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!

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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!!

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SCREEN TIME WITH INTEL 2-IN-1

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

EMOJI BEACH BALLS

DIY emoji beachballs | And We Play
DIY emoji beachballs | And We Play

And now for something really, really fun. I saw these solid yellow beach balls and they were begging to be made into emojis! So I grabbed my oil paint pens and we went to work. I picked the faces I use the most on Instagram - and then threw in that Miley Cyrus one because it's just too funny. This would be a great project to make with the kids and they will have a blast with them in the pool or at the beach! I can't wait to jump in a pool with these guys. So fun!

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To make them, be sure your beach balls are clean then paint on the faces with your paint pens! Seriously so, so simple. It helps to use slow and steady strokes to color in the spaces. Let them dry and start playing!

DIY emoji beachballs | And We Play
DIY emoji beachballs | And We Play
DIY emoji beachballs | And We Play
DIY emoji beachballs | And We Play

"DONUT" YOU LOVE STICKERS?

Donut stickers printable | And We Play
Donut stickers printable | And We Play

Did you know that Friday is national donut day? Of course you did. Well to celebrate, I made some fun stickers for you! You can use them to seal up some baggies of donut goodness, or just hand them over to your littles and let them go crazy. Either way, they'll be a hit! To make them, just print out the download onto sticker paper, cut them out and you're good to go. Fun right? Right. Now, if you'll excuse me we're off to get some more donuts!

Donut stickers printable | And We Play
Donut stickers printable | And We Play
Donut stickers printable | And We Play