This is a sponsored post for Hallmark.
As a kid, I used to love rainy days. We don’t get many of them here in Los Angeles, but I would be so excited when I woke wake up to the sound of raindrops on my window. When it rains here, it’s like the city takes on a whole new personality- from vibrant and busy to mellow and sweet. Most of the year is spent in flip flops and summer dresses so I would grab a cozy sweater, pants and socks. I would sit with my grandmother and watch her knit as the delicious scent from the kitchen of the soup my mom was making for dinner trailed over to fill my thoughts of comfort and warmth. I always saw rainy days as relaxing moments at home, days to be rejoiced about. My daughter, on the other hand, sees rainy days as the end of the world.
Sofia is everything I wasn’t. She is athletic, active, and prefers to run in circles all day long. A day inside to her is torture. Each time it rains, I try to make it fun and keep her off the iPad, even if only for an hour or so, but I seem to lose that battle quick. I want her to have a rainy day memory of us just like I have with my mom and grandmother.
On a gloomier than the usual day last month, I told Sofia we were going to play a game for a whole day. The rules were simple: no iPad, no TV and no phone for mommy, and we had to use our imaginations. To help her play, I introduced the You’re the Star line of books from Hallmark to her. She is an avid reader and loves princess stories, so I knew she would naturally become engrossed these books.
..and I was right! Suddenly our home was a castle and we were on an adventure with Harmony. My girl giggled as we played and laughed. She was a princess and I became a queen. Three adventures (books) later, we decided it was time for lunch. Normally, lunch is her watching a TV show while I make her nuggets or fish sticks, but this time she had so many questions and so many stories to tell! We sat in the kitchen, sharing our stories about Harmony together.
Rainy Day was succeeding. Throughout the day we continued to make stories together, and not just with Harmony. We also had a couple of Disney royalty in our midst.
…and we had some design tools at our disposal…
Basically, the rainy day play gave us a whole canvas to paint, and we chose how to paint it. Someday, she’ll hear a that patter of raindrops as it hits her windows and close her eyes to think of the days that that we got to create, and how we were once, royalty.