Indiana Bastille Day July 11, 2015

Indiana Bastille Day | giveaway! | SimpleKids.netBonjour! For the past few years, my family and I have attended Indiana Bastille Day, an amazing free family event held right in our hometown of Fortville, Indiana. We love this event and today I want to invite all of you to join us on July 11 from 11am to 11pm.

This giveaway is now closed. Enjoy Indiana Bastille Day, everyone!

We eat crepes, participate in the French Revolution (well, okay, the Fishers RenFaire actors participate and we cheer or jeer accordingly), learn about French culture and history, and get to know our neighbors, local historical groups, the police force and firefighters, plus we get to hear some amazing French music and the Ten West choir.

There’s a beautiful evening lantern walk and a fun laser light show to close the day, as well.

In an inspiring mix of global and local cultures, there are marionettes, painting in the park, a waiter’s race, the game petanque, and other fun French themed activities, crafts, and wares brought to you by the many talents of our area’s local artisans. It’s a great day to discover some new-to-you local businesses, learn about the French culture, and make new friends.

What does a small town in Indiana have to do with the French Revolution, you ask? Well, admittedly, not much at first glance. But, here’s the most wonderful part about all of this: Indiana Bastille Day is a lesson about what can happen when friends and neighbors come together.

You see, Indiana Bastille Day began just a few short years ago as a celebration in a local couple’s backyard. The wife is from France and the family held a Bastille Day event at their home to share French culture with their friends and neighbors.

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Let Me Knit for You: Five Year Anniversary Giveaway

hat knitting | SimpleKids.netHave you glanced at the rows and rows of titles in the parenting section in your local bookstore or library lately?  Turned on the television to view a panel of experts debating the latest theories on ways to create a “perfect” childhood?  Walked down the aisles at the toy store and been overwhelmed by all of the choices, products, and systems?

Do you ever stop and wonder are we making this harder than it has to be?

That quote is from the about page for Simple Kids. This week marks the five year anniversary of me taking over as editor here.

Many things have changed since that first day. Simple Living Media is different. Simple Kids is different. And, it can be said without argument, that I am different.

For one thing, my family has grown and we’ve been through some personal ups and downs. The blog itself has been through some ups and downs as well. What once began as me, a team of 12 contributors and almost two dozen book reviewers eventually became just me sitting here at this keyboard telling your stories and sharing what simple living with kids means to me.

Here we are: five years. That’s almost a lifetime in blogging years.

To celebrate, I wanted to host a giveaway, but not just any giveaway, I wanted to do something special and personal.

So, I’m going to make you something.

Comments on this post are closed and the winner will be announced soon. Thanks!

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Teaching from Rest: a Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace {giveaway}


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I have a giveaway today for my homeschooling readers: one Simple Kids reader will win a bundle from Sarah at Amongst the Lovely Things for her new book Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace.

I’m in the middle of reading this book myself and I think it has an important and timely message for homeschooling parents as we are in the middle of planning and preparing for next year.

{this giveaway is now CLOSED and a winner will be announced soon.  Thanks!}

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I’m in the middle of the “rest” season right now – enjoying Summer, some downtime, and recharging and feeling like I  have energy again after the toll the school year can take on me. I won’t lie friends, it felt like we came to the end of this year with a whimper and not a bang.

And yet, after a few weeks of rest and relaxing I find myself once again looking forward to the year ahead, getting excited about back to school.

From a place of rest, I can see the joy and I look forward to starting homeschool again – even the messy, noisy, less than perfect days. In fact, with the perspective rest brings, I can see that in some cases those were among our best days of the school year.

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