How to Make a Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin

by Rachel September 20, 2013
canning jar lid pumpkin craft

How cute is this little pumpkin craft that caught my eye on the M&T Spotlight page? With fall just around the corner these canning jar lid pumpkins from Sherri of About Family Crafts would be the perfect addition to a gift or decor for the house! I think this is a must-make for fall crafts this […]

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Trees Please: A Yoga Pose for Right Now

by Sabrena September 19, 2013
MonkeyG clothing photoshoot

September is National Yoga Month and it’s time to celebrate! We’ve talked about the benefits of yoga for the entire family and know it can be especially helpful for children. From Yoga Cards, videos and games to a plethora of books, yoga really is accessible no matter where you live – you don’t have to be enrolled in […]

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Create Fun Backpack Name Tags + Video

by Marie September 17, 2013
Backpack Name Tag Video How-to

Friends!! I’m so excited to share a fun new video series I’ve been creating with Ulive.com and my darling daughter, Lucy… Craftspiration! We’re so excited to share our first video with you, all about back to school and Backpack Name Tags. You’ll want to create one for all the backpacks in the house or maybe one for […]

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Paper Scrap Fall Trees

by Amy September 16, 2013
Paper Scrap Fall Trees Craft Project

We’re just starting to see some fall colors in our neighborhood, which makes me so happy. I love fall! Even though we’re still a few days away from the official first day of autumn, my girls and I were ready to start some fall crafting projects. We kicked things off with these whimsical paper tree […]

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Turkey Taco Pie for an Easy Family Dinner

by Marie September 13, 2013
Baking Turkey Taco Pie for Dinner

We are big fans of mexican food. My kids gobble up tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. For today’s dinner, I’ve partnered up with Butterball to bring you another family favorite recipe for our Turkey Taco Pie. It’s a great way to serve up everyone’s favorite food in a new way, helping to spice things up. Yes, […]

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Personalized Pencil Mugs for Teacher

by Marie September 12, 2013
Personalized Pencil Mugs makeandtakes.com

It’s that time of year… back to school! With my kids settling in, it’s time to cheer on our teachers and let them know we’re excited for this new school year. To help celebrate these fabulous people, I’ve partnered up with Scotch Expressions to make something fun, flashy, and personalized. Jazz up a plain ‘ol mug […]

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Underwater Silhouette Paintings

by Amy September 9, 2013
Underwater silhouette paintings

Here’s a fun art project that has a little of everything – some painting, a little experimenting with a new technique, cutting, gluing, and drawing. These underwater silhouette paintings start with a watercolored background, plus a little rubbing alcohol to make a bubbly effect. Then, paper and marker silhouette shapes are added to complete the […]

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Caramel Apple Trail Mix

by Marie September 5, 2013
Caramel Apple Trail Mix

Guest Post from Lindsay of Life and Kitchen Trail mix is the best. It’s a real life-saver when you’re standing in the middle of your kitchen on a Sunday night thinking about what you can put in your child’s lunch box that is easy to throw together, but good enough that she’ll eat it instead […]

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10 Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids

by Amy September 4, 2013
Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids

My girls love cooking and doing experiments, so food science experiments are like the best of both worlds for them. It’s amazing how many different experiments you can do with a few simple pantry items and foods from the fridge. I asked my girls to help me round-up some of our favorite kitchen science experiments […]

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DIY: Paper Roll Bracelets

by Caroline Urdaneta September 2, 2013
DIY Paper Roll Bracelets

Last month my kids and I had so much fun making paper roll cuff bracelets that we decided to make some more this weekend! We made all sorts of patterns in the cardboard with a very simple tool: a hole puncher!  These can be painted any color but we chose silver for a metallic look. […]

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After School Snack Place Cards

by Caroline Urdaneta August 28, 2013
place cards after school snack

After school is over, my kids are cranky and tired. It’s the end of the day for me too which means I’m not always at my best either. I’ve found that at this point, nothing quite does the trick to boost moods and energy like a great, healthy snack. Today’s craft is something for the […]

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Make Cupcake Liner Hawaiian Leis

by Marie August 26, 2013
DIY Cupcake Liner Hawaiian Leis

With our Hawaiian birthday party a big hit this last weekend, I’m sharing a few of the fun things we did to celebrate. Each of the guests got to make their own Hawaiian leis to wear during the party. Using cupcake liners made it easy to prep and fun to make. Supplies for Cupcake Liner […]

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DIY: Hula Grass Skirts

by Marie August 23, 2013
DIY Hula Birthday Party Skirt

We’re celebrating my daughter’s birthday this weekend and she chose a Hawaiian theme. Naturally we needed to have few hula grass skirts for the party guests. I’ve come up with a fun DIY option for grass skirts, repurposing plastic tablecloths. They make for a quick and easy skirt that will last as a take-home gift […]

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Colorful Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas

by Marie August 21, 2013
Back 2 School Teacher Gift

It’s that time of year again, back 2 school! Have your kids started school yet? It seems everyone has a different start date. I’m already seeing cute first day of school photos on facebook and instagram. We still have one more week, but we’re ready. I’m ready!! And to help us get excited, especially to meet […]

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Quick and Easy Camper’s Turkey Chili

by Marie August 20, 2013
Campers Turkey Chili

We’re a big camping family. We love the outdoors, sleeping in tents, and cooking up yummy camp food! Planning meals for camping can be a bit tricky, especially with kids. So I like to make it as easy as possible while still eating something really yummy. Chili is the perfect meal for camping and I’ve […]

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Fun and Silly Magnets with Craft Supplies

by Amy August 19, 2013
Fun and silly magnet craft for kids

We’ve been doing some organizing this summer, and my girls got new magnet boards to hang next to their desks. The magnet boards are the perfect place to display lists, photos, mementos, and other kid treasures. We wanted to jazz-up our magnet boards with some fun and unique magnets. A quick look through our craft […]

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4 Easy (and Green) Back to School Tips

by Sabrena August 15, 2013
back to School

Looking for ways to make your Back to School transition a little more Mother Earth friendly? Here are 4 ideas you can make happen at your home: Gettin’ on the Lunchbox-Love Bandwagon. Let’s leave the brown paper sacks to the Fandango Puppets. Think about investing in goods for lunches you can use and reuse: from thermoses […]

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Homemade Fudge Pops

by Kristin August 14, 2013
Fudge Pops makeandtakes.com

The dog days of summer are upon us. With the sun high in the sky and pavement hot, frozen treats and cold lemonade are one of the few things that can help beat the last of the heat. Fudge pops are a cross between popsicles and ice cream. The treat is made by boiling milk […]

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MT Adventures: Long Beach Peninsula

by Marie August 13, 2013
Pacific Northwest Beach Fun

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 […]

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Painted Paper Popsicles – Create Your Own Flavors!

by Amy August 12, 2013
Painted popsicles art project

Here is a fun watercolor painting invitation you can set-up for your kids – create your own painted paper popsicles! Sometimes, just a simple change of paper shape makes painting even more interesting. My girls loved experimenting with swirls, stripes, dots, and speckles, then creating fun names for all their popsicle “flavors.” Let’s get painting! […]

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