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5 tips to use pinterest for meal planning

Posted Feb 01 2013 8:00am

Before I get to the meat of today's post, I want to encourage all of you reading via Google Reader or another feed-reading site to click over to ; as part of the 28 Day Blog Challenge I cajoled my design savvy best friend, maid of honor, and former bandmate Lauren Fairweather to help me with a new layout! It looks awesome (isn't my new logo just ADORABLE?!), and since this humble little blog is approaching year two of its lifespan (!!!) I thought it was time for a refresher. Thank you, Lauren!

(PS- Lauren is an extremely creative person and the fruits of her talents are available for purchase. Check out her website where you can learn more about her music, crafts that she sells on Etsy, and adorable adopted cats [though they are not for sale]!)

On to the main event... Pinterest!

Pinterest seems to be the online trend that many people love to hate. I first discovered (and quickly became obsessed with) it when I started planning our wedding . Around that time whenever Mike saw me endlessly scrolling through pictures of frilly things, he would ask, "Anything PINteresting?" His attitude kind of sums it up -- a lot of people just don't get what a powerful tool Pinterest can be.

(However, I do not necessarily endorse it for your wedding planning needs; great for ideas, not so great for people who have some semblance of a budget. But I digress.)

Since I got my iPhone in September, I've become much more active on Pinterest, and it has become part of my routine to scroll through my feed at night as I settle into bed. My most readily-pinned item is, without a doubt, FOOD!

We have discovered many great recipes on Pinterest, but I would say it is most useful to me as an organizational tool for recipes. When we sit down to plan our meals on Saturday night for our Sunday morning shopping trip, I open up my "delish dish" Pinterest recipe board and drool away. If a recipe we made was a big hit, I move the pin to my "recipes we've tried" board so that it doesn't collect dust in some lonely corner of the internet.

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