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Taking the pledge to play + a Green Toys giveaway!


As you may, or may not know, my family recently decided to take a step back and move back to Michigan, where the towns are small and everything is slower. With that, I feel as if I’ve had a sort of revelation with my parenting. One of the biggest changes has been the fact that we no longer have a TV on the main floor, so that “crutch” for me automatically has gone down quite a bit. I’m not saying that we’re perfect, by any means, however, we’ve all come to a different reality. We stopped and played. We’ve colored together. We’ve spent 4+ hours at the park, or played tag outside in the backyard.

We’ve imagined. We’ve explored. (And we have discovered that our 10+ acre property wooded area is covered with poison ivy. Eeek!)

William has been a pirate.

Both kids need a bath practically every single day, and go to bed utterly exhausted. I feel as if we’ve grown together as a family- at least I know that me and the kids have. While William would play outside all day if I let him, Vivien looks forward to the days that she doesn’t have to take a nap, and we hang out in the afternoon. She begs me to play “pretend wedding” with her. I’ve been letting her play with my silver tea service set, and most of the days she will sit down and come up with some hysterical scenes in her pretend play, in which we act out. Most of the time it involves eating cakes and drinking tea.

When Green Toys approached me about their #PledgeToPlay campaign, it was seriously the perfect fit for us, at this point!

Here’s some more info about it:

It’s easy! For one hour each day, pledge to turn off your technology and turn towards each other for good old-fashioned playtime. A down on the ground, make a mountain with a pillow or an ocean of your bathtub kind of playWe call it 100% play and there are no batteries necessary. So while you are making quality connections with your family, you are also saving energy!

Share your 100% play moments by posting a picture on Facebook and Instagram with #PledgetoPlay. Five lucky players will win a Green Toys toy chest packed with everything you need to 100% play, including our brand new Puzzles, Cupcake Set, and Rescue Boat & Helicopter ($150 value)! The pledge starts with Earth Hour on 3/19 and ends Earth Day, 4/22.

We seriously love the cupcake set from Green Toys for pretend play. We have always loved Green Toys because it’s made out of recycled materials, and is affordable, yet amazing quality.

One hour of play a day. One hour a day without checking my phone, or instagramming the crap out of every single breath they take. You guys, it’s been hard for me! I admit I am not the most awesome mom when it comes to playing pretend with my kids. I’m more of a “I’ll take you someplace cool and we’ll go a billion places” kind of mom. But so far, we’ve been rocking this challenge, and I urge you to give it a try! Snap a few photos and #latergram the snot out of them that night while you’re silently willing yourself to go to sleep with the lights off.

Want more?  You have the chance to win the Green Toys Cupcake set, right here, right now!

I’ll do this down and dirty style and make it as easy as possible. Leave me a comment below, telling me your most favorite activity you did with your kiddo this past week. I will randomly choose a number, and if your comment number wins, you win! Wahoo! Winner will be chosen and announced at midnight, April 22.

Good luck!

13 comments to Taking the pledge to play + a Green Toys giveaway!

  • Kristen Douglas

    I love green toys and I love cupcakes.

  • Krystal

    Playing at the park!

  • Amelia Pierce

    I love Green Toys and playing outside! Great article, miss you my friend but oh so happy for you!

  • Ariel Belzer

    OMG Landon would flip over that cupcake set! He’s my lil baker. :) My favorite thing I did with the kiddos this week was go for a family walk to the local icecream shop. Everyone was happy and the sun was shining!

  • Jumping on the trampoline is a huge favorite!

  • My daughter loves to play “beauty shop” and she’s done my hair quite a bit this week. I also spent a lot of time having to “un-do” it. :)
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  • Sheena

    My most favorite thing I did with my child this week was just the two of us sitting down together, each with a bowl of our favorite flavors of ice cream. Lemon Gelato for her, coffee toffee crunch for me. It’s hard sharing love for 2 kids now so the small things like that are important

  • Danielle Kowalski

    Favorite activity this week… hmmm… putting their eye drops in for the first time? Lol … For real though, seeing my hubby take them outside when it finally got warm. Watching them run to the play set as fast as their little legs could take them. That was my favorite.

  • I love the idea of uninterrupted playtime! My two-year-old son loves playing with building blocks. It’s awesome to see his imagination come to life through his creations :)

  • Brittany

    WE love to do bubbles and chalk in our front yard =] as well as scooters down the hill of the driveway <3

  • I’m considering moving back to the Midwest for this very same reason. I grew up on a farm in Iowa and I want my children to be able to play free in the yard without having the cops called or fearing for the “safety.”
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  • Love this all so much! As for the fave activity of the past week – I’m looking forward to creating that memory this afternoon. It’s FINALLY warm-ish here, and I’m picking up the kids from a sleepover at my parents, and bringing them home to play outside.

  • Nicole

    My older kids had a school project we did this week. Walking and finding things to include on a new trail and watching them connect nature and education was awesome! Miss you but much love to your family on your new adventure!