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Why Pinterest is a Busy Mom’s Best Friend

When it comes to Pinterest, I’m a little late joining the party. I signed up for an account sometime last year, but didn’t really get into it until a few weeks ago. I’ll admit, I thought Pinterest was just another site for super crafty women with LOTS of time on their hands (definitely not me!). Wow, was I wrong!

Though it’s only been a few weeks, I’ve quickly realized that Pinterest is a FANTASTIC resource for us busy moms looking for kid friendly, budget friendly, timesaving, and/or perfect dinner party recipes. Pinterest has a reputation for being a major timewaster, but, like everything else in life, it’s all about what you make it! Yes, you can spend hours passively looking at what others have pinned, but wouldn’t it be better to make Pinterest work for you?

I truly believe that Pinterest can be a busy mom’s best friend and below are just a few reasons why:
• Less Time Spent Searching the Internet – I’m a HUGE fan of Ina Garten, Epicurious.com, and Southern Living (just to name a few) and have spent LOTS of time on their websites looking for new recipes. With Pinterest, all I have to do is “follow” my favorite sites and I’ll have access to all the new recipes they’re pinning. Such a huge timesaver!
• Easy to Search – You can easily find whatever type of recipe you’re looking for just by typing in a few keywords like “make your own baby food” or “timesaving recipes” or “dinner party recipes”. In seconds, you’ll have a wide variety of recipes (everything from Perfect Roast Chicken to Jalapeno Popper Dip) that are complete with pictures. It’s that easy!
• All Your Favorites In One Place – Categorizing your favorite recipes is easy on Pinterest, all you have to do is create a board for them. No more flipping through cookbooks or trying to find that fabulous recipe you saved on that particular website (but can’t remember which one). Just upload a favorite recipe to one of your Pinterest boards and the information is only a click away!

I have to say that I’m super excited about all the new recipes I’ve been pinning and promise to keep you posted on the “must try” recipes that I come across.

In the meantime, what are your tips on choosing which recipes to pin? And, do you usually try them or do you just have really pretty Pinterest boards? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Comments

  1. Harriett:--I will tell you that I have had a few "Pinterest interventions" in the past due to spending so much time on the site, but in regard to recipes, it is now practically my sole source for finding new treats! I have divided my Pinterest boards into food categories such as appetizers, vegetables & sides, entrees, desserts, etc. so it makes it easier when I am searching for a particular recipe that I have pinned. I should disclose that I have tried recipes that were less than impressive and I have subsequently deleted those pins. However, I follow someone who created a board specifically for recipes that she tested and didn't fall head over heels for. I like this idea as it gives followers a heads up about recipes that may not be as successful as they sound!!
    PS...Some of the sites I like to follow on Pinterest are Southern Living (of course), Martha Stewart Living, The Pioneer Woman and Cooking Light.
  2. Rusty:Is Pinterest only for women?
  3. Deena:Love Pintrest! Love the idea of it almost being a virtual recipe box for the busy mom!
  4. Mary Kennon:Thanks for the comments and great Pinterest tips!