Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Crafty Kendra: Cloud-ing Around

As my previous posts have indicated, I'm a big fan of Pinterest.

If you didn't know this, you can read all about it here.

My entire life has been designed, created, and planned out via this internet addiction.

Everything from my wardrobe to my decor to my 1,500 planners have hatched from someone else's genius.

(And no, I'm not afraid to admit it...much).

I've always tried to make sure that if I pin something, I do it.

What's the point of falling in love with the things on the site if you're not going to (attempt to) make it a part of your life?

It's kind of a self-imposed rule and I don't make many so when I do, it MUST be followed.

(Except the one when I told myself I would cut back on the chocolate and Pepsi for health reasons. Cuz really. Who am I kidding?)

But recently, I became aware of the existence of a certain board that contained some AMAZING ideas I have NEVER DONE.


I know.

It shocked me too.

So this past weekend a much anticipated basketball game aired that sucked away my husbands attention and created the need for complete silence from my children (whom apparently, my husband has never met).

And after about 2 mins of consistently repeating "Shhh. You need to be quiet Daddy's watching the game" I had the stroke of genius to attempt one of these amazing activities.

The only thing on there that I already had everything I needed to make it and promised at least 30 minutes of old fashioned fun for my boys.

The recipe for Cloud Dough is really simple and I was completely attracted by the fact that it only required 2 things:

8 cups of Flour
1 cup of Baby Oil


Amazing, right?

However, because I didn't have a big enough container to mix it all that flour up in, I cut the recipe in half (carefully using the Math skills I do not possess).

Making our recipe out of 4 cups of Flour and 1/2 cup of Baby Oil.

I combined the Four and Baby Oil into a large bowl and (because I'm the awesome Mom) let Mr. Tyler mix it up.

Which only lasted about 1 minute before I had to take over.

But look how cute he is.

The nice thing was that it didn't take very long to mix it (about 2/3 minutes) you just have to make sure that the flour holds together when you squeeze it.

(Remember this mixing time is for the recipe cut in half. It may take up to 5 minutes to mix with the full recipe).

When it was completely mixed together (and I got done playing with it while my boys looked on annoyed) I separated the "dough" into 2 separate bowls.

It may just make more work for me later on, but I have 2 boys and if I don't give them their own bowls with COMPLETELY EVEN AMOUNTS of dough, they are going to fight...loudly.

And as a reminder, this was an activity implemented to keep them quiet during Daddy's "oh so important" b-ball game.

So separate the "dough" we did.

I handed them each their own bowl, gave them some measuring cups, spoons, and cookie cutters from Tyler's old play dough stuff, and let them have at it!

They had an absolute blast!


I love to see them smile like this!

True to the advertisement the Cloud Dough kept them busy and quiet for a good 45 minutes (which if you know my children NEVER HAPPENS...EVER).

Noticed how I didn't mention that it didn't kept Mommy quiet.

I tried.

But I couldn't allow the throwing.

What isn't advertised, however, (and because I'm awesome I'm going to clue you into) is that this is a very messy activity.

(I know, most of you are going duh. But if you look at the kids in the original blog post they are having such good, clean fun! I was hopeful. Don't judge.)

Now, it may just be my children.

If you happen to have calm boys (yeah, right) or little girls who don't like messes, you should be fine.

But dear, sweet Tyler and Liam managed to turn not only themselves, but my entire dining room a ghostly color.



But hey, look at those faces.

How could a mom stay mad at that? (Especially when this was all my idea.)

And I now know why nothing on that board has ever been done.

One nice thing was that because the flour was mixed with baby oil, it was easy to sweep up and wipe off.

But, at least in the Larios household, this is now classified an outdoor activity.

If you haven't seen this activity before you can find it on my pinterest board The Kiddie Corner or in the original blog post at Juggling With Kids.

*The pictures in this post were edited and made fabulous by me using the instagram app on my phone*


  1. What a mess. Nana loves you well behaved non misbehaving quite little boys.

    1. Non misbehaving? Are you sure you are speaking of my children?

  2. This is why I am a bad mom....I couldn't do this. Pinterest makes me feel like a slacker mom. Love the smiles you created on those sweet faces.

    1. LOL! I'm sure you're not a bad mom! Until recently I haven't done much either. (Cuz really, who has the time?) But this was fast and easy so I ran with it. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. It never fails the messiest activities are the most popular! Love the pictures with it in their hair! Too funny!

  4. Looks like so much fun! Visiting from SITS. Have an awesome day!!!

  5. Looks like a great "picnic table" craft idea.. less mess to worry about! Your boys are adorable. I love Pinterest too, so I'm going to follow...

    1. Lol! It certainly is now! They have asked me if they can do it again and I've put it off. But I may just have to now that summer is officially here! And thanks for the follow!

  6. Great outdoor activity. LOL. Fun idea though. My girls would love it :->
    I found you on SITS Girls. Congrats on your SITS Day!

  7. Looks like it was great fun! I am a pinterest lover too :) I will check out your boards.. Your boys are cute.. :) Happy SITS day :)

  8. Thanks for the easy recipe and the awesome photos that definitely make this an outdoor activity. I have a granddaughter and this will be a fun thing to do with her--outdoors. Enjoy your SITS Day. I also love Pinterest but pin a lot more than I do. I've completed two pins, a faux birdhouse fence, and a fake river.

  9. Wow that is a big mess but its something I am definitely going to have to try with my little girl!
    Happy SITS Day!

  10. Hmmm...Sounds like a great outside (or bathtub) activity. I'm pretty sure I've got tons of baby oil I'm never going to use for anything else.

  11. I've got to get on the Pinterest wagon, because I just never spend enough time there apparently! Thanks so much for the post, recovering from an 8 year abusive relationship, this seems like just the activity I should do when I can't "get out of my head!" xoxo

  12. What a fun simple thing for the kids! Messy but worth it to see them having fun and enjoying themselves! Thanks for sharing. I have a slight pinterest addiction myself. No judgement from me! =]

    1. They really did have a great time with it. and truly, it wasn't that hard to clean up because of the baby oil in the flower. i was able to get the kitchen done while they were playing in the bathtub.

  13. Oh man, so much fun but such a mess! ....and I think all I do is clean. You are a great mom and probably should get a medal for that!

    1. Lol! I tell that to my husband all the time!

  14. This looks like an awesome OUTSIDE activity ;) And what a simple recipe! We are gonna give it a try!

  15. Visiting from SITS. I also have a Pinterest addiction and not ashamed.


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