Audrey and I attended my niece’s (her cousin’s) 8th birthday party this weekend. When it came time for the gift bag every guest receives, the crowd went wild for these silly rubber bands. When they’re un-stretched they make outlined shapes of all different things: dogs, cats, food, you name it! Apparently the kids wear them on their wrists – like jelly bracelets for those of us 80’s children – and trade them with their friends. This phenomenon hadn’t hit Iowa City yet but now that Audrey’s received her first dozen (glow in the dark dog shapes) she’s hooked. She thought it would be a good idea to hand them out to her classmates for when she’s “star of the week next week.” I just scored 144 of the little lovelies on eBay for the low, low price of $10!

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