Pinterest Tuesday: The Pinterest Blues

Hey.

Just a warning, today isn’t a warm and fuzzy post.

Today is supposed to be Pinterest Tuesday, but I’m not feeling very Pinterest-y. In fact, today, Pinterest did not inspire me, make me want to do great things, or even feel warm and fuzzy. Today, Pinterest made me feel sad. Why, might you ask? Well, I was scrolling through the Pinterest pages and came across a pin with a young mom on the front, standing in front of a gorgeous house. The caption read “love her decorating tips” or something along those lines, so I thought I’d give it a click. Bad decision.  Now, I know this woman’s house was staged for the photo shoot, but wow, I mean, wow.  It was gorgeous! She really was an amazing decorator, not to mention a mom with small children.  With each picture I scrolled through, a deeper sense of “you totally stink” punched me in the stomach. When I was done, I just sat in stunned silence.  Then I looked around my own very plain, disaster-stricken home. My kitchen chairs are not lovely, they are falling apart.  My countertops are NEVER cleared off. Thank goodness my couches have covers; they are usually covered in crumbs, snot, dog hair and spilled juice.  There are rips and tears in my sheet rock  from where children have pulled items off of the walls which were held there by those picture hanging strips. In fact, I even have gunk in the peak of my cathedral ceiling that looks like food. How? And how do I even clean it?  The finish on my 9-year-old cupboards is starting to do something weird, and my stairs look horrible-most of the finish on them is gone and one is warped.  My house, even on its best day, will never look like hers. Ever. And it made me feel sad. I feel bad about complaining-I live in a beautiful area and my husband I have had the great opportunity to build our own home. We have land, and a gorgeous view of one of the Great Lakes. See that picture at the top of our blog? I took that standing next to my dining room table.  I DO have so much to be thankful for, but even so, I am human, and some days I get caught up in focusing on what I don’t have, instead of being thankful for the things I do have.

I just finished a really good book by Jill Savage called No More Perfect Moms.

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Picture courtesy of amazon.com

It was freeing for me-it addressed the issue of the “perfection infection” within our culture, especially among moms, in the areas of ourselves, our kids, our husbands, our homes, and our walk with God. It addressed this very issue of feeling like you “never measure up”. I learned so much from her honest, God-centered words, although obviously I still have some hurdles to jump before I completely rid my life of the “perfection infection”.  If you ever feel the way I do, take a moment to check out her book or her blog. She is a real mom with real problems and she relies on her very real God.

So, maybe next week I will find a fun project on Pinterest that I feel like sharing with all of you! But today, I think I am going to boycott Pinterest. Especially the home decor section. I just don’t need that kind of pressure!

What about you? Do you ever feel this way?

-Chelsey

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Pinterest Tuesday: Puffy Paint and Valentine’s Day Cards

As Valentine’s Day approached, I tried to think of a fun, easy craft to do with the girls.  Of course, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found this.  It was perfect; easy, simple materials, and great for a variety of ages.

A cute handprint card idea... definitely doing this!!

So cute!! We added one twist-puffy paint! I found a recipe in a newsletter from my school district and we went to work.  Now, I saved the newsletter so I could share the recipe with you, and I put it in a really, really, really safe place. How do I know this? I cannot find it. Of course.  But all is not lost! I did find this post which explains how to make it and some fun projects using the puffy paint.

Puffy Paint

1/2 cups shaving cream

1/2 cup white glue

food coloring

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Measure out the shaving cream and glue and mix together. Add the food coloring and mix until you like the results.

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Transfer the puffy paint to empty condiment bottles or use a paintbrush and let the kids have fun!

 

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Yes, this one was mine.

We put our paint on really thick, and it took a long time to dry. Overnight, in fact.  But it was puffy, and the girls enjoyed it. Great for a snowy, cold day.

~Chelsey

 

Pinterest Tuesday: Taco Seasoning!

The chicken was cooking on the stove, homemade tortilla chips were in the oven. I reached into my cupboard for the taco seasoning, only to find an empty space. Uh-oh. I searched every nook and cranny of the cupboard for a hidden packet of taco seasoning only to come out empty handed. What was I going to do? Dinner was ruined! Without taco seasoning my chicken nachos wouldn’t be very nacho-y. Could I turn it into something else? Start over with something completely new? I was in a pickle. Then, I suddenly remembered a recipe for homemade taco seasoning I had pinned on Pinterest.  Did I have the right ingredients? Would it taste good? I decided to try it out-I had to save dinner!

After looking at my Favorite Recipes board on Pinterest, I came across this pin.

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Picture courtesy of http://www.5dollardinners.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/

Well, it looked promising! I rummaged around for the ingredients and discovered I had them all! (That NEVER happens, by the way.)

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1 T chili powder, 1 T ground cumin, 1 T garlic powder, 1 T onion powder, 1/4–½ T crushed red pepper. Mix it all together. It is that easy!

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I threw 1/8 cup seasoning in with my chicken along with 2/3 cup water, and continued on with my recipe.  And you know what? Our chicken nachos were excellent! They were slightly spicier than we usually make them, probably because of the red pepper flakes, but everything else tasted just like the taco seasoning I usually buy in bulk from Sam’s Club.  Guess who won’t be making that purchase again? ME!!!

Want to try it for yourself? Use the links above and check out the original recipe. Be a kitchen hero!

~Chelsey

Pinterest Tuesday: Clean Microwave!

 

 

EEWWW…my food goes in there?

I have a confession to make. I am a terrible “cleaner”. I don’t think I have a neat bone in my body. I can be organized when I have to be; I was very organized in my college years, especially during student teaching, and I am pretty organized at work, thanks to my ultra-organized mother-in-law (she’s my boss!) However, when it comes to my home, not so much.  And I know that organization and cleaning are two separate things, but, I am bad at both. I have a whole board on Pinterest called DIY Cleaning, and today I am going to demonstrate one of the pins I tried:

How to Clean Your Microwave
http://pinterest.com/pin/171207223306281787/

I’ll show you how I did it; prepare to be amazed!

Step 1: Examine your gross, disgusting microwave

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Step 2: Fill a microwave safe bowl with water, add a splash of vinegar (I used a really BIG splash) and microwave until the water boils. I let mine boil for a few minutes, just to be safe. Then, wearing hot pads remove the bowl and using a cloth or paper towel, wipe down your microwave. The gunk should be pretty easy to clean-if some is still stuck on, use a little elbow grease, or, I found that the longer I microwaved the water and vinegar mixture, the easier it was to wipe off all my “crud”.

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Step 3: Admire your handiwork! And never microwave anything ever again. Just kidding, although I now use a cover to keep the really messy food from flying all around. See that nice little burn mark on the top of my microwave? Should I be worried about that? Hmm…

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Now, if I did this once a week, or once a month, I would always have a nice, clean microwave. Try it and see how it works for you!

~Chelsey