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Mom's new time killer is Pinterest

May 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM ET

Traci French and her son when he was younger.

Facebook was yesterday's time suck for moms. Today it's Pinterest.

The online bulletin board, where people can organize and share all the beautiful things they find on the Internet, has become a hot spot for moms to get inspired. And while we aren't the ones who need to come up with Mother's Day ideas (dads, kids, that's your job!), Pinterest is a great way to see what the creative masses are up to.

Sometimes it’s a yummy brunch idea or a craft to do with the kids. Sometimes it’s just a great gift idea.

And sometimes it’s nothing more than a short break from dirty diapers and deadlines to look at pretty pictures.

“I usually pin stuff that catches my eye,” says Michelle DuPuis, a photographer in Minneapolis who has a 20-month-old son.

DuPuis, who has more than 200,000 followers on Pinterest, shares these easy-to-make gift ideas. (Click on the photos to go to Pinterest for instructions on how to make them. If you're not currently on Pinterest, just request an invite.)

Courtesy Michelle DuPuis /
chalkboard vases

And what mom would turn down breakfast-in-bed on Sunday, especially if it includes these chocolate croissants?

Courtesy Michelle DuPuis /
chocolate croissants

Traci French, a photographer and blogger as well as a mother of two in Bend, Ore., often finds inspiring new ideas on Pinterest. She likes sharing ideas with women who have a similar aesthetic.

“It’s really easy to connect with people who have similar interests and gravitate to the same things as you do,” says French.

"You can kind of get lost in it for a little bit.”

I love clocks by Mrs. French
Courtesy Traci French
I love clocks by Mrs. French

So go ahead, get inspired. And while you're at it, check out TODAY.com's Pinterest boards.

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