Pink smoothies for my Valentines


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

I‘m one of those mushy folks who loves Valentine’s day and all of the silliness and sweetness that go along with it. Actually, I tend to enjoy silly and sweet all year long, but especially in the name of love.

During the month of February I like to decorate with hearts and pinks and reds and lots of X’s and O’s.  My Valentiney silliness spills over into the kitchen, too, where I cannot help but spoil my sweets with sweets.

Yesterday was a rainy day and kind of dreary.  We needed a little treat to add some sunshine to the day.  So, I made pink smoothies for my Valentines.  Lucy, my four year old, was my sidekick in the kitchen (as she usually is).

While a food photographer I am not, I thought I’d share what Lucy and I whipped up so you and your Valentines can enjoy a sweet treat, too.

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Weekend links


I also wanted to mention the Family Book Festival going on this month over at Jump Into a Book (a blog you definitely should be reading).  All month long they will be sharing the favorite children”s books of authors, illustrators, and bloggers.  I”ve already discovered a few new to me titles to add to our family”s library list.

I know that parts of the country have a couple of feet of snow on the ground, but most of our snow here in central Indiana has melted.  Last night it was even warm enough to take a family walk at sunset. After weeks being stuck indoors, it felt good to venture outdoors, even just for a walk around the neighborhood.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

The Friday Five: 5 reasons for unstructured play


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

While I am certainly a parent who uses planned activities and crafts as part of our regular weekly and daily rhythm, believing that they have value in a parent”s toolbox, I also value unstructured play.

I think it is good for our children, and for us, to walk on the wild side and throw out the rules and the organized crafts and curriculum on a regular basis and just play.  Kids need a healthy amount of unstructured play, even boredom.  From that time and space, creativity and imagination have room to bloom.

For this week”s Friday Five I”m sharing five quotes from some of my favorite authors on the subject of childhood and play.
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