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 @makeandtakes.com

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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Adorable Snowman Hot Cocoa Gift

by Rachel December 17, 2013

‘Tis the season for gift giving! So many people to give to and never enough time to get everything done! Am I right? I saw this Snowman Hot Cocoa Gift idea over at the M&T Spotlight page and thought it would be the perfect gift to make for friends and nieghbors. This project can be done in […]

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Simple Sewing: Felt Tree Ornament

by Marie December 17, 2013
Green Felt Christmas Tree Ornament @makeandtakes.com

Decorate your tree with a little handmade love. This felt green ornament is a great project to start out with some simple sewing as you embroider around the edge of this triangle tree. Then hang it on the tree for everyone to see! Here are Lucy and I crafting a Felt Tree Ornament: We will be […]

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Triangle Doodle Trees

by Amy December 16, 2013
Doodle trees drawing project

Cold weather keeping you and the kids inside? These triangle doodle trees are a fun and simple drawing activity that will keep the kids busy while you do some holiday prep. Even better, gather around the table (or floor) and have a family art night! There’s not much set-up (or clean-up!) with this project. Just […]

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5 Ways to Make Hiking Fun for Kids

by Marie December 13, 2013
5 Ways to Get Outdoors with Kids @makeandtakes.com

Like I’ve mentioned before, we love hiking. We try to get outdoors at least once a month to explore some new part of our pretty Washington State! It’s such a great way to discover new things, have great conversations, and get some exercise to boot! Because it’s something very important for our family, I hope […]

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Gift Guide for Some Good ol’ Family Fun

by Marie December 12, 2013
Headbandz family game @ebay #followfindit

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 […]

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Crescent Roll Christmas Tree Treats

by Marie December 11, 2013
Making Crescent Roll Christmas Trees @makeandtakes.com

You can’t have the holidays without a few baked treats in the mix. We’re making fun and festive Crescent Roll Christmas Trees for a delicious dessert. These are a perfect treat to make as you decorate your Christmas tree or after you head out with the family on an ice skating adventure! We’ve also created […]

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Kid-Friendly Beaded Star Gift Tags

by Marie December 10, 2013
DIY Beaded Star Gift Tag @makeandtakes.com

During the holidays, the kids want to be a part of it all. Even the gift wrapping. Have them help make these darling Star Beaded Gift Tags to add to any present for their family and friends. And this gift tag can be part of the gift as well, turning it into an ornament for […]

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Holly Jolly Christmas Cards

by Amy December 9, 2013
Holly Card Christmas Craft for kids

My girls and I love adding homemade touches to gifts, especially at Christmas time. We made some sweet and simple holly cards, which are perfect for mailing to grandparents, hand-delivering to teachers, or using as gift tags. Need a lot of cards? These are easy to make assembly-line style, too! Supplies for Jolly Holly Christmas […]

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DIY Personalized Christmas Mug

by Rachel December 8, 2013

I always love a good homemade gift. They are personal, fun to make, and it shows the receiver that you really care. These “cup of cheer” personalized mugs that I spotted on the M&T Spotlight page are the perfect DIY gift! The Spark & Chemistry blog shows us just how easy and fun these mugs are to […]

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Gingerbread Granola

by Amy December 5, 2013
Cooking gingerbread granola with kids

I like to have a few easy and festive meal ideas up my sleeve for the month of December – something to make an ordinary breakfast, lunch, or dinner a little special. We might make gingerbread boy and girl pizzas, eat dinner by candlelight, or have Santa pancakes on a weekend morning. For another fun […]

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Our Hiking Scavenger Hunt Adventure + Video

by Marie December 4, 2013
Scavenger Hunt Printable for Kids @makeandtakes.com

We’re all ready to go on our hiking adventure with our scavenger hunt. We packed up the car, printed out our Hiking Scavenger Hunt printable, and headed out for an outdoor adventure. Happily, I’m partnering with Subaru once again as we go out exploring with the kids. Watch our fun family video of our scavenger hunt hike. (There […]

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Crafting Cards with Washi Tape Trees

by Marie December 3, 2013
Crafting Washi Tape Holiday Trees @makeandtakes.com

We’re crafting up holiday cards for friends and neighbors. I’m using washi tape to make a few holiday trees, perfect for attaching to a Christmas present. These are super simple to make, adding just a little festive touch to your gift. Supplies for Washi Tape Trees: washi tape – all colors cardstock paper or pre-folded […]

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Stamping Holiday Trees with Paper Tubes

by Marie December 2, 2013
Stamping Tree Cards with Paper Tubes @makeandtakes.com

We love stamping with paper tubes, they make very kid-friendly painting materials. And now we’re stamping up a paper tube storm for the holiday season with festive triangle trees. Stamp your trees onto folded cards for a fun DIY gift to give to neighbors and friends this holiday season. Supplies for Paper Tube Holiday Tree […]

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Celebrate the Holidays with the ABC’s

by Marie November 29, 2013
Holiday ABC Collage

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 […]

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