Pinterest For the Rest of Us

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We mothers of the modern age have a very distinct privilege. In addition to all the usual criticism mothers face (you didn’t breastfeed? you don’t use all organic everything? and so on and so forth…), we also have Pinterest. Oh, Pinterest.

I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a modern momma who hasn’t lost herself in a major Pinterest black hole. You know what I’m talking about. You log on in search of that recipe you found for dinner…and somehow end up scrolling through images of houses built from upcycled shipping pallets. (I’m willing to bet that’s a thing.)

Well, you know what ladies? I’m not crafty. I’m not a chef. And I had to look up “pallets” to make sure I spelled it right.

I know there are some people out there who are both crafty and talented in the kitchen, and more power to them! It’s just not me, and that’s okay too.

Let me explain what I’m talking about.

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Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

There are some cooks out there who look to Pinterest for inspiration on their next fancy schmancy meal. Meanwhile, I’m over here looking up how to make white rice…literally.

For the most part, David is the chef of the house. Luckily, he enjoys it and he’s amazing at it – especially when I think there’s nothing to eat and he somehow whips up a whole meal. But when he went back onto a show schedule and I had to start cooking more, this one was of the first recipes I looked up.

It’s embarrassing considering how much rice I have consumed in my life, but Martha Stewart knows her stuff, and I’m pretty much a pro at making white rice now.

I have a friend who recently made a coffee table for her apartment. She MADE a coffee table. (Shout out to Brianne at Briarsong!) She’s obviously super crafty, and that’s awesome.

The last “crafty” item I pinned was about how to make one of those folded paper fortune teller things that kids make. I’m not even kidding.

Calligraphy? Ha. Try [free] printables.

So, what am I getting at here? In the words of my very-wise-but-never-tell-her-that sister…BE YOUR OWN PERSON.

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She MADE a coffee table.

I love Pinterest, and I fully anticipate finding myself in one of those black holes later today. But it’s important to always do your own thing, and don’t feel like you have to be that super-mom that packs super healthy and beautiful lunches every day and hand crafts treats for every major and not-so-major holiday…unless that’s you, in which case, get it momma!

I’ll be over here making some white rice.

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