What Pinterest is Doing to Motherhood

pinterest vs motherhood

As a mom, we want everything to be perfect. We want the perfect children, the perfect house, the perfect husband, the perfect life. And with just a few clicks of a mouse, we can “pin” all our dreams and desires onto a board in the hopes that someday we will turn those pins into reality.

I am blessed to have lots of mom friends, and I am so thankful for those friends. However, my heart is heavy because some of them are feeling guilty because they can’t achieve a pinterest-perfect life.

One mom has 4 children and had to opt for store bought cookies for her kids’ school Christmas parties. When she walked into each room, her guilt intensified at the site of reindeer pretzel cookies, snowman donuts, and other pinterest discovered goodies that covered the tables.

Another mom friend has 2 children and confessed that she was feeling guilty that she had to buy the cheap disposable diapers when all the “good moms” were going the cloth route.

What is going on here? When did snowman donuts, reindeer cookies, and making your own baby food become so much more important than teaching our children the things that really matter? We are teaching our children that it’s important to do things better than everyone else, to always have “the best,” and that stuff is more important than the intangible items. We are no longer helping form our children for God’s Army, but instead we are showing them how much control the world really has over us.

And, believe me, I am SO guilty of this. I can’t point fingers at anyone, because I have 3 fingers pointing right back at me.

In fact, let me just share with you my biggest flub up of 2012… My head hangs in shame as I share this with you…

When I was hanging up Christmas decorations this year, I went all out. Snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, tree trimmed in all it’s glory, icicles on the window, wrapping paper on all the pictures… I honestly about killed myself making Christmas “perfect” in our house.

My husband asked why I decided to go all out this year, and my response was, “I want to have the most pinterest-worthy house around.”

Hand – smack forehead.

I totally screwed up Christmas. Sure, I wanted the kids to love it, but I had so much more in mind. I wanted everyone to want to pin my Christmas decorations, mimic them, and drive tons more traffic to my blog.

It honestly didn’t even hit me until I read a status update on Facebook that said, “As mothers, the measures I believe we should judge ourselves on are actually simple: its not the size or “pinterest-worthiness” of their first birthday cake. It’s the amount of unconditional love and affection we give to our children, the values and confidence we instill in them, the quality of the time we spend with them, the examples we set for them in our actions as their role models…

That one quote cut me to the core. What have I been doing?! Since when does what other people (pinners) think of my home, my family, my blog mean more than what GOD thinks? Am I doing things for HIS glory, or for the glory of man?

I pretty much answered my own question right then and there, and it brought me under a deep conviction.

Am I saying pinterest is evil? No, not really. I’m sure I will still pin things that I like. Thanks to pinterest, I have found some really great recipes that my family enjoys, and I’ve saved money by making our own laundry soap, fabric softener, and other things. There IS good in Pinterest…. in moderation.

However, from now on, my relationship with my Savior comes first, followed by my relationship with my family. No longer will I worry or fret over how “pinterest-worthy” my decorations, my family, my blog, or anything else in my life might be. Instead, I want to know how God-worthy and God-honoring they are. I want my goal to be to please my Savoir, not anyone that might happen by my blog.

If I have to give up time with my husband or my children in order to complete a pinterest project, it will wait until I have “me” time… when the kids are in bed and hubby is working late. If it takes months for me to find that me time, then it will take me months to complete that pinterest project. End of story. No longer will my family compete for my attention because I have a board full of “Must Makes” that I just have to complete.

And if I find that I need to buy disposable diapers, cookies made by the grocery store bakery, or candles that I don’t get to cover in glitter and give as gifts, that’s ok to. I will not beat myself up for wanting to give the time to my family instead of screaming “Look what I did!” for all the pinterest-world to see.

I wrote this post as a reminder of myself of how much I am missing out on by worrying about what everyone else thinks. These are my convictions, and my feelings. I am not writing this to upset or anger anyone, just to maybe make you think a little bit. We are all entitled to our own opinions. If pinterest has helped you, be thankful for that. For me, it became too much and I need to back off and use it in a way that will not harm my family.

What are your thoughts on the pinterest movement? Is it helpful or harmful to motherhood in today’s world?

Birthday Party Ideas: Pinterest Style

Since Gage’s first birthday is coming up next month, I’ve been using every spare moment to scour Pinterest for some birthday party ideas.

I’m not going over the top. I never have with any of the kids on their first birthday.

jungle cakeWhy?

Because they’re just not that into it. They couldn’t care less about the presents, the decorations, or any of the hoo-ha. {Is that a word?} BUT, next year, when Gage turns 2, I’ll be singing a different song. I always tend to go a little overboard for the second birthday. Not sure why, but 2 has been my favorite birthday for each of my kids.

Anyway, I’m having a small party at my house on Gage’s birthday. Only family and our closest friends will be invited. I worked out the menu this week with hubby, and I’m talking with my dear friend Melissa of Melissa’s Custom Cakes & Goodies about the cake. All I’m going to say is that it’s going to be adorable. And definitely not over the top.

I’m doing a Monkey theme for his party. {Of course! Would anyone expect anything else?} And the colors will be Navy Blue and browns. It’s going to be awesome.

As I was scouring Pinterest, though, I came across some of the coolest cakes. Each of the kids {aside from Gage} have picked out their birthday cakes for this year. {So, get your ovens ready, Melissa. Come July, I’ll have 1 – 2 cake orders per month for you until October.} 🙂

I started a new board on Pinterest called “Birthday Party Ideas for the Kids.” You can follow it if you’re looking for ideas. I’m certain I’ll be pinning a million more things to it over the next few weeks.

I also wanted to share some of my favorite pins from that board:

Got any more monkey-themed party ideas for me? Whether you’ve pinned them, posted them on your blog, or just happened across them on the world wide web, I’d love it if you’d share them with me!

Fall Decorations Pinterest Style

I love fall. The weather is perfect for hot chocolate, bon fires, and big comfy sweatshirts. The leaves are changing to beautiful hues of red, orange, and gold. Everything about Fall makes my insides smile.

I mentioned the other day that I had to make some bows for my Mother-in-Law’s wedding on Saturday. I’ve got the bows made, and they’re pretty. I’m going to the church to decorate tomorrow, so I’ll take pictures and share them soon.

Anyway, in my search for all things “Fall wedding” related, I came across some beautiful fall decorations on Pinterest that I thought you all might like.

Here are just a few of my favorites {click on the pictures to be taken to the pin} :

fall pumpkins

fall decorations

pumpkin decorations

pumpkin craft

fall lights

fall candles

Just do a search for fall decorations and you’ll find tons and tons of beautiful decorations! Also, be sure to follow me on pinterest.

I’d love it if you’d leave a link to your post about fall decorations, or to some of your favorite fall decorating pins on Pinterest! You can do that here:

I Wish I had Thought of That!

My addiction to Pinterest has shown me more great ideas in a few days than I could come up with in a lifetime.

Here are some of the great little tips and tricks I’ve found:

How about a Pringles can to keep uncooked spaghetti fresh?

Pringles can

Idea & Photo From http://nonobvioussolutions.tumblr.com/

Or a super-easy way to make heart-shaped cupcakes?

heart shaped cupcakes

photo and idea from http://www.musesofmegret.com/2009/02/12/valentines-day-hack-make-heart-shaped-cupcakes-with-a-regular-tin/

Maybe you need a cute way to get cupcakes to the kids’ school, but don’t want to shell out big bucks for a fancy dessert tray? Make your own – cheap and easy!

Make your own cupcake tray

Photo & Idea from http://decorganizecrafts.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-desert-stand-tiered-plates-tiered.html

And those are just a few of the amazing ideas, tutorials, and projects I’ve found. If I ever get free time, I might become dangerous… and it’s all thanks to Pinterest.

Share with me some of the creative ideas you’ve found…. I’ll be sure to pin them too! 🙂

Are You on Pinterest?

PinterestI know, I know. I just talked about Google+, and now I’m talking about something else. But Pinterest is something that I have needed for years, I just didn’t know it.

A very dear friend of mine, Alea from Premeditated Leftovers asked me if I would create a “Pinterest” button for her and add a “Pin this” button to her posts. I had no clue what she was talking about, so I told her she was going to have to give me more than just a website name.

When she heard that I had no clue what Pinterest was, she sent me an invitation and told me that I had to get in on this.

I joined, got the info I needed to create her a button, and let it sit there for a few days. Last night, hubby had to work late, and I decided to poke around on Pinterest.


Where has this been all my life? Seriously. The OCD Organizational Freak inside me is screaming with glee right now. This site is amazing.

You find things online that you want to bookmark, and you “pin” them to your boards. (You create the boards, and they can be regarding anything you want: style, fashion, jewelry, for the kids, for the home… I even have a board that has party ideas for the Phineas & Ferb party I’m throwing next week.) You can also “repin” something that someone else has pinned. (That’s how I’ve found most of my pins – people are finding really great stuff all over the web and pinning it for me to find!)

It’s invitation only, so if you want in, you have to find someone that can send you an invite. (I can, I can! Just leave a comment and let me know you want in.)

If you’re already on Pinterest, look me up. I’d love to follow you and see what great stuff you’re finding online!

Find me on Pinterest.