August 7th: SK Showcase and Weekend Links

This morning concluded the drawing to win a copy of Amanda Blake Soule’s Handmade Home.  The winner is Kristie who commented on July 30th and said: “My fave project lately has been involving my 3-year old in making sheets for his “big boy bed” which really helped ease that transition. He loves helping me use my ‘sewing factory’!”  Congrats, Kristie!  If you haven’t already, make sure you read Tsh’s interview with Amanda Soule at Simple Mom.  Tsh is giving away two copies of Handmade Home and you still have time to enter!

This week’s Showcase comes from Wesley Jeanne of  Mountain Mama:

We live in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina, in a place filled with clear streams, rocky rivers, deep woods, and abundant natural beauty. Needless to say we spend much time outdoors. One of my five-year-old daughter, Owen’s favorite things to do outside is go fishing with my father. I wrote about her first time (when she was four) on my old blog Blue Ridge Dreams.

Fishing provides my daughter even more than a way for her to connect with nature. It gives her a connection to the past (I grew up fishing with my father in the shadows some of these same hills). It provides her a close connection with extended family (she recently fished with both her grandfather and uncle). It gives her confidence and knowledge of her own abilities (on the recent trip with Grandpa and Uncle Stephen, Owen was the only one who caught anything, landing and reeling in two beautiful trout by herself). And it gives her an understanding of the source of her food (my father showed her how to clean her catch and fry it for dinner for us all). Connections and skills she will, hopefully, carry with her for a lifetime. I love that.

(fishing as a four year old last year)dsc_0097

this year’s catchdsc_0014nef


And now, your weekend reading:

Simply Practical

DPS: How to Photograph a Child’s Birthday Party
Simple Nest: Framing Family Memories
Crunchy Domestic Goddess: Turning back-to-school lunches green
the Little Stuff of Life: Traveling with children

Simply Delicious

FIMBY: Baked Beans
dinner with Julie: Cold-Brewed Coffee (via Under the High Chair)

Inspiring Projects

notions & threads: Easy Toy Bag for the Car
Sew, Mama, Sew!: Easy Hand Sewing for Kids – Early Years
The Wonder Years: Preschooler “work”
angry chicken: coloring work

Inspiring Images

kids + other pets: pooka-la-la
Sensible Living: Empathy Poster take two

Inspiring Words

Daisy Yellow: How to Micro-Manage Kids’ Art
Zen Habits: The Little But Really Useful Guide to Creativity
Simple Mom: The Great Myth
New Mommy Help: Feel Like A Failure? We All Do.

Wow!  Sorry for the reading overload.  I guess I am making up for the lack of links last week.

Finally, tomorrow (August 8th) is The Great Kindness Challenge: ” . . . one day devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.”  What a great day and a great way to lead our children (or be led by them!) on the path of kindness.  Thank you, turnitupmom, for the link!

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  1. Thank you for the link love. I’ll come back to check out the other ones. I’m looking forward to going to Amanda’s book signing next weekend (I’m actually local to where she lives) if I can get past the “supermom insecurities” I feel towards all she does!

  2. Thank you for the showcase feature!
    Can’t wait to check out these links.

  3. Thanks so much for the showcase feature – both because you included my blog, but also because I love the Empathy Poster idea from Sensible Living. I’ve been looking for emotion picture cards to help teach emotions to my girls, but never thought to take pictures of them!

    Thanks for the great links and the inspiration!

  4. What lovely pictures of your daughter and what a marvellous bonding experience. I too hope my daughter will grow to love to fish with my husband and his father.


  5. Love the fishing pictures! There are so many great ways to get out and enjoy our surroundings!

    Thanks for the links too!

  6. Megan, I enjoy this blog so much! Your perspective on parenting is encouraging to me personally and for my own efforts in blogging to inspire and encourage other mommies.

    That’s why seeing my own blog link above is such an honor. Thank you. And thanks for sending me out to meet others too.