The Simple Life (and a giveaway, too!)

The following is a guest post by Donna Ashton of The Parenting Studio.  Be sure to read to the end for a special giveaway.  This giveaway is now closed and the winner will be announced soon.  Thank you!

In this hustle bustle world of instant everything, is there any wonder we are craving a simpler, more mindful flow to our days?  The noise of life, crazy schedules, always being “connected” can make one wish to live in a little house on the prairie.

I had this thought one day after watching a movie: how nice  would it be to have a little cottage with no electricity? To live by the rhythms of the sun, immerse myself in chores like churning butter and kneading bread.  Then, my sister texted me and I was brought back to the 21st century.

But that doesn”t mean we can”t balance our hectic lives in a more simplistic way. Maybe we get the best of both worlds. We have a choice to unplug and enjoy the tasks of our grandmothers.

How do we do this?  Here are a few ideas…

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I’m Back and a Few Thank You’s

The following is by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck.

Hello friends! While I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of life with baby Mia these early weeks, I have to say that it is nice to slowly be getting back to some normal activities, including blogging.  I have missed you guys!

Thank You

Thank you to all of you who have sent sweet notes via email, in the comments here or at my personal blog Rockin’ Granola, and on facebook and twitter.  I haven’t had the time to reply to them all, but I have read them all and my family and I appreciate your kindness.

Many of you asked how the older kids are doing.  Jillian, Max, and Lucy are adjusting well to having a new baby.  There are some days I think that perhaps they have adjusted even quicker than Christopher and I have.

I still have some days where I can’t believe that I am the mother of four children and then there are days when it seems that I can’t remember what life was like before Mia came along.

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Slowing down: taking the time to make some time.

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There are only 24 hours in a day and an hour will always be sixty minutes; no more, no less. When we’ve been cramming too much into those hours it shows up in negative ways: children get cranky, routines become rushed, and things just feel tense and wound up too tightly.

If only every day could move with the warm, peaceful pace of an afternoon at the seaside instead of the tic-toc, tic-toc and blaring alarms of the typical week day’s calendar?

What busy parent doesn’t wish for more time in the day?

While I may not be able to actually create an extra hour, I have found that I can give myself the illusion of more time. When life has been hectic, and things are starting to feel rough around the edges, I know that I need to take the time to make some time.

So, how do I create the illusion of more time?

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Weekend Links

Slowly, but surely, I”m finding myself with a little bit more time to enjoy the internet and catch up on my blog reading.

Here are some of the links that have caught my attention lately:

I also wanted to mention that Jessica of Life as Mom is running a sale this weekend on her ebooks, for which I am an affiliate.  If you use the coupon code MOMROCKS for $3 off any $8 purchase through the end of Monday September 5th.

 We”ve got family in town to meet baby Mia and we”re enjoying the cooler weather after weeks (months!) of record breaking heat.  I hope that you and your families are having lovely Sundays, too.  Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

What Does it Mean to Practice “Green” Parenting?

The following guest post was written by Katie Fox and originally appeared in September 2010.

As parents, I’m sure it has hardly escaped your attention that “green living” is the buzzword everywhere these days, including our parenting choices.  If you start researching what green parenting actually entails, it’s easy to experience information overload; there are as many options and resources as there are opinions.

Yet I do believe that this is an important topic, so today I just want to look at some of the most basic ways that I practice green parenting.  Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to take just one step further in preserving and caring for the earth, as you care for your children.
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