How to ‘Pin’ on an iPad (Pinterest)

In the evenings, I like to sit on the sofa in front of the TV with my Ipad and do a bit of surfing.  Last night, I became a bit frustrated that I couldn’t ‘Pin’ things with the stroke of a button.  I tried the Pinterest App but didn’t get on with it.

In the end, I found these detailed instructions at Jemsweb for adding a bookmarklet to my Safari browser.  However, for the life of me I couldn’t copy the code and I struggled to find the ‘+’ button that he was referring to as I don’t have one on my browser.

So, in the end, this is what I did….

1) Open Safari on your Ipad

2) Navigate to

3) Add it as a Bookmark by clicking on the square with an arrow in it, to the left of the URL.  Rename it ‘Pin it’ and save.






4) If you are able to copy the following code below using your iPad then go straight to step 8.

[textbox rows="3"]javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src',''+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());[/textbox]

5) Now this bit required getting off the sofa and going over to my laptop as I couldn’t copy the code using my iPad.  So, I copied it from the web page, and then emailed it to myself on my PC.  Odd I know, but did the trick.

6) Then I went back to my iPad, my place was still warm on the sofa.

7) Open your email and copy the code.

8) Then go back to safari, click on the Bookmarks, it looks like an open book.  Then choose Bookmarks Bar>Edit>Pin It!










9) Replace the address that is in the URL box with the code that you have copied.












10)  You should now see Pin it on your Bookmarks Bar





Now when you come across something you like and want to share on Pinterest, just click Pin it!

Happy Pinning!

Is this now when you tell me there is a much easier way of doing this???









I want my Yellow Tweetdeck back!

My computer kept freezing and I finally worked out that it was Tweetdeck that was causing this.  I’ve had it happen before and usually sorted it with an uninstall and a reinstall of the newest version of Tweetdeck along with Adobe Air, which can be very flaky.

The Problem

However, I receive a very nasty shock when I did so.  The people of Twitter have been messing about with it and I really didn’t like the new ‘Blue’ version.  It took me ages to work out how to turn of the sound notifications and I couldn’t turn off the real-time updates.  I follow nearly 2000 people so you can see it was a bit of a problem, my timeline was making me motion sick and it sounded like a techno rave!

I’m a heavy user of Tweetdeck, with over 100,000 tweets and I manage several accounts.  I’ve tried others like Seismic and Hootsuite.  I use Hootsuite on my phone and Ipad but I really don’t get on with it on my desktop, as it’s missing a couple of my favourite features, like auto-complete of names, new followers column and the ability to filter tweets.

Thanks to @tipyourhat, @chickenprincess and @secretstef I managed to resurrect the old yellow version of Tweetdeck.

Here is what I did:

1) Via the control panel I uninstalled both Tweetdeck and Adobe Air.

2) This is the important bit.  Then I ran a registry cleaner to remove any redundant files that may have been left behind.  The first time I tried to reinstall I didn’t do this and the problem with crashing resumed.  I use the free version of CCleaner.

3) Then I reinstalled Adobe Air as you need it to run Tweetdeck.

4) Then using the link at the bottom of this post, Old Tweetdeck please come back, I reinstalled the older version of Tweetdeck.

Thanks everyone!  Normal tweeting has resumed!





How to cook an ‘effing’ good steak Gordon Ramsay Style

A few years back we saw Gordon Ramsay cooking steak on the TV.  My husband has now taken the recipe on as his own signature dish.  I think the trick is the glazing of the steaks!  Enjoy!

 Serves: 2

Prep/Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Medium Rare

You will need:

  • 2 good quality steaks
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Nut Oil
  • Bagged Salad – Rocket or mixed leaf
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Frozen Chunky Chips

The Master at Work:

How to talk to a complete stranger?

Nearly broke my heart today. My daughter asked to go to a soft play centre, which is equivalent to hell for me. However, in an attempt to be a good mother, I said no problem, but I explained that we would be going on our own and wouldn’t know anyone there. She said she wasn’t bothered. Normally, she is a very confident social character. She hasn’t had any problems making friends at school and socializing with other children in familiar situations is a breeze for her. She’s far from shy and has a lot more social skills than her mother.

The Problem

However, when we arrived at the soft play centre, she struggled to find anyone to play with. She attempted to go off and play but came back a bit deflated saying she felt lonely and no one would play with her. In my quest to develop her independence, I tried my best to sit back, playing on my IPAD and let her work it out. But…..

Our Attempt to solve it

At one point, I walked around with her holding her hand looking for a playmate but they were all running by so quickly. She tried a couple of times to say excuse me but they didn’t hear her. Bless!

Totally lost, I suggested finding someone playing on their own and introduce yourself and ask if they would like to play, but no luck. Then, I suggested that she find some children having fun and play near them and maybe they would ask her to join in. Bless she went and sat by herself in a play tunnel for ages and no one came by. It was so hard to watch.


In the end, I intervened again and luckily found two sisters, who were lovely and when I explained she didn’t have anyone to play with they swooped in and whisked her away. I had to drag her away in the end.

In reflection, it is rather an odd thing to go up to a complete stranger and ask to join in? As an adult walking up to people you don’t know and striking up conversation is the social equivalent of skydiving. So why do we expect children to do it so easily?

In future, what can I do to help her? Do you have any tips on how to help them make friends in these situations?

How to stop your cat urninating in the house…..

I did not kill my cat, but to be honest I was really close! For the record, I’m a cat lover; I can’t remember when I haven’t had one. Currently we have two, a brother and a sister, they’d been abandoned in a box next to a river with their mum, we’ve had them for 5 years but recently the female has started to wee everywhere and when I say ‘everywhere’ I really mean it.

She’s ruined over £500 worth of footwear (I like expensive shoes), when a friend came to visit from South Africa, amidst making up her bed the cat jumped up and peed on it, one night after I’d been out I came home saddled up next to hubby and the cat jumped up and peed all over the both of us and one morning hubby was all suited up for work it backed up to him wiggled it’s tail and wee’d all over him.

To be honest I was at my wits end, nearly in tears and the cat was minutes away from being taken back to the RSPCA. Many people suggested that she may have cystitis and I should take her to the vet, but I watched her closely and it wasn’t a matter of being incontinent and unable to get outside but more of a behavioural issue.

Basically, we have a normal cat flap and all the neighbourhood cats come and go as they please, we also found a dog ball in the house which was full of scent and she has a nervous disposition hence why I think she is peeing everywhere, just marking her territory.

We bought some Felaway spray which is a pheromone that is supposed to relax the cat and it did. It worked brilliantly for a few days and the weeing stopped immediately but sadly it started again.

A few people recommended chip cat flaps but I misunderstood them. I thought they meant the ones with the magnetic collars. Our cats won’t keep collars on so this wasn’t an option but in the end I worked it out and I love gadgets so I was all over this one. Basically the cat flap works on the identity chip that is implanted in the cat. Both of our cats had one implanted when they were spayed and neutered.

The Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap was a bit pricey (approx £90) but when you work out the damage, the amount we save on lost magnetic collars and feeding all the neighbourhood cats it really wasn’t that bad. Installation was a breeze but persuading our cats to go through it was rather challenging. Once you install the cat flap you have to put it in learn mode and then pass your cats through the cat flap. I have to say they weren’t convinced but with a bit of gentle persuasion (brute force) they did it.

But the most important thing…………….she has stopped weeing in the house, she now feels safe and secure as the neighbourhood bullies can’t get in.

Thanks to @cocabeenslinky for the artwork. It’s amazing what a bit of port and wine can produce!