Honest Simplicity

my winding road to a simpler life

Summer of Reading


My kids recently signed up for Summer of Reading at the Denver Public Library.  When they read 12 books, they will each receive a ticket to Elitch Gardens.  They are now quite motivated to read books on their summer break.  Our son just finished Dick and Jane: Something Funny, which we helped him with since he’s a beginning reader (nearly 5 years old).  Our daughter finished reading both The Fire Cat and Peter Pan: Lost and Found.  They are already looking forward to picking out their next books.  I absolutely love reading and want to encourage that love of literature in my children.  This summer, don’t forget that your local library is full of enticing books to entertain your kids.

Challenge Yourself

I love speaking about simplifying my life and hearing how others are doing the same, so I decided to start this blog.  This is not my first blog, though.  Previously, our family started a challenge of going a week without buying plastic.  That week turned into roughly a year.  At the end of it, we kept some changes and tossed others.  For instance, we still buy Lush bar shampoo, have a small 1.3 gallon kitchen trash can, bring our own shopping bags to the store (most of the time), use less single purpose plastic disposables, buy recycled toilet paper, etc.  We also buy plastic these days, but less of it.  It was an eye-opening experience that changed us for the better.  Don’t be afraid of a challenge.  You can make your own rules and you can even break those rules.  You will learn something valuable either way.  Don’t let fear of failure stand in the way of growth.

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