, I stuck with it, swishing for 20 minutes. My tongue, jaw and cheeks got a workout and were tired by the end, and I couldn’t wait to spit that stuff out. The supposed benefits is that it brightens your teeth (mine are already very white naturally, so that didn’t appeal to me), gets rid of harmful bacteria, and improves over all health.

I’m not sold, and I will never do that again. HUGE FAIL.

Finally, I did something I used to love but have lost touch with: knitting. I had to go into the basement and heave my six boxes (Yes, I’m a yarn horder) off a high shelf (and spill the contents of one box everywhere), but it was fun. Like catching up with an old friend. I used to knit everything – including the Colonel’s baptism outfit. Hats, scarves, sweaters, booties, socks, stockings. I made it all. My shining, most lasting piece is the Colonel’s nigh-night blanket. That thing is on its last legs, but neither the Colonel nor me are ready to part with it.

I decided to start with a simple project – a chunky seed stitch cowl.

67f9a390815477829b69b9a0c82c1b60This one is similar in color, but with a different stitch.

Here’s the start of mine:

FullSizeRender copyIt’s too early to tell if this is a fail or not, but I’m enjoying it. It’s fun to hear something click-clack other than my computer.

So today’s total: 2 Fails and 1 undecided.

Until next time, kittens.

xoxo ~dawn

My Pinterest Life #3: Turning Yellow, Yoga, and Curls

Hey All,

I turned myself yellow. Before we continue, you have to know that fact. A deep, golden-yellow.

You see, it all started when I decided to try a DIY facial scrub. I searched through a few until finding this one:

It gave a list of ingredients to choose from, and having red tones in my skin, I chose the things that would supposedly combat that: honey, oats, and turmeric. With the Colonel’s help (Please note, this child is excited to help me make an ass of myself), I dumped all the ingredients into a measuring cup and let him stir. His hope was that I’d let him smear it all over his face too. Uh, no.

We ended up with this:

IMG_5450Looks just like something you want to smear all over your face, doesn’t it? Casting my common sense aside, I did just that, and this was the result:

IMG_5452Gross, isn’t it? But wait, it gets better. You can’t tell fully from that picture, but my skin was bright yellow. Apparently, turmeric stains. Which is why my brand new white washcloth is now brilliant yellow. Anyway, I got this mess off my face and it was…Well, amazing. My skin felt extremely soft and supple, and I kept thinking, “Pinterest WIN.”

Fast forward to this morning. I do my morning kid routine, pack for yoga and leave the house. For those who’ve never visited my Pinterest page (, yoga is a huge part of my life. I try to practice everyday for at least an hour (more if I’m in a class). Anyway, I practice vinyasa yoga in a room heated to about 95-degrees. And I sweat. A lot. It’s the best detox ever. Especially if you’ve rubbed turmeric all over your face the night before.

Let that sink in. I was literally sweating out turmeric. It was all over my white hand towel (you’d think I’d learn with the white), running down my face, and dripping onto my mat. It was awesome.

After that experience, I needed to shower and wash my hair, so I decided to try another Pinterest pin: curling my hair with a flat-iron. Normally, I use a large barrel wand, but it takes forever and requires a special glove. I ain’t got time for that, and the flat-iron method promised to cut down on time.

I used this video:

Seemed easy enough.

I after blowing out my very wavy hair, I started like this:

Photo on 10-21-15 at 11.30 AMAnd after “curling” it looked like this:

Photo on 10-21-15 at 11.47 AM #2Kind of wispy and a little frizzy, and not much different from if I didn’t blow it out. Probably because I kept adding layers like the video said when all I really want is more of a slight wave. I would try this again, but maybe only on a few pieces, not my whole head.

So, I can’t say anything was an outright failure, but they weren’t amazing wins either. We’ll call today Pinterest neutral.


Until next time, kittens.