Weekend Showcase: Link Love

Friends can you believe that it is almost time to pack up the Valentines and trade them in for shamrocks and Spring flowers? The weather outside my window may be speaking of Winter, but the calendar is telling me that Spring is not too far away.

Let’s celebrate these last weeks of Winter and then welcome Spring with open arms!

Here are the links that I fell in love with this week:

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At the Craft Table with Rae Grant: Good Old-Fashioned Paste

With early spring fast approaching there is still time for plenty of indoor crafting projects before the shift to outdoor weather play begins. Getting your kids to sit down at the craft table can sometimes be a challenge. Time and organization is one hurdle and having useful basic materials in the house to get the process started spontaneously is another.

Be Resourceful

Having a few simple materials on hand can help make crafting a creative outlet rather than a dull chore. That is very good for everyone! One simple item to have on hand whenever you want to get started at the craft table is good old-fashioned paste. It’s easy to make, non-toxic, and easy to store for your children’s daily and weekly craft time.

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Head of the Class: Eco-Friendly Lunch Containers for a Smarter Planet

Every winter tends to lead to the infamous lunch-packing rut. To break the cycle this year we made a resolution to reduce our lunchtime waste. We decided to shed our plastic baggies and set out to investigate eco-friendly lunch containers. As a family, we learned a lot along the way and feel great about the choices we made for both the planet and our bodies.

Here are some tips that might be helpful as you start to navigate your green minded lunch-packing options.
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Weekend Showcase: Link Love

Photo by josh.liba
I just love the trend in the blogging world of taking some time to share favorite links from the past week. It reminds me of  long, lazy weekend mornings and passing the most interesting newspaper articles and the funniest comics back and forth, “Here, you’ve GOT to read this! You’re gonna love it!”

Here are a few links I think you are going to love:

And, on a personal note, I want to take a few moments to say thank you to all of you for making my first two weeks as editor of Simple Kids so lovely!  I’ve enjoyed your comments and emails so much. I read them all and appreciate that you take the time to say hello, leave a suggestion, and reach out to others in the comments, too.  I especially have enjoyed the discussion in Christen’s Food and Nutrition column this week.

Do you want to get in touch with me?  Go here.

I know that I can safely speak for all of us at Simple Kids and Simple Living Media when I say that it is an honor to be a part of your day. Thank you!

Happy Weekending!

Storytelling Day: The True Story of Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one

The mouse ran down

Hickory dickory dock


Mouse families aren’t so different from people families.
Mouse families live together and love each other and play together and support each other. And just like you do, every mouse in the family has a job or two. Yours might be to set the dinner table or put away your clean socks. Most mice don’t wear socks, but they do still have responsibilities.

Field mice divide their responsibilities between managing the burrow and collecting food. Field mice are interesting, of course. But this is a story about house mice.

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