If you’ve been keeping track, you will know that I never finished my June Pinterest Challenge. To date, I have completed 5 of the 8 pins that I challenged myself to complete (stay tuned for a post on the ruler growth chart – that is my favorite so far).
As for the other three, well, I am letting myself off the hook.
- When I first saw the recipe for the homemade healthy fruit snacks, I imagined myself being the kind of mom who spends hours making those for her kids. However, in truth, I am not that kind of mom. I’m the kind of mom who prefers to go the easy route and just buy fresh fruits and veggies.
- As for the Finger Friends or Peepers… well, we got the Styrofoam balls for those, and my youngest immediately tried to eat them. So, that isn’t really a practical craft for my family at this point in time.
- I still love the idea behind Spelling with Nuts & Bolts, however, my kids just aren’t quite old enough to appreciate it… no matter how much I want them to. Someday, when my kids are a little older, we will do that pin.
When I started the challenge, I thought that it was just a matter of sitting down and doing the pins. It turns out that I was wrong. Here is what I learned from my June Pinterest Challenge:
- Just because it is cute or clever doesn’t mean that you really want/need to do it. (Do I really need to make a key ring out of an old fork? Considering how many old key rings I have that I am not using, probably not.)
- Just because you want to do something, doesn’t mean it is the right time to do it. Here are some of the reasons why my pins either didn’t get done or took longer than expected:
- My kids just aren’t the right age for some pins
- It rained A LOT, so the pin-related activities that needed to be done outside (staining, painting, etc.) had to wait
- The pin didn’t fit into my schedule
- Just because someone says it is “simple” and/or “easy,” doesn’t mean that it is!
- Sometimes, it is just better to imagine yourself being the kind of mom who does some of those things on Pinterest, and not ruin the delusion by actually trying to do them.
The number one thing that I learned from my June Pinterest Challenge is that Pinterest should be fun, not stressful!