Archives For July 2014

All you wanna-be-artsy-painters out there LISTEN UP.

You absolutely *MUST* try Paint Nite. Get on Groupon or Living Social, search your area, and buy yourself one fun evening with your ladies (edit: guys totally can go too).

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OK, but really- I signed up with my roommate to do this way back in May (?) and we finally picked a day, and a painting (very cool that you get to see ahead of time what you’ll be painting) and hit up the bar hosting the event one evening.

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It’s SO MUCH FUN. First, the instructor we had Elise, was hilarious. She made everyone super comfortable right up front. Lets be real, its intimidating to paint in front of people. You’re always afraid of making the wrong move. Elise made sure everyone knew from the start that there was NO wrong moves. Which resulted in a huge array of unique paintings in the end. Which is a lot to say when you’re all painting the same thing. Elise walked around to make sure everyone was confident in their work, and made some little suggestions here or there if you were struggling. The bar staff at the bar made sure you were fully liberated (It makes painting much easier).

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For those around the Detroit area, we found our discounts on Living Social, but I think they’re on Groupon too. It was really easy to register, and you get to take home something you’re really proud of. My only tip, is if you’re going with a group, sign up early. The fun paintings sold out fast, and you don’t want to get stuck with one you wouldn’t be happy to hang in your home.

So we’re signing up again, because: FUN (in case you haven’t been paying attention).

Keep Painting,



Raise your hand if that whole “journey to adulthood and participating in grownup activities” goes down the toilet when you’re in the presence of your favorite childhood toy…

Right? High five your neighbor.

Barbies Dolls, Action Figures, The Pet Shoppe (does anyone remember this gem?!), Lincoln Logs, Video Games, The Sims (guilty)…. or how about the old classic standby…


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It seems as kids I couldn’t get enough of the tiny magic blocks that stacked and unstacked allowing me to create my favorite dream homes. I remember using Legos to build houses for my Barbies (clearly scale was of no concern to my younger self) and I would turn those tiny pieces of plastic into what was most assuredly the coolest furniture ever made with Legos.

When things got old I would take them all apart and move on to my next world class creation, and this process would continue over and over. Somewhere along the line though, the older I would get, the easier it was for me to get tired of the same old blocks and move on to another toy temporarily.

So, what if there was a way to freshen up your lego experience? You still get to build fun creations, but after you were done, you turned them back in and was sent a new one.

Enter PLEY.


First off— let me tell you how freaking excited Ryan (the Nerd)  was when I told him about Pley. Ry is a world class Lego fanatic. Seriously, he’s got a Lego Store VIP card. So when I told him there was a monthly rental service that you could sign up for and receive Lego sets, build them and then send them back for more, the next words out of his mouth were “sign me up”.


Of course being the VIP Lego builder that he was, he had some legit questions. Like:

“Can I build the Deathstar?” Yes dear, you can. Just add it to your Pleylist.

“What happens if I lose a piece, do I get charged a buttload of money?” Nope. You can lose up to 15 pieces per set and it’s ok. Accidents happen.

“What if I build the Deathstar and I want to keep it?” You can! Just tell Pley that you’ve fallen in love with their set and they’ll let you buy it from them at a discounted rate.

“Is it only one set per month?” Nope. You can build and return as many sets as you want in a month.

“Wait, isn’t that kinda gross? Sharing legos with people?” It totally would be, however, each Pley set comes in a handy mesh bag, and that *WHOLE BAG* gets tossed around in a sanitizer machine, fully dried and repackaged before moving onto the next builder.

He was hooked. So we signed up, received our first set and got to building. READ: Ryan hogged the entire set and built it while I pouted and took pictures. We’re officially on month 2 of our subscription right now and every time that Pley set shows up in the mail I get a happy little text from His Nerdiness. He even promised to let me add a few architecture sets to the list that I could build myself.

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Who said romance was dead?

Anyways, I was telling my buddy about Pley just the other day, because clearly grown adults talk about legos, and mentioned that he should sign up. Pley has three monthly plans that you can choose from, $15/month for small sets, $25/ month for medium sets, and $39/month for those big guys… like the Deathstar. And just because they’re good people, the crew over at Pley even give you a free trial set to start out with.

Like any good blogger though, Pley and I are teaming up to give three of you FREE Fancy Prizes.

Courtesy of Pley


(Winner choses from: LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutation Chamber Unleashed
LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stealth Shell in Pursuit
LEGO Star Wars Jedi Interceptor
LEGO Creator Treehouse
LEGO Super Heroes Artic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze, Aquaman on Ice)

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And if that wasn’t enough, ANYONE that enters the giveaway can receive a promo code for the first month of your Pley membership for free.

A huge round of applause to Pley for these awesome prizes!!

To enter the giveaway click over to Rafflecopter HERE


*DISCLAIMER* - I was given a free membership for a limited period of time to test out and evaluate Pley. There are affiliate links in this post. All thoughts are my own and I only recommended products or services if *I* actually like it. Plus you're getting free "fun stuff". So bonus points for everyone.

Don’t Ever Grow Up,