The Friday Five, when it isn’t simple

The Friday Five: spring is here and life sometimes isn't simple1. I turned in my Art of Simple post weeks ago, and wouldn’t you know it? This week started with our three year old crawling into bed at 3:30 am Monday morning and being ill (worst alarm clock ever), which led to us all falling ill one by one.

Add in me working through some big feelings and a medical situation with my husband (he’s going to be fine, just forgot he was 40 for a moment and has the knee injury to remind him).

So, not simple. Pretty chaotic. Lots of dinners of crackers and fruit, for those who even felt like eating.

In other words, when I write about what gets me through When It Isn’t So Simple, the words come from the heart. And, as if often the case, what I share with you is the gentle reminder I need.

2. The big feelings I mention that I’m trying to work through I wrote about on my personal blog: my mother’s mother, grief, and loving to the end of our days, however they are numbered.

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3. Last weekend my journaling bible and I attended a day of workshops with Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith. I’ve never been in a room full of people worshiping through art before and it was an amazing experience. I’m going to carry that day with me for a long time.  Heather Greenwood wrote a few words about the weekend here, if you’d like to read and take a look at some of her beautiful bible journaling artwork.

4. The week an email about Deliciously Slow landed in my inbox. I’m interested in the seven day e-course about healthy cooking with a slow cooker (and it’s more than just soups) and how to make it work for you and your family. Leah’s got all the information up about the course over on her site, so I encourage you to go check it out if  you’re interested.

5. The TEND magazine Spring 2015 issue is out! On their blog they’ve got a free project for you: growing wheatgrass for baskets and Easter decorations. Sweet!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! I’ll be around on Instagram, if you’d like to hang out there.

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

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

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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

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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

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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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