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PINTEREST – The place no decent mother should click on.

It’s has been said that you can tell the state of a woman’s mind by the state of their handbag.


Just looked in my handbag and found no end to spilled Eclipse mints, nappies, wipes, tiny teddy’s, lipgloss, half eaten chuppa chups and multiple idevices that have been confiscated for no other reason than the Angry Birds music was probably annoying me. I’m sure what that says about my mind?

It is not just one handbag that has a collection of crap at the bottom of it. It’s every handbag I own. When looking for a bag to go with outfits for very important meetings/presentations/lunch I simply move onto the next bag without so much as a thought for been left in its predecessor to fester away until I need it again.

Like most, I possibly need a few organizational tips on how to keep one’s handbag organized and ladylike so as usual I consult my first best friend. The internet. Whenever you type in a word followed by the word ‘organising’ into Google – ie: “handbag organizing’. You end up in a weird internet land called PINTEREST.

Have you ever ended up on PINTEREST by accident? (Pronounced PIN-TER-EST, not PIN-INTEREST as I have heard some call it). This is the only site I accidently end up on ALL THE TIME. I’m always looking for tips and tricks but PINTEREST drives the most sane mother to end up under a desk somewhere quivering over our lack of cake decorating or party planning skills. Don’t even mention the “great homework ideas” or “organizational ideas”. There are thousands of pictures and ideas posted by people with OCD, total show offs and bored housewives. They are the fascinating things to trawl through but never good for your self-esteem. There are thousands of IMPOSSIBLE TO REPLICATE ideas on everything from birthday parties to garden hedges.

Many a mother has tried to replicate something they have seen on PINTEREST to no avail, so much so that many mothers have started posting their replica’s with the words; “NAILED IT” See below:

The hedgehog cake - this Mum Nailed it!

The hedgehog cake – this Mum Nailed it!

I’ve been sucked in by PINTEREST three times. I’ve managed to make only one of the ideas work. I present you with ART WALL.

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ART WALL was created because I had four children bringing home the most obscure artworks all of which they wanted displayed on the fridge. After years of falling magnets ugly artwork and children moving theirs to the top of the display I made ART WALL. The kids have one display section each where only their best artwork, student of the week and merit awards are put up for display. Tis a real privilege to have your art on artwall and given there are 4 spots for 5 kids (A 5th space would have ruined my compulsion for symmetry) they beg and plead for their work to be displayed on ART WALL. The fridge is clear and given I have at least another 10 years of art to come home from school, I reckon I NAILED IT.


However, I have had a couple of fails. I also tried to replicate a craft wall and an organized garage. Um……Nailed it, Not quite!

Craft wall - epic fail

Craft wall – epic fail

Poorly organised garage wall

Poorly organised garage wall


Anyone else had a PINTEREST fail?


  1. I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I pin a ton of great ideas, and then never do them because they’re overwhelming. Granted I did pull off a Minecraft birthday party courtesy of Pinterest. Thanks for this post..totally giggling.

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    Many thanks

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