The best ways to play this May

Time to fling open the windows, spruce ourselves up, and head back out into the world to play! Here are four fun ways to add a touch of fun and playfulness to the next 31 days.

Play with your look

It’s time to lash out, ladies! I recently had the opportunity to try the newest trend in beautiful eyewear—lash extensions! Imagine thick, dark, gorgeous lashes, all the time, sans mascara. You’ll be shocked at how awake and “finished” you look first thing in the morning.

And then there’s the time saved not having to put on eye makeup. I’m loving extensions, and think they’re a fun must-have for all of your upcoming summer festivities like reunions, graduations and weddings. One hour and $150, then you’re ready to go. So worth it.

Get your own at ’60s Beauty Lash in Winnetka.

Play with your kiddos

If you have enough Matchbox cars and BRIO Trains to transport a large pretend army, then you and your youngsters are going to LOVE “PlayTape.” It’s an ingenious new way to build custom roads and rails perfect for all those plastic cars and trucks and things that go, providing hours of creative playtime. I love that the tape sticks to any flat surface and is easy to tear, place and reposition. PlayTape would be super-fun on an outdoor dining table, too! Plus it’s recyclable and made in the USA. Start those engines!

Starts at $7.99 per role, inroadtoys.com

Play with your mom

Time to fling open the windows, spruce ourselves up, and head back out into the world to play! Here are four fun ways to add a touch of fun and playfulness to the next 31 days.

Play with your look

It’s time to lash out, ladies! I recently had the opportunity to try the newest trend in beautiful eyewear—lash extensions! Imagine thick, dark, gorgeous lashes, all the time, sans mascara. You’ll be shocked at how awake and “finished” you look first thing in the morning.

And then there’s the time saved not having to put on eye makeup. I’m loving extensions, and think they’re a fun must-have for all of your upcoming summer festivities like reunions, graduations and weddings. One hour and $150, then you’re ready to go. So worth it.

Get your own at ’60s Beauty Lash in Winnetka.

Play with your kiddos

If you have enough Matchbox cars and BRIO Trains to transport a large pretend army, then you and your youngsters are going to LOVE “PlayTape.” It’s an ingenious new way to build custom roads and rails perfect for all those plastic cars and trucks and things that go, providing hours of creative playtime. I love that the tape sticks to any flat surface and is easy to tear, place and reposition. PlayTape would be super-fun on an outdoor dining table, too! Plus it’s recyclable and made in the USA. Start those engines!

Starts at $7.99 per role, inroadtoys.com

Play with your mom

When I’m looking for a quirky and playful gift, I always check the locally grown shop, Paper Source. And it never disappoints. Instead of the same old bunch of flowers or brunch this Mother’s Day, treat your mama to something fun and happy. I’m fully loving the quippy graphic tea towels that will match any kitchen décor. Or one of the many unique journals, such as the “One Line a Day” journal, the “What I Love About Mom” journal, or my favorite, the “just between us” journal that encourages kids and moms to write back and forth to each other.

Find all of the fun Mother’s Day gifts at one of the Chicagoland shops or at papersource.com.

Play with your baby

Can you think of a smarter or yummier collaboration than one between PBS Kids and Whole Foods? Me either. These two kid-friendly companies have joined forces to produce a line of non-toxic toys and products that not only educate and entertain, but also give back. I am smitten with their beautiful and well-priced wooden cars, trucks, shape sorters and stacking toys. Plus, 1 percent of the total purchase of these toys is donated to Whole Food Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through proper nutrition. Win/win.

See the whole line of PBS Kids products at shop.pbskids.org.

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