The Friday Five: 5 ways the bunny and I are keeping Easter simple


Easter is around the corner and, as you know, I’m trying to simplify things, including taking the holidays down a notch.

Easter is going to look a little different at our house this year as I make good on my promise to simplify things for my family.

So, for today’s Friday Five I bring you …

5 Simple and Sweet Easter Ideas

1. A Family Easter Basket – this year, instead of individual baskets, the bunny and I have decided to take a simpler path and have one family Easter basket for all to share.  The kids will have smaller baskets for hunting eggs, but instead of 4 baskets of presents, we’re keeping things simple with one larger basket with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, art supplies, and a few sweet treats for all to share.

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8 Simple tickle games to play with your kids


The following is a guest post written by Heather Gaither of The Incredible Infant

“You know this ends, right?”

That’s what an older friend said to me recently. I was giving my 2nd, Elena, a quick tickle at our homeschool group.

That question haunted me all the way home.

She had a valid point.

After all, at some point I went from “Tickle me!” to “Touch me and die.” (Thank you, adolescence.)

Looking at my three little girls in the rearview mirror, I was struck with how fast they are growing. Am I truly capturing those little hearts? Or just “doing life”?

The teens are just around the corner. Will they let me stay on board their little ship of hormones? Or maroon me on an island and sail on alone?

It’s a scary thought.

A thought that makes me determined to tie those hearts to my apron strings.

Tickling is my first rope.

Here are eight of the tickle games I play with my kids. It’s my first step in securing a conversation spot at the future Teen table.

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Stained glass inspired art project


The calendar says that it is Spring, but the view outside my window tells a much different story.  It looks like winter had one more good-bye for us, after all.

The prospect of (yet another) winter storm when the kids and I are craving spring flowers and sunshine was as good of an excuse as any for a super colorful art project.

I have been wanting to try this stained glass inspired art I’ve seen all over Pinterest (I had a bit of trouble tracking down the original source, but I finally did!  You can see the original post here at the 2Me4Art blog – isn’t Sophie’s piece just lovely? Note in the comments that her project is NOT on wax paper, as so many Pinterest pins suggest, but regular old craft paper.)

I decided we would give faux stained glass art a try and put our own glittery spin on it.

So, on Sunday afternoon when the toddler was asleep, I brought the Sharpie markers and craft paper to the craft table and invited the kids to help me create some “faux” stained glass art for our kitchen door.

It might be snowing again, but that doesn’t mean I have to look at it, ha ha ha!  Here’s to controlling the view, friends!

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Weekend links


I recently wrenched my back playing with my four and six year olds, a reminder of each of my 39 years.  I may be 25 at heart, but my spine most certainly is not.  This weekend was originally supposed to be about a mini-conference and some work on our house, but instead has found me in bed with a heating pad and moving very, very slowly.

As the snow is falling (again) here in the Hoosier state, I can”t help but think that maybe having to move slowly isn”t such a bad thing?

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Rhythm in Action: Real Family Routines for Morning, Mealtime, and Evenings


Tax Season is upon us here at the Simple Kids household, which means I don’t have a lot of writing time on my hands these days. As Amelia was watching out the window at the garbage truck yesterday (Trash day is a favorite part of our weekly routine) I thought  of this post from the archives you might enjoy on rhythm and routines, originally published in March of 2010.

During the month of March at Simple Kids we’re talking about rhythm and routines.  Keeping in mind that every family’s needs are different and therefore every family’s routines work differently, I thought it would be fun to ask some real moms with families in a variety of situations and ages and stages of childhood what their morning, meal, homework, and evening routines look like.

I was inspired by their answers and I found a few tips that I think I can incorporate into my family’s rhythm.  I have a feeling you’ll be inspired by these families, too.

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