Getting Fit With the Right Running Shoes

I’m a runner. Or at least I have been in the past and want to start up again. But I’m in desperate need of a good pair of running shoes. I’ve been running on the same pair for almost 3… Continue Reading →

Creating a Blog Audience by the Crafty Pod

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,… Continue Reading →

Become a Startup Princess at Touchpoint

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… Continue Reading →

Holding on to Summer as Long as I Can!

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… Continue Reading →

Giveaway: Storytelling with Cherish Bound

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… Continue Reading →

Crayola’s Back to School Giveaway

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… Continue Reading →

Rosetta Stone Language Learning Giveaway

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… Continue Reading →

Benefits of Learning a Second Language

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… Continue Reading →

Crafting with Cricut, Win a Golden Ticket

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… Continue Reading →

Our Catalina Island Family Getaway

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… Continue Reading →

Donate to an Orphanage in Need

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… Continue Reading →

Picture Perfect Photo Editing

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… Continue Reading →

T-Shirt Talk at Threadless

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… Continue Reading →

The Polkadot Platypus

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,… Continue Reading →

I’ve Been Spotted as a DIY Mama

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… Continue Reading →

My Family’s Biggest Loser Update

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… Continue Reading →

Blue Lemons and Blogging Babes

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… Continue Reading →

Computer Software for the Little Ones

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…. Continue Reading →

Make and Takes Gets Organized

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… Continue Reading →

Summing Up Mom 2.0 Summit

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… Continue Reading →

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