It's Pley Time (Yes, That is Spelled Correctly).

A commercial comes on TV for some new toy and my son has to get it. He will talk about it non-stop until I would rather get it for him than hear him ask me one more time to go to Toys R' Us. Or we get a magazine in the mail showing a new truck that is, in his mind, not as cool as the other 50 trucks he owns. Can anyone relate to these scenarios? Just like the iPhone, there is always something new and exciting that comes out which makes us think we need to get the next big thing. Here is when a product like Pley comes in handy.

Pley "has the coolest toys without the expense, clutter, and the waste." Pley is awesome because it sends you a toy from our "pley list" and Calvin and Max get to play with it and then trade it in for another toy when they're getting bored with it. How cool is that? No more baskets of toys that were so yesterday.  

Calvin and I went to the Pley website and we searched for a Duplo set that he could play with during Max's nap time. It was awesome because the box came right to our door and Calvin loved trying out something new that we could do together; just us. 

When you go onto the website and make your account, Pley asks you a series of questions. For example: child's age, gender, brand of toys, and types of toys they gravitate towards. You then pick what you want sent first and it arrives in a few days. Then you can pick out the next toy you would like to receive.

The best part is that a monthly subscription is only $19.99, BUT for every friend you refer and signs up you get a FREE month. So if one friend of yours joined a month you could essentially never pay and have toys sent to your house each month to use. Pley also washes all their toys after each use and even sends your child a fun free gift to keep. Calvin got a LEGO bracelet that fits him perfectly. He showed it to his swim teacher and friends at swim who, sadly, were way less amused then he was. :(

My only con to Pley is that they are really big on building toys (Duplos, Legos, Kinex) and our oldest is not really into LEGO's yet. He prefers action figures, trucks/cars, costumes, and Transformers. I really think when Max is a little older he would love something like this since he is into building but like most families, my two boys are different from each other. If your son or daughter loves LEGO's or building than this service will be perfect for you. 

Give Pley a try and have your kids join in on the action. It's a lot of fun for them to pick up a box that has been delivered to them with a "NEW...to them" toy inside. It's also great for teaching them the value of both getting and giving or giving and receiving, since they are not going to keep the toy for good.

(All opinions are my own and no compensation was given to me besides a one month trial)

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He won't stop wearing his new lego bracelet. 

He won't stop wearing his new lego bracelet. 

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going to get the mail.

Getting the mail was and still is one of my favorite things to do during the day. Strange, I know...but when Calvin was a newborn I was still transitioning from being a full-time employee to being a full-time stay at home mom. I felt disconnected with the world outside of my home. It felt as though time and space were moving while I was at a stand still. Calvin would cry 24/7 with colic, had acid reflux, chronic asthma, and was not the world’s longest napper. Whenever I’d hit my breaking point, my mom suggested to me to put Calvin down somewhere safe and to go outside alone. This is where getting the mail comes into the picture. Our mailman came by everyday at 4:30 PM (maybe he is super OCD like me). I looked forward to the mail being delivered because in that short three-minute walk to the mailbox and back, I was free. Free to breathe in the air, look around, and feel like a human again. I loved looking at the junk mail and would get excited when a letter was addressed to me from a friend or family member. 

Maybe getting the mail doesn't seem that exciting to you, but if you have ever felt stuck in a house all day with a baby who continually makes a mess and needs your attention—try to find something to look forward to. Roll the windows down and take a short car ride to fill up the gas tank. Go take a walk alone outside. Go do something intense like Crossfit, if you’re into intense fitness. Or find a pen pal to exchange letters and packages with.

Tomorrow I will still look forward to getting the mail. When the boys are down for their naps, it is my three minutes of alone time. It feels good to have those three minutes. Whatever your three minutes looks like, having a practical outlet is helpful and can be all the difference toward recovery. 

What do you do to help you regroup and get a few minutes alone?