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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40+ Advent ideas: simple ways to count the days

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Today I’m talking about Advent and some simple ways to count the days before Christmas.

It doesn’t take too many days of using an Advent calendar for even young kids to start to understand the idea of a count-down.  The simple, repeated act, be it opening a drawer on an heirloom calendar to reveal a surprise or tearing the next link on a paper chain every day, is a fun way for kids to mark the passage of time.

Are you looking for some ideas for observing Advent this year?  I’ve rounded up more than 40 of my favorite ideas for you to choose from. 

One reminder:  I know this list has grown from when I began it in 2012. There are now many more activities and Advent resources listed here, but I want to remind you to keep Advent simple. For me Advent is a time of quiet contemplation, anticipating the joy of Christmas day. It’s a season for reflection, introspection, and also preparation.

Advent isn’t meant to be busy or rushed. And it isn’t meant to be one more thing for your To Do list. For my family,  Advent is about simply enjoying the wait, anticipating the Christmas celebration, looking forward to what comes next.” – Kara, SimpleKids.net

Pick the single idea that speaks to you this year.  Maybe two if you promise me to keep it stress free, friends.  This is a time to let go of the excess and keep things sincere and focused, not overwhelming.

So this is me formally giving you permission not to do it all, okay?

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