4 Easy (and Green) Back to School Tips

by Sabrena August 15, 2013
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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
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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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In Season: Zucchini and Making Noodles

by Marie August 9, 2013
Zucchini Noodles

The zucchini plant in our garden never disappoints. So of course we are looking for more and more ways to cook, prepare and eat this lovely veggie! I’m definitely going to make these Zucchini Noodles from Everyday Maven found over at the M&T Spotlight. These are just what I need to spice up supper! Here […]

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Keeping Things Clean and Fresh in the Bathroom

by Marie August 8, 2013
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You might think I’m talking about your actual bathroom. But today, it’s about you… keeping YOU clean and fresh in the bathroom! I just posted about how Cottonelle was the title sponsor for the big fun party I host SocialLuxe Lounge. It was so much fun to work with them. See some of the silliness that […]

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Creamy Tropical Smoothie, Sunshine in a Glass

by Amy August 7, 2013
Creamy tropical smoothie for kids

Is it back-to-school time in your house? We’re still trying to hang on to that summer feeling around here for a few more weeks. And, what goes better with summer than a cold, tropical drink? My girls love smoothies, and this delicious and vibrant tropical smoothie is the perfect way to start the day. It […]

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Back to School DIY: Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers

by Caroline Urdaneta August 5, 2013
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Can you believe that school is almost back in session? I finally bought supplies this week and can I just tell you how hard it was to not spend money on all the adorable apple-shaped erasers and staplers and tape dispensers! So, instead of spending a bunch of money on unessential things, I got inspired […]

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Hosting Another Year of SocialLuxe Lounge

by Marie August 3, 2013
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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 […]

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Hanging Mason Jar DIY Shelf Project

by Marie August 1, 2013
Mason Jar Shelf DIY project

My house could use a once over in the organizing department. That’s why this fabulous project for Hanging Glass Jar Shelves from Hilda Blue caught my eye over at the MT Spotlight. This is a perfect way to use up all kinds of space and get organized! Here are a few other mason jar projects:  […]

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Sticker Storybook Starters

by Marie July 30, 2013
Sticker Story Starter Craft for Kids

We are big fans of stickers. But sometimes they are over and done with too quickly. So we’re making Sticker Storybook Starters to get creative and help them last a little longer. These little story book starters are a perfect activity for traveling with kids. We recently used them in our road trip grab bags! […]

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Eric Carle Caterpillar Clothespin Craft

by Marie July 29, 2013
Eric Carle caterpillar clothespin craft for kids

You already know caterpillars are super cool creatures. Well, I spotted this over at the MT Spotlight by Evelyn of The Bottomsup Blog! She’s created this darling caterpillar clothespin to craft and celebrate Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The kids will love to make this little guy! Here are a few other story and craft […]

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How to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

by Marie July 26, 2013
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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 […]

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PBS Crafts for Kids Video Series with Salsa Pie

by Marie July 25, 2013
DIY 1920s feather headband

We love our MT contributor Caroline of Salsa Pie, don’t we?! She’s always coming up with fabulously creative ideas for home and family here at Make and Takes. And over at her darling blog… check her out! Caroline has just come out with an amazing craft video series over at PBS Parents, yay! See for […]

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

by Kristin July 24, 2013
Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Banana bread is a comfort food. Sweet, dense, and full of bright flavor, the bread has a way of cheering people up and turning a bad day around. The scent of the baking bread infusing a home calms tempers and eases woes. Problems are solved over the kitchen table, one buttered slice at a time. […]

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DIY Ombre Napkins: Great Upcylce Project!

by Caroline Urdaneta July 23, 2013
diy ombre napkin project

We stopped using paper napkins in my home about 8 years ago. Both my husband and I felt like it was not only a “greener” move but also, cloth napkins work so much better. Plus, they are prettier too! Sometimes though, my napkins (as they are getting a little older) start to look a little […]

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Keeping Kids Engaged on Long Road Trips

by Marie July 22, 2013
Family Road Trips

We’ve been road trippin’! I mentioned back a bit ago that we were headed on a road trip to see our cousins who live 12 hours away. Well, we made it to our destination and our Road Trip Grab Bags were a hit. When my kids saw the bags all ready to go, numbers on […]

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Glam Up Plastic Animals for Cool Decor

by Marie July 18, 2013
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Yes, I’m loving the plastic animal re-fashion craze! There are so many creative ways to upcycle these fun and fabulous plastic animals. A super cheap and easy way to decorate. I love this Gold Coated Horse from Suburble I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight! More Toy Fun Here: Toy Bowling Toy Story […]

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Staying Active All Summer with Eat Blog Run

by Marie July 17, 2013
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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 […]

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Raising Safe Swimmers for Family Fun

by Sabrena July 16, 2013
Little Backstroke Swimmer

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 […]

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