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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Little Passports 3 Month Subscription giveaway!

SonnyBonoConcourseJillian loves to travel and she loves Little Passports.

The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

That’s right! I have exclusive access to give away a 3 month trial to one of the coolest subscriptions in the land, Little Passports. Enter now and you could have your own subscription by the end of the month!

Our family has purchased the World traveler subscription and the USA subscription.  I’m also a Little Passports affiliate. We love this service at our house, so I’m especially excited for the chance to share it with you!

A Facebook giveaway

Little Passports is also hosting their own Facebook giveaway this week! Use this link below to sign up to win a 1 year Little Passports subscription and a Melissa & Doug Birthday Bundle. (That is $250 worth of goodies!) The deadline to sign up to win this prize is April 25th.

If you miss out on this weeks opportunity, don’t fret…There is one more week of giveaways to enter.

http://platform.votigo.com/fbsweeps/sweeps/Birthday-Giveaway

A SimpleKids.net giveaway

I’m hosting a giveaway here on the blog, too. One lucky SimpleKids.net reader will win a 3 month trial subscription to Little Passports.

To enter

Answer the following question in the comments below this post: If you and your kids could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This giveaway will end at midnight EST April 30, 2014.  The winner will be announced here on the blog.  The winner will have seven days to claim their prize. Good luck! Note: this service is available in the US only.  Thanks.

Veggie Tales giveaway: and the winners are …

Veggies in Space giveaway - 4 winners!  Ends 4/19/14 | SimpleKids.net

MMy apologies for being so quiet around here.  We’ve had a few hiccups behind the scenes and for a few days it wasn’t possible for me to post.  Thankfully, in large part due to the efforts of a certain Oxenreider who takes amazing care of Simple Kids and all of her sister blogs (hi, Kyle!), things are just about back to normal around here.  Hooray!

Also, I want to give a quick shout out to all of you who have emailed or messaged me via social media to let me know things were not quite right here on the blog. I really appreciate you looking out for me like that.  Thank you!

So, let us catch up on some old business, including revealing the names of the Veggie Tales winner.  And the winners are:

  • Jen Dowler
  • Debbie C.
  • Gina S
  • Michelle

Congratulations! Be on the lookout for an email from me telling me how you can claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered.  My son Max especially loved having a chance to make his YouTube debut.  I’ll have another giveaway for one of our favorite things coming up later today, so be on the lookout.

Best wishes,

Kara

 

 

New Veggie Tales Adventure {giveaway}

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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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