There was a time where I brought magazine after magazine – my monthly magazines included a food, a home, a lifestyle/fashion and a gardening magazine let alone the specialist teaching publications that I received at work. I would read the magazine’s flicking through them and then tear out articles that I wanted to keep, copy recipes into a binder and then head off online to find cheaper versions of the latest fashion to add to my work wardrobe. Seriously when we moved I had a binder full of clippings for ideas on what we were going to do with our new home and garden – with dividers for each room (yes I’m one of those).

It's so pinterest #pinitforwardUK

Then in 2011 my bank balance breathed a sigh of relief I discovered Pinterest – this was back when you had to be invited to join and luckily I knew someone that was already in and I got an invite – I started pinning – I had my kids craft board, my in my kitchen and then my home board. I pinned what I loved and what I liked and have come back time and time again to ideas that I have pinned – just last weekend I searched through my gardening board and discovered the pin I had pinned almost a year and a half ago on how to make a 3 sister’s bed in the garden.

Pinned it done it #pinitforwardUK

I’ve used it to store ideas for things I would like to buy for the kids and when Pinterest introduced secret boards back before Christmas, I could have kissed them I could now pin ideas to make, bake and buy for my family and friends that are on pinterest as well. Now I use it for all of those things but also to collate ideas to do with the kids and share with you my readers.


My favourite board to gather ideas from and use is one that I set up more recently – Learn and Play the Natural Way – it’s full of ideas for outdoor play and learning about the natural world for kids. One of my promises at the beginning of the year to J and T is that we would spend at least 15 minutes outside everyday and we are and have done since 1st January this is now my favourite board for finding ideas and inspiration of things to do.

If you aren’t on Pinterest now is a great time to join, the summer is on it’s way where it’s great to find activities for kids to do on those long summer days our Learn and Play the Natural Way are perfect ideas for outdoor play this summer and what’s more you follow along and I’ll be pinning ideas for autumn, winter, spring and next summer ideas as well.

I’m not the only blogger addicted to Pinterest as part of the #pinitforwardUK campaign many of us are joining together to share why we LOVE pinterest –  tomorrow Rachel from The Little Pip is sharing her favourite board – I’m really inspired by Rachel’s 30 days challenge as currently I wear the same 7 outfits week in and week out mixing them up slightly yet have wardrobes over flowing with clothes and this is going to be my challenge coming June.

If you are already on Pinterest I would love to connect with you please leave your URL in the comments below if not the once you have signed up leave your pinterest user name in the URL and I will discover you can’t wait to see what you are sharing.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Thanks for participating in Pin It Forward, Cerys! It’s great that you have been able to use Pinterest for finding many inspirations from crafts, kitchen ideas and more! The garden ideas is wonderful- I’ll have to try this! Your Learn and Play the Natural way is amazing for discovering fun, creative activities for the kids and the outdoor mud pie kitchen is great! Lauren Michaels, Community Coordinator

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