I have alluded over my blogging past that I don’t like “Perfect Pinterest Moms”. Not necessarily that I don’t like them as human beings, I certainly respect and admire them, but couldn’t for the life of me understand why everything they did had to be Pinterest-worthy and smear it all over their social media feeds, no less. I snobbishly wrote back in February that I hoped the other parents in Braden’s playschool class didn’t have Pinterest accounts when it came to Valentine’s gifts as I scrolled through my Instagram feed shaking my head at the creativity and Pin-worthy Valentines my social medialites had created. This doesn’t mean I thought less of these friends, I just wondered how they had the time and energy to be so creative and do these things. I have also professed myself a non-Pinterest mom when it comes to birthday parties as I barely had the energy and thought to throw together a party for Braden’s 3rd birthday. Even last year at this time my mind was boggled as to how so many of you were doing daily Advent activities with your families because two years ago I got so anxious about comparing myself to others and felt like I wasn’t doing enough. It was then and there that I decided to never have a seasonal “bucket list” and just decide to go with the flow. For me, it seems like work to have a list and I just want to enjoy things as they happen.
But, I have grown up and changed a lot the last year. I am that Pinterest mom I used to envy and honestly role my eyes at, at times. I came to it on my own terms and I do things now because I truly enjoy them. I’m not one to scour Pinterest every day unless I’m looking for recipes, which is still what I use it the most for. There’s probably been weeks at a time where I haven’t even opened up Pinterest in my browser or on my phone, other than to post one of my recipes. I’m not an avid pinner, but lately I’m finding Pinterest to be so inspiring and there’s so many DIY projects that can save a lot of money, that a great gift ideas, and are truly fun to do. I still don’t think I’m a Pinterest Super Mom and only love to do these projects when I enjoy them and have time to do them. Speaking of time, that’s another thing I’ve grown to realize – you make time for the things you love to do and enjoy to do. I admittedly used to wonder how in the world these DIY bloggers had the time to do these things plus clean and cook and run around with their kids – but it’s like anything in life with a hobby – you make the time for it because you enjoy it.
I threw Ethan a “Pinterest-worthy” birthday party and I LOVED it. I have party planning friends that told me once I did one I’d catch the party bug and want to do it again and again…and they were right! I’ve been planning Braden’s Disney Plane’s 4th birthday party since the day after Ethan’s party and I’m excited to throw it together. The key for me, is to give myself plenty of time to do it and to not be rushed. There is no such thing as doing it too soon or too early, unless of course food is involved! I ordered Braden’s party supplies in October. His birthday is at the end of January. His birthday shirt from Etsy arrived this week and I’m fixing to do a decor craft this week if time permits. Better done too early than too late, right? Two of my recent posts have gotten GREAT feedback and has inspired me to do more. You can check out my Christmas Cookies in a Jar and my homemade Candy Cane Sugar Scrub – they both make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!