School Lunch Superhero to the Rescue

by Marie April 25, 2013
School Lunch Superhero Day

I’ve talked before about how our family participates in school lunch and how I’m happy with what my kids are being served. Well, I’m partnering up with the SNA and Tray Talk once again, an M&T sponsor, to talk about the real heroes in the lunch room. Enter our own School Lunch Superhero, Miss J! […]

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Turkey Sausage and Vegetable Stir Fry

by Marie April 24, 2013
Turkey Sausage Stir fry

Summer is a-comin’, and you know what that means? I’m always on a big push to eat healthier and get this body into summer swimsuit shape! I’m actually hosting a “biggest loser contest” with my family – siblings, cousins, etc. So I’m on the road to kick it up a notch -  I’ve got to win […]

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Felt Bedside Organizer Helps Cut the Clutter

by Marie April 24, 2013
felt bedside organizer

Trying to find a way to organize my kids’ bedside tables is a constant struggle which is why I got excited after browsing the Make and Takes Spotlight and found this idea from Whimsy Love for a hanging bedside organizer. Full of pockets for pencils and books and even a favorite toy or flashlight, it’s […]

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Handmade Topiary Cards with Dried Flowers

by Caroline Urdaneta April 23, 2013
handmade topiary cards

Handmade cards add a perfectly finished touch to gifts for any occasion. In a world becoming more and more fast-paced and online, handmade cards are even more meaningful and important to give. Today I’d like to share a very simple craft project to easily make your own gift tags, greeting cards, or postcards. We will […]

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Celebrate Earth Day with Kid-Friendly Crafts

by Marie April 22, 2013
Earth Day Crafts for Kids makeandtakes.com

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I’m happy to share a few things to celebrate. First up, we’ve got our winner for our Earth Day DIY with Consumer Crafts, an M&T sponsor, and the giveaway for $250! Congrats to #4044 Ellen T! We’ll email you for details. You’re going to be all stocked up on craft supplies! Be […]

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Paint Drip Planters For Potted Bulbs

by Marie April 19, 2013
potted bulb drip planter

Bulb flowers are about to make their triumphant early Spring return and I could not be more thrilled. I’ve been seeing pots of them in various stores, ready to grow and think that this idea for paint drip planters from One Artsy Mama (I found it at the M&T Spotlight) would be such a fun […]

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Drip Dry “D-I-Y”

by Sabrena April 18, 2013
Drying Laundry

A few years ago, our dryer broke. And because our dryer broke twenty-plus of my sons “nappies” suddenly needed to find a home before they were useable again. It was also early Spring. Since it snows well into May in Utah, I set up make shift clotheslines in our sun room and let nature do […]

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Passing On the Real Meaning of Beauty, Dove Beauty Sketches

by Marie April 17, 2013
We are Beautiful

The newest video by Dove, Beauty Sketches, affected me more than I thought it would. Wait until you see it and you’ll know why. I have issues with my body, my features. It’s something I’ve always thought about, worried about, looked in magazines and judged about. I’m not sure when it started, but I remember […]

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie Makes For a Tasty Meatless Meal

by Marie April 16, 2013
vegetarian shepherds pie

I’ve been adding to my meat-free recipe collection and can’t wait to try this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from Food Fanatic I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight. Comfort food never looked so good! More tasty vegetarian recipes below: Stuffed Zucchini Creamed Polenta With White Beans And Spinach Braised Kale With Toasted Bread Crumbs […]

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Crochet Hearts for Loved Ones

by Marie April 16, 2013
Crochet Hearts Sending Love

In light of yesterday’s events surrounding the Boston Marathon, I thought it appropriate to share a little love. I’ve been making a set of crochet hearts to send to my sister-in-law, who recently lost her mother. I’m planning to package these up and send some “love” her way, letting her know I’m thinking of her. I […]

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Silly Shape Dice Drawing Game

by Amy April 15, 2013
Shape Dice Drawing Game

Here’s a fun and quick drawing game to play as a family after dinner, or bring outside on a nice day. With just two dice and some drawing supplies, you can create some silly shape drawings. We had fun hiding our drawings from each other, then having a big reveal at the end. Let’s play! […]

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Earth Day Washi Tape Flower Vase

by Marie April 12, 2013
Washi Tape Vases for Earth Day DIY

I’m so happy to share today’s post with you! I’ve teamed up with a few A+ bloggers and Consumer Crafts, an M&T sponsor, to bring you a fabulous Earth Day DIY Celebration! With Earth Day coming up in just a couple weeks, April 22nd, we’re here to help you get your crafty DIY on as […]

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Make Your Own Sourdough Start

by Marie April 11, 2013
sourdough starter

Did you know you can make your own sourdough starter? I guess I always thought it had to be inherited from like 150 year old starts or something crazy like that. Turns out that’s totally not true! Thanks to this sourdough starter guide and tutorial from Food Fanatic I found at the Make and Takes […]

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Paper Tube Stamped Flower Power

by Marie April 11, 2013
Paper Towel Tube Stamping for Spring

More paper tube stamping coming your way just in time for spring! These spring flower shapes are just what we need to help get through these April showers, of which I’ve been seeing plenty of up here in the Pacific NorthWET! These flowers are brightening up the place and reminding me May flowers are on […]

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Homemade Pretzels Straight From The Kitchen

by Marie April 10, 2013
homemade german pretzals

I’ve heard tell of homemade pretzels before and now proof, it can be done! When I spotted this homemade pretzel recipe from Amanda’s Cookin’ at the Make and Take’s Spotlight, I knew it was a sign. I’m off to fire up my oven! Can’t live without your carbs? Check out these links below: Open face […]

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Reinventing Education with Khan Academy

by Marie April 10, 2013
Khan Academy

Have you heard of Khan Academy? If not, you’re in for a treat. I’ve just come across it in the last few weeks and I think it’s the greatest thing that has come around for education in a long time. I think there are a lot of you out there, myself included, who have searched […]

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Building with Marshmallows and Toothpicks

by Marie April 9, 2013
simply designing

I can always use a good boredom buster for the kids and was reminded how great marshmallows and toothpicks are thanks to this post from Simply Designing I found at the Make and Takes Spotlight. Kids can create shapes and even build 3-D models if they want, the sky’s the limit! More boredom buster links […]

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Create Springtime Art with Simple Origami Tulips

by Amy April 8, 2013
Origami tulip art project

Every spring, I love seeing tulips pop up in my yard. It seems like I always forget about them – such a colorful surprise! We made a little ode-to-tulips art project with some super-simple origami paper tulips. With only a few folds, this is a great origami project for young kids and origami novices (like […]

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Yarn Wrapped Paper Tube Owls + Video

by Marie April 5, 2013
Yarn Wrapped Paper Tube Owl makeandtakes.com

We’re back with another video for our Kids in the Craft Room series. My daughter is sharing her idea for a Yarn Paper Tube Owl. It’s a perfect activity for a children’s craft room, helping to celebrate spring! Supplies for Yarn Paper Tube Owl: paper tube yarn – any color glue dots or tape crayons […]

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Photoshop Free DIY Silhouettes

by Marie April 4, 2013
DIY silhouettes nap time novels

Silhouettes are such fun mementos of childhood, I swear my mom still has ours from when we were kids done at Disneyland years ago! This DIY silhouette tutorial I found at the M&T Spotlight from Naptime Novels looks super simple and no Photoshop necessary, bonus!  More DIY home decor links below: DIY jewelry organization DIY chalkboard wreath […]

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