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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Becoming a Gift Detective {and a Target gift card giveaway}

Figuring out what your kids *really* want by becoming a Gift Detective ::: SimpleKids.net #MyKindofHoliday

Note: I”m a member of the Target Inner Circle and Target provided the gift card for this post.

At our house we keep gift giving simple by using Want, Need, Wear, Read as our gift guide.  The need, wear, and read are usually pretty straight forward, but the want can be difficult to figure out.

My kids, and I suspect some of your children, have no problem at all rattling off a gift list when asked.  Sometimes my kids will want something and we know about it for months ahead of time and that makes it easy to shop for them.

The tricky part is when the items on a child”s wish list change constantly.  Depending on the day, their mood, or most recent commercial influences, or what cool things they saw at a friend”s house, sometimes  their most wanted item changes.  It is hard to know exactly what to give them in the face of such indecisiveness.

Or maybe one of your kids is like my daughter Jillian was when she was a preschooler and knew exactly what she wanted but wouldn”t spill the beans to anyone but Santa himself.

Because we keep it simple, I want to make sure that their wanted item is something that they really want and I need to keep the secret from being discovered until Christmas morning.  This is where the fine art of being a gift detective comes in.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is do to some intelligence gathering and 1) find our what your kids really want and 2) keep it a secret until Christmas.

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Magical holiday fun starring my hometown: Fortville Winter Festival Giveaway!

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My family and I have lived in Fortville, Indiana for almost ten years now.  This beautiful, friendly small town is a pretty special place, and I rarely miss a chance to brag about all of the wonderful things for families Fortville has to offer.

A very special holiday event and family tradition is just around the corner:  the Fortville Winter Festival!  Local friends, consider this your formal invitation from me to attend and kick your holidays off to a joyful, small town, family fun start!

Hosted by Fortville Action, Inc. this festival will be held in downtown Fortville on Saturday December 7, 2013 from 2pm to 8pm.

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