This post is sponsored by PopSecret and the Linqia Community.
Life’s too short to not build a fort with your kiddos every once in a while.
Live your life by that sentence alone and I promise you you’ll have more fun. It’s a guarantee! This weekend Alea came down with a yucky stomach bug and we didn’t do much else besides snuggle and watch lots and lots of Netflix. I’m not at all against screen time, but after an entire weekend of it, I thought it was about time to use our imagination! This morning I decided to whip up my best fort and surprise Alea!
All we did was move our dining room table into our empty living room. Oh the perils of having only one set of living room furniture when we moved into our rental. Furniture will be ordered soon, but until then, we’re enjoying having this extra open space. So much room to run and play and the lighting is just amazing. (Every blogger’s dream, right?) And luckily for us– so much room for fort-building!
Then, I put an empty Stitch Fix box on the center of the top of the table to make a little “peak” and make it look more like a tent. (I knew all those Stitch Fix Boxes would come in handy!) That’s the only original complaint Alea had about the fort. “Mommy? It doesn’t even look like a tent!” So, after some brief brainstorming I grabbed the box to make a little psuedo-peak for the tippy top of our tent.
Next, we put two of the chairs in the front of the table to make a tent-like opening with a second peak. I didn’t want anymore complaints our fort didn’t look like a tent, that’s for sure!
Lastly, we strung twinkle lights all around the inside of the tent and tossed in some blankets, pillows and a bean bag chair for comfort. Later on, Alea added books and legos for fun!
To make our fort extra special, I popped some PopSecret popcorn for Lou and I. I wanted the popcorn to be a surprise, too, but popping popcorn is hard to keep a secret for long. She smelt the buttery goodness and heard the “pop-pop-pop” coming from the kitchen and caught on to my secret popcorn making. Darnit!
You see that fancy Lego creation? Alea made a “popcorn scoop” out of Legos! See what a little fort-making and imagination-using can do? She’s been really into making inventions lately and I have to say, this is her best one yet! I better go run and get a patent on it!
But this fort-making morning was a fun surprise none-the-less. I think I’m going to stick to that first sentence in this post a little more now. I love these fun, priceless moments with my little Miss Alea Lou. I want to spend more meaningful time with her, watching her smile, listening to her giggle, taking in all of the sweet little things she says. These special little moments are moments I’ll never get back.
Here’s to building more forts and popping more popcorn, too!
P.S. Snag your $1 off PopSecret popcorn coupon before they’re gone! And you can attempt to surprise your little one with popcorn + a fort, too. Good luck though 😉 It’s awfully hard to sneakily make popcorn! If you build a fort, post your photo to the PopSecret Facebook page with the hashtag #PopSecretForts to be entered to win some pretty cool prizes!