Worthwhile Reads, Lovely Things

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Welcome to my new readers and to those of you returning to this space! I seem to be doing some online spring cleaning and I recently decided to make my personal blog private, for a variety of reasons.

I may bring some of those topics over here to Simple Kids, including opening up a bit about my struggle with parenting and depression IF I can figure out a way to write about that topic that is still authentic to my voice and to the mission I have for Simple Kids.

It’s a complicated thing, depression and motherhood, and I strive to keep this place … uncomplicated. However, I do feel like it is important to talk about. I’m still pondering the best way to handle this.

In the meantime, one thing I knew for sure I did want to bring over to this space are my weekly-ish Worthwhile Reads and Lovely Things posts. These are some of my favorite posts to write and I think you guys will love them, too. (Similar to Weekend Links, for those of you long, long time readers).

Thanks for joining me for the first ever Simple Kids version of WRLT! Now, let’s get to the good stuff!

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The Friday Five

Amelia on the swings | March 2015 | SimpleKids.netSpring! Actual, real warm weather! Hooray!

1. My grandmother passed away on February 28. She was 95 years old and we miss her very much. When I mentioned on social media that she had passed away, several of you shared some books that helped your children through the grieving process. I really appreciated this and I’m working on making a list of all of those books as well as a few recommendations of my own. If you have any recommendations that should be included in this list, leave me a note in the comments. Thanks!

2. It’s been “essentials only” around here the past week. And that’s okay. I’ve been remembering the 80/20 rule and giving myself grace.

3. In the midst of all of this, my son Max earned his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do. Martial arts is something new to our family, as Max has only been taking classes for a few months, but I think it is safe to say that my son has found the thing that clicks with him. He loves it! Isn’t is a great feeling when you see your child in their element?

4. Speaking of being in their element, Max totally flipped for his most recent Tinker Crate on hydraulics. Note that I am an affiliate for Tinker Crate, so if you make a purchase through that link, SimpleKids earns a small amount (thanks!)

Here’s a quick video of the hydraulic assembly he and Lucy made this past week:

5. Last week we took the kids to Comic Con (because the family that geeks out together, stays together) and while we were there we met The Art of Charles Thurston who creates family friendly art for geeks!

Charles Thurston - family friendly art for the geek at heartCharles is a father of two who was looking for a way to share the stories he loves with his kids, but in a non-scary, family friendly way. He’s got some books he’s illustrated and written that are so cute and the artwork? Love. You can check out his work at his etsy shop.

art of Charles Thurston

And that’s the Friday Five for this week. Have a lovely weekend, friends!