Words of Love and Affirmation
I am an optimist and have always been that way. I always see the glass half full and have no place for negativity in my life or around my family. I do not surround myself with people who are negative and go out of my way to block it when it is in my space.
We live in a world where if we are not careful negativity can tarnish and overtake our every thought. If this is happening to us as adults imagine how our children are processing all of the information they may hear when they are away from us and encounter negative people who may try to dim their light towards greatness. We are very deliberate in how we speak to RJ, what and whom we expose him to that could affect him positively or negatively. We shower him with positive energy and love in every way possible everyday and make sure that he has the confidence to challenge anyone who would suggest or tell him otherwise.
When RJ started Pre-K we realized that we had to develop the reinforcements he would need everyday to navigate the new environment away from home. We place notes of affirmation in his book bag, an the liner of his lunch bag, on his water bottle, tell him in the car on our way to school and have them in his room on the wall. Now that he is in 1st Grade he loves reading them when he is at lunch and they are great conversation starters with his classmates and kids who sit next to him.
There is no wavering in making sure that he will be a confident, motivated and emotionally healthy young man. He loves the moments when we talk about the affirmations and what they mean to him and to the people who love him. He calls them his “Love Notes”
Here are some of the affirmations that we send RJ off with everyday. We rotate them daily and weekly. Sometimes we ask RJ what affirmation he would like once I read them off to him and he selects.
Words of Love and Affirmation
- You can accomplish anything you set out to do.
- We love that you continue to always do your best.
- You always keep your promises.
- We love that you are curious.
- You are loved.
- We love that you are very helpful.
- You are bold and courageous
- You are so kind.
- We are thankful to God for you.
- We love that you respect others and we respect you.
- Love yourself as much as we love you.
- We can’t imagine our lives without you.
- You are getting stronger everyday.
- You are loved and There is no one like you.
- You are amazing on the inside and out.
- You are getting smarter every day.
- We love that you always use kind words.
- We are so proud of you.
- You have been working hard and we are proud of you.
- You are very special to us.
We believe in pouring love and positive energy into everything that RJ does and everything he wants to become. We can see the positive affects it has on him and how he interacts with his classmates and anyone he is around. We have to start sowing seeds of Love and Positivity in our children early and reinforce at every opportunity.
I used red note cards to create the hand written notes. Laminated them and then used little red foam sticker hearts to place on the front of the card.
I can’t believe we are almost at the end of January. It was just Christmas and with the blink of an eye we are already fully engaged for Valentine’s Day. It will really be here before you know it. I pulled together a few ideas and valentine’s day gift guides for kids, him and her that are listed below. Hope these Valentine’s Day gift ideas will help you in selecting gifts for your loved ones. I selected gift items in various price ranges for the whole family that would gentle on your budget.
I have included links to each of the Valentine’s Day items below so that it’s easy for you to select and go. With RJ loving STEM activities I selected the STEM Learning builder to add to his gift box and knowing him once he sees it he will ignore everything else that’s in the box. I am definitely adding the love notes to my gifts for my hubby. I won’t share what I selected for my daughter because she will be reading the blog.
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids
- Kids Waterproof Kids GPS Tracker-Watch
SIM Card Included】 Kids Smart Watches-GPS Tracker Smart Watch Phone for Boys Girls -Waterproof Smartwatch with SOS Games Touch Digital Wrist Watch Holiday Toys Valentines Day Birthday Gifts (Green)
- Decor Color Your Own Waterbottle – DIY Bottle Coloring Craft Kit, BPA Free, Personalize & Decorate Using Colorful Markers & Gemstones, Multi Colored
- Personalized Book – Personalized Children’s Book Valentines Day Gift
- Kids Waterpoof Digital HD Video Camera – PROGRACE Children Kids Camera Waterproof Digital Video HD Action Camera 1080P Sports Camera Camcorder DV
- Melissa & Doug Decorative Craft – Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Heart Box Craft Kit
- Lego Technic Bash – LEGO Technic Bash 42073 Building Kit (139 Pieces)
- Minnie Be My Sparkle Valentine Minnie Mouse Paperback Book – Minnie and Friends Valentine’s Day Party
- 3D Dinosaur Light Bedside Lamp – Dinosaur 3D Night Light Bedside Table Lamp, iTao 7 Colors Changing Lights Touch Switch
- IQ Builder Stem Learning – IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building
- Create Your Own Art – Made By Me Create Your Own Sand Art-DIY Set
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her
- Creative Explosion Box – Creative Explosion Box -Explosion Box DIY Photo Album
- Wife & Husband Mugs – Husband and Wife Nutrition Facts Mugs Couple Coffee Mugs.
- Faux Suede Tailor Leopard Clutch Bag – Tassel Foldover Clutch Faux Suede Dressy Purse for Day to Evening
- Michael Kors Clutch Crossboy –Jet Set Clutch Travel Crossboy
- Gabrielle Union Store – Pure Move Sports Bra from Reebok
- Fenty Beauty Eyeshadow Pallate – Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette! 16 Gorgeous Moroccan Inspired Shades!
- Kimono Robe – Kimono Robe
- Red Bodycon Dress – Celebrity Bandage Bodycon Dress Strap Party Pencil Dress
- Pandora Bracelet – Pandora Women’s Moments Silver Bracelet with Pave Heart Clasp
- Kate Spade Square Leverback Earrings – Kate Spade Earrings Small Square Leverback Earrings
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him
1. Apple AirPods – Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Latest Model).
2. Camera Bag Backpack for Mirrorless Cameras – CADEN DSLR SLR Camera Bag Backpack for Mirrorless Cameras/Photographers, Camera Case Backpack for Nikon Canon Sony Lens Tripod Accessories Photography Men Women.
3. Custom Cigars Black Label Cigars are hand rolled by our Master Cigar Rollers. A medium-bodied, mild-strength cigar.
4. Beard Oil & Balm 50ml bottle of the Dark Horse Beard Conditioning Oils.(Items are Sold separately but work best together)
5. Wooden Phone Stand, Organizer and Docking Station – Charging Dock, Tablet Holder, Watch Stand (Natural Solid Oak, Espresso).
6. Love Coupons – Juvale Valentines Day Love Coupons Gift for Him – 20 Naughty Sex Coupons Book for Husband, Boyfriend and Couples, 6 x 4 Inches
7. Neck Shoulder Massager Electric Back Massage – Neck Shoulder Massager Electric Back Massage with Heat Deep Kneading Tissue Massage for Muscles Pain Relief Relax in Car Office and Home.
8. Bluetooth Shower Speaker – iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker – Certified Waterproof – Wireless It Pairs Easily To All Your Bluetooth Devices – Phones, Tablets, Computer & Radio.
9. Nautica Voyage – Nautica Voyage By Nautica For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Fl Oz
10. Philips Norelco Trimmer – Philips Norelco Multigroom All-In-One Series 3000, 13 attachment trimmer, MG3750
I would love to hear your thoughts on the gift guides and if you have already selected gifts for your loved ones. If you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day I would love to hear from you too.
Hope you have a fantastic and memorable Valentine’s Day.
I can’t believe it’s already time to plan for Valentines Day❤️❤️! It’s one of my favorite days to celebrate and love on my family more than I do everyday💕💕
One of the things I love to do is to incorporate a learning experience for RJ around holidays that tie into learning about history, building his character or teaching him about the fruits of the spirit of which one of them is Love❤️❤️
Love ❤️💕❤️ is the first Fruit of the Spirit. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” I cherish teaching him to love himself and who he is, showing kindness, being a good person as well as loving others for who they are as a person. I’m planting the seeds that will be harvested throughout his life. I see those seeds growing everyday in what he does and the person he is becoming. .
I decorated the island with items from Dollar Tree and floral arrangement from Trader Joes and for under $30. I also used one of the red runner that I used for Christmas 🤣 retool and reuse over here 😂 It’s easy and convenient to use the island for these quick celebrations because it’s easy to decorate, easy to clean up and a central point in our home. 🤣😂
How do you celebrate or teach your little ones about Valentine’s Day?
I am forever shocked when RJ is ready to take pictures which is very rare. His individuality takes over and the questions of why, who will see the picture, how long will it take, am I smiling or making a funny face and a list of everything he can think up. He said he was copying how his daddy would look serious. It’s funny because when I tell people that I am working on my good parenting skills I always get a weird look or asked why do I think I am not already good parent. There is always room to grow in being a parent and it doesn’t matter if you already have a child or if you are a new parent.
I am forever shocked when RJ is ready to take pictures which is very rare. His individuality takes over and the questions of why, who will see the picture, how long will it take , am I smiling or making a funny face and a list of everything he can think up. He said he was copying how his daddy would look serious. It’s funny because when I tell people that I am working on my good parenting skills I always get a weird look or asked why do I think I am not already good parent. There is always room to grow in being a parent and it doesn’t matter if you already have a child or if you are a new parent.
I feel we all try to make sure that we are exhibiting positive parentings skills and get as much as we can in that positive parenting toolbox. This is my second time around and it’s a different feel and reality in parenting my son that it was for my daughter.
One of the tools in my parenting toolbox is teaching our son about “The Fruits of the Spirit” which is made up of nine qualities or gifts: love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness and self-control along with other characteristics. We have been been teaching him about the “Fruits of the Spirit” and this week we will be learning and focusing on Individuality. We have always taught him that who he is as a person and his individuality and that Godly and kind character of who he is sets him apart from everyone else. It’s what makes him unique and unlike anyone else.
He is Mr. Individuality! Whether it’s his love for learning, his curiosity of building everything legos, his thoughtfulness of others, or about the history of the Titanic. We make sure we highlight when we see him use those characteristics and let him know we are proud of him. We will always love that he is understanding that his individuality is what makes him the love of our life and my heart. I’m deciding which “Fruit of the Spirit” we will be focusing on next week and will share some thoughts. .
What are some of your parenting tips or quotes that you have in your parenting toolbox and use to build up and/or highlight these characteristics in your little one?
So this happened!
We took the little guy to the allergist for his check up and were sent for an allergy test again because he kept getting watery eyes and other signs of an allergic reaction. We already knew that he was allergic to nuts and shellfish so we wanted to see what was causing the breakout.
To our surprise his results came back that he can’t consume wheat, eggs, shell fish, sesame seeds and milk. Well that was not expected and now my head is on a swivel. It’s not as if I wasn’t already struggling to create meal plans for him with him not wanting to eat any meat. I now am struggling to find milk-free, wheat-free, nut-free, egg-free everything that he used to eat. Let’s just say he didn’t eat much.
I have been researching what items are available that he can eat and where to get them. I have been on the run to specialty grocery stores and have found there is NO one store that have all or most of the items that’s needed. I narrows it down to 5 grocery stores that will be the source of his food items needed for his survival (smh). What used to be a 45 minute grocery store trip to one or 2 stores has turned into a 4 hour trip on average to go to 4-5 grocery stores for a full grocery run at least twice a month and then it’s about 3 hours twice a month for 2-3 stores depending on what I need to restock.
The funny thing is that one of the main staples for what he ate included wheat, milk and eggs of which are ingredients in most of the foods that he would barely eat in the first place. So this change has turned his meals upside down. No more lite/zero yogurts and hard boiled egg (no yoke) for breakfast. No more Jamaican bun/bread (one of his favorites) no more popcorn with butter, no more anything at this point.
I have been getting creative in preparing foods. It’s going to be an interesting task to prepare school lunches. The one item he could eat on the lunch menu was pizza. Now that’s out of play where just buying a pizza and going works for us because of course no milk, no wheat and no eggs. So let the fun begin.
One of the new realities is that when he is invited to birthday parties it’s going to be as if I am hosting the party. I have been able to find gluten free cake and cupcake mix, frosting and sprinkles. I was also able to find pancake mix so that’s a plus. The good thing is that I located a Gluten-Free Bakery that can be the go to option when there are birthday parties in his class and he is not able to eat the cake or cupcake they provide. I had my first go at baking the cupcakes and took them to a birthday party he was invited to by his classmate. It was the most hilarious thing walking in to the party with his bag of snacks and his cupcake holder so he wouldn’t feel left out.
I also had my first experience of literally baking a cauliflower pizza and taking it in for his class party. That was the funniest thing to see the look on his face and the kids when I walked in with his pizza. One of his little friends told me that they made sure he didn’t eat anything so he wouldn’t get sick. That is so sweet and shows how kids show consideration for each other. RJ is very aware of his allergies so he will not eat anything that he knows I didn’t give him or prepare at home. He has a fear of getting shots so he has no interest in me having to use the Epi Pen.
The great thing is that his teacher is amazing. She has allergies so she is very aware and guarded whenever there is food in the classroom where they would share. I stay on alert and in a state of paranoia with his allergies so I provided a box of his snack items that she can have in the class for any surprise celebrations.
I am on edge on days we’re out in trying to balance our time out and how much of his food to take because stopping at a restaurant was hard before and now it’s just impossible. Unless he just eats salad with olive oil, vegetables and apple juice or water. It makes packing his food bag a priority so we don’t have episodes of “I’m just hungry, can we just stop at every restaurant and ask if they have gluten-free foods”…this is going to be hard and I’m struggling but this will work out. It has to work out because there is no bypass or way out. Wish me luck in this journey!
I have had a love for bright and bold colors and can’t wait to see how they are blended into or take over the upcoming fashion season. It’s fair to say that if it’s a yellow, pink or green neon I am going to be paying up with everyone else as we hit the style options this season.
I am looking forward to seeing what the designers come up with for prints and new patterns that will surly make heads turn or have us looking for where to buy them quickly. If what I see with this fashion look ahead is any indication of what’s to come. I here for all of it.
So what’s catching my eye as well with one of the upcoming fashion looks is the big bag phenomenon. Something practical that o can get with Ana literally throw the kitchen sink in my bag. I used to be a small bag carrier until my need to carry a big bag that doubles for a purse and everything needed for an allergy child.
The patterns, prints, materials and accessories we’re likely to be wearing this year.Fashion lookahead: Seven major looks for 2020 — BBC News – Entertainment & Arts
These ideas for Elf on the Shelf have been pulled together for my son with ideas from family members ❤️❤️ I never knew about the Elf on the Shelf until his Godmother told me about the idea and that it would be fun to do it for him. Well it can be fun looking at the outcome but I will tell you the work that goes into coming up with the ideas and laying it out can take some doing but its so worth it. The joy my son has experienced in seeing his Elf in in some crazy situations and spaces is Priceless! . Hope these ideas help you in pulling together some ideas for your little one.
Ongoing Military Discounts that can be used for Veterans Day Weekend and beyond!
As with every holiday there is always a need for a great discount and sales. The military discounts offered are always useful and a way to save while business show their appreciate for military members and their families service. I always take a moment to ask the cashier or service representative if they offer a military discount for active/and or retired members and families. I have listed few locations that offer these discounts all year. Some variations and percentage of discount may vary by service provider.
Participation can vary by location and proof of military service is usually required.
A.C. Moore: 15% off total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
Advance Auto Parts: 10% off regularly priced items for in-store purchases for active-duty, reserve and retired status members, all veterans receiving VA benefits, spouses and dependent children up to 18 with proof of military status.
BassPro Shops: 5% everyday military discount.
Big 5 Sporting Goods: 10% off entire purchase for active duty, reserve military, retirees, veterans, spouses and dependent children with military ID or veteran status on driver’s license. In-store only.
Cabela’s: 5%everyday military discount.
Home Depot: Active-duty military, National Guard and reserve, retiree and disabled service members and their spouses, get a 10% everyday discount. Veterans also get a discount for Memorial Day.
HomeTown Buffet: The chain offers a 15% daily military discount to allactive duty, reserve or retired military personnel in uniform or with a validID. There’s a different discount on Mondays for Military Mondays.
Joann Stores: The arts and crafts store offers a 15% year-round discount for military service members and their families.
These stores are open Memorial Day 2019: Walmart, Aldi,Kohl’s, Kroger, …
Kohl’s: Mondays are Military Mondays and active-duty military, retirees, veterans and family members get 15% off in-store when they show a valid military ID, military dependent ID or a veteran ID at checkout.
Michaels: 15% discount for military families every day
Nike: Active, veteran, retired and reservists, spouses and dependents of active personnel get a 10% military discount at Nike.com and Nike, Converse and Hurley stores. To get the discount online, verification of eligibility is required and a military ID is required to get in-store savings.
Old Time Pottery: 10% military discount every day to active, retired military and their immediate families.
Rack Room Shoes: 10% military discount on Memorial Day and every Tuesday throughout the year with a valid military ID.
Pep Boys: 10% discount every day for active and retired military with valid military or veteran ID.
Roy Rogers: Active military get a 10% discount daily.
More discounts: Find additional discounts including at hotels and other online retailers at shop.id.me/military and www.sheerid.com, two verification sites. Another option is Veterans Advantage, which offers a one-month free trial. Learn more at www.veteransadvantage.com.
Happy Veterans Day and hope you can take advantage of these discounts during the holiday weekend and beyond.
Thanks for you and your families service.
When we decided to move to Florida and knowing we would be close to or living by the water we were committed to ensuring water safety was a focus especially for the little guy. One of the first long discussions we had as a family was making sure that he completed his swim classes and that I also learned how to swim. He had taken some classes but had a scary experience in a class and was a bit shy about going back so we planned to revisit it once we moved to Florida.
When my family was invited to attend a Social Media Influencer Experience – Mommy Bloggers event to support YMCA’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention efforts I was excited to participate and thought of how timely for us to participate. Upon arrival we were introduced to the leadership and support teams who welcomed us to the facility and shared with the attendees information and statistics on drownings, near drownings along with YMCA’s “Water Watcher” pledge and areas of focus for water safety and drowning prevention.
Did You Know?
1). Florida leads the nation with the most child drownings of all ages (under 18) by more than double the next closest state (Texas/Arizona) 80% of those involved children are children under the age of 5 – US Swimming Foundation
2). 3 children die every day as a result of drowning – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
3).88% of youth drowning incidents occur under adult supervision – National Safe Kids Campaign
4). 64% of African Americans, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability. – USA Swimming Foundation.
5). Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88% – US Swimming Foundation
6). Children ages 1-4 had the highest rates of drowning ad non-fatal drowning hospitalization -Florida Health
7). Broward and Miami-Dade counties lead the nation in drowning deaths among small children.
8). Last year, Florida had 88 people die by drowning and 75 were children under the age of 4, and more than 100 children have died in South Florida due to drowning since 2010.
9). For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Source (YMCA South Florida)
It’s easy to get distracted with our phones and everything going on around us so much that we could easily loose track and sight of children in the water. Once I get to the pool either with other family members or if we are alone I take a few quick picks of him at the edge of the pool and then place my phone away. I know that because I am not a swimmer I am more diligent in watching everything related to him being in the water because I know it only takes a second for something to go wrong. I also set the rules of engagement for him on what he can and can’t do as well as him being aware that he has to stay in the shallow end of the pool. We can all do better on reducing or removing distractions while we are around water with our little ones.
I was happy to take the Water Watcher Pledge to ensure we are all aware and alert of the dangers and fatal incidents that occur if we are not watching children when we are around water. I hope you will take the pledge too and urge your family and friends to do take it as well.
The Water Watcher Pledge:
I pledge to be a Water Watcher to keep kids safe in and around water by:
- Actively watching the children.
- Keeping my eyes on the water.
- Avoiding distraction.
- Pulling all children out of the water, call 911 & begin CPR in an emergency.
The YMCA teams provided demonstrations on Y’Fit Experience which included an instructor demonstrating fun physical activities to help foster and maintain physical activity while learning sportsmanship and sports skills. The Water safety talk covered the 3 Barriers of Safety- Adult Supervision, Barriers & Alarms and Swim Instruction. Kids were taught about the importance of wearing life vests, listening for instructions from swim instructors and parents were shown how to correctly secure kids in their life vests. The swim instructors tested the kids who were participating on their swim skill level and conducted lessons on floating, treading water, how to swim back to the side of the pool in case of an emergency and making sure you are listening for the swim instructor or lifeguard instruction.
Such a cool and informative experience. Our day was concluded with each of the kids and parents receiving really cool goodie bags with lots of cool gifts and getting to meet the Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin. Yahoo!!!!…..I was the lucky winner of the bag with 4 tickets to the Marlins game and a certificate for a “Free” full session of swim lessons. We had a great learning and enjoyable experience and can’t wait to start my swimming lessons and have the little guy complete his swim lessons as well.
Thanks to the YMCA for your continued focus and commitment to our families and communities.
All the best until next time!
Hi Y’all – I wanted say Hello and Thank You to all of my followers whether you’ve been following for awhile or recently. It’s awesome to connect with you and wanted to share a few facts about myself.
1) I was an introvert until my late teens. Now you couldn’t pay me to go back into my shell.
2) I love cooking and my especially is Jamaican foods.
3) I love music and love to dance. I could be the only one on the dance floor and still keep dancing.
4) I love party planning and entertaining.
5) I resigned from my corporate career to be a stay at home mom and couldn’t be happier about my decision.
6) My daughter dared me to compete in a beauty pageant and I went out there and won the crown Former Mrs Maryland International 2011.
This summer I decided to venture out and try more floral prints and be a bit more bold in my style and dress selections. I’ve been used to wearing suits and suit dresses to work for so long and now don’t have that restriction. I love selecting some fashionista pieces and having some fun dressing up just because I fell like it. I always look for affordable and stylish options in shopping and for items that can be transferable and worn for more than one season. I found this gorgeous splash print dress from Ross and under $30.
Hope to connect with you and hear if we have anything in common or some fun facts about you.
I wanted to share a few photos in honor of The Live Action The Lion King Movie being released today. The original Lion King Movie is a family favorite and was the theme of RJs First Birthday Party and his nursery. We are all looking forward to watching the new movie tomorrow! Our little Simba is ready!🦁
I am enjoying reminiscing about the first time both of my children saw Disney’s The Lion King. One was in 1994 with San for the animated release and then in 2015 when my son RJ who was 2 years old and could somewhat enjoy the movie. He then saw it almost daily after that for a long time. We sang the songs in the car, when he was bathing and played it for him to go to sleep, It’s going to be special going to see with the upcoming release of The Lion King with both of my children. I think I’m more excited to be with both of them while they just really want in see the movie.
Fast-forward to 26 years later and RJ’s everything was Lion King themed. Whether it was his 1st Birthday Party or his room decoration we lived the Hakuna Matata life. It was actually his big sister who picked the theme for his room. I remember when he could walk he would stand and dance as the characters were dancing on the screen. I was too funny because he just kept calling trying to stand up. We love watching it as a family and talking about the characters.
Well in 1994 when the animated version came out my daughter was 3 years old. I think I loved watching it more than she did. I am a Disney kid at heart and it won’t pass with age. I see the same joy of watching new and classic Disney movies with children.
So would you laugh if I told you I have Lion King on VHS and Blue Ray DVD? I am aging myself. lol…….Lion King is by far one of the best @Disney movies ever made. Who else have a VHS of Lion King? I know I am not the only one. We are ready to go see the new live movie this weekend. I will be the one singing loudly along with the kids……
What a wonderful phrase
Ain’t no passing craze
It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It’s our problem-free philosophy
RJ’s Golf Camp is in the books!
RJ had a great week and experience for his first time being on the course and learning how to play. He’s been putting and swinging with Kenny and said he wanted to learn so he can go play with him.
The Golf Pro and RJ described his days as being curious. I would expect nothing less from RJ and knowing him I figure it included every question he had about golf. He is showing a love for playing and said he’s ready for all of us to go out and play together. I guess I have to dust off my clubs and get to it. (I haven’t played in about 13 years)
He said his top moments for the week was learning to chip, swing, putting and how to hold his clubs. He also shared some other moments where they had a thunderstorm and lightning alarm, landed a ball in the bunker, cracked the grip handle on a club, (it was sitting too close to the ball when he went to swing his driver 😳) and seeing lots of lizards.
He now wants to play everyday. Looks like we will be spending a lot of time on the course. I am loving his passion for learning how to play.