Simple Vintage Crafts for Kids

The following post is by contributor Christen Babb.

My family and I are in the middle of a move across town. While a bit chaotic, it’s fostered the opportunity to sift through years of accumulated things to determine what is trash and what is indeed treasure.

Amidst the clutter, I re-discovered a true, vintage gem – the McCall’s Make-It Book. My grandmother purchased this book in the early 1950’s to craft with my mom. It was then passed down to my mom to craft with me.

Today, I’m delighted to re-create these third-generation crafts with my kids while also sharing with you.

Wrought with authentic charm and old-fashioned expressions, I loved riffling through its well-worn pages to pick out crafts to suit both my daughter and son. Beyond the nostalgia, I love these two crafts because they are honest, simple, and timeless.

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Weekend link love (UPrinting giveaway winners)

The UPrinting Canvas Winners

The winners of the canvas giveaway are:

  1. Keri
  2. Sally
  3. Rob O.
  4.  Nikki S.
Congratulations!  Be watching your email for instructions on how to claim your prize.
Today my family will be enjoying one of our favorite sports, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and then spending some time in reflection and gratitude for Memorial Day tomorrow.  I hope you and your kids have something terrific planned, too.  Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Weekend giveaway: U-Printing Canvas Print

Today’s weekend giveaway is from, an online printing, marketing, and technology firm who aspires to help you “spread your message.”

Whether you are seeking business cards, stickers, or labels for your business or are perhaps seeking beautiful prints of your family family photos, U-Printing has a service that can meet your needs.  The company is  “committed to social responsibility and eco-friendly printing initiatives that support non-profit organizations and environmental sustainability.”

This giveaway is now closed.

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Plan a Simpler Summer with Kids

The following is a guest post by Jessica Fisher of Life As Mom. Don”t miss the sweet deal she is offering Simple Kids readers on her Summer Survival Guide in this post.

Summertime approaches! Just the idea of it makes me smile. The word evokes memories of my childhood — carefree days with no agenda. I long to give my children the same happy memories of summer.

You know the chant: No more papers, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks? Since I happen to be my children’s teacher, I’m more than happy to wipe some dirty looks off my own face, to kick off my shoes, lie in the hammock, and drink cool beverages poolside. As summer vacation approaches, I look forward to a lessening of my work load and to being more “plain old mom.”

However, all moms, regardless of their schooling choices know that summer with kids is not all bare feet, carefree days spent lazing in a lounge chair. The kids are on vacation, too!

And so thoughts may trickle in like, “What am I going to do with the kids all day long?”
The truth is that boredom can drive any man, woman or child toward mischief, wreaking havoc on the household. All the more so when the weather is hot and neighborhood friends have dispersed on vacations.

The remedy? Plan some simple summer fun into every day that gives structure and intentionality as well as leaves room for those lazy poolside moments.

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Encouraging passionate learners … even when it’s not your thing

The following post is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.

I have vivid childhood memories of trekking down to the pond near our home and catching as many tadpoles in my bucket as my scrawny arms could carry.  I was fascinated by the process of metamorphosis and would check on them every day in the shed where I kept them, marveling over each limb as it appeared.

Once the tadpoles had fully transformed into tiny toads, my sibling and I would line them up in our driveway and race them down the lane as they made their way out in to the wild world of pastures, fields, and ditch banks that surrounded our rural home.

I was passionate about toads.

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