Simple as That: The Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Tastes of Spring


After such an odd and dreary Winter, I’m so happy that Springtime is here!  The cold, grey days are (mostly) behind us, and in my part of the world we’re already enjoying the green, sunny days and the blues skies of Spring.

While I’m not convinced we won’t still see a March or April snowstorm before Winter truly says farewell, I see Spring’s arrival as an opportunity to use all of our senses to savor the season. I’m especially looking forward to celebrating baby Mia’s first Spring and I can’t wait to introduce her to flowers and exploring outdoors in the sunshine.

I thought it would be fun to carry on what has become a seasonal tradition here at Simple Kids, and list some of the different ways we can experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of Spring with our kids.

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Little Passports Valentine’s Day Sale

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Have you heard of Little Passports? If not, let me introduce you to one of our family’s favorites! And, perfect timing, there is a Little Passports Valentine’s Day Sale! Be sure to use the code 5VDAY when you are checking out to get a $5 discount.

Little Passports takes your child on journeys around the USA two states at a time, and there’s also an around the world option which introduces your kids to countries like Egypt and Italy. We use Little Passports in our homeschool and my kids really enjoy it.

The subscription enables you to teach your child about the hundreds of different cultures at their own pace. Each month, a package addressed to your kids arrives full of little goodies like stickers for their own passport, activity sheets that teach them about major landmarks around the world and gets their brain going with fun puzzles and crosswords.

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Zero to Two: the Book of Play

lucy_bittybabyI couldn’t resist an excuse to share this photo of baby Lucy.

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Friends, I’m so excited to tell you about the launch of an adorable project I’ve been blessed to be a part of – a fun new ebook for parents of babies and toddlers, Zero to Two: the Book of Play.

A fun collaboration with other bloggers and the brain child of the lovely Cathy of Nurture Store, Zero to Two is an ebook with 25 play ideas for babies and toddlers (and 50 links to even more fun baby/toddler ideas) with full color photos and step-by-step guidelines for simple, fun playtime ideas for babies through age two (though I bet your three your old would love some of these ideas, too).

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A Hot Apple Cider Recipe

October fawn

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In our neck of the woods, October has decided to start showing off.  Autumn so far has been gorgeous and full of fun surprises, like this little visitor to my dad’s garden last weekend.

My middle two kids, ages 5 and 7, seem to be especially impressed by the changing of the seasons this year and their enthusiasm is a nice reminder to slow down and take some time to observe this time of year through a child’s eyes.

color walk rainbow

As a family we’ve had a lot of fun going on nature walks, driving in the country, baking leaf shaped cookies, and doing activities like picking pumpkins from Grandpa’s pumpkin patch and making Halloween decorations together.

Spring is magic, yes, but there’s something pretty special about Autumn, too.  If only all transitions could be as beautiful and smooth, right?  There’s a lot to learn from the way the natural world puts itself to bed this time of year.

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Families, Creativity, and Design: Crafting Community.

Wild Things at Crafting Community 2013

I attended Crafting Community as part of my involvement with the Target Inner Circle Thank you, Target!

Last week my oldest daughter Jillian and I spent the weekend in gorgeous Palm Springs, California attending Crafting Community.  To say this was a special time for us would be an understatement.  Magical might be a touch more accurate.

We needed this mother-daughter trip together, and beyond that, my child was in her element creating, crafting, and surrounded by inspiration.   As her mom, that was pretty wonderful to get to experience with her.

Crafting Community founder, LA based artist Karen Kimmel, believes esthetics and design are not lost on children. Kids love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage them.  Hmmm, that almost sounds like someone else I know …

With that in mind, Karen works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire and engage guests of all ages.  I think you’ll agree with me that the end result is pretty wonderful.

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