Name: Elsje De Vries
Occupation: Marketing Communications Advisor
# Kids: One daughter, Benthe
If I had a kid-free afternoon and nowhere to be, I would…
have a nice long lunch on Newbury Street, get a mani and pedicure and lay in the park in the sun with a book.
What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a Mom of little ones?
Coffee and mascara 🙂 I'd say trying to keep a balance in energy between being organized and taking things easy. I stick to routines to give Benthe guidelines like feeding, nap-and bedtime but besides that, I give her a lot of room to play and explore. Where I can win time (and space), I choose services like GP that help me make my life easier, and fun for my little one.
What is your favorite part about Green Piñata?
The reason I love GP for Benthe is that it provides diversity, novelty and keeps on developing while she does.
What do you and your child do once the box arrives?
Benthe is very keen on playing with the box itself! She'll drum on it, carry it with her to her playing corner and won't want to let go. Once opened and she sees the surprise toys that come out, she'll be very excited to play with them, even though she doesn't quite understand yet how. I will sit with her and teach her how to use them and once she catches the drift, there is hardly any stopping. The box always remains to be the ultimate source for excitement, sometimes she'll want to climb in it. I'll hide it from sight, or it'll be deemed unusable for return shipment 🙂
As a veteran Green Piñata mama, do you have any playtime tips? My tip would be to keep the amount of toys at a minimum. Let them play with safe household stuff that is no longer being used, carton, empty, plastic bottles (fill them with rice and turn it into an instrument) and be creative with making your own toys. If you do decide to buy toys, then invest in something they can play with and learn from for a few years to come. Trying a subscription is maybe even the best tip I can give other (expat) Moms.
Benthe is wearing a specialty dress from Tuscany.