January 9th: Weekend Links

snowman Photo by woodleywonderworks

Winter has fully descended where we live!  Is it cold where you are?

If you have a little free time in the coming week, would you take a moment to read through the Simple Kids Showcase FAQ page?  You may just be inspired to share something from your family with the Simple Kids community in the weekly Showcase!

Grab your mug of hot tea (or cocoa!) and settle in from some weekend reading:

Simply Practical

Throughout January 2010, Mandy of Organizing Your Way is running an amazing series called 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010!  Click on the link to see topics she has already spoken to as well as what is coming up.  She has invited some of your favorite bloggers to join her in sharing wisdom on each topic.  This may be all the practical inspiration you need for the entire month!

Simply Delicious

angry chicken: bread of the monkey
itty bitty fish: a meal for the new year
The Picky Apple: Homemade Tortillas

Inspired Projects

red bird crafts: art boards
Playful Learning: Bird Watching Station
Family Fun: Fan-Tastic Snowflakes

Inspired Images

davejenbarnes: Project 365 (2)

Inspired Words

Handbook of Nature Study: Fresh Thoughts on Nature Study
A Holy Experience: When Your New Years Resolutions Feel Like Trying To Walk on Water
Steady Days: Start the New Year with a Child’s Heart (column from Angie of The Creative Mama)

Happy January! Stay warm!

October 9th: Simple Kids Showcase and Weekend Links

This week’s Showcase comes to us from Catherine of Adventures with Kids:

I am very grateful for my son’s wonderful grandparents. They provide our family with plenty of help and support whenever we need it.  But the greatest thing that they give is spending time talking and playing with their grandsons and passing on their skills and knowledge.

My mother is a wonderful cook and when we visited earlier this year she showed my son how to make pasta.  They also spent lots of time looking through and discussing the photographs in wildlife books.

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My father-in-law will tinker with anything and he always has time for my son to help and to teach my son how things work (my husband has this talent for tinkering too, but is often more pressed for time when fixing things).

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My mother-in-law loves to spend time with her grandsons and has a great passion for gardening.  My 4 year old son will spend all day in the garden with her, potting plants, raking leaves, mowing the lawn (on a ride-on mower), pruning and pottering around.

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I’m very happy that there is such a close relationship between my sons and their grandparents and to share the raising of my sons with our extended family.

What a blessing for both Catherine and her children to have grandparents so close by who are lovingly involved in the life of their family!

And now, your weekend reading:

Simply Practical

Simple. Organized. Life: Print Books of Pictures, Not All Your Pictures
Steady Mom: How to Teach Your Sons to Express Emotion
Where the Wild Things Are and National Wildlife Federation Team Up for Launch of Be Out There Campaign to Get Kids Outside

Simply Delicious

My Charming Kids: Rainbow Cake
itty bitty fish: waffle crazy
Berlin’s Whimsy: Healthy Snacking: Fruity-Nutty Nibbles

Inspired Projects

Kids Craft Weekly: Five-Minute Crafts
The Crafty Crow: Homemade Party Favors: 40 Party Favors You Can Make Yourself!
The Berblog: Fall Leaf Crayon Resist-Watercolor (via Crafty Crow)

Inspired Images

A Foothill Home Companion: Making
Grass Stained Knees: Right now . . .

Inspired Words

Zen Family Habits: How to be Minimalist with Kids (Zen Family Habits launched this week with SK community member Sherri of Serene Journey at the helm!  This article is one of many filled with inspiration for “simple happiness” in the home.  Congratulations, Sherri!)

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