5 Ways to Play with Flowers This Weekend

"Well Played" (which is now available for pre-order!) talks about the five different spaces in our life where we should be incorporating purposeful acts of play: with our friends, with our family, with our partner, by ourselves, and in our home.

What better way to celebrate spring and all the beautiful blooms than to find a way to play with nature this weekend?

With Friends

Ladies! Go outside together! They make these magical things called "outdoor wine glasses" (ahem: plastic) now that will help with this. So, go outside, gather some flowers and plants and lovely things, then bring them around a picnic table to chat, drink some good rosé, and create something together. This flower petal stained glass door from Artful Parent is a great craft that can really brighten up your entry way, get you away from screens for a bit, and as remind you of your wonderful friends whenever you see it.

With Kids

This idea from Messy Little Monsters is genius for a couple of reasons: it encourages outdoor play and discovery, everyone can get really creative with their artwork, and, finally, you don't have to clean the brushes after! 

With Your Partner: DIY Flower Press

This DIY from Garden Therapy combines delicate flowers and super powerful stuff like a saw and a drill! But don't let the saw scare you, this is actually a pretty simple build that will require the teamwork of you and your partner to create something really unique. I mean, you've already built a life together, and probably some IKEA furniture. How hard can a flower press be?

By Yourself

One of my favorite ways to spend my alone time is to go for a walk. With all the beautiful flowers blooming and bright colors filling my neighborhood, there really is no better way to spend part of my day. I love the idea of this challenge from the Free People blog to not just be in nature, but to interact with it. Make something for the next person on your path to find.

For Your Home

We all know one of the easiest ways to bring some color into your home is to add fresh flowers. But instead of plopping them in a vase, try stringing them for a big playful punch. Subtle Revelry always shares the most beautiful party decorations, including this carnation garland, but I fully support stringing up some blooms for an everyday pop of play in your home. 

—Alaina Buzas, Contributor


Toys and Games for a Playful Summer 2016

On Monday I had the pleasure of hanging out with some of my favorite people over at WGN Chicago. Plus, I brought along my son Maxwell so you know it was a great time.

During the segment, I shared a variety of great games and toys to keep the kids playing outdoors all summer long. We're working on getting the video now, but in the meantime, check out all the best new toys and games for this summer:

Keep the Kids Cool

Upgrade from your sprinkler to these awesome water games for hot summer days. Hurricane Resuable Water Balls from Prime Time Toys ($7.99, Ages 5+) are a new twist on water balloons that will keep you from picking tiny balloon pieces out of your yard all summer.

The game Wet Head from Zing Toys ($14.99, Ages 4+) is going viral for it's surprise element and hilarious reactions. There's an app you can use to upload your challenges and see the funniest surprises from other families.

For little ones who love their playsets, the Water Park with Slides from Playmobil ($59.99, Ages 4-10) is great for outdoor imaginative play. Littler kids will also love the Beach Basket from American Plastic Toys ($9.99, Ages 1+). Parents will love it for how easy it is to stack, carry and cart to and from the beach.

Protect the tots from the sun with these Critter Umbrellas from ShedRain ($14.99). Let your kids choose from a cat, a frog, an owl or a bat!

Summer Speedsters

For kids with a need for speed, I recommend NEON Street Rollers from Yvolution ($29.99, Ages 6+) and the new XPV Marvel RC Rollover Rumbler from JAKKS Pacific ($49.99, Ages 4+). The rollers turn your basic sneakers into skates, so they're great for travel or throwing in a backpack for a playdate. Kids will love the new RC car with all the super hero hype happening this year. They can pick a car for their fave caped crusader and cruise all around the neighborhood.

Taking Home on the Road

And for a little bit of home comfort while you're traveling on summer vacay, pack a few Dream Buddies from Cloud b ($16.99, All Ages). They're super cute and even project stars on the ceiling with a soft glow, so even a hotel room or camping tent will feel like home for your little ones.

SO many awesome new toys and games for playing allll summer long. What are your family faves?

And don't forget! My book is now available for pre-order!


Special Pre-Order Gift with My Book, "Well Played"

BIG BIG news today!

Well Played is now available for pre-order

As a special THANKS for being on this crazy ride with me, if you pre-order your book, you'll also receive a Stikbot Studio as bonus gift when your book ships on June 7!

CLICK HERE to pre-order my book and receive a Stikbot Studio as well! 

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