Hi friends, I know I promised you a big eBook reveal today but, alas, technical difficulties have arisen. Hopefully all will be well and back on track soon. Until then – here’s Annie with a new POYEL project!
We know it can be difficult for many people (read: parents) to part with treasured children’s books, even if their kids have long since outgrown them. Children’s books are one of the few instances in which I just can’t condemn such sentimental attachments to material belongings; I have a major soft spot for children’s books, as does the rest of my family, and, in fact, we still regularly gift them to each other.
But just as children outgrow clothing at a rapid pace, so, too, do they outgrow books. All children’s books are not created equal, nor are they intended for every age. It’s important to regularly edit the contents of your children’s bookshelves to ensure that they continue to have access to books that cater to their current reading level or developmental stage. Read More
Big news guys – it’s all about the eBooks this week. If all goes according to plan, our new eBook, Hands On Holidays, will be going on sale in 24 hours! I really CANNOT wait for you guys to see it.
As we switch from Back-to-School season to full on holiday mode, we’re also wrapping up our September sale on the Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life eBooks. Technically, the sale was supposed to be over yesterday, but I forgot to give you guys fair warning – which means you have one more day to take advantage of the discount.
Simply use the code: BTSspecial at checkout and receive $1.40 off the purchase price of either Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life: The Quick Start Guide or Freezy Peasy: Freezer Cooking Made Easy.
That’s a discount of 20% to 28% – so hurry and get while the getting’s good!
P.S. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the unveiling of Hands On Holidays (and to nab it at 20% off)!
Ahhhh…Fall. The leaves turn, the nights grow shorter, and the weather cools. It can all only mean one thing: Carnival season!
Candy apples, petting zoos, and midway prizes. Oh my. I love me a Fall carnival. (A little too much, actually.) So I thought it would make the perfect play theme to kick-off fall.
And no carnival would be complete without a few carnival games. Am I right? We started things off with this DIY, no-sew target throw. Read More
Happy Friday friends! I’m not gonna lie, I’m not anticipating a restful weekend. I’m totally swamped trying to put a bow on my new eBook, Hands On Holidays, and getting it into all of your waiting hands. (Don’t forget to sign up for our email list to be the first to know when it comes out and take advantage of a 20% off discount.)
While I furiously work away on that this weekend, how about you have a little carefree fun with the kids and I’ll live through you. Check out this post I did over on eHow’s mom channel and have rocket balloon races!
Also – this week on Sulia I’ve been chatting all about:
Have a great weekend – hoping to have that eBook out very, very soon!
We’re back with another Happy Family Habit today and it’s a really good one. Kristin has a lot of really useful tips not only on the when and where of setting up a chatting spot with the kids – but also the how and why.
So what do you say? Ready to spend the next 21 days establishing a chatting spot?
Talking is easy when kids are little. In fact, sometimes we feel like it would be nice to have a little less talking! But getting into the habit of talking with your kids will be worth it’s weight in gold at about the age of, say…thirteen.
By creating a time when we put away phones and turn off distractions, we focus all our attention on our child. The conversations are meaningful, and you’ll be surprised at the deep thoughts of a five year old.
Bedtime is the easiest time to establish a chatting spot. We are already slowing down and finishing up the day. Most likely we go in their room and tuck the kids in, read books or pray. At some point in the bedtime routine, ask kids about their day. Read More
Fall produce: it’s not all pumpkins and apple, folks. There’s a lot more to choose from come harvest time. Check out this list of goodies you’ll start to see at your market in the next few weeks (if not already!):
- Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, celery root, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, leafy greens, mushrooms, pumpkin, winter squash (acorn, buttercup, butternut, delicata), sweet potatoes, yams
- Apples, cranberries, dates, figs, grapes, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, quince
- Duck, lentils, nuts and seeds (almonds, chestnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, walnuts), scallops, turkey
Now, what to do with all that goodness? Take to the kitchen, my friend. This time of the year, slow and low is the name of the game. That means oven roasting, slow cooking, braising, glazing, and simmering. Read More
For the last couple of months I’ve been working behind the scenes on a big new project for MPMK. I didn’t want to say anything earlier for fear that it wouldn’t be done in time. But it’s almost done now and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you my upcoming eBook: Hands-On Holidays.
For me, the excitement of the holiday season seriously ramped up once I had kids. October through December are now my favorite months of the year. It’s just such a great time to make special memories with S and C, and their joy in participating in all the festivities just can’t be beat.
Because I want to cram in so many fun things, prepping for it all can be a little overwhelming. Planning crafts, activities, outings, and special recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can be quite time-consuming.
So this year I made it my goal to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands on Holidays is 100 pages full of all of our very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holidays. And the best part is, nearly all the activities are very simple both in their preparation and execution. It’s all about spending quality time together and being creative in an open-ended way, not running all over town finding obscure craft materials to make a picture perfect project.
Here’s a peek at what you’ll find inside:
- Activity and outing suggestions for each season, including 18 Ways to Start a Halloween Tradition, 10 Ways to Practice Thankfulness as a Family, and an Advent Activity List: 24 Ideas to Count Down to Christmas.
- Lots of DIY decor Projects.
- Lots of Simple holiday themed crafts and sensory play activities.
- Recommended reading lists for getting ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
- A collection of our favorite seasonal recipes to make with the kids.
- Plus bonus material like How to Use Halloween Costumes to Build Brain Power, ideas on what to do with all that candy, “Berry Merry” Teacher Gifts and more!
As I said, I’m working away diligently behind the scenes on this so I don’t have a solid release date yet. But I can tell you that I definitely want it to be out in time for you guys to take full advantage of it. Which means, keep an eye out, it’s coming very soon!
I’m so happy to share with you guys that we’ve added another fabulous contributor to our team. Like me, Julee has recently moved into what she considers to be her “forever home” and, like me, she’ll be sharing her journey here on MPMK. This project, afterall, is all about the different ways people go about making a house a home and I’m really excited to start adding Julee’s perspective. Today she’s got an awesomely informative post all about how to create a shared study space for the kids.
We recently moved into a new home, and, much like Steph and her family, we consider this our ‘forever home’ – a place to settle in and raise a family for years to come. We’re just starting to make the house our own, and since our move coincided with the start of school, I decided to tackle a study space as our first project. Read More
I’ve got a super cool giveaway for you guys today that I just know you’re going to LOVE. The ZINK hAppy and hAppy+ are a new line of clever little devices called smart app printers.
What’s so unique about them? They’re wireless, app-based, mobile, and (get this) ink free printers that use rolls of adhesive backed paper that are 19 feet long and available in 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1”, 2” widths. So basically you can keep these little guys anywhere (in your pantry, your car, or even your purse) and use your smart phone or tablet to instantly print up labels, photos from your phone, business cards, or anything else you can think of.
The ZINK hAppy allows you to wirelessly print content from your apps, as well as create and design from several ZINK apps using:
- iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Amazon Kindle Fire tablets
The ZINK hAppy+ is an all-in-one system with a full-color, built-in touch screen, which eliminates the need for additional devices. It also allows you to wirelessly print content from your smartphones and tablet apps.
The ZINK hAppy retails for $199 and the ZINK hAppy+ retails for $299 and today we’re giving away one of each! (There will be one winner of the ZINK hAppy and one winner of the ZINK hAppy+.) Read More
A little while back, I was contact by the fine folks at Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape and asked to take part in a Halloween challenge of sorts. Basically, they provided the supplies and I got to get creative.
I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with the end result. You should try it – it’s definitely a conversation starter and is sure to impress the kiddos as well as your friends. It’s also a great way to teach the kids about upcyclying and only requires a few supplies. Read More
We’ve got a new contributor joining our MPMK team (yay!). Wendy of the bento-fabulous blog Wendolonia is going to start stopping by periodically to share some seasonal and healthy lunch ideas for the kids – because who can’t use more of those?
I’m curious, do any of you bento it when it comes to packing lunches? I admit, the time involved in achieving a pretty presentation is a bit overwhelming to me but I do appreciate the variety of healthy foods and food groups that are the foundation of the bento philosophy. I also love the idea of taking the time to whip up a special lunch every once in a while, just because. What a great way to make your child’s day!
Now that the kids are back in school, families are settling into regular routines and in some parts of the country there is already a little nip of autumn in the air. Celebrate the changing of the seasons by packing a fun fall-themed lunch for your child.
I used cues from the world outside — acorns, changing leave and crisp apples — to gather inspiration for this lunch. Here’s how you can create one like it: Read More
Did you know that Thursday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Time to straighten those eye-patches and polish your hooks and go on a hunt for buried gold. And possibly sneak a book aboard your pirate ship. Here’s eight (four picture books and four juvenile novels) you might want to make room for in your treasure chest.
- Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith and Valeria Petrone. This book is a favorite in our house, with two little boys making up pirate adventures using supplies from around their house.
- Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and David Shannon. What could possibly scare a ferocious pirate? A screaming baby, that’s what. This is an ideal read aloud book. Read More
I know that a lot of you out there are busy parents like me who want to provide the best for your kids but need some shortcuts on how to do it fast and well. Which is why I’m thrilled to bring you this post from nutritionist and Dr. Oz contributor Kate Geagan. She’s sharing everything from her favorite kid breakfast and snack ideas to the anatomy of a healthy packed lunch.
And please don’t forget, Kate’s going to be sharing even more of her wisdom during our live facebook chat on the Clif Kid facebook wall this Wednesday, September 18th at 9am PST/12 pm EST. It’s all a part of the Clif Kid Parents Series and there’s going to be tons of great information shared, the opportunity to chat with dad and olympic champion Jonny Mosley, and prizes too! Hope you can join me then to chat!
There’s a wonderful expression that the English have: sorted. Properly pronounced more like “sore-tid”, it’s a rather brilliant shorthand for “Why yes, I’ve got that covered”. Figured out. Taken care of.
Which brings me to how we feed our kids during back to school time. I know that many of us are on a quest to find reasonable shortcuts that help our children enjoy good nutrition, but offer fresh food ideas they will love. Our goals are simple: to give our child high-quality building blocks for energy and focus. To power them through learning, play, and after school activities. To perhaps remind them a bit of the tastes from home. And to keep it all rather sane and simple. Is that such a tall order? Read More
Happy Friday friends. I don’t know about you guys but it’s felt like a jam-packed week on this end. I’m happy for the weekend to arrive and bring with it some football and (fingers crossed) progress on The Forever Home Project.
Before that, though, I wanted to share with you this gourmet drink station post I did for the Van’s Natural Food blog. They challenged me to come up with a DIY for us all to treat ourselves, and these sweet sippin’ stations instantly came to mind. The tea version is currently my favorite if for no other reason than it’s helping me end the day on a calm and comfy note. Plus, bonus, there are free printables (and who doesn’t love those?).
In addition this week, we have quite the conversation going on Sulia around “Dear Parent: The Lunch You Packed Was Nutritionally Inadequate.“ Also, not to be missed:
P.S. Looking to show Back-to-School season who’s boss? For a limited time only, buy one of our Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life eBooks, and get the second for 20% – 28% off. Don’t miss you chance to simplify your life and stock your freezer with delicious and nutritious meals. Go here for all the details.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t cook much in the summertime. Mostly we grill, which I leave to my hubby, and munch on lots of fresh fruit, cold salads, and corn on the cob.
But autumn is a different story, it’s a time when I look to get back into the kitchen and to start focusing on making heartier soups, stews, and casseroles. In fact, I often cook these thing two batches at a time – one to eat and one to freeze.
If you’re looking to work your way back to the kitchen too, we’ve got a treat for you today – Kristin’s top ten favorite items for beating, blending, and baking like a pro. Because sometimes it takes the enticement of a shiny new toy to get us all back into cooking mode.
1. zester 2. immersion blender 3. silicon spatulas 4. reversible griddle pan 5. salt cellar 6. mini food processor 7. kitchen aid mixer 8. kitchen shears 9. poach pods 10. citrus juicer
This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are my current 10 favorite things in the kitchen. They range from $6 to over $300… so there’s something for everyone!
On the less expensive end, I LOVE the poach pods from Crate and Barrel. I’m a recent convert to poached eggs and now I make them a few times a week. Read More