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About Kara @ Simplistically Sassy

I am a mother of 6 kids, 7 years apart. I love to craft, crochet and keep sane blogging. I try to keep things real on my blog. I also love being a mom and having a great time!

Forgotten Carols

September 29, 2017

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Have you ever heard of the Forgotten Carols?!? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me tell you!

The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

I remember the first time I heard the music when I was in high school. It was beautiful! My husband and I were able to go to see the performance of it a few years ago, and it was magical! I loved it!!

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If you live in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Washington, Texas, and New Mexico make sure to look for a show playing near you! You will LOVE it! You can head to their website for all the details and various performances in your area!

More about the amazing production:


THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS has been a gift I first received back in 1991 when the book and accompanying music was written and released to the public.  As with all good gifts, particularly one like The Forgotten Carols, comes a desire to share it with others…with the hope that they will “receive” the gift as I did;  Feeling the message and the love of the season in the context of the story and songs.  When I first started “performing” the story I thought it was my gift to the audience, but then I discovered that the more I tried to give it away the more it came back to me…a hundred fold.  Being able to bring the story to life with a team of talented people that truly have become “family” is another part of the gift that has profoundly blessed my life.  But WHAT MOST SURPRISES ME is how the presentation of this story with songs has grown, evolved and taught me things in the language that resonates so deeply with me.  Story & Song.   A couple of days ago, quite out of the blue, A NEW SONG, maybe we could call it a New Carol, just arrived.  I sat at the piano and it just poured out of me.  It really touched me because it captures what I think Uncle John would want most for Connie Lou (and the entire world, for that matter).  Just this morning I envisioned how this new carol could be presented during this year’s TOUR and I got goosebumps.  I can’t wait to share this gift I just received.  So, if you ask what The Forgotten Carols means to me, it means RECEIVING then SHARING then DISCOVERING the meaning of the gift, and then RECEIVING MORE, then SHARING MORE and then DISCOVERING more.

Dear Overwhelmed Mother

January 12, 2017

I am so excited to share my lated post with you from Today I am Enough.  If you haven’t heard, Today I am Enough is a new website I’ve created to help YOU realize how amazing you really are.

Dear friend (aka overwhelmed mother),

You know what that moment is like. The one where the day seems to be crashing down around you.  Dinner isn’t even started, the breakfast dishes are still everywhere. The floor is sticky, the kids are running around in pajamas, and you feel like you don’t have control of anything. Someone is screaming for you or at you, or possibly both. Sometimes motherhood just becomes overwhelming.

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I’ve had that moment what feels like a million times over. Motherhood has been something that has not come as naturally as I anticipated when I was a older teenager/young adult. The patience I once felt like I had seems to have disappeared. Having six kids in the span of seven years has been a great way to see how patient I actually am, or rather the LACK of patience I actually have. For so many years I had a baby, a toddler and a preschooler. The days were oh so long. Everyone told me I’d miss it someday (I’m still waiting to miss it and my baby is in school now).

Dear Overwhelmed Mother

Punctuality = Jord Women’s Watches

June 28, 2016

I’ve got to know, are you one of those people that has to be one time, early, or are you always running 10 minutes behind (but all your friends know that about you she they just expect it)?  

I’m a little bit crazy about being early/on time to everything.  With 6 kids I feel like we’re already a spectacle and showing up late somewhere just adds to that.  When we’re early it makes life so much easier for everyone involved.  

You can imagine my excitement when this adorable box arrived in my mailbox.  Did you catch my Facebook Live that I did last week??  I’m a little bit in love with this box.  It’s SO beautiful.

Jord Women's Watch

Even MORE excitement as I saw what was INSIDE the box.  Jord creates these amazing women’s watches that are made of WOOD, and they’re custom sized for you.  Isn’t it gorgeous??  In my mind watches are heavy and bulky – not Jord’s women’s watches.  These are light weight, and will go with anything (think dressy night out, to beach day to the neighborhood BBQ).

Jord Women's Watch

I usually wear a fitness tracker, but when I dress up I hate that I don’t have a nice watch to wear (since a watch is a must in my life with my addiction to being on time).  I love that this is classy, but not over the top either, and again, it’s light weight so I don’t feel like I have a 5 pound weight on my wrist (especially in summer). Here is the watch I picked out.

Jord Women's Watch

Would you love to have $75 towards your own Jord watch?  Click Here!  Don’t worry if you don’t win the $75 you’ll still receive $20 towards your watch purchase.


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Frozen Fever Birthday Party

June 6, 2016

Frozen Fever Birthday Party

We love Frozen Fever at our house! My daughter turning five wanted a Frozen Fever Party!  It sounded easy enough, and so much fun.

#1 – The Goodie Bags & Activities

Activity #1: One of the activities was making Snowgies from pom-poms.  It was really easy and the girls loved it.  They each got to make 2, and once they were dried, we put them in their goodie bags.

Activity #2: Bingo.  We used candy hearts and I just found a general Frozen Fever Bingo board on Pinterest

Activity #3:  We used blue and yellow beads, and some snowflake beads and created necklaces.  All the girls really loved this activity.  It was a little time consuming (since they all had their own patterns in mind) but it was so fun to see what they created.

Activity #4: Snow ball toss.  I got 5 buckets (like pictured) lined up in a row and yarn snowballs and each bucket was worth various amounts.  The girls took turns throwing from the first bucket to the last bucket.  

Goodie bags: I included a packet of Sunflower Seeds, a Elsa lollipop, some sparkly gum balls I found at the craft store, a sunflower chocolate, and then the necklace they made, and the snowgies they made.

Frozen Fever Party Ideas

Click next to see the Happy Birthday Sign, table ideas, and the CAKE!

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5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

May 2, 2016

Do you need some last minute Mother’s Day ideas?!?  

Or do you need to give some easy last minute hints to someone to make sure they don’t forget Mother’s Day?  

I’ve got your back!  Here are some simple, fun Mother’s Day ideas that can be done before Sunday!

#1 – Mother’s Day Survey.  So fun and so easy, and so perfect to make mom laugh!  Get your Mother’s Day Survey here.

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

Keep going for more ideas that will make mom smile.

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4 Activities to do WITH your Kids

April 27, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #allEssentials #CollectiveBias

Earlier this week I decided I need to let the laundry be.  I needed to let the dishes be.  I needed to BE with my kids. Four activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I probably have a GIGANTIC pile of laundry in front of the laundry room.  Somedays I feel like laundry, dishes, and general tidying keep me busy all day long.  

Do you know what I’m talking about?  Do you ever feel like there are days were all you do is house work?  Then no one even notices?!?

You guys, this is what the entry to my tiny laundry room looks like right now.all laundry detergent by simplistically sassy

Don’t be fooled.  ALL those clothes are totally clean and in piles for each of the rooms the kids are in (some share).  I’ve just been a little behind, so I haven’t had them take them yet to take care of until all the clothes are out of the washer and dryer.  

I better just let them grab them and put them away huh?  I’m always behind on laundry.

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Since we’re talking about laundry (literally though, we’re not going to get into anyones dirty laundry), I have always LOVED all® fragrance free dry free detergent.  My oldest daughter has eczema pretty badly, and I found when she was tiny that if I got all® fragrance free dry free detergent it made a huge difference. I found this new product called all® fresh clean Essentials™ you can buy on Amazon (anyone else LOVE Amazon?!?) and it’s also Sulfate Free and preserves the colors in your clothes!  They made it even better you guys!  It makes me love it even more.  Make sure to always follow directions exactly when using this product.

Sometimes stepping away from the laundry, the dishes, the tidying can be HARD!  There is always a to-do list.  Spending time with my kids is HARD but I’ve learned I am more productive when I step away and DO something WITH them. 

Here are Four FUN activities to do WITH you kids.

Disclaimer – these are activities that will bring you back to childhood and make you have fun with your kids.  They may be messy and you may have to do more laundry, and more sweeping, but I promise you’ll have a blast and you’ll be okay doing more laundry and more sweeping.  

#1 – Finger Painting

Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically SassyA while ago I wrote about how much I hate glitter.  Finger painting is a close second.  However, when I told my kids what we were doing … the joy that filled their eyes was amazing.  I loved it.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

The next morning they were begging me to hang up their pictures.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy
Helpful hint #1

Grab a garbage bag, and then cut one long side, and the short side of it.  Use tape and tape the bag down onto the table your kids will be painting on.  Super easy clean up, and you don’t have to worry about the mess on the table.  You’re still winning because you’re letting kids be kids, and make a huge mess and they’ll love every moment of it.Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy
Helpful hint #2:
Grab a napkin or paper towel for your kids so they don’t start wiping their finger paint on their clothes between colors instead of something normal, like a napkin or something similar.  Luckily for me, I love my all® Fresh Clean Essentials™.  For the record – the all® Fresh Clean Essentials got this stain out after it sat overnight without any scrubbing or pre-treatment at all.  I love that it’s a powerful clean without harshness. Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

#2 Play Dough

I had a friend that convinced me that play dough wasn’t the worst thing to let kids play with.  I had a hard time with it when I had little little ones that weren’t old enough to play with it, but old enough to know they were missing out.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Play dough really can provide HOURS of fun.  Just know you’ll need to sweep.  It’s so inexpensive, don’t be afraid to just ditch it after your kids are done with it, or when you’re done with it.  My oldest was the one that was excited to do the play dough first.  He loved creating his favorite ships and showing me how great they looked. Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I love seeing the creative spark that arrises in kids as they just see what their minds and hands can create together. 

Helpful hint #1

Be prepared for color mixing to happen if you have little kids.  This is the work of my youngest. Some of my older kids were a little upset about it.  Just roll with things.  It’ll be okay.

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Helpful Hint #2

Not only will this activity result in hours of fun, your kids may end up preparing a dinner party for you that you didn’t know would be happening.  My daughter was obviously fine with the color changes she made, and excited to host a dinner party and prepare for it for me tonight.  Anyone want to join us?Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

#3 Tic-Tac-Toe

Not just your normal tic-tac-toe.  Grab some masking tape and make a HUGE tic-tac-toe on your floor.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Next, find two things that you can use for each player.  My son decided to do big cars/trucks, and little cars.  It worked great.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I loved that my littles could play this, and my older kids, and I could play with them.  It’s been so fun to have.  Since it doesn’t leave a big mess, it’s fun to leave for a while and when the kids are board, they’ll find it and play for a while.

#4 Hop Scotch

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Again, I just used some masking tape (I love all the fun colors that it comes in now) and created a hop scotch pattern in our entry way.  I think all of us walk down that hall and just have to do it as we pass by.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I love watching my little kids try to do it.  It’s tricky for the littler ones, but so fun for everyone.  Such concentration to land just right.Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy 

My biggest tip of the day:

Put down your phone.  Put it away where you can’t hear all the buzzes and the dings and the notifications.  Don’t fuss about the mess that has been created by kids, dishes, or laundry.  Let the kids play, really, really play, and play WITH them.  They’ll feel so loved by you in those moments.  They will cherish those undistracted moment with you.  Let them be who they are and love them for that, and for the mess they make, and MAKE THE MESS WITH THEM!

How will you spend less time on your laundry and more time letting your kids be kids?