Giveaway: Initials, Inc.

I‘ve got another fun Home for the Holidays giveaway! All week long at Simple Living Media we’re celebrating with great gift ideas and 15 giveaways across the entire network — perfect for the holidays.  We’re highlighting special companies we’d like you to think of as you’re making your lists and checking them twice.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

Personalize it with Initials, Inc!

Today’s giveaway is from Angela Smith of Initials, Inc. Angela happens to be a long-time friend of mine and when she started raving about the Initials, Inc products,  I knew this would be a company worth checking out.

The items are kid-friendly, tastefully designed, and well-made, plus the personalization is always free!

Today’s giveaway is for a $100 gift certificate to Initials, Inc. I know you’re going to have a good time searching through the catalog and finding items to personalize for your home and your loved ones this holiday season.

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Home for the Holidays: the Mother Bear Project

As we were planning this year’s Home for the Holidays,  it was important to all of the editors at Simple Living Media to make it about giving in many ways, not just presents and giveaways, though those are wonderful things.

We decided that we wanted to dedicate a day to shine the spotlight on some great organizations doing amazing things for others.  Each editor picked a cause near and dear to her heart and I chose the Mother Bear Project.

Make a Bear. Make a Difference.

I first learned about The Mother Bear Project through some of the knitting podcasts that I listen to.  Last fall many of the podcasters had a knit-a-long, making bears to donate to the charity and I was intrigued.

As a knitter, the act of knitting brings me comfort, and my hope is that the knitted items I make for my family and friends bring them comfort and joy, too.

But I loved the idea of knitting projects being made to bring comfort to people I don”t know, will never even meet, but who have a need that I can fulfill – a way to reach out and make a difference, one stitch at a time.  I knew I had to find out more about this organization.

The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to making a difference and bringing comfort to children impacted by AIDS/HIV in emerging nations by giving them a handmade bear.  The bears are knit or crocheted and then given to the children with a tag signed by the crafter who poured his or her love into the stitches.

As a knitter, and as a mother who knows how much her own children are connected to their stuffed animals, I was immediately drawn to the project.  When my kids are sad or scared, they cuddle with their “lovies” and find comfort. Every child deserves to have a bear to love and cuddle – to find comfort.

I can”t imagine the hardships and heartaches children impacted by AIDS and HIV face, but I only have to look at the faces of my own kids to know that I need to be involved in making a difference.

To date, the Mother Bear Project has made 69,200 bears. I would love to see Simple Kids readers push that close to the 70,000 mark – and together I think we could do it!

There are lots of ways to get involved with The Mother Bear Project, even if you can”t knit a stitch.

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Giveaway: Barley and Birch

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! This week the SLM network has 15 giveaways for our readers — great gift ideas,  a charity spotlight, and more!

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

We’re kicking off the week on Simple Kids with a giveaway from one of my favorite companies, barley & birch. This company is the home of “unabashedly organic, planet-saving clothes” and won the 2010 Parent’s Choice Award for Best Organic Clothing.  I’m proud to be a barley & birch customer for those reasons.  My kids are proud to wear barley & birch because of the cute graphics which are bright, happy, and fun to wear.

Clothes that are comfortable, fun, and come with a  good conscience – who could ask for more?

Today I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to barley & birch. I love this company and have fun dressing my kids in their clothing and I know that you will, too.

To learn more about barley & birch and how to win this gift certificate, keep reading.

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Weekend Links

Kids’ Crafternoon: Beading and Felting

The following post is by contributor Catherine Way of Adventures With Kids.

I was a little nervous about agreeing to review Kids Crafternoon: Beading and Kids Crafternoon: Felting for Simple Kids for two reasons: both my children are boys and both are younger than the recommended age of 7 and up (one is only 3 years old).

I didn’t need to worry, all the excitement I could hope for was generated by arrival of a courier van.  There were instant demands to see what the van had brought.  Once unwrapped, the colourful photos in the Crafternoon books had both my boys with their nose in a book begging to make something straight away.

When I finally got to have a look at the books, I found plenty of projects to appeal to boys and projects that younger children can participate in with adult help.

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