I admit it – I don’t like Pinterest.
Ok, I said it. Don’t judge me.
Let’s just say that I can’t keep up with the Pinterest Peer Pressure. You know the pressure… you surf online, see your friends pinning things to their little personalized Pinterest boards. You ooh and ahh over the uber cute cupcakes and the super fun peg boards they are going to make out of wine corks. You wonder if their dinner that they pinned on their board actually turns out as good as it looks in the picture. You imagine that they made their origami pinwheels while wearing the sassy new heels they pinned while sipping on their tropical drink that was pinned to their vacation board.
I’m sorry friends; I don’t care what your imagination holds. I love you all, I do. I hope that you all have houses that look exactly like the new house pin board you created and that your babies’ nursery turns out exactly like you pinned it to be. But really, I can’t keep watching you Pin.
However, I can’t keep up. I admit it. I don’t have time to Pin (ok, well, I have time to Pin, but I have a job that doesn’t exactly allow me unlimited pinning). I also have realized after reading every issue of Martha Stewart Magazine that I am not Martha. Nope. I burn myself every time I get within five feet of a glue gun and they have revoked my membership card at Michael’s Craft store. I am not artsy or crafty. I tried my hand at bedazzling once (Read past blog entry) and I really should just leave the crafts to crafters.
I see some of my friends Pin things that they want to purchase. I get it – it is kind of like making a shopping list, but in public, for you, your friends and thousands of others to view, and without any coupons… That’s where you lose me Pinterest. I might be all for using your service if you included a link to the online store, or maybe even a discount coupon. But, really, just pinning a picture? I’d rather get the catalog and at least be able to tear of the picture and tape it to my fridge, and then I could use it as a reminder of what bathing suit I’m trying to fit in.
I think Pinterest is leading its users to create unrealistic expectations. Pinners (or whatever you call people who Pin) start pinning the most perfect image of whatever they look at. For instance, my friend is planning a nursery. She is pinning everything that is white and spotless and organized, every lotion has a cap on it, every toy is in a bin and there is no diaper pail in site. Do you know how disappointed she will be when she realizes what a working nursery actually looks like? – baby poo stains on everything, Crayola marks on walls and furniture, toys everywhere except in the extra cute monogrammed book box, and laundry haphazardly placed. I’m not setting her up for failure – just a dose of reality.
Next I have friends who are pinning all kinds of awesome birthday party ideas. Like being a parent and throwing the required kid birthday party isn’t stressful enough? Now us Mommies can surf online and find the most perfect party ideas, share them with our friends and try to mimic the photo. Really moms? Are you all crazy? Why in the world would you post a picture of what you are expecting the party to look like? That is just nuts! I’m all about surprising the guest. Especially after I baked a Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake for my Little Man’s First Birthday, (homemade, green icing, lots of circles to the caterpillar) it was pretty awesome. I went to the store and came home to a cake mess. The dog had decided to be the taste tester and ate the darn thing! So, thank the lord there was no Pinterest then. I would have felt so much pressure to fulfill my Pinterest Picture Perfect Party. Instead, I called Publix and convinced them they could make a Baby Einstein cake on a rush. Emergency averted, no one was the wiser.
So friends, may I suggest making your life a bit easier? Less peer pressured and stress free… Stay off Pinterest! Just cruise the internet like any normal internet viewer and get some good ideas. Print some pictures off the net and move on. Realize that no one’s house is as pretty as it is on Pinterest, and that no normal Mom can actually make every single item at their kid’s birthday party. Just relax, enjoy the ride and call Publix when you need a cake.