Motherhood and parenting ebook bundle

Have you taken a peek at the new Bundle of the Week site?  It is a great place to pick up ebooks for a low price.  Every week features a new bundle of five ebooks with a common theme.  You can pick up all of them, in a bundle, for $7.40.  A good deal, right?

This week”s bundle is devoted to motherhood and parenting.  Included are some of my very favorites, including two books by Simple Homeschool editor Jamie Martin and one by Simple Kids contributor Amanda Morgan of the popular preschool parenting blog Not Just Cute.

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Outdoor play idea: using summer toys for winter fun

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

Today I’ve got a super simple outdoor play idea for those of you who, like us in Indiana, are enjoying some January snow:  use your Summer sandbox toys in the Winter snow.

As we made our way through the garage on our way to play in the yard after our first really big snowfall of the season, I noticed the kids grabbing the sandbox shovels and pails along with the snow shovels.   It seemed to be instinct for them and it ended up being a lovely way to play.

The scoops, shovels, buckets, and castle molds were great fun in the snow!

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Can I ask a favor of you?

Hello Simple Kids readers!  Thanks for making us a part of your day.  I’m wondering if I could trouble you for a favor?

The Simple Living Media blogs are conducting a reader survey.  We want to know what YOU think of the work we do here.

If you would, when you have a few moments (it won’t take too long) could you head over to Simple Mom to find the survey and share with us what you think about the Simple Living Media blogs?

Your feedback is valuable to us and all of your answers are totally anonymous.  We just want to get a feel, as we head into the new year, of what is working for you and what isn’t.

Thank you!

Head over to Simple Mom to take the SLM Reader Survey 2013.  Thanks!

Weekend links

On Friday I shared a few of my thoughts on the new year and new starts.  After coming clean about our dependence on toaster waffles, yesterday I asked SK facebook friends if they would help hold me accountable this coming week to fixing a healthier breakfast for the kids.

No fancy challenge or anything like that, just simply checking in each morning and reporting on what our kids had for breakfast.  If you’re looking for some healthy breakfast inspiration, please join us on the facebook page.

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Resolved: our family’s three goals for 2013

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

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, though I really find myself disliking that term, my husband Christopher and I have been talking about a small list of goals we’d like work toward as a family.

I thought it might be fun to share our list with you and see what Simple Kids readers are hoping for their own families in the new year. (Are you interested in hearing about my personal goals?  You can take a peek over at Rockin’ Granola).

Here are our family’s 3 goals for 2013:

1. Get out there!

After that tender post-baby year, where my preference is to stay as close to home as possible, 2013 feels like a year to get out there and see the world around us.

I’d like to see us take better advantage of the local resources available to us. We’re on a tight budget this year, (okay, when aren’t we on a tight budget?) so that will limit our travels out of state, but there is no reason that we can’t become tourists in our local area.

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