2 years ago

Pinterest Peer Pressure

I have a friend who is the personification of Pinterest. When I was pregnant, she gave me the door hanger for my daughter’s room. She had handmade it, along with some hairbands that could easily pass as Matilda Jane. Every year I look forward to her son’s birthday party just as much as my son does, so that I can take in all of her craftiness. For someone as domestically challenged as I am, every visit to her home is like taking a college course in wifery.

Just last month, she explained to me how she made her son’s birthday cake, camo icing and all. She piped out various hues of forestry frosting, and each layer was a different flavor. I only know one way to make a cake: call the bakery. While she uses Pinterest for inspiration to gain and hone new skills, I use it to text pictures to my local baker.

I may not be able to make my own photo frames and bake beautiful treats, but thank the good Lord I know people who can. And I’m perfectly fine with paying them to do what I can’t do. It’s liberating to have such self-assurance my life, but I wasn’t always so confident in being myself.

Not long after the birth of my first child, I started reading parenting blogs. Most of them were filled with postings about cutting PB&J sandwiches into cute shapes and creating fun crafts using burlap and bottle caps. None of this would’ve appealed to me before, but I suddenly felt pressured to be the best mom for my son.

That’s when I became obsessed with what I like to call Pinterest Porn. Every beautiful picture made me think “I have to try that.” Then, I sadly realized it was unattainable. This just led me to another beautiful photo of an even more unattainable DIY project. Pinterest itself is not a bad thing, but the the way it can make a woman feel is bad. For someone as competitive as me, every project becomes a challenge to conquer.

I realized I had a problem when I had wasted three bags of powdered sugar trying to make a cake in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head. That’s perhaps the simplest shape to accomplish—three circles. But instead of a head and two ears, my rendition looked more like two sad little planets orbiting too close to the sun. Meanwhile, my frosting was the same consistency of ice cream . . . well, that is, after it melts and refreezes. With all the money I had spent on sugar, flour, cake pans, food coloring, and a rolling pin, I could’ve almost paid for a “real” cake. As you might have guessed, I had to buy a real cake anyway.

That was an eye-opening experience for me. No matter how hard I tried, I would never be that perfect Pinterest person. And that’s OK. After all, people who bake cakes and sell décor for a living love people like me who keep them in business. Most importantly though, I learned to love me for me.

While all of those DIY projects might look cool, I’ve learned that DIY can have multiple meanings. In some cases, it’s best to interpret this acronym as “Don’t Insult Yourself.” Not everyone is supposed to be a crafting queen. The only reason it looks like all moms can do crafts and cook is because that’s what most moms write about on their blogs.

For every woman who can smock and bake or who owns a vinyl press and an assortment of paint brushes, there are dozens of others who have created nothing besides their children. And what could be better than that? The key to being a great mom isn’t in all the cool things we can make for our home but in being the best versions of ourselves.

I will never cease to be amazed at all the talents my Pinterest Princess friend displays in her home. My kids have so much fun there when we visit their family, and so do I. But what really makes her a good mom is that she loves her kids and that they feel loved.

My son is old enough now to know that the only things his mom makes are articles and jokes. He has even started using phrases like “For my next birthday, I want you to buy a cake like . . .” Smart boy. He knows to say “buy” rather than “bake.” He is learning that although I can’t do things that other moms can, I also can do things that other moms can’t.

So, next time you’re elbow deep in some powdered sugar trying to create a cake castle, give yourself a break. Maybe you can hand-pipe camo icing on a cake. If so, go for it! But if you’re more like me, leave the icing to the experts. The key is to be confident in who you are and focus on your strengths, not try to be and do everything you see online. You will feel better about life and serve as a great example of true success for your children.

About the Author: Kaci Lane Hindman can best be described as an unconventional Southern Belle with a sarcastic sense of humor. She loves Alabama, writing, and writing about Alabama. She is married to the walking definition of a high-tech redneck, and together they have two young children.

55 mins ago

Former Bama star Jalen Hurts befriends bullied boy — ‘It meant the world to me’

Former University of Alabama star quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to be an exemplary role model.

This past weekend, Hurts’ current team — the University of Oklahoma Sooners — hosted 12-year-old Rayden Overbay as their special guest.

Overbay, who has autism, Type 2 diabetes and is deaf in one ear, went viral recently — but not for a good reason. The boy made national headlines after being assaulted by bullies in two separate incidents, each recorded on video.


Hurts heard about Overbay’s story, and the Heisman contender spent time with him after the Sooners’ game against Iowa State on Saturday in the locker room.

In a video posted by ESPN, Hurts can be seen signing a football for the boy before telling him that he and his teammates are behind him.

Hurts also told OU Daily how important the experience was to him.

The quarterback said Overbay inspires him.

“I mean honestly, Rayden is an inspiration to me,” Hurts said. “I told him he was a soldier for just how he handled himself. It meant the world to me honestly to meet him. That whole meeting was great for me, and he has a friend in me.”

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

2 hours ago

Siegelman: Expect a Roy Moore-Doug Jones rematch in 2020

Now that former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is officially a candidate for U.S. Senate, many political prognosticators say he is a lock to regain the Senate seat he held for two decades, which is currently occupied by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook).

Not so fast, says former Democrat Gov. Don Siegelman.

During an appearance on WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Siegelman predicted Sessions would fade and argued the race would be won by former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. If that came to be, Moore would face Jones in a rematch of the 2017 special election.


“There are multiple reasons,” Siegelman, author of the forthcoming book “A Theft of Power: Stealing Our Democracy,” said. “Frankly, I think Jeff is in trouble. He is being branded and has been branded by some Trump supporters as a traitor to Trump, someone who turned his back on Trump. Whether that’s just in Trump’s mind or in all of those voters’ minds, it doesn’t matter. I think it has hurt him. And as I mentioned on MSNBC, I have a book coming out this spring where I detail my crossroads – where Jeff Sessions and I have met over time when I was secretary of state, attorney general, and on. Those are not particularly flattering compliments – when he opposed the lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Whether that impacts a Republican primary or not, I don’t know.”

“I do know this: Most of Donald Trump’s voters were evangelical,” he continued. “And I do know the constitutional amendment that passed in 2018 requiring that the Ten Commandments be posted in every public place received over a million votes in Alabama. And I do know that Roy Moore is branded as the Ten Commandments judge. I think Roy Moore has a silent Christian vote that is huge. And I think they’re going to come out and vote for him. This is a guy that gave up his seat on the Supreme Court because of his belief in the Ten Commandments. And you know, say what you want about Roy Moore – I think he has got a strong base.”

Siegelman indicated that Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill could be a sleeper in the race but pointed to constitutional amendments that passed in 2018 on the general election ballot as a strong indicator for Moore.

“John and Coach Tuberville I think have a statewide name recognition,” Siegelman added. “I think John Merrill has an advantage over all of the candidates except for Sessions and Moore, in that he has a city-by-city, county-by-county political base, which Tuberville does not have. If Merrill finds a way to gain traction, he could move ahead of Tuberville and be ready to enter a Republican runoff should Sessions fail. Those are the kinds of political maneuvers that we will see happening over the next several months. I think right now, the way I see it, and because of the silent Christian majority in Alabama, and say silent – let me explain why: Because there are 399,000 additional Republican votes that came out and came out and largely to vote for the two constitutional amendments, against abortion and for the Ten Commandments. That is a sizeable chunk of voters, and I think those voters will largely go to Judge Moore. So I think he has a place in the runoff.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 hours ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 12: Interview with Chris and Sophie Corder

Many marriages go through difficult situations and end in disaster. Addiction, infidelity, anger and deception are just a few of the things that Chris and Sophie Corder walked through in theirs. However, through the grace of God, and His miraculous life-changing power, their marriage has been restored and strengthened. Now, they want to encourage other people through their triumph. They have turned pain into purpose and want to show how God can do anything if we will get out of the way and let Him.

15 hours ago

Veteran helped by Alabama deputies could reconnect with son

JASPER, ALA. (AP) — A social media post about a veteran wearing an oxygen mask while walking down a road may help connect the man to his estranged son.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that the Gulf War veteran attempted to walk about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Walker County to Huntsville for an appointment Wednesday because his car wasn’t working.


A Walker County deputy worked with other deputies to transport him to and from his appointment at the VA. News reports identify him as Gerald Baldwin.

The post has more than 150,000 shares. Baldwin’s son Lance in Pennsylvania saw the story and recognized his father. He told news outlets Sunday that the two hadn’t spoken in about five years. He now plans to reach out to his father.

(Associated Press, copyright 2019)

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15 hours ago

Auburn’s famed golden eagle Nova possibly in early stages of heart failure

Auburn University’s widely known golden eagle Nova, War Eagle VII, could potentially be in the early stages of heart failure, according to university veterinarians and a press release issued last week.

“The 20-year-old male eagle received a biannual checkup in early October at the College of Veterinary Medicine followed by another echocardiogram Oct. 31.,” the statement stated. “In 2017 he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart, and was sidelined from flying at football games to reduce stress.”


“Nova’s condition has been medically managed and he has remained stable during the past two years, however, during his October exam, we observed decreased systolic function and enlarged vessels in his liver,” said Dr. Seth Oster, faculty avian veterinarian for the college’s Southeastern Raptor Center. “This could be an indication of the early stages of heart failure.”

Veterinarians also said they increased Nova’s dosage in a new round of treatments and that they will monitor how he responds.

“We will know more after we see how Nova responds to his latest rounds of treatment,” Oster said.

According to Andrew Hopkins, the assistant director of raptor training and education, Nova’s appearance at the Southeastern Raptor Center’s educational programs will be limited as veterans continue to monitor his progress.

The statement released on Nova’s health also provided background information on Nova.

It read, “Nova was hatched in 1999 at the Montgomery Zoo and was non-releasable due to human imprinting. He came to Auburn in 2000, made his first pre-game flight in 2004 and was designated War Eagle VII in 2006. He has helped promote wildlife conservation and awareness at almost 2,000 educational programs at the raptor center and at schools and conservation events around the Southeast. Raptor center staff conduct almost 300 presentations annually.”

Aurea, a 5-year-old female golden eagle, and Spirit, a 23-year-old female bald eagle, have both made pregame flights this season in Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.