Kiddin’ Around: the 4th week of May

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Welcome to Kiddin’ Around, where I share different activities, games, crafts, and links the kids and I have loved each week.

Right now my kids are ages 2, 6, 7, and 12. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week and how we’ve been kiddin’ around:

Music: – not really music, but music to my ears! I really enjoyed listening to this episode of a very fun new podcast, The Read Aloud Revival. This episode features one of my favorite people, Tsh Oxenreider talking about how reading aloud is like comfort food. I know I keep mentioning this here, there, and everywhere, but it really is a great podcast.

Watching: – our favorite cars go around the track.  When we haven’t been visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ourselves this week, we’ve been hooked on the app and the website watching the LiveStream.

Very, Very Pinteresting – we are planning a super laid back Summer. Aside from Backyard Nature Camp, we aren’t planning much.  No summer reading challenge, no bucket list, no 100 Days lists.  We have had a hectic year and I don’t want to commit us to any more than a real, true break full of downtime and freedom. Amen.

However, this pin on Pinterest certainly has our attention and I think the kids and I will enjoy printing this out and having it handy in the minivan for all of our Summer travel days.

Things to Eat and Drink – As the temps climbed this week, we’ve been breaking out the homemade popsicles (take that, ice cream truck!).  Some of our favorites are here at Simple Bites. Note: we used raspberries with this recipe as that is what we got from our CSA this week and they were yummy!

IMSgigglesAll giggles at IMS on Wednesday.

Games: – we’ve been playing an awful lot of Spot It! this week after we rediscovered it during a recent play room clean out. Don’t you just love it when something old is new again for your kids?

What We’re ReadingMy oldest is very excited about this book as we are planning a visit to Walt Disney World in the future.

Also, speaking of books, I want to take this moment to remind you one more time about the special launch week only price for Three to Five: Playful Preschool.

How about you? What have you and your kiddos been up to this week? Share in the comments below.


Summer looming large ahead of you? Unsure how to fill the dates on the calendar? Jessica of Life As Mom has you covered with her Summer Survival Guide, on sale for $5 until May 27. Grab your copy today!

Three to Five: Playful Preschool – launch price won’t last!

Playful Preschool ebook for your 3 to 5 year old

Parents and caregivers of preschoolers, have you heard the news about the Three to Five: the Playful Preschool ebook?

Full of creative, hands-on learning – including math, language, science, art, and play ideas, this new ebook collaboration from some other parenting and kid bloggers (including myself) is available during launch week for a special low price.

Full of clear, great photos with step-by-step guides for things you can easily try at home, this ebook has:

  • 25+ ideas for preschoolers
  • ten printable resources (a city scape play scene, My First Journal pages, recipe card, numbers game, weather chart printables, alphabet play mats, unique hand-drawn art pages, conversation cards, block building challenge cards, bookmarks)

You can read more about the ebook (and see a sweet video) here in my original post from Monday.

I wanted to pop in quickly to remind you that the special launch price of $6.99 for is one week only. (After that it will be $8.99)

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Hope you and your kids are having a great week!  I’ll be back tomorrow with The Friday Five.

Three to Five: the Playful Preschool

Playful Preschool ebook for your 3 to 5 year old

Parents and caregivers of preschoolers, are you looking for an amazing resource to use with your 3 to 5 year old? Are you seeking hands-on, play based learning ideas that are simple and easy to put into practice in your home?

If you are, then today I have some exciting news about a project I’ve been working on with some other kid and parenting bloggers:  today the Three to Five: the Playful Preschool ebook launches!

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Feather Your Nest this Spring

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By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come. And you know the idea of an instant library makes this mama’s inner nerd very, very happy!

You’re going to be hearing a lot about this special sale for the next week and there is a good reason for that:  this is a quality collection at an amazing price and it only happens one time per year.

I loved the books I purchased in the bundle sale last year (and only finished reading my way through the list a short time ago – there are enough titles in these bundles to keep you reading for a long time). I’m super excited about the books included in this year’s bundle, too!

Some of the books included this year are ebooks I already own and love and would heartily recommend to you – like Tsh’s homeschool planner and my friend Jamie’s Steady Days book as well as Real Food on a Real Budget which I have owned and used for years now.

There are a few new titles that I’m excited to purchase and read for the first time myself. There are some homeschooling ebooks included that I’m especially eager to get my hands on (I was going to list them and then I realized that it is all of them, ha ha!).

There are a few titles in the Motherhood section that are really speaking to my heart right now, especially Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae’s Desperate Mom’s ecourse.

Plus, there are some truly great bonuses this time around! Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

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I’m confident you won’t find a more comprehensive set of homemaking resources anywhere — and certainly not at this price. Bought separately, they’d cost a total of $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses!). But you can have all of them for just $29.97!

Or, by popular demand, for just an extra $10, you not only get the full set of PDF files, but also a bonus set of Kindle editions, perfectly formatted for easy Kindle reading. (Now that I’m a kindle convert for ebooks, this is the one that I’m planning to purchase).

I believe it’s the best deal on homemaking eBooks anywhere on the web. But it will only be available for six days. So grab yours before it’s gone!

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Simple Parenting and Play Planner {giveaway}

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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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