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Monday, January 27, 2014

It’s going to be an interesting year

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The new year is off to a roaring start, and everyone here at Pinterest is already hard at work on all the things we have planned for 2014. At the top of our list is creating new ways to discover Pins for all your projects and interests.

Last week, we made it easier to find recipes that match your tastes. Today we’re starting to roll out a sneak preview of a new tool we’re calling Interests. Here you can explore interests specially designed to help you find Pins you like.

For example, if you’re curious about traveling, more travel Pins is a good place to start. If you’re really into something specific like travel in New York City, we’ll show you some great Pins we think you may like.

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To give your new interests a try, visit Pinterest on your desktop browser and select “Preview! Explore Interests” in the categories menu. We’ll be rolling this out to mobile and everyone around the world soon.

Discover more interesting Pins

Before today, all the billions of Pins on Pinterest were organized into just a handful of broad categories. So if you were browsing for ideas for your yard, you had to go somewhere like “Gardening” and sift through all the Pins. If you’ve collected lots of Pins that show climbing plants and wall ferns, your interests page might recommend vertical gardens for you to check out.

We’re working hard to make Pinterest as relevant as possible for each person so it can be a place you can find and save all of the things you love, even if you didn’t even know you were looking for them. This is just the beginning of bringing you more great experiences for your unique interests.

There’s more to see each time you visit

Your interests on Pinterest change over time, just like they do in real life. The more you use Pinterest, the better things get.

Keep in mind that this is still just a preview. You may see a few interests here and there that aren’t quite your thing, but rest assured that improvements are already in the works. If there’s something specific you’d like to see, we’re all ears!

-Ningning, Engineering, currently posting to Beautiful Path

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Pinterest Picks: Weekly Roundup 01/24/14

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Hi, I’m Pari (rhymes with cherry, and yes, like the platypus). I work here on the Marketing team at Pinterest. Every Friday, I showcase your favorite Pins and boards right here on the blog. They usually revolve around funny out-of-the box videos, pictures, and basically anything you guys send to me that’s popular or trending amongst the Pinterest community!

This week, we talk football, what to eat for the Superbowl, watch some amazing lip readings, and end with some words of wisdom to jump start your weekend!

Recipe of the Week:

Last Sunday was a nailbiter with the AFC and NFC Championship games, right? Now that we have a week off until the Superbowl (calming all nerves, anxiety, and blood pressures), everyone can take some time and think about what else to bite into other than their fingers. Check out some top game day recipes you’ve all been talking about on Pinterest for Superbowl 2014, including this Caramelized Onion Dip (Shhh, it’s vegetarian and gluten free!).

Also, check out our new recipe search in case you only want to make goodies that are gluten-free, vegan, paleo, etc. Now you can filter your searches!

Video of the Week:

If you’re a 49er or Patriots fan, and done talking football with all the replays and highlights at work, check this video we found online to guaranteed to spruce up your work day:

GIF of the Week:

Or else you can just watch these funny football GIFS instead:

The Ninja Turtles running some plays -

This cat going for the win -

Btw, you can post and check out more GIFS on Pinterest now!

Board of the Week:

Or else if you’ve had it with the football talk altogether and simply need a little spark to jump start your internal engine this week, who better to get you going, than some solid words of wisdom from Martin Luther King Jr. himself. See how Pinners are paying tribute to the civil-rights activists this week.

Follow Kelly Jacobs’s board Martin Luther King jr. Quotes MLK one of our greatest civil rights leaders on Pinterest.

Have some more Pinterest gems to share? Simply CLICK HERE to submit your own Pins or boards. I’ll take a look and share them every Friday for everyone to turn any end of the week frowns upside down.

I’ll see you back here next Friday.

—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

A GIF from Pinterest

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The well-timed GIF may be the greatest thing to have happened to the internet since emoticons, and lots of people have said they’d love to see playable GIFs on Pinterest. Starting today, we support GIFs in all their animated glory! There are already tens of millions of GIF Pins and a million people a day see at least one GIF on Pinterest, so there are plenty to choose from. Go ahead and send your friend a bit of midday hilarity or start collecting all your favorite GIFs, so you’re armed and ready to unveil them when you’re in the mood for a good laugh. For starters, you’ll be able to play your GIFs on the web, but we’ll be sure to bring them to your mobile soon.

Need a little inspiration? We’ve got GIFs to help you:

1. Learn the fine art of beardery

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Look how awesome my beard is on beards

2. Keep up that new year’s resolution

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The Foam Rolling You Should Be Doing (But Probably Aren’t) on Healthy and Happy-ness

3. Use the force

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8-Bit GIFs of iconic scifi and fantasy films on Geek

4. Tour a city you’ve always wanted to visit

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London on England the Beautiful

5. Become a kitchen ninja

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Speed Potato Peeling on Kitchen Tips & Tricks

6. Pass along must read articles

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This Is How Your Best Friend Makes Life Better on Reading List

7. Never take a blurry photo again

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Insanely steady camera image stabilizer on don’t blink

8. Relive every second of the game

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Takeaways from Seahawks’ Win over Rams on Seahawks

9. Stay up-to-date on all the celebrity gossip

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Jennifer Lawrence Photo Bombing Taylor Swift on Laugh Until Your Sides Hurt

10. Prepare for the next Beyoncé album

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15 Beyoncé GIFs You Need To See Right Now on BEYONCE

- Ludo, a software engineer, currently pinning to Cat for any occasion

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

안녕하세요! Pinterest now speaks Korean

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Pinterest is now fully translated into Korean. We hope this helps enthusiastic Pinners from Korea share what they love and allow all of us to discover and connect with their unique interests.

To help, we thought we’d share a few compelling Pins that capture the many layers of Korean culture.

Discovering the Korean alphabet

If you’re interested in typography or linguistics, you might want to check out the Korean alphabet, Hangul. It’s one of the few alphabets that was designed from scratch in 1443 to help scholars educate the masses.


Visiting South Korea’s major cities

Of course, to learn and discover more about the culture, nothing beats a visit. From the mega city of Seoul to the coastal city of Pusan as well as the haunting DMZ and the mountainous peninsula in between, there are lots of place boards to help you plan a trip to South Korea.

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Listening to K-Pop

K-Pop bands have become worldwide sensations in recent years. There’s no shortage of Pinners, like All K Pop, who love these bands and have created boards with video Pins of some of their favorite acts. Check out their boards to stay up to date with all the K-Pop news!

Follow allkpop’s board Music on Pinterest.

Watching Korean Drama

In addition to K-Pop, K-Drama has become a worldwide phenomenon. From shows such as Boys Over Flowers, Full House, Winter Sonata, Dream High and more, use Pinterest to connect with Pinners across the world who share the same interest for these shows!

Follow KDrama Portraiture’s board Korean Drama ♡ on Pinterest.

Geeking out over gadgets

If you’re interested in technology, Korean companies like Samsung and LG have been at the forefront of developing the most loved gadgets and most innovative home appliances—who know you could put a Soda Stream directly into a refrigerator?


Making delicious Korean-inspired food

We can’t forget all the delicious Korean food out there, either!

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While there are already many Korean Pinners, we’re especially impressed with Professor Kim Chun-ho who uses Pinterest to showcase his Mirinae Movement to get more Koreans to donate to help the needy.

Visit Mirinae Movement’s profile on Pinterest.

감사합니다 (Thank you!)

Dave Kim, Marketing Manager, Currently pinning to motherland recipes

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More ways to search for recipes

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Many of us rang in the New Year committed to eating healthier in 2014. Today, we’re adding new recipe search features to make sticking to that resolution a little easier. When you search for ingredients or a recipe on Pinterest, you’ll be able to filter for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and paleo meal ideas that fit your lifestyle.

You can search for pantry staples or specific ingredients, like avocados, black beans and bell peppers to discover great dishes like quinoa salad, pork tenderloin with red bell pepper chili rub and black bean quesadillas. Each Pin will show extra information like cook time, ingredients and servings.

Looking for something sweet, like recipes for a chocolate cannoli, salted chocolate tart or brownie fruit pizza? We’ve also added an Indulge me button for when you’re craving something not so healthy.

We’re rolling out the new recipe search on the web now, and we’ll bring it to mobile soon.

How it works

1. Enter a specific dish or ingredients in the search bar, like “salmon with asparagus.”

2. On the search results page, click All recipes to switch to the recipes-only search. You can also click on any of the diet filters to narrow in on exactly what you want to make.

Save favorite recipes for your next meal

Add your finds to your own recipe boards so you can look them up later. As you search and browse, you’ll find millions of recipes, such as:

— Vegetarian dishes from Food Network

— Vegan plates from Epicurious

— Gluten-free goods from Kalyn’s Kitchen & Leite’s Culinaria

— Paleo-friendly meals from Simply Recipes

— Indulgent treats from Nestle

If you’re a food blogger, learn more about how to make your recipes more discoverable in search with Rich Pins.

A smarter recipe search is one of the many steps we’re taking to help you find more useful Pins, like creative, healthy and fun recipes.

Happy eating—and Pinning!

Jeff Miller, Software Engineer, Currently pinning to Saturday Morning Dishes

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Ted Hope: Storyteller and Film-Producer

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Ted Hope is a storyteller. And he’s gotten good at it. In fact, his stories have been nominated for two Academy Awards and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize three times. From Producing feature films (21 Grams, American Splendor, The Savages) to Business Ventures (CEO of Fandor), Ted is a natural idea machine. But how does Ted discover, manage, and share all of his curiosity? The answer is Pinterest.

Can you tell us a brief background and how you got started in the film industry as a Producer?

I was always one of the kids in the neighborhood or school who made something happen – be it a pick up game of ball or a prank or a show. My original plan had been to change the world and I first thought politics was the way to do that, but I did not have the patience for it. I moved to NYC and attended NYU Film School the year that the Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, and Jim Jarmusch’s first films were all released – and I knew that was the sort of films I wanted to help make and get appreciated. I worked on a bunch of low budget horror films initially though, working my way up the crew ladder, and at night my friends and I would talk about how to apply those production methods to movies we cared about. From my political days, I knew how to organize folks, and when my apartment building went co-op I organized the tenants to hold out until we got enough money to pay off my student loans & give me enough that allowed me to work cheap on a movie or two. I had the good fortune to meet both the director Hal Hartley (who I went on to produce) and the producer/writer James Schamus (who became my business partner) early on.

You’ve probably read quite a few words on page. What makes your heart beat when you read a script?

Primarily, I want something that is original and ambitious, grounded in emotional truth. I like the experiment over the proof – in that I like to see risks taken and limits pushed. You can tell when the writer is turned on by what they have put on the page, knowing that they have displayed something dangerous. It doesn’t have to “work”, as I have confidence that I can help make that happen. I don’t want the author to play it safe.

How do you stumble upon new creative ideas personally or for your next projects?

I keep myself open to awe, wonder, and mystery. I think about the people, ideas, and things that I love. I find delight in what is very different from me. Curiosity is a muscle and there is nothing better that the wealth of people, stories, images, and films to spark it. I am drawn to the noble failure because when we stumble in execution we are showing others a path to some new place.

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Where do you think story and audiences are heading thanks to new studios and distribution players trying to retain audiences with streaming, episodic content?

When a storytelling platform aims to serve everyone or make the most amount of money possible, I think they make certain sacrifices to do so – and we will suffer for that. Serialized content only recently has elevated itself out of the realm of a cheap drug, and the cliffhanger (bridge between episodes) is the lowest fix. Movies, like some images, have an incredible power to create a shared emotional response amongst strangers from diverse backgrounds. If we can bridge the gap from the emotional power stories generate to the engagement with a community, we can spur people onto incredible impact. Audiences are demanding a greater return on the investment of their engagement (ROIE) and are not content to just passively consume. We want to build new worlds with the things that capture our fascination – and Pinterest does this very well, and I plan to build further upon it on how we interact with film on Fandor.

You’ve worked with a scope of people in a variety of different areas, domestically and internationally. What can you say about the global film community?

Our differences bring us together. I was very fortunate to have one of my early productions be Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet. The film connected with audiences worldwide. Whether people were Chinese, gay, or not, they connected to it deeply. I saw that the more specific we can be, the more universal a work becomes. If we want to grow vibrantly, change, and innovate – we need to bust out of our silos and echo chambers. We’d be fools not to look for ideas and connections from places as far away from ourselves as possible. I just recently became CEO of Fandor, which is a new streaming subscription service for both fans and makers of the widest variety of cinema. Global film culture is under threat. We can not just let those that have the most money and influence be what is available. I am voting with my all my labor, ideas, love, and a great deal of my time and money for a world of diverse and ambitious cinema.

We noticed you’re an active Pinner, especially with various Filmmaking 101 and Film School boards. Do you use Pinterest for educating filmmakers?

My boards are mostly for the film community and not myself. They are collections of things that I admire, have been inspired by, or want to return to – things that have helped me or I think will help others. I try to use my entire collection to give someone a clear idea of who I am and what matters to me. Like me, the boards are constantly evolving and shifting. I think we are all pressed for time these days and when you are a creative person, it is your obligation to be able to give people a quick snapshot of who your really are. My Pinterest boards are a step behind the curtain for anyone who wants a peak.

Recently I have been most excited by the collection of boards I created that are all dubbed “Film School”. I break them down into separate categories like “Film School: Producing” or Film School: Directing” and pin articles that pertain to that subject. Of course, I include a good amount of what I write personally. I tend to visit the homepage of the ones I follow for a quick dip into beauty or inspiration. After I pin something and get the link that connects me to someone who has also pinned that article, I then wade a little deeper into their pool to see what kind of collector they are.

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You probably get hit up constantly for advice. If you can sum up a few words of wisdom for new storytellers looking to follow in your footsteps, what would it be?

Remain in love, work that love, and grow it exponentially. You are a hunter, gatherer, and mad scientist unearthing truth, beauty, and wonder. You are not alone but part of something far greater than you will ever be, and you will be more impactful as the team player than as the hero. Make both for the moment and for all eternity. Think big picture and end game, taking the steps to appreciate the process and the result. Build precise complexity and simple chaos constantly. Take gigantic risks and succeed in your failure most gloriously. Enjoy both the fragility and the permanence, strengthening each.

Thank you Ted for your insight into the film world. If you want to keep up with Ted and sneak a peek into his mind, his new projects, and a glimpse into the entertainment community, check out his Pinterest boards, his blog, Twitter feed, and new role at Fandor.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Our top 25 #PinYourResolution boards!

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It feels like I should’ve brought my swimming trunks to work today because we received a waterfall of submissions from all of you for our #PinYourResolution campaign! From healthy recipes to saving tips to to some really unique life changes, we received a surplus of amazing resolutions to ring in 2014 with positivity and energy. And as promised, we selected our 25 favorites and will be sending out goodies! Here are our top #PinYourResolution(s)!

Our team sat down and went through all the submissions. Not an easy task, but we instantly fell in love with the following 25 boards for their unique stories and the way they presented and committed to achieving their goals in 2014. Check the boards out here:

- NavyLee: New Year Resolutions

- Ladylisle: Resolution: Listen

- Joycieno: 2014-Resolutions

- Kaylenkenn: New Year, New You

- Julie_butterfly: #PinYourResolution

- Jme8412: Do Better at Doing Me

- Jessratterree: 2014 Resolutions

- Jeanbean11: Resolution board

- Jbrown1128: Breaking the $100000 mark

- Janicesimon: Make 2014 Unstoppable

- Ireneflorentina: 2014

- Imwlbg: 2014 goals

- Homejelly: 2014 Resolutions

- Gracewillaford: 2014!

- GeorgiaBeckman: #Pinyourresolution

- Familyfinder: New Year Resolve to move

- Candicexo: Future Dreams

- Blacktrufflemd: In 2014 I Will…

- 26pt2nana: My Commitment to Me

- Albrandt14: Enjoy Everyday Blessings

- Andreascoach: New Years Eve Inspiration Board

- Glutenfreebetsy: How Betsy Got Her Groove Back

- Keirubakke: Resolve to Volunteer

- Jemmaolosn: Getting a Jump Start on a New Year

- Lwood0905: 100 Resolutions for 2014

Get Healthy!

Follow David Lee’s board New Year Resolutions on Pinterest.

New, Year, Improved Me

Follow Rebecca Pappas’s board New Year, Improved Me on Pinterest.

Building a Better Me

Follow Connie Brown’s board Building a Better Me on Pinterest.

RESOLUTION: Listen

Follow Ellen Lisle’s board RESOLUTION: Listen on Pinterest.

New Year, New Apartment

Follow Kala Del Giorno’s board New Year, New Apartment! #PinYourResolutions on Pinterest.

Congratulations to everyone who sent us their boards. We hope you continue to discover and experience a new and improved self with Pinterest!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Matt Long: Adventurer and Travel Guru

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Matt Long may seem like a regular guy with a house in the suburbs and three dogs. But there’s something else on his agenda: he has traded a cubicle lifestyle and put aside his Gen-X career to turn his passion into a new life path with travel. Today, he is the mastermind behind the popular travel blog, Landlopers, where he explores the ends of the earth, using Pinterest for inspiration and putting ideas together for his next big trips!

Hi Matt, first off, how did you catch the traveling bug and realize you wanted to get out of the cubicle and see the world?

I’ve always been fascinated with new places and cultures. Even as a little kid I had posters of Scotland and Morocco when my friends had Madonna and Prince. In college and grad school I got my degrees in International Relations and had every intention of finding a job that would allow me to travel. Until I didn’t. I found a job as a lobbyist in Washington, DC instead and stayed there for years because it was safe and comfortable. Sure my partner and I traveled on vacations but it wasn’t enough and I knew it. One long weekend in March 2010 I sat down and started LandLopers. I didn’t really even know what a blog was, but I knew I needed a travel-related outlet of some sort. I knew I wanted to share my experiences and help others travel better. One thing led to another and last year I left my office job and started life as a full-time travel blogger. I still have a pretty normal life, house in the ‘burbs, three dogs and so forth which allows me to continue writing - not as someone who gave it all up to travel the world, but as a normal person who has made travel a big part of their life.

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Why should people travel?

The act of travel itself, no matter where you go, is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Through travel we’re happier, healthier people; travel is inherently a selfish activity and it’s important to use it as a vehicle for personal growth. It’s impossible not to learn something new on a trip, to meet new people and understand their lives a little bit better. Travel doesn’t have to be far in order to be beneficial. Any time we take time off from work, leave home and see something new and different, that’s when we’re at our best.

Which part of the globe is next on your list and how did you select it? Is it highly researched or spontaneous? Adventure vs. leisure? Do you have criteria?

I love exploring any new place I haven’t visited before. I have an insatiable wanderlust and just love being on the road. That being said most of my travels are planned pretty far ahead. I’ve done a couple of last minute trips, but not many. My style of travel is luxury adventure, which means I love getting out and being active, but I prefer nicer hotels and a certain level of service. It also means I look for unique experiences, like a trip to Antarctica or an African safari.

I’m leaving very soon for a trip to Australia to explore Western and South Australia. I’ve never been to these states and I can’t wait to see for myself what makes them so much fun to visit. Later this Spring I have plans to visit a lot of Europe including France, England, Wales, Scotland, Germany and Malta.

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Is there a place you’ll never go? If yes, why?

I don’t believe that ‘dangerous travel’ is responsible, although many engage in it. By that I mean traveling to war-torn or otherwise very dangerous places for the fun of it. There are thrill seekers out there who want travel bragging rights, but I personally believe it’s irresponsible. It’s a very big world and I’d rather first visit areas where I’m not under threat of injury or kidnapping.

We stumbled upon your “Dream Trips I want to take” board! How do you use Pinterest for stumbling on a new place or experience?

For me photography and imagery is a big part of the travel experience, both before and after the trip. Over the years my photos have done more to share new destinations with people than anything else. I love using Pinterest as an easy way to share these travel moments and to hopefully encourage others to get out there and explore the world.

I love looking through the boards when I’m planning a trip, to see what activities or unique areas I should visit. It’s many times easier to plan using images than anything else, especially if time is a concern.

Follow Matt Long’s board Dream Trips I Want To Take on Pinterest.

You have a lot of advice about travel on your website, but if you can sum up words of wisdom in a sentence of two for a person looking to leave on a jet plane immediately, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid. Fear keeps us back from so much in our lives and until we’re willing to face our fears of the unknown, we will be held back. Traveling gives us so much more than we put into it, you just have to be brave enough to take that first step.

Thank you Matt for giving us an insight on how to experience the world! To learn more about Matt, read about his awesome travel tips and even plan your next trip, visit his blog and Pinterest boards on Pinterest!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Share your #PinYourResolution boards with friends!

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Hi Pinners,

Thanks to all of you, 2014 New Years resolutions are pouring in for our #PinYourResolution campaign and we’ve been truly inspired by each and every submission!

And here’s the best part: to keep your objectives on target this year, we’ve now made it easy for you to share your experiences with friends, family, and the ones you love! Check out this quick tip on how you can reach the people you care about so they’ll be there each step of the way to help you achieve your goals!

It’s super simple. On the top of your board, simply click the “Send Board” button, and you’ll have the option to choose your friends from Pinterest or even type in your friends email addresses.

BOOM. Having a your friends informed and around to help you achieve your dreams has never been easier. And don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing this year! Remember, share your board with us HERE by today, January 12th and we’ll select 25 of our favorites, and send you a Pinterest goodie if yours gets picked!

Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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