Like a good little girl, I sat down and evaluated my non-kid-app usage. First off, there are a couple of games — Candy Crush (I know!) and Clumsy Ninja and, more recently, the addictive 2048. I also spend a lot of time on Facebook, it's true, but I’m going to count that as “work-related” since a lot of that time is spent having “staff meetings” with the lovelies at SAFK.
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I was shocked, though, at just how much time I can lose when I get started browsing on Pinterest.
I’m sure that most of you are at least familiar with Pinterest by now, but just in case you're not, here’s a brief description: Pinterest is . . . a virtual bulletin board. Seriously. It’s that simple. You can “pin” the things that interest you onto categorized boards so that you can share them with people. That’s great. What’s even better, though, is looking at all the cool stuff other folks have pinned. From fashion to art to potty training tips, you can find virtually anything on Pinterest. Smart Apps for Kids even has a board. Do you follow us there?
|See this cute play kitchen?|
I did NOT make this
|These adorable duct tape roses?|
I didn't make them either!
The exception to this rule is food. I not only browse for recipes like they are going out of style, I actually try a lot of them. I have discovered how to easily peel a boiled egg and how to make candied bacon. My son’s favorite meals at the moment are two different casseroles that I discovered on Pinterest. It’s like having every cookbook known to man inside your iPad with Julia Child thrown in to teach you techniques. I can properly poach an egg now. Seriously. It's the Food & Drink category that roped me in so completely and held me hostage.
|One of my favorite pins.|
I was a little put off by the name of these cookies, but they look so festive and taste even better
The thing is, there are so many great apps out there for parents, whether they are for pure entertainment or to help you with your productivity. There are apps that can be used as tools in your diet and exercise regimen, and apps that can calculate pi to thousands of decimal places. Heck, there are also just a lot of fun games out there that might be just a little bit unsuitable for some children but they are still lots of fun (Plants Vs. Zombies, I'm lookin' at you.) We want to be able to bring you all of these things.
I feel kind of bad that my first submission to the Awesome Apps for Moms category (or whatever we are going to call it) was so commonplace. But millions of users can’t have it wrong — Pinterest is useful and entertaining. If you're on Pinterest already, what's your all-time favorite pin?
(Rather than my usual tagline, I'm using something the fabulous Rachel H. whipped up.)