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, , with information about how we can get your copy of Homemade Fun to you.

More Rae Grant:

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!

Book Review: Gigi, God’s Little Princess

The following is a review by Amy Thue of Girlfriends Get Real.

As a mother of three girls, we have a lot of make believe time as princesses in our house. We have enough dress-up clothes to outfit all of my girls and the neighborhood.  A few years ago I found the Gigi, God’s Little Princess series from Sheila Walsh and my girls and I fell in love with the main character Gigi.

Gigi: God's Little Princess

Every little girl and big girl wants to feel like a princess, but it seems like a dream. In the wonderful first book in the series, Gigi thinks that she is the only princess and she plays the part everyday.

Every night when her daddy tucks her into bed he calls her his princess. She dreams of living in a castle and she wonders where her parent’s have hidden the royal jewels.

She was rather troubled however that she didn’t look like a princess. Her hair would not lie down and her freckles would not go away.

Gigi’s best friend Frances was one of her subjects, as well as her cat Lord Fluffy. One day while having tea, Frances asks Gigi a troubling question, “What makes you a princess and why am I not a princess?”

Gigi decided to get some clarification from her parent’s on this question. Her mother shocked her by telling her that her and Frances were both princesses.

She could not wait to share this news with Frances, but now they were both very confused. How could they be princesses if their daddies were not kings?

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Homemade Fun by Rae Grant Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

I am so excited to announce that Simple Kids contributor and author Rae Grant has a new book coming out today – Homemade Fun: 101 Crafts and Activities to Do with Kids.

From Rae’s Note to Families and Kids:

“Homemade Fun is a tribute to simple ideas for childhood fun.  Many of the projects in this book are crafts that children have been making for generations. The directions and ideas are written to allow young crafters to try their hand at classic and imaginative projects with moderate adult supervision.”

Delightful Series

My family has thoroughly enjoyed Rae’s first two books in this series, Cooking Fun and Crafting Fun, and I can tell you that her third book is just as delightful!

Within moments of Homemade Fun‘s arrival at our house, my oldest daughter was in her closet with a flashlight trying out the shadow puppets and impressing her younger brother with her birds, dogs, and deer. We’re already planning that our next Family Friday Night will include Rae’s recipe for cheese pizza.

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