The Pin Junkie: June 2015

Patriotic Red White & Blue Crafts and Recipes

Patriotic Red White & Blue Crafts and Recipes
Patriotic Red White & Blue Crafts and Recipes


There are so many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. This year, we'll be doing a very traditional backyard cookout with family.  I'm looking forward to  it!  How will you be celebrating?  If you need some last minute ideas for your Fourth of July party, here are over twenty patriotic red white and blue crafts and recipes that will have you ready to celebrate in no time!


fourth-of-july-flower-arrangement


red-white-and-blue-popcorn-munch
by Lacie at Easy Peasy Pleasy


red-velvet-brownie-star-stacks


ribbon-rustic-usa-flag ribon lace


firecracker-table-display
by Christine at The Ribbon Retreat


patriotic-wreath-for-the-fourth-of-july
by Heidi at One Creative Mommy


Freedom-drops


patriotic-mixed-berry-pie


americana-decoupage-chairs
by Wendi at H2O Bungalow


patriotic-pallet-art.html
by Kara at A Night Owl Blog


patriotic-painted-tote
by Aubrey at Real House Moms


http://www.honeyandbirch.com/red-white-and-blue-frozen-yogurt-bark/
by Jenny at Honey and Birch


homemade-patriotic-pinwheels


patriotic-wood-tray


http://craftylumberjacks.blogspot.com/2013/07/sugar-high-as-kite-on-fourth-of-july.html




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Pin Junkie Pin Party #123

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:

how to grow you blog with Pinterest Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing Recipe

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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.


emon-ginger-icebox-cake
Lemon Ginger Icebox Cake
by Elle at Only Taste Matters


strawberry-lemonade-popsicles
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
by Shinee at Sweet & Savory


strawberry-banana-bread-with-vanilla glaze
Strawberry Banana Bread with Vanilla Glaze
by Cami at The Crafting Nook


BBQ Chicken Pizza with Leftover Chicken
BBQ Chicken Pizza
by Lacie at Easy Peasy Pleasy


cheddar-bacon-ranch-potato-salad
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
by Dana at This Silly Girl's Life


Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

I love finding new recipes on Pinterest!  They're almost always good.  This southwest salad with honey lime dressing was no exception.

I take my lunch to work and I've fallen into a rut of packing the same thing everyday.  I was seriously ready to try something different, so off to Pinterest I went.  I took inspiration from two different pins and altered the recipes to create my own.  This southwest salad makes a great lunch, not only because it's absolutely delicious, but it's quick and easy to make.  Just dump everything in a bowl and call it done!  I love that I can make it ahead of time on Sunday and have something ready to go for Monday and Tuesday.   I can just grab it from the fridge and go.

 Doesn't it look good?

Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

You can serve the salad as it is, but I'm thinking it would also be yummy over a bed of crisp lettuce.  I also really liked it as as salsa with corn ships! 

Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing Recipe

Salad
1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 to 3 avocados, cubed

Dressing
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons honey

Directions
1.  Drain and rinse the corn and beans.  Chop the bell pepper, onion, and cilantro. 
2.  Mix the lime juice, olive oil, and honey together.  Pour over salad and toss.

Southwest Salad with Honey Lime Dressing


Inspired by this pin and this pin.



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Master List of Pinterest Tips

Master List of Pinterest Tips
Master List of Pinterest Tips to Grow your Blog

Do you want to grow your Pinterest account and drive traffic to your site, but just don't know where to start?  Pinterest can be an incredibly powerful social media tool and there's so much you can do to make your Pinterest account more effect at bringing traffic to your site.  It can also get really overwhelming, really quick. This master list of Pinterest tips and links to helpful resources can help. 

The items on this list are certainly not intended to be done all at once.  Instead, do one item at a time, when you have the time.  Each item takes a few minutes, but can reap big rewards of more engagement on your Pinterest account in the form of likes, repins and followers.  More engagement on your Pinterest account can lead to more traffic back to your blog or website.  Who doesn't want that?

You may even find that you're already doing some of the items on this list.  If so, give yourself a well deserved pat on the back!  Ok, are you ready?  Here are over 35 quick easy things you can do to grow your Pinterest account and drive traffic to your site:

Pins
1.  Get rich pins. (find out how to get rich pins here)
2.  Pin eye-catching and attractive images.
3.  When creating your own images, use titles & text overlay on the images to inform pinners what the pin is about.
4.  Comment on pins.
5.  Pin variety, not just your content.
6.  Check the link on a pin to make sure it goes to the correct site before repinning.
7.  Pin throughout the day, not all at once.
8.  Pin everyday.
9.  Use a pin scheduler to automate your pinning. (find out how to get free Pinterest schedulers here)
10.  Create and pin long, vertical images.  They're easier to see in the Pinterest feed and get more repins.
11.  Install the Pinterest browser button. It makes it easy to pin the great ideas you find from around the web. (get it here)
12.  Write a good pin description with keywords to optimize searches within Pinterest.  If repining, edit the existing description if needed.
13.  Before pinning content from your blog or website, make sure you've used keywords to name your image files to help them show up in Pinterest searches.

Boards
14.  Organize boards. (tips on how to keep Pinterest boards organized here)
15.  Join group boards. (find out how to join Pinterest group boards here)
16.  Use related and attractive images for board covers.
17.  Title boards with specific, descriptive names and keywords to optimize SEO.
18.  Write clear, keyword specific descriptions for each of your boards.
19.  Follow other boards.
20.  Create boards that relate to your blog's or business's topic.
21.  Place boards with your content at the top of your Pinterest page.

Account
22.  Link your other social media accounts to your Pinterest account.  (Go to your Pinterest "account settings" and then go to "social networks."
23.  Use Pinterest analytics.
24.  Follow other Pinterest accounts.
25.  Verify your account - this allows you to include a link back to your site.
26.  Upload your image or logo for your Pinterest profile image.
27.  Write a clear description in your profile so people know what your Pinterest page, blog or website is all about.
28.  If you have a website that generates an income, even it it's just a little bit, get a Pinterest business account. (find out how here)

Blog or Website
29.  Make it easy to pin content from your blog or website by including a "pin it" button on your site.
30.  Make it easy to follow your Pinterest account with a "follow me" button on your site.
31.  Use Pinterest widgets to embed boards and display your most recent pins on your site. (get Pinterest widgets here)

Follow Pinterest Etiquette (read more about Pinterest etiquette here)
32.  Avoid pinning too much at one time.
33.  Pin from a specific URL not the main blog page or from a Google search.
34.  Follow posted rules when pinning to group board.

Extras
35.  Engage and participate - stay active on Pinterest by liking, commenting,  pinning, and following.
36.  Curate great content to make your boards an excellent resource on your topic or area of focus.
37.  Pin good quality, informative, eye catching content.


Looking for more Pinterest tips?
You've come to the right place!

Pinterest Tips




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Pin Junkie Pin Party #122





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


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

cord-keeper-for-tangle-free-earbuds Father's Day Gift Ideas how-to-make-paper-bluebonnets

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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.


bedroom-chest-of-drawers-makeover
by Jane at Honey & Roses


travel-themed-gallery-wall
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe


industrial pipe stools diy
by Diane at Vintage Zest


http://amindfullmom.com/caribbean-salad-with-produce-for-kids/
by Kristen at A Mindful Mom


pizza-pasta-salad recipe
 by Michelle at A Daily Dish of Life

fathers-day-printable
by Kimberly at A Night Owl