More Fun Mondays: DIY with Balloons

The end of January is the beginning of wondering if winter will ever end. The snow is all slushy and for some reason it is 60 degrees one day and 25 the next.

In order to bring a little pop of play and color into your life, I'm sharing four super easy DIY projects that you can do TODAY with balloons. Seriously. Easy enough for a Monday evening.

And don't balloons always make everything more fun?

DIY  Colorful Glass Grips (or Candle Holders)

I found these on two different blogs being used in completely different ways. I love how the candle holders look like they were dipped in paint, and LOVE how the balloon makes a nice grip on your drinking glass. Plus, so easy to tell which glass of wine, er water, is yours. No-slip grip DIY here, and DIY candles here.

DIY Glitter Bowls

Glitter AND balloons? A serious fun home run. Plus, who doesn't need more catch-all bowls around the house? Get your glitter and head to What's Up Moms for instructions.

DIY Balloon Chandelier 

Great for birthday parties, or just celebrating getting through your Monday afternoon.This one will take a little longer, but I think it's worth it. Instructions over on A Subtle Revelry.

DIY Emoji Stress Balls

Things feeling a little tense (I hear ya). Use an angry emoji to help get the stress out, or a goofy one to remind you to SMILE. Learn how-to from Chloe me just me, run by an awesome young YouTube star.

If you need me, I'll be making a series of Emoji stress balls tonight.

Cheers to a more-fun Monday!


A new brain-booster game for your screen-obsessed family!

Happy Well-Played Wednesday!

Today's vid is all about getting back to some brain-boosting fun and games. 'Cause we spend a whole mess of time locking eyes with light beaming deices all dang day, now don't we?  

This is a game that my husband discovered on a recent trip to Marbles the Brain Store...one of our favorite places to pop some play into our lives. After getting a quick tutorial from one of the always playfully knowledgable staff, my husband insisted on buying it. Brain boosting fun is always a good thing.

We're all digging this fun puzzler of a game and I'm thinking you will too...

For more info on Katamino, go check it out on the Marbles the Brain Store site HERE !


Kid Inventors Day

There are a lot of really strange "holidays" we celebrate (Socktober, anyone?) but one I can 100% get behind is Kid Inventors Day, which just happens to be today!

According to KidInventorsDay.com, January 17 was chosen because it is Benjamin Franklin's birthday. At age 12, he invented swim flippers, and of course went on to do so much more!

I wanted to share a few easy ways to celebrate this awesome holiday that will help encourage your kids to dream SO big and invent something new!


To get those wheels spinning, head to the library and pick up a few books with your kids that will help them get inspired to invent! Here are a few new and old that will teach them about inventors that are just around their age!

  • Ada Twist, Scientist. Ada is an incredibly curious kid whose isn't afraid of failed experiments. Also check out Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect!
  • The Kid Who Invented The Popsicle. First of all, thank you, child, for this marvelous invention. I'll be picking this up on our next trip to the library because I am DYING to know how this happened!
  • Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World. This one is aimed more at the grown-ups. It dives into the inventions that came from happy mistakes. 


Check out the videos below together, and use them as a conversation tool to talk to your kids about what they might invent, or how they might have approached these inventions differently!


It's time to get messy and start making some mistakes on your way to a big invention. Here are some kits that make a great starting point for young inventors, and can also be a great way to get everyone learning together:

  • LittleBits Rule Your Room kit empowers your kids to transform everyday objects in their bedrooms into an interactive contraption. 
  • The Technology Will Save Us Mover Kit gets youngin's involved with coding and building their own toys. Once they've built their Mover, they can plug into the computer and discover a ton of activities. You can even build your own app!
  • Jimu Robot Explorer Kit is an interactive robotic building block system that will really get the cogs turning in your kid's head. Once they build their creature, they can use the app to share what they made! 
  • And of course, LEGOs. Always, LEGOS. 

Happy inventing, ya'll! 

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