Kara’s Journal: looking back, looking forward.

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Outside my window … the day was a frosty, cold one and as I type this the sun is setting and we are settling in for a cold night of snow and wind. It’s our first real storm of the season.

I am thinking … that summer just wasn’t long enough for me.

I am thankful … for this post of Tsh’s over at The Art of Simple. I felt myself exhale mentally while reading it because she says many of the things that I’ve been feeling in my own heart. The internet has gotten very loud and I don’t want to just be a part of the noise. I want what you read here to be something that’s real, comes from my heart, and isn’t written for numbers or sponsors or with the goal of having a post go viral (not that those things aren’t nice, but that shouldn’t be the endgame). Or even because I’ve got this simple parenting thing all figured out (uh, because I don’t).

So, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m thankful for quiet, old-fashioned blogging and for this space to do it for all these years (next month will be five years for me at SimpleKids). And I’m thankful to all of YOU for making Simple Kids a small part of your lives, too.

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle


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In December 2013 I turned 40 and I decided that 2014 would be my year of being BRAVE. My family is very important to me, but I was not taking very good care of myself and it affected how I cared for them.

Instead of spending all of my time and energy caring for other people, I started to put myself first in some areas and concentrated on doing things that made me happy and on breaking habits that were destructive to my physical and mental health. It was a year full of changes that required a little courage on my part, because putting myself first isn’t something I’m used to.

I started exercising again (and re-discovered my love for it) and I started making a better effort to get more sleep at night. I began journaling again, taking more time to read, and I started to pay more attention to the food I was nourishing my body with. I took some of the same love and care I’d been showing my family with all of these years and began to apply it to myself.

Oh, and I also dyed my hair green (but that’s another story).

It was a life-changing year for me, full of joy that wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t been willing to be brave and face the changes that needed to be made in my life. I want to continue with that momentum in 2015.

What about YOU, my friends? Are you where you want to be?

How many times have you “tried harder” to improve your health? How many times have you “tried harder” than the last time, only to fail again?

Here’s a secret: Trying harder has never been your issue.

Instead, you should be trying different. Trying simpler.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 12.15.14

Kiwi Crate gingerbread house from cardboard | SimpleKids.net

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Outside my window … the sun is up, but it is a foggy and grey day here in central Indiana.

I am thinking … that judging by last night, this is going to be day three of my son max being sick. Poor little guy was miserable all weekend.

I am thankful … for a household of people I love all safe and sound.  I’ve had an eye on the news in Australia ever since last night and I just can’t stop thinking about what it must be like for those being held hostage and their families.

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Kiddin’ Around in December and our Holiday Book List

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We’ve been having a pretty slow December so far, and I’ve mostly been staying away from the computer, but I want to make sure that I sit down and write some things down so that I can remember them. After all, this blog is probably the only baby book my youngest kids are going to have.

So, without any further delay, welcome to Kiddin’ Around, where I share different activities, games, crafts, and links the kids and I have loved as a way of sharing the fun but also to help me add these moments to our family memory bank.

Right now my kids are ages 3, 6, 8, and 12 or preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and seventh grade.

Here’s how we have been kiddin’ around:

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 12.1.14

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Outside my window … the skies are dark, but this house is lit up with Christmas lights in red, white, blue, and yellow. There is a soft rain falling and I’m enjoying the quiet and the calm.

I am thinking … that it cannot possibly be that there are no more pages after this one in the calendar. December, already?

I am thankful … for being an auntie again! My brother and his wife had their second child yesterday and all are happy and healthy. I’m also thankful for all of these beautiful faces around my table and spending a lovely Thanksgiving at home.

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