Weekend links: giveaway winners!

There we are, friends … this year”s Home for the Holidays week is finished.  Thank you all so much for joining in with us for the fun!

The other  Simple Living Media editors and I started planning this months ago and I think this year might have been our best year ever!

But, enough of that.  Let”s get to the winners, shall we?

Home for the Holidays giveaway winners:

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Giveaway: invite.L dual bag-in-bag

Today is the last day of our annual Home for the Holidays week! I”m a little sad to wind down the week, but we”ve given you some great gift ideas and suggestions that you can take into your holiday celebrations this year.

The final gift I”m highlighting for your holidays is the dual bag-in-bag from inviteL

I have a dual bag-in-bag in apple green and I love it!  It is one of those simple, yet genius ideas:  a bag that you load up with the gear you use on a daily basis but that you can easily move back and forth between your larger totes, diaper bags, and carry-alls without having to do the whole item by item shuffle and re-sort routine.

Just pick the bag-in-bag up by the handles and take it from one tote to the next.  Easy!  This is perfect for a parent on the go, but you don”t have to be a parent to appreciate the convenience of only having to pack a bag once.

It is cushioned, soft, and features all kinds of convenient elements like mesh pockets, zippered pockets, and snaps that let you trim the design if you need to.  I can see why this bag is one of invite.L “s international best sellers.

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Giveaway: Kiwi Crate 6 month subscription

Today I get to announce the second giveaway of our annual Home for the Holidays week! This is one of my very favorite recommendations for parents of crafty kids, and it would make a fantastic holiday gift:  a six month subscription to Kiwi Crate.

We love Kiwi Crate at our house!  Those green boxes are heralded with shouts of joy when my kids find them in the mailbox because they know fun is held within.

Back in September I let you in on my secret for how I “do it all” with the kids – homeschooling, crafting, parenting, etc. The not-so-secret secret is that I let other people do some of the work for me.

Enter Kiwi Crate:  a monthly subscription service with themed crafts for your kids that, get this, includes everything you need in the box.  You just have to gather your children, open the box, and get started.  Ta da!  You get to be one of those fun parents able to pull together a crafting session with your kids at a moment”s notice.

We”ve been crafting and exploring with one of their holiday themed crates this month, making a cardboard “gingerbread” house and some ornaments.  So much fun!

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Giveaway: Ahh Products bean bag chair

Today is the first day of our annual Home for the Holidays week! It is finally here!

I”m super excited to kick things off with a fun giveaway, the first gift idea I”m showcasing for the holidays, a bean bag chair from Ahh Products.

Thanks to a new addition to our family, our kids have a super cozy and good looking spot for lingering over books, cuddling up to watch a movie, or just hanging out:  our Ahh Products organic bean bag chair.

With a super soft cover fabric made from certified organic cotton twill, the Ahh Products organic bean bag chairis available in a wide range of stylish colors that have kid appeal and will look great in your home.  You can even get a fabric swatch from the good folks at Ahh Products if you”re having trouble deciding on a color.

Our bean bag is this awesome shade of lime green which I think looks fantastic with our navy blue walls.  What do you think?

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How to encourage kids in their journal writing (plus a Gadanke giveaway!)

Written by guest contributor Katie Clemons of Making This Home.

When I was young, I dreamed of writing a fabulous journal that other kids would read at school some day. I’d curl up in whatever tight corner I could find, and I would write my legendary entry for the day with an erasable black pen.

Or at least I tried to write.

That blank notebook page hit me like a snowstorm in the South. I shut down. I didn’t know what to write. I had no idea how to document the things that made me feel alive or led me to jump out of bed in the morning. As a result, my journal pages became rambling bits of boring information or – and this was usually the case – the pages were left blank. The notebook went forgotten.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult. Sometimes, journal writing is hard. Heck, a blank page can offer an intimidating experience for any type of writing.

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