Fun

Last week I left my crochet hook at home to join the knitting craze at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle! It was so much fun. Yarn was found in every corner of the venue, even hanging from the rafters! I loved learning about so many great yarn and knitting companies, listening to fashion trends and panels, […]

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Time for a spring fling giveaway! I’m thrilled to offer you some amazing gifts from amazing M&T Sponsors, wahoo!! Make sure to read through each one and enter at the bottom to win! Fort Magic Imagination Kit: Fort Magic is an patented fort building and construction toy that enables children to build 3D, kid-created, “life-size” worlds for inventive play! Children can […]

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Leprechauns are sneaky little guys! I’ve rounded up 10 ways to catch a leprechaun. Get your kids involved in the catching for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! 1. Rainbow Leprechaun Trap: This rainbow trap from Playing with Words 365 is the perfect way to entice that little leprechaun! 2. Leprechaun Trap Cake: Bake up this green […]

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Outdoor Family Fun Gift Guide

by Marie on January 12, 2014

I’ve gathered a few fabulous ideas for outdoor family fun over at Ebay and sharing some of them today. If you’re heading outdoors to the beach, camping in the woods, or some snow day fun, be sure to check these out and follow my collection. Winter Snowman on the Go Kit: The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: Paracord Survival […]

Hi friends! As the new year is upon us, I’m looking to make 2014 the best yet for Make and Takes, providing quality ideas for home, family, and fun. I’d love if you would take a minute and answer this simple survey of 7 questions below. It’s completely anonymous, so please be honest and share […]

Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays from the Make and Takes team!

Toys, Books, and Spies, oh my!

by Marie on December 18, 2013

Through blogging, I’ve been so fortunate to meet some fabulously creative people. Whether it’s crafts, food, design, art, or writing, this world is full of so many great people with so many great ideas. I’ve recently received a few goodies in my mail from said creative blogging friends. I’m happy to share their amazing talents […]

I’ve recently signed up with Ebay to start gathering super cool items for a gift guide collection. Today I’m featuring some fabulous gifts for the whole family. Be sure to check it out and follow my collection. Whether you’re traveling during the holidays, staying warm indoors out of the cold, or inviting extended family to your […]

Join us in celebrating the holidays this season from A to Z. We’re crafting advents and icicles, trees and yarn poms. Find all sorts of fun crafts and activities for the whole family in our Holiday ABC series. Holiday activities from A to Z! A is for Advent . B is for Bells . C is for Candy Cane . D […]

We’ve recently been introduced to the fun inventive electronic kits by littleBits, a Make and Takes sponsor. Their kits come with small electronic pieces that fit together magnetically, making it super simple to build mini machines. Or even big machines. If you use their parts, add in some things from around the house like recycled […]

The holiday season is here and I’m thrilled to offer you some amazing gifts from amazing M&T Sponsors, wahoo!! There are 6 companies ready to gift you with fabulous prizes – from instagram sticker fun to beautiful canvas prints to an Amazon Kindle Fire. So make sure to read through each one and enter at […]

I’m happy to announce a winner for the FREE BIRDS giveaway for a Free Birds iPad Mini (Silver, WiFi, 16GB) * Free Birds Backpack * Crayons * Turkey Hat & Light Up Chick! Congrats to Sara D. for winning this fun prize pack! We’ll reach out to you to receive your winnings. Thanks to all who […]

As many of you know, each Fall at the (Suite) Mangum household we try to find news ways to put a little more GREEN in our HALLOWEEN!  In year’s past, we’ve focused on the trick-or-treaters. Something about giving out apples, play-dough and fruit leather seems to serve as both trick AND treat. My better-half says […]

Do you love fabric? Do you love to quilt? Well my good friend Pamela of QuiltBLISS is hosting a fabulous retreat ready to send you to fabric heaven. There are only 3 tickets left including accommodations, or you can sign up for a day pass. Here’s more info:  QuiltBLISS is a premier quilting retreat and is […]

The quaint little town of Long Beach in Washington has become one of our family’s favorites to vacation since moving to the Northwest. It’s super close for us to travel, just under 4 hours from Seattle, making it the perfect spot for a beach weekend. It started with our drive out to the coast from […]

Last week I wrapped up another fun and fabulous SocialLuxe Lounge in the heart of Chicago! Here I am again with my two lovely partners, Allison and Jane, posing in my signature move… Jazz Hands! Here are just a few of the reasons I love planning, hosting, and partying at the SocialLuxe Lounge! Sponsors: We couldn’t […]

I’m thrilled to be guest posting over at the Reading Rainbow blog, yes, that Reading Rainbow! Did you grow up watching LeVar Burton on PBS showcasing all kinds of new and exciting books to read? I loved it. I had the whole intro memorized. In fact, I think I can still sing it all today… “butterfly […]

As some of you may know, I also have a healthy-lifestyle blog called, Eat Blog Run. I have the opportunity of managing it with these 2 lovely people: Heather of Rookie Moms and Christine of Boston Mamas. Here we are being awesome in our sparkle skirts, and a little about what we’ve been up to […]

I started swimming competitively when I was ten years old.  Twenty five years later–after Country Club Meets, swim team in high school and a few triathalons in my history–I can also add more than 10 years teaching swim lessons as part of my resume. During that time, I’ve seen first hand how water independence can […]

Our summer is already off to a sizzlin’ start! And we’ve got a few fun items to giveaway, helping keep your summer hot to trot! See below for details and giveaway entries. Good luck and Happy Summer! Toshiba Laptop from Staples – Yes, we’re starting the giveaway our right with the perfect laptop for summer, […]

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