Make and Takes is a popular parenting site sharing kids crafts, home projects, easy recipes, parenting tips, and more. Everything posted is something to “make and take”. Whether it’s a holiday craft for kids, an easy way to spruce up your home decor, baking a delicious dessert, or a fun product giveaway, you’ll be able to make or take something. Along with content featured from the regular contributors below, we also share quick features from YOU over at the M&T Spotlight, as everyone has something great to make and take!

Our Mission: to provide ideas and crafty tidbits for home, family, and fun. We hope our simple ideas and projects will help bring fun and learning into your home. Take a look around and I’m sure you’ll find something to Make and Take today!

Marie LeBaron HS 300Marie LeBaron
is the founder and managing editor of Make and Takes.

She’s a mother of 3 living in the Pacific Northwest. Always having a love of crafts, she enjoys getting messy with glue and glitter. There’s always some sort of project going on, her kitchen table is often cluttered with crafts. When she’s not crafting and creating with her kids, she loves to run, read, and blog!

Marie’s Book… Make and Takes for Kids: 50 crafts throughout the year. Marie’s first craft book published with Wiley 2011! Enjoy 50 crafts for kids to celebrate the months and seasons of the year.

Marie graduated with an Early Childhood and Elementary teaching degree and taught kindergarten for 4 years. She now shares many of her tips and tricks she’s learned over the years on her blog. She’s listed as one of Nielsen’s Power Mom 50, Babble 50 for Best Design Blog, Babble 50 for Best Mom Craft Blogs, is a hostess of the BlogHer pre-party: SocialLuxe Lounge, and organized the women’s blogging relay team, Eat Blog Run. Marie has also a contributed for Martha StewartCraftzine, Baby Center, PBS Parents, Babble and Snackpicks.

Our Contributors:


Amy Anderson is a contributing writer for Kids Crafts and Recipes.

Amy is happiest surrounded by her husband, two daughters, stacks of books, and craft supplies. With a background in psychology, early childhood education, and elementary teaching, Amy is a supporter of playing dress-up, digging in the dirt, and squeezing out puddles of glue. If she could share one message with parents and educators, it would be, “More play, please!” At her blog, Let’s Explore, Amy shares her family’s experiences creating, imagining, and playing together. Read other posts by Amy.


Francine Clouden headshotFrancine Clouden is a contributing writer for Kids Crafts and Home Projects.

Francine is an avid scrapbooker and photographer who shares ways to create a simply delightful life on her blog Callaloo Soup. A lover of journals & printables and a collector of vintage decor, you can see what she’s up to in her daily life in France on Instagram. She loves anything crafty and plans to master knitting this year. Follow her on Twitter too! Read other posts by Francine.


NinaCaldas_headshotNina Caldas is a contributing writer for Recipes.

Nina is a big fan of veggies and being healthy, but an even bigger fan of mixing up butter, flour, and sugar and seeing what happens. For Nina, baking from scratch is incredibly rewarding, and there’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread or sinking your teeth into a warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie. She started her blog, Ambrosia, as a way to further her skills both in the kitchen and behind the camera lens, and is always looking for something new to mix up! Read other posts by Nina.


Sabrena Suite-Mangum is a contributing writer for Family Time.

Sabrena is a mom, yoga instructor and triathlete with a passion for food, politics, natural parenting and the environment. She has been featured online, in print, radio and TV for her work in travel, recreation and yoga.   She writes her blog SuiteSpots for “primarily therapeutic reasons,” and resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and two younglings — Holden and Zoë. Read other posts by Sabrena.