Do you know what Pinterest has given us?
Last week, it gave me the recipe for a tater tot casserole that sounded scrumptious. I bought all the ingredients at the grocery store… and I still haven’t made it, because I remembered that I really hate cooking, and listen: We’ve had something going on every night after school this week, so sue me, because who has time to cook in the midst of soccer games, and haircuts, and staff meetings at work, and band concerts, and youth group, and wondering why Hubs is so fascinated by a television show that involves a giant catfish trying to drown a 330-pound man in a bayou?
(Frankly, I had no idea that giant catfish had the personalities of rabid crocodiles.)
(It’s not something I have ever even thought about before last night.)
Pinterest has also shown me that my house is poorly decorated, that my wall colors are outdated, and that I FINALLY wised up and have trendy throw pillows on my sofas.
And then Pinterest gives us boards called KEEP THAT TODDLER BUSY and LOOK WHAT YOUR TWO YEAR OLD WOULD LIKE and INDOOR FUN FOR BUSY GUYS.
People, I’m all over that sort of stuff, because my toddler is BUSY.
(It’s the type of BUSY that requires four capitalized letters, because just giving the word an upper case B isn’t going to cut it.)
(And by not going to cut it, I really mean, “Here’s a butter knife out of my silverware drawer, and can you cut down that Giant Redwood over yonder with it?”)
The thing is, our little man loves the sensory play stuff. He loves himself some Play-Doh and water tables and sandboxes and tubs of birdseed to push excavators around in. He’s a hands-on sort of fellow, and he’s happiest when he has a shovel and an enormous pile of dirt.
This morning, our friend, Mindy, introduced us to something SHE found on Pinterest, which is called TWO-PARTS-CORNSTARCH-TO-ONE-PART-SHAVING-CREAM. Or something like that. Mindy mixed it all up and brought it over to our house in a Rubbermaid tub first thing today, so I’m not completely sure on the exact measurements.
(Which is exactly how I cook, because the less time you spend measuring things, the less time you spend actually cooking.)
Mindy even brought over A BLANKET to put beneath the Rubbermaid tub of this concoction, because she said, “This way, we won’t have a big mess to clean up.”
People, the blanket is a critical factor.
Except it’s really not.
Because that blanket just turned out to be a small piece of floor decoration for us today, y’all.
It was just green decor. Green decor… on the floor.
Thing 2 flat-out ADORED the cornstarch-and-shaving-cream fun. He squealed and hollered and laughed and flung white powder everywhere, and he had a MARVELOUS TIME.
Mindy and I howled with laughter at him, and I honestly could not stop grinning, because my baby was having a total blast!
And see? The blanket is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to making cleanup a breeze when the toddler has finished playing.
I don’t know what kind of mess we would have had… had we not thought ahead and put a blanket down on the floor.
My gray shag rug may never be the same again.
As far as he was concerned, that blue tub of powder was as golden as a week spent in Disneyland with donuts for breakfast every single morning.
Of course… we had ourselves a wee bit of cleanup to do when playtime was over.
And by a wee bit, I mean an hour and a half of vacuuming and mopping and dusting everything down with a wet cloth.
Don’t worry, though, because our house NEEDED a deep cleaning. In fact, I believe my exact words to Mindy, when she first walked in our front door, were, “Don’t say anything about the condition of my floors. If something sticks to your socks, just be polite and ignore it.”
Since I had no way of seeing the future at that moment, I had no idea that what was going to stick to our socks and our hair and our clothes and every single piece of furniture in my house was cornstarch.
Thing 2 needed a quick scrub in the kitchen sink.
These are his “AFTER” pictures.
Well, it looks like this now:
Yes… mix cornstarch and shaving cream together, and just let your children play and play AND PLAY in it.
And… if it’s raining outside (like it was here, today), and you can’t actually play with this concoction in your yard… buck naked… then don’t forget to place a blanket beneath all your cornstarch fun.
That blanket is the key to an easy cleanup…
… every bit as much as the Natural Disaster Cleanup Crew is, which is specially trained in how to clean things up after a Hurricane Katrina hits… or an F5 tornado plunges through a town…
Without that blanket, the National Guard might’ve been here four times as long, giving aide and relief and pushing a vacuum cleaner around.
Y’all have a great weekend.