Celebrations of Light: a Wintertime Family eGuide

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Note:  I’m a contributor to and an affiliate for this project.  Thanks!

We are entering into the darkest time of the year.  The days are shorter and colder and it is a season where we often turn inward, focusing more on our home and family.  When I was asked to contribute to an eguide about celebrating warmth and light for families, I was honored and eager to participate because I know those are things I strive to bring to my own family this time of year.

Liz, of A Natural Nester, whom I have worked with before, has written The Celebrations of Light Family eGuide as a compilation of ideas and inspiration for creating memorable & meaningful wintertime traditions with your family.

Creative and easy-to-follow, in pdf format, this guide is based on the “celebrations of light” she been honoring with her family for years.

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What we can learn from our kids about admiration

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When Jillian and I were at Crafting Community last month, we were privileged to interview Todd Oldham of Kid Made Modern.  During the interview I remarked how one of the neat things about being there was observing how one child’s project would lead to another child’s project and how there was a chain of inspiration.

Todd replied, “Exactly.  You know, being a fan is one of the most important things we can be as humans, as well as being interested and really being able to be thrilled for someone else’s beautiful effort.  You know, we perhaps all have some moments of jealousy or wistfulness, but if you can really be a fan and honestly admire others, that’s a wonderful attribute.”

When was the last time you were really thrilled for someone else’s beautiful effort?

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Weekend Link Love

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The Friday Five: 5 of my favorite Simple Kids holiday posts

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It is Friday, friends.  Wow!  Not only that, but here we are turning the page to November and I really, truly (though I know everyone says it every single month) do not know where all of the time is going.

In a few months I’ll be celebrating four years as the editor of Simple Kids.  That completely blows my mind!  I feel so new at this, so green, and yet, here is this little blog that I’ve been writing for longer than one of my children has been alive.  Wow.

For today’s Friday Five I wanted to simply share five of my favorite Simple Kids holiday related posts.  These are near and dear to my heart, or just fun, or special to me because of the time in my life when I wrote them.

I hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

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We tried it: Free Birds Hand Turkey (and a giveaway)

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Note: this is a sponsored post brought to you by Relativity Media.

Last night, after the dinner dishes were done but before it was time for pajamas and stories, the kids and I were feeling a little crafty.  Sometimes you just have to make something, right?  But, before bedtime isn’t the best time for big messy crafts, so we needed something simple.

Fall is is one of our favorite seasons, in part because the cooler weather gives us more time at the craft table, and in part because of the holidays.  In fact, don’t tell the Free Birds, a movie we’re looking forward to seeing this weekend (it opens in theaters this Friday, November 1st) but one of the reasons we love this time of year is for Thanksgiving and the turkey.

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The creators of Free Birds have a fun how-to video for drawing a Hand Turkey, which was the perfect project for our crafty mood.  You can watch the video, featuring Amy Poehler who voices Jenny in Free Birds, here:

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