Make oatmeal in a jar. Don’t make Jell-O on your face.

We in the Smart crew have previously shared our passion for Pinterest. You know, Pinterest. The place where every idea looks like a great one. The one where you have whole collections of great ideas at your fingertips, just waiting for the moment when inspiration strikes.

Maybe you’re like me and have an entire Pinterest board filled with fun things to make or do.

A pizza that looks like an owl! Oatmeal in a jar! A scrapbook page with a martial-arts theme. A face mask with only two ingredients! My life is complete, right?

Well, not exactly. Today’s tale is a story of the good and bad of trying things you find on the internet.

Here’s the good: I’ve tried some new recipes thanks to Pinterest that I’m absolutely loving. The first is steel-cut oatmeal in a jar.

This was excellent! My mom, who lives with us, also likes oatmeal, and we decided to give this a shot so we could have some quick breakfasts that were maybe a little healthier than instant oatmeal.

And good news – it worked! We love it. I’ve been eating mine with a little bit of Truvia and some walnuts each day, and it tastes great. Cheap, too, once we got the jars – they were about $10 for a pack of 12, but we’ll use them for lots of stuff, so I didn’t think that was a big deal.

In other good Pinterest news, I found and made these “Perfect Lemon Bars” for Thanksgiving dinner, and they were a hit, too. Very lemon-meringue-style.

But you’ll remember I said there was some bad news. And that, my friends, can be summed up as the following: “Make dessert. But don’t make dessert on your face.”

Also on Pinterest, I found this recipe for two-ingredient “pore strips” that you can use all over your face. As a bit of full disclosure, I’m a part-time Mary Kay consultant, and this comes into play because I normally don’t use any other cosmetics or skin products. But I’m having some real dermatology issues now, in part due to some health problems, and I guess I’m getting desperate. So I saw this recipe and thought, “Oh, look, it’s just milk and unflavored gelatin – it can’t possibly do anything bad, right?”

It started off OK. Mixed everything up, heated it briefly in the microwave, and started to rub it all over my face. I admit, it smelled a little funny, but hey, it’s unflavored gelatin and hot milk; I didn’t really expect it to smell great. So on it went, and I waited until I could no longer move my lips, about 15 minutes later, to go start peeling it off.

Somehow, I guess I wasn’t clear on the fact that this mask was also a hardcore hair remover. I’m Italian. This did not necessarily mix. I found it pretty painful to peel off, but I think it was because of the fine hair that runs er, ran along my jawline. I also got a little too close to my eyebrows, and that’s entirely user error; I should have known better and just wasn’t applying carefully.

Altogether, it took me about 45 minutes to fully peel my face, sitting cross-legged on my bathroom vanity and leaning into the mirror. I didn’t get a picture of that, but I’ll leave it to your capable imagination.

I’ll say this: I’m pretty sure my face was cleaner after I was done. I also no longer needed my eyebrows waxed.

I think the whole experiment is a good example of “Let the buyer beware,” or in this case, the Pinterest pinner. It’s great to try new things, and to find good ideas either online or through friends’ in-person recommendations. But don’t expect 100% perfection… you’ll have some “Face Jell-O” in the mix too.


My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!

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1 Response

  1. Jo says:

    Steel-cut oats aside, this is about the strangest blog written by you!

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