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What Happened When I Lived According To The Pinterest Popular Page

BuzzFeed, December 2014

"Since its launch in 2010, Pinterest has earned a reputation as a site for Mormon housewives, mommy bloggers, and basic white girls. I am a woman of color with a full-time job, I spend less than 30 minutes getting ready in the morning, and I still like Pinterest. Characterizations of the site as a 'a churning cycle of interest, hope, inspiration, jealousy, desperation, despair and depression' always irked me because I think Pinterest is a useful bookmarking tool. The site had never made me feel bad about myself. Then I discovered Pinterest's 'most popular' page, which is essentially a collage of white girls with impossibly great hair, superhuman nail art skills, and apparently enough free time to create a tidy basket of 'postpartum supplies' for 'every bathroom' in the house. Suddenly I could see where Pinterest got its reputation."

How to Teach a Grown-Ass Adult to Do Stuff Around the House

A Practical Wedding, October 2013

"In all honesty, teaching people can be a pain. It’s time consuming. It takes patience. And having to teach someone else to do something you feel they should have learned years ago feels unfair. WHY IS THIS MY PROBLEM? WHY DIDN’T YOUR PARENTS TEACH YOU TO DO THIS? WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME GET OFF THE COUCH? I’LL JUST DO IT MYSELF. Believe me, I get it. But the thing is, someone has to teach people to do stuff. Most of the time, parents and teachers do it. But sometimes they don’t, particularly if they don’t know how, or if they subscribe to old-fashioned gender stereotypes about what a young person should be taught. So then the teaching falls on another member of society. Is this fair? No, I suppose it’s not, but until we raise a new generation who knows how to do things that aren’t tied to gender stereotypes, there will be stragglers. And, turns out, we can’t raise that new generation if we don’t all know how to do stuff. So do it for the greater good. (And because it will likely benefit you in some way in the long run, and you’re selfish like that.)"

Loverly Libations: Flavored Water

Lover.ly, May 2014

"After what feels like the longest winter ever, summer is finally right around the corner...and that means it's time to start thinking about summer refreshments! If you're planning a summer wedding or wedding shower, waters infused with fruit, vegetables, and herbs are a simple and elegant addition to your menu. (And an easy way to keep the non-alcoholic beverages flowing at an outdoor event!) When it comes to flavor combinations, there are endless possibilities; get started with three of our favorite flavored water recipes."

How to Furnish Your Home on Craigslist

The Rewm, July 2014

"5. Search for alternative spellings. You may know you want a wrought-iron bench…but the seller might list it as 'rot iron' or 'wraught iron.' Also try searching related words (e.g., 'vintage' and 'antique') to make sure you don’t miss anything."

I Got 99 Problems But a Stitch Ain't One

The Rewm, April 2014

"Now, let me back up: I actually learned to sew on a sewing machine when I was 17 and in the summer theater program at Northwestern. In the couple of years following, I continued to sew small projects (mainly dog beds and dog accessories) but can’t say I really mastered it. I figured starting to sew again a decade later would be…well, not exactly like riding a bicycle, but also not that hard to re-learn.

It hasn’t been like riding a bicycle at all, but it’s been manageable. It would have been easier if my mom had been around to show me (obviously) or if I had taken a class, but since both plane tickets and sewing classes cost money, I decided I’d see what the sewing machine’s manual said. While the manual does a pretty pisspoor job, I was determined to make it work. With a few failed attempts each step of the way, I managed to thread my bobbin, thread the machine, and sew a few practice lines!"

Egg Nog Pound Cake

The Rewm, December 2013

"I never thought I'd describe a food this way, but it just tastes classy."

To the Window, to the Wall

The Rewm, September 2013

"As of this weekend, Eric and I have our very own half-done gallery wall! You may not know this, but a half-done gallery wall is commonly accepted as the #1 thing you need to be a young middle-class couple playing house."