About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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The Friday Five, FREE Stress Free Homemaking mini video e-course

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1. FREE Mini-Course: Have you guys seen this? It’s a free mini video e-course about stress free homemaking. I don’t know about you, but we are coming off of one of the worst, most chaotic few weeks we’ve had in a long time and I could use a little stress reducing inspiration.

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Springtime Bucket List: 4 simple things to bring joy this season

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Wow. What a wild ride this past winter was, right? And our household seemed to ride that rocky wave right into March. Thanks to illness for most of the month I feel like our family missed the changing of the seasons. However, at long last, spring is here and we are (more than) ready to embrace it.

While I do love a good list, I’m not really into big To Do lists for celebrations and fun things, mostly because I don’t need the guilt of another unfinished list.

However, I do think that a little focus and mindfulness never hurt anyone and, in my case, is good for setting some anchor points.

So, here’s our simple Springtime Bucket List for 2015, a few things this mama thinks would be wonderful to fill the season with:

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The Friday Five: 5 ways the bunny and I are keeping Easter simple

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Easter is around the corner and, as you know, I’m trying to simplify things, including taking the holidays down a notch.

Note, this post originally appeared in 2013. I realized as I sat down to write this week’s Friday Five that, after the crazy month of March we just had, I find myself in the same spot: looking to keep this Easter simple, sane, and meaningful. So, I’m reposting this oldie but goodie, which was a nice reminder from Kara of 2013 to Kara of 2015, and I’m going to settle in for a nice weekend with my family. I wish you and yours a wonderful weekend, too!

Easter is going to look a little different at our house this year as I make good on my promise to simplify things for my family.

So, for today’s Friday Five I bring you …

5 Simple and Sweet Easter Ideas

1. A Family Easter Basket – this year, instead of individual baskets, the bunny and I have decided to take a simpler path and have one family Easter basket for all to share.  The kids will have smaller baskets for hunting eggs, but instead of 4 baskets of presents, we’re keeping things simple with one larger basket with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, art supplies, and a few sweet treats for all to share.

Note: in 2014 we dropped filling baskets all together and just hid about 3 dozen eggs for the kids and it was totally fine with everyone. The kids each have an empty basket they use to hunt for eggs, but this year I can’t even find those so we may totally skip the baskets, even for egg hunting. 

And, you know what? It’s still going to be Easer.

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The Friday Five, when it isn’t simple

The Friday Five: spring is here and life sometimes isn't simple1. I turned in my Art of Simple post weeks ago, and wouldn’t you know it? This week started with our three year old crawling into bed at 3:30 am Monday morning and being ill (worst alarm clock ever), which led to us all falling ill one by one.

Add in me working through some big feelings and a medical situation with my husband (he’s going to be fine, just forgot he was 40 for a moment and has the knee injury to remind him).

So, not simple. Pretty chaotic. Lots of dinners of crackers and fruit, for those who even felt like eating.

In other words, when I write about what gets me through When It Isn’t So Simple, the words come from the heart. And, as if often the case, what I share with you is the gentle reminder I need.

2. The big feelings I mention that I’m trying to work through I wrote about on my personal blog: my mother’s mother, grief, and loving to the end of our days, however they are numbered.

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3. Last weekend my journaling bible and I attended a day of workshops with Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith. I’ve never been in a room full of people worshiping through art before and it was an amazing experience. I’m going to carry that day with me for a long time.  Heather Greenwood wrote a few words about the weekend here, if you’d like to read and take a look at some of her beautiful bible journaling artwork.

4. The week an email about Deliciously Slow landed in my inbox. I’m interested in the seven day e-course about healthy cooking with a slow cooker (and it’s more than just soups) and how to make it work for you and your family. Leah’s got all the information up about the course over on her site, so I encourage you to go check it out if  you’re interested.

5. The TEND magazine Spring 2015 issue is out! On their blog they’ve got a free project for you: growing wheatgrass for baskets and Easter decorations. Sweet!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! I’ll be around on Instagram, if you’d like to hang out there.