Some days I wake up uninspired. It鈥檚 a bummer, but it happens. Even after one, two or even three cups of coffee, my brain just doesn鈥檛 get into gear. This can be the worst, especially for those of us who provide food and fun to another human being 鈥 you know鈥 being a mom. To kick start my brain and inject inspiration into my family鈥檚 day 鈥 flipping the switch from boring to brilliant 鈥 I enlisted the help of good ol鈥 Pinterest.

mother working on computer with bored baby

In an attempt to be 鈥渇air,鈥 I asked my daughter to help in most of the food and activity decisions, since she鈥檇 be eating and doing all the things. I also wanted to be mindful of WHAT I was picking. While my heart was drawn to complicated projects and recipes that included long moments of marination (sorry Sauerbraten!) and crafts that would take days (I would like to do that embroidered French Dot Constellation Runner one of these days, but not today), instead, I used my head. I would only select Pinterest tasks that were easy(ish) to complete and stave off committing a Pinterest Fail. So how did my Pinterest day of parenting go?

What鈥檚 for breakfast?

Nutella pancake recipe

Nutella + kid = 鈥淵ES, mommy, we have to make that!鈥 The Nutella Stuffed Pancakes by Recipe Tin Eats were a big, sweet, delicious win. You鈥檙e basically just putting down pancake batter, plopping a frozen disc of that chocolatey, nutty goodness down and then covering it in more batter. Initially, I thought that freezing the Nutella would take a long time, but the discs only need to be chilled for about 15 or 20 minutes. While my pancakes didn鈥檛 look nearly as gorgeous as Recipe Tin Eats鈥 (they鈥檙e the huge pancakes on the left), they were scrumptious. (via Recipe Tin Eats)

Let鈥檚 do something about that hair

Boho Hair Tutorial

I figured while I was poking around on Pinterest, I might as well give a new hairstyle a try. I have long sandy blonde hair that is usually thrown into a messy bun or gathered in a simple ponytail. To mix things up, I opted to try Kassinka鈥檚 Half-up Boho Braided Bun Hair Tutorial. I realized three things: I need a haircut, I need a color and 鈥 no matter how many times I tried her tutorial 鈥 I couldn鈥檛 make it look as good as Kassinka鈥檚. (I now also have major hair envy!) (via Kassinka)

Time to get creative


While my daughter tried to pick out the MOST COMPLICATED PROJECTS EVER, I was able to talk her down to one that was way more practical to do on a moment鈥檚 notice. We opted for the Hand-Painted Mini Cactus Craft by Salt and Pepper Moms. It was a cinch. We just needed rocks, paint and little flowerpots. Thankfully, we had the latter two on hand. As for the rocks, we just took a stroll around our neighborhood and looked for stray rocks on the ground (making sure not to take any that were part of someone鈥檚 landscaping). Cute and easy, two of my personal favorite things. (via Salt and Pepper Moms)

What鈥檚 for lunch?

star wars stormtrooper lunch

You know what my kid loves? Those crazy and complicated character bento box lunches that incredible DIY parents create for their children. She鈥檚 spotted them on Pinterest before and has wondered why oh why I don鈥檛 make HER lunches that spectacular. Generally, in my home, time is of the essence when it comes to lunchtime. Assembly is either happening right before we rush out the door or when she is SO hungry that there just isn鈥檛 time for a complicated process. But this is Pinterest day, so I totally had to create some magic for lunchtime. Enter the Lunchbox Dad. While his Zootopia and BB-8 themed lunches are adorable, I don鈥檛 think I have the kind of skills to do those justice. Instead, I attempted the Star Wars Stormtrooper lunch, which did indeed prove I need to brush up on my knife skills. While my snap pea and cucumber TIE fighters came out fantastic, my tortilla Stormtrooper had a lot to be desired. I had to break it to my kid then and there: Mommy ain鈥檛 no lunch box artist. (via Lunchbox Dad)

Now for something practical

DIY chore chart.

While pretty and fun, this Chore Chart also serves an important purpose of keeping track of my kid鈥檚 household tasks and responsibilities. The Crafty Chicks created an awesome solution using IKEA magnetic boards. Although a trip to the Swedish superstore wasn鈥檛 in the cards for the day, we still made it work. The Crafty Chicks provided a PDF of blank charts that you can customize. We printed one out on a heavy sheet of paper and stuck it on the fridge. For the markers, we upcycled an old magnet sheet, covered it in cute paper and then cut out little discs. Chore chart鈥 done! (Now the hard part; making sure she follows it.)聽(via he Crafty Chicks)

Finally, it鈥檚 supper time

Chicken noodle recipe via Pinterest!

Supper was a group decision, one in which my hubby joined in on. It was pretty rough getting us all to agree on one dish. While we were tempted by Taco Pop Tarts and a simple waffle-topped chicken pot pie, we finally declared that the Chicken Teriyaki Noodle Bowl recipe by Damn Delicious would totally hit the spot. And you know what? It TOTES did. It was easy, delicious and we agreed that this dish would join our regular rotation of weekday meals 鈥 聽even if we didn鈥檛 make enough sauce and we were out of sesame seeds (ours is on the right).聽 (via Damn Delicious)

So, then what鈥檚 for dessert? I have to confess something. With all the new meal prep, and not one but two crafts, the idea of making a new dessert was daunting. At this point, I聽pretty much hit my saturation point of trying new things. Plus, there are SO many tempting cakes, cupcakes, custards, pies, cookies, donuts and hundreds of interpretations of s鈥檓ores that it was overwhelming. So you know what I did? Gave her a scoop of ice cream and called it a night.

It was a long day of trying new things. But I have to say; it was a fascinating exercise to force myself to experiment and to get out of the day-to-day rut that I didn鈥檛 even know I was in. How much did my family enjoy this experiment? So much that we鈥檝e decided to do it at least once a month!

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