There are a few things in this world that can procure a sarcastic grin from me; women’s magazines are one of them. On my day off (and I do use that term loosely), as I wait in the grocery checkout, I’m visually assaulted with sugar sweet wives/mothers frolicking in their immaculate abodes, perfectly quaffed. Despite slaving all day at work and managing the household (including their model children that just happen to be pictures of cleanliness) they have time to bake a Taj Mahal cake and sew all the bed linens. This propaganda plastered on magazine covers is a far cry from my reality.
My life is form of controlled chaos. After grooming all day, I’m basically a zombie, reeking of wet dog and covered in husky hair. The kids are borderline feral…running around outside in the dirt, using all their talents to turn my house into a collage of crap. So you could imagine my skepticism when I was invited to this new social media type group Pinterest.
At first, I figured it was a cross between Facebook (another addiction of mine) and the unattainable perfection of domestic bliss found in the checkout aisle. However, like a sinner born again, I’ve been turned into a devout follower. This new fetish has not only saved me money and inspired creativity at home but in the grooming shop as well.
From my Pinterest community, I’ve learned to make my own laundry detergent for half the cost per load, saving funds from washing towels at the shop and personal laundry. I’ve been enlightened on how to make citrus based cleaner for next to nothing as well. Organizational ideas galore and bow making inspiration all just a few key strokes away, and the best part is none of the drama that can emerge from other social media outlets. It’s just essentially an idea and hint orgy, minus the June Cleaver. So check it out at www.pinterest.com . You have to be invited, so be patient, you can either click for an invite on the site (which takes approx a day or two) or ask a friend that’s already a member to invite you. Warning: I take no responsibility for hours lost to Pinterest or the inevitable list of things to try out that you’ll draft.