Wanna make a badass Halloween treat that hasn't 
been played out on Pinterest(yet)?

sugar skull rice krispie treats dia de las muertos Pinmeh

Try out these delicious little bomb diggities.

This was an experiment gone right. I had no idea how these would turn out but, as you can see, they're pretty bitchin.'

How to make this sh*t:

1. Make the rice krispie treat mixture. Here's the original recipe from Rice Krispies themselves:
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal (you like that shameless self promotion?)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • OR
  • 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  1.  In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated. 
  3.  Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary. 

2. Grab your skull mold. I bought this one from Amazon.

Spray each side of the mold with cooking spray so the rice krispie mixture doesn't stick.

3. Coat your hands and fingers with cooking spray and keep that baby nearby because things are about to get messy. This mold has two halves to it so you need to put the rice krispie treat mix into both sides. Really cram the mixture into the mold. Since this is a loose mixture and not sugar or chocolate like this mold was intended for, you need to pack it in to really get the definition of the skull mold.

4. After both sides of the mold are filled, put the molds together to combine the skull and then gently squeeze both sides of the mold together to fuse them together. This worked just fine for me. 

5. Stick your finished skulls inside of your fridge until you're ready to decorate.

6. Once you're finished making however many skulls you want, grab the frosting, sprinkles, candy decorations, food markers, whatever your little heart desires and go crazy. If you're having a decorating party, you could print out some sugar skull designs from Google Images that you like as a reference.

 This activity was a lot of fun to make and to eat and it was fairly fuss proof even for this trainwreck of a gal which is why I've given this tasty project the "Hot Mess Approved" stamp. Of approval.

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DIY Shoebox + Magnifying Glass + Smartphone Projector


PinMeh Shit List DIY smartphone shoebox magnifying glass projector
Photo from: Pinterest


It seems so grand and simple, doesn't it? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, guys, but there's more involved than all the series of pictures above.

First, let's break down this DIY Shoebox + Smartphone Projector. I couldn't figure out who originally posted this thing.

Why is this a fail? Because there are so many more factors involved than a shoe box, magnifying glass, and a smartphone.

Reasons this sh*t doesn't work:

1. You can't just use any regular old magnifying glass. I have read that you need a smaller, 60-80mm magnifying glass. Other people have said that you need to use multiple lenses stacked on top of each other.

2. You need to paint the inside of the box black or glue down some black paper because of reasons I don't know. Probably to cut down on light reflection.

3. It's just a bunch of trial and error and I don't have time for that sh*t.

In reality, I'm sure this can work but I'm deeming it a failure and putting it on my shit list because it's nowhere near as easy as Pinterest would leave you to believe.

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Here's how mine turned out.
Tried this and made it work? Let us know how in the comments.


Ice + Salt Melting Experiment


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Photo by: The Artful Parent

The bright colors were what drew me to this pin in the first place. I'm basically a bird. I'm attracted to colorful, shiny things. The fact that it's an easy Science experiment using things you more than likely have around the house and that it requires very minimal set-up were what sold me.

Let's dive into this Ice + Salt Melting Experiment originally posted by The Artful Parent.

Eroding Brain kids science experiment by PinMeh

Eroding brain? Indeed. You can make this as simple or as fancy as you'd like and I'll show you how.

PinMeh show me how to do this sh*t

How to do this sh*t:

1. Decide how fancy you want to get with this. You could use a mold like I did, you could use some Tupperware, you could hire a professional ice sculptor to chisel you a swan with a chainsaw. I don't care. Go crazy. All you need is a giant ass block of ice. So grab your container, fill it up with water, and stick it in your freezer overnight, while you're at work, whatever works.

TIP: If you boil filtered water before freezing, your ice comes out a lot clearer. Not completely clear, but clearer. You're welcome. Please be careful if you do this, it's not necessary whatsoever.
2. Once frozen, remove your ice from the mold or container into a deep container like a casserole dish or larger Tupperware container. You can run hot water over the outside of the mold to help release the ice from the container.

3. Using different cups or containers, mix up your colors with water and food coloring.

4. Sprinkle salt all over the ice.

5. Drop colored water over the ice using your dropper. Try using different colors in different areas where the salt has created tunnels inside of the ice.

6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 as often as you'd like. My son was at it for quite some time.

 Here's how mine turned out.  

 This kidtivity gets my special kid stamp of approval because it actually held my child's attention for quite some time and was a lot of fun.

Try it out and let us know how you fared in the comments below!