Looking Back: Reader Favorites 2010

Last year, on New Year’s Eve, Megan started a tradition of listing Simple Kids readers’ favorite posts from the past year.  I wanted to honor this tradition by taking a look back at some of your favorites (and mine) from 2010.

It has been a wonderful year, and I thank you all, on behalf of the entire Simple Kids team, for being a part of it!

Without any further ado ….

Top Five Reader Favorite Posts

  1. 5 Tips for Creating Routines and Establishing Rhythm in Your Home (March)
  2. Head of the Class: Eco-Friendly Lunches for a Smarter Planet (by contributor Mariah Bruehl, February)
  3. Teaching Children How to Handle Their Emotions: As Simple As PIE (guest post by Angelica Perez-Litwin of Modern Familia, August)
  4. Handmade Gifts for Kids: Tutorials and Ideas from My Holiday To Do List (December)
  5. Rhythm in Action: Real Family Routines for Morning, Meals, and Evenings (March)

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Discovering Family History Together

The following is by contributor Vanessa Brown of I Never Grew Up.

I have to admit that we are quite spoiled when it comes to the Family History department. No, not that we happen to have a very awesome family tree (who doesn’t?), but that my grandparents have made it their life mission to get thousands of years of family history in an organized order.

This means they have collected all of the photos, lineage, journal entries, news clips, stories, etc. and published books for the family for all of us to have in our homes. Family history is right at our fingertips, but not everyone has a family member that is extremely into family history. And on the other side of our family, the research is not nearly as extensive.

Where Do I Even Start in Teaching Family History?

There are many things I *wish* I would have done with family members, and I want to teach my girls to put these things as priorities in their lives. For example, last year my grandmother passed away after fighting Alzheimer’s for a few years. Throughout my whole life, she and I had an extremely close relationship that we kept strong through long talks on the phone and handwritten letters to each other.

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Merry Christmas from Simple Kids!

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

Christmas in lands of the fir tree and pine,

Christmas in lands of the palm tree and vine,

Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white,

Christmas where cornfields lie sunny and bright!

- Phillips Brooks

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all of you dear friends, everywhere!

Thank you all so much for reading, for commenting, for emailing, and for sharing.

YOU are what makes Simple Kids so wonderful.

YOU are the reason why the contributors and I do what we do.

Thank you!

Best Wishes,


Learning to Set the Table: Homemade Placemats

The following is by contributor Mariah Bruehl of Playful Learning.

Children love to be involved in holiday preparations and decorating. This enthusiasm creates a wonderful entry point for teaching children how to set the table.

One way to make setting the table fun for everyone involved is to make placemats that can help guide your child through the process. They are very simple to make and will add a personal touch to your family meals.

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Weekend Links

Today, I’m celebrating my birthday.  Yes, I’m a December baby.  There is snow in the forecast for tonight. I’ve heard there is cheesecake in my future and the kids and Chris have been doing a lot of whispering about dinner plans.

I’m a very lucky mama.

I hope that all of you are enjoying your weekend, my friends!

What are you up to with your kids today?