We haven’t done a giveaway all summer. That is about to change now that we’re heading back to school. I have a very special book. A book which now holds a prominent place on our kitchen table, book shelf, and coffee table. The very special book I refer to is the newly released Fed Up with Frenzy by Susan Sachs Lipman.
This Book is 365 pages of the utmost family fun Ever !!!
Susan and I are both very entrenched in the slow family movement. Spending quality time together as a family creatively is a mantra we both subscribe to. I knew Suz was a fun person from her blog Slow Family Online but nothing could prepare me for the gem of a book she ended up creating. It’s 365 pages completely loaded with memory making activities for you and your family.
It’s a flashback to my childhood and all I did throughout the whole book was smile, laugh, and say, “Oh look. I forgot about that. Remember this? ” In the beginning I started placing multicolored sticky notes to save the place of my favorite “Oh look” activities. At one point my husband said, ” What are you doing, sticky noting that entire book ?” And that’s when I pulled out the calendar and started organizing activities by season, ….sort of. I think the family and I will have to call our time together since reading this book “Unfrenzied Time,” or “Our Year with Suz”. You know if we did one page every day for a year we would be the most experienced family of Fun ever.
Would you like me to stop rambling and let you know what this book is about?
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.
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.
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 Sunday September 9th, closing at 11:59 pm, and the winner announced September 10th. A huge thank-you to Sourcebooks for supplying the book for today’s giveaway.
As long as you’re here, Let’s have a little Fun shall we?
One of our favorite activities is making what we call Crazy Crayons. Suz and family also love a little mixed up crayon action and Suz has a wonderful version made in muffin tins. Here’s a look at how we did it.
First unpeel the crayons
Second cut them up into little pieces. Not shavings or chunks but pieces.
Next fill mini muffin tins or other shaped tins. No grease is required. Preheat oven to 170 degree F.
Place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the crayons are melted. A few pieces maynot be melted and that’s ok. Take out of oven, once melted and let cool completely. Crayons should just pop right out. If they don’t put the crayons and tray in the freezer for about an hour and they pop out….no problems. ~Enjoy