Pinterest Fail: Ocean in a Bottle

My child woke up tired. She refused to keep sleeping and has been tantrum-ing on and off all morning.

Did she want to go to the gym to play in the play room? No.
Did she want to go on a walk? No.
Did she want to read any book other than "The Napping House" for the 50th time in 2 days? Absolutely not, why would you ask such a thing?
Did she want to have a snack? No, but she did want lunch. Only mac & cheese. Told her it was too early for lunch and she'd have to settle for a snack (it was 9:45, y'all).

That led to a giant, huge tantrum.

So, I turned to Pinterest. We didn't get to do the "Ocean in a Bottle" project I found yesterday, so I said to my innocent self, "Hey, you. Things aren't going well today. You've started the coffee machine three times and still haven't remembered to MAKE the coffee before it shuts itself down. T is fit pitching, but won't do the things that will calm her down. Your hair looks atrocious. You should really pull that hot mess back. Maybe you should make her that Ocean in a Bottle thing and let her watch it separate so she can calm down."

So I made it (after I pulled my hair back).

You're supposed to use water, food coloring, oil, glitter glue, and actual glitter. I have no glitter glue (and haven't since 1997), so I made do with the other 4 ingredients (substituting watercolors for food coloring because we don't do food dyes in our house). 

I poured all the ingredients together in an old mouthwash bottle with a child-proof lid. Then, just to be safe, I hot-glued the lid on.

"Good thinking, self. We don't want T playing with this awesome new calm-down technique so much that she accidentally opens the child-proof lid!"

I shook it up and handed it to my tantruming child.

She looked at it for 10 seconds mid-tantrum and handed it back to me, clumps of glitter sticking to the insides, the coconut oil not holding together in big globs, so there's very little movement to be seen within the bottle. 

T: This gross, Mama.
Me: Yeah, I know. Sorry.
T: It's okay. Better next time?

Big old F. Good thing I hot-glued it shut, so now I can live without fear that it will spontaneously open and spill glitter water on our beautiful, one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable...garbage bin.

I did remember to make my coffee after I started the machine for the 4th time, so maybe the morning's not a total wash.


Lindsay Sweeting was in the world of Marketing and Publicity in her previous life. These days you're more likely to see her running after her toddler than running a meeting, but she does her best to find time to create new recipes, come up with fun activities for her daughter, and write about the craziness that is life in the Sweeting house.

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