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PLAY PLAY PLAY

“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ Old toy. New memories. }
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Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photograph by Rebecca Sanabria.

BUILDING BLOCKS BUILT ON GOOD BUSINESS

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Creating a company “based in Honduras that would foster a positive social impact through its business” was the building block that led this incredible company to making these incredible blocks.
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In a world of plastic, junky toys, I was immediately enamored with Tegu blocks. They feel super nice in my grown-up hands and work super well for those kiddo hands too. Hidden magnets keep what they’re building in its shape until they decide to plow it down. There are also wheels and many package options for making your set as big or small as you want.
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Other perks from the company: free replacement for damaged blocks, and instead of throwing away your blocks (I don’t know why you ever would) they’ll pay for your shipping to send them back for recycling. Can you tell how much I love Tegu blocks?

Buy Tegu blocks here.
Hear Tegu’s transforming story here.
Photography by Rebecca Sanabria who spent the next hour playing with the blocks all by herself.

VIOLETS ARE RED

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“A sister never whispers. She yells.” How brilliant is that line of poetry written by my patient big brother a gazillion years ago?!? Letters like these that my parents have kept over the years are absolute treasures to me now. Happy Heart Day to everyone out there, but especially to all the big brothers of the world with loud little sisters. Lovelovelove!

Letter and artwork by Brady Smith.
Photograph by Rebecca Sanabria who never yells. She whispers.

VALENTINE HEART FACES

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A simple craft with your kiddos is no less special and no less creative than one that requires lots of supplies and lots of time. Case and point: Valentine Heart Faces. Yep, its exactly what the name implies—drawing faces on hearts for Valentine’s Day. I cut the hearts, he drew the faces. Simple dimple. While he drew, we chatted about really important things like, “Why do we have eyebrows, Mommy?”
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We also got to think about all the special people in our lives who we wanted to give these to. It was such a sweet moment for us to share that wasn’t clouded by complicated instructions or frustrating requirements to do it “right.” Empowering our kids by giving them less so they can explore more on their own is sometimes the absolute best!

Supplies needed: construction paper, scissors, oil pastels or any type of crayon or marker. We used these.
Photography by Rebecca Sanabria who is still not quite sure why we have eyebrows.

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