Glow Stick Emoji Fun

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I am all about thinking outside of the box to find cheap, easy fun kids stuff and party ideas, but the kids actually stumbled upon this one themselves.

One night after getting home from a children’s birthday party, they were going through their goody bags and found a pack of bendy glow sticks they wanted to play with. They were the kind that come with the little plastic braces so you can attach them in different places to make bracelets or necklaces.

My oldest started forming them into shapes and making pictures and emojis and then running and turning the lights on and off and it was a lot of fun and something the kids did together for hours without fighting. Talk about a lifesaver on a boring night!

They mixed and matched the pieces into several different combinations and here are some of the pictures and emoji’s they came up with:









Glow Stick Emoji Fun- Happy




Glow Stick Fun- Stick Man

Stick Man

We also took them outside on the porch and they danced and moved around, it was really neat to see at night.

Glow Stick Fun on the Porch-Wolverine

My toddler had them around his wrists and ankles, and my oldest put the sticks between his fingers like a “Nightmare Angimon” Digimon character, and if you don’t know what that is, it’s a lot like Wolverine’s blades from the X-Men. And if you aren’t familiar with X-men, think Freddy Krueger except really cute.

We waited on the porch for my husband to get home from work and they started flailing their arms and waving when he pulled into the driveway, it looked really cool!

This would be a great idea for a Fall party or Halloween not-so-scary party for littles and the pictures you take at night turn out really cool (be sure to leave your flash off.)

Glow sticks don’t cost much and these lasted for 3 hours and beyond.

You can buy them in a pack of 20 with Amazon Prime for less than $12 here with my affiliate link:

We had 2 packs of 8 count glow sticks (16 total) to make our pictures.

And don’t worry, if your child simply can’t stop playing with the glow sticks the next day and chews on one and accidentally bites it open, it will be okay because the ingredients are non-toxic.

We know that one from experience!

This glow-in-the-dark fun was a great exercise in play and imagination where parents are allowed too! Long live childhood!

Because Monster Jam®, That’s Why

After a very unfortunate and traumatizing series of meltdown incidents in public with my toddler when he was 2, I started to choose big events and outings with the family very carefully.

We went out on a regular basis for errands and such, but I was extremely mindful of nap and mealtimes when doing so, and when it came to big events, I wanted to scale way back until he got a little bit older.

I like to keep a very simple schedule when it comes to activities, so we have a lot of down time. We have an acre property out in the country, and we do a lot of bicycles, tree houses, trampolines, dirt pile digging and porch sitting.

Over the past week, however we’ve been spending a lot of time inside watching movies and playing video games because the weather has been alternating between scorching hot and torrential rains, with little relief in between.

I enjoy having  a lazy, laid back simple summer without rushing around too much, but holy Moses is it time to get out of the house.

Why? Because Monster Jam®, that’s why!


Our toddler loves nothing more than running his monster trucks up and down our hallways and off of the various ramps that we can find around the yard. Our trucks are a little worse for wear, but certainly well-loved. So I think it’s time.


I grew up in a small town, cheering on a lot of my hometown race car drivers at the dirt track and they were some of my fondest memories growing up. It was what we did together as a family on weekends.

The loud engines, concession stand smells and little kids playing under the bleachers. The shouty announcers that got the crowd riled up as the guys came around the backstretch ready to race, revving their engines as the flag guy waved the green flag. We stayed up way too late and fell asleep in the car on the way home, and our parents carried us into the house when we got home well after bedtime.

It was a favorite part of my small town childhood and I’ll remember those times forever. I really want to provide the same kind of memories for my own kids (and thoroughly enjoy the festivities myself.)


So I’m partnering with Monster Jam® and Feld Entertainment this weekend to get back out there with my son (who is now a nice, seasoned robust 3-year-old) and the rest of our family to indulge in intense monster truck action.

It’s at Nissan Stadium this year, so we can still enjoy the great outdoors. I’m excited to see that Madusa (lady driver) and crowd-favorite Zombie (African-American driver) are in the lineup. They are our favorite, highly-skilled, most entertaining, and diverse drivers at the Nashville show this year.



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We love to watch Monster Jam® videos at home, so we can’t wait to see them in person, slinging dirt and mud, making sweet jumps and of course, landing straight up, flat on their backs and ripping off the truck bodies to the applause of a roaring crowd.


I will be sure to share an update on how the show went and of course, how my toddler coped with the large crowd and cotton candy. I’m guessing it’s going to be okay no matter what.

The Nashville show is just in time for Father’s Day! Buy tickets here and use the discount code MJAM  for $5 off! Visit here for additional Monster Jam® shows in 2016.

If you are going to be at the Nashville show, share a picture on the Real Honest Mom Facebook page!

And boogity, boogity, boogity let’s go racing!

This is a sponsored post with Monster Jam® and Feld Entertainment. Opinion is my own.