Diane from the Crafty Pod, shares all sorts of great crafts, tutorials and podcasts. She’s just come out with an ebook called Creating a Blogging Audience: An Unconventional Marketing Guide. There’s helpful information for marketing yourself, gaining a loyal audience, and how getting your readers to come back. It’s a good read for all types […]

I’ve talked about Startup Princess before, but I’m excited to share what they’re up to now. As some of you may know, Startup Princess was founded by Kelly, a woman and mother inspired to help other women entrepreneurs fulfill their business dreams. It can be a tough world out there for someone forming a startup […]

With school making it’s way to our house next week, here’s a few things helping us hold on to Summer just a little bit longer! Pura Vida – This site lives and breathes Summer. I’m loving these egg carton sea creatures and this cantelope ice cream dessert looks delicious! My Happy Life is whipping up […]

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. The 3 winners for the Back to School Giveaway from Cherish Bound are: #4 Lindsey, #65 Renee, and #16 Katy. Have fun with storytelling! I had the opportunity to go to a mini storytelling festival sponsored by Cherish Bound a few weeks back. They’re getting […]

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. The 2 winners for the Back to School Giveaway from Crayola are: #51 Nicole & #70 Alison. Have fun with back to school! _____________________________________________________________ Even though back to school is right around the corner, just 2 weeks away, we’re still trying to hold on to […]

Since I’ve now posted about the Importance of Learning a Second Language, I thought it only fitting to give away a language learning program today. Rosetta Stone has been kind enough to send my family their beginner Spanish Language program and they’d like to give away a language program of your choice to a Make […]

Ever since my children were very young, I’ve had the desire to expose them to a second language. I’ve noticed over the last few years that they’ve been picking up phrases in Spanish, thanks to Dora and Diego! They can count in Spanish, know a few colors and some directions, it’s great! So I’ve been […]

Recently I received this fun paper cutting machine from Cricut to try out and craft with. They’re in partnership with Today’s Mama, spreading the word about their fun contest “Cricut Golden Ticket” starting July 1st! Cricut is an electronic paper cutting machine. With their computerized machine and cartridges, there are fun fonts, shapes, and images […]

Last weekend I was invited by Santa Catalina Island Company to travel with my family to Catalina Island, having some fun in the sun and discovering this unique vacation spot. It’s so close by, just a ferry boat away off the coast of Long Beach, California. We started by boarding the Catalina Express, “a real […]

My sister Stephanie and her husband Brian are here today as my guests sharing their heart felt love for the country of El Salvador. They’re in the process of adopting a little girl from there and have come to love the people, connecting with a particular orphanage in need. They’re here today asking for your […]

I got the chance to try out this great set of games and activities from Minutes with Me – The Art of Motherhood. Now even though it’s labeled as their Spring kit, it’s got fun things to do all year long. I know this fabulous kit is going to come in handy all summer! There’s […]

I LOVE Picnik! Picnik is a photo editing site that’s free and super easy to use. You just sign up and you’re ready. I use it for all my photo editing. All the pictures you see on my blog look pretty because of a little editing. I can take a fairly nice photo, but some […]

We love these funny t-shirts from Threadless. Here’s a few of our favs: The fun part is that you can write your own tee for a chance to win $500 if they pick yours to print! What would you say on a t-shirt?

The Polkadot Platypus

by Marie on April 10, 2009

I’m excited to share one of my fabulous sponsors with you, The Polkadot Platypus! They specialize in fashionable items for Maternity, Baby, and Kids. They’ve got precious baby bedding, reversible princess tutus, and chic diaper bags. There’s also designer apparel, stylish gear, posh bedding for babies and big kids. From collections from Serena and Lily, […]

I’ve been featured as a DIY Mama by Spot-a-Mom. They sent me these lovely flowers from 1800Flowers wishing me a Happy Mother’s Day a little early. They want to give Make and Takes readers something special too, a discount on flowers for your Moms, 15% off with the code SPOTAMOM. Or maybe you’ll have to […]

So it’s the end of the 3 month Family Biggest Loser Challenge. And guess who won… ME! Don’t you love how I organized a way for me to lose weight at get $10 each out of my family?! Wahoo! But my niece Becky did come in all too close for second place, followed by another […]

I love when I have the opportunity to meet bloggers IRL (in real life). I feel like I already know them and we’re instant friends. Last week, Vanessa got a group of bloggers together to try out a new restaurant in town. We dined at the new and delicious restaurant, Blue Lemon Bistro. I could […]

Bird Rock Family is a great place to buy computer games and software for CHEAP. I have been ordering from this company for years, (although they changed their name from “Smart e-Store”). They’re always offering great deals or free shipping. The only hiccup is that they only send the cd-rom, no instructions. But usually these […]

I’m making a few changes to Make and Takes, trying to get more organized. My hope is to make things easier for myself and easier for you in searching and finding posts that interest you. For starters, I’m going to start posting specific things on specific days. Then in the next little bit, I’ll be […]

Summing Up Mom 2.0 Summit

by Marie on February 27, 2009

I’ve had the chance to go to another conference, Mom 2.0 Summit. Yes, 2 in one month, with BlissDom first… gotta love it! There were some amazing women at this conference, having now met most of my blogging idols. Kirtsy and Opmom joined forces and brought together great speakers, bloggers and marketers alike. As I […]

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