Archives for August 2013

Weekend link love: savoring the last days of Summer edition


We are off to celebrate a very important birthday and to try and squeeze in a few more Summer adventures while the weather is still lovely and sunny.  I hope you and your kids have a wonderful weekend.  See you Monday!


Playful Learning World Tour: Hello from Indiana, USA #PlayfulTour


Greetings from Indiana, USA!  The kids and I are so happy to be the current stop on

If you”ve never been to the Simple Kids blog before, welcome!  If you”re a regular reader, then you might recognize long-time Simple Kids contributor Mariah Bruehl and her .


To introduce ourselves, my name is Kara and my kids are Amelia, Lucy, Max, and Jillian.  We live in Fortville, a small town in central Indiana (close to Indianapolis) in the United States.

We love our town because it has lots of green space, including two parks, a wonderful community arts center, and a terrific library.  We love our local ice cream parlor and on Wednesday evenings in the Summertime there is a classic car “cruise in” right on Main Street.

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The Friday Five: Making Back-to-School a Little Simpler


Would you believe the kids and I are  already back-to-school?  We set our own calendar as homeschoolers, but actually many local schools are currently in session, too.  I would wager that some of you are reading this after sending your own kids off to school this morning. I raise my coffee mug to you, mamas and papas.

After a wonderful, whirlwind summer it seems a little mind-boggling that it is time once again for backpacks and books.

My own kids are taking classes and are participating in more clubs and activities outside of our home this year and it has been a little shocking how quickly our calendar switched from block parties, play dates at the park, and mornings at the creek to meetings, classes, and practices.

In many ways, this return to steadier routines is actually kind of nice, and we do limit the number of activities the kids participate in, but I can see how things could get overwhelming in a hurry this school year.

So, for this week’s Friday Five I’m sharing five resources to making going back-to-school a little simpler, and know that I’m sharing this list for myself just as much as for all of you.

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