Welcome Ari and Simple Design to the Simple Living Media family!

Oh, friends, I am no good at keeping secrets and I have had a wonderful one that I have been keeping mum about for some time now.  Today I finally get to spill the beans: Simple Kids has a new sister!

Today we welcome into the Simple Living Media family Simple Design!

The new site will be edited by the lovely Ari, who I cannot wait to get to know better, and hosting a plethora of talented contributors (I bet you’ll recognize some familiar names if you go take a peek at the lineup).

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Hosting an Outside Art Group

The following post is by contributor Vanessa Brown.

Hosting an art group is not as scary and messy as it might sound. Okay maybe it”s a bit messy that is why it is called an outside art group. My girls and I really enjoy having art group out in our front yard a handful of times during the spring and summer months. I feel like it gives us a chance to get to know the neighborhood kids, is a nice break from the routine hot days when kids are out of school, and the kids really enjoy themselves.

I promise it is doable, even for a parent that is not an artistic in the slightest (which would be me), the following are some simple tips to set you up for success:

Hosting an Outside Art Group

1. Chose projects that will be inexpensive, you don”t want to break the bank doing this. For example most of the paint I use is powdered tempura paint, that I buy in bulk and can be added to cheap things like; water, shaving cream, salt water, corn syrup, etc. Then I make sure the art projects can all be done with paper just from a large butcher roll. Also you can buy cheap bags of brushes from the craft store or get rocks, leaves, branches, etc to have them paint with.

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We love books! A good read and giveaway winners

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Whoops!  I realized earlier this week that I never announced the winners from our recent Mother Bear Project pattern and Naturally Fun Parties for Kids giveaways.  I apologize.

I also have a fun and unique book to share with you today for this month”s We Love Books: A Good Read review.

Giveaway winners

So, without any further delay, here are the winners:

The Mother Bear Project pattern winner was … Natalie

The winner of the book Naturally Fun Parties for Kids was … Allison

Congratulations to you both!  Check your email soon for a message from me about how to claim your prize.

A good read: Adventures of Little Herbert in Mushroomland

I also wanted to share with you today a wonderful little book that found its way to our home recently.  The book is called Adventures of Little Herbert in Mushroomland and it is by Natasha Guruleva.

From first glance, you”ll notice that this book is special because of its pictures.

Lovingly handmade, arranged, and photographed by the author, the story of Herbert is depicted in gorgeous full color photographs. The dolls and the sets are crafted by hand, and then arranged in a natural environment.  The result is a beautiful, unique visual storytelling experience that compliments the written word of Herbert”s adventures.

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