Remember the bulletin board you had speckled with interesting
magazine articles, photos of places you wanted to visit, a recipe
for zucchini-nut muffins and a few swatches of fabric you chose to
re-cover your old sofa? That's Pinterest…almost.
Pinterest is a virtual idea board. The free site allows you to
collect swatches, photos, articles and ideas from the Internet and
put them on a virtual board. You can pull all your ideas on one
board, or create a collection of boards, each with its own
Even more unique is that Pinterest is a social network. You can
share your boards and even link your Pinterest account to Facebook.
Once you pin an idea to your board, others can see what you've
pinned and re-pin (similar to reposting) if they want to. Pinned
photos or articles are linked back to their original source, which
allows for even more networking.
How can a family use Pinterest? Create your free account and
then get the whole family involved in finding fun ideas for the
Create boards to help you break the monotony of family
mealtimes. Find school lunch ideas, nutritious snacks, gluten-free
recipes and crock pot suppers, then use your Pinterest account as a
go-to meal planner.
Let kids find bedding ideas, color schemes and
organizational bins they like and pin them to a board for their
dream room. Or get the whole family involved around a family room,
and find fun ideas for recreational spaces, colors, lighting,
furniture and playthings.
Collect inspiring stories or photos about a cause that is
important to your family and build a board of awareness. Add your
own photos or links to local articles about a nonprofit
organization you support to get your message out and inspire
Find crafts, activities and projects perfect for a rainy
day. Then, when the skies get cloudy, you'll be ready with some fun
Looking for a cool cake? Fun school treats? Table
decorations? You'll find pirate, pony and princess-themed party
ideas on Pinterest.
Aren't sure what to do this summer? Create a board around
interesting sites and activities in a particular state you'll visit
(kitschy restaurants, a historical monument, campgrounds, a beach
or lake you hope to jump in).