The Pin Junkie

PIn Junkie Pin Party #133

Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

chocolate crazy cake recipe how to get more pinterest followers coloring-pages-for-grown-ups

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.


country biscuit recipe 3 ingredients
by Cathy at Our Mini Family


pumpkin-french-macarons
by Shinee at Sweet & Savory


garlic and balsamic roasted mushrooms
by Amanda at The Chunky Chef


http://anightowlblog.com/2015/08/one-pan-beef-taco-skillet.html/
by Kimberly at A Night Owl Blog


double chocolate brownie recipe
by Abby at Winstead Wandering


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Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
The rules for this link party are simple!
Here's what you need to know:


Party Rules
1. Follow The Pin Junkie.
2.  Link back to the party.  You can get my blog button in the sidebar.
3.  Share anything family friendly - crafts, recipes, DIY projects. (No giveaways, contests, or link parties please.)
4.  Link directly to a specific post - not your main blog.
5.  Visit other links at the party.  It's always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.

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Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups

Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups
coloring pages for adults

When was the last time you sat down with a coloring book and a box of crayons?  I’m guessing probably not since you were in elementary school.  When I was a kid, I loved getting a new box of crayons (with the crayon sharpener built into the box!) as part of my annual school supplies. There’s something about a brand new box of crayons with perfectly formed tips all standing at attention in their box.  There's so much potential for creating something amazing.  Plus those colors are just so much fun!  

Free Printable Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups

I loved drawing and coloring as a kid.  If I had a box of crayons or markers, I could get lost for hours coloring.  Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this activity.  Many adults are rediscovering the joy of coloring and there are several coloring books geared toward adults with beautiful and intricate designs to color.  I’ve also found plenty of coloring pages on Pinterest.

Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups

I printed out my coloring pages and sat down with my crayons, markers, and colored pencils and guess what?  It was fun!  Usually, I’m thinking about all the items on my to-do list.  I’m worrying over things I don’t have any control over.  I’m multitasking and doing at least three things at once.  I found that with coloring, I wasn’t doing any of those things.  I was focused on something and I was enjoying a simple task.  It had a calming effect and it made me feel like a kid again.

I even smiled when I hung my artwork on the refrigerator.


Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups

Did you like coloring as a kid?  

Would you try coloring as an adult?

Coloring Pages for Grown-Ups


Inspired by these pins on my Pinterest clipart board:
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How To Get More Pinterest Followers

How To Get More Pinterest Followers How to get more Pinterest followers? 
One way is to make your Pinterest boards a valuable resource. 

How To Get More Pinterest Followers
 
There are so many accounts to follow on Pinterest.  Why should pinners follow yours?  The answer is because you provide them with valuable information.  If your Pinterest boards are carefully curated, you will have boards that are valuable sources of information, a go-to reference source for a particular topic.

It's important to remember that Pinterest is different from other social media sites.  People visit Facebook and Twitter for news, popular or trending stories, and updates on friends and current events.  But people go to Pinterest to find new ideas and to be inspired.  Pinterest is different, so it makes sense to approach it differently.

If you’re using Pinterest with a business account, most likely your goal is to get exposure for your product and/or to bring traffic back to your site.  And while you’re maintaining a presence on Pinterest, it certainly doesn't hurt to encourage pinners to follow your Pinterest account as well!  To do that, you’ll want to give people a good reason to follow you.  There are so many accounts to follow on Pinterest, so you want to give potential follows a compelling reason to follow yours.

Make the choice for someone to follow you an easy one by creating Pinterest boards that are an excellent resource on a particular topic.  Just as you would provide valuable, high quality content on your blog or website, you also want to curate excellent content on your Pinterest boards.

Here are some tips to curating great resource boards:
  • Curate excellent content.  Attractive images are important on Pinterest, but those images should link back to high quality content.  Links on pins should work and they should direct users to the correct web page.  
  • Information is organized and easy to find.  Board titles and descriptions should state clearly what each board is about.  Boards should be organized in a logical way to make information easy to find. 
  • Place boards.  If you have a local business, place boards can provide valuable information about your location.
  • Provide tips and how-to boards.  Provide your followers with information on how to do something.
  • Provide related information.  Board topics should relate to a main or centralized area of focus.  Create boards and pin content that provide information on all aspects of your main topic.  Here are two examples:
Example #1 –  A food blog
Make your Pinterest page a valuable resource that is all about food.  Create boards with topics such as one-dish meals, desserts, salads, etc.  If you have a specific focus like healthy, low-calorie, gluten free foods, include those specialized topics as well.  You can also create boards relating to food such as table settings, beautiful kitchens, and dining rooms.  Meals are often the center of family celebration so you could also create boards for holidays foods and recipes for special occasions.

Example #2 – An Etsy store featuring handmade jewelry
The main focus of your Pinterest page would be about jewelry.  Each board is a sub-category relating to jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, beading, metalwork, and other jewelry making techniques and how-to's.

Remember, don't pin just your own images.  It's certainly ok to pin your images from your site, but make sure you provide your Pinterest followers with great pins, ideas, and sources from all around the web.  If you provide value in the form of high quality and useful content on a particular subject, people will gladly follow you on Pinterest. 

  Find more great Pinterest tips here!

Pinterest Tips


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Chocolate Crazy Cake

Chocolate Crazy Cake
Chocolate Crazy Cake

I think this recipe must be called “crazy cake” because it’s crazy that the recipe actually works.  There are no eggs, milk, or butter in the recipe and the ingredients are mixed in the same pan that the cake is cooked in.  It’s also crazy easy to make!

This cake is also known as “Depression cake,” because the limited ingredients required made this recipe something people could make on a tight budget.  Budget conscious cooks today can still appreciate and enjoy this cake.


Chocolate Crazy Cake

Personally, I like this cake recipe because it's fast and easy to make, doesn’t require a lot of clean up, and is great to make when you have a chocolate craving, but don’t have a lot of ingredients on hand in the kitchen.  I'm thinking that without the eggs, milk, and butter, this is a healthier version of chocolate cake too!


Chocolate Crazy Cake

I liked this cake recipe, even though it’s not a particularly rich or moist cake.  It’s not even very sweet, but I frosted it with a little bit of store bought chocolate frosting and it was a really nice dessert.  It got thumbs up from the rest of the family too!


Chocolate Crazy Cake

You might also like these quick and easy desserts!

no bake strawberry cream refrigerator cake caramel apple nachos


Inspired by this pin and this pin for chocolate crazy cake.


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Pin Junkie Pin Party #132


Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

pin junkie news

Pinterest Images That Increase Traffic crock pot lemon rosemary chicken


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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.


http://www.loulougirls.com/2015/08/lemon-skillet-chicken.html
by Kimberly at Lou Lou Girls 


http://www.interiorfrugalista.com/2015/06/armchairs-get-fresh-new-look.html


http://shayrenovation.blogspot.com/2015/08/pallet-letter-sign.html
by Shayla at Shay Renovation


http://www.casawatkins.net/2015/08/diy-wall-art-hop-flip-flop-birch-tree.html
by Stephanie at Casa Watkins


http://feedingbig.com/2015/07/copy-cat-cheesecake-factory-cashew-chicken-sundaysupper.html
by Cynthia at Feeding Big