Kiwi Crate Sale! (Tinker crate, Koala crate, and Doodle crate, too)

Kiwi Crate review | SimpleKids.netLucy and her Kiwi Crate project last month.

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Exclusive Kiwi Crate Black Friday Sale! Starting today to 12/1, save 60% on your 1st month subscription to any Kiwi Crate Family Brands.

PLUS free shipping with code HOLIDAY60 at checkout.

This holiday season, give the gift of monthly hands-on projects designed to spark creativity and curiosity for the little ones in your life. Kiwi Crate was founded on the vision of inspiring kids’ creativity and its mission is to help equip the next generation of innovators with the tools for creative problem solving and exploration.

Kiwi Crate offers high quality award-winning products across four brands for young makers ranging in age from 3 to 16+.

Our family subscribes to all four Kiwi Crate monthly subscription services:

  • Koala Crate
  • Kiwi Crate
  • Tinker Crate
  • and Doodle Crate

I’ll be sharing a full review of all four Kiwi Crate brands and what our kids think of them in a future post, but we really love these kits and my kids look forward to their arrival in the mailbox each month, so I wanted to tell you about this sale now because it ends soon.

If you’re looking to get started, this is a terrific deal and the price won’t last.

Turkey Cookies: our vintage cookie cutter collection and my mom’s simple butter cookie recipe


Some of you have been asking me about the cookies in our cover photo at the top of the SK faceboook page and my Simple Autumn collage on the blog, specifically about the source of the turkey cookie cutter.

I actually inherited this cookie cutter, and a lot of other really cool ones, from my Grandma Renie years ago. Most of the collection of cookie cutters that came from my Grandma’s house I don’t know the origin of. However, I do know and can share with you that this one is a red Tupperware turkey cutter circa the 1970s.

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The Friday Five: giveaway winner and other random things

Bubble blower | The Friday Five at

For those of you following along with this blog for a while now, you’ll probably remember that my husband works in the finance industry and tax season is always a little bit crazy for our family.  I’m so relieved to be heading into Easter weekend with another year behind us and am looking forward to spending time with family and to relaxing and enjoying this weekend.  I hope you’ve got something to look forward to, as well.

It is the end of the week and for the Friday Five I’ve got a few random things to share and catch all of you up on.  So, here we go:  the Friday Five.

1. The winner of the Simple Parenting and Play Planner was Kate.  Congratulations!  Watch your email for a note from me telling you how you can claim your prize.

Kate said, “I recently created a daily schedule with my preschooler that helps him visualize the flow of each day (breakfast, get ready for the day, morning chores, “kid school”, lunch, etc…). It has helped both of us keep organized throughout the day and is a great addition to our daily routine :) He’s very excited to “check the chart” to see what comes next.”

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The Friday Five: 5 of my favorite Simple Kids holiday posts


It is Friday, friends.  Wow!  Not only that, but here we are turning the page to November and I really, truly (though I know everyone says it every single month) do not know where all of the time is going.

In a few months I’ll be celebrating four years as the editor of Simple Kids.  That completely blows my mind!  I feel so new at this, so green, and yet, here is this little blog that I’ve been writing for longer than one of my children has been alive.  Wow.

For today’s Friday Five I wanted to simply share five of my favorite Simple Kids holiday related posts.  These are near and dear to my heart, or just fun, or special to me because of the time in my life when I wrote them.

I hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

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The Power of a Parent’s Touch: Adding Tenderness to the Routine Tasks of Childcare

The following is an except from an article I wrote for the most recent issue of Bamboo magazine.  I’d love it if you’d join me over there to read the rest of the article and continue the discuss in the comments there.  Thanks!

Touch is a powerful thing, especially a parent’s touch. It is likely you’ve seen the power of a parent’s touch in action.  Babies are soothed when folded in loving arms, tears are chased away with a hug, a gentle squeeze of the shoulder that reminds an antsy child to sit still just a while longer, or how a parent’s large hand wrapped around a child’s small one can provide an extra boost of courage. We know that touch matters.

So, let me ask you a question I recently asked myself:  when was the last time you slowed down enough to connect with your child, not just through words, but through a loving, intentionally tender touch? 

We touch our children often, of course.  But how many of those connections are made on auto-pilot?  What if we put more intention into our tasks as loving caregivers?  How can we add tenderness to the routine tasks of childcare?

[Read the rest in the Summer 2012 issue of Bamboo magazine …]