Today I have a very special giveaway from blogging friend Suz Lipman.
A couple of years ago I discovered her blog Slow Family Online. It spoke to the core of my being. We've been able to share our love of creating memories in our families by savoring each moment.
Fed up with car-pooling, the school drop off line, sports practice, hours of homework, and a constant pressure to do more quickly , one day Suz Lipman decided to just stop this mad paced life and to slow down.
This decision or the thought of such a decision can leave one with more questions than answers.
Is it really this easy to just stop? Won't my children just watch TV or play video games? What about my child being well-rounded to get into a good university? All of these I can tell you are some of the same questions that ran through my brain as well.
"Slowing down doesn't mean moving at a snails pace but creating a time schedule that feels right for you and your family."
Everything starts with the intention to do so. Here's the gem of it all, you, as in you and your family get to choose how you fill your time together. I can share from experience that it is that easy to stop the frenzy and exchange it for fun.
Fed up with Frenzy is a treasure trove of a guide filled to the brim with afforadable activities to help your family slow down and reconnect to one another.
Included in this slow family adventure guide are cooking and crafting, getting outdoors, seasonal celebrations and wonderful suggestions for "slow" family vacation activities. Pages and pages of wonderful inspiring ideas to create memories for you and your family.
I couldn't help physically smiling while reading this gem of a book because of the memories it evoked from my own childhood. My lucky husband and children have been followed through the hallowed halls of our home to hear me reading from my favorite jump rope rhymes, hand-clapping games, choosing IT, and let's not forget those scouting games and crafting moments such as the ever popular sit upon.
As I've read through this book several times now, exact and precise moments from my childhood came jumping off the page. I am ever inspired to write a childhood memory journal for my children as we take the suggestions off these pages and make memories together.
I know for certain that if Suz and I lived on the same street growing up that we would have been the best of friends. The only question I had after reading Fed up with Frenzy is if Suz Lipman ever spoke Pig Latin. Certainly after sharing so many of the same creative moments in our lives, it is hoped that we share Pig Latin as well. :)
Here's a little more about Susan Sach Lipman:
She is the founder of slowfamilyonline.com, writes for Christin Science Monitor's Modern Parenthood blog, and is the San Francisco Slwo Family Life Examiner at Examinercom. She is also the Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network, which encourages and supports people and organizations working around the world to reconnect children with nature.
A longtime Girl Scout leader, Suz also enjoys gardening, hiking, community volunteering, reading, soap crafting and food canning. She lives with her husband and daughter in Mill Valley, CA.
Today we are giving away one copy of Fed up with Frenzy. Please leave a comment below telling us what activities you love to share together as a family. This giveaway goes through Monday September 3rd with the winner announced September 4th. A huge thank-you to Sourcebooks for supplying the book for today's giveaway.