Saturday, December 14, 2013

Planning with Pinterest

So I know pretty much everyone out there knows about Pinterest.  And I know people blog about it all the time.

I can't say that it is my cup of tea to be the blogger that does Pinterest projects and then blogs about them.  I am so glad people do, because I find a lot of great stuff that way!

However, on this chilly Saturday on which Adam and I had zero plans but to be lazy and enjoy the snow from our window, I have been spending a fair bit of time on my Pinterest boards...

I have an interesting relationship with Pinterest.  I don't spend hours on it all the time, but maybe 1-2 times a week I'll flip through it for a few minutes before bed and pin things of interest.

Sometimes, I forget about it. But on the days when I decide to sit down and spend some time on it?  I'm always glad I did.

I relied on it a lot this summer when we had Connor for longer stretches of time.  Some of the projects did not take very long, but it gave me a way to break up the days while daddy was at work.  I'd do my work in the morning while he slept and then while he ate breakfast and watched a little tv.  Then we'd go run errands or go to the library or something.  Then we'd do a science project on days we didn't do something like the pool.  It was always fun for him, and everything I found was easy and cheap! We even made our own marshmallow Minions one day thanks to Pinterest!

I actually cook a lot of recipes I find on Pinterest. As Adam and I continue to get settled into married life, I have been trying to cook more often to save us both money and calories!  We have found a lot of our favorites through Pinterest, many of which are super easy (because I don't really want to spend hours making dinner.)

Granted, sometimes we have a big fat fail.  I don't expect what I make to turn out just like the pictures, but I at least want it to taste good.  A few things have just been a flop, so I try to go back and remove them when that happens.

And of course, planning my wedding involved Pinterest.  I used it mostly to make boards that I could show others to communicate what I want.  When I met with the photographers? Showed them my photo board to convey what kinds of shots we wanted.  When I met with the florist? Showed her pictures of what I wanted my bouquet to look like.

I realize I'm not saying anything new, but I did want to encourage you if you're not using Pinterest  very often that it is definitely something worth spending a little more time on!  I think the key for me is to not spend hours on it and to not pin everything under the sun.  If it's nothing something I might actually do or make, I don't pin it.

It just makes me happy when I have days like this where I spend a bit more time on there and discover that I have actually done or made a lot of what I pinned or to meal plan with other pins so I can try new recipes this week.

I won't lie though.... every now and then I sort of miss cutting pictures out of a magazine to make a vision board, haha!

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