Tip Junkie: Awesome (Free) Printables Aplenty!

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week at my son's elementary school. He's a kindergardener, and my oldest, so I'm new to all this stuff. I wanted to come up with a cute gift for his teacher, so naturally I turned to Pinterest. Of course. Right?


I'm still working on my creative talents (I'm afraid of modge-podge, y'all!) and I gotta admit...I was overwhelmed after looking at all the crazy crafty teacher gifts people make! I had left myself with only one day to come up with something, and I wasn't really looking to go all-out. I needed something that required minimal effort, little-to-nothing to buy, and not a lot of time. But something cute, of course!

I love subway art, so I decided just to look for a free printable. There are always free printables floating around on the internet, and you can definitely find many through Pinterest, but I hit the jackpot when I discovered

Tip Junkie!

I don't know how I haven't run across this site before!

Tip Junkie has a wealth of info on *everything*.....15,000 tutorials on crafts/DIY, home decor, food, gifts, parties, and there are *tons* of free printables!

Lots of free, cute anything = YAY! Don't you agree?

And the site has a very attractive, organized setup with an easy search to find whatever you're looking for...a big deal for this beginner. I just clicked on the "Printables" tab at the top of the page, then typed "Teacher" in the search field at top right. There were SO many cute ideas and printables to go with them!

I chose this one...

(pic via me) ;)

...ran and bought a $3 frame at Walmart (and some candy too), threw 'em in a gift bag, topped with this cute printable card...

(pic via Tip Junkie)

...and ba-BAM! It made me feel like I tried pretty hard.

But I so didn't. ;)

Check out Tip Junkie, it's fantastic! It miiiiight even rival Pinterest as my go-to website in the future!


Proof Positive: Why Pinterest Ain't Just For The Girls.

So I have news.

Little news really. Perhaps silly news. But news that nonetheless makes me excited, a little bit mischievously giddy, and still has me surprised.






Now let me explain something to ya'll...

My husband is a rather rugged guy. A manly man. He was raised in Wyoming on a diet of hunting, fishing, hiking and dirt-biking. He can gut a deer. (Ew.) He works in construction and drives a big ol' truck. His free time is generally split between working out and either riding a motorcycle or making plans involving riding a motorcycle. He's allergic to shopping. He wouldn't be caught dead wearing pink.

He's kind of a hunter/gatherer type, sort of a modern-day caveman.

(That was meant as a compliment, honey.) ;)

(Me and the man.)

And, until now, he has absolutely refused to join any kind of social networking site or online community, including Facebook.

So you might think...especially if you are a male and reading this post..."What on Earth is the guy thinking? Isn't Pinterest the online mecca of anything and everything girly?"

I can see where that idea comes from. Pinterest has quickly been stereotyped as a "chick thing." Women love Pinterest, and we dominate it, there's no denying it. From it's inception, the concept of "pinning" was snatched up eagerly by women everywhere. And of course, women pin what women like: Clothing, jewelry, shoes, crafts, recipes, home decor, and so on. Indeed, Pinterest attracts ladies in vast quantities.

But take a look at your wife's Pinterest account. Sure, the page you see is chock-full of pictures of casseroles, clothing and curtains. But take note that behind all that is a plain ol' gray/beige background. A blank canvas. There's no graphics, no cutesy embellishments, nothing blatantly feminine at all. That's because, despite the stereotype, it's not specified for women! 

All Pinterest is, is a tool for digital organization. It gives you the ability to list and link to your interests and favorite things online, and your lists are displayed *VISUALLY*.

That's it.

You know that tab at the top of your screen?


That annoying list you keep adding to, but never, ever, EVER look at again?

After Pinterest you'll never use Bookmarks again. With Pinterest, you end up with a visual collection of your favorite things from around the web...a group of photographs and images that you choose and "pin" yourself. Each image you pin links back to the exact webpage from whence the image originated. As you pin, you place your pins into your own chosen categories, or "boards." You end up with a visual catalogue of the things you love, and the links to find them again. It's a gallery, a collection designed entirely by you. It's as good as your own personalized digital magazine.

It's awesome!

Pinning is not "just for chicks." Pinning is for anyone, interested in anything.

It's for sports fanatics, political buffs, or fly fishermen.

For techies, entrepreneurs and Nascar fans.

For travelers, foodies and motorcycle enthusiasts (that would be my husband).

It's for absolutely any human being whatsoever. It's ridiculous to avoid it just because women appreciated it's awesomeness first!

So, I have a dare for you gentlemen out there:

Try Pinterest for a few hours. Search around for the things you like, check out the pinboards of other people with similar interests, create a few boards of your own, and then tell me...

I dare you to tell me.....

That you don't like it the teeniest little bit!


I'm sure you're probably thinking I convinced my husband to join Pinterest. Perhaps I persuaded, manipulated or wheedled him into it. Perhaps for the sake of this very post!

Well I'm happy to tell you...


I most certainly did not convince my husband to join Pinterest.

My brother did.

And they both love it!


One more tip for you gentlemen: If your wife or girlfriend is on Pinterest, using it yourself could win you


Do you always feel clueless about what to get her for her birthday, your anniversary, Valentine's Day, or, shall we say, Mother's Day? (It's this Sunday pal!) Sneak around her Pinterest boards. I can pretty much *guarantee* you'll find major gift inspiration hidden therein! If she's like me or many of the girls I know, she likely already has a Pinterest board titled something like "My Wishlist." Buy her those shoes she pinned, or that necklace, or heck, cook her one of the meals from the 2,000 recipes she has pinned! I promise she'll be impressed!

But, enough of my cajoling. Guys...give Pinterest a shot. Seriously. It's fun, even if you own a Y chromosome.


P.S. Ladies: if you don't have a pinboard titled "My Wishlist," go make one NOW!

P.P.S. Husband: Hint Hint Hint Hint Hint Hint Hint....
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