Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Practical Applications for Pinterest...There Are A Few :)

I built my new house on Pinterest.....no really. Okay, okay, save the eye roll people, PUHLEEZE  :) I promise, this tip is worth it!

I suppose you could say I built my new house using Pinterest...in a matter of speaking.  Before we attended our design center appointments, I came up with a plan, you know, that left-brained, type A part of me just could not help it.  I did not want to be overwhelmed at the design center and I wanted to enjoy it....yes, I LOVE that kind of stuff....as long as I have a plan.  I knew we would be assigned to a designer, a fantastic one, as it turned out, but I was also warned by my stellar Realtors ;), that there are just SO many decisions to make in a predetermined amount of time....so....I used Pinterest to create lookboards to share with the designer.  As it turned out, SHE LOVED THE IDEA.  It was a great tool to use to communicate my vision for our new home, and it gave our wonderful designer a "jumping off point" for her to make relevant suggestions and help us bring our vision to life.  At the very least, a collection of photos can give clues to your design style that will help you and your designer make THE MOST of your time together.  I think it also provides that much appreciated insurance against that overwhelmed-eyes-glaze-over feeling while making your selections for your new-build home.  In the end...this strategy, along with being focused on what we wanted, and the good fortune of a wonderful designer proved to be a winner!

Using Pinterest boards to visually communicate what you want to create does not have to be limited to building a new home.  I can also recall an instance where I used a "pin" I found on Pinterest to show a contractor the type of board and batten I wished to hire him to install.  In my experience, it is really hard to have a misunderstanding on how a finished product will look when two people are operating from the same photo and the discussion it creates.

Users can create just about any type of Pinterest board they can think of and a smart phone or tablet in order to visually communicate ideas.  A DIY project that needs special materials from a home improvement store just begs for a photo to ensure the proper materials are purchased.  Users can also create a virtual landscaping plan to share with landscape professionals.  Users can create holiday shopping lists with the help of "secret" boards, as well as plan your upcoming Thanksgiving meal.  The possibilities are endless!!

Just in case Pinterest is new to you, here is the Pinterest 411:

  • Pinterest is a free, online, social, sharing site...think of it like a virtual bulletin board or file folders.  Each board is like its own file folder or bulletin board which, you, as the user create.  
  • As the user, you decide how to organize "your pins."  Your pins are images with embedded links to the original content on the web.  
  • You can select pins from other "pinners" (other users you follow), you can grab pins from the internet, (just be sure you GIVE CREDIT), or you can upload original content for others to pin and share.
  • If you see a great idea that you want to share with your dear friend, you can add his/her name in the comments or email it, and the pin will find your friend, as long as your friend is a fellow Pinterest user.
  • In order to use Pinterest, you have to sign up.  If you choose, you can link your account to your Facebook account.

What are you waiting for????  Start pinning..and while you are at it, check out TEAM-PRZADA on Pinterest.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Light The Menorah....

This year, Hanukkah, begins on Wednesday, November 27th and ends on Thursday, December 5th.  In order to celebrate The Festival of Lights at sundown, check out the variety of Menorah Lighting ceremonies around North Texas. http://www.chabadofdallas.com/templates/events.htm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony- Galleria of Dallas
Wednesday,November 27th, 2013 
Lighting Ceremony after 5:21pm
Event held at guest receptionist center and Sephora

Menorah Lighting Ceremony- Thanksgiving Square
Friday,  November 29th, 2013 
Lighting Ceremony at 5:03pm
Thanksgiving Square
1627 Pacific Ave Dallas, TX 7520

Menorah Lighting Ceremony- Starbucks at Preston
Saturday, November 30th, 2013 
Lighting Ceremony after 6pm
18208 Preston Road Dallas, TX 75252-5925
Menorah Lighting Ceremony- North Park Mall
Sunday, December 1st, 2013 
Lighting Ceremony after 5:20pm
Event will be located between Barneys New York and Nordstroms
8687 N Central Expy Dallas, TX 75225
Menorah Lighting Ceremony- Central Market Plano
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 
Lighting Ceremony after 5:20pm
320 Coit Road Plano, TX 75075
Celebrate Chanukah with the MAVS- Jewish Heritage Night
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Events start at 5pm at the American Airlines Center
6:15pm Menorah Lighting ceremony, followed by 7:30pm game
tickets a must

Trim That Tree.....

Do you love, I mean SUPER-LOVE attending your community tree lighting ceremony?  It is certainly a festive way to get in the holiday spirit!  Check out upcoming area tree lighting events and you can oohh-and-ahh till your holiday heart's content.  The events are listed in chronological order to make planning your holiday calendar a snap!  

Dallas- City Lights
6pm-10pm on Friday, November 16, 2013
1902 Main Street, Dallas
Lighting Ceremony will begin at 7pm at Main Street Garden
Photos with Santa and entertainment, along with the unveiling of the Neiman Marcus windows

McKinney- Home for the Holidays....A McKinney Christmas
10am-8pm on Friday, November 29th, 2013
111 North Tennessee Street
Tree Lighting at 6pm on Friday in Historic Downtown McKinney
Enjoy shopping and family activities, and entertainment all day

Plano- Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano
6pm-10pm on Friday, December 6, 2013
901 E. 15th Street
Tree Lighting at 7pm in Haggard Park

Allen- Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
7pm-9pm on Friday, December 6, 2013
305 Century Parkway
Tree Lighting at 7:15pm at Allen Civic Plaza

Richardson- Richardson's 42nd Annual Christmas Parade
9am-7pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013
Parade begins at 9am and will travel north on Plano Road from Richardson Square to Apollo Road
Parade Award Ceremony at 5pm, Tree Lighting will follow immediately along with the opening of Santa's Village

Frisco- 3rd Annual Merry Main Street
5pm-9pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013
6101 Frisco Square Blvd,
Tree lighting at 6pm Simpson Plaza at City Hall