Family Time

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.

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 […]

Last week, my husband asked me, “What are the hardest things about being a mom?”  No, he wasn’t trying to get some action.  Nor, did he just get some.  He was asked to speak in church on Mother’s Day, and was hard at work, preparing his talk.  Reasons aside, I’ll always jump at the chance […]

I grew up hating yard work. Being raised in a family with three sisters and NO brothers meant that “women’s work” definitely extended outside. I still joke with my parents about having us mow the lawn as 10 year olds — seems insane to me now. Today I love growing veggies and reaping the harvest […]

Being a busy-body is in my blood.  Growing up, my parents put a lot of effort into teaching their children to be hard workers… a lot of effort.  When I was 13, my dad had us up every single morning at 5:00 to complete our paper route before school started.  We ran the streets of […]

Our family loves a good hike. Whether it’s in the woods, desert, beach, or canyons, there’s so much to explore on a hike. In Seattle, there are plenty of great hikes and many are just the right fit for kids. I’ve got a few tips for you to make your hike with children more enjoyable, […]

The title of the Grateful Dead’s greatest hits album seems appropriate at the moment: “What a Long Strange Trip it’s been.”  For me, it’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since I started this official journey of sustainable living with Make & Takes. But then I look outside – delighting in daffodils and […]

I am amazed at the technological advances we have today. Yes, sometimes they can be a total time suck (did someone say “scramble with friends”?), but ultimately they are tools that can help us stay in touch with those we love. Especially since my family recently moved to Seattle, we’re no longer a quick car ride to […]

Our mornings tend to be slow going, I’m not much of a morning person :) The kids are usually waking me up, coming in for a snuggle. We talk about our day and then it’s up and at’em to get ready for school. We are usually up in plenty of time to head out the […]

My little boys are shaking in their boots.  Come April Fool’s Day, mom is getting some serious revenge.  I literally cannot tell you HOW many times I have drenched my clothes, because they put a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer.  Those little terds are constantly scouring the internet for prank ideas to do […]

A Greener Cleaner

by Sabrena on March 15, 2012

“We are an awesome team,” Holden my three year exclaimed. “Like ninjas!” He told me proudly. I had just thanked him for his help with mopping our hard wood floors. And yes, he really does help. He squirts the Method wood floor cleaner, and I wipe it down. It’s a really great system. And I […]

The 14th has come and gone, but it’s still the Month of Love. Unfortunately for my husband, I’ve got Baby on the mind. (Our little Zoë was born December 7th). So it seemed fitting to explore a few keys areas on being green with baby. Not surprising, we’ll focus on what occupies a newborn’s time: namely […]

I’m taking the next few weeks to spotlight my amazing contributors. Next up on the list is Sabrena of The Suite Spots who contributes once a month to our Family Time page. Sabrena is one of my oldest and dearest friends. I’ve known her since our trampoline slumber party days when we were 11, living only 2 houses […]

“What’s the next holiday coming up??” is the question I’m asked, without fail, the day after EVERY holiday.  My kids super-love holidays.  And, you’ve probably figured out by now, that I love traditions…SO, why not delve right into the next holiday, St. Patrick’s Day? Do y’all know who St. Patrick is?  A while back, I […]

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