Be Mindful When Making Summer Plans

Kara here.  My family and I are taking a few vacation days, so I’m re-posting this wonderful article from  former Simple Kids editor Megan Tietz, of Sorta Crunchy. This post originally ran in July 2009.  I know the topic of mindful summer planning is timely for me and I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

~ In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

For some, the month of July marks the beginning of the celebration of summer, while for others it indicates that the summer holiday is nearly halfway over.  July offers ample opportunity to slow down and evaluate how your family is wiling away the days of summer. Here are some thoughts to bear in mind:

1.  Assess Motivation

Thoughtfully consider why each activity, camp, or trip is on your list of plans. Are you planning on taking the big vacation because it’s summer and that is what you “should” do?  Or is the trip away a chance to purposefully engage and connect with each other as a family in a new and exciting (or old and beloved) locale?

Are you sending your children to swim lessons or away to camp because that is just what everyone in the neighborhood does, or is it because this activity or time away will genuinely enrich their growth and learning?

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Simple Living Block Party 2010 Winners

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2010 Simple Living Media Block Party! I enjoyed getting to know my “neighbors” a bit better through all of your comments and creative answers in the giveaways.

Thanks for participating and for supporting Simple Kids, Simple Media, and our wonderful sponsors. What a fun way to spend a week!

Without any futher ado, here are the winners from our week of giveaways …

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Block Party Giveaway: Hazelnut Kids – Plan Toys Airport

Welcome to the last day of 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!

Have I got a wonderful giveaway to share with you today!

Hazelnut Kids

Hazelnut Kids is your source for natural, earth-friendly, wooden, and organic cotton toys for babies and children.   They carry many quality brands including Haba, Stockmar, Kathe Kruse, Sarah’s Silks, and Plan Toys.

Our Plan Toys airport in action!

The Giveaway

We’ve been talking about travel with children this summer and Hazelnut Kids is providing us with a super fun travel related giveaway today.

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Block Party Giveaway: Layla Grayce – DwellStudio Fun Kits

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!

Thank you for entering.  This giveaway is now closed.

The party continues! We’ve got more sizzling summer giveaways for you!

Layla Grayce

Today Simple Kids is honored to have a giveaway from Layla Grayce, whose motto is “love your life, express your style.” This shop is full of beautiful, quality items for the home, for children, and for women.

There are many items from Layla Grayce on my personal wish list, including these Pink Rainbow Pettitskirt Dresses (what a lovely portrait opportunity of my girls that would be) and I think my son Max needs one of these Owl lunch bags.

I’m happy to announce that Layla Grace is going to be giving away one of our favorite products that they carry:  the Dwell Studio Fun Kit.

We’ve been using our Fun Kit (we have the fun transportation theme) while we’ve been on the go this summer.  These handy totes are from Dwell Studios and are made of coated canvas (that we’ve discovered can double as a play dough mat) and include crayons and a scribble pad.

These totes are perfect for long waits at the airport, car rides, or keeping the kids entertained while waiting for your food at a restaurant.

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