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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