Weekend Link Love

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The winner of the Crafting Community Tote Bag giveaway was Sarah Miller-Kramer.  Congratulations!   Sarah, be on the lookout for an email from me soon explaining how you can claim your prize.

And, thank you to Crafting Community for providing this fun giveaway for Simple Kids readers.  I appreciate it!

Celebrations of Light Collage 2

I also wanted to let you know that A Natural Nester is releasing a new eguide, and I was invited to contribute.  You can pre-order Celebrations of Light: a Wintertime Family eGuide here. It will be available for download November 8, just in time to use for the coming Winter season.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

 

The Friday Five: 5 Random Things

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Good morning, friends!  This week just zoomed by for me and was a bit of an emotional roller coaster (we are fine, but we received sad news about a few families we care a lot about this week, so our hearts are heavy).

So, this Friday finds me without a formal Five post.  Instead of skipping it, I thought it might be fun to just share five random things today – sort of an end of the week wrap up, but not quite that organized.

So, here are this week’s Friday Five:  5 Random Things …

1.  Max is a reader!  Finally, after months of insisting he couldn’t do it, and with a little bit of gentle but firm encouragement, my son is reading.  It is pretty awesome!  We are reading Garfield comics together and he really loves The Magic Tree House series.  I’m also reading Farmer Boy to him (he’s not quite up to reading it himself just yet) and I love watching his face as he listens to a book that I loved myself as a child.  This reading thing is pretty wonderful!

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A Hot Apple Cider Recipe

October fawn

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In our neck of the woods, October has decided to start showing off.  Autumn so far has been gorgeous and full of fun surprises, like this little visitor to my dad’s garden last weekend.

My middle two kids, ages 5 and 7, seem to be especially impressed by the changing of the seasons this year and their enthusiasm is a nice reminder to slow down and take some time to observe this time of year through a child’s eyes.

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As a family we’ve had a lot of fun going on nature walks, driving in the country, baking leaf shaped cookies, and doing activities like picking pumpkins from Grandpa’s pumpkin patch and making Halloween decorations together.

Spring is magic, yes, but there’s something pretty special about Autumn, too.  If only all transitions could be as beautiful and smooth, right?  There’s a lot to learn from the way the natural world puts itself to bed this time of year.

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Crafting Community Tote Bag Giveaway

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Jillian and I had such a wonderful time at Crafting Community earlier this month.  In case you missed it, I shared some of the details of our trip in this post from last week.

I’ve got some fun news today:  the folks at Crafting Community have offered a tote bag full of amazing goodies to a Simple Kids reader!

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Weekend Link Love and Target Ticket Winner

Deer in the garden

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