Springtime Bucket List: 4 simple things to bring joy this season

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Wow. What a wild ride this past winter was, right? And our household seemed to ride that rocky wave right into March. Thanks to illness for most of the month I feel like our family missed the changing of the seasons. However, at long last, spring is here and we are (more than) ready to embrace it.

While I do love a good list, I’m not really into big To Do lists for celebrations and fun things, mostly because I don’t need the guilt of another unfinished list.

However, I do think that a little focus and mindfulness never hurt anyone and, in my case, is good for setting some anchor points.

So, here’s our simple Springtime Bucket List for 2015, a few things this mama thinks would be wonderful to fill the season with:

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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.

Knitting for Kids: Knitted Baby Doll and the Lyric Baby Hat

Kara's Journal, January 25, 2015 | SimpleKids.netI know that quite a few of you who follow this blog are knitters, so I wanted to share some things for kids that I’ve finished up lately.

(I also know that not everyone who visits here knits, so I don’t plan to share this type of thing very often. After all, I do have another space for my pointy sticks endeavors.)

I have recently finished up two projects for kids and both of them were simple knits with a lot of sweetness.

The first was a Lyric baby hat, which we are giving as a gift to a new little babe we know we made his appearance just before the holidays last year.

This was a free pattern and I used up scraps of yarn from other projects, so it ended up being a very frugal knit, but I think it turned out very sweet and special. I’m excited to see it on the head of the smiley little fellow it is intended for.

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