Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Surf: Bring on the joy

Welcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

brothers playing arcade game
This (terribly lit) picture makes me laugh for a couple reasons. It shows how independent and determined our little 18-month-old Alrik has become if you know what to look for. First, the obvious: He's hogging the steering wheel of this arcade game (no money required for the under-2 set!) and quite volubly protested any of his older brother's attempts to take over the driving.

Secondly, he's wearing Mikko's Spider-Man pajamas. Inside-out. And backwards. He brought them to me and insisted I help him put them on like so.

Speaking of two years old, I bet that age is going to be a treat with this one!

Since I skipped last week, I've got so many links!

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Carnival news:

Our December Carnival of Natural Parenting on Childhood Memories was so inspiring! Read the links as you make memories this season. Here's my take, and the links to the other posts are at the end:

Stuff does not equal memories

The Body: AMAZING Carnival hosted by True Confessions of a Real Mommy and Anktangle was also … well … amazing! Here's my post, with links to the other uplifting posts at the end:

On running my first 5K race

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From Pinterest:

Follow me on Pinterest to enjoy sharing pins! Here are some of my favorite recent pins:

flax & twine | craft + diy: Finger Knitting How-to
flax & twine | craft + diy: Finger Knitting How-to
I know I've posted before about finger knitting, but I'm inspired to once again try teaching Mikko. He wants to make his grandma a scarf. I'd be happy with a bracelet. Or a ring. Aim small.

How to make your own baby leg warmers from knee socks = Hobo Mama
Look, it's my baby! Ok, that's probably cheating, huh? But he's so cuuuute.

Handmade Christmas Decorations: Beaded Christmas Snowflakes >> Childhood 101
Handmade Christmas Decorations: Beaded Christmas Snowflakes >> Childhood 101
If the finger knitting's a fail, here's a simple enough craft we could attempt!

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From Natural Parents Network:

Visit Natural Parents NetworkI also want to highlight the fantastic Handmade Holidays posts up right now. You can link up your own tutorials, recipes, and posts about homemade holiday gifts:

Handmade Holidays: Meal Time Gatherings

Handmade Holidays: Gifts for Babies and Children

Handmade Holidays: Gifts for Adults

Handmade Holidays: Food Treats and Gifts


I have so many natural-parenting affiliate deals to help you shop the best places this holiday season. Here are some highlights:

It's here, and just in time to stock up on stocking stuffers! The Ho Ho Holiday Clearance Event at BabyLegs! Take 75% OFF all styles on the Clearance page — as in, nearly your whole order for FREE!

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This can bring down the per-pair price to around $3 each — perfect for baby gifts! (Or just to deck your baby's sweet legs!)

What: 75% off $75 or more sale
Sale: Customer must have $75 in merchandise BEFORE discount for code to apply.
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When: Through 12.31.12 only!

We love our Melissa & Doug natural toys and play sets: the pretend food, the dress-up clothes, the wooden puzzles, and other classic and educational playthings!

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Plus, take advantage of these bonus coupons through today only:

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Through December 16 only!

If your family practices the Christian faith and is looking for a kid-friendly guided Advent resource, try out Truth in the Tinsel!

I really it's a late start for this year, but there's no time like the present to focus in on the season. Plus, you can save the days you've missed for next year!

This is "an Advent experience for little hands," because it offers 24 days of Scripture reading, ornament crafts, talking points, and extension activities. Plus fun printables and templates!

Truth in the Tinsel is only $7.99 as an ebook download — and now my readers can get 20% off just for being awesome!

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It's almost Christmas and some of you still haven't found the perfect card.

Some of you haven't even looked for the perfect card yet. That's OK, because Treat has you covered.

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I love Treat cards. Love. So do the grandparents!

I seriously drool over the children's clothes at Tea Collection. Well, ok, only pretend drool — otherwise, the clothes would get messy! The great news is Tea is offering FREE SHIPPING in time for Christmas — TODAY only!

Use code SLEIGHBELLS on Sunday, December 16, to get your items shipped free for the holiday.

Today is the last day to order via FedEx 2-Day at Amy Adele. Enjoy the Express Shipping Sale through Sunday, December 16: $9.95 to get your order by Christmas!

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Amy Adele offers personalized and charming stationery for kids, women, and families. The custom flat cards, folded cards, playdate cards, thank-you notes, address labels, invitations, announcements, and stickers make wonderful gifts for little girls, teachers, hostesses, coaches, new parents, and more!

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Stack the 20% coupon on top of the photo book sale at up to 50% off and create a truly memorable and personalized gift this holiday season.

We're giving photo books to all the grandparents this year. I love making giftable heirlooms with all our favorite images!


Find more amazing giveaways at my Natural parenting giveaways linky! There are a ton of new ones: baby carriers (Beco, Moby), DivaCup, wet bags (including my favorite, the Planet Wise wet/dry bag), Cyclebeads, wool dryer balls, training pants, and several fetching cloth diapers! Add your own giveaways, and enter to win something sweet to brighten your holidays:

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Link up if you have a giveaway to promote!)

Surf with us:

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaWe love following along with fellow Sunday Surfers. If you have your own post of reading links to share, please link up your post on Hobo Mama or on Authentic Parenting. The linky will go live every Sunday, and you can link up any day that week. If Sunday doesn't work for you but you do a links list another day, feel free to play along. You only need to add your post to one of the sites, and the linky will automatically show up on both sites.

You can get the Sunday Surf button by Jenna Designs and some code to add to your post from my Sunday Surf page.

Check out previous editions for good reading, and you can find more shared items during the week at my Tumblr blog, Hobo Mama's Shared Items.

This linky list is now closed.

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relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent.
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