Archives for November 2011

Giveaway: Shenzhen Knives

This giveaway has ended. I’ll announce the winner on Sunday!

I‘m back for another Home for the Holidays giveaway! We’ve got 15 giveaways across the entire network this week—all great gift ideas, perfect for the holidays.

Today I’m featuring a practical gift that has made a difference in my kitchen. I know it will be a pleasant addition to one lucky winner’s kitchen as well.

I’m giving away a three piece ceramic knife set and a vegetable peeler from Shenzhen Knives! The winner will receive it just in time to use for all that upcoming holiday cooking.

Read on to learn more about these knives and how you can win.

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Giveaway: Binocular Adventure Package from Imagine Childhood

This giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned to find out the winner this weekend!

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 15 giveaways across the entire network this week—all great gift ideas, perfect for the holidays.

Today I’m excited to be giving away a prize that my kids will love receiving this Christmas, and I think yours will as well.

It’s this binocular adventure package from Imagine Childhood–full of goodies to help your children both play and learn as they go about their outdoor adventures.

This gift comes ready to stimulate hours of creative, educational exploration.

Learn more about what is included in this prize and how to win.

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Weekend Links

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~ Albert Einstein

Stocking Stuffers for the Creative Child

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

A note from Jamie: This post originally published on November 22, 2010. Enjoy!

Holiday shopping time is nearly upon us and one of my goals as a mom is to avoid buying…how should I say it?


Often, in the efforts to fill the narrow spaces, stockings accumulate plastic trinkets that break after a day or a few too many sugary, high fructose corn syrup laden packages.

But I want even the smaller gifts my children receive to have the ability to inspire their imagination and creativity (& yes, a little chocolate is fine, too!).

If you feel similarly, here are a few ideas to fill the stockings for your little ones.
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Keeping This Season Simple. Really.

Written by contributor Renee Tougas of FIMBY.

For several weeks now, and even months in some cases, bloggers have been posting about preparing for a simpler holiday.

Tsh has a countdown series, Plan Your Peaceful Christmas and fellow contributor Jessica (from Life as Mom) also offers a free Simpler Season planning resource.

I haven’t done any planning whatsoever, except for pinning a few wishful thinking, “maybe I’ll find extra energy next month” crafty ideas on a Pinterest board.

November was an unreal crazy month for our family. Another move. Our second in six months. The worst cold we’ve had in years, the same time as our move. And now, in two days we celebrate our youngest daughter’s 9th birthday.

Christmas has not been on the radar. At all.

It appears that everyone around us has their holiday act together. They made a budget and saved money. Handmade gifts were started back in July. A cute family photo is back from the printer, ready to be mailed. Operation Christmas Child boxes have already been sent.

These theoretical people – I know they’re out there, I used to be one – are really on the ball.

Then there’s our family.
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