How to Make Crafty Mustaches for #MustacheBombing

by Marie November 7, 2013
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Mustaches are all the craze, especially during November for the cause Movember. Our family loves to celebrate this month as this cause is near and dear to my husband, Jordan’s, heart. His father passed away from testicular cancer and Movember is all about creating awareness for mens health. To help us celebrate, I’ve created a […]

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Fruity and Fragrant Thanksgiving Table Favors

by Marie November 6, 2013
Orange Turkey Thanksgiving Table Favors

Guest Post by Kate of Nearly Crafty At our house, Thanksgiving is all about the family and the food. We spend 2 days cooking, and about 1,000 hours chatting and chasing kids. That busy schedule does not leave a lot of time for us to create a magazine-cover-worthy table setting. All thoughts of fine china […]

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Printing Leaf Shapes with Potato Stamps

by Marie November 5, 2013
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We’re right in the middle of the fall season and the leaves on the trees couldn’t be more beautiful. It’s a perfect time to take a drive through a canyon, near the mountains, or even on maple tree lined streets! To help us replicate some of those colorful leaves, we’re crafting something fun over at […]

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Get Organized with Weekly Meal Planning

by Marie November 4, 2013
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I’ve made it a new goal to get back in the kitchen and cook at home as much as possible. But in order to get in the habit of cooking dinner (I’ve been bad), I really need a weekly plan. I’m happy to have partnered with Staples and their new Arc Quilted Notebook and Avant Pen, […]

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Ready for #MustacheBombing During Movember

by Marie November 1, 2013
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We are back with mo’ #mustachebombing fun for Movember! We love to celebrate this fabulous month, bringing awareness to men’s health issues, and having fun gettin’ hairy! Help us celebrate by adding a mustache to all of the things! There’s no wrong answer. #MustacheBomb it all! Follow the instructions I mustache of you! Here’s what you do to […]

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Scrumptious Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies!

by Rachel October 30, 2013
Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies

Who doesn’t like a big bowl of chocolate peanut butter Muddy Buddies? My husband and I can eat a whole batch in one sitting! I spotted this recipe over on the M&T Spotlight page which gives a fall twist on the classic Muddy Buddies recipe. Rachel from Food Fanatic uses pumpkin pie spice and Biscoff spread to give […]

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Drawing Free Birds Hand Turkeys

by Marie October 28, 2013
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We’re already looking forward to the next fall holiday and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. To help us celebrate, I’ve partnered with the upcoming movie FREE BIRDS, to bring a clever new way to create a hand turkey to craft at the Thanksgiving kids table. (In fact, I think these birds are hoping the only […]

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Halloween Thumbprint Cards for Kids

by Marie October 25, 2013
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We have another spook-tastic Halloween craft happening over at Craftspiration! These Halloween Thumbprint Cards are a great gift to make for family and friends. Even classmates and teachers would love to receive one of these for Halloween. It would make a great activity for a classroom party. You can create a few pumpkins, hanging spiders, […]

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Glitter Jack o’Lantern Treat Bags

by Rachel October 24, 2013
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With all of the parties and get-togethers for Halloween, there is bound to be a reason to make these adorable jack o’lantern treat bags that caught my eye over on the M&T Spotlight page! I think they would make the perfect party favor! Amanda gives us the step by step instructions on her website, Crafts By Amanda! Take a […]

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Fashionable and Easy DIY Hair Ties

by Rachel October 22, 2013
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I see these hair ties in all my favorite stores but never end up buying them because they are a little bit too expensive. Well, I have good news! They are SO easy to make! I saw this tutorial on how to make them when I was scrolling through the M&T Spotlight page! Olivia from A Field […]

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Wax Paper Leaf Sun Catchers

by Amy October 21, 2013
Wax and tissue paper leaf sun catchers

My girls love decorating the windows around our house. They are a perfect canvas for all kinds of sun catcher projects. We often make things with clear Contact paper, but this time we made beautiful stained-glass leaves with wax paper and tissue paper. This is a fun and simple project for all ages! Supplies for […]

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Yarn Wrapped Mummy Ghost Bookmarks

by Marie October 18, 2013
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My daughter and I are at it again with a Halloween craft over at Craftspiration. These Mummy Ghost Bookmarks are a perfect craft to make and take for a Halloween party with family, friends, or classmates. It’s also a great way for kids to practice hand-eye coordination and small motor skills as they thread yarn […]

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Helping Women at Risk in Ethiopia

by Marie October 17, 2013
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I’m doing my part to #HelpWomenAtRisk! Between October 1-31, my friends Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest — co-authors of Minimalist Parenting — are donating 100% of royalties for books purchased via WOMEN AT RISK, an Ethiopian organization that helps women lift themselves out of prostitution. Join us! #HelpWomenAtRisk by purchasing Minimalist Parenting using this special Amazon […]

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The Dish on Fish

by Sabrena October 17, 2013
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In a moment of what is best described as “parental weakness,” I made the mistake of promising my precocious four year old that once he had his shots he could go to Red Lobster. Seduced by the cartoonish bright logo lobster, those claws had sunk deep into the marketing savvy yet impressionable mind of my […]

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3 Ways to Get Through Halloween Costume Anxiety

by Marie October 16, 2013
Halloween Costumes for Kids

I’m a pretty crafty person, so you’d think this wasn’t an issue for me. But every year seems to bring on a new level of Halloween costume anxiety. It comes for both me and the kids. We are thinking about this months in advance, but it always comes down to the final week of Halloween […]

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DIY for Kids: Witch Hat Straws

by Caroline Urdaneta October 15, 2013
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Today I am going to show you, quite possibly the easiest craft ever for halloween: Witch Hat Straws! Make these then serve your favorite spooky after school drink for the kids! These would also be fun for a Halloween party! To get started making these, you’ll need just a few simple supplies: card stock paper […]

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Mix and Match Monster Flip Book

by Amy October 14, 2013
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We keep our Halloween fun on the silly side around our house. My girls are not into scary! We had a great time drawing a stack of silly monsters together, then putting them together into a mix and match monster flip book. Wait till you see some of our creative and crazy monsters! To make […]

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Crochet a Pumpkin Stem Cozy

by Marie October 11, 2013
Cute Pumpkin Stem Crochet Cozy

I’m on a crochet kick for October with all kinds of fun pumpkin goodies! Today I’m sharing my cozy for a pumpkin stem. Those ouchy pokey stems are never fun to hold, so I’ve crocheted a simple cozy to cover up all snuggly! Note: Always hold your pumpkin from the base, never just the stem. […]

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Make Morning Fun with Breakfast Boards

by Marie October 10, 2013
Breakfast Boards for Kids

Guest post by Casey of Life with Roozle I was a picky eater as a kid. I didn’t like meat or cooked vegetables or anything spicy. I liked food that didn’t have a lot of flavor. My mom had three kids to feed and two were my very hungry older brothers, so my pickiness wasn’t […]

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Have a Slice of Chocolate Zucchini Bread

by Kristin October 9, 2013
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With the end of the harvest season near, I’ve been trying to snatch up the last of the produce from the farmer’s market before the frost sets in. Last weekend, with a chance of snow in the forecast, I gathered up as many tomatoes and zucchini as I could fit in my basket and brought […]

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