11 cheap (and free!) toys for young children

This post was originally published on August 18, 2008. The price of toys these days is disheartening. They can also be loud, obnoxious, and cheaply-made. I stand firmly in the camp of having fewer, but high-quality toys than having a thousand pieces of plastic to trip over, pick up, and lose. Plus, the less toys (read more…)

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Weekend links

Photo by Noël Zia Lee Thanks, everyone, for a great contest, and thanks again to Crocs for loving on Simple Mom readers.  We’ll announce the readers soon! In the meantime, this weekend’s links are about two of my favorite things:  Easter and food.  Enjoy.  And check out more good links in my finds. Easy Easter (read more…)

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The importance of family rituals

Every Friday, no matter how hectic or stressful the week has been, my husband and I have a ritual to celebrate the weekend’s start. We crack open a bottle of wine, plug in the iPod to its speakers, and roll up our sleeves in the kitchen. I make dough for the pizza crust, and my (read more…)

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3 easy ways to garden with your kids

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, our current book club selection, has convicted me that I want to pass on to my children, by the time they leave our household, a foundational knowledge of where food comes from. They don’t have to be farm-ready, and they don’t even need to like gardening.  But I want them to appreciate (read more…)

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Let’s celebrate a milestone with… shoes!

Photo by Jenene I really can’t believe this, but this week, this blog passed a milestone. 10,000 subscribers. You guys are the best, most talkative, most loyal readers in the world. Simple Mom would not be what it is without you all, and I am so thankful for how you’ve helped make this online space (read more…)

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