A few weeks ago Pley.com reached out to me about their new toy rental service. Not just any toy, but toys that promote problem solving and new learning skills, which I was really drawn to. Jace is sort of into “pretend” lately, but all the more toys to help him discover and strategize, the better! They asked me to try a toy and see how the process went for us. So here’s how it goes. You pick a toy, they mail it to you (all clean and santized), you “pley” for as long as you want and then return it when you’re done! No more toys to add to your stack of toys building up in the closet, no clutter .. you simply recycle! You can do it as many times as you want in a month’s span for the one price, or you can keep the toy for a month and change it out the next month. Plus, for every new sign-up, Pley donates a toy to a child in need. Pretty rad if you ask me.
Activities for Kids
Man has it been hot this summer. I can’t stress enough how unbearable it’s been. On the weekend I sip my coffee in my blow up pool on my back patio. Just to be outside because I can’t handle being inside all day. But fighting through it is definitely doable. How does one stay cool around here you ask?! Here are some ideas for any fellow Arizonans who want to get the kids out of the house (or even yourself!) but stay cool.
Oh hey! how are you? Long time no talk. I do that a lot don’t I? Go away and never come back! Well, it’s definitely summer here in Arizona. And, it’s hot. Too hot. Angry hot. The only way I’ve been able to keep my sanity lately is filling up this $40 Costco pool in my back yard. It helps me not complain. No warm, bath-temp water .. just cool, refreshing hose water each time. It’s marvelous, and the perfect size for Jace face, who I’ve yet to enroll in swimming lessons. He loves it as much as we do. I feel a little trailer-park-ish, but whatever, it cools us down when the temps soar over 110. And the pergola overhead is nice, too. It even has cuppies for beer and cushy seats. Pretty legit if you ask me. And it’s all ours! >D
This past Sunday I went to the most darling coffee house in the Roosevelt district in Phoenix, called The Teapot. We know the owners, Jon and Rae, from years ago .. and I must tell you, I think it’s our new favorite hang out! As soon as you walk in, Jon welcomes you with a cheery “ELLO” (in his friendly british accent) and a smile. He makes a point to say hello to your little one, too (which us Mommas really appreciate). You take a step in and see play nooks, and toys and drawing tables all around — beautiful, simplistic seating for meet cutes, and in case the place wasn’t cute enough, they went ahead and threw in succulent centerpieces to finish off the cuteness. Their menu consists of home-made, English-inspired plates (in which his mother-in-law bakes and delivers fresh), including refreshing salads, savory quiches and fluffy scones .. I ordered the raspberry coconut scone with a side of cream and it was to-die-for, but not as good as the crowd’s favorite = their highly sought after vanilla iced latte! Very popular amongst the mommy folk I hear .. ;) Seriously amazing, and so refreshing. The most marvelous coffee you’ll ever taste (better than Dutch Bros, and that’s hard to beat in my mind). Anyways, back to my story .. I met my friend Kristin for a very early breakfast date. 8am to be exact, just as they opened their front doors. The best part of this family-friendly coffee house?! Their back patio!
We rode a camel!! And because we had little James with us (thanks Sarah for getting us in with your awesome annual membership!), Jace wasn’t scared at all. He got right on and just smiled away. Such a fun day at the Phx Zoo .. splash pads, monkeys, sea otters, a tiger up close, giraffes, kettle corn .. and best of all, the camel! I made sure to thank him for letting us ride him. Poor guy is continents away from his real home!
The boys playing in the splash zone!