The Friday Five: giveaway winner and other random things

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For those of you following along with this blog for a while now, you’ll probably remember that my husband works in the finance industry and tax season is always a little bit crazy for our family.  I’m so relieved to be heading into Easter weekend with another year behind us and am looking forward to spending time with family and to relaxing and enjoying this weekend.  I hope you’ve got something to look forward to, as well.

It is the end of the week and for the Friday Five I’ve got a few random things to share and catch all of you up on.  So, here we go:  the Friday Five.

1. The winner of the Simple Parenting and Play Planner was Kate.  Congratulations!  Watch your email for a note from me telling you how you can claim your prize.

Kate said, “I recently created a daily schedule with my preschooler that helps him visualize the flow of each day (breakfast, get ready for the day, morning chores, “kid school”, lunch, etc…). It has helped both of us keep organized throughout the day and is a great addition to our daily routine :) He’s very excited to “check the chart” to see what comes next.”

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New Veggie Tales Adventure {giveaway}


Boldly going where no Veggie has gone before, Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato, two of the most recognized home entertainment characters, take on the heroic theme of space exploration in their new roles as Captain Cuke and Mr. Spork (I know, this mama’s inner sci-fi nerd is dying here).

In the movie Veggies in Space: the Fennel Frontier, Bob and Larry share an out-of-this-world adventure with an important lesson in sharing.

My son Max, age 7, has been really interested in the vlogging I’ve been doing lately and he asked if he could make a video, too.  I thought this would give him a perfect chance to do that, so here is Max the movie critic with his two minute thoughts on Veggies in Space: the Fennel Frontier:

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Simple Parenting and Play Planner {giveaway}

SPPP on tour intro post

Well hello! It’s Melitsa from Raising Playful Tots and I’m super excited that Kara has kindly let me share with you about a little project that will help you take your intentional parenting and play a positive step forward! Yeah!

We know planning works. We plan our holiday. We plan our menus. We plan our budgets. We’re a pretty intentional bunch. But what about planning our play and our family actions?

During the summer, my boys were running down their enormous list of ‘must dos’ and ‘I wish we could dos’ that you do on a warm summers day. Soon I was doing the same- all the places I wanted to take them and things I wanted to do as a family. But there was no where to really catch all these ideas and in true Star Trek – Jean Luc Picard fashion- “Make it so!”

Play is often the first thing that gets squeezed in our lives and it’s easy for the good ideas and intentions to go on the back burner if we don’t have a place to let them take shape- grow some wings and fly or wheels and roll on out!

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Home Sweet Homeschool: March

Happy St. Patrick's Day from SimpleKids.netI thought some of you might like to read about what we’ve been up to in our homeschool lately.  Here’s a snippet from yesterday’s post on my personal blog.

Wow.  I think it has been 6 months since I wrote up a monthly homeschool update for the blog.  Yikes.  No time like the present to get back on track, eh?  So, let’s dive right in and talk about what the kids and I have been learning during the month of March and some of the changes we’ve made since I last wrote about our homeschool.


Toddler Time, age 2 years 7 months – Amelia isn’t technically homeschooling, but I like to record what she’s been up to and learning each month, so I hope you’ll indulge me as I include her in these monthly wrap ups.

One huge milestone for this little style maven:  she can go down the slide at the park all by herself.  Wow!  Talk about what a difference six months makes.  She’s so proud of herself!

This month saw a language explosion and she’s speaking in six and seven and sometimes even eight word sentences.  Usually along the lines of “Mom, you give me that ____, please?” or “Mom, I have more that ____, please?”  Tacking please on the end of requests is fairly new, too.

She’s very interested in brushing her teeth and washing hands.  She’s also interested in the process of doing the laundry and likes to help me transfer it from washer to dryer and then from the dryer to the laundry baskets and then even folding it and helping me put it away.

I give her simple tasks like folding washcloths and pairing socks (which sometimes she matches up correctly and sometimes not).

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Waving the white flag and other perfectly acceptable things for busy seasons of life {vlog}

SpringKidsHip, hip, hooray for Spring days!

Long time, no vlog my friends.  But, here I am, sneaking away a few moments to chat with you thanks to the iphone’s video camera (so forgive me for the even less stellar than usual quality).

If you’ve got six minutes to give yourself a time out as we begin this week, here are a few thoughts from me on waving the white flag and other perfectly acceptable things for busy seasons of life:

(note:  if you’re viewing this via email or a reader you may need to click through to the blog in order to watch the video)

Video notes:
- I’m going to be doing VEDA (vlog every day in April) or at least VMA (vlog *most* days in April).  You can find that on my YouTube channel, if you’re interested.  I won’t be sharing all of them here on the blog.

- sorry about the barking squirrel crazy dog around 4:16  :-)

- Aimee’s post on Simple Bites about Non Suppers can be found here:

Here’s to popcorn and apple slices for dinner, friends!
Best wishes,