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MIS300: Pinterest

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I love Pinterest!

Pinterest is one of my favorite websites.  It can be described as the “world catalog of ideas”.  Create a virtual board for each idea you have, type your idea in the search engine, and “pin” ideas to corresponding boards to come back to reference when your’re ready.  It’s the ultimate creative person’s dream.

As of November 2016, Pinterest had 150 million active users posting over 75 billion pins.  http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/pinterest-stats/  These numbers are expected to grow at an exponential rate and it’s time to join in on the fun.  It is detrimental that certain businesses join Pinterest.  For example, my sister is an event planner.  The best thing she could ever do for her business is allow her brides, or other clients, create a board that they both can make “pins” to, so they can visually collaborate ideas.  By doing this, she has created a competitive advantage.

Pinterest Board

 

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MIS300: Business 2.0 Tools of Collaborating

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Having a blog is the best way to communicate with potential customers or people of similar interests.

There are 3 types of business tools for communicating through social networks and collaborating: blogs, wikis, and mashups.  These are ways people and businesses can share their thoughts and ideas,  just like in this website.   Let’s take a closer look at how a blog can connect people from all over the world.

A blog is an online journal that allows users to post their own comments, graphics, and video.  If you have a business, or just want to connect with someone of similar interests, this is the perfect way to do it.  You can join a social network, like Facebook or Instagram, and create your own page without having the knowledge of a programmer.  It’s very user friendly.  If you prefer to have your own website, all of the help you need can be found using the “Help” button, or with the YouTube videos.  Wordpress and Blogger.com can give you all of the free information you need. https://www.blogger.com/about/?r=1-null_user

Communicate with others by blogging from the comfort of your home.

 

 

Mommy Deals

Great Wolf Lodge: “Like For Deals”

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Great Wolf Lodge: “Like For Deals”

Since I don’t bring in an income, I am always trying to look for a bargain when it comes to entertaining the three little Thorntons.  Reign turned 5 years-old on February 20th and Robelio turned 10 years-old on February 24th.  Instead of having two separate birthday parties at about $200 a piece (including clean-up), I gave them the option of celebrating together this year.  We got a chance to have a mini family vacation and I didn’t have the stresses of planning or waiting for those untimely RSVPs.

The three little Thorntons enjoying their mini family vacation!

The youngest Thornton, Raegan, and I love taking usies! I think she’s so pretty! <3

Cool Wolf Den Suite

Instead, I “liked” Great Wolf Lodge’s Facebook page and waited for the deals to roll in.  Since we live in Michigan, the closest to us was the Sandusky location.  Here is the link for pictures!  https://www.greatwolf.com/sandusky/suites/themed/wolf-den-suite  The Wolf Den Suite is very cute and often starts at $300 a night.  However, they posted a deal for $169 a night and I jumped on it! The kids got a semi-private wolf themed room while my husband and I got a little privacy in the traditional queen bed.   They even offered us a crib or pack-n-play for our 5-month-old, Raegan.  The deal was so incredible, we ended up staying for 2 nights.  So, a weekend getaway for the whole family for $400 (price including taxes and resort fees) is better than 2 birthday parties, 2 stresses, and 2 WHOLE clean-ups in my book.  Check out Great Wolf Lodge!  https://www.facebook.com/GWLSandusky/

Activities

Reign’s Clothespin Fun!

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Reign’s Clothespin Fun!

Reign is my smart, charismatic five-year-old.  He turned five in February, so he isn’t in Kindergarten yet.  He attends preschool three days a week from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Since he is only in school for such a short time, I am always trying to supplement his learning by finding fun ways to teach him at home.  Kindergarten is a big change for little ones, especially if they are going from 9 to almost 50 hours of learning per week.  Here is one of our successful learning sessions.

This activity is something cheap, simple, and really fun!  Buy at least a 50-pack of clothespins.  I bought mine from Wal-Mart for $1.22.  Here is a link for them! https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Clothespins-50-Pack/21081344  I wrote numbers and letters on the front and back of them.  I also put the number of dots underneath the number for counting.  Don’t forget to include those extra letters that you think you may need more of (like vowels, “n”, “r”, or “s”).  Find a piece of cardboard and write “+” and “=”.  I just tore a piece of cardboard off the bottom of a pizza box.  It’s very sturdy and it was already perforated.  Use one side of the cardboard to teach addition.  Clip the clothespins to make addition problems and help them count the number of dots to produce the correct answer.  Use the letters on the other side to help practice with sight words.  Reign had so much fun, he had no clue that he was learning!

 

Reign is learning so much!

 

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Clothespin fun!