Get Kids Playing with Doozy

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Creativity, Toys Worth Buying

doozy game that brings back play

I recently read that today’s kids, ages 8 to 18, spend an average of 7+ hours a day on “entertainment media.” And that when you factor in all the multi-tasking they do across screens, it’s actually more like 11 hours. Crazy! Many studies suggest all that entertainment media may not be great for growing brains, leading to higher incidents of anxiety and depression. I know I feel super cranky after being online for a while. How about you?

Three college friends are trying to tackle the problem of disappearing play with a life-size board game called Doozy. It’s very cool. They’ve launched a kickstarter to get Doozy out there into the world. I really hope it gets funded. I can already see it on the shelves at Marbles!!

I chatted with one Doozy’s developers, Scott Fairbanks to find out more. You’ll have to let me know what you think! Would you buy it for your kids? Read on… Continue Reading...

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Endless Summer Projects | Photo Transfer Journals

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Endless Summer Projects

photo transfer journal

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This project is sponsored by Bing.

It’s our final Endless Summer Project, and Amy is playing us out with a gorgeous photo transfer journal. It’s perfect for writing down your favorite summer memories, storing pictures, and little bits and bobs from travels; like stamps, tickets, postcards-you-never-mailed-even-though-you-had-every-intention, etc. They’d also make fantastic school journals. And gifts. I just ordered a set of books for both. Click here for the instructions.

Before I go, a quick personal note. I’ve loved working with Amy of This Heart of Mine, Ali from Alexandra Hedin, Melissa aka Lulu the Baker and Pars Caeli’s MJ on this series. They are fun, smart, supportive and hilarious. If you don’t already read them, you really should check them out. Also many, many thanks to all the sponsors for making this series a reality. And of course to you for reading, sharing and making right along with us. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

more for the journal…
-100 Memories List
-kids’ writing prompts
-marbled bookmarks

Just tuning in to the 2014 Endless Summer Projects Series? Here’s a recap…
Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Vacation Mobile | Upcycled Camping Lantern | Shell Memories | Printable Maps with Bing

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Home | Party On!

August 19th, 2014 | Posted in home

party on

When Jen asked me to write about Entertaining Must Haves, my first thought was, “Perhaps if I regularly entertained people in my home, I would know what the must haves are!” Our wine glass collection is a mish mash of those that have survived butter fingers over the years. I’d be lucky to find more than six matching sets of silverware. And I don’t own a cheese board.

Does this sound familiar, or am I the only one?

But get-togethers are about good friends and good conversation and (hopefully) good food too—you know that already. Whether or not you have proper entertaining supplies doesn’t really matter, so long as you make people feel welcome in your home.

Sooooo…I didn’t pick Entertaining Must Haves, but I did pick Entertaining Fun to Haves, all of which are pretty inexpensive and could add a little personality to your next party: Continue Reading...

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Craft | Backpack Charms

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Crafts, The Tween Years

DIY backpack charm

These cute and simple backpack charms totally rule for back to school! I love how they are so very eighties-meets-the-now with the fun mix of texting acronyms and pony beads. With a quick trip to the bead aisle of your friendly neighborhood craft store you will find all the affordable materials you need to make a whole bunch of these little charms. Make some for you, a few for your BFF and that kid that always makes you LOL.

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Happy Hour Friday | Weighing on Me

August 15th, 2014 | Posted in Features

Nick Cave at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Welcome to another Friday Happy Hour. Last week we had an amazing conversation; one that ended up lasting all week! Today, I wanted to keep things light and talk about a new movement away from the ‘like’ button on facebook.

But then as I’m typing, I realize I’m not being honest with you, nor myself. Because while I think that’s a totally fine and interesting topic to discuss, something is weighing on me. Probably like it is weighing on you.

And so please forgive me for this post. It is long and it’s decidedly not cute. But I need to get it out of my head as I try to make sense of something seemingly so senseless… Continue Reading...

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Ride Fast

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Features

classic play + society6 ride fast

Do you remember your first bike? That feeling of freedom, wind whipping past you, pedaling hard, feeling like you could fly? This week’s Society6 collection is a celebration of freedom, a restless spirit and yes, the bike.

Adult Tees | Kids Tees | Prints | Cards | Mug | Duvet Cover (not pictured)

Thank you for all your support while I put my illustrations out there into the world. It’s been a joy to watch them come to life. Your notes and messages mean a lot. Truly. I’m challenging myself to make a new collection each week based on the spirit of Classic Play. Let’s see where this goes!

ps. For a limited time get $10 off when you spend $75 on Society6.

-the happy collection at society6
-free printable knock-knock joke cards
-free printable lunchbox menus

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Endless Summer Projects | Printable Maps with Bing

August 13th, 2014 | Posted in Endless Summer Projects

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This project is sponsored by Bing.

The other day as we were driving along, my daughter told me all the places she’d love to visit one day. The list was long and my heart swelled with pride. I love those types of chats.

I’ve always dreamed of raising well-traveled kids. Our kids have visited many places across this huge country of ours: Maine, California, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Washington DC. But there’s still so much left to see!

For today’s Endless Summer Project, Melissa is sharing a printable map of the USA to celebrate summer travel. Use it as a coloring page. Print it on teeshirts. Use it for a game of bingo. Turn it into a map and hang it on the kids’ bedroom wall. The possibilities are boundless, just like the heart and spirit of the traveler.

Click here to visit Lulu the Baker and download your free printable.

Tell me, what’s your dream family travel destination?

-Hotels your kids will flip over
-Top 10 Travel Products for Families
-When You Can’t Travel

Just tuning in to the Endless Summer Projects Series? Here’s a quick recap…
Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Vacation Mobile | Upcycled Camping Lantern | Shell Memories

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Instagrammers to Love

August 12th, 2014 | Posted in Features

awesome igers

A friend recently shared that she’s been feeling pretty anxious about all the terrible news lately. I feel it too. There is so much sadness in the world, that sometimes it’s overwhelming. And a large portion of it is outside the realm of our control. We shared how we try to make it through each day without losing ourselves to it. Knowing and accepting that I’m a complete and total sponge, one of my strategies is to set aside time to soak in goodness.

So, with that in mind, I thought it’d be good a good time to take a whimsical beauty break. Because thankfully, whimsical beauty still exists even during these troubled times. Here are four of my favorite Instagram image makers right now:

@spielkkind | @pchyburrs | @thatsval | @shurupchik

Whose feeds are you loving? And how do you find new IGers to follow? I’d love to hear!

More photography goodness…
photographer’s tips for taking better photos
show off those pictures!
3 art docs to watch

ps. Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a 5 year old to put things in perspective

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