A few of my favorite things (giveaway)

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today is my birthday.  I”m celebrating 39 trips around the sun and I”m thankful for every single one, even the ones that left me with a few more wrinkles and white hair.

“It takes a long time to grow young.” – Pablo Picasso

Since today is my birthday, I wanted to do something that makes me very happy:  giving gifts.

I can”t think of a nicer way to celebrate than to give away some of my favorite things to a Simple Kids reader!

The giveaway

This giveaway is for some of my favorite things. Included are:

Artterro art journal

We are pretty big fans of Artterro at our house.  The company”s award winning (and eco-friendly!) arts and crafts kits are so much fun.  If you have an older child, or perhaps your own inner child, who loves to create these kits are perfect.  My eleven year old and I love their journal kits the best. Artterro very kindly sent us one art journal kit to giveaway and they provided a discount code for Simple Kids readers, too:  use the code FAVEART20 for 20% off any order through January 2, 2013Thanks, Artterro!

Heaven on Earth

There are a few books on my bookshelf that I read and re-read, marking up the pages, tagging things with post-it tabs, returning to their advice and ideas again and again.  Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer is one of those books.  I”ve been loving and referring to our copy since 2009, this book is full of advice on everything from daily rhythm and routines to chores to play.  I know you”ll love it, too!

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids

provided lots of inspirations for crafts, decorations, and recipes for our family”s celebrations this past year.  I”m already marking some ideas for next year”s birthdays and get-togethers.  I think you”ll be inspired by the ideas in this book, too.  You can read my full review here.

Spot It!

is one of our favorite family games.  Small enough to tuck away into the diaper bag, easy enough for our four year old to play with a little help, and fun for kids of all ages.  Spot It! is a matching game, the object being to be the fastest person to call out the match between two cards.  There are 55 cards in each deck, each card is decorated with 8 symbols, and there are more than 50 symbols in all.  You can read my review of Spot It! here.

Simplicity Parenting

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raiser Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne has probably had a bigger influence on my parenting over the past few years than just about any other parenting book I”ve read.  And I read a lot of parenting books.   This is another title that I turn to time and time again and I think every parent should have a copy on their bookshelf.


One Simple Kids reader will win all of these things, my birthday gift to you!

To Enter

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me how you celebrated your last birthday.

This giveaway is open world wide (I don”t mind shipping if you don”t mind waiting for it) and will end at midnight EST on Thursday December 20, 2012.  Good luck!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. Would love to win all these great items. I, too, have read Heaven on Earth and loved it, but sadly it belongs to the library :)
    Sarah M
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  2. I don’t remember my last birthday way back in April but I am really excited for this coming one. I am due with our 5th baby a few days before my birthday this year. So I will either be in the hospital or at home recovering!

  3. I turned 40 on my last birthday and my fabulous sisters flew me out to MD (from Buffalo) and treated me to a wonderful weekend complete with scrumptious food, wine, a manicure, afternoon tea and a show. It was lovely!

  4. We celebrated my last birthday with lavender sugar cookies with lemon cream filling, instead of cake. It was wonderful!

  5. Ummmm…I can’t remember! I know it was fun and busy as we have 6 birthdays in my family in April including mine! We did go out to Red Robin to celebrate. :)

  6. I went out to eat with my family and enjoyed spending the day with them. This year I’m partying, I’ll be 30 😉

  7. just dined out.

  8. I celebrated my last birthday by spending the day with my husband and children. We laughed, sang, and grilled in our backyard. It was a hot summer day, but that didn’t stop anyone from running, splashing in water, digging in sand, and kicking/throwing a giant ball. One of my favorite birthdays ever!

  9. I celebrated my last birthday having dinner with my entire family. This is our traditional way to celebrate everyone’s birthday. The day was spent filled with summer activities with the kids.

  10. Hanna DeMaster says:

    I celebrated my last birthday waiting anxiously to go into labor with my third child. She’s now six weeks old!

  11. My last birthday was less than 2 weeks ago! We had take-out pizza for supper and then went to the local Santa Clause parade :)

  12. Elizabeth Hosto says:

    My birthday is on Halloween so I got to celebrate it my favorite way which was taking my boys trick or treating, spending some time with a good friend, and being together as a family.

  13. Happy Birthday! I spent my last birthday eating dinner with my family at my favorite Mexican restaurant.
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  14. My last birthday is probably best not talked about:) Luckily I have wonderful friends who turned my pity party into a time of celebration. Grace abundant!

  15. I celebrated my last birthday with a small surprise party from some friends from church. It was so special.
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  16. I spent my last birthday just relaxing with my husband and watching a movie on tv with pizza for dinner…a very low key evening!

  17. It’s really bad that I can’t remember…but I’m sure it included going out with my husband. Happy Birthday!
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  18. Like others, I can’t remember my last birthday. It’s in January so the next one’s right around the corner. Thanks for a chance to win!!
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  19. My parents came to visit and I spent the day and the night before enjoying visiting with family that I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was so fulfilling. Who needs cake and ice cream when family is around?!

  20. Happy Birthday Kara! This year, I celebrated my birthday with a special birthday breakfast of honey wheat blueberry pancakes and lots of snuggles and attention from my husband and son : )
    Sarah G´s latest post: September 2012

  21. My bday is Christmas Eve, so I celebrated my last one with family at my parent’s house with a delicious breakfast of crepes with strawberries and whipped cream, followed by some fun games and family together time.

  22. I celebrated with going ice skating with my family!
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  23. My birthday is Halloween, so I celebrated by taking my girls trick or treating around the neighborhood. We did eat pizza, which a super special treat for me.

  24. I spent time with my boys and hubby made me a cake.

  25. Shannon Hartman says:

    my last birthday was very low key… we hung out at home then took the kids swimming.

  26. Amanda Gray says:

    All those look awesome.
    Happy Birthday!

  27. we went to a new restaurant i’ve been wanting to try and ate cake. :) nothing too exciting, but nice all the same.

    happy birthday!
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  28. The baby celebrated her 3-month on my 28th birthday this past August, so we went and bought a new rattle, and took a walk along one of the recreational trails in my town, and my husband made a cheesecake, which may have been the greatest thing of all.
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  29. I celebrated my last birthday going to two other little girtls’ birthday parties that my daughter was invited to. It was so much fun to share my day with kids who have endless enthusiasm about life, balloons, cake and dancing!
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  30. I spent it with family just hanging out!!!

  31. My birthday was Election Day and I celebrated by voting, making a sidewalk chalk poll in front of my house, dinner with my husband and kiddos and counting electoral votes….it was awesome! Can you tell I’m a social studies teacher??? :)

  32. I flew to Germany for quick weekend trip to a wedding and Oktoberfest! Kiddos stayed with my parents. This makes me sound like a jet-setting type but to the contrary! It was a dear, dear friend and we got cheap, cheap tickets :>

  33. The family went to our town’s pro Baseball teams home game for my birthday. Fun was had by all!

  34. Happy Birthday! On my last birthday, we took a family drive to do some autumn sight-seeing. My birthday falls in the middle of October, perfect for viewing some great fall colors!

  35. Happy birthday!!

    My 30th birthday was yesterday. I celebrated by dyeing my hair red during naptime; and then in the evening my husband and friends surprised me with a party! It was a great day. :)
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  36. my husband and I got to spend a night away with no kiddos!

  37. I celebrated my last birthday with my first child who was not quite two-months-old at the time. We went out for brunch with friends and then crafted lovely memory books out of old Little Golden Books.

  38. For my last birthday, my husband took me out for a nice dinner. We aren’t big on celebrating our birthdays with parties or big gifts anymore, but we do love a great dinner without our toddler!

  39. My last birthday was spent shopping, eating out, then my husband and I spent time at the nearby LDS temple. Loved it!

  40. I am a twin, on our last birthday (#35) weleft the kids at home and went to a fondue restaurant, The Melting Pot wih our significant others and our mom. It was so fun, I had never been to a fondue place before 😉

  41. I got together with my friends and we played ticket to ride. I love board games, but don’t play them enough.

  42. Today is my birthday too!! You’ve only got one year on me! My husband has to work tonight, so to celebrate my mom is taking the kids and me out for dinner.

    Happy Birthday, Kara!

  43. Heather k. M. says:

    Happy Birthday to you!
    I would love to win these awesome gifts! i have read both books and would love to own them. My last birthday was celebrated by going to dinner with my hubby and having a cake with my boys!

  44. I think I spent the day cuddling with my boys. It was a perfect day.
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  45. I spent my last birthday at SeaWorld with my daughter. :)

  46. Ah, my last birthday was spent at the National Zoo with my husband and kids!

  47. Honestly, I don’t remember. My husband’s not big on gifts and I think I was sick (my birthday is in January). I think we went out for dinner later in the week.

  48. Melissa L. says:

    My birthday is in February and follows Christmas, New Years, and our anniversary, and other family birthdays, so it’s usually a quiet event. We actually went out to dinner with friends for my last birthday, and it was a really fun night. They don’t have kids and they teased us about how early we’ve gotten used to eating!

  49. I Just turned 29, did all those regular things that are the first thing I’d miss when “life happens” and went out to a quiet dinner at my favorite place, favorite outfit, favorite company, favorite babysitter at home. Like clockwork! 😉

  50. Happy birthday to you! My last birthday I ran a 5k in 95 degrees. Not awesome.