The Second Time Around: Simple Yard Sale Treasures for Kids

Written by Kara Fleck, editor of Simple Kids.  Spring is just around the corner, which means so is Yard Sale Season, my favorite time of year!  We”re enjoying the extended President”s Day weekend, so I thought you might enjoy this post from June 2010.  Best wishes!

This upcoming weekend is a holiday here in the United States.  It  also marks the time of year when many local neighborhoods shift yard sale season into high gear. For the savvy shopper, this is the most wonderful time of the year, as the bargains are waiting to be found.

Being one of those people who likes to plan ahead to save myself work and hassle later, I take advantage of this time to get a jump on my holiday and birthday shopping.

Indulge me for a moment, though, because keeping your eyes open now for certain items can pay off in the form of full stockings come December, and at bargain prices to boot.

Here are some simple yard sale treasures for kids that are worth searching for:

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Evening Tasks For an Easier Morning

The following is by editor Kara Fleck and originally appeared in March of 2011.

Imentioned a short while ago that one of the ways I help to make life a little easier on myself and our mornings flow smoother is by preparing for them the night before.

I have found that a morning routine helps to set the tone for the rest of the day. You can read more about my morning routine here, but today I want to talk specifically about taking some time the evening before to set the stage for the next morning.

Prepping for the Next Morning

One of the questions I asked myself as I was developing our current morning routine was what can I do the night before to give myself a jump start for the next day?

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Showing Appreciation to Your Children

The following is by contributor Vanessa Brown of I Never Grew Up.

I sometimes find myself being too negative with my children. I will hear myself correct them, ask them to stop things, hurry and start things way more often than focusing on positive things. I will tell them “Good Job” on different tasks like cleaning up their room or finishing the homework.

But I realized that I didn’t give them genuine thank you’s enough. Which made me a bit sad to realize, but now I have quickly gotten in the habit of showing appreciation to my children more often.

Showing appreciation to our children and also teaching them to show appreciation to each other can be done in many fun and playful ways.

Here are just a couple of fun ideas to try:

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Weekend Links, Mindset for Moms winners, and a Very Special Offer!

Mindset for Moms Winners

The winners of the Mindset for Moms giveaway are:

  • Erin (erinb1)
  • Hannah
  • JenP
  • Crafty Mama

Congratulations!  Be watching your email for information on how to claim your copy of the Mindset for Moms book.

A VERY Special Offer

Didn’t win?  Jamie Martin has a generous offer going on right now for Simple Kids readers!

From now until midnight EST Monday February 13th, every person who purchases a copy of Mindset for Moms will receive a PDF copy of Jamie’s book Steady Days

To claim your copy of Steady Days,  email Jamie with the subject line: “I bought mindset for moms”” and let her know you purchased a copy of Mindset for Moms and want to claim your PDF of Steady Days.  Please allow Jamie up to a week to get to back to you.  Thanks!

I also want to add, if you’re not already a regular of Jamie’s blog Steady Mom, please add it to your reading list.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

A Fresh Perspective on Mothering: Mindset for Moms (and a Giveaway, too!)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

First of all, I have to admit to some bias in this review: not only is Jamie C. Martin a friend of mine, she is also a mother I admire and look up to.  My copy of her first book, Steady Days, is a well worn and rarely makes it back to the bookshelf.  I am encouraged by her writing on Steady Mom and Simple Homeschool as well.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

Not only that, there have been moments in my life where it was Jamie’s kindness and wisdom, either through a  sentiment written on her blog Steady Mom or a through a word of encouragement exactly when I needed to hear it, that have buoyed my spirits or helped to turn a bad day around.

So, when Jamie announced that she had a new project in the works, something that expressed her heart for moms, I knew that it was going to be good.

I was wrong.

It is fantastic! (Judging by the reviews the book has been getting, I’m not the only one who thinks so.)

Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days

Mindset for Moms begins with Jamie sharing about her own journey as a mom and how her personal evolution took her from wondering if motherhood and life with young children was to be endured to firmly believing it is her dream job and calling.

Her circumstances didn’t change, but her attitude did.

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