Happy St. Patrick’s day! And our visit to Piney Acres Farm’s Irish Roots family day

Happy St. Patrick's Day from SimpleKids.net

Hello there!  If you’re here looking for this week’s parenting video, I’m afraid I’m having some technical issues.  I hope to have things resolved soon so I can share this week’s inspiration with all of you. I suspect it is simply of a matter of what my old boss would call fixing the nut behind the wheel, so as soon as I figure out what I’m doing in this fly by night vlogging operation, I’ll share.

In the meantime, I thank you for your patience with me by wishing you and your kids a happy St. Patrick’s day and by sharing a few pictures from our visit to Piney Acres Farm yesterday for their Irish Roots family celebration.

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Writing Thank You Notes

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The following is from the Simple Kids archives.

I hope you are having wonderful holiday season, my friends.  I know that we sure are!  We have had two weekends in a row of family gatherings and are looking forward to celebrating Christmas this weekend with even more family.

Very soon,  it will be time to tell the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who helped to make our holiday so merry how thankful we are for their company and generosity. 

Yes, kids, we will be writing  Thank You notes.

This year, I hope to include a of photo of each child with the gift they are thankful for (or the items purchased with a gift card or money, if that is the case).  I think this will be a fun, personal touch and add a few snapshots to our loved ones’ fridges, too as I haven’t done the best job this past year in sending out recent pictures of the kids.

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Monday Mission: have a very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Kara and the kids!My family and I want to wish you and your kids a very Merry Christmas! 

I hope your days this week are merry and bright, but also that there are moments filled with peace and calm (and maybe some extra sleep?)

For all of you hard working moms, dads, grandparents, and care givers I pray that this holidays find you getting in touch with your own inner child and that you play, celebrate, and experience true joy right alongside your children.

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This has been a year of changes, trials, and accomplishments for our family, and it has also been a year of change and growth for Simple Kids.

Thank you for being loyal readers, for your understanding during the changes that happened this year, and for your support and encouragement.  I love writing here and I’m looking forward to 2014!

Happy holidays!

Kara, Chris, Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia

 

Monday mission: do something now to make next week easier

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This holiday season I’ve been giving myself some Monday missions, simple things to do that will make life around here a bit less complicated for the kids and I.

I’m inviting you to join in and accept the Monday Mission challenge if you want to and I hope we’re all going to be a little happier for it.

This week my mission is to do something now that will make next week easier.

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Pancakes in a Jar and a Live Baking Event with Catherine McCord of Weelicious

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Note:  I received a package of Krusteaz mixes for my family to try and this post contains affiliate links.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The little elves at my house have been busy this week.  We’re finishing up handmade gifts, including these fun pancakes in a jar which will be heading to my dad, Grandpa Mike, the kids’ favorite pancake maker.  Don’t tell Grandma, but we’ve mixed some sweet treats in for a custom mix.

We got the idea for this fun DIY gift from Krusteaz and Catherine McCord of Weelicious fame.  I’m a big fan of Weelicious and I know that many of you are, too.

I’m excited to share that Catherine is hosting a live webcast event this weekend sharing some more easy ideas, like these simple pancakes in a jar.

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