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I was soo ready to give you an awesome DISH SOAP SLIME! recipe in this blog post. A cute Pinterest printable, with awesome photos of my kids just loving life and playing with slime, because my kids always cooperate!
Instead, you’re about to see the #reallife scenario with the slime that I researched, made, and charged my camera specifically for. (Disclaimer: I am awful with a camera, but trying to learn because that is a blog thing. So, alas.)
Since I am trying to get this blog thing up and running, I’m constantly looking on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook groups, trying to figure out what’s the next cool thing to blog about. How can I make my life look awesome, so you guys will all want to read about it? What’s everyone doing on Youtube, and how can I incorporate that into my blog? Upon researching, I found slime. I thought that would be perfect for my kids because uhm.. hello! Pinterest mom wannabe! And so I got to work, researching the coolest slime recipes (that I wouldn’t have to go buy ingredients for) and I found some fluffy dish soap slime. Dish soap, corn starch, and food dye. Great! LET’S GET STARTED!
I made it, even in two different colors, and put some in some sensory bins. One for each kid. Oh man, they are gonna love this. I’m an awesome mom and this will prove it on Instagram! BRING ON ALL THE FOLLOWERS!
I sat them down at the dining room table (which still isn’t very blog-worthy but we’re tryin’ to ball on a budget here, people) and the lighting was pretty good for my non-photographer skills. And then. They didn’t like the slime. What. Sophia refused to play with it, and thought it was a prop in a photo shoot. (Okay, so she looked pretty cute, but PLAY CHILD PLAY!)
Micah thought it was soap, or something. Because he saw it, felt it, told me he hated it, and then rubbed it all over his arms. Cool. This awesome project that was supposed to occupy a good chunk of our afternoon (like our Volcano Art did), was made, played with, and all over the dining room in about 15 minutes.
I still wanted to write a blog post about it and tell you guys how much it rocked. And I was about to, until I started editing the pictures for it.
I decided that too often, I can be literally obsessed with what people think of me. It’s been an issue since middle school, and has continued into my adult life. And I know a lot of you reading this struggle with it too. I can’t imagine if I had Instagram or Snapchat when I was already struggling with unhealthy thoughts in high school. “I ONLY got 50 likes on this selfie? Ugh, I must be ugly.” has turned into “My kids don’t want to play with this slime that everyone loves? Either they’re weird, or I suck at making slime, therefore I am a terrible mom!”
This obsession with what people think can creep into every tiny aspect of my life, so easily. Especially now that I have children. I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking they need to be the best at everything, the most popular, most athletic, most beautiful. Because they don’t. I obviously will always be their number one fan, but sometimes I even find myself getting frustrated when they don’t act the way I want them to. They aren’t even misbehaving when this happens. They’re just being who they are. Who God created them to be.
Who am I to argue with that?
So I’ve decided to just tell you about the slime. And how it was messy, not glamorous, short-lived and pretty much the opposite of what I wanted to happen. I wanted a perfect blog post about how to make slime, that would get thousands of pins and shares and likes. But instead, I got my kids. Being their crazy, cute, sometimes impossible to manage, selves.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Comment below if you’ve had similar experiences – wanting something to go one way, and it turning out completely different. Also feel free to share on Pinterest, Facebook, or go follow me on Instagram (@saneathomemom)!
Also – Here is the recipe if you are actually interested in the slime! (Super easy clean up because it’s made out of dish soap… #momhack)
- 2 TBSP Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap, Original Scent, 2 count, 56 oz. (Packaging May Vary)
- .5 cup Argo 100% Pure Corn Starch, 16 Oz
- Glitter or Food Dye (or BOTH!)
- Small 4 Liter Portable Sand Tray with Lid
Mix the glitter or food dye with the dish soap, then slowly add the corn starch in. That’s it! If it’s too thick, add more dish soap. If it’s too runny, add more corn starch. I love this recipe for how simple it is. Mix it directly in the sensory bin for one less dish to wash. SCORE!