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Welcome to our Family Time page. Here you'll find all kinds of articles about the family. There's parenting tips, activities for spending time with family, and ideas to share special moments with your loved ones. Check out a few of our most popular posts here, or scroll down for the most recent projects.

Re-Fashion Your Fashion

by Sabrena on December 21, 2012

Hello my pretties! I am in an absolute stupor as I write — Christmas is just four days away?!?! I trust that amidst the red holly wreaths and mistletoe you’re finding new and creative ways to get a little more green in your Holiday cheer. Since Santa’s big night is just around the corner, that means that […]

Within the blogging community, my friend Victoria – Vdog, lost her nephew, Noah. He was a first grader who went to Sandy Hook Elementary. My heart goes out to her and her family. Please visit this post to find out how to support Noah’s family. For those of you who would like to donate to […]

Our Christmas tree is filled with ornaments from when my husband and I grew up. I’m not sure how old something is to be considered “vintage”, but for our letter V, I’m showcasing some of our favorite vintage-style holiday items for our Holiday ABC series. My mother-in-law, who you can visit over at Jani Serendipity, is […]

The lovely ladies of Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest, are sharing a new series to help us through the holidays, hooray! Thanks to these 2 super smart women, co-authors of the soon to be book, we can all take a load off this holiday season with their tips and tricks. The central theme of Minimalist Parenting: you can enjoy life […]

Costuming with a Conscience

by Sabrena on October 18, 2012

We are just a few weeks out from “Decision 2012.” And with my plug last month for making sure you’re registered to vote, you may think I’ve still got the Election in my frontal lobe – and tis true, tis true my friends. But when you’ve also got a pre-schooler at home and it’s “Baby’s First […]

It’s time for another episode of Make and Takes Reading Corner for the month of October. And as Halloween is inching closer, it’s always fun to celebrate this ghoulish holiday with some spooky stories. Watch our video to see what are 4 of our favorite stories to read during the Halloween season: What fun books are […]

Create a Vacation Memory Jar

by Marie on September 18, 2012

Going on vacation is the best. And to help keep the memories alive, try creating a Vacation Memory Jar. I spotted this darling idea from MJB Loves over at the M&T Spotlight. You could make one for every trip and line them up on a decorative shelf! And for all those trips you’re going on, […]

I love this idea for a series I found over at the M&T Spotlight. It’s a Virtual Book Club for Kids from The Educators’ Spin On it, Toddler Approved and Mommy and Me Book Club. Each month they will have a new author to talk about and all the fun books they’ve written to go with. […]

Gather the kids, it’s time for Make and Takes Reading Corner. I’m starting a new monthly series where we share some of our favorite children’s books. Today it’s all about our family favorites. Watch our latest video sharing what books we picked and what each one is about. And be sure to visit Make and Takes […]

School has begun, my kids just started this week. So far, it’s all going smoothly. When the kids get home from school we talk about their day. Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to remember what they did all day. It’s usually a story from recess! But I always try to talk […]

I have been seeing a lot of my family and friend photos on Instagram and Facebook about their children’s first days of school. Yikes! It seems so soon! Happily, our kids still have 2 weeks left of summer. And I need to take in every last second of it! To help me with this, I’ve […]

Admittedly, I’m a wanderlust. Years spent working in aviation and moonlighting as a travel writer in my past life (ie. pre-Mom days) gave me a thirst for exploration. I’ve traveled throughout North American, across the pond to England and explored in Europe and Japan. Back in those seemingly carefree days, I still cared about the […]

I’m not sure if I should be disappointed or proud of myself.  A couple weeks ago, I gave up.  After years and years of trying to keep my playroom buckets organized, I called it quits.  There used to be a place for the LEGOS, a bucket for Geo Trax, baby toys, Barbies, play food, toy […]

I consider my grandparents the “O.G’s” of environmentalism. Just to be clear, that’s “Original Green.” The current battle-cry/sustainable-speak of “Reduce – Reuse – Recycle” was merely a way of life for those who lived through world wars and the Great Depression. My Grandma, 92 when she passed away 4-years ago, taught me all the best […]

My children think I’m so mean.  I make them READ in the summer.  I know.  30 minutes a day, minimum.  Between Spongebob and neighborhood kids calling their name, it can be an uphill battle.  But, if I can just get their rear-ends sitting down with that book in their hand, I’ll often find them completely […]

It’s officially the first day of summer! Wahoo!! Many kids are already out of school, but my littles are finally done on Friday. FRIDAY! I’m both excited and scared. What are we going to do? Do you plan your summer? I need to plan my summer. So to help, here’s a few posts I’ve written over […]

Ever since moving to Seattle, we’ve looked at everyday as a new adventure. It’s been one year, can you believe it?! I can’t. It seems like we’re still so new as we keep finding new fun things to explore. Well, about 3 months in, just after school had started for my kids, we found one […]

Storybook Summer post by Sara of Creative Jewish Mom Hi, I’m Sara from creativejewishmom.com, and we are so excited to share with you one of our cutest ever craft projects! Thanks so much to Marie for inviting us to participate in her Storybook Summer Series which is how this project came about. This is the […]

Ooooo, I can’t wait for this new summer series to start. I’ve been planning it for months, getting a few fabulous kid-crafty friends to help. It’s all about books and celebrating stories! All summer long we’ll be sharing our favorite children’s books, picture books and chapter books, and sharing a craft, recipe, or activity to […]

I’ve got a lot to share with you today, a round up of sorts for some of the things I have going on outside of Make and Takes. First off, I’m so excited to have my own brand new blog over at Babble Voices called Take it From Marie. Get it, “Take” it? I love […]

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