My Thoughts on Pinterest

So many people talk about Pinterest these days! Most seem to fall into one of two categories: those who are completely addicted to it and love it vs. those who have no clue what it is or why it is of any use to any person.

I feel like I explain Pinterest a lot in person but really, wouldn’t a blog post about it be that much better? EUREKA!

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Q: What is Pinterest?

A: I like to call Pinterest a virtual and visual file cabinet. If you’ve ever been flipping through the pages of a magazine and seen: a recipe you must cook, outfit idea you must purchase or create, yard you must attain, craft you must pay someone else to make, pillow that would be perfect for your couch, paint color for that room that’s been bugging you or beach you MUST go to, so you tear out the page of that magazine (deep breath!) then THAT is what pinterest is like.

Another way I like to think of it is shopping and eating without spending money or actually consuming calories. It’s just about dreaming!

I’ve heard a lot of people say it is a DIY site and I don’t really agree with that. But that’s probably because that is not how or why I necessarily pin things. It’s just creative visual fodder for me to drink in and be inspired by! Vacations I want to take one day, cruise ships I want to remember, flowers I want to put in my garden, baby stuff I want to possess, shoes I want in my closet yesterday, etc.

Q: How does it work?

A: Someone has to invite you to join Pinterest. (You can go to the Pinterest website and ask for an invitation…but sometimes that can take a while for them to actually send you one. It’s just faster to ask your friends to invite you.) Once you join, a button will be installed (if you so choose…which you should) on your internet/web tool bar that says “Pin It”. It just sits there ever so quietly. (We will get to how to use that in a minute.)

Next, you need to set up your profile and your boards. Your profile is just that, a picture of you and a little or a lot about yourself. Then your boards are your file cabinets. There is a default list you can put up or you can choose to name your boards whatever you would like. But think of them like cork boards or file cabinets. They are your categories of stuff.

For example, my boards are as follows: House Pretties, Eat It!, My Style (clothes/shoes, jewelry), rugs, yard dreams, crafties, favorite places and spaces, gift ideas, ideas for and about kids, products I love, quotes and reminders, organize it!, clean it!, party ideas, Christmas, maternity style, baby stuff, love and mushy stuff and education ideas. Whew! That’s a lotta boards! But I have a special love for each and every one of them. They are so….pretty. đŸ˜€

Q: What do I Pin? And How do I pin it?

A: You have two options for pinning things. Either you can just repin things that are on the home page of Pinterest (this includes things that your friends have already pinned/people you are “following”) or you can pin things that you see as you browse the internet.

To pin/repin things you see already on Pinterest, just look at the home page, hover over the picture/image and choose “repin”. You decide which of your “boards” you want to file it in and then you should describe it or write a note to yourself. I mean, you may want to remember why you did it or what you liked about it later.

To pin things you see online that you like, just browse the internet like you normally would. Say you are on allrecipes.com and you see something super tasty. While on that page, you take your mouse and click your quiet little “Pin It” button. A page of pictures will pop up asking you what you want to pin (it’s visual so it pins pictures), so click what you want to pin, pick your board and describe it so you don’t forget what it is or why you like it/pinned it.

Now that you’ve pinned it, you have a visual link to where you found that item. So if you were perhaps dream shopping and you decide to buy that thing you can’t get out of your head, just click on it from your Pinterest board and it’ll take you back to where you found it!

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I am not sure what else to add here. I mean, just in toggling between this blog post and my pinterest page, I’ve managed to get sidetracked by fun stuff to pin countless times. It’s taken me two days to write this post! HA! I will add that I actually maintain/update my boards. I delete pins that I’ve changed my mind about and I double check links to make sure they work before I repin (most of the time).

Go, be inspired and check out Pinterest! Dream a little dream just for fun.

Any questions?

What Takes All My Spare Time These Days

My BF in WA has a couple of sisters who are way fun. Her older sister, Selina, is very fashionable and hip. Her house is crazy adorable and she is one of those women who always has perfect hair, skin and clothes. Don’t hate her though. Like I said, she’s way fun. Anyway, she recently turned me on to this blog called Young House Love. It now takes every moment of my free time! I know I’ve mentioned this blog recently, but seriously people, I can’t stay away from it.

You may be saying, “Freetime? What freetime? You get freetime?!” to which I would say, uh, yeah. I mean I am living with my parents. When my munchkins have quiet rest time, I can clean and do laundry and then what? I mean, I’ve gotta do something else…

But I digress. The point is that this blog is FLIPPIN’ AWESOME!

Say you are a young family on a budget. You don’t have a bunch of extra cash lying around and if you did, you most likely would spend it on something “responsible”. So that new bed you’ve always dreamed of still hasn’t happened even though  you’ve been married for 10 years already. No problem. DIY headboard, in one hour. Done! (And for maybe as little as $45 bucks!)

‘Been barking at the love of your life to organize the garage so you can actually get a car in there? No problem. This post will focus your efforts and help you get ‘er done in just one weekend. Do you hear angels singing?

Maybe you are a clutter-bug. You just can’t seem to organize your home and you need a little help, but you don’t really want to pay someone to do it for you. That’s ok, YHL to the rescue!  There is an ENTIRE page of ways to organize your space; from your kitchen cabinets all the way back out to the garage and even to your refrigerator! Here’s a post on how to systematically organize and declutter any space. Did you hear that? ANY space?

Not the best decorator? Having trouble putting a room together? Go to inspiration station! That entire page of ways to organize your space also has a ton of decorating lessons. It’ll move you from JCPenny Catalog to say, CB2. My personal favorite post is on How to Avoid the dreaded Matchy-Matchy. I haven’t even moved in to my new house yet and I’m already trying to avoid matchy-matchington in my dining room. You know…in my head…while I lay in bed at night dreaming of it.

Do you see why this is the bestest-blog ever? And, this couple even tries to do stuff on the cheap, which is all I speak these days. In fact, even some of their recent purchases have been too expensive for me, even though they ARE good deals. For them. I mean I did a dance last week when I paid $15.00 for a rug at Hobby Lobby. A DANCE!

Anyway, this blog takes all my time and makes my head swim. At night, I lay in bed thinking of all the things I cannot WAIT to do in our new house. I cannot wait to move in and get started! Is it Tuesday yet? (Additionally, this couple isn’t limited to just the indoors. They do great stuff outside too. I love that about them!)

Now, it’s your turn. Though this is my absolute favorite blog ever right now, I trust you might have a good one up your sleeve too. So do share. What blog (ok, besides Pioneer Woman or Real Simple or Martha Stewart) takes all your time?