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.

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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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The Friday Five: 5 ways the bunny and I are keeping Easter simple

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Easter is around the corner and, as you know, I’m trying to simplify things, including taking the holidays down a notch.

Note, this post originally appeared in 2013. I realized as I sat down to write this week’s Friday Five that, after the crazy month of March we just had, I find myself in the same spot: looking to keep this Easter simple, sane, and meaningful. So, I’m reposting this oldie but goodie, which was a nice reminder from Kara of 2013 to Kara of 2015, and I’m going to settle in for a nice weekend with my family. I wish you and yours a wonderful weekend, too!

Easter is going to look a little different at our house this year as I make good on my promise to simplify things for my family.

So, for today’s Friday Five I bring you …

5 Simple and Sweet Easter Ideas

1. A Family Easter Basket – this year, instead of individual baskets, the bunny and I have decided to take a simpler path and have one family Easter basket for all to share.  The kids will have smaller baskets for hunting eggs, but instead of 4 baskets of presents, we’re keeping things simple with one larger basket with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, art supplies, and a few sweet treats for all to share.

Note: in 2014 we dropped filling baskets all together and just hid about 3 dozen eggs for the kids and it was totally fine with everyone. The kids each have an empty basket they use to hunt for eggs, but this year I can’t even find those so we may totally skip the baskets, even for egg hunting. 

And, you know what? It’s still going to be Easer.

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Kiddin’ Around in December and our Holiday Book List

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We’ve been having a pretty slow December so far, and I’ve mostly been staying away from the computer, but I want to make sure that I sit down and write some things down so that I can remember them. After all, this blog is probably the only baby book my youngest kids are going to have.

So, without any further delay, welcome to Kiddin’ Around, where I share different activities, games, crafts, and links the kids and I have loved as a way of sharing the fun but also to help me add these moments to our family memory bank.

Right now my kids are ages 3, 6, 8, and 12 or preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and seventh grade.

Here’s how we have been kiddin’ around:

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