I have a special treat for Go Gingham readers today – a giveaway for a newly released book by author Susan (“Suz”) Sachs Lipman. The book is “Fed Up with Frenzy,” and will surely be dogged-eared and marked-up by parents everywhere who are looking for ways to slow down and reconnect with their families.
Suz and I have met virtually through our mutual friend, Amy Suardi. Amy writes the blog Frugal Mama, where Suz and I are both contributors. While Suz and I haven’t met in person (yet!), she and I are kindred spirits.
We share a love of slowing down, making family time a priority, and doing simple activities together.
This book is an excellent resource for families who want to break out of the technological grind and spend quality time together doing activities that are enjoyable and don’t cost a lot of money.
The book is filled with ideas for spending time in nature, in the kitchen, and the garden, together as a family. There’s also a section on celebrating simply which is good to remind myself of heading into the upcoming holiday season – and birthday season at our house!
There are directions for playing games and activities you probably played as a child but may have forgotten. You’ll find card games, travel games, and outdoor games, that will keep your family having fun whether you’re at home or on the go.
As a parent of two teenagers, I’ll also add that the introduction is particularly heartwarming. It’s written by Suz’s daughter, Anna, who is 16-years-old.
At the back of the book, you’ll find a list of resources in both print and web formats, to inspire you further.
Want your own copy? I have a brand new copy to give away and it’s not all dog-eared and marked-up like my copy is.
Leave a comment on this post below by answering one of the three questions:
- What is your favorite “slow family activity?”
- What is (or was) your favorite outdoor game to play?
- What is your favorite way to cozy-in with your family – reading a book out-loud or watching a movie together?
- US residents only (sorry international readers)
- Number drawn by random number generator
- One entry per comment (but you are welcome to answer all 3 questions)
- Giveaway ends Monday, October 1st, 2012 at midnight, PST
- The winner will be notified by e-mail and announced later in the week
Good luck! Also, thank you to Sourcebooks for providing me with a copy of the book to keep and a copy to giveaway. Thank you to Suz for sending me the adorable graphics shown on this post for the giveaway – and for writing the book.
Go Gingham related links:
Frugal family fun – more ideas that won’t break the bank
Homemade cards – simple and not very elaborate – great for kids!
Time tested family rules – who knew these would work?
Take the night off and Let Your Kids Cook Dinner
Our weekly ritual – Technology Free Sundays