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!

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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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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

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Families, Creativity, and Design: Crafting Community.

Wild Things at Crafting Community 2013

I attended Crafting Community as part of my involvement with the Target Inner Circle Thank you, Target!

Last week my oldest daughter Jillian and I spent the weekend in gorgeous Palm Springs, California attending Crafting Community.  To say this was a special time for us would be an understatement.  Magical might be a touch more accurate.

We needed this mother-daughter trip together, and beyond that, my child was in her element creating, crafting, and surrounded by inspiration.   As her mom, that was pretty wonderful to get to experience with her.

Crafting Community founder, LA based artist Karen Kimmel, believes esthetics and design are not lost on children. Kids love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage them.  Hmmm, that almost sounds like someone else I know …

With that in mind, Karen works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire and engage guests of all ages.  I think you’ll agree with me that the end result is pretty wonderful.

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