Simplify This Fall: And the Winner Is ….

Good morning, friends!  I hope you are enjoying your weekends.  We’ve got a Saturday of college football, lego building, and cookie baking planned.  I’m taking a quick break from the weekend to announce the winner of our recent giveaway.

The winner of the Simplify This Fall series scholarship from Donna Ashton of The Parenting Studio is …

Loretta S.

“I borrowed this book from my library and loved it so much that I now need to own so as to have a reference for when it is needed. Because of it, I started a nightly tradition of eating our bedtime snack via candle light. Great, great book!!”

Congratulations, Loretta!  Be on the lookout for an email soon, explaining how to claim your prize.

If you didn’t win and are interested in the course, remember that Donna is offering all Simple Kids readers a discount code for Simplify This Fall.  Use the code SIMPLEKIDS to get $30 off your registration to the course.

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

My family and I are enjoying our Labor Day weekend. I”ll be back from my “baby mooning” this week and am really looking forward to it. I”ve missed you guys! In the meantime, here is a post from the archives – a gentle reminder I think we all could use. I know that I certainly can. I noticed that Tsh is thinking along the same lines today over at Simple Mom, too.  Best Wishes, Kara

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.

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!