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How Pinterest can benefit your Business

By on November 13, 2012
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Pinterest has become the ideal way to promote your business, and ensure that people who have an interest in your products will follow you. However, you need to ensure that you understand how this social networking site works, and how it can benefit your business. Pinterest has become one of the most popular social networking sites available and is used by millions of people. 


You will need to be invited to Pinterest by an existing user, or if you do not know any, you can request to be invited. This ensures that only top quality people use the site and ensures that the correct content is pinned. Regardless of your business, you may find that Pinterest is the perfect place to market your products.


This form of social networking site takes time and effort, to build up a quality following of people that are interested in your pins. However, there are opportunities to purchase followers by using BuyFollowersPinterest.com. This company can help you to leap frog higher within the network, and ensure that your business is seen by many.
If you are prepared to put in the effort for your pins and boards, you will see fantastic returns, and attract potential customers to your business. However, you need to understand that Pinterest is not suited to every business. Therefore, you need to look at what you offer, and decide whether this social networking platform is the right one for you. 
All social networking sites need to be updated regularly with top quality content, which attracts customers and followers. You may find that the other networking sites are taking up far too much time; however, Pinterest is straightforward, and incredibly simple to use. There are no hard sell techniques, just top quality pictures.

Once you have uploaded the picture, you do not need to do anything more and can very quickly see the benefits. People will be attracted to your pictures and pins, which will encourage them to follow you and share your items. This will encourage more people to look at your pins and follow the links to your business. 

If you are concerned that you do not have enough followers, you may want to Buy Pinterest repins and ensure that you begin with a large number. This can remove the headache of trying to find people that have the same interests as you. Once you have built up your followers, you will find that they naturally are attracted to your site. 

You need to consider the style of business that you own, and decide whether Pinterest is suited to your products and needs. Not all businesses will benefit from this form of social networking site; however, if you are creative you can make it work. You may need to think out of the box, and discover a niche market that you have to offer.
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Businesses that photograph well will benefit the most, such as florists, cake makers, makeup artists and photographers.  All of these will be bale to provide interesting and quality photos of their products, which will attract customers. Some products sell themselves very well through pictures, and others may require more effort. 
Considering your target audience is essential, as Pinterest attracts a huge number of women, which may not suit your product. However, if your business wants to attract more women, you will find that Pinterest is ideal. You will find that this form of promotion is cost effective and if you intend to pin everything it will cost you very little to set up and maintain.
Once you have set up your boards and begun to pin, you need to ensure that you continue to pin top quality pictures. People enjoy looking at photos of topics and hobbies that they have, and Pinterest has proven to be a leisure activity as well as a networking site. You will be amazed how you can attract people from all over the world. 
This may not seem beneficial, however, the more exposure your business has the greater chance of success in the future. All businesses need dedicated followers, and Pinterest ensures that the people following you are interested in your products and more likely to order products from you in the future. 
This guest post by Tommy Stretton of BuyFollowersPinterest.com. A site for you to get more Pinterest Followers and get repins now.


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Pinterest Challenge!

By on September 16, 2012

As I was looking through pinterest I decided it would be fun to do a Pinterest Challenge before the holidays. Each week 1 Pin must be completed. If you need any easy ideas check out my Tie Dye Cupcakes and Sock Bun Tutorials. If you are in for a challenge you can check out Ace’s Play Kitchen Tutorial. Who is in? 
Here are my first ideas. I wanted to pick a few varieties from home decor, to cooking, and then of course to some hair and make up ideas!

I have seriously been meaning to do this for months!
Cheesy Onion Casserole
Make Eyes Look Bigger
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Featured Friday Poster: Merrick from Merrick’s Art!

By on July 20, 2012

I recently was cruising around Pinterest (Shocker!) and found a pin about Merrick’s blog. I instantly became obsessed with how creative and stylish she was. I immediately emailed her and asked her to do a featured post. I know many new Mom’s could use some of her awesome tips and ideas. I am thrilled to welcome Merrick to Featured Friday. Here is an amazing guest post from her!

Hi there, I’m Merrick from Merrick’s Art, where I blog about sewing, style, and family life. I’m excited to be over here on Perfectly Imperfect Mom today talking a little bit about Mommy Style.

Before I became a mom, I was a student, and then spent a few years working as a project manager for a local company. Both of these required getting dressed every day, and looking both put together and appropriate. But once my little Peanut was born, I was suddenly thrown in to the world of staying at home with nowhere to be, no one to see, and no one caring what I looked like. And yet, I could count on one hand the number of times I haven’t gotten dressed and put on makeup for the day in the last two years since his birth. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Here are six reasons I get dressed and ready (which, for me, includes hair and makeup) EVERY morning:

  1. It gets my day started. I am not completely ready for the day by 7:00am, like my old work days, but even being ready by nine or ten gives me the whole day to get things done.
  2. It makes me feel more productive. There is nothing that makes me feel more lazy and less productive than walking around in my pajamas and bed-head until 5:00pm. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t get ready every day.
  3. It makes me feel confident. When I wake up in the morning, I certainly do not look my best (surprise, surprise). Putting on makeup, doing my hair (even if it’s just a top knot or a pony tail), and throwing on even just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt makes me feel infinitely better about myself.
  4. It makes me a better mom. Carrying on from #3, feeling confident makes me a better mom. I am more patient, more fun, and more energetic when I’m happy and have taken some time to take care of myself
  5. It allows me to walk out the door any time. It is hard enough to get out the door with a child, but adding getting dressed and presentable to that is just crazy. You’ll never get your errands done. Taking fifteen minutes in the morning to get yourself ready makes it easy to walk out the door (without being embarrassed) any time of the day.
  6. It is a favor to my husband. You guys. I cannot talk about this enough. Coming home after a long and tiring day of work to a messy house, a smelly and sweats-clad wife, and crazy kids is probably the LAST thing a husband wants to do, regardless of how much he loves you. Despite how crazy and busy my days are, I always make an effort to straighten up the house and put on a little lipgloss or perfume around 5:30pm before he walks in the door. He just deserves that.

So now that you know why I do it, let’s talk for a second about how I do it. Because some people think that getting ready every day (especially as a mom) takes way too long, doesn’t allow for comfort, and just isn’t worth it.

Here are five of my go-to Mommy Style outfits that make me feel put together, are super comfortable, and are just as easy to throw on as a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants.

1. stretchy pencil skirts

skirt: made by me, t-shirt cardigan and sandals: target // skirt & sandals: target, graphic tee: made by me

 I just recently discovered my undying love for stretchy pencil skirts. I’d always worn pencil skirts to church or work, but with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of sandals, they can be very casual, so cute, and really comfortable. 

2. jeans & t-shirts

red jeans: f21, scarf: bought in London, tee: hand-me-down (heart by me), flats: payless // jeans: gap, belt: husbands, leopard flats: steve madden via platos closet, button up: target // jeans: abercrombie, tee: hand-me-down, belt: local boutique, necklace: gift, sandals: target // jeans: h&m (maternity), tee: target, necklace: c/o wild about jewelry, wedges: old navy

 Jeans and t-shirts are probably the easiest thing for a mom to wear, right? But it doesn’t have to be so basic. Add a scarf, tuck (or half tuck) your shirt, add a skinny belt, or a big statement necklace, and suddenly your jeans and t-shirt ensemble is put together and pretty, but still comfortable and simple.

3. lightweight dresses

pink dress: target (maternity), cardigan: target, flats: h&m, belt: local boutique // maxi dress & leopard belt: target, cardigan: local boutique, necklace: c/o lisa leonard designs

As with pencil skirts, dresses were something I only wore to church or work in the past. But lightweight, stretchy dresses (especially maxi dresses) are the most comfortable thing you could possibly put on. It’s like wearing a blanket all day long, but you look fabulous.

4. tunics & leggings

tunic: made by my mom, cardigan & leggings: target, leopard flats: steve madden via plato’s closet // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target

 Tunics have become a summer staple for me. They are so simple and effortless, and beyond comfortable. Add a fun belt or a cardigan, and you step it up just a little bit more.

5. pattern mixing

jeans: gap, striped tee: lucky brand via sams club, cardigan, belt & sandals: target // dress: gap maternity t-shirts (turned into a dress), cardigan: f21, boots: target // jeans: f21, top: old navy, belt: target

Pattern mixing is one of those things that is a bit scary at first, but can transform even the simplest of mom outfits if you do it right. Two easy rules to start out: use patterns that are in the same color family, and keep one pattern smaller than the other. Give it a try — you’ll suddenly look like you put way more effort into your outfit than you actually did!

So there you go. Six reasons to take care of yourself as a mom, and five easy ways to do it. Thanks again for having me!

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How to Make a Play Kitchen

By on July 19, 2012

For Ace’s birthday I knew exactly what I wanted to “get” him. I wanted him to have a play kitchen and of course we had to make it! Little to my husbands knowledge I was busy searching Pinterest high and low for inspiration for his play kitchen. 
We had gotten a nightstand awhile back from a garage sale and I was going to use that and just make a small little play kitchen when I found a gem on Craigslist! Even Simon liked it!
My husband could not quite see what I was planning so I delegated like a good wife and explained that we needed to cut the middle top part off, get a new back board, sand, paint and fix this thing up. Let’s just say he was a bit annoyed with me and this is because he knew he would be doing all the work. I suck at this kind of stuff so the poor guy always gets stuck doing the hard labor. 
ripping off the back

Making a straight line to cut the top off

I did help prime it! Branden painting it.

painting the back of the doors with chalkboard paint
We got these pulls from IKEA

Metallic Finish was used for the front of the doors
The finished product! Ignore the uneven doors, we have to fix them

His stove top burners were made with cork trivets from IKEA

Branden cut a rectangle in plywood and added plexiglass for the oven

We got a lot of the items for his kitchen from IKEA. That place is the best!
Entertainment Center: Craigslist Find $15
Burners (Cork Trivets): $2.99 for 3
Kid Pans: $9.99 for set of 4
Knobs for Stove Top: $1.99 for 6
Dishes and Cups: $1.99 each set (6 in set)
Plastic basket with food: $10.99
White Frame: IKEA
Magnets for doors: Home Depot
Spray Pants: Home Depot
Plexiglass for Oven: Home Depot
We still have some more things we want to add like hooks for all his Kitchen Utensils, I want to add little shelves to the sides. We need to also work on the microwave, it is a bit uneven but Bran just wanted to get it finished before his family came to visit since he wouldn’t have time before Ace’s birthday. Overall I think it turned out amazingly well. Branden is such a good little play kitchen maker!

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Overboard

By on June 30, 2012
I think I may have gone a bit overboard on Ace’s birthday. We already have about 30 kids RSVP’d for the day. That is not including those who are probably just now or will get the invites next week. I am hoping it goes smoothly with that many kids. We have a huge age range as well. The youngest baby is about 7 months old I believe and then we have teenagers as well. 
Today Branden and I spent the morning cleaning out the office to make room for the blow up mattress for Branden’s family that is staying with us, went through Ace’s clothes, and then headed out to go buy some more birthday goodies. We picked up more goodie bags, animal crackers, candy, prizes, games, cotton candy, popcorn boxes and a bunch of other stuff. Then we grabbed some lunch at Froots, which is AMAZING and headed to my parents to go through all the birthday stuff, again! I of course forgot my list of kids coming so I could organize things by ages so instead of doing that we just separated things based on goodie bags and prizes. 
After that we headed home and put Ace down for his nap and got to work on his play kitchen. Branden had already got it all chopped up and put some doors on it for the fridge so we worked on priming it which was awful. I hate painting. Once the whole painting thing is done I think things will be more fun.  Branden and I were joking back and forth about who thought of doing this and I was like want to just go buy a already made one and we both laughed because it’s just not our style. We rarely buy things new and we like to make things our own. Not only does it save us money but it makes our house feel comfy cozy to us. 
Here is the original tv stand and what it looked like before we primed it. I haven’t taken a picture of it primed yet. 
Before

Work in Progress

As you can see Branden cut the middle top off and replaced the doors with plywood. The middle is where we are thinking of putting what looks like a stove top and a sink. To the left is the fridge and to the right we want to make a microwave. It is coming along! 
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Play kitchen

By on June 19, 2012
Pinterest is stocked full of homemade play kitchen ideas. I have been pinning these for Ace’s first birthday present. I knew I wanted him to have a play kitchen and when I saw the homemade ones I just knew we were going to do this for him. Branden is super handy so I can’t wait to get started. So far we have the nightstand all sanded, primed and painted. We have a long way to go but we are hoping it will go from this…
To something like this…
Or like this…
Or have some of these details…

We also have a couple of shelves that we are thinking of adding to the side of the nightstand to make a bigger kitchen. We will see how it all turns out but if anyone has anymore links to some great pins please let me know!
What first birthday present did you get for your baby?
If your baby has a play kitchen, what is their favorite part of it?
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Tie Dye Cupcakes

By on May 14, 2012
Pinterest is my new obsession. There are so many awesome ideas on there. I have done a few “projects” I have seen on Pinterest this week and here is my first one.

I had planned to make a rainbow cake to practice for Ace’s birthday. We are having my cousin’s Mom make a really awesome rainbow cake for him but I figured I would see if I could make one and if so I would make his smash cake picture ones or his birthday one and have her make the other one. Well, the directions said to get 2 boxes of cake in order to make this. I figured since I was mostly just doing this to see how the colors turned out I would just get 1 box and make a cake. That didn’t quite work. I didn’t have enough of each color to fill the cake round cake pan so I ended up making tie dye cupcakes instead. They ended up looking pretty cool if I do say so myself. So here is what I did.
What you need
1. WHITE cake mix. Must be white for the colors to really show.
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup water
2. GEL food coloring. Again make sue fit is the gel food coloring so the colors are really vibrant.
3. Icing. I used Pillsbury East Frost, cream cheese flavor.
3. Cupcake pan
4. Mixing bowl
5. Mixer
6. PAM
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add cake mix, eggs, oil and water into your mixing bow and mix the ingredients together.
3. Measure out just under 1 cup of batter in a bowl. Do this 5 times.
4. Take your gel food coloring and color each bowl of batter a different color. My gel food coloring only came with 4 colors so I made purple as my extra color. This took 4 drops of red and 3 drops of blue.
5. Spray cupcake pan.
6. Now go through and spoon in a tablespoon of your first color. Doesn’t matter what color it is. You can mix up your order for each one.
7. Next spoon in your second color over top of the first one. Do not mix the colors just spoon it in over the top and don’t worry if it looks sloppy. Do this one more time so that you have 3 layer of colors.
8. Place cupcake pan in coven for 20 minutes.
9. Let cupcakes cool and then remove from pan. I did not use cupcake wrappers because I wanted to see what the colors looked like on the sides. I did put them in the wrappers after they had cooled though.
10. Top with icing.
11. EAT!

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Pinterest

New Obsession!

By on October 18, 2011

I have a new obsession and it’s name is Pinterest! I am trying to be better at organizing, cooking and home projects and this is the perfect site to help with it.
So far I have gotten a lot of recipes and home ideas. I have this nightstand from my Grandma’s house after she passed and I do not want to mess it up so I found a few ideas on what I can do with it to make it look refreshed. I also want to get something to put in our kitchen for extra storage. I am thinking I need some kind of long dresser/shelf thing. I want to do a vintage, shabby chic look in there since our kitchen is very old fashion looking and so I am still on the hunt but I found this really cool mirror with three sections. The one in the middle is a circle and the two sides are rectangles. So far we have primed it and will paint it a teal color and then glaze it. I am then going to paint the glass with chalkboard paint so I can put a to-do list, menu and shopping list on each section.
I will post pics once I upload them. I am hoping to finish the mirror on Wednesday since Branden has off and he can help me with it and hopefully we can find a piece for the kitchen, we tried Salvation Army but they had a power outage from the storm and Ace was cranky so we are going to try another day.
Here is my Pinterest so you can see some of my recipes and home ideas!
http://pinterest.com/bren3784/

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