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

Pancake Mix In, Gifts in a Jar ::: SimpleKids.net

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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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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Target Inner Circle Holiday Party 101: DIY decor for a happy kids’ table

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Note:  I’m a member of the Target Inner Circle and Target gave me a gift card to use for materials for this post. All opinions are my own.

It is the time of year for holiday gatherings and friends and family.  This year, the Target Inner Circle would like to invite you to our Holiday Party 101, where we’ve got you covered with ideas and tips for everything from the perfect party play list to eco friendly hostess gifts to kid-friendly party fun.

Today, I’m sharing with you some fun DIY decorating ideas for a happy kids’ table. 

Sure, the youngest members of the party might be relegated to a card table in the living room, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be merry and bright!

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