DIY Glue Hanging Hearts

by Amy Christie January 14, 2014
Hanging Hearts

I’m thrilled to introduce a new contributor to the Make and Takes team… Amy of This Heart of Mine. Please welcome Amy, sharing all sorts of fun crafts for us to enjoy. Take it away… I am always excited to get my Valentine’s Day decor out and up. It’s some of my favorite stuff. I love the colors, […]

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Art Journaling with Kids: My Hands

by Amy January 13, 2014
My Hands art journal page for kids

For quite a few years, my girls have been keeping journals. They write about family activities, make lists of favorites, compose poems, and try creative writing techniques for home school projects. This school year, we decided to start new art journals to keep things fresh and interesting. So far, the art journaling has been a […]

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Outdoor Family Fun Gift Guide

by Marie January 12, 2014
Outdoor Kids Adventure book @ebay #followfindit

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 […]

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Help Me – Help You, Take This Quick Survey!

by Marie January 10, 2014
Make and Takesssss 2014

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 […]

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Year in Review: Make and Takes 2013

by Marie January 9, 2014
Crochet Mustache Pattern

Is it just me or did 2013 go by too fast?! Maybe it was all the fun we had with DIY during the year. Here are just a few things we whipped up this past year with crafts, food, family and fun! January: Tortilla Snowflakes – perfect for an after school snack February: Despicable Me […]

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Crafting a Wintery Wonderland

by Marie January 7, 2014
Kids Craft Winter Wonderland Scene

Celebrate the winter weather by making a crafty wonderland. We’re using recycled magazines to cut and tear out, adding to our wintery scene. You can get really creative by adding a snowman, winter animals, and some evergreen trees. Here are Lucy and I crafting a Wintery Wonderland. We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year long to […]

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Spicy Jalapeño Popper Wontons

by Rachel January 6, 2014
Jalapeno Popper Wontons recipe Taste and Tell

Before I was married, I never knew anything about sports. Little did I know I would marry the biggest sports fan in the world. The Super Bowl is a really big holiday/event/party in our home now. We usually invite all of our friends over, make a bunch of food, and I end up chatting with […]

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Keeping Warm, Wishing We Were “In Summer”

by Marie January 3, 2014
Frozen In Summer with Hot Chocolate

Have you seen the movie Frozen yet? It’s our favorite. Josh Gad could not be more perfect for this roll as the goofy lovable snowman.  “The hot and the cold are both so intense, put ‘em together it just makes sense!“ I think we watched this clip below for the song In Summer about 100 times […]

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Cheese Straws, Two Ways!

by Nina December 31, 2013

I’m excited to introduce a new contributor to the Make and Takes team… Nina of Ambrosia. Please welcome Nina, sharing all sorts of fun recipes for us to enjoy. Take it away, Nina: We’re officially in the holiday season home stretch…just one more major holiday to go! Some may see this as a good thing, and others […]

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Fancy Layered Drinks for Kids

by Amy December 30, 2013
Fancy layered drinks for kids

It’s almost time to ring in 2014! We’ll be spending the evening at home, eating our traditional nacho dinner, playing board games, and watching a slideshow of the year’s photos. The kids will have no trouble staying awake till midnight – hopefully mom and dad can keep their eyes open, too! We love having a […]

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Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

by Rachel December 29, 2013
Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Recipe

There is nothing quite like a big bowl of yummy pasta. It’s the perfect comfort food. I saw this recipe for bruschetta chicken pasta over on the M&T Spotlight page and it instantly made me want to have pasta for dinner! The roasted sweet tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices, and juicy chicken are all in this recipe from […]

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Pipe Cleaner Sparklers for New Year’s Eve

by Marie December 26, 2013
Making Pipe Cleaner Sparklers for New Year's Eve

Make a few kid-friendly sparklers to help ring in the new year! My darling daughter Lucy is all by herself in this next video, teaching you how to make these super simple and kid-friendly sparklers! Watch Lucy’s solo debut for a tutorial making Pipe Cleaner Sparklers for New Year’s: We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year […]

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Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

by Marie December 24, 2013
Happy Holidays 2013

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

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DIY Orange Surprise Balls

by Rachel December 23, 2013
Christmas DIY Paper Oranges

Growing up, my mom would always put oranges in our stockings. It was a yearly tradition. I spotted this cute stocking stuffer idea for DIY orange surprise balls on the M&T Spotlight page! Kimmy from Making Mondays gives us the tutorial for making this little stocking surprises! I think kids and adults would love finding these in their […]

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Tis’ the Season for Savasana

by Sabrena December 23, 2013
Yoga Savasana

The hustle and bustle of the season is in full effect! At this time of year, it seems especially odd to think of raising kids in a time when parents worried about children “getting enough stimulation.” With a two year old that is more-than-comfortable with a smart phone and a four year old who already battles […]

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WellSpring Family Services Giving Together Event

by Marie December 20, 2013
Kids Helping Kids campaign with @wellspring_fs

With the holidays upon us, a season of giving, I was happy to have partnered up with a local organization, Wellspring Family Services, for their annual Giving Together concert. Wellspring provides all kinds of help, supplies, and education for families in need. They recently held a celebration event for all the children who were involved […]

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Stylish Recycled Cardboard Tube Desk Caddy

by Rachel December 20, 2013
Cardboard Recycled Tube Caddy

I am kind of in love with this desk caddy made out of recycled cardboard tubes! I found this project, made by Amanda of Crafts By Amanda, on the M&T Spotlight page and I cannot wait to make it! There are so many possibilities with colors and sizes to make it fit your own style. Would be […]

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Pet Friendly Holiday Home Cooking

by Sabrena December 19, 2013
A girl and her dog

Got Pets? This month we’re talking about gifts for man’s best friend – that’s right, getting the home a little more eco-friendly for Fido. “Greening your pet is a great idea for him or her, for the planet, and for all family members, “ authors Alexandra Zissu and Jeffery Hollander, Seventh Generation Co-founder write in […]

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Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Pear Caramel Glaze

by Rachel December 18, 2013
Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Pear Glaze

I love anything gingerbread! I almost love it more than pumpkin flavor (gasp!). Also, anything that has some sort of caramel topping is a 10 in my book! This gingerbread bundt cake with pear caramel glaze instantly stood out to me over on the  M&T Spotlight page! Kristin from Pastry Affair shares this mouth watering recipe with […]

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Toys, Books, and Spies, oh my!

by Marie December 18, 2013
Secret Agent Josephine in Paris Book

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 […]

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