Weekend Links

Project Simplify: Kids’ Stuff – my “After”

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Well, here we are: the end of week one of Project Simplify, Kids’ Stuff.  How did you guys do?

My “Before” and “After”

If you remember, here is my “before” (and thank you kindly to those of you who reassured me it really wasn’t that bad of a mess to begin with):

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Project Simplify: Kids’ Stuff – my progress

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

So, friends, how is the first week of Project Simplify going for you as Tsh leads us in cleaning up kids’ stuff?

I have to admit that I still have a good amount of cleaning, decluttering, and downsizing work ahead of me.  My older two children have been terrific about helping, but my three year old isn’t quite as thrilled about the idea and has told me several times she “likes it messy” the little stinker.

I’m finding that it is working out best for my ten and five year olds and I to clean when the baby and the three year old are napping.  We put on some fun music and get to work.

The kids are working on their bedrooms, with a bit of supervision from me, and I’m tackling the play kitchen and the children’s desk in our loft playroom.

Here is my progress so far:

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Joining in With Simple Mom’s Project Simplify: Kids’ Stuff (my “before” pictures)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

This week my friend Tsh, of Simple Mom, launches this year’s Project Simplify.  She’s starting us off in Kids’ Spaces and, as I’ve mentioned recently, my family’s kid spaces are in serious need of some attention and tender loving care after a few months of post-baby neglect.

I’m going to give the bedrooms and our loft playroom the bulk of my Spring Cleaning attention this week.  I’m going to focus on our loft playroom in this post and I thought I would share with you my “before” pictures  before I get started.

I’ve had a few weeks to really think about our home and the children’s things and I’ve been deciding which things we need to downsize and which things we just need to re-figure the storage of and the way we use the space currently.

Here are two areas I really need to focus on: the play kitchen and the children’s desk.  The image above shows the actual spaces exactly the way they were, no pre-picking up on my part (man, that was hard to resist!) before I photographed them at 7:30 this morning.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (and a Cat in the Hat-a-Thon)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

This Friday, March 2nd, would be the 108th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved Dr. Seuss.   Born in Massachusetts  in 1904, Dr. Suess wrote 44 books that have been translated into more than 15 languages world-wide.

Those books have inspired cartoons, tv shows, movies, and plays.  Many of them are favorites at our house and I bet that some are favorites at your house, too.

We are looking forward to celebrating this special birthday with some Seuss inspired fun!

A Family Favorite

We’re all Dr. Suess fans at our house.  In fact, a quick family poll shows we each have our favorites:

  • Daddy “watching The Grinch every year at Christmas and reading the book to the kids, doing my best Boris Karloff impression”
  • Mommy “I love the book Green Eggs and Ham.  One of my favorite childhood memories is my Mom making us all green eggs and ham for breakfast.”
  • Jillian, age 10 “I like to watch the Cat in the Hat tv show and also the Cat in the Hat cartoon movie.  Those Things remind me of my brother and little sister.  I’m excited for the Lorax to be made into a movie.  That is a good story, too.”
  • Max, age 5I like the cartoon Grinch because because they have a cute Lucy (Cindy) Lou Who like my sister, Lucy.  And a dog Max, like me and a grumpy Grinch.”
  • Lucy, age 3 “I just like Green Eggs and Ham and reading it.  Not eating it. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.”

I’m sure that baby Mia will grow up and love Dr. Suess, too.  For now, she happily enjoys teething on our Mr. Brown Can Moo board book.

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