25 Ways to ask your kids how was school

25 Ways To Ask Your Kids “So how was school today?” Without Asking them “So how was school today?”

This year Simon is in 4th grade and Grace is in 1st grade and I find myself asking them every day after school, “So how was school today?”.

And everyday I get an answer like “fine” or “good” which doesn’t tell me a whole lot.

AND I WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT!!!!

Or at get at least a full sentence.  So the other night I sat down and made a list of more engaging questions to ask about school.  They aren’t perfect…but I do get at least complete sentences…and some have lead to some interesting conversations…and hilarious answers…and some insights into how my kids think and feel about school.

25 Ways to ask your kids how was school

#1.  What was the best thing that happened at school today?  (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

#2.  Tell me something that made you laugh today.

#3.  If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class?  (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class?  Why?)

#4.  Where is the coolest place at the school?

#5.  Tell me a weird word that you heard today.  (Or something weird that someone said.)

#6.  If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?

#7.  How did you help somebody today?

#8.  How did somebody help you today?

#9.  Tell me one thing that you learned today.

#10.  When were you the happiest today?

#11.  When were you bored today?

#12.  If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?

#13.  Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

#14.  Tell me something good that happened today.

#15.  What word did your teacher say most today?

#16.  What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

#17.  What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

#18.  Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

#19.  Where do you play the most at recess?

#20.  Who is the funniest person in your class?  Why is he/she so funny?

#21.  What was your favorite part of lunch?

#22.  If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?

#23.  Is there anyone in your class that needs a time out?

#24.  If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with?  Why?

#25.  Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

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So far…my favorite answers have come from questions #12. #15, and #21.

As my kids get older I know I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them…but I know its going to be worth the work…

-liZ

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The Art of Homemaking: Easy Blender Salsa

easy blender salsa_edited-1 If you know one thing about liZ and I, it’s that we both love Mexican food.  And liZ, well, we know that she is the queen of chips and salsa.  She takes it to every family occasion.  It’s a staple at Evans’ family affairs and maybe I should blame her for my family eating it at least once or twice a week ;)

One day, I am going to make her share all of her salsa recipes.  Now that I think about it, she shared one back for Cinco de Mayo once.  Yep, just found it….here is one of her chunky salsa recipes.

And as much as I love chunky salsa….I love blender salsa too.  And the end of August when all the fresh garden tomatoes are here, I start to crave it even more.  And the fact that you can make it in under 5 minutes in your blender is an added bonus (and maybe a reason that we have it will all our Mexican recipes).

Here’s the recipe I use.  It’s a blend and taste recipe…and you really can add what you like and lessen the ingredients you don’t like.

Easy Blender Salsa Recipe

4-5 large ripe (almost over-ripe) tomatoes

1 jalapeno (you can de-seed it for less heat)

1 red onion

1 bunch of cilantro (you can do a half-bunch for less cilantro taste)

1 clove of garlic

salt to taste

Just coarsely chunk all the veggies and throw them in the blender.  Whirl it up and you have the bestest, freshest salsa around.  I think it’s one of my most favorite things about late August.

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And then if you are anything like my family, you will have to whip up a second batch for lunch the next day. Happy chips and salsa eating!
~Elizabeth

Three Easy Baby Blanket Tutorials

The gift giving season and cold weather will be here before we know it so today we have a baby blanket roundup for you that we shared awhile back over at Mama Says Sew.  All three blankets are easy to make, handy to use, wash well and are perfect to give (and to receive!).
Sooooo….here’s the roundup:
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I’m liZ (one of the two Elizabeth’s) over at Simple Simon and Company and I am super excited to get to hang out on Terra’s blog today.  We think Terra is nothing but wonderful and were so excited to be invited to be a part of her series.
We think that when babies are concerned you can never have enough baby blankets!  So today I put together three super easy baby blanket tutorials that any one can make!
We promise all three are super easy to make and fantastic to use!
Thank you again for inviting us over here today Terra!
-liZ
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Sewing Saturdays with Simple Simon and Company

Welcome to another Saturday….where we get to see what you have been working on!  We started Sewing Saturdays because we love the sewing community and we wanted another way to share and what other people are sewing.  sewing-saturdays-image

I am currently working on a quilting a quilt that I randomly had the idea to make yesterday instead of doing my housework. Straight line quilting is fun!  I put this sneak peek up on Instagram yesterday (we are @simplesimonandco if you want to follow us) and then I pressed it really well, basted it with pins, and I am off to quilting.

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Now it’s your turn!


Skirting the Issue Drawing Names

Skirting the Issue Final Numbers, Drawing Winners, and Sincere Thanks

As I write this I am sitting here curled up on my couch in my ratty old pajamas and eating Riesens (love these things).  It’s after midnight so everyone is asleep and the house is quiet which means I have some time to all to myself to think.  So before we get to the winners from the drawing you are going to have to indulge me for a minute.

Almost 5 years ago when Elizabeth and I started this blog we didn’t know all the places it would take us, all the fun we would have, how much work it would be, and how much we would love every minute of the journey.

These past few weeks as I’ve read your emails and opened your packages I’ve felt so blessed.  I’ve been surprised at how much I feel like I know you ladies even though most of us have never met.  As I handled many of the items you made each skirt told me a little something about you….from the pattern and fabric choices to the construction…each piece captured a little portion of the maker and it was a sweet experience to be able to sort through them.

So many of you ladies have touched our lives and we feel like you are our dear friends…we talk about you like you are here with us…what you write in comments or in emails…we think about you and we appreciate you.  And we want you to know that we are so thankful for all of your love and support…you truly enrich our loves and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Again this year we feel like Skirting the Issue was a terrific success.  Every year we hope to have 100 skirts donated for foster care girls and every year we have been able to exceed this goal.  This year was no exception.

This year, after counting all the skirts that have been made and donated…our grand total is:

664 skirts

That is a lot of skirts!

So many in fact that we are going to split up all the ones that we received and share the wealth by giving them to several different foster care closets.  And that my friends, is awesome…

Now…on to the drawing….for every skirt that was made a ticket with the makers name (or number if you were in the linky party) was put into a giant tin and yesterday Elizabeth and I drove down to one of our favorite stores (Hey Hey Provo Cotton Shop!!!!) and had the fabulous ladies there draw all the names for the prizes.

Rochelle called the prize and then Teresa drew out a name and then I wrote down who won what and all the while Elizabeth snapped photographs.  (It was fun…next time I think we should video it…we were all nervous and excited as every prize and name was called…)

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So without further ado here are the winners of our drawing:

The winner of the Babylock Elizabeth Sewing Machine is…….

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Moana Burns!

Congratulations Moana!  I use this machine almost everyday and I LOVE it…and not just because of it’s name! (Although “The Elizabeth” is a FANTASTIC name :) )

You are going to love this machine!!!

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Babylock was also generous enough to send us to send us 2 boxes of delicious MadeiraThread to give away to 2 of you as well!

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And the winner of the boxes of thread are:

The ladies from Skirt Fixation

and

SJH Original

Congratulations ladies!!!

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The Fat Quarter Shop (who we LOVE) supplied us with two $50 gift certificates to their fantastic online shop and the winners of those certificates are:

Julie Summers

and

LaVee Kawakami

Congratulations ladies!!!

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Next up is a gift from another long time friend that has been with us for years. Riley Blake Designs:
Riley Blake Seaside Fat Quarter Bundle

And again this year they are giving away 2 of there adorable fat quarter bundles.

The winners of these bundles are:

Jeanette Parker

and

Jennifer Nagel

Congratulations!

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The Ribbon Retreat Logo

 The Ribbon Retreat is one of our favorite companies in the entire world to work with….and they are giving away two $35 gift certificates to their online store.

And the winners of these two certificates are:

Elaine Roundy

and

Karla Hundley

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And last but certainly not least we have a $50 Sewing Box from Pick Your Plum

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And the winner of this prize is:

Welcome to Emmaville

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Then finally Elizabeth and I wanted to add to what the sponsors had given so we have put together a little surprise package just from us and the winner of that package is:

Terra from Mama Says Sew

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We appreciate all of these sponsors who have all been so generous.  Each one of them have been outstanding to work with (year after year) and we are so lucky to be able to have their support.  They really are terrific companies.

With that said….I think that officially wraps up another year of Skirting the Issue…

Thank you again…how glad we are that we have been able to cross paths with all of you kindred sewing sprits through this little speck in cyber space….keep coming around…we enjoy your company.

-liZ

Apron in 3 easy steps

Make a half-apron in 3 easy steps.

SO….awhile ago Elizabeth and I made a few videos…..

And today we are sharing one of my favorites.  It is a minute long video on how to make a really cute half apron in 3 easy steps.  (Ok….I lied it’s really 72 seconds long…but that is close to only a minute long…we tried to be brief!)

Apron in 3 easy steps

I love these aprons!  They are made from dishtowels and are perfect to wear and to wash.

So if you have a minute click on over and check it out…and you can see Elizabeth and I doing the nerdiest thing ever at the end (that we were promised wouldn’t be in the video!).

Here’s the link:  EASY APRON TUTORIAL

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Sewing Saturday

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Hi everyone!  While liZ and I spend the weekend going through all of the most fantastic skirts you all donated so we can get everyone’s names in for prizes,  we also want to see what else you have been sewing!   Please remember that this linky party is for handmade and sewn items only–no shops, or other giveaways.

Also, we know that comments are diminishing on blogs…but we’d love for you to visit a few other links and leave them some comment love.  Everyone appreciates when their sewing work is seen!

PS–We found out this week that our “subscribe by email” is emailing you posts that are over two weeks old….argh!!!!!  Please know that we are trying to fix this, and we promise that new ones should be coming into your inboxes soon.  But you might just want to pop over everyday until then so you don’t miss anything.

Allright…time to link up!