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.



My Pinterest Life #1: Rice Crispy Nutella Roll-Ups

Hey all –

After a long absence, I’ve been sucked back down into the Pinterest rabbit hole. Back when I lived in San Francisco, I was a chicken-raising, organic homesteader who knit my boys clothes, sewed Halloween costumes, and spent way too much time crafting perfect holiday decor. Pinterest was like crack for me.

Somewhere between Flagstaff, AZ and Virginia, I lost every ounce of domesticity and crafting I possessed.

Until now!

But let me tell you, cooking those lovely Pinterest recipes is nothing like riding a bike. YOU DO FORGET HOW TO DO IT. Or maybe there are cooking fairies who are boycotting my home. Either way, it is now – after four failed cooking attempts – clear that I may never get my cooking skills back.

And yet I persevere. For your viewing pleasure, I present Rice Krispy Nutella Roll-ups. How could this go wrong, you may be asking yourself. Good question. I thought the same. After all, at the very least, I’d end up with a puddle of rice crispys coated in Nutella.

Problem number 1: I excitedly tell the Colonel that we’re going to make special rice crispy treats. He promptly bursts into tears and declares he wants braces. Why braces? Because then he wouldn’t have to eat the evil Rice Crispy treats. In my excitement to craft the hell out of these treats, I forget he hates rice treats. But he likes marshmallows, and I figure if I give him enough it will pacify him. Score: 1 – Mom.

We make up the marshmallows and butter and pour in the crispies. After covering a pan in wax paper, I dump half the mixture on to the pan and spread it out. I let it cool slightly, before spreading the Nutella all over the concoction.


Pretty nasty looking, no? And yet I keep on. Next, using the wax paper, I began rolling the whole mess length-wise. I should have known there was a problem when the marshmallows didn’t seem to be holding the crispies together. But nooo…I figured it wasn’t set yet and that it would work better once it was rolled and cooled.

Finally, I had a roll!

IMG_5431At this point, I noticed the Colonel munching on a bag of marshmallows – the second bag I thought we’d added to the mixture. No wonder it was falling apart! Score: Treats – 1; Me – 1.

Next I figured, what the hell, and decided to slice the roll into even pieces. BWAHAHAHAHA. Clearly, this treat was out to get me.


Looks good, right. Well hold on, kittens, this is what it ended up looking like:

IMG_5434A complete mess! Not one roll stuck together. As soon as we picked them up, they fell to pieces, leaving a mess of nutella and rice crispies everywhere. Score: Treats -2; Me – 1.

So the lesson here is that next time, I won’t rely on the rice crispie treat-hating Colonel to oversee the marshmallows. If we’d used two bags, I’m sure the whole mess would have stuck together.

And that, loves, is my pseudo pinterest fail #4.