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Art Journaling with Kids: My Hands

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… Continue Reading →

Outdoor Family Fun Gift Guide

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… Continue Reading →

Help Me – Help You, Take This Quick Survey!

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… Continue Reading →

Year in Review: Make and Takes 2013

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… Continue Reading →

Crafting a Wintery Wonderland

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… Continue Reading →

Spicy Jalapeño Popper Wontons

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… Continue Reading →

Keeping Warm, Wishing We Were “In Summer”

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!”… Continue Reading →

Cheese Straws, Two Ways!

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

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

DIY Orange Surprise Balls

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… Continue Reading →

Tis’ the Season for 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… Continue Reading →

WellSpring Family Services Giving Together Event

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… Continue Reading →

Stylish Recycled Cardboard Tube Desk 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… Continue Reading →

Pet Friendly Holiday Home Cooking

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… Continue Reading →

Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Pear Caramel 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… Continue Reading →

Toys, Books, and Spies, oh my!

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… Continue Reading →

Adorable Snowman Hot Cocoa Gift

‘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… Continue Reading →

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