How to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

by Marie July 26, 2013
RR logo classic

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

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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Fun and Silly Writing with Sticker Rebus Stories

by Amy July 15, 2013
Write a sticker rebus story with kids

We always seem to have an abundance of stickers around the house. One of our favorite projects to do with stickers is creating sticker rebus stories. Sticker stories are a great way to get the creative juices flowing for young writers. If your kids are writers, they can write sticker stories all on their own. […]

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Road Trip Grab Bags for Traveling with Kids

by Marie July 12, 2013
Road Trip Grab Bags

We’re planning a big lonnnnnng road trip with the kids to go visit some of our cousins. As we’re excited to see family, I tend to dread the car drive to get there. But this year, partnered with the Post-it Brand, I’ve come up with a fun way to make the drive a little more […]

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Let’s Scream for… Sunscreen?!?!

by Sabrena July 11, 2013
Holden Daniel Craig Mangum

With a simple Google Search for “Best Sunscreens” I find fashion mag “Allure” saying: “SPF is just one factor in choosing (and wearing) a sunscreen. How a sunblock smells, feels, and works with your makeup determines whether you’ll actually rub it in” and lists their “ten dream creams to try this summer.” Personally I look […]

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Toasted Marshmallow Rice Crispy Treats

by Kristin July 10, 2013

Whether sandwiched between chocolate and graham crackers or eaten plain, toasted marshmallows have become a part of the culture of summer. Gathered around a campfire, a few sticks and a bag of marshmallows can complete a enjoyable evening between friends and family. After years of moderating debates between friends who like their marshmallows flaming and […]

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Make a Name Memory Game

by Danyelle July 9, 2013

This week has been hot, hot, hot in my neck of the woods. We’re talking temperatures above 100 degrees and friends, that is just too hot for me and my children. We like to swim but when it gets too hot to even walk on the pavement we head back to the yellow house.  To […]

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Decorating Frisbees for a Summer Party Craft

by Amy July 8, 2013
Kids' Party Craft: Decorating Frisbees

My girls always want to have a craft project at their birthday parties. Since we usually have boy and girl guests of various ages at our parties, the craft needs to be simple and doable for multiple ages and interests. It’s always a bonus if the finished product is something the kids can take home […]

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Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Cookie Dough Balls

by Amy July 3, 2013
Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Whether you call them energy bites, cookie dough balls, or no-bake cookies, these little tasty morsels take just a few basic ingredients and turn them into a quick and easy sweet treat. We make many variations of dough balls, but this recipe is the simplest and favorite around here. Unlike regular cookie dough, the base […]

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DIY Robot Hats – Bee Boo Bop

by Caroline Urdaneta July 2, 2013
diy for kids  robot hat

Today’s project will have you doing a robot dance over how easy it is! Just like all the hats I make, I start with a band of cereal box cardboard sometimes painted (or in this case covered) and then I punch holes in the side so you can tie the band together around your head, […]

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Family Parties at Cowabunga Bay + Giveaway

by Marie July 1, 2013
Summer fun Cowabunga Bay

We recently traveled to Utah and had to make a stop at the ever fabulous Cowabunga Bay. It’s my kids’ favorite. It’s right off the freeway, so if you’ve ever traveled just south of Salt Lake City, I’m sure your kids have begged to go their too. Since we were in town, we got everyone […]

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4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Kids

by Marie June 28, 2013
Me and My Tween

I recently went to an advanced screening of the movie The Way, Way Back and I loved it! It’s a coming of age story I completely related to as I was definitely an awkward teen once! And how can you not love the amazing cast, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, introducing Liam James, and the ever […]

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Avocado and Eggplant Sammy – Looks Yum!

by Marie June 27, 2013
eggplant sandwich

What is it about warm weather that makes me feel like a sandwich? Especially a light and healthy looking one like this eggplant and avocado combo from Food Fanatic I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight. Looks yum, right? I think I’ll have to give it a try! More Sandwich Ideas Below: Open […]

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Sizzlin’ Summer Giveaways, Hooray!

by Marie June 27, 2013
Staples Laptop

Our summer is already off to a sizzlin’ start! And we’ve got a few fun items to giveaway, helping keep your summer hot to trot! See below for details and giveaway entries. Good luck and Happy Summer! Toshiba Laptop from Staples – Yes, we’re starting the giveaway our right with the perfect laptop for summer, […]

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