We are beyond excited to feature August's Piñata Mama of the Month, Liz Hall. In addition to being an amazing photographer, Liz has a one-of-a-kind sense of humor when it comes to being a mom to her two-year-old daughter. Read below to find out how community helps her stay sane as a mom, and how Green Piñata has shown her that her daughter is more like her mom than she realized!
Name: Liz McEachern Hall
City: Cambridge MA
# Kids: 1
If I had a kid-free afternoon and nowhere to be, I would..
If I had a kid-free afternoon and nowhere to be, I would… ahhh too many choices!! Sit in a local coffee shop reading one of the many books on my Goodreads list, take a yoga class(es), edit client sessions, or catch up with friends over tea or a glass of wine.
What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a parent of little ones?
Honestly, with the exception of Facetiming my mum in Australia, I would have to say my local mamas’ FB group. I’ve been a part of it for just under two years and it is the most honest, eclectic, diverse, and supportive group of ladies I have ever come across. We are primarily for babies born Spring 2015-Spring 2016 and we share the trials and triumphs of our growing little ones. Our newest thread, “Why is my toddler crying?” is hilarious!
What is your favorite part about Green Piñata? How about your child's?
I think my favorite part about Green Piñata is the concept – everyone I have mentioned it to wishes they had come up with the idea. I love that it’s set up so that mamas can curate their own box every month with age appropriate toys and that the toys are all simple, hands on, and environmentally friendly. I’ve also discovered some brands and concepts I wouldn’t have otherwise. Just last month, I chose a board game for our box (crow and orchard game) and had no idea you could even do something like that with a two-year-old. She loved it, and understood the concept for the most part (well, except for calling the crow gamepiece a horse – but who can argue with a child’s imagination?)
The Hape tea set has been a recent love, so much so that we requested it again. She enjoys serving me tea and we ‘cheers’ our cups before we drink! She’s now old enough that she’s beginning to understand some things are borrowed and need to go back. Our dog comes along for the walk and gets a treat at the counter, which she thinks is very important!
What do you and your child do once your GP box arrives?
Our daughter loves getting the toys and opening them. I’ve tried only getting one toy out each day, but that fails because she is her mother’s daughter, and wants to open everything once it gets here! For games, she tends to put them to one side in favor of toys that have a more obvious purpose to them. Later in the week, I’ll sit down and see if she’s interested and we work out the game together. I try to get a mix of toys that have different levels of engagement, so we can play together with all of them, but there are some that work well when she plays by herself, too.
As a veteran Green Piñata Mom, how do you make the most out of your GP experience?
Becoming a GP subscriber is a reminder of how just the simple act of playing with your child at their level with non-tech, uncomplicated toys is beneficial for both of us. I’m always working on creating less clutter in our apartment, and knowing that she has some fun new toys each month without adding to them the following month keeps that mindset at the front. The ease of choosing new toys and getting an email reminder that it’s time to curate a new box helps me to stay organized and make sure she is getting the most out of each item that arrives.