Caramel Apple Trail Mix

by Marie on September 5, 2013

Guest Post from Lindsay of Life and Kitchen Trail mix is the best. It’s a real life-saver when you’re standing in the middle of your kitchen on a Sunday night thinking about what you can put in your child’s lunch box that is easy to throw together, but good enough that she’ll eat it instead […]

With our Hawaiian birthday party a big hit this last weekend, I’m sharing a few of the fun things we did to celebrate. Each of the guests got to make their own Hawaiian leis to wear during the party. Using cupcake liners made it easy to prep and fun to make. Supplies for Cupcake Liner […]

DIY: Hula Grass Skirts

by Marie on August 23, 2013

We’re celebrating my daughter’s birthday this weekend and she chose a Hawaiian theme. Naturally we needed to have few hula grass skirts for the party guests. I’ve come up with a fun DIY option for grass skirts, repurposing plastic tablecloths. They make for a quick and easy skirt that will last as a take-home gift […]

It’s that time of year again, back 2 school! Have your kids started school yet? It seems everyone has a different start date. I’m already seeing cute first day of school photos on facebook and instagram. We still have one more week, but we’re ready. I’m ready!! And to help us get excited, especially to meet […]

We’re a big camping family. We love the outdoors, sleeping in tents, and cooking up yummy camp food! Planning meals for camping can be a bit tricky, especially with kids. So I like to make it as easy as possible while still eating something really yummy. Chili is the perfect meal for camping and I’ve […]

The quaint little town of Long Beach in Washington has become one of our family’s favorites to vacation since moving to the Northwest. It’s super close for us to travel, just under 4 hours from Seattle, making it the perfect spot for a beach weekend. It started with our drive out to the coast from […]

The zucchini plant in our garden never disappoints. So of course we are looking for more and more ways to cook, prepare and eat this lovely veggie! I’m definitely going to make these Zucchini Noodles from Everyday Maven found over at the M&T Spotlight. These are just what I need to spice up supper! Here […]

You might think I’m talking about your actual bathroom. But today, it’s about you… keeping YOU clean and fresh in the bathroom! I just posted about how Cottonelle was the title sponsor for the big fun party I host SocialLuxe Lounge. It was so much fun to work with them. See some of the silliness that […]

Last week I wrapped up another fun and fabulous SocialLuxe Lounge in the heart of Chicago! Here I am again with my two lovely partners, Allison and Jane, posing in my signature move… Jazz Hands! Here are just a few of the reasons I love planning, hosting, and partying at the SocialLuxe Lounge! Sponsors: We couldn’t […]

My house could use a once over in the organizing department. That’s why this fabulous project for Hanging Glass Jar Shelves from Hilda Blue caught my eye over at the MT Spotlight. This is a perfect way to use up all kinds of space and get organized! Here are a few other mason jar projects:  […]

We are big fans of stickers. But sometimes they are over and done with too quickly. So we’re making Sticker Storybook Starters to get creative and help them last a little longer. These little story book starters are a perfect activity for traveling with kids. We recently used them in our road trip grab bags! […]

You already know caterpillars are super cool creatures. Well, I spotted this over at the MT Spotlight by Evelyn of The Bottomsup Blog! She’s created this darling caterpillar clothespin to craft and celebrate Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The kids will love to make this little guy! Here are a few other story and craft […]

I’m thrilled to be guest posting over at the Reading Rainbow blog, yes, that Reading Rainbow! Did you grow up watching LeVar Burton on PBS showcasing all kinds of new and exciting books to read? I loved it. I had the whole intro memorized. In fact, I think I can still sing it all today… “butterfly […]

We love our MT contributor Caroline of Salsa Pie, don’t we?! She’s always coming up with fabulously creative ideas for home and family here at Make and Takes. And over at her darling blog… check her out! Caroline has just come out with an amazing craft video series over at PBS Parents, yay! See for […]

We’ve been road trippin’! I mentioned back a bit ago that we were headed on a road trip to see our cousins who live 12 hours away. Well, we made it to our destination and our Road Trip Grab Bags were a hit. When my kids saw the bags all ready to go, numbers on […]

Yes, I’m loving the plastic animal re-fashion craze! There are so many creative ways to upcycle these fun and fabulous plastic animals. A super cheap and easy way to decorate. I love this Gold Coated Horse from Suburble I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight! More Toy Fun Here: Toy Bowling Toy Story […]

As some of you may know, I also have a healthy-lifestyle blog called, Eat Blog Run. I have the opportunity of managing it with these 2 lovely people: Heather of Rookie Moms and Christine of Boston Mamas. Here we are being awesome in our sparkle skirts, and a little about what we’ve been up to […]

We’re planning a big lonnnnnng road trip with the kids to go visit some of our cousins. As we’re excited to see family, I tend to dread the car drive to get there. But this year, partnered with the Post-it Brand, I’ve come up with a fun way to make the drive a little more […]

We recently traveled to Utah and had to make a stop at the ever fabulous Cowabunga Bay. It’s my kids’ favorite. It’s right off the freeway, so if you’ve ever traveled just south of Salt Lake City, I’m sure your kids have begged to go their too. Since we were in town, we got everyone […]

I recently went to an advanced screening of the movie The Way, Way Back and I loved it! It’s a coming of age story I completely related to as I was definitely an awkward teen once! And how can you not love the amazing cast, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, introducing Liam James, and the ever […]

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