ROAD TRIPPING WITH YOOBI

Road tripping with Yoobi | And We Play
Road tripping with Yoobi | And We Play
Road tripping with Yoobi | And We Play

Right now we are on a super fun family vacation! While the vacation is a blast, the trip isn't always as fun. Whenever we go on a road trip I try to make sure Elliott has plenty to keep himself occupied. Sure we make sure the iPad is fully charged and with a few new apps to help out, but we kind of look to that as a last resort. Generally I stock up on notebooks, markers (washable!), stickers and the like to keep him creatively busy. Plus, who doesn't love new supplies? We have used Yoobi in the past and loved their supplies so much they were our go-to for this trip. Their notebooks, crayons, markers and adorable little bags are the perfect thing for a road trip and Elliott just loves having all new things to "work" with. I should also include that giving Elliott new fun supplies usually means we get a new story he's come up with complete with illustrations, it's the best!

Road tripping with Yoobi | And We Play
Road tripping with Yoobi | And We Play

After all of that hard work the adorable and insulated lunchbox was perfect for a snack on the go. I packed snacks that he loves and that I wouldn't have to worry too much about a mess in the backseat. It was perfect!

Road tripping with Yoobi | And We Play

He loves peaches :) 

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MOVIE NIGHT STICKERS

Movie night stickers with free printable! | And We Play
Movie night stickers with free printable! | And We Play

We are some pretty avid movie goers. If it's date night, chances are we're at a movie. If there is a new kids movie out, we probably will be at the first showing the day it comes out. When I was a kid, I even skipped school to see the new Star Wars movies when they came out. All in all, we love movies and every time there is a new kids movie, I try and do something a little extra special for Elliott and usually his cousins too. Whether it be a printable coloring sheet, or a small toy from the movie, they have come to expect I will do something. For our next outing, I have my treat all ready to go! These movie themed stickers are super fun to decorate popcorn buckets, or stick them all over a tshirt to watch your movie in style. Either way, the kids will love playing with them during their next night at the movies.

To make your own, you will need some sticker paper like this, download the sticker designs here, print them out, cut them out and stick them on. Easy! Have fun at the movies!

Movie night stickers with free printable! | And We Play
Movie night stickers with free printable! | And We Play

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THROW A BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY!

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Like it or now, back to school is upon us. Help your kids get stoked for the new school year and throw them a little party to celebrate! I designed a couple of printables and DIYs to help make the party extra special for your kiddos. You can check them all out right here or design your own! The stickers and the apple surprise balls were a huge hit with Elliott - of course, it's kind of hard to go wrong with a surprise ball! I think it would be a lot of fun to have the party all set up for a fun first day of school breakfast. A great way to end summer and an excuse to take lots of pictures of the kids to remember their first day and not get all the attitude. Ha! Happy partying! 

Back to school party for kids | And We Play
Back to school party for kids | And We Play

DIY ERASERS!

DIY erasers! | And We Play

Did you know you can make your own erasers? It's true! Elliott and I had an absolute blast making these one afternoon. And wouldn't you know it, they actually work! He's determined to take them to school once it starts, but I don't think I can let him. I love them too much! They are really easy to make - if you've ever used sculpey, these will be a cake walk. Check out the details over here and have fun!!

DIY erasers! | And We Play

SCREEN TIME WITH INTEL 2-IN-1

We love HP

Remember this post about Intel 2in1 and their wonderful HP Envy X2? Well, turns out, it's great for more than just helping to keep me organized. I do my best to keep Elliott entertained while he's out of school with trips to the pool, playdates, crafts, etc. but to be totally honest, he just has to have "screen time" for me to get any work done. So, we put some educational games and videos on our new device and while he plays and stays entertained, I can get some things done! We have taken it with us on a trip and used it as a tablet. We have another similar device from another company and thought it's very similar, this one feels sturdier and the speakers are so much better. Light years better. Also the screen is a bit bigger so of course that's a bonus! Though we try to limit screen time, the HP Envy X2 has made that time a little sweeter.

We love Intel

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ESCAPE THE HEAT WITH SEEDLING

Crafting with Seedling | And We Play
Crafting with Seedling | And We Play

As much as I love summer, the heat can get to be a bit much. So instead of sticking it out in the sun, Elliott and I spent an afternoon in and had some fun. We partnered with Seedling to try out a couple of their kits and they were the perfect thing for us! Elliott is obsessed with the spy kit. He keeps "spying" on Preston and me and taking notes with his invisible ink pen and notebook. It's hilarious! Also, the magnifying glass is real. It is so rare to find a quality magnifying glass for kids. For a fun craft, we got the kaleidoscope kit. It was a blast! The directions were simple for Elliott and I to do together. He even caught a mistake I made! He loved being able to pick out what colorful objects to put inside and has had a great time looking through it in all lights and angles. If you're looking for an excuse to stay inside and keep the kids busy, I definitely recommend these kits! Scroll through for more info and a special offer just for you!

Crafting with Seedling | And We Play
Crafting with Seedling | And We Play
Crafting with Seedling | And We Play
Crafting with Seedling | And We Play

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4TH OF JULY TATTOOS

4th of July temporary tattoos! | And We Play

Nothing says happy 4th of July like some temporary tattoos! Maybe that's just me. But these are a lot of fun anyway! I can't wait to use these on the 4th. Sure they're fun for kids, but adults can love them too, right? Right?! You can download the designs right here to make the tattoos. Or! You could also print them out onto sticker paper if tattoos aren't your thing. Either way, you have to promise me one thing. Have fun!

4th of July temporary tattoos! | And We Play
4th of July temporary tattoos! | And We Play

OUR NEW FAVORITE MOVIE

We Love: Inside Out

I don't normally do movie reviews here, but I am making an exception for this one. I'm sure many of you have already seen Inside Out, but just in case there is one or two of you who haven't this post is for you. We have been looking forward to this movie for a long time. I mean, it's Pixar. I was a little skeptical about how they would manage to represent such abstract ideas. And of course, Pixar showed me! The idea behind the film is a glimpse inside a girl's mind, and we meet characters like Joy, Sadness and Anger who the kids both love and can identify with. I was blown away with the overall message of the film. It was deep and moving and relatable for everyone watching it. I won't give the message away, but just know that it's good. Real good. It's a message that not only every kid should see and understand (even if you need to explain it afterward to younger kids) but it's a message adults should remember too! It was a great reminder to me at least. It also delves into the idea of forgotten memories, long term memory, and even what experiences in our lives help to build out personalities and make us who we are. After the movie, Elliott was a little chatterbox of discussing and analyzing his own emotions. He talked about examples of anger and recalled favorite parts of the film while explaining to us why certain things happened in the movie. It was such a great conversation and it hasn't ended! Of course the toys that are cluttering the store shelves are cute and fun, but I think some of them are worth buying. Not only to support such a great family movie, but also to keep the emotion conversation going! So if you haven't seen it yet, go. Run! And if you have and didn't care for it, give it another try. I can't promise you'll love it like we do, but you might! I can't wait to go see it again.

We Love: Inside Out

And to go along with the movie, I made these fun placemats the kids will love coloring and playing with. 

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WE LOVE: INTEL 2-IN-1

We love HP

Over the last few months I have been taking on more and more work. It's been both great and a pain. Ha! With all of the new work, I have been spending more time on the computer and in my planner trying my best to stay organized. When I was contacted by the fine people from Intel 2in1 and was asked if I would be interested in the HP Envy X2, I jumped at the opportunity! This thing is pretty great. It's a tablet and a laptop in one. The keyboard attaches magnetically and it's so easy to use and take on the go. And not that this should matter, but the speakers that come on it are pretty amazing. Perfect for dance party breaks, or watching Lost for the hundredth time while I work away. All in all, we love the Envy X2. Stay tuned for another use for this device that your kids will love!

We love HP

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FATHER'S DAY SOCKS WITH PAIR OF THIEVES

Father's day socks with Pair Of Thieves!
Father's day socks with Pair Of Thieves!

I know, I know. Getting Dad some new socks for Father's Day is such a cliche! But we thought we could make an exception for Pair Of Thieves. The designs are spot on, and I am told they are super comfortable. Also, in addition to their single packs for dad, they also have Kid/Dad packs! Matching socks for dad and his mini-me to wear together. Adorable, right? Elliott loves it when he and Preston match and I have to admit, it makes my heart swell a little too. We absolutely love them and recently stocked up on our latest trip to Target. So if the dad in your life doesn't mind a great pair of socks and loves matching his kid, then he'll love these socks! 

Father's day socks with Pair Of Thieves!
Father's day socks with Pair Of Thieves!
Father's day socks with Pair Of Thieves!