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.

Erin from 5 Dollar Dinners has just come out with a new cookbook that is a must have for feeding your family on a budget. I was given a copy of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook to read and review, and I love it. Easy and yummy meals for just $5 each! To make all […]

Christmas is a time for giving, decorating, baking, and celebrating. For many, Christmas is a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. Here’s a few activities and crafts I’ve gathered from around the web that are showcasing the Nativity and Jesus’s birth. Nativity Play Download by Make and Takes Christ-Centered Traditions by The Mother […]

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, I’m sharing a few of my favorite classic TV memories. Here’s my tribute to 40 years of Sesame Street! What’s your favorite memory?

Michelle Lamar, a dear friend and fabulously funny blogger, sent me her book to review, The White Trash Mom Handbook: Embrace Your Inner Trailerpark, Forget Perfection, Resist Assimilation into the PTA, Stay Sane, and Keep Your Sense of Humor. I mean, it says it all in that title. Michelle is not really “trashy”. In fact, […]

I am currently experiencing two issues with my daughter that I’m sure many parents can relate to. #1: She HATES going grocery shopping with me. This is pretty annoying seeing as how she HAS to go grocery shopping with me, unless leaving a 4-year-old home alone is kosher nowadays? I didn’t think so. #2: She […]

Guest Post by Andrea Garen of Meals Matter. Children who eat nutritious foods do better in school, but coming up with healthy back-to-school lunch ideas that children will actually eat can be a challenge for many parents. The key is to balance nutrition with your children’s personal taste by getting them involved in the back-to-school […]

Prepping for a family Disneyland trip can be quite a task. If you want to have a truly magical time, there are a few things you can do that will help make it perfect. Here’s 8 Must Haves for making your Disneyland trip go smoothly. 1 – Good shoes. Bring a good pair of walking […]

Tips for Journaling with Kids

by Marie on September 10, 2009

Guest Post by Carrie of This Mama Makes Stuff Journaling is such a great activity to do with kids. I love it because I am able to preserve a little piece of who my children are at a particular moment in time.  And like we all say, they grow up way too fast.  I also […]

My little girl is now interested in writing and drawing lines, so I figured she’s ready to start forming those lines into letters. We now take time everyday to practice writing letters of the alphabet from A-Z! As she’s just starting out, we go slow and easy. We play this little game that she loves. […]

My son has just started 1st grade and we’re now back in the school routine of things. Bed time is earlier, breakfasts are bigger to last him through until lunch, and homework has to get done before playtime. I see there are a lot of you too who are gearing up for Back to School. […]

Giving Your Kids Choices

by Marie on August 13, 2009

As parents, we want to know that we’re in control. But our kids tend to beg, plead, and whine about the choices we make for them. So I try to give my kids choices without letting them choose. This is a great way to let kids have a choice without giving up all the parental […]

I’m contributing over at Alpha Mom’s – Once Upon a Holiday again today. Come see how I made my first grader this school cone called a Schultüte!

I’m so happy to introduce you all to my sister-in-law who’s my guest today. Cathy’s here sharing some information about her child with special needs. She writes about her son’s condition at Keto Kid, sharing tips and support for other similar families. We have three great boys! Our youngest, Noah, is 6 years old.  He […]

I just had to feature this great post and video about CarSchooling from Lauren, at Supermom Central. She’s sharing ideas on how-to keep the education ongoing with your kids in the car, even through the summer. Here’s a fun video from Studio 5 showing some of the great gear she uses with her kids when […]

Eco-Friendly Celebrating

by Marie on July 16, 2009

I’m excited to have Vanessa from I Never Grew Up here today as my guest. She’s sharing some great tips on throwing an Eco-Friendly party, reusing your decor to help the environment. Our little family is still pretty new so we are discovering our own traditions and ways to make yearly celebrations special. Every day […]

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 […]

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 […]

When asking a child a question, we often expect them to answer us right away. Even with questions like, “How old are you?” you would think a child could answer right away. Well, with kids, especially small ones, it can take their brains a little longer to come up with an answer. They just need […]

What You Can Do For Autism

by Marie on April 30, 2009

Even though it’s the last day for Autism Awareness Month, it doesn’t mean the awareness stops there. So I’ve asked Christy from to share a few tips on raising an autistic child, as she’s doing it with her own son. It takes a lot of people to raise a child with autism.  I have […]

My hope with Make and Takes is to share a few parenting insights from what I’ve learned as a teacher and parent that’s helped me teach and raise my own kids. As I’ll be sharing fun ideas or methods I’ve found helpful, I’d like to open this up to the questions you may have too. […]

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