As a mother of two little boys, I am CONSTANTLY looking for things to do with them on the weekends — you know, besides getting jumped on under the guise of “playing super heroes”. With this hot weather, we’ve been spending lots of time in the pool, but they need something to entertain themselves while I get the water leaf-free before letting them get in. A few days ago, a tub of cloud dough seemed like the obvious choice for this task.

Here’s the original pin from jugglingwithkids.com:

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We don’t have a huge tub like this at home, so I halved the recipe found on the site, using 4 cups of flour and half a cup of baby oil. It mixed together rather quickly, but we did keep finding little clumps of oil in the corners. Here’s my kiddos enjoying the dough while waiting for slow-poke mom to clear the pool (well, first snap a few pictures, then clear the pool):

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What I like:

  • This mixes together quickly, so squirmy boys don’t get whiny
  • The kids loved it! They almost didn’t want to get in the pool
  • It really does mold like the picture in the pin
  • The dough stores easily in zip-lock bags for future use

What I don’t like:

  • My tub’s just not big enough for both the kids to play. But that’s my own fault.
  • The baby oil does kinda clump, so you have to be thorough when mixing

The Verdict:

This is absolutely wonderful. Everyone should make some of this — even if you don’t have kids! I admit, it is very calming to run this through your fingers, especially after running around after two little boys all day!

Happy pinning!

As a self-confessed Pinterest addict, I try to replicate tons of the pins I find on the site. Some of them turn out well, and some of them … well, don’t. This blog will document my attempts at everything, from recreating recipes and crafts, to trying out exercise routines, to cleaning “green”.

My first pin attempted was a wish bracelet from the awesome site http://www.happyhourprojects.com. Now, I’ve made bead and wire jewelry, and I’ve made hemp jewelry, so these cute little bracelets were too good to pass up. The idea is that you make a wish before you tie it on, and then as each bead eventually falls off, part of the wish is being released. When all the beads are gone, you get your wish. Here’s the original pin:

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Here’s how mine turned out:

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It would help if I would have taken the picture before I tied it on. So yeah, it’s a rather blurry picture of a wonky bracelet, taken over my laptop keyboard.

What I like:

  • I get a rather cute little bracelet to wear
  • These come together in no time flat
  • Using up leftover hemp and small beads is always a good thing

What I don’t like:

  • I had a hard time keeping my beads in a straight line like the picture
  • One side of the bracelet is a LOT longer than the other, but that’s my fault for being too lazy to get a ruler!

The Verdict:

These bracelets are just adorable. With a little practice, I’m sure I could make mine better. The pin includes easy-to-follow directions to recreating this wonderful craft so that anyone can do it. This would be a great summer craft to make and share with friends.

If you manage to recreate this bracelet better than I did (and I don’t doubt that you can!) feel free to send pictures to modestnecktie@gmail.com, and I’ll include some of them in another post.

Happy pinning!