Family Dinner Conversation Starters #ShareTheTable

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own. As a mom of five, I definitely know what it is like to be busy! Not only do I drive to the elementary school 3 times each day (gotta love 1/2 day Kindergarten!) but our evenings are even busier-  homework, piano, soccer practice, scouts... we are all over the place  on any given day! As crazy as life is, I try my very best to make dinner a time where we can all be together and have meaningful conversations. … [Read more...]

Make Learning to Read Fun with a Doorknob Mailbox

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Learning to read is hard! And it can often become stressful and frustrating for both the child and the parents. Years ago, I stumbled on this neat way to help my daughters master reading while keeping things fun and making some special memories along the way! When my oldest of four daughters came home from preschool after a Valentine's Day party with a "mailbox" full of Valentines, that mailbox eventually ended up on her doorknob. That led to me leaving her "mail", and she thought it was … [Read more...]

Family Home Evening Board {+ A Silhouette Promo- giveaway closed}

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Yep…you read that right! Today I'm giving out 1 Silhouette Portrait to a very lucky Somewhat Simple reader! It is the ultimate crafting tool- you can use it for a variety of projects, like this Family Home Evening Board I made last week: I've been meaning to make one of these for my family for a while now, but I didn't want a HUGE board hung on my wall. I needed it to serve a purpose, but not serve as a focal point. I grabbed an 8x10 frame that I already had laying around and I cut … [Read more...]

Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar {plus a Sweepstakes from See’s Candies}

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Growing up it was a tradition for each of the kids to get their own Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar. You've seen these, right? A cardboard box the size of a large story book with little flaps numbered that you open each day and find your very own piece of chocolate. It was part of the magic of Christmas. Except now that I am older, I'm not a huge fan of chocolate that tastes sort of like wax- are you with me?       A couple weeks ago, we opened a box of of our … [Read more...]