4 ways to play this month

Play with your photos

Instagram is definitely taking over the social sharing landscape, and rightly so. I simply adore the beautiful images that fly through my account (@meredithplays) and allow me to see just how creative and wonderful my friends are. It’s become a place where many of us document our best moments in life. That’s why I totally flipped over the new Chatbooks App. Chatbooks allows you to make beautiful, 6-by-6-inch photo books, straight from your Instagram account. I received my first one last month and can’t wait to make more. They’re also the perfect personal gift that will be sure to produce many oooooh’s and ahhhh’s. If you aren’t already on Instagram, this is reason enough to sign up.

Free app, $6 each Chatbook

Play with your kicks

This playful find is just for your kiddos, but you’ll get a kick out of them, too. Sketchers has just introduced its new Game Kicks that takes the fun of electronic gaming and puts in right at your active kids’ toes. These cool new sneakers feature smooth metallic leather and a mesh fabric upper in a slip-on sporty style with lights and sounds–and an educational, fun memory game. Never fear, these interactive shoes also have a sound on/off switch for silent play. We thank you for that, Sketchers.

$65

Play with your style

When I was in sixth grade, all I wanted in life was a pair of chic clogs. I remember wearing them every single day with knee socks and my Catholic school uniform (the nuns loathed them). So when I recently discovered Svenclogs, my inner 12-year-old awoke and I’ve been borderline obsessed ever since. I think these beauties are the perfect Swedish spring treat for our sad little sun-starved feet. They come in loads of colors, shapes and sizes, but the ones I’m most coveting are the T-strap 3-inch wooden clog in either red or spruce. At $225, they’ll be your investment shoe for the season – and SO darn worth it.

Play with your phone

I don’t often include two apps in one column, but I simply must share my new favorite way to play with my pics. I was introduced to the new photo-editing app, Studio, in January at a social media retreat for photography and now I cannot get enough. Studio allows you to take any of your photos and very simply add words, filters, graphics and other fun elements to create one-of-a-kind images. You can make your own original designs or choose from thousands of designs from studio’s talented users, with the “remix” button. I predict you’ll be just as taken with it as I am. Share your newly designed images on your Instagram account and you can include them in those Chatbooks (See above)! Your photos just got a whole lot more fun and fancy.

Free

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