My 10 Favorite Pinterest Wins

1 Feb

My beautiful, talented sister introduced me to Pinterest several years ago. At first, I didn’t really understand how it worked, but once I got the hang of it, ah-mazing. Now, however, I kind of wish I’d stayed in the dark. Planning birthday parties, holidays, arranging home decor and giving gifts can’t be simple anymore.

You know what I’m talking about…that Pinterest peer pressure is a real, breathing thing!

There are really only two different types of Pinterest peeps: the “pin-and-runner” and the “pin-and-tryer.” I think I’m the former. Underneath my initial ambition to make Crock-Pot Apple Breakfast (which ruined my Crock-Pot, by the way) is this stronger need to rebel against becoming someone who makes their own laundry detergent.

But seriously, I’ve heard you save so much money doing that.

I log onto Pinterest and think: wouldn’t it be the cutest thing ever to re-purpose Abby’s baby clothes into a monogrammed pillow? And how skinny would I be if I actually stuck to the 30-day plank challenge? Regarding that third child that’s never happening, I’ve pinned the cutest pregnancy announcements (just in case of Armageddon).


I think I’ve probably only tried maybe 5% of the things I’ve pinned over the last four years. Some turned out well, and some didn’t. And some turned out SUPER BAD. As I’ve been browsing through Superbowl recipes to try, I figured I’d write a post about my Pinterest wins.

These are My 10 Favorite Things to Pin on Pinterest:

1. Recipes: These are the easiest and best recipes I found on Pinterest. The Crock-Pot tacos I make at least twice a month!

2. Parenting Advice: Some work better than others, but it’s been really useful to read how other people are raising their children.

3. Gifts…for Me: Didn’t think this one would be on there, did you? Well, I created a Pinterest board called “Somebody Tell Everett.” After almost 10 years of marriage, I’ve realized I just have to be proactive about things I like and want. Ev and the kids got this necklace for me for Mother’s Day. I may or may not have pinned AND emailed to my husband.

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4. Cute Things That Force Me to Be Organized: I got the idea for a menu board from my sister, who got the idea from Pinterest. I had an old framed painting from my grandparent’s house just hanging out in the garage collecting dust. I took out the glass, flipped the picture around and sprayed with chalkboard spraypaint. Voila! Making this board involuntarily helped me plan out meals and grocery shopping for each week. I actually save money at the store when I shop with a plan. I know…so progressive! Please note: this only works when you remember to update the board. And also, when you locate the chalk.

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5. Fruit Picking Success: We like to pick apples in the fall and strawberries in the spring. Most of the fun is in the picking, which means we end up with WAY too much. I have a whole Pinterest board called “What to do with all these Apples?” We went a little apple crazy. These are the strawberry pies we made last year, and they were super yummy. One I made low-sugar, and the other I made full-blown awesome.

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6. Cool Birthday Stuff: There are so many cute birthday party ideas on Pinterest. I decided just to focus on cupcakes for this post. It really does save money on ordering a cake, and it’s a lot easier to clean up at birthday parties. These Minions and Minnies both turned out cute, and I didn’t work very hard on them! Plus, people say: “Did you make these? These are so creative!” And even though you secretly know you’re an idea stealer, it still took creativity to research, pin, purchase and make. That counts!

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7. Personalized Gifts: I got this idea for a makeshift photoshoot for Father’s Day last year. It ended up being adorable when I printed and framed. There are great gift ideas for teachers, bosses…nurses!


8. Planning Baby/Bridal Showers: Pinterest is actually really helpful for coming up with decorating ideas for showers. Below is the nautical themed shower for my sister, and under that photo it is a diaper cake I made for a centerpiece at my sister-in-laws jungle animals shower.

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9. Creative Costumes: My son has always been obsessed with trash/recycling trucks. For Halloween 2012, we created his very own working garbage truck costume. LED lights…personalized logo…working candy arm. This was NOT EASY. It’s probably the only time I’ll do something like this. He absolutely loved it. And absolutely trashed it by the time we were home from trick or treating.

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10. Graphic Design Ideas: This was Jackson’s Valentine’s Day cards last year. I’m a graphic designer by trade, so I understand this one looks difficult, but the only hard part was getting the pictures taken. It really ended up being adorable when I pieced all the photos together to make this card. Jackson is such a goober.


Happy Pinning, folks 🙂

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