Block Party Giveaway: Little Acorn Learning

Welcome to the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win!

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you for entering!  The winner will be announced July 4.

So, neighbors, are you having a good time at the party so far? Well, stick around because we’ve got more great stuff planned for you!

Little Acorn Learning

I’m  happy to introduce today’s Block Party giveaway sponsor – Little Acorn Learning.  Those who read my personal blog know that my family loves Little Acorn!  We’ve been using their monthly guides for a few years now and they have enriched our days.

Little Acorn Learning is a resource for monthly nature-based guides for childcare providers and parents.

Eileen Straiton, a mother of four, writes the guides and runs the Little Acorn Playgarden from her home.   In addition, Eileen writes a wonderful  blog where you can see the guides “in action” at her home childcare.

The plans are all written out for you – all you have to do is pick and choose the activities you want to incorporate into your days and then follow along with the guide.

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Block Party Giveaway: Mama Goes Green – LunchBots and LunchSkins

Welcome to the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win!

This giveaway is now closed.  The Winner will be announced on July 4th!  Thanks to everyone who entered.

We are celebrating this sizzling season with some hot giveaways! Our friend and virtual neighbor Mama Goes Green is kicking off the block party by giving Simple Kids readers a chance to win a wonderful gift package.

If you’ve been reading Simple Kids for a while then you know that we are big fans of eco-friendly lunch containers. My family has been using LunchBots stainless steel reusable containers and Lunchskins reusable bags as an alternative to plastic.

These containers have been traveling with us on family outings, long car trips, and, of course, in our lunchboxes.

I appreciate that they are dishwasher safe (top rack), are healthier than using plastic containers for food storage, and that I don’t have to spend money buying plastic baggies or lunch containers.

They are stylish, with a simple design that appeals to grown-ups as well as kids. The lids of the LunchBots are bright and colorful with a non-VOC finish. The lids fit tightly on the containers, too (though I wouldn’t use them for liquid storage).

The Lunch Skins are made from a German fabric that is certified as food safe in the US and Europe.  They are hand-sewn, well made, durable and bpa, lead, and phthalate free.  I may never buy plastic baggies again!

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On Raising a Three-Child Family

Contributor Robin Zipporah of The Not-Ever-Still Life is filling in today at Simple Mom while Tsh is on maternity leave.

Raising three kids is not simply raising two kids plus one more. A three-kid family has a different dynamic, and it’s not the default dynamic of most family situations.

Event tickets are sold in packs of four.

If you’ve just had your third kid, you might not be able to fit your kids’ car seats and boosters in your family car.

You’ll go to a restaurant and be asked to wait a minute.

They’ll push a table over for you while a family of four is seated immediately.

You’ve exceeded the norm. Four is a tidy number and five is not, but since when has raising children been a tidy process? As we celebrate with Tsh as she joyously expands her family, I would like to share my observations on caring for a family of five. Our children are four-years-old, two-years-old, and four-months-old, respectively, and here are some lessons I’ve learned by having three children.

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Stress Free Flying with Infants and Toddlers

The following was written by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot’s Wife.

Just the thought of baggage checks, long security lines, TSA regulations, and cramped airplanes has the potential to leave a person in search of a Xanax.  And that’s when you brave the airport alone, much less with babies and small children in tow.

However, flying with your family doesn’t have to be a stressful event.  As a an avid traveler and a pilot’s wife, I’ve spent a significant portion of my life traveling in airplanes, including twenty-five states and seven countries.  I traveled on a commercial airline by myself with my son when he was nine weeks old, and have continued to fly with him often in the last 19 months.

With a little bit of planning and a relaxed attitude, air travel can be a pleasant experience for everyone.

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Homemade Fun Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for Homemade Fun by Rae Grant.  Rae and I had a good time reading all of your comments about the crafts and recipes you’d like to try. 

The four winners were picked by Random.Org.

Homemade Fun Winners:

  1. Amy B ~ “Making the homemade rose water – the perfect fun activity for our harvest from the rose bush this summer!”
  2. Catherine W. ~ “I am subscribed to Simple Living Weekly newsletter.”
  3. Aimee S. ~ “I get your feed via bloglines (and love it —thanks!!)
  4. Jessica ~“i would love to make the salt dough beads w/my girls!”

Congratulations Amy, Catherine, Aimee, and Jessica! Be looking for an email from me, Kara@SimpleKids.net , with information about how we can get your copy of Homemade Fun to you.

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We’ve got a fun week coming up on Simple Kids as we celebrate Dads and discuss traveling with kids. We’re looking forward to sharing with you and we’re honored when you make us a part of your day. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!