Archives for August 2012

Weekend links

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Holiday kids’ gift craft-along August link-up

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I‘ll admit it:  I am a bit enthusiastic when it comes to Christmas.  You see, I like to give each of my children at least one handmade thing every year.  I also like to have all of my holiday crafting finished up before December 1st.

That means I have four months to select, create, and finish up my handmade gifts this year.  

I love that many of you are also starting to think about your holiday crafting and gift making and wanted encourage each other.

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Music review: Lunch Money’s Spicy Kid (we got to meet the band!)

The following is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

This week, I imagine there are so many of you who are, like me, thinking about the start of school.  Either you recently have or are about to abandon your summer schedule for the routine of learning.  It’s a bittersweet time this changing of seasons.  There’s a little bit of childlike joy and carefree days that comes with the summer season.  At the same time there’s a lot of comfort and familiarity with the routine of fall and back to school days.

But today, I’m putting those thoughts aside for just a minute to relive one of my favorite memories from this past summer — a summer concert date with my five year old son (who will be starting kindergarten this week).

We spent a good part of our summer staying with grandparents in North Carolina while our family moved from California to Florida.  My two boys and I spent a lot of time “staycationing” in my childhood home city where I got to discover and rediscover so many of the fun kid things the city had to offer.

One of the places we frequented was the children’s library, where I had an awesome moment of serendipity:  Lunch Money, one of the guest bands on Recess Monkey’s recent album “In Tents” that I wanted to check out, was giving a free concert!

I couldn’t contain my excitement at the prospect of a) taking my kid to his first real concert, b) seeing my first kids concert as a kids music blogger and c) meeting the band!

I was not disappointed.

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