Pinterest

Check out Samantha Schutlz’ Pin It! blog.

And here’s Chicago Parent’s Pinterest page.

Remember the bulletin board you had speckled with interestingmagazine articles, photos of places you wanted to visit, a recipefor zucchini-nut muffins and a few swatches of fabric you chose tore-cover your old sofa? That’s Pinterest…almost.

Pinterest is a virtual idea board. The free site allows you tocollect swatches, photos, articles and ideas from the Internet andput them on a virtual board. You can pull all your ideas on oneboard, or create a collection of boards, each with its owntheme.

Even more unique is that Pinterest is a social network. You canshare your boards and even link your Pinterest account to Facebook.Once you pin an idea to your board, others can see what you’vepinned and re-pin (similar to reposting) if they want to. Pinnedphotos or articles are linked back to their original source, whichallows for even more networking.

How can a family use Pinterest? Create your free account andthen get the whole family involved in finding fun ideas for thefollowing projects:


Create boards to help you break the monotony of familymealtimes. Find school lunch ideas, nutritious snacks, gluten-freerecipes and crock pot suppers, then use your Pinterest account as ago-to meal planner.

Rev up family meals


Let kids find bedding ideas, color schemes andorganizational bins they like and pin them to a board for theirdream room. Or get the whole family involved around a family room,and find fun ideas for recreational spaces, colors, lighting,furniture and playthings.

Decorate a room


Collect inspiring stories or photos about a cause that isimportant to your family and build a board of awareness. Add yourown photos or links to local articles about a nonprofitorganization you support to get your message out and inspireothers.

Good Causes


Find crafts, activities and projects perfect for a rainyday. Then, when the skies get cloudy, you’ll be ready with some funprojects.

Rainy day ideas


Looking for a cool cake? Fun school treats? Tabledecorations? You’ll find pirate, pony and princess-themed partyideas on Pinterest.


Aren’t sure what to do this summer? Create a board aroundinteresting sites and activities in a particular state you’ll visit(kitschy restaurants, a historical monument, campgrounds, a beachor lake you hope to jump in).

Vacation plotting


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