FATHER'S DAY BALLOONS

DIY Father's Day balloons! | And We Play
Father's Day balloons! | And We Play

Can you believe it's almost Father's Day already? This year, make dad's day feel like a party with some special balloons! These decals are a lot of fun and are pretty easy to make. You can even let the kids help out by placing the stickers onto the balloons! I mean, I wouldn't do that, but maybe you're a better person than I am. To see how to make them, check out the post I did over on Ehow

MOM, YOU'RE THE BOMB CARD + CANDIES

Mom, you're the bomb card and candies | And We Play
Mom, you're the bomb card and candies | And We Play

I know, I know. It's such an over-done saying, but once I had the idea in my head it just had to be done! I love themed gifts and these chocolates and printable card totally fit the bill for Mother's day. Wouldn't your mom like to be told she's the bomb? I thought so. You can download the card (front and inside), and you can even have the kids color it to add a colorful and personal touch. When you print out the card, print out the front, then flip it over and print off the inside. Easy, fast and she's sure to love it!

Mom, you're the bomb card and candies | And We Play

To make the candy bombs, I used the same method for making surprise balls. Cut some strips of crepe paper, trim off the ends of the Lindor chocolates, wrap the crepe paper around the chocolates and tape it down. I used floral wire for the fuses. Just cut off a tiny bit and tape it down before you wrap your last layer of crepe paper on! So easy and it worked perfectly. Now go and blow your mom away with such a thoughtful and fun card and gift.

Mom, you're the bomb card and candies | And We Play
Mom, you're the bomb card and candies | And We Play

ABSTRACT ART FOR MOM

DIY kids abstract art | And We Play

Let's get real for a second. I love (LOVE) all of Elliott's art work. Especially when it is made just for me. But! I don't hang his art up on my walls. I'm not THAT good of a mom. So, I decided to give the gift of some kid-made abstract art to all you moms this Mother's day. This project is fun and easy and best of all, you can control all of the variables to ensure the art turns out half-decent! The kid is happy and proud of their artwork, mom is happy to hang up their masterpiece. Everyone wins! Check out the details over on Ehow and get to painting!

THRED UP WITH POLARN O. PYRET

Thred Up with Polarn O. Pyret!
Thred Up with Polarn O. Pyret!

Happy Earth Day! I am SURE you guys have heard of the amazing clothing brand Polarn O. Pyret, right? Right. They're clothes are some of our favorites for kids - colorful, great designs and durable. Love! Well they have teamed up with Thred Up to bring us an amazing program for getting some use out of our clothes that don't get so much use any more. We have a ton of clothing that Elliott doesn't fit into anymore but it still (somehow) still looks great. Instead of hefting it down to Goodwill, get yourself one of these bags! Here's how it works. Sign up to have a bag (or 10) sent to you. Once you get it in the mail, fill it with your gently used clothes then follow the instructions on the bag to mail it back to get STORE CREDIT to get brand new clothes from Polarn O. Pyret! Pretty awesome, right? We tried it out and loved it. Also, we miraculously have so much more space in our dresser! Total bonus.

Thred Up with Polarn O. Pyret!
Thred Up with Polarn O. Pyret!
Thred Up with Polarn O. Pyret!

This post was sponsored by Polarn O. Pyret but all opinions are my own. We really do love them! Thank you for supporting the companies that help make And We Play possible.

YOU GUYS ARE SO AWESOME GIVEAWAY

You Guys Are SO Awesome + Giveaway!
You Guys Are SO Awesome cards

Have you heard of You Guys Are So Awesome? They create the most charming and adorable cards for your kids to flip through, learn and love. Some of the cards are a little young for Elliott, but they make amazing gifts for younger kids! Elliott's favorite thing is definitely the wallet. Ever since he got it in the mail he carries it with him everywhere thinking he's an adult and pretending to pay for us when we go places. It's a hoot! You Guys Are So Awesome has a Kickstarter going on right now so they can make even more fantastic cards for us to love. Do yourself a favor and head over to check it out. We love You Guys Are So Awesome SO much that we are partnering with them to giveaway a ton of rad stuff. Here's what you'll get if you win:

- ALL the brand new decks from their Kickstarter (Emotions, Seasons, Pets and House)

- $200 store credit for SO Awesome's existing decks and wallets

- $200 worth of SO Awesome decks donated to a classroom or non-profit of your choice!

Sounds pretty awesome, right? To enter to win all you have to do is comment here and answer the questions, what are your favorite toys that secretly teach your kids? OR Which new deck you would love to have and why! For additional entries:

You can back their Kickstarter by April 29 @11am EST. Pledge whatever you want!

Follow @andweplay on Instagram and follow @youguysaresoawesome

PLEASE NOTE: Receiving the new decks is completely conditional on the success of the Kickstarter campaign. The more you post and share, the more likely the campaign is to succeed, and odds of you winning new decks are even better. Don't keep this one a secret. If the campaign is not funded by the closing time of April 29, 2015 at 11 am EST, you and the school or non-profit will receive store credit for our existing decks only. 

You Guys Are SO Awesome cards and wallet
You Guys Are SO Awesome cards

Good luck!!

MONKEY MASK

Monkey masks with download

And now for something your kids will go BANANAS for! Ha! Guys, these masks are so easy and so much fun. Your little ones will love making and playing with them! Get out your favorite trusty craft supplies and let them color, paint, glitter glue or paper mosaic the masks so you know they will love them. And! There is a download! Head over to my post on Fandango Family to see the rest of the details and download the template. Have fun and happy crafting!

Monkey masks with download
Monkey masks with download

EASY EGG PEOPLE

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I am all about an easy way to decorate and make some original eggs for Easter. When I saw the stencil and sticker set by Yoobi at Target, the lightbulb went on. The stickers are the perfect size for decorating some Easter eggs! Elliott and I had a blast making these and coming up with names and backgrounds for them. We got pretty elaborate. Ha! To add some color (or clothes), we just made some egg dye and dipped them in for a few seconds. Seriously, it was so much fun and I loved how easy it was. Now go on and make your own egg people! You know you want to.

Easy egg people | And We Play
Easy egg people | And We Play
Easy egg people | And We Play
Easy egg people | And We Play